Weekend Favourites

I hope you’re having a great second to last weekend of the year and if you celebrate Christmas, enjoying the magic and excitement that comes with it. You don’t have to be a kid to get caught up in some of it! I can’t believe 2015 is just around the corner. It’ll take me at least until the end of January to stop writing 2014!

Christmas magic in the El Borne, Barcelona

You know those days where there’s no fighting it. One where you just have to go with the flow, throw your hands in the air and give up. That was Thursday. I didn’t hear my alarm, broke my favourite coffee mug, broke a favourite bracelet and to top it off, my bike seat got stolen. Straight cut to the lock and bam, a free bike seat for their fix. Fortunetely it wasn’t the bike itself. If it had been, my mother would have washed my mouth out with disinfectant. The upside of the day, a great workout and the most beautiful sunset in a long time. Normally I don’t catch them and this one cost me my seat, but those colours! The reverse effect over the sea caused everything to turn a reddish pink colour kinda how I imagine Mars to be. Truly magical!

Friday, up and out early for the Osteopath. A quick 30 minute Yogaglo class and 30 minute run. No idea on distance as I still haven’t found or looked for another running app after Nike died on me. I think about 6.5/7km along the beaches. I’m making an effort to pick my knees more up in an attempt for my runs to be more efficient. When I remember I defiantly notice the difference. The remembering to keep it up is the tricky part! After my appointment, I felt fine for about 5 hours and then my whole body started screaming, how it does after a long hard run, or training when you had little time to stretch afterwards aka DOMS. It was so intense I took bath later that evening when I could take it no more to sooth the soreness. It worked, but then so did the bath’s relaxing effect and there was no fighting sleep. I must have slept for 10 hours and woke to just some shoulder soreness.

Morning run, Friday

Anyways, this weeks Weekend Favourites!

Pot Plant


I’m in the process of sprucing up my office or rather my part of the spare room to a place I want to work in. I love plants, they clean the air and this one adds some much needed colour and aliveabilty to the room.

Thursday’s Sunset

It cost me my bike seat, but those colours!

Silver Wishbone Ring

I promised myself after I’d passed my PT/Gym course a well done present. Jewellery’s always a good present to treat yourself with! I found this wishbone ring in one of the many boutiques in El Borne.

Alterna Bamboo Abundant Volume Shampoo

I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m making an effort with my hair. I’m a wash, air dry and go kinda girl. This shampoo with a bit of magic from bobby pins as seen here step 4 really does give my fine hair volume. I leave the pins in while I’m getting ready and take them out before leaving. By the time I’ve cycled to the gym, it’s got umph. I would love to say it looks as great after my workout, but sadly I haven’t got time to wash it after the gym, hence before and and slightly bouncy hair after.

Soi Dog

I completly forgot to add Soi Dog to the Animal Rescue post. Based in Thailand Soi Dog, work at rescuing dogs off Thai streets and from illegal dog meat trade. They also work along side the Thai authorities cracking down on the illegal dog and cat meat trade. Most dogs and cats are available for international adoption.

Sony World Photography Awards 2014 Open Competition2015-sony-world-photography-awards-orangutan-rain-andrew-suryono

What’s not to love about this! You can read how Andrew Suryono took the shot here.

What’s been making you smile this week? Have a great weekend!

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Sony Photo of the year award image taken from cnn



  1. Natalie, I totally these pictures. The sunset and the beach where you run are so beautiful. Really sorry able losing the bicycle saddle. Would have been tough to find it missing.

    Please do have a wonderful Christmas.


    1. says:

      Thank you! Spain is a very pretty country, Not as beautiful as Italy, but pretty!

      It was more a nuisance my bike seat stolen. Bike thieves are rampant here. If it’s not locked with D locks or heavy chains, they’ll take any part of it. I’ve even had brake cables and gear cables stolen off my bike!

      Anyway, wishing you a wonderful Christmas too!

      1. Wow, I would not do very well in Spain. I do have a D lock, but never use it because of the weight. Just have a fairly light cable lock, and it has always protected my bike.

      2. says:

        I’ve heard about how trusting Canadians are! Apparently in The Netherlands, they don’t even lock them to a post. Just lock the wheel! I have 3 locks, a chain for front wheel, D lock for the back and now a thicker cable for the seat. Heavy but essential. If I can now I take the seat and pole with me, but shopping etc, it has to be locked. It was the same deal in France. They’ll nick bikes too at a moments notice!

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