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Monday, 28 March 2016

BODY CONFIDENCE



Hello my Lovelies, Hope your all doing well? Sorry I have been a little quiet things are kind of been going fast forward and don't feel like I've had a moment to myself to sit and think. I have been super busy at work and have been travelling a lot more than I am usually used to so I think that has started to take its toll out on me.

Today I am back with what I think can be a delicate subject for some people so I wanted to share a few thoughts and tricks that can help us more be more body confident as these are things I have personally gone through and quite sure most women out there have at some point in time.

Body confidence is not just whats on the outside but I believe its also from within, I feel like its the whole package of ourselves if you like. The government apparently did a body confident campaign in 2014 but I had never heard of it have you? I feel like if me and a group of friends have not heard of these kind of campaigns are they really reaching the people they need to be reaching?

If you been following me for a while you'll know I was a gymnast and with that comes a lot of pressure on your looks and especially your weight, luckily I've always been slim and didn't have to worry that much about my size, but even through the years just because I was slim didn't make me body confident.

I am a size 6 with not really many curves, so pretty petite. My friends would always say how lucky I was to be slim and all the rest of it and yes I do appreciate being slim but it doesn't automatically make you body confident inside and out. As I have gotten older I have become more confident with myself and I sometimes wish I could have had that years ago when I was younger.

So I have come up with a few things that can help improve body confidence, and if these help even a few people feeling better then I am happy! Please do let me know what you think...


Get Sh*t Done!

This is one that really makes me feel good about myself, I make a to do list of things I need and want to get done that day and I focus on getting them all ticked off. There is such a good feeling about ticking off a tick list and i feel so empowered when I see how much I have achieved. 

Give yourself a break

Some days I am really in no mood to be doing anything and feel super unmotivated to do anything, which is normally! We can not be 100% motivated all of the time I mean we are not robots we are humans with feelings. If you have a lazy day like I do somethings that is fine we all have them so don't beat yourself up about it.

Perfect is boring

I always say why would you want to be perfect its so boring, we are all individuals so why would we all want to be 'perfect' that wouldn't make us who we are. Yes we can improve on ourselves and that is a personal journey for everyone to do for themselves not for anyone else. 

Listen and Dance to your favourite music

I love doing this one, its one of my favourite things that really gives me a kick up the butt. Put your music on at home and dance away, it puts me in such a good mood like I can do anything and no one will get in my way. Dancing away with create all those endorphins that get created when your exercising and put you in a great place. 

Look after yourself

This is probably one of the most important and that is looking after yourself as number one, and don't let anyone get in your way of that. I always try and make sure I'm drinking plenty of water and eating as healthy as I can. If I don't I start to feel crappy I will be tired and snappy and that doesn't make me feel any better about myself. When Im eating write and hydrated I gives you such a glow that you will walk past your mirror and have to stop and look at yourself.

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Saturday, 12 March 2016

All Black Everything!

Hello my Lovelies, How are we all doing? I have had the craziest week this week, I had to go up to Manchester twice for work which was great to get out and about. I just found myself getting a little bored on the train sometimes sitting there for three hours. Has anyone noticed how the phone signal on the journey is so bad and keeps going in and out? So now for the weekend and trying to get things planned and organised. 

So on with todays post as you can probably already tell this is an all black everything post as you can never have too many black items in your wardrobe, so I wanted to start doing a few themed posts on my blog to change things up a bit and so I am going to start with the black theme today, so I have posts all the items below which I have picked and love myself so I hope you guys like them to and enjoy browsing and all links are included! 











Hope you enjoyed this post, if you did I could love to hear from you in the comments below :) x



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Friday, 4 March 2016

February Favourites



Hello my Lovelies and welcome back! I honestly can not believe it is March already I mean where on earth did Feb go? Did it go just as fast for you guys? If you follow me on twitter you will know that I started a new job last week which I am excited about so fingers crossed all goes well!

So today I am back with my Feb Favs and things have changed up since my January favs which is always good, if you want to see what my Jan favs were you can find that here.
So yes lots of changes have been happening through feb and have been trying to focus a little more on keeping my body really hydrated and looking after my hair as I blow dry it every other day. 






