Thursday, 31 July 2014

…OUTFIT: Mixing Prints…

Trousers - H&M, Bomber jacket - River Island, Shoes - TKMaxx, Top - Primark


Hmmm? Mixing prints? Never too sure if it is something I can pull off. However, this jacket and these trousers are just two among many of my favourite items in my wardrobe. Both incredibly beautiful patterns. I think they fit together nicely, completing each other's colours pallets. I am fully aware though of the crucial balance needed when mixing too different types of prints. I feel however mixing palm, Hawaiian style with floral a good combination. The colours go well and the patterns because they are different don't overload the overall look. I've never been one to follow 'fashion' rules, mixing blues and browns together, shock horror! Thankfully due to the plain charcoal colour of the top, the prints on the trousers and jacket were able to shine in their own way. And yes I am referring to items of clothing as if they were people. Ha! I've always looked as fashion as something to experiment with and have a little fun.

For me there are times I will get an outfit completely wrong and will generally notice, and change quickly before I leave the house. Style is personal to each individual. This outfit was not put together with much thought, I just grabbed what nice items I had in my suitcase. Sometimes having a small window of time to get ready is better as you're less likely to over think and analyse an outfit. That's my opinion at least.

xxx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

…Soft Tops...


Here are the follow up images of my trip last week in the vintage convertibles. I felt very lucky to be able to have a spin in those cars. The cars actually belong to James's dad and his uncle, and when on sunny, clear days they take them out along the country roads.

We stopped off for lunch in a local village and then made our way to a nature reserve for tea and cake. Always gotta have a bit of tea and cake on a trip out. Especially in the British countryside. Now back to cars. Beautiful, sleek designs. Very simple and elegant. However, the only thing was, that it got so hot when driving them. It was like the engine was overheating constantly and with the temperatures we've been having recently were not the most helpful in keeping the cars cool. But it only adding to the experience of the cars. All those little details add to its quaintness. 

xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

…Bare Skinned...

Playsuit - Storetwentyone, White top - Storetwentyone, Shoes - Carboot fare, Glasses - H&M


Riding through the country lanes, twisting and turning, the wind blowing through your hair, rapidly whipping across your face. Sun rays beaming down, sinking into your skin...

Sounds too good too be true. Well not for me. Going for long, country drives is something I love. Getting lost amidst the roads that curve and bend, never knowing what you're going to find. Last week I was very lucky to be taken out for a ride in some truly beautiful, old, vintage cars. It was fabulous. The weather was perfect and being able to explore the Sussex countryside from a convertible was just wonderful.

For this type of excursion I knew I needed to wear something that would keep me cool and also covered from the sun. I choose my go to black, cotton playsuit with a white, linen piece to keep my back covered. In conjunction with that I layered up on the sun screen too. Can never be too careful. This black number is perfect, showing the right amount of flesh so as not too seem to revealing. I'm not one for going too bare skinned, as I really don't like the feeling of being exposed, but on this particular day it was required. Too damn hot! Not complaining though, as it means I can enjoy days like this…

xxx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

…Feeling Healthy...


This post is in no way a guide on how to eat a certain way or buy into certain foods. I only wanted to share my thoughts, views and experiences on keeping a healthy/balanced lifestyle…

Following on my from my last fitness and health post, here…I want to share with you some of my favourite healthy finds of the moment. I have never really been a 'bad' eater, but I was not always aware of the kinds of food that I was putting in my body. Over the past year, more specifically in the last six months, I have really tried to make a conscious effort to think carefully about how foods are made and what is going to the best option for my body. Laura over on WholeHeartedlyHealthy is a great source of inspiration on how to make healthier choices. I really value her advice and guidance. Currently she is holding a great giveaway full of delicious, healthy goodies...

http://wholeheartedlyhealthy.com/2014/07/wholeheartedly-healthy-big-summer-bundle-giveaway.html#comment-34016

Nourishing my body is the most the most important thing and giving it wonderful whole, delicious foods is always going to be a better option. Here are just a few things that I've changed/added to my diet that allows me to feel the best that I can. Such as swapping ordinary oil for the amazing coconut oil. How I haven't come to this glorious food sooner, I don't know. But I use it for everything from cooking to my skin and hair, and also for drinking via the water. It really is a super food. I've also cut down on my diary and rarely have milk/butter/and maybe a little bit of cheese. Again my skin fills less clogged and so does my tummy. Almond milk is my go to substitute. Soya didn't sit well with me and Oat/Rice always felt too empty. Eating as much fruit and veg has become a daily habit for me and it really isn't hard to get over your 5/7/10 a day. Adding a handful of berries to your breakfast, then maybe two pieces of fruit for mid-morn snack. Add some raw veggies to your lunch with some dip, then pile up your plate at dinner and there you have it, your daily quota of veg/fruit done. I try to limit the amount of fructose and sugar towards the end of the day, as I won't be burning it off. Alongside coconut, quinoa and chai seeds have found their way into my eating habits. Chai seeds, well, I love them. That's all I can say. I have them with breakfast, in oats and with yogurts, maybe in smoothies too. They expand and keep me full for ages. Plus quinoa is a great alternative to getting your protein in take. Mix it into your cereal or oats in flake form or boil it up and create some amazing salads with it.

