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Have you ever had the feeling like your life is slowly but surely unravelling?

One thing breaks, then another and then another – until suddenly it feels like your whole life is in absolute disarray.


If you’re a busy Mother, or simply a hard-working gal with a full-time job to keep up, then you’ll know that it can be an utter nightmare keeping your house in good repair whilst juggling a million other things.

We’ve all got our priorities, our long-term goals and our short-term goals. In order to keep making progress in your life, it’s imperative that you stay adaptable to the changing circumstances so that you can deal with any challenges that might arise and threaten to thwart you.

All it takes is one thing. A dishwasher fault. A broken fan oven. A flat tire. These little setbacks can transform your day, week, even your month, from a well oiled productive process, to a complete mess and waste of time. Time is, after all, what we’re trying to save here. We’re born on this planet with only a limited amount of time, so we need to make sure that we are at peak efficiency as much as physically possible.

The important thing is to stay mindful constantly, it’s crucial that you keep your eyes on the prize and maintain constant forward momentum. The next time you’re hit with a setback, whether minor or major, consider these ideas before letting your good habits fall to the wayside and wasting your time:

Divide and conquer.

When you’re first hit by a debilitating setback, whether it’s health related, a disappointing result at work or simply a breakdown in your car, you’ll initially feel like you have a mountain to climb. Your path to progress has been halted, for every moment that you waste trying to clear the path, the less time you have to get on with the job at hand. Instead of approaching the work ahead as one big mass, divide up your tasks.

By splitting up your workload you can help organise the tasks in your mind. It’s super important that you prioritise what jobs are most important to you, so that you can attack the work with the fervour needed to get the job done as quickly as possible

Stay focused on your task.

Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by anything. This means any form of screen, regardless how much it is crying out for your attention. Unless there’s a specific bit of work that you need to get sorted, then it’s best to keep things like television, mobile phones and laptops well away from your potentially idle hands.

Stay on target and get the job done.


You’ve fought off the tempting distractions of your mobile phone. You’ve successfully kept the television off all day. Don’t be tempted to call it a day and kick back and relax. You can always work harder, you can always do better, never stop striving to achieve more, each and every day.

Remain mindful of what you have.

Only you have the key to your destiny. No one else is going to do the work for you. You must strike when you can and show the world who and what you are.

You are the best.

Don’t let the Winter months obliterate your skin!

Let’s be honest, we never look our best during Winter. Brisk, cold winds can sap the moisture from our faces. The lack of daylight hours can drain our pigment of it’s natural colour and the indulgences of the festive period can do it’s best to punish our pores with clogging impurities and grease.

Don’t let yourself go over the Winter period.

Keeping up and augmenting your daily skincare routine can help you keep your glow throughout the dark months.

So that you can shine throughout the long nights.

There’s no excuse to let your Beauty practices slide because you’re not going out as much! 

I know this can be a tough time for us girls, so I’ve collected five of my best tips for surviving the Winter months whilst staying utterly fabulous throughout. Keep these in mind and you’ll be waltzing into Summer with a glow!

Keep Away From Indulging Your S.A.D.

During the Winter months, unless we work outside or have a worrying tanning bed habit, we get horribly deprived of the Sun. From October to early March, in fact, the UK does not receive enough UVB radiation for our bodies to produce it’s own supply of Vitamin D. A lack of sunlight, most importantly, leads to us developing a nasty case of S.A.D.

Don’t succumb to your cravings and feed the sad, mopey beast inside you. Top up your body with extra vitamin supplements, eat plenty of fruit and power juice your way through veg to stay on top of your emotions! 

Invest In Asian Beauty Regiments

The Asian Beauty market has never been bigger than it has been today – Korean skincare particular has seen a huge boost in popularity leading to the meteoric rise of a number of new brands and products that will save your skin this winter. Check out the 10 step K-Beauty Routine here and start your road to radiant skin today. During last year’s Asian beauty explosion, literally hundreds of online sellers popped up across the internet selling top K-Beauty brands.

Although it can be easy to get lost amongst all the different products and brands, I found that by sticking with My Scheming I was able to build a complete skincare routine much easier. 

Never Stop Exercising

It might seem counter-intuitive to protecting your skin in the long-term, but it’s super important that you keep up with your exercise plans throughout the winter months. Stepping outside of your lovely warm house in the midst of a dark, cold night may not feel like the right thing to do, but you will look and feel ten times better if you can make it outside for 3-4 hours of exercise a week.

A speedy half hour jog outside can get your pores open and ready for a scrub back home. If you can’t quite face spending the time outside, then head to the gym and enter yourself into a High Intensity spin class – no one said looking gorgeous was easy! 

Drink Water – NOT Coffee

Lastly, hydration can never be underestimated when it comes to looking after your skin during the Winter months. Starbucks may well be tempting you inside to grab their latest sugar filled creation but you must, must, must resist. Winter is a time for recuperation and healing – so stay well clear of the calorie emporiums and reach out for a bottle of water instead.

