Lifestyle

Mindfulness

I decided to do a post this week about what mindfulness actually is, I know the word might be a bit self-explanatory but I myself only found out the true meaning in the last year! In short mindfulness is about being aware and living in the moment, appreciating and experiencing every moment. The past no longer exists and the future hasn’t happened yet, mindfulness helps us to stop worrying about the future and hanging on to the past. Think about how many times you’ve driven home from work and not remembered how you got there, or had to double check you’ve turned the straighteners off or locked the door. We end up spending half of our lives on autopilot; mindfulness helps you to bring your attention back to the moment, paying attention to the small things that would normally go unnoticed.   Seen as this week I received the most beautiful mug from yonder living, I thought that this would be the perfect time to do some mindfull tea drinking! This is a page from one of my favourite books “Living in the Moment” by Anna Black (get it here), and it’s a great example of how to take time to indulge yourself and really enjoy the small moments! Personally my cup of tea is just a drink that I have whilst doing something and I never really just sit back and enjoy it! Here’s what Anna Black proposes we do : Feel the warmth of the tea in your hands Drink in the scent of the tea Notice the colour of your tea Be aware of the movement of bringing the cup to your lips, noticing any physical response in anticipation Experience the taste – notice if there is an ahh of pleasure Whenever your mind gets pulled away by thoughts (which it will) just notice where you have gone and then coming back kindly and gently to the bodily sensations   I always think the mug is the most important ingredient in making a cup of tea. I always have one sugar, but it has to be in the right mug, too big and it’s not enough, too small and it’s too sweet. I think it just tastes different in a nicer mug too, remember we also drink and eat with our eyes! For more tips on meditation and becoming more mindful check out this quick guide on the health benefits and common misconceptions about meditation.

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WISH LIST

Inspiration

Gladiator Sandals

Gladiators, you love em or hate em? I personally love them, my sisters boyfriend however thinks they belong on extras for roman films and that’s where they should stay! Love em or hate em they’re the sandal of the summer. With a range of different variations whether you want to go all out with a pair of knee highs or dip your toe into the gladiator pool with an ankle pair ( like me) there’s something for all you gladiator lovers out there! To give you (and me) some inspiration on how to wear the trend I’ve put together some of my favourite pinterest photographs. I love the knee high gladiators and they go so well with the suede dress! I’ve done a little shopping list of my favourite gladiators, I’ve got the tan Topshop ones! I love the Zara pastel green sandals, I can see how soft they are without even touching them and I think the pastel colour softens the style a bit!   Topshop Tan FIG Sandals : £39.00 | Next Black Lace up Sandals: £24.00 | Zara Beige Knee High Sandals : £99.99 | Mango Black Lace up Sandals: £19.99 | Zara Pastel Green Sandals: £49.99

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H&M Jumper

I first saw this jumper on the beautiful Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea and after researching where it was from and deciding that £39.99 was probably a bit much for a jumper from H&M, I left it. It caught my eye again last month and I decided that actually this isn’t a case of want, I do need this jumper. Of course by this time it had sold out everywhere in the UK in any size but 16. I checked Depop, I checked Ebay, I rang stores to double check, I even had my poor boyfriend go into half of the London stores! So obviously I got the jumper ( I’m wearing it), unknown to me my lovely boyfriend had been checking the jumper regularly online to see if it came back in stock, and one did! It’s a size 6 which I normally wouldn’t order, but as it’s an oversized style it fit’s perfectly! I’ve styled it with my trusty marks and spencers sandals and white jeans ( Primark with some DIY rips!) to give it a more spring summer feel!       These silver pieces of jewellery from Shop JJDR finish the look off perfectly! I’m in love with this barbell bracelet, I think it would look great with an evening look with one on each wrist. Jumper: H&M | Jeans: Primark with DIY Rips | Sandals: M&S | Bag: Zara | Barbell Bracelet: Shop JJDR | Chunky Ring: Shop JJDR  

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Ear Jackets

This week I was introduced to the wondrous world of ear jackets by Raquel Leila. I’d never heard the term ear jacket before so I was intrigued to see what they were and how they were worn. The term refers to the way that you ear is surrounded by the earring with a piece at the front and at the back as you can see in the photograph! These are perfect for me as I’m not a massive earring person and have been saying for ages that I want to venture away from the simple stud earrings, small steps people! Raquel Leila is a Canadian based jewellery brand all designed by the beautiful Raquel Leila Waldman, the pieces have a contemporary feel with simple geometric designs that look amazing layered or worn individually! I love these earrings because they’re the perfect balance between the classic stud and a more up to date design! You can buy my ear jackets here, and below I’ve put some of my favourite items from the collection!   Don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter here for $10 off of your first purchase!!  

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Inspiration

White Inspiration

  I don’t know if you’ve noticed but white is EVERYWHERE at the minute! I know its a timeless colour that goes with anything and there’s always some variation of a white trend in stores each summer, but this year I feel like there’s even more than usual! To help you ( and me) to see how white can be worn, I’ve put together some of my favourite images courtesy of pinterest! I’ve also made a little white wish list! I personally LOVE the image above of the oversized white dress and knee high gladiators. I’m all about oversized clothes and I think that tan and white sit together like two peas in a pod!   When I think of white in the summer, I think of beachy hair and light flowing fabric ( see picture on right), but ( see picture on left) white works so well with structure, making the most beautifully tailored pieces.         1- Ear Jackets – Raquel Leila | 2- White Jeans – Topshop | 3- White Dress – H&M | 4- Lace Bra – Elcy Clothing | 5- White Smock Top – H&M | 6 – Snake Lace up Pumps – Topshop | 7 – Leather Messenger Bag – Zara | 8 – Bracelet – Raquel Leila

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