Can someone please tell me how we're already in November? I'm so not ready for this weather (here's looking at you, storm Brian) and I'm definitely not ready for it being dark at 6pm. Thinking about it, I've always been a bit of a sun-chaser, and so as soon as it hit autumn here in theRead More
I won't lie to you guys. When it comes to diets, detox teas, and meal replacements I'm always somewhat...dubious, to say the least. More often than not, I find that all of the above either work (but taste awful) or taste great, but do absolutely nothing for my appetite..or my non existent abs. But saying that, I'll give anything a good go. Especially when I'm expected to shoot bikini pics in Spain in just three weeks time - which is pretty much what happened around a month ago. It was t-minus one month until our trip to Spain and I still hadn't started that health kick I intended on starting, well, last year. I know, I know, size doesn't matter and all that jazz, but sometimes it's nice to shed a few pounds in preparation for lounging around the pool.
I've been toying with the idea of meal prep for a while now, but getting a professional to do it is far too expensive and in all honesty I just don't have the time, skills, or fridge space to do it myself. And so when I came across the So Shape challenge - a plan that's easy to follow (and it turns out, even easier to stomach) I decided to give it a shot.
There are three plans to choose from: The three week, two week and the five day plan. And with just three weeks until my holiday I decided to give the two week challenge a good old go. No excuses, no nothing. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right (and without secret snacking half way through the week). The So Shape plan consists of 22 different meals and flavours, including everything from Cheese pasta to Salted
Caramel to French Garden Soup, so it's safe to say there's something for everyone. Every sachet is low in fat and sugar, but high in protein, which means you'll be kept full until your next meal. They're also meat and gluten free, if that's your thang. Another thing I liked about this plan was that I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted for lunch, so I still had a lot of variation in my diet throughout the week.
That being said, I didn't really feel like I even needed it half the time. Those sachets may look small, but I couldn't believe how filling they were! After scoffing my pasta in the evening I was usually stuffed right up until the next day. But I think the best part of my So Shape 2 week challenge was how everything tasted. I had a choice of the salted caramel, raspberry, speculoos, pesto pasta, cheese pasta and tomato soup and I honestly loved ALL OF THEM! My favourite had to be the pesto pasta as it tasted great, but had actual pasta pieces as well so I didn't even feel like I was eating something remotely healthy. My kinda diet.
Two weeks later and I scoffed my last sachet of soup (yum) and took to my phone to compare my before and after pictures. I knew I'd felt lighter on my feet for the past week or so but didn't quite realise the difference in my waist line. I've always struggled with bloating in the past but this completely flattened my stomach like nothing else but - above all - I actually felt better too.
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Recently I've been pretty out of the loop when it comes to what's what in the fashion world - I guess that's what you get when you spend 90% of your time sat in front of a camera filming yourself from the waist up. Of course, just as I was starting to get to grips with my spring / summer wardrobe, BAM, it's autumn again, and it's time for me to dig out all of my old knit wear and knee high boots. I've been lacking serious style inspiration lately, so of course I spent the majority of my weekend trawling the New Season section of Lyst instead of doing, well, anything of any importance, and came out with a wishlist longer than my legs. Here are some of my top picks..
Never in a million years did I think I would be advocating Mom jeans, but here we are. Having only worn skinny jeans for the past five years of my life I almost feel guilty having picked up three different pairs of Mom jeans in the past two weeks. That's a whole lot of denim for a girl that cycles through the same two pairs of jeans most days. Worn with flats they look cool and casual, but I prefer to wear them with slinky stilettos for that 'done-but-not-too-done' look.
AKA the Chloe Nile bag. But let's be real here, I ain't about to drop a few months rent on something my cats will most likely sleep on/in when my back is turned. I've been obsessed with handbags lately, and love how they can just switch up your look completely with very little effort. The ring detail on bags and accessories is a major trend at the moment and with high street giants coming out with tons of their own alternatives it's a super cheap way to make sure your look is up to date.
I know I know. Cardigans, for winter? Groundbreaking. But over the past few years I feel like cardigans have gained serious cool points, with just about every brand under the sun doing their own chunky knit variation. They're no longer 'granny chic' - instead, they've become more model off duty with - especially when paired with some of the items in this post. Mix a good chunky knit with some frayed denim and chelsea boots and you'll feel warm, but look cool AF.
Again, another not-so-cool-turned-really-cool style staple. I've always loved mixing casual clothes with more structured, uniform pieces, and my latest must-have comes in the form of a check jacket - specifically blazers with a Prince of Wales print. I love the idea of wearing a full pantsuit with high heels and a jacket draped over my shoulders, but if you're looking for something more casual try mixing it in with your every day outfits. These literally go with everything!
