Sunday, April 26, 2015

Primark Wishlist

Hi, I was having a general look on the Primark website to see if there where any good buys I should keep a look out for and found the most amazing looking bikini set.

Bikini Top - £6.00 | Bikini Bottoms - £5.00 | Pewter Sandals - £12 | Sheer Kimono - £8.00

I doubt I will find it in store and if I do it would fit but I really like this bikini, it's something a little bit more interestingly tailored than anything else I own. As well as the bikini set there was this pair of pewter strapped sandals, anything pewter/silver is a winner with me and would brighten up an all black outfit. I also saw this sheer black kimono which I think would totally finish off this beach look.

Have you seen any of these items in store?
Sam

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Christening Outfit

Last Sunday was the christening of my cousins little girl. As we where going to church I wanted to dress appropriately. As luck would have it Dorothy Perkins emailed me advertising their sale and on the email was the perfect dress. At only £11 it was a total bargain, I had to size up as Dorothy Perkins dresses never seem to give enough room for a larger bust, so it's a little lose at the waist but looks fine. It's a textured fabric which hides a multitude of sins and the pattern is really pretty and perfect for spring. The length comes to just below my knees, I never leave home without tights but with the length of this I felt more than comfortable in a pair of nude tights. I wore the dress with a pair of silver flats which I got in the Topshop sale a while ago and a white cotton kimono also from the Dorothy Perkins Sale.

Dorothy Perkins - £11.00

I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this dress, it's the perfect spring dress as the fabric is still thick enough to create warmth and the sleeves mean you don't have to wear a cover up until it get cooler. I normally buy shorter dresses as I feel they compliment my short figure but I feel really glamorous in this dress in comparison.

What would you wear to a Christening?
Sam

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Weight Loss | Myfitnesspal App

Hi, I am by no means over weight but with summer around the corner I wanted to lose a few spare pounds still hanging around from Christmas. I've been calorie counting and taking walks when ever I can to help me do this. My plan is to lose about 7 pounds and to tone my stomach. To help me count calories I downloaded the myfitnesspal app, it's a real eye opener when it comes to hidden calories you don't even consider. You set your daily calorie goal, default is 1200 and keep track by scanning bar codes on product packaging or finding generic nutritional information.

I'm yet to see a difference because I haven't stuck to it 100% due to eating out and just being bad. Where possible I'm cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients, which gives you a lot more control of the calories in your food. I'm also being more selective of the foods I want to eat knowing that what I make has to fill me and be super tasty. There is nothing worse than eating salad after salad. I have cut my portion size but I don't feel hungry for it which I am rather shocked about, but its a pleasant surprise.

The app has made me reconsider what I thought was good portion control. I've cut the amount of rice or noodle I would eat and I'm still more than satisfied with my meal. I've also cut down the amount of bread I eat and am having it as a treat on the weekend to make a super yummy bacon butty. On that note I didn't have to cut stuff out of my diet completely, I just think more about the amount I eat than I did before.

I have no intention of keeping my calorie intake to only 1200 but I don't have a very active day job so in reality I do not think 2000 calories is a logical amount for me to consume on a daily basis, although very easy to do. So once I've lost my target amount of weight I'm planning on testing the amount of daily calories I should consume to maintain weight.

Although the weight loss is the main goal, I've enjoyed using the app as a means of education. We should all make more of an effort to not over consume for the good of the planet. I will never be a vegetarian but that doesn't stop me eating meat free meals for half the week, bean burgers are so nice. I'm currently trying to find a recipe I can adapt to make a low calorie pizza base.

Would you consider using an app to help lose weight?
Sam

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