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5 Powerful Ways to Get Rid of Bad Habits*

Hey loveys,

This is a collaborative post (not written by me).

Is there something you do that you're tired of? Has it gotten so bad that it's interfering with your regular activities and relationships? Well, you're definitely not alone, and it's always good to become the best version of yourself. With that said, it is not so easy getting to that stage where you can be satisfied with yourself, and you'll need all the help you can get. Here are five tips that can make it easier for you.

1. Start small

Quitting a bad habit does not happen in a day and so be patient with yourself about the behavior you want to get rid of. Start with baby steps, changing one little thing at a time until you have reached your goal. For example, if you want to quit smoking cigarettes, switch to a less invasive option such as vaping. Click here to find out more information about quality accessories you can use. From there you can move to something less damaging and so on. Trying to stop at once might worsen the situation.



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2. Find a Partner

Doing it by yourself might be harder than finding someone going through the same process. An accountability partner will be useful in getting rid of the undesired behavior. You can also join a group of people with the same aim as you to share your journey with. This way you know that you're not alone and that you will be relieved of some pressure, making it easier to quit.

3. Change your environment

Changing your environment involves making it harder for you to access the things that contribute to your bad habit. For example, put junk food out of reach or throw it away altogether. If seeing the grocery store makes you want to buy some snacks, then walk on the other side of the street. And if having more clothes makes you disorganized then give some away.

4. Have a solid reason why

It is easier to eliminate an undesired habit if your reason is legitimate and meaningful. Though important, it’s simply not enough to try to stop ‘just because you want to’. What does it mean for your health if you quit? How will your friends and family feel about it? Are there people looking up to you that you can change your behavior for? These are some excellent, sentimental reasons you can have to keep you going on your behavior change journey.

5. Delay your urges



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Slowing down your response to the urge for the habit can make you forget it temporarily. Count to 20 seconds whenever you feel you want to get into the practice, and you might not feel the same way after. It is like procrastinating the practice, and like how that works, it can lead to you forgetting to do it altogether.

The life you desire is just within reach if you take the necessary steps. It is great that you are thinking about getting rid of the bad habit, and that is the most critical step. Once you have that at the back of your mind, it's smooth sailing going forward.

Thanks for reading. 
Leah xoxo

Mornings Matter: Beating The Blues One Day At A Time*

Hey loves! 

This is a collaborative post (not written by me). 

We’re living through a moment in history. A moment that we’ll tell our grandkids about in the same way that our elders regaled us with tales of world wars and rationing. Yet, knowing that we will come out of this the other side doesn’t always make the present easier to live through. Even if we’ve been fortunate enough to avoid contact with the coronavirus itself, we will not have been able to insulate ourselves from the physical and psychological effects of the pandemic. Yet, while we can’t change the circumstances which have necessitated the lockdown, we can take control of how they affect us. If you’ve started every day feeling sluggish, groggy and sick, the action we take at the start of the day can make all the difference to the rest of it.

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Why mornings matter

The moods and thought processes that we develop at the start of the day can be carried around with us right up until the day ends. If you’ve ever had one of those days where a bad nightmare or a fitful sleep has effectively ruined the rest of your day, you know just how impactful the morning can be to our mental state.

Still, we have every opportunity to improve our perception and shape a better reality from the inside out. Here’s how...

Start out with some CBT

Feeling down or depressed? Feeling a non-specific dread that you can’t shake off? Negativity can toxify all of our thought processes. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t take back control. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) encourages us to challenge negative or damaging thoughts and replace them with more positive and wholesome alternatives. It might take a while, but over time you can condition yourself to shrug off negativity and get every day off to a positive start.

Get whatever exercise you can

Our moods are partly affected by external circumstances, partly by our thought processes and partly by our complex neurochemistries. Little lifestyle changes can make a big difference to the latter. Like starting your day off with some gentle exercise. Whether you choose to try stretching with yoga in the morning or starting the day with a brisk walk or jog, you can start your day off riding an endorphin high. You don’t have to start with a gruelling workout. Just get your blood pumping and your mind and body activated.

Try reading or music instead of the TV

When our bodies and minds feel sluggish, everything we do seems like more of a challenge, whether we’re working or not. As well as awakening our bodies, we should also try and gently awaken our minds in the morning. So instead of plonking yourself down in front of the TV for a few episodes of The Simpsons, why not play some music and read a book while you enjoy a leisurely breakfast?

