Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Pulse Light Clinic // Laser Hair Removal

When Pulse Light Laser hair removal clinic contacted me and asked if I would like to try out laser hair removal I was very excited because I have always wanted to give it a go but never got round to it.

After all who wants to have to shave everyday? Certainly not me.  Considering waxing scares the bajeesus out of me I've really had no other option.  I felt like I was continuously shaving, and I am not even that hairy (honest).

The consultation
So off I went for my consultation.  Excited yet a little aprehensive (I had heard that it hurt).

The staff at the check in desk were lovely and very welcoming, despite me turning up a little late.  I was handed a form to fill in, it was quite extensive with lots of questions like did I use sunbeds or was I wearing self tan?  I didn't quite understand these questions until the lovely therapist explained that it would depend on the light they would use.

So I pulled down my trousers and jumped up on the bed, I felt surprisingly comfortable.  I think because the therapist was so lovely and friendly.

She ran the laser across my skin, it was a strange sensation. A little nippy but nothing too sore, and I have a low pain threshold.  She adviced that I looked at the light as it was working it's magic and that made it even less nippy.

So I pulled up my rousers and that was that. All good... ready for my treatments.

1st Appointment
2 weeks later I went for my first full session which lasted around 10 minutes and felt like nothing had happened.  The only part which felt a little uncomfortable was in a few 'tender parts'. However with the cold air blowing on to my skin at the same time as the laser, I soon felt nothing at all.

Over the next few days I noticed what looked like ingrown hairs, the therapist told me to exfolaite so thats what I did and after a couple of days they all went.

Now it is 3 weeks later and I can not believe the difference already, there is so much less hair.  Instead of having to shave everyday I am now down to about once every 3 days.  And that is after my first session! I have 3 more to go and I am pretty sure that I will be as smooth as smooth can be, I can't wait!

Check back for updates!!

Ashly xxx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Wildfox Sweater

What I wore
Hat // H & M
Sweater // Wildfox Plaid Knit
Trousers // New Look Coated Leggings
Boots // Chanel
Ashly xxx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Work out Wear on the High Street

Nothing makes me want to hit the gym faster than new work out gear!! Some high street shops have a great selection, nice bright colours and good prices.  Some of my favourites are H & M, Victoria's Secret and Primark.  I do think high street shops are missing a trick not stocking funky work out gear... after all isn't this the year we saw the rise of the #gymselfie

Neon Pink Yoga Cowl Hoody £8 // Primark
Skinny Jogger £7 // Primark

Where do you get your workout wardrobe?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Procrastination killing your success?

There is no bigger killer of success than procrastination or lack of motivation.  You make lists but don't complete them.  There just seems to be so much to do before you can get round to your actual task... sound familiar?

The sad truth is, if you don't have motivation all you will ever have are dreams and goals with no successful outcome and you will continue to procrastinate.

In the past I have found it difficult to motivate myself.  Whether it is getting up in the morning to workout when you just wanna turn that darn alarm off and get back under those warm covers, or something as seemingly simple as writing an email.   It appears procrastination is everywhere at times.

So here are some fantastic ways I use to motivate myself that always work!!

1. Work out why? Have vision

You have to know WHY you are doing something.  What is your motivation? What will you gain from completing your task/goal.  This is necessary for the times when you really want to give up. Remind yourself of this why, it will spur you on.  Be as specific as possible with your 'why'.  This is where the vision comes in.

Create a vision board (use pinterest if you like) put on there what you want the outcome of your task/goal to be.  Want to loose weight? add pictures of the bodies you aspire to have, the food you want to eat, the clothes you will wear.  Want to have a successful business? Pin pictures of the car you want, the home, the holidays you will go on.  It is all about being specific, what colour of bikini will you wear? What colour will your new car be?

Put pictures up around the house to remind yourself of your vision.  When I feel really low, I simply work on my 'vision boards'.  This always gets me excited and motivated again.

Visualisation is no joke when it comes to success and motivation.  How many times have you heard somebody successful talking about how they imagined themselves in the position they are now years previously? When Jim Carey was broke and a 'nobody' he would visualise himself getting acting roles.  He even wrote himself a cheque for $10,000,000 for 'acting services rendered', he dated it thankgiving 1995 and put it in his wallet and kept it there.  Just before that date he got the role in Dumb and Dumber and found out he was going to make $10,000,000.

2. Be Positive  

"Research shows happiness increases productivity and makes you more successful"
 So lets get happy! Sit down with a pad of paper and take 15 minutes to make a list of 10 successes in your life, big or small.  It can be anything from winning a race at your school sports day to getting a new job.  Whatever it is, the thought you create when remembering the event will trigger positive feelings.

When you wake up in the morning try listing (in your head or on paper) 5 people you are grateful for in your life.  Try playing an upbeat song that makes you jump up and dance around. 

Think about it... what is going to make you want to get up and get on with your day, thinking about how you've done nothing and you are a waste of space or being positive and feeling like you are on the right track?

3. Feel the Fear & do it anyway!

Are you procrastinating because you are afraid? Maybe you are afraid to fail or afraid to succeed. Either way fear is something that holds everyone back at one time or another.

I see many quotes about not being afraid, but the truth is fear is always going to be there. So instead of trying 'not to be scared' which I believe is virtually impossible, or waiting until you are 'not afraid' anymore.  You have to feel the fear and do it anyway.  Understand that anything new will probably make you feel anxious, nervous or afraid but you can't let that stop you.

After all nothing great was ever accomplished from staying within our comfort zones.  If you feel nervous or afraid, that is a good thing! It means you are growing, that you are stretching yourself!  So go out there and just get it done!!!

I hope this helped a little. 
I would love to hear any tips on how you motivate yourself

Ashly x

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Street Style // 1

What I wore
Trainers // Diesel
Jeans // H & M
Tee // Zoe Karssen
Jacket // Second Female
Bag // Chanel Shopper Tote
Bracelet // Necklace from Accessorize
Rings // accessorize
Nail polish // Barry M Berry Cosmo & Dutchess

Meet my best buddy Samyouel
Trainers // Converse
Jeans // H & M (oooh matchies)
Bag // Zara
Shirt // Vintage Ralph Lauren
Jacket // Vintage from Rokit

Photography by Sid Scott
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Ashly xxx

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

To Tattoo or not to Tattoo that is the question

For a while now I have been thinking about getting a tattoo.  I know I know it is not a decision to be taken lightly.  Tattoos are for life, not just for Christmas ya know.  So where better to ask for the best advice but my readers?

I want a tattoo with meaning.  I want to look at it everyday and remind myself of the hard times I have been through, how I am so much stronger now than I have ever been.  I want it to give me strength.  Here are some ideas of what I want...

I like the idea of hearts and flying birds, for me they signify love, freedom, hope and power.

So what do you think?  Do you have any tattoos or would you get one?

Ashly xxx