Monday, 18 December 2017

My thoughts on Christmas eating And why you shouldn’t feel guilty

If there is one thing that annoys me at Christmas time, it's girls worrying so much about the amount of food they are eating and what it will do to their figure. Girls...let me tell you something, let yourself go at Christmas and regret nothing.

I am a tad guilty of this myself, I won't lie. I do find myself feeling bad after overeating at Christmas, but it is all about balance. For me, I still go to the gym over the Christmas period. I will have Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day off, as the gym generally isn't open, but it just helps me keep my guilt at bay (even though it is obscene that we all feel guilty about eating crap in the festive period). Although, this year I will be in Cornwall, and I have no idea whether there will be any gyms out in the middle of nowhere.


All you have to remember is that you don't eat like this all 365 days of the year, and eating like this for one week of the year is not going to have a huge impact on your body, in the long term. Yes, you will probably feel bloated, and look a couple months pregnant after your Christmas dinner, but so what, everyone will, embrace it! Your whole years progress you've made in the gym won't go to waste just because of one week, please remember that.

So basically, this is a blog post reminding you all to eat whatever the hell you want at Christmas, and just enjoy it. After all, what would Christmas be without all the mince pies, Quality Street, chocolate coins and Christmas cake?!

This will be my last post of 2017, so have the most amazing Christmas, and you’ll hear from me in 2018, with all my ‘new year new me’ bullshit...
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Another Festive Look With FalseEyelashes.co.uk

I couldn't resist creating another Christmas look using another set of beautiful lashes sent to me by the lovely guys over at falseeylashes.co.uk! I opted for more of a traditional festive red lip, with wispie lashes and a classic winged liner. These lashes are my go-to for nights out, they're so light but make any eye look gorgeous.




  




Highlighter: Jouer Topaz
Brows: NYX Brow Gel
Lip: YSL Glossy Stain 9 (Limited Edition)


You can never go wrong with a red lippie at Christmas, am I right?! Sorry it's not a chatty post, but really guys, what more do you need to know other than what is on my face, eh? I have enjoyed creating these festive looks so much - I very rarely wear makeup anymore these days, so when I do it feels special. 

I shall most definitely be rocking these lashes for my work Christmas party this week. Don't forget you can grab a huge range of eyelashes over on FalseEyelashes, and you can get free delivery in time for Christmas too!

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Party Makeup Inspo w/ FalseEyelashes.co.uk

It's December, which can only mean one thing....festive makeup! I don't know whether anyone has any Christmas parties coming up, but nonetheless, I teamed up with FalseEyelashes.co.uk to bring you a festive makeup look which I think is perfect for the party season. 


They have such a huge range of eyelashes on their site at a discounted price, and they offer Free UK delivery which is such a huge bonus. Their site boasts products from Violet Voss, Ardell, Red Cherry, Eyelure and so many more. I've ordered from them many times and can not fault their service or products. 




For this look I used the beautiful Violet Voss Just Slayin' lashes, which are limited edition, and I bloody adore them. I usually go for more natural styles, but if you can't wear dramatic lashes at Christmas, then when can you?

I paired them with a silver and black cut crease, which has not yet been perfected, I know, and far beyond my makeup comfort-zone. I bought this gorgeous silver glitter eyeshadow stick from Topshop last year in their Christmas sale, and truly never thought I would have a use for it, but it's come in handy now! For my skin I wanted a flawless base, so used my heaviest foundation, Illamasqua Skin Base (which I highly recommend by the way), and used my Sleek Contour Kit and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer to create a heavy contour and bright under eye highlight. 





Of course, no look is complete without bold brows, so as per usual, my trusty Anastasia Dipbrow turned my brows from nonexistent to insta-friendly. I always feel that when you have dramatic eyes you should keep the lips a little more natural, although I am also a firm believer in there being no rules with makeup. My Tanya Burr Cosmetics gloss in 'Aurora' was the perfect natural colour, and honestly, I don't remember the last time I wore lip gloss, but I am digging it with this look. 


I wish I could be one of those girls who was bothered to wear falsies everyday, but I am far too lazy for that. I'd love to know if you guys have a favourite pair of lashes? Please let me know as I am desperate to try out some more from the guys at False Eyelashes

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Monday, 27 November 2017

November Favourites '17

Some months I literally do not try a single new thing, bad blogger I know, so it makes writing favourites super hard. However, with this month being my first proper pay month, I may have done a little damage on ye ol' friend Visa.


