Never given a credit to my recent trip to Melbourne yet. I am glad that the brand company visit and a couple of fashion shoots there happened at the moment when I had low inspiration in fashion and style.
Melbourne is the Australian hub of fashion. Let’s face it – the weather is not great there, it is bloody freezing. It gives, though, a fantastic platform for fashion: scarfs, hats, caps, fur coats, shoes, etc, etc, etc. It is so cold there so people use “layers” of clothing to keep themselves warm enough (sounds like my Motherland haha). You can play around with it so much: and this is what Melbourne does. I walked on Collins street, sometimes did short cuts through graffiti lines and just had the best fashion inspiration.
I love to live by the beach and don’t want to change it. However, the fashion can be boring by the beach. Melbourne is now my Fashion Gallery to scoop creativity, get inspired, feel style.
In general, Australian winter gives a plenty of opportunities for fashion. I was doing some observations and picked few “common trends”.
The difference between the Australian Fashion Hub (Melbourne) and Sydney is that Melbourne adds more bright colours into appearance and accessories. There is also a big tendency in one-colour outfits that is primarily bright again.
I love fur add-ons to my outfits and Melbourne is perfect for it: I could wear fur hat, coat and feel like home! Sydney is much more modest and dominant with “Teddy bear” type of coats. Also, haven’t really seen anyone wearing many stylish hats around Sydney which is upsetting.
Deep Emerald green was starring the whole season – which is good and bad at the same time. I love that type of green – it does suit my eyes and face features and I tried to stick to green palette in wardrobe until I realised it is too much green around. Walking around Sydney Westfield and David Jones, I could pick how many brands pulled out their best new arrival deep green outfits. I have seen many women attending high profile events in different shapes of dresses but similar colours. I had to stop wearing green (as much as I love it) for half of the season.
It has been sad to see how a fantastic high fashion trend has been destroyed by the Australian retailers…another reason to shop overseas…
Sydney has found its own niche in winter trends this time. Being less fashionable (sorry, Sydney, still love you more than Melbourne!) than Melbourne, I found that mixing grey (one-shaded grey, checked, silver-grey) with an intense bright colour.
And, finally happy to see that many Australian women moved away from long boots and cat eye look (yes, stylish and look sexy but I call it “the laziest version of out of dated style”). I have noticed more appearances with short boots that are mostly one-coloured zipped ones. Looks awesome and can work well with the idea of one-colour outfit with bright colour accessories.
One more month of winter before we can take it easy and put on lighter clothes!
I know people have different opinions of me. Some of them are negative.
In the past it could hurt. In the past there was a desire to hide or run away. In the past it could cause tears. People seemed rude. In the past there was a temptation to be liked by everyone..
In the present I damn love it. I can feel that I am a better version of myself when I cannot please a crowd – makes me feel I am growing faster than that crowd. I like when not everyone likes me – it makes me feel that I have different points of view, unique style, interesting life that makes people talk of me. It is addictive. I don’t like people who are liked by everyone – they sound too fake to me…please, argue in return if I am wrong but, honestly, there is something wrong with those “everyone’s favourites”..
The only thing I know in this game is I always need to be fair with myself: do what I love to do; do what I won’t be ashamed in the future; do what makes people who love me proud of me.
Time for more opportunities for self-development, growth..and time to annoy “those everyone’s favourites” with my life successes.
Just wanted to expand on what to do when that society judgement tries to impact on you.
Make those judgemental people confused. When you hear a “story” about yourself, first of all, congratulate yourself – you are an interesting person, you are talked about. You have something that turns other people’s attention from their boring lives to you amazing and colourful one.
Second of all, do nothing.
Seriously, just be spontaneously quiet (it is easy for me to be “spontaneously quiet” because I am normally not the quietest one).
Never confirm what they say about you – not because it is no ones business or you want to keep it quiet. It just doesn’t worth your attention – please, value your time, do not be like them.
Never decline what they say about you – not because they would think you just protect yourself or you are a lier. JUST VALUE what they don’t – your own time.
To conclude, finish it on a high note – smile. Give them something that they don’t have – positivity and smile.
Be generous with it – they won’t use it anyways because it has come from you and people normally make this simple mistake of measuring others based on themselves.
