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Saturday, 31 May 2014

30 days of Body Praise

Building-up Body Confidence by saying 'Thank You'


Earlier this week, there was a tweet on @_BodyConfidence - a project I'm part of and that night I did a general thank you to my body for what it did for me that day and does for me, every minute of everyday.

The tweet was:


I starting thinking 'what a healthy perspective of our bodies it would give us' if we did it regularly. But rather than just a general thank you, I've decided to spend the next 30 day documenting my gratitude for different body parts. I hope to blog a healthy mix of stories, quotes, advice and quotes along with the gratitude, which I'm sure will be easier for some of my bits than others!

I plan on using the hastag: #30daysofbodypraise so do follow it on Twitter if you're on there.

I hope a few people will follow it and even take part, which in turn I hope raises the profile of our Body Confidence Calendar project to raise £50k for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

What do you think of my 30 day challenge?

Thanks for reading and hopefully see you tomorrow!
Denise x

PS: Find out more about our project here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/BodyConfidence and please support us however you can.


Sunday, 25 May 2014

How to: Stay stylish in sunshine or showers!

All change... with the weather! 


With the weather being so changeable at the moment, it can be a bit of a challenge to know what to wear from one minute to the next.

If, like me, you need to keep dry when it rains and warm when it's cool, here are a few of my tips:

Keep your feet in:
Ankle/shoe boots or at least closed in shoes like on-trend brogues are the thing for now. If you must wear sandals or cute heels, carry them with you or keep them under your desk.
(Note: I am not 'natural' enough to condone the 'wear your trainers to work' trend!) 

Get a big bag out:
Pick the right one with these tips (http://damsonbelle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/im-bag-lady.html) but remember, whatever else it is, it'll need to be big enough to carry everything you might need including...

...My number one accessory of the moment:  An umbrella, obviously. Go for a bright one as you'll probably need it to cheer you up in the rain!

Red,Time,Umbrella,UMBRELLA MASATO RED
I love this one: http://www.shop.masato.co.uk/collections/umbrella-s-by-klair

But, you should carry your sunglasses too, so that you can instantly look more spring-like when the sun comes out.

Layer up
You probably don't want to be wearing your winter coat in May, so go for a shirt under your dress or a light cardigan under your jacket for example, and a wear a scarf around your neck (PS: make it a bright one in the right colour please!).

Bottom half:
Whatever you're wearing on your bottom half, I learnt a valuable lesson this week: Have a pair of socks in your handbag - light to carry and warming in a 'I got soaked coming back from lunch' emergency. 

http://www.mytights.com/gb/miss-oroblu-heroes-knee-highs.html

And finally, just a little reminder to take care of your skin and protect it from the elements... there are lots of them!

Stay warm, cool & dry peeps!
Denise x

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Fashion Fever!

If you know me, you'll know that I don't consider myself a fashion blogger and so try to avoid 'promoting' brands and products. If you read my Twitter account, however, you'll know that I do have a wee crush on the classy, yet affordable, Fever Designs (http://www.feverdesigns.co.uk/) which I came across by accident.

In April I entered a competition to try and win yet another Fever item to add to my collection. The task was to say where you'd wear each dress, and I couldn't help but add the 'how' too!

Erika JPEG
http://www.feverdesigns.co.uk/blog/2014/04/competition-where-to-wear-spring-edition/
My opening line was a deliberate attempt to get noticed by the universe, even though they said the winner would be chosen at random. And, to my great joy (I kid you not, I was a very happy bunny because I never win anything*), I WON!

On Friday I went to the London store to meet Lauren to decide which dress to get, and though it was a tough choice I chose this one with the help of the super kind and patient staff. I'm really glad I tried them all on along with numerous other things (all lovely), as I might not have chosen this one if I'd have simply 'shopped' on-line. Like all my Fever dresses it's well made and cut perfectly for my petite frame, and the pockets are a bonus! I know it's going to become a staple - I can dress it up with heels and a pretty cardi' or down with wedge trainers and my denim jacket as just two options.

Apple Print Shift Dress Ink/Lime/Lemonade
http://www.feverdesigns.co.uk/apple-dress-ink-lime-lemonade.html

Which one would you have chosen?

*I don't normally enter competitions which might account for some of this! Note to self: Enter more competitions to get clothes and save money ;-)

Until next time.....
Denise x

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