Tuesday, 29 July 2014

New Specs from Firmoo

Firmoo Glasses*
Today's post is all about my lovely new glasses from Firmoo! The folk over at Firmoo offered me a pair of glasses to try and I have to say I am SO impressed with the service!

I must admit that at first I thought, how on earth am I going to be able to get glasses off the internet when there are so many numbers and a prescription involved? But I could not have been more wrong.

The ordering process is really great. You can upload a selfie to help you select a pair (which I will be honest was so fun to virtually try on several pairs of specs) and then you just enter your prescription information and provide a PD (Pupillary Distance) figure which is basically a measurement from the centre of your eye to the centre of your other eye to ensure that the prescription element is produced correctly.

I really like the 'geek' style glasses at the moment so I settled on these lovely brown pair and I love them. They are perfect for me and arrived in mega quick time, were high quality and I am generally really very happy with the whole process.

In terms of cost, the glasses were approximately £60 and I think they are worth every penny!

I normally have my eye testing done at Specsavers so I just called them to get my prescription over the phone - it was really very simple to get the information and then input it onto my Firmoo order. I thought the instructions were really clear in terms of all the options available and extras you can add.

If you need new glasses or sunglasses then I really would strongly recommend you take a look at Firmoo!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Festival Hair with House of Fraser

Angel Hair Scent Spray // Aveda Dry Shampoo
House of Fraser have an abundance of  Hair and Beauty products so today's post is talking how I would style up my hair for a festival, when hair washing facilities are limited, but looking less than my best isn't an option! I have selected my 'must have' hair products from House of Fraser and how I would style my hair.

Festival Hair styling for me has to include texture! If you go to a Festival with straight locks then as the weather and grease take over you will go home with hair that is stuck to your head if it is anything like mine!

I would curl my hair ahead of going, and give it a really good wash before my arrival. Backcombing can help disguise greasy roots so a considerable amount of backcombing would be added in! As the days pass during the festival, I would add some dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and a braided hair band to hide the roots! You can also spritz a hair scent in just to freshen up and then you can concentrate on having a great time!

What are your festival hair essentials?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

#BloominGirls Festival in Manchester!


Yesterday I headed down to Manchester Academy partake in the Bloomin Girls one day festival!

Aimed at 14-18 year olds (so I felt a wee bit old whilst I was there!) the event was designed to show girls how you can get involved in sport and also incorporate fashion and beauty at the same time.

With some pretty big sponsors such as Boohoo, Batiste and MUA Makeup the ladies were tasked with taking part in mini sports sessions and then earning their beauty reward. Now, as much as I am a gym lover, it has been a LONG time since I have handled a hockey stick or dribbled a football, but I too got involved to get the full Bloomin Girls experience!

It was alot of fun, and in a non competitive environment, showed girls that it's all about getting stuck in and being active. Many young ladies are put off participating in sport at schools as quite often if you aren't quite at the level where you are on the school team, you are almost left to fend for yourself! I hated games lessons at school as it was a way to be excluded and it was really nice to see sport being promoted in such an inclusive way.

I had my hair waved as my 'reward' for the hockey and football sessions and there were stations to get your makeup or nails done, along with styling advice from Boohoo.

Neon Jungle even got involved in the sports sessions and it was great to see a band be such positive role models for their teen fans.

Hopefully there will be lots more Bloomin Girls events up and down the country! It was a great day to be involved with :)

Sunday, 20 July 2014

A Weekend in the Life of SweetieSal

OOTD // Circuit Class // Blogger Mail // Fresh Neon Gels // CARNIVAL Pineapple Rum Cocktail // Rum Punch Bar // This dude was lovin' life // Prosecco // FOTD

Great weekend for me this weekend!

Lots of fun had, some chill time, also some celebration times(!) but I will be able to reveal more about that in the next couple of weeks!

What have you guys been up to? :)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Happy


Earlier this week, I read this, written by my PT Chris, and it got me thinking that I talk about goals and my training on here and over on my Twitter, but probably never put into words why I do it and why it makes me happy.

I agree with Chris that it is really important to know WHY you are doing something. You don't have to take to public domain and broadcast why you are doing something (like me!), but as someone who has talked about my weightloss journey in the past, I thought it could be beneficial to others and possibly interesting to hear about why I have decided to undertake such changes!?

As you may or may not know, I started training and attempting to change my weight and lifestyle back in April 2013. I set myself the challenges of wearing #myfirstbikini in Summer 2013, the Herve Leger #adresstoimpress project over Christmas, running the 10k in May 2014 and now I am looking towards where I want to go next, which is to be healthy and in great shape by the time I turn 30 next year.

Initially, I have to be honest, the goal was to lean out and be happier with the way I looked.

Was I happier by looking better? In some ways, yes, in others no.

The same bumps in the road happened, I still had various things to deal with and I can't say that being lighter made me cope with the curve balls any better than I would have done back when exercise wasn't a part of my life.

However, I think one of the benefits of starting something like this was that the choices I made, when faced with a bit of a crap time, were healthier. I tried to not turn to food as a comfort and stuck with routine as best I could. I firmly believe this is what made me snap back quicker than I would have done otherwise.

So, in conclusion, being healthy is what has made me happy. The by-product of the healthier lifestyle is that my skin doesn't get me down anymore, clothes shopping isn't a chore and I am not restricted to the few shops that catered for larger sizes. My fitness has improved ten fold and I am genuinely so proud of myself for completing the Manchester 10K and the Color Run. That makes me happy. What started as probably quite vain goals has contributed to me taking my fitness seriously and working towards projects that push me to challenge myself.

In deciding what my next goal would be I had a long hard think about what would make me happy. What would make me stay committed and what would give me the satisfaction that I want, to justify the inevitable days ahead where I might have to make some sacrifices to achieve said goal. I am approaching a milestone birthday, the big 3-0.

When I look back to my big 2-1, I have realised that I wasn't happy. Don't get me wrong, I had a lovely time, I celebrated my 21st when on Holiday in Miami and then had a fancy dress party when I returned home. I had and continue to have fantastic friends and family around me, but the memories I have from that year taint the positive ones in all honesty. I had some personal circumstances that I won't go into, but I can't say that I look back on my last milestone birthday all that fondly.

This is why it is important to me to feel better about myself as I approach my birthday. Everyone wants to look nice on their birthday and obviously that is a big part of my goal, but equally I want to feel happy. Be happy with how I look, feel, the people around me, the lot.

Along with the fitness, joining a gym, eating better etc I have said yes to events and experiences that I would never have done back when I was 21. If you had mentioned a run to me back in the day I would have given you a death glare at such a stupid remark. I would never have gone to a festival, not just because of the 'no washing' element, but because standing all day would have seemed too much like hard work. I have friends and people around me who encourage me to be healthy and happy and 'get' why I feel the need to do this. It is important to me and I am committed to making it happen.

This to me is one of the biggest benefits of goal setting, the positive parts that come along with it. By having goals I have proactively put myself in challenging situations, and yes, at times I have had a crisis of confidence and not been sure if I can do it, but each time I have given it my best shot. I have also figured that a lot of the journey can be a 'happy' experience too. You just have to open yourself up to it, be ready for the challenge and know that your end goal will make you happy.

So I am now going to pass on Chris' question and ask 'are you actually happy?' What is your answer?

I think it's a thought provoker of a question!
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