Sustainable Activewear and Fitness Routine

I mentioned in a video recently that I have just gotten back into fitness and have been working out more which obviously meant I needed some new gym clothes. I had never knew sustainable activewear really existed as I never really looked for it, but since have a nosy on Reve En Vert I have found a few new brands that I love!

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Today I thought I'd share with you my current fitness routine and some of the new pieces I picked up from Reve En Vert.

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These photos were taken in Central Park on Sunday morning. I absolutely love how these new pieces look and feel. I 100% agree that if you look and feel good in your gym clothes, then you're more likely to want to get up, put them on and work out. The new pieces from Reve En Vert are the sports bra crop top from Manduka and the leggings from Yoga Democracy. The crop top is prefect as it has a sports bra built in and as I get really hot very quickly whilst working out, crop tops are my go to. The leggings are like nothing I've had before, most of my legging collection consists of plain black full or cropped length, but I am absolutely loving the pattern on these and it has made me want to branch out and try some other more loud patterns!

 

 

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Moving on to my routine - on a weekly basis I try to run in the morning Monday to Saturday. For me running is my favourite type of exercise, its great for clearing my head and I love running in the morning because its sets me up for the day ahead and makes me feel 100000x more motivated. I also currently follow this full body fitness routine below to build my core and work out the rest of my body.

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Circuit 1

20 Squats

10 Burpees

20 Tricep Dips

15 Straight leg sit ups

REPEAT

Circuit 2

20 Toe Taps

15 Elevated push ups

24 Step Ups (12 per side)

50 Mountain Climbers (25 per side)

REPEAT

Circuit 3

15 Squats

24 Static Lunges (12 per side)

24 Knee Ups (12 per side)

15 Sumo Squats

REPEAT

Circuit 4

15 Push Ups

15 Straight leg raises

30 Sec Plank

30 Ab Bikes (15 per side)

REPEAT

I hope you've enjoyed this post, as it is something a little different but I absolutely loved sharing it with you and will be keeping you up to date on my fitness progress in the future!

Sustainable Fashion in the News

Keeping it short and sweet today. I find it really interesting to keep up to date with any news article related to sustainable fashion and what with Fashion Weeks happening over the past month, today I thought I'd share with you 3 top stories that I have read recently.

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1) Stella McCartney continues her sustainable pursuit at Paris Fashion Week with collection of organic cotton and synthetic leathers

An interesting read showing that high end fashion can be sustainable as well as fashionable!

2) It may not be possible to slow down Fast Fashion - So can the industry ever be sustainable?

A really good article highlighting how we as consumers need to change our habits for the real change to happen!

3) This Model Turned CEO Is Betting 'Bricks And Clicks' Can Create A Green Fast-Fashion Empire

This article goes behind the scenes of one of my favourite sustainable brands, Reformation, to look at how they are changing the way we shop.

Lots of newness

Today I'm back with a new outfit post and a few new pieces to share!

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When I got into my boyfriends car wearing this outfit her turned to me and said "is it wear everything new day" which was pretty true in my case. The top, bag and shoes are all recent purchases along with my still fairly new jacket that I bought at the beginning of last month! I have been gradually adding pieces to my wardrobe for my autumn capsule wardrobe and there were a few things I knew I wanted for this capsule. First up is a mini bag, I love how they look and I wanted a cross body one with a shorter strap so it could sit just above the hip. This one is perfect and I love the detailing on the strap. I also have been loving the kitten heel trend that has been quietly growing these past few seasons, and this month I decided to invest in a pair of kitten heel sock boots and oh my I think I'm actually in love, the fit of them is perfect and they look amazing with everything! Which is good a thing because they will stop me wearing my backless loafers so much!

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CAMISOLE: H&M | JEANS: H&M | BOOTS: H&M | JACKET: MANGO | BAG: DKNY via Zalando

Sustainable Beauty Shopping List

Along with creating a more sustainable wardrobe, I am also interested in my other parts of my life more sustainable. One of the main things being beauty. I think it is soooo important that we know exactly what we are putting on our skin and where it exactly it comes from.

