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Friday, 23 January 2015

Staying Motivated: Healthy Edit

 Healthy eating and fitness is everywhere in January, Its inescapable. With booking my summer holiday to Zante last week, I'm jumping on the bandwagon and determined to get fit. I'm really wanting to start eating healthier and get myself in better shape. I am however really easily defeated when it comes to tasks, so If you are like me and need some motivation these tips might help.

Set realistic goals: For me this is a big one, once I feel motivated I'm like yeah gonna go to the gym 5 times this week. Which never happens. Setting goals that are achievable are a must and will help with motivation especially once you hit them. I've found jotting down days I'm going to the gym on a calendar is also helpful. As it almost makes you have to go, as you've wrote it down.

Be gym prepped: Until recently I was going to the gym in my old converse which wasn't the best choice. I spent £22 on these karrimor trainors and I do not regret it one bit, they are so so comfy. After a workout I don't have tired and sore feet. Another great place for gym wear if you are on a budget is Primark. They have some great tops and bottoms for a bargain of a price.

Keep Track of your progress: I downloaded Myfitnesspal from the app store along with Pacer (pedometer). I feel as though these have helped me tons, especially myfitnesspal.  Basically you log in all your food intake and it tells you how many calories you have had a day and how many you have left. It also lets you add exercise, its such a useful app. Really does make you realise and be careful about what rubbish you actually put into your body.

Dont give up: There are countless times at the gym where I get to a point where I can either not be bothered or feel defeated. I think its important to think about the bigger image. The more you push yourself the more its going to pay off in the end.

Drink water, water and more water. Also green tea, it always seems to have a calming effect and just generally makes you feel good.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Grid Print Dress

Dress- Primark// Hat - Primark//leather Jacket - H&M// Small Clutch bag - Ebay//

Im not really a hat person as I always feel silly whenever I wear one. Yet I keep seeing floppy hats and fedora hats everywhere and its made me drop my silly little insecurities and purchase one. I got this one last week for £7 from Primark and I really want to wear it with everything,  To me it makes any outfit look a trillion times more fashionable and chic. It kind of brings an average outfit together which I adore even more.  As for the outfit in general its pretty simplistic but I really cant get enough of grid and checkered prints at the moment.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Accessories, Accessories & More Accessories

Watch - Asos// Rings - Primark, ebay & Les Nereides// Bag - Asos//

Its only been since recently that I've been really getting into accessories which is quite terrible I'm aware. But I genuinely didn't see the hassle with them, and how stupid was I to think that, well very. Accessories really can bring an outfit together, or add to something that is minimalistic. When It comes to accessories, I like to go subtle, my favourites at the moment have to be rings. Midi rings and stackable rings have to be my most loved. I tend to always find a couple of nice sets from Primark and ebay to keep things cheap & cheerful.
Then watches, I love watches more for a fashion statement. Asos always have a great range of affordable watches, this one was only £18 from there and they have such a huge variety of ones to choose from.
I really do have a thing when it comes to bags, and mainly satchel type bags. I got this cute little blue one for £12 in the Asos sale and I haven't stopped using it since. Plus the pop of colour it provides to a neutral outfit is even better.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Chic & Simple Stripes

Striped top - Primark// Jeans & Hat - Primark// Bag - Asos// Watch- Asos// Chunky boots- Newlook//

I cant wait already for it to be spring, as I'm really getting bored of being cold all the time. Not to mention, all the shops with there pretty spring releases. One shop has really stood out for the upcoming season to me and thats Primark. It really has some beautiful things coming into stores at the moment . Plus they have really stepped up their game in the home department too.
This outfit, is simple and I love that. I feel as though you can  have so much more fun with accessories when an outfit is a bit plainer. Hence the beautiful pastel blue satchel and this super cute floral watch.  It may still be winter but I'm pretty ready for spring now, I cant be the only one right!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

January Sales: My Top Picks

The sales were something I didn't care about this year until today when I went and did a little shopping. I realised there were so many amazing deals out there and I was clearly missing out on some bargains. So I thought I would share some of my best finds in the sales, and they're all under £15, which is even better if you are on a budget like me.
Stationary is always a weak spot to me, so I tend to block out Paperchase's existence to save my bank balance. Ive been looking for a nice journal though for the new year, and this plum leather one is so chic and not bad for £10.50.
Bags, oh bags, I buy way too many of these. But look at how lovely this checkered one is and for £6, I just can't say no plus it will be perfect for uni and to carry around all my bits and bobs.
Ive been looking to expand my nail polish collection after realising I don't own many at all. This ciate calender is full of different pots of nail paint, and is only £14.70 which is crazy especially to say it was £49 not so long ago!
My next favourite is this beautiful phone case which is half price for £7.99. I just cant get over the pretty colours and patterning.
The last sale pick, is this cute quote book which I've had my eye on for a while. Its now £3 and well who can resist that kind of sale.

Have you found any good sale bargains recently?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Benefit Sweet Tintations

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my benefit makeup. I cant get enough of there quirky cute packaging and just there products in general. I've been meaning to try there tint's for ages. So when I got this set for christmas of my boyfriend I was over the moon.
The set includes, two full size balms. Benebalm, this beautiful bright red colour and Lollibalm a pinky/purple shade which would be perfect for the summer season. What I love about these balms, is the pigmentation. You can easily achieve a subtle tint to your lip colour or apply more to build it up to almost lipstick status. Plus having these as lip balms are guaranteed to make you feel a bit more special when you take it out of your bag compared to your regular lip balm.
The other two items are small versions of the tints. Again benetint is a bright red colour, while the lollitint is a bit more subtle and perfect for everyday wear. The only problem I'm having with these are the application, as the brush is a bit tricky and the fact its a liquid, its just not something Im used too. But if anyone has any tips on how to apply these tints easily I would be so appreciative!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Staying Positive and Stress Free

I will admit it, Im the worst when it comes to anything stress related. That and being easily defeated by little negative happenings. As a person I'm trying to let things not get to me as easily as they have done in the past and hoping to be just a generally less anxious person. So I thought I would share with you some little tips that have actually helped over the past couple of months, some may be obvious but sharing is caring and all.

Keep clear of negative people
This may seem like an obvious one, but it genuinely does make a difference so much. Being around someone who is constantly putting you down or generally just bitching about everything and anything has such an effect on anyones mood. It can even result in you acting like them. Most of the time its best to take some time apart from them and you will genuinely feel better.

Try not to take things so personally
I'm the worst at this but I'm slowly getting better. Not everyone is going to like you even if you are the friendliest person out there. Everyone is different and that means that theres tons of people who might not get on with you. Yet that shouldn't stop you, or make you question yourself. Do things for yourself and try not to care so much about what others think. 

Do more of what you love
Take time and relax, have a day dedicated to yourself whether you go on a walk or spend the day in your pyjamas watching repeats of your favourite show (which is my personal preference). Maybe have a pamper session, where you just listen to music put on a facemask and sort out your nails. Or even make something, I've always liked sewing so maybe further a hobby or interest. Everyone needs a bit of me time plus its the best way to destress.

Surround yourself with people you love
Whether that be friends, family or partners, seeing them is an instant mood changer well as long as there in a good mood too. Don't take them for granted as its so nice having someone to talk too. I love having long chats on the phone to my dad about all sorts of random things, its nice to just take your mind of everything else. And the same applies to my boyfriend, he literally calms me down all the time, don't know what I would do without him.