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I've never been a morning person, but after watching some 'How To' Youtube videos, I realised the importance of actually putting some effort into becoming an early riser. I love staying up late to watch movies or Netflix or my favourite vloggers but it tends to take a toll on the body and somehow I'm stuck with a late night owl body clock when I would much rather be up at 6am everyday. Believe you me I am not one of those lucky people that can survive off next to no sleep so my 7 hours a night is necessary. However I also cannot get out of the habit of working late into the night as this seems to be when I'm most productive, so I have devised a little routine to see if I can conquer my body and go forth into the world of 6am wake-ups.

Completing my To-Do list:

I have started to realise that I stay up late into the evening doing work when I should probably clock off at least two hours before I try to go to bed. This way my brain is calm and I can think about rainbows or shoes or something instead of stressing about work or life stuff while I'm trying to rest. This has led me to splitting up my to-do list into days and making sure I stick to it (wherever I can) so that I have segmented my days into what needs to be done, and not worrying about everything all at once.

|| Photo: SheerLuxe ||


Breakfast:

I don't have the biggest appetitive and have been fighting that first meal of the day for a good few years as I am just never ever hungry in the mornings. But I have also realised that in order to actually survive the morning productively and not feel drained, breakfast is important. Making sure that I have things in the house for the morning means I'll be more likely to grab it and making sure it's things I actually like, not a fad I'm trying to make myself like. I am also back to making my healthy smoothies everyday, which in turn makes my diet and my skin much better for the health benefits. Add in some coffee and there you have it, my morning breakfast routine!

Skincare:

I take care of my skin but albeit its not actually that great, and I guess I just haven't found my mojo with it. But things like fitness and swimming make a difference (packs gym bag) and normally I forget to go, but I have to work it into the day, to help me sleep at night and also improve my fitness and skin. Then testing out some new cleansers or serums should all have a positive effect, but for now I'll use my face scrub and L'Oreal Toner and Clay Mask.

How are you making your mornings enjoyable?

Let me know! We can share all the tips of how to be a morning riser! 

|| Photo: @Lorealskin ||



Starting A Morning Routine

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


I've never been a morning person, but after watching some 'How To' Youtube videos, I realised the importance of actually putting some effort into becoming an early riser. I love staying up late to watch movies or Netflix or my favourite vloggers but it tends to take a toll on the body and somehow I'm stuck with a late night owl body clock when I would much rather be up at 6am everyday. Believe you me I am not one of those lucky people that can survive off next to no sleep so my 7 hours a night is necessary. However I also cannot get out of the habit of working late into the night as this seems to be when I'm most productive, so I have devised a little routine to see if I can conquer my body and go forth into the world of 6am wake-ups.

Completing my To-Do list:

I have started to realise that I stay up late into the evening doing work when I should probably clock off at least two hours before I try to go to bed. This way my brain is calm and I can think about rainbows or shoes or something instead of stressing about work or life stuff while I'm trying to rest. This has led me to splitting up my to-do list into days and making sure I stick to it (wherever I can) so that I have segmented my days into what needs to be done, and not worrying about everything all at once.

|| Photo: SheerLuxe ||


Breakfast:

I don't have the biggest appetitive and have been fighting that first meal of the day for a good few years as I am just never ever hungry in the mornings. But I have also realised that in order to actually survive the morning productively and not feel drained, breakfast is important. Making sure that I have things in the house for the morning means I'll be more likely to grab it and making sure it's things I actually like, not a fad I'm trying to make myself like. I am also back to making my healthy smoothies everyday, which in turn makes my diet and my skin much better for the health benefits. Add in some coffee and there you have it, my morning breakfast routine!

Skincare:

I take care of my skin but albeit its not actually that great, and I guess I just haven't found my mojo with it. But things like fitness and swimming make a difference (packs gym bag) and normally I forget to go, but I have to work it into the day, to help me sleep at night and also improve my fitness and skin. Then testing out some new cleansers or serums should all have a positive effect, but for now I'll use my face scrub and L'Oreal Toner and Clay Mask.

How are you making your mornings enjoyable?

Let me know! We can share all the tips of how to be a morning riser! 

|| Photo: @Lorealskin ||










I hate Summer. 

There I said it. And I know there will be so many of you curling your toes at that but I do and it's a fact and I'm already planning how to put up my Christmas decorations even though it's September and I'm not ashamed. 

Winter is my favourite season, but better yet September is my favourite month. Funnily enough nothing to do with Christmas, but everything to do with the change of season. Do you remember those days where you would get ready to go back to school or college and the air would change and things would feel like a new start? Well that never went away for me. Even now when it gets to this time of year I feel like I'm shedding a years worth of skin and working towards something new. For so long I have felt a little stuck with recent choices I've made, or things I've decided to do or not do, and this can be a little suffocating. But because September is like my New Years I can get rid of all those feelings and go into a new era with a fresh mindset. 

