February 2021 Favourites

Well that is February over and done with and the month seems to have flown by. It has been another month in lockdown but there seems to be a little bit of hope on the horizon here in the UK, so let's just hope things stay on track and we have a bit more freedom soon. February seems to have been another month of both old and new favourites and here are what they are... 

Fashion



Football Shirts

I spent a lot of February not only wearing football shirts but also buying them. I have bought quite a few new ones to add into my collection which are some I have wanted a long time and some surprise additions. I have also noticed that when I am getting ready I tend to just pick out a football shirt to wear as it is comfier for when I am just lounging around. 

Lifestyle

Creating a routine

With the uncertainty around everything still I have tried in February to create a bit more of a routine to stick to so that as I start to go back to work etc I aren't thrown out of sync and can get back to normality that bit easier. This has definitely helped me throughout the month as I feel like I have become more productive and got a lot more done than I have in the past few month. 

Home



Garden

This is a bit of a strange on as I haven't actually been able to go out and spend time in the garden but it is on my favourites as we have started planning what to do with it to finish it and have it perfect for the warmer weather. It has also been really nice just to look outside and see such a nice space instead of the mess we had last year. I can't wait to spend probably far too much time in the garden in the summer as it is really starting to come together. 

Health & fitness

Seeing a difference in clothing fit

The scales might not have moved much throughout February but I am definitely seeing a difference with how my clothing is fitting me which is definitely one of my favourite things but it definitely won't be my bank accounts favourite at this rate as I am going to need a lot more clothing soon. It is just such a good feeling after not seeing the scales move, looking in the mirror and seeing clothing fitting much better it just gives you a bit more of a confidence boost and reminds me the hard work is starting to pay off. 

So there you have it those are my favourites from February What are your favourites from February 2021?

What I Eat On A Furlough Day

I have noticed something whilst I have been sat at home on furlough... I am eating a fair bit better than if I was at work as I can control those temptations around me, if I don't buy things during our weekly shop then I can't be tempted to eat them as they aren't in the house. Where as if I am in work there are plenty of cafe's nearby, sandwich shops and even Tesco's just a few steps away so there are plenty of temptations to draw me in which I really aren't missing. Being at home and being able to go down and cook meals means I am eating a lot better and trying things I wouldn't be able to if I was in the office as I aren't limited to just using the microwave. This has definitely helped me with my weight loss journey as I am able to incorporate better food into my diet and focus on what I am eating rather than getting a quick fix meal and buying a lot of snacks too. 

So here is what a typical day of eating looks like for me whilst I am at home on furlough...

Breakfast 

I am honestly hit and miss with breakfast and that has been the case for years now. However, whilst I have been at home I have tried my best to get into the routine of having breakfast daily which so far hasn't really gone well as I still find myself skipping the meal due to me just wanting to get on with my day. Some days I will tend to just grab a biscuit after my workout then head back upstairs to work on the blogs but when I do actually sit down to have breakfast my go to seems to be Weetabix Protein with some lactose free milk. I don't find that the Weetabix Protein tastes any different to normal Weetabix but I thought I would give it a try. I tend to do my workouts before I eat anything but I have found that when I have my Weetabix I feel a lot more energised and ready for the day. I really do need to stop skipping breakfast. 

Lunch

Lunchtime is my break away from my PC so I tend to set aside an hour just to go downstairs and make something and watch a bit of TV which is generally just for a change of scenery. My lunch is when I tend to go for my vegan option for the day as the freezer is fully stocked up with Quorn products which seem to be my go to. I usually opt for some Quorn nuggets with some pasta which is a quick and easy meal. I think I would actually go as far as saying I prefer the Quorn nuggets to McDonald's ones so I could easily eat those daily. I usually mix in a bit of Sweet Chili sauce into my pasta just so there is some flavour to the meal because if not it can feel a bit bland some days. A new favourite though is thanks to my mum, she made an Iceland order recently and added on some Gregg's vegan sausage rolls for me. I love the vegan sausage rolls from Gregg's more than the normal ones so to be able to have these at home during the lockdown is absolutely fantastic, just stick it in the oven for 30 minutes and you have a nice warm Gregg's vegan sausage roll, I definitely need to get stocked up on these.  

Tea (Dinner to most other people) 

Once Liam gets home it is a case of having the final meal of the day. 90% of the times Liam ends up cooking this meal and our go to seems to be anything chicken related which I love as this definitely my favourite choice of meal these days and I have noticed when I have plenty of chicken I notice my weight loss go a lot better than when a lot of red meat has been in my diet during the week. One of my favourite meals is definitely the hunters Chicken that Asda do as I could easily eat this every day, this has become a weekly staple in our food shop. We have also used the Pinch of Nom books a few times this lockdown with the pizza pasta becoming another meal we love. 

