A Floral Frenzy

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Welcome back to The Monica Way.

 

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Camden Passage, a beautiful and stimulating avenue full of vintage treasures, dainty trinkets, charming eateries and all the second hand books a girl might ever desire.

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HERITAGE SQUARE by Henry London

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A simple and sleek understated watch is perfect for a London day out

Inspired by the sylvan and antique beauty of Camden Passage, I wanted to feel dressy but also in tune with my surroundings. A floral full sleeved tier dress and my vintage inspired Henry London bronze watch was the perfect blend for a day out exploring the delights the passage had to offer.

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The Henry London Heritage Square watch is dainty and delicate, not overpowering.

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Camden Passage is a pedestrian passage off Upper Street in the London Borough of Islington. Alongside its many antique shops it also boasts quirky, picturesque back streets and contemporary markets, cafes and bars.

I spent the day here with my Mum whilst she was visiting for the weekend. We indulged in naughty Nutella crepes and trawled through the vintage stalls dotted about the passage.

Whilst you all know that I love a second hand bargain, my Mum on the other hand prefers to buy first hand. The area has the perfect balance of old and new, offering both second hand shops and also independent boutiques and well known brands.

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If you’re a vintage fan, a bloguette, a foodie or a book lover, Camden Passage is a great way to pass an afternoon, grab a coffee and maybe pick up a few treats.

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Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

-Hans Christian Andersen

 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my Floral Frenzy look of the day as we’ve explored the Camden Passage together.

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Have a wonderful week,

With love,

Monica

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Smell the Roses

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Welcome back to The Monica Way.

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“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you – and enjoy life”

― Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die

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It’s been a really exciting month for me with regards to my blogging venture.  I’ve been presented with the opportunity to expand my content and I’ve even had the freedom to pick and choose from a number of various brands all looking to collaborate with The Monica Way, something I hadn’t expected after only two months of blogging!

As writing my blog has been something I’ve had the desire to do for so long, it’s really important to me that the brands I select and collaborate with are genuinely brands and businesses that I’m passionate about and that I feel, you, my readers will value and be interested to learn about.

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Wearing the White Glazed Rose Earrings in 24K Gold from The Eternity Rose

This week I wanted to introduce you to a really interesting brand with a truly wonderful concept. The company are called The Eternity Rose and I know you’re going to absolutely adore their products.

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As featured in the picture above, The Eternity Rose are renowned for their beautifully crafted jewellery pieces, made from real rose petals preserved with glass glaze and trimmed in 24 Karat gold. They’re a brand that centre on the importance of longevity and as their names states, their items are created to last an Eternity.

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Since adding a pair of The Eternity Rose earrings to my jewellery box, we’ve been inseparable. Who knew such a small little detail could bring about such glamour, elegance and demure to an otherwise simple outfit? The earrings have a beautiful delicacy about them, rendering them comfortable to wear and surprisingly light-weight, factors I often find to be quite the contrary when I wear dangle or drop earrings.

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The designs curated by The Eternity Rose are always feminine and timeless, making their pieces the perfect gift solution for the really special people in your life (don’t forget it’s Valentines day in a month’s time). The detail in each earring is truly stunning, up close you can see every individual vein in the petals of the rose, truly original and a great conversational piece! Alongside their beautiful appearance, I love the concept behind each piece. The Eternity Rose allows you to physically preserve a special moment in time and have it to hold and treasure forever. Like a photograph or a letter, once the moment has been captured, it remains in that point in time forever.

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I’ve found The Eternity Rose designs to be really versatile and my earrings have certainly had a fair amount of wear over the festive period, both day and night.

I wore them this weekend for my boyfriend’s Birthday dinner, it was a special occasion and they gave my outfit a sense of  sophistication and refinement, without looking OTT. We went out to the local Italian where we laughed and chatted about our past month spent together travelling.

It was so nice to sit down and to really focus and think about the positives from over the last couple of weeks. This is what I call stopping to smell the roses. When we all live such frantic lives, we can end up moving from one thing to the next without really concentrating on anything in particular. We can hit the fast-forward button on life and not stop until the end. Which isn’t much of a life at all.

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It’s been a truly amazing month with bountiful opportunity and I am so excited for what’s in store for 2018. I am so glad I decided to realise my ambition to start blogging and I sort of wish I’d started sooner! Through blogging, I’m able to preserve and document moments in my life, giving me a little key hole to look back on them in future years. It’s also been an amazing outlet to stop and focus on specific moments and record them with acute detail and precision.

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My goal this year is to blog more regularly, smell the roses more often and to really focus on the positives that life has to offer.

With that being said, have a wonderful week and I’d love to hear your thoughts on smelling the roses.

With love,

Monica

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Decorating for a Healthy Mind

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Hello! Welcome back to The Monica Way.

