Fashion

Who runs the world? GIRLS!

Ladies and lovelies, happy Tuesday!

Apologies on the delay of this blog post, I’ve been a little busy the past few days.

So, to run alongside my men’s fashion post and the manners post, here’s one for us ladies.

Just a little background info. Until I was 15 I practically LIVED in sports wear – trackies, football shirts, football shorts, football shoes, baggy socks, hoodies, track jackets… I’m not kidding. I wore no make up, I didn’t really do anything with my hair… I was a total tomboy! Unashamedly so as well.

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When I first moved to England I had ABSOLUTELY no idea about make up, none at all. Or fashion for that matter. Most of the time I looked ridiculous, in my opinion. Once I went to uni I quickly learned more about fashion, make up, how to do my hair better. I had people nicely, and not so nicely, suggest what to wear or some of my friends would kindly help me out with make up. Finally, I tried to tidy myself up a bit.

These days, I don’t follow the trends in terms of what I buy/wear. I don’t like to, but I do keep an eye out for what’s hot / not just out of interest. I enjoy following fashion blogs or trendy people on instagram, sort of kind of wishing I dressed a little more like them. However, I’m mostly pretty casual.

Some of my favourite trendy ladies, who are also absolutely lovely people, are below:

Lucy: @lucyjmitchell and her blog is LOVELUCYJANE
I used to go to the same school as Lucy and her partner, and it’s crazy to see how much she’s changed since I first knew her nearly 10 years ago! Her make up is always 110% gorgeous and her style is casual but always trendy.

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Alice: @alicerebecca
Whilst her instagram consists of housing decor, beautiful baby photos and more, her fashion sense is bold, quirky and charming all in one! I always love seeing what she’s styled up…

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Rebecca: @rebeccajaydex and her blog is: REBECCAJAYDEX
This lovely lady runs a fantastic blog and her instagram is always full of cuteness and positivity. I’ve been following her for over 2 years now and whether she’s posting baby photos, home decor or fashion it’s always delightful. I don’t know how Rebecca manages to be so stylish, but she’s one of my ultimate faves! She’s casual, not at all over-the-top and she always looks so comfy!

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Pauline: @paw.lean and her blog is: PAWLEAN 
I’ve already mentioned Pauline in my New Year, New Me (Just joking!) blog post but this woman is amazing. Not only is she highly motivational, always positive and smashing the hell out of her goals on a daily basis, she’s an absolute darling. She’s often in gym wear, but when she’s not her style is cute, trendy and things I would never look good in!

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And finally, for the fashion inspos, but not at all the least,

Katie!: @katie_did_what and her blog is: KATIEDIDWHAT
I’ve been following Katie and her wonderful family for over two years (roughly) and she never fails to make me smile. This lady is so honest about life, yet always so positive. She’s adorable and her family give me so much hope for my future. Her style is really casual, but she always manages to make it look SO trendy! Plus, the clothes her little ones wear are also totally cute. If you’re not following her, you have to!

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Now, moving on to my instagram poll results…

Thanks to everyone who voted! Although some of the boys thought it would be funny to add their two pence to the ladies’ questions, so I had to filter out their votes.

Q: Men, do you care what women wear?
A:
24 said yes, 5 said no

Q: Men, do you like ladies that wear false nails / eyelashes / fake tan? 
A: 
5 said yes, 18 said no

Q: Ladies, do you care how you dress?
A: 34 said yes, 4 said no

Q: Ladies, do you wear jeans or leggings more often?
A: 32 said jeans, 14 said leggings – surprising! Jeans can be so uncomfortable!

Q: Ladies, do you prefer skirts / dresses or jeans?
A: 16 said skirts / dresses and 23 said jeans – this was surprising as I see so many ladies wearing lovely skirts and dresses these days, and I always think how uncomfortable they are in the winter, because usually you have to wear tights too! 

Q: Ladies, do you care about make up?
A: 29 said yes, 13 said no – this didn’t surprise me, as so many of us love a bit of make up, right?

