The BiG Friday Edit | 19

I’ve got that Friday feeling!

After a very busy week I’m looking forward to a relaxed weekend which includes catching up on sleep and curling up with a good book. What have I been up to that has got me craving the most Hygge weekend ever?

The Health Edit:

I’m almost done the June 1Rebel #RehabSquad and I am tiiiiiired! With lots of after work plans this week I’ve been getting up at dawn (or earlier) to hit the gym. I know it’s good for me in the long run but I am really looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and catching up on rest…before I go back for more.

The Book Edit:

I’ve started reading By Any Means by Charley Boorman and am already more than halfway through. It’s the perfect commute book because it’s light (a key factor!) and easily digestible. I am racing through a bit as I’m so eager to get started on Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes.

The Screen Edit:

No time for TV this week! I have however, been culture-ifying myself in other ways. My friend Anne-Marie took me to see The Last of the Haussmans at Questers Theatre yesterday (it was really good and I was blown away by the acting, especially as the cast weren’t professional actors). Tonight Graham and I are going to see La Strada to support his cousin Cameron, as he was the Movement Director for the show

The Blog Edit:

This week on BlondeInGrey.com I took you out for dinner at The Ivy Chelsea Garden and shared June’s booklist. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up on all the latest yet – happy readying!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

The BiG Friday Edit | 18

Why do the short weeks always feel the longest? It’s only been four days but I am SO ready for the weekend. In the meantime, a bit of distraction for all of us counting down until the end of the day…

The Health Edit:

I’m doing it again! Yes, friends, I’ve signed up for the June 1Rebel #RehabSquad which means 10 action-packed classes in 10 days! I’m 2 days in and already sore but who cares? It’s fun, it’s good for me and it challenges me to push myself harder. It’s also a really great emotional release to spend 45 minutes a day pounding a punching bag and clearing your mind with endless rounds of squats, burpees, wall sits, sit-ups and (my least favourite) mountain climbers. Watch out, state of complete zen – I’m coming for you!

The Book Edit:

I spent last week racing through the Talon series (1/2/3) and was annoyed to find that book three wasn’t actually the final book – apparently there’s a fourth book? – especially as I’ve found the re-read a bit painful and the ‘racing’ I speak of was to just get it done. The heroine is so irritating! She has no regard for other people let alone their safety and so she is the cause of most of the problems she faces. Equally irritating is one of the males in the ‘love triangle’ (Again? Really? Come on YA authors, you’re better than this!). Why is he irritating? A) He’s hideously possessive considering he has no claim on her whatsoever, B) He calls her ‘Firebrand’ EVERY SINGLE TIME HE SPEAKS TO HER (she’s a dragon masquerading as a human so this isn’t completely nuts. Also, yes, I recognise I should never have had high hopes considering the premise of the story…). This kind of repetition is annoying but also just lazy on the part of the line editor. Take it out! I once edited a romantic thriller where the author used the hero and heroine’s full names (first and last) every time they spoke to one another. So, of course, I cut most of these – it wouldn’t have been readable otherwise! Okay, I’ve gone off piste. Basically I hope that the heroine and hero A(nnoying) end up together because they deserve each other’s awfulness. Will I be reading the final book* to see how it ends though? No.

*I’ve just checked Amazon and apparently there’s even a book 5! FFS.

I’m now reading a biography of Henry VIII (my tastes, they are diverse!) by David Starkey who is a real master at historical biography. Any of his books are good but I highly recommend Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII as it’s extremely interesting and well written.

The Screen Edit:

I’ve been catching up on the past few seasons of VEEP starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The language isn’t for the faint hearted but the comedy is top-notch. I laugh through every episode and at barely 30 mins long they’re the perfect, bite-size amount of TV after a long day. On the big screen I’m looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman this weekend! Gal Gadot is a literal goddess (on and off screen) and I’m looking forward to seeing her save the world.

The Shopping Edit:

I have tried on and rejected and bought and returned more dresses than I’d care to admit to this week. I’m in the mood to shop and this warm weather has me craving light, airy dresses in fun, floral prints but most of what I’ve tried on in stores or ordered online just hasn’t been quite right. Too heavy, ill-fitting, not like the picture…there’s always something. That’s the way it seems to go though – when you’re trying to save money you see a million things you ‘need’ and when you’re in the mood to splurge you can’t find anything.

