Where was the last place you had a great meal?
SK: Monachyle Mhor – I’d been feeling homesick, which for me means I need to get amongst some Scottish hills and mountains, so we booked a little autumn get away and it was such a treat. All the food was delicious and beautifully presented.
Do you have any cosmetic products you love?
SK: When it comes to cosmetics I am through and through a “Bobbi Brown Girl” and I don’t think I could choose just one of their products! But, as I have some sun-damage related hyper-pigmentation, one product I can single out is my Vichy sunblock and BB – Ideal Soleil. It protects whilst also providing some cover to the damage.
What cleaning products do you use?
SK: I mainly use doTERRA products. For convenience I always have a bottle of their “On Guard” all-purpose cleaner but I also often blend my own or use some of my favourite essential oils mixed with water and white vinegar in a glass spray bottle to create a great smelling cleaning spray. I have also used some of the Method range of non-toxic cleaners.
For some simple, low cost cleaning products that you will already have in your home check out this blog I wrote a few years ago.
Do you have any pets?
SK: Yes, I have two cats. Phoebe is our girl cat; she can be feisty and aloof. She is also a ferocious hunter who murders with such regularity she really should be doing time in Holloway prison. And, Coco Loco is our boy cat. Adorable, cuddly and yes, a little Coco in the Loco!
What’s your favourite way to de-stress?
SK: Yoga and getting outdoors are consistently how I cope with stress. I bottle stress and often don’t even notice when levels have built up but being outdoors, even in miserable weather, can almost instantly calm me and help me let off steam!
What are your favourite drinks
SK: Everyone knows I love coffee – I think I’ll always be tempted by a dangerously dark double espresso. However, last year I stopped drinking coffee altogether and now I just have an occasional – in fact, at my favourite café they now make me half caffeine/half decaff! Caffeine has not completely gone though as I’ll have one matcha shot (okay maybe two) most mornings.
Alcohol also does not suit me at all but I have not ruled it out completely – nearly though. Which means that only very occasionally (probably 2-3 times per year) I’ll have some wine. An Argentinian Malbec or a glass of very cold (maybe with ice, sorry!) Pouilly Fumé would be my first choices. However, even just one glass will almost always mean I suffer afterwards, so most of the time I’ll drink San Pellegrino or Perrier when out or add sparkling mineral water to the juice of a fresh lime when home chilling on a Friday evening.
Do you have a favourite and least favourite yoga pose?
SK: Tricky one to answer as over the years I’ve tried to greet all poses with enthusiasm. The struggle ones are our teachers and can be so rewarding as we start to improve whereas easier poses can bring instant joy or rekindle enthusiasm, especially on a day when the body feels closed. So really, in my opinion, all poses have their role to play.
Is there anything on your “bucket-list”?
SK: I don’t have a bucket list but I do have a fairly constant stream of goals and little projects. Key areas where I set myself goals are my business and my personal yoga practice. I also have some modest climbing/mountaineering and ski mountaineering ambitions. I don’t feel comfortable sharing these with anyone (sometimes even Nik) – I don’t know why, maybe some deep seated sense of superstition or anxiety about failure or being judged. Sorry! But you’ll always see what I’ve been up to because when I’ve been inspired it goes straight onto Instagram.
Share a quote that’s meaningful to you
SK: This adaptation of the Serenity prayer has been a long-term mantra for me and acceptance has been a huge piece of work for me, especially in the context of loss in recent years.
“Give me the humility to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”