Wednesday, 22 January 2020

The 16:8 Intermittent Fasting Diet: Here's How I Do It And Why

Over the past few years, health and fitness have become major priorities of my life. I didn't think I'd ever get into writing about it, but since I'm quite focused on it, I thought it would be great to share. 

Today's post is all about a diet. And I know what you're already thinking when you see the word diet - ugh, no please, I'm about to hate myself. But think again because I'm talking about intermittent fasting, specifically the 16:8 intermittent fasting diet. 

What is intermittent fasting? Basically, you spend a longer period of your day fasting, abstaining from food and a shorter period eating and fuelling your body. This type of diet is considered to be far more flexible than other diets because you can essentially eat what you want during that shorter time period, but for proper results, you won't be stuffing your face with all the junk after fasting. 

Intermittent fasting has been around for a very long time, originally being practiced in religions and cultures worldwide, but it's now being picked up as a good plan for weight loss that celebrities love. Queen Jennifer Aniston recently revealed she's on it too. Have I caught your interest now? 

Now before Jen Aniston revealed her love for the diet, my Mum and I have done it for a few months on and off, probably starting from the beginning of the year so we aren't rookies here. We have been practicing the 16:8 intermittent fasting which is when we spend 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating. 

The reason I turned to the diet is to manage my bloating more than anything. My tum-tum has a mind of its own and loves to bloat a lot. A lot. So in limiting my nutritional hours, I give more time for my body to digest fully that which is already inside, aiding the bloating. Of course, it also works for weight loss too so that's a plus. As well as this, the diet is also believed to "improve blood sugar control, boost brain function and enhance longevity."(Healthline)

So this all sounds fine and dandy right? It actually is! It's pretty simple and is super flexible. I've found that other diets can make you overthink everything you put in your mouth and even rethink plans to go out because you're not sure you can even eat! Now why would you want to live like that? I'm sorry, but life is too short to not eat pasta and chocolate.

That being said it's important to understand that you should still be healthy on this diet. Yes you can have your little bit of sugar and carbs, but make sure you balance that out with your veggies and protein - maybe make those two more of a priority. 

I also workout on this plan - I'm in the gym 6 days a week. So how do you balance intermittent fasting if you're a gym-goer? Well what I don't like to eat before the gym in the morning because it makes me queasy. So I plan my fasting like so:

Food intake period: 12pm - 8pm
Fasting period: 8pm - 12pm

I usually head to the gym between 8am-10am (depending on the day), spend two hours there working and sweating my butt off, then by the time I'm done my fasting period is over! I can come home and have lunch. Now this may not work for everyone because some people may need a little something before you go to workout. This is where the flexibility of the diet comes in - you pick your fasting time and eating time. It's all up to you. 

What if you get a bit peckish during the fasting time? Well you can drink water, plain teas and black coffee (no added sugar or milk). I drink a lot of water, so that keeps my hunger at bay. However if you really feel like you're low on energy and about to collapse, then cut your fasting short! It's not worth it if you aren't feeling 100%. 

Example Meal: I actually ate this today - an omelette filled with onions, tomatoes and green chillies and a mukunuwenna salad (aka dwarf copperleaf, kind of like spinach but not...)

When it comes to eating, I have a protein & veggie heavy meals with a bit of carbs when I really need them. I usually have 2 proper meals, maybe 3 sometimes if I'm really in need and I'll have snacks in between, just so that my body gets the full nourishment. I'm trying to decrease the amount of carbs and sugar I intake more now too, to see what extra benefits it gives me. I'll let you know what happens there. 

I now do this pretty much everyday because it really helps my digestive system, but to start off I'd suggest you go with once or twice a week to get into the flow of it. Once you feel comfortable, then you can up the amount of days you intermittent fast! Also, make sure you take breaks too. So if you're doing it for say 3 weeks straight, take a week off and allow your body to have a break too.

If you're rubbish at keeping track at these things, you can even try it with the DoFasting app, that helps you start off with different fasting periods & times, plus gives you a timer, recommended meals and even fitness plans. I'm not using it myself, but I've heard it can be quite handy!

I hope this gives you a good simple outline of the diet! What do you think? Would you like to know more or want me to record more of my process with it? If you want to learn more, I've got a few links here and here for you to read up on your own. If you're looking to go on a diet that doesn't make you want to die, I highly suggest this one!

