Happy holidays

Good day to you my vacation loving vixens,

Apologies for the delay in getting this months blog post written. As I’m sure a lot of you also are in the midst of, I have just got back from taking an extremely needed break away to Spain. What with my full time job, teaching my spinning classes, spending time with my loved ones and investing my time in writing my blog you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to get away with one of my girlfriends to Europe this month.

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The combination of sun, sea, sangria and snoozing on the beach was amazing beyond belief and I have come back home feeling relaxed, recharged and ready to face the second half of 2018.

I have been extremely fortunate enough in my nearly 32 years on this earth to have been on some unforgettable vacations around the world and I have seen some incredible natural wonders along the way. However, one thing I feel I am slowly getting better at but still haven’t mastered is the art of packing – especially lightly. Haha.

I remember when I was in my late teens/ early twenties and we would be escaping for our summer holiday as a family. I used to take a full 14 day’s outfits both for day and evening time and only wear a handful of them especially during the daytime where you mainly live in your bikini and beach towel anyway! Why do we feel we need to pack everything but the kitchen sink as if we cannot possibly buy anything that we may have forgotten at our destination?

Granted it does depend on where you are going and what kind of holiday it is. Obviously you need a different wardrobe style for a 4 day city break than you do for a weeks beach trip but I thought I would highlight my top tips for packing smartly this year.

For daytime I completely encourage that for a weeks holiday you can pack a different bikini or swimsuit for every day if you are lucky enough to have them (I was guilty as charged of this on my recent break.) One little word of advice though – make sure they are a similar size and style (I am partial to a bandeau top) as you really won’t want to look like a patchwork quilt of tan-lines by the end of the holiday 😊

For daytime I am definitely a cut off shorts and vest kind of woman. I usually pack a few pairs of either denim or chino style which can be mix and matched with various tops so it looks like a completely new outfit each day – result!

For those balmy summer nights believe me from experience you will be not be putting on your highest Jimmy Choo shoes each evening (unless you are staying in a exclusive resort destination then lucky you). My go to is definitely a smart pair of tan leather wedges. They literally go with everything, accentuate your tan and also give you that coveted bit of height us average height ladies NEED! Mine are from Guess but the high street also does some awesome styles too – try Zara or New Look to bag your own pair.

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Clothes wise what on earth do you wear when the weather is still hotter then bath water and the sun is high in the sky until 9pm? For me, someone who loves the warm weather but feels their body just wants to expel all water as soon as I step off the airplane – then my go to attire is loose fit boho style dresses or fitted A line styles in bright colours or prints.

By keeping your hair and make up natural you can really go to town on your outfits as holiday dress can be so much more fun and eccentric than your everyday style – embrace it! By packing smartly and efficiently, who knows you might even have space in your luggage for a nice memento to remind you of your time away also. Well that is what I am telling myself ahead of my trip to Cyprus in a few weeks anyway ☺️

Until next time, take care

Keya x

Dashing Dublin

Good morning my Irish idiosyncrasies, 

This past weekend I was in Dublin celebrating my friends 30th birthday with nine of my girlfriends. It was my first time visiting this part of Ireland so for this weeks post I thought I would delve into the parts of this city which made it so magical for me. 

 
We were so relieved to find that although a tad chilly, we had blue skies and sunshine for the entire weekend. The view from the love lock bridge over the river Liffey was wonderful and it was sweet to read all the personal messages on the locks. 

  
One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to the Guiness Brewery. We were fascinated learning the technique used to make the perfect pint and at the end of the tour I finally managed to try my first sip. (Much to my amazement I actually quite liked it by the end of the pint glass. Haha) I thought I would coordinate my outfit for the day with the tipple of choice wearing my black and white polka dot shirt, dark denim and leather converse below. 

  
On our numerous walking tours around the city we saw some beautiful traditional Irish pubs. I loved learning of their histories and was amazed at how old some of them were. I can only begin to imagine what Dublin must have been like back in those days. In the pub below we warmed ourselves by drinking Irish coffee and we chatted to the bar maid about where to go for a good night on the town. 

