It's weird to be blogging only weekly nowadays when it was such a massive part of my life only a couple of months ago. I am hoping to be around more soon though, my workload is already getting a little easier now that I've got into a routine, and I'm managing to get a lot of lessons planned in my frees at school, and most of my marking is quite easy because it's all Latin translations where it's easy to spot mistakes or essays from my Sixth Form, and there are only 5 of them, so it's not bad. I'm also building up lots of evidence towards my standards - I have to gather evidence that I'm meeting certain 'teaching standards' in order to pass the training year, so I'm having to keep all sorts of lesson plans, observations and do a ton of extra stuff to add in there!
I've had a good week though - no floods or anything, so it has to be going well XD Last Sunday my parents came up to visit and we went for walk just outside the nearby town of Barnard Castle. Ben and I have been over to another nearby town, Richmond, a few times, which is lovely and I'm hoping to go round the castle there soon =) I took some pictures around the town recently, so maybe one day I'll get them up! It was Ben's birthday on Wednesday, so I gave him a few things including a pasta machine, which we used on Thursday evening and made a horrendous mess with flour, but successfully ended up with a pretty good handmade linguini with seafood. I so should have taken some pictures!
Leather Jacket: Matalan
Dress (worn as a skirt): New Look
Mocassins: Minnetonka Mocassins
This outfit is not from work, don't worry! Although I am toying with the idea of wearing this dress with a blazer to work - I think with black tights and flats it might just be okay, but I'm going to give it a while before I do make a decision on trying that!
There are a couple of new and awesome things I have to tell you about in this outfit! First focus on the leather jacket - it's new from Matalan. Ben and I did one of our typical seasonal big orders from Matalan recently; we ordered it on Saturday afternoon, and first thing Monday morning it arrived! I got myself this amazing jacket and a burgundy 60s style A line skirt (which I will show you soon!). The jacket is so perfect though - I've wanted a leather jacket for ages, but never really gone for black ones, but this colour is lovely and it fits absolutely perfectly. I always go for cropped or slightly cropped jackets because ones that go beyond my waist tend to drown me, so this just fit the bill. It was slightly more expensive than I like to spend usually at £35, but my excuse was that I am earning now and I haven't bought anything for ages. Plus it feels really good quality and I think it's worth all that money.
Then other thing: the mocassins!! I was looking at these in pretty much every shop in America, but they never had them in my size, or the right design, and I nearly settled for some that weren't quite right but didn't. Finally my parents decided to order these from the website for me and I am in love. I've seen Elizabeth wearing them loads, but never really thought much about them, but they were all over where we were travelling, so I just had to get them, and now they're my favourite shoes. They're ridiculously comfortable, go with everything (in my opinion) and I just love the design. I keep wanting to wear them to school, but Ben says they're not smart enough, so weekend shoes they are. I've pretty much just been wearing them with jeans and a hoodie at the weekends, seriously can't believe myself: jeans and a hoodie?! Just doesn't feel Sian enough! I came down this morning in this outfit and announced: 'Sian's back!' and felt much more myself. Although the jeans and hoodie are comfortable...
Oh and by the way, my dad's website for our bakery is about to start selling products across the UK on Wednesday, so pop over there and have a look! Despite the business having over 30 shops and going for nearly 30 years, the website has only just gone live (come on family, keep up with the times!) and is only just about to start selling on there, so it's not completely up to scratch yet, but will be soon =) Any Europeans out there, I think there might be a plan to start sending things your way too, but not sure about that yet! But anyway, any of you based in Britain, have a look at the Thomas the Baker website, as of Wednesday we'll be selling things from there (and there'll be 10% discount for everyone until the end of November!).