HOW TO WEAR A BANDANA

| HOW TO WEAR A BANDANA

Firstly I bought this amazing red bandana from Primark for only £1.50!

I was queuing up at the tills, and I thought why not!?

And if I end up looking stupid, at least I didn’t spend too much money on it

Another reason why I wasn’t sure if this kind off head accessory would work for me – and also relates back to my previous POST, is because I’ve got a big head and I didn’t fancy drawing more attention to it!

So this is my first ever attempt at wearing bandana, and my way of styling it to look kinda ‘cool’ – I’m not sure if I completely pulled it off, but I really like it!

| I UNRAVELLED THE BANDANA TO MAKE THE BAND THICKER

When I bought it, it was actually already tied up for you, so it’s very easily to pull on

But for me, I actually unravelled it completely to make the band slightly thicker so it looked more in portion with my head and hair.

And then you can adjust it where you want the tied bow section to fall.

I then wore this bandana for the rest of the day, and there were a few times where I did find myself pulling it back down if it rose up slightly, but nothing too noticeable

In Primark, they also had a navy blue one – so I’m going to have to go back and get that colour too!

| CASUAL VIBES

Here, we were having a very sunny day in Manchester, and I had just got back from London after attending a few days of heavy digital marketing conferences – if you want to know more about what my ‘real life’ job is, then here is a POST I wrote awhile ago that goes into more detail

For my outfit, I took this top from Tu Clothing which worked really nicely to help me transition from a ‘work professional’ look to a more causal outfit, where I paired it with these faux leather brown shorts, also from Primark, which surprisingly I’ve had for years and they are still going strong!

Then I threw on some sunnies, a pair of strappy heels, grabbed my fav Radley bag, and I was pretty much done! x

| BANDANA: PRIMARK, SUNGLASSES: ASOS, TOP: TU CLOTHING*, SHORTS: PRIMARK, SHOES: NEW LOOK, BAG: RADLEY*

THE BEST FEDORA HATS FOR BIG HEADS

| BEST FEDORA HATS FOR BIG HEADS

Hats are a tricky accessory for me. I’ve always liked the idea of them, but whenever I’ve tried them on, something just doesn’t look right.

I think a good hat can look amazingly cool on other people though! Whether it be a fedora, a panama hat or a sports cap, just this simple accessory can finish off an outfit perfectly, and give you that effortless off duty vibe

But not so much on me, probably because I’ve got such a big head…!

Which is why I can never get away with them, especially those damn beanies! I just always end up looking like an egg!

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| TRY THE MEN’S SECTION

So last week when I was following Simon around Primark in the mens section, I was getting bored so I kept myself busy trying all the new fedora hats they had in

And I came across this simple brown one that I really really liked!

This particular fedora came in two sizes, and I picked up the S/M which sat really nice and snug on me.

Plus the best thing about it, aside from actually fitting on me, was that it was only £5!

| SIMPLE SUMMER HATS IN PRIMARK

So if you’re looking for a simple summer hat that you don’t want to spend too much money on, because knowing me – I’ll end up crushing it/losing it somewhere somehow.

Then have a look in Primark, and in the mens section specifically!

Here, I’ve just paired it with a simple black BODYSUIT from Zara (which is another spring/summer staple I’m loving at the minute!), purple SHORTS from Bellfield, and some strappy SANDALS from New Look, for a very easy and causal outfit x

HAT: PRIMARK, TOP: ZARA, SHORTS: BELLFIELD*, SANDALS: NEW LOOK, BAG: RADLEY*

HOW I LOST 8LBS IN 3 WEEKS

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White Missguided Crop Top, Black Leggings, Radey Backpack, Saucony Trainers, Fitness Blogger

| I’VE LOST 8LBS IN 3 WEEKS

In my last post I was talking all about joining the gym, and getting really exciting at starting this whole new lifestyle of getting leaner and stronger etc ete

I doubt I’ll become a hardcore fitness blogger anytime soon as I’ve still got loads to learn myself, but if you’re interested in following my new lifestyle then you can read my initial post here

So since then, I’ve lost 8lbs in 3 weeks.

I wouldn’t say I was particularly heavy before (probably about average for someone my height at 5ft 3), so I was actually surprised I’ve lost so much weight in quite a short space of time

My brother – (also my PT, and the one who got me to start this whole thing!) said to begin with, it’s most likely water weight, so it’ll start to level itself out once I put on more muscle

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White Missguided Crop Top, Black Leggings, Radey Backpack, Saucony Trainers, Fitness Blogger

| THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS

I said to myself that if I was going to start this, I needed to do it properly and stay committed.

And by that it meant – going to they gym 4-5 days a week, and eating the right stuff, getting a good night’s sleep, and drinking a ton of water

Yknow, all the usual stuff

There are literally no shortcuts to this. I’m not taking any sort of protein powders, supplements, detox tea things etc

I’m just putting the hours in to train my body to get stronger, and investing in the right food choices.

Now I’m not saying I’m never going to have pizza, cake, or anything unhealthy ever again – because that’s not realistic. There will be times when you’re out celebrating, and you want to order that warm chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream, that’s fine.

I hate quoting this line, but it’s true – all in moderation.

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White Missguided Crop Top, Black Leggings, Radey Backpack, Saucony Trainers, Fitness Blogger
White Missguided Crop Top, Black Leggings, Radey Backpack, Saucony Trainers, Fitness Blogger

| ALL MY EXERCISES ARE VERY ISOLATED

The Gym

We’ve planned out set days to train specific areas of the body so I’m can let my muscles heal inbetween

So one day I’ll do legs, then I’ll do ab’s & core the next day, then shoulders, then arms etc – and I’ve found that routine really works for me.

Because all the exercises I’m doing are very isolated, I can really focus and work all my strength into that one particular area, so you can really feel that ‘burn’ the next day

The Food

I started off making very small changes to my diet to ease me into it, such as changing out all white pasta and rice to brown/wholegrain options.

We’ve also swapped out skimmed milk for almond and coconut milk instead, and I’ve cut back on alot of diary. And I now make smoothies every morning to drink for breakfast – which is a big thing for me as I never used to eat breakfast at all! 

Those are just a few key areas within my diet I’ve changed quite quickly. I’m still learning so much more about superfoods and what type of foods has the most health benefits, such as kale, chia and flax seeds, that I’m slowly incorporating them in bit by bit

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White Missguided Crop Top, Black Leggings, Radey Backpack, Saucony Trainers, Fitness Blogger

| WEIGHT IS RELATIVE

As I mentioned before, that number on the scale is all relative because once you start to build up muscle, you’re are going to get heavier.

So from the beginning we decided to measure performance based on body measurements – that way, you’ll get a better indication of how your body is changing in various places over time

For me, I’ve seen the most difference in my chest, hips, waist and legs. So I’m really really happy with how well it’s going so far! I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, and like I said before, I doubt I’d become one of those amazing fitness bloggers who look so perfect and ripped! But at some point down the line I wouldn’t mind some more ab definition! x

| TOP: MISSGUIDED, PANTS: ZARA, TRAINERS: SAUCONY*, BAG: RADLEY*, SUNGLASSES: PRIMARK