Im Baaaackkk (sort of…)

Hello my dears!

Yes, I am still alive! (more or less), it has been an absolutely hectic time lately. As I had previously mentioned, I’m in my final year of University, and had been working hard to finish all my deadlines and submit my dissertation. I have finally finished everything! Except one exam in around a week time, dun dun duuuuuun. After that, I’ll be hopping on a plane to see my family in Spain 🙂

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11150174_10153847114334937_5389142620356743059_n11062632_10153843781419937_7743385247010855669_n Quite a lot has happened since my last post, which I will all be elaborating on as soon as I am on holiday and have more time. For the meantime, I thought I’d share a few snapshots of things that have happened.

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Our Growing Edge February Round-up

Hello my dears!

I’m back with a huge post – the February Round-up of Our Growing Edge! It was so exciting reading through all the different entries and experiences of our fellow bloggers. It is great to see so many new tips, experiences, recipes and experiences.

I want to start with the last submission that I received, because it is an extra special one. Paige from Vittles & Voyages went on a cruise holiday to Cuba with man to celebrate their third anniversary of their first date. On the incredible cruise ship, off the coast of Cuba, under the stars, her boyfriend proposed to her! Paige said yes! Oh and the ring, it is absolutely gorgeous!
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Come Dine With Me

Hola Hola!

I have had one busyyyy week! Going back to uni the first week is always hectic. Deadlines are set, meetings have to be made, societies need to be run… Trying to get back into the swing of things.

BUT, I do have some exciting things going on 🙂 I started Ballroom Dancing! Ah, it is so fabulous, it is amazing. I didn’t choose to do it as a workout routine, I actually wanted to learn the different dances, but after last class which included the Cha Cha, it really was a workout! Both my sister and I are doing it, at intermediate level at Pineapple Studios. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

10377348_10153599076109937_8403460643969273397_nThe next exciting item on the menu… i dyed my hair brown! I am so excited about this haha, every time I look in the mirror, it’s like a different person there. I’ve been dying my hair blonde for quite a few years now, as I felt that my naturally brunette color was too dark for my complexion. However, after a disastrous hair dye session in Spain… my hair turned orange… woop woop! I got so fed up with it, that I just decided to dye it back to dark, and I would just take things from there. Well… there result isn’t too shabby I think 🙂 Continue reading » » » »

I’m Baaaacckkkk

Hey everybody

I’m baaackkk 🙂 It feels like forever since my last proper blog post! I do apologize! As I’ve mentioned before, I was so swamped with Uni work and exams, and on top of that being ill for almost 3 weeks… not very happy times. Fortunately I have holiday now, and I’m a bit more rested and ready to get back to work.

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After a quick pit-stop in Spain, I am now in Holland to celebrate the holidays with my Dutch relatives. Although I should keep up with my diet, the festive food is already tempting me too much. All the chocolate in the supermarkets… ahh… heaven… On the subject of food, I have some great ideas for a desert that I’m dying to try out  in the next few days, but I will keep it a little bit of a surprise until I make it 😀 If all goes to plan, it should look beautiful.

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I’m trying to think of all the things that have happened over the past few weeks that I still wanted to share, its been a crazy ride, where to start. Perhaps with one of the most exciting things for me personally… I got a message on Instagram from one of my favorite designers!!! Dutch designer Mart Visser! I am blessed enough to be able to own quite a number of pieces from his collections ranging from coats, dresses, jumpers and jeans. They are all such sophisticated and effortlessly chic feminine pieces, and I feel absolutely humbled that he would take the time to send me a message.

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On the exercise front, we had a really cool Krav Maga class, where I was given the opportunity to do some photography. We were all asked to wear black long sleeved tops for a knife defense class. The knifes were dipped into chalk so we could clearly see what our weak defense points are. Lets just say.. this exercise just highlighted how much we sucked haha If the exercise was real, I would have a decapitated chest and a Jaime Lanister hand… and my sister would have all her guts removed out of her stomach 😛 It was a fun method to see in which areas we still need to work hard on.

10864829_853713551315941_1259508251_nI’m sure there are waaaay more things to mention, but as it is late at night, I’m having a mind-block as to what else to mention. I do however have a lot more time now to focus on the blog and bring some new and exciting things 🙂

For my Jewish crew out there, I’d already like to wish you all a great Chanukkah which starts tomorrow evening. Chag Sameach!

XO Kim

Weight-loss Progress

Hello lovelies,

I wanted to do another weight-loss progress update, however, one showing my progress over a year. I have to admit 100%, I am terrified about doing this… I find that we usually get caught up in the moment, and never quite look at how far we have actually come in life. As I was casually browsing through some of my old photos, feeling nostalgic, I came across some photos from my 21st birthday. It came as quite a shock looking at the pictures… I knew I was big, but looking at those images, it finally sunk in. It has made me question how I ever got to that stage.. how did I possibly let myself? Has my vision been that distorted for so long? Do I need to invest in some jam-jar strength glasses? I think that subconsciously I knew at that point that I was too heavy, how could I not?.. but I don’t think I ever realized how out of control and unhealthy this was.