So recently I have been looking into ethical and sustainable beauty brands to decide which ones I want to trial and what would work best for my skin. I have very sensitive skin and suffer from quite bad acne so its important to me to know what I'm putting on my skin and to make sure it doesn't irritate it. Below I have picked out a couple of beauty/make up brands that I am going to be buying and trying over the next month. Then hopefully round the beginning of November I can share with you guys that results!

Herbivore Botanicals

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They create natural, cruelty-free skincare that’s safe, non-toxic, and highly effective as well recyclable and reusable packaging! I really want to try out their Pink Clay mask and Mint Lip butter.

RMS Beauty

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This brand is based on raw, living and organic principles. Their makeup is created to transform the way we use make up which is not only non-toxic but actually heals skin! From RMS I want to try one of their cover-up concealers.

Burt's Bee

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A brand I'm sure many of you have already heard of for their lip balms, but Burt's Bees has a great selection of skincare that is created from natural ingredients. It has a whole section on their website sharing their sustainable philosophy from the ingredients they use in their products to their recycled packaging.

Au Naturale

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This is an ethically sourced brand whose products are vegan, gluten- free, non-toxic and paraben-free. They also have a recycling rewards programme. I want to try out some of their lipsticks and eyeshadows!

 

(all images via Pinterest)

Balancing Life

Today I wanted to talk to you about something that’s been playing on my mind recently.

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As I am sure many of you are aware, I create this blog in my spare time as it something I love to do, but I do also have a full time job. Recently, this full time job has been taking over quite a lot of my time and I feel like my blog and youtube have taken a back seat, hence there not being a video on Saturday and the fact I’ve been very quiet on Instagram recently. September is one of our busiest times at work and it’s been playing on my mind that I haven’t been putting my all into the blog like I want to. So that’s why I thought I’d talk about it today, to let you guys know that I’m not losing interest or giving up, I’m just crazy busy! I will still try and post every Monday and Wednesday and get a video up on a Saturday, but occasionally this might not happen and I want to apologise in advance.

 

Hopefully, by the end of the month things will be back on track. I have lots of ideas in the pipeline and with New York next month, October is shaping up to be an amazing month for the blog. So please bare with until then!

In the meantime, let’s discuss this outfit, a mix of my autumn and summer wardrobe. I loved these pants throughout summer and love how they look with more autumnal pieces too. I think you can definitely wear white in winter and can’t wait to style an all white winter outfit in the coming months! This time though, I'm wearing them with my trusty grey roll neck from Uniqlo, my loafer slides again (note to self, need to wear some other shoes!!!) and my Matt and Nat bag. Nice and simple but it really works.

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Back to Basics

Whenever I feel a style rut coming on, I always go back to my favourite basic pieces and invest in some new pieces that I know I will wear season after season. This is what made up this outfit, a mix of new and old. The jeans and shoes I've had for over a year now and love them both so much. These are some of the best fitting jeans I have ever bought and I always feel great when I wear them. As for the shoes, they have been well and truly glued to my feet since the beginning of September, they are so easy to wear and work with so many different outfits I can't help but reach for them every time.

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The new item in this look is the jacket. I have been wanting a suede jacket for a while and always thought they looked so perfect with simple outfits and make a great change to a leather jacket. Unfortunately I couldn't find a more sustainable one so went for this Mango one as at least I know where they stand on the sustainable front. 

JACKET: MANGO | TOP: COMME DES GARCONS | JEANS: H&M (old) | SHOES: TOPSHOP (old) | BAG: MATT&NAT

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Should We all be washing our clothes less?

Today I wanted to discuss what how to continue reducing the waste that clothes create even after you've bought them. Its easy to forget after you've bought a piece of clothing, it still continues to create a carbon footprint whilst sitting in your wardrobe, in fact 25% of fashions carbon footprint comes from us washing the clothes we already have. So today I thought I'd discuss how washing your clothes less can not only decrease your carbon footprint but also make your clothes last longer.

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We are consuming more fast fashion then ever before and over 80% of it ends up in landfills. More fast fashion clothing is getting thrown away every year because we over wash our clothes which means they won't last as long. Below I've written some top tips for washing your clothes in a more sustainable way, and if that means you have one less house chore to do every week then I'm totally on board!

If you've worn an item of clothing and think it needs a freshen up but isn't really that dirty then instead of chucking it in the wash, soak it in a bucket or in the bath to partially clean it. That way you can get a few more wears out of it without starting to smell!

