Workout Wear

So as well as not finding the time to write blog posts for you all, I also haven’t been finding the time to eat right or exercise and it’s left me feeling really self conscious and uncomfortable. I’m not afraid to share that I currently weigh more than I would like and have lost all tone due to not working out, but it’s not going to put me off. Sometimes when you feel this way it’s easy to get into a bad cycle of not wanting to do anything about it, but I am going to go the other way. It’s spurred me on to nip it in the bud and change my routines to make sure I’m making time for my health and happiness. And after signing up to charity row for Cancer Research next May, I’m going to need to be the fittest I’ve ever been! No time like the present after all…

One way that I motivate myself to go to the gym is to pick a super cute workout outfit. I’m a big fan of patterned leggings as they add some fun to what could otherwise be a very functional outfit. And I think they are flattering for all body types too! I have pretty muscly legs from years and years of gymnastics and yet I love the way they show off the good bits and hide the bad all whilst showing off my personality 🙂

I would always say that if you are going tight with the bottoms though,  that a loose top works best (which is also great for covering my tummy which I’m not such a big fan of) so I usually pick either a plain black tee of if I’m wearing plainer bottoms, then a nice bright colour again to match my personality and motivate me to train harder (although some days I do love a good monochrome outfit like the one below, which looks good to be dressed up if you have to pop into town first!)

Take a look at some of the outfits I love best that I already own, as well as some inspiration  and soon to be additions to my wardrobe from Adore Me’s new workout range! Adore Me’s new workout range! I mean how cute is the promo shot!!!

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And when I get home from a workout, there is nothing I love better than a snuggly autumn outfit! Autumnal clothes can be oversized and sometimes shapeless, but that is no need to feel frumpy. A cute choker necklace, statement shoes and a bold lip always help bring a femininity back to an oversize outfit and cute undies also help to help put a feminine spring back in your step!

Stay tuned to find out how I style myself when I want to be comfy and cute in Autumn very soon!

Lots of love, Leanne xxx

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The coat edit –

Hey everyone,

This week the weather has driven me to this post. Here in the UK it has been cold and wet and has definitely let everyone know that summer is well and truly over, despite our very best efforts to ignore it! For those of you that don’t already know, over the past week the temperature has dropped significantly and the floodgates have opened which has left most of us reaching for our onesies and unpacking our winter wardrobes ready for the season of boots and baggy jumpers.

I’m pretty fortunate as in just a few short weeks it’s my birthday, which is absolutely perfect for me. I never really know what I want when people ask me, so my go to is always to request vouchers for my favourite stores or to request a staple item to get me through the colder seasons. Sometimes I ask for boots, other times hats and scarves, but this year I have asked for a coat. Now I’m writing this down, this actually sounds really spoilt, but I’m definitely a perfectionist and I think that often leaves the people closest to me wondering what to get. I think I’m pretty self-sufficient (although my parents would probably tell you otherwise!) so quite often if I want something I just go and get it instead of waiting around for birthdays and Christmases, which I think makes pressie buying a bit challenging, hence the reason for a list or suggestions! I’d love to know if any of you guys write lists of what you’d like or offer suggestions for gifts?

Anyway, back to this post which is all about coats! I’ve decided that for the first time I want a properly grown up coat in a traditional flattering style which will hopefully wear for many years to come, whereas in the past I’ve usually gone for a pretty non-descript coat in hues of brown or grey which are often pretty replaceable meaning they only last about one year. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this, I really wanted to go for something a bit more stand out this time around. Luckily for me, there are so many different options on the market at the moment that it should be easy to find something I like and the only hard part will be deciding which one is the best!

I thought I would do a little list of the pro’s and con’s of each from a coat hunt I went on recently and also do a link list of all my faves that I’ve found. Obviously this is completely subjective for me and what suits me is not going to suit everyone, but hopefully you find this somewhat useful, as I would have loved to have read a post like this before having my heart-broken (read on to find out why!)

