February 26, 2017

THE BENEFITS OF WALKING


WEARING: Nike Sweater, Leggings + Sneakers & TNA Cap.

I used to be a very active person, but I got side tracked and have been living a pretty sedentary life. The gym is not for me and I am too busy to enrol and commit to a team sport. I decided the best solution to my dilemma was just a walk away - literally. Walking has all kinds of benefits: from weight loss and de-stressing, to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many diseases. Going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health.

1. Mood Improvement:
You know how sometimes it takes a glass of wine or three to take the edge of a rough day? Well, going for a walk is another strategy with the same benefits. Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much, that you'll experience a decrease in anger and hostility. I mean you don't have to fully give up on the wine, but you don't need to depend on it to relax either. 

2. Increase of Creativity: Whether you're feeling down at work or you've been searching for a solution to a problem, it's good idea to get moving. Going for a walk can spark creativity and give you the energy to accomplish your new ideas. 

3. Your pants will get a little looser: As you continue to walk, you may notice your pants begin to fit more loosely around your midsection, even if the number on the scale hasn't changed. Daily walking increases metabolism by burning extra calories and by preventing muscle loss, which is important as we get older. 

4. Efficient Body Function:  Walking helps to push blood back up to the heart and lungs, strengthens the circulatory system, and boosts healthy blood flow. 

5. Reachable Goals: When you become a regular walker, you will have established a regular routine and when you have one, you are more likely to continue with the activity and take on new healthy behaviours.

6. Time to Think:
When we walk, we think; and because walking is a low-difficulty endeavour we can direct our energy to solving problems, coming up with ideas, plans, and just daydream. 
7. Chance to Meditate:
Meditation is a hard concept for many; we know about it, but we don’t know it. Even when we want to try it, having read about the benefits, most of us can’t sit still for: ten, twenty, thirty minutes at a time. Enter walking meditation, let your mind tune out from all your thoughts and be calm.

I have taken up walking as my form of exercise, and really started this year in January; I walk 3-4 days a week - at least an hour each time. I got a treadmill as a Christmas gift, so if it is raining or too cold, I still can do it; if it's nice out I can be outside and get some fresh air. I have seen a lot of improvement in my mood, I am sleeping a bit better and I am hoping to learn to meditate while I walk. I have a really hard time sitting or staying still for too long, and of course like most fashion girls I also want the jeans to get a lil looser ;)

Walking is so simple, we know it has health benefits. So why not just do it? I recommend it! As you start your walking routine, remember to:

Get the right gear. Choose shoes with proper arch support, a firm heel and thick flexible soles to cushion your feet and absorb shock. Wear comfortable clothes and gear, appropriate for various types of weather. If you walk outdoors when it's dark, wear bright colors or reflective tape for visibility.

Choose your course carefully. If you'll be walking outdoors, avoid paths with cracked sidewalks, potholes, low-hanging limbs or uneven turf.

Warm up. Walk slowly for five to 10 minutes to warm up your muscles and prepare your body for exercise.

Cool down. At the end of your walk, walk slowly for five to 10 minutes to help your muscles cool down.

Stretch. After you cool down, gently stretch your muscles. 

Let me know in the comments below what you do to keep active and if you are a fellow walker!
Photos by Jeff Nicholls

February 05, 2017

TAKING A BREAK

All photos taken with iPhone 6 for my Instagram.

Between manically figuring out what needs to be done before the website launches and surviving the winter blues, I started realizing that taking a break is always good, though it doesn’t always seem so when the pressure is on. Don't feel guilty that there are still things to get done (there will always be something). 

If you are having a stressful day - week - month take a break. If you are lucky, you can go on a vacation or a weekend getaway; most of us only have a day or literally a chance for a 15 minute break. For those who can't just take a vacation, I recommend you put aside time for yourself if possible everyday, or at least once a week to relax. Reading, listening to something you are interested in, writing down thoughts and feelings in a journal are easy ways to keep stress levels down. Above all breathing and being conscious of your breath. A good candle and aroma therapy helps to relax as well. All of these small habits will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on another day and week. This way, hopefully you won't grow exhausted, overwhelmed or overworked. I do all the above and I am working on my breath awareness. What are your tricks to deal with being busy or stressed?  

January 29, 2017

WINTER WHITES

WEARING: Club Monaco Turtleneck, Acne Sweatshirt, H&M Pants, Margiela Cuffs & DIY Clutch.

