Motivational Monday: Knowing Your Value

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope it really is for you. You may not have gotten up on the right side of the bed this morning, but don’t let how you feel determine what the rest of your day is like.

“It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are”

One of the reasons why people can be undecided is because they don’t know what they stand for. I’m not talking about finding it hard to make insignificant decisions like what to eat that day, but the big things – decisions that can have a snowball effect and make a serious impact on their lives.

Your values play a part in defining how you live your life. When you know what you stand for, you won’t compromise. You don’t want to be made to feel uncomfortable by succumbing to something you don’t agree with.

Peer pressure can have a lot to do with why people find it hard to make decisions or rather, why they end up making the wrong decisions. Instead of being firm and saying “no”, they give in. I have been in this situation many times before. I went along with what everyone else was doing even though I wasn’t comfortable. Back then, I was weak minded and a follower of the crowd. And because of this, I was always unhappy.

I found happiness when I chose to define my values. I finally knew myself. And now I don’t find it hard to make decisions that will benefit me, even if the majority don’t agree.

I hope you know what you stand for.

Mich x

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The Cosy OTT Jumper

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Burgundy jumper (similar here, here, here and here)/ Black culottes (similar here and here)/ Open toe ankle boots (similar here and here)

I love everything about this jumper. It’s burgundy (autumn vibes), stretchy, has bell sleeves and ruffles! What more could you ask for? It is so over-the-top but I love it! Autumn can’t ignore you when you’re wearing this!

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That annoying one strand of hair 

The stretchy material makes it feel cosy. I wore this outfit to church on Sunday morning before my hubby and I flew to Greece for our 4-year anniversary getaway.

It was a crisp morning so this outfit was perfect. It actually felt like autumn.

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Although it was cold, my favourite culottes and ankle boots kept most of my legs warm. I haven’t worn these open toe boots since last autumn, so it was nice for them to see the daylight.

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Mich x

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Green Plisse

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Green plisse dress/White clutch bag (similar here and here)/White sandals

I never wear green. I have nothing green in my wardrobe, but I thought this plisse dress couldn’t hurt. I wore this outfit to another wedding. You all must think I am not serious at all. “How many weddings do you attend Michelle?” Don’t ask.

There was something about this dress that caught my attention. It had to be the knot at the front. I left it quite loose, although looking back I should have pulled it tighter. I didn’t secure it enough so I had to keep readjusting it throughout the day, but I like that you have the choice of how loose or tight you want to wear it.

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Without the knot, this would be a simple, straight, shapeless dress. The plisse material is light, allowing you to move freely in it. It isn’t tight and the one-sided slit enables you to walk without looking like a penguin.

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I wore my white clutch bag and sandals, which stands out against the green. To add warmth to my outfit, I wore my rose gold tassel earrings to match my Fitbit (don’t laugh – I wanted to look cute and still count my steps haha). 

I’ve gotten into a habit of carefully choosing what I buy, with the intention of wearing it again. I’m looking forward to restyling this dress.

What do you think of my millionth wedding outfit?

Mich x

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Autumn is Here

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Camel coat (similar here and here) / Red dress (similar here) / Boots

You wake up in the dark and go to sleep in the dark. It’s gloomy and colder, and on the day that I took these pictures, the rain had not stopped since morning. But I couldn’t pass on a photo op.

Autumn is here! So the boots and camel coat have made an official appearance. This coat is one of my autumn essentials. It’s warm, fitted and in a colour that represents this season well.

I wore this look to an afternoon tea on a Saturday afternoon. I had to battle the wind and rain to get there, but it was worth it in this outfit. Although red is bright and bold, it still pairs nicely with camel.

What are you wearing this season?

Mich x

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Dairy-free Discoveries: Oatly Oat Milk

I’ve decided to introduce a new segment to my blog. Everyone must surely know by now that I developed a milk and egg allergy two years ago. It was difficult to deal with for the first year, and that was my transition period – coming to terms with the fact that I can no longer eat what I like when I like.

It’s such an ugly allergy because you are so limited. There is milk and egg in almost everything! But it did get easier, and I am now at a point where I’m used to not being able to eat whatever I want.

Thankfully, the world is changing and adapting to the influx of vegans and those who are gluten free. I’m not vegan by the way. I still love my meat.

Anyway, every month I will be sharing one of my dairy-free life-changing discoveries in this Dairy-free Discoveries segment. You have no idea how happy I am when I find an alternative I can eat!

So let me introduce my first discovery:

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Oatly Oat Drink and Oatly Barista Edition

Finding a milk alternative took me such a long time. Along with the milk allergy, my body began to reject many of the nuts I could eat before, so almond milk was a no-no for me. I’m also allergic to soya and all the other milk alternatives are watery, so this didn’t work for me when I was used to drinking the green-lid milk. My mum would buy the long-life milk from Costco, which is deliciously creamy. So, I set my standards too high and kept disappointing myself.

But when I discovered the Swedish Oatly’s Oat Milk, I was in heaven! To be honest, the blue version – the original – is still watery, but it works for having cereal in the morning. But it does not work for tea and coffee. It makes bits rise to the top, which I detest.

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The Oatly Barista Edition Oat Milk is a lifesaver! It’s creamy and you can froth it up, making it perfect for baristas to use. I cannot live without this milk! It is also sweeter and includes calcium, so I’m still getting the goodness I need.

Oatly has made my dairy-free life that little bit easier to deal with.

I hope you liked my first installment of Dairy-free Discoveries. Let me know what you think.

Mich x

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This post is not sponsored.

Faith = Belief

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Hey all. Coming to you with a late Motivational Monday post.

“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

In other words – faith!

Lately, I’ve been living life like this – looking forward to something; believing that something great is going to happen.

When your mindset is like this, not only will you believe, but you will also provoke things to happen. You will take actions that lead to great opportunities, because you trust that the end result will be positive.

When you don’t look forward to anything in life, you don’t take actions to make things happen. And so, you don’t experience new things and become frustrated.

Obviously, things don’t just happen out of thin air. A lot of the time, we have to take the first step before we see results. But as long as we are doing that having faith that something will come of it, it may not happen after one, two or three tries, but it will. And that is what matters.

I challenge you to go about your day – and every day – looking forward to something. Have a good one!

Mich x

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Ruffle Jumpsuit

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Ruffle Jumpsuit / White Clutch Bag (similar here and here) / White Strappy Sandals (similar here and here)

I wore this pink striped jumpsuit to a wedding back in June. I think this has to be one of my favourite wedding guest outfits to date.

It is made from linen – a light, breathable and comfortable material, which is perfect for the summer heat.

My favourite thing about this jumpsuit is the ruffle cross-over. I doubt my love for frills will ever die. This jumpsuit would be plain without the ruffles.

I knew that I wanted to keep my accessories simple and monotone because the jumpsuit is a statement on its own. So, I wore my white strappy sandals, carried my simple white envelope clutch bag, and added gold coin drop earrings to match the gold accents on my bag. I kept my hair tied back in a ponytail so as not to distract from my outfit.

I plan to wear this jumpsuit again – possibly more toned down with white trainers for that casual look, or on holiday with slides on the beach.

Mich x

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P.s This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.