Running Gear: Bright and Blue

24 Jul

Having looked at my favourite running colours, I decided to put together an outfit with a few other things I’ve seen recently- lovely bright blue also looks great in this sunshine, combined with green to really make you feel summery! Down with boring black outfits!

Blue, running clothes, Adidas, Saucony, Sweaty Betty, Nike

From L-R

Lateral Run Tunic, £27 (in sale), Sweaty Betty

Adipure sports bra, £25, Adidas

Saucony women’s Kinvara 5, £104.99, Runners Need

Nike tempo shorts, £16.20, Wiggle.co.uk

What colours do you wear in summer?

Bhavna

Running in Summer- My Favourite Colours

21 Jul

Having recently bought a few more pieces for my summer running wardrobe and a brand new pair of trainers, I’ve been looking at the pieces I like to wear and realised that I have somehow subconsciously picked things within a certain colour scheme! It made me wonder if anyone else does this or whether colour and style is not so important.

The main colours I’ve been wearing have been purple, pink and orange.

I love wearing bright colours in summer. There’s something about bright oranges and pinks that seem right to wear in the summer months. They also put me in a great mood to get out there! I love knowing that I’m bright and colourful when I’m out and about in the park. Looking and feeling cheery.

My favourite running shoe brand is Brooks. Their support shoes are lightweight and great for over-pronators like me. I replaced them a few months ago, and love my new pair, simply because of the design. My old blue ones went with nothing I owned!

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, support shoes, running

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14

My new orange and purple shoes go with lots of things, and I feel good colour co-ordinating. I don’t really know why!

I’ve also picked up a few shorts from the Nike Factory Store for summer and was instantly drawn to the colours. There are a great range of Nike running shorts on their website too, but do head down to a factory store if you can.

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Nike shorts, Nike Factory Store

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I’ve been lucky enough to find sports bras that match my shorts and tops too. My favourite ones to wear are Adidas Supernova racer bras. They are really supportive and I love the racer back design.

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

Now whenever I look for running gear, I’m always looking for the same colours- anything that will pop. I think finding gear you love to wear is a great motivator to get out there and run. It’s not really about how you look- more that you love the clothes and actually want to wear them!

Does your sportswear follow a certain colour pattern?

Bhavna

Sweaty Betty Sale Haul

19 Jul

Have you been enjoying the summer sales? Though I’ve visited a few high street stores, the one sale that always interests me is the Sweaty Betty one! I picked up my galaxy run capris in the sales, and this time I decided to pick up some yoga/pilates wear.

Sweaty Betty Sale

I love attending the pilates and yoga classes at my local Sweaty Betty store and thought it was time to sport some SB gear while I was at it.

One thing I HAD to get were these purple Chandrasana Yoga Leggings. I have been eyeing them up for months! If I’m honest I’ve been waiting for them to go into the sale so as soon as I saw they were, they went straight into my basket!

Sweaty Betty Purple Chandrasana Yoga Leggings

Purple Chandrasana Yoga Leggings, £30

They are the teeniest, tiniest bit too long for me but it’s a very minor quibble and certainly doesn’t make them uncomfortable or ill fitting to wear whilst exercising.. it does make me wonder if Sweaty Betty would ever be interested in doing a petite range for us shorter legged girls?!

These leggings are SO soft and comfortable. I could actually stroke the fabric all day! They’re absolutely beautifully designed and well-made. They are also opaque, which is a big plus.

There is a matching Surya 2 in 1 vest in the sale. I won’t lie, I am tempted to complete the set!

But I did also pick up the green Sirsha 2in1 yoga vest.

Green Sirsha 2 in 1 Yoga Vest, £27, Sweaty Betty

Green Sirsha 2 in 1 Yoga Vest, £27, Sweaty Betty

It’s in a similar design and is a perfect top to wear. It has a built in bra with the vest layered on top. It looks like this from the side and is extremely flattering.

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It’s also a long top and covers your tummy and bottom- good for if you feel self conscious about those parts. And it’s made from another lovely soft material too.

I can’t wait to practice my poses in these! And you can wear them to pilates too (or at least I’m planning to!)

Have you shopped the Sweaty Betty summer sale?

Bhavna

Elemis Birmingham Bloggers Event

16 Jul

It’s been a while since I’ve been along to any bloggers events this year due to work and health commitments but when I got an invite to the Elemis Debenhams event in the Bullring, I had to go along.

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When it comes to skincare, I am always learning. It’s the same with makeup.

I’ve tried a few Elemis products before at beauty events and I have the Elemis Lime and Ginger hand lotion. It smells so nice! So I was excited to see what was in store for the evening.

Now I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling my best at the event. I had a bit of a headache and tired eyes from the World Cup- yep, for the past four weeks my social life has revolved around the football.

However, this was the perfect opportunity to see what Elemis had to sort out my dull skin.

