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Monday, 25 November 2019

Off the radar- Retrograde is over

Mercury Retrograde is finally over and let me tell you,
this time it was a killer ...
Retrograde comes and go. Is it a myth or is it an excuse? With cynical tweets in full swing and all anyone talks about for an entire month (this time around), what does it really mean? Whether it is psychological or the planets really do have an impact on how we are feeling (which I believe they do) there was no escaping this one. What a roller coaster of emotions and feeling it brought along with it. 
November is always a weird one for me, it never sits quite right. This month I decided to go off the radar. My schedule was filled, work life was crazy and strangest thing about it? There was not a single part of me that felt the desire to share it. 
I went Christmas shopping in London, another trip to Edinburgh, I spent a minute taking time out, I went out with my nearest and dearest, I fell ill, I worked like crazy and quite simply I had the best time. 
  
I dined in my favourite restaurants, cafes and bars, spent Saturday in Selfridges and my Sunday in Harrods. I visited my sister and stayed solo, waking up at 5am and going to bed by 9. I took some time out for myself and I also spent it with my closest. After working like crazy all year round it was needed more than ever. 
The thing is social media and its influence makes you feel a certain way and keeping your head above  water when you are juggling so many things at once proves a challenge to anyone. It's hard to keep on top of your motivation, energy and engagement. 
   
The things that keep you going are the things that can make you not break you. I find myself fully invested in Christmas this year ... a completely new thing for me. I look back at my past month and despite a few hiccups know I have placed myself in the best position and situations and feel proud of my work even though I felt tested. 
Just remember darlings, you should never feel guilty about taking time for you regardless of where that is, who that is with or when that is. I have found myself in some tough situations this past year and its true what they say what makes you bad makes you better. 
This way you are ready for anything. 
  
You made it this far, who is ready to have a little fun? 
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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The things that get you going

  In need of a little motivation, engagement, feel good vibe?
 
It's that time of year again ... the time where it is simply a drag. In the height of all work and no play it is incredibly hard to keep yourself motivated and your sassy usual yourself, so what's the fix? and how do we stop ourselves from falling out with our routine and immersing in exhaustion? 

Start up by utilising your time wisely, don't over sleep or waste a second. Whether you are surrounding yourselves by your favourites or maxing out every single inch of your existence by being constantly on the go, there is no denying that surrounding yourselves with your favourites provide you with the normality and break that you need.

For me an outfit makes or breaks a mood. Some people like video games, some like sport but fashion is my area of interest. Forget preconceptions such as 'overdressing', if it makes you feel good, whatever the activity, or 'item' maybe- the rest is irrelevant. 

Embrace the silence. Take a walk, take a drive, take a breath. Five minutes out may be all you need. Taking a long period of time out (this can even be a day) can demotivate you, especially when you are always on the go. Judge what you need and what makes you content. 

Don't forget the get little things even when you have a crazy schedule. A killer blow dry and fresh manicure gives me the kick I need when i'm in the midst of everything. You may not have a great deal of time, but if this is the little bit of love you give yourself throughout the week so do it.

     Remember you are your most important influence and you have the biggest control over your emotions and mindset so hype yourself up. I am currently listening to Kanye's new album as I drive to work then give myself a spare fifteen minutes to browse new Christmas shopping releases. Actions as simple as this get me prepared for the day and remind me that no matter how I am feeling this segment of me time can remain uninterrupted. 

My favourite advice of all time is to pre plan. The times you have something to look forward to, no matter how great or small, give you something to strive for regardless of how your day, week or month is going. Having nothing to strive for will destroy your engagement with anything. Set yourself goals, targets and deadlines- just make them the ones that appeal to you, not the ones that are expected of you. 

As always, remember you are killing it. If you are trying, no one can ever argue otherwise.
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Monday, 30 September 2019

Flavour of the month

Autumn is in full swing, the nights are about to get darker
 and things are getting a little bewitched. 
Trends
AW19 is here and we are waiting for the high street to play catch up. Expect power shoulders, colour block and the return of the cape (a 2015 trend I just couldn't get away from). From the Bottega bag and slides covering head to toe of any FROWer to the blend of Victoria B shades hot in the eyes of any make up lovers palette, AW19 reminds of what fall really is about. A season of classics in a new dimension.

Christmas releases
Will we be airbrushing with Charlotte Tilbury? Slick with an anticipated uncovered Huda? Or drenched in the dreamiest scent? I always begin my Christmas shopping in September but this year I am underwhelmed. Some of the hottest festive launches are around the corner this October, don't miss out.

Technology
Ok, so it's a new year and new Apple season. Everyone has so much to say when it comes to a new Apple release but for me this year a state of the art camera and a midnight green just about cuts it. I am a sucker for new shades and intricate detail. The pro provides just that.

