5 Ways to Enhance Your Concert Experience

Hi everyone! As many of you may know, John Legend was recently in SA and E somehow managed to get us tickets to his concert. Personally I’m not really a fan of concerts because of how many people there always are and it can be quite stressful with how messy it can be. I’ve only been to two concerts my whole life, the first one is Rihanna (we got seated tickets as close to the front as possible) and also John Legend. John Legend was even better because we were sitting 2 blocks from the front of the stage and right in the middle. What impressed me even more was John Legend himself, he had such an incredible stage presence, plus he’s so incredibly talented with the piano, he didn’t even need notes, everything was by memory. It was by far one of the best experiences (coming from someone who doesn’t like concerts). I think after how traumatised I was about going to Rihanna (it wasn’t a bad experience but there’s definitely room for improvement), I’ve gathered some tips to share with you on 5 ways to enhance your concert experience.

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1. Wear comfortable shoes 

I’m not a standing or golden circle kinda girl but even seated I’ve learned that shoes is very important. Heels and sandals is definitely a no no for me, not only for the fear of someone stomping on your feet but also people spill drinks on the floor all the time. At John Legend, someone spilt his whole cup of beer on the floor behind me and the beer started running down and past my seat and by the end of the concert, I was surrounded by a pool of beer, thank goodness for Converse!

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2. Wear something that will keep you warm outside but won’t sweat you out inside 

Sounds too good to be true? I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t wear something ridiculously tiny in case you get too hot inside but have to hold onto a jacket the whole night. It’s always going to be a little chilly at night so try one layer and long sleeves. You can always dress that up with a pretty statement necklace.

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3. Don’t carry a big handbag 

I had a small sling bag with me that night, it literally only fits my cellphone, a lip balm, some money and credit cards. From looking at the suffering of other ladies that night, trust me, you don’t want to carry a big bag with you and then having to put that baby on the floor or even worse, having it on your lap the whole night.

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4. Organise a lift club or just take Uber 

This has absolutely nothing to do with drinking but if you are drinking, then there’s more of a reason why you shouldn’t be driving to and from the concert. We didn’t have not even one sip of alcohol that night but we got an Uber to and from the concert because we didn’t want to worry about traffic, parking and we wanted to get there just before he was coming on. Plus, it’s always a treat to be sitting at the back seat and being chauffeured around! It literally took us 30min to get to the Coca Cola Dome and also to get back home. We ordered an Uber as the concert finished and probably waited for 15min, which isn’t so bad considering it took people an hour to get out the  parking.

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5. Download the set list and learn the songs

This is an obvious one but I think it’s pretty important to at least have heard of the songs the artist is performing. The setlist is generally not released officially but there are websites that keep a record of the set list from concerts in other countries of the same tour. You should check out www.setlist.fm

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I didn’t take that many photos at John Legend but I hope you enjoy this post and the pictures anyway! 🙂

With love…xxx

Getting Yourself The Right Training Gear

There’s no art to looking good in clothes, everyone looks good in clothes, but not everyone looks good naked, now that’s the art of training. 

Hi Everyone! I do pride myself in being a slight fitness fanatic and it’s definitely something I don’t shy away from. In my mind, there’s nothing sexier than a girl who can run, kick, jump, swim and is flexible. Putting the physical benefits aside, you feel great from the inside out and exercising on a regular basis energizes your body, mind and soul.

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When it comes to gear, I know this may not mean a lot to many people but if you don’t even wear an ugly loose t-shirt to buy groceries, why should you while you’re exercising? I feel that my 1 hour or so of exercise is the most important hour of my day, where I really get to focus on nothing but myself guilt-free. Not only do I want to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing but I also want to feel good about myself in my training gear, it keeps me motivated.

 

I get many questions about my exercise routine and the correct training gear so hopefully this is post will manage to answer your questions, if not, please feel free to email me, tweet me or comment below 🙂

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1. Shoes shoes shoes

If you’re more than happy to splurge on a pair of sexy stilettos (like myself) then why don’t you invest in a great pair of shoes that’s right for your type of training? If you’re a runner, invest in a pair of good running shoes. I recently purchased a pair of Nike Free Fly Knit 5.0 , and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s comfortable, it’s flexible and it literally feels like I have a pair of socks on because it is so light. If you’re more interested in attending aerobics classes or doing your workout on the machines at gym, then get a good pair of training shoes, I personally enjoy the Nike Dual Fusion, they’re still running shoes which makes it light, comfortable and have just the right amount of padding on your sole so you don’t feel the impact.

