.Fashion Advice For Festive Spa Festivities Or Winter Sun Fun | Guest Post From George At ASDA.
Sadly i’m not jetting off to warmer climates this Christmas, but the boyfriend and I are heading off for a New Year Spa break and i’ve been thinking about investing in some sultry new swimwear for the occasion! So i’ve sought out some advice from the lovely team behind George at ASDA on the best swimwear shape and how to get the most flattering fit!
“Help with Swimsuits: Which Style is Best for You?
Swimsuits can be a massive bugbear for women. Choosing the right one can be a real pain, but it’s something that we have to do if we’re hoping to look at least a teeny bit elegant in the pool. While Christmas isn’t really the time to think about swimwear, it is the time of making resolutions, and with many people opting to go down the ‘get fit’ route this January, investing in a suitable swimsuit will be the next thing on the agenda.
With so many different options available nowadays, to suit all body shapes (and levels of confidence required to carry them off), choosing a swimsuit can be a bit of a minefield but it has to be done. Here’s a quick lowdown to help you make the best choice.
Well guys, it’s nearly the end of the year and what a year it’s been!
Although I won’t be recapping my 2013 just yet I wanted to sit down for a moment and let you know that i’ll be starting to wind down xameliax ready for Christmas. Of course i’ll be hovering around the social media sites (mainly instagram and twitter) probably even more over the festive season posting pictures of my adventures and checking in with my holiday happenings, and they’ll probably even be blog posts with photo updates and more lifestyle posts, but the reviews and general blogginess will be slowing down ready to recoup and re-join the world again in January.
I’ve got a fair bit of time off at the end of December which I’m so excited for and my aim is to spend a little more time on My Youtube Channel filming a few bits and bobs and of course relaxing and enjoying Christmas and New Year, so although I may not be around as much as I am now posting new reviews every day, I will be busy working behind the scenes on new content for 2014. I’ve also created my very first Photo A Day challenge which I’ll be sharing in a few weeks’ time ready for January so if you’d like to join in and win one of three £20 ASOS vouchers then keep your eyes peeled for more details!
But for now I shall queue up the last few posts of the year with my mince pie and spiced soy latte whilst admiring our amazing Christmas Tree and getting increasingly more excited for Santa’s visit!
.How to improve your posture | Guest Post from Catherine Lavina.
Those of you who have been reading my blog or my tweets for a while will know that i often get problems with my lower back like a little old lady! While i’ve seen a huge improvement since i started to exercise more it still twinges every now and then which apparently cold be down to my posture and being stuck at a desk all day.
Today i bring you an informative guest post from the lovely Catherine Lavina to help you adjust your posture if you struggle like me. I always used to think my parents were just being a bore when they’d nag me about over-filling my bag and standing up straight but now in my mid twenties i’m starting to think they were talking a bit of sense!
.How to Improve Your Posture.
"Whether it was at school or home, we’ve all been told to ‘stand up straight!’ and sighed in irritation, but there are plenty of surprising benefits to good posture. Not only do people look better presented and more confident, but studies show that it can also keep plenty of scary health problems at bay, including breathing and heart issues. Even if you’re reading this while slumped over a desk, it’s never too late to change. Sit up straight and pay attention - these quick fixes will have you practising perfect posture in no time.
I’m normally a bit of a Grinch when it comes to the C word, usually banning all thoughts and talk of the season until the 1st of December. But this year I’ve found myself humming Christmas songs and day dreaming of decorations already and we’re not even half way through November yet!
Last year my Christmas was pretty poop. I’d just moved back home after a breakup, I had a bump in my car which took a lot of my present money away, and on Christmas Eve I came down with the flu which not only put me off my turkey dinner, fizz and mince pies but also stopped me from wearing my Christmas jumper thanks to the hot sweats and queasiness. All in all it wasn’t brimming with cheer and I felt a little bah humbug throughout the last few weeks of the year.
This year however is set to be a little different. My parents are leaving me (yes, their only child) for the first time ever over the Christmas period for a sunny holiday in paradise! Why they would want to swap slaving over a hot stove for hours on end with their hand up a turkey’s bottom and then falling asleep on the sofa and missing the Queen’s speech for a holiday with sun, sea and all inclusive booze I’ll never know, but there we are. So as I’m orphaned for Christmas the boyfriend has taken me in and I’ll be spending the festive season with him! I have explained that as my dad’s refused to buy a tree this year I will be turning his living room into Santa’s grotto, and I’ve already dug out the Nat King Cole and Dean Martin CD to play during Christmas morning present opening time. Smoked salmon, champagne and orange juice are on order for the morning and I’m booked in for a yummy Christmas dinner with his family in the afternoon. We’ve even got our New Year’s Eve plans sorted and booked – hello organised - and we’ll be popping back to my house over the festive period to visit my family and have drinks with friends too! It really feels like the cheer is overflowing already for this year and I’m so excited over what’s to come. I’m also in my office’s special delivery team this year where we’ve decided to give to those who are less-fortunate by donating presents to a local children’s hospice charity and although some of the stories are slightly heart-breaking I really feel like we’re doing something great by giving back a little, even if my present wrapping isn’t the best!
