Posted on 8 Nov 2015 In: Health, life, Style

My Favorite Season, Creativity, And Coming Back

Helloooo there everyone! I know, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Great to see you again!

Boy oh boy…I have a lot to share with you about my two and a half month hiatus from blogging, changes I’ve decided to make on my blog and how I blog, and also something that recently happened to me about three weeks ago that was extremely serious and quite scary; through which I learned some very valuable things. I guess you could say that because of this occurrence, it altered my perception about life on so many levels. I feel more humbled, more appreciative, and more aware.

But rather than share extensively on all these things within one blog post, I’ve decided to spread them over a period of several weeks, as not to overwhelm you with posts that are too long.

Also, I am happy to say that I made a reconnection with my creative muse. I know that much of this has to do with the experience that happened to me three weeks ago, but I also believe it has to do with the change of season because autumn seems to magically make me feel rejuvenated, renewed, and creatively titillated.

Last week I took out my camera (which had not been used in months) and decided to get snapping. And I couldn’t have picked a more perfect week because the leaves on the trees in the parks were just starting to make their boastfully colorful transformation.

Please enjoy my favorite season in all its splendor.

Autumn…

Have a faaaaaaaaabulous Monday y’all!
X

Posted on 17 Aug 2015 In: Health, life, Style

A Quick Update On Why I’ve Been MIA

Yes, I know I haven’t posted for almost the entire month of August, but I had every intention of posting a more extensive update today on why I’ve been MIA and what’s been going. However, last week I got clobbered with the worst, and I mean the WORST flu. I’m one of those people who very rarely gets sick, but when I do (which is usually every 7-8 years) I inevitably get something that is so horrendous (like the PLAGUE), which throws me flat on my back and immobilizes me. I got a similar flu back in 2007 and it was the same way, I felt so bad that I literally couldn’t move. My muscles and bones ached; I was hot one minute and freezing the next; even my skin and hair hurt. And when something like this happens to me, I have no energy or desire to do anything. Even sitting at my computer and typing an email or talking on the phone becomes something that takes too much effort because I feel so weak.

Last Thursday while I was at work, I started to feel strange. I felt chilly, achy, and began coughing. But by the time I got home that night, I didn’t feel so bad. Yet, I did take some aspirin and went to bed very early. At about 2 AM, I woke myself up coughing and then coughed for the rest of the night. I coughed so much and so hard that all the muscles on the left side of my torso where in so much pain. I felt chilly and achy all over. By the time morning arrived, I knew that I had a full-fledged flu. I felt so ill that I had to call out of work (which is something I never do). I spent the whole day taking care of myself and doing what I normally do whenever I get sick. I use herbs, homeopathy and energy work. I also take hot Epsom salts baths by sweating the infection out of me.

That night I went to bed at 8 PM because I couldn’t hold my eyes open, I was so exhausted.

The next morning I felt a little bit better, so I dragged myself out of bed, shaved, took a shower, dressed, and then walked five blocks to work because I didn’t want to call out again. However about halfway there, I knew that I was not going to be able to work. I was sweating so bad that my clothes were soaked through and my entire head was dripping in sweat. The second one of the managers looked me after opening the store door, she said, “Oh Ron…you should have just called out again. I can’t believe you came in today. Go home and take care of yourself. And don’t worry about missing work.”

So I turned around and walked back home. Lucky for me, I had the next THREE days off, so I’ve been able to stay at home and really focus on getting well. Sunday was the first day I actually felt partially human. My appetite seems to be back and I feel stronger. But still, I plan on spending the next two days lying low and continue to take care of myself because I know how these flu bugs can be. If you try to do too much too soon the minute you feel better, you can get a relapse.

Anyway. So there you have it, part of the reason why I’ve been absent this whole month.

Thank you all for your concern over the past several days and asking if I was okay. And I’m sorry it took this long to explain. Today, Monday, I feel a lot better and can sense myself getting stronger and stronger.

