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December 2017

In My Humble Opinion

If You Are Comfortable Then It’s Not Fashion

The title of the blog post is a result of observing women in see through leggings, ill fitting short shorts or oversized dresses that are unflattering to the female form – comfortable for them but not necessarily for our eyes.

As I people watch it dawned on me that women dress for three different types of audiences: for themselves, their girlfriends, and for their significant other.

When you are dressing for yourself, you wear what you feel comfortable in or whatever shows off what you consider to be your best asset i.e cleavage, legs, shoulders etc.

When you dress for your girlfriends, it can sometimes be ‘men repelling’. For some weird reason the Olsen twins come to mind – I mean I like the way they dress, but would I dress like them? Not necessarily.  Men repelling fashion is on trend, but your average mere male just can’t understand i.e. statement earrings that weigh about the same weight as a new born baby or our beloved shapeless maxi dresses.

When you dress for your significant other….well *raises one eye brow*, I don’t think I have to go into too much detail there, you should know what your partner likes to see you in. If you don’t – you are doing it wrong. Yeah, I said it.

I see each day as an opportunity for me to wear all my beloved clothes.

 

It excites me that I get to style my clothes my way and present my unapologetic version of myself, yes even in the workplace.

What I can say is I dress how I feel, even If sometimes I look back at the photos and cringe.

At the time when I put the outfit on I glanced in the mirror and it just felt right.

T-Shirt – Gucci | Skirt – Custom Made | Shoes  – Nordstrom

IamTinashe

Off Duty

Celebrating Christmas

Its Christmas day I am on the couch – stomach full to the brim – I have really pushed my limits and eaten way too much. I had high hopes for myself, but I haven’t even drunk one and a half beverages. It’s not a complete failure of holiday festivities –  I still have the rest of the holidays to really enjoy this down time.

Christmas is a holiday period that you just cannot ignore. Stores, houses – hell, even cars, have Christmas decorations. Yes, it’s definitely Christmas.

In the lead up to Christmas some of my friends were in a panic because they were yet to buy gifts for their family, friends, neighbours, teachers – the list of gift recipients was endless.

When I told my “stressed out-desperate to spend money, and buy gifts” friends about my family’s Christmas arrangement, they looked on in horror.

You see, as a family, we have made the conscious decision not to buy each other gifts. There is, however, one caveat – if you are under the age of eighteen, you do get a gift.

I love the Christmas break – it’s a time to put our work tools down and enjoy life. Queensland supplies the summer weather, we eat ridiculous amounts of seafood, mangoes and sugar cane, drink our fair share of adult beverages and just enjoy each others company.

We have no gift buying stress – we are each other’s gift. Our only “stress” is making sure all the food and drinks are fully stocked.

As you get older you rarely remember the gifts you give or are given – it’s the memories that you share that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas.

IamTinashe

Head Band – Lovisa | Dress – Bohoo

My Life

Sleep. Rest. It’s Essential

One of the things that I never really valued was sleep. I used to say, “I will sleep when I am dead”. I was notorious for surviving on 5-6 hours a day – all because I felt I had so much to do and so little time. Sleeping, to me, was just a waste of time, and I am sure a lot of you share the same sentiments.

Ironically, I married a Sleep Scientist who often commented on my lack of sleep i.e. it’s harder to lose weight without sleep, or, my least favourite: people who don’t sleep age quicker. I usually just ignored him – haters are going to hate, right?

Wrong.

Each night, before I went to bed, I would suffer from anxiety – I would go to bed at 1am and freak out that I had only six hours until I had to wake up. And each morning in the shower I would promise myself that I would sleep earlier that night – but it would never happen. It was a vicious cycle.

It was hard to really see the need for change because I was thriving on the limited sleep I was having. On paper, in every aspect of my life, I was handling my responsibilities.

If I am honest though, this lack of sleep came at a price – at least once a month I would just crack it, fatigue would hit me hard and over a weekend I would decide I didn’t want to be bothered by anyone and just sleep. I would sleep for hours and hours, repaying the accumulated sleep debt.

In my heart of hearts I knew something had to change, but my stubbornness clung on to the “who needs sleep” mantra.

It wasn’t on purpose, but the change started when we were overseas on holiday. Instead of going to bed around 1am in the morning like I used to I slowly started rolling my bed time back. Bed time became 11:30pm then 11pm and now it’s 10pm. I also imposed two rules:

1. I must sleep for 7 hours at a minimum, 8 hours would mean I’m on target, anything more was bonus round!
2. This is the big one – I no longer use an alarm to wake up.

The time away allowed me to practice my sleep habits without any harsh consequences, i.e. missing a work meeting because I slept in.

I have now mastered a personal sleep and wake up cycle. A person like me, who mostly hates rules, jealously guards my sleep time now.

I honestly can’t believe it took me thirty plus years to value my sleep – life is easier now because I have great sleeping habits. Each day I wake up feeling well rested, refreshed and ready to start the day.

As women we carry a lot of pressures, be it at home or at work, but sleep is a gift that we can give to ourselves in order to be what we need to be to others.

A rested mind and body will always make better decisions than the unrested.

I guess hubby was right – don’t tell him though. Xo

IamTinashe

Nom Nom

Fried Sweet Plantain Bites

I post videos of my cooking adventures on Instagram every other day.

Some of you slid into my DMs asking for recipes or blog posts. I was a little hesitant but with the festive season now upon us I thought I would share my first recipe. If I get positive vibes I will keep doing it in the new year!

I must warn you not to get too excited, it is a simple recipe but it will have your taste buds doing the MACARENA.

I wanted to start with a basic recipe and work my way up to a more complex meal. Plantain snacks seemed like a good place to start.

Google taught me that plantains are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and A. They are also high in vitamin B6, magnesium, and folate. One cup of plantains contains more potassium than one cup of banana slices.

In layman’s terms, imagine bananas that you can cook? Bananas that you can make sweet or savoury?

* mind blowing *

It took me a long time to come around to the idea of eating what essentially is a cooked banana. Friends regularly offered me a taste of the fried plantain, but just looking at the texture I couldn’t bring myself to taste.

I became curious and decided to experiment with plantains in the comfort of my own home.

Preparation: 5min > Cooking time: 10min > Ready To Eat In: 15min > Serves: 2

Ingredients
Olive Oil for frying
Two Plantains
All spice seasoning
Salt

Directions
Preheat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat.

Peel the plantains and cut them in half. Slice the halves lengthwise into thin pieces.

Marinate the plantains in your chosen seasoning.

Fry the pieces until browned and tender.

Final step: Drain the oil on kitchen paper.

I like to eat mine on their own or with a dipping sauce.

If you have any other plantain recipes please inbox me!

IamTinashe