The Wardrobe Challenge | #SustainableMe

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A very big fashion trend that is hitting the news is 'sustainable fashion'. The BBC recently launched a sustainable fashion project which reached the runways of London Fashion Week.  The BBC are working in collaboration with the British Fashion Council and Mother of Pearl in hopes to create a better #SustainableMe. 

As much as I want to quickly jump onto this trend, it isn't feasible for me to completely eradicate and swap out my wardrobe for sustainable pieces instead.  I understand that many others may be in this position.  Nonetheless, I couldn't agree more with the need to acknowledge and use sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly clothes.  I am someone that is, quite frankly, addicted to fashion, but I wanted to make a twist on the '#SustainableMe' project which is more appropriate for my context.  Here are my aims of this 90 day challenge:

1. Wear everything I own in my wardrobe and donate or gift pieces which I do not use/wear.  

2. Not purchase any new clothing pieces.  

3. Do a round up at the end of each week of my outfits (bar my lazy in-house pajamas) and share it every Sunday!

I want to note that I am fully aware that the clothes I will be wearing will not, necessarily, be eco-friendly but my wardrobe is an accumulation of pieces I have had for years and sustainable fashion was not something that was brought to my attention until it made headlines.  If you want to buy new clothes, maybe try the charity shops!  At least that way you are aware that the money is going towards a positive cause, and the pieces have a new home.  However, as I aforementioned, being a full time university student makes it difficult for me to completely declutter my wardrobe and buy new pieces. The change doesn't have to happen overnight! This is just the first step towards environmental fashion.  On top of this, I feel this challenge will improve my awareness of what garments I actually own, alongside appreciating old treasures I forgot I had! 
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Insanity Work Out | Month One Review

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I have finally completed month one of Insanity!  It was a tough month and I am looking forward to my one week recovery period of stretching and balance which I will cover in my next Insanity post alongside a fit test. 

I thought it would be worth doing a summary of this journey, alongside any physical and mental changes I have experienced, and final thoughts. 

If you have not read my other two posts about Insanity please do so here: 

Week 1 Review

Week 2 Review

General Observations

1. The work outs seem to get harder.  For me, it did not get any easier throughout the weeks, rather, it got more difficult.  I believe it is because you use so many major muscle groups in each work out that one day is not enough for it to completely restore and repair prior to the next session. 

2. Never get lazy with the warm up and stretches.  They play a central part in 'getting fit' and reducing the muscle aches you feel afterwards. 

3. You can adjust the workouts to an extent. It's okay to change around when you do the 'cardio recovery' and 'rest day' in accordance to your schedule, but try to stick to the order of the other sessions.  My 'rest days' were days I had dance class as I didn't want to do two work outs in one day. 

4. Try to push yourself to go a little further after each circuit in one session.  If you did 10 Ski Abs in 30 seconds the first time, try to do 11 the next.  This way, you know you are getting the most out of the workout.  In addition, if you normally do push ups on your knee, try to do slowly take the weight off your knees and onto your shoulders and core.  You'll be surprised at how much strength you gain in 4 weeks!

Physical Changes

1. The most obvious one is the derrière.  In my eyes, it has gotten a lot more perky, firm, and prominent compared to the flat pancake it once was.  I still have very far to go, but I am a lot further away from where I started. 

2. The calves are more toned.  A lot of these work outs are plyometric, and therefore use large muscle groups in the lower thigh and calves.  Thus, it explains why my calves are a lot firmer and toned than they once were.  

3. Inches around the abdomen.  I definitely experience less bloating and have lost a couple inches around my waist and abdomen/stomach region. No abs yet though! Nonetheless, a lot of my high waisted jeans no longer fit which is a promising (and frustrating) state of affairs.  

4. Less fatigue, more energy.  In general, I find that I have a lot more energy than the beginning of this regime.  This is most noticeable when I go to dance lessons or practice.  I would usually run out of breathe early into the routine whereas now, it is a lot less strenuous.  Nonetheless, the bethke is still a struggle but less so (if you know, you know). 

