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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Grand National Ladies Day at Aintree

It is rare that I get the chance to dress up so creating an outfit for Ladies Day at Aintree was an opportunity that I couldn't miss - even if it was just pretend.  

This Ladies Day infographic offers loads of advice about the history of Ladies Day (did you know it can be traced back to 1711?), general etiquette on the day (don't drink too much champers!) and brilliant fashion do's and don't's (try not to mix a high hemline with a low neckline).

Here is the outfit I created.  What do you think?

I love the brightness of the blue dress and think that the frills and the asymmetrical length are perfect for Ladies Day. The peacock fascinator highlights the blue of the dress is quite unusual. Nude accessories are ideal for showing off the dress but keeping within this season's fashion.  Finally, wedge shoes bridge the gap between needing height from heels and not wanting to sink into any grass.  

Given the opportunity, what would you choose to wear at Ladies Day?  Would you go all flamboyant or stay classy?

Image created using Polyvore:
Blue dress (Spoiled Brat) |  Hair accessory - (Etsy) |  Leather Jacket (Michael Kors - Stylebop |  Wedge shoes (Aeropostale) |  Clutch (John Lewis) | Nail polish (Barneys)

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