A Fashion Blog By Gemma Talbot

Sunday, 13 January 2019

This Week's Round Up

This week has felt more like the first week of January or at least how the first week is supposed to feel if you get my drift. Starting the week on a Monday really set me up for the week ahead and has definitely kept me more motivated. 

Sometimes I get stuck for ideas on what to write about. I mean there’s only so many times I can talk about fuck boys until it gets a little predictable. That’s why I like these posts because a lot can happen in a week, especially with the nature of my job being so up and down and as such there’s always something to report. 

Has Instagram made people nosey?

I don’t mean this in a bad way whatsoever because let’s face it, I am a little bit nosey especially when it comes to the more private aspects of people’s lives. Especially some of your favourites whom you follow on the gram. It’s a funny one because where do you cross the line between general intrigue and being fully invested? It’s such a weird thought to get your head around, whereby you feel as though you know someone you follow on Instagram but in reality you hardly know them at all. 

As the barista in my local coffee shop said to me the other day “you have mild celebrity status, you should expect these things”. I half awkwardly laughed, half cringed because I don’t see it from this way at all but I guess the more followers I gain the more people want to know about my life. It comes to a point of knowing how much you want to share that’s personal to you and not oversharing at the same time. 

You might be thinking where I am going with this. Well, on Monday I posted an Instagram story where my followers have the option to ask me a question. I’d say that 80% of the questions (and there were a few) wanted me to divulge information about my new boyfriend or whether I actually had a new boyfriend altogether.

“so is he your boyfriend”

“how did you meet your new looove? ⚡️”

“Pls tell us about Bae”

“New boyfriend that’s not a fuckboy?!”

“Are you official gf & bf ??!”

“I don’t even know you but I’m actually really happy for you!! 😁 and the muscles! 😜”

To be fair, I’ve shared a lot of my dating experiences with countless blog posts on my bad luck when it comes to men and will always be as open and honest as possible, which is ironic seeing as I find myself to be quite a private person. The irony of putting your life out on the internet so publicly for people to often scrutinise. What I was shocked by was how many lovely, heart felt DM’s I received saying they were truly happy for me, almost to the point where it was so nice I could have cried. Not in an emotional, time of the month kind of way either. I sometimes feel like social media can be a very negative place and this just reinstated that it can definitely still be a platform whereby girls particularly, support and empower one and other. 

Keeping busy but still staying on track with my fitness goals

I’m sure most of you may know by now that I’m a bit of a gym bunny. With a busy schedule over the next few weeks it can at times feel difficult to fit a gym session in and still eat well. I hate to say it but in my eyes if you really want to achieve a particular goal, you’ll set aside some time to do it. I’m talking about dedicating an hour on Sunday to get your food prep done (which I plan on doing today) if this means you will stay on track. I may be self employed but when I did work in an office based environment, knowing I had lunch in the fridge stopped me from spending money on a Pret lunch or picking up naughty treats along the way and the same applies for me when working at home. 

This week I’ve been eating well (except for yesterday’s hungover Chinese takeaway) and working out regularly and feel so good for it. I even squeezed in a good leg day session today. I’d go as far as saying I’ve developed a healthy obsession with the gym and often feel it affects my mood if I don’t go for two days. I don’t know if it is the endorphins but mentally I feel so much better for it and happier too. So as such, that is my motivator to get me to the gym often 5 times a week. You need to find something you love and I’m sure like me you’ll find it just as easy to fall in love with fitness and eating well. I can’t stress enough that it is a lifestyle change but as long as you try and live by the 80-20 rule you’re hard work with pay off. I am a firm believer in the saying ‘if you are good to your body it will be good to you’. 