Reading in the gives us some quality time with ourselves while also warming up our minds so that they’re better able to cope with the challenges of the day.

Thanks for reading, 
Leah xoxo

Affordable, Adorable Accessories for your Wardrobe*

Hey lovelies! 

This is a collaborative post (not written by me).

As soon as the seasons begin to change, it seems, we all start rummaging through those closets and daydreaming about the new wardrobe we’d buy if we had infinite money. Those pieces we’d just love to have, that accessory to finish off the perfect outfit, those shoes that we saw in the shop window.



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Unfortunately, for most of us, a season change just means pulling out all our clothes from last year and throwing them back in the drawer, because affordable fashion is hard to come by. When you’re trying to save, or overrun with bills, buying new clothes, especially if they aren’t essential, just isn’t a thing, you know?

Lucky for you, you can jazz up your wardrobe no matter what the season, with just a few simple little affordable accessories to breathe new life into your outfits. Small pieces accentuate your already awesome style, making them seem new again and making you feel fabulous. Here’s a few of our best suggestions:

A bright, colorful scarf or shawl

In the cooler months, and even in Spring, a bright scarf, shawl or pashmina can make any outfit look polished, vibrant and adorable. If you’re a crafty person, why not knit or crochet your own using one of the many adorable patterns online? If that’s not your thing, don’t worry: you can find really cute, well-made scarves and other accessories at most stores for very reasonable prices. Find the perfect one for you, the one that goes with every outfit, in your favorite color, and let it become the epitome of you!

A great pair of shoes

Shoes. Who doesn’t love shoes?

Whether you’re only comfortable in six inch heels, like rocking it grunge style in a pair of Chucks or Doc Martens, or prefer a pair of comfy and functional trainers with your leggings, affordable shoes make a great accessory for any outfit. And you never have to feel guilty for buying a good pair of trainers. After all, they’re kind of a necessity, aren’t they?

Find cheap trainers at Footasylum and other great stores, or purchase that pair of vintage pumps you’ve been eyeing. Whatever your style is, you can find affordable and durable kicks that will put a spring in your step and accent any outfit.

A conversation piece

Love cameo necklaces? Feel most comfortable in a pair of huge sunglasses? Enjoy wearing your grandmother’s heirloom costume brooches? No matter what your particular style is, find those accent pieces like jewelry, glasses, watches and other accessories that will bedazzle, and complete your overall look. Cute jewelry and eyewear need not be affordable; many stores carry costume pieces that look like the real thing that are super budget-friendly. An added bonus is that you won’t have to worry about losing anything, because it was cheap!

Affordable, super-cute sunglasses are always a sophisticated, quirky look. Find your best pair online!

These are just a few ideas for how you can accessorize your wardrobe while still saving money. A few cheap, trendy pieces can really tie an entire look together without breaking the bank. All it takes is a little practice.

Thanks for reading. 
Leah xoxo

Sick of feeling sluggish? Read this!*

Hey loveys,

This is a collaborative post (not written by me).

Carrying that sluggish feeling around with you is the absolute worst. But all you have to do is talk to a room full of people to find out that everyone is probably feeling the same way that you do. We put it down to life and the fact that we have to get up and go to work five days a week. Or perhaps you’re a health worker doing shift work, then you’ll definitely have a reason to moan. But carrying that sluggish feeling around every single day is not normal. It’s about time that something was done to make sure that we actually feel alive again. Do you remember the times of being a child and just having boundless amounts of energy? No? Well then, it’s time to make a difference in your life. We want to show you that a few changes to how you treat your body and how you’re living your life, will make all the difference to that sluggish feeling you’re carrying around with you.



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Take Away The Mental Stress

Mental stress is something that so many people have to deal with in life. It’s now more common than ever to find people with mental health problems. But that’s only because we let all of this stress pile up on top of us. Think about how many times you’ve taken on someone’s stress by listening to their story. Or, think about how many times you’ve gone home and locked a thought away in your mind, rather than tackling it then and there? We take on all of the mental pressure that life throws at us, but forget to let it all out. Simply talking to someone you love might be enough. Or, give yourself an outlet in life that allows you to forget. Pick up a hobby and focus your mind on something positive, rather than the normal life that you’re used to.

