In November last year, I flew to LA to shoot the latest adidas running campaign. This campaign also featured GB World Champion sprinter, Nethaneel Blake & South African Olympic runner, Dominique Scott-Erfud. (I did my best to keep up!) I’m so excited to see the campaign this week in stores and online. Yesterday, I woke up to three messages from people that said they had seen my face in a store window! That is totally crazy!
Here are a few behind the scenes snaps …
I’m not sure if I’m taking a selfie or chatting to Rob and Jude on FaceTime. *Probably the first one!
Seeking shade and chatting to the photographer Jonathan Mehring.
Touch ups in the hair and make up chair. We started shooting at 5.00am for the sunrise light, so I think I am still waking up in this photo.
Energy From The Ground Up
It’s been 5 years since adidas launched the ultraboost running shoe. ‘BOOST’ is a superior cushioning technology that provides energy return. They literally give you a boost! If you’ve ever worn them, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I first started running in ultraboost three years ago, I was amazed and to be honest it kinda feels like cheating, they give you such a bounce and spring as you run.
This week, to celebrate the launch of the shoe, I have been at the London adidas studio to host a series of running events. Everyone that comes along to the run gets to trial the ultraboost for a 5K route and post run stretch session. So far we’ve had over 120 women join us! Running through the city in such a big group feels amazing, so much girl power and energy! Head over to the adidas Runners London Facebook page for all the running group info. Click here
I have two spaces for tomorrow morning’s run (Saturday 9.30am) send me a DM on insta @adrienne_ldn & let’s run!
I’ve taken a lot of long haul flights in the last year, so I’ve got a few hacks and some essentials that I now use every time I travel.
If I’m travelling for a shoot, I really don’t want to arrive feeling tired, bloated and with puffy eyes. You know that feeling, when you’ve been on an air conditioned plane for eleven hours, and your face feel like a dried fruit! If you’ve landed somewhere hot, you’ll need to use sun cream and then you get a breakout, just in time for your first holiday selfie! I’m thirty years old, surly I’ve had my lifetime number of spots already! After a lot of trial and error, I’ve got my routine down…
Here are my top travel tips, to help you arrive looking and feeling fresh…
Water! The most obvious and the easiest one is to drink water, LOTS of water. I always drink at least a litre of water throughout the flight. If you’re drink a cheeky prosecco or wine, then you definitely need to remember the 1 litre rule.
Moisturise! Before, during and after the flight. I always take a face cream in my hand luggage, so that I can moisturise again a few hours in to the journey. I love Kiehl’s ‘Ultra Facial Cream’ and Origins ‘Drink Up’ Mask.
Do not eat plane food! I take my own food for the flight. Airports usually have quite a lot of options, so even if you don’t take food from home you can always find a Pret. Plane food is so salty and full of additives. It smells a lot better that it tastes and it doesn’t even smell that good.
Spacemask. Oh my gosh, these are a game changer! Spacemask’s are self heating, eye masks infused with essential oils. It’s really great for helping you to get some sleep so you’ll arrive feeling good. www.spacemasks.com
Headphones. I always use big over the ear noise cancelling headphones. Even if I’m not listening to music or a podcast, they’re great for blocking out the noise so I can get to sleep. I use Beats ‘Solo Wireless’, they are really cushioned so they don’t hurt your ears if you wake up after 3 hours wearing them.
Reset the clock. As soon as I get on a plane I change my watch to the destination time zone. I think it helps me mentally to believe that it’s 4am, even when it should be midday. I still haven’t quite cracked the jet lag yet, but an iced latte on arrival usually helps A LOT!
Often when people meet me and they hear me talk about running, they think that I have always been a runner. I love running for so many reasons but trust me, it hasn’t always been easy. Admittedly, I’ve always been athletic and active, but I used to run the 100m and 200m track races, I’m half Jamaican, sprinting is is my blood!
The first time I ever went out for a road run, was about nine months after Jude was born. I was wearing a pair of old trainers, my shorts didn’t have a pocket so I was carrying my iPhone in my hand, and I got an agonising stitch about three minutes in. My run turned to a jog and I managed to get through about a a mile and a half. I walked in through the front door and I felt defeated, I thought that maybe running wasn’t for me. I remember at that time, I was on maternity leave and I wanted to get into running because it was free and I could fit it in around Jude’s naps. I’d heard people talk so passionately about running. How amazing it felt to be outside, running in the fresh air and so on. I felt frustrated and a little bit miffed that my first run was so terrible. So, I decided I’d give running another go.
6 years and hundreds of miles later, I can now say that I am a runner and I TOTALLY get it! Running has become a part of my life, it’s taken me around the world, introduced me to new people and has helped me to overcome some really challenging times. Everyday, I see the positive impact that running has for so many women. Running is truly life changing!
