What I eat in a week

Hey Everyone! Todays post is a little peek into what I tend to eat as a student on a budget but also as someone who is leading a healthy lifestyle. I am not on a diet in any way (which you’ll be able to see clearly from the food I eat), instead I try to eat healthily with good portion sizes whilst making sure there are some treats in there because yo girl needs something to look forward to otherwise ‘Moody Molly’ makes a reappearance (as my family know too well).

Tuesday: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Wednesday: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Thursday: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Friday: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Saturday: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Sunday: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Monday: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Tuesday (today): Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner is to be decided

Snacks and desserts:

So as you can see there are a lot of repeated meals (mainly avocado on toast which I’ve been LOVING lately if you can’t tell already) because this is not only useful for using up any leftovers but enables me to stay on track of my healthy eating as I form a sort of routine so I know what I’m having and when. This is also so that I can avoid the almighty dangerous stage of starvation where you literally eat everything and anything in sight because you can’t wait/ be bothered to cook anything; you’re that HANGRY (yes thats right hangry, the angry stage of hunger!) Yet this ‘routine’ of eating is not necessarily super strict by any means as you can see from my food diary, I had lunch out on Saturday and I had dinner out at TGI Fridays on Monday. But even though I enjoyed meals out this is not to say that you can’t still be healthy, as at TGI Fridays I opted for a small salad (which I know many people would be like ‘why go out and have a salad? but honestly this salad is A M A Z I N G) and sweet potato fries on the side which is a healthier alternative to having a burger and fries. You see I’m all about making healthIER choices, note the emphasis on ‘IER’ because I’m not about to cut out all the nice sweet treats that give me ultimate satisfaction, because thats not a life that I want to lead. So yes I do have 4 biscuits for dessert (with a glass of milk, whilst feeling like a right little kid) and yes I still have pasta, sausages, popcorn and many other normal foods, because you can eat all that and still be healthy. Its all about MODERATION, the word everyone hates (including me because sometimes I do want to just devour a whole 200g Cadburys bar) but ultimately moderation is key to leading a healthy lifestyle.

Five steps to being body confident

First of all I need to clear something up here, there is no right or wrong way to be body confident because it’s something that is individual and personal to you. Body confidence is something that I have definitely struggled with in the past and you don’t just suddenly gain it overnight. We’ve all been there when you don’t feel confident enough to wear that  dress because you’re paranoid about your tummy protruding through or that skirt because you don’t like the look of your legs. A lot of body confidence comes with age as you discover your body shape but it also comes from loving yourself and feeling comfortable in your own skin. So I’m going to share with you 5 things that I’ve learnt and do to gain body confidence.

1.  Exercise. When I exercise it automatically makes me feel better about myself and so much more confident because I feel great on the inside and outside. Whether that be going for a run, a quick gym session, workout routine at home or just  simply walking it doesn’t matter just as long as its some sort of exercise. Some days I know I need to exercise to function properly as I get into this weird mood where I’m all grump and cranky until I’ve got that heart rate up and muscles pumping.


2. Selfies. Now I know this sounds rather vein but honestly taking selfies really does help with body confidence and anyway why should it be seen as a crime to take photos of yourself!? But its important to remember that when you take these selfies DO NOT criticise yourself, instead point out the things you like about your body and the things you’re proud of because everyone deserves to be proud of who they are.

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3. Surrounding yourself with supportive, loving people. The people around you and those who influence you are so important in terms of confidence. You need people who lift you up and bring out the best in you, which even applies to people on social media. That’s why on Instagram I follow those who inspire, motivate and educate me. For example one of the accounts I actively follow is the amazing and inspiring @iskra who is an Aerireal role model promoting body confidence and embracing every body shape. If you surround yourself with positivity and confidence then this will radiate through you as well.

4. Learn to appreciate but don’t compare. Now this is something that I have only recently mastered and I admit I still struggle to stick to this sometimes. What I mean by learning to appreciate but don’t compare is that you can appreciate other peoples body shape and appearances but it is important not to compare yourself to them and even worse beat yourself up about the fact that you don’t look like them. We’ve all been there and said ‘Ohhh I wish I looked like her/him’ but I’m here to remind you that every single one of us is unique and our uniqueness should be celebrated and not used to compare or make people feel bad about themselves. Once you stop comparing yourself its amazing what this can do to your confidence levels. Now you might be thinking what about all the things on social media though? Well truth is social media can be both an amazing and dangerous platform but it essentially comes down to how you perceive it and how you allow it to influence you. I allow social media to influence me in a positive way and in turn I aim to project this positivity throughout my social media as well. 

