Slimming World – An Introduction and 6 Month Results

My Slimming World Journey

It’s been a long while since I did a weightloss update because, for various reasons, I felt I couldn’t write another diet post when I was struggling with my weight again.

Previously I have trialled different diets and quick fixes such as Rodial Crash Diet and The Body Reset Diet when I’ve only had a few lbs to lose but after a bout of steroid treatment I gained a lot of weight (purely down to medication) and have been unable to lose weight for a long time.

Now I am off medication and feeling much better, but after gaining around 7 stone (just under 100lbs) I was still finding it hard to lose weight because my body had been through so much stress. So I made the decision to join Slimming World. A few of my neighbours and family friends had lost a lot of weight on the plan and I thought I would give it a go. I didn’t really hope for much because I had tried the plan before (trying to go it alone) and actually put on weight!

Slimming World Dinner

Slimming World won’t be for everyone and I understand a lot of people don’t like the idea of groups like this or Weight Watchers etc where you pay for a plan to lose weight. Quite honestly after everything I had been through with my illness (Crohn’s Disease) I needed to learn to eat properly again from scratch and whilst I don’t advocate Slimming World for everyone, it has made the world of difference to me.

I have now been on the Slimming World ‘plan’ for six months, and it’s a way of life. It’s a healthy eating plan now, not a diet and not a quick fix and better still I have learnt how to manage my Crohn’s Disease through diet alone. So far I have lost 2stones 10lbs (38lbs) and found a great friendship network through both Instagram and Youtube.

I also have a youtube channel where I do weekly/fortnightly updates on my weightloss journey.

Do let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in seeing more Slimming World related updates on my blog but for now (as I have been for six months), I’ll be keeping it separate over on my Instagram and Youtube accounts so feel free to follow and subscribe to me if you want to see more updates over there as I still have a long way to go!

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6 Hot Tips to Organise Your Closet

6 Hot Tips to Organise Your Closet

Every season I like to buy some new fashion pieces to add to my wardrobe which means making room by organising my closet. I like to take a day, put on some music and get everything out of my wardrobe from clothes to shoes to bags and accessories and lay them out on my bed to see what I have including any hidden gems I’ve forgotten about! If you struggle for ways to organise your clothes or just need a spring clean follow my 6 Hot Tips to Organise Your Closet which you’ll find below…

6 Hot Tips to Organise Your Closet

1. Take everything out and clean it down

It’s like starting with a fresh blank canvas. Whatever size your space, taking time to clean it down and making sure the doors, shelves and rails are no longer grubby will make your wardrobe feel a very special place.

Closet Organisation

2. Try everything on and take pictures.

Not only is trying everything on a fun way to spend an afternoon but it will help you decide what pieces to keep or throw. Does it make you feel comfortable, sexy, frumpy? It can often help to take photos rather than just looking in a mirror to see yourself from different angles. Just like in Clueless. Cher was totally onto something there and wouldn’t ever have a disorganised closet would she? As if!

Cher Clueless Polaroid Wardrobe

3. Keep. Repair. Trash. Donate.

Sort your clothes (and shoes and accessories) into four categories – Keep: for anything you wear regularly and sentimental pieces, Repair: for anything that’s seen better days that you can repair or alter, Trash: garments that are past their best and not worth keeping, e.g. where the fabric has gone ‘bobbly’ or white clothes that are ‘greying’, Donate: for all items that still have life in them and deserve a new home.

4. Group like items together

Keeping T-shirts together, skirts together, casual dresses together etc is beneficial so that you can see at a glance which pieces you have and can help to make a quick decision if you need to find an outfit last minute.

5. Organise by colour

Keeping like colours of the same type of item e.g. you may have 3 short sleeve black t-shirts, makes it easier to see what you have in your wardrobe and makes shopping easier in future. Having garments organised from black to white suits some people but personally I prefer to organise black, grey, white and then colours of the same garment type.

