Happy new year!

Happy new year wishes all!

I'm not going to bore you or indeed myself with talk of new year's resolutions. After 43 years on this planet it's finally dawned on me that I'm not a resolution keeper or even an attempt-er. There seems precious little point in setting goals for something I'm not going to achieve. The way I see it, if it was something I was going to manage to do, I'd probably be doing it anyway. So this year I'm simply going to reset my brain to comprehend that having too many takeaways, eating out and pudding twice a day is unlikely to lead to weight loss. It's a start at least. I do want to exercise more but having joined a gym last January and hardly ever going I think I'll just have to build in vigorous housework routines rather than gym visits, for one thing it's a win win from the get go, I'll have a cleaner house and keeping fit combined. 

We had a spectacular New year's Eve, we let our boys throw a party for their friends and we have our grown up friends over too, it's a house of two halves on nights like this. In preparation for the boys party we clear out our living room entirely of furniture, we set up a smoke machine,  disco light and speakers, the dining room then becomes their chill out zone and the kitchen becomes our space for the night, the lines blur a lot of the time and everyone mixes. It's really lovely. 

Some people may think that inviting 50 odd teenagers to their home is asking for trouble but my sons are incredibly blessed with absolutely amazing friends. They are all incredibly respectful, mature and just generally good people. When I think back to how I was at their age I'm lost for words, the kids that I know are so amazingly lovely, I on the other hand was an absolute nightmare, and I am incredibly thankful that my boys haven't taken after me! :) 

I had planned to wear a full on sparkly mini dress for NYE but 4 mince pies and cream a day took its toll and the dress I had in mind no longer fitted. Thankfully I had been for a quick trip to Chelmsford the day before and I saw this top in the sales, I really liked it and although it's probably a bit young for me I bought it and wore it with pride anyway. Age is but a number, and it's probably the only time that being innumerate comes in handy! hahahahahahahah 

Although I didn't have any trouble with leaks I did make a rooky mistake, I had left getting dressed quite late so I was in a rush when it came to getting my bag on. For some reason in my haste I applied the bag at a ridiculous angle, I didn't think much of it at the time but as the evening wore on I realised that the plastic bit that you empty the bag from was actually cutting into my thigh. I should have changed the bag but with a housefull I didn't like to. I now have a little cut, a reminder that in future I should not be so lazy and change the bag if I ever apply it on the wonk again.

 Top from Finery, Trousers from Next and boots from Russell & Bromley

Top from Finery, Trousers from Next and boots from Russell & Bromley

My feeling is that - yes my front isn't in the best shape,  a bag of poo strapped to your tummy very rarely adds anything positive to an outfit. Therefore you have to accentuate the positive, although often overlooked and forgotten - my back half is fab! hahahahaha

Time spent with these amazing people is my favourite time of all. What's that saying? Friends are the family you choose yourself?

 Family photo. I don't have any daughters so I have to borrow Lenny. xx

Family photo. I don't have any daughters so I have to borrow Lenny. xx

New year's day was spent in a very pleasant and relaxed way.

After a rather late night tidying up after the party a much needed lie was had. Then we went to meet some friends for Sunday lunch at a restaurant we've never been to before but it came highly recommended. I wanted to go a bit dressy because new year's day is very special to me. I prefer it to New Year's Eve really. The very start of a new year where anything is possible.

I chose this skirt for its stretch and eat-ability (what? it's a word!). The Key to trouble free eating is all in the stretch. A simple roll neck teamed with a pencil skirt is a classic.

 

 Woman at M&S for sunday lunch. Top and Skirt from Marks and Spencer, Bag and Shoes from Chanel.

Woman at M&S for sunday lunch. Top and Skirt from Marks and Spencer, Bag and Shoes from Chanel.

For me personally 2016 was as ever an incredible year but I know for a lot of my friends it's been a toughie, so I wish you a very happy, HEALTHY and prosperous new one!