Thursday, 6 February 2014

January round-up

Apologies for this being slightly late - I've spent the last week having emergency surgery and am now recovering.

A collection of my favourite things from the month of January

January can be a pretty glum month and the weather has been downright awful to be honest. So, something that I really enjoyed this month was going for a family bowling trip for my brother’s 23rd Birthday. We don’t get to do much as a whole family – there are so many of us that just getting us in the same place at the same time is a military operation! But we actually managed to get all of us, including my brother’s girlfriend, to come together and have some fun at our local bowling alley. To make things even better, by some absolute fluke, I managed to win our first game!

One of my favourite things about January is, of course, the sales. I get sucked in every year, and usually end up buying something that I’ll never wear or use. So, this year I tried to plan a bit more and work out if there was anything I actually needed, or had been lusting over in the previous months. My cousin is getting married in Scotland in April, so I decided I could do with getting a dress for that. I wanted something fairly warm, as I’m guessing it could be a bit chilly up there. I was browsing the Joules website and came across a pretty long-sleeved number that instantly caught my eye. And it was actually in the sale (anyone that knows me will know that, even in the sales, I always end up picking up full-price items!) I’m hoping it will be OK for a wedding – it’s not the kind of outfit I’ve ever warn to a wedding before – I tend to go more for cocktail style dresses. But hopefully this will work just as well.

At the beginning of January I had my photo shoot with Cosmopolitan magazine, and had great fun having a stylist to help me choose my outfits. I ended up wearing things I’d never have picked for myself, so it was a really positive experience. Ever since the shoot, I couldn’t stop thinking about a couple of the outfits I’d tried on, and when my Mum kindly offered to help me buy a couple of pieces I couldn’t possibly refuse! I’d shown her the outfits I’d worn as soon as I got home from the photo shoot, so she knew the items I particularly liked. We had another look through them and I decided to go for a gorgeous Topshop dress, which may make an appearance on the blog at some point in the future. I also ordered a couple of items from River Island - a pair of distressed cigarette jeans and a navy blouse with a fun ice cream print.

Outfit from River Island

Things I’ve learnt this month…

+   A time machine would be useful sometimes – I’m very good at making a fool of myself
+   Endings are really difficult
+   It’s not nice feeling abandoned
+   I enjoy dating, even if I do get really nervous!
+   Sometimes it’s good to watch a film that someone else chooses – you might find you enjoy it!
+   If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
+   Jaffa likes to wake me up in the middle of the night because he wants to play
+   I’m not good at reading other people, which often leaves me feeling confused
+   Just when life starts looking slightly better, something else seems to go wrong
+   I’m way too impatient
+   Rejection is hard to deal with
+   Sometimes you need to take things slowly
+   We have to accept that some things just aren’t meant to be

What to look out for in February

I’ll start with TV, as it’s always good to know what’s on the box for those evenings when you’re shattered and all you want to do is curl up in front of a good show. Firstly, Top Gear is back for a new series on Sunday 2nd February, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the team get up to this time. I’m not massively into cars to be honest, but I don’t think you need to be to watch Top Gear. They have so much banter and wit that it’s nice to tune in for a bit of light relief from all the serious stuff going on in the World. You can see a preview of the new series here. I’ve been reading around a bit, and a show that caught my attention is Big Ballet, which comes to Channel 4 this February. It features Wayne Sleep teaching overweight novices the basics of ballet. I’m really hoping it will be a good watch – I don’t quite understand why it has to focus on overweight participants and I really hope it’s not one of these programmes that use cheap jokes and humiliation to bring in viewers. As someone who did ballet for most of my childhood, I’m hoping it will involve some great performances and lovely music.

February brings with it Valentine’s Day, which I know gets quite a mixed response from people! But even if you’re not much of a Valentine’s fan, you can still enjoy the love related products available from a whole host of shops, with Lush being a particular favourite of mine. They’ve got a range of Valentines smellies out this year including Neon Love soap and the Love Locket bath bomb, which contains a secret hidden inside it.

Love Locket Bath Bomb

Something that I’m mega excited for this February is the release of the Lego Movie in cinemas on the 14th February. The trailer looks amazing and I’ll definitely be buying tickets to see this one! The Book Thief, which I talked about last month, seems to have had its release date pushed back to 26th February, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for that film as well, although I’d like to try and read the book first. If DVD’s are more your thing, Dreamworks’ latest offering, Turbo is released on 10th February. I love Dreamworks, so this will definitely be going on my wish list! You’ve also got Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 coming out on 17th February, or if you’re after a good old Rom Com, About Time (starring Rachel McAdams) is released on 3rd February. I think that gives us enough to be getting on with!

The final thing I’d like to mention here is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which falls at the end of February, from the 24th to the 2nd March. I’ll be doing all I can to raise awareness and understanding about Eating Disorders, and as I’ve previously mentioned I’ll be trying to raise lots of money too. Beat’s slogan for this is ‘Sock it to Eating Disorders’ so if you’d like to raise awareness with me, check out the Beat website for information and ideas!

Do you have any favourites or things you’ve learnt in January? What are you looking forward to in February?

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