Like Colours Together Closet

6. Put clothes in your closet the wrong way around

This one sounds crazy but is actually a genius tip which will help you to organise next season. Place all your garments on hangers and put them back onto the rails backwards so the hangers are ‘open’ towards you (the opposite of how you typically would). Then when you wear something place it back on the rail facing away from you. Next time you organise your wardrobe you’ll easily see which items you’ve worn and those which you haven’t.

Backwards hangers closet organisation

If you’re stuck for fashion ideas or looking for a change this season you might find my Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Trends blogpost useful.

Has this inspired you to clean out your closet? Which new pieces will you be picking up this season?

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Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Trends

Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Trends

The season’s are changing and it’s time for the warmer clothes to make a reappearance. If you’re looking for some Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion trends inspiration to transition you into the new season, here are the latest trends to keep you looking stylish this A/W.

Colours

Along with the usual reintroduction of black into the everyday wardrobe (for some of us it never left *cough*), hues of blue and grey will be back in force. Think midnight blues and teals, rather than navy mixed with tones of heavy grey.

AW 2014 Fashion Trends  BlueNew Look Blue Flower Headband £9.99 | H&M Blue Furry Sweater £24.99 | Freedom at Topshop Midnight Ring Stack, Available end October ’14, £12

Caramel, Browns and Mustard will also be a strong theme this winter, easily mixed and matched for a retro 70’s look.

Additionally, jewel tones of burgundy red and emerald green are the statement colours for evening wear so I predict we’ll be seeing a lot of these around Christmas time!

AW 2014 Fashion Trends  Burgundy

Dorothy Perkins Burgundy Aviator Jacket £45 | New Look Burgundy Patent Rucksack £19.99 | Miss Selfridge Burgundy Leather Crop Top £75

Monochrome (black and white) and houndstooth patterns are still classics and will carry through to Spring ’15.

AW 2014 Monochrome Fashion

Miss Selfridge Monochrome Check Crop Top £14 | Fearne Cotton for Very faux Fur Coat £89 | New Look Dogtooth Blanket Scarf £19.99

Fabrics

A lot of faux fur is hitting the highstreet including garments made entirely of ‘hairy’ fabrics. Not only gilets but entire dresses and skirts made of faux fur will be available. At least there’s no chance we’ll freeze in short skirts anymore!

A lot of layering is also going to be seen, with lace and sheer panels worn with contrasting heavier fabrics to create eclectic looks. Embellishment is also due to be a huge trend this coming season, with sequins and beading on statement pieces adding interest and texture.

AW 2014 Fashion Trends Layers and Sequins
Internacionale Black Sequin Lace Midi Skirt £10 | H&M Layered Dress £29.99 | French Connection Spectacular Sparkle Jumpsuit £180

Leather is also playing a big part this coming season, look out for garments with a hint of leather, e.g. cuffs or collars, to update classic pieces.

Other trends to look out for:

Outerwear – Padded and boxy style jackets will be keeping you warm and toasty this coming winter.

Footwear
Over the Knee Boots – Flat heeled over the knee boots will keep you bang on trend and look great with shorter skirts and over leggings.
Pointed heels – will be THE must have shape for this coming season. Low or high heels, keep the toe pointed. Classic patent black will see you through most occasions.
Trainers – a must have for most wardrobes, if you haven’t already humped on the bandwagon, now’s the time to pick up some Converse or Vans!
Cleated soles and chunky boots – This 90’s trend is back and bold – snow white chunky heeled boots are a perfect winter accessory.

Cut and Form
Simple shapes in interesting fabrics such as A-line skirts will be making an appearance.

Pleats will be adding volume to tops, dresses and skirts. Topshop have some amazing pieces that look almost sculpted!

Midi length skirts and palazzo style formal trousers will add a flattering edge to winter fashion and are perfect for work and play.

Which of these trends will you be trying this coming season? Or do you have your own style you’ll be keeping to? Share your best Autumn Winter fashion tips below!

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