Relax, Recharge and Refuel - The Self-Care Sunday Guide

 



Relax, Recharge and Refuel - The Self-Care Sunday Guide

Relax, recharge, and refuel your mind, body, and soul by implementing self-care Sunday into your weekly routine. And let's face it, we all need to unwind, disconnect from technology and from working from home, and most importantly focus on our own wellbeing and mental health during a global pandemic. 
Self-care isn't selfish and you shouldn't feel guilty for investing a full day or dedicating a few hours of your Sunday to yourself. Sunday is the perfect day to do it too,  as it is the last day of the week. You can reflect on your accomplishments from the week, let go of the negative events, and refresh your mindset for the new week ahead.

There are huge benefits from self-care Sunday and it clearly works, that's why it's so popular and on-trend right now! It can improve a better work-life balance and help you live a healthier lifestyle, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your physical and mental health, and you will be glowing internally and externally by the end of it!
Even before the pandemic, I have always practiced self-care Sunday as I have struggled with disconnecting from my job, especially if it was a hectic and stressful week.

The best thing about self-care Sunday is that you can create your own routine, one that suits you and your lifestyle, just remember it needs to be effortless and not a chore. You want to be excited for Sundays and not see it as a burden. This is your time to invest in yourself.



Here are a few ideas for your Self-care Sunday routine:

  1. Have a lie-in without feeling guilty and wake up slowly, you're not in any rush to get out of bed, imagine you're on holiday, stretch out and take your time.
  2. Make your favourite morning drink; coffee, tea, fruit water.
  3. Create a daily journal. Write down your thoughts, feelings and practice gratitude
  4. TURN OFF your phone and disconnect from all technology. *You are banned from reading work emails or even thinking about work.
  5. Declutter and tidy up your home or you won't be able to fully relax (I usually do this on Saturday so I can fully relax on Sunday).
  6. Spend at least 1 hour in nature, go for a walk, get some fresh air in your lungs, and get some much-needed Vitamin D, if it's sunny.
  7. Exercise and meditate. I recommend Yoga or Pilates and not a grueling HIIT training session on a Sunday. Meditate for at least 10 minutes after your workout. 
  8. Nourish yourself with healthy foods throughout the day. Make a fruit and veg juice or smoothie after your workout.
  9. Netflix and chill. Don't feel guilty for spending the entire day on the sofa and in your pajamas. If it helps you relax do it! Catchup and binge-watch a new series or watch your favorite movie classics.
  10. Take a nap. Take two if you need it. If your body is telling you to rest and sleep, listen to it. You clearly need it.
  11. Be creative. Try cooking a new recipe, bake or draw/paint
  12. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. I particularly like fresh lemon and mint water.
  13. Read a book
  14. Light candles around the house

And last but not least the best part of self-care Sunday...



     15. Treat yourself to a home-spa day and follow these steps, you will feel brand new by the end of it:
  • Make yourself a bubble bath, use bath oils (lavender is a known scent to release stress) and bath bombs.
  • Brush your hair and apply a hair mask. Olaplex or any products with natural ingredients, such as coconut oil or argan oil are the best ones.
  • Wear a face mask in the bath.
  • Shave, pluck, use hair removal in all the right places.
  • Read a book in the bath.
  • Brighten up the bathroom with candles. Turn off the lights and fully relax in the bath. Whatever thought that crosses your mind let it go, put some relaxing music in the background if it helps.
  • Wash your hair and rinse off
  • Moisturise your full body, face to toes.
  • Fake tan, if it's your thing.
  • Give yourself a manicure and pedicure
  • Don't forget your eyelashes. Apply eyelash enhancing serum. (I recommend, Revitalash or RapidLash, they actually work).



