January Reflections!

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I had an unexpected evening free today and I also realised that it's the final day of January- the first month of 2017 is over already! How mad is that?! Anyway, I thought I'd like to do a reflections post on how my month has been so far, and I think this is something I'd like to try and do at the end of every month. It will be nice to look back on at the end of the year, don't you think?

Looking back on it, January was actually a pretty great month for me! I've actually done so much and achieved so much (some of these I still can't talk about eeeek).

First of all is my weight loss achievement. I think I am the slimmest, fittest and healthiest I have been since I was 14 which is really saying something and I'm really, really happy about that! I have been eating really well and I started Zumba which is so much fun. I also moved house, and it's quite a bit further away from my place of work which means I'm managing to get in a lot of extra steps a day which is fab too! Roll on having my dream bod (finally!).



So that leads me to the next point- I moved house! I finally have my own room which is great, the whole house is incredibly nice and in a lovely area too, so I'm very happy about that!

I started working with one of my favourite brands in the whole world, Elegant Touch! They now send me packages filled with nails/nail accessories on the regular and I actually have enough fake nails to keep me going until about May now! This is a huge achievement for me and I am honestly over the moon to be working with them! (Posting all my fancy nails on Insta has really paid off!)



And speaking of Insta, I've upped my Insta game massively! I now have over 1,700 followers and I started the year at 1,600 ish so I feel that I've really improved on my engagement. I also joined a comment pod group, started using hashtags and am paying more attention to the quality of the images I upload, as well as asking questions in the captions as a form of microblogging to try and get followers to engage with me. So far, it seems to be working, so I'm pleased!


My mum purchased us tickets to see Loyle Carner, a new favourite artist of ours, as well as to see Maximo Park (I am paying her for them I just haven't done so yet...) which means I have a couple more gigs to look forward to this year, yay! 

I've been out almost every single Friday and Saturday of the month which has rinsed my account but given me some incredible (and hilarious) memories!



I've made some serious moves with Love from... and can promise you that the next issue is amazing! It's the GIRL POWER issue and is jam packed to the brim with so many fab features and interviews! I can't even tell you who has been included but I could just SCREAM. I can't wait until you all find out. 

I passed my next journalism assignment and am well on my way to becoming an officially qualified Magazine Journalist; this is a qualification I can't wait to have under my belt!

I also had a lovely games night that went on until 5am with the gang, where we swapped Christmas gifts, as well as my belated 21st gifts and I was truly overwhelmed because I was spoilt rotten with such thoughtful gifts. It was so nice to be reunited with them all for the first time since my birthday party in November too!



Finally, I did a lot of adulting this month! I went to the doctors to sort out my eczema and picked up and paid for my first medical prescription without my mum (lol). I booked my extremely overdue opticians appointment, went to it, picked out and purchased new glasses for myself without any adult help whatsoever (which was actually very scary as I have no idea if the glasses suit me and I overspent massively without an adult to control me and my money hahaha) and I also paid my first ever tax payment for being self employed. Because yes, to all the haters, my blog/magazine/writing is a real job that I make real money from. 

So yes, January has been a very good month for me, and I've been so busy it's no wonder that it's flown by! I've got three gigs next month including Drake, my magazines are being sent off to print and I'm excited to see how much further I get with my weight loss! How has your year started out? What plans have you got for next month? Share your highlight of the month with me in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace


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Slow and steady wins the race

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We all know the story of the hare and the tortoise like the back of our hands, right? The annoying fable that taught us all as children that "slow and steady wins the race". Adult life has taught me that this is in fact true.

A similar quote that I love is "A little progress each day adds up". Because it's true. Life so far has taught me that rather than rushing right into things, expecting brilliant results straight away, it is better to work hard on something for a long period of time to obtain even better results. Baby steps really do add up to something greater in the long run, and this was proven to me with my school work and exams, in running my business, and now in my weight loss too.

