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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These early days of autumn are some of the most unpredictable when it comes to the weather forecast. It’s all too common to have a beautiful sunny day and then heavy rainfall the next. Sometimes the two even happen in the same day and if you’re not lucky at all within the space of an hour. That’s when planning your outfits becomes a daunting task. To be able to make the right sartorial choices when it comes to mastering the transitional wardrobe, it’s important to have an arsenal of items in your closet that layer easily.

I’m still reluctant to buy knitwear at this stage and when I hear people talking about Teddy coats and chunky cardigans, I just cringe at the thought. Nothing compares to a leather jacket when it comes to transitional wardrobe. It’s so easy to throw on when it feels chilly and it looks good with almost anything from dresses to leggings! If you haven’t invested in one yet, you can find my top leather jacket hits here

As a Mediterranean girl who is used to a much warmer climate (yes, even in September) I refuse to let summer go at this stage. No matter how cold I feel, I still opt out for a dress instead of jeans 98% of the time. Instead of investing in heavy knits for the colder months, I’m trying to make the transition from one season to another, a slightly less painful one. By that I mean, I’m stocking up on long sleeve dresses like this ASOS one I’m wearing here. These can be easily paired with cut out boots like these Balenciaga babies or block heel ankle boots. I’m saving the latter for when it gets really cold.

Speaking of cut out boots, they’re the perfect item for a transitional wardrobe. You’re probably not warm enough to wear sandals right about now, but it’s not quite cold enough to rock your ankle boots just yet. Compromising with a pair of cut out boots can actually make the adjustment to the new season very exciting. You can shop some of my favourite affordable options here.

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The temperatures here in the UK have been rising in the past week and all I think about is my summer wardrobe. Oh and ice cream too. When it comes to dressing in the hot months, there’s so many options, vibrant colours and different styles and it can be easy to overdo things. So in terms of accessories I like to keep things as simple as possible. I’ve never been much of a jewellery person. In fact you can rarely see me wear any sort of bracelets, earrings or necklaces. But there’s one thing I can’t go without and that’s a simple and elegant watch to add to any summer outfit.

It’s hard for me to find a piece that looks feminine and makes a statement at the same time. Luckily, Daniel Wellington have their new collection out and this Classic Petite Bondi is everything I can ask for in a watch. Most of the time I opt out for a leather strap but it’s nice to know that the straps on these can be easily changed to create a completely different look in no time. Its ultra-thin case design and rose gold detail make it the perfect addition to all my summer looks. I love that I can mix and match it with some silver and gold toned pieces and it still looks sleek and sophisticated.

For today’s shoot I opted out for this white lace dress (similar one in black here) that I got from TK Maxx. It’s a striking maxi dress with a layered design and a sheer crochet overlay. An off the shoulder style and these pom pom details were definitely a winning factor too. The reason I love this dress so much is because it’s something you can go to the beach with and then have dinner in a nice restaurant and you will look equally fabulous.

3 ways I would style my Classic Petite Bondi

Skinny cropped jeans, oversized shirt and a classic stiletto

Distressed denim shorts, simple white t-shirt and my nude Nike Thea trainers

Khaki shirt dress and leather slides

P.S. What’s even better you can now use my code MIHAELA15 and get 15% off anything on the Daniel Wellington website. Plus free worldwide shipping! It’s valid until the 15th of July so don’t miss out.

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