Sunday, 9 January 2011

#Team BBJ



I vowed not to make New Year's resolutions this year because I never manage to keep them, either because they are pointless or unattainable at this point in my life. I mean I'm all for shooting for the stars but you need to know how to get there too! Instead of struggling through on my own, this year I am joining Team BBJ: body, blog and job. The lovely Amy came up with this and I think it is such a good idea! Rather than failing to keep my resolutions, I will have the support of a growing list of lovely ladies who you can follow HERE




I am proud of what I managed to achieve in 2010. Although my health wasn't very good, I got consistently good grades and my lectures were really positive, which is super encouraging when dissertation deadlines and finals are looming! If I work just a little bit harder, I think I could get a first so that's my aim this academic year! I have challenged myself this year and as a result I think I know what I want to do in my career, which can only be a good thing, right? In myself though, I also feel a lot happier, I am willing to experiment with my style- I never thought I would be wearing a maxi skirt for one!- and I am a lot happier with the way I look. I think this is mainly through this blog so thank you guys <3 




BLOG: This year I would love to expand my writing portfolio and also be more organised, especially with scheduling posts! There are obviously going to be times when I can't post as much as I would like so instead of stressing about it, I will have some back up posts for you guys. I also want to expand my writing portfolio and also try my hand at dress-making so if you guys have any tips or suggestions, they will be greatly welcomed! 


BODY: I have been watching what I eat recently and going to the gym more so I don't want to lose any weight but just tone up my arms and make sure that I am as active as possible. In addition to this, I am determined to only wear clothes and outfits that make me feel a little 'fizzy'. Now I don't mean ready to pop ;) but rather clothes that make me smile and feel great and this starts with wearing underwear that fits. Now this may sound odd but apparently 465% of women wear the wrong size bra (I may have exaggerated slightly here...) and I'm not going to be one of them... Never have basics been so luxurious... 
The sale is to DIE FOR
I also got this dress with some of my Christmas money and it fits the above criteria perfectly. It fits like a glove, has a swooshy skirt, nipped in waist and a fab print in gorgeous colours. What more can a girl ask for? They also have this print on a gorgeous jumpsuit which I would LOVE to see Danni or Lil rocking... if only my legs went up to my armpits! 

I wore it with my nude shoes which I have had for years and can't bear to replace as they are the perfect nude colour for my pale [and interesting] skin and a bag I bought at the Clothes Show. This bag is surprisingly roomy and I manage to cart around all of my junk in it too- WIN! 

Catalogue pose FTW!
I really don't know what was happening with my hair, it just WOULD NOT behave and looked like a bad wig in the majority of the photos we took... 



I was really disappointed as how I felt in this dress just didn't come across in the photos. I don't know why it didn't photograph well but I'm sure I'll be wearing it again soon as it's my favourite dress at the moment! This is no mean feat as I have LOTS of dresses to choose from in my ever expanding wardrobe. Speaking of which, I am having a clear out and have started to list some of the pieces here, so if you're looking for a bargain then why not have a rummage and help a fellow blogger?! 


The perfume Danni mentioned in her vlog is this one; Chloe by Chloe and it is gorgeous!
JOB: I have been applying to graduate schemes but trying to focus my search to ones I really want, rather than just applying to them willy nilly... hopefully this tactic will pay off! Many thanks to everyone for their suggestions too :) I have also been prepping for a couple of tests and interviews I have in the next month or so, so please keep your fingers crossed for me! :) For the time being though, it's straight back to revision before my test tomorrow...


Have you made any resolutions this year? What's your favourite outfit? 

20 comments:

Dani said...

I love your dress! It's so pretty and I love the shape, I think despite what you said it's visible in the first photo how prettily it nips in and flares out! The BBJ idea is such a good one, I may have to adopt it for myself :D
xx

E is for Eleanor said...

Ah I love Team BBJ! i'm only BB cause my job's not too bad right now but still supporting!! that dress is gorgeous, just a perfect shape. x

Danni and Maria said...

Dani- thank you! I just don't think the photos do the dress justice! And definitely join #TeamBBJ :)

Ellie- Yay for BBJ! Thank you, I saw it in the shop and just couldn't put it down! :)

Maria xxx

Harriet said...

That dress is gorgeous on you! If the photos don't do it justice then it must look even more fab in real life!

Good luck with the team BBJ resolution, like Ellie above I am team BB as I'm pretty happy one year into my graduate job. It isn't perfect - I don't think any graduate job is going to be perfect, but it's getting me where I want to go which is what I wanted from my first job anyway.

Danni and Maria said...

Thank you Harriet! :) I think that is true of any graduate job and that's something I am worried about, I don't want to compromise too much you know?

Maria xxx

Leia said...

That dress is so pretty!
I have the same problem with my hair in photos :(

Danni and Maria said...

Thank you Leia! I don't know what it was, it just would not behave- so annoying!

Maria xxx

Sarah said...

That dress looks gorgeous on you! I was looking at it yesterday but seeing it on you has made me want it. #TeamBBJ all the way xx

Danni and Maria said...

Sarah- thank you chick! It is so gorgeous, it just fitted me perfectly, it would have been rude to leave it there ;) And definitely, go team! :D

Maria xxx

Winnie said...

I think the dress comes across perfectly in these photos! It's gorgeous. I love that scent too but I haven't bought it yet! It's so pretty!

Danni and Maria said...

Thank you Winnie :) Chloe is such a gorgeous perfume, I love it! <3

Maria xxx

Kb said...

That dress is amazing on you, love the colours and I'm sure you'll get a lot of wear out of it. Team BBJ is a great idea, though it's more like team BUP (Blog, Uni, Job) for me, good luck with the job search!

Danni and Maria said...

Thanks Kristabel! I am planning a million different ways to wear it so I'll definitely get my money's worth :P And I am counting uni in with job as I have SO much to do still :S Good luck to you too :) We definitely have to meet up soon please? :D

Maria xxx

Sherin said...

I'm on Team BBJ this year as well. It's such a fab idea.
Can't wait to see what you do with the blog this year.
That dress looks beautiful on you and really looks like it fits perfectly.

Danni and Maria said...

Thank you Sherin! Team BBJ is helping to keep me focused which can only be a good thing, right? I really hope Danni and I can make this blog bigger and better too- exciting times :)

Maria xxx

Sarah said...

LOOOOVE this dress, especially on you, pretty lady! It looks like it fits you perfectly and I love the cut of it. I am a sucker for nipped in waists and full skirts. So tempted to purchase it on payday, lush!

Your resolutions sound really good. I'm doing BBJ too, although not so much the job part as I'm fairly happy where I am. I just need to get motivated, especially with the body part! I just so do enjoy sleeping and eating junkfood! :)

Danni and Maria said...

Sarah, it would look gorgeous on you my love, and it's definitely worth looking as they had some kind of 20% off thing running :) I am trying to get the balance between attainable and challenging which I think I have managed :)

Maria xxx

Heather said...

they sound like good goals to me, I love feeling good in what I wear everyday :)

btw I did my aqua hair by bleaching the ends and then using a manic panic dye diluted with contidioner :)

Vicki said...

i love the team bbj idea! such a great concept! love your ideas for 2011 very productive!! im gonna have to get on board and work out my plans for bbj now! :) x

Danni and Maria said...

Heather- I just think it makes your days just that little bit nicer- I love making that extra effort :)

Vicki- Definitely get on board! And hopefully I will be productive and organised all year, not just in January! :P

Maria xxx

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