Thursday, June 22, 2023

Honing your personal style, a healthy lunch, and chic inspiration

Hello chic friends!
Recently I started taking daily outfit photos for myself to:

a) work on upgrading my personal style

b) see what outfits look better or worse in photos

c) to encourage me to wear different clothes more and not just the same old thing every day.

It's been fun and it's really no bother to take a quick snap before I go somewhere or once I'm dressed for the day.

Would recommend even if just for a short time such as a month-long project. It's quite illuminating!

I had some errands to run during the week, and I wouldn’t be back until well after lunchtime. I usually eat lunch quite late anyway, but I didn’t want to get all hungry and jittery and make bad food choices while I was out…

So, I made myself a little lunch box! Along with this I took a plain yoghurt, and ate it in the car reading my Kindle, with the doggies in the back. It was a bit chilly to go and sit in a park or somewhere like that, but I was cozy in my car, and very happy to have good nutrition and a good book.

It was actually a lot of food and I was very full! Anyway, I was proud of my sensible plan and it paid off. Plus, it was a much smaller cost than buying lunch out too.

✅ Thrifty
✅ Healthy
✅ Yummy
✅ Easy

Haha, just giving myself good marks for a good lunch!
Now let's roll back nearly fifty years.

This was my first day at school - 1975 - how short were skirts in the 1970s!!!

I’m on the left and my little sister Catherine is on the right (she came along for the ride and perhaps to make sure I was really getting dropped off?)

I’m sure I didn’t have tons in my giant school bag - lunch and a pencil case? Maybe a school book to write in?

Good times! I love old family photos :)

And if you haven't heard, I have my book 'Thirty Chic Days: Practical Inspiration for a Beautiful Life' on a big sale for a limited time.

The Kindle book is 70% off and the paperback is 35% off (it was the cheapest I could go because of the printing costs involved).

I hope you partake if you haven't read it already, and if you like it, maybe grab the other version. A reader told me this: she already had the paperback but got the Kindle copy in the sale. I love having both versions of favourite books too!

You can find both on Amazon here.

Or the eBook in my eStore for an Amazon alternative.
I came across a beautiful rainbow this week, and it made me think...

There are always brighter times ahead! It's fun to see a rainbow and be reminded of that, and it's also wonderful to make your own things to look forward to.

It's winter here now, but I still make it happy. I enjoy our fire, lighting candles, playing music inside during the day and looking forward to something good to watch when I am walking on the treadmill. I collect citrus fruit off our lawn for my smoothie, and appreciate that everything is green. I read books on the sofa, and have early nights with a book too. I make yummy meals with lots of vegetables, and also slow cook dinners on our woodburner. I wear cozy clothes and utilise accessories as well.

I love the free feeling and warmth of summer, but as my dad said, 'I don't want to wish my life away'.

That’s what self-care is all about :)

What good things are there for you wherever you're at right now? Tell me some of them!

Hope you're having a wonderful week,
xx Fiona

PS. My book ‘100 Ways to Enjoy Self-Care for Gentle Wellbeing and a Healthy Body Image' is here on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.




  1. That rainbow picture is gorgeous! I love your dad’s comment because it is SO appropriate for my life now - I need to stop wishing my life away. I’ve wasted 2 years being a non-functioning person, floating through life. Not mourning, per se. Just existing without purpose. Your posts help keep me grounded and challenge me to do something. Thank you 💕

    1. Please don't be hard on yourself Nan, perhaps you were 'resting' for two years :)

    2. And now you are ready to do something different!

  2. Dear Fiona ~ I'm going through a huge transition now in my life. Divorce. My choosing. And I'm pretty scared. But I Know this is the right choice for me, despite all of the imagined & scary variables. The part of your post today ~ all the things you do to make yourself happy in winter ~ that's what I needed to see today. I have a mountain to climb, but I'm going to make my own little list of happy to draw from & be sure to incorporate one thing each day. Last night simply laying my emotionally wrecked body down in bed was a salve to the day. It's amazing how a good nights rest does wonders for your outlook. Anyway, I just felt compelled to write to you today to let you know that the positive you are putting out in the world is helpful to me & I'm sure to many others in ways you don't even know. Thank you.

    1. That's really lovely, I'm glad you are find little happy things to soothe yourself with. It's really important. When I was newly divorced, my bedroom was my pretty haven where it was neat and tidy, feminine, and I had all my favourite things around me - perfume, books, and my journals. It's a terrifying time and an exhilarating time - both at once!


Merci for your comment. Wishing you a chic day!

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