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Style Diaries | How To Dress Up When It Is Freezing Cold Outside

  • Friday, 16 February 2018


Dressing up for a night out during the winter months, especially here in the UK, can be a nightmare when deciding what to wear. It is a constant struggle trying to find something that is nice, pretty and dressy, yet won't make me freeze my nips off!


Introducing this beautiful, black, swing-style, long-sleeved dress from Tobi. This cute little black number is the perfect combination of a dressy, going-out outfit, which will keep you warmer than a tiny little cocktail dress. 

I love the crossover detail on both the neckline and at the back of the dress. It adds an element of femininity without leaving anything over exposed. The fact that it is made from cotton and that it has long sleeves, means that it is a perfect option during the winter months. 


I wore this out at the weekend for my friend’s birthday and decided to wear it with a pair of black, satin leggings and some heeled ankle boots. To finish the look I opted for messy, volumised hair, silver hooped earrings and a bold red lip. I really enjoyed the ‘rocker chic’ effect of the outfit, and found that it was ideal when battling the cold in-between bars. 


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Sharing Some Love With A Few Of My Favourite Bloggers This Valentine's...

  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not usually one to celebrate the day of love, so I thought instead that I would share a few of my favourite bloggers, as I have LOVED the content that they have been producing lately. A lot of these lovely ladies are not only talented bloggers but also have some truly amazing content on Instagram – so be sure to check out their pages! 

Have a scroll down for some truly inspirational content…


Wish Wish Wish | Featured in the post: Wrapped Up In Reykjavik



Noelle's Favourite Things | Featured in the post: Hearts On My Sweater


Alice Catherine | Featured in the post: January Favourites | The Belted Blazer


Pretty Little Fawn | Featured in the post: The Problem I Have With Blogging


The Elle Next Door | Featured in the post: What You Can Expect From Me/"Elle Next Door" In 2018


The Little Plum | Featured in the post: Fat & Happy One Year On

However you are celebrating today whether it is with your partner, your girl friends or not at all, I hope you have a lovely Wednesday!

Madolyn
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Getting The Conversation Flowing | Anxiety, Stress & Mental Health

  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018


There are many different things in life that can affect your mental health and cause anxiety. Many people in the modern world, myself included, can suffer varying degrees of stress and anxious thoughts due to a number of different reasons.

I have written a couple of blog posts about how I like to relax and de-stress, as well as the importance of happiness and mental health. However, it is also important to speak about how and why it is good to seek professional help if you need it. There is something a little taboo about going to the doctors about your mental health, almost a notion that you should ‘handle it yourself’, ‘shake it off’ or ‘calm down’. Yet, stress and anxiety is something real, and it is something that can be improved upon with the right help. I am in no way an expert on things like this, but I think that it is important to talk about mental health, get the conversation flowing and make people more comfortable about opening up about it.  

Below are a few reasons as to why it can be a good idea to seek some professional help if you are struggling with your mental health…

"They Can Diagnose The Cause

Most people have anxiety because of something in their life that’s the primary cause of it. By seeing a doctor, they can help diagnose the source, which could put you on the path to curing your anxiety. Or, they could refer you to a specialist, and they will help you figure out why you’re always anxious. You could maybe even get a second opinion after the doctor has made their claim. The last thing you want is to contact misdiagnosis solicitors because your doctor told you nothing was wrong when in fact you had a serious issue. Or, they could say something is the cause, and it actually isn't.

They Can Provide Medication

No one likes taking medication, but there’s no denying it can help you deal with your anxiety. Doctors have access to prescription drugs that can help calm you down when you’re having an anxiety attack or stressful thoughts. For some people, all it takes is medication to help them calm down a bit and fight their anxiety. If you have serious anxiety issues that really affect your life, then medication could be a good route to go down.

You Can Get Things Off Your Chest

Lastly, seeing a doctor is a good idea simply because they’re just there to help you. It’s their job to sit and listen to your problems, no matter how silly you might think they are to other people. At the very least, seeing a doctor helps you get things off your chest. Just the fact that you’ve sought out medical help can make things better for you. You’re no longer bottling your anxiety up and trying to hide it from the world. This could be the first step to a full recovery.

