Positively Half Way There

It is Wednesday everybody – the notorious ‘hump day’ because we are now half way through the week… I feel sleepy enough for it to be Friday, don’t you?

January always leaves me feeling super blue so I’m trying my best to preach ‘Stay Positive’ to you all! Avoid the negative nellies that have nothing good to say and try your best to crack a smile – you’re nearly through the week, and January is almost over!

Katy x

Fashion By The Numbers

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Oh January – you’re killin’ us! How are we supposed to enjoy the sales and fund our ‘New Year, New Me’ goals when our empty piggy banks are still crying from our Christmas splurges?

The key is in the basics of it all. Why do we always wear the same things when there is a tonne of cute clothing at the back of the wardrobe?

Because we haven’t cracked the idea of versatility. Sigh.

Why do we buy 2 different tops when you could buy 1 that can be styled in 2 different ways, saving you half the cost?

This  February (yes, January is a total write off for me…) I’m going back to the basic mechanics of my wardrobe. Staples. Individual pieces that can be switched up. Versatile shopping! 

Maybe I’ll buy another yellow rain coat, or another pair of stripy trousers. That’s cool wth me, I need the odd random piece in that closet o’mine. However, the fact of the matter is; maybe I could buy something to go with the trousers, which can also be easily worn with other pieces in my wardrobe?

So lets get the basics down to a tee. That way, when we’re crying into our penniless piggy banks, we can still be smoking’ hot without any effort, switching between the most basic of styles for the biggest of impacts.

With this framework in mind, here are a few of my favourite staples right now on Boohoo.com that won’t break the bank and definitely give effortless style…

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The midi dress – the apple to the pie. Get the midi! I love that a midi dress can look cool with trainers or boots, being worn effortlessly to work or out in town. I need this bad boy.

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This beautiful top is so adaptable for easy style, day or night. Wear it to work with a pair of trousers or on a Saturday with a pair of jeans! Adaptable? Yes?!

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I’ve had a break through recently with the bodysuit hype. They can literally change a pair of trousers or a skirt – they are one of the biggest staples you can get right now for your stapler. And what could be more perfect than a turtleneck bodysuit?! Smart casual everyday.

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Swishy Swing dresses are cute with trainers and flats and are easily styled with a statement jacket or blazer. Effortless, again. Yet so versatile!

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T-shirt dresses have always been so cute. Again, change what you have on your feet and your choice of jacket for completely different styles. One dress, multiple styles.

Nutribuddy: First Impressions

I have been fortunate enough to receive some free goodies  from Nutribuddy to review this month, and can’t wait to share my experience with you! I am really excited to try out the products as part of my attempt to get fit and healthy this year, whilst also trying to slim down after the heavy eating over the christmas period… I will let you know how I get on with the products in the next couple of weeks! So – what gifts did I receive?!

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  1. Sculpting Whey and Shake Bottle

Ah I am super excited to try this out! The shake is chocolate flavour, so should hopefully serve as a craving deterrent (the vending machine seems to have my number and keeps calling me?!)

Nutribuddy claim that the shake contains ingredients that boost metabolism, so it should hopefully burn calories quickly whilst giving me a nice energy boost – fingers crossed, I’m gonna need a boost now I’m starting to work out again! I like that they say the shake is natural, as it is super reassuring that I can trust the product. The bottle is super cute too and perfect size for taking out with you when you’re in a rush – so yeah, I’m really excited to try this one out!

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2.Recipe Book

Totally adorable, this little recipe book is full of good ideas for shake and meals. I think this is going to be really fun to try out, as theres a couple of recipes in here that I am dying to try – they sound so delicious! This is a great little addition to the pack as it gives you a little bit of guidance on what you should be eating, so the whole process seems so much simpler. Planning meals is my downfall, so this should be pretty motivating!

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3.  The Little Book of Weightloss

Another adorable little read, this Little Book of Weightloss tells you everything you need to know about the products and how to use them – it also includes an eating plan which I am excited to follow. It features a FAQ section, covering all the things you might be concerned about – just that little bit more reassurance, if you’re like me and need it!