I have my own business (and if you want to know what I do everyday read here just minus the 9-5 part) and although I love it and I wouldn't change it for the world, it can get a little lonely. I feel isolated, while everyone else is at work I'm slumming in my PJ's working from home. Which isn't all bad but sometimes I lack human contact for like 3 days which turns me into a crazy person. So when a friend mentioned a vacancy at the Jack Wills store in town I jumped at it, aced the interview and secured the job. And by the time you're reading this I've basically started!! Just a few days a week to fill up some hours and get me out of the house a little, and I'm loving it. This was just something else that really instilled the feeling of a fresh start this month. 






I'm feeling fresher, more motivated and another reason is that I bought this fancy new iMac with guess what .... dan dan daaaaann .... money that I actually SAVED!! I never save money!! And low and behold I managed to buy a 1 year old second hand fancy iMac. I can now properly edit my Youtube Videos and edit photos and just work more efficiently. As well as this I also have a beautiful new White Manfrotto Tripod (that I ordered online because they didn't have white in store and I'm fussy) so that I can film more and feel more comfortable Vlogging. Plus I have a brand new book 'Overnight Success' on my bedside table ... I think I'm feeling the white don't you? 

So theres lots that's going on and I'm just feeling a little bit more like me again. I hope you're enjoying September so far too.

EJ
x

Black Tripod (white sold out here): https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/pixi-mini-tripod
White Tripod: http://bit.ly/2gKRTpo

Shedding Skin For September Beginnings

Thursday, 7 September 2017








I hate Summer. 

There I said it. And I know there will be so many of you curling your toes at that but I do and it's a fact and I'm already planning how to put up my Christmas decorations even though it's September and I'm not ashamed. 

Winter is my favourite season, but better yet September is my favourite month. Funnily enough nothing to do with Christmas, but everything to do with the change of season. Do you remember those days where you would get ready to go back to school or college and the air would change and things would feel like a new start? Well that never went away for me. Even now when it gets to this time of year I feel like I'm shedding a years worth of skin and working towards something new. For so long I have felt a little stuck with recent choices I've made, or things I've decided to do or not do, and this can be a little suffocating. But because September is like my New Years I can get rid of all those feelings and go into a new era with a fresh mindset. 

I have my own business (and if you want to know what I do everyday read here just minus the 9-5 part) and although I love it and I wouldn't change it for the world, it can get a little lonely. I feel isolated, while everyone else is at work I'm slumming in my PJ's working from home. Which isn't all bad but sometimes I lack human contact for like 3 days which turns me into a crazy person. So when a friend mentioned a vacancy at the Jack Wills store in town I jumped at it, aced the interview and secured the job. And by the time you're reading this I've basically started!! Just a few days a week to fill up some hours and get me out of the house a little, and I'm loving it. This was just something else that really instilled the feeling of a fresh start this month. 






I'm feeling fresher, more motivated and another reason is that I bought this fancy new iMac with guess what .... dan dan daaaaann .... money that I actually SAVED!! I never save money!! And low and behold I managed to buy a 1 year old second hand fancy iMac. I can now properly edit my Youtube Videos and edit photos and just work more efficiently. As well as this I also have a beautiful new White Manfrotto Tripod (that I ordered online because they didn't have white in store and I'm fussy) so that I can film more and feel more comfortable Vlogging. Plus I have a brand new book 'Overnight Success' on my bedside table ... I think I'm feeling the white don't you? 

So theres lots that's going on and I'm just feeling a little bit more like me again. I hope you're enjoying September so far too.

EJ
x

Black Tripod (white sold out here): https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/pixi-mini-tripod
White Tripod: http://bit.ly/2gKRTpo

The gym is one of those things that some people love, and others love to hate. Being the main place to be able to concentrate on a workout, it also means that there's the membership fees, the travelling to and from and the constant strange muscly men grunting at themselves in the mirror while you're sweating in sit-ups. The awkward stares when you just wear a sports bra, and the sometimes un-usable machines due to so many before you having no clue what to do with it. Usually this is confined to January, when the New-Year-New-Me thing kicks in, although I find there are still some of these stragglers hanging around every month still giving it a good go (good on you though). 