  
Another peculiar thing we noticed was a lot of the shops and pubs were decorated to the max with Halloween trinkets and ghouls. (I wholeheartedly admit some of which gave me the creeps especially the clowns and chuckie figures.) We were flummoxed as to why the festivities were in full swing already even though Halloween isn’t until the end of October. I guess if they are fans of fancy dress and decorations though,  why not make it last the whole month. I definitely got some inspirations for my own Halloween costume.  

  
On Saturday night we were told the best place to venture to for a night out was Grafton street. We went to a few different bars and then ended up in a club called D Two which was a lot of fun. I decided to go for a chic LBD for our night out which I paired with my super high Jimmy Choos and my Chanel clutch. 

  
Looking back at all of our wonderful photos, it makes me smile to think of the memories we made in Dublin. The people made us feel immediately at home. I loved seeing the street styles in the shopping district also, it’s amazing how it differs from London. Incredible what an hours flight can do fashion wise hey! 

Thank you Dublin for  your “céad míle fáilte”

Until next week

Take care, Keya X

Colour Champions.

Good afternoon my colourful chameleons, 

I believe I would be correct in saying that those who know me personally, would say I am a happy go lucky kind of person and I love incorporating bright colours and patterns into my day to day wardrobe. Today’s post I am dedicating to some of my favourite colourful outfits I have worn and I also want to give you some advice on how to incorporate brighter shades into your own wardrobe if it all seems a tad daunting.

  
The above outfit I wore for an fashion party in the city which is one of my favourites. The dress is by Hoss Intropia, the snap back is by Fort Riu and the shoes are Jimmy Choo. I love the quilted material and flared skirt of this dress and the cut away detail on the top flatters my broad shoulders. 

  
This red dress from Massimo Dutti I wore whilst on holiday in Portugal. The red hue really compliments my olive complexion and as the dress was a statement on its own I teamed it with my black Kurt Geiger wedges and a Chanel bag.

  
This is another outfit I wore whilst on my vacation. As soon as I saw this print in the shop I was drawn to the bright colours and the fitted shape suits my athletic frame. I just threw on some sandals with it so the dress could do the talking. 

  
I wore the above outfit to a party in Newcastle at the end of last year. The dress is a vintage lace one which I wore with my Valentino tan shoes and Michael Kors snakeskin bag. I really like the navy colour of this dress with the sequin detail, it looked chic and elegant on the night and really sparkled under the dance floor lights. 

  

  
  For my fathers 60th birthday dinner I wore the above embellished grey dress that I found in TK Maxx and the shoes are from Kurt Geiger. The A-line style of this dress was really comfortable especially when sat down for dinner and the colour was really appropriate for the winter setting of the celebrations. 
Brighter prints do not need to only be worn on nights out, they can be appropriate for the office too. I love this jazzy shirt from Ralph Lauren which I wear with black skinny chinos and pumps. 

 If the idea of wearing a bright colour brings you out in hives I would suggest starting really small perhaps with colourful bracelets or a patterned scarf which will immediately brighten up a plain outfit. You can then start introducing colour block shoes or a pastel bag. You will amaze yourself at how quickly you will love having brighter items in your wardrobe and you can go as bold or as muted as you wish! I am probably at the extreme end of wearing colour but when I am having a bad day or the weather is miserable, it’s amazing what a bright red pair of suede moccasins or printed dress will do for your mood 😀

Most of all, the reaction you will get from friends and colleagues is amazing – if you can bring out a huge smile or start a conversation because your outfit, what’s not to love ❤️

Until next week, 

Take care, Keya x

Sensational shoes 

Good evening my shoe aficionados,

From a very young age I have had a huge LOVE for shoes. Even as a child if we had visitors come over who were wearing high heels, the minute they came off our guests feet in the hallway, they would be on mine clomping up the passage or garden path 😀 As I have gotten older, this love has not waned and I now own so many pairs I have lost count. The storage of said shoes has now even spilled out of my own bedroom, into every spare space in our house but I still always peruse my favourite shoe shops in the end of season sales in the hopes I can bag a bargain. 

