Sunday, 1 February 2015

Outfits of the Week: January #4

Blouse: New Look
Caridgan: Primark
Skirt: New Look
Boots: New Look

Dress: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Boots: New Look
Watch: Michael Kors

Blouse: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Caridgan: H&M
Jeans: New Look
Boots: Ugg Australia

Dress: Primark
Scarf: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Boots: New Look

Dress: New Look
Cardigan: Primark
Boots: New Look

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Six Awesome Ways To Treat Yourself This Winter* #IndulgeYourself

As January comes to an end, it is time we girls treated ourselves a little. We all know that this month can be difficult. After the hype of Christmas, it always feels as though the start of a new year is a bit of a letdown. Don't get the January blues (or February)! Instead, find ways to treat yourself and have an incredible time. You need to start as you mean to go on, and that means making the most of 2015. Here are six awesome ways to treat yourself during the cold winter months.


1. Buy a new outfit

If you have been following my outfits of the week blog posts, you will know that there is no shortage of new fashion trends this year. If you feel like you want a change, now is the perfect time to start shopping. You should buy yourself a beautiful pair of boots to get you through this harsh winter, and also some snugly, warm jumpers.

2. Visit a spa

If you are sick of the cold weather, you need a little luxury in your life. Why not book yourself into a spa for a quick break? We all know that January can be a depressing month, and so taking a break could be just what you need. Book yourself into Hoola Spa and get yourself some treatments. Sometimes, all you need is some time alone so that you feel yourself again. If you are feeling stressed out, a spa break will surely help.

3. Create new nail designs

I always find that painting my nails cheers me up. There is something therapeutic about sitting at home and pampering yourself just a little. This year, why not experiment with some funky new nail designs? Learning about nail art might sound complicated, but it doesn't have to be. There are hundreds of tutorials online that can help you create unique styles for your nails. Choose something bright and colourful, you know you want to.

4. Spend the night with the girls

In the winter, it feels like nobody wants to venture out into the cold. Sure, it is tempting to stay in watching Netflix all the time, but it is not all that good for you. Sometimes, all you need is a night out with the girls. Call up your friends and see what they say. When you stay in all the time, you can start to feel sorry for yourself. Pull yourself together and get out there. Even if you're trying to avoid alcohol you can still have an amazing, funny night. I learnt that whilst I sipped on cucumber water last Saturday!

5. Care for your skin

If you don't have a proper skin care routine in the winter, your skin will become dry and flaky. You need to make sure that you put the moisture back into your skin. Remember to drink loads of water so that your skin does not dry out. You should also create a thorough skin care regime so that your skin looks healthy every day. You should make sure that you cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin every night. That way, your skin will glow bright even when the weather is dull. Skin care is super important and so you mustn't neglect it. I've been loving using my Magnitone Lucid Brush and it's boosted my skincare routine - I can't wait to share it with you all soon.

6. Indulge your sweet tooth

If you are craving sugar, you should not ignore that. Sometimes, it is okay to indulge your sweet tooth a little. You could spend an evening creating some delicious, healthy treats for you and your friends. Remember, not all sweet things are harmful to you. You can make some tasty, dark chocolate treats, which are quite good for your health. Look at some recipes online and see what you can come up with yourself. Your friends will love that you have made some snacks for them.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Fitness Friday: Slendertoxtea Review

I started my Slendertox on a Sunday, following the suggestion to start at the weekend. I took the first day teatox, took my "before" pictures and started my introduction blog post
The first day started off fine. I found the tea a little difficult to drink but powered on through. It wasn't until just before dinner time that I started to have a sore stomach and felt a bit sick. After my dinner I felt awful and made a visit to the bathroom on numerous occasions. I was pretty scared that this was a negative side effect that I wasn't meant to be experiencing. I was close to stopping the Teatox then and there. I thought I should tweet Slendertoxtea to get advice from them. I was really worried about having the Daytox the next day when I had work and even more worried by the prospect of the Sleeptox. I turned to the Slendertoxtea website for a bit of reassurance and noted,

Remember, that a teatox is a detox on the body, and the initial few days of detoxing may be difficult, especially when you're badly in need of a cleanse. Headaches, fatigue, interrupted sleep and hunger pangs are common during the these first few days, as this is is the toxins leaving your body.

I carried on with the teatox and quite quickly it started to become part of my daily routine. The extreme reaction seemed to disappear though I did start to feel like when I needed the toilet I HAD to go. This is a bit hard to deal with during a working day. Also a bit TMI but worth noting that nothing was "solid" during the teatox. I didn't suffer too much with headaches or fatigue but I did notice that I felt really hungry as I went into the 3rd and 4th day. It's hard to know exactly how you'll feel for the day as my whole fortnight varied. For a couple of days I wondered if the tea had stopped working and nearly as soon as that thought entered my mind I was back to visiting the bathroom. I also found I always needed after doing some exercise.

Throughout the teatox I maintained a healthy eating plan, and exercised almost daily. I didn't weigh myself before or after the teatox as through my exercise routines I was aiming to build muscle as well as burn fat. I decided to judge the teatox purely on how I felt and looked. My stomach is definitely less bloated and feels and looks flatter. You can even see a bit of definition starting to show - which is obviously down to ab exercises not just the tea.

Overall, I'm quite happy with the results. I think it's the sort of thing I'd do before a holiday to give me a boost in confidence. I'm glad I carried on after the 1st awful day.

Have you tried a tea-detox?
How did you get on?

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Spring Primark Picks

It's been a long time since I've been in Primark and with the prospect of visiting in February I did a little bit of research into the new Spring/Summer 2015 collection. One of my picks that is very much love it or hate it is the dress, I think I'd need to see it first but that shape is normally quite flattering. There's not much other colour happening in my Spring picks just a hint of pastels in the wrap over cropped top and mint green bag. I love the later cut design on the black vest top and though a bit more daring than my usual I really like the lace bralet. 
A running trend for this year perhaps, a item of homeware managed to sneak in!

Have you been buying anything from Primark lately?
What Spring trends are you looking forward to?