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Top tips to help you de-stress.

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It feels like such a long time since I have sat down to my laptop and written content for Meika & Me. I’m currently in the midst of a roller coaster few weeks! With the final exams of my university degree just a short week away and a decision made to relocate back to my home city Melbourne next month, my mind has been feeling a little chaotic and stressed.

Naturally, I am quite a highly-strung individual who tends to wear her stresses quite openly and loudly! As I know many readers of Meika & Me are in a similar position to me, with upcoming university and school exams, I do have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve on how I like to de-stress and I’d love to share these with you. And, even if you’re not studying, these tips can still be used to relax after a hard day at work or dealing with life’s little hurdles.

Take time out

When feeling stressed, sometimes it is a good idea to take some time out away from what is causing you feelings of high stress or anxiety. Sometimes, a simple 10 minutes time out can rejuvenate the mind and allow you to return with a fresh perspective. I love to listen to music during my time out and find that this definitely alters my mood. You could also have a hot bath, eat a nice meal or phone a friend.

Exercise

This is one tip I often need to remind myself to do! When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which induce a positive feeling in your body. I’m someone who hates going to the gym, but it is without a doubt that once I’m finished working out, I feel more energised, invigorated and happy. If you’re feeling stressed, do something to release these endorphins; go to the gym, take a long walk, have a dance. Just get your body moving!

Get creative

This is a great outlet for relieving stress and relaxing. Utilise your creativity and draw or paint a picture or write a poem or story. Recently, adult colouring books have become increasingly popular! These are just like the colouring you used to do as a child, but the images are a lot more complex and there is certainly something very nostalgic about channelling your inner child!

Meditate

This is a new concept to me, and I’m a long way away from successfully reaching a meditative trans like state. But I do enjoy taking the time out to listen to guided meditation, focus on my breathing, and quieten my chaotic mind. I like to use the Calm app, which allows you tailor your meditation by choosing background music and sounds, as well as the length of time, to suit your preferences.

Get a good night’s sleep

This one is obvious. I’m a firm believer in getting a good night’s sleep. I have friends at University who will stay up all night before an exam, cramming last minute content and feeling stressed about what they know and don’t know at that point. I will never, ever do this. Sometimes it is best to just step away from the situation, switch off your technology and head to bed. Getting enough restful sleep will allow you to approach stressful situations more calmly and effectively, and ensure you feel your healthy best.

Let me know what you do to de-stress, I would love to know!

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Bloggers to Fancy.

Every day I’m inspired by those around me and in my short time blogging, have gained an admiration for the love and support present in the blogging community. Blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr offer the every day individual a public voice to speak openly on whatever topic they so choose.

Meika & Me is predominantly fashion focused, as that feels most at home to me. But, because there are SO many incredible writers, photographers, make-up artists and stylists on WordPress alone, I wanted to introduce a new feature to Meika & Me. ‘Bloggers to Fancy’ is exactly as the name suggests; it’s the bloggers to fancy, to crush, the bloggers of the moment. It’s the bloggers I am loving too much to keep quiet about!

The first featured ‘Blogger to fancy’ is someone very near and dear to me, and is not only my best friend but also the inspiration for my starting my own blog. She is fellow blogger and beauty queen, myBeautiFX.

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Image sourced: myBeautiFX Instagram

Lithel at myBeautiFX is a make-up and beauty lover who has incredible product knowledge. If I’m wanting inspiration for make-up looks, an honest review of the latest products to hit the market, or cheaper dupe alternatives to high end products, I will always check out myBeautiFX on her blog or Instagram. Her skillset extends far beyond your weekend winged cat eye look, and she uses special effects make-up to create incredible, life-like (and sometimes horrifying) looks that would be perfect for Halloween or any dress up party occasion.

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Her words are sincere and sweet, and are a true representation of the girl behind them. myBeautiFX has an endearing quality about her that leaves you wanting to read more. I highly advise you visit her site and social media, if you haven’t already, and let her know I sent you.

I promise you’ll be inspired, just as I am.

