Hello! How are you? We’ve had a lovely weekend and finally got round to seeing Paddington 2 today. I can’t believe it took us so long, it was one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Please tell me that you sobbed through most of it too?!
I decided to have a couple of days off stories this weekend and if I am really honest, it has felt a little bit strange. I am so used to sharing my days, and it has become such a big part of my life, but I felt that I owed it to my family (and I suppose myself too) to have a little break from it all this weekend. There have been so many moments when I’ve thought about reaching for my phone to share, but it has also been very liberating to be able to leave it in another room and truly focus on the moment without recording it. I did have an inside chuckle/cringe when Charlie and I completed his Spiderman puzzle and he said, ‘Mummy aren’t you going to take a photo for instagram?’
One of the reasons I love stories so much is because it allows me to feel connected with the people that watch them and follow me. I consider many of you friends, and I like to think that we’d meet up for a cup of tea if we lived closer! I love receiving messages and feel that if someone has taken the time to message me, they deserve my reply or an acknowledgement of their comment. So in order to keep on top of things, I have been trying to answer them as they came through but if I am honest, there have been times recently when I have felt slightly overwhelmed by it all and guilty that I haven’t got round to answering everyone. (If that’s you, I am sorry.) Last weekend I heard myself say ‘Darling I will be with you in a minute, I just need to answer this message quickly’ too many times. And that’s when I realised that my ‘work’ had started to creep into my weekends and my precious time with my children and husband. I use inverted commas here, because most of the time it doesn’t feel like work, but I have to be honest with myself and admit that it is my job, and so like most other jobs, there HAS to be some downtime. Having a little weekend break from stories would allow me to catch my ‘DM answering breath’, put my phone away and give the children my full attention. And while it has felt a little bit strange at times, I definitely feel a bit more rested than usual, so I think it might become a regular weekend feature. Well, at the very least a scaled back version. I am also pretty sure the real truth of the matter is that no-one will have missed me!!
But enough about that, what I really want to talk about is my love for polka dots. I have always been a fan but since they are such a big trend this year, I thought they deserved their very own blog post. I ended up taking the Zara leopard print dress back as I wasn’t convinced that the length was right on me. While I was there I spotted this polka dot maxi, so of course it came home with me. It ticks so many of my boxes – great price (£39.99), great shape, great fabric, POCKETS and it’s a surprisingly good length on me. (I am 5’4) I wore it last night with heels, but I have also tried it with flats and it isn’t too long. I suppose that’s not great news if you are tall, but a turn-up for the books for us shorties! I am looking forward to wearing it dressed down with trainers and an oversized knit.
I bought a couple of things this week which I thought I would share with you. I ordered this Ganni-esque Sezane knit after seeing it on the lovely Natasha from WearandWhere this week. She had ordered it in the cream and the pink, and had decided to keep the cream which I loved. Unfortunately by the time I went to order it was sold out in my size, so I ordered the pink instead. But you know me and pink…
I have also ordered this dress from the Netaporter Clearance Sale. (I think I might have caught the maxi dress bug)
I’ve been on a polka dot shopping spree and you’ll find my edit below where I have included a couple of high end designer pieces (the Haider Ackerman dress for £810) for comparison’s sake.
That’s all for today, I hope you have had a restful weekend too.