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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Review: Orva Co-Ord from Luxemme

Hey everyone, I’m sorry that I am only getting to post once a week at the moment but I promise that I am trying to up it again!

Today I wanted to write about a new and emerging brand I was so lucky to work with in 2015, and which was my first ever blog collaboration! Luckily for me, I’ve been continuing to work with them to promote their brand and because of this was also lucky enough to be sent some of their amazing vouchers (which I will also be giving away on my Instagram keep reading to find out more!)

Now after my amazing co-ord which I was sent back when I first started to work with Luxemme, when I was in a pickle with what to wear to a pre-christmas night out recently I instantly thought about another classic co-ord from Luxemme as they look gorgeous and fit so well!

And that is how I ended up with the Orva Bralet and Midi Skirt in a beautiful burgundy leather 🙂

I ordered this with days to spare but luckily for me the parcel came next day for a reasonable price, and once again packaged beautifully and personally which is such a nice touch, especially in comparison to the larger online retailers!

As I am sure I have mentioned before I am pretty short (well maybe that is an understatement, I’m tiny!) at barely 5ft so ordering a midi skirt can be a bit of a risk, but amazingly the length of this skirt was perfect. I ordered a size 10 and was pretty impressed. With a figure verging on the side of curvy (thankyou boobs and hips for the constant sartorial challenge) sometimes finding things to fit, especially tops and bottoms in the same size, can be a challenge, but I was reassured by the fit of my last outfit from here that this would work! I was pretty right. The skirt fit perfectly, hugging in all the right places, making it look like I had a tiny waist, smooth silhouette and potentially even abs (?!) and was a definite choice, however the top was a little more snug and although gorgeous and totally passable, I just didn’t think I would feel comfortable in it all night, so I ended up swapping for an ever faithful black crop top from Missguided which was teamed off with killer nude heels.

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For both pieces it was only £39 which is a bargain for an outfit which is super versatile! Teaming this skirt with smaller heels, t-shirt and a blazer would look just as effective as a full on co-ord so you really can get value for money and a very well made outfit too!

Exactly as last time I think that this was a perfect purchase and completely saved me at the eleventh hour when I really had nothing else to wear! Definitely check Luxemme out if you havent already as their range is constantly adapting and expanding 🙂 I already have my eye on a gorgeous trouser two piece!

And now for the really good stuff! Don’t forget you can get a discount off at Luxemme by going here and using code LIFESTYLE4L to get 10% off (and even better if you head over now you are just in time for their new stock!) 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

 

Cosmopolitan #FashFest

What a week!

This week I was lucky enough to get to attend Cosmopolitan’s #FashFest event at Battersea Evolution which celebrated the best of the high street, showcased some fab clothes coming soon and kicked off London Fashion Week all at the same time. It was by far the best evening of my life so far, with so much to take in and to do and I honestly still can’t quite believe that I was there networking with people that I never thought I would get to meet, it really made me feel like I was starting to make it in the world of beauty, fashion and blogging!

With massive brands showing their clothes such as Next, Boohoo, Ted Baker and many many more, the catwalk was bursting with clothes I want and I am sure I will do an updated seasonal lookbook/wishlist for you all soon, taking inspiration from what I have seen this week.

In this post I thought I would share with you some of the pictures and also let you know that thanks to the fantastic goody bag which we received, I’ll have plenty more to write about for you soon and I want to share with you my tutorial on how to achieve the look I went with for the event so stay tuned for lots of exciting posts coming very soon!

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I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet update and all the pictures 🙂 If so, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get many more updates like this on a daily basis!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

My first fashion show – Behind the scenes

On Saturday 30th May I was involved in my very first fashion show so I thought I would share with you all my experience!

I was lucky enough to get to spend all my time at the fashion show with What Sarah did, an amazing store in Hitchin who sell such a fabulous array of clothes.

Like I said I have never been involved in a fashion show before and I have to admit that before this one I was extremely nervous and really didn’t know what to expect, however my fears were soon allayed and it turned out to be an absolutely amazing experience and I really hope I get to be a part of it again next time!

I thought I would run you through a little timeline of the day so here goes…

9.30am

I arrived a 9.30am and honestly felt like I was late! Already there was a buzz in the air and all systems were already ago! Girls were in makeup, getting dressed and looking through their outfits as well as going through run-throughs of their walks. Not only that, but the store was open to customers so you can imagine the atmosphere. It was honestly one of the best feelings being behind the scenes and getting to see what goes into a show.

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About an hour after arriving I take a trip down to the market square to see the catwalk.The tents are being put up by friends and family of the stores, however there is a slight drama! It would seem that someone who was using the square the day before had left a trailer behind and messed up the organisation of the tents! No sweat for the guys and girls who are walking though, who like true professionals adjust their sets accordingly and work around (excuse the pun) the rather large obstruction. Massive well done to everyone involved in hiding the trailer as well, you honestly couldn’t tell it was there unless you knew!

