23.11.14

My Fitness Routine


Woah, if there ever was a big rambling post this is probably it. 

For the longest time I have wanted to get fit but I have never really committed to anything for more than a week or two before getting bored or giving up. When I moved to New Zealand I knew it was time for a complete lifestyle overhaul.

Now I have never been particularly unhealthy but I was relatively inactive. Apart from a bit of sports at school and the occasional bike ride. I am a HUGE fan of blogilates so once I moved into my new house I bought Cassey's Fit Journal and her 8 week clean eating guide. I subsequently joined a gym and started attending classes.

Before I really get into this post I just want to say that I am not any kind of dietitian or fitness expert, I have only been doing the following for a few weeks myself. This kind of thing is very personal so what I write is to show my own experience and routine rather than tell you what is best, everyone is different.

Food & Drink

Clean Eating - The biggest challenge I have faced by far is trying to eat clean on the Blogilates Meal Plan for 6 days of the week. If you don't know what clean eating is it is basically just having whole, unprocessed foods (as much as will allow) that are as close to their natural source as possible. Still living at home means that meals have to be suitable for the whole family, including a 13 year old brother, so for me the term 'clean eating' is used a little loosely. 

Green Tea - In an effort to boost my metabolism I have been drinking Green Tea everyday. Generally I have one mug mid morning and then another cup after dinner whilst chilling out on the sofa. Now I'm not going to lie, I find green tea to taste pretty gross I honestly do. When I first started drinking it I was literally gagging (unpleasant but true) but now I manage to get it down rather pleasantly. After trying various brands I have settled on Twinings as my green tea of choice.

YOLO Meals - As earlier mentioned I live at home so every weekend my family like to go out for a meal and this is when I have whatever I like, my 'YOLO' meal as Cassey calls it. Sometimes this ends up being two or three breakfasts, lunches or dinners due to unexpected circumstances but I try not to beat myself up about it. I don't want eating a certain way to rule my life and what I do. That said I now find that when I do go for a restaurant I find myself getting something on the healthier side as I enjoy it more and it makes be feel so much better.

Exercise

Gym & Classes - I am currently part of my local gym which is pretty big and also offers a variety of classes. At the moment I am on a two day plan of circuit training at the gym that a personal trainer helped me with, one day for arms and one day for legs and abs. Along with this I attend two Zumba classes a week which I have really been enjoying and I have just done my 3rd kickboxing class which I am finding super fun and even bought my own baby pink boxing wraps for.

30 Day Shred - This is something I have wanted to do for a long while. If you haven't heard of it it is essentially three 25 minute fitness videos on three different levels that combine strength, cardio and abs for the most efficient workout. You are meant to do one level every day for 10 days and then move onto to the next, meaning you are exercising for 30 consecutive days. For me this has been a challenge so I only do the videos for 5 or 6 days a week. I am currently midway through level 2 but once I finish I will do a blog post to let you know how I got on. 

Blogilates - I have been aware of pilates instructor Cassey Ho's youtube channel for a long time and often do some of her pilates videos (That's what makes you bootiful and Drive by Inner Thighs are a couple of my favourites). Her videos can range from 3 to 20 minutes long but are always upbeat and super exhausting. At the moment I am focussing on other ways to exercise and only do a couple videos a week as a bit of fun but I am still a massive advocate of Blogilates and would recommend anyone to give it a go!

Now i know that this looks like a lot of exercise but I actually workout on for an average of an hour a day and I take rest days, nothing too crazy.

Other

Fit Journal 2.0 - This baby was ordered online a few weeks ago from Cassey's shop. Each day you list what you have been eating, how much water you drank, how many hours sleep you got, what workouts you did and how you felt. I find that this makes me want to stick to eating well and also I am able to see the trends in what makes me more energised and awake. It also includes shopping lists, motivational images and quotes as well as other handy things. What I really like about this is that it has a focus on how you are feeling rather than losing wight.

Sports Clothing - I love going to Rebel Sports in Albany and picking up some sporting gear. This sports bra is one of my favourites and is from Adidas, much like the rest of my workout wardrobe. Adidas is pretty affordable here in NZ and is generally also 30% off the entire range.

Music - A good playlist makes or breaks a workout for me, if I forget my ipod at the gym I feel so unmotivated and barely do anything. Check out my Dance playlist here which is one I regularly use.

With this whole lifestyle change for me I do really see it as being all in the attitude you take towards it and the mindset. I have never been so determined to get healthy and fit and the fact that I am starting college in February is a huge motivation for me. 

This is a very different kind of post for me, what do you think?

21.11.14

MAC 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick Review

MAC Please Me Matte Lipstick Swatch ReviewMAC Please Me Matte Lipstick Swatch Review
MAC 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick - £15

For the longest time MAC's Please Me has been on my wish list, I remember before I even started a blog I saw this in a post and thought it looked like the most gorgeous shade. When my mum went to the UK she picked up a few things for me (haul coming soon) and this was amongst them.