Snacks

Snacking is my big downfall as I find it hard being sat in the house so close to the kitchen daily, I find myself just getting stocked up on snacks on a morning to take upstairs with me and I will eat them throughout the day but I am trying my best lately to stop buying as many snacks or at least picking healthier options to encourage me to stop snacking as much. My go to snack at the moment is the Skinny bar's from B&M which are only £1.50 a box and really low in calories. There are some great flavours in these but my go to is definitely the Rocky Road one. 

Throughout the day I will also have plenty of water by my side and I always start off my day with my My Protein BCAA's which have become an everyday staple as the flavours are great and they just set me up for the day after my workout. I don't really have a coffee everyday but when I do I usually have 2 throughout the day just as an extra pick me up, since getting the Dolce Gusto machine before Christmas I seem to be hooked on the flat whites they do. 

I am hoping that having days like this and getting me into a bit of a routine with eating 3 meals a day and limiting snacks will benefit me in the long run. Maybe doing this will help me with prepping meals for work when I am finally back and will make sure I am visiting the sandwich shop a lot less than previously and stay clear of Tesco a bit more than previous. I am hoping that doing this not only helps me with my weight loss but also helps me save a lot more money as I am reducing the amount of food I buy on a daily basis. 

So there you have it that is what I eat on a typical furlough day whilst I am trying to lose weight. What does your typical day of eating look like now we are all stuck at home. 

What I Keep In My Bag On A Work Day


When I go to work I always have my backpack with me which everyone seems to find quite funny, but by taking the backpack I have everything I need for the day plus a little bit more. As I have quite a long lunch break I like to take certain items with me to pass time on my lunch break and some are also sorted in the backpack once I have arrived at work ready for when I am about to head home at the end of the day. So here is what I take to work with me daily... 

Macbook

My Macbook goes everywhere with me these days and work is no exception. When I am on my lunch I like to work on blog posts and check on my social media accounts so I love having this with me to use daily. I make sure this is charged up so I don't have to pack my charger everyday. The laptop is kept in its sleeve to give it a bit of extra protection as I am a liability and often fall over my bag daily. 

Notebook & Pen

I always keep a notebook and pen in my bag as I never know when I am going to get an idea for a blog post or when I need to write something down as a to do for my sites or something I need to generally remember. At home each blog has its own notebook which is filled with things I really need to do for those blogs but just so I aren't taking up too much space in my bag I have one general notebook and then I transfer things over when I get home if needed. 

Tech Bag

I keep my little tech bag in my backpack too so that if I need my memory card reader or memory stick then I have access to it instead of having things left at home. It is so nice having everything in this little bag as I aren't losing things half as much as I used to as everything is put in there. 

Diary

I also keep my diary in my bag so I can just check if there is anything coming up that I need to do and so I can always check if I have something on in the future and get back to people as soon as possible instead of agreeing to things then having to change things round. I also keep my diary in here as it shows me what blog posts need to go live that day.

Snacks

It wouldn't be my bag if it didn't have snacks in it. Although lately it doesn't have as many snacks as it used to. I will normally have one of these skinny bars for mid morning and a protein bar for mid afternoon. I am really trying to stay on track with my eating so I don't ruin my progress from the past year and continue on the right track with losing my weight. 

Lunch

I keep my lunch in my backpack until I get to work unless it is just cupboard food then I tend just to keep it in my bag until it is time to cook it. I am trying my best to take lunch to work with me daily because if not I tend to spend a fortune on junk for the sake of it. I am hoping that by taking my lunch daily I save money and continue losing weight. 

Glasses

I am terrible at remembering to wear my glasses but I have tried getting into the habit of wearing them more often. Even if I don't start the day wearing them I will always have a pair in my bag for later in the day as I can guarantee that my eyes will start hurting as the day progresses. I really should just keep a pair at work but at least if it is in my bag I always have access to them if I end up needing them if I head out anywhere else. 

Earphones

If I am walking to work I have my earphones with me so once I get to work I put them in my backpack ready for when I go home. It is also handy to have these just in case I want to watch something or listen to something on my lunch break too. I am absolutely loving these earphones my parents got me for Christmas as I am no longer having to worry about tangled wires. 

Hand Sanitizer 

I honestly never though this one be something I carried around in my bag with everyday but it is one of the first things I make sure is in my bag. We do have plenty around work but this is great for if I am going straight to the supermarket after work or if I need to nip out for work. I do find that this is definitely the best one for me though as it doesn't dry my hands out as much. I definitely need to add some hand cream into my bag too. 

Mask

I tend to keep my mask in my coat pocket so I can get to it a lot easier but I always seem to misplace them so I always make sure I have a spare just in case. We don't actually need to wear them at work but I always need one for if I am going to the Post Office or Tesco. It is strange how they have become an essential and how they are always needed so I would rather have one or two with me so I can get into places when needed than get somewhere and not be able to go in.

