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Comfy, Cosy and Practical: Building Your Autumn Wardrobe

Autumn is a time for enjoying the cooler weather, watching the leaves turn beautiful shades of red and orange and enjoying cosy nights in at home. As the weather changes are wardrobes need to as well, here’s how you can build yours.

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Consider a capsule wardrobe

Buying a whole new wardrobe every season can be expensive, which is why a capsule closet is a good way to go. Here you only need a few different items, but you can style lots of outfits for all occasions that all look very different. For autumn, a few long sleeve jersey dresses make good stable pieces to build your capsule wardrobe from. They’re comfy, flattering and can easily be dressed up or down- worn with heels for evening occasions or with tights, flat boots and a cute leather jacket or cardigan for day wear. If you’re more of a trouser wearer, a pair of black trousers and a couple of pairs of jeans can all be worn with different tops to create different looks. Think about footwear and jackets too- a mac is classic and can be worn with just about everything. A pair of black leather boots will again go with most outfits and keep your feet warm and dry over the upcoming months.

 

Add accessories

Accessories are a fantastic way to embrace the season. They can bring a pop of colour and style to any plain outfit- a scarf, a bag, a piece of statement jewellery or a hat can all transform your autumn wardrobe without the need to spend much. Scour high street bargains and sites like eBay for unique pieces. Gold, burnt orange and red as well as khaki and jewel tones like purple and navy all work well for the autumn and winter.

 

Replace your basics

When you wear things like tights, leggings, vest tops, tshirts for layering and other basics every day, they can quickly wear out. A couple of times a year it’s worth investing in new pieces, they don’t cost much but prevent you from looking scruffy. If you can’t locate your winter warmers from last year like your gloves and woolly hat, you will need to replace these too!

 

Think about nightwear and loungewear

It’s not just clothes to go out in that we need to consider when we’re building our autumn wardrobe. During the colder months of the year we tend to spend more time at home, meaning it’s important to have things to relax in. There are lots of cute pyjamas you can buy at this time of year, but loungewear can be an even better option. That way you look more put together if someone knocks the door! You can even get felt slippers with rubber soles which make hard wearing alternatives to regular slippers. If you do need to pop out into the garden to put the bin out or get something from the car then it won’t soak the bottoms and ruin them.

Autumn is on the way, so be sure to have your wardrobe prepared so you can look cute and be comfy over the colder months!

 

4 natural ways to give yourself an energy boost

The lives we lead are busy, whether it’s work, family, kids and other commitments, by the time we finally sink into bed we either don’t get our eight recommended hours of sleep or we just wake up feeling grotty and unrefreshed. Sleep is something we all want but very few of us get so many of us are looking for other ways to get a much needed energy boost to get them through the day.

You might be thinking of a trip to the spa to refresh your tired skin, or you might have found the best under eye concealer to hide the bags, but have you considered some natural ways to give yourself an energy boost?

Step away from the energy drinks and caffeine and read on for 4 totally natural ways to give yourself an energy boost.

Take yourself for a walk

It might seem like the worse thing you can do if you’re feeling low on energy, but taking a walk gets the blood pumping, the fresh air wakes up your mind and you’ll feel great afterwards. Don’t worry, you’re not expected to have a three mile hike – that would be counterproductive…but if you’ve run out of milk, walk to the nearest shop instead of driving to the bigger store several miles away. Need to book an appointment? Take your phone with you and make the call when you’re on your walk. Anyone can fit a quick stroll into their routine. Give it a try.

Peppermint

We think of essential oils and aromatherapy as calming and relaxing ways to destress. So perhaps not the first place you would look for a pick me up. Well, some essential oils and fragrances have the opposite effect! The most powerful? Peppermint! Peppermint has amazing properties that make us feel more awake and it smells delicious. You can incorporate it into your day by chewing peppermint gum, using peppermint body wash in your morning shower, or even sniffing some peppermint oil at your desk at work.

Drink. Water of course.

When we fail to replenish just 1.5 percent of the water and fluid we lose from our bodies, it’s a one way ticket to tired town. But the good news is that keeping hydrated it easy and free! The trick to drinking water on the go is to invest in a gorgeous reusable water bottle that you can keep with you at all times. If it fits in your bag – even better! And if plain water isn’t your thing, then don’t worry – add some fresh fruit in there for a taste infusion or even a squeeze of lemon to give it a zing. And speaking of lemons…

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If you need an instant pick me up, then slice up some lemon and have a suck on some of the wedges. It might sound like a terrible idea but that tart citrus flavour will certainly pop those tired eyes wide open! It’s also packed with vitamin C – so your immune system gets a boost too.  

