My new do!

It feels like ages since I last posted, probably because it has been ages.  I don’t know where the time has gone.  I’ve just been so busy.  I have my end of module assignment coming up for my elective for my MBA and it is pretty reading heavy so have spent many evenings pouring over articles about access to medicines as a human right and patent laws, trying to work out what my own opinion on the matter is (still not sure I have one).  I’ve also left my job.  Not in a drastic, quit and walked out way, but in a handed my notice in a few months ago to take on a new role kind of way.

I’ve been working for the past six years in University fundraising which, much as I’ve enjoyed it, isn’t exactly what I want to do.  Having been doing my MBA for the past 3.5 years and taking on different roles at work I started to realise that what I love doing is running things, keeping things organised and doing budgets!  So, as of next week I will be moving to a different department of the Uni (one of the academic areas) to work as their Finance and Operations Manager.  I’ll be heading up their finance and support functions leading three teams.  I am both excited and a bit nervous.

I have this week off to give me a rest between the two, and will no doubt be doing lots of baking and shopping to share.  I started off my ‘holiday’ by getting my hair done.  I love having my hair done – two  hours just for me!  Plus it makes me feel fresh and renewed.

I’d not been happy with my hair for a while – aside from desperately needing my roots doing to cover the grey (something I religiously get done every 8 weeks), my hair just seemed like a big thick untidy mess on my head.  It had got quite long, and never looked sleek – it was a sort of half wave half straight look and felt very heavy.  I spent ages looking at pictures of hairstyles on the internet, creating my Pinterest page of styles I liked, but in the end decided I would just talk to my hairdresser about what I didn’t like about my hair.  I was glad I did as she explained the problem was the layers weren’t the right length for the rest of the hair – I could either continue to grow them (and the hair) and wait for them to catch up, or go for the chop so my hair and layers were in much better proportion.  That way it would feel less like I had two different hair cuts, and it would sit much sleeker.  She suggested taking the weight out to make it less ‘full’, and recommended a great product Wella SP luxe oil to help keep it nice and sleek…so I went for the chop.  Quite a bit came off, but I have to say I LOVE IT!  my hair feels lighter, tidier and sits so much better.  Here are some before and after shots:

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After...

 

Feeling invigorated by new hair, I decided to try a bit of a new look that evening and went for neon colours with uber heavy make up, it was fun!

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Top: Zara Jeans: Miss Selfridge Earrings: Zara Shoes: Kurt Geiger/Jessica Simpson

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Top: Zara Jeans: Miss Selfridge Earrings: Zara Shoes: Kurt Geiger/Jessica Simpson

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Shoes: Kurt Geiger/Jessica Simpson

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Earrings: Zara

 

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Am I wearing too much pink?

A question I asked many times today was ‘am I wearing too much pink?’.  To which most replied ‘no’, though some did say I looked ridiculous, but I’m assuming they meant ridiculous in a good way.

So, I open the question up now….am I wearing too much pink??

dress: Topshop T-Shirt: H&M Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger Bag: Oasis

dress: Topshop
T-Shirt: H&M
Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger
Bag: Oasis

dress: Topshop T-Shirt: H&M Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger Bag: Oasis

dress: Topshop
T-Shirt: H&M
Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger
Bag: Oasis

Earrings: Gift Blush: Down Boys by The Balm

Earrings: Gift
Blush: Down Boys by The Balm

A bit of a rant…

I was going to post up an OOTD photo, but since replacing my Iphone with a Nokia Lumia my photos aren’t that great.  ‘They’ told me the camera on the Lumia was supposed to be one of the best around, but so far I’m not convinced.  I think I’m going to hunt out my old Sony Cybershot and start using that again, unless I can perfect my technique with the Lumia – problem there is since we moved 80% of our things are still unpacked in boxes in the loft.  Until then, look out for a few webcam pics 🙂

For today, these photos are stolen, and this post is a bit of a nonsensical rant!

Does anyone else on Twitter keep seeing tweets about a product called Garcinia Cambogia?  I keep getting them as retweets from people I follow.  When I feel I’m being ‘spammed’, or I feel offended by bad language or just plain stupid tweets, I usually ‘unfollow’ people, but this time I didn’t feel that was even enough.

The tweet that started my rant yesterday was a link to a page all about Garcinia Cambogia and how 98% of girls use it to lose weight for spring break, with the following picture:

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My rantings start with the simple fact that the girl in the photograph on the left does not need to lose weight.  How many people do you know that would love to look like that.  You can tell from the photograph she is probably a teenager/early twenties – isn’t that the prime age people suffer from anorexia?  So why are we telling young girls with great figures they need to lose weight?

