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28.7.14

Shirtsleeves







Freeb T-shirt; Topshop slip dress; H&M sandals, Longchamp Le Pliage Tote.
Good morning! I have a serious case of can’t-believe-it’s Monday today. Had a really busy weekend including looking after my Granny, puppysitting,hanging out with my toddler cousin (a.k.a. being beaten to a pulp…) and a day as press at Hyper Japan. Needless to say, I am completely drained at the moment! But no rest for the wicked as tonight I’m headed to a Peruvian street food party at Chotto Matte with my friend Sophie - find me on Instagram @winyeemichelle for snaps!

Yesterday I headed to Hyper Japan as I do every year for a day of looking at kawaii treasures, anime, manga, Japanese culture and food. It was really fun as ever with such a great atmosphere this year! I would really recommend heading down to their Christmas Market on the 14th, 15th and 16th November later this year (: I went with Lily and my sister and we had fun chatting, looking at cute things and eating good food!

I wore this slip dress and T-shirt combo which was perfect for a heated summer day in London. The T-shirt is just a freebie from an event (always the most comfy ones!) and the slip is something I picked up in the Topshop sale last year. I teamed it with my H&M sandals that I literally cannot walk in and my Longchamp bag to collect up loads of business cards. There were some really amazing exhibitors at this years’ HJ - look out for a post soon!

Hope y’all have a wonderful Monday - if not, please refer to yesterday’s post ;)

27.7.14

5 Tips To Improve Mondays


On tackling the issue that continues to be Monday.
1. Recount your weekend - once.
Share the highlights of your weekend with someone once. Whether you had a chilled out weekend with a book and a beverage or you were up all night at a festival, remembering your weekend for a few moments more will do wonders for your 9am mood.

2. Switch off at 7pm on Sundays and plan instead.
I've been attempting this more recently by downing tools on a Sunday evening and immersing myself in real life activities and planning forward. Sunday evenings, for me, are spent over at my Granny's house so I'm pretty much away from my phone anyway, but I'm now making more of an effort to engage in conversation with my family or have a run around with my baby cousin. Additionally, once I'm home, I write a list for the week ahead, plan my lunches and prepare Monday's lunch and snacks before getting ready for bed.

3. Open your windows whilst getting ready.
In the AM - particularly during the warmer months - open a window whilst getting ready for a literal burst of fresh air. It'll waken you up, give your bedroom a nice breeze and put you in good stead for a fresh start to the week.

4. Set an alarm for an evening run.
Now this one's a little harder to maintain in my weekly routine: the Monday evening run. But I find that setting an extra alarm for 6:30pm on a Monday to fit in a sneaky 2k run does wonders for Monday moodswings. Fill up your playlist with new music, set a distance on your Nike+ Running app, pull on your kicks and just run. I find a 1-2k run to start the week off dusts away the traumas from the day and wears you out just enough to want a hearty, healthy dinner and Netflix or Essiebutton vlogs upon return.

5. Pick up the phone and make plans with a friend.
On your lunch break, pick up the phone, call a friend that you haven't (or perhaps you have!) seen in a while and make plans. Plan to have a catch-up over brunch, go on a roadtrip, head to the cinema or for a girly night in and stick it in the diary so you have something to look forward to.

... And most of all -- take a breather, it's "just" Monday.

24.7.14

Postcards from Brighton


#BrightonOTB
A few weekends ago, a handful of bloggers and I were whisked away to the Great British Seaside courtesy of Brighton and OnTheBeach.co.uk. On the menu was a beachfront open air cinema, pamper night, food and gossip, so of course I downed all tools, packed a bag and hopped on a train.

To kickstart the blog-filled shenanigans, I met Kenzie from Lemonaid Lies at the train station to catch a taxi to the beachfront. We chatted all things food, blog, Uni and sausage dog related and she really is one of the loveliest girls! We met the other girls on the beach and settled in to our VIP booth with cider, wine and a hefty dose of Meat Liquor. Kristabel and I battled our way through hot dogs and chicken wings as we always do so well. Oh Brighton, you know us bloggers well.




