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A Harry Potter Inspired Autumnal Outfit

  • Monday, 16 October 2017


I love it when I find an outfit that makes me feel confident, on trend and occasion perfect…


A few weeks ago I headed down to London to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I wanted to wear something that was comfortable to travel and walk around it, as well as casual and weather appropriate. 


I am a huge fan of autumn and I fell in love with this seasonal jumper when I saw it in Primark recently. Not only was it an absolute bargain, it is also a lovely over-sized fit, a soft velvet-style material and a beautiful autumnal yellow. 


I decided to pair this casual, over-sized knit tucked into a pair of super-tight, high-waisted, black skinny jeans. To complete the look I wore a pair of black Chelsea boots and my light, jacket from Zara, both of which feature in my Autumnal Staples post. 


I felt as though this was a great outfit to wear, as I felt so confident. I loved the oversized fit of the jumper, which hides a multitude of sins, yet remains flattering when tucked into the skinny jeans. I felt casual, yet still a little sophisticated with the black jeans and black boots. 


I also really enjoyed the fact that this jumper is the exact shade of yellowy-gold that matches the Hufflepuff crest. Before going to the studios, I re-signed up to Pottermore and was sorted into the Hufflepuff house. To any Harry Potter fans, this isn’t exactly the most preferred house to be a member of, but I have embraced it, and loved that I could wear the house colours of yellow and black whilst wondering around the studios. 


Madolyn
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Hygge Life | What Hygge Means To Me

  • Sunday, 15 October 2017


I was introduced to the concept of Hygge just before autumn last year. This Danish way of life seems to have taken the Internet by storm, and after reading more about the notion, I can completely understand why. 

I feel as though I can really relate to the idea of Hygge, and have recently started to re-read; The Little Book Of Hygge, The Danish Way To Live Well by Meik Wiking. This is a fantastic read that breaks down the different variations of Hygge and explores the idea of Hygge in categories such as clothes, Christmas, home life and social situations. 


MY DEFINITION OF HYGGE


Hygge can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but the general idea from what I can gather is that it is a situation that makes you feel safe, warm, calm, comfortable and happy. Hygge is something that brings you comfort whether this is through food, being around your favourite people, setting up a cosy space or doing something that you love. 

I think that Hygge is something that can really help people during this time of year. As autumn moves into winter, I think that a lot of people can find it a difficult time to remain positive and productive. I know that I for one can struggle as the nights become darker, the mornings become darker, the weather can be harsh and cold, and things can sometimes feel a little negative. 

I have always been a fan of autumn but having been introduced to the notion of Hygge, I feel as though I have been able to embrace this time of yea even more, and take positive and productive feelings into the winter months. 


MY PERFECT HYGGE SITUATION 


One way in which I like to feel Hygge is by setting up the living room on an evening with candles and cosy blankets. I like to put on a pair of joggers and a warm cosy jumper. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that I have picked up a couple of lovely knits lately. To finish it off I love to either cosy up with a good book, or pop on a Harry Potter film, with a lovely hot cup of coffee. 

The second way that I love to embrace the notion of Hygge is by running myself a really hot and steamy bath finished off with some sort of Lush bath bomb. I then like to light lots of candles and place these around the end of the bath. I love to gather together as many pamper products as I can such as facemasks, body scrubs and hair oils. Again, I then like to chill out with a good book or perhaps a Netflix documentary or an episode of whichever series I’m currently watching. 

Madolyn
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Health Update | Detoxifying My Mind, Body & Soul

  • Friday, 13 October 2017


I think everyone at some point gets the feeling that they can do things in order to be healthier. I for one feel as though being healthy is a daily, weekly and monthly goal and I always find that I can improve in one way or another. 

One thing that I have been working on lately is being physically healthy as well as focusing on my wellness and happiness levels. I think that sometimes we focus too heavily on fitness side of things and what our bodies look like in the mirror, when we think of being healthy. I have been on a bit of a mission over the past few weeks however to feel healthy within my mind, as well as physically. 


I am going on holiday next week to Cyprus, and I have been making a bit more of an effort to look after my body, detox and get myself feeling a little more confident before baring all in a bikini on the beach. However, I am also really looking forward to having a week to enjoy time with my family, the sunshine and not having to work or focus on anything in particular. I feel like this holiday will contribute to my mental health, which is just as important as being physically healthy. 

