Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Turtle Necks, Waistcoats & Thigh High Boots

Hey lovelies,

Today is one of those it looks fab and sunny but really its quiet chilly days. This outfit is perfect for those kind of in between days when you don't want to completely cover up. I attended a stunning lunch at The Dylan Hotel for the launch of Neo Strata's Christmas collection. I was treated to a 3 course meal and now I've to get ready for dinner with Cocoa Brown! I don't think I'll be able to eat for a week.

Shop the look 

Dress - here
Waist Coat - here
Boots - here
Bag - Pennys
Fur Pompom - here
Necklace - here

Hope you are liking my fashion posts.

Happy shopping

Love Grace xox


Monday, 21 September 2015

Autumnal Style

Hey Dolls,

This is my absolute favourite season! I love layering up with warmer clothes. I love that all things fur and leather. I have been on a mission the last few weeks adding to my A/W wardrobe. This gilet is one of my favourite purchases this season.

Shop my look
Faux Fur Gilet - here
Green Wrap Top - here
Necklace - here
Shoes & Bag are Pennys

I hope you like this post & a massive thank you to Lorna for taking these pictures. You need to check out here blog here

Love Grace xox

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


About bloody time I hear you say. I know, right!!! I've had a rough few weeks with Slimming World and gaining weigh but this week I mixed it up and I think it was my best week in months. Just randomly on Friday I decided to follow the SP plan (I'll explain it later) and I'm so happy I did because it worked. I literally thought I was going to have a melt down or leave Slimming World if I didn't have a loss soon. Finally the week came and I've decided that going forward, the 4 days prior to weigh in I'll follow the SP plan.

So what is SP I hear you ask. Its pretty easy, on the SP plan you stick to foods that have S and P beside them in your slimming world book and have as much of them as possible. On this plan you get two HEB's (Healthy Extra B's) which makes me so happy because I can have two weetabix and my bagels. Happy Out!!! You have to avoid all other free food that aren't SP like bananas, grapes, blueberries & sweet potato but you can have 15 syns a day on SP. It's that simple, keep your slimming world book near for reference and you wont go wrong. This plan is great for a boost and a quick loss. I found it really worked for me so as I said I am going to follow the regular Extra Easy plan the 3 days post weigh in and SP the 4 days prior to weigh in! Hopefully this works and I can have a loss next week.

A lot of you where asking to know what I was eating on my SP days. Day 1 I started with 2 weetabix and lots of speed fruit. For lunch I had a bagel with some Slim Valley sausages (which are free and 100% fat free and can be found here ) and bacon medallions with two poached eggs and spinach. I snacked on fruit like apples and peaches but I did forget that bananas weren't speed. For dinner on day 1 myself and Christopher made chicken fajita with lots of speed veg. Instead of the wraps I had mine in a leaf of iceberg lettuce. It was so delicious.

On Day 2 I pretty much had the same breakfast, lunch and snacks but for dinner we made spaghetti bolognese but instead of pasta I made my own pasta from courgette and carrots using a spirializer that I got in Home Store & more. It was so surprisingly tasty that I went back for seconds and thankful it was free so I could fill up on it and not feel guilty. It didn't leave me stuffed or bloated like pasta usually would.

Day 3 I had the weetabix and berries again and then for lunch I had a bagel with spinach, chicken and poached eggs. Then for dinner I had a steak with lots of speed veg.

I feel like the SP days really contributed to my weight loss and I am so glad I did it. There are so many different meals you can make on it you just need to be a bit more adventurous. If you are in a rut and are struggling each week like I was I would definitely recommend trying the SP plan and see how you go. On that note I am starving and I am off to make dinner ( chicken kebabs from Slim Valley and sweet potato fries, in case you were wondering haha)

I hope this helps & good luck with this week.


