March252016

Living with Teenagers

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As a mother, I know what it is like to live with teenagers. Sharing a household with these young adults can be difficult at the best of times, and there are a few pointers I’ve learnt along the way.

So we all know that teenagers, bless them, can be moody. Very moody. There’s the hormones, the everyday frustrations of high school (little do they know) and the turmoil of first love. Being a teenager isn’t easy, but what is easy is forgetting just how tumultuous those years can be. Has your teen ever come home and responded to your “how was your day?” with a simple “good”? When you ask them what they did that day, do they ever say “nothing”? Sometimes after a day of drama, embarrassment or friendship woes, all your teen might want is a little peace and quiet. As much as we want to know the inner workings of their minds, it is important to give these young adults space. Let them cool down, let them relax, let them think things through.

In line with this tip, try not to take things to heart. On occasion, your teen might lash out at you with a nasty comment that really does hurt – but nine times out of ten, this was said in the heat of the moment and in fact meant very little. Your teen’s harsh words are coming from a place of stress or distress, so swallow your pride (or pain) and be as supportive as possible. Of course, there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed and those kinds of situations should be dealt with accordingly.

While giving your teen space is definitely a good idea, make sure you also spend some time with them now and then outside of the house. If you have a daughter, take them out for a coffee or pedicure, or have a day out shopping. If you have a son, take him to the movies or go for a bike ride. Watch your kid’s sports games and musical performances; read their stories and admire their artwork. Whatever they are into, be there – it might embarrass them at the time, but in later years they will look back and appreciate your dedication.

In closing – my best piece of advice? Try to be understanding. Remember, you were young once, too, feeling confused and frustrated just like your teen is now. Sometimes it helps to step back and imagine how you would have reacted as a teenager, and take that into consideration before letting your adult-self respond.

 

 

March182016

Make Your Life Positive

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When it comes to being happy, positivity is key. We all go through tough times, but maintaining a bright outlook on life even when things get hard is really important for your mental wellness. There are three areas of your life that I suggest focusing on and trying to improve, so that you can be happier day in and day out.

 

Relationships

Who is in your life? Are the people around you kind, supportive and fun? Nothing can lower a person’s spirits more than negative energy brought on by nastiness or despondency. Who you let into your life is a choice that only you can make, so leave any people behind that bring you down or make you feel bad. Value those that are good in your life, the people that make you laugh and are there for you no matter what. Make time for these people, because they are the ones who are in it for the long haul. Hans F. Hansen said it right: “people inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.”

 

Career

Yes, money is important – we all have to live! But being content in the place you spend the most amount of time each week is even more important. No matter how good or bad your job may be, there are always ways to improve things. Set goals and targets, and work towards these. Reward yourself when you achieve them. You will feel like you are accomplishing something, and show your boss and coworkers that you are a valued employee who can benefit the business. At the same time, don’t let your job take over your life – having a balance could not be more crucial to maintaining a positive life – everyone needs some time out to de-stress and have fun.

 

Self-esteem

How can your life be positive if you aren’t positive about yourself? We all have days where we feel awful, and that’s just reality, unfortunately. The important thing is to make sure you aren’t letting those days outweigh the ones where you feel great. Think of all your good qualities and embrace them – what is your favourite body feature? What is your best skill? What is you greatest attribute? Having a positive outlook on your personality, body image and lifestyle is the stepping stone to living a positive, and happier life. Remember – live the life you love, and love the life you live.

March112016

Values to Live By

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I’m a strong believer in holding certain values and living by these. It’s important to believe in something and have direction in your life. Values are a great way to ensure you stay on the right track and live the type of life you want to live. So here are my values – maybe they can help you find guidance, too.

 

Everything Happens the Way it is Supposed To

You’ve probably heard the old saying ‘everything happens for a reason’ over and over again. As cliche or tired as it may sound, I truly believe that whatever happens in our lives, happens the way it is meant to. Wherever you are in your life right now, whether that’s at a difficult crossroads, in a comfortable pattern or a blur of success – that is exactly where you are supposed to be. Things get hard – that’s a fact. But things only get hard so we can get stronger, so our lives can turn in new directions. We lose people so we can find new ones, we move houses or cities or jobs to find a better fit. If you’re going through a tough time at the moment, just remember – you are only in this position so the right thing can come along.

 

Live Your Life in Abundance

My daily mantra is simple – live a life of abundance. Don’t do things simply or with the least amount of effort possible. Give everything you do your full energy, your full enthusiasm and your full dedication. Life is too short to live with doubts – be confident in what you do and give it your all. Positive people attract good things, and nothing is more infectious than an enthusiastic, motivated attitude. Go after what you want and don’t let anything stop you – your life is your own, so live it the way you want.

 

When You Feel Good, You Look Great

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Nothing is more beautiful or attractive than a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. A woman who feels good about herself looks good – it’s as simple as that. The truth is, we don’t all have size six bodies or Hollywood features. Instead of thinking that you aren’t attractive if you don’t live up to society’s notion of ‘beautiful,’ view yourself as beautiful in your uniqueness. Our differences are something to be celebrated, and there is something gorgeous about each and every one of us. Find what makes you you, and embrace it.

March032016

The Oscars: Fashion at Film’s Biggest Night of the Year

Whether you love the movies or you hate them, if you’re a fashion fanatic you simply can’t overlook The Oscars. This event epitomizes everything we think of when we think ‘Hollywood’ – glamour, sophistication, celebrities and of course, style. The 2016 Oscars maintained this notion. I’ve selected a few of my favourite outfits from the night so you can draw inspiration from a handful of the world’s greatest actors and actresses.

 

Rachel McAdams

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Looking as stunning as ever in a silky August Getty Atelier gown, Rachel was the definition of elegance. The low back and leg split gave her outfit a sexy feel, while the flowing skirt spells class.

 

Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley

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Tom and wife Charlotte were one of the hottest couples to grace the red carpet at this year’s Oscars. While Tom’s sunglasses are questionable, his three-piece Gucci tux more than makes up for things. And I’m loving that bow tie!

 

Charlize Theron

oscars 2This blonde beauty shows us that the power of a red dress never dies. The plunging neckline of this Dior Haute Coutire gown does a great job showing off Charlize’s awesome figure, and her choice of an up-do keeps things looking classic.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Who else is thrilled that Leo (finally) won an Oscar? Luckily, Hollywood’s golden boy was looking more than dapper to receive his big award. Donning the classic black and white tuxedo (by Giorgio Armani, no less) and pairing it with polished Louboutins, Leo was the meaning of handsome.

Jennifer Garner

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Jen sure knows how to pull off a Versace. The mum of three was radiant in a textured strapless dress that highlighted her slim waist, with simple makeup and hair giving her an overall fresh look.

Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic

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One of my favourite actors, Christian was sexy and sophisticated in an all-black Dolce & Gabbana suit. The pair were gorgeous in their black attire, both with Cartier accessories to complete the look.

Olivia Wilde

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Olivia strode onto the red carpet looking like a Greek goddess in this long Valentino Haute Couture dress. Keeping accessories to a minimum, she was stylish and seductive at the same time. My personal favourite piece of the night.

Michael Fassbender

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Michael’s Tom Ford tux was the perfect cut for his great figure. Not one to garner as much attention as the likes of Leo, Michael was equally handsome and elegant, the pocket kerchief and Chopard watch adding a nice touch.

 

 

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