If you haven't read my previous posts you may be unaware that I'm currently operating a capsule wardrobe system.  With clothes on a tight budget it can be tricky to make outfits feel fresh and exciting and I often feel as though I'm just recycling the same look over and over.

Which is where accessories fit in.  The system I go by doesn't count accessories towards your total number, so I like to keep my options open in terms of pieces I can switch in to outfit combinations to mix it up.

It's be fair to say that I was operating on a minimal basis with my jewellery even before I decided to go capsule.  My days of cheap, high street, trend-led pieces were behind me and instead I'd invested in a few quality pieces which I'd mix up daily.  I tend to favour simple, gold-plated sterling silver pieces....the only problem being that this can get expensive.

My thoughts on capsule wardrobes and minimalism becoming more and more influenced by disposable income are a post for another day, and whilst I know that you often get what you pay for I also strongly believe there's a difference in paying a fair price vs. getting ripped off and paying for names and status symbols.

Which is why I wanted to share jewellerybox with you.  They reached out to me recently to see if I'd like to pick a few pieces to feature here and after a quick scroll through their website the answer was a resounding "yes please!"

One of their goals is that buying jewellery should be affordable; they stock over 10,000 pieces of jewellery varying from sterling silver to 9ct gold to rose gold.  To begin I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer choice available, but the site is really easy to navigate and filters down search results perfectly so I could hone in on what it was I was looking for.

Understandably, with such a wide range of stock there's a huge spectrum when it comes to pricing but for the most part I found that everything which caught my eye was really reasonably priced....in fact, a fraction of what I'd expect to pay from hyped up brands!

On to the new additions...

This 18ct gold dipped sterling silver bangle is the perfect minimal piece.  I've overlooked bracelets for a while and don't actually own anything gold despite the majority of my necklaces and earrings being in this finish.  I'm looking forward to styling it with pretty much anything and think it'll look great stacked up with other bracelets if I decide to expand my collection in the future.

I've been debating getting a pair of double sided earrings for a while but didn't want to spend too much as I wasn't sure how they'd fit in with my style, so when I spotted this pair it was a no-brainer.  They're sterling silver (perfect for my sensitive ears), a really lovely white tone and less than a tenner.

And finally, with simplicity in mind I thought I'd test out a couple of their studs.  I have a few piercings and love the layered up mix and match look (check out my pinterest board of inspo!) but I also have fairly small ears which means that finding pieces which fit and work well can be a challenge.  I was pleased to see that jewellerybox's studs come in a variation of sizes, starting at 2mm which is what I went for.  The 18ct gold dipped studs were a given but I don't actually own any rose gold studs so thought this was the perfect opportunity.  I love rose gold against silver, so these rose gold dipped sterling silver studs are going to be a great starting point.

I'm really impressed with the quality of everything jewellerybox sent out to me and it's cemented my view that you don't need to be paying over the odds for decent quality pieces.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe?  How do you approach jewellery and accessories?

Jewellery + The Capsule Wardrobe

27.4.17

If you haven't read my previous posts you may be unaware that I'm currently operating a capsule wardrobe system.  With clothes on a tight budget it can be tricky to make outfits feel fresh and exciting and I often feel as though I'm just recycling the same look over and over.

Which is where accessories fit in.  The system I go by doesn't count accessories towards your total number, so I like to keep my options open in terms of pieces I can switch in to outfit combinations to mix it up.

It's be fair to say that I was operating on a minimal basis with my jewellery even before I decided to go capsule.  My days of cheap, high street, trend-led pieces were behind me and instead I'd invested in a few quality pieces which I'd mix up daily.  I tend to favour simple, gold-plated sterling silver pieces....the only problem being that this can get expensive.

My thoughts on capsule wardrobes and minimalism becoming more and more influenced by disposable income are a post for another day, and whilst I know that you often get what you pay for I also strongly believe there's a difference in paying a fair price vs. getting ripped off and paying for names and status symbols.