5 ways to become a more ethical fashion shopper




 
5 WAYS TO BECOME A MORE ETHICAL FASHION SHOPPER

We are all on a quest to do our part to save the planet and not many of us are actually aware of how detrimental the fashion industry is on our environment. If you knew how harmful the fashion industry and our excessive consumer behavior was, then you might actually think twice, when buying another item of clothing, especially something that you don't necessarily need but want.
The fashion industry doesn't make it easy for us though. Fast fashion brands have the resources to replicate any catwalk trend or collection and mass-produce at lower costs and sell on at affordable prices. They also tend to launch countless new collections per year and advertise them relentlessly on social media, paid ads, and tv, making us constantly feel out of date and encouraging us to keep spending. As global consumer demand increases for cheap clothes and new styles, the bigger the impact it has on our environment. 



The “fast fashion” business model | UN Today


Here are few facts about the fashion industry:

  1. The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity's carbon emissions, is the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply, and pollutes the ocean with microplastics.
  2. The fashion industry is the second largest polluter of clean water globally after agriculture
  3. 60% of fabric fibers are now synthetics (polyester, acrylic, nylon) and are derived from fossil fuels,  so when our clothes end up in a landfill the clothes will not decay nor will the synthetic microfibers that end up in the sea.
  4. Many of those fibers are polyester, a plastic found in an estimated 60% of garments. Producing polyester releases two to three times more carbon emissions than cotton and polyester does not erode in the ocean.
  5. 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year.
  6. On average, people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than they did in 2000.

You might be thinking you're a fashion blogger, shouldn't you be promoting and supporting the fashion industry? 

This I do, but I myself have a bad habit of shopping online and buying unnecessary clothing items just to keep up with trends, to feel good about myself, or just because there's a sale on. There is a reason why they use the term, "Retail therapy" because that is exactly what it is. Whenever I have a bad day at work or in general, I tend to shop online and treat myself, and does it make me feel better? Of course, it does. I've also noticed that this kind of online shopping behavior of mine has gotten worse ever since Covid-19 started. This isn't surprising when we have all been in quarantine for nearly 1 year and also all physical stores are closed. I found that shopping online has become some sort of distraction and pass time activity stemmed from boredom and I tend to use the excuse that I'm helping the economy during the world's worst pandemic.

I'm quite embarrassed to admit to the exact number of clothing items I have bought whilst being in quarantine, items that I can't even wear at home but will look great once the pandemic is over!

Being mindful and conscious of your own shopping behavior is the beginning of changing it and helping the environment! We all need to do our part even during a global pandemic.

Here are a few sustainable fashion tips to follow:

1. Choose quality over quantity

  • Do the planet a favour and buy less cheap clothes and invest in higher quality clothes, classic pieces made from eco-friendly materials. It might cost a little bit more but it will fit better and last longer than three washes. 

2. Wear what you already own

  • What is the point of buying all these clothes and only wearing them once! Some people have gotten into a terrible mindset that they can only be seen in person or on Instagram in an outfit once! This is beyond stupidity and really not eco-friendly. Get creative and style each outfit differently with items that you already own.


3. Reduce the demand for new

  • This can be done by buying less and controlling your shopping behavior. Ask yourself next time you shop, "Do I really NEED this?", think of other ways you can spend the money instead of expanding your wardrobe you could save for a holiday, car, or house! Every penny counts.
  • Shop at secondhand shops, charity shops, thrift and vintage stores. Try thrift-flipping and up-cycling clothing.



4. Keep clothes out of landfills

  • You can do this by selling the clothes you no longer want online, not only are you saving the environment, or giving your clothes to a new happy home, you can also make a profit. 
  • You can also donate your clothes to charity, exchange them with friends and family.
  • Repair or DIY old garments instead of recycling and continuing the buying-purging cycle.


5. Support and shop from sustainable and eco-friendly clothing brands

  • Forget the fast fashion brands and be more ethically aware of how your clothes are made. Do your research, check the clothing label, where was it made, do they support sustainable manufacturing, what fabrics are used?

Linziclip - Hair Clips With A Difference!


Linziclip
Hair Clips With A Difference!