Although I'd like for there to be, I don't think there ever will be a time where I'm not in some kind of infuriating conflict about my body and how I look. I love myself, but at the same time I want to alter so many things. How is that even possible? It's such a massive contradiction and it winds me up so much. It also makes me feel like a huge hypocrite when I sit and preach about self love yet want to change so many things about myself. All too often I have to remind myself that the reason I want to change myself is because the 'ideal' body is pushed onto me- and everyone else- by the media all too often, and on a good day, it works; I embrace my curves, I appreciate my clear skin, my curly blonde hair, my blue-grey eyes. I see the likes rolling in on my Instagram selfies and I feel pretty damn fabulous.

On a bad day, it makes me feel worse. My social media feeds are flooded with the likes of Khloe Kardashian, Sarah Ashcroft and Tammy Hembrow and I can't help but suck my podgy belly in, wish my thighs were toned and tanned, that my bum was a little peachier- even if I know photoshop/surgery has played a role in so many of these 'perfect' celebrities' appearances. But hey, it happens right? All a part of living in the 21st century, woohoo.

My weight is obviously the main problem I have with myself, and any long term readers of my blog will know that. I harp on about it all of the time- because it bugs me nearly all of the time! I have crash dieted alot; I've tried diet pills, I've tried shakes, I've tried not eating at all, I've tried running, I've tried walking 10,000 steps a day, every single day, I've reduced portion sizes, cut out this food group or that food group. Nothing has ever helped me or worked.

At the start of 2016, I went through a break up. Initially, I lost a lot of weight through lack of appetite, but within a few months I was noticing a physical change in my body, as well as a change in my eating habits. Everyone knows that people get comfortable in relationships; you eat out more, order more take aways, and sometimes you get a little lax with your appearance because you know you're already with someone who loves you as you are. This definitely happened to me- towards the end of my relationship, me and my partner were having at least one Domino's take away a week, going through one of those giant blocks of cheese from Costco a week, countless bottles of fizzy drinks, packets of sweets, galaxy share bars and share bags of crisps with dips. I started that relationship as a size 6/8 and I left it a size 12/14- the biggest I have ever been, the heaviest I have ever been (one thing I won't share ever is my weight!) and the most unhappy I've ever been with my physical appearance. It was a real low point for me, and I genuinely felt like I had hit rock bottom.

So throughout 2016, it's safe to say my eating habits changed, as well as my attitude towards food and, ultimately, myself. I rarely get take aways now, usually only when having a games night with BJ, Alec and Ricarda. I only have fizzy drinks when I have dinner with my dad, twice a week, as opposed to having them every day. I rarely eat chocolate as I can't actually stomach it anymore; I much prefer sweets, and even then I don't have those much either. I still love crisps and dip but even that has been cut right back, and I usually have baked thins and low fat cream cheese as a healthier alternative!

I also tried being vegan for a short period of time, which helped me to adjust some of my eating habits, and while it didn't last, I really want to try being vegetarian this year before transitioning to a completely vegan diet next year. In addition to this, I started to buy my own healthy snacks and ingredients for lunch time wraps. I shared my weight loss/self love journey very openly on social media as a form of motivation for myself (I didn't want to fail in front of so many followers!) and I began to drink a lot more water. Now, as we enter 2017, I have even taken up Zumba!

To me, it doesn't sound like a lot to have done in the space of a year. When I write it, it doesn't look a lot either. And I didn't really feel it was a lot, until I came across a photo of myself the other day that shocked me.

The photo is from a night out where, at the time, I had felt I looked good. I had been out with Bobbie, who also told me how great I looked. We took a lot of photo's together, I loved my outfit and my make up and had a good night.

However, when I look back now, I'm not happy with what I see. And when I compare it to a selfie of me from last week, I can't believe the difference.

Are you ready? (I definitely wasn't!)

Left: April 2016. Right: January 2017


I cannot believe the change in myself. I honestly hadn't noticed it happening to me- I know I've tweeted here and there about losing a couple of inches whenever it happens, but whenever I look in the mirror, to me I always look the same. I guess it's because I see myself in the mirror all of the time, every day, it's harder to notice a physical change. 

I also bought some new work uniform on Friday and discovered I have gone down a size, to a size 10- at least, in Topshop anyway- we all know how unreliable clothes sizing can be!

