Setting New Years Resolutions


It's nearly 2016 which means a lot of New Years resolutions are going to be set. I've never been one to really set them because I simply haven't given them enough thought. So this year, I'm sitting down & having a think about the things I would like to change about myself.

What's The Big Deal?
I'm always fretting over things I should of done, could be doing & still need to do. I rarely get any guilt free time to myself. When I'm home, I'm either making personalised gifts, trying to design a new fashion label, blogging and now I'm throwing puppy training into the mix. Which is harder than I thought! I've even been in the gym at 6am to try & fit everything in. Janurary is a new year for me to make time for myself, I need to learn to go with the flow.

January Gym Junkie
This has got to be in the top ten of New Years resolutions. Although I've been an active member of my gym (David Lloyd) for many years, it's very easy for me to make an excuse not to go ... Oops, I forgot my earphones, let's go home and grab a bar of chocolate on the way. December 2015 has been very busy for me, I've been rushed off my feet so I've had a very limited time in the gym. January is about managing my time better and fitting in some me time. 

Less Spending, More Saving
I've always considered myself as a good saver. Even down to refusing to buy a McFlurry because that 99p can go towards bigger things. However, recently my spending is becoming an addiction & I'm finding it hard to stop. I'm setting myself a resolution to start saving a little bit more. This includes putting the odd couple of pounds into a tin can. If you don't have one of these I highly suggest getting one! Last year I was putting a small amount of money, barely noticeable, away every week. When I came to count it months later, it added up to the price of a holiday! Tip: Putting a pound away everyday for a year will add up to £365 and you won't even miss it.

New Years resolutions are there to be broken, hopefully I've got these 3 in the bag. Watch this space!

Love Robyn xxx

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There's nothing more motivational than seeing little puppies eyes looking at you to get you out of bed in the morning ... 

For many months now, my boyfriend (Sam) and I have been looking at pug puppies. I'm obsessed with pugs to the point where I was bought a pug pillow, pug hottie and a pug nodding dog for Christmas. So today is a very exciting day as Sam and I are possibly going to pick up our new puppy! We've done our homework and been given the lectures and so we know what to expect. 

Names ... That's another thing ... After spending hours online searching baby girl names and puppies names, we have finally got a short list of about 20, lol. Watch this space to find out whether we have a new addition to the Bates / Szmodics family.

These photos aren't my own, I've taken them from My Tumblr AccountDon't forget to take a look at my page: http://missbatesrobyn.tumblr.com

Love Robyn xxx

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Did Somebody Mention Boxing Day Sales At In The Style?






Today's the day to start indulging on the Boxing Day sales and if you haven't already got your New Years outfit, then head over to In The Style's website to find yours now. Make sure you select the Next Day delivery service if you're looking for something new to wear to welcome 2016. 

In the Style is a brand that's always on trend and I'm currently adding up my basket now thinking somebody should stop me ... 

Of course, all of the outfits above are in the sale right now so take full advantage!

The great thing about this is you haven't had to move an inch from the sofa or fight through the shops.    

So for all you sofa surfers, happy shopping!

Lots of love,

Robyn xxx


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Merry Christmas





I'd like to start by wishing all of my viewers & followers a very Merry Christmas. I cannot believe that the 25th December is nearly over for another year. Time flies as you get older and I'm not sure that I'm to fond of that ...

My younger brother is 7 years old so it's quite magical in our household. He woke us up at 8am this morning to open our stockings on the end of our parents bed. 8am was good, I can deal with that time as I would of been awake at 6am at his age! 

We then went downstairs to open all of the presents that swamped our Christmas tree. It's pretty safe to say that Santa definitely didn't disappoint in this house.

It's been a lovely day spent with our grandparents, opening presents, having HUGE dinners and playing games ... games ... Now let me explain the game situation to you. I have spent 3 hours, yes 3 hours of my Christmas day playing Monopoly. 

It started off with 5 of us and slowly made it's way down to 2 (Dad and myself). My Brother, bless him, finds loosing very hard. So we decided that he could take out a bank loan in order to keep him in the game. Lol! He worked his loan up to £3000 before he finally gave up. So 3 hours later, I was the winner. Finally! I wasn't going to loose ... 

I hope you have all had a lovely day spent with your loved ones. Now it's time to put on my new pj's and wrap myself in my toasty new blanket. I couldn't be more blessed for the amazing family I'm surrounded by and the wonderful gifts I received on this Christmas day. 

Lots of love,

Robyn xxx


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So this is my last Monday Morning's Motivation post before Christmas. It's come around so quick and I love it! For many of us it will be a 3 day week and knowing that just makes my Monday morning a little bit easier. 

I forgot to mention on my last Monday blog that my photo has been featured on Topshop Brazil's Instagram. (Crazy!) I called my Mum, screaming down the phone to her, that my photo had been uploaded. She couldn't quite understand me to the point where she thought I had a car accident!

Saturday morning I uploaded my latest fashion blog post, Topshop's Boiler Blues. My outfit consisted of Adidas Stan Smith Superstars & it was amazing to receive a tweet from Adidas themselves. You can view this HERE on my Twitter.

 I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope you all have the most amazing few days spent with your friends and families.

