De-Stress and Be Mindful

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So I finally bought a yoga mat and exercise ball! They’ve been on my ‘to buy’ list for so long now and I finally snatched them up for a huge bargain the other day. Yoga and pilates here I come! I have a couple of pilates DVD’s that I’m looking at buying to get me started but if anyone has any suggestions I would be really grateful. There’s actually pilates AND yoga classes held at my gym and, after two years of going there, I still haven’t managed to attend a single class. Ah hem, well anyway, now I can do it from the comfort of my own home! All I need now is some motivation, some great DVDs and some spare time in the midst of my mid-semester uni exams. Bring it on, I say!

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Recently I’ve been practicing some ‘mindfulness meditation’ every morning for about five minutes. I have this great app on my iPhone called ‘The Smiling Mind’ app and it’s soooo relaxing! There are a whole heap of different routines and each one just helps you to pay attention to your body and really understand your place in the world … if that makes any sense! I’ve heard of mindfulness before and there are so many good reports of how it helps people in different areas of their life. In this busy, modern world we live in, sometimes we just don’t even think about the simplest things and all the details get lost in the gigantic puzzle that is everyday life. There’s also a book I want to read on mindfulness called “Mindful Learning” by Dr Craig Hassed and Dr Richard Chambers, which is basically about mindfulness in relation to education. I could do with this one at the moment to be honest, exams are stressing me out!

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Would love to hear of any books you recommend on mindfulness and, as I said before, any pilates/yoga DVDs you would recommend.

Love as always,

A x

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Sportsgirl University OOTD

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University – scary or exciting? Liberating or imprisoning? I haven’t quite made up my mind about it all yet. Only two weeks to go before orientation week, and then … it all begins. I went to get my ID card today – a horrid experience! It doesn’t seem to matter how long you spend on your hair, makeup and various poses, it always seems to turn out all wrong. And today was no exception. If only you could submit your own photo, or at least if they would let you see it before they print it to check if it’s all okay. But no, it’s just one big nasty surprise. Oh well, it’s done now. You may not be surprised to know that I met up with my girls today clad all in Sportsgirl gear. I know, I’m rather pathetic. I just love their clothes so much, and everything I’ve ever bought has proved to be worthy of frequent use. So I shan’t defend myself any more. You may have to get used to seeing a rather extravagant amount of Sportsgirl clothes from me! Oh and apologies for the marks on the shirt, I have no idea what they are but I just noticed them.

This was my outfit for today –

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Shirt – Sportsgirl. Skirt – Sportsgirl. Shoes – London Rebel. Bag – Sportsgirl. Necklace – Lovisa. 

Have a lovely week, gorgeous!

A x

Maroon University and OOTD’s

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So I start university in four weeks. Scary right? I’m not really that nervous though, more excited! I bought a whole heap of new clothes the other day to wear to uni which would be comfortable, simple and easy to dress up or down as I chose. The prevailing colour seemed to be a kind of maroon-y colour, which I was quite surprised at as usually I opt for more muted colours and shades like black, white, and blue. I took some photos (like my last post) in front of my mum’s mirror again, BUT after a little fiddling with my camera discovered the ‘self-timer’ button and took some much better photos downstairs near my living room. I’ll show you both sets of photos (although I’m still terribly embarrassed to have to post photos taken in a bathroom in front of a filthy mirror!). So without further ado, here are my two OOTD’s for today and yesterday:

1. (Unfortunate bathroom pics. Maroon aspect – skirt).

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Shirt – Temt. Skirt – Chicabooti. Necklace – Lovisa. 

2. (Much better pics downstairs. Maroon aspect – t-shirt).

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T-Shirt – Chicabooti. Shorts – Temt. Necklace – Lovisa. Shoes – London Rebel. Bag – Sportsgirl.

A x