So I'm climbing a mountain...






As I'm sure you're aware, from my recent blog posts, I've been training to get fit and healthy for the summer. As you might not be aware my efforts aren't completely in aid of that coveted bikini body. In fact, I'm in training for a Charity Challenge, which is sure to be the toughest thing I've ever done!


In September I will leave London Heathrow and head towards Morocco where I will take part in a 5day Trek from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains before climbing to the summit of Toubkal. These 5 days will consist of between 7-10 hours of trekking, and on Summit day I will climb to 4167m above sea level. 


Why do this you ask? The Charity I have chosen to support it Water aid. There are many reasons why this Charity is such a worth while organisation to support and I chose them for many reasons. One reason is - I looked at myself, I looked at my life, all the 'stuff' I have, make up, clothes all included. And It's all just the frills. Survival is food and water. And that is something we constantly take for granted.


Something so simple as water, we run a bath, we take a shower, we have a cup of tea, we wash our hair/car/dog and its so easy. But the idea that some people in this would just dont have that luxury. Not in the sense that they can't wash their hair 3times a weeks, but they can't survive. 


In our thriving technological world, we're so advanced in so many things, we over look the simple need of clean safe water. For survival, sustainment and life. 


I'm the worst in this sense, I'm constantly taking for granted what I have, and it's hard not to in the western world. But I decided that I could make a difference. So for 5days, I'm canning my fake lashes and curling iron in exchange for a pair of walking boots and a mountain. 


My goal is to raise £1400 for Water aid before I leave for that Challenge in September, I'm currently just under £1000! Which I AMAZING! I'm so grateful for people's generosity for this cause. I felt compelled to share this with you all, to share my realisation of how much we take for granted. And to perhaps insipre you to take it into your own hands to make a difference. 


Thanks for listening to my somewhat rambled rant.


ClaireRebecca.x


If you feel you can donate to my Fundraising efforts, please visit:
www.justgiving.com/Claire-Rebecca-Bladen
Thankyou for your generosity. 

Beautiful Breasts.

Yes, I know it's probably not something you read about often on a blog but today I want to talk about Boobs. One of women's deadliest weapons, which deserve to be cared for more than you might think :)


The reason I bring this up is due to my recent decision to kick start my fitness regime. I've been hitting the gym about 2-3 times a weeks and I've been appalled by the number of women I've seen on the treadmill without a good sports bra! 


Now I'm no expert, but I was trained by Eveden lingere group and worked for 3years in a ligere store and have a ton of experience when fitting a good sports bra. So I know what I'm talking about.

Your breasts are delicate and while you're young have that beautiful perkiness, all thanks to Cooper's Ligament. (Yes - my mind goes right to Dr Sheldon Cooper - Which is a little off putting, no?).


Coppers ligament suspends the breast, holding it up in that perky position but if this ligament is damaged, the result is nasty saggy - south pointing breasts. *sad face* A ligament is not a muscle, so once its damaged, It can't be fixed (without surgery), so It's so important to look after it!


Damage will occur due to excessive movement and force, for example that harsh bouncing up and down felt whilst running and other vigorous activity. 


I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to avoid saggy boobs! A compression sports bra is your saviour on this one, and I advise to get one fitted professionally. No, it's not embarrassing, every woman has them, once you've seen one pair, you've seen them all - So no excuses!


The most important thing is to avoid that bouncing sensation, if you feel like your boobs are pinned tight to your chest - you're on the right lines! 


Alternatively Try these sites;
Under Armour 
Nike
Less Bounce 




Most of all train hard and look after those boobs!




What kind of sports bra do you use?
ClaireRebecca.x

#fitnessfreak update

Firstly Apologies for being a little MIA recently, work has been crazy and I've been enjoying having my other half home! :) This week looks just as Crazy, but I hope to get some blogging time squeezed in somewhere! 

I just wanted to give a quick update on my fitness regime. I started slow but to tell you the truth, I'm addicted. I've always been told that once you start working out you hate it, but quickly you get addicted and fall in love with the Gym. I can wholeheartedly say - I'm in love.

