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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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FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

It's taken me years to decipher exactly what my personal style is and to feel comfortable in my own skin. I used to imitate those whose style just didn't suit me and I really didn't understand my body shape. I’m at a point now where I can look at clothing items online or on the hanger and almost instantly know whether they’re going to suit me or not. Here are my top tips for finding your personal style. 

 
DETERMINE WHAT SUITS YOU
 
I think this is something that comes with age and of course, trial and error. All of us can probably say we much prefer our personal style now more than we did 10 years ago. I used to love the look of leather pants and an oversized shirt, however that looks best on someone with less of a pear-shaped figure than mine. My top half is significantly smaller than my bottom so what's most flattering is wearing something more fitted on the top and something less structured on the bottom.
 
Jeans are another item that just don’t suit me… no matter how hard I try! I've always dreamed of being a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but that look just doesn't work on me. I look better in more classic pieces that are form fitting on top, with skirts being mid-length and pants loose. Once you figure out items that compliment your shape, it’s far easier to determine what pieces will suit you and you’ll feel confident in what you’re wearing.
 
MAKE SURE YOU'RE COMFORTABLE 
 
I know I know, I’m not really the messiah on comfort. By comfortable I mean wearing what makes you feel confident. I feel confident in heels as it gives me height and I stand taller; I actually feel quite frumpy in flats. There are so many times I have yearned to look good in a pair of Gucci loafers, however I always revert back to the not-so-humble heel. However if you're not comfortable in heels, you'll look awkward and unhappy which just isn't a good look on anyone - if you feel super confident in jeans and a t-shirt, then you'll look awesome in those. 

wilde by zoe walking down a laneway looking back

INVEST IN KEY PIECES
 
Bags and shoes are my favourite key pieces to invest in. You can be wearing a boring AF outfit, then if you pair it with an awesome bag or a killer pair of heels, it completely transforms your outfit from geek to chic. This doesn't necessarily have to be from a luxury brand, this could be a really high quality wool coat or a beautiful pair of tailored pants. Stand out pieces that you can wear with a plethora of outfits is what we're seeking here.
 
QUALITY
 
This was a game changer for me. After buying years of crappy quality clothes made of cheap fabrics such as 'viscose', 'rayon' or 'polyester,' some which were obscenely overpriced no less, I have now opted to investing in higher quality materials, so my clothes last longer and wash better. No matter what your personal style is, poor quality pieces will look cheap on anyone. 
 
STAPLE ITEMS
 
For me, it's black and white turtlenecks either short or long sleeved - these go with absolutely everything. For you, it might be neutral coloured t-shirts, shirts or jeans. Once you have these down-pat, you can incorporate additional pieces around them to create a cohesive collection, comprising of accessories, outerwear and occasional trend items.
 
TAILORING

This goes without saying for me as I'm quite short (5ft 4"), so all of my trousers require alteration. However, shortening the arm length of a jacket or cinching in the waist can make all the difference. Beautiful tailoring will always look chic and if the item fits you well, you’ll feel confident in what you're wearing.

wilde by zoe looking back walking down a laneway
SAVING INSTAGRAM PICTURES
 
Instagram can be the key to a world of outfit combinations you never thought possible. Start utilising the new 'pin' feature so over time you are stockpiling a folio of looks to refer to when seeking style inspiration. 

Zoe

Featured from the blog 'Wilde by Zoe'

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE COOLER MONTHS

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE COOLER MONTHS

As the last days of Summer move on by in the Southern Hemisphere it’s time to begin the layering process. Coats, quilts, scarves and beanie’s will all take up permanent residence in my house very soon. So I’ve put together a little list of cosy additions to make their way out of storage to your home.

 woman blowing snow on a cold day

 Pull out the extra bedding. My lovely summer quilt has just not been keeping up with the chill that drifts through the windows in the early hours of the morning. Get that winter weight quilt out now and give it a good airing. All ready for snuggling up on those chilled mornings.

 bed with white and grey linen

 

One of the best things about Winter I think are the hot drinks. Coffee is my jam but why not change things up mid-afternoon and try that hot chocolate with a cookie. Embrace the cosy culture and order the hot drink.

 

Coffee cup with winter warm scene behind 

Put on the woolly socks and beanie. There is nothing that robs your body of heat fast than losing it from your head and your feet! So buy those cute fluffy socks and grab an inexpensive beanie…just think one more day to not have to wash your hair!  

 

woman with socks on hanging off the bed

 

No better time to read. Winter means early nights in the warm covers and dark mornings. Why not this winter grab yourself a copy of the latest bestseller or even that biography you’ve had in mind for months. Despite the age of Netflix and YouTube clips sometimes you just gotta get old school and grab a book.

 

woman reading a book in bed

 

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THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

Whilst researching a number of ideas for this blog post I happened upon that famous line ‘The power of positive thinking’. First made famous by author Norman Vincent Peale, this has long been a topic of discussion.

I wanted to break this down a little and talk about my thoughts on the power of positive thinking. I feel like this year, 2017 has meant a major life shift for me. Mindsets have changed and thought patterns shifted.

Woman standing on the beach in white bohemian dress

What is positive thinking? Simply it’s replacing that negative thought ‘I would be hopeless at rock climbing’ to ‘I’m going to give it a go and I bet I will be awesome’. I feel positive thinking is speaking good stuff over your life before it’s even happened.

Professor Barbara Fredrickson a psychologist from the University of North Carolina, USA suggests that positivity is a mindset and helps to produce emotions such as amusement, joy, happiness, well-being, inspiration and gratitude. 

You and I both know that negative emotions can lead to all sorts of things…ulcers, inadvertent weight gain or loss and anxiety. Professor Fredrickson says ‘I think of positive emotions as nutrients. In the same way that we need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to be healthy, we need a variety of positive emotions in our daily experience to help us become more resourceful versions of ourselves’.

 Woman laughing on the beach with rocks behind her wearing John Taylor Watch

Training our minds to focus on positive thoughts and not let yourself be drowned out by negativity can be tough. This requires discipline and a constant replacing that negative thought and in its place putting a positive one. I often tell my children that sometimes you need to ‘fake it till you make it’. The same is true for positive thinking. The mind is fickle and can be lazy too! The more you keep replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones, the more natural this process becomes. It may be a lot of effort to start but keep going it gets easier!  

The Mayo Clinic reports some of the benefits of positive thinking may provide an increased life span, lower rates of depression and stress, being able to withstand the common cold even! Better heart health and coping skills in times of worry and pressure. These are huge benefits!

 Woman laughing on the beach wearing a white shirt and hat and John Taylor Watches Noosa style

Positive thinking is definitely something I want to work better at. I suggest a couple of resources to start you on this process of a positive lifestyle. Grab a copy of ‘The Power of Positive thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale and even a gratitude journal, which will help you to focus on the good things in your life. Just because we are almost into March doesn’t mean you can’t make this your best year yet!

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