Thursday, 26 February 2015

FASHION: LEATHER AND SUEDE



Collared shirts and black jeans are pretty much my standard day to day uniform, so when I saw this blue cotton shirt in Warehouse, I knew it had to be mine. Paired with my new real leather jacket (which I got for £30 down from £170 *squeal*), this is fast becoming my new favourite outfit. It's a great smart casual look, which I can dress up or dress down depending on the occasion!

I've had a real thing for silver jewellery too lately, so I'm stocking up. The cage ring is perfect, albeit a little too long for my fingers, but feeling a little uncomfortable is worth it for such pretty jewellery right?! George also bought me this beautiful sterling silver pearl ring from Pandora for Valentines Day, and it hasn't left my hand since.

Another new favourite: this faux suede/leather bag from Primark. It's the perfect size to hold all my essentials day to day and I also really like the combination of textures, even if the faux suede does pick up every single piece of fluff in existence.

I'm writing this while watching The Walking Dead, a show I have fast become hooked on! Me and my boyfriend started off watching it together but as we live apart, we found that we couldn't wait until we saw each other so that plan went out of the window! I'm living for Netflix right now so any suggestions of shows to watch please comment below!

What do you think of today's outfit? Don't forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to see what I get up to day to day!

Monday, 23 February 2015

BEAUTY: BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASACARA




My relationship with Benefit mascaras hasn't been too great. They're Real is one of the best selling mascaras there is, there's no argument about it. Though for some reason, I didn't love it. I know, I know, I can hear you all gasping and tutting in disbelief, but I just didn't find it worked too great on me. My lashes are pretty straight and short sadly enough, so it takes a miracle mascara to keep a curl in them, and They're Real wasn't the one.

Enter Roller Lash, Benefit's latest release. As I'm sure you all know, Elle offered a mini Roller Lash in their last issue, and so of course I got my hands on it. Not sure that I wanted to pay the £19.50 price tag for a mascara I was sure I wouldn't like, I decided to get my hands on a sample first. Roller Lash is based around hair rollers, which I think is a really cute concept, from the lid to the spoolie.

The "hook 'n' roll" curved brush grips onto, lengthens and seperates the lashes which is perfect for those of us with less than average lashes.  I've always preferred plastic style brushes over fibre brushes, and this is no exception. I still find that I need my lash curler just to get that extra bit of volume, but the mascara definitely adds length and exceptional colour. At the moment I'm loving my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, so I'm not sure that I'll buy the full size Roller Lash mascara just yet. 

Roller Lash is released nationwide on the 26th of February, and I think it's going to be a strong contender for the best selling mascara against They're Real!

LIFESTYLE: THE GLAM GUIDE BY FLEUR DE FORCE








Among a flurry of blogger and YouTuber books being released over the last few months, The Glam Guide is admittedly one of the only ones I was interested in. After reading so many positive thoughts on the book I had to get my hands on it.

On first glance, I fell in love. From the rose gold embossed text on the cover, to the style of the photography and the illustations on each page to the watercolour splashes throughout, it's a really beautiful book. I really love the fact that it's not quite hard back though not quite paper back; it's somewhere in between which makes it super easy to hold and read. Especially when you're snugged up in bed which is how I love to read!

The Glam Guide isn't just about one specific topic, Fleur covers all sorts: beauty, hair, fashion, travel, health and fitness, life, love and dreams and YouTube and blogging. There's definitely something for every kind of reader! I love the fact that at the end of each chapter, there are "10 Quick Tips" relating to that particular subject, so even when you've finished the book you can check back every now and then to refresh your memory and read the most important bits.

Throughout The Glam Guide there are pictures and drawings to illustrate the points made, such as hair tutorials, wardrobe essentials, recipes and even how to set lighting up for photography which is really interesting and helpful! I also really like the tone of the book; it's informative, friendly and informal whilst not seeming patronising. The tone doesn't target one age group either, which means it's suitable for anyone who fancies it and makes it so easy to read through. While I wouldn't say I'm one of Fleur's biggest ever fans, I am subscribed and enjoy watching her videos, and you can really feel Fleur's personality throughout the book. It just goes to show that you don't have to be a complete fan girl to enjoy The Glam Guide!

Providing so many tips and featuring such gorgeous design, The Glame Guide is the perfect handbook for any beauty, fashion or lifestyle lover. It can be dipped in and out of with the easy navigation of the contents and chapters, or you can get lost reading cover to cover. Either way I know it's a faultless addition to my ever growing collection of books and it's something I'll be referring back to again and again!