My schedule this week was a little crazy;
Monday: I went to a 90min Hot Yoga class with my lover-half. 
Tuesday: I hit the gym for some Cardio
Wednesday: I didn't have time for much, but I managed to squeeze in a quick run in the morning before work.  
Thursday: My only day off work this week - so I made the most of it. I did a Hot Yoga class at lunch time. And went to a circuit training class with a friend in the evening.
Friday : My well earned rest day & date night. Dinner and a movie <3
Saturday : Early morning Vinyassa Yoga class with my lover-half - My first experience of Vinyassa, I wasn't overly keen to be honest.
Sunday : I hit the gym and worked my core, legs, arms and Bum! 

The best thing about it is, I'm not feeling forced to workout, I want to and my body wants to. Lets hope it continues!

Are you getting fit for the summer?
ClaireRebecca.x


John Frieda - Sheer Blonde - Blonde Hair Repair treatment: A review.

Good morning my lovlies, I hope you are all enjoying the small glimpse of sunshine we're having here in the UK! I thought I'd do a quick review of a product I've been trying out recently; John Frieda's Sheer Blonde - Blonde Hair Repair Conditioning treatment


As I've mentioned in previous blogs I bleach my hair which tends to leave the ends very dry and brittle, So I'm always on the look out for a conditioning product that revives my punished hair.

I've had a great expeience with John Freida's sheer Blonde range in the past so figured I'd give this a go. However I wasn't that impressed by this product. *sad face*

The product clamis to bind to hair to repair textual damage, making distressed hair silky, shiny and supple. Some of this I agree with. After washing the treatment out, my hair does feel a lot more silky and supple (I'm not really sure about shiny) but this feeling sadly doesn't last. I find that a couple hours after the treatment, my hair feels the same as before.

 I've used this product in a number of ways, the 3-5mins in the shower as recommended, and I also tried sleeping with the product on my ends and washing it out in the morning. Either way the visable results are nothing to write home about.

I disagree with the textual damage repair idea too, I didn't find that it did anything to the actualy integrity of my hair, more just an add soft layer on top. However - this might be due to the severity of my damage, and would vary person to person. The main plus to this product has to be the smell, I love the John Frieda 'salon-type' smell, but that's really the only plus of me. I will finish up this tub, but I don't plan on repurchasing it.

Alas, I continue on my quest to find a solution to reviving my used and abuse locks! 

Have you tried any really good hair treatments? 

Hope you're all having a great week.
ClaireRebecca.x


KIKO Nail Lacqure - Mint Milk: A Review

After discovering Italian Cosmetics brand KIKO on a recent trip to Italy, I've been in awe of their products. See my previous KIKO Haul here. KIKO is available in the UK, however my nearest store is in London and I havent been shopping in London for a while, which is a pain! 


However my gorgeous friend Lauren, whom I was visiting on my prior trip to Italy, brought me this little treat! 


I spotted it on her nails whilst on Skype, So I was delighted when she gifted me with my own bottle! 
The colour is 398 - Mint Milk, which is such an adorable name! However, like many KIKO if find their naming to be a bit off. As this polish in my mind isn't particularly milky.  Instead its a gorgeous minty turquoise colour. 

Mint Milk is a cream polish and only takes a single coat to achieve full opacity (Perfect for someone as impatient as me) , which dries relatively quickly with a lovely glossy sheen.

A perfect shade for those Long summer days in the park. (If they ever arrive!)  


Have you tried any KIKO products? 

ClaireRebecca.x

Revlon Top Speed Polish - Electric: A Review


I bought Revlon - Top Speed polish to wear to a wedding. My outfit consisted of a white dress, with bright yellow heels and coordination yellow Shall, clutch and accessories. As many of you know yellow is such a hard colour to find in a nail polish, especially in the drug store/High street store.

However, I spotted this polish in colour Electric and thought I'd give it a go for the wedding. Unfortunately I couldn't of been more disappointed with this polish!

