The 7 stages of Quarantine ft Chi Chi London

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…

Chi Chi London dress

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… 

Chi Chi London bag

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. 

Aynaz dress London

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 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

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* Dress bag and shoes included in this post were gifted by Chi Chi London, but all opinions are my own


  1. doorwaysanddresses April 13, 2020 / 1:30 pm

    Love this post so much and I must say that I’m loving your TikTok videos. Thanks so much for the fitness tips too, I shall definitely give these try 🙂

    • misshldolan
      April 13, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks so much honey! The amount of hours I’ve wasted on TikTok omg 😂😂 hope you’re doing well sweetie xox

  2. Sarah April 13, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    Brilliant 😄👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • misshldolan
      April 13, 2020 / 6:27 pm

      Aww thnx 🥰🥰🥰

  3. BeccaLois Blogs April 14, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    I feel like I’ve not progressed past stage one yet 😂 but am definitely trying to stick to a routine, working from home Monday – Friday definitely helps otherwise I 100& wouldn’t be rolling out of bed until 11 each day! Gorge dress too 💖

    Becca x |

    • misshldolan
      April 14, 2020 / 12:18 pm

      Haha don’t worry I’ve been repeating all 7 stages over and over particularly the Tik Tok stage! Aw thank you babe Chi Chi London have some fab pieces at the mo xx

    • misshldolan
      April 14, 2020 / 1:02 pm

      Aw glad you enjoyed it – it’s definitely been something to get used to! Hope you’re doing well sweetie x

  4. Jaya Avendel April 14, 2020 / 8:57 pm

    I LOVED getting a look at how your week progressed. I loved how you described stage one as “best I ever had”. Made me laugh. And maybe you will become Tik Tok famous as you keep at it; all it takes is practice to find that one thing you can do endlessly. 🙂

    • misshldolan
      April 15, 2020 / 10:51 am

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it – such a weird time just trying to make a shitty situation a little bit better! Hope you’re keeping safe 🙂

  5. NottsReader April 16, 2020 / 11:49 am

    Great post, I have realized all That all the movies and tv shows I said I would watch if I had the time, were a waste of time, as I still have not watched them.

    • misshldolan
      April 16, 2020 / 1:16 pm

      Oh thank you! I know what you mean – it just shows you what you actually want to put time and effort into really!

  6. Jenni @ I on Image April 16, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    I loved this! So relatable for so many people. I still make a case of dressing up every day. It gives me purpose and direction.

    • misshldolan
      April 16, 2020 / 1:19 pm

      Makes such a difference. I’m defo a nicer person when I’ve drawn my eyebrows on haha x

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