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Fit For Life

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Secretly everyone wants stylish sportswear – comfort is key but no one can deny the need for a bit of aesthetic value. Striders Edge, an upcoming, innovative sportswear collection founded by former Sweaty Betty designer Katy Biddulph, is exactly the perfect combination.

With her love of the outdoors and fitness, there’s no denying the quality and comfort of Striders Edge activewear for women. Additionally though (and crucially for us girls!), there is a sartorial style for every kind of sporting activity, from yoga to pilates, running, hiking and fitness. Visit their site for some of the latest sportswear trends: www.stridersedge.com.

What’s Trending

• London is the home of design and innovation – and never more so than during autumn, as the 2014 London Art & Design Festival raged. Museums, art galleries, public squares, boutiques and department stores all came together to celebrate the original and illustrious world of art and design.
Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Brompton Cross all fought to be London’s trendiest design district. However, despite these popular conventional attraction sites, it tends to be the independent exhibitions and galleries that thrive the most attention – at least that was the case this year.

An independent exhibition in Soho, 19 Greek Street, stole the show this autumn with their three individual and mesmerising events. These included a Masterpiece Collection of nine rare sculptural design pieces, an open workshop where glass designer Dian Simpson transformed discarded glass bottles into architectural materials, and a showcase of a new selection of sustainable and up-cycled works in the café by designers Nina Tolstrup, Marjan Van Aubel and Dirk Van Der Kooij. For some more highlights visit: www.londondesignfestival.com.

• When one of Hollywood’s hottest properties arrived at Leicester Square for the premiere of his new film, I knew it had to be a must see. Legendary actor and future Batman star Ben Affleck was seen promoting his new film Gone Girl with Rosamund Pike.
Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the film revolves around Affleck’s character Nick Dunne and the mysterious disappearance of his wife Amy. I won’t give away any spoilers, but judging from the book we are in for an epic story with some chilling scenes – a traditional nail-biter with complex relationship issues in the mix!

• Eddie Redmayne first appeared on our screens as swooning love-struck Marius in Les Misérables in 2012, so it is no wonder if you don’t recognise him in his latest role. British actor Redmayne plays the scientist Stephen Hawking in the hotly anticipated film, The Theory of Everything, due to be released in cinemas on 1 January 2015. It reflects on Hawking’s awe-inspiring life journey. Redmayne is strongly tipped as one of the leading contenders to receive an Oscar in 2015. His acclaimed performance is sure to capture the hearts of Oscar voters with his loveable British charm.

Hotspots

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Notting Hill is one of London’s most favoured districts, inundated with beautiful restaurants, attractive terraces, high-end shopping and quirky events. Hidden away in a secret location in Notting Hill is a London Supperclub – a trendy and alternative way to eat out, dishing up delicious food.

This Supperclub is known as the Secret Sunday Lunch club, with their signature dish being a traditional old-fashioned Sunday roast. From tender succulent meats to crispy potatoes, crackling, sweet vegetables, scrumptious Yorkshire puddings, fruit crumble and an indulgent cheese board, it is quickly becoming one of Notting Hill’s favourite places. It is perfect in the summer months as it overlooks the beautiful Portobello, and equally ideal in winter when relaxing by the cosy fire, one of London’s true special treasures.

Fashion

Everyone has been anticipating the launch of Victoria Beckham’s first ever boutique and it seems her fashion dream is finally becoming a reality. Her store stands between Jimmy Choo and a high-class art gallery, is opposite the popular Dover Street Market and is just a few doors down from the Ritz and Christian Louboutin, so Victoria Beckham really couldn’t have chosen a more suitable sartorial street to launch her VVB collection.

Her boutique is more akin to a luxurious cocktail bar as opposed to a conventional fashion store. Trendy shop assistants flawlessly walk around using iPads (as tills were certainly not on her fashion credentials list), whilst handsome young men are seen carrying trays of mouth-watering drinks. From an archetypal WAG to a high-end fashion designer – Victoria Beckham really has altered the nation’s opinion. She has a come a long way since her announcement to design a dress collection in 2008, so we can’t wait to see what showbiz royalty will be spotted in this new fashion hub.

By Michelle Ganney

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