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Lockdown Life: All The Best Bits From The Last Month

June has been a very colourful month, with everything from food, flowers and fashion. Being at home has also given me the chance to get back into doing hobbies I’d long forgotten about.

So without a long, rambly intro, I shall get straight into telling you about my best bits from June.

One of the most exciting things to happen was my first hour out of the house in almost 14 weeks. It came with mixed emotions, however it did my mental health the world of good. I wore a yellow and pink floral dress for the occasion, just to feel more like myself and took a stroll five minutes down the road to a nearby park. If you’d love to know more about my roller coaster of emotions, I have written a blog post about how it all went: Leaving The House For The First Time.

I had to try the new Magnum Ruby and oh my word it was delicious! I swear they made it pink just for me. Magnum Ruby is a velvety white chocolate icecream with a raspberry sauce swirl and coated in Ruby chocolate. Ruby chocolate tastes both slightly sweet and sour, the last time I had some was a few years ago on a Ruby KitKat. This will be my icecream of choice this summer.

Adrian brought out our telescope so we could spend the warm evenings doing a spot of stargazing. We set it all up just as the sun was setting and I had to take a photo of the gorgeous colour of the sky. By the time it was dark there were clear skies and Adrian connected his camera up to the telescope and took this amazing photo of the moon. We’ve been out a few more times and it’s so exciting seeing stars and planets up in the night’s sky.

Our garden is looking extremely colourful with gorgeous pink flowers in bloom. My favourites are the roses, some of which are the size of saucers, they are so beautiful that Adrian cut me a few to have in a vase on my desk (sorry, it’s not the best photo). We’ve also been enjoying sitting on the patio for lunch, coffee and cake or a cheeky glass of wine in the evening. It’s been wonderful to get some fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature.

I’ve been wearing more summer dresses this month. Don’t get me wrong, I still love lounging around in comfy clothes, but there are times when I’ve just wanted to put on a dress for no particular reason. I fell in love with this blue and cream floral, linen blend dress the first time I wore it. It’s midi length and has a button up front with spaghetti straps, this dress is absolutely perfect for warm summer days.

The second dress I’ve been obsessed with is this beige, broderie mini shirt dress. I love the puff sleeves and delicate buttons which go down to the waist. I think it looks so cute and has a real Zimmerman vibe, it’s 100% cotton and also perfect for warm summer days.

I posted a photo of the puff sleeve dress on my Instagram and was over the moon when River Island featured it on their #ImWearingRI gallery on their website. Naturally I had to take a photo of my computer screen.

Over the last moth I’ve got back into a routine of making a daily smoothie. As well as being super healthy, they’re absolutely delicious and simple to make. I add a banana, a hand full of strawberries or raspberries, a hand full of blueberries, a scoop of peanut butter, a scoop of protein powder and a glass of almond milk. I mix it all together in my Breville Blender for a couple of minutes and hey presto, a deliciously healthy smoothie.

Today is the anniversary of mine and Adrian’s first date. I was 18 when we first met and it took two phone calls from him until I agreed to go out for a drink. I was very nervous but I needn’t have been because Adrian was a complete gentleman. We went to The Anchor Pub in our home town, where we’d both been drinking many times before with our own groups of friends. It was a few years until he proposed and we were married in the April.

Tonight we will be celebrating with a bottle of wine and a takeaway pizza. The pubs have reopened today after many months of Lockdown but sadly we won’t be going out to celebrate, I think it’s still safer for me to stay at home, apart from an hours stroll to the park.

Have you started a new hobby or gone back to doing one you loved before? Have you had a celebration while under Lockdown? If so, what sort of thing did you do?

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Lockdown Life: Leaving The House For The First Time

In almost 14 weeks I’ve been shielded from the outside world and the threat of Coronavirus. I’m someone who likes to get out and explore or meet up with friends, but I also spend long periods of time at home due to a disability, just not quite this long. Over the last few months I’ve felt even more isolated than I normally do. I’d been keeping up to date with the news and events on social media for any signs of life getting back to normal. Time went by and I got use to being in my safe bubble called home.

Last week the news was announced that people who were being shielded could leave their homes for an hour a day and my reaction wasn’t quite the one I’d expected. I thought I’d be jumping for joy, instead I went into panic mode and my anxiety went through the roof. I wasn’t ready to go rushing out the front door and in to the big wide world, after all there was still a risk of catching the coronavirus.

