HOW I STAY PRODUCTIVE AND FOCUSSED

HOW I STAY PRODUCTIVE AND FOCUSSED

“WITH CHANGING SEASONS AND ENVIRONMENTS, OUR PRODUCTIVITY AND MOTIVATION CAN DIP – SO I’M SHARING HOW I KEEP MYSELF FEELING LIKE I CAN TAKE OVER THE WORLD, ONE BLOG POST AT A TIME!”

There’s no better feeling than writing a big old ‘to do’ list and absolutely smashing everything on it – satisfyingly ticking every task off as you go! I also love feeling like a total girl boss when I get inspired, productive and focused for my daily and weekly tasks. Whether you work in an office, at home or are out and about on your feet, it’s only natural for our productivity levels to dip occasionally. Changes in environment, emotion, wellness and seasons can all affect our motivation, sometimes without realising. Winter is my fave season (I’m a total cliche January baby and LOVE snow, boots, hot drinks and cosy knits!) but with the colder weather we can sometimes feel less motivated with darker days and colder temps.

 

I wrote here all about my tips on how to stay motivated, especially whilst blogging – I find if I fail to manage my time my productivity falls through the roof and I’m left feeling deflated at the end of the day! Rescue Remedy is something I’ve used for years, thanks to my sister passing one of hers down to me after her driving test – so I’m super happy and proud to be bringing you this post in collab with a brand I’ve loved for a long time! Their new Rescue Remedy Plus couldn’t have come at a better time – I felt like my change in home environment really threw me off my routine and left me feeling unfocussed and ¬†like I wasn’t getting enough done in the day. With that, I’m sharing my tips on how I keep my self on track, pick myself up after unmotivated days and how I keep myself feeling like I can take over the world, one blog post at a time ūüėČ ¬†

 

 

LISTS, LISTS AND MORE LISTS

 

I know, I know – THIS is where my inner Monica Bing from Friends comes out. (fellow lover of lists, fyi) I must admit, I used to assume that ‘list people’ must have been slight control freaks – that was until I discovered the wonder, the order and the satisfaction that comes with lists! I have them for everything – shopping, present ideas (cos’, yanno, Christmas is approaching and all ūüėČ ) weekly to do’s, long term goals and daily tasks. Frankly, without them I feel disorganised and unproductive – especially working from home! Taking 5 minutes at the start of the day to write a list of things that need to be done and prioritised give me a sense of purpose and accomplishment when I’ve completed them. Similarly, even if you don’t work from home, it’s often easy to forget things we want to do without writing them down! Grab a cute notebook, jot things down on your phone – whatever it takes to clear your mind and give you a clear focus on what needs to be done!¬†

 

 

FINDING BALANCE

 

Whenever I used to read the personality traits of a classic Capricorn I used to laugh at how they were depicted as career driven, stubborn beings – assuming I couldn’t be further away from that, when in actuality – it’s rather spot on. I’m a workaholic, always hustling, never really taking time out for fear of missing opportunities – this has it’s pros and cons. Sometimes you need refreshing, you need perspective and you need to take time out in order to refocus. Going on walks, a run, any exercise I find does not only a great job of giving me time away, but also makes me feel energised and motivated to come back and work my bum off! (I also love to pop a few sprays of the Rescue Remedy on before a workout if I’m feeling sluggish)¬†

 

If I spend too long staring at notes, editing pictures, forcing myself to write without inspiration and filming videos I lose a sense of why I enjoy it – I personally get things done so much faster when I’m¬†inspired.¬†So when I’m feeling a little un inspired, I take myself out of my workplace, out of that environment and into a completely different one – wander to a coffee shop, walk through the countryside, treat yourself to an afternoon shopping or bake a new healthy treat! I instantly come back revived and ready! Would love to know if this works for you guys (feel free to throw tips at me too ūüėČ )

 

 

 HAVE YOUR LITTLE RITUALS

 

I try to start my mornings with little rituals that set me up for a great rest of the day! Sometimes this might be making a morning juices/smoothie, having my hot coffee, preparing my fave breakfast or 10 minutes quiet time before I crack on with tasks or a nice hot shower to make me feel awake. If you’ve caught my Morning Routine on my channel you’ll be able to have a peek at what a usual morning looks like – for me, if I start my morning right, I feel 10x better and ready to tackle the day. I also love to pack essentials in my handbag for busy day or have some pick me ups at my desk to that mid afternoon slump!¬†I mentioned on my insta stories that for the last few weeks I’ve been keeping my Rescue Remedy right beside my desk and instead of an afternoon caffeine fix, I pop a few squirts of the Spray bottle on my tongue (tastes like lemon cordial which is DELISH!)