I haven't been to the gym roughly ... all year. And even though I don't look that awful, I feel it. Running down the road or climbing stairs and I sound like I'm 85. And that's where the difference comes. Just because you look one way doesn't mean you are. So I may be very unfit but look slim, but someone slightly bigger may be able to run a hell of a lot longer than I can. Making it to the gym can be a hardship for me as I don't drive (don't laugh) and so I have to lug my gym kit around town if I have a day of meetings, or go out specifically, putting aside at least two and a half hours for a round trip. Some days I don't mind, but having only signed back up last week, I'm still getting into a routine.

That's where the BodyBoss Ultimate Body Fitness Guide comes in ....



The BodyBoss 12 week training programme consists of fun, high-intensity workout that you do in just 24min, 3 times a week! It boasts about the convenience of being able to work out anywhere, anytime without equipment and with results in just 2 weeks. So I decided to give it a go and test how unfit I really am! The workouts looked pretty simple, and my main issue with the gym is forgetting which exercises to do so it would be good to have something to follow. There's no judging from the outside world in a gym or in a class, you can just do it whenever and wherever, with minimal equipment. I decided to take mine to a quiet park one sunny day and take in the fresh air.




There is so much information in the guide, about how the workouts use bodyweight resistance exercises, jump training, cardio and unilateral exercises to create an intense workout with an after burn effect to help you burn fat even after you've finished, and trust me 
you can feel the burn! If you're new to a workout regime or high intensity exercises (HIIT), fret not as you can start with the bonus 4-week pre-training workouts to get your body going!







After two weeks of using the guide, shown above are a few of my favourite exercises. They get your heart rate up, as well as actually feeling like you're using and building your muscles without weights or machines. The warm up and cool down stretches are a great way to make sure I wasn't pulling a muscle or doing any damage, and my favourites are the booty workouts of course! I've started doing them at home, or at my mums, and I even take the book with me to the gym incase I want to add on some extra exercises before I go for a swim. It's an all round gem of a book and I already feel fitter so I'm betting I'll pretty much feel like Beyonce by the end of it!! It's different every week and doesn't feel boring or take too long which makes me way more inclined to stick to it. If you prefer something on your mobile, you can also get the online version of the guide, which comes with interactive animations to illustrate how to perform each exercise in the correct form.

I can't wait to see the full results after the whole training programme is finished, and then i'll probably go back around and do it all again to keep my fitness for good!

What are your #BodyGoals? Let me know in the comments how you get on!

Find the BodyBoss website here: http://bit.ly/BBthesouthamptongirl
Find their Instagram here: www.instagram.com/bodybossmethod/

This is a sponsored post from BodyBoss, but this has not affected my opinions and I was extremely happy with guide and genuinely will continue to use the product. Happy exercising! 




This is a sponsored post from BodyBoss, but this has not affected my opinions and I was extremely happy with guide and genuinely will continue to use the product. Happy exercising! 


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Getting My Fitness Back x BodyBoss Ultimate Body Fitness Guide

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


The gym is one of those things that some people love, and others love to hate. Being the main place to be able to concentrate on a workout, it also means that there's the membership fees, the travelling to and from and the constant strange muscly men grunting at themselves in the mirror while you're sweating in sit-ups. The awkward stares when you just wear a sports bra, and the sometimes un-usable machines due to so many before you having no clue what to do with it. Usually this is confined to January, when the New-Year-New-Me thing kicks in, although I find there are still some of these stragglers hanging around every month still giving it a good go (good on you though). 

I haven't been to the gym roughly ... all year. And even though I don't look that awful, I feel it. Running down the road or climbing stairs and I sound like I'm 85. And that's where the difference comes. Just because you look one way doesn't mean you are. So I may be very unfit but look slim, but someone slightly bigger may be able to run a hell of a lot longer than I can. Making it to the gym can be a hardship for me as I don't drive (don't laugh) and so I have to lug my gym kit around town if I have a day of meetings, or go out specifically, putting aside at least two and a half hours for a round trip. Some days I don't mind, but having only signed back up last week, I'm still getting into a routine.

That's where the BodyBoss Ultimate Body Fitness Guide comes in ....



The BodyBoss 12 week training programme consists of fun, high-intensity workout that you do in just 24min, 3 times a week! It boasts about the convenience of being able to work out anywhere, anytime without equipment and with results in just 2 weeks. So I decided to give it a go and test how unfit I really am! The workouts looked pretty simple, and my main issue with the gym is forgetting which exercises to do so it would be good to have something to follow. There's no judging from the outside world in a gym or in a class, you can just do it whenever and wherever, with minimal equipment. I decided to take mine to a quiet park one sunny day and take in the fresh air.




