Sunday, 1 January 2017

THE 2017 SURVIVAL GUIDE

 2016: The good bits
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We made it!
I know I sound like a broken record but it's fair to say we’re all happy that year is over! Phew. I’m not going to do a long resolution, reflection post. Just the few simple learnings:  
1) Love and appreciate the family and friends in your life and never take them for granted. Life’s too short
2) Nearly everything happens for a reason; if the situation is bad, it’s not forever. It’s sign that you’re on the wrong path and you need to go another direction
3) Work hard pays off. One thing I did in 2016 was got my head down and wurrrrrrrrked. Working 12/14 hour days long term isn't healthy but sometimes, you have to put the hours in. Up till now(fingers crossed), I’ve seen progress so as long as I balance work with play/travel/relaxing, this will continue
4) Prioritise what’s important: And by this I mean; spend more time with family, don’t be complacent with your 5, 10, 20 year friendships/relationships. Spend less time filtering, tweeting and oversharing on social media and actually live your life 
5) All you can do is your best: As long as you're 100% invested and you do the best you can, don't kill yourself.  You can't continue on a path that's never good enough. It's a lose/lose situation. Whether it's work, life, relationships or friendships, know when you need to quit and walk away. That’s all I have. Hope you have a wonderful and prosperous new year. Happy 2017! :-) 

Saturday, 31 December 2016

#OOTY: My Top 2016 outfits

                                2016 was the year of  "I wear my sunglasses at night ... everywhere!"
When it comes to my 2016 style , I feel like I went through all four seasons this year. The first in a while. I layered up lots in the Winter, got uncomfortably hot in the summer and enjoyed everything in between during spring and autumn. As I work from home now, I've gone very very casual. I'm talking trainers, baggy jeans, biker boots and t-shirts, and I'm loving it :-) Some days I even do PJ's for the whole day and it's a liberating feeling. This also means when I'm going out, I make extra effort so I'm getting a good balance.
Has my style changed in the last 12 months? I don't think so. I'm becoming more and more comfortable in my own skin and less bothered about what's on trend or what I should/shouldn't be wearing. I'm buying less clothes believe it or not. My style is pretty solid so I have most of my staple pieces, perhaps adding a  couple of new bits here and there. As you can see, my sunglasses have been my hero accessory for the entire year and the best investment I made. I also attended quite a few weddings and awards shows so was pleased to get uber dressed up a few times.
Style aims for 2017?? I want a few vintage, quirky pieces in my wardrobe. This means lots of visits to my favourite flea markets and vintage stores, as well as rummaging through my mum's closet! :-)


Selfie Queenmoron

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

When Santa buys you an Aviator Coat!

FAUX FUR COLLAR BIKER JACKET

Every year, I have a quiet word with Santa. I tell him I've been extremely good  and hand him over my list. This year, I asked him for the  Acne Studio aviator jacket . He told me to do one.  So then I asked for a Zara gift card.  Apparently I'm incredibly hard to shop for so gift vouchers are my default present.  Boxing day came with the hopes of re-stocking my wardrobe with sale items but then I saw it. The jacket I've been cooing over for months but couldn't justify to pay thousands for (aka way over my price range).Well I saw the Zara version of it.  I know I'm 100 seasons late and everyone has it but I don't care. I've joined the bandwagon. So sue me. What's not to love? The perfect cross between smart and casual, winter and spring and as snug as a rug. I like that I don't need to layer up as much on these during these -2 degree nights, and it goes everything in my wardrobe right now.  
I can't quite pull off the camel shearing version so the black will do me just fine. No time for outfit posts just yet (in other words, I've eaten my entire body weight and will wait till I shed some pounds first) COMING SOON. Hope you're having a fun in-between Christmas week. :-) 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Black on Black on Black Take 2

                         Mango blazer (similar here)| H&M vest| Zara jeans| ASOS pumps 
Hello! Very quick outfit post time. My cropped jeans have been a favourite pair all summer, and making their way into my winter wardrobe fast. This all black ensemble includes my trusted Mango blazer, plain black vest and pumps I got from ASOS years ago. This is the classic day-to-night look  smartened up by the blazer (which was buttoned up for daytime meetings) and high heels.  

Saturday, 10 September 2016

It's all about the Birthday wish list


So my birthday is coming up yet again and I really had to think about what I wanted this year. I seem to have a lot of essentials covered and everything else I want is super expensive and unnecessary (Enter Balmain double breasted blazer ... ) I live in a tiny flat already over flowing with clothes and make-up so my wish list this year includes things I would use/wear all the time. 