5. Wear and keep clothes that fit you. Now I know this sounds kind of stupid and obvious but you know those pair of jeans that you’ve had for ages and are still a little too small but you don’t want to chuck them out because you might get into them one day… just chuck them out! Trust me I’ve been there with my small clothes hoarding syndrome and its definitely not healthy for you. I kept all my size 8/10 clothes for about a year even though they didn’t fit me at all, but I realised this was just me desperately trying to cling onto the body shape I used to have and not embracing the body shape I now have. This was wrong as all I would achieve was wasting 5 minutes of my time trying to squeeze my mermaid thighs into my tight fitting jeans which would then lead to me being upset  and feeling rubbish about myself because they don’t go past my knees. Great confidence comes with feeling great in what you wear and more importantly feeling comfortable in it, so get rid of those clothes that no longer fit as hard and sad as it is I know but its got to be done. Just think of it this way it now frees up more room for better clothes that actually fit!

Now this isn’t an extensive list on how to be body confident by any means, it’s just what I’ve found that works for me along my journey with my body so far. To this day I’m still learning and discovering things about myself and my confidence levels. Of course I have my up days and down days just like everyone else does, but this is all part of the learning process. There will probably never be a definitive day when you could say ‘I am totally, 100% body confident’ but this doesn’t mean you don’t love yourself or that you aren’t body confident at all, it just means you are being true to yourself; like my saying goes Be True Be You.

Can you tell the difference between high end and low end high street?

This is a question that has been troubling me for a while… can you really tell the difference between something that costs £100 plus compared to something that costs just £30? Well I wanted to test this and really get to the bottom of whether splashing the cash is really worth it. So I ventured out on Saturday with the intent of trying on high end high street clothing and then their low end high street alternatives to compare, well my version of their alternatives anyway. Something I must share with you though is my experience trying on high end high street clothing. Oh well, did I feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. Not only did I feel pressured to buy the clothes, which I really couldn’t afford anyway, but I felt so out of place and got the impression that the employees knew I couldn’t really buy the clothes I was trying on, giving me a look of pity mixed with shame as I handed the clothes back to them (reluctantly with some of the items I must add). At the end of the day should it matter if I could afford them or not? The whole point of having fitting rooms is to try before you buy and anyway I am trying before I’m buying even if the buying comes years later when I have a proper, higher paying job. Nothing like some well-advanced preparation. Without further or do I’m going to show you the outfits I tried on with their descriptions below and see if you can spot which ones are high end and low end high street. All will be revealed at the bottom of the page. I know you’re tempted but see if you can guess without looking at the answers first and comment below if you got any right or feel free to comment anything you’d like! (I must add that the shoes are mine and are  same throughout. They were £7 from TK Maxx if you were wondering).

  1. Casual wear: Floral printed dress paired with a leather jacket

2. Formal wear: Monochrome floral dress with greyish tones

3. Casual wear: Blush pink top with biker style jeans

4. Occasion wear: Contrast print dress

5. Now I know these outfits aren’t exactly matching but I just fell in love with these items when I saw them so it will be interesting to see which one you think is high end and low end when the outfits aren’t comparable.

Now are you ready for the big reveal…..

  1. The left image is the low end high street from New Look. Dress = £24.99, Jacket = £29.99. The right image is the high end high street from All Saints. Dress = £188.00, Jacket = £318.00
  2. The left image is the high end high street from Coast. Dress = £95.00. The right image is the low end high street from Quiz. Dress = £24.99
  3. The left image is the high end high street from Mint Velvet. Top = £69.00, Jeans = £79.00. The right image is the low end high street from Primark and next (as primark didn’t have my size in their jeans). Top = £8.00, Jeans = £35
  4. The left image is the high end high street from Coast (again). Dress = £129.00. The right image is the low end high street from Quiz (again). Dress = £26.99
  5. The left image is the low end high street from Zara. Jacket = £49.99, Trousers = £25.99, Bralette = £19.99. The right image is the high end high street from Modern Rarity which by the way is absolutely stunning. Top = £60.00, Trousers = £10

