Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The White Swan

I've always been a sucker for white, most of my closet has white, even though I like colors, white is special, it's hope, pure, innocence, peace and happiness. White represents everything positive and beautiful in this universe, you cannot see white and not smile and feel positive. I've always had full white outfits and this is my winter version of white on white. White is not only for summer, winter suits it too! This day I was not even planning to take pictures, it was mainly meeting Martyna for a coffee and catching up but whenever we meet, we know we are the perfect combination for perfect pictures. 
Coat: ZARA
Knitwear: Misselfridge
Bag: Accessorize
Jeans: Pull & Bear
Boots: Aldo
Sunglasses: Quay Australia 

Photographer: Martyna Martyn  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Wonder Woman

Hello Hello Lovies, I hope you all enjoying your weekend, I'm spending my weekend in the library and some quality time with my brother, I have noticed that flowers started to pop up in the streets and I can't be more excited than welcoming Spring!!! Oh, I can't wait for amazing Easter, Bank Holiday and tons of chocolate and colors!! I have shot this Look  while changing my outfit in Starbucks toilet as it was so cold, I had to order coffee in order to use the bathroom! HAHAHA ( Usually I do not drink Starbucks!! ), I'm a big big fan of beige, I do not wear it that much as I always want to include colors as much as I can in my outfit ( and I feel shades of brown is oldies ) I feel like I will have plenty of time to wear beige as much as I want), it is very mature and elegant color, and I'm faaar away from being mature in my style. Maturity for me defines the idea of sticking to your comfort zone more and more and getting attached to it, there were I will feel Okay I'm old now hahahaha. By the way when I say old it means really old in ur mind!! I've seen woman who hit their 80s but still die their hair pink and wear green and purple coats!! I just adore it and respect it!! Age is a number you need to take care of your mind and keep it young as much as u can to enjoy it properly, well of course this is when I'm talking about life enjoyment not in terms of career or long term relationship. :P 

Coat: Top Shop 
Heels : Top Shop 
Shirt: Topshop 
Jeans: River Island
Bag: Top Shop 
Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Friday, February 23, 2018

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week was a blast, Getting the right outfit was very hard. I have always seen people who are obsessed with shopping going to the mall everyday. Even though I'm a fashion blogger, still I hate shopping and spend the day in fitting rooms. Oh!! Fitting rooms, I hate them so much, I never go into one unless it's a gown dress. So, my way of shopping is go into the store, see the display and I can tell with my eyes if it will fit me or no, take what I need and leave, Massive shopping for me it's one or twice a year ( it does not work that way all the time though). and I hate Sales, I always feel that they do discounts on the worst collection, so I never bother to be in the crowd of people fighting on a stupid t-shirt. Anyways!! This outfit was just in front of me in River Island as soon as I entered the shop and I was like that's it!! this is one, I took it and left!! when I wore it the next day I was like "Perfect". My First show was for Isabell Kristensen her collection was marvelous, this outfit was perfect because it can be for such an elegant fashion show of Gown dresses, and fashionable for London Fashion Week street style. 

Photographer: Martyna Martyn 

Vest, Shorts & Bag: River Island
Top & Boots: ZARA
Sunglasses: H&M 
Hat: Primark

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Red for Love

Happy Valentine's Everyone, Leeds is full of balloons and red today! I'm not a person who celebrates valentine's, I believe everyday is a love day like everyone says LOL!! but my main issue is the whole commercial idea out of Valentine's, it's very commercial, and I hate who takes me as a consumer for granted and use my feelings to sell more, everything is super expensive and everything is super tempting!!! I mean why not all options available during valentine's aren't there everyday with convenient prices??? One more thing... Valentine's at least should not be only for 1 person or a lover I'm against the idea that market is trying to sell about "The Love Day" as "The Couple Day" !! Love is NEVER EVER made for your partner ONLY, single people nowadays, are sad people, feeling lonely, trying to find their love, a partner that they can offer them love. people forgot that there is tons of things to love. Your heart can fit everyone and everything, people made small room for love in their heart. A good heart, will always have room to everything that deserves to be loved in this world, That love will always keep the heart warm and never alone!! love your family, your friends, your job, your coffee, your outfit, your house, your food and specially  YOURSELF!!! 
All I wanted to say is Happy Valentine's everyone!! :D 