If you want to give running a go, here are a few tips that I hope will help you to run that first mile…
Get a bum bag or running belt. You can get one for about a fiver, it doesn’t need to be fancy. Make sure you can fit your key and your phone in it securely. It’s so annoying when you have things jingling around in your pocket or worse YOUR BRA! (I have seen friends use their sports bra’s to hold their phone, keys, and even an asthma pump! LOLZ)
Go slow. When people tell me that they can’t run, my first thought is, they’re trying to run to fast. It doesn’t matter about the pace at all. Just jog at a steady pace, you should be able to breathe and chat. If you’re working so hard that you can’t talk, you’re running too fast.
Breathe! but don’t overthink it. This might sound strange but unlike swimming or yoga, you don’t need to think too much about breathing. Your body knows how to breathe, it’s instinctive. Don’t be put off by the sound of your own breathe, just let your body relax and breathe however you need to.
Be safe. If you’re running alone, make sure you have your phone, stick to well lit routes and wear light coloured clothing. You can search for running routes on the Map My Run app and plan a route that’s close to home.
Give it a go and trust me, it will get easier! If you any questions about getting started, leave a comment below or connect with me on Instagram @adrienne_ldn Happy running!
We are all influenced by the people that we spend the most amount of time with, we are influenced physically, mentally and spiritually. We can’t help it, it’s human nature, it’s in our DNA. Often, when we talk about ‘influence’ we tend to think about Instagram, bloggers and celebrities, but, the people in your real offline life are influencing you just as much, if not more.
Have you ever visited another country and after a few days you start to notice your accent change a little bit or you notice yourself saying a word that you would never usually say. You’re subconsciously attempting to mimic the people that you are interacting with. You might try to match another persons energy and body language too.
As a parent, I see a huge influence on Jude’s behaviour and energy, depending on who he has spent a lot of time with. He has lots of different interactions each day, whether that’s with his school teacher, football coach or Grandma, but, it’s his peers that have the biggest impact by far. Jude is far to young to be aware of ‘influence’ but I can already see him learning and imitating things that he has seen. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, depending on who he is attempting to copy, and the same can be said for adults.
Who do you go to when you need advise? Does that person give you their honest opinion or are they just telling you what you want to hear? Some people will always be encouraging, they’ll tell you to go for it, take a chance, you only live once and all that. Whilst other people, who maybe are more cautious, might tell you, ‘it’s too risky’ and ‘you shouldn’t get your hopes up’. Ultimately, it will of course be your decision, but you will definitely be influenced by them. It’s not just our words that influence people but our actions and our reactions too.
I encourage you to take a look at who you are surrounding yourself with. Take a look at the relationships that occupy the most of your time. These relationships should be balanced, mutual and they should feel good. If you have a toxic relationship that is bringing you down or is always stressing you out, maybe it’s time for a detox. It can be hard to walk away from people, especially if you feel a sense of obligation to them. However, sometimes we need to respect and preserve ourselves by taking a step back.
Equally, it’s important to make space and time in your life to meet new people too. I believe that every person you meet in your entire life will influence you in some way. I’m very fortunate that my job allows me to constantly meet new people all the time. It’s great when you meet a like minded person and you know instantly that you’re gonna be good mates. Pour your efforts into real friendships, give your time, your support and your energy, without expectation of anything in return. Be an encourager and a positive influence.
I am SO grateful for those that influence and inspire me, my family, peers, mentors and friends. They are an awesome squad and I’d be lost without them.
It’s easier than ever to eat a vegan diet! but if you’re not sure where to start, why not take on the #Veganuary challenge. Veganuary is not just a hashtag, it is a charity that encourages and inspires people to try eating a vegan diet throughout January. You never know, after a month you might decide to stick with it, or you might not, but you’ll never know unless you try it.
The stereotypical image of veganism has changed dramatically over the last few years, the demand for non animal products is now mainstream with many people under the age of 25 leading the way. Personally, I’ve been eating a mostly vegan / plant-based diet for the last 18 months, but to be completely honest, I didn’t want to shout about it too much, because I didn’t know if I would stick with it. My family and friends know that I don’t eat meat/ dairy etc but I was very hesitant to share this with the online world. I didn’t want to label myself as vegan, I just wanted to try it out. Plus, for many people veganism is more than just a diet, it’s not a trend or a fad, it’s a whole lifestyle. I really admire people that chose to live their lives more consciously, but I guess I wasn’t 100% sure and I didn’t want to set myself up for criticism if I changed my mind, but 18 months later, I’m still eating greens! In fact our whole family has pretty much switched, Jude says we are herbivores I’ve discovered loads of delicious recipes, found some great places to eat out and I’ve figured out some tricks and tips for making eating vegan easier.
I feel kinda silly for admitting that I was fearful of other peoples judgement. Reality check, who really cares what I eat? or don’t eat? Nobody! (Unless they’re inviting me over for dinner of course, in which case they probably think it’s just an Instagram thing and I’m a pain in the arse!) But seriously, I’ve made this choice, I have my reasons and that’s good enough for me.
So if you’re joining #veganuay, here are some of my top tips …
Instead of focusing on the foods that you can’t eat, focus on all of the foods that you can! Get a vegan cookbook or magazine for some recipe ideas, follow some vegan foodie blogs and get experimental in the kitchen. Here are a few of my faves … Vegans Of LDN Deliciously Ella Vevolution
Find Out The Facts
Health headlines are always changing, every year there is a new superfood or a new guideline, it’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction. I am not a certified nutritionist and I recommend that you do your own research. I encourage you to explore both the nutritional and the environmental aspects of veganism. I have read a lot of studies, watched hours of documentaries, as well as talking to a nutritionist and a GP. You can’t argue the environmental impact that consuming animal products is having on the planet and the ocean and personally, for me that was the deal breaker. Regardless of the reason and/or whether you’re talking to a pro athlete, a doctor or a chef, you should still find out the facts yourself, before you start making big changes to your life.
Initially, I was really worried that eating vegan was going to ruin my social life! I love food and I love going to restaurants and dinner parties. Fortunately, most places are now offering way more vegan options and I predict this will only get better as more and more customers are demanding more plants on their plate!
Last month I shared some of my fave London spots for eating out, check it out here … 5 Vegan Restaurants in London
Try Your Best
I can not stress this enough!! Just try it and don’t beat yourself up if you eat a slice of cheesy pizza or a bit of chocolate. Each day that you go vegan will have a huge positive impact on the environment so over a whole month your overall contribution will be significant. If you make strict rules for yourself, you probably won’t enjoy it as much. Essentially, it’s your choice and no one is going to give you a medal for becoming a vegan. If you decide to take on the challenge, just do your best and if one day it doesn’t work out, try again the next day.
Be Prepared No, I’m not taking about doing a whole weeks food prep in little lunch boxes, who has the time for that! I’m taking about doing your food shopping and getting as many vegan options as you can to make your life easier. Here’s a few things I add to my basket every week…
Helping your kids to be active will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. Over the last four weeks, Jude has been testing out the Garmin vivofit jr 2…
It may not come as a surprise to you that when I was a kid, I was mega sporty! I loved athletics, team sports and dancing. I’ve always had a lot of energy and being active has always been a part of my life. I learnt so much from sports. It built my confidence, it helped me to make friends, it showed me how it feels to lose, and even as a child, sports taught me to be disciplined.
Now that I am a Mum, I really encourage Jude to be active and enjoy sports too. Kids look up to their parents, they often mimic our behaviour because they want to be just like us.
Being a kid in 2017 is pretty mad. They have everything at the touch of a button. They have iPads, Netflix, Spotify, and hours of entertainment on Youtube. There’s no denying that over the last two decades, tech innovation has changed the way we all live our lives. A lot of this can be educational and it’s aweomse that our kids have access to so much info. (I’m sure that Jude has learnt a lot from watching lego ninjago). However, it means that it can be hard for parents to encourage an active lifestyle, especially if they are not very active themselves.
In the UK, a third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. It’s really important to encourage healthy habits as part of their lifestyle. Small things like walking to school, scooting to the park or going swimming, are all great ways to get your kids moving.
Jude has endless energy, he’s always on the go, so I definitely don’t need to worry about him getting his daily steps! But Jude often finds it hard to focus and to concentrate on one thing at a time. Doing activities like swimming, gymnastics and karate can be really good for kids development as well as boosting their self esteem too. Sports is about so much more than simply the physical benefits.
Both Rob and I, both wear activity trackers. So Jude was so excited to try out the Garmin activity tracker for kids. He’s been wearing it most days and he absolutely loves it!
Jude chose the Star Wars themed tracker. It has a personalised display, it’s completely waterproof and the best thing is that the battery lasts for a whole year! So we don’t need to remember to charge it. The tracker has a daily target of 60 ‘active minutes’ each day and you can also add your own mini challenges too. It’s really easy to use, Jude actually showed me how to set the timer.
Being a six year old is so exciting! It’s fascinating to see how Jude is growing up and to see his interests develop and change. Setting little daily challenges is a great way to encourage him to celebrate every success, no matter how big or small.
Initially, I thought that Jude might get bored of using it after a few days, but he’s still keen after wearing it for four weeks. Unlike me, he doesn’t have a single competitive bone in his body, but, he still likes to compare how many steps he’s done with Rob and I, at the end of each day. Jude’s hero’s currently include Mo Farrah, Usain Bolt and the Incredible Hulk! So who knows what the future will bring Thank you Garmin UK for gifting Jude with this activity tracker, he may be your newest and youngest fan!
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