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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

Brightening Up My Capsule Wardrobe

casual, fashion, blue, grey
I've been attempting to create a capsule wardrobe that I can wear with comfort but that I can add seasonal pieces to brighten it up. When I'm trying to pull together 'a look' I have a play on Polyvore where you can create outfits and home styles. Then I go off to the shop (real or online) and see if I can replicate it. 

The first picture is a look I was after for a casual occasion. On the Marisota website I found these geometric print leggings and this blue kaftan and already have some blue loafers from Hotter Shoes.  This is a favourite type of outfit for me because it takes me away from my usual weekend uniform of jeans but still lets me be comfortable. 

office, smart, black, yellow,

The second picture is more for the office.  There's a gorgeously simple yellow cami, a really affordable tailored black blazer and some lovely yellow loafers on the website. I already have a black and white pencil skirt in my wardrobe and a few chunky necklaces that would look great teamed with these additional pieces.  It would be really simple to wear heels with this outfit too and to swap the cami for a blouse or other simple top to change it up.

How do you shop for clothes? Do you 'shop till you drop' in the local shopping mall or browse online websites and order to try on at home? Do you already have a favourite style or are you keen to try new styles?

I've been working with Marisota to feature some of their fashion ranges. 
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