I feel like I’ve been saying this every Sunday for the last few weeks, but this weekend has been fabulous!

a49205f8a71d11e1a9f71231382044a1_7Iced Vanilla Soy Latte at Starbucks, so good on a hot day!

This weekend has been filled with some of my favourite things: sunshine, seeing my family, coffee, shopping, running and baking!

I started my weekend with an 8 mile run, the farthest I’ve ran in a long time. It was tough, I have to say I have a new found respect for how difficult running is. I’ve said a few times that I’m no longer going out and giving it my all because I don’t want to overly stress my body, but even though I’m taking it easy I am so much slower than I thought I would be. I’m not worrying about it though, I just want to train injury and stress free for the Great North Run and I have a good few months left to improve!

After my very early run (I was out the door at 6.30!) I ate a quick breakfast of overnight oats with chia seeds which I mixed with frozen blueberries and topped with half a banana (ate the other half before my run), tahini and maple syrup:

Photo 26-05-2012 08 03 21

Extremely delicious! I got ready and we hit the town for some shopping, it was so lovely to be able to go out in shorts and a sleeveless top!

Photo 26-05-2012 08 46 21OOTD No 1: Floaty pink vest top: H&M, tan leather bag: Mango, gold chain necklaces: Warehouse, pink diamante bracelet: Accessorize, denim shorts: Mango, gold sandals: Next

We had a great time in Newcastle, I had an iced cherry green tea from Pumphrey’s as well as the coffee shown above. I also did rather a lot of shopping. I just couldn’t help myself, I really do need to get my budget back in check! Here’s some of the goodies:

Photo 26-05-2012 13 27 16Salad spinner, new smoothie bowl and giant tea cup – all from Clas Ohlson

Photo 26-05-2012 14 15 07Bright coral clutch bag: New Look, basic white tee: New Look, Gold long chain necklace with beads: Warehouse, white, purple and stripy racer back vests: H&M, Stila Acai Crush Lip and Cheek Stain: Boots, Essie Coral Nail Polish: Boots, statement necklace: New Look, pink printed scarf: Mango

The amazing necklace from New Look was reduced from £12 to £5 and I love my statement necklaces! I was really happy with everything I got. I was desperate for a new salad spinner as my old one was broken and I love that its pink! I also bought myself a new dress. Last night it was my Auntie and Uncles Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party so I got dolled up!

Photo 26-05-2012 18 40 45OOTD No 2: blue dress: Mango, necklace: New Look, Bag (as shown above): New Look, hot pink diamante bracelet: Accessorize, bird ring: Primark, Nude Court Shoes (with giant heel!): New Look

c0701acca73f11e192e91231381b3d7a_7New nail polish, and its yet to chip!

Haha, I am well tall in those shoes! That dress was a surprise buy for me, I thought I would have gone for something floral but I really liked this when I tried it on in Mango. It was reasonably priced (£29.99) and flattering on my figure (the back also goes down in a v with an exposed zip fastening). I had a lovely night catching up with my Dad’s side of the family including seeing a lot of my Dad’s cousins that I hadn’t seen in years!

This morning I was so happy to be able to enjoy a relaxed breakfast. I started with a bowl of Dorset Cereal High Fibre Flakes with an apple and rice milk:

Photo 27-05-2012 07 45 55

Then followed it up with a Cherry, Vanilla and Sea Salt Smoothie:

Photo 27-05-2012 09 10 36

Other eats over the weekend have included:

Photo 25-05-2012 18 18 12Socca pizza (made with chopped basil) topped with tomato sauce, roasted veggies and Tesco Free From Mild Cheese

Photo 26-05-2012 16 54 13 Baked tempeh (marinated in balsamic vinegar and soy sauce) with roasted sweet potato, pepper, courgette and red onion

Photo 25-05-2012 19 38 59Smoothie made with mixed frozen berries and cocoa powder topped with peanut flour sauce and Kashi Honey and Almond Crunch  

Photo 26-05-2012 13 46 20Salad with cos lettuce, red oak lettuce, cucumber, carrot, beetroot, sharon fruit, Raw Health cracker and balsamic dressing

Photo 27-05-2012 12 11 32Salad with cos lettuce, red oak lettuce, carrot, red pepper, beetroot, tempeh and tahini dressing (with added fresh parsley)

Last but not least, a giant fresh green juice made with cucumber, celery, parsley, ginger, lemon plus ice:

7490d9c8a73c11e18bb812313804a181_7

So refreshing! I did say at the start of the post that I have been baking but I’m saving that one for tomorrow! If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr you may have seen a sneak preview :-)

How have you been spending your weekend? If you like dresses, what’s your usual favourite style? What’s some of your favourite ways to spend a sunny weekend?