A wise woman once said (ok nevermind, it was only me), ‘You can’t have a bad day in sequins.’ On a windy and cold London day, I decided to test my own theory.
Why? Well, today was just another day in a recent string of days where everything that could have possibly gone wrong, did. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’ve had unexpected financial pressure, some worries about my son, a cold and flu filled house, and of course a big skin breakout so that my stress was visible for all to see. To top it off, during the food and booze filled holidays I fell completely off of my usual no sugar and no flour wagon. Most people do, but given my very real sugar addiction, it is extra hard to get back to ‘normal’ once I break my rules. One small exception led to another and then another and another. Not only did I put on more weight than I’d have liked (and OMG how fast does that happen at my age?!) but food started to once again take up much more of my mental space than I am comfortable with. My restless brain gets anxious, and then looks for unhealthy ways to soothe that anxiety, immediately followed by guilt, irritation and disappointment, all of which then fuels my anxiety even further… and the whole spiral is fully in place. My sugar addiction, something I thought I’d outsmarted or at least overpowered, was still in charge if I strayed too far from the path I discussed at length here. In the midst of all of these life challenges (plus houseguests, Airbnb guests, and my son out of school for three weeks) the LAST thing I felt like doing was leaping in front of a camera to take photos for social media or my blog. So, I didn’t. Instead, I allowed myself a quiet period to what I needed to do to get back on track. I planned (if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!). I re-evaluated. I tried to find the lessons. I was kind to myself. And then I went straight back to my Bright Line Eating regime which has served me so brilliantly for so long… this time with an extra dose of gratitude and a better idea of where my personal weak spots are. Now that I’m in a better frame of mind and feel much more like myself, it is time to sequin up and guarantee some good days in 2019!
I went to my favourite local photo location (Chiswick House), wore my new red sequin dress (bought in the sales) and this fabulous red glitter T-Rex clutch that my dinosaur-obsessed son picked out.
Sparkly red herbivore versus Sparkly apex predator
Dress: Studio by Preen
T Rex clutch: Treasure Fan
A very bright and sparkly piece of news landed in my Inbox in early January. I am a finalist (one of 8) for the UK Blog Awards in Fashion. Thank you so much to every one of you who voted for me; I really appreciate every single thought and click. The UK Blog Awards is doing things a little differently this year. Instead of having a big flashy ceremony, they’re helping the winners grow their digital media businesses. I’d much rather have that than a trophy! I’m really thrilled to be this far along in the process, so thank YOU for helping me get there. As you know, this blogging lark is a second career for me, and I’m so glad to be able to do it.