Friday, 27 March 2015

Fitness Friday: Plus Size Gym Attire

Being on the curvy side has always been a struggle for me. I'm pretty happy in myself but I always find it hard to find young, cute clothes in my size. Back in January I started hitting the gym and we are now in March and I am still hitting the gym and it is about time I got some real gym clothes rather than a pair of leggings and an over sized t-shirt that I got while in Greece. 
Taken February 2015
I had been looking since January for some gym wear but everything was way out of my price range, not cute and really not for a 21 year old fashionable student. Sometimes you want to feel beautiful at the gym. I'm working to achieve MY perfect body why would I want to hide it in an oversize t-shirt and joggers? It's funny because I was talking to one of the girls at work (I work for a plus size company) and she said plus size stores don't do cute gym wear because if we lost the weight we wouldn't need to shop with them anymore. It got me to thinking, this is likely to be a little true. Why else would there be nearly no companies doing fashionable gym wear?
 I'd love to have a cute slogan tee like these tops below, if only they did them in 'plus size'.
{credit: 1 2 3 4}

I decided I'll do a mood board of cute, on trend gym attire for the plus size lady who still wants to look fashionable at the gym.
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Boohoo+ Alexa Stroke Print Side Panel Sport Legging (size 16 - 24) - I instantly fell in love with these sport leggings. The side panel gives these leggings that extra boost making them that little more cute than basic leggings. £16

Boohoo+ Anna Elastic Fit Slogan Sports Crop Top (size 16 - 24) - This crop top goes perfectly with the Alexa sport leggings. I personally don't feel comfortable enough to wear this at the gym but I'm sure I will after a few more months. £14 
Crop top & leggins = £30

Boohoo+ Rosanna Splatter Print Sports Legging (size 16 - 24) - I love these. I'd personally wear them outside of the gym too!  £16

Sports Direct Adidas Prime Tank Top Ladies (size 6 - 22) - I only found out today that Sports Direct have a few plus size clothes. I'm lucky enough to fit into their stuff but unfortunately they only go up to a size 22 and there is only a handful of items. £13.99

Next Floral Side Stripe Leggings (size 6 - 22) - Next have a few sports items that go up to a size 22 {click here}. They're a little over the top for me, a little too floral but they are pretty cute. My favourite are these stripe leggings. You can shop the look all in one place and complete the outfit with a floral top, trainers and a pink hoodie. £18

Do you know any stores that stock cute, fashionable plus size gym wear? 
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Beauty Bundle Giveaway

Giveaway Time!
I've not done a giveaway in a while now and I decided to do a little beauty bundle. If you're a reader of my blog you'd know I adore Models Own so I thought why not give away some of my favourite Models Own items.
The giveaway will start 24.03.15 and will end 20.04.15 at 11:59pm. (27 days)

The bundle will include: 
  1. Reese's pieces (my favourite candy)
  2. Batiste dry shampoo (not the one pictured, I'll update this once I've bought it)
  3. John Frieda luxurious volume minis (shampoo, conditioner & blow out spray)
  4. Models Own mirror
  5. Models Own duo eyeshadow
  6. Models Own eyelash curler
  7. Models Own lipgloss
  8. Models Own sponges and eyeshadow brushes
  9. Primark nail wraps
  10. Two Models own eyeliners (black, black glitter)
  11. Models Own pencil with sharpener (Chestnut)
  12. Key ring from my holiday in Tunsia
  13. MUA hide & conceal in Almond
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & conditions
UK only! *sorry international readers* 
There will be ONE winner! 
The winner will be picked randomly from all valid entries on Rafflecopter
The winner will be contacted by email and announced on Facebook and/or Twitter
All entries will be checked and if one entry is fake or false all entries by the same person are now void
The winner has 28 days to reply or a 2nd winner will be selected randomly 
The prizes will be sent 2nd class to the winner via Royal Mail
I am not responsible for loss of items, I will help with contacting Royal Mail if needed
I paid for all the items out of my own money (apart from John Frieda samples, which I won and are not suitable to my hair type) so I'd appreciate if you let me know when you got them.
This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Models Own or any other brands used
Entry implies acceptance of the terms and conditions  
Prizes are non exchangeable, returnable and have no cash alternative
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Perfection from Primark: Platform Sandals

Primark have always been bang on trend and they've not failed me this SS/15. I fell in love with so many shoes. I had to hold back so I didn't spend too much money and I'll be going to a bigger Primark so I can get my size as I'm a typical 5/6 these sizes always go first in my local stores. Hopefully Oxford Street will have a wider collection too.

