Category: Positive Vibes

How to Live Stylish This Summer…

Have you ever gone through a busy period of life, when you are in full on work mode, with your head down, only to take a break and realize the time has flown by?! Well that’s what has happened to me this month!

All of Spring I worked flat out, organizing photo shoots and planning projects with new clients.  It was all go go go.  I loved it because I worked on some amazing projects and collaborated with some really talented people.  But then I had a pause, looked around and I realized it’s June, nearly July! And summer is already upon us!

When you are busy its easy to fall into the rut of throwing on your Levi’s Jeans and sneakers, running out the door and working through your to do list each day.  And before we know it, its going to be autumn.  I don’t want the next few months to fly by before I know what has hit me so I’ve decided to make it my mission to live more stylishly this summer.  That means making the most out of my days, enjoying the little moments and, of course, upping my style game.  Because even if we are just running errands that’s no reason not to look stylish right!? So here are my top tips for how to live stylish this summer.

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Postive Vibes – Ways to Feel Amazing This January…

January can be a bit of a hit and miss month for me.  I can either feel really incredible about the start of a new year and all the cool things I want to achieve and do, or I can feel really flat that the holiday season is over and I have another three months of boring winter stretching out in front of me.

I am happy to say this year its the first one for me.  2015 was a really exciting year because I took a really big step in my fashion career and started my own business as a freelance stylist and for 2016 I have a long list of things I want to do to build my business.  I can’t wait to get started and I feel really excited about all the possibilities.  But I know this isn’t the case for everyone.  Going back to work, starting a post-holiday diet and trying not to give up on resolutions can get us all a bit down.  So I decided to share with your some ideas to make yourself feel amazing this January.  Whether you have those january blues or not we should all try to make ourselves feel as amazing as possible…

Ways To Feel Amazing this January

Buy a New Shade of Lipstick.  Whenever I need a little pick-me-up I love going to my favourite beauty store and choosing a new lipstick to rock for the month.  It’s a really cheap and easy way to mix things up a bit.  Try and choose a colour you wouldn’t normally go for and see how amazing it makes you feel when you catch yourself in the mirror with your new look.

Organise Some Special Time With your Best Friends.  Plan a coffee date in a cute cafe, go shopping together or stay at home and cook a yummy dinner, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are having fun with your best friends.  Whenever I feel down all I have to do is spend five minuets with my friends and I feel amazing again and I love that the special time together will help make our relationship even stronger.

Get Outside.  Even though the weather is rubbish, wrap up warm and head on out to spend some time in nature.  You could go running, on a bike ride or for a winter walk in the park.  Being outside is really relaxing plus it will help you get back into shape after all the holiday treats.

Plan Some Trips.  A great way to feel energised is to have something to look forward to.  Start planning some trips or interesting things you want to do over the year and make them happen.  It could be that dream holiday you always wanted to take or a weekend in a new city.  If you are short on money planning fun days out or weekends visiting friends is a great way to get some fun things into your year without spending too much dollar.

Treat Yourself to Something In the Sales.  Instead of mindlessly shopping for things you don’t need, focus your sale shopping this year and buy yourself something you have always wanted but couldn’t quite afford.  It could be a special piece of jewellery, a designer handbag or that amazing pair of boots.  Investing in something you have always wanted will make you feel great and you will feel so happy every time you wear it.

Start a New Hobby.  Start a new sport, take up yoga, learn a new language or start a crafts class.  Starting a new hobby is a really good way to get yourself out of a rut because you learn something new, meet interesting people and find something to feel passionate about.

Have a Wardrobe Purge and Give Yourself a ReStyle.  A great way to make yourself feel amazing again is to organise your wardrobe and clear everything out.  Start by trying to create new outfits out of the clothes you already have – you will be amazed at how many things you own that your never wear – then clear out any items that no longer fit or look good anymore.  The new outfits your created will make you feel like you have had a make-over and you haven’t even spent any money.

Plan to Catch Up With an Old Friend.  Make a date to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time.  It’s so nice reconnecting with old friends, hearing what they have been up to and sharing your experiences too.  If you don’t live close enough to meet in person, plan a skype chat with them instead.

Have a Beauty Treatment. Get a manicure with your favourite colour nail polish, go to an amazing brow technician or have a relaxing massage.  Treating yourself you some pamper time will leave you feeling so good about yourself.  And if you can’t afford to splurge on a beauty treatment this month, organise an at home spa with your friends – paint your nails, do face masks and have fun!

