Friday, 24 July 2015

The Morning Ritual | Easy Steps To Energise, Ease Digestion & Minimise Bloating

These Past 5 months i've been on a bit of a health kick. The whole fitness lifestyle never appealed to me before, but suddenly something switched and i'm loving working out and eating healthier. Regardless of eating mostly healthy and tracking my macros, i do still find i get bloated, especially if i've eaten more naughty foods that day or eaten late. With my busy days, i can sometimes also lack energy, and rather than drinking a million cups of coffee, i wanted to find some other ways to improve my energy levels. I did a little research and found a few ways to increase my energy levels naturally, along with helping to minimise bloating and ease digestion. I've been following these steps each day and i've seen such a difference in my energy levels, and reduced bloating throughout the day.

1. DRINK A CUP OF WARM LEMON & GINGER WATER BEFORE BREAKFAST. I find that drinking this instead of tea or coffee gives me a much better energy boost with no crash, and helps to line my stomach ready for my meal. The lemon helps to detox your system, aiding digestion and the elimination of waste. Lemon also contains a range of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin A and iron, along with helping to boost your immune system. The ginger also helps with digestion, along with reducing inflammation, helping nausea and helping with things such as muscle soreness and period pains. Result! It can also help to reduce the risk of more serious health issues such as Cancer, Alzheimer's, high cholesterol and heart disease. A lot to take in, but basically - drink it, you'll feel way better!

2. EAT HALF A GRAPEFRUIT WITH YOUR BREAKFAST. Grapefruit is great for many reasons. Half a grapefruit contains over 60% of your daily recommended vitamin A & C intake, along with containing many other vitamins and minerals. Due to the high water and fibre content (they're 91% water!), they can also help with hydration and digeston. They are also a great antioxidant, and can help to reduce the risk of many health conditions. All of this along with increasing energy, supporting clear and healthy skin, and helping with weight loss makes them a no brainer food to start your morning with!

3. DRINK GREEN TEA THROUGHOUT THE DAY. Okay so this one isn't exactly a morning ritual, but i try to drink 2-3 cups of green tea throughout the day, after eating. Try not to put any sugar in it, if anything, add in a little honey or lemon! Green tea contains a large number of antioxidants which are important for protecting your body from cell damage which can lead to ageing and disease. It can also help to increase brain function, boost your metabolism and overall improve your health, helping you to live longer! Drinking this after eating helps me to feel less bloated and ensures i don't get sleepy after a big meal. I also find it can actually help to take away my sweet cravings, but this is not a proven fact haha!

I would 100% recommend everyone to include these steps in their morning/ daily ritual, regardless of wether you are into health and fitness or not. You'll feel so much better, and feel less need to rely on the coffee! Let me know how you get on!



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Khaki Lovin...

Khaki is a colour which i've been loving more and more recently. It seems to work so well during both summer and winter, and this playsuit is the perfect way to inject some khaki into your wardrobe. Off shoulder pieces are a current fave as they mean you can show a little skin without it being too sexy, and playsuits are just so easy to throw on without thinking. Paired with a lightweight knit, some dainty jewellery and summery boots, you have my perfect summer throw-on outfit.

Playsuit - Topshop
Cardigan - Primark
Belt - H&M
Shoes - Whistles
Jewellery - Orelia

Monday, 20 July 2015

A thing for stripes...

Stripes are a long term obsession of mine. It started with t-shirts and has now expanded to include pretty much any type of clothing. This striped two piece from zara is just too cute, and the perfect way to rock the two piece trend in a stand out way, whilst still being comfortable. Sleeveless tops aren't usually my thing, as lacking in the boob department means i spend half my time pulling them up. This one is great though as its elasticated at the top meaning no falling down, wahoo! Another great thing is that the shorts are high waisted, and the top had an angled peplum, meaning that this duo would be great for a summer dinner date as the food baby would be successfully concealed...All in all, a winning set!

Two Piece - Zara
Cardigan - Zara
Shoes - Whistles
Jewellery - Orelia
Watch - Michael Kors


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Recent Outfits - It's finally summer!

Hey Loves! It's summer and i'm loving it. Winter makes me so lazy with my clothing choices, as i'd much rather be snuggled up in a jumper than freezing to death in a stylish ensemble. I've started documenting a load of my outfits over on my Instagram, and i thought why not share them on the blog too.

I loved some of these outfits so i will definitely be blogging a handful of them soon. I'm planning to focus my blog more around fashion and fitness, with lifestyle posts thrown in too, rather than beauty like before. There are so many people who love beauty a lot more than i do and do a much better job at blogging about it, so i just feel like i'm better putting my energy into other aspects which i love a lot more! I'll still include the odd beauty post of course, but mainly face of the day posts, or the odd review if i'm really loving a product. With my intimates brand Oh So Lovely Intimates growing more and more each day, i'm also looking forward to creating posts, styling the bralettes into wearable outfits. I may be biased but they are all so pretty, i hate hiding them under my clothes!

From left to right, top to bottom:
OUTFIT ONE // Dress: H&M, Shirt: Topshop, Belt: H&M, Bralette: Oh So Lovely Intimates, Necklace: Orelia, Watch: Michael Kors
OUTFIT TWO // Top: Missguided, Shorts: Topshop, Belt and Jewellery: Same as before
OUTFIT THREE // Top: H&M, Necklace: Topshop, Shorts: Zara, Cardigan: Primark
OUTFIT FOUR // Dress: H&M, Shirt: Topshop, Necklaces: Topshop and Orelia
OUTFIT FIVE // Close up of outfit one!
OUTFIT SIX // Top: H&M, Shorts: Zara, Cardigan: Primark, Necklace: Orelia, Bralette: Oh So Lovely Intimates
OUTFIT SEVEN // Top: Zara, Skirt: For Love And Lemons, Bag: Oasis, Shoes: Whistles
OUTFIT EIGHT // Top and Shorts: One Teaspoon, Necklace: H&M, Bralette: Oh So Lovely Intimates
OUTFIT NINE // Close up of outfit six!

Let me know if you like these posts, as its a great way to bunch together a load of quick outfits which i don't have time to blog properly.



Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Summer Wishlist | Sheer fabrics & Figure Hugging Cuts

Summer Wishlist | Sheer fabrics & Bodycon Styles

Since summer has finally stated here in the UK, i've been getting a lot more into fashion again. I used to think winter style was my favourite, but now i most definitely think i prefer spring/ summer fashion. You don't have to worry about covering up your outfit with a huge jacket, and you can wear beautiful sheer fabrics and low cuts like the above pieces. For Love and Lemons are definitely my favourite brand when it comes to sheer fabrics and interesting cuts. Although expensive, i do think i'll be buying a couple of the above pieces. Missguided and ASOS are my other two favourite places for summer clothing. Missguided do great basics and simple on trend pieces for affordable prices, great for filling in the gaps in my wardrobe. ASOS also just have a huge selection of products, so chances are you'll find what you're looking for. Rat & Boa are a brand which i've been loving more and more these past few months, and i've actually just purchased one of their pieces from Depop. I've got my eye on the two piece above and can see it being perfect for over a bikini or a black strappy bra and high waist knicker combo.

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