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08.07.2020- What I Wore Today #421

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Another week down, another post of me more or less waffling on about the same thing I was back in March! I don't think looking back at the selection of outfit snaps which I've got banked will get any easier to be honest, and it does really feel like I'm looking back on someone else's life. It's such a strange time to be existing through, and the unpredictability of it all is something which I think is so counter to the way that we as humans are used to living- with everything planned out weeks, months, and sometimes years in advance. Adjusting to the change in routine has definitely been tough for me, but things now definitely feel much easier than they did back in March and April- and I'm finding myself having a few more occasions to get dressed up: 

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Dress- Marks and Spencer
Shoes- Carvela

I bought this dress from Marks and Spencer at the start of the year as it seemed like the perfect piece for the office- which it was for a few weeks! The slightly unusual pattern really caught my eye, and I've always been an advocate of a flowy skirt- especially if it meant saving time first thing in the morning as this did. Looking back, I remember having to wear these shoes because of some seriously badly bruised toenails which I got after walking Box Hill and Leith Hill- strangely I now find myself very wistfully longing for those days! 

Did you pick up any new pieces pre-lockdown?

(Image credit: Michelle Chai, please do not reproduce without permission.)

06.07.2020- Socially Distanced Diaries: An Afternoon at Painshill Park

Monday, 6 July 2020

It's strange to look back to the start of lockdown from this point, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one who feels like the last three months have passed by in something of a blur. Until recently, every day has more or less felt the same, but as the restrictions we've been living under since March have gradually been starting to ease, I've been lucky enough to be able to slowly start catching up with some friends who don't live too far away at some lovely outdoor locations. My first trip outside of my postcode in three months was to Painshill Park, to catch up with my brilliant pal (and former office buddy!) Katharine:


Having visited Painshill back in the autumn, it was so lovely to be there on a sunny spring day, and see everything bursting into life. We had a completely hassle-free experience, having booked a time slot in advance online and enjoying everything at an appropriate social distance. It was great to see plenty of new loos set up (honestly, finding toilets in lockdown is next level tough!), and visiting on a weekday afternoon meant that the park was almost empty- it felt like such a treat to be there after so long of being in one place! Catching up with Katharine after so long was just lovely too, and I can't tell you how much of a boost this little outing made to my overall mood.

Have you managed to catch up with anyone yet? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

03.07.2020- Lockdown Lunch #10: Winnie Nip

Friday, 3 July 2020

Week....15....?! At least, I think it's week 15. It might be week 14, it might be week 16. Who knows anymore- and to be honest, I've given up trying to keep track of time passing now. All of the markers in my calendar which I'd use to differentiate one week from the next are more or less redundant now- although I am very much looking forward to a short UK break the week after next, which I'm sure I'll be sharing some snaps of in a forthcoming post or two. To be honest, I'm still flitting between states of feeling scared, then content, then really frustrated and impatient, and there's still a huge amount of uncertainty about things for me work wise at the moment too, which is definitely pretty stressful. As always, I'm seeking out pockets of peace and tranquility in the garden which has been a total godsend, and also in updating these pages too. 

My guest for a spot of lockdown lunch this week is the wonderful Winnie of Diamond Canopy! Winnie's blog has been one of my favourites since the original early days of blogging (gosh, saying that makes me sound like such a granny!), and her beautiful photography is constantly inspiring me to be more creative with my images. Her incredible illustrations also make me wish that I was better all things artistic- well worth a follow for some serious inspiration (I'm obsessed with her coloured ink pieces!) Like me, Winnie also works in PR and has spent the last few months adjusting to being furloughed- something I've found pretty tricky given the 'always on' side of the job. Here's how she's been adjusting to life lately:

How are you coping with things at the moment? 

Generally speaking, I’m doing okay. Lockdown has been full of ups and downs and being furloughed for the last three months has taken some major adjustments. I can’t help but worry about the future but also the daily updates on lockdown easing, makes me feel a little nervous. Being stuck at home has been strange too, I don’t mind my own company and I've always been happy to be at home but three months has felt like like one never-ending week. On top of all that, there's been so much happening during lockdown, so there’s been a lot weighing on my mind especially with BLM, but it’s been very educating and I’m still learning. With everything going on, I’ve been thankful to be able to focus on a few side projects and stay creative so that’s helped me a lot. 

What are you missing most about life? 

I miss being in the company of friends and having ordinary conversations. I’m really glad to be able to video call friends and family regularly but I also find them quite draining. They’re not quite the same as meeting up with people in real life. I miss art galleries, coffee shops and summer evenings hanging out with friends. I miss having a normal routine and that feeling of looking forward to the weekend. 

Which foods/recipes have you been reaching for? 

Oh gosh, at the start of lockdown I baked a lot of cookies. I loved making these oat and raisin cookies and these peanut butter and chocolate cookies mainly because I had a lot of rolled oats in the house. I’ve also been making soy butter pasta a lot too, which is a Marion’s Kitchen recipe. It sounds really odd because it’s a real fusion of flavours - definitely not Chinese and absolutely not Italian but it works and my family are fans! 

What small things are making you happy? 

Good weather in lockdown has been a blessing, book deliveries, putting headphones on and going for long walks listening to a podcast or a really emo playlist, getting to illustrate more and building better friendships in lockdown. Lockdown has really enabled me to reach out to friends more often and checking in - something I’m guilty of not doing as often when we’re busy with our regular lives. 

What's the first thing you're planning on doing when lockdown is eased? 

Right now it’s hard to say as I still don’t see myself going outside unnecessarily. Although I would love to visit my best friend who has just moved house and in time, go and visit my friends in Wales and just hang out. Maybe when I’m expected to go back to work and into the office, the return of a familiar routine will change my plans but for now, I’ll be at home continuing to bake cookies!

I've been living for book deliveries during lockdown too, Winnie, and have loved being able to get out and about walking over the last few weeks too- it's been such a mood-booster. I'm also really missing the cultural side of life- whether that's getting lost in a gallery or having a much-anticipated exhibition to look forward to, but I know I'll appreciate them all the more when we are able to enjoy them again. I've also got my first haircut since February next week, which I am probably far too excited about! Huge thanks to Winnie for taking part- be sure to find her blog here and Instagram here

(Image credit: Winnie Nip, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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