Monday, 5 June 2017

Camden Rocks Festival

On Saturday, my friends and I headed to Camden for Camden Rocks festival. I’d been to the Camden Crawl a couple of years back and LOVED