Coat: ZARA
Top: TopShop
Jeans: River Island
Sunglasses: Quay Australia 
Lipstick: Maybelline Gloss 
Bag: Top Shop
Boots: Top Shop 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My Top 13 Workout Routine!

Happy Sports Day Everyone!!

Exercising is vital for mental and physical health. It's a long term commitment that teach you how to sustain a lifestyle, time management, crossing your mind limitations, and increase your fitness level. including one hour work out in your daily life is sometimes hard to maintain, however, it helps organizing your day, and motivate you to complete your daily tasks. I was never a gym freak person, I love being active and I enjoy doing outdoor activities and try different type of fun sports. Yet, when I moved to UK, I signed up at Pure Gym and hired my favorite personal trainer Ross Forde, (Since I'm studying Sport and exercise nutrition, it is a shame to be called a sport dietitian while I do not work out myself, Right??!!!).  I struggled at the beginning since it was my first "gym experience". My fitness level was very low, my body and muscles were very weak. Now, It has been more than a year, and I'm proud of the results and goals that I'm achieving. I feel, lighter, stronger, easier to move around, and the most important that my mind is trained to endure everything and believe that everything is possible and impossible is nothing ( As Beckham says). Sooooo, I decided to write this post about few important work outs and tips that you can do anywhere. 

A big shout out to my ultimate support and guidance Ross Forde, he has been my personal trainer for over a year now, and I could not do this without him, I learned enormous valuable information and the correct pose for each workout position. he has been a friend and a mentor. if you want to know more about the best workout and lifestyle to adopt visit his website HERE.
 you can also find a video of most of this workout on Ross's Youtube channel HERE. 
and on Facebook HERE. 

Thanks to Matt Photography for the amazing shoots. 

Full outfit by AdidasXMena 

1. Bear crawls: This exercise is what I usually start my work out, it is form of ZUU type which is a refere to "animal training",  I used to be horrible first months with bear crawls, it was my nightmare, whenever Ross goes " 3 sets of bear crawl " I mentally freeze and think about how much I will suffer, it took me 4 months to master this and do it as easy as opening a can of Pepsi!! Bear crawls are very beneficial for mobility, strength and core stability. It is quiet similar to planks in terms of increasing endurance and targueting muscles but since you are moving all your body, it target more muscles, Like the shoulders, chest, glutes and legs.

reps and sets: 30 seconds crawl back and forth, 3 sets. 

2. Frog Squat: is another type of Zuu Workout. where it a combination of cardio and strength training great way to start your workout. I love frog squats it mainly focus on hip and knee mobility for joint health.  
It is one of the exercise that I still feel the pain and the struggle through it, but I'm getting better everyday!! 

Reps and Sets: 10 -15 frog squat, 3 sets.

3. Planks:  Plank is my favorite exercise ever, Since I had a post- Scoliosis surgery, exercise that focus on my abdominal are very limited, Planks is one of the safest and most applied exercise that target the abdominal. Plank is a core conditioning exercise where holding the position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back and core. 

Reps and sets: 1 minute hold, 3 sets.

4. Side Angle PARIVRTTA PARSVAKONASANA: (Yoga pose):  Also called low lunge, it's one of the poses that I practice at the beginning of my work out session, releasing the tension from the previous work out, it is a great exercise to stretch the hamstring and  release tension from your hips. it also train your mind to balance and works on spinal mobility. 