The Beauty Edit:

I’ve got my fourth laser facial in four weeks tomorrow and I’m looking forward to seeing how my skin looks after a month of treatment. Hopefully glowy and wonderful! I’m also trying out this new serum, which my friend Ang has raved about. Can’t wait to see how it works.

The Political Edit:

I can’t even begin to express my disgust with THAT man. Here’s hoping that the golf course at Mar-A-Lago is the first thing to be swallowed by the Atlantic when the seas rise.

Despite the fact that the future of our planet hangs in the balance, I hope everyone is able to distract themselves long enough to enjoy the weekend!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by to visit 🙂

The BiG Friday Edit | 17

My sister is coming to visit! She arrives tomorrow night and we’re booked in for afternoon tea on Sunday which I’m already excited about. I’ve also got brunch with friends and a laser facial (yes, really) booked in for tomorrow so this weekend promises to be a good one!

Before we all head off into the Friday sunset though…

The Health Edit: If you haven’t tried boxing yet you need to! It’s a killer workout, really therapeutic and the kind of workout that tricks you into thinking it’s fun not work.

The Book Edit: This week I’ve been reading How England made the English by Harry Mount. Though parts of it are a bit dry (turns out discussion of soil composition isn’t as interesting as you might hope!) but there’s a lot of really fascinating facts and figures about this little island I live on.

The Screen Edit: We’ve just gotten Amazon Prime so have been bingeing on Zelda (Christina Ricci is amazing as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald!) and All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals. Turns out I’m really interested in the behind the scenes stories, even if watching sportsball (they’re all the same, right?) itself feels like never-ending agony.

The Beauty Edit: It was a lot of fun getting the full make-up treatment for the Garden Party on Tuesday and it’s made me wonder if I should add something to my usual ‘barely there’ makeup routine to mix things up. What do you guys think? Is less more? Or is more, more? Also, I’m booked in for my second laser facial at Skin Laundry tomorrow. It takes less than 15 minutes and promises (with regular usage) to fight ageing, acne scars, pigmentation and pretty much anything else that might be ailing you. I went for the first one last week and it was so different from any other facial I’ve tried. Full review coming soon!

The Blog Edit: This week was all about blooms and gardens, both in Chelsea and at Buckingham Palace!

The Life Edit: Yesterday was my parents 43rd wedding anniversary. 43 years! It’s an incredible achievement in this day and age and proof that forever love exists and should be cherished. Happy Anniversary you two crazy kids!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend 🙂

The BiG Friday Edit | 16

*Picture is from my trip last week. Love blue skies with an unexpected pop of colour!

The only thing better than a long weekend is a surprise long weekend which is what I’m about to be treated to as I hadn’t realised it was coming. Looking forward to catching up on sleep, catching the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel and maybe, possibly, potentially thinking about finishing unpacking from my trip…which I returned from more than a week ago. We’ll see how it goes…

In the meantime…

The Health Edit: Turns out that absence really does make the heart grow fonder! After a minor hiatus from 1Rebel they’re already sending me emails saying they miss me and offering discount codes. They know the way to this girl’s heart!

The Book Edit: This week I’ve had two books on the go – my ‘in transit’ read has been The Big Life by Ann Shoket and my ‘before bed’ read has been Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Starting with The Big Life (written by the former Editor in Chief of Seventeen Magazine in the US): more inspiration than strategy this book is filled with uplifting stories of fellow millennials living their ‘big life’ and realising that there’s no such thing as work life balance (who knew?) Though I would have preferred a bit more how to’s and advice there’s no denying that this is a buzzy, enjoyable read with good takeaways about focusing on your own goals, ignoring the BS and living the life you deserve. In a completely different genre is Hidden Figures. Recently made into an Oscar-nominated movie, this is the true-life story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. I’m not too far into it but I’m already completely engrossed in the behind the scenes look at what was such an interesting time period in US history on so many levels.

The Shopping Edit: I got my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets!!! After a 7-hour wait with no happy ending last time tickets were up for grabs I am so excited to be going to see the play for a second time…in July 2018. Whatever. I have tickets!!

