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Friday, 20 July 2018

KEEP IT COOL IN & OUTSIDE OF THE GYM


"I'm a believer that gym visits don't have to be boring, so why should your gym-wear be?"


Surrounded by workout videos and inspiration now at our fingertips, no one really delves into what you can wear outside of the gym, after, or on your way to your sweaty session. I typically favour matching sports bra and legging sets in the gym, but outside of the gym, I like to layer up with a sweater or a hoodie for a cool and casual look. Attractive womens hoodies can be hard to come by, but the new range by NICCE has got us all covered! From pretty pastels, to urban styles, I’m sure most people will feel catered for by NICCE with this range.

Today, I'm sporting the sand coloured NICCE hoodie, which provokes a classic and relaxed style through an oversized fit. As a fan of pastel and neutral tones, this nude colour flatters my brunette colourings and skin tone, whilst contrasting with my dark workout clothes. Personally, I gravitate towards lighter tones in the summer as they're softer, and easier to wear, hence why this neutral was a winner for me!

Although I’m referencing the gym in this post, I also adore wearing hoodies while I'm chilling at home, or to cover up in the cooler summer evenings. There’s not much better than relaxing in your own space, propped comfortably in front of Netflix, wrapped up in your premium soft oversized hoodie!



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Since becoming a bit of a gym bunny, I like to think I've nailed what to wear when training and what to wear afterwards too. I've narrowed it down into simple catagories: the WELL FITTING BRA, the BOTTOM SCULPTING LEGGINGS, PERFECT FOOTWEAR, and the POST-WORKOUT CHILL GARMENTS.

1. It goes without saying really, and even though I have little boob-age left, us girls still need a well-fitted bra as we're bopping on the treadmill or showing the weights who's boss in the squat rack. I find the bigger the straps, the better they are at supporting you, whilst also being comfortable. As pretty as some of the thinner strapped bras are, and don't get me wrong, I would not rule them out completely, I find the complex strap designs get confusing, and they end up twisted and taking an element of comfort away.

2.  LEGGINGS. If your gym leggings aren't flattering you, then girl, you are doing it wrong and there are better out there, so get shopping! Key things to look our for when picking leggings are; to make sure they're squat proof, the appropriate length, that they are tight but not too tight, shaped around the muscles, contain dry tech fabric so that sweat is a no show, and are designed to offer that flattering fit.

3.  Obviously, in the gym you are expected to wear appropriate trainers. However, I find that flatter style trainers are better for when you're training with weights, especially on leg days as they aid your stability and balance. I adore the style of knit trainers, however if you are training hard then consider getting a stronger shoe, or be prepared for toe rips. Also, if your shoes are light in colour, then always wear white socks! Sorry to sound like your mother, but this is important unless you want stains or just a dodgy look.

4. As gym-wear is often deliberately skin tight for muscle compression and built to show off your shape, it’s somewhat comforting to be able to throw on a looser fit hoodie and call it ‘effortless chic’ after you’re done training. Oversized fits, like the NICCE hoodie that I am wearing in today's post are ideal for this. You can pick your own favourite from the range here, and let me know which style is your favourite fit!


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Monday, 11 June 2018

A TYPICAL WEEK IN THE GYM...


Fitness is an incredible journey. I may not have the best abs, or the biggest bottom, but that’s not what my training is about. It’s about pushing myself to achieve my best, and to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. I embarked my fitness journey initially as a new years resolution, back in 2016. Cardio featured heavily when I first started training, mainly out of fear of the weights section. After being taught exercises and how to use weights properly by a fantastic PT in my gym, I've never looked back since. 

The gym is a place of clarity, sometimes of refuge. I release my own stresses, realise my own strengths, and I feel inspired there. Growing up, sport was never my thing but training with weights gives me an energy, an unforgettable energy. The schedule of my sessions at the moment features 3-4 sessions that typically range between 1 and a half to 2 hours long. I've always felt that training 6 days a week, at the moment, just wouldn't be sustainable for me, so I personally prefer to do 3-4 hard working sessions and always give them my 100%.

I begin each session now with 10-20 minutes high incline walk cardio. I find it not too strenuous yet a good warmup and fat burner to kickstart my workout. I then follow this with a 5 or 10 minute abs circuit, alternating between various 30 second exercises. I split my sessions up into muscle groups in order to ensure that the majority of muscles get trained. With core already covered, at the beginning of the week, I'll have an arms and shoulder session, some of my favourite exercises when training arms (but not limited to) include the shoulder press, tricep rope pushdowns, and cable bar bicep curls. Following that, I'll train back and chest, including (but not limited to) lat pull downs, t-bar rows, press ups, and the cable fly. Thirdly, I'll train legs and glutes. At the moment my top go-to legs and glutes exercises include heavy glute bridges using a smith machine, goblet squats, sumo deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, hamstring curls, and the leg press. For the fourth session of the week, as I don't always fit one in, I'll vary with what I train. However, more often than not, it is either a second legs session as I feel they demand more of me. I am stronger on legs, I lift heavier, and building glutes is always a goal! Or I'll go for a more cardio and abs focused workout. I typically enjoy this if I feel that I need to relieve a bit of stress as it clears my mind a little, or I've just eaten too much cake that week and want more of a fat burner session!

I'd love to hear about what your typical week in the gym is like, and whether or not you found this post insightful or interesting? Let me know, and I'll then be sure to keep up the fitness posts. Have a great week!




Monday, 28 May 2018

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT





Personal style is unique. It expresses your individuality, and how you choose to represent yourself to the world. Whilst it may sound silly as I do post about style and fashion on my website and Instagram regularly, over the past year I've felt slightly unsure and bewildered about my own style and I'm not afraid to admit it.

After losing weight gradually due to a healthier lifestyle, my clothes size has been frequently changing. Alongside the baggy clothes that I used to love, followed lower self confidence and struggle in not knowing my new body shape and how to dress it. I spend hours in dressing rooms trying to find the right fit and size, and its been somewhat frustrating. I know, surely I can't be moaning about losing weight? Well, I just feel that I'm in a strange time in my life where I'm not really sure what exactly I should be doing, knowing, or how I should be dressing. I've also determined that I'm fantastic at comparing myself to others, which isn't all that helpful when trying to establish yourself.

Whilst this particular outfit doesn't 100% fit the bill, I'd describe my style in these key words that feature in the below, what I like to call, "personal style map". Why not try this for yourself? I found it really helpful in reminding myself of what I like, what I don't, and not getting lost in other people's wardrobes over my own.


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