Water Bottle

Something I am trying to do more often is drink plenty of water as I started to find myself not drinking for hours and getting really bad headaches then turning to caffeine for a quick fix. That is why I now try take a drink everywhere with me to stay hydrated. 

So that is what I keep in my backpack on a work day I tend to swap some contents for different scenarios so keep an eye out for those posts in the future. What are some of the first items you put in your bag when you are heading to work? All I know after doing this post is that I really want to treat myself to yet another backpack.

Things I Am Going To Treat Myself To As I Lose Weight

 

With me losing weight I have set myself some incentives to help keep me on track and making positive progress. Most of the incentives are clothing related as I have realised that as I am losing the weight I am going to need new clothes as my old ones will be getting too big for me. My rewards are all for at different points of my journey so that I always have something to aim for and to be honest these items are all ones I have wanted for a long time but have put off due to me wanting to use them as goals and so that they will fit me for longer. So here are those items that I am really hoping to pick up as rewards as I lose the weight.... 


Gymshark Long Sleeve T-Shirt

I have had my eyes on some Gymshark long sleeve t-shirts for a while but I have decided I don't want to purchase anything else until I am down to at least a medium in clothing. I have enjoyed working out in long sleeve t-shirts lately as they just add an extra bit of warmth during workouts but they also do some nice ones that could be used for lounging too. 

Gymshark Joggers

I currently have 1 pair of Gymshark joggers and they are one of my favourite pairs. So one of my goals is going to get a new pair when I drop at least 1 more stone as I want them to fit me better and last me a while. There are plenty of options on the Gymshark site for me to pick from and luckily I have plenty of time to pick which ones I really want.

Levis

I have never owned a pair of Levis but there jeans look absolutely brilliant and I have had my eye on some for a while now. I really struggle finding nice jeans at the moment but I am really hoping that as I lose more weight and get closer to my end goal that I am going to be able to fit into some dark denim and black ones comfortably. 

Levis Hoodie

This is something else that I have wanted for such a long time however, I have held off buying it. I am hoping that by the time I have lost 2 stone I will be able to find one that fits me nicely. I think I will end up with the grey one that I have wanted for so long. 

All Saints T-Shirt

Again this is another item that I have wanted for so long but haven't picked up yet. I want to be able to try this on before I buy it to make sure it fits right. I am hoping that by the time it comes to me picking up with this  I will be able to actually try it on in store. There are some pretty good ones available at the moment from the brand so I am hoping that I make my mind up on one I want soon.

Manchester United Shirt

This is definitely going to be the 1st item I pick up once I hit that one stone lost goal. I want the shirt with Heath printed on the back as I have wanted a Heath shirt for far too long. I am just glad that by the time I get to my goal it might be reduced in price a bit as the prices have got ridiculous on shirts lately. 

Adidas Joggers

I have had my eye on these 3 stripe joggers for years now but I haven't been able to get a pair that have fit me nicely. I am hoping that as I lose weight that these will finally fit me right as I know I will get plenty of wear out of them too. They are definitely on the pricey side at £50 but for how much I would wear them it is definitely worth it. 

North Face Coat

Finally we have probably the most expensive item on this list... a North Face coat. Again this is something that has been on my wish list for a long time however, I can't fit into one comfortably at the moment. I think this again is going to be for when I reach my end goal as I want it to last me as long as possible. 

So there you have it those are the items I will be rewarding myself with for my weight loss, I definitely find it more motivating having those rewards to aim towards. Do you set yourself rewards for when you hit your goals?  

90 Day Challenge Part 2

 


Well my second go around at the 90 day challenge for my weight loss and fitness journey went a bit better than the first time but it definitely hit a few hurdles. The 90 days in which this took place we went into lockdown, came out of lockdown and then went back into it so things were a little bit all over the places but that didn't stop me from giving the challenge a good shot. 

One thing I noticed throughout the 90 days is my weight really was going up and down all over the place and to be honest at parts it did get to me a little bit as I felt like even though I was doing my best things weren't working. I did noticed that my clothing was definitely looking a lot better on me though so that was definitely a bit of a motivation booster for me when I was having those days when the scales weren't my friend. My motivation certainly wasn't there for the 90 days though as it was the lowest it had been in a long time, I honestly aren't sure why though it could have been the lockdown or it could have been the fact that in the run up to Christmas I was ill and on antibiotics which took quite a bit out of me. Being ill also meant that I didn't actually get to exercise half as much as I wanted either which was frustrating. When I did get the change to workout though I really did push myself and I guess in the end it definitely did pay off though as you will see later in the post. I really do believe though that the whole way the 90 days went is due to me not starting off in the right mindset from day 1, I think if I started off in a better frame of mind things may have been different. 

