Unzipped: Malika Dalamal
The UK journalist unpacks her well-appointed gym bag.
London-based writer Malika Dalamal has spent much of her career reporting on fashion and lifestyle for the likes of Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Net-a-Porter Notes, not to mention a recent stint as the London editor of DailyCandy. But as the subject matter she covers shifts, her regular pilates and cycling workouts have been adjusted as well. "These days I write a lot on food and restaurants, mostly for Zagat but also for BBC Travel and Fathom," says Dalamal. "And I work from home. It's a dangerous combination so I have had to step up my gym attendance to four times a week. It's also nice to get out of the house and talk to people — working from home can make you a little crazy!" Here, the essentials that keep her chic during the workouts that keep her sane.
Anya Hindmarch gym bag
"It's very clearly labeled in case I forget where I'm going."
Bobble water bottle
"I love this — it filters tap water as you drink so you can fill it up anywhere."
J.Crew cashmere hoodie
"This cashmere hooded sweater is my security blanket. I always carry it with me because the weather is London is so unpredictable and it is very useful in sudden downpours."
"The best way to rehydrate."
Planet Organic's dried mango
"This has a permanent place in my gym bag. It stops me from reaching for chocolate."
"I usually go to the gym pretty early so a colorful Lululemon top is perfect to brighten up a dark London morning."
Nike Free Trainers
"They're so light you almost feel like you're running barefoot."
"I'm completely obsessed. I've just discovered it and use it on my iPhone. I don't think I could make it through a gym session without music."