Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Style with Co-Ge!

Welcome!

This is just a short post showing you all some visualisations from my final project! As a textile designer, we don't actually get to make the garments we envisage our prints with, so draping is a great way to visualise the outcomes. Draping involves placing the design we've created into a realistic context, through a photo, to see how the aesthetics will look.

Here are a few of my favourite ones from this project!








Photo Credits: Fabletics, Google Images (photos are not my own)



Let me know what you think!


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Colette


© Made by Co-Ge 2012-2016



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Strength with Tanya Morgan!

Welcome!

As mentioned previously, the Strength section of the blog will be featuring fitness related content and inspiration. I'm really excited to introduce you to the first interview, with Personal Trainer Tanya Morgan! I caught up with her recently to get the goss on her fitness motivations, future goals and even her favourite post-work out snacks!




Check out our conversation below!

1. Where did your love of fitness first stem from? When did the moment of realisation hit, that you wanted to pursue personal training?

I would never have considered myself as being a sporty kid, but that is really only in comparison to my family that were all extremely sporty. My sister Jess was always athletic and played football for Leyton Orient, my brother Jack was a diver and competed for London, my twin brother Jamie was good at all sports and became a personal trainer straight from school. I wasn't the kid that hated PE but I definitely didn't love it either. I was a girly girl and as much as I was active I didn't find the kind of training I liked until I started kickboxing when I was about 12 and absolutely loved it. It gave me such confidence!I kept it up until I was going into sixth form just before I was 16. I stopped training all together and started to work on the weekends and didn't even really think about doing any exercise for a few years. My twin brother would get me to go and see him at the gym and would train me but it was always something I really would try to get out of. It was such a chore but I went because I wanted to be happier with how I looked. I don't really know exactly when the moment was, but something just clicked. It went way beyond the physical goal of just looking good and it meant so much more to me - going to the gym had become my number one priority. I really didn't want to ever lose interest or for training to be just a phase for me. I wanted to make a commitment to my new lifestyle and to learn everything I could about the body and different types of training.

Becoming a personal trainer was me saying to myself  'You are not backing out on this!'

2. Can you tell us about your favourite fitness experience to date?

Teaching Spin at The Third Space was my first teaching job and I am still there now. I remember being so nervous. It didn't feel like it had been that long since I was the new person at the back of the class and somehow fast forward less than a year and I was teaching at one of the best gyms in London!

My absolute highlight so far would have to be teaching for Sweaty Betty on Venice Beach in LA!


3. Do you teach any classes? If so, what are they and how is the experience of training multiple bodies at once?

I teach TRX, Kettlebells, Spin, Hiit Training, and I also teach boxing. Teaching is unlike any other feeling I have ever had before. The endorphins of doing a class yourself, plus the buzz of teaching just makes it such an amazing feeling. To have such great feedback from people and for everybody to be working so hard towards there goal and for you to be part of that is amazing.

4. Do you have any stories of a drastic change in the health and mindset of someone you trained? How does it make you feel?

Making other people feel good makes me feel good. Motivating others pushes me to keep going too. I am inspired by the people I work with every single day.
I have seen my clients and people that come to my class grow in confidence which is such a beautiful thing to see. Life really can be rough sometimes and to see people that are choosing to do something good for themselves even when it is not always easy really makes me so proud. I have seen people transform their whole mental state and when the body and mind start to come together you can do anything.

5. I know sometimes you train your siblings and that you're close. How important is it to have the support of your family in this?

I have always been so lucky to have a family that have believed that I can do anything I set my mind to do. They have backed me up on any and everything I have wanted to do along the way and they have believed in me more than I have believed in myself. Whenever I doubt myself they are right there to keep me going. They really are everything to me.

6. Do you have a favourite fitness/health product at the moment? How has it changed your workout/health journey?

I have been drinking Equinox Kombucha, a healthy drink that gives you energy. I have been drinking it instead of coffee and energy drinks and it really has made a huge difference! Sometimes I have too much caffeine just to get through my day and end up not able to sleep! Equinox Kombucha has helped me cut that out which is so amazing.

