Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Little Chit Chat

No time like the present to start talking about this, I've debated writing this for awhile now 
Since I've booked my trip to Asia and Australia back at the start of July I've decided to overhaul my life in every way shape and form. I've been in a lull since leaving University. It's scary. It's scary not knowing what you want to do, and when you compare your career journey to other people's then you're left even more scared and feelings of worthlessness creep in. One day I had enough, I decided to take control of my life.
I decided to book my flights, explore the world and come home fresher and ready to go after my career. I feel like I'm been a "wisher" instead of a "doer" for so long and there's really no time like the present. I've been scrimping and saving and working really hard to achieve this dream. With that comes being healthy, both physically and mentally and I decided to get fitter and eat healthier. I want to be able to run 5K with ease and just become fitter in general. With exercise I decide to cut a lot of shit out of my diet. I also made the decision to cut out Alcohol for the most part. I've mentioned before I wasn't a terribly bad eater,and always made room for fruits and vegetables but I wanted to overhaul everything and worked really hard on my nutrition and re-educating myself. After about 5 weeks I'd lost 14.5lbs. Purely be walking 4-7K a day and by using the My Fitness Pal App to monitor what I was eating. 

Fast forward a few weeks, after cutting out a lot of bread, I was sick of Chicken Salad, and I was sick of how mundane my food choices were. I wasn't enjoying it and was feeling deprived. I knew I had to do something and I decided to look into Slimming World. I have heard so many great things about Slimming World and have friends and family who have been successful on the programme. I did a bit of research and was shocked with how much food you can eat on Slimming World. It's not a diet, but a Lifestyle change, which is exactly what I wanted. Loosing motivation to continue on my own, one Tuesday my friend and I attended our local group, and the rest is History.We were welcomed in with open arms and we've both seen great results. I've lost about 30lbs in the last 3 months and couldn't feel better. I can honestly I'm really enjoying it. It's probably the most healthiest "diet" going and you're encouraged to eat as much fruit and vegetables as possible, as well as enjoying your treats. I've been quite reluctant to discuss this, but it's going to become more and more obvious in the next coming weeks when I finally get back to doing OOTD''s - I promise I will!

Anyway I just wanted to bring you all up to speed on where I am. If anyone wants me to do a monthly post let me know. I don't want to do a weekly post as I don't want this space to be about weight loss as I understand it can be quite triggering for some people and I don't think it would be appropriate. I want to reiterate that I'm doing Slimming World and exercising to feel good about myself and to become fitter in preparation for my trip, and of course after. I'm always going to be curvy,as it's my natural shape. I've never thought I'm ugly or unattractive because I'm plus sized and I certainly don't think anyone else is unattractive. I'm as always wholeheartedly behind the Plus Size community and will always be appalled at Body Shaming and Food Nazi's and that will never change. Everyone has the right to look they way the want, wear what they want, eat what they want without any judgement or criticism.

 I hope this made a little bit of sense. I really don't know when this journey will end or where it will lead but I'm happy and proud of myself that I'm on it.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Autumn/Winter Wardrobe Essentials

I've just brought down my Autumn/Winter clothes from the Attic this afternoon, and I have so much stuff-like you wouldn't believe. I'm narrowing it down to things I'll definitely. I'm emotionally attached to pretty much everything so this will be a tough one for me! I thought I'd do a post on what you really need for A/W for y'all! Obviously this is just a fun guide, so if you're stuck for an inspiration for your A/W I hope this helps!
Quite boring,but all essential. Plaid is still huge this A/W so a Plaid shirt is essential! It can be worn with Jeans/Leggings/Skirts so it's extremely versatile, but still on trend. You always need a black shirt too. Again it's versatile pair it with a black blazer and a skirt for an interview or tucked into a leather skirt, with a statement necklace and a pair of heels for a night out! Basic Tanks are a must have item and can be worn so many ways and are a fantastic layering piece. If I'm going out I'm more of a dress kinda gal, but having a few going out tops is essential. I love this black Swing one from New Look and this Sequin one from Warehouse. Both different, but both extremely wearable! If you're feeling brave, pair the sequin top with black skinnies and a fitted blazer for a glam day look too!
I'm a casual trouser kind of girl. If I've to be dressed up and be professional I go for a dress and a blazer so I've skipped a classic pair of trousers for this one! I live in jeans and leggings! I've fallen in love with Penney's/Primark "Super Stretch Skinny Jean" I've pairs in Black and Dark Denim and live in them! For €15 you can't go too wrong. They're so incredibly comfortable I can't see myself wearing any other jeans, for a long, long time! I also am fond of the 'ol Boyfriend Jeans I got a pair from Boohoo and haven't taken them off. Once you size up they're a good fit! Wet Look Leggings and/or Disco Pants are also a firm favourite of mine. They look great over looser jumpers with flats for a dressy day time look or for a night time look a nice top and black heels!

