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The Fitness Log: Gym Bag


The new gym membership has started. The bag is packed and has experienced the sweet meeting of sweaty kit. Here's the treats you'll find inside my gym bag.

I absolutely love my Nike Free Run trainers, they keep me feeling supported and secure whether I'm on the leg press machine on jogging on the treadmill. Yes they're dirty but I'm keeping it real here! The re-introduction of the gym into my routine makes the wishlist for trainers longer than ever, but in the meantime these bright beauties keep my feet nice and comfortable.

I've got some new gymwear ordered but I love my two short pairs of leggings from MPG. Being vertically challenged, the three quarter styles are the best length for my short frame. These suck me in without making me feel all tight and uncomfortable.

No-one wants Orangutan titties so good support is obviously key. I love Shock Absorber's offerings but not the price tag, so picked up this little beauty in the sale. It's a little more exciting than your bog standard sports bra but keeps your lady lumps nice and tight... and definitely away from your belly button.

Luckily my gym gives us towels so I don't have to lug one around with me, I do however need a costume to keep me streamlined (!) in the pool. As someone who has loved swimming since forever, you develop brand loyalty when it comes to costumes. Speedo all. the. way. Goggles are from Adidas.

My ipod has decided its life has come to an end, so I've been relying on my phone for tune-age. I also mentioned in this post about fitness apps that I use certain workout apps for inspiration, so I've been relying on my Belkin armband to keep my phone in place. I've got a detailed review here, but essentially it keeps my phone secure and dry whilst I workout, and is machine washable which helps keep it fresh!

Toiletries-wise I keep it simple by putting my shampoo, conditioner, body wash in small containers. This means I have to keep refilling them, but is the best option when I got to the gym before work and don't want to add unnecessary weight to my bag. I always take a slimmed down version of my make-up bag as I go before work and like to look remotely presentable for the rest of the day!

The bag itself is a Nike duffel bag, and I bought it from my usual online pitstop, ASOS. It is roomy enough to keep all my kit (and a towel if I needed one), is light and has a separate zipped section for little things like hair bobbles, a pound for the lockers, my keys etc. It's the ideal bag for keeping my stuff secure, and isn't too heavy so I'm not left dragging it onto the train after a long day.

So there's the contents of my gym bag! What would I find if I looked inside yours?

The Beauty Box: No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator


My passion for at-home skincare is increasing as the months go by. Boots had a buy one get one free offer, so I got their Micro-dermabrasion exfoliator for free. It's normally £11 here, which is quite good value for money considering you only need to use a small amount.

 The product itself is a white, cream which feels gritty on your fingers but once applied to the face in small circles isn't harsh on the skin. It isn't recommended that you use this product on sunburnt or sore skin, but luckily the eczema on my face is only on my eyes at the moment - and I wouldn't use it there anyway!

Unlike a lot of other exfoliators, this one uses aluminium-oxide micro-crystals to buff away the dull skin cells on your face. After using it a few times, it is supposed to stimulate skin cell renewal to work against issues such as fine lines.

Although I don't have any fine lines just yet, I really love this product. Unlike a lot of exfoliators I have tried in the past, this doesn't leave my skin raw and tight. Instead after using my skin is noticeably softer and supple, and a whole lot clearer.

If you've not tried any skincare from No7, I'd definitely recommend it. It's a brand I'd not really tried until recently, and I'm finding myself quite impressed with the results of the products I have tried!

Have you tried anything from No7?

The Fitness Log: The Belkin Band


Whilst I detest those people that text whilst they're in the gym - mr sat on the bike but not using it, I'm looking at you - the particular lack of pockets in most sportswear becomes an issue in la gym. Whilst I try to steer away from answering emails and scrolling instagram during my workout, my ipod has died a slow death and my phone has become my new source of music.

I recently got this Belkin sportsband* which solves all issues of pocket-less pants and irritating headphone wires. The band I have fits my Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, but comes in lots of sizes to accommodate different phones. It has a velcro fasten which fits snugly around the arm, and although adjustable, the velcro is strong so it doesn't shift when you're exercising, perfectly matching the shape of your arm.

As you'd hope when bouncing around in the gym, my phone slots neatly into the band, with a lip which sits over the top and makes sure it can't fall out. The lip over the top has a hole for your headphones too which keeps them secure.

My major concern before the band arrived was how easy it would be to wash, but it can be easily hand washed, and dries super quick, making it an ideal gym buddy.

The only downside to the band is because it keeps your phone so snug, it isn't easy to keep getting out and changing the track. Which is a positive in the sense that it stops me from being tempted to mess about on my phone rather than exercise, but annoying if you want to change the track. I'd rather be confident that my phone wasn't going to fall out when I'm exercising though, and as I listen to a playlist it doesn't pose too much of a problem. All in all, it's a handy tool that makes listening to music in the gym easy when you don't have pockets.

Have you got any products that make your exercise routine easier?

The Style Files: Autumnal Inspiration


Is there anything better than autumnal style? I think not. Sure, pastels and pretty skirts are fun to wear, but nothing says me more than comfort. The bundled-up, cosy chic style that graces the streets in Autumn definitely gets me feeling inspired. I've been spending way too much time looking through Tumblr and Pinterest (follow links here if you want to: Tumblr, Pinterest), and adding a million and one comfort inspired pieces to my wishlist. As per the nature of la net, I found all of these on Pinterest and unfortunately don't know the original source!

Here's just some of the looks that have been keeping me yearning for cold weather...

Have you been feeling inspired for new season style?

The Style Files: Weekly Wears #11


New season has rolled around and we're looking at some pretty lovely items this season. All over the internet I'm finding huge amounts of inspiration from the new products that have been landing on my favourite sites. Am I the only one that does 99% of my clothes shopping online now?! Anyway, here's three pieces that have found their way onto my ever-growing wishlist...

If there's one shop I should work at in a former life, it is Whistles. Not only is the name beautiful, but the clothes are just sensation season after season. These Tyler jeans are the way I'd like to wear distressed denim, with light whiskers and minimal leg show. At £95 they aren't cheap, but with Whistles you definitely get what you pay for.

Leather is a tricky one, I'm always cautious that I don't want to look like an extra on Pretty Woman. However, River Island have once again impressed me with their ability to churn out on-trend pieces at a reasonable price. This wrap zip leather skirt is just calling for cosy sweaters and ankle boots.

Check this one out (geddit?!) New Look have once again surprised me with their offerings so far. As a company they're turning round my preconceptions of them as one that sells cheap, teen appropriate clothes. Their picks on ASOS are usually pretty good, and I just can't resist a piece that combines two of my favourite clothing shades - burgundy and navy. Plus this checked boyfriend jacket is only £29.99, which you know, helps.

What has been inspiring your style recently?

The Beauty Box: Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stain


A little late on the bandwagon, I recently bagged Revlon's Colourstay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights. A big fan of lip stains and not so much of glosses, I had my fingers crossed that this was going to live up to my expectations...

The first thing I found was the odd shaped applicator, which made getting an even colour payoff quite difficult. The shape and thiness of the applicator didn't really fit the shape of my lips but once I'd applied a few times I was suitably impressed.

Non-sticky, glossy colour which comes from an almost gel-like consistency. Unlike a lot of glosses and stains, it stains the lips and gives bright colour whilst remaining comfortable to wear. It has a fairly impressive staying power, with most colour left on after a few hours. The shade is beautiful too, something slightly brighter than my usual choices, but a rich colour that adds something exciting to even the most basic of make-up looks.

Like the look of it? get your hands on the Revlon Colourstay Stains here.

Have you tried anything from Revlon's Colourstay Range?