Which is why I wanted to share jewellerybox with you.  They reached out to me recently to see if I'd like to pick a few pieces to feature here and after a quick scroll through their website the answer was a resounding "yes please!"

One of their goals is that buying jewellery should be affordable; they stock over 10,000 pieces of jewellery varying from sterling silver to 9ct gold to rose gold.  To begin I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer choice available, but the site is really easy to navigate and filters down search results perfectly so I could hone in on what it was I was looking for.

Understandably, with such a wide range of stock there's a huge spectrum when it comes to pricing but for the most part I found that everything which caught my eye was really reasonably priced....in fact, a fraction of what I'd expect to pay from hyped up brands!

On to the new additions...

This 18ct gold dipped sterling silver bangle is the perfect minimal piece.  I've overlooked bracelets for a while and don't actually own anything gold despite the majority of my necklaces and earrings being in this finish.  I'm looking forward to styling it with pretty much anything and think it'll look great stacked up with other bracelets if I decide to expand my collection in the future.

I've been debating getting a pair of double sided earrings for a while but didn't want to spend too much as I wasn't sure how they'd fit in with my style, so when I spotted this pair it was a no-brainer.  They're sterling silver (perfect for my sensitive ears), a really lovely white tone and less than a tenner.

And finally, with simplicity in mind I thought I'd test out a couple of their studs.  I have a few piercings and love the layered up mix and match look (check out my pinterest board of inspo!) but I also have fairly small ears which means that finding pieces which fit and work well can be a challenge.  I was pleased to see that jewellerybox's studs come in a variation of sizes, starting at 2mm which is what I went for.  The 18ct gold dipped studs were a given but I don't actually own any rose gold studs so thought this was the perfect opportunity.  I love rose gold against silver, so these rose gold dipped sterling silver studs are going to be a great starting point.

I'm really impressed with the quality of everything jewellerybox sent out to me and it's cemented my view that you don't need to be paying over the odds for decent quality pieces.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe?  How do you approach jewellery and accessories?
I do love a Bank Holiday weekend.  Thanks to having Monday off work, week 16 flew by and it was the weekend again before I knew it.  Which, consequently, is where the majority of my photos are from (I'm working on this!) and as a result this turned out to be a very food-heavy post.

But who's complaining?

Friday. A lunchtime meet up with my sister where we shared this (disappointing) cookie.  It's tempting to work my way through Starbucks' bakery menu, but each time is just such a let down.  After eyeing up their burnt caramel brownie (and wondering how dry it would be) I figured shortbread was a fairly safe bet.  Wrong!  There was no flavour to it and we only managed a mouthful each.  Can you recommend anything for our next trip?

On to something much more delicious.  We decided to do some indoor camping with Ella and Dylan on Saturday, turning the conservatory into a den complete with fairy lights and a DIY campfire.  And what's the obligatory snack whilst camping?  S'mores of course!  With no graham crackers at hand, instead we made these chocolate digestive variations in the oven.  They were a hit.  A messy, sticky, gooey hit.

Speaking of the blanket den, here's Ella reading in the bedroom area she made.  I love seeing how her imagination is growing and the effect that has on her play; she came up with a few different zones (including a fridge!) and insisted that we ate a picnic lunch inside with her.  It was a bit cramped and I ended up with a slight stiff neck but reminded me of the fun we used to have making dens as children.  I used to really enjoy experimenting with different shapes and layouts so hopefully this is something we can revisit in the future.

I've been making Nick and I a sweet omelette to share for Sunday breakfast for a while now so this week I thought I'd mix things up and go with protein pancakes instead.  It's actually a pretty similar recipe, just with the addition of protein powder and a banana.  I used a cinnamon danish powder so these had a lovely warm cinnamon flavour to them.  Topped with natural yoghurt and sugar-free maple syrup they were delish!

And last for the week of food are these cake mix cookies.  I really fancied making some cookies but the cupboards were bare and...well, it's not payday yet.  What I did have was a packet of cake mix so I whipped that up with some chocolate chunks and topped with a sprinkling of sea salt.  They're not perfect but they hit the spot for the time being.