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Lust List. #2

Well, University exams sure do have a way of stripping every last morsel of energy from your mind and body, and leaving you longing for a nearer end. Alas, I am finished and have recovered my stress levels back to a normal state and am ready to enjoy my mid year break by doing, well, anything I want to do!

Being head deep into study, revision and exams left little time for perusing the stores, but study breaks (a.k.a. ‘stuff my face with all the food groups’ breaks) did allow me to keep an eye on online stores, other blogs, YouTube style gurus and even the odd magazine, and as a result my list of lusted items has grown.

You know the drill. Meika & Me’s Lust List is a place to share the trends, items and products I am lusting over and currently include:

Cut Out Boots. 

I’m an avid boot lover and find myself wearing them all year round purely because of their versatility. These Wittner ‘Gabrie’ boots have been doing the rounds on social media for a couple of months now and it’s easy to see why.

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Wittner ‘Gabrie’
$229.95
Purchase here: Wittner

A unique take on the heeled Chelsea style boot, these ankle boots offer a subtle edginess to an outfit in a cool, geometric way. These cut out boots would look fab with some ripped at the knee skinny jeans, a baggy V-neck white tee and a leather jacket, or with a pretty floral bohemian maxi dress, fedora hat and aviator sunglasses for a Coachella feel.

They are a little on the higher price range; but considering they are leather upper and leather lining, they will likely last for years.

Grey.

I’ve made no secret about my preference for a monochromatic wardrobe, regularly leaning towards black and white hues. Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to grey pieces; winter coats, chunky knitted sweaters, cozy infinity scarves and V-neck tees for a different take on the staple white tee.

I find grey to be softer and a little romantic, when compared to black. I also feel it compliments blonde hair perfectly.

Grey on the top paired with black skinny jeans or a black leather skirt and you’ll have the perfect outfit to brave the Melbourne winter outdoors.

These are some of the grey items I’m dying to get my hands on:

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Country Road ‘Fringed Scarf’
$99.95
Purchase here: Country Road

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SheInside ‘Single Button Tweed Coat’
$44.66
Purchase here: SheInside

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Missguided ‘Seika Maxi Jumper’
$39.98
Purchase here: Missguided Au

Leather Skirt.

I feel like leather is one of those items that never really goes out of style, which is why many women find themselves with their mothers hand me down leather pieces from their 20’s.

I am absolutely loving the look of the leather skirt at the moment. However, my budget doesn’t always stretch that far and that is why I love that there are many vegan leather options (FYI vegan leather is essentially faux leather by a different name, made usually with polyurethane, cork, kelp or seaweed).

This Boss Orange skirt from ASOS is the perfect slim fit cut with a higher waistline, which is flattering on most shapes; particularly those with bigger hips and a booty like myself, as it accentuates the waist making it appear smaller. This skirt also has a unique jersey panel on the reverse side of the skirt making it a little different from your average black skirt.

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Boss Orange ‘Mini Skirt in Leather Look’
$189.00
Purchase here: ASOS

Dress this up or down by coupling it with a white tee, denim jacket and a pair of low converse chucks for a casual weekend vibe, or pair with a silk camisole and strappy heels for a girls night out.

As always, I’d love to hear your lusted items.

Meika & Me
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Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions on everything featured on this blog post are my own and not influenced by any third party. This feature has not been sponsored nor have I received any payment for this post. All images featured on this blog post have been credited back to appropriate source. 



Identify Yourself.

One of the most courageous things you can do in life is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.

– Sheila Murray Bethel


Simple Comfort.

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Whiter Shade of Pale.

Question: is white on white as taboo in the fashion world as double denim?

I, for one, think something has to be said about the elegance and sleek appeal of a white on white outfit combination.

However, I imagine many might share my thoughts that it is a risky fashion statement! While screaming high fashion and ‘I undoubtedly have style’, the risk of spilling a splash of coffee down your front, sitting in bird poo or brushing up against a dusty fence makes me wonder if looking chic and sophisticated is actually worth the risk?

But just because I’m fashion liability when it comes to wearing white, doesn’t mean I can’t love the trend.

And boy, do I ever!

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