Because It’s Friday, And You Deserve A Lunch Break…

A REAL relaxing one…


The standard response to a ‘How are you doing?’ question to one of my mates these days, is often replied to with a ‘Sooooooo busy‘ comeback, and to be fair I always answer the same. We’re all busy bees and it’s now a frequent occurrence for my mates to bring work home to do at the weekend, for me to be up and answering emails on a Sunday morning and for us all to skip a decent break midday to hurriedly chow down on our lunch, whilst furiously typing with the other hand. What happened to a good ol’ lunch break, eh? Now I know sometimes working hours and deadlines don’t allow for us to down tools for a significant amount of time, but seeing as it’s Friday and it’s been a long week, I thought I’d drop some chill-inducing ideas of what to do when the clock chimes 12pm today…


LISTEN TO A PODCAST. Ha! You knew this one would be in here. I mean, I couldn’t resist a little ‘At Home With…‘ self-promo now, could I? The reason why I fell in love with podcasts in the first place is that they’re so easy to listen to whilst you’re doing other things. I listen to them whilst I clean, but you could throw one on as you sort out your lunch in the staff kitchen or go for a wander to get your morning coffee. They’re great for commutes too because once they’re downloaded you don’t need an internet connection to listen to them. My favourites include the podcasts from Emma Gannon, Emma Gunns, Jess Lively and the classic, My Dad Wrote a Porno (just be prepared to laugh out loud on the train).

GRAB A BOOK. I go in fits and starts when it comes to reading. Sometimes Mark and I are both on the book bandwagon and both have a read before we go to sleep, but often we are stuck in one long endless scrolling session on our phones. The same goes for lunch breaks. I frequently take a book up to London with me to read in-between meetings, but often end up replying to emails and tapping through Instagram Stories instead. When you really think about a dreamy lunch break, surely a tech-free one, preferably outside, switching off and getting lost in a good book is the ultimate? I’m a fan of non-fiction, so I’m currently working my way through ‘Option B’ by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. I’m only a couple of pages in, so I’ll try and have a read on my break today and fill you in later.


GO FOR A WANDER. When I worked in an office, I could count the occasions I spent taking a nice stroll outside to nowhere in particular on no fingers because it never happened. I was either stomping to the local Pret for my daily chocolate mousse or I was running to the station to get my train home that would get me back on the right side of 8pm. How nice is it though to head out, without your phone being stuck to your palm and get a bit of fresh air sometimes? This is something that even now I rarely do, so this one is a bit of a reminder to myself to get off my arse and get some air in my lungs today (even if watching First Dates on your lunch break is tempting).

JOIN A CLUB. Who remembers ‘The Finer Things Club‘ from The Office? Or ‘The Whine and Cheese Club‘ on Parks & Rec? The former was a lunchtime club for Pam, Oscar and Toby where they discussed books, art and culture. The latter, a weekly meet where they chewed the fat and ate cheese. Both sound awesome and I feel like if I worked in an office I would try to instate both in my quest to be the biggest Office and Parks & Rec nerd out there. If a club with your colleagues isn’t quite your style, then have a look to see what’s on in the local area. Or pop down the gym and join a quick HIIT class to get the blood pumping (although I could never do that because I’m ravenous for food by about 11am and would probably pass out – good luck!).


Now I wouldn’t recommend an online shop as the best way to switch off because you know, screen time and all that, but the chances are that you’ve already found yourself here – hello! – so if you fancy a browse, here’s what I’d suggest. My & Other Stories love-in continues with these crazy orange-red mules that are both the ugliest shoe and the most beautiful shoe I’ve seen. I was looking for a mid-heel sandal that I’d be able to crack out in the summer that aren’t particularly toe exposing and these fit that bill perfectly. They’re pretty comfortable (once you’ve broken in the toe holes at the front a little) and actually very easy to walk in. Another new purchase is this & Other Stories Cotton White Tee, which is my favourite cut of t-shirt, with its darted wide sleeves and round neckline. In the warmer months I revert to my FRAME Skinny Jeans because the denim is lighter than my others and here I’ve paired everything with the Chloé Faye Bag to jazz it all up a bit with the gold ring detail. I like this outfit, the base of the jeans and t-shirt is completely in my comfort zone, but the red shoes make it feel summery and I have a severe case of ‘NEW SHOOOOES!‘ whenever I wear them. Go for a lunch break wander in these and you won’t be able to stop looking at ’em…

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • Nadia Sabrina

    Seriously adore those red mules! Sah pretty!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • ella ryder

    Love these ideas! I always try and go for a walk and my brain feels less fuzzy!

