My Friend Passport – Interview With Siobhan Forrest

“Your Airline’s Either Got It, Or It Hasn’t”. Siobhan, endearingly known amongst friends as Sy-oh-ba-han is just one of the reasons Britain’s flag carrier is “Still Red Hot After 29 Years”! As an authority on the matter and another fit friend I love, Siobhan shares with you some of her tips for travelling and gives you a locals perspective on how best to enjoy the noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London – on your next 24 hour stopover.

Introducing…

My confidante, fellow dreamer, partner in fun, creativity and travel – Siobhan.

Friend Stamp – Siobhan Forrest

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Hit me with your elevator speech…

About me….I’m a piscean, bit of a gym bunny who’s recently found a passion for running. I’ve been a long haul flight attendant for the last 10 years which relieves my often itchy feet and has provided me with an international award in cocktail sipping in swanky locations! I’m ready now to have my heels more firmly on the ground and I’m looking forward to seeing what unfolds.

Your take on how we met….

Ibiza, deflated pink lilo, a meeting of minds, humour and souls, toe tapping while surrounded by mutual friends…..

Siobhan and I catching up for my birthday dinner in New York City - July 2011

Siobhan and I catching up for my birthday dinner in New York City – July 2011

Where is your favourite destination to relax and unwind?

Well if it’s a work trip I can be found in Johannesburg, it’s starting to heat up and so the vitamin D combined with no jet lag works so much better for my body. The gym and spa there is amazing too! If it’s my own time, being able to take advantage of the snow and slopes of Europe (right on my doorstep), is always a great workout too! I usually follow an exhilarating afternoon of snowboarding with a heavenly hot chocolate (dark of course).

Let loose in London for 24 hours only, what would be on your list of must do and see?

London in 24hrs!!! Ok…Food Lab on Essex road Islington is a perfect breakfast/lunch local hotspot for organic, fresh, homemade delicious food. Spitalfields market for some east London culture, hidden treasures or the hippest finds on students stalls from the London College of Fashion. A ride in a London black taxi. Cocktails in ECC Chinatown but make sure you google how to find it first as it’s unmarked! A jog along the Thames passing the Tower of London, Big Ben, Tate Modern. Afternoon tea at The Wolseley.

When travelling what staple items are in your carry on luggage?

Well I definitely never travel without Elizabeth Ardens 8hr cream. The most nourishing and rehydrating cream that can be used on lips and eyes. I’d always have my ipad, a book, probably a couple of mags to flick through. A large Evian water bottle, the sports cap work best for me and also some Green & Blacks 85% chocolate for those travelling sugar lows and movie munchies!

As a frequent flyer, how do you manage your beauty sleep and GTY (gym, tan, yoga) whilst being part of the international glamourset?

I think the secret to keeping up with the GTY is about timing and using the resources available while travelling to your advantage. I’m a fan of Bikram yoga and so I always look up the studios and timetable of where I’m going and also any deals from local beauty salons that are in the area, it’s good to fuel the local businesses rather than the large hotel groups.

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Where are your favourite places to shop in London for healthy, organic wholefoods and supplements?

My London favourite organic store would be Wholefoods. The store is huge and packed with everything you could imagine. More local though to me, and a shop I use daily is Mother Earth, they make the best raw pizza and raw chocolate fudge I’ve ever had, yummy!

Your award goes to…….. as London’s number one, healthy dining hotspot?

Food Lab on Essex Rd, Islington is my favourite local place to swing by for fresh juice or to have lunch/dinner. The menu changes daily, it’s all organic, prepared and cooked on site, tasty, I just wish they were all over London.

Are there any fitness classes or places to enjoy training outdoors that you would consider unique to London, to keep our bodies as trim, taut and tauriffic as yours?

Don your Nikes and headphones, set some tunes up and run! Start off at St Paul’s follow the Thames taking in all the sights, history and culture of London, crossing over Tower bridge and many more. The great thing is you can make your run as long or short as you want and even slowing to a jog or walk there’s still loads to see.

What’s your favourite on the go, healthy snack choice?

My first snack of choice is Naked cocoa orange bar. It dairy, gluten, wheat free, 100% raw and vegan, one of your five a day and MADE IN BRITAIN.

Fave on the go snack!

Fave on the go snack!

