Last week I enjoyed something that's become a bit of a rarity in my life. A day off. Being a Mum and having a full time job doesn't leave me much time to enjoy a day to myself. I'm not complaining, I love being busy, and I love being a Mum but sometimes I do feel the pressure and I need to escape Even if it's just for the afternoon. Sometimes, without wanting to sound too much like Greta Garbo, I want to be alone! I often feel guilty, for taking this time for myself. Usually if I'm away from Archie it's because I have meetings or days filming, so I can justify it because I'm working, but the pang of guilt feels especially strong when I'm away from him to enjoy myself! It's ridiculous really isn't it, as I wouldn't begrudge another Mum of doing it. I sometimes have to remind myself that a day off every now and again is actually good for all of us. I come back a calmer person, a nicer person, and even a slightly better Mum. It's like I've had the chance to recharge my batteries and I'm back up to 100% again.
One of my favourite places in the world is London. Even though I'm a Kent girl, whenever I'm in London I feel at home and I haven't had that feeling anywhere else I've visited. On this particular day, I jumped on the tube and decided to have a little stroll through South Kensington. I just adore walking down the streets lined with beautiful white townhouses (and not at all pretending that I own one of them). I had a wonder along the high street and paid a little visit to Holland Park. I could spend hours walking though the beautiful gardens.
I've been wanting to wear this little outfit combo for ages, and a relaxed day in London felt like the perfect opportunity. The dungarees and striped bardot top are from Dorothy Perkins, to be honest I couldn't actually believe that I'd bought a pair of dungarees, but the fit of these are really good, and paired with a bardot top or cute blouse I think they can look really on trend. I also wore my bronze Isabella Crocs and let me tell you they are the most comfortable shoes I think I've ever worn! They're so light it doesn't even feel like you're wearing shoes. These are my first pair of Crocs, But after this I think I'll be getting some more, specially the sandal style as they'll be so good for days running around after Archie, going to beach and when I know I'll be doing lots of walking. Of course I had my trusty Mulberry Del Ray with me too! I don't think I've hardly used another bag since I got this about 18 months ago. It's like my second baby!
I got home that evening in time to give Archie a bath and put him to bed. I love our little evening routine together. He was the sweetest boy when I got home that day!
Have you had a day to yourself recently? Did it make you feel guilty or did you feel like it did you good? Let me know in the comments!
Love Kate x
Thank you to Crocs for working with me on this post.