Thursday, 27 February 2014

Fighting injuries

Hi everyone!


Today I'm going to talk about something on the sports side of things, and something I've experienced just last year. 

So at the end of summer 2012, at a lacrosse camp, I started getting really bad shin pains. At first I could manage the pain, but after a while I had to stop sport completely. Now I thought  this would last merely a few weeks, and I would be up and ready soon. But in reality, it was only in September 2013 I started gentle school sports properly, and November when I started my athletics out of school. I was out of sports for a whole year. Over that time I had shin splints, patella tendinitis, back pains, and this meant I was lacking in strength, which caused a multitude of other problems. Not being able to do something I loved was very hard, and I made many mistakes on the way, so today I'm going to talk to you about fighting injuries!

Step 1
If you are unsure of the nature of your injury, go visit a doctor. This means you can take the necessary precautions, and be sure of what to do. I didn't go to the doctor for a while, meaning it took longer for my legs to heal. 

Step 2
REST! I know it's simple, but its necessary. I really love sport, I don't know what I'd do without it, and I started it again WAY too early. This meant I got more problems, and it took a lot longer. Usually, for more injuries, RICE is the answer (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation!).

Step 3
Still try and keep fit. For example, if your legs are hurting, work on upper body and non-impact exercises. Just because one body part is injured, you can still improve the others. Impact sport was a problem for me, so I took up cycling and swimming. 

Step 4
Keep your head up. Not doing something you love can be tough, but setting new and exciting challenges for yourself can be essential. At this stage, keeping yourself motivated is the least you can do, and getting involved as much as you can is beneficial. Try and keep yourself busy, to avoid thinking too much about your injury. 

Step 5
Lastly, when you start sport again, take it slow. Your body will not be accustomed to the sudden impact, so introduce it nicely. Steady jogging is a good start, and strengthening is good also. This will ensure your body is ready to start where you left off. 

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I hope you liked this sport-based post, and it helped you fight through those nasty injuries. I learnt a lot from my year being out from sport, and I really want to share it with you, so you don't make the same mistakes as I did! If you have any questions, contact me on twitter, email or in the comments!


Have a lovely week everyone :)


Love Sian xox


Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Shard

Hello everyone!

Just a few days ago, I went to the Shard and into London with my best friend. Luckily I'm not too scared of heights, so I could really enjoy the experience. It was all free, all you need to do is book tickets, so I really recommend you guys trying it out! All you have to do is get there in a certain time slot, and you can have as long as you like!  I was really excited as this was a perfect oppurtunity to use my DSLR camera, and take some amazing pictures. I'm really happy with the results, and would love to share some of the photos with you.

Enjoy!


The stunning Shard itself... not too scary huh?



The amazing view of London!



Lucky for us, the sun started to come out as we arrived!



The view down...



The even more terrifying view up!


Experimenting with the monochrome setting on my camera!



Clouds looking quite heavenly...






The shard-like top of the building



And I had to include some photos of the delicious cake shop we went to afterwards! 








I hope you enjoyed that photo-based post, and are thinking about visiting the Shard!
It was truly amazing, and I hope my photography captured that.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Love Sian xox

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

High end vs. Highstreet | 2014 Blogger Challenge

Hi everybody!

So today is the next #2014BloggerChallenge post, and it is all about Highend vs. Highstreet. When I first saw this topic, I immediately thought - 'I don't where a lot of make-up, what am I going to talk about?!'. But after a reassuring chat with Gaby, who is running the challenge, she said that it was just expensive products vs. cheaper products. So that's exactly what I'm going to talk about!

I'm going to recommend two really nice Highend products, and two just as nice Highstreet products.


Let's get on with it!


Highend




This is my beautiful, Urban Outfitters cardigan. Now to me Urban Outfitters is high end, and I'm not sure what you think!  Anyway, this cardigan is super comfy, and really good quality. It is amazingly warm, long and perfect for days in and comfy days out! Mostly with high end products, the product isn't as good as it could be, but the Urban Outfitters clothes really live up to expectations. Although it costed a little more, I'm sure this cardigan will last for a very long time!




My next product is my Canon EOS 700D DSLR Camera. Now there's no question whether this is high end or not - the quality doesn't lie! The fold-out screen makes videoing a lot easier and more efficient. And I'm ashamed to say this, but it makes good selfie possible! The quality of photos and videos is outstanding, and I find that the standard lens zoom is very good. If you're looking for a new camera, and want an all-round DSLR, I really recommend this.  This was my first camera, and I found it very easy to use, and it gave good results on first use!
For more info, check out my previous camera post!

Highstreet




My first high street product is my new shoes from Fly London. Now, I've been looking for some nice Doc Martins for a while, but I couldn't get over the price! But when I found these shoes, I'd found my perfect match. They look very similar to Doc Martins, but have a thicker, more supportive base meaning they are comfortable to walk in.  I absolutely LOVE the colour, and  the rugged look of the shoes. On the inside is a leopard print-like design, which I adore! They were a really good price, and I've worn them almost very day!




My last highstreet product is these lovely Gap jeans. I struggle finding jeans that fit me - as they are either too long or too wide on the waist. But these ones fit perfectly! Usually I would look for more expensive jeans for a good fit, but I found my perfect pair in these Gap jeans. And they are on the cheaper side (for jeans. I have also experimented with rolling them up (as in the picture), and find this look really nice as well. These jeans, with my Fly London shoes, are my favourite outfit this month! Either way, they are amazing!

If you are interested in an OOTD post, please tell me, because I'm thinking about doing one!

