This blog post will be different, it won't be about Fashion Tips, or Beauty it will be about being positive and mindset.
Not sure if you know but in my job I'm part of a "Wellness Committee" and I write a lot about Health, Well-being etc and I thought I could share with you some of my thoughts.
It is important to do what makes us happy, It is important that our soul is happy, as they say "Happy Mind, Happy Soul".
Does it happens to you sometimes that you find yourself in a situation or a time where you don't feel like doing anything, you are not motivated or inspired. It happens to us all that not always we are able to look at things in a positive way.
Today I would like to share with you what has helped me to go through rough time and what is helping me to be motivated.
Everyone has a difficult moment in their lives. The difference is how we deal with it.
I have learned or at least I'm working towards to deal with difficult situations without being all the time down.
Most of the time when we are down, we look and spend our energy of thinking what we don't have, what others have and we end up comparing ourselves and being upset. We forget what we have we take it for granted.
What helps me, was to start writing a Gratitude Journal every day. I call it "Happiness Journal", where every morning and night I will write what I'm thankful for. First it is actually difficult task but as you get used to it you realize that we should be happy for everything and it doesn't matter how big or small it is. When you are writing your gratitude list, you are shifting your feelings and thoughts to positive energy and it will just set you up for the day.
I will also suggest find place either is in your house preferable outside either when you are walking, your favorite place on the beach wherever you feel it is your own space and makes you happy. Look beyond yourself to the abundance and beauty in the natural world around you. I love ocean so my favorite place is on the beach. I love to just not think, just breathe, feel the sunshine or a rain, feel the wind, touch the sand whatever it is for you, just enjoy all that the nature has to offer. This helps me not to think, it helps me to switch off my mind.
Thinking about the little things in life that bring us joy and happiness.
Mindfulness is about focusing in this moment on how you feel, being with our thoughts as they are and being more conscious of life as it happens.
I used to think too much that I could not enjoy anything. I was worried of blogging, work, family matters everything. I have learned to step back, I have learned to listen my body and my soul what they need. It may take time but remember we are human, we may fall back first, but the important thing is we are aware of our mistakes and we learned from it.
When you take time to think of what you want, what are your goals, and with mind set, you can work towards your goal. If it helps have a journal, monthly / daily / yearly planner, visualizing board, whatever helps you make it work for you. Learn to listen your mind, you will get more inspired.
I had a break but this doesn't mean I stopped blogging, or I don't like it anymore. I just needed a time to find myself and what I want. Now with my mind set I'm more than happy to start writing again. If it helps me to inspire one person it is worth for me.
Remember nothing changes unless you do, so face your fear of change, embrace the strange, uncomfortable feeling of uncertainty and take action.
I am more than inspired and I have planned my blog post in advance as I have so many outfit inspiration or beauty tips to write about and can't wait to share it with you all.
Let me know if this helps you, I know it was a slightly different blog, but I feel that I had to share this with you as this maybe will inspire you to write your own blog.
Look forward to hear your feedback let me know if you are interested in blog post like this, of course I still want to be the Fashion Guru, but it's nice to share how we can free our mind and be happy.
thanks for stopping by
xxx love maria
I was delighted to be part of "Odine Magazine" article. It's UK online woman magazine which aim is to empower woman and as a Fashion Blogger I am delighted to participate.
Here is my article:
Being a full time working mum is never easy. I worked as QA Software Tester for an airline industry Ryanair, now I'm as working as Senior Tester for Deutsche Bank and I am full time mum. As my hobby is fashion and all beauty things. I have started blogging as realized that Fashion is my passion and want to inspire others. Who said that being beautiful and stylish is only size 6? It's not about what size are you as "style has no size" is about how you can express yourself and being confident.
I want to share with you few inspirational simple outfits for office. I love simple outfits with little edge. I have started to implement simplicity in my outfits and I love the idea that you can use the same clothes different ways. Having "Minimalist Style" it’s just changing little habits and try to get the best of the basics. Important is to remember always make it works for you, customize your style so you feel confident. Do not be afraid to experiment, it's about to find what suit your body best.
Few tips which every woman should follow:
1) Have a "Perfect Tailored Pencil Skirt" - this will flattered your legs
2) "Single Solo Pumps" - for being chic
3) "Structured Tote Bag" - easy to fit your paper-work, or laptop and being stylish at the same time
3) "Ankle Length Slacks" - it's very flattering and it's super versatile.
