April252017

Valuing What You Love: Why You Should Do It

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When it comes to doing what you love, have you ever been struck by the following thoughts?

“My passion can’t support me financially”

“No one will care about what I love doing”

“Achieving my dream career will take years of planning and money, and even then it might not work out”

“Following my passion is too risky”

Self-doubt is destructive and will only have a negative impact on your life and career. In order to succeed, you need to banish negative thoughts and replace them with positivity, drive and vision. Read on for my tips on how to value yourself – and your dreams!

Know Your Worth – and Own It!

Understand the exceptional value that you as a person possess. Forget about how much money you earn, what you look like or what you do for a living. This is about you as a unique individual. A person with a big salary is not necessarily a good person, or a happy person. Think about your positive traits, the good things you’ve done in life and the times when you have made a difference. Think about why you love your passion – what is it that makes you enjoy it? In most cases, our interests and passions enhance our happiness. We’re also usually good at them, and excelling at something is a great way to add focus and positivity to your life.

Think of the Positive Outcomes

How will your passion and dreams positively effect others? Does what you love doing help another person in any way? Avoid thinking literally – yes, doctors physically do help people. But so do musicians, accountants, yoga instructors and authors. Every occupation, every hobby, every interest in the world impacts someone’s life and has the power to create positivity. Maybe you’re really into photography, but think there’s no point doing it for a living because people won’t care. Wrong. Viewing art can really enhance people’s lives. Art collection is a hobby, and just looking at beautiful pictures on Instagram can put you in a good mood. Don’t underestimate the power of your passion.

Think Forward

If in doubt, thinking ahead will really show you why valuing what you love is important. Picture your life in 10 years, then 20. Where do you see yourself? Do you think you will be happy continuing on in the job you currently hold? Do you think your passion will simply die and you’ll no longer wish to pursue it? That’s no way to think of life! When it comes to the crunch, the old saying ‘life is short’ is true. We’re only on this Earth for a short time, so let’s make the most of it. Let’s really enjoy our time here. When you look back at your life, you don’t want to have regrets and wish you’d pursued your passion after all. Value what you love, and  follow that passion.

 

April192017

Exercise for Busy People: Fitting it all in

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As we get busier and busier, fitting exercise into our schedules becomes more difficult. It seems there’s always something that needs to be done! Too often, our exercise is sacrificed to make room for other pressing matters. With daylight savings and the onset of winter, things get even more tricky. Darkness, bad weather and tight schedules aside, getting enough exercise each week is extremely important for our physical and mental health. The fact is, we’re all busy! Using ‘busy’ as an excuse isn’t going to do any favours for our fitness level and overall health, so it’s time to prioritise exercise and make a place for it in your daily routine. Here’s how!

 

Keep it Regular

Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining a solid exercise regime. If you incorporate time for exercise into your schedule every day, you come to think of it as just another thing you have to do – one that can’t be replaced. Make a little plan for the week where you list all of your regular commitments and figure out a way to add some exercise in there. It might be that on three days of the week you get up 45 minutes earlier and go for a run, or on Wednesdays you take a longer lunch break and fit in a gym class. Maybe evenings work better for you and you can have a slightly later dinner. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

Keep it Interesting

Variation is important to ensure you stay motivated. Doing the same form of exercise every day will get boring after a while, and losing interest usually results in slacking off. I like to do several different kinds of exercise each week. As an example, you could go for a brisk walk on two mornings, a yoga and pilates class two evenings, a high intensity gym class like Pump or Spin two other days and a bike ride in the weekend. Simple! Trial and error is a good process here. Have a go at different activities and see which ones you enjoy the most and work best for your body.

 

Keep it Snappy

One of the main reasons we struggle to fit exercise into our schedules is because we view it as a long task that takes up a big chunk of our time. However, it’s better to exercise in short 30-45 minute bouts every day than a couple of longer sessions each week. Mix it up and have brief workouts during the week when you’re working and longer ones in the weekend when you have more free time.

 

Keep it Fun

Workout with your friends! This is a great way to catch up and stay motivated. Instead of meeting for a coffee, go for a walk on the beach or cycle around a park together. It’s fun and takes your mind off the fact that you’re exercising. Enrolling in a weekly class like yoga or AB&T together is another great way to encourage each other. Make it a regular thing that you do together – it’s surprising how great it can be.