The Glam Guide is available in most bookshops, including Waterstones. What do you think of The Glam Guide?



Saturday, 21 February 2015

BEAUTY: MAYBELLINE COLOURSENSATIONAL ELIXIR LIP IN BLUSH ESSENCE 705




I have been looking for an everyday lip gloss for so. long. I have finally found it! The Maybelline Coloursensational Elixir Lip in Blush Essence 705 is the makeup bag essential I never realised I needed until now. The lipgloss is not only super pigmented, it's moisturising which is a must for us dry skinned gals, it's soft and not sticky and it also has a really pleasant, sweet smell. A really fake, plastic smell in lipgloss really puts me off, along with feeling like you're wearing glue on your lips, so this gloss is absolutely perfect in my eyes. With a doe foot applicator, the lipgloss is so easy to apply, even without a mirror!

Blush Essence is the perfect pink shade. I'm quite pale and so some pinks can look a little garish or too deep, but this is the ideal neutral shade with slight colour. The Coloursensational Elixir lasts a fairly long time, without drying out your lips and it fades evenly. Without eating or drinking, I got around two to three hours or wear which is pretty good for a lipgloss.

Maybelline have been killing it recently and are maybe my favourite makeup brand of the moment, especially with their Lash Sensational Mascara too. On my next trip into town I'll definitely be heading into Boots to pick up some more glosses, especially as they're only £6.99 (!!). so expect more reviews and swatches.

Friday, 20 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: MAP MY STYLE BY DOM & INK









"Is there anything more exciting in the world than clothes? If you think so, you need to shop more girlfriend. Way more! This book is a place to explore, map and share your own unique sense of style - part fashion journal, part style guide and part outfit dilemma-solver - your very own fashion fairy godmother. Whether you're a high street honey or catwalk kitty, this book will put you on the express train to Hotsville!"

In 2014 I wrote about one of my favourite books of the year, Map My Heart by Dom & Ink, and I'm so excited to now be talking about his second book! Map My Style is a 144 page interactive journal filled with Dom's own fabulous illustrations and witty comments, all about women's fashion. There's even an accompanying blog, also called Map My Style, where you can keep up to date with all the latest trends and get tips from the man himself.

While Map My Style helps you to consider your style through exploring and mapping, and gives you ideas of how to revamp your wardrobe, it isn't about giving yourself a huge makeover and completely changing yourself. Dom says "it's about embracing and loving yourself for who you are whilst also putting together killer outfits and utilising some spectacular Hairography on a daily basis". I don't think there's a better way to put it! 

There are seven chapters in the book, ranging from the 16 essentials for a capsule wardrobe, to different fashion themes and the ultimate trend pieces you'll need, to the top hair looks, to accessories. Dom has also included lots more quotes and more illustrations in Map My Style; it's all about the positivity! Dom has worked in fashion for many years, and really understands trends and how they work on various body shapes, so I love the fact that he caters for all different shapes and sizes throughout Map My Style. Ever thought you couldn't wear something because it's a certain colour or shape? Dom will work his magic and charm and change your mind!

Apart from being absolutely in love with the book because of it being a fashion guide essential, you also have to appreciate the raw talent of all the illustrations and text that Dom created himself! It's the perfect book to treat yourself with, or even as a gift for a friend or family. Whether you're Geek Chic, Clean Cut or the Queen of Rock, there's something in Map My Style for everyone.

I'm in the midst of really discovering me and my style, and this book is an absolute saviour. I've picked up some super helpful tips and had a laugh along the way filling out and decorating the book, and would wholeheartedly recommend this to everybody.You can pick Map My Style up from Huck & Pucker or Amazon for £9.99. Please do let me know if you get your hands on it and what you think! Don't forget to follow and connect with Dom on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #mapmystyle!


Thursday, 19 February 2015

BEAUTY: MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA



I'm a sucker for mascaras; eye makeup is my absolute favourite part of my makeup routine, so I just had to get my hands on Maybelline's latest release, the Lash Sensational Mascara. The best part of the mascara for me is the brush, Maybelline's first Layer Reveal brush, it has an inner curve which goes right to the roots to capture even the tiniest lashes, and an outer curve to help volumise and lenghten lashes for a layered look.

