Monday, 23 January 2017

Nutritional Series 002: Fibre

What is Fibre?

Did your parents ever say to you that you need to have some roughage in your diet? Well...Fibre is what they were referring to and to break it down it is a group of substances that can't not be broken down by our digestive system. 
When reading this you may think why we need it then if it just goes thorough us? This may be true but it does have its benfits.

Soluble + Insoluble

There are two types of fibre which is found in our diet - Soluble and insoluble. 
Soluble Fibre dissolves in water to form a gel like material and sticks to certain components of our food mainly fats and sugars which makes them more difficult for our body to absorb. 
Insoluble Fibre help promote movement of materials through your digestive system so in other words - it gets things going. 

How much fibre do we need?

There are guidelines stating how much fibre we should be taking in on a day to day basis like with other food areas. The government official recommendation is 18 grams a day which I personal think is a good guideline for a general rule but remembering that every one is different the Insitiute of medicine have come up with the following guidelines:

If you do not take in enough fibre your body will let you know, generally you will feel more constipated. It can also cause irregular digestion, elevated cholesterol levels and increased body weight.

Fibre & our health

Cancer - The Harvard school of Public health notes that a diet rich in fruit and veg and high in fibre is linked to lower cancer rates. Mainly the benefit is fibre-rich foods provide a good source of anti-oxidants, which protect your body from damage by harmful free radials. The fibre in fruit and vegetables also binds with harmful toxins and escorts them out of the body as waste. 

Weight Control - Fibre does not contain any calories (hurraaayyy!!) but it bulks up your food and combines with water in your body helping reduce the feeling of being hungry so you feel fuller. 
Soluble fibre slows down the absorption of sugar in your body as keeps your body so improves your sugar levels and in turn reduces the chance of getting type 2 diabetes

* Fun Fact - Juicing as apposed to blending will remove the fibre in the food *

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

OUTFIT: Work IT!!!

This has been one crazy week if you guys follow me on social media or in my previous posts you will know that the project I am working on has moved to Manchester so I am travelling up there a few times a week. Which means very early mornings and not getting home until quite late which in turn makes it quite hard to look after my social media accounts and getting posts up. 

I really liked these bottoms when I saw them on the MissGuided site I think mainly because of the Work It down the side, such a motivational reminder to kick ass in the gym. I always tend to go for simple colours - I think I need to start branching out into some colours. I already had this Reebok jacket at home so I thought they worked quite well together for this outfit. 

Let me know what you think in the comments below I always love reading what you say.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

REVIEW: YSL Blur Primer

I have always seen YouTubers using primers before applying their makeup and I used to think that it was just more effort to be adding another step to my makeup routine when I already do not have that much time in the mornings. 
So after I went through a few drug store primers I was not in any rush to go out and buy another one as I didn't feel like it had made any huge differnence to my makeup and the way it sat on my skin.

However when I saw a few people using the YSL primers and saw that it had got so many good reviews I thought I might give it a go and see if it helped me - and am I glad that I tried it. 

YSL Blur Primer

First things first and I think it has to be said how stunning the packaging is, I love the box that it comes in and I still carry it in this trying to preserve it for as long as I can. Also the bottle its self I think is great, it is made out of glass but the bottle feel very sturdy which is good considering how much product is actually in this package.

Which brings me nicely onto my next point which is the fact there is so much product in this bottle which is unreal. I only use 1 1/2 pumps for my face which goes on so well and covers the necessary areas so I know this bottle will be lasting me a very long time.

The product is quite thick which is why you do not need a lot of it for one application, and my favourite part is when you look at it in the light there are tiny speckles of gold in it so it shimmers.

I generally get a very oily T-Zone so my makeup end up half way around my face after a while which is very annoying so I have to keep an eye on it, with this primer it seems to have controlled that a little bit more which is more than helpful.

So over all I have certainly been loving this product and will be using it for a while to come I believe.

YSL Blur Primer

Have you used this primer before and have any comments I would to hear your views and thought below.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

OUTFIT: Splash of colour

I loved this combo my orange Nike top with MissGuided bottoms and such an easy combination to jus throw together. 
I love the detailing of the trousers as its not too much netting and just enough that you notice it and to make a difference to the look. 
If you like the look I have left the links below :)

Bottoms: MissGuided | £16.00
Top:        Nike | £40 
Trainers: Nike | £44.99 

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Friday, 6 January 2017

#TDFM2017 - Motivational Hashtag of the Year!


This is the year 2017 where I really want to change my life around, and I want you all to join in with me. We have 365 days in a year to a year which is 365 small changes that we can make daily to improve our lives and make it better. 

I have really got stuck in with my goal setting this year, if you haven't read my post yet you can find it here. I have put things into my daily life so that I am reminded in small ways to make these changes and to keep on going every day and remembering what I am aiming for. 

I am scared and there are moments where I think - what the bloody hell am I doing?? Then I remember that unless I push past these moments another year will go by where I don't even try! Things might not work out the way I want them to but thats fine because every small step makes the slightest of changes and moulds you into a better person than you were yesterday.

So lets get into it what I want to do:

I am going to be sharing my daily updates and progress on twitter everyday and I want all of you to get involved. When I am sharing my updates I am going to using the hashtag #TDFM2017 so its easy to find and you can keep up to take with the daily updates. 

