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~ Collaborative Post ~ Simple Ways To Use Time More Wisely

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  • Monday, 10 February 2020


"We all like to think that we spend our time productively at work, but many of us would be shocked by how our daily habits undermine our ability to get things done. Truth be told, you can probably do a lot more during the day (for a less lot effort) than you imagine. 

Take a look at how you waste time at work (and elsewhere) without even realising it, and what you can do to stop. 

You Multitask, Believing It Is A Good Thing

A lot of people think that the ability to multitask is a good thing. Juggling emails, clients, phone calls and texts is all par for the course of a typical working day. 

The problem with multitasking is that humans aren’t very good at doing it. Our brains are excellent at focusing on one at a time, but not very good at doing multiple things concurrently. It’s just not how we’re constructed. Working on more than one thing at once slows you down and leaves you prone to making errors. If you’re trying to get ahead at work, avoid it like the plague. 

You Write Documents From Scratch

There’s nothing like starting with a fresh, crisp piece of document, waiting for words, images, and tables to hit the page. When that cursor is flashing, you know that it is the real start of your working day. 

Many people, however, are missing a trick - at least according to https://www.templafy.com/. The company says that there’s no need to start each new document you create from scratch. Almost always, you can find a template that starts thing off for you, cutting down on your admin time. Often all you have to do is tinker around the edges, and you’re done. Think about how much time you could save!

You Don’t Set Deadlines

If you think setting deadlines are a thing of the past, then you’re gravely mistaken. Deadlines are a critical psychological tool you can use to ensure that you actually do what you set out to do by a specific time. 

Researchers have found that people tend to take as long to do a task as they have time available. So if you have a deadline of doing something by “the summer,” then it will probably take that long to complete it, whatever it is. 

Some advice: where possible, set specific deadlines. Use exact dates and do whatever you can to create accountability. 

You Don’t Prioritise

Some tasks are more critical than others, but many people fail to prioritise their work at all, according to https://medium.com/. Because of this, they avoid the jobs that they don’t want to do and instead, focus on low-value things that they do want to do. Eventually, they wind up with a horrible backlog of problems and have to invest massive effort in solving them. 

Prioritising work is a discipline. Doing it effectively takes time and patience. Once you get to grips with it, though, you’ll boost your productivity by a lot." 


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Budapest Capsule Wardrobe

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  • Thursday, 6 February 2020


Next week I’ll be flying over to Budapest for three nights with some of my closest friends and I can’t bloody wait! We’ve had it booked for a few months now and I’m so excited to explore the city and everything it has to offer. 

With us only being there for a short while, we’ve only booked to take hand luggage on the plane. However, the weather is going to be a little on the chilly side, we’ve got a range of different activities we want to do and we’ll be going “out” out at least two of the nights... So I want to make sure that I’ll have enough room to pack clothes that will keep me warm, items that’ll be practical and outfits that I can wear during the evening.

It may seem a little over the top to some, but the organisational planner in me decided that it would be best to create a capsule wardrobe that covers all of the above. That way, I don’t have to worry about what to pack, because everything has been pre-planned. I also won’t have to worry about outfits once I arrive in Budapest as everything goes with at least two other items, I have a range of day-time and evening looks, and I’ll be covered for all weather possibilities. 

Budapest Capsule Wardrobe 



Black Jumper, Femme Luxe | Blue Jeans, New Look | Red Skirt, Primark | Black Jeans, Primark
Corset Top, Femme Luxe | Jumper Dress, Femme Luxe 



Black Tee, Pull & Bear | Camel Jumper, New look

Extras 


One pair of black tights
One pair of black heeled boots
One Pair of Vans
One black puffer jacket 
A black belt 
A set of PJs 
A Swimming cosy 

Madolyn
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~ Collaborative Post ~ Making Fake News a Thing of the Past

~ Collaborative Post ~ Making Fake News a Thing of the Past

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  • Sunday, 2 February 2020

Why people remain devoted to their home libraries

We can often look at the problems and think that they’re just issues that will have to resolve themselves one way or another. But if everyone thought that, then nothing would be resolved: the problems that plague us today will continue to cause trouble tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. So it’s always good to keep in mind that while you will be unable to cure all social ills, you may be able to help to cure just one of them.


And it’s not as if you need to look far to see a problem that should become a thing of the past. The rise of fake news, for instance, has been especially problematic, since it is, chiefly, dishonest, and corrupts the faith that citizens must-have in the larger institutions that guide society if it’s going to work well. 


Now, of course, getting rid of fake news will not be a one-person job. It’ll need support from various influential bodies throughout society, including the government and the internet companies that are usually (inadvertently) responsible for spreading fake news. 