1. Amber Perfume: My new favourite perfume. I discovered it in my friend's bathroom and need it in my life. This addictive musky (but subtle) scent is luxury and feminine, and smells incredible

2. Sports Luxe ensemble: My fitness regime is as sporadic as my diet (and waistline). So I figured that if I invested in some decent fashionable sportswear, it might be an incentive to get me to the gym more (this is purely theoretical yet to be proven) These Sweaty Betty leggings are apparently the 'bum sculpting' superheros (and at £90 a pair, they bloody well should be!) while the Ivy Park Sports Bra is breathable, supportive and stylish

3. Mum Jeans: It's true. I already have 100 pair of jeans but these are the final missing cut to add to the collection ( and then that's it! er-hem). Most of my jeans are fitted, stretchy denim so I want a pair of high waisted original straight leg ones. These TopShop mum jeans look a good candidate but I'd need to try them on first to see

4. NYX Matte lipstick. I am obsessed with NYX cosmetics... OBSESSED! I've spent far too much money on the matte lip collection because the colours work for my skin tone, really good quality and value for money! The lingerie collection is my favourite so having all of them would be a lovely birthday bonus 

5. I need to start reading again. Desperately! The combination of a busy life and my addiction to my phone are the culprits but my brain is feeling starved to read a good book. A good friend of mine has recommended Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. It's all about women in the work place feeling empowered and confident enough to lead in male dominated environments 

6. I've started to suffer from back problems. Really bad painful back problems. It might be the whole working from home thing as I probably don't sit properly and spend way too much time in front of my laptop. I carry too many things in my handbags which doesn't help so I'm thinking maybe a decent size backpack might do the trick. This New Look one I spotted has a ice texture with different compartments. Worth a try 

And that's my wish list for this year. In all honesty, my ideal present would be to stop getting older! 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

It's all about the Tobago Wedding: Ohana Villa

When one of your best friends invites you to her wedding, you're honoured to be one of her guests. When it's taking place in the Caribbean, you can't pack quick enough. When you realise you're staying at one of the most beautiful villas on the island, you're delirious! I was lucky enough to be invited to my friends intimate wedding in Tobago a few weeks ago. Tobago is one of the smaller but beautiful Caribbean islands and is part of Trinidad, where my friend is from. We stayed at the gorgeous Ohana Villa  where the wedding took place. 



This Villa.. well it was just wow! It sits high up on the end of Sandy Cove, giving you access to 180 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean. Every single view from the villa is breathtaking. Not only do you get the privacy and the views, you also enjoy two infinity pools separated by a seafront gazebo, a tropical back garden and a semi private beach (only shared with a boutique hotel next door). Four bedrooms wrap around the main sun deck ( which also has a jacuzzi) with two of them owning a private balcony you can sit and relax on.
Of course it was a fantastic wedding venue (my friend and her husband have impeccable taste) but I also enjoyed the cosy, warm and inviting atmosphere the rest of the time I was there. The pure ocean breeze had to be one of the perks of the location, which I could happily fall asleep to anytime. 

The villa is staffed with two housekeepers and a manager who are helpful and friendly, and go that extra mile to make sure you're comfortable. The main housekeeper is also an excellent cook which did not really help with the 'need to look good in swimwear and for the wedding' diet. 
The view from my bedroom just made me smile every single morning, and I could happily sit and stare out of my bed for hours while reading. The peace and tranquillity is one of the things I treasured most about staying there.  


The wedding itself was beautiful; I laughed, I cried, I jumped in the pool and had way too much rum. My friends are a fairly private couple so didn't feel it would be right to share photos but believe me when I say she looked stunning and he looked dapper. This wedding, was hand on heart one of the best I've ever been to and one I will never forget. Thanks for all the staff at Ohana for looking after us. :-) 


What I wore: You'll never guess (I'm not even joking...) ZARA

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Autumn Winter Must- Have: The cropped black jeans

Zara shirt (old one, similar here) | Zara jeans| M&S flats (old pair, similar here
Shopping for jeans can be a nightmare, especially when you're looking for a certain cut. If you're someone who has to deal with having hips and thighs that don't match your waist, you have the same problem as me. I've been after a pair of black cropped jeans because they are really versatile. I can swap a pair of pumps with a pair of converse and create a completely different look. They also come in handy when I want to smarten up but still wear denim, and the crop length make them ideal for transitioning from summer to winter. Where did I find this pair? Well Zara of course! I just need to get a job in Zara and get paid in clothes at this rate!