  1) Chunky Knits
Missguided, the babes that they are, did a 40% off all clothes via their app this month, and I managed to steal a couple of jumpers. One of them, a little questionable, and a little boy-repellant, but I absolutely adore it. It's this pastel striped babe here. The other, a lot less 'out there' as just a plain off-shoulder black knit (which incidentally comes in lots of other colours I may treat myself to). I have been loving pairing these with either just jeans, or trialling out this whole 'leather skirts and jumpers' trend, which I am slightly loving....

2) Hoop Earrings
Who'd have thought that big hoops would be back in?! I have the most temperamental ear piercings of all time, and I can only wear gold without developing some sort of reaction, but I have been loving wearing hoops this month. These are just Primark ones, god knows what they're made of, I don't want to know, my ears hate them, and I don't recommend them. Nonetheless, I just love the look they give, and I am 100% treating myself to a gold pair when I get paid, so I can stop with these absurd reactions every time I want to look glamorous. 


3) THESE boots
Would you believe me if I told you I got these for a mere tenner? No, I wouldn't believe it either. I haven't shopped on Public Desire since last winter, but I got an email at the end of October with a £10 boots deal, which I was all up for (as a massive boots hoarder!). These absolute beauties were in the offer, along with many others which I regret not buying, but they just go with everything. I've been loving pairing them with my leather skirts for a mix-up in textures, but they also look adorable with jeans. They are bloomin' £39.99 now, but still so worth it. 



4) Me Time
I have never been one for spending time alone, but this month I have really enjoyed spending time with myself, having time to unwind and reflect. At weekends I see Andy, but he will referee at least two matches a weekend, which leaves me alone in his car for around 4 hours total across the two days. At first, I was not a fan, but now he has made a pact to buy me a McDonalds Toffee Latte (guilty pleasure, they're amazing but also only use dairy milk...boo!) after each match, and I have learnt to enjoy this time to myself, it's actually not so bad. I've been using the time to catch up on writing blog posts, which I am struggling to do with a full-time job and no time to shoot pictures, and also reading. People seriously underestimate spending time with yourself, and I highly recommend for those of you who are perhaps dependant on others to have a good time, to try spending a few hours on your own a week. 



5) McDonalds Toffee Latte
So my previous point brings me to this one, I bloody love a Toffee Latte. I never ever buy coffees with regular cow's milk, I am a soya latte girl through and through, but McDonalds doesn't offer this, and sometimes I don't want to spend a small fortune on a Costa. It's just so sweet, but gives you the caffeine you need, and also they top it with whipped cream (although, small complaint, a lot of McDonalds drive-thru's always forget...convenient) and toffee sauce. Seriously guys, if you're not vegan/plant based, definitely try one!

I can't believe there is only one more month left of the year, how mad is that?! I'm sure I will pop up a yearly round-up of favourites in December/January, so keep an eye out!

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Maybe Dresses In Winter Aren't So Terrible...

Dresses in winter is something which if suggested to me a year ago, I would've simply laughed at. I am one of those people who just wants to be warm in winter, even if I end up looking like the Michelin man, or like I am wearing my duvet. However, this year I have been massively on the hunt for a good jumper dress, to widen my winter wardrobe, and I am so bloody glad I did!


It took me a while to find the right dress, as someone with quite a wide frame, if something doesn't hug my figure it can make me look like a huge tent, and jumper dresses do tend to be quite shapeless, or alternatively be completely bodycon, neither of which I wanted for a casual day-dress. After making about 5 online orders for various jumper dresses, from various companies, and having an array of issues (mainly them not covering my butt, which as a 5ft 7 girl I didn't think would be an issue?), I've finally found
the one.  












Knitted Dress - £22.00
Boots (similar) - £25.00
Scarf (similar) - £19.00
Belt - £8.00

I'm all up for recommendations of other good jumper dresses guys, so hit me up with them please!



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Monday, 13 November 2017

Is owning less better than owning more?

Comparisons aside, I would consider myself to have a fairly decent sized makeup collection, however, whether or not I use everything is a different matter. Recently I have been wondering whether owning more is actually better than owning less.


