Is work-life balance a thing during pandemic?

Wearing: Tracksuit via Femme Luxe, Shoes: Puma, Bag: Strathberry, Blazer: Zara, Sunglasses: Longchamp

Work-life balance is a word I used to mention daily at least hundred times when I worked in recruitment. I used to sell that dream to my candidates but looking back I am thinking…who was I kidding? I did not have work-life balance myself and most of the people I spoke to neither. In one job I used to come to the office at 7 in the morning and leaving at 9 on most days. When I got home I just jumped to bed as my body just could not do anything else.

I started to think about this again today when looking at these pictures where I am wearing my casual uniform of tracksuit and trainers. Yes got the same one from Femme Luxe in another colour and I truly love them all. It simply made me think about this as covid changed the way how we dress, how we spend time so let’s see if how we work also shifted. How has work-life balance changed? If we work from home did things get better or worse?

London and big cities are the worst when it comes to work to be honest. People are praised to work overtime and are celebrated when they come to the office very early. I just think it is so wrong as it is about productivity and results. The question is how is it now when we can’t see to people’s homes. One thing that definitely helped to people in big cities is the time you save on travel. However, it only depends on what they do with that time? Will do an hour of yoga instead or sleep longer or jump straight to laptop to do more work. And how about the key workers? Surely they had to work harder than ever and that includes medical staff but also couriers and delivery drivers. The demand was bigger than ever. Looking at my husband who worked at home at start and then he had to go to the office and projects nothing changed for him. He works crazy hours and even if working from home he easily turns on his laptop 6:30 and switches off 8 pm some days.

Perhaps people feel more rested as we saved time on other things like going out and doing all sorts of activities but everybody still works very hard. On the other hand the people that were lucky to have a job are probably very grateful. Lot of people lost their job and the aftermath of this will take time.

Eva

Work-life balance je slovo, ktere jsem pouzivala denne, v dobe kdy jsem pracovala v personalistice. Snazila jsem se prodat onen sen, kdy mate dost casu na sebe, ale zvladate i praci snad kazdemu potencialnimu kandidatovi. Dnes se zpetne divam a rikam si, komu jsem nalhavala? Myslim, ze i sama sobe. U jednoho z mych predchozich zamestnavatelu jsem prichazela do prace v sedm a odchazela v devet naprosto bezne a nekdy i pozdeji. Kazdy vecer jsem akorat prisla domu a unavou padla do postele. O nejakem balancu mezi pracovnim a soukromym zivotem nebyla rec.

Dnes jsem se zpetne divala na tyhle fotky v me covidove uniforme a dalsi teplakovce z Femme Luxe a premyslela jsem prave o praci. Jak jsme na tom s balancovanim prace a zivota v dobe pandemie? Je to lepsi ci je to horsi? Jsou veci vyrovnanejsi, protoze vetsina pracuje z domu? Covid zmenil tolik veci at uz jak se satime, jak travime cas a tak premyslim, zda prisla i zmena ve work-lifebalancu.

Velka mesta jsou urcite horsi, od lidi se ocekava brzky prichod do prace a nejvic se oslavuje ten, kdo odchazi z kancelare posledni. Ja v to jaksi neverim, je to prece o vysledcich a produktivite. A jak je to tedy dnes v dobe pandemie? Miliony lidi pracuji z domu a do jejich oken nevidime. Jedno je jasne, ze spousta z nich ziskala cas pro sebe navic tim, ze nemusi dojizdet. V meste jako Londyne je to klidne hodina i vice jednim smerem. Je ale na nich jak tento casu vyuziji. Nekdo si mozna da hodinu yogy pres zoom ci si pospi dele, ale spousta lidi urcite skonci k pocitaci. A pak tady mame key workers, kteri urcite mohou na work-life balance v dobe covidove zapomenout. Spise pracovali vic nez kdyz predtim. Muj muz napriklad pracoval behem prvniho lockdownu z domu a pak uz ne a muzu rict, ze i kdyz obcas pracuje z domu, zapina pocitat v 6:30 a nekonci drive nez v sedm ci osm vecer. Myslim, ze naroky jsou porad stejne pro tolik odvetvi a mozna i horsi.