11am

Make up is being finished and everyone is getting dressed and putting on accessories. I have to say I’m the worst at accessorising with jewellery and scarves and often go through phases of wearing jewellery to accentuate my outfits, but being in What Sarah did and seeing the amazing jewellery made me want it all! There was an amazing selection of earrings, chokers, necklaces and even arm cuffs which had me completely obsessed, my favourites were probably the daisy choker and arm cuff which I am very tempted to go back and purchase for my upcoming holiday!

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They were both cute and sassy, a combination which I adore and is very much my style! At this point everyone is getting a bit tenser, a few more glasses of Prosecco are being downed for a bit of dutch courage and everyone is starting to get jitters, both through excitement and nerves. At this point it is really clear to see the inspiration for the What Sarah did show. Pulling on festival vibes, mainly Coachella andd the huge diversity of styles you get there, the looks are all fun, flirty and individual! After photos are taken, both impromptu and professional, it’s time to go!

11.40am

Everyone who is taking part in the show is now gathered at Osinskys in the town centre, and the room is full of a completely diverse and eclectic bunch of people. I’ve never felt more at home in a room! There are young girls in flower crowns, glamorous women in fascinators, some of the highest heels I have ever seen and bare feet, all accentuating the different styles of the stores they are representing. All of the decades seem to be there from the 40’s and 50’s right up until influences from today. More pictures are being taken, people are pacing and the view from the bar shows that the town centre is packed with people waiting to see the show!

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And then it was show time…

It was over in a flash, although I am sure it lasted for almost an hour! Stores from all price ranges and styles were represented with some of my favourite collections coming from Rubarb and Rosita Lollipop (and What Sarah did of course, but that goes without saying!) and the best part about it all was that the diversity of the stores, was represented in the diversity of the audience. To a background of amazing music and a gorgeous summer day, that was it, all the models had walked like complete pros, the audience loved it and then it was all over.

So what would I recommend you look out for this summer?

– bold shapes (taking cues from previous decades, seventies and nineties)

– colours and prints are definitely in – the bolder the better

– jumpsuits and playsuits are still a huge trend

– chunky shoes

– variations of fabrics e.g. denims, suede etc.

And what did I take away from it all?

Besides the amazing Motel jumpsuit I bought… I took away a new found understanding! This was definitely an eye opener as to how much goes in to putting on such a show but it was absolutely something I want to be involved in again. It also really showed me how much I love fashion, all the different colours, prints, shapes, cuts and sizes – I literally cannot get enough. It makes me want to own my own store (as I can’t design so that is out of the window) but to be able to run a store which houses collections from designers would be a complete dream of mine!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Look out for the full gallery of pictures coming very soon. Don’t forget to comment, like, share and subscribe! Lots of love, Leanne xx

My 4 top picks for Spring 2015!

Hey everyone!

So the sun is shining today to really end the long weekend on a high and it got me thinking! We are now officially out of Winter and the shops are all starting to stock their Spring/Summer clothes so I thought I would share with you some of my top picks for items and trends to watch out for this season 🙂

Please remember (just a little disclaimer before I start) that I am by no means a fashion expert, but these are all things I will be wearing over the next few months. I don’t really have a distinct style, I just pick what I like and go with the flow, so if you disagree that’s fine, but hopefully you enjoy the items I’m feeling!

Seventies

The seventies are back yay! I am a huge fan of older fashion anything from 50’s-70’s are my favourite, because the cuts and prints are so much more exciting that a lot of what we see today and this season so much of that is inspired by the seventies. Lots of florals, flared trousers, waistcoats and fringing galore! Some of my favourite picks include:

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Camel

Camel has been a huge colour throughout winter and that doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon, so it’s time to pick up a few items in camel to fulfil your colour crush! Some of the favourite ones I have seen are:

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Suede

Often suede can make you think of horrible items of clothing or for some reason it always makes me think of corduroys, however suede is in at the moment in a big way! I’ve already purchased a pair of suede shorts (in camel of course!) ready for the spring and summer from H&M and I am sure I will be adding more! If the idea of wearing suede scares you, why not try suede accents through your accessories, such as ankle boots or bags! Here are my faves:

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Fringing:

Not a style I’ve ever been a huge fan of as I think it can often look a bit costumey, however this season I have seen so many lovely pieces with really subtle fringing to meet the trend which I am definitely tempted to try! Here are my faves:

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So there are my 4 top picks for trends for Spring/Summer 2015! I hope you enjoyed it and that it gave you inspiration and if you like any of the items shows above they are all from either Missguided, Boohoo, Asos, H&M or Pretty Little Thing 🙂 Let me know what your fave trends are at the moment in the comments below!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

London Fashion Week Gifting Lounge Round Up

Hey everyone,

Wow, it’s been such a busy few weeks! With work, gymnastics and general socialising, finding time even to sleep has been tricky but of course I am still trying to find the time to post!

