High on rotation are my new Riley High Rise straight crop jeans from Agolde, which I bought from Concept M in Cottesloe. The ultimate straight leg style, in a rigid denim and in the perfect blue wash. The most flattering ‘mum jean’ I’ve found and they work for so many different shapes and sizes. I’ve been putting my clients on to these and they love them! I would suggest taking a size down if you want them to mould to your shape properly and keep their fitted shape. I’m in good company too with Instagram’s fashion director Eva Chen wearing them on repeat.
Bike Bar in Claremont is not your average spin class. It starts when you walk into the studio, which is like a hotel style reception, complete with premium amenities – showers, hair dryers and hair straighteners so you can go and spin before work and not have to go home again. The dream! I was very nervous before the class, as I DO NOT ever step foot inside gyms, fitness studios or really have anything to do with exercise apart from chasing after my son at the park. I went 15 minutes early and had a tour and run through of how it all works by one of the instructors, who really helped to alleviate my anxiety. Once everyone was clipped into their bikes the lights were turned off, with the only light coming from a few candles at the front. Then the ‘beat dropped’ literally. I felt like I was in a nightclub. Kate, the instructor, was fun and motivating and the 45 minutes passed quickly, which didn’t surprise me as I was having such a good time pretending I was in my own music dance video (albeit not a very coordinated one). There were times when I felt my legs would give way but I just sat down and kept pedalling (no one can see you) – so you can take each class at your own pace. Bike Bar’s belief is that fitness should be fun and inspiring. Their classes are fat burning full body workouts, designed to specifically work your core and make you sweat. I’ve already been back!
Virunga. Released in 2014 and nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars, this film is a powerful must watch if you haven’t already seen it. Incredibly filmed, it focuses on the park rangers at the Virunga National Park in the Congo, and their struggle to protect the mountain gorillas who live there. You won’t forget the film’s heroes, Andre Bauma, the incredibly kind-hearted ranger who would die to protect the orphaned gorillas, the courageous Belgian warden Emmanuel de Merode and Rodrigue Katembo, a section chief who is trying to bring down the oil companies and their illegal activities. This is sure to tug at the heartstrings.