27 April 2016

Hoops of Fun: Summer Scoop Trend '16

Guess whose back, back again? Miss Hoop is back, c-e-lebrate! Statement earrings were the cool and effortless it girls of the fashion accessory hierarchy throughout 2015 and it seems that one little fashionista is looping back round this Summer 2016 as a jewellery box mainstay: Hoop earrings. 

We've fiddled and fumbled around with stud encrusted ear cuffs and crawlers and quite frankly they're a ruddy pain in the ear to keep in place and if you manage to keep it attached to your lobe for more than two hours then you my friend are a triumph! The fashion flurry magpies have spotted the Instagram trendsetters slowly but surely scampering back to a wonderfully contradictory hot classic staple of the hoop earring. 

She's a 90s icon of cool-girl status...a little badass, a little sassy, a circle return to retro panache, it's time to welcome the return of hoop earrings to our Summer '16 wardrobes to nail that vintage spin of tropicana cool. Versatile in every way, they can add a touch of laid back demure to a simple black evening dress and half-bun up do or simply add a little somethin' somethin' to an ibiza pool look of vintage ripped levi shorts, classic wayfarers and a one-piece swimsuit of wonder. For a micro trend hooped in careless confidence, it's about time you go raid yo' mama's old trinket trunk of wonders!

Time to embrace this eclectic trend return of a lil bit o' class, a lil bit o' elegance, a lil bit o' hooker-cool and a whole lot of sass!  

What fashion circle will you be spinning into...loud n'proud or demure and dainty?

Love, Sarah

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25 April 2016

Sending Me Shivers Dah'lin: The Best Iced Coffees

I like mine tall, dark, filthy rich and stacked in the flavour department, ya feel me? Who doesn't really...Oh pardon me you mentioned cwafeeee time didn't you? Well my answer still stands in that case!

Let's face it, the health gurus can preach all they like about the benefits of deep icy glasses of lemon infused aqua to prize open your morning peepers but ain't nothing's going to get you half decent for any exchanges of morning communication than a hearty dose of caffeination. 
So as Summer makes her tentative steps into our presence and you await the arrival of mornings you awake alarmingly stuck to your bedsheets and the thought of wearing a crop top to work becomes a serious consideration, a hot steamy cup of java just isn't going to cut it. Lo and behold, I have your essential chill pill to hand! You're welcome. Cold-brewed cwafeee chilled to goose-bump purrrfection!

Despite the grumbles of being pretentious copycats as we all waltz around in the bustling cities clutching at the pipin' paper cups emblazoned with coffee house emblems in the hopes it'll amp up our cool kid status, it's the sloshing liquid inside said cup that holds the liquid gold status of cool. Hold back your purse whimpers and refrain from shakily handing over £3.50 for a watery blend of mediocre roast and get creative in the kitchen with your own whisk and bouncing beans. 
Make it. Shake it. Slurp it. Love it. Nailed it!

You'll be swinging your hips and licking your icy lips in easy breezy delight before you know it by getting your tongue twisting with some of the best pleasure pleasing concoctions chilling like villains for your desire!

Time to turn the temperature down low and venture into creamy, dreamy blended frozen drink territory to ensure your caffeine G-spot is well and truly hit...t-t-taaantalising.

Fresh. Zingy. And tasty enough to inject some pizzaz into your Monday morning zombie state. Whipped with a succulent sweet vanilla-mint syrup, this won't taste anything like a glug of bitter Colgate coffee after a date with your toothbrush! Start your morning afresh!

Just like the wonder bra of the coffee world, this little icy number plunges you into one sassy existence of delight, never failing to disappoint and perk up a boring day falling flat like a pancake! Like creamy crack in a glass, whittle up one of these babies for a delicious experience to frazzle your mind!

Sweet, smooth, divinely decadent and just like liquid gold carved to perfection, this sweet little concoction will have you buzzing through your morning to-do list like a bee whose overdosed on pure pollen. Cold-brewing takes out all of the heat hassle, ensuring that your roasting beans aren't diluted and ruined to leave a bitter aftertaste of disappointment. Cold-brewing is where it's at and once you go there, you won't go back!

Suga', spice n' all things nice whizzed up into one gorgeous ice-cold blend of satisfaction. Creamy, smooth and guaranteed to add a bit of spice and sass into your life! Grab your whisk and whip up a treat to rival the marvels at Starbucks and knock 'em off their cool kid perch!

Yeah you read that right. What's better than sticky sweet caramel, filthy rich coffee all wrapped up with some nitty gritty naughty nuts? Nothing...Anyone? Enough said then. It's about time you got down n' dirty with this sweet n'creamy star of ecstasy guaranteed to make you scream....in coffee pleasure!

