15/52: Picasso Jonas

Date: 4th April

Went to the Picasso and Joan Jonas exhibition at the Tate Modern, the first exhibitions of the year.

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The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 (8 Mar – 98 Sep 2018) 

This exhibition explores his career in 1932 through a series of paintings, it was a year full of highs and lows. At the beginning of the year, he was working towards his retrospective, from what I saw, this was his heyday, the colours, the use of subject, the fluidity in it but by the end of the year, the paintings grew solemn as the colours became faded and haphazard. It was great to see a timeline throughout the exhibition from the 1st room to the last and there are 10 rooms in total. I am not big on art but I admire the creativity of the artist and to be able to be present in such masterpieces was eye opening. Here are some of my favourite pieces, I tend to love realistic portraits to surrealism but every paintings told a tale and I think that’s for one, he is still revered. Even if you aren’t a big fan of art exhibition, this is something I think most people should see on why he is one of the greatest artist to date.

Joan Jonas (14 Mar – 5 Aug 2018) 

I went to the exhibition without any prior knowledge as it was in the 2 in 1 ticket offer. Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance, video and installation who has pushed boundaries of art for the last 5 decades. Honestly, I haven’t got a clue on moving art but I love the installation especially of the Juniper Tree. Some of the pieces makes you think about the wider culture and politics. I am not sure how to describe some of the things coz you need to be there to decide on its influence on yourself. One thing I did take away from this was you can portray your thoughts creatively by constantly educating yourself of the different topics you are interested in whether its far flung places or people you’ve never met. Go to see the exhibition if you are a fan of installation art.

 

14/52: 3 Earring Trends I Am Obsessed With

If you follow my insta story over on Instagram, I am having a kind of earrings moment. I love all kinds, tassels, chains, hoops, you name it, I want to try it all. Here are just some of the inspiration behind my earrings madness.

Double hoops: You need to have two piercings at least, get hoops of different size or style or you can rock the same size and style, you can go crazy with this. I prefer to do mine in same style with different sizes.

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Chains: This is not something new but have seen loads of people wearing them recently, its an understated piece, rock them if you are feeling like a rebel.

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Cuffs: This trend was seen last year but a one ear cuff is always an statement, rock them out for night outs, party or everyday wear but make sure you are showing them off.

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Shop similar styles:

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Claires, £8.00

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ASOS,£12.00

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H&M, £8.99

13/52: Throwback – Vietnam Trip

May 2013:

“I am a forgetful person, I don’t remember much of the trip but I remember the feeling of being weightless, without a worry, the sun and breeze on my skin and simply existing. I felt loved by friends and her family, and a familiarity with strangers. This was my first solo backpacking trip abroad and instead of feeling lonely and scared, I felt empowered to be able to just go on my own and make it. I do remember getting scammed and people being rude but overall, it was a learning experience, to be able to understand yourself all alone in foreign land. Ever since, I have taken a few backpacking trips and its different experience each time but this first trip is the one that I’ll treasure forever.. “

12/52: Beauty Review- Face Sunscreens

Everybody needs to get on board wearing sunscreens everyday whether its sunny or not. We all know that Ultra Violet rays from the sun damages skin and there are two types of that can penetrate through the skin: long wave UVA and short wave UVB. The UVA penetrates through the skin deepest layer and exposure to it causes permanent ageing and increase the risk of skin cancer while the UVB hits the outer layer of the skin and causes sun burn and all sunscreens are made to protect from both.

I have been using face sunscreen  everyday for a year now and I can visibly see differences in regards to my complexion. If you are buying sunscreen, you need to make sure they provide appropriate protection, here is a general idea of the ratings used on products.

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) refers to the sunscreen ability to shield from the UVB rays and is a measure of the time it would take for a person to start getting red if he or she was not wearing sunscreen. Higher the SPF, the longer it shields you from the sun rays and higher the amount it blocks but it is advisable to reapply sunscreen every 2 to 4 hours.

Another rating is the PA factor which simply means the Protection Grade of UVA rays. This is based on the Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) reaction reading at 2-4 hours of sun exposure as is often labelled as PA+, PA++, PA+++ with the more plus sign the more protection.

I have a naturally tan asian combination skin (oily on the T-zone and dry on the cheeks) and I go for SPF 50 and PA+++ sunscreens as I feel like they give me the highest protection and to prevent sun spots as I get them easily. I have tried a few sunscreen (they can be applied on the face and body) over the year and here is my thoughts on 3 of them.

Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus, SPF 50, £32 for 50ml

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(o) It not only protects from the UV rays but shields your skin from air pollutants, which is good thing when you are working in the city.
(o) It feels light and not oily at all on the skin, it does last longer. You might need to reapply mid-day but depends on where you are.
(x) It is expensive, £32 for 50ml but I’ve found out that all sunscreens are expensive, you invest in what you get.

You can easily get this from: All Beauty, Boots, John Lewis (prices may vary)

 

 

 

Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk, SPF 50+ PA+++, £16 for 40ml

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(o) This is one of my favourite, its not a lotion rather a milky liquid so its light and not oily at all.
(o) Smooth application on skin but mind you, it does leave a white cast if you are tanner.
(o) It is waterproof, a big plus but it can dry easily so its advisable to reapply after few hours.
(o) Cheaper compared to others and last longer
(x) You need to order it online (I order from yesstyle) as its not yet available in the UK.

You can get this from: Yesstyle & Amazon (I am not sure about the shipping and product details from Amazon, so please review before you buy)

 

 

Thank You Farmer Water Sun Cream, SPF 50+ PA+++, £24 for 50ml

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(o) This is a good sunscreen with added moisturiser.
(o) Light water based texture but the only downside for me was it got oily on my T-zone as the day went. I think it would be great for dry skin but please read the ingredients before you buy.
(x) It has a slight scent which I don’t mind but for people who prefer fragrance less product, then you might want to stay away from this.

