Monday, January 25, 2016

4 Things I Noticed When I Started Exercising



I know what you're thinking, "What do you mean your svelte physique hasn't come naturally Danielle?". Yes, I'm afraid that I too must exercise like other mere mortals ;)

In all honesty though sport and I have never been mates and I've only started hitting the gym and classes full time in the last year. That time has FLOWN by though and I now wake up everyday feeling like it's part of a normal routine. Like brushing my teeth or checking Snapchat on the hour, every hour. This isn't a post about how you should exercise or how to do it or anything like that. Being fit is so on trend that you can't open a new tab without seeing some #fitspo, so this post is more about the little things I've noticed since I began taking care of my bodacious body.

1. I can sleep through the whole night
I've never been a great sleeper, I sleep light and have trouble switching off. I have noticed over the last year that because I'm worn out from wasting energy riding a bike to nowhere, I can stay asleep all night. The sleep is much deeper and I can barely sleep in any more because 8 hours is almost TOO much. Never thought I'd say that...

2. I am MUCH warmer
If you know me outside of the internet (Hi real life friends!) then you know I am famous for my zero body heat. Seriously, I am room temperature. This has led to a lifetime of reliance on electric blankets so I can be cosy at night, and a constant fear of being stranded without a jacket. But now that I'm hitting the gym a few times a week I don't need to have a doona on at night! Exercise is the key to temperature regulation apparently.

3. I sweat more
Kinda the same thing as being warmer but with less perks. I NEVER used to sweat but now I can work one up by going outside on a humid day. I've also never been one for forehead sweat but here I am saying au revoir to my makeup by 10 am in Summer. Yay for better circulation?!

4. I'm hungry all the time
Science says you consume more calories, your body wants more calories. That's cool but man is it annoying at work. The guy I sit next too is baffled by my snack game and how much I can consume. Luckily it's mostly healthy food, nowadays I crave protein and foods that will fill me up but aren't heavy.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Shoe Review: Missguided Lace Up Tassel Heels



This is my second pair of shoes from Missguided (remember this gorgeous teal pair?) and they've quickly become my favourite heels. I desperately wanted a red set in my wardrobe but most styles were bright red and had too much oopmh for me... and along came the lace up tassel pair in berry. Berry is much more wearable isn't it? The burgundy colour goes with so much and is more understated, making it perfect for work and play. Also, who could walk (scroll) past the combo of ties and tassels?! No one I tell you! Just check me out here working that pavement as they perfectly compliment my dress...

Comfort wise, they're great. The block heel is supportive and the heel cup holds you in, which is something I've found lacking in other lace up styles. They're not too complicated to get on either which is a major bonus because I am time poor and if my shoes require 15 minutes for lacing, count me out. The tassels do swing around and get their groove on while you walk but that's to be expected so just double knot them. My only criticism is that the ties are almost too long. Having the option to lace them up your legs is nice but a little shorter would have been better.

16 Things To Stop Doing In 2016



2016 is going to be your best year yet, Yes, every single one of you! I'm not big on new year resolutions because I prefer to focus on the lifestyle change itself and the smaller steps of getting there. Want to be a better friend or have less crap in your house? Then some of these things you need to stop doing will help you meet that goal. Now, I'm not the boss of you obviously, but this is some pretty sound advice and a little reminder for myself too maybe...

1. Apologising for no reason
Have you noticed how often people start a sentence with "Sorry, but...". You're not sorry, you have nothing to be sorry for! I'm a culprit of this but am making a huge effort to cut it out this year. Plus, it'll make your apologies, when you actually have screwed up, worth more.

2. Thinking "Oh that won't look good on me"
I have been surprised time and time again by outfits I loved but thought would look shocking. If you see a top and think it's beautiful but is too old or too young for you, TRY IT ON ANYWAY. You noticed it for a reason, it could be your soul mate (of shirts).