Realistically, I gravitate towards the same products everyday, especially on work days. So 5 out of 7 days of the week, the vast majority of my makeup is simply gathering dust. Most makeup expires in a relatively short space of time as well, and there's no way you're going to get through a whole bottle of foundation before it expires, if you're only using it at weekends. If you didn't even know that your makeup goes off, here's a list of how long products should generally be kept:

Eyeliner: 6 months to 1 year 
Mascara: 3-6 months 
Powder cosmetics: 1-2 years 
Foundation: 6 months to 2 years 
Lipstick: 2 years 
(Huffington Post)


I mean, I don't know about you guys, but I definitely have mascaras that have been abandoned after a few weeks, and have been hanging at the back of my Muji drawers for the past 8 months or so. I also most definitely have a MAC Eyeshadow palette that hasn't been touched since I was back in school.

And on another note, it quite frankly stresses me out every morning looking at my lipstick collection and wondering which lipstick to wear, and so I will always wear the same one (Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow...if you were wondering!). I am basically owning all this makeup for it to eventually go off and have to be thrown in the bin, I mean...what is the point?



So basically, I suppose what I am trying to say is why do I have all this stuff if I don't use it? What is the point in buying more and more if it's just going to eventually end up in the back of my drawers gathering dust? I think in the new year I am most definitely going to put more of a ban on buying cosmetics, until I've got through a bit more of my collection, or at least had a clearout. Owning less seems like a much better idea at the moment, especially living in my parents house where I have one room for all of my stuff. Perhaps when I am living in my own place, with more space, and am comfortable enough in my job to wear MAC Heroine to work, then having a larger collection will be more appealing.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this, large collection vs. small collection?

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Autumn Jacket of Dreams

Anyone who knows me will know I have an extensive coat/jacket collection, half of which I don't wear and are quite frankly are not needed. However, I cannot stop myself from buying more when the seasons change, and this mustard baby is perhaps my most favourite in a while. I have been lusting after it for ages since seeing the beautiful Em Sheldon wearing it over on Instagram, and it had been out of stock for a while, which just made me want it so much more. When it came back into stock I had to grab it up, and boy am I glad I did.



It's by no means a warm Autumn jacket, but it is perfect for the start of the season where the weather is a little chilly but you can 100% get away with just a jacket and a scarf still. I doubt it will make it much further than the end of November with me, but it has been my favourite companion for October.
Cue even more posey photos *now*.

My apologies this was not a very wordy post, but how much can one say about a beautiful, mustard, suede jacket? (I mean...quite a lot but I didn't want to bore you all) I'm sure I will be sharing many more Autumnal jacket/coat purchases with you soon...
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Monday, 30 October 2017

Getting Into Fitness? Things to Look For In Your Gymwear

We have all made fashion mistakes before, but making mistakes with your gymwear is not something you want to do, especially when it comes to leggings (see through leggings - not the one). I popped together my top tips of things to look for in your gym clothes if you're just getting into fitness.


 Sports Bras

Sports bras are serious business in fitness, and you have to protect those bosoms. If you're like me and aren't blessed with breasts (wow what a phrase) then this probably isn't too much of an issue, but if you have a larger bust you have to make sure you are buying the right support for your boobies. If you're running, make sure you pick up a high-impact bra - generally the hideous ones, but they do the job. The best place to grab sports bras is 100% Victorias Secret. If you don't want to splurge quite so much however, H&M do decent ones too. 

Underwear

This might sound stupid but I'm just going to brush on it quickly. Thongs are best for the gym. You can't see them through your leggings, and as grim as it sounds (we are all ladies here...), they're already halfway up your butt so you won't have to keep pulling out your wedgied M&S briefs after squatting. Also, avoid lacey pants and opt for no VPL thongs, if you're bothered by panty-lines that is!


Leggings

No one wants a camel-toe, but just an advanced warning, the majority of beautiful gym leggings will give you one. My Gymshark Seamless leggings give me the worst camel-toe, to the point where my mother has told me I must only wear them with long tops, but I love them and will wear them anyway (free the camel-toe!). But if you're someone who truly cares about that sort of thing, I highly recommend going into a store and trying on your leggings before you buy them. Opting for non-seamless leggings are less likely to give you the dreaded toe. Also, I'd definitely recommend high-waisted leggings over low-rise ones, as they tend to stay up, leaving you not having to pause your run to hoist up your leggings. They're also great if you have a little jiggle in the tummy area (don't we all?). My final top tip for shopping all things gym leggings, is to squat in the mirror to test out the candidates - if you wouldn't want your nan to see what you're seeing in the mirror, then don't buy them.