Water is the number one pick for keeping your skin healthy and glowing throughout the Winter. Keep a bottle constantly topped up by your side and you can guarantee that your skin will thank you later.

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In case you missed it – Summer’s over, which means Autumn is here!

The weeks and months can fly by so quickly. One minute you’re picking out your swimsuits, stressing over sunglasses and panicking over party suits – before you know it, you’re shivering in the sudden breezy Autumn weather wondering why you’re still wearing your denim cutoffs and crop top for a trip to the supermarket.

Well, here’s me giving you a clear, unambiguous warning:

Autumn IS here.

It is DEFINITELY too cold for cutoffs.

You NEED to go shopping.

Not that I need to give you guys any excuses to go shopping.

Still, just in case you’ve been seduced by the Indian Summer into thinking that it’s going to stay this temperate forever, here’s a few items you might consider getting hold of, before you’re caught out by Winter:

Ladies Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves

glovesYour hands are the very first things to get battered by the changing seasons. Prepare for the worst and look your best with these stunning Cashmere Lined Gloves. If you object to the use of fur, then I’d highly recommend you get off your high-horse and just feel the luxury that those wonderful cows can grant your hands. 

Soft supple leather, a smooth cashmere lining and master craftsmanship combine to make a truly superior product. 

Barbour Wool Crieff Flat Cap

barbour-hatThe country look is timeless and effortlessly cool. By all means, refrain from wearing it out shopping, but for any long walks or trips outdoors this should be your first choice for Autumn headgear. Combine with a waterproof waxed jacket or Hunter Wellington boots and you can pass for the classiest of country girls.
100% wool with a polyamide lining, Barbour have been making these hats for decades – and they sell in their thousands for a reason.

Amelia Jane Black Fur Gilet

mongoliangilet_aqua-and-grey-tip-750x750Now this is a city-friendly option, if there ever was one. Made with 100% Lambswool these gorgeous gilets come in a huge variety of designs and colours. Perfect for getting cosy in the winter, or as a convenient outer layer for a trip into town – this gilet screams 90s Hip Hop chic and is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

A two toned colour scheme lends this item a particularly striking appearance, pair with some slinky black jeans for the ultimate catwalk look.

CLEVA Shearling Collar Leather Jacket

leather-jacketEvery woman must have a leather jacket in their fashion repertoire. Music festivals, walks in the park, late night drinks – there’s not many occasions that a leather jacket won’t be suitable for. It’s a classic urban look that’s been a mainstay of women’s fashion for decades. Step into badass biker mode and add a touch of class with a fur lining.

Great styled with just a t-shirt and jeans, this is an all purpose piece of clothing that should be in every woman’s wardrobe.

Jimmy Choo Black Leather Over-the-Knee Boots

bootsYou would be a fool to stray into the Autumn/Winter Season without a decent pair of boots and these ones go above and beyond that particular term. Floor-to-ceiling leather might not be suitable for every occasion, but when your time of need arrives, they’ll be ready and waiting for you blow everyone out of the water. 

Bears do their business in the wood and Jimmy Choo makes disgustingly expensive shoes that are always worth the money. A girl can always dream.

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The world of Fashion and Beauty is powered by the Selfish.

It may seem like a rather obvious statement, but with each passing year it feels like the driving forces behind the Beauty and Fashion worlds are people who spend the majority of their time taking photos of themselves. 

kevin hart‘selfie’ was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2013. The publishing powerhouse picks one word that encapsulates the zeitgeist and mood of the year past. It would have been a relief for the word to lose it’s social traction in the years that followed, much like ‘chav’ and ‘bovvered’ before it – however the concept as a whole is symptomatic of a generation’s obsession with vanity, that looks to be with us for a long time to come.

Of course, it’s not the original sin of human vanity that is the cause behind this wave in social sharing but something a great deal more sinister: the notion of celebrity.

Kim-Kardashian-selfieWe thought we’d seen it all. Safe in the knowledge that our celebrities of the 90s and 00s were the most outlandish/outrageous, it would be too easy to dismiss the current generation of self-made stars as flash-in-the-pan successes. We had Peter Andre and the irrepressible Katie Price jostling with the likes of Princess Diana, George Michael and Tom Cruise. These people were hounded relentlessly by the press making their private lives known the world over – regardless of their wishes.

However, today’s stars have put themselves in the spotlight on purpose, and now strive to maintain that limelight for as long as possible. Our celebrities of today have not derived their popularity from skills or talents, they have ruthlessly marketed themselves as worthy of global attention and must strive each day to validate their global presence.

justinThese self-appointed VIPs maintain their social relevance and status through the use of well established Social Media Platforms. Where celebrities used to run, covering their faces, from flashing paparazzo, they are now doing the media’s jobs for them. By pushing content such as ad hoc videos, blogs, tweets and the ever present selfie – a celebrity of any medium can maintain contact with their audience and open themselves up for criticism, counter-criticism and debate over their actions and thoughts.