So all in all were you right? Can you tell the difference between spending a £100 plus on an outfit or merely spending under 50 quid? It amazes me that higher end high street stores charge so much for some of their clothes. I mean yes there is an obvious difference in quality sometimes but I’m not sure if that grants them the privilege to charge such extortionate prices. Now this may be because I am a student and I don’t have much money to flaunt around buying expensive clothing but I am a great believer that you can rock absolutely anything no matter what the price tag says because style is something that can’t be bought. You own your style when you Be True and you guessed it Be You.

My experience at uni so far…

Currently I’m in my second year at university studying French with business management and I can tell you now university isn’t a doddle (well first year maybe but second year is definitely NOT). So in this blog I’m just going to share with you a few things I’ve learnt since coming to uni…

  1. It’s okay to be yourself. Basically what I mean by this is if you don’t want to go out every night of the week and get absolutely trollied then that’s perfectly okay. Its not a university requirement that you go out all the time because A thats such a waste of money and time since you don’t remember anything anyway and B the only thing you do get out of it is a sore head and your feet cursing you from the not so comfy high heels you so desperately tried to wear all night. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go out because I think everybody deserves a good night to let loose, especially in celebration after you say goodbye to those haunting deadlines, but you just shouldn’t be pressured into going out when you don’t want to. I mean who can afford to go out all the time with student loan nowadays anyway.  giphy-5
  2. Be careful with money. On the topic of student loan even though its so tempting to spend that magical sum of money each semester you gotta restrain those little fingers from pressing checkout online or entering those 4 magic numbers in the card machine, because that money runs out quickly and when its gone its gone for good. Unfortunately my student loan didn’t and still doesn’t cover my accommodation or bills so I have a part time job on the side which gets tricky during exam season and when those deadlines creep up but essentially I need it so just gotta deal. So for me I’ve never actually been able to spend any of my student loan to date, sad times.giphy-6
  3. Preparation is key. Now this is something I didn’t quite grasp in first year, the whole idea of organisation, preparation and keeping on top of that endless stream of work, but that’s okay because thats what first year is all about. Theres so many changes that happen at once and so many new things you have to adjust to that you physically won’t get everything right first time so try not to beat yourself up about it. You’ll get there, everyone does just in time and experience. I must admit though this was something I found particularly hard because I’m the most impatient person in the world (thanks dad) so I like to get things right then and there, but sometimes in life you just gotta wait (unfortunately).giphy-4
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others. I’m a massive culprit of doing this, especially because I’m studying French surrounded by such amazing people who are practically already fluent and theres me with no French relatives and having only learnt French at school which wasn’t much help to be honest. You know what I mean, just learning and reciting paragraphs for exams and oh the dreaded unexpected questions which weren’t really unexpected because you knew the topic beforehand, but you’re still sitting there thinking no please no don’t ask me them. Well now I’m learning about French politics and French laws when I don’t even know about my own country’s politics or laws and those dreaded unexpected questions are a just daily occurence but still dreaded. Anyway back to what I was saying about comparing yourself to others, even though you may think you’re the dummy of the class you’re definitely not. Its just at university praise is not really something they do so just prepare yourself for lots in the way of criticism, but don’t worry you will have improved its just they don’t like to tell you that you have #outofschoolreality.          giphy-3
  5. Go to your lectures. Now it may be tempting especially at the end of the semester to miss a few lectures here and there, no one will notice? But you forget that you’re actually paying to go to university and you wouldn’t pay for something unless you wanted it so in a sense you’re just shooting yourself in your own foot. It’s better to go and sit through a whole two hours of someone rambling on about nonsense than missing something crucial in the long run. It may hurt your soul at the moment but it will pay off in the future. And anyway it’s not like you’ve got to go to uni every day for 9 hours straight, I only have to go in 3 times a week (for £9000 a year, totally getting my moneys worth…NOT). giphy-2
  6. Make sure you check your emails and blackboard. Lecturers love to spring unexpected work and deadlines on you so make sure you check your emails/blackboard (blackboard may vary from uni to uni but it is essentially an online portal for all the modules/work you’re currently doing) because you don’t want to turn up to a lecture and feel a sudden rush of panic as the lecturer says I hope you’ve all prepared for your presentation today. At this point you can feel yourself slowly sinking into your chair trying to pretend you’re not there. giphy
  7. You are responsible for your own work. There ain’t nobody who’s gonna remind you to hand that summative essay in or remind you to revise for the big end of year exam, unfortunately my friends is all up to you. That’s what uni is all about, learning to cope and be independent. When that deadline says 3pm Tuesday it means 3pm Tuesday, there’s no bargaining or sweet talking that can be done to change it so if you don’t reach that deadline you’re stuffed!giphy-7
  8. Be careful with that food shop. So first year food shopping is a little trickier as you have to share a kitchen with roughly 8 other people so fridge and freezer space is a little limited. So try not to buy too much food as A you won’t be able to fit it anywhere and B most of the time you’ll end up wasting it which is what i used to do. The key thing is to buy only what you need, which I must admit is quite hard sometimes especially with jars of sauce as they are usually quite large and the smaller versions are more expensive even though there’s less stuff in it. The CHEEK! So my best advice is to shop around. Though this does get a lot easier in 2nd year when you move into your own house with the people you actually chose to live with and less of them, meaning you can have a whole shelf to yourself. Ah the dream! Plus now we tend to do a whole house shop and cook together which makes things so much cheaper and less wastage. Aldi is every students fav place to shop, but I’m also partial to ASDA and Sainsbury’s (mainly because of my staff discount) to get the branded stuff like Belvita breakfast biscuits which are my go to snack. I confess I am a biscuit lover. giphy-10
  9. Make sure you eat your greens. It’s so easy to go crazy with food because this is the first time you’ve been able to properly take control of what you’re eating. So first few months its okay to go crazy but make sure you integrate that staple fruit and veg as well. Now I know fruit and veg can be expensive but this is where Aldi comes in handy again. Aldi fruit and veg is so much cheaper than any other supermarkets, it can be a little but hit and miss sometimes but fruit and veg is unpredictable anyway. So get yourself down to Aldi (or Lidl) because you need that brain food to keep you going, especially during exam season. giphy-11
  10. Enjoy it! Lets face it you’re probably not going to get as much time off as you do at university for a while so enjoy the long ole holidays and enjoy the university experience. Get involved in anything and everything and above all be yourself!source-8