Tops

A top that flies up and hits you in the face when you are doing burpees in the middle of the activities hall is not the one - trust me, been there done that, was embarrassing as hell. I always recommend baggier tops for relaxing activities such as yoga, pilates and general stretching. If you're planning to do high impact classes, or running, I'd suggest buying tighter tops that aren't going to hit you and be generally annoying. Saying this though, again I'd say tops are something you should try on, as you don't want to have to keep pulling them down if they're rising up. I buy most of my tops from Forever 21, H&M and Gymshark.

Trainers

I have to admit, when I began my fitness journey, looking into different types of trainers and which styles would be best for my type of workout, was not something I did. However, saying this, I do immensely regret this, and before buying your trainers I urge you to take some time to figure out what sort of exercise you are going to be doing. If you're simply going to the gym I don't think it matters too much, but if you want to start running, it is so important to buy running trainers, as they support your feet in all the right places. If you have a little more money to spend, I'd recommend going into a store where they track the way in which your feet move when you run, and they then suggest an appropriate trainer for your feet. I believe that the Nike store on Oxford Street does this, but I'm sure there are many more shops that do too. 

I think that is all the advice I have to give when it comes to buying activewear, but if you have any other top tips then please share them in the comments. Just remember that the most important thing is that you have to be comfortable in what you are wearing, and most importantly, it should make you feel confident in the gym!


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Friday, 20 October 2017

Losing Sight of Your Goals and Why It's Ok...

We all have goals and dreams that we want to achieve, and it's so common to sometimes put these to the back of our minds, and lose focus on these goals. Since I moved home from University in August, I've truly fallen off the 'healthy eating' bandwagon, and I am really noticing a difference in not only the appearance of my body, but also in my energy levels. I've put on a small amount of weight, and my body fat percentage has increased as well, so I know it is unfortunately not all muscle, as I like to convince myself. Although I have my moments where I feel really down about the fact I have taken one step forward and two steps back in my health and fitness journey, I realise that it is so important to not let this get you down, and sabotage any future progress from being made. Sometimes it is ok to lose focus on your goals, and you just need to take a few steps to get back on track.



Here are a few things I like to do when I have lost sight of my goals.

1) Figure Out Why
Realising the things, or even events, that have made you lose track is really important, as you can use this as an opportunity to not only learn from your mistakes, but also to identify at what point things started to go wrong for you. For me, as mentioned, the reason I fell off track was because I moved back home with my parents. After spending three years on my own and cooking my own nutritious meals, moving back home where I ate whatever my parents cooked and had in the house, things slowly went bad. I stayed pretty focussed on the gym, so the choice of food was the only true issue.



2) Write a Plan of Action!

So for me, this meant writing a food plan, alongside my usual workout plan for the week. Not only this, but also taking charge of the weekly shop, and picking all the dinners for my household. Food was my real downfall when I moved back home as my parents aren't one for healthy food, whereas at University I was eating off of healthy protein, less processed food, and generally balanced meals. My house at the moment is stocked up to the brim with crisps, biscuits, chocolate and sweets, and these are my absolute weakness. I liked to only have a couple of treats in my house when I lived on my own, as it allowed me to remain balanced and not binge.



3) Prevent A Repetition
Yes, you can attempt to prevent losing focus again, although as I've mentioned there is nothing wrong with this happening. For me, I just like to have prevention methods in place to stop myself from going off track again, as I know how it affects me mentally. In this case I have simply tried to track my calories again, as this means I will not binge, and also I am begining to buy my own dinners, now that I have a job. Being in the office also means I cannot be snacking all day, so I think that this will be a good prevention for me. 

I guess I just wanted to write this post to remind you that it's ok to lose focus sometimes, and not just in terms of health and fitness, but in other walks too. Sometimes you just need to take some time to readjust to new situations. Especially in terms of fitness, you have to remember that falling off track for a month or two isn't going to completely eliminate all progress you have made so far. Achieving your 'dream body' is not a steady journey, rather one that takes many ups and downs, so just view this period of lost focus as a chance to pick yourself back up, and work harder than you were before.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Autumn Trend: Statement Red

A statement red is arguably the biggest trend this season, and for those of you, like me, who like to stick to less...should I say 'daring' colours, this is perhaps not the news you were after. However, I've been slowly integrating this gorgeous colour into my wardrobe, and accessories are definitely the easiest way to do so. I pulled together an outfit which I have been loving wearing, and I have to say, this statement red is growing on me.













H&M Bag - £34.99

ASOS Necklace - £6 

Here are some more red accessories I have been lusting over:








Topshop Mini Ring Backpack - £22


Have you picked up anything from the red trend?



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