August252017

Starting your morning the right way

Do you sometimes feel sluggish or inefficient in the mornings? Does getting into the swing of things take more time than it should? Let’s re-evaluate how you’re doing things! Learn how to maximise your time and begin the day with a bang by reading my tips for starting your morning the right way.

 

Work your mind and/or body

Starting the morning with some form of exercise or meditation is the best way to energise your body and activate your mind. Wake yourself up with an early morning run, walk or yoga session, or hit the gym if that’s your preferred form of exercise. Once you get the heart pumping or the mind relaxing, you’ll be in the right frame to start your day effectively.

 

Refresh

Drink lots of liquid in the morning to hydrate your body. I like a glass of warm water with lemon juice, but have a green tea if you aren’t a citrus fan. This will also help flush out any nasty toxins and keep your skin from drying out. Try to drink 2-3 glasses before you even get to work.

 

Dress smartly

Dress like you mean it and you’re going to feel great. Get your outfit ready the night before so you don’t waste time deciding what to wear. Don’t rush your makeup and hair – you want to walk out the door feeling confident and prepared. It’s all about dressing like the winner you know you are.

 

Brainfood

This one is so important! Make sure you eat a good breakfast before you start work. A bowl of porridge with coconut sugar, muesli with low fat yogurt and fresh fruit or poached eggs on toast are fabulous healthy options – and quick to make, too. Fuel your body and brain by giving them energy, allowing them to work to their full potential.

 

Multitask

When you can do two things at once without adding extra stress to your life, give it a go. I like to check my emails over breakfast, which means I don’t waste more time doing it later on. Have a think about what you could be doing at once and see if you can make it work comfortably.

July102017

Essential Winter Accessories

Winter fashion is great because it means you can indulge in accessories. Accessories can make or break an outfit, and when used correctly they’ll give even the most simple look a touch of flair. Stay warm and stylish this winter with my essential accessories!

 

Scarf

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Layering is a key winter fashion trend, and scarves are the perfect accessory to give your outfit depth. Make like Blake Lively above and wear a thick, long scarf for extra warmth, or bring some colour to your outfit and wear a silky patterned scarf instead.

 

Gloves

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Gloves are a classic accompaniment to any winter look, adding elegance and stopping your fingers from going numb. Leather gloves like Olivia Wilde’s above are a refined choice, but wear wool if it’s really freezing. Elbow length gloves are a classy option for winter black-tie events.

 

Woollen Hat

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Hats are multipurpose, serving as both a stylish accessory and a protector from the rain and cold. Winter is the ideal time to wear a cute woollen hat, such as a beret, fedora, cloche or oversized floppy number. Woollen hats in these styles add a classy vintage element to your outfit. Buy one in brown like Taylor Swift, or burgundy, black or grey for versatility.

 

Oversized Bag

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Oversized bags are great all year round, but they’re especially useful in winter. All that extra space gives you ample room for sweaters, raincoats and compact umbrellas – as well as all the usual makeup items, hand creams and more. I love Angelina Jolie’s Louis Vuitton bag, but any large leather bag will fulfil the purpose.

 

Quality Hosiery

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What would we do without stockings? If you don’t want to wear jeans or trousers all winter, stockings will be your best friend. Investing in a few pairs of thick, high-quality stockings gives you countless outfit opportunities. Black stockings like the ones Olivia Palermo wears above go with absolutely everything, but if you feel like branching out, navy or white stockings are a fashionable choice.

June292017

Healthy Snacks for Women on the Go

Eating well is extremely important to fuel your mind and body and ensure you feel great from the inside-out. A nutritious diet encourages brain growth and works as an energiser. If you are a busy woman on the go and want to maximise your potential, try supplementing your diet with healthy snacks. Here are a few of my favourite snacks for inspiration!

Vege Sticks and Hummus
The classic health snack! Hummus us a simple, delicious way to spice up raw vegetables. Chop some carrots, celery or broccoli into pieces and dip in a hummus of your choice – I personally love butternut hummus and beetroot hummus.

Raw Energy Balls
There’s a reason raw energy balls have become such a popular snack among foodies – they’re tasty and easy to throw in your daily bag. Try Tom & Luke’s balls for some scrumptious flavours like Mint Chocolate and Salted Caramel – you’ll feel like you’re eating a treat but they’re all natural!

