The Best Gym Bag

As you probably know by now, I go to the gym a lot. I go every morning before work, because it’s an easy routine for me, and I feel less sluggish when I get to work. But the problem with going to the gym before work is that you have to lug around your stuff all day, you carry two bags (a handbag and a gym bag) and gym bags are butt ugly. So after writing that post, I looked online for a gym bag and found GymTote*. They’re bags designed so you only need to carry one bag, and they can keep everything in specific sections.

I bought the Reese tote* as a birthday present to myself and have been using it on a pretty much daily basis. It’s a great bag, but there are a few things I would change.

First – the size. The Reese is the largest women’s bag that GymTote sell, but I still feel like I could do with a bit of extra space in there! For example, there’s a pocket that they advertise to put your water bottle in – the bottle I use on a daily basis is a 700ml Lifefactory glass bottle* and there’s no way that’s fitting in there! I have reduced down my toiletries bag to this tiny hanging bag* and these travel bottles* which all work nicely, but isn’t as easy as just shoving a normal shampoo bottle in your bag.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about headphones – Alex bought me a pair of AirPods for Christmas, which I wasn’t very excited about at first, but I totally appreciate how small they are with this bag! I also picked up a Nanette Lepore tassel keychain (similar from Belkin on Amazon here) from TK Maxx before Christmas – it’s hiding a lightning cable inside it for last minute charges which is super useful.

Secondly – the material. I am happy with how this has held up over six months abuse, but one of the handles and the strap has started to show a little wear, which is expected I guess! I would have preferred to have a leather bag, but I wonder if that would hold the sweat smell more?

With the bag I chose, there is a top section where I can keep my purse and all the other rubbish I feel like I need to carry around on a daily basis – it’s obviously smaller than having a separate bag, but it does mean that I don’t feel like I need as much stuff with me as I used to. The top section isn’t exactly small though – when I used the bag to take stuff to the Forge to take these photos, I was able to fit in both my SLR and my compact camera in, as well as my purse, spare battery, etc. I’d totally buy this bag again, and I like the Charli backpack as well as the Sophia tote but I need more space in the bag!

Zoom Zoom Zoom


A few weeks ago, I received an invite to come and meet a new brand, called Ted and Muffy who were opening a new shop in Bath, in the same spot as Duo Boots were last year. Duo have rebranded as a company more aimed towards the younger generation, but with the same excellent quality boots. (My Fader knee high biker style boots are still going strong, a year later!)

The shop has been completely refitted, with a much fresher look but it’s really the shoes that are the main focus. The new campaigns are a lot more different any other shoe company has tried before – just look at them!


There’s still so many styles to choose from, it was pretty difficult for me to make a choice!




Once I had picked up my key from the wishing tree, I picked out a few different styles and got trying them all on, but I kept getting drawn to the Zoom brogues in pewter leather. I’m not sure why – I don’t have anything like it in my shoe collection, and they’re not my normal style at all, but since they arrived at my desk, I’ve worn them so much!



Thank you Ted and Muffy for a fun evening of gossip, nibbles and of course, my beautiful pair of shoes!

Up, Up, And Away!

A few weeks ago, I was sent a press release about the new Metropolitan collection from London Retro and offered a pair of my own to review. I was undecided which pair to choose, the play-it-safe Eliza, the slightly-different Victoria or the totally-crazy-yet-awesome Babs (Bethany makes them look awesome in this blog post!) so decided to use MyOptique’s StyleAdvisor feature. Basically, you upload a photo of yourself (I used the one from this post which I’ve been using as my profile picture elsewhere) and answer a few questions about your favourite colours, brands, and even what you’d take to a desert island so they get an idea of your style. The three that came back were the Victoria, the Soho and the Bakerloo. I went for the Bakerloo

They came about a week later, in a pretty box…


…and in the box was a case (and a cleaning cloth, so often forgotten)…


…and in the case was a pair of glasses (obviously)


They’re a lot more purple in this photo than in real life, and are just the right size (well, I think so anyway) so I can have the nerdy glasses look, but they’re not crazily oversized on my face. When they arrived at the office, I put them on straight away and wore them all week – you know how sometimes when you get new glasses, and they’re a bit weird for the first few days? Not these.


This outfit is one that I seem to wear at least once a week at the moment. I bought the top at the Fox+Feather menswear launch in September (which I keep meaning to post about. I blame that other website of mine) – I love it because of the balloons, and the pretty little Peter Pan collar. Balloons are a very Bristolian thing, so this top makes me happy when I wear it. It’s a weird (but amazing) city.


Top: Sugarhill Boutique* | Jeans: F&F* | Shoes : Primark

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