Summer lovin' happened so fast | Life and Style

As the nights roll in earlier, days are shorter and summer draws to a close (yes I know it's early to be saying that considering all the crazy hot weather but you can't say you haven't noticed!) I thought I'd bring a together a few blogs of my trip to the US and my favourite summer outfits to brighten the mood a little before Autumn fully sets in.
The first day of any holiday is full of all the excitement but not normally all of the attractions, especially if you've just stepped off a bergillian-hour flight. So our first day in the US was mainly a setting up and chill day. We hung out by the pool for the most part, traveled out for some cocktails at the beach and also collected our much loved US car - a Mustang. Although a typically normal car in the US, obviously for us Brits it's such a novelty so we like to get one when we visit. Plus it has handy giant cup holders to fit your favourite casual 1.5ltr ice latte in (naturally).

For the days outfit I wore a 'Malibu' stamped one piece from Topshop in a dark mark grey (we'll ignore the obvious incorrect location reference) with a ripped denim skirt at the beginning of the day which I switched to dark grey denim shorts for our beach trip and rose gold Birkenstocks. I accessorized with a belated present gifted to me whilst on holiday - a beautiful rose gold Mi Moneda necklace complete with 2 interchangeable discs one with crystal and one with mother of pearl. I absolutely love this necklace and its now a firm staple in my jewellery collection.
In the evening we visited our favourite crab shack where we filled up on everything seafood including the best crab nachos I've ever had and took a stroll in the harbor for 'dessert', or as I like to call it 'diet damage control'.

Although we didn't have a huge load on we definitely all needed some RnR so whilst pulling together our itinerary we took advantage of some serious chill time.


BRB with some more US travels!

Michelle


What I wore

Marl grey Malibu body - Topshop
Ripped black jean skirt - Liquor N Poker
High-waisted grey jean shorts - Newlook
Rose gold sandals - Birkenstock
Rose gold necklace with crystal disc - Mi Moneda

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Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones | Writing

Today's blog post comes from my written work as art editor over at Vulture Hound Magazine 

Lets talk The Rolling Stones. Just the name must bring up even the slightest image or connotation to mind, whether it be of a group who’s sound influenced 5 generations and brought the voice of blues to the forefront of music, or just that iconic tongue logo. However grand or mundane this band... read more here

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Challenge accepted - The mantlepiece | Life & Fitness



As many of you already know, supported, advertised or donated to I've been mega off the blogging the last few months for many reasons, and this ones not been the least bit easy.

I've always been one of those people that as soon as I get an idea in my head or get totally obsessed with something I have to follow it through, and when it comes to fitness challenges this year it's been a none stop hit list, and one of the many reasons the blog has fallen off the face of the cliff.. Whilst I've pondered how to climb it..

Over the last 4/5 months I've been going from challenge to challenge pushing myself each time and every time, and although the 5:20am starts and 4hr weekend cooking procedures and 9pm to bed finishes has not been easy the results are starting to show.
My first challenge has seen me complete the 90 Day SSS challenge famed by The Body Coach aka fitness guru Joe Wicks (and if you don't know who he is.. where have you been!?), whilst during this time also completing a big house move so its been pretty full on. I won't say much about my experience as I'll be producing a video detailing my full opinion on the plan, but what I will say it's been super tough but with a huge re-education.





My second challenge was my completely the British 10K for the second time only 1 month after my body coach plan ended. The training was tough as the change of routine and endurance aspect was vastly different, but I smashed my first 10K time from my race 2 years ago by 14 minutes and technically (due to the track actually being over 10K) only missed my desired time by 1 minute which I was still very very happy with.


The third challenge my body will endure this year is the 24hr Three Peaks challenge, and of all the things I have done this year this is the real nerve wracking, intense practice walking, adrenaline pumping kinda showstopper. The challenge will see my work team of 6 climb the three highest mountains in the UK from the eve of the 16th of September throughout the night into the 17th of September. 

My training has seen me in the gym at 6am 4 days a week and 1 day climbing outdoors, climb 250 stair cases each gym session alongside several grueling leg work outs, plus climb the tallest point in the southeast and the Yr Elen mountain which is over three quarters of the high of Snowdon. On top of this my team is raising over £10,000 for Save the Children and The WHSmith Trust, all for great causes but still a very daunting figure (you can read more about my team here).



  
I've always thought that having a tenacious, persistent and pretty much obsessive attitude with my goals has been one of my best traits, and I would definitely say it's been one of the keys to where I am today. So with fitness firmly in my mindset, and a trail of rock tape, deep heat and protein bars beside me, I'm sure that one day I can turn back to look at what I've done in 2016 on my mantelpiece of achievements.

Roll on September 16th!

Michelle


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Style never takes a day off | Life & Style

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Hello there, me again!