No black, but nonethless a solid monochromatic & neutral look for winter. Carefully curated to keep it simple and comfortable, you can easily swap the heels for sneakers. This past weekend I had a POP UP,  I want to thank everyone who stopped by to shop, and those who just came out to show support. The life of an independent designer or business isn't glamorous, it is actually hard work and full of sleepless nights worrying, or excited about what you are doing.

I've been talking in the past couple of months about my new collection and the new website, I do hope that after months of building up the hype, when M-A finally does go live, you will like it as much as I do. We're launching later in February, yikes! I will be sure to announce it here, and on intagram as well. Be sure to follow me there too, my handle is @melissa.araujo for live news, insta stories and more.

Photos by Mc'Kenneth

January 22, 2017

CHUNKY KNITS

WEARING: THPSHOP Knit, Coach Sweater, APC Half Moon Bag, Dior Sunglasses & Spanx Faux Leather Leggings.

Whenever I talk about starting afresh, going back to basics, I always end up in black jeans, tees, leather jackets, and sneakers or black boots. Some may find it boring, not me. I’ve come to realize you should always dress for yourself and do whatever makes you feel confident.
Now and then you can mix things up, choose something that will pop against your all black outfit; this is where shades of different colours or textures come in to play. Here I am experimenting with new silhouettes, mixing colours, textures & layering to survive the cold weather. Thanks to this chunky knit by THPShop I can stay warm & stylish at the same time.
Photos by Jeff Nicholls

January 08, 2017

BRIGHT WHITES


WEARING: Zara Sweater, C/MEO Skirt, Aska booties, Quay Australia Sunnies & Prada Saffiano Leather Bag.

I've started 2017 in a positive manner, I used this past week to break some old habits; my goal is to allow growth and to be a better version of myself. Needless to say, this wasn't easy but I am committed to breaking these habits, one at a time. I stand by the mantra "mind over matter", using willpower to do things you may not think you're capable of.

Here is a rare occasion of me braving the cold without a jacket, to show this double dose of femininity & texture. In fashion whether you're you are a maximalist or a minimalist, my tip to you is to build your outfit around one striking element. An accessory, a colour, a cut or material - you can have more than one element but keep in mind that "less is more" and more is actually more.

My striking element here is colour. I wanted to start the year with bright whites, white is the epitome of Summer but it works in Winter too. The entire outfit is feminine which is a divergence from my usual - surprising but nice. My 2017 is all about breaking habits and trying new things. I hope you all had a fantastic first week of the new year!

Photos by Jeff Nicholls

January 02, 2017

2016 RETROSPECTIVE


2016, was a year full of: ups, downs and surprises. I made a roundup of all my favourite outfits this past year and hopefully you like them too. In 2016, I invested only in pieces that are timeless, clean, and still make a statement. I mostly shop from independent designers & boutiques; seriously, I think I did a hell of a good job supporting others like myself.

I know I didn't blog or instagram as much as I normally do, I was working on a new collection that will come out soon! I had to refocus some of my energy, and I will do my best to blog more often, have different & interesting content other than just outfits. Nothing like challenging oneself to be and do better.

I hope you all had a great time during the holiday season and that you are ready for 2017. Wishing you all a Happy New Year and let's keep the energy high throughout the year! xx

November 11, 2016

HOW TO MIX STRIPES & PRINTS

WEARING: Mango Coat, Acne Pants, Adidas Sneakers, Galisfly Rings & MalibuCali Alfie Bag.

It doesn’t take a fashion expert to master the art of mixing and matching. Once you learn a few simple tricks of the trade, you’ll be pairing patterns like any blogger in no time. It’s easier than it looks. Once you have these easy tips down, don't be afraid to mix and match patterns. Some of the best combinations happen when you least expect.

1. Use the Law of Attraction:

Graphic prints always play well together. Stripes need not be worn exclusively in one direction. So forget everything you've been told and get creative. In my case I worn vertical stripes with a graphic print on my sweater. The simpler and more graphic the prints, the easir they are to mix, the same print in different sizes will pair well together regardless of colour scheme.

2. Break Up The Look With Solids:

You can go for matching the palette and not the pattern.  You can layer in some solid-colored clothes and accessories to make the mitch and match seem less loud. If the colours look good together, more often than not the patterns will too. Here I paired black, navy and off white together to keep my outfit somewhat subdue but still playing with the stripes and geometric print.

3. Have fun:

If print on print and colours are your gem, go for it, have fun. Mix stripes, flower and geometric prints, because the best thing in life is breaking rules. Do you! Let me know in the comments how you mix and match stripes and prints, I would love to hear it.

Photo by Carmin Edwards