Milky, sweet all wrapped up in a saucy undertone of tropical coconut blanket of fun, this syrupy coffee sets itself well and truly apart from your standard cup o'jo! Kick back and slurp up a tasty treat good enough to satisfy your insatiable dessert cravings but good enough to pump up your caffeine fuelled blood. Total satisfaction in a cup!

Did someone say they wanted something naughty? Course you did you filthy scamp! Feast your eyes and delight your tastebuds to get them twisting in tantalising happiness with this sweet, delicious, nutty chocolate treat! Get this delightful number in your life and you'll be swimming in an icy dream of chocolatey coffee cloud goodness!

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18 April 2016

Buddha Guru: The Life Wisdom Of Your 20s

In all my stealthy, tiring and long-winded 23 years skipping stumbling on this old-age land, I've gathered myself quite a big-ass Mary Poppins bag of never-ending indisputable life cohorts. Frustratingly ironic and not something I actively set my mind to picking up along the way but alas, these golden nuggets of charm appeared to take quite a fancy to me (...a rarity might I add) and have hopped into my bag and are tagging along to snigger as I continue on my woe-some life ambles.

Enough chitchat claptrap, let's get down n'dirty with the gleaming goods of wisdom...

#1. Compliment strangers. It's doesn't cost a penny but can make such a difference to their day.
#2. Kindness goes a long way and can change both the world you and others live in.
#3. The media is one big manipulative world of extremities. Practise moderation when you enter its' open and alluring doors. 
#4. Sometimes providing a listening ear holds more value and speaks far louder than words ever can.

#5. Your mother is right about Every. Bloody. God-damn. Thing. (...don't tell her)
#6. Your health is your wealth. Look after yourself and your body will look after you. Invest in yourself by fuelling your body and mind - it will be your most worthwhile asset. 
#7. There is always time to run a wipe over your face to remove your make-up. I don't care if you're as plastered as a grand design building, cradling a stolen bike stand and drunk munching on ketchup soaked chicken dippers...pick up that blasted face wipe girl. You'll thank me come 40.
#8. Stop worrying what others think of you. If you're happy then why waste time caring about the unwelcome opinions of others? Take yourself off for dinner a la solo, go to the cinema alone, dye your hair teal blue 'cause you're "feelin' it" and absolutely go to bingo if it woefully calls to you!

#9. True embarrassment lies in having to reveal your first email address.
#10. The golden delights of Victorias Secret do not have to remain wrapped in their pretty bags wistfully waiting for a lucky man's eye of admiration. Scamper round in that ribbon laced set entirely for yourself and always remember to lick your lips and sway your hips like you're withholding a dirty secret from the world!
#11. Never underestimate the silent power of good manners. It takes more energy to go out of your way and be nasty to another than it does to be nice. Do good towards others and the same will be returned. 
#12. Be savvy with your money but remember that life is here to be l-i-v-e-d. You're not Beyonce so best not splurge your pay check on those louboutins but don't be a tight-fisted scrooge and avoid opportunities either. Save a little; spend a little...#simplez!

#13. Guys can be dicks. Girls can be dicks. The dating game is a friggin' minefield so keep your wits about you and remember you're worth more than making do and settling. There's always time to find what feels right no matter at what age. 
#14. You are more than the number on the scale or the label size of your jeans. Life and happiness is measured by experience; not your shape, weight or societal stereotypes. 
# Pay attention in your maths lessons. The bugger does crop up and have its way with you further in life. Especially when tax is involved. Unfortunately.
#15. No shaving foam left? Grab your conditioner instead. Cheaper, easier, less messy and a sure-fire way to rival the baby-butt smoothness of those Gillette Venus girls. You've got it, Yeah, Baby you've got it!
#16. Don't believe everything you see, read or hear. Life's a bit of a tornado twister of truth...remember to ride it wisely. 

#17. It will always be worth watching that extra episode on Netflix at 1am. Regardless of what your boss says on the standard of your work the next day. #wildchild.
#18. Sweeties always mend a broken soul. They also lay the ground work for diabetes but life's too short to be a negative nancy focusing on the bad s***.
#19. A dog is better than a therapist. Cheaper too. It also doesn't argue with you and point out all the flaws you're acutely aware of...buy a damn dog. 
#20. Nivea mens post-shave balm really does make for one crackin' makeup primer. 

