Archives for May 2012

HtCC: Dresses for Cycling

1. Almari – £75
* 2. Therapy – £30 * 3. Phase Eight – £89 * 4. Hobbs – £169.99 * 5. Sodamix – £22 * 6. Phase Eight – £99 * 7. Oasis – £65 *

As I look at finding a new job (as my contract comes to an end soon), the thing I am most excited about is that no longer will I have to spend most of my life on a bus. (First) Buses are horrible. They smell, the drivers are rude, they don’t know where they’re going, the buses leak scuzzy water on you (that happened today, annoyingly) and they’re about as comfortable as a skateboard made by stapling wheels to a plank of wood going down a rocky cliff.

Unfortunately, I live a few miles out of Bristol centre, so buses are the main form of transport for me. I can’t help daydreaming about getting a beautiful bicycle though and being all cool and that cycling about. (If it weren’t for those huge hills Bristol is famous for, I’d want to cycle into the centre!)

Previously, I’ve blogged about beautiful Beg Bicycles and pretty Pashley’s, so when I was contacted about the Sky Ride that’s happening this weekend, it made me think about bicycles, and by extension, what to wear. I know that these aren’t the most practical of dresses, but since when were dresses about practicality?

I really love the idea of Sky Ride – closing off some roads in a city to allow people to just cycle freely, without worrying about crazy drivers (another thing that puts me off quite a bit!) I’m going to be taking part in the Bath ride this weekend, which I’m quite excited about – let me know if you’re going too!

It’s been a few years since I rode a bike – it can’t be that difficult, can it? There must be a good reason theres the old saying…

Meet the Feet – Rach

Finally, its time for you to meet Rachael. Rach is the one who would lend me her terrible AMAZING boyband CD’s and would have awesome sleepovers all the time. Too many great nights out in town would end at Rachi’s watching Cartoon Network or MTV!

Hi, I’m Rachael, the 2nd oldest of the Feet (by 12 days! Hayles is the old lady of the bunch). I’ve lived in Chester all my life and engaged to Andy. We’ve been together 9 ½ years, before you ask, no we haven’t set a date for the wedding!! I currently work for Animal (surf brand) but would love to work with Animals (the furry kind!). I’m a massive Cheshire Jets fan (basketball) and also part of the court crew. I’d love to do some more travelling, having travelled around NSW, Australia last year in a campervan (best experience ever). I love the outdoors, photography and kayaking. I hate being indoors, doing nothing and people moaning about spelling and punctuation mistakes (sorry other feet……!)

Like the other feet, you can find me on Twitter @rachisim, however, I don’t use/like it much. You can find me on the more exciting Instagram @rachisim where i will post piccies of the race.

Me and the Feet…

Me and the rest of the feet have been friends for 20 years plus. We all know each other through school/living in the same area. In recent years we haven’t met up as much as we would have liked due to living miles apart/clashing work schedules etc. But when we do meet up it’s legendary (Four Feet)

I probably met Helen when she was few weeks old as we’re cousins. Many of my childhood memories of Helen involve whizzing up and down the street on our bikes and kicking ass on Huntington CP School netball team (whilst Hayley and Gemma were cave dwelling in the store cupboard).

I’ve also known Gemma all my life, or should I say her life? I “knew” Gemma when she was in her mums belly hahaha! We were next-door-but-two neighbours and would often shout to each other through our bedroom windows (the days when kids didn’t have mobiles). We currently live together (and have phones!).

I first met Hayley in primary school. As the new girl I remember Hayley being quite quiet (and a book worm and a contortionist!). We soon started spending many summer holidays hanging out. This usually involved going on random shopping trips to Sainsburys and sleep overs where me, Gem and Hayles all slept top and tail in my single bed!

Me and the Race For Life…

I’ve never done the Race For Life before. This is mainly because I don’t do running, any other sport I can do, just not running (fast twitch fibres for those of you in the know…haha). So even though the race isn’t a massive distance, it is definitely a big challenge for me (especially dressed as a bear and being tied to another ‘feet’) .

I’m running the race for life because as Hayley says, ‘cancer is a fucking bastard’ (am I allowed to swear on here?!!). I’m doing it to raise money to help save lives and find a cure. I’m also doing the race for life for every brave soul around the world who has affected by cancer (including friends and several family members).

Me and You…

So, what do I want from you????

I would absolutely LOVE to reach our very ambitious target of £1000

Visit the Race for Life site to see what this money can do.

‘£1,000 could cover around 22 day’s running expenses for an important lab project into a type of children’s cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. The study aims to identify molecules that are involved in driving tumour growth, and this could lead to improved treatments so that more children survive the disease in the future.’

If you would like to help save lives, or if you would just like to see me, Helen, Hayley and Gemma dressed as Goldilocks and the three bears (tied together!), please sponsor Team Feet! Here are the many ways you can do this:

Online –

Text – FEET88 £1 to 70070 (replacing the £1 with whatever amount you’d like)

In Person – just get in touch and you can fill in a sponsor form

PLEASE do it now, as the race is only 3 weeks away (9th June)

Thank you!


Pinning My Hair

Aussie set their Angels a challenge recently where we were asked to pin to Pinterest things that made us think of Aussie – not just the products but everything around the brand. We were sent pinboards and a few things that were related to us (I was sent the cutest recipe book to put my own recipes in) I don’t use Pinterest, but I couldn’t resist putting together some photos from the amazing times I’ve had with Aussie.

Cupcakes and champagne have always featured at events, but more than that, the events and challenges that we’ve had have given me experiences I wouldn’t normally have had and introduced me to some of the most amazing bloggers I now call friends.

The only thing that saddened me a little when looking back at these photos is realising the people I could have been talking to much sooner instead of hiding in the corner – being shy is never good!

Thank you Aussie for the amazing times so far – I’m already looking forward to what’s next!

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