Dymps and Dimes.

What I'm wearing:
Dress - Mango
Shoes - Forever21

Robyn's Dress - Maje

I'll moan about something incredibly trivial now but it's so difficult to blog in these weather conditions - I feel personally attacked by the weather right now. Cold weather and bitter winds are probably a bloggers' nightmare (and everyone else's I'm sure); whilst some manage to pull off blogging in the winter and look so happy doing it, the rest of us have our boyfriends wrap us in tinfoil between shots whilst screaming 'did you get it' lol. The alternative is indoor lighting but we all know that's nothing like natural outdoor beautiful bokehable lighting - nothing.

So I was incredibly chuffed when a company sent me something I could actually blog outside in without freezing my ass off - a hoody! NICCEa cool, contemporary streetwear brand delivering minimalist and quality clothing with its roots in the rich London music scene offers plenty of women hoodies. If you're on top of your Instagram fashion game you'll have seen this brand circulating round a lot of well-known faces so I'm extremely chuffed to be representing this brand also.

The hoody itself is very comfortable due to it's incredibly soft material. It's from a collection of premium hoodies and sweatshirts that the brand has recently unveiled. I opted for a large size because I love my hoodies baggy so I can wear them like dresses - and I also think baggy hoodies and knee high boots are an awesome pairing...an advantage we have as women. Getting a large size also means by boyfriend can wear it too so thinking of you bei...

This was the outfit I wore for date night last night which consisted of a walk around London, dinner at On The Bab (amazing Korean street food) and a showing of Blank Panther.  I'm pleased to say I was very cosy despite the blistering London winds - hoody 1, spring-ish 0.

Keep up with me:

I'll call this post part of my 'thinking out loud' series this year. It would be an understatement to say I've noticed a real shift in our world, especially with the way we treat each other... was I incredibly naive when I was young or have things taken a drastic turn for the worst since like 2010? Is there now some sort of a universal reluctance to be or universal rebellion against being ....human? I know I sound pretty dramatic but drama isn't short of how I would describe the world today

or can we simply put it down to a universal abandonment of etiquette... 

I'm particularly sad when we let go of the little things, the things that literally cost nothing like -  no longer finding the strength to wish one another a happy birthday and the struggle to say 'good morning' to people outside our household - especially to co-workers (people we probably spend more time with than our own families).

My sensitivity meter may have increased or something because I'm noticing this trend a lot more and it's frightening. Etiquette is free; manners are free - we need to re-humanise ourselves because if we lose the basics, the bigger issues have no hope. In recent years we've seen a spotlight on mental health issues and how we can collectively try to assist the people around us - I can't help but think that going back to the basic ways we showed each other we cared could have an impact on how we all feel - don't you think? Let's try to get out of the quietly toxic habits we are getting ourselves into!

So this year, I promise to send more happy birthday cheers, celebrate other people's milestones and ensure I always say good morning to my co-workers even when I may not necessarily be having a good morning!

Leila Lace Scalloped Skater Dress gifted by Tobi.com

Other items I'm loving from Tobi:

...No I don't mean Jughead Jones' dad from Riverdale, I mean Free People. I'd heard about Free People but I never really took the time to look on the website. I'm so glad I did because they have such  super cool items - like this Old School Love Jumpsuit and Sweet Like Sugar Top. The jumpsuit fits like a dream; it's super tight around the waist then extends into a beautiful flare and it's just the right length for day and night wear. For a real 70s look, I threw on some yellow zip boots from Topshop.

This is the exact outfit I wore for New Years, I just forgot to post it slash I was having way too much fun. So on that note, a happy belated New Year to you all. I hope you've all started the year as you mean to go on. I can't believe how long I've been absent from my blog but I hope to get things back on track this year. Including a load more travel and beauty posts!

Thanks for your continued support.

Dauby x

I loved my weekend -  I went to the Royal Garden Hotel for afternoon tea which I totally recommend,  purchased some gorgeous Gucci mules which I'll showcase later, got a lot of sleep and ate a lot of greens.

I'm a weekend girl through and through - I like my job but I love sleep, freedom, peace of mind and sometimes alcohol in large quantities  - weekdays can be a little restrictive.

My weekdays are very busy and, sometimes, worrying about the little things like what to eat for lunch and what to wear to work can cause unnecessary stress. But, I was so determined not to spend my Sundays prepping for the week because it made Monday all the closer.

But I soon realised that the benefits of prepping for your week on a Sunday outweigh the need to 'not have my Sunday doing stuff'. The more organised I was on a Sunday the less jobs I had to do in the week and the smoother my week went.

So this is how I plan:

#1 -  I make a todo list - I do this if I need to contact or chase up companies that aren't open on weekends or Sundays. I then make all the relevant calls and send all the relevant emails on Monday morning knocking all the boring adult stuff out of the way.

#2 -   I meal prep - this is a lot easier than you think. A lot of healthy and tasty meals can be prepped in under 10 minutes and put in the oven. My boyfriend and I usually alternate between Fish, Chicken and Turkey Mince - we make the dishes as tasty as we possibly can so we actually look forward to eating it then dish it up in containers and store in the fridge. Instagram and Pinterest have numerous videos and pages on meal preps if you get stuck with ideas.

* If I'm feeling super organised I'll prep breakfast which would usually involve scrambled egg whites only and smoked salmon or boiled eggs but having the egg whites only*

#3 -  I plan my outfits - this is probably the most time consuming but the most rewarding in terms of time saved in the week. Having an overflowing wardrobe can be a blessing and a curse - on the plus side I have a lot of choice but on the minus side, I HAVE A LOT OF CHOICE. I also try to squeeze blogging prep into my weekdays which mean my outfits should be in order of what I want to showcase - STRESS!

Advice I'd give for outfit planning is: check the weather, iron your choices and place them on a hanger in your wardrobe according to the days of the week (this sounds more stepford wife than I mean it to).

#4 -  I TRY not to be hungover on a Sunday - self explanatory, the most vital, not very easy.

Prepping not only saves time but saves a lot of money - those "healthy" Pret options can burn a hole in your pocket quite quickly if you're not careful or those I have nothing to wear days can lead to unnecessary shopping.

In addition, do whatever you can to get yourself in a good headspace before your week starts - read inspirational quotes or Memes (I choose the latter), take a bath, read a book before bed instead of watching TV better yet, sexercise

outfit details:
Shirt - Shoreditch Boxpark (one of those shops)
Jeans - H&M (similar here)
Bag - Gucci
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