Believe

Believe
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Good morning everyone and happy Monday.

I’ve had some pretty jam-packed Sunday’s these past two weeks, which is the reason why there was no Motivational Monday post last week. But I didn’t want to leave you all without some motivation for today, and even for myself, so here goes.

This quote is not from my Happy Jar, but something I found on Pinterest.

Belief is a powerful thing. I looked up different words for it and these are examples of what I found:

Faith; hope; confidence etc.

‘Faith’ appeals more to me. Before any goal becomes reality, you have to believe that you can make it come to life. If you don’t, you might as well give up on it there and then.

Belief in your dream and most importantly, yourself, is the first step to making anything happen. Without faith in your ability, you won’t take any actions to get to where you want to be. You’ll be doubting yourself and putting yourself down, giving yourself a ‘no’ before you have received it… if you even do.

If things have not been happening for you, analyse if you really believe in your potential. Are there doubts that have been plaguing your mind and stopping you from taking the action that will bring your breakthrough?

I have had to do this for myself. I haven’t moved forward at times because I have been scared or not confident in my capacity. But once I decided to turn my back on those negative thoughts and focus extremely hard about the positive in me and have faith in myself, I was able to take a step forwards.

Try doing that this week. You’ll definitely get further than you have done without belief.

Have a great day.

Mich x

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72 hours in Portugal – part 2

On day two of my time in Portugal, we spent it in Sintra. I had really wanted to come here, for one reason only, but we’ll get to that later. Sintra is full of colourful buildings, although these are popular throughout Portugal.

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It was wonderfully warm that day. We decided to fuel up and found a nice little restaurant, which I forgot the name of. I ordered the pork.

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The food in Portugal is delicious. This meal was only six euros. Everything is so cheap there. I came back home with 50 euros to spare!

After we had eaten, we were ready to go on our quest (the one I had been looking forward to)…

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…all the way up there! To the Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors). I love sightseeing and I had mentally prepared myself for the crazy feat we were about to pull off. While everyone paid for rides up, my friends and I had decided to walk.

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And walk we did. For a good two hours. Closer to the beginning of the climb up, we saw little handmade trinkets and pieces of art for sale on the side of the road…

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…sculptures…

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…gorgeous views…

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…and hidden gems.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the actual castle. We arrived five minutes before closing time, which we were annoyed about because we hadn’t been made aware of that. But I’m still proud of myself for that incredible walk all the way up. It was painful, but so worth it. I wonder how many calories I burnt?

Afterwards, we went to Centro Vasco da Gama in Oriente. Think of Stratford Westfield shopping centre. The architecture in Oriente station is beautiful, especially at night.

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I did no shopping and had another late night. The wedding was the following day, so that was all the sightseeing I got done on this trip, but I was very content. Like I said, it was the most fun and adventure I’d had in a long time.

Thank you Lisbon. It was fun while it lasted.

Mich x

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72 hours in Portugal – part 1

As some of you may know, I spent three nights in Portugal at the end of March for a friend’s wedding. If it hadn’t been for the wedding, I wouldn’t have had the chance to discover such a beautiful place. I got to see so much in such a short space of time, so I was grateful for that.

I arrived on Thursday and as soon as I landed, my friends came to get me. After settling into my room at the hotel we were staying in, we set off to Setúbal. It’s a quiet city with pebbled streets and a port.

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For dinner, we went to a restaurant along the port called Tasca da Fatinha. You can choose whatever fish you want and they grill it for you. It’s all fresh produce. Some of us shared prawns for starters, which looked and tasted delicious. I ordered the salmon. It was my first time having it, and I loved it, especially with the grilled, smokey taste.

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Unfortunately, the chips were a bit dry, but the salmon made up for that.

We stayed out late, and found this beautiful building on the way back to the coach station — the Monastery of Jesus of Setúbal. I went to bed the latest I have done in a very long time, but I also had the most fun I’ve had in a long while, so it was all worth it.

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Look out for part two next Thursday, and thank you for reading.

