Week of 26th March – 1st April 2012

Garden Hideaway
I was down my Nan’s this week and had to take a snap of this. She has this at the top of her garden (which is an amazing garden in its own as she loves gardening) along with like three greenhouses. I used to spend loads of summers down my Nan’s and I used to always sit in here on a hot summers day with the radio on. I used to always love sitting in here when it rained outside too. It’s so cosy!

New Blazer
I’m in love with my new coral blazer! I’ve wanted a blazer for ages and randomly tried this on and my Mum talked me into buying it. I think it suits me really well. The only thing I’m worried about is the size/shape – they only had it in an 8 or a 14 so I had to pick it up in a 14. The thing is with blazers is that they can look really unfeminine if they aren’t quite fitted. I think this is okay though.

More sausage rolls!
Everyone loved my sausage rolls so much the other week that I was forced to make more ha!

This week I’ve been…

Watching… The Office and The National Lampoons Vaction films
Reading…The Hunger Games (at last!)
Listening to…The Academy Is…and You Me At Six
Playing…Draw Something on my phone
Smelling of…Very Valentino Perfume for Women by Valentino
Perving on…Josh Franceschi
Loving…Being single and the thought of summer


Despite being up to lots, I haven’t taken many photos this week! I’ve mainly been concentrating on a big idea I’ve got coming up – but my lips are sealed until I work out how I’m gonna do things! I’ve really spent most of this week making the most of the weather. On Wednesday my Mum had a work meeting in Bletchley (she doesn’t work in Bletchley but her meeting was there) and as the meeting was only brief and it was her day off, we went and made a day off it. Me and Dad sat outside in the lovely sunshine with some chips then when Mum was finished we had a mooch around the shops, before coming back to TK Maxx. I was surprised to find that there have been a lack of fit guys working in TK Maxx lately 🙁 I think they have taken on a new method and dotted them out around the store and just put old ladies on the tills instead. I was very sad about this as I thought I looked quite nice Wednesday and fancied a bit of eyeflirting. Nevermind. 
I’ve been taking Jasper for quite a few walks as well this week. I’ve been really eager to get out and bike riding too. Thursday me and my sister went snowboarding, which you all know, and it was really fun. Fun week 🙂


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Yesterday I had my first snowboarding lesson!

Snowboarding is something I have ALWAYS wanted to try. When I was younger I used to love that snowboarding game on the PS2 where you could do amazing tricks, I was always so good at it! Last year my sister found a deal on Groupon to go snowboarding and went with her work friends. I was really gutted I missed it, so swore to myself I’d check the website daily from then on for when the deal came up again. Anyway back in January I was sat watching the film Chalet Girl (which is about snowboarding if you haven’t seen it) and thought to myself it might be time to just go ahead and book a lesson without the groupon deal as I was desperate to try it. 2012 is my year for trying new things so I decided to finally get off my bum and book it. However, this was about half 11 at night so I just logged onto Groupon on a whim just to check…and the deal was there! I thought this was a little bit of a sign 🙂 Just simply because I’d been waiting for the deal to come back up for so long and then the very night I watch a snowboarding film and decide to book a lesson anyway the deal comes up! I was especially lucky to check the website only half an hour before the deal ran out ha!

Anyway, onto the lesson! Lessons usually cost £29 but with the Groupon deal it only cost £11 – about £15 including the cost to hire out the gear! So cheap! In Milton Keynes which is about a half hour drive from me we have the Xscape which has a massive snowslope inside, as well as other things. So it’s the perfect place to learn. I booked two beginner lessons so that my sister could come along with me as well.

So we went in and got all kitted up (my sister cried with laughter for a good 10 minutes when I put on a helmet backwards that was too small for me – she thought I looked like an egg!). The boots are so heavy and tight! And the boards are really heavy too! After that we followed the instructors in – there was a really big group of us so clearly the Groupon deal had proved popular. First of all at the bottom of the slope they showed us how to get on the board properly – strapping our feet in tight and such. Then we got a little moving floor lift thing to the very top of the slope as we were going to be using the top half for our lesson. This moving floor thing was well dodgy, a few times it stopped and we all almost fell over! Once at the top we realized how high it was and then our very hilarious French instructor informed us that for the lesson we’d be learning the basics and going down the slope – backwards!

