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Ways To Remain Positive When Things Don't Work Out

  • Monday, 25 September 2017


Sometimes in life, things do not go to plan. For some people, this isn’t a big deal. They can always see the positive in a situation, or a light at the end of the tunnel. I wish I was one of those people. I however, am not that type of person. 

I love to have things planned. I love to know what is going on, and I find it really difficult when I have an idea of how something is going to pan out, and it ends up not working out that way. 


Now don’t get me wrong, I am flexible. Most of my life is not some timetabled, detailed and organised affair. However, there are certain aspects of my life that I like to plan, organise and keep structured. When I have worked hard to create something and it doesn’t work out, then I can’t help but feel disappointed and down hearted.


Take London Fashion Week for example. Last week I attended Fashion Week for the very first time. I was so excited to head down to London and get involved with everything that Fashion Week had to offer. I had each day planned out, I had my content for the next few week’s worth of blog posts decided, and I had a list of photographs and footage that I wanted to take whilst I was down there. 

I woke up on the Sunday morning however and my camera would not turn on. My trusty Olympus Pen, which has provided me with lovely photography over the last two years, literally would not work. I’m not going to lie; I did shed a little tear. It was pure frustration as there was nothing I could do and I felt so disheartened that my trip to London Fashion Week was wasted. 


However, I decided that there was no point dwelling on it. I still went to everything that I had planned and just had to take all of my photographs, and film the rest of my vlog on my phone. The quality was fairly bad and I didn’t manage to get as half as much content as I had hopped for, however it wasn’t the end of the world and I just had to deal with it. 

The moral of the story I guess is that sometimes shit things happen, but we have to just deal with it and make do. 

Ways To Remain Positive When Things Don’t Go To Plan 

Take a deep breath and try to clear your mind
Calmly brainstorm ways to get you back on track
Call a friend, your mum or partner – they might offer some great advice
Try to get some perspective – usually things aren’t as bad as they seem
Ask for help – the problem might get fixed there and then
Give it some time – sometimes sleeping on things can make them appear better

I am a big believer in things working out for the best and usually things do have a way of sorting themselves out. Have a watch of this video, which provided me with a bit of inspiration when it comes to working out ways to overcome situations that you hadn’t planned for. 


How do you remain positive when things don't go to plan?

Madolyn
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This post was in collaboration with HP however all content and thoughts are my own. 

Deciding What To Wear To London Fashion Week | My Capsule Wardrobe

  • Sunday, 24 September 2017


When I found out that I would be attending London fashion week this year, I instantly got that panicky feeling of ‘what on earth am I going to wear?!’ 



I wouldn’t consider myself a fashion blogger as such, although I do publish the odd fashion based post here on Madolyn Thinks. I also know that my wardrobe isn’t filled with the most up-to-date high-fashion pieces. So as September drew closer I began to feel a little nervous. 

I decided to create a bit of a capsule wardrobe for myself when it came to packing for Fashion Week. I knew that I needed to have items of clothing that were comfortable, semi-smart, easy to layer and versatile. 


I opted for a standard Mom-cut style of jeans that could be both dressed up and down, and also my very favourite black culottes from Zara. These were my bottoms for the weekend and they created the foundation of my LFW capsule wardrobe. I then decided to pick tops that would go with both items, which would in turn, create more outfit combinations. 


I packed a couple of tees, a few jumpers and a shirt. This provided me with enough choice so that I could dress according to the weather or location, yet still feel like I had quite a few options. I also packed this plain black blazer, again from Zara, to add a hint of sophistication and it made me feel a little more put together. 

Shoe wise I opted for a pair of black, heeled pumps, a bargain from New Look just before Christmas, which I wore practically every day. They are a very comfortable pair of shoes that I knew I could spend all day walking in. I then decided to take my trusty, Primark, over the shoulder bag that is the perfect size for my purse, phone, a bit of makeup and my camera. 


What would you wear to London Fashion Week? 

Also, don't forget to have a watch of my new vlog all about what I got up to at London Fashion Week!


Madolyn
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London Fashion Week | Blogger Expectations Vs Reality

  • Friday, 22 September 2017



If you have been following along on Instagram, or have had a read of my latest posts then you will know that I recently attended London Fashion Week. I have already published three diary-entry-style blog posts of the days that I spent down in London, which provide a brief overview of what I got up to. 