You can easily get this from: Cult Beauty, Yesstyle  (note: Yesstyle sometimes have this on 60% off!)

If you are thinking of getting a daily sunscreen, please read the ingredients and reviews for the product, even if you are staying indoors, it is advisable to wear it as the rays can get through to the windows. Let me know if you have any sunscreen you recommend.

11/52: Fashion Musing- Athleisure

Athleisure has been a trend of the moment, where workout clothes are worn in everyday settings. Athleisure clothes mostly are track pants, yoga tights. Its mostly suitable to wear it around now and not only to gym. I have been eyeing this trend for a while but haven’t felt comfortable enough to wear it out during winter but this spring, am gonna try to rock it out everyday. Here are my three looks to interpret this trend. The track pants have been gaining momentum lately with the adidas three stripes mostly common among fashionable people, wear it with heels or sneakers, out on town for day or night. I have yet to find a good hiking pants but I think a loose fitted pants would look good in almost everything. Tights can be worn with almost anything but find one with a lycra fabric so it doesn’t stretch too much and you are good to go.

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10/52: 3 Sites I Use to Learn Online

Entering the workplace doesn’t mean that you stop learning. Everyday is a learning experience but as time goes by, the thing you do everyday becomes second nature and you have to challenge yourself with new skills. I have been using quite a few sites in recent years to learn something new for work or for personal use and most of them are free (you have to pay for the certificate). Here are the three sites I use regularly, I’ll do a pro(o) and con(x) for each, let me know if you have used them or use something else as its great to know.

A little career background about me, I work in e-commerce so I mostly look for digital or retail skills that I can use at work but I do veer towards something personal like learning about nutrition or languages. My advice is to learn something you have an interest because all this online course have to be done on your own time and if you have no passion for it, then you are unlikely to continue it.

Future Learn

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This is a great site to learn from top universities and specialist organisation, there are about 250 courses to choose from loads of categories such as business & management, digital, language, social, arts, history and so on.

(o) They have different courses to suit anyone whether you are improving your skills or learning a new one.
(o) Courses are given through videos or articles and its a community based learning, so you can comment and get feedback from other people learning with you or course mentor.
(o) Note that the courses have specified start date but you can choose to start right away or register for later ones – they will send you an email reminder to say that your course is starting
(o) I have only used this to learn certain courses but there are programs where you can complete a set of courses but this does cost a fair amount, you can even get a degree but please research this.
(o) You can track your progress week by week as seen below for my managing the money course.

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(x) Some courses are available for limited time only so you should time manage properly if you want to learn everything on it
(x) It is free but you do have to pay for the test to get an online certificate (usually about £42). Certificates are good as you can show that you are learning consistently to potential employers- this can be added to your LinkedIn profile but you can forgo this if you are on a tight budget.
(x) To earn a certificate, you have to get about 70% or above on all the tests – the test is fairly easy if you go through the lessons thoroughly.

Alison

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Alison is similar to FutureLearn but there are a lot of courses offered which you can get an Alison diploma or a certificate.

(o) There are plenty of courses to choose from, it all depends on what you want to learn.
(o) All the courses are self-paced so you can learn at your own time, there is progress tracking.

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(x) As with most learning sites, you do have to pay for the certificate after you complete a course and this would vary depending on the course or the certificate you choose. Please go to the pricing here.
(x) There are ads dotted around the website, which some might find it annoying but its how the site can earn revenue, you can also pay to have it removed but the ads are not much of a hindrance.

Google Digital Academy

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Google Digital Academy is a great place to learn about how things work online- there are loads of topic to learn from on how to use google analytics to creating an online strategy. I have only used it to learn Google Analytics for work but I am currently working towards gaining a certificate – so will update this on how it goes.

(o) I love the interface, all the topics are presented through videos.
(o) You can track your progress visually and there are quizzes throughout to test your knowledge.

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Along with these sites, there are plenty of sites where you can subscribe for a fixed monthly amount such as udemy, lynda or on LinkedIn. Some people would prefer to pay coz this would give them the drive to keep on learning but overall, you should know that you are doing this for yourself and learning should be fun.

9/52: Ralph me!

9_024th Feb: Catch up with the brunch club 

As you get older, you realised that its harder to make new friends especially when you are working. You do have your colleagues but its kind of hard to develop that relationship at a personal level, however I feel lucky that I could find such kindred spirits at my last job. It has been harder to keep in touch after you move jobs but I think its necessary to have friends within the industry you work in so that you can learn from them as well as network.

Our little brunch club  went to the Ralph Lauren Bar & Cafe and bar at the Regent street store. Its a cosy little place but do place a reservation for the tables (you can reserve on their website) if you are going as the place literally is cosy as it can get. Even if you haven’t reserved, you can still get a seat at the bar if its not busy.  I ordered the Homestyle pancakes and hot ginger tea, the pancakes were fluffy and filling but quite good so I managed to eat it all. My friends ordered the Avocado Toast and Bagel and Smoked Salmon and they enjoyed both of them. We didn’t have any drinks but there are many options to choose.

 

After our  brunch, we went around the Mayfair area and had a little photoshoot, I had too much fun posing about, so have quite a few OOTD photos to post. As always, I went with an all black outfit incorporating all the AW trends – the beret is from yesstyle, the coat is from H&M, I had a turtleneck knit under from zara, jeans from topshop, boots from asos and the bumbag is from skinnydip, oh, and the sunglasses is from primark.