5. You feel sore all the time.  This is a major downside, but you are constantly sore in random parts of your body and it is very annoying!  I think it may be because, in my case, I was pretty sedentary before taking on this regime so my body was not as well equipped compared to those that exercise more regularly prior to Insanity. 

6. Improved flexibility.  Stretching for 6-10 minutes a day may not seem like much, but the effects it can have is tremendous!  I whole heartedly believe I can successfully do the splits at the end of the second month at this rate.  It has furthered my body control which I notice when dancing because I am able to make fine movements with improved elegance.

Mental Changes

1. Confidence.  I have gained a bit more confidence compared to before.  Not just because I've become slightly more toned than before, but I feel a lot happier with my body.  I've pushed it to the limits and it stuck by me through thick and thin.  It made me realise my strength.  On top of this, we begin to learn how a positive and determined mindset can allow you to reach great lengths. 

2. Better stress management.  The niggling butterflies and stomach knots are much less frequent.   I am human and some situations can tickle my pickle but in terms of worrying about work or general life issues, working out has really helped release that excess tension so I do not project it in a negative way elsewhere.  

3. Peaceful sleep.  My sleeps have drastically improved.  Previously, it would take nearly hours for me to drift and I would have a disturbed sleep.  Now, I can have a good shut-eye up until my alarm. 

4. Reduced eczema flare ups.  If you have struggled with eczema or any condition that results in itchy skin, I can honestly say that exercising significantly reduced that itching sensation alongside general flare ups.  During the winter, eczema tends to worsen naturally but exercising has helped keep things under better control. 

Final thoughts

All in all, the Insanity work out regime definitely illustrates results which we wouldn't expect to see in such a short amount of time.  My diet has not changed during these four weeks but I do not eat any fast food ( I have my fair share of fried goods, donuts, and cookies, however).  Therefore, if you were to drastically improve your diet in this process, I imagine the results will be 10 fold more dramatic. 

I will be doing a post next Monday on the recovery week and my fitness test results from the start of the regime to to the end of the first month so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading. 

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First Semester of Med School | A Reflection

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Medical school is a lot about reflection and building upon existing skills.  Therefore, I thought it would be more than appropriate to review my first semester and discuss my experiences alongside any lessons I've learnt! 

1. Adapt your study skills.  No matter how many degrees you've done, you may still need to adapt your learning skills and methods, and that is okay! In fact, I whole-heartedly encourage people to change up their learning tools because you never know what might fit like a glove.

2. Change it up depending on the topic! You don't need the same study skills for each module.  For every subject, I had a different way of learning or taking notes and that worked wonders for me.

3. Deciles don't matter - passing does.  Remember, it is the patients, not peers, which will feel the effects of your hard work.  You cannot afford to 'forget' all that you learnt because medical school is just long-winded training for a job that requires a holistic approach for optimal management of a patient's condition.  Your first exam may feel intimidating and time may scary.  However, the first exam is only to test the waters and allow you to dip a toe in to get a flavour for what exam style questions would be like.  You may come out thinking you failed and end up pleasantly surprised at the outcome like myself! 

4. Extra curricular activities are possible, and sometimes needed!  No matter what you are doing in your life, we all need hobbies or passions to submerge ourselves in to bring our mind to something else.  No one likes to be saturated in only one thing.  Therefore, I recommend you pursue your favourite hobbies or even try to build new ones!  

5. You will make friends.  I was very nervous starting medical school, especially as a graduate.  I was convinced I wouldn't have any friends and need to be happy with being alone.  However, I have been blessed with the sweetest friends that are hard working and motivating souls. 

6. Your mental health is important - make sure you are observant of it.  Whether it be a case of Imposters' Syndrome, stress, anxiety, or even depression, remain mindful of your state and ensure you have people to talk to when feeling overwhelmed.  Things do get a lot more manageable, easier, and interesting! I highly recommend making appointments with your university's pastoral/mental health facilities or even a local GP surgery.

