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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.

Plus Size woman wearing activewear from Pretty Little ThingPlus Size woman wearing activewear from Pretty Little Thing

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!

Just Checking Things Out

 A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafers

I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t want to look and feel good in her clothes. We all love stylish fashion items. I personally try to find pieces I can wear both casually or dressy. In The Style Curve is one of my favourite brands and they have a wide variety of items. What I love about the brand is that a large amount of their standard size range is also available in the Curve collection. They have really helped me to embrace my love of checked items. In fact almost all of my checked pieces come from them! With that being said, you can understand why I had to have this t-shirt dress.

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What caught my eye with this one is how easy to style it is. It would work really well on it’s own with some cute heels as a mini dress or as I’ve styled it here as a tunic style top. If you prefer a little more length, skinny jeans or leggings are a great compliment to the item. I always like to size up with dresses like this due to having a large bust, behind and stomach. I got this one in a size 26. You can wear this dress in a sexy way by having your legs out. I personally wanted to wear it more modestly.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafersA plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress and a black bandana A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafers

It’s no secret that I have a thing for shiny items. I love silver earrings, silver accessories and of course silver shoes! I now have around 5 pairs! Evans Clothing have the most incredible platformed loafers and they are incredibly comfortable. The soles are soft with a padded cushion feel. These are so comfortable to walk in too. A great pair of shoes for the office or as part of the general wardrobe. These black leggings are also from Evans. They have a thick elasticated feel that pulls you in at all the right places. I love how high waisted they are and the little added details like the zippers at the ankle.

A plus size woman wearing black leggings and metallic silver platformed loafersA plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafersA plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafers

In The Style Curve make such fab checked items. I have even worn some of them on the blog before. Check out this post featuring a Binky Shirt dress. You can keep it simple and be fun with your outfits. Just play around with colours and simple pairings to create a comfortable and fun look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black bandana
*This is a gifted outfit
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Monochrome Edge

A plus size woman wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

When it comes to our choice in fashion some things never get old! I honestly don’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t loved wearing monochrome outfits. There’s just something about black and white fashion that does it for me. Firstly colour coordination is the name of my style game. Black and white items always make for hot staple pieces in the wardrobe and always make things convenient when you’re on the go.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

Yours Clothing recently got in touch with me and asked me if I would like to select a few items in their current collection. The first thing I saw was this hot black and white stripe shirt. The item to me worked as both a hot item I could wear to the office but also something I could switch up. Reminiscent of a referee shirt, the slightly loose fit and double thick stripes were what caught my attention. Due to the fact that I have a large bust I always up-size with shirts or front fastening items. Wearing this one in a size 26/28 I not only have plenty of room and feel comfortable in the light weight item but I find that when I want a more of a modest look this fit is perfect. A monochrome item in and of itself!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and a black bandanaA plus size woman wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

Now those of you who know me know that I can be as girly and demure as the next woman but I do love my edgy items. Shiny things have always caught my eye. The thing is, I like wearing bright and garish things despite the fact that some people think us big women shouldn’t. Latex, vinyl and wet look items have been available from plus brands everywhere. Perfect if you like monochrome looks. Vinyl and wet look leggings just happen to be something I have a slight obsession with. I selected this pair in a size 26/28 because fabrics of this style have little to no stretch. Vinyl isn’t breathable on the skin either. You can see by my photos that I could have selected these in a size 24 for a more tailored fit.

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I never used to be a woman phased much by footwear but that has changed over time. I did think when I was younger that you only needed 1 pair of black boots. Laughable when I think about it now. I have casual boots, sexy boots, sophisticated boots and those I can wear anywhere. This pair of heeled ankle boots had an edge to them that I really like. I should note that I find these extremely comfortable and could see myself walking a fair distance in them. I think that they compliment this outfit really well.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

When it comes to my wardrobe I like a little bit of everything. Black and white items we all know go with every colour out there but there’s just something funky about putting them with each other. Monochrome suits every person on the planet. You simply can’t go wrong! You will definitely see more of the style from me in the future!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt
*This Is A Gifted Outfit
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!