I believe it is about making small changes that later lead to bigger noticeable changes in your life. Trying to control everything and change everything at once, is too much and may lead to feeling bad about not achieving the goals you want. I know that when I workout or finish a daily yoga session,  I feel really good about myself and in turn want to fill my body with some great food, not crappy rubbish that is going to undermine my efforts physically. I have definitely benefited from taking care of myself, in terms of maintaining a healthy weight, feeling stronger and more able. The other day I was able to do my first inversion and keep myself up. You are capable of doing anything and everything you want if you want to. It's about how you go about achieving those things that you need to work on and develop and build upon. I have found following blogs and reading books that inform me about how I can look after my body really useful. Understanding how and why, for me, makes it easier to make the best choices in life that are going to benefit me. It's all a matter of personal choice. We are not all the same and finding the path that suits you best and will help you to be the best that you can is all within your power to achieve.

xxx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

…FAVES: Monthly Round up...


Here is a little round up of my favourite items from the past two months. A collection of things that have become staples of my day to day life. Lets start with my daily beauty items. This REN hot cloth cleanser I received as a freebie from a magazine has done wonders for my skin. My pores feel fresh and clean once I've exposed my skin to this delicate and invigorating cleanser. When it is finished, I will definitely be looking into purchasing a more substantial quantity. Love it. Taking care of my skin is extremely important to me, and the evening ritual of cleansing my face, is very precious to me. It's a time when I devote myself entirely to myself.

Secondly, I've begun dabbling in the world of essential oils, and have found two that I use regularly - tea tree and lavender. The one that is most important to me is the lavender oil. I use it for when I go to bed, massaging a little into my temples and sprinkle a little on my pillow to help relax me. The smell is just divine and extremely soothing.

This book is firm friend of my bed-side table. The Wisdom of Yoga: A guide to extraordinary living has really helped me gain an insight into how powerful the force of yoga can actually be. Not just for your body, physically, but also in allowing you to explore the deeper parts of your mind that maybe the route cause of suffering and pain in our daily lives. Funnily enough, this book comments a lot on the Patanjali sutras, which I had bought on a separate occasion. It has become a great guide in helping to understand some of Patanjali's teachings. If you are interested in discovering how yoga can be a positive part of your life, then consider this a firm recommendation from me to you.

And finally, one of my favourite items that has become a constant feature in my life - my Birkenstocks. Such a great purchase and definitely worth the investment. One of the most comfiest pair of shoes I own. They get better the more I wear them. Moulding ever so slightly to the shape of my foot.

xxx

Monday, 7 July 2014

…OUTFIT: Linen and lace...

After having some time away from blogging, due to many prior work commitments, it is finally nice to be able to have some fresh content to post. The first being about my fitness routines, which I am so glad has finally been posted. I really enjoy being active and wanted to share some of my personal techniques that keep me feeling fit and strong…

Now back to the subject of this post - a little old outfit from the weekend. And what a wonderful weekend it was. Catching up with old friends, and celebrating significant milestones that solidify ones status as an adult - attending a friends baby shower. Yes, it really has come to the point where my main social events are filled with babies, dinners and weddings. Wow, definitely feeling all grown up, ha!


This number I wore to James's, cousin's wedding reception, was made up of some of my favourite pieces of clothing. The white, linen top, was a steal from a local charity a few years back and fits like a dream. Buttoned up from the back, with no give in the material at all, means I know when I've put a little weight on. Good for keeping me in check. I love the nipped in waist and peplum style design. Paired with a neutral pair of shorts and black heels, makes this outfit feel very basic and simple. No fuss needed. The jacket had just enough detail in the delicate lace to make the outfit pop a little. Again another steal from a charity shop. Handmade. Bargain. I believe everything baring the shoes were charity shopped, sourced over the past two years. Not too shabby for a posh do up in London. 

Items don't have to come from an expensive or an exclusive brand for you to able to piece together a chic, classic outfit. Although it is always nice to have a few key items that you know will last, based on the quality of material, stitching and attention to detail. Those kinds if items are worth spending that little bit extra, but not too much…

xxx

Friday, 4 July 2014

...Health/Fitness: Routines & Regimes...

This post has been sitting in my draft box for a good while now. Since this is what I've been spending a lot of my time doing, amongst other things (more on that later), I thought it would be a great post to get the ball rolling again with blogging.

