As you enjoyed my November Life Update post, I have turned it into a monthly series as requested. I also got a few requests on my IG Stories as well to include more inspirational things, music, movies etc. as well as general interests in the month. I was even asked to do a weekly schedule, which I did attempt, but since I spend a lot of days at home, it didn’t really work out so I thought I’d just include a few bits in here from a few random days instead. You also really loved my at home try on series which I share to Instagram, so I am including it here again, monthly, for you! So, lets get to it!
Books – At this time of year I love reading when I have downtime, and one book I have been wanting to check out is ‘Sapians – A Brief History Of Humankind‘ as it seems so intriguing! I might buy some more Ancient Aliens books too as I’m really into history with theories of aliens!
P.S. – The lip colour I am wearing above is OMG by Bare Minerals (click here).
These are a few pieces I was inspired to buy, just from seeing recent looks from a few bloggers like LornaLuxe, but in my own way. I saw this faux fur coat on Zara in the sale for half price and had to get it, and I’m glad I did as it’s a biscuit colour, but the fabric is SO soft, I have honestly never felt a faux fur so smooth and soft, I definitely recommend it, but it’s sold out. It does run smaller though if you do manage to get it, I’m in the size S and I’m usually an XS in their coats. The jumper is one of Zara’s fuzzy ones and I also picked it up in white as well as this brown, it’s so cosy! The skirt itself is from Topshop and it’s a beige cord. I don’t usually have skirts that are light, but I thought it was ideal for this look, and I am happy with the outcome – I can’t wait to shoot it. For the shoes, you can’t see them here, but they’re these blush pink boots from Topshop (click here) and SO affordable! Are you a fan of this combo and excited to see it as a full outfit?
On the left here is the Topshop teddy coat in blue that I had been eyeing up. You’ve seen my beige one and I live in it, so I thought I would get the blue one too when the sale was on. I wasn’t sure if it would suit me since I don’t wear a lot of blue other than denim, but I really like it.
On the right is a jumper I got from Allsaints with 30% off (still in the sale now – click here) and it’s so pretty! It’s a blush pink and has metallic threads in it too. It is a bit itchy for me as it has wool in it, but I am wearing it with a long sleeve t-shirt underneath to avoid that. I loved it too much to send it back, it’s stunning! Don’t you think it’s festive but chic enough for all year round too?
Adam and I went ice skating on Friday, well I say we went ice skating, but I actually forced him and he only spent 3 minutes on the ice before getting off, ha ha. He couldn’t do it, but I loved it. It’s just such a shame I suffer so much with pain afterwards, so I need to weigh up if it’s worth it or not.
Other things I have done include piano lessons too! I went for my first introductory piano lesson and loved it. She said I was a natural actually because of my musical rhythm and memory, which I’m happy about as I am very musically orientated, so I’m going to start lessons after Christmas!
Regarding my physiotherapy, I’ve been discharged and have finished my sessions. I’m glad about that actually as it was getting quite intense, but my knee (as I mentioned before) was becoming much too painful. It’s got to the point now whenever I do any exercise or movement with it, or even have it bent too long, the bone behind my knee cap causes me pain. It never used to be this way so I can only assume the physiotherapy has aggravated it unfortunately. I’m not sure what to do at this current moment regarding my knee, so I’m a bit stuck.
I couldn’t not share the Christmas decorations I’ve been seeing around town could I? I love them all! The decorations are my favourites and what I love so much about this time of year, especially the fake snow we have in town that goes off all the time. It’s so festive! We also put our own house decorations up on December 1st so it’s definitely feeling Christmasy!
As you know I am a huge fan of Little Ondine nail polishes as they have no odours, well I just received their Christmas twins sets from them and I LOVE them! The colours are so pretty and I cannot wait to try the Cabernet and Gold! Click here to see it. They also have a Teal and White as well as a Lilac and Grey combo! So many fun new twins shades!
Another lingerie shoot I did wearing Victoria Secret pieces for Instagram.
One of my favourite meals at Cosy Club! It’s the gluten free chicken, bacon and avocado burger. I don’t usually like avocado but I finally tried it in my burger and I like it! Just not on its own…
A few general things this month (with this Autumn selfie) I didn’t know if I should include or not. I never know how personal or in deep I should go with these things as I try to stay away from being negative, but I’ve had a huge amount of stress over the last couple of weeks and it started affecting my sleeping and my productivity. One of the issues was with Topshop as I had returned some items to them, and the warehouse staff had only refunded half of the order, so half of the items were missing from my refund entirely.
I got in touch with the customer service who asked for my proof of return receipt, which I gave, they told me it hadn’t been received yet (3 times!) but when they told me eventually that my receipt was done wrong because the post office hadn’t included the weight or tracking on it, I started to panic. They said they wouldn’t give me a refund and could only offer me 10% off my next order… I had a complaint going and they had said to me for about 10 days that a manager would call, but nobody called. I was being treated like a criminal when it was their warehouse staff that had probably stolen the clothes. I’m giving you the short version here, but this went on for 2 weeks and I finally gave it to my mum to deal with because I was getting so angry and upset. She managed to get in touch with the head office of complaints and I finally got my refund, which was a huge relief, but I was incredibly angry with Topshop. I know it was probably the post office’s fault too for doing the return wrong, but the treatment from Topshop was so rude, and not really how you should treat a customer who’s been with you for over 15 years… Anyway, I’m glad that’s all sorted out finally as I don’t deal well with drama.
Other stuff has been at home, which is why I’m trying to create a new working environment, but it’s going to be a mammoth task for me to do, so it’s been weighing on my shoulders so much and getting me down as well. Coupled with not feeling too well lately and a lot of joint pain, it’s not been great, ha ha. But as always, I try to keep a very positive mindset, I know it’s temporary, things will improve, and life is about how you handle the situations and enjoy the small things. I’m going to my Buddhist group again soon as I haven’t been for a while due to illness, so I’m looking forward to that!
Also, I was shortlisted for the Fashion Blog of the Year award from Vuelio, which was a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t win. I didn’t expect to since In The Frow was in my category (she won) but it’s lovely to be shortlisted to a final 6 out of the entire UK. Thank you to everyone for your support! It’s things like this that change your perspective when you’re feeling down.
And for the inspirational words of wisdom, with the view of the Wintry trees, I am using a quote as I saw this online and was really inspired by it. It definitely got me thinking!
Finding yourself is not really how it works.
You aren’t a ten dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are.
Finding yourself is actually returning to yourself… An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering of who you were before the world got it’s hands on you. ~ Emily Mcdowell
So if you’ve been feeling a bit lost or feeling like you need to ‘find yourself’ hopefully that might help! Anyway, I’m looking forward to Christmas, spending an entire week with Adam beforehand, rearranging some things to create a new work space and hopefully enjoy some down time! What have you all been up to this month? Lorna xx.