February 28, 2011
After putting the call out via Twitter for Australian based fashion/style blogs that were aimed more at the office working 20-30 something year olds of the world than the hipster teens that seem to rule the blogsphere at the moment, small pickings were offered back and I was kind of disappointed. (If you know of any, please don’t hesitate to let me know via the comments below) I thought it might be a fun idea to incorporate something of a Work Style aspect into the blog. If this is not your area of interest I do apologise, but as I work full time I find work style a very interesting (and useful) topic. Today’s subject is my personal work ‘uniform’. The corporation that I work for does provide official uniforms for free, but as most of what is on offer is not my style, and not compulsary; I tend to wear my own items to work instead. I have something of a personal dress code that I wear to work, which can be altered to suit the weather and different seasons (add tights, coats and boots in winter, switch up to peep toe shoes and sheer blouses in the summer). At the very basis of this ‘uniform’ are the following pieces:
01. A chic blouse
02. A soft blend cardigan
03. A pencil skirt with a twist
04. Classic black pumps
05. An oversized handbag
As long as I have a few of these staple pieces sitting in my wardrobe ready to go on a Monday I am never at a loss for what to wear to work. It’s saved me a lot of time and hassle, I assure you. If you work in an office environment please let me know if you have your own personal uniform, or if you’d like to take this idea and blog your own – please let me know so I can share it with everyone next week in Work Style Monday. Also, if you have any ideas or requests for future posts please let me know in the comments below. Happy Monday everyone!
February 25, 2011
Lately I’ve been obsessed with the idea of ‘eating clean’. So this morning I decided to bite the bullet and really get serious about it. I’ve been feeling more motivated than usual lately when it comes to eating well and getting fit, and my sister in law and I have signed up for boot camp/personal training together starting next week. I think that eating clean will certainly help me maintain the energy I need to get through 3 sessions of that a week, plus other general exercise, working full time, studying and generally attempting to live a good life.
So what is ‘eating clean’? There are plenty of websites and books available on the subject, but in a nutshell it’s basically eating the foods we all know we should be eating. Cutting out overly processed foods, refined sugar and alcohol and generally trying to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. So if you’re eating pasta or bread, stick to wholewheat, rye or wholegrain products. It’s also recommended to eat 5 small meals a day while eating clean to keep your metabolism working. It’s all a matter of common sense really. I’ve set myself a personal challenge to eat clean for a week and see how I feel and how it effects my day to day life. Today was day 1, and I feel satisfied with everything I ate today. I wasn’t particularly hungry throughout the day, but I did find myself thinking more about food than I normally do. I think that was because I was planning things in my head, and making sure I was sticking to my plan. Just to give you an idea of what an eating clean diet might contain, today I ate:
Almond Milk, Blueberry, Banana & Chia Seed Smoothie
Wholegrain Ryvita Crackers w. Fresh Tomato, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
Tuna & Brown Rice Salad
Garlic Chilli Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries & Salad
I love how bright and appetising everything I ate today was. I certainly wasn’t disappointed by my food choices! I’m sure I could cut back even more on the processed foods that I’m eating, but I want to talk to my personal trainer next week about a food plan and what the best options for me and my lifestyle are. I also need to come up with some good options for meals throughout the day that I can take to work and are quick and easy to prepare. Has anyone else tried eating clean before? If so, do you have any tips for me?
February 23, 2011
I am making slow but steady progress on this goal, and can now tick yet another concert off of the list. This time it was Caribou & Four Tet playing together at the Perth International Arts Festival this past weekend. The concert was epic and I really enjoyed myself, I did not however enjoy the subsequent hangover that lasted the entire next day. (note to self: sitting down at a concert while drinking is a bad idea as it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve consumed until you stand up to dance…) I don’t have any concerts planned now until November (Kings of Leon had to reschedule their Australian tour) so hopefully something will crop up mid-year that I can attend! Have you attended any concerts lately? What has been your favourite this year?