Edita wears | Can Stress Cause Weight Gain?

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Fashion Blogger Sequin Dress Influencer

Dress: Boohoo, Boyfriend Denim: TK Maxx, Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs, Earrings: H&M
Images by Maheen
Here I am, adorned by glossy sequins, Marc Jacobs sunnies and layers upon layers of stress fat. A few recent months in my life contributed to my stress levels going through the roof. As a result, all I wanted to do was to to hide under piles of sheets, my head under the pillow, and preferably my door locked until my body would miraculously go back to my pre-stress fat state. Sure, that’s definitely how life works.

It’s common to gain weight when you are under pressure, fighting with anxiety and a schedule may give you a panic attack or two. Here’s what happens: Your body starts to assume it uses calories to fight stress, and so it tells you, it’s time for another fat, sugary meal. What your body realises after your 19 inch pizza, is that it actually doesn’t use calories to fight stress, and so the goodies that the pizza comes with stick around, literally, on you, as weigh gain. This is because the levels of our stress hormone, cortisol, get higher, making  overeating become your normal eating, preferably with an extra sugar-fuelled dessert. After all, you’ve got such a huge sweet tooth, it’s crazy. Et voila, in a few weeks, you are looking into a mirror and you plus all three chins are looking back. WTF? When did that happen?

Here’s what happened: I gained weight due to stress and anxiety. I started avoiding mirrors and opening my closet. I only wore super loose clothing as I didn’t want to feel my normal clothes squeezing me back out of them. I got saddened and was going towards depression, my own highway to hell.

Here are the stressed person weight gain mistakes I made, so you can avoid them:

  • Soz, too stressed/busy to eat. Yes, honey, you are not eating now, but you sure won’t forget to treat yourself after because you skipped a meal. And your treat? It will be junk food, let’s not fool ourselves. Being too busy to eat is a direct ticket to Fatsville. So don’t hop on board with me, and make time for yourself to eat your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t skip.
  • I’ll just hoover this meal quickly. Eating quickly and mindlessly can also make us hungry faster. Instead, take your time and eat slowly – I personally started using a small spoon to make myself have smaller spoonfuls thus really savour the flavour and eat mindfully. This will help you feel fuller for longer too. Let’s leave the hoovering to the pros, right Henry?
  • Yep, I’ll have that 6th cup of coffee, I’m such a coffee person. It’s true, I love having a black coffee in the morning. But Stressed Me loves coffee at all times. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, if you are drinking more than 6 six cups a day, you are heightening your chances of weight gain and potential insulin problems. And we know the latter is another way of saying diabetes. Also, I must add, if your coffee of choice is with cream, milk and sugar, you’re increasing your calorie intake without even noticing. These bastards are sneaky like that.
  • I def can function on 3 hours of sleep a few days in a row, I did that when I was ten years old all the time, was totally fine. Nope. Those days are gone. Some of us genetically need less sleep, some of us require to sleep for at least for eight solid hours straight. Having the adequate amount of sleep is really important for your body as it is its time to reboot, recover and de-stress. There are many factors why sleep can help prevent weight gain, but I will go ahead and mention the most obvious one: How’s your self-control situation when you are at peace and rested? And how is it when you are knackered?
  • Nah, this is totally fine, this is my life right now lolz. Not it’s not. Normalising stress and anxiety is not the way forward, despite to many it is the obvious way to go. I’ve made a decision not to focus on dieting to get my pre-stress fat body back. I decided to focus on de-stressing, which can be the harder route as it may take longer to bounce back.

This is the de-stressing techniques and tricks I am using:

  • I stopped having more than one coffee a day.
  • I stopped giving in to some of the stress factors, and went for a more serene approach, although this will always be a work in progress for a perfectionist.
  • I changed my approach when communicating with people who stressed me out. Before, I’d get nervous and have anxiety as collaborating with them was not optional. Now, I focus on myself instead of them. I focus on the way I conduct myself or communicate rather than how they receive it. I realised that there are some things I can’t control, and getting nervous about them has no point. This means that if someone doesn’t like me or what I stand for, I make them stress about it, not me.
  • I started putting my phone on airplane mode without being on an airplane. Living on the edge, right there.
  • I started being ok with myself at the weight that I am. I gained weight due to stress. I will now focus on cleaner eating, get back on track, and won’t punish myself for being put in a situation where I’d get panic attacks and stress eat. It happened, but it’s not my fault. The latter sentence is the most important realisation that I am still fighting with myself to accept. But I will accept it and I will be ok.

From my reflection with three extra chins, I will get to two, and to a defined jawline that I once had. I choose this kind of weight loss strategy, where the mind is more powerful than the body. I’ll let you know if it definitely works; in fact, I feel it working already.

Edita wears | Flamenco

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit

yellow frilly flamenco outfit


Co-Ord: Boohoo, Sandals: c/o Cucu Fashion, Bag: AND/OR by John Lewis
Images by Tina Muller
It’s okay to love an outfit that no one else likes. It’s okay to say, I will put it on and you all will love it, when those around you urge you to abandon that idea. It’s okay for others to take time to warm up to your look. It’s also okay if they never end up liking your vision.

That makes you a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.

This look is inspired by a similar word to flamingo, only a few letters are different, and the meaning is miles apart – flamenco💃💃💃. I love how the frilly fabric dances with every step you take as the pompoms on the sandals blissfully bounce up and down.

