L'espoir De Ma Vie


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Snapping back into Spring.


                         Snapback -Shopa * or you can find it through the Shopa app

 Custom Crowns has taken the classic baseball cap to a new level as they allow their customers  to have create control over their snapback. Their urban collection is filled with  many street and sport inspiration which aims to capture your personality through head gear.  The Velcro fabric and diverse choice of patches gives you the opportunity to give your outfit some 90's inspired street style as the head piece can instantly give your look some urban edge.

                                                          Giveaway opportunity 
In collaboration with Shopa you can be in with a chance of winning this snapback - Please tweet the hash tag   #shopasnappingspring  @CustomCrown to @lespoirdemavie .

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Seeing the sights of Berlin

 Reichstag & Government Quarter

The roof top terrace and dome within the Reichstag Building allows it's visitors to witness of once in a life time view of Berlin's parliamentary and government quarter  which can be either seen during the day or night. Whilst overlooking the grounds through the dazzling glass cupola you're also able to see some of the cities other incredible landmarks.

Holocaust Memorial 

The memorials  maze layout gives you the opportunity to slowly walk through the paths take in it's powerful feeling of a cemetery. Stepping in between the concrete blocks truly makes you reflect on what happened to the victims of the mass murder and how architect Peter Eisenman wanted visitors to be able to pay their respects to those who had been killed.

Berliner Dom

Even though its exterior is covered in dark patches caused by the damage it suffered since its construction in 1905 . The Dom's turquoise roof top and  gold decorations makes this cathedral truly stand out whilst walking around in Berlin.

The Fernsehturn Tower

Near Alexanderplatz you'll find the humongous Fernsehturn television tower . The 368 meter high structure allows travelers to experience viewing the city from the tallest building in Germany. Architecturally the building itself resembles to other well known international skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

This famous church known as the "The Hollow Tooth" in Kurfürstendamm was damamged  during a bomb raid in 1943 however it's imperfect features such as is missing spike makes this church a unique sight to see within western Berlin. You can find some of it's remaining artifacts and missing architecture in the foyer next to the within standing tower.

The Berlin Wall - Eastside Gallery.

Eastside Gallery is known to be an international memorial for freedom. Whilst walking down the 1.3km long path you'll be able to see the creative and symbolic art work displayed on each slab of the Berlin  Wall which reflects on the walls history through its powerful messages.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Carry On Bag.

                             Hand Luggage Bag, Purse & Hand luggage tag - ASOS ,  Ipad mini, Camera - Panasonic Lumix GF3,     Phone & Ipod - eBay ,  -ASOS , Mints- Peppersmith * , Aztec Wallet & Floral iphone 5 flip case -  Accessorize, Make up -  Small contor kit - Sleek , Mini Roller Lash mascara -Benefit , Lipstick - L'Oreal , long lasting perfection concealer - Collection, Cleansing wipes - Simple.

When traveling abroad it's important to find cabin friendly bag that will contain all the vital documents and electrical goods which will keep you entertained on your journey .  However amongst the holiday excitement it's quiet easy to slip up and forget some of the key items that you may need to pack on your trip abroad. Taking the time out beforehand to create  a simple quick and easy check list will help you get your hand luggage packed and ready to go without any traveler stress.

Invest in protection cases for your ID - Keeping your Passport and other forms of identification that you may need to take abroad in a protection case as this will help prevent you from losing your passport , driving licence etc as they printed or colourful cases will be easy to spot.

Zip up the travel documents in a small bag - Even though the majority of airplane companies follow the process of online check in it’s still important to carry hard copy documents to help keep note of your trip - Highlight /circle/underline on the print out which highlights the information that you need to know – Flight time /hotel location etc.

Separate the cash – Separating out the cash into different compartments will help give a security blanket in case you lose your purse or wallet. As well spacing it out will is a great option for you if you're on a budget as it will stop you from over spending.

Camera & Cables – It's important to separate your electrical goods as this will help those of you who carry a fair few gadgets or cameras to have a lighter load on your shoulders and back.  An easy tip is to keep your main plugs in your suit case and purchase a small portable charger  as it will re-boost your iPhone or iPod whilst on the plane and take up less space in your bag.  Camera wise depending on the style camera you have ensure you check the make of the battery as due to hand luggage regulations you may not be allow to carry it in your carry on bag.