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2. Choose the right fabric

Its important to look for a fabric that allows your skin to breathe and absorbs sweat so it keeps you cool. Try Nike Dri Fit or any light synthetic fabric that is sold in sports stores. After a good work out, the last thing I want is a wet patch or having to worry about a wet patch so in order to avoid that, make sure your training gear is in the right fabric.

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3. Pay special attention to fit

Like I said previously, if you don’t wear a loose old t-shirt to buy groceries, why would you wear that while training? Not only will you get extremely uncomfortable because most old loose t-shirts are not made in the right fabric so when you sweat, it drags you down. If you do prefer something loose, make sure your t-shirts are in the right fabric (again!) so that your sweat is absorbed and it won’t leave you heavy and hanging.

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4. Change up your gear depending on your work out

I personally keep very versatile pieces in my wardrobe, especially the bottoms. I prefer tight fitting versatile training tights that can be used for pilates, yoga, running and spinning. I generally prefer body hugging training clothes in any event because they’re good for all types of exercises. If you feel more comfortable in loose clothing, remember that it may interfere with your poses for yoga.

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5. Use good support

If you take anything from reading this post, let this be the one (ok and also number 1). Make sure you wear the right supporting under garments. When I first started training 4 years ago, I used to wear my normal everyday bras, bad idea! Not only does it restrict your movement to a certain extent because of the wiring, it also doesn’t allow flexibility in the chest area, which makes it much harder to breathe when doing cardio. Make sure you get a few sets of good supportive training bras!

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6. Get rid of all jewelry (or at least try)

Because I normally go to gym straight after work, I end up taking off all my jewelry and just leaving it in the boot of my car or my bag. I feel that wearing jewelry when training can be really distracting, such as earrings, heavy bracelets and necklaces. Plus they get stuck to you when you’re sweaty and it sometimes gets in the way.

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So these are my top tips for choosing the right training gear. Hope it helps and happy training! Remember, summer bodies are made in winter! 🙂

With love…xxx

LoveMaryLu Best of 2013

Hi everyone! Compliments to the new year and hope that everyone had a relaxing break and ready to take on 2014 with me. 🙂 I must apologise for a disappearing act before my holiday which was much anticipated because the plan was to blog while I was away and being in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and Taiwan for 2 weeks. Unfortunately my plan didn’t quite work out as firstly I left my laptop at home and secondly it was a real struggle to try get photos off the camera onto a platform where I could blog. But no need to worry, you’re not going to miss out on anything because I’ll definitely fill you in with posts from my holiday. 🙂

Getting right into this much delayed “Best of 2013” post, it’s been a hell of a year I must admit. Possibly the longest year I’ve lived (well it certainly felt like it), there was much to be learnt and every corner was a new adventure and a new struggle. As many of you may remember, I went to Thailand in July 2013 for the first time and had an amazing time! 2013 was definitely a year of many firsts, including my first job in the professional world. I’ve met some incredible people and also some… let’s just say interesting people whom I had to deal with over the past year. Although hard at times but I have absolutely no regrets and would gladly relive my 2013 but from a better perspective knowing that I will see light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that 2014 will be an incredible year also full of many “firsts” because life is just too short to not be adventurous, I’m only in my twenties for 10 years, which is far too short for my liking!

I must also thank all my readers, whether you’ve been following my blog right from the beginning or have stumbled across it for the first time, I must thank all of you for supporting me throughout and watching me grow as a blogger as well as a person. My adventures are your adventures and my dreams are your dreams! Many ask me why I keep up with a blog because it’s so tiring, to be honest I don’t know. I don’t care about the freebies or the “perks” people blog for because that shouldn’t be a reason any blogging is blogging for. I just enjoy writing and to be honest, my life is way too adventurous (so I like to think anyway) to be kept to myself. I believe that 2014 is going to be a great year of traveling to new places for me so if you enjoy that aspect of life, watch this space! 🙂

Here’s to the best of 2013…

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Wishing everyone a great year ahead!

With love…xxx

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