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Date Night – Las Iguanas & A Wiggle

Date Nights are super important. Especially when you’re in London, everyone’s always so busy and you can get caught up in making so many plans you almost won’t have time for each other when those plans start to clash!

Alex and I always try to set aside a day in the week and one at the weekend. Last friday was our set date night and we decided we needed a night of food, drink and dance – We both love a wiggle (Well more hip hop/street but hey let’s not get hung up on terms eh…)

I booked a table at Las Iguanas, Spitalfields Market for 6.30pm – I know, a little early but we thought we’d get there, have a couple drinks in happy hour and then get to eat early too so when out and about in Shoreditch later that evening our food wouldn’t be jiggling inside.

We were told we could choose where we’d like to sit and we chose a table outside on the balcony, lovely little spot – we even felt like we had our own privacy which is nice. We were given menus and left to decide.

We ordered a couple cocktails each (It was happy hour after all which meant 241 cocktails so we might as well make the most of it!) and our mains. Alex the Tortas with shredded steak (no tomato or onion – haha ohhh the fussiness :P) and me the Hot Guyanese Pepperpot.

The mains came out pretty quickly, they actually came out before our drinks. But the waitress went off to find out where our beverages were after noticing straight away when she delivered our mains.

 Alex’s Tortas with shredded steak, jalapeno and cheese:

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The steak was nice and tender, and as the sandwich was on brioche it was nice a soft, almost melt in your mouth!

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The BBQ dip had a slight spiciness to it which we liked of course, being chilli and heat lovers!

My Hot Guyanese PepperPot:IMG_2991

Hot Pepperpot tasted really good! The mutton wasn’t tough and it was served in a decent quantity of sauce. It wasn’t that spicy, but that could be my taste buds as I now eat extra hot dishes!IMG_2993

The orange completed the mutton very well! I just used the one squeezed over the dish.IMG_2992

I loved the plantain – cooked perfectly! Not too much and full of flavour. 

Our first drinks were the Mango Collins (Absolut Mango vodka, triple sec, orange & mango juices, topped with lemonade) and The Chivalrous Hombre (Chivas Regal & ginger syrup stirred with pineapple juice & drops of chocolate bitters). They were both really nice. The gingery one perhaps more awkward to drink with all the crushed ice, but Alex loves them that way!

We finished our mains, and the waitress came over to clear our table. We asked to see the dessert menu and also ordered another couple drinks whilst still in happy hour. By this time it had started getting busier!

We did have to wait a while for drinks, but with happy hour coming to a close this was understandable. We ordered our desserts and these came out before the cocktails – We had one dish of 3 churros with salted caramel dip and one Affogato Cubano – An ice cream scoop in an espresso, with a dipping churro on the side. I say we shared but I had one churro and a tiny bit 😛

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The salted caramel dip was very sweet but utterly delicious!

IMG_2996The icecream in the espresso was delicious – I did manage to get a little taste 🙂

Our second set of cocktails, the Iguana Cosmo (Absolut Berri Açaí vodka, triple sec & pomegranate juice with a squeeze of lime & a dash of grenadine) and Crema Chido (a blend of Mexican liqueurs. Xta, with honey & aniseed flavours, shaken with Kahlua, cream & almond syrup):

IMG_2998 The Crema Chido was definitely my favourite out of the two, creamy but not too thick. Great for after dinner!

We then asked for the bill and a couple shots of rum for before we left.

From Las Iguanas we headed towards shoreditch high street and went exploring. We found a lovely brazilian bar called Floripa where we had a delicious ginger cocktail sat outside before going off to explore again. We eneded up at B@1 drinking and dancing until 1am – I have to say due to B@1 being very reasonably priced for London, the tequila did make an appearance 🙂

We do love a good dance and it’s so fun being out with Alex, we have such a laugh but had never been out just the two of us before – definitely the first of many now 🙂

It was a fab end to the week and start to the weekend, I loved my friday night. What an amazing date night!

I hope you all started your weekends well too!

Chloe xx

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Getting up for fitness classes…The habit?