7. Time management is key.  Lack of sleep is often glamorised and sacrificing a good night fo rest has been seen as 'goals' by many motivational speakers and individuals.  Personally, I believe you should never let go of sleep but manage your time more effectively to do all you wish without feeling tired. 

8. Don't buy all the textbooks! Most medical schools have access to an online resource of textbooks.  The BMA have a free library service for medical students if they cannot get the necessary textbooks from their university one.  The only textbooks I recommend are the BIOS Instant Notes for various medical science topics (purchase whichever you find difficult - I own all of them as they helped tremendously during my undergraduate degree), and Grays Anatomy for Students because it is perfect throughout your pre-clinical and even clinical years. 

9. Don't let competition get to you.  If you thrive on competition, then try to keep it to yourself.  Some people find it overwhelming and it could negatively impact others.  On top of this, keep your successes to yourself - wear your success like a T shirt not a tuxedo.  No one likes a bragging Bill! Humbleness will go far.  Everyone is in the same boat.  The moment you start to compete, you may find your grades falter.  Work towards helping patients and doing your best for them not yourself and not to get top decile.  

10. A daily dose of self-care.  This is important.  We all need to relax and unwind from a long day and one form of self care that has really stuck with me is actually exercising! I am going to be posting my 'Month 1 Insanity Review' on Monday which will be very exciting!  Other forms of self care include skin care treatments, a hot shower/bath, putting a little extra time into your favourite meal, or reading a lovely novel.  On that note, something else I do when doing house chores or just wanting a fresh mindset is watch Disney and/or Pixar movies.  This may seem very childish but honestly, nothing is more wholesome and humbling than a classic kid's film. 

Where have I been?

I think this is what most people want an explanation for.  I did struggle since my thesis for my masters in terms of time management and the transition to a new university, lifestyle, and location.  It was a difficult time just because there were many unexpected speed bumps along the way.  I was struggling to think of blog posts and was suffering with, what felt like, chronic writers' block.  I was trying different things terms of my social media (like adhering to a 'pink' theme on my instagram which fell through quick- I just like colour too much!),  and was figuring out my 'niche'.  

Nonetheless, things are starting to come into fruition by looking brighter and greener.  In addition, I am trying to grow more comfortable in my own interests, desires, and skin which includes a long process of healing insecurities.  It can be a tough battle.  Thus, I stress the importance of number 10 on this journey of becoming a better you.  
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Tag | Medical School

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Hello everyone!

Hope you are all keeping warm in this polar vortex.  I found the 'Medical School' tag and for those of you who aren't aware, I recently got into med school!  These questions were very fun to answer so I hope you enjoy the easy read.  My next post will be more informative and include an explanation of my absence (due to personal reasons) and a summary of my experiences of Term 1, lessons I learnt, and mistakes I made.  Let's begin the tag.

Who are you and where do you study?


I am Chandhini!  And I currently study in the UK. 

When did you start studying medicine or premed courses?

I started studying medicine 2018 September, however, I began prepping for my applications during my Masters in 2017.

What made you choose the medical field?


I have previously done work experience in accounting, business, and law firms.  Nonetheless, despite my interest in the likes of politics, law, and economics, I didn't enjoy the context in which I was learning and applying these subjects.  Thus, I decided to move towards the sciences.  I thoroughly enjoy explaining and discussing science with individuals.  Therefore, I felt medicine involved the perfect combination of teaching patients about their condition or symptoms, alongside problem solving. 

How did you come up with your blog name/username?

Random question!  I really liked the play on words 'trendy' and '-able' and, as I identify as female, 'miss' seemed fitting!


How do you describe your blog?

My blog is where beauty means science and education.  There is a stigma people who enjoy fashion and makeup, tend not to pursue academics.  This cannot be further from the truth.  As a result, I wanted to discuss the science which underpins makeup or beauty regarding certain topics. For example, breaking down Creme de la Mer, biotin, and discussing how sunscreen works. In doing so, I continue to review lipsticks, do favourites, and fashion posts!  There are no limits to my interests, nor should there ever be for anyone.  Hence, there are no limits to what this blog can be about or contain.