Be sure to have a read of LFW Diaries Day One, Day Two & Three and Day Four, if you fancy finding out more. 


I do have some more London Fashion Week content to publish, including a LFW Vlog, An overview of LFW and a few more bits and bobs over the next week or so. Today however, I thought that it might be interesting for you guys to have a read about what my expectations of LFW were and what the realities actually are. If like me you have never attended Fashion Week before then this might provide a bit of an insight behind the glamour. Or if you have been before, you may find a couple of similarities with your own experiences. 

ENERGY LEVELS


I knew that that the days would be long and I was expecting that there would be a lot of walking, standing up and riding on tubes. But I massively underestimated how tiring it would be. I arrived in London on Thursday, had four days of London Fashion Week and then enjoyed my birthday on the Tuesday. By Sunday afternoon I felt pretty burnt out and by the time I got back home to York I was pooped. I had planned to get so much work done on the Wednesday that I got home and I had to just write it off and recover. As melodramatic as it sounds, this 5ft1 Northern gal was exhausted from the hustle and bustle of traveling around the capital!

PRESS PASSES & TICKETED EVENTS 


One thing that I was really excited about was going to the LFW events and catwalks. I was really looking forward to attending the shows and getting some great content for blog posts and my vlog. However, when I got to the venue, the layout of the events ect had changed from previous years. All of the events and catwalks were ticketed and of course they only wanted representatives with the highest profiles. This was a bit of a bummer but I just had to make do with what my Press Pass allowed me access to and get content from elsewhere.

I ended up going to Oxford Street and some of the shops had some great things going on that were open to the general public, all to do with LFW. Topshop had a really cool runway to showcase their top picks inspired by Fashion Week. New Look, as one of the official LFW partners, also had some really cool things available in store including a moving runway, a makeup station and cocktails and cookie dough on tap.

 

FEELING SELF CONSCIOUS 


I was a little apprehensive to say the least at the prospect of going to London Fashion Week. Although I dabble in fashion here on Madolyn Thinks, I wouldn’t consider myself a full-blown fashion blogger. I was a little nervous about attending LFW by myself as it felt quite daunting and because I am only a ‘small’ blogger I was worried that I would feel out of place. 

However, once I was there all of these self conscious feelings seemed to disappear. It was that busy and there was that much going on, it was hard to feel alone. I really focused on taking lots of pictures and got talking to some of the designers and before I knew it I forgot about my insecurities and just enjoyed being there. 

TECHNOLOGY 


I pre-planned all of the technology bits and bobs that I was going to take to LFW. Have a read of my Prepping For London Fashion Week Post to see what else I packed. I had expected that phone battery life was going to be a bit of an issue and so made sure that I had fully charged portable charges with me at all times. I hadn’t quite expected that I would be constantly on the verge of running out of battery however. It is so hard trying to choose between updating my Insta-stories or using CityMapper to work out where I needed to be. 

Another technology mishap that I wasn’t expecting to happen was my camera malfunctioning. On Sunday morning my camera decided to throw up an error, which was really frustrating as it meant that the rest of my content had to be taken on my IPhone. I tried not to let it spoil the rest of my time at Fashion Week but it was definitely something that I wasn’t planning on happening. 


What are your expectations of London Fashion Week? 
Are any of your Fashion Week experiences similar to mine? 

Madolyn
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LFW Diaries Sept 2017 | Day Four

  • Wednesday, 20 September 2017




Monday marked my fourth and final day of London Fashion Week, September 2017. I was excited to see some more of what Fashion Week had to offer and I was eager to get some more outfit pictures of myself whilst I was in London. 




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I decided to go back to the main hub of London Fashion Week that was located at The Strand. There were a few new collections that had been added to the Design Showrooms, which were really exciting to view. I loved the Phoebe English collection that was a series of monochrome pieces, and mini mannequins surrounded the clothes, which was a real showstopper.

The NewGen feature of the day was Halpern, which was an amazing collection filled with sparkles, glitter and showgirl glamour. I loved the golden jacket and I think this collection would look amazing pieced with basic fashion garments. 






