Fight Club Meets Night Club 

As it was Mental Health Awareness day last week, I wanted to share with you all something that has really helped and improved my own mental health over the past couple of weeks. In February I got told by my doctor I had depression (which was not a shock and something that I have been battling with for a while now.) It's only now that I'm starting to feel myself again, and I'm trying to do different things to make myself happier and improve my mental wellbeing. One of the things I've got into a new routine of is fitness.  

I've never really stuck to a fitness plan I've tried going to the gym, running, classes and I've never kept it up. I've discovered now what works well for me and that is going to classes, I like direction and being told what to do when it comes to fitness. Otherwise I get bored easily. I've done a few boxing style classes before - which have always been my favourite but for a number of different reasons I've not kept up with it. Some of this is down to location, timings around work or not finding the class completely suitable for me.  

About 6 months ago I saw Kobox on Instagram and thought it would be right up my street. But it is pricey (£20 per class, although if you buy in bulk it is cheaper) so I kept putting off going. Also I get worried about trying out new things on my own too especially when it comes to fitness as I think I will be rubbish and embarrass myself!  But a couple of weeks ago I spontaneously decided in the morning before work to get my gym stuff together and book onto a class for that day. I often find if I plan things last minute I don't have much time to worry about it. And I'm so so so glad I finally decided to go because so far I've been LOVING it!!!

Kobox is a 50 minute workout, they have 3 locations the City, Kings Road and Baker Street. I go to the Baker Street one. It's a full body work out, you spend half the time boxing and the other doing workouts that your instructor has planned using different weights and equipment. (Each class is slightly different depending on the instructor, which is good as it keeps things exciting.)  The workout room is dark with neon lights and night club music! Yes it is expensive but I'm trying to cut down on other things like going out drinking etc to save more money for activities like this. I don't tend to go on as many nights out anymore but feel buzzing after Kobox because its like you are doing a work out in a nightclub. And instead of feeling hungover the next day you feel fresh!

The workouts are probably the hardest I've ever done but atmosphere and encouraging trainers make you want to keep going without stopping. I've pushed my body harder than I ever have before and realised that I'm stronger and fitter than I thought. 

I will keep you guys updated here on my Kobox journey so far I'm trying to go twice a week. This has also made me realise if I really want to try out something new I should just do it because now I can't imagine not doing Kobox as I find it so much fun.   

Hope you enjoyed this post 
Love
Nicole
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Coat - ASOS | Jeans - Topshop | Jumper -H&M | Trainers - Dune 

Although I am really struggling with the weather at the moment, I do love Autumn. Nothing better than coming home from work and having a cosy night in, lighting the fire and watching movies. I also love the fashion change that this time of year brings. 

So here is a list of things I love about Autumn.

1. Big chunky coats and jumpers, basically any cosy clothes! I love getting all of my Autumn clothes out because it feels like you have loads of new clothes to wear as they have been tucked away for months. 

2. Drinking unlimited hot chocolate! 

3. Autumn walks, and being able to get beautiful photos for instagram. 

4. Relaxing in the bath for far too long, watching YouTube video and making the most of the seasonal Lush products. 

5. Autumnal lipstick and eyeshadows, I love experimenting with make-up this time of year. I'm going to set aside a night just to watch YouTube videos to test out some new looks soon. 

6. Getting home in the evenings and putting your dressing gown straight on. 

7. Not having to fake tan so often!!! (Which means having lovely white bedsheets lol) 

8. Bonfire night, last year I went to Ally Pally and I need to find another London display to go to this year. 

9. Decorating the house for Halloween...although when it gets to Halloween I never actually do anything to celebrate it. 

10. Not feeling bad for having a whole days/weekends without leaving the house. And blaming it on the cold/dark weather. 

11. Buying yourself Christmas gift sets for hair and beauty products because it is cheaper than buying individual products.  

12. Zara scarfs...they are so big they double up as a blanket. Perfect for cold days at work. 

13. Mulled wine and cider 

14. Candles and neon nights...basically making my room look cosy as possible. 

15. As the nights get darker earlier I tend to stay in more, meaning more time to do things like reading, watching my favourite TV shows and blogging. 

16. City breaks, I love going on city breaks during Autumn/Winter more so than I do during the Summer months. This weekend I'm off to Liverpool which I'm really excited about as I've never been before and want to start exploring more of the UK. (Keep your eyes peeled for a Liverpool weekend post!) 

