Bringing back the leather: OOTD

So we had an incredible 3 weeks of hot hot sun, and now a cooler period has set in. I'm not complaining; it's quite nice to have a mid season wardrobe change up! 

This look brings back the leather, but still encompassing some of the "it" items of the summer season. 

♡ Coated Jeans: Primark

♡ Stripe Shirt: H & M

♡Mules: M & S

Heatwave favourites

So I'm not going to do a post on 'summer favourites'... Let's be honest, the summer in the U.K. is that unpredictable, that you're winning by including both an umbrella and sun cream in your handbag essentials.  

1. Lightweight shirt- for those times when that body suit and shorts are not quite enough clothing. Look for one with in a fabric not prone to wrinkling so you can simply roll up into your bag for an on the move change. 

2.  "Barely There"  shoes- I love my converse with a passion, but they're just not right for a heatwave. Hot feet? Ew, no thanks.  

3. Dresses- I never used to be a dress person, but if the hot weather has taught me one thing- I am totally a dress person. Topshop have been doing some great ones this season; from strapped to slightly more covered up, there's one there for everyone.... 

4. Short / jacket combos- I'm not talking hot pants here- I'm talking the respectable length you may be able to get away with in an office with a business casual dress code. 

5. Aloe Vera oil- moisturised limbs are a must in in a heatwave- not only in an attempt to minimise the dreaded sun lines later in life, but no one likes to see flakey skin do they.  

6. Sunnies- another practical yet style must have. My current preference are the Ray Ban Clubmaster. 

7. Highlight- heatwave means tanned skin. Tanned face = freckles and no need for a heavy base. I tend to stick with a good serum, brightening concealer and some highlight. Currently using a lipstick for the extra dewy look- MAC Gel (name of lipstick)

8. NCPA Moisture Mist spray. The most refreshing, moisturising spray you will come across. It works as a make up refresher, a moisturiser, and just cools you the eff down.

I wrote about this one here

9. One bag for all occasions- because let's face it, who really wants to be dealing with a bag change in this heat; especially with ththe numerous additions needed. 

10. Levi Shorts - I know, so predictable, but they are the basis to my off duty style. Whether it be a day at the beach, or an evening of drinks, it's likely a variation of those frayed classics will be present. 

Happy heatwaving! -P. 

 

 

Fit Life

So here we are again. Another goal. This goal?

9 week body transformation, I'm coming for you.

In the past, I've avoided posting 'fitspiration' posts (god I hate that word), and for good reason as I think that they can promote a negative message. BUT I'm making the exception with this one. Ready for it?

And the why? 

Because I will be using her (Tammy Hembrow- Left) "glute guide". No, I'm not expecting miracles, nor for my booty to suddenly become round and lifted... but I am keen to try and make some difference, no matter how small, so following this plan seems like a good place to start. Another reason I have chosen this plan is because I do not feel that this is an unrealistic target for my body type. As for fitspiration number 2 - Kali Burns has the lean & muscly, but not bulky proportions down. Of course these goals are much more long term for me, but nevertheless, they are goals. Finally fitspiration no.3, and by far the most relatable for me; Frassy Audrey. Those arms 🙌 That is all. 

 

Areas for improvement; 

* Get my abs back - well obviously they're still there, lurking, but with some focussed training, I know I can get them to pop as they did this time last year, and more. 

* Strong and lean arms - It's ironic - a few years ago, i hated my arms and would get my legs out at any opportunity. They were the slimmer part of my body, where my arms were the heftier part, what with having some sort of natural boobage. These days, my arms seem to be leaner, and my legs will attract any wobble. So while I'm halfway there, I plan on making my triceps and shoulder pop and lengthen even more. 

* Legs - Uncover some of the muscle I can feel developing, and continue build on said muscle.

* Booty - Simple - grow and lift. Grow and lift. Grow and lift. Or at least lift. I'm not greedy! 


Current Body; Wednesday 12th July 2017


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It's scary- I have a picture from 2 years ago where my stomach/abs is not too dissimilar to this in terms of tone. 🙈 These 'before' pictures certainly give you a different insight into your current a true body shape that's for sure! 

These updates will come on Sundays - so see you for an update of how I'm getting on...

Have I managed to train smart? Have I remained motivated to train at all? How many bars of Reece's Peanut Butter Chocolate have I resisted / eaten? (I'm effing addicted to those 🙈). 

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(skin is also on the hitlist for transformation- I've neglected both diet and skincare lately and you can 💯 see the difference 😐)

THE 'TO DOS' FOR ESCAPING THE RUT

Currently...

Being stuck in a rut is something we are all too familiar with; even worse when we feel we have no signature style anymore due to one reason or another. 

Well I'm stuck. Not stuck in a uniform, but stuck in the unknown; stuck in a place where identity is missing. 

I feel like I have not had a style for about a year and a half.

 

My hair has changed from one extreme to another (a sure flashing warning sign of style being lost); my make up became heavier; my clothes did not look like mine, and getting dressed in the morning was anything but enjoyable. I had even started to dislike what I was looking at in the mirror everyday. Ironically, it is more common for this to be the case when you're naked, but for me it was when I was actually clothed - my physique is certainly at a better level than it was a year and a half ago that is for sure!

So fast forward a year and a half and here we are. After creating endless mood boards, saving countless images on Instagram and watching endless styling videos on YouTube; I am finally in a place where I know my style. I understand what suits me, what doesn't, and have created a style which is in line with my lifestyle. So how did I get to this point? Well it is simple really, although it did not feel like it at the time. 

DISCOVER A THEME

Creating mood boards is an incredibly easy and effective way of identifying the colours and trends you are naturally drawn to. Slowly but surely, you build up a group of looks and styles, and for most, a common theme will be run throughout the 9x9. For me, it was denim, basics, tailoring, gingham, neutral tones, with an accent of red.

Get to know your body 

So this may seem like a strange one, but I bet that one of the reasons you are stuck in a rut is due to one of the following: 

  • Your body has changed as a result of training or lack of training. 
  • You are getting older - and do not feel comfortable in the clothes you once did.
  • You have been wearing the same style since you were 16. 

Once you know your body, shopping is easy. One of the big problems with being in a rut is that you find yourself trying on anything and everything; or convincing yourself that you will look just like the blogger in the picture when that 'it' top arrives - then realising that you are not 5ft 8 with slender legs up to 'here', nor do you have that flattering and fashionable flat chest, or those enviable arms.

BUT THIS IS OKAY! If we all looked the same, the world would be boring, and there would be a limit to how someone can style something to be their own. 

Identify your assets - which body parts are most flattering, and showing off which makes you most confident? Confidence is key to finding your style niche. 

Oh and that scenario above? Totally me a couple of months ago - for the record, I am 5ft 1(just) with more muscular legs, with some natural boobs and so non waif like arms. BUT, I've learnt from that mistake, which brings me onto number 3.

Pick 'N' Mix & Adapt

So you've identified your theme, and you've found your inspiration - now to mix it all up, and make your lusting work for you. 

THE SIGNATURE STYLE

The end game is getting that self confidence back. Your confidence is your individuality, and the thing that creates your signature.

That confidence to roll out of bed, into the shower, and be able to be put together without the stress, clothes thrown all over the room.

To be able to do your make up and it look effortless - in fact your whole look will look effortless, because, finally it has been just that.