The formulation was thin and runny which made it a nightmare to apply. It was patchy and streaky requiring 3 or more coats for opacity. Once dry I found there polish severely lacked luster and looked a bit dull really, which is strange at its a bright yellow colour! I dont feel the product was really true to colour either as on the nails it was more of a washed out yellow than a bright.
And for £6.50 it's not exactly cheap, needless to say I returned it!

Perhaps it was my bottle that was faulty as Revlon overall have a great reputation. What's your experience with Revlon Top speed polish?

Have a great weekend.
ClaireRebecca.x

Garnier - SummerBody: A review

Good Morning ladies! Following my recent review of  Rimmel Sunshimmer tanner, I've been experimenting with dinnerent tanners.
By far, Garnier - Summer Body is now my go-to tanner.

The product is a thick white cream/gel which absorbs quickly into the skin. I apply the cream in large circular motions to avoid streaking. The cream is very moisturizing and sinks into the skin like a dream.

As well as smelling incredible, after about 3hours, (I normally apply before bed) it turns your skin a gorgeous deep bronze colour, which looks oh-so natural! It's also a very build-able colour, just add another layer each day for deeper richer tan. 

One application lasts about 5days on me, fading from about the 2nd day. But it all depends on your skin and how much you exfoliate. 

I love it so much, I'm on my second bottle! 

A must have for summer!

Whats your favourite gradual tanner?!

ClaireRebecca.x 

#fitnessfreak

Quick update; Despite being very travel sick (yeuk) this morning on my way home to Oxford, I still manage to haul myself to the gym. Keeping in mind I was poorly this morning I didn't want to over do it, so;

I ran 5k beating my previous time by 10mins!
and 30mins elliptical. 

If thats a bad day?! There's only up from here!!

Here's a little fitspo/thinspo to keep you all going :)


ClaireRebecca.x








Health is Beauty!

As it's finally bikini season, many of us girls are starting to worry about that bikini body which has been hidden by that winter weight!  So instead of sweating about it, Sweat it off! 
This month I'm dedicating myself to this early morning work out to help lose weight and tone up for the beach. 
This workout will increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping ready to attack the day, as well as burning that fat! The strength training portion of this workout will strengthen and tone those long forgotten muscles, to give you a gorgeous defined bod. 

I'm also adding 3x30reps of alternate lunges and 3x10reps of extra squats to target my bum and thighs, as this is my most problematic area!

All together this workout takes me 20mins. I dont think thats asking too much! 

Wish me luck!!

Will you take on this challenge with me? 
ClaireRebecca.x


A quick one

I popped in to town yesterday with my mumma and picked up a few things, including these babies from H&M. The yellow and gold bracelet works perfectly with my outfit for the wedding this afternoon. At only £4.99 each , I couldn't resist the rose gold one either! 

Elegant yet simple. 
What are you up to this jubilee weekend?
ClaireRebecca.x


Smiles on Saturday


Just a little something to make you smile today :)

Wedding Prep; Hair & Nails.

It's officially wedding season, and my Sister is getting married tomorrow! Okay so, she's not my real sister, but she might as well be and I couldn't  be more excited! I took the 4hour trip from Oxford to my parents place in Suffolk for the big event.
My outfit has been sorted for a few weeks now, so all that was left was hair and nails! (The best parts!)


As many of you saw in my last Face-Of-The-Day, My roots were so bad I was almost a Brunett!  Something had to be done! A visit to the salon saw the revival of the Blonde girl I'm used to.
However, I only had the highlight on the roots, as I seem to have  destroyed my hair using 'Sun-in' bleach. And my stylist refused to put the bleach through the length of my hair! Whoops. So Please - take my advice, steer clear of that stuff!!  Unless you want seriously destroyed hair. *weeps*




Despite that, I'm happy to be brightened up and highlighted for the summer. I am a blonde once again! Hurrah!




Nails was the next port of call was the nails. My nails are too weak for gels, (even though I know they are less damaging), so I went for acrylics. This is the 3rd set I've had, and nothing can beat it! I can't tell you how good it makes me feel when my nails look perfect and manicured. I went for the classic french acrylics and I love them!






Are you enjoying Wedding season?
I wish all you English folk a happy Jubilee weekend! 
ClaireRebecca.x