Hi guys, happy hump day. I once told my boss it was hump day and he got totally the wrong message, awkward! My first week of 2015 has plodded along with plans of a crazy city mini break to Athens soon with the girls and a terrible driving lesson today. I can't ever see myself being in control of a car and confident enough to drive independently, I just go blank and drift off into my own thoughts. I've always been the same in things like exams and tests, where I ponder and plan for a few minutes and then begin, in contrast to those around who would scribble away as soon as the papers were turned over. I need to know how things work and figure out their function rather than learn something by following instructions so many times that it becomes habit. Unless I learn the mechanics of a car, I'll never feel comfortable driving around in lessons but not knowing what I am doing! I don't enjoy driving at all and am only learning to get it out of the way, so maybe I have blocked myself from learning. It's possibly because I'm not often in a car and don't really trust them, for example I would never arrange for a family member to go out of their way to drop me anywhere and make a journey they wouldn't have made. This is why I don't like flying or fair ground rides either, but maybe I just need to get a grip!!
I've heard a lot about bloggers and vloggers making their new year's resolutions and I think mine in general are firstly to keep up positive momentum and energy to generate even more energy, such as keeping the house clutter free by tidying each day, exercise, running errands quickly rather than putting them off, and secondly to maybe work my brain less but stay creative. Working for most of the day for someone else does mean you finally arrive home and have limited energy to pour into yourself. Sometimes you are mentally all out of juice just by keeping track of your life admin such as bills, events, appointments, errands, etc, that your brain constantly pings with the pull of ideas and reminders. The brain can become frazzled and definitely over-toasted! So almost like when a laptop starts burning your knees from exhaustion, I'm going to section off time to fill it with books, family, friends and adventure, and leave the to do list at home. So what if you haven't attacked that pile of clothes set for eBay or got round to getting that better phone contract, these things aren't of importance.
That was a rather epic start to what is essentially my style inspiration for the month, but I hope shows the direction I am going in. It's all about streamlining and I also need to not beat myself up about finding driving so unnatural.
On reflection of last month's mood, I felt happy in all of the outfits I wore in December even though I didn't buy anything new for the festive season. Nothing that I own is especially over-worn so I mixed my recent favourites with a few newer things I was waiting to wear. I have posted most outfits on Instagram but might blog about them too! I still haven't branched out into slicked back hair but I did try an Ariana Grande style up do which was slightly out of my comfort zone, having your hair scraped away from your face. I am going to refine that hairstyle and maybe graduate into a sleek high pony in the near future. I did go sparkly and statement with some makeup looks, but for lips I discovered the MUA lip pencil in Caramel Nougat which is the plumping nude of your dreams, and only £1! My nails have been neutral tones and one shade I loved (MUA Truffle Cream), one shade I didn't love so much (Barry M Almond).
When I raided my Tumblr for my most recent inspiration, I realised I haven't reblogged too much from the past month. I'm still liking oversized coats and turtle necks, and fully want to embrace the sleek yet statement look this year. I do want to get some killer accessories, outrageous shoes or something a little off, almost an item so left field and fashion forward that it actually looks seamless against some plain, classic basics. We'll see! It's tempting to check out all of the new SS15 lines dripping into the high street stores but we still have a few cold months ahead.