From my first use of the mascara, I knew I loved it. The brush was nice and stiff so I could easily cover my entire lashes, the formula was just the right consistency and there was ample colour payoff. My only issue, which is very slight, is that I had to wipe off some excess product to make sure my lashes didn't end up clumpy and too wet. However, this is really minor and would never put me off a product unless it was super extreme. 

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is currently on offer for £5.99 at Boots, and as part of a 3 for 2 in Superdrug, so it's the perfect time to get your hands on it! I've read a few times that Lash Sensational is similar to Benefit's new release Roller Lash so if you'd like to see a post on that let me know!

Have you tried Lash Sensational? What is your favourite mascara? I'm always open to trying more!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

FASHION: SHE LIKES CHECKS AND CARDIGANS



Cardigan: She Likes* / Top: She Likes* / Jeans: Warehouse / Bag: Warehouse / Sunglasses: Primark / Boots: BooHoo

Despite the days getting brighter and slightly warmer, and Spring on it's way, you will still find me wearing black. I don't know how it happens, I don't know why, but all the outfits I put together are made up of dark colours with the occasional neutral thrown in here and there 85% of the time. Today's post is a prime example. She Likes is an online fashion forward style haven, with all the latest trends, so when they asked if I wanted to collaborate on a post with them I jumped at the opportunity! 

This long black cocoon cardigan is a must have in any girls wardrobe; a partner to any outfit or the perfect way to keep off the chill on those Spring and Summer evenings. I don't think the cocoon style is great for my body shape, but I absolutely love the piece and know it'll be a staple in my wardrobe. Similarly with the black and white grid print top, t its black, white and checked. Ticks all the boxes for me! I'm still super awkward at posing for these kind of shoots (as you can probably tell...) and today's is featuring my boyfriend/photographer in my glasses lens, but I am planning on getting more fashion posts out there.

What do you think?

Friday, 13 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: MY LITTLE FRENCHIE BOX | FEBRUARY 2015




Last month I subscribed to one of the most popular boxes at this moment in time, My Little Box. With signing up so late in January, I received two boxes within a couple of weeks which I am very happy about, of course. You can read all about January's box hereSo if you're not sure how My Little Box works, each month they release a themed box. For example, last month's was My Little Energy Box, and this month's theme is the My Little Frenchie Box, in collaboration with famous Frech model and designer Ines De La Fressange. Despite all the items not being obviously French themed, my observation are that each of the items are a French girls essential.

Complexion Enhancer (RRP £9.50) Made with Apricot Kernel Oil, the My Little Beauty complexion enhancer is a light and slightly tinted cream to help bring your skin back to life. On those days where my skin decides to cooperate and I'm feeling brave and in the mood to not wear makeup, this will be the perfect thing to perk my skin up a little. It also smells lovely and leaves your skin feeling super soft too, added bonus!

Pot of Messages (RRP £6.50) I absolutely love this; it might actually be my favourite item from the Frenchie box! Hiding in this little pot are 28 messages on mini scrolls filled with positive and happy messages. Open them all at once, one every day or one per week. Whatever you decide to do I'm sure each and every one will add a little smile to your face. I can't wait to read them all!

By Terry Kohl Pencil (RRP £23) This is my first ever product from By Terry, and I'm so excited to try it out. It's super soft, ultra dark with a slight shimmer and waterproof; what more could you ask for? I wear eyeliner every single day, usually liquid liner but with this new addition to my makeup bag I think I'll be changing to pencil!

DHC Blotting Paper (RRP £4) With it coming up to warmer months, even us dry skinned gals can get a slight 'glow'. Beautifully packaged and small enough to fit inside your handbag, makeup bag or desk drawer, you're ready for a quick touch up at any time of day! I just hope my 'I can't open this because it will ruin the cute packaging' complex doesn't kick in...

Super Liner Brow Artist Shaper by L'Oreal Paris (£5.49) Big, bold brows are in, and I don't see that trend disappearing any time soon. With this 3-in-1 eyebrow pencil, I can intensify, discipline and fix my brows in place with the coloured pencil, soft brush and the wax formula. Despite having plenty of brow products, this is my first of this kind so it definitely has a place in my every day makeup bag.

Smartphone Case (RRP £16) How. Cute! I usually just keep my iPhone in a plastic case, but since discovering this canvas pouch I think that will soon be changing. Even if I don't use this for my phone, it's the perfect size for tickets, cards and any other small pieces floating around your handbag.

