Thursday, 20 November 2014

Don't call me beautiful?

I've always been hesitant to call myself a feminist- I believe we should all have equal opportunities but I don't like the extreme views that are associated with the term feminist. Lately I've been reading a lot of articles my feminist acquaintances have posted on facebook and I've been getting more and more annoyed with the message they're promoting. Tonight I read this article entitled 'Don't call me beautiful' and it put me over the edge and I feel like I need to talk about this.
A lot of the time, guys tell me I'm 'hot'. As soon as a guy calls me hot I automatically assume that he has no intention of getting to know me as a person and he's just interested in my looks. But I distinctly remember the first time a guy I liked called me beautiful and it made me so happy and filled me with so much confidence because I don't think the term beautiful just refers to looks. Being called beautiful is something very rare for me and I enjoy it because it makes me happy every single time. It doesn't make me feel like I'm being judged only by my looks and I would much rather have someone tell me that I looked beautiful than that I looked 'vivacious tonight' or I was 'full of energy'.
Another article I read was saying how you shouldn't compliment a girl on losing weight because it promotes an unhealthy body image. I'm sorry but that's bullshit (pardon my french). We seem to have developed this new form of sizeism where being overweight is a good thing and you shouldn't change it. I'm not saying that people who are overweight aren't beautiful and I know it's hard to lose weight (believe me, I've been there), but we should promote a health, and being obese is not healthy. If you're above 'normal weight' but you eat healthily and exercise and you are just built that way then that's totally fine, but so many people use being 'curvy' as an excuse. We should promote a healthy body image, we shouldn't shame people for being naturally skinny or naturally big, but we also shouldn't pretend that obesity is something to be proud of. I personally am very flattered when someone points out that I have lost weight and I would certainly not like people to tell me 'you just seem so YOU tonight' instead, like the article I read suggested.
Anyway, I sort of strayed away from my point and went off on a tangent there... What I want to say is that being called beautiful isn't a bad thing. If you're a guy, don't stop calling women beautiful because you think they will be offended by it. Being called beautiful doesn't mean you're being objectified, it's just a nice compliment and I think we seriously need to stop overanalysing these things and just let it be. Talk about more pressing issues like the pay gap between men and women and leave chivalry alone.
Rant over.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

#THELAUGHINGPROJECT- Spreading Laughter and Happiness with Hello Miss Jordan



Recently, I haven't been posting as much as I would like on my blog, mainly because I've been going through a bit of a rough time and I just haven't had the motivation to do anything. So when Jordan told me about her idea to start a campaign to promote laughter and happiness, I immediately got excited because I think sometimes we lose sight of the little things that make us laugh and this is a great way to remind ourselves. You can read Jordan's original post here, but the general idea is to post a picture of yourself laughing, tell the story of the funniest thing that ever made you laugh and talk about something that you've done to spread laughter or happiness recently. 
I was thinking of the funniest moments that have made me laugh but I couldn't narrow it down because I just have hilarious friends and I laugh a lot, so I just found some pictures of me laughing and I'm going to tell you the story of why I was happy in those moments.


This picture is a screenshot from a training session with my friend Emily. We were trying out some doubles moves on the pole and absolutely nothing was working but we were having such a fun time and just laughing about it all! Emily is one of the most positive people I know and I'm so happy to have her in my life. She's also incredible at pole and a fantastic doubles partner and she literally supports me and catches me when I fall!


This picture was taken in Disneyland, on what was probably one of the happiest days of my life. I think that as I'm getting older I appreciate Disney more and more and spending an entire day in Disneyland with my friends was so much fun, we laughed a lot and I actually cried during the fireworks because I was so happy!


This last picture was taken at the PoleSoc Men's Competition last year and it shows four generations of PoleSoc presidents. In the last two years PoleSoc has become like a second family to me and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing society which has grown so much over the recent years.

I actually couldn't think of anything that I'd done to make someone happy recently so I messaged my best friend asking her if she could think of anything, to which she replied "You let me eat half your Doritos last night and said it was okay because you love me"- apparently I spread happiness through Doritos!

Lastly I just had to mention Jordan again because she's not only a fantastic blogger and the person who came up with this campaign but she's also a really good friend of mine and makes me laugh a lot, so here's a picture of us on the way to a wedding that we performed at! Make sure you follow her blog and if you like the idea, make a post like this yourself and help spread the happiness!




 
 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Juicytox 4 Day Juice Cleanse Review



Hi, my name is Allie and I'm a binge eater. For the past few months I've been everything but healthy so when Juicytox asked me if I wanted to try out their four day juice cleanse I jumped on the opportunity. I have tried doing a juice detox before by making my own juices but failed miserably, but Juicytox deliver the juices to your doorstep so I thought why not try again!
Right now you may be asking yourself "Why on earth would you give up solid food for four days to drink JUICE?". Most people I told about this assumed that I was doing it as some sort of fad diet, which I can assure you I wasn't. Yes, you do lose a little weight doing it but you're actually still getting lots of calories from the juices, they're just good calories packed with nutrients and vitamins and all the good stuff that our bodies would like to get more of. I did the cleanse to get me into a healthier lifestyle again, help my body recover from the excessive amounts of chocolate and fatty foods that I have made it consume, and reduce my cravings for bad food.

