What I Eat in a Day | #1

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Following last week's introduction to my new fitness lifestyle, I thought I'd introduce you to my food. I've generally been really good with food over the past few years. I like eating clean and healthy so this is not really a new lifestyle choice. The hardest thing though is finding cheap recipes for 1, which is what this is.

PS. I use coconut milk because I have reduced my lactose intake as much as possible. I realised it was making me bloated and since cutting it out it has helped with my weight loss. Of course, you can use any milk you want.

Mix the oats and milk in a pot and warm over medium heat. Stir while it's cooking until you get the porridge outcome. Top with a bit of mixed nuts and/or seeds.

Toss a small salad together by mixing the salad leaves (Lettuce & baby spinach) and chop a tomato and add it in the mix.

Slice the 50g of reduced fat mozzarella. Also, slice half a small avocado, season with salt and pepper.

Toast 1 wholewheat pita bread and add it to the spread on the plate.

Boil 50g of buckwheat noodles.

Put some coconut oil into a WOK and add the sliced spring onion and diced chicken breast. When the chicken looks half cooked add 2 tablespoons of chickpeas and a handful of mangetout. Cook for 3 minutes and then add a bit of water from the buckwheat noodles.  Leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the buckwheat noodles to the mix and leave cook until the water dries out.

Snacks. In between breakfast and lunch I had an apple and a green tea. In between lunch and dinner I had hummus and oat crackers.

My New Fitness Lifestyle

Friday, 4 August 2017

Getting back into lifestyle; fitness outfit

When you hit a lazy stage it's quite hard to get yourself back onto the fitness train. Yes, constantly making excuses for not being able to workout counts as a lazy stage. I, for one, had been in that stage for time. About 6 years ago I used to be really fit and the slimmest I've ever been. Then 'life happened', or at least that's what I told myself, and my workout routines have been all over the place. Personally, I think that occasionally doing 5 sets of 10 squats is not fitness.

I had two main excuses up sleeve; I don't have time and I don't have money. I'm pretty sure that these are common excuses amongst the non-fit population. Funnily enough I have enough time to binge watch on Netflix and finish whole seasons in the space of a week. And the money excuse, well that's the biggest one given that I live in London and running through Hyde Park would be good enough and the fact that I pay for various beauty boxes. Basically, I needed a kick in the rear to get my priorities sorted.

My kick in the rear was anxiety and a horrible two months. I hadn't felt this low and anxious and had this many panic attacks in years. When it started happening again I was shocked and soon tried to pick myself up because the last thing I wanted was to end up living the 'life' I lived years ago. I know for a fact that fitness for me is one of the main medicines to dealing with this state of being. It makes me feel good about myself which boosts my confidence. It also helps me release tension, clear my head and sleep better.

So yes, fitness is important to lose weight and to tone and all the physical shebang but for me it's more about a general state of being. This should be your motivation. Especially because keeping fit and working out can be tough sometimes and if you're doing it for the sole purpose of achieving physical goals it will be a lot harder when you don't see the difference.

For the past month I've going to the gym almost daily. I do various things from using the normal gym to swimming and classes. No, I don't always cheer at the idea of having to go but I never regret it after. And I can honestly say I've been doing much better, not only physically but mentally as well.

This being a huge part of my current lifestyle and this blog being a representation of my journey, I thought I will start posting the random fitness related post. Hopefully the above explanation is enough for you to understand my sudden lifestyle change and not think that I am trying to be some fitness guru because I'm not and never will be. The reality is that very few of us are which is why it makes sense for me to do this.

