Monday, December 28, 2015

What I Learnt In 2015

One of my favourite traditions at the end of the year is not making resolutions for the next one, but reflecting on everything I learnt this year. This has been the most personally challenging year so far (and hopefully ever) so I have collected a fair bit of wisdom to dish out...

  • Owning lots of things is stressful. Keep it simple metaphorically and literally
  • You don't have to like prawns just because everyone else does
  • Never be the one who stopped trying, being proud won't stop the 'what ifs'
  • Red is sooooo my colour
  • If you fail, try again. If someone else fails, support them, again. And again if need be
  • Family is EVERYTHING
  • Don't be a roadblock to someone apologising. Even if you can't accept it, let them say it
  • Comparing yourself to other people is a great way to drive yourself crazy
  • Doing the wrong thing by other people's standards doesn't mean it's not the right thing for you right now
  • Move to the city. Even if it's just for a little while
  • Every person is a human being with thoughts and feelings you know nothing about. So be kind, up front with your intentions and listen when they speak
  • If you look at someone's profile picture and think 'dayummmm', tell them. Even if you're not close, compliments are free
  • You won't get something if you don't ask for it. Except for bills
  • The ability to accept the things you can't change will allow you to sleep at night
  • Sometimes you will have to smile at people you genuinely dislike. It's called being an adult
  • Say yes to that beer

Dress: Boohoo, Earrings: ASOS

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Perfect Outfit For Sipping Margaritas

Playsuit, Mura Boutique (sold out, but similar here), Sandals, Bonbons

I've been thinking about holidays a lot lately. Yes, again. I'll always be dreaming of my next trip and this next one has to be a beach holiday. Sipping margaritas in this breezy cotton playsuit, casually reclined on a day bed, listening to the ocean, now that would be heaven! Off the shoulder styles are unbeatable for the warmer months. They're so easily dressed up just by adding a pair of heels and killer necklace. And yes I realise I am very pale, the only tan I'll ever get is out of a bottle, but I can still be in Summer mode without the stereotypical look!

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Fifth Piece (Second Round): Off The Shoulder Playsuit

This is my last piece for the very first year (and hopefully not last!) of the 5 Piece French Wardrobe challenge. I desperately wanted a new playsuit and I can't get enough of all things off the shoulder so when I saw this fresh, baby blue number from Mura Boutique I jumped at the chance. Even though it wasn't a quality piece, the spirit of the challenge was to add interesting, seasonal items to your closet so even if this playsuit isn't forever, I adore it. Plus, it's cotton and that's on the good material list for me!

I did a 6 month reflection piece a while ago and to be honest, that was a piece of cake compared to this second half! I have felt a bit constricted by the 5 Piece Wardrobe challenge this time around and I think it's because of the warmer weather and since I already had a very limited summer wardrobe I had a lot more trouble choosing the five pieces. I felt like I needed everything! That's probably evidence to stock up on the basics,which I might try and do in the Christmas sales. Can you believe I didn't own a denim skirt until recently?!

So, you're probably all wondering if I'll keep doing this challenge next year, and the answer is yes. BUT. There's always a but and that's because I do want to try some new trends and looks so if it's a very cheap item, I'm going to buy it. I also have an outfit challenge idea I want to do so I might have to be more flexible. Aaaaaan for the sake of honesty, I technically bought a sixth piece. Oops. Tripped at the finish line but as they say, I have #noregrets.

Monday, December 7, 2015

5 In 5: Things To Remember For Your Work Christmas Party

1. A killer outfit
As you may have seen from the pictures, a dress that is fun, festive and just damn pretty is essential. This red lacey number is from Boohoo (check it out, plus a hundred others, here) and they were kind enough to send it to me as part of their #WeAreFamily campaign, which is all about time spent with loved ones, parties and whatever else makes you feel sparkly! This dress is my new instant sequin feeling number.

2. Don't get too drunk
This is a no-brainer. Have as much champagne as you like at home or with your friends, but around coworkers be mindful of your limits (mine is 8). Never forget that the person who could be interviewing you for that manager position could be the person you spilled your drink on.

3. Get pictures!
Sometimes people feel awkward about being the photo taking one but you really shouldn't! Everyone wants pictures of when they're looking fly, so why not be the one who controls which pop up on Facebook? It's smart really...

4. A way home (alone)
I am a very firm believer in not shitting where you eat. Crass? Maybe, but it's a harsh lesson I know a lot of people have learnt. If you didn't think he/she was smoking hot the other 11 months of the year, then you probably don't think they are now either. Make sure you know how you're getting home for safety's and dignity's sake!

5. Deodorant
You'll be dancing, there will be plenty of people jammed together and there will be 'see you next year' hugs. Don't be the stinky one.