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Keep Fit In Style With Pretty Little Thing

Plus Size woman wearing activewear from Pretty Little Thing

New Years resolutions or lifestyle changes are the current topic of discussion. We’re deep into the Christmas season and the upcoming new year is on everyone’s minds. In 2018 I decided to try and improve my health and fitness. I made a conscious effort to eat better, get more exercise and work on my physical strength. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster I have to say but a positive one. PrettyLittleThing reached out to me and asked if I wanted to be a part of their activewear campaign and I had to accept.

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When you look good when working out it makes the whole experience a more pleasurable one. It used to be that workout clothes were dull and uninspiring. Now we have a plethora of options that are sleek, stylish and sassy! Fantastic for outdoor walks, cycling, running or indoor gym classes and workouts. When I saw these PrettyLittleThing Elasticated Band Leggings and Embroidered Long Sleeve Crop Top I had to have them. They looked comfortable, breathable and chic. The great news is that they are! If you enjoy working up a sweat and want to feel unrestricted I can highly recommend!

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I live really close to Hampstead Heath here in London and enjoying going for long walks in the woods. Being in a place full of steep hills, broken trees full of wildlife can really test you physically. I find it’s a relaxed way to get the cardio going and to break a sweat! Having a great hoodie and some flexible leggings really helps! These PrettyLittleThing Charcoal Long Sleeved Hooded Gym Top and Plus Navy Elasticated Band Leggings are great for exactly that! Warm, comfortable and breathable. Perfect! When the rain dies down I’ll be doing exactly that!

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Earlier in the year I had a workout session with a good friend of mine who showed me the benefits of boxing! I had no idea it could be such a great source of cardio! When you face off against that bag and smash into it as fast as you can in minute intervals it gets the blood pumping, adrenaline moving and feels pretty good when you’re done! I’m fortunate to have a gym in the basement of my apartment building and take advantage of it when I can. Seeing these PrettyLittleThing black boxing gloves on the site was great! The ones we have in our gym are way too big and not very comfortable. These are perfect size for my hands and they look pretty good too! The PrettyLittleThing plus burgundy leggings were a great choice also. The mesh inserts are great and help aerate the skin. Exactly what you want when you do an intense workout.

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Sometimes low intensity workouts is the way forward especially when you feel tired or physically strained. Yoga, Pilates, stretching and similar activities can be really appealing. I selected the PrettyLittleThing Plus Black Band Cycle Short for this sort of thing. Of course the PLT Black Monogram yoga mat was needed too. The fabric is really spongy and soft, easily cleaned with a wet cloth or something. And as seen in almost all of these pics the PrettyLittleThing Black Mono Sweat Band was something I wanted. I tend to workout with bandanas so something light and stretchy was a nice find. So when heading to the gym it helps to have all of these things together and so carrying your bits in the Black Logo Gym Bag makes life easier. This is really worth having!

Fitness and exercise for me is something that is a newly committed part of my life. I don’t think it should just be about diets though. I really want to stress the point that I think anyone can be happy at whatever size or shape they are. Health should be at the forefront of any health journey with looks coming secondary in my opinion. Having my lumps and bumps on display when working out isn’t something I care about. The important thing is feeling good and getting strong.

Plus Size woman wearing activewear from Pretty Little Thing

*This is a sponsored post. Clothing and items were gifted.
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Time To Get Active

Plus Size Woman Wearing Lane Bryant Livi Active Workout Clothes

Exercise and fitness, two very important elements of life that are discussed all over the world. I’ve never been one to enjoy working out but it’s something I do to try and stay on track and look after myself. Several months ago I began a journey to health and fitness that has been difficult, emotional and challenging. Being able to work out comfortably in great active wear is a huge help. Whatever you can do that works for you is a start.

Plus Size Woman Wearing Lane Bryant Livi Active Workout Clothes And Pink Nike Trainers

Lane Bryant have always been my favourite place to go for workout clothes and I’ll explain why. Working out as a plus size woman has never been fun. I find that a lot of the time people look at you with disapproving looks and judgement. The world is screaming at us to be fitter and healthier but it judges us when we try to. Lane Bryant make working out a little bit easier for me. Being able to wear fitness clothes that are stylish, comfortable, hold and control some of the wobbly bits makes everything easier. The Livi active range has something for everyone. You may want something a little subtle in style or you may be looking for something bright and colourful.

Plus Size Woman Wearing Lane Bryant Livi Active Workout Clothes and pink Nike Trainers

Strong and beautiful is a statement many people would like to apply to themselves. When I exercise I think about building my strength which in and of itself is a beautiful thing. You can see why I had to get my hands on this baby pink sweater.  On those colder days when you want to go for a long walk or something this is a nice one to wear. The fabric is really soft also.

Plus Size Woman Wearing Lane Bryant Livi Active Workout Clothes

These angled-mesh inset leggings are amazing. Available in both burgundy and black with a nice style. They are high waisted with a thick elasticated band that moulds and holds you firm. A great pair to wear if you work out in the gym, do classes, go on walks or even enjoy running. I can assure you that you’ll enjoy them if you’re considering a new pair. The mesh insets also help to aerate the skin when you get sweaty.