The hues of this outfit are pure joy, mainly because of the colour yellow. For our own amusement, let’s list a few lovely flowers that are the colour of sunshine.

Lovely Yellow Flowers: 🌻🌾🌼

      • Sunflowers
      • Daffodils
      • Dandelions
      • Buttercups
      • Mimosas
      • Black Eyed Susan
      • Strelitzias (bird of paradise flowers)
      • Marigolds
      • Goldenrods
      • Aconite

Edita wears | Suited Up

Edita in Hush, Alice by Temperley, Boohoo and BCBG 5

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Blazer: Hush, Trousers: Alice by Temperley, Harness: Boohoo, Heels: BCBG
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Wearing a trouser suit is really liberating. I don’t know why we don’t do it more often. Dresses can be enormously annoying: Too tight, too loose, too much, too little, and of course some are just too damn complicated to put on and take off. A blazer and trouser suit however is something else. Here are 5 things I have noticed noticed about myself when I wear a suit:

  • The complements are suddenly “I love the look” rather than “I love your dress”, which is a bonus in my opinion. The hair, the lipstick, the accessories are all part of the end product and singling out the dress has always made me feel devalued. I see the look-loving complement is one that is directed at me, but the dress-loving one, not so much. I even feel awkward saying “thank you”, as I can’t claim credit for the dress. What should I respond? I’ll pass your comments to Cavalli?
  • Confidence overflow. It’s like knowing how Bond feels when he’s at the bar. I honestly think that the LBD was invented only because the CS (classic-suit, pay attention) was not an appropriate option for a lady. However now that androgyny is finally okay with the jury, I say the CS is just the LBD that couldn’t happen because of how slow we were as the human race. I mean Marlene Dietrich wore a tuxedo/suit and people still can’t get over the shock factor and cult status of a woman wearing nothing more than classic attire. Apparently we weren’t ready, which underlines my point – we were pretty slow.
  • Ultimate comfort physically and mentally. Physically because I can move around as if I am in my gym gear, and mentally because I know there isn’t a complex putting on and taking off process before or after my soirée.
  • Minimalism has never looked so damn good. No shirt? No problem. No bra? No problem. No pants? Also most often not a problem.
  • Selective audience. If I wear a suit, I can guarantee you that no one who can’t hold an interesting conversation is going to approach me. It’s one of my favourite perks of wearing a classic black suit. That segment of the population will be busy chasing leopard-print polyester skirts, giving you peace, harmony and opportunities to meet new like-minded folks. After all, you are what you wear.

Edita reports | Boohoo Christmas Party 2016

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A few of us gathered to attend the Boohoo Christmas party 2016. It was all about glitter, glamour and girl power. We danced, we partied and we wore Boohoo.

There was so much catching up to do among us bloggers. We talked about what we adored about blogging, and what changes we noticed in the industry.

We all have been blogging for quite a while – and here are some changes we’ve witnessed:

  • Some massive brands are not as massive anymore. I won’t say which ones we’ve mentioned, but the conversation included me saying: “Oh yeah, I remember now – is that still even going?”
  • Some massive bloggers are not as massive anymore. I remember a number of girls cooing at the sight of a big blogger back in the day, but a lot of them seem to have moved on and have either become smaller or stopped blogging altogether.
  • It has become more important to seem to be partying on Instagram, than actually partying. I am sometimes guilty of this: I go to an event, I photograph it and I am off to the next.
  • Blogger coverage is slowly becoming more popular than press coverage. I don’t hear questions such as “oh what press did you get”, it’s more about “blogger X is on the guest list and she is massive for our brand”. Certain magazines are not happy about it – you know who I mean.
  • While some bloggers are the warmest, most wonderful people ever, some may come across as cold. I keep seeing this point mentioned everywhere. Think about it this way, whatever party you go to, from a random house party to the biggest VIP gala on the planet, you will get a mixture of temperaments. Unfortunately we can’t all be Jennifer Lawrence. I don’t think it’s fair to say that this community is cold and pompous only because they amassed a large following. Some are, some aren’t.

Edita wears | Blue Velvet

Edita in Blue Velvet Boohoo, Vintage and Marks and Spencer 6

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Dress and Harness: c/o Boohoo, Jacket: Vintage, Pumps: Marks and Spencer
Images by Ahmed Fayed

How to wear velvet?

  1. Velvet is a rich and complicated fabric. It’s fabulous when worn on its own after dark.
  2. If you are self-conscious when it comes to your size, you may want to go for a different fabric. Velvet and satin visually widen the surface because of how they reflect the light. If velvet is your favourite, simply opt for deeper tones avoiding greys, pinks, beiges or other light colours.
  3. If you are keen on wearing velvet within your day look, simply style it the 90s way – over a down to earth plain cotton T-shirt or top.
  4. For a truly opulent evening look, pair velvet with oversized jewellery with prominent stones – this will add an air of royalty to your look. Imagine a wonderful yellow velvet dress as a backdrop to beautiful amethyst or sapphire jewels.
  5. Another way to look like style royalty is to rock velvet footwear. Go for slippers in the warmer months and ankle boots when the temperatures get closer to zero. In both cases though, make sure your velvet is rich and colourful or even better – embroidered in the most magnificent of designs.

If you are keen on finding the perfect blue velvet dress, head over to Virgit’s blog who has prepared another stunning velvet look for you. Together, we’re the blue velvet squad!