Thursday, 23 February 2017

7 things not to do when looking for new housemates

I've lived with housemates for around 3 years now. Either people I knew or people I found on Spare Room. Anyone that has gone through it will know what a task it is. I've actually just gone through it. We found two brand spanking new housemates in the last week or so and they'll be moving into our house of 5 very soon, and so when The Law House Chiswick property lawyers got in touch last week to collaborate on a post together, I thought it couldn't be better timing. I'm talking how to create the perfect house date, and what not to blooming do when you've got housemate "interviews". Think of it like a date, it's extremely similar. 

1. Don't offer or ask for a hot drink. 

Just don't do it, promise? If it's not going well, you'll all be left there waiting for said drink to be finished or if you're the drink-ee, left with a scalding burnt mouth. It's not worth the pain. 

2. Don't ask them what they're hobbies are. 

No one has hobbies. Everyone comes home, flops on the sofa, pops on Geordie Shore (or a programme of similar calibre) and endlessly scrolls through Instagram all night. 

3. Don't forget to add an image to your profile. 

Unless you don't want a response or want your potential new housemates to think that you're a super shady character. 

4. Don't lie.

In the horribly awkward moment when a stranger sits down on the sofa in front of you, it can be tempting to blurt out a lie out to fill the yawning silence. Just remember, you will be found out. 

5. Don't tell the truth. 

On the other hand, no one wants to know if you fell out with all of your previous housemates or your dark and dirty secrets. Let them wait and find out when you/they move in.

6. Don't just choose the hotties. 

Or the ones you fancy. It's extremely unlikely to work out in the end... Although that being said I met my boyfriend in my house. Oopsie. 

7. Don't forget that the other person is also judging you. 

They might need a new person to move in or you might need a new house to live in but it's a decision you both are making. Don't forget, you have to sleep under the same roof.

Have you gone through a hunt for housemates? Let me know your recommendations below. 

Lorna x

This post was written in collaboration with The Law House Chiswick but as always all thoughts are my own! 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The one where I got my fashion on for the first time in years

This post has been a long time coming. I absolutely adore fashion blogs and in fact, this little space on the internet started out as just that and the first part of it's name (studs) came from a pair of beautiful studded shorts I picked up all those years ago. It's something I've wanted to bring back for the many years I haven't been doing it, and in fact, I think there were probably many times that I said I would but something would always get in the way and I just didn't. 

Don't get me wrong, there have been a few appearances in the past few years. The Next Mother's Day post most notably but it hasn't been a regular occurrence since the days I used my parents spare room, a tripod and remote control to take posey outfit pictures against that plain white wall. If you go back far enough, you'll see what I mean. 

I adore reading fashion blogs, in fact, some are my favourite blogs/vlogs/bloggers of all time, ahem Megan Ellaby I'm looking at you. Your style and images totally rock my world - and best of all, inspired me to create great content. I studied photography at University and so I wanted my content to be the best it could be, if I did finally seize the day and get back on the fashion blogger bandwagon. 

All these years later, I grouped together with my absolute favourite Holly Rose Stones. She takes the most beautiful images and I was so excited to finally create something together, years after we first talked about it. 

I am very much an outfit repeater, and this outfit or very similar has been my go-to for a long time. I'm forever matching a casual tee with leather jacket, jeans/skirt/plisse trousers and boots or trainers. It's comfortable and I absolutely adore the casual look of it. 

The day before I shot these with Holly, I popped into a launch event with Garnier and I found out all about their new #SkinActivist campaign, the new launches and they gave me this super cute tee with the hashtag on it. I fell in love and I just had to wear it right away. I have an ever growing collection of t-shirts. Most are either vintage or band tees but I love it when they remind you of something and this one does just that. I'll be giving the new launches a go asap so I'm sure you'll see them featured on here soon. 


Leather Jacket - All Saints
T-Shirt - Garnier for their #SkinActivist campaign but check out Rokit for similar tee's (if in doubt, go vintage) 
Black Plisse Trousers - Topshop 
Grey Boots - Topshop (similar here, here, here
Layering Chokers - Urban Outfitters

I absolutely adored shooting with Holly and I'm so excited to be getting back into fashion on here. Let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to see!

Check out Holly's photography portfolio here and wedding portfolio here. Follow Holly @hollyrosestones and on YouTube here

Lorna x

Monday, 20 February 2017

10 fragrances to try right now

I have a fragrance obsession right now. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have spied my Instagram Stories showing you sneak peeks into my ever-growing, far too large collection. I go through phases with beauty but at the moment fragrances are most definitely my thing and because of that my collection is forever growing. 

