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Friday, May 26, 2017

I’ve found my balance in life has shifted slightly over the last few months, with blog inspiration and posting slowing down as my photography work picks up; I am grateful however, and rather enjoying a slower pace across the board that has given me time to see people, go places, work on new things and not push my brain further than it’s able to go with creating when it wants to rest.

Speaking of rest, I’m about to embark a bit of travel and get some sunshine which is rather exciting (and great for my cold feet which are finally getting some warmth!) and will give me a better chance to give brain chatter a rest and find new inspiration, all whilst enjoying new culture and down-time - plus hopefully some ice-cream ;)

I do find travel and food a bit daunting sometimes when having a vegan diet, researching restaurants beforehand to make sure there is something substantial to eat - having bread and pizza twice a day for three days does get a bit much sometimes - which is why I’m always looking (both on holiday and when working at home) for snacks that are healthy and vegan friendly!

Thankfully this is where a yummy new snack comes in from Yushoi, a brand I’ll be working with regularly over the next year to share the message of balance and healthy eating, enjoying food that’s equally nutritious and delicious - because who says snacking can’t taste great and be healthy too?! The warmer weather always makes me opt for lighter foods through the day, and Yushoi snacks are perfect as they’re lightly baked without MSG or artificial flavours, plus being made with green peas means they’re packed with protein to keep you going until dinner!

A flavour I’ve been loving recently is Sweet Chilli and Lemon, a little hint of spice to go alongside the Japanese inspiration for the snacks, and for a day outside in the sunshine when you want to relax or keep hunger at day when exploring, they really do satisfy and fill you up - whether it’s a mini multipack in a variety of flavours including Soy and Balsamic and Lightly Salted to keep in your bag whilst discovering a new city, or a larger pack to enjoy at a picnic or through the day when working, it’s a great light and healthy option to keep your diet balanced and healthy through the summer months.

With all this in mind, I’ve been thinking about how I can maintain balance over the next few months, to keep work fresh and my mind inspired, and wanted to finish today’s post with a little inspiration for you - even if it’s to come up with your own ways to stay balanced and mindful:

• Keep up a regular sleep schedule - I’m aiming to wake up earlier with lighter mornings and sunshine, but also in getting a decent 8 hours of deep sleep, so that means…
• Stay off my phone an hour before bed - I got into such a good routine of having my phone off for at least 30 minutes before sleep, but I’ve slipped recently and seeing a screen before sleep really does keep my brain active longer *slapped wrists*
• Try more varied meals and food - I noticed I’ve been having the same or similar meals for a long time now, so with new seasonal food coming in, I’m going to try and experiment more, and also try making my own houmous!
• Keep up the flossing! - I recently went to the dentist after a long time in-between, and needless to say, I gotta floss more. So far, it’s going well, I just need to stop leaving it to the last minute when I’m half-asleep on the pillow ;)
• Have regular breaks - whether it’s through the day when working from home, or having days with friends to go visit new places and take pictures, a change of scenery really helps invigorate the mind and give it space to expand in so many ways.

We’re all looking for more balance in our daily lives and sometimes it takes time - I’m hopefully going to pick up a lot of inspiration on my travels this week and give my mind a rest in the meantime, allowing all that creativity to come back in big waves! So whether it’s heating healthier snacks such as Yushoi or making more home-cooked meals, or taking more time out for yourself in the evening and having more social time at the weekends, keeping the steady balance of being active and having rest whilst keeping your mind and body happy and healthy is always possible, and always fitting to what you need best right here, right now.

This post is part of a sponsorship programme in collaboration with Yushoi -
All views are my own as is my love of healthy snacks! Yushoi is available at all leading supermarkets and health stores.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Howdy howdy and happy Monday folks!

It's been a while since I started a post with some form of 'hello' which I think is down to the sunshine and general good vibe feeling the warmer weather is bringing this week - thank the lord, my bones have been cold - but I'm quite excited to get this post out there as I have some fab news:

I'm hosting my first Blog Photography workshop!

If you follow me on social you may have already seen this, but I wanted to do a bigger announcement here as the date is creeping closer and make sure the word was out, because if there's one thing we as bloggers and creators love, it's good photography.