Try Some New Health Alternatives

New health alternatives are all the rage at the minute. You’ve got the elderly generation who refuses to take tablets in case they cause too much harm. Then you’ve got the younger generation who is willing to try everything. It’s leading to new healthy alternatives that the world is loving, such as CBD. It’s not a psychedelic drug, although it does derive from the same plant. CBD oil, in particular, has become more popular. It can now be used as a drip or a spray under the tongue, and it’s said to have so many different healing properties, including getting rid of that sluggish feeling. There are many more healthy alternatives out there to try, just do a quick Google search!

A Trip To The Doctors

If you really do try everything in your power to shift the feeling, and you still feel like you can’t, it might be time to take a trip to the doctors. It could be that you have a minor vitamin deficiency that’s stopping your body from functioning how it should be.

Thanks for reading.
Leah xoxo

Spotting The Signs Of A Crumbling Relationship*

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This is a collaborative post (not written by me).



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The relationships which people share with one another are one of the most beautiful parts of humanity. Some people show their love through grand gestures, while others are much more subtle, but anyone will admit that the idea of a couple in love is something to cherish. Of course, though, it isn’t always easy to keep the spark alive in a relationship. Some couples will last for a very long time before they fall apart, while others will only make it a few months. In any case, spotting the signs of a dying relationship can make the collapse a lot easier to bear, and that is what this post is here to help you with.

Feelings & Time

Most people will know the feeling when you first get into a relationship; you won’t want to spend time away from your partner. As time goes on, though, this feeling will often fade, and some people find themselves dreading seeing the person they care about. Whether this is thanks to arguments, past bitterness, or simply because you’ve grown bored of one another, it can be hard to live with, and is something you should always be looking out for. Even if you’ve been with someone for years, it’s not worth sticking with them if you simply don’t want to spend time with them.

Shared Experiences

Being in a relationship opens a lot of doors, with one of the biggest being the opportunity to share experiences with your partner. While you probably won’t be going on weekly dates like you were in the early days, you should still be spending quality time with your partner every few days. This can be watching a movie together, playing video games, or just about anything else which you both enjoy. If you’re not able to find common interests which work for this, it’s likely that the relationship you’re in isn’t the right one. Family solicitors can often help you to figure out why these cracks are forming in your relationships.

Arguments

Every couple has arguments from time to time. This can be a healthy way to express your emotions, and most couples will find themselves making up very quickly. If you find yourself arguing each and every day, though, there is probably something wrong. It should be rare that you fight with the person you love, and constant disagreements can be a sign that you’re not meant for one another. Of course, though, as time goes on, you may be able to mend these scars, but this will often take one side of the couple dropping the things which make them angry.

While this may sound a little doom and gloomy, it’s crucial that you consider the state of your relationship from time to time. The earlier you can spot the problems forming in a relationship, the quicker you can work to remedy them, and this is something which far too many people ignore. The end of one relationship is always the doorway to a new one, and you can always make loss into a positive experience.

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

A Good Heart These Days Is Hard To Find! Simple Ways To Improve Your Heart Health*

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We all know the importance of a healthy heart, but with temptations around every corner, and the fact that a sedentary lifestyle tends to be rammed down our throats, we can gradually lose sight of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in favour of a cheeky takeaway and Netflix binge. While you can start exercising or eating a little bit healthier, when it comes to having a healthy heart, there are simple things that we can all do. What are these?

Flossing

You might not think this is directly related, and some studies contradict each other, but there has been a connection between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease. Visit any private dentist, and they will tell you the importance of flossing anyway. But we have to remember there are lots of other variables, including lifestyle choices, such as smoking. It's important that we floss because the bacteria that infect the gums can travel to blood vessels around the body and can cause blood vessel inflammation.

Increasing Your Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids have long been touted as a way to decrease inflammation in the arteries. Having a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids through foods like nuts can also help to lower cholesterol levels. Due to the healthy fats, they can also help to fill you up. This is partly why the Mediterranean diet is so popular and appears to be one of the best all-round diets to protect us as we age.

