Its that time of year again, when we put pen to paper and come up with our most wanted list for Santa. Naturally Queen B stash is at the top of our list but here are some other options of Queen B approved pressies for your loved ones this year!
This one is for all you gym loving Corkonians out there and for all you “hate the gym but know its good for me” types too! The Squad are an exciting duo of our friend Kate (Brids absolute BFF…since she was 5) and Kates friend Josie. They have opened their own gym and are our favourite people to train with. These two can handle it all, from hard core training to beginners, classes to one on one sessions. If you want to get healthy and reap all the benefits from looking and feeling good then Squad HQ is the place for you. We highly recommend buying the 10 class card which, erm, as the name suggests, gets you access to 10 classes for a ridiculously well priced 50euro. This is the kind of gym you can enter with confidence, the squad want you to join their ranks, are excited to see you and it practically goes without saying….love Queen Bs!!
This holiday season buy the coxswain in your life the gift of knowledge from our friends at Chattercox. Chattercox is run by the teeny tiny but mind blowingly dynamic duo that is Zoe De Toledo and Katie Apfelbaum, with the aim of providing high quality, actionable coaching specifically for coxes. They can work with groups of coxes, or with individuals, in person or by Skype, and will create a bespoke package that suits not only your coxswains needs, but also your budget. Give the cox in your life a present they will never forget. Email them on firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation about how they can work with your favourite cox(es), and check them out at www.chattercox.com.
For that something special and sparkly this Christmas we are lusting after pretty much all of the jewellery designed by the incredibly talented Chupi and her team. We love her Feathers collection…proving swans are not just those crazy annoying creatures that harass you when you are in the boat but they inspire some incredible designs too. For that someone who is truly special….and in our world that can mean anyone from a team mate to a cox to the one you cuddle up with at night or, you know even your business partner (see what I did there, see my oh so subtle hinting!) We love, love, love the “we are twice as strong together” ring. It just doesn’t get better than that on Christmas morning.
Sanita Puspure – Learn to Row
When you decide to take up rowing and then you find out that the most successful female irish rower of all time runs Rowing Fitness courses for adults, well, its just a match made in heaven! Sanita is without a doubt one of our favourite sportswomen (we cant say she is THE favourite…it wouldn’t be fair, but she knows 😉 ) and her A final at the 2017 World Rowing Championships was one of the most exciting we have ever witnessed. You could not possibly be in better hands. Our mum wanted to give rowing a go and we sent her to Sanita immediately. If we trust Sanita with our mum, there really is no greater recommendation. Sanita will have you on the water and smashing it before you can even ask where the lifejackets are! If you are going to learn, we say learn from the best. Contact Sanita and give a present of rowing to someone who loves a challenge this Christmas.
Classes – Wednesday 7 – 8pm
Anam Solas Yoga Retreat.
It’s no secret that the Queen B’s can often be found whispering in many peoples ears all over the world and as very proud Irish women what we tend to be saying is ‘Seriously, come to Ireland. It’s brilliant.’ Am I right? Have we said this to you at Henley? So why haven’t you visited yet? Anyway, I digress. What better reason to visit the emerald isle than to participate in a delicious Yoga Retreat with one of our all time favourite Queen B’s, Jean Noonan. Check out her Instagram or webpage for upcoming retreats but don’t hang around. Spaces fill up quickly. Namaste Queen B’s.
Gold Medal Flapjack, Silver Medal Life.
We also have a recommendation from one of our Queen Bs, who we all know are famous for their impeccable taste. Over to you Queen Theo – I wanted to pass on a recommendation if you do a Xmas gift guide this year for rowers/coxes – I recently read this incredible rowing autobiography by Alison Mowbray. Her story is completely kickass and inspiring, not just for any woman in sport, but also if you’re pursuing a dream or goal that seems out of reach, or ever had the feeling that you’re not good enough. She takes you right into her Olympic final (I think I held my breath the entire time I read it). It’s a superb read, and I really can’t recommend it enough. It’s called Gold Medal Flapjack, Silver Medal Life.
(https://www.waterstones.com/book/gold-medal-flapjack-silver-medal-life/alison-mowbray/9781783062232). Theo, we couldn’t have put it better ourselves, thank you!
You know that feeling of wanting to try a new sport as an adult but knowing that the chances are all the adults playing will probably have been doing it since school and be intimidatingly amazing at it and if you turned up you would look like a total tool and it would be a disaster and you may as well not bother…….well, no more! Let me introduce you to ….drum roll…..Hockey Fever! The genius that is Lucie Archer and Amy Mills created a place where adult beginners are not only welcomed but positively encouraged to come and play! With everything from 6 a side hockey leagues, coach led games, back to hockey sessions for those of us that played in school but haven’t picked up a stick in years and walking hockey there is something for everyone. Operating in Cheltenham for now we feel this will become huge in the near future! Buy some shin pads, throw in a gum shield, top it off with a course at Hockey Fever and you have the recipe for an epic Christmas pressie.
Peggy Porschen Christmas Cookies.
We have died and gone to cookie heaven!! Tastes amazing and looks quite genuinely too good to eat we are obsessed with the Peggy Porschen Christmas cookies this year. From advent calendars to gingerbread houses it is a feast for both eyes and tummy. We are ordering the Snowflake Cookie Gift Box for our stockings this year and are already drooling at the prospect. For the sweet toothed foodie, you will knock their stocks off with any of Peggys incredible Christmas creations.