Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I Wore August 11th

I really wanted to see Boyhood while it was still at the cinema, so Lee and I headed off to Leeds on the last of his days off. We went to Frankie and Benny's for tea first. I haven't been in ages and they've really revamped their menu. It was yummy!

I enjoyed the film and thought it was pretty good, even though it is slightly long in parts. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the parents are really excellent. I recommend seeing it.

Anyway, here's what I wore. The dress was from Simply Be a couple of years ago but it's so classy and easy to wear that I wear it for work, for casual, for anything really! The cardigan I got recently from Asos, it was in the sale. I love the grey colour and the lace appliqué on the elbows! It's quite thin so perfect for changeable weather. (To that end, I wore it in the park on Saturday, too)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Every Day in August - Day 18

This is going to be a quick post. I don't want to break my streak in blogging every day this month because I'm really enjoying it and because I think it's opening up my blogging past just fashion, which I'm also enjoying.

However, I want to be honest here too. I suffer from chronic anxiety and depression and have done since I was very little. I first took an anti-depressant when I was 14 and I've been on and off medication ever since. I've had two episodes of near breakdown in the past 8 years, and I've dealt with my dad's death by suicide in that time, too. Earlier this year I came off my medication and although I've been doing okay I have had some extremely low days.

It ebbs and flows - May and June were awful, July was better. This past week I've been not sleeping and I'm bouncing off the walls with anxiety about something - but I'm not exactly sure what. That's the worst part - if only I could direct the anxiety towards something I'd feel a lot better.

I ended up staying awake until 5am this morning reading, because it was better than lying in bed not being asleep. I finished my book and I fell asleep until 9.30 when the post lady woke me up. I've been trying to write a post all day, but it hasn't happened.

I hate anxiety, depression, and all that they rob from me. If I could live my life without them, I really would.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

What I Wore August 3rd

It was my friend Katie's baby shower so I headed to her sister-in-law's house for the chance to spoil Katie, see her before baby Belle makes her appearance, and eat some truly yummy cupcakes!

Look at the cuteness of the cake!

I wore this dress from Simply Be which I've only worn a couple of times even though I've had it for about 18 months. It's the exact same cut as this dress, but it's not as fun of a print so I often discount it. But it was really nice to wear for Katie's shower. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blog Every Day in August - Day 15

Today's theme is "day out". I thought I'd write this post to show you what an ideal day out is for me.

Now, as I live in Barnsley in the middle of the country, the seaside is a long way away and therefore I like to go to the sea. I'm a big believer in this quote:

I love Whitby and Scarborough the most, because I was taken there a lot when I was younger. I like Sandsend, which is a tiny place just up the road from Whitby where you can paddle in the river and eat homemade cake in the little cafe at the end. 

In March Lee took me to South Shields and in April I went to Norfolk with some friends and we sat on two different beaches enjoying the sunshine. In May I went to France on a ferry with my mum and stepdad and we had lunch on the beach and even though it was blowing a gale I loved it. 

Here's some photos of beaches that I've taken:

Take me to the beach, buy me fish and chips, let me have a paddle and take me home with the smell of salt in my hair - happy Rebs!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What My Mum Wore

Time for the 3rd instalment of What My Mum Wore! Again, my mum is mid 50s, a size 18/20 and dresses really classically I think. I actually love this outfit on her - the skirt is so vibrant and she pairs it with a lot of different tops to make new outfits. I love this top, too, it's a lot of fun and looks great. I'd kill for a dress with this pattern!

The skirt is BHS and the top is from Wallis, both a while ago though.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blog Every Day in August - Day 13

I'm doing these days in a slightly different order because of others posts that I've got scheduled or posted. For instance, today is supposed to be 'inside my wardrobe' - well I just posted three posts on exactly that subject!

So instead I'm taking the theme of 'sweet or savoury: discuss' and talking about a sweet thing and a savoury thing that I've enjoyed recently.

Lee and I went to the cinema recently and my favourite thing about the cinema is Tango Ice Blasts!

I only discovered these a couple of years ago but I love them! I like them swirled with the rapsberry and cherry flavours. Lee prefers just raspberry. 

I went into Sainsburys the other day because I was craving chilli, so I needed to pick up turkey mince and the spices etc. In the 'world foods' aisle I found tortilla chips on special offer with dips, so I picked up one called nacho cheese. It's very cheesy and a bit spicy and is yummy with tortilla chips!

I think in fact that it's time for me to go find some lunch - I wonder if there's any left? 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekend of Awesome 2014

In 2007 Lee went to the Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool for 3 days with his brother Andrew and friend Paul. While he did, I invited a bunch of internet friends to come and hang around with me. Thus the first Weekend of Awesome was born. I've had it most years for the last 8 and genuinely, if I invite you, you're welcome to come. My rules are simple: bring comfy clothes, a sleeping bag, some alcohol, some cash, maybe a craft or something.

This year Lee decided not to go to Rebellion so he was around the whole weekend which was actually lovely. I hope he enjoyed himself too?!

On Friday Lee and I had to see the mortgage advisor (we're not moving, just remortgaging) but then we went to Sheffield to get my friend Jane. But then the rain started! Visibility was down to almost nothing and the flooding had already started near our house.

The traffic lights were already in place and causing chaos, but the rain certainly didn't help! Leanne got soaked on her way to ours, so she got straight into her pyjamas while Jane and I went to get food.

This was the car park of the local shop!

However, Saturday was beautiful! My weather app had promised it would be, so we headed off to Wakefield to pick up Kim and Jacqui. Jacqui is one of my very best friends and I see her quite a lot, but I haven't seen Kim for years so it was lovely! 

We bought lunch and then went to the park. Despite the rain the night before, the ground was relatively dry and with a couple of picnic blankets and chairs we were fine! 

I took some wool and plenty of hooks so here are photos of everyone learning to crochet! This is Kim. 

This is Jacqui, who persevered the longest! 

This is Leanne and Jane. Leanne gets married in four weeks! 

Lee was also there, but he doesn't like photos so I didn't bother!

Leanne and Kim had to leave us, so we went home via the supermarket to get barbecue supplies! Sam then arrived - she's my very best friend and she lives in Huddersfield. She was mostly in charge of the barbecue. We just did burgers in buns with salad, very simple but delicious! We stayed outside chatting until about 10pm. It hadn't rained on us all day and Jacqui and I were quite sunburnt!

This didn't last, though. Today the torrential rain started again, so we just stayed in chatting. People have all gone, now, but I'm so glad to have such lovely friends and thankful that they will come to visit me :)