Monday, 20 November 2017

5 reasons why you need a faux shearling coat

Hello lovelies! I'm back to blogging, finally! It feels so good to be sat here clicking away on my keypad writing this post - more on that in another instalment coming very soon...

Right, back to the title of this particular post; I wanted to share with you my thoughts on why the shearling jacket is such a versatile item to have in your wardrobe, making it such a great addition/ investment. 

I have been on the hunt for a new coat to see me through this winter for the last month or so, but I've struggled to decide exactly what style to go for: faux fur/ trench/ classic wool/ checked print/ puffer jacket? The list of this seasons trends is endless. So when I was kindly invited to collaborate with Lasula on a styling post, my decision got somewhat easier (not gonna lie, I am the WORST at making decisions regardless of how big or small they seem). Lasula had so many lovely coats - just look at this faux fur! - but when I stumbled across this faux shearling, aviator style coat I had so many ideas of ways to style this piece, I knew it would be a great addition to my winter wardrobe. 
Reasons why you need a shearling jacket in your wardrobe: 

1.  The fleece lining makes them super warm. 
This jacket is honestly so warm and cosy it's ideal to just throw on over thin jumpers and t-shirts. You can just add an oversized scarf and wooly hat for when that temperature really drops. 

2.  Versatility. 
A shearling coat is so versatile and easy to wear with a whole host of different looks and silhouettes. The classic biker style of this jacket works well with so many looks; laid back looks consisting of trainers, jeans and you fave band T's; straight legged trousers with loafers and cute knitwear; to more dressy, evening looks: vinyl skirts, fishnets and sky high heels, for example. I will most definitely be wearing this jacket teamed with my fave high waisted jeans/ blouse combo with my black ankle boots, on repeat. 

3. They are the perfect contrast to pretty frocks. 
Following on from the above, but a great point in itself. Team the shearling with a floaty floral dress and you're on to a winner. 

4. Classic camel/tobacco never goes out of style.

5. Price. 
There are so many faux shearling choices available on the high street with fabrics that mimic the real deal, maintaining that luxurious look and feel, yet without the hefty price tag. 
I'm not entirely sure where I got the inspiration for this styling but I love how it turned out. I think the jacket works well with the loose fabric of these culottes, paired with my knee high brown boots - which I've had for ages, and I am very happy this outfit is giving them a new lease of life. I'm loving the 70's inspired touches from the boots to the hoop earrings but honestly, this jacket would work with so may different types of looks. 

Let me know if you enjoyed this post, or if you're interested in a more in depth 'ways to wear' styling post of this particular jacket. 


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

JD Women's Christmas Party

The run up to Christmas has completely flown this year, and I've still got a tad lot more presents to get, never mind begin to wrap! I have, however, started to enjoy the festivities. One highlight was attending the JD women's Christmas Party at the stunning Hotel Gotham in Manchester, last week; who doesn't love a good old Christmas party?! With bubbles flowing generously, photographers snapping away and a fab singer belting out the Christmas classics on arrival, I knew it was going to be a fab event. It was also lovely to both meet and catch up with fellow Manchester based bloggers.
Arriving at the Hotel's private members bar, Club Brass, the lovely team at JD women were on hand to show us their latest athleisure range forming part of the their #undisputedchristmas campaign; from retro baseball Fila t-shirts to on-trend footwear, JD are killing it in the women's fashion department right now. The talk quickly turned to our favourite picks from the range: what items we just had to have for the gym and which we would happily wear 24/7 (adidas NMD, I'm looking at you).
Filling out our Christmas wish lists courtesy of JD was so much fun. I felt like I was 7 years old again making my list to Santa from the Argos catalog :) It also served as an opportunity to get some inspiration for Christmas gifts as I was struggling with knowing what to get for my Sisters this year. My favourite items from the range, aside from the NMD's, included the gym wear by Pink Soda which is super cute and affordable - I definitely need to be better at getting my butt down the gym and what better way than buying new gym gear as inspiration. Amiright? - as well as these gym legging from Adidas, but I pretty much adore the entire Adidas collection and picked out an Originals classic zip up hoodie to put straight at the top of my Christmas wish list.
^If you're in the same boat and still have a few last minute gifts to get, why not check out the range at JD sports, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Or, perhaps just start window shopping for those purchases you'll make in the new year.

Let me know what your favourite items from the collection are in the comment section below.