 

I totally forgot I’d used it the first time and had a super productive afternoon shooting content for hours, wondering why I felt so energised and hadn’t got tired yet. I remembered I’d used the spray, which is packed with a combination of flower essences (love a good natural product!) as well as selected B vitamins to help support normal mental performance. It also comes in a dropper bottle, to pop into a drink – I’m definitely partial to the classic spray for a boost on the go! Lots of you said you swear by the classic Rescue Remedy, so I’d love to know if you’ve tried this one! You can grab it exclusively at boots, I honestly can’t tell you how much I love using this every afternoon!

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I hope you loved this little post all about how to keep on track and focussed Рeven on the days where it feels like you need 5 arms and 6 brains! Would love to know what your tips are for staying energised and your best! Get in touch beauts, always love hearing your thoughts! 

I’ve also got so much style & travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re¬†subscribed!¬†

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the lovelies at Rescue Remedy!

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM LONDON

LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM LONDON

I’VE ALWAYS LONGED TO EXPERIENCE THE FAST PACED, EXCITING, ANYTHING-IS-POSSIBLE CITY

 

I will forever hold a slightly, rose tinted view of London; forever choosing only to see the best, forever perhaps being a little naive. I was born close to London and moved to Devon shortly after and that’s where I’ve grown up. This upbringing made me dream of what a busy life would be like, in stark comparison to the sleepy (and OAP populated) towns I’ve lived in. I’ve always longed to experience the fast paced, exciting, anything-is-possible city and I feel like although over the last year I haven’t lived in the centre of it all, I’ve certainly experienced it well and have learnt a hell of a lot (as well as successfully being able to navigate the tube without a map or getting lost ūüėČ )

The people, the restaurants, the shops and the architecture all excites me and fills me with drive, happiness and motivation. It’s fast moving and dissolves your troubles instantly, reminding you to put life into perspective sometimes and focus on what¬†actually matters. It’s filled with all sorts of wonderful souls from all walks of life (making for incredible people watching from coffee shops – yes I’m a walking cliche!) And with that, I’m sharing my life lessons learnt from London and how it’s shaping the person I’m becoming!

LET THINGS GO & PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

 

Whenever I come to London and then back to Devon, I not only learn to¬†appreciate both, but also how different they really are sometimes. I’ve been in London when I’m on a complete, career driven high, but also when I’ve been feeling really down, trying to carry on as if life is dandy and be almost¬†distastefully chirpy in meetings when really, I want to curl up into a ball and cry. This¬†is short lived and a walk down Soho, Oxford street or Covent Garden soon reminds me that this city is full of people, full of¬†opportunities¬†and things can change in a second. A look around and you realise all these people are living these¬†crazy lives, from mansions in Notting Hill to tourists flocking onto Regent Street. They each have their own stories and when ever I’m feeling down I’m reminded that there’s people worse off than myself and I’m just happy to be alive, breathing and appreciative.

PEOPLE ARE WONDERFUL (SOMETIMES ANNOYING, BUT MOSTLY WONDERFUL)

The people, oh my goodness the people are without a doubt the TOTAL HIGHLIGHT of this city! I’ve met so many incredible friends for life within the last year, sometimes when you grow up in a small town the opportunity for meeting people can be difficult past school and you can get stuck in the rut of ‘school friends’ and then your ‘work colleagues’. Being self employed means that it’s all the more difficult for me to meet new people sometimes, which is why Badoo is¬†blooming¬†marvellous and a godsend for my single gal pals – a place not only to safely meet new friends but also a spot of dating (you can also see who’s in your area (fab for those who don’t live in cities) and who you’ve bumped into which I think is amazing!

