Wait, is it actually Summer now?

According the calender Summer doesn’t start until June 21st, but it feels so much like we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer.

Scarves, Hats, and Winter coats and now in storage or at the back of the wardrobe. I’m having to accept that Jumpers probably need to join them, though I feel the minute I pack them away we will probably be hit with a cold spell.

I’m excited for all the spring clothes that can get integrated back into the wardrobe. I love the season change, partially because it means rediscovering a part of your wardrobe that was packed away over six months ago.
Those dresses that have been hidden in a suitcase under the bed, and the culottes shorts which are prefect on a hot summer day. Those thin boyfriend style cardigans everyone has from New Look, and the maxi dresses that will need a denim jacket to prevent hypothermia until Summer actually arrives.

Mac style coats.

That light layer, that is completely timeless and smartens up even the most basic jeans and tee shirt.

Mac are to my Spring/Summer, what Berets are to my Autumn/Winter.

Emily

Eternally grateful to friends like Sally who are actually happy to take photos of me.

Five changes I’m making for 2018

I’ve never really been a resolutions person. I love the idea of making changes, and becoming your best self, but I never carry them over. Looking at my old diaries it always seems to be about negative things rather than bringing joy.

I realised a couple weeks back there were things I wanted to do more this year (alongside reading some of the hundred plus unread books I own), and I’ve started implementing them which is making me most happy;

Sending cards

 

So, this started when I was thinking about Thank You Cards, and wether they are an outdated concept. I’ve only ever passed these out when I have left previous jobs, and the only Thank You Card I’ve received was following a friends wedding. It was handmade, matched the invitations and contained an unexpected and cute sentiment.

I’ve posted the tackiest Congratulations card to a friend who smashed an interview, and had another incredible opportunity in the same week.

I also have a New Job Card that’ll be going out this week to a friend who’s changed a situation that was making her sad, and I am insanely proud of her for taking this choice into her own hands.

You infrequently get mail beyond bills, marketing, and online shopping and if I can put a smile on someone’s face once or twice this year I will be so happy. Also, I’m a bit of a stationery geek so anything that allows me to spend more time in Paperchase or T K Maxx’s Stationery department makes me very happy.

Handmade gifts

 

This year I am trying my hardest to save, to move out. Though it may not appear so, I’ve cut back on my spending when it comes to clothes in a big way, and I’m going to match this with gifts for friends.

I’m a pretty decent baker. If you’re on my pod at work you will receive brownies on your birthday. I also make birthday cakes when it seems appropriate.

I want to learn to crochet. I can machine sew to a pretty acceptable (basic) level. I can knit (a scarf) and I taught myself how to finger knit one night when I was restless.

So, if you’re reading this and I would normally get you a birthday present; it’s going to be extra special this year.

Focusing on friendships.

I’m stepping back from the friendships that don’t make me happy, and putting more time into those which do. I’m not cutting people out of my life but I’m limiting the damage that can be done either by people’s actions, or my own thoughts spiral.

When I have so many incredible friends, colleagues and family my life isn’t going to suffer. I have a best friend who loves me, gets me and I see everyday. Life could be a lot worse.

Getting in early to work

 

I’m the person who almost always stays late, to catch up with tasks. With my current job I have cleared my inbox once (15:23 January 2nd), and anything unfinished will be there tomorrow. I’m constantly prioritising, and problem solving and I blooming love it, but I’m tired of the fact everyone knows I stay late.

Getting logged on and picking up my emails fifteen minutes before my shift lets me organise, prioritise and plan without comment. Yes, I’m likely to still stay a little after my shift but that fifteen minutes before, will minimise it drastically.

Sunday Walks

Matt and I are saving Sundays for long walks, weather permitting. So far we’ve been to Whitsand beach, Avon Reservoir and Trenchford Reservoir.

We’re saving, working full time with hobbies and side interests (Matt is a professional photographer alongside his day job). Keeping one day a week to do something we both love, that doesn’t cost much beyond petrol and takes up most of the day has been a lovely way to start the year.

