Hey everyone!

I finally found myself wearing heels again and thought that this would be the perfect outfit to post. It’s been a little warmer today so I’m not wrapped up in layers of jumpers and coats for once too!

Where it’s all from:

  • Bodysuit – Pretty Little Thing
  • Jeans – Soviet
  • Belt – John Lewis
  • Heels – Miss KG by Kurt Geiger

Ever since I bought them I have been looking for a day to wear these heels and I finally got round to it and they are actually surprisingly comfortable and easy to walk around in, despite the heel height. I kept it pretty casual with some baggy jeans that I’ve cinched in and made high-waisted by adding a black leather belt that doesn’t make a statement. I also rolled up the bottoms of the jeans to make it even more casual. The show-stopper of this look though is definitely the bodysuit. I will admit it takes some balls to wear this and I did worry about it slipping a lot of the time but because it’s a body suit and not just a top it really doesn’t move around much at all. I love these kinds of bodysuits and I’ve been itching to wear this one again ever since I first wore it and it is so soft and lovely to wear it kind of makes you forget that the vast majority of your top is sheer. Also it just looks amazing. The tightness of the bodysuit against the baggy jeans works perfectly for a laid-back daytime look but to make this a great going-out outfit I’d switch up the jeans for a black skirt to keep the bodysuit as the centrepiece.

Love xx

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Hey everyone!

I said I would be doing some more posts on fitness and healthy lifestyle things so I’m going to start off by talking about what’s in my gym bag. I do a session in the gym every day, but these sessions change a lot depending on the day. Sometimes I’m just doing a run on the treadmill and then stretching, sometimes I’m doing weights or circuits, and sometimes I just go in to do yoga and stretching as I don’t really have enough space at home.

So when I go to the gym I pack all the things I need into my backpack. This is a backpack I’ve had for ages and use for all my sports activities and just change what I have in it.


I keep some of my smaller essentials in the front pocket:

  • A pound coin – for the lockers
  • My house keys
  • Car keys – with my gym band attached
  • Mirror – to check/do my makeup at the end of the session
  • Makeup items – waterproof mascara, powder brush, pressed powder, clear mascara and a powder brush
  • Session cards – So I don’t need to take my phone in

I don’t always wear makeup to the gym but I often do as I’ll be coming from somewhere, or on my way to something as I have to fit my exercise sessions into a busy schedule and therefore take it as a stop-off on the way to university or the way home. I hate having my brows out of place and so I use clear mascara to just make sure they stay in place while I’m doing my workouts, and I put pressed powder on to stop myself shining quite so much. I have waterproof mascara because if you’re going to be sweating then you don’t want it to run (and also if you have a habit of rubbing your eyes like I do). I have all my sessions written out on cards so that I can use the giant paperclip to attach it to my water bottle and I don’t have to take my phone in with me as exercise time is me-time.

I keep everything else that I need in the main pocket and I am going to talk about these items in groups to make it a little more organised!

For getting ready after a session:

  • Towel – for drying after a quick shower
  • Body wash – for showering
  • Dry shampoo – to give my hair a quick refresh
  • Deodorant
  • Body spray and perfume
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Makeup bag
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Makeup Removal Wipes
  • Moisturiser

I’m often on my way to university when I go to the gym in the morning so I have to take everything I want to be wearing all day with me but I will probably have spare gym clothes too as I often do more than one session a day, I mean, who wants to wear the same clothes they worked out in at 7am until they leave at 6:30pm? I like to have a quick shower and just rinse off and wash before getting dressed, so I take a towel and some body wash that smells refreshing to make me feel even more awake. I also take a makeup bag so that I can do my full makeup for the day before leaving the gym. After my shower, but before putting on my makeup I clean off whatever makeup I still have on my face with a makeup removal wipe (I use the Superdrug wipes for sensitive skin) and then use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad to refresh my skin. I also moisturise and I’m currently using the Garnier Essentials Hydrating Day Care Moisturiser. I use body spray and perfume as usual and I have the Superdrug own brand body spray in Starlight and the Hugo Boss Femme perfume currently. To refresh my hair I take some dry shampoo with me too as I don’t like washing my hair in the morning as it takes AGES to dry and especially during the winter I don’t like it to dry in the coldness and windiness of the weather.

