Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Style: Spring in My Step

Slip your feet into something more seasonally appropriate this spring.

R~A~J~E are kicking off their winter boots and getting their feet into something more spring like. Find our what's top of our wish lists these days...

"It was love at first sight with these classic beauties. I'll be pairing them with chinos, a boyfriend shirt and un-done hair for the perfect relaxed Spring look."
Mules: £55.00 from Clarks
R x

"I first spied these Nike Air Max's on Instagram and it was love at first sight. Released on International Women's Day, this collection is inspired by eight cities of the world, and is a women's only range (almost unheard of in sneakerland!) Typically I was drawn to the Milan edition, with it's gorgeous bronze colourway and (slightly more!) subtle print. And don't the flowers just make them perfect for Spring!"

Trainers: £160.00 Offspring
A x 

"I am a big boot fan, and a black boot fan at that. Spring shoes are always a tricky one with unpredictable weather, so these are a perfect mix of practical with a bit of spring freshness."

Boots: £125.00 from & Other Stories 
J x


"I chose these white leather spring shoes as they're versatile enough to wear with almost anything, giving a spring outfit a more polished look. With the English weather they seem like they'd keep me a bit covered and dry in the April showers for my London commute."

Sandals: £52.00 from Topshop
E x

As the days hot up, what will you be adorning your feet with?

A x

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Thought: BIB - Fashion Revolution Special

Catch up with R~A~J~E this weekend.

It's been a busy week in R~A~J~E land, and IRL, so apologies for the lack of blog posts! To make up for it, we have some gorgeous posts lined up for you next week.

This time last week we were shooting the beautiful upcoming Ellie Lines collection for a special festival themed blog post (...coming soon!), we celebrated the things that make living in England quite so special on St George's Day and yesterday we remembered the disaster at the Rana Plaza and marked the second annual Fashion Revolution Day.

The Fashion Revolution is a movement across the world demanding transparency from fashion retail brands about their sourcing and manufacturing processes. This is a long overdue and much needed response to the terrible state of the fashion industry and it is encouraging that so many people all around the world are engaging in the issue. Find out more about the movement here.

And if you want to keep up with our adventures on a day to day basis, you can find us (along with everyone who's anyone) over on Instagram @RAJEdesign. We guarantee multiple shots of coffee, a healthy dose of #foodporn, a smattering of selfies, beauty, fashion, and the occasional deep thought.

Whatever kind of week you've had, for now just enjoy the wonderful elevated, endless feeling that Saturday always seems to bring - happy weekend everyone!

A x

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Thought: Blogs in Brief

Get your weekend off to a gentle pace as you browse our Blogs in Brief. 

We've reached the weekend - the time to slow down, recover and recuperate while letting the stresses and strains of the week wash over you. I like to kick this process off with a lazy Saturday morning and a spot of browsing. I've highlighted some of my favourite reads this week to ease you into a slow Saturday.

While slightly self-congratulatory, My Morning Routine is incredibly inspiring and has encouraged me to finally stop pressing snooze. 

Who doesn't love browsing Coachella photos? It just all looks so picturesque and perfect. I'm about as far from sun-dwelling and boho as you can find, so I would never attend, but it's nice to see all the very pretty outfits. 

This Sali Hughes piece on long-wear crayons has inspired me to revamp my makeup bag and go for a easy, fresh Spring look. 

R x 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Life: What is stress?

The not so funny thing about stress.

Why does it seem that suffering from stress, or being overwhelmed by a stressful situation is so synonymous with being weak, or incapable? Far more often the case is that he or she has probably gone over and above what was asked of them, or that they have been juggling so many balls that you'd probably need 18 metaphorical hands. 
What even is stress anyway? Fear? Responsibility? Helplessness? A never ending to do list with no way of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or not knowing when you'll get to the stage where you can stop, take a breath, stand in stillness for a while and come back fresher with more clarity and calmer.

It can cause lack of sleep, it causes you to not care about things, like what shoes you put with your outfit, or whether you should have really washed your hair this morning. Personally, working in fashion, and as someone who cares a lot about shoes and hair, I guess that should have been a big sign that it was all a bit too much.

By definition it is: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress is a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event, or series of stressful events can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body​.

I see it a bit like a pan of boiling water: you adjust the flame underneath and the blistering bubbles of steam subside and the surface becomes calm again, sure the water underneath looks busy, like the ​water ​​is trying to mimic Oxford street shoppers on a Saturday, but the water is under control again. The thing is, that eventually left unattended that flame does its job and the water over boils.

I think that's how I largely deal with stress, I figure out ways to subside the ​it, a couple of glasses of wine here, a wonderful friend who says "hmm" and "that's ridiculous" and "have you tried writing a to do list" in all the right places there, but none of it solves the source of the problem. So for the past few months I have been concentrating on managing my stress, reclaiming control over the overwhelming cloud of responsibility & rebalancing my commitments. By no means have I won the battle yet, but realising that this is my life and I am too old and life is too short to be huddled in a toilet cubicle talking to myself.

For me my stress is/was 100% work related. So I reclaimed my ‘own’ time, including mornings, lunch breaks and evenings. Working all day every day is exhausting and clouds your vision so:

  • I stopped checking my emails on my way into work - all that did was create an unorganised panic based to-do list
  • I made a conscious effort to have a lunch break – ok, I haven’t managed every day, but the few times I do manage it, it makes a world of difference
  • I negotiated flexible working hours. – fairly extreme, but I was doing 10.5+ hour days, regularly, for consecutive months. So I called HR, had my contract realigned so every other weekend I have 3 days to gather my thoughts and take a real break. It has taken a while to not feel guilty or like I am skiving, but it works.

Sure, I still suffer from the odd time where I am unable to see the end / light / surface but making the decision to reclaim my time helped me. 

How do you deal with your stresses?

J x