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Friday, 31 July 2015

MIA in Deepest Donegal

(the view from the kitchen window....even washing up was a pleasure!)
I've just returned after 4 days away in Donegal....and I was properly away this time. No phone coverage, no wifi - I didn't need to charge my phone for 4 days! Now I didn't know I was going to end up so out of touch (probably a good thing or I may not have gone) but the reality was that nothing very important happened and when I did finally log back on as we crossed the border this afternoon, it only took me about 30 minutes to delete the rubbish emails and reply to the important ones.



It was a lesson learned because we fitted in so much activity into those 4 days. I finished my book club book,
watched two movies,
went on numerous beach walks, 

(yes - it's a jellyfish!)
had a sneaky few drinks out with the hubby and played two rounds of pitch and putt!
It felt like we were away for more than 4 days and really got me thinking about how much my phone eats into day to day activities.
However, I'm back in the land of wifi now and by tomorrow, my good intentions will no doubt be forgotten but we've booked a few days away on the North Coast in mid-August and I'm definitely switching the phone to airplane mode when we're doing family stuff.

The other good thing about having no coverage is that you've not seen any Instagram outfits from me since Monday so I can share them here in a photo exclusive :) This trip, I went for a stripe capsule wardrobe...starting with Monday's red/cream one:
Breton Top - Jack Wills (similar here)
Felt Slip-On Trainers - Next Clearance
Tuesday it was the turn of my navy/neon stripe top...
Jeans - Maison Scotch (past season)
Wednesday was cooler so I wore my navy stripe knit..
Jumper - Primark (similar here)
Scarf - Old H&M
Thursday was glorious and there was even some warmth so for a day at Glenveagh Forest Park and Castle (stunning), I wore my Hush skirt!
Skirt - Hush
Handbag - Next
Friday, we headed home and it was a rehash of the day we arrived...too busy cleaning to take photos.

Best item in my suitcase? My £10 Regatta fleece! I had to laugh at my son who after taking this photo in Glenveagh said 'Mum, you do know there's not much you can do to make a fleece stylish...' Sadly, he was spot on!
Oh and before I go, I wanted to share with you my Bellamianta tan (reviewed here) after 4 days - well impressed especially as I've not really been looking after it while away. It looked so natural - even the hubby asked if it was real or not :)
I hope you've had a good week,

Ax


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8 comments

  1. Avril great post we all need to a bit of MIA every now and then. but look stylish too. Dee

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  2. Americanah is an awesome book - I lived it!

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  3. Oops - loved it - I definitely didn't live it!

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  4. Sounds like the rest was just what was needed. Loving the outfits.

    X x

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  5. I'm in Donegal now!! Weather is changeable to say the least. Layers are my friend 😄 xxx

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  6. I totally identify with this post as I went without wifi for a week and I think I tortured myself with what I thought I was missing and came back to realise ... not a lot actually. Life just goes on as it is. But yep, you do get a lot more done without the constant pinging on the phone. I'm doing better at switching off ... means less blogging though!

    Best outfit ... the one with the fleece. I still have one squirrelled away, I don't think you can beat a bit of practical fleecing.

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  7. I can go wifi cold turkey. The kids definitely couldn't - they'd be crawling up the wall before the first day is out. Love your stripe theme packing x

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  8. Stripe theme is brilliant - made me laugh! I've never gone that long without wifi access. Not sure how well I'd fare?? But you're certainly selling the benefits!!

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