I've rounded up 10 of my current favourites that are perfect for this time of year. So if you feel like you want to up your fragrance game and add a perfume or two to your collection, read on... 

Maison Margiela Paris Replica Lazy Sunday Morning EDT£95 for 100ml

Maison Margiela fragrances are some of the most beautiful. Their packaging is iconic and I love the descriptive look of the labels on the front. My current favourite fragrance is Lazy Sunday Morning, which actually I first fell in love with because of the name. Instantly, I feel relaxed by knowing I'm going to wear it and the scent works perfectly. 

The Maison Margiela Replica range is based around scents that capture moments, periods and locations essential to memories and I absolutely adore that. I also have the Maison Margiela Paris Replica Beach Walk fragrance, £95 which is beautiful for when the weather warms up. 

This scent is incredibly clean and fresh and is the most perfect daytime scent. It's super calming and is my go-to scent when I need to de-stress in the daytime.  

Top notes: Aldehydes, Pear Accord and Lily of the Valley Accord

Heart notes: Iris Accord, Rose Absolue and Orange Flower Accord

Base notes: White Musk Accord, Indonesian Patchouli Oil and Ambrette Seeds Absolute

Zara Home The Perfume Collection, £29.99 for 100ml 

Honestly, when I heard about Zara Home launching a new perfume collection I didn't really think much about it. The bottles looked nice from what I had seen but I didn't really expect much from the scents. Fragrances from high street stores generally don't do that much for me, though many are now breaking through these boundaries and are blooming brilliant and that's exactly how I felt when I first had a sniff of this range at the launch. For every other fragrance in this feature, I've chosen one scent but where the new Zara Home perfume collection is concerned I just couldn't. They all smell blooming fantastic and as they're so budget friendly I'd recommend picking up a few. 

Clean Reserve Blonde Rose Eau De Parfum, £79 for 100ml

2016 was the year I gave new fragrance brands a go and steered away from my signature Marc Jacob scent and I think Clean Reserve might just be the brand I'm most excited that I discovered. I have two of their fragrances, but Blonde Rose is probably the one I reach for the most. This scent feels super grown up and the staying power is incredible. If you usually steer clear of floral scents, give this one a go - it's so different and so incredible. I adore the fragrance, the packaging and the quality is brilliant. I am hooked. If you want to give another a go, try the Clean Reserve Rain [Reserve Blend] Eau De Parfum, £79 a go. 

Top notes: Aldehydes and Water

Heart notes: Rose, Peony and Jasmine

Base notes: Cedar, Sandalwood and Musk

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, £88 for 100ml 

For me, Jo Malone is the most luxurious fragrance brand out there. From the experience of buying the fragrance, to the packaging it's in and following through to the fragrance and the quality of the fragrance itself. My current favourite scent is Lime Basil and Mandarin. It's fresh but grown up and works perfectly for both day and night wear. I adore these and I am forever striving to have an ever-growing collection of Jo Malone fragrances. 

Top notes: Mandarin

Heart notes: Basil

Base notes: Amberwood

Liz Earle Botanical Essence Eau De Parfum No.15, £49 for 50ml 

This fragrance will always hold a special place in my heart. I used to be a one fragrance kind of girl. In fact my fragrance was super sweet and super floral and I didn't think I'd ever veer away from it but as soon as I smelt this fragrance, everything changed. It's got a hint of musky/woody notes while still being a little floral. I rarely get through a fragrance but this one I have very much powered through. I have loved Liz Earle for years and before this one came into my life, I never thought about them for fragrances. It was always skincare and I adored it but the fragrances blow my mind. 

This fragrance was the beginning of where my scent choices started to grow up a little. I had always turned my nose up at any fragrance with any sort of spice but this was unlike anything I'd ever smelt before. It's slightly spicy but a little sweet at the same time. You need to smell it - and it's really incredible for the price. 

Top notes: Clove, bergamot, cinnamon, elemi, pink pepper

Heart notes: Cedar, damask rose, patchouli, cypriol, vetiver, sandalwood

Base notes: Tonka bean, bourbon vanilla, guaiac wood, benzoin

Neom Energy Burst 100% Natural Eau De Parfum, £49 for 49ml 

Neom is one my my favourite home fragrance brands and I was super excited to hear that they were adding a personal fragrance into their range. This fragrance is perfect if you need a pick me up. It's fresh, fruity and really does give you a burst of energy like the name suggests. I adore using a spritz of this in the morning to help wake me up and get me ready for the day but I definitely don't steer away from it in the evening as it smells a little like mojitos and as a mojito fan this is blooming fantastic. If you're a rose gold fan too, you will need this bottle. It's stunning. 

Top notes: Grapefruit

Heart notes: Lemon

Base notes: Rosemary

Bvlgari Rose Goldea Eau De Parfum, £74 for 50ml

Again, if you're a rose gold fan you need to add this to your fragrance stash. The fragrance is encased in the most beautiful intricate rose gold design bottle and I am obsessed with it. The packaging is super feminine and the fragrance perfectly fits with that. Its very floral but with a hint of musk so is a little different from the rose/floral fragrances I've smelt before. Similar-ish to the Clean Reserve rose fragrance, but a little less fresh and little better for evening wear. 

Top notes: White Incense, Pomegranate

Heart notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Turkish Rose

Base notes: Sandalwood

Ghost Whitelight Eau De Toilette, £34 for 50ml

I think budget fragrances, much like I described for high street branded fragrances earlier, can often be looked over but as everyone's budgets don't always reach the high end that some fragrances reach to. Fragrances most definitely can be super nostalgic and Ghost is definitely that for me. From their iconic packaging to the lovely quality scents, I still adore them to this day. My favourite is Whitelight and I adore reaching for this when I'm looking for something that's a little on the sweeter side. 

Top notes: Peach, Mandarin, Pear

Heart notes: Jasmine, Violet, Rose

Base notes: Patchouli, Vanilla, Amber

The Body Shop Widdringtonia Eau De Parfum, £28 for 50ml 

I really love The Body Shop for fragrances. They are super affordable and have a great range to choose from. From their new launches I've fallen for the new Widdringtonia fragrance as I'm starting to grow fonder and fonder of a more masculine scent and this definitely is that. It's woody, it's earthy and I absolutely adore this fragrance for evening wear. For the price it's incredible and I have to admit I'm tempted to pick up a few more of the new launches. 

Top notes: Artemisia, Black Pepper, Bergamot

Heart notes: Sage, Geranium, Nutmeg

Base notes: Exotic Woods, Vetiver, Patchouli

Dear Rose Nymphessence Eau De Parfum, £155 for 100ml

Last but not least, this might just be the most beautiful fragrance bottle I've ever seen. It was most definitely love at first sight when I saw this beauty and the scent itself didn't let me down either. If you like floral based scents then you'll love this one. It's super floral, feminine and fruity and works brilliantly for night and day wear. It feels fresh and light and isn't overwhelming which is most definitely why it mostly appears in my day routine. Yes it's expensive but the quality of the EDP itself doesn't let you down as it lasts well. I've fallen in love with the Dear Rose brand and I'm already pining over adding more to my collection. 

Top notes: Pink Peppercorns, Pear, Mandarin

Heart notes: Magnolia, Freesia, Orange Blossom

Base notes: Blonde Amber Woods

Lorna x

Some of the products in this feature have been gifted to me but as always all thoughts are my own

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Drinking in London: Be At One Camden review

Photo credit: Be At One

I have to start by admitting that this post is well overdue. I had a little blogging break last year and by the time I was back up and blogging again, this post didn't really feel relevant and I wanted to write it at a time, when we all want to be going out and drinking (though all year round is generally good enough for me)! 

Now that dry January is over, I'm looking for brilliant places to go and drink to brighten up what a bleh month that February generally is. I've been visiting places like the Hot Gin Roof that was on last week in the Ham Yard Hotel (a great night which also ended up in a more central Be At One) and I am already looking forward to the summer and the events that I can get my party on. If anyone knows of a Large Summer Party in London that I need to be at this year, please do holla. But one thing I've noticed is that when people talk about going out, places like Be At One generally get shunned to the backdrop and forgotten. I must admit, I too was one of those people until the lovely Be At One Camden invited me and my bestie down to try out a few drinks and let you all know what we thought about it. 

First things first, the venue is super cool. It's in a great location, Camden, and so if you like going out there you should definitely check it out for a cocktail or two. It gets busy, which is great as it has a really cool buzz - but if you want to sit down, I'd recommend booking a table which is super easy to do on their website. Your tired, slightly drunken legs will thank me. 

I'm sure like many, I didn't expect Be At One to do great drinks. Yes, I knew they did cocktails but as a bit of a cocktail connoisseur I didn't really expect they'd be that great. I'm talking the pre-made cocktail mix you expect in Wetherspoons kind of things. I'm not putting a downer on Wetherspoons, there's most definitely a time and a place for it but that's exactly what I thought Be At One would be like. Oh how I was wrong. 