Lots of Love, 

Emily xx

Monday, 20 January 2020

The Iconic Vintage Bags Worth Investing In This Year

                                                                                   IMAGE CREDIT: THE VINTAGE BAR

Vintage designer bags are having their moment right now. Whether it's digging them out of your mum or grandma's closet, or even your own, or purchasing secondhand, older versions of iconic bags are making their wave in the fashion world. Investing in a vintage bag is a big decision and I thought I'd make it a little easier. I've chosen the 5 iconic designers and a classic bag of theirs that won't just be perfect for 2020, but for life. Read why I've chosen these bags below and click the images to shop now!

All bags sourced from Vestiaire Collective, The Vintage Bar & WhatGoesAroundNYC.

The Fendi Baguette



"It's not a bag, it's a Baguette" - Carrie Bradshaw

One of the iconic bags that was made its mark most notably through Sex & The City, the Fendi Baguette has definitely made it's comeback. With the Italian fashion house revamping the style, the original styling cannot be ignored! A vintage version of this bag in your wardrobe will have you feeling very Carrie. 

The Dior Saddle Bag



The Saddle bag is everywhere and honestly, I understand why now. It's a simple, classic style that looks utterly chic. Whilst the newer styles have their sleek leather looks or reworked embroidered logo design, the vintage styles are so cool that they are worth investing in. If you're going for a Vintage Dior Saddle, go for one with a unique design or embroidered details to have something truly special. 

The Louis Vuitton Pouchette


Maybe not what you thought I'd pick for Louis Vuitton, but this style has always been one of my favourites. I love the Pouchette, it's super cute and small and very 90's, especially in bold colourways. I personally love the style from Vestiaire Collective with the chain strap, it's perfect for 2020. 

The Gucci Hobo


The Gucci Hobo bag has been reworked in various ways and it's still a classic. I absolutely love this one and my Mum has three in different stylings (which will be mine one day... yessss), and honestly they each have qualities that make them amazing. Also if you buy a bigger size, you will fit absolutely everything in them. No lie, they are Mary Poppins worthy.

The Chanel Classic

The Chanel Classic is the perfect bag to invest in first if you've not bought a designer bag before. Of course, buying a brand spanking new one is ideal because it's only ever been yours that way and they are rather pricey. But there are some stunning vintage options that you can't say no to. I mean the two above aren't anything compared to what's available online but if I spent any more time looking, I'd never write this post. 

What bag would you chose? I personally might go for a Fendi baguette, maybe because I want to channel some Carrie energy. What other iconic styles would you invest in? Let me know in the comments below. 

Lots of Love, 

Emily xx


Friday, 17 January 2020

Eye See Blue: The Colour Making Eyes Pop In 2020

Eyeliner - Barry M Kohl Pencil in Electric Blue

The colour extraordinaire, Pantone, officially named 2020's Colour of the Year as Classic Blue - shade #19-4052. They describe the colour as, "instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era."  It's also described as "the sky at dusk", which I think is a truly beautiful image to think of.

I go straight to the idea of sitting on a beach, either before sunrise or sunset and pinpointing that beautiful blue that fills the sky, draping tranquility down onto a world settling into the night or before they wake to the madness of the day. 

Colour is determines a great deal in the fashion world and when Pantone release a colour for the year, it usually makes it's mark. For myself personally, blue will always be a colour in my wardrobe, in any hue. It's always been my favourite colour. From the baby blue that covered the walls of my childhood bedroom to the royal blue silk dress I have tucked away in my cupboard. Maybe it's because the colour reminds me of the sea (I'm an Aquarius after all) or the sky.

Whilst it already fills a place in my wardrobe, this year I think the colour blue will be making it's way into the beauty wardrobes of all women across the world. How? By dominating your eyes and bringing them further to life. 

I've always loved blue for an eye look, though I've never truly worn it on a regular basis. However I've seen it worn by countless women effortlessly and it truly brings a bold edge to a look. It's given me the courage to take the hue on as a replacement for a classic black wing or brown toned eyeshadow for occasions. 

To boost a simple look, I've simply taken a blue eyeliner pencil and substituted it for my classic black eyeliner. I also found an old eye dust in a slightly lighter shade, paired with a brown in the crease to make the glitter a little less subtle. Personally I think this eye look elevates a staple nude lip and matte face.

If you were after extra dreamy inspiration, I've found the right picks from some of my favourite celebrity make-up artists and Pinterest:




Here's all the best blue eye make up on the market right now too for you to recreate these looks:


What's your verdict on the blue eye look for 2020? Or is there a colour that you would rather try? I think an emerald green would be amazing too. What other bold eye looks or make up looks would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below. 

Lots of Love, 

Emily xx
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