It was a VERY indulgent weekend. Gifts, cards, food, spirits, wine and cigars…uuurgh I paid for it yesterday. I had a fabulous birthday thanks to the generosity of friends and family, but now it’s time to begin my 44th year with some healthier choices. I just signed up for the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. I’ve done it a couple of times before and it is great fun, a lovely way to earn your Thanksgiving dinner. Only problem is 13 miles seems an awfully long way right now. I need to get my training plan written – oh and then actually execute the plan 🙂 I have a while to contemplate it, before I start adding the miles to my little 2 mile jog with the dog.
My birthday started with a run – I was well impressed! Then I was drinking prosecco and eating red velvet cake by 10.30am! We headed out for lunch to one of our favorite spots – Nuevo Laredo – where I ate way too much and was surprised with a birthday shot. Yep you read right – no cupcakes here – a shot of tequila with a cherry on top at 2pm. I had to drink it all in one while the rest of the restaurant sang Happy Birthday. Fun times…
Back in England our favorite way to spend a date night was to head out for a good curry and a couple of lagers. Due to the lack of good curry houses here our need for heat and spice is more often satiated by Mexican food – the more jalapenos the better! Plus I prefer a couple of margaritas these days to cold, fizzy lager. Last night, to celebrate another half marathon and take advantage of Grandpa still being here to babysit, we went out to Nuevo Laredo. It was lovely, so relaxing and such a giggle. I’m pretty sure I could have eaten all that was on my plate but that would have been greedy no?
It was freezing here, so unexpectedly I had to scurry to find a sweater and jacket to wear. I hurriedly threw this little ensemble together – my Boden stripey jumper from AW 2011, Boden leather jacket from SS 2011, Hudson jeans and Tory Burch navy Eddies. I think this is my favorite jacket – I always feel casual yet polished in it.
Before I went out and stuffed myself another Boden parcel arrived. I had hastily ordered the Boho tunic in Haze champagne spot when a US 6 came back into stock and somehow I found myself putting the Glam jersey tunic in purple in my basket too. The Boho tunic unfortunately was extremely tight across my 36Cs so I have had to return for a US 8 – but the good news is it is gorgeous. It’s a lovely lightweight, silky tunic that will be great dressed up or down in the height of summer. I love the haze color too – a great soft purple. Just be warned that due to the lack of stretch you may have to size up from your normal size in jersey tunics – it’s not as loose fitting as you might think.
The Glam tunic sparked some debate on Boden’s Facebook page last night. Others have ordered it and reported it looked a tad cheap – I can see their point – and sometimes too much embellishment is not a good thing. Also the print is pretty busy. But, when I first opened up my purple one I instantly loved the colors. There is a coral color playing in with the navy and purple spots making it a really unusual but summery color combination. My only niggle is I think it needs to be an inch longer. I am keeping mine as I have learned the hard way that sending something back ultimately ends in me pining for it. Looking at the photo I think nude shoes will be better – the navy ones make my legs look a bit stumpy – never a desirable look. What do you think about the tunic?
Mike leaves today to head back to England – it’s been a great visit and fun to have him around, and in other exciting news the 24th April may also be the birth date of my new nephew!! My sister is huffing and puffing on a labor table in the North West of England as I write. MM and I are hoping that he is called Daniel to provide ample opportunity for fun at family affairs with his two year old brother Jack:) Interesting fact of the day Jack was also born on the 24th of the month, as was his Dad, and his Dad also! Uncanny hey – though not all the same months admittedly.
Today I have on my Boden tunic from SS 2011 (I think it was the funky tunic similar to this season’s), Boden leggings and Tory Burch Revas in hibiscus pink. Hopefully I’ll have some cute baby photos to share tomorrow!