There is so much information in the guide, about how the workouts use bodyweight resistance exercises, jump training, cardio and unilateral exercises to create an intense workout with an after burn effect to help you burn fat even after you've finished, and trust me 
you can feel the burn! If you're new to a workout regime or high intensity exercises (HIIT), fret not as you can start with the bonus 4-week pre-training workouts to get your body going!







After two weeks of using the guide, shown above are a few of my favourite exercises. They get your heart rate up, as well as actually feeling like you're using and building your muscles without weights or machines. The warm up and cool down stretches are a great way to make sure I wasn't pulling a muscle or doing any damage, and my favourites are the booty workouts of course! I've started doing them at home, or at my mums, and I even take the book with me to the gym incase I want to add on some extra exercises before I go for a swim. It's an all round gem of a book and I already feel fitter so I'm betting I'll pretty much feel like Beyonce by the end of it!! It's different every week and doesn't feel boring or take too long which makes me way more inclined to stick to it. If you prefer something on your mobile, you can also get the online version of the guide, which comes with interactive animations to illustrate how to perform each exercise in the correct form.

I can't wait to see the full results after the whole training programme is finished, and then i'll probably go back around and do it all again to keep my fitness for good!

What are your #BodyGoals? Let me know in the comments how you get on!

Find the BodyBoss website here: http://bit.ly/BBthesouthamptongirl
Find their Instagram here: www.instagram.com/bodybossmethod/

This is a sponsored post from BodyBoss, but this has not affected my opinions and I was extremely happy with guide and genuinely will continue to use the product. Happy exercising! 




This is a sponsored post from BodyBoss, but this has not affected my opinions and I was extremely happy with guide and genuinely will continue to use the product. Happy exercising! 


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Some people don't enjoy their own company, but I have always been someone that does. I live on my own and I love coming home after a busy day and just chilling out and doing what I want, without having to chat or talk about my day. Plus walking around in Disney PJs isn't everyones cup of tea.... However, now I have gone full time with my blog and my business, I seem to be spending more and more time on my own and starting to go a little stir crazy. Self-Employed life can be fun and great when you can choose your hours, but when I spend all day on my own working, or filming myself, or editing myself or photographing myself, it kind of gets a little boring. Keep reading for my top tips on staying the weekend inside your own home!

I have started to adopt a new schedule, of going to coffee shops and working, because the £3 for an Oatmilk Latte (or two) doesn't seem such a high cost when I get to see the outside world for a few hours. Going back to the gym has also helped me get out of the house, but this is my new weekly routine. So what about the weekends? 



Well I seem to have made a habit of going out every weekend, and after being sent some new high heels and buying various more to fill my new Shoedrobe, my weekend tended to flow into the weeks and everything goes a little fuzzy. So this weekend I decided to spend my time on my own, work and photograph and try and get back to my motivated little self that likes to make pretty pictures with cushions and beauty products. 

Weekends can cause serious FOMO, especially if you like to got out. There's absolutely nothing wrong with partying until the AM every weekend, but sometimes it takes one off to regroup and get back to normal or catch up on sleep or heaven forbid.... READ a little. Lucky for me I was sent some Sparkling Wine from Skyfall, that is actually blue, to spend my weekend with. I of course took lots of pretty photos because, ya know, that's what I planned to do all weekend. But I couldn't help but enjoy the glasses while writing blog posts and editing my video and sitting on the floor in my shoe walk-in because I'm obsessed with it. The sweet taste of the sparkling wine was perfect for accompanying a relaxing night in and I didn't have the urge to go out at all! 



Choose something you miss doing

In our busy lives that are constantly on the move, it can be hard to fit in the fun things. The things that make you, well YOU. If it's reading, or taking a walk in the forest or taking a bath with a nice Lush bath bomb. Whatever it is, just schedule it into the weekend and trust me the satisfaction of being able to enjoy your time will soothe the itch of wanting to party. 

Tidy your space

Making somewhere clean and comfortable makes it much easier to spend your time there. If I have a nice and tidy, clean home I am way more likely to enjoy spending my time there instead of escaping to somewhere else. Put on some nice candles, or fluff those cushions and give the whole place a hoover, be it your room in a shared place or your own apartment. Tidy space - tidy mind.

Get something good to eat and drink

Going out for dinner is a habit we can all say gets too much sometimes. Those takeaways from UberEats all add up and going to Nandos three nights a week might reduce washing up but they sure are reducing your bank balance too. Cooking can be therapeutic, but if it's not your thing, why not try something like the M&S meal deal. Easy and quick but much cheaper than a takeaway or a meal out. As well as the fact you can eat in your PJ's. 

If alcohol is something you enjoy, why not buy a bottle of your favourite and enjoy some with the food (responsibly please people). Or if you feel like pushing the boat out, try my new favourite - Skyfall.