Anxiety is something that really takes over your life if you let it fester. However, if you take steps to seek help, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can rid yourself of anxiety. Whether it is due to medication, or a doctor pinpointing the cause of your anxiety, you can get better. Then, you can truly live life to the fullest, and not feel weighed down by the heavy burden of anxiety every day."

  
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Style Diaries | The Perfect Sunday Jumper...

  • Sunday, 11 February 2018


Is there anything nicer than finding that perfect ‘Sunday’ jumper…

Sundays for me really are a day of rest. I don’t really like to make many plans and tend to spend the day relaxing and catching up on things that I have left lingering throughout the week. 

I enjoy taking it slow, maybe mooching into town for a coffee, spending some time in the kitchen doing some food prep, tidying the flat, catching up on blog work or just chilling on the sofa a while. 


No matter what my plans, I always like to make sure that I am wearing my comfiest clothes, to add to that chilled out and relaxed vibe that comes on a Sunday. Even if I am just in the flat, I still like to shower, get dressed and pop on a little bit of makeup, to wake me up and stop myself from staying in bed until mid-afternoon (god, I miss being a student…!) 

Over the past few Sundays I have loved wearing this latest addition to my jumper collection from Tobi. This over-sized, blush pink jumper-dress is so perfect to wear with leggings and warm fluffy socks. It has a cross over neckline making it a little more flattering for those of us with slightly larger lady lumps, as I can often feel a an over-sized fit looks a little boxy. 


It is made from really soft cotton that is so comfortable and easy to wear. I like that this jumper can be pulled down and worn as a dress, however, I have also folded it under and tucked the front section into mom jeans. This creates a really casual and easy vibe, perfect for lazy Sundays… 

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A Few Ways To Relax & De-Stress...

  • Saturday, 10 February 2018



Life can be so busy and hectic day to day that sometimes we can forget to take a step back and take some time for ourselves to relax and de-stress. 

Whether you work from home, study at school or college or work a 9-5 office job, it is so easy to get stuck in a routine. Once you’ve finished work, gone to the gym, made dinner and done some house chores, the day is nearly over. That’s not even including socialising, spending time with loved ones or doing boring adult things. 



It is important however to take some time for yourself to allow your brain to chill out and relax. This is something that I have been actively trying to make time for recently and it has certainly made a difference. 

One thing that I have really got into of late is colouring. When I was little my mum would always pull out the colouring books for me and my brother on a rainy day to keep us entertained. But it is funny how you ‘grow out of’ this and stop doing it, as you get older. 



With the madness of the western world, we are constantly striving to find ways to relax and adult colouring books became an instant success when they hit the market a few years ago. I love colouring in with pencils (I wonder if it is a bit of nostalgia from when I was little) and I love these ones from Reeves


This pack of twelve wooden pencils provides a perfect rainbow of colours to create any perfectly coloured picture. Reeves are the perfect go-to brand for any creative supplies whether you love to draw, paint, use watercolours and everything in-between. They are an extremely affordable brand with amazingly high quality products that are readily available on Amazon or in a number of stores.



I love to set some time aside, even if it is just fifteen minutes, to make myself a coffee, put on some music and sit at my desk with my colouring book and a pack of Reeves colouring pencils. 

OTHER WAYS I LIKE TO RELAX & DE-STRESS

Have a bath 
Read a book
Go for a walk
Listen to music
Take Photographs
Watch Disney films
Go out for coffee


There are lots of different things to do to relax and de-stress. Getting creative is a fun an easy way to chill out and I would really recommend giving it a go!


Madolyn
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Ways To Change Your Mindset To Be A Happier, Healthier You

  • Saturday, 3 February 2018


It can be so easy to blame anything but yourself when you have a bad day. So many times I find myself thinking the weather is crap, I don’t have any money, why does everything happen to me, why is everyone else so happy….?! When in reality, the one thing, the one person that can change how I feel is me…

I am a worrier, I get very stressed and I feel the pressure almost everyday, but the thing is, when I take a step back I realise that there is no need. I worry about things that are out of my control, I get stressed about things that I can most likely sort out myself and I am the one putting all of the pressure on myself.