Now tell me, how was your week?

Week 16 In Moments

24.4.17

I do love a Bank Holiday weekend.  Thanks to having Monday off work, week 16 flew by and it was the weekend again before I knew it.  Which, consequently, is where the majority of my photos are from (I'm working on this!) and as a result this turned out to be a very food-heavy post.

But who's complaining?

Friday. A lunchtime meet up with my sister where we shared this (disappointing) cookie.  It's tempting to work my way through Starbucks' bakery menu, but each time is just such a let down.  After eyeing up their burnt caramel brownie (and wondering how dry it would be) I figured shortbread was a fairly safe bet.  Wrong!  There was no flavour to it and we only managed a mouthful each.  Can you recommend anything for our next trip?

On to something much more delicious.  We decided to do some indoor camping with Ella and Dylan on Saturday, turning the conservatory into a den complete with fairy lights and a DIY campfire.  And what's the obligatory snack whilst camping?  S'mores of course!  With no graham crackers at hand, instead we made these chocolate digestive variations in the oven.  They were a hit.  A messy, sticky, gooey hit.

Speaking of the blanket den, here's Ella reading in the bedroom area she made.  I love seeing how her imagination is growing and the effect that has on her play; she came up with a few different zones (including a fridge!) and insisted that we ate a picnic lunch inside with her.  It was a bit cramped and I ended up with a slight stiff neck but reminded me of the fun we used to have making dens as children.  I used to really enjoy experimenting with different shapes and layouts so hopefully this is something we can revisit in the future.

I've been making Nick and I a sweet omelette to share for Sunday breakfast for a while now so this week I thought I'd mix things up and go with protein pancakes instead.  It's actually a pretty similar recipe, just with the addition of protein powder and a banana.  I used a cinnamon danish powder so these had a lovely warm cinnamon flavour to them.  Topped with natural yoghurt and sugar-free maple syrup they were delish!

And last for the week of food are these cake mix cookies.  I really fancied making some cookies but the cupboards were bare and...well, it's not payday yet.  What I did have was a packet of cake mix so I whipped that up with some chocolate chunks and topped with a sprinkling of sea salt.  They're not perfect but they hit the spot for the time being.

Now tell me, how was your week?
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1.  I refer to the taking out of the bins as a "blue job" and insist it's Nick's responsibility.
2.  I weigh myself every morning and invariably the results will affect my mood for the rest of the day.
3.  I have preconceptions about female drivers.
4. The other night I told Dudley to stop crying "because you're a boy".  I mean, he's only a dog but still...
5.  I had an interview recently with two men.  I instantly felt more nervous than I had at my stage one interview (which was women only) because it felt more 'professional'.
6.  When a guy at work said "you're not a feminist, are you?" I responded with "not a big one" (I am actually ashamed of this).
7.  I went to Topshop to buy the Feminist tee and ended leaving with a t-shirt which says "sugar" across the chest.  As messages go, I'm pretty sure they're as opposite as it can get...

7 Reasons Why I'm A Bad Feminist

20.4.17

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1.  I refer to the taking out of the bins as a "blue job" and insist it's Nick's responsibility.
2.  I weigh myself every morning and invariably the results will affect my mood for the rest of the day.
3.  I have preconceptions about female drivers.
4. The other night I told Dudley to stop crying "because you're a boy".  I mean, he's only a dog but still...
5.  I had an interview recently with two men.  I instantly felt more nervous than I had at my stage one interview (which was women only) because it felt more 'professional'.
6.  When a guy at work said "you're not a feminist, are you?" I responded with "not a big one" (I am actually ashamed of this).
7.  I went to Topshop to buy the Feminist tee and ended leaving with a t-shirt which says "sugar" across the chest.  As messages go, I'm pretty sure they're as opposite as it can get...

I'm going to throw it out there...week 15 has been one of my favourites of the year so far!  It was the first time I've taken any real time off work and I took advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend and ended up with a full 7 days at home.  Bliss!

