New Year, New Fitness Trends..

Are you interested in making a fresh and healthy start this year? We know it can be difficult to stick to your resolutions, especially when it’ s cold and miserable outside, but a key mood-booster (annoyingly) is exercise. So we have put together a quick list of new fitness trends that will not only keep you on the move, but are fun too!

 

Boom Cycle 

Boom Cycle is a high energy, bike based, indoor cycle class. Similar to spinning, Boom Cycle is intense but you have the sounds of the music to keep you going, hence the ‘Boom’ in the title. We would recommend going with the knowledge that the class will not be easy,  just remember to cycle to the beat of the music.

Book your class today! > https://www.boomcycle.co.uk/about

Dance Buzz

Learn to dance. Don’t worry if you have two left feet, dancing is super fun and there are many different dance options available so take your pick! Whether you fancy learning Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance routine or want to try your hand at jazz, anything goes. You’ll not only have a great time, you’ll get to burn some calories too!

Check out Dance Buzz for more information on classes – http://www.dancebuzz.co.uk/

 

House of Voga 

What is Voga we hear you ask?! Voga is a combination of yoga and vogueing. Voga is a great way to incorporate a bit of fun to your normal yoga workout and it consists of normal yoga mixed in with Madonna’s Vogue poses. We actually cannot wait to try this, plus it doesn’t even matter if you’re a beginner!

Head to House of Voga for more information on classes and cost >  http://houseofvoga.com/

Romantic Bath…

Lauren from the Style Diary team, recently got married! But instead of going straight on honeymoon, she and her new husband decided to go on a romantic ‘mini-moon’ to the lovely and historic city of Bath instead. Here’s Lauren’s account of what was an amazing, and very romantic, break in Bath.

“Having never been to Bath before, we weren’t sure where to start when initially planning our trip, but a while back a friend of mine recommended The Pig Hotel near Bath and said it was just amazing. About 25 minutes from the town centre, The Pig boasts an historic and classic décor and has a sublime garden out back where they grow natural produce to prepare in their restaurant. With around 28 rooms, we opted for the Comfy Room where we were given a congratulatory bottle of champagne! The surroundings were so beautiful we didn’t want to leave…”

thepignearbath10The Pig (near Bath) – Amazing food, fabulous service and the comfiest room we have ever stayed in!

“On the second day of our trip we decided to go and visit the Roman Baths, as it’s an iconic piece of history and it would be a crime not to visit. This is quite embarrassing to admit, but we weren’t sure if we could actually swim at the baths and had to double check on their website beforehand! It turns out you can’t, but that doesn’t matter, the tour is so wonderful and it comes with a free audio guide which explains every little thing you see which is super interesting. It was quite a romantic setting and once we reached the baths at the bottom we made sure to have our photo taken by the water, we also had our photo taken with a Roman gladiator too! We would definitely recommend giving the baths a visit, put aside at least 2 hours for the full experience.”

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“On our third day, and seeing as we couldn’t swim at the Roman Baths, we decided to check out the Thermae Spa opposite. The Thermae Spa boasts a rooftop pool, scented steam rooms, hot baths and is the only spa that consists of natural thermal water. We were lucky that the weather was still decent and the rooftop pool was lovely and warm so we could relax and just be… Sessions last approximately 2 hours but you can add an extra hour on at reception if you wish.” 

Key Race Dates for 2016

Here at Style Diary HQ we love to get dressed up! And during the summer social season, what better excuse than for a day at the races? Here are our favourite race dates for the summer social calendar.

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The Investec Derby, Epsom Downs Racecourse

3rd – 4th June 2016

The Derby is a flat horse racing event held at Epsom Downs Racecourse, just outside London. This year’s Ladies’ Day is held on Friday 5th June and is a great excuse to get all dressed up. The dress code is formal, so pair an elegant shift dress with a hat or fascinator and you’re good to go!

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot, Ascot Racecourse

14th – 18th June 2016

One of the most well-known race meets, Royal Ascot is a full week of horse racing events held at the iconic Ascot Racecourse. Ascot Ladies’ Day is on Thursday 18th June, and always draws in a glamorous and elegant crowd. The formal outfit code requires a knee-length dress and a hat, so make sure you’re ahead in the style stakes with a coordinated head-to-toe look.