Another amazing My Little Box; I'm so glad I finally decided to subscribe! As with every box, a super cute illustration and the amazing My Little World magazine are included. The illustration is going straight up on my pinboard with last months and My Little World provides some much needed SS15 fashion and beauty inspiration and some very interesting interviews and tutorials. As soon as I finish typing this I'll be diving right into it!

Have you subscribed to My Little Box? What do you think?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: 10 'DIFFERENT' DATE IDEAS



After being in a relationship for a few years now, it can be easy to sink into a routine of doing the same things week in week out: Nando's, cinema, shopping, vegging out on the sofa etc. With it coming up to Valentines day I decided I want to come up with fresh ideas of things me and my boyfriend could do. Now I know Valentines day isn't for everyone, and not everybody has a boyfriend or girlfriend, so most of these ideas you could do with your friends or family too! I did a bit of research from around the web and these are my favourite ideas.


AT HOME

Cook: So if you're boyfriend is anything like mine, the extent of his cooking is putting beans in the microwave and preheating the oven. Cooking together is a great way expanding both of your cooking horizons and it's also pretty fun too! Plus, food = the best thing ever, duh.

Scrapbook: This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time but with three years worth of pictures and memories, I'm thinking it might take a while. Cue date night. Rope in your boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, family or friends to put together a scrapbook to document your adventures together. Scrapbooking is super relaxing and how nice will it be to look back over everything in a few years time?

Play a game: Things can get a bit heated when one of you has the property somebody else wants in Monopoly, or when your Sims keep arguing, but playing something from your childhood together is actually really enjoyable! You can reminisce about all the games you used to play when you were younger, make a team and bond over old school PS2 games and have a break from social media with a board game.

Movie night: Me and George love films. We're at the cinema at least once a week, but that can end up being pretty expensive. Raid your DVD collection, grab all your blankets and quilts, get the pizza in and just sit and watch. Perfect for relaxing after a busy week at work or university.

OUTSIDE

Disposable camera day: I LOVE this idea! You can actually do this as an accompaniment to any of the other date ideas, especially scrapbooking. During your day out together take along a disposable camera and just snap everthing; you two pulling funny faces, buildings, scenery, what you ate, what you did, anything at all. Then you can print them all off to keep for the future!

Activity days: Some of my favourite kinds of trips are when me and George go out and take part in activities. Whether that's bowling, lazerquest (i need to go), the zoo or facing your fears at Go Ape like I did last year, it's definitely a world away from sitting in Nando's sharing some halloumi cheese.

Bike ride: Exercise and fun? Yes, it does exist! I haven't gone on a bike ride in years but me and George talk about it pretty regularly. He lives next to some gorgeous countryside and we need to take advantage of it. 

Picnic: Tying in nicely with the above, how about a lovely picnic? Grab your favourite foods, a flask and a blanket and explore your surroundings. Take it along with you on your bike ride, go on a walk and see what you can find, or plan a day out around your picnic. You can sit, chat and soak up the impending sun of Spring!

Roadtrip: I don't know if it's just me, but I love going on long drives. Turn up the radio, take some snacks, have a deep chat, take in the scenery. Either plan a route you know you love or ignore the maps and go on an adventure.

Hit the club: Not everybody's idea of fun, but when me and George ended up in a club just us two, we ended up dancing the night away (badly). Go out, grab a few drinks, lose your inhibitions and have a good boogie. 

For me, my boyfriend is my best friend too and I think being able to have fun together is super important. You can also write all the different ideas you come up with on pieces of paper and pop them into a Date Night Jar. Then, when you're thinking of planning a date and don't know what to do, just pull out a piece of paper! It's not only fun, but it also means that you're always doing something different and exciting. There are SO many date night ideas floating around the internet, so let me know if you have any go-to different date ideas!


Saturday, 7 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: TO READ #1


 After realising how many unread books I had hoarded away, an idea for a new series on amyjanealice popped up. So each time I acquire a pile of books to read, I'm going to write about them on here; an unofficial 'book club' if you will.

BEAUTY, FASHION AND HEALTH

Pretty Honest: This book has been making an appearance all over the internet in recent months, so naturally I had to get my hands on it (you guys are such enablers)! Pretty Honest is said to be a honest and down to earth beauty handbook for women, with real life tips from Sali Hughes, who has over 20 years experience in the industry. The book covers topics such as skincare, makeup tips and health and from what I've seen when flicking through the book is that it's all relatable; there's no beauty jargon and it's as if you're talking to a friend not a writer.

