Wednesday, 30 March 2016

My Packing Essentials

My packing essentials-what I take on every trip

Happy Wednesday! How's is your week going?

I'm really excited about my upcoming trip to Poland. Although it won't be a fancy holiday giving me an opportunity to snap Instagram worthy photos, I can't wait to get out of London. The last few months weren't the best for me due to some personal issues, so I'm really looking forward to having some break to relax and collect my thoughts.

The only aspect of the trip I'm not excited about is the fact that I have to pack my suitcase. Does anyone know a packing fairy who could help the girl out? 

Packing was never my favourite chore but over the years I've managed to make the process slightly easier by compiling a list of essentials I take with me everywhere I go.   

what I take on every trip

A blanket wrap 
Blanket wraps are not only perfect for transitioning between seasons (here). They also come a long way when travelling so I always make sure I have one in my hand luggage just in case it gets chilly on a plane. 

A Sweater/Cardigan 
Weather can be pretty unpredictable in most countries. And if I'm lucky to go to warmer climes, I wear a sweater/cardi in the evenings or when I'm in restaurants, shops etc as the A/C in public places is usually on at full blast. 

Jeans are such a staple item. They're also quite heavy so I end up wearing them to save space in the suitcase. 

Slippers/Flip Flops 
I don't like walking bare foot in a hotel room. As not all hotels provide complimentary slippers, I always keep a spare pair in my suitcase. 

Travel Sewing kit 
There's nothing worse than a clothing emergency when you're far from home. That's why I always make sure I have a mini sewing kit with me as it's ideal for easy and quick repairs. 

Comfortable shoes 
It goes without saying that comfortable shoes are a must to keep my feet 
happy while sightseeing. 

Are you travelling any time soon? Do you have any packing tips? 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Look of the Day: Minimalist Look

Minimalist look

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great Easter.

I'm sure you'll agree with me that there is nothing classier than a simple pairing of a white jumper and black trousers. Although I'm a huge fan of vibrant colours, there are some days when I prefer to opt for a minimalist look that will never go out fashion.

By the way, did you know that today people in Poland, where I'm originally from, celebrate Smigus Dyngus (Wet Monday)? According to the tradition, it was a day when boys would sneak into girls' home at daybreak to throw buckets of water over them while they were still in bed. People believed that the more a girl was splashed with water, the higher her chances were of getting married. 

Nowadays, everyone celebrates Smigus Dyngus. Both kids and adults spray each other with water and have lots of fun. 

monochrome look

white jumper

Minimalist look


monochrome look

river island bag

Jumper - New Look
Trousers - Next
Shoes - New Look 
Bag - River Island 
Necklace - IZPROJECT

Friday, 25 March 2016

How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals

How to achieve your health and fitness goals

Over the years I've had a love-hate relationship with exercise. I've lost track of how many times I'd start a fitness regime only to give up a few weeks later. I'd tell myself that I'm too tired, I don't have time etc. I think I deserve to be officially crowned a 'Queen of excuses' ;)

However, at the beginning of this year I finally decided that it's about time I become more serious about exercising (here and here). Not only I need to shed some excess weight that has crippled on out of nowhere (having chocolate for dinner probably didn't help) but also I need to think about my overall health. After all, we've been told a hundred times that some daily exercise is good for us. 

Knowing my history, jumping into a rigorous workout routine was not going to work for me. So instead I prepared a small plan to make a healthy living change in my life and achieve my fitness goals. 

How to achieve your health and fitness goals

Establish achievable goals
Rome wasn't built in a day. If you expect too much in a short period of time and don't see desired effects, your motivation will decrease. Fitness should be about pleasure not pressure. For example, I initially started following a simple four-week plan that helped me work up to walking (without stopping) to 30 minutes. 

Stay positive
We all have ups and downs. The key to success is believing that you can do it. 

Keep it healthy 
Although I'm a huge chocoholic and could literally have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I scoured Pinterest for some easy to prepare healthy eating recipes. Having said that I still allow myself to have some treats once a week. My body simply craves sugar and I learnt not to beat myself up for a moment of weakness.   

Do what you enjoy
There is no point of forcing yourself into doing something that you don't enjoy. I have a gym phobia (is this a word?) so I prefer to work out from home. A while ago I bought a boxing bag and a bunch of DVDs so I try to switch my routines to push my body and mind.

How do you achieve fitness goals? Do you have a fitness routine? 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

What to Wear to an Interview

what to wear to an interview

We would like to invite you for an interview. Congratulations! You have got through to the next stage of a job application process. After spending ages on polishing your CV and filling in a lengthy application form, you now have a chance to convince a hiring manager that you're the best person for the job.