One event which I didn't manage to get photos of was a trip to The Crystal Maze in London for one of my closest friend's birthday.  There was a prior dash through London (I became *that* person who runs in public) but it was well worth it.  The Maze was nostalgic, brilliantly eccentric and lots of fun.  I'd recommend!

Now, on to the snapshots....

Over the course of the week I took every opportunity to enjoy the good weather.  It was colder more often than I'd hoped, but I spent a fair bit of time out and about.  This photo was taken one afternoon as Nick and I took Dudley for a walk and it's got me excited for the sunshine to come!

Another feature of the last seven days was spending plenty of time regrouping and slowing down the pace.  I had more than my fair share of lie ins, managed to read three books and took an afternoon nap most days.  I often feel like any time off should be jam packed and not wasted so it was really good to just take time out and catch up.

As well as plenty of naps I also scheduled in a lunch date with Lizzie.  Quite often we book a day out somewhere but this time we opted for lunch and a quick mooch in the local charity shops for second hand books.  Time off work can get expensive, so it was nice to keep spending to a minimum and still have an enjoyable afternoon.  Something I need to remember more often!

Another excursion came in the form of a day out in Windsor with Mum.  I'd won a competition (I never win anything!) for a trip to the new Headmasters salon so we stopped off there first for a quick freshen up before spending the day wandering through the town.  These cakes were on offer in one of the cafes and I couldn't resist getting a quick picture.

On Saturday we took Ella and Dylan on an Easter Egg hunt.  Again, the weather was far colder then expected (as in, we had to wear scarves!) which dulled the mood slightly but it was nice to be out and about doing something different.  They both enjoyed running through the long grass searching for eggs and I think the picnic we had in the car (too cold to sit outside!) just topped it off for them.  They could teach me a thing or two about appreciating the little things, that's for sure.

And finally, the week was rounded off with a family meal for Easter Sunday.  Mum and I (mainly Mum) made this amazing Creme Egg Cheesecake which is just one of the reasons why I'd go as far as to say I think I prefer our Easter meal to Christmas dinner.  We had our traditional delicious lamb dish followed by a (potentially ill-advised) family game of Twister once everyone was feeling satisfyingly full.  Dylan may not have fully understood the aim of the game but it was lovely to be able to do an activity we could all join in with.  And I even managed to squeeze in a quick nap afterwards - what more could I ask for?

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, what did you get up to?

Week 15 In Moments

17.4.17

I'm going to throw it out there...week 15 has been one of my favourites of the year so far!  It was the first time I've taken any real time off work and I took advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend and ended up with a full 7 days at home.  Bliss!

One event which I didn't manage to get photos of was a trip to The Crystal Maze in London for one of my closest friend's birthday.  There was a prior dash through London (I became *that* person who runs in public) but it was well worth it.  The Maze was nostalgic, brilliantly eccentric and lots of fun.  I'd recommend!

Now, on to the snapshots....

Over the course of the week I took every opportunity to enjoy the good weather.  It was colder more often than I'd hoped, but I spent a fair bit of time out and about.  This photo was taken one afternoon as Nick and I took Dudley for a walk and it's got me excited for the sunshine to come!

Another feature of the last seven days was spending plenty of time regrouping and slowing down the pace.  I had more than my fair share of lie ins, managed to read three books and took an afternoon nap most days.  I often feel like any time off should be jam packed and not wasted so it was really good to just take time out and catch up.

As well as plenty of naps I also scheduled in a lunch date with Lizzie.  Quite often we book a day out somewhere but this time we opted for lunch and a quick mooch in the local charity shops for second hand books.  Time off work can get expensive, so it was nice to keep spending to a minimum and still have an enjoyable afternoon.  Something I need to remember more often!

Another excursion came in the form of a day out in Windsor with Mum.  I'd won a competition (I never win anything!) for a trip to the new Headmasters salon so we stopped off there first for a quick freshen up before spending the day wandering through the town.  These cakes were on offer in one of the cafes and I couldn't resist getting a quick picture.