 

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Practical Steps to Deal with a Relationship Breakup

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Going through a breakup is extremely hard no matter who you are. And the ways in which you respond to it can make all the difference to your recovery. While it may feel tempting to sit on the sofa for hours on end with a tub of ice cream, this is not the most practical solution to the problem. So, you need to look into the coping mechanisms which are a little more practical, and it is these that we will be focusing on in this blog post.

 

Deal with the Big Issues

There are big issues and smaller ones which are involved in a relationship breakup. And the larger ones are likely to lead to higher stress levels, so you are better off trying to tackle these first. These often relate to your living situation or arrangements with the kids, and one of the best ways of handling these problems is by getting in touch with expert divorce solicitors. Once you tackle some of the larger issues, this can feel like a big weight off your shoulders.

 

Handle the Smaller Stuff

Now that the bigger issues are out of the way, you can start to deal with the smaller things. Just a few of the examples of what constitutes these include dividing up the stuff in your apartment, cancelling any shared accounts, changing the names on your bills etc. In comparison to the stuff in the previous section, these may seem like smaller issues. But they all need to be dealt with properly so that you transition through the phases of your breakup in the smoothest way possible.

 

Give Yourself Some Distractions

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The problem with the sitting on the sofa and eating ice cream method of getting through a breakup that we discussed earlier is that you simply aren’t doing anything to take your mind off things. Spending time with your friends is a great way of distracting your attention and focusing it on something positive. As well as this, you could try taking up an evening or weekend class of some kind or perhaps getting involved in a new sport or exercise. Even though you may not feel like doing any of these things at first, they can prove to be very helpful in the long-run.

 

Manage Your Health

When you go through a breakup, it is very easy for your physical health to start deteriorating as well. So, you need to make a special effort to manage your wellbeing properly. This means preparing some of your own meals and not simply ordering food every night of the week. It also means going out and exercising rather than lying around. And it can also be a case of changing up your routine and your environment to help focus your mind on something else.

Ultimately, you are better off dealing with relationship breakups in a practical way, and this will help you to come out the other side.

 

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Investing in luxury

Being a fashion blogger I mostly post about dresses and creating outfits, I like to include accessories and jewellery that compliment what I’m wearing. I love fast fashion and I’m always buying new clothes as the seasons and styles change. That’s what I like the most about affordable clothes, my wardrobe is overrun with options and I can mix and match to create any looks I want.

When it comes to handbags I’m the complete opposite, for me handbags are an investment. On my last holiday to Vegas I bought a beautiful Italian leather cross body bag, initially I was in two minds because of the price but I’m so glad I made the choice to buy it. The quality of the bag is amazing, I use it all the time and it still looks brand new after two years. In the last eight years or so I have bought 90% of my bags from a high end highstreet retailer because bags are something I believe are worth the extra pennies because we use them every day and they store very valuable items.
Italian leather, purchased from the right company can literally last you a lifetime if you take care of it so it saves you buying poorly made ones season after season.

While scrolling through the Attavanti website I have seen so many gorgeous Italian leather bags, they literally have bags to suits the need of everyone.

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I personally love the messenger type bags. I like to keep my belongings across my body and it frees up my hands to carry other things or carry out day to day tasks without having to leave my bag laying around. They have bags for men, tote bags, travel bags, handbags, laptop bags…. You name it, and they all vary in price so you so many options to choose from.

I honestly can’t express enough how good it is to have at least one really well made, high quality bag to use. It feels great having all your items secure in something stylish that you know won’t fall to pieces. A beautiful piece that will last a lifetime is priceless.

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Thinking outside the box for the women in my life

I have two sisters and a female cousin my age and whenever birthdays and Christmas come around I’m always searching for something to give them that is something a little bit out of the box.
I usually look at perfumes and books they might like or I’d take them out for a meal at a place I know they want to try or already like, but as each yeah passes it becomes more and more difficult to be original with gifts for them.
Recently as we’ve all gotten older we have looked at giving experiences and creating memories over actual things like a perfume or electronics. Spa days, cooking classes and trips for afternoon tea are very popular for women on gift day sites. Although these are lovely ideas for gifts they aren’t very original for gift giving at all.

My two younger sisters have both passed their driving tests very recently and that gave me a really really good idea! I was looking at Track Days and they have some amazing driving experiences available to book as gifts. From classic vehicles like the classic mini to absolutely stunning supercars. I was initially a little worried about the cost but I was surprised to find that you can get a driving experience with a McLaren for the price of birthday dinner for two in London. There are so many different cars (my favourite being the Audi R8) to choose from too so if you wanted to gift a couple of people they would be able to have completely different experiences.