Lots of small things designed to create small moments of joy, and make weeks a little more special.

– Emily

What’s In My Handbag First Day At Work 

This is a throwback post.

Twelve months ago today, I walked through the doors of my office after murdering the surname of my supervisor. I remember feeling distinctly overwhelmed after reading through some of the forty SLA’s, and being shown the processes that would fit into our day-to-day lives, watching Dee answer an email faster than seemed physically possible (with hind sight, she was using auto correct shortcuts). One thing I did twelve months ago was start a post, which I didn’t publish, linked to preparing for my first day:

  • Lunchbox
  • Waterbottle
  • Fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Purse
  • Glasses
  • Umbrella
  • Scarf
  • Pencil case
  • Make up
  • Handcream
  • Kindle
  • Spare canvas bag
  • Ipod and headphones
  • A tub of brownies

Some of this is from previous first day experience; I’ve had jobs where there was no stationery on my first day, and another where there was no desk. So bringing a notebook, and a few pens meant I knew I could take the 10000 notes I wanted, the water bottle avoided the potential politics of using someone else’s mug, and the brownies linked into a joke from my final interview.

– Emily

– Emily

The Importance of Looking After Yourself 


Roughly this time last year, I was at a garden party celebrating the engagement of one of my best friends. All the girls had grouped together discussing hen dos in the most vague way possible and whilst describing budgets I discreetly shared with the other bridesmaids “I’m not sure if I’ll still have a job in a few months…” 

I was struggling, trying desperately hard to make a success of my new role which was an incredible opportunity as a recent graduate. Fast forward a year; The hen do has passed, and I’m running through the list in my head of things I need to pack for next week.

In the twelve months since I voiced my worries to relative strangers so many small things have changed in my life. I have joined the gym and started Slimming World, I have a small savings account, passed my driving test and; I have a new job.

Moving to a new job really helped me take control of my life.

Those months of really struggling to do well taught me that you can’t achieve everything just because you doggedly want to. Some goals needed to be retired, so others can be focused on. Dreading getting out of bed, the increasing knot of anxiety when someone comes to your desk, and quiet tears appearing on your journey home as you worry that the work you’ve done isn’t good enough are not acceptable ways to live.

Teasing your colleagues, and being mocked for your inability to capture anyones name first time on a phonecall are. Knowing at the end of the day you have really achieved something, and that you are part of a team that enjoy working with you and care about each other, is.

I am not a mental health blogger. At best I am a beauty and fashion blogger with a perchance for books, but the importance of looming after your own mental health has been so heavily on my mind. My previous work situation was something I had no experience with, and really learnt from. That change spurred me to change other aspects of my life, and those changes have made me so much happier.

Emily

My Summer Saviour: Culottes.

Summer is hot. Summer is sweaty. And chub rub is real. So, to make life more bearable in when it warms up I live it culottes. I love how flowy and comfy they are and also how easy to style and cool they look.

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These particular black culottes are from New Look via ASOS and I think they work perfectly for a casual day with the girls or smartened up for a more formal work environment.

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For this lazy Saturday spent shopping with the girls, I decided to pair the culottes with an old Topshop crop top and my uber comfy New Balance trainers.

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And you can still jump around like an idiot in them.

 

So, don’t be surprised if you see me living in culottes until the weather decides to behave itself and cool down a little.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

My Favourite Podcasts.

In the last 6 months I have discovered podcasts, I know I’m a little late to the party but at least I’m here. Throughout my teacher training year I’ve had to commute an hour to school and an hour back, which has given me ample time to enjoy some hilarious and thought-provoking conversations. I sometimes switch back to music when I’m in the car. depending on my mood, but generally I have relished having the opportunity to listen to people talking about subjects I wouldn’t normally hear about or that I don’t have the chance to discuss in my everyday life.

 

So I thought I would make a quick list of my favourite podcasts that I listen to regularly. Some I have gone back and am listening to all of the episodes and others I have just jumped in and ran with them.

