Review: The Wellbeing Guide to London

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Our guest blogger and fave yoga expert Sally Lovett launched her first book at The Wildfood Cafe in Neils Yard earlier this month. We went along to raise a glass of vodka and fresh berries (naturally) and chat to a glowing crowd of London’s wellbeing experts.

As New Year’s Resolutions and detox fever sweep across the country The Wellbeing Guide to London is a must for everybody looking to achieve every day good health and relaxation within the chaos of the UK’s capital.

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“Increasingly, we Londoners are discovering that we can find our health and happiness right here right now,” says Tessa Watt founder of Slow Down London.

The Wellbeing Guide to London encourages us to do just that through it’s colourful reviews of the best organic eateries, yoga and meditation centres and studios, gyms and pools.

“The sheer abundance and variety of brilliant places featured in the guide… proves that you don’t need to escape to a spa in Thailand to unwind, nourish and revive.” Says Sally.

We couldn’t agree more!

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Priced at a healthy £10 The Wellbeing Guide to London is available to buy online here.

You can keep up to date with Sally’s top tips for wellbeing in the city @Wellbeing_LDN

Alla Champfest Magazine Publishes New Issue

Alla Champfest the international, creative, culture magazine with a focus on art, design, fashion and sport communities is launching its magnificent 4th issue of ACM. Their brilliant team of writers and photographers have interviewed a variety of inspirational creators to grant their reader an inviting 210 page issue.

The two covers include a lovely canvas image from the incredibly talented Phil Frost and the second from skate photographer Benjamin Deberdt, an artistic portrait of the legendary Jason Dill. Some of the talent absorbing its pages will include Dan Attote from Portland, David La Chapelle and Emmanuele D’Angelo both extraordinary photographers, designers BLESS, Skater, and Illustrators Alexandra Compain-Tissier and Kozyndan.

In this issue the creators hope to introduce creative city guides based on wisdom and guidance from influential locals who know their city best. To find the best hidden spots and local hangouts pick up a copy, and we can assure you you won’t regret it!

Radiopaq Flex Sports Earphones – Review

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the London Marathon at the weekend. If you have been inspired to dust off your trainers and get fit for the Summer or  work off that chocolate over Easter, there is no better way to keep motivated than with a great playlist.

Up to now runners have only had the choice of large over the head styles or small in-ear headphones that can inconveniently drop out midway through your favourite song. But now the Radiopaq Flex earphones are set to change this with their clever rubberised design that slots over your ears. Coming to me thanks to the lovely people at Tru PR we were able to put the Flex Sports Earphones through their paces.

Both lightweight and practical the Flex earphones are an intelligent solution to in-ear headphones without the worry of them falling out. The cleverly designed Flex earphones ‘flow away’ cable gives you the option of either having a short or long cable. This is really handy if you still like to be able to receive calls allowing you to wear your i phone in a convenient front pocket without the worry of dangling cables and use the remote touch button to move seamlessly between music and calls.

For the size and price of the Flex Sports Earphones I was really impressed with the sound quality. The bass is good for their size but this means that it does slightly overpower the mid range. If like us you mainly enjoy working out to beats then these will sound fine. Even if you prefer power rock ballads, at £25 the Flex are still better than any equivalent priced headphones I have tried on the sound quality front.

A great headphone available in fun colourways that is equally stylish, practical and comfortable to wear. To find out more and purchase a pair for yourself visit the website.

TWEED RUN: Style Edit

This weekend marks the 3rd Annual Tweed Run London.  For any of you lucky enough to get one of the coveted 500 places for riders, we’ve pulled together some last minute Best of the Best Lady’s Tweed Items, to get you prepped for this weekend, if you still need to get those amazing outfits together!
JACKETS:

Cyclodelic Navy Cycling Cape

Hobbs Frome Jacket

Our favorite bottoms:

McQ Pleated Tweed Skirt

Stella McCartney 3/4 Length Trousers

Super good deals from Urban Outfitters:

Kimichi & Blue Tweed Bow Front Shorts

BDG Tweed Shorts

For a splash of colour, we are absolutely in love with this adorable Hobbs NW3 Tweed Pinafore Dress

Can’t forget shoes and accessories!
and some metallic tweed from Eley Kishimoto

Eugenia Kim Muffy Hat

Bringing the pooch along for the day out?  We havn’t forgot him…
…and Carry Case

Harris Tweed Ltd. Edition Collar

Happy Shopping!!