Write Down Three Positive Things Each Day.  At the end of everyday, write down three things that happened that made you feel positive or that you are thankful for.  It could be something small like how good your morning coffee was or that you caught the sunset on your way home.  It doesn’t matter as long as it made you smile.  If you do this regularly you will start to notice patterns and it will make you realise you have some much to be happy about already.

What are your tips for feeling amazing this January? I would love to know about them in the comments below….

 

 

Beating September Blues

As I sit writing this post I am snuggled up on my sofa with a hot cup of tea because it is TORRENTIALLY raining outside.  Its looking really cold and really grey and really wet.  Living in Italy means I have not seen weather like this for a while and I am taking its presence as a sign autumn is definitely on its way.

I actually really like the start of Autumn because I think it brings with it a sense of renewing and restarting after a long summer break – I still get that ‘back to school’ feeling – and I love seeing the autumn colours in the trees. (See my Ciao Milano post for 20 reasons I am happy for autumn in milan.)  But I admit, as the evenings start to creep in earlier and the weather starts to turn bad I do sometimes get a pang for summer to return.

If you feel the same then here is my list of fun ways to beat September Blues…

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1) Have a hot bubble bath… 

Light candles, bring a good book and turn off your phone for some relax-time.  I love using bath bombs and bubbles bars from Lush.  They smell amazing and always make me feel really pampered.

2) Start shopping for new Winter clothes…

Nothing makes me more excited for a changing season than shopping for new clothes to wear.  Autumn time is great for fashion because it brings so many options; think soft layering, chunky scarves, cosy knits… Plus winter always calls for new shoes, coats, boots and sweaters.  Have fun and experiment with some new looks.

3) Go for a long walk and see the autumn leaves…

Wrap up warm, meet some girlfriends and go for a long walk to see the pretty colours of the autumn leaves.  I admit I am still a child at heart and I love walking through big piles of crunchy leaves – I’m sure you still do too…

4) Go back to school…

Use the dark evenings as a change to sign up for evening classes.  You could learn a language, do a beauty course, start crafting or try yoga… Learning new stuff is energizing and fun and its also a really great way to make new friends.

5) Get reading…

When it is cold and grey outside nothing is better than snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book.

6) Plan something exciting to look forward to…

Christmas feels like a really long time away so plan something fun to do in October or November so you have something to look forward to. I have a weekend staying in a county cottage booked with my girlfriends in October and I cannot wait! Other ideas could be a mini-city break, a spa weekend, a shopping trip or even a fun dinner party at home.

7) Have a girls sleepover…

Fill your living room with blankets and pillows, put on your favorite films and eat a ton of chocolate.  It doesn’t matter what the weather looks like outside when you are spending time with your best friends.

Have any suggestions of your own, please share them in the comment below…

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Ciao Milano – 20 Reasons I Am Happy to be Back

Well friends, summer holidays have officially ended and it is time to get back to work.  In the past I sometimes found this time of the year a little flat.  I would have had an amazing summer full of adventures and fun and then suddenly it would end and I would be returning home, back to my part time waitressing job or university classes.  But not this year.

This September marks the two year anniversary of my moving to Milan! And as our Sri Lanka adventures drew to a close I felt genuinely excited to be returning here.  Living in a foreign city does feel a bit like living on a extended holiday because there are always new things for me to experience and enjoy.  I love Milan because there are so many cool things happening in the city and the longer I live here the more it is starting to feel like a home away from home.

Here are the reasons I love being back…

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1. Even though its the start of autumn its still warm and sunny here in Milan.

2. Being reunited with my favourite cake shop California Bakery – those chocolate chip cookies are just so good.

3. Shopping at the monthly Vintage Market on the Navigli Grande the last Sunday of every month. Its great to spend the day wondering through the stalls and picking up cheaply priced vintage goodies.

4.  Starting new Italian lessons at the Passepartout School on chic Viale Monte Nero. I signed up for evening classes and am really excited to start at the school tonight.

5. Only three more weeks and Fashion Week starts in Milan. That means the city will be buzzing with exciting events and fashion shows and I will be busy buzzing around the city and having lots of fun. I will be covering my fashion week activities on here so be sure to check in.

6. Planning my looks for Fashion Week.  I brought lots of unique pieces over in Sri Lanka and am excited to style some cute looks throughout fashion week.

7. Strolling around pretty Parco Sempione and relaxing by the lake reading books.

8. Having evening apertivo (cocktails and yummy nibbles for only ten euros) in one of the cute bars in the Brera district.

