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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!

Meika & Me
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Top Tips for Wearing an All Black Outfit.

I’ve made it no secret that Meika & Me is likely the number one fan of an all black outfit. My boyfriend often jokingly questions whether I’m off to a funeral when I appear sporting an all black ensemble.

It is classic, chic, slimming and flattering on all skin tones, which makes it absolutely no surprise that most women love to wear all black. But what makes an all black outfit interesting? What determines it looking depressed and morbid or fabulously chic?

I’ve come up with my 5 top tips to wearing all black errthing:

Play around with Texture & Fabrics

This is my number one tip for turning an all black outfit from blagh to beautiful. If you’re wearing cotton with cotton, there is nothing to break up the outfit, give it definition or brighten up the look. Instead, mix a cotton tee with leather trousers, black denim with a silk cami or add a lush knitted scarf or sweater. This tip is about mixing textured fabrics to create lift and a point of difference.

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Play around with Structure

I love playing around with structured pieces, especially when paired with a nice pair of black heels. Structured tops, jackets, skirts and pants all work by offering shape to a look, which enhances the look by creating different proportions.

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Play around with Accessories

This tip is by far the easiest to do! If you’re a little afraid of an all black outfit, or you’re feeling a little ‘widowesqe’, then play with accessories! It’s as simple as adding a statement bag (something like this would look gorgeous!), or a bold bright necklace. It could even be as simple as adding a hat or scarf in a grey or neutral tone. Accessories help to add a little fun to an outfit and will allow you to express your individual personality.

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Play around with Layers & Lengths

I’m the first to admit that layering can be difficult to do. No, that’s not correct. Layering is simple to do, but hard to master! If done incorrectly, it can leave you looking a little frumpy and tussled. This tip involves playing around with lengths and layers in a way that will break up outfit ensemble and give height and shape to your body. For example, pair some high waisted denim jeans with a slightly cropped knit and then add a long duster coat and pointed boots or heels, which will work to create an elongated figure. Another tip could be layering a slightly longer button-up shirt underneath a thinner knit jumper.

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Play around with Shades

Another easy but very effective tip! Add definition and light to your all black outfit by playing with shades. This is a little bit of a cheat because what are shades of black? Greys. Still, it’s effective and looks classic. Mix different shades of black and grey into your ensemble through actual clothing items or accessories, the choice is yours.

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Do you have an tips for wearing an all black outfit? I’d love to hear them!

Meika & Me
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Simple Comfort.

Simple Comfort.
                   


Ruby Muse.

I really love love. I do, I just can’t help it. After the weekend I’ve just had, I’m feeling more loved up, giddy and ‘butterflies in the tummy’ than usual. 

Two of my very dear friends met and fell in love a few years ago and after watching their love grow and blossom, I was one of the lucky few invited to celebrate their very special day as they tied the knot in a beautiful winery a few hours outside of Melbourne.  

The third best thing about attending a wedding; besides celebrating all things love and romance, and spending a day with your nearest and dearest dancing to amazingly and strategically formed music playlists, is shopping for a new outfit!

Ruby Muse Boutique (www.rubymuse.com.au) is a small online boutique that sells everything from cocktail dresses, to bohemian maxi skirts and even my favourite fake tanning product; the Loving Tan! I stumbled upon this boutique through Instagram and now find it is my go to site when in need of a little style pick me up. They also ship internationally!

For the Wedding day, I opted for the ‘In My Life Midi Dress’ and let me just say, it was love at first sight!

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This dress is a pencil style, but is in no way restrictive like other pencil skirts or dresses I have tried. It is priced at $80, and the material is 100% cotton making it extremely breathable and lightweight. It is a gorgeous navy blue with a large white floral print; perfect for those of us a little scared of bright, loud prints but still want a little something extra special.

The thin, double straps and high neckline is my favourite part of this dress. I am quite big busted, so always like a slightly higher neckline; I’m a big boobed girl wishing for little ones. The grass is always greener on the other side, right?

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On my feet, I wore my favourite heels in my wardrobe (and quite possibly the world), the Senso ‘Robyn I’. I won’t lie; these heels will hurt the hip pocket a little but are truly worth every dollar. They are extremely well made, comfortable to wear and easy to walk in, even across grassy vineyards! They also guarantee compliments, so are good for a little ego boost.

