My 5 things on a Friday


Hi, how are you on this Friday? Good I hope. I hope you have a lovely weekend planned.

So I’m now back from a lovely and dreamy four days in sunny Madrid with my other half, where we mostly ate tapas, drank wine and walked around sightseeing. It was amazing to escape our busy lives for a short time, have fun and to completely switch off; you can read all about that here.

So as it’s Friday (YAY!) here are the 5 things that I wanted to share with you guys that I’ve been into this week:


On a chilly and autumnal morning 5k run this week I really enjoyed listening to this podcast by Cheltenham Maman, with Elle Wright, who writes the blog, Feathering The Empty Nest, in which she discusses her new book ‘Ask Me His Name’. The book is about her son, Teddy, who sadly died 3 days after his birth and how Elle coped with her grief. Elle is not only brave and inspiring but lovely and funny. It’s emotional and touching; a must listen.


I wrote a piece last week on fast fashion and why I’m buying less clothes going forward after watching the BBC documentary by Stacey Dooley. That, along with the Instagram photo I shared, has had great feedback; many of you felt the same. I feel as though other influencers and bloggers are truly thinking about their style choices and how they share their clothing online.

I loved this piece too in The Pool by Marisa Bate on giving up high-street treats and being in search of a slow thrill; the article really resonated with me and made me think about how (and why) I’ve made fast fashion purchases in the past. It’s good to see that this topic is being discussed at length in many forums, both in blogging and in the media.


It seems as though everyone is on half term this week! Many of you are thus enjoying some slower mornings and no manic school run. We aren’t; we are still in routine mode over here as we don’t break up until after school today. I haven’t got any outrageously exciting plans to be honest — we will probably go swimming, it’s Halloween on Wednesday, plus a few trips to the park. Fingers crossed for this sunny weather to continue.


So whilst in Madrid I started and finished the book ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’, by Adam Kay; a memoir of his time as a Doctor in the NHS. It’s very funny (hilariously so) but also incredibly sad and moving too. I found parts of it very tough going (I shed quite a few tears), however it’s a brilliant and eye-opening insight into the lives of our medical professionals.


And finally here’s what I’ve picked out of the high street to share with you today. It’s mostly trainers focused because everyone in Madrid seemed to wear sneakers (both day and evening) and so I’m back in love with them again. Here for you if you do need a seasonal update, or just want to see what styles are in fashion this season.

Happy weekend and take care guys.

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. October 26, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    I love your Friday posts Jess. I fancied a read of that book and now you’ve persuaded me! Also pleased to see all those gorgeous trainers – I’m a flats only sort of a girl these days. Have a lovely weekend all of you xx

    • Jess
      October 26, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      That’s SO kind thanks Jody and much appreciated; have a wonderful weekend x

  2. October 29, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    I’ve been really challenged about my fast fashion purchases too. I fell back into the habit over the summer, but the Stacey Dooley doc gave me the wake up call I needed! x

    • Jess
      October 29, 2018 / 2:19 pm

      It was a great documentary wasn’t it? So important to watch x

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