Integrate Summer into Winter

One of my key principles when buying clothes is versatility. I don’t know about you but for me buying something that you can wear in any season is so satisfying and not to mention good on the ole purse strings. You might not think you can wear that floral playsuit in winter but believe me oh yes you can with a little bit of know how. It’s all about pairing that summer item with winter classics, I’ll show you what I mean below…

As you can see this playsuit is rather floral but by pairing it with a black long top, tights and boots you not only keep yourself warm but also get away with wearing it in winter. Magic!

With this look I’ve basically shoved a jumper over the top of a rather floral dress converting it into a skirt (imposter!). This is another great trick to get more wear out of those staple pieces in your wardrobe.

Again here I’ve used the dress to skirt trick with a roll neck jumper. I am obsessed with anything roll neck/ turtle neck because not only do they elongate your top half but also keep your neck warm too, I’m all about that double usage!

(Oh and excuse the very visible dot in the middle of this photo, I may have accidentally touched the lense without realising… Oopsie)

You can even get away with wearing your fav culottes in winter by pairing them with you name it a roll neck top or for those less nippy days in Autumn you could wear a classic short sleeved tee underneath just to take the chill off.

Oh and my obsession with roll necks continues… So as you can see you can pretty much pair anything with a roll neck/turtle neck to convert a statement summery item of clothing into a wintery warming outfit. My advice… Invest in a roll neck/ turtle neck this winter, you definitely won’t regret it!