The weather definitely didn't help either as I am someone who likes sunlight and nice light mornings which we obviously we aren't getting at the moment. Throughout the 90 days we managed to get out on a few walks but the weather really didn't help from the midway point of the challenge as it got very snowy and icy meaning it was definitely hard to get out for walks without risking falling over. Plus with the dark mornings I really struggled getting out of bed as I just find getting out of bed very difficult with the darker weather and thanks to it being so dark early on a night I ended up going to bed super early too so trying to fit workouts in when I had motivation was a little difficult but I still tried to get up and do it as much as possible and I really felt great for it when I did it. 

There is one big factor that has really effected me in both attempts of this challenge... my diet. I am a fussy eater which really doesn't help but also if I am not bothered I will skip a meal or we will just order in which is something we tended to do far too often in those 90 days. Plus with the festive period I ended up having a bit too much food and drink, mix that with not eating right it wasn't good and it really had an impact on my progress. So here is how the month went in terms of my weight loss on the scales and my measurements... 

Start weight 15 st 12 3/4 lb end 15 st 11 lb

Waist start : 106 cm end : 104 cm

Hips start : 113 cm  end : 110 cm

Right thigh start : 62 cm end :63 cm

Right calf start : 42 cm end : 43 cm

Right bicep start :  32 cm end : 34 cm

Left thigh start : 62 cm end : 61 cm

Left calf start : 42 cm end : 42 cm

Left bicep start : 33 cm end : 34 cm

At least this time around I saw a loss even if it is just 1 & 3/4lb. Any loss for me at the moment is a plus as seeing the scales go down is something I haven't seen too often lately. What impressed me the most though is the measurements as seeing those go down is brilliant and it just goes to show you don't always need to rely on what the scales says as I am definitely seeing progress with the measurements a lot more than I do with the scales. My waist and hip measurements are definitely going in the right direction and these are certainly the two measurements I am focusing on at the moment. 

I definitely want to give this 90 day challenge yet another go which will be my 3rd time but I want to go into it with a better mindset from the start and with a plan, I wont be doing this until later on in the year but this what I want to do next time around... 

Stick to a routine

I find that I do a lot better when I have a routine in place so before I start the challenge again I am going to sit down and try plan out a routine that I can stick to and get the most out of. 

Stick to a diet 

I am really going to try push myself out of my comfort zone with food and try new things instead of just sticking to what I know as that is often an unhealthy choice. I also want to cook more as I always leave it to poor Liam as I aren't very good at cooking. Hopefully if we share the cooking throughout the week we might not need to order in other than when we want a treat. 

Go for more walks 

I am hoping that as the weather changes we can get out a lot more to go for walks as our local has some great walks with some great views so we would be stupid not to take advantage of that. Plus we are hoping when lockdown restrictions are starting to be lifted we can venture out a bit further to places like the Yorkshire moors and do some walks up there and maybe turn it into a weekend away too. 

Incorporate other bits into my workout routine

I am currently just sticking to YouTube videos, weights and the exercise bike for my workouts at the moment but I want to add other means of exercise into my routine too mix things up a bit so I don't get bored. I have some bits of equipment where I can add solo football training into my routine which is something I can't wait to do and I am trying to convince Liam to get us a basketball net so I can add that too. I am also hoping to get out skipping more often and also give shadow boxing a try as I have heard good things about this. 

I am definitely determined to get back on track and get the results I know I am capable of and it is time I stopped slipping back into those old habits which are definitely doing me no good. It is time to make a new plan, take action and get back on track.

Dressing Up A Pair Of Sneakers And How To Plan Outfits Based On The Sneakers...

I have mentioned a few time before how I love wearing sneakers, no matter what the occasion is I am most likely to be turning up in a pair of sneakers. I try my best to match my sneakers to the occasion so my outfits look a lot more put together and fit where ever I am or what I am doing. There is a pretty good selection in my collection to ensure I never struggle picking a pair to go with an outfit. I tend to sick to a pair of white sneakers, my black Converse or my River Island sock sneakers (which are meant to be like those Balenciaga's) when I want to get more dressed up as they are definitely the easiest to style for these scenarios. 

For me dressing up doesn't just mean for parties or events it can also be for something as simple as going for a day shopping when I want to make more of an effort, especially when I go to places like Leeds or Manchester, because for some reason I just prefer to feel a lot smarter and put together when I go to go to these places. At the same time I like to make an effort if I am out on a little pub crawl with family members but I still want to wear my sneakers to make sure I am comfortable. 

When it comes to pairing up the sneakers with an outfit there are a few things I take into consideration before actually getting ready and putting the clothing on and these things are.

Are the bottoms I am wearing the right length? 

When I am making more of an effort I tend to stick to the same pairs of skinny jeans, chinos or my favourite checked trousers. So when I am getting ready I want to make sure that whichever pair I pick aren't going cover up my sneakers and hide them, you want them to be seen as they are part of the outfit after all and if your trousers / jeans cover them for me this just doesn't create a good look as it looks like you haven't put much thought into the outfit. You need your whole outfit to fit correctly so there is no point focusing on all the details then wear trousers or jeans that don't fit. 