It's safe to say that I'm honestly so happy that there's been a far bigger physical change to myself than I had noticed. Finally, I'm starting to look in the mirror and like what I see all of the time, not just some of the time. My body looks how I want it to look- not how anyone else wants it to look- and that makes me happy. I feel more confident in myself, I feel healthier within myself, and now I feel happier too. I eat better than ever before, I drink more water, I exercise more than ever before; all of these are positive adjustments, and they're not just beneficial for weight loss either. They're making me fitter and healthier as a person, my skin is clearer, I feel better within myself, more positive and happy. That's what counts, right?

At the end of the day, being healthy and being happy is what matters. It doesn't matter how big or how small you are, how short or how tall you are, whether you eat pizza every day or prefer to have a Instagram worthy avocado based meal, its how you feel about yourself that truly matters. A lot of people have said to me I've always looked great, or that they think I've always had a good figure, and I accept that as a compliment, it's nice to hear, and maybe to them it's the truth. But I've not always been happy with myself. I haven't always thought I looked great. I haven't always looked in the mirror and like what I was looking back at me. Now, I finally do. 

Slow and steady really does win the race. Small, healthy lifestyle changes have all amounted to one huge, physical change for me, and I could not be happier. 

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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JANUARY PLAYLIST

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I am so late in doing this, but here is is; my January playlist! There's so many sick tunes around at the moment, and I hope that this is the start of a promising year in terms of music! (Well Jamiroquai and Gorillaz are making a comeback so it can't be bad really...)

All Night- Chance the Rapper
No Lie- Sean Paul featuring Dua Lipa
Crazy- Kehlani
Shape of You- Ed Sheeran
Life Goes On- Fergie
JP Cooper- September Song
Gangsta- Kehlani
Love Myself- Hailee Steinfeld
You Don't Know Me- Jax Jones featuring RAYE
Should've Been Me- Naughty Boy featuring Kyla and Popcaan
Robbers- The 1975
House Work- Jax Jones featuring Mike Dunn and MNEK
Wild- Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara
Touch- Little Mix
Not in Love- M.O
Million Reasons- Lady Gaga
Now and Later- Sage and Gemini
Black- Donae'o featuring Dizzee Rascal and JME
HeavyDirtySoul- twenty one pilots
Hallelujah Money- Gorillaz featuring Benjamin Clemantine

All of these songs are pretty upbeat and have a good vibe which I feel represents my mood for January- I've had a really good month so far! What songs are you loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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Zumba baby!

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As always, my first New Year's Resolution for 2017 was to lose weight/get fit. I always find it quite hard to talk about my personal relationship with my body and weight because I'm such a strong advocate of body positivity and I feel that by talking about dieting I'm going against everything I believe in. I think everyone should embrace the body they're in, as long as they're happy and healthy. Whilst I am definitely a lot happier and healthier than I used to be, I'm still not fully happy and healthy, and that's why I'm trying to lose weight. However, it's not just about the weight for me; I want to get fitter too! Just because it would be nice to walk up the stairs without getting out of breath, you know?

Anyway.

Whenever I lose weight, I change my eating habits accordingly and eat a lot more 'good' food and a lot less 'bad' food (although I do still indulge in treats like pizza and crisps every now and again!) but the one thing I don't do is exercise. It's not because I don't want to, it's because I can't. I physically can't do exercise if I don't enjoy it, and I have never found an exercise I love (aside from Judo which I gave up a long, long time ago!). I have tried running, swimming, different work out DVD's- nothing works for me! And when I force myself to do exercise that I'm not enjoying, I'm not motivated and I gradually stop doing it and then the weight loss comes to a halt and then I get in a slump and get stuck in this horrible cycle.

So, when my best pal Abby suggested I join her at a Zumba class she just started, I jumped at the chance to go. I had heard nothing but good things about Zumba before and so I was willing to give it a go. I had never done any kind of group exercise class before because I've never really been confident enough to go to one, but I knew that being with my best friend would make the whole experience better!