4) "A day-to-night dress" - find dress which you can easily transition from day to night
Follow my blog where I share with you how I am changing my style, and of how I implement trends in my wardrobe.
Remember "Be Stylish, Be Yourself"
xxx love maria
Who does not want to be stylish and look stunning?
I would like to share with you few tips and tweaks which I have come across and I have implemented in my style and they do work. It can be easy as One, Two, Three.
1) Add a heel
We all know that flats are great but a low heel court will add a quick touch of glam to everyday outfit.
By accessorizing I believe this is the easiest way to transfer any outfit, but you will have to be very careful as you can easily do from Wouw! to Oh No!
You don't have to add too much, you can add a unique bag for an interest.
3) Layer your jewellery
I was mentioned earlier in point to to be stylish use accessories. One of the way how you can add interesting look is to load your arm with bracelets and don't be afraid to mix the gold, with silver or metals.
4) Pop on a red /dark color lips
If you want to put your outfit together beauty and fashion goes together so one of the trick to look stunning is to add Pop of red on your lips.
5) Mix your patterns
This is not easy to pull off, but once you got it mixing can add that extra element of surprise to your outfit. I may do an article of how to get the right look with mixing patterns.
6) Go for bold
This is for people who always wear black or white only. Switch up your style game with a little color introduction. Baby blue, and rose are super hot this season.
7) Find the right BRA
I can't highlight how important is to find the right bra. It's the base for every outfit, it helps us to create the perfect silhouette. Good fitting bra make all the difference. If you don't know what size are you, visit the lingerie shop and they will tell you, they will measure you and advise you what size is best for you.
8) Go off-the-shoulder
It's a big trend right now and you don't need to shop everything, just grab your fave classic button down, and pull it slightly of your shoulder.
9) Don't forget your posture
Now we are not talking about walking like in run way, but standing tall with your shoulders back and your hips slightly forward really can make your outfit look a whole better. Practice at home and think of walking straight is better for you and gives you confident.
Hope you have enjoyed the little tips and let me know what tips are yours.
xxx love maria
When you accept of who you are you will be truly happy.
We all have something to worry about in our lives and is normal. We all have something which bothering us, but the difference is of how we deal with it.
It took me for a long time to truly accept of who I was. I always was compering myself to someone else, and never was happy of who I was. I used to be upset and if went through a sad moments of my life I realized I spent more time of asking myself and God "Why" this is happening to me. We all have these questions where we ask ourselves "why?" either why this is happening, or why we don't have things which other people have.
I then look at myself and said "Am I happy?" and the answer was NO, as I never was good enough or never had enough. I realized then that I'm so wrong of have I think.
I am blessed beyond words. I have amazing partner who loves me, I have amazing kids who makes me happy. I am educated, I work, I have food, I have roof over my head, I have a health and I realized that I have so many things which I did not see it before or took it for granted. I started to think differently, I never asked Why anymore or at least I don't. I always now say "thank you" to God for everything what I have. I started to love myself and accepted myself of who I'm as a person.
I take time to appreciate every little things, I take every day as is my last as we don't really know when it will be our last.
I am now more happy than ever. I have learned to love myself. I don't have in my head image of who should I be, I don't compare myself to anyone else.
Please I want to share this with you as you may are in the same place like I was before. Find peace in your heart, in your mind and accept yourself for who you are. Do not compare yourself to others, you have your own path of happiness so enjoy it.
I have started to do yoga and meditation which helps me a lot to relax my mind and my soul. Find something what you love, try new things and just be happy and be yourself.
Happiness is in you, and till you don't learn to love yourself you will never be able to love.
I am not an expert at all I just want to share with you, what helps me to find my mind, my soul. If you do have suggestions, do let me know. Would love to try, but remember You are You and no-one else can be you. Take your life into your own hands and make the best of it.
xxx love maria
Hi my lovelies, hope you are doing all well.
