Top Picks: Trainers for every occasion

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 10.08.26.pngWith active wear booming, i’m going to make it easier for you to understand… Ok, so if you follow me on insta ( @chlohodgkinson ) you may have seen me sorting out active wear wardrobe and the amount of messages I got about how many trainers I have was hilarious. I also get a lot of questions about which ones are best for what, so i’ve broken it down you guys and here are my top picks:

For Weightlifting:

For running:

For Gym Training sessions:

For Beyond The Gym:

What are your go to trainers? Are you as obsessed as me?
 Love Chlo xxxx

Summer Fashion / Hunted Vintage

A trip to Brick Lane for the vintage shops is a must do a couple times of the year for me, I like different clothes that you can tend to find on the high street. So when the opportunity came to work with Hunted Vintage, I was buzzing.
Hunted Vintage, [let us do the hunting for you], is exactly what it says on the tin. They hunt down the best of  the vintage & if there is something you’re really into but can’t find, they’ll do their best to find it for you.
I chose this sweater dress because i’m a big fan of casual clothes, I tend to chose comfort over anything else. This dress isn’t like what i’ve had before & it will be defo joining me in Spain on my hols and at Bestival this year… weather permitted of course!
You can check out hunted vintage & their range here….

The Thoughts / Feb

A short month but certainly not short in thoughts…

No beer for a year? Could you?
Reckon you could take on the challenge of no alcohol for a year? Well, you can! With the support from oneyearnobeer.com. The sight gives you loads of information and regular tips to stay focused with the idea of giving up alcohol for 30/90 days and then to potentially carry it on for a year. At the moment they are offering their £5.99 E book on giving up alcohol for FREE. So if you’re to cocky for cocktails, you can take on the challenge!

Conquering the World 1 Top at a Time/
Worry no more about lack of motivation… this top will remind you & everyone else exactly what you’re capable off. You can get the limited Edition top now at Active in style… mine’s on order!

Organ Crushers/ 
AKA Waist trainers … Hoping they had been left in 2015 it’s clear they bloody haven’t. Celebs are still wearing them & they are still all over social media but will waist trainers ever stop? I was on the train and saw a girl wearing a waist trainer under her top, I couldn’t help but squirm … Her poor organs.

Spirulina/
Spirulina isn’t all the bad. Right, so a proper protein super food & apparently absolutely disgusting, but I’m not sure whether I’ve just destroyed all of my taste buds but I actually didn’t find it that bad! It’s high in protein and antioxidants & comes in powder form. I chuck it in my smoothie or take a shot it in the morning… an easy way to get more protein in your diet!

The NewyearNutri Guide/
Across social I have been showing this guide, but this NewYearNutri guide is perfect for tips, hints & motivation to help you on your Fitness Journey… I wrote in this guide too along with other bloggers.. see here.

Mind & Life/
Something leaving your life is only making space for new things & if it’s a person? Well then maybe they were just passing through & weren’t meant to stay.

Decathlon / Sports Bra

Boasting 28% more support than a conventional bra, this sports bra has answered my HIIT dreams. Designed for running, this bra offers incredible support for impact exercise even for the smallest amongst us. It’s often thought that for small breasts, sports bras aren’t all the important but it is said that high impact exercise can stretch ligaments in the boobs causing them to ‘sag’ [Livestrong.com]… meaning even those A cups should pay attention to getting the right support.

So when I got sent through this sports bra from Decathlon I was super excited to put it to the test. I took it straight to the gym & put it through its paces rating it on support & comfort out of 10:

Treadmill:  Support 10 / Comfort 10
Stair Master: Support 10 / Comfort 10
Training Abs: Support 10 / Comfort 10……

……I’m not even going to carry on with the rest because I think you get where I’m going with this. The cups fit perfectly, snug while still allowing room to move and breathe.
You’ll more often than not find me wearing black in the gym but I’m loving this pattern to add something different to your outfit…so not only is supporting & comforting, it also looks good too.

I’m also such a geek when it comes to technical fabrics in sportswear and this bra has some pretty cool technical features too..

No Seam – stoping chaffing
Moisture transfer – breathable materials & perforations inside the cups – no damp boobs for us
Equarea Control fabric which actively reduces odours during & after running – I’m not sure this means you should skip the deodorant, though!