The Teen Vogue Handbook - An Insider's Guide to a Career in Fashion: So, admittedly I am no longer in my teenage years but I still could not resist adding this book to my Amazon basket and eventually checking out. After one look through it I instantly knew I would love it. Filled with inspiring photography (which made me insanely jealous), tips, interviews, profiles and career advice, I can't wait to get stuck into it. I'm not particularly planning on working in the fashion industry as a designer or editor for example, but I am studying a degree in public relations and marketing and would love to work for a fashion agency so I couldn't say no. Plus, if Alexander Wang says it's the most insighful and spot on introduction to the fashion industry, who am I to argue?!

Be Body Beautiful: I've never been the biggest fan of Towie, but after seeing Lucy Mecklenburgh's transformation, I just had to get a piece! Don't get me wrong, she was never overweight or anything like that, but now she just seems so much healthier, fitter and more content. With help from her nutritionist and personal trainer, Lucy has created a six week diet and fitness plan that helps to provide you with a lasting lifestyle based approach to becoming "body beautiful". With the help of this book you can learn to how to nourish your body with Lucy's favourite foods, spice up your home workouts, motivate yourself and break bad habits. Sounds like exactly what I need!

INTERACTIVE

Map My Style: Pens and pencils at the ready girls! Dom & Ink guides you throughout this book where you can explore your sense of style whilst getting creative in this interactive fashion journal. Filled with amazing illustrations, quotes, witty lines and lots of info about fashion, it's a must for any fashion lover!  You can read all about Dom's first book Map My Heart here, and expect a full review of Map My Style very soon!

Memory Stick: This isn't the kind of book I would usually buy, but something about it just drew me to it. It's a place to store moments. memories, ideas and experiences that you can look back on in years to come. It runs along the same lines as books like Wreck This Journal but at the same time it's completely different. I'm definitely no artist, so I love that you can just scribble and do whatever you like in this book filling in all the random pages.

ADVICE

Get Rich Blogging and Blogging Your Way to the Front Row: These are two books that focus on the same principle - making your blog successful. Anyone who says they only blog for themselves and don't care about it's growth is lying. After two years of blogging sporadically and not paying much attention to the finer details, I'm ready to put all my effort into my space in the internet. Both books provide you with tips and insights from two women with a wealth of experience in the industry. With one being from the UK and one from America, you can understand how to be successful in either country and how different audiences work. I'm really excited to get into these books; I've got my notepad and pen at the ready!

How to Get a First: I bought this way back when I started my first year of university. It's a little bit geeky but I want to do well at university, who doesn't? This book is written by an actual recent graduate who actually earned a First. So, in the book you can expect realistic guidance on how to achieve your academic best without missing out on the social aspects of the university experience, frameworks and tips to gain better marks, strategies to improve study techniques and help to understand how to reach your true potential. With the pressure in university building, I'm hoping this book will help me to improve my work ethic.

Grace's Guide: I'm not one of the YouTube community fan girls who will buy anything and everything as long as it's related to a certain internet star, but after flicking through this book in Waterstones I decided to buy it. Grace's Guide is a tongue in cheek book that has different tips for becoming a grown up. It features stories from her own misadventures and is a refreshing take on "life guides". I have started this book and not sure if I'm really into it yet, but will definitely give it a go!

Feel the Fear and do it Anyway: I heard about this book when browsing YouTube and it sounded right up my street. Whether your afraid of public speaking, making decisions, being alone, interviews, going back to school, or driving - just to name a few - this book can  help. Internationally renowned author Susan Jeffers has helped millions of people overcome their fears with simple but profound advice. From looking at the reviews, people have claimed this is a real life changer and confidence builder and so I'm excited to delve into it.


*Phew*. So that was a pretty long post, and that's just paper copies I've got to read! I'm currently reading Wild on iBooks and I've downloaded Eat Pretty and #GIRLBOSS on my Kindle app to read, so I'm a very busy bee right now. If you're interested in any particular books and fancy a review, do let me know. Or if you're reading one of the above books and want a discussion then tweet me! I'm an avid reader, so please leave recommendations too.

What are you currently reading?