I know yet again I've been MIA and you've probably forgotten all about me *sobs*, but honestly I've been away for many many good reasons. One which I will share in the coming months which I'm beaming to talk about!! But also because 2 of my 3 major fitness ventures have now drawn to a close.. Giving some time freed up to talk fashion, life and other fancies! 


But for the time being I wanted to draw to a close the last of my snaps of trip to France in February, where we decided to visit the center of Paris and walk round all the usual sites and shops, interspersed with a crepe or two (naturally).
It's true what some say about Paris being one of the most romantic cities in the world, filled to the brim with cobbled streets, black iron street lamps, beautiful artistically arched bridges, mountains of history and whimsical architecture. It's no wonder why people fall in love with it and visit time and time again.

 
 
For our last little parisienne trip, we visited all the usual things a day trip to Paris would envisage including the Notredame, Arch de Triumphe, Eiffel Tower and the Louvre where I was in heaven - particularly within the Asian and Egyptian sections getting lost in all the intricate mosaics.

For the trip I wore black and white stripe with classic blocks of red and gold (a little cheesy I know but it had to be done). I really enjoyed this outfit, especially the top over the leather skirt, even though the layering was loose it still made for a very svelte outfit. The right angle cut of the tee, typography and matching gold twist necklace added an extra je ne se quoi to this otherwise very obvious Parisienne look.
Michelle


Ps. Have no fear! I will be back sooner than the normal stint with more lifestyle and outfits snaps from another trip across the pond

What I wore

Studded jacket - Coated London
Stripped typographic t-shirt - Primark
Leather look skirt - Newlook
Studded boots - Friis co.
Fedora hat - Forever 21
Red tote - Longchamp 


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Psychedelic chic | Life & style

Bonjour mes beaux lecteurs! I've got a few more outfit snaps from my antics back in February on my Paris trip, so as not to waste said snaps due to a long break from blogging.. Here they are! This time is pretty short just to show you my latest 70's shirt affair whilst out on a little Parisienne shopping trip.

I'm not usually one to have a great obsession with the 70's as the General hues, crochequet, waistcoats and wide leg trousers of the era aren't really my thing, but when pre-holiday shopping on ASOS I couldn't resist this little number. I have always loved prints and shirts, and the psychedelia element is for any print and art lover very interesting. So when I saw this little (in my opinion pretty toned down when it comes to the 70's) number I couldn't help but see its potential. I know that for some people, prints can be quite a daunting idea to add to an outfit, but I think if paired up strategically they can give your style some added edge without being too crazy.

To add with the this main outfit piece I've gone for all-black with hints of texture and colour from my pleather skirt, studded jacket and red tote to keep the whole look flowing but without adding too many clashes. Although larger in fit this shirt, much like a longline outfit, still makes this outfit pretty svelte due to its straight style, but has adaptability when it comes to future outfits. I see myself also donning this over over trousers or leggings without feeling too exposed.
Whilst on my shopping trip I did make a couple of naughty purchases.. one in particular that I'm excited to share in blogs to come!
Michelle


What I wore

Studded jacket - Coated London
70's print shirt - ASOS
Pleather skirt - Newlook
Studded boots - Friis Co. 
Red tote - Longchamp
Multicoloured tote - Longchamp 

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The place where dreams come true | Life & style



Its another post from my recent Paris trip today, and one from none other than Disneyland Paris! I've been many times before to this magical place where dreams come true, but as you get older it becomes even more nostalgic and for more me its still just as magical.

Naturally our group ventured onto every thrill based ride possible and sampled pretty much all the junk food we could get our hands on (queue post holiday diet planning). But as we swanned around visiting princess castles, Jedi masters and hidden dragons, It hit me how much this super British 1920's candy striped land spoke to a large part of my artistic soul, reasoning why my adult career has been in Graphic Design for the last 5 years, that I'm still a huge fan of print, why my most recent obsession has been with adult colouring and how this probably means I'm never going to ever be less than a big kid (well.. at least at heart anyway).


For this magical adventure I went pretty comfy and casually dressed in a longline dipped hem sheer grey distressed t-shirt, black studded jacket, yellow tartan scarf, high waist trews and DM's, all whilst naturally donning a pair of Disney's famous Minnie ears covering my little half top knot (which is slowly becoming a well loved friday favourite in the office as of late).


The later part of our day was spent in the Disney shops (as you do on holibobs), and I spotted some other pretty adorable Minnie Mouse fashion pieces that I was so tempted buy. This included a sequinned Minnie ipad case/bag hybrid complete with the classic ears and polka dot pattern and a pair of Vivienne Westwood x Melissa boots (circa 2012) complete with spotted bow, both of which were very hard to walk away from (no pun intended). 
I hope your day was equally full of magic!

Michelle


What I wore

Minnie hairband - Disneystore
Black leather jacket - Coated London
Grey distressed longline t-shirt - H&M
Highwaisted treggings - Forever21
Yellow tartan scarf - Boden
Matte Brogues - Dr.Martens    

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