Reps and Sets: 5 each leg x2 , 2 sets

5.  Agility ladder training: this kind of training is used enormously by football players, where it is meant to improve agility and ability to make a change in movements faster. Sprinting, jumps, and kicks become faster and stronger through this training. However, the reasons why it is used in ordinary workout that is meant to tone your body and have a higher fitness level, this exercise meant to boost cardio and and improve heart health and blood circulation. It is important to consider heart, and lungs health when you workout, after all your ultimate goal is not only to have great body but also to live longer and be healthier. it is a great exercise to loose weight, get stronger, release stress, and have a better sleep.  The Ladder can be purchased online or in sports store with convenient price that vary between $10 - $20.

Reps and Sets:  back and forth on the ladder, 2 Sets.

this is another type of agility ladder training where you move fast side to side ( from left to right, moving towards the end of the ladder. 

Reps and Sets: back and forth on the ladder, 2 sets.

6. Banded face pull: Now this exercise is very important, girls specifically tend to focus on increasing the glutes and flatten the belly more than any other part of the body. However, who ever is joining a gym or starting work outs, they think it is all about lifting weight. lifting weight most of your workout session is no ideal, you need to make sure you do not get injuries, increase stability, strength and balance through small muscles and areas, like the shoulder and scapular stability for this specific exercise, professional weight lifters tend to do this exercise as a warm up before lifting, where it will make your shoulder more stable, and stronger to be able to bear the weight from lifting. 

Reps and Sets: 10 pulls, 3 Sets.

7. resisted rotation: this exercise is similar to banded face pull, as it work on the shoulder strength, it is essential for tennis players where they your their arms and shoulder the most to use the racket and have quick bursts. it also help stabilize the back and strengthen muscles around it. when you do sets of this exercise you will have to feel it in your external abdominal oblique from both sides, as it works on the strength and shaping that specific muscle. 

Reps and Sets: 10 pulls, 3 Sets.

8. Boxing: well everyone is familiar with this type of workouts, I love doing some boxing punches, it is a great cardio with quick bursts of punches, it works on your mobility, stability, and stronger shoulder, I usually do this workout when I need to release stress, having a bad day or having to deal with someone annoying through your day. trust me this is the best ever to have a great night sleep.  

This workout can be stretched from 15 to 30 minutes. 
10 minutes for beginners. 

9. Prone plank Row: this exercise is one of my favorite, It's an exercise where it develops the strength and growth of your abs, obliques shoulders, mid and upper back. great workout to increase stability and balance too. 

Reps and Sets: 10 reps, 3 Sets.

 10. Bicep curls: This is a very simple exercise that work on the strength and endurance of your bicep muscles. it is very important to keep your knees soft so when you lift. it works on eccentric and concentric basis, where you lift in 2 seconds, hold than 4 seconds down slower than lifting. The weight is adjusted according to your level. should not feel easy, but should not be super hard. you should feel your muscles working. 

Reps and Sets: 10 Reps, 3 sets.

11. walking lunges: Here we are!!!! The ultimate basic workout for glutes !! walking lunges are essentials!! if you are a beginner walking lunges will be a bit hard on the second and third set, once it gets easier start using weights while you walk lunge.   

Reps and Sets: walking 50 m, back and forth, 3 sets.

12. Regular Squats: who does not know the squats, after the Kardashians revealing their secret to maintain a great shape of the bum which was "squats" every girl I know has tried it or is doing it. it is the easiest and the most effective, straight to the glutes, of course for more advanced level you start using weight.  

Reps and Sets: Squats can go up to 100 per rep, so push your limits and do as much as you can with 30 seconds break between 3 sets. 

13. Iso- Lateral (back): I'm not a fan of machines, I do not use alot, a I love the practical exercise that easy to do anywhere ( even though, I only workout at the gym...for the moment... hopefully :P ) 
Nevertheless, I wanted to mention this machine as it's one of my favorite. I use this machine when I run out of ideas or areas to work it out, usually it is my last set. I just love it very safe and I can feel the strength of my arms and shoulders. 

Reps and Sets: 10 reps, 3 sets.