Long time no blog, huh! Between moving into my new flat, working plenty of overtime to pay for the ridiculous amount of vintage furniture and clothing I’ve buying (seriously, I’ve got a problem, and I think it might be contagious!), I’ve not had any time at all to sit down and catch up with you . . . or anyone else for that matter! Unsurprisingly my social life took quite a hit as well, and I have no shame in admitting that I’ve been channeling my spirit animal this month ( FYI, my spirit animal is a 1950s housewife.) As much as I do enjoy unpacking boxes and painting everything pastel colours, it’s starting to get a bit tedious … no matter how much I do it seems like it’s never going to end! So I’ve decided to take a bit of a house-y break and catch up on all the things I’ve been missing out on. When Lynsey (aka Miss West End Girl) suggested a day trip adventure to see her in bonny Glasgow I knew I would be in for a treat!
Although it’s well known that moving house is one of the most stressful things to do in life, I don’t think it fully sunk in how exhausted I was until I sat down on the train and had nothing to do for an hour. After running 1000 miles per hour for so long, you start to gloss over the fact that you’re knackered and you forget that your body needs a bit of TLC to maintain that level of productivity. My fatigue has made me clumsy, eat crappy food and inhale way too much dust from taking old boxes out of storage. A lot of things appeared to be going wrong all the time, and simple tasks seemed to become massive expeditions. But when I actually sat down and thought about how much was going on and how little wasn’t going as planned, I realised that all the mountains that I’d made out of mole hills were really not that big a deal at all… and everything is actually going pretty great!
Once I arrived, we went to the The Wilson Street Pantry in Merchant City for brunch and a royal catch up. A couple of hours, some Eggs Florentine and a big old cup of decaf coffee later and I felt totally human again. It’s amazing how some really good food and a healthy dose of girly banter can make you forget all your troubles. Girls are the best. So are eggs.
Next on the agenda was a trip to Kiehls for a facial and a bit of pampering. What a treat! I can’t remember the last time I had a nice relaxing bath, never mind taking some time to be kind to my face and body. I’m all dry skin and grey in colour! Being a bit useless when it comes to a having a good skin care and moisturising routine, this was the perfect surprise for me. Not only were the staff really lovely and friendly, but I learned so much about my skin type and how I can start taking better care of myself. As the session was tailored to me personally, Margret took a reading of my skin type before talking a little about my lifestyle and products that would be most suitable for me. I’ve never learned so much in such a short period of time and I know it’s going to make a real impact on how I roll! When Lisa and Margret invited us to join them in store for the launch of their new product I practically squealed with delight because there was a very special someone coming along for the occasion … I’m super looking forward to sharing more with you about that with you soon! I left the store with silky smooth skin and felt a real hop in my step. You don’t need botox for a nice face and confidence boost, you need a good skin care regime!
Once fed and pampered I got taken over to the West End for a bit of vintage shopping. Lynsey knows me far too well! We popped into Starry Starry Night, which is an old favourite of mine from when I lived in the city – I always feel like Mr Ben when I walk in here. Full of such adorable dresses that you know have the best stories! After that we sauntered over to Circa Vintage where we were lucky enough to meet Daisy the dog. Isn’t she the cutest and trendiest fluffball you’ve ever seen? Such chic shaggy bangs! Such great taste in places to hang out! She’s real friendly too, so we spent quite a while in there rummaging about and petting the pup. I lucked in and got myself some awesome lucite clip on earrings and a beautiful gold pineapple brooch too. The vintage gods smiled down upon me that day!
We had time for a quick coffee and cake stop before I had to hop on the train home, and I fell in love as soon as I walked in through the door at PaperCup on Great Western Road. Not only did it have great artwork and a damn fine decaf coffee, but they also had chocolate and peanut butter brownies. Best combo ever! A good sugar hit never goes a miss with me, and this was the perfect way to end the day 🙂
…And look at the spectacular early birthday present I was given! I’m a big Carmen Miranda fan, so Lynsey totally hit the nail on the head when she picked out this amazing fruity corsage from Alternate Normality. Isn’t it fabulous?! I am seriously contemplating wearing it every day. As it has a hair clasp and a brooch backing, there is really nothing stopping me! What a cracking find – and what an amazing friend!
So I guess the lesson I’ve learned this month is that moving house is super exhausting, and whilst you do want everything done as quickly as possible, it can actually be much more productive to take a step back and a day off with your best friend rather than pushing through. Not only have I come home and done a ton of picture hanging, cleaning and washing, but I’ve also had time to sit down in a coffee shop (I still don’t have wifi yet, hence the silence!) and get a good old catch up with you too. Winner! Plus I’ve totally had all my blogging inspiration fired back up again and I already have a couple of cute outfit posts photographed and ready to be typed up. Perfect, huh! I’m planning to take much more of these days off – no wonder people rave about them 😉
Let’s not leave it so long next time – I’ve missed you!