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4. Hunger Fix Tablets and Multivitamins

I’m a little sceptical about the hunger fix tablets, purely because I only really eat when I’m bored, not necessarily when I am hungry. Therefore I’m not sure whether I will be using the tablets, but will definitely let you know how I get on with them, should I get any big cravings that need fixing! The multivitamins look like a really cool edition to this kit, providing daily vitamins for a healthy boost whilst using the kit. I’ll be using these, definitely!

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Overall, I’m really excited to try out these products and can’t wait to let you know how I get on! Thank you Nutribuddy for sending these to me – lets see what happens!

Let me know if  you join the Nutribuddy family too!

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NB: *This product was provided to me free of charge from the company in order to review it. The opinions expressed in this review are my own*

Dealing with Exams

It’s that time of year again, where we emerge from our merry little Christmas coma to discover that we have an exam to study for and very little time to do so! I personally hate January exams, as I always feel that they creep up on me because I’m so excited for Christmas that the exam gets a tad forgotten until January 1st… then it’s a panic.

But do not fear my fellow examinees! Here are a few of my top tips for smashing your exams…

1. Start preparing as early as you can!

Make sure that you finish reading all the material as soon as possible so that you can crack on with making revision aids in good time for the exam. This will ensure that you can identify the areas you need more time on, whilst also allowing you to relax a little more in the days before the exam – cramming gives you far too much unnecessary stress!

2. Study little and often – break it up!

Again, please don’t try and cram it all into your head without taking a break! Cramming is unhealthy and counterproductive. I usually set myself “study days” in the run up to an exam where I try and revise as much as possible, but I take regular breaks throughout the day so that my head has a minute to actually digest what I have just revised. You wouldn’t eat dinner immediately after breakfast…would you?

3. Drink water – plenty!

Treat water like your kryptonite. Keeping hydrated is extremely important when studying as it makes your body function at its top form, helping you remember everything you need to. Plus it gives you lots of reasons to take a break – toilet break and top up, anyone?

4. Tailor your revision to you 

It would be completely useless for me if I just read pages and pages of notes without doing anything with them, because I learn best from summarising information into colourful spider diagarams and posters. I know this because I have tailored my revision over the years and noticed that this is how I learn best! In contrast, you might learn from reading pages of notes, or listening back to audio notes. The point is, tailor your revision to how you learn best – don’t just copy your friend’s method. We know our own minds the best, so study in a self-tailored fashion for ultimate success.

5. Don’t panic

Easier said than done, right? Keeping cool in the run up to an exam is essential in avoiding extreme procrastination! Try and relax. Instead of fretting, ensure you are revising as much as possible at any given opportunity. Take time out of your day to revise, even if it’s just for half an hour. Dedicate yourself to the exam as much as you can and you’ll find your nerves blossoming into confidence. Breathe! It’s all going to be ok.

6. Eat well

What a mighty fine reason to take a break – a girls gotta eat! Make sure you are fuelling your body with good food so that you have enough energy to absorb the information. A few veggies won’t hurt!

7. Sleep

Don’t do an all nighter, your brain will go bye byes before you realise. Get plenty of sleep near an exam so your head is wide awake and ready to learn!

8. Move about & turn off that phone!

Don’t sit in a chair all day thinking you’re actually taking a break by scrolling on Instagram for ten minutes. Take a stroll and get some fresh air in your breaks so that you aren’t turning into a stone statue, cowering over a book. If you ache today, you’ll ache tomorrow, and being uncomfortable is the biggest distracted when it comes to revising.

I hope you enjoyed my tips & are studying the hell out of January! Time for me to get on with me studies today… let’s do this!
*Cue cute picture of Me & Ben because I miss him already!*

Furry friends & bye byes

After 3 weeks of having Molly and Ben at home, the day has officially arrived for them to go back down south and proceed with their day to day lives, leaving me ready to see them at weekends or in a matter of weeks. Sigh. 

It really shouldn’t be as big as a deal as it feels every time they go, because I know I will see Ben at the weeekend and Molly is only going for a week before she comes back home for a week again – but it’s the concept of it all I guess. 

I just miss sitting in the kitchen with my sister in the evenings after work, chatting absolute rubbish over a cup of tea. And I miss having someone to cuddle up to in bed and telling me funny jokes and stories just to see me laugh. Sigh.

