Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Got to love a bit of sportswear

If you had said to me a few years ago that I would be wearing trainers and sportwear, I probably would've laughed in your face. Since I started going to the gym, I have really enjoyed buying sportswear. If you has asked me what Physiq Apparel was or Gym Shark I would not have had a clue. Now they are are two of my favourite sports brands around. 

The greatest thing about it is that the sport style is changing so it doesn't just have to be leggings and a baggy t-shirt (although I am partial to this look). 

So many major street brands are creating their own sportswear looks that it is so much easier to buy.... and let's face it, it's fun. Although my two favourite brands are still Nike and Adidas; Primark , H & M ,  New Look , Miss Guided , Boohoo , Forever 21 , Asos , Victoria Secret Pink , Gym Shark are just some of the places that are selling some great stuff at the moment and becoming my go to shop. 

I tend to stick to black when I train (there's a surprise) but every now and then I like to add a bit of colour whether it's with a pair of trainers (which if you follow me on Instagram, you will see) or leggings. I also love a statement top (ironic for someone who is shy) but I do like to let my clothes even at the gym do the talking. 

You can tell me if I am lying but choosing an outfit for the gym can sometimes be just as hard as choosing an outfit to wear out. I like to be comfortable when I am working out because God knows I look like a sweaty mess at the end of it but I also like adding a little style when I workout. Please please please do not get me wrong, I am at the gym to work hard and trust me, my trainer Alex wouldn't let me leave without looking like I've learnt it. I just like to add a bit of chic to my sporty wardrobe but being comfortable, practical and allowing my body to move while training and be free to breathe is my number one priority because working out shouldn't mean being boring. Even an all black outfit can still look stylish.   

hoodie (here) 
leggings (here)
trainers (similar here) 

Please note that this is not an ad. These are my opinions of places where i have shopped and loved. 


Sunday, 17 September 2017

M.I.A and property stress: the life of a first time buyer.

Welcome back September!

I can't believe it is September already. Where has the time gone? The only thing I enjoy about this month is the chunky jumpers that get to come out. 

I should probably explain my absence for a while. I have just about been managing to post outfits on my Instagram but sadly my blog has sadly taken a back seat (which is annoying as I wrote a few posts over the summer, some that I cannot post now). Over the last few months, I have been in the process of buying my very first property. 

The journey has not been plain sailing let me tell you. I have never had to handle so much paperwork in all my life (and I have another job that involves paperwork!!). I had been property searching for about 6 months before I found one in May. I was a bit skeptical about going to view another flat after seeing my fair share of disasters. 

I fell in love with it straight away. Those who know me, know my style and this one had my name all over it. Luckily I brought my mum along with me and she agreed that it was "very me". I put an offer on it as soon I got home and it was accepted. You would think that I could get excited? Nope!!! 

All summer I have been busy chasing people, finding documents, sorting out solicitors etc. Thank God for my broker Sam. I couldn't have done half of it without his help. I wish I could say that the property is finally mine, but sadly I am still waiting for solicitors to complete their part of the process (and they have not been easy). Just keep emailing and calling. They will probably hate you by the end of it. ha. 

If I have learnt anything by this experience, it is that it really does test your patience and stress levels buying a property in the UK. My anxiety levels have been crazy, especially thee last few weeks where things are getting to the point of completion with a few delays along the way. The only word I can describe for all this is frustration. Frustration because it is out of your hands. 

If you are somebody like me, who didn't know anything about property or how to start with all the paper work than a broker is definitely a great choice. They can be so helpful. This will test you, so having people around you to keep you sane is law in my opinion. I do not think I could've done this without them. It is not so straight forward and it is not easy but just hang in there. Trust me. I know that those words are easier said than done. 

Like I said, this is still not over yet, so the bubbles will have to stay in the fridge a little longer but fingers crossed it happens soon. Fingers crossed I have good news for you soon. 

Jumper - Here
Trousers - Here

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

I have my eye on you!

I didn't really want to write much in April, but May is now upon us (where did the time go?) and I wanted to share my item of the month. 

