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
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