Berry Mix
It’s hard to beat berries for a sweet, fresh snack. Berries are high in antioxidants that help keep your brain sharp and contain a number of vitamins. I love a mix of raspberries and blueberries, but blackberries are great if you’re looking for a little more tartness.

Avocado and Tomato Crackers
Wholegrains are an important component of your diet, so snacking on some crackers made with wholemeal flour and grains is a great idea. Slather them in avo, add a slice of tomato and some cracked pepper and you’re good to go!

Seed and Nut Medley
Last but not least is the much-loved nut mix. Nuts and seeds are a fantastic way to add protein, good fats and nutrients to your diet – plus they taste great! Mix together some cashews, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds for a healthy and filling snack.

 

May312017

Finding your Dream Career

We all want to have a career that’s perfect for us, right? A career that motivates and drives, and doesn’t make you dread getting up in the morning. A career where you can use your unique skill set and feel valued. That’s the dream! Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons many people settle into a career that isn’t their first choice. There are a lot of factors that weigh into this, including financial success, job security and lifestyle choices. However, fighting for your dream career is worth it.

Do you feel dissatisfied in your job? Do you think you could do more and be more? Do you want to change your life for the better?

It’s time to get inspired and build your dream career. So – how do you begin?

 

What are your interests?

A great place to start is to consider your interests. It makes sense that a career based on what you do in your free time is going to be a career you love. What are your hobbies? Do you play a sport or instrument, or enjoy reading or being creative? Maybe you’re really into photography or cooking. Perhaps sewing, fashion or cars is your ‘thing’. We all have a passion of some kind – in fact, many of us have multiple passions. What started out as an offshoot of my love for fashion and well-being turned into a career as a fashion and life stylist – and I couldn’t be happier. Think about your interests and build from there.

 

What makes you happy?

You should also consider the things in life that make you truly happy. What brings a smile to your face or peace to your mind? Maybe being outdoors is what makes you happiest, or spending time with friends. Maybe you just love interacting with other people in general. Maybe watching Netflix puts you at ease, or playing with animals makes you really smile. Whatever makes you individually happy is bound to be a good career fit.

 

What are your work strengths?

Considering your skill set is important when thinking about the right career for you. We all excel at different things, and your strengths should definitely be taken into account during this career-building process. Think about the skills you bring to the table. Are you great at strategising, marketing or sales? Are your problem solving or negotiating skills top notch? Are you a whizz with technology and social media? Maybe you have envious administration capabilities, or superb self-management. Are you an organised, flexible person? Do you have awesome customer service skills? No doubt there are multiple areas that you shine in, so make a list and get thinking!

 

What are your interpersonal skills?

Interpersonal skills are otherwise known as people skills. These are the skills you use in everyday life when interacting with others. If you have strong interpersonal skills, you’re probably great at connecting with people – something that employers really value. It’s important to consider your interpersonal skills as you uncover your dream career. How are you at communicating and building a rapport with colleagues and clients? Do you excel at leadership or teamwork? Is your workplace attitude professional? Are you good at motivating others or resolving conflict? Do you have great listening skills? As with your work skills, make a list to see where your strengths lie. Then combine that information with your interests and happiness factors, and begin brainstorming potential jobs! Remember, it’s never too late to build your dream career and change your life.

 

May222017

Maximising Your Potential Every Day

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Do you want to increase your potential each day? Do you want to achieve your goals in both your career and personal life? Do you want to wake up every morning feeling great and with a sense of purpose? It’s time to harness your skills and generate productivity to achieve success. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways you can maximise your potential, beginning with my tips below.

 

Set an Intention

The simplest way to enhance your capacity for success is to set an intention when you wake each day. Sit quietly for a moment and consider what you want to achieve that day, week or month. Think about how you will work towards your goals. Then, with a calm and positive tone, form a solid intention for that day. It could be as simple as “today I will network with three people to expand my brand’s awareness and build connections.” Maybe it’s more complex, like “today I will make a list of comprehensive steps needed to reach my monthly target.” Whatever it is, set it in your mind, repeat it silently to yourself, then begin your day with purpose!