Myslim, ze lide pracuji porad hodne i v dnesni dobe, je to jenom jina forma. Na druhou stranu ti co maji praci v teto dobe jsou vlastne statni lide, protoze pandemie prinesla velkou krizi a ta tady bude jeste pekne dlouho.

Eva

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To Retouch or Not to Retouch

Images: India Edwards
Wearing: Dress: Shona Joy, Boots: Zara, Bag: Chanel, Belt: Black & Brown, Earrings: Missoma, Blazer: Vintage

To retouch or not to retouch is the question. I am one of many reacting to the picture by Khloe Kardashian. Well, for me the answer is not so simple. I believe she has full right to do what she wants without being judged or criticised. The whole family build the brand on looking immaculate and if that is the case and they post perfect retouched images it is their choice. She also has a right to take down image if she wants to. As with anything in life some people with praise it and some will hate it. The issue is that human beings do not want to take responsibility for themselves.

People and women especially need to learn to love their bodies as they are. The problem is that social media stars and celebrities are constantly pointed at that they are not showing the real deal. Well, I am firm believer that if you love yourself deeply and accept yourself as you are that retouch image of a super star will just leave you cold. You would not care one person is size 20 and the other is size 6. You are just happy with yourself and look after your body mentally and physically.

I am not the type of influencer that is demanding when it comes to her images. I do not retouch much apart from the od spot and I do not retouch my figure. There has been couple of photographers that have done it for me in the past but again I left it as was. It is their style and brand after all. f you ever meet a person that has been shooting with me you realise I am happy with little. I am not a diva that takes hours to get the perfect image as I am happy with few selections. However, again that is my choice. If I take a picture down again it is my choice and it is my choice to work like that too.

I am definitely not here to judge what people put on social media. And trust me I met so many girls from the blogging industry that when you see them in real life you cannot recognise them. That is how much different they look to their images. Again that is what they chose to do.

So let’s be more open to people’s choices and mainly love our bodies as they are.

Remember there is no right or wrong.

Eva

Retusovat ci ne? To je otazka, ktera se porad propira v mediich a na socialnich siti. Asi uhadnete, za jako spousty dalsich reaguju na skandal okolo fotografie Khloe Kardashian. Odpoved neni cerna a bila. Khloe Kardashian a cela jejich rodina ma svou znacku, ktera je vybudovana na urcite image. Pouzivaji top fotografie, filtry a retus a vyplatilo se jim to. Kazdy ma pravo jit cestou, kterou chce. Jsou Instagramove hvezdy, ktere se proslavily ukazovanim striji a jsou hvezdy, ktere maji dokonale upravene fotografie. A myslim, ze neni treba soudit ani prvni ani druhou skupinu. Kazdy ma pravo si na svuj profil dat co chce a kdykoli to smazat. Problem je v tom, ze lide nechteji klast zodpovednost na sebe.

Lide a zejmena zeny se musi naucit milovat sva tela jak jsou. Je to sice proces, ale cim vic na sobe v tomto smeru pracujete, opravdu tim mene vas drasa prave takova fotografie. Ja moc dobre vim, jak funguje modni prumysl a vubec si nelamu hlavu tim, ze je neco hodne retusovaneho, protoze zkratka vim, ze dana osoba proste takto nevypada. A hlavne se me to ani netyka. Kdyz se mate radi, je vam jedno jestli na vas na instagramu vyskoci modelka velikosti 34 nebo plnostihla zena. Je to o vas a o vasem postoji ke svemu nitru a vasemu telu.

Ja nejsem bloger, ktery foti hodiny jeden outfit. Jsem docela nenarocna. Az na par fotografu, kteri me retusovali, se ja moc neupravuju. Spis pracuju se svetlem, mozna vymazu nejaky ten pupinek a to je vse. Jsem jedna z tech malo narocnych a spis ten kdo je za fotoaparatem me nuti, ze bych mohla jeste zkusit par fotek, at mam na vyber. Ale to je opet moje rozhodnuti. Neni to ani spravne a ani spatne. Kdyz uz neco fotim, tak se soustredim na detaily v realnem case a v post produkci uz moc zmen neuvidite.

Nejsem tady abych soudila nekoho, jak vypada, jak retusuje ci jestli si vyfotil akne. Verte mi, ze jsem potkala spousty blogerek, ktere jsem v realu ani nepoznala. Nektere zkratka pouzivaji fotografie tak editovane, ze na vas v realu mluvi jina osoba. Je to ale opet jejich volba.

Je treba byt otevreny a nezaujaty a hlavne mit rad same sebe. Jde o to zacit, protoze to pro mnohe z nas muze byt dlouhy proces.

Eva

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Will it be just before and after pandemic?

Tracksuit: Femme Luxe, Boots: Allsaints, Hat:Nike, Bag: Polene, Coat: American Vintage via Brand Alley, Earrings: Zara

I do not know how about you but I am dreading a little bit the return to normality. I know it will not be fully as it was before for a while. Or the question is more if it will be ever the same as before? Is it going to be one of those things that will create before and after pandemic?

Anyway, I simply got used to so many things that resonate with comfort. Whether it is spending lot of time in the comfort of home, the comfort of deliveries, the comfort of online shopping, the comfort of online workout classes and really everything that has been huge part of our lives in the last year. Comfort is my second name and I realised how easy it is to get used to it. I am not rushing anywhere all the time. PR events are organised over zoom and although I miss social contact I quickly got used to it. For any event I can just put on cute top and keep on comfortable trousers and the travel is from sofa to my laptop on the table which takes just seconds.

Do I miss going out and seeing friends? Yes big time but also it feels like I forgot how to dress up and my body feels great in tracksuits and leggings. This tracksuit is the newest addition and it is from Femme Luxe. I have it in a different colour but this creamy one is perfect for spring. The cut is perfect, it has that oversized feel and I am over the moon with the fabric. It looks great after several washes too.

Do not get me wrong I am lusting to go on holiday and go to Czech to see my family but at the same time it feels almost not natural in my head. I start to feel dressed up in anything that does not scream comfort and although I do create content for social media I often catch myself in the baggiest trousers and top. I am excited for social life but at the same time I am seriously worried that I simply got lazy.

Comfort just became huge part of our lives. I mean who is missing the ugly side of everyday life. I bet not many of you miss the packed tube or crowds of people waiting to get served in a tiny sandwich shop. Well, let’s just hope we manage to find a lovely balance when we slowly go back to things as we know them before.

Eva

Ja nevim jak vy, ale trosku se bojim navratu do reality. Obecne si teda myslim, ze normalita jako takova nenastane ihned. Vse uz bude jine, otazkou je jestli na porad ci na jak dlouhou dobu? Ja pevne doufam, ze bude zase normalni si zajit do kina ci do narvaneho klubu ci proste jenom na Vanocni msi do kostela bez omezeni, rezervaci, gelu ci masek. Jenom jsem si za ten roz zvykla na pohodli. At uz je to pohodlne obleceni, donaska do domu, nakupy jenom online, zoom eventy a vsechno je to zkratka o pohodli vaseho zivota a domova. Usetri to spoustu casu, spoustu planovani a cestovani a dokonce i cviceni je jenom z domu. Nedavno jsem byla fotit s fotografkou a uprimne me to celkove strasne vysalo. Ze by si moje odvyklo na ten muj shon pred pandemii?

Dalsi vec je oblekani. Nejak jsem si zvykla na vice pohodlne outfity, nic komplikovaneho a hlavne na teplakovky. I kdyz mam spoustu krasneho obleceni, casto se pristihnu, ze saham opet po leginech ci teplacich. Tohle je muj novy prirustek a mam ji v tmavsi barve. Byla jsem moc spokojena s materialem a s tim jak vypada a sedi, ze jsem si poridila dalsi barvu.

Samozrejme snim o cestovani, o tom jit ven na veceri s prateli bez rousek a omezeni, o plazi a ceste na Moravu. Snim o tom, ze pujdu do kina, divadla a do galerie. Je toho tolik. Zaroven mi predstava krasnych satu a nejake poradne akce prijde jako vzdalena predstava. Na pohodli si clovek zvykne velmi rychle. Prestoze tvorim obsah a oblekam se na tvorbu, foceni ci videa, tak se v beznem zivote velmi casto pristihnu ve vytahanych dzinech a XL tricku.