The more impromptu the post, the more human the celebrity appears. The more typos that crop up in their rhetoric, the more the average person sympathises with them. All of this contributes to their overall star power, giving them more chance to gain a sponsorship deal from a famous brand or corporation.

Money is the main motivator when it comes to the hunt for celebrity.

As long as the road to stardom continues to be paved with millions of dollars, there will be thousands of people willing to do anything to get on there.

birthday girlGone is the age of hand-me-downs and bargain bins – today’s kids are smart, fashionable and knowledgeable. They don’t just know what looks good, they have the confidence to pull off the kind of outfits that even the hardiest of catwalk models would feel nervous about.

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a kind of renaissance hitting the children’s fashion industry at the moment. For a while it was perfectly acceptable to have your child dressed in worn out holiday t-shirts, worn denim dungarees and bare feet – but those days are now firmly in the past.

With children growing up quicker than ever, kids have never been so enlightened when it comes to fashion. Recently a Mother was moved to tears when her 4 year old daughter refused the gift of a handmade ball gown. The bright blue dress, modelled after a similar costume worn by a Disney Princess, was denounced as being ‘so 2013’ with the criticism that ‘Nicki Minaj wouldn’t be seen dead in this shit’.


fashion kidIf you want to avoid public shame and embarrassment at your child’s next birthday party, then this blogger recommends that you invest in high quality fashion ware for your child. With most high-end fashion manufacturers providing child sized versions of their best-selling items, there’s no excuse not to have your kid dressed in the best togs around.

If you’re truly stuck for ideas of where to shop for your child, here are a few of the best places to find Children’s Fashion Items online:

Ebay

ebayThe venerable online auction site is 20 years old this year and is still a great option for finding great deals on kid’s clothes. Thanks to the fleeting use of high-end children’s clothes, there’s a high turnover of these items on the internet. Just make sure that you have a good look at the items first and make sure the style isn’t too old, as your child may get suspicious and start searching the internet history for clues,

Oxfam

Oxfam_2013The same rules apply when approaching Oxfam’s ever changing roster of children’s clothes at their online store. You might have to spend a couple of hours sifting through the choice cuts of the hundreds of donations that they receive every year – but find the right item, and you can save yourself a fortune. Of course, it goes without saying that you must be extra careful when receiving any package with the Oxfam branding on, as children no longer accept the notion of ‘charity’, as it was formerly known.

Kathryns

kathryns logoOne of the more recent additions to the world of kids fashion, Kathryns doesn’t sell used goods, but the new merchandise you can buy from them is guaranteed to be of the highest calibre. Their selection of high-end clothes covers all seasons, with a range of fashion brands running the gamut from Hugo Boss to Absorba. They’ve got a wonderful selection of styles and trends that will please even the choosiest of toddlers.


Where ever you choose to buy your children’s clothes – next time you go online, consider my advice.

Children are smart. They know what’s in fashion and what should be burned.

Disappoint them and they will make you cry.

The streets of England are filled with budding fashionistas and hidden catwalk wonders.

high streetEach town and city in our fair country is home to its own unique style and trend. Despite the influence of international fashion trends, us Brits are staunchly loyal to our favourite brands and looks – regardless of their cultural associations.

Even though year-on-year high street sales are diminishing, as a result of the growing trend in online shopping, we’re still finding time to get down to the shops to support our favourite outlets. Shops such as Sports Direct and Primark make a killing selling their mid-quality products at a low price.

In fact, when you factor our average parking prices, going to shop in these outlets is much more affordable and less time consuming than purchasing similar quality products online. But can you craft a decent look by only shopping from these cut-price shops?

You can probably guess my answer to that question, its a big emphatic:

 Forget what the magazines and media outlets are saying: power in Fashion can’t be measured by price tags and brands. In fact it can’t be measured at all – power in fashion is derived from bold choices and winning confidence.

Remember, the only person that you need to impress is yourself.

Take the pieces of clothing that make you feel good, throw them together with something that might not work by itself and suddenly you can transform individually cheap items into an outfit that can really turn heads and make you shine they way that you were always meant to.

Here are some great examples of unique fashion outfits, these looks were completely designed and put together by the models who are simply men and women from the streets of Britain:

shakirasPic Andrew Teebay. Story Susan Lee. 'Street Style' in the Cavern Walks & Mathew Street..... Terry Roberts aged 29,from Toxteth.........indie girlPicture by Jason Roberts....... Street Style..... Issac Liam (24) student from Malaysia.rajni-jacques-snowweirdoasian

 

Woman in a cap and varsity jacket at Paris Fashion Week

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