This morning I woke up to the sunshine, made a cup of tea and opened my phone “The Monday Blues”.  Now; virus aside this is common meme on a Monday morning and although I love a good meme, it’s not what I want to see at the start of a new week. I enjoy a Monday.  Its a chance to make a few changes.  Set yourself new tasks.

I suffered the dreaded blues too until I decided to make some changes.  I began researching websites to build my motivation for every day life.  It didn’t happen over night but I admit my positive pants are on almost every day.  I understand most of us are struggling during this time.  I’ve had my wobble and I’m sure there will be a lot more, god I had one the other day trying to source a sneeze screen for the front of my shop counter preparing for when we get the go ahead to return to work.


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Make lists for everything, that way you’ll never forget any tasks .Starting with the week then break it down to days.  If I’m out and about when I remember to do something I add it to my notes in my phone before transferring it to my notebook when I get home.  I find it satisfying ticking of my list of things to do and when I look back on the week its good to see what’s been achieved.  I know it sounds a bit Monica Geller but it works.  Trust me!



Just like listing – plan your day, plan your work, plan your lifestyle, a fitness plan, plan your goals, 1 year goal plan and a 5 year goal plan.  Set goals that scare you to death.  The old say, if your goals don’t scare you they aint big enough.  I love planning my week and breaking down the days.  Now I’m not saying I work non stop every day.  I have my nights off, a Sunday off if thats the way I feel.  Chill time is also part of the plan.



One of my favourites and will be for every fashion blogger / boutique owner.  I love to plan my outfits.  Have a rough idea of outfits for the next 7 days.  This is a game changer.  Take 20 mins just one night per week and have a look whats in your wardrobe and plan a few outfits that you can mix and match along with jewellery shoes and handbags.  This will stop you reaching for the same items every time and you will be wearing your wardrobe instead of finding that fab top you’ve never worn at the bottom of your drawer when your having a clear out.  A well executed outfit always has me jumping out of bed in the morning ready to head to the shop.


I’m a grandma when it comes to my sleep pattern.  I’m usually in bed for 9pm, 10pm at the latest.  I can start my day at 4am which sounds a bit crazy, Alex say’s its because Im off the farmers haha but thats 7 hours sleep which is a recommended amount.  Whether your a night owl or an early riser sleep is so important for your motivation.  If I’ve had rough night, it’s game over for the rest of the day.


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Just as important as sizing the day taking time to recoup and relax.  I really enjoy walking especially in the countryside or a days driving through the highlands.  I love a pamper day too whether it’s a day at your local spa as a treat or a spa day at home with a good body scrub and a face mask.

Sending you lots of positive vibes! Chat soon.

Marlene x

The past few years have been the coated jeans which I still love.  I have my black ones and my burgundy ones which come out year after year.  There also available from my shop.

This year the trend falls on faux leather leggings and trousers again and I couldn’t be happier.  With styles to suit everyone no matter of you’re age or shape I think this is a great piece of clothing to purchase and I’m sure it will be around for years to come.  Mention leather trousers and the scene from friends with Ross and the talcum powder or a cool 80″s poster of David Hasslehoff  in his leather pants leaning against Kit in Knightrider would spring to mind but fear not;  they’ve been revamped even recycled, I’m sure we’re now calling them Vegan leather instead of faux leather? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

So far I’ve purchased these super green ones from Zara, full length and fab colour too and these chocolate brown 3/4 ones from la redoute which I am loving.  I’m pairing them with my Ugly trainers which at the beginning when they first came out I thought, yes they live up to their name but now dare I mention the Love word again, I’m saying it a lot but I freckin love ugly trainers too.

Here’s my finds on the leather leggings / trousers on the high street.

1 River Island

2 Dorothy Perkins 

3 Pretty Little Thing

4 Marks and Spencers

As always I hope you enjoyed this post and it helps you find that perfect pair of trousers.  let me know in the comments below or on my Facebook or Instagram.

Chat soon.

Marlene x

The weather is heating up and with Summer just round the corner I’m seeing at lot of the latest trend on Instagram & in magazine’s, yes I still read them! The trend I want to chat about is the Short Suit.  Short suits have came back on trend every decade dating as far back as my favorite, the 80’s. I wa an eighties child and loved it. The power ballads, the films – Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, the fashion – shoulder pads, stiletto heels.  It was the best.

Best get back to the post …….. Tailored shorts paired with a blazer is right up my street.  I love a classic look, chic and stylish.  Keeping it chic with a crisp white shirt for the office or a beautiful silk cami for nights out.

There’s some great choices on the online at the moment, I’m heading in to Glasgow this week so I will also be checking out the high street too.


Here are some of my favourites





And a few high end – a girl can dream right………

Will you be investing in the short suit this season? Let me know in the comments below.

Chat soon

Marlene x