From the slopes to the streets!

November 1st 2018 saw Peak Performance, a sports fashion brand, launch its very first independent store in the UK.

Inspired by their desire to combine fashion with a purpose, Peak Performance was founded in 1986 by three skiers from Sweden.

So, when I heard that David, Lauren and their team would be opening up a new store in Guildford high street, I was curious to find out more about this exciting concept and brand.

As soon as we walked into the store you could sense the excitement and anticipation for the town’s latest pop-up which played host to a wide range of guests, included the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, Martin  Eisele (head of emerging markets and Canada at Peak Performance), Unify Brand Partnership as well as Daniel Britten a former quarter-finalist from Season 8 of MasterChef.

After being greeted by the lovely Kathryn and her colleague Chantelle from Dust PR London we were left to sample some of the Nordic inspired canapés and a glass of prosecco whilst browsing the colourful collection from Peak Performance.

Whilst I have never had the pleasure of skiing myself, the thing that immediately struck me was how the brand was much more than just another sportswear provider. Every single detail had been thought of from the purpose of the product, the fashion aspect and last but not least creating something that was sustainable.

This was reinforced by the stores event calendar, which will see the store transformed into a Private pop-up restaurant throughout December with Daniel Britten providing more delicious creations and Surrey Wine cellar supplying the wine list, a perfect marriage of talents if I have ever seen one.

Moreover, Yoga classes will also be taking place on various dates in the morning, so you needn’t wait until the New Year to kick-start your healthy lifestyle regime.

Despite primarily operating in the ski sector, Peak Performance’s latest urban collection sees them focusing on clothing that can be worn for multiple activities which include running, yoga, golf and much more.

What I particularly loved is how the brand had combined modern technology with sustainability throughout the range. I have to confess that there is something strangely satisfying about going around scanning various QR codes and being able to track the original source of the down used in their products, this extensive list also covers the breakdown of materials as well as the country where the down had been made and how. As an animal lover it was reassuring to know that the down has been sourced ethically.

Of course, when David and his team asked if I would like to try a few things on, naturally I couldn’t resist. From the moment I tried on their Hipecore + Anima ski suit on I wasn’t dissappointed. Despite the material feeling thin, it was incredibly warm and had me feeling like I was back home wrapped in my warm duvet. Next I tried on their Rider Mid Layer Zip Hood Jacket which was so soft that I have already added it to my list to Santa this year (My Husband).

We had such an incredible evening and I throughly enjoyed learning all about Peak Performance and I am confident that with David and Lauren behind the UK’s first stand alone pop-up they will scale new heights. You can explore Peak Performance’s collections under one roof until January 31st 2019 at 161, High Street, Guildford on the corner by Jefferies Passage.

Products Mentioned

Women’s Rider Mid Layer Zip Hood Jacket £120.00

Unisex Knitted Pow Hat Salute Blue £40.00

Unisex 2-Layer Peak Performance Knitted Hat £45.00

Women’s Padded Hipecore + Anima Ski Jacket Vibrant Pink £300.00

Women’s Padded Hipecore + Anima Ski Pants Vibrant Pink £260.00

You can find out more about Peak Performance and the store’s latest updates by clicking on the links below:

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Have you popped in for a peak at Guildford’s latest pop-up? What are your favourite pieces? I would love to know in the comments below. 

Love Emma 

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Disclaimer: Dust PR very kindly invited me along to the launch of Peak Performance Guildford in exchange for an honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions remain my own. 

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Wednesday 10th October 2018 for many marked World Mental Health Day, so it seemed only appropriate that The Body Shop down in Brighton, should host a VIP Bloggers Event promoting their latest seasonal ranges for Halloween and Christmas as well as the importance of self care.

Naturally good mental health starts with healthy eating, so it seemed rather fitting that the store should also choose to partner with Leon who offer healthy alternatives to fast food.

The restaurant provided us with some delicious tasters from their vegan food and drinks menu which included their spicy lentil masala,  fruity mango and blueberry pots and refreshing goiji berry and passion fruit juicy waters to wash it all down with.

After sampling some of the delights that Leon had to offer, we were then left to mingle with all the local bloggers and explore the latest products that the store had to offer.

This was shortly followed by a talk about the importance of looking after ourselves, a little overview of how the evening would unfold and a sneak preview of some of their exciting Christmas range which included three new scents as part of their enchanted forest collection – peppermint candycane, vanilla marshmallow and berry bon bon.

I have never been particularly fussed about beauty calendars and would always sway towards the traditional chocolate filled offerings from Cadbury’s. But I have to say Freddie the fox and his chums which include Olivia the owl and Dani the deer could be about to sway me. Prices start from £45 for their standard enchanted version, but I have to say with an array of goodies on offer from coconut body scrub, almond hand cream, strawberry shampoo and vanilla bath bombs to name just a few and a combined total worth up to £85 there really is nothing basic about this little gem.

If you fancy treating yourself or a loved one then make sure you check out their Ultimate calendar for £99 (worth £231) from Freddie the fox who is filed with 25 surprises which are designed to leave you feeling re-energised after all those Christmas parties and endless hours of shopping. In keeping with their mental wellbeing theme, the calendar also comes with a set of daily tasks for you to complete to help you reconnect with nature. What’s more, your empty boxes can be put together to create a picture puzzle which reveals some beautiful creatures roaming in the wilderness.