I want to share with you my experience, I was invited yesterday to an exclusive breakfast preview of Courtney Smith x Buffalo Shoe Lab collection. For my non Irish followers let me introduce you Courtney Smith. She works as a stylist, creative director, writer, presenter you name it. Courtney is referred to by the media as a style influencer. She has collaborated with international brands such as H&M and DKNY. She has also been selected as one of the Top 20 International Styling talents in Vivays Publishing's hardback "Contemporary Fashion Stylist"s which is available worldwide. Would you like to see more please click here (courtneysmith)
Therefore you can imagine I was very excited to meet her in person and see her style collaboration with Buffalo Shoe Lab Store. Now lets talk little bit about Buffalo Shoe Lab Store, is a unique boutique footwear, is situated in Dublin on Exchequer Street. I love this store as it has everything, many smaller niche brands are given the chance to flourish as well as designing their own footwear. Courtney was working with designer Audrey Murray she is as well Shoe Lab's head buyer. It was very exciting to listen their stories. I had lots of questions, and Courtney with Audrey were so kind to answer all of them. It was interesting to hear how they have visited in Spain shoe factories, how they choose the fabric working on the shoe details. It was as well very interesting when Courtney said that the whole boots inspiration draws from iconic musicians and their love for vintage styles and the rock n roll. Each pair of boots has name after an icon like Stevie boots which was inspired by Stevie Nicks, Not to mention the over the knee Kate (I call them the killer shoes they are amazing) which was inspired by Kate Bush. If you ask me which is my favorite I still don't know as they are all unique, and beautiful and not to mention how comfortable they are. What I really like that Courtney was very passionate and you could feel that when she was speaking about her journey with Audrey. It was truly very nice experience and I really want to say thank you to Fiona Donnellan who has invited me.
I definitely know what I want for Xmas, so do not wait and go and check them out, you would truly love each pair. Prices for the Courtney Smith X Shoe Lab collection start at 155 EUR and is available online at Buffalo Shoe Lab (buffalo-boots) and Shoe Lab stores or in Arnotts from November 10th. Happy shopping and do let me know which pair is your favorite.
Also would like to say it's always nice to meet other bloggers I had the opportunity to meet beautiful Kassi again, I love her blog check her out (justkassi) she is beautiful and very inspiring. It was great to see you Kassi and hope to meet you soon not in a year time again.
xxx love Maria
T-shirt is a Wardrobe Must have piece regardless of the season. I personally love pieces which you can use in transition seasons or layer them.
I want to share with you the best T-Shirts which I believe are great for layering. T-Shirts are like "Styling Tool" as in the Summer season you can wear them alone as one piece, in the cooler months you can create range of style, you can layer them under a dress, you can wear them with jacket, shirts, sweaters you name it.
The most important thing about learning how to layer is getting your basic pieces. If you want to take your layering into next level start from cozy sweaters, pastel coats, leather pants. Combining different garments in layers can be used to create edge outfit.
The T-Shirts which I suggest to have are:
Casual Black Cotton T-Shirt (shop here)
Classic Crew Neck Tee (shop here)
Ribbed High Neck Long Sleeve T (shop here)
Long T-Shirt (shop here)
Buttoned T-Shirt (shop here)
I hope you will get more inspired, do let me know which outfit is your favorite and do let me know how you like to layer pieces.
I am pleased to announce that I was asked to do a photo-shoot for "Irish Fashion Glamour" Magazine. In case if you haven't heard about them it's a Fashion Magazine which talks all about the glamour and fashion www.ifashiong.com
Their social media: (Facebook Page), (Instagram)
I was very excited even though I do shy when taking pictures, but I must say had a very nice experience and the photographer made me feel very comfortable. (Thank you Alex) Check his work (here).
I was wearing simple outfit as you know since I am into my Minimalist Style.
What I wore:
Zara Black Pants: (similar here)
Zara Black Basic Top: (shop here)
Clutch SheIn: (shop here)
Blush Pink Top SheIn: (shop here)
Bow Pump Aminah Abdul Jillil: (shop here)
I am looking forward to the published magazine which will be due in January 2017, I wonder what picture they will choose and I will for sure share that with you.
I wish you all a great day, hope you like the pictures as much as I did.
Fall is here and even though purchasing new items it's a must we should definitely start to clean up our closet. Here are few steps which will help you.
1) Donate or Toss your Summer Pieces
Start narrowing down your summer pieces. What I do I put the clothes into two groups, one is donate, one is toss. If you have transitional pieces which you can use for fall do keep them. If the clothes which you think you are going to wear again for next summer you can keep those two. Remaining clothes which are poor conditions toss it and the one which are still good but you know you will not wear them donate them. This always makes me feel so good that someone else will get a good use of my clothes.
2) Store Non-Transitional Summer Items
Pieces which you are going to keep you need to divide them into two piles. One which you can wear it transitioned in fall and one which you can't like sandals, straw hats, shoulder-less tops.
3) Bring Out Fall Pieces
Move pieces like jackets, coats, pieces which you will layer as you will need them. It is better to organize them and have them ready.
