Friday, March 22, 2019

Everything I've Learnt From Mercury Retrograde in Pisces

So far, we have been pretty lucky astrologically and not had a fraction of the disturbance that we had during 2018.

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2018 was a hard year for a lot of people, including myself and you don't have to believe in astrology to have somewhat felt its effects and wonder what the hell was going on.

Much like last year, I find myself wanting to hide in my shell (I'm a Cancer so it comes naturally) until the storm passes. All signs deal with Mercury Retrograde differently and that is something else I have also learnt to understand. Don't know what your sign should do? Check out this article here.

What is Mercury Retrograde?
Three or four times a year, Mercury passes the Earth in its orbit. As it rounds the bend, Mercury slows down and appears to stop and spin backward (retrograde). Of course, it isn't really moving backward, but can be compared to two trains or cars passing each other, this creates the optical illusion that one (Mercury, in this case) is going backward.

I know some of you could be reading this and could completely disregard astrology as a reasoning for the way our lives twist and turn, but hey, it's something I believe very strongly in. So if you are one of those people who want to open their minds to this energy, then perhaps it can help you understand more about why you are the way you are.

What's interesting about this year's retrogrades, is that they all fall in water signs...queue the over-emotional water works. Being a Cancer, I have emotional mess nailed pretty well, so I have some understanding about what to expect from my roller-coaster of emotions.

For someone who is naturally bubbly, engaging with others and willing to push myself goal-wise, a retrograde can have a real impact on my 'persona' or 'personality' during this period of uncertainty. Trying to explain to those around me why I'm ignoring their messages and taking ages to get even the simple tasks done has become an increasingly frustrating thing for me. Why? Because I hate being that person too.

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During previous Mercury Retrogrades I have tried to push against the need to pause and instead keep myself going at the same pace. But inevitably, this works to no avail. I have learnt the hard way that during retrograde, pushing yourself physically and mentally harder will lead to only one thing...a burnout.

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So in short, I have learnt to use retrograde as the time to reflect on past decisions and events and how they have shaped my life. What has it taught you?

As long as all you are doing is reflecting, you'll be fine. But please refrain from making important decisions, signing contracts, buying technology and travelling abroad...oh and going there again with an ex, then it should all be pretty manageable. 

Good luck and see you on the other side!


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Coffee Shops To Work All Day In | Souli Food

I often find it hard to spot the perfect 'work day' coffee shop in a city so saturated with posey pit-stops and touristy tearooms.

The coffee must be just as good as the workspace and the workspace just as good as the WiFi. In fact, I have come to find that the best kind of coffee shops have to offer all of the above and be just right. My Goldilocks theory aside, Souli really is the right blend, with it's central Marylebone location, amazing 100% Fairtrade Arabica bean coffee and cooked food that makes you feel right at home. 

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Located on George Street in the heart of Marylebone Village, Souli is loved for its individual and neighbourly ambience` which is reflected in our product at Souli; just off Marylebone High Street and close to Bakers Street we provide a brief respite from the rush of everyday life

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Oh and the staff are wonderful too, so you can pitch up your tent...or in this case your laptop and work stuff at a table and settle in for a full day's work.

The atmosphere can best be described as your typical London coffee shop with a cool playlist and a lot of friendly chatter. Be prepared though, between 12pm-2pm the place fills up with hungry city-workers, so if you want to get your preferred table, I recommend you come earlier to avoid disappointment.

Souli is definitely going to be my go-to coffee shop when I'm working in London all day.

Why not give it a try and see if it changes the way you work.

17 George St, Marylebone, London W1U 3QN

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Ice Cream Parlour | Arundel

The Parlour in Arundel is every Instagrammer's dream. Luckily, this place offers more than just the perfect #SundaeSelfie and actually serves delicious ice cream, pancakes and waffles, among a whole host of other delicious desserts.

The Parlour is the perfect place to hang out, whether you're catching up with friends over a sundae or on a Tinder date and sharing shakes. 

Offering an amazing selection of desserts to enjoy at anytime, their philosophy is always  about enjoying indulgence once in a while.

Pink Sprinkle Cone topped with one scoop of Banoffee ice cream and one scoop of 'Tuna Fish' Bubblegum topped with a pink chocolate flake.

The Parlour also has its own app which is great for checking out the menu, accessing special offers and earning rewards.

These hours are our minimum hours, Many nights we are open later but this is dependent on weather or how busy we are. If it pours down etc we might close early.

12pm until 6pm
11am until 10pm
12pm until 6pm



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You can always check out The Parlour via Facebook or Instagram.

 Tarrant Square, 3, Tarrant St, Arundel BN18 9DE

Friday, March 08, 2019

How To Style The Printed Mini in Spring | I SAW IT FIRST

Spring is here, right? 

I have been dreaming of warmer weather, bare legs, blue skies and turning the pages of a new release novel at Petworth Park with a cup of coffee in hand.

Spring means we can be a little bit more daring with our outfit choices, even if we do regret them later in the day when a sudden rainstorm hits. Nonetheless, there is nothing I love more than wearing a mini skirt with a knitted jumper. It pairs comfort and warmth with the a more feminine element to the look.

I styled the I Saw It First Snake Print Pleated Skater Mini Skirt with an oversized cream knit and my favourite Spring accessory, the Fuchsia Saddle Bag.

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