For in the gym and other essentials:

  • Water bottle
  • Headphones
  • iPod
  • Wallet
  • Foam roller

So I don’t have my phone with me in the gym I use my iPod (which is getting a little old now!), which is a nano with the clip on the back, making it the perfect iPod for the gym. I have a bag to keep my headphones safe and I also keep my iPod in there too. I have both in-ear (from Apple) and on-ear (from AKG) headphones as I prefer on-ear headphones generally, but they are near on impossible to keep on your head if you’re jumping around or doing yoga and turning upside-down every few minutes, so for those types of sessions I use my in-ear headphones instead. Of course when doing sport you need to keep hydrated and I use this Karrimor water bottle as it holds just the right amount of water for one session for me and also has this convenient loop to attach my keys and session card to. At the end of every session I like to use a foam roller to help with the muscle pain and ease out any knots I may have and I like to use my own so I take it with me. Finally I also take my wallet with me because I never go anywhere without it and I need to renew my membership every so often.

So that’s everything I take with me to the gym! It seems like quite a lot now that I’m actually writing it down but it’s not really that much, and I don’t take all of this stuff every day as I’m not always going to wear makeup and sometimes I go straight home and so have a shower there instead and don’t need a change of clothes. What do you take to the gym?

Love xx

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Hi again everyone!

The simplest looks are sometimes the best and at the moment I’m wearing a lot of jeans and jumpers to keep warm, but nobody ever said that jeans and a jumper couldn’t be stylish. It can often be the style of clothes that you wear and my favourite combination is high-waisted skinny jeans and a slightly cropped, thick jumper.

Where it’s all from:

  • Jumper – H&M
  • Jeans – H&M
  • Socks – Topshop
  • Boots – New Look

These boots are my go-to heels because they are so comfortable to walk around in all day long but they look so good and they go with everything. They have a nice chunky heel which makes them easy to walk in and the cut-outs and buckles make them more interesting and edgy. I decided to add a girly feel by wearing frilly socks (and also to keep my feet warm!), and decided to go with white to tie them in with the jumper. This jumper is so soft and warm it’s just amazing and it has that slightly worn-in look with the stray threads and I love clothes like this that don’t look “perfect” because they just feel more wearable. I also went with my standard jeans that are just the most comfortable ones in my favourite style and I have them in multiple colours. If you never wear heels you could switch out the heels for some flat ankle boots, or some sneakers. For me this look is perfect for everyday but also great for meeting up with friends and looking a little smarter because of the heels.

Love xx

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Hi everyone!

I am completely in love with this look and it is SO comfortable but looks really cool and is also super warm because of the huge jumper. I am pretty pleased with the way I’ve tucked this in though as I can often feel a little shapeless in oversized things but this tucks into the shorts so nicely to keep my waist emphasised!

Where it’s all from:

  • Hat – River Island
  • Jumper – H&M
  • Shorts – H&M
  • Shoes – Ego

I wear a lot of looks in this colour palette as I just find they look so put together without even trying. This is a bit of an edgy look with the faux leather shorts and the chunky shoes with chunky buckles and spikes. The jumper makes it much more dressed down and casual but is still a little edgy with the zip down the right-hand side. The hat just finishes the look off and is my favourite go-to hat as it just adds something to any look and makes it look so much more put together. This outfit is great for everyday wear with the flat shoes (although they add a little height) and the warm and comfortable jumper. It can also be so easily dressed up by switching the jumper out for something less comfortable or even just adding some long necklaces and layering them up.

Love xx

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Hey everyone!