Q: Ladies, Do you wear a lot of make up?
A: 16 said yes and 27 said no – which also didn’t surprise me as most of the girls I know are quite subtle with their make up, but perhaps not a true representation of everyone?

Q: Ladies, how much do you spend on clothes each week?
A: 36 said less than £30,
2 said more than £30
5 said more than £60 and,
2 said more than £100 – personally, I sit in the first bracket. I try hard not to waste money on clothes, because I’m still trying to lose weight and I wear a similar style all year round.

Q: Ladies, do you prefer heels or flats?
A: 7 said heels, 34 said flats – I’m with you on the flats ladies!

Q: Ladies, do you prefer comfy or smart shoes?
A: 30 said comfy, 6 said smart – and I’m in total agreement with the comfort!

Q: Ladies, do you care about your hair? (Nice rhyming, Claire!)
A: 33 said yes, 7 said no – how can you not care about your hair?

Q: Ladies, do you make sure your nails look nice?
A: 18 said yes, 20 said no! – Wait, what? No? But why not?

Q: Ladies, do you wear fake eyelashes / nails / tan?
A: Only 7 said yes, 29 said no – Now even I occasionally wear false nails, because there’s nothing worse than nails that don’t look pretty, in my opinion!

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Q: Ladies, do you prefer high street or designer fashion?
A: 35 said high street, 6 said designer – I’m with you high street fashion-lovers! 

In all honesty, I wasn’t sure how the results would turn out and in most answers I fit into the majority vote. Is that a reflection of my friends / followers? Maybe. I enjoyed working towards this post and I honestly hope you’ve enjoyed reading it!

If you have any comments about ladies fashion, please leave them below!

xoxo

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health

New Year New Me? No. New Year, Continuing Me.

Let’s be honest guys… how long does that ‘new year, new me’ crap last? A month? Maybe two? The only people it really works for are those who are truly determined to make a change. I’ve seen one girl do that in the last twelve months and she inspires me a ridiculous amount! If you don’t know / follow her… you need to. Her name is PAULINE! 

Her blog is full of travels, coding, work outs and daily events but this woman is working on her self every single day. How she does it I don’t know, but she’s amazing. You can follow her blog HERE

I’m not a new me this year, nor any year to be honest, but what I am going to keep working on is my health, fitness and weight loss. I’m determined to do more this year and in all honestly, I was doing really well until December, and then I got lazy as sh*t.

For January I’ve found this little workout sheet (via Pinterest) and I’m going to try and follow this (but doing a few extra crunches than the plan), plus add in some lizard crunches and flutter kicks. I’m also going to try and run at least once a week, but I’m not sure how I’ll get on with that.

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Personal

Hello!

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As soon as I walked through the door of Costa this afternoon, for my post-work iced mocha, a little voice shouted “hello!” right in my face.

This adorable blonde, curly haired blue eyed child was sprawled out over one of the sofa chairs next to the window.

I asked him if I could sit by the window, to which his response was a screwed up nose and a disappointed sigh. His dad said he wouldn’t really mind.

So as mum and I were having our coffees and a chat, this little voice spoke out from behind a chair…

“Hellooooo!”
“Hi… Hi… Hiiiiii”
“Raaaaawwwrrr”

And all other sorts of noises.
We ended up playing hide-and-seek behind his chair and my coffee cup, along with some very silly faces and some funny variations of “I can see you” and pretend surprised gasps!

It actually made my afternoon.
He was such a sweet child and as I left I thanked him for letting me have his seat, to which he mumbled “you’re welcome” followed by …

byeeeeee!”

“Goodbye!”
And a funny little wave

Thanks kid!

Food, Photography, travel

Day two in Mumbai.

After 7 hours of undisturbed, blissful sleep I woke up at half 6, chilled out and when mum got up we walked the dog around the park for a bit. It was a lovely morning, the breeze took the edge off of the humidity.

