Archives for December 2012

On Fitness and Body Image

It’s coming up to that time of year, when everyone seems to put the same old resolution on their list. Lose weight (or any other form of that). I’ve been doing the same for a few years, but never really did anything about it, but getting more and more unhappy about how I was looking. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I stopped doing outfit posts earlier this year. Not because I didn’t have anything new to post about, but more that I hated how I looked in photos.


The turning point I think had to be Sarah’s birthday. I saw the photos from her party and cried. Coincidentally, just before I left for St Albans, Alex had bought a Withings Wifi Scale*, so I reluctantly stepped on before I left, and let it record my weight. Ugh.

The thing that I like about the Withings scales is that it records my weight, and sends it to their site. There’s an app that I can access on my iPhone or iPad, and it’s good to see how my weight has changed over time. (I love a good graph)

Something else that I’ve used during this time to measure what I’m doing is my Fitbit* (the link is for the new Fitbit One, but I have the Fitbit Ultra.) It measures how many steps you do, how you sleep, and other things. I find it useful to tell me how much I’ve done in the day (it has a daily target of 10,000 steps, and I’m always happy to beat that target!) and I like the social aspect where you can compete against friends to get the most steps that week.

With these things, with eating a little better (less snacking at work, etc) and going to the gym on a regular basis, I have lost 30lbs (or if you prefer, thats about 2 stone or 13.5 kg) since the end of July. Slow, yes, but hopefully, it will stay off. Even if I’m eating a Mars ice cream bar as I type this.

Why am I telling you this? Besides the time of year, it’s something that I’ve been vaguely mentioning on Twitter, and thought a post to put everything together might be of interest. Maybe it is, maybe not.

Sensible eating and exercise helps you lose weight. Who knew, right?

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

I’ve been a glasses wearer since I was 8, but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve paid attention to how a pair of glasses can influence an outfit. When I was at Uni, I was embarrassed about the styles of glasses that I wore – function over fashion – so I would refuse to wear them when we went out, meaning that I couldn’t see anything. (I know, how dumb.) Even now, I will wear contacts for parties, because I don’t feel like the glasses that I wear daily are special or fancy enough to go with my outfit. (Seriously, dumb.)

LensWay got in touch with me this month and sent me a few pairs of glasses, to show how they can go with different outfits. I’ll properly review the glasses soon (because this is the first time I’ve ordered glasses on line!) but I wanted to share a few looks with the different frames I was sent to show how they can complete an outfit, especially for New Years.

7019 outfits

These are the Derek Cardigan 7019 glasses which I love – I’ve wanted a pair in this sort of style before, but haven’t found anything quite suitable. For a New Years party, I’d match these up with either this spotty mesh dress from Dorothy Perkins*, the double collar dress from Dorothy Perkins* or (my favourite) this sparkly dress from French Connection*. I’d pair any of these dresses either with these killer studded wedges*, or these cute t-bar flats*, both from ASOS.


My New Years outfit is more likely to look like this, since I prefer to just stay at home (and eat a LOT of cheese. Tis the season, and all that). Cosy jumpers and jeans would go well with the Derek Cardigan 7017 glasses which I would never have chosen myself, but after wearing them a few times, I’m in love with them! I love the Breton stripe top from Jaeger but a cheaper alternative would have to be this cable knit jumper from Miss Selfridge. I’d match them with either these cherry jeans* or the rinse wash ones*, both from Oasis, and I’d have to wear these metallic Converses*, or these tweed-ish ones.


Finally, to go with the Calvin Klein 7759 619 frames – which, I’ll admit, were the safe choice, I’d choose either this cute collared velvet dress from Oh My Love*, or perhaps this flocked fit and flare dress by Motel* (I must see if this is in the Bristol shop!) which would have to be worn with a pair of silly heels – maybe these wedge boots from Dorothy Perkins* or these Steve Madden shoe boots*

I can’t wait to try out my new glasses from LensWay with more outfits…and hopefully I’ll be able to share them more with you!

7 Years

I say this every year, but it seems so long, yet so short since I last saw my mum. I’m going home tonight, and will be raiding the photo stash, but thought I would share some of my favourite photos of my mum when she was about 20-25.

Scan 22

Scan 5

Scan 4

Scan 3

Love you, Mum.

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