I love a new year and all that it brings; new adventures, new challenges and new experiences, plus the chance to visit new places and try new products…
I’m always on the lookout for unusual little hideaways and mini breaks and recently I came across Alpin Cocoon in Les Orres – in the French Alps.
The cool ‘eco cocoons’ are nestled into the side of the mountain on stilts, surrounded by larch trees, which are green in the summer and snow-covered in the winter.
Each dome has a private panoramic terrace – the perfect place to really appreciate the breathtaking mountain views.
Underfloor heating, luxury bathrooms and bedrooms and a kid’s mezzanine (if you choose the family pod) are perfectly formed.
The ideal base for a skiing holiday, if you ask me. You can ski right to the doorstep. Topped off with a fresh continental breakfast, which is brought straight to your
pod, afternoon tea and a two-course supper, it really doesn’t get much better.
I’m always on the lookout for a chic pair of sneakers which I can dress up and down.
Recently, I came across Filling Pieces, which is an Amsterdam-based fashion label that bridges the gap between casual streetwear and high-end fashion.
The collection is based around one unique silhouette – the ‘low top’. In other words, the perfect contemporary sneaker.
Handmade in Portugal, using the finest Italian materials, they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. They’re also smart enough to wear for a business meeting, say, paired with a dress, trousers or smart jeans, but look just as good with comfy loungewear for a relaxed weekend vibe.
Filling Pieces sneakers, £161, fillingpieces.com
NEOM Organics’ Great Day Wonder Balm.
A little supercharged pot of goodness for your skin, packed with almond oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and vitamin-rich shea butter, along with vitamin E and omega 6.
Fragranced with the brand’s 100% natural Great Day scent, it really uplifts your mood, too. Scoop a little on to your finger and apply to dry skin and lips.
NEOM Organics Great Day Wonder Balm, £15, neomorganics.com
Thanks to the wintery weather this time of year, my wardrobe doesn’t really change until we reach the very end of March – sometimes the beginning of April.
With this in mind, cosy knitwear, jeans and a pair of boots is my general go-to look right now. However, I do like to add a few new accessories and my current top picks are our Paradise Square Scarf and Reflection Earrings. Simple and elegant, with a lovely spring feel.
Paradise Square Scarf, £26, Reflection Earrings, £32, tuttiandco.com
I joined Apex Pro Fitness in late September and have never looked back.
After a four-week trial, I was instantly hooked and now I absolutely love getting up early for my sessions.
The facility is fantastic; perfectly thought out, modern and, most of all, full of positive vibes.
The personal training sessions are well structured, with a maximum of four people per group. You get the benefits of one-to-one personal training, but with a social, convivial feel.
During the hour, the focus is on strength training, with a blast of cardio at the end of the session.
Hard work, but lots of fun.
After a season of well-deserved indulgence and a promise to yourself to make 2020 your healthiest and fittest year yet, go and give it a try.
I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.