Friday, 25 July 2014

My Fitness Ethos #3 Music Motivation

Some people love working out to music and others find it a distraction, I'm firmly in the first camp! In general terms, I can't live without my iPod and music. Even the five minute journey to work isn't the same without the radio or a classic 2000s CD on! And when I'm running, there's nothing better than having a good and motivational playlist to get me going.

With my workout gear, I have a little zip pocket on the back of my leggings which fits my phone, key and much-needed iPod. I don't technically have a 'running playlist' but I do go through my Top 25, because they're obviously songs I like listening to, as well as listening whatever new music I'd recently uploaded. I also do have a few fail-safe albums that I go through when running:

So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club
Opposites by Biffy Clyro
Midnight Memories by One Direction (Saying it loud and proud!)
Ghost Stories by Coldplay
X by Ed Sheeran
Riot by Paramore

There's so many more, but it'll be a very long post to list them all! Anything that's up beat with a rocky-ish edge will always be in my good books. At the moment, I've only got a little bit of space left on my iPod, but any music suggestions, for exercise or not, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

OOTD: White Blazer and Blue Jumper. Plus an Update!

Blazer: ASOS
Jumper and Jeans: H&M
Shoes New Look

My blog has been feeling slightly neglected over the past few days - totally unintentional, of course. Since last week I've celebrated my 19th birthday (Oh how old!), had a job interview, had a job offer, spent my last day at my internship and eaten far too much cake and cheesecake. And not necessarily in that order. 

I might put up a 'Birthday Haul' type post, but it's by no means me bragging! I actually spent the day by myself, at my interview and shopping along Oxford Street, which wasn't all that bad! Then I travelled back up to London the day after for a second interview and got a job offer! The job role is E-commerce Marketing Assistant, which sounds pretty fancy, but it's promoting beauty brands online, helping out with copywriting etc. for a company in Soho. I start on the 4th August, so fingers crossed everyone! My last day at my internship was a sad one, I've been there since October, so it was sad to part ways. From today onwards I'll be carrying on at my part time job and just relaxing before I start work in the real world!

This outfit I wore last week just to pop into town, although people may think that wearing a blazer is a bit too fancy! I adore this blazer so much I'm literally never away from it. I can't wait to wear it again this weekend for a belated birthday celebration with my gingham leggings. Ripped jeans and blazers just go so well together, as do brogues, which mixes up the whole smart/casual look. 

Phew - that was a BIG post! Just goes to show how quickly things can change over a matter of days. Blogging schedule will resume again, probably until I start my new job, then it might just be a case of me finding the time! It's all looking up now!

Thanks for reading (if you made it this far...) and I hope you're all having a great week!

Rhiannon xxx

P.S Just look at the celebration cheesecakes my sister and her boyfriend I posted on Instagram:

I'm going to be so chubbs by the time I get through all these....

Friday, 18 July 2014

OOTD: Gingham Leggings and Lilac

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Jacket: Primark
Top and Bag: H&M
Leggings: Topshop
Shoes: Forever 21

If you had asked me a year ago if I'd be wearing a pair of gingham print leggings, I'd be laughing at you! I think it's definitely been the Brighton effect - it's such a cultural city, that's so vibrant that if I'd worn a gingham onesie, no one would've blinked an eye. I've found that wearing these leggings are probably the easiest thing ever. Just throw on a plain t-shirt, anything with pattern will just clash badly, and a pair of trainers or sandals and you're good to go!You may have noticed a small white patch on the left leg, unfortunately that's a print mistake and I'd taken the tags off before I noticed :(

  I've had these shoes for a long time, but they've survived quite a lot and I'm not sure how I'm going to replace them! My mini duffle bag has also been a great long-wearing piece. It can fit all your essentials plus a water bottle and can adjust to fit on your shoulder or across the body, which is always a bonus. 

Luckily, work gave me a few office bits to do today, so I've been inside and escaped the humid heat! How crazy was last night's thunder storm?! I was just watching it from my bed, thinking how beautiful it all was. Very weird British weather!

Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

My Fitness Ethos #2 Seven Minute App Cheat

I did a post a while back on My Fitness Ethos and thought I'd follow it up!

Sometimes I can go weeks of running four or more times a week and eating pretty good (I say that, because a few chocolate digestives here and there probably aren't the 'healthiest'!) But then something will set me back, like getting ill or having a massive work overload, and I'll stop running and exercising for a few weeks. It takes motivation and dedication. I'll admit that I'm not one for early morning runs, I much prefer the cool of the evenings and when I feel like I'm about to fall asleep at 6:30pm! But when I'm not running, I use an app called 7 Minute Workout:

As the name suggests, it's a seven minute long workout which gets you working basically everywhere! You can either chose to do the warm-up or not (adds an extra two minutes onto your time, so I miss it!) then it proceeds to the main section of the workout. There's a variety of exercises, from sit-ups and push-ups to step-ups and jumping jacks, which all last about a minute or so with about four seconds break in between. It might sound like a lot, but you can pause between exercises to take a breather - I usually do!

I'm yet to try out the 'Smart Workout' but the seven minute one suits me just fine. I actually manage to squeeze this in before I go to work, as it requires minimal effort of getting ready! I sometimes add a few burpees onto the end, just because they're my favourite form of circuit training as such. Overall results have been quite pleasing so far, coupled with my 40 minute runs a few times a week, there's been a real difference. Needless to say I'll be carrying on with my fitness cheat for a while yet!

Have you guys used this app before? What's your fitness tips? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Book Review Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

I mentioned in my Instagram post last Sunday that I'd nearly finish this book, but I really didn't want it to end! It had been on my book shelf for a while, after my brilliant A-Level English Lit teacher recommended it to me. 