Please know that I will try my best to respond to your comments here and catch up on your posts this week. But if I’m a little slow in doing that, I hope you’ll understand. Because my main priority at this moment is taking the time I need to get all the rest and care I can, so that I become 100% better. Thank you.

Have a super Monday and week!
X

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 In: Health, life, Style

My Complaint With Verizon Service

First, allow me to share that I’ve been using Verizon as my landline phone and internet provider for the past 14 years. And up until about 3 years ago, when I started having issues with losing my phone and internet service 3-4 times a year, I had always been happy with Verizon.

Many of you will probably remember that two years ago (and ironically in July), I had no phone or internet service for TWO weeks and required that Verizon pay me back by taking two weeks off my monthly bill. Which they did, but only because I insisted.

Since then, I still have times when I lose either my phone or internet service for a day or so, or lose them at the same time.

Last week I had another issue with losing my phone service. And since I don’t have a cell phone, I created a repair ticket online and was given a repair date of Tuesday, July 28th. Well, THEY NEVER FIXED IT. So, I called them on Wednesday from work and spoke to a service representative who said that the next available repair date would be on Sunday, August 2nd, to which I said, “No way, I’m not waiting until Sunday to get my service restore. Verizon said that someone would be out to fix my phone on Tuesday and they didn’t follow through. Therefore, for that terrible inconvenience, I think you need to send a repairman out to my apartment by TOMORROW or I will be looking for another service provider.”

The customer service representative agreed with me and said that he would do his best to send someone out on Thursday and that he apologized for the inconvenience.

Well, guess what?  IT’S FRIDAY AND I STILL HAVE NO PHONE.

I’ve been without phone service for a week, so can I just tell you how FED UP I am with Verizon?

Truly, over the past several years, Verizon’s service has gone quickly downhill. What used to be a very reliable and consistent company, has turned completely the opposite.

Even their My Verizon website has been an inconvenience lately because many times there are technical issues whenever I go there to check my emails. Also, it’s extremely SLOW to load.

Yes, I am at my wits’ end with Verizon and have only one thing to say…

Verizon…what a HUGE disappointment you are!
And you better start shaping up because you’re bound to lose a lot of customers.

Oh, and one more thing. I think it’s hysterical that Verizon had the nerve to send me a customer service questionnaire in an email; asking that I rate my repair experience with them.

And the first question was:

“How likely is it that you would recommend Verizon to a friend or colleague?”

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

And do you know what my answer was?

0 – not at all likely

Have a grrrreat weekend everyone!
X


Update (8/3): Just wanted to let you know that when I got home from work last night, my phone service was finally restored. Yay!  And it only took Verizon over a week to fix it.

Posted on 7 Sep 2014 In: Health, life, Style

In search of intentionality

 Most of us are very busy – it’s a modern mark of value. There are so many things needing to be done, to be purchased, and to be watched on our screens. We are trained by the ever-increasing rates of media and concerns to move quickly. It gives us very little time for true understanding, or the development of potential and satisfication – in ourselves or in those around us. Through busyness we reduce our focus to just the immediate activity at hand, with the longer range and personal elements becoming secondary if considered at all.

One of the central concepts of a team – be it a group of employees, a family, or a sports team – is that combined strengths lead to shared success. Those strengths include both the hands-on skills of the team members, as well as the emotional ambience and influences that motivate and guide the group.

But when people are busy they tend to become reactive rather than proactive, and functional rather than intentional – the subtleties and considerations get lost – and each moment becomes one of immediate result or exhausted rest. In such a state people are finding it harder to be encouraging or appreciative of others. The emotional ambience becomes an assumption of commited determination rather than a thoughtfulness of how any team member might be lifted up, honoured or encouraged. “We’ve got things to do and you should be doing them right now!” becomes the mindset.

