Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Outfit of the Day

It snowed this afternoon so boots with heels weren't really the best choice I could have made for today. But you live and learn and I got home in one piece so it was all good. The thick sweater and the scarf were the best choice though as it was cold, so cold in the wind.

Striped pants - F21
Sweater - Bench (eBay)
Scarf - Long Tall Sally (sale)
Boots - c/o Sarenza

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shoes of the Day

This week i have bee selling some items on eBay and I feel like everything that didn't sell is kind of like a gift put back in my wardrobe. These boots are one of those items. They are only Primark ones but I love them. I bought them on eBay a couple of years ago.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Shoes of the Day

These are the boots I wore on Friday.  They are by Nine West and I bought them many years ago in the sale when Allders in Leeds was closing down.  They are a gorgeous dark brown leather and are pretty comfortable to wear.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

New Year, New Hair

It may be past mid-January (how did that happen? January is usually the month that refuses to die, yet here we are, more than halfway through it already) but I still feel like it’s a new year. I decided it was time for a change to my hair, to go back to my roots (as it were) and go dark again. As much as I loved my lighter colour, keeping up with it was proving costly and time consuming so one box of L’Oreal Mousse Absolute in Natural Darkest Brown later and I’m back to something resembling my natural hair colour. A big thank you to my little sister for helping me with the process.

This also means that I can use my hair extensions again (yes, having cut my hair shorter in October I now want it long again…it’s a girl thing) and enjoy the option of longer length hair when I want to.

The L’Oreal hair colour was really easy to use – the colour and developer are in conjoined cans and mix themselves when you press the pump. This probably isn’t a new thing but it was a revelation to me, someone whose only experience with home colouring was back when I was a teenage in the 1990s and you had to mix the stuff yourself, then put a plastic bag on your head whilst it developed to stop the drips… hands up who else remembers doing that!

With the mousse there’s no dripping (though you will need an old towel that you don’t mind getting stained with the dye) and it’s all so much easier. The results, as you can see, aren’t bad for someone who hasn’t coloured her own hair in about 15 years.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weight Watchers: Racking Up Those Activity Points

(first published on the WW site 02 September 2011)

I’ve been attending the gym for around 2 years now. I started out at a pay-as-you-go gym, doing a Body Combat class once a week. The time of that class became inconvenient though, and just over a year ago I moved to a slightly posher gym up the hill, which has more classes and a pool. For around 6 months I went swimming and trained on the machines under my own steam, but recently I have started going to classes and my motivation has increased no end. Even if the class is only 45 minutes long, it’s far easier to keep going when there’s an instructor shouting at you and everyone else is doing it, than it is if you are running solo on a treadmill and can stop whenever you want to.

I currently do Body Conditioning on a Monday and Boxercise on a Thursday, with Aqua Zumba on a Tuesday when it fits in. In addition, since I joined WW, I have been trying to walk to the shop and back most lunchtimes, and get out and do some form of exercise at the weekend – be it walking or cycling. Even if it’s just walking around the shops in the city, it’s still walking. The other night I had to go to a meeting so didn’t have time for the gym, but put on my Black Lace CD (no, I am not ashamed to admit I own one!) and did the dance routines for 20 minutes. I played Just Dance on the Wii and did some boxing on Wii Sports last weekend, which is brilliant exercise. My shoulders and upper back were aching the day after.

I don’t feel I do a vast amount of exercise each week, but I’ve managed to rack up an average of 26.6 activity points per week over the 7 weeks I’ve been tracking which I don’t think is too bad.

ETA: I no longer attend the gym - it was getting expensive and they cancelled all the good classes. However, I get out for walks on my lunch break and at weekends where possible. As soon as the days get a bit longer again I will be back to taking walks after work too.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Distressed Jeans by H&M

For my birthday last April my mom got me some distressed jeans from H&M. They are boyfriend style and I very much enjoy wearing them. The distressing on them was the perfect amount for me and to stop them ripping any further I put some denim patches on the insides of the legs to strengthen them. This works well (although it can make the knees a bit baggy after a few wears but this can be fixed by washing the jeans) and also meant I could wear them in the autumn (ripped jeans are all very
well but how do people wear them when it’s cold out and not get chilly knees?).

However, as they are boyfriend style the look best with the legs rolled up a bit and therefore don’t lend themselves to being tucked into boots. To avoid cold ankles the best way I’ve found to wear them in the winter is to put a pair of tights underneath and/or to wear them with ankle boots.

Do you wear distressed jeans in the winter?

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

This Week…

It has been cold this week, we’ve had snow and high winds and as a result, I have been living in polo neck sweaters. Sure, I love me a good scarf and they really help to keep your neck warm, but there’s nothing quite like a polo neck (or turtleneck, if you’re in the US) for stopping the chill. I have quite the collection, not quite one in every colour but I’m getting there. I have thin ones for layering, thicker ones for wearing as top layers, and they all have super long sleeves as they’re from either Long Tall Sally or another tall range. They’re a classic look and are never likely to go out of style, purely because of their practicality.

Do you wear polo necks/turtlenecks when it gets cold?

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