So what will you be doing this weekend? Give yourself some R&R and enjoy a weekend in, and if you give Skyfall a try, let me know what you think!

Pssttt... If you need an UberEats code, use mine 'southamptongirl' for £5 off your first two meals!

How To Spend The Weekend Alone

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Some people don't enjoy their own company, but I have always been someone that does. I live on my own and I love coming home after a busy day and just chilling out and doing what I want, without having to chat or talk about my day. Plus walking around in Disney PJs isn't everyones cup of tea.... However, now I have gone full time with my blog and my business, I seem to be spending more and more time on my own and starting to go a little stir crazy. Self-Employed life can be fun and great when you can choose your hours, but when I spend all day on my own working, or filming myself, or editing myself or photographing myself, it kind of gets a little boring. Keep reading for my top tips on staying the weekend inside your own home!

I have started to adopt a new schedule, of going to coffee shops and working, because the £3 for an Oatmilk Latte (or two) doesn't seem such a high cost when I get to see the outside world for a few hours. Going back to the gym has also helped me get out of the house, but this is my new weekly routine. So what about the weekends? 



Well I seem to have made a habit of going out every weekend, and after being sent some new high heels and buying various more to fill my new Shoedrobe, my weekend tended to flow into the weeks and everything goes a little fuzzy. So this weekend I decided to spend my time on my own, work and photograph and try and get back to my motivated little self that likes to make pretty pictures with cushions and beauty products. 

Weekends can cause serious FOMO, especially if you like to got out. There's absolutely nothing wrong with partying until the AM every weekend, but sometimes it takes one off to regroup and get back to normal or catch up on sleep or heaven forbid.... READ a little. Lucky for me I was sent some Sparkling Wine from Skyfall, that is actually blue, to spend my weekend with. I of course took lots of pretty photos because, ya know, that's what I planned to do all weekend. But I couldn't help but enjoy the glasses while writing blog posts and editing my video and sitting on the floor in my shoe walk-in because I'm obsessed with it. The sweet taste of the sparkling wine was perfect for accompanying a relaxing night in and I didn't have the urge to go out at all! 



Choose something you miss doing

In our busy lives that are constantly on the move, it can be hard to fit in the fun things. The things that make you, well YOU. If it's reading, or taking a walk in the forest or taking a bath with a nice Lush bath bomb. Whatever it is, just schedule it into the weekend and trust me the satisfaction of being able to enjoy your time will soothe the itch of wanting to party. 

Tidy your space

Making somewhere clean and comfortable makes it much easier to spend your time there. If I have a nice and tidy, clean home I am way more likely to enjoy spending my time there instead of escaping to somewhere else. Put on some nice candles, or fluff those cushions and give the whole place a hoover, be it your room in a shared place or your own apartment. Tidy space - tidy mind.

Get something good to eat and drink

Going out for dinner is a habit we can all say gets too much sometimes. Those takeaways from UberEats all add up and going to Nandos three nights a week might reduce washing up but they sure are reducing your bank balance too. Cooking can be therapeutic, but if it's not your thing, why not try something like the M&S meal deal. Easy and quick but much cheaper than a takeaway or a meal out. As well as the fact you can eat in your PJ's. 

If alcohol is something you enjoy, why not buy a bottle of your favourite and enjoy some with the food (responsibly please people). Or if you feel like pushing the boat out, try my new favourite - Skyfall.

So what will you be doing this weekend? Give yourself some R&R and enjoy a weekend in, and if you give Skyfall a try, let me know what you think!

Pssttt... If you need an UberEats code, use mine 'southamptongirl' for £5 off your first two meals!

So I'm someone who finds dressing themselves extremely hard. I always scroll through drool worthy outfits on Instagram, wishing I had that much poise and put-it-together power, but somehow when I get up in the morning I end up reaching for the same pair of jeans and trusty 'nice top' (after trying on 4 others already). It's something about the impending time restraint and work deadlines that cloud my apparel choices and makes me wish I had the 'Clueless' wardrobe that dressed me, without me having to think about it. 

So I decided to pick some outfits for a (busy I'll admit) 24 hours. I also decided to stick to one brand. Missguided. They have such a wide range of clothes and I think a 24 hour day is easy to style with their extensive and pretty damn sexy offerings. Normally my working day starts with checking my emails, making sure all of my clients' posts are going out okay, and working on my own blog posts. I'm often sat at my desk for long periods of time and although this does not require a huge amount of sass, it's still nice to feel comfortable and like I look relatively good. 