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I was drawn to the driving ones because driving is relatively new to my sisters and I think that would be very exciting for them. There is however a number of other experience days that they offer like water sports and flying etc. Track days offer experiences all up and down the country so you won’t have to travel far and they even offer track experiences for juniors and I think these would be amazing for young girls to try out whether they are ‘into cars’ or not. I know that driving a supercar when I was a teenager would have been mind-blowing!

I know my sisters really well and I know they would love doing a driving experience so it makes me wonder why these types of gifts are aimed mainly at men. When looking got gift days on popular gift sites the “For him” and “For her” sections make me a little mad because I have to search both categories when looking for gifts for anybody. I think it’s important to choose something that the person will enjoy and remember forever, not what society thinks is an appropriate gift for a woman.

I think these types of gifts that are a little bit different are honestly the best kind, I think a lot of people will be surprised about how much the women in their lives will enjoy doing something different and having a once in a lifetime experience that they will never forget.

Love a bit of lace.

Last year I got the most beautiful top, it’s a simple T-shirt with a cut out and a little bit of lace. I think it is just perfect and I kinda want to wear it all the time.

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I love how a bit of lace can add so much to a simple item like a T-shirt and now whenever I see items with a small bit of lace I want them all. In my mind I think of lace as being very sexy and a little risqué (which I love) so when it’s chucked on a regular every day item/outfit I’m drawn to it even more.

I’ve been seeing items like this more and more recently so I’d thought I’d share a couple that caught my eye.

1. Black lace insert top from Esprit, this one would be a great one to dress up, the lace is mostly on the back and it’s looks very simple and sophisticated from the front. The fabric is beautiful and you can’t go wrong with black.

2. Black lace trim cami from Yours Clothing, this one has the least lace but is still the most revealing of the three. I love a classic black cami and I think the lace gives it just the right amount of edge.

3.Grey lace sleeve pocket T-shirt from Simply Be, this is probably the closest item to what I have in the pic above. I love the contrast of the black lace against the grey and the cute little pocket is a nice detail. IMG_20180824_004327Each of these items are different but I like them all equally. The lace takes each one up a nothc from the otherwise very simple piece it would be without it. I don’t think the lace needs to be round the neck/bust line for it to add that little bit of sexiness. Each of these items would look just as good with leggings and converse as they would be jeans and heels. I love that items like this are so versatile and easy to dress up.

Do you live a bit of lace as much as I do?

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Finally wanting to see where I’m from

My dad is St Lucian, he was born there and came over to the UK when he was 10 years old. My mum is second generation St Lucian, both her parents were born and raised there. I am St Lucian, born and raised in London and for some reason I have never ever been there.

Most of the members of my family, immediate and extended have been to St Lucia at least once. My sisters and my dad go regularly. Whenever I go abroad I always seem to go to the States. There is a lot more of America that I want to see so I definitely won’t stop visiting there but I definitely think it’s time I consider taking a trip to St Lucia. Going to America seems a lot more like being home in the UK. The language is the same and a lot of it is great to do the things I want to do when I’m away like shop and and spend time in the sun. I’ve always struggled to understand what a Caribbean holiday would have for me.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve started to see the appeal of a laid back, sun yourself on the beach, see the sights type of holiday over my usual cocktails and hitting all the malls I can find type.

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Besides a ton of family I have that live there, St Lucia has some amazing things to see and from what I have seen looks like a super romantic getaway.

I’m currently in a relationship with someone who has a completely different cultural history to me and I lover learning about where he is from and I think as the relationship progresses we will definitely want to visit each others country of origin I love watching travel shows and reading about places people have been on travel blogs but none of that would be the same as seeing where my family originates from and where some of them still are.

I’ve been looking on the website Destination2: Holidays that have been made easy to save people time and money, to try and figure out what a holiday to St Lucia would cost me and how I could swing it. I would definitely speak with my dad or my sisters as they’ve been before and would be able to advise me on places to stay and all the romantic places to visit.

I’d really like to do some touristy things there too, like seeing the pitons and bathing in mud at the sulphur springs.

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St Lucia boasts some of the most beautiful views in the world so even if you’re not interested in actually seeking out romantic activities the whole island is a romantic paradise. There is definitely a reason that St Lucia is listed as one of the top three romantic honeymoon destinations!

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Planning a budget Spanish getaway.

My sister celebrates her birthday soon and she wants to spend it in the sun, so the last few days my sisters and I have been looking into booking a budget getaway to Spain. Its short notice so we are trying to find the best deal/package possible. Between the three of us we have travelled to many countries around the world but so far none of us have been to Spain so we didn’t really know what part to go to or where the best places to stay are.