3. Leaving trolly comments
The world is full of enough negativity without you adding to it. Yes, there are things on the internet that will offend you but since I started working in social media I've really seen how often people put their horrid two cents in. Even if it's about the Kardashians, and you think they're asking for it, just keep a lid on it. What you put out is what you get back,,,

4. Borrowing your friends clothes and never returning them
STAHHHHHHP! If someone lends you a dress they may as well have given you their wallet. Treat it like you would a newborn child. This is about trust people. Don't break the trust, just wash it and give it back the following week.

5. Being late without notice
I've said this once and I'll say it again: there's no excuses for being late and not telling anyone about it. Not being on time is annoying enough but in this age of technology if you can't send a courtesy text or email letting the waiting party know you're running behind time, then you sir are a jerk,

6. Saying you don't read
That's not a thing. Unless you're two years old and literally can't. Pick up a magazine or read a blog post (this one is especially good) if books are a big step for you, but don't say silly things about not reading. Being a nerd isn't uncool any more anyway.

7. Wearing shoes that hurt your feet
As your mother I am here to tell you that you should look after your feet. Limping because of blisters is so 2015. Buy a comfy, well supported pair with good grip so you stay on your two pins in the rain.

8. Asking people questions Google can answer
Unless you know someone is knowledgeable in a certain area don't annoy them with questions like: "Do you know any burger places in Sydney?". GOOGLE IT! If you want people's opinions on something (i.e. What is the best burger place in Sydney?), go nuts.But for specific queries, Google is god.

9. Staying inside when it's raining
It's so, so tempting to bundle up and cancel those dinner plans when the heavens open but in 2016 don't let the rain keep you away! Just be prepared with some waterproof gear, and go get that fresh air. You'll also notice that it's a lot quieter when it's raining so now is the time to hit up that popular cafe that usually has a line down the street. Plus, what's a little frizzy hair amongst friends?

10. Not expressing gratitude
The days of sending thank you letters may have passed, but I say we bring it back! A simple thanks goes a long way and if someone has done something special, stuck their neck out for you or just made you smile when you were down, give them a shout out. Flowers, cards, emails, texts or a high five work wonders.

11. Holding onto clothes that don't fit
Becoming anti-clutter will change your life and the key to having a killer wardrobe is actually less choice. Now is the time to stop wasting space on things that are too big, too small, need to be fixed or aren't quite right. Having ONE goal item to fit into if you're losing weight is OK, everything else must go!

12. Saving the good things for the right time
Now is the right time to wear your sexy lingerie and use the good glasses! That day may never come so treat every day (and yourself!) like it's special and pretty soon it will be.

13. Using tablets to take photos
When will this end?! It's so awkward to watch. Use your phone or I dunno... a camera!

14. Sharing those 'Facebook update' posts
Mark Zuckerberg is never going to give you money and putting up a copy and pasted status does not give you rights of any kind. Every year I see people fooled by this and posting them 'just in case'. Next time you see what is essentially the modern version of a chain email, ask yourself: "Where did this come from?".

15. Not reading the labels
I'm a borderline eco-warrior, so this is a mild dramatisation... But I promise that reading the ingredient list on your food and beauty products will surprise you. I'm not suggesting you make any changes but guess what the first ingredient is in your 'natural' muesli bar? Sugar. And that shampoo? The tears of the tigers who lost their home to plant palms for oil. It's the quickest way to make better choices.

16. Saying you can't if you haven't even tried
If there is one word I cannot stand hearing come out of someone's mouth the minute after you've offered them a solution or option, is can't. This year, ditch the excuses and TRY. Even if you don't succeed you'll get a star or something right?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Proof That Paisley Isn't Just For Hippies



Dress: ASOS, Heels: Missguided

You may have noticed in my usual outfit posts I'm a tad more... moody. Being the mysterious creature I am, I opt for a pout or closed lip smile, but this ASOS dress makes me want to grin like the Cheshire Cat! Paisley is sooooo not a pattern I've been a fan of in the past but I really wanted more colour in my wardrobe and this was the perfect instant-outfit dress. And ASOS had 40% off that day, I'm only human! This was also the purchase that broke my 5 Piece French Wardrobe challenge but #NoRegrets. It's sold out now because ASOS, but here's a similar one and I love this one too. The heels are an upcoming shoe review and I don't want to give too much away, but they probably deserve an award for how well they match this dress. 