The bra comes in four colours & are currently at £19.99 available from Decathlon.com … I love this bra so much I’ve even ordered the green one! You can buy yours here … follow me on Instagram @chlohodgkinson and tag me in your Decathlon sports bra’s, I’d love to see how you’re rocking them, using the hashtag #yoursport also gives you the opportunity to feature on Decathlon’s Instagram page!


Hope you enjoy as much as I do…



sponsored post – I got given this sports bra – opinions my own

Sunny Side Up

Meet Ralphy. A Ralph Lauren vintage shirt made into a dress… amaze ey. I wish I could say that I was the one that made it but really I picked up this summer piece from a Vintage shop in Shoreditch back in March but I haven’t had the time to blog it. 
I am a massive lover of anything baby blue and I love a dress I do. One off pieces are my fave, if you head over to my Instagram you can check out the multi-coloured jumper I managed to grab on the day I got this dress too, bloody warm, bloody bright and bloody brilliant. I tend to wear these bright pieces depending on my mood, some days you’ll see me in all black, yano, to send a warning that today I’m a witch. I’m joking but on a summer day I do tend to dress in more bright pieces and maybe slightly odd pieces… if you seen the vine with the Crocs?
‘WHAT ARE THOSE?!’ 
‘THOSE ARE MY CROCS!’
then this tends to happen to me often, not with Crocs may I add, but I tend to own quite a few way out pieces that a lot of my friends are unsure how they even got past the design department without the fashion police sending them down.
My most recent amazing purchase is a bag I bought while out here in Spain (oh, i’m in Spain if you didn’t know) – you can check this on my Instagram – chlohodgkinson. 
Add my snapchat – chloehodgkinson for more on my holiday.
Anyway, i’m off to enjoy the Spain sunset and a BBQ… just to rub it in. 

A New Look Night Out

When I go out, I tend to not really dress up unless I have to. For a few around the town a pair of comfortable flats and a relatively nice outfit is sufficient for me, I’m not going to wear a new glam dress and heels around my local town because, well, I’d rather have a laugh. I also tend to be working before I go out so am I heck getting all glammed up.
Always being slightly nervous when it comes to off the shoulder tops, I’m not a huge fan as when I get comfortable in a situation I tend to forget what I look like… yes yes a recipe for disaster, I know… but the sleeves always rise up and I don’t notice and walk around looking like a complete numpty. Butttttt this one from New look I love, it can go with trends including the 60’s and monochrome… two of my faves.

Paired with Asos trousers and simple flats, I kept the monochrome look but added a rep lippy – L’Oreal Color Riche 461, for some colour popppppp and I’m a complete sucker for a red lippy… makes me feel like a girl when I’m probably not acting like one.

Port Elliot Party

Ever been to a middle class, creative festival and got so drunk with your lecturers? I have. Ever seen a different side to the middle class when the sun goes down and the house music starts? I have. Want to experience it? Head to Port Elliot festival next year.
With tonnes of workshops, life talks, hippies and great bands playing, this was a festival I certainly wasn’t used to and you know what? I bloody loved it. 
At first I was slightly concerned with the amount for 6 years old Rupert’s, Harold’s (there was even an Arsenal) running around and the older couples, my first thought was … where the hell has uni brought me?
However, I ate my words and what a great experience, laying in the sun and drinking with your best mates and then dancing the whole night to Andrew Weatherall on the decks was incredible and if you think yourself as middle class you’ll fit right in and if you don’t but into art, music, fashion and literature I would 100% give it a try – especially if you have a family… it’s great for you guys.
Friday was so hot so I kept it cool with a vintage short dungarees and a simple black tee with vans, which although kept me cool gave me dodgy tan lines! You can get similar in most vintage shops and I believe Urban Outfitters are doing similar as well – Just like this one
Saturday was slightly more cloudy so my grey Topshop jersey dress kept me cool and my colourful jumper kept me warm and standing out. Unfortunately the jumper is from a market in Shoreditch that I got back when I was working at Women’s Health Magazine, but if you want to similar you may as well head in that direction as I’m sure you won’t have to look hard to find one similar! 
Keep your eyes out for Thursday’s post – how to cope the week after a festival.