Friday, 6 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: FEBRUARY 2015 MONTHLY GOALS





I feel like setting goals and accomplishing them are just as satisfying as being able to cross a task off a list when it's finished; it gives you a sense of achievement, no matter how big or small the goal or task is. I used to keep up with my monthly goals early last year, but trailed off eventually... This year I'd like to stick to them - let's ignore that I'm starting in February *cough cough*. I fell into the trap of setting unrealistic and quite challenging goals last year, that were more like "2014 goals" and not monthly. So now, they're going to be anything that I'd like to achieve this month, no matter how trivial.

FINISH THREE BOOKS IN THE "TO READ" DRAWER

Yes, I do have a drawer in my bedside table that I reserve for books and other bits and pieces I need to read. Let's not even get started on what's on my actual bookcase! 

CREATE AN EXERCISE SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT FOR AT LEAST ONE WEEK

Wow, one week. I'm really going for gold here! I'm so lazy when it comes to working out that if I do manage to stick to a schedule of exercise in full for one week, that will be a pretty big achievement.

WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EACH MORNING

I want to create a routine for my sleep, as I've read millions of times that going to sleep and waking up at the same times every day make for better sleep. I also want to incorporate getting up half an hour earlier than I usually would, just so I don't feel rushed and so I can get everything together. This is especially important for busier days.

DRINK MORE WATER (!)

I say this time and time again, but there are so many benefits it's unreal. I have noticed a few changes since I started drinking more water like clearer skin, more energy and improvements to my weightloss etc. It's definitely worth it!

BLOG AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK

Although poor old amyjanealice was neglected a little towards the end of last year and the start of this year, I'm making a huge effort to turn it around in 2015. Starting off in February, I want to post at least three times a week. As the months go on, I'll be setting more blogging related goals!

What are you goals for February? 






LIFESTYLE: GET FIT FRIDAY #1



Happy Friday everyone! I hope you're all doing really well. Following on from my previous post where I spoke about recently joining Slimming World and hoping to get fitter and healthier in 2015, I thought I'd introduce a new series on amyjanealice: Get Fit Friday. Throughout the series I'll be posting things like updates on my weightloss (hopefully), healthy recipes, fitness ideas, workout playlists, anything relating to my journey to health basically! I love reading these posts, so am really excited to get started. I'm a complete novice at this sort of stuff, I'm not a nutritionist, what works for me might not work for you, but you might be able to pick up a few tips!

For my first post I thought I'd speak to you a little about me and where I'm at, and all about my experience with Slimming World so far over the last month. Since secondary school I've been a size 10; in the beginning it was on the smaller side and now I'm on the slightly bigger side and nearing a size 12. This isn't overweight by any means, in fact a 12 is the UK average clothes size for a woman. For me though, I carry all my weight on my stomach, arms and thighs - I hate it. It means my jeans are tighter around the waist and baggier around my legs, especially with only being 5 ft 3. I also have this whole "Mike Wazowski-esque" thing going on. Not cool. I'm also super unfit. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a complete couch potato. I use public transport instead of driving my own car so I do walk quite regularly whether it's to uni or work, and I work in retail which means I'm standing up and moving around for at least four hours every shift. Despite this, my stamina is 0. I can't run for very long, very far or very fast and I sometimes struggle keeping up with certain exercises.  This is something I really want to work on too. 

So, to kickstart the whole process I joined Slimming World. I was quite excited in the beginning when I found out what I could eat. A lot of my fave foods are free, meaning I can eat as many of them as I want. Of course this is all in moderation; eating 9 bowls of pasta every day won't help you drop a few pounds. There is also an allowance you can use each day for calcium and fibre and you're given  so many 'syns' per day for if you fancy a treat. My go-to favourite meal/treat is currently 2 slices of wholemeal bread (one of my fibre allowances) with a tablespoon of Nutella which I count in my syns. I've also been living off jacket potatoes with beans and Muller Light yoghurts as these are free. Hallelujah! I won't go into more depth about how it all works as that defeats the point of paying to sign up, but the bottom line is I've been eating the same amount (if not more) as before I joined.