    Ella xx

  • I am guilty of eating at my desk most of the time, but at least I sneak in a little blog reading. Which is probably not the best way after staring at the computer screen the whole morning, but oh well. At least I got to read your post quite early.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Laura Torninoja

    Thanks for the new podcast suggestions – the Lively show sounds lovely!

    Also – I’m the same when it comes to lunch time, I get SO hungry basically straight after breakfast :’D I don’t understand how some people manage to exercise when they finally get out for lunch! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • These are such good tips Anna! Love getting outside at some point in the day for some fresh air xx

  • I’m really enjoying your podcast at the moment! Fantastic guests have been interviewed so far 🙂 Frankie x

  • Jade

    I just last week started a new office job and every day when eating my lunch think about the finer things club! But no one watches the office and gets it. Maybe One day. Heres hoping I meet a Jim.

  • I am LOVING your podcast!! Also, those shoes are so cute!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • theblackblush blog

    Those shoes are so cute! They give so much life to the look!

    The Black Blush

  • Eva

    Love this outfit, especially the pop of colour of those mules! I love these tips! I’ve become quite fond of taking short walks – it’s actually surprising how much that time for fresh air makes you feel so much more relaxed!

  • I’m all about monochrome with a pop of color in the shoes, love the simplicity!

  • Alexis Towle

    I love everything about this outfit! Great pop of colour!


  • Yes Anna so many great tips! I definitely need to go for a wander with a podcast playing more often on my lunch break, on the rare occasion I do it really lifts my mood for the rest of the day!

    I also looovee your shoes 🙂 x

  • Melody Brown

    I hadn’t heard of My Dad Wrote a Porno until this post and I’m now addicted to it! I listened to the first episode on my walk to work and the second on a walk during lunch and I’ve been laughing out loud while I walk down the street, like a maniac. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Today Souhaila

    I like the color of these mules,I love how they add a pop of color to your outfit

  • I love love love that you made a reference to the finer things club!!

  • I have not touched a podcast in a while! I will have to start by listening to “At Home With..” ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • I love having a wander on my lunch break at work, it’s such a nice screen break and an opportunity to get a bit of fresh air, or as fresh as Oxford Circus can offer me

    – Natalie

  • These muuuuules!! x

  • This is so true – we are all so busy these days with work than having a relaxing lunch break is not happening anymore. When I generally do is work during the lunch break with my sandwich in hand, which adds even more to the stress of the day! Picking up a book or going for a walk is a great idea, so having lunch outside, sitting on a bench with a nice book is the best way to have a real break I think 🙂

    Julia x
    Last post: A Day in Warwick, UK |

  • Love these suggestions, as a teacher my lunch breaks are filled with yard duty (supervising kids) or trying to guzzle down a coffee the size of my head! Thanks for sharing!
    -Kathryn xx

  • elisha mae

    Such a great and important post Anna! There’s not enough emphasis on having a lunch break and I think it is so so crucial to take that step back from your work to produce the best outcomes and look after yourself.

    Elisha-Maé |

  • Loa

    Yes, we are all so busy, and take work with us home. Even with a normal 9-5 job. I like your idea of switching off. I actually went 9 days without internet while on holiday, and then when I finally got it, after 10 minutes I was done with all the necessities. But you quickly get into the same routine of using your phone way to much. At least I do!

    Oh and I see you are keeping up with your pop of colour. Simple, but stylish. Love 🙂

    Loa |

  • Aliya Hussain

    I totally agree with all of these, its important to switch off now in such a busy world!

    Aliya x // //

  • ahh, I just love your style so much!

    Ashley |

  • I love these images, Anna! These are some great tips too!

    Lynnsay x

  • Holly Cooke

    Oh wow, those shoes are an absolute beauty! I love them! x

  • Love the pop of colour!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • Mitra

    Reading this while I munch down on my salad during lunch break… I work at a podcast network so I, too, recommend listening to podcasts! Although it’s my job, so I personally do something else at lunch (hahaha!). Love the post, Anna xx