In today’s post I wanted to share with you the ways that we can festively decorate our homes in a simplistic, clutter-free and calming manner whilst still embodying the spirit of Christmas.

For me, it’s really important that my home environment feels bright, homely, organic and well-ordered…tidy house tidy mind. But I often find that lots of the Christmas decorations on the high street are rather brash, tacky and messy looking.

This year I’ve opted for an understated organic, floral Christmas theme for my home.

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It’s scientifically proven that freshly-cut flowers within the home can reduce both worry and anxiety. I can personally vouch for these facts, as without a doubt having fresh flowers in my home always induces a sense of positivity into my day and makes me feel invigorated. Not only are there health benefits to fresh plants in the home but they also bring an air of freshness and beauty to a room.

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To bring my floral Christmas theme to life I chose a gorgeous Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers UK.   The bouquet arrived within two days and was beautifully packaged in a sturdy white box.

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What I love about this particular Christmas bouquet is the colours. I tend to keep my home ornaments white and very simple but as its Christmas I love the addition of the golden star spangles mixed in with the various flowerets. The hints of gold add in the element of festivity and glamour that I’m looking to achieve with my festive decor.

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Red and green are typically the colours that are associated with Christmas. Personally, I’m not a big fan of red home decor as I find it really over powering and distracting. This bouquet was the perfect balance of the clean-cut look that I like within my home environment and the festive christmassy demeanour that this season entails.

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The bouquet is really thick and beautifully put together as well as smelling delightful! My favourite flowers are white roses and I was highly impressed by their size and quality on opening the packaging.

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If you’re struggling for Christmas present ideas, or if you’re like me and just like to treat yourself every now and then, I would recommend you check out the Prestige Flowers website. Their flowers are of such a beautiful quality and they have a really wide range of bouquet designs to suit your personal style. Whats more, they deliver them safely straight to your chosen address and you can even add in extras like a box of chocolates or a personalised card.  It’s totally stress free and can bring a lovely sense of vitality into your living space.

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We spend a lot of time in our homes, so it’s really important that we make our homes a space we enjoy living in and where we can seek comfort and relief from the stresses of daily life. Something as simple as a fresh bouquet of flowers or a half hour out of the day to do something crafty can really help the mind repose and contribute to your overall well-being.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I would love to hear your home decor tips.

Have a wonderful weekend.

With love,

Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Red Alert

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Welcome back to The Monica Way

“Red is such an interesting colour to correlate with emotion, because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.”

– Taylor Swift

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What does red signify for you? For me, the colour red says bold and fierce and I like to think that I, myself, encompass both of those attributes to some degree.

I chose to feature this look, as I feel it embodies a lot of my character, it’s adventurous and daring, but also expresses a sense of delicacy.

As I’m growing older and moving around between cities, my style is slowly changing from a form that was previously animated and perhaps a little provocative to something more classical, mature and structured.

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As I write this article, I’m listening to Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Frozen, so it’s probably worth mentioning that I do still have some rather childlike and juvenile tendencies…I get major food envy daily, I like my toast cut into triangles, I prefer Disney to most things and love to be cuddled to sleep (whilst holding my cuddly elephant wheat bag). It’s important that my style reflects who I am and how I’m feeling. Infusing vivid colour into an otherwise rather monotone outfit warrants my playful and youthful side.

 

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KENDRA PATENT Dr Martens £135

I’ve always been drawn to modish looking items. As mentioned previously in my blog, I’m on a mission to shop smart; to shop for longevity and quality. Naturally, I’m a big fan of Dr Martens, they’re renowned for their quality, in fact anyone who owns a pair will know just how durable and reliable they really are.  What’s more, Dr Martens as a brand seem to have this amazing ability to adapt and embrace change while maintaining their touch of tradition in all their boots.

For this look, I chose a classic boot brand but in an atypical design. The heeled KENDRA Dr Martens combine the masculine look of the original Dr Marten boots with a feminine twist.  I utilised these boots to infuse a sense of edge into this otherwise very imperial look.
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Another side to me is my frugal and thrifty tendencies. You’ll find that approximately half of my wardrobe is either second-hand or re-worked.

This weekend I went on a second-hand hunt with an old school friend, Molly. We spent a couple of hours together, probing through the eclectic and ever-varying clothing rails at TRAID, Peckham. If you haven’t heard of TRAID, they’re a franchise of charity shops that are dotted in and around London.

What’s really great about TRAID is that their clothing is all sorted, picked and mostly of a really great quality. It’s almost like visiting a second-hand boutique of one-offs.  Super exciting.

The aim of TRAID is primarily to increase clothing reuse whilst also helping to reduce waste, carbon emissions and consumption. TRAID proceeds go towards funding international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry. To find your closest TRAID check out their website, they’re located all over London; Brixton, Camden, Clapham, Dalston to name but a few!