Learning To Relax

There have been studies that have shown that people suffering from heart disease who practice transcendental meditation for 15 minutes a day cut their risk of heart attack and stroke by 50%. Meditation is thought to lower blood pressure. Having an opportunity to relax by practising deep breathing exercises or yoga have been shown to provide similar benefits. Learning how to relax is crucial, especially as we get older. And learning how to relax can minimise that blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and provide that little extra meaning to our lives.

Minimise Alcohol

The one we all don't like! While there are reports that moderate drinking could benefit your heart, there isn't any proper proof. The fact of the matter is that drinking too much alcohol can cause issues all around your body, from high blood pressure to abnormal heart rhythms, and can contribute to cancer. Cutting down on alcohol, and having it in moderation is the key. And the great thing is that now there isn't as much of a culture focused on drinking as there used to be. With Dry January or Sober October becoming the norm, and with Christmas on the horizon, there are ways for you to enjoy the season without excessive drinking.

Learning to help our heart as we get older is a lot to do with the right habits. Unfortunately, it's one of those things that we can ignore, especially when we're younger. But as we get older we could do with a little bit more exercise, a healthier diet, and an improved outlook. A little bit of what you fancy is always good, but moderation is the key.



Playful Promises X Felicity Hayward lingerie collection

Hello lovelies,
Playful Promises X Felicity Hayward lingerie collection
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Plus size supermodel Felicity Hayward has collaborated with London-based lingerie brand Playful Promises to bring a collection of underwear in bra sizes 32-44 A-K and sizes 8-26. It's the first UK lingerie collection by a plus size supermodel and features retro inspired girdles and bodies, suspender belts and diamant√© chain detailing, as well as Felicity's Self Love Brings Beauty sloganing. There's lots of pretty pink, lilac, as well as standard lingerie staples like black, red and leopard print. 

Playful Promises X Felicity Hayward lingerie collection
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Playful Promises are the queens of the collab collection, having previously teamed up with Gabi Fresh and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, among others. Felicity was one of the first models to show stretch marks, cellulite and scars in global campaigns with brands such as Missguided and The Body Shop, who were inspired by her digital campaign and body positive movement #selflovebringsbeauty. Felicity’s movement promotes self-love, diversity, confidence and acceptance in the fashion industry for everyone She explains that she “wanted to create something for everyone, to view beauty from your perspective, not the media’s view on body image and worth.”

Felicity Hayward is excited to partner with Playful Promises, as she believes they share the same values in terms of design style, and the promotion of body positivity. She says, “I wanted to create a lingerie range for everyone, so that no matter what your size or body type, you can be empowered to feel sexy. I’ve always loved Playful Promises for its wide size range, quirky designs and inclusive and diverse imagery, so to collaborate with them on this collection was an absolute dream.”

Emma Parker, Director of Playful Promises says, “We feel Felicity perfectly embodies our brand values of body confidence and self-love, and she’s helped created some fabulously sexy pieces that are designed to really give that wow factor – whatever your size.”

I have a gorgeous leopard print set which was kindly gifted to me by Playful Promises. I'm wearing a 44F and size 26 and both are generously sized. I usually wear a size 28 in underwear, but the 26 fits with room to spare. The bra cups are very roomy, so do consider sizing down at least one cup size. I'll be sharing my photos on social media and in a separate blog post as soon as possible. 

Playful Promises X Felicity Hayward lingerie collection
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Are you excited for this collection? 

Thanks for reading. 
Leah xoxo

#AD - Gifted Product - Wolfairy A Line Tunic Dress OOTD*

Hello sweet peas,

The folks over at Wolfairy sent me over this lovely sporty tunic dress last week, so here are some pics of it.

Wolfairy Plus size a-line jersey dress tunic long sleeve pockets

I'm wearing a size 28 and it's oversized. It's made of the softest cotton and it was made in the UK. The cowl hood is so cosy for this time of year and it has pockets! It's also longer at the back, which I love. I absolutely love the colour but it isn't available in green on the website at the moment, but it is available in 4 other colours. As you can see it's long enough to wear without leggings or trousers underneath. I'm wearing my trusty Snag 80 denier tights with it.




Wolfairy A Line Tunic Dress (I've linked to the black one as the green one isn't on the website).
Snag tights
Leopard print boots

Thanks for reading.
Leah xoxo