Another week (and month) done! If you haven’t checked it out already, make sure you have a look at my Month in Review for August!
This week was busy as ever at work, but I did manage to get some quick snaps in!
It’s back! Andrea from Fox in Flats has created another wonderful month of style dares for September. You can check out all the details on the Style Dare here.
I love the Fox in Flats Style Dare. It’s a great way to get inspired about what clothes you’ve already got and come up with new outfits that you might never have imagined.
My favourite part of the Style Dares though is the community that has built up around them. There are some very lovely ladies that I have ‘met’ on Instagram thanks to this Style Dare and the camaraderie that exists around these dares is amazing. Everyone is so encouraging and complimentary, as well as giving me some great new outfit ideas and some awesome new bloggers to follow.
August has been a pretty busy month here on my little blog. I switched over to WordPress (and to my own domain name) earlier this month and it’s been a little bit of a learning curve but I’m really liking it here.
As we have come to the end of the month (where did that time go?) I thought I’d do a little highlights post for the month of some of my top posts. This is also a great place to catch up if you’re new to my blog (welcome!).
Back for another Friday to share five things I am loving today. It is almost the weekend – so close I can just about taste it!
Canberra is due for a beautiful weekend of sunny 17 degree weather which I’m really looking forward to. Stu and I are planning our usual Saturday morning routine (brunch!) followed by heading to a friends house to watch the Knights (Stu’s team) play the Eels (his friends team). Sunday will be all about the relaxing, me trying to get rid of this cold once and for all, and maybe a little bit of gardening to get our yard in better shape in time for spring.
My five things I’m loving today are:
I had a less than great day at work yesterday. Nothing to do with my actual job (which I love) but more to do with people being difficult and making me feel bad for doing my job. It actually made me feel really bad about myself and really got to me.
Sometimes people suck. But moving on.
To make myself feel better about my average day (after having a bit of a vent to my husband – there may have been some princess tears) I did some things just for me:
1. Large glass of red wine
Sometimes a glass of wine is a need after a long, hard day at work. Even just the mental cue of unwinding with a glass of wine is helpful to move on from the frustrations of the day.
It’s almost the end of August and I have managed to not miss a day of photo a day this month! Go me!
The list for September is now out (I can’t believe it’s almost September – this year is going way too quickly!) To find all the details about what photo a day is or how to play, check out the post by photo a day (and Little Moments app) creator Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim here. This list is pretty cool because they’re all suggestions from the photo a day community.
There are always a couple each month that stymy me and I struggle to come up with something, let alone something ‘good’ or ‘creative’ which is usually where I come unstuck. But I have persevered through and taken some potentially unlovely photos, but I have enjoyed the challenge (for the most part). ‘Repetition’, ‘remember’ and ‘loud’ already look challenging for next month, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.
I’m excited to keep going with my commitment to not miss any days for this challenge.
Are you playing along with the photo a day? You can see all my photos for the challenge on my Instagram account (@lifeatnumberfive).
My mum took me shopping as my birthday present on Saturday and bought me some lovely new clothes, and these Peter Alexander Star Wars pj’s that I am absolutely loving.
It’s been a pretty good week (horrible cold aside!).
It’s my birthday today so that is always going to make this week pretty good. I had Thursday off work on flex, as I had accrued a bit too much and my boss was in Sydney for the day, so I spent a glorious day lazing around on the couch and reading. A day well spent.
I got a haircut this week, and my hair went from this:
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Today I turned 27 and I’ve had a great day celebrating with my family (more on what we did for my birthday soon), and it’s got me thinking about things I have done in the last year and things I want to achieve before my next birthday (plus, I love any excuse to write a list).
This has been a pretty big 12 months for me: I got married, celebrated 1 year at a job I love, and travelled to Europe (a lifelong dream of mine).
I’ve settled on 28 things, because 28 things to do before I turn 28 has a nice ring to it, plus it’s a convenient number to aim for!
So here are the 28 things I want to do in the next 365 days (in no particular order):
1: Continue exercising regularly and looking after my body – self explanatory really. I’ve always struggled to make exercise a priority and a regular part of my life – this is the year. Still loving Xtend Barre!
2: Celebrate one year of writing my blog – I can sometimes lose momentum on things like this so it is my aim to keep at it and not lose focus!
Hooray! It’s Friday!
Work has been crazy busy for the last three weeks for no apparent reason so I have been hanging out for my weekends even more than usual. This weekend my family are coming to visit for my birthday so that will be lots of fun and I’m looking forward to my birthday brunch on Sunday!
I thought I would share with you five things that I am loving on this lovely Friday (other than the fact that it is Friday!):
1. My new haircut
I’m really loving my fringe and my new(ish) hair colour. It’s something totally different for me but I am really enjoying having something different without losing the length. Time will tell how much I love it after I live with it for a little while, but for now I am really happy with it.
2. It’s my birthday on Sunday!
I know a lot of people freak out around their birthdays but I’m pretty happy to celebrate. I’m (only) turning 27 though so maybe check back with me in a few years and then ask how I feel about birthdays!
I still haven’t sorted out my photos from our trip to Europe. We’ve been home for 2 months now and I just haven’t been bothered to do it. (I did cull a lot of photos while we were over there and put a fair few photos on Facebook though so I feel like that makes it a bit better).
I really should sort out my travel photos and I figured that while I commence sorting through them I would write some posts on where we went, what we saw and share some photos from our time away.
This was my ‘lifelong dream’ trip. I have wanted to go to Europe for as long as I can remember. It was just always something I had to do. And because I’m
a massive dork super cool, I wanted to go to lots of museums and other ‘boring places’ which narrowed the field of who I could go to Europe with. Friends are understanding, but not necessarily that understanding for an extended overseas trip.
(I blame sleep deprivation for these pictures)
I love a giveaway, I really do. There are loads on Instagram at the moment. If you see one you should definitely enter it, even if you think ‘oh I’ll never win’ because it feels like there are 20,000 other people out there who have also entered.
Because if you do enter a giveaway, occasionally you will win!
Isn’t it pretty?
My favourite weekends are the ones where I just get to stay home all weekend and do not much.
I’m generally pretty productive on Saturday mornings. I go to the farmers market, an Xtend Barre class and then go to brunch with my husband. After that, unless we have something on, it is homebound for us.
I especially love rainy Sundays where we just do nothing much. Perfect movie or tv show weather (we started The White Queen today which I bought on a whim, it’s pretty good so far).
So today, I’ve just caught up on blogs, watched some episodes of The White Queen and made a goulash, a lasagna and some apple, berry and rhubarb crumble. Cooking is pretty much my only productive activity on a Sunday, and I like it that way.
I’m off now to watch some more episodes and eat some crumble!
How do you like to spend rainy Sundays?
I finally made an appointment to get my hair done post Europe. It’s been about 4 months since my last hair appointment, which is a really long time for me. I’m usually sitting comfortably in the 6-10 week window for repeat appointments (depending on how high maintenance my hair is being) so to go so long without seeing my hairdresser is unheard of.
I get easily bored with my hair, but it tends to take me a while to decide what I want to do. I swing wildly between being committed to growing my hair out from a bob to cutting it all off again a la Lara Bingle in this month’s Elle. (Seriously, I am loving this hair).
My hair is also incredibly thick, which means I need to get it thinned out as part of my hair maintenance otherwise it just becomes unmanagable.
So I have my appointment for Wednesday after work (just in time for my birthday) and I just need to refine what I actually want done.
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