Upon arrival, we were shown our table and were given the cocktail menu to look at and bloody hell, there are loads to choose from. Almost to the point where it's a little hard to choose between them all. That's where the incredibly helpful staff come in. Ask them what they recommend, let them know the kind of flavours you like and the spirits you like and they will let you know a few recommendations. Every time we asked, they got it so right. 

I have become a bit of an Espresso Martini addict of late and I've started to judge a bar/restauraut by how good theres is. Be At One Camden did an incredible one. Go there and get one if you're an Espresso Martini lover. We tried a lot of them, but I'd recommend giving the Porn Star Martini or Blueberry Muffin a go if you like something a bit fruitier but if you like something a little longer, go for the Candy Pants for a sweet and fruity tipple or the Cointreau Fizz for something with a few more bubbles. 

These bar tenders really know how to make drinks. They are friendly, welcoming and more than happy to help and wherever we get that. I have been a regular at Be At One's since if I'm on a night out and fancy a cocktail as I just know I'll have a great night. Highly recommend. 

Lorna x

Be At One Camden invited me to review on a complimentary basis, but as always all thoughts are my own

Monday, 13 February 2017

Getting To Know... Emily Valentine Parr aka Style Lobster

With 2017 starting off with so much negativity I wanted to look to the positives and celebrate the absolutely incredible things that are happening around us and the blogging industry is absolutely one of them. Blogging has completely exploded and I wanted to use my knew "Getting To Know..." series as a chance to celebrate some of the incredible bloggers that are out there and doing their thing no matter what. 

To start the series off, I wanted to chat to one of my favourite bloggers of the moment, Emily Valentine Parr or as you might know her better, Style Lobster. Emily is absolutely killing it in the blogging game at the moment and is topping my charts for ones to watch this year. She is unbelievably beautiful and her gorgeous photography gets me hook, line and sinker every time. 

Here's what happened when I caught up with Emily and asked her a few quick fire questions... 

Introduce yourself and your blog in one sentence
I’m Emily and I’m the style, beauty and travel LOBSTER.

When did you start blogging and why?
3 years ago this February. I initially started because I was interest in advertising and beauty branding…

What was your first ever beauty product?
Probably the Spice Girls Impulse body spray because my Mum was hell bent on keeping me away from makeup and beauty products for as long as possible when I was a child.

Best budget beauty buy?
Lloyds Pharmacy Body Care Oil, £5.99 for 125ml – it’s basically bio oil but a fraction of the cost!

What one product do you always repurchase?

Bold eyes or bold lips?
Lips always

Your biggest beauty disaster?
A fringe

Most cherished piece of clothing?
My Chloe bag

What’s your go-to outfit?
Girlfriend jeans, oversized knit, stan smiths and some interesting jewellery 

Granny pants or thongs?
Depends on my mood ;)

What’s in your handbag right now?
My diary, keys, phone, lip balm, and a hell of a lot of receipts. I started seeing them now I am a freelancer and I have the fuckers spilling out of everywhere

Night out or night in?
Again depends on my mood

What’s your favourite meal?
Mexican or sushi - tough one

What’s your spirit animal?

Who is your beauty/style icon?
Style - the Olsens
Beauty - Charlotte Tilbury 

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My bed

What’s your guilty pleasure?

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Sad to say it but check my social media

Top blogging tip?
Quality and consistency always

What do you see in the future for yourself and your blog?
My own line of products. I ran my own beauty company before so I hope to do this again one day.

Follow Emily @stylelobster and check out her blog here and YouTube channel here

What a babe. I'm so pleased to have Emily for my first in my 'Getting To Know...' series but do let me know who you'd like to see me interview next? 

Lorna x

Friday, 10 February 2017

5 expensive products that are actually worth it

Beauty products can be bloody expensive. With many bloggers income increasing and press samples being handed out left right and centre, how do we really know what's actually worth spending your hard earned pennies (or most definitely pounds in this case) on? 

Doing what I do, I've had the incredible opportunity to try out some products that I would never dream about spending the cash on. Spending near to 100 quid, or even half of that on certain products seemed (and very much still does in most cases!) so alien to me, but when you try something that blows your socks off is when everything changed and you can see why. I hate the idea of picking up an incredibly expensive purchase and not loving it. I get that with beauty it's trial and error and pretty subjective but honestly, I generally just don't want to risk it - and I can imagine most of you are the same. 

