#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.

Keepin’ Up With Kimberley #7

Helloooo lovely people! Sorry for the lack of posts- but it was my 21st birthday yesterday (woo!). So I’ve been out celebrating the last few days and spending time with the family. Very blessed to say the least ❤ wpid-img_20150711_092915.jpg

So apart from that what have I been up to!? I submitted a piece for Time To Change as a ‘StoryShort’ which is a little post about my experiences with mental health. My little post may be up at the tail end of Summer, so I’ll keep you posted on that! I think it’s important to share such things, as even an experience like mine could help someone feel not so alone. Anxiety used to be quite a big part of my life in college, but now I feel more confident than ever. Mindfulness has helped a lot, if you’re feeling a bit stressed or find it hard to calm down your day- check out Frantic World.comIt’s a simple form of meditation that can make you feel wonderful inside and out.

With Keep Real, the designs have kicked into overdrive lately, and it’s been such a wonderful experience seeing the collection come together in quite an unexpected way. My style has definitely come through, I am so pleased with the outcome. I have a lot of planning to do, but the designs are grounded and are 80% ready to go! After I’ve posted this, I will be taking down the online store so I can focus on building up a rad as hell site.

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Also with kimmykeepfit, I have been planning my runs and exercise to really go for it. It’s been quite hard lately with the weather, as well as my celebrations too! But it’s important to be patient and be kind to myself. Incorporating mountain bike riding will also help. I used to go mountain bike riding quite a lot in my early teens, so my Dad has offered to go with me as he’s so passionate about it himself. I love how my family push me to do whatever I set my mind to!

Anyway, that’s it for now! I hope this post finds you well.

Keep Real xxx

Keepin’ Up With Kimberley #2

So it’s official, kimmykeepreal.com! ❤

I’ve been designing away and getting down and dotty (heh) with my artwork. Really focusing on key pieces to bring to the collection, from t-shirts and crop tops to notebooks and accessories. At this stage, its all about the grafting and wwpid-img_20150525_132636.jpgorking on finding the right materials and fit for all you guys and gals. Patience is a virtue at this point, so I wanna be 112% happy with the overall outcome of Keep Real’s first positive goods collection.

Last years collection when I first started Keep Real, was just a tester to figure out what products and designs I could ultimately create (you can have a peek at some existing products that are now on sale here!). In my mindset, I wanted to give back with some of the products, such as giving 10% of each art print sold to Mind, the mental health charity here in the UK. I am still working towards raising money and awareness for mental health. This is so important to the Keep Real brand! Promoting a healthy relationship with yourself and others is key to Keepin’ It Real ❤

As well as designing the new collection, I also got another design by the amazing Niall Shannon tattooed! Bit of a celebration of finishing my degreewpid-img_20150523_184438.jpg and working so hard. The moth is a wonderful symbol of the soul and its transforming course. It follows the light, and that is where my journey goes too. I just knew I had to get this! A wonderful end to three years and a new beginning.

I’ve had a crazy week of working, designing and seeing some beautiful people. I’m ready for another wonderful week and I hope you are too. Let’s do this!

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.- Arthur Ashe

The Adventure Starts Here!

Tomorrow marks a crucial day for my dreams with Keep Real. This hobbit will be rolling in business plans, meetings and designs before the eventual stroll up to Mordor to conquer all (defeating evil and opening a really cool Store is my aim).

I’m meeting with a Business Advisor to talk business (ahem, clearly) tomorrow and discover what my first steps are. I’m exploding with ideas I haven’t shared, and only sneaked one post in concluding the initial Store ideas IMG_20150208_163728in my blog. For now, that’s how I’m going to keep it- as the ideas and themes I have are long to be made a reality. Plus, I want to do this right and not rush into posting every lil’ detail. Gotta have a bit of mystery surrounding it!

Of course I realise that opening up and running a store successfully will take a few years. Plundering through plans/ permissions/ costs/ premises etc. will take time. But I truly believe that with the determination and mindset I have now to make it come true, nothing really is stopping me at all. Unless my idea sucks of course (which it hopefully doesn’t).

It got me thinking, what drives you? I’ve been so consumed in talking about my dreams, I haven’t asked about yours! So what dreams do you have? What would you love to do? I would LOVE to hear what makes you wonderful folk tick. Please comment if you have any!

Enjoy the rest of your evening ❤