We’re pleased to say that Royal Ascot have now officially announced this year’s dresscode. Find out all the details of what to wear here.

The Moët & Chandon July Festival, Newmarket Racecourse

7th – 9th July 2016

The July Festival at Newmarket promises to be a fabulous affair. Held on the July Course, this three-day event is one of the most prestigious sprint races of the season, with a Ladies’ Day and Gentleman’s Day pulling in the crowds, it also culminates with the popular Darley July Cup Day.

Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse

26th – 30th July 2016

The Goodwood event is a British summertime favourite. Goodwood’s Ladies’ Day is on 30th July, while the so-called Glorious Friday is an equally glamorous day. The five-day event is one of the sporting and social highlights of the season.

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The Ebor Festival, York Racecourse

17th – 20th August 2016

York’s Ebor Festival is one of the oldest race events in the UK. This year’s Ladies’ Day is on 20th August. Make sure you’re appropriately glamorous as aside from the horse racing, fashion is a key focus of the event. Each year a “Best Dressed Racegoer” award is given to the best outfit!

Get race day ready with Jacques Vert occasionwear! 

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Top 5: Places To Escape The Cold

According to recent studies, this week is the most popular time to book a holiday and escape to the sun (we can’t think why?!)

So with the promise of snow creeping up on us, and let’s be frank, snow is pretty inconvenient certainly if you have the morning commute to deal with, we have picked our top places to escape to that assure us a hint of sunshine and a temperature over -5.

Top 5: Places To Escape The Cold

1. Dubai

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This must-visit destination is the place to be at the moment. With its bustling business quarter and magnificent skylines, not to mention the temperature, Dubai has it all; From new shopping malls (that sell Jacques Vert) and Michelin star restaurants to beautiful hotels and breathtaking deserts, Dubai promises you good weather, good food and good views, what more could you ask for? Best time to go is early to mid January.

2. Egypt

 

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Filled with oodles of history, Egypt is has a lot of depth and intrigue to offer. Usually warm all year round, Egypt gives you the option of sunbathing in Sharm el Sheikh or going site seeing in Cairo; don’t forget to check out the tomb of Tutankhamun! Best time to go is mid -end January.

3. The Canary Islands

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North of Africa, the canary islands are well known for being a good winter sun destination and boast the following popular options; Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Fuerteventura. Although not every beach may be sandy, the weather is generally pleasant and people friendly, they feature good nightlife, restaurants and entertainment. Best time to go is mid-February.   

4. Portugal

 

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Fancy a short flight? Why not head to Portugal for some pre-spring sun. With bustling side streets with some of the best restaurants, you’ll also have the opportunity of visiting the fantastic fruit markets on offer. With beaches and plenty to do with the kids, this destination definitely has appeal.

5. Morocco

A Muslim woman, wearing a hijab, walks past poufs in the market, Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakesh in Morocco is the last on our list, not because it is our list favourite place but because its best visited at the end of March. At this time it is the start of the season and not quite the hottest period, as morocco can get really hot. Another destination with a bustling nightlife scene, Morocco is famous for its amazing markets that feature handmade cushions, shoes and more.

Top 5: Festive Theatre Shows

One of the most talked about conversations at Style Diary HQ is what gets us in the mood for Christmas? Some of us went with festive movies such as L’ove Actually’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ whereas others opted for stage shows such as The Snowman and The Nutcracker. We have decided to put together our top 5 favourite festive shoes to get you in the spirit this season…

Top 5: Festive Theatre Shows

 

1.The Snowman

As mentioned above, The Snowman is a firm favourite here and a real tear jerker too. How can you not love ‘Walking in the air’ and the lovely characters this story has produced and luckily for you, its still showing at London’s Peacock Theatre!  

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2.Elf – The Musical

Located at London’s Dominion theatre, this much anticipated stage version of the 2003 hit movie, is just the right bit of Christmas you’ll need at this time of year. This is a  story of Buddy the elf, a human raised as an elf that embarks on a mission to find his real father in New York City. Very heart-warming and the perfect Christmas show!

