Time is a funny concept. Do you ever ask yourself where has time gone or why is it flying so fast? And then there you are staring at your watch, counting down the hours, minutes and seconds left until your workday is finally over. We’re always in a rush for summer to come, for the kids to grow up or to grow up ourselves. For Halloween to come and go so we can wait for Christmas and all the madness to be over soon. Right now, I’m waiting for my birthday in February so I can be 25 because I feel like 24 is a weird number. That won’t be the case when I turn 35 though, that’s for sure. I’ll be holding onto 34 like a kid holding onto a parent’s leg.

It’s this paradox nature of time that’s got us running in circles, always trying to catch up, yet always feeling behind. Creating a balance between work and family and finding a minute for the things that we love seems hard. I have read all sorts of suggestions on how to save bits of time here and there, so you can have it for the really important things. Some people would record their favourite TV shows so they can fast forward through the adverts. That saves them enough time to cook a healthy meal instead of ordering a takeaway. Do you know what else can save you that time? Not watching TV at all.

I saw a TED talk a while ago about gaining control of your time and as I was writing this I remembered  a story. The lady giving the talk was studying this group of people with extremely busy lifestyles and schedules for a book she was writing. She came across a businesswoman with 4 kids who had a broken pump in her house. All the work surrounding the broken pump cost her 7 hours of her week. Yet if someone asked her at the beginning of that week if she had 7 hours, she would have said no due to her busy schedule. This just goes to show that we cannot create more of it but time will stretch itself to accommodate what we choose to put into it. The key to time management is to treat our priorities as if they were that broken pump.

Using time wisely can mean different things to different people. Some would like to wake up early in the morning and have a twenty minute workout. Others would prefer to spend that time sleeping or reading a book in bed. I love spending my lunch breaks outside even if it’s cold just because I find it relaxing. If you say you don’t have time to read but you want to, what about reading on your morning commute to work? Even audio books are a thing now, so you really can’t make excuses anymore. We all find time for what’s important to us and usually the phrase “I don’t have time” means “I don’t want to do it.” Not having time is an excuse that we make when something is not our priority.

I’m not going to say start planning your life and you’ll find time for everything. Writing a weekly plan does not guarantee you will end up ticking everything off your list. It’s hard for me to count the amount of times I’ve written my weekly schedule and then things have popped up last minute and messed it all up. I think if you break down a week into 168 hours and take out the hours that you work and sleep, that still leaves you plenty of time to focus on other things as long as you decide to make them a priority.

I’ve said that before. I never used to be a watch person and didn’t really see why people needed them until I got one myself. Now the days I go to work without a watch, I’m just feeling lost and confused. Having an idea of the time helps me plan my day better and more effectively and allows me to focus on making time for the things that I love doing. The Classic Petite Ashfield watch by Daniel Wellington is the perfect companion for those short winter days when it seems like time is just flying. The rose gold detail is like a little ray of sunshine which I’m really missing in the cold months. You can use my code MIHAELA for 15% off everything on www.danielwellington.com

Michelle x

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The sports luxe trousers have been in and out of the spotlight over the past seasons and so far they never really found a way into my wardrobe. Until now. I spotted these on sale in Oasis and couldn’t resist a try-on. I guess it was the soft pink stripe, or maybe the fact that I managed to go two sizes down with these that got me, but before I knew it I had already tapped my card. Is anyone else finding this contactless method of payment leading to twice as many purchases? Not to mention I have forgotten my PIN number long time ago.

I wish I could pretend I’m a cool girl but really I’m not. As much as I wanted to give these trousers an edgy look and style them with a leather jacket and your cool type baker boy hat, it just wasn’t me. So I went for the usual. Blush pink with a side of flamingo. Double portion please! If you’re following me on Instagram you must have noticed I have a little obsession with the aforementioned colour. If you’re not following me, now’s the time to be Insta friends, just say HEY!

Not meaning to take your attention away from the side stripe trousers but I also have a thing for fluffy oversized cardigans. Send one of each colour my way and I will call you my bestie. I’m that easy. If that comes with a fluffy dog too, we will be besties for life, I promise.