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Photo credit and a big thank-you to my gorgeous best friend for making me feel beautiful. Not just this weekend, but every day. 

Meika & Me
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The Liebster Award.

I have been nominated by the lovely raeraedaly to take part in the Liebster Award; a big thank-you to you darling!

Starting a blog is both exciting and scary and this is an absolutely wonderful opportunity to discover the up and coming and support your fellow bloggers in the blogosphere community. Plus, who doesn’t love a good tag!

So, here are the rules:

Link back to the wonderful person that nominated you

Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you for the award

Nominate 11 blogs/bloggers who themselves have 200 or less followers.

Think up 11 different questions for the people you are nominating to answer.

Then you need to notify your nominees so that they know and can answer and join in!

1.What are you really, really good at?

Job interviews. It may sound strange, but I really am.

That’s not to say that I don’t get scared or feel like I’m about to vom right before going in, because I do, but it’s these nerves that I absolutely thrive upon.

2.What is your favourite time of the year?

Without a doubt, it’s New Years Eve. There is something about that time of year, where I’m still feeling jolly from Santa’s visit and planning for the year ahead. I love spending NYE with my best friends, most of whom live all over the country and come home the holidays, so it’s an opportunity for us to come together, reflect on the year just had and share our ambitions and things we’re looking forward to for the year ahead.

3.Favorite high street store?

Witchery is my absolutely favourite (see my recent post Animal Instinct to find out why). But I also love Topshop, H&M and Portmans.

4.Favorite beauty product of all time?

The Porefessional and Hoola by Benefit. In fact everything by Benefit is wonderful. It’s fair priced, high quality, varied in range and has gorgeous, unique packaging! I always look forward to Christmas time when they bring out their Christmas gift packs! I have a habit of approaching the gift packs the way I approach a block of chocolate with the boyfriend; one for you, two for me…

5.Who inspires you? 

My sister inspires me because of her free spirit, carefree, down to earth attitude. She approaches life full of wanderlust and love and it’s amazing to watch her grow into the beautiful, fulfilled woman she has become.

6.What is your favourite movie?

This is hard! I’ve thought long and hard and have narrowed it down to the three movies I have watched the most, can narrate with the plot and enjoy watching the same as I did the first time: Never Been Kissed (who doesn’t love Drew Barrymore?), Dirty Dancing (ummmm, Patrick Swayze? Babe!) and Pitch Perfect (I love a good musical probably more than your average, and this movie does it for me in all the right places)

7.Your Favourite beauty brand?

Benefit and Revlon.

8.Why did you start blogging?

Mainly to meet new people from all over the world and interact with people who share common interests to me. I spend a lot of time talking life, fashion, and love with my friends and family and saw this as an opportunity to share my passions and dreams in a different space. There’s something so wonderful about the blogging community, and I look forward to growing my blog, learning from others and sharing what I love.

9.What is your favourite post that you’ve written?

The Beginning. This is my very first post, and what started it all. One day I’ll look back to my first post and smile.

10.What makes you smile when you’re having a bad day?

Music. I have a varied taste in music and love everything from Ed Sheeran to Disney tunes. What I find myself listening to most is Angus and Julia Stone and Becky CJ. Becky CJ is a singer/songwriter from the UK whose voice gives my shivers every time I hear it. She seems so sweet and down to earth in her YouTube videos and I smile each and every time I hear her voice. Check her out here:

11.What is your favourite ever lipstick shade?

My favourite lip product is actually a lip stain. It’s the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 030 Smitten Eprise.

For you to answer…

What’s your favourite thing about your blog?

If you could go back in time to a past time in your life, when would that be and why?

How would you describe your style?

Who or what is your greatest love?

What is your favourite meal?

Do you prefer shopping in store or online?

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

What are your career goals?

What is your favourite fragrance?

What is your go-to, never fail outfit?

What is your favourite quote?

