Monday, 27 July 2015

Life: How to be a Morning Person

Some tips to help you make the most of your morning.

Personally, I don't think the 'morning vs evening' person thing holds much sway. I think it can act as an unhelpful shield for bad habits. Whatever you're opinion, you can't deny the overwhelming evidence that the most productive people tend to be early risers. 

Obviously I’m not qualified to go into the science, and I accept that sleep is a personal thing and how much each person needs will vary and alter due a whole host of reasons. However, within a time frame of say 10pm-8am and for people not on shifts/with children there is, I believe, a healthy approach which is universally applicable and of benefit to most people’s health and happiness.

The key to a good night’s sleep and a bright early morning is to prep yourself for bed properly the night before.

  • Unwind before bed: A hot bath, a peppermint tea or just half an hour on the sofa reading a book will get your mind and body ready for a restful night. I’m speaking entirely from experience here - the better I prep myself for bed, the quicker I fall asleep and the better I then sleep.
  • Invest in bed linen: Good quality linen makes all the difference as it welcomes you into bed. Choose cotton or linen for its temperature regulating properties.
  • Cut out sugar, carbs and caffeine: For the few hours before bed I find it helps to stay away from highly caffeinated drinks, lots of sugar or heavy carbs. Going to bed feeling bloated can keep you awake for hours and mean you wake up feeling a touch 'bleurgh'.
If you put in the work the night before you should be waking feeling rested and relaxed. Here are some tips to get your morning off to the best start:

  • Don't snooze: Those extra few minutes after your alarm has gone off can be bliss, but I think they can often lead to a sleepier, slower start to the day. Instead, kick off your morning with energy and get straight out of bed. 
  • Hot lemon: Drinking hot water with lemon is a great way to kick start your digestive system, rehydrate after a night's sleep and a healthy alternative to a tea or coffee.
  • Get moving: Whether its yoga, a run, swimming or a quick home workout - get up, get moving and get stretched. There are endless benefits to introducing movement into your day and even more so in the morning - plus, you'll feel less guilty about indulgences later in the day.
So, have I convinced you to dare 6am yet?

R x 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A Photo Diary: Ravensbourne Degree Show

E shares her photo diary of Ravensbourne's degree show 

R~A~J~E had the privilege of being invited to the Ravensbourne Degree show a couple of weeks ago, so I popped along on sunny afternoon and was met with a wonderful array of design. 

There were some playful final pieces by Tatjana Kira Vietnein, from her collection 'Illusion Of Illusion' inspired by 'Dazzle Camouflague'.

I really enjoyed the final projects from graphic design students. These cute origami characters were my favourites. 

I loved these stunning prints on silk by Emily Martin.

It took me back looking in work books and browsing initial images and ideas. 

Thanks Ravensbourne, for a delightful show and hosting with such a warm welcome. 

E x

Monday, 6 July 2015

Style: The Return of Colourful Trainers

A hails the rising trend of the colourful trainer.

Normcore got you down? Bored of black? R's white trainer post just not cutting the mustard? The latest crop of designer trainer collaborations could be just what you're looking for. No matter what your style, you're sure to find a perfect fit with one of these multi-coloured beauties.

Nike x Liberty

A long-running collaboration, Nike x Liberty has produced some supremely beautiful shoes as well as some distinctly average offerings. This season's collection, a bold, geometric Liberty print on some well chosen Nike silhouettes has had the fashion set a-running to own them.

Adidas Originals x Mary Katrantzou

Part of the designer trainers trend sweeping the catwalks (see Chanel, Burberry et al), Katrantzou teamed up with Adidas Originals to produce a capsule collection as print heavily wonderful as her mainline collection. Not for the fainthearted.

SuperCOLOR Adidas x Pharrell Williams

Proving that colour can be minimal, Pharrell Williams has struck gold with his SuperCOLOR collaboration with Adidas. Classic Adidas silhouette, the Superstar (perennial hip-hop favourite) is completely immersed in 50 pure colours.

While I can't deny the appeal of a pair of white Stan Smiths, but with all this colour on offer, there's surely no excuse for not adding a splash of colour to your summer footwear!

A x

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Thought: Blogs In Brief

This week has been full of some great style tips, so come and catch up with us, over a morning coffee.

R shows us which classic, white trainer to match to your own style, in this Style: White Trainers blog post. It's definitely worth a read, so you know what to go for this summer. 

Ever wondered what great clothing is made in the UK? A shows us whats what, so have a look and get ethical, in your shopping! Pop over to the blog post Style: Made in the UK

Life: How To Pack For A Summer City Break, here A shares the best tips for packing for your summer holiday. 

If your after more interesting reads, then don't hesitate to enjoy some of this recent find of mine: The Socialite Family. I love it and so will you if you've got a soft spot for interiors. What are you waiting for? Head over there, I promise it includes lovely photographs, interesting narratives from all over the world and great interior recommendations.

E x