The first session was free, the hall it was held in is just five minutes from my house and it wasn't too busy- there were about 25 people, all women and all so diverse. There were big women, small women, curvy women, tall women, small women, young women, old women, Asian women, black women, white women, Chinese women, Indian women... so many different kinds of women! Some of them were clearly regulars and had the moves to every single routine memorised, others were beginners. It was evident that everyone was there for a different reason; some for fun, some for fitness. I just loved it.

Post Zumba selfies!


The vibe of the workout was just nothing but fun and I absolutely loved it! There was no judgement, no competition, no uncomfortableness. I felt relaxed, me and Abby had a giggle and it was a proper workout that left me tired out yet energized and full of endorphins afterwards. I felt healthy, I was in a good mood- it was a feeling I'd never experienced after exercising before and I literally felt euphoric that finally I had found a workout that was right for me!

The classes are handy because they're pay as you go, Abby does them and there's three a week so I know I'm definitely going to be doing at least one a week- I'd like to do two though! I'm going to try and get to a 9am class on Sunday which anyone who knows me well will be stunned about... On top of this I'm still going to be trying to do my 10,000 steps a day and I'm going to be drinking a lot more water too. So far I've accomplished this every day this week which is amazing!

And more post Zumba selfies!

New year, new me, right?

I'm so happy Abby encouraged me to try Zumba and I really hope this is a positive step forward in my journey to becoming fitter, happier and healthier!

Have you tried Zumba? What exercises do you love to do? Have a chat with me in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS/MY 21ST

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Hey guys, long time no speak! I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I wrote a blog post and whilst it has felt strange not posting every single day, I can tell you I have not missed it. It's not because I don't love blogging, because I do, but I think I just really needed- and deserved!- the break!

Now I'm back and am really excited for some of the content I have planned for 2017! Admittedly, today's post is a bit of a basic one, filled with a lot more photo's and a lot less writing, but I promise I do have some really good posts planned out! Today I just wanted to share with you the gifts my lil' gang (BJ, Alec and Carda) got me for Christmas and for my 21st birthday! Now, yes, my 21st birthday was over 2 months ago but I didn't get to see BJ and Carda until the 8th January to open their gifts for me- and there was 21 of them! The pair of them (aka, Carda) had been collecting gifts for pretty much the entire year leading up to my birthday and I was utterly overwhelmed with how thoughtful and lovely all my gifts were. They all have a back story, as do all my Christmas gifts from them and from Alec, so I wanted to share them on the blog with you guys!


21st Birthday gifts from BJ and Carda


They know how much I loved my Kylie Lip Kits, so this gorgeous, nude, liquid lip set was ideal for me! 



Ever the nail fanatic, I absolutely adored getting this vanity case full of nail-related goodies! Particularly the JLS nail transfers...
How cute is this little stationery set for me?


These pink high heels threw me off at first, I thought they looked a bit weird in shape...it turns out that they're speakers! SO me, and so good too!





I love unicorns. Simple as that.


I've cut off so many people in 2016 and I want to get fit, this pink punching bag with the option to put  photo of someones face in is perfect for me right? 


How cute is this though? 


Pink, alcohol...yep, this is fab.




How sweet is this organisational memo board Carda made for me? I thought this was the cutest thing ever!


Best friends forever x


I love Gossip Girl, you'll all know me and the gang have regular game nights, so this is the perfect gift!




These saucy post it's are right up my street! 





This gorgeous Alice in Wonderland book is definitely one of my favourite gifts!




Christmas gifts from BJ, Carda and Alec!





How sweet is this gift? BJ knows I love having my hard boiled eggs for lunch so bought me these egg moulds! 




Ricarda called this a 'glitter box', everything in it was all sparkly!!



A "house warming" gift from Alec for my new home!


So as you can see, I was incredibly spoiled by my wonderful best friends and I was totally overwhelmed by how much love and thought had gone into each of my gifts. I love my friends so much and I am so grateful for all of these lovely presents!

Did you get- or even give- an incredibly thoughtful gift for Christmas? Let me know what it was in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace


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