 

Meditate

I’m a big advocate for meditation. I truly believe meditation not only creates peace and brings balance to our lives, but eliminates stress and negative energy. Meditating for even 5 minutes a day, every day, will bring changes to your experience. Meditation encourages you to contemplate your feelings, thoughts and experiences. In a state of meditation you become in-tune to yourself and pay attention to everything that’s going on inside. This allows you to note areas that need assistance and begin an inner healing process. More than anything, meditation helps you achieve clarity. After meditating I always feel clear in my intentions, peaceful and ready to get going. Try to meditate for 10-20 minutes a day if possible – you won’t regret it.

 

Exercise

Exercise is another fabulous way to increase your potential. As we’ve been told time and again, exercise makes us feel better. It’s a simple way to boost your energy and productivity, as well as work your body. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. I like to mix things up so I don’t lose interest or motivation, going for a brisk walk a couple of days, practicing yoga another day and trying different classes at the gym for the rest of the week. Pump is great to get the heart racing and the muscles pumping, but there are tons of options out there so give a few of them a try! If you aren’t a morning person and get home after dark, exercising during your lunch hour might be the best option for you – this is also a great way to bring you back to work feeling fresh.

 

Take Productive Breaks

The easiest way to enhance your potential on the spot is to take care of your mind and have productive breaks at work. Sitting at your desk all day without breaks isn’t good for your body or your capabilities. When you lose focus or motivation, your work suffers and so does your success rate. Keep your mind on the ball by taking small breaks and allowing yourself to come back with a clear, focused mind. Get up and walk around the office, or grab a coffee at your local cafe. Do a few stretches in your office, or flip through a magazine over a cup of green tea. As long a you get away from your computer screen and out of your chair, you’re going to feel the difference.

March102017

3 Inspirational Women

With International Women’s Day earlier this week, I thought it was only fitting to dedicate today’s blog to three incredible women we can all admire. International Women’s Day is a day to reflect, acknowledge and appreciate the multitude of amazing women out there. There are so many talented, driven, selfless and genuine women in the world, each doing their bit to make positive changes and live good lives. Here are three females I look up to – who do you admire?

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson

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British actress Emma Thompson is truly inspiring. The Oscar winner is committed to ending human trafficking, and works alongside the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to raise awareness about this horrific reality. In 2009 she organised a public art exhibition called ‘Journey’ to demonstrate the brutal realities of human trafficking. The exhibition consisted of seven railroad boxcars, each containing captives held in dank conditions.

Thompson is also Chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation, an organisation which supports refugees who have experienced violence and abuse, particularly human trafficking and torture. Speaking to UNODC, Thompson says: “It’s time for everybody to look at [human trafficking] and say the buying and selling of human beings for whatever reason is not appropriate in the 21st century and should never be allowed again.”

 

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

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I’ve always loved Oprah and looked to her as a role mode. The way she has moved forward from the many harrowing experiences she’s been through and maintained her positivity and generosity is truly inspiring.
Born in Mississippi to a young single mother, Oprah grew up in rural poverty during the Civil Rights Movement. After being sexually abused for years by a cousin and his friend, she ran away from home at 13. The following year, she had a son, who died due to the premature nature of his birth.
Things changed for the good when Oprah reached high school and was offered a casual job at a local black radio station. Working firstly as a news anchor, Oprah then went on to host, leading to her own now incredibly famous talk show in 1986. Oprah uses her wealth and kindness to support dozens of charities and help hundreds of individuals in unfortunate circumstances. She is a true philanthropist, and a believer in giving and making the world a better place. “Your real work,” she says to Stanford Business, “is to figure out where your power base is and to work on that alignment of your personality, your gifts you have to give, with the real reason why you are here. Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.”
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

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South African beauty Charlize Theron is another woman to admire. In 2007 she founded the Africa Outreach Project, which funds programs to help young South Africans to protect themselves against HIV. Theron’s home country has the greatest number of people living with HIV in the world.

In 2008, Theron was named as a U.N. Peace Messenger, with a focus on ending violence against women. The actress is passionate about gender equality and ending abuse against women. At 15, Theron’s mother shot her alcoholic father dead when he became violent and threatened to kill them both.

Since moving to America and beginning her career as an actress, Theron has often chosen difficult roles raising issues of female abuse. Her 2004 portrayal of sexual abuse victim and serial killer Aileen Wuornos won her an Oscar in 2004. A year later, she played a character dealing with sexual harrassment in North Country, and in 2015 she starred as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, a fierce warrior who risks her life to save five women who have been raped and abused for years.

