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Filling Pieces Rainbow Capsule Collection  This style is part of Filling Pieces’ Rainbow womens capsule collection, completely made from premium pastel blue tanned nubuck, giving the model a sophisticated feminine look. Combined with a contrasting off-white Filling Pieces Ripple sole. Stampd x Puma Desert Storm R698 Stampd, the west coast ‘avantstreet’ lifestyle brand,  teams up with Puma for R698 upgrade. The new high-end shoe features suede and leather upper with perforated panels at the sides and toe box. A cracked earth pattern can be seen at the heel and within the Trinomic outsole. Pony x DKNY  Pony New York meets Donna Karan New York to create a new M-100 high tops.  The original M-100 was first released in 1988 so it seems only right that two iconic New York brands should team up on the upgrade. Even though it still feels a little bit bulky what with it being a basketball shoe, it is a thing of beauty. Pony x DKNY is made of calf leather with mesh details and leather laces. Sophia Webster  The British designers joins …

Chicken with Grainy Mustard Sauce

BBC Good Food – Chicken with Grainy Mustard Sauce

I have to say I am not one for complicated meals, though I love cooking and I love trying new recipes. But they have to be quick, easy and most importantly delicious. I thought that is not possible until I found BBC Good Food books for ‘dummies’ as I call them. This series of books were recommended by a friend who also loved cooking but like me had no time to prepare long, complicated meals. She said ‘ they work like a charm’. I did not believe her but wanted to try anyway , even if only out of courtesy. The result was ‘They worked like a charm’. No kidding! So, the other day I had few chicken breasts left in my fridge that I was postponing cooking because I did not want ‘grilled chicken’ meal. In times like these I reach for the BBC Good Food books and experiment. This time lucky dip fell on the Chicken with Grainy Mustard Sauce recipe. And to my surprise (though I should have learned by now) it worked! It was …

Apple Makes a Strong Play for Health & Fitness

No doubt that those who tuned in for Apple’s “Spring Forward” event today mostly wanted to hear more about the Apple Watch. But it seems Apple’s plan is bigger than just releasing the newest fashion tech accessory. One of the most important areas iPhone is having an impact on is personal health. Here is a summary of all Health and Fitness related announcement that came out of Cupertino this morning. As iPhone sales hits 700 million mark, and with over 900 apps have been created with Health Kit to help people track and manage their health, Apple announces open source Research Kit  “To think that this device that you use to check your mail can be used to battle disease is simply amazing.” Mike O’Reilly, MD, Apple Apple promises Research Kit App users freedom and control over not only participation in research but also the data collected. ‘You decide how your data is shared. You can see the data you’re sharing.’  And then came the ‘Most advanced timepiece ever created. A device that will revolutionize how you connect with others. And a comprehensive health …

Smart Fitness – Looking Beyond The FitBand

Whenever we mention fitness and technology the first product that comes to mind is a fitness band. But there is more to fitness and technology that sits outside wearables and can equally help improve our body fitness levels and support a healthy lifestyle. Here are 3 gadgets that aim to do exactly that. Smart Mat This clever  mat is a great example of how fitness and technology team up to help not only learn but also improve and master. As Yoga has become the GoTo exercise for many it is only surprising that SmartMat has taken so long. So what is it? SmartMat is just like any other yoga matt you roll up and carry but just a little but smarter. It ‘tracks, improve & perfect yoga practice by learning a user’s position and suggesting incremental improvements through their progression toward a Perfect Pose ™.’   All it takes is to dock a smartphone or tablet to the SmartMat and you have a personal yoga trainer at home. Tellspec – Beam your health up  Counting calories …

Adrenal Fatigue

I am usually really excited when I know I have a workout booked be that a pilates class, a PT, Hiit or Yoga. These are the days that I wake up buzzing and ready to go, excited I will be exercising. But there are also times when I don’t feel like working out at all. Still I usually push myself to go because I believe this to be lack of motivation and loosing my focus. The truth is most of the days I feel like this I am actually making a wrong assumption. I confuse tiredness and fatigue for lack of motivation. It made me think about how I approach my exercise routine and what I include in it. Pushing myself so hard is perhaps not the best approach. Planning a balanced workout routine that gives me time to rest and enjoy the benefits of the hard work on the mat or on the reformer or on the running machine #HateRunning is actually key to reaping the health benefits of physical exercise. With more and …

The Rise of Digital Fitness

From fitness trackers and home workouts streaming to fitness games there is no denying that the Health and Fitness industry is shifting gear into digital. With number of fitness apps growing exponentially it is clear that there is no going back any time soon. Weather this trend is driven by users or by brands is another question to ponder upon but one thing is for sure Fitness has gone digital!  If you are into Hiit, Yoga, Boxing, Running whatever your choice of workout online is the new destination to find it. Though the recent report from ACSM clearly shows that we still do enjoy a good, sweaty workout it is where and how we do it that seems to be changing. The combination of consumers who want more for less instantly and the availability of technology that can support that is what I think would see this trend boom in 1015. So what does this shift to digital look like? 1. Fitness Tracking  About 3.3 million fitness bands and activity trackers were sold between April …