I'm a huge fan of oversized jumpers. I love nothing more than throwing on an oversized jumper and a nice scarf when the weather gets colder. H&M is my go to shop for oversized knitwear. They're so affordable and come in so many different colours and textures. I love this polo neck! It's perfect for when it gets really chilly and you do not want to leave your house, but you have to! Throw it on over your black skinnies, a pair of over the knee boots and a Fedora you're ready to rock'n'roll! I'm not a huge cardigan person really, but I always have to have a nice black one to go over a skirt and tank top or a sleeveless dress if it's a bit chilly. As well as a more formal cardigan, I have to have a slouchy one! They're a great layering piece and keep you toasty!
I'm a dress girl. I love nothing more than throwing on a pretty dress! As you can probably see my favourite shape on me if s Skater style. I've an hourglass figure and find them they most flattering on my body type. A definite must have is a plain black dress. I have so many but a plain one can be dressed up or dressed down so easily. As well as a plan one, I love having a few lace ones in my wardrobe for a dressy occasion. I love this bodycon one, it's so sexy! Perfect for a date or a night out with the girls! I actually have the Skater style lace one. I picked it up in River Island and it's perfect in every way, shape and form! It's good to have a good mix or both casual and dressy dresses in your wardrobe. I have more casual ones but have a few show stoppers for a special occasion!
If I'm out of dresses, I'll probably be in a skirt! Again so versatile. It's easy to dress it up or down. Pair the leather skirt with a tank top and an oversized Plaid shirt and Chelsea ankle boots and you've a cute Autumn outfit! When it gets colder, just pop on a Moto Jacket over it and a beanie to keep you nice and toasty! Pair a plain black tank top with the cream check skirt, the black blazer and a pair of heels and you've a perfect work outfit! For a relaxed weekend outfit throw on your Summer shorts with thick tights, a woolly Jumper and your Converse and you've a nice relaxed weekend outfit. I'm a huge fan of colour for A/W and if you want a show stopper outfit pair the Pink skirt with the Black Sequin T-shirt, A Statement Necklace and Black heels! 

The most important part of your A/W Wardrobe. Hands down a Moto leather Jacket and a Black Blazer are the most important as they're the most versatile and the items you'll get the most wear out of. I live in my Moto Leather jacket and barely take it off. A Parka is a great investment too. It's perfect for when the weather is awful outside and all you want to do is snuggle back into bed. This is the second best thing! I like one with a drawstring to draw attention to my waist, as it can be a quite bulky jacket. It's great for casual wear, but we all need that coat that's perfectly formal. I love this coat (It's suppose to come into Penney's!) Everything about it is perfect. The Colour, the shape and the Belt. It's the perfect dressy coat and would really brighten up a dreary and dull day!
I'm not really a "shoe" person. I'm much more of an accessory/jewellery kinda gal. I do however have my staples. For Winter definitely a nice pair of over the knee boots in black. Stylish and comfortable they go with pretty much everything and look nice and smart. A pair of both black and brown Chelsea boots are also mandatory. They're so versatile and go with pretty much everything! For flats I like a nice funky pair, but still stylish and formal and a good reliable black pair. They have to be comfortable though! For heels all you really need is a a black pair and a nude pair to tie you over on all occasions. In the Winter however I only really wear black as I wear black tights! For the ultimate comfort a pair of classic converse is the only option! 
If there's any I'm good at it's accessories. My room is bursting with them. I have 5 Tartan scarves from last few years, so I'm glad there's still on trend! I love scarves in general and find them a cheap way to change up your outfit.  It's so easy to change an outfit up with accessories. It's great for me as I'm saving, and it's dirt cheap! You can add a belt and a scarf to totally transform a plain black dress! I'm a sucker for a big bag. I've my eye on this Zara City bag. I love the grey it's a nice change from black, plus it fits loads in it, even a Laptop which is great for gals on the move! I'm a big hat girl too. I love them all! Anything from a Fedora to a Beanie. They're perfect for keeping you both stylish and warm! 
Like Accessories, I'm also obsessed with Jewellery. The Majority here are from New Look and are cheap as chips. I don't see the point in spending too much money on costume Jewellery! New Look is probably my favourite place to go! They've great pieces that look a lot more expensive than they are and are always that little bit different. They definitely do the best statement necklaces on the High Street. I like having a good mix, but Black, Gold and Silver ones are a must have as they go with pretty much everything! Penney's are also a great place to pick up bits, although I haven't been loving their Jewellery as much recently. I love adding something bright and blingy to a boring outfit. It's definitely the finishing touch!