Earlier this year, Theron led a Women’s March on Washington against President Donald Trump. Protesting Trump’s views on race, gender, immigration and more, the actress was seen tearing up as thousands came together for the march. You can view the photos here.

December202016

Angela’s 7 Style Commandments

Fashion is fun, and it definitely doesn’t have to be difficult. With my 7 Style Commandments you’re sure to be looking and feeling fabulous everyday – without any stress!

 

1. Keep it Classic

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You can’t beat a classic, ladies. Think simple cuts, clean lines and plain colours. Build the basics in your wardrobe and go from there – trousers, blouses, skirts and sweaters in neutral tones. You can throw these staples on with just about anything, and they’re great for layering – with only a few classic pieces you can easily create a whole array of outfits!

 

2. Plan Your Outfits

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If you have somewhere to be, don’t leave it until that morning to decide what you’re going to wear. Prepare your outfit the evening before so you can get up, get dressed and get going looking amazing. An organised wardrobe is essential for easy dressing, so if you struggle to see all of your clothes when you open the door, it might be time for a clear-out.

3. Own Your Style

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Clothing is communication. It’s a representation of who you are, so embrace your unique style and show your individuality through fashion by wearing clothes you love. Whatever items make you feel comfortable and confident are the right ones for you. If there’s a trend you love, personalise it with your own touch – simple!

4. Quality, Not Quantity

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Buying good quality products is so important. It’s better to have a handful of well-made pieces than a ton of poorly-made ones. Choose items with good, non-synthetic fabrics and strong tailoring. Buying trusted brands is an easy way to ensure you’ll get what you’re paying for – there’s a reason brands like Levi’s are still so successful today.

5. Dress For Your Figure

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Knowing your body shape allows you to find the right items for your unique figure. When you dress for your body shape, you highlight your best features. This allows you to feel more comfortable and builds confidence – and as we know, inner confidence shines on the outside. Remember also to wear the right size for you – a lot of brands have different sizes so getting fitted is a good idea.

6. Attention: Accessories

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Don’t neglect your accessories! These beauties can make or break an outfit, so they deserve a little attention. Always remember to think about your shoes, jewellery and handbag when you dress. Do they fit with your outfit? Are the colours right? Do the textures complement everything else you’re wearing? I also like to take the less-is-more approach when it comes to jewellery – don’t overdo it, but don’t wear nothing, either. A watch, earrings and ring will do the trick, or a statement necklace and a simple bracelet.

7. Makeup Match

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Like your accessories, your makeup should match your outfit. Coordinate colours and intensity with your clothing. If you’re going for a casual look, keep the makeup simple. If you have a black tie event, smokey eyes and red lips might be appropriate.

December082016

Beauty from the Inside Out

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Beauty is an inside job. Yes, it’s as simple as that. As I’ve said many times before, when you feel good you look great. Who you are underneath your exterior and the way you feel about yourself are ultimately what is reflected on the outside. If you have a negative perception of yourself, it’s going to show. Enhance your self-respect and self-worth by reading my tips below.

 

Self-talk

The number one way you can improve how you feel about yourself is through positive self-talk. It’s about loving who you are and appreciating yourself. Most women have experienced thoughts of self-loathing at some time in their life. This could be criticising your body, telling yourself you aren’t good enough or questioning how others could ever perceive you in a positive manner. These kinds of thoughts are hurtful and self-destructive. When we think of ourselves poorly, we’re only causing damage. Negative self-talk inevitably results in low self-esteem, poor levels of confidence and unhappiness or dissatisfaction. You should never tell yourself that you are ugly, fat, useless or any other negative word. Similarly, you should never compare yourself to others. Every person we meet is at a different stage in their life to us. They are a different age or body shape; they have different experience and skills. Nobody is perfect, and comparing the things that you dislike about yourself to those that you see on other woman is only going to damage your self-esteem further. Beauty isn’t defined by the way you look next to another woman.

 

A Healthy Life, A Happy Life

When you have a balanced diet and regular exercise regime, you naturally feel healthier and happier. Eat nutritious foods and drinks lots of water to literally keep your insides thriving. Maintain consistent eating patterns and visit a nutritionist if you feel like your current diet isn’t really working for you. Exercise is a fabulous way to boost your self-confidence, so make sure you’re getting out there often and going for a walk, doing some yoga or hitting the gym.