So...Part two of my health/fitness posts and this time I thought I would focus on my routine. What sort of exercise I do and mostly enjoy. I hope you enjoyed reading my first post about what I like to wear... and also my comments on healthy living… Better late than never really...

I'm happy with my weight. Of course it would be great to be a few pounds lighter, but overall I am content with my body, and am finally accepting how lucky I am to have a healthy, working body. However, when I am 'on it' and committed here is what I like to do. It was not until I began working in London, that I became fully committed and interested in staying fit. Since then I have been on/off with my routine but do try to keep myself active as possible. Being active is key. It was during this time where yoga became a very prominent feature in my life and still practise to this day as much as possible. The benefits have been tremendous and I cannot stress enough how invigorating yoga can be. Using a combination of yoga videos and a book that focuses on various positions, has helped to keep my motivation going when practising. Starting off with classes is really important, as you gain a real understanding of the positions and how to control your breathing. Yoga is a great form of exercise, working your muscles in a very subtle way and also your mind. After a stressful day, a good few sun salutations can do wonders for relaxing my body and mind, easing out the strains of the day. With daily practise, I have noticed my core strength improve and my ability to achieve more advance positions.

Alongside yoga, blogilates is my new found love. I feel everyone should go take a look at Cassie's blog and see what she has too offer. She has a great selection of home videos, which are fun and dynamic. She also provides a monthly calendar to help you stay on track. You can choose to focus on particular parts of your body or do a whole body workout.  I find if I have only a short amount of time to workout, doing her videos fit perfectly as they range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.  Every now and then I'll throw some weights into the mix to help build strong bones and develop key strength skills. Strength training is vital to help build a strong body that can with take a huge amount of pressure and stress. I know when I'm older I want the strongest body possible, so I can continue to do all things I enjoy doing.

I strongly believe that exercising should be motivating, exciting and something you should want to do. Running, yoga and HIIT training, I have come to realise are the best forms of exercise for me. Changing up your routine will do wonders as your muscles soon become used to those moves, meaning they don't work as hard. Eating as balanced a diet as possible is another part of keeping a healthy lifestyle. Balance, balance, balance is the key to life...creating a middle way of life is all we can strive for...

xxx

Monday, 12 May 2014

…Needle and Thread…


Bit of a different post today - DIY! Or more specifically altering a dress, when I've never really altered or customised anything before this.

So, the other day I found a beautiful, floral Laura Ashley dress in a local charity shop. Perfect Summer wrap dress. However, the length, yikes, too long. Pretty much down to the ankle. Now I know I'm short and that it might not have been as long on someone taller, but still, come on, no one wants to wear a dress that looks like they've stepped off the set of 'Little House on the Prairie'. Not that there's anything wrong with that. it's just not for me.

I went away thinking I'll just take it up a few inches, how hard can that be? Let me tell you, my back was breaking by the end of Saturday. It was a much longer and slower process than I initially thought. I started out by deciding on the length I wanted it to be and then cut the dress using a pair of fabric scissors. Very important note to remember about the kind of scissors you use. Fabric scissors allow for a much smoother and cleaner cut. Next up I pinned up the hem, so it would look neater most importantly not fray in the wash. 

Now the next part should have been a swift and simple task, however; not having a sewing machine meant I had to hand stitch the hem. A running back stitch is not an easy thing to do. But I am so pleased with the finished result. It may not be perfect but it was a something I did all by myself and took the time to do. I found the process to be very relaxing. Plus I now have a new Summer dress ready and waiting for when the weather deciders to stop messing about.

xxx

Thursday, 1 May 2014

…OUTFIT: Illustrated...

Now I am not studying and having finished with the books (for a while), I am more inclined to do things that I enjoy and find comfort in. One of those things is drawing. I haven't done a post like this in such a long time. It has felt extremely nice getting back into my little sketches. What would be fantastic is finding local drawing classes here in Worthing I can goto in the Summer. Art and sketching has always come naturally to me and when I get into the swing of it, it becomes a very liberating and relaxing hobby of mine.

These images are of outfits from the past three weekends. The Audrey one, I'm not too keen on. A little smudge here and there. Pastel, charcoal and chalk are very unforgiven when you get something wrong. Need to practise more and I'm sure things will get better…


xxx


Sunday, 27 April 2014

…Around Town...

Another busy weekend coming to an end. It seems my social life is on a good turn at the moment. I think after next weekend, I will be ready for some 'me' time and some introverted activities. I do like it though having things to do. Seeing my diary filled with events and occasions; however, it is also really important for me to have time where I don't have to talk to people or put myself out there. Balance is key…


So, here are my snaps from the local fair last week. Most of my images were too crowded from all the people along the front. It was taking forever waiting for people to move out of the way. Irks me a little. Most of the time people can see that you have a camera and you'd think they would wait for you to take the picture. But, alas, no that was not the case last Monday. Oh, well, I did manage to get some decent snaps…

xxx