For smart court shoes or peep toes I love my wonderful collection of Jimmy Choos and Christian Louboutins. I wear them with fitted shift dresses for work, tailored trousers or paired with one of my favourite evening ensembles for nights out. 
 (The ones above are my lovely nude Christian Louboutins) ( These are my black peep toe Jimmy Choos which I wore to my office Christmas party)

For days when I know I am going to be on my feet all day, I love brogues and coloured moccasin lace up shoes from either Dune, Diesel or Massimo Dutti. They are so comfortable if you are running around the city and look uber chic with rolled up chinos or summer dresses. 

I pair these leopard tasselled loafers with a black dress or white shirt.  

  
And these two pairs of slip on loafers I usually wear with skinny jeans and a crop top or fitted t-shirt at weekends.

 

When the weather is warm, I live in my Haviana flip flops and jewelled sandals which are so inexpensive but look so laid back cool when worn with a pair of jean shorts and a vest top. The huge variety of colours means you can find a pair which matches every outfit and the brighter shades look even better when you have that golden summer tan. 

For me, shoes are an extension of my personality. I always choose styles which are quirky, bright and individual as I do in my own wardrobe choices also. I would advise to pay a bit extra for your shoes as even though the brands I have shown above can be very pricey the cost per wear is justified when you look at the good quality leather and craftsmanship gone into each pair. They also last so much longer than your average high street shoe. 

Shoes, much like perfume or lingerie, can make any woman feel like a million dollars; whether it is the way a fabulous pair of stilettos can make you feel like you are sashaying down a catwalk or that perfect pair of sandals which showcase your fresh pedicure in all its coral glory. After a hard day in the office or when you are going through a hard time in life, if by walking into Selfridges spending an hour perusing the shoe halls makes you feel better then DO IT! Believe me there are worst vices to have 😀

Until next week, take care

Keya x

Act your age, not your shoe size.

Good morning from a lovely spring day in London,

This weeks blog post is about how to look chic and on trend whatever age you are.

I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when they get older is when they find a shop they like as a young adult, they stick with it no matter how many years or life events pass. Believe me I would love to still be able to wear my little pleated kilts from River Island or one of my many outfits I adored from Kookai but I do not think my friends or colleagues would appreciate it now that I’m in my late twenties. 

  

Many of us are lucky enough as we get older and settled into our working lives to be able to afford to buy pieces that are timeless, pairing them with everyday basics from our beloved favourite stores like Gap, Uniqlo or Topshop. 

With my 30th birthday and entering a new decade fast approaching, I know I will stick with my tried and tested style of pairing beautiful classic items like that all important LBD, nude court shoes or a well fitted blazer and then mix and match my basics to create interesting new outfits every day. 

  

Into your forties, fifties and beyond in my opinion it is so important to dress for your shape and feel confident in whatever you wear. If you have problem areas like all of us, for example the top of your arms all it takes is a pashmina or cropped cardigan over a shift dress to keep you on trend but also feel comfortable. You can still wear clothes that are “in fashion” but after living a full life getting married, having an amazing career and bearing children you really do not need to be dressing like the latter to look current! What happened to the adage of with age comes wisdom? That wisdom can also be used to make great fashion choices. Great shops I like for the more mature person are definitely Massimo Dutti, Marks and Spencers and also you can find some great bargains in TK Maxx if you have a spare afternoon to browse the chaos 😀

 If you are smart about the investments you make in your early working years, those pieces will last until you are well into your excentric eighties. If in doubt, longer length dresses with a cute cap sleeve are effortlessly timeless, well tailored trousers are a wardrobe staple and those black leather peep toe shoes from Jimmy Choo which nearly gave you heart failure when you purchased them will go the distance I can assure you. The only difference being we may not be able to walk quite as far in them in twenty years time 😁

  

Until next week, take care 

Keya x