This is not to say that people have become unfeeling or dispassionate – those attributes are hard-wired into us. But telling your busy co-worker or friend “It’s okay – we’ll get through this” is very different from being purposeful in thinking about the people in our lives – from being encouraging – from being considerate and forward-thinking. Telling someone “Hey, I forgot to mention you did a good job last time but you did and here’s another task” is insufficient encouragement, and far short of intentionally seeking ways to recognize people’s contributions.

In a busy world people burn out that could have been lifted up, good ideas go unused or undeveloped, and existing and potential new leaders get discouraged. Without timely communication, personal encouragement, and reflection organizations and lives get stuck in the same pattern and conditions – they lose a better future while they grind through the present.

Every person is different, yet every person has the same needs: to be part of good things, to grow in their skills and potential, and to be recognized and encouraged. You have a vital role in the lives of those around you – not just through the hands-on skills you use on a task – but by being purposeful and intentional in your communication and encouragement. When we intentionally consider people’s needs we develop ways to help them, and also ourselves. When people are encouraged, honoured and built-up good things happen. Yes, it takes time, and yes it takes change, but it’s worth it because helping and encouraging others is a bigger source of joy, satisfaction and positive change than any bottom line can ever show.

You have more influence than you think, and more opportunities than you have been using, to help others and make life better.

Break the cycle of busyness, and bring intentionality back to life.

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Posted on 31 Jul 2014 In: Health, life, Style

It’s goodbye for now…

So much has changed since I started blogging back in 2007. The world of blogging has changed, I’ve changed and what people want to read has changed too. When I started out, blogging was a fun way to fill my time between university lectures, but lately, trying to fit even a simple few blog posts in has become a challenge. So, even though it’s been a blast, I’m taking a break.

My blog has taken me from Paris to Berlin, and beyond. I’ve met amazing people, made lifelong friends and had so many great adventures. Now though, I’m shifting my priorities. Spending more time with family and friends, being more active, and getting away from my computer whenever I can are high on my new agenda. After all, London is one of the most awesome cities in the world and there’s still so much of it I’ve yet to explore.

I’ll still be pinning, tweeting and Instagramming. I’ll probably even keep The Style PA Facebook page going for now, starting with a few updates from the blog archives, but it’s time to put the blog to bed.

Thanks to you, my readers, for your time, comments and general awesomeness.

Jenny

Posted on 3 Jun 2014 In: Health, life, Style

Becoming a redhead: what you need to know

I love Margot Robbie, and her changing hair colour has been a hot topic lately. She’s just gone from brunette to redhead (rumoured to be for a new film role) and the makeover was courtesy of colour experts at the Paul Edmonds salon in Knightsbridge. Vernon Deysel is Creative Colour Director and he has a few expert tips for transforming your locks and becoming a redhead…

Red Tones


There’s a tone to suit all hair colours. Vernon says: “This season red hair is a must for brunettes who want to intensify the red in the hair colour or for blondes who want to become more vibrant – Copper Blonde/Mahogany/Mahogany Browns work well.” But, as always, there’s a trend when it comes to seeing red. Rose golds that were really popular are making way for intense flamboyant reds.

I’ve personally had my hair every shade of red growing up. Experimenting meant I got to know what would and wouldn’t suit my skin tone. I can tell you right now that I’ll never, ever go strawberry blonde again – definitely not my shade. While brighter reds, mahogany and even red with blonde highlights all worked for me. I think I’d play it a little more subtle now though.

If, like me, you’d want a more toned-down look, Vernon suggests “a red shade with hints of browns; think Christina Hendricks with slices of different shades of reds/browns applied free hand, sweeping colour onto the hair to create multi-dimensional depth – that looks natural!”

What’s your perfect shade?

Blondes: if you’re fresh from summer holidays, glowing, tanned skin can wear copper and copper blonde shades perfectly.

Brunettes: you can pretty much carry off any shade of red, but ask your hairdresser to advise you if you’ve not gone red before.