I’ve been in a long term relationship and when conversation between me and my friends turns to dates they’re constantly updating me on hilarious fails and dates gone wrong. I worked with Badoo last year and really admire how they’ve approached dating (because if I was single, man would I be clueless and need a little help!) They’re also the largest dating app in the world, so if that isn’t reassurance, I don’t know what is! I recommended a few of my friends download it, as I feel like it’s personally a more relaxed, friendly vibe as opposed to the fear of being Booty called like some others are notoriously renowned for! Their safety and verifying features are also super reassuring (because who hasn’t heard an online dating disaster story or two) so there’s no dodgy cat fishing going on – leaving you in a safe environment to meet similar, amazing people to yourselves! I must admit I’m a sucker for browsing through the ‘lookalikes’ feature just for a little look at who my lookalikes are (there’s also matched lookalikes for people like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellie Goulding.. Just sayin’)

HAVE FUN, DRESS HOW YOU WANT AND DO WHAT YOU WANT

Further more on the subject of the amazing population of London, one thing I’m always mesmerised by is people watching and admiring peoples style! I love my home town but the style is seriously unvaried in comparison to cities and with London being an incredibly vibrant place, I feel a lot more confident expressing myself there! I’m a pretty laid back dresser as you’ll know and my style is pretty boring in comparison to most bloggers (okay let’s stop the self depreciation – it’s not totally boring, just basic, classic)¬†but I still get strange looks whilst walking through a small Devon town in my everyday attire, but London has taught me to dress for myself and do what makes me happy, regardless of others judgment (more on the topic of judgement here!)

I’m forever finding myself on the tube, creating little stories of who all these people are and what they do – that bloke is DEFINITELY a writer and that woman must have a pretty awesome job to be dressed the way she is. There’s so much to be told and a story in every corner – you literally can’t help but feel the pulse of the city below your feet and feel inspired by the energy! Life is waaaay too short to live it anything else but spectacularly.¬†Do what you love and do it unapologetically!

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I really hope you loved this one my loves – whether you’re a city dweller or never experienced London ¬†I’d love to know your thoughts and where inspires you! Send over your fave places, I’d love to know as always!

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As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was very kindly sponsored by the beauts at Badoo!

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CREATING YOUR HAPPY SPACE

CREATING YOUR HAPPY SPACE

LET’S BE HONEST, HOW MUCH EASIER IS BEING A BLOGGER WHEN YOUR HOME IS INSTAGRAMMABLE?

I‘ve been obsessed with interiors ever since I can remember – from Ikea trips as a 10 year old to visions of a dark, purple painted, Harry Potter adorned bedroom – I’ve always loved to dream up my ideal space. The Harry Potter obsession may have been tamed since, but the love and desire to create a happy little space of my own has well and truly stuck with me. I don’t own a beautiful, huge home – hell I don’t even know¬†where I want to live right now or in the future, but I do know that it’s super important for me to put my own stamp on my own space, wherever that may be.

I’ve really enjoyed adding more and more items into my little interior collection over the last year or so (cute homewares always make fab insta flatlay props too – always an excuse right ūüėČ ) However I always felt like my space was a bit bare and lacking something – apart from a few disposable camera shots in frames, I have no prints and my walls were screaming for a makeover – so I’ve teamed up with the beauts from¬†Desenio ¬†and chosen my fave pieces to work into my space! It’s so important for my happiness to feel comfortable and relaxed in my home, so I’m sharing how I go about creating my happy space!

ADD A TOUCH OF HUMOUR

 

I love a good, sassy print as much as the next blogger – who doesn’t want their walls adorned with motivational quotes and phrases to make you laugh?! In fact, if you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I have quite the collection of fab quotes – ready to pull out at any occasion to pick up, motivate and inspire myself! Desenio even have a print section dedicated to motivational quotes (I spent a good few hours browsing this haha!) Waking up and wandering downstairs to make myself a morning coffee and seeing these prints makes me smile and that’s definitely a damn, good way to start the day! Pictures and prints don’t have to stop in the lounge and bedroom – spread the fun all around your house – kitchen, dining room and the bathroom for a pop of happiness and style in every corner. From girl bossy quotes, life inspiration, love, life and fashion – there’s something to suit all personalities and taste (I also love how much people laugh when they see my ‘Oh Crepe print! ūüėČ )

STYLE RUT? PINTEREST IS YOUR BESTIE!