I slip into my Grey Lounge Set, a steal at just £20, and these leggings are so comfy but stylish, it really gets me into the 'Girlboss' mood. I'll go through everything, maybe sip one too many cups of coffee with coconut or almond milk. Slumping around the house like a gremlin (blog and freelance life is so glam sometimes ooohh) in my LOVE Sliders. I'm obsessed with sliders, so comfy yet somehow so chic. Mainly so comfy though. 

Then I'm ready for a meeting. A lot of my clients are in Southampton city center so I'll get spruced up, look more human and head off to meet them. Even though behind closed doors I don't mind being a slob, as soon as it comes to leaving the house I like to look the best possible, not always achieved but I try, don't judge.  


Something classy, that says I mean business but I'm also cool as fuck. Flared trousers (yes they are from Zara but I needed to pair the blouse) and my metallic top that's actually listed as a Rose Gold Blazer but I like it as a top on its own. My style has changed so much and a few years ago I would have turned up in a vintage shirt and some kind of strange tartan trousers. But times have changed and I have evolved, as has my choice in tops (and clearly tartan to flamenco style trousers). 

After my meetings and already a day of scheduling work, doing invoices and writing press releases and invites, to blow off steam I used to go to the gym. Now I haven't had a gym membership for a while now but I can wait to get back into it from next week. 


A Logo Crop Top. Something that can go over a sports bra (as I kind of need the extra cushion for the pushin on the running machine!) but still looks stylish. I mean I like looking like I've just stepped out of a Nike commercial but when I'm not feeling in the best shape, something more understated is good. I'm also considering styling it with super high waist leggings or jeans for a chilled trip to the nail salon or shopping with the girls. Sports Luxe attempts at its best. 

Last but not least, I'm well known to make a spontaneous trip for a glass of wine or a cocktail that turns into a 3am taxi home and a headache the day after whilst looking at my laptop screen. But you know what they say - balance is ehm ..... key. 



I spend a little more time dressing myself when I go out, to make a little more of an effort in another attempt to look good. This outfit is pretty sassy though and I'm proud of this one. The Faux Leather Trousers are honestly some of the coolest things I've ever worn. The waist comes up high enough but is thin enough to be flattering, and paired with the Lace Bodysuit I'm onto a killer. And I'll probably climb home into bed and chuck on an old t-shirt to sleep in if I'm honest! 

I was surprised how easy it was with a little bit of thought to kit out a whole day of outfits and a jam packed day at that, with just one brand. Maybe I'll start to plan them a day in advance to remove the brain dead choosing at 7am .....

The clothes were kindly gifted by Missguided but not for the purpose of the post, this was an experiment I wanted to try!

City Style Guide: A Busy 24 Hour Day in Missguided

Thursday, 27 July 2017


So I'm someone who finds dressing themselves extremely hard. I always scroll through drool worthy outfits on Instagram, wishing I had that much poise and put-it-together power, but somehow when I get up in the morning I end up reaching for the same pair of jeans and trusty 'nice top' (after trying on 4 others already). It's something about the impending time restraint and work deadlines that cloud my apparel choices and makes me wish I had the 'Clueless' wardrobe that dressed me, without me having to think about it. 

So I decided to pick some outfits for a (busy I'll admit) 24 hours. I also decided to stick to one brand. Missguided. They have such a wide range of clothes and I think a 24 hour day is easy to style with their extensive and pretty damn sexy offerings. Normally my working day starts with checking my emails, making sure all of my clients' posts are going out okay, and working on my own blog posts. I'm often sat at my desk for long periods of time and although this does not require a huge amount of sass, it's still nice to feel comfortable and like I look relatively good. 



I slip into my Grey Lounge Set, a steal at just £20, and these leggings are so comfy but stylish, it really gets me into the 'Girlboss' mood. I'll go through everything, maybe sip one too many cups of coffee with coconut or almond milk. Slumping around the house like a gremlin (blog and freelance life is so glam sometimes ooohh) in my LOVE Sliders. I'm obsessed with sliders, so comfy yet somehow so chic. Mainly so comfy though. 

Then I'm ready for a meeting. A lot of my clients are in Southampton city center so I'll get spruced up, look more human and head off to meet them. Even though behind closed doors I don't mind being a slob, as soon as it comes to leaving the house I like to look the best possible, not always achieved but I try, don't judge.  


Something classy, that says I mean business but I'm also cool as fuck. Flared trousers (yes they are from Zara but I needed to pair the blouse) and my metallic top that's actually listed as a Rose Gold Blazer but I like it as a top on its own. My style has changed so much and a few years ago I would have turned up in a vintage shirt and some kind of strange tartan trousers. But times have changed and I have evolved, as has my choice in tops (and clearly tartan to flamenco style trousers). 