I have a confession, I am not very adventurous when it comes to my make up. Don't get me wrong, I like make up but to do it myself...I would probably end up like Rachel in Friends after Ross does her make up (classic). I like to keep it simple. The only thing I like to change is the way I wear my eye liner. 

I do get asked what I use on my eyes as I like a dark eye. But to be honest, it involves a good eye liner, a little liquid liner and a good mascara (and there you have it). 

I normally stick to high street brands, but I am really liking the Charlotte Tilbury range. I love her eye liner. It's soft, it's long lasting and sits perfectly.

I like to put a layer of  liquid liner on top to make it darker, thicker and to make it neater; a skill that can be challenging in itself.

Finally I top it off with a nice layer of mascara. There are so many good options out there. My favourites are definitely Rimmel, Maybeline and Barry M. 

Like I said, I am no expert when it comes to make up and I don't pretend to be. I am still learning. What are your favourite eye products? I would love know. 


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Day by day.

Watching the media lately about Prince Harry opening up about mental health and how he dealt with his mother's death, I felt that I needed to write this piece and hopefully it will help any of you as it helps me as I write it. 

I have been absent from my blog for a little while. I sadly lost my grandad very recently. It was a complete shock and something I don't think I'll be getting over for a while

I have been lucky to have all my grandparents with me for this long. I don't know many people my age who are as fortunate so I count my blessings that I got/get (I still have 3 living grandparents) to know them for as long as I did/do and know that I will have good memories of them all. 

I was his first (of two) grandchildren and we were very close. Like everybody else, I would stay with him on school holidays and go to the beach when we would go to Spain. He was a happy go lucky man and he loved to have a laugh and dance the night away in fiestas. But above all, he loved life! Over the last few years, he was so happy. I would talk to him on the phone and he would tell me about what he was up to. He would always ask when we were going to visit him and his face would light up whenever we were with him. Since his heart attack a while ago, he looked after himself and made sure he ate and drank well. And how could I forget the sight of my grandad doing squats in his living room....a very entertaining sight. 

One thing I do know; he loved my sister and me very much. Meeting people over the last few weeks and them telling me how he use to talk about us just showed this. He was loved by so many. Coming from a small town in Spain, he knew everybody. Why wouldn't he?? He would talk to anybody. I wish I was more like him. 

It has been a complete shock, one that I am not over and probably never going to get over. I miss him terribly. But I know that I am only at the start of this process but reading what Prince Harry went through when he lost his mother, made me come back to my laptop once again and feel like I needed to write this. It was just something that I needed to do.  Many would think, why would you do that? Call it a comfort if you will. 

My worry that it may trigger my anxiety has crossed my mind and right now I do not know if it will, but what I will say is that I know myself well enough to know the symptoms and when I need to ask for help I will. Keeping it bottled up will not help you. Get the help that you need, when you need it.  

Grief is dealt with very differently by everybody. Some people get on with things, with others, it takes time. I on the other hand go through good days and bad days. I mananaged to get back to the gym and train with Alex which has helped a lot. Chatting to friends and people has helped too and I couldn't have gone through this without them. 

Somebody recently said to me on an Instagram post that there is light at the end of the tunnel and I do hope so. Keeping my mind busy has helped a lot, whether it is hitting the gym, catching up on work for my other job, researching my next projects for this little blog or even just walking the dogs. Remember it is what helps you. There is no right or wrong way of going through this. I was told that you have to go through this process and take each day as it comes and that is what I am planning to do; day by day. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Happy Birthday Lil Crissyr!!!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!
Can you believe my blog is 3 years old! I have enjoyed having a blog, sharing my ideas, fashion favourites and showing a little side of me that not everyone gets to see. I have also learnt a lot about myself since creating this blog. 

1- I am camera shy.
Yes, ok, I can do a selfie because that's just me in front of the camera and most of the time it's me being silly (Thank god for SnapChat). But when it comes to somebody else taking my picture (thanks Jocelyn), I go all camera shy and nervy. I have been practising though, so hopefully my face will not look too awkward next time you see me. Ha. 

