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Emily Beeson
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Louisa Drake is a force to be reckoned with. A fitness expert, business founder and a serious source of lifestyle inspo, Louisa recently launched LDM, a fitness and lifestyle brand built on the principles of her own inclusive training method and her no-nonsense approach to health and wellness.   

We caught up with her to find out more about LDM, her motivations and of course, her style both in and out of the studio…   

So how does your method work? How can LDM sessions influence your lifestyle?  

At LDM we focus on body confidence and effective training techniques that educate clients on what their individual bodies need. My Method offers a host of fitness disciplines – cardio, conditioning, resistance and stretch – to keep the mind and body guessing and strengthen the muscles you use daily.   

Our whole approach is to encourage confidence, so the Fitzrovia and Muswell Hill studios are a welcoming space where our instructors will calmly guide you through a class, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and well worked, but never worked up and stressed.  

Who can take part in LDM classes?  

LDM classes are accessible to anyone, regardless of their experience, fitness level, shape or size. We have two boutique studios in London, where you can access small group classes and private training daily. We also have LDM online video subscriptions and range of fitness equipment and apparel for taking part at home.  

What inspired you to launch LDM – tell us about your journey...   

After a professional dance career I started to transition into teaching dance and fitness. I was known for my unique style and had several disciplines under my belt but I realised there was something lacking from the workouts I was doing as a client at other gyms and studios.  

I saw a gap for doing things my way and created LDM. After combining the best bits of popular disciples such as yoga, HIIT, Pilates to name just a few I created my signature total body workout that ticks all the boxes in one session – the Shape Changer, the perfect balance of cardio and conditioning material.   

Next month we celebrate our first birthday at our Fitzrovia studio which offers a range of LDM classes that are constantly being fine tuned to suit our clients’ needs.  

What does the word ‘wellness’ mean to you?  

Wellness really sums up being at your optimal best physically and mentally. For me it’s about finding the right balance – time to focus on my changing needs, to honour my own rhythms and have the energy to achieve everything I need.  

What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

My clients. Most mornings I’m either up early teaching group classes or I’m with a private client. The occasion I have a morning free, I’ll top up on sleep or schedule some time for myself on the mat.  

How important do you think physical health is to how happy and confident we feel?

Massively important. It should be the main reason you choose to work out and aesthetics are the bonus. The natural high we get from exercise is what keeps you committed.  

What about fashion and style – can what we wear make us happy?  

Absolutely, wearing something that helps you feel happy will be the reason your posture improves which will then be part of the reason your confidence improves and you carry yourself differently. You can express yourself through fashion and your own unique take on it. 

What are your feel-good outfits for work, the weekend and going out?  

I spend a lot of time in activewear and when I'm working out and training clients it’s all about supportive, feel-good fabrics. I select a sweat-wicking product that’s going to work hard for me when I’m back to back and versatile items that mean after a quick change I’m ready to go from studio to meeting.   

When I’m off-duty it’s a mix of denim, fun prints, slogan tees and a vintage feel is always present in my style. For going out I add some standout accessories, switch a trainer for shoe and opt for a dress or cool jumpsuit.  

What about your favourite brands?

Activewear brands such as Sweaty Betty, Lululemon, Lucas Hugh, Nike and Adidas keep me supported and stylish. For tees and sweaters I like British brand Double Trouble Gang – we collaborated on some limited edition LDM sweaters & hoodies. I also love brands such as Etre Cecile and Sezane for an injection of fun prints and slogan pieces.   

Free People, Reformation, ADAY, Faithfull the brand, Ganni and the Vampire’s Wife are labels I gravitate towards. I have some great jackets from Zoe Karssen, Whistles and Acne and my accessories are a mix of high street, vintage and investment pieces from Hill and Friends, Sezane, Laura Lee and Missoma.  

I’m often in trainers by Adidas, Nike and APL and I’m currently loving the Stella McCartney x Adidas Parley shoes made from recycled ocean plastics – they work for all cardio based workouts. Veja make eco-friendly Parisian cool trainers that I like for off-duty and I also like Russell & Bromley, Birkenstock, Soludos, Hobbs and Miu Miu.  

What’s next for you and for LDM? 

Plans are underway to open a bigger standalone LDM studio in London where clients can still benefit from small boutique group fitness and private training with more space and amenities. We have some exciting opportunities in the pipeline and I’m working hard to build up our online LDM video offerings, so we are accessible not just in London but anywhere and at anytime. Watch this space…  

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Emily Beeson
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If you haven’t already added a handful of vitamin-rich products to your beauty line-up it’s high time you considered it. Whether you opt for a cream, mask, gel or capsule, these are the health-giving heroes you should be looking for…   


Vitamin C is loved by beauty buffs for its collage-boosting properties. Fighting free radical damage – caused by UV rays, pollution, smoking and other environmental factors – Vitamin C is your go-to for reversing UV damage and hyperpigmentation. Use your products before applying sunscreen and make up in the morning.    

