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Monday, 25 May 2020

9 tips on how to stay sane in insane times.

Times are tough and it's difficult for everyone. But keep in mind that there's always someone who's in worse pickle than you are.

As for me, it's pretty challenging at the moment. At the end of 2019 life threw me some pretty nasty curveballs and ever sinds I'm going through some very painful and though times. So Covid-19 has made it only harder.
And yes, I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of people who have it a lot worse.
So how do you stay sane when you think you cannot handle all the worries anymore?

First of all I'll have to admit that there are times that I totally freak out and collapse. The trick is not to stay down and get up again, even if it's no picnic. 

Here are my 9 top tips:

  • Keep holding on to the routine that you had before. Make a planning for your day. It's a good thing to do that at the end of the day before.
  • Even when you have to stay home, reach out to friends and family.
    Stay connected through social media, facetime... Or call a helpline, anything that helps you to talk about how you feel.
  • Move, yes, do some excercise, even in your tiny appartment you can do this.
    Look on youtube for some inspiration and make sure you do something you can stick to.
  • If you have a bad day, that's ok. Don't beat yourself up over it. You are human and not every day has to be a good day. Just go with it, take things slow if you can. This will pass.
  • Pamper yourself frequently. Take a bath, meditate, make a yummy meal, listen to music... Whatever works for you. You can never pamper yourself enough.
  • Stay busy. I don't care if you start knitting or fill in some crossword puzzles. Keep your mind busy and focussed on something else then what's going wrong with your life.
  • Take it day by day. Everyday is a new day. So yesterday doesn't matter. Start with a clean slate every day, and don't look back if yesterday didn't go as you wanted. There is no point in worrying about it.
  • Before you go to sleep, write down 3 things that made you happy today.
    That is a very good way to end your day.
  • And if you had it with these tips and need to let out some steam. Just scream, weap, punch a pillow... It's ok. You are not alone.



Hope this helps. 
Miss Poppy

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

5 Tips to get in touch with your inner strenght.

Inner strenght is very important in difficult times. So how do you maintain your inner strength? 

This is how you do that:

  • eat healthy
  • exercise
  • Sleep well
These 3 pearls of wisdom are very important, AND everybody knows them, but sometimes they are hard to maintain.
One thing is sure, everyone possesses inner strenght, so no worries. And how can we radiate this great force?

Feeling strong is not only about you but also recognizing someone else's strenght.

Here are 5 tips to get in touch with this inner strenght:

  1. Make eye contact, and acknowledge the other person. That makes them feel you see them and respect them.
  2. Always take care of your appearance. Not only for other people but mostly for yourself. Selfrespect is crucial for inner strenght
  3. Don't loose your temper. Yes, it's easy and if you feel you've been mistreated, it feels like the right thing to do. But don't forget, everyone has his own truth. Try to respect that.
  4. Take responsability of your life. Don't point fingers to someone else if it's not going your way. You are in charge of your life.
  5. Be unique. You can admire someone else but stay true to yourself. This is the key to feel confident.
'You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ' - Marcus Aurelius




Keep safe and buy online, everything is now -50 up to -70% off.

Stay strong, 
Miss Poppy


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Foam roller set and brush-out for a 1940's style look.

I am occasionally asked how I do my hair. I love a 40's vintage look very much. This video by Fitfully Vintageous shows very well how you can get that. I do use even smaller rollers. But the general idea remains the same. Above all, don't panic if you have to comb through the curls! Just keep going until you tamed them. You can, as it were, fold into a shape and then fix it with hair spray.


Keep on curling and check out the webshop!
There's a close-out sale.

And check out the other video's of Fitfully Vintagious.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Pilates, sounds modern but is actually very retro.

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates from Mönchengladbach, Germany. During the first half of the 20th century, he developed a system of exercises that were meant to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health were connected.



In his youth he had practiced many of the physical training regimes in Germany, and from there he developed his own regime. Pilates has clear connections with the fitness movement of the late nineteenth century, such as the use of special devices, and claims that the exercises could cure poor health.

Pilates, in whatever form, can now be found in community centers, gyms and physical therapy rooms, and many other fitness services offered by Pilates-inspired companies that have mixed their own understanding of Pilates with other disciplines.