2 - I love shopping and looking for bargains.
My name is Crissy and I am a shopaholic (Hi Crissy). I am not going to lie, my wardrobe is probably bursting out of the seams and my bank account surely hates me right now. I love clothes! To my friends, this is a given and one that remind me off every chance they get. 

3- Managing time to write is hard sometimes.
Blogging isn't my full time job (as much as I would love it to be). I have another job so finding time to blog isn't always easy. But when I do blog, I love to write a few at a time and spend time on it. I have a few ready but I just need to find time to shoot. 

4 - I am still learning new things. 
Since I started blogging, I have begun to explore fashion more and trying new styles such as my knee high boots and even my new timberland boots (whose debut is coming soon). We all know my love for black, but now I am trying to add a bit of colour into my wardrobe too. I'm still getting use to this so stay with me. Ha. 

5 - I love the my camera.
I an not going to stand here and say that I know what I am doing because in actual fact, I haven't got a clue but...I am learning. Ever since I bought my Olympus Pen, I cannot put it down. It is a lovely camera but it boy do I need to go on a course. 

I know I always say this, but I really am looking forward to sharing more with you all on LilCrissyr. I have got a few things coming up so I will continue to try and post as much as I can. I have now scheduled myself so that I post once a week. I am hoping to stick to this. But before I leave, I do want to say a massive thank you to those of you who do take the time to visit and leave me messages and emails. It is truly appreciated and I love receiving them so Thank You once again. 


Thursday, 16 March 2017

March - item of the month

This item really shouldn't just be for the month I thought it would be a good idea to make you more aware of them. We use them all the time. I absolutely love them. 

Yes I am talking about the handbag! My love for handbags really begun thanks to Sienna Miller and Nicole Richie and a certain Balenciaga bag. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag and it is still one my favourite bags to date. I bought my first one in blue when I was at Uni. It was a blue motorcycle bag. I loved it. I used it to death. When I say this I mean that the colour went a horrible colour because of so much use. Don't worry readers, the bag is being repaired as we speak. What I loved about the bag was that it has character, it has a bit of edge to it and to those who know me, will know that I too have a bit of edge when it comes to my wardrobe. 

My collection started there and gradually began to grow. Since then I have built on my Balenciaga family and also introduced other members to the small collection. My current favourite hangbags are my Givenchy Antigona bags. Now I have to admit now, that no I do not earn lots of money. Every bag that I buy I think about first and save for it. Not all my bags are bought straight from the shops either; some are second hand. This is also a reason why it also takes me a while to buy a bag. I check that they are 100% legit. I do not mind if they are second hand as I always think that I will give them a loving home. But please, before you purchase, make sure that it is genuine. 

My favourite bags are bags that I can use for different occasions. In particular bags that I can wear across my body. So what next for my collection. One of my dream bags is a Chanel jumbo. This bag is a classic and one that I will always love. This bag I would buy from the store as I would love to experience tho whole Chanel experienceBuying this bag would be a dream, but right now it is only a dream. So...what's your favourite bag?? 


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Never too short for knee high boots - February favourites

I hope everyone has managed to survive the January blues (that had to be the longest month ever). The cold weather is truly upon us. I said I would start doing my clothing favourites again every month. This will be an item that I think would be appropriate for the month, or something that I have fallen in love with and want to share it with you. 

My item this month has to be over the knee high boots. I may have mentioned (like 100 times) that my style has changed over the last 3 years and I love trying out new things. I like giving things a go and believe me I do sometimes get it wrong. 

Now as I am a lil shorty (hence the name), I put these boots to the back of my mind for a long time thinking that I was far too short for them, that they wouldn't suit me and that only tall people could wear them. How wrong was I!!!!!! 

Click here to shop for these amazing boots 

Ladies...they fit perfectly! I purchased these lovely pair from New Look. They look amazing with short skirts, t-shirt dresses and even jeans. They do not look silly, they cover enough leg that will keep you warm but look stylish and they are comfortable. When I go out, I like to wear dresses (mainly because I don't wear them often).

We shouldn't have to hide those legs during this cold weather (even though we probably want to) and the knee high boot is a great substitute for those evening/nights you want to show a bit of leg but still stay warm. As they say, 'These boots were made for walking'. 

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