 

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First up is Stuff You Should Know. This podcast takes on a different subject every episode and sees Josh and Chuck dissect these topics with skill and hilarity. They have taken on such varied theme as Remembering Stonewall to How Seed Bans Work to How Champagne Works, all in the last few months. So if you love finding about the weird and wonderful from two really funny and knowledgeable guys (and Jeri) then this will be the podcast for you.

 

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Next is the Elis James and John Robins podcast of their Radio X show on a Saturday 1pm-4pm. These are two of my favourite comedians and listening to their podcast is like being in heaven.  With John’s Shame Well, the Light Hearted Paper Review with Elis James and Humble Brag of the Week there’s something for everyone and if you’re anything like me you’ll end up laughing out loud on a train and have old people looking weird at you. Seriously, this podcast with the Hammer Legends is just too good you need listen to it.

 

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Then, we have No Such Thing as a Fish a podcast from the QI elves and researchers. Basically, four of the QI elves go around and present their favourite fact that they have found that week. The four then proceed to discuss these facts and they end up in some odd tangents, but it is so much fun. A great mix of knowledge and fun where I always learn something.

 

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Finally, we have BBC Radio 4 Seriously a podcast of seriously interestingly stories told a little sideways. This again, tackles some really varied topics that are always told from a slightly off centre perspective. My favourite episode so far concerns a woman telling the story of her grandfather who was a witness to the 1917 Russian Revolution and he had recorded his memories. She then goes to St Petersburg to see where he lived and what he saw. A truly fascinating and personal way to look at such a huge and significant event in history. This is a seriously good podcast (I am so funny).

 

This is just a list of my current favourites, I also listen to many other podcasts and am always looking to discover more. So, if you have any recommendations please comment and let me know.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Currently Obsessed With…

I should probably start by saying that if I find something I like I get obsessed with it. I have been known to listen to the same band non stop for 6 months and watch the same film twice in one day. I can’t help it, it must be how I’m wired. So, I go in and out of phases of being obsessed with certain things and I thought I would share what’s currently got my undivided attention.

 

1. The Gilmore Guys podcast.

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As you probably already know Gilmore Girls is one of my many obsessions (I’ve seen every episode at least 7 times). But, recently I found of a way of revisiting the whole series without having to commit to another complete run through of all 7 seasons. I stumbled upon The Gilmore Guys podcast a few months ago and it has become the soundtrack to my 2 hour commute to work and back everyday. Demi and Kevin are hilarious and its really made me think a little deeper about a show I have loved for so long. I am a little late to the party (it started 2 years ago) but I am so loving the journey so far and can’t wait to make it all the way through, I’m on season 3 so only 4 left to go.

 

2. The River by Bruce Springsteen.

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A young Bruce Springsteen may just be my idea of the perfect man, he is bae! But this album in particular has been my soundtrack to the last couple of months, when I haven’t been listening to podcasts. Its perfect blend of upbeat dance alongs like ‘Hungry Heart’ and more thought provoking slow songs like ‘Independence Day’ and songs I must have at my wedding like ‘I Wanna Marry You’ work together to create an album that has everything you could ever need on it. Bruce fan or not, this album is everything.

 

3. Films starring a young Tom Cruise.

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Recently I have watched; A Few Good Men (pictured above), Rain Man, Top Gun, Risky Business, Jerry Maguire and Cocktail. Not only was a young Tom Cruise just the most handsome man in all the land, but this is also when he did some of his best acting work. Cocktail will forever be in my top 10 movies of all time and A Few Good Men is just sublime. Cruise’s early work was phenomenal, he was funny and charming and powerful and sexy and had gravitas. Do yourself a favour, and if you haven’t watched any of the films mentioned watch them, and if you have rediscover them. He’s allowed to jump on couches like a loon with a filmography like that.

 

That is basically it for the time being, but believe me it takes up a lot of my time. Let me know if you get obsessed with things too and what you’re currently in to. Now if you’ll excuse me I feel like I’m about to go deep into a young Robert De Niro phase, if anyone needs me I’ll be watching The Deer Hunter.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