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My Birthday Money

7 Jul

For my 44th Birthday in May, I had no idea what I wanted, so I asked family for money, to put towards a shed for my allotment. Then, I felt really, really old & middle aged when I told friends I was having a shed for my birthday. Then, upon doing some shed research online, I realised that the very generous £200 I had amassed wasn’t enough for the sort of shed that I wanted. I toyed with saving the £200 & asking for the same thing again next year, but dismissed that idea fairly quickly 😛 I then decided on buying a pushbike, so I could cycle to work, rather than walk in the summer. Summer has yet to arrive & after putting my back out twice, I’ve spent some of my lovely birthday present money on:

A lovely Cath Kidston cross body bag (with 20% off) in sage green with spots (bonus points as it’s made form oilcloth, so is waterproof, I originaly wanted a cloth one)

A purple Radley bag in the sale (my first Radley purchase, it won’t be my last) I deliberately bought the smallest size, as 99% of my bags are large & I carry far too much stuff around with me. The downside is that my lovely leather wallet from Autograph takes up half the bag, so I need a small coin purse to decamp to when I use it. I christened my bag a few nights ago when I went to Wetherspoons curry night with the PTFA & used my daughter’s sequin butterfly shaped purse, which made me feel like I was about 6 years old. My bag was greatly admired though 🙂

Wonderful funky sandals from Autograph with a small heel. Bought as an emergency last minute purchase the day before a friend’s wedding, as the very high wedges I’d bought from Clarks to go with my new dress were too high as I’d put my back out & was in a lot of discomfort. To say they were bought in a rush & panic, they are one of my most favourite pairs of shoes I have ever owned. My 7 year old also adores them & I can never find them as she wears them around the house, clip clopping around, & never puts them back in my bedroom.

A very stylish navy & white striped blazer from the Next Outlet at Freeport. I wore it to work & everyone assumed I was going to a job interview as I usually wear a cardigan.

Funky cream linen blend harem style trousers, also from the Next Outlet. I never saw myself as wearing something so “fashionable” as I’m a classic, buy good quality & wear it for years style of dresser, but they are very flattering on & I’m always complimented. I’ve worn them to work & to the pub, along with the blazer, sandals & Radley bag.

And the best thing? I still have £50 letft to spend!