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Fashionable Tips For Feeling Lighter & Happier On A Daily Basis

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What makes you happy? Is it what you do, and who you meet, or how you feel when you experience those things? Happiness is not always attributable to one cause, but it can certainly be improved and helped by enhancing various aspects of your life. Many times, people look towards social issues, or confidence issues, and consider them final. They’re not. Like anything in life, they are dynamic and available to change. In order to stay happy in yourself, changing things up continually is usually required to make sure you’re not living in a stagnant way.

If you’re looking for that confidence boost, instead of merely trying to search for depressive symptoms online, why not try a practical solution, such as checking your confidence and using your wardrobe as a catalyst to improve that?

What follows is an exploration of the fashionable goods you can use to help yourself feel lighter and happier on a daily basis.

Dress For Your Body

No one has the perfect body. Even people we consider our physical idols are people who have at least one or two hang-ups about their body. This is relatively natural, although it must be eased somewhat. One of the methods for achieving this includes wearing clothing which emphasizes your perceived strengths and masks your weaknesses. Of course, we are confident you are beautiful just the way you are, but if you’d rather not have to worry about showing off a certain area, learning how to dress to naturally fit your shape and desire can work wonders in helping you feel comfortable in your dress.

Experiment, But Not Too Much

There are plenty of ways to feel natural and happy in the dress you greet the world in, and experimenting with new styles is part of that. However, going too far and dressing in gear certain to turn heads will only lead to you feeling self-conscious, and that could prevent your creative expression in the future. You are likely beautiful no matter what you wear, but making sure that you hit the fine line between being comfortable and daring in experimentation will help you make the wisest and most suitable fashion choices for you.

Femininity

Express your femininity. This can be done in a plethora of ways, from trying new jewelry to makeup to wearing more natural airy clothing. For example, the perfect thing to wear is a sundress during the summer if you hope to feel radiant and blooming in your smoldering look. Approach your femininity from a seasonal perspective, and identify what femininity means to you. For some, it will mean wearing beautiful body-hugging garments, whereas for others it will mean dressing in a dignified and powerful way. Make an impact, and don’t constrain your femininity to only one style of clothing line. The beauty of being feminine is in its dynamism, so one look this week could precipitate a completely different style in the next week. Before long you will feel like twice the woman you ever have done before.

Colors

The colors you wear will all be dictated by seasonal tastes, your mood, and the general clothing available to you. However, it’s important to understand what colors work best for your skin tone and to try and stick to those parameters. Different hues will work better with different complexions, so finding the perfect shade is all a matter of subjective identification. For this reason, heading to a stylish, or researching online could help you make wiser fashion purchasing decisions, especially if you’re inclined to wearing bolder colors with abandon.

Of course, the colors you wear are entirely your own to decide, and what makes you feel the best is often the most correct option. However, if you’re looking to become a little more effective in your stylistic choices, this is a good place to start.

Jewellery

Jewellery can help you draw attention to aspects of your outfit which you consider to be significant. For example, a nice necklace can draw attention to your face and your new makeup pastel toning. However, the colors of which are essential to get right, because clashing the colors here can ruin any positive look you have styling your garment choices to match. Most women enjoy wearing gold, silver or more modern and fashionably, rose gold jewelry, as they are relatively understated but catch the eye and are themed together well. This can add the finishing touch to an outfit, giving you that extra ‘wow’ factor which is so integral to feeling confident in your threads.

With these tips, you’re sure to feel wonderful during all moments of the day.**Sponsored

Personal Journal | Start Where You Are

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“Start Where You Are”…what does that mean to me and what does it mean to you?

This is not going to be an overly psychological, get-into-your-mind kinda post, don’t fret…

I had to reflect on this for a while when I was approached with this slogan tee and the message around it. “Start Where You Are” #befearless. I finally decided to accept the challenge to share a personal post around my own personal experience. I’ll have a chat with you guys about my career which is one thing I’ve had to start over again, more than once. I feel many people struggle with this. Either with choosing one, starting one or sticking to one. I’ve had lots of conversations with people who feel like they are in a right rut in their jobs or wants a change or just don’t know. And a lot of people ask me, how I transitioned from working as a sales consultant to an accountant…

So, here’s my short story on having to start over again.
Start Where You AreStart T Shirt – Ofio

1. My first job, I worked as sales consultant/customer services assistant to make it sound less glam. This was the beginning of my working life, wouldn’t say I enjoyed it much at the time, but in hindsight, one of the best experiences. After a few years, it was time to move on. My fears at the time were that I wouldn’t find something else on time, I wasn’t good enough, I didn’t have enough experience on my cv…you know all the anxiety and fears of going jobless either voluntarily or involuntarily. I could have done with someone to encourage me, saying that it was actually ok to leave and move on.

It may have taken a few months, but guess what, I found a new job which opened the door to my next career move.

2. First role in PR. This was a new career. I didn’t feel my life/career was going anywhere working on the shop floor. You can’t imagine how excited I was about the move to PR…and it was fashion PR too! I wanted it, made me happy. I embraced a new start, ended my 5/6 years long career in customer services.

