Retro Dresses & Surprise Presents #LittleLoves

I have felt stressed out and a little bit overwhelmed this week, because essay deadlines are looming and my Grandad is still struggling with his health. But there have been lots of happy moments too, like the evenings I spent with my friends, laughing and eating pizza and playing with Lynette's beautiful baby, Lucy. It is really difficult to be worried or sad when there's a happy little baby next to you, especially when she's doing a crazy little dance in her high-chair in Nando's. Here are the other things I loved this week...

I finished reading Marina Keegan's The Opposite of Loneliness last night and I loved it. Marina has such a relatable voice and the book has inspired me to make the most of the time I have, because you never know what will happen from one day to the next. I've been reading the book in bed each night this week, which has helped me wind down before I go to sleep. I'm definitely going to make an effort to read a chapter of a book in bed instead of spending my time scrolling through Instagram or watching YouTube videos. Staring at a screen for most of the day has really started to affect my sleep.

When my boyfriend had a night off from work this week, we got cosy in his cinema room and watched Melancholia. I'd wanted to see the film since it came out and it's one of Geraint's favourites, but it's definitely an acquired taste and you have to be in the right mood to watch it. We sat in silence for a while after the credits had rolled, just soaking it all in. I thought the way it portrayed depression was incredibly honest and Kirsten Dunst was wonderful as always. 

The only music I seem to listen to lately is the CD I have in my car, which is still Taylor Swift's Reputation. It plays on a loop wherever I go and the fact that I've not got bored of it yet says a lot, because I'm the kind of person who changes my phone wallpaper every week.

I finally made a start on one of my MA essays this week, which I found really difficult. My mind has been all over the place recently. I have lots of ideas swimming around in my head for blog posts and a novel that I want to write, so focussing on an essay felt impossible. Last night I reached the halfway point with my word count so I'm feeling a little less stressed about it.

I succeeded with my resolution to wear more of my 1950s-style clothes this week and it felt wonderful. I wore my retro car print dress which was handmade by the lovely Diane at Wave of Nostalgia and I felt so much more comfortable and 'me' in it than I do in jeans and a t-shirt. It was refreshing not to worry about being over-dressed or looking 'weird' and to just wear what I actually wanted.

and lastly...
On Thursday night, I went round to my boyfriend's house and spent a couple of hours with him and our friend, Jamie. It was late when he took Jamie home, and they decided to go to McDonald's on the way, so I put my pyjamas on and got ready to go to sleep because I knew they'd be a while. When Geraint eventually got back, he'd brought me one of the little Pokemon happy meal toys as a surprise. It might seem like a silly little gesture, but it made me so happy. He'd even asked for my favourite Pokemon (Eevee) but they didn't have it, so he got me the next best. These are the little loves I want to remember.

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  1. Love that dress vintage pattern is fab. Looks great on you. Sounds like you had a great week. Hope you had a great weekend. #littleloves

    1. Thank you! Hope you had a great week too x

  2. I just adore vintage clothes they look so stylish. I am so sorry your Granddad is not so good sending lots of love a positivity for his speed recovery and ah that was sweet of your boyfriend sometimes its the little things that matter xx #LittleLoves x

    1. Thanks so much :) it really is the little things that matter most x

  3. You're absolutely rocking that dress! I love the print.
    Well done for making a headway on your essay, I often find that the worst bit is dreading starting it, but once I've put words down it feels a whole lot better.
    I do love the little moments you mention in your posts, it's made me think more of the tiny things and how I should be more mindful of them and share them in mine too. x

    1. It really is the getting started that I find difficult! After that it isn't so bad haha. I think the little moments are the most important to remember x