But hey ho, people don’t always have to be together to be happy together! It just makes things easier sometimes… but who said we didn’t like a challenge eh?

In the meantime, me and my fur babies will be having plenty more cuddles to compensate for the absence of my sister and boyfriend this week – and oh how beautiful they are! Here’s #HoraceTheBunnyRabbit and #GilbertTheBullmastiff looking gorgeous!

Happy New Year – it’s 2017!?

It is officially 1st January 2017, an entirely new year. I am so excited to start 2017 with a fresh mindset and a new tonne of goals that I want to see fulfilled by this time next year! Bring it on!

A new year shouldn’t be about a ‘new’ you. Why? Because you are already a brilliant person as you are, so why would you want to be any different? Instead, it should be a blank page. Not a blank page ready for lots of big changes, but instead, a blank page for you to fill with all your hopes and dreams and aspirations for the year ahead!

Aim to live life to the fullest, and you’ll see positive changes in yourself without aiming to directly make them. Keep a positive attitude about the year ahead, because you can only go up from here.

I hope you all celebrated the new year in style and are excited for what 2017 has to bring! Happy 2017 everybody!

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Christmas 2016

Ah what a lovely few days it has been. I always say that Christmas is my favourite time of year and I am never wrong – whenever I reflect on Christmas, I get a warm happy feeling about all the wonderful gifts I have received, all the amazing food I have eaten but most importantly, all the precious time that I have managed to spend with the people that matter the most.

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I spent Christmas Day with Molly & Mom (and of course, Gilbert the Bullmastiff, Martha the Deaf Cat, Delilah the Kitty and Horace the Rabbit… of course). We have plenty of christmas traditions at home, starting with myself & Molly waiting at the top of the stairs until my mom has ‘checked if Santa has been’ (aka she turns the Christmas music and lights on and makes a cup of tea!) 15727239_10205914133771389_4826680422176394380_n

We then enter the living room where we both have a pile of gifts to open from my mom. After that, its onto gift giving to Mom from Molly and Me, and then gifts to Molly from me and vice versa. Finally, the animals get their gifts. Some of my wonderful gifts (to name only a few!) include an Amazon Firestick, a beautiful 2017 Journal, an Amazing 2017 Agenda (I cannot wait to have the most organised 2017 EVER!), perfume, clothes, Twinkies, Lindor chocolates (Fave), colouring books, plenty of other books, pretty things for my desk, a mac skin, artwork…. the list goes on. I was spoilt. And so were they!

We also have a tradition of having a photo taken with me and Molly laying in all the wrapping paper in the room on Christmas Morning, which has been a tradition for as long as I can remember! However for the past three years, the photo has also included our little Gilbert. Oh how he has evolved…

15747387_10154745696113548_2519256650241061999_n.jpgMe and Ben exchanged bags of pressies on Christmas Eve and then FaceTimed on Christmas morning to open our gifts together. Again, the list goes on… to include a Michael Kors watch, Gucci Perfume, Disaronno (my fave next to Malibu!), a Jack Wills gift set… I was spoilt. And so was he!

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After plenty of unwrapping, the three of us popped over to visit family and exchanged a few more gifts and conversations before returning to our cosy nest to prepare for Christmas Dinner. My mom becomes a kitchen goddess at Christmas and cooks for thirty thousand instead of three. But the quality of the food always outweighs the quantity in every aspect (which seems impossible considering how much food she actually cooks.)

FullSizeRender.jpgAfter entering a food coma, it was onto relaxing in front of the television with Cards Against Humanity played and numerous desserts consumed. I even had a nap.

My Christmas Day was amazing, and always extends further into Boxing Day. On Boxing Day, my dad collected me and Molly and we spent the day at my nans house where we ate a beautiful lamb dinner and exchanged even more gifts, to include further clothes, makeup, perfume, chocolate… the list goes on again!15585212_10157967991310015_9097848052750148767_o.jpg

We then relaxed further and stayed the night at my nans – cheesecake & christmas pudding were again, consumed.

My Christmas always extends into the following days because I have so many people I want to see! On 27th, I enjoyed a third Christmas with my handsome beau, chilling with yet more food and television – after all, thats what December is made for, surely?!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year – I certainly am!

Speak again soon,

Katy xx