It occurred to me whilst on my recent blog break that I write with old readers in mind; the ones who have been following my blog from the early days, like talking to old friends I guess (*waves*). But in fact, there are new readers here too and I thought an introduction was way overdue. Hello, new readers!
I’m diving straight into the good and positive things that have happened over the past few weeks because there’s no words to even understand or comprehend the goings on this last week…good vibes only. Squeeze those loved ones tight and find your happy.
Manchester | Never have I been more proud of this northern city and its people. I’m so thankful that Hebden Bridge is only a short train ride away from it and I going to make sure we visit it more often this summer and enjoy every glorious thing about it. I urge you to do the same. P.S bloggers have you got your tickets for the NOW Blog Conference in September based in Manchester? I’ve yet to buy mine, just waiting on some extra pennies, but I’m definitely going and the lineup looks amazing!
New music |We’re going back to End of the Road Festival in September so I’ve been catching up on new music that I’d like to see there. I’ve really been enjoying New Zealand’s Aldous Harding – that voice!
Colourful clothes |I read my lovely friend’s blog post the other day about dressing dangerously and it really struck a cord. Check out Kathryn’s awesome pink suit here.
I mainly keep it simple wearing blacks, neutrals and a pop of colour here and there so I decided to cheer my week up with more colour featuring my gorgeous new shoes from Lotus. I don’t like standing out but I love these colours so much and I’m all for wearing clothes that add a touch of fun to your everyday.
I’ve worn the shoes already to a wedding last month and not once did I have to remove them whilst dancing, not once! After that I knew that I’d be able to get more wear out of them, I’m not saving these for special occasions – no siree! I’ve got my eyes on the navy ones too.
The rest of the outfit includes a knit from Zara (I have one in red and grey too!), and my Esprit lace bomber jacket that I’m a bit obsessed with this spring. It’s the perfect cover up in the evening.
Roller Derby firsts | I played my first Roller Derby scrim a few weeks ago against Hulls Angels Roller Derby. Even though it was a friendly, I was equal measures nervous and excited. I felt excited for days afterwards because it was so much fun and it was another thing ticked off my Roller Derby to-do list. We won by the way – hurrah!
Bank holiday adventures | I’m so excited for this weekend. We’ve booked off a few extra days so we can train for the Yorkshire Three Peaks, as well as having a day at the seaside and spending quality time doing the things we love; reading, watching films and seeing family. I’m going to tidy my office (if I write this down I have to do it!) and reward myself with a few new house plants too.
What are your plans for the bank holiday?
P.S What scares you outfit wise? Do you shy away from wearing bold colours?
I love dungarees. Just like my other wardrobe favourites (hello cosy old jumper, dress with deep pockets and Christy dressing gown); they give me comfort. I admit that I wear them indoors at home more than I do outdoors in public. I’m not sure that they suit me completely (because of my own tummy/thigh issues) so last week I had a word with myself, and as I am a fully fledged member of the ‘wear what you like’ club I decided to take my new pair out for a spin in the May air (with a trench in tow of course, because it is the UK).
I’ve always thought if you’re the type of person that comments negatively on someone’s attire, it says a lot more about you than anything else. Quit being so judgmental and be kind. Oh, on that note, and to digress slightly. Did you watch Sprinkle of Glitter’s I’m So Sorry video last month? If not, go give it a watch as she made so many valid points that at the age of 37, I felt kinda stupid I was relating to. It was a good reminder to myself to quit beating myself up over everything, to try be more confident (it’s not showing off!), and to always stand up for myself and my choices. The video made me want to buy a Mickey Mouse t-shirt in solidarity too. In fact, it’s going on my wish list this instant!
Anyway, back to my happy outfit…
Dungarees| My previous pair fit me fine but the length was a little too long in the leg, and Polly somehow managed to rip them beyond repair (in her early puppy days!). These from Esprit are perfect. It can be difficult to find dungarees that fit the mid section of your body but as a size 14 these are a great fit (I ordered a size L). The denim is slightly distressed, the length is cropped and the bib has a front pocket which I got way too excited over. They’re currently out of stock on the site but keep your eyes peeled for more (all links at the bottom of the post).
Military Green Trench| I’ve wanted my very own cover-up hero for a while now but found the classic camel trench simply drained me. So instead I opted for a darker shade in green for all seasons. It suits the rest of my wardrobe (hello blues, blacks and reds) and it was a steal at only £30. I love TK Maxx.
Suede Trainers | I love the slight platform on these trainers and as we’re now heading into the drier months (here’s hoping) I know I’m going to get loads of wear out of them. The grey suede makes them super versatile to dress up or down and I love the contrasting trim and matching laces. Hurrah for May adventures!
P.S Who’s counting the days to the next Bank Holiday?!
Another good vibes post? Well yeah, I feel that I need to take note of all the positive things that put a spring in my step on a frequent basis (I do this sporadically anyway) so as not to focus on the crummy stuff. Shall we begin?
Quiet moments Listening to blues music and quietly falling asleep. Sometimes the most uneventful things are the most gratifying.
Guilty pleasures Cooking from scratch chills me out at the end of a working day but there are times when I really couldn’t care less whether I’ve made it or not. Buying something that I don’t need to prepare and can put straight in the oven makes me happy. Sue me! My current convenience faves are fish fingers; goats cheese, butternut squash and spinach pie (I think it’s a Higgidy pie one) and macaroni cheese for one when the OH has gone out to play. Mmm. All the non- healthy things. So very mmm.
Spring sunshine Well wasn’t the weekend a shocker?! We didn’t waste a single sun beam; we walked with Polly, we sat in the sunshine and I donned my peep toe Lotta by Stockholm’s for the first time this year. More of the same please.
Planning Yorkshire 3 peaks Challenge So we’ve decided as a family to crack on with a sponsored Alzheimer’s challenge each year and for 2017 we’ll be taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in July. Has anyone ever done it? Any tips or advice?
Family coming home I’m super excited as not only will my Mother-in-Law be visiting from Australia soon but the OH’s brother and sister-in-law will be returning from their European road trip too. All in one month! April/May is going to be fun!
Other grand things
Having a family lunch at our local pub, planning interior projects, watching the OH build a fire in the cooler evenings, reading ghost stories (Kate Mosse’s The Mistletoe Bride and other haunting stories), playing sock Derby (no skates!) to warm up at training, writing this blog post for my sister Sharon and laughing at old memories and playing pool for the first time in years to cheer us up after a very wet and muddy walk with the pup!