He explained that we’d have to balance on the board and bend at the knees and relax to be in the correct position. Then whilst going down the slope we had to lean forward to stop the board and lean back to go. He also explained that when going down you cannot look at your feet else you’ll fall – you have to look straight ahead of you! I can’t remember exactly, so if you’re hoping to try snowboarding please don’t use my advice in this post about what we were told to do ha! It took me a good 10 minutes to get strapped in then the hard part was getting up. Once sitting on the floor you kind of have to roll onto your front (impossible with the weight of the board!) and push yourself up. When it was my turn for going down I was petrified! I fell loads of course and didn’t really get the hang of it my first time going down but the instructor explained to me that my feet weren’t strapped in tight enough. As I was leaning forward to slow down/stop the board, nothing was happening because I was just creating a gap between my ankle and the back of the boot – not lifting up the back of the board.

My second time going down was better! I got the hang of it mostly but still fell as whenever I went too fast I got scared ha! He also taught us how to move from side to side and I think I got this perfectly! The last few times were going down the whole slope, not just the top half. When I got to the bottom it turns out the lesson was up and everyone had left except the instructor and my sister as I’d taken so long to get down ha!

It was only an hours lesson covering the very basics but it was really fun! I would suggest everyone try it at least once. I am definitely going to continue lessons (I was given a little card as proof that I’d completed stage one and also giving me 50% off my next lesson!) however I’ve got to say I don’t think that everyone would go on to continue lessons after the first one. It is so, so much harder then you think it is. It’s not cold for a start, you get so hot and bothered doing it. You’ll also wonder what the point is at some points when you’re taking a good 10 minutes to take off your board and put it back on only to fall down a slope 10 times in the space of 2 minutes. However this is expected and obviously as you get better you’ll fall less and learn to put your equipment on quicker. It’s not at all what I expected but even though it was tough, I think it’s something I’d love to keep up and I’d be willing to put the hard work in. As hard as it was, it felt really cool when I finally started to get the hang of it!

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Wow hasn’t the weather been gorgeous?! I’ve been getting my pasty white legs out this week in the hope of getting a head start on my tan for Egypt next month. This beautiful weather also reminded me that before Christmas, when I was yet again convinced my wardrobe would collapse, I sorted out loads of clothes and shoved loads of summer clothes up in the attic. Although I still want some more skirts, I found a few I forgotten I had! Hopefully for the remainder of my ‘No Jeans Policy’ (and hopefully afterwards!), I can stop wearing not just jeans but jeggings too and wear more skirts!

Outfit Twenty Nine – Wednesday 21st March 2012
Grey/brown cardigan, purple vest top, jeggings

Outfit Thirty – Thursday 22nd March 2012
Grey owl dress/top, skinny brown belt, jeggings

Outfit Thirty One – Friday 23rd March 2012
Grey/brown cardigan, blue lace top, jeggings, fluffy socks




Outfit Thirty Two – Saturday 24th March 2012
Flower/rose print playsuit, light brown belt, black pumps

Outfit Thirty Three – Sunday 25th March 2012
White top, polka dot skirt

Outfit Thirty Four – Monday 26th March 2012
Purple top, white shorts

Outfit Thirty Five – Tuesday 27th March 2012
Black dress with leopard print peter pan collar

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Just a quick post to remind you all to have a look outside your bedroom windows tonight 🙂 Until roughly April 24th the planets Venus and Jupiter are available to the naked eye as they surround the moon!

I didn’t really know this until I commented on how the moon was so low down in the sky last night and added that there was a really bright star beside it, a friend then told me that ‘bright star’ was actually Venus ha!

I took these two photos today as the sun was setting. I only planned to take the pictures because of how pretty the sky looked, again it was only after I took the pictures that I realized I was looking at Venus and Jupiter. So pretty!

Saturn is the one diagonally to the right of the crescent moon and Jupiter is the less bright one below and to the right of the moon 🙂 Very pretty!

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