Well we've reached the end of May already and we've enjoyed some amazing weather - including two fantastic bank holiday weekends! I've had a really busy month, I did have a few moments of doubting my ability to blog, the GDPR stuff really overwhelmed me, but I got there and I have realised it is okay to relax a bit about it.
Do you like my new logo? And I have new business cards just arrived too. I am attending a blogging event in London this weekend - #BlogConLDN - which I am very excited about, look out for updates on my Instagram stories.
As we head into June my main objective is to do a bit more planning for our big holiday to Sri Lanka this year! I will do a separate blog post and tell you about it. I'm excited and nervous! My daughter will be staying on a bit longer to do some volunteer work and she will be flying home alone - I will spend those hours a nervous wreck no doubt.
Here is a little round up of what I got up to in May:
Exercising - I tried out nordic walking, I wrote a blog post about it here and I went again so it must have been good! The rest of my exercise routine has been a bit hit and miss though although the steps have been up. Really in reality I do quite a lot - no where near as much as others but 'comparison is the thief of joy' and I do what I can do and what I want to do.
Reading - I've read several books this month. I finished off The Cows by Dawn O'Porter over the first bank holiday weekend as I wanted to move onto reviewing a book I had been gifted No One But You by Tessa Levy, I was taking part in a blog tour and attending the launch party - which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had a day in London, a photo shoot for Fabulous magazine in the afternoon, some shopping in Oxford Street, then the book review at The Arch Hotel. The Cows was very good and I definitely recommend although the subject matter is pretty new territory for a book - let me know what you think! And of course my review of No One But You can be found on this post. I met Tessa and her two daughters at the book launch and they really are lovely people, and publishing a book at 88 years old is certainly inspirational.
Wearing - I've loved having my summer outfits out! It seemed a long time coming and I've had clothes in and out of storage and generally a bit of a 'muddly' wardrobe but it all came together in May. I do have too many summer clothes though, especially tops. They are pretty and easy to buy and as they don't get much wear due to the unpredictable British weather, they never wear out.
I had an amazing day out in Oxford and popped into & Other Stories and found a gorgeous red dress - I have been on the look out for cotton and natural fabrics to take to Sri Lanka so this was a happy find! You can find all the details and the link to the dress on my previous post here.
I wore it on royal wedding day - no reason to dress up but I did anyway! It can be worn lose without the belt or tied with the belt. It looked fabulous with my super comfy Vionic espadrilles. I've ended up with two new straw bags (oops) one was in the sale in the National Trust shop and I've added pom poms and the other was from Pull & Pear - I decided I 'had to' have a round bag and searched for an inexpensive one (and added pom poms)!
Doing - I've had such a busy but fun month - a day out in Oxford to visit Worcester College where my nephew is at university - check the post here as there are discounted tickets for varoius Oxford walking tours.
I did a photoshoot with Jodie Humphries at my home, it was a beautiful sunny day and we managed to get lots of outfit shots and some great images that I wanted to update my website - have a look! I've updated several pages and I am really pleased with how it is looking. Let me know what you think. Then I finally decided on the new logo style - I wanted to keep it simple, improve the strap-line, which now works in with my #beingfiftyandfab regular post and I love the new colour! I will be featuring some of the outfits I wore on my blog over the coming weeks - the first one is about the Zara jacket, read it here.
Oh and what about the royal wedding? Wasn't that just a fantastic backdrop, the stunning blue skies over Windsor, we couldn't have asked for better weather. We really did do it well and showcased Great Britain to the rest of the world. I sat for several hours with my daughter (and my son for slightly less time), we loved watching the guests arrive and choosing our favourite outfits. We loved following Meghan's journey from Cliveden where I have enjoyed lunch on many occasions as it is local to us. She looked so stunning - simple and chic. And her mother did her very proud - she was so dignified and coped so well with what must have been a very overwhelming and surreal experience.
And finally we were at Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park again this year, we had a warm and sunny day (a bit different to last year when we had sun and heavy rain showers). I was able to wear a dress!
Gosh I think I've chatted on far too long! Lots of information in this months #beingfiftyandfab - I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. I love to read your comments so do comment below or message me via email.
I'll leave you with one final photo of those gorgeous espadrilles. These were gifted to me and can be found on this link, but I do genuinely love them. Vionic shoes really are super comfortable, and they offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if you wear them and can't get on with them, you can return them for a full refund.
I'm off to start searching swimwear as that is next on my to do list for Sri Lanka and for a blog post!
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