Recovering From Exercise

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You know that feeling you get the morning (or two!) after a heavy session at the gym? When you literally can't get up at your usual pace and it takes you twice as long to do anything? They are called doms (delayed onset muscle soreness) and boy do they hurt.

But don't sweat, there are ways of reducing this feeling. Here are my top tips!

Refueling is essential. If you are training, you'll need some good food to nourish your tired and hungry body with. After a workout, I tend to have a carb-based meal- porridge in the morning, rice throughout the day. Also, lots of protein- protein powder with my porridge or chicken/ salmon with my rice. You need to repair those sore muscles and replenish your energy stores!

This is the one I probably get most excited about. Sleeping is so easy, yet most of us take it for granted- you loose body fat while sleeping and it helps repair your body. Need I say more?

Re hydrating is so important. Think about all that water leaving your body. Don't count the water you drink while working out, just keep aiming for 2-3 liters (minus the water you've drank during!) a day. I've been drinking 3 liters for about three months and my skin and body have improved drastically.

Foam rolling is a mystery to quite a few of us. I personally love it. I feel like some people disregard it as a tool to recover because they don't know how to use them. Youtube was my best friend when I was learning and let it be yours. My favourite foam roller is the Aero Sports Pro 2 in 1 Foam Roller* (£28.95). It has a high density and a low density roller- winning! I prefer the low density for rolling out my lower back (clicks it way more!) and my neck. Since I've had the high density one, it really pushes down at my knots on the sides of my legs, quads and calves, helping get rid of and stiffness and/ or tightness. It also comes with a little bag which is great for taking it to the gym. I would highly recommend getting a foam roller. It's like a real hand massage!

After every workout, I spend a few minutes stretching out my muscles before I can say my workout is complete. My flexibility and posture have  both improved since stretching and also doms have become far less severe since stretching.

I think we are all guilty at times when it comes to recovery and taking the time to look after our bodies post-workout. But little by little, incorporate these things into your routine and you hopefully won't feel those pesky doms the next day!

One Magic Product I Use To Slay My Brows

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Brows have always been my weakness. I didn't give any attention to them until about four years ago and even for a year, all I used was a pencil. I never been a pro at brows, but I feel like with the right product, you don't have to be. And boy have I found that product.

Last month, I went to the NYX Bloggers event in Boots in Cardiff. It was a lovely event, I saw some old blogging gals, met some new ones and some that I've spoken to for years but have always missed (Jessie, I'm talking about you)! The lovely girls at NYX did some demonstrations and while they were doing that, one product stood out to me...

She got onto the brows and with a few flicks and whizzes, they were done. I literally blinked a few times?! They must be tattooed I thought... But nope, I saw the product, bought the product and have tried it and can 100% vouch that it works.

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I obviously had to get it, brows have been my downfall forever. I squeeze a tiny amount onto my hand and do an eyebrow brush into it, then start applying small strokes at the upper outline of my brows and bring to the end, then do the same on the bottom and then fill in. I leave the excess for the thicker, inner side of my brows so they are lighter, creating a more natural brow.

This is a foolproof, easy product to use and I recommend it to everyone! Oh and by the way, its the NYX Brow Gel... It would help if I mention the name of the product. Did I mention it's only £5.50?

What I'm Wearing This Autumn

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I would love to become a fashion blogger. I simply don't have anyone who's camera savvy (anyone in Bristol who wants to snap me, hit me up) and my boyfriend is in another city most of the week (big up to the Instagram husbands). In the mean time, I write about fashion topics and trends and I love it.

Autumn, to me, is the 'lazy' season. You could put on a skirt and tights, chunky jumper, large scarf and a big coat and not look like a marshmallow. Plus your Nan may moan at you less for wearing dark colours. If you're in need of some inspiration when it comes to autumn fashion, here is what I'll be wearing...