The time has finally come to announce my latest collaboration with the hair accessories brand, Linziclip. I don't know about you but I use hair clips on a daily basis, especially when I need to clip away my hair to apply my makeup in the morning. There is nothing worse than getting strands of hair in concealer! I usually use two very basic duckbill clips which are generally used by hairdressers to clip away hair when styling it. My hair type is long, thin and naturally straight so when it's clean and it has that silky texture, I find it impossible to find a claw clip that holds my hair without sliding out. That is why I was excited to collaborate with  Linziclip, who have reinvented the original claw clip!

ABOUT

Linziclip was created by Lindsey Walker and Shelley-Anne Salisbury with the main purpose and goal to produce a more contemporary claw clip that didn't share the same issues as the original one. They eliminated the painful claw clip teeth, the visible springs and designed a unique version with a cylindrical shape with two hidden springs. This new design is said to have a more secure and comfortable grip and doesn't snag or slip out of the hair, plus it doesn't leave kinks!
Since the original Linziclip claw clip the team have continued to innovate the design by launching different sizes and adding vibrant colours and prints to their product range. The Linziclip claw clip is now available in three sizes to match different hair types, including; 

  • Maxi (fine and thin hair)
  • Midi (medium and thicker hair)
  •  Mini (all hair types)
"The Linziclip® is a revolutionary new hair clip which thanks to its patented advanced gripping mechanism and two spring device, camouflages the inner workings of the old style claw clip whilst gripping the hair better than ever before. Invented for versatility, looks and comfort with its unique cylindrical shape, the Linziclip® has taken the world by storm and is selling in 17 countries around the world and counting". Linziclip

SAMPLE & REVIEW

In this collaboration with Linziclip, they kindly sent out a variety of product samples for me to try. I received eight different styles from their current collection including their Mini, Midi and Maxi claw clips, all in various colours and prints including; Bold basics, Diamonté encrusted, Leopard and Zebra prints and matte finish. I was eager to test out the new claw clip to see if it really did work with my hair type.
My first impressions of the Linziclip claw clip was that it was noticeably different with its unique shape and flat back. I was impressed with the robustness of the clasp and its hidden springs. My favourite styles were the Leopard and Zebra prints and I would recommend the design team to continue to launch contemporary prints such as these ones.
I tried the Linziclip's with clean and straightened hair. When it is freshly washed my hair is usually very silky and clips fail to grip onto it properly in this condition.  I then tried out various hair styles with the clips, hairstyles that I would usually do at home. The clips that worked the best with my hair type was the Mini and Maxi and I would definitely use the Maxi more often as it holds more hair. I was genuinely surprised that the Linziclip's managed to hold my hair in multiple styles when it was freshly washed and in that type of condition. The claw clips not only managed to hold my hair for a long period of time, it also stayed  in the exact position where I initially placed it. It didn't slide out once in any of the multiple styles that I tried out. I even forgot it was in my hair for a while, that is how comfortable these clips are! They are also super easy to use and to remove without getting your hair stuck or tangled in the clip. I highly recommend for you to try them out too!
Check out the styles I created below!




COMPETITION TIME!

In collaboration with Linziclip, we are giving away a multi-pack of Linziclips to ONE lucky winner!
Visit our Instagram page for more details:
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To learn more about Linziclip and to view their full collection click here:

