Days of Small Moments: Lunch with my Boy & New shoes

There is a wonderful hashtag on instagram it is called Days of Small Moments. I believe the best days are the ones that are unplanned, lived slowly and appreciated 1 minute at a time. Small moments are the magical ones. I was lucky to spend a day like this with my teenage son recently. He very obligingly, took some photos, so I can share my comfy new shoes with you too…win win!

 

Days of Small Moments: Lunch with my Boy & New shoes

 

 

Trying To Keep it real!

To dress up simply to write a style post, feels inauthentic to me. These days I prefer to record what I am actually wearing on that particular day. The OOTD aka ‘outfit of the day posts’ on instagram make me feel uncomfortable. I feel as if everyone is trying to sell me things. How do you feel about it?

 

 

Days of Small Moments: Lunch with my Boy & New Van Dal shoes

 

 

To dress up simply to write a style post, feels inauthentic to me, I prefer to record what I am actually wearing on the day.

 

 

Days of Small Moments: Lunch with my Boy

 

 

An unplanned Lunch.

So this post is merely about a very ordinary, normal day, nothing special happened, no big event occurred just a few of those small moments…

We were shopping for necessities in our local town and both of us were hungry. I suggested coffee and cake and we ended up with two huge sandwiches; a double BLT for him and an open crayfish with lime dressing for me. Yum and Yum! We chatted, we laughed, he took some photographs and the best thing? At 55 I know enough about life to simply appreciate a few small moments that added up to a good day!

 

 

Days of Small Moments: Lunch with my Boy & New Van Dal shoes

 

 

At 55 I know enough about life to simply appreciate the few small moments that added up to a good day!

 

New Shoes from Van Dal

Yes these are new shoes, but I am not trying to sell them to you. I am sharing how I wear them and hopefully give you some shoe inspiration too? As you know I am a jeans girl…

 

 

Days of Small Moments: Lunch with my Boy & New Van Dal shoes

 

 

These new Bliss Loafers are a much appreciated gift from Van Dal Shoes. Leather, soft and very comfy with a small heel (I sometimes find ultra flat shoes make my legs ache?) Being a neutral colour (these are called Sesame) they will be worn with everything from jeans to dresses come spring. Do you like them?

 

Bliss loafers Available from Van Dal Shoes

 

The Details:

  • Available sizes: 36-42
  • Style: Loafer
  • Heel height: 20mm
  • Colour: Sesame
  • Upper and lining: Leather

 

Days of Small Moments: Lunch with my Boy & New Van Dal shoes

 

 

Being a neutral, camel colour they will be worn with everything from jeans to dresses come spring. Do you like them?

 

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10 Comments

  1. 26/03/2019 / 14:13

    My kinda outfit Ashley – a little preppy, very smart, very comfy. Fab shoes too (love me a preppy loafer). I’m just leaning more and more towards comfort as I get older, lol…!!

    I too like the real outfits of bloggers, there are only so many unattainable, impractical outfits I can take!! The worst posts on IG for me are the dressing room photos when they’re trying stuff on but it’s not what they’re wearing IRL. Who goes clothes shopping in H&M and Zara every day?! The last time I was in a shop changing room was probably about 10 years ago (not including times when I’ve been in them for a campaign, i.e. working). I go into clothes shops about once a year, if that…!!

    Glad you had a lovely day with your son, love the expression Days of Small Moments. May we have many more of them 😀

    C x

    • Ashley
      Author
      27/03/2019 / 11:19

      Thanks Catherine, that oversize blazer has been worn and worn…its perfect for all seasons!
      Bestest xxxxxx

  2. Meg An
    24/03/2019 / 20:22

    Love time with my boys and those moments are the best. I’m quite anti-instagram and get more enjoyment out of reading posts like this. I also can see you wear it because you liked and chose it. I often wonder if as soon as the camera clicks on the Instagram posts that the items go straight back in the bag/box and are returned. We all need to be more eco aware and constant selling isn’t eco friendly. It also makes people miserable and I wouldn’t want to be responsible for that.

    • Ashley
      Author
      25/03/2019 / 12:32

      Meg An I love your reply you said everything I think about instagram too! I am sure those women need to do that just to get a different shot everyday?
      So pleased you prefer blogs as do I!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment

      Ashley x

  3. 23/03/2019 / 16:33

    I totally get what you mean about appreciating small moments as you get older. Especially with kids. I love it if I manage to take one of my boys out for lunch or a coffee and a cake. Those one to one moments are precious.

    • Ashley
      Author
      25/03/2019 / 12:34

      Hi Claire
      Agreed, plus those moments are also few and far between these days!
      Betsest wishes
      Ashley xx

  4. 23/03/2019 / 01:04

    Yes, any day you can sit down with a teenage son is a good one! I often dress up for my photos, b/c the other days I’m usually out doing things and by the time I get home, I just want to relax. At least it gives me a chance to test-drive my outfits!

    • Ashley
      Author
      24/03/2019 / 11:44

      Teenage boys are the best! Great idea Kim, a good use of your time to take pics when you have time…
      have a great weekend
      Ashley x

  5. 22/03/2019 / 12:14

    Yes, so much of Instagram, especially, has gone full-on marketing. I get that blogging, etc is people’s work, but there needs to be a better ratio than 100% selling to 0% thought/life/sharing/informing, etc. Once someone turns straight selling, I am turned off and generally stop following.

    And this post is a good reminder to “stop and smell the roses,” or “sit down and eat the sandwich,” in your case. What a lovely day you had with your son.

    Bettye

    • Ashley
      Author
      24/03/2019 / 11:45

      I agree Betty! The worst thing is that ‘like to know it’ affiliate rubbish! I do use affiliate links but never the LTkI scheme!
      Happy weekend!
      Ashley x