Breakfast was fantastic, I decided against the Indian option as I do love my breakfasts.. There was everything from bacon to cereal, fruits and yoghurts, pancakes, pastries to a variety of Indian dishes! I went for a bit of everything! Cereal, fruit, vanilla pancakes and I had orange juice and a coffee as well! Then I went back for 2 mini rösti and a cooked tomato! Deeeeeelicious.

The milk was completely fine, something I always worry about in Asia.. But the papaya was awful! It was so bitter and soggy..

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all of the above, as much as we wanted for £1.50! Never in England would you find even a bowl of a cereal for that price.

It took ages to decide what to wear.. Ended up in a baggy vest top and loose shorts.. Big mistake on the shorts as people didn’t stop staring all day!… We left the flat at 10 and made the long journey into the city.. The sights along the way were unbelievable; both good and bad. Little children on their own, the beautiful saris that the ladies were wearing, and a combination of rubbish, poverty and run-down buildings. So many of the buildings are laced with insanely wonderful architecture.. places that should be looked after and appreciated.

So, our first stop wasThe Gateway of India!

What a place! Tens of locals just hassling you to buy their postcards, flowers or let them take pictures of you.. Very, very daunting and anyone going I suggest you take good care of your belongings and be direct and firm when saying “no” to their endless offerings! The architecture is wonderful. The little scrolls and ledges and archways are fascinating and with it being right by the water as well it was lovely! Also, the Taj hotel was stunning with it being a more colourful building!

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We made a swift escape in search of sanity.. Starbucks! What a gorgeous little cafe it is! Plaques on the wall with random coffee facts, beautiful local art work, archways, table cloths with traditional patterns .. And lastly, a decent coffee! We crossed paths with a lovely old couple, they lived in England for 50 years!, and they took a picture of mum and I, let me have their Internet card.. They were so sweet!

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We drove back to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.. Which used to be named the Victoria Terminus.. The inside was insanely busy and we didn’t stay inside long, although we were fascinated by how much it resembled St. Pancreas station in London! The outside is the most amazing architecture I have ever seen! I managed to get quite a few pictures despite the hundreds of people passing by the building.. A statue of Queen Victoria used to be on the front of the building but it got taken down and put in the museum.. Thankfully rescued as it was meant to be destroyed! Around the area they had loads of little stalls selling juices, shoes, newspapers.. We even came across a bull tied to a tree! The poor thing was not happy!

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Our final tourist point was the house in which Mahatma Ghandi lived in when he came to Mumbai. It is a beautiful little house, on 3 floors, and it was full of literature, pictures, newspaper clippings and various timelines of Ghandi’s life and achievements through the use of photographs and model scenarios with little dolls. There is no entrance fee, but a donation box, and a small desk surrounded by books, stamps and other small trinkets related to Ghandi. I bought his autobiography for 50 rupees… Which is about 80 pence!!. That’s just unbelievable.

The house quickly filled up with rude tourists, mainly Germans and Australians which was a shame..! We had met a lovely Australian couple earlier during the day but the next we met were not as nice. It’s a very tiny house and people seemed to forget or ignore that there were many people wanting to read the individual excerpts.. So we read as much as we could and then left. What I really enjoyed was the various quotes from Ghandi which were framed around the house, and his room with the telephone which he used to use.

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Our final stop was the mall, we had a falafel pita for £1 and bought myself a pair of cotton trousers for about £5.. And left to go home. We chilled out, skyped Grandad and watched the sunset…
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Dinner tonight was delicious! I had a spicy salad with cucumber yoghurt as a starter.. Followed by Jeera rice, roti and 3 separate bowls of side dishes..

•aloo baingan masala – which was potato and aubergine.. Not anything too great, I thought it was a bit bland

•Paneer kofta palak gravy – a type of Indian cheese, which it didn’t taste like cheese AT ALL! in a sauce which was bright green, but I really enjoyed that

•Chana – although I didn’t get the full name of it.. A spicy chickpea dish which was absolutely delicious. I had seconds!

We had a mini brownie for dessert but I picked at it as I’m not too keen on walnuts.

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Overall, it has been a fantastic first full day in Mumbai and although it has been slightly challenging I thoroughly enjoy it here so far!