On Saturday we took Ella and Dylan on an Easter Egg hunt.  Again, the weather was far colder then expected (as in, we had to wear scarves!) which dulled the mood slightly but it was nice to be out and about doing something different.  They both enjoyed running through the long grass searching for eggs and I think the picnic we had in the car (too cold to sit outside!) just topped it off for them.  They could teach me a thing or two about appreciating the little things, that's for sure.

And finally, the week was rounded off with a family meal for Easter Sunday.  Mum and I (mainly Mum) made this amazing Creme Egg Cheesecake which is just one of the reasons why I'd go as far as to say I think I prefer our Easter meal to Christmas dinner.  We had our traditional delicious lamb dish followed by a (potentially ill-advised) family game of Twister once everyone was feeling satisfyingly full.  Dylan may not have fully understood the aim of the game but it was lovely to be able to do an activity we could all join in with.  And I even managed to squeeze in a quick nap afterwards - what more could I ask for?

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, what did you get up to?
It feels like I've blinked and luxury blogging has become a genre.  The buying and talking about of multiple designer items has become high profile and suddenly everybody's in the market for the latest Gucci handbag.

I suppose I sort of touched upon this in my post titled 'The Loss of The Relatable Blogger' and my feelings on luxury blogging are mixed.  I'd be lying if I said I don't lust after beautiful designer goods, but I hate that there's the potential for the line to be blurred about realistic expectations.  To reiterate a point from that post, that I don't hold 'luxury bloggers' accountable for the spending choices of their audience, I do think that seeing this lifestyle promoted as the norm (which it may well be for them) can have damaging effects in various ways.

Luxury | noun
a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense / an inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain

I've mentioned them a few times lately, but it was listening to The Mustards' podcast on luxury which sparked this post.  In the podcast Jenny put forward that she considers luxury to be a state of being, a moment, which is elevated from the ordinary.

There's another definition of luxury which is the one I think we should be focusing on:

Luxury | noun
a pleasure obtained only rarely.

You see that?  No mention of expense, or material wealth and purchases.  And when you look at the synonyms which go hand in hand the alternative definition only becomes more appealing to me:

joy, delight, bliss, blessing, benefit, comfort, ease....need I go on? 

I'll be honest, I'm not so jazzed about the idea of this state being met 'only rarely' (and this is where the hygge discussion from the podcast slots in) but it's this mindset that I'm stepping forward to reclaim.

I want people to consider that there's a simpler way to feel luxurious.  And perhaps it sits at odds with the conventional understanding of the word, but I think it's a more sustainable way of living.

So what do I value as the luxuries in my life?  I've been mulling this over a lot lately, thinking about how something can be luxurious if it's also an everyday thing.  And again, borrowing from the podcast, it comes down to entitlement.  For most of us, if we want to purchase something particularly fancy it has to be worked and saved for.  So following on from that, for moments to be luxurious they have to be earned.

This is a concept which solidified in my mind when I started making my list of luxuries and noticed that most of them were the after-effect of some form of effort or work:

// lazy Sunday mornings (earned after a busy week)
//  friendships (the result of years spent sharing memories and building relationships)
// hot chocolate (earned on the days I go spinning)
// reading in the mornings before work (possible by sacrificing 20 extra minutes in bed)
 
Of course there are other moments and things which I count as luxurious well, just because.  Having a manicure, eating out, being able to come home on my lunch break.  But the most important one I realised?

Time.

It's the most valuable thing you can give and receive and worth so much more than the latest "must have piece".  I count my time as a luxury because, in the rare moments it's truly well spent, there's no pleasure greater.

So can we think about reclaiming 'luxury', please?  Valuing the smaller moments of fulfillment (the ones which will ultimately bring more joy than the luxury which is linked with consumerism) and seeing those as things we're lucky to have.

Who's with me?

Reclaiming 'Luxury'

12.4.17

It feels like I've blinked and luxury blogging has become a genre.  The buying and talking about of multiple designer items has become high profile and suddenly everybody's in the market for the latest Gucci handbag.

