Cha-cha-cha

It’s been a while…

Sun drenched beaches; golden sand, tropical cocktails and The Island of Love (aka Love Island) are not the reason for a quieter blog as of late. On the topic of Love Island, I feel like I am the only human not to have watched and having since seen Jamie Jewitt this may have been a silly decision…

What has played a big part in my summer days and on every London day for that matter is The London Underground. Transport for London’s Thought Of The Day are always a highlight of my travels! I snapped this one as soon as I saw it, as it really relates to where I am at the moment…

A thought I hold close…

Cha-chaing is guaranteed fun, passion and energy and as the thought provokes it doesn’t just have to be left for the dance floor. It is actually a great way to describe the journeys we go through in life.

I don’t know about you but I can be all too guilty of getting caught up in the thought of an end result and sometimes stumble with some of the steps along the way. Along with the stumble comes a struggle to admit that a couple of steps back are necessary. Why is this admission so difficult? Well, for me personally it can feel like you are admitting defeat or labeling yourself as a failure. I now realise this is such a negative and inaccurate description. When in fact it is simply part of the journey and should be embraced. After all if we don’t acknowledge our mistakes, or areas needing more focus we can never truly improve.

I am most certainly at the trial and error stage with my new ventures and as I have just mentioned only naturally there is going to be a need for some adjustment and cha-chaing.

Procrastination
Noun
*The action of delaying or postponing something*

*Hands held high*
Yes, yes and yes I’m guilty…

So what makes us procrastinate?
Textbook answers range from bone idleness to fear to perfectionism…

None of us wants to admit to being lazy although in human nature we do all require some down time as we are not programmed robots nor should we want to be.

Personally, fear still contributes much too frequently to my stumbles- fear of looking silly, fear of not being word perfect…

Perfectionism- often falsely deemed as pure positivity however in a lot of cases the strive to be picture or word perfect creates a massive set back, removes your capability to produce work and instead sends you on a vicious circle where nothing is achieved.

My guilty confession of being too focused on the end results ties in with just this. I focus on the level I aim for my skills to be and forget that mishaps will always happen along the way. After all that is how you truly learn.

The cha-cha is counter active towards procrastination as the step backwards leads to a step forward as opposed to just a stony delay.

The positive in this is that it is never too late to make the realisation and to really let loose and live! When have you ever seen a stiff cha-cha? (Ok remove any unsavoury Strictly scenes from mind)

I look forward to sharing my new cha-cha steps with you all in the weeks and months to come.

We all have busy lifestyles, no matter what line of work we are in….

On Saturday I was out for lunch & a glass of bubbles with my friend Jordan… Jordan is one-half of girl band MissDefiant, who were the opening guests of the Lucy Ellen Channel and are due to release their debut album in the weeks to come… woohoo! Jordan also has a successful dancing, modelling, song writing and production career.

Not to add she is currently studying and still manages to have a social life *note our Saturday bubbles* so how does she fit it all in?!

Well luckily for us, Jordan is happy to share her top tips not just to me but to you also,

Jordan, take it away…

Create Lists: I am forever creating lists of things I need to do! It is a great way to organise yourself and feel more in control. I put a *star* next to the most urgent tasks and aim to get these done first. Ticking off what you have done, feels so damn good haha which makes you want to get things done.

Give yourself deadlines: I am self-employed and create my own deadlines to help me achieve and focus on what I need to do.

Get enough sleep: One of the biggest tips I can give anyone, is to get enough sleep! 8 hours a night. Make sure you stick to it.

Exercise: Exercise is a great way to release stress and I try my best to do this every morning before I start my day. From running to swimming to yoga, find what makes you tick and I promise it will help!

Put your phone in another room: When I am really trying to focus, I will put my phone in another room so I don’t get easily distracted by social media, as that is one of the biggest distractions of today!

I hope these 5 tips help! Lots of love Jordan xx @jordancather

Jordan Cather

A big thank you to Jordan for sharing her tips! <3 Since I last wrote, I have fallen in love... with the ‘curly blowdry’ Although it may not seem like it, hair straighteners are used on my hair at least a few times a week, I use them to slightly loosen my natural curl, although I am certainly no Nicky Clarke hahaha! We all can feel the effects of straighteners and hair dryers, especially when we skip on the heat protector spray… I was recently in the very capable hands of Hair Stylist Harry at Clapham High Street’s RUSH, who used their FUSIO MASQUE to deeply condition my hair before giving it a well needed trim… we said goodbye to just over 4 inches. As I am keen to learn the art of blow-drying myself, I paid close attention to Harry’s sectioning and drying using a rounded brush… I even took a few short videos. Harry has been in the business for over 40 years and as well as working wonders as my before & after pictures show below, he is really friendly and fun! Hair Before…

Hair After…

Last Friday saw me back in a hairdressers chair for another ‘curly blowdry’… This time at J Hair just off the Tottenham Court Road. It was a last minute decision on a spare lunch hour and I certainly struck it lucky as hair stylist Antonio gave a wonderful blow dry… I was so relaxed I actually almost dozed off on the chair 😮 after again taking a few videos…

Antonio of J Hair working his magic

I think we would all agree that it is much more difficult to do your own hair and I’m not sure if I will ever come close to getting the same results as Harry or Antonio single handedly lol! I will keep you posted with how I am getting along lol!

SONG OF THE SUMMER- LITTLE MIX Feat STORMZY ‘Power’ I literally cannot get enough of this, it’s definitely up there with my love for Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’

STIMULATING INTERVIEW – I love Stylist mag and Billie Piper’s ‘Expect the unexpected’ is one of the most open, visual and frank interviews I’ve read all summer!

Billie Piper discusses the upside of taking risks in Stylist’s latest edition

FAVE NEW PURCHASE- VANS, After a two month wait I finally got my hands (and feet) on these old school vans…being a size 2.5 created the wait but they were definitely worth it!

@vans

WRITING HAVEN- ‘The Hoxton’ ticks pretty much every box…boutique hotel, delicious food, drinks, great music, cosy fire and most excitingly for me desks in a more secluded area- what’s not to love?!


The Hoxton making the perfect setting

CUTEST MEAL- Osteria Dell’Arte on Clapham High Street made my friend Rosie & I’s night by surprising us with this delight- heart shaped pizza! It tasted just as scrumptious as it looks…


The prettiest pizza ever…Thank you Osteria Dell’Arte

SPECIAL EVENT- ‘A Night for Life’ in association with Randox Health at the Park Lane Hotel in aid of the National Brain Appeal. Organised by Cliodhna McCorley, who after recovering from a brain tumour diagnosis set her heart on giving back to the charity that helped her. The event raised just shy of £100,000 and I was fortunate enough to be there on the evening to capture the celebrations and backdrop of the charity. I look forward to sharing with you on the Lucy Ellen Channel in the weeks to come.

I hope everyone has a fantastic (and hopefully Sunny) Bank Holiday weekend…until next time don’t forget to cha-cha freely…

Lots of Love,

Lucy Ellen xx