But perhaps the most effective method will be to educate the public so that they can spot fake news when they come across it. Librarians will play a highly important in this approach, since they have the tools and capabilities to educate the public. If they can do this, then the availability of fake news won’t quite as large an issue, since people will know it when they see it. Learn more about the role of librarians in this battle by checking out this infographic.


Infographic by USC USC

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~ AD ~ Layering Up This Winter With Femme Luxe

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  • Saturday, 23 November 2019



Winter in the UK is well and truly upon us it seems. I feel as though I barely had time to appreciate autumn and now I’m having to pull out my gloves, wooly hats and all of my cosy knitwear. 

Living down in London I have found that layering up my outfits is a must - from walking to work, hopping on and off the tube, being in central heated buildings or wandering down the high-street, I find that I am constantly flip-flopping between wanting to bundle up and strip off. 


The look that I have put together in this post is so easy to wear. It feels comfortable and chilled, yet stylish and very on-trend with winter fashion. 

I have been trying to find the “perfect” pair of casual mom-jeans, especially after seeing Hello October’s looks that she has been putting together lately on her Instagram. I struggle to find a good fit because not only am I very short, I’m also curvy and so finding a style was both flattering for my shape, that didn’t make me look like a child, was difficult. I ended up finding this pair in Topshop and love the way that they look on me. They are quite high-waisted but I feel as though this extends my legs a little and it also means that they sit on my waist, which is very flattering. They fit my bum really well and they are slightly turned up at the bottom, which again, I always find compliments a shorter frame. 

I have been wearing these jeans constantly over the last couple of weeks and find that I can wear them both very casually or dressed up. I love pairing the casual fit of the ripped jeans with this pretty, black, lace bodysuit. I enjoy styling pieces together to create a more casual vibe, that still looks pretty and feminine. However, because we are now in the midst of winter, I wanted to layer up the outfit and this white shirt works perfectly in line with the casual/pretty look I wanted to create. The shirt itself has a fairly masculine shape to it, with large cuffs and a wide collar. But because of the flowy material and the mesh sleeves, it really softens the style and creates a much more gentle effect. 


To finish the look, I knew that I needed some sort of coat or jacket. Gone are the days when I would go out on a night without this layer of clothing in winter - I honestly have no idea how I did it! I am obsessed with this camel, waterfall coat. It is so effortless to wear and I think it looks so stylish and chic. It is quite a large, over-fit and I am aware that it comes close to the floor when on my 5ft2 body, however I almost feel although that just adds to the overall effect of the outfit. It is again, for me at least, the perfect combination of casual yet pretty/stylish that I absolutely adore, and I am sure that I will be getting a lot of wear out of this outfit over the next couple of months… 




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A Few Autumnal Staples ~ Femme Luxe Finery

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  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019


The clocks have gone back, the Halloween parties have begun and the nights are getting darker. Autumn is officially here and I couldn’t be happier. It is my favourite time of the year by far, I love the cosy evenings, crisp walks outside and the fact that it is time to pull out all of the autumnal wardrobe pieces.

I recently placed an order through Femme Luxe and picked out some lovely autumnal staples. They have a fantastic range which you can order from online, perfect to see you through any occasion.

The first item I picked up are these black PVC trousers. I have seen these in shops over the last few weeks but absolutely fell in love with the way that Hello October has been styling them recently. I love her fashion sense and the way that she has created so many different looks with just one pair of trousers. She always looks so lovely with a casual yet classy style and when I saw this dupe on the Femme Luxe website I put them straight into my basket. 

For this casual look I have teamed them up with a soft knit and a lace bralette. I feel like this would be a really nice outfit to wear with Vans for a coffee date with a friend. I also like the idea of dressing the trousers up with a black body, heels and a clutch bag. Or with court shoes and a baggy jumper tucked in the front for a casual ‘date night’ look. 


The next piece I picked out was this cute little leopard print dress. I am obsessed with puff sleeves at the moment - you can see my picks from my last collaboration with Femme Luxe here. I think that this dress is so cute and great for this time of year. I wore it out last weekend when I went out for drinks with some girl friends. I wore it with over the knee boots and it was the perfect outfit to dance in without freezing on the way home. I also love the black and white effect of the leopard print, I feel like it gives it a slightly more subtle look whilst still remaining on trend. 


I also picked out a staple pair of blue jeans from Femme Luxe which are a gorgeous fit. They are really high-waisted which is great for me as I feel like it makes my legs look a little longer, and it means that they can be styled in a number of different ways. I really like the way they look teamed with this glittery body, also from Femme Luxe, as it really dresses up an otherwise casual pair of jeans. With heeled boots and a clutch I think this would make a great ‘cocktails with the girls’ outfit. 