Did you know that wool retains a small amount of natural oil which resist dirt and grease so things like woolly jumpers don't have to be washed as often. Also, the less you wash knitwear the longer it will last, as it tends to misshape and bobble the more you wash knitwear, so giving it a soak if you think it needs it instead of washing it will not only be more sustainable but also make your knitwear last season after season.

Let me know if the comments below if you have sustainable tips on making your clothes last longer!

What's inspiring my Autumn Wardrobe

I'm such a huge fan of searching through Instagram and Pinterest when a new season comes around and searching for lots of inspiration for my wardrobe. Monday I showed you some things high on my Wishlist and today I thought I'd share with you the inspiration behind them.

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This colour is everything, I actually think I'm obsessed! I so want to get myself some silk slip dresses and skirts for Autumn and Winter to wear with chunky knitwear. I've found this beauty of a dress that I'm saving up for!

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I'm also on the hunt for a beige bag for Winter, I think it looks so good against the check and big knits.

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Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Update and Wishlist

I cannot believe that we are already in September, Summer seems to have flown by! I will do a video soon on my most worn items of Summer and what worked and what didn't. But right now my head is Autumn and I've been planning and deciding what will be in my capsule for Autumn.

This time around I'm not being strict on when my Autumn capsule starts and finishes. Instead I'm going to gradually start introducing more autumnal pieces to my wardrobe and putting away the more summery pieces. I'm heading to New York next month and hoping to get the majority of my Autumn/Winter wardrobe there as they have Reformation and Everlane stores along with lots of Vintage shops which I can't wait to explore!

In the mean time I have been putting together a Wishlist of pieces I'd like in my wardrobe this Autumn, which I thought I'd share with you today. I am really into patterned blouses and after a summer of not very many exciting tops, I'm excited to add some more interesting pieces to my wardrobe as I know I'll be living in jeans for most part of Autumn and Winter! I am also very into the beige/neutral colour scheme when it comes to my jackets and shoes it seems.

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Postcards from Rome

Photos on film

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Whilst in Rome I thought I'd take my film camera and have a bit of fun taking photos on that as well. It was so much fun taking the photos and not knowing what the outcome will be straight away. I really love how these photos have turned out. Rome has been the most perfect setting for taking photos on film. This is my last post for Rome and I thought I'd let the photos do the talking, I've picked out some of my favourites to share with you today and I hope you love them as much as I do! I can't wait to shoot more on film in the coming months. 

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This was where we stayed whilst in Rome. The front and back garden were equally beautiful and listening to that fountain was so peaceful!

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Until till next time Roma!

Rome City Guide

Rome was absolutely amazing and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to go there and I know it is a city I will definitely be going back to.

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There is so much to see and do in Rome, I think you could spend your whole life there and everyday you'd still find something new.

In our short time we managed to visit the Vatican City, the Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum as well as the Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain. We also managed to do a bit of sunbathing and eat our body wait in pasta and pizza! So today I thought I'd share with you where we ate, we we did and some helpful tips if you're planning on heading to Rome yourself any time soon.

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Places to Eat

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You're never short of places to eat whilst in Rome and we ate at some seriously yummy places. I still have long list paces I want to go back to Rome and try too!

For a nice date night, me and Garlok headed to Piazza Navona, the main square in Rome and just off of that we found La Focaccia. The staff here were so friendly and we had such a good night, the portion sizes were good for the price and it was all super yummy!

Another place we ate at was in my favourite area of Rome, Trastevere called Grazia & Graziella. We were lured in with a free glass of prosecco and the staff there were again so welcoming and friendly. 

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If I could have then I would have spend all day going from place to place eating, but there wasn't enough time in the day so I thought I'd share some other restaurants that I didn't get a chance to eat at and are on my list for next time I go:

Osteria da Fortunata

Ivo a Trastevere

Pizzarium

Il Sorpasso

La Prosciutteria

Forno Campo Di Fori

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What to do

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As I said above we managed to see some of the most historical sites in Rome, and they were truly amazing. One tip I would give if you're heading to Rome is to book all your tickets before you go. We booked onto a Vatican City tour and pre-booked our Colosseum tickets so we didn't have to queue at all. The tour of the Vatican was interesting, although I suggest doing it out of season as it was crazy busy and it didn't feel like we were being moved along like cattle.

