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Wednesday

Adulting is Hard

Source: Awake-Smile

"The horrifying moment when you're looking for an adult, but then you realise that you're an adult. So, you look for an older adult. Someone successfully adulting. An adultier adult." - Unkown


As the years between myself and 30 are getting fewer, and the years with me in the adult world are increasing, a thought has occurred to me...I'm not where I thought I would be. This is then closely followed by the question, "well, why not?"

I think the answer lies with my 'grown up goals' not matching 'grown up realities'.


Let me explain...looking back, I thought that at my current stage of life I would buying a flat. In reality, I cannot look at my bank balance without crying. This in fact comes hand in hand with salary expectations. Raise your hands if you thought you were going to be minted as an adult?! When in actual fact, I'm pretty sure I was richer when I had pocket money at 12 years old.

I laugh when I'm advised by people to get a good 'work-life' balance. In fact the social life I thought I'd have as an adult of staying out late and going to fancy bars, looks more like me hiding under the duvet, in fact it just is me hiding under the duvet.

The point I'm trying to make here is that if you are identifying with any of the above, I think we can agree that our expectations were, well, a little 'off' when it comes to the world of adult-hood. But it's okay! It's okay if you don't feel like you have your s*%t together and are still holding onto non-grown-up-ness! Responsibilities happen and come along whether we want them to or not, and we ultimately deal with them. Its the standards and the pressures we/society puts on ourselves/us that leads to things being more stressful than they appear. 

The beautiful thing I've discovered is that we get to choose how we want to be at this stage of our lives. We haven't failed, we are actually doing just fine.

I, personally, at 27 years of age, am going to continue to enjoy lollipops, not wearing heels, wearing my pyjamas straight when I come in from work, through a tantrum when my alarm goes off in the mornings, and sticking my arm out of the car window and making waves in the air. 

Who's with me?








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Time to Make Peace with Yourself

Source: Pinterest


I'm learning that Motivation at times can be tricky. If you're struggling it may be time to slow down, re-focus, and generally cut yourself some slack.

You may have been slogging away at a diet or a gruelling gym routine, and you've either done well and are on track or, like me you've slipped a little. But its never a bad thing to take a step back and give yourself a break (at least, this is the philosophy I'm going by).
 

Try Lemon Water when you first wake up. Hot or Cold.

If, like me, you missed the whole 'detox your body in January' trend, its never a bad idea just to give your body a boost now and again. The simplest way that I've found to do this is by having lemon water first thing. Hot or cold it's refreshing and studies show that its great for your insides.

Don a face mask.

Garnier have just come out with some great sheet face masks, but if you have your own favourite in mind there is something about putting a facemask on that makes me stop. Even if its just for 20 mins, it can mean the difference between thinking I'm relaxing and actually physically relaxing. 

Hygge Your Life a Bit.

Man I cannot get enough of Hygge (or the Dutch for that matter) at the moment. I mean I literally want to drop everything and move to Copenhagen (as crazy as that sounds). If you can, get your hands on the Hygge bible, a cute little book that is half price on Amazon at the moment and can be decorative as well as informative when you are done. 

If you're Single, thats Okay.

Stresses can come from all areas of our lives, but I think my main stresses are expectations that others (without necessarily realising) place on me. Being single is one of them. People are constantly asking how my love life is going, which makes for an interesting conversation, but really I'm just okay as I am at the moment. I'm in no rush.

Dare to Dream.

Take time for yourself and ask yourself, what do you want? What are your dreams? At the moment for me its to one day owning a space of my own. Just a little apartment in a nice area with room enough for me, and of course a coffee machine #duh.


Moving and pushing yourself is great, but sometimes just stopping and re-focusing on yourself and making sure you're doing okay can be an even bigger motivator than you think. 





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Sunday

Inspo-grammers Worth a Follow

I am a big ol'fan of Instagram. 

Using it as a constant visual source of new inspiration and motivation can be quite powerful.

Visualising goals can help motivate towards them, and even sharing your own motivation can in turn give yourself a boost.

Below are five of my favourite, what I like to call, Inspo-grammers, that haven't failed yet to get me in the mood to workout or try out some tasty healthy looking recipe.



Stefanie Moir@Naturallystefanie
Stefanie also has an awesome YouTube channel which I first found her through (which you can check out here). She is Vegan, Scottish and Stunning! Providing TONS of inspo on a daily basis and worth a follow in all aspects of social media!




Rebecca Gawthorne@nourish_naturally
I have followed Rebecca for a while now. Her stunning pictures are so positive and uplifting that its like carrying sunshine around with you in your pocket.




Sarah@Sarahs_day
Also on YouTube, Sarah is an Australian based beauty that takes stunning pictures and has a great strong lean physique that most of my aims are geared towards. I also wish I looked this good in gym gear. 




Guilty by association, this beautiful Instagrammer and I go way-back. Lizzie has achieved a stunning transformation and is so up-beat, motivating and dedicated to fitness and health she is probably the most motivational person I follow. 




Eva as with all the Instagrammers featured on here is once again stunning, and has a physique that can't be a bad thing to set aims for. She posts a lot of pictures from the frontline gym, which really helps me to get in the mood for heading down to my own. 









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Me and My (not so) Flat Belly

My goal this March is to get better at motivating myself.

This isn't just pertaining to fitness, although that is where I struggle with motivation the most, but in all aspects of life. Motivation to food/meal prep/eat better/tidy/complete work assignments...the list goes on.

Things are finally beginning to defrost, we are seeing more sunshine and therefore I naturally am beginning to feel more optimistic.

