Sunday, 8 January 2017

My 2017 Plans

New Look fashion blog post

Heya, how’s 2017 been treating you so far? Did you have a great start to the New Year? Mine started quietly as I didn’t go to any New Year’s Eve parties. Going into central wasn’t really an option for me either as I didn’t see the point of commuting 1h to Westminster, then having to wait a few hours in the cold for a 15-minute firework. 

So yeah, sat at home in the warmth, watched some telly, called my friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year at midnight and then went to bed. My next New Year’s will be more adventurous though as I’m currently planning my trip to Australia.

My Plans For 2017: Always Dream Big

I’ve never been outside of Europe - if you would ask me where I would like to go if I had the choice I would always say “Australia”. Somehow, the other end of the world has always fascinated me more than the US. In school, I’ve learnt about the outback and Uluru as well as about the magnificent beauty of its nature, in particular, the Great Barrier Reef. 

At uni, I studied Australian Literature for one term and fell in love with the Aboriginal Dreamtime and culture. Something about it just calls out to me and I feel I need to go. As my 2016 wasn’t great in terms of cutting back a lot of my personality, struggling to adapt to a full-time job with barely any free time to myself, I feel now much more settled and organised and I’m ready to tackle the adventure of my lifetime.

My wish to go has been with me for a while but to make actual plans to travel to Australia has only become prominent since 2015 when I got my permanent job (and therefore the financial stability) in London. This year I want to make it happen, ideally over the Christmas break as I think I’ll get the most time out of it. 

If I have to travel half the globe and I’m sure I’ll be suffering from jetlag I want to make sure that I’m awake during the majority of my stay, so it has to be at least a three-week trip. Giving it a second thought, though, if I’m able to survive a 21h nonstop car drive from the UK to Germany, I think I’ll be fine on a 21h flight. #ohthedays

The planning, for now, sees me keep an eye out on the sales for flights. I’ve got a rough idea what I’d like to do and see in those three weeks plus a Kuoni guide for inspo and ideas. It’s in the very early stages but just the thought of travelling to the other side of the world at the end of 2017 excites me big time.

new look soft shell pink jumper

My 2017 Started Nicely: I Got A Promotion At Work!

Putting the plans into reality will be even easier this year as I bagged myself a promotion shortly before Christmas. The promotion has finally gone through HR and signed off so from Monday onwards I’ll be moving department at my company and start a super exciting job as an events executive and project manage one of my travel clients. Exciting times are ahead!

I can’t wait to start my new role and embrace 100% into a completely new field. I’m pretty sure I’ll be super busy and will have less time for blogging, but with a new routine and structure in place that sees blogging pushed back to a weekend job rather than the stressful mid-week-panic I’m very positive I’ll cope better in keeping up than last year #longsentenceover

New Changes For 2017

With a career-defining job on my hands, I’m also determined to change personally and in terms of my style. I feel that I’m slowly but surely outgrowing my romantic style and tend to choose pieces that are more classy and casual. At the moment I’m loving smart leggings – not the usual uni-coloured black leggings, but stylish ones with faux leather elements that look as equally smart as a pair of trousers would.

Now with leggings I usually have the problem that they are massively see-through and tight, hence why I feel less comfortable combining leggings with t-shirts. I like to have shirt-blouses or casual long jumpers that go over my waistline and cover my bum so it looks less like leggings, but more than a pair of comfy trousers (hope that makes sense).

For today’s outfit of the day I’ve chosen a pair from Leggsington, which is super soft and stretchy. The faux leather element runs diagonally over the legs and applies a chic touch to the overall look. In winter, I like to wear tights underneath for extra warmth and to reduce the see-through effect.

Hotter Shoes Vanity Boots Black
jumper and leggings outfit

Shoe-wise, ankle boots or normal knee-high boots work really well. For this look, I’ve opted for these classy suede ankle boots from Hotter Shoes. I love their zipper detailing on the side and the model comes also in other colours such as turquoise and deep purple. 

The heels have a great height and come with underfoot cushioning that allows a comfortable walk. In combination with the leggings, the boots transform your legs optically into infinity. This is my second pair from Hotter Shoes and I couldn't be happier with them. 

They usually have a wide fit so you may opt for a size down. I'm usually a solid UK7 but with Hotter Shoes a UK6.5 works just as well. The Vanity Boots are not just great in the daytime for the office, but they are also extremely comfy to dance in after work. 

The casual jumper from New Look finishes off the look. The material is super soft and the cut allows a casual fitting for that extra laidback touch. Accessory-wise I’ve teamed the outfit with a long neckline pendant necklace from Accessorize and my go-to Daniel Wellington watch.

casual daytime outfit

Here Is What I'm Wearing:

Joni Leggings: Leggsington (current season £25)
Vanity Boots: Hotter Shoes* (current season £90)
Pendant Necklace: Accessorize (bought 2014, sale £8) 
3/4 Sleeve Jumper: New Look (AW16/17, £12)

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time, 

*PR Sample

Monday, 2 January 2017

Reflections of 2016

New Year reflections

As my 2015 New Year - New Me reflections was quite a popular post, I thought I should share my personal review of 2016.