It has been a little bit nonstop of late, and in the mist of all of this madness I have been trying especially hard to look after myself properly, and get rid of that feeling that I am just keeping my head above water. I have been doing a couple of little things that have helped me detoxify over the last few weeks, and I’m not talking about having kale and chia seed smoothies six times a day.


MIND

In terms of looking after my mental health, I have been taking a little more time for myself. I have had quite a lot on over the last few weeks; London Fashion Week, overtime at work and trips around the country to name just a few things. I am a bit of an introvert at heart, and so having too much on can feel a little draining. So I have tried to purposefully say no to certain things, and prioritise time for myself to appreciate some self-care. I’m talking, hot baths filled with Lush bath bombs, routine breaks, reading books and doing things that I enjoy. 


I have also been trying not to focus on the negatives. I have written a couple of different posts over the last few weeks including Ways To Remain Positive When Things Don’t Work Out and Struggling With Negativity, Taking Joy From The Little Things In Life.

BODY

I have also been focusing a little more on my body in terms of detoxing and being healthier. Ultimately I have been trying to listen to my body a lot more. I have upped my gym sessions, but I haven’t wanted to push myself too hard. I was beginning to feel exhausted like I was constantly rushing about, so I have tried to listen to my body in terms of getting more sleep, resting when I need to and not over-doing it. 


I have also been trying to eat better by having plenty of fresh food and drinking a lot more water to keep myself hydrated. I have just finished my thirty-day Skinny Coffee detox program, and although I haven’t lost tones of weight, I have shred about five pounds. I think I have also built muscle however from going to the gym, and I feel a bit more toned and my body feels healthier over all, which is the main goal. 


Madolyn
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Some Of My Autumnal Fashion Staples | Outfit Of The Day

  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Autumnal fashion is my favourite type of fashion. I love the way in which you are able to experiment with different textures and fabrics compared to any other time of year. I am a huge fan of the Autumnal colour palette and adore the transition from Summer to Winter pieces.

One of my favourite ways to style autumnal fashion pieces is through the use of layering, and pairing garments together to create a casual, cosy look that feels effortless and appropriate for any occasion. I find that it is easier to mix smarter pieces of clothing with more relaxed styles during this time of year, as well as different fabrics, textures an patterns.


I find that buying a few key pieces at the start of a new season not only revamps my wardrobe, but it also gets me excited for the weeks to come. This outfit consists of a few staple high-street pieces that will see me through autumn and into the winter months.


Over the last year I have been working towards obtaining a minimalist or capsule wardrobe. I have been able to condense my entire wardrobe to a clothes rail and two under bed storage boxes. I had got to the point that I had so many clothes that I couldn’t remember what I had anymore and I felt like I was only wearing around twenty percent of my wardrobe anyway. After having a huge clear out I wanted to maintain my smaller, more wearable wardrobe and so I have tried really hard to only buy pieces that either need replacing, updating, or that go with a lot of the clothes that I already own.


So this outfit consists of a few autumnal staples that can be worn together, or with various other outfits, to create a series of different looks throughout the season. I love wearing burgundy during the autumnal months, there is something so wonderful about the colour that reminds me of conkers and the scattering of red and brown leaves on the trees. This simple round neck woollen jumper is from New Look, a great high street shop that always offer great seasonal pieces. I love that this can been worn with joggers for a cosy night in, blue jeans for morning walks, black jeans for an casual date night, or with something like this skirt for a lunch date or day trip. This skirt is another autumnal staple, this time from Primark. I adore the grey scale chequered pattern that looks smart yet casual at the same time. I love the silhouette that is created when paring this delicate, feminine skirt, with the more masculine, over-sized fit of the jumper.


The black boots and autumnal patterned light jacket, are both purchases made this time last year. I feel like it is important to have a staple pair of black boots, as these are a fantastic transitional piece to take you from season to season. I wore these to death last year, as they go with a huge range of outfits, and the Granny in me can’t help but swoon over how practical they are! They are certainly a timeless classic and an absolute must have to wear throughout the autumnal months. Likewise, this light showerproof jacket is another staple for me during these transitional months. Not only is it made up of an Autumnal colour palette, it is also a very versatile piece of clothing that again, can be worn with most outfits during autumn. 


What are your autumnal fashion staples?