This weekend they were having a sale whereby all items were only £2-£7!

Outfit Details

Scarlet Red Tailored Jacket    TRAID £7.00

Wool Jumper Dress    TRAID £5.00

Heeled KENDRA Patent Dr Martens    Dr Martens £135.00

Black Felt Fedora Hat    Random Paris Boutique €40.00

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Wool Felt Fedora Hat Simon & Mary Audrey £60

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There are still many preconceived ideas about second-hand buying. Some seem to think that it’s dirty, bad quality or for ‘cheapskates’. But I can guarantee you, there’s just as much beauty in pre-owned clothing as newly bought, sometimes even more.

We’re living in a society driven by consumerism not to mention the continuous digression of our planet. We can all do our bit to reduce landfill and cut down on manufacturing demands. Buying second-hand clothing means you are going to reuse somebody else’s piece of clothing that may be in perfect condition but would otherwise end up in landfill.

If that’s not enough to encourage you to shop second-hand, here are the top five reasons that I buy second hand.

  1. It’s affordable and gives you more freedom to experiment with your style without taking financial risks.
  1. It aids expression of individuality. Have you ever been to Zara and bought a jumper, to later find out that every man and his dog also has that same jumper? You never know what you will find in second-hand/thrift shops, so it can be really rewarding!
  1. It’s always different. Second hand shops are continually receiving new donations and merchandise. The hunt for that unique item is always new and fresh. Second hand shopping satisfies my craving for one-off items.
  1. You can still get brand names! If like me, you’re a sucker for a brand, then check out the charity shops in the more affluent areas. If you’re in Yorkshire try Harrogate and Ilkley, or if you’re in London, check out the charity shops in Kensington and Chelsea. It’s the perfect method to feed your fashionista needs while saving your pennies and helping the environment.
  1. Your Money Stays in the Community. This is a big one. Second-hand buying ensures your money stays within the community where it can benefit local businesses, charities and those from disadvantaged situations.

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And that’s my On Red Alert look.

I would love to hear your thoughts on second-hand buying and this look of the day.

Thanks for reading!

With love,

Monica

Big hair, bigger dreams

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Welcome back to The Monica Way!

Take a Sunday stroll with me, as I talk you through my ‘Big Hair, Bigger Goals’ look and a couple of my current favourite fashion tips.

After years of abusing my naturally curly hair, I am finally coming to accept and embrace it.

In life, we generally tend to want what we can’t have and for me, that’s always been genetically straight, sleek hair (and a Hermès Birkin Bag). This year I’m making the effort to try to cut back on the number of processes that I put my hair through and thus, improve its condition.

When wearing my hair in its natural state, I find that my general appearance suddenly becomes much busier and more hectic. In order to achieve a classy and elegant look, I tend to fall back on neutral and understated colours to taper the bold style of my natural hair.

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Become a scarf lover. 

I can’t even begin to count the number of scarves that live inside my wardrobe.

A bold scarf can always be used to inject a thread of commotion into your more understated outfits. I tend to splash out on my scarves, as I feel they’re an item that will never go out of style and can always be recovered and revived when the colder months come by. This particular scarf is 85% cashmere which makes it super soft and cosy, it’s an investment that I know I’ll continue to wear for many years to come.

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Every girl needs comfy pair of dressy trainers. 

We all have those days where we want to look dressy but not too dressy.

I chose these velvet zipper high-tops from And Other Stories for their comfy and contemporary style – perfect for those long days walking through the city.

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Roots can be cute. 

As part of my mission to restore my hair’s condition, I decided to quit the hair bleach.

Instead of adding anymore chemicals into my hair, I took the plunge and started to grow out my roots. I must admit the first few weeks were the worst because it was still touch and go as to whether the roots looked like they were there intentionally or not.

It’s been over three months since I last had any bleach on my hair (yippee!) and I’m really starting to love my new look, not to mention the money I’m saving on hair appointments.

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Oversized Blazers Are Our Friends

Don’t be afraid of the oversized blazer, when worn with the right bottoms, they won’t shorten you (and that’s coming from someone who’s 5 foot small).

An oversized blazer can give your cosy, relaxed layers a sense of polish and structure. When wearing an oversized blazer I tend to wear something tighter fitting on my lower half to avoid looking frumpy or drowned out. Oversized blazers are so versatile and can be dressed up (with a pair of heels) or dressed down (with jeans/pumps) depending on the occasion.

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Oversized Blazer – Mango £42

Washed Out Ripped jeans – Mango £30

Wool Roll Neck – Second Hand £15

Origin Leather Day Satchel – Cancer Research £10

Velvet Zipper High-Tops – And Other Stories £95

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…And that’s my Sunday ‘Big Hair, Bigger Goals’ look of the day.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed this look!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

With love,

Monica