After my meetings and already a day of scheduling work, doing invoices and writing press releases and invites, to blow off steam I used to go to the gym. Now I haven't had a gym membership for a while now but I can wait to get back into it from next week. 


A Logo Crop Top. Something that can go over a sports bra (as I kind of need the extra cushion for the pushin on the running machine!) but still looks stylish. I mean I like looking like I've just stepped out of a Nike commercial but when I'm not feeling in the best shape, something more understated is good. I'm also considering styling it with super high waist leggings or jeans for a chilled trip to the nail salon or shopping with the girls. Sports Luxe attempts at its best. 

Last but not least, I'm well known to make a spontaneous trip for a glass of wine or a cocktail that turns into a 3am taxi home and a headache the day after whilst looking at my laptop screen. But you know what they say - balance is ehm ..... key. 



I spend a little more time dressing myself when I go out, to make a little more of an effort in another attempt to look good. This outfit is pretty sassy though and I'm proud of this one. The Faux Leather Trousers are honestly some of the coolest things I've ever worn. The waist comes up high enough but is thin enough to be flattering, and paired with the Lace Bodysuit I'm onto a killer. And I'll probably climb home into bed and chuck on an old t-shirt to sleep in if I'm honest! 

I was surprised how easy it was with a little bit of thought to kit out a whole day of outfits and a jam packed day at that, with just one brand. Maybe I'll start to plan them a day in advance to remove the brain dead choosing at 7am .....

The clothes were kindly gifted by Missguided but not for the purpose of the post, this was an experiment I wanted to try!


So I had a lot of problems with my teeth when I was younger and I pretty much had a fang that stuck out of my lips. I had 4 teeth taken out and braces for 2 years! Then I had to wear retainers for a long time at night to keep them in place. Quite a few years on, I had my wisdom tooth taken out a year ago, and this year I had some more work done. I was contacted by Enlighten, a company that offers proper dentist teeth bleaching, something I have always been interested in and asked about but never actually done. I had a look at the website and decided that I would be happy to go through the process. The did warn me that it would be a long process, but that it lasts for a very long time and is way more effective than over the counter type treatments. 




This treatment is only available at selected private dentists so you have to find the one nearest to you, luckily I had already been to this private surgery so I knew it well. The first step is a once-over, so I went to have a chat with the dentist and he looked at my teeth. They have to make sure that they are in prime condition before they start the treatment to get the best outcome. Unfortunately, I needed two fillings before I could start the treatment, so I booked in to have those done and also had my two front teeth filed down to make all of the front row in a straight line on the bottom. 

After these were done I was booked in for my first appointment to take the moulds of my teeth I had to bite down on a tray filled with purple goo and hold it there, it was pretty cold! I was then given the blue toothpaste which is a desensitizing gel, to use for two weeks while I waited for my moulds to be made and delivered. The gel is there to help prepare your teeth for the bleaching as it can be quite painful to some people if you have sensitive teeth anyway. 



My moulds were delivered to the dentist and I went to pick them up with a little package too. I had a box containing all of the instructions, some desensitizing swabs, and two syringes with two different strength gels in them. For the first week, I used the 10% gel and you have to squeeze it into the trays and wear them all night. It does feel a bit cold and funny but it's not too uncomfortable at all. The first week was okay and I didn't really see much sensitivity to be honest. For the second week, I used the other 16% strength gel and this one was where the sensitivity started! It was a little to start, like drinking cold water or breathing in cold air too fast, but there was one day that it was so bad I couldn't touch paper or breathe or talk properly! Now I do have quite sensitive teeth anyway so this doesn't happen to everyone! But to deal with it I just filled the trays with the desinsitizing gel toothpaste and sat with them in for a couple of hours before then putting the bleaching gel in at bedtime. 




Even with the sensitivity, I contacted the dentist and they were really great about it. They invited me in for a 10-minute appointment to paint on some cover stuff (literally no idea what it was) that stops it being so bad. It was only a few more days until my last session in the dentist so it wasn't too bad. 

The last session is a 1 hour appointment where you have two intense bleaching trays done. You aren't allowed to take these ones home because the concentration of the bleach is too high. The dentist fills the trays and you have a tube that sucks all the dribble out your mouth (ew) while they are in. Two 20 minute sessions and then your teeth are completely done! 





I wasn't sure what to expect with the results if I'm honest and I wasn't banking on it being too much whiter, but guess what..... 

My teeth went a whole shade whiter! My teeth weren't that bad to start with so they were measured at a 1M 1. This is one of the lightest shades you can get with natural teeth. After the bleaching, they are now at 0M 1 which is actually a Veneer shade of white and cannot normally be achieved on natural teeth. Safe to say I was pretty damn happy! 

