Failosophy by Elizabeth Day
In a year that’s been less than predictable, Elizabeth Day’s latest book is essential reading for when life doesn’t go to plan. Honest, warm and brimming with practical advice, Failosophy is a collection of conversations from Elizabeth’s podcast guests – think Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Dame Kelly Holmes and Emeli Sande – as well as the lessons she has learned from her own life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, at a crossroads in your career or going through a break-up, Failosophy helps put life in perspective.
As we spend more time indoors, a scented candle’s flicker can be both meditative and uplifting, and that’s precisely the idea behind Affirmation Culture’s candles. Natural, vegan-friendly and hand-poured, each of the brand’s candles comes with an affirmation card to help cultivate a positive mindset. The Call For Justice candle, a heavenly blend of vanilla, almond and cherry, is our top pick, with 10% of profits going to BLM charities. Each of these limited-edition candles also comes with a quote from black activists throughout history, designed to motivate and inspire.
A first-of-its-kind supplement, MPowder is making serious waves on the UK wellness scene and with good reason. The first powder supplements designed to naturally target the most common symptoms of menopause, each blend is packed with science-backed functional foods, botanicals and carefully selected vitamins and minerals. Peri-Boost, created for those going through perimenopause, is the brand’s initial launch, proven to give your hormones, energy and immune system a helping hand. A further two blends, aimed at those in the later stages of menopause, are set for release later this year. You heard it here first.
Following on from the success of its cult spin bikes, it was only a matter of time before Peloton spread its wings. Peloton Tread, the brand’s treadmill iteration, is the ultimate piece of kit for your at-home gym. Like the bike, the treadmill offers studio classes, connecting you with other runners in real time, as well as hundreds of pre-recorded, run-focused classes. A belted running surface (similar to a Woodway), touchscreen console and speed dials next to the rails guarantee a smooth, seriously slick running experience. Register your interest now; Peloton Tread launches on 26th December.
Nestled in the heart of Bethnal Green, StrongHer is London’s first women’s-only strength and conditioning studio. On a mission to empower women to take control of their fitness and wellbeing, the StrongHer team has created an unintimidating environment in which to create positive habits and build strength. Classes range from weight training techniques to HIIT sessions as well as mobility and meditation, and are suitable for beginners and pros alike. With affordable flexible memberships, top coaches and a strict male-free environment, StrongHer will fast become your fitness haven.
If you live in, or near, Hertfordshire, new members’ club Birch is one to keep on your radar. The brainchild of Chris Penn, former MD of Ace Hotel, Birch is the ultimate urban retreat – within the 55-acre estate, you’ll find a growing farm, two restaurants, an interactive bakery, co-working spaces, a wellness centre (with a roster of activities including yoga, meditation and breathwork classes), a lido, pottery workshop and music and art rooms. There are also 140 rooms, complete with Simba mattresses, should you wish to extend your stay. Birch is also open to non-members, and being just a 30-minute train ride from Liverpool Street, is the perfect place for a countryside staycation you can get to with your Oyster card.
At a time when mental health has never been more important, the launch of The Soke in Chelsea feels particularly timely. Offering reactive and preventative mental healthcare in a non-clinical environment, The Soke aims to destigmatise the world of therapy with a calming aesthetic – the 4,300 sq ft space is bright, airy and spread over five floors, and annexed to each practice room is a ‘quiet pod’ where clients can spend time before and after appointments. With a world-class line-up of therapists and a range of treatments – including Alpha-Stim, approved by the NHS and proven to treat anxiety and depression in as little as 20 minutes – The Soke is one to keep in your little black book.
If your regular bowl of porridge isn’t quite cutting it, mix things up with Z-Ora, a nuts and seed-rich blend that’s high in fibre, protein and healthy fats. With three flavours, there’s something for everyone – with warming cinnamon, walnuts, dried blueberries and almonds, Clarity is the ultimate autumn breakfast, while Strength, made with coconut and baobab, is rich in protein, iron and magnesium, making it a great post-workout choice. Like a Bircher muesli, you’ll need to soak your chosen Z-Ora for at least 20 minutes (ideally overnight), so make a batch for the week, and top with fruit, yoghurt or an extra dash of milk, to serve.
We’ve long been fans of taking CBD orally to reduce anxiety and improve sleep, but did you know applying CBD topically also has a whole host of benefits? Renowned organic brand ila recently launched a CBD skincare collection, and, comprising a face cream, serum, body cream and balm, it’s the perfect way to soothe stressed-out skin and help alleviate inflammation. If your skin is struggling with the change in season, try the Gold Face Serum, packed with argan and moringa oils, jasmine and CBD to reduce redness and brighten lacklustre complexions.
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