Monday, 29 December 2014

Looking forward......and back!

So somehow I've ended up with two 'life update' style posts following one another. Its been a couple of weeks since I last posted but it literally feels like forever!

I have the utmost respect for bloggers who manage to keep blogging through December and even over the festive period (or schedule posts) as for me, December has just been so ridiculously busy, blogging has been far from my mind. This last week has been so busy with getting together with people that the first day/night I had free, I just wanted to get my house back to some sort of liveable state and then relax. December at work is also quarter end so I've had loads of work to get finished earlier than normal due to the festive break. Also I've had a couple of other health related things going on which are thought to be brought on by stress, and even though blogging is a hobby, sometimes I can find it quite stressful when I feel pressured to blog, so I just waited until the time was right really.

This was our first Christmas as husband and wife, although aside from the different cards on the mantelpiece, it was very much like any other. The OH bought me the cutest vintage style digital radio - it looks amazing in my kitchen, and sounds amazing too! I've had great fun finding loads of new stations as I've never had a digital radio before (my current favourite is Absolute 90's). I'm a big lover of music and the radio is always on in our house (when the TV isn't!) - I even leave it on for the dog! I love nothing more than cooking with a glass of wine and the radio on. I also think that when its cold and wet at this time of year to come home and the heating has kicked in, the lamp is shining and there's music playing, it seems much more homely and welcoming.

I'm back at work tomorrow and then half day New Years Eve - I get the unfortunate job of working on 2nd Jan, which is just an odd day after all the New Year festivities. Some people always look forward to the start of the new year when everything is back to normal - I quite like the quiet days in the last couple of weeks of December. I got so much done at the start of last week! I'm not one for New Year's resolutions generally, but I have got some aims in mind for myself for next year.

So a bit of a rambly post just to get back into things. I hope you've all had fantastic Christmas and are looking forward to welcoming in the New Year. I've picked up my New Year's Eve dress in the sale this year!

Friday, 5 December 2014

An Outfit Post and a Life Update


Boots Primark// Jumper New Look (old)//
Jeans Dorothy Perkins//
 Scarves Primark
You could be forgiven for assuming that I have bought all of my winter wardrobe from Primark this year. It wouldn't be an entirely inaccurate assumption as I have bought a fair amount of woollies from there of late.

These two scarves are probably the things I get the most questions about and no one ever believes me when I say I picked them up in Primark for a fiver. They are convinced they must be from Zara or somewhere.

I am favouring the burgundy and navy over the grey and pink at present mainly because the grey and pink one has a bit of a tendency to shed, so by the time I get to work, my black blazer is covered in fluff. I may have to start carrying a sticky roller around with me!

If I could wear these boots more often I would. I have some suede ones I bought from Clarks a few years ago and they have  lasted fantastically, but they aren't the best choice in amongst all this rain we've had lately. These aren't leather but they don't get water damaged and keep my feet  (and legs!) dry and toasty. They look at their best with very dark denim skinny jeans, and as I don't wear jeans on a daily basis so much anymore, they do tend to be my weekend boots. But every now and again I will done a pair of black skinny's to work of a Friday and wear these darlings. I'm not sure how long they will last but at £20 its not the end of the world if they don't make more than one season. I've had plenty of wear out of them, as the rubber block heel, gives a bit of height without feeling like I'm teetering along or going to slip on a patch of ice (when it eventually arrives!) is quite hard wearing.

I'd started to get quite on board with blogging, both posting and commenting on other blogs and keeping my bloglovin feed down, of late. I'd finally started to write out my thank you cars after the wedding, and I'd set myself the task of just doing a few per day, as it is quite laborious. My aim had been to get them out before December, and a week was put aside to get the bulk of them done. 

I'd generally been having a hard time at work. As pleased as I am to have a promotion, its much more pressured than I think I anticipated and at times I have found that quite a strain. Managing the work is ok, is more about managing people that's difficult at times, and its easy to take things quite personally and take full responsibility for everything that happens, without truly recognising your individual role within it, alongside the role others play.

I'd had a pretty hard week and had spoken to my own senior on one particularly day and was overall starting to feel a little better and see the light at the end of the tunnel. The same day the husband dropped the bombshell that he was having difficulties at work. A fraught week of not knowing what the outcome was going to be, how things were going to get paid if the worst came to the worst, alongside very little eating and sleeping, ended up with things turning out much better than anticipated. I'm very much the sort of person who always prepares for the worst possible outcome. I'm not necessarily a pessimist, but my view is if you prepare for the worst, and it happens its not so much of a shock and you have plans in place. And if the worst doesn't happen, well than that's just a bonus isn't it? 

Needless to say I had very little heart and interest for blogging, alongside the majority of other things in life during that time (including the impending festive season) as all my energy was focused into that. But now things have settled, I'm making a bit of a return, particularly as Christmas approaches - the blog world always seems so busy! I'm feeling particularly festive as my tree is up, and I have a Christmassy scented candle burning. I'm not the type to do gift lists - I might do a little wishlist for myself, as I normally like to get books but I'm struggling this year - but I love to get ideas from everyone else.

So  yeah, a little outfit type post and an update of where I've been to boot!

Merry December everyone!

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