SEVEN DAY PRE-HONEYMOON TRAINING AT LOMAX

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Hilary Rifkin is the UK’s answer to Tracy Anderson, and I love all she is and all she stands for

 

A tough talking (but soft as cotton wool) New Yorker who knows what’s good for you and tells you in the most gentle, reassuring way – while kicking your self-belief and your behind into the best shape it has ever been in

 

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For the past seven days, I have been training each day with Hilary in order to shave off those last few pounds and tighten my post-wedding stomach (I did let go after the wedding, but now it’s time to get seriously in shape for my week in Mauritius…) and the results are nothing short of a miracle (yes, really)

 

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Boxing (not masculine or menacing at all), light weights, lunges and dips, there’s not a muscle Hilary didn’t ensure I worked and I can feel – and see – every ounce of hard work that was put into devising this intense workout week, and of course the work I put in to get as close to bikini ready as I possible could in this time!

 

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A week isn’t a great deal of time and I admit that I didn’t have an awful lot of weight to lose, but I did nevertheless need to alter my shape with toning and drop a few pounds, which I have managed to do while eating healthily and not taking things to the extreme

 

There’s nothing to stop you getting your body into shape and what this week has certainly taught me is that 50% of it is the trainer you are with and 50% is without question the time, effort and determination you put into your workouts. I truly believe that having trained with Hilary, I could never train with another PT

 

I’m unsure if it’s because she’s a woman, a mother hen to all, a tough cookie in as much as she won’t let you get away with putting anything less than your all into the sessions or all of the above (likely all of the above), but what I thought would be an utterly exhausting experience has left me wanting more

 

I shall be departing for honeymoon tomorrow feeling far more confident about my body and certainly with far more energy, thank you for everything Hilary

 

 

Hilary Rifkin can be contacted via LOMAX GYM – CHELSEA

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HONEYMOON PACKING…4 DAY COUNTDOWN

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– Mara Hoffman swimwear at Net-A-Porter.com

 

Those of you that follow me on on Instagram will know that I am counting down the days until my (belated) honeymoon…4 days to go
As we are staying at a friends house while ours is a little delayed with renovations (post-honeymoon we shall be able to move in, thank goodness) I have had to be extremely organized and have pretty much completed my packing – although I know the night before I shall add 40 more pieces; this always always happens as I simply cannot find the control not to over-pack!

 

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– Talitha Jaya Tara-print kaftan at MatchesFashion.com

 

Eliminating black and only packing patterns and bright tones, I have turned to Mara Hoffman, Talitha, Athena Procopiou, amongst others

 

Here’s to a bright and extremely fun honeymoon in Japan and Mauritius…

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BONPOINT X GARANCE DORÉ

 

The cutest film I ever did see…

 

Combining the beautiful designs of Bonpoint with the brilliant eye of photographer (now filmmaker) Garance Doré, this short film to celebrate the opening of the new Bonpoint store in New York’s SoHo district cannot fail to make you smile. Another reason to love Bonpoint (even more…)

 

A few words about the exceptional new space…

 

Bonpoint, the luxury lifestyle brand, celebrated the opening of their new concept store in SoHo, New York on May 6th, 2014 with a special set by DJ Harley Viera-Newton. The 1,900 sq. ft boutique is home to the charming worlds of Bonpoint; thoughtfully arranged spaces are adorned with unique ambiances and furnishings. The store features vintage furniture sourced from Parisian flea markets and antique dealers repurposed by Christine Innamorato, Bonpoint’s Creative Director.

 

The event also celebrated the launch of the SoHo 2014 capsule collection which features 12 limited edition Liberty print dresses exclusive to the new store. Christine Innamorato also collaborated with jewellery designer Aurelie Bidermann to create a series of 12 limited edition bracelets decorated with their iconic cherry logo. The proceeds of these celebratory pieces will be donated to the charity New Yorkers for Children.

 

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GUCCI ‘FLORA’ GARDEN – CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW BY NIGHT

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– With friends Arabella Musgrave of Gucci and brand consultant Alexandra Meyers –

 

Gucci invited me to view their (now award winning) flower garden at the Chelsea Flower Show during the late night opening; to say I was overwhelmed by the beauty and poise of their design would be quite an understatement

 

Of course we knew Gucci’s entry would be chic, bold and colourful, but seeing it (above) in all its glory really was a site to behold

 

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– A Dale Chihuly masterpiece hanging from the ceiling of one of the entrants within the show –

 

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The following day I was invited to view the Gucci Flora scarves at the Sloane Street store, which had been produced in a limited run and only available to buy during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show – to use the word overwhelmed twice in one sitting is a little too much perhaps, but when I was presented with a personalised ‘Pippa’ scarf, overwhelmed was exactly how I felt

 

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DAYLESFORD FESTIVAL – DAYLESFORD & BAMFORD HEAVEN

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This past weekend, The Swede, Astor and I travelled to Gloucestershire to attend the annual Daylesford Festival at Daylesford Farm

 

With dog shows, cookery demonstrations, farm tours (complete with meet-and-greet of the darling animals) and the finest food and drink, it was the most enjoyable event I have attended this year – bar our wedding of course!

 

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#MYWEEKIN – BIONDA CASTANA

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This week I have spent my days in the beautiful shoes of Bionda Castana, a label I love for their ‘classic with a twist’ designs

 

Comfortable (yes, really) and timeless, Bionda Castana is a perfect label for those who want to be a little daring, but still wish to stay within their chic boundaries

 

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#MYWEEKIN – BIONDA CASTANA

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My third day wearing the beautiful and brilliant Bionda Castana spring collection

 

Joseph leather leggings and essential Smythson stationery (today I chose the lobster cards, so cute) for a day in my Notting Hill neighbourhood

 

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#MYWEEKIN – BIONDA CASTANA

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This week I am living in and loving the playful, chic shoe designs of Bionda Castana for #MyWeekIn Instagram series

 

Featured today are the ‘Lana’ in lipstick red, worn with perfectly deconstructed Victoria Beckham jeans and my treasured Tom Ford python bag

 

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