#21. Not everyone will appreciate your sarcasm. Apologies Dad!
#22. Don't overthink, scrutinise and brood upon every single thing. Slip up, hiccups and embarrassing lessons are part of life and growth and the bad makes you appreciate the things that go right. So you mess up...so what? It happened so now you can move on. Will it matter tomorrow or in 5 years time? Probably not. 
#23. Pepsi Max wins everytime.
#24. No matter how painful it may be to do, sometimes it's better to be the bigger person and let the argument go. You may be right, you may be wrong but life's really too short for trying to win every argument. Letting up and letting go frees you up for fun. And Vodka.

#25. Words can harm more than action. Take yourself away from a heated situation - even for 5 minutes- to calm down before you say something you'll regret. Words can be forgiven but they're rarely forgotten. 
#26. Farts will forever be funny. #sorrynotsorry.
#27. You're not supposed to accomplish all of your goals and dreams. It's great to hold aims and achievements at heart but sometimes that's all they need to be; dreams and not realities. 
#28. Your parents are people too. They may be over-bearing, annoying and under appreciate your capabilities at times but remember that like everyone, they're just two flawed, vulnerable people who have and continue to do their best by you and see you succeed as an individual. A marker of adulthood is the moment you realise their sacrifices, acknowledge their best - even when they don't realise what that best is- and fall in love with their presence and guidance. 

#29. A happy life is not not something you find or are given on a silver rose-adorned platter. A happy life is something you make and curate with the best of what you have right now in this very moment. 
#30. A smile will never go out of style.
#31. Despite appearances, everyone is the same. Money, vanity and materialistic goods separate us profoundly across the World but behind all the fancy collars, expensive hair cuts and revving engines, we're all basic human beings plagued with insecurities, anxieties and the struggle to be successful in life. We all look different and act different and speak different and think different but underneath it all, we all still worry about money, food, job security, relationships and we're all afraid of failure. It's important to remember that appearances are sneaky and judgement shouldn't be made upon what we look like but rather on what we do. Kindness often sparks from the unexpected and negativity from places where struggle resides. Obnoxious behaviour from asshats in this world is uncalled for but before you judge them and write them off as nothing more than an asshat, realise that their rudeness probably stems from an insecurity and worry that runs deeper than their outward behaviour. Feel good by doing good and don't worry about what you're met with as it's not your problem but theirs. 
#32. Vodka solves all your problems. It ain't called holy water for nothin'!

Hope that little treasure chest of apprized knowledge helped make you think a little, holla in agreement, tutt in exasperation of my unappreciated sarcasm but chuckle amongst a whole lot of good vibes!

Love, Sarah

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11 April 2016

Investing In A Happy Mindset Is YOUR Choice

Mood is a frightfully flighty madam with an interchangeable, transient state that can flip, dip and switch as she pleases. Yet your mood is also a very easy little minx to coax and play around with and it doesn't take much to entice her onboard so she sings alongside your instructions. In other words, she's somewhat...easy. Such a scamp! 

Choosing what vibe you want little miss mood to play ball with puts the control back in your hands and stops you ruminating and exaggerating a helpless mindset in terms of your mood ruling y-o-u. So simply preaching out that adopting a happy and healthy mindset will revolutionise your happiness levels is all very well and easy but actually d-o-i-n-g it? 
Always the tricky bugger. 

Your mindset is your thoughts, attitudes, reactions and actions that you have towards both yourself and the world around you. For the most, you know what a healthy mindset looks like and feels like. It's living in a state of balance that is not controlled by your emotions in a harmful or detrimental manner and where your focus is set upon your dreams and desires that drive your life towards a positive future. 

A healthy mindset is the conscious awareness that the choices you make on the daily are the fuelling instruments that are needed to support a healthy self. Now by all means, a healthy mindset doesn't mean that you live like a telly tubby full of sunshine baby giggles, belches and hillside ambles - a healthy mindset is all about the balance between the good, the bad and the downright ugly but c-h-o-o-s-i-ng in the moment which thought path is going to benefit you right now and benefit your future self. 

It is the choice to see the positive opportunities that always hide amongst the bad-ass shit creeping around. 

At the end of the day you and only you can add the building blocks to your life as a 'whole'. You have to choose what it is that's important to you and govern your mindset to follow suit. You can purchase the negative nancy building blocks waving their flags at the front of the store or you can dig a little deeper and grab yourself the blocks of potential, risk, chance and end up with something that might just resemble a life you deserve. 
You've just got to stop looking, retreating and sticking your head in the ground like an ostrich simply because your dear 'friends' fear and negativity coming knocking at your door. 

*Newsflash*, they ain't your friends dah'lin. Those two little creepers are devils in disguise that may look safe, cushty and ready to wrap you in a snuggly blanket of familiarity but they'll soon rip away that disguise and leave you trapped in a negative life you're entirely unhappy with. Sounds delightful, right?