I wrote quite a while ago about getting up in the morning to start my day the right way – with exercise!

Exercise in the morning gets your metabolism going, it wakes your body up and gets the circulation flowing, in a natural way rather than the dreaded stressed waking up to check your phone – not a great to the day! The way you start your day is said to set the way for the rest of your waking hours – so guys don’t stress yourselves out first thing!

Well summer came and went and I did get up a few times for a run, but it was pretty hard to keep at it. I started getting up early to do situps and stretching instead but found I really needed my sleep (or I just couldn’t get myself to wake up – no motivation!).

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Some of you might remember this little snap of my view when I went running in the morning – BEAUTIFUL! Thought it would keep me motivated but not to go 3 times a week unfortunately. 

Now I’ve found the best thing for mornings – Pure Gym fitness classes! I book in anywhere up to a week before so it’s a set date, they’re so enjoyable that I want to get up, and because I’ve booked I feel like I have to go! The best bit = they’re included in my gym membership too! With the mornings getting super chilly these days, this also gives me no excuse with the cold as it’s inside. All I have to do is walk 5mins down the road – PERFECT!

I now do this twice/three times a week depending on which classes have spaces when I book, and if I’m staying at home the night before. It’s becoming a much loved habit of mine.

But classes aren’t just great in the mornings – there are some fab evening classes and weekend classes too!

My favourites so far are Legs, Bums and Tums, Pure Core, Tabata and Pure POWER Step. I haven’t tried all the classes though (Obviously…as they run all through the weekdays too), and others do look pretty awesome too!

If your part of a PureGym or have one near you you should definitely check their classes out. 45 mins in the morning is a fab start to the day, and it sure does beat those evenings sat with no plans (ha that makes me sound lonely, but I’m sure we all have a couple!)

Chloe xx

p.s. Sorry for the lack of photos…it’s still dark before my class starts 😛 And I’m sure I don’t look photo-worthy that early! 

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The Little Things in Life

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“Happiness depends upon ourselves” – Aristotle

Happiness plays such an important part in everyones life. It interacts with so many other things in an individual – a positive/negative outlook, self-confidence and self-esteem, your ideal, achievement… and sometimes it can be really hard to keep happy!

BUT, everyone is in charge of their own happiness! Only you can turn things around, get that positive outlook on life and manage to enjoy everything to the fullest.

Sometimes you have to concentrate on those little things in life, you know the small moments of a day which really make you smile. Some days these may be more difficult to spot, but there must be some there. Even when work is hard, you’re shattered and may just want to be by yourself, there has to be at least one moment that day which made you the tiniest bit happy…and when you start to think about it, these moments will get easier to uncover and more regular.

Concentrating on these happy thoughts (the little things in life) will bring a more positive feeling overall, and will help you to look at the other little things which have been great in that day too.

Here’s my ‘Little Things in Life’ for the beginning of this week:

  • Having a very productive first couple hours to the day
  • I treated myself to a lunch from Purely Fresh on monday – a jacket potato with tuna, just what I fancied.
  • Alex saying he was”SO happy I went to watch him play football” – it was his last match of the season and I’d been promising all summer
  • A nice walk after the football match
  • A quick call with Dad, followed by a text from Mum – pretend jealousy! 😛 Makes me chuckle!
  • Actually managing to get up and not die (ok, a little bit of an overstatement!) at Tabata at 6.15am this morning.
  • A client of ours I don’t normally work with, being SUPER nice to me in a meeting this morning

I probably could squeeze another from today so far, but thinking at this time when my head is so much still in work is hard 😛

But I will leave you with another quote I love, which just shows how you shouldn’t take what you have for granted, and to hopefully motivate you to think of your “little things in life” too…

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness” – William E. Gladstone

 

Happy thinking…

Chloe xx

 

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The Color Run Brighton

This weekend, armed in our white color run t-shirts, headbands (ok, me on my own!) and sunglasses, looking a tad like 118, Jen and I took part in the Color Run in Brighton.