Do my accessories work well with the pair I have picked?

Something I have really started to enjoy doing is adding accessories to my outfit especially for those days when I am dressing up. But I always try to pair my sneakers up with the accessories I wear so that everything flows nicely and looks good together. Luckily as I tend to wear mostly plain sneakers when I am getting dressed up 90% of my accessories work well with the sneakers I pick and that is from the jewellery, hats (only when it is really cold), sunglasses to my usual glasses.  

Socks on show or not?

I have found that sometimes having your socks on show just really isn't needed and often makes the outfit look dressed down. That is why when I am now putting together outfits I even take time to consider what socks are being worn with the sneakers and the rest of the outfit. When I am wearing my River Island sock trainers I tend to wear my patterned socks or my crew socks as you can't see them due to the sneakers, same with my Converse, however, when I wear my white sneakers I tend to wear invisible socks or my ankle socks as these are a low profile sneaker and I don't want my socks standing out and taking away from the rest of the outfit. 

Are the sneakers clean?

If you want an outfit to look smart and put together you need to make sure that your sneakers are clean. That is why before I go out anywhere I give my sneakers a once over and if needed I give them a wipe over because dirty scuffed sneakers don't exactly fit in with the whole put together dressed up look. 

So here are two of my favourite looks for dressing up my sneakers especially for those smarter shopping days where I just want to make more of an effort...


How would you dress up a pair of sneakers out of your collection?

Best Tips For Trying On Clothes & Working Out What Is Right For You...


In the current climate it is becoming more and more difficult to buy items that fit correctly 1st time and I have struggled due to my size changing and being unable to try on before I buy or having to use guessing work. I have used some tips to make my experience better and easier when buying clothing over the past year or so and it is actually working and some of these tips also help with the fact that online shopping is happening more often and fitting rooms are shut. So here is what I do to ensure I aren't wasting my time and money when purchasing new clothing...

Think about the outfit you are wearing before you head out or start trying on

For so long I would head out shopping all layered up then get stressed when it came to trying clothing on as it would take me forever to get changed and then get dressed again once I had finished trying on. Now when I know I am going to be looking at clothing I make sure I am dressed with the basics and not too many layers so getting changed is much easier and I aren't spending forever in the fitting rooms. This just speeds the process up and I don't get fed up before even trying the 1st item on. I even take shoes into consideration when I go out to purchase clothes as I don't want to wear something that is going to take me ages to get on and off. 

Have some form of fashion inspiration 

For me most of my fashion inspiration comes from Pinterest or Instagram and when I am on the look out for new clothing I consider how some of my favourite items look on the people on those platforms. This just gives me a rough idea of what sort of fit I should be looking at before finding the item. If the item looks better as an oversized item, I want to head into my shopping looking for a similar fit as the item possibly won't look good skin tight. 

Consider how sizing runs for that store 

This drives me mad, some stores I can be a large, others I am an XL which definitely makes shopping online a lot harder however, if you have bought from the store previously then you will have a rough idea of how a t-shirt or shirt is going to fit from there and what sizing to opt for. If you are shopping online at a store you haven't had anything from before then have a look at size guides, reviews and see if there is a comparison online to stores you have used before. 

Does the fabric work for you?

You should have a rough idea of what fabrics work for your body, for me I know certain jumpers will cling to me so I tend to avoid them and I know that some will be too itchy and stiff so they are uncomfortable that is why I stay away from anything like that. I know what flatters my  body and what really doesn't so I have a rough idea of what to look for when I am buying new items. 

Is the item you are trying on the correct length?

This is something I really struggle with when purchasing clothes, thanks to me having short arms and legs I struggle with sleeves and trousers being too long for me. That is why now I make sure everything is a length that I am comfortable with and that still looks good. For jeans and trousers I don't mind having small turn ups however, I don't want them with too much excess material or ending up being too short. This is actually one of the first things I check when trying any trouser or long sleeves now. 

Can it be altered?

If the item fits perfectly in some ways not others can the item be taken somewhere to be altered? This may cost you a bit of extra money to take it to a professional however, if it is an item you have wanted for a while or something you have fallen in love with then that extra cost will seem small if you are getting that item. If say a pair of jeans are trying on fits perfectly on the legs and in length but not very well on the waist just think about if you could have them taken in to fit a lot better and create the perfect fitting pair of jeans. 

Do you feel comfortable

This is a big one for me when it comes to trying on clothing. Am I going to be happy to wear this outfit all day in the office or when I am out and about? Is it going to be comfortable to sit around in? These are big factors that I consider when I am trying anything on, if something feels too tight, I aren't going to buy it as I won't want to be sat at my desk all day feeling restricted. Similarly if an item is too baggy/oversized I just don't feel comfortable in it. I don't want an item where I am going to be pulling the sleeves down all day either as it is just a nightmare. 

Will it fit with the rest of your wardrobe?