 I honestly fell in love with about 6 pairs of shoes, mainly platforms, wedges and heeled jelly shoes but these were my favourite and they had my size so I picked them up quickly before anyone else did. I also fell in love with loads of clothes but as this trip was unplanned I didn't have time to try things on and have a real shop. 
To be honest Primark is the first store to get me excited for summer. These are going to be perfect for my maxi dress which is a little too long for me. 

Anyone who knows me knows I hate wearing anything higher than trainers but these are so comfy and feel just like trainers.
Have you checked out Primark recently?
What are your favourite SS/15 trends?
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Friday, 20 March 2015

First Day of Spring: Wish List

It is the first day of Spring today and I thought I'd celebrate the new season with a wish list of all the spring items that I want.
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Boohoo Lilly Glitter Strap Jelly Sandal - These are on trend this Spring/Summer and I've fallen for it. These are my favourite colour that I've seen and I'm been shopping around for these. They are perfect for the beach, pool and even wearing a cute maxi. They are getting me excited for my holidays. £14

MissGuided+ Tartan Skater Dress Green - I can't say no to a beautiful Tartan skater dress. Two of my favourite things in one. £22

MissGuided Diamonte Detail Hand Chain Gold - Hand chains are always on trend in Spring/Summer due to it being festival season. I really like this one. It is simple yet has some bling. £6

New Look Lilac Laser Cut Out Pocket Front Tote Bag - This is the perfect colour for spring. I love pastels and lilac is my favourite. A girl can never have enough bags! £29

Forever21+ Distressed Acid Wash Cutoffs - I've only recently started to like denim shorts and these caught my eye. I wish they were a little longer but I still really like these. £15 
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Bucket List: 20: Eat something new, that I've never tried before

Number 20 on my bucket list was to 'eat something new that I've never eaten before'.

Yesterday at my friends birthday BBQ I tried Tuna Steak for the very first time. It was delicious and I want more now! It is high in protein too which is perfect for me.  
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Fitness Challenge: 1

Last Sunday I set my first fitness challenge of 2015. My challenge was to have at least 20 active minutes a day on my FitBit. I read that doing 20 minutes a day is a great starting point to help keep yourself fit and healthy. This is going to be a regular segment on my blog now and I'm excited to get fitter, healthier and lose some weight.

My first challenge started on Monday 9th March and ended today 15th March.

{Data from my FitBit}
I am super happy that I was able to reach my daily target. Some days were easier than others but I'm glad every day I did a lot more than the minimal 20 minutes. I'd walk more, I went to the gym one of the days and did some weights.

{Data from my FitBit}
These are my steps for the week, I'm pretty impressed that only met my targets all week apart from Friday (13th). It was a pretty bad day for me overall. I had an assignment due at university and the day just went bad to worse, I understood why it was Friday 13th that day! I'm unsure why my active minutes are so high for Friday 13th. I think maybe because when I was active I was running around like a headless chicken!
Of course today isn't over, it has barely started and already I've done 5432 steps and 20 active minutes. I just went shopping and walk about while picking some things up for dinner.

Have you recently set yourself any fitness challenges? 
Do You have a challenge for me to take next week?
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Sneaker Freak: 3

This seems to be on my blog more and more. I've bought new trainers again. I'm starting to think I need to go to trainers anonymous! Yet again they are Nike and white. I think I have a thing for white Nike trainers!

This time I've gone for all white, which are perfect for my holiday to Cyprus in July. I'm going to try real hard to not wear them often until then so they stay clean. They just look so perfect at the moment I don't want to ruin them.
Do you have an addiction to footwear? 
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Friday, 6 March 2015

Bucket List: 17: Get A Pet

17: Get A Pet 

Number 17 on my Bucket List was to 'get a pet' yesterday I went to a doctors appointment and close by was a fish store so I decided to pick myself up a new goldfish and a onion snail.
Both have already settled well and the other goldfish already look after the youngest. I thought they'd bully him as he is a lot smaller than the others but he is always first to eat and isn't swimming alone. 
he is the tiny silver and gold one
The onion snail isn't getting bullied either. I know my goldfish are always hungry and love to eat whatever I put into the tank so I'm glad they have not tried to eat him and put him the bottom of the tank but woke up this morning and he is on the wall at the back of the tank.
The other side of his body

Sorry for the awful photography, it is very hard to get a good focus when the fish swim so fast and I have an air pump.

Have you got a pet? 
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