Handbags and Gladrags

Sunday, 30 October 2016

I would highly recommend a cup of tea and a biscuit or two for this post, as it is very product heavy and may take some time to get through (does that sentence ryhme?). Anyway, on with the products: I have been deliberating over whether to purchase a designer bag for quite some time, years in fact, but I cant seem to make up my mind. Primarily its that I just cant seem to find anything I truly love and for the whopping price tags associated with high-end bag purchases I know I need to be 100% sure that its gonna be a keeper and not a one-month-wonder. As much as I like the Givenchy Antigona, I just dont think its practical for London public transport...too cumbersome and not "rush hour" appropriate. Nor does the Saint Laurent Sac De Jour bag rock my boat for similar reasons. The price is an issue in so much as it seems to offend my morals, so I have come to the conclusion that under 1k is what I will allow myself to spend on a bag. So, with that massive ramble over, the contenders are (drum roll please), the Mulberry Freya Satchel which is a chic little number and is understated and practical. I love the simple tree motif at the front. The second is the more reasonably priced Radley Hardwick bag, which some might say is a tad old fashioned, but I kinda like that in a bag :) Hopefully, I would have made a decision and taken the plunge soon. I am veering more towards the Mulberry, but who knows.

On to a few other likes and purchases, the first being a Cos checked wool scarf, which is so soft and light to wear, its a joy! and perfect wrapped over a jumper and coat. I decided to treat myself to a piece of jewellery, because..well, there was no real reason and that my friends is that: Catbird Mignon Memory Ring. I havent received it as yet, but will post my opinion of it on my blog. Again the simplicity of it won me over.

Ive always found it difficult to find well fitting trousers, at 5'4 either they are too long or too short on me. However, Topshop seem to have nailed the length of their cigerette trousers and so I highly recommend them, especially the coloured ones, as they are perfect for work with a nuetral top, like the dark red trousers with a simple grey or black sweater.

I am loving checks this season and especially check dresses, a case in point is this fab number from French Connection, which would look great over slim fit trousers, or tights and boots Darla Check Dress

Last but by no means least is a stationary item which has my heart all a flutter and are just perfect for securing those pesky pieces of paper together for my HR course and they look good too, Paperchase rose gold binder clips

If you managed to make it this far with this post, then congratulations, otherwise, you have missed out on what I think, are some amazing products.  Do let me know what you have been loving this month :)

Out With The New, In With The Old

Sunday, 23 October 2016

I need to get a new mobile phone (I dont know why I put the word "mobile" in there, as by default, these days any reference to a phone means a mobile..does anyone still have a landline at home?). Anyway, I digress: you see I have had my phone since 2011 - I shall allow you a few minutes to pick yourself up from the floor and gather your thoughts- it is still in perfect working order of course and apart from the Samsung logo rubbed away from the back of the phone, it does everything I need it to, so why do I feel the need to change it?. It's probably because of the sense of ostracisation I feel everytime I take out my phone and see the looks of pity and confusion on the faces of those around me. A small part of me wants to be in the Iphone 1,2,3,4,5,6 and now 7 gang, but there is a louder voice inside me urging me to resist.

Which brings me to the title of this post, "Out With The New, In With The Old", a little play on a well-known phrase, but I wanted to emphasise that having something which is old (nowadays its more than 6 months) is no bad thing. In fact theres something quite satisfying about having something well-loved, used and best of all, in perfect working order (that can refer to one's life partner as well....hehehe).

We are all suseptible to this disposable, upgradable culture. Whether its a phone, handbag, shoes or even a lifestyle, it is all "up for an upgrade", needed or not. I guess because of social media, we are bombarded with pictures of new and exciting items, much better then what we already own, or so we are led to believe and if you don't have item X or lifestyle Y, then woe betide you. 

I have never been one to follow a crowd, not the "Im not going to follow the crowd, but I eventually will" type, but the really stuck in my ways, not-gona-budge-unless-its-suitable-for- me type, which gives me a sense of pleasure I must admit.