I suppose I sort of touched upon this in my post titled 'The Loss of The Relatable Blogger' and my feelings on luxury blogging are mixed.  I'd be lying if I said I don't lust after beautiful designer goods, but I hate that there's the potential for the line to be blurred about realistic expectations.  To reiterate a point from that post, that I don't hold 'luxury bloggers' accountable for the spending choices of their audience, I do think that seeing this lifestyle promoted as the norm (which it may well be for them) can have damaging effects in various ways.

Luxury | noun
a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense / an inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain

I've mentioned them a few times lately, but it was listening to The Mustards' podcast on luxury which sparked this post.  In the podcast Jenny put forward that she considers luxury to be a state of being, a moment, which is elevated from the ordinary.

There's another definition of luxury which is the one I think we should be focusing on:

Luxury | noun
a pleasure obtained only rarely.

You see that?  No mention of expense, or material wealth and purchases.  And when you look at the synonyms which go hand in hand the alternative definition only becomes more appealing to me:

joy, delight, bliss, blessing, benefit, comfort, ease....need I go on? 

I'll be honest, I'm not so jazzed about the idea of this state being met 'only rarely' (and this is where the hygge discussion from the podcast slots in) but it's this mindset that I'm stepping forward to reclaim.

I want people to consider that there's a simpler way to feel luxurious.  And perhaps it sits at odds with the conventional understanding of the word, but I think it's a more sustainable way of living.

So what do I value as the luxuries in my life?  I've been mulling this over a lot lately, thinking about how something can be luxurious if it's also an everyday thing.  And again, borrowing from the podcast, it comes down to entitlement.  For most of us, if we want to purchase something particularly fancy it has to be worked and saved for.  So following on from that, for moments to be luxurious they have to be earned.

This is a concept which solidified in my mind when I started making my list of luxuries and noticed that most of them were the after-effect of some form of effort or work:

// lazy Sunday mornings (earned after a busy week)
//  friendships (the result of years spent sharing memories and building relationships)
// hot chocolate (earned on the days I go spinning)
// reading in the mornings before work (possible by sacrificing 20 extra minutes in bed)
 
Of course there are other moments and things which I count as luxurious well, just because.  Having a manicure, eating out, being able to come home on my lunch break.  But the most important one I realised?

Time.

It's the most valuable thing you can give and receive and worth so much more than the latest "must have piece".  I count my time as a luxury because, in the rare moments it's truly well spent, there's no pleasure greater.

So can we think about reclaiming 'luxury', please?  Valuing the smaller moments of fulfillment (the ones which will ultimately bring more joy than the luxury which is linked with consumerism) and seeing those as things we're lucky to have.

Who's with me?
I felt like my head was all over the place these past seven days.  For various reasons it was pretty stressful and chaotic, but wasn't the weekend glorious?

Without meaning to I feel as though I've lost the slow living focus I had at the beginning of the year and have felt my old, busy materialistic ways sneaking back in.  I want to reset myself in this sense and began on Saturday with spending some time in the sunshine with Ella and Dylan.  This snap of these sweet flowers was too good not to share!

I don't think I need to elaborate on this one. Spring in a flower!

We decided to make a change with our monthly book club meeting and met for breakfast instead. I went for Eggs Benedict and, controversially, didn't read the book.  The eggs were poached just to my liking, but the hollandaise was a little too thick.  Breakfast book club is definitely something we'll do in the future though!  Oh, and I now have a copy of the book which I have been instructed to read.  Apparently one of the rules of book club is that you actually read the book....who knew?

Week 14 In Moments

10.4.17

I felt like my head was all over the place these past seven days.  For various reasons it was pretty stressful and chaotic, but wasn't the weekend glorious?

Without meaning to I feel as though I've lost the slow living focus I had at the beginning of the year and have felt my old, busy materialistic ways sneaking back in.  I want to reset myself in this sense and began on Saturday with spending some time in the sunshine with Ella and Dylan.  This snap of these sweet flowers was too good not to share!

I don't think I need to elaborate on this one. Spring in a flower!