Secondly, the girl in the photo on the right (apparently the same girl after taking these wonder tablets) is, in my opinion, way to thin.  It cannot be healthy….and I’m not saying that out of jealousy or anything.  I used to be that thin.  When I was about 27 I had a bad period of anxiety and lost a bit of weight.  I was underweight anyway, but went down to 5 1/2 stone (about 77lb).  Even at only 5′ that was a low weight.  I picked up every bug going, felt so fragile, had bad skin and looked tired all the time.  I remember once when I was swimming someone asking me if I had an eating disorder because I was so thin.  People were worried about me, worried for my health.  I couldn’t find clothes to fit and I really looked like I would break.  Today, at 35, still 5′ tall I weigh 7 stone 12 (about 110lb) and am healthy, and I much prefer it.  I actually have a woman’s figure now, not a girls.

Furthermore, it’s not as though there isn’t enough pressure on young girls to have the ‘perfect figure’ anyway, with let’s face it, 90% of the women in the media being ‘beautiful’.  Even now at 35 I still see people on TV or in magazines and feel envy – though for me it’s mainly about the great condition of their hair or skin, but it is even now hard to see constant images of how we ‘should’ look in order to be beautiful.

Thirdly, this ‘magic pill’, Garcinia Cambogia isn’t actually that healthy.  It releases serotonin, which is the chemical in your brain that can affect your mood.  This can also affect appetite which is partly why it is claimed this can help weightloss.  However, anti-depressants, especially those in the SSRI family also release serotonin and prevent it from being reabsorbed into your body.  If you therefore take GC while on one of these anti-depressants you risk making yourself really ill from something called Serotonin Syndrome which is where your body releases too much serotonin.

This to me is also a little ironic, as, and I could be wrong, but I would think those suffering from depression or anxiety could be quite vulnerable and more at risk of falling for these sorts of adverts.

Which leads me to my fourth rant….the best way to lose weight is eat sensibly and exercise!  There are no quick wins, it’s about being healthy and sensible, people should be encouraged to eat fruit rather than chocolate or walk rather than drive if they want to lose weight, not rely on ‘herbal supplements’ that could be dangerous…

Especially when they don’t even need to lose weight in the first place!

Rant over!

(that’s neat, that’s neat, that’s neat, that’s neat) I really love those tiger feet!

Don’t you just love it when song lyrics fit perfectly as titles to blog posts!

This was the first outing for my new trousers.  Am I the only one that finds it so hard to find trousers I like that fit?  Maybe I give in too easily as they are a real faff to try on and after a few pairs I do tend to get bored.  I happened upon this pair by chance in H&M when looking for a dress (isn’t that always the way).  For £14.99 I wasn’t expecting much, but when I held them up they looked like they would fit.  I was quite surprised to find they fitted so well.  They sit on the waist not hips which was just what I wanted and are straight but slim through the leg.  

Now, when I say fitted so well, I don’t mean fit like a dream.  I’m 5 foot and H&M seem to make trousers for people about a foot taller than me, so I did have to call on superstitch (also known as my mum) to hem them.  But this was a bit of a blessing in disguise as it meant I got to pick the length so decided to go for a slightly cropped style to show off my shoes.  My mum is the most awesome seamstress ever and did these entirely by hand and you couldn’t tell they have been hemmed.

I wore them for work the other day, with a simple cream top and my favourite animal print heels.  I loved the way the trousers looked and I felt very chic (though somewhat cold) wearing this outfit.  I even put on my cream trench coat and Tiffany sunglasses to add to the chicness, though forgot to get a photo of this 😦  I did my hair in a sort of weird up-do which pretty much involved using about a hundred kirby grips to pin up my hair and red lips as I just love red lips!

Sadly, the only comments I got were ‘you look different, you don’t usually wear trousers’, but I am reading into that what I want, and taking it to mean that I made an impact!

Oh, and I joined a new gym and have been buying lots of swimwear for my spankingly renewed motivation for exercise 🙂 

Em x

Trousers: H&M Top: Miss Selfridge Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger

Trousers: H&M
Top: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger

Trousers: H&M Top: Miss Selfridge Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger

Trousers: H&M
Top: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger

Trousers: H&M Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger

Trousers: H&M
Shoes: Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger

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