After having one last sweep round the hub I decided to head over to Oxford Street, as I knew that Topshop were hosting a Fashion Week feature in store. Topshop had picked out some of their latest collection that had similar themes to those shown at the Fashion Week hub and I loved everything. They also had a t-shirt stand in which they could personalise the front, which was really cool. 




I had an amazing time being in London during Fashion Week. There was so much going on not just at the heart of Fashion Week but across the whole of London city center. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience fashion week. I feel very inspired by all of the amazing talent that I have seen over the last few days and I can’t wait to share some more content here on Madolyn Thinks.


Madolyn
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LFW Diaries Sept 2017 | Day Two & Three

  • Monday, 18 September 2017


On Saturday I headed out to oxford Street to explore what the shops on the high street had to offer in regard to London Fashion Week. 

As I mentioned in my LFW Diaries Day One, the press pass that I had allowed me to explore the designer show rooms but unfortunately, I was unable to attend any of the ticketed shows or catwalks. So I thought that it would be interesting to have a look at what the streets of London had to offer, with my camera in toe. 


Before getting there I took the opportunity in the morning of taking a few outfit shots. I’m staying at my friend’s near Warwick Avenue and the houses in this area are beautiful! We also decided to go out for a late breakfast/lunch and I couldn’t resist these waffles when I saw them on the menu. 


New Look are one of the main partnerships of London Fashion Week this year, and I was so excited to go to their Oxford Street branch and see what they had on offer. They had a live DJ down stairs, which created an amazing atmosphere. Upstairs there were fruit cocktails on offer, as well as raw cookie dough, a makeup touch up station and a moving catwalk. 


I ended up posing on the catwalk, which was a laugh, if a little embarrassing. I was sent a copy of the video, so be sure to pop back when my LFW vlog is live for a peek of the clip!

The rest of the afternoon was spent wondering the streets and picking up inspiration from the people walking around. I feel like the style of Londoner’s is very fashion forward in any event, but being here during fashion week, they feel even more so. 


I hate to state a disclaimer within a blog post but I’ve had a bit of bad luck over the latter part of the weekend. Yesterday I was really excited to get a lot more content, do a lot more filming and take loads more photographs. Unfortunately, after a bit of a lazy morning, when it came to use my camera it had broken. With out going into the ins and outs of it, it can luckily be replaced (as it wasn’t my fault that it was broken) however I can only replace it by providing proof of purchase. As I am away from home I don’t have this with me and so yesterday was a bit of a write off in terms of collecting content. 


I’m planning on taking as many pictures as I can on my phone, however the quality is pretty bad. I am also going to film a few clips, as I really want to finish my vlog of LFW. It is really bad timing and I am feeling pretty gutted about the situation. I’m hoping to be able to salvage the rest of the week with the help of my phone. 

Technology eh, great when it works, crap when it doesn’t! 

Madolyn
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LFW Diaries Sept 2017 | Day One

  • Saturday, 16 September 2017


Yesterday marked my first day of London Fashion Week. I have never attended before and I had a stomach full of butterflies as I made my way over to the Strand yesterday morning to the LFW hub. 

Press pass on and my camera fully charged, I was prepped and ready to explore the designer show rooms and have a peek at the Spring/Summer fashion trends of 2018. 







Everything was displayed beautifully and it was so exciting being able to talk directly to the designers and find out where they got their inspiration. There seemed to be a running theme of pastel colours running through the collections with bright pops of colour being showcased on a few key items.

Some of the main sponsors of LFW are Maybelline New York and Toni & Guy, both of which had pop up beauty rooms in which you can have a quick blow dry or a makeup touch up. There was also coffee on tap and mini Green & Blacks chocolate bars dotted around. 











Within the showrooms is a NewGen section in which various up and coming designers have been selected to show their collections on the catwalk as well as the show rooms. This section will change over the course of Fashion Week and the ‘One To Watch’ has been picked out as being Richard Quinn.

After a few hours of exploring and taking photos I headed to the Felicities LFW Press Lunge located in the M E London hotel. This was a really cool space that has been kindly let out to people involved in LFW to chill out, re-fresh and recharge their coffee levels and phone batteries. It was a perfect way to go through my photographs and decompress the morning. 


Madolyn
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