By Laura Fletcher, Bicycle Film Festival

Cyclepedia – A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs

“A bike is above all a means for having fun – no matter at what age.” Michael Embacher

I couldn’t agree more with the above quote and it is obvious from the look and feel of every page of Cyclepedia – A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs that Michael Embacher most certainly had fun compiling his new book; personally testing each one of the 100 bicycles featured within its glossy pages.

Published by Thames & Hudson in hard back, Cyclepedia is a dangerous edition to any cycling enthusiasts book shelf or coffee table. A celebration of exemplary bicycle design spanning 90 years. So whether you are into high-tech machines or eccentric two wheeled creations this book will inspire, excite and leave you wanting about 10 more bikes than you already own!

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Making their way onto my personal wish list are the exquisite details from the MERCIER Mecadural Pelissier (p30) with its unique wave design aluminium mudguards and huge bug eye front lights or the SOLLING Pederson (p94) stunning and truly unique in white and red.

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Brompton revolutionised the folding bicycle market but if you thought that these clever machines where exclusively slick, small wheeled designs think again. Cyclepedia features an entire section of folding bicycles. Some more successful than others! The  DIAMANT Handy Bike (p42) looks great with its angular rust and scratch resistant stainless steel frame but at 15.1kg isn’t very handy for folding or riding! The T&C Pocket Bici (p174) wins my vote in the folding bike style stakes, looking more like a sculpture than a bicycle with it’s curved eliptical frame.

The Pocket Bici.

One thing that has often been the topic of conversation amongst friends and on this blog is the dilema of traveling overseas with your bike – how do you get bike plus luggage to the airport and cycle happily away once reaching your destination? BIKE FRIDAY New World Tourist (p170) ingeniously solves this problem by folding away into a case which can then be used as a trailer. Although it doesn’t do it for me aesthetically Bike Friday beats the above folders hands down on functionality, weighing in at a handy 10kg which leaves plenty of room for all those holiday essentials!

Cyclepedia is on sale now and launches tonight at Look Ma No Hands.

Dr Sketchy London

Art with a saucy twist, Dr Sketchy hold life drawing classes in pubs across London and other major cities in the UK, with a cheeky burlesque theme. We got our pencils sharpened for the pre Christmas special at Vauxhall Tavern and the results were surprisingly delightful!

This is a life drawing class for all levels and is such great fun you are guaranteed to come away feeling great whether you have produced a masterpiece or mere pencil ramblings. I would recommend the following for anyone going to Dr Sketchy for their first time whether an experienced artiste or telephone table scribbler:

Take Colour: The regular pencil pushers take all their own materials, don’t feel like you have to splash out but a coloured pencil, felt tip or two will brighten up even the smallest scribble.

Take a Sketchbook: Plain white paper is provided but for those of you who feel restricted by A4 or have an old art pad lurking in the unwanted Christmas gift box, dust it off and get sketching.

Arrive Early: To get the best table for you and your friends.

Book in Advance: Dr Sketchy classes fill up quickly and are a bargainous £8.50 per session when booked in advance.

Flex your Imagination: This is not a straightforward ‘draw what you see’ class. Models are asked to assume poses within an imaginary scene, it is up to you to fill in the gaps when creating your drawing. You could be imagining them on a desert island or drawing them decking the halls with boughs of holly. The best pictures are usually from sketchers with the quickest pen to paper wit rather than the most life-like interpretation of the scene before them.