Personal Low Points of 2016

  • My personal low point came quite quickly, namely in February when I was let down by someone, at the time I thought s/he was of importance to my life. From this point onwards I didn’t feel comfortable at work at all and I was indecisive whether to leave the company or give it a last chance. I was pretty upset and down which had damaged my self-esteem and confidence.
  • It didn’t help that I was given either petty tasks or next to no work at all in my job. As an academic I couldn’t bear the boredom and lack of mental stimulation, so by April, I had become an emotional zombie who just went to work and tried to get the day over as soon as possible. I’d limited all social interaction to the absolute minimum and then returned home demotivated and listless.
  • I’d become so unhappy that it was written all over my face. I felt emotionally drained and empty, my dreams crushed and I took it out on a few people which I deeply regret now.
  • Brexit in June wasn’t exactly happy news to me, meaning that I have to potentially leave at some point and all the hard work of establishing a life here in the UK will be destroyed in an instant. Every decision that I’m facing now has to consider Brexit and the consequences that may happen – obviously not the best motivation.

My Personal Highlights & Achievements in 2016

  • Despite all the low points I’ve managed to “keep going” and find a way of “functioning”, as I’m not someone who gives up easily.
  • At the beginning of the year, I met Mille, whom I know from blogging. Though we live in different countries, we made some pretty good efforts to keep our friendship growing in 2016 which I’m very happy and grateful for. Mille visited me a few times in London and I had the chance to see her in Copenhagen. We’re both Geminis, have similar quirks and never-ending love for alphabet fries so needless to say we hit it off straight away. It’s great when you meet an amazing person, it clicks straight away and you work on your relationship together to become friends.
  • Visiting Denmark a few times in 2016 has also given me the chance to reconnect with my friend Anna from Sweden, my former classmate from language school. We’ve been in touch ever since we left London in 2006, but you know, life comes in the way and then you sadly lose contact. Luckily, this has changed and I visited Anna twice. I’m very happy to see that she’s moved into a brand new apartment with her partner Johann. They are both lovely people and I’m very much looking forward to keeping in touch with them in 2017.
  • Travelling has helped me to take off my mind from London and I was able to visit five different countries in 2016. I saw wild dolphins during my holiday in Tenerife, went sightseeing in Rome and escaped to a Copenhagen weekender.  I’m planning on travelling more in 2017 and I’m finally tackling my Australia plans to become reality.
  • My friend Karen has moved closer to my area so I no longer have to go on a world tour through London when I’d like to see her.
  • In a last attempt to rescue my non-existent career at my company, I’ve applied for a job internally with a different department and I’ve been offered the position. It’s now down to HR and internal company processes I guess when I can fully start this new opportunity. 

Event(s) of the Year

Blogging-wise, 2016 wasn’t my strongest year, so I was barely invited to any events.

However, I was lucky to see Coldplay live at Wembley in June and get myself an invite to join the Magnum Members Club at their Pleasure store.

Lessons Learnt in 2016

  • This might sound a bit harsh but I need to stop being nice to the wrong kind of people. In 2016, I’ve hosted two people at my spare guest room for a few weeks without asking for anything in return, simply because I wanted to help out and provide a safe environment for those two people in need. After their stay they both turned nasty towards me, one making my life even more miserable at work by excluding me systematically from my team and the other by publicly shaming and tarnishing my name because I didn’t invite her out for expensive meals on top of her free stay at my London home. Literally, I’m so done with people. Disappointment doesn’t even come close to what I feel and also I’m more ashamed of myself and my obvious lack of personal misjudgement.
  • Looking back at 2016, I’ve let far too many people rule emotionally over me and my well-being, so for 2017, my goal is to focus on myself. Not in a selfish way but I need to stop trying so hard to please everyone around me. I feel I’ve lost sight of myself, who I am and given up on my dreams and this needs to change, as I can’t go on like this. I need to focus on my career, which is still non-existent three years after I’ve graduated with a first from my Masters and it seriously starts to freak me out. I’m worried about my future, even so with Brexit lurking around the corner, so in 2017 I need to work on myself. Focus on people who care about me, focus on my personality and hobbies and definitely focus on my well-being. I certainly have no time for BS in 2017.

Song & Film of the Year

Taylor Swift – Blank Space, it provided me comfort on most commutes back home and took off my mind whenever I needed it.

The film of the Year has to be Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. It’s a brilliant, heartbreaking piece of cinematic drama that deserves a couple of awards in the upcoming awards season.  

Sacrifice 2016

Parts of my personality to please others.

Rediscovered Passions

  • Ice Skating. I had the chance to go twice during my stay in Germany and I miss it a lot. It was so easy to just take my skates and go practising for a couple of hours. In the UK, the nearest place is miles away from my home, not even to mention how expensive it is to go. Ice Skating is one of the rare things I’m looking forward to if I ever have to return to living in Germany.
  • Blogging. 2016 hasn’t been a great year for my blog to keep up with the blogosphere, plus I kind of fell out of love with it for a while. I’ll try my best to keep it up in 2017 as I very much enjoy writing and fashion, however, I will refrain from massively over promoting my blog on social media and return to the basics of blogging and write for myself rather than for an audience.
  • Travelling. Anywhere outside and as far away from London as possible has been a great change for me personally. Actually, my happiest memories from 2016 are all from my travels.
  • Cinema. After a long time of indecisiveness, I’ve renewed my unlimited card. Films and going to the movies is one last hobby of mine that makes up my personality and I don’t want to sacrifice it for London.
Thanks so much for reading, 

Happy New Year,
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