Urban yoga

My body has now entered rehab mode. My gluteus tendonitis, which is an office injury, means that circus is, for now, off the table.

So I am giving my body time to heal and what better than yoga to help the process? Add all the much needed mind benefits and there I was, with a smile on my face to be invited to the launch of the Karma Sanctum Yoga brunch club.

Taking place monthly at the lovely boutique Karma Sanctum hotel in Soho, London, the experience has a whole hour Vinyasa flow yoga with Katie Silver, coconut water, Lululemon yoga mats, a goodie bag, bottomless healthy brunch at the lovely heated hotel rooftop.

Oh, and did I mention there is a hot tub you can also use after your practice? Of yeah, THAT.

Carol and I headed to the inaugural yoga session, which took place at their cinema room. I found Katie excellent; an instructor who delivered a class for all levels.

Her voice and presence are calming and soothing, her instructions paced and clear, her adjustments fair and focused on you, even on a large class. And the orange oil she used at the end was divine.

Carol also pointed out that Katie was very available (and smiley!) after the practice, talking to some attendees about their technique, how to improve postures, etc.

On the bottomless, al fresco buffet brunch menu devised by James Cathcart, coffee, rolls, pancakes, plenty of fruit, fresh juices, yoghurt, scrambled eggs and avocados (made into a delicious guacamole). Being able to mix and match is really great. The setting is calming and it was great to be outside.

Carol and I were expecting to perhaps see gluten free carbs opposed to white rolls and very healthy smoothies/green juices, but those were not available, although we were satisfied with the fresh and filling fare provided.

Then I got changed and took a dip on the fabulous hot tub, with some super relaxing jets that soothed my muscles post-practice. I left feeling light, relaxed and open. What a delightful way to reset for the new week.

Overall, I believe it is very good value for money!

If you want to snap up one of the 20 monthly spaces, go to sanctumsoho.com and get booking. Yoga sessions start at 10 and finish at 11, with brunch/hot tubbing going until 13:30 on a Sunday. The next one is on the 4th June, then 30th July and it costs £40 per session.

On the goodie bag, great brands such as Skin & Tonic (which I love!), Yogandha Body Oil, Gallinee Hand Cream, Potion London, Orelia and Hype Clothing, probably worth more than the session alone!

To find out more about Katie, visit her website.

Famous at Ibis – glamour on a budget

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When you think Ibis hotel, luxury does not necessarily come to mind, but who said you cannot be stylish and glamourous on a budget?

Ibis has teamed up with stylist to the stars Alex Longmore to prove just that. I was lucky enoug to witness first hand how a great location, modern decor, comfort and great service do inject some glamour into everyday life.

ibis_blackfriars_roomI stayed at the Ibis London Blackfriars for a day of fashion and style. The Ibis Blackfriars is minutes walking from Southwark and Waterloo, walking distance to Southbank and super easy access to all tourist attractions. Very handy and pocket friendly.

The decor is contemporary and clean; rooms are simple but very well equipped, with comfort at their centre. Service was friendly and attentive, always with a smile.

ibis_blackfriars_receptionAlex talked about trends for the coming season, all high street and pocket friendly – and I must say I have already adopted a bomber jacket, from New Look, at an affordable £26).

After talking fashion, we were treated to a fab lunch at the hotel’s Fogg’s restaurant, which has delicious, filling and super affordable lunch and dinner options.

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After lunch, we were taken to explore the Vogue 100 exhibition at the British Library. Alex took us through the Vogue 100 years of fabulous photography, dousing her extensive knowledge of fashion, style and celebrities over us.

After that, we had some free time to explore the city, which I passed, as London is home, and shopping, which I welcomed, as I was eaget to put the Alex’s style tips into practice!

I had a friend’s birthday that evening and returned to spend the night at my comfy bed at the Ibis. Of course I had a Sweet Bed by Ibis, which offers extra comfort.

When I woke up, I was treated to an amazing breakfast – they even have guacamole, fruit or green smoothies, and the most delicious black rice and coconut rice pudding, healthy options alongside your traditional continental and cooked breakfast items such as bacon, eggs, pastries, and much more.

