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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."
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bobble water bottle

"I love this — it filters tap water as you drink so you can fill it up anywhere."
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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."
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coconut water

"The best way to rehydrate."
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planet organic's dried mango

"This has a permanent place in my gym bag. It stops me from reaching for chocolate."
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lululemon racerback

"I usually go to the gym pretty early so a colorful Lululemon top is perfect to brighten up a dark London morning."
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nike free trainers

"They're so light you almost feel like you're running barefoot."
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spotify

"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."
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