We all know the wonderful, soul sucking feeling that is comparison – something creators and bloggers are particularly wonderful at! Even after finishing some of your best work, it’s so easy to instantly look at someone else’s and feel like chucking the towel in and hibernating until the foreseeable future! It happens to the best of us and it’s normal to feel lacklustre about your space sometimes, especially when you’re not where you want to be or looking to move! It’s all about making the best of what you have – small room in a shared house? Use space saving techniques to de clutter and clear your mind reading for those little homely touches like prints, candles and flowers.

I have TONNES of Pinterest boards full of¬†home inspiration for each and every room and space, this is the biggest help in the world when you’re feeling unsure of what you like or questioning how to decorate and style rooms. One browse through my boards and I’m back on track, reminded of what I love, my fave colour palettes and full of inspiration! When choosing the frames and prints I was mindful of what would work with my current colour palette, I love how the pink flower print came out and brightens a space! I’ve never seen such a beautiful and chic selection than on their website – nailing it down to the last chosen prints was pretty hard when I bookmarked about 50!

IF STYLE IS A REFLECTION OF OURSELVES, SO SHOULD BE OUR HOMES.

We dress to feel good and it speaks for us without whispering a word, so your home should also be a reflection of yourself. When I dress how I love, I feel happy and so when my house reflects me and my personality, I feel happy too! I love to buy things that show the kind of person I am – I collect books, prints, decorations and pieces that embellish a space. Desenio have really nailed their curation of products to choose from – chic, modern, beautiful and affordable (I was also really surprised by how easy the prints were to pop in the frames – ¬†I normally suck at this!) Whether you splash 50 colours over the walls or prefer a white space with pops of print, create a little space that you feel reflects you in all of your amazingness! I genuinely feel happy every time I look around and see all of the lovely things I’ve collected over the years and the things I’ve consequently bought to compliment them – like how good does this print go with my fave, bed cushions?! Life’s too short not to enjoy your space – no matter how big or small!

DRESS YOUR SPACE TO MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY AND MOTIVATED TO SMASH LIFE!

It’s super¬†important to enjoy your space, but it’s also¬†really¬†important to¬†inject your energy into the spaces you use most – working from home means making my¬†desk a nice (and cute¬†lookin!) place to work is key. I feel¬†super motivated having a collection of nice images, quotes and decorations on my desk! It’s a nice little space and my productivity is really¬†heightened when I work somewhere I enjoy! I¬†forever love¬†looking at cute desk inspo on Pinterest, it means that should I ever tire of my space, a¬†little click through some pins and I’m instantly inspired to give it a little revamp! Browsing through the Fashion category in particular really gave me a boost of inspo, especially as theres also shots of the prints in situe to give you some further interior inspo on how to style your prints!

I’m almost, definitely, totally obsessed with this Elizabeth Taylor print – simple, minimal, classic and oh so sassy! Perfect to perk me up at that mid-day slump or when I’m feeling a little uninspired! Creating a cute desk is probably my fave thing and I regularly move bits around as to how I feel. I also love how the gorgeous lipstick print brings something a little arty to my vanity corner (that gold frame though!) ¬†you don’t realise how bare a space really used to look once you pop a print up in it’s place! I feel like prints really speak a lot about the person who chooses them and I definitely love how these ones sum me up! (Coffee addict, lipstick hoarder who wants to take over the world from her bed!) Would love to know what your fave is!

