Pink for Spring

Im not usually a colour kind of girl, even in the spring and summer seasons. I tend to stick to more neutral and classic colours, play it safe as I like my wardrobe to be more classic rather than trendy. However, I do make the exception when it comes to the colour pink, be it blush pink or fushcia, I can’t get enough of the colour. Just how magpies are drawn to shiny things, I’m drawn to the colour pink, its always been my colour, my bedroom as a teenager was actually pink at some point, sad I know!

So as pink seems to be the colour of spring this year, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite pink pieces I have in my wardrobe right now and how I would style them. some of these pieces are new and some a little old, so I will try and link the actual item or something similar.

This mini Gucci GG Marmont bag is a new addition to my bag collection, its official colour is Nude, but it could also pass for a blush pink colour. Its a nice smooth, almost matte leather, with antique hardware and a chain shoulder strap. This bag is has a more dressy feel to it, I think because of the chain detail and the antique hardware. It can be worn across the body for a more casual look, but being the mini version you can’t fit an awful lot in it, perhaps a card holder, small set of keys, a lipstick and a few more small bits. You can also definitely use it as an evening bag and wear it on your shoulder.

I actually bought this beautiful blush pink leather biker jacket from All Saints last summer, so the one I have linked is a slighter lighter colour. I was pregnant at the time so had no intention of wearing it anytime soon, but as soon as I saw it I knew had to have it, I have weak spot for All Saints leather jackets. Who knew it would would still be on trend the next year. The leather is so soft, almost buttery and the silver hardware goes beautifully with the colour. I have worn this with light colour jeans, a white or grey top and loafers or white converse and recently I have teamed it with a more smarter outfit and it went perfectly. To be honest I don’t think there are any given rules when it comes to leather jackets, to me they go with anything, so have a play about.

My favourite piece of clothing to wear at the moment is the hoodie, I don’t care if it makes me look like I’m 16 years old, they are so comfy and easy to style, and of course my colour choice had to be this magenta pink. This particular one is from Topshop, but I have seen many on the high street, either in a oversized version like this one or a slighted fitted version. I have styled this with skinny jeans, both light and dark and converse, also with boyfriend jeans that are slighted fitted, being petite I didn’t want to wear everything oversized.

This top combines two trends in one for this season, pink and fluted arms. This was a bargain from Topshop, managed to get it in the sale, so I was very happy. Unfortunately this one has sold out online so I have linked one similar, you might still find it in store as the sales are still on. I have styled this embellished jeans and nude pumps for an evening look, but can easily be worn casually with plain jeans and flat pumps or even some converse.

Go and have play around with pink, even if its not your colour, for spring it will just give your wardrobe a small injection of colour and romance!

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I’m addicted to Bikram Yoga!!!

I was never as active in the past as I am now, I used to go to the gym before I got married, then stopped. I guess life just got in the way. I never really started exercising again until after I had my second child, which is when I started to go to bootcamp in my local park after a  friend had recommended it. I loved bootcamp, it was just up my street, outdoors, group exercise and it was fun. This was the one thing I actually stuck to doing and I even started personal training sessions with the same instructor. I continued with bootcamp and PT through out my next two pregnancies, and I really do believe it helped with my pregnancies during and after, and generally I felt healthier and better within myself. I do recommend that you only exercise while pregnant if you have been active before and never start something new while pregnant.

Fast forward to now, I have moved so no longer go to bootcamp and have PT sessions with the same trainer, which I do really miss. But, not to worry I have found myself a new PT and also a Boxercise class which I love doing. Just as I got comfortable, a friend suggested that we try out Bikram yoga, curious I thought why not. I had done yoga in the past and not really found it challenging or enjoyable to be honest. However, Bikram Yoga is different, it is a series of 26 Hatha yoga postures (Asanas) and breathing exercises (Pranayamas). It is performed in a room approximately 40°C (105 degrees) and an average humidity of 40%. The classes suitable for all ages and ability and each class is 90 minutes long. We chose to go to Bikram Yoga Essex and what was even better about this place was that they were offering and introductory offer for new comers, where you pay £35 for 30 days unlimited yoga. This was a bargain as each class if you paid individually was £15, so even if we only went twice or three times, we had got our monies worth straight away.

So we booked up our first class, all excited and not knowing what to expect, turned up nice and early and was greeted by a lovely receptionist who talked us through how it all worked, what to expect and got us to do some paper work. armed with our yoga mats, towels and water, we made our way into the studio, laid down our mats and waited patiently for the class to start. Somehow we managed to stay in the studio for the whole 90 minutes, which is highly recommended, so that your body gets used to the heat and also its not good to expose your body to hot and cold. I also managed to do all 26 postures, well at least one set of them, I won’t lie I did burn myself out 60 minutes in as I was trying to do too much too soon. But as soon as the class was over, I was so relieved it was over but also really proud of myself for trying something new and making it through the whole 90 minutes. It’s not the most glamorous thing to do, as you come out smelly and drenched in sweat, but it is is definitely satisfying. In my first month I tried to go at least twice a week, as like the title suggests, I became addicted and felt rubbish if I didn’t go and missed a session. I have become so obsessed that I have now signed up for whole year membership, which I got a discount of 20% on, they offer this to you if you want to stay on and continue. If anyone wants to try something different and not so demanding on your body physically, I would highly recommend bikram yoga, give it a try and let me know what you think.

