This season is most certainly all about the colour RED! It is everywhere in the shops, shoes socks, dresses knickers - it's safe to say RED is the colour of the moment. So how do I feel about the colour RED? Well, it carries a lot of stigma with it. I remember my grandma saying 'ooh, you cant wear RED with your RED hair it clashes. Lots of people feel worried about how to wear RED, and to some extent, I say rightly so it's a strong colour to pull off. However, if you work it right, I would say there is a tone of RED to suit everyone pretty much and if you wear it with confidence and a little oolala then you are sure enough to bring the house down.
Dress yourself in the moon the stars, wrap yourself in the heavens, ground your heals in the earth because at the end of the day truly that’s all we have darling one...
I’m dealing with some big life transitions at the moment and well, I’m going to be honest, it’s taking everything I’ve got to stay believing in my magic 💫you see I know I’ve got heaps inside, we all have it’s a given, but life comes along in the form of well relationship break downs and stuff like that and there you are knocked of your pretty little perch. You're left like a bird flapping in the wind.
Your heart hurts and there is a part of you that feels like hiding deep in a bush or under a stone. These are the times you need to be that little bit extra YOU these are the times to pull out all the stops and dig deep into who you are and what you believe in.
Quick click the share button…in a share obsessed world right now, why is it we're all clicking 'share' on other people's stories but are we really sharing our own desires? Or, are we all really just too terrified to share our hearts desires? Despite living in a viral internet sharing culture, are we all really just blocked up with a secret desire to share more, more truth, more content, more juice? Having always been a natural sharer to the point of making myself vulnerable at times, having observed myself and the effect sharing has on people at times and having been terrified to share at times here's what i think...
We all have the power to be huge influencers in the world, yes you, me, every single one of us. Sure I hear you think that sounds fun but the worlds f**ked, we're all in a mess. No one listens to what I think, I can’t influence, what's the point. Yes. I know that feeling, I have felt those thoughts too. All I'm asking is this; please can you listen with an open heart, just for a moment then see how you feel after you have read what I have to say?
“Yes,” I hear you say……”yay" that makes me so happy so here we go….
Once upon a time……
This week I've been feeling super excited about the leopard and its amazing print.
When God, mother nature, Adam and Eve or who/ whatever created the leopard, I wonder, did they have any idea that they were creating a timeless fashion staple to be saluted by all style savvy fashionistas? What it is that draws myself and so many to love this beautiful pattern, is it just the texture and colour of the skin or are we all drawn to something more? Do we, as a human race, have a deeper yearning to be connected to our animal friends with whom which we share this planet with? Is there something about the leopards nature that’s drawing us into an all time love affair with this animal and if so what is it all about? Here are my thoughts….
This week I met up with one of my particularly twinkly friends, I noticed that her eyes were brighter and everything about her was way more sparkly than normal. Her energy was really up beat and her twinkle was definitely contagious. Hmm…, I thought I, really want to feel like that, as I’ve been feeling a bit dull recently, with lots going on I’d let things go a bit with my self care rhythms and fallen into some bad habits. You see, twinkle power isn't just about looking good, it's about attracting more of the things and people you love into your life with flow and ease. When your twinkle is bright the right people want to be friends with you, people feel drawn to work with you and endless opportunities and things fall into your lap.
So I was thinking; what would my top seven “power up your twinkle” tips be, and this is what they are…
Recently I’ve been thinking about what it is that keeps us stuck, holds us back from the decision to make changes to our lives so we can live those rainbow dreams we all desire. What is it that stops us from choosing our truths and keep us stuck in patterns that really don't serve us. Because, get this, stop a minute and remember this, life is precious, it really is.
I’ve seen so many people have their lives be taken away from them too early to soon and it’s witnessing that again and again the really draws home the truth that life is a massive gift and we need to treat it like the gift that it is and makes sure that you do yourself the honour and ask yourself is this YOUR truth you are living. Is this a life that sings in tune to your own personal melody and if not, what are you going to do about it - HOW are you going to UNSTICK yourself from whatever it is you feel you need to?
This week I'm thinking about all the t’s it’s purely coincidental, I’m talking Transition, Trend, Turbans, Tartan and Tweed.
As we transition into autumn it’s got me thinking about how much transition there is in life, when you actually think about it you realise things are always moving forward or sometimes backwards and well even sideways at times! Really the most important thing is how we cope with these things. Just like the seasons it's good to develop positive coping mechanisms so that transition may be graceful.
Nature has created autumn as one of the most beautiful transitions of all the seasons, with the stress of the cold and wind she designed the trees so they may turn into stunning colours before they drop their leaves rather elegantly and gracefully. So, just like nature which coping mechanisms, can we adopt to help us with the transition into autumn?
Fashion week has started around the world and the seasons are changing rapidly I find myself thinking about what are the key looks I will be sporting this season. It’s not that I’m looking at the designers collections I’m more thinking about what my mood is, what I’m feeling drawn to this season. I’m also thinking about how I can work with my current wardrobe in a new fresh exciting way and how I can sort my cupboards out so they inspire me when I open them to get dressed. So here are my top tips for the new season;
So this season for us in the UK we're going into autumn which is a season I love, I’ve always loved autumn partly because it’s my birthday in November so I get to celebrate and also because of the colours. Being primarily an artist at heart and being bought up by an artist, I’ve been playing with colour all my life. I love it, colour can transform your mood instantly and wearing colour has such an enriching experience on your life. I once remember a healer telling me that it really isn’t good to wear too much black because it literally blocks light flowing into your body. When I thought about this for myself to me it made sense, black is such a dense colour.
