Ohhh January. Was this really it?
I can’y believe 1 full month of 2017 is already over! Before we know it, it’s Christmas all over again…
To share with you what I have been up to, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce these monthly reviews for this year – what do you think about it?
January was an event packed month for me, there was pretty much something ‘special’ on each weekend – and sometimes even during the week!
It all started with the first Vegan event of the year: Vegan Life Live! On the 7th and 8th January this new vegan festival, organised by the team behind the Vegan Life Magazine, opened its doors at one of my favourite venues: Ally Pally! (also called Alexandra Palace, for the Non-Londoners ;))
So far I have only ever seen Ally Pally from the inside for concerts, such as Warped Tour – so this was a nice change to see the venue in. And gosh I am still in love with the palm tree lobby in this wonderful building. I mean, just look at this gorgeous scenery:
Can this please be my lobby ‘when I grow up’?! 😉
Thanks a mill to Vita Coco for the invite to Vegan Life Live! I had such a wonderful time and was able to catch a cookery demo by Jane (from Viva!), managed to buy some fresh bamboo socks, and had another one of those heavenly sushi burritos by Happy Maki. The only downside was that Tyne Chease already had completely sold out by the time I got there – bummer! They make the best (!) artisan vegan cheese there is – there is not even any debating possible here. It IS the best. If you have never tried it before, you should make sure to catch them at the next Vegfest!
Vegan Life Live – January 7th/8th
The weekend after the Vegan Life Live was filled with a little bit of a different event for me: I went to the Autosport International! In case you did not now about it: My boyfriend Nick is massively into motor racing and has only just completed his first test drive with the Renault Clio team! As he is always so lovely and supportive with everything to do with my blog or even going to vegan events, I of course want to show my support for his interests in return. So I joined him going up to Birmingham – Nick even wrote a blog post about it 😉
January couldn’t pass without one of my favourite quarterly events though: the HBCxMeet (Health Blogger Community Meet Up. Some great brands were on board this time with Abel & Cole, Green People, Twisted Halo (who make this amazing coconut vodka drink!) and Co. So after a huge (& vegan) brunch I headed down to London Fields together with dear partners in crime: Rachel (@healthyandpsyched) and Lucy (@littleluxuryfoods).
I love these meet up events as it is such a good chance to not only get to know new brands and make contacts, but also to meet other fellow bloggers and listen to some inspirational talks – this time it was HealthyFitFran who gave us a great insight on her blogging career and life as a professional dancer.
(Also thanks to Fran for this photo with the adorable blue pug! ;))
Of course everyone also got a lovely goodie bag to take home with amazing samples from a lot of great brands – you might actually see some of these in my up and coming posts 😉
Has anyone of you completed the Veganuary this year? If so, I hope you were able to make good use of the deal at Handmade Burger Co – for the second year in a row all of their vegan range was half price for Veganuary! Nick and me actually fell in love with their burgers last Veganuary, so we just had to go again this year after they treated us to a full meal on the house!
(Of course they also offer their vegan burgers outside of Veganuary ;)) Their one and only London branch is in the Designer Outlet right next to Wembley Stadium by the way, but they have plenty of other branches around the rest of the UK – so check their website here to see if you are lucky.
Too many calories, you say? Oh don’t worry – I took good care of this towards the end of January! After winning a give away from the Health Bloggers Community, I was invited to join the lovely Sam and Lili on their Female Only Fitness Workshop on 29th January, which – yes, you guessed right – was a Sunday.
After a few hours of sleep I forced tired me out of bed to go and travel across London for a workout. Madness, isn’t it? But hey: I am proud of myself to have made it there on a Sunday morning and my 2007-me would be absolutely impressed to hear about this.
With their project StrongHer Sam and Lili, who are both personal trainers, have created an amazing female only workout zone – not only to show how it’s done, but to encourage and motivate women of every age to believe in themselves.
“We are here to make your health and fitness that much EASIER- not only tell you what to do and when to do it but also educating you so you can begin to understand how its done and then perform it on your own: giving you the confidence to walk in a gym and know what your doing, without the cost of a fitness professional all the time and also not wasting money on unused gym memberships.”
February – I hope you are prepared!