(Taken from the Equinox Kombucha Instagram Page)

Also a skincare brand called QMS cosmetics have a cream for people that train called Sport Active. That means that I don't have to wear makeup to the gym; it makes your skin look amazing but it doesn't do it any harm. This is great for those times when you need a little bit of confidence, especially when going to a new gym! It works as an alternative to foundation which is bad for skin when working out.



7. Is there a song that gets you particularly pumped during your workouts?

Probably a bit too pumped! Beast (Southpaw Remix) - Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard ft. Busta Rhymes

8. Any advice to the readers who are embarking on their own fitness journey?

Do it for yourself and don't rely on anybody else to do it with you. You might have to go without somebody to the gym, you might have to eat different things to your whole family or your friends just to stay on track but just concentrate on you and what you need to do for you. If you want it badly enough you can have whatever you want as long as you work hard for it. Throw yourself into it, surround yourself with likeminded people that will inspire you and push you to grow. Step out of your comfort zone, it's where all the best stuff happens.

9. Do you have any exciting plans for the near future? 

I plan on starting my own blog. I started my Instagram about ten months ago and it has grown so quickly. I have had some amazing opportunities because of it and been very lucky so far. I just want to step that up and sometimes I have more to say than a caption on a photograph. I need to step everything up and take it more seriously. It has all happened so fast it and I have been so busy I haven't had the time to put into it, but I will be starting to make it my focus!

10. Your favourite post workout snack!

The Protein Ball company are amazing for on the go protein snacks for before or after a workout -  I always have them in my bag! They have no hidden, bad ingredients in them and they taste amazing.





If you're wanting to follow the rest of Tanya's amazing fitness journey, you can find her here on Instagram !




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Colette


© Made by Co-Ge 2012-2016



Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Health with Monique Lewis!

Welcome!

This is the first health post of the blog and I hope you will find it as helpful as I have!

So as you may or may not know, I've always enjoyed fitness and health related pursuits outside of my studies. As I learn more about treating my body right, with the foods I eat and the exercise I undertake, it is also important to keep your mind fit and healthy as well.

Monique Lewis is a Personal Shopper and all-round fashionista who also has a strong desire to share positivity and uplifting messages, which she posts weekly on her youtube channel and blog! She also writes articles that discuss the habits and behaviours of successful people, and how their routines can inspire your day to day lives! 



As many changes are happening in the next few months for me (finishing university, moving, training and graduating), it's important to keep a level head and use the time I have positively and effectively. That's why Monique's videos and instagrams are so great- you can look at them on the move and really set your day up from the beginning!

You can find her newest message about the Art of Simplification below!

Enjoy!




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Colette


© Made by Co-Ge 2012-2016



Updates!

Welcome!





You may have noticed some minor changes here on the blog and I'm here to tell you about them.

Firstly I've added an About me page which will give you a little insight into who I am, the things that I do, and what the focus of the blog will be from here on out.

I'm also including my love of fitness on the blog, in the form of Strength sections and Health sections. By no means am I a health professional, but that the things I will be sharing are things that have helped or impacted my health and fitness journey personally. I will be including interviews and profiles on people who inspire me, products that I've tried and enjoyed and also excerpts from my personal training journey, which will come later in the year!

Using my daily mantra of Health, Strength and Style, this blog will explore each section with hopes of inspiring personal growth and inspiring you!

Thanks always for your loyalty to the blog and the many turns it takes!




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Colette


© Made by Co-Ge 2012-2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Carib Abode : Final Project - Final Stages

Welcome!


Over the last few months I've been working hard on the final project of my degree. With less than a month to go, I thought I'd show you all a few snapshots of my favourite final pieces.












You can also find an extended version on Artsthread!



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Colette


© Made by Co-Ge 2012-2016









Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Carib Abode: Final Project - Initial Stages

Welcome!

Here are a few snaps from my current project based around Caribbean homes and the Sports Luxe trend.

Let me know what you think!






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Colette


© Made by Co-Ge 2012-2015


Friday, 11 December 2015

2nd Year Throwbacks

Welcome!

I love looking back at the work that I have created in the past, in particular the projects that have inspired some of my best work. 

Here are a few of my favourite portfolio pieces from the past year and the work they have influenced!

Portfolio Pieces - Bio Tactility






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Colette

© Made by Co-Ge 2012-2015