Lifestyle: March Favourites

It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like Spring! There’s warmth in the air which means I can just about get away with a mac rather than full coat for my walking commute. It’s light for a good while after I get home, which does wonders for both my mood and productivity each evening. And warmth means I’m more inclined to eat lighter foods, which has started to fuel the last little bit of weight-loss I want. I’m at the stage where there’s only a little bit left to lose, and naturally it’s sticking to me for as long as possible.

 photo 2015-03-07 14.43.48_zpsotja8obk.jpg photo 2015-03-17 20.45.54_zpsnykmcwu1.jpgI’ve loved being a little more experimental with food over the last few weeks. I’ve moved towards salads and lighter foods, and with some yummy additions they aren’t nearly as boring as I was expecting. Courgette with pasta actually works; my no carb-onara went down really well! A carrot and baby-leaf salad is livened up with a lemon dressing, crunch added by some baked pitta, flavoured introduced in the form of falafel. Yummy, quick, and fills me up so I don’t need that crème egg.

This brings me to another favourite. CRÈME EGGS. Because yummy. I seriously love them, but this year I’m not quite so enamoured. Could be one of two reasons – my new healthier diet has made me less  fond of sweet things – or (more likely) the fact they’ve stopped making them with Dairy Milk. Sob.

I may have even done some sneaky baking with crème eggs…check back tomorrow and all will be revealed.

 photo 2015-02-08 16.01.57_zps7y4ylsav.jpgI’ve also gotten much more into fashion over recent weeks. Possibly because of my weight-issue, but I’ve not been hugely fussed before. I’ve stuck to the same style of things, and though I have a LOT of clothes it was beginning to look uninspiring. I’ve purchased a few new bits (including a playsuit and what makes my second whole pair of jeans), and I’d like to slowly work towards a slightly more capsule wardrobe. I’ll never be able to hit the 37-pieces or whatever the optimum is, purely because my go-to is patterned dresses and cardigans. I’d end up with around 7 outfits if I did that, which just isn’t happening. But I’m starting to think more about the whole outfit rather than just one item when shopping. I’ve also got some exciting collabs up my sleeve…

 photo 2015-03-13 17.45.16_zpsthto9dyh.jpg photo b66458f9-d74a-4ce0-b8b9-9bbac06532da_zps3lioogaj.jpgA few days in London have brought yummy food. Tacos featured highly, but I also have other delights to show you!

 photo f6685f27-37b0-41eb-93fa-129b45bc4683_zps1uqd2iva.jpgBeauty wise, and nothing much has excited me in the past month. I wanted to pick up a new MAC offering, but after an elbow (twice) in the ribs by the ASSISTANT I gave up trying to get a glimpse. I’m really liking my Bold Metals Tapered Blush Brush, the price might have made me wince but I’ve reached for it daily and it’s really impressed me. I’m not tempted by the eye brushes in the range, but I’ll probably have a look at the other face brushes. When Boots run their next promotion!

 photo 2015-03-07 14.43.08_zpsirkkpfgs.jpgBut other than that, it’s been a quiet month. Work has been extra-busy, and I’m looking forward to several long weekends in April. I’m also starting to plan my summer holiday – I have flights booked out to Rome and back from Venice, so any suggestions of what to do in between would be great!

How’s your month been? Enjoying the lighter evenings?

  • I haven’t had a creme egg yet this year, this needs to change!
    Creme egg brownies are my speciality bake!

  • I LOVE creme eggs, I didn’t know they had stopped making them with cadburys, that is so disappointing! Whoever made that decision?! I also love floral print dresses but I haven’t found any nice ones recently and mine are getting quite tatty. Can you recommend any good shops? 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      No idea, but it wasn’t a good decision! I highly recommend New Look, I find the quality good too! x

      • Thanks! 🙂 I like New Look too, I haven’t seen anything particularly grabbing this year though but I’m sure there will be more as summer arrives 🙂

        • ninegrandstudent

          I think they are slowly starting to bring new season in, I got a lovely playsuit the other day! x

  • Angela

    I also didn’t know that the Cadbury cream egg we all know and love is no longer made with Dairy Milk. Sacrilege! Looking forward to your recipe tomorrow!
    Angela x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Yep, and it definitely doesn’t taste the same! x

  • emily

    I like dresses, but never seem to find any that fit. I’m short and a lot of dresses tend to look awful on petite women. I’m with you on the bodycon style-hate it!! it looks awful on me! I pretty much live in jeans and a plaid collared shirt…put a blazer over it and that’s formal enough for work (I teach at a small university in the countryside, very informal dress code. Our department chair is frequently spotted wearing cutoff shorts and t shirts around campus). I FINALLY went and bought a leather satchel like I’ve been wanting forever, from Tom Brown’s. I got a pale pink one, which is a little not my style (I tend to dress like a dude…but I want to have a more feminine style!) but I thought maybe if I have a pink bag that will make my wardrobe less masculine. Idk if this was a good idea…

    But i love your floral dresses! Wish I could pull them off/find some that fit!

    • ninegrandstudent

      I think once you find a style that suits you, you’ll never be out of dresses! For me that style was originally the shirred waist dress from New Look – I now have it in six different patterns! Your satchel sounds lovely! x

  • Jennifer K

    The lighter evenings have made a huge difference to me for this final push before the Easter holidays! I’ve had full days of lectures so it’s been nice to still see sunlight when I get back – it makes me feel better and I am definitely more productive. I’ve only eaten about two creme eggs this year – shocking because I used to buy the 6-packs every few days in previous years!! They just don’t taste right and I’m annoyed that the 6-pack is now a 5-pack…

    Jennifer x

    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Oh definitely, I feel so much more productive when I get home in the light. They definitely don’t taste right this year, glad someone else feels the same! x

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  • Consulter Marie

    I love when they days are getting warmer and I really like your post! Come and meet our adventures in Paris at Paris Living

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks! x

  • Ohh Italy sounds awesome! I definitely need to explore Northern Italy more. I’m the same with the last bit of weight loss, it just seems to stick right! But I’m hoping the same, that I can shift it after Easter! x

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    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m so excited, just booked our Rome hotel too! x