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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!

New Blood

Plus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi Clothing and black sandals

I know I’m not the only one who sometimes wants to have 1 item of clothing that is comfortable, covers everything and has some flare. It may be fair to say I think I found it! Elvi, one of my favourite brands continues to push edgy, chic and stylish items out there. Originally items were only available for us plus chicks but now the size range has expanded downwards. Our smaller sisters are able to enjoy the offerings too and I have to say, it makes a difference to have clothes standard size women were after!

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When they released this Asenath blood red maxi dress I really wanted to try it. Red is a colour I enjoy wearing, I think it compliments my skin tone. The oversized feel of this dress and the huge flared sleeves is what first caught my eye. Seeing such a simple garment have so much character was refreshing. I love the light and airy fabric. To say this dress is breathable would be an understatement, it’s really cool and easy to wear. The diamond cut outs on the sleeves bring in a slight detail that sets off the dress. Light neck and waist ties allow for a more secured and structured fit also.

Plus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi Clothing and black sandalsPlus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi ClothingPlus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi Clothing and black sandals

I did get a pleasant surprise with this dress, considering how feather-light the fabric is I thought it would be slightly see-through. Ladies you’ll be pleased to know you can wear this one with confidence and modesty. Not having to plan an outfit is always a comfort to a woman on the go. When I put this look together I thought I have 2 colours to work with red and black. As my hair is black I opted to wear my black lace hair scarf and a pair of slinky sandals.

Plus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi Clothing and black sandalsPlus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi ClothingPlus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi Clothing and black sandals

Having items that have just enough sass so that you don’t need to bring anything extra are everything! Red lipstick and a smile applied to my face and I couldn’t really go wrong. Elvi have a whole host of gorgeous items at the moment and some fab ones in their sale (including this dress) be sure to check them out and grab yourself something nice!

Plus size woman wearing blood red asenath maxi dress from Elvi Clothing

*This dress is gifted
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Shirts Can Be Sexy!

Plus size woman smiling wearing a white shirt dress, pink cropped denim jacket, Ted Baker sunglasses and chrome stiletto heels

Shirts, everyone has them but not everyone enjoys wearing them. I have a real thing for oversized shirts and sexy shirt dresses. I think that if you can find an item that can be worn casually when out with friends, at the office or on a date night you have a winner! If you have an item that can be worn in more ways than one you simply can’t go wrong! It’s even better if the fabric is lightweight and comfortable to have on.

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We’re deep into the summer and I have been loving the heat and the strong rays. I am a summer baby born in July so this is well and truly my time of year. With that being said sometimes I do still like to wear sophisticated items and add a little of my own personality to the look. Being at the office doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of style. In The Style Curve sent me this gorgeous shirt dress and cropped jacket. I have to say it is an item I see myself wearing these a lot this season.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a white shirt dress, pink cropped denim jacket, Ted Baker sunglasses and chrome stiletto heelsPlus size woman smiling wearing a white shirt dress, Ted Baker sunglasses and chrome stiletto heels

It’s a really nice length to wear as a dress. I find that if you have a large bust or behind (as I do), items can get hitched up. There are so many dresses in my wardrobe I have had to wear as tops because of this. The tie detail at the front makes a really simple style have a nice featured twist. I found that I have plenty of boob room and this is still lightweight on a really hot day. I thought that I would pair this with the pink denim crop jacket. Many of us tend to spend long periods of time out of the house and when you need to combat that chill in the air it’s nice to wear something light. Pastel colours are perfect with bright white items so I thought, why not?!

Plus size woman smiling wearing a white shirt dress, pink cropped denim jacket, Ted Baker sunglasses and chrome stiletto heelsPlus size woman smiling wearing a pink cropped denim jacketPlus size woman smiling wearing a white shirt dress and chrome stiletto heels

You all know me, I keep things simple. Makeup is always the same, as is my accessories. I always wear large hoop earrings and so I thought why not pull out my chrome stilettos to match. Like many women I have a real thing for shiny things lol. Sometimes when you wanna wear a little bling, you can do it on your feet lol.

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There is definitely a way of mixing more sophisticated items like a shirt dress with casual ones. Play around with your look you’ll be surprised with what you can achieve! This dress is also available in black, I can definitely see people picking it up in both colours!

Plus size woman smiling wearing a white shirt dress
*Dress and jacket are gifted items.
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!