Friday Favourites

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The weather has been so good to us this week (minus the interruption of rain yesterday. I love this mini heatwave and being able to work outside in a bikini while topping up my tan, I’d call that the best example of multi tasking.

As I wrote on Wednesday by night the fibro pain has been almost unbearable so I’ve not been able to do much, but laying in the sun during the day has helped alot.

Here are some of my favourite things from this week…..

  • It was my daughters 14th birthday this week which coincided with the hottest day of the year so far. While she shopped with her sister and friend at The Mall at Vribbs Causeway, we made the most of a quiet hour and to cool down a bit with an ice cold Savage Ice Prosecco and slice of gluten free cake at Scavi & Ray.
  • Working in the sun. Enough said. Although convinced that I’m definitely suited to a warmer climate I’ve scoured Pinterest to look for my perfect sun terrace to work every day.

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  • It may be too hot to even consider wearing trainers or boots but there’s nothing wrong with some advanced planning and window shopping. The new Gina AW collection is to die for! I’m loving these Sita Silk Pannelled trainers and the Boheme Black Suede and Diamante boots, which will be available soon. Plus if you can’t contemplate winter yet there’s always a selection of beautiful sandals to swoon over!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the sun and have a great weekend 🙂

Amy xx

 

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Fashion // Oasis Midi Skirts

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I used to regularly shop at Oasis, especially their accessory section and I’m not sure why I stopped, maybe being out of Cardiff now made it less convenient.

Being a museum fanatic and the V & A probably being my most favourite, I obviously love the collection at Oasis which is a collaboration of the two.

I visited their website last night as I heard that some of the dresses in the collection were on sale but alas, they are all out of stock. I hear however that the new V&A collection will be in store at the end of July though, so I hope this is true!

I’ve also been looking for the perfect midi skirt – a black staple piece and maybe a patterned one aswell. Being 5’3″ I’m a bit of an awkward height and even the petite skirts I have tried on have left me feeling a bit frumpy.

Here are a selection of my favourite skirts on the Oasis website that are available now.

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Rose Midi – Now £40 / Digital Organza Midi (also available in petite) – £60 / Tropical Jacquard Midi – £25

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Petite Botanical Midi – Now £28 / Pleated Midi (also available in Black) – £45 / Chelsea Print Midi – £60

I had completely forgotten how lovely Oasis clothes are; the prints are beautiful, ladylike and I left me wishing that I had a wedding or garden party to attend! I’ve now bookmarked the site on to my favourites bar and will be making a few purchases soon!

Amy xx

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Taking It Easy

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I love the scorching weather that we are having this week. I’m definitely a summer person; I need the sun and the warmth on my skin and you certainly won’t here me complain about the heat. The only downfall is with a sudden change in temperature (cold or hot) is that it tends to send the fibromyalgia into overdrive and pain levels increase dramatically.

After a night of moving between the bed and the sofa; not being able to lie, sit, stand without pain and even the touch of my clothes against my skin making it feel as though it was on fire, I’m drained and exhausted today.

So a day of self care it is.

There’s still work to be done but with the threat of thunderstorms hitting the rest of the week, I’m not going to miss the opportunity to be outside in the sun and warmth. Magazines are out (in the name of research of course) and my August planner will be scheduled while soaking up the sun with copious amounts of iced water, fruit tea and pain meds.

Enjoy the sun – Happy Wednesday!

Amy xx

Friday Favourites

It’s been a while since I’ve written a favourites post and I didn’t fancy posting what was planned after all today, so here’s this instead! Things have gotten a bit deep and depressing lately don’t you think? So here’s some snippets of some of the highlights of life this week.

Taking the dogs to the beach in Weston Super Mare for a relaxing lunchtime walk sans children. It was the perfect weather for a stroll, the sun was out, there was no breeze and the dogs had a good run about and play.

All lovely until we got locked out of the car which resulted in four people, a JCB, crowbar and wire coat hanger required to retrieve the keys from the drivers seat. I kid you not, you couldn’t make this stuff up!