Duster coat a.k.a the heartbreaker – I have seen these EVERYWHERE recently! In all of my favourite magazines, on Instragram, on my fave bloggers and in all the shops. They come in the most amazing range of colours, looks super professional and high fashion as well as long-lasting and hard-wearing and yet I can’t get one L I’m only 5ft1 (and even that is being pretty generous) and these coats absolutely swamp me. They are all too long and far too big in the body and arms and in some of the pastel colour varieties look like dressing gowns/robes on me. I really wanted one of these coats and truly had my heart set on one to wear with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots, but I’ve had to give up on this dream as I think I would just look ridiculous! I have found so many amazing variations of this style though so here are some of my top picks:

Pros

  • Flattering on a bigger frame
  • Big enough to wear plenty of layers underneath
  • Thick material is perfect for the coldest seasons
  • Hard wearing
  • Easy to wear
  • Darker shades (greys, blues) will always be fashionable
  • Looks both professional and high fashion
  • Come in a range of colours and prices

Cons

  • Completely swamps shorter frames
  • Could also swamp thin frames
  • Some patterns/colours can make it look more like a dressing gown/robe
  • Really only good for the coldest seasons as would be too warm for Spring
  • Really big and heavy

Top picks:

H&M duster coat

Boohoo belted duster coat

New Look mint unlined duster coat

Missguided camel duster coat

Boucle style coats – My second favourite style. They are so glamorous and look amazing! They come in a variety of different lengths (perfect for shorties like me!) and can come in both traditional styles and also colourful prints and again will always be beautiful. They look perfect open and worn over the shoulders, but also look amazing done up to keep out the cold on those truly bitter winter days. Luckily for me they also look good with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots to really complete an outfit and aren’t as thick and heavy as Duster coats meaning they can be worn all Autumn/Winter and even in to the Spring.

Pros

  • Come in a wide range of colours
  • Lightweight but still good against the cold
  • Flattering for most body types
  • Looks good open or closed
  • Smart yet not too dressy
  • Hard wearing
  • Comes in a range of prices
  • Always fashionable

Cons

  • Shorter style of coat
  • Some people consider boucle to be dated

New Look pink boucle coat

Boohoo boucle coat 

Macs/trench coat – Oh the classic Mac. What else is there to say?

Boohoo belted mac

Topshop mac

New Look quilted trench coat

Asos duster style trench coat 

Pros

  • Highlights smaller waists
  • Always fashionable
  • Thinner material makes ideal for warmer months
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Good macs that don’t look cheap are expensive
  • Come in neutral colours
  • Sometimes you can look like a stripper in them! (Never wear with a dress)
  • Not particularly warm

Puffer coats/jackets – Not my favourite style of outerwear, however the range of prints and the option of adding a belt is starting to change my mind on these. A very warm, often short jacket perfect for the coldest months, could be a good option if you are looking for a coat which is a bit more casual and fun!

Pros

  • Very warm!
  • Pretty fashion neutral
  • Perfect for skiing holidays!
  • Pretty cheap to pick up
  • Casual style

Cons

  • Bulky – can make wearers looks bigger than they are
  • Can look cheap
  • Come in and out of fashion pretty regularly

H&M ski jacket

Goldigga bubble coat

Fur coats/jackets – The always glamorous fur coat (faux fur of course) is, I think, an essential in any woman’s wardrobe! Whether it’s a full on fur coat or just a hint of fur on a collar or as a gilet can really transform an outfit from casual to daytime chic in a matter of seconds!

Pro

  • Faux fur coats are easy to find
  • Come into style most winters
  • Can look very glamorous
  • Perfect to add drama to an outfit

Cons

  • If they get wet the fur can get matted
  • Very warm
  • Can look tacky dependent on print
  • Real fur coats are both expensive and cruel

Primark have some really good fur coats (but I can’t get you any links so go to a store near you!)

