Friday, 19 June 2015

Canadian Tuxedo

Shirt: Promod (ancient)
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Lola and Me

Sometimes when I have a bad day I think: what would Dolly Parton do? I like to think that Dolly Parton would put on a fabulous double denim outfit, some bedazzling earring and some fun shoes and grab life by the balls.

I'm so glad double denim is an acceptable way of dressing, we've come a long way from the days of Britney and Justin power dressing together (iconic). I wore this when I went to afternoon tea with some work colleagues. Dressing to go out with people from work is hard because you want to look good but not be overdressed. This felt like a good balance between comfort and appropriateness. 

My shoes deserve a whole paragraph to themselves. I get so many compliments when I wear them and I can't get enough of them (the shoes and the compliments of course). I've been wearing them constantly, they're a 'sensible' heel so I can walk easily in them and they instantly jazz up a simple outfit. The bobble reminds me of those Koosh balls we used to play with in the 90s. 

So with the double denim and the Koosh ball shoes this really turned into a bit more of an 90's mid 2000 outfit than I was planning for it to be. It's funny to me to be wearing trends again that were massive when I was young but I refuse to wear one of those black neck chokers, that's still too recent in my mind.

Lots of exciting things are happening towards the end of this month. It'll be one year since I started my job and I'll be graduating from my Master course (finally!). Then in August it's off to Brazil for 2 weeks to spend some time with my family. It's so good to have things to look forward to as this time last year was quite hard for me so it stops me being too melancholic! I can't wait to share these next few months with you guys.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Sudio Klang Headphones*

Music is and always has been a huge part of my life. My mother loved The Beatles and The Doors growing up but she's also influenced my love of opera. My father loves jazz and I have so many memories of waking up on the weekends to my dad playing his favourite jazz CDs. Genesis and Phil Collins are also big loves in his life which is ironic as the Swedish brand Sudio's name comes from a Phil Collins song -  Sussudio.

Inspired by watching Phil Collins struggling with his headphones in New York, Sudio aim to bring clear crisp sound whilst also being aesthetically pleasing and practical.

I have gone through countless headphones in my lifetime. From those uncomfortable ones that come with your iPhone to expensive headphones that still seem to get tangled, it's felt like an endless journey with mediocre products. I'm also very fussy when it comes to the design and look of headphones. I like sleek and simple products so the Scandinavian aesthetic is right up my street.

These Klang headphones are great, I've been using them non stop since they arrived. The packaging was stylish and clean. The headphones come with a little leather pouch to store them in when not being used and keep them safe. They also come with different sized ear buds that you can put on as to your personal preference. What's great about these particular headphones is that you wear them around the back of your neck. This takes a little getting used to at first but it minimises the amount of dangerous tangling potential most headphones subject you to.

Good headphones make listening to music such a joy, and Sudio are giving my lovely blog readers 15% off your orders with this special promo code: The.littlenomad15, it's also well wort noting that they offer free worldwide shipping.

Since getting these headphones I've been listening to the new Florence + The Machine album non stop, it's absolutely stunning. Do you guys have any more music recommendations?

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Nina Eats Brunch - Cooking with Marks and Spencer Part 1

Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast
Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast
Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast
Ingredients provided by Marks & Spencer

Brunch is my thing. I love nothing more than putting on a spread on lazy Sundays and sitting down with my nearest and dearest to catch up about everything that happened on the weekend. It's as if Marks & Spencer knew and when asked to test out their Cook M&S app how could I resist?

I've downloaded a lot of cooking apps before and I have to say this is my favourite.  It has a clean interface and is very easy to use, in fact unlike most cooking apps there's absolutely no signing up or registering an account needed. You just download the app, open it up, start browsing through all of the recipes and get cooking. 

The recipes are organised into categories or you can do an advanced search filtering it down to 'effort levels', calories, the total cooking time and what course you'd like. This is really useful for people who don't have a lot of time to cook or are just getting started into the world of cooking. You scroll through and 'like' your favourite recipes, then you can then amend the ingredients as to how many people you're serving and add the ingredients to your shopping list.

Whilst cooking the app lets you set timers to alert you to your cooking times, this is really helpful if you're like me and tend to get a little side tracked doing three things at once.

Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast
Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast
Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast

As I said, I love brunch. Getting some fresh flowers, putting some of my favourite music on and inviting friends over is such a good start to a lazy and cosy day. There's always lots to catch up on and laugh about when it comes to my friends. With the idea of hosting a brunch in mind I started browsing the 'Brunch' category on the app.  The category has 25 recipes to choose from but the Fruity French toast just called to me. It's perfect for summer and was very easy to prepare which is just the thing you want after an evening of celebrating World Gin Day a little too much.

