Lockdown reflection

Good day to you my lockdown lovelies,

Firstly, I sincerely apologise for my lack of posts in the last six months, I know – can you believe it’s been six months already – we are already into Autumn of 2020.

I just felt what with all of the devastation the pandemic has caused (and still causing sadly), it was insensitive to be writing about Fashion or lifestyle when let’s face it, if you are like me you’ve lived in shorts, t shirts and a messy bun whilst working from home all summer anyway.

But, I can assure you I have not forgotten about my lovely readers and I have genuinely missed bringing you all thought provoking content each month. I sincerely hope you and your families are keeping safe and well in these troubling times.

For this months post though I wanted to open up the floor to you. What has been the biggest challenges for you during these last few months? Has it been not being able to visit elderly grandparents or relatives, parents or siblings? Has it been getting all the way to the supermarket, only to realise you left your face covering at home? Overuse of hand sanitiser or face coverings leaving your faces and hands bruised and chapped? Has it been the daily pandemic update on the news causing you worry or stress? Or was it, trying to think of creative ways to entertain your children whilst we were all forced to stay at home? Perhaps it was all of the above?

I can completely understand why there has been a huge spike in individuals suffering with their mental health or feeling worried about how to keep their loved ones safe? But in all of this, one really positive side I have seen is how some of the best side of humanity has also been shown. The sheer scale of people donating home made face shields, the amount of money raised by everyday people in support and the clap for the NHS on a Thursday evening was an incredible, albeit small part of the display.

Have you thought about what little things you can do to make yourself feel good in these times though? We have recently moved into a new home in the rural countryside and for me, my simple pleasures have been going for a jog around the country lanes or at the weekend putting on a little mascara or a pair of jeans just to make it feel a little different from every other day!

Your health inside and out depends on these daily little acts of kindness to YOU! Giving yourself that pamper night – painting your nails or relaxing in a hot, Himalayan salt bath, calling your best friend to have a catch up about normal things or even having a great, big belly laugh at a silly movie curled up under a blanket with some popcorn. Try it, you will be amazed at how you feel 😊

Until next time, keep well and stay healthy.

Keya x

Art attack.

Good day to you my creative characters,

Firstly I must apologise for my lack of blog posts recently. Life can be so busy at times and in the last few months I’ve been maid of honour at my cousins wedding in Spain, moved in with my amazing partner and also been promoted to a new job – so please forgive me for not having a chance to give you all some awesome new material.

For this months post though I wanted to talk about Art and it’s many forms. This past weekend we spent our Saturday afternoon strolling around the vintage stores in Brick Lane and there is just a plethora of street art around each corner. We stumbled upon a pop art gallery which was simply incredible.

Some of the exhibition can be seen below:-

Whether it be Street, modern, classical, theatrical, pop or anything else in between – Art really can come in so many different forms which is what I love. We all have our individual passions and things we do in our free time to unwind or relax – mine is creative writing. Putting pen to proverbial paper is so cathartic for me as I am such an introvert in my day to day life, that dreams and my imagination can take me wherever I want to go when I sit down to write.

I have a keen interest in Fashion illustration and although I am not the best yet, I still enjoy seeing the picture form under my pencil tip with each stroke and the sense of satisfaction you receive when you see the finished picture is second to none.

Have you ever thought seriously about what makes you happy? Whether it be catching up on the weeks worth of tv soaps, feeling the wind cutting through your hair and your trainers hitting the tarmac on your thrice weekly jog or reminiscing with your close friend about childhood memories over a glass of wine – try to do what makes YOU jubilant whenever you get the chance.

As 2018 is frantically coming to a conclusion once more, it makes you realise how short life really is – the washing can be done tomorrow, the medical form can be completed later – now it is time to embrace your own version of contentment.

Until next time, take care

Keya x

Balance is not just walking in stilettos.

Good morning to you my joyful jugglers of life,

I am sure if you are anything like me, from a young age it was drummed into you in magazines or on the television that you can be a woman who has it all – a high flying career, a beautiful family, a successful social life and for there to even be time to fit in an exercise class or two for good measure; I grew up wanting to be that kind of woman. For this months post however, I wanted to talk about Balance.

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(All pictures courtesy of Google images)

As a woman of 32, I currently have a career that I receive a huge sense of satisfaction from although I feel is still in its earliest throes of progression. I have a wonderful handful of true girl friends who I have grown up and evolved with. The main difference now being our wild nights together consist of sharing a bottle of wine whilst putting the world to rights over a nice meal instead of coming home at 5am in last nights party frock. I have an amazing family who support me through the best, the worst and every other period in-between who mean the world to me. And last but certainly not least, I have a partner in my life who supports me in every challenge I face, who is my rock and makes me laugh and feel loved in a way that I did not even know was possible until now. And to top it off, after receiving my Spinning Instructor certification back in 2016, I also ensure I get some exercise classes thrown in each week too with me on the microphone 🙂

With all the positive elements of my life though, I too fall into the trap of not knowing how to juggle all of these things successfully at times. Are you nodding your head whilst reading this – its OK if you are! haha.