I've tried a lot of products I don't like, but I've also tried products that are the complete opposite and I love. Here's why I absolutely adore these 5 luxury beauty products... 

Expensive yes, but when really you look at the price you're spending on a fragrance in Boots or Debenhams, it really is worth it. You've probably drooled over the Jo Malone concessions or stores before, but if you haven't ever broken the boundary to purchasing one of their colognes then you really must. I have a lot of fragrances, in fact I'd go as far to say it's my thing at the moment and the Jo Malone ones in my collection are by far some of the best quality. The fragrances are exquisite and generally unlike any I've ever smelt before but the thing that blows me away the most about these is the lasting power of them. They last all day and all night and for me that's what wins. Buying a Jo Malone fragrance is an experience, from the time you spend in the store or purchasing online to the packaging the products are wrapped in. Jo Malone has to be one of my favourite brands at the moment. Honestly they can do no wrong and they've got some very exciting things in the pipeline, so keep your eyes peeled for them. 

I've flagged the cleanser here, but really I absolutely swear by the brand as a whole. I tried Aurelia around a year ago and I have been in love ever since. I didn't think I'd sway from my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and although I do still adore it, this cleanser has taken over in the meantime. From the beautiful packaging to the luxurious quality of the products, I absolutely adore everything about them. Much like with Jo Malone, buying from them is an experience and the packaging the products come in are so beautiful. I'd recommend trying the cleanser first but their Refine and Polish Miracle Balm, £57 is an incredible exfoliator and their Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser, £52, Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser, £52 and Revitalise & Glow Serum, £57 are beautiful hydrators. Put it this way, I've not tried anything from the brand and not loved it. 

This has to be one of those products I've wanted to try for years. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are endlessly raved about and I always wanted to see why. I finally got my hands on this beautiful marble-esque palette and it didn't disappoint. I do have to admit though I didn't think this at first. I generally veer towards palettes that pack a more powerful punch on first application because that's what gets me going back for more but initially I didn't feel that. I just didn't really get it but from hearing so much about the powders I knew I must be missing a trick. The effect is much more subtle and once I got behind that I really started to notice how incredible my skin looked when I used this. I initially was looking for a more impactful 'highlighter on fleek' kind of look and although it didn't give that it gave me something I had never experienced before. Put it this way, I've used the palette every single time I've done my makeup since because there's nothing else quite like it. 

This palette has it all; a powder, a couple of blushers, a highlighter and a bronzer and they all blend flawlessly together to create a beautiful 'lit from within' kind of look. This palette brightens me up to no end and I can't tell you what a miracle worker this is on a hangover. 

Again, this one was another product I had heard hyped up to no end and I really wanted to try it but I just could never justify spending £41 on a hair product unless I really did know that I loved it - and £20 on the mini just didn't really seem worth it. I love a beachy texture to the hair and by using this hair product I get the look that I love instantly without any effort at all. A quick spritz in my hair gives it that much needed boost when its looking a little lack lustre (and potentially in need of a wash) or finishes off my go-to look when styling my hair for the day or night out to follow. It's expensive but I've never used a hair product that feels so luxurious and I always get incredibly excited to use it. I've been using my bottle for quite a while now and it still seems to be going strong so I'd say you get a lot of use out of it too. Well worth it if you like a textured do and are a little on the lazy side like I can be... 

Face oils are bloody expensive and I just never got it. I didn't get the idea of slathering oil all over my face when a face cream or serum could hydrate my skin in the same way. But now I know that's because I hadn't tried a facial oil that actually worked for me like this one does. Again, this is an incredibly hyped product in the blogosphere and again its far too expensive to just try on a whim. Much like the Hourglass palette, I had to give this a go a few times before I really got what it was all about. I'm not going to lie, it took a lot to get over my aversion to face oils - in fact, sometimes I still struggle with it. It feels bloody weird but this oil makes it all worth it. My skin is on the dryer end of the spectrum and it's one of my go-to hydrators in the evening or if I've got a lot of time to let it sink in in the morning. It hydrates my skin incredibly well but it gives my skin a beautiful radiance like I've never noticed with another product. It's great if my skin is feeling a little sensitive and I can't tell you how luxurious it feels. It's got the most beautiful packaging and having it on my dressing table is just beautiful. I have tried the Luna Sleeping Night Oil, £85 and although it is great I think this one wins overall. 

What are your go-to high end beauty products? 