They do say that the whiteness will fade a little but that's only natural. I do think they aren't too far off now a few weeks on though as in photos of myself and even in the mirror I can just see them sparkle which I love! (p.s the photo above I have NOT edited my teeth I have just brightened the whole image). The great thing is that you can buy the gel and the toothpaste again as you keep your trays, so if you want to add some more whitening gel at home you can!

You can find the Enlighten Teeth Whitening website here: http://www.enlightensmiles.com

Find the website for my dentist in Southampton: www.dentistryatoceanaboulevard.co.uk

Thankyou so much to Enlighten for the opportunity to have my teeth done! I'm so so so happy with how white they are and would highly recommend the treatment! 
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New Nashers - Enlighten Teeth Whitening Review

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


So I had a lot of problems with my teeth when I was younger and I pretty much had a fang that stuck out of my lips. I had 4 teeth taken out and braces for 2 years! Then I had to wear retainers for a long time at night to keep them in place. Quite a few years on, I had my wisdom tooth taken out a year ago, and this year I had some more work done. I was contacted by Enlighten, a company that offers proper dentist teeth bleaching, something I have always been interested in and asked about but never actually done. I had a look at the website and decided that I would be happy to go through the process. The did warn me that it would be a long process, but that it lasts for a very long time and is way more effective than over the counter type treatments. 




This treatment is only available at selected private dentists so you have to find the one nearest to you, luckily I had already been to this private surgery so I knew it well. The first step is a once-over, so I went to have a chat with the dentist and he looked at my teeth. They have to make sure that they are in prime condition before they start the treatment to get the best outcome. Unfortunately, I needed two fillings before I could start the treatment, so I booked in to have those done and also had my two front teeth filed down to make all of the front row in a straight line on the bottom. 

After these were done I was booked in for my first appointment to take the moulds of my teeth I had to bite down on a tray filled with purple goo and hold it there, it was pretty cold! I was then given the blue toothpaste which is a desensitizing gel, to use for two weeks while I waited for my moulds to be made and delivered. The gel is there to help prepare your teeth for the bleaching as it can be quite painful to some people if you have sensitive teeth anyway. 



My moulds were delivered to the dentist and I went to pick them up with a little package too. I had a box containing all of the instructions, some desensitizing swabs, and two syringes with two different strength gels in them. For the first week, I used the 10% gel and you have to squeeze it into the trays and wear them all night. It does feel a bit cold and funny but it's not too uncomfortable at all. The first week was okay and I didn't really see much sensitivity to be honest. For the second week, I used the other 16% strength gel and this one was where the sensitivity started! It was a little to start, like drinking cold water or breathing in cold air too fast, but there was one day that it was so bad I couldn't touch paper or breathe or talk properly! Now I do have quite sensitive teeth anyway so this doesn't happen to everyone! But to deal with it I just filled the trays with the desinsitizing gel toothpaste and sat with them in for a couple of hours before then putting the bleaching gel in at bedtime. 




Even with the sensitivity, I contacted the dentist and they were really great about it. They invited me in for a 10-minute appointment to paint on some cover stuff (literally no idea what it was) that stops it being so bad. It was only a few more days until my last session in the dentist so it wasn't too bad. 

The last session is a 1 hour appointment where you have two intense bleaching trays done. You aren't allowed to take these ones home because the concentration of the bleach is too high. The dentist fills the trays and you have a tube that sucks all the dribble out your mouth (ew) while they are in. Two 20 minute sessions and then your teeth are completely done! 





I wasn't sure what to expect with the results if I'm honest and I wasn't banking on it being too much whiter, but guess what..... 

My teeth went a whole shade whiter! My teeth weren't that bad to start with so they were measured at a 1M 1. This is one of the lightest shades you can get with natural teeth. After the bleaching, they are now at 0M 1 which is actually a Veneer shade of white and cannot normally be achieved on natural teeth. Safe to say I was pretty damn happy! 

They do say that the whiteness will fade a little but that's only natural. I do think they aren't too far off now a few weeks on though as in photos of myself and even in the mirror I can just see them sparkle which I love! (p.s the photo above I have NOT edited my teeth I have just brightened the whole image). The great thing is that you can buy the gel and the toothpaste again as you keep your trays, so if you want to add some more whitening gel at home you can!

You can find the Enlighten Teeth Whitening website here: http://www.enlightensmiles.com

Find the website for my dentist in Southampton: www.dentistryatoceanaboulevard.co.uk

Thankyou so much to Enlighten for the opportunity to have my teeth done! I'm so so so happy with how white they are and would highly recommend the treatment! 
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