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WINTER IS COMING. And whilst that traditionally means staying in and drinking copious amounts of red wine by the fire, munching on cheese to bulk up your fatty layers against the cool climes, and spending every last precious second in bed before stepping out onto the miserable it’s-still-dark-at-9am street, I just booked a holiday to Thailand for New Year’s, meaning I must keep working on honing that goddess body I so desperately need. There ain't no rest for the wicked. Summer bodies are made in winter, so keep up your 2k15 figure and push it even further with these 5 easy ways to stay motivated to exercise through autumn/winter. When you start peeling off your clothes next spring, it’ll be like a beautiful, well-toned, 6-pack adorned butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. Trust me, your Instagram account will thank me for this .

1. Sleep In Your Gym Gear

This ones for all the really lazy girls out there like me. There’s no better way to start the day than hitting the gym. It makes you feel amazing, helps you to make healthier choices throughout the day, plus, it gets exercise out of the way and you don’t have to worry about motivating yourself to go after work (which we all know is hard enough work as it is before even lifting a weight). But obviously, forcing yourself up and out of the bed at 6am when it’s cold, dark, and raining outside is no easy feat. If you sleep in your gym gear, however, you’re already half way there. Simple, semi-stupid, but effective. And for all of you people who think “ew well you sweat in your sleep” well you’re going to get even sweatier in the gym anyway (and if you don’t then you’re not working hard enough).

2. Get a gym buddy

A gym buddy can help you focus, push you harder, and encourage you to try new things. Everyone has their own individual strengths so you can share that. Nobody wants to let people down, so arrange a gym date and stick to it. Plus it makes it more fun being able to spend time with a friend rather than being alone.

 Problem: they can encourage you to not go. Or to get a burger after your workout. In this scenario, dumping your training partner is totally allowed.

Don’t make your training partner the fit guy you fancy in the gym, it will most definitely end in you trying to force your way out of your 1 gym year contract.

3. Be a (sort of) Social Media Gym Dick

Post your progress online. I find that posting pictures and getting a rapport via likes and comments encourages me to do those things more. For example, a billion likes on that healthy courgetti meal encourages me to continue eating more healthily. The same goes for gym pictures, bikini pictures. Yes, you may feel (and come across) like one of those social media gym douches, but the fact that it’s public means it’s accountable, you have to keep things going or you’re going to look like even more of a dick. Perhaps no sweaty gym selfies, and no OTT humble brags, but a snap of your gym gear etc is completely below the dick margin. Just don't #forget #to #hashtag #fitfam #fitness #eatclean #eatcleantraindirty 

4. Treat yourself to some new gym gear

Nothing gets me going at the gym like a new pair of jazzy gym leggings, a cool new top, or a fresh pair of trainers. Super bold patterns aren’t necessarily the way forward (you’re easier to catch people’s eye if you slip and fall off the treadmill). My preference is dark, subtle patterns, with mesh inserts and maybe a colour-pop sports bra. Forever 21 make some incredibly affordable and stylish gymwear, whilst surprisingly, Gap make some really standout leggings.

5. Get Some Home equipment

Sometimes, the weather is just too vile to deal with. It is Britain after all. But as the Body Coach says, no equipment, no excuses. HIIT training is easy to do at home and there are plenty of YouTube videos you can do on the days you don’t fancy hauling your body out into the crisp cold air. I also picked up a £50 set of adjustable dumbbells from a charity shop for £20, so don’t skip looking there as these will transform your home workout.

5 Ways to Keep Motivated to Exercise Through Autumn/Winter

WINTER IS COMING . And whilst that traditionally means staying in and drinking copious amoun...

Are you wearing a roll-neck? What about an A-line skirt? If not, then where have you been hiding? On a stylishly-challenged different planet? It’s time to ditch your regular go-to safety blanket of jeans and T-shirts because that won’t cut it this season. The roll-neck and A-line skirt are the new (well, not really new) stylish duo in time that’ll transform your “I forgot to set my alarm this morning” days into something that looks like you strolled out of a Louis Vuitton advert.

This twosome aren’t exactly new to the style scene. Having peppered the highstreet and catwalks throughout AW14, they’ve long crawled up and down the sartorial ranks (ahem, the 90s, the 70s, the 50s). But they are staying strong again, forming part of Dorothy Perkins AW15 Style Heroes. Although Trinny and Susannah banished the roll-neck for big breasted women like myself for what seemed like forever (describing it as making boobs look like some sort of deformity in the middle of your chest) I’m more than happy to reclaim this design. It’s practical, cosy, and if you get one that fits close to the body it shows of your curves in a bodacious way. Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe do and did it, so who are T&S to say no? Thanks, but no thanks, ladies. I’m going to take my fabulously curvaceous chest deformity and showcase it with a slim-fitting knitted delight.