Sitting down for an hour or two at the salon for a colour, cut and to switch off from the outside world! Love being welcomed with a pot of tea and biscuits on a Monday morning.

I spent a fab day at Millfield Athletic Track for the Mendip Primary Schools Mini Olympics. As much as I love coaching higher level athletes, the enthusiasm, excitement and team spirit from the children was a breath of fresh air. There were also some extremely talented youngsters who I hope / look forward to seeing coming through the ranks in the future but every child gave it their all and the rain stayed away!

A bit blurry taken last night but I never have to worry about sleeping alone – these two won’t have it!

And now it’s Friday, I’m at home writing this in bed (dogs have resumed their positions) with re-runs of Friends on the TV and it’s almost time to open a bottle of bubbly for the weekend 🙂

Have a good one

Amy xx

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Health // Escaping & Refocusing

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What I’d give to be sat by the sea in some tropical location right now, with the sun beating down on my face and the sea lapping up at my skin and not just because the mother of all thunderstorms has just ended (well it had when I first started writing this post!).

The need for an escape has been building up for quite some time and I know that I am not the only one feeling like the outside world is growing increasingly hostile and toxic. I made the decision two weeks ago to stay off Facebook for a little while, I turned off my notifications and to be completely honest I didn’t miss it one bit.

As jetting off into the sun isn’t an option at the moment I’m having to try and centre myself again from the comfort of my own home. After a few months of not eating aswell as I should and not really training I’ve started to turn that around and get back on track. I’ve started training the past two weeks and getting my eating back to as clean as possible. I’m not being too strict on it at the moment as I have a meal plan in place which has specific goals but I have to ease my head back into the game for it to work. I’m struggling with motivation at the moment and don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm as I usually do when it comes to working out.

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Without wanting to sound too hippy-ish, to help get back into the place where my head needs to be I have turned back to meditation podcasts. I don’t know why I stopped really as just ten minutes makes such a difference to my sense of well being and ability to cope with the outside world.  A few people have asked which I use so I thought that it would be handy to post them here.

There are numerous sites that offer guided meditations and a quick search on the web or iTunes will bring up a good selection. I found The Meditation Podcast a few years ago when I was going through a particularly difficult phase of insomnia. To be completely honest I laughed at the narrative on the podcasts for the first couple of listens, but I stuck with it and I usually fell asleep before it ended. There are currently 34 episodes to choose from which deal with various issues such as calming the body, fear, positive thoughts and sleep. Another podcast that I have used is Meditation Oasis. Both are free with the option to donate if you find them useful and I want to stress that this is not a sponsored post, just something that I’ve found makes a difference to my  motivation and well being. Fingers crossed with a good cleanse and a new mindset I’ll be back to tackle my goals and everything else that is thrown my way!

Amy xx 

Over the Holiday 

Half term seemed to fly past which is quite worrying being that the summer holidays are now only six weeks away. Here’s a snapshot of what we got up to while I think up plenty of activities to keep the girls busy throughout the summer.

We spent a long day travelling to Lydden Hill in Kent for the British round of the World Rally Cross Championships. It’s now officially my favourite motor sport I think!


Rediscovering my favourite childhood books with my daughter. I love the Narnia series and it was just as magical reading a chapter as an adult. I treasure my copies, especially as my grandmother bought me each of the books. I’m going to start at the beginning and read them all once more.


We visited a couple of parks in Bath and the local area, where my feet got the only contact with sand that they will have for a while in the play area. We looked for tadpoles, frogs and newts while spending a beautifully hot at afternoon at my parents. I love my mother’s garden, so relaxing and the frogs gave hours of enjoyment.

I’m looking forward to the summer break as long as the weather is just as nice! Remind me of that again three weeks in! Everyone I’ve spoken to has already come up with a full itinerary of activities for the holidays! I think I’d better start getting creative.

Amy xx