The first thing we had to do was fill out a form which asked us what our skincare routine was amongst other things. My skincare routine had suffered due to the late nights of watching football but I normally just cleanse, tone and moisturise- which is all I have time for. We did get told off as the step I was missing was exfoliating- oops. I also don’t use a face mask as much as I should, which would have probably helped with my dull skin! I did however use eye cream although not a serum. Hmm…

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Naturally, I was sceptical. I am someone who loves my sleep so to do all that in the morning would mean getting up earlier than half six…OUCH. But this was the perfect opportunity to try out all the skincare products and see just how effective they are for my skin.

So on came our headbands and bibs and off came our makeup. It felt more like a sleepover than it did an event! The Birmingham blogging community is quite supportive and lovely so I had no hesitations in taking my makeup off around them even though I looked and felt awful. We also all looked quite funny in our get-up which I think made us all feel at ease.

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Now I wish I can remember every step and product used…but I can’t oops! But the lovely Elemis ladies talked us through each step of the correct skincare routine and which Elemis products suited which skin type best. It was really interesting and the best thing was we all got to try a product for each step. This way, we got to see how our skin reacted and felt without having to buy the products- I think this is really important when it comes to your skin. The staff were really helpful and answered all my questions, even if I felt silly asking them.

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I even managed to win the raffle prize although due to not being ‘with it’, I nearly missed out because I didn’t realise it was me! I won myself an add on treatment which I can’t wait to claim. It’ll be a great post work treat for me as I work in the city centre so can pop into Debenhams in the Bullring.

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The next day is when I felt the most excited. I woke up and my skin felt so soft and smooth! For the first time in weeks it didn’t look tired or dull but the opposite. It was a long routine but if this was how my skin was going to be then it might just be worth getting up earlier for! I was kindly given some Elemis goodies so I can test them out at home. I’m hoping now the World Cup has ended I’ll have more time for myself!

If you want to find out more about the products then I really do recommend visiting your local Elemis concession (the staff in the Bullring are so nice!) or checking out their website. A huge thank you to Kim Stephens at Retail Birmingham for the invite and for some of the photos used.

What’s your skincare routine like? Have you tried Elemis products before?

Images taken by Kim Stephens and Wardrobemag

Sunny

Go Co-Ord Crazy this Summer

13 Jul

I’ve been seeing a lot of great co-ord outfits this summer. I think the reason I’ve never looked into getting some co-ordinate pieces for myself is that there are lots of crop top and shorts combos out there, and I haven’t got the figure for it! But there are still some fab co-ords out there that I totally love.

Black Abstract Print Waterfall Biker Jacket, River Island

Black Abstract Print Waterfall Biker Jacket, £55, River Island

White abstract print slouch trousers, River Island

White abstract print slouch trousers, £40, River Island

Warehouse Circle top and shorts, Asos

Warehouse Circle top, £40 and shorts £42, Asos

Mixed print sleeveless blouse and shorts, Topshop, Band of Gypsies

Mixed print sleeveless blouse and shorts, £30 each, Topshop

Course, if you do want to bare a little this summer you can go for the crops!

Folly Crop and Kimmy Skirt pack, co-ords Motel

Folly Crop and Kimmy Skirt pack, £35, Motel

Do you have co-ords in your wardrobe?

Bhavna

Fashion Forward Joggers

11 Jul

There are a few items of clothing I love but can’t pull off. Jumpsuits are one (I have yet to find petite ones that flatter!) and printed joggers are another. But oh how I love them! The last time I tried some on I looked sadly in the mirrors and realised that maybe I am also too short for these beautiful bottoms. But as someone who seems to be frequenting sport shops more than high street fashion retailers these days, printed joggers really appeal to the relaxed, slouchy sports luxe lover in me.

Grey Floral Print Joggers, River Island

Grey Floral Print Joggers, £32, River Island

Feather Leaf Woven Joggers Topshop, Printed Joggers

Feather Leaf Woven Joggers, £35 Topshop

Printed Joggers, Lime, Miss Selfridge

Lime Print Joggers, £25, Miss Selfridge

Printed Joggers, Dorothy Perkins

Lola Skye Blue Printed Joggers, £23.80, Dorothy Perkins

Painterly Kimono Soft Print Trousers, Printed Joggers, Oasis

Painterly Kimono Soft Print Joggers, £38, Oasis

I think I may have to try on another pair, because I’d love to be lounging around in some of these!

Do you love to go casual in joggers?

Bhavna

 

Steal her Style- Lily Allen at Glastonbury 2014

28 Jun

We love a bit of Lily Allen here at Wardrobe and this week she’s been enjoying herself at Glastonbury, both on and off the stage. That hair, the pink mesh, I love it!

Lily Allen Glastonbury 2014

On the Pyramid Stage

She’s no stranger to the festival though, and wore a casual, fun outfit off stage to soak up the atmosphere.

Lily Allen Glastonbury 2014

So if you wanna steal either of her looks, we’ve got a few picks for you.

River Island strapless pink bandage prom dress

Pink bandage prom dress, £50, River Island Online Exclusive

 

Pink Strapless Playsuit, LOVE

LOVE strapless playsuit, £38, In Love with Fashion

Lazy Oaf Watermelon Short

Watermelon shorts, £35, Lazy Oaf

White Jersey Top, £3.99, H&M

White Jersey Top, £3.99, H&M

What do you think of both of Lily’s looks?

Bhavna

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