I would also wear this lovely little body with the black PVC trousers. It would create a really classic look, especially with a pair of black court shoes and a little clutch bag, the perfect autumnal date night outfit. 

Madolyn
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~ Collaborative Post ~ Habits For A Better Looking Smile

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  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019


"When it comes to your beauty, there is much you can do.

You can care for your skin, style your hair, and buy the clothes that perfectly suit your body shape. You can do all these things and more to boost your attractiveness. However, all of your hard work will be undone if, when you open your mouth, your teeth let you down. If they are crooked, broken, and discoloured, your lovely smile will be less than impressive in the eyes of others or when you're looking in the mirror.

Of course, there are steps you can take to improve matters. By visiting an emergency dentist when you suddenly crack a tooth, you can get it repaired before things get worse. Your regular dentist will straighten your teeth with corrective surgery. And by using a teeth-whitening system, you can make your teeth sparkle again. So, all isn't lost if you do have issues with your teeth. However, your best course of action for the long-term health of your teeth is to conform to better habits in your daily life. You will then maintain your smile for longer and have less need to bankrupt yourself with dental fees.

Here are some suggestions for you.

#1: Floss on a daily basis

You know you need to brush your teeth, but how often do you floss? There are places in your mouth where your toothbrush can't reach, so flossing should become part of your daily routine. Plaque will build up if you don't, and that will lead to unhealthy looking and feeling teeth. So, be sure to pick up a packet of dental floss the next time you're at the supermarket, or consider purchasing a water flosser if you can't stand flossing the regular way.

#2: Drink plenty of water

You know that drinking water is good for you anyway, as it can hydrate your skin, and give you more energy when you're going about your day. However, water is also a good way to clean your teeth on the go, especially tap water which contains the fluoride that you would normally get in your toothpaste. Water is also a better alternative to those drinks that can erode and discolour your teeth, such as tea, wine, and fizzy drinks. So, make the switch for healthier teeth. 

#3: See your dentist regularly

As we suggested earlier, seeing the dentist can be expensive. However, your appointments will be even more expensive when your teeth start to show physical signs of wear and tear, and when you start to feel toothache. So, book your 6-monthly appointments, and see your dentist. Not only will he check for any problems, but he will help you maintain your beautiful smile by removing any plaque and tartar from your pearly whities!

#4: Eat a better diet

Certain foods, such as those high in sugar or starch, are bad for your teeth. We are thinking about chocolatey items, cakes, processed meals, and pasta. You don't have to eliminate them from your diet altogether if your willpower is weak, but you do need to place more focus on those foods that will strengthen your teeth and reverse any damage. Cheese, leafy greens, and carrot sticks are just a few of the foods that have healthy properties for your teeth. Check out this list for more, and add them to your shopping basket."

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AD | Four Ways To Style... Femme Luxe Glittery Mini Dress

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  • Monday, 14 October 2019


I love it when you find a wardrobe staple that can create multiple looks for a number of different occasions. Sometimes the more simple the piece, the easier it is to style. I am in love with this sparkly mini dress, which is a great number to have on the build up to winter to take me into Christmas and New Year. 


The Oversized Shirt 

I really like wearing shirts as cardigans by unbuttoning them all the way down. I enjoy the casualness of the open shirt mixed in contrast with the tighter fitting dress and love this cute white shirt with the see-through, spotted material at the top and the solid white body. I wore this combination with over the knee boots when I went out for cocktails last week.


The Puff-Sleeve Top 

Although this dress looks really cute on it’s own as an evening piece, I really like the way it looks as a skirt when paired with this ruched cropped top. I love the puffed sleeve style and think that this outfit would work really well with a clutch and a pair of over the knee boots for a fun, girly night out. 


The Slogan Tee

I am a huge fan of slogan tees and think that they are so universal. I think that this is a really nice way to down-play the dressy-ness of the dress. To complete the look I would probably team it with a pair of vans and a little back-pack, the perfect look for brunch with the girls. 


The Casual Knitwear

 Another way to dress-down this little number is with some cosy knitwear. I would again finish this outfit with a pair of trainers and I think that this would be a really nice look for a gentle autumnal stroll, or a cute little coffee date. 

Madolyn
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Moving To London | Making My Priorities A Reality

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  • Friday, 11 October 2019


One of my favourite things to do was blog. I loved the creativity, the planning, the organisation, the promotion, the interaction and the joy that it brought me. I had a regular upload schedule, I was growing a following on Instagram, my portfolio was expanding, I was networking and building up great relationships with brands that I believed in. 