9. Restarting my yoga classes and feeling zen three times a week.  

10. Seeing the new window displays of the designer shops in the super-chic Montenapoleone neighbourhood.  I especially love to see the visual merchandising at Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Margiela and Valentino.

11. Vogue’s Fashion Night Out! A really fun event where the shops stay open late and you can pick up limited edition lines, goodie bags and attend cool events all over the city.

12. Shopping for the new AW season. Ok I have been Styling photo shoots for this season since back in March but it is great to finally start shopping the trends I fell in love with all that time ago.

13. Visiting the new Armani Silos – a four floor museum covering the forty years of Armani and housing the previous collections.

14.  Going for prosecco in a waterside bar in the newly renovated Darsena Habour.  Grab drinks on one of the boats which have be transformed into floating bars and watch the colourful lights reflect off the water.  It feels just like being on holiday!

15.  Eating slow food at the new Mercato Metropolitano – a food market built in the old train station.  There are stalls from a huge range of local food sellers and even an open air cinema – so cool!

16. Seeing my recent shoots start to be published in magazine. Working a season ahead means once I Style a shoot I have to wait months till I see it published. As we are entering the AW season my stories will start to be published and I cannot wait to see my hard work in print.

17. Getting some arty culture and checking out the new exhibitions at the recently opened Prada Foundazione. 

18.  Finding eccentric young fashion designers to fall in love with at the unique concept store 10 Corso Como.  Browsing the upstairs book shop and taking a juice in the sunny courtyard cafe.

19. Styling for new photo shoots and writing features for new blogs.  I feel so motivated after my holiday and am ready to create some amazing work.

20. Continuing with our home renovation and getting a dose of inspiration at the beautiful interior design shop Rossana Olandi.  Walking around the shop is like entering a treasure chest and every room is filled with something strange and unique.

And here we are, my reasons for loving Milan this September.  Why are you happy to be home? Let me know in the comments below…

 

Postive Vibes – What I Have Learnt Before Turning 24…

The month of July has been really busy for me with photo shoots, meetings, travel and my birthday.  With one week left before we go on holiday I decided to give myself this week to feel relaxed and balanced before going away.  I have a lot to catch up on but I am also giving myself time to do things I love like yoga, reading, cooking and seeing friends.

At the end of a busy period I always like to evaluate how things have gone and make some goals for what I want from the next months. While thinking about this I came across a blog post by one of my favourite bloggers Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks who wrote a post about eight thinks she has learnt since her last birthday. As it was recently my birthday I thought it appropriate to give it a go myself.

Since leaving university and entering the ‘adult world’ two years ago I feel like I have learnt a lot about myself and the directions I want to go in.  So I decided my list refers to the past 12 months between turning 23 and 24.

Things I have learnt…

1. Be happy with my natural body shape. I used to always want to be skinny but in the past year I realised it is so much better to be slim, toned and strong. I have a good body weight and now I love where I have curves too. Of course there are areas (like my abs) I want to improve, but my goals are to tone them up instead of trying to loose weight. Eating healthy and exercising regularly And feeling good is more important.

2. Building from that I now LOVE exercise. Don’t get me wrong I still hate the gym! But I have learnt I love exercising outside and now do a combination of  yoga, cycling or swimming five times a week. My body feels great but it’s so good for de-stressing my mind too.

3. Comparing myself to others is a waste of time. I now know where I want to take my life and career and I have set goals to help myself get there. As long as I am achieving those and feeling happy in the process then it doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing. I can just sit back and feel happy for them instead of comparing and feeling bad.

4. Working towards my goals slowly has better results in the long term. Since moving to Italy I noticed the attitude they have of working towards goals a little bit at a time, instead of trying to do everything all at once. The phrase Rome wasn’t built in a day applies here. When I started thinking about how I could apply it to my own life I noticed I became much better at sticking at things because I was setting myself for realistic goals. It might take a longer, but by doing a little everyday I am much more productive and focused.

5. Don’t do things to try and keep other people happy, but make my decisions based on what feels right for me.

6. Loving and appreciating the amazing friends I have. Even if I live far away from them we are still so connected and close and that makes me happy.

7. Making time for the things I love (yoga, cooking, reading, cycling, travel, music) is so important for a happy lifestyle.

Things I want to learn/do before turning 25…

1. More yoga. Since starting in May I am loving the effect on my body and mind and want to keep up my four lessons a week.

2. More Italian. I just got to keep getting better.

3. Become more selfless. Helping people, getting involved with charities, following a good cause… I feel like I need to do more to help other people.

4. Scuba Dive at least once. Because I love it and I never do it.

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