Will you be setting New Year Resolutions this year or do they sound a bit of a cliché to you? We all struggle to stay focused on our goals, hopes & resolutions but here are three fail-safe tips on how to keep to those resolutions all year long.
So here we are again, another New Year is upon us and thankfully 2017 is so close that I can almost taste it! While so many are ready to say goodbye to the odd year 2016 was and are setting their sights on welcoming the hope of a fresh start each new year instills in us all, it's important to stay focused during this time.
Undoubtedly, about half of you out there have already started to key together your New Year Resolutions and I can hear the other half of you scoff at the cliché of thinking you'll be any different this year or even that you'll keep to any of those resolutions.
I find myself somewhere in the middle and believe that New Year Resolutions can be a positive target for all of us if we follow these three simple rules when setting them:
Keep Hyper Focused
You are more likely to achieve goals that are measurable that generic. So instead of saying lose weight, say lose 6 pounds in a month. Instead of saying work out, say go to the gym twice a week. Instead of saying eat healthier, say try one vegan meal a day. Get the idea? Keep your goals specific enough that it's easy to follow and you don't end up slacking on them.
Don't set goals that are unachievable. Saying "I'm gonna go to the gym 5 times a week" when you haven't done much exercise in the last few months isn't realistic and is just setting yourself up to fail. If you haven't been doing this activity already, it's unlikely that all of a sudden you'll be doing it every day just because the dates have changed. Think about what you're capable of and likely to achieve.
Try to start small and see how it goes. Thinking to yourself "I'm going to go running every day for the year" can feel overwhelming, especially if it's something you haven't already been doing. Change it to "I'll go for a run once a week". That's 52 times in the year, which feels much less intimidating, more achievable and more realistic. And if you're enjoying it, you can always increase the number as you go!
Be Kind to Yourself
It's likely that you're gonna mess up. That's just human nature. Somewhere along the year, you're gonna eat a chocolate bar when you're supposed to be cutting out sugar. It's gonna be raining on the day you're supposed to go running and you'll sack it off. That's ok, we all do it! Don't feel disappointed with yourself, view those moments as set backs and give up all together. Move past it and get right back on the horse. One slip up won't affect the end goal if you just keep going.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!! I hope all your wishes, goals and resolutions come to pass in 2017. Keep working at it and keep growing. Much love xo
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Wanna know how to dress like a girl boss? Feel strong, confident and ahead of the game in the Wah London x Asos collection, inspired by London's OGB (original girlboss) Sharmadean Reid. Then get yourself ready to kick some 2017 butt!
Happy Christmas Eve eve all (that's a thing now right?!). While this may feel like a time to slow down, unwind and enjoy the days with your family and friends, I've still got my eyes set on 2017!
See, 2016 was an odd year. It was the year of Brexit, the year of Trump and the year of many lessons learned for us all. But now school is out and it's time to apply those lessons learned to the New Year. I couldn't be more excited for all the new adventures I'm about to throw myself into and watch myself turn into the kick ass business woman I know I can be.
And what does a kick ass woman who is planning to run the world need? Some kick ass power clothes too! I'll be honest here, I'm not a die hard fashion lover, style is more my thing. But I do understand the influence fashion has in creating character. Dressing the part helps you feel the part, am I right?
I love how we millennials have disregarded the idea of what a traditional female CEO looks like and added our own flavour into girl boss fashion. We can radiate that we are in charge without wearing the traditional pantsuits of our ancestor girl bosses. And to feel like the ultimate female CEO, this twist on a blazer and shirt just screams powerhouse to me.
It's my ideal look to work hard and play hard. I felt confident, cool, strong and sexy in this outfit, the perfect girl boss attire! Now with my fashion in line and my 2017 goals written down (have you done yours yet?!), I'm ready to say goodbye to 2016 and get prepped and planned for 2017!
"If you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late. If you're late, you're fucked!"
So remember, just because it's Christmas, don't fall behind ladies! Give yourself some down time but get ready to hit the ground running come January 1st. Keep focused and keep on your grind! Wishing you all a very happy holiday period. Big kiss xo
*Title from "Who Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
Planning on spending a day in Venice? There's so much to do and so little time therefore to save you the hassle, here are my 6 must dos in the city.
My best friend, Carla, and I did something a little spontaneous last week. We booked last minute flights to spend one day in Venice. When I say one day, I really mean 8 hours. For the grand total of £40, we took the first Easyjet flight out there and the last flight back and I have to say it's one of the best things we could have done.
As we grow older, it is easy to get stuck in our routines and usual way of life but for me, it's become increasingly important to remind myself of my fun side and that I'm still bloody young. So why not do something so carefree as visit a new city mid-week!?