#OOTD - In Lake Como

#OOTD

In Lake Como

You have probably noticed that I was in Lake Como, Italy, over the Easter weekend, as I've posted about 20 photos on IG from this trip.
 I have always heard that Lake Como was a beautiful part of Italy but that was definitely an understatement. I was in complete awe with this stunning location, with its aqua blue lake, mountain views and old towns sitting on the hillside with orange tiled roofs and the very traditional Italian Catholic church, visible from the distance.
My boyfriend and I drove from Switzerland to Lake Como which took about 5 hours in total and I had the privilege to select the hotel this time round. I chose the most traditional, Italian-styled hotel there was in the region, (which was in our budget of course), this being the Grand Hotel Imperiale Resort & Spa Lago di Como. I think I deserve a pat on the back for this choice as it was one of the most beautiful hotels that I have ever stayed at. The interior decor and architecture is exactly what you would expect for a traditional Italian hotel, with stone-pillared balconies, palm tree and floral gardens, (where you are able to wine and dine outdoors), mosaic tiled floors, decorative ceilings, bedroom views overlooking Lake Como, outdoor swimming pool, Spa, plus the staff were very friendly and helpful. The location was exactly what we wanted. Away from the busy, tourist area of Como Centre, our hotel was situated in a small town on the lake called Moltrasio, and if you ask me, this place was a lot more picturesque than Como Centre. We couldn't have asked for more with the location of the hotel as Moltrasio's old town is a short distance walk uphill behind the hotel and right in front was the boat port where you are able to travel by boat to any town on Lake Como and that is exactly what we did to travel to Como Centre and Cernobbio.
Lake Como may look bougie with its yachts and speed boats and hillside mansions but you would be surprised, the restaurants, activities and transport links for tourists are very affordable, (Pizza 5 Euros and boat trip return 7.50 Euros).
I don't know about you but I like to plan my outfit's in advance, before a trip and style them accordingly to what I would imagine would suit the location.  I find when I do this, I tend to pack a lot less and not overpack unnecessary items.
 In this #OOTD I decided to wear a floral dress with puff sleeves from Topshop, as the weather was sunny and 18 degrees and felt more like Summer than Spring. I wore the dress with black, mule slides from ZARA. I accessorised the outfit with an oversized straw bag from ZARA and I wore multi-necklace gold chains from Topshop as well as round sunglasses and multiple gold pin slides in my hair, both from H&M.

Outfit Breakdown

  • Floral Dress: Topshop
  • Gold Multi-chains: Topshop
  • Black Mule Slides: ZARA
  • Round Sunglasses: H&M
  • Gold Hair Pins: H&M
  • Straw Bag: ZARA

Shop this look here:


The Best Looks From The Met Gala 2019

The Best Looks From The Met Gala 2019

Yesterday, on Monday 6th May 2019, the biggest annual fashion charity event took place at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the one and only, Met Gala.
This famous, VIP, exclusive event is invite only and every celebrity in the Music, Film, Fashion or Television industry wants that invitation but only a few are selected each year.
The main purpose of the Met Gala is to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute and to celebrate the grand opening of their latest exhibition.
Each year at the Met Gala, there is a new dress-code theme. This years theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion. The exhibit is inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay that defines camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration". If you asked me to guess the theme before researching this I would have thought it was 1920s burlesque or circus.
The Met Gala is known to be the most extravagant event in the fashion calendar, where luxury designers have the opportunity to select their muse from the VIP celebrity guest-list and to design the most sensational, haute-couture outfit, in relation to the theme of course. The Mets red carpet, which is basically like the Fashion's week runway, is full of paparazzi and it is where all the guests make their grand entrance to the event to showcase their unique lavish outfits. It is also a great platform for designers to receive mass publicity and recognition for their haute-couture creations. This year's luxury designers included Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, Moschino, Giambattista Valli, Saint Laurent, Tory Burch, Dior, Tom Ford, Thom Browne, Versace, Dundas and many more.
Here are my favourite looks from this year's Meta Gala 2019:
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell (She had four outfit changes).

Gigi Hadid in Michael Kors

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Serena Williams in Versace

Sara Sampaio in August Getty Atelier

Kylie Jenner in Versace

Dua Lipa in Versace

Hailey Bieber in Alexander Wang
Ciara in Dundas

Emily Ratajkowski in Dundas

Gwen Stefani in Moschino

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Janelle Monáe in Christian Siriano

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Oscar De La Renta
Cara Delevingne

Cardi B in Thom Browne



Emma Roberts in Giambattista Valli

Zendaya in Tommy Hilfiger

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford 

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors

Naomi Campbell in Valentino

Candice Swanepoel 

Priyanka Chopra in Dior
Taylor Hill in Ralph Lauren
Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent

Ella Balinska in Tory Burch

Stella Maxwell in Moschino
Lupita Nyongo in Versace

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli

© Marianna Reid

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