Merry Christmas! x

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Summer styling

   H&M kimono, new look top and skirt, schuh sandals, olympus pen camera 

Starting off my leap back into the world of blogging, I thought I would share my go-to summer look which is perfect for both day and night. I'm keen to share more petite style tips and ideas on the blog, as I feel this is something that I myself really benefit from reading online, and I would love to hopefully be able to provide some sort of inspiration for other petite women out there! I think this look is super flattering for petites; mini skirts are great for lengthening the leg and the kimono just ch of boho chic, bringing the look together. I tend to look for lighter, sheer, fabrics when layering since chunky items can drown a petite frame, and this H&M kimono was a steal I picked up last year for just 8 quid. It's my current go-to item for creating a cute summer look. 
I'm actually off on holiday next week and this ensemble will be perfect for those sunny days wandering around the town or heading to the beach. The low-heeled sandals are super comfy and allow the look to be easily taken through to the evening - with just a touch up of mascara and lick of lipstick required! Of course, I have my camera at the ready to shoot some pics from my vacation and the kimono to cover my pale skin from the sun, now get me on that plane!


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Eat pasta, run faster

I don't mention food enough on my blog, especially since I like to think of myself as a bit of a foodie!
When I heard Vapiano were running their campaign 'eat pasta, run faster' it sounded right up my street. So naturally, I just had to pop along to try their menu!

It was also my first time visiting Vapiano in the newly refurbished corn exchange, and I think Vapiano makes for a wonderful place to visit for a casual lunch with friends or family. Vapiano, derived from an Italian proverb meaning to 'relax and you'll live healthier and longer', have reinvented casual dining; offering freshly cooked Italian food with a self-service concept.The Manchester restaurant sits in a great location - the corn exchange in the city centre - and has a big, beautiful open space split over two floors.
Fresh herb plants are dotted everywhere around the restaurant, reminding you that their focus is on fresh, healthy, home-made food. 

Upon arrival you are handed a smart-card to scan when ordering food and drinks from the bar and the pizza/pasta/salad stations, where your chosen dish will be made freshly in front of you. You can wait while your pasta is being made - I loved this, as I enjoy being nosy - but the pizza takes a bit longer so you're given a buzzer to be called back once it's ready. 
Having your own smart-card means there's no fuss when it comes to settling the bill. You can just head to the host as you leave and pay for what you ordered on your card. Super quick and easy and perfect for large groups! 
We started with the antipasti to share. Washed down with a refreshing Aperol spritz for me and Peroni for him. We then took to reviewing the 'eat pasta, run faster' diet plan, created by Sarah Schenker, a registered dietitian and nutritionist. Sold by the campaign, we both opted for pasta dishes recommended by Sarah - bolognese and ravioli, as Sara recommends balancing your carbohydrate intake with plenty of protein. I was intrigued by this campaign, not least because I've been trying hard lately to eat healthy and I was hoping I could learn a thing or two!
I was glad I opted for spaghetti bolognese; one of my favourite pasta dishes - simple and classic, and oh so delicious! Cooked fresh on site, you are able to choose what pasta you prefer in your dish as well as customising the dish to suit by adding more or less: cheese/ chilli/ bread etc. 
Sarah recommends Bolognese as a great option for runners, as 'not only does it deliver plenty of carbohydrate to build stores of glycogen in the liver and muscles, the tomatoes deliver beta carotene needed to protect cells from oxidative damage (increased in runners) and boost immunity. The meat provides high quality protein needed for muscle strength and repair. It is also a good source of easily absorbed iron needed for the transportation of oxygen in red blood cells'. Winner! 
The ravioli is a superb recovery meal, as the ricotta cheese provides amino acids which help repair muscles and prevent soreness. I shall remember this as cheese is often the first thing I avoid when training as I know it's high in fat.

For those of you who may be currently training, or just want to get back to the gym and eat a more healthy, I have attached Sarah's 5 day plan below.

I'm personally slacking on the fitness front of late, but the healthy meal plan and tips suggested by Sarah have spurred me on somewhat. Although the dishes where recommended for runners, which I'm not, I'm positive that the plan is suitable for all those who are looking to stay healthy and get fit and can be incorporated into any fitness plan. I'm thinking of taking up dance again and this plan would be ideal to accompany a fitness plan of dance classes and weight training.

Have you tried Vapiano and if so what did you think? Also, let me know if you like the plan devised by Sarah and whether you will be trying it out. 

Thanks for having us Vapiano! 

Disclaimer: Our meal was complimentary of Vapiano but as always, all thoughts & opinions are my own. 
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