Living My Best Life

At the weekend after a long week at work, on Friday I could have gone home and been sensible and packed for my trip to Birmingham and had an early night… that’s not what happened… I had a long overdue catch up with a friend from work (she works in a different team, in a different campus) instead… I was home by 10pm, tub then had to pack all the things… anyway, here’s how the weekend went…

Friday

Lucia and I met at Las Iguanas for a pre-dinner cocktail, because it was Friday! It was good, I had a Mojoito Especiale (I think). Basically a Mojito with Friexenet (sparkling wine) in it. When I chose it, I wasn’t sure if it would be a good or bad combo… it was a winning combination.

Next up we headed to one of our favourite places Drury Street Bar and Kitchen for dinner and drinks. 5pm.co.uk usually have some deals on. We got a burger and fries each and a bottle of wine for £20… the burgers are incredible. We were clearly too hungry and engrossed in our chat to take any photos of the food, so go and check it out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

To finish the night we went to the Slug & Lettuce (I’d never been before) but Lucia said they did half price cocktails so I was sold.

We shared a mini churros dessert and had an Espresso Martini. I needed the caffeine to keep me going to be able to go home and pack.

The final cocktail of the evening was a Strawberry Mojito, because you can’t beat it! Then it was off home to pack all the things for flying to Birmingham at 7am (I was still filing my nails at midnight).

Saturday

Rachel Hollis came to town… well, to the UK (Birmingham) and that was an opportunity I wasn’t about to miss. I’ve followed Rach’s website and on Social Media for a few years and loved her book Girl Wash Your Face. I’ve written a post about the book here. Rachel wrote Girl Wash Your Face to help women dismantle the lies they believe so that they can become the person they’re made to be. If you haven’t read it, you should… if you don’t have time to read, download the audiobook.

After only 3 hours sleep, I got up and out to the airport, had a wander through duty free and got as far as Benefit and my handbag broke. Great start. I then had to go and buy a handbag, but there’s now only two shops in Glasgow Airport to buy bags… Accessorize and Fat Face. Accessorize didn’t have anything I liked, so off I went to Fat Face (having already bought a denim dress in the store in town the day before). Thankfully they had a tan leather satchel (I have been looking for one for years but they had been expensive, but duty free and student discount meant I got 30% off… Happy Days)… I arrived in Birmingham and checked into the Ibis Styles early thanks to great customer service from the lovely Amy who pre-allocated my room so I didn’t have to wait until 2pm.

It meant I could have a rest and enjoy a cuppa and the chocolate buttons before getting ready to meet Anna for lunch and wandering round town before heading to Birmingham Central Library for Rachel Hollis’ book signing.

Outfit number one of the day (thankfully travelling meant limited options)

Top – Stella & Dot Addy Poncho

Jeans – F&F Clothing at Tesco – current in store

Shoes – Toms via Asos (ss17 discontinued)

We had our first ever Chic Tribe UK meet up in June (it was just Prue, Anna and I)… Little did we know when we went to Birmingham Central Library at our first meet up, we would be back here a few months later to meet Rachel in person for her book signing and talk.

Anna and I had lunch and a catch up at the Slug & Lettuce. Having never been in one before, I managed two in two days in two cities. A wander to the Bullring and of course a visit to H&M was required. I was good and never bought anything, although there was lots of pretty things in this time. Despite not seeing anything when I was in the Glasgow store a few days ago.

I went back to the hotel to quickly get changed for the evening…

Outfit number 2

Leopard top – H&M (current – sold out)

Pleated Midi Skirt – Gap

Shoes – Toms via Office

After meeting Anna, we waited for registration to open, we picked up our signed copies of the book (I’ve already read it on kindle app) and headed up to the second floor Rotunda in Birmingham Central Library… such a pretty venue.

There was prosecco and amazing pudding waiting for us.

Anna, Prue and I had visited the library in June at our first Chic Tribe UK meet up so it was great to have more of our Chic Tribe UK community there to meet Rachel and hear her heart and her passion to see women overcome the lies they believe, for them to grasp who they are and realise the potential they have when they belt go of the things that have held them back and pursue their dreams.

As an influencer, Rachel inspires people all over the world daily and I’m thankful for her, for her vulnerability in writing this book and that she continues to share her heart. I can’t wait for Girl Stop Apologizing due out next year.

Sunday

Praise the Lord for Lord for late hotel check out at the weekend. I got up and ready a bit later than planned. I had packed most things the night before but couldn’t decide what to wear for a day of church, wandering round town and meeting a friend for lunch before my flight home… so here’s what I chose…

Top – H&M (old but similar in stock and online)

Denim Pinafore – Fat Face (current)

Leggings – New Look (current)

Shoes – Toms via Office

After breakfast and check out, I visited Gas Street Church for the first time (for those of you who know me, I wouldn’t have walked into anywhere new on my own a year ago or even six months ago, for a whole lot of reasons), but a whole lot has changed and it was great to be there.

I was sad to be missing Vision Sunday at Queens Park Baptist, but it turned out it was Vision Sunday at Gas Street too. Tim Hughes (pastor, worship leader and songwriter) preached a sermon on Shaped to Shape based on Romans 12:2 all about transformation… how we are personally transformed and how our culture is transformed as a result.

Having met Tim a few times at Alpha/Worship Central events a few years ago, it was great to chat to him and meet his wife Rachel for the first time.

A wander down the canal to Starbucks to charge my phone and have a coffee, late lunch with my friend Joy before my flight back to Glasgow was the perfect end to an incredible weekend, living my best life with some incredible people!

Hope you have a great week. I’m looking forward to a great but quieter week this week!

Gill x

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