Even better, breakfast was available until midday (continental; cooked items available until 10).

ibis_blackfriars_loungeWith my tummy full, I returned to my room to do a bit of blogging and opted for a late check-out for extra relaxation.

After my experience, I did feel a little bit #FamousAtIbis! 🙂

The hotel is perfect for a night out in town, families, short breaks, business… it does cater for all needs with its great location, facilities and prices. Daily rates at the Ibis London Blackfriars (3*) start from £91!

Thank you so much Ibis for having me and looking after me so well and Alex for all the knowledge (it was great seeing you again!)

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I was invited to take part in this experience by Ibis, but opinions are my own.

#BloggersBelowZero at the ICEBAR London

icebar_rocks_barOh, how fun it is to be a blogger…. even below zero!

Well, it was indeed! I was very lucky to be invited by the lovely Lauren from Blonde Vision (who is an event organiser extraordinaire!) to attend an event at the ICEBAR London.

icebar_rocks_rock_girlI had been before, many years ago, so thought I knew it was going to be the same. What I didn’t know is that they change their theme every year.

For 2016, it’s something close to my heart: rock ‘n’ roll. Oh yeah. Think skulls, bleeding hearts and hot rock chicks.

img_7589My favourite bit is, doubtless, the huge skull, which weighs 1 tonne and you can get inside! Huge photo opportunity, right there.

All 40 tonnes of ice, sustainably sourced, come from Sweden, from the same river the famous Ice hotel is built from.

In fact, the same creative team working on the hotel makes the London ice bar! And they are already working on the ext theme, launching September 2016 (maybe for my birthday? Just saying…)

29th JulyThere are extremely detailed – and ambitious – sculptures.  Just check the original artwork from Joey Hifi and spot the hidden references, including Bowie, on the rock singer tattoos.

The walls also have a lot of detail this time, including over 260 hand carved studs.

You can get all the info on the work on the video below – it’s fascinating.

And why not see it being destroyed to give way to the new one? It takes seven days to remove and build a new one!!! Chainsaws at hand!

By the way, I am totally free at the end of August, if you need a hand at operation DESTROY!

And the ICEBAR London is an experience that will not cost you an arm and a leg (and within your allocated slot you shall not lose them to frostbite!).

BloggersbelowzeroRDA-111From only £13.50 or £16.50, you get 40 minutes at -5 degrees and a delicious cocktail (bigger than it looks!) inside an ice glass. Cool, eh?

Also, they have great events packages well worth checking! For all info, check the ICEBAR London website or call

A huge thank you to Lauren for organising and the ICEBAR London team for being so welcoming, lovely and helpful.

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This post was written based on a PR experience. Opinions are my own.

Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: Life is a holiday

dani dutra - somanylovelythingsAs promised, this is my second holiday look post. The weather was really hot and I wasn’t visiting any mosques, so I decided to wear shorts.

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Holiday skin preparation

scottish fine soaps - pink grapefruit and arganOh how I love a tan. Although I resort to the fake stuff more often than not, nothing beats the real thing.

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Magnum Pleasure Store in Covent Garden, London is open

Lindsay Lohan attends the launch party for the Magnum Pleasure Store in London’s Covent Garden. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. To celebrate the store’s opening, Magnum has teamed up with designer Holly Fulton to create an exclusive necklace, incorporating Magnum through colour and design. Available to a select few competition winners, the necklace will be the key to a summer of unlimited freshly dipped ice creams at the Pleasure Store’s exclusive dipping bar. Photo credit should read: John Phillips/PA Wire

Lindsay Lohan attends the launch party for the Magnum Pleasure Store in London’s Covent Garden. Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire

Oh what a pleasure it is to work with Magnum ice cream! Who remembers last year fabulous dipping bar in Selfridges?

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: We are going on a holiday!

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Ooooh, to go on holidays… Going on holidays for me is more than just relaxing; I like to soak in the culture, the people and especially the food (a lot of it). If it is sunny and there’s a pool or even better, a beach, it’s my heaven.

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