Principles


  1. Concentration: Pilates demands intense focus: "You must concentrate on what you do all the time, and you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements." This is not easy, but the way Pilates exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves
  2. Control: "Contrology" was Joseph Pilates' preferred name for his method and it is based on the idea of ​​muscle control. . "The Pilates method teaches you to have control over your body and not be delivered to it."
  3. Centering: The center: to control their body, practitioners must have a starting place. The center is the center of the Pilates Method. Many Pilates teachers refer to the group of muscles in the center of the body including the abdomen, lower back and upper back, hips, buttocks, and thighs - like "powerhouse".
  4. Flow or the efficiency of the movement: Pilates focuses on elegant movement, creating flow through the use of smooth transitions.
  5. Precision: Precision is essential to do Pilates exercises: "concentrate on the right movements every time you practice."
  6. Breathing: Pilates combines good breathing with movement. "Above all, learn to breathe correctly."



Below you can find a video of my favorite pilates teacher: Cassey Ho. Pretty hefty but very effective.

She has a lot of videos  about 10 minutes each. If you combine them together you have a great 20 minute workout.



Source: wikipedia



Lots of fun,

Miss Poppy

And take a look at the webshop there is a big sale!

Friday, 7 February 2020

Where have all the gentlemen gone?


Last I posted this quote on instagram: 



And I got so much reactions that I got the feeling that the world is in need of gentlemen.
And where have they all gone? Do they even exist anymore?

If you look at the typical male today, you might be dissapointed. What happened to honor, courtesy and manners? When came comments like damn, hot stuff and great ass the accepted way to show your interest in a woman?

Somehow I can't believe that all the gentlemen dissapeared. There are certainly lots of great men out there. But I get the feeling that they are scarce.

Men today put in just enough effort and charm to gain a woman's interest. To let her think he cares.  Like a cat on a string. He forgets that women have to be cared for, not that we are helpless, but we like to be pampered. And relationsships need maintaining.

Many men simply don't know their role in today's society. They hear mixed messages on what 'real men' should do and not do. Also from women who 'can take care of themselves'. Yes, we can, but that doesn't mean that we don't appreciate to be treated with value. And men who do shouldn't be viewed anti-feminist .

Let's be clear. A gentleman will open doors, pull out chairs and pay the bill. Not because he thinks she isn't capable but because he's interested, he values her and wants to show it. And empowered women can do all those things herself, but she can also afford a gentlemen his place without it diminishing her power, nor her independence.

I certainly wouldn't mind more gentlemen in my life!

Miss Poppy


Source: Thoughtcatalog

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Trouble with putting on your tights? Here are some great tips!

So putting on tights requires some skill, specially with long nails. Often they rip while pulling them up or adjusting them.

So here are some great tips on how to put on tights without getting any ladders.


  1. Don't wear any juwellery like rings, bracelets...
  2. Roll up your panty leg to the toe-part of your tights and start there.
  3. Roll up your tights untill over the knee.
  4. Them pull them over hips and waist.
  5. To adjust them you can use nitrile gloves, they tend to stick to the tights so pulling them a bit higher when they tend to slip down is easy. Just put your 2 hands on your ankle and rub upwards.

Hope this helps you a bit on the way.


 And go check out the shop, many new things have been added!
Miss Poppy

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Different dress codes

Sometimes you are invited to a party or a wedding and there is a dress code. Here are 4 dress codes explained:

Smart casual:


This is an informal dress style, so almost anything goes. (If it is decent enough). Jeans doesn't belong here. A dress is okay, with boots are pumps. Combine a skirt or pants with an elegant blouse or sweater. T-shirt are only allowed worn under a blazer. No big logo's or writings on your clothing. And what about the men? Cotton pants, shirt and blazer are okay, no need for a tie.


Business attire:


This is a formal dress code for during the day. You can choose a formal dress (kneelength) or a pantsuit. Combine the pantsuit with a blouse, but you can also wear a top. Always wear panties with the dress. You can wear a hat. Pumps or elegant flats are okay. Pair your handbag with your dress or pantsuit. And what about him? A dark tailored suit, with a plain shirt, tie, dark soks and black shoes.


Cocktail:

For receptions and other cocktail parties.


A short or kneelength dress, think little black dress. You can wear dark or bright colours but the dress is one plain colour. You wear the dress with panties and pumps, boots are not allowed. Choose subtle jewellery and pair your small handbag with dress or shoes.
If it's cold you can wear a stole. And what about him? A dark tailored suit with a plain shirt, tie, dark soks and dark, classic shoes (boring)


Gala:

For special occasions, only at night.

A long festive evening dress with nice cleavage. An ankle long skirt with corset is also allowed. No pants. Long or halflong gloves are a must. Rings are worn under the gloves. You remove the gloves when eating. A clutch or very small handbag, matching shoes or dress.
You wear a shawl or bolero. And what about him? White tie= tail coat, black trousers, white shirt with wingtip collar, white piqué waistcoat and white bowtie or Black tie= Smoking


If you are invitesd to a party you chould check the webshop.


Miss Poppy