Affairs in order
Will they? Won't they? Three years after a Brexit vote and we are still in a struggle to define the history of this country, October 31st is the next milestone in our development. What will happen? Our guess is as good as anyones.
     Unless you have slept through the past few months Greta Thunberg would have entered your thought process. At 16 this environmental activist has once again highlighted the prominence that climate change has in our world today. Politics may not be your thing, but the globe you live on certainly is. Don't play blind to the monumental change that you could be a part of.

For your viewing
This time every year Gossip Girl returns for me. The seasons are in sync and with great outfits, scandals and S&B in their prime, what more could you ask for?
    In complete contrast the other view playing on my mind is Star Wars. The finale of the latest trilogy enters the big screen this December and tickets are due a release. Lets call this a family tradition

Travel
The Greek islands forever appear on our Instagram feeds over the course of the Summer months. An array of gorgeous white buildings and the deepest of blue seas. In our amazement no one expected to find them at the top of our wander list this Autumn. The weather delights, the crowds have fleed and island hopping continuously appeals to the many. Have you considered switching your usual city break for Mykonos and Santorni in the Autumn air?



The next three months see trends arise as the day progress. 
Watch this space my darlings, the flavour of month is about to get that little more juicy.
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Monday, 23 September 2019

Twenty six at 26

Five years ago I wrote a post called '21 things I have learnt since turning 21'
Well a lot can happen in five years my darlings. Here are my twenty six at 26.
 
1. Chill the f out (also one of my resolutions)
2. So you are in your mid 20's? You still have time
3. Your work/life balance will make or break you
4. Your closest circle will shrink 
5. Negative energy? Walk away 
6. Stand your ground
7. Sign off
8. Placing pressure on yourself will never get you any further
9. Those who matter will stay
10. Be unapologetic, your opinion counts 
11. People need you, but you also need them 
12. As Blair Waldorf once said be part of the none judging breakfast club 
13. Never measure yourself against other people
14. Social media is an amazing platform for discussion but you also need to detox 
15. Failure? Don't worry, there is always a next time- and you will kill it.
16. It's ok to be married or have kids, but it is also ok to not be
17. Your gut feeling will not let you down 
18. Take a risk, we don't do boring
19. Your contribution to change in the world is monumental
20. Do the things that make you feel fulfilled 
21. Being grateful is a testament to who you are
22. Drama? Stay away
23. Make time for the things you love 
24. Never underestimate your capability 
25. You have an impact on others, you can influence in the greatest way
26. Consider the things and the actions that make you believe make you happy and strive for them

Here is to the next five. 
All my love,

Tashaa xo
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Monday, 9 September 2019

SS20 Fashion week | The low down

Spring/Summer 20 fashion week is here and it is the one that we have all been awaiting. Whether it is a Victoria Beckham Sunday, a classic Chanel Tuesday or a Bottega Veneta season that we cannot all get enough. The hottest parties are in full glow and the best of this years street style is arising. I have a feeling it is about to be one of my favourite ready to wear runway seasons yet. 
NEW YORK
Friday 6th September
Jeremy Scott

Saturday 7th September
Self Portrait 
Kate Spade
Rebecca Minkoff
Helmut Lang
Longchamo
Christian Siriano
Brandon Maxwell

Sunday 8th September 
Tory Burch
Prabal Gurung
Tommy Hilfiger

Monday 9th September
The Row
Carolina Herrera
Zimmerman
Alice and Olivia
3.1 Phillip Lim
Anna Sui
Tom Ford

Tuesday 10th September
Vera Wang
Noon by Noor
Pamella Roland
Coach
Naeem Khan
Oscar de la Renta
Proenza Schouler
Savage x Fenty

Wednesday 11th September
Michael Kors
Dennis Basso
Badgley Mischka
Marc Jacobs

LONDON
Friday 13th September
Bora Aksu
Pam Hogg
Temperley 

Saturday 14th September 
Alexa Chung
Fyodor Golan

Sunday 15th September
House of Holland
David Koma
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Anya Hindmarch
Roland Mouret
Osman
Margaret Howell
Aspinal of London
Victoria Beckham
Emilia Wickstead

Monday 16th September
Roksanda
Erdem
Paul Costelloe
J W Anderson
Christopher Kane
Burberry
Richard Quinn
Julien Macdonald

MILAN
Wednesday 18th September
Peter Pilotto
Prada
Alberta Ferretti
No 21
Jil Sander

Thursday 19th September
Max Mara
Emporio Armani
Fendi
Bottega Veneta
Moschino

Friday 20th September
Tods
Blumarine
Sportmax
Etro
Marni
Versace

Saturday 21st September
Salvatore Ferragamo
MSGM
Ermano Scervino
Philosophy
Giorgia Armani
Missoni