 

SHOP MY INTERIOR FAVES

 

I hope you loved this one beauts and enjoyed having a little peek into my love of interiors! I’d love to know how you put your own stamp on your home and your fave way to decorate places to make it your happy space! Leave a little comment below and tell us your tips and ideas!¬†

I’ve also got so much travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re¬†subscribed!¬†

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the lovelies at Desenio

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HOW TO TAKE YOUR OUTFIT FROM DAY TO NIGHT

HOW TO TAKE YOUR OUTFIT FROM DAY TO NIGHT

SPEEDY AND SAVVY DRESSING MADE EASY BY A SWIPE OF LIPPY AND A TOUSLE OF YOUR LOCKS

We all know the oh so real struggle of having to dress for multiple occasions throughout one day. This can happen amongst the hectic-ness of the festive season but also in the height of summer, when family barbecues and drinks on the beach pry us away from our desks.This is a particular skill I have slowly come to (and am still) mastering, thanks to my blogger work life. You constantly find yourself having to dress for a multitude of occasions spanning across one day and more than often requiring no less than a suitcase! This can range from breakfast meetings leading to events at nightclubs and rooftop bars or you can find yourself having to dress for a hardcore workout session followed by a formal dinner (hiya sweat and sticky hair!)

The fact is, I’d rather not lug a heavy bag around London all day, having to keep a watchful eye on said bag in the corner of the room at every event. And so I decided to start dressing savvy and make outfits work for all occasions, come rain, shine, casual drinks or dancing on tables. Boohoo challenged me to pick a skirt and style 2 outfits around it, making holiday dressing, capsule wardrobes and general life so much easier! There’s nothing I love more than a bit of versatility and you might have seen I did a similar post in the winter here! So now we’re into summer, here’s how I’m taking my outfits from day to night this season!

STICK ON SOME SASSY SUNNIES AND CHANGE UP YOUR HAIR FOR DAY TIME CHIC

Firstly start with your base piece – the piece everything is central around – I went for this killer ¬£16 skirt (that lace up detail though!) – I usually find it easier to keep the bottom half pieces the same – it’s easier to change your top half up! I was also majorly obsessing over these Leopard print booties so made sure they were also a focal point! You’ll know from my Instagram¬†that I’m not the most colourful of dressers, nor do I wear a lot of print, but a bit of leopard has always caught my eye! I’m also loving how the studs and buckles toughen the look up!¬†

My fave Ray Ban frames are¬†always a must come day time and I whacked my hair up in a little bun to let this fringed beauty of a jumper do the talking! If this isn’t the ultimate summer festival knitwear I don’t know what is! This is also my go to hair style of the moment as it comes out in the most beautiful waves after you’ve left it in for a few hours! (more of these cheeky beauty hacks coming to my YouTube soon!) so you’ve already prepped your hairstyle come night time!¬†

BEING ABLE TO CHANGE UP YOUR LOOK WITHOUT CARRYING A BAG THAT WEIGHS THE EQUIVALENT OF A SMALL CHILD IS ALWAYS A BONUS

For evening, I wanted to accentuate the leopard print and contrast the edgy skirt with something more delicate so spotted this gorge blouse!¬†Embroidered blouses are everywhere this summer so I was dying to add one to my ever expanding floordrobe wardrobe. My fave way to change up my look for the day is to let my hair down (literally!) add a swipe of lippy and either change my top or chuck on a jacket! ¬†It’s remarkable what a bit of red lipstick and some Batiste can do!

The best part was that I could still change up my look but without carrying around a bag that weighs the equivalent of a small child. My trusty cross body was suffice, simply stash with a travel perfume (nothing like a little refresh) lipstick, sunnies, a mini dry shampoo, some powder and you’re good to go! Sometimes I roll up an extra blouse and pop it in, but on this occasion I layered up and wore it underneath!¬†

 

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I hope you loved this one and seeing how I take my outfits from day to night by switching up a few pieces – I had so much fun experimenting with this one! Would love to know which outfit you prefer and how you guys like to change things up!

I’ve also got so much Summer style & travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re¬†subscribed!¬†

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was in collaboration from the lovelies from Boohoo!

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3 Ways to manage your time like a girl boss

3 Ways to manage your time like a girl boss

“WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN LITTLE WAYS OF GOING ABOUT IT AND IT’S A TOPIC THAT SOUNDS SCARILY GROWN UP AND AT TIMES, PERHAPS A LITTE MUNDANE.”

Time management; probably something all of us do, even without consciously realising. Badly, very well, sporadically, haphazardly – we all have our own little ways of going about it and it’s a topic that sounds scarily grown up and at times, perhaps a little mundane. But the fact is we¬†need a little time management within our lives, whatever your job, whatever your day to day schedule – managing your time efficiently and with a little thought can make the biggest of differences to our lives.