It doesn't stop there I am going to be encouraging you all everyday to stick with you and challenging you along the way kind of what mentors do so giving you prompts to think about what are you doing today to make the changes, asking questions such as what is the one thing you have done today to take a step towards your goals?

I have seen a lot of people share their success stories of doing do well and saying that they have stuck to it everyday and they have come out the other end but I have never seen anyone take people on that journey everyday with them. 
I have never seen what they do every day to become these people or if they have had set back or times they feel like they want to give up. With out the realisation of seeing people go through this I feel like people don't know where to begin so I want to help you guys get there and stick with it. 

I want this to be a community for everyone to be a part of, encourage each other, ask questions see what others do. Its hard doing these things alone but we don't have to and can do it together and talk to people that think the same. 

If your interested I look forward to hearing from you on twitter using #TDFM2017.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

OUTFIT: White and Grey

You would never guess how much I like shopping in Topshop as most of this outfit is from there, it is one of my go-to shops and has been for most of my adult life really thinking about it. If I go to the high end stores and see what trends are out currently I will always manage to go to Topshop and find something very similar for certainly half the price. 

When I saw this jumper I fell in love with it, as I was looking for items to layer up for winter in the cold and this top did it all in one with having to really layer up and get stuck feeling all bulky. 
I did try it on with a few other jeans but they did not really seem to go as well as the white. 

I picked up a simple star necklace to go with it just to give it a little bit more interest on the front along with a simple clutch with matching colour shoes from Kurt Geiger. 

Top: Topshop | £22
Jeans: Topshop | £42
Necklace: Topshop
Clutch: Newlook

I hope you liked this look, and would love to hear your comments below :)

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Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year Goals for 2017

Happy New Year everyone - this is my first post of the new year so what better way to kick start this year than to have some goals and I would love to share mine with you in this post today!

Generally every year I will make some goals and often sometime I will forget about them or not put plans in place to keep up with them through out the year and then life takes over and they get pushed to the bottom of the list. 

As I am getting older now for some reason I feel a bigger sense to really stat making myself accountable for setting myself goals and actually sticking to them and along with that I really want to feel that I have achieved something and that I can do things that I didn't think I was able to do. 
I have seen so many people achieving their goals and doing amazing things when they are rightfully putting the hard work into it but then I find myself plodding along and not putting my all into changing my life - remember the only person who can change your life is yourself!!

So I am going to share with you my goals for this year and the things I am putting in place to try and make sure that I achieve them. 

My Goals:

I broke my goals down to the very basics first, 

What did I want from life right now:

- Being financially independant
- Buying a house and renting the flat I currently live in
- New Laptop

I made these very simple and basic and mostly achievable so that at least by the end of the year I will be mostly on my way to getting there. I like to put one thing on my list that it more challenging so I keep my aspirations up and remember the bigger picture (which is the house part)

Secondly I wrote down the things that I love doing:

- Fashion + Sparkles
- Shooting (Fashion shooting)
- Fitness and Health
- Helping others and motivation

I thought long and hard about the things that make me truly happy in life and things that I am actually quite good at, for example I have been a gymnast my whole life so I know about fitness and what it takes to work hard and get results. 

Lastly I wrote down the enablers:

- My blog 
- Personal training course
- Fitness Brand
- Youtube

These enables are the things which are going to help me achieve my goals and turn them into reality. 
My Fashion, Beauty and fitness blog is my main enablers for the start of the year, so creating regular content and growing my reach and my audience and really helping people hopefully by sharing my story. 
Personal Training Course I want to do my PT course so that I can actually be certified to teach your guys about fitness and health as I think this is very important. I know a lot though my experiences and reading things but I want to be able to start teaching people one to one and helping others reaching their goals so this will help me get there. 
Fitness Brand this is a dream that will be taking me further than my 2017 goals and hopefully on the way to greater things. I want to create a fitness brand to help others with their fitness in the way of books and clients but also creating a fitness clothing line so you can feel good by what your wearing to give you that extra boost of confidence. Us ladies know that we kick ass on that we wear or special underwear even when people can't see it! 
YouTube -  This is something that is way out of my comfort zone I have never filmed myself before and do get a bit shy when talking is large groups so this will be pushing quite a lot but hopefully will be quite fun and end up loving it. 

The Process:

As you can see from the pictures above I wrote out my goals on a scrap piece of paper at first and the n wrote it up on the A3 piece of paper. This gave me a chance to get everything out that I was thinking which really helps. 

I have put the A3 piece of paper under the glass of my dressing table in my bedroom so that I see if everyday as is a constant reminder of what I want to achieve this year. I haven't done this before so I am really excited to see if this helps. I will keep you updated with if this helps or not. 

The next thing I am trying is I have written mini goals I want to achieve in January and written them down so that I have something to aim for in the next month. I have attached this to the 1st January page so that I can then plan the next 4 weeks so that I can make these happen. 
It important to focus not the smaller goals that make up the big goal so you don't get lost, so in 6 months time I will have achieved lots of mini goals and I can see where I am on the bigger picture plan. 

I hope you have enjoyed this and has helped you in some way, Leave comments below if you would like updates on whats going on below.

Here is the link to my Youtube View about my goals also: 

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