Aug 26, 2013

My Highstreet Picks for AW13

I'm already getting excited about autumn fashion, as it's one of the only things I look forward to in the colder, darker months (Apart from Christmas of course!) I cannot wait to build my AW13 wardrobe and I've always preferred winter fashion as opposed to summer. I'm loving bright blocks of colour paired with black and grey and, as always, I love leather, studs and anything textured. I thought I'd share some of the things I've been eyeing up for next season. After I've been shopping I may attempt some fashion videos, maybe even a Lookbook or two if I'm feeling adventurous. Hope you are all well, thank you for all your support in recent weeks, you are all amazing! 



Aug 19, 2013

Mid-Year Resolutions

Each year after my birthday I tend to evaluate all my new years resolutions, but this year in particular, given the circumstances of my depression I really feel the need to make changes. I don't just want to quick fix, I want to change my circumstances in life and the way I think about things in the hopes that this will help to provide a more permanent cure. 

Weight Loss
It seems like every year I resolve to lose weight, it's a constant goal. Since my previous weight loss I've regained about 10-14lbs over about a year. This frustrates me, but then I have to look back and realise how far I have still come. I'm still 35lbs (2.5 stone) less than I was at my heaviest weight and I've been through at lot so I need to not be so hard on myself. Not only would I like to lose the weight I've regained but I'd also like to change my relationship with food and improve my fitness and activity level so that weight maintenance becomes second nature. I'm going to try and get into yoga and it is supposed to be good for the mind and body.... apparently. 

My Degree
I've found studying really stressful this year and I've not enjoyed it very much, although I have stuck it out and now I only have a year left until I graduate. Not only would I love to up my grades a little, I also want to enjoy studying and not stress out so much over it. I'm determined to be a little more organised and less intimidated by the assignment questions. 

Youtube & Blogging
One of my resolutions was to make a video every week this year, and so far I've managed that every week except one... I think. I'm really enjoying making videos opening up to you guys about my depression has made me realise how supportive and amazing this community can be. I now upload twice a week (tuesdays and fridays) and I basically just want to stick at this and work on the productions quality of my videos. As for blogging, I've been a little slack this year but I've up'd my game this month, and am aiming for post once a week. Hopefully I can stick to this as my blog is where this all started and I do love to write. 

Family & Helping Others
Being kinder and helping others is always something which I aim to do, but when you are going through a hard time it is easy to forgot to help those around you. Before the end of the year I'd love to do something to raise money for charity and as many little things to help others or make their day as possible. This makes me feel good and them feel good, so it's a win win situation. I also want to try and appreciate the little things in life and spend more time with my family, particularly my older brother so only lives 2 hours away but I only see every 3 months or so.  

Do you have any mid-year resolutions?

Onna x


Aug 14, 2013

Top Tips for Clearing Acne

There are two things that make me more self-conscious than anything else, weight gain and bad skin. When I'm feeling self-conscious everything seems more challenging so I work hard to keep my skin clear. I'm not promising this post will be anything groundbreaking, and a lot of tips were learnt from the queen of skincare herself, Caroline Hirons, but nevertheless I promised I'd share this with you guys. I haven't got around to filming the video version yet but that is coming soon. So here it goes, my top tips for keeping acne at bay.

Over-clean everything but your skin
I like to keep everything clean to prevent bacteria contamination on my skin. I wash things as often as I can, usually once a week. This includes; my brushes, hands (obviously multiple times a day), pillows and bedsheets, hair, sunglasses, iPhone, flannels (I use a fresh one daily), towels and anything else which I may come into contact with. Keeping hand sanitiser on you is great not only for your hands, but you can use a little with a tissue to clean your phone and sunglasses. I also hate washing my hair daily so whenever I'm working from home or lounging around the house I tie it up off my face to prevent the oils from my hair clogging my pores. 

It's what's on the inside that counts
What you eat has a massive effect on your skin. Fish oils work as an anti-imflamatory (a tip learnt from Caroline) so I take supplements everyday. I also try to include lots of salmon and tuna into my diet. Diets high in sugar can also worsen breakouts so trying not to eat lots of fast-food and processed meals. To summarise; eat your fish, eat your veggies and try to avoid macdonalds. 

Skipping dairy
I don't have anything against dairy, and if you don't have any kind of intolerance to it and you are not vegan there is not reason not to incorporate healthy dairy options like semi-skimmed milk and greek yoghurt into your diet. However, if you are struggling with acne and breakouts it is worth skipping dairy for two weeks as it can be a big cause of acne. If it makes a difference, that probably means dairy is causing you to break out. My favourite milk substitute is almond milk which I drink all the time at home, but if I'm out at coffee shop I'll drink soy milk. 

Get your 40 winks
During sleep is when your body recovers and heals itself. In order for you skin to heel  you need to be not only getting enough sleep but getting a good quality of sleep. Good sleep can also reduce stress which will help with stress-induced hormonal break outs. To get a good nips kip, make sure your bed is comfortable and your room is well ventilated and dark, avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening, shut off laptops before bed and if all else fails try supplements like valerian root or magnesium (a tip from reallyree).

Don't overuse products
I see so many people with problem skin using countless alcohol toners and salicylic acid serums and changing their cleanser every couple of weeks purely because it hasn't magically cured their acne. For many skincare products, your skin needs to get used to them being on your skin and breakouts can occur and constantly changing your skincare will only irritate your skin further. I like to find a routine that works for me and stick to it, without using too many products or fussing over my skin. Lots of products tends to break me out further. 

Hope you've found some of these tips useful, more to come in the video. 


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Aug 8, 2013

My Favourite Health and Fitness Bloggers!