Maintaining your red locks


Red hair can fade quite quickly (bummer!). To keep that lovely vibrant colour, Vernon advises using salon product such as Shu Uemura Full Shimmer shampoo and conditioner or Kerastase Chroma Captiv and LP Vitamino colour. If you can’t afford salon brands then at least opt for products designed for coloured hair and ensure you use a heat protection spray when styling.

You can, of course, keep your colour topped up at the salon – a service that the Paul Edmonds salon offers, as do many others. You might need to pop back as much as every 3 weeks though to keep things in tip-top condition.

When I went red I went on holiday quite soon afterwards. The sun and chlorine did have a dramatic effect on the colour of my hair, so beware! I was actually pretty lucky that I loved the faded colour as much as the bright shade I’d originally dyed it. I had blonder chunks through red which ended up a lovely reddish/caramel colour – perfectly suited to the sunnier weather.

Contact:
Paul Edmonds Salon
217 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge, London
mail@pauledmonds.com

Posted on 26 May 2014 In: Health, life, Style

New NKD SKN self tan from Vita Liberata

It’s that time of year again; we’re all baring more skin as the weather warms up. But that also means baring my rather luminous white body. I find that my face, shoulders and back tend to catch the sun quite quickly in the summer, but the rest of me doesn’t. My legs in particular could always do with a little bit of help, and of course I’d rather not have to sit in the sun because of the damage it does to the skin.

So it was good timing to be invited to an event for the new tanning collection from Vita Liberata –  NKD SKIN. The range was designed to make the brand’s high-quality tanning products accessible to all. They promise ‘holiday skin in a bottle’ with no nasty odour via lovely natural ingredients. Sounded good to me.

I decided to have a spray tan on the spot to try the new products for myself. The tan was really quick to apply and the claims are true, there is almost no odour, and certainly none of the biscuit-like smell that tanning products have become so known for. The tan dried almost instantly and started to develop over the next hour or so, but I never felt too orange. I loved the fact I could put my clothes back on straight away –

anything that saves time is a bonus I reckon.

I went for the medium shade which, despite my currently fair complexion, came out just right. On washing the tan off the following day I was left with a lovely golden glow which got me lots of compliments at work. I hadn’t exfoliated beforehand so I did find that the fronts of my legs were a bit dry and there were some tell-tale marks there, so I definitely recommend giving your body a good scrub ahead of tanning. Other than that though, the tan looked even, and there were very few signs of it being fake. As it has worn off, it hasn’t left me too patchy either. All in all, I’ll definitely be trying it out myself at home.

The range includes a tinted tan mousse in medium and dark, £14.95, a tinted tan liquid in dark, £10, and a matte wash-off instant tan, £8.50. The collection is available at Superdrug.

NKD SKN’s Top tips for a flawless tan…

  1. Exfoliate your skin to prepare for tanning. It provides the perfect base and ensures a long-lasting tan.
  2. Use a tanning mitt to protect the palms of your hands and get a streak-free finish. Pump the tanning product onto the mitt and apply to skin using elongated circular movements. Use sparingly on the hands, feet, knees and elbows.
  3. Don’t moisturise before tanning as it will block the tan and can cause streaking.
  4. Wipe knuckles, knees, ankles, elbows and sides of the feet to prevent any product build-up. Rinse your tanning mitt and leave to dry naturally. 
Posted on 21 May 2014 In: Health, life, Style

Smythson tote bag as seen on Poppy Delevingne

poppy delevingne smythson tote bag
Image via Instagram

Just-married Poppy Delevingne recently posted this snap featuring a beautiful tote bag from Smythson (not to mention those beautiful blooms!) January Jones has also been seen sporting this particular arm candy. The bag is part of the 1887 collection which features bold, feminine and striking silhouettes.

I love the blush colour with contrasting black handles on this particular design. I bet the soft lambskin interior and calf leather exterior are super-luxurious. Shame I can’t afford the £1495 price tag! Feeling flush? You can snap it up here.

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