Friday, 23 January 2015

The sun


The light in winter seems to be different to that of the other seasons.

It's almost as if the sun knows how badly you want to see it each and every morning so keeps you on tenterhooks, waiting for an appearance. Some days it rises up, over the horizon, filling the sky with bold oranges, reds, pinks and purples; painting the sky with a unique artwork which lasts a while then fades before you can seal it there for good.

Racing overhead through the day and before you've had a chance to figure out what's going on the sun is threatening to sink below the horizon, with one final blinding glare.

Other days it's never really there at all, lurking behind thick clouds and pretending it's having a day off.

Then it's gone and all is dark.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Fitness in 2015 | Anthropologie

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I've been gathering my thoughts on this year's fitness goals for a while now but it's been difficult to pinpoint exactly what I want to work towards achieving this year. I want to get back into eating sensibly; plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat, more fish and whole grains. It all sounds so simple and straightforward but putting it into practice tends to be a little more of a challenge and it's one I want to rise to. Making small changes like drinking more water instead of coffee and limiting alcohol to weekends are all within my control. After years of bad skin, I have learned to relish my clearer complexion, so I'm willing to make compromises to keep it nicer for longer.

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As an early bird, I really want to get my days off to the best start I can ensuring that both my appetite is satisfied and I'm nourishing myself from the start with a healthy breakfast. I want to get back into porridge ideally. My top tip is smoothies; if like me you really can't face eating raw spinach, try a home-made smoothie with some fruit and yogurt or milk, you can have it anytime of the day and you can pop in whatever you like.

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In 2013 and 2014 I had my heart set on running; it gave me something to focus on and strive towards which was great in a way because it kept me busy and the rapid improvement kept me motivated. This year I'm not so sure that I want to focus on it so heavily. More than a few times I took to the roads with nothing more on my agenda than to jog along, enjoying the peace of the countryside, the fresh air, sunshine on my skin and the ability to run along while breathing easy. The enjoyment was immense. This year I want to capture that feeling of pleasure much more often.

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Conversely, I also want to pursue the harder bootcamp style workouts that seem to be right up my street. I now go to two different classes a week, one of which is just amazing and pushes me in different ways every time. My original thinking was to seek out a personal trainer which should give me a regular commitment, way to keep focussed and some motivation to do my best at all times. Maybe something I will undertake come spring?

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One thing I really have learned about a healthy lifestyle is that the more you enjoy it, the more likely you are to stick with it; the longer you stick with it the more you get into it. It's a real priority for me to smile more and to take more enjoyment my lifestyle. You only live once, this isn't a dry run. There is something gratifying about brand new workout wear; I don't often treat myself to new gear but maybe this year is that time to make a change. Let me say I've never worn such fabulous quality outfit, it's a whole new experience! I have Anthropologie to thank for sending me this outfit from Pure + Good. They have a fabulous range of high quality activewear online, it's great to see some unique pieces that stand out and look special.

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The static stripe legwarmer leggings are such a great fit, I went for size small which is approx. 6 – 8 which is a comfortable snug fit, made from something incredible, a thick, stretchy fabric which gives and stays in shape (and certainly wont let anyone else see your underwear through it when you bend over – we've all seen someone else's wardrobe malfunction). The foot strap detail is rather clever too, I wish all my workout leggings were as good. I'm never usually confident enough to parade around in just a crop top but I'm happy to make an exception for this stripelace racer back bra which is again made of some kind of marvellous thick material. There is a flattering amount of padding to not only offer a reassuring amount of support but also leaves me feeling way more feminine than usual with a little bit of cleavage. Blink and you miss it, but still.

The pretty lace back really deserves to be seen, it's gorgeous isn't it?! Pure + Good active wear from AnthropologiePure + Good active wear from Anthropologie

In summary, I want to smile; I want to lead a lifestyle that makes me happy, keeps me healthy, allows me to feel strong and capable while inspires others to do the same.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Stop and stare


Stop and stare, I think I'm moving but I go nowhere

I've yet to meet a grown adult who thinks life goes too slow. Days race past in a blur, weeks rattling round (why is it always Monday?) with opportunities missed and it's so easy to get swept up in trivialities. My penchant for the countryside is perfect for drawing out free time; whilst out with my camera I make a point of slowing down, taking the chance to take in all the little details, breathe in the fresh air and think about precious little for a while.

The changing of the seasons means that even the most familiar of places can offer new sights if you look closely. Nature never fails to inspire me; the magic of plants growing from tiny seeds is still something that amazes me despite understanding the science behind it. The cycle of the seasons provides an evolving landscape and even though you can't always see anything happening you know that millions of microscopic reactions are happening every nanosecond.

In a world where things are so easily taken for granted and overlooked it's fulfilling to remind myself of the wonderful things that happen all the time under our noses.


Lyrics by One Republic

Friday, 16 January 2015

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There are always a few items in my wardrobe that although look awesome on their own, seem to be a problem to wear alongside anything in harmony. I'd been feeling that way about this skirt and jumper; both bought on the recent trip to Bury St Edmunds with my charity shopping partner in crime Hazel. As with many a cherished item, the jumper was carefully folded and put on my wardrobe shelf an over the weeks ended up shoved right to the back, safely out of my short arms' reach and there it remained until the weekend. After delving into the floordrobe for a good while I was puzzled about where the possibly only unworn jumper was to be found so had to undertake the jump-and-grab technique to find out was at the back of the shelf. It was annoying to find the sleeves were that weirdy ¾ length which to my mind serves no purpose barring giving me frozen wrists as well as hands. Admittedly upon reviewing the pictures I have to concur with the designer that it does look better with cropped sleeves even if the practicality is not so high.

But back to my riveting story. Owning a good number of skirts which are likely to be duplicates of my Nan's collection means that I'm no stranger to wearing granny skirts but this one for some reason was proving to resist suiting everything else. With the cold weather at the moment a midi skirt with cosy tights is a perfect combination for maximum warmth without the risk of dragging the hem through the mud. I have to declare my love for the colour combination; the turquoise skirt is a beautiful shade and seems to sit perfectly alongside the jumper (I want to say dip dyed jumper but it's more of a transition from yellow to baby blue).

Biker boots are ideal for firm terrain, I'd be wearing them all the time in winter were it not for the mud. I'm not willing to get them mucky! Necklaces are Grandma's, assorted miscellaneous bracelets and rings.

How would you style my skirt? I'm thinking heels and a jacket, maybe a printed tee? I'm thinking a lot of things now that I'm off the starting block but I want to know your thoughts.