One of my sisters has been a little poorly recently and I’m not big into clubbing so we are looking for somewhere we can go and chill for a few days, spend some time by the pool and maybe get a spa treatment or six. The destinations that cater to people who want to party are exactly what we are trying to stay away from.

We decided on Spain because it is somewhere that is well known for being a cost effective place to holiday for people based in the UK, has a good amount of English speaking locals and also somewhere where you can get a lot of sun.

So, instead of searching based on location we decided to search for hotels with great spa facilities that interested us. We narrowed the search down to Barcelona as it was full of amazing hotels. The hotel I think we are settling on now is Hotel Barcelona Golf Resort and Spa. The hotel boasts some amazing facilities and the surrounding area in Carratera Martorell-Capellades has some really nice scenery and places to eat.

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Surprisingly the hotel room prices are very low (maybe that’s just me being born and raised in London lol) I was very surprised at the room prices because we were initially looking for luxury over low cost when it came to accommodation and it seems we’ve found both with this place.

We looked around a lot and found that Holiday Gems came up with a huge amount of  low cost hotel options as well as cheap flights and the initial site search created an entire holiday package in one place which was super useful especially for us not having any knowledge of the country and not knowing what exactly we were looking for. Click here if you want to check them out and look at what they offer.

Because it will be a fairly short stay and we plan to spend the majority of time within the resort, the facilities are the most important thing for us and that was the focus during my research. This particular hotel has so much to do that we will be thoroughly occupied throughout our stay. As I write this we are set on that hotel and are just refining the other trip details.

From what I’ve learnt, Spain is most definitely a great destination to consider when looking for a budget family holiday, or any other type of holiday actually. Just have a look around to find out what region is best for what it is you’re looking to do out there and you’ll definitely find something suitable. I can’t wait to visit Spain.

 

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Shopping for stationery again

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always been into stationary. Getting excited about shopping for new pens, pencil cases and tools before a new year at school. Besides the regular back to school supplies I have always been into arts and crafts. In the past I’ve crocheted, knitted, painted, drawn fashion sketches, made scrap books and worked with coals all outside of normal school learning.
I was a regular patron of my local art supplies shop and was always in the process of doing something creative in my spare time.

In the last few years my biggest creative outlet has been working with makeup and regular art took a back seat so I haven’t been buying stationery very much at all.
However since January I have started bullet journaling and as much as it’s very practical and it helps me a lot in organising my life, it also gives me space to be creative.

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When I first started looking into bullet journaling I was so impressed with how decorative people’s journals were and how many ways you can add personality to them. Me being me I went in search of all the pens and colours and washi tape that would allow me to make my bullet journal exactly what I wanted.
The very first thing I did was I purchased a Leuchttrum1947 dotted notebook and a Lamy Safari petrol blue fountain pen to get me started. Once I had those ordered I started to research what types of pens I wanted to add headers and add colour to my journal. I wanted to find some coloured pens that would mimic the effect of watercolours to add a light wash of colour to pages without being too over powering and finally decided on a few Tombow ABT pens, they are duel ended with a fine liner and a soft brush point and I absolutely adore them. I decided to buy individual pens instead of any of the sets as I wanted specific colours only to create an overall colour scheme to run through my entire journal.

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I bought a set of four Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens for writing and calligraphy and I bought a Tombow fudenosuke for all my standard calligraphy headers on each page.

After doing a whole lot of research and having all the pens and washi tape I wanted in my arsenal I set about starting my bullet journal and making it functional and pretty. Since starting I have added some really great sets to supplies including gold, silver and bronze sharpies to add a bit of glitz and glam where needed and also a set of stabilo fine point 88 colours for fine pops of bold colours. A lot of these things are available at office stationery. 

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It all reminds me of being a kid again and when I get ne stationary the excitement is real. I’m in a few bullet journal groups on Facebook and I love hearing about new items that I might be interested in trying. Bullet journaling for me is way more that just an organisation tool, it’s definitely a fun and creative hobby too.

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Essential Tips for Making Tough Financial Decisions

When the time comes for you to make big decisions and big strides forward regarding your finances, it’s never easy. The stakes are high and you don’t want to get things wrong. However, knowing about what you’re doing and what you’re getting into really will make a difference. Too many people bury their heads in the sand when it comes to managing their money, and you don’t want to be one of those people, do you?


