SURVIVING THE NIGHT SHIFT

Every so often you will hear me moaning (sorry about that) about having to work nights. With my current job I have to do a week of them every couple of months. This has been the case for the past two years and will be for the foreseeable future. Nights are not something I enjoy at all, despite being quite good at shifting to sleeping in the day. I find these changes have a negative affect on my mood; it is a bit like having another bout of PMS, what joy! There are a few things which I’ve found to improve the shift…mainly food intake and taking breaks! Below is a basic timetable for when I’m on nights, along with some tips for getting through the shift.
MY TIMETABLE

1900 – Wake up
This is my morning, I shower, dress and get everything ready for my shift, including a lunch.
1930 – Eat
I always eat a large meal before starting my night shift, its my main meal.
2000 – Leave for work
2030 – Start work
Usually the work load is pretty intense. I eat and drink when I can, hopefully getting a ‘lunch break’ sometime around 2am.
0900 – Finish work
I immediately head home, eat breakfast and get ready for bed.
1000 – Get into bed.
Generally I read for a bit to unwind before falling asleep.

MY TOP TIPS

  • Gradually adjust your sleeping pattern. Generally I stay up really late the night before the shift, then I sleep in as late as I can the day of my first shift. On the day I finish nights I have a short nap when I get home. I tend to feel really groggy when trying to shift my pattern back to days, it’s like being jet lagged.
  • Get whoever your living with onside. Explain that you will be trying to sleep in the day, if they are conscientious it can make a huge difference!
  • Block as much light out of your bed room as possible. Get blackout blinds, hang blankets over the curtains etc. Invest in an eye-mask and earplugs. Heaven forbid your sleep is interrupted by a jolly neighbour mowing the grass!
  • Do not try to be productive in the day. Think of the day like your night and concentrate on sleep. Don’t let others think that you are ‘free’ in the day either. If working in the day would you be free at 2am? No.
  • Don’t panic if your not sleeping for long enough. Your sleep will probably be more disjointed, certainly for the first few days. If you can’t sleep well just try and rest.
  • Make your first meal a big one. When I wake up it is dinner time, so I have dinner as my first meal of the day. This may feel odd, but it will set you up for the evening well. It also means that if you get stuck without a break you won’t starve!
  • Bring a variety of snacks. I get the oddest cravings on nights, so always have a few snacks at the ready. I make them healthy, giving me no choice but the healthy option.
  • Make sure you eat enough and drink enough on shift, even if you don’t feel like it.
  • No caffeine after 5am. Some friends who have a long drive after the shift rely on the caffeine burst to get home, I find having it later stops me sleeping well.
  • Don’t nap on the night shift. Some people swear by it, I find it stops me getting a good sleep once my shift finishes.
  • Limit the amount of day light your exposed to on the way home. I have been known to wear sunglasses. Trust me it helps, it also makes you look like a film star so…
  • Eat something before going to bed. This stops me being woken by hunger, which is as horrible as it sounds.

Anyone else have to work the night shift? Any other tips?

x M

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ARAN KNIT

Is anything more satisfying that a nice knitted jumper? I myself am partial to one with an Aran or Cable knit pattern, they just give off such a relaxing home-spun vibe. You can just imagine yourself all wrapped up in one, with a mug of tea!

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This particular version is from a few years ago, but Fat Face have similar. Since I have started looking into how ethical brands are, I’ve started to consider Fat Face more. Out of the many high-street options they do especially well.

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Please forgive the bags under my eyes, post nights etc..I’ll explain the hair bow, you see there was a time I was completely obsessed with them, my love for Minnie Mouse is partly responsible. I had them in every colour, I would even make them! Now and then I still feel like wearing a bow, so I just fashion them out of ribbon or a thin scarf.

x M

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FIVE STEPS TO ACE MONDAY

Isn’t it dreadful, how it’s Monday again? There are four entire days until the sweet weekend. Don’t fret, I have a plan for this evening, it’s sure to get your week off to the best start.


1. Move

I know you don’t feel like it, but trust me those endorphins will make you feel incredible. Take 20 minutes; go for a walk (or run if you are superwoman!), do some yoga, or even dance round the kitchen to the radio.

2. Cleanse

Take another 20 minutes to wash all those Monday blues away. Run a bath or give yourself an extra long shower. Use a face mask and while your at it paint your toe nails. You’ll emerge as the shiny-sassy you.

3. Eat properly

Now, don’t spend ages slaving over a stove but make something nutritious. Fill yourself with food that’s healthy and you’ll feel better for it. Make a stir fry, even if it means cheating and getting it ready chopped. Cook some extra for a packed lunch tomorrow, you are ruling this Monday!

4. Organise

Almost at the best bit, you just need to sort a few things to make the next morning easy-peasy… Choose what your wearing tomorrow and have it ready to go, then get your bag ready too because you are unstoppable!

5. Relax

The one you’ve all been waiting for, made even better because everything is sorted for tomorrow. I’ll leave it up to you to choose the best way to unwind, I’d highly recommend colouring in while watching food programs…Oh and one final thing, get yourself to bed nice and early like the rockstar you are.

x M

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CONSIDER A HAT

The wide brimmed hat. The impulse buy from a few years ago that I am *trying* to get good use out of. I tend to forget about it, sometimes I see someone else in a hat and think that I should have worn mine. Hats are not something I often consider when getting dressed, unless its cold, when a wooly hat is always on my head.

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I get hat envy looking at other peoples hats, so why don’t I remember to wear mine? At least it is in a reasonably sensible colour so I can incorporate it into outfits easily. Maybe I will have head-space to consider hats now that my wardrobe is slimmer. I really should, as they can drastically change an outfit; in this case giving it a well needed lift.

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To do list – consider a hat.

x M

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CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL

1. What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?
I have some belts that were a hand me downs from my mum. She used them in the 80’s. I also have quite a bit that used to belong to my cousin. I really like when I am the second person to use clothes. There are some shoes and tops that are from when I was about 17 too.

2. What is the newest item?
My new bag from The Cambridge Satchel Company, I mentioned it here. The style I have is not stocked now but they have many that are similar. They also do great sales, so watch out for them.

3. What is the most expensive item?
My Anya Hindmarch Maxi bag, similar here. This was a huge treat that I saved up for with my first few pay checks. Admittedly I got it at an outlet store so saved about 50%. If you are making an investment purchase I would really recommend heading to an outlet; Bicester Village is good on a weekday when there are fewer crowds.

4. What is the most affordable item you use a lot?
I have been given a lot of hand me downs, which were free, to me anyway! I wear my Lonsdale Sports Bras everyday when I cycle to work, they were very cheap. My New Balance Trainers were also on sale at £25 and they are my most worn shoe.

5. What was the biggest bargain?
My Deuter Rucksack which I use every day for work and I essentially got for free. Basically I got a Halfords voucher when I moved into my flat that covered it. I’ve mentioned it before but my satchel was a brilliant bargain too.

6. What was the biggest waste of money?
I’m becoming more conscious of how clothes were made, so when I find that companies aren’t ethical I feel I have wasted money on them. I’ve found two of my favourite clothes brands are particularly bad, I’ve decided to stop shopping there and remove any tags and links to them in posts.

7. What are your 3 favourite items right now?
A bright yellow top mentioned here, these black dungarees and my Ski Jacket because I’ve found it useful at home when there is a cold chill.

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8. What is the most colourful item in your wardrobe?
Most of my more colourful items are in storage for my Summer Capsule, you can see some examples here. Of the items I wear currently; I have a very bright pink snood that I knitted from Sirdar wool. There is also that yellow top that I keep mentioning…

9. What is your favourite piece that you’ve gotten as a gift?
Navy top, Tan Bag and Brown Faux Fur Stole; which are all mentioned in this post if you want to know more…

10. What is the most comfortable item?
My black bralette and lounging pants. They are my go to comfort items, I tend to change into them most evenings.

11. What is the most uncomfortable item?
Uncomfortable items don’t last long in my wardrobe, to be honest I won’t even let them in now. I do have a few beautiful but silly high heals, you can see some decorating my bookshelf here. My younger self was more tolerant of the pain…I’ve kept them for fancy outfits.

12. Show us your favourite complete outfit.
I don’t have one favourite outfit…Below are some I particularly like from my Autumn/Winter Capsule, or you can check out my weekly Outfit Posts.

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13. Pick your favourite black item and your favourite white item.
Most items in my wardrobe are black, so that is quite difficult. Overall I’d choose my black Doc Martens. My favourite white item is this a stripy top. You can see me wearing both at the same time here!

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14. Where do you shop the most?
At the moment I am reassessing which brands to use, so I don’t have a favourite place anymore. Hopefully I can start building better habits about what brands to use and then I can tell you!

x M

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FRIDAY FAVOURITES 19th FEB

The end of the month is creeping nearer and I’m ecstatic. I’m closer to being on a new rotation and it is nearly pay day! Yes, I might have slipped into the habit of wishing my life away. I realise this is a bad but somehow it makes me feel less negative.

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This week has been disjointed, I have not had a good routine but I’ve had a few bursts of productivity. The progress made in those moments has made me feel so fulfilled.

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Valentines Day this year was the nicest one I’ve ever had. It was relaxed and lovely. I made these the day before, to be nibbled as a late breakfast.

ESPRESSO CUPS - a day at a time.jpgThese espresso cups are some of my favourite items of kitchenware, having time to make proper coffee in them it truly makes my day.

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Duh duh duh duuuh duuuh….I might be the last person to see the new Star Wars, NO SPOILERS!! In preparation/excitement I’ve re-watched every.single.film. Fantastic use of my time? Absolutely….p.s I found this picture here.

I hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks,

x M

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CAPSULE WARDROBE UPDATES

I haven’t written about what is in my capsule wardrobe recently, I’ve shared outfits with you but not given an update about how its developed. I think thats because not a lot has changed. I’ve not been thinking about my capsule or actively planning it; I’ve just been getting on with life and wearing it! There have been a few additions and I did have another HUGE clear out of clothes. The every day items however are much the same. Below is what was added to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe since September:

Whistles Yellow Ribbed Top – Link to similar
This gave a well needed colour update and is my favourite new addition. I enjoy wearing it so it tends to get worn as soon as its clean. Hopefully the colour will mean I’ll be wearing it well into the warmer months. The only downside is that it does need a delicate wash…

GAP Black Ribbed Polo Neck – Link to similar
A long sleeved black top is an absolute necessity in my wardrobe. My usual one has faded and was a bit thin for winter. I have wild plan to dye it, but until then it is replaced with this cosy number. It’s been really comfy on colder days, and should be useful into our cooler spring because the top has a fine knit.

 

French Connection Navy Top – Link to item
A lovely Christmas present from my mum, she knows I like the cut of French Connection clothes. It fits in with my current style so its easy to build outfits with. I also find it looks very flattering.

Whistles Slim Leg Navy Trouser – Link to similar
I’ve been on the lookout for trousers to update my work wardrobe. I had been wearing a pair that I got while I was in University, they were not the best quality and were getting a little worn. This lovely pair were an epic sale find for only £15!

 

Brown faux fur sole – Link to similar
This was another delightful Christmas present! A simple but great update to my winter wardrobe. It instantly adds a bit of glamour to an outfit and is snug too! I’ve had a few envious looks from friends while wearing it.

Grey Knitted Arran Cardigan GAP– Link to similar
I was humming and hawing over this when my mum said it would be great as a ‘work horse’ item. She meant that it would be versatile, low maintenance and get a lot of wear. Its my casual cardigan that I fling on over everything, essentially doing the same job that a hoody used to.

Doc Martens Aila Shoe – Link to item
I replaced my well loved and worn out work brogues with this pair, they have a intricate skull pattern on them which I love. Once broken in, which does admittedly take time, they fit like a glove and are really comfortable. If they weren’t left in my locker at work I might be wearing them all the time. The only downside is that I prefer a shoe with a leather sole, but that is a personal preference.

Cambridge Satchel Company – Link to similar
I have wanted one of these satchels for years, but could never decide what colour or size to get. More recently I’ve been hankering after a robust bag that I could tote my laptop and camera about in. Something that had more rigidity than the bags I was currently using, so would offer more protection. As luck would have it The Cambridge Satchel Company had an epic sale, I have not seen such good reductions in a long time. The bag I got was 50% off with a further 30% off on top! I opted for a bag that was actually listed under the Mens section, I preferred its plain front and thicker strap. In real life it is really beautiful and despite having structure the leather is soft.

Dune Tan Leather Bag – Link to similar
Every year we do a family Secret Santa and every year I get a joke present….except this year, when my Auntie got me this beauty! I wouldn’t have treated myself to a new tan coloured bag, but I’ve really enjoyed this new addition. It also gave me the impetus to have a good clear out of all my bags and really hone my collection.

What are you recent wardrobe updates?

x M

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