What's your favourite quote?

I am a quote junky.  There are many that I adore and attract inspiration from.

"Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never." - Sathya Sai Baba


This is one I carry with me at all times.  Sometimes people may be hard to love or treat well especially if they did you wrong- and it does take strength for us to put our own opinions behind us in order to be a positive influence on people's lives.  Our purpose on this earth isn't to be rude or to teach people a listen, rather, it is to ensure we be better than who we were yesterday and leave more love in the world. 

"Never water down your roots" - Me (shameless plug)


For a huge portion of my life, I have been shy about my roots and beliefs.  This caused me to feel uncertainty and lost .  It came from a lack of understanding and appreciation of the beauty and richness in my culture.  I was constantly trying to fight my inner desires, wishes, and ambitions to fit in but regardless I would stick out like a sore thumb.  No reason to fight a losing battle - love yourself, love your roots, love your history.  Don't water down your true self. 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain.

Over the last couple years I have grown to be quite shy.  It is highly unlike me if you met me in my late teens.  I was confident, outgoing, and a massive extrovert.  Lately, I've become more calm and self-aware in my thoughts.  My shyness is coming from a place of fear, lack of confidence, and insecurities.  Nonetheless, as I grow and achieve more of what I love, I slowly begin to find my purpose.  The bond between my inner child is slowly strengthening; leading me to do exactly that: explore, dream, and discover.

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - Roald Dahl

Classic! Can never have too many reasons to be kind hearted. 

"People will forget what you said and what you did.  But they will never forget how you made them feel." - Unknown

Similar to the first and second to last quote.  Although our actions and words may go amiss, the impact we have on others will stay for durations longer than we believe. 

Best memory in medical school?

Easy peasy - dissecting the heart was a pretty surreal moment for me and I absolutely loved it.  My friends even said my mouth was wide-open in amazement throughout the experience. 

What's one course you struggle/struggled with?

Currently, it is MSK or musculoskeletal.  It is parallel to learning a new language: dermatomes, phalanges, crepitus, stenosis?! It is very hard to wrap your head around and can be significantly time consuming.  However, the jump is normal and natural.  All it takes is some getting use to.

What's your favourite book?

This is a toughey.  A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is number one, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, and anything by Jane Austen.  


What do you do in your free time?

Dancing is a huge passion of mine - I am hoping to do more with dance when the weather is better.  On top of that,  I love drawing, creating mini arts and crafts, and writing poetry.


What do you want to specialise in?

At the moment, cardiology is a firm first.  I also love Infection and Immunology because I studied those topics extensively during my undergrad. 

Who do you look up to?

My grandfather, who was an accountant, was a hard worker.  He had nothing but still made a lasting impact on the people around him.  Although he was not a doctor, he provided mental peace to his loved ones by offering a helping hand and shoulder to lean on despite his own struggles. 


My other grandfather was a chemist and was equally as hard working and got the highest marks in his degree overall in all of South India which is admirable given the familial circumstances being anything but in his favour.

How do you study?

This is a big question! I am now trying to spend less time on note-taking/making and more time understanding the material as I go along.  This ensures that it sticks for the long term and reduces the need to cram. 

How do you stay motivated in medical school?

As cheesy as this may sound, I whole-heartedly look forward to each day.  It feels like a blessing to be one step closer to my dreams after every sleep.  I've been waiting for this moment for a long time.  I am aware that people are not blessed with education and it is inaccessible to many in the world.  This furthers my desire to treat every day with upmost reverence.


What is your best tips for future medical students?