It's not a secret that job interviews are nerve-racking. Some people will tell you that the more interviews you go to, the more experienced you will be. I, on the other hand, don't agree with this statement as after attending countless interviews, I'm still not sure what to expect. Some interviewers ask quite bizarre questions, some do most of the talking. 

The only thing I'm certain of is that an interview gives you an opportunity to make a good impression on your prospective employer. Therefore, what you wear on the day is really important. 

Although I'm not a fashion guru, I wanted to share with you some basic guidelines you should follow to prepare an interview outfit. Below I'm also showing you 3 looks that I opt for when I go to interviews. 

Interview is not a fashion show
Make sure your appearance isn't too distractive. Play it safe and avoid anything that is short, revealing, see-through or overly loud and edgy. Slip on dresses may be trendy this season but you should reserve them for a night out with the girls. 

Tailor your outfit to the job function and the company 
Do your homework and think about the position you're interviewing for. If you're applying for a job in the creative environment, you may be able to dress a little less conservatively than someone interviewing for a role in a more traditional industry. Having said that, I believe that when it comes to job interviews, it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Jeans are a big no in my opinion no matter how casual the work environment may be.

Pay attention to details 
It goes without saying that you should look presentable when you go for an interview. Make sure that your clothes fit you well, your shoes are polished and your hair is neat and combed. 

Keep make-up and jewellery to minimum
Make-up and/or jewellery is great for injecting a bit of personality to your outfit. However, it should be subtle so it doesn't distract your interviewer. 

Business look 

 business look for an interview
Dress - Next // Shirt - Next // Shoes - Deichmann 

This is a formal look I strive for when I interview for a job at a more traditional workplace. I'm not wearing a blazer in this photo but I usually throw it on top of the dress to look more polished. 

Business casual 

Business casual interview outfit
Shirt - Asos // Trousers - Next // Shoes - Office

You can never go wrong with a shirt and black trousers. I really like this ruffled version which is fun and chic at the same time.  

Creative environment 

A midi dress is a perfect interview choice
Dress - Next // Blazer - F&F // Shoes - Next 

I'm looking for a new role in PR/Communications and many companies that I interview at are quite relaxed when it comes to dress codes. That's when a midi dress like this makes a perfect choice for an interview outfit.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Spring Florals

spring floral look

Happy Monday everyone! Spring has officially sprung so today I wanted to share with you an outfit that put me in the spring mode the second I got dressed.

I think it's safe to say that most women adore flowers and floral prints. They're a springtime given so we don't have to look far to find ditsy print dresses and other floral patterned clothes staring at us from the rails. 

Florals are incredibly fun and flirty so you can rock the trend no matter what your style is. Try floral print accessories such as a scarf or shoes to brighten your look or go bold like me with a statement jacket. 

Are you planning to wear florals this year? What do you think about the trend? 

floral jacket

spring blooms

floral look

floral trend for spring


spring flowers

Jacket - H&M
Top - F&F
Skirt - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Next
Bracelet - IZPROJECT 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Spring Layering

blanket wrap

Happy Sunday! I hope you're having a great weekend.

Although blanket capes have already got a lot of coverage on my blog (herehere or here), I couldn't wait to show you the latest addition to my collection. Isn't it gorgeous? 

I'm sure you will agree with me that dressing at this time of year proves to be a bit tricky. While on one hand, we are fed up with heavy coats, we still need an extra layer of protection against the chill. That's when blanket capes come in handy. 

As they are simultaneously chic and cosy, I think they're perfect for transitioning between seasons. We can throw them over basically anything to brave any weather conditions and look stylish at the same time. 

transition into spring


yellow heels
spring layering


blanket wrap

Cape - It was a gift
Jumper - F&F
Jeans - Marks & Spencer
Shoes - New Look 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

How to Wear a Slogan Sweatshirt - Part 3

how to wear a slogan sweatshirt
Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to show you the final look in my 'How to style a slogan sweatshirt' series. 

I have to say it was a bit tricky to complete this challenge because after putting together 2 looks which you could see here and here, I wasn't sure what else I could do with a slogan sweatshirt. 

Then it hit me that I should style it with capri trousers which featured on the blog a few times last year. They are super comfy and look more polished than jeans so I'm definitely going to make the most of them in the coming months. In fact I can't wait for the weather to get warmer so I can wear them with summery tops. 

