August262016

Spring Fever: Your Season Essentials

Pastel Purse

It’s all about the accessories this season, and a purse in pastel is a must-have. Mint, baby blue, soft pink and faded yellow are all great choices. Choose a slim cross-body bag for practicality or a clutch for a more sophisticated look. If you’re like me and carry half your house in your bag, then an oversized handheld will be your saviour. Still not convinced? Get a leather satchel. Classy, sensible and perfect for work or study. Doesn’t Miranda Kerr’s bag look mighty fine on her arm there?

pastel bag miranda kerr

 

Prints and Patterns

As always, floral is in this season. What says Spring more than bright, flowery clothes? Wear it in a dress or blouse to give your outfit a burst of colour. If you’re not into big and bright styles, then get on board the gingham train. Gingham is here in a big way, and gives your outfit just the right touch of vintage-sweetness. Your third option is to stick with the ever-faithful stripes. Black and white, nautical, red and cream – whatever you prefer, stripes have got you covered.

floral

 

Bare Shoulders

Off-the-shoulder clothing is the look of the season. Get some sun on your shoulders and pair a flowy sheer top with tapered trousers and oxfords, or go boho and wear it in lace with a flowing maxi skirt. For an evening out, make like Blake Lively and choose a fitted below-the-knee dress. Wear your hair in a messy side braid to show of your shoulders and neckline.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Blake Lively seen on the streets of Manhattan on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Pleat It!

Pleats made a serious come-back this year, and they’re here to stay for Spring. I love pleats – they’re flattering, elegant and add an element of texture to your outfit. The best thing about pleats is that they look great in most fabrics, so you can wear them in chiffon to dress things up or opt for jersey if you’re wanting comfort and casualness. A knee-length skirt with a fitted funnel neck sweater is retro-chic, and a pastel dress like Kate Middleton below is perfect for a day out in the sun.

pleats

 

Victorian, Darling

Whether you’re a fan of Jane Eyre or not, the fashion of Charlotte Bronte’s time is influencing contemporary style. Think high necklines, ruffles, collars and sheer or lacy fabrics. I love the femininity and vintage vibes of this trend. A Victorian-style blouse with wide-legged trousers makes for an elegant and modern take on this look, while a dress will really get the heads turning. Thankfully, no corsets or petticoats required!

<> on December 17, 2010 in Washington, DC.

August192016

Making Your Life Your Own

Business Woman Holding a Tablet Computer.

True happiness and fulfilment comes with self-determination. Are you making all of the decisions in your life, or do you go with the flow and take things as they come? Are you exactly where you want to be right now? Are you really living? Being in control of your own life is extremely important. When you are responsible for your direction, you create self-empowerment and self-belief. You put yourself in a position where you are capable of shaping your life in the direction you want. So – how does one do this?

 

Work, Work, Work

If you are a working woman, you need to be confident enough to negotiate in your career. It doesn’t matter what kind of job you have – being able to assert your needs should be an imperative. Some people put up with poor working conditions, low pay and other issues out of fear that they will lose their job. Whether this is the case or not, if you are unhappy at work, something needs to change. What you need to always remember is that you have value, and if you are working hard, consistently, and not being appreciated then you have the right to do something about it. Our careers are a huge part of our life, so getting to a place where you are comfortable, motivated and content is extremely important.

 

Emotional Determination

Don’t let others control your emotions – they are your emotions and only you have the power to control them. If someone says or does something to upset you, step back and realise that they don’t have that right. You are letting their words or actions upset you. It is a choice. Understand that you are responsible for your outlook on life and for your happiness. Look at who and what is in your life. This also is a choice. If there are people who bring you down, you have the choice to move on from these people. Surround yourself with whatever inspires you and brings you joy.

 

Purpose

Do you have direction in your life? Do you have goals? Are you driven towards achieving something? Do you work hard to meet your aims? Or do you let life carry you on its path? When you get into an everyday routine it can be easy to fall into a pattern where you live week by week. Incidents and experiences happen which you overcome, and the weeks continue to roll on. Sometimes you need to look at things from a bigger perspective. Where are you going? Are you as fulfilled as you could possibly be in this routine? Figure out what it is you want to do, and work towards that. Make things happen for you, don’t let them happen to you. When you begin to do this, you are on the road to self-determination.

