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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!

New Stripes

Plus Size woman smiling wearing black side striped leggings and a black vertical stripe sweater and ankle boots

Don’t you just love being able to make a statement by keeping things simple? When you can walk into a room and make an impression without trying, you’re onto something! Stripes are something way too many are scared to wear. I’m obsessed with them and don’t care what the fashion rules are. Many say that bigger women should avoid them altogether or only wear them vertically. I have stripes of all directions in my wardrobe! They work for every season, every occasion and in every colour possible!

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Red and black are a combination of colours that always look good. Whenever I wear black I like to wear a deep red lipstick as it really pops. Evans clothing are seriously impressing me at the moment with the amount of fun and colourful stripes they have. As soon as I saw this vertical stripe sweater and these leggings I knew I wanted them! When you find something that you can wear to the office, out on the town, at home, casually or dressed up this is an item you need! If you can find items that can be worked into a series of looks I would advise that you pick them up!

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Does life ever feel like it’s moving faster than you can? I feel this way a lot of the time so being able to just throw on some clothes without thinking too much makes life a little easier. If you know that what you’re wearing looks good with minimal effort you really can’t go wrong! Being able to get on with your day feeling good, looking good with no stress is the best thing possible!

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I wanted to have a fun, playful look when I could showcase my musical diva side. Stripes allow you to really do it all. I wanted to look cute, playful, chic and sassy all at the same time and I think I achieved it here. I really enjoy looks that as black or white with a short shock of colour. In some cases less really can be more!

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What are you enjoying this season? Would you say prints are your thing, block colours or stripes? I’m enjoying keeping it simple with a little something extra. Not everything this time of year is all glitz and glamour. Sometimes you need to just pace yourself.

Plus Size woman smiling wearing a black vertical stripe sweater

*Top And Leggings are gifted items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

What A Mesh!

Plus Size woman smiling wearing purple Bell-Sleeve Lace & Mesh Swing Dress and floral ankle boots

One thing we all love about the autumn season is the pretty colours. Fallen leaves, the change in nature and richness of everything makes everyone feel cosy and set for the holiday season. The cold has just started to set in but we recently had a few days of warmth left. I had the perfect shift midi dress to wear and in the colour of rich berries. Lane Bryant sent me the most gorgeous Bell-Sleeve Lace dress with 3/4 sleeves.

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What caught my eye with this one with the bell shaped sleeves initially. I could tell that this dress could be casually, dressy and styled really easily. The loose fit also meant that this would be a comfortable one to wear this time of year which is exactly what I like. Sometimes the last thing you want to do is stick on a pair of spanx just so that your dress hangs well. Shift dresses are perfect if you want something pretty and effortless to wear.

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I love pretty little details. When it comes to dresses, details are usually in the hemline or neckline. These days it seems that sleeves and layers are adding pretty features to the overall look. I love the fact that this dress is really silky to the touch and it’s lightweight whilst appearing to be made in a heavier fabric. And what about the colour?! Isn’t it just gorgeous?! It reminds me of figs and sweet grapes, very autumnal.

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I thought it would be fun to pair the dress with a cute pair of floral ankle boots from Evans. I love an ankle boot, I find them to be so comfortable and more often than not they have such a cute style and look. These ones are just gorgeous, big thanks to Hanna for letting me borrow them lol. The colours and print just worked perfectly with the dress and made for a really comfortable yet stylish look.

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So tell me, what items are you trying to get some wear out of before the weather gets really chilly? You could make some great transitional outfits!

Plus Size woman smiling wearing purple Bell-Sleeve Lace & Mesh Swing Dress
*This dress is a gifted item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

In The Trenches

Plus Size woman smiling wearing a black faux leather trench coat and leather boots

There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t love a good coat! When the winter months approach and the cold sets in being stylish and dressed for the weather can be a challenge. I love a coat that can reflect my personality. As a lover of trench coats and shinny things I had to have this coat the minute I saw it! You simply cannot go wrong with a faux leather patent trench coat!

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I honestly think trench coats look amazing on everyone. They add an element of sass and sophisticated whilst still being chic. You may like a pair of jeans on a cold day, some are more into skirts and dresses, whatever you wear; a coat with a good length can really set off your look. If you have a black coat in the winter it’ll work with anything you wear. If like me you want your winter wardrobe to be in keeping with the season but still fun, this would be amazing for you.

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I have a thing for patent items so to have a coat of shinny black goodness is a true reflection of my sexier style. It’s also fun being able to re-wear clothes from previous winters. I decided to do exactly that here with this emerald green velvet dress. I didn’t get enough wear out of it last year so this coat gave me a good excuse to pull it back out. The fact that this coat stops below the knee on my 5’5 frame makes this one work with many of my items regardless of their style.

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Double breasted with a comfortable fit. The thick silver buttons and matching cinch belt help taper you in at the waist also. One thing I can say is that I have gotten countless compliments when wearing this. Many people have asked me where it is from and I feel like a million dollars in it. This is my favourite coat this year by far!

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What are your favourite winter style items? Is your thing trying to battle the cold like me or does it not really bother you that much? Many people use this time of year as an opportunity to embrace wearing hats and scarves. I think if you have a good pair of boots and a stylish coat you pretty much have the essentials!

Check out the current range of items at Navabi, you can use my discount code MAYAH15 to get 15% off until the end of the year, how great is that?!

Plus Size woman smiling wearing a black faux leather trench coat
*This coat is a gifted item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!