Can’t live without natural beauty enhancer to keep you looking fresh, hydrated and ready to hit the worlds best dance floors, post flight and where do you shop for it?

Water mainly, apart from that, then the beauty enhancers I can’t go without would have to be a shimmer for my lips, a dark kohl for the eyes and Rimmel scary black mascara. All available at a local pharmacy or department store. However, always a squirt of Chanel No.5 or else I’d feel nude and that’s just rude ;-)

Love, Light and Gratitude to you for sharing your knowledge Siobhan!

My Friend Passport – Interview With Rezz Huseyin

Health Coach and fellow blogger Rezz Huseyin offers her tips on travel, health and London Town ~ all rolled into one. Rezz is a constant source of information, inspiration, motivation and entertainment for all things health related. It is an honour to have her take part in this interview.

Introducing…..

The Lovely Rezz Huseyin

The Lovely Rezz Huseyin

Friend Stamp – Rezzan Huseyin

Where in the world is Rezz Huseyin, who are you and what do you do?
London Town, baby! If I remember to create who I am in the morning, then I am happy, healthy, connected, productive and open to all of the amazingness the Universe had to offer. If I forget to create, then its all left up to chance. The default position is a content, mildly introverted kind of chic, who is usually attending to some project or another. I do publishing and health, and I work for myself.

Your favourite holiday destination to calm the mind body and soul?
The Body Holiday, St Lucia.

Let loose in London for 24 hrs only, what would be on your list of must do and see?
I love the Kings Road for shopping and lunching (at the market). I love walks in Battersea park and Hyde Park. I love grabbing groceries at Whole Foods in Piccadilly and High Street Kensington. Soho has amazing energy and buzz and is fab for cafe hopping. Camden is fun but you gotta be in the mood for that craziness! Its cool to head to the Church at St Pauls for Alternatives on a Monday evening. St Christopher’s Place is a cute little pocket of London. So is Neal’s Yard. I have always derived great pleasure from a mosey around Covent Garden!

What staple items are in your carry on luggage?
Laptop! Ipad and phone. I am into communication! Other than that, water, raw snack bars, hand cream and vitamin D spray which doubles as breath freshener. Oh and anti bac wipes.

How do you manage to stay lively and combat jet lag upon reaching your destination?
I look after myself very well these days. My experience is that jet leg isn’t such a big problem when you are in good health and well hydrated. I think that on long flights, eating as little as possible is good, and lots of water, that goes without saying. I am usually pretty hyper when I land from a long flight! It can be a mission for me to wind down for bed. Its something that I continue to work at.

Where are your favourite places to shop in London for healthy, organic wholefoods and supplements?
Online. I order from MaxVitality, detox your world, funky raw and amazon. Otherwise, its gotta be Whole Foods.

Your choice as London’s healthiest and tastiest place to dine?
That’s tricky. Wild Food Cafe in Covent Garden is pretty great. But at the moment, I am really feeling Japanese. All that raw fish and seaweed feels so nourishing. There is a place near Finchley Road I have been wanting to try. Otherwise, its a place near me, Tsunami.

Are there any fitness classes or places to enjoy training outdoors that you would consider unique to London?
Not unique, but we have boot camp here (military style fitness in park) which people love. We just got cycling in water. Yoga just gets more and more popular.

What’s your favourite, on the go, healthy snack choice?
Watery fruit – berries or melon. Coconut water and brazil nuts.

What do you do to stay grounded after spending time “up in the air”?
Only recently become attuned to the remarkable benefits of grounding. When your destination is a beach, its easy to get grounded straight away (just walk around barefoot all the time!) Otherwise, you need to make the effort to connect with the earth. I tend to favor warm sunny places anyway so its pretty easy!

Are there any natural beauty lotions and potions that you particularly recommend for the glamourset to stay looking gorge throughout our journey? Where in London can we get our mitts on some?
Coconut oil is amazing and has multi-uses. I use on my hair as overnight moisturizer and as a sunscreen. I love Eve Lom hot polish and cleanser, it makes my skin looks great. I also love REN moisturizer for the same reasons. I am really loving burts bees lip tint at the moment.

Thanks again Rezz!

To hear more of what Rezz has to say, click here to find her blog or get in touch via her Facebook page, Vitality In.