Madolyn
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A Muggles Guide To The Harry Potter WB Studio Tour

  • Sunday, 8 October 2017


On Friday I got the train down to London to visit the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour. I have been to the tour before, however this was a couple of years ago when it first opened, so I was eager to see what else had been added. 

If you know me then you’ll already know that I am a massive Harry Potter geek. I love everything to do with Harry Potter from the books to the films and I could talk about it for hours on end. It’s funny, and I can’t quite explain why I have such a huge love for the story of a little boy, attending a magical school – but I love it!




So the tour is designed to show you how the films were made, and what the great team of people did in order to bring the seven books of Harry Potter to life. There is certainly something for everyone, and it is really interesting even if you’re not a huge fan of the films. James for example has only seen them one or twice (and only because I made him), yet he still found the tour really interesting. You learn about everything from set design to prop making, how the music was composed to how they filmed Quidditch matches. 

When you buy your tickets you are allocated to a time slot, which is when your tour will begin. After a short introduction from the staff and a mini film talking about what you are about to see, you are lead into the great hall, at which point your self-guided tour begins. You are able to explore at your own pace and take as many pictures as you like. I felt like such a little kid, running around, oohing and ahhhhing at everything I saw.

There are so little cafes within the Studio tour in which you can buy the ever-famous Butterbeer, and of course plenty of opportunities to buy as much memorabilia as you like! 




One thing to be careful of when you’re going on the tour is paying close attention on how you’re going to get there. When we went before we drove so everything was pretty simple and straightforward. This time however, we got the train down to London Kings Cross and ended up having to get a tube to Baker Street, and then a Harry Potter coach (which was decorated to look like the Hogwarts Express – my inner geek got very excited when it pulled up!) that took us to the tour. Just be mindful when you’re booking our tickets that you have worked out the logistics of getting there as we ended up having to pay an extra £30 each to get the coach to the studios!


Other than that, it was a wonderful, magical day trip and we had so much fun. We ended the day with a Five Guys, which was absolute perfection. Be sure to have a watch of my vlog below if you fancy a sneak peek at the magic behind the films – there is some pretty cool stuff to see if you’re as much of a fan as me!!! 


Madolyn
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Struggling With Negativity | Taking Joy From The Little Things In Life

  • Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Life can sometimes get a little overwhelming. It’s understandable. In modern day society we have so much to think about, so many different things to do, and it is quite easy to let all of this build up.

Lately I feel like I have had a lot on. To say that I have felt stressed over the last few weeks is a bit of an understatement. I wrote a post last week all about remaining positive when things don’t go the way that you plan. I felt good after I’d written it as it really helped me to deal with a few things that were spinning around my head at the time.


The truth is, it is quite easy to feel like the world is against you. A lot of people tend to focus on the negatives around them as opposed to finding the silver lining, or appreciating everything in life that does go well. Over the past few weeks I have felt myself slip into this mind-set of focusing on the negatives, embracing the feeling of panic and worry and honestly I couldn’t feel worse about it.

I realised however that this spout of negativity that I have been feeling lately, has actually made me feel even worse. I have felt this shift in my mind-set and have realised that because I am feeling negative about certain things, it has made me take a negative stance on things that I wouldn’t usually worry about too much. It’s become that age-old thing, ‘when it rains, it pores.’


So, in light of this I decided that I needed to pull my head from under the covers, literally as well as mentally… 

I feel that I need to work on not worrying about things that are out of my control and start thinking more positively. I find that one of the easiest ways to do this is to appreciate the little things in life. Whether this is thinking about things that I am looking forward to, or just sitting and enjoying a lovely cup of tea whilst listening to some music. I believe that finding enjoyment from the simple, everyday things, helps to make me feel a lot more positive about the hard and worrying things in life.


LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT BRING ME JOY


Changing to the Feather Duvet – which means that our bed is now the cosiest thing in the world!

Having a Hot Bath – especially with some sort of lush bath bomb – I love to just lie back, soak and relax

Crisp Sunny Walks – when it’s a bit chilly but bright and fresh, it really makes me feel calm and lighthearted

Watching Harry Potter & Disney Films – It must be something about my childhood, but they always make me feel happy 

Coffee – weather it’s a hot cup of instant, a freshly brewed Americano or a pumpkin spiced latte, a coffee for me is an instant mood lifter 

Waking up early and having extra time in bed – I absolutely love the feeling of appreciating the warmth and comfort of my bed


I’d love to know what little things in life bring you joy!

Madolyn
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