Missguided fur gilet 

New Look fur collar coat 

Missguided fur biker coat 

Topshop fur coat 

Capes – This is definitely a style I am loving! It’s easy to pair capes with some of the other styles of coat as well and get a two-for-one, however be careful when choosing a cape as although they look good they often aren’t very warm. They always make an outfit look more dressy and sophisticated, so if that’s your style then definitely give these a go.

Pros

  • Come in a range of lengths
  • Easy to get hold of in different materials
  • Look very sophisticated

Cons

  • Often not very warm
  • Can look tacky when mixed with too much fur or pattern
  • Not easy to wear in the day time

Asos cape

H&M wool cape 

Boohoo fur cape 

Phew, so that’s my coat edit done! I’ll do a follow-up post soon on my favourite Autumn Accessories, so hopefully by then you’ll have grabbed the coat you’ll be wearing for the winter and can team it with a gorgeous outfit to really turn heads and keep you toasty! Let me know if the comments below if you have a favourite style for this season, or if you’ve already got your coat sorted for A/W 2014 send me a picture as I’d love to see 🙂 As always, if you enjoyed this please like, comment, share or follow and don’t forget to keep updated on what’s going on in Lifestyle for Less land on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Product Review: Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye

Hey everyone!

I’m well aware that I am pushing it with my blog entry this week, leaving it right until the last minute to post, however, it’s here now just like I promised – one a week for the next month or so until my time has freed up a bit and I can once again throw myself whole heartedly in to making this blog a success! Now I know that sounds bad (like my attention currently isn’t on wanting this to be successful which isn’t true at all) but unfortunately these are the busiest few months of the year for me with birthdays, family engagements and the biggest time drain of all, coaching gymnastics! Aside from the obvious things (and of course fashion and beauty) gymnastics and dance are two of the biggest passions in my life and this just happens to be the start of our competition season. I won’t bore you with all the details, but this time of year is super stressful, but totally worth it when we finally get to see our kids compete, and hopefully win 🙂

Anyway, I am back to basics with this entry and have decided to do a review of Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye. It’s a cover and concealer for the under eye area which contains Goji Berry (which is a pretty big ingredient in lots of products at the moment) and comes in a variety of shades which should suit most skin types. Don’t be shocked if you find that the colours are a bit odd though if you go to purchase this product, especially if you have darker skin – tones like Neutraliser or Brightener would work fine for you as the colours seem to contain a good base and have a hint of green in them, to erase dark circles and brighten the under eye helping to create the illusion of bright, awake eyes whilst also working as a fantastic base colour for contouring! Now this next statement might sound a bit odd to you all as I am only 22, however, I’m really self-conscious about fine lines around the eyes (I’ve had them since I was about 16 – I think because I laugh and smile too much!) and this product really helps to make me feel more confident as it completely gets rid of them. I think that the light weight nature of the product and the luminescent finish of the concealer means that it doesn’t clog up any fine lines or wrinkles that you might have, so if you’ve never tried an under eye concealer before because you’re worried that it could actually make your trouble area worse, then please don’t hesitate and get out and give this a go!

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Not only this, but it’s so easy to apply that anyone could do it, even if you are not a regular make up user. The easy to use twist top and soft applicator sponge attached to the concealer, means it’s impossible to apply too much or damage the skin around the eye and also mean that application takes seconds, without any of the time consuming blending and applying which comes with some concealers.

I won’t lie to you, when I picked this product up it was another complete impulse buy (another 3 for 2 offer in Boots!) as I had actually been contemplating purchasing the Seventeen under eye concealer (that is more like a clay based product though and looks realllllllly heavy) so I’m so glad I went with this instead.