Take your roll-neck and A-line skirt tonal like I tried (bonus points for two-tone burgundy or navy) or mix and match for colour blocked perfection.

I’ll take one in every colour, thanks.

photos by Carl Thompson. Skirt & Roll Neck c/o Dorothy Perkins

The Roll Neck and A-line Skirt Situation


Although last season saw double denim become the easiest go-to trend for off-duty days, pulling off the look can still be somewhat tricky. If the colours are too close then you risk Canadian Tuxedo fever. If you wear battered up shoes with it, then things can all start to look a little bit like your dad back in the late 80s doing some DIY, before you were even born. Not tres chic. 
So for days when you really don’t want to put brain into action and actually think about what to wear, simply autopilot into a double denim heaven of blue frayed skinnies and an oversized chambray shirt. Mules are pretty much off the menu for this season now, so stake your claim to a pair of slick ankle boots or mannish flats instead. 

Off-Duty Double Denim


Dior did it. Acne did it. Simone Rocha and Roberto Cavalli did it. And now the statement heel has trickled – or more like stomped – its way through onto the great British high street to make a stamp on the new season shoe scene. Step into Zara, walk into Topshop, and you’re sure to see a shoe, boot, or shoe-boot variation perched on top of an artsy block heel.

Topshop's tortoiseshell heeled boots have been causing such a stir over Instagram and let's face it, they are rather nice, aren't they? I picked up the knee-high Carmen boot, and the Mistic ankle boot (now unavailable online). But let me tell you ladies and high-heel wearing gentlemen, avoid the Carmen boots at all costs if you have more than 'shapely' calves. My feet come in at a pretty minuscule size 3, but I wasn't expecting to find that these boots had been made for actual 3 year olds: the fit on the calf is so tight it was like a corset for my calf fat. Sexy, no? Cue, a lot of wearing to stretch them out properly, leading to pins and needles legs and at one point, a weird rash from the elastic. But like they say, beauty is pain (or so I keep telling myself...)

Zara Coat | Topshop Top | Topshop Skinny Scarf | First & I skirt | Topshop Carmen Boots
photos by Carl Thompson

The Statement Heel Boot


Fashion's love affair with trainers is still going strong, but had you met me three years ago and asked me "When was the last time you wore flat shoes?" I'd have looked at you blankly, raised a (not on fleek) eyebrow, a tumbleweed would have blown by, and I'd have simply replied I can't remember. I was a heels girl through and through. Block heeled ankle boots, sky-high stilettos, perfectly pointed court shoes- you name it, if it had some blockish form elevating me a good few inches off the ground, then it would be the only thing gracing my feet. But moving to London and realising that walking absolutely everywhere was an unfortunate necessity of my new life that didn't bode well with my high-heel wearing feet simply happened to coincide with trainers becoming cool. And although I'd still never turn down a pair of vampish, vertigo inducing shoes over some brashly coloured sneakers, the allure of a box fresh pair of white trainers gets me into a little bit of a frenzy like no other.

The thing is, not all white trainers were created equal. Executed in premium crisp textiles, Lacoste's Straightset in off white delivers style and quality in a muted palette. Perfect for this season, the tennis- inspired silhouette offers the label's trademark easy elegance with tonal laces keeping the look clean. Sit them alongside tailoring for a fresh, urban touch to workwear, a complete antidote to the commuter-chic vibes you often see when you play trainers up against office staples. Rubber outsoles and leather linings enhance comfort and nod towards Lacoste’s athletic heritage, whilst subtle sophistication comes from exquisite levels of details on the embossed croc logo. Silky nappa edged in a tonal suede collar make this shoe feel so of the moment.

For the Autumn/Winter 2015 season, Lacoste has referenced its tennis roots without resorting to literal recreations, reflecting the brand’s dedication to respecting its past while looking firmly to the future. The footwear collection is underpinned by the idea that ‘Life is a Beautiful Sport’, a concept that seamlessly brings Lacoste’s sophisticated blend of performance and elegance to the everyday.

Straightset Off White c/o Lacoste - Khaki Bomber c/o Forever 21 - Topshop Trousers - Topshop Tshirt - 3.1 Philip Lim Bag
Photographs by Carl Thompson

Swapping Heels for Trainers