BAKER BOY HATS
I wore one of these a few years ago, so the fact that they've come back into fashion is a big yes from me! You'd think these hats would make you look like you're trying to emulate your grandfather or some kind of chimney sweep, but they in fact do quite the opposite and make you look way cooler than you actually are (at least in my case they do). A bit of a staple piece, I find these hats work best with simple, monochromatic looks and messy tresses for that 'just thrown on' vibe.
Despite displaying what seems like the majority of my life online, I consider myself to be an incredibly private person, only opening up on rare occasions to a select handful of people in my life. Over the past five years, Ollie has become one of those people, to the point where, admittedly, he probably knows me better than I know myself sometimes. I was never one to keep a diary as a teenager. I tried, but after a few weeks of gossiping about boys to a piece of paper I'd lose interest and - like a lot of my early relationships - give up. Five years in, and that's never happened with Ollie and I. In fact, he's become my most long running 'diary' to date - taking in everything I say (the good and the bad), all of the secrets, all of the over-spill and absorbing every last drop. Hopefully, he feels the same way too.
You see, despite sharing my all with him without a second thought, it's almost ironic that he may never know my feelings about us, and the five years we've spent together. Love is one of those things that even I struggle to put into words. Then again, true love rarely even needs an explaination. I've never been one for public displays of affection, but five years is a long time to spend with one single human, and so to celebrate our five years together I decided have our date engraved onto the Thomas Sabo 'Little Secret' bracelet - so that there's always a part of him with me. Cheesy, maybe? But hey, it'll be our little secret.
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ABOUT THE JEWELRY
The Little Secrets bracelets are a style of friendship bracelets that depict the wishes of the wearer. Available in a variety of different colours, the bracelets can also be engraved to include your own little secret message.
Both the bracelets and women's gold necklaces are a part of the Karma Beads collection and feature the Karma Wheel as a symbol of what goes around, comes around. The chains can be personalised with various beads and charms to suit your own style.
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Very is a website that I've visited way more times than my bank balance deems acceptable.Whenever I'm on the look out for new products (or I'm just looking for an opportunity to procrastinate, ahem) I often find myself scrolling through their beauty section for inspiration. Every year, Very hold two Beauty Events focussing on various offers and product launches, and so to celebrate the Very Autumn/Winter Beauty Event I've teamed up with Very to give you the low-down on some of their latest and greatest beauty and skincare products.
MURAD RETINOL YOUTH RENEWAL SERUM
The Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum is something I've been trying out over the past few weeks and - so far - I really love how it makes my skin look and feel. Murad products have always been a part of my every day skincare routine, so I had high expectations before trying this out. I've been using this every other night before my usual night cream and I've noticed my skin actually looks a lot smoother and glowing - something I always tend to struggle with when it comes to my skin. I've seen some pretty crazy before and after pictures with this stuff, so I'm excited to see what it can do!
BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION
The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation used to be my absolute favourite back in the day, but as my makeup collection grew it slowly got pushed to the back of my foundation drawer (yes I have a foundation drawer, yes I have a problem). As soon as I started buffing the foundation into my skin I remembered exactly why I loved it so much. It's a medium coverage, blendable, dewy base that - as the name would suggest - gives you a really natural healthy glow whilst covering all of your imperfections. I don't even feel the need to wear concealer when I'm wearing this day to day!
RIMMEL WONDER'FULLY REAL MASCARA
When it comes to mascaras I tend to set my standards quite high. I want a plastic wand (because they're my favourite) I want volume, I want length and I want a good curl. If the formula's extra black, that's a plus too. Since the Rimmel Wonder'fully Real Mascara is quite affordable, I wasn't expecting amazing things, but as soon as I tried it I knew it was going to become one of my new holy grail items. In just one swipe, my lashes were thick, long and with just the right amount of clump. I used the colour Extreme Black, but it also comes a few other shades as well!
ELIZABETH ARDEN PLUSH UP LIPSTICK
As someone that practically lives in super matte liquid lipsticks. a moisturising product like Elizabeth Arden's Plush Up Lipstick in Cherry Up is a welcomed break for me and my parched lips. The glossy, fuss-free formula means you can just swipe it over your lips without any liner or prep, so it's perfect for an easy every day makeup look. I love wearing bright pinks, oranges and reds during the summer months as I feel they really lift my skin when I'm wearing minimal makeup. This is definitely going in my carry on on my next trip away.
*This post is in collaboration with Very*