God puts dreams in your heart for a reason.  Every decision you make is for yourself. No one else can take those away from you.  If you are doing medicine with pure intentions, then success is yours for the taking.  Try to gain as much experience as you can in your premed years and work hard.  Understand that you will be fighting that itch to just work once you enter medical school with friends and course mates earning thousands whilst you sit in debt.  But everyone is going to be 30 in the end - might as well be a doctor! It is a privilege to study medicine and treat individuals holistically as a career.  Remember you are studying because a person's life is in your hands: not the deciles, not the marks, not to beat your mates, but to save lives.


Thank you for reading!

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3 Ways to Take Notes in Med School

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Medical school is quite the jump from high school (if you are an undergrad) and even your undergraduate degree to some extent.  I experimented different ways to take notes and decided to share my top three favourite ways.  All three methods will require a laptop or even a tablet with a keyboard that you can take into lectures.  I am going to mention my methods from least to best note-taking strategy. 

Third Place: Copying the slides into a Word document.  

This is the most time-consuming method, which is why it is third place.  In the picture below, you can see my lecture slide on the left and the word document on the right.  In this case, I copied the slide into the word document the day before the lecture.  I understand that isn't possible for everyone so if your lectures aren't released until after it is given, I would spend that evening copying the slides into my word document.  

During the lecture, I will type out verbatim what the lecturer is saying under each heading.  This enables me to have context and saves time having to re-listen to the lecture.  I can revisit the lecture months after it happened, and my notes will still be comprehensible.   Overall, this was a very beneficial method for my exams, but I did find that it was very time consuming. I used this method throughout my first term for two dense modules and it did help me learn the material but sometimes having too much information can be overwhelming and impede on my understanding of the topic.





Pros

  • All of your information is in one place so it is easy to access.  Your word document can be downloaded onto your phone to read on the go, or your tablet for example.  Therefore, easy to transfer your notes. 
  • You can print out your notes with ease. 
  • You can always go back and add more information from further reading under the relevant subheading. 
  • Notes are always comprehensible and tell the full story. 
Cons
  • Risk of information surplus but can be mitigated by bullet pointing anything that was on the lecture slide (key points) and leaving extra information in a paragraph below to provide context.   Hence, only learn the bullet points for examinations. 
  • Very time consuming to copy out the lectures the night before, especially when you have multiple subjects the next day. 
  • Involves a lot of passive note taking, so this method doesn't enable you to learn as you go as effectively.  
Second Place: Adding Comments on PDFs

Most lecture slides are a PDF at my universities but I have seen some that are powerpoint.  This method can work for both powerpoint decks and PDFs.  On powerpoint, you will have a little 'comments' section underneath each slide which you can type extra information that the lecturer is saying to do the same as the third place method: provide context and increase understanding.  What I love about this method is that it is quick, easy, and requires no preparation the night before.  Furthermore, all the information you need will be in one place like the word document, however in a different format.  This will save time in the long run and means you can spend more time actually learning the material.  

In the picture below I highlighted with a pink circle which icon you should press to add annotations or comments, and then at the end of the arrow, you will see what icon will appear (a yellow speech box). 

 

When you hover over the yellow speech icon, the information you typed will be visible.  


Pros
  • All of your notes are in one place, similar to the word document.  
  • No preparation prior or after the lecture is required (unless you have to re-listen to the lecture).  More time spent actively learning material rather than passively making notes.
  • Notes can also be verbatim similar to the word document. 
  • The annotations can be useful during revision by acting as a flash card- you can test your understanding of the material and hover to check if you explained or said everything regarding that slide. 
Cons
  • Annotations are not visible when transferring documents to tablets or phones, so can only revise on the laptop. 
  • Cannot print all of notes as annotations won't be seen in printouts.
  • Difficult to share notes with peers. 
First Place: Separate word document and PDF

This final method is the one I am adapting this term.  This involves a fusion of the last two systems I just shared.  The reason why this is first is because it requires no preparation, similar to second place, so it increases the time available for active revision and studying.  On top of that, having a separate word document enables you to potentially adapt the third place method should you want to in the future.  You can share your notes with peers and transfer your notes onto other devices which enables flexibility.  

