Friday, 1 April 2016

Timeless trendy shirt dress

Welcome Readers!

After a wonderful week break to recharge the batteries, I feel restored and geared up for the rest of this year which promises to be a roller coaster in so many respects. This break was a timeout for my little family to reconnect and be removed from external influences. We spent a lot of time together, which is something we don’t always have the opportunity to do in our home space. Each family member has so many activities and obligations which take us away from the shared space, so it is a rare occasion to have everyone in one place (apart from the daily family dinner). 
It was an added bonus, depending on one’s perception of the situation, to have no cellphone reception or wifi. It essentially meant having to keep busy without the constant social media interactions and communication from all and sundry. Work and friends were on the back burner for a few days, with nothing but activities on board the ship and sun and sea to enjoy. My boys had some withdrawal symptoms, but adjusted quickly to absorb all the experience had to offer, whether it was an activity or a stroll on the deck or just taking a nap. There were no TV games, social media, social gatherings; and instead, physical games, swimming, listening to music, reading and time for some well deserved relaxation. 
These breaks from the routine are essential for us to touch base which our busy daily schedules do not allow. I try to stress the importance of family bonding time, and when we’re on vacation the boys are compelled to share a room, instead of all heading off to their own rooms the moment they get home. It is neccessary to take them out of their comfort zones as a reminder of their privileges they enjoy each day. It is enriching for them to see how other cultures live and how the less fortunate need to toil to make ends meet.
We arrived back home, so delighted with our creature comforts and appreciative of the blessings we enjoy daily. My kids have been ’shaken’ out of oblivion; albeit for a limited time, after which they will most likely return to their comfort zones. But the experience of travel will remain with them, will expand their horizons and open their minds. 

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert

Today’s lookpost features a quality shirt dress bought years ago and is still on trend. Paired with sporty leggings and sneakers for a laid back casual look. My H & M fringe bag completes the look.
To take this dress to the office, pair with plain leggings, heels and a slim belt which instantly transforms the whole outfit.

















Outfit details:
Trenery shirt dress
Adidas ZA leggings
Old Khaki scarf
Adidas Superstar sneakers
H&M bag
Giorgio Armani sunglasses from Sunglass Hut
Swarovski and various other bracelets
Rebelfunk necklace