Upon first inspection it is somewhat between a mid-tone pink and a nude and when applied to the lips it does look very subtle and great for every day. Bare in mind that I a very pale so for anyone parker than me it would probably stand out much more.

It is marketed as part of the MAC matte range but to me it has a definite sheen to it and I struggle to see the matte finish. I quite like it but if you are looking a strong matte shade I would give this a miss. This does mean however that it applies with a velvety buttery texture although it is worth noting that it does slightly settle into fine lines so I make sure to exfoliate and apply lip balm before wear. 

As it is very pigmented I find that the wear time is pretty decent, around the 3-4 hour mark, but I am constantly drinking water and tea so it will vary from person to person. 

Overall this is a great everyday lipstick for me or something more subtle for when I do dramatic eye looks. Pigmentation and texture is on the money but I would recommend going into store if you are unsure of the finish or application.

The plan was going to be taking swatch photos in Wellington but I stupidly left my entire makeup bag at home, including MAC Please Me. Oh Hattie you silly girl. I have now had to settle for the photo I have of me when I first tried it out a couple weeks ago. To see more in depth swatches I thoroughly recommend taking a look at Temptalia.

As I'm forever being on the hunt for new MAC products, let me know your favourites!
p.s. I just landed in Wellington for a weekend away from Auckland and I cannot explain what the landing was like on the plane. Considering I take at least 8-10 flights a year I have never been on anything like it. We pretty much came in sideways and once landed the entire plane applauded, even the cabin crew. Cray flight huh?

17.11.14

Monochrome Bedroom Inspiration

Monochrome Black White Bedroom Dressing Room
Monochrome Black White Bedroom Dressing Room
Monochrome Black White Bedroom Dressing Room

Whether I am lying in bed after a long day, sitting on the ferry into the city or working at my desk at home there is nothing I love more than having a good ole look through Pinterest. It is one of those activities that instantly picks me up and inspires me with quotes, fitspo and beautiful pictures. My most recent boards have been my Clean Eating Receipes and inspiration for my new flat. I may still live at home but I am actually lucky enough to have my own little granny flat/annexe which consists of a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room: all very exciting for a 16 year old. 

My cute little flat at the moment is feeling a little dated so I am currently in the process planning a big redecoration with my main theme being white with some black, rose gold and a few pops of muted colour. Being my age I am having to keep costs to a minimum so in the new year once my room is painted and the wardrobes ripped out I hope to be able to share a few DIYs with you. 

These images represent somewhat how I would like my room to look. I love my clothes so I feel to have a partially open wardrobe or something similar would not only be cost effective but look really gorgeous. I also would like a blackboard somewhere to draw on and stick my polaroid photographs to. 

Have you been using Pinterest? If you do be sure to leave me your link!

12.11.14

Neon Shift

Dress (old) - Glamorous via USC, Heels - Quiz*

With the summer just peaking through the wind and rain here in New Zealand I've started to enjoy wearing my summer dresses and heels again. The dress I picked up several months ago in a USC (previously Republic) sale for under a tenner and I have had loads of compliments on it since. Having had these heels for about a month now I have worn them with this dress and also with some skinny jeans and a T-shirt. Despite being high, they are super comfy and not too hard to walk in.

I'm starting to try and have a bit more fun when taking outfit photos now that my mother aka top photographer is back - cue hair flicks, jumping and dancing. Although not many of that has ended up on here I think these photos have an easier feel compared to some of my previous outfits. I'm still learning I guess, this is only my 6th outfit post.

In other news I am currently on a big health and fitness kick. I've started the 30 day shred, Zumba, drinking heaps if green tea (yuck!) and following the Blogilates food calendar all in the hope to be a lot fitter by the time I start college in February. If you have any posts on this topic do leave a link in the comments!

What do you think of this outfit?

7.11.14

Green Chicken Salad Recipe


In an effort to get fitter and healthier over the past couple weeks and into the new year I have been trying a lot of different salads and this is by far my favourite. When looking at the recipe I wasn't sure about the addition of peas into a salad but it actually makes a lovely change from the norm. It takes less than 10 minutes to make and provides minimal washing up, great if you are a student! If I am being particularly good I skip out the parmesan and bacon and it still makes a delicious dinner. 

Adapted from recipe here. Serves 2. 

Ingredients:
3 rashers streaky bacon
200g roast chicken shredded
1 avocado cut into chunks
100g frozen or fresh peas cooked
1 sweet cos lettuce
4 spring onions thinly sliced
50g parmesan shavings (optional)
For the Dressing:
2 tbsp White Wine vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

1. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp and crumbly. Once cool crumble into a bowl.

2. To make the dressing, add all ingredients into a another bowl and stir. 

3. For the salad put the peas, lettuce, avocado and spring onions into the dressing bowl and toss to combine. 

4. Divide the salad between two portions and layer on top the chicken, parmesan and bacon.

What is your favourite salad?