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28 August 2018

Taking Inspiration

Very few good things have come out of my YouTube subscription box over the past few months and this outfit was undoubtedly one of them. I fell in love with this ensemble when I saw it on my fave, Barbara (The Persian Babe), and bought it straight away to give it a try myself.

I've never been the biggest Mango fan, I've walked in store and been disappointed one too many times, but I really enjoyed its website range over the summer.

On reflection, this outfit is one I wish I got to enjoy more this season, the white bold skirt, soft and figure hugging, makes you unmissable, and is the perfect summer piece to both dress up and dress down. I usually stay far away from loudly printed shirts, I have a fear of fake Versace and all the associations that usually come with it, but something about this shirt made me fall in love instantly. I think it's the top to bottom contrast and not too OTT pattern that thankfully looks nothing like Versace! 

You'll see below that I went for a daytime casual look, letting the shirt hang out and a cute & cheeky evening look with high heels... I was really trying to prove how versatile this outfit could be with the adjustment of a few accessories here and there. Let me know what you think!

Skirt: MANGO (Sold out)
Shirt: MANGO (Sold out)
Heels: KURT GEIGER (Now on sale & sold out)
Headband: ZARA (In store)
Earrings: ZARA
Handbag: GUCCI

16 August 2018

Satin Spots & Sass

I grew up in the era of matching your shoe laces to the bobbles in your hair - colour co-ordination by way of how many items you could perfectly match was the primary measure of style.

Thankfully, times have very much changed...

The more I experiment with my style, the more confidence I get in trying out clashing colours. While my subconscious still rages that I shouldn't mix golds with silvers, I remind myself that style best thrives on a clash of colours, textures and prints. So that's mixing reds and pinks, wearing leopard print and zebra stripes (ok I lied), combining soft leather with pvc and so on..

TIP: If you're tempted to splurge on a new outfit, try mixing and matching what you already have... yes it sounds obvious. So go do it...

I had fun styling this look... well that's a lie. I had about 10 mins to style this look and was grateful it came out decent enough to photograph that morning.

Style is of course a subjective thing but there's something in an ill-matched look. A statement cannot be made when your outfit is too well put together, sometimes it works well to push the boundaries, I think the best outfits are those played the least safe. Typically if I described this outfit to someone over the phone they'd probably shudder: pink satin skirt covered in blue polka dots, with a different but similar shade pink textured t-shirt, then black heels and oh a bright velvet blue and gold handbag... right... Yet somehow it just works! If you're in a funk with your wardrobe, which is pretty timely in this season of the year, do the unthinkable and challenge yourself to make statements with your outfits.Have fun with it!

You'd be surprised how many combinations look hideous when sprawled out, creased and scrunched up on your bed vs. when actually on. 

TIP: Avoid trying things on in the mirror when you look a hot mess. You're not doing yourself nor that outfit any justice. Put on your hair and some decent underwear and see how things go from there...

Let me know how you get on.

Heels: KURT GEIGER (Now on sale & sold out)
Handbag: GUCCI
Glasses: TOPSHOP (Similar)

27 March 2018

Life update

The grind isn’t easy and the moment it begins to feel that way you’ve gotta check yourself sis. Growth is uncomfortable, challenges are stressful – but ultimately imperative to your development and prosperity. I felt inspired to write this… after a very long period of feeling uninspired of course, because it’s been my truth for the past few months. Here are some of the thoughts/feelings that have been running through my mind this past quarter. I’ve been trying to focus on reading more, working harder and saving better – which of course has impacted my sporadic impulse buys, my lazy Instagram scrolling activity and nasty eating habits. These were the things I'd easily take comfort in, which although gratifying in the moment, are all bad for my peace of mind and wellbeing. 

Making sacrifices
It’s all great to have goals, visions and dreams, but you won’t attain them if you’re living in your comfort zone. I have a friend who always likes to say “Let lose to take hold of new ground”, and that couldnt be realer, because in order to get to where you want to be you’ve gotta make sacrifices. Time, money, energy, comfort and sometimes peace. Expectations must be lowered. Pride needs to be put aside. Humility has to come through. This is the place I’m at right now and in all honesty it’s boring – but it’s got to be done. I’m sacrificing the things I enjoy doing the most with my time and money in order to make better investments that I’ll thank myself for in the near future.

Trust the process
While I wish I could FFWRD into future me who has achieved all the things I am desiring the most right now, I am learning to not only trust the process (which is believing that I will get there and that all things will lead to that moment) but to also enjoy it. Enjoy the grind while you can, take moments out of your day to see the joy in the small things you are doing. No matter how stressful, THANK GOD you at least have the strength and ability to be doing it. 

Stay focused
It's easy to fall asleep behind the wheel, let's face it, we sometimes feel as though we're driving down the longest and most desolate road leading to nowhere. But the funny thing is, this is never in vein. Whatever goes up must come down and sis, the road will come to an end. Meditate on what you're desiring for to keep you focused. The worst thing is losing momentum - this does nothing but hold you back, making the grind take longer than necessary. What are you working towards right now? A new job? Qualification? Body goal? Or maybe it's to read more, hit an objective at work, spend more time with family? Whatever it is, it’s so important to stay focused and remember the reason why you started it all in the first place. Having my own vision has been great, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes scary – but ultimately great. Because without it I wouldn’t be where I am at today and wouldn't be on route to finessing my dreams.

Outfit details
Suit - ZARA
Shoes - OFFICE
Earrings - ASOS
Bracelet & Watch - MICHAEL KORS