Nominations
(I apologise If I have nominated you and your blog has more than 200 followers; please don’t be offended! If you’re blog didn’t have a subscriber count, I nominated you because I like your blog!)

alternativelaura
coyoteogley
runningfashblog
gina dara
stephanie chioma
mayrose by nivea
there she goes kate
lovemakeuplife
basicallybella
allthingsplainandsimple
josefinemalmqvist
stephanie the stylist
notyouraverageblog



Top tips for getting through university.

 As I enter the third week of the first semester of my final year at university, I am unsure whether to feel excited that I’m on the home stretch or overwhelmed at the mere thought of all the hours of lectures, essays, sleepless nights, stress, exam preparation, coffee and more coffee that lies ahead in 2015.

 I chose to not pursue University immediately after completing my V.C.E at high school. Instead, I opted for a gap year, that then turn into two and three and four. At the time I watched my boyfriend and best friends work their way through their Bachelor degrees, graduate and eventually start a career while I continued to plod along through life; happy and content, but always wondering what life lay ahead for me.

 Now, well and truly in the swing of things and two semesters away from putting on that renowned gown and cap, I share with you my top tips for getting through University:

Choose wisely:

 When I say choose wisely, I mean choose a study discipline that you are going to enjoy. It isn’t the be all and end all if you choose wrong, in fact it wouldn’t be the first time someone has started a degree and changed through the course, or even finished an entire degree only to discover that’s not the right career choice for them. Think about what you like, what you dislike, what you enjoy and what you absolutely dread doing. Do you like working with numbers or do you like reading, writing and working with words? Do you like working with and helping people or would you prefer to work autonomously in a laboratory?

 Either way, you want to focus your studies around something that you are going to enjoy learning and increasing your knowledge of. I assure you that this will make learning the content much easier and dare I say it, Fun!

Get organised:

 This comes naturally to some people, while others have to practice. I certainly fell in the latter of the two, but have now trained myself to be more organised than I have known myself to be in my entire 25 years of life. A full-time study load at most Australian Universities is 4 subjects per semester and I suggest structuring your subject content prior to or at the beginning of the semester.

 Purchase a diary; this will become your best friend. I like to print off the subject outlines prior to the semester starting, assign a different colour to each subject and work my way through the outline marking dates in my diary of things I need to remember: lectures, tutorials, assessments due and tests. By colour coordinating each subject, it acts a visual distinction between each subject and reduces confusion. Also, by making notes in your diary of important dates you can see what lies ahead that week and the next few weeks and organise your time accordingly, so that you aren’t struggling to complete an assessment the night before due date!

 (If a diary is not your thing then you could even get a yearly planner, a whiteboard, black board or even use your smart phone or tablet.)

 Get support:

 Study with individuals who are going to promote your growth and development, and not distract you from the task at hand.

 I absolutely love my girlfriends, but I know that when we get together we will talk boyfriends, clothes, make-up or the weather, in fact absolutely anything to avoid studying. So, although a little cut throat, I choose not to sit with them during study time. I personally choose to study alone in the University library, as I find this has minimal distractions. I’ve always hated studying at home because of the distractions of TV and food, my two weaknesses.

 But that’s not to say it’s not possible to study with other people. It’s a great way of bouncing ideas off each other and lifting spirits when the semester gets a little hectic. It also allows you to test each other’s knowledge, teach each other new things as well as new ways of learning or approaching the content. Studying with other people may open your eyes to an idea you previously missed.

 Getting support also comes in the form of family, or your friends outside of university, or your boyfriend/girlfriend. I love having a jam packed day of study and coming home to my boyfriend and watching movies. Lean on your support network when you’re stressed or overwhelmed, and share your excitement when you do well on that assessment you’d stressed over.

 Relax:

 This is vital. Whatever your relaxation method, do it. It is important to remain balanced mentally, emotionally and physically during your University studies as this will ensure a clear head and focused mind. Be positive about your learning, and persevere if you are struggling or didn’t receive the mark you were hoping for.

 Listen to music. Go for a run. Do yoga and meditation. Have a night out dancing with the girls. Cook a great meal. Curl up with a good book. Whatever helps you to relax is my suggestion.

 And lastly, have fun. Some would say these are the best years of your life.

 Hope this inspired and helped at least one of you

Meika&Me
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