Monthly Archives: August 2014
Tee: River Island | Jeans: New Look | Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
This is quite typical of what I wear on a work from home afternoon when I have no plans on leaving the house. As much as I love the colour of these jeans I’m not sure where I stand on how I look in them. Recovery is a tough nut to crack and although I’m physically healthy and have been at a healthy weight for three, almost four months now (which is the longest I ever have in my adult life) I’m struggling mentally with body image. As much as I know that to anyone else I look fine, I still can’t accept my reflection in the mirror with anything but a sinking heart and it’s taking all of my strength not to give in. It’ll be much better when my back starts behaving again and I can get out and exercise and tone up, I think once that starts to happen things will become easier. In the mean time I’m just reminding myself of how much more I can do these days and how many goals and ambitions I have for the coming months.
Sorry for that little tangent, my fingers just started writing. Lets focus on something happier, like these boots. I resent needing to wear them in August but they are pretty damn awesome. I love the colour and they are surprisingly versatile to pair with things. The height is also perfect for every day wearing and I can walk for miles in them comfortably. I am going on a shoe ban for the next few months, I have more pairs than I can possibly store, especially once I move so I’m going to have a good sort out and sell some on ebay/depop and those that I keep I’ll be wearing to death. Size 7 folks keep your eyes peeled!
I love it when I brand I’ve previously only been able to access overseas hits British shore so when I had an e-mail about the opening of some Hema stores in the UK I pretty much did a little dance in my seat.
Hema is a brand I know through having Dutch relatives. When I went over to Holland about two years ago I spent ages browsing through the shelves of awesome bits and pieces and I’m pretty sure I grew up eating chocolate letters from there, sent over as a St Nicholas gift every year by my Auntie.
Cropped Tee: H&M | Skirt: Zara (ancient) | Aviators c/o Hema
I can’t leave this post without mentioning this amazingly cute cat cropped tee from H&M. A very recent purchase at £5.99, they did a whole host of brilliant designs but I just had to have this in my life, determined to wear it even though it’s cropped and I’m feeling not so great about myself. It reminds me of tees I used to beg Mum for in Tammy Girl, back when I was a pre-teenager…sometimes I wish I had kept hold of some of them!
Back to the topic of Hema though, there are currently three stores in the UK and if you happen to be near one of them then they are well worth checking out, selling all kinds of things from makeup to food, from stationary to home wares and all at insanely excellent prices. Have you discovered the joy yet? For those of us who sadly don’t live near one of the stores, the online shop is due to go live mid-September so watch this space…
There’s no set amount of sleep that all adults need. After all, every individual is different. Factors such as lifestyle, age, diet and environment affect how much rest people require. However, as a general rule, most healthy adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
As people age though, it can become harder to maintain this level of sleep.
It is known that when individuals are sleep deprived, they are more likely to feel irritable, hostile and angry. They are also more prone to reacting negatively when something doesn’t go well for them and they may even be more likely to feel depressed.
This can cause a range of problems. For example, it can put additional pressure on relationships and cause tensions within families. It can create issues at work too.
Research also suggests that people who fail to get enough sleep report feeling less friendly and less able to enjoy positive experiences.
It’s one thing knowing that your mood is suffering because of a lack of shuteye and another thing actually addressing this problem. If you think a shortage of sleep is affecting your daily life, it may be worth booking an appointment with your doctor.
However, there are also simple changes you can make to your routine that you may wish to try first. For example, it’s really important that you have a comfy bed. Luckily, it’s now easy to purchase good quality beds and mattresses that can promote a restful night. For example, Adjustamatic sells a selection of adjustable beds fitted with Cyclo-Therapy technology. This massage system features a number of settings, including a relaxing, sleep-inducing function. In addition, the firm sells Aveon pocket spring mattresses that can boost comfort levels further.
You may also benefit from sticking to a steady bedtime routine. Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day can help to boost the level of sleep you get. In addition, make sure that you avoid consuming too much caffeine, particularly during the later afternoon and evening.
Before going to bed, it is a good idea to read or take a warm bath as this can help you to unwind and get you in the right frame of mind to sleep.
If possible, try to ensure your bedroom is as quiet as possible, and it may be worth investing in some blackout blinds or curtains too.
By making changes to your lifestyle and environment like this, and if necessary by visiting your GP for further advice and help, you stand to enhance your level of sleep. In turn, this could serve to lift your mood, improve your relationships and generally raise your quality of life.
Given these potential rewards, it’s certainly worth making an effort to get a good night’s rest.
on the Viking site. I always feel like I can never have enough folders in my life as I use them for everything- receipts, press releases, copies of invoices, important documents, magazine clippings…the list goes on and on.
I think that just about sums up my current essentials, all you lovely bloggers (and work from home-ers) what can’t you live with out? I’m sure there are things I am lacking and I do love an excuse for a good stationary shop!