Mich x

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An unfamiliar path

An unfamiliar path

Happy Tuesday everyone!

How was your weekend? I’m glad that it was a bright and sunny one here in the UK. On Sunday, it was the warmest weather we’ve had so far. But I wasn’t particularly smart; I had such a jam-packed day, but I didn’t drink enough water or eat food and I had a meeting at 6pm. My head was pounding throughout the meeting and when I got home, I couldn’t do anything but eat and go straight to bed.

I think it affected me more than I thought, because I couldn’t go to work the next day. I hope I’m not coming down with anything, because I couldn’t leave the house on Saturday either.

So, here is your Motivational Monday post going live on Tuesday ha. Never mind. Better late than never.


I love the quote that I pulled out of my Happy Jar last week.

“Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places.”

We all make plans for our future, and we have a route that we believe is the right way to take. It’s all there in our heads. Most times, we even write it down. “I’m going to get this qualification, then get this job, and save this amount of money to start this small business…”

But unfortunately, life doesn’t always go the way that we planned. What if you don’t meet the requirements needed to enrol on the course you wanted, or you fail it? What if you don’t get the job?

Don’t panic, because as much as it seems like it is, is it NOT the end of the world. And your plan isn’t necessarily the only route you can take to get to where you want. There is always a way. Don’t write it off as a dead-end.

It is easy to become frustrated, I completely understand that. Have your moment, then take a deep breath so that you can think clearly and consider other options.

I didn’t know that I would end up back at the same job that I had quit, but I’m not fretting or seeing it as a fail, because I know that it is not my final destination. There is just a different route I have to take for me to get to where I want to. Here’s to the future.

Thank you for reading and enjoy the sun.

Mich x

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How to style your man

I can barely style myself, let alone my husband. I just know what I like and sometimes I get it wrong, but I am trying.

My hubby works in the world of fitness, so he is always dressed in casual workout clothes and sports gear, which I am not too keen on. But when he puts on a suit, boy does he look good. He actually doesn’t need me for that.

The Black Tux – a men’s fashion company that specialise in suit rentals – have created a style guide for the men in your life. It breaks down the basics of common dress codes and the events they are most often associated with. When asked if I could share it with you all, I was more than happy to oblige. It is a good reference point for me to come back to.

How To Style Your Man

Hope this helps you all, and thank you for reading. I know it has helped me. 🙂

Mich x

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

Do something

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Happy Monday everyone! How are you all?

I got back yesterday from celebrating my friends’ wedding in Portugal, and although I don’t have jet lag (because the time zone is the same), I’m tired from having had to wake up at 4am to leave for the airport. I didn’t do much catching up on sleep when I got home. So, today’s post will be short.

Dreams don’t become reality without a key ingredient – action. You may not be able to take an action towards your goals every day, but at least once a week you could do something, even if it is small.

Every small action will lead up to something great. But you have to do something to get there, preferably more than one thing.

Have a great day chasing your dreams.

Mich x

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Faux leather culottes

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Ruffle blouse: ASOS

Faux leather culottes: ASOS

Nude heels: Boohoo

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Liz Clairborne wristlet: JcPenney

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This outfit compiles everything that I am loving in fashion right now – ruffles, bell sleeves and culottes. I wore it to the wedding of a dear friend, and it is only the second time in my life that I have worn trousers on the bottom half, instead of a skirt or a dress (and I have been to a lot of weddings). I felt proud of myself for doing something different.

I have always been fascinated with culottes, wondering if I could pull off the wide leg look without appearing frumpy. They are definitely the highlight of this outfit. I didn’t think that my first pair would be faux leather because I don’t own anything in leather, but I’ve realised that my style is evolving and I am coming out of my comfort zone. These are high-waisted, so they work well on my slight hourglass frame.

I kept the colour palette monochromatic with nude heels, a brown belt, my gold wristlet (from this post) and camel coat, which you can see a peek of in the last image.

What do you think of the outfit?

 

P.s. I apologise for the bad quality pictures. My phone was used to take them.

Mich x

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