Monday, January 28th, 2013
Last week, I was invited down to the Stella McCartney store in Chelsea to meet the lady herself and discuss her new season collection for Adidas. Full disclosure – I’m a bit of a Stella fan girl. Her Spring/Summer 01 collection for Chloe is still one of my favourites, so I was a little giddy at the opportunity to meet her.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
If this summer of sport has taught us anything, it’s the power of activity. It has bonded us, we have marveled at the athletic prowess on display and most importantly, many have vowed to be more active. But as these final few weeks of summer draw to a close, how do we avoid this newly reinvigorated fitness buzz going the way of the New Year’s resolution?
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Check out Spikes and Heels to find out where these bad boys are from.
Sunday, July 29th, 2012
As a resident of East London, it’s been hard to avoid the buzz about PUMA YARD. The past few weeks I’ve seen PUMA YARD murals popping up all over Shoreditch. My curiosity was peaked. What was this mysterious YARD they were referring to? Where was it? And most importantly, when could I go? Anticipation built and then finally, all was revealed as it opened its doors on Friday. So, I took a stroll down Brick Lane to the Old Truman Brewery to get a slice of this YARD action.
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
It’s the summer of sport! And with so much awesomeness happening over the next few weeks, Puma have brought me on board to do a spot of blogging for them. They have a great sports/lifestyle space on Brick Lane called Puma Yard and as I’m an East London resident, they wanted to get a feel for what life’s like for me as I live, work and play in this part of the city. So, keep an eye out here and over on Puma.com and Puma.com/YARD for updates. Exciting times!
Friday, March 16th, 2012
The fabulous Cate Sevilla, founder of the awesome website Bitch Buzz, recently expanded her awesomeness exponentially with the creation of PopHive, an internet TV show all about pop culture. She recently asked if she could interview me and I’m never one to turn down til avec La Sevilla. We had a great ol’ chat about blogging and running and a quick fire round of questions for which I gave some rather embarrassing answers (well, my love of Phil Collins may be embarrassing to you, but I’m fine with it).
It just stands to reason of course that we filmed this on what must have been my worst skin day in a very long time, so apologies that you have to look at my rather distressed looking face, but hopefully you’re too busy being distracted by my mind blowing intelligence that you barely even notice.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
I’ve had many people ask me about what to wear to run so I figured it was about time I did a little Bangs Guide.
My very first attempt at running was on July 3rd last year when I toddled along to ParkRun for the first time. It’s a 5K route and it was hideous. I put a large part of the hideousness down to what I wore that day. I rocked up in sweat pants, a T Shirt and a hoodie, ready to get my run on. Not even half way through my first lap of the course, I understood why runners dress the way they do. I was sweaty, uncomfortable and everything I had on made me feel heavy.
So, my first bit of advice to you is this: embrace the lycra. Lycra is your friend. I know you may not believe it now, especially if you’re carrying a few extra pounds and feel uncomfortable, but trust me on this one.
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
As most of you know by now, I’ve gotten kinda into the running thing. I’ve assembled a team of fly ladies to run the Paris Half Marathon with me (Team Bangs on the Run) and while yes, I am of course concerned about the training and how I’ll run 13 miles, I am still Bangs and a Bun, so naturally, how I’ll look and what I’ll wear for the occasion are paramount in my mind.
Enter Nike iD. One of my Twitter followers, the delightful @missmei messaged me a few weeks back, letting me know that she works for Nike iD and would love to hook me up with a pair of custom trainers. Well, how could I turn an offer like that down?!
Last week I went to Nike Town in London where Miss Mei and crew gave me the VIP treatment and helped me create my very own Bangs and a Bun trainer. And I gotta tell ya, I’m just A LITTLE BIT EXCITED ABOUT IT!!
First, they do a gait analysis on you, which is where they put you in a pair of trainers and make you run on a treadmill for about 20 seconds while they film your running technique to assess what type of shoe will be best for you. (Side note: new runners, it is essential that you get this done to make sure you’re running in something that will support you properly). After that, they take you through to the Nike iD Cube, where you can select the style of trainer you want. I opted for the Nike Lunar Glide+ 2, which really feel great to run in.
Next, I was taken upstairs to the exclusive Nike iD lounge, where Miss Mei and I sat at a big Mac computer, with some fabric swatches and carefully selected the colour for each part of my trainers. I’m telling you now, if you want to get this done, set aside some time! My GAD! The choice is overwhelming. And you need to pick a colour for everything; front, back, sole, tongue, laces, fly wire – you can say exactly which colour you want where. By the end of it, it seemed like I’d recruited half the Nike staff to help me with my decisions. Coins were tossed, show of hands were done, I even went with the old school ‘eenie meenie, miny, mo’ at one point.
But the creme de la creme is, of course, that you can put some lettering on the tongue of the shoe. And you know I had to represent – so yes, on the right tongue, it says ‘Bangs’, on the left tongue it says ‘Bun.’ Check out the supa flyness:
The shoes take four weeks to make and I’m already excited like a kid at Christmas. I can’t wait to be flying through the streets of Paris in these. Expect another blog post with me modelling them from every angle when I finally get them.
For more information about Nike iD, check it out here.