Get ready for plenty of festive instagram snaps and probably a few Christmassy blog posts too – it only seems right to see out the best year of my life so far in style! Now, where did I put that Christmas jumper…
This year I’ve done more than I’ve ever done before – packing so many amazing things into nearly 365 days and I’ve loved every single second. And the result is a very different kind of lifestyle to what I was living last year with diary planning emerging as an essential aspect. I actually have a social calendar, hobbies, an exercise regime and to do lists as long as my arm and sometimes I find myself metaphorically struggling to catch my breath. Painting my nails has become a quick one colour job that stays on for the whole week instead of intricate painting that changes daily. I’ve discovered new ways to dry my hair with minimal effort by letting it ‘do it’s own thang’ while I get on with other tasks. I’m strapping myself into ab belts, and bum firming shorts whilst writing new posts for the blog in-between my kickboxing classes and during the week I’m eating to live with quick protein-filled dinners and healthy snacks instead of indulging and un-doing all my hard work.
To some this may seem like a lifestyle from hell, constantly busy, on the move and missing out on the little things that life brings, but to me it’s wonderful. The sense of accomplishment I feel every day and the pride after everything I’ve done fills me up and keeps me going (just like my scrambled eggs on whole-wheat) and the best part? At the weekends, when I turn off my laptop and check out from the weekly exercise routines I appreciate my ‘me time’ a million times more. I paint nails, spend time cooking new things, curl my hair, play around with makeup, and catch up on television I don’t normally watch and it’s quite simply the best way to relax. I eat what I want either cooking, ordering in or eating out, enjoy a good glass of vino (or two) with the girls or a nice whiskey and some beer with the boy. I shop, take photos, watch films, go on mini adventures away and generally just catch up with life. Sometimes during the week I can feel a bit burnt out if it’s particularly busy, if the skies are relentlessly grey or if I’m feeling a little under the weather and I do take a break, have a night off, take some ‘me time’ because it’s so important to stay happy. It’s great doing lots of things and accomplishing so much but only if it makes you happy while you’re doing it and I think that’s how I’ve kept going with my new regime for so long – because it really, really does.
I guess the point to this post (besides wanting to re-introduce more personal features) is to remind us to take that time for ourselves sometimes, even if it is just an hour for a home manicure or finishing that book you’ve been meaning to read because it’s important. It’s important to look after yourself on the outside and in and give yourself a little bit of love.
Never underestimate the power of a bit of ‘me time’ ♥
When everyone is busy in the office with their heads down just getting on with things, and when i go to a kickboxing class and don’t have a partner. When my parents are out and all my friends are busy doing other things, sometimes i get a little lonely.
One of the best things about my blogging is that i can always find someone to talk to online, no matter what time of day, and sometimes, just sometimes that’s exactly what i need. A friendly tweet or instagram comment that helps remind you that you’re never truly alone, even if it seems everyone around you is busy living life and you’re stuck inside with a mug of camomile tea and some knitting needles for company. There’s always someone out there who will get excited about good things that happen in your day with you or idly chat about the x-factor result and how chilly it is outside these days.
So if you’re ever feeling lonely just remember that you’ve only got to pop online and put something out into the world and you’re bound to find someone on the other end just looking for some company too. The internet can be a scary place at times but there are some truly wonderful people out there just like you, and all you have to do is reach out.
Thank you for being there everyone - especially on the lonely days ♥
I’m a glasses wearer and i’m also a huge sunglasses hoarder too so i love trying on both in shops and looking at new styles online. At the moment i’m currently still addicted to my Moats but as we’re venturing into a new season and i’ve been photographed in them way too many times i’ve been thinking about biting the bullet and investing in a new designer pair.
I usually only buy cheap sunglasses for fear of dropping or sitting on them, but in all the time i’ve owned sunglasses i’ve never actually done that so my cheap and cheerful excuse doesn’t really wash! I’ve been in love with these Ray Ban Cats since their launch, and for under £100 they’re a complete steal…can we say tempted?!
I also begrudge spending money on fancy glasses because they’re just a necessity for my blind as a batness when at work rather than something i can really enjoy in play time. But recently i’ve been thinking that considering i wear them every day it might not be too naughty to splash out on a fancy set.
I’m head over heels with the pair above from Raybanand asSmart Buy Glasses are selling them for just £84.95 my finger is hovering very close to that buy button!
The 3D Try On feature is amazing too - i’d like to pretend i didn’t spend ages trying on loads of different styles but…
What do we think guys? Should i ditch the Specsavers specials in favour of a fancier pair - my eyes work hard for me every day, it’s only right they should be treated to the best!
Do you wear glasses? Do you go cheap and cheerful or are you rocking the designer on a daily?