It's one of those 'classics' that readers have rated as a must read for any English literature lover, and now I can see why. It doesn't actually specify anywhere when it was set, but I'm guessing around 1938, when it was published (and, according to Google, it has never gone out of print since). The book begins in the form of a flashback - which was a little confusing for simple minds like me, but it all came together once you're past the first few chapters. 

In short, it's about a young woman (again, you never actually know her name) who meets a handsome and older Maxim de Winter, who proposes to her in a matter of days of meeting. It's described as a whirlwind romance, but once the honeymoon is over and they return to Manderley, she realises what she's married into. Maxim's dead wife, Rebecca, haunts the couple and is a constant reminder in the house. Then a ship runs aground and divers find a woman's body nearby...

From there on the story held me captive. I didn't expect that twist and the events that were to come, but once you discover the truth it all falls into place. The heroine, who is only referred to as Mrs de Winter, did slightly irritate me. Mainly because of her dependence on her husband and everyone else, and that once finding out the truth she just fixates on the fact that her husband loves her and totally misses the immorality that is screaming out at her. I think it's the independent and girl-power coming out in me! One thing I will praise is the attention to detail in the book. I love long descriptions full of metaphors and similies, as it can really immerse you into the book. 

Overall, I would put it in my top ten, not my top five (post on that coming soon!), but it is a classic book that I would pick up again. You don't see what's coming and the twists and descriptions are what I enjoyed the most. 

Have you guys read this book before? What's one of your favourite classics?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

From Designer to CEO: Christopher Bailey

There was an uproar in the fashion world last week. It even made national news.

Shareholders at Burberry, one of Britain’s most established fashion brands, caused a wave of disagreeing twitters when creative director, Christopher Bailey, took over as CEO last week. The centre argument is Bailey’s lack of CEO experience, but surely his Burberry knowledge and experience is more than satisfactory?

Designer Bailey came to the attention of Burberry in 2000 and has since made a lasting impression in the revitalisation of the brand. But his take over as boss of Burberry has caused a split in opinions amongst the industry.

Burberry’s previous head, Angela Ahrenhets announced her move from the £6bn fashion company to Apple last year, leaving her top seat empty. The simple move from Chief Creative Designer to CEO for Bailey was approved by Burberry’s chairman, Sir John Pearce. 

One question I ask, why all the fuss?

Bailey knows the brand from the stitching to the fashion week events, he’s earned his stripes from humble designer to the prestigious Chief Creative Designer.  I say, surely anyone with such in depth knowledge of the brand is the ideal, and if not the candidate.

The sticking point is with the shareholders. Investors were furious to find out that nearly £20m worth of free shares have been given to Bailey over the past few years, without significant reason. Further to this, his pay packet has been heavily criticised for running too high alongside his substantial share value.

Despite this, Bailey’s been praised by the fashion heavies, in both Burberry and further afield, for his leadership and creative talents. His dedication and unwavering love for the brand is obvious, from his designs to the detailed planning of campaigns.  If his previous  work is anything to go by, Burberry is sure to be in safe hands. 

What's your opinion on this? Do you think Bailey will make a good CEO? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

My Rhodes Holiday OOTD's

First off, let me apologise for the strange photo sizing. Turns out I can't seem to crop properly! But I hope the mis-match patchwork effect came off....!

Look One: Top: Topshop   Skirt: New Look   Shoes: Forever 21   Bag: Primark
I chose to wear the first outfit on our first evening out along the beach to watch the sunset. The skirt isn't the most practical - in the sense that it continuously shifts up and it slightly too thick for the hot Greek evenings. But I do love a high-waisted skirt and cropped top combo. The aztec has long been a favourite over the past few years and I would be sad to see it go! I prefer monochrome aztec prints, just because they're much more versatile and easier to style. 

Look Two:  Playsuit: New Look  Shoes: Accessorize
The second look was for when we went souvenir shopping, so didn't fancy wearing a full-on bikini and shorts outfit. Playsuits are one of my favourite things to wear, right behind dresses and ripped denim! They require the least amount of fuss, although there have been many a time when I've needed help getting out! Spots, again, are another favourite print and this cut suits my boy-ish shape just right. It flicks out from the waist and creates the illusion of curves - the perfect playsuit!

Look Three:   Top: New Look   Shorts: H&M    Shoes: Forever 21
I wore the third outfit during the afternoon and evening in Rhodes Town, which was still about 32 degrees plus! The top has got a slight silk sheen and leopard print too, which I just love. Items which have a slight texture or pattern to them are my favourites, as I prefer to wear plain clothes with a subtle texture rather than loud and bold prints. Add my trusty high waisted shorts, which I thank God I did as it was so windy along the harbour. I don't think I'll ever let go of these shorts - they're the perfect highwaisted height and are great quality so I know they'll last me for a long time!

Look Four:   Top: Topshop   Shorts: Miss Selfridge  Bag: New Look   Sandals: Forever 21
The final outfit is probably my favourite from the whole trip. Crop tops and pastels are such big trends at the moment and I adore both of these pieces. The Topshop crop is so soft and light that it's perfect for summer days (and actually suits my shorts really well!) I've harped on enough about these shorts in the  post but I think it's a definite match made in heaven!

So that's all my main holiday OOTD's! This post suddenly turned into quite a long one but sometimes it's nice to discuss and analyse your own outfits, plus my current OOTD's aren't exactly blog-worthy. Unless you call a Breton top and jeans creative!

Hope you liked this post and thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx