Friday, 31 October 2014

Fabulous Friday: Feeling Fit

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween to everyone!
Today's post is centred around work out gear! I've never been one for sport but never favoured being out of shape, and I love chocolate far too much to give it up! I never really found a sport that suited me, but when I went to uni I found that the gym suited me. I could go at my own pace, I wasn't feeling pressured by other team members and if something didn't go to plan then I would only let myself down and not a load of other people.
As I wasn't so fond of exercise though, I did struggle to find good work out gear that didn't cost me a fortune. I wanted good quality stuff but not your Nike and Adidas mega £££ stuff. Sure, sports direct was great for a while but so boring when everyone has the same things as you.
Last week I signed up to the new Kate Hudson range- Fabletics. You get 2 to 3 pieces for 1 price starting at £44 and you can get new stuff every month. If you don't want anything one month, you'll need to remember to 'skip' so that you don't pay anything that month. New customers get a set for £22 so I thought it was worth a try.

I chose the 'Volt' set which includes:
- Oula tank top
- Salar Capri bottoms
- Ayni Sports bra

When they arrived I was really pleased. The fabric is really good quality, thick and stretchy with the sweat wicking technology you expect as a standard these days. The patterns are really good too- they don't thin when you stretch the fabrics and are different without being too 'in your face'. The sizes fit really well too.

You can sign up to Fabletics here.

If you're not sure, I've picked out some other great sportswear pieces at reasonable prices:

1. H&M Sports Tights £19.99. I love the pattern of these, plus the waistband is super comfy and the pocket at the back is perfect for essentials!
2. Sweaty Betty Double time run tank £60. A bit more pricey than the rest but an unusual and high quality top that is worth the investment!
3. F&F Active Space Print Trim Vest £15. A basic top which is a necessity to any work out! Great to jazz up a plain gym outfit with the galaxy print trim.

Are you a gym bunny or a team sports player? What are your favourite items to work out in?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Fabulous Friday: Feeling Frozen

Firstly apologies that this Friday post is coming to you on a Saturday... I do have an excuse! Yesterday I went straight from work to my manager's leaving drinks and didn't get home until it was technically Saturday so didn't get to finish this off. Anyway.
This week I've chosen a frozen inspired theme. Frozen in every sense of the word- the weather and the film! Now as I'm sure you're aware, it's not actually that cold, which is really annoying me. I love the cold and being able to wrap up in a coat, a scarf, a hat and gloves, and this mild weather is not allowing me to do so. Hopefully writing about the cold will coax it to get colder! I love 'Frozen' the Disney film too, and the colours in the outfits of the characters, and the winter have been an inspiration for these picks.

1. Lipsy Embellished Jumper: £38. I love love love this jumper! The colour is so wintery and very Elsa from Frozen. The snowflake sparkle detailing adds something different to this otherwise casual jumper. Get it here.
2. Ted Baker Embellished Collar Cape in Pink: £269. This comes in small, medium and large, so really easy sizing wise. This reminded me a bit of Anna's cape in Frozen but I love the snowy pale pink and the sparkly neck which would look amazing making an entrance at your next party. Available at John Lewis here.
3. Massimo Dutti Apres Ski collection Trousers: This whole collection by MD is ski bunny chic, but these trousers look so comfy and flattering. They dark wolfy grey is a nice change from black. £79.95 from the website.
4. Ugg Australia Igloo Shearling Gloves: Get a good pair of gloves and they will last you for years. With the shearling trim these are definitely worth investing in and have a traditional Nordic feel to them. £133 at Luisa Via Roma.
5. Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Gilet: £39.90. A more sophisticated gilet than your average one, this is packable, squashable yet simple. It looks expensive with the quilt effect and comes in a range of colours but my favourite is this off white colour. Available in store or online.
6. Finally, some sparkle to go with any outfit, be it with the Lipsy jumper under the Uniqlo gilet or with a party dress, this necklace will had some of Frozen's Elsa's sparkle to any outfit. You can't afford to miss it at only £12.50 from BHS.

That's it for this week. What do you think? In the cold weather you need to be warm but you can easily look fabulous too. Accessories really add to any casual outfit so it's always important to remember your add ons. Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Glossybox: Pop Art

For my birthday, my wonderful boyfriend got me a year subscription to Glossybox. As you all know from some of my previous posts, I love getting a monthly delivery of make up. It's so exciting waiting for what's going to be new.
October's box was a special edition pop art design, which I loved. The boxes are always useful to store stuff in but I like to have the more special ones out on display storing everyday things I need to use, so this one will be a great addition.

