Saturday, 18 June 2016

30 Chic Days - days 5 and 6

I'm taking part in the 30 Chic Days challenge, along with Juhli (there's a link to her blog under "My Blog List") and Fiona. It's not too late to join us. Click on this link to Fiona's How to be Chic blog for more details.

Day Five (Wednesday)

Outfit - day 5
You may recognise the trousers in today's outfit, as I also wore them on day two.. Sadly, fashion companies don't send me new clothes to write about on my blog, so I have to dig into my own wardrobe to create every outfit. I think the trousers looked better with my red top (in spite of the top not being tucked in properly!) This top is a soft white, but still a bit stark, and the proportions of the outfit are close to 50-50 as the trousers aren't full length, so almost cutting me in half. I've added a turquoise necklace to brighten it up a bit.

I had my yoghurt mix for breakfast, pittas and hummus plus fruit for lunch, cheese and crackers followed by fish and vegetables for dinner. Chocolate? Yes, one piece after dinner. I did mention that dark chocolate is good for your health, didn't I?  With my dinner I usually have a small glass of red wine, which is also supposed to be good for your health. Have you read The Wine Diet by Roger Corder? My copy is very well thumbed, and the Salade Niçoise that I make is based on the recipe in his book.

Not much time for reading as it was a busy day, though I did browse quickly through the Spanish magazine Mia, that I buy every week to help with my Spanish. We met our Spanish friend Juana María for our usual Wednesday coffee and chat, sitting outside in the sunshine. Afterwards we bought some food and drink for Thursday's get-together as well as shopping for dinner. With lots of coming and going over the course of the day, I managed 14,657 steps.

Day 6 (Thursday)

Outfit - day 6.

I've had these trousers a couple of years and I love them as they are so comfortable and versatile. They have a side zip (smoother over my stomach) and don't crease, so they'll definitely be in my case when we go on our summer holiday! I wore a silver pendant as contrast against the navy top and also to draw the eyes down in the hope that I will look slimmer. I should mention at this stage that, even though I often refer to looking taller and slimmer, I'm pretty happy with the way I am. My aim over the 30 days is to keep healthy and be content with my life, though if I lose a few kilos it will obviously be a bonus.

I only just managed 10.200 steps - by volunteering to take Lisa out for her last walk of the day even though it was my husband's turn! Having said that, I was very active the whole day with shopping, cleaning and preparing food for the get-together. We managed to take Lisa for a coffee in the morning, before doing our final shop.

Today's meals: yoghurt mix for breakfast as always, with a microwave meal (did I mention healthy?) of rice with seafood for lunch, plus a banana. Dinner was a selection of tapas that we had put out for our friends to enjoy, though I didn't eat any of the cold meats. I had made up some tapas with soft goat's cheese on small pan tostados (toasted bread) topped with quince jelly, which proved very popular. The spread included a selection of cold meats, different cheeses, smoked trout and tuna, various dips (including several small bowls of local olive oils) with fingers of pitta bread and slices of baguette for dipping, olives and other nibbles. A couple of my female friends helped me drink a bottle of cava - that's what friends are for! - which made a change from my usual red wine.

The focus of both days was preparation for friends coming round for tapas as well as enjoyment of their friendship. This also includes our Spanish friend Juana María whom we met for coffee, who has been an amazing friend since we first met her not long after we moved here. The only reading I managed was a quick look at emails plus messages on facebook!


  1. It sounds like you had a lovely 2 days and got lots of walking in as well. I really like the second outfit!

    1. Thanks, Juhli. The second outfit is definitely my favourite out of the two. The contrast with the white top in the first outfit, looking at it now, not only cuts me in half but makes me look wider. Lesson learnt!