Let’s be honest, this month I said I’d try yoga, I said I’d try a few new things! I wrote a blog on my first at home yoga lesson, only to find I’m struggling to connect with the mat again. But if I’m really honest I’m struggling to find the time to put in a good full hour session. Finding the time to just stop I guess.
Short bursts of exercise each day is definitely something that works best for me. The 20 minute run used to be a favourite, the quick round of circuits in the garden, the skipping rope routine for a good 10 minutes. All physical activities that I found not only helped me understand my body and how it moved, but also helped my mind, my focus, my stamina. And for all the running and skipping I needed the right gear.
So when ‘Love leggings’ contacted me and asked if they could gift me a pair of their leggings in return for this blog I said I couldn’t wait to write about them, and put them through their paces. I was sent the ‘energise legging’ in a size 2XL, in the colour black. Currently the largest that the sports leggings go up to. However their everyday range goes from an XXS- 5XL. I’m a size 18 usually and the fit was good, high waisted with a long enough leg. And not too tight in any areas.
Time to put them to work. First a house clean. If you’re anything like me this can be more strenuous than a couple of hours at the gym! Up and down the stairs, round with the hoover, reaching high, ducking low, scrubbing the bath. Getting a right good sweat on! First test passed. No movement, no rolling down, comfortable. Surprisingly no sweat patches, so very durable, so far so good.
Second test. Outside skipping rope, and my goodness was it cold! I only lasted a few minutes, my stamina from not running has gone really down hill. Out of breath, nips like tic tacs. But the leggings? They had my back (well bum and legs really!) no chaffing, no digging in and no rubbing. Which if I’m honest I was a little surprised at as they have no waist tie. But they have amazing support. Also something that I’m always cautious over with leggings is that they have a thick enough quality to not see your fancy pants through, but breathable enough to have a good work out without your legs dripping with sweat. This pair of energiser leggings? Well they passed that test too! No cheeks on show today.
These leggings for me are great, they did the job and did it really well, they’re really soft and really comfortable. I would definitely recommend these for anyone looking for a good sports legging. And although the size only currently goes up to a 2XL in the sports range I’m hoping they’ll be expanding in the future. Us bigger girls love a good work out too! And if you’re a bit like me and just love leggings to lounge in, then take a peak at their everyday range. For mums to be, ‘Love leggings’ even have a maternity range of leggings, good for keeping that bump comfortable, and with plenty of support.
When I was pregnant I lived in leggings, but they were never a high enough quality or the right fit, and they’d always pull or be too tight, If only ‘love leggings’ were around then!
I’ve linked below the pair I received, along with a couple of my favourites from the site – if you did want a look! For such a high quality legging I was also pleasantly surprised at the price, which is really reasonable especially when compared to your local high street. Under £15 for a pair of everyday leggings? You can’t go wrong really!
So what do you think? Will you be giving ‘Love leggings’ a try? It is the season for the thicker layers after all!
Energise Sport legging.
Açai purple high waist legging.
Navy blue cropped legging.
It’s cold, freezing to be precise. Okay it’s not that bad, but the nips are like tic tacs most days. It’s rainy most of the time. Welcome to January babes. But we’re nearly there! February is on the horizon. But for now, I’m here for you. Here to brighten things up with a splash of colour!
Colours are a funny thing in fashion aren’t they? For years I stayed away from primary or bold colours. For fear of being noticed I guess. Wearing all black, all grey. Not wanting to stick out. But here I am, in the boldest of bold. With some print clashes, and a cheeky red lip!
So to start off, both these jumpers I want to show you today are from one of my favourites – Matalan. Both of these jumpers were bought by me, for me. This is no ad, or gifted blog this is me telling you, just simply how much I love these cosy knits!
First up the gorgeous, rainbow striped, tie sleeve jumper. I studied knit wear at university for a little while, as part of my fashion and textiles degree. And after learning just how difficult the industrial knitting machines were to use, I really appreciate the quality and the skill of a good knit. I love knitwear. The different stitches, the different wools. It really excites me. So this jumper? Cute, comfy and right on trend. The boldness in the colours, paired with a red lip, a bold set of earrings and a good pair of jeans. Saturday sorted. Again I used to stay away from stripes especially on my top half, it’ll draw attention I used to think, I already look big on top. But here I am breaking the rules! Be bold babes, wear what you want and just be you! And at just £12 I think it’s an actually bargain.
The second jumper I bought was WAY out of my comfort zone. Bright pink, thick knit, with a unique stitch line down the front. The second I bought this though I knew exactly what I was going to pair it with! My leopard print skirt, my leopard print trainers and my coral tassel earrings. Too bold I thought? No Lauren you can do this, you can pull this off! So here I am, rocking this new outfit. Brightening up this dark and slightly gloomy rainy Saturday here in Somerset. The texture of this jumper is really lovely, so soft and really gentle on the skin. I always worry with cheaper knitwear that it might be a little scratchy but this was wonderful. And also very reasonably priced at just £16.
I bought both these jumpers in an XL and the fit was perfect. I’ve really fallen for Matalan and their new styles recently. It’s one of my go-to places for plus size, on trend clothes at a really affordable price. So there we have it! My two new knits, perfect for January and perfectly paired with any outfit. As always I’ve linked them just below. So have you found away to brighten up January? Or a new favourite knit? Let me know x
Matalan Rainbow striped jumper.
Matalan Pink soft touch jumper.