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    That jacket though

    Ok so lets try this posting thing again shall we?
    On of the hot trends of this season (for like the last 3 years) has been denim jackets with borg lining. I have probably been to every high street store in London, and browsed every online store, that ships to the UK in the search for the perfect one. I wanted one that wasn’t too short, baggy but yet fitted. One I could squeeze a knitted jumper under if it gets too cold. And one that had a stone washed colour. Huge bonus would also be if it didn’t end up costing me an arm and a leg. So you know, not asking for much!

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    I found this little beauty at River Island, who is currently, in my option SMASHING it this season with their collection. This jacket doesnt have a full borg lining, its pretty much just what you see in the picture and that suits me perfectly! I also gotta add that NewLook is doing a BEAUT of a denim jacket which was also high on my list… I just cant justify having two… or can I?

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    I paired it with this super versatile and work friendly black swing dress from ASOS which has become a staple in my wardrobe and can be dressed or dressed up, as well as my trusty FjallRaven backpack (which every scandinavian, and wannabe scandinavian should own) and some beat up old Nike Roshe. Keeping it casual on a whole new level! I wore this outfit to work, and it was like the perfect work attire. You just cant beat a LBD!

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    The jacket you can find here, and some similar versions from New Look here (which to be honest was basically in my hand on the way to the till as its got lining all the way through!) and, Topshop here . The black swing dress is still available from ASOS here

     

    Fitness, Hair

    New week new workout routine

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    Dont know you about you, but I like to do a little pre gym prep to get myself ready and motivated. Specially when I’m training in the morning I like to make sure my face it washed, my teeth are brushed and I have had a protein shake. Recently I have also started braiding my hair and if I’m feeling fancy I will do my eyebrows. Which is ridiculous I know but it makes me feel more prepared, awake, alert and like I can take on the world, as well as tough work out! Perhaps I am just psyching myself up haha

    This week I am doing a lot of ab and upper body. If you are interested my workout right now is looking like this

    Warm up

    Rower Medley

    Workout

    Single leg hip lifts/ball pulls/wheel of torture

    Squat and back pull

    Forward lung and punch

    Standing back pull/Standing Chest press

    Squat and push/box squat low

    Tricep pushdown rope/bi curl bar

    Whats your favorite workout? 🙂

    xx

    Beauty, Hair, Shopping, Tip

    My First Beautybox

    I love a good beauty product, but I am also a creature of habit so I tend to stick to what I know, and very rarely venture out to try a new product. Like what if I end up looking crap? Or wasting money? Or or or or so I figured it was time to step out of my comfort zone. Introducing Beauty boxes. Beauty boxes are increasingly becoming more popular, and there are so many options out there its impossible to know which to choose. Luckily for you and unlucky for my bank account I thought I would take it upon me and try some of them out. For my first beauty box I have gone for the LookFantastic Beauty box. I have been a huge fan of LookFantastic since probably 2008. Its my go to beauty website and I love how you can get free delivery, and its super quick as well. There is also a chat support which is awesome if you need advice on what products to get! Thats why this was a no brainer choice for me. I knew LookFantastic would be providing an amazing beauty box at a low price (which is their thing!). This box cost me £15 which is bargain when you see how much you actually get. They arent even sending you sample sizes, they are sending you travel sizes. I know many of these are gonna end up coming with me camping this summer! 🙂 I also got an Elle Magazine in mine. Double win. I thought I would show you whats in it so you can see how much you are actually getting.

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    Beauty, Hair

    Hump day

    Happy humpday! And before you get any dirty ideas, its the day that marks the middle of the week. The hump of the week. Hump Day. How are your sugar cravings coming along? Im on day 6 and I no longer have any headaches! (Although it does turn out my headaches might have been caused by using the wrong contact lenses)

    Anyway – As I mentioned before Im slightly obsessed with my facial skin. Like nothing beats a good facial cleansing routine (although Im still working on making it a routine). My mother installed from an early age how important it is to moisturize my face, and especially under my eyes so since like the age of 16 I have been using under eye creams. Some call it being vain, some call it being smart. I call it being cleaver. I still get asked for ID and Im late 20s. My beauty favorites span from some really expensive shit that makes my face smell like a bed of flowers and really cheap shit that makes me save money.

    These are currently my favorites.

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    I tried Kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate for the first time a few years ago and I have been in love ever since. What so great about Kiehls is that if you are not 100% happy with your product and how its worked with your skin you can actually take it back, even though its almost empty and get your money back. How amazing is that? That just shows how much faith Kiehl’s have in their product. Another great thing is that a little goes a long way, so even though its a bit pricey it lasts forever. For me at least.

    When they launched the Midnight Recovery Eye cream I jumped on it. Its amazing, so amazing that when I combined it with Benefits Its Potent! eye cream in the evening before bed I had to look twice in the mirror the next morning. I just couldnt believe the change! (just thought Id mention, no eye cream will remove dark circles that caused due to genetics, it will however help reduce appearance of dark circles that are caused by diet/sleep/non genetic factors, so people, dont expect a tiny eye cream to remove something that yo momma gave you) 2015-12-29 19.50.16

    Another new favourite, which I picked up on offer from Boots for a wooping £9 (and has lasted since October, used twice a day!) is  Nip+Fab plumping serum. I have one really bad wrinkle (my mom calls it the angry wrinkle) because its just were I frown when Im angry. I use this on the wrinkle and also around my lips for the Kylie Jenner look  before I put on foundation to hide the wrinkle slightly, plumping it up if you will.