You can bomb it – be honest , make them meet brutal facts (remember if you choose to be harsh, go to the end; otherwise, it’s useless) but keep that smile…to annoy them again.
Then observe – develop the skill of reading others. You will get all the cards ♦️ in your hands then. How to use these cards ♥️ – will be decided by your angel or demon.
It was a bit of a risk to combine two different industries and expect a good result.
Fashion – the word associated with runways, glamour, style trends.
Fitness – Health, gym, marathons.
They are different so how can I really pitch them to be together? I can explain:
Coming back to my previous topic about motivation – who are you training for? For yourself? To impress someone else? If you set up the right and healthy attitude, you train to look good for yourself. You want to look healthy, fit, skinnier or toned – all depends on your personal goals. Now, let’s take Fashion. If you are interested in Fashion, you probably have or aim to have a good sense of style and after important Fashion trends. You pay an extra attention to what you wear when you come out. You are getting ready before an important business meeting. What do you need Fashion for? Same thing again – for yourself? Impress someone at one event? Wear someone glamourous for horse races at Randwick?
You start with the right attitude. You understand that things you build in life starts from you. If you have ever had an experience to move to another continent when you are a teenager that doesn’t know what she wants, you might come to realisation that you have to build self base before you can build something else in life. I cannot build my life looking at someone’s one – I need to look at what I do. I cannot get impressed by someone’s achievements only – I need to set up something for myself each month to feel I am moving.
When you go to the gym, you may notice more and more people are “dressing up” to the gym. Not literally. But trying to wear right sports gear, good active lifestyle brands, etc. Many fitness blogs suggest to wear “cool” gym wear to boost motivation to exercise more. I can definitely see the link between those two. You start with the attitude. You want to see yourself successful, fit, healthy and stylish. It is not a secret that you might be toned and skinny and look quite sexy but if you wear a dress that look like a bag for potatoes on you, your toned body disappears. And, of course, you can buy the most expensive suit from the best Italian designer – it probably looked so gorgeous on the runway – but it looks ugly on you because your body is poisoned with junk food, lack of movement and first signs of ageing. I like to see and promote more on my page fashion in fitness.
It is not only wear something trendy at the gym but wear Fashion and Fitness within you..
I got to the stage to share one of those iconic diets that has blown up minds of my friends and family.
It doesn’t sound like it is legit but trust me – whatever I place in this blog, I have personally tested before sharing.
Red, red wine…
It can be white too as long as it is a dry wine.
All depends on your preferences but, yes, it is the wine diet!
I got the raw idea of this diet when I had explored it. I would also like to share some other tricks that I missed out when I firstly found this diet.
Identified benefits and results
First of all, a quick cheat sheet about DRY wine:
It has low to zero carbs according to laboratory research in Washington (sounds good, hey!)
It has zero fat BUT it still contains enough calories to be able to put on weight
It drops your blood sugar level
Your body uses different technique to digest wine
Red wine has resveratrol, a plant polyphenol chemical that turn body white fat (“bad/obese fat”) into brown fat that is a healthier option of body’s immune and protective system and easier to be burned
Wine has fewer calories than beer or heavy spirits
One bottle of dry wine can contain 570-750 calories – depending on the alcohol percentage
Red wine has more vitamins and minerals than white wine.
Red wine in moderation is good for your heart as it increases HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) and decreases LDL (“bad one”)
The Wine diet can be considered as a separate dieting stream or be trailed as a part of the Mediterranean diet. As you might know the Mediterranean diet is based on the idea of consuming a lot of plant-based food together with some amount of dry wine.
I have seen positive results of the wine diet for around 3 weeks allowing me to loose 1.5 kg in the first week, 1.1 kg in the second week and 1 kg in my third week. So, the verdict – the diet is working!!!
Duration of the diet: MUST NOT exceed 3 weeks
Results: 3.6 kg down
Feeling: no craving, starving feeling (if you follow the instructions below)
However, before explaining the algorithm of the diet, I would like to continue with some downsides of the diet. I am not a nutritionist or a school teacher so I am not going to tell simple things about alcohol effect on your body. Any side effects described below are purely related to the wine diet.
Side Effect to consider
The progression has stopped after 3 weeks due to some side effects of the diet that were not revealed before.
