Sunday, 30 April 2017

VLOG: March 2017 Visit To Reykjavik, Iceland

It sure has been a while! Potentially the longest I've not posted on here, I guess life has gotten away with me a little. But here's at least one thing I've been up to, a cheeky little weekend trip to Reykjavik back in March.
There's so much more I'd love to improve on with 'on-the-go' vlogging. I love filming on the go and having these experiences to look back on. And while I'm no pro-editor by any means, I can see with each one I do, I'm getting just a little better :)

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Piling on the pressure and not the pounds... hopefully!

I can't believe I'm actually writing this post. For some people this is not a big deal at all, but for me it's massive, literally! I drafted this post over a month ago now, but it has taken me a while to pluck up the courage and hit 'publish'. So, here goes nothing...

I've struggled with my weight for so long, my whole adult life. It's by far my biggest insecurity and the thought of writing this post has been super daunting and I'm not a particularly shy person. I feel like I could write a novel on this part of my life. Taking you through why I think I've let myself get to this point, why I find it so hard to get in control and honestly, how ashamed I am about the whole thing. I'm going to do my best to be brief, I'm hoping to keep checking in on here on this subject every so often. So more updates to come.

First of all, I'd like to just say that being slim and 'bikini ready' isn't the be all and end all in life. I'm doing this to be healthier, more energetic and generally happier. However, I'm not going to lie and say that I'm not fussed about having a 'good-looking' body, I totally am! I'm not going to go on and justify why I feel this way, I just do. I find it so much easier to work hard at other aspects in my life; my education, my career, my family life, but the thing that causes me the most upset in life? It's SO hard. I am very aware that out of everything in my life, to have my weight as the most stressful and depressing part, is actually pretty good going compared to how it could be and how I know others have it. I'm also aware that correcting this aspect of my life isn't going to be the magic 'fix-it' of all my problems, but I'm thinking it's a great place to start!

I want to be able to see a dress on ASOS and not have to sense-check in my head, 'honestly Aaman, are you going to look shit in that'. I feel as though the way I look now is not me, it's not how I want other people to see me. I'm this slim, fashionable, maybe even sporty girl inside, who no one can see. I've tried so many times to do something about it but have clearly failed. But recently, I'm trying to do something about it and I actually feel as though something has 'clicked' inside me. So, in addition to this new-found determination, I'm going one step further and documenting my progress online in a bid to pile on the pressure. Historically, I've not been very vocal about my weight loss efforts, in fear that I'd fail and everyone would know. I think it goes a big way to explaining why I've never really got that far with it all. I need pressure. I need to know that people will be experiencing how determined I am to do this and just how much it means to me. It's not about anyone else, but I'm not someone who finds it easy to openly fail.

So, with all of this in mind, a couple of weeks ago (now 6 weeks ago, I'll have a little update on where I'm at with it at the bottom of this post) I began the 5:2 diet. I did my research, and as it's a relatively simple diet to follow and not classed as a 'crash diet' but more a way of life, it appealed to me. I've been reading up about the benefits of fasting and I'm keen on the whole thing. The first day of fasting was TOUGH. I mean, I was a total bitch to be around. Hangry isn't even the word! But, I got through it and have completed more fast days since. I've realised it's easier to fast on days I'm busy, there's less time to focus on the hunger.

In two weeks, I've managed to lose 3.4kg of fat and gain 1.6kg of muscle (I've been going to the gym 3/4 times a week, mostly strength training - I detest cardio!). So, I've lost approximately 1.8kg and I'm feeling great. I've got a long way to go, I want to lose 3.5 to 4 stone overall. But the combination of working to eat better, coupled with the fasting and exercise, actually has me really excited about this journey I'm embarking upon. I'm not cutting out all things bad, if I have a little slip up, that's ok. I'm not going to allow it to make me feel like I've failed and that I should give up as I have done in the past.

I'm not quite brave enough to tell you exactly how much I weigh, or post photos of myself just yet, but that may change.

Apologies for the epic, non-beauty related post. I thought sharing this on my little blog would be a positive way for me to talk about my journey, my struggles and my (fingers crossed!) success. If you can relate to any of the above, I'd love to hear from you! It's great to have people to chat with and to keep each other motivated.

**UPDATE since writing this post**
I'm now 6 weeks into the 5:2 diet and have lost 4.4kg (9.7lbs). I'm pretty chuffed! Still got a long way to go but I've managed to incorporate it into my lifestyle without sacrificing my social life or completely cutting out the naughty treats I love. Yay!
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

UK Bloggers and Vloggers to follow on Snapchat

With snapchat being the most-tapped app on many phones right now, I can't be the only one who thinks that it's an absolute mare to find people through the app to follow. So, after scouring the internet to find some the usernames of the influencers I wanted to stalk, I thought it might be useful to share by popping them in one post. There are some articles online of 'who to follow' on snapchat already, but these are mainly focused on US-based people. Here's some great accounts in the UK. Just to note, these are not in order of preference, just random! Now, apologies in advance if I've missed people off, feel free to add some more in the comments!