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Saturday morning we graced the earth with our presence, had a nice healthy breakfast and got ready to be coloured!

Jen’s mum kindly took us into Brighton centre, to Madeira Drive, which is along the sea front where the race was being held. Jen and I made our way to the start, excitement bubbling, limbering up and watching a crowd doing the warm up (we were a little late to join in but also it was pretty hot and we didn’t want to get too sweaty before our run :P). The warm-up was being held by a Virgin Active instructor and looked real fun!

Everyone then started moving into the start chute. They let waves of people go as to not be too crowded around the course and avoid overcrowding at the colour sections. We made our way into the start area waiting for our turn to be ‘go, go, go’! We were all bopping to the beats, chanting when instructed and the volunteers or colour run marshals were throwing freebies to some of us waiting – tutus, wristbands, sunglasses.

We joined the countdown and off we were. It wasn’t a race and everyone was going their own pace, some walking, some jogging, and there were people of all ages, even little children taking part with their parents. It was so nice to see everyone coming together.

Jen and I took a steady jog, slowing down slightly at the coloured sections where they had volunteers loaded with powder paint in squeezy bottles briefed to cover you in colour! It was so much fun – pink, blue, yellow and orange. Towards the end people were even rolling on the floor to be brighter! So funny. You did have to alter your breathing slightly, a little shallower with all the dust and powder, but the sections werent too long for it to be a problem!

The course even had a water stop half way round, which was great in the heat – it was so sunny saturday morning.

The view was fab, running along the seafront and it was so well organised!

When we got to the finish line we were given a packet of powder paint and made our way in to the finish area where people were colour throwing and dancing to the music. There were timed colour throws too which looked awesome from the outside (our other housemate was watching from the hill). Jen and I opened our sachets and attacked each other with pink!

A couple pics after our pink powder sesh in the finish area:

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We went to meet back up with Jen’s mum and Meg, and we all headed off for a refreshing drink before going back to clean off.

An amazing morning, SO much fun – they really do mean it when they say #colourmehappy !!

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Jen and I in our Rain Ponchos in the car on the way home – Got to protect the mini! Still smiling from our morning running.

 

I’m definitely getting signed up for it again next year!

Chloe xx

 

P.s I know I spelt it Color – It’s a trend which has come over from America! I know it’s monday but I am still on the ball. 

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Saturday Girls Night in

Get off those smartphones and tablets and get out to spend time with friends – obviously unless you’re contacting friends who live far away!

Spending time with friends has so many benefits, including stress relief and living longer – yes you read that right.

But even if you partner is your best friend, did you know we’re apparently spending more time on smartphones than with them? CRAZY!

Last saturday evening, following a fab Pure Combat class at Pure Gym, I freshened up and had a girls night in with Ally. We cooked – well Ally cooked for me, yes I do let others cook for me (those of you who know me well know I’m a control freak in the kitchen :P). We had chilli con carne with sour cream and guacamole dips, with butternut squash rice (a Tilda special unfortunately not home made) and a few nachos, of which I tried not to feel guilty for having after our fitness class!

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We sat chatting over dinner at her dining room table, and carried on nattering for quite a while.

We broke out the sparkling wine. A cheap one, but really nice, very sweet. Perhaps too good as was so easy to drink!

We even treated ourselves to a champagne truffle we had bought earlier in the day at Planet Organic.

Sparkling Wine & Chocolate Truffle

A dairy free, gluten free organic truffle. It was delicious – we had one each (we shared a box which came with two) – it was enough as they were quite rich but scrumptious!

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We moved to the sofa and put a horror film on from Netflix. I hadn’t watched a horror in a long time so was excited for the adrenaline rush. We watched Haunting in Connecticut 2 – It was pretty good.It made me jump a few times, and was really engaging. I was surprised as it’s hard to find a really good horror nowadays!

I went home after, and snuggled up into bed to rest after my long day!

It made me think. I really appreciate the fact that I have friends in London, ones I can spend the day/evening with and let all frustrations, stress and negative thoughts disappear. Friends are so important and I feel so lucky to have great friends like I do!

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