I make on lot of videos on my channel about health and fitness and I cover a lot of different topics but there are some amazing fitness people out there on the internet who inspire me, teach me and just keep me going when I'm feeling lazy so I thought I'd share some of my favourites with you. (Obviously Carly Rowena is my ultimate favourite but you all know I love her)

I've met Gemma a couple of times and she is such a lovely girl, some of you probably already know her from her beauty channel on youtube but she has an amazing blog, with a great 'health section'. She does lots food diary and recipe ideas so her site is a great 'go-to' if you need some meal ideas. I also love that her recipes are accessible, there are some amazing recipe blogs out there but how many specialist bizarre ingredients am I supposed to buy on a student budget?? 

John and Leon are best friends and personal trainers who run a fitness channel on youtube. They are getting pretty big in the fitness world so I'm sure you already know them, but they are amazing for short quick effective workouts that you can do at home or at the gym. So if you are bored of your routine, or have a specific body part you would like to tone, they are your guys! 

This blog is run by Monica who has an amazing weight loss story. I've only found her recently but she has great recipes and does a lot of runs. I love reading about people's running training as it's something I'm really trying to get into! 

Dani is a youtuber from Texas. She mostly does beauty videos but she studies exercise and biology and makes some really good fitness videos, including her fitness routine and healthy snacks videos. 

Rosie is a huge (and gorgeous) lifestyle blogger but she also posts some really great healthy recipes. Her post on her 'anti-diet' just articulates perfectly how I feeling about dieting and weight loss. She's definitely worth checking out. 

Let me know your favourite health and fitness people below, I'd love to check them out!



Aug 4, 2013

Budget Bedroom Makeover

1) Bedding - Ikea £30 2) Lily-Flame Candles - John lewis £8.50 3) Mirror Argos £29.99 4) Pintuck Cushions - Matalan £3 5) Lamps - Argos £14.99 6) Wall Clock - Ikea £17.50 7) Tealight Holder - H&M £1.99 8) Cushion Cover - H&M £7.99 9) Jar - H&M £6.99 10) Cushion Cover - H&M £12.99 11) Office Chair  - Ikea £35 12) Vase - Ikea £5.25 13) Photo Frame  - John Lewis £12 14) Bedding - Ikea £40

I've decided I need a project, something to cheer me up. I can't move out until I graduate next year so I've decided to re-decorate my room. Now I'm on a student budget and I don't want to throw money away on things that I can't use in the future so I've decided to touch up the paintwork (my walls are cream and dark purple) and paint some furniture cream with paint I already own and change the bedding and accessories to freshen the place up. My chair and mirror are also broken so I'll be replacing those, but I'm basically hoping to transform my room for under £100. I just thought I'd share some inspiration, I've got my eye on a couple of these pieces. Such simple changes can make such a big difference. Also who knew H&M had homeware?? I'll be heading to primark soon and I'll be sure to keep you guys updated with the progress... Happy home happy mind, right? I'd love to know where your favourite place to buy home ware is so leave a comment as let me know! If you are curious as to what my room looks like now, I've embedded my room tour video from my youtube channel.  

Onna xx


Aug 1, 2013

Five Feel Good Foods

For any of you who watch my videos or follow any of my social media you will know that I've been going through a hard time recently. As I've said I'm not going to bare the gritty details of my personal life on the internet but, we all have problems right? A friend recently sent me this photo on whatsapp and it inspired me to write this post. On my youtube channel I get a lot of comments about whether I've lost or gained weight, why I'm trying to be healthy and that I'm 'too obsessed'. Even if I had my 'dream body' or the amazingly fast metabolism of some of my friends I'd still try to look after my body as best as I can. Apart from the obviously reasons like; having lots of energy, fighting and preventing illness and disease, keeping my skin looking good etc etc... what I eat and how I move my body has such a drastic effect on my mood. Although I would never dare to say eating healthy is a guaranteed cure for depression, it sure does making a surprising difference. So without further ado, here are some 'mood-boosting' foods you might want to try adding to your diet. 

1) Eggs
Research suggests foods high in vitamin-B12 can help to fight depression and egg yolks are full of it. The research on this isn't conclusive, but eggs are a great source or protein which is easily and quickly absorbed into your body. They are also great for quick, easy meals if you are struggling to stay on track. 

2) Spinach
Spinach is high in magnesium, a mineral which helps support the production of serotonin, a 'feel-good' chemical which controls mood. It is also rich in protein, calcium, potassium and lots of other vital vitamins and minerals. It's also one of this 'easy to eat' foods. I like to put it in my omelettes or smoothie, but you can whip up a tasty salad with baby leaf spinach. 

3) Oily Fish
A lack of fatty acids has been linked to worsening the effects of depression. You can take daily supplements to boost your intake if you find it hard to get hold of fresh fish, but things like mackerel, salmon and tuna are your best bets. Oily fish can also help improve your joints, skin and cardiovascular health and good fatty acids have also been proven to help boost fat loss. Nuts and avocado's are also a great source of essential fatty acids. 

4) Oats
Any diet that is low in sugar, and full of slow releasing carbs will not only help to stabilise your energy levels but also your mood. The highs and lows you experience with depression will only be enhanced by the highs and lows caused by a high sugar diet. Oats are also known to lower cholesterol.  

5) Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains mood boosting chemicals such as phenylethylamine, but it is also lower in fat and sugar than milk or white chocolate. When suffering from depression it is important not to be too strict on yourself and have things in your life that you enjoy. A piece of dark chocolate a day never did anyone any harm ;) 

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you want more food related posts. Hope you are all well,



Onna's Little Blog: August 2013

Onna's Little Blog

Onna's Little Blog: August 2013

Onna's Little Blog