Sort Out

I feel like I have been pretty non-existent for a while, so I’m really excited for my first proper post about fashion and style for about 6 months. Here goes…

I am now on a study break after my first big exam for a qualification I’m working towards and the first thing I wanted to do was go through my wardrobe and throw out all the items I no longer identify with.

I have found recently that the amount of stuff that I have makes me forget how I like to dress and the style I’m looking for when I go to select clothing for the day. So having a good sort out is something I felt would help with this problem.

I was quite harsh on myself and got rid of anything I hadn’t worn for a year (this was quite a lot of stuff). So this is what I am left with…

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I have all my jersey tops, sportswear and jumpers in drawers so this is not the only clothing I have. But I now feel that everything left is an item that can be blended well with the rest of my wardrobe.

I have also had a clear out of makeup and general dressing table items as I owned a hell of a lot of makeup for someone who wears the same 5 products every day. So now I have a super organized dressing table next to my clothes rail.

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I’d recommend having a sort out if you’ve reached a point of saturation with your clothing. It seems easier to just go out and buy more things but when the new items are blended with the old coats and skirts from previous trends and styles they quickly become less inspiring. It is also clearer what you can buy to match existing pieces after you have sorted through your items. Then you are likely to get more use out of the clothes you buy.

I’m going away next weekend and having a big sort out has helped me think about what I want to take with me so all in all, I’m feeling good about my wardrobe!

Julia xx

Focus

In the midst of studying at the moment. Trying to keep a clear head which is a challenge when there is so much going on around me.

Appreciating the little things and enjoying what is around is helpful and allows me to have a positive mindset despite the flood of information.

For the next few weeks I am going to be really selfish until the exam is over. I know I can get through as long as I give myself the time and calm thought process that I need to absorb the information.

I am in London at the moment on my revision course and the change of scenery is really helping me. There are some familiar things around which give me some comfort but being away from the office and home helps to clear my
mind and focus my thoughts on what I need to cover over the next few weeks.

I have prepared myself for failing in case I do so I know that I can deal with it and not let it stop me from achieving the end goal. I know many intelligent people who I would consider to be extremely knowledgeable who have not passed things first time. This doesn’t mean that they are any less than those who did, it just means that perhaps the questions just weren’t for them on that day.

Given everything I have achieved over the last 12 months I know that I can honestly look back and say that I have given my all- so if that is not enough it means it is just not my time and I am OK with that. Thinking like this helps me to be prepared and then if I do pass; there will be a very happy blog post to follow.

Some people may view this post as quite defeatist in the sense I am prepping myself for failing, but this is quite the opposite. I want to prepare myself for all outcomes so that I am not so emotionally attached to the result. I need to ensure a good realistic and clear head so that I don’t preoccupy my brain with the pressure – this will help me to pass.

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Julia xx

A Week in Pictures

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Wearing my Whistles Wisteria silk blouse

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Topshop sandals

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Jamie’s Italian super food salad

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Dark chocolate pot with walnut ice cream

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Michael Kors striped shopper

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Topshop Blouse and Peacocks black high heels

Julia xx

Checking In

I haven’t blogged for a while… It has been a bit hectic and I finally have a morning to myself, which is nice.

There are lots of tasks I need to focus on over the next 6 weeks and it seems a bit daunting, but when I have reached the end there are some really great things that I am looking forward to.

A new management role at work has really taken off and at times the responsibility is really scary, so I need to remain mindful of the great opportunity I have fallen into and not let my own fears and insecurities overcome me.

The company is growing really fast (faster than I would like at times) so the challenges will keep coming and if I don’t embrace them I know I will crumble. I’d like to see myself as a strong person who has learned a lot so I must keep going and keep absorbing.

In the background I have a looming exam which is coming up at the end of June and I know I haven’t put in anywhere near as much effort as I would have liked.

Motivation is lacking when I get home from work given all the new scenarios and my changing responsibilities. But next week I am in London to attend some more classes for the exam, so after this I am going to knuckle down and focus on the material as much as I can, so hopefully I can pass. 

The things that are keeping me sane are visiting my sister in St Ives the weekend after my exam and then going to Paris for the first time at the end of August.

I really want to enjoy some time with my sister as I don’t see her very much with the distance between us (me living in the Midlands and her in Cornwall). She always gives me a good positive perspective on my worries and challenges and I feel, sort of, emotionally cleansed (?) when I have seen her.

But Paris!!! Omg back to Paris. This is the first time I have been out of the country for a good few years and I am so excited. I adore French fashion and can’t wait to wonder around aimlessly and experience new things. I know I am going to enjoy it so much.

I like to write these kind of posts as it helps to cement all my goal posts down in my head- almost like a to do list. I like to refer back to my posts and see how my perspective has changed on something I struggled with, showing me that I can achieve things.

Now I am going to get on with a little fashion post!

Julia xx

Anniversary

Today is the four year anniversary of mine and my lovely boyfriend’s first date and I can’t communicate how special he is to me.

We haven’t got each other presents and cards this year but it doesn’t mean that we don’t love each other as much, it just reflects how much faster our pace of life is at the moment and I can’t wait to spend it all with him.

I truly feel that he is my soulmate and before I met him I believed that I would never meet someone as special as he is. Oh how wrong I was.

He is the person that I can share anything with and be completely myself around and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

I love you Michael and I now know what the saying ‘I love you more and more each day’ really means.

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Julia xx

Sunday Thoughts

Thinking about the week ahead on a Sunday night can be quite daunting when you consider all the tasks and events that can occur over 7 days.

In order to deal with this it is important to simply consider the one day in front of you and break all the tasks down into manageable chunks. Usually you will find that you can get more done in the time frame you have than initially thought.

One of the things I have to remind myself of is that the things that worry and concern me the most often cannot be planned or avoided, so acceptance is key and blocking them out until you reach the office is important so that you can get a good nights sleep before the start of a new week.

A concept I came across recently that has been a big help is the idea of maintaining a ‘beginner’s mind’. This involves looking at tasks with a fresh outlook each day, ignoring the things that have held you back previously.

Often a fresh mind allows you to revisit persistent tasks in the same way but with less negativity. This helps the tasks get done and perhaps without the self doubt and anxiety which stems from them not going completely to plan last week or last month.

It is important to remember that we are ‘work in progress- and we will get there a bit at a time, not all at once’.

I hope you all of a great week. Remember to take it in your stride!

  

Julia xx