Workwear nightmare

I've committed the ultimate blogging crime - total neglect.  Although I do have my excuses reasons...

In the last three weeks there's been so much going on - here's the lowdown...

We went to Feastival!
The Big Feastival on Alex James' farm was amazing.  The best weekend I've had in years, it also featured (shock horror) camping.  Learning a lot from a couple of camping fails in the past, there is still a lot to learn!  Note: you will always need a bigger tent.  We travelled in my trusty Mini Cooper Convertible (seriously pushing the storage space boundaries), down to the Cotswolds.  A couple of wrong turns and a ghastly stop at Tibshelf services (seriously Tibshelf, up your food offering - McDonalds is not the be-all and end-all), we made it in one piece with glorious weather start a cracking few days!  Lots of food was consumed, just as much gin, wine and cheese (oh yes, we poshed up!) and dancing to live sets from KT Tunstall, Dodgy, Mark Owen - and my best dance off ever to headliners Basement Jaxx - those guys are awesome.

The pink sunnies were a prize from the Joules tent - somehow managed to gain 3 pairs!

I even managed a shopping trip and spent most of my Jeff-free time in the Joules tent.  I'm a huge fan of their collection, and kicked my height when I won a 20% off voucher in the welly wanging competition.  Obviously, I bought wellies!

Welly love - waiting for decent rain/snow now

All in all, a fantastic weekend and I would recommend every single reader of this to go - you will have literally the best time.

I completed the Great North Run!
My 3rd time, and I pray my last (it won't be) there is something about the GNR that is awesome.  The crowd of supporters, the magnitude of organisation, the 56,000 participants all lined up, the smell of adrenaline at the start.  Minor downside is that you have to run 13.1 miles.  My run this year wasn't about beating a PB, or looking great, but about finishing.  Hands up (again), I didn't train.  Somehow, I just never take it seriously, then rock up on the day thinking I can actually do it.  It was hell and it rained, but I still finished smiling.

Swanky private dining
I was invited to sample private dining in a room full of bloggers at the Baltic - it was fab, and worthy enough for it's own blog post, so more on that to come.

New job!
Alas, it's time to move on.  In just one week, I managed to apply, interview and bag a new job!  Although I love being immersed in events, its time to hang up my Event Manager hat and stop while the love is still there.  From 24th September, I will be back at Marriott as a Sales Researcher.

Aside from my social butterfly experiences, I've had the worst nightmare - workwear shopping.

After years of being confined to a hotel uniform, I've been unleashed in to new boundaries - dressing for work.  After searching nearly every shop available (and without breaking the budget), I have come to one conclusion: I am impossible to impress when it comes to workwear.   In my mind, I have sleek lines, dark colours, heels and chic design.  In my shopping basket, I have nothing.  Autumn is my most favourite style month, but the shops are still in the 'ooh the suns still out' phase, where they're still trying to flog flimsy summer dresses (Note retailers: just because you display the dress under a coat in the window does not make it autumnal!).  Turning to Glamour and Grazia, they have assured me that good fashion times are a-coming.  I may just have to wait another couple of weeks.

One trend you just can't get away from is colour blocking.  In what seems the only shop that seems to have nailed the workwear style, I have bought quite a conservative colour block dress, paired with a figure-fit jacket with leather trim.  I'm planning to pair with patent heels to jazz up the outfit, and still toying with accessories.

So fingers crossed for my first day (although Marriott to me is like wearing a pair of comfy slippers), and no doubt I shall be reporting on the ever growing work-wardrobe!

K x