Saturday, 4 March 2017

In the here and now

Is it Friday yet? Is it summer yet? Christmas decorations before Halloween? Easter eggs before Valentines?

Call it human nature, forward planning or wishing our lives away, it's something we all do without even knowing it.. and then we wonder why time goes by so fast?

Mindfulness is one of those fashionable lifestyle choices we've been hearing a lot of recently. We've all seen the usual insta-posts and motivational quotes trying to inspire us all over social media, but could you remember the last one you scrolled past?
Nope, me either.
The concept has been on my radar a while now, but when I had a doctor sing its praises to me recently, I figured there must be something beneficial to this thing. 
He obviously knew I had a bit of recovery time on my hands and a capacity for over-thinking, and saw an opportunity. And who am I to disobey doctor's orders?

Turns out, it's a pretty simple concept really, but it does take a bit of focus and perseverance. Shouldn't be a problem with 'stubborn' being my middle name. 

Now, I'm not claiming to be any kind of expert here, but I do think the simple action of bringing focus to the present moment has saved me from myself a number of times these past few months. 

Smell the roses

Someone with a bit more mindful experience described using the process with the simplest of daily activities, like making coffee or eating raspberries. 
Not the usual to-go coffee mug in one hand, iPhone in the other and a mouthful of raspberries, but a conscious effort to enjoy and savour the moment. 

Image from Mndfulness Ireland on Facebook

Being mindful at breakfast can mean using all the senses to notice the aroma of the coffee, the colour of the berries, the taste of the different flavours etc. 
I don't even know if coffee and raspberries are a good combination cos I don't like either, but I think you get the point!
Come to think of it, breakfast isn't the best example to begin with either as it takes a bit of time, maybe use your lunchtime cuppa instead?

Yin or yang?

Anyway, the point of it all is to stop and notice where you are, right in the present moment. It can be helpful if you're prone to a bit of worrying - coming from an expert with a mind rarely secured in the present! 
These past few months have given me many an opportunity to concoct some 'if-only' or 'what-if' scenarios, with a lot of sitting around 'taking it easy'.  
Mindfulness Ireland

If taking it easy includes Netflix binging or instagram scrolling, it gets old after a while! 
The envy of strangers' wardrobes/adventures/make-up collections/weight loss transformations will eventually set in, and that's not gonna help with anyone with taking-it-easy!  If giving up social media altogether is just too big an ask, (if???), it can help to try step away for a while and look for something good in your own life every day. 

One example I'm using is the loan of an exercise bike to use until I'm allowed back at the gym - not quite the same endorphin hit, but at least it's a way to take back control for the moment.
I'm pretty sure my muscles are a bit happier already. Sure, this is my first return to blogging since my last surgery, so something must be working, right?
Next thing you know I'll have a social life up and running again!

My home gym!

Anyway, having waffled on long enough, I better get back to practicing what I preach. 
If anyone's looking for me at the weekend, I'll be on a long distance cycle through my living room, iPod in hand, with a gob full of raspberries. Nah, make that blueberries, just to shake things up a bit.. 

If you've any tips or suggestions for staying present, do share in the comments, the more the merrier :-)

See yis later,


Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year. New Outfit?

Hey there, hope everyone had a great Christmas?
Sorry for my online absence, but some much needed family time was required this week... more on that another time!

Hard to believe the New Year is nearly upon us already, I don't know about you, but I'd be doing well to tell you what day it is right now.
Where did this week go? Come to think of it, where did the year go? :-)

Anyway, in the off chance you're still deciding on your NYE outfit, I've put together a few looks below.

Whether it's a quiet meal, few drinks at home or a full-on formal affair, you can do it in style. I know which one I'll be choosing this year!

I hope you enjoy your celebrations, whatever you get up to. Do share your outfit pics if you feel like it..

Signing off for 2016...Until next time.. Happy New Year everyone!


Sunday, 11 December 2016

What's your party piece?

Hey there, how is everyone getting on with the festive shopping and partying? Hope the stress levels aren't too high!

If you're still looking for ideas to style that perfect party outfit, look no further, help is at hand!

Whether it's your work office party, catching up with friends, or a family get-together, I'm sure we can come up with your ideal outfit. Maybe with a few key pieces, you can change them up to work for any last minute occasion that might come up between now and New Years.

I've put together a few ideas below, using some of the seasons current trends. Whether you prefer eye catching metallic or luxurious velvet, I'm sure you'll find something to work with.

As always, I've included both high and flat heeled footwear suggestions for each piece, so I've tried to choose garments that will suit both preferences.. always good to keep your options open, right?

Let me know which is your favourite!

The ultimate party look needs a bit of sparkle, and this bodycon dress certainly lives up to expectactions. Add a neutral shoe and a bit more bling and you're good to dance the night away.

If jeans are your wardrobe staple, a quick update with a metallic or silky cami can take your look from day to night. A pair of heels, some flats or ankle boots give you a choice of footwear here. Throw on a faux fur or velvet coat to keep you warm from door-to-door. Simple as that!

Velvet and sequins just scream party season, and with black jeans or trousers this burgundy adds richness and elegance. This is perfect for after work drinks, with a quick change from shirt to sequin top, bit of lipstick and some shimmer, if you like.

Pleated skirts are a great option and available in most stores and in almost any colour. You can't beat this metallic silver option with a bit of bling. I've paired it with a pretty off the shoulder top in black here but white could work too for aother occasion.


Sunday, 4 December 2016


Hey everyone, hope you've all had a good weekend?
It seems a lot of Christmas trees went up this weekend, haven't quite got to that yet myself, still choosing colour scheme!

I have been doing a bit of research though, as I had a request for advice on plaid shirts. And no better time for a bit of plaid than the festive season, right?


So, I've been looking around to find a few different styles and colour combinations to suit all tastes. I have my eye on some of these myself, so have a peek and see what you think.
The first and obvious choice for December is red, and whether you prefer navy or black, you'll find at least one you like, I'm sure of it! I've put a few sample looks together to show a few styling options so you can get the most from your chosen shirt..

The failsafe option of jeans is an easy option and one I usually go with, but you can branch out to leggings, a denim or knit skirt for alternative day wear.

How about trying leather trousers or even some tailored trousers or pencil skirt - to bring your plaid into your work wardrobe as the holiday season approaches.

I particularly like the pleated skirt option below, one of my current obsessions! Once I find my perfect shirt, I'll be trying this one. I'll let you know how it goes :-)

And last but not least, if a plaid shirt isn't your thing, or you prefer a more neutral option, don't forget accessories can be a great way to add a trend in to your outfit..


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Outfits of Christmasses past

Did you ever get one of those days where you just suddenly miss your childhood and wanna go back there for a while?
Been having one of those funny days today, probably from being stuck indoors a bit too much. Or maybe all Christmas ads are starting to wear me down!

It just occurred to me as I posted an OOTD pic on Instagram, it reminded me of one of my childhood go-to comfort outfits.

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