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My first designer clothing purchase

I don’t really feel that designer clothing is an investment, like I do with shoes and handbags. For me clothing is too seasonal, trends come and go and change so often that its not worth buying such expensive pieces when you can buy them for a fraction of the price on the high street. However, on this occasion I did make an exception, and why did I do this? I’ll tell you why, because it was a Burberry Trench coat that I have been wanting for while now and I have always had second thoughts, as it is a very expensive purchase for me clothing wise.

It took a lot of research and trying on before I came to decision on which one to get, because I am very fussy when it come to style and fitting on my petite frame. For such an expensive piece I didn’t want to make a mistake and regret my purchase. I looked online first to see how many different styles and colours were available, and wow it was so overwhelming, because there were so many to chose from, my head was spinning. I soon realised that there are seasonal trench coats and there are the classic ones that they sell all year round, it was one of the classics that I wanted. So I narrowed down my search to the style and colour that I wanted and headed off into London to try it on in store. I like doing this with shoes and handbags too, I don’t like wasting time and I like to know everything I can find out about the item before I buy it.

I realised that designer clothing either come up too big on me or too small. I tried on a few styles including the new fit the Chelsea, this one was a more fitted and narrower style and did not fit me at all, the size 8 was too small and and the size 10 was too big. Then I tried on the Sandringham, still fitted but as narrow as the Chelsea, and this one fitted like a glove, I was so delighted. But now the problem was what colour!!!!! if you know me I love black, my whole wardrobe is practically black and neutral colours scare me. However, in a trench coat a neutral colour looks great, so I tried on the honey beige colour, this looked great and I fell in love, but I soon realised that this colour and being a mother just did not go and so I tried on the black. Yes I know its boring, but it looked great too and black goes with everything is a classic colour. So after a lot of thinking and few cans of coke later, I had made my decision, and I decided to go with the Sandringham in black in a size 8. I won’t lie, for a few moments I felt a little sick, but that passed, because I was now a proud owner of my first ever Burberry trench coat. Haven’t worn it yet, but I do I will definitely show you guys I styled it.

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Here is my first blog….enjoy!

What’s in my GlossyBox…

Hi and welcome to my first ever blog post, I’m so excited and I hope you guys enjoy reading this as much I have enjoyed writing it. Please remember to comment and let me know what you think of my first post, how I can improve and what you would like me to write about in the future!

You will soon realise that I am obsessed with makeup and beauty products, you could call me or junkie or a whore, but in a nice way, if there is such a thing! So what better way to start my blog, then on the subject of beauty, and you may have already guessed by the title that this post is about what’s in my March Glossybox, yes I know its April, just running a little behind!

Item 1. The first item in my Glossybox is the luxurious eye cream by oOlution. It is 100% natural, hydrating and rich in anti-oxidants, helping to diminish dark circles and reduce puffiness. You can use it at the end of a long day or the morning after, either way it is a treat for your eye area. How to use it- Apply a rice-grain sized amount around the contour of your eyes in a patting motion, avoiding the lower and upper lids, day or night.

Item 2. Next is the Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek palette. There are four of these palettes, each one thoughtfully put together, containing four eye shadows and two blushers. The one I have is the All Day Soiree, the colours are very neutral and not to bold, and some of the colours look like they can also be used to highlight and contour with. How to use- for eyes use the lighter shades all over the eyelid and the darker colours across the crease of the eye to define it more. For the cheeks sweep onto the apples of the cheek for little flush of colour.

Item 3. Next is This Works in transit camera close up, a mask, moisturiser and primer in one, making it a definite hero product and apparently a favourite of Victoria Beckham. This primer is meant to balance, plump and brighten the skin, leaving it photo perfect. How to use- layer this product over your moisturiser or face oil, leaving your skin prepped and primed ready for your makeup

Item 4. The Fig & Rouge Hydra-Activ Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream. This moisturiser is lightweight and gives you instant and long lasting hydration, containing vital ingredients like hylaronic acid and vitamins A, C and E. How to use- apply evenly to the face and neck daily after cleansing.

Item 5. Last but not least is the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment, a mask for smoother, shinier and more manageable hair. Containing argan powder particles and macadamia nuts, which remove impurities and intensely nourish your hair. How to use- work into mid-lengths and ends of towel dried hair, comb through and leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

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