Pink Soda Sport

I'm somewhat of a gym clothes snob, not just because i like labels but because i have bought numerous items that are more fashion wear than gym wear.  Now i make sure i try everything on and do the jump, squat, bend & burpee test because otherwise i am yet again wasting my money. 

Take Adidas for example, i love Adidas and i wear mostly Adidas but they make two versions of sports wear, the fashion sports range and the gym sports range. Which is fine because there is a market for both but i wish they separated them when shopping online.

i now whenever i buy sports clothes i carry out my simple test to make sure the tops don't ride up when i'm doing a burpee or you don't see my knickers when i bend over or they don't fall down when i run/jumping jack. Yes you will feel like a tool doing this in the changing rooms but the alternative is wasting more money!    

So after my test in JD's changing rooms i decided on a black & white  Pink Soda Outfit. 

I have to say these leggings are amazing! I bought a size 10 and they have plenty of give, stayed up and you didn't get to see my knickers! (okay so i wore black knickers and you could see them through the white but the top covered that).
This top is already one of my favourites, it's light, comfy and didn't ride up when i was doing many burpees.  Last night i wore this outfit to do Les Mills Bodyattack & Bodycombat and i felt comfortable & stylish! 

Cue cheesy selfie! 

@SoapandGlory Visible crow's!

I hate it but it's true i am getting older and like most people the signs are beginning to show...yep i'm crying right now! 

So i noticed in the below recent picture that (i'm the blonde) i have visible crow's feet...cue more tears! and needed to do something about it and fast. 
 I read a few beauty bloggers reviews and tried a couple of different creams but i hate the feeling of a heavy cream on my skin, i hate it when they take ages to absorb into the skin or leave a greasy shine to my face.  I'm pretty much a fussy bugger! 
Anyway i found two products that i think are working, my lines are less noticeable and my puffy eyes are going...slowly but still they are going. Yippee!!!

What i found worked for me is the new range from Soap & Glory! 
Both these products have some professional spiel which i will add but the most important points i want to make are they smell amazing, absorb fast and leave my skin soft but not greasy! These products are perfect for me. :) 

 Astonishingly silky-light yet amazingly potent, our fabulous, fast-absorbing day fluid is a full-throttle attack on dry skin. Loaded with a souped-up mix of oxygenators, a super-hydrating watermelon extract, a wrinkle-smoothing marine plant and elasticity-promoting raspberry stem cells – it will leave your skin brighter, tighter, dewier and plumping for joy.

- Gives skin a miracle moisture makeover 
- Instantly plumps up moisture from within 
- Smoothes fine lines & wrinkles 
- Energises & refreshes skin 
- Locks in moisture for 24hrs 
- Gives skin a youthful dewy healthy glow

I bought mine from Boots £13.00 (much cheaper than other leading brands too) 

Loaded with anti-dark circle and anti-puff BOTANICAL PEPTIDES, detoxifying OXYGINSENG™ TECHNOLOGY, HYPER HYDRATORS and COOL-CUCUMBER-X™, Soap & Glory™ Puffy Eye Attack™ hydragel is a fast-acting, de-bloating, skin-firming, collagen-boosting GENIUS IN A JAR! 

• BOTANICAL SOY & RICE PEPTIDES & YEAST PROTEINS - Clinically proven to reduce dark circles and undereye puff/inflammation, and boost elasticity,microcirculation and collagen production
• OXYGINSENG™ TECHNOLOGY - an amazingly effective, organic, detoxifying ginseng-plus-caffeine complex that helps increase circulation and cell respiration (which then turns up blood supply and toxin removal), and also speeds oxygen and nutrient delivery to fight aging and re-energise skin
• PATENTED BIONYMPH PLANT PEPTIDES - to boost collagen production • PLUS-CAFFINE COMPLEX that increases circulation and cell respiration

Again i bought mine from Boots £12.50.

I'm not a beauty blogger by no means because i tend to stick to what i like but these two products are worth mentioning because they have worked for me. 

Edinburgh Day Trip

Ellissa and i decided a Mother/Daughter day was needed and decided on a day trip to Edinburgh.  Having never been to Edinburgh we were pretty much the blind leading the blind, which resulted in a whole load of laughs! 
Getting to Edinburgh was pretty easy we hopped on the Darlington - Edinburgh direct and it only took two hour. 
Arriving at Edinburgh Waverley we had everything pretty much on our door step. 
So pretty right? This beauty was right outside the train station and opposite the shops! 
Love the smell of leather...i wish this was a scratch and sniff!  
So many talented performers!  
Not my type of shop but it was too cute not to take a picture! 