At the end of my career in PR, I experienced the same fears and anxiety as I did when I left my first job. This time, maybe even worse. I was older, had much to loose. This time, I didn’t know what next. What to do with myself. I elaborated a little more about this in my post, Personal Journal | Best of Both Worlds.

3. First role in Finance. Now, that’s a big leap, the ultimate start over. I had the biggest fears. I had no idea where to start. But I overcame my fears, I was willing to start over again. I wanted a new career. Self-determination came to play when I was looking for a change.

Yes, the fear of the unknown gets to many of us. There is no point wasting time doing what no longer brings happiness or self-satisfaction. It may feel right when you started but when it no longer gives the fulfillment, it’s also ok to actually move on and find happiness somewhere else. Create/find new opportunities and move on. If there is anything I’ve learned, it is to push through self-doubts and fears and just f***ing Start Where You Are. 

My London Fashion Week FOMO

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Goodness! Another fashion season is rolling up real fast! Dear ME! What to do? London Fashion Week: my fear of missing out is going to kick in soon.

For a while now, I’ve been dwelling on the idea of Fashion Week in other cities. NYFW isn’t on the agenda just yet, maybe start closer to home, with Paris and Milan. After six seasons of London Fashion Week, I feel the need for more…more content for you lovely lot (especially those following me on social media) and JUST MORE!

I received a few invitations to shows & presentations during Haute Couture Fashion Week, but I didn’t have enough time to prepare – hadn’t taken any time off for it. But that triggered the thought of preparing for this Fashion Season – I feel like I’m just never prepared.

 On that note, I’ve currently made no plans to attend London Fashion Week this season. I may attend presentations and of course events…we’ll see how it goes. I’ve had a number of people asking if I’ll be attending.

Because London is my city, I’ve always felt the need to share all the amazingness London Fashion Week has to offer, especially as I see myself as a fashion devotee, not just a blogger.

Also, Fashion Week is an opportunity to build on industry relationships and great for personal exposure. To get the best out of any industry, they say the relationships you build are key. Of course, it works both ways. It’s harder to sit behind a screen and write about brands you can’t connect or relate to in the same way as the ones you’ve brushed shoulders with. The enthusiasm for me isn’t just the same. Fashion Week is a great opportunity to get to know the insiders and vice versa, allowing you to build a reputation for yourself within the industry.

On a personal level, for the past couple of seasons, I’ve dragged myself to London Fashion Week firstly for my audience, to create content and share a lot of what the fashion world has to offer. But also out of FOMO – I know. I’ve been fortunate to have been accredited by the BFC for a few seasons now. The accreditation gives similar access to the same facilities as accredited press and buyers – again you lovely lot following me on my social platforms would have seen the best of it. I’m still debating LFW or nah –  is my FOMO going to kick in at some point? What are your thoughts guys?

I draw a lot of inspiration from fashion shows. Now that we are heading into SS17, it would be a good time to share some inspiration from the last LFW, which I will do in my next post. But for now, I leave you with my second look from my trip to Paris.

Paris was colder than London at -6 degrees, there was a great need for ‘snuggle’ to make an appearance. This coat is an oldie from Whistles, but I have linked some similar products on my SHOP page.

London Fashion Week: My Fear of Missing Out

How I Do It

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Following the questions I had from my Blogging and Working Full-Time post, I’ve decided to share some light on How I do It. I’m not going to lie and say, it’s so easy, but it’s do-able – and yes, it’s possible to be successful at doing both – working, studying or any other life choices combined with being a blogger.

Off Shoulder Tunic

Time Management

I think this is one thing everyone struggles with. Having a routine or structure works for me. In saying this, I hate anything that’s too restrictive, so, I’m flexible when planning and my self-imposed restrictions feel nothing like being in a military camp. I know the things I can’t accommodate or afford to do, so I’ve had to compromise on them. The moment more time is spent on things that are not of high importance, the less time I can spend on the important things – priorities.

Prioritize

For my blog to thrive, I know I have to spend some time on social media, attend some events for networking, do some research, shoot, edit pictures etc. Going to work is the only thing I can’t be flexible with. Knowing what’s most important and the order of importance is a major key. I love blogging, I enjoy doing it, I like every aspect of it, I never want it to feel like a job or a chore, it’s an amazing feeling seeing a baby grow, my blog is my baby, but I need to set my priorities, get the right balance for growth.

Strengths over Weaknesses

Funny, I used to wonder why this question came up at interviews. It’s a broad topic to go into but, one of the things that will get you far at what you do is what you are good at. What aspect of blogging do you enjoy doing or are you good at – use it.

Never Limit Your Abilities

This I don’t practice to the ‘T’, but if there is anything I constantly have to remind myself, it is THIS – “Never Limit Your Abilities Bankè”. This gives the correct mind frame and motivation to push a little further, the moment I push myself, I realize I’m already miles ahead of where I was a minute ago.

All easier said than done right? It’s all work in progress, but everything starts from what you tell yourself every day.

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Off Shoulder Bell Sleeve Tunic (old) – Chicwish

Necklace – Maria Black

Sandals & Bag (old) – New Look

Sunglasses – Dior

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