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Monday, 21 April 2014

Double Take

Needless to say everything is slightly manic in the new house so I haven't managed to snap any outfit pictures or rustle any recipes up. That said, the fact that the Sky man hasn't hooked us up yet means I've been having to find new ways to entertain myself in the evenings when we finally finish sorting through the boxes containing our lives.
Now regular readers will know I am partial to a selfie on the odd occasion and any opportunity to take it to the next level is always welcomed. From text over-lays to brightness and contrast adjustments, there are apps for all your selfie needs in preparation for sharing.
The success of photo sharing apps and websites make it apparent just how true the phase "a picture says a thousand words". With one photo you are able inspire, motivate and touch people all over the word, so I was intrigued when I was introduced to this great new app 2Sides2Me which gives you the ability to show 2 images at one time, no I'm not talking split screens on Frametastic. You simply upload two photos, one main one and another hidden which is only revealed when placing your finger on the main image. I specifically like this feature for before and after shots because fitness is my thaaang but I can also imagine it would be great for make up artists to show their work and fellow fashionistas to show their outfits from day to night and it means you don't need to worry about chopping your images down to fit them into a split frame so you maintain as much of the image as possible.
I signed up a few nights ago and have been browsing and uploading here and there. I find that images can take quite a while to load (this may be down to our internet as we gear up to switch service provider) and navigating takes some getting used to but I really like the feel of the app. It's always nice when something is new and untouched by internet trolls.

You can try the app for yourself by downloading it from the iTunes store here. They appear to have a competition going on at the moment if you upload a pic of what you're wearing between April 21st and May 4th make sure to hashtag #OOTD14 I've seen some great entries as you get to be so creative with the two pictures to play with.
Looking forward to posting returning to normal and I hope you had a great Easter :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Loving Lately - Michael Kors Selma Bag

Beautiful images via www.hoardoftrends.com
Since exchanging on our house something strange has shifted inside of me. Where I used to spend hours browsing handbags and shoes, I find myself stalking cutlery sets and decorative cushions. Even my family have noticed the sudden change and I, myself was beginning to worry. 
Things took a turn for the worse when asked what I wanted for my 26th Birthday on Monday past, to which my reply was always homeware related.
"I'm sorry what was that Lydia? You don't want some form of arm candy this year? Are you unwell? Did you fall and hit your head?" If they didn't say it, I could read it all over their faces.
And then it happened, browsing the homeware department in Harrods (browsing being the operative word) I must have blacked out due to the sheer excitement and stumbled across the handbag department. 
There in front of me was the Harrods collection of Michael Kors handbags but more importantly, the Selma Bag and it was all kinds of love and lust at first site. Such a relief it was to also know that deep down within this 26 year old grown up who currently enjoys purchasing oven gloves and coasters, still lies the same girl who started this little blog all those years ago, who was and forever will be lusting after bags she cannot afford.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Fitness FAQ #5

By far the most frequently asked question that I have received since I started training has always been;

"What is your diet like?" 

I once shared my diet on here but as soon as I began training with my Personal Trainer, Paul it became apparent that I was grossly under eating and certainly not getting the right nutrients. With Paul's help I adjusted my diet and tested foods on how my body reacted to them (cashews make me bloated, who knew?) meaning the end result was the most perfect anti inflammatory yet beneficial-to-training Nutrition plan which was  tailor made for me, by me (effectively).
When I saw how beneficial this kind of nutrition was for my exercise regime, and the sheer volume of you crying out for information to accelerate your own results I realised I wanted to help. At first I just gave you Paul's contact details and you could discuss whatever your needs were with him, but the plan that I am on isn't exactly budget friendly (you'd be amazed at how many shoes miss out on a loving home with me because of Paul) and when you are just starting out and unsure if you will even be able to stick to it, the last thing you want to do is throw your shoe budget at it.
So I sat with Paul and we decided to put together a low cost e-book with the fundamentals of the diet I follow, for you to trial and test to come up with the same style but tailored to your body. I put emphasis on the low cost because both of us were horrified to see the cost of so many health and fitness e-books on the market, I mean £50? For what is effectively just a book?
Anyway, it took some time and some string pulling but on Monday 14th April 2014 (my 26th birthday) the Bodyluxe Nutrition Guide was released and can be purchased for a mere £7.50. The response has been absolutely insane and I am overwhelmed by the all the tweets, instagram pics and feedback (please if you have purchased let me know your thoughts either via social media or using my contact form HERE)
I really hope that you experience the same benefits to energy, aesthetics and overall well being as I have since undertaking this kind of nutrition and I look forward to seeing your progress pics.

Please note this nutrition guide is not Vegan or Vegetarian.