Friday, 22 April 2016

Slimming World

I know this won't be any interest to some, but I'm finally back on Slimming World. I've been putting it off forever, but last week I took the plunge and joined the most convenient group for me! After a year (and a few pounds up)I decided to bite the bullet and join a group again. I have been following it on my own, and not being as successful as I should be! This time around, I'm aiming to lose anything between 2 and 3 stone. I say anything in between as I'll know when I'm comfortable. At the moment, I'm not entirely comfortable and believe and if you're not happy- change it. Having lost 5 stone in total in 2014/2015 I'm not a newbie to Slimming World. If you want to read my journey you can do so here. I'm not one to buy into the whole "diet culture" I don't think anyone who is overweight should feel the need to lose weight to fit in with society. Like I've said time and time again as long as you're happy that's all that should matter. Faux concerns from people shouldn't bother you either. Unless they're your Doctor they don't have a right to say anything about your health. 
Slimming World is not without its downsides, but all I know that it works for me. I lost over a stone on my own, but I found it difficult to shift more and that's when I decided to give Slimming World a go! I joined to lose weight for my trip, for me It was never an aesthetic reason, more of a health as I wanted to do everything I wanted with ease and not have to worry! I'm back a year now and a bit heavier than I was at my lowest - and that's okay! It's not a race, it's a lifestyle. Now I am going to admit, I'll still be going out! I have a very active social life and I have no intentions of stopping that, I'll just be making slightly better choices - although I'm never going to be able to say no to a desert! For me at the point is to have a healthy medium between treating myself and eating healthier. I want to feel a bit better physically and I do find I'm a lot more tired (although that's probably all the time I spend staring at screens as well) I'm looking to finish what I initially started, no matter how long it takes.
So I'll be documenting my SW Journey every month here, as I find weekly posts too intrusive if you're not into weight loss etc! If you do however want to follow my daily meals I'm getting snap happy over on Instagram under (SlimmingSianny) I post daily meals, snacks and I intend to include the good and the bad! I like pretty pictures and I like my food looking pretty, so do stop by if you're looking for some inspiration. What I love about Slimming World is the fact you can eat as much food as you want really. All you need to do is limit your treats. I'll be taking up running again now the weather is nicer and the evenings are brighter. I'm going away in August, so I ideally would like to be 2 stone lighter by then, which is definitely doable as long as I put my mind to it! If you're on Slimming World, pop over to Insta and say Hello, I'd love to chat with you! 
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Friday, 15 April 2016

Cosy Oversized Black Knit | Navabi

It may be officially Spring now, but that doesn't mean we can put our jumpers away- unfortunately it's Ireland! I've built up quite the collection of jumpers this past year, but this one has been my favorite. I've featured it numerous times on my social media channels, but I've yet to dedicate a post to it. This Roll Neck Jumper* is by Isolde Roth from Navabi and I swear it's just a beautiful piece - my Mum has even nicked it once or twice. It's oversized (check), roll neck (check) and black (check) so it was no wonder I chose it. It's extremely good quality and has been chucked in the wash time and time again, and is still a good as new! It's also incredibly cosy, which is what you want from a nice oversized jumper. Definitely a big thumbs up from me! 

I paired it with my trust faux leather jacket from River Island (Similar Here)|(Plus Size Version) which is officially knackered now and is sporting holes in the lining! Now, I have had it over a year and worn it to absolute death. Not a fault in the garment, just a lot of wear and tear. Once I've sufficient funds again, I'll pick up another one! I paired the outfit with a pair of khaki jeans from Penneys, at a bargain price of €14. They're stretchy and just really comfortable and again come highly recommended. My Boots* are from Yours Clothing and are so comfy. As a general rule of thumb, size down if you don't have wide feet, as the 6 are slipping off me, but that's my fault I ordered them and wasn't bothered returning them (laziness on my part). My feet are always cold so nothing that a pair of fluffy socks can't fix! 

I brought my very much Louis Vuitton bag and rocked my all time favourite sunglasses from Tiger. I swear everytime I wear them someone asks where I got them! I even sent over a few pairs to my friend in OZ who loved them that much. They cost €4 and I'm pleased to announce they're back in stock this year and I fully intend to pick up at least 10 pairs so I can have them for life! I suppose I just love the way they suit my chubby face. Anyway, sorry again for the break in posts. Things are just so busy at the moment and I'm scared to even look at my inbox! Once I'm done with College for the year I'll have more time to post. 

I miss you all. 
If you miss me too I'm am constantly on one of my Instagram accounts (Bowfabulous| SlimmingSianny) and I dabble in Snapchat (Bowfabulous). 

*Indicates A Gifted Item

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Friday, 25 March 2016

What I Wore | Chilly Spring Day

With Spring officially here, I suppose I should come out of hibernation. Everything has been great over the past few months, but things have been busy and I was sick for what seemed 3 months! I've recently started College again as well as working, so I haven't had much time if I'm honest. I know I sound like a broken record dipping in and out when it, but life just gets in the way. Mandy's Heaven kindly sent me a package a little while ago, and I've been raving about them since. It's great when an online boutique caters for both straight sizes and plus sizes. The boutique is here and based in the U.K. What I love is all different women model the clothes. There's a range of ages and shapes and sizes which is a nice personal touch - exactly what a boutique is meant to be like. I opted for these gorgeous PoloNeck*. As a size 14/16, I chose the 16-20 and it's so nice and cozy.
I'm sick of consistently wearing my leather jacket, which has probably seen better days so I opted for a blanket scarf and tied it with a belt. I was as snug, as a bug in a rug. This Winter I've really embraced polo neck jumpers. With big boobs, I used to shy away, but I find for me, wearing it either with a belt, or tucked into a high waist skirt, but boobs don't take centre stage! I picked it up in Penney's earlier in the Winter and can't believe I haven't worn it that much! It was perfect over the poloneck which is too light to wear on its own. It's incredibly soft and doesn't itch the skin at all. The asymmetrical hem is a lovely touch, and gives it a very designer feel. Priced at £38 it's also really reasonable for the quality you get. 
For accessories, I kept things pretty simple. I went for a black and gold chained bag, a Fedora and a belt. I dropped the jewelery as I didn't want too much fuss, especially with my blanket scarf! The Fedora is a cool way to keep your head warm if you're not a beanie kind of babe! For footwear I chose my very much loved over the knee boots, which I picked up in Penneys in October and have worn them to absolutely death! For under €30 I think it's safe to call them the bargain of the season. The talking point however, is definitely the jumper. Like I mentioned, it's super soft and is the perfect layering piece, especially for Spring. It's not too bulky and is just perfect for under Jackets, but when it gets a little warmer, it will be lovely on it's own with leggings and pumps!

For 20% off use the code BOWS20

Jumper*: MandysHeaven
Fedora*: Boohoo
Blanket Scarf&Boots: Penneys/Primark
Bag: Fran&Jane.
Sunglasses: Tiger.
*Indicates a Giften Item

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