Getting In The Christmas Spirit

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(Jumper – Exact & Similar, Jeans – Exact, Shoes – Exact, Bag – Exact)

There’s one thing in fashion that I love around this time of year and it’s… Christmas jumpers! You may have noticed last year when I published quite a few outfit posts wearing a Christmas jumper of some sort, but I’ve since got a few more to add to my collection. I recently got this really cool 3 soldiers Christmas jumper from Tipsy Elves and I’ve worn it about 4 times already!

For one of the looks, I decided to pair it with my 7 For All Mankind The Ankle Skinny Jeans with the raw hem (similar here) and my New Balance 410 trainers in grey (similar here), finished off with my Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love bag. This was a really casual and simple outfit that I put together just for lunch out and a walk through the park when I wasn’t feeling 100%, but I actually really liked how it turned out and how festive it was for Autumn!

Speaking of festive though, Adam and I are planning a break away in London again, a bit before Christmas, which will be amazing! I can’t wait to spend time seeing all the Christmas lights, trees and celebrations properly in London as I haven’t experienced that before! I’m sure Oxford Street is going to look amazing all decorated! Not to mention it’s going to be a great time for last minute Christmas shopping! Do you have any plans for the holidays? And as always, I would love to know what you think of my outfit here! Comment and let me know!

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Fitness & Building My Strength

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(Leggings – Exact, Top – Exact, Shoes – Exact)

This is a different type of post and one you haven’t seen before. I’ve done a few posts over the last 6 months or so about healthy eating and lifestyle changes, but one of the things I adopted as well was fitness. I’ve had a lot of issues with my joints and muscles in the past (not something I’ve really gone into on here) and part of my physiotherapists recommendation was muscle strengthening to help make my joints stronger. I used to be extremely active and addicted to fitness when I was younger, I would spend entire days outside, sometimes playing 3 hour football matches with friends and doing athletics, but unfortunately all that changed when I was 13/14 when I got a chronic illness. I’ve always kept that side of me quiet as it’s not something I wanted to be judged on as sympathy votes are not my thing, so I like to try and make it on my own. However, the illness has played more than a huge role in my life and it made my joints and muscles extremely weak, so that’s why I now love to try and strengthen them.

I started out lightly just doing my exercises without any weight and on a minimal amount, even using my exercise bike (recommended again) and slowly it’s been helping me. I was then able to start doing my routine with a 0.5kg weight, and now I can use a 1kg weight for my movements. I do find that heavy sometimes on days I’m not doing too well, but I know it takes time to properly strengthen up your muscles to help improve your stability. You may think that my biceps are large and it looks like I lift weights properly, but I honestly don’t. I have muscular arms and thighs as part of my genetics and from the fact that I did gym and activities which made them grow as a kid, so they haven’t really ever shrank. Despite them looking bigger, they are not strong in the slightest because of my joint issues so I am hoping over time it will all fix up!

So, what routine do I do? I do reps of squats, lunges, bicep curls, arm raises, shoulder lifts and tricep toning. I also use my exercise bike lightly when I can, I try to strengthen my core with a different and easier ways of doing sit ups (as I can’t have pressure on my head) and I do various movements to tone my butt. I try to do my routine about 2-3 times a week and I do enjoy it as I can feel it helping and working. I think health and fitness is extremely important as without it, you can’t function correctly as you aren’t getting enough nutrition into your cells for optimal brain and bodily functioning as well not keeping your heart, lungs and general organs healthy. It’s a huge part of my life now and as I get better, I know I need it more to help me improve.

My outfit that I am wearing here is from Sweaty Betty. I’ve got the Level Workout Leggings in grey with the workout top in red. I love their workout clothes as they are so soft, comfortable and stretchy, plus they don’t seem to stretch out so it’s no wonder everyone adores them as well. For my shoes, I just wear a pair of my New Balance trainers which I got a month or more ago. When I feel ready as well, I’ve thought about joining some of their fitness classes that they hold. Have any of you been to one?

On a side note, if you would like to know more about my illness and what I have been through growing up in my teenage years, I would be happy to share that with you now as my blog is over 4 years old, if it’s definitely something you would like to read. I know that I belong to the fashion bloggers side of the blogosphere, but since I do class this as my personal blog, I think sharing with you that side of me as well will be a nice change. I do enjoy doing different posts like this and I would love to know your thoughts on them too. I do remember that you liked my initial one on getting healthy. Comment and let me know!

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The Short Faux Fur Zara Parka Coat

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(Parka – Exact & Similar, Jeans – Exact, Boots – Similar)

When it comes to my style, I’m sure you have noticed by now that I have quite a mix of outfits on here. I love dressing up with heels and blazers, but something I am most comfortable in is warm and cosy parka coats with ankle boots. This Zara contrasting short parka coat is one that I bought a couple of months ago and have been living in. The faux fur is incredibly soft all over it and the fit is really feminine as it has the drawstrings at the waist to cinch it in. I often find parka coats to be oversized and unflattering, but this one isn’t overwhelming in the slightest. I find it to be perfect! It even has zip pockets to keep everything safe and a secure hood. I took this in a size XS if anyone is interested, that’s my usual size so it fits quite true in my opinion.

I decided to pair the parka coat with my AG The Legging Ankle skinny jeans (similar here) and then my Topshop buckled ankle boots (similar here). I purchased these boots in the sale a couple of months ago too and I adore them. I’ve worn them countless times too and the comfort of them is amazing. For my make-up, I did my eyes a little differently as I used the new 3D Fiber Lashes over my normal mascara and it makes them a lot thicker as you can see! I couldn’t get used to it at first, but I love it now. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and I would love to know what you think of my outfit! Comment and let me know!

P.S – Thank you for voting for my outfit too in the fashion bloggers contest, the contest closes tonight so if you haven’t already liked my photo on Facebook, please could you like it by clicking here and clicking the like button. It also enters you into the contest to WIN the coat too! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

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Country Walks With Bench

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(Gilet – Exact, Hoody – Exact, Top – Similar, Jeans – Exact ON SALE, Shoes – Similar, Hat – Similar)

Being a country girl is something that I love. Don’t get me wrong, I like going to big cities for shopping and events, but coming back to peace and quiet with lots of natural scenery is definitely warming. One of my favourite things to do is go on little country walks. I’m lucky enough to live right next to farms and woodland area, so I only really have to go out my door to be amongst nature. This is why when Bench asked me to select my favourite pieces from them and style them, it was really fitting. I used to wear the brand a lot when I was much younger, living in their hoodies and jeans, but you probably know that I adore a good padded gilet and I usually always wear a hoody or jumper underneath it, so choosing their navy gilet and grey fleece lined hoody was the perfect option! I also have the gilet in black as well as the hoody, so I’m set for different colour ways too!

I decided to pair both pieces with my trusty 7 For All Mankind The Ankle Skinny Jeans with the raw hem (similar here) and then tuck them into my River Island hidden heel high tops in burgundy (similar here). Underneath the hoody I chose to wear a burgundy tank top too to match with the shoe theme and then finish it off with a Topshop cable knit bobble hat. Living in Bath, this is something that I see on a regular basis actually on both men and women, so it’s definitely a lot like a classic country attire! All I would need is a pair of my Hunter wellies and I’m set! It’s definitely not the norm among fashion bloggers, but it’s something I’m always extremely comfortable with and it just gives me a warming, cosy feeling! What do you think of the outfit? I would love to know!

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