So we shall start off with my Clarins Moisture rich body lotion which I did get for christmas and have actually nearly finished the bottle so you can tell how much I have been loving it. I have been using this every day after my showers and has lasted me about 2 months which I think is great for a 400ml bottle. The lotion is quite thick and a milky consistency so you can get away with not using a huge  amount which is always good. It does leave my skin feeling super fresh and clean and even has a really nice smell to it.

Clinique City Block | £18.00 (40ml)

I think I have mentioned this on my blog before a while ago and it has made a huge come back in my life. As I travel into town everyday using the trains and being around all that horrible pollution I really like to try and protect my skin for it all. This does just the trick, protecting me from pollution and also most importantly the sun! It is SPF25 so gives me great protection through the day, and you don't realise how much sun you can get even through the clouds. 

MAC Strobe Cream | £24.00 (50ml)

I didn't use this product for a while but it has been making a come back on those nice bright days and has made a big difference to my makeup looks. I have been applying this to the high points of my face - You know all the usual places and putting my foundation on top and it really give you a gorgeous glow to your skin as if it was natural! 

Beauty Blender | £5.99

I love my beauty blender it was the best invention for makeup application ever! I was using my real techniques brushes for applying my foundation in the winter but now I have moved back to my beauty blender for a very natural look as sometimes the brushes don't give you that look. 

Neal Wolf Hair Oil | £14.95 (100ml)

Now this little beaut was an awesome find, When I dry my hair sometimes the ends are not as smooth as I want and then after I walk out the door my hair just has a mind of its own and goes crazy. This oil you put into your hair just before you dry it and left my hair so silky smooth as if I just been to the hairdressers and is great because it even last when I go out and after I have even slept in it - What is not to love!?

Do you use any of these products if you do I would love your views, and love to see your feb favs too!

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

If I could.... Tag




Hello my Lovelies, its finally the weekend thank goodness. I hope you all have been well since we last spoke? I have had such a crazy busy day today running errands so feeling very productive but starting to get that afternoon tired feeling. I went to see my parents, had my car washed, food shopping and made some lunch so it's nice to sit down for 5 mins and take a breather. 

So todays post is slightly different to my normally ones because I was tagged by Linda you can find her blog here in a post called 'If I could...Tag" in which are 7 questions to answer. You have to answer these as if you had nothing holding you back such like money problems or anything like that, so I thought this would be a really fun post to do so here we go...

If I could live anywhere...

If I could live anywhere it would defiantly be Greece, I am half greek and would go back every summer for the holidays and live with my aunt and uncle. I loved those times and all the memories that I have made it was fantastic. Now that I am older I have travelled around the islands a bit more and I just love the country and feel so at home. 

If I could have any home...

Now this is an easy one I used to try and draw my dream home when I was a child so many times I think it is now engraved in my brain, has anyone else done that or is it just me?
I would love a large house I would say 6/7 bedrooms, set on a large piece of open land with a long driveway. I would want large double front doors leading into a open hallway with those split staircases that meet in the middle in front of you. Each room would have to have high ceilings and tall windows to let in lots of light, and of course outside would have to have pool/bar area and tennis courts. 

If I could have any garden...

Some of the things I mention above being the pool and tennis courts, but I would also love to have stables and paddock for horses, and track area to go quad biking and a beautiful lake running through for peaceful summer afternoons where you can just listen to the animals and river running past which to me is so soothing. 

If I could be on holiday right now...

 If I could be on holiday I would be travelling the world, I couldn't stick to one place. I would be road tripping around America which is a dream of mine, and seeing more of Europe and have time to spend in places to really get a feel for the culture and the people. 

If I could have any job right now...

If I could have any job right now it would be to be blogging full time and to have my own small boutique shop. I would love to help more people with my fitness side of things and help people get into shape and be the best person they can be.

If I could have any Talent...

This is a hard one, there are so many things that I would love to be able to do. I would love to be able to talk to my dog for starters because I feel like he would have so much to say and also to be a fly on the wall and have the ability to listen to others conversations without them realising. 

That was so much fun, and great to be able to disappear into your own world for a while and dream big. 