On the left you can see the lecture hand out slide, and on the right you can see my document which has verbatim notes by the lecturer.  I did not copy over the lecture slides onto that document. Lecturers usually expand on what is said on the slide to improve our understanding of the information.  Thus, this method will also separate key points (on the slide) from excess material to prevent information overload.


Pros
  • No prior passive preparation needed so more time spent learning the material. 
  • Allows you to interchange between third place and second place methods should you want all information in one place.  You can always add more information to the document later.
  • Separates the key points that should be learnt from other details so you are less likely to be overwhelmed with facts.  
  • Can test your knowledge by expanding on the slide information and test if you said everything on the word document. 
  • Can transfer the PDF and document to your other devices and study using split screen (more difficult on a phone).
  • Can easily share your notes with others. 
Cons
  • Information is not all in one place which can prove frustrating at times.
  • Cannot study on devices where 'split screen' feature isn't possible so can only read one or the other. 
  • Cannot print notes as a result (NB you obviously can print the notes but it will be a lot more paper than if you followed the first method)

In essence, those are my top three note-takings strategies! I realise that taking notes is not nearly as important as actually learning the material so I want to ensure that I am prioritising my time effectively.  Your notes do not have to be super pretty (as you can see, mine are very plain). If they convey what you need to know, they are doing their job.  Last term I used the third place method and that took quite a lot of time, even though having them in one document was satisfying.  This term, I am deciding to do the first place method and learning the material as I go along so that I do not feel too overwhelmed come exam time.  For lectures where there is more text than pictures on the slides, I will still use the second place method.  

I hope this was of some use and help to anyone struggling to find their ideal style.  These methods can obviously translate into other subjects and degrees. 

Thank you for reading!
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Interview | Style by Dillan

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When I came across Dillan's blog and social media, I couldn't resist wanting to have him as a feature on this blog.  His style has even inspired me, because I find myself putting pieces together in my wardrobe that I never paired together before.  Dillan had a passion and thrived towards it with a determination we should all follow.  His posts not only discuss garments but the importance of health, wellness, motivation, and self-development to name a few.  

After just a few of his posts, you will be hooked!  There is a plethora of information that is perfect for any audience available alongside his gorgeous instagram which couldn't scream goals given how aesthetically pleasing each picture is.  Keep reading to learn more about this up and coming stylist!


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Instagram: @StylebyDillan
Twitter: @StylebyDillan


What motivated you to go start a mens fashion blog and platform? 

I have always been interested in Fashion and growing up I would get a lot of people complimenting my style and asking me for style advice. I had an Instagram page before my current page which I used to post outfit flat-lays on.

Long story short, I wasn’t enjoying my job and after a nudge from a friend I decided to start my own page which initially was just on Instagram. After about 6 months on Instagram I decided to start my blog so that I could give more depth on specific topics.

How would you describe your style?

I don’t know if I really have a specific style, some people dress really smart and others like to dress in more of a street style. I personally love to dress all different ways. If you look at my Instagram where most of my outfits are posted, you can see that sometimes I like to dress super smart and other days I like to wear more oversized clothing in a street style.

I guess you could call my style random depending on how I am feeling on the day. I have noticed that as I get older I am favouring the smart tailored looks more but that doesn’t stop me from dressing super street at times.

Who/what inspires your outfits and style? 

My inspiration comes from all types of things and people. Instagram is full of incredibly stylish people and it seems everyday I find someone new who’s style is incredible. My street style inspiration comes a lot from hip hop culture and also Kanye West. I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans of Kanye but he is incredibly creative and I think his style is so DOPE!

When it comes to smarter and classier looks Mariano Di Vaio is someone who usually inspires me. He is an incredibly stylish guy and is definitely someone that inspires some of my outfit choices.

What is your proudest moment?

Hmm that is tough I still feel like I am a work in progress and still not anywhere close to where I would like to be. I feel proud every time I receive a message/email/DM from someone saying that I have helped them with something. Whether that be their style or something else that they have been dealing with in life.

