Monday, 24 January 2011

The Rules!

Last Thursday I had my review in work which is always a little nerve wracking - pleased to say there was nothing horrific - phew!

On the back of this I have been really considering how I can 'grow' and this morning my AD in work sent me something really interesting which I though I would share. New week resolutions anyone?!

10 Spartan Rules
In 1951 President Yoshida wrote 10 principles to guide behavior at Dentsu in Japan:

1. Create work for yourself; don’t wait for work to be assigned to you.
2. Take an active role in all your endeavours, not a passive one.
3. Seek out large and complex jobs. Trivial tasks debase you.
4. Welcome difficult assignments. Choose them. Progress lies in accomplishing difficult work.
5. Once you begin a task, complete it. Never give up.
6. Lead your fellow workers. Be an example for them to follow.
7. Set goals for yourself to ensure a constant sense of purpose. This will give you perseverance and hope for the future.
8. Move with confidence. Confidence gives your work force, focus and substance.
9. Find new solutions. This is the way we ensure satisfactory service.
10. When conflict is necessary don’t shy away from it or be afraid. Conflict is the mother of progress and the source of aggressive enterprise. If you fear conflict, you will become timid and servile.

Fashion A La Radio

Source, Photo Credit NYLON Magazine Melodie McDaniel

Perusing the weekend papers I noticed some chat about the idea of Radio 3 doing fashion essays...... Up until now I didn't even know about this show - sounds pretty interesting too.

It's a series of 15min programmes debating and exploring arts and cultural topics, running Monday to Friday. Last week it was all about the scholar Michel de Montaigne. They also have quite interesting people reading them out - last Monday it was Alain de Botton whose weekly book reviews in the Independent on Sunday used to be one of my favourite reads when I was in school - I always thought his style of writing was amazing.

Anyhoo, I would defiantly be keen to listen in to any fashion essays - fingers crossed it happens now.

On a completely separate note - here's some inspiration for the day. The fringe is amazing xCx

Sunday, 23 January 2011


Today has been domestic bliss. Mr M and I stayed in bed forever - totally needed after last week. We then ventured out of the house for some errands (Baby Bottom Cream all sold out as suspected - Doh!) and then back home for further hibernation and sausage and mash.

I've also managed to do all my washing, drying and ironing as well as change my bed sheets (is there anything better than a clean fluffy bed?!), catch up on all my favourite blogs and experiment with my nails.

As I've mentioned in the past, I'm quite the Barry M nail varnish fan. However I often find their colours a bit too light - requiring many layers and I just don't have that kind of patience! Not anymore though. Since purchasing their black nail varnish I've been using it under their vivid purple and navy blue to make them deeper - and to great affect it has worked. Today I've also done the same with their grey varnish (not the best photo but you get the idea). Clearly grey is not a new trend, but I've been pretty unsure about it. When you're naturally pale I think that you have to tred carefully with pale varnishes. Don't ask me why, I just think you do.... It's like nail varnish on long nails - just not right. Don't know why - it's just the way I feel! Anyhoo, I've decided to give it a chance and will be keeping it for at least 24hours to conduct a fair trial. I shall report back. Over and out. xCx

Let your hair down

(source: Disney, Tangled) perhaps this is a little too long!
Since getting engaged I've been on a mission to grow my hair. It's already pretty long but I'd like it about four" longer....... with less than four months to go I may be in need of a miracle though. If all else fails there may be some hair pieces on the day... Hmmm not sure about that though - if only I had Rapunzel's hair (can't wait to see the movie). xCx

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Some inspo for now and later



There's a few sites that are part of my daily reading material and is one of them. I love their 'Pick of the Day' feature. And over the last few days there has been a few looks that I have loved. Two of which are perfect for now (since it is STILL freezing) and two for Spring - something to look forward to.

Although I'm not the biggest fan of Olivia Palermo in The City, the girl has style and possibly the best hair in the business, not to mention probably one of the best wardrobes out there. She can't be all bad.

Bottoms Up!



So it seems I'm totally behind (no pun intended) the times. This week has seen Waitrose' Baby Bottom Butter smothered all over the press. However, on a night in with the girls, BC aka 'Queen of Cosmetics' (I've never seen a bathroom so jam-packed with girlie goodies) informed me that this is the second wave of hysteria for this £2.49 supermarket wonder and that following the first hit in 2008 her mother sent her a heap of it.

