• Peak Performance Guildford

    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:



    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 


    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. 


    The Coco Bay Honeymoon Wishlist

    Coco Bay Swimwear Wishlist.

    With our wedding planning well and truly under way and less than a year until our big day. Al and I have turned our attention to potential honeymoon destinations for our trip of a lifetime.

    Santorini, Tuscany, Maldives you name it we have considered it and whilst we haven’t booked anything yet, we have managed to pin down the Caribbean as a serious contender.

    Adventure Awaits.

    Crystal clear waters, golden sands, lush tropical gardens along with the sound of steel pan music mean’s the Caribbean really is the perfect paradise to jet off to for some quality couple time.

    Unfortunately, our wedding will fall during hurricane season, so it will be a few months before we can enjoy those breath-taking sunsets and natural wonders, but at least we have longer to save up.

    Unlike the honeymoon planning, finding the perfect swimwear or beach cover up will be an absolute breeze, as the wonderful ladies from Coco Bay are on hand to help me find the perfect piece with just a few clicks. Luckily for me I am also able to mix and match pieces to suit my figure, which is especially great as I am different sizes on the top and bottom.

    To say that I was pleased that I discovered Coco Bay over 5 years ago is a huge understatement, their Seafolly pieces are a firm favourite of mine and after lusting over the gorgeous vintage wildflower printed swimsuit for the best part of 2017, I was over the moon when my generous fiancé Al presented me with a beautifully wrapped package from none other than Coco Bay and after eating far too many goodies at tastings, my bikini body confidence had taken a bit of a dive, so this swimsuit will be perfect for strolls along the beach.

    Tropical Vibes.

    Honeymoon Wishlist

    Vintage Florals.


    Casablanca Kaftan
    Life is better at the beach.


    Hipanema rita pink basket
    The perfect bag to hold all of your poolside essentials.



    Havaianas flip-flops
    Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.


    Beach toes sunday session nail polish
    Sunday Session


    Seafolly rainbow beach blanket towel
    Happiness comes in waves.
    A Bohemian touch.
    Coco bay embroidered pull on dress papaya
    Feeling peachy.


    Shop the Wishlist

    Seafolly Vintage Wildflower Swimsuit £98.00

    Casablanca Tapestry Kaftan £119.00

    Hipanema Rita Basket – Pink – £80.00

    Havaianas Flip – Flops – Navy – £26.00

    Beach Toes – Sunday Session – £9.50

    Seafolly Rainbow Beach Blanket Towel – £52.00

    Hipanema Pandore Bracelet – Pink/White – £71.00

    Coco Bay – Embroidered Pull On Dress – Papaya – £49.00

    Do you want to treat yourself but have a wedding or holiday to pay for? Well the lovely ladies from Coco Bay are kindly offering La Blonde Voyage readers 15% off their beautiful beachwear collection. All you have to do is enter the code Voyage15 at checkout – Valid until October 31st 2017.


    Happy Shopping

    Love Emma



    My Fitness Journey with Lapasa: A Review

    *Sponsored Post

    Fitness Flatlay
    Fitness Journey.

    After discovering the many benefits of keeping fit, I have recently started my own fitness journey in an attempt to tone up and improve my fitness levels. It was actually my 28th birthday that made me realise that our health is something that we should invest in and exercise is about so much more than just losing weight or toning up.

    Coupled with the fact that society and the media are currently showering us with perfect photoshopped  images of toned bodies in bikinis, fitness plans are being featured in magazines, guides on how to lose a stone in 4 weeks have  become a regular occurrence and social media is being used as a platform to share atheistically  pleasing images of acai bowels, yoga poses and calorie counting has become the norm.

    I have decided to use this as an opportunity to make small changes such as going for walks in the fresh air, drinking plenty of water at work, snacking on fresh fruit more oppose to polishing off a whole packet of Kit-Kats and getting at least 8 hours sleep by cutting back on social media in the evenings.

    Yoga Pose

    After the initial motivation and small changes, I was launched into the word of healthy living and  was motivated to start my own fitness journey which involved regular bike rides, weight training and walks with Toby as a daily activity. As a result l have begun to lose some weight, my mental health has greatly improved, I feel fitter, have more energy and find myself craving healthier food.

    Excercising Poses
    Endure The Pain. Enjoy The Gain.

    However, it has been quiet some time since I donned my running shoes, so when a Canadian Sportswear company called Lapasa got in touch and asked me if I would like to review a couple of pieces from their latest collection, I was very excited.

    After looking for a decent sports bra for quite some time and failing to find leggings that cater for my 5ft 10 inch frame. I decided to try Lapasa’s Yoga bra in black and the yoga leggings in navy. Being a size 14 on the bottom and a 34E on the top I also went for the XL large size which fitted perfectly.

    When they arrived I was very impressed with the quality as Lapasa’s prices are so reasonable, that I was expecting the material to feel poor.

    First I tried the yoga bra which offered just the right amount of support without leaving you feeling restrictive, making it the perfect essential for your yoga or running needs. Next up where the Lapasa leggings which despite their fitted design felt incredibly soft, lightweight and comfortable.

    Lapasa Sportswear
    Stronger Than Yesterday!

    What I particularly love about Lapasa is that unlike other sportswear brands Lapasa is discreet with its branding which is something that really appealed to me as I wanted clothing that was comfy, affordable and understated.

    These are just a couple of my favourite pieces, so I would recommend you head on over to their Lapasa store over on Amazon if you wish to see the rest of their high – tech apparel. Alternatively, their Instagram account is worth taking a look at for some style and fitness inspiration.

    I personally can’t recommend Lapasa enough and as a Bride-to-be who wants to feel healthy and fit on her wedding day without breaking the bank, I will definitely be ordering some more pieces from the Amazon store.

    Lapasa Selfie
    Let exercise be your stress relief, not food.


    My Fitness Journey
    Keep On Movin.


    Toby with Weights
    Toby weighting.

    Are you just starting out on your own fitness journey? Why not treat yourself to some new pieces for your gym kit? Lapasa are offering all of my lovely readers 10% off all you have to do is enter the code: Journey1 Valid until September 4th 2017. 

    I hope this post has motivated you to get moving and start your own journey today. Of course life is all about balance which is why I had a cheeky McDonalds at the weekend, so remember as long as you are off that sofa and moving, then you are already ahead of those who are still watching the latest episode of ‘Love Island’.


    Love Emma



    Disclaimer: I was provided with these items in exchange for an honest review. I only review products that I genuinely love and would consider buying. All opinions are my own.