As I started writing this blog post we were still enjoying very unseasonal, very warm weather and it is glorious and I love it! February is of course a shorter month and for that reason, and as well as it being between seasons, I chose it again to do a No Spend month ... last year I blogged about it every week, this year I decided to update you at the end during my being fifty and fab post.
Well my sole aim was to reduce the number of deliveries and new items of clothing arriving into my wardrobe and for the most part I did achieve this as I have bought far far less then I usually do. Last year however I was more committed than this year - a few bits have sneaked in, I had a voucher for The White Company that I put 'towards' a couple of items and I have ordered a scarf from Sweet Bea and a new top from The Wendy House (neither have arrived yet)!
Exercising - I have taken a little break these last few weeks but I have realised I don't want to not exercise so I will be gradually upping things again and trying to find a better routine and I hope an exercise I love! My battle with my hormones and HRT has finally been won and I am feeling much more like myself again - which means I feel well enough to get back to exercise. I do plan to write about my peri-menopause challenges when I feel ready!
Reading - I have just finished The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life by William Nicholson - very good - and started on Unscripted by Claire Handscombe and there will be a full review on my blog coming soon! Below, relaxing at Nirvana Spa recently.
Doing - I've had some lovely experiences and fun days out this month! There was the Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace, my photo appearing in the Daily Mail, a few days in Dartmouth with my lovely niece, a day at Nirvana Spa with my daughter, lunch at The Ivy Marlow Garden with my parents and on Thursday I was at the Vionic Shoes SS/19 launch event! So what I have I been wearing from my wardrobe ...
Above: Being photographed for the Daily Mail at their offices in High Street Kensington, the dress is current from Zara (not mine), I have had so many compliments about it! I decided not to buy it though, I did try but I was between sizes and so alterations would have been needed and I wasn't sure I'd wear it enough as I don't do dresses with heels, because I simply can't walk, I tend to favour a heeled boot or wedge sandal. These ones in the photo were too big for me!!
Photo by Natasha Pszenski www.tashphotography.com and the article appeared in the Daily Mail here.
Wearing - so for all these lovely things I have been doing, here is what I have been wearing ...
A chillier day in London earlier in the month, I met up with my cousin and we went to the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition at Kensington Palace then had lunch at The Ivy South Kensington - absolutely fantastic day out! I wore my Jaeger camel coat - all info here.
Just a normal day at home with this one! Coated jeans from Boden and sale purchase Hush jumper and scarf.
Another normal day but weather was getting much milder so I got an opportunity to wear my tan leather biker from Mint Velvet (similar here) with my navy Sweet-Bea scarf.
I'm enjoying this lose fit jumper from Uniqlo for everyday easy dressing, with my Spanx denim leggings and a sale purchase scarf from Spirit & Grace.
We had a gorgeous day for lunch at The Ivy Marlow Garden with my parents - belated Christmas treat! I wore a Marks & Spencer dress last seen when I was out for my son's 21st birthday. My black biker is from Mint Velvet.
And saving the best for last - I had a really wonderful weekend in Dartmouth in Devon with my beautiful niece, who is simply the loveliest person inside and out and we had so much fun together. It was so warm for our walk on the Monday that we were on the beach in t-shirts, we had gone down there to do new photos for Gem's website. Do look her up, she sells a really effective dry skin cream - you can find out all the details on her website Gem's Natural Skin Care. And what a fantastic advocate for natural skincare and fresh air, Gem will be 40 in May - but looks like she's still in her 20's.
So that is my little round up! Do use my hashtag if you are on Instagram #beingfiftyandfab and tag me @fifty_andfab so I can find your posts easily! I've recently passed the 3k followers mark and to celebrate I will be doing a Giveaway with Sweet-Bea, a scarf from their Spring/Summer range so make sure you are following me on Insta for all the details.
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