With hand massages, beauty makeovers, skincare consultations and the option to personalise our very own body butters we were spoilt for choice on how to spend our evening. Sadly, my Sister was unable to attend the event, so I decided to get a body butter made up with her name on as a little thank you for being my wonderful Sister. As a Mum of two she very rarely gets time to pamper herself and just relax, so I knew she would love this idea.

Next I decided to treat myself to their vegan banana body yogurt which smells sooooooo good and I had been eyeing it up since April when I attended another VIP Bloggers event at the Brighton store. I am so glad I decided to get it, as it was an absolute bargain at just £4.50 and I have already used it at work everyday. I find washing my hands and the changing weather has made them really dry, but this vegan banana body yoghurt helps to combat that and every time I get a whiff on the scent I feel like I am transported back to the sunny shores of Alcudia beach in Mallorca.

Of course, I couldn’t leave without having a go at the guess the scent game, where we were blindfolded and had to guess the scent (kind of self explanatory I know). Sadly I didn’t win a prize as I only got one right, but I didn’t walk away empty handed, as the store gave each of us a very generous goody bag which was filled with vouchers from Leon and lots of beauty goodies which I will be sharing with you over on my Instagram and YouTube channel shortly, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that.

Thank you so much to The Body Shop in Brighton for hosting such a fun-packed evening and to Leon for let us sample your delicious dishes and drinks. Will you be purchasing any of their festive calendars this year?

Love Emma

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Some of the products featured in this post were very kindly gifted to me from The Body Shop and Leon. However, as always all opinions and views remain my own. 

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A Sunday well spent brings a week of content and this was definitely the case for me and my husband Al, whom I spent last weekend strolling around the new Rosebourne Garden centre in Aldermaston with.

When an email dropped into my Inbox inviting me to a Bloggers sneak peak, my heart instantly sunk as I realised I would be out of the country and unable to attend. But this didn’t stop me from dragging my husband along the following weekend for the store’s grand opening which saw Strictly’s very own Craig Revel Hornwood cut the ribbon to mark the occasion.

Nothing could prepare either of us for the huge array of fresh local fruit and veg, cheeses, meats and breads as we first entered the store. This was quickly followed by magical Christmas displays with scenes of winter wonderlands and gifts for every possible recipient and occasion.

Walking around garden centres has been a favourite pastime of mine for as long as I can remember, but Rosebourne was something else. After spending what felt like minutes looking around the store (it was actually half a day) we ventured outside into the sunshine where I was automatically drawn to the stunning elephant water feature, then it was onto metal sculptures of horses, colourful flowerpots, palm trees, a wide selection of flowers, garden ornaments, wind chimes and much more.

Naturally, we had worked up quite an appetite, so when Al suggested Afternoon Tea for two, well I could hardly argue could I? The restaurant provided the perfect backdrop with the sun beaming in through the glass roof and palms surrounding us. Despite being rushed off their feet, the staff worked tirelessly throughout and delivered some delicious morsels which included a selection of crustless sandwiches with fillings of goats cheese and roasted red pepper, freshly baked Rosebourne mini fruit scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, two shots of chocolate and raspberry trifles, plum bakewell wedges, two mini apricot and raspberry hazelnut pavlovas all served on a black granite slate and washed down with English Breakfast tea and a glass of Prosecco. For £23 (excluding the Prosecco) it was a very generous spread that left us both feeling a tad full. So there was only one thing for it – we decided to walk around the store one last time before driving 50 miles home.

I am so glad we both visited Rosebourne, it was such a lovely relaxing Sunday and I can’t wait to go back. It will definitely be on the top of my list of places to shop at for Christmas gifts.

Have you visited the new Rosebourne store in Aldermaston yet?

Love Emma

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Love Emma

XxXx

 

 

Disclaimer: Jex Shoes kindly gifted me the products mentioned within this post for my younger nephew (age 6) who absolutely loved them and spent ages colouring them in quietly. All views and opinions expressed remain my own. 

 


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You may have noticed that I have been quiet on the blogging and Youtube front for a couple of months now, this is because I have been wrapped up in planning our wedding and adjusting to life as a Mrs. Unfortunately, work also took over and writing a post slipped down on my list of priorities.

Blogging has always been an enjoyable part of my life and something which has bought many opportunities my way and thus introduced me to some incredibly talented people. But when I began to struggle to put words down due to sheer exhaustion, I knew that I had to put La Blonde Voyage on the back burner, at least until things felt a little more balanced.

After, returning from a relaxing week in Mallorca and having time to explore what is most important to me, I feel ready to return to the Blogosphere and start sharing some regular updates with you, inbetween food shops and weekly chores. You see being a blogger isn’t all blogging events, freebies and luxurious holidays like our social media channels might have you believe. With that in mind I would like to leave you all with this one quote that has helped me through some difficult times.

Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparision between the sun and the moon, they both shine when it’s their turn. 

Love Emma

XxXx 

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