This month I received:
1. Nuxe Creme Fraiche De Beaute Mask (Full size product- 50ml) worth £19.50
2. Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel (Full size product- 15ml) worth £10.20
3. So Susan Cosmetics Flutter Mascara (Full size product- 4ml) worth £14.95
4. Ciate London Paint Pot (Full size- 13.5ml) worth £9.
5. Yves Rocher France Quelques Notes D'amour (5ml bottle) worth £5.50.
6. Rimmel London BB Cream Matte (8ml bottle) worth £2.

So in total this box was worth £61.15 and I got 4 full sized products which is pretty good!
I've been really excited to use the Nuxe face mask and Etre Belle lip peel as my skin has been suffering lately. I always have dry lips which is really annoying when it comes to wearing lipstick as it just dries them out more, so I'm hoping a few uses of the lip peel will help to solve this!
I'm always excited to get new mascara as it's a basic for me when it comes to make up. Even when I'm feeling a bit ill or I'm just in the house for the day I still always put some mascara on. I'd never heard of So Susan Cosmetics before so I had a look at their website. It looks pretty cool as, like with glossybox, you can earn loyalty points. I haven't cracked open the mascara yet as I have 1 or 2 to use beforehand.

I have loads of Ciate paint pots already but didn't have this colour- PP032 Unrestricted Glam. It's a black colour which is perfect for Halloween coming up but also for the party season. It looks great and as we know, black goes with anything.

When I opened to box and saw the mini perfume, I thought oh dear. Anyone who knows me will be aware that I have a huge amount of perfume... I tend to get bought perfume for any occasion where a gift needs to be given and although it's a lovely gift and I highly appreciate it, I have so many now that I don't think I need to buy perfume for the next 10 years. On smelling this little bottle of Yves Rocher, however, I decided to forget about the stash I have. This honestly smells so amazing. It's got just the right level of floral, without being a bit old lady esque and smells divine. It's meant to have rose, guaiac wood and patchouli. I will definitely be buying this in full size when I've cut down on my perfume hoard.

Finally the Rimmel BB cream- I have to confess I still haven't tried any BB cream, so when I got this mini sized one I thought this was the perfect opportunity. Watch this space!

So overall I can say I'm pretty impressed with this box! Are you a glossybox subscriber? Or do you use another company such as Birchbox? Who do you think is the best?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fabulous Friday: Woodland Weekend

As I've been seeing so much amazing fashion around lately, I thought it was about time to make a weekly post to incorporate everything I'm seeing and loving in stores and online right now. Sharing your finds is the best way for everyone to stay up to date and by seeing what others have found, you see things you wouldn't have seen by yourself. So here's my first weekly fashion instalment, and this one has a toned down woodland theme! Foxes are one of my favourite animals (and my boyfriend's all time favourite animal!) so have always had a special place in  my life (and wardrobe!), and I just love that country wood feel. It has been all over the catwalk but as catwalk shows and magazine photoshoots really go to extremes with themes, it's sometimes hard to think, 'how would I wear that in my everyday life?' So here's some picks that are easy to work in to your wardrobe to get the look.

1. Wildfox fox knitted jumper £180. This is so easy to dress up or down. Casual with jeans and boots or dressed up with a faux fur scarf and boyfriend coat. Available from Selfridges here.
2. Shoe The Bear Walker Leather Faux Fur Boots now £98 (was £175!). Super comfy and snug with their furry lining. Perfect for country or city walking! Available at Asos.
3. Vanessa Camel Tailored Coat from Missguided. Missguided has been getting lots of attention from the girls at work, and as I've never ordered from them before, I thought I would have a look. This camel coat really caught my attention for its smart look and its great price (£34.99!) so this is definitely going in my basket!
4. Marsha Fox Jumper from Joules £69.95. A great fun jumper for the winter season which is mixed with camel hair, silk and cotton. Looks super cute with a shirt underneath!
5. Penton Faux Fur Scarf also from Joules in Bear colour. At only £24.95, this is such a style steal! I was in the store the other day and overheard a customer say how soft and good quality the fur scarves were but at such an affordable price compared to competitors! This scarf will look amazing over a coat, dress or jumper.

So that's it for this week! If you're not all about foxes or real looking fur, there are some great alternatives with character jumpers- dogs, flowers and ducks are all out there, and there's some gorgeous coloured fur around in blue, green and wine. So what do you all think? How would you wear this look?

Enjoy your weekend, be it in country or city!