Summer is on it’s way judging by the amazing weather we have been having lately and for me, when the sun shines it seems to make everything easier to cope with.
Although, I have been fretting a little about the coming months and the fact my wardrobe still represents winter – full of baggy jumpers, jeggings and anything else that basically covers me up.
I have been working on some weight loss which has been successful and I hope to lose even more gradually. I am now feeling a lot more confident but there are some things that I need to help me on my way to feeling summer confident.
I have created a head to toe of what helps me feel and look better and more importantly will make me feel confident during the summer months. I certainly don’t want to be sweating like a pig on a hot day because I am body conscious.
First things first, Mentality – mentality is key in feeling confident. Confidence comes from within and we must not get sucked into the celeb world of what picture perfect beauty is. Kate from Pouting In Hells wrote a fantastic piece a while back about REAL beauty. I urge you to read it, you will feel empowered! Are We Ready For Real Beauty?
I have previously discussed on my blog about the power held by the media when images of “perfection” are presented to us about how women and men should look. Health and wellbeing are far more important than having bulging muscles, a washboard stomach and immaculate skin – it’s just not possible for everyone to look like that and what a boring place it would be if we did hey? I can say that now after experiences eating disorders during my younger years. Being underweight is equally unhealthy as being overweight. I embrace my curves now and even my wibbly wobbly belly that housed my twins for nine months.
Now on to the easier part, the realistic things I can change to make me feel a little pampered, energised and good about my appearance.
Hair – Mrs H’s Favourite Things has a fabulous post with lots of creative ideas for your hair. I love leaving my hair to dry naturally and embracing the natural waves I have but I love the ideas Mrs H has come up with – I especially like the twisted side ponytail and the great advice of products to use.
Face – I can be prone to hormonal spots there’s nothing I can do about it. But for all the other days, I am spot free. I wash and cleanse my face every night giving my skin the chance to breath. I tend to avoid make up during the week unless I am going somewhere I feel I need it. I have been using Liz Earle cleansing products and my skin feels an dlook sso much brighter.
Underarms – Hands up who dislikes hairy armpits? Each to their own but I am not a fan myself! For me I am super conscious about hairy underarms especially in the summer, I also hate shaving and never get a chance to go out and get waxed. As it’s an ongoing long term issue for me, I have been using HoMedics Hair Removal system. I have noticed I am not shaving as much and the more I use by the time the summer comes I really won’t be shaving at all.
Clothes – As I have been trying to lose weight, I don’t really want to go out and spend a small fortune on clothes that are going to hopefully fall off me in months to come. I must admit I am a huge Primark and New Look fan, I find the fashion and price are ideal for when you need to watch the pennies. I do generally invest in decent wardrobe pieces but due to the weight loss I don’t want to waste my money. It also acts as a motivation too.
Dressing for my shape is the way forward for me – I can be one size in one shop and another size in a another shop. I purchased this gorgeous skirt and top the other day from New Look as my summer goal outfit.
Weight – I have documented a recent positive weight loss I have had and the journey continues. I am so pleased and uplifted by this change in my appearance. I am also feeling healthier and have more energy. If you would like to read about it – click here: Freedom Inspired.
Hands – I constantly wash my hands, it’s a bit of an OCD thing with me. I have at times made them sore and bleed from washing them so much. I do have a rescue remedy – hands soaked in E45 cream or Barefoot SOS with my trusty cotton gloves on overnight.
Legs – Pins in the summer for me need to be a little tanned and most definitely hair free. I will be using a gradual tanning lotion. I am lucky that I don’t really have hairy legs but I will still give them the odd blast with the HoMedics Hair Removal zapper.
Cardio – I am now working out with T25 every day for 25 minutes. I am determined to get fit and healthy. I also have a cross trainer so there is no excuse.
Toning – another thing I have wanted to do for months and months is yoga and I have recently discovered an online class. Prerecorded or live (for more info check out their site here) I have a months trial and can’t wait to get going on it.
Feet – My feet will live in pretty sandals and flip flops during hot days, my feet need to look nice. I will do the same trick as I do on my hands and I will also be booking myself into one of my favourite salons The Beauty Den to have my toes painted (shellac) and feet pampered.
A good routine, some early nights, a dollop of motivation and healthy diet should see me on my way to getting summer confident.
What makes you feel confident?