Alix (I Covet Thee) - icovetthee
Amelia Liana - amelia.liana
Anna (Vivianna does makeup) - viviannamakeup
Ellie (the elle next door) - theellenextdoor
Em Ford (my pale skin) - mypaleskinblog
Em Sheldon (em talks) - emshelx
Estee Lalonde - essie_button
Fleur De Force - fleurdeforce
Gabriella (Velvet Gh0st) - gabbilindley
Gina (oh my geee) -  ohmygeeee
Jen (beauty junkie london) - beautyjunkieldn
Jodie (just jodes) - jodieporteous
Jordan Bone - jordipie89
Josie (fashion mumblr) - josieldn
Kaushal Beauty - kaushalbeauty
Laura Cranston (girl talk with) - laucran36
Leanne Lim-Walker - leannelimwalker
Lily Pebbles - lilypebbles
Lucy and Lydia - lucyandlydia
Lydia Millen - lydiaemillen
Niomi Smart - niomismart
Rachel Leary - rachleary
Really Ree - reallyree
Sabrina Chakici - sabrina.chakici
Sam Chapman (pixiwoo) - pixiwoo_sam
Sammi (the beauty crush) - beautycrush
Sarah Ashcroft (that pommie girl) - sarah_ashcroft
Sarah (temp sec) - tempsec
Sian (love sian) - lovesian
Stefanie Watson - stefaniejwatson
Sunday Girl - thesundaygirluk
Suzie (Hello October) - hellooctober
Tanya Burr - tanyaburr
Victoria (In The Frow) - inthefrow
Zoella - officialzoella
Zoe Newlove - zoenewlove
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Friday, 4 March 2016

The Must-Have Collectabrow!

Makeup addicts, rejoice! It's not often there's a chance to snag something truly limited edition from a brand, especially this time of year. So imagine my excitement when we found out at Benetowers that we had a secret stash of the awesome brow books that have been coveted by so many. Being the Year of the Brow and all, we had to make these available on the website. I've given you a run down of just what you need to do to get your hands on one, but get in there quick! Limited, means limited!
The Curious Case of the Brow Dilemmas comes free with any purchase over £65 over on Benefit's website. Add code BROWLOVE to add it to your basket! Please note, this is the empty book, not filled with the products. To fill the book, you need:
2 gimme brows (Buying for yourself? Get two of the same shade. Never hurts to stock up!)
1 brow zings
1 high brow
This comes to £78. But in reality, any £65 spend will get you one - if you're fast enough!
It's the perfect gift. I'm not sure about you, but if someone got me this, they'd be firmly in my good books (excuse the pun!).
Make sure you're following me on twitter and instagram. I'll be sure to post about any other unmissable offers and new launches from Benefit.

Here's to #wowbrows all year round!

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Time to get into gear, gym gear!

While many of you may have kick-started your gym routines right from the beginning of the year, I'm just about to get going with getting back into working out. Better late than never! 

From July 2014 until November last year, I had the best stint ever of gym going that I'd ever had. I was going 2-3 times a week without fail. That sadly came to an end because I hurt my back pretty bad, to the point I was in tears trying to get out of bed at one point! Unfortunately, with it being the party season too, I allowed it to be a long-running excuse for not keeping as active as I had been. Before I knew it, that had rolled over into the new year and another month has passed. But now I'm ready to jump back on the bandwagon and switch up my routine (being bored with a 'samey' gym routine is the worst), I'm joining a new gym too with more facilities than I had before. That should keep me on my toes!

Anyway, the super lovely people over at one of my all-time favourite gym brands, Sweaty Betty, kindly sent me some new gym wear that I'm super excited to start training in. There's a pair of leggings, they are reversible and uber soft. Big bonus is that they don't slide down my backside like some from other brands I've tried have. There's also a gym bra, again very soft and amazingly supportive without being at all suffocating. And then there's a snazzy gym vest with a built in bra. This is slightly out there for me, I'm generally quite covered up when I go to the gym, however after popping it on it's actually a really great way of wearing something more fashionable at the gym without emphasising those areas I like to keep hidden.

I've always found I work out better when I feel like I look good. It sounds vain, I know. But I'm just more confident and therefore work that bit harder if I don't feel like I look like a blob. So I'd always recommend investing in gym clothes. Not only for that reason but also for the sheer difference in quality, and believe me, there's a massive difference! Brands like Sweaty Betty use materials that hold you in better, perform better and last longer. Your leggings aren't about to turn see-through after a few washes, I've been there... not cute! What's ever better about Sweaty Betty is that a lot of their leggings are reversible. So yes, they are pricier than other options but you're getting two for the price of one essentially, as well as exceptional quality. 

I'd really recommend Sweaty Betty if you're looking at investing in some new workout gear to get you pumped about heading back to the gym, if you excuse the pun! I've honestly not met one person who has bought something from the brand and not raved about it. It's dangerous, you'll be a convert if you're not already. I actually got a gift voucher for Sweaty Betty for Christmas. I'm very excited about this! I've got my eyes on their swimwear and swimming goggles. My new gym has a pool and man I've missed swimming!

Have you found snazzy new gym wear motivates you? I can't be the only one!

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