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I often wonder to myself if one day we are unable to keep all of these proverbial balls in the air and one drops, what will actually HAPPEN? If we realize that we accidentally double booked a dinner date with a friend on the same day we already said we would go to visit your partners family – will we lose that friendship or cause an argument? The answer is usually no, but why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to appear to the outside world we have it all in order? And in all honesty if that was the outcome which came from those situations, the next question you would need to ask yourself is are you surrounding yourself with the right kind of people who deserve your love and time? Now that is a hard question to ask yourself believe me but sometimes the answer is so enlightening and empowering 🙂

Another trait of women statistically is we usually would not put ourselves forward for a new role at work unless we felt 100 percent certain we could carry out all of the tasks required whereas men tend to be more confident that they can learn the required responsibilities once already employed in the job. Why do we sometimes doubt our capabilities when we know that we are just as right for that role as our male counterpart? It all comes down to having self Confidence and Esteem. I have learnt only in the last few years that I AM good enough and even know you may not have the necessary experience in a particular industry, it will translate to another in many circumstances. Finding those commonalities will mean the sky really is the limit for you.

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I will wholeheartedly raise my hands and say that I am a perfectionist in all areas of my life and I genuinely feel like super woman when I have managed to do a days work, taught an energetic spin class, cooked a healthy dinner, put a load of washing on and still managed to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine with my loved one before bedtime – but realistically not every day is like that. Some days, my only achievement is moving from my bed to the sofa and back again but with each passing year I have learnt that doing nothing is OK too.

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Which brings me perfectly to the very subject of this post – Balance. Life will always inevitably get stressful, activity filled and chaotic which will only increase when children are thrown into the mix but as my wise parents often remind me Rome wasn’t built in a day and if you cant get all your washing done today – we have another 60 years hopefully of doing it so it really does not matter. Or if you realize with a heavy heart you haven’t seen your best friends for a month, just pick up the phone and give them a call – sometimes just hearing your voice and letting them know you are thinking about them is enough until you next can see each other for a catch up.

Life can be tough enough at times, so why add that additional pressure on yourself to try to do everything all of the time – kick back, relax and go for that impromptu dinner date or picnic in the park. The routine can wait until tomorrow 🙂

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Until next time, take care

Keya x

 

Happy new year to all of YOU.

To my devoted, festive season followers,

After a whirlwind year filled with living overseas, unbelievable holidays, nights out and some absolutely epic memories made, we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the New Year.

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for continuing on this journey with me, reading each post and giving me your amazing feedback. Writing is in my veins and it really is my passion, so the fact you even take the time to click on my blog fills my heart with pride and love.

My pledge to you is to continue bringing well researched, thought provoking content from both the Fashion and lifestyle areas – hopefully inciting a fresh sense of excitement every time you see a new post published.

For now though, wherever you maybe in the world, I wish you a huge Happy New Year with an abundance of good fortune for you and your families for 2018.

Until next time, take care

Keya x

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Tis the season…to up the style ante.

Good day to you my festive friends,

As the Christmas period fast approaches and with so much emphasis on present buying, house decorating and general indulgence, it can sometimes be hard to even begin to think about what to wear during this holiday season. Well, that is where this months post will come in handy. I’ve selected my favourite styles for both men and women to help you get through the next few weeks looking and feeling fabulous.

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Ladies, let’s begin. My first trend is Lace. Now if you are like me, looking for the perfect dress for any occasion you are drawn to this whimsical fabric, then you are in luck as at Christmas lace is always uber chic. You can glam up a simple dress with statement earrings and some classic court shoes paired with a nice bejewelled Alice band for that work Christmas luncheon.

Next we have, you guessed it sparkly. Whether it be in the form of beads or sequins, in all of the shop windows currently there is a glittering little number taking centre stage. If you are a tad nervous of dressing head to toe in this look, then a sequin clutch or even a diamanté detail on your shoes can be your ode to this trend and still make you centre stage.

On the third day of Christmas we have my favourite colour, Red. No matter what your hair colour or skin complexion red can suit anyone. The trick is in the shade you go for. If you are brunette like me, the fire engine red really sets off my olive skin or if you are fairer, picking a red with a slight orange tinge will really work wonders. The plus side of wearing such a traffic stopping dress also means you can play it safe with your accessories and makeup. Let the outfit do the hard work.