Excitingly we got to watch a screening of Alpha Papa (accompanied by a stag do crowd in the general admission area...) with an introduction and chance to 'interview' Steve Coogan before, much to Liv's delight! The film wasn't to my taste but it was incredible to watch it out in the open on the beach, watching the sun go down and the stars creep out. I've already made plans for another open air cinema night!


Back in the hotel, us blogging ladies were treated to customised dressing gowns, a HUGE sweetie selection and a pamper evening care of LUSH Cosmetics. Lauren, Lyndsay, Fiona and I had a whale of a time applying fresh face masks and wandering around with first naked then green and purple faces! Bloggers uncut or what? It was super lovely to sit and chatter with Sophie, Lilla, Georgina and Lela before we all conked out and headed to our hotel rooms.


++ Might I just add at this point that the Ibis in Brighton is a lovely stay! The next morning we headed downstairs for breakfast and I hopped on a train home to complete puppy-sitting duties. A truly wonderful summer weekend start and a huge thank you to the Epiphany girls and to Fi for organising it all! I'm already planning my next visit to Brighton with some blogging ladies! (:
Ladies you should follow: Suzi at A Rosy DayLauren at Belle Du BrightonCarrie at Carrie BrightonSophie at Cider with SophieFiona at Fifi McGeeLyndsay at Fizzy PeachesGeorgina at Georgina DoesKristabel at I Want You To KnowLela at Lela LondonKenzie at Lemonaid LiesLilla at Lilla LovesLaura at Lola and BeholdOlivia at What Olivia Did.

22.7.14

"I'm Asking For A Friend"


That age-old phrase that is uttered in every moment.
Ah that ever-famous phrase. I settled at my desk and propped up my MacBook with all the intention of penning some anecdotes about this phrase but - and I won't lie here - I have all the intention (now) of chickening out. Let's see how it goes...

Human nature causes us to worry, to laugh, to be sad, nervous, scared and more. Sometimes all at the same time. I think we're nearly all in agreement that with the digital age comes a loss of tone and sense of self at times. Why not, aged 13, write confessions on MSN Messenger and pretend it was your friend who wasn't even at your house? Why not tell the bold truth and then say you sent it to the wrong number?

"I'm Asking For A Friend" is more often than not the preferred method of letting yourself down gently - right? Figuratively sharing your own scenario under the guise of any unsuspecting friend. But try to have a little more faith in yourself and confide in confidence. Say for instance*: I have a friend who stumbled into an odd sort of friendship 7 years ago. He was completely outside of her friendship group and we couldn't quite figure it out. They just clicked. They shared all the same interests and she spent all her time with him. But then it shifted and he wanted more. She didn't. And then the tables turned. And now she's stuck between a rock and a hard place: what's the protocol for best friends amped up to more? I'm asking for a friend.

Now it's your turn - tell me about a time that you've used this phrase as your weapon and shield of choice. It can be as small, big, simple or dramatic as you like!

* Insert aforementioned phrase here.

21.7.14

Cordially Invited






Floral skater dress, Zara; Orla Kiely for Clarks Marianne heels; Celine Trio.
Stop the press because not only did I have a genuine party to attend at the weekend, I also wore a beautiful dress. Woah woah, calm down Michelle...!

To celebrate my best friend's engagement, she threw an amazing BBQ and garden party at her Mum's house. We sipped on wine and homemade punch (and obligatory beer for me) as is mandatory at these things and had a darn good evening catching up and swapping laughs (mostly from my end because my life is kinda ridiculous). It's crazy to think that Kayleigh's getting set to be wed in 2016. Literally insane. From our days at school sharing stories and planning sleepovers, to job-hunting together and wearing matching clothes, we've been through it all. Congratulations Kayleigh and Jean!

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For the momentous occasion, I wanted to wear pink for some odd reason. I instantly fell in love with this Zara number on their website a few weeks ago. It's been hanging patiently in my wardrobe for its' first outing and I just adore it. I had to take the straps in a little but it is perfect with just the right amount of flaring. I teamed it with my beautiful Orla Kiely Marianne's but, y'know, ended up kicking them off once fight-for-your-food tactics were put in place. I actually really like the pink and yellow together and am totes getting this ensemble out again for future summer occasions. x