Monday, March 19, 2018

Outfit: March 7th – Stripes and Army Green







The lovely Audrey of Putting Me Together ( sent out a PDF of spring transition outfits to everyone on her blog mailing list the other week. Since the snow had finally receded I took a look at it and the first outfit on the list was a striped dress similar to this one, a green utility jacket and taupe booties or red rain boots, depending on your weather situation. I don’t have utility jacket (and I don’t feel like I want or need one) so I paired my dress with this cardigan instead. I feel like the colour combination was the more important thing here anyway. Obviously I still needed thick tights (especially with such a short dress) but in the sunshine there were moments when it actually felt like spring could be just around the corner.

Cardi – Primark
Dress – Primark
Tights – Primark
Boots – F+F at Tesco
Necklace – gifted
Earrings – Nickel and Suede

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Outfit: March 6th – Spring Colour








It is amazing how much difference a little bit of daylight makes when you are taking #ootd (that’s outfit of the day, mom) pictures in the mirror. The sunshine didn’t hurt either!
It is slowly warming up outside (although I’m well aware we could have another cold snap before the month is out) and I was all about the spring colour this day! These blouses (I have three of them) keep popping up on my Timehop as I bought them around this time two years ago, and it’s been a while since I wore any of them. So I pulled out this graphic print one and then brightened it up with my almost-neon orange jacket.

Jacket – c/o TM Lewin
Top – Primark
Pants – Dorothy Perkins Tall
Shoes – George at ASDA (sale)
Necklace – George at ASDA
Earrings – Claire’s

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Outfit: March 5th – Finally








This was the first morning in a week that we woke up to no new snow. Not only that but much of the snow that had been laying for the whole week was gone. That meant I could finally retire my EMU boots and wellies back to the closet and wear the trainers and smart trousers combo I had been thinking about since the previous Monday. I was tempted to just repeat the whole outfit with just a change of footwear, but the lure of the cashmere was strong given that my garden pond was still frozen over so it obviously wasn’t much warmer outside. I definitely wanted to wear this shirt again though, so just layered it underneath the sweater.

Sweater – F+F men’s (via eBay)
Shirt – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Trousers – Dorothy Perkins Tall
Trainers – Skechers (TK Maxx)
Choker – Primark
Earrings – Nickel and Suede

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My Running Story (Part 1)

I have started running again. I say again – I actually started in February 2017, and surprised everyone (no one more than myself) by keeping it up for four months! I didn’t have a particular plan when I started, I just walked a bit then started running around a set route, trying to keep running the whole time as much as I could and gradually increasing the distance. I was up to three miles by the end of May. Then we went on holiday to Italy and on the final day there I developed a very weird achy pain in my arm. Once we were home the aches spread to all my limbs, to the point where I couldn’t sit for long periods of time, but walking around was also uncomfortable. I went to the doctor and he said it was just muscular and to take ibuprofen, which I did and after about two weeks it improved. But that was the end of my running for a while, for fear of getting injured again (although I’m not convinced the achy-ness had anything to do with running as I’d had a full week off by the time it started).

Fast-forward to the end of January this year, and I decided to start running again. This time I am doing the Couch to 5K plan. I have downloaded the free Public Health England One You Couch to 5K app and Jo Whiley tells me when it’s time to start and stop running (the app is in association with the BBC so you can choose one of four voices to talk to you as you go). I picked the Couch to 5K as I knew it would let me build up slowly and hopefully stop me getting injured. At the time of writing I am on Week 2 which is still more walking than it is running. You’re supposed to do each week’s programme three times, but I skipped the third session of Week 1. With the amount of walking I do I am not a complete couch potato, which is the starting point the app is designed for. And in Week 1 you run for a minute at a time and each time I felt as though I wanted to keep going a little longer (which is probably what’s supposed to happen) so I moved straight on to Week 2.

So far, I’m enjoying it. You can play your own music on your phone whilst the app talks to you (it just turns the volume down on the music a little so you can hear Jo (or whoever) talking to you), so I use Spotify for music and the C25K podcast just plays over the top of it.

For my third run of Week 3 I swapped the voice to Sarah Millican for a change. I kind of felt like I was cheating on Jo, but the problem is that the voice over is just the same thing for all three runs each week (well, until the intervals start changing within the weeks, when I guess they will be different) so by the time you’ve heard the advice and/or jokes twice over you want to hear something new.

I did not like Sarah Millican. She appeared to be reading from the same script, although with less conviction, and she also made my music shut off when she was talking. (Actually no, I can’t blame Sarah for that, it’s a quirk of listening to your music on Amazon Music (I usually use Spotify). The same thing happened when I switched back to Jo for Week 4.)

So it was back to Jo for Week 4 and this is the point where you are running five minutes at a time. And it’s really OK. The following week was running eight minutes at a time. And that was OK too. Harder, but OK. And then the Beast From the Chuffing East descended upon us and put paid to my running for a whole week. This worried me a little, I have to admit. The next run on the schedule was 20 minutes of straight running, no walking intervals. Would I be able to do that after an enforced break of a whole week? Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Outfit: March 2nd – Spring. Allegedly.






So it was the second day of meteorological spring but had the weather got that memo? No. Here’s what happened on the first day of meteorological spring:


Yeah. No spring outfits for me just yet then. Particularly since the temperature was not forecast to rise enough to melt any of the snow until after the weekend, and even then it would only be by a couple of degrees and we would still have the wind chill to factor in. Gah.

Now obviously I did not walk to work in these flat shoes (though I did see someone on Wednesday afternoon walking in the snow in similar shoes, and her mate in three inch block heeled boots…) but there’s only so many times you can post EMU boots in a week I feel. I wore my very cosy EMU boots and my feet stayed warm and dry.

Sweater – Marks and Spencer (sale)
Top – Long Tall Sally
Jeans – Primark
Shoes – George at ASDA
Necklace – gifted
Earrings – handmade

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Outfit - February 28th - The Same, But Different







On Wednesday morning there was a little more snow than the previous day, but not a lot more, so I put on a very similar outfit to the day before's: the same sweater but in cream, fleece-lined leggings, a different skirt, the same boots. By 7.45am though we had a blizzard. By the time there were people at my office (yes I can walk in but I don't have a key so it's no use if there's no one else there!) we had several inches more snow on the ground so I abandoned my EMU boots and put on my wellies.

Sweater - Bench (via eBay)
Skirt - Topshop Tall (sale)
Leggings - Primark
Boots - EMU Australia (via eBay)
Necklace - gifted
Earrings - Boots (sale)

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Friday, March 09, 2018

Outfit: February 27th – Snow Day








Well, the snow came. Not in anything like the amounts we were led to believe we might get, but there was a covering. So it was on with the fleece-lined leggings, on with the EMU boots and on with the big coat to trudge up the hill to work.

Sweater – Bench
Skirt – Warehouse
Leggings – Primark
Boots – EMU Australia (via eBay)
Necklace – gifted
Earrings – hand made

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