On the fourth day of Christmas we have the trouser playsuit. If over the summer months, you lived in your flirty short suit, sandals and beach hair then you are going to love the tailored trouser suits which are in the shops currently. Apart from the inconvenience of needing a zip friend when using the amenities, these hard working power suits really can be dressed up or down dependant on the occasion. I am always drawn to the more structured, form fitting styles just because it suits my body shape but really this style suits everyone. As long as the leg length is tapered to give you that gorgeous peep of ankle and you team it with a beautiful pair of shoes to elongate your legs, we all can feel like Amazonian models in the playsuit.

And on the fifth day of Christmas, we have the printed dress. I LOVE colour, especially in the dreary winter months it always puts a smile on my face. So, what better way to feel good than to wear a beautiful printed dress. Whether it be floral, galactic or even art noir – whatever tickles your fancy just go with it. With black opaque tights, ankle boots and a cross body bag – this is the epitome of edgy but fashion forward.

And now over to the magnificent men who also deserve to look and feel a million pounds this Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas we have the tuxedo jacket. Dependent on where you intend to go for New Years Eve, perhaps you will get the chance to wear a classic tuxedo with bow tie (a masquerade ball is always a chance to really dress up) but if not, the tuxedo jacket always completes an outfit. Pair with a button down collar shirt, tan chinos and tasselled loafers and I am sure you will turn a few heads this year.

On the second day of Christmas we have the polo neck. Try to forget about times past when the only association you had with these high necked delights were your slightly eccentric uncle who you only saw at key holiday periods throughout the year in his pastel hued one teamed with canary yellow trousers. They have had a revamp and teamed with a well cut pair of suit trousers and patent shoes you can look boardroom to high society party in moments.

On the third day of male movie star worthiness, I present to you the luxe fabric which is Velvet. I still have pictures of me as a child dressed in velvet corduroy skirts matched with stripy knitted tights and to this day I still love the elegant aesthetic it gives on both men and women. I particularly love the wine coloured hue which has frequented catwalks this season. To downplay a jacket in this colour, I would team it with a black slim fit cotton shirt, black skinny jeans and desert boots – what a gorgeous combination.

Finally to finish off the male category by putting a smile on your face, who doesn’t love patterned socks. The trend has garnered such a cult following, that there is now a brand called Happy Socks which I am sure you all are already sporting. It just makes me feel warm inside when I see their displays in London department stores. But in this festive season dare to show your individuality with a flash of flouro, classic red or even Christmas themed with trees, snowman and Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. By keeping the rest of your outfit neutral, let your feet do the talking.

Whichever sex you are, Christmas is all about being with your loved ones, having lots of wonderful home cooked treats but also it is a chance to relax your usual day to day style and be a little more creative. No jumper, headwear or slipper is too much – indulge your inner child. I certainly will be 😀

Until next time,

Take care

Keya x

Be your own number one fan.

Good day to you my creative, beautiful creatures, 

For this months post I wanted to explore the realms of our own personal comfort zones and doing something that both exhilarates and scares the life out of you; by trying something foreign and new 😀

As I’ve told you all in one of my earlier posts, since as young as I can remember I’ve always had a real love and passion for fashion and beautiful things. I used to pour over my mothers fashion magazines at home, oogling the wonderful outfits and the picture perfect surroundings. Most of all, I wanted to put pen to paper and write about these collections however. This is where my love of the English Language flourished from and at school, I could not get enough of the almost poetic prose which filled my heart in those classes. 


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Although sadly I was unsuccessful in obtaining a place on my desired Fashion journalism course at university, the passion for my creative writing never extinguished. I still followed the fashion weeks around the world each year and would write short articles in my notebooks of my highlights and lowlights of the shows. It was only just over two years ago that after multiple people close to me persuaded me to continue my pursuit of writing, that I bit the perverbial bullet and started this blog. 


I can not even begin to tell you how petrified I was to write that first entry. It wasn’t for selfish reasons though of how many people would even read it, it was just that idea of putting myself out there and doing something that was completely unfamiliar.

That first entry feels like a distant memory now but through the catharsis of writing each post,  I honestly feel as though I’ve unlocked a part of my soul which was lying dormant inside for so long and I am so proud of how far it has come to date 😊

With this renewed sense of adventure, the next chapter of my journey has now begun. This past week I took the plunge again and I finally set up my fashion is my passion Instagram page. If you enjoy my writing, then my social media page is going to be the visual side of my love for Fashion and also will give some sneak peaks into my own everyday style. I would love you to check it out on Keya_fashionismypassion. 