Vitamin E is ideal for preventing dryness as it reduces water loss in your skin cells. It’s also pretty good at defending you from free radicals and calming inflammation. Vitamin E reduces water loss in skin cells, which keeps dryness at bay. Use Vitamin E all day, every day – especially in sunny weather or after a trip to the beach.    

Vitamin A is lauded for its ability to strengthen skin cells, reducing wrinkles and helping with skin problems like psoriasis and acne. Encouraging collagen production and shedding old skin cells, save your Vitamin A for your before-bed routine.  

Our bodies make Vitamin D naturally when our skin is exposed to the sun but too much sun can lead to skin damage. Maintain the perfect balance and your overall skin health will be impeccable. An anti-inflammatory, Vitamin D stimulates cell turnover and boosts skin elasticity and radiance helping you to get your glow on.   

Want to try our favourite vitamin-rich products for yourself? Shop the edit below…   

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Emily Beeson
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In recent years we’ve had to face a few home truths about the staggering levels of toxins and potentially harmful ingredients that come into contact with our bodies every day. From pollution to pesticides, our daily exposure to toxic chemicals is worryingly high.   


There are some things we can’t control but then again, there are plenty of things we can. Opting for clean, green and gentle beauty and skincare products is one of them…   

We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite items – from toxin-free moisturizers to wellness bibles, eco-friendly exfoliators to natural scrubs – so you can take charge and wave goodbye to aggressive ingredients.   

Browse and shop the edit below…   

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Emily Beeson
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We all want to follow a luxe skincare routine, buy the latest haircare products and indulge in an array of make-up goodies, but sometimes the cost can be off-putting…    


After all, going for affordable beauty buys can be risky as you never really know what you're going to get. A higher price tag doesn't necessarily mean better quality so we asked our panel of beauty specialists on the best beauty steals. Here's their verdict...  

For your skin

Never make the mistake of opting for something that could do your skin more harm than good because it’s affordable. Instead, look out for natural, spa-grade products at a reasonable price point. There are plenty on offer from brands like ESPA who specialise in simple skincare and wellness products without the hefty pricetag.  

For your hair

Taking care of your hair from the root is important so don’t just buy an expensive shampoo and conditioner from the salon and be done with it. Invest in a collection of affordable products from a mid-range brand – we like Grow Gorgeous for this – and build a solid routine including scalp exfoliation, weekly masks, heat protector before styling and nourishing oil to finish.  

For make-up  

Buying make-up from the drugstore can be hit and miss. On the one hand you can end up with some great products that work just as well as those offered by high-end brands. On the other, some cheaper products tend not to work so well and are packed with ingredients that aren’t great for your skin.   

For affordable make-up that’s comprised of natural or non-harmful synthetic ingredients our beauty panel agreed the place to go is The Body Shop. Their make-up and skincare range has expanded for all skin types in recent years and is perfect if you’re on a budget.   Ready to try our affordable beauty picks? Shop our exclusive edit below...  

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Emily Beeson
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We’re always on the look out for simple and affordable hacks to supercharge our beauty routines, especially in summer. Whether it’s a natural-looking glow or a quick fix to get those brows on fleek, we’ve tried and tested every trick in the book.


More recently, we’ve been looking into safe and natural ways to enhance our pearly whites. After all, a sparkling smile makes a summer tan look next level. From oil pulling to whitening toothpastes and innovative brushes, we’ve created an edit of our favourites. 

So, if you don’t fancy splashing out on expensive teeth whitening sessions at the dentist and want to try something new at home, give our picks a whirl. Shop our edit of the best whitening tools for a Hollywood smile below…

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Lina Psaila
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With summer vacations approaching we’re hitting the gym more often than usual. If that's the case for you too, you're also probably suffering from some post-workout aches. No pain, no gain, right? Wrong what you do after a workout can be just as important as what you do during so we’ve rounded up our favourite relaxing rituals to  help restore your muscles after exercise... 


Eat a tasty protein treat 

After a workout replenish your energy with a protein bar or a smoothie with some added protein powder. Add a handful of your favorite fruits like blueberries and bananas to make it more appetizing, an avocado for healthy fat and some granola or oats for fiber. Nuts and seeds are also great for protein and if you’re craving something bigger, go for poached eggs, grilled chicken or sushi.

Soak it off 

When you hit the showers or run a bath, opt for an invigorating shower gel or cream made with ginger, lemon or grapefruit. Try essential oils like lavender that will relieve aching muscles and if you're not in a hurry, treat yourself to a long relaxing bath with magnesium salts at home. Throw on a face mask or hair treatment for the full pampering experience and detox your post-gym skin. 

Sauna and jacuzzi time 

If you're a member of a gym, you'll most likely have access to a sauna or jacuzzi. The warm temperature will increase pulse rate and circulation without straining your muscles and will help with relaxation. Take a cold shower after your session using a revitalizing shower gel to tighten pores, refresh skin and leave you feeling ready to take on the world. 

Ready to give your body some the post-gym pampering it needs? Discover and shop all the essentials from our selection below... 

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Emily Beeson
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Breaking a sweat shouldn’t mean compromising on style but all too often our choices for comfortable clothing to work out in are limited – a baggy T-shirt and a pair of old leggings might do the trick but they’re hardly inspiring. 

Luckily, brands everywhere have upped their activewear game, offering us a host of affordable and high-end options for every body type to help us look as good as that HIIT session or morning run makes us feel. 

With the likes of Sweaty Betty catering for all manner of activities and launching covetable designer collabs, and leading sneaker brands finally making fashion-forward trainers we can fall in love with, it’s easy to look our best while working on our bods. 

So, whether you favour gentle yoga stretches or full-on bootcamp vibes, we’ve rounded up some of the most gorgeous pieces to help you get your glow on. 

Browse our favourite workout looks above and scroll down for our Editors’ favourite activewear picks…


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We all know that to feel your best every day, it’s important to take good care of both your body and your mind. A good workout is an easy way to bring forth your happy hormones but knowing how sweaty and tired you’ll feel afterwards can be off-putting at times. 


Sometimes, that rush of endorphins doesn’t seem worth the post-exercise soreness and dehydrated skin the morning after. Luckily, we have the low-down on a solution that celebs swear by before and after a gruelling workout. 

ESPA's Fitness Body Oil is a blend of natural ingredients and essential oils, specially formulated to help your muscles, and your mind, wind down and replenish. To counter the stress generated by our frenetic world, ESPA #18181f">connects beauty with wellness using a holistic approach, bringing balance to body and mind. Their moto? Natural Beauty Inner Calm. 
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#18181f">Concocted especially to soothe the body and counteract the negative effects of an active lifestyle, ESPA Fitness Body Oil #18181f">contains Indian bay and clove bud oils to relax your muscles, lavender oil to calm the senses and sweet almond oil to deeply nourish your skin. 

Whether you’re into yoga, running, cross-fit or a standard trip to your local gym, Fitness Body Oil can be used before exercising, to hydrate your skin and warm the muscles while stretching, and afterwards to replace moisture lost through sweating and showering and soothe tense muscles and stiff joints. 

Transform your exercise routine into a luxurious ritual and add this restorative secret weapon to your post-workout line-up. Shop the Fitness Body Oil Collection below and try it for yourself…  
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Spring is all about recharging in order to take on the new season with a fresh outlook. Sometimes all you need to do is relax and indulge in a little ‘me time’. 


A quick browse online throws up numerous sales at local hotels and wellness centres offering discount spa day packages. Take advantage of a day filled with massages, facials, manicures and a dip in the pool or the hot tub. Or try out a couple of Pilates or yoga classes to take your wellness day to a whole new level. 

What to wear on a spa day... 

Before you book your day away, make sure your wardrobe’s spa-ready. Fill your weekend bag with a fluffy robe, a luxe one-piece swimsuit and silky-soft slippers. Don’t forget your shades and a stylish designer tote for the journey there and back. 

If checking into a spa is off the cards, why not recreate the vibe at home? 

Invest in a few spa essentials like bath oils, candles and aromatherapy products and turn your bathroom into a DIY spa centre that works exclusively for you. 

What are you waiting for? Your spa day starts now. Shop all your pampering and style essentials from our edit below... 

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Lina Psaila
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As temperatures rise and days become longer we crave a little more time outdoors - and that includes our workout routine. Thankfully for our mood and budget most classes from yoga, to Zumba, pilates even martial arts can be taught in an open-air park. 


Working out outdoors has amazing health benefits both physical but also mental that arise from spending time in nature. So whether you want to shed a few pounds, get toned then there or simply want to feel more healthy and happy, (Exercise releases all of those serotonins - the happy hormones after all!) there's definitely a class for you in the park. 

Discover your tribe and sign up for an open-air fitness class now! 