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Now I'm sure I can find some more great high end/highstreet products if I rumaged through my closet and make-up bag, but here is just a brief overview of my favourites. I hope you liked this #2014BloggerChallenge post, and I look forward to the next one! 


As always, leave your links if you are also taking part in the challenge, and have a wonderful day!


Love Sian xox 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Movies I'm excited about!

Well hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a lovely week!

Lately I have seen a lot of appealing movies either coming out or already in the cinema. Now I don't have a lot of time, so my best chance at getting a taste of each  one is to watch the trailer and read up about the plots. Now surprising, this has made me even more excited!


This is to the extent that I HAVE to share my excitement with you guys. I thought this post will be useful not only to recommend movies to you guys, but vice versa! Get in contact with me on twitter or email! And feel free to tell me if there are any particularly bad ones here too...

The Wolf of Wall Street




Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Starring and lovely, talent Leonardo di Caprio, and also people like Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie. Looks incredible, but I'm pretty sure it's an 18 - ugh!




12 Years a Slave



In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. My friends have said the movie is very emotional and almost heart - breaking. Although it sounds very sad, I am still eager to see it. The lead role is Chiwetel Ejiofor, and others starring include Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt and Lupita Nyong'o.
   


Her



A lonely writer, played by Joaquin Phoenix,  develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need. This operating system is played by Scarlett Johansson. Now I now this movie sounds strange, but after watching the trailer, I am very intrigued with this new kind of love story. It's different, modern and fascinating. If you're into romance movies, definitely check this out!


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I hope you enjoyed seeing which movies I'm looking forward too, and maybe this gave you some ideas!  And if you have seen any of these movies, PLEASE tell me how they were, because I'd love to know! Feel free to recommend some new movies to me too :)

As always, follow me on twitter and have a lovely week!

Love Sian xox





Thursday, 6 February 2014

My Sporting Routine

Hi everyone!
How are you all? 

If you didn't know, I'm quite eager about my fitness and strength, and I have a busy routine during my normal week. I thought I would share this with you, and we can share the effectiveness of our routines and exchange tactics! If you need any advice or tips about fitness, or working on a specific part of your body, just ask in the comments!

Monday: Lacrosse training (30 mins)

Tuesday: Lacrosse training (30 mins)
Kick-boxing (1 hour)
Netball training (1 hr 15 mins)

Wednesday: Netball training (30 mins)
Pilates (1 hour)

Thursday: Fitness/Training (1 hour)

Friday: My Relaxing Day!

Saturday: Usually a sports match of some kind!
If not, I try and go for a run

Sunday: Athletics Training (2 hr 30 mins)

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I hope you liked that brief insight into my daily sport routine, and found it interesting! Obviously this changes depending on sports matches, but this is my basic week. With me going to school, it is a lot easier to keep up so much sport, but I find it hard to do in the holidays!

After being injured for 1 year, I'm finding this routine challenging, but extremely beneficial.
If you are interested in sport like me, contact me on twitter or chat in the comments!

And check out my other posts on Exercises for your Abs!

Love Sian xox

Monday, 3 February 2014

My Book Review! | 2014 Blogger Challenge

Hello Everyone!

It's that time of the month again (No, not that time ladies)... Another 2014 Blogger Challenge Post!

This week's post is a Book Review, on a Book of our choice. I used to be an eager reader, but recently I've stopped reading a lot. Of course, I have to read for school English, but I'm not as keen as I used to be. Maybe it was the never ending English lessons, or I've just gone off reading, but it's not very good! 

I've cheated a little bit, and I have two books from the same series that I really (really) loved! So here we goo...

DAN BROWN: THE DA VINCI CODE



 The Da Vinci Code follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in Paris's Louvre Museum. The curator has been fatally shot, and they have no suspects. They discover a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene. Langdon and Neveu go on an epic adventure, following the clues left behind by historical characters.

I really loved this book, as I adore murder mysteries. It keeps you on your feet the whole way, and takes you on an amazing adventure. The clues and hidden messages were so realistic, I though it actually could happen! It is exciting, and I like how it incorporated well-known history into every day life. Every time you think you know the answer, you are always thrown in a completely different direction. I was really engrossed in this book, and would recommend it to any history, adventure and mystery lovers! I also think the film was really intriguing, but it was quite violent at times, following the plot of the story.

DAN BROWN: ANGELS AND DEMONS




Angels and Demons follows Robert Langdon as he tries to stop the Illuminati. It starts where CERN director Maximilian Kohler discovers famous physicist, Leonardo Vetra, murdered. His chest is branded with an ambigram of the word 'Illuminati'. It is also discovered that the Illuminati have stolen a cannister containing antimatter. The battery for the cannister provides 24 hours - after that the antimatter will self-destruct. The cannister is somewhere in Vatican City, with a camera in front of it. It is also discovered that the four cardinals, who are most likely to replace the dying Pope, are missing. The team have to search for the cardinals, before it is too late.

This book is so intense, and the action never stops. The tension of finding the cardinals is over - whelming, but keeps you intrigued.  There is a mixture of problem-solving, adventure and murder mysteries. I really recommend this one if you are a murder mystery fan, and love constant adventure. It is a bit gruesome, so keep that in mind if you are planning on reading it. There is also a movie of this, with Tom Hanks playing Langdon in both movies. And they are quite violent and gruesome too! But I loved them!

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I hope you liked those brief book reviews, and found a book that you may consider reading soon! 

If you are taking part in the 2014 Blogger Challenge leave your links below, and recommend any of your favourite books!

Love you all, and speak to you soon!
Chat with me on twitter :)

Love Sian xox