We decided to make a change with our monthly book club meeting and met for breakfast instead. I went for Eggs Benedict and, controversially, didn't read the book.  The eggs were poached just to my liking, but the hollandaise was a little too thick.  Breakfast book club is definitely something we'll do in the future though!  Oh, and I now have a copy of the book which I have been instructed to read.  Apparently one of the rules of book club is that you actually read the book....who knew?
Last week I reluctantly came to terms with the fact that I must be getting old.  As if my impending birthday isn't reminder enough, I feel as though my body reached a sad turning point with the clock's going forward the other Sunday.

I literally could. not. catch. up. with that missing hour.  On Tuesday I spent a good portion of the day genuinely thinking it was Wednesday, and then woke up the next day assuming it was Thursday.  I was tired all the time.  I considered eye drops, it was that bad.

But then the weekend came, bringing with it the sunshine and springlike feeling.  Hurrah!  So most all of this week's moments are from the last two days when I finally began feeling human again.  And for that I am #sorrynotsorry.

This Mary Poppins print is my new favourite thing and has motivated me to revamp our gallery wall.  It was one of those wonderful Homesense finds that I didn't dare to put down whilst we continued to browse for fear of someone else picking it up.  It rang through the till as "kids print" but I couldn't be happier.

I met up with my besties for lunch (and the chance to meet one's new boyfriend) on Sunday.  We opted for a pub in Windsor offering both Sunday roast and burgers (perfect for all involved!) and it was delicious.  Sometimes I find stepping away from familiar eateries a little daunting, but this reminded me that it can definitely have its benefits.  We were rewarded with fresh well-cooked food, ample portions and this little fella for company.

After lunch we headed back to the car and these photos were taken on our wander through the town and to the car park.  Windsor truly is stunning with a beautiful mix of architecture which I've never really notice before.  I'm glad we took those few extra steps down towards the riverfront to get this snap of the sunlight glistening on the water.  It's reminded me that for these posts in particular it's worth seeking out the beauty in my surroundings.  I also had fun snapping away to document the day as part of my Instagram story.  Something I need to do more often!

So tell me, what did you do to celebrate the warmer weather and lighter evenings last week?

Week 13 In Moments

3.4.17

Last week I reluctantly came to terms with the fact that I must be getting old.  As if my impending birthday isn't reminder enough, I feel as though my body reached a sad turning point with the clock's going forward the other Sunday.

I literally could. not. catch. up. with that missing hour.  On Tuesday I spent a good portion of the day genuinely thinking it was Wednesday, and then woke up the next day assuming it was Thursday.  I was tired all the time.  I considered eye drops, it was that bad.

But then the weekend came, bringing with it the sunshine and springlike feeling.  Hurrah!  So most all of this week's moments are from the last two days when I finally began feeling human again.  And for that I am #sorrynotsorry.

This Mary Poppins print is my new favourite thing and has motivated me to revamp our gallery wall.  It was one of those wonderful Homesense finds that I didn't dare to put down whilst we continued to browse for fear of someone else picking it up.  It rang through the till as "kids print" but I couldn't be happier.

I met up with my besties for lunch (and the chance to meet one's new boyfriend) on Sunday.  We opted for a pub in Windsor offering both Sunday roast and burgers (perfect for all involved!) and it was delicious.  Sometimes I find stepping away from familiar eateries a little daunting, but this reminded me that it can definitely have its benefits.  We were rewarded with fresh well-cooked food, ample portions and this little fella for company.

After lunch we headed back to the car and these photos were taken on our wander through the town and to the car park.  Windsor truly is stunning with a beautiful mix of architecture which I've never really notice before.  I'm glad we took those few extra steps down towards the riverfront to get this snap of the sunlight glistening on the water.  It's reminded me that for these posts in particular it's worth seeking out the beauty in my surroundings.  I also had fun snapping away to document the day as part of my Instagram story.  Something I need to do more often!

So tell me, what did you do to celebrate the warmer weather and lighter evenings last week?

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