These photos aren't my own, I've taken them from My Tumblr AccountDon't forget to take a look at my page: http://missbatesrobyn.tumblr.com

Love Robyn xxx

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My Favourite Things About Winter











Winter is a season that many people, given the option, would fast forward. It can be hard to stay motivated because of the cold/dark evenings. Some people may say winter seems to last a lifetime ... compared to summer. I'm one of those people who try and take the positives out of things so my winter fav's are:

CANDLES
Saying that I'm a fan of candles is an understatement. This is the only time of year that I actually get to make the most of them. I love scented candles. The stronger the better. My boyfriend bought me a Red Rasberry Yankee candle for my birthday this year just because he 'liked the colour'. Well it's the best candle I've smelt to date! It's definitely a winter must have!

BLANKETS
I've never been obsessed with blankets but this season they're becoming one of my essentials. After a long and busy day at work, I normally go to the gym, have dinner, jump into bed then snuggle up in my fleece blanket. Not to mention that I also wrap myself in my duvet. Even when I'm going round my boyfriends for the night, my blanket HAS to come with me.

TOASTY PJ'S
Nothing beats a nice fluffy pair of pj's. This is the only time of year when I really look forward to buying myself a new pair. Not forgetting the fluffy bed socks and slippers.

FASHION
I love fashion during the winter. I just love layering. This season gives me the chance to try different colour combinations and styles. In my previous blog, Winter White Wardrobe, I mentioned that I've gone for more than just one coat this season. Deciding what coat I'm going to wear is such a toughy. 

WINTER WONDERLAND LONDON
Sooooooooooooo magical. I've been there twice already & I'm desperate to go back. This is something that I'll definitely be doing every year. Hyde park is a great location because it's right in the heart of London. If you're still lacking the Christmas spirit then get yourself to Winter Wonderland!

CHRISTMAS
Winter has many advantages but Christmas has to be the best one of all. It's my favourite time of the year. Christmas is just a few days away and I am so excited for it! I love getting into the spirit of things by listening to xmas songs, making mince pies and watching seasonal films. My all time favourite christmas films have got to be ELF and The Polar Express. I'm still yet to watch ELF this year and I can't believe I haven't done so already! It's defiantly the next thing on my to do list.

See, winter isn't so bad after all ...

Love Robyn xxx

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Topshop's Boiler Blues










I know that this is only my second blog post of the week, but with christmas around the corner, it's been a struggle for me to get out and take some photos of my new outfits. I've finally finished my christmas shopping so don't worry, I'll have the ball rolling again in no time!

Last weekend, myself and Ellie Ratcliffe went out to take some more photos around Hyland's House in Chelmsford, what a beautiful location! All credit goes to Ellie's Dad for the suggestion.

I saw this boiler suit in Topshop a few weeks back and I couldn't quite decide whether it would look good on me. I normally go for outfits that are more fitted and feminine. As much as I love navy, I hardly have any of it in my wardrobe as I struggle to accessorise it. My Mum was the one who picked this out so I 'humoured' her, tried it on & loved it! Once again, thank you Mum!

I've paired this boiler suit up with my Adidas Stan Smith Superstars. Which you can probably tell, I wear them all the time. Well ... I practically live in them. I love the look and believe it or not, this boiler suit makes the best loungewear. It's already kicked aside the tracksuits in my Sunday wardrobe.

Click on outfit details for links to the website:

Boiler Suit : Topshop

(The one I have unfortunately didn't have the badges, but I may have to get my sewing kit out now that I've seen this one!)

Stan Smith Superstars : Footlocker

(I'm lucky that I can get away with children's sizes!)

I'm so lucky to have an amazing photographer at this stage of my blog. Many people start their blogs with family members taking their photos. So I'm very grateful. Ellie's currently studying her A Levels and she inspires me every time we meet up to take photos. Make sure you check out her portfolio:

Ellie Ratcliffe Portfolio Box

Love Robyn xxx

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I can always rely on Tumblr to find the best inspirational images. I love every single one of these photos and they look so good put together!

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Miss Guided's Wish List






I found most of these items on Miss Guided's website under the New In section. Whenever I shop online, this is the first place I go to so that I can see all of the new trends and collections. 

The items above are a mixture of dressy, casual and Xmas outfits. With December 25th approaching fast, how could I post a blog and not include a bit of Christmas touch?

If you don't know already, Miss Guided offer 20% off Student Discount with any valid UNiDAYS or NUS Extra card! You lucky students!

Make sure you get your eyes on the Cyber Deals as they're discounted collection is amazing!

Last but not least, Miss Guided are offering Free Next Day Delivery with orders over £60.
So what are you waiting for?

Happy Shopping :) 

Love Robyn xxx

Monday Morning Motivation








Blogging inspires me more every day as there's so much involved! I love looking through other bloggers websites just to see how they're getting on and what topics they're talking about. I look up to these bloggers as one day I would like to be in their positions. My Monday's Morning Motivation revolves entirely around blogging and the types of photos people may take. And of course, these photos are all taken from my Tumblr account.

This week has been the best for me since I started blogging. I recently received an email from Aisle Style regarding a blog post. This is the first time I've been contacted by them so as you can imagine I was over the moon! I uploaded this post yesterday so you can view it HERE.

I've also been given some really good news this weekend which you will find out more in January. Lets just say that being excited is an understatement. 

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Love Robyn xxx

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