Small Changes Lead To Big Changes

It can be so hard to get back on track after over indulging at Christmas so I’m teaming up with D12 Performance for a 6 week transformation. I know it won’t be easy but I’m willing to try my hardest to achieve my goals. After starting in an office job in February last year, free snacks and sitting at a desk caught up with me fairly quickly. I’m officially the heaviest I’ve ever been. This won’t just be a 6 week transformation but a complete overhaul, not only to get back to where I was, but be the best version of myself I’ve ever been.

It’s all well and good wanting to be skinny but I’d rather be strong. At my smallest I was a size 8. All through my teens up into my early twenties I maintained that size. I don’t know how achievable that is, now I’m in my late twenties, but I’m willing to give it a try. I’m not too bothered about what I weigh when it comes to the end of the transformation, as long as I’ve lost inches and have some definition. We all know muscle can be heavy. I know I have abs under there, they just need some encouragement to come out.

I’m under no illusion that this will be easy. It’s going to take a lot of commitment and will-power. This is the first time I’m consciously making a solid lifestyle change. I go through phases, I’ll eat healthy, go to the gym and then pack it all in when I want a pizza. The thing with me is, it’s never just a pizza. I carry on eating everything and anything i want and undo every bit of hard work I’ve put in. This time is different, i want these choices to carry over and be my new way of life. I need to stick to it!

D12 Performance is the perfect way to get me back on track. I know Sinead and Colm will push me and not take any of my bs. Their classes are a great way to get a full body workout in, really pushing yourself to the limit. They run 3 classes a week, with the tag line #dontsweatsolo. You barely notice the time fly by as you grumble about how you can’t do it with friends, until it’s over and you realize YOU DID! They also specialize in PT sessions, these can be brutal, but the results speak for them-self.

I’m a big fan of a bit of a run on the treadmill but if I’m being honest with myself, I know I’m not giving 100%. I’m not a runner, I don’t spend enough time a week on the treadmill to improve so I struggle to keep a consistent speed. With D12 Performance, you are getting your heart rate up and you are keeping it up.

I can’t deny it, I’m very picky when it comes to food. I find it hard to eat healthy because I dislike so much. With Sinead and Colms guidance I will aim to work with a calorie controlled diet.

With my measurements and stats all rotted up, there’s nothing left to do now but get stuck in and get those numbers waaaay down. Come along on my 6 week journey, who knows, I might just stop smash it!

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Oil Me Up

You haven’t lived til you’ve smelled Moroccan Oil products. They have to be my favorite hair care products of all time.

I often get a boho blow-dry by the lovely girls at The Art Team, where they use all Moroccan Oil products. Now my hair can smell amazing after every single wash. Divine!

My Wishlist

Christmas is a hop skip and week away. The question is, am I on the naughty or the nice list? Either way these are the pressies I’m wishing for under my Christmas Tree…

Crème De La Mer- Moisturizing Cream from €80

Louis Vuitton- Speedy 30 €760

Olympus Pen E Pl8- from €750

Christian Louboutin- Suzanna €685

Balmain- Double Breast Wool Blazer €1357

I’m not asking for much am I? 😉

Mean Green Party Machine

The party season is pretty much upon us and everyone’s social calendars are filling up fast. The WhatsApp groups are buzzing, the hair appointments are booked, now all that’s left is what to wear?

It’s so easy to throw on a something with sequined or sparkly and call it a day. It’s my go to every year, but this year I want to try something different. GREEN. It’s not a color I wear very often but it’s jumping out at me from every shop and every online store.

I’ve picked out some of my favorite party pieces from River Island, suitable for any trip to the emerald city. Now there’s a theme someone should do for a Christmas party 😉

VELVET TURBAN €17

Satin Embellished Chain Bag €35

High Neck Tie Waist Midi Dress €65

Bow Back Midi Bodycon Dress €75

Barely There Sandals €47

Embellished Court €60

Faux Fur Puffball Coat €100

Skin deep

I’m a firm believer if it’s not broken don’t fix it. Which is why Eve Lom is still a firm favourite of mine. I have nothing but good things to say about the whole skincare range. My top products would have to be the cult classics:

  • Cleanser
  • Dynaspot
  • Rescue Mask
  • Kiss Mix

The key to radiant skin awaits!

In search of Pancakes

I can’t eat carbs like I used to. It’s such a shame but since my mid twenties it’s all been downhill for my midsection. I’ve been trying to be good, though sometimes it’s not so easy.

Breakfast can be tough. At the weekend is mostly when I will have a breakfast (not good I know) but what I always crave is a stack of yummy pancakes. I’ve tried protein pancakes, these just didn’t do it for me. I could taste the protein with every bite.

I tried buckwheat and banana, I tried to convince myself I liked these but I need some form of carbohydrate in there.

Enter spelt flour. I am loving spelt pancakes, fewer calories than ones made with regular wheat flour with all of the flavour. What’s not to love? Now if you’ll excuse me my brunch is getting cold!

It ain’t over yet

We still have a few weeks of Summer left, well at least an Indian Summer should be coming our way. Here's hoping. I still haven't busted out my Barbie shorts, I forgot to take them on holiday to Spain with me. To keep my legs in tip top condition I couldn't do without the St Moritz Exfoliating Skin Primer. And when I'm looking for that glow I look no further than Bellamianta's Be Bella Bronzed! So there you have it, my top tips on working those denim cut offs. Oh, and my Mariah MAC Cremesheen had to make an appearance, as what's a beautiful bronzed look without her?!

The Power of the Flower 

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There’s no denying it, this year it wasn’t just florals for Spring. They are everywhere. Embroidery is huge. We have the top fashion houses to thank for that, especially Gucci. Here’s a look at some of my favourite  looks so far this year.


River Island

Misspap

Penneys


Little woods

It’s the little things 


So for my whole time living on my own I’ve used a food jar as a vase for bunches of flowers. I’ve been in the lookout for a new (actual vase) as sometimes my flowers stems are far too long. I spotted afabulous recycled glass bottle type one in Tesco, three different Tescos in fact, and the day I stopped humming and hawing and decided to buy it, it was gone. Typical. 


I then came across this little milk jug in Heatons for about €4 and decided, a real vase just aint for me. Food jars and milk jugs all the way! My little bunch of peony roses couldn’t look happier.