Time management isn’t limited to a certain lifestyle – I needed time management when I worked 4 jobs, juggling working in a coffee shop, a cocktail bar, acting and blogging and I still need it now. Without it, I can feel without purpose, un-proactive and lost and with it I feel like I can take over the world (no exaggeration necessary – you shall see this once put into practice!) So here’s my 3 ways to manage your time like a girl boss – from one aspiring bossy to another.

LIVE FOR THE FUTURE

 

I constantly keep a little bank of inspirations – a notebook spilling with thoughts, musings and blog post ideas, waiting for the right concept to bring them to life. I’ve worked with my fave Watch guys Ice before over on Instagram, I adore a watch brand that¬†finally brings us luxe, sleek and quality designs without the ¬£1000 price tag – which was why I was super excited to bring you this post in collaboration with them! This seemed like the perfect time to share my time management tips with you all that I’ve been scribbling down for a while! Which brings me to one of the most obvious, but important things about time management – A WATCH! A chic accessory, yes, but also an instantaneous and effective way to always make sure a gal is always on time. I’m sporting the City Tanner ( V. Appropriate for a day in Englands Capital!) My top tip? If your a serial late runner – set your watch 5/10 mins late – it’s guaranteed to always get you shifting (and running for my train only to be early ūüėČ )

MAKE LIKE A BOSS & GRAB A SASSY DIARY

I‘ve always loved the yearly tradition of picking up a new diary to motivate me for the year ahead – from writing in my GCSE’S to finding my way into adulthood (crap, I’m an adult?!) and scheduling in press days. My friends have often asked why on earth I still use a pen and paper and not my iPhone for scheduling – I can’t quite say why, but I can’t seem to shake the classic diary. It’s almost as if it isn’t set in stone if you haven’t written it down – tapping it into my iPhone calendar just won’t do, this makes me sound so anti millennial which is ironic when I spend 80% of my time on Instagram!¬†In all seriousness, having a sassy diary does wonders in making you feel like your have your life together (even if you don‚Äôt!) I feel very organised and grown up writing things down and thats the way I like it and what works for me!

Paperchase do adorable ones, I tend to go for the handbag friendly sizes and jot everything down to my workouts, meetings, events, holidays, birthdays and everything in between. This is particularly helpful when you need to jot down timings too for things, knowing where and when you have to be always keeps me on track. Always make sure to factor in travel time – when we shot this we skipped between meetings and into my all time, fave, lunch spot in the City – No.11 Pimlico Road! If you can’t resist phone organisation you can always take a pic of the weeks schedule anyways ūüėȬ†

FAIL TO PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL

Kind of sounds like something a grandparent would say after you’ve forgotten someones birthday card, but it really does ring true – I’m all over the place if I fail to prepare myself – I’d rather spend time over preparing and feeling at ease than panicking like a mad woman! If you have a busy day – prepare everything you possibly can the evening before in order to sleep easy. Lay your outfit out, pack your bag, check where you need to be and at what time, transport (know which train or what route on your sat nav you’re heading!), sort your food out and everything will fall into place a lot easier!

I can’t say how many times spending an extra 10/20 mins an evening preparing has helped me in the long run (and I’m the type of person who ALWAYS leaves things to the last minute, so this has definitely helped kick the habit!) The fact is when we don’t manage our time, it’s easily wasted and time is SO precious. Having a down day? THATS OKAY, enjoy it and watch a Harry Potter marathon! You’re allowed to enjoy down time, factor in time especially for that – In fact I wrote here all about the importance of taking time out!! Then refresh yourself and feel motivated to kick butt the next day and smash everything on that to do list! That’s the work life balance and that’s what proper time management is all about!

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I hope you loved this one beauts – I’ve always felt on top of the world when I manage my time effectively – so I thought why not share the love and hopefully it will help you guys too! I’d love to hear if you have any tips that really help you to get going and smash that to do list!¬†

I’ve also got so much Summer style & travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re¬†subscribed!¬†

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the beautifuls at Ice Watch!

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What to wear to the races (when you don’t like fascinators!)