4) Organize Your Items By Priority
Now you know what items you will need for fall and is time to organize them by Priorities. The way how I organize it is from lightest to heaviest. Lightest one are in the front like T shirts, simple pieces, pieces which I can layer or transition summer pieces and then I will have in the back the jumpers, and warmer pieces. Of course organizing then the jackets and shoes. Clean up the booties and shoes for fall.
5) Clean Your Closet And Your Drawers
This is very important, get your duster, and spray, Clean your mirrors, your draws everything. Once everything is clean, then just fold all your clothes, this is important if you have drawers and not all your clothes hang as once they are nicely folded then you prevent them to get wrinkly. Sometimes if needed you can have additional containers for remaining clothes. I don't know about you but once the closet or your room is nicely clean and all is organized I feel so much better.
Once everything is organized and put in place I like to add into my drawers beauty soaps. They just leave nice smells in the drawers. Lavender soaps is my favorite or Coconut one.
Hope this post was helpful and do let me know what you do when the season is changing, how you like to organize your clothes. I am always keen to learn something new.
Note: the last picture is not mine, taken from Google.
xxx love maria
I thought I will share with you my wishlist, what I would like to get for fall season. My friends are asking me what they could shop as we do have lots of options to choose from. I am going by my minimalist approach therefore I am trying to select something which I will be able to wear all over again. Here are few ideas of what I would like.
1) High Shaft Clear Heel Booties in Dusty Rose Color
I am obsess with these boots, now my partner can't stand them and he is begging me not to get them but I just love them. I don't have anything like this therefore they maybe attracting me more (shop here)
2) Knitwear and Sweaters
Since we are going into Fall Season and where I am is not too cold but not sunny neither Sweaters are must have in the wardrobe.
Here are few of mine favorites I would love to get. Just note all of them are from SheIn (shop here)
Who knows me they know I love jackets (any kind) as I believed is important to have a good jacket as this is the first item of clothing which people see on you. (shop here)
I love blouses as you can style them so many ways and they go with everything, jeans, skirt, pants. (shop here)
I always wore pencil skirts, as I do like how they highlight my silhouette but is nice to get little change and here are few I would love to have in my wardrobe.
I find it that once I have my "Motivation Board" this is what I call it, it helps me to concentrate only on clothes which I really want or need. This really helps to stop as well with the bitch shopping. I may do a separate blog post about how does it work for me and tell you some tips which will help you to be better in shopping
Let me know in comments below what is your Wishlist for this Fall Season
xxx love maria
I love when woman have carrier, I think is very important for self-esteem. I do work and love to progress. I believed dressing well is very important, of-course lots of companies have dress code or uniform but is always important we dress appropriately.
I did few posts about Dress Code see this article here about Your New Work Wear Heroes or 6 Style Rules All Chic Working Woman Follow . As you see I do like to write of how woman should dress or at least guide them. I just want to share with you my ideas. I have recently been asked by my friend, "Maria I am going to have an interview what shall I wear?" and this give me an idea for a post. Here are few tips / ideas I want to share with you.
I know that every company has its own rules, and code dress, but I like to sometimes think little outside of the box. What I mean not having the idea that when you are going for an interview it has to be the "The Black Suit". We are in 21st century and we do have the freedom of expressing ourselves through fashion. Out there we have great selections. Therefore explore it, take the opportunity and show you can dress well.
These little ideas will give you confident and set you up for the day ahead of you.
1) Chic (Skirt Option)
If you wish to wear skirt why not wearing Pleated Midi Skirt with a classic basic top which will streamline the overall silhouette and you can maybe continue with the neutral accessories or add pop of color either for heels or handbag.
2) Chic (Trouser Option)
For ladies who do not like skirt and would feel more comfortable wearing pants, go for any color except black. I like to keep the neutral nude colors. This is the kind of traditional combination but if you change the color of pants like silver with with white blouse you transforming the outfit from traditional outfit to a nice chic outfit.
3) Chic (Dress Option)
If you wish to add little color go for a dress with nice color in elegant shape and keep your accessories simple. I would suggest to have length below the knee as anything above the knee you will look a bit cheap.
Hope you liked the little ideas remember you don't have to always wear the black suit, you can add little touch to make the outfit classy and chic.
Let me know what you wear in case you had an interview you can maybe even sent me the picture I would love that.
Wishing you all a lovely day
Just to note the pictures above I had searched it online, I have no link to it but credit for the pictures does not go to me.
I believe that what you wear tells a lot about your personality. Fashion are clothes, but style is what you do with it.