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People always say that you should never regret anything in life, and that every experience is something that you can learn from. I agree with this to a certain extent. I hardly regret anything in my life at all, I do however regret letting myself get to that stage regarding my weight. I am a person with incredible will-power in my professional life.. I am a hard-worker, dedicated, and most of all, I always have a strong drive to complete any task that I start. Yet somehow, I have never had that drive with regards to my weight. It is strange coming to that realization. In the back of your mind, you know you are damaging your body with every bite of cheesecake, cookies and cake that you take, yet we still do it… Food is an easy source of comfort, I for one know that like no other. During every hard time that I have gone through, I turn to food as my savior. My collection of photographs each reflect the stages of my life during things that I went through, and my weight will indicate whether it was a good or bad time. It is scary to think that you basically turn yourself into an addict, and food is your drug. Something that is legal, your essential need for survival, yet it has the power to kill you. Now the question is, how do you recover from that drug addiction?

You could essentially go cold-turkey. Cutting everything out from one day to the next. I’ve tried this… it does not work unless you are in the right mindset. I suppose it is the same as with any addiction, you firstly really need to want to change. You can say that you want to lose weight and be healthy, but if your mind isn’t with it, and is just not going to happen. Perhaps this was the case with me, or maybe I just needed someone to give me a kick up the backside and point out to me how I was essentially killing myself slowly with poison. Perhaps I had the do the kicking. I think this is the case for me now. I am not losing weight for someone else, I am not trying to impress anyone else with my figure, I am not doing it for a boyfriend, or my best girl friends… no. I am doing it, for me. At the end of the day, you get one body, one life, and it is up to you to decide how you are going to live that life. Are you going to keep looking in the mirror and be miserable? Or do you give yourself a kick and say, hey, I need to make myself happy first.

I am done with being unhappy. I has finally sunk in. I am still young, and I am blessed with the fact that I lose weight incredibly quickly. The only thing I need to match that with is will-power. It is now or never. If I don’t get my act together now, I will never do it. The older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. So for the past few weeks I have really been watching what I am eating, stepped up my exercise routine, introduced Krav Maga into my life, and it has made an incredible difference. I have lost a lot of weight already, and I’ll dare to say that it is around 5kg now since the beginning of summer. However, looking in the mirror everyday, you don’t realize how far you have come. You look at yourself everyday, yet it is hard to see the change. I think that this is the reason why I photograph myself regularly. I am not trying to be vein with my ‘selfies’ (unless I look really good 😉 ) it is a way of marking your progress throughout your weight-loss process. You know what they say, a picture speaks a thousand words, and needless to say… I think this is true in my case with this image.

The first image: me on my 21st birthday, a year ago in April. The second image: me a few weeks ago. I think I needed this as a reminder of why I am doing it, and why I should continue. I guess this is my kick up the backside, and a gentle reminder of how far I have come already. I am nowhere near to where I want to be, but I have made the start. I am looking and feeling better, and after compiling these images together, it has given me the drive and motivation back to keep going. I have taken my pink glasses off, and looked at reality. This is me. This is my body, and this is my life. You have to take matters into your own hands, because nobody else will do it for you.

If you have been through a similar process, please do let me know, I am so curious about the stories behind my readers 🙂

XO Kim

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Afternoon Coffee

It was such a beautiful day today in London! It’s the end of October and we were able to sit on the balcony and enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Please let it stay like this a little longer, I can’t handle the winter yet!

XO Kim

Jeans- H&M

Cashmere Jumper- Zara

Shoes- Nike Womens Free 5.0+ Running Shoes Black/Metallic Silver/Dark Grey 580591-002 Size 6.5
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Wrap- Private Collection – Received As Gift

Necklace- Chopard

Watch- Rolex

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Theme Of The Week: Gluten Free

Hey everybody,

I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now that I wanted to do a themed week once in a while. During this week I’d like to dedicate some attention to the theme, whether it is food, fashion, or a completely random topic.

The most logical theme for the first week would be all things Gluten Free. Since this is something that we deal with on a day to day basis, it only seems natural to be sharing information on that first. From my current followers, I’ve noticed a number of you following a gluten-free diet, and it would be a great idea to have the opportunity to share information with each other.

Both my younger sister and my dad have coeliac disease. “Coeliac disease is a well defined, serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks itself when gluten is eaten. This causes damage to the lining of the gut and means that the body cannot properly absorb nutrients from food. Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or intolerance, it is an autoimmune disease” (www.coeliac.org.uk)

This makes every day a little bit harder in terms of planning what you are going to eat, where you are going to eat, and how you are going to eat it. With the help of my sister, I hope to be able to give some tips on gluten free cooking, buying gluten free products, the life of a young person with coeliac disease, and help with any other general questions.

Starting on Monday, the first themed week will start. Please leave a comment with any tips of other themed weeks that you would like to see!

XO Kim