I used to pick up any random item just because it was cheap then I would try make it into an outfit and it wouldn't go with anything else I owned. Now when I try items on I try to picture what I already own so I know if it is worth picking the new item up or not. There is no point wasting money on something you aren't going to wear or where you are going to have to buy other items to fit it into an outfit straight away. When trying it on and looking in the mirror try picture it in 3 outfits or more that way you know you aren't wasting money.

Fingers crossed it wont be too long before fitting rooms start to open once more and the clothing shopping experience is made even easier and we are having to return less purchases. Just remember these tips work for online shopping, trying on store purchases at home and when the fitting rooms open so they will hopefully help you reduce the amount of returns you have to make and also stop you buying the wrong items when in store. 

I hope these tips help you like they have me, let me know if you have any tips for making sure your clothes fit right before you make a purchase or keep an item. 

My Updated Jewellery Collection

I have always had a pretty small jewellery collection, thanks to me not really wearing it that often however, as my style has changed I have found myself wanting to grow my collection a bit more so I have pieces that work well with each outfit. With me staying in the majority of 2020 I haven't actually picked up as many pieces as I would have liked to, there was no point spending money on something to sit in my jewellery box all day everyday but as things started to open up a bit I ended up picking a few bits up which I am absolutely in love with. So here is what I picked up throughout 2020...




Feather Necklace 

My sister and nephew picked this up for me for my birthday from River Island. I absolutely how this looks against the majority of my t-shirts. I think what makes this necklace so good for me is that it hangs at just the right length and isn't too heavy like some necklaces you can get with pendants. The feather has really nice details on it and really makes a minimal outfit a whole lot nicer. 

Compass Necklace 

My sister and nephew also got me this one from River Island for my birthday and just like the feather one it is fantastic. The men's jewellery in River Island is fantastic and honestly I could spend a fortune on it but this necklace was a stand out to me. I love the little details on it and the black and silver colour again works so well with the clothing I own. Just like the feather one this also hangs at the right length too. 

Grandad's Ring 

Whilst I was helping my parents clear out the loft we came across a box of my grandad's things and there was some of his jewellery in there. My dad gave me this ring which I know is going to be kept nice and safe for a very long time and I will probably only wear it for special occasions so I don't lose it. It is a really nice ring and surprisingly fits me, it is just really nice to have something of his in my collection. 



Gucci Ring

The Gucci Ghost ring was one of my biggest purchases of 2020 but is one I am so glad to have made. I had my eye on the ring for a while bit wasn't too sure if I could justify the price but after a bit of saving I gave in and picked it up. I absolutely love the Ghost range and the details on this ring. Now I just need to be able to go out to get dressed up and wear it. This is the only high end piece of jewellery I own but I will definitely be buying more in the future. 

As I seem to have found a style I love the most now in terms of my fashion, this now flows through my wardrobe and I would love to pick up some more jewellery pieces I would love to add to my little collection that also flows with that style. I want to purchase versatile pieces that are going to work with a lot more than just a few outfits. I would love to add a couple more necklaces into my collection and I actually have my eye on a few already. I could also do with some new earrings as I tend to just stick to the same pair over and over and I fancy mixing it up a bit. There are also a few places I would like to pick up some rings from as I have seen some fantastic designs thanks to the people who I follow over on Instagram. My main aim though is to pick up some bracelets as this is the area I am really lacking in and I am sick of my wrists feeling so bare. 

Who knows 2021 might also be the year I find some Apple Watch straps that go well with the rest of my jewellery instead of just using the black strap all the time. Let me know if you have any jewellery or watch strap recommendations. 

My Current Favourite Sneakers In My Collection

When I started earning my own money I also started a bit of a sneaker collection and in recent years I have added quite a few pairs that I instantly fell in love with however, I do have quite a lot of pairs that stand out to me more than others and that I tend to wear a lot more than others as they just go with more of my wardrobe or are comfier than other pairs. It is very rare that I ever pay full price for a pair of sneakers too so these favourites of mine aren't exactly hype sneakers as I just can't justify those prices and these are actually mainly bargains I have found whilst I have been out and about, there are a few accidental finds on here that quickly cemented themselves on this list so here are my current favourite sneakers in my collection... 


I picked up these Nike Air Max 200's for just £40 and I absolutely love them. The colours on these work really well as they are mainly black and white with the little bit of red, green and yellow that just make them a little different to other pairs I own. These are really comfortable too which is great as I can wear them for long periods of time without having to worry about them hurting my feet if I am out for the day. They are also a lot chunkier than some of my other sneakers so they are perfect for those different street wear style outfits I opt for sometimes. 


I never used to bother with Puma sneakers as I always seemed to steer towards Nike or Adidas but a while back I was looking for some white sneakers for the warmer weather and I came across the Puma Nova 90's Bloc sneakers which are definitely different to other sneakers I have ever owned. What I love most about these sneakers is the bit of pink on these as that little bit of pink just makes them perfect for a variety of outfits in the warmer weather. They are also really easy to clean so I can get away with wearing them in the UK weather a lot more without having to worry about them getting easily ruined. 