Elf Al Hirschfeld Theatre Cast List: Jordan Gelber Leslie Kritzer Wayne Knight Beth Leavel Mark Jacoby Valerie Wright Adam Heller Michael Mandell Rory Donovan Jason Eric Testa Timothy J. Alex Catherine Brunell Callie Carter Andrea Chamberlain Jay Douglas David Hibbard Jenny Hill Stacey Todd Holt Emily Hsu Nancy Johnston Josh Lamon Ariel Reid Jonathan Schwartz Eric LaJuan Summers Jen Taylor Lee Wilkins Production Credits: Casey Nicholaw (Direction) David Rockwell (Scenic Design) Gregg Barnes (Costume Design) Natasha Katz (Lighting Design) Peter Hylenski (Sound Design) Zachary Borovay (Projections) Doug Besterman (Orchestrations) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Chad Beguelin Music by: Matthew Sklar Book by: Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan

3. A Christmas Carol

The ultimate Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, is one that will never grow old no matter how many different variations there are! Played by the legendary Jim Broadbent, whom we all remember as Bridget’s dad in Bridget Jones’s Diary, plays the bad tempered Ebenezer Scrooge. Located at the Noel Coward Theatre in Covent Garden, you could even take the kids to see the large Christmas tree over by the square afterwards!

 

4. The Nutcracker

What more could you ask for over the festive period than toys coming to life AND the dulcet tones of ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ . The Nutcracker is a show that everyone loves and will always be associated with Christmas, go and see this delightful production at the London Coliseum in Leicester Square!  

 

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5. Disney on Ice

A new way to enjoy Disney is on ice. Head down to the O2 arena and check out the likes of Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty in treasure trove of entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hold The Press: #JVGSS16 Press Day

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Last Thursday saw the Jacques Vert Group’s SS16 press show, where we showcased all the collections for SS16 to press, bloggers and stylists. Held at Whitfield Street Space in London’s West End, the location was very central for all our attendees and boasted lighting to make you think it was actually summer and not a windy Thursday in November.

The brands collections were separated into different sections; relaxed casualwear, wedding attire, designer collaborations, elegant daywear and occasionwear so we could highlight the versatility of our brands and show how the designs would work for all summer occasions and tap into this season’s most desired trends.

#JVGSS16 Press Day

 

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Designer Collaborations; Jeff Banks for Precis
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Elegant Daywear; Jacques Vert, Precis and Windsmoor.

 

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Relaxed Casual; Dash and Precis

 

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Wedding Attire; Jacques Vert

 

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Accessories; Jacques Vert, Precis, Windsmoor by Paul Costelloe, Hats by Rachel Trevor-Morgan

It was a brilliant day filled with cupcakes, prosecco and this super cute guest…

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Remember, Remember…Bonfire Night

Make your week go with a bang with our edit of top warming pieces from across our range of brands to keep you nice and cosy this coming bonfire night. Although the loud bangs might give us all a fright and may scare our pets, we’re still addicted to the sheer wonderment of sparklers, Catherine Wheels and rockets, so see below our tips on how to keep in ‘banging’ style this year.

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Comforting Knits

Ensure you’re well covered this fireworks night, as you’ll be spending most of the evening outside and it’s bound to be a bit nippy. Wrap up with an oversized knit and keep your head and neck warm with comforting winter accessories such as a chunky scarf and hat.

 

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Sturdy Shoes

Another important thing to factor in when planning your bonfire night outfit is your footwear. Most displays are usually in a large outdoor space or field that could be quite a walk to get to, so ensure you are protected from the puddles with a sturdy boot.

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Hands On

Last but by no means least, your hands. If, like us, one of your favourite things about a fireworks display is a sparkler, then make sure your mitts are covered.

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Where to go…

Alexandra Palace, London

If you’re based in London then one of the most famous fireworks displays to go and visit would be at North London’s Alexandra Palace. A palace by name and by nature, this venue offers an extraordinary display that’ll be sure to take your breath away.