Any dry wine significantly drops your blood sugar level – therefore, you might end up at the kebab or pizza shop after a good night out drinking wine. You feel much hungrier when there is a presence of alcohol in your blood. Your craving is increased to maximum – if you are a person with low self-control, this diet is not the right for you.
Moreover, as said above, your body uses different technique to digest wine. This is where many people who has described this diet before put the full stop. What does this technique include? How to make this technique work for you, not against you?
Our body functioning is a very smart system. When it is attacked, it will use all its effort to fight with an “enemy”. Alcohol toxin is an enemy for any body. Therefore, your body will stop ANY digesting activity and stops what it has just been doing to prioritise “work on alcohol toxins”. Which means when you have eaten simple carbohydrates or saturated fats before wine, it will turn them into your white body fat, no matter if you haven’t eaten much before and your body needs that “energy”. When you have eaten similar crap after wine consumption because your food craving was high, it will also turn into same fat storage. This is how you can gain weight from the wine diet.
HOWEVER, if you eat enough “absorbing” and lean food, it will assist your body to work on toxins and leave the positive results from wine consumption.
In addition to it, I love my strength trainings that are aimed to reduce my body fat and gain some muscle weight instead. Same procedure here – your muscles stop developing when you have alcohol toxin in your blood as your body needs some time to fight with the new “enemy”.
Avoid rewarding yourself with a glass of wine after a good strength or HIIT training. Try to pick your High intensity trainings when you are not planning to go out for a fair few hours after that (your body recovers muscles differently depending on a number of factors i.e. age, gender, metabolic rate, etc.)
We got to this stage – Wine Diet 1:1
If you are still reading this and believe it can work for you, here below what I did to have positive results of my wine diet. Please note that the results will gradually decreased and bring your more negative effects than positive so I would not recommend to keep the diet longer than 3 weeks.
You MUST include a lot of green leafy food and good fats in every day of your diet! Some partition of protein should be included in any main meal of the day.
PART I – Morning
As I am a morning person, I would typically end of at the gym or run in the morning. Hence, I would it breakfast rich in good carbs, vitamins and minerals. My typical breakfast would be Cocao Oat Bowl that I have described before here
The breakfast meal would include some fruits and fresh fat free yogurt. In that case, my morning tea would include 10-20 gram of peanut butter to fulfil some good fats in my body (Cocoa Oat Bowl is originally almost fat free). If I am after more “proteiny” breakfast option, I would go for egg whites omelette with a plenty of spinach or rocket. My morning tea would include a piece of fruit.
PART II – Afternoon
Feel it up with protein – a good piece of grilled chicken, salmon or a sirloin beef steak. I am always a bit flexible with lunch option as long as it has a plenty (up to 30 gram or more) of protein and green leaves – Italian 4 leaves mix is perfect for it. Include some vitamin enriched vegetables such as pumpkin, tomatoes, sweet potato, etc. I love to include 20-30 grams of cheese or 50 grams of avocado to fulfil good fat.
Afternoon tea – something simple, raw, non-carbohydrate food. It can be a piece of cheese or a protein bar. The most important here is to keep it one-stream i.e. good fat or protein, no carbs. It MUST be more filling than morning tea snack.
PART III – Dinner time
Here we go! Time to crack a bottle of nice Pinot Noir (or different dry wine depending on your personal preference). Instructions:
Have a one-stream food with it so the alcohol toxin doesn’t hit you and your health. Options:
Cheese – blue vein, mild cheeses, just as it is, no crackers or carb food
Low fat ricotta or cottage cheese with celery and carrot sticks
A piece of chicken, ideally, no more than ¼ chicken
And now you can enjoy your 2-2.5 glasses of wine. After one glass you may notice that your appetite has decreased, however, it is still important to consume some one-stream food (as above) to avoid bad influence of alcohol on your body and future craving feeling.
Happy Dieting 🙂
***As said, this is the guideline for a healthy option of the wine diet only, no alcohol promotion and irresponsible drinking can be associated with the article.
My life consists of 24/7 unstoppable interaction experience; meeting new people, going on events, communication over social media and, finally, writing the blog which is also a sort of interaction. I have unpublished blog that I keep for myself for now..it is also interaction…with myself.