I now these people to carry on the tag and if you want to give it a go for yourself be sure to join in and tag me or leave a comment below with your answers.

Kayleigh - Couture Girl
Emma - Emtalks



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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Smoothie Recipe: Orange Avocado


Smoothie


Good Afternoon my Lovlies, Hope you are well this Sunday afternoon? I am currently writing this post waiting for my lunch to cook and looking at pictures of this smoothie and talking about fresh fruit is making me so hungry! I went to the gym today which I don't feel was a great session as I was not really feeling in the right mind set but I pushed on and got it done. 

So on with todays post and I thought I would share another smoothie recipe with you guys and I love trying new smoothies they are so yummy and fun to make and will only take a few minutes to make. 
Today's smoothie has a mix of Oranges, Avocado and Mango and is a great mix of flavours and textures.

Ingredients:

- 1/2 Avocado
- 3 Oranges
- 1/2 Mango

How do:

- Cut up the avocado and Mango into manageable chunks.
- Peel the orange and cut into manageable chunks.
- Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend away.

note: If you want it sweeter just add more mango chunks or oranges to what ever taste you like.

Hope you guys enjoy this smoothie and give it a go, if you do be sure to use #topdrawfashion so I can see your creations and comment below! 


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Monday, 15 February 2016

New beauty Purchases

Hello my beauties, Hope your all well and had a great Valentines Day yesterday? We didn't do too much for Valentines day except watched the series Suits and cooked a nice meal. It was nice just to spend some relaxing time together. What did you guys get up too?

So a few weeks ago I ran out of my under eye highlighter and kept forgetting to go out and buy a new one. So I finally made the effort to go out shopping and get myself one, and it was a tough choice because when you get so used to something it can be hard to drag yourself away. I had been watched so many you tubers using the Mac Prep + Prime and the results looks great so I thought I would give it a go. 

So off I went into MAC which is very dangerous for me as I get sucked in by all the colours and beautiful products and end up spending a fortune, does anyone else get that? So I forced myself to walk in there get the prep + prime and walk back out which I successfully did. 

I also went into boots to get myself some City Block from Clinique which I love. This stuff is amazing its an SPF 25 protector so will protect your skin from and UV damage which is also to be worn in winter and it also protects you from pollutants in the air. So its a great skin protector so had to get myself another one.

The last product that I purchased was my holy grail Bio Oil, now I can not live without this stuff it is amazing and I use it every day without fail. I put this on the bottom half of my legs after I have had a shower as it evens out my skin tones and helps reduce any scaring so a nice all rounder.

MAC Prep and Prime
MAC Prep + Prime | £19.00 2.2ml

Clinique City Block
Clinique City Block | £18.00 40ml

Bio Oil

Bio Oil | £12.00 125ml

If you have any posts or reviews on any of the products I have talked about here I would love to see them and hear what you think of them.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Nutrition Series 1: How much of a role so your genetics really play in our body?




Hello my beauties, Hope your all doing well? If you follow along with my blog you will know that I have started doing a nutiriton course as I wanted to learn more about how our body works, what foods are good and bad for us and how our body reacts with food. So I asked on twitter what you would like to see more now and some responses were that you would like to hear more about what I have been learning, so I thought I would start a nutrition series on what I have been learning.

We all know that when we are born we all inherit things from our parents some parts from our mum and some parts from our dad. Many people have often believed that diseases, illness and traits are automatically come from our parents but actually only 10% of human diseases is a result of genetics so 95% is not genetically determined. 

All of your cells in your body have the same DNA but the way these are expressed to become certain cells such as a heart cell or a hair call is determined by what we eat and our environment. Which means that we can change the way certain parts of our DNA are read and implemented in our body.

Now that we know that we what we eat and what we do controls our genes here are a few things that our genes can be changed by:

- What we eat, drink, breathe and touch
- How we feel
- What we do 
- What we think and belive
- How we live
- What we perceive (real or imagined)

But lastly even if someone is predisposed to having a health problem such as cancer or obesity we can keep them dormant or counteract their activity by improving our nutrition and the way we live which will change the cell behaviour. 

So that is it for the first series, I hope this was an interesting insight to what I have been learning and hope you guys follow along to see what else i've been learning. 


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