Hello everyone! I hope you’re all well. First of all, I want to apologise for my absence these last couple of months. From last April till now has been one of the hardest years of my life, literally. However, I have learnt a lot through the struggles and the difficulties these last 12 months.

  • The way people view you and the way you present yourself is the impression you will leave behind. As you go about the business of carrying out your life people will make judgments about your appearance, personality and capabilities. If you don’t like the way your life is playing out you can always take charge of your own perception of reality. You are in control of you. Not everyone in life is a top performer but they all have the ability to give off that impression.
  • Things are not always what they seem. You can meet someone and they can tell you everything you want to hear without any hint of truth. Anyone can give off any perception they want. The world we see is a reflection of who we are and what we believe. What people perceive is usually what they believe, and this is based on what they hear, see and think. Most of the time we cannot control what happens but we can always control our reactions.

People lie about things everyday in order to evoke a better persona. It’s important to be conscious of your perception, because if you’re not, someone else will create it for you. It’s your life you need to decide how you’re going to live it. Do you.

I’ve finally decided to accept that I am an official hoarder. But only a hoarder when it comes to my clothes! I bought this coat 3 years ago and till today, it’s still one of my favourite essentials to wear. Whenever I’m shopping for wardrobe essentials, I look for versatile pieces that can be styled over and over again, season after season especially when it comes to investment pieces like outerwear – this will always be my fave! I believe a grey wool coat should be one of your three classic pieces your wardrobe craves.

I want to share all of my style know-how with you to hopefully make your lives (and wardrobe struggles) easier.

Grey Wool Coat // I recommend investing in a classic shape that’s easy to wear and looks good with everything. Look for clean lines, minimal detailing, and invest in the best possible quality you can afford. Fabric is everything. Check the inside tag to make sure it’s at least a ‘wool blend’. This means the fabric is warm enough for British weathers and will wear better over time.

Black Skinny Jeans and|or (Trousers) // I currently have 5 pairs of black denim on heavy rotation. They’re pretty much all I wear. I recommend choosing fabrics with a bit of stretch and make sure you get them hemmed (just above the outside ankle bone) if they’re too long. Cropped denim is having a moment and shorter styles look better with high heeled boots and sneakers.

Black Boots // If you work in an office or corporate environment, I’d go with a more structured silhouette. Again, invest in real leather. There’s nothing worse than wasting your precious funds on inexpensive boots. They just about go with every outfit in your wardrobe – although they do ache my feet at the end of the day but they are definitely worth the walk of pain. If you’re on a budget (aren’t we all?) wait until you find a pair of black boots that suit your lifestyle and save up. It took me a very long time to be able to purchase these boots. I made sacrifices along the way and stayed focused on what I wanted.

On another note – this day shooting with @capturedwithsaf in different areas of the Alcazar, Spain was the most exciting one so far. I hope you all take something from today’s post.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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Buenos dias. Espero que estes bien…

Can you believe it’s already mid-Feb? I can’t even remember all of January. In my previous post, I mentioned the incident with my laptop; that got sorted. Then there was an incident with my phone (one I rather not get in to) but I used it as a warm up to start my year. However, I hope you are all making the most of 2017 so far.

I have a few exciting things that I’m working on, which I will introduce soon. But till then, enjoy these pictures @Capturedbysaf and I took on the streets of Seville and pictures taken from the Metropol Parasol, which by far has the nicest view of Seville.

Everyday I walk these streets to and fro from work to home and everyday it has some different to offer.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

If anyone wants to know, this is a men’s bomber jacket that I actually bought from Zara. I thought it went perfect with this outfit as I just wanted to keep things casual.

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This one is going to be a little bit different… but have you ever wondered what comes to the mind of those who meet you for the very first time? What happens in the first few seconds as someone who has never seen you before lay the their eyes on you? Obviously, being here in Seville, meeting and working with new people; these are the thoughts that crossed my mind. I’ve been here a month and I’m still familiarising myself to the city, the culture and the people. Have you ever considered that before you even speak to a human being, there is already an existing expectation or perception? Just think – these thoughts cross the mind’s of strangers… And they’re solely based on your appearance.

We are all guided by our vision, attracted or repulsed by what seems appealing to us. And there’s nothing wrong with that. So, how much does our image speak for ourselves? For example, changing my hair colour to this colour was something extremely new to me. Not to mention, I have tried far too long to get to this colour and after several attempts, the 2-day ordeal can only be narrowed down to one word: chaos. I won’t hide the fact that seeing myself in the mirror, makes me have a completely different approach to myself. It makes me want to dress differently, look at people differently, sometimes even act differently. So, this small change in my appearance, is indirectly leading me to become someone new and is also allowing me to make small changes through my words and actions. I think both our body and mind work together and serve each other.

You’re probably questioning what is the purpose of all this… I’ll let you in on a little secret – There isn’t one. It’s something that has been in my thoughts since arriving in Spain. The influence of my manager, Rosalia Zahino –  her flamboyant flamenco style and elaborate designs, definitely play a part in my perceptions. I often go to work and think “Am I a bit under dressed for this department” or “Does my style fit in to all this” – It baffles me. Don’t worry, I will introduce my working environment soon! Most of you may know that I’m very minimalistic in my style of clothing. So, can you imagine me in a flamenco dress? Yeah… Neither can I!

It’s not a bad idea to try something different, change your style or your appearance. Complementary cuts and folds define my style of clothing. I’m very meticulous in the way I dress and portray myself… This wrap-over shirt is one of my favourite items hung up in my wardrobe and I decided to style it with these cut-out ankle boots. I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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