What are you looking forward to in the future? 

I am looking forward to creating bigger and better content and working with large brands on campaigns. I really enjoy the process of creating dope stuff, I am going to be exploring this more as I create more travel and lifestyle content as well as fashion and fitness. I would also like to continue to bring value to people and to help more and more people going forward, the reason I started my personal brand was to bring value to people and this is something I will continue to try to do!

What is something you wish more people knew about you?

This is a tough one, I am not really sure to be honest. I guess I would say that I was not always the confident and outgoing person that I seem to be now. Back at school and during University I was outgoing but mainly to people I knew. You would have never seen me standing in the middle of a road packed with people having someone take my photos. I think what I am trying to say is that whenever you do something it helps you to grow. Stylebydillan has helped me to grow and helped me to become a better version of myself.

When I first started YouTube my videos were terrible I felt really shy and awkward talking to the camera. Over time you overcome this and slowly become more confident until you don’t even think about it. I think too many people worry about these small things, the best way to overcome them is by doing and learning as you go!

What advice would you give youngsters for achieving their dreams? 

The world is changing, find your passion early and follow it. Do whatever makes you happy it doesn’t matter what this is because in this day any passion can be turned into a career. Who would have thought 10 years ago that people would earn millions of dollars a year playing video games?

Learn to be humble, grateful and kind. Society draws us into thinking we need things which we really don’t need. You don’t need a Mercedes, or 20 pairs of Yeezy’s and they will most definitely not bring you happiness. When you decide that you don’t need these things then you will make better money decisions which will in turn help you to pursue your dreams. I find that a lot of people use the excuse of not having enough money to start a business. However, you will see them driving a brand new Mercedes and they will have the newest iPhone every 6 months. There is a difference between wanting nice things and needing them, live humbly and build, then buy those things later.

I started Stylebydillan whilst working a 9-5 job. In the evenings and on the weekends when most people watch Netflix or spend money hitting the club I would work and create content. Whatever time you have now make the most of it because trust me, later in life you will wish you started earlier.

What is one lesson you learnt while pursuing your dreams? 

I have learnt a lot of lessons, the main ones I think would be to be consistent, persistent and not to expect things from others. When you start to pursue your dreams it is likely that people that you thought were close to you do not support you. Don’t let this get you down, your true friends and family will always be there for you. Just keep working and never give up.

Consistency and persistence are super key too, sometimes you can feel like you are doing great things but nothing great has happened. Just keep working because great things will come, you never know how close you are to that big break and you don’t want to quit when you are literally a day away from it!

Patience is also SUPER important, nothing happens overnight, anything great and long lasting will take time and effort to build. I know you only asked for one lesson but I want to try and pick out some main ones so that anyone that reads this has as much help as possible haha.

Another big lesson is to stop caring about the opinion of others. People will tell you that you can’t do something because they can’t do it themselves. It is also common to have people close to you such as your parents not agree with what you are doing. In Asian culture is less common for people to follow their dreams, most people follow a similar path in life of GCSE’s, A-levels, University and then a Job as a Banker, Accountant, Dentist or Doctor. So when somebody decides to do something different it is usually frowned upon because people don’t understand it. Follow your heart and do what makes you happy!

Fun fact about you?

After University I spent 3 years working and studying simultaneously to become a Chartered Accountant. During this time, I was also in the process of building ‘Stylebydillan’. I recently stepped away from working as a Chartered Accountant to follow my passion.

Number one fashion tip?

My number one tip would be to follow your own style and dress however makes you feel confident and happy. My motto is ‘look good, feel good’ because I think the way we dress plays a big part in how we feel. Also, I would say don’t worry about expensive clothes and brands if you can’t afford them. It is more about how you wear the clothes, fit is so so crucial so whatever you are buying and wearing make sure it fits you properly. You can have a $3,000 suit that doesn’t fit well or a $100 suit that fits perfectly and the $100 suit will look better every time!

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