Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Week in Photos

So here's what I've been up to lately, according to Instagram... And it appears to have involved a lot of food!

1. Wearing the first summary outfit of the. I forgot I'd bought this summery mint boucle skirt back in the depths of winter in the sale and had stored it away until I could wear with bare  legs.

2. Speaking of legs, I needed fake tan to get mine out.

3. I met up with one of my best university friends who I haven't seen in far too long and we went to a really tasty Italian tapas-style restaurant near work. The food was so nice.

4. Reorganising my wardrobe. This is the 'before'.

5. Kindle and pasta as my lunchtime companions.

6. I bought my first kimono having had my eye on this one from New Look. It wouldn't typically be my style, but I just love them!

7. I adored these sandals even though they are horrendously tacky. Sadly they had to go back because the sizing was so bizarre/crap (foot wouldn't go through straps...). BUT I have since found and bought a nicer and higher quality pair for a better price :)

8. First time at Jamie's Italian. Very nice, although not tastiest pasta I've ever had.

9. Trying out a peel off face mask. Love the novelty.

10. Picked up this cream shirt from Zara to brighten up my summer outfits a bit.

11. Afternoon cocktail. A but naughty but very much appreciated.

12. More food. Sorry.

13. I had my brows threaded for the first time at Blink. Full post to come...

14. Giving a lot of love to the Primark sandals. Perfect summer shoes for work as they're not too high but look smart and are surprisingly very comfy.

15. Rooting for England in World Cup. Seems like such a long time ago now...

16. My first taste of Itsu. So yummy but so far away from my office.

17. Kimono number 2. I love the colour but unfortunately so do those little black flying bugs that are everywhere in the summer. Not really an item for the outdoors it turns out.

18. First BBQ of the year and these are the delicious cocktails my friend made, with gin, elderflower cordial, apple juice and fresh mint. So nice and refreshing. Complete with cute straws.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Hello July!

June has flown past quicker than you can say suntan lotion and somehow we are already in July, which will be a bit fuller for me than last month. So here's what July has in store for me and what I'm looking forward to in the month ahead... 

1. Live music fun in London. Mark and I managed to get some of those sneaky, super cheap tickets to the British Summer Time gigs in Hyde Park this month so I'll have the chance to hear some live music which I haven't done for a while. We're off to see Arcade Fire tomorrow, which is mostly for him. I know it's not the cool thing to say because Arcade Fire are super trendy, because they're just not really for me. I'm sure it'll be a fun atmosphere regardless and I get my own back on Sunday by dragging him along to see McBusted! Cheesy? Very. But I have a soft spot for McFly and they remind me of my teenage days. They should both be fun days out anyway. Fingers crossed the sun keeps his hat on!

2. Birthdays. My step-dad is turning 60 later on this month and then a day later is Mark's birthday, so lots of celebrations. It should be a fun (albeit expensive!) week or so that I'm looking forward to. Just need to get those pressie ideas sorted now...

3. Spending limit. After a huge clear out and purge of my wardrobe last month I bought myself a few things I needed (and a few I didn't need) to fill the gaps in my summertime wardrobe. Several shopping bags, a few online orders and 2 kaftans later and I'm all shopped out. Coupled with the expensive month I'm likely to have actually doing things in July, I'm not going to be spending any more money on myself for things I don't need until next payday. Because I actually don't need anything. Unless it's broken or has run out, it can wait.

4. Fitness and improved diet. Now that I'm finally feeling better and have a clean bill of health I'm trying to fuel my body better and get in some exercise for my overall well-being as well as that predictable goal of summer toning. It's early days yet as I committed to this a grand total of 2 days ago. But we're on day 3 and going strong so far. This week I am trying to be particularly strict with putting good things into my body and will probably ease off slightly once I'm into the swing of things. I have to say though, I haven't felt any hungrier or less satisfied after having salads and fruit instead of sandwiches and crisps. And I went for a run last night for the first time in months (having previously convinced myself that running just isn't for me and resigning myself to the cross-trainer) and it was the best run I have ever done on that route. Something just clicked into place. Feeling pretty good about all of this at the moment so am hoping to maintain some of it throughout July. Weekends are off-plan cheat days though. Obviously. So don't judge me by my weekend food instagrams!

5. Pre-wedding 'do' #2. My mum, sister and I have a day planned in London as a nice pre-wedding day out. So a very sedate and Mum-friendly sort of hen do I suppose. We have afternoon tea and shoe shopping on the cards. With Nikki living further north and all of us with busy/conflicting work schedules we don't get to see each other as a trio very often so I'm really looking forward to it. I'll remind myself of those sentiments when we're in our 6th crowded shoe shop and Nikki is agonising over what shade of cream the heels she's holding are.

And those are the main things for me this month. Looking pretty positive all round. 
So come on July, let's be having you.