Adidas NMD's had been on my wish list for a very long time so I was really happy when I found these red and black ones for under £100. They are so comfortable and the darker colours are great for the autumn which is when I tend to wear these most. They are really easy to style with most of my wardrobe been dark too but they are also great in the summer too with a nice pair of shorts. They are really comfortable due to the boost sole and the knitted upper, with some sneakers I find my feet feel restricted due to the upper being tight but these are brilliant and actually stretch nicely without losing shape. 


My everyday sneakers for work, walks and those random shopping trips seems to be the white Nike Air Force 1's as they are really comfortable, easy to get on and off and also really easy to clean. I am surprised that these have stayed in such good condition with the amount of times I have worn them and with the tasks I have worn them for. These are one of the only sneakers I have actually paid full price for recently as I had wanted them for such a long time and I have already told everyone these are a pair I am going to repurchase over and over again due to how impressed with them I am. 


Finally we have a pair that I haven't worn much yet due to the weather but have made it to my favourites list due to the design of them and the fact that I know I am going to get plenty of wear out of them when the weather changes. I originally bought the Element React 55's for the gym but seen as I cancelled that membership before wearing them I know these are going to be the perfect summer sneakers. I can see them being so easy to style with some shorts or joggers and the colours on the sneakers are nice and stand out without making the sneakers too in your face. I just hope they are easy to keep clean & clean when needed. 

I am trying to stop spending so much money on sneakers as I really don't need anymore and need to get wearing more of what I own. Off this list which pair would be your favourites? What pair out of your own collection are your favourites that you wear or want to keep in good condition? 

How To Build The Perfect Wardrobe On A Budget

 


It seems to be taking me forever but I am slowly trying to build me the perfect wardrobe but I aren't going over board at the moment as I am in the process of losing weight. This means I am trying to build my perfect wardrobe whilst trying not to waste money which is why I try set myself a budget when buying clothing. What doesn't help is that my style keeps changing, every few week I will go between phases of loving the street wear and printed t-shirts or wanting a smarter casual look so there is no point spending a fortune on something if a few week later I might not want it anymore. Plus with the weight loss I don't want to spend a fortune on specific items if they aren't going to fit me a few month later. 

On this journey so far of trying to build my perfect wardrobe on a budget I have come across a few tips and tricks to stay on track with the budget whilst still bringing new items in and making the most out of what you do buy. So here is what I have learnt to make the most out of my budget and get the looks I want....

Get clothes that fit you right

I have found that buying clothes that fit you correctly actually helps your outfit look more expensive too. If they fit right then the outfit will look more put together meaning it will just overall look a lot better. I have also found that a £5 black t-shirt that fits right can look better than a £20 black t-shirt so there is no need to spend a fortune just get a correct fit and you can definitely create an expensive looking outfit. 

Get the details right

If the details are right no one is going to be judging how expensive your items are. A nice necklace over a nice fitting t-shirt will draw peoples attention to the necklace rather than what t-shirt you have on. Similarly a nice watch will draw peoples attention to your wrist rather than the rest of your outfit. Also if you get those outfit details right then the outfit will look a lot more put together and again that bit more expensive than it actually is. 

Pair up the right shoes 

If you have a good selection of shoes & sneakers then you can have them in rotation and pair them up with plenty of different outfits so you get the wear out of the items you own in your wardrobe. This is a great way of creating plenty of different outfits that you already have plus you can see what works best for you to repurchase and what to avoid in the future. Again though if you team up the right shoes with the outfit it will look a lot better and like you have put more thought in to it. One of my favourite outfits is actually a plain t-shirt from Marks & Spencers with a shirt over the top teamed up with some black jeans from Primark, that whole outfit works out at around £36 then I add my Air Force 1's and they just make it look like a much more expensive look. 

Shop sustainably 

This is something I really want to try avoid in the future as fast fashion is not only harmful for the planet but it also isn't any good for my bank account. On so many occasions I have bought something from a high street store just because it was cheap and it didn't last two minutes so I was just throwing money away. Granted some stores that deal in fast fashion have some hidden gems but sometimes paying that little bit more for something a bit better quality & more sustainable will benefit you in the long run as that item may last longer and fit better. 

Don't rush into buying items  

Rushing into a purchase is something I often did but now I don't seem to do it much as I like to take time about items I want. Instead of purchasing some bits there and then if I haven't got them on my to buy list I will add them to that list and revisit it at a later date. If when I revisit the list the item doesn't jump out at me I will remove it as I clearly don't actually need it. Plus by doing this I usually end up saving a bit of money as by the time it comes around to purchasing the item it has gone into the sale which is always a bonus.

