Friday, 23 January 2015

Wicker Wings Part 2

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THE MEANING

Remember when I had posted an introduction to Wicker Wings here a few months ago? This is part 2, showing the actual meaning behind this business. To recap, "Wicker Wings is an exciting new business with a sustainable social mission. This mission is to help improve the quality of education in China and to inspire a child, thus creating the bag for bag mission."

James had sent me a few images of a school in China (Ping Tou Elementary School in Yunnan Province) receiving the bag of inspiration from the bag for bag mission. It was touching when I had saw these, knowing that even the littlest things will help no matter what. Seeing these children receiving something, is heartwarming, knowing that I am helping to make a difference. This proves that Wicker Wings are actually doing something, staying true to their business and words. Proof is in the pudding as they say!




Aw I just want to give them a big hug!

Please do support Wicker Wings and help them fulfil their mission. There are many more exciting things to come from them.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Health & Fitness Tips

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CLEAN & SWEAT

Somehow, I am more motivated and determined to keep fit, get those abs and take care of my health this year. I think something must have given me a kick up the backside and it's definitely working. Can feel a difference in myself and am becoming a lot more confident. Not 100% there but I eventually will. I thought I'd share some my eating and fitness tips I've been following since the New Year as well as clean eating and going to the gym.

EATING
- Drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning for a lovely, safe morning detox.
- Drink green tea or oolong tea to help the metabolism and aid in fat burning.
- Add fruit to water if water is too bland for you.
- Freeze grapes. They are lush and amazing and stops my sweet craving. Try it and you won't go back.
- Freeze any other fruit you like. My sister loves frozen raspberries.
- Blend any fruit with greek yoghurt then freeze. Bye bye to my ice cream craving and it adds more protein to the diet. Add a tad of honey if desired.
- Don't have time for breakfast? Make a smoothie and add oats and whey protein powder (if you have any) then blend!
- DIY popcorn. Add the kernels into a brown bag then microwave it. Add a topping of your choice immediately and shake. Toppings could be: whey protein powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, cocoa powder, black pepper with a dash of salt and many more!

FITNESS
- If you're lucky to live close to work or university (5 minutes max), complete the 7 minute HIIT app on your lunch break at home one or more rounds. iOS here and Android here.
- Whilst brushing your teeth, do a 30 - 60 second wall squat. It's a killer.
- Stood waiting in a queue or making a tea round? Do some calf raises.
- On your toilet break, do a set of squats, 10 reps.
- Follow the any of the 30 day challenges for guidance if you're stuck on a fitness routine.
- Do 100 star jumps whilst watching a film or Netflix and or the first thing when you wake up.

I do go to the gym 4 times a week but need to up it to 5-6 times a week. Going to the gym, clean eating and incorporating these tips have lead to a more healthier me. Can definitely feel and see a change. Little changes and adding small additions to your routine will help in the long run. The first step is always the most important step.

What are your health and fitness tips?

Image credits: Google

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Oxblood Obsession

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BURGUNDY, WINE, BERRY

I think I have an ugly obsession with this colour. Every time I go shopping, I am instantly attracted to every clothing item, accessories and shoes of this colour. Even though this is considered as an autumn winter trend every year, I'd still wear it during the spring summer season. All year round baby! It use to be black for years. Glad I've stepped out of it over the years.

Above is only just a small scale of the collection. I think someone needs to send help. It probably won't be long until I wear it head to toe. Possibly on the lips too! I already have it as a hair colour.

Do you have a colour or print you're currently obsessed with?

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Post Festivities Sale Haul

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Checkered top: Love Clothing; Jumper: Zara; Midi skirt: Zara; Duster coat: ASOS; Bralet: One Nation Clothing; Jacket: Primark; White skirt: Love Clothing; Shorts: One Nation Clothing;
Please excuse the creases. These have been sitting in a pile ready to be photographed when I had the correct lighting.

Even if I did say that the sales this year was disappointing, I did pick up a few bits and bobs. There were more, however I had to return them. When I got back to Leeds, I had decided to go shopping for bedding and had came across the blue biker coat in Primark. Immediately I didn't give it a second thought. It had reminded me of the one from Zara. Definitely a spring piece.

I'm actually surprised I didn't go for an all black haul. The Zara leather skirt is out of my comfort zone but that is one of my New Year's resolutions - try out more styles out of my comfort zone. This is the first step in the right direction.

Did you pick anything up from the sales?

Saturday, 17 January 2015

30 Day Challenges

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THE FIGHT TO BE FIT

Fitness fitness fitness. That's all I've been thinking about since the beginning of the year. I'm slowly getting into a fitness routine and at times, I don't follow the fitness plan I had made mainly due to time restriction and plans happening. At times, I do think about where to start, how many reps and sets?

I remember there was the 30 day squat challenge phase. I had looked onto the 30 Day Fitness Challenges website and had found some easy plans to follow whether you're a starter or not. Incorporating these as an extra would be a great addition to my health and fitness plan. I can do it during my lunch break, a few hours before bed, in my gym session, whilst watching tv, anywhere. Even the little things like these would help me or anyone to reach their fitness goals. Looking at the website, I will be doing the following challenges together:
Squat challenge (pictured above)
Abs challenge (pictured above)
Arm challenge
Extreme squat challenge (once I've completed the squat challenge)

I'll definitely be reviewing these challenges once the 30 days are up.

Have you tried any of the 30 day challenges?

Image credits: 30 Day Fitness Challenges