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Also make sure you have time to wonder around the amazing areas like Trastevere, which is made up of lots of little streets with cute shops. Another area I'd like to spend more time in next time I'm in Rome is Monti, which is very close to the colosseum.

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Where to Stay

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We were a big group so it was hard to find a place to stay in the centre of Rome. We decided on this Airbnb right by the Vatican and a short walk from a metro station. The owner was so lovely and helpful and the place was the perfect home from home. We also got the chance to spend the day at the Grand Hotel del Gianicolo, which is on top of the hill in Trastevere with the most beautiful views and a very relaxing pool area, I'd definitely look into staying there next time.

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All in all it was an amazing stay and I wish I could have stayed there longer and cannot wait to go back! If you've been to Rome before please leave your tips and suggestions in the comments below.

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Summer in the City: Linen Black Dress

I'm taking a quick break from Rome content to share with one another from my Summer in the City series. Summer is coming to an end now but we've still got some warmer days ahead of us, and this outfit is the perfect transitional outfit for when you don't need a jacket but still want your shoulders covered. It was also makes good use of high summer pieces like this linen black dress which I'd usually wear on holiday in a really hot country work for the London summer.

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I have also started to introduce some more transitional shoes into my wardrobe. I had these loafer slides from last year and wore them so much during Autumn. They are so easy to slip on and look good with jeans too!

DRESS: ASOS | TSHIRT: COMME DES GARCONS | LOAFERS: TOPSHOP (old) | BAG: VINATGE

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Out of Office: Holiday Mode

Unfortunately there isn't a normal post today! I have been crazy busy at work and haven't been able to get a post for you guys today. So instead I'm just writing a little note to let you guys know I am now heading off on holiday for the next week and will not be posting anything new until Wednesday 23rd August, where I''ll be sharing lots of holiday content!

I hope you are all enjoying the summer holiday's whatever you are up to!

 

3 Sustainable Purchases for Autumn

We may be in the height of Summer (supposedly) but I have already been starting to think about my Autumn/Winter capsule wardrobe. I've been planning where I want to shop, the pieces that I need and some trends I want to buy into in a sustainable way.

Today I wanted to share with you 3 piece's that I'm looking to add to my capsule wardrobe when the weather get's a little cooler.

1. Cashmere jumpers

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Something my wardrobe seriously lacks is those in-between pieces for when it's not tshirt weather anymore but if I put a thick jumper on I know I'll overheat. I've had my eye on Everlane's jumper collection for a while and can't wait to pick up some of their pieces when I go to New York in October.

Everlane Cashmere V Neck

Everlane Cashmere Crew

Everlane Ribbed Wool Cashmere Jumper

2. Colour Trousers

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I love denim and every year when the weather gets cooler I end up living in jeans. This year I want to add some colour denim - I'm thinking red - into my wardrobe to mix things up a bit. I also want to add some corduroy trousers into the mix for that grandad chic that I love!

Everlane Wool Full Leg Pants

Reformation Joss Pants

Reformation Work Pant

Whistles Red Jeans

3. Vintage Check Blazer

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My mission for Autumn is to find the perfect vintage check blazer. I'm going to be hunting through lots of vintage stores both in London and New York to find one, I think the perfect check blazer can totally make an outfit as shown by some of my favourite bloggers above.

Summer in the city: Basket Bags

Next up in my summer in the city series is styling the ultimate summer accessory - the basket bag. They are the it bag of the season and come all shapes and styles, the most well known one being the Jane Birkin basket bag.

Today I'm sharing with you how I styled my basket bag in London on Sunday when we went to a farmers market. What better place then to carry my basket bag! Again, like the espadrilles, I paired the basket bag with denim to make the outfit seem more fitting for summer in a city. I kept the outfit quite minimal so the bag could do all the talking and just went for my cropped cami top and nisolo slides. This is the perfect outfit for wondering around all the amazing markets that London has to offer from food markets to flower markets and a basket bag is the perfect accompaniment.

TOP: MANGO | BOTTOMS: PALOMA WOOL | BAG: LES FLEURS VINTAGE | SLIDES: NISOLO