Back to my phone though and Watsapp are sending me messages saying that unless I upgrade my phone by December 31st this year, "I will no longer be able to use their service"....hmmm, what to do...I am still undecided.

p.s for anyone wondering, my phone is the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830

My Favourite Youtubers

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The subject of this post is about my favourite Youtubers (that is, people who make Youtube videos...obvs). I haven't had a tv since 2009 and it is because I no longer have a tv (it was my choice, really it was), that I have come to enjoy watching videos about the things I like the most...healthy eating, shopping, stationary, fitness, shopping (did I mention that already?).

One of the first Youtubers I started to watch was Anna, who just comes across as such a genuine, lovely person that one cant help but watch her "what I eat in a day" videos and travel vlogs, amongst the other topics she covers.

For more a more beatnik vibe, I like sunbeamsjess. She is currently doing "Vlogtober" (posting videos everyday in October) and my fav so far is her Scottish Highlands vlog.

I doubt I will ever own a Chanel bag, but I am satiated by watching Chase Amie and her handbag wishlist videos.

For healthy eating and fitness, my two favourites are, Zanna a personal trainer from London and Madeline Shaw for great tips for health and wellbeing.

I hope you find someone amongst these few lovely ladies to watch and enjoy!

Are you sitting comfortably?...

Sunday, 9 October 2016

..then let me begin: I have had a rollacoaster relationship with books. At times I have ploughed through them like a bulldozer would in a snowdrift and at other times months go by without me perusing a bestseller, or devouring some obscure literary work I came across in my local Waterstones. But of late, thankfully, it is the former. I take great pride in my small, but perfectly formed book collection. I am definately a non-fiction kinda gal, as I like the reality and factual nature of that genre of books.

Amongst my favs are, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, an excellent read about how ideas and products just seem to "catch on" and before you know it even your great aunt's cat has the latest Iphone (you get the gist). My next book may seem an odd choice by those who know me well, considering me and maths simply do not get along (Ive tried to make it work ever since school, but there's just no common ground...or so I keep telling myself), but the book Thinking in Numbers, How Maths Illuminates Our Lives, by Daniel Tammet is a suprisingly relaxing and insightful read. I paricularly like the chapter likening our familiarity with proverbs to learning times-tables.

For those of you who are more career minded (or simply going to slit your wrists if you hear Geraldine from accounts telling you to "staple the receipts to the back of your petty cash form" one more time) and are looking for a new job, the book Get the Job You Really Want by the dashing James Caan contains pearls of wisdom on how to secure the job you've always wanted (minus Geraldine).

The last, but not at all least, is a book very close to my heart, Quiet by Susan Cain is, as the author describes, "a book about introversion as seen from a cultural point of view". I have always struggled with peoples perception of my "introvertedness" and this book seems to have given a sense of legitmacy to a way of being that has always sat in the shadows (by its very nature) whilst the extroverts in society happily occupy the spotlight. That's fine by me I say.

Eating Seasonably

Sunday, 2 October 2016

I haven't always eaten seasonal fruit and vegetables, but over the past year or so I have realised how nutrionionally important (and tasty) it is to eat foods that are in season. I'm not sure why I have only come to this conclusion now, as growing up my mother would always tell me how fresh Cyprus potatoes are in July and how oranges are at their sweetest later in the year (as well as many other motherly pearls of wisdom....thanks mum!). I suppose with the hustle and bustle of daily life, I was drawn into the idea that all vegetables and fruit should be available all year round, regardless of whether it is in season or not and the nutrional benefits didnt really factor. Thankfully, I have woken up and smelt the blackberries (quite literally, as you will find out).

Without going into the minutiae of this subject, I thought it would be nice to just mention a few fruit and veg that are in season now and how I'm including them in my diet: Right, time for breakfast and these days its a hearty bowl of Kelloggs Bran Flakes with warm organic milk, about 15 fresh blackberries (in season and yes, I do count them) and if I remember (which I didn't this morning) a dollop of almond butter. Cucumbers, sweetcorn, broccolli and my personal favourite this time of year, brussel sprouts, the latter two I boil with my pasta to save on time. Apples are another winner for snacks and to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I would highly recommend downloading the Eat Seasonably Calender and if you're on Facebook, to "Like" their page to have fresh and juicy posts about what's in and what's out in the fruit and veg world. I enjoy seeing their veggie and fruity pictures almost as much as those posted by my cousin of her and her husband's recent trip to Prague.....ok may be not.