 

Mind’s Eye

Do you feel that you’ve found inner peace? Are you content with your life and where you are going? Make a list of your values and goals and see if you’re actually accomplishing them. If you aren’t working towards them it’s likely you won’t feel completely fulfilled. Are you happy with your career, your friendships and relationships, your hobbies? When we love the life we’re living, we love ourselves. The key thing to remember is that changing your life is up to you – and it isn’t as hard as it might sound. Making the conscious decision to change is the first step. Once you’ve done that, the rest will begin falling into place. Remember also that even if there are things you dislike about your current position, there are good things in your life too. Don’t forget to focus on the good!

 

Confident Style

The way you dress reflects how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Probably the best advice out there on this subject is to wear what you feel comfortable and fabulous in. Don’t wear something that makes you feel self-conscious, uncomfortable or unattractive. Dress to highlight your assets and boost your self-esteem. That might mean jeans and a blouse for one person and a fitted dress for another. The key thing to note is that you’re dressing for you, not other people. Wearing all of the latest trends won’t necessarily make you feel good, but wearing the jumpsuit you’ve had forever that enunciates your hourglass figure will. Confidence is sexy, so dressing in the clothes that make you feel the most confident is a winning solution! If you aren’t happy with your look, visiting a stylist is a worthwhile idea. It’s never too late to reinvent your look, and often this is all you need to discover your true style and feel sensational. On top of all this, make sure you show your confidence with a smile – a big, happy smile says a lot about a person.

 

 

 

October062016

Body Image in Your Young Years

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Body image is an issue which plagues basically all of us at some point in our lives, but those teenage years can be the absolute worst. There’s puberty, high school and, heightened by the introduction of smart phones and ipads, access to the media 24/7. Having low self-confidence or being unhappy with your appearance is sadly something that most people go through at one time or another. When you’re a teenager, it can be especially bad. This is the most important time to adjust your perceptions of body image, as the beliefs you hold about yourself and the way you ‘should’ look as a teen can severely impact the way you think as an adult. We need to realise at an early age how important self-confidence is, and set a positive pattern for the rest of our journey.

Media Influence
The media plays a huge role in the way that young people think of the body. Despite significant increases in recent years, the majority of actors we see on our favourite television shows or featured in our favourite magazines are slim, tan and have perfect teeth. How can we not expect our idea of beauty to be influenced when we are constantly presented with a specific model of what ‘beauty’ is? This unrealistic model leaves no room for people with poor skin, curves, or other completely normal features that the media would have you think are abnormal. Being constantly faced by this perception at an age where you are just beginning to pay attention to appearance is harmful to our teenagers. It is easy for them to compare themselves to the figures they see in the media, or to people in real life who fit the model those figures present. This can result in low self-esteem, a lack of confidence, anxiety and even eating disorders.

Self-talk
The most important and effective way of improving body image is to do with you: self-talk. Compliments from other people are wonderful ways of boosting your self-esteem, but ultimately you need to be happy with yourself in order to feel truly great. The first step in this journey is to stop comparing yourself to others. The only thing that this achieves is making you feel bad about yourself. Next, you need to banish any “I’m too” sayings from your vocabulary. That means “I’m too fat,” “I’m too short,” “I’m too pale” – you get my point. Once you realise that we are all different and gorgeous just as we are, you will see that there can’t possibly be a “too.” You need to gain confidence from yourself by removing the negativity within your mind. It’s a difficult road, but an important one to follow. When you understand your worth, it will be much easier to stay positive and enhance your confidence.

Quick Tips for Improving Body Image
• Wear clothes you feel good in: you don’t need to follow the latest fashion trends to look good. As I always say, when you feel good you look great! Confidence from the inside shows on the outside.
• Write down some things you like about yourself: what are your favourite physical features and personal attributes? We’re all beautiful in our own way, and we’re also all awesome at many different things. What’s your forte?
• Have a role model: find someone that inspires you and makes you feel good about yourself. Maybe it’s an actor, an artist, a philosopher or a person in your local community.
• Appreciate your body’s abilities: remember that your body is so much more than just a physical embodiment of who you are. Your body is strong and capable of incredible things. Your body can run marathons, build towers, create new life and do many, many other amazing things.
• Surround yourself with positive people: don’t spend time around those who bring you down. It’s as simple as that!