The side stripe trousers are all about comfort. With an elastic waist, they’re laidback luxe at its best. I can guarantee they feel like joggers but style them the right way and you can totally go on a night out in them. I’m not really the night out type of person (feeling like nana at 24) so the thought of a cosy jumper and slippers makes me really excited. Secretly trying to channel my inner Aylin König here but I’m not even close.

Now let’s talk about this Topshop bag. Wait, let’s take a moment to appreciate it first. Discuss those details and the embellishment and now admit how much you need it. Seriously, at £27 it’s a HELL YEAH from me! I’m sure the X Factor judges will agree. Let’s do a show of hands. X Factor fans reveal yourselves! Back to the bag. Why do you need all your stuff when you can take your phone, keys, cards and a lipstick. Who feels the need to conceal themselves on a night out these days? Forget that and let’s focus on the real important stuff. What I mean is, this bag fits everything you need to take and if it doesn’t fit in the bag, then you don’t really need it. At least that’s how I judge it.

I really wanted to give you a thought-provoking post or at least some advice on how to style these sports luxe trousers but I’ll try again later. Let’s keep this bright and airy, just like that living room you pinned to your Interior Goals Pinterest board yesterday. I mean, isn’t it suffocating to read a daaaaaamn long post and think “Ugh, what is she on about?” Go on then, I know you want to say it…

Until next time

Michelle x

Photography Shelley Morecroft

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Since going part-time in my job and focusing more on the blog, I started paying attention to building my confidence in my personal style. Wearing a uniform which was quite strict at my previous workplace was totally demotivating. You can imagine how excited I was when I made the transition. From wearing all black to being able to wear almost anything to work. Another issue was I didn’t even have time to go out with a full-time job. Hence there was absolutely nothing to motivate me to spend money on clothing. Currently I’m more exposed to fashion than ever and I spend most of my time looking at new trends.

Before I even asked myself the question “What is my style all about?” I had to overcome the main obstacle that was standing between me and the way I was dressing. Body confidence. And I think there’s not many women out there who are entirely comfortable with the way they look. We’re either too tall, too skinny, too round, too soft, arms too big, bum not big enough. Ask any woman and she will tell you all about it.

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Becoming confident and learning to accept my body is something I’m yet to come to terms with. The amount of stress that has gone into trying to change it has actually caused more harm than good. It all started when I was a teenager. By the time I became a fully grown adult it had started taking the better of me. All it took was having to go a size up when trying a new pair of jeans on, to make me want to stop wearing anything other than my PJ’s ever again!

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Developing a healthy appreciation for what I have has proven to be an extremely tough journey. Recently I have been looking for ways to move past that period. And surprisingly my blog has played a big part. The exposure to photos of myself has helped me see what works and what doesn’t when it comes to my body shape. Realising that I have a unique body type and the fact that I don’t need to compare it to anyone else’s, just like I don’t want other people to compare themselves to me, has been a significant eye-opener.

If you’re ready to embrace your body type and become confident in your own style, here is a few tips you might find useful.

Don’t be afraid to try new things

This pleated midi skirt is the perfect example of me experimenting with something I never thought would suit me. I was fascinated by the way it looked when I saw it in the Mango store but I never thought it’s something I would personally feel comfortable in. Being completely honest, I had to force myself to try it on. But it just felt like it was made for me the minute I looked in the mirror. I thought midi skirts make me look shorter. Let’s face it I’m not the tallest person and the last thing I want is to look even smaller than I actually am. But it did exactly the opposite! Because of its high waist, the skirt made my figure appear elongated and the fact that it was pleated and floaty, meant it wasn’t going to stick to any areas I don’t want to reveal.

Dress for the body you have, not for the one you want

This is closely related to my first tip. If you think your thighs are too big or your tummy is sticking out and you want to hide it, dressing in a short bodycon dress isn’t going to do much for you. Instead, wear a high waist dress that’s floaty and feminine. It will still make you feel sexy and a million times more comfortable. No need to look at yourself in every mirror and try to tuck your tummy in until you almost stop breathing. A V-neck helps elongate your neckline and half sleeve if you’re not comfortable showing your arms. Just like me!