    My last skincare favourite is Chanel Hydra Max gel cream. I was given a sample of this cream when I was in Miami a few years ago. The beautician was applying my makeup and said “you have very dry skin, you should try this” – and here is me thinking my breakouts were due to oily skin! Since then I have realised just how dry my skin is so I have moved to the Chanel Hydra Max cream for dry skin and I love it. I dont love the price so much, so sometimes I mix it up with the new body shop range OILS OF LIFE™ INTENSELY REVITALISING CREAM.

    What are your favourite beauty products? Im always open to hear about new ones to try out!

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    Hair

    Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

    Over the years I have grown increasingly obsessed with my hair. After developing stress alopecia when I was younger, I have tried pretty much everything to make it grow back as shiny and thick as it was before. I have had micro ring extensions (biggest mistake of my life), tape extensions and clip-ins in a desperate attempt to make it seem like I still have luscious locks. The one thing I have learned is that the only thing extensions do is ruin my hair even more. I have very very very very very fine hair, which is very very very very straight. I once had a hairdresser ask why I had straightened my hair before I came for my appointment… I hadnt. I bet you’re thinking *OMG IM SO WELL JELLY!* – Dont be, I cant do a damn shit with it. I curl it and about 20 mins later its straight and flat again. I guess my dreams of being a Victoria secret angel are over. (You know, because thats whats holding that dream back – not the fact Im in the double digit dress size scale)

    In this post I briefly mentioned that I am currently taking not 1, not 2 but 3 different kinds of hair supplements. They are all supposed to be all natural, and all are supposed to enhance not just your hair but also your skin and nails. In 3-4 months I fully intend to walking around glowing skin, talons for nails and Rapunzel’s hair dragging like a vail behind me.. I have never really believed the fact that supplements actually help, but as I have never tried either so I figured I have nothing to lose. Well besides money but Im P Diddy anyway.

    Just remember, there is no such thing as a magical cure for anything, and none of these supplements claim that they single handily have solved or reversed thinning hair. All they say is that with a healthy and balanced diet and life style they may help your hair grow stronger in the future.

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    You can buy all of these from amazon here, here and here

    Spirulina

    Spirulina is being widely used for promoting hair growth and to combat hair problems like thinning hair and baldness. Spirulina contains amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin A and beta-carotene, all of which are great for hair.

    Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae. Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy out of sunlight, via the process called photosynthesis. Spirulina was consumed by the Aztecs back in the day. A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1-3 grams, but doses of up to 10 grams per day have been used effectively.

    It is actually quite amazing how nutritious it is.
    A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains:

    • Protein: 4 grams.
    • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.
    • Copper: 21% of the RDA.
    • Iron: 11% of the RDA.
    • It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.

    This is coming with only 20 calories, and 1.7 grams of digestible carbohydrate – now that I can get down with.

    Collagen

    Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues of the body. It is significant in making certain parts of the body such as nails strong and is also an important factor in joint health. Collagen supplements come in various forms. One of the most common is called Gelatin. For a long time Gelatin has been used in collagen replacement and has been thought to strengthen nails and hair. Individuals suffering from conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often take collagen supplements to replace collagen in the joints. The collagen supplements mostly used in such a case has chicken collagen as an active ingredient. There are also collagen creams that are applied on the skin to help reduce wrinkles and lines.

    During aging, hair and nails gradually become more brittle, hair breakage occurs, nails are thinner. This is, in part, a result of the reduced collagen production in the body. Collagen is a key component to new hair growth and hair quality. Supplemental collagen can increase the hair shaft, improve hair and nail growth, and improve its quality to reduce breakage during the life of the hair.

    Hair – Vit/Biotin

    And just to add some extra I also have decided to try Hair-Vit/Biotin for the next three months. Hair-vit capsules are specially formulated to provide vital nutrients required for healthy looking hair.  The pills contain B Vitamins and essential Amino Acids to help nurture the texture, thickness and colour of your hair
    Each pill contains B1, B2, B3, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Choline Bitartrate, Copper, Inositol, Manganese, Para Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA), Yeast, Hydrolysed Gelatine Powder, Lecithin, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride,  aaand DL-Methionine. You know just to name them all. I mainly take this for the Biotin, which according to the girl at the pharmacy was the new shit in hair supplements. Although apparently taking too much of it can have the opposite effect. Again peeps, everything in moderation! 

     

    Ps. Do you know how difficult it is to take a picture of the back of your head by yourself?! I do.

     

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    Hair

    Goldie locks

    On average I get my hair trimmed about every 5-6 months, in a desperate attempt to let it grow out but on Monday I had the absolute pleasure of having my hair cut by the wonderful Jonathan Long and styled by his awesome colleague Raymond. I couldn’t exactly say no! For those of you who have been living under a rock, Jonathan Long co-founded the super star salon Lockonego that is located in Chelsea. He has cut the likes of Courtney Cox, Leona Lewis and Victoria Beckham,  just to name a few!  Needless to say, he is kinda a big deal in the hairdressing community.
    Anybody who knows me knows I’m slightly obsessed with my hair (Im currently taking 3 different supplements to make it magically turn into Blake Lively’s locks – more on that later!) so you can just imagine my excitement that somebody was going to cut my hair who had the credentials to charge more than my usual £20 for a trim experience. I was almost tempted to cut it all off  (but I think the boyfriend would have killed me)

    Unfortunately I spent as usual most of my time behind the camera again.

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    Its probably the best hair cut I have ever had (no offense Emily and Tom!)!

    Take a look at their site http://www.lockonego.com/ and book your appointment now – you can seriously expect miracles!

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