Dressing for your shape

Dressing for your shape can be very hard, especially nowadays because let’s face it does anyone have a clue what size they are? I sure don’t! Retailers don’t want to make it easy for us, one minute they seem quite generous with their sizing (raising suspicions as everything seems too good to be true) and making you feel a little better about yourself, but others simply want to crush that little confidence you have left as you barely fit one thigh into that same size skirt you just bought from the generous shop. Been there done that and it ain’t pretty trust me. So with my body shape and sizing I can tell you that I’ve been a range of sizes and shapes, from a size 16/18 to a size 8/10 and now settling at a size 12/14. I know it may sound silly but I can tell you that accepting my body shape at a size 12/14 has been rather difficult for me as I was previously a lot slimmer and since going to university my body has changed drastically. I’ve now got hips, a bum and mermaid thighs which I should be proud of because thats what makes me ME and who cares if you got a little bit of extra junk in the trunk to hold onto, at least I know if I fall on my bum it might cushion the blow a little! So I’m just going to share with you some little tips on how I’ve found what works with my body shape and if you’re a bum, thigh heavy girl like me then you’re in the right place…

First look is the dreaded skirt. Now I say dreaded because when you’ve got a big bum and thighs skirts are a nightmare, from riding up when you walk to being too goddamn short altogether. So to get round this I have found a style which I would say is the most flattering, comfortable and practical of all skirts, being the A-line skirt. As you can see in the left photo, a body con skirt just isn’t flattering at all and too short for public appearances but in the right photo the A-line skirt brings me in at the waist then flows out in (would you believe it) an A shape to balance and proportionate my figure. Plus I’m really loving high neck tops to elongate my body which probably doesn’t need elongating more than it already is, nearing 5″10, but I love it anyways. Oh and explanation to the random unicorn is basically there was a plug socket that I couldn’t crop out so I thought why not stick a unicorn in there instead; professional I am not but real I am and all that.

Horrible skirt (left) is from new look size 6 and horrible top (left) from new look size 10. Nice skirt (right) is from primary size 12 and nice top (right) is from H&M size Large.

Look two is dresses. Ahhh dresses what a palaver these are to find. So when I was slightly slimmer I could literally shove anything on in any shape and it would look pretty decent but now my big bum has formed this is just a no no. The best advice here is length length length! Midi dresses are perfect for a bigger bum and thighs as you can conceal those bad boys up whilst also accentuating you’re shape believe it or not. I’ll show you what I mean below…


Horrible dress (left) is from new look size 12. Nice dress (right) is from Marks and Spencer size 12.

Even though the first picture doesn’t look too bad, you can tell from the second picture just how hideous this dress really is. It rides up when I walk, it’s too short and frankly it makes me look like a sack of striped potatoes! But if you take a look at the third picture my body is immediately elongated and appears slimmer which is all down to the amazing midi length. I can’t stress enough how much this type of dress flatters a bigger bummed figure, plus there are no issues with saggy tights which take you back to your three year old days again, as it’s long enough to get away with wearing no tights while still keeping warm in those winter months.

The third and final look are jeans. These were originally the hardest item of clothing to find for my shape as I just couldn’t find anything that would go past my mermaid thighs! So you can imagine how excited I was to find a style of jeans that actually fitted me, and of course me being me I’ve bought them in as my colours as I can (but not as many as I would like due to being a poor student). Without a doubt high waisted jeans are my best friend as they automatically draw your attention to the waist area which is significantly smaller than my bum/hips, plus they make you feel so much more secure by allowing you to hide that food baby when necessary until you get home to let it all loose. Also an extra tip is to do with coats. I find that the most flattering coats are the longer ones that cut me at the right place as a shorter coat that stops right on the bum would just maximise my assets more than I would want them to. I actually got this coat from the tall range (well I say got I mean my sister didn’t want it and of course I wasn’t going to turn down free clothes, especially from the all expensive Topshop) because me being of a slightly taller height the normal size coat cuts me off at the bum so if you’re the same as me I would highly recommend buying from the tall section, well from the little options available anyway. Oh and explanation for the random hand sticker is again the same plug socket that I couldn’t crop due to my thumbs up to show how happy these jeans make me.

Horrible jeans (left) are from H&M size 12 and horrible top (left) is from primark size 12. Nice jeans (right) are from Tesco F&F size 14, nice top (right) is from river island size 14 and coat is from Topshop size 12 in the tall range.

If you found this helpful in any way let me know in the comments and if you have any tips or advice on dressing for your shape I’m all ears. I’m pretty new to all this stuff so I’m no expert by any means but I’m eager to learn, grow and just have fun with it as I go along. I’m not going to pretend to be anything I’m not so what you see is all me, it may not be perfect but professional I am not, real I am.