Lorna x

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Getting over my fitness fear

Photos: Psycle London

I have never been into exercise. I was always that girl in PE class that would do everything and anything to get out of it. Endless sick notes, extra IT class... You name it, if it got me out of doing exercise, I'd be there. 

Honestly, I think part of it always came down to the fear of trying. I didn't generally like the competitive edge to it as in my head, I was terrible at sport and would therefore always be the worst. I hated it and honestly I never thought anything would get me into doing anything fitness related again. 

I wrote a post over a year ago on an exercise class that broke my aversion to fitness. It was a spinning class in Canary Wharf called Psycle and I absolutely fell in love with it. I think I'd been to a couple of classes across their branches near Canary Wharf and Oxford Street before I wrote the post and at that point, my mind was blown that I was enjoying it - and to this day, I'm still hooked. 

I remember seeing people talk about the class, and there was something in me that thought perhaps I could try it one day, but honestly, my fear of exercise always got the better of me and it never became much more than a passing thought. Eventually, the email came with an invite and with the opportunity to drag along a friend, I took it with (slightly) open arms. I can't tell you how nervous I was. I didn't know what to expect, but bringing along my bestie meant that the pressure was taken off a little. I knew I'd struggle, I mean it had been years and years since I'd done anything that broke a sweat and struggling to make it to the top of a staircase definitely doesn't count. 

Psycle spinning classes aren't quite like I'd expected. I'd heard horror stories about spinning. In fact when I told people that's where I was heading that evening, I really expected the worst.  But Psycle is just so welcoming. From the time you step into the building, everyone is so friendly and helpful and although I was still incredibly nervous that first time, it really helped to diminish that. The fact that the facilities are so beautiful are just an added bonus (because trust me, they really are. Hello Sachajuan in the changing rooms). You set up your bike, with the help of their super lovely staff if needed and the lights go down, coloured lights flash to loud music and you just get into it. It is tough, I'm absolutely not saying it isn't but the fact that it's so fun gets you past that. 

Everyone that knows me will have had to listen to my general spiel about how incredible Psycle is, hell if ou follow me on social mediaTwitter especially you'll probably have noticed my endless tweets expressing my love for the class but if you're around London, you need to give it a go. Fitness pro or not, everyones there, everyone is doing there best and it feels so empowering. 

But this kind of isn't the point. Yes Psycle is incredible and is 100% the reason I get any sort of exercise in my life but I wanted to put across the point of how amazing it makes me feel. I come out of a class and my mood is boosted. I could go in feeling terrible, but without fail I always come out with a massive smile on my face. It makes me so happy and it's all because I got over that hurdle of my fitness fear. Spinning might not be for you. I know it's not for everyone, but you just need to find your groove. Try a few things out, drag a friend or your boyfriend along with you for support. Make it fun. 

I try and go one a week to get my fix, which I know isn't loads but like Lily Pebbles said in her latest vlog, at least we're blooming doing something. I try to keep it regular but I'm not going to lie, it hasn't always been that easy. There are so many hurdles that have popped up which get me out of my routine and I the fear of exercise returns every time, but I guess after a couple of times of getting over it, you learn it's always worthwhile in the end. Especially if you're having fun doing it. 

Now I'm becoming a regular spinning fanatic, I think it's probably about time I up my game in the fitness department. I picked up what I wear to spin in a couple of years ago when I decided I wanted to start doing some fitness in my bedroom. That swiftly failed and they became unloved and pushed to the back of the drawer. They're from H&M and were incredible value but I'm on the hunt for something else. I've got a few sports bras already, I used to just wear my normal underwired bras spinning and because I've got small boobs I thought it wouldn't really make a difference.... But let me tell you, sports bras are life changing. If you know, you know. I've got tops, I've got trainers (though for Psycle, they give you special cleated shoes that snap into the bike to make it easier) but it's the workout leggings I'm really looking to upgrade. Mine have become a little thin, a little less form fitting and I really want to pick up a new pair. I've been a bit torn between getting something a little on the higher end of the market like Nike or Sweaty Betty or something a little more affordable (which is absolutely what my bank balance is edging me to go for. I am currently eyeing up the range at Manière De Voir. It looks really great quality and the prices are brilliant. I'm still deciding though, so watch this space to see what I go for... 

I know this post has been a bit of a corker, but this post has been a year in the making and I've been waiting for the right time and for the right words to come to me. But really, I just wanted to say that if I can get over my fitness fear, you can too. 

Lorna x

This post features a sponsored link from Manière De Voir but as always all thoughts are my own