Long Coats

A classic one for autumn, super long coats are back in. Primark have got so many options at the moment, ranging from pink to camel (and not badly priced- £20-£25). From suede to faux-fur, you can wrap up in them, hiding the fact that you are wearing your pyjamas- guilty.


Velvet was allover the catwalk this year (see Prada's show) so I've dug out my red velvet trousers and may have purchased a green velvet, long sleeved top from Primark. Velvet is a lovely trend (even though some people despise the feel!) and I'm glad it's back.

Ankle Boots

I have a few pairs of ankle boots (mostly black!) that I wear daily. I can't pull them off with my denim jeans, but with all my other trousers and skirts and some thick socks, my feet thank me for being warm and stylish.

Pussy Bows

Another trend that I have fallen in love with is the bow trend. The big shirts with pussy bow necklines are a sophisticated trend that has also appeared on dresses. They make my heart melt! I tuck my shirt into some high waisted trousers and voila, a smart, stylish outfit.

Oversized Scarves

The obvious A/W trend that every one loves. There are so many options, it's hard to choose. My favourite are the ones from Zara; soft and affordable. Similar to coats, you can wrap them around you and you're basically going out with your duvet.

Now, I'd like to wear hats, but I'm a student and I can't afford anything new. I recently saw some pom pom hats which were adorable but I'm sure I can hold out until Christmas!

Fashion For Halloween 2016?

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Deciding what to go as for Halloween is something we go through every year. The fashion conscious of us may find choosing an outfit harder. Halloween is fast approaching and I've been doing my research into this years trends. Every year Halloween themed fashion grows bigger and bigger, 2016 is of course more outrageous than last (I wonder what 2026 will bring us, I dread to think!).

This year, brands such as MissGuided, PrettyLittleThing and Boohoo are targeting the fashionistas with Halloween inspired pieces. I suppose it gives us an option from the usual Catwoman or a bloody nurse. But it may just be a way of generating sales, making us think we need to get fashion for Halloween.

It reminds me of Christmas, but with a Christmas jumper we can wear it two weeks before and a week after (or longer if you're a rebel like mwah). We get our moneys worth, do we get our moneys worth with this Halloween trend?

There is no denying the fashion is mostly quirky and on trend; lace, animal prints (a lot on the Runway for A/W2016) and lots and lots of black (obvs). I love it. If I wasn't a student, I would be ordering quite a few bits, I think a lot of the items are stunning. It's a great option for those of us who don't like dressing up or who want to look fashionable while not being told off for not getting into the Halloween spirit.

Nevertheless, these are my top picks for Halloween 2016. So if you're struggling with outfit ideas of fancy a themed slogan top, get some inspo from these...

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7 Thoughts On Body Shaming

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Body shaming is everywhere. In songs, on adverts and in the street. It is unavoidable but that doesn't mean it can't stop. "Real women have curves"? Gee, thanks. I am slim because I work hard and eat wisely. Plenty of overweight women enjoy exercising! While I totally accept that I may have some privileges over a fat woman, we need to stop tearing each other down in order to stop body shaming. Here are some things I jotted down about body shaming that I wanted to share:

1. Real women are women who want to be female. It doesn't matter on the physical appearance. You could be transsexual, fat, thin, ripped, have a penis or a vagina and still be a woman.

2. There is more to life than our bodies. We need to stop staring and comparing and start accepting and celebrating.

3. Eating disorders can often be caused by bullying. So try not to tell someone they look thin because they might have anorexia and try not to tell someone they're looking bigger.

4. Women need to stick together. We have enough to deal with when it comes to men's opinions on our bodies. So instead of whispering about another woman, remember we are on the same team.

5. The world is a big, big place. We can all be beautiful. There is a place for everyone. For us all to shine- big or small.

6. Skinny women can be insecure. Everyone has insecurities and parts of their bodies they don't like.

7. Body types do not define us. What makes you you is your inside. That's who you truly are. The outside can be a representation, but it's not 100% you.

You may agree, you may disagree. I just want it to stop. I'm fed up of getting told I'm looking "skinny".
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