Friday, 13 January 2017

FUELLING A NEW YEAR



After two sweet weeks of absolute hibernation, completing day dream marathons and borrowing wisdom and experience through literary absorption, I feel like I've shed a light into areas of myself, that in daily life get overshadowed by unnecessary stress and doubt. I'm one of the many, who will push myself harder, believing that rush, that slight wobbling of the knees after you've had one too many coffees, is a building block in my career that means I make myself deserved for the privileges I have. But that true fulfillment in my personal experience and opinion, only kicks in when I'm two steps away from it. Rested. Calm. For the past years I've seen myself more dedicated to and fulfilled by my personal goals than ever before in my life, but it's allowed me to get away with excusing bad habits in my lifestyle and thought patterns, and it's truly (truly) magical when you finally start tapping into that sleep account, and see how just resting up, changes your whole outlook, optimism and inspiration. Working yourself harder, pushing yourself into another hour at the screen, until you realise you've been looking at the box until one day caught up with the next, is not productive but was in my case a white lie I insistingly held on to, believing everything could be done by two hands only. Instructions for 2017? Delegate. Work with as much passion and dedication as always, but not least: dance until the sun gets up and lie flat for a day whilst the earth still keeps spinning. As much as we need to make ourselves worthy of the places we have come to now, you also deserve moments away from it to nurture and preserve that attraction and inspiration.



SAND BLAZER / THOREAU SHIRT / DAISY JEWELLERY 
BRACELET / MARIA BLACK EAR CUFF L'ARTISAN 
MIRABILIS PERFUME / YSL BEAUTE VINYL CREAM / 
CHARLES & KEITH SHOES 


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SARAH MIKAELA

Monday, 26 December 2016

VOLUNTARILY STRANDED




ISLAND ALLURE

Holiday update: currently caught in the midst of a food coma and embracing a part time digital detox (I know I'm technically on my laptop right now, but I swear I'm so relaxed and overfed it's ridiculous..). The usual ping-ponging of emails has been replaced with serious attention to random Pinterest boards, and those dark lines that normally hide under layers of mixed media (concealer, acrylics, oil paint) have met their nemesis: hibernation. Not being used to sleeping in complete darkness and away from sirens and London traffic, my system has had a glitch and I've been waking up in the PM every day. I won't lie, much like pizza in Naples, it's a slice of heaven.

Another slice of heaven is Mauritius, which - spoiler alert - ticks every box of divine. Different from the current holiday mode hosted in frost flirting surroundings, this one has a certain shade of tropical tranquility and you'll have to look deep into the freezer (for icecream, self-explanatory) to find anything even remotely frozen. Waking up at the Shangri-La at Le Touessrok with an East facing ocean view and colourful Missoni-looking tropical birds flying in to pledge why they deserve your complimentary laichees and mini bananas. I did have an on-going suspicion throughout the trip whether maybe, just maybe, that wish I made on the 10th easy peeler in the 5th grade had come true, and I had finally woken up as a Disney princess. 




The experience was shared with my friends from Taylor Morris, who had planned an activity filled week with everything from hanging out with giant turtles to taking a go at Krav Maga and meeting artist Gael Froget. I love it when a trip manages to go beyond just the days you've traveled, but the impressions made on the journey still hit you days, weeks, months later. I'm so thrilled to finally be able to share some of them with you here, and I hope you'll enjoy the moments captured in this post.





































HOPE YOU'RE ENJOYING THE HOLIDAYS
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SARAH MIKAELA
A huge thanks to Taylor Morris, Air Mauritius, Kenwood Travel and Shangri-La for an incredible trip!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

WANDERLUST BY NATURE



AUSTRALIAN GLOW

Whilst your mind as mine is probably currently wrapped up in last minute presents, thermal clothing and drawing out the final game-plan to find the coin in the Christmas pudding, this time of year always echoes a funny skip between summer and winter for me (it's not my fault, dad's Australian). As my in-house partner in crime Amy (also Aussie) gets in full-on Christmas-mode once the July sun hits London, December gets me reminiscing of the natural golden bake you get from spending ten minutes outside, having a cuppa in Fitzroy.

Always a fan of naturally derived cruelty-free products, I was clapping my hands when my Australian favourites Nude by Nature made their way North of Equator. I always stock up on their Intense Moisturiser whenever I go, and now after having a messy play with their mineral makeup from their gift boxes as a child playing with mum's lipgloss 'n' rouge, I'm finding myself crushing on the brand even more. Personally the Bondi Shores Deluxe Contour Kit won me over with the Sheer Light Pressed Illuminator. Just poifect.. Nothing beats a good glow, and winter if any time is a nice time to enhance what the sun isn't.



NUDE BY NATURE Touch of Glow highlighter

cOmPetition...

Ohh, but it is Christmas and why not take the glow.. to AUSTRALIA? Ahuh!? Win a trip for two to Australia by submitting a photo or a video on Instagram with a caption celebrating a moment that captures 'where life has taken you' this holiday season (me: candy aisle at the local supermarket) and tag it with #wanderlustbynature and #mebynature. Nude by Nature will select the winner based on what they find most creative, so don't hesitate to have some festive fun with it! 



NUDE BY NATURE Wanderer Gift Box & Follow The Sun Gift Box



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SARAH MIKAELA

Post done in collaboration with Nude by Nature.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

THE CHRISTMAS DRESS



JUST IN TIME

I can't believe how incredibly quickly December decided to show up and here we are, already in the middle of it. I mean, did we ever truly finish off July? Didn't think so.. My lovely parents reminded me of an intention I set a year ago for 2016, something I have completely forgotten, probably in the action of realising it. I wanted to travel a lot, and so it happened, almost without me noticing it, if it hadn't been for the odd missed flight. However there is no place like London up till Christmas, and here I find myself at the end of a wonderful year (certain political events are excluded in this evaluation) dressed in more feminine elements from Wallis, for some seasonal holiday fun.

This double breasted military coat arrived just in time to take me between Christmas events, and it's made it to the spot in my closet that gets (ab)used the most. Going into January (2017, omagawsh, omagawsh!) ye' shall see me wearing it with a blue scarf hissing at London frost. Which I do secretly love, but truth is I'd be out of conversation starters if I didn't..

JUXTAPOSING SILVER SHINE LACE WITH ORGANIC WOODEN DETAILS, AND AN ARMY GREEN COAT.




WALLIS DRESS / COAT / SCARF / BRACELET / GESTUZ SHOES















HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD START TO YOUR HOLIDAYS!

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SARAH MIKAELA
Post done in collaboration with Wallis. Photography done with the lovely Miriam.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

RED ACCENTS



DECEMBER DAYS

Cheers to the festive season! The month where overdressing is impossible, overeating is compulsory and it's my personal pleasure to announce, that I'll be happy to sign up for both. Festive wear is always the main topic of my closet, often resulting in a minor domestic chaos of the sartorial kind (is there any other) and in such situations, the classic will forever be a little black dress. Saving festive wear outfit crises since forever. What seems to work for me, is as with the amount of Heinz I have with my 10PM take-out order, I get my dose of Christmas red by adding just an accent of red on the side. The Christmas jumper will have its big moment on the 25th, but until then ye' shall find me dancing on a table somewhere in Denmark in red patent Mary Jane's attempting to end 2016 doing the jitterbug.





SHoP thE LOOK...







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SARAH MIKAELA

Post done in collaboration with Karen Millen and Shopstyle UK.