However, just over a year ago I went through a pretty tough time emotionally and my relationship breakdown became my soul focus. My confidence hit an all time low and my whole reality revolved around self care and looking after myself. I couldn’t think about anything other than dealing with the raw emotion that I was faced with on a daily basis. 

I needed that time to heal, to reset my focus and to build myself back up. It has been a long and exhausting journey that has really made me grow as a person. There has been a lot of self love, reflection and rebuilding. It was not an easy process, and something that I could not have done without the help and support from my beautiful friends and family. 

Over the last few months however, I have given myself a focus and a goal, which was to move to London and start working on my blog again. I’m so, so happy and grateful to say that at the beginning of September I finally took the leap of faith, packed my bags and moved down to the capital. It was a little scary but this is something that I have dreamed of doing and I am so proud of myself for making that dream a reality. For a long time I have felt so lost and I don’t think I realised just how long I’ve been feeling that way until I finally moved down here. I really feel as though London is the place I am supposed to be.

So, now that I have ticked that London box, my focus and shifted to my next goal; to make blogging a priority again. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop, it was just that my priorities had changed and I couldn’t commit to the time and energy I wanted to put into Madolyn Thinks. 

I have posted a few collaborative posts over the last year or so, but I am so excited to finally feel that I am in a much more positive and focused mindset which I can apply to my blog. I appreciate that this post is a little bit of a ramble, but I guess I just wanted to spend the time to introduce a new phase of Madolyn Thinks. 

I think that people are constantly growing and I know that I am different from the person I was just over twelve months ago. With this in mind there may be a slight shift in content from what I wrote about before. There will still be beauty, fashion and lifestyle bits and pieces but I feel the notion of minimalism, living with intention and being mindful have become more of a priority for me. There will also be a lot more London based content here on Madolyn Thinks and I have a few ideas about different series and monthly updates that I am excited to share. 


So here’s to the next chapter, I have a feeling that it's going to be a good one… 

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Collaborative Post - 5 Ways To Change Your Life For The Better

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  • Friday, 4 October 2019

Happiness, Field, Nature, Ear, Spring, Summer, Finery

Nobody truly knows the meaning of life, but I think it’s safe to assume that happiness is an important ingredient in the recipe for success. Whatever you want to achieve in life, doing it with a smile is almost certainly high on the agenda.

Conscious changes built to unlock a greater level of happiness from within will make all the difference. Here are five of the best options at your disposal. Let’s get started.

#1. Focus On Financial Health

Money isn’t the most important thing in this life. Nonetheless, falling into debt will affect your happiness. Knowing how to deal with financial difficulties in a structured and effective manner will unlock a far happier future. You don’t need to be rich to enjoy a satisfied lifestyle, but you should feel in control of your situation. Even if it will take a long time to get back into a healthy status, knowing that you’re on the path to recovery should bring huge rewards.

#2. Focus On Physical & Mental Health

Financial stability is important, but it isn’t as significant as your personal health. Increased physical and mental wellbeing is central to achieving the health and happiness you deserve. When looking to lose weight, looking at carnivore diet foods can be a great starting point. Meanwhile, you should think about your activity levels, posture, and general body functions. Take the time to actively reduce stress and pay attention to signs of anxiety to further support your cause.

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#3. Focus On Time With Loved Ones

Human interactions hold the key to happiness. Given the hectic nature of modern life, it can be difficult to find time for loved ones. However, hosting dinner parties, following a joint hobby, and taking trips together is vital. Creating those magical memories is one of the most rewarding aspects of life. You only get one shot at this life, which is why you must not lose the pursuit of enjoyment. Besides, those experiences will keep you smiling through even the toughest times.

#4. Focus On Ambitions

Striving for continued improvement should be a priority for all. Setting achievable goals in business, hobbies, fitness, friendships, and other aspects of life is vital. As you tick off the milestones, you’ll gain an increased sense of self-satisfaction. Furthermore, the direct rewards of gaining promotions or accomplishing the goals you’ve set will unlock many rewarding features. Without those aspirations, it can be very easy to fall into a cycle of mediocrity and nothingness.

#5. Focus On Not Needing Perfection

While ambitions are good to have, you don’t need to seek perfection. It’s far more important to chase happiness and a sense of balance. If you shoot for perfection, anything less than it will seem like a failure. Similarly, most people that achieve what they thought would be perfection discover that it doesn’t make them as happy as they’d hoped. Appreciate what you have while still seeking to be the best possible version of yourself. In turn, you should reap immediate and long-term rewards.


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