And Venice is the perfect city for such an escapade. Beautiful surroundings, friendly people and out of this world food! We didn't want to leave! You can watch a snippet of our trip in the video above but below are my 5 suggestions for things to do in the city with only a few hours to spare!
1. Get Lost
There's nothing better than throwing the rule book and map out of the window and just wandering aimlessly around the city. Venice kind of feels like it was made for just that purpose. With narrow, winding streets and numerous dead-ends, you'll have so much fun trying to work your way round the maze that this city is. It's the best way to come across sights you would never have dreamed of seeing if you had planned your route.
Allow up to two hours to lose yourself in the streets of Venice.
After all that wandering, you'll most certainly have worked up an appetite and if there's one thing Italians know how to do, it's lunch! Pizza, pasta, gelato...you name it, they do it better! Try some of the Venetian specialties that include all manner of seafood (you are by the water after all) and stuff your bellies until you can't fit another ounce in (and then pop in one more bite).
Lunch for Italians is treated as an important ritual so don't expect to rush through your meal. Allow up to 2 hours to really savour your courses.
**Money saving tip: the further away from the tourist attractions, the cheaper the meal will be and it still tastes just as good! **
Carnavale is officially in February in Venice but there are still hundreds of shops selling the most ostentatious masks you could ever dream up. I'd love to go one day but regardless, you can always pop into one such such store and have a mini dress up session. If you're lucky, you might even stumble across some being made and get to watch the process start to finish.
Allow one hour to look through masks and observe how they are created.
4. St. Mark's Square & Attractions
The height of all tourist attractions, San Marco Piazzo! Italian architecture in all its glory! You could spend hours exploring every intricate detail here. We walked around the square, spent some time in the cathedral (Basilica San Marco) and went up the tower (Campanile di San Marco) to get breath-taking views of the city as the sun went down! You don't have to pay entry for the cathedral but be ready to part with 9 euros to go up the tower. Worth it though!
Allow a minimum of 2 hours to make pits stops at all attractions.
5. Gondola Ride
What else epitomises Venice as much as a gondola ride? I would have really loved to jump aboard one but it was 3 degrees and I couldn't keep still in case I froze on the spot. Plus, a 30 minute ride costs approx. 80 euros so thought I'd pass. But I took many a picture next to them so kinda the same thing right?!
Allow a minimum of 30 mins for a gondola ride.
6. Take Photos
In a city as picturesque as Venice, you don't need to be to a professional photographer to take beautiful photos. Simply point and snap and Venice will do all the hard work for you. Do this throughout your day and you'll be happy to relive the memories for the days to come :)
My only regret is that we didn't have enough time to visit Burano Island but I imagine that would need at least half day to truly enjoy the island, especially as it takes around 45 minutes to get there. Oh well, an excuse to go visit again soon ;). Arrivederci xo
Struggling with photography for your blog this winter? Break the blogger mould using night time photography to showoff your outfits, taking the pressure off streetstyle shoots during shorter and greyer days.
As a blogger, I am constantly thinking of new ways to try and stand out from the crowd. With millions of fashion bloggers out in cyberspace, it’s difficult to not get lost in a sea of pretty faces wearing stylish clothes.
And that’s just on a regular day. Add winter into the mix and I know many bloggers feel the pressure of trying to take good streetstyle photography for their blogs right now. It's hard working with grey days that give off bad lighting, adverse weather conditions (the number of shoots I’ve had to rearrange because of the rain) and less hours of available daylight.
Trying to get the “perfect” streetstyle photo during this time of year is tricky but then again I’ve never liked following the crowd anyway, so drafting a new plan was required. Luckily, I met a photographer who enjoys taking photos in the dark and we managed to create something different and more interesting than your cookie-cutter, white background, streetstyle photos.
In the past, I’d been worried of shooting later in the evening, probably because I thought a whole lot of equipment is needed to accomplish a night shoot or an extremely bright flash at least ha! But an important lesson I’ve learned recently is to feel the fear and do it anyway! And so we gave it a go and the pictures came out great.
It’s requires a bit more creativity shooting at night and the photographer used the glow from the shops lights to illuminate our photos. It turned out to be just enough to showcase my outfit, while also creating a fun play between light and shadow. Plus, I tried to wear clothes that would help attract light like velvet and patent, all pieces that have made my winter wardrobe so much more interesting lately.
Lesson here is not to be afraid of what doesn’t fit the mould. When you can, be different and creative in your problem solving. Look how we managed to turn a outfit shoot in cute and quaint Notting Hill into something edgier! So even if it feels scary, embrace it because you just don’t know what you can achieve.
So what do you think, are you brave enough to shoot in the dark? xo
In collaboration with Nobody's Child