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Month: October 2016
Finally. Bloody finally. It’s Autumn.
The best bits of Autumn are as follows:
1. You don’t need to fake tan your legs any longer.
2. You don’t need to dither about a jacket (it’t not going to be warm this evening, don’t kid yourself).
3. The necessity to shop.
Autumn means you’re going to need some new clothes, its inevitable. Despite my best efforts to avoid it, every year I find myself with a necessity for another jumper. So, here are my top picks of whats on the high street right now.
1. Zara Velvet Body
This body is amazing. It is also brilliantly bang on trend and pretty cheap. Dress it up with a pencil skirt, or down with a pair of skin tight black jeans.
Get it here – £25.99
2. Zara Fleece Jacket
This jacket is the ultimate transitional piece. The gorgeous cream outside and the warm furry inside make this one of the best jackets around, and the belt at the bottom stops it from too casual.
Get it here – £79.99
3. Topshop trainers
I love trainers, they’re the best. I also love animal print, because who doesn’t. One of the biggest trends this season is leopard print. Topshop is following this, with a selection of coats, tops and dresses all in a leopard theme. However, if like me you don’t think that is really your deal, then these trainers are a brilliant compromise. Wear them with a fairly plain jeans and tee to spice your look up.
Get them here – £20.00
4. Topshop Satin Joggers
Get on board with the satin trend in these super comfortable joggers. I love these trousers because of their versatility. Wear them with heels for a smart casual evening look, or with Stan Smiths to go to Sainsbury’s. They’re joggers, without the stigma.
Get them here – £45.00
5. River Island Jumper
Lord knows I do not need another jumper. But this one is lovely. I love the two colours together, and the pop of orange is perfect to brighten up any dull day. If you want to avoid wearing all black all the time this is a great way to inject just a hint of brightness. Pair with Topshop Mom jeans for a spot on look.
Get it here – £30.00
6. River Island Shoes
I can’t do stilettos, I’ve tried and I’ve failed and I have resigned myself to this face. Hence, why heels like these River Island ones appeal to me so much. They’re the perfect height, colour and price. The super cute embroidery on them really makes them a must- have.
Get them here – £48.00
7. Miss Selfridge Blouse
Every wardrobe needs a good blouse. It’s an essential. This one by Miss Selfridge has the most gorgeous billowing Victoriana sleeves, and is in a beautiful pastel colour (I love white, but sometimes colour is good too).
Tuck this into some jeans at the weekend and into cigarette trousers in the week!
Get it here – £35.00
8. ASOS Pleated Midi skirt
This skirt is the ultimate part skirt. It’s gold, and swishy and it looks amazing when you walk. It also works really well as a transitional piece. It can be work with a t-shirt, a jumper or with a going out top and fits with all with equal harmony. Personally, I would pair this with the River Island shoes and a cool loose fit tee.
Get it here – £35.00
9. ASOS Embroidered Bag
I love the detail on this bag. The embroidering and the hardware really make it look like it cost more than it does. Its the perfect size to take out and about, as well as on a night out.
Buy it here – £38.00
10. Primark Pinny
I’m not a Primark gal, I will go there for tights and thats about it. But, this pinafore really caught my eye (as much as I may hate to admit that). It is also so blooming cheap that you can feel almost no guilt about buying it. Pair it with a simple white t-shirt underneath or even a blouse if you’re feeling fancy.
Get it here – £10.00 (I shit you not)
Hopefully these have give you some ideas about what is about at the moment, and what you must absolutely, positivity, NEED for Autumn.
Apologies to your bank balance,
Love Alice xo
Running is something I love. Ask anyone who knows me. I think it’s great.
The advantages of running are so numerous I couldn’t possibly name them all in this post. I find running to be the anwer to a lot of my questions. If I’ve had a heavy weekend of boozing or eating it instantly makes me feel better. I ran off most of my dissertation stress and I now run off a lot of my frustration instead of wallowing in it. It also gets you out of the house, blows away the cobwebs and gets your heart beating (as well as burning calories) so whats’s not to love.
I know that many of my friends and family have a real issue with getting started with running, and here are my top 5 tips for getting over those initial hurdles.
1. Get some running buddies
Never underestimate how wonderful it can be to go running with someone else, especially when you’re just starting out. Motivate each other, get each other to get out of the house and into a stride. You don’t have to go fast, no one is asking you to go fast. But the action of doing it already makes the next time more bearable.
2. Go digital
There is SO much tech on the market for running, honestly its ridiculous.
So get involved in that, get a fit bit and track how many steps you’re doing or use my personal favourite app, Nike Running Club and see how well you’re doing. The best bit about it is that it’s free to use and it tells you how far you have run and what speed you have done it at.
3. Get a good playlist
This gets overlooked so much and I would argue that it’s one of the most important ways of getting yourself started. Get a good playlist with some good upbeat songs that get you going in it. Get yourself into the rhythm of your run. Don’t forget to update this playlist every so often, songs that used to make you hyped may have lost their edge, find new ones and keep yourself motivated.
My songs at the moment include:
Kanye West – Stronger
Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (mwah)
Glass Animals – Life itself
4. Get the right equipment
Dont injure yourself. Don’t do things by half. Don’t make this pointless by doing things badly. You need to get yourself the right stuff to get the best results. The only thing that is worth paying lots for is good trainers. The wrong trainers can ruin your feet, legs, bum, back and neck. Be wary of buying cheap and nasty trainers because the money you spend fixing the problem outweigh the initial cost.
(this is the taping I had after I tried new trainers out that weren’t fitted to my feet, don’t do it kids)
It is also worth investing in some good headphones. Running ones can be expensive but I recommend these JVC ones
The next thing to get is some proper running clothing, I wear almost exclusively nike but exceptions to the nike rule are H&M and Primark sports kit which are also top notch. My other tip is to never buy anything full price, go to sports direct and go online and get yourself some deals.
5. Find somewhere you want to run and set yourself some realistic goals
You are not Paula Radcliffe. You may apsire to be, but you are not. Do not think you can run a 5k without stopping the first time you do it. Give yourself some realistic goals of how fast you want to run (say 1k in 5mins or 5k in 30) and work from there. Or sign up for a race, get a goal that is tangible, I dare you.
Also find yourself somewhere you like to run, personally road running doesn’t do it for me, I don’t like the idea of people being able to see me. So I found that running in park and up hills is the best. Find one place, and stick at it.
(me at the top of box hill, nearly dead)
Hope you have a great first run,