Finally, on Saturday 13th June I plucked up the courage to leave the house for a short stroll down the road and back. All the time I was getting ready I could feel my anxiety rising and almost changed my mind. Looking back, I’m glad I made it past the garden gate because it did my mental health the world of good.

I’d decided to take a stroll to the nearest park with a flask of coffee and take some outfit shots, thinking that would give me something good to focus on.

But I got half way there and froze. My pulse was racing and it felt like someone had their hands around my neck, all because a woman showed a simple act of kindness. She was coming in the opposite direction and moved far enough into a drive way to let me get past.

I was faced with the new reality and it made me feel utterly disoriented. If you’ve ever watched the start of 28 Days Later or The Walking Dead when the main character comes out of the hospital and sees the world after the virus has taken hold, then you’ll know exactly how I felt.

Thankfully I didn’t give up, we took a slow stroll around the edge of the park, stopping at a couple of benches along the way. Luckily it was fairly quiet and people kept at least two metres away. I gradually became acclimatised to the environment I once took for granted. It was wonderful to hear the sounds of life again.

Adrian and I found a quiet corner with some large rocks which were perfect for me to lay down my blanket and have a few photos taken. The sun was shining down on us as I sipped the coffee I’d taken with me, honestly I felt so happy and relaxed.

I’ve not been out again yet, I know it won’t be easy the next time but I’ve done it once and I’m proud of myself for taking those first steps.

Dress Miss Selfridge / Bag Henrietta Spencer / Bracelet Missoma / Beach Towel Urbanara / Shoes (old) River Island / Hat (old) Jolly Brown’s Vintage Boutique

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Lockdown Life: What I’ve Been Doing During Isolation

In some ways March and April seemed like a complete washout, I felt like I was on set of Groundhog Day, only this was real life. One minute I was making arrangements with a friend choosing where to meet for coffee the following week, the next minute we were in Lockdown.

Some days I’ve really struggled and felt mentally and physically exhausted that I couldn’t even get out of bed. I made the mistake of watching every thing on the news and reading all the stuff about the virus on social media. My anxiety went through the roof and I was having irrational thoughts, some reduced me to tears. I’m use to staying indoors for long periods but this was like nothing I’d experienced before. It helped to talk to friends and family by telephone or Skype, to know that they were safe and we’d see each other real soon.

I wanted to focus on the positive things in life, however small. We’ve been out in the front garden every Thursday evening at 8pm to clap for our NHS staff and many other key workers. Our neighbours are in a band called Pink Champagne and they played Over The Rainbow. It was a wonderful atmosphere in support of some truly amazing people.

I had a lovely surprise a few weeks ago when a bouquet of flowers from Bloom and Wild dropped through my letterbox. My cousin had arranged for them to be sent as we’d only been chatting on the phone a few days before and she knew I’d not been feeling great, how kind and thoughtful of her to send me some of my favourite peonies.

Like everyone else our plans for Easter had to change rather quickly. We were due to have a family lunch but instead Adrian and I had an Easter lunch together at home. I had a few treats while getting ready in the morning and still wanted to make an effort by wearing a pretty dress with some natural makeup. We finished the day watching Disney films and old black and white movies, then fell asleep on the sofa.

We had planned to attend a street party to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. As this was cancelled Adrian and I chose to have a vintage style afternoon tea in our lounge, it was lovely and the food was rather delicious.

If you’d like to see more from our afternoon tea then you may like to read my post VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations.

Whenever there is a crisis, either personal or national, I love to organise and de-clutter, I find it extremely therapeutic. Sometimes it’s my desk drawers and others it’s a full blown bedroom deep clean, but during April I did the lot. My wardrobe is back to being organised and colour coded, I rearranged items on shelves in every room, then cleaned and de-cluttered the kitchen cupboards and work tops. I came across a Valentines Day card from Adrian with a print of The Eiffel Tower on the front, I’ve put it in a gold frame as it goes perfectly with other prints already on my bedroom wall.

As much as I love wearing feminine dresses I’ve really gotten into loungewear during lockdown. I’m totally in love with this pink tie dye hoody and shorts set from Boux Avenue and it’s the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It’s literally like wearing pjs all day.

You may also be interested in Spring Outfits I’m Wearing Right Now.

This hand held steamer is one of those random things that turn out to be one of the best purchases ever. It’s practical, lightweight and comes in rose gold. It saves me having to use the iron just for one linen or cotton dress that’s a little creased from being in the wardrobe, and it’s even small enough to pack it in your suitcase on holiday. It’s an all round winner!

How have you been coping during lockdown? Are you still going out to work or working from home?

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