The Cami Dress & Bell Sleeves | Spring & Summer Style

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Dress - ASOS / Top - Zara / Shoes - Adidas Original Stan Smith / Bag - New Look

I wore this combo for a casual Sunday stroll around lovely Wimbeldon in London. Dressing up for UK summer has been some what difficult with the weather being not summer-like at all. Layering always comes in handy especially if you've got a cami dress hanging around. This cami dress from ASOS is a nice length but has got splits to give it more flow and structure. It also has extended straps that make it a bit more jazzy and I love it. I layered it over this Zara top from their Spring/ Summer 2017 collection. It's stripe and bell sleeve style have been staple trends for this season and definitely a Zara signature too. The lace detailing on the hem line and collar give it an elegant touch which makes this outfit versatile as it can be easily turned into a day look with a pair of heels. But of course, I was not going to a champagne bar but roaming around so Stan Smiths are always the first and only choice for that cause. The floral embroidered bag from New Look is an extra shout out to summer to brighten the overcast days we've been given.


Top 5 Lipsticks | National Lipstick Day

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Haven't you heard? It's National Lipstick Day. So I had a rummage through my lipstick collection and picked out my current top 5 lipsticks. From nude to red; From gloss to matte, these are the 5 lipsticks that cover any occasion. In no particular order...

Tanya Burr Cosmetics in Chic. I've never been a big fan of gloss but, maybe it's the Love Island influence, I've been wearing this quite a bit lately. However, if I'm doing gloss this is the only product I can do. It's not sticky like most glosses and it has the right amount of shine for me. These qualities with the colour of this product give a very natural finish which I am finding perfect for the summer natural look.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte in Moka Chic (633). Honestly, half of the first 5 lipsticks I picked as my favourites were from the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Range. Let's say I have a slight obsession because of their good quality. So, I narrowed it down to my favourite one; A warm pink nude shade. This is the perfect nude for me. When I want a matte nude, this is what I go for! When I'm not sure what shade of lipstick I should use, this is what I go for! When I want a product that I can easily re-apply on the go without too much faff, this is what I go for! Actually, no matter what lipstick I'm wearing this always goes in my handbag anyway. I think you get how much I rate it!

Chanel Rouge Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Sari Dore (414). The perfect summer shade! A golden orange that is not too bright and has the right amount of sheen. It's a bit of a nostalgic shade for me because my grandma used to have a lipstick in this shade when I was a kid and I loved it. Although, not sure putting a grandma in the mix sells a product. Nostalgia aside, I feel the shade lifts up my look and the formula offers the right amount of hydration but yet maintaining it's lasting powers.

KIKO Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 03. The classic red with the purple undertone that suits my complexion best. I had been looking for the perfect classic red for a long time before I found this. It has a buttery formula that applies easily and beautifully and a matte finish that does not dry your lips. Not to mention the rose gold packaging which obviously makes everything better. Sadly, this was a limited edition collection but a good dupe is the 3INA The Intense Lipstick in 305.

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish in 107. I was not going to mention this for the simple reason that it is not a summer shade. However, this is more of a general top 5 which means there is no way I can leave this out. I am berry shade obsessed when it comes to winter lipsticks and this has been my all time favourite for years. A long lasting matte finish and a nice shade of berry, this is the top winter lipstick.


*Marc Jacobs Bracelet Giveaway. Click Here.*

Giveaway | Marc Jacobs Bracelet

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Just thought I'd do something nice and giveaway a Marc Jacobs Bracelet. Yes, this is legit! I've had Vogue My Stash for 4 years and over the past year it has grown so much it blows my mind just to think about it. So, this is the least I could do to show my appreciation. I am also currently in the 'giving' mood so take the advantage while this lasts. Now let's talk about the bracelet.

I got this from The Outnet website and it's a simple gold cuff with a hexagon shape and Marc Jacobs embossed. It's simplicity sure makes it a versatile piece of accessory which is all you need really in a piece of jewellery. Here's a closer look.

Now, to the most important bit; Here is how to enter.

1) Follow Vogue My Stash on Instagram
2) Like the Instapic of this bracelet
3) Leave a comment and tag someone for an extra entry.

This giveaway is open internationally and will close midnight on the 31st of July. The winner will be sent a DM and will be announced on Instastories.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored.

Good luck.