Monday, December 28, 2015

What I Learnt In 2015

One of my favourite traditions at the end of the year is not making resolutions for the next one, but reflecting on everything I learnt this year. This has been the most personally challenging year so far (and hopefully ever) so I have collected a fair bit of wisdom to dish out...

  • Owning lots of things is stressful. Keep it simple metaphorically and literally
  • You don't have to like prawns just because everyone else does
  • Never be the one who stopped trying, being proud won't stop the 'what ifs'
  • Red is sooooo my colour
  • If you fail, try again. If someone else fails, support them, again. And again if need be
  • Family is EVERYTHING
  • Don't be a roadblock to someone apologising. Even if you can't accept it, let them say it
  • Comparing yourself to other people is a great way to drive yourself crazy
  • Doing the wrong thing by other people's standards doesn't mean it's not the right thing for you right now
  • Move to the city. Even if it's just for a little while
  • Every person is a human being with thoughts and feelings you know nothing about. So be kind, up front with your intentions and listen when they speak
  • If you look at someone's profile picture and think 'dayummmm', tell them. Even if you're not close, compliments are free
  • You won't get something if you don't ask for it. Except for bills
  • The ability to accept the things you can't change will allow you to sleep at night
  • Sometimes you will have to smile at people you genuinely dislike. It's called being an adult
  • Say yes to that beer



Dress: Boohoo, Earrings: ASOS

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Perfect Outfit For Sipping Margaritas









Playsuit, Mura Boutique (sold out, but similar here), Sandals, Bonbons


I've been thinking about holidays a lot lately. Yes, again. I'll always be dreaming of my next trip and this next one has to be a beach holiday. Sipping margaritas in this breezy cotton playsuit, casually reclined on a day bed, listening to the ocean, now that would be heaven! Off the shoulder styles are unbeatable for the warmer months. They're so easily dressed up just by adding a pair of heels and killer necklace. And yes I realise I am very pale, the only tan I'll ever get is out of a bottle, but I can still be in Summer mode without the stereotypical look!


Monday, December 14, 2015

My Fifth Piece (Second Round): Off The Shoulder Playsuit


This is my last piece for the very first year (and hopefully not last!) of the 5 Piece French Wardrobe challenge. I desperately wanted a new playsuit and I can't get enough of all things off the shoulder so when I saw this fresh, baby blue number from Mura Boutique I jumped at the chance. Even though it wasn't a quality piece, the spirit of the challenge was to add interesting, seasonal items to your closet so even if this playsuit isn't forever, I adore it. Plus, it's cotton and that's on the good material list for me!

I did a 6 month reflection piece a while ago and to be honest, that was a piece of cake compared to this second half! I have felt a bit constricted by the 5 Piece Wardrobe challenge this time around and I think it's because of the warmer weather and since I already had a very limited summer wardrobe I had a lot more trouble choosing the five pieces. I felt like I needed everything! That's probably evidence to stock up on the basics,which I might try and do in the Christmas sales. Can you believe I didn't own a denim skirt until recently?!

So, you're probably all wondering if I'll keep doing this challenge next year, and the answer is yes. BUT. There's always a but and that's because I do want to try some new trends and looks so if it's a very cheap item, I'm going to buy it. I also have an outfit challenge idea I want to do so I might have to be more flexible. Aaaaaan for the sake of honesty, I technically bought a sixth piece. Oops. Tripped at the finish line but as they say, I have #noregrets.