Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Race For Life: The Big Day

So as you may already know, if your a ready who follows my blog or a friend or family, the other weekend I ran 5K, like many many others, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Now, this was the first time I'd actually taken part in anything like this, my mum ran it last year but although I managed to be there to support her I didn't run. This year however, we did it together :)
Although I did do some training here and there, running around my local park, I have to say I never actually completed the 5k in any of my training runs. So I was a little anxious to how this was going to go - would I actually be able to finish the race without stopping, which was my goal.

But race day came around quicker than I thought it would and I had to push these negative thoughts away and just do my best.

Now through my training runs, what I had learnt was I'm not all the keen on running - not exactly one of the things you really want to learn when you have a 5k run ahead! Although on the day, running race for life, I had so much fun. It was way better than any of my practise runs.

With the crowds cheering and shouting words of encouragement all the way along the track, I found my motivation and completed the goal I set myself - I ran all the way round and finished in 30 minutes! I was really happy and extremely knackered after - it had to be one of the hottest days of the year, didn't it.

I just want to say thank you so much for your donations to my just giving page. I am really grateful for all of your support. I really do enjoy raising money for a good cause. If you still want to donate, don't worry there's still time, my just giving page is open until the 27th June, just click here to make a donation.

What should I do next? If you have any ideas or have done anything different and interesting to raise money for charity please let me know, I'd love to do something a bit different next year.

Gema Xo

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Festival Fever

Festival Collage

Festival season is finally upon us and I for one am so excited!! I love a good festival and this year I’m heading to Glastonbury. I can not wait till the 25th, when I’ll be all set with rucksack and tent, boarding the train and heading to Somerset with my friends to chill out, listen to great music and generally just have a great time. I've been to a few festivals in the past, Reading was my first in 2010 and Creamfield the year after, both were really different, but equally amazing. Sadly I didn't end up going to one last year, but this break has made me even more excited for this years Glastonbury, eeekkkk!

With lots of other festivals going on all around the world, I’m sure lots of you reading this will be just as excited as I am. As Glastonbury grows closer and closer, I find myself day dreaming about what I’m going to wear and how I’m going to narrow it all down, so I can fit everything into my bag and not brake my back carrying it all.. this is going to be tough.

A little bit of festival inspiration…
festival things
1. Crochet Jumper, Boohoo 2. Flower Head Garland, New Look 3. Neon Nail Vanish, Topshop 4. Retro Sunglasses, New Look 5. Floral Playsuit, Miss Selfridge 6. Hair Chalk, Topshop 7. Cotton Embroidered Vest, ILWF 8. Demin Dungaree Shorts, New Look 9. Crop Top, New Look 10. Embroidered Hot Pants, Topshop 11. Straw Hat, Forever21 12. Parker, Boohoo 13. Hunter Wellies, ASOS 14. Knee High Strip Socks, ASOS 15. Festival Tent, Field Candy

I love the relaxedness of festivals. My favourite clothes to wear are comfy clothes and there’s nothing quite like the festival look. I absolutely love the fun free festival style and find myself scrolling through Printerest for hours, looking at festival looks. Where else could you get away with wearing wellies all day and actually look cool? I can’t wait to just live in denim shorts, floaty tops and wellies, it’s such an effortless look. Chuck on a few colourful accessories, maybe a hat or kimono, some sunnies and ta dah.. the festival chic is complete!

Let me know if you’re going to any festivals or what you’re up to this summer? I’m so happy the sun is making an appearance a lot more these days :)
Gema Xo

*Pictures found on Pinterest