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I came across this article in a magazine recently where they discussed about how important it is for your clothes to match the way you feel. Well, that’s interesting I said to myself! Then, I went away and think about how would this apply to me? I realised that for me, to feel positive and motivated I need clothes to lift me up and empower me rather than match the way I feel. What if I feel lazy and tired? I wouldn’t want to wear things that encourage me to stay in that state of mind, but rather to dress in such a way to push myself forward. That’s the inspiration for today’s article on how to express your positivity through your fashion style. Keep on reading to find out exactly what you need to do to motivate yourself on a day when you don’t feel like doing pretty much anything!

1. Wear the same colour mix

I touched on this in my previous post actually, but wearing a single colour or similar colours really make me feel relaxed and ready to start working on my goals for the day. It’s my little trick of motivating myself in those days when I would rather go to a spa instead, even on weekends.

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2. Give stylish belts a GO

Are you accessorising your outfits frequently? That’s great! I feel like belts are doing so much for an outfit, far more than bracelets or necklaces. The whole vibe changes when I add a belt – especially if it has wide gold elements on it. Try wearing different shapes of belts (narrow or wide) and see which ones work best for different outfits. I would recommend narrow ones for skirts and wide ones for jeans or worn on top of your outwear coat. Get ready to take your outfits to another level.

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3. Wear your hair in a stylish bun

Sometimes a stylish bun is exactly what you need to get your motivation on. For me a bun says ‘I can do this’ louder than hair worn down (unless it’s curly). Who’s with me? 🙋🏻 Put your bun on and expect loads of motivation kicking it. Actually don’t expect it, it’s a mind exercise – imagine it kicking in! 

4. Wear your favourite shirt

Wearing your favourite shirt can do wonders to your mood. Wear it when you feel down or unmotivated to feel a little bit happy inside.

5. Say hi to smart shoes!

Hello, beautiful shoes. I know trainers can be comfy and trendy, however I feel like they won’t help your mood. Getting too comfy is not going to boost your motivation, but the opposite. Stay classy and go for smart shoes or sandals over the ‘everyday’ sports shoes.

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6. Apply a natural glowy make-up (Kourtney K style)

Can we just take a moment to appreciate this video of Kourtney K for Vogue? Love her or hate her, she actually shared some actionable tips in here. I love this natural look and it will just make you feel so fresh! P.S: Try the scrub she made, it’s awesome – I used it on dry lips and worked wonders.

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7. Nourish yourself with a protein salad

I love to cook healthy (if it’s under 15 minutes of course) and treat myself to a nice nourishing meal. On a day where I feel down and need something to lift my mood, I would prepare a delicious Salmon or Tuna, Avocado & Spinach Salad and enjoy it to the fullest. It’s not just yummy, but it will also make you feel amazing from inside out as spinach contains Iron, Calcium & Magnesium and salmon is packed with Omega 3 and Selenium that improve brain function & contribute to your neurological health.

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8.  Listen to your favourite podcast to get you going

I’ve started listening to Podcasts lately when I prepare food or when I put make-up on, instead of the usual background music. One Podcast that inspires me to give my best and constantly work for my goals is the Overnight success by Maria Hatzistefanis – founder of Rodial and Nip&Fab. I admire her so much for not giving up on her dream of establishing a beauty brand and working constantly for six years without seeing profits! That’s what I call a real commitment and dedication. Her podcast is about lifestyle, fitness and tips on achieving success from different entrepreneurs in various industries. If you’re not feeling too motivated, make sure you tune it first thing in the morning while you’re getting ready or on your way to work. It’s a real mood booster for me!

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9. Practice Positive Vocabulary

I mentioned the importance of speaking positively in the How to Become Your Most Confident Self | Action your Life Now post, and if you haven’t checked it already,  head over to it and decide for yourself if the power of words can influence your mood. I say, they certainly can 😉

10.  Go for a run

Even if you’re not a runner or a workout fanatic, going for a quick jog will lift you up and make you feel more in control. I moved out recently and I am now making the most out of my backyard by going for a run around the flat buildings & the backyard. It’s such a great therapy for when I’m feeling tense or unmotivated. Since I stopped going to the gym, I have replaced that routine with a run and workout exercises in the garage. Although you mind not feel like it, resit the urge to come up with excuses and just go. You will feel amazing afterwards! I would love to recommend a playlist, but I don’t actually listen to music when I work out, perhaps I should listen to some good tunes to keep me going. Let me know your playlist of choice below, I would love to find out great tunes to make me feel motivated.

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That’s how to stay motivated and find ways to express your positive self through your style! What other things do you do to get more motivated to achieve your goals?

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Lots of love,

Andrada

Happy May!

It’s my favourite month of the year! The (slightly) warmer weather, the flowers, happier people and my birthday coming up make me really excited about starting fresh. It might also be the fact that I just moved houses and I feel so much happier in the area as it’s pretty much reminding me of home. I’m looking at the backyard now and the sun rays look so beautiful hitting the leafs and flowers and I can’t help but think about how much I appreciate this place. I’ve also started working out more outside and somehow getting inspired to try different styles in my Spring wardrobe. I also started feeling really good in white dresses and it’s a new feeling for me. What made me rethink some of my fashion choices and how can you wear clothes that show your stylish edge this season? Let’s find out 💫

When I feel happy, I want all my outfits to show that. You know what they say, ‘look good, feel good’, so make that your mantra for the season. I somehow find myself only browsing for white items lately or black (that escalated quickly, right?). I started to enjoy pulling off a more neat look. Don’t you feel more put together when you’re really dressed as ‘less is more’? As much as you might enjoy shopping especially for an occasion, for example holidays prep or a special event, try to wear a new outfit in May for yourself and for your own happiness. As you know, I don’t encourage constant shopping and getting into fast fashion constantly, every now and then it’s totally alright to treat yourself to something new that is going to make you feel amazing!

Feel Good in White Dresses | The Secret You Have to Know to Feel Relaxed

The concept of ‘less is more’ is actually a state of mind and it’s the perfect time to get into when you have lots going on in your life. Dressing like less is more, helps me clear my mind when I’m juggling lots of tasks during the day. What is the secret you need to know to feel relaxed? Well, I guess you know it by now: wear something that will make you feel super neat and ready to nail the day.

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I bought this white dress as a treat at the beginning of Spring and I love how easy it is to find different occasions to wear it to. This week I was invited to a networking event hosted by Enty App and it was really inspiring to meet different women in business and all share our ideas on jewerlly and fashion.

Your turn now. How are you feeling more relaxed? Does your style reflect the way you feel? Let’s get chatting in the comment section below 🙂

If you haven’t joined the Enty community already, sign up here: it’s totally FREE to have your stylist on the go.

Until next time,

NotAGirlyGal

 

As I was mentioning in my 2019 Peachy Spring Make-up, this Spring I’m not so into pastels. It feels too 2018 for me; you might not feel the same way and it’s really okay. I mean, we all wear whatever makes us feel awesome, but today I really want to show you ONE amazing trend that I absolutely love: MILITARY inspired clothing. Keep on reading and turn the runway into your own outfits! BE aware: this is not your usual Spring outfit.

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Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Givenchy

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We can see beautiful textures, worn in different combinations for this Spring. Fashion Houses such as Alberta Ferretti, Fendi and Givenchy released their military inspired collections and all I have to say is that I’m deeply in love with the concept. That’s a proper Not A Girly staple: bold & fearless. Let’s break down this trend and adapt it to our own everyday looks, shall we? 💥

Add different textures to your outfit

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

I realised this quite recently actually, but adding different textures can take your outfits to the next level. In the military case, you’re looking for a dress or a co-ord that can be accessorised easily. By that I mean wear a belt or jacket on top that’s made out of a different fabric.

I chose a khaki safari dress (find similar here or here) that looks amazing on tanned olive skin. There are loads of options online, you can even type ‘utility dress’ and browse from different pieces. It’s definitely a must have for Spring-Summer!

 

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Make your outfit RUNWAY READY

It’s time to make your outfit look a lot more stylish and turn it into a wearable runway outfit. The easiest way you can do that is to put a cool jacket on top of your dress! I browsed the online stores and found this jacket with pockets for you – it doesn’t have those crazy colours on the back as mine, but I’m sure it will look amazing regardless.

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Last details

Add your last details to make your look pop! I’m in LOVE with stylish & high quality sunglasses – the type that makes your look really chic. This Weekend MVTM pair looks gorgeous in the Khaki combination, especially because their reflection turns dark green at times. Wear a watch that is neat and can easily compliment your outfit as you have a lot going on already. This unique design of the Jaded Rose MVTM watch is simply beautiful and it’s made it in my watch top already! This brand is so popular on Instagram and it’s gaining so much momentum because their products have such a good quality! Use the code NOTAGIRLYGAL15 for 15% off when you shop on the MVTM website.

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Embrace this trend and have a wonderful Spring, everyone ✨  Tag me on Instagram @notagirlygal while wearing this outfit – I would loveee to see you!

Check out my post on what to wear at work to feel more ready to be in control!

Photos by the wonderful Nuno Costa, London photographer.

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

 

Do you love black leather jackets? Me too! Although I didn’t wear one in three years now,  I find leather jackets to be perfect for the transition between spring and summer. Finding the perfect one might be a challenge, so get browsing and follow my tips to choose your own.

History of the leather jacket

You might not know this, but the first leather jacket was created for fighter pilots in the first World War! It only made it in fashion in the 90’s and it remained at the cool item of a wardrobe.

How to choose your leather jacket

Look at the leather’s quality 

That’s a pretty straight forward advice, but do look out for the leather’s quality. Signs of early damage while it’s already on the store’s hanger has to make you forget about it. Just imagine how many damages it will suffer from while you’re wearing it. If it’s NOT super soft, then the leather will pass the test of time and look its best after you’ve worn it for a while.

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Check the interior fabric

Assuming you’re buying it for Spring, you still want to check its interior. If it looks that it will keep you warm enough for chilly afternoons, then it will make a really good buy. The last thing you want is to freeze in it while sipping cocktails on a rooftop.

Select the right length

I love it when its length is just above my waist. If it’s longer than that, there are chances for me to not like it just as much. That length makes you look taller and goes with pretty much any style: worn with a jumper, over a dress or over a short top.

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Look out for quality zippers

The zippers have to be of good quality because you want your jacket to look on point. Zippers can both ruin and lift up a jacket, so stay close to the quality ones.

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Get the right fit

I can’t stand leather jackets that are baggy and loose. For me, the right fit is the one that stays tight to your body. It makes you look uber chic and ah did I mention you can wear it with a dress in spring?

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Clean it regularly

There are different special cleaning solutions you can use for its maintenance. The leather can break, so in order to prevent this from happening you might want to give it a rigorous clean once in a while.

Convinced? Then go ahead and find your perfect one ☺️tag me in your posts and ask me any questions related to your search below!

Shop my leather jacket here:

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Zara Leather Jacket

Until next time,

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Hello lovelies,

I am so happy to say that FINALLY, I have found the perfect Spring Suit. I can’t actually say that I was looking for one in particular, but surely I wanted a nice cut blazer. For me, yellow or mustard have always been the perfect colours to break into spring, as also seen in 2 outfit ideas to make you look gorgeous this spring. Why should you need a suit? Well, we all should have something elegant in our wardrobe that we can wear on an everyday basis as for party dresses I am sure we all have.

Wearing Women Suits 

I love a beautiful suit and this one is not a one piece, but rather two pieces that I have individually selected from the Zara website. They go so well together! Add a black pair of stiletto shoes and a cool clutch. It’s so simple to dress elegant! Simpler than you might think.

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Be different, this spring!

Until next time,

MISSANDRADA

Hello lovelies,

It’s all about Spring here on MissAndrada.com; it means it’s time to start wearing some fun & colourful outfits, even though the sun is not out every day in the U.K. Colour brings me another reason to smile throughout my day and I’m sure it will make you just as happy as it makes me. During London Fashion Week, I haven’t seen too many pastels in the collections for Spring and to be honest I was really ok with it. This season is promised to be bolder in colour and textures, so let’s dive in two outfit ideas that you can definitely pull off.

We have a guest on the blog today – it’s one of my best friends, Augusta, who is as passionate about all things fashion & beauty just as I am. So, twinning in a couple of shoots while she was down to London was a ‘Yes, we should do this even though I’ll be there for 3 days’ kind of thing. A massive thank you to her as I’ve always loved to twin in my photos with another cool girl! 

Option One: Red Tailored Blazer, Checked Tunic Dress & Knee-High Boots

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Short tunic dresses are wonderful for Spring – the crazier the print, the better. Make the outfit more fun by adding a splash of colour; we went for red and as you can see, we matched it with black and white to make it pop more. The sunnies are the cherry on top for this one! Wear it with knee high-boots if you choose fishnet tights to make the outfit look less provocative.

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Option Two: Mustard Silk Shirt, Fish Net Casual Dress & Over the Knee Boots

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If you prefer a less elegant look, then a casual dress paired with over the knee boots would be the go-to choice. How to add colour to it? Just pair with a colourful shirt and over the knee boots. Rock the city!

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Remember, it’s all about interpreting trends. Hope to see you around. Stay tuned for other easy to pull together outfits to come soon.

Augusta is wearing

Vintage Red Blazer by Lehel

Black Boots by Stradivarius

Fish Net Tights by Tezenis

Cross Body Bag by Stradivarius

I am wearing

Shirt by Minimum

Dress by Noisy may

Blue Boots by Zara

Yellow Bag by Ralph Lauren

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Until Next Time,

MISSANDRADA

 

Hello lovely ladies around the world,

Happy International Women’s Day! It’s sunny outside in London today and I highly hope that Spring will settle in soon. In case you’re as excited as I am to chuck your puffer jacket in the back of your wardrobe, I’ve put together a quick (very feminine) outfit for celebrating the beginning of warmer days (fingers crossed!).

Top Favourites this season: Hair wrap, Earrings & White Shirt

One accessory that I’m into (my bestie can confirm) is a cool hair wrap!  You probably have seen this over-sized white Hugo Boss shirt in my 5 basic pieces every cool woman needs post and I can’t help but pair it with this chic burgundy Mango skirt. As there are near different details in the top part of your outfit, you want to keep your shoes classic. I went for these pair of black stilettos that I got in Primark really quick for a party, last year.

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It’s such a fun outfit to wear and welcome spring in, with a smile 🙂

Have a great Spring,

MISSANDRADA