What to wear to the races (when you don’t like fascinators!)

“I LOVE THE TOWERING HATS, EXTRAVAGANT FASCINATORS AND DRESS SPECTACULARS BUT TRUTHFULLY, THAT JUST ISN’T FOR ME.”

Ahh the Great, British Races – something that’s become some what of a little tradition here on Style Petal! I’ve been invited every year since I’ve had this little blog, so it wouldn’t feel right to miss out one year! The first year saw Cheltenham races, number two was Ascot and this year we headed to Sandowns with the beauts from Closet London, for a day of pretty dresses and champagne! We were blessed with the most stunning, warm and sunshine filled day!

As much as I love dressing up for formal occasions such as the races, if you’ve read this post, all about masculine dressing, you’ll know that I’m a little bit of a tomboy. Sometimes events can make me feel a little out of place or like I’m not being myself – I love the towering hats, the extravagant fascinators and dress spectaculars that the races brings, but truthfully, that just isn’t for me. So I’m sharing my way of dressing for the races – still traditionally, but also catering for those of you like myself, who just haven’t taken a fancy to fascinators ūüėČ

FOLLOW THE RULES

 

I know, rules! Every race course and each event at the race course has different rules and dress codes for guests – it’s always super handy to check the website beforehand to get the jist! Some are super relaxed, yet still encouraging people to arrive smartly dressed. (really adds to the atmosphere!) Whilst others are notoriously a little more strict, where you will have to arrive with a head piece and sometimes you can’t even wear dresses that bare your shoulders. I always like to get clued up beforehand, perhaps google previous years and get an idea of the vibe and general dress to spark some ideas! I’m also a total Pinterest Whore (so damn addictive!) and I love to put together inspo boards for occasions for when I’m struggling with ideas and inspiration!

TO HEAD PEICE, OR NOT TO HEAD PEICE?

The previous years I attended the races, I’ve worn fascinators on both occasions (I wore a CRACKING and marvellous one at Ascot – you can see the older post here!¬†It was absolutely incredible and I loved it! But I couldn’t help but feel like it just wasn’t me, as grand as I felt, I also felt out of place and like an imposter. I need to feel comfortable to be confident and by comfortable, I mean feel like myself, staying true to my style, so this year I decided to go sans fascinator in favour for something a little more Blair Waldorf esque ūüėČ

Its worth noting that the Aussie’s do race days SO WELL! Their style is minimalistic, chic and streamlined – just my kind of vibe, so I took this into my mind when decided what to wear. They often rock headbands, crowns and boho jewels strung from their forehead, so off I went to Oxford street in search for the perfect headband! I ended up snapping up this beauty¬†which is definitely on the girly side for me, but I adored the velvet pink and jewels! ¬†I’ve often felt like I’d feel a bit naked at the races without a headpiece, which is why I opted for something a little smaller and subtle!

FINDING ‘THE ONE’

I‘ve always liked to make my dress the main attraction, once I’ve got that down,¬†everything else will¬†fall into place. You’ll know I’m a huge fan of Closet London¬†from this¬†previous post during¬†fashion week, their tailoring is always spot on, beautifully crafted material that’s actually made to fit and really flatter your shape. Luxe pieces at a more affordable price point and damn, do their dresses feel good on your body! I’m a sucker for a white dress so as naturally drawn to this simple, laser cut beauty.

Whatever you taste, pick your fave dress shape, something classic and that makes you feel good! This was so comfortable and surprisingly cool on the sweltering day we had! Lace, bright pops of colour, simplistic hues or a streamlined silhouette – get a rough idea of what you’d like to rock in your head and then scour the shops and the online shopping world for your dress of dreams! There’s also constant competitions happening at the races, best dressed, etc and the prizes are always awesome – another incentive to dress your best (besides the cute pics!)

 

SHOP MY FAVE OCCASION WEAR PICKS

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Dress – Closet London*

Headband – Topshop

Bag – Gucci

Shoes – Missguided (similar)

I hope you loved this little post and I hope you find it super helpful for future events, whether you have a wedding, a birthday or the races – I’d also love to know if any of you guys have been to the races before!

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Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was in collaboration from the lovelies at Closet London!

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