Having generously used it on my hands that evening, I'm now off to see if there's any left on the shelves - well when there's women saying it competes with Creme de La Mer which retails from £90 who can blame me.

I'm yet to give the Aldi skincare line a try as well, but apparently their Lacura Anti Aging Serum priced £3.49 is pretty great and since I've just inadvertently got myself addicted to Declours Aromaessence NĂ©roli (£39) through a tester sample, I'm keen to find a replacement ASAP.

OPI does Katy P

OPI always does the best nail varnishes with the most inventive names, so I'm not surprised to find out they have collaborated with Miss Katy Perry to produce a limited edition range.

I kinda like Katy Perry - she seems pretty cool and appears to have a good sense of humour (you would need to if your hubby was prone to releasing dodgy pics of you on the web) and the colours really reflect this. Haven't tried them yet but I'm looking forward to getting my mitts on them.

All the colours are inspired by her new album, Teenage Dream. There's two metallics (The One That Got Away and Not Like The Movies) as well as two glittery ones which I'm not so sure about (Last Friday Night and Teenage Dream).

They've also done a 'shatter' black. It's like the Barry M limited edition one. However, I'm unable to comment on this one either as when I opened it, it would appear that the brush was broken and I've been unable to use it or find anymore in the shops - boo hoo. I do know that they both act as a top coat and 'crackle' whichever colour you put it on top off - kinda cool.

Each polish is £10.50. Apparently there's a Justin Bieber range on its way too............. Sounds interesting!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


I am always saving images on my desktop or cutting out pics from mags so I thought I would chuck some on here to share what I'm kinda into at the moment.

Caught in the middle

Darn it! I totally meant to take a photo of my outfit yesterday to go with my post but by the time a made it home from work there was barely enough time to get changed for my pilates class.

Am really loving pilates at the moment and now that I have my new swanky-ass mat I'm no longer sliding around the gym! Also got to wear my new Sweaty Betty pilates pants too - they are soooo comfy. LOVE them - must try not to live in them though else my ass will spread to fill them!!

Am totally bored of most of my wardrobe at the moment so am making a special effort to try and make different outfits - it's only another 4months before I can stop saving for the wedding and start buying lots of lovely clothes and shoes again.... Can not wait.

Anyhoo, opted for my Full Circle maxi dress that I purchased in the summer. It's a thick enough cotton to let me get away with it in the colder months so I have teamed it with my Nine West biker boots from years ago, a Jigsaw leather belt and my preppy Karen Millen cardi from back in the day when I used to work there. I'm pretty happy with the outfit - it's cute me thinks.

It's also serving to experiment with the long/medium length straight jersey skirts which I have been pondering for a while. Nearly bought one at the weekend but was unsure what to wear on my feet with it at the mo. Think I need to spend more time considering before I jump in - though Ashley Olsen does make it look pretty cool..... My out fit does not look anything like this!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Such a perfect day

This weekend was a truly glorious affair in light of my new years resolutions to basically start looking after myself in 2011 - especially ahead of the wedding. It kicked off with an early morning threading session! This is truly superior form of hair removal. HOWEVER, my eyebrows are still a little red - two days later. I sported my beret for the rest of the day because, as Mr M put it 'my cheeks were flushed with the cold and joining up with the redness of my eyebrows leaving a whopping big white forehead'! Thanks hon! We then headed to a lovely little shop for Mr M to try on his grooms outfit - he looked soooo smart.

The rest of the day was filled with shopping where I picked up a new pair of Pilate's pants from herewhich I will be trialing tonight in the first Pilate's class of 2011. I love Sweaty Betty. It makes going to the gym so much more enjoyable. Everything they make is so comfortable and stylish - it's just a shame that I don't go to the gym enough to warrant the amount of stuff I would like to buy!

I was also on the hunt for a new pair of skinny black jeans, but to no avail - everything has so much Lycra. This is no good when you spend most of your time getting up and down from your desk - nobody needs to see my ass falling out all the time! Instead I picked up a pair of black jodhpurs from Zara. No photos at the mo but I'll post some later.

I LOVE my new jodhpurs, and to top it off so does Mr M, who mostly finds my fashion decisions confusing!! They are the happy medium between jeans and leggings (when did they become such a wardrobe staple anyhoo!). I have paired them with my Dotty P boots from last year, a slouchy cream sweater, mussed up hair, a tan, leopard print scarf and gold jewellery - I feel like a little snow bunny.