Favourites 14.06.18 - The Random Edition!
|Boden dress favourites later in the post!|
Girls, I cannot convey just how hippety-happy I am that it is FRIIIYAAAAAY! It means I don't have a 5:30 workout til next Monday and Saturday is a sleep in! Unlike our American cousins we in the UK don't break up for summer until mid July - Caspar is pretty early on 13th July (most schools are the week after) but still - a full month left! I then have two weeks annual leave booked off (here in the UK we get 5.6 weeks statutory annual leave a year) - whoop!! The countdown begins. Until then it is work (30 hours a week), working out, jobs, routine - yey. My first favourite this week was my Tuesday lunch date with Andy (one of his days off) - I'd had a challenging morning at work should we say and I was so glad to see him! We didn't do much - we looked at paint samples in B&Q (oh the romance!) but it was just nice being with him and him making me laugh. It did lead to my second favourite of the week though - the hit and run healthy food you can bag in Marks and Spencer. Marks and Spencer in general is like a pleasant parallel world - an ordered, reliable, well thought out and steady refuge. When I lived in Brussels and got tired of city smells and a foreign culture I'd go into the M&S there and smell and breathe the Anglosphere I'd stepped into - it was like a surrogate retail-home. Back to the food. Nutty super whole-food salad with almonds, edamame beans, soya dressing and tahini - I am going to attempt to replicate this at home, it is so delicious (and vegan) - I'm not vegan but I think it does the system good to eat vegan food whenever possible (couldn't do it all the time though, I'd fade away). Had a turmeric and cayenne 'shot' too - wow that had a kick but it was a great opportunity to get an anti-inflammatory booster! Got a coffee too from a great café that has about 4 different dairy free milk options. Where possible if struggling with work or tiredness I try to get my boost from changing the scene, spending time with people I love and getting some good nutrition to pep me up.
Just to prove how truly random this 'random favourites' edition is - third favourite - finding 5 golf balls on the beach in one week. We don't even need them, we have a ton, but it doesn't stop me getting excited when I find one. I am such a beach-comber. The other things that are washing up o the beach in great quantities today and yesterday are jelly -fish. Once a year when there is a high tide and a storm we get the annual 'jellyfish apocalypse.' It is too gross to photo-graph but I am kind of morbidly fascinated by it. Some of them are monsters and it makes me not want to paddle in the water again.
Fourth favourite - despite the tiredness, completing my fourth 5:30 am workout yesterday (ok one was at 08:30) - a 45 minutes of cardio and weights. I might not be ripped yet (ha!) but because I feel like I am on my way to getting fitter and more toned it gave me the confidence yesterday to wear a dress I've never worn with the bare leg look before (I am generally scared of wearing anything over the knee with bareish legs). It really is what is pushing me on - getting passed that sartorial barrier.
Did an instastory about this yesterday (by the way - anyone who wants to follow me and my silly stories the handle is 'theeuropafox') - the last two times I'd done these early workouts I've felt great in the immediate AM, not had a problem getting out of bed (shocked myself), or doing the workout (double shocker) - it is the midday slump that is the hump! Even with a decent lunch and caffeine, I'd climbed into bed at tea-time for power naps in attempts to pull myself round. This is not sustainable!! (Although quite enjoyable). So any tips anyone? I need to have an earlier bed time for a start (9:30 not 10:30) but this is so difficult - not enough hours in the day! Or maybe taking more snacks to work will help. I am not sure if this is utterly dull me talking about my real-life getting in shape struggles - please tell me if I need to shut up! Or equally, if you are interested, let me know and I can post a little update each week.
Fifth favourite - experimenting with different paint colours on the walls. Anyone who has been to a DIY store might appreciate how BAFFLING the multiplicity of shades there are to choose from, and how they change in different lights. We have about 10 tester pots and charts at home. Our favourites of course are Farrow & Ball paints (have loved this brand ever since I lived in Dorset - it is a Dorset company). The shades are 'richly pigmented', low odour and eco-friendly and I love the chalky, matte, heritage colours. We always think we are going to experiment with something bold and then always choose something safe and classic - our front runner at the moment is 'shaded white.' How boring are we?!
I can't wait to replace the horrible yellow in the conservatory - would have loved the moody grey you can just see on the left but Andy really doesn't like grey - hence the 'shaded white.'
What a MESS we've made of the walls. We have painted and written all over them. Love the mochas but because we change the décor seasonally I know we'll end up sticking with a neutral. Still, vandalising the house was fun. We get it painted next week - yayyy! LOVE the look of fresh paint.
Sixth favourite - making persillades every day - this simple mix of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, garden curly parsley and garlic - super healthy (omegas, vitamin C, anti-bacterial etc etc) - has formed the basis of a lot of my food - drizzled over new potatoes, over grilled and roasted lamb and chicken and to pep up pasta sauces. The longer it marinades, the nicer it gets. Besides - who doesn't love food with only three ingredients?
Seventh favourite - Boden reconnaissance missions - i.e. tagging dresses in a pre-emptive sale strike. A lot of their dresses are £80+ - and when in this country we are never quite sure how long summer will last I prefer to get these in the sales. I could have posted a ton of dresses and I only looked at half but here are some of my favourites (alongside the one as the headline photo):
Am still loving blue and yellow!
This is kind of outside my comfort zone and I think it would suit someone less curvy, taller and darker than me but I love it - love the fact dresses are getting 'softer' and less structured and it combines a few trends really well.
I am not a pink fan I general - but this dress could convert me and it works so well with the sandals. PLEASE be in the sales dress!!
Wearable, anywhere. And just £40 - currently in the sale! I like pairing white like this with bright accessories - blue and yellow - LOVE.
A good work option - mixing the smart structure, comfort and a bold print so it is not super conservative.
These dresses, above and below, are my type of staple - the accessories in these images are great - the corally - tangerine (I am sure I am borderline colour-blind, haha) sandals and the belt below are right up my street:
So SWOON - dress heaven at Boden. My parting favourite no 8 is a photo I found of Caspar on a pen drive this week:
My little cutie! Have a lovely week-end friends! Love - Joanne xx
Linking up with Erika and Narci for Friday Favourites: