With life becoming increasingly manic, finding ways of seeking peace is becoming more and more important to restore balance. Personally, I am drawn to positive vibes and weekend pursuits that calm the mind and renew the soul. So what more perfectly peaceful pursuit combo could there be than putting on my favourite fashion meets feel good mantra Salaam Apparel snapback to beat the drizzle and checking out the street art of Manchester? Take my hand and join me for a positively peaceful adventure…
When it comes to daytime weekend attire, for me it is defined by two things – it has to look good whilst being uber comfy…kind of like I am still in my PJ’s on the go, but not looking like it! I want a go to effortlessness and for me that is basics with a touch of luxe and added cool that I perhaps I am too lazy to actually possess! My current obsession is snapback caps (as you might be able to tell from my recent Be Da Bomb OOTD). They make me feel like an off-duty kool kid, when in reality it is hiding a multitude of “bad hair day-ness” underneath. What I love about my latest addition to my snapback wardrobe (yup, I am getting to the stage it has become a genre in my closet) is the feel good inscription in arabic on the side of my A’Salaam cap. Translated it means “Where there is Love, there is Peace” and I felt this was the perfect partner for a day out with my boyfriend. Whenever I am with him I feel at peace and when he is not around, I can think of this affirmation to bring back my oft wandering zen and calm.
Speaking of calm, the weather this particular day in “sunny” Manchester was actually anything but as Storm Doris was raising her sassy head!So protecting my bonce with a cap was probably the best idea I had that day. That being said, getting out and about in a brisk breeze can blow away the cobwebs of the week, so that you can start afresh. It was time to throw caution to the wind (literally), throw on my fave oversized aviator and go discover some of Manchester’s hidden gems!
One of my favourite things to do when I am in Manchester is to hunt out the new street art. Take yourself for a meander around the Northern Quarter and there is literally a delight to be found around every corner! The Northern Quarter is possibly (probably actually) my favourite area of the city due to its colour, its vibe…and its eateries. The most iconic piece of street art at the moment in the area has to be the David Bowie mural. Whenever I walk through the area, I am forever seeing people stop to take a moment, take a picture and take in what a great painting it is. I always try to stop a second to look at it as I take it as a visual reminder that there needs to be more peace and silence in my life, from the great man himself.
In stark contrast, one of my other top picks is THIS riot of colour below! Bright popping colours swirled together just make my heart happy…plus this looks freaking awesome too! I love that this and the Bowie mural as right at the hub of the area, showing how important street art is valued as a positive thing, not a menace to society as some see it. I think it makes the place vibrant, fun and a pleasure to spend time in.
What I love about a good adventure is going off the beaten track, finding the quiet places…and sometimes you will find beauty. Whilst taking a short cut we discovered this little beauty that I think summed up the mood of the day. Peaceful, hopeful and a little bit of a rebellion against the manic nature of everyday life by splashing some much needed beauty about.
All in all, this particularly day restored my zen, ready to face the challenges for a new week ahead. It is so important to find things that bring you peace and to make sure you incorporate them as much as possible. Happiness and love are so important, therefore I reiterate my cap’s mantra for you to take away from this post:
“Where there is Love, there is Peace”
Until next time fillies,
Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x
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