5 Highlights From the Week

Happy Monday all! Hope your week is off to a great start despite it being dubbed the most depressing Monday of the year. The gloomy weather and the traffic this mornings definitely didn’t help with this but I’m trying my best to stay positive! 

Last week was a bit of a busy one, keeping up with my new blogging schedule of posting three times a week aswell as going to two gym classes didn’t leave me with a great deal of free time. It’s definitely going to be tough to keep up with but I’m hoping I can settle into some sort of rhythm and develop a real schedule. 

On to the five things that have brightened up the past week…

Monday night game night

We had a few friends around on Monday evening after work and had a little games night with nibbles which was a lovely way to kick off the week and something I definitely want to do more of this year! 

Getting into a Gym routine

As previously mentioned, last week I went along to two body attack classes which are definitely turning out to be one of my favourites. I’m booked in again for three classes this week so I’m hoping this new routine is going to stick! 

No phone Friday 

After a very work based week and spending most evenings either at the gym or creating content for the blog I decided that Friday would be named ‘no-phone Friday’. Me and Adam both left our phones out of the way in our bedroom and spent the evening making tacos and catching up on The Missing which we’ve only just managed to get through! It was so lovely to switch off after a busy week and spend some quality time with my favourite. 

Crisp blue skies

Saturday was such a gorgeous day with amazing blue skies, I was desperate to get out in it so took a little wander into town to tick some errands off my list and appreciate the crisp air! 

Lunch from the deli

On my little wander I decided to pick up some lunch for me and Adam from a little deli which is one of our favourite places to pick up a sandwich. I went for a feta, olive and hummus ciabatta which was delicious! 

What have some of your highlights from the past week been? 

Redefining Your Personal Style – Part One

personal style

Fashion is an area that I’ve always had a passion for, I’ve read fashion magazines since I was a teen and got into fashion blogs in my early twenties but do I consider myself fashionable? Probably not…

Personal style is something that I’ve started to think about a lot more recently and I’ve started to examine my own wardrobe in great detail. Over the past year I’ve been very good at downsizing and either selling or giving away items that I no longer wear but what I haven’t been so good at is replacing these pieces. What thats left me with is a pretty sparse wardrobe. Recently, before a night out my roomie asked if she could have a look in my wardrobe for a top to wear and she was extremely shocked at the lack of clothes I actually had in there. That was a bit of a wake up call, I need to start reinvesting and filling up my wardrobe with pieces I love again.

One of the main reasons I’ve avoided buying new clothes this past year or so, truth be told, is that I feel a little lost with my personal style. I just don’t seem to have that same buzz I used to get when I’d see something I like, or it happens very infrequently anyway. I feel like I’ve reached a real fork in the road where I am able to take stock and reassess my clothing choices.

If I was forced to pick one word to describe my style I would most likely choose comfortable. With my office dress code being super casual, most days I find myself opting for a t-shirt or jumper, jeans and trainers. I’m even getting too lazy to wear boots! I try to make more of an effort to piece together outfits at the weekend but there’s still very few occasions where I tend to really dress up.

To help move ahead with my personal style re-evaluation I’ve created a plan focusing on the steps I’ll making over the next week or so to help get on the right path.

Have a proper wardrobe clear out

So I’ve had a couple of these recently but this time I’m getting ruthless, anything I haven’t worn in the past couple of months (with the exception of summer clothes which I’ve hidden away in a drawer) will either be going on Depop or taken to the charity shop. With a further refined wardrobe I’ll be able to clearly spot the gaps and make way for new pieces.

Gain inspiration

For wardrobe inspiration there’s one place I’ll head and that’s Pinterest. I’m going to start creating new boards packed full of outfit inspiration so I can begin to decide the direction I want to go with my new wardrobe additions.

Plan items to add to my wardrobe

I’ve started to create a list of the wardrobe staples I’m lacking as I think that will be a good place to start with my overhaul. Pieces such as a new leather jacket, blue jeans and some flat boots are high on my priority list!

Research good quality wardrobe staples

Rather than buying cheap items which aren’t the best quality and don’t have the longest lives I really want to start investing in higher quality pieces even if it means spending a little more. Jeans are a great example of this, I’ve been buying Topshop Leigh or Jamie jeans for probably six years now and I seriously dread to think how many pairs I’ve bought over that time. Instead of simply sticking to what I know because it’s easier I want to step out of the box and try something new!

Do you have any opinions on personal style or tips on how to develop your own?

Striking a Balance Between Consuming and Creating

Consuming and Creating

With so much amazing and inspiring content appearing every single day online it’s so easy to get sucked into a deep hole packed full with blog posts to read, podcasts to listen to and videos to watch. The question is, how much of your time should be spent consuming and how much actually creating?

As a blogger, this is something I find myself struggling with on a regular basis. I’m constantly bookmarking articles and saving blog posts to read later because there literally isn’t enough time in the day to get through everything I’d ideally like to. On the one hand I want to keep up with all of the latest trends and developments within the industry by consuming as much interesting content as possible but on the other hand I want to leave myself enough time so I am actually able to productively create things I can be proud of.

I thought I’d put together a couple of little tips based on how I’m beginning to manage this issue and hopefully they’ll be helpful if you’re finding yourself in the same boat!

Scale back your social media

This is a biggie for me and one that I hope I can continue to make improvements with over time. If there are any apps on your phone that you’re not that interested in anymore and simply find yourself checking due to force of habit, get rid! These social channels will only be taking up extra time which you could instead be using more efficiently.

For me, Snapchat and Facebook are two of these. I’ve stopped checking Snapchat as regularly as I’m finding Instagram Stories to be a lot more user friendly but I’ve kept it on my phone purely for using with IRL friends, it’s a similar story for Facebook. I’m hoping I can bring myself to delete both of these apps this year as I simply don’t find them inspiring anymore!

Divide up your day into consuming and creating 

For me, there’s certain times of the day that naturally fit into each category. For example, travelling to and from work on the bus is my time to relax a little and catch up on the days events via social media. Lunchtimes however, I have been trying to make more productive by putting my phone to one side and instead finalising my blog schedule for the week or writing up posts. By separating my time I find that I am able to work much more efficiently as I remove the distractions brought on from consuming and instead focus my attention on creating.

Create a reading list for when you have free time

If I’m having a quick scroll through Bloglovin and a blog post catches my eye but I don’t have the time to read it there and then or it seems a bit too heavy going then I’ll simply save it within my ‘read later’ collection. That way, come Sunday morning when I’m having a lie in I can go through my saved posts and have a good old catch up! One thing I’ve vowed to do more of is comment on other blogs to show my support and share the love, after all I know how valuable receiving comments these days!  But again this is something that takes up time, I want to be able to leave meaningful comments not just your bog standard ‘great post’ offering so setting aside some time to do this is crucial.

I’d love to hear your opinions on this topic and whether it’s something you struggle with too. Do you have any tips that you find helpful for striking the balance between consuming and creating ?