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Guest Post: How to Travel Stylishly

Hi Carousel Diary readers! I’m Jane and I blog over at Jane Heinrichs: art, life, love.  I’m a children’s book illustrator, based between Canada, England and South Africa.  That means I fly a lot.  I love travelling and I love new adventures.

The summer holiday season is approaching, so I want to share a few tips and tricks with you to make flying effortless and stylish.

We all know flying is a stressful business: tight schedules, tight seating arrangements and tight nerves.  But it doesn’t have to be that bad; all it takes is a little organization and forethought.
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No1 Boot Camp

No1 Boot Camp

It’s an odd thought – beauty bloggers flipping 17kg tyres, fashion bloggers building
shelter in the woods out of fallen branches and lifestyle bloggers doing 20
burpees for being 5 minutes late…

When I was contacted by Charlotte at Travel Supermarket to go on a boot camp weekend I had to take a while to think about my response! If you ask anybody I know they would never, ever put me and boot camp together. In fact I received many sarcastic comments about whether I thought the weekend would be about trying on boots and footwear.

I am fairly unfit, I never do any exercise at home and am forever making excuses as to why not – whether it be a tough day at work, something on the television to watch or the plain fact that I just don’t want to leave my onesie.

But I thought this would be the push that I needed and so signed up to attend No1 Boot Camp on the 20th April. We were to stay from the Saturday to the Monday and endure exercise equivalent to 2 marathons – I was scared for my life in the run up!

After a nightmare journey up to Norfolk I finally arrived and met many of the other lovely bloggers, of which there were 19 (including me) in total. We were shown to our rooms which all held between 2-5 girls in each.

We were then thrown in at the deep end. Starting our exercise straight away, after being introduced to the 3 military trainers, I think we were all a bit nervous and apprehensive about what lay ahead! But we needn’t have worried; although the exercise was hard work, and it really was hard work, we were all in the same boat and mostly of the same fitness level too! We participated in many team games – including moving a canon made of tyres and logs 1 mile (everything was much heavier than it looked!) and a circuit training relay which involved the old school favourite; the bleep test.

You really can’t appreciate how much I hate(d) exercise and early mornings. Getting up at 5.30am and having to do a circuit before breakfast sounded like a terrifying prospect but actually I enjoyed it, mad as that sounds. I really felt SO much better for being active and getting outside in the fresh air.

We were limited to 1,200 calories per day during our stay, this was to aid with weight loss and overall our group lost 50lb over the weekend! I personally lost 2.5lb which I am pleased with as I had no intention of going to lose weight.

The food was absolutely delicious; there was so much flavour and a lot of spice. We were given 5 meals throughout the day: breakfast at around 7.30am, a snack at 10am, lunch at 1pm, another snack at 3pm and finally dinner at 6pm. We were taught that eating regularly is far more beneficial to your body that eating just three large meals.

We learnt an awful lot about healthy eating and I will share these tips in another post as they are really interesting. Dieting is not the way forward; instead ensuring that you eat healthy and make good lifestyle choices is the way to go.

My “peak” of the weekend? Meeting lots of other like minded girls who all suffered with muscle ache and the ice baths – AWFUL experience, so cold it took my breath away for far too long! Plus finding a new love for exercise which I don’t think I would otherwise have.

My “pit” of the weekend? The low calorie diet made me want to eat my right arm by Sunday night, although the camp can tailor the plan for you depending on your goals. We were however given the “true” experience and the diet plan was part of this.

I am so thankful to Travel Supermarket for giving me the chance to visit No1 Boot Camp – it was a fantastic experience and one I would love for others to try for themselves! A big thank you especially to Charlotte for organising the whole experience.

To find out more about the Holiday Health Club weekend and the bloggers that attended just visit Travel Supermarket. You can also track our journey through the #HolidayHealthClub feed on Twitter.

Teapigs Peppermint Tea

Teapigs Tea

I love a cup of english tea, ordinarily black with 2 sugars, but when I saw the range that Teapigs offered I had to try a few out!

The first thing I love with this brand is the design of the packaging, website and marketing material. It’s so fun! Making drinking your morning cuppa that little more exciting.

I chose to review their Peppermint tea first because it is described as a “Tummy Tonic” and after being ill all weekend it was just what I needed!

I have had mint tea before and although refreshing you can taste that it is slinky artificial and there is that powder residue hint to it too. With Teapigs there is none of this. Their biodegradable “whole leaf temples” are almost too good to throw away! They allow the tea to slowly diffuse and turn your cup of boiling water in to the best tea you will ever drink!

I am so impressed with this tea. It is refreshing, fresh, the right amount of minty and I want to drink cup after cup!

The Peppermint tea retails at £9.95 for a box of 50, which I don’t think is bad considering that’s 20p per cup! You can also pick up 2 to try for just £1.19!

How do you take yours…?

The Dial Bar Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Whilst staying up in London for LFW I was lucky enough to go for afternoon tea for two at the Dial bar & restaurant in Covent Garden. This wasn’t somewhere I had been before, despite loving Covent Garden and afternoon tea, but I was pleased with my decision.

The restaurant itself was fairly quiet, which was nice, and I loved the decor of the place – really modern and clean. Once seated it didn’t take long before we were served a pot of tea each.

Shortly after our afternoon tea was delivered and as it arrived so did a smile on both mine and Matt’s faces. The selection was fantastic! With 8 sandwiches each, more than I have had anywhere else, we were suitably satisfied with savoury goods before moving on to the sweeter scones with clotted cream and Tiptree jam.

These scones were the perfect size and delicious too! After this we moved swiftly on to the dessert plate – a large selection of various sweets all with their own individual flavour. I especially liked the shot glasses of jelly and fruit!

I would highly recommend paying this place a visit and hope to sample their afternoon tea again!

You can buy this experience for £35 from ASDA gifts, perfect for Mother’s Day or as a treat for yourself!

London Fashion Week Outfit

London Break

Hello! I hope you’re all well and loving London Fashion Week, those of you attending! It’s such a great atmosphere and I am totally in love with some of the outfits I have seen on the catwalk and in the courtyard!

Today we spent most of the morning wondering around Hyde Park and then headed in to Covent Garden for afternoon tea, which I will feature on the blog next week. It was really nice, especially as the sun was shining!

London Fashion Week Outfit

I bought this dress from ASOS last week and I love it! It’s really on trend with the monochrome colour scheme and fits perfectly too. I snapped the jacket up on a last minute shopping trip for LFW outfits. It was just £35 so I took it straight to the checkout, only for it to ring up at £25! Even better.

These boots ended up cutting and hurting my feet so I had to buy some new pumps from Topshop half way through the day, I know – any excuse, but they looked cute for the first few hours!

Jacket – Peacocks; Dress – ASOS; Boots – Primark; Bag – See By Chloe