Although my last post was a favourites one (but more of a wish list…) I’ve decided to start doing a monthly favourites post as a sort of roundup of what I’ve been loving over the last few weeks. Although February usually feels like you blink and it’s over, this month it feels like I have crammed far more in than I usually would, and these are some of the things I’ve been loving.
1. Florence and Fred Trench Coat
I’ve been on the hunt for a trench coat since before Christmas, and really though I would be able to find one in the sales, but alas, that did not happen… And then I spied this in my local branch of Tesco (whilst I was on the hunt for Galaxy mini eggs because I am a massive cliche). I’m not usually one to shop in Tesco, and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have even have thought about looking on the rails if it wasn’t for accidentally seeing this one in the corner of my eye. I initially tried it on but didn’t buy it and then was kicking myself for two days until I took myself back there for a pre-payday treat (meaning I put it on my credit card and still need to pay it off). It was only £29, which for me is quite a decent price with all the wear I think I’ll get from it, and plus the only other one I’ve been close to buying from Primark was £24. Win win!
2. Twitter Chats
On Tuesday evening I found myself with little to do so I did what we all do and took to Twitter. I noticed that a ‘chat’ was the topic of a lot of peoples tweets, so I clicked on the hashtag to see what it was all about. The ones that was coming up for that evening were ‘ask a blogger’ and ‘FBL chat’ and a lot of other bloggers I follow on Twitter were talking about them so I decided to have a go. I’d seen loads of these before, but I’d never taken part so I was interested to see what kind of questions would be asked. I found it hard at first to remember which one I was answering and to use the hashtag so people could see my answers, but after the first couple of questions, I finally got the hang of it and I’m so glad that I did because I loved taking part! I’ve already written a list on my phone as to when the next chats are, and I can’t wait to get more involved in them, and maybe even host my own. And to top it all off, I e-met some really lovely, supportive girls.
3. Zara Larsson – Lush Life
I don’t know if I can class this a monthly favourite firstly because I only heard it for the first time yesterday, and secondly because I thought it was Rihanna… but anyway, I haven’t turned it off. It’s the perfect mix of a Caribbean-esque vibe mixed with an overall catchy tune, and it’s a good one to have on when the sun is shining and you’re wishing for warmer weather, picturing yourself dancing in a beach bar, cocktail in hand.
4. Topshop Shirt Dress
You might have guessed from my last blog but I love a good shirt dress. I picked this one up about 3 weeks ago, and it’s become a staple in my wardrobe. I love the pattern on it; it reminds me of a mix of spring/autumnal flowers which makes me think I could get away with it in Autumn with tights and boots, and in spring with sandals and flats. I’ve been mainly wearing it for casual evenings out, but I think you could get away with it on a night out if you paired it with gold jewellery and wedges. It was £39, so I’m sure you could find a cheaper alternative, but I would say I’ve already got my money’s worth and for Topshop I think that’s about normal these days.
5. The Little Things
I’ll admit that sometimes I take the little things in my life for granted. The ones that don’t really mean too much on the outside, but keep you going and make you happy on the inside. If that really cryptic sentence didn’t do it for you, the main examples I can think of recently was having the girls over for dinner. Last Wednesday, I had plans to go to a sushi restaurant with a couple of friends, but the closer it got to it, the more we were leaning towards not going (plus it was the week before payday and we all know sushi ain’t cheap!) I invited the girls to come round to mine, and I cooked up veggie burgers, sweet potato fries and salad, and it was really really lovely to do something so chilled and relaxed, plus I didn’t make them ill with my cooking! We spent the rest of the evening watching the Brits and wondering why James Bae was everywhere… no, just us?!
6. The Weather
What a boring adult-like thing of me to say… But recently the sunnier days have really made all the difference to my mood. I’ve felt in a bit of a slump recently and it’s something I couldn’t really shake off no matter what I was trying, but I noticed that when it’s sunny, it really does lift my spirits. I don’t think I suffer from SAD, but I think a degree of it could be related to the same sort of feelings. It’s also made me excited about Spring and Summer and all the exciting things I can plan for when the temperatures start rising.
7. Having Physio
Ok guys, if you’ve made it to this point and want to leave right now, I totally get it. I’m becoming a massive wet blanket… But what can I say… Physio is really helping me! I wouldn’t call the physio itself a ‘favourite’ but the fact it is helping my hip, which has caused me pain for the last 8 months (I know, I’m lazy and didn’t go sooner) is something I’ve been so happy about! It’s only been a week and a half but I can already feel the difference, and I’m going back next week. Right, now lets talk about something way more exciting ok and pretend I never said that??
8. Date Night
Me and my boyfriend work together and live together, so there is no need for us to spend more time together really, and I don’t think that would be physically possible. But I do think it’s important to spend real time together. Whether it’s a weekend away or cooking for your other half, or even just a meal out at a new restaurant you haven’t tried, it’s important to make proper time for one another. I think definitely for couples who live together it’s sometimes easy to stay in your comfort zone and stick to what you know, and for us that’s eating at the same restaurants, going to the same bars, and spending weekends having brunch at the same cafes so it’s good to make plans. Last month we visited the Yorkshire Dales, and we’ve also booked to go to the Lakes in March, but even something as simple as going to your nearest city or just getting out of the house together should do the trick!
So they are my monthly favourites! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, and maybe next month they’ll be more new ones. I’d love to know what you’ve loved this month