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Pilates Stretching Exercises

I take my body for granted. I know I have a relatively functioning, young, capable body but in the 28 years I’ve been inhabiting it I’ve done very little to look after it, in the grand scheme of things. I take spa days and I get manicures/pedicures but I neglect the things that will ensure it runs smoothly in the future – READ: muscles. That was until recently when I recommenced physiotherapy and pilates. It’s made a world of difference to my wellbeing but it’s been one key realisation that has changed my way of thinking. We need to stretch ourselves.

I am talking about stretching both physically and mentally but for today we will concentrate on the physical. Our muscles are kind of like rubber bands – if we stretch them regularly they stay in shape and continue to work, but if we leave them unused they dry up and will likely break when we do go to use them. Just like with those rubber bands, a little regular stretching can give us an extended period of use.

Now that I have you thinking about all the rubber bands you have that may be starting to dry-up, let’s hear from an expert on the important topic of stretching. Pilates pro, Peta Serras, has a list of 5 things we all need to know.  Continue Reading

FAT GIRL BEAUTY PROBLEMS

For a long time I’ve been learning startling things about the human body from the TV show, Embarrassing Bodies. Recently I discovered the spin-off, Embarrassing Fat Bodies, and immediately thought to myself,”hey now, isn’t this just going to be a whole show of fat shaming?”. I was wrong, it’s actually incredibly informative but it also made me realise something I hadn’t noticed previously. As I’ve discussed many times, my weight yoyo’s dramatically but something that clicked while I watched this show was that there are certain beauty issues that flare-up when I’m heavier. These are Fat Girl Beauty Problems.

All of these ailments can present in any person – age, weight, race, etc is irrelevant, but I’ve personally found they’re at their worst when I’m carrying extra flub. The emotional and health issues a girl can face from being overweight is enough to deal with. It goes without saying that losing weight is the best solution for these problems but I’m going to tell you how you can ease the burden in the meantime. Continue Reading

Barre Body Exercise Training

Barre. It’s the hottest word in fitness right now. More than a passing trend, this will be an exercise that grows to mass popularity just as we have seen with Yoga and Pilates. But what exactly is Barre? When I try to ask my Barre-loving friends what it is they generally give me the same response, “it’s like ballet exercise”. That doesn’t really tell me much so I decided to ask Australia’s reigning Barre expert and founder of Barre Body studios, Emma Seibold, to give us a bit more insight.

These are the 5 things we all need to know about Barre fitness training.  Continue Reading

Swimsuits for Curves Classic vs Stylish

This year I commenced exercising as one of my New Year Resolutions. Normally I give up on my resolutions after a week or two but this year I’ve actually been making great progress. Well, I was. I started swimming (even though I have an irrational fear of putting my head under the water) and I signed up for group circuit training. Despite my swearing and yelling every few minutes during a workout, I actually quite enjoyed moving my fat during the circuit exercises. I was seeing results after just a couple of weeks …. but then pain hit. Big pain.

I have suffered from bunions and foot pain since I was a child. The deformity of the front half of my feet has slowly been making its impact on the rest of my body as I age. While I may look relatively normal from the outside, on the inside I have often unbearable pain in my feet, ankles, knees and now my back. I returned to physiotherapy after a long hiatus and it is there that I was informed that the exercises I was doing were actually causing further damage. The diagnosis, stop what I was doing in favour of low-impact exercise that doesn’t require me being on my feet. Swimming is now my one and only fitness friend.

The problem with swimming for exercise as a full-grown (read: curvaceous) woman is boobs. It must sound like I’m always complaining about big boobs but they really can get in the way of simple tasks. I have lots of cute bikini’s and even one-pieces to wear to the beach or to lay by a pool, but for actual swimming … not so much.

I went on the hunt for the perfect athletic swimsuit for curvy girls. Most women can don a regular Speedo one-piece but does that work for anyone with a D-cup or bigger? Let’s see what I found. Oh and WARNING, there are rolls of fat involved …. avert your eyes if offended. Continue Reading

Solates Feet Exercises

I may be a little obsessed with feet lately. They are such an unattractive body part so I feel challenged to improve them. We looked at how to get your feet summer ready and I shared my experience of foot reflexology, both seemed to help their appearance dramatically. Now there is a new weapon in the battle for feet confidence that I’m looking to explore, Solates. The concept has been created by Scholl and uses the principles of Pilates to help ease foot pain, boost circulation and leave you with beautiful feet.

Solates was launched in Australia last month by international foot supermodel (yes, that’s a real thing), Gemma Howorth. We have been lucky enough for Gemma to demonstrate step-by-step how to do Solates in your own home. Are you ready to work out? Great, take a seat!

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Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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