Highlight the best parts of your body

Do you have amazing legs or a slim waistline? Show those parts off by highlighting them. Be it with a mini skirt and a block heel if you’re number one. Or a belt if you’re part of the second group. I personally have a booty I am proud of and I have my mum to thank for it. I used to hide it with oversized jumpers as a teenager, thinking it was too big. Now that I know how hard some women are working for theirs, I feel the need to appreciate this part of my body even more. Especially when I haven’t done anything other than eat ice cream and do a few squats (not on a regular basis) for maintenance.

I certainly hope this post helped you look at yourself from a different angle. Start making small steps towards accepting your body type and dressing for it accordingly. Don’t forget you are one of a kind and feeling amazing about yourself should be your number one priority each and every morning.

Thanks to Olga Kim Photography for beautifully capturing my look. Find her on Instagram @olgakimphotography

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Note by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion Week

As another Fashion Month came to a close, I’m feeling a sense of relief. Not that I got too stressed about it in the first place. This was actually the first London Fashion Week I enjoyed. And it wasn’t because I got invited to many shows. In fact, I didn’t. In my case, you don’t really get invited to shows. You have to request invitations and more often than not, brands don’t even respond to your emails to say that they won’t be able to allocate you a space. So you kind of have to guess.

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I enjoyed it because it was the first time I had a week off work and surprisingly the weather was nice too. For those of you who think I got the week off because of Fashion Week, you’re wrong. I was meant to go on holiday somewhere hot before summer is officially over but that didn’t happen so put plan B came into action. I would have much preferred to be melting in 30 degrees heat with a cocktail in one hand and ice cream in the other. You get the picture.

I attended the last two days of London Fashion Week which generally tend to be more relaxed because the week is coming to a close. Anyone who can do a full fashion week has got my sincere admiration but for me the whole thing just seems too forced and I find it hard to cope with. I appreciate people’s style and the creativity they put into it, but some individuals just get carried away in an attempt to get papped by a few photographers on the street. Not going to mention any names here.

 

Note by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion Week

So my fashion week consisted of a couple of shows and a peek into the designer showrooms where I met some really nice people for a change this time. It’s not very often you bump into friendly people during these events. I also met some lovely people outside of fashion week and I got to shoot this look whilst having a really good time. This is the outfit I wore on the second day and I felt that it deserves a twirl on the streets of London. Expect to to see my other look here soon.

Thanks to Olga Kim Photography for beautifully capturing my look. Find her on Instagram @olgakimphotography

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When the colder months are upon us and everything suddenly turns grey, including our wardrobes, a pop of colour is like a breath of fresh air. From eye-catching statement shoes in bold red to jumpers and jackets in mustard, this season is all about standing out from the crowd. As much as I like wearing black and I’ll only change that if a darker colour comes into existence, I’m trying to avoid falling in this winter colour scheme trap. Investing in pieces in bold colours that I can elevate my simple looks with has become a staple of mine this season.

When it comes to dressing for autumn, I want to feel at my most comfortable but still look like I’ve made an effort. As soon as I saw this jacket in Primark (YES, Primark!) I knew it was going to give my wardrobe the much-needed update. This mustard jacket is super lightweight and the soft fabric makes it really easy to wear. It’s the perfect transitional piece for days when you’re too warm to have a jacket on but too cold to take it off.

Transitional wardrobe is great because you can still wear your beloved clothes from the previous season and simply add a knit or a cute jacket to give it an autumn vibe. For example I wore this mustard jacket over the dress from this post and it perfectly complemented it, without being too much. Another great thing about this style jacket is that you can dress it up or down by simply changing trainers to a pair of black suede heels. Either way it makes a statement. My best tip here is to keep the look really simple, basic tee and denim. A jacket this good has to be the main dish, no distractions!

Thanks to the amazing Becky Winter Photography for capturing this look

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