If not, now is the time to learn more about how to manage your money the right way and make the right decisions regarding your finances. If you don’t start learning about this stuff now, you will probably end up putting it off indefinitely, and that’s certainly not what you want to be doing. Getting tough and making sure that you know how to reach the right financial conclusions is key in life, so read on now.

 

Be Realistic

First of all, you need to be realistic about what you can expect from your financial decisions. Even if you make the right call, things can still go wrong and you can still be under financial pressure, so don’t expect to become a money-making genius overnight because that’s simply not going to happen for you. If you set your sights and expectations high, you might be disappointed. For many people, managing their money is about keeping things regular and as mundane as possible. And that’s not such a bad thing.

 

Get Proper Advice From Independent People

It’s important to talk to people who know the world of financial advice inside out when you’re stuck and don’t know which way to turn. Good advice from professionals is always important and it can be really valuable. Don’t be afraid to turn to people who can help you in this way when you’re in need of that support. It could turn out to be one of the best decisions you make. And it’s something that more people should do. Even if it hurts your pride to ask for help, you should look past that and go for it.

 

Trim the Fat Whenever You Can

It’s never a bad thing to trim the fat and make your financial life a little more streamlined. This mainly applies to your spending, but can also be applied to the number of credit cards and store cards you have. By slimming things down and only really paying for and using the things you actually need, you will make things much easier to manage, and that can’t really be a bad thing at all. The sooner you get to work on this, the better it will be for you and your whole family.

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Always Make Decisions Based on the Long-Term

Whenever you make a financial decision, you should avoid the trap of thinking only about the here and now. If you want to really successfully manage your money, you have to make decisions with the long-term in mind. That’s the only way of being sure that you’re heading in the right direction and won’t have problems in your financial life further down the line. So don’t just think about what seems important to you right now. A bit of forward planning will go a long way.

 

Make Decisions Alongside Your Partner

If you have joint accounts or joint financial interests with your partner, it really is important to make sure that you’re working alongside them to push through your financial goals and to reach the right decisions. If you take on all the responsibility, you will probably make mistakes. Whereas if you work together, things will most likely be smoother for you. It’s just like the old saying: two heads really are better than one. If you work together, reaching your financial goals will become far more attainable than it is right about now.

 

Compare Plenty of Options

When you’re looking to take out a loan or take some other kind of financial step, it’s important to compare all of the options because you don’t want to make the mistake of paying too much. You could use a loan calculator to make sure that you’re comparing them properly and making the right call. It’s up to you to do this research and compare as much as possible though because no one is going to do it for you. It takes time, but it’s worth it if you want the best possible deal.

 

Turn to Family Before Getting Into Serious Debt

If you do ever find yourself in a bind where your finances are concerned, you need to make sure you turn to your family before doing anything else. They’re the people who are going to be able to help you own when times are tough, and they’re not going to rip you off or charge you huge fees like a loan shark or a payday loan company. You don’t want to plunge yourself into unnecessary debt, so see if your family can help before you go down that route.

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Don’t be Afraid to Invest in Your Family’s Future

Investing in your future is one of those things that more people should be trying to do right now. Spending money isn’t always bad. If you get a home and start paying off a mortgage now, you could view that as an investment in your future. Or if you spend money on improving your level of education, it should help you to earn more money later on in life, and that’s got to be a thing. These kinds of investments in your family’s future are what you should be thinking about.

 

Repair the Roof While the Sun is Shining

This is a saying that you definitely should take to heart and live by if you can. It basically means that you should save money and put some aside for a rainy day, especially when times are good for you. After all, you won’t be able to do that once you start going through slightly tougher times regarding your finances. You could save a small amount of your wages each month and put it to one side in case you ever need cash quickly for some kind of emergency.

 

Learn From Every Financial Mistake

We’re all human and that’s why we all make mistakes when it comes to managing money. That’s just the way it is and it’s most likely never going to change. Of course, you’ll want to take steps to minimise those risks, but what’s most important is what you do to learn from those mistakes once they’ve been made. Each time you make a financial mistake, assess it and see what you can do to learn from it. That’s the positive way to think about this situation.

 

Stay Calm and Assess the Situation

Finally, you need do whatever you can to stay calm and assess the situation objectively. That might sound easier said than done, but it’s hard to make the right financial decisions when you’re panicking and losing your cool over the situation. Keeping your calm means looking at the facts and holding your emotions at bay as much as is possible. It’s not easy, but you certainly can do it.

 

When it comes to managing your finances and making tough financial decisions, it’s easy to get things wrong. But you certainly shouldn’t let that dishearten you at all. If you follow the advice discussed here and work hard getting to where you want to be, it’ll all become so much clearer for you.

 

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