Plus Size Woman Wearing Lane Bryant Livi Active Workout Clothes

When I began work with a personal trainer my aim was to get stronger and tighten up my body a little whilst I lose some of the additional weight I had gained. Due to some of the gynaecological and hormonal situations I have, I may always be a bigger woman. However, I don’t feel that that’s reason enough to not be as healthy as possible.

I know I still have my challenges ahead of me but I’m sure I’ll find it easier in time.

*Leggings And Sweatshirt Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

London Spring

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers by a traditional red UK phone box

One of the things I love about being born in London is that there is just so much to do. We have some gorgeous parks, historical sights and great architecture to indulge in. I live close to to Hampstead Heath and really enjoy taking walks there when the weather is nice. This particular part of the city has remained the same for so long. Unlike the glass structures and modern fixtures you see everywhere we still see old buildings, red phone boxes and other things that are typically British.

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The other day I was taking an afternoon walk around Hampstead on a cooler spring day. I decided that as it was drizzling I would pull on some lighter items and celebrate the spring that way. It’s the time of year when although the sun is out and the weather is hot we still have wet and dreary days. I pulled on these fun pearl jeans from Evans Clothing. My thought was that i’d wear something casual and easy. When it comes to denim you just can’t go wrong!

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Along side the jeans I thought I’d pull on this baby blue off the shoulder sweater from Navabi. This top is also available in peachy Apricot but with blue being my favourite colour there really was no choice lol. I thought i’d wear a simple pair of converse sneakers and a white denim jacket to finish things off. One thing London could be famous for is unpredictable weather so at times you have to be prepared for all eventualities.

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The funny thing is I have lived in London my entire life and some things never get old! Since the rise of mobile phone usage you pretty much would never see a phone box anywhere but the traditional red ones have been left in place. Some of them have random plants and things placed inside. This one I stumbled across still worked which is a rare thing to see in the city!

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London is my home town. I was born here and have never lived anywhere else. So many people come to my city and fall in love with the place. When you grow up somewhere like this it’s easy to overlook the gorgeous architecture, history and splendour. Such a diverse place to live bursting with life and madness lol. With the run up to the Royal wedding one can’t help but be surrounded by all things British and enjoy it!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater and white denim jacket
*Top And Jeans Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

The One And Only Stranger

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

So, I’m back with another Michael Jackson fan inspired post. I have so many MJ tees that I have lost count. Truth be told, one of the 2 massive drawers under my bed is full of MJ t-shirts! The sweaters and jackets have their place within my wardrobe lol! I have been collecting these for years and some of them are even sought after collectables from fans. The thing is, it was after Michael passed away that the options became so vast. Seriously, there was only 1 cut available previously, usually for a man’s shape and they were only available in L or XL. This led to many fans either looking drowned in fabric or squeezed into theirs. Not a pretty picture when it came to everyone, I can assure you lol.

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Stranger In Moscow is one of my favourite songs from the King Of Pop. The song speaks of Michael going through quite a difficult and traumatic time in the Russian city. The music video (short film to MJ fans) sees Michael and many people all experiencing their own sense of loneliness on a cold and rainy day. Such a beautiful melodic song matched with gorgeous black and white cinematography makes for a really powerful piece. It’s not a song that is raved about quite like some of Michael’s other hits but it deserves to be! The final scene sees Michael surrendering to the elements and allowing the rain to saturate him. He finishes strong in a pose that is reminiscent of the Shaw shank Redemption movie poster. This very frame is captured in the face on my t-shirt.

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Music is such a powerful and beautiful medium, one which musicians tend to look at and appreciate in a different way to the listener. Stranger In Moscow has always connected with me. The seamless layers of melody, percussive sounds and vocals encompass a complex and thought provoking piece. As a musician I like to listen to songs in layers pulling out the random sounds and elements, this song just has so many ingredients! As an MJ fan t-shirts connected to the HIStory album are few and far between. Even this one is a newer piece of merchandise from the Vegas show MJ One, I just had to have it!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled bootsA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

Last Summer I went to Las Vegas and was lucky enough to get one of the best seats in the house at the by Cirque Du Soleil. The very scene that features Stranger In Moscow was beautifully put together. I won’t say what happens as I know many fans will be reading this who plan to see it soon. I will say this, you might want some tissues at the ready! This t-shirt was actually made available after I returned home from sin city. Luckily due to some fab connections I got my hands on one! I did however pick up this amazing varsity jacket featuring the MJ One illustration on the back. Guess what, the jacket even has built in headphones!

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This t-shirt is one of many amazing items from the Cirque show available at King Of Shop. If you wanna get your hands on it or something else from the show I would head on over to the website! The only other way to get your hands on MJ One goodies is to take yourself to Vegas itself! That’s not a bad idea though, the stage show is amazing and the city is so much fun! If you wanna hear a bit about my trip and see another MJ inspired look of mine. Check out this post here.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!