This is the kind of product that I wear most days so an affordable price is essential as it would become a fairly frequent repurchase and for 7ml it costs about £7.99. Now whilst I think that for the quantity this is a lot, actually I am pretty happy paying this much for such a small product. Although it’s one of the smallest products in my make-up kit, I feel it’s one that has some of the biggest impact as it really helps to make my face look brighter and more awake, even after a night with little sleep and a long stressful day! As well, you need so little at each application that one tube will probably last me about 4-6 months of every day use so for the price that is not bad at all. Something I guess I probably should mention is that I also don’t just use this under my eyes, I’ve taken to using this all over my face to cover up any skin tone issues or blemishes as it’s so light and works really well with my current everyday make-up combination of Maybelline Baby Skin Primer as a base followed by Garnier BB Cream and Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (which I haven’t posted about yet but I will do soon! I’ve actually got quite a few foundations that I’ve been wanting to review so I might just do a massive foundation comparison post instead)

Now if you don’t have the time or patience to read through all my jibber jabber then why not check out this handy recap:

  • Good price considering the frequency that this product will need to be repurchased
  • Great range of colours to suit any skin tone (Brightener/Neutraliser are perfect for dark skin tones)
  • Easy to apply
  • Mess and fuss free
  • Comes with an easy to clean, easy to use twist applicator
  • Small and easy to carry around
  • Lightweight and doesn’t sit in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smells great (thank you Goji Berries!)
  • Brightens dark under eye circles and reduces puffiness from tired eyes
  • Perfect to use on blemishes (only for some shades of the product)

All in all, I will definitely be buying this again and honestly I have no idea how I hadn’t heard about this product before! I’d never seen an advert for it in any magazines or on the TV, have never read any blogs about it, or even heard anyone recommend it in conversation which is a massive shame! I don’t know what I did before without this product. If you’ve been considering an under-eye concealer or suffer from dark circles or puffiness, get out and give this a go. It’s firmly on my radar to repurchase and I’ll definitely be using this on other people when I do their make-up. This scores a perfect 5/5 from me as I really cannot think what would make this product better for me (aside from maybe a broader range of colours to suit more skin tones and that is a tiny niggle!) What this really highlights to me though, is that actually it’s not really so much what you can see on the outside which is the most important part of getting ready. Actually the prep and care of whatever it is you are working on, be it body or face that is actually the most important. The more impactful products that complete how I look on a daily basis are my bases, concealers, highlighters and BB creams which all sit unseen beneath foundations, powders and fixers to help present the finished look, so please don’t forget that! Also, if you don’t use that many Maybelline products, give them a go! I’m in love with so much of their stuff at the moment as their product range and affordability have really revamped and pumped up my daily make up routine 🙂

'Scuse the stupid face, I was just so darn excited by this product!

‘Scuse the stupid face, I was just so darn excited by this product!

I hope you enjoyed this post (I really enjoyed writing this as I loved this product big time!) and would love to hear whether you have any favourite make up brands, or whether you use under eye concealers! Please share with me below, any comments or questions that you have and please don’t forget that if you enjoyed this, it’s great to see how much you loved it by liking, sharing or subscribing.

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Autumn/Winter 2014 Fashion Picks

Hey everyone,

Like I said last week, finding the time to post recently has been tough 😦 I really feel like I’m neglecting my wonderful followers and haven’t been able to give this my all which is a shame, but I haven’t forgotten about you and am posting/planning posts at every given opportunity!

Aaah Autumn, one of my favourite seasons. The return of boots and jackets as well as the crisp evenings and gorgeous autumnal hues make this one of my favourite seasons (behind Summer which is still the best because it’s hot!) However despite my love for summer, Autumn is my favourite fashion season as colder temperatures means more layers which means double the fun in every outfit! Whether it’s layering up with a scarf, adding a hat, or throwing on a jumper there is just something so fun about dressing for Fall!

For this post I thought I would write all about my fave fashion picks for the coming months, talk through some of the emerging trends and share with you some of the inspiration I’ve been gathering from magazines over the past few weeks, and will focus on both looks and pieces which I think are staples for the coming months (and hopefully are classics to last you for years!) Hppefully it goes without saying now, that all of the items which I link to and discuss are completely affordable and available off the high street or equivalent online retailers, so no need for fashion envy, just get shopping instead!