August152016

Real Housewives of Auckland – Women’s Day 2016

August122016

Grief: How to Cope

Grief - How to Cope

It’s a fact of life that at some point during our amazing journey, we will experience loss. No matter how big or small a loss is and how prepared or unprepared for it we are, it can have a serious effect on our happiness, perspectives and beliefs. Perhaps you lost a beloved pet, a friend or family member, or are put through a difficult breakup. These are all losses. Sometimes a loss can completely floor you. You may find yourself questioning who you are and what your purpose is on this planet. You may feel lost yourself. You may feel that you will never recover. As someone who has had her own fair share of grief, I am here to tell you that it does get better. Eventually, things will be okay again – different, yes – but okay. So whether you have experienced a loss already and need some support, or have been lucky enough to avoid one thus far, here are some words that I hope can help you.

 

The ‘Right’ Way

This is the most important thing to understand: there is no right way to grieve. When something horrific happens to you, you will naturally react differently to those around you. Maybe you will go into shock, maybe you will break down, or maybe you will remain relatively composed. However you personally respond is okay. Don’t think that emotional outbursts are weak or a lack of emotion is cold. Every one of us is different, so it is natural to handle things in our own unique way. If you are one of those people who needs to keep busy and ‘get on with it’, then do that. Stay busy, occupy yourself with your hobbies and interests. If you are one of those people who needs time to process everything, then take that time. Be on your own until you feel ready to face the world again. However you need to deal with the situation is up to you.

 

Time

Even though she’s now a pop princess in the midst of a media scandal, the old Taylor Swift certainly had some good advice. In one of her early hits, Fifteen, she offers a piece of wisdom that can help us here: “I’ve found time can heal most anything / And you might just find who you’re supposed to be.” When you’re hurting, chances are the old ‘time heals’ notion won’t feel very helpful. But it’s important to believe that, as awful as things might seem now, they will get better. They may not go back to normal – because a loss can seriously alter our perception, redefining what ‘normal’ actually is – but they will improve. When something huge happens to you, it’s likely you will never truly get over it. But you will, eventually, get used to it. It won’t be an obstacle in life you simply surpass, but rather something that becomes a part of you and your story. And when the time comes, you will feel joy again. You will feel happiness again. You will feel hope.

 

Wellbeing

Another significant thing to remember when suffering a loss is to keep looking after yourself. Taking care of your mind and body may seem like the least important thing right now, but it cannot be ignored. You will only worsen things if you stop taking care of yourself. Make sure you eat, and eat well. Stay hydrated. Get at least eight hours sleep a night. If you feel up to it, do yoga or meditation once a day – it will help your healing process. Go outside and get some fresh air. Being in nature is a great way to give yourself time to think, and to see the beauty of the world around you. Spend time with your friends and family – as much as you need. Lean on your friends. Real friends will always be there for you, no matter what. Give yourself time out at work if you need it. Place value on your wellbeing. Even though things are horrible right now, you will come out the other side stronger and more understanding of yourself.

August082016

Absolutely Fabulous Movie Premier – Aug 2016

August062016

It’s the Little Things

Its the Little Things

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life we need to appreciate. Those small, simple things that improve your day or enhance your overall experience in some way. We don’t always notice them, but undoubtedly we feel their impact. Ask yourself – what made you happy this week? Or what added to your happiness? These are the things we should hold onto and treasure, because they positively influence our lives – whether we realise it or not. I thought I would share a few things that brightened my week, so that maybe you can think of those that brighten yours.

 

Fresh Flowers

I love fresh flowers – they instantly boost my mood. I always make sure I have fresh flowers in my office and home. The smell is refreshing and they add a dash of colour to the room. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that flowers are only a gift – get into the habit of buying yourself flowers and you’ll be better for it!

 

Favourite Song

Putting on my favourite song never fails to enhance my happiness. At the moment I can’t stop listening to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. It might be a sad sounding tune, but I love the vocals and think it’s an amazing piece of music.

 

Animal Time

A play with my dog Versace Stone always puts me in good spirits. There’s something about animal company which human company can’t provide. Animals seem to understand us and communicate without needing words. I swear they can tell when we’re feeling upset, or stressed. If you have a furry friend at home, why not spend some time with them each day and see how it benefits you?

 

Sneaky Shop

Yes, yes, yes – I do love to shop. A quick visit to my favourite dress store Glamour Boutique in Newmarket is sure to put a smile on my face. Quality, stunning garments combined with friendly, professional staff – what more could you ask for!?

 

Food and Friends

My number one ‘little thing’ – time spent sharing stories with my girls over good food. This week we visited our frequent, The White Rabbit on the Park, and wined and dined in style. Catching up with those you love is never a bad idea, and when you add some fine cuisine in the mix it’s bound to be a winner!