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THOSE SUMMER DAYS...

THOSE SUMMER DAYS...

The sand between toes.. BBQ's with friends on the beach.. the sun disappearing into the horizon.. let's face it there's just something about summer.

Wherever you are in the world the warm relaxed days carry a feeling in the air.

In Australia we have some of the most amazing beaches to enjoy through the sunshine months. World famous spots like 'Noosa Beach' (pictured below) with it's white sand, cafe's, welcoming vibe, becomes a hive of activity as people flock to enjoy one of the best times of year. 

Further South at the iconic 'Bondi Beach' the energetic are out early, making the most of the cool start to the day and breathing in the fresh air. The walk around Bondi beach is one of the best in Australia and whether you're out and about or people watching from across the road in the cafe, you can't help but feel on holiday in that place.

Wherever you are this summer make sure you take some time, look around for a spot by yourself or with others, and truly appreciate what is all around you. They say 'an ocean breeze puts the mind at ease', so slow down, enjoy the view and stop and breathe. 

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ACCESSORIES MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

ACCESSORIES MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Last week I was pondering my next blog adventure and thought I would put together an outfit. When I typically do this I try to think of basing it around 2-3 colours maximum. This gives the look a continuity and a streamlined effect. The eye of the beholder doesn’t have to focus on ten different things when they glance your way. 

woman wearing gingham top and John Taylor watch timepiece The Bells

For this look I featured one of our good friends here at John Taylor Watches, Hello Parry is an Australian clothing brand really making their mark on the fashion industry. This top is called the ‘Anoushka’ top and with it’s on trend gingham design, it’s a great piece to add to your wardrobe this Autumn. 

For the bottom half I choose a simple black denim mini skirt, opaque black tights and knee-hi boots. The main feature here really is the top and accessories. 

woman carrying totes wearing black tights and skirt with John Taylor Watch on.

For the accessories (and this is wear I think the outfit pulls together) I chose a simple black velvet and pearl choker along with the John Taylor Watches Bells design timepiece. A few carefully chosen black pieces keep this outfit interesting yet not overboard.  For my handbag I went with this classic tote design from Colette by Colette Hayman

woman wearing handbag on shoulder with gingham top on and John Taylor Watch on

Essentially I am not a girl who spends an exorbitant amount of time putting an outfit together but I truly believe with a few keys pieces you can look extremely put together and ready for any occasion. 

 

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5 HEALTHY HABITS TO START TODAY!

5 HEALTHY HABITS TO START TODAY!

  1. Warm Lemon Water: I have heard this one talked about for years and never really been keen until recently. The New Year brings a 'new me' and I am embracing it with open arms. Warm lemon water every morning has helped with my digestion and also gives your body a boost of Vitamin C.

    cold glass of water with lemon and mint
  2. Start a journal: Whether it’s a gratitude journal, a prayer book or simply a place to scribble down thoughts, a journal is a great way to help align your mind. I’ve found when I get all my thoughts down I feel more centered and ready to face current issues that are going on in my life. I feel grateful for all I have and open to new opportunities. 

    woman writing in a journal on a desk
  3. Hydrate! We have had this drummed into us for so long and there is truth in the drumming. There are so many benefits that outweigh the constant trips to the bathroom. Clear skin, less snacking, excess hunger, the overall health benefits are too numerous to list! I like to carry my favourite water bottle around with me and also on occasion add fun flavours like lime and berries. 

    bottle of clear water

  4. Get some sun! Getting enough vitamin D is essential for strong bones and a good mood. Get out of the office or study chair at least once each day to take a walk and get some vitamin D. 10 minutes a day is all you need.

    woman walking in the sun along a path
  5. Sleep More. I know what your saying…ok, this is a habit I could get behind. Getting enough sleep of a night is essential for your overall health. I have recently found an awesome function on my iphone called the Bedtime function, which alerts me when I need to head off to bed to get my 8 eight hours in. Although I usually ignore it, I am trying to train my body to obey. 

    Pug dog sleeping in woman's armsAnoushka Marie John Taylor watches signature
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THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO SPARKLE

THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO SPARKLE

The New Year is a magical time where all that has passed in the previous year can be forgotten. People can be redeemed. New habits can be started. Slates are wiped clean and all your dreams are achievable! 

The New Year is a chance. A chance where you can write down a new set of goals and dreams and actually feel like anything is possible! 

