FASHION AND LIFESTYLE BLOG RUN BY BILINGUAL BRITISH TWINS HOLLY & SUMMER READ

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Blogging with a full-time job & the perfect oversize trench

READERS, it's been too long. I believe this is the first ever blog post I've written as a full-time worker. 6 am start, 5 days a week. I'm trying to make the most out of the late afternoons and evenings, which thankfully is much easier now the days are longer. My only regret being the 1h15 commute every morning and afternoon, in overcrowded buses, surrounded by over-excited children. But, as always, you just have to make the best out of your situation, whatever it may be.
I have read more books the past 6 months than I have read in a year. Using those extra two hours for some me time has made such a difference: it allows me to shut out all surroundings, make time pass more quickly, and it's so good for your mind. 
It's strange how things change in your life once you start working full-time. I'm so busy yet find myself more energetic than ever, more motivated to use whatever time I have to do something productive.
I felt a wave of despair when I realized how little time I would have to dedicate to my hobbies. I didn't give it time to take hold of me though: that heavy weight soon vanished, replaced by the strong determination to get as much done in as little time as possible.
Yes, working 5 days a week means you are limited: it all depends on how you spend the time that you have. It's time to get organized. If I don't plan things properly, I'll never get anything done: including shooting and writing new blog posts. It takes hours. but it is do-able.

It's time to de-clutter your day: cut out the useless crap like scrolling down your Facebook feed for an hour for no reason, stop watching mindless television, and shorten the amount of time you spend on social media. Then make use of the time you have in in-between places, such as bus/train stations and journeys. It's amazing how much more you can get done.
Another thing I've learnt since working full time is that you have to keep up your daily activities. I'm still managing to work out 3-4 times a week and blog. Working out will always benefit you, now and in the long-run, so unless I really don't feel well or up-to-it, I strictly stick to that routine. Never underestimate the power of yoga after sitting at a desk all day. You'll thank me for it!
For those curious check out Adriene on YouTube: give it a couple of months and you'll get what I'm talking about. I've been doing this workout which really focuses on your core strength and abdominals: X . 

I can't remember where I wore this outfit- We tend to shoot many of our outfits in advance as it saves time, but we always prefer to shoot on location, wherever we're spending the day.
I've been making myself do different things with my hair to change things up a bit. I've become quite bored of having my hair down, and the curls are so hard to manage. Most of the time they only look good on their first day, they soon lose their strength, becoming a right mess the following morning.
I curled my hair with tongs on this day, then ran my fingers through it to mess it up a bit and to loosen the ringlets.
I wore Summer's oversize Zara trenchcoat and Topshop polka dot blouse. I consider the coat the staple item in this outfit, so I didn't want to mix in too many colors or prints as I thought it may be too overpowering- I paired the blouse with my 8 euro bargain Zara Corduroy skirt, and finished the look off with these Zara lace up heels.
All the make-up I'm wearing here is cruelty-free, which means it is by a company who doesn't test on animals. Summer & I have been making a real effort to swap all our beauty products and only buy from certified cruelty-free companies. There are so many out there (and not too expensive). We've only used Charlotte Tilbury, Lush, Neal's Yard, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von Dee so far, but I'm loving the results. I'll definitely blog about it in the future so you guys can see what cruelty-free alternatives there are! 

Hope you're all having a lovely week!

Holly x


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