17. Girls nights in, watching movies on Netflix drinking wine and eating all the bad food! 

18. Online shopping because you can't go to the shops in your PJ's and lets face it thats all I want to wear when I'm not at work. 

19. Indoor activities like visiting a museum. 

20. Being able to start planning for Christmas.....(or is it still too early!) 

Hope you enjoyed this post

Love
Nicole 
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Hey Guys!

So today's post is all about why it's good to travel solo...a year ago I never would have thought I would be sitting down to write this blog post. Because travelling solo just wasn't on my life achievements or list of things I wanted to do. In fact the idea sounded really scary to me. You can read all about my Med Sailors trip here. Now I went on this trip solo and met lots of people there I was never alone but I did go by myself and had no idea who I would be staying with and the experience of staying on a boat was completely new to me. If you haven't read my Med Sailors post maybe it would be a good idea to read that first before carrying on with this post!


'Travelling alone is something you just have to do...it's such a good thing for your self-esteem and confidence you will be a whole new person.' 

1. You will make great new friends who you will share amazing adventures with. 

2. Most of these people come from different places to you, and this was make you want to travel more hearing their experiences....just about to book flights to Australia and New Zealand. 

3. You will get better at putting yourself out there. 

4. Travelling on a plane and doing the whole airport thing alone isn't so bad.

5. Gives you so much more independence. 

6. No one is will hold you back.

7. The experience is just yours...you don't have to worry about anyone like you would if you were going away with friends. And it's what you make of it. 

8. Makes you want to try out new experiences. 

9. Makes you realise you do not have to wait around for someone to come on a new adventure with you. 

10. You get to chose you own route. 

Now onto my outfit...very unrelated for this post I know! But I seemed to have used up all of my travel pictures. Anyway this dress is from Topshop but from the Charity shop and the denim jacket is also Topshop but from Ebay because you know how much I love buying second hand clothes a) They are so much cheaper b) It's more environmentally friendly c) I love buying older styles that are no longer in store that why less people will be wearing them! 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you been on a solo travel trip?

Love
Nicole
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Top Topshop | Skirt Topshop | Shoes Shoeaholics

Hey Guys!

I hope you are all well and had a fabulous July.

July I went on my very first solo trip to Croatia with Med Sailors which you can read all about here. I had the most amazing time ever and would high recommend if you can going on a solo trip it's a great way to met new people and step outside of your comfort zone. 

I also set up my own online interior shop called Nicki Knox which you can visit here. I would love to know your thoughts on this?! And what your favourite product is. 


Favourites from July! 

Podcasts - I've been a fan of Mary Porters from a very young age I used to watch her show Mary Queen of Shops with my mum and I love visiting her Mary Living & Giving charity shops.  As someone who loves Fashion Retail and the business behind fashion I've always been very interested in what she does. As you can imagine I was very excited to hear she launched her own podcast Work Like a Women. I listened to every episode now and loved them! It really makes you think and question the working culture in society. I mean yes don't get me wrong there has been major changes for the better over the years but still some things need to change. I've just downloaded her book too so I'm looking forwards to reading that and I'll get back to you guys on my thoughts.

Exciting Emails - Another great podcast I've been listening too. This is by the lovely Vix Meldrew, exciting emails answers all of your creative and blogging questions. I've also subscribed to the email list and Facebook page. I felt like I had got to the stage where I was a little stuck with my blog and social media and was not really sure on how to make it go in the direction I wanted it too. Vix really helps you to think about why you started your channels and the different ways and things you can do to grow them. One big thing I've done since listening to her Podcast is get back on to Pinterest a channel I had abandoned for years but one I've really fallen back in love with. (You can see my page here)

TV Shows - I re-downloaded my Netflix account about 6 months ago and I've been looking getting back into series and films. A favourite of mine at the moment is working Mums! The episodes are only 20 minutes long so perfect if you do not have much time or just want a quick break from something you are doing. It's an American show based on a group of mum's returning back to work after maternity leave. Looking at the different experiences they all face. It really does make you laugh out loud! 

Summer Fashion - I can not believe the heatwave we had here in the UK it's been amazing but on some days a little too hot (I do feel bad when I moan about the warm weather!) I've been loving being about to wear all of my favourite Summer clothes! Topshop has been my go to place for fashion this Summer. I've picked up some amazing items that I've truly fallen in love with. You can see all of my outfits shared on my instagram here. 