Wit Wins Prizes: Make an effort with your drawings whatever your skill level. Wit wins prizes as well as artistic talent so don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a good drawer, you can still have lots of fun, improve your drawing and get rewarded in the process!

Click Here for more info and to book tickets for the Dr Sketchy near you.

Concentrating hard on my sketch. Image taken by Dr Sketchy London.

Work in progress. Image taken by Dr Sketchy.

Not your average life model. Photograph taken by Dr Sketchy.

 

Juli-ette Lipgloss, g-ette ready!!

At Cyclodelic we love our lipstick and also know first hand how important it is to keep our lips protected whilst riding or working out in the elements espeicially with the chill Winter months ahead. Imagine our excitement then, when fellow fixed gear London rider and good friend Juliette announced the launch of her moisturising new lipstick in collaboration with Les-ettes! Full details below and watch this space for further details of the launch.
‘Juli-ette’ is the new lipgloss by Les Ettes in collaboration with Juliet Elliott, East London renegade, famous world wide for her fixed gear bike skills and her gregarious attitude towards life.
‘Juli-ette’ lipgloss accents the natural beauty of lips. Not only does it add a delicate red shimmer but it also moisturizes and protects the lips. The lipgloss comes in a slick and sleek black mirror tin made of recycled plastic in a box featuring Juliet Elliott’s artwork.
Retail price is 11,80 Euro. Juli-ette can be found in selected shops or here: www.lesettes.com/shop/.

Juliet Elliott’s flair and confidence has paved a past of dream professions. From being a pro snowboarder to modeling for Italian Vogue magazine and touring the world in a metal band, Juliet now stands strong as a professional fixed gear biker. If all that wasn’t enough, she still finds time to run her own public relations agency out of London and design graphics for various brands including Hell Yeah, her own streetwear label. Her natural exhilaration and on-the-move lifestyle means she’s always pushing her limits-and is generally seen with scraped up knees and a smile on her face.

Valentino Retrospective Brisbane:

Past/Present/Future

August – 14 November 2010
The Fairfax Gallery
(Gallery 1.1), 1.2 & 1.3 GoMA

Picture found on the Queensland Art Gallery website.

Exclusive to Brisbane this unique exhibition is an absolute must see. Carly and I allowed 3 hours to get around everything and were the last people out. Literally. It was rather embarrassing – we were actually escorted out by a member of security!

The exhibition includes two huge rooms full of Valentino couture, film interviews, fashion show reels, press clippings and a lounge area complete with a beautiful selection of books featuring the designers work – although do be warned that this does make it even harder than usual to bypass the gallery shop. Carly failed miserably at this and came away with 5 of said books to continue to be inspired by at home!

If you are planning on lunching there, the gallery cafe serves a divine sweet potato and feta cheese muffin $4.50 and sweet potato salad $7.90 or thereabouts. Hitting the Southbank for coffee and cake afterwards is also an absolute must.

Sydney Bicycle Boutiques

On Wednesday I flew to Sydney to discover their best bicycle boutiques. After a good look around the great new women’s concept store at Clarence Street Cyclery, I walked through the cities’ botanical gardens to Woolloomolooo to find Sable and Argent. A rare gem of a shop selling designer cycling and scooter goods from all over the world…

A special preview of the new Sable and Argent women's mixte fixed frame. We think our new saddle bag looks rather super on it. Watch this space...

Impressive cabinet displays.

Custom leather saddles by "a guy in Melbourne".

Melbourne Champfest

24hrs in Melbourne with Jo from Champfest Magazine

Probably the best coffee in Melbourne. A 'Magic' & cake @ Seven Seeds

More coffee and even more chairs at Brother Baba Budan.

Nick @ Fitzroy fixed gear bike shop 'Saint Cloud'

Jo sheltering from the Melbourne winter in our new waterproof coat.

Max and the Mouse @ the fantastic 'Cecil Walker Cyclery'

Sushi and Sake @ Izakaya Den