Another month, another new outfit post! January just flew by and I can’t believe that it is already February! I bought this hat a while ago and it’s huge and a little ridiculous so I’ve been trying to find an outfit to wear it with, and finally I have one. This is definitely one of my favourite outfits so far this year and I’m completely in love with this colour for this time of year to keep a little bit of warmth in my outfits.

Where it’s all from:

  • Hat – Pretty Little Thing
  • Jumper – H&M
  • Skirt – New Look
  • Socks – H&M
  • Boots – Primark
  • Lipstick – Rimmel Kate Moss 107

I love to wear jumpers in the winter, I hate to be cold, but it’s sometimes a little difficult to wear jumpers and think of new ways to style them. This is a great kind of outfit and I style I go to again and again to keep me warm in the colder months without looking huge in thick jumpers. To keep the look interesting I’m wearing a marl jumper with navy blue flecks mixed into the main deep red of the jumper, and I’ve tied this in with the hat due to the matching colours. I’ve also decided on this faux leather skirt to add a different texture to the look and add an edge. To keep my legs warm I’m wearing thigh-high socks and then to make it practical and perfect for everyday wear I’m wearing some black boots in a walking-boots style. I love this look for everyday as it’s got a bit of everything; it looks good and is a little edgy but is warm and practical with the jumper and socks and then the hat to keep the rain off (if it is raining!) and the flat boots (to make it suitable for walking around all day in). I also tied in my makeup by wearing a deep red matte lipstick, which is my current favourite!

Love xx

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Hey everyone!

I’m writing a slightly different post today but for a while now I’ve been on quite the fitness kick and I have been really wanting to write about it because it’s been so exciting for me to be getting back into sport and fitness. Sport has been a big part of my life for a long time; I’ve been doing athletics since I was 13. I used to run the 300m and 300m hurdles (I know they’re not real events but apparently you aren’t allowed to run a 400m until you are 17), but then I got into high jump when I was 17 and I fell in love with it completely. It’s been a bit of an up and down journey but I’m determined that this year is going to be my year with high jumping. It’s great for me because it keeps me fit, but also is a great way to just switch off and forget my problems and stresses for a couple of hours.

Me in 2013

Recently I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with the amount of work I have to do and it’s been a great help to be able to forget about everything else going on for an hour or two and so I’ve gotten into fitness and yoga too. I’ve bought a Fitbit to track my exercise and make sure I’m reaching all of my exercise, eating, water and sleep goals every day and I completely love it as it’s such a convenient way to track all of these things.

 

 

I am also a bit of a sucker for sports kit and I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t also love fashion so much I would just live in it – I mean it’s designed to be comfortable and easy to move in and who doesn’t want that? I love shoes anyway (as you’ll probably know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while) and trainers are no exception; I have 3 pairs of trainers and some (below) are more bright than others.

 

 

So I’m starting this fitness and sports kick so that I can get stronger and better at high jump, but it also really helps with stress and keeping calm. I am loving it so far and do at least one session a day currently, but usually two (one in the gym or at the track and one yoga session), and I’m really hoping to keep it up. I’m also going to share some more things relating to fitness and lifestyle here on my blog, like what I wear to the gym, some of my sessions and healthy eating, as well as helpful tips on keeping motivated etc. so if you have anything you’d like me to talk about just let me know!

 

Love xx

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Hey again everyone!

I’m finally catching up with all my outfit posts! I love how cute this jumper is and it’ll be so good for taking me through Spring too as it’s really warm when layered but also great for just a little warmth you sometimes need in the Springtime and my Mum made it for me and if you have ever heard me talk about clothing then you’ll know I love things that are individual, one-of-a-kind, and personal. I have also been loving this style of skirt on so many people for so long and I finally found a black one and can’t stop wearing it now.