What do you think of today's look? Do capri trousers and slogan sweatshirt make a good combination? 

how to wear a slogan sweatshirt
a slogan sweater

how to wear a slogan sweater
capri trousers
Sweatshirt - Primark
Trousers - F&F
Shoes - Office 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Misconceptions about Fashion Bloggers

Although I've been running My Daily Wear for 18 months, I still find it difficult to explain to some people what I do and why. I think they may have read Urban Dictionary's definition of a blogger which describes us as people with "enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives." 

As blogging continues to grow, it shouldn't be surprising to see that people make more and more assumptions about this new medium.With blogging myths all around us, today I wanted to share with you the top 4 misconceptions about fashion bloggers I've heard since launching this online space. 

All fashion bloggers do is dress up in pretty clothes and take pictures. 

I really wish some people realise that fashion blogging involves more than wearing pretty clothes and posing to photos. Just like other bloggers, we spend a lot of time thinking about blog ideas, editing photos, writing posts, scheduling social media content, etc. We often have to juggle blogging alongside a full-time job and other commitments so it's not as trivial as it may look like. 

A fashion blogger's wardrobe is filled to the brim with free clothes.

There is a big misconception that bloggers receive freebies every day. While it's true that brands sometimes offer us free products to review, we put a lot of effort into our blog posts. At the end of the day, nothing in life is free. 

Fashion bloggers only wear designer brands. 

If you follow my blog from time to time, you have probably noticed that over half of my wardrobe comes from Tesco. While some people spend a fortune on designer clothes, I'm not ashamed to admit that I shop on a budget. I set up My Daily Wear to showcase my personal style as I'm a firm believer that you don't have to break the bank to look elegant. 

Bloggers love the spotlight. 

While I post outfit photos on my blog and Instagram page, I can assure you that I don't crave attention. I can be quite shy and I'd rather stay at home than attend a huge party. 

Fashion bloggers only read fashion magazines and talk about clothes. 

It really annoys me when some people assume that just because I talk about clothes on my blog, I must be shallow and dumb. I have a Master's degree and can hold a decent conversation. Also as an avid reader, I love curling up on the sofa with a great book and a cup of coffee. 

What do you think about these fashion blogging myths? Is there anything else you would add to the list? 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

How to Wear a Slogan Sweatshirt - Part 2

how to style a slogan sweater

Hello and welcome to the second instalment of my 'How to wear a slogan sweatshirt' challenge. If you missed the first part, you can find it here

Today I wanted to show you the second sweatshirt that I bought during my trip to Primark. Did I mention that it cost only £5? 

As sweatshirts are branded as casual wear, you probably won't be surprised to see that I took a casual approach and styled mine with white shirt, jeans and sneakers that coincidently match the colour of my sweater.

Although I don't often trot about in sneakers, I quite like this off duty uniform and will certainly don it more often. 

What do you think about today's look? Please let me know in the comments below and don't forget to check this space for the final look in the series! 

how to wear a slogan sweater

slogan sweater

how to wear a slogan sweatshirt

Sweatshirt - Primark
Shirt - C&A 
Jeans - Marks & Spencer
Shoes - Dunlop 

Monday, 7 March 2016

How to Wear a Slogan Sweatshirt - Part 1

how to wear a slogan sweater

Today's post has been inspired by 2 slogan sweatshirts that I recently picked up during my loungewear haul at Primark.

Primark wasn't my kind of shop for years due the bad quality of clothing. However, since it upped its game, I thought it would only be fair to give it another go.

I have to admit that I wasn't disappointed as the loungewear and casual wear collections were absolutely spot on.

The slogan sweatshirts I picked up for myself are too pretty to be just worn at home (they would probably end up being covered in tomato sauce and other food INSERT A BIG EMBARRASSED EMOJI HERE) so I decided to incorporate them into my regular wardrobe. As they are a lot different to what I usually wear, I also set myself with a mini challenge to show you how I can use them to create various looks.

To kick off the challenge, I took this Bonjour sweatshirt to put together a laid back dressy look (a slogan sweatshirt can't really be branded as 'dressy; so I think that a laid back term is more appropriate)

What do you think about this look? Would you wear a slogan sweatshirt with a skirt and heels? 

how to wear a slogan sweatshirt

how to wear a slogan sweater

how to wear a slogan sweatshirt

how to create a dressy look with a slogan sweater

Sweatshirt - Primark
Skirt - My Mum's old skirt (I think it's over 20 years old so could be vintage)
Shoes - Next
Bag - My Mum's 
Necklace - It's old 
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