Before I get going I just want to say a huge thanks to Chi Chi London for the gorgeous outfit which features throughout. Literally has me feeling like a Disney princess… modern-day Repunzel anyone?
The last few weeks have been odd, to say the least, and I’ve been a bit up and down (classic me) but at the same time, I’ve also been trying to focus on the positives and have a giggle along the way.
I’m also unbelievably grateful for being able to spend time with my family during quarantine even during a full-scale war over missing clothing. Anyway let’s get going with the 7 stages of quarantine, shall we…
Stage 1: Living in loungewear
Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no make-up on. The first week of quarantine had me living the reality of Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”. I was the loungewear queen. I had absolutely no urge to brush my hair or put lashes on, I mean what IS the point when you’re sitting at home indefinitely. But doing all my conference calls in facemasks whilst wrapped in a sequin mermaid blanket was a novelty that wore off fairly quickly, to be honest. Turns out looking like Stig of the Dump 24/7 isn’t all it’s cracked out to be!
Stage 2: Finding a new hobby
All those times I’d tried to convince myself of all the things I’d achieve, learn and create if only I had the time. I could make a go of Youtube, learn a language, start my own business, get the body I’d always dreamed of. It was effectively all a lie.
I mean unless we’re talking about eating cream eggs or making dumb videos, I haven’t achieved a hella lot since quarantine hit but it’s all still very much unchartered territory and we’re all learning as we go, right? Please don’t come for me for the amount of time I’ve spent trying (and failing) to do a handstand over the past few weeks rather than bettering myself emotionally, mentally and spiritually…
Stage 3: Omg I need a routine
Quarantine has shown me that I really do need a daily routine to stick to otherwise I’m likely to be found drinking Quarantini’s and shovelling cheese out of the fridge at 3 am. I try and start the day with a run, work from my kitchen/office until 1 pm, do some stretches at lunch and then walk the dogs after work.
Sounds so peaceful and chillo but with 8 of us in the house there has been more than one conference call which has experienced a screaming match between my sisters, the kettle whistling or my stepdad shouting WHICH DOG SHIT IN THE DRIVEWAY. So zen.
Stage 4: Learning to play conference call bingo
The bane of my life has to be conference calls. Whenever more than three people are involved you know something is going to go wrong.
The only way to get through it and keep sane is to keep a tally of the following: How many times people have been on mute by accident, got disconnected, sounded like Darth Vader, talked over each other, their dog has barked, kettle has boiled, Amazon delivery has turned up or their family has staged WW3 in the background (it me). It’s the little things…
Stage 5: Turning to exercise
The gym is closed indefinitely. Home workouts aren’t quite the same, but to avoid turning into humpty-dumpty I guess they’ll just have to do. For the first few weeks, I followed the 14 day Blogilates quarantine plan which was good and weirdly satisfying ticking each day off as I went.
But now we’re into day 439583480 of quarantine, I’ve found that mixing up my workouts is 100% needed to keep me interested. From running, to skipping, to HIIT training and even skipping on a mini trampoline for a bit of variety (I have the bruises to show for it) I’ve realised, I actually do enjoy being active. Which shows that when I cba with the gym I could easily do a workout at home instead of sitting on the sofa and smashing a share bar of Dairy Milk. Take note future Han.
Stage 6: Maybe I’ll become TikTok famous
12,500 views, on one vid. Maybe I’ve found my niche. Maybe lipsyncing as the grinch, horrendous two-stepping and conga with pets is going to be the thing that transports my blogging career to new heights… or y’know maybe not. But on the other hand, they’re bloody hilarious to make and watch. Am I going to continue to make them? Absolutely.
Stage 7: Getting dressed up to stay home
On Saturday’s we wear cute outfits. If you don’t get the reference we can’t be pals. If you think I’ve looked forward to doing a full face of makeup to get smashed over facetime with my pals every week, you’d be one hunna percent correct.
Getting glam at the weekend is a massive mood booster and also helps me differentiate between weekdays and weekends. I was lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous outfit from Chi Chi London last week, which is shown throughout this post (I’m not posting up photos of unbrushed hair and three day old tomato pasta bake spilt all down my favourite hoodie because no-one wants that). Anyway I’ve found getting glam for the weekend gives me something to look forward to and who needs to go out to wear cute outfits, am I right?
Outfits details all linked below:
- Chi Chi London Aynaz dress £50 (would recommend sizing up) I’m usually a size 8 but the dress I’m wearing is a size 10 and fits like a glove
- Chi Chi London Bella bag Bag – £38
- Chi Chi London Danni boots – £50
Chi Chi London also has 20% off at the mo so if you want to get your glam on, use code SPRING20 for 20% off everything!
Not going to lie it’s been a really strange few weeks and I feel like my emotions have been all over the shop. But I really enjoyed writing this blog it was somewhat cathartic and hope some of you can relate to some of the crazy stages of quarantine! xo
More ramblings de moi:
- Taking to the skies in Thomas Sabo Jewellery
- Eylure lash review: 107 and individuals
- Hair heroes: My top top 5 hair secrets spilled
* Dress bag and shoes included in this post were gifted by Chi Chi London, but all opinions are my own