Let’s face it, most of us still want to look glamorous in the gym but think it’s impossible due to all the sweat. Sports clothes is something I will never wear out in public as I don’t feel comfortable or feminine in them. BUT, since I’m a regular gym goer, I have transformed by gym wardrobe into a more stylish one so I can feel confident and comfortable whilst working out.
First of all, outfit! As it’s the new year, I decided to mix up my gym outfits and buy tops with motivational quotes and slogans. I bought a lot of slogan tops from Missguided, Boohoo and Forever 21 recently. I put together this ‘Sweat Squad’ slogan vest from Boohoo.com and a pair of Live The Process floral print leggings. Complimenting the sleeveless vest, I like to add a Mesh or fishnet crop top underneath the vest. I love this one from Mesh Panel Crop Tee by Ivy Park along with the brands Double Layer Camo Sports Bra. To finish off the outfit, I’ve added a sturdy yet stylish pair of trainers such as this Adidas Gymbreaker Bounce, which is perfect for training.
I know a lot of people will be raising their eyebrows about wearing make up in the gym but what is the point of working out if you’re not feeling your best? Makeup makes me feel confident and makes me work harder in the gym. But is makeup while you workout good for your skin? It depends on what you use. I’m not talking full makeup. It’s all about natural and light.
I like to use a tinted moisturiser for the gym with a bit of sweatproof powder on top. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (oil-free version) is perfect and lightweight for the gym. Rimmel London Waterproof Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner is one of my favourite eyeliners. I always wear it at the gym and after an intense workout, there isn’t even one bit of smudgeness – looks good as when I first put it on. I recently discovered Waterproof Sport Mascara by Eyeko and as the name says it, it is specifically for sports conditions. I love this mascara so much. And last but not least, lips! Stila Stay All Day Matte Lipstick is perfect for those sweaty workout. I make sure not to go all out on lipstick when I’m working out, a little goes a long way! Also, don’t forget a cute little make-up! I’m loving this Rose Gold Dita Make Up Bag from Skinny Dip.
Recently, I was shortlisted to become a fashion model by The Model Factory/Luxe Models and they invited me to Kube Studios for a makeover and photoshoot. Kube help aspiring models break into the industry, along with training and advice.
As I have done photoshoots before, I wasn’t that nervous. In fact, I love it when someone else does my hair and make up. The make up artist done four different looks on me to go with my four different outfit changes.
The first look was a more natural look which went with a casual outfit that I would wear on an everyday basis – a tulle skirt with a plain black top. The photographer told me that it seems like I’m much more confident in modelling in public – that’s news to me! But shows that I do appear confident and it is showing!
The next look was another natural look with my usual all black lacey outfit.
Now it gets more glamorous and right up my street. More eye make up with statement outfits. This one is my usual elegant and ‘princessy’ look. I love my hair curled like this!
Because I am Asian, they asked me to go for an Indian look as it is part of my culture which I rarely expose that much. I thought why not? I love dressing up on Eid and stuff and it’ll be nice to be professionally shot wearing my Indian outfit (and make my mother happy!) I brought in my recent Eid outfit and my selection of bindis to top the look off. The make up artist matched the look to my outfit. These are some of my favourites shoots from the day.
Everyone at the studio was absolutely lovely and very welcoming. It gave me an impression and an idea of what the modelling industry is really like. I thought it’ll be harsh and demanding. I thought I needed to be tall to model, a reason why I never considered it before because I’m only 4″11′! But that’s perfectly fine. I think it’s really important, especially in modelling is to know when to say ‘no’. I have a particular style and if I don’t feel comfortable with a certain look or outfit, I will say no. I did on the day and they were absolutely fine with it and went with whatever I felt comfortable with. That’s what I loved most about the experience. As I mentioned, I thought it would be a demanding environment but it was far from that!
The team felt I did really well and have what it takes to be a professional model. They liked my pictures and now will match me up with agencies.
This is all new for me but so exciting! My main career path is of course in journalism but modelling is something I’d do on the side. I love my fashion and beauty and have always done. It is also a great addition to this blog and an extra thing I can tell you guys all about!
To end this, apparently I am a “glamorous journalist” – I’ll definitely take that! 🙂
When it gets to autumn and winter, I get so excited because I can finally wear boots! I only got into boots just last autumn, but not any boots, but those chunky platform heeled gothic type boots that look so cool with an all black outfit. The higher the heel, the better.
These Danii Black Stud Platform Shoe from prettylittlething.com are rather like a dupe of the Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots (remember that craze?). It’s certainly a statement footwear so I reckon the boots will do the talking if you just pair it with a simple outfit.
H&M always have such amazing selection of platform boots during this time of year and it excites me so much because they are affordable yet very good quality. These lovely Platform boots are just £24 with quite a delicate elastic gore detailing.
These next ones (bottom right) are from boohoo.com but are currently unavailable online. But I’ve been seeing similar ones like this a lot lately and I absolutely love the unique touch to it – gold heel. It certainly stands out. I don’t yet have boots like this yet but I do have Mary Jane shoes like with an gold and embellished heel and I always get compliments on it. It certainly stands out but that’s what makes it elegant.
Last but not least is the Black Pu Zipper Ankle Chunky Heel Boots from newchic.com. They are certainly more edgier than the others because of its ‘chunkiness’ to it. I love biker feel to it yet it’s still very much girly with the high heel.
Let me know what type of boots, or any other type of footwear YOU like wearing in autumn and winter.
This post is part 2 of my ‘This is Me’ piece. I did another shoot recently and the pictures are below. Again, they reflect my personality.
Looking through them, I’ve realised how far I have actually come. I’m not perfect but only a few years ago, I would have laughed in your face if someone told me I’d be able to put myself out there without feeling scared – and only a few months ago, I didn’t think I’d be at peace with myself.
Of course there are down days but I realised I can now feel pain, feel sad and sit with it, rather than harm myself in some way. Before, I’d be a self destructive mess and ruined close relationships and friendships. I have learnt a lot and can actually control strong emotions now. I cry and let it out but then move on, whereas before, a strong emotion would automatically turn into “I’ll kill myself.” – Not the pleasantest.
If you didn’t know, title of this post is from a song by Demi Lovato (from the Camp Rock film) called ‘This is Me’ – now you know where part 1’s title comes from. It is very cringeworthy and cliched but that song really describes me. Because this is me.
Edit: Sometimes people say to me that I only care about myself and that “you’re so full of yourself.”
No, the thing is, I had a lot of insecurites and a low self esteem for many years; I spent years in and out of hospital, I was bullied all my life and I worked extremely hard to overcome feeling ugly, feeling fat and worthless and now I think I am amazing and for once, I will think of myself and put myself first. I won’t be used anymore. I dont care if you think otherwise. To get to this point is an achievement. Being full of oneself isn’t a bad thing. You don’t know how hard it is for someone to finally be confident in themselves. I’ve always cared about people more than they cared about me, well now I’m going think about myself for once.