Stay Healthy & Happy

Love Grace xox

Friday, 4 September 2015

The Naked Blondie Q&A

Hey dolls,

Most of you know my story and as I'm slowly but surely making my way back down the right road again I wanted to introduce you to someone. I am sure you have hear of Nicola from TheNakedBlondie she is an amazing lady and a true inspiration. I started following her only recently on snapchat (thenakedblondie) and I instantly fell in love with her, she has the most amazing personality and tells it how it is. She keeps it honest and doesn't sugar coat anything which I love. If she is having a bad day or is eating bad she will tell you about it. Nicola has lost a whopping 8 stone and I thought no better woman to have on here and share her journey with you all. She has done incredible. I came up with 10 questions that I thought all of you would want answered and she did amazing at answering them honestly. I'll say no more and let you get into the blog but OMG check out her transformation. It is mind blowing

  • What was the turning point or the moment of realisation that you need to do something or change your lifestyle?
My turning point was the realisation that I was becoming a Mother. I could not live my life selflessly anymore. I now had someone that was going to rely on me to be there for them for at least the next 21years and I could not do that at 22 stone. My lifestyle was a shambles, working in a concrete jungle sitting at a desk 24/7, living on takeout and slowly but surely getting bigger and bigger. I had to ask myself what it was going to take for me to cop on and man up to the fact I was a heart attack waiting to happen. When I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes, I struggled to do daily chores that other people take for granted, I broke toilet seats, I could not walk up the stairs without gasping for breath. Life is just too short to be short to be short of breath!

  • Why did you chose Slimming World?
I chose Slimming World because of all the amazing wholesome food you can eat and not have to count a single calorie along the way. It was the perfect solution and opportunity to change my life for good.

  • What was your first meeting like and how did you feel when you stood on the scales the first time?
When I joined in January 2014 I walked through Slimming World doors for the 6th time! I will never forget the anxiety and worry that I had built up, thinking what will my consultant and the girls on the social team think of me? Would I lose weight? Would I stick with it? Petrified of failure!! 

  • What was your starting weight and did you set an initial goal?
I stood on the scales to my amazement I weighed 20 stone 12.5lbs. I had lost over a stone since my son was born and it was a great boost to start my journey. But I still weighed over 20 stone which was just to most gut wrenching experience. As I still do I take every 7lbs as they come and work on small goals. If I was to take on a mountainous 10 stone weight loss the 1st week I don’t know how far I would be now.

  • How was your first week? Were you hungry?
I knew when I joined I was ready for it, I took every day as it came and concentrated 100% on getting the plan planted firmly in my head. I wanted to learn and I wanted to absorb everything that was going to get me to where I wanted to be. From day one I can honestly say I have never been hungry, because I plan and I make sure that I always have a healthy on plan option waiting for me in the fridge.

  • How much weight did you lose in your first week?
My 1st weigh in did not go to plan as I would have liked. I lost 1.5lbs and was so disappointed. But someone advised me that day not to worry or let it throw me off, that at the end of the day all of those pounds add up and they defiantly have.

  • How did you feel when you started to look and feel different?
To be the size that I was with a height of 5ft 2, you can imagine I was like PC Plod in Noddy the cartoon, rolling from place to place! When my cousins 21st Birthday came around in April 2014 and I was able to fit into a size 20 top, my elation was just undescribable. It was like winning the lotto. Not only did I look better but for the 1st time in a very long time I felt confident. 

  • What was the hardest part of your journey?
The hardest part of my journey was accepting that this was not a quick fix. Accepting that this was the way I would eat for the rest of my life. Letting go of old habits and creating new ones. That was the light bulb moment I was searching for all my life, if you cannot accept the above then you will be wishing and dreaming for change for a long time to come.

  • Did you have many setbacks or big gains? How did you feel and can you see what triggered it
I had a continuous loss for 22 weeks, then I had my 1st gain, I thought to myself that’s it now it’s all over I am going to fail AGAIN! Was it? Absolutely not, I picked myself up, brushed myself off and had another amazing week. Sometimes the scales is not your friend but that’s ok because if you keep the faith it will all add up in the end. The scales do not measure, fitness, inch loss, beauty and they certainly do not measure how amazing you are inside and out. This is a journey, not a race to the finish line. Life gets in the way sometimes, you have to live your life and enjoy yourself. This is most certainly not a dress rehearsal and you have to remind yourself that you will cross that line!

  • If you could go back to the old you what would you tell yourself and how would you motivate yourself
I am not one for living in the past but if I could go back and have a conversation with my 20 year old self, who lay in bed all day and lived to eat, I would tell her to stop looking for a quick fix, and to just have the confidence to believe in her self-worth. After all Life is Journey and you hold the Map! Nobody can do this for you, only YOU!

How amazing is her story and doesn't she just look incredible. I am so glad I found Nicola, her blog has amazing recipes and lots more. Check it out here

All of Nicolas social media handles are @thenakedblondie so get following her.

I hope you liked this post.

Stay healthy & happy!

Love Grace xox
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