Try to slowly transition your wardrobe 

I have learnt this the hard way there is no need to transition to a totally new style all in one go. What happens if a week later you change your mind and find out that you don't actually like it? Then you are stuck with all your clothes in that style that you aren't really going to wear. I try to have a little bit of a mix of clothing in my wardrobe as my style depends on my mood so I like to have a few bits for every mood I might be in, then when I am fully set on a style or two I will transition my wardrobe a little bit more into those styles. 

Be patient 

The transition isn't going to happen over night especially if it is on a budget so just be patient and things will soon fall into place. It is better for the progress to be slow so you can get things right and not spend a fortune on things that are going to waste if they don't suit the style you are going for. There is no point in rushing this if you want to do it right so take your time and find your style in your own time remember it isn't a race, I am 2 years into building my wardrobe so far and am still nowhere near having my perfect wardrobe.  

So there you have it those are my tips for if you are wanting to build your perfect wardrobe on a budget just like I am trying to do. Keep an eye on here and my Instagram to see how my wardrobe progresses throughout 2021 as I carry on adding pieces for my ever changing style and keep up with my clothes not fitting after the weight loss.  


My Favourite Printed Shirts From My Wardrobe

One thing I don't think you can beat is a good printed t-shirt. I do have a good selection of plain t-shirts but I definitely find myself picking out a printed t-shirt most days when I aren't working. Each print is something different and adds another layer and a bit of personality to my outfits. My most worn t-shirts are hung nicely in my wardrobe and those that are a bit older and not worn as often are in a drawer where I can easily pick them out if needed. I certainly have far too many printed t-shirts and it was actually quite difficult to narrow down which ones are actually my favourites but here we go here are the six that made the list...


I love this Gods of Basketball t-shirt that I picked up from Footlocker. This was only £9.99 so it was a real bargain to say how much I have worn it since I bought it. The t-shirt is a thicker material than most of my other t-shirts which is great for the cooler weather. What I love most though is the huge print on the front that really grabs your attention. You can tell it is good quality too as it has gone through the washer & dryer plenty of times but hasn't started to crack yet. I don't plan on stopping wearing this anytime soon and I can't wait for summer to wear it with some shorts and my Jordan's.

I became a little obsessed with buying Levis t-shirts the other year and I actually own 6 of them at the moment which are basically the same t-shirt but just in different colours. My favourite out of all these though is the grey one with the batwing logo as it is so easy to wear with plenty of the jeans etc in my wardrobe. I do tend to wear this more in the spring & summer though as it looks great under a denim jacket or teamed up with my shorts. It has really held its shape too after plenty of wears and washes. I just need to start wearing the other colours of this t-shirt a bit more too as they are definitely being neglected. 

I picked this grey River Island t-shirt up last year and it really kicked off my love for the store and got me shopping there more often. This was another bargain at just £7 in the sale but it is that nice I would have definitely purchased this at full price too. I love how from the front this looks so simple but then you turn around and there is a large print on the shirt created in a different type of material which just makes the t-shirt stand out and makes it nice and different, I can't wait to wear this in the summer to show off that print. This t-shirt is different to most of the others in my wardrobe though as it is actually oversized and I think this could definitely be a look I find myself picking more often thanks to this t-shirt showing me how good it can look instead of always having the perfect fitting t-shirt. 

 Another favourite that has come from River Island, the store really did become one of my favourites in 2020 as they had some fantastic clothing on sale. This black t-shirt is another sale find and was just £7 again like the grey one so yet another bargain. Again I love how this doesn't just have a print on the front it has one on the back too. On the front is is a nice simple print on the chest, but then on the back you have some printed writing on the bottom with the word community larger so it stands out. I love the colours on this t-shirt too as it is so simple with the black t-shirt, write writing and a little bit of pink writing to stand out that little bit more.

Weekend offender is a brand that I have loved for years and it was actually my sister who brought it to my attention. I love how the brand incorporates both football and sneakers which are two of my favourite things. I love this Elite Squad t-shirt due to the big sneaker print on the front of the t-shirt as the colours work really well together. The only problem I have had with this brand is that it sometimes runs tight but this one is perfect. This has been in my wardrobe for years now and I can't get enough of it.  

 

My final favourite is another one from Weekend Offender but this time it is the Casuals FC design which again has been in my wardrobe for years and again the print isn't cracking which goes to show how good it is in terms of quality. The main reason I love this t-shirt though is because of the giant football on the front which is the main reason I bought it in the first place. Plus the colours on the football just add something different to my wardrobe instead of the usual black, grey and red which is what I have the most of. Teamed up with some skinny jeans, converse and a bomber jacket this t-shirt looks fantastic. 

I definitely have too many t-shirts and I am now going to try stop buying them until I have dropped down another clothing size so that I finally stop wasting some money and streamline my wardrobe a little bit. 

What are some of your favourite printed t-shirts in your collection? Or do you tend to just wear plain t-shirts?