Our brains are weird and wonderful things but until we realise that we are in charge of our own thoughts and feelings, it can be a major strain. Below are a few helpful tips to promote the idea that a healthy and happy mind equals a healthy and happy life…


"Make The Changes In Your Life That Count!
 
Conditions


When you’re stuck in the same routine every day, it can be hard to see what that routine is doing to you, and you may be ignoring your mental health. The problem is, you should be putting your mental health above everything else; otherwise, you’re risking a whole lot! People who tend to ignore their health and try to work through everything, tend to get to the point of having a burnout. What this means is, you occupy your mind so much with the work and stress, that it can’t physically handle anymore. Some people even end up having up to six months off in this situation; which can really ruin your income and financial situation.

Therapies


If you feel you’ve been overworked, then you might want to try seeing a therapist of some sort. There’s a wide range of services out there, and surely something for each individual! You might want to try out Mindfulness Wellbeing Courses, as they’re known to help many people out there get in touch with themselves, and can treat a wide range of issues! There’s no shame in getting help with your issues, everyone has a different threshold when it comes to mental strain, and many need some assistance along the way! Whether it be medicinal or therapeutic, seeing a professional could be essential!

 
Changes


If you’re struggling, you might want to start making some changes so you can bring the fun back into it. You might start with your job, as it’s generally the most significant change you can make, and it’s the most likely suspect when it comes to personal issues. No one likes being stuck in a job they don’t like, and it can make life hell if you’re really not enjoying yourself, yet you’re working full time! Changing job isn’t an easy task though, you’re usually stuck for a reason; most of the time it’s due to qualifications. That said, if your job is having a severely negative effect on your life, then you should be determined to get rid of it! If you don’t have the qualifications, there are many training courses and online courses you can take; which are perfect if you’re looking to get qualified for another working path.

If you’re not looking to change your job, have you considered changing how you live? Many people miss out on a lot of pleasure every day, because they’re saving all of their money for the future, and not having anything for themselves. That’s not to say you should spend all of your money as soon as it comes; everyone should save! It’s just, you need to make space in your life for the one who’s working hard. Even if it just means getting something small for yourself every now and then, it can give you something to look forward to. As insignificant as it sounds, keeping yourself satisfied is very important! It’s a means of keeping yourself motivated, happy and healthy!"

  
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Style Diaries | A Casual Date Night Outfit

  • Friday, 2 February 2018


Don’t you just hate it when you’re trying to get ready and you’re stood in front of your wardrobe, looking at your clothes, thinking ‘I have absolutely nothing to wear!?’

My absolute worst is a spontaneous ‘date night’. As lovely as it to go out for a drink or a nice meal spare of the moment, I hate having to decide what to wear last minute! However, I think that this Checkmate Plaid Shift Dress from Tobi might just be the answer to all of my problems. 

It is the perfect mixture of casual and date night attire. The darker colours, deep-V neckline and shorter hem make it very date-worthy when paired with black tights and a pair of black, heeled boots. Yet the checked design, cotton material and over-sized fit of the dress creates an informal and casual vibe. 


I love the fact that this dress can be styled to create so many different looks, making it the perfect, universal addition to my wardrobe. I have been fully converted to the shirt/dress trend and this will be an ideal piece to take away with me on my Road Trip to America next month!


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Monthly Favourites | January 2018

  • Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Boy, am I glad that it is the last day of January today – does anyone else feel as though it has lasted forever?!


At the beginning of the month I was very much feeling the ‘New Year, New Me’ vibes. I was so excited for the New Year to begin, I had my bullet journal prepped and ready and I was looking forward to turning a new page. Four and a bit weeks later however I’m ready for January to be over. Bring on warmer weather, lighter evenings and a much shorter month! 