Also as so many of my closest friends and family have always asked me to help them find that perfect outfit for a special occasion or to just be more adventurous with their own style, I am going to be offering personal shopper experiences either in person with me or tips via email if you are not local so please feel free to send me a private message on my Instagram page and we can get started.


It is so important in my view as we grow older to strive to learn something new and challenge ourselves every single day. I would rather know I had tried and failed at something than to never have tried at all, after all we only have this one life – go out and seize it ❤️ 

Whatever it is that ignites that fire inside you, whether it be art, higher scholarly education, fitness, lifestyle – make today be the day that you take that first step to making your own dream a reality. I believe in you, so make sure you are your number one fan also. 

Until next time, 


Take care

Keya x

Yearn for Yard family 

Good morning my wonderful, fashion loving, incredible followers,

Wow, do I have a treat for you all today. As I mentioned to you late last year one of my resolutions for my blog for 2017 was to endeavour to bring you interesting, thought provoking content with each entry which is why as you may have noticed I’ve scaled back my posts to once a month now. This gives me time to research and gather my input so I can be excited and proud of every post I deliver to you. 

For May’s edition, I have managed to gain an all access interview with the sister duo who make up the awesome new company you ALL have to get on board with, Yard Family. 

K – Hello Emily and Alice of Yard Family, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. First off, could you perhaps explain to myself and my readers, how did you come up with the name “Yard Family”?

YF – We wanted the name of our business to reflect our philosophy, which is to get together with loved ones i.e. family, friends, etc and enjoy the great outdoors – whether it’s your backyard, beach, park, or off the beaten track!

K – What is the concept behind the business and how did it originate?

YF – These days, where technology like iPhones, computers, and computer games are an easy and available source of constant entertainment, it is easy to forget that there are so many beautiful places right on our doorstep that are there for us to enjoy. We believe that time away from the barrage of social media and digital entertainment is of paramount importance to the enjoyment of life, health and vitality.
We are both mothers with several children each (Alice has 4 and Emily has 3), and we can see that there is a huge temptation to allow kids to use technology as a convenient source of distraction.

Our own families’ philosophy is to get outside with the family, kids, and friends as often as possible (and the weather allows!) and soak up the sunshine and fresh air. We wanted to create a product and brand that promoted that quality outdoor time, in a way that is stylish and fashionable. And so Yard Family (and the Yard Blanket and other products) was born!
K – For those of my readers who do not know both Emily and Alice are mothers to a total of seven children, how do you find the time to invest in Yard Family around your already busy lives?

YF – It definitely requires juggling and balance! We usually make the most of the time the kids are at school, during nap times, or in the evenings after the kids are in bed. Every now and then if we have a particularly busy period where we are working on a collaboration or a sale, our amazing husbands step in and take over the childcare duties to allow us the time we need. But we have definitely found that the more you have to do as a mother, the better your time management becomes! Otherwise it would all end up in disaster!

K – Has being family yourselves (Emily and Alice are sisters) helped or hindered the day to day running of Yard Family? Do you have the same creative and commercial ideas about new collections for the brand?
YF – Thankfully we are a pretty amazing match – Emily is the business end of things and Ally is the creative. We bounce ideas for collaborations around and are usually in agreement with most of each others’ ideas. We are both willing to give in to the other if one of us feels strongly about doing something the other isn’t so keen on. But that happens very rarely!
K – What would you say is each of your strengths that has helped make Yard Family the success it has been to date?
YF – Ally, being the creative genius, does all the photos, product styling, and graphics. Emily does the writing, emails, manages the website, and other technical things. We try to keep those boundaries pretty clear as our strengths definitely lie in what we do best!

K- Where do you see Yard Family in five years time?
YF – We hope to continue to have a successful business that we can manage from home, expanding as our children grow and don’t need us as much! We would love for families all over the world to own and enjoy a Yard Blanket, for our products to feature with some well-known lifestyle brands, and generally have a name that is synonymous with quality time and the good things in life.

K – Can we expect any new designs or further forays into the luxurious, family outdoor living in the near future?

YF – Absolutely. We are always brainstorming new ideas and have some great plans for expanding our range up our sleeves. As we grow we will be branching out into other lines and products, all in keeping with the philosophy of Yard Family!

K- For those who wish to purchase any of your beautiful creations, what is the best way to do this?

YF – We have an online store at http://www.yardfamily.com where you can see our range and the details of each product. We ship worldwide for a flat fee of AUD$50, and offer free shipping within Australia. We accept credit card, PayPal and Afterpay, which allows you to buy now and pay later!

And with that, Emily and Alice are back to their families and day to day lives. What an inspiring and creative duo they truly are, thank you so much for the interview 😀

Until next time, take care 

Keya x