You may not realise or you may just be living in ignorant bliss but Y-O-U are the owner of your life and only you are worthy of holding the reins to steer it the way you want to live it. It's time you inch your head out from the ground and realise that you my darling girl deserve a lot more than what you believe and have settled for; you deserve a life of happiness so pick up those reins and throw yourselves forwards. 

It may be disgustingly cliche and you may well want to bitch slap me in the face for saying it how it is but the truth in it quite frankly can't be bitch slapped....you only have o-n-e life so bloody well get out there and l-i-v-e it Miss fisty pumps! 

Try dusting down your bravery boots and knock out those fun-sucking blues with a good attitude for life; for today, for tomorrow, for next week and the weeks to come.

We can choose to sit back in despair and wind ourselves up with berating insults that question why we - out of the millions on this Earth - happened to pull the short straw and gallantly skip right into one open door of crap with an unfathomable stench that continues to follow us round making life one big nasty ball of negative, miserable unpredictability. But you know what? Feeling sorry for yourself and sobbing the hell out of yours friends' shoulder isn't going to change anything apart from the clean and dry status of said shoulder. The only person who holds the rein of change is y-o-u!

Bad, questionable and tragic things happen to good people. It's a difficult truth to accept but it's a natural part of life that we can't control. Life is not something that we can manipulate and control so that only the good stuff can happen so the only aspect we can flex our power of choice to is how we react and manage what comes our way in the wave of life. The mindset you adopt - be it positive or negative - along with the decisions you make, curate your outlook on life and carve out the type of life you lead. 

Life is not meant to be perfect so quit trying to lead a perfect life full of ideals. When you choose to cut yourself some slack and embrace the good times with the bad as mechanisms for growth and knowledge and realise that life actually begins in the imperfections then you free yourself to start carving out a sparklier, more accepting you with a future full of hope and passion. Life comes with a shit load of baggage and some have to hobble over a heck of a lot more piles than others but you can't forge a future by tying yourself to the past. What happens, happens and things occur at different times for a reason even if you can't appreciate them in the moment. 

Giving yourself the permission to keeping looking forwards as opposed to dragging along the past and continually getting bogged down by negativity enables you to flow through life with an air of optimism and an untainted mindset open to the opportunities for happiness. 

Quit the pity-party and hop off the woe-is-me roller coaster as you're better than that. Irrevocably so. Your seat in life is waiting over there in the sailboat of choice....raise your head and go set sail.

You're the curator of you life and only you hold the power in changing your fortunes, your attitude and your future happiness. 

Whack on your sassy pants and go make the world your future; it's all out there waiting for you, it just needs you to see it believe it and feel it. When life throws you some shit, be sure to turn it into fertiliser.

Love, Sarah

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08 April 2016

Knuckling Down The Look: Midi Rings

Mysterious, laid-back, nonchalantly cool and nailing the cool girl status by being entirely noncommittal in following the status quo...say hello to the middle rise of the midi ring. 
This dainty but fierce finger accessory sauntered her flirty flair upon the fashion scene during the boho boom early last year but instead of nestling back down into the fashion wardrobe awaiting a resurgence to emerge, this little minx has rebelliously fixed herself upon the mainstream trend agenda and is here to coax us round her middle finger once more!

Just like the charcoal ribbed midi skirts you've been sashaying around in, these chic little knuckle dusters settle and flaunt their style stakes midway between the tip of the finger and your first knuckle. Kinky. 

The midi ring first made her flighty appearance during the Renaissance where men and women alike fashioned such knuckle flashers as a symbol of renowned social status and aristocracy. A creative emblem of cushty wealth, it was thought that the more finger adornments one wore, the less manual labour they were able to do - obviously the notion of simply removing said sparkling rocks was an unfathomable thought. If that is the case, considering the number of rings I wear on the daily I should whole-heartedly be excused from any washing up duties and such chores should be assigned to the measly underbodies shuffling around the house....now where is that mother of mine?

There's something so very sophisticated and understated about the elegance of midi rings which designers are homing in upon through the emphasis upon contemporary design in a multitude of ways. The simplicity of midi rings allows an individual to personalise their style and work their ring game around the wardrobe they wear. Conceptual, daring midi rings can be fashioned in singular limelight to emblazon and showcase the shapes, metals and bulbous designs of each piece whilst smaller, dainty midi rings can be stacked to go "big and bold", reflecting a creative and playful ode to the visionary style of the wearer. 

Go on, commit to the big-screen bijoux of the midi-ring and let your fashion game rise to striking middle heights with this focal point of fun...

Get some middle ground in your life with these high street sparklers...

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