There are a few things that I have loved over the past few weeks however and here’s a mixture of beauty, fashion and lifestyle pieces…

BEAUTY


On the beauty front, I have been obsessing over a couple of new skincare products that I have been using lately. The Urban Veda Face Wash is a lovely daily product that is vegan friendly and the mint extracts really wake up my face in the morning. I have also loved using a couple of products from Exuviance, a lovey dermatologist developed skincare brand. You can read a more in depth review of the Facial Polish and Oxygen Detox on the post I published earlier on in the month, but they feel incredible on my skin – almost like having a home spa treatment. 

FASHION


Fashion-wise, this month has been the time for hats. Just before Christmas I picked up a black beret from Primark, which I ended up loving. Then, in the New Year sales I picked up this stunning hat from Oliver Bonas. I wasn’t sure if it suited me or not, but I had this image in my head of me wearing it as we travel across the US. It is a beautiful burnt orange, which strangely matches a lot of my wardrobe. For £12, I couldn’t pass it up! Have a read about what else I’m planning on taking to America in my USA Shopping List post.

LIFESTYLE


In terms of lifestyle bits and pieces that I have loved this January, I have literally not been able to put down the L’art de la Simplistic book that I bought at the start of the New Year. I had a bit of a book haul which you can read more about here, and I have been glued to this little number ever since. It is all about how to appreciate your mind, body and lifestyle and it has really made me question things and want to improve. I have also been lighting this beautiful ‘RELAX’ candle by Katie Loxton that I got for Christmas, every time I have a bath. The soft, jasmine scent is so peaceful and I love the matt finish to the outside of the candle that provides a perfect glow whilst it’s lit.  


What have you enjoyed over the past four weeks?

Madolyn
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Four Ways To Enjoy Valentine's Day This Year

  • Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Valentine’s Day can be a funny time of year. There is often a lot of pressure built up around the day, whether you’re single, married or in a new relationship. James and I have been together for just over nine years and so we have had our fair share of Valentine’s Days together. 

We never make too much of a big deal about it however and don’t even buy each other gifts. We usually just like to have a nice meal at home and use it as an excuse to spend some time together. Although I know a lot of people like to give gifts or think of exciting and romantic things to do. So whether you’re wanting to treat you man to a Men’s Trimmer, or your lucky lady to a beautiful new fragrance, have a read through these ideas if you’re in need of some inspiration this Valentine’s day…


PLAN A SURPRISE


It may seem like a bit of a cliché but planning a surprise for your loved one for Valentine’s Day can make it truly romantic. I’m not saying that you need to book a weekend away in Paris and spend a fortune on a swanky hotel (although that would be freaking amazing and if anyone wanted to do this for me I certainly wouldn’t turn it down!) But something that they would love and wouldn’t expect would be a Valentine’s gift. You could buy them their favourite sweet treat to have for pudding, run them a hot bath to enjoy before you go out, or pack a picnic and drive to a romantic spot. 

BUY A GIFT


One way a lot of couples like to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by buying each other gifts. It’s a lovely time of year to treat the one you love with a little token to show them you care. Flowers, trinkets and chocolates are very popular gifts but if you fancied pushing the boat out then jewellery, watches or fragrances are another great option. 

SPEND TIME TOGETHER


One of the most important things about Valentine’s Day (and my personal favourite) is to take the opportunity to spend some time together. Whether you decide to treat each other to a surprise or a gift, be sure to spend some quality time with your partner. We like to celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a meal in and cracking open a bottle of wine. It’s nothing special but it is an excuse to have a good old catch up and a bit of a laugh together.

DON’T LET THE PRESSURE BUILD


So whether you’re single, spending your first Valentine’s Day with your partner or can’t think of a way to out-do last year’s celebration, don’t put pressure on yourself. Remember that Valentine’s Day is just one day out of the year as is not the be all and end all of any relationship. If you put too much pressure on yourself or your partner it will feel forced. Relax and have a fun time no matter how you decide to spend the day, as long as you’re together, that’s all that matters!


Will you be celebrating Valentine’s this year?

Madolyn
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