Headphones - This plug in is ideal for those who are nervous flyers or suffer from anxiety as various apps can help calm down your mood . However if therapeutic rituals aren't your cup of tea instead opt another soothing experience by just playing your favourite tracks on your ipod and relax.

Stay minty fresh – Keeping a pack of refreshing mints or chewing gum  in your bag will not only help battle against those annoying inflight clogs but it will keep your breath nice and fresh after snacking on some tasty treats.  The invigorating gum and mini mints from Peppersmith are perfect for those of you who are looking are for dental approved  mints which scientifically aims to improve your oral hygiene whilst on the go.

Antibacterial gel – A small hand sanitizer is vital product to keep in your hand luggage as alcohol based gel will kill of germs and prevent you  from catching any unwanted  bugs on your journey.

Give your complexion a refresh – All that confined space on the plane isn’t good for your skin especially when you’re covered in makeup . Allow your pores to breathe by giving your face a wipe down with some cleansing wipes and remoisturize your skin with some of your favourite skin products which are travel sized.

Protect yourself from UV rays  - If you've forgotten to purchase a travel size SPF make sure your keep yourself covered from UV rays by protecting your eyes by wearing sunglasses or by wearing  fashion forward fedora or snap back.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Fitness Regime

 Running T-shirt -Primark , Flex run 2013 Trainers & rest of gear - Nike.

One of the hardest parts of under taking a new fitness regime is making sure you keep track of your daily activities, nutrition and yourself in general. However when life throws us a curve ball we can easily fall off the health and fitness bandwagon.

Like any other routine we follow on regular basis it’s important to not see exercise as chore but rather than as a form of rehabilitation. Learning to see the benefits of regular exercise will help you channel your energy will help you regain your confidence and hit those workouts harder than you did before.

My current fitness regime is focused on eating healthier and exercising more. My original workout routine at the gym was 2-3 times a week and was mostly cardio based. Like most women, I was too timid to explore the world of lifting, as I didn’t have the confidence to approach the weights and give them a try.  But when I started to pick up HIIT themed classes at my gym it fueled my determination to push myself and get into shape. Now I work with a personal trainer, who’s educated me when it comes to balancing cardio and weight training.

Through my new work out plan I work out in the gym four to five times a week depending on my schedule. Each sessions consists of 20-30min cardio warm up and weight training which focuses on separate muscle groups on e.g. Quads , Glutes & Biceps , Hamstring Calves & Back , Chest , Shoulders & Triceps  which works on a x3 - x12 rep basis .  

Tip Take your  time during your reps as this will help you stay in the correct form during each exercise you perform as well the benefit of taking your time means you'll feel the burn. 'No pain no gain'

Nutrition wise I've always eaten healthy and I never really craved junk food. Through my cleaner diet plan I've been able to discover new whole foods which give me much more energy and  the natural nibbles have helped satisfy my sweet tooth such as banana with peanut butter, oh my!

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Searching for positive fitness inspiration

      Keeping a positive mind set will help you break through those barriers which are preventing you to come out of your comfort zone and help encourage you to eat healthier and exercise more frequently. It's important to direct your thought towards the reasons why you're wanting to change instead of comparing yourself to someone else who you inspire to be like whether that's in your favourite magazine or  on social media . Instead to fuel your aspiration into small steps of motivation which will aid you to get closer to feeling happier inside and out.

The Regular Reads - Most magazines that we tend to grab and read regularly are now filled with subjects which affect our everyday life . As health and fitness has grown more popular over the past year magazines such as Cosmopolitan and GQ  as they write inspiring features on people who have grown to love their bodies whether their someone from the general public or a celebrity.

Eat Pretty - Don't be fooled by the title as it's not all about 'beauty' this insightful book by Jolene Heart is ideal for you if you're aiming to eat cleaner as each chapter guides your taste buds into trying dishes filled with fruit and vegetables which will help nourish your body and give you the energy to give it your all during your workouts.

Women's & Men's Health - .  This lifestyle and fitness magazine is filled with eye opening articles which have been scientifically researched to help benefit your health inside and out. Allow with this each hard copy  contains update exercise plans which will help each muscle group in your body and top trainers clear up some Q&A's that most of us are too scared to ask.

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