One of the messages I feel super inspired to share is the true value of creativity in our lives. It is true the world around us is changing and creativity is valued and encouraged within our systems. However true creativity a life where creativity is the core and everything else works around this energy is mainly saved for artists and designers creatives who have managed to master their skills and who have found a way to sell their gifts. In my opinion for most of us humans and most certainly within the worlds core systems; schooling and the way the world is run. Creativity is still just used like salt and pepper, sparingly and mostly just for a little flavour it is not at the core of our life curriculum.
Ever get the feeling when you're falling into the web searching for something, you're not quite sure what, perhaps a missing part of yourself. The part you just can't pin your finger or seem to find. It rolls like this, you start looking for something which popped into your head, an idea, something important, and before you know it hours have passed and you're looking/ reading something totally random.
With this weeks onset of torrential rain in the U.K its got me thinking about one of my favourite wardrobe staples; the trench coat. It also made me think that since April showers seem to have changed into August showers it may be an August wardrobe staple. However, where ever you live in the world a really great trench coat is always a joy and a super practical piece to own. So here are my thoughts on this great Style Icon.......
This week I’m on a meditation retreat and I've been thinking about what it truly means to have a soul connection with your style. It’s something I already feel passionate about but I decided to take it a little deeper so I could write a piece about it. Our journey with the things we love is ever evolving, I’m seeking daily to learn more so I can be the best at my work, to say we have arrived ever would be simple an act of cutting of our noses to spite our face as our whole lives are a journey of self evolution. So this is what I have found in my exploration.
I’m blessed with the gift of a huge imagination and a belief in the seeming to be impossible. It’s a double edged sword as in my heart I believe in so much magic and a life of ease doing things I love working in a way I believe in yet it also makes it hard to do anything else. The truth is always calling me and whilst this is an exciting path, well it isn't always an easy one it can be hard to juggle with real life. So my thoughts this morning are how do we live our truths when our lives are telling us its just not possible.
How can spirituality and materialism be linked?
The word spiritual often creates a vision of an enlightened person or perhaps a hippy sitting detached perhaps on a mountain somewhere beautiful only concentration on their breath and their oneness, separate from the rest of the world. To be truly spiritual a master of this world we need to let go of our attachment to things belongings, desire and simply learn to be. Only through doing yoga eating simple food surrounding ourselves with crystals peace and nature and staying here can this fully be achieved........
My kids the other day literally begged me for cold baked beans on rice cakes. Every part of me winced and said no, you cant have that it’s so wrong. I need to warm the beans and you have to have toast I said over and over. They had other ideas, eventually I thought about and said ok gave it to them. In fact they got me thinking about the things we all do because they have to be done that way and that way only.
You know the things about yourself that don't feel good. We all have them those dark corners, when we make a mistake or mess up a situation feelings of shame, self loathing come up. Why did I do that, should have thought first, how did I end up here and so on. This human path can be painful at times, we don't always get it right or at least it feels like that. Choices for ourselves aren’t always made from pragmatic sensible places and even when they are there are so many other forces influencing our path, many of which we aren’t even aware of.
Listen up buttercup, are you treasuring yourself enough? Do you feel like a perky shiny buttercup or a wall flower? You know Christian Dior was known to have said flowers were the next most beautiful things god gave us after women. I have to agree I love them!
Stuff, the stuff that dreams are made of….striving to collect, create, own stuff. More stuff upon stuff until you don't even know what stuff you have. Stuff stuffed in corners, shelves, draws, boxes, cupboards basically everywhere, humming with the energy of stuff. Making your home nosey even when its quiet, keeping you busy tidying sorting managing it even when your not working and have nothing to do. Add 3 children to the mix of stuff and you have stuff everywhere, literally drowning in STUFF.
We all have different ideas about what luxury is and how free we feel to access this within in our lives. Often things can feel out of bounds to us for reasons little known to ourselves except for they don't feel right, voices like I can’t go there or do that, wear that, or experience this echo in our heads. Making us feel this Its just not what I do.When you think about it the world has so much variety with in it unbelievable amounts of beauty and luxury to experience and enjoy so why is it we limit our choice to; where we end up in life or what feels safe, what we know or have already experienced before and so on.
I’m a beauty addict, beauty is every where in nature, art, poetry, our friends our families and most of all ourselves.
One of the burning messages I have inside me is to call upon you to step up to the true beauty you are. I mean the kind of beauty that twinkles from the inside out. Because we all have it, without a doubt beauty comes from within. When we take the time to untangle our mindsets our cages of rules our judgements of ourselves yes and others and the world around us. We set ourselves free, free from the constraints of the unconscious rules we have learnt along the way about life and what's OK and what's not.
As mothers, fathers, carers of others some times it feels like a never ending pile of jobs needing to be done before we can get to ourselves, everything more important than us.
From washing to paying bills meal planning, wardrobe planning sock sorting, cleaning out cupboards you name it there are a million things than need doing before we can sit down and check in with how were doing. Often collapsing in bed exhausted still without giving ourselves a moment.
I've been thinking about the comfy places we create recently, like those jeans you’ve lived in for years, they feel easy they may be a bit baggy now, maybe not the most amazing fit but they make you feel safe. Why is that? What is it about an old pair of jeans, some scuffed up trainers or the wonderful hole filled cashmere jumper that makes you feel safe, how can they have so much power? Why does dressing down feel so much safer?
We live in an Insta/Facebook image crazy world right now, think back to my teens and remember how different it was. There is so much talk and hype about the negative effects of social media and the need to express a sunny image out into the world whilst inside perhaps feeling disconnected and sad.
Is this image crazed world causing us all separation or are we actually hyper connecting?
Who knows, probably both, but here are my thoughts: