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Now I have to be honest, I have always thought the combination of pink and red was horrid, a fashion faux pas, just plain yuck. It’s kind of like navy and black, you just don’t do it, or do you..

I have been seeing the pink and red colour combo everywhere and somewhere down the line, I’ve clearly been converted.

I teamed this oh so cosy dress from Asos Tall with this pastel pink coat also from Asos. For good measure I added some red sports socks from H&M and my trusty converses. This was a bit of a controversial look for me but I have to say I loved it. I wore this outfit for a fun day out at Stylistlive at Kensington Olympia. Anyone who knows me well knows that the free weekly Stylist magazine is literally the highlight of my week so I was thrilled to be at this event where they bring the magazine to life!

Thanks for stopping by

Photography by Abisola Abogunrin


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The tragedy of bereavement is never going to be easy to deal with. Probably one of the most difficult things to cope with is that while your world feels like it has been blown apart, life goes on for everyone else. There is no right or wrong way to handle losing a loved one and what works for some may not work for others. Below are some tips which have helped me to pull through the loss of those close to me, so you too may find them useful;

Allow yourself time to grieve

Grieving is a natural part of the process. There are no set guidelines on how long you should grieve for. If you go to school, college or work full time, rushing back too soon may compound your stress. This could eventually lead to you being off for longer. If you need to take a break from your day- to- day routine then do so. Most employers have policies to support you with this but if not, your doctor will be able to help. In contrast you might find that keeping yourself busy is more effective for you.
Grief can be a rollercoaster. Often you will be fine for a period of time and then you will have a day or two where you’re missing your loved one and feel really low before feeling better again. In all honesty the grieving process may never end but you will find better ways to deal with it. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get back to “normal” and take each day as it comes.

Remember the good times

Talk about your loved one as frequently as you feel with family and friends. Keeping their memory alive can often make you feel better. You may wish to visit their memorial on milestones or when you feel like being close to them. Some people prefer not to visit the memorial often as they don’t find it comforting. This doesn’t mean you miss them any less. Do what’s right for you.

Think about what they would want you to achieve
Sometimes when you lose someone close to you, it can feel like life has lost some meaning and you may feel like giving up. One of the main things which can help you to pull through is remembering that your loved one would want you to be happy and would want to know that you achieved the things you set out to do in life. Draw strength from this as it will help you to keep pushing on.

Exercise
I remember when my mum passed away, I felt like I wanted to escape. So that’s what I did… I started running. It’s no secret that exercise is good for us but it can also be really therapeutic. Whilst running may not be your thing, you might consider picking up an alternative such as yoga or even just walking. Exercising will help you to work through the range of emotions you are experiencing.

Talk to someone

Bottling up your feelings is never healthy in any situation. If you are feeling low, confide in a friend or family member. You may also consider talking to an independent professional as they may be able to offer you a different insight or perspective. If you are in education, you can find out if there is a counsellor who is attached to your school, college or University who you can talk to . Similarly if you’re working, many employers run an employees assistance programme which you will be able to tap into. Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor who will be able help or refer you on to a specialist.

It’s never easy moving on after losing someone close to you but just remember that they would want nothing more than to see you enjoying yourself and living life to the fullest.

As always thanks for reading

 

 


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A couple of weekends back, I had some time to kill and stumbled  across this Vintage Market in Brick Lane. Check it out here. I was in there for less than 3 minutes before this coat of life jumped out at me! It was literally love at first site.  I have loved tweed like forever  so that was always going to be a plus. On top of that it has some seriously bold shoulder action going on which is a big look for this season.

The leather strips on the shoulders and pockets are literally everything! Listen when I flipped the price tag and saw £25, I ran to that cash point so quick! ( the vendor didn’t take card).

I’ve always known you can get some real gems buying vintage but the snobby part of me never really wanted to go down the avenue of wearing something pre-owned. I can safely say I am fully converted and can’t wait to see what else I can find. I have already bought a few new coats for this season on the high street but I love stepping out in this one knowing that I won’t see anyone else in it!

For this look,I kept it simple in this cosy rust coloured knit from Topshop Tall , grey mom jeans from Asos Tall and my ankle boots, also from Asos( old). I also have my trusty everyday bag from Matt and Natt I got mine on sale from Asos so I cant find it but here is a similar one

Whether it’s stepping out in casual gear or dressing up, this coat will be making a regular appearance.

Tall girl problem: Now obviously the sleeves are far from full length on me, however I would like to presume that they are cropped and would in fact come up short on a lady with regular length limbs! Neither me or my husband were entirely sure but either way I’m gonna make it work!

As always thanks for reading

Shanna xxx

Photography by Leeanne Simpson, Sim Creative London.


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Hey peeps.Hope you have had a fun and productive Monday! Welcome back to my #Love London series.

So for the final part of hubby’s birthday last week, we went to the Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican centre. Now I’m not going to pretend I’m all artsy cos I’m not but I am  up ALWAYS up for trying out something different.

As it happens my husband had started talking to me about how cool and “sic” Basquiat is just a week or two before I discovered that there was a big ol’ exhibition dedicated to him in London. I was obviously just a bit excited to surprise him with tickets to the exhibition for this birthday.

Hubby posing with Basquiat street art in NYC

So who is Basquiat? Jean-Michael Basquiat is an influential black artist, poet and musician who grew up in Manhattan in the 70s. After leaving school at 17, he invented the character “SAMO”. Under the guise of this new character, he captured the attention of the city with his poetic graffiti.

He is famously known for collaborating with the esteemed artist Andy Warhol after plucking up the courage to sell a postcard to him in 1978.

Andy Warhol and Jean-Michael Basquiat

Basquiat coined the phrase “Boom for real” as he often worked in his studio with his boom box and television.  Unfortunately Basquiat died at the young and tender age of 27 but his influence and work still lives on.

The exhibition allows you to get up close and personal with his art and also has a mixture of audio and on-screen  footage featuring the man himself.

We definitely enjoyed the exhibition and I would say it’s worth a visit. Unfortunately we visited after a bottomless brunch so perhaps had consumed one too many proseccos to fully appreciate all the different aspects of the exhibition!

If you wanna do something “for the culture” you should definitely head down and check this out. It’s on until January 2018 . Tickets are £16 per person from Barbican. Link below:

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2017/event/basquiat-boom-for-real

Thanks for reading!

 


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All opinions are my own and I am not working in partnership with the Barbican centre.

As much as I LOVE to travel around the world, I am very passionate about finding new things to do and different places to eat ( everyone likes to eat) in my home town of London.

Without further a do then, welcome to the first of my #LoveLondon posts

This weekend gone, I planned a jam packed Saturday in London in honour of my hubby’s birthday. Our first stop was Junk Yard in Shoreditch.

Now I have only been to one other crazy golf course but I have to say that I was really impressed with this one. They have four different courses you can choose from as well as several bars so you can get merry as you swing your way through the course. They also have hot snacks to nibble on and a reasonably priced cloakroom which allows you to pay by card. It’s the small things!

I chose the “Gary” course which is based around a scrap yard and written off cars. Each hole is really fun and you even get to unleash your inner kid on a slide mid way through. Note: DO NOT wear pleather bottoms like me as you WILL get stuck. It finishes up in a UV themed garage rave! Fun!

In between chatting, drinking, competitively totting up our scores and waiting for the groups ahead to move on, it probably took us about an hour to get round the course.

To be honest at £11.50 per adult, I think it was a bargain! They allow really large groups as well so would be cool to do as a group activity for a birthday or one of those cringe worthy team building events!

So next time you fancy doing something fun and active with your weekend, check them out:

https://www.junkyardgolfclub.co.uk/about-ldn.html


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I am not working in partnership with Junk Yard crazy Golf and all opinions are my own.