It’s ‘get your shit together’ month!

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Along with a thousand other resolutions, I have once again vowed to maintain my blog in 2017. Let’s see how long it lasts this time! Actually if anyone has any tips about fitting blogging into a busy schedule please. PLEASE. let me know.

I’m not a fan of the ‘new year, new you’ brigade (too much pressure) but there is something refreshingly positive about January which always inspires me to set goals for the year ahead. So, I thought I would share my most important resolution for 2017.

Self-care

If i’ve learnt anything over the years it’s to prioritise self-care. As someone who has grown up managing anxiety and depression I’ve only recently learnt that it’s not selfish or weird to want to spend a Friday night cosied up in a blanket, binging on a box set instead of heading out to a bar. Here are some ideas of how to take care of your mental health in 2017.

  • Cut yourself some slack! One thing that changed my life in 2016 was getting a regular cleaner. I am one of those people who can’t focus if the house is a mess. Especially as I work from home -My husband is not one of these people. After countless arguments where we would both fight our valid corners we decided that to save us from a repetitive argument we would get help in this area! Whilst we still do weekly maintenance with our tidying and cleaning it makes such a difference for someone to come in once a week and deep cleanse the apartment. This might not be the case in your life but if there is a chore you really hate or that plays on your mind it can be worth outsourcing.

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I think we can all agree that Plopp is a great name for a candy bar!

 

  • Plan little things to look forward to.
    -Schedule yourself a midweek tech-free pamper night – change your bedding, have a bath, paint your nails, light some candles eat your favourite treat and read a book. Set your alarms for the morning before you start and leave your phone plugged in. If you’re worried people might try and get hold of you let them know you will be unavailable ahead of time.
    – Take yourself (and your dog) out for coffee! One of my favourite things to do is drink proper coffee and something I love to do is walk my dog to my favourite coffee shop and get a takeaway drink to walk back with. This leads me to my next and probably hardest self-care resolution for 2017….
  • Don’t get out of your comfort zone, expand it! As explained above me+ dog + coffee = relaxed but I tend to go to the same places. This year I will venture to new places with my pup which sounds like a small thing but breaking a comfortable habit seems like a good way of overcoming some anxieties to me. This theory works with most sociable aspects of my life, I tend to do the same things and go to the same places which is probably something most of us can relate to and I think shaking up that routine could be a good thing.

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Lulu Hayes AW16

_MG_0804 copy.jpegAfter living in her gorgeously printed silk wear last summer (Read about my previous Lulu Hayes posts here) I was eager to try Lucy’s new season’s collection and it does not disappoint. As ever the beautiful pure silk fabrics are light and delicate but perfect for layering should temperatures take a turn and I stand by my statement in previous posts – these are the ONLY clothes you will need to pack if you have a hot weather break booked for this summer.

The AW16 collection sees a development of Lucy’s expressionist inspired artwork resulting in soft, urban prints in a variety of new silhouettes. Lulu Hayes’ classic printed combos are updated with the introduction of a sleeveless waterfall placket blouse but for me the real show stoppers are the midnight blues smokey paint printed dress, pictured below, with flattering side panels which gives the airy cut a lengthening illusion.

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Core favourites of previous seasons have made a comeback in new prints designs including the halter neck backless dress (above) which I  can vouch for as being super flattering and forgiving, especially when you’ve started the Summer ice-cream binge in May.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS.
Despite starting as female oriented brand there is truly something for the guys in AW16. From more formal luxury shirts with print detailing to stylish weekend wear in Kooples style corresponding prints

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To shop and explore click LULU HAYES.

S’mores snacks

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Arguably these best thing to come out of America…ever, if you’ve never tried s’mores before you’re in for a treat. Gooey, warm and sticky sweet these are US campfire treats which I have adapted to (slightly) lower the sugar intake but more importantly so they are easy to have on the go. These would make a great desk nibble, Autumn picnic treat or as a topping to ice-cream (because naughty + naughty = nice. Basic maths). Originally made from Graham crackers, milk chocolate and a big squashy marshmallow, the chocolate and mallow are sandwiched with the crackers and heated until the filling is molten deliciousness. My version is made from Sainsbury’s own brand Shreddies (they have less sugar than Nestlé), Green & blacks 85% dark chocolate and mini marshmallows, again Sainsbury’s own brand. If you are so inclined, you can find some vegan marshmallows HERE and use a dairy free choc.

So, not exactly a healthy snack but firstly the rich chocolate means you won’t need many and secondly you deserve a treat.

Makes 1 bag

1/2 cereal bowl shreddies
3 1/2 rows Good quality dark chocolate
A handful of mini marshmallows

  • Spread the shreddies out on a baking parchment lined tin
  • Melt the dark choc on a low heat
  • Pour the chocolate over the shreddies and mix roughly with a spoon so they all have a little bit of chocolate on them
  • Sprinkle over the marshmallows whilst the chocolate is still setting and stir again so they more or less stick to the crackers
  • Leave to cool and then eat or put them in an airtight container.

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