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Bloggers Hub Gossip Girl themes gifting lounge at London Fashion Week. It was my very first time at an event like this and I was both very excited and super nervous!

Luckily my good friend Katie agreed to come with me which made the whole thing even more fun! We spent all afternoon getting ready and enjoying ourselves before jumping on the train to London and hoping we could successfully negotiate ourselves around the seemingly endless maze of the London train lines.

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Somehow we managed to get there safe and were even early enough for an impromptu photo shoot on the streets of Hoxton, before entering the very trendy art gallery which was housing the event. The gifting lounge itself was Gossip Girl themed so I took my outift inspiration from Jenny Humphrey and Katie took inspiration from both Blair and Selena, but both still put our individual flairs on our looks. My outift consisted of a t-shirt dress from Primark, a check shirt from H&M and boots from eBay whilst Katie’s look featured a skater skirt from H&M and boots from Primark, so all very budget friendly!

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On Twitter following this event loads of people were slating it which I feel is a bit unfair as all in all it was a good night! Getting there early meant I had loads of time to speak to all the brands before it was too busy and even had the chance to get a mani from CitySwish (which was lush) as well as meeting loads of interesting new bloggers. Some of my favourite brands that I met were SniffyWiffy, IKRUSH and Madame La La which I’ll be doing individual posts on soon, but there were loads of brands there including AKA, Collagen Gold, Luxsit, Louise Mcleod, Souksy, Ruver and more!

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I was really worried I would feel like a bit of a fraud seen as I’ve only been blogging for a few months and still forget people actually read what I write, but actually my role at work really gave me an edge as it taught me to get the most out of networking opportunities like this whilst still having a really good time so it certainly gave me a new found confidence in my abilities. A massive thanks to everyone who I spoke to at the event as well who complimented Katie and I on our outfits and make up as we were really flattered 🙂

I can understand why some people were unhappy, it sounded like Bloggers Hub had some problems with their caterers which couldn’t be avoided and it turned out the venue was quite small for all the bloggers in attendance, but all things considered I had a great time (which you’ll probably be able to see more when I upload my vlog from the day) and I can’t wait for the next event I get to be a part of 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post and are able to see how excited I am to get to share my experiences with you all!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

New York Fashion Week – My Top Picks

Hey everyone,

So it’s that time of year again! That’s right it’s fashion week time! I’ve been following New York Fashion week pretty closely this year, so thought I would do a run down of some of my fave collections and lines that I’ve seen so far!

Marc Jacobs

  • Military inspired
  • Cinched waists
  • Darker hues (lots of navy and khaki)
  • Elegant yet wearable daily

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Ralph Lauren

  • Collection is called Glam Safari (says it all really)
  • Super chic outfits in khaki, yellow, nude and camel tones
  • Mixture of clean lines and girly styles
  • Perfect for day time and evening wear (especially the tulle skirts which I have been obsessed with since Olivia Palermo wore won on her wedding day!)

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Hugo Boss

  • Tailored yet flirty
  • Lots of pastels and sixties inspired lines
  • Powerful yet pretty pieces

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Delpozo

  • Not a brand I’ve heard of before, but they have turned out to have one of my favourite collections of NYFW!
    Bold colours and strong distinct lines
  • Super tailored palazzo pants and culottes in bold colours teamed with crisp whites
  • Also featured tulle dresses in light shades with an ethereal vibe
  • Something for everyone!

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The Row

  • Minimal yet highly sculpted
  • Simple colours in interesting shapes
  • Crisp looks
  • Good mix between oversized chic and fitted looks, often working together to create one cohesive look!

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Diane von Furstenberg

  • Very flirty and girly collection
  • Strong floral prints and bold colours
  • Sixties and seventies influences
  • Clueless inspired at times with cute matching co-ords and flirty tea dresses

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Round up:

The Spring NYFW has been amazing and I cannot wait for some of these trends to hit the high street with their replicas. I know that I am a budget beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger but I still love watching and taking note from fashion week (eventhough I could never spend that much on clothes!) to see what is likely to be hot and hitting the shops soon! I like seeing how looks are put together and also to see if there is anything that I have in my wardrobe which I might be able to recycle to replicate the looks I see on the catwalk 🙂

From military style, super structured looks with an almost androgynous foundation on one end to ethereal and full on feminine hems and silhouettes on the other there is almost certainly going to be something for everyone and I for one cannot wait! I love all ends of this seasons fashion scale as I am a huge fan of bold colours and structured looks (culottes are one of my new favourite things) but on the other hand I am a real girly girl so pastel shades and full midi skirts are right up my street too (even if I am usually too short to pull off these looks!)

What do you think of the looks from this NYFW? What do you think is going to be a hit and what do you think we could do without?

Can’t wait to hear what you all think! Hope you enjoyed this post and that it’s given you some inspiration for the seasons to come! Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe if you enjoyed this or any of my other posts 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx