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Keep Fit In Style With Pretty Little Thing

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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.

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

The Essential LBD

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One thing all women need to have in their wardrobe is an LBD (little black dress). This is one of those items that can be worn at a multitude of events. You never know when you’re gonna need to quickly glam up for a business meeting, dinner date, elegant night out on the town or a family function. I have several to be honest lol. That being said, I don’t think you can have too many. When Debenhams asked me to select a dress from their collection I just had to.

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Even though it’s July that doesn’t mean people avoid black altogether. In fact, there are more social events, dinners and fun places to be at this time of the year than usual. When I look for an LBD I tend to gravitate towards comfortable cuts that are easy to wear. The worst thing you can do is find yourself tugging at your dress because it clings uncomfortably. I picked out the Curve black ruffle scuba dress by Dorothy Perkins. I love the small detail around the shoulders and the extended waist tie. Scuba is that fabric that is lightweight and just skims the curves nicely. The length is perfect for a modest yet sexy look. Sometimes you want minimal cleavage and would rather show skin in other ways.

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If like me you would like to select an entire outfit from the same place to make life easy, you’ll have to see what else Debenhams has. I decided to pick up a white duster jacket, cobalt blue heels and a large blue clutch to match. I find that when you wear a black dress a nice pop of colour is a nice addition. Blue is my favourite colour so it was a given that it would be my go to. As a lover of shiny things you can imagine the look on my face when I saw these heels! Some might call them the shoe of my dreams lol. Pair those with a clutch bag large enough for your essential items and you have all that you need.

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There are people who are lucky enough to have items exclusive to one look. I’m not one of them so when I buy an LBD, accessories or shoes I like items that can be incorporated into many looks. Each of these items can be worn with countless items in many ways. This is why items with block colours and limited patterns feature heavily in my wardrobe. I look forward to wearing these in many different places.

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If you are looking for a sexy LBD, summer, dress, business dress or something casual you have to check out the range at Debenhams. They have something for everyone and items from women of all sizes. What fabulous events are you going to this summer?

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*This blogpost is part of a Debenhams little black dress campaign
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Today I Choose Joy

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

It’s funny, sometimes the energy you put out there can really start a new topic of discussion. I have had countless people contact me recently all speaking on the positivity I display. Many people find it to be refreshing and others have asked me ‘Mayah what makes you so happy?’ In all honesty, I choose to be happy. The more time I spend navigating this world the more I see that joy and happiness are things that don’t happen to you. These are things that you grab by the hands and take for yourself.

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My story is one full of roller coaster situations with twists and turns. My childhood and teen years saw me go through quite traumatic bullying. As a result, I ended up making poor choices, entering bad relationships and not taking care of myself. I had to reach a place where it was important for me to “check myself”. I guess you could say I learned that in order to get to a place of joy I had to start with myself…

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Several years ago my life led me to a place where I took my relationship with God to a deeper place and I decided to get baptised. I had been contemplating doing so for a while but I guess all things happen in the correct timing. People of faith often speak on joy as though it’s something only reserved for believers. I don’t agree with that statement. I think we all have a right to happiness, light and love but I do know from personal experience that we have to make it happen. People tend to fall into the trap of thinking that one day they will wake up and everything in their life will be perfect. The thing is this; if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! I think a paradigm shift and taking the steps to make things happen is the key.

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I decided to start enjoying how I look, surrounding myself with like minded and positive people among other things. Talking about what I wanted in life was a pointless exercise. Deciding to just get on with things and focus on what makes me happy and what I’m good at made the difference. The easy thing is to focus on the things we’re bad at. That weight we’ve gained, our singleness, lack of money we have… I could go on really. My point is that we spend too much time and energy thinking about what’s wrong with our situations. When you switch your thought patterns to focus on the positive everything changes. You’ll be surprised at how happy you actually are! Don’t get me wrong you may not be where you want to be but, you will have made some strides forward!

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When I saw this slogan t-shirt from Zizzi at Navabi I knew I had to have it. This one phrase describes my current state of mind and place in life. ‘TODAY I CHOOSE JOY!’ In other words, I’m making the choice to be happy. I like everyone else have my bad days but I thought i’m gonna make a statement by wearing the words and not just a smile! When putting this look together I wanted to pair the grey tee with a simple pair of black jeans. I selected my supper skinny stretch jeans from Lane Bryant. Yours Clothing recently sent me these fab ankle boots so they were an easy inclusion.

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Finishing things off I decided to add a touch of freshness with this baby pink trench coat from Evans. I thought it would be cool to wear some accessories. Hanna let me borrow her Celine Audrey sunglasses for some added glam. Tobi recently sent me some fun new things which I wanted to include with this look. I’m pretty sure that by now when people think of my style hoop earrings come to mind. With that being said you can see why I wanted this pair of in the loop hoops! Adding more silver I selected the faux leather backpack.

Aside from what i’m wearing, ultimately the key is to do the things that make you happy. It might the clothes you wear that make you smile, the people you’re with or what you do.

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Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile! 

Beat It 35

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandana

When it comes to music there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t know and love the works of Michael Jackson. I am one of the rare few who would loudly and proudly describe myself as a die hard fan. Thriller is still the largest selling album of all time. With that being said me and the guys are celebrating 35 years of the pop rock classic Beat It. Unfortunately I wasn’t born when the track came out but I have grown up listening to this classic song and not once has it ever felt old!

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When I think of MJ’s Beat It so many things come to mind. The track destroyed boundaries all over and made Michael one of the first artists to be loved and embraced by music lovers of all races and backgrounds. Making him a world shaker and game changer on his own. It’s fair to say that Michael pretty much owned the 80s! Even though rock music was very much a white American genre back in the day, MJ was one of the pioneers to change all of that. The fierce commercial track with world famous guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen changed the game. People of all ages still have a phenomenal time playing air guitar and screaming out the catchy chorus.

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Beat it just so happens to be one of the first choreographed dance routines that fans worldwide can all do! I myself have been known to let loose when the song plays out in public. Truth be told, you really don’t care when the music is that good! I know I’m not the only one who also connects the song with the red leather zipper jacket! No one on the planet is able to wear a similar jacket without Michael Jackson and “beat it” being mentioned.

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With that being said you can understand why I decided to style this look the way that I have. King-Of-Shop is something that myself and the boys are extremely proud of. The world’s most successful and talked about MJ merchandise and apparel online store. We are known for only selling official MJ merchandise and fine collectables. Beat It is also heavily featured on the site at the moment and this t-shirt is one of the many available styles so be sure to check us out!

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I was recently sent the most amazing red faux leather zip front mini skirt from In The Style Curve. I knew that it would be perfect with this t-shirt and the Beat It theme. The funky zips remind me of those on the jacket. Scarlet red and vibrant faux leather is something that any MJ fan would want to wear. I thought it would look pretty hot with my silver Chelsea boots also. Finished off with my Asos Curve fishnet tights, black duster jacket, lips bag and bandana, I was MJ ready!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, red bandana and red lips bag

It’s crazy to think that the song has reached a 35 year milestone but is still just a fresh today as it was when it was first heard. Weddings, parties, club nights, pop discos and events all over the world are playing this song as we speak! MJ was one of the best musical artists for creating a timeless classic and being able to reach people of all generations with his music. Beat It is no exception to the rule and will forever remain a favourite for people everywhere. Let’s not forget the incredible cherry picker routine on the live tours!

Stay tuned on the blog because I will be having fun in more MJ inspired looks and paying homage to some other classics very soon. Last summer I played around with Dirty Diana. Who knows what i’ll be having fun with next!

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Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!