#ElleInspire

wpid-img_20150907_215747.jpgHello beauties! How you all doing? Today, I thought to review some of my favourite #ElleInspire articles so far. I’m an avid reader and subscriber to Elle Magazine here in England, and what I love most are the #ElleInspire articles in there (and of course, the fashion!)- it gives the readers a wonderful sense of empowerment, with an authentic look at self esteem and confidence in women. It aint’ just a fashion magazine. Elle is a wonderful monthly read for not only the fashion forward, but forward thinkers too.

Throughout the year, we’ve seen movements in feminism, sexuality and gay marriage. 2015 has definitely been the year for shifting the world in an era of openness and change. We’ve seen the HeForShe Campaign fronted by the beautiful Emma Watson forELLE-UK-May-2015-Cover-Rebel-Wilson-Main gender equality, Gay Marriage being legalised nationwide in the US plus legalisation in Ireland, and the sexuality movement of ‘fluidity’ and the rejection of labels. What an age to be living in huh?!

February’s issue of Elle noted Elizabeth Palmer as ‘Woman of the Month’, recognising her as an inspirational Journalist who has covered nearly every major conflict zone in Europe and the Middle East. She tells readers to follow their natural ability, and shares her story of not having a definite road. It inspires, and she is a perfect example of ambition and making your own luck. You can do it too!

May’s issue of Elle fronted the ever wonderful Rebel Wilson with the hashtag #BeMoreRebel frontier. An intelligent, body confident woman who is ridiculously funny. Now who wouldn’t want her on the front page?! She has worked her butt off to get to where she wants be (with a Degree in Law & Arts and a former Rotary International Youth Ambassador for Australia) and there aint no stopping her! Like Elle quotes, ‘She is proof that hard work pays off and proof that once you find your voice, you can keep it and make it work for you.’

June’s issue of Elle noted Elaine West as ‘Woman of the Month’, who is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Air Vice-Marshal, the most senior ranking female officer in the British Armed Forces. Her interview is a lovely one to read, that when things don’t go your way, move forward and learn from your experiences. She worked her way through the ranks, having been in 19 different roles throughout her career and kept going ❤

October’s issue of Elle fronts Miley Cyrus, and the exploration of sexuality and ‘gender fluidity’. It alsojIyfRftH has a beautiful spread of ’30 smart women under 30′. Now, it aint just the academically smart, it’s the downright empowering- women are out there getting to where they want to be and from all various backgrounds and childhoods. You, yes you, are the same. YOU can achieve whatever you dream, inspire and create. If you truly want it, you can go and get it ❤ It’s ok to doubt yourself, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed or afraid. But if you want it, make it happen.

2015 has been an incredible year for women, and for everyone so far. What a beautiful and moving year, and so many months ahead that could bring such joy to the world! Even though sometimes when you read these magazines, it is so easy to say ‘I wish I could be like that’, ‘I wish I was her’ and ‘Why don’t I look like that?’. However, there are such lovely articles in there saying to women all over the world ‘Stop comparing yourself to the pages, because being you is inspiring in itself and you can be whatever you want to be’.

I think we need more of that in this world. When we start comparing, we get so caught up in it and steals all our self-worth. You are beautiful…yes I’m talking to you! Be kind to yourself and do your own thaang. I believe in you.

August Wellness Essentials

Hello my lovelies! I hope you are well? I thought I’d share with you some of my August Essentials for day towpid-img_20150730_155110.jpg day life and some upcoming lifestyle & mental health tips ❤ I have done mental wellness book reviews (see the post ‘Read Happy’ here!) but I wanted to add on to what keeps me going- so it can keep you moving forward too!

A great magazine (as well as a website) is Psychologies. It’s a monthly issue and is perfect for a little read about home and lifestyle focusing on your AUG COVER72dpi rgb no barcodewell-being. Also, it has fun mini quizzes you can do; such as ‘Are you ready to change?’ and ‘Are you assertive?’. Taylor Swift is actually on the front cover of the latest issue, which I will definitely be purchasing! A neat thing about the magazine, is that it fits perfectly in your bag. I personally subscribe to Elle and for the life of me cannot carry that chunky fashion mag anywhere! But Psychologies is handy, and has useful tips and stories in motivation and mental health. So my first August essential is to keep up to date with mental health as a whole and my own well-being!

Also, it’s a brand new month- so why not change your room around a little bit? You don’t have to go full on feng shui, but de-cluttering some of your room may bring some wonderful benefits. A clean space for a clean mind, right? Maybe you could add a plant to the area and bring some life and light into your space! For me, my room has changed around a lot recently, but clearing a space to work always leaves me feeling a sense of calm. So why not give it a go!

The amount of times where I’ve needed to write things down throughout my day, is becoming quite a recurrent event. So for August, I have a new mini A6 moleskine notebook from Paperchase that is perfect for on the go. I write everything down in it, from dates to remember to work schedules and Keep Real ideas. It’s important to feel up to date with what I’m doing, even if it’s just to write down a thought or two. If you ever get the feeling of being in a bit of a muddle… write it down.moleskine-notebook-570x360 I cannot stress this enough as one of my essentials. If I didn’t write down my thoughts or upcoming events, I’d feel all mushy and out of sync. So go get yourself a little notebook or pad to write all your cool ideas and thoughts down! You’ll be surprised at how organised you feel.

Anyway, I hope these little essentials will give you some ideas for August! Happy Reading everyone ❤