Interiors Lifestyle

That Dream House is on my mind

March 2, 2016

1That Dream House- Laila Eve

Sooooo you remember way back when at the start of Laila Eve I wrote a post about my dream home? Well I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately and as I’m slowly working on making that dream a reality, I thought I  better start visualising what I actually want and bring that into exsistence. Now if you are not a personal friend of mine then you will not know how OBSESSED I am with Pinterest (check out my boards you will love it I promise) I’m constantly inspired with the array of images that are curated/pinned by the minute, and over the years I’ve managed to acquire quite the selection. 

I would say my style is very simple, clean, neutral but I do appreciate pops of colours here and there. I’ve been thinking a lot about specific rooms and I wanted to share some of my ideas with you. 

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Real Talk

Temperamental Feelings- Real Talk

February 28, 2016
Temperamental Feelings- Real Talk Laila Eve

So it’s been awhile…..  A lot of life has been happening over the past couple of weeks; good and bad. This month has been super busy and my commitments have suffered because of that. I feel like I’ve learnt a few life lessons and the importance of always going with your gut, and what your mind tells you the first time in any given situation is super important and shouldn’t be ignored. I won’t go into full detail about the situations that have occurred, but I just wanted to share this. If you feel a type of way towards any given situation, person, place etc (you know where I’m going with this) then please believe that you feel that way for all the right reasons; your initial encounter is important. Think of it as your inner self, guarding you against potential hazards that your brain hasn’t had time to rationalise and make sense of. Your inner self acts out on intention and instinct and will never lead you astray. Now don’t get me wrong sometimes our feelings and actions can also stem from fear and insecurities, but I hope we are able to distinguish the difference depending on what we are facing. 

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Real Talk

Nice to meet you 26; Happy Birthday to me

February 14, 2016

Nice to meet you 26; Happy Birthday to me

26 its nice to meet you!

25 you taught me a lot of lessons, I spent the year in search of things I thought I should already have in place; perfect career, brand new home, a family X Y and Z. I tried to control every situation as in my mind I was following a map around the world and I had hot spots to hit at specific destinations that I lined up at specific times in my life, and on paper I was supposed to basically have everything by 25…….I blame society for the thirst of perfection, university for not preparing us for the real world and allowing us to live in la la land, to only be hit in the face with a Jimmy Choo fresh out of graduation (I studied fashion design, so you can understand my need to reference such a specific brand of shoes). 

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Interiors

Art Deco Design- Interiors

February 9, 2016

Art Deco Design- Laila Eve

Blue room; Bob Bob Ricard

Art Deco Design- Laila Eve

Art Deco Design- Laila Eve

Take me somewhere that looks aesthetically pleasing and I will for sure have a great time. May sound shallow but interior design of places where you would eat and drink, make or break where I choose to go. I want to feel comfortable to put my bag down, so number 1 is hygiene and number 2 the design of the place has to wow my socks of. My mentality (which is also the same for choosing accommodation) is if its not nicer than my home than why pay to be here? 

With this being said I’ve been fortunate enough to have some great experiences with great friends in pretty awesome places.  Narrowing down my favourites, and including a soon to visit place I’ve realised that the Art Deco design as a similarity between the three places Ive featured today. Bob Bob Ricard, Sketch and Dirty Martini.

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Lifestyle Real Talk

January reflections & February goals

February 2, 2016

January reflections & February goals- Laila Eve copy

(Image via: nordic design)

New month fresh outlook. First I wanted to reflect back on January and think about what I’ve achieved in the past month. My goals for this year are very simple and realistic, however still ambitious and I wanted to break down the bigger goals into monthly instalments. 

Starting this blog was one of my main goals, I wanted to have an outlet where I could be honest and open, and at the same time visual and inspiring to those who choose to follow my journey, and Im pleased to say that the 2 day a week post I committed myself to I’ve managed to achieve (yayyyy). I hope to increase the amount of posts I feature each week overtime, but for now this setup works for me and its realistic for the lifestyle that I carry out daily. 

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Real Talk

Strength

January 31, 2016
Strength- What This Means to Me- Frida Kahlo

(Main image via: Lisa Congdon)

Strength, I’v come to realise that there are not enough words to articulate wholeheartedly what defines strength. Strength can only be defined by the individual who in that moment describes to you what strength is to them. Whether its an event that takes place in an individuals life there’s no right or wrong just a story of endurance and courage.

For me personally strength is the women who surround me. The women who keep the world moving everyday, they are selfless, compassionate, courageous, humble and loving. For me they are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and great friends. They are my inspiration everyday, and from whom I learn so much from.

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Food

Butternut Squash & Chicken Bake

January 26, 2016
Butternut Squash & Chicken Bake- Laila Eve

I’ve been doing really well with healthy eating over the last 10 months and I’m proud to say that along with exercise I’ve managed to shift almost 4 stone! – I will be going into more detail regarding weight loss, food and exercise in other posts so please check back. Because of this I wanted to share with you some of my favourite foods to make each week as I’m someone who likes to meal prep for the days ahead. I’m all for quick meals that don’t require too much preparation and this Butternut squash & chicken bake has to be one of the easiest recipes to whip up.

PS: For those of you on a Weight Watchers plan this is only 3sp, so go on continue reading. 

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Photography Travel

Photography Edition- Gods Art Work

January 24, 2016
Gods Art Work- Photography Edition

*So what do I mean by Gods art work? Let me explain. Today at 7.30am- natural body clock on the weekend when I’m not suddenly woken up at 5.15am during the working week, I proceeded to use the bathroom and on my way, I saw a bright strobe of light through the glass in my front door. Curious to what was going on outside I hurried back to my room to look out the window to see the same bright light in all its hues, orange lilac and blue but couldn’t locate a definite source ( obviously I knew it was the sunrise but I wanted to see more).

Following this strobe downstairs I excitedly open the front curtains and managed to see the most beautiful sunrise. The most captivating of colours displayed in the most calming way.
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Photography Travel

To be well Travelled- Seychelles Edition

January 19, 2016
Seychelles Edition- Laila Eve

Seychelles Edition- Laila Eve

Seychelles Edition- Laila Eve

Seychelles Edition- Laila Eve

I could sit and look back at these pictures for hours, my experience of this wonderful country was absolutely breathtaking! The people, the food, the WEATHER, I mean what more could you ask for? A gruesome 14 hour flight and I was in paradise. Having travelled to the other side of the world with the neighbouring regions being Madagascar and Kenya, I was suddenly transported to an island amongst natures greatest in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

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