The Screen Edit: Are any of you watching/have any of you watched 13 Reasons Why on Netflix? I started it last Saturday and finished the entire series in less than 24 hours (pesky sleep got in the way!) I was absolutely blown away by this show. The storytelling, the acting, the messaging, the learnings – this is one of the most powerful shows I’ve seen in recent memory. The themes are dark – a teenage girl commits suicide and leaves a series of cassette tapes dedicated to the ’13 reasons’ (people) why she chose to end her life – and watching main character Clay (the boy who loved her) come to terms with not only her death but also the secrets revealed after she’s gone is heartbreaking. There are a number of scenes which are not for the faint-hearted (2 rape scenes (which I fast forwarded through because I refuse to watch emotionally damaging content like that) and a graphic depiction of suicide) but I still highly recommend it and would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve seen it!

The Blog Edit: This week I (unintentionally) continued my discourse on digital, shared my review of Tata Harper skincare and indulged my love for London’s architecture.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

The BiG Friday Edit | 15

Hi friends!

The Life Edit: I’m back from a wonderful trip back to Canada and missing everyone terribly already. To ease myself back into real life I’m continuing my digital detox and spending the weekend relaxing in front of some favourite movies.

We’ll be back to regular programming next week. 🙂

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

The BiG Friday Edit | 14

I love having Friday off! Especially when it’s the first day of TEN glorious vacation days! To kick things off I have a fabulous itinerary of lunch at Burger & Lobster, some Primark shopping and then off to the movies to see The Fate of the Furious.

Before I go though…

The Health Edit: I survived my first (last?) 7-day cleanse! And the 10-day #RehabSquad! I am tired and will spend today eating ALL OF THE CARBS as reward. #winning

The Book Edit: There was a lot going on this week so my reading has been limited to whenever I’m in transit. Not ideal but what can you do? I finished off Sorcerer to the Crown which was really good. It was a bit more dense then I anticipated (because of the language style) but a really interesting premise and beautiful story world.

The Audio Edit: I started the S-Town Podcast last night and I’m hooked. I know nothing about it (is it real? fake?) and I’m actually a bit hesitant to find out because I’m enjoying being swept away by the story.

The Blog Edit: This week was all about rounding up birthday fun with blogs on my horseback riding adventure, a surprise birthday afternoon tea and a facial at Biologique Recherche. Up next week: my cleanse diary (it’s a long one!), the importance of doing a regular digital detox in today’s world and an ode to a special lady in my life.

The Life Edit: I’m leaving on a jet plane! Graham and I are off tomorrow for a whirlwind trip to Canada which will see an exciting family get-together, some epic shopping (ALL of the junk food!) and a lot of delicious food. Can’t wait!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful and very Hoppy Easter weekend! 🙂

The BiG Friday Edit | 13

After birthday week this week has felt decidedly lacklustre…even despite the sunshine! I have a feeling next week will be better (it’s only 4 days long and then I’m off for 10 blissful days!) so I’m gonna take a deep breath and fight through to that moment of Friday Freedom.

In the meantime…

The Health Edit: I have never been healthier then I am at this moment. I’m on day 5 of the #RebelSquad April challenge (10 classes in 10 days) at 1Rebel. I am also on day 2 of a cleanse recommended by one Ms Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s one I’ve wanted to try for years and finally decided to bite the bullet and do. Though I’ve tried and failed cleanses in the past (I’m all for embracing healthy pursuits…it’s the follow through that I often struggle with) but with this one I’m not hungry or bored so I think it has staying power. It’s a seven-day program so by mid next week you should all expect to see my skin glowing and a general air of health and wellbeing surrounding me.

The Book Edit: I finished Talking as Fast as I Can at a speed Lorelai Gilmore would be extremely proud of. It was witty, fun and though I could have used a few more behind the scenes secrets (who do YOU think Rory should end up with, Lauren?!) I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m now half reading Pivot and half reading Sorcerer to the Crown as Pivot requires a lot of stopping to do exercises so can’t really be read in transit. I’m enjoying both books in different ways! (Find out more about all three in my April Book List post here)

The Screen Edit: I’m still all about Elementary as I work my way through season four. I love the characters, I love the relationships, I love the mysteries (and am getting expert level good at predicting the bad guy!), and I love Clive! If you’re not already a fan please start watching the series just to find out who Clive is. You won’t be disappointed!

The Blog Edit: Lots of good stuff to come next week – my first ever horseback riding experience, a surprise birthday tea treat with my friends (including a walk in the park with some completely casual photo ops like the one above!) and a new beauty post. Make sure you check in to get all the details.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!