I want to capitalise on this, so I'm going to look closer into what motivates me, or anyone for that matter.

We all have things we would like to improve about ourselves. Mine is (and I believe this goes for a lot us gals) my belly. I also want to be stronger, like pull yourself up onto a ledge in a action movie stronger (you know, just in case).

It is still a dream to have a toned stomach, but here's the thing...I really like my food. And where do I typically store my fat? Yup that's right, my belly.

I reckon that with some education, recipe sourcing, and exercise targeting I could change things. But where do you start? How do you motivate yourself after a long day of work to keep going, all the way to the gym, AND through a workout?

It's going to be a challenge to say the least, but this month I'm going to try.

I'm going to set myself the goal of going to the gym 3 times a week for the month of March and see how I feel at the end.

In the mean time I want to be inspired, so I will doing my best in the mean time be collecting and surrounding myself with inspirational people and things. Well, here goes.




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Wednesday

Feelings on February + a Shopping List

It's March. 

My Fashion/Wardrobe focus project I set myself over Feb has ended. On reflection I would say I have successfully marked the start of this project, but it's a lot bigger than I anticipated and an ongoing process at the moment.

Firstly, my wardrobe looks a lot more streamlined and full of the things I love to wear most. I even have (mostly) matching hangers! (Spot the odd one out). But I've also learned a lot about my own personal style and what I ultimately want that to be.

I've learnt that I'm quite bad when it comes to 'nice clothes'. I have no problems buying beautiful key pieces that look and make me feel fab, but then I'm guilty of preserving them and not letting them see the light of day. This is a rule I'm now setting myself from this month forward. No more preserving. I'm going to buy AND wear nice things, without worrying if they will get damaged or won't look the same after a wash, life doesn't wait and why not feel happy and great now?

I also have those days where I don't wear things because that particular day isn't 'special enough'. Like I specifically dress down unless I'm going to a frickin' Ball or something (this is an extreme example obvs). So the time is now, stop waiting to wear nice things and just wear them! What on earth am I waiting for? (Apart from that 'Ball' that is never going to happen).

I've ridded my closet of those 'someday' clothes that might never happen, and plonked my wardrobe right back in the present. In turn this has made me realise what I actually have, and what I would need to either complete a look or fit in with my newly enlightened style.

I've subsequently compiled a Shopping List...


A Biker Jacket

Source: Charlize

A Camel Coat

Source: Charlize

A Barbour Jacket

Source: Daily Fashion Outfits

A Pair of High Waisted Jeans

Source: Popularaz

A Classic White Shirt

Source: Susan Albright Design

A Smart Pair of Trousers

Source: Shop Style Neiman Marcus

A Pair of White Kicks

Source: Aritzia

I would maybe go so far as to say I need these items (cue stereotypical girl breaks emergency piggy bank for shoes moment). But, I'm going to take my time over the spring transition period and consider investing a little extra in order to get some quality in my wardrobe, rather than quantity. 

Any things here match your shopping list?






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Sunday

A Good Pair of Black Jeans

Outfit: Top: H&M // Jeans: Next // Boots: Fatface // Necklace: Debenhams

You may have noticed a lot of new style jeans creeping into stores as of late.


As we approach the end of the Winter season (lets all breathe a big sigh of relief) the styles of jeans that have been trending include the raw hem, mixed shade denim, front seam and embroidered.

Personally I think the embroidered jeans are gorgeous, but I think my style is a bit simpler and classic. With the recent clear-out and streamlining process of my wardrobe (which you can catch up on here) I decided that I needed a good staple pair of black jeans. 

They are worth an investment. I would even go so far as saying black jeans are a necessity in any wardrobe.

Just a quick disclaimer, this post is not sponsored and is being written from a Tall Girl's perspective on finding a good fit. That being said, you might still read something helpful whatever height or size you are after. Next is one of my favourite shops for this reason.

If you haven't looked to them as an option to find a good fit for you, give them a try. I love that they make sure they have a mixture of tall, regular and petite items on their shop floor. This means you can actually try items on (I know, old school right?) without having to wait for them in the post (and most likely return them in a similar fashion shortly after). Pretty much every item comes in a tall, petite, short, regular or long version (the item will display this on the tag) so have a hunt around and find the fit for you.

Yes, it is quite possible that the latest trends and styles will be on display and bamboozling you somewhat (well they did me), but if you see a classic cut that you know suits you make a dive for it pronto.

I paid more for these jeans than I have in a while, coming in at £40, (compared to the Primark £10 bracket) but they fit so well and feel like butter they are so soft. I was also a size smaller than expected. If thats not a selling point then I don't know what is!

So I picked up a size 14L, and haven't put them down since.






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Thursday

Currently Coveting: Luis Vuitton Capucines

Source: Louis Vuitton

Like seriously, I'm in love


In honour of Valentines week and considering this month bares a fashion focus for this webspace, I thought I would share with you my current obsession (and biggest wishlist item).

The Louis Vuitton Capucines BB bag in black.

Yes, I have been thoroughly seduced by the range that is being dubbed the new classic by fashion bloggers, which I totally agree with. I'm not a massive fan of the previous classic Louis Vuitton print (I think it was because I'd seen so many knock offs and had print overload that it was ultimately ruined for me). 

However, I put my hands up and admit that this specimen here, is absolutely stunning. 

The only downside is that it has a current price tag of £3050. As much as I am almost drooling over this picture, I don't have that amount to spare just yet. Instead I am going to use this to fuel my determination to save a separate set of pennies, and keep a close eye on one of my favourite apps, Vestiaire Collective. In time this bag shall be mine, until then I will be pinning it to my vision board.





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