We had amazing weather! made me laugh!  
More amazing street performers.
Time for cake!  
 OMG i wanted it all! 
Oh Apple! 

More cake! 
Ellissa was utterly guttered that we had already eaten because she really wanted to eat here...maybe next time! 

We were lucky enough to be in Edinburgh for the Ivy Park release and snapped up some items...i do wish i bought more now though because i can't get them for love nor money!  

More laughs! 
Goodies to take home...because we haven't eaten enough!  
Another reason why i love Scotland...GIANT TUNNOCK'S! 
Ellissa and i loved it so much we have already booked to go back for a weekend to celebrate her Birthday! 

See you soon Edinburgh! 

Berry Protein Pancakes...

In my quest to become fitter i have found a friend in protein, i never really used to understand the importance of a balanced diet until i worked my butt of at the gym 15 hours a week and only lost a bit of weight.  They say that fitness is 30% Gym and 70% Diet and i wholeheartedly agree with that now.

I eat chicken or fish everyday but sometimes i just need a quick hit of protein to repair my muscles after a hard workout and i find that whey protein works for me.  Before i started using protein supplements i did a lot of research before settling with Whey protein.  Please and i can't stress this enough, protein shakes are great but nothing is better for the body than real food. food first always! 

I i am trying to get lean i'm having more protein than normal and i have been experimenting with protein powder.  The bones of this recipe i got from the Lean in 15 cookbook that if you follow me on social media you will have seen my meals.

Berry  Protein Pancakes! 

2 Scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein
2 Medium Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas 
100ml Milk 

Once blitzed to a smooth consistency fold in the berries.
Pour onto the hotplate or frying pan. 
Then serve! 

Date Night @BrownsBrasserie

Date Night in Newcastle...having never been to Newcastle on an evening i really wasn't too sure what to expect, yes i watch Geordie Shore and love it but that wasn't the night i wanted mid working week so i was a little apprehensive.  However the Hubby did good, he took me to Browns Brasserie and Restaurant! 
Picture was stole from their facebook page because it was dark when we went! 

Browns had that upmarket feel to it that you can adapt to an intimate meal or a group business meal in fact we had all the privacy and intimacy that we required and behind us sat a group of what looked like Uni students and in the far corner some girl friends catching up so really this place obviously meets most peoples needs.  

Their menu had me salivating whilst reading it but because i had never eaten there i played it safe and went for the burger.  Hubby went for pie...he is a Northern man after all! 

It was really nice but i had food envy, my poor hubby ended up sharing his food which he normally hates and every dish that was walked by had me wanting to try it.  

As dinner was so good desert was a must! 
I ordered the lemon tart whilst Hubby ordered the salted caramel profiteroles.

  Followed by cocktails!

It was a lovely Date Night and place i want to visit again and again! 

What i really want is to try their afternoon tea with my girls.  Crathorne Hall is currently winning my afternoon tea experience rating...could Browns knock it off! 

@TedBaker Fit To A T

If i had to pick my favorite everyday designers it would be Ted Baker and Kate Spade, both have a similar classic style that is full of colour and personality yet keeping that sophisticated feel.  

You can imagine my delight when i was browsing Ted Baker online and noticed a "Fit To A T" link.  yes giddy was an understatement!  I go to the gym 6 days a week and so gym clothes are a huge part of my wardrobe but there is nothing worse than everyone in the gym/class having the same or similar outfits.  I know this is because we are limited to JD Spots, Sports Direct, Nike, Adidas & Reebok but i just like to have something different. 

Ted Baker have brought their vibrant style to the sports line and they are all cute and adorable but what i want to know is what are they like.  I don't know about you but i have now got to the point where i do and bend, bounce, run & squat test in the changing room because i have bought so many outfits that are purely made for fashion wear and not activewear! 

Ted Bakers "Fit To A T" is not cheap by no means so if i am going to buy their activewear i want to know i can wear it for the purpose it will be bought. 

 This is the outfit i want the most! 

Accessories - I love these, i really wanted the bag but it's sold out :( 

 Gym Towel...if you spin you will need a towel!