So how does it work?
With the Juicytox cleanse you get four juices a day, as well as a ginger shot in the morning (which wakes you up better than coffee ever will, and this is coming from a coffee addict) and a cup of organic mint tea to drink about an hour before bed. You also drink at least two litres of lemon water a day (and they supply you with lemons, which I personally thought was adorable). What stood out most to me was the service that comes with the product. Rob contacted me every evening asking how I was getting on and motivated me to keep going. He also hand delivered the juices to my door with a high five, which I desperately needed at that point.

So how did I get on?

Day 1
I'm not going to lie, day 1 was hard. I was super motivated in the morning and had my little ginger shot, which by the way is amazing, and started my day. I was fine up until about 1pm, the juices are delicious and really do fill you up, but I just started craving food. I wasn't hungry, I just wanted to eat. The fact that my house smelled of pizza definitely did not help, so I was a little cranky. However I stuck to it, even missed my society's meal out (I don't think I would have lasted long in Donatello's) and even went to a party and didn't drink. I was quite proud of myself. At the end of the day I was really tired so I had my mint tea and went to bed quite early.

Day 2
I had fewer cravings than I did on the first day but I felt extremely exhausted and just about got the energy to get up and go to my seminar. I didn't get much work done during the day and I was quite cranky but I didn't get a headache, which I was quite happy about.

Day 3
I was warned that day 3 would be the worst but it actually wasn't- I think my body was getting used to not having solid food so I wasn't as cranky and craving food as much, although I was still extremely tired and found it quite hard to concentrate. However I did see results by this point, I was a lot less bloated and my clothes were fitting better. I only weigh myself about three times a year because I don't think that your weight is an accurate representation of what your body looks like (I don't even own scales for that reason), so I can't tell you if I lost any weight but I was definitely feeling and looking skinnier!

Day 4
I want to say that I spent this day planning healthy meals for the week ahead but what got me through this day was the thought of making a cheese and bratwurst soup the next day... Four days of juice can't completely change me. However I was definitely feeling a lot better and I could even see my abs again, which was quite exciting. I wasn't as tired anymore and I felt extremely accomplished when I went to bed in the evening.


After the cleanse, I was less inclined to eat fatty, processed foods, and my cravings for chocolate had gone away completely! My clothes were also a little looser and my stomach had gotten a lot flatter (hi abs, long time no see!), so I'm very happy with the results. The juices were all really nice, my favourite being the red juice with beetroot in it, and really filled me up. I think that this was definitely more of a mental challenge rather than a physical one, and I would definitely recommend it, especially if you're trying to kickstart a healthier lifestyle!
The cleanse costs £59.99 for four days, which is by far the cheapest one I have seen, and the quality of the juices is great!

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse?

Friday, 31 October 2014

The Wish List- All Black Everything


I got a job! What does this mean? It means that I need new clothes of course. I have to wear all black to work and since I clearly don't own enough black clothing (cue hysteric laughter from everyone who knows me), I immediately headed over to good old Asos to find myself some black shoes and tops. If you've watched my boots collection (it's here if you haven't), then you may be thinking "Hey Allie, all your shoes are black... what are you on about?" and you are right! However none of my shoes are really work appropriate because they're either too clunky or they have a heel. Now my shoes don't need to be super formal but they do need to look semi professional, plus I need to be able to stand in them all day without wanting to die, so I feel like I need a new pair.
The ones that stood out to be were the Asos All A Dream Monk Ankle Boots (£40) because they're quite simple but they still have the buckle detail which makes them very much my style. I also loved the Asos Royal Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots (on sale for £37.50), which are a little more simple and formal and have a tiny bit of a heel.
While I was looking for shoes I obviously browsed the sale and found this really pretty Vero Moda Long Sleeved T-Shirt (on sale for £12), which would be a great simple, comfortable piece for work and just every day wear. I feel like a big Asos order may have to be made...

Which pair of boots do you prefer?

Friday, 24 October 2014

The tutorial that wasn't meant to be


Halloween is probably my favourite time of year, so I've been filming a few tutorials for fun looks recently. I love just having an idea and then coming up with something spontaneously, which is what I did with this look and I loved how it came out!
I wanted this to be a dark fairy look and make it quite scary with the veins but obviously still whimsical. Unfortunately when I started editing this it turned out that my camera stopped filming half way through so I ended up with half a tutorial... However I still wanted to share it with you guys so here's my dark fairy look, maybe it will inspire you in some way...
 
What are you going as this Halloween?
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