Yoga and Hiking in the French Alps

Me and my notions decided to pack up and head off to the French Alps for a bit of R&R, or yoga and hiking actually, last week and I can safely say it’s the first time I’ve come back from a trip feeling better than when I left. I’d already been on a multi activity yoga trip with Yoganic Moves (well, if watching the crew sail the 99ft gullet yacht is classed as an activity) in Turkey earlier this year so when instructor Annick invited me to go yoga and hiking in the French Alps, it was a no brainer. You know the usual saying, “you’d need another holiday to get over it”? Well I got a bit sick of feeling worse-off after a supposed “break”, so I decided a bit of fresh air, outdoor activities and healthy eating were exactly what I needed.

Next stop: French Alps

I’ve grounded myself for the month of August, this is officially a no-fly zone. July’s boozy trips to Bordeaux and Croatia left me feeling rather, shall we say…fragile. While I’m not about to give up those kind of getaways, I think in the name of balance, it’ll do me good to do something a little more relaxing and health-focussed. You might remember my yoga sailing holiday in Turkey with Yoganic Moves back in May (you can read my feature on independent.ie) and I’ve been lucky enough to nab an invite to Annick’s next yoga holiday. Next stop: French Alps.

6 reasons to spend your next holiday on a boat

I’ve just come back from spending a week sailing on a gorgeous traditional Turkish wooden gullet yacht on the Aegean Sea and I honestly felt weird being back on land! It doesn’t take much getting used to, even for scaredy cats like me and I’ve already booked my next sailing trip to Croatia next month…I can’t get enough. So what are the reasons why you should have your next holiday on a boat?

Summer Sun Make Up Must Haves

I try to wear less make up (and clothes, admittedly) on holidays plus I’m always conscious of baggage allowance, but I’m a sucker for limited edition summer packaging so this lot made it into my holiday make up bag on my recent trip to Turkey. What are your summer sun make up must haves? The edit, clockwise from top: MAC Turquatic EDT // Benefit They’re Real Mascara Beyond Blue // Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Cream Eye Shadow Stylo // Clarins Aquatic Treasures Waterproof Eye Pencil Aquatic Green // The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome // Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector Coral

Turkey Time Out

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]With more inevitably boozy breaks ahead (Bordeaux and Champagne…natch), I’ve booked in for some time out in Turkey.  An entire week of chilled-out, blissed-out,…

Ultimate Pre-Holiday Beauty Checklist

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][dt_gap height=”10″ /]There’s something about the pre-holiday preening ritual that I just love. It’s really easy to get very comfortable in your black skinny…