Realisation of a big influence of all these social aspects of my life made me become very protective of my personal space. It is that my own world that I keep to myself and not willing to share with anyone.
You say it sounds like another selfish [loud] thought from me.
Depends how you look at it.
When you want to stay alone for some time to recharge yourself, shuffle some of your thoughts, go on a long walk and do not really worry to reply on numerous messages; it is the way to come back to people you love and respect, to the rest of the society refreshed, happy and spread your energy and positivity on them. Is it that selfish?
You shall understand the importance of your own space.
This is your mental wellbeing. Do not forget that you are the one in charge of it, not the society.
People say that your lifestyle and behaviour habits you had when you were a child make the final decision on how you are going to behave when you have grown up. I can see the link here between protection of my own space and the way I was raised.
When I was little, my family made a big effort to protect me from anything that can hurt me, sometimes not even given me an opportunity to make my own mistakes. However, you cannot avoid mistakes and live in a protected bubble. One day you come out and explore the world, so I did it at the end of my teenage life.
I was controlled – of course, how can you assist your child to avoid mistakes without controlling their actions? – Typical Russian system of raising the kids.
Therefore, one day I invented wings and flew away. I protect my social freedom from that moment.
I think it was good timing with everything though. I can see how some of my high school friends who were giving a lot of freedom to explore the world when they were little made them forget to explore themselves. I was not permitted to do many things I wanted to do, and explore something that other teens could do. Therefore, I had enough time to explore myself until I turned 18.
However, there is one thing that I got out of my childhood experience. I won’t let anyone to enter my personal space without my own permission. Only people who respect it can surround me.
Just thought to expand my recent Instagram post on the topic about flying. What do you actually do to fly? We are coming back to the inspirational ideas – when I experience lack of inspiration, I actually use this as an opportunity to recognise my real motivation and analyse my driving power.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”Leonardo da Vinci
Obviously, as mentioned, you don’t need a flight ticket to fly up. You just need to find out what makes you feel the power to take off to the sky. Is it the Dream? Is it the Love of your life? Is it the Passion? What is it? This power is like a fuel, you have to keep it up all the time.
This is what I do to keep flying.
At the beginning of each month (or season), I make a list of what I want to achieve or get done. Important: DO NOT go into many details because these details are actually the way of flying. You see the goal and you fly towards it. When you plan every single detail, you kill the flight – you just planned it on a paper; what’s the point of finding the way of flying..
You have to discipline some sort of perseverance. Flying towards your Dreams or Goals is not an easy journey. You will rise and fall. Learn to admit your mistakes; don’t pay much attention on people who dislike you – they will want to waste your time saying that you are useless. However, pay attention to what your mentor or someone close to you say – these people can help you to recognise the mistake and avoid it next time. Surround yourself with supporters.
“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” Douglas Adams
Many people prefer to cut their wings simply because it is more convenient to be in a comfort zone. When you fly, you often fly against the wind – remember to prepare yourself mentally. Also, note an advantage of it. As said, many people prefer to stay in their comfort zone which means you won’t meet obstacle on your way as such..
“When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes-off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford This is not an easy job. However, the feeling is worth any effort in the world..
I love flying – I can say from my personal experience that it worth your tears and fears..
I have to share this as it seems working. I put on my old jeans today. When I wore them last time few months ago, it was a slight effort to put them on. It was morning and I put them on not thinking much about it. Only on my way to work I realised that they felt pretty loose on me.
I think I can thank my green dinner bowls. The main idea behind is having various greens and light digestive protein together.
As to light digestive protein, you can pick:
Chicken – 150 gram
White fish – barramundi is great – 120-150 gram
Salmon – never go wrong with salmon – 100-150 gram
Tofu (for VG or vegans) – 100 gram
Greens..get creative – make a variety. My top favourite is asparagus, spinach, 4 leaf mix, sprouts, zucchini.
Try to avoid overcooking any of the ingredients is my main rule while cooking. All the ingredients are light and easy to absorb by your body. You can add 40-50 gram of smashed avocado and some spices if you like.
I started this type of dinners a few weeks ago and I can the outcome:
Less bloating in stomach
Feeling more energy to workout next morning
No hunger in the morning
Greens help to absorb any bad elements and toxins from your body. Light protein is digested in your body within 2-3 hours which make you sleep better at night.