Woman with pink nails writing in a notebook

Some tips on goal setting and nutting out those New Years resolutions. 

  1. Stay Balanced - have different categories for different areas of growth in your life. For example: Have a goal for your Health, and then another for your Mental Growth and then another for your Financial Area. 

  2. Keep them achievable. All too often I have set myself lofty goals, I will read 20 books…I will loose 30kg. Making goals too lofty to achieve can also be a great discourager. Make sure you can achieve whatever you set yourself, even if it’s small increments at a time.

  3. Put them somewhere you can see them. Such a simple thing but so effective. I make sure my goals are in my planner and also put up somewhere I can see them daily, the fridge is a great location.

    Woman looking up to the sky sitting in a forest
    Let’s make 2017 the year we believe, achieve and succeed! 
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SAY YES TO NEW ADVENTURES

SAY YES TO NEW ADVENTURES

As 2016 rapidly accelerates to a close, it’s a great time to grab your favourite cocktail and take some time to reflect on the upcoming year.

I would say 99% of people I talk to say how fast 2016 has flown. I often ask them did they achieve all they wanted to? And most often the answer is absolutely not! I’m first to put my hand up of someone who has lists upon lists of things I wanted to achieve.

 man holding a compass on his iPhone at twilight

When I think about this further I am struck by my how many of my decisions are career/ money based. However, when I think about what truly matters in life I believe experiences will be what I take with me as times marches on.

 Let’s make 2017 our year to say YES to new adventures! Let’s finally start that hobby…let’s go on that road trip! Let’s make that tricky cocktail we have been longing to try but didn’t want to splurge on the $50 spirits. Let’s book that trip to Europe!

 truck driving down a dirt road at twilight

I guess this is all easy to talk about, specially heading into the New Year’s resolution zone...but hey let’s take some practical steps too. First make a list…yes I hear what you’re saying, another list but unless it’s down on paper it’s unlikely it will ever happen.

Tell your significant other, a partner, a sibling, a parent…make it official and declare ‘I’m going to Paris’…even more fun burst into their room at 6am to do it.

 the louvre in paris at night

Make an attempt to put your money where your mouth is...start saving even if it’s a small amount every pay packet.

Let’s say YES to new adventures! If you have an adventure that you are moving towards let the JT Team know all about it! Tag us in your pictures using #myjtstory…come on team let’s do this!

woman walking in desert stone formations

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THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING COASTAL

THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING COASTAL
 There are so many things I love about living on the coast. My home town at the present is Mandurah, Western Australia. Located 45 minutes south of Perth, the town of Mandurah to me is the perfect blend of laid back living whilst still being less than an hour to a bustling city. 

 

Bondi beach john taylor watch design

 

I myself have always opted to live coastal. Growing up on the New South Wales coast I was familiar with the surf lifestyle. The smell of the ocean as it carried across the town, the gorgeous sunsets and endless summer’s. That’s another big plus about Australian living, we have one of the best climates (in my opinion) across the globe. 
 So I thought I would give you my top three reasons why coastal living is so awesome.

 

 Bondi Beach Sydney Shot John Taylor Watches

 

My first reason is the feeling of escape. I love that feeling so at any moment I could jump in a boat and set sail for places I have never been. There is a feeling of freedom, standing on the edge of the crashing waves during a big swell you feel absolutely dwarfed. It is in these times I feel right somehow, like I know my place in the world. I realise this all sounds a bit airy fairy but if you live coastal you will understand this feeling. 

 

Bondi Beach Rocks shot John Taylor Watches

 

My second reason is the beach lifestyle. Summer comes along and suddenly the sweaters and gone and replaced by short shorts and bikini’s. The beach is a sanctuary where sun is king and sand is a welcoming bed of relaxation. Living costal is a feeling of being on holiday constantly. There is nothing more pleasing than the sand between your toes, drinks as the sun sinks into the ocean and that feeling of the sun on your bare skin. 

 

Cottesloe Sunrise Western Australian Beaches

 

My third reason (and look there could be so many more) is beach coastal living is a platform to create lifelong memories. I think most of us can remember a time we dug our spades into wet sand and attempted to build the tallest sandcastle on the beach. The beach holds excitement, the beach holds romance, the beach will ever be a part of my memories and I hope it’s part of yours. 

 

John Taylor Watches Founder Anoushka Marie

 

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