Sunday 22nd September 
Boss 
Gucci

PARIS
Tuesday 24th September
Dior
Saint Laurent

Wednesday 25th September
Lanvin
Mulger
Maison Margiela
Dries Van Noten
Rochas

Thursday 26th September
Chloe 
Paco Rabanne
Ann Demeulemeester
Rick Owens
Off White
Isabel Marant

Friday 27th September
Loewe
Balmain
Issey Miyake
Nina Ricci
Celine

Saturday 28th September
Haider Ackermann
Altuzarra
Vivienne Westwood
Elie Saab
Comme des garçons
Hermes

Sunday 29th September
Balenciaga
Thom Browne
Valentino 
Givenchy

Monday 30th September
Stella McCartney
Giambattista Valli
Alexander McQueen 

Tuesday 1st October
Chanel
Miu Miu
Lacoste
Louis Vuitton
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Sunday, 1 September 2019

A New Era

SHE's BACK.
Hi there my darlings and welcome to a new era.
Are you ready for the ride?
September 1st will forever be my favourite day of the year.
It signifies new beginnings and an evolved you, regardless of your situation.
It's your chance to reevaluate, get back in your grind after a hot Summer and turn back into the power player we all know you are.

The truth is I fell out of love with blogging,
Social media turned toxic, 
and I just could not force myself to write about something I was no longer passionate about.
So, what changed? 

Me.

I take time out.
I find headspace.
I have a purpose.
I focus on the energy that makes me happy.

Ooohlalaa its fashion does not dwell on the past.
Lets get over it and talk about our future. 

This online space was created to make you feel good.
To talk about the things we love.
The things that get us going, 
and of course with a touch of sass along the way.
The day that stops, the day I stop.

So where am I? 

 I am starting a new job, 
I can't wait for fashion month,
I turn TWENTY SIX in a matter of days
and I am still working on chilling the f out. 

It's September 1st baby and
the best is yet come. 
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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

You didn't go through that for nothing


Hi darlings,
It has been a while so I just thought it was time to check in.
I have spent my last few months working and playing. My goal this year was to chill the f**k out and we just about reached it. Things are a little heavy at the minute with a heavy workload and a hectic lifestyle but I am doing ok and I hope you are to.

The key to pulling myself together these last few months has been keeping myself busy. When I don't spend my days working I keep them as full as possible from morning to evening. Whilst this all sounds great over the past few weeks it has impacted my health slightly forcing me to take a day or two of cancelled plans and relax.

I am so lucky to be surrounded by the greatest support system when the going gets tough. Those closest to me have helped me through some of the hardest times and reminded me exactly what I am capable of.

My last post was about my goals for this coming year and now is the first time I have really looked back and found the time to check in ... not to mention the first opportunity I have given myself some 'me' time to write. I am unconsciously slowly working my way through my list (although I am still working on the nap less and eating healthier part).

Here is your reminder that it is crucial that you check in with your own mental health and ask yourself, 'am I doing ok?'. When the answer isn't as it should be that's when its time to take action. Everyone knows I am incredibly private person (also one of my goals), but I am gradually finding it easier and easier to talk about how I am doing.

Sometimes life gets you down, but you come back stronger than ever. People might talk about this but very few believe it. Find the things that make you happy and eliminate the energy that does not.

Here is a reminder that you've got this. Its you who creates the person you want to be.

Remember, you glow different when you are doing better.

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Friday, 4 January 2019

Chill the f**k out- 2019 goals

Happy New Year my darlings! 
Can you believe it's 2019? Does this make us millennials old?
It maybe a new year but we are less of the 'new me' and more of the 'new and improved'. 2018 was one of the best years of my life and has left me well and truly satisfied but it's that time to pick your life apart and just remind yourself exactly what it is you need to do to get your where you want to be.

2019 goals
1. Chill the f**k out.
2. Free yourself of negative space.
3. Have your say, just a little louder.
4. The unimaginable, the thing you want the most.
5. Escape. Create a new happy place.
6. Share. Your privacy can be overwhelming.
7. Log out, those emails can wait.
8. Ask for help.
9. Health first, don't leave it to late.
10. Choose personal life over pressure.
11. Go to bed on time ...
12. Read.
13. ... Nap less 
14. Headspace, free your mind baby its a little heavy.
15. Give it up, no strings.
16. Eat healthier, just like every other person in the world.
17. Don't walk away, call it.
18. Stay reckless, forget less is more.
19. Let your favourites know you are obsessed with them.


Which are your favourites? How will you ensure 2019 is your year? 
As I always I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have your endless support over the past 6 years, especially when I have needed it most. I remain forever grateful.
Love 
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