Culotte Jeans & Ruffled Top | Spring / Summer Style

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Two unusual wardrobe pieces that I tested together and loved the outcome. So obviously, here I am sharing it as my new outfit post for the week. The top falls under the t-shirt category but the ruffle mesh sleeves with crotchet hem and the mesh insert on the chest area leading to a high neck give it a smart look. Thus, this Vila top via ASOS can be easily dressed up or down. I went for the latter by pairing it with a pair of jeans. These jeans from Zara are my favourite not only because of their culottes cut, and I'm obsessed with culottes, but also because of their unusual detailing. On the inner side of the leg instead of the denim material a blue and white striped fabric is used creating an additional twist to the basic denim. Scroll down to see the full outfit.

Top - Vila via ASOS / Jeans - Zara / Shoes - Miss KG via ASOS

Jeans - Zara

Do you like this versatile, smart casual look? Well you can shop it here. 


Puffy sleeves, Frills & Gingham | Spring/ Summer Style

Monday, 3 July 2017

This is for those warm but occasionally chilly days and for those who would like to join the 'Back to the 80s' wagon. This outfit has at least 3 stylist elements that are huge features of the spring/summer 17 season; the frills, the puffy sleeves and the gingham. The H&M shirt is quite a bold shirt to choose and is a good addition to the wardrobe to spruce the basic pair of jeans up. Obviously I went for a more daring choice than the jeans and instead paired the shirt with these Boohoo cropped trousers with frills at the bottom. It did feel like I was about to dance the cha-cha. The yellow shoes were added for a touch of colour.

Shirt - H&M / Trousers - Boohoo / Shoes - Zara


Improve Your Appearance: Not For Anyone Else But Yourself.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Do you ever feel like you're overlooked? You're the girl that people never see. Instead, they check out your friends, or the girl walking behind you - Everyone's been there; it's not an awesome feeling. But has anyone ever told you that you could do something about that? - It's not about changing yourself, neither is it about anyone else but yourself. If you're happy with your appearance and the person you are - good for you, girl. It's all about confidence. But if you think certain areas could be improved to be more confident, here's how.

Face. Makeup should be renamed 'magic', because that's really what it is. With so many new techniques out there nowadays, espeicially in the contouring and colour correcting department, you can sculpt facial features, hide acne and blemishes and even have an instant 'nose job'! It's cray the things we can do, so if there'se something about your face that you're really self-conscious about, make may be the cure. you just need to learn how to use it the right way. You don't want to hide behind it though; you just want to use it as a tool to accentuate your good bits and conceal the bad bits and keep the parts your're really confident natural looking. For me the main thing would be hiding the acne in ways that the finished product still looks natural.

Clothes. Are your clothes not doing your body justice anymore? No matter what your body type, it's so important to dress right for it. If you're a curvy girl, don't hide it with huge clothes that hang off your body! Curves should be embraced, so don't be scared to flaunt what you've got. Plus, shopping is a great excuse to gather all your girls up and make a day out of it, so call them up and get ready to put on a fashion show! However, it's not just about what flatters your body most but it's also about how confident you feel in what you're wearing and finding the right balance.

Accessories. Accessories are so much fun to play around with, whether that be with a scarf, a bag or some jewellery. They can be added as a final touch to your overall look, and can bring everything together. Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought 'there's something missing...?' Well, maybe it was that new piece of roman jewellery you bought, or the little bow tie to put in your hair or simply a pair of earrings. Don't be afraid to be daring and experiment, that's what addds to the fun, so get mixing and matching and see what you can come up with.

Hair. Are you at that point where you find yourself having a bad hair day - everyday? We've all been there, and we refuse to acknowledge that we need a new look, because it just seems to be too much hassle, but is it really? Don't you have a favourite celebrity hairstyle that you've always wanted to try out - Now is a better time that any. Interesting and related story; I was on a night out once with my girls and they were all being chatted up except me. The only guy to approach me and talk to me said "You need a haircut for a more fresh look". In fact at that point I was very unsure of my hair style and my lack of confidence must have given that off. Sure, it's scary, we don't want to risk cutting our hair too short, or dying it a colour that we hate, but how will we ever  know if we don't try? As long as you find a good, qualified hairdresser, you will have nothing to worry about.

So take the leap, it's about time you do something for you.