Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Sinderella

This is the second time in less than a week that I've still been in pyjamas by lunchtime. On Boxing Day, apart from going out to parkrun, I spent the whole day in my pyjamas.
It's been absolute bliss.
You know when you're a kid and you fall asleep for 14 hours and your parents say "you must have needed that?". That's what this break has been like for me.
For days I've had nothing, or almost nothing to do. I've read books, I've spent time with my family, I've watched films at 9am, I've played two very competitive games of Scrabble.
I've had days without planning, without organising, without worrying. 
I went back to my parents on Christmas Eve and didn't get back til yesterday. Which meant six wonderful days of no cleaning, no washing, no cooking (okay, just once. Wait, twice) and no adulting. Finally recharging those batteries.
I knew I needed this break, but I didn't know I needed it this much. I didn't know that I would, for once, enjoy relaxing and not be climbing the walls after a couple of days. In fairness, it's not like I've been sat in my pyjamas the whole break. I've been to football games and visited family and ran and entertained guests and cooked dinner. But it's all been wonderful.
This has hands down been my favourite Christmas in years. Phil and I have finely tuned our day of two Christmas dinners, I got to spend the day with all my favourite people, everyone loved the gifts I bought them and I've been completely spoiled. Christmas Day didn't feel rushed or manic; instead we managed to split our time between both our families without feeling like we'd let anyone down. We celebrated old traditions and made new ones.
We headed back to the flat yesterday and it's been so good to be home. I'm really looking forward to a few more days off to recharge my batteries and I'm not even thinking about work for another few days (or at least trying not to!). 
dress - Dorothy perkins
leather jacket - Boohoo
leopard flats - c/o Sinderella
black heels - Primark

This is the outfit I'm maybe wearing for New Year's Eve. As you can probably tell from the presents under the tree, I took these before Christmas but in my zen-like relaxation state I haven't sat down to post them til today. We're just going to the power ballads night we like for New Year's Eve but I'm actually really excited. I've never been out for New Year before because I hate it, but Ultimate Power is always such a good night I know it will be really fun.
You might notice the change of shoes in these photos. In recent years I have to admit I've abandoned my heel collection a bit in favour of being comfy. Living in the city centre means we walk a lot of more if we're going out and I'm so impatient I really hate how wearing heels slows me down. I first heard about fold up ballet flats a few years ago and have wanted some for years, so I was super excited when Sinderella shoes asked me to try some.
If you don't know how they work, they're little ballet flats that fold up into a bag so you can pop them in your handbag for a night out and when your feet start to hurt you can pop off your heels and slip on some comfy flats! I chose the leopard ones because I quite often wear black or one-coloured dresses and I thought leopard would be a really nice accent. You can see how they fold up and the bag they come in below:

Well I really should be getting ready now. I've had the most lovely morning watching Ratatouille in my pyjamas with Phil and making eggs in purgatory for brunch, but I am way overdue for my six mile run! Maybe this relaxation thing is growing on me!
I'm going to do a best of 2015 post tomorrow so I'll see you then!

Charlotte x

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