10 favourites this week (#123)

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Happy Monday lovelies! For the first time in ages, I'm feeling pretty happy that Monday is here. Last week was a bit of a tough one for me - a combination of work stress, an emotional week and my car being clamped meant that I spent a lot of time feeling a little bit sorry for myself. But it's a new week and according to the weather forecast, it's going to be a sunny one. So I'm shaking the bad mood off, painting on a smile and making plans to kick some ass. But before I do that, I better tell you about the things that kept me smiling (and sane!) in amongst all of the chaos last week...

1) Breakfast in bed

Life might have tried to throw all it had at me last week, but once again I ended up just feeling super lucky to have Sam in my life. After a crappy couple of days, I woke up on Thursday to him bringing me a tray of breakfast in bed - hot, buttery croissants, strawberry jam and a big ol' mug of tea. It was the best way to start the day and definitely had me smiling - I'm a very lucky lady to be marrying such a good egg.

2) The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

I picked up this book after hearing Pandora and Dolly discuss it on The High Low podcast and I am so glad I did. I have raced through it effortlessly - the writing is so beautiful and Ariel Levy manages to portray the tragedy of life in such a beautiful and moving way. I would definitely recommend this if you're on the hunt for a new read!

3) Cuddles with our nephew, Ralf

If you're ever having a bad week then I would thoroughly recommend finding yourself a cute little baby to have a cuddle with - they have the power to make you feel instantly better! Ralf has started smiling now which is just the sweetest thing in the whole wide world - he's definitely got Auntie Sophie wrapped around his little finger already.

4) Getting tickets to watch The National

The National are one of mine and Sam's favourite bands ever and seeing them at Brixton Academy was one of our first ever gigs together. So when he text me on Friday saying he had got us tickets to go and watch them in September, I was one happy lady! I can't wait to sing along to all of our fave songs and as the gig is in Manchester, hopefully we'll be able to make a bit of a weekend of it.

5) Buying my second pair of wedding shoes

Because if you can't have two pairs of shoes for your wedding day, when can you?! My daytime shoes are totally gorgeous, but they're also super high, so I knew I'd need something to change into for dancing. I had been really struggling to find anything that I loved, so when my Mum spotted that Kurt Geiger had brought out my daytime heels in a flat I knew I had to have them. They look fab on and are super comfy too - win win!

6) Griefcast

I think I've mentioned Griefcast before on a weekly favourites post, but it definitely deserves another mention for bringing me so much comfort this week. The podcast host, Cariad, is so gentle and generous as she discussed grief with her guests and it made me feel a lot less alone when I was struggling this week.

7) The start of summer working hours

Every year my work run a scheme called summer working hours which basically means we get to finish at 3pm on a Friday throughout the summer months. It doesn't sound like much, but being able to finish two and a half hours earlierĀ makes the end of the week so much easier. I made the most of it on Friday afternoon by visiting the jeweller's and trying my wedding ring on again - it's so almost finished now which is TOO exciting!

8) Bridal consultation at Jo Malone

jo malone bridal consultationOn Saturday morning I headed to Jo Malone in Liverpool with my Mum and sister for a bridal consultation. We had SUCH a fantastic experience - we were treated to a bottle of bubbly and the lady who helped us was just amazing. She answered all our questions and helped us choose some gorgeous products. It felt extra special though as the scents I chose after a blind test both had the word Blossom in the name - it felt like a little sign from our gorgeous girl.

9) Afternoon tea at Panoramic 34

After our consultation at Jo Malone and a bit of shopping, we headed to Panoramic 34 for a champagne afternoon tea. We had booked it a little while ago as my Mum's Mother's Day pressie and it was worth the wait. The food was amazing and the views over Liverpool were unbeatable - I just wish we'd had a clearer day as it was so rainy.

10) A super productive Sunday

There's no better way to get a new week off to a good start than by having a productive Sunday and yesterday I definitely managed that! I got a couple of blog posts scheduled, organised my diary for the week and even managed to squeeze in my first workout in forever - here's hoping it's a good omen for the week ahead...