So, Nike Training Club is my new favourite thing.
Fabulous FREE classes on Clapham Common, amongst other places.
It’s about a 15min run from clapham junction to the class itself, so added bonus warm up. Although, it did mean I had to pack my rucksack last night, and let me tell you, I chose a mighty odd concoction of clothes to wear today. Suffice to say, I look a bit weird.
Anywho. So with Nike Training Club you get a bonus free Nike t-shirt (always good) AND you get this little card thing which you sync to the NTC phone app and then you log every workout you do! Brilliant. Especially, due to My Fitness Pal I am now obsessed with logging everything. AND the top 1000 people who log the most workouts get to go to Nike Training Live in July. What can I say? I have work to do.
In other news, I have decided to get to know the Stylist. In the past I have witnessed comments of friends that the Stylist is a must read bible of girly info, but still, I have just never got it, it just seemed full of fashion neediness and should be called the ‘neediest’ in my opinion.
For example, the ‘The Style List’. I do not understand this page. I think perhaps there is something wrong with me. I have never understood these types of pages.
So far as I can tell, this page in particular is a page of items that various PR companies are being paid to get published in a magazine; written by a journalist who must find a list of items which it is debatable whether people will want, and almost certain that people don’t actually need. All well and good, I am all good with browsing at pointless stuff. But exactly how pointless are we talking? Let’s actually look at whats on offer; amongst the list was:
1) Clarins moisture lock (£40)
2) Samonsite’s Firelite (£235)
3) A Dolce & Gabbana floral iPad case (£215)
4) Royal Mails new stamps (£6.50)
5) Jean-Marie Massaud’s Dedon SeaX foldable chair (£1,435)
6) Essie’s latest must have nail polish £7.99
…. I could go on, but you will have to pick up your own copy and judge for yourself.
If I had to chose, even if money was no object, I would go for the mail polish.
I want to actually know how much sales go up if a certain product is placed on this page? Do women suddenly decide that they simply must have a ‘Kitchen Chic, London centric oven mitt’ (£9.50)?
This is what is have gleaned from this magazine:
Style: yep, fair enough, there are lots of pictures of pretty models in nice clothes which could inspire into acquiring a new ‘style’ or little outfit for myself, if indeed there are they same shape as me; if not, this in likely to end in a shopping incident like the one that inspires my husband to now state before we go shopping, ‘can you not ‘cry’ this time’. The main fashion feature shows dresses by James Long for £3,400. Followed by an advert for eBay fashion. Hmmmmm.
Make up: yes, yes, pretty make up. I can get more real life information from blogs.
Beauty notes: similar to the style list; product placement by PR companies me thinks.
Films: Film reviews? Yep, good, thats a page filler, and they have fallen on their feet with me here because it is a review about a film called ‘Fast Girls’ which I have not heard of but DEFINITELY want to see. I fear this may be more ‘hats off’ to the Olympics coming to town than the stylist having a head for inspirational sporting stories, non-the-less, this in itself has got me thinking that perhaps I was wrong and the Stylist is going to become my new best friend (after NTC).
Articles: an interesting one about hunger which was worth a read. Along with an interesting one about Tracy Emin which was also worth a read: bonus points stylist, bonus points. An article about Monaco which is a place I find perfectly vile unless you can cocoon yourself in a bubble of unpretentious friends.
Adverts: Urgh. Bored. Similar to the ‘must haves’ page: over styled, over paid stuff that no one needs but which makes us all feel a) inadequate if we don’t have it, and b) ugly/fat if we don’t look like it.
Celebrity: now this I must confess; the stylist has also got my attention as it does NOT have monster spreads of celebs tripping out of clubs which i thought it did. Let’s face it unless you’re Kate Middleton, all those mags prefer you having a bad day than a good day, I can bear being subjected to this weeks car crash of people who are only in some very loose and needy sense, famous.
A book review: Meh
A recipe: Meh
And an article about Paloma Faith, whom I once sat next to at a dinner party and who was bonkers conkers but lovely, and obviously has a album and/or film out at the moment.
So, in summary, I just stumbled on this in my office today. I believe you get them free at the entrances of the stations on wednesdays Let’s put this to the test shall we? One month of reading the stylist and let’s see what I learn.
To set out some basic goals, if indeed this is a stylist ‘go to’ bible,
1) I want to learn how to do my hair in glamorous styles.
2) I would like some more outfit style choices- that do not cost £3,400 thankyouverymuch.
3) Will there/ won’t there be anything I would actually spend my hard earned cash on in the ‘must haves’? Oh the excitement.