It’s that time again, for me to think about the five things I learned and loved the month before. May was a pretty busy month for me, so trimming the list down to just five things I learned and loved was pretty difficult, but here they are:

Florence Holidays

As some of you probably know, I went on a fantastic and relaxing trip to Florence in May, to get some sun, and get away from all the work/life stress I had been dealing with. All I did in Florence was explore the city (which is absolutely beautiful), eat a lot of food, and shop around for some gorgeous clothes.

I also bought a couple of beautiful art pieces near the Palazzo Vecchio (granted I really should have haggled a little but I decided they were worth the €60 I spent on them). I do find they brighten up my room and they remind me of my time in Florence, as they depict the green and gorgeous landscapes surrounding the city.

Florence Holidays

My New Gucci Purse

I decided (on an ever so slight but not full impulse) to invest in my very first designer purse by Gucci. Whilst I was in Florence I would walk past their main store on Via de’ Tornabuoni, and just stare at all the beautiful bags they had on display in the windows. I fell in love with the signature padlock shoulder bag (in red), and have vowed to save up to buy one as soon as I can.

In the meantime, however, I did decide to buy one of the purses from their newer collection, as I have had my trusty DKNY purse for quite a while now, and felt it was time for an upgrade. And what an upgrade it is! I bought one of the Gucci CG Blooms purses, because it has so many card slots. The sales assistant showed me one other option (which actually had even more slots with a slip-in card holder), however I didn’t like the option that much, and thought slipping the card-holder in and out of the purse would be a little awkward and annoying, so I stuck with this model.

Gucci Purse from Harrods

I am super happy with my choice, and feel quite protective of it as the design is so pretty, and the leather feels so fantastic, I don’t even want to get water on it! The service was pretty fantastic too. I went to Harrods, rather than a standalone Gucci store to purchase this, and it really is true that you get what you pay for in this world. Designer items come with a whole range of care advice, and contact details should there be any questions about the product, post purchase.

My Sister’s Visit and her Friend’s Wedding

My sister visited me towards the end of the month (on bank holiday weekend), for a friend’s wedding. The wedding was Sri Lankan style, and took place over two days (the ceremony on Saturday and the reception on Sunday). Unfortunately, due to lack of planning, we didn’t realise how far away the ceremony was actually going to be, so we were unable to attend. We ended up going for brunch at Tried and True and visiting the British Museum instead for the day, which was pretty entertaining.

We did, however, get to attend the reception, which was really amazing and, as you would expect, super colourful and vibrant. There was so much food (gorgeous canapés and mocktails, along with curries and wine for dinner, and some beautiful mango cheesecake, rice pudding, and chocolate mousse desserts). The bride looked stunning, and we spent the night dancing and ended up heading home at around 11.30pm (when the evening ended).

Re-starting the gym

I have been on and off with the gym for a few months now, and decided to re-start in May. I did get ill towards the beginning of June, however I have taken the time off to relax and then start again and ease back into a routine. I am trying to go for 3-4 gym sessions a week, whilst also doing a daily yoga session (longer sessions when I’m not going to the gym). I find doing yoga just before bed is fantastic at relaxing me, meaning I find it easier to fall asleep.

Ultimately, I’d like to do a few weeks of cardio and yoga, and then work my way up towards re-starting Kayla Itsines’s BBG workouts again, as these are so fantastic at tackling problem areas such as arms, tummy, bum and hips.

Evening Yoga Sessions

I have been suffering from both stress and back pain for quite some time, and I’ve been trying to find ways to remedy and ease both of these. At my workplace, we used to have yoga classes twice a week, however I never joined in as I thought tumbling around on the floor (due to lack of balance) wouldn’t be the best way to getting my colleagues to respect/like me. I have, however, recently come across a youtube channel dedicated to yoga, and decided to give it a try. There’s yoga for beginners, yoga to combat stress and anger, and of course yoga for different kinds of back pain, which is absolutely fantastic and tackles all of my problems!

I have been doing yoga for a couple of weeks now (even invested in a nice purple yoga mat and a foam roller for extra pain tackling), and I have to say I am beginning to feel a lot better.

Yoga Mat & Foam Roller

Yes, the pain is still there, especially when I am sitting for longer periods of time. Of course I still feel stressed at times as well, but I do find myself taking a couple of minutes when I begin to feel anxious, just to change my breathing pattern. I actually came across the alternate nostril breathing technique very recently, which is absolutely fantastic for tackling sudden bursts of stress (or even anger), to bounce back, calm down and let go.

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