Pohodli se zkratka stalo soucasti naseho zivota. A ve spouste vecech to ma sve vyhody. Myslim, ze spouste z nas nechybi narvane metro v dopravni spicce, kdy vam dychaji dalsi tri lidi na zada. Snad se nam podari najit prijemny balanc az se pomalu budeme vracet k beznemu zivotu jako pred pandemii.

Eva

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Australian brands that do it better….!!

Images: India Edward

Wearing: Dress: Shona Joy, Boots: Zara, Bag: Polene, Belt: Black & Brown

SHOP SHONA JOY

Are you sometimes that person that has enough of the usual suspects when it comes to high-street fashion? You want something different and want to strut in a dress that will fits like a glove and is made of good quality fabric? Then head over to Australia. And there is no need to book a ticket or travel with your finger on the map. You can just explore their wonderful fashion brands that have so much to offer.

I discovered first few Australian brands when I started blogging and immediately fell in love with Aje. Back then it was rare to see it around or even buy something easily but few years later you can get hands on their beautiful designs. There are many wonderful fashion brands coming from Australia and introducing effortless summer styles. You may love brands like Talulah, Elliatt or Alice McCall that is so popular in UK. This brand was hit hard during pandemic however it does not change a fact they do beautiful clothes.

One of my absolute favourites though is Shona Joy. Brand that offers timeless elegance with a twist. It is wearable but not boring. It works with fantastic fabrics and does not fail to surprise me with each new collection. They offer so much from evening dressing to party pieces but also elegant dresses for the office environment. I am lucky to own few pieces and I know that their models are easy to wear and are fantastic option for so many occasions.

My linen dress with balloon sleeves is a great example of timeless fashion and it can be worn again and again. Whether you are heading to a al fresco lunch, dinner on the holiday, picnic or even a festival this dress with work and it comes in other colours too.

I could literally shop everything on their website and hope you will love it too.

Taky to obcas mate tak, ze mate plne zuby obleceni z retezcu? Rikate si, ze veci jsou to sice krasne, ale postradate neco navic, neco vic unikatnejsiho a neco co neuvidite desetkrat pri ranni jizde metrem. Jestli mate zalusk na novy kousek do vaseho satniku, staci zabrouzdat v Australskych vodach, tedy spise v jejich modnich znackach, ktere jsou neotrele, kvalitni a neokoukane.

Kdyz jsem zacinala blogovat pred mnoha lety, narazila jsem na znacku Aje, kterou miluju doted. Tenkrat to nebylo tak jednoduche jejich kousky sehnat, ale dnes uz jsou k dostani v Britanii na nekolika e-shopech a jejich modely me bavi porad stejne. Ale u Aje to zdaleka nekonci. Budou se vam urcite libit i znacky jako Talulah, Elliatt ci popularni Alice McCall, ktera je oblibena v Britanii. Ta se dostala behem pandemie do financnich problemu, ale to nemeni nic na tom, ze jejich obleceni je fantasticke.

Jedna z mych nejoblibenejsich Australskych znacek je ale urcite Shona Joy. Je to značka, která je známá po celém světě a získala si svou popularitu zejména díky svým modelům na svatbu a večerní akce. Čeká vás ale mnohem více. Většina kolekcí přinese každý rok velmi šik kousky, které jsou nadčasové, ale přesto velmi zajímavé. V jejich kolekcich najdete jak nesmrtelného leoparda tak i flitry či květinové potisky. . Jejich Instagramová stránka je plná inspirace a stojí za to ji sledovat.

Tyhle saty jsou perfektnim prikladem nadcasovosti a hodi se na tolik prilezitosti. At uz se chystate na picnic, festival ci dovolenou. Je to kousek, ktery se da nosit leta a bude tim evergreenovym kouskem v kazdem satniku. Ja osobne bych mohla jejich e-shop vykoupit cely a snad se bude libit i vam.

Eva

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