Fitness Fashion

Since joining the gym/spa I have had to rummage out my swimwear, I’m not a swimmer, I can’t actually swim so I don’t own many. I currently own two, one is a 1950s polka dot style all-in-one from Laura Ashley and the other is two-piece halter from M&S. I thought it was about time to get another, especially after seeing someone in the jacuzzi wearing the same halter as I had on that day! I think that was the first time ever matching with another!

I had eyed up this swimsuit from Joules a while back but didn’t have time to stop and try it on, luckily as fate would have it I saw it again in another town yesterday. I tried it on and it was perfect so I took it home with me! Plus the price wasn’t bad either, it was originally £49.95 and was reduced to £14.95, bargain!

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I love that it has a vintage and feminine vibe to it, I just hope I don’t see anyone else wearing it when I am!

Get fit in 6 weeks

I joined the gym exactly 2 weeks today, the plan is to get fit in 6 weeks. I’m not sure how much weight to lose but as long as I can fit back into my old clothes that don’t fit me anymore I’ll be happy! It definitely doesn’t come natural to me, this exercise lark, although I never skived off PE when I was at school. I enjoyed all the sports played at school apart from the cross country! Since school I never really exercised, though a few years ago I really got into lindy hopping, I only stopped because it finished late and I had early mornings the next day.

As I’m taking this fitness regime seriously I aim to go to the gym regularly, so far in the 2 weeks I would have gone 7 times. I also went jogging for 3.25km first time around the village on Sunday, my time was 27 minutes. I was very proud of myself as that was the first time running non-stop for over 10 minutes, at the gym I’ve been doing doing 10 minutes each on different machines and then some weight training. I push myself by thinking of the relaxing steam room and jacuzzi afterwards!

For further encouragement I treated myself to some proper running gear, they were a bargain so I don’t feel too guilty! I purchased 2 leggings (I believe the correct name are running tights), 2 tops, 2 packs of running socks, 2 sports bras and an iPhone armband. All of these were on offer and highly discounted plus the majority were buy 2 for x amount, in total I saved around £20! I bought this all in store at Sports Direct.

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Apparently for running you should wear clothing that are made of that technical breathable fabric because it helps you stay cool, dry and warm.

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Having a little pocket on the back came in handy to store my house key. When you’re running you can’t really bring your usual bunch of keys!

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This is definitely needed especially if you use a running app to help track the distance and time. Also if you jog alone it’s probably best to be able to stay in contact.

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a lovely Xmas holiday and managed to get home to family and friends, especially because this year the rain caused terrible disruptions on the roads and rail-lines! It was also sad to see homes that were flooded or had power cuts. It caused me great anxiety but luckily everyone managed to get here, albeit their journeys weren’t smooth sailing!

In this post I wanted to talk about one of the presents I received from my sister. One day I was looking at Pinterest recipes for crockpots (in Britain we call them slow cookers) and then my sister texted me asking what kind of things I would like for Xmas. This was her second time asking me, it usually takes me a while to think about what I really need so I thought why not a slow cooker!

Therefore I got this slow cooker for Xmas:

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It’s one of the smaller ones and it’s made by the Crockpot brand, I’m not 100% clued up on slow cookers but I was really drawn to the Crockpot brand because apparently it’s the original slow cooker. It’s one of the basic ones but I like the polished chrome and simple style. You can get fancier ones that is digital and has a timer for automated cooking but they tend to be the bigger ones, which wouldn’t suit our household.

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The first recipe I cooked in my crockpot was bolognese, we had some garlic bread to eat up so the decision was made to make spaghetti bolognese!

Ingredients:
1 medium onion diced
1 finely grated carrot
5 mushrooms diced
300-500g beef mince
1 tin tomatoes
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 bay leaf
1/2 organic beef stock cube
Worcester sauce
Ketchup
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Salt & pepper

Method:
1: Sauté onions in frying pan with a little oil, then add mushrooms and carrot, once mushrooms are softened add the mince to brown.
2: Once mince is browned pour into slow cooker and then add all the other ingredients.
3: Cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-8 hours on slow.

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I had good reviews from my husband who is extremely honest with my cooking! So thumbs up!

Birthday Gifts

I know my birthday was weeks ago (3 weeks and 2 days to be precise, the day the future king was born!) but I still had some birthday money to spend and today was my lucky day! I was having a browse in the Barbour outlet with husband, I made a bee-line for the bag and spotted this pretty print, It turned out it was by William Morris! I first encountered William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement as a design student many moons ago. I was a little undecided about it as there was another style with a plaid print, it was a classic piece. Husband said to put back the William Morris bag and to have another browse before deciding! That instantly made up my mind, I couldn’t let go of the William Morris bag, it was the last one, what if someone decides to buy it!

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Although my one is probably last season you can still get a William Morris print in their current collection here.

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The bag has adjustable straps.

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Pairing it with a vintage brown coat blazer (another birthday gift from my sisters).

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Here is a picture of my birthday goodies I received on the day!

Home made gyoza

I’ve been craving gyoza (also known as Wor Teep in Chinese) but I’m not keen on the frozen ones you can buy in the supermarket. Mainly because I’m wary of what they put in there! Although it took me a while to make these (roughly 50 minutes from start to finish) it was still tasty and definitely satisfied my cravings!

Here is my recipe for you to try at home too!

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Click here to see my Instagram video on how to wrap!

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Let me know if you try this! 🙂

First cycle ride of the year!

We woke up early today and decided a picnic by the sea would be nice! But first we had to do a food shop so we could buy some treats for our picnic. I wanted to wear my new dress I bought from ASOS with my birthday money. This was just one of the dresses, it’s cute grey jersey with black velvet/velour polka dots. It’s a little bit tight but I hope to lose some more weight (wishful thinking!).

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I also got a maxi dress and skirt, a sparkling pink luggage tag and a sunglasses chain! I love the chain, it looks great with my new retro style sunnies my friend bought me whilst I was in Asia. The chain has little spikes along it, I’m not usually a fan of spikes or studs but I felt it made the chain less boring and granny!

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We cycled along a new route and passed some gorgeous countryside and sea views.

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