Ultimately, I’ve been working out for long enough now that I am 100% doing it for myself and not because I feel pressure to look a certain way or because I want to be like these Instagram models. I’ve lost weight, I’ve gained weight but more importantly it’s given me a clearer mindset and allowed me to escape from reality sometimes. As silly as that may sound it is true. Sometimes you just have to take yourself off to the gym, blast the music through your wireless headphones and release some frustration in the form of lifting some weights 💪🏼

The Veganuary Debate

Judging from social media, sales of Gregg’s vegan sausage rolls must have increased threefold. I’d say that I am half way there to veganism. I pretty much have cut most forms of diary out of my diet mainly because I feel like I’m mildly intolerant. I’ve switched from whey protein shakes to vegan and don’t eat much meat apart from lean white meat and fish. I also watched the Cowspiracy video on YouTube and it 100% put me off drinking milk completely. If you want to continue drinking milk I suggest you don’t watch it. There’s no other word I can use than disgusting. I still feel sick at the sheer thought of the video. I was absolutely horrified and almost two years later I haven’t touched a drop of milk since. The smell actually makes me want to gag now. 

Whilst on an evening scroll on Twitter, which let’s face it has become a constant stream of ranting I couldn’t believe how many people were attacking vegans and their choice to follow a vegan based diet and lifestyle. Someone should never be judged for a lifestyle choice. I personally feel that as long as people don’t try to force their opinions on anyone else, then you should be able to do as you please. What happened to you do you? And why are people so quick to judge and criticise. It baffles me. 

One girl tweeted something along the lines of “how can vegans wear faux fur when it looks like an animal”. I couldn’t help but laugh at the ignorance. I mean come on. They’re wearing faux fur because vegans are choosing not to wear animals on their back. The argument was completely flawed and made me feel like some people are keen to jump on this anti-vegan train without actually knowing what they are saying at all. 

I’m not going to lie, I am keen to try the new vegan sausage roll from Greggs. It has actually been years since I had one, maybe even 15!!!! I can just imagine it now, smothered in Heinz tomato ketchup. YUUUUUUMMMY. 

Switching off from social media

On Sunday except for uploading my morning Instagram post I spent the whole day offline and didn’t even go into the app until 9pm that night. I spent the morning lazing around, which lets face it Sunday’s are meant for and then spent the day with Louis shopping on Oxford Street. It really is so true that you should spend more time doing things that encourage you to check your phone less. I was also making a conscious effort to not go on any social media platforms because honestly I think that despite my job relying so heavily on it, this mentality is going to benefit me in the long run. No comparing, putting yourself down but ultimately not losing sight of what really matters in life. Creating memories with those special people in your life. 

I feel like I’m making a promise to myself that every Sunday I am going to use this day to go offline so to speak and enjoy spending it with friends, family or even just with some alone time and a good book. I’m currently reading Lullaby by Leila Slimani if anyone is looking for a new book to read. I think that this is actually what mentally prepared me for the week ahead and why it’s been so productive, as silly as that may sound to you. 

New hair, New me

“I hate my hair” sound familiar?! When I tell my friends I’m getting my hair done, they’re like oh god. Girls, I cannot stress enough how important hair is. For about six years I have been colouring my hair, often going for a balayage colour technique and to this day I have only found two hairdressers I 100% trust with my hair. I had my hair cut and coloured on Thursday (you may have seen from my Instagram stories) and I actually couldn’t be happier. I did have a noticeable two inches cut off but I love the change. For a few weeks now, I was staring in the mirror and also at my Instagram photos with a bugging feeling that there was something not quite right but equally I couldn’t put my finger on it either. It wasn’t until I went back to see my old hairdresser that she made me realise it wasn’t really blended at the front and the streaky contrast was what I didn’t like. Girls can be so precious when it comes to their hair sometimes but if you’re feeling like a change just book yourself into the hairdressers and take the plunge. If you end up hating it, it’s only hair and it will inevitably grow back. 

So as far as Sunday’s have gone it’s been a fairly relaxing one where I’ve been semi productive but also allowed myself the chance to switch off from social media and hit the reset button ready to face a new week. I hope you’ve all had a lovely week/weekend.

Dress - H&M (sold out - similar)
Roll Neck - New Look
Boots - ASOS
Bag - Gucci
Necklace - eBay

Photography by Fifi Newbery


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