Where it’s all from:

  • Top – New Look
  • Jumper – Handmade by Mum
  • Skirt – Pretty Little Thing
  • Shoes – ASOS

I love a smarter look and wear a lot of outfits in the smarter style and this is one of my recent favourites as it was just so comfortable but I managed to break out of my regular white/grey/black colour palette without going crazy. As I said; I love this jumper so I’m not going to go on about it but it adds such a lovely girly edge with the almost lace-effect style and it looks amazing in contrast with the black of the rest of the outfit. I’m wearing a black croptop with a slightly higher neck that pokes out above the jumper and I think just creates a great base with the rest of the black of the outfit. This skirt is amazing as it is so flattering in shape and the buttons are just so cute and add a girly element. Also adding to that girly feel are the patent t-bar shoes. This entire look kind of reminds me of school uniform but in a much more grown up way and I love it. I think it’s pretty perfect for looking a little smarter but is still dressed down enough to wear to run errands etc.

Love xx

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Hi again everyone!

I’m back to my pretty standard grey and black outfit here and this one is definitely more of a casual one. It’s been a little warmer recently so I felt it was safe to have a little of my legs uncovered, but I’m not quite ready to let go of the jumpers just yet. This look is a pretty simple and understated one, but looks put together and is SO comfy.

Where it’s all from:

  • Jumper – H&M
  • Skirt – New Look
  • Socks – H&M
  • Boots – Topshop

I can never say enough how important it is for me to have a pair of flat black boots that I can wear all through the Winter – I really can just wear them every day and not wear other footwear for weeks, despite my love of shoes and footwear in general. These have been my go-to boots for a couple of years now; since I bought them really. They are just plain black with a little studding detail that adds an edge to any outfit but isn’t overpowering. I also love a monochrome look and this is no exception to my usual style. I love the texture different between the edgy faux-leather skirt and the soft and slightly fluffy jumper and the colours obviously contrast too. This look is perfect for everyday and running errands as the socks keep my legs nice and warm and the boots are flat and super easy to walk around all day in, but you still look stylish with a skirt and some contrasting colours and texture to add interest to the look.

Love xx

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Hey again everyone!

I’m a little snowed under with work at the moment and finding time to write the odd blog post has actually been pretty tough recently so I apologise for that, but here is another outfit post for you, and I’m wearing plaid again! As many of you know plaid (or tartan) is my favourite print for the Autumn/Winter half of the year and will take any and all opportunities to wear it.

Where it’s all from:

  • Top – New Look
  • Skirt – New Look
  • Shoes – Truffle via eBay

 

I decided to break my usual black, white and grey uniform for some warmer colours in this outfit and emphasised in the dark red detail on the skirt with a red roll neck top which is ribbed and actually really soft. The fact that the skirt is cream and not white gives it a little more warmth and wearability because I’m always terrified of spilling anything or sitting down even if I wear a white skirt/pair of shorts/pair of trousers/etc. This look to me feels a bit like office chic as I’m wearing these practical but stylish flat brogues and an a-line skirt with a plain top, and it is definitely the kind of style I would wear to work (depending on what kind of environment I worked in as it isn’t SUPER smart but is still pretty up there). This is great for everyday if you want to look a little smarter but can also be worn to work (as I said before).

Love xx

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Hi there everyone!

It’s been a busy week with a lot of work going on but I’m really trying to keep on top of my blog. As you may be able to tell it was a little windy when this photograph was taken – there’s been a lot of not-so-great weather recently. I am continuing to live in jumpers as the winter is here and we have had snow!

Where it’s all from:

  • Shirt – Boohoo
  • Jumper – H&M
  • Skirt – New Look
  • Shoes – Truffle

I’ve been talking for ages about my love of these shoes and how awesome they are so I’m not going to ramble on about them again, but they do tie the polished and smart look together, yet make it suitable for everyday wear as they are flat. I love this shape of skirt for me because it disguises that I have really narrow hips and creates more of an hourglass silhouette as it widens my hips, but emphasises my waist. I love floral prints on black backgrounds in the winter and I’m also a massive fan of shirts and jumpers worn together so really, for me, this look has everything I love at this time of year. This is a pretty smart and polished look that could be worn in a smarter environment, but is also casual enough to wear to university, or out with friends for the day.

Love xx

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