Blanket Cardigans

This is a piece which I have already invested in (Incl link to boohoo) as I think that not only do these cardigans look amazingly warm, they also look like they will be durable, great with any outfit and last for years to be recycled every Autumn/Winter (which is an absolute Lifestyle for Less must as who wants to pay loads of money for new items which will only be fashionable for a month or two?!) Throw over a pair or jeans and a white tee to spruce up a daytime outfit or glam up with a dress, thick tights and chunky heeled Chelsea boots and a belt to add some shape and definition. Perfect for those crisp evening walks and available in loads of different prints from check to Navajo, definitely keep your eyes peeled and check out my links below for bargain buys 🙂

Tartan

This comes in an out of fashion in one form or another almost every year so having a tartan piece in your wardrobe is a no brainer! I have a gorgeous tartan skater dress which I purchased last Christmas (incl pic) but am seriously thinking about increasing the amount of tartan I have in my collection this year. I’m looking at tartan scarves or accessories to really add some daytime glam to otherwise ordinary outfits or you could go one better and invest in a tartan blanket cardigan! My only tip would be to avoid tartan skirts as these are really hard to pull off without looking like a school girl, however, if you can rock it go for it 🙂

Duster coats/jackets

A-mazing! I’m seeing these everywhere at the moment and am completely obsessed. I already purchased a black crepe duster jacket which I have worn on numerous occasions and am completely in love with. It’s so versatile and immediately makes every outfit more dressy and sharp which I love. At the moment clean lines and bold colours and massive drivers in my outfit choices so for me these are a must! With my birthday fast approaching the only thing on my wish list is a duster coat (preferably in a fluffy pastel) as they seem to suit any outfit or shape and look so snuggly and adorable, perfect for those cold winter days.

Winter Pastels

Pastel anytime is brilliant, but pastels in Autumn/Winter is even better, especially when it’s outerwear! I don’t wear many pastels as I am really pale, but I think that anyone would suit a pastel coat (especially in the duster style) I’ve seen so many different variations of pastel coats on the market at the moment and I’ve shared some below, so if you’re feeling bold invest some money in a statement piece this year to help make you stand out from the crowd. And it’s not only pastel coats and jackets that are amazing, I’ve seen some fab pastel mini’s which would love gorgeous with black tights and a black cami, so check these out too (especially if you’re not feeling quite ready for a full on pastel coat!)

Boots

Now obviously boots are essential every year, however this year there is so much choice! My three must haves are; over the knee, low heeled Chelsea boots and cut out boots. These three choices mean you are set for the whole of Autumn/Winter and even into Spring 2015! And the best thing about shoes (the way I justify my shoe addiction) is that shoes, unlike clothes, don’t come in and out of fashion as much, so they are guaranteed to last you years and you can always get them re heeled or touched up once you’ve worn them too often (like I tend to do!) Find a list of my fave boots on a budget below!

Preppy

This is another one of those fashion looks which comes and goes very frequently, however, until now I haven’t really liked it enough to get involved. For some reason though, this time it really works as the varsity style cable knit jumpers look like they would be the best for the chillier months and teamed with over the knee boots and jodphurs (H&M do an amazing pair!) you are set for a casual look to carry you right back around to summer.

Hopefully, you’ve found this post useful eventhough I haven’t had time to cover off everything that I would have liked which is up and coming at the moment! What I would suggest though is that if you have some spare change and some free time why not invest in a fashion Mag like Glamour or Cosmo and check out some of their look books! They’ve always served as great inspiration for me alongside retailers own catalogues and I often make mood boards or collages of outfits and key pieces that I want to invest in, especially when they do their season change specials. So get down to your local news agents now 🙂 As always, if you found this useful or think there are any pieces or styles I’ve missed then please let me know and don’t forget to like, follow and share!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Links to my fashion picks:

Blanket Cardigans at Boohoo

I can’t post anymore at the moment as my internet is driving me crazy, but I’ll post more asap!