I've got so much planned in August...it's a big travel month for me. I've got a little break in Brighton, then I'm off to Cyprus and hopefully a trip to Vegas too! 

Hope you enjoyed this post....what are you up to over the next month?

Love
Nicole
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Hey Guys, 

So a week ago last Friday I got back from my very first sailing holiday with Med Sailors, writing this post and collecting all of my photos together is bringing such joy as it really was an amazing holiday and a great experience! I've never travelled solo before but after my trip I found this quote on Pinterest and it is 100% true! 

'Travelling alone will be the most scariest, most liberating, life changing experience. Try it at least once!' 

If you have never had a solo trip and in a position where you can....I highly recommend you do. I can't explain enough what an amazing experience it was. 

I decided to book my trip thought a company because I wanted my route and accommodation planned for me to take the stress out of things. Also for safety reasons, I've never travelled solo before so I wanted to make sure I would feel safe. I have seen a few Bloggers and Youtubers post about MedSailors and heard many good things about them. MedSailors have a few different routes and countries you can go too. The main reason I decided to go to Croatia was because I had been a few years ago to Dubrovnik and loved it. After that I really wanted to explore more of Croatia. 

There are two different routes for Croatia and I opted for the Discovery route. 

The route is as followed:

Day 1 

You start off in Split, this is where check in is and to be honest I can not give my opinion on Split because I literally got a taxi from the airport to the marina and thats all I saw! We got to the boat about 3pm and I was so nervous meeting everyone for the first time. But I had nothing to be nervous about as everyone was so easy going and there were nine of us on my boat. Some people came together and others where solo travellers. But as a whole group we got on so so well and ended up spending all of our time together as a big group when we got to land. 

The first stop on day one is Solta which is a tiny island with just one restaurant and one bar. And you get to see the most amazing sunset here. I soon realised when arriving to Solta that sailing life is not luxury! I shared a tiny cabin bunk bed room, had little space to get ready...showers on the back of the boat and quickly learnt that I would be dealing with bad hair for a week! But a couple of hours in I was totally cool with this and enjoyed the sailing life. 

Day 2 

Day 2, started off with very rough waves (I did think at this point what the hell am I doing here...this isn't for me. Luckily this was the only day we had rough waves and the rest of the week was completely fine.) We spotted for a swim stop half way to our destination and then ended up in Vis Town, we had the afternoon free to do as we wished. Our group found a beautiful bar with the most amazing view called Fort George. 

That night we had a punch party with all of the Med Sailors boats before heading off for dinner. 

Day 3  

Day 3, we went to a town called Komiza. We got to swim in the blue caves before arriving to Komiza and then spent the evening exploring the beautiful little town for dinner. This was probably one of the most chilled days we had and spent most of the day swimming/sun bathing. 

Day 4

Day 4, we went to an island called Vrboska other wise known as little Venice. This place really did remind me of Venice with the beautiful old looking buildings and bridges. Our evening activity was Wine tasting at a farm called Hora. I had a traditional Croatian meal (which was lamb and vegetables.) This was a really relaxed evening with beautiful views during sunset.   

Day 5

Day 5, we went to Hvar now this was my favourite location and I've already told my friend Charlotte that we need to go on holiday here for a week next Summer.  Hvar is such a beautiful place, with so many great beach bars and restaurants. We got a coach from the boat to a beautiful view point, then walk down to Hvar. What I loved about Hvar is that is a great party location, however the have so many more chilled bars and spots to sunbath too so you get the best of both worlds. 

Day 6 

Day 6, now this day was for recovering after a night out in Hvar! We went to Supertar another beautiful little island. Med Sailors organised drinks at a beach bar and this was the first sandy beach we had come across in Croatia. We had a super chilled evening with dinner and the great sunset again! 

Day 7

Day 7, was spent travelling back to Split and saying goodbye to all the new friends I had made. 

I really enjoyed my experience with Med Sailors it was great just to spend a week by myself making loads of new friends and meeting people from all across the world. 

I really want to do the Greece route next year. The only thing I would say is staying on a boat for a week isn't the most relaxing accommodation, if I was to do something like this again I would next time add one a couple of days at the end of my trip and stay in a nice hotel to relax! 

I hope you enjoyed this post...have you ever been on a Med Sailors trip?

Lots of Love
Nicole
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