The Runner 

You may be a die-hard running fan. You like exercising outdoors exploring new sceneries and meeting new people whilst enjoying the exercise. 

Bouncing Bunny 

You prioritise any aerobic activity over anything else. You enjoy running too but you want the element of fun into it. You indulge in Zumba, typical aerobics classes, hula hoops, trampoline classes even a hip-hop class. 

The Static 

You enjoy working each muscle group at your own pace and you want a sense of slight rhythm to it without sweating your entire fluid intake on your mat. Exercise for you is also a time to reflect on your day meditate and relax. You will mostly benefit from yoga, pilates, barre and meditation. 

The Combat Heroine 

You want to seriously improve your overall fitness levels, get ripped and meet friends while doing it. Which is why you've signed up for boxing classes but HIIT and a innovative capoeira could also be your thing. Did you find your tribe? 

Time to shop all of your fitness essentials from our expert edit below and hit your next class! 

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Lina Psaila
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Happy Mother's Day! To celebrate the day, we recently caught up with new mummy and fashion blogger Vaida. She is the author of the blog Fashion Addicted and the Instagram account @fashionbyvaida, where she documents her adventures in fashion, beauty travelling and of course parenting. Read her interview below and find out the best Mother's Day gifts she suggests on her exclusive list below. 


What compelled you to start your own fashion & lifestyle blog? 

I started my fashion career as a model but it just wasn’t for me.  Despite that I still was into fashion very much. After constantly being approached by girls and asked where I bought one or another item I decided to create fashion blog and share all my outfit details there. 

What do you enjoy most about the creative process? 

Even it’s hard work I enjoy every bit of it. From creating an outfit to posting it on the blog/Instagram and all the bits in between: looking for beautiful spots to shoot, posing or creating a flatlay, taking pictures, editing them. And the most enjoyable thing is to get positive reactions from my readers. 

What are the challenges and also the benefits of being a freelance content creator and influencer especially being a new mum? 

I love being independent, I can work cosily on my sofa watching my baby playing around. I think that’s the best thing. However being a mum and freelancing has cons too. I am limited to attend various events and sometimes plans can be changed because of my babies needs. 

What are your non-negotiables regarding your wellness routine? 

Having a bath with lot’s of bubbles, candles and relaxing music on Sundays is my best wellness time. 

How would you describe your personal style? Can you give us an example by styling your go-to outfit featuring your favourite brands? 

In one word I would say it’s elegant. I usually choose classic pieces. Mango white suit with Gucci handbag and Zara heels. 

What are your new mum lifesaver products that you can't live without? 

Mama Mio products are wonderful for both mums to be and new mums. 

You're always travelling. Which one of your recent destinations was the most memorable to you and why? 

Probably the best memories are from Mauritius (we got married there) and Thailand. Everything is so different there, nature is mesmerising, people are relaxed and the food is super delicious. 

What are you working on at the moment? Do you have any specific goals for this year? 

I have Build a Bear project coming up. I am going with my boy to Build a Bear workshop to create Easter bunny. I am sure we will have a lot of fun. I have also few beauty and fashion projects coming up soon so keep your eyes peeled and follow my blog Fashion Addicted and Instagram account @fashionbyvaida

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Lina Psaila
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Maca's popularity has exploded the past few years. Despite being revered for its medicinal properties for years the maca root is taking over the health community as the latest superfood. Many influencers are adding it to their morning brew for an extra boost of energy and stamina. 


The maca plant is a type of vegetable so powerful that it's sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng. It looks very similar to radishes and turnips with green tops and roots. Usually, the yummy tasting root is available in powder after being harvested. It has natural healing properties and has been consumed for years in the Andes as a safe superfood. The maca root powder is high in protein carbs and rich in a number of nutrient including vitamin C, copper and iron. It can also help the body adapt to external stressors like a busy schedule or illness. 

RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS 

It has many health benefits mainly because it's rich in antioxidants meaning it can neutralise harmful free radicals fighting off disease and preventing damage to cells including ageing. 

ENHANCES MENTAL ABILITIES 

A regular maca intake can improve energy, mood and memory. People that have been implementing it in their routine admit that they feel more awake, energized and driven to take on the day without the shakiness of a strong coffee. 

BALANCES ESTROGEN LEVELS 

Many women suffer from estrogen imbalance levels including bloating irregular menstrual periods and mood swings. Maca, can control the amount of estrogen in the body and also can relieve the symptoms of menopause. Start with one tablespoon of maca powder daily and increase it up to two or three tablespoons throughout the day. You'll notice an increase in energy so it's best to take it before exercising or starting a demanding day. If you're already researching for the best maca powder, don't worry we have rounded them up all for you. 

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