Some of you have already been Tweeting me, asking if I’m still alive. This post is also for the rest of my family to reassure them at home and abroad that yes I’m fine and have made it safely into 2012. Seeing as I spent the past few weeks in the arms of doctors with a nasty stomach virus, it seems only fair to acknowledge it here in explanation for my absence. So here you go. I’m not sure what the correct method for explaining such a thing is, but um…. how about… I was sick, I’m sorry I wasn’t here, and now I’m better. In fact I was hoping that maybe this new feeling of wellbeing I have today, might coax me back into my running so that I can end up strong and fit like my new friend pictured above. Her name is Bessie Rollins and she’s a junior athlete in training to be a professional runner. I met Bessie in Austria and when I wasn’t cooing over her running skills and speed…

I was cooing over her shoes; limited edition Nike ID runners which she found in Paris when she lived there. “I would run from my home to the Eiffel Tower and back as part of my daily training”, she explained. ” Yum! I love the way they look shiny and worn at the same time and somewhat loved. It reminds me of something that the super talented shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood once told me about spotting a girl on the tube in London in a pair of his Kirkwood platforms. “This really cool girl had a pair of my shoes on and she had worn them to death. She really loved those shoes and there were some worn bits and some shiny bits and I was too quiet to approach her and tell her that they looked great on her. They were so worn and loved and so full of character. I still regret not having the brevity on the tube to tell her that I’d designed them.” I love my Nicholas Kirkwood shoes even more after he’d told me that little story. His words also reminded me that I’m basically a bundle of scuffed bits and shiny pieces myself. Think it’s time I turned to some experts and got their take on how to feel as shiny as Bessie Rollins for 2012. See you back here shortly with answers.