Hosting my own workshops has been a huge dream of mine for years and after a few practise mini sessions early this year, I'm kicking off with an in-depth practical session on Manual Photography; if you came to any of the tasters, I can promise you it'll be more informative, hands-on, and rewarding with three hours of taking you through your cameras and trying the settings on various props and lighting scenarios to make your pictures better than ever!

The event page and tickets are linked here (p.s. if you're reading this on mobile, open the link in Safari and it should work, or head to my Twitter here) and I'm hoping to do more specialised workshops covering fashion and flatlays in the future - covering everything from posing tips to use colour and staging - all whilst maxing out the potential of your camera.

Tickets are £80 and it's a max of 6 people per session, so if you are interested I'd get booking quickly, however if you're interested in hearing about future workshops and topics, leave your details below to hear first!

I really hope to see some of you there (or at future sessions) and as whilst I'm on the topic of photography, I've been nominated as Photography Blogger of the Year by Blogosphere, so if you would like to vote for me here, it would be amazing (plus it's the last day!!) I'm so glad my work has inspired others and that my tips have helped, and also that the work I've produced here and with others is enjoyed by so many, so thank you!

See you behind the camera ;)


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Excuse the photo heavy post, but I just really, really loved this location-outfit combo.

I've called this London in Spring but come on, the British weather has been a bit wet and grey recently - where has the sun gone? Isn't it meant to be summer soon? There was a rare sunny moment this week, so I hot-footed it to London to meet up with Ghenet spontaneously for catch ups and photos (this gal seriously knows her locations and hidden corners in London, we all need a Ghenet).

With the prospect of humid sunshine, I finally got to crack out what is probably my all-time favourite warm season outfit, along with sandals which was a big moment for someone who was still wearing bed socks on the reg.

This look isn't anything new, it's been hanging around my wardrobe for the last year, but it's an absolute fail safe with pieces I will always love. After a big ol'shopping day last year, I picked up these two from Mango and wore them together practically all the time when it was warm; high-waisted cotton culottes that hit a small girl on the ankle perfectly, comfy and casual yet easy to dress up (I have a crop top blouse which takes these from casual to a bit sexy in a flash, spot on multi-styling) and this 'Quiet' tee is me to a tee (excuse the pun) - my brain can overwork so easily and just a little bit of quiet keeps me pootling along through the day, as does food and waffles and coconut hot chocolate.

As you can tell, I'm really feeling the high-waist, wide-leg trend atm - for someone pettie, I've been made to feel I can't wear anything floaty for years because it'll make me look short, but we can all agree it's hella comfy and cool to have swishy legs! I think if you get it right with shoes, top, and even making yourself appear and stand tall, any one can live their best life in wide legs, especially cotton ones with pockets and a very forgiving waistband - eats more waffles.

Top - Mango (sold out) | Trousers - Mango (sold out) | Sandals - Aldo (sold out)

After finding this gem of a street by accident (which is used a lot for backdrops in old-style movies, the architecture and doors are simply wonderful, plus Tom Hardy ran out one of the houses according to a man who lived on the street so that's a little celeb factoid for you) I'm really looking forward to a bit more consistent warm weather to visit more hidden and lesser-known areas of the City; from exploring new food spots to streets with interesting architecture and character, London in the sunshine is just a beautiful sight (unlike some of my posing for photos ;) )

On a final note, I've been a bit relaxed with posts recently which is usually unlike me, but I'm enjoying the extra time to work on posts and other exciting fun things, hence the less regular schedule round here. Sometimes a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do, and right now it's all about balance - maybe that would be a good post idea *jots on the list*

Hopefully the weekend will bring some extra sunshine to inspire me a bit more, and if that fails, well I'll just have to scour London a little bit more ;) any excuse to hit up the vegan ice-cream parlour again....


Photos by the babe that is Ghenet!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I was waiting around in M&S the other week before a shoot when I noticed 'heck, M&S has some pretty banging pieces out right now!' - I'm a huge fan of their pjs and undies (obvs), and they've definitely gone up a knotch in style points in recent years, with lots of friends and bloggers sporting key pieces over the last few seasons.
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