I've always prided myself on my pancake making skills but I think french toast may become my new staple. The french toast was ready and on our plates in a matter of minutes, with the fresh fruit and honey it was the perfect summer dish. It was all washed down with some iced coffee that I'd made previously.

All in all it was the perfect start to a blissfully lazy Sunday that involved Netflix and my sofa. The most wonderful day.

Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast
Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast
Marks & Spencer's Cook App - French Toast

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

On Self Love and Self Esteem

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” 

Over the past year, but specifically since entering into 2015, I've been doing some serious soul searching.  I turned 24 in March and in the run up to that I've achieved a lot of the milestones that I set myself: complete my BA, complete my masters of science, move into a new home and get a job. 

But one thing that I've continually forgotten to work on is my self esteem.

It's not really even a case of forgetting, more like serve repression. Focusing on learning self love and actively working on your self esteem requires a lot of work and emotional strength. It was strength that last summer I just did not have. My relationship with the boy who was my first true love ended abruptly and it broke me. Dealing with the heartache left me with no room or desire to work on myself. I've always valued my self esteem on my boyfriend and so if somebody I loved so deeply didn't want to be with me, what did that say about myself?

Finally I'm learning that this is not a productive way to live my life. 

For almost as long as I can remember I've let my low self worth rule my life. From the people I dated and how I behaved in relationships, to the way I dressed, my self esteem has affected every part of my life. I shied away from wearing anything that would show off my arms because I hated how they looked. I settled in a relationship which realistically should have never gone on for as long as it did. Because of my low self esteem I've always held back in life, missing out chances to meet people, not being bold or brave enough.

A lot of these realisations are linked to the fact that we are creeping up to my 4 year anniversary of being self harm free. It's a huge milestone and I want to approach it knowing that I'm actively bettering my life, because if I don't then the danger of relapse remains. Dealing with self esteem issues, is a hidden struggle just in the same way as self harm or an eating disorder or any other type of mental illness. To the outside eye everything looks fine but the internal struggle is great. Sometimes it feels like you're drowning in your overwhelming emotions but nobody can see.

However, since January I've begun my long journey of self love. It's a self prescribed  mixture of exercise, eating burgers and cake, spending time with amazing friends and spending time alone.

I've found such a joy in exercise I almost have to laugh at the absurdity of it. If you'd told me 5 months ago that I'd be enjoying 5 kilometer runs I'd have laughed in your face. But I get such a sense of freedom running outside and knowing I'm in control of my body is such a powerful feeling. I'm not going to end up looking like a Victoria Secret model, I love food too much, but running is such great medicine for my tired and overwrought mind. It gives me 30 minutes to shut everything out and focus on what's ahead of me. It's the best medicine that I could ever think of. 

I'm also a big advocate of spending time alone. I spent a weekend in London by myself in February and going out to dinner by myself was very life affirming and oddly a confidence boost. I love nothing more than spending time with friends but spending time alone is so important. It gives you that space for self reflection and to learn about yourself. I've been able to come to terms with a lot of unresolved feelings by spending time alone. I always remind myself that to be a good person in a relationship I have to be a strong person by myself. I'm trying to be the best version of myself.
These past few months I've learnt that my self esteem is a little voice inside my head that I have to actively fight against because if I don't I'll regret it. I will miss out on so much of life by giving in to doubts. I won't always be the skinniest, funniest, smartest or best dressed person in the room. But I can be myself and I think that's a pretty great thing.

My life is on such a good track at the moment and I'm really enjoying this feeling.

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Comfort Zone

Topshop Strip Culotte Jumpsuit
Topshop Strip Culotte Jumpsuit
Topshop Strip Culotte Jumpsuit
Jumpsuit: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop
Jacket: Vintage
Glasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster

Let me introduce: The Manrepeller. Is it a dress? Nope. Is it a jumpsuit? Yes but of the culotte variety! 

I'm not normally an experimental dresser but the sales assistant in Topshop managed to talk me into this little number. I love a jumpsuit more than anything but I'm generally wary of clingy jersey and no sleeves. Somehow though this works? It's also insanely comfortable, it feels like you're walking around in pyjamas which is not really selling this item of clothing to you I get it.  

I struggle dressing for summer, especially British summer time which can go from glorious sunshine to freezing wind and rain in a matter of seconds. This feels like a good bridge item of clothing plus with my trusty denim jacket from Paris I feel pretty ready to tackle whatever weather gets thrown at me. 

Sorry things have been a little quiet on the blog front but I've been so busy with work and general life, I'm still super active on Instagram. I've been feeling a bit more inspired recently so there should be new posts soon!

Topshop Strip Culotte Jumpsuit
Topshop Strip Culotte Jumpsuit
Topshop Strip Culotte Jumpsuit

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