To my disappointment, in my first two weeks I lost nothing. I gained nothing, but still after completely sticking to plan for two weeks it didn't nothing to my weight. Embarrasingly I wasn't doing exercise either which obviously doesn't help but I also can't blame it on the fact that "muscle weighs more than fat". However, my weigh ins are at 7pm on a Monday night, after a full day of university. Now I overhear some people in group talking about how they don't eat all day etc to make sure they lost, but I don't agree with this. Plus, I wouldn't be able to focus and have a productive day in uni if I didn't eat a thing. I'm planning a few lighter meals to take with me for the next few weeks, but I'm also considering going to the meeting on the Tuesday morning.  As to whether I think Slimming World is worth it, it's definitely changed the way I eat and the way I look at food. I was a massive crisps monster before, and now I think I've had around 2 packets in the last 3 weeks. Everything is homemade and not processed. So although I've been a bit down about the weight loss so far (2lbs in a month!), there are plenty of non scale victories I've had. There are also people in group who have lost 1/2 a stone in one week, so it clearly does work! I think sometimes it depends on how much you ate before, what you ate before, and how much your lifestyle has changed.

So over the next week, I'm planning on creating an exercise schedule. I bought Davina McCall's 15 Minutes to Fit DVD, as it's one of the top rated DVD's on Amazon and with the workouts being 15 minutes long I have no excuse to not do it! I also want to start yoga and get into running, so if you have any tips for beginners please comment below! I also want to up my fruit and veg intake, cut down on my syns and also make sure I'm getting plenty of sleep. I'm sorry this post is super long but it's a bit of a introduction. Please let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this, or what you'd like me to include!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: MY LITTLE ENERGY BOX | JANUARY 2015



So I'm feeling a little late to the bandwagon on this one, but having only signed to My Little Box last month, this is my first taste of the new hit subscription box. My Little Box are a Parisian subscription box company, need I say more? Each month they release a themed box, January's being the Energy Box which is quite apt for the first month of the year when most of the population create New Year's resoultions around health, fitness and wellbeing. Some of their previous boxes include the Parissiene box (for which I am kicking myself for not signing up sooner!) and the Cosy Box. Within each box you receive must have beauty products, including one from their in house beauty range My Little Beauty, lifestyle and fashion accessories and their magazine My Little World. You also receive illustrated pieces as well which make for a perfect decorative accessories! Mine went right up on my pinboard as soon as I saw it. Another cool thing about My Little Box, is that they sell all of their beauty and lifestyle products on a seperate website, My Little Corner. Although it currently doesn't ship to the UK, it's a lovely website that's perfect for a browse for a little photography inspiration or to read up a little more on some of their products. I've linked them all for you to do just that! So what were this months contents?

My Little Sports Bag (RRP £10) This caught my eye as soon as I opened the box. Made of a thin, easily foldable material, it's the perfect gym accessory. With a colourful triangle pattern and the quote "Good energy is contagious" printed on it, it's not only practical but extremely cute too! I won't lie to you and say I'll be taking this along to the gym with me, because actually, I don't go to the gym *holds head in hands*. Despite this it'll be perfect bag for weekends away, short trips or those times you need to carry a little too much to put all in one bag.

Energizing Face and Body Mist (RRP £7.50) This is a super cute bottle of mist, designed to waken and refresh the skin with vitamin C and aloe vera. I love these kinds of products all year round; in colder months to make the skin look a little brighter, and in warmer months to help you to cool down and feel rejuvenated.

Talika Photo Hydra Day Moisturiser (RRP £43.50) Moisturisers are an integral part of my skincare routine. Being a dry skinned gal it's super important for me to ensure my skin stays hydrated, and after looking up this moisturiser online I've read some great reviews! I hadn't heard of Talika before receiving it this month, but I'm excited to try it out.

Nails Inc Tate Nail Polish (RRP £11) Nail polish is always a winner for me, especially in red; it's such a classic shade and looks chic all year round. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Nails Inc polish inside the box because I'm a huge fan and know how lovely they look once applied.

My Little 2015 Calender (RRP £10) Ok, so, sadly enough I think this was the item inside the box that I'm most excited about. I'm a huge stationery addict lover and this calender is absolutely gorgeous! Filled with the cutest of illustrations, motivational quotes and even mini puzzles like Sudoku, a section for notes, horoscopes and little quiz, it's not only functional, it's fun and will look lovely sat on your desk.

The My Little World magazine is a lovely addition too. It contains some stunning photography, recipes, interviews, tutorials, exercises and lots of other features. I'm really pleased with My Little Box so far, and even though this is only my first box I can see me staying subcribed for a very long time! What I love about My Little Box is that you can unsubscribe any time for free, so there's no contract and it costs £14.95 per month including p&p. Very reasonable if you ask me, especially as the contents of this box add up to over £70! I'm super excited for this month's box so keep an eye out for a review coming up in the next few weeks.

What do you think of My Little Box?



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