 

 

April122017

Celebrity Hair and Beauty Looks of the Month

There have been some gorgeous celebrity hair and beauty looks over the past few weeks, ranging from natural to dramatic. Checking fashion magazines and blogs for images of celebrities is a great way to gain inspiration about hair and makeup. Want some advice on what hairstyles and makeup look work best for you? A personal styling session with me will get you sorted! Here are a few of my favourite celebrity beauty looks right now.

 

Emma Watson

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Emma looked amazing at the world premiere of Beauty and the Beast last month. The British beauty showed off her slim figure in an elegant black Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit, and wore her hair in a swept-back, messy bun. The focus was on the eyes for Emma, and she looked every part the Disney princess with the careful ‘cat eye’ flick of mascara on the eyelid. This technique is a classy and effective way to draw attention to your eyes without looking like you’re wearing a lot of makeup. With a little attention to the brows and a lightly tinted lipstick, Emma was picture perfect.

Selma Hayek

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Selma looked as gorgeous as ever at the How to be a Latin Lover press conference earlier this month. The Mexican-American stunner kept things simple, letting her dark locks flow naturally over her shoulders. Keeping the makeup to a minimum, she has smoothed her skin over with a BB cream or light foundation and added a natural coloured lipstick. This basic makeup look works really well for Selma, showing off her great smile and skin  tone. And doesn’t that dress look amazing on her hourglass figure?!

 

Brie Larson

Brie has rapidly worked her way into the realm of Hollywood stars, and is known for her natural ‘don’t overdo it’ appearance. At the Kong: Skull Island movie premiere she looked radiant in a striking tiered gown with sequin embellishments that accentuated her small waist and great curves. I love love love Brie’s hair in this image – sleek, straight and shiny, she is the picture of elegance. Like Emma Watson, she focuses on the the eyes, with a slight smoky effect going on and some eyeliner on the eyelid. The small black earrings complete the look beautifully.

 

Jennifer Anniston

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Jen always looks great, and she was on form at the premier for the third season of The Leftovers  a week ago. Keeping her beachy blonde-brown locks out with a natural wave and with that ever-present golden tan, she looked fit and healthy. A dash of lipgloss, some black mascara and a touch of bronzer on the cheeks give her face just the right amount of colour. Gorgeous, as always.

 

Sienna Miller

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Like Jen, Sienna has always maintained a more natural beauty look. At the LA premiere of The Lost City of Z on April 6th, she looked radiant. With a soft curl in her healthy blonde hair, and a little eyeshadow and mascara she looked dignified and fun. You can see the cute freckles on her nose, meaning she hasn’t used a thick foundation. Less is more for Sienna!

 

April062017

Temperature Drop: Must-have Items for the Cooler Weather

Is it just me, or has it been a lot colder this week? Not to mention miserable and rainy at times! Regrettably, the weather is only going to get worse from hereon – but don’t worry, I’ve put together a few essential items to help you battle the elements and stay toasty.

 

Raincoat

rains moon jacket

New Zealand has particularly changeable weather, so carrying a raincoat in your bag is a very good idea! Luckily, raincoats can be quite stylish. There are some great brands out there like Danish company Rains making functional and fashionable wet weather gear. Check out their Moon base jacket below, available online at Area 51.

 

Merino Long-sleeve

merino long sleeve and slip

What would we do without Merino? We’re so lucky to have the highest quality Merino wool in New Zealand, so make the most of it and invest in a long-sleeve shirt. Merino is lightweight, quick-drying and beautifully soft on the skin. Plain black or white long-sleeves look great underneath a slip dress and will keep you warm on those chilly mornings.

 

Trousers

twenty seven names weekender pants

A dressier alternative to jeans is the trouser. Stylish and comfortable, these pants will get you through the cold days. Buy a wool blend for added warmth and pair with a turtleneck or tee and coat for extra chic. I love Twenty Seven Names’ Weekend trousers below – add a bit of colour in there to brighten things up!

 

Quality Sweater

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Every lady should own at least one decent sweater. Avoid synthetic fabrics like acrylic and polyester and choose quality – opt for cashmere or wool to keep the cold away. If you find wool too scratchy, choose 100% cotton over synthetic materials. It’ll keep you warmer, and is better for your skin and the environment! Alex Chung’s chunky cable knit sweater looks gorgeous below.

 

Black Boots

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I mentioned boots in our Autumn Fashion Guide, but I’m mentioning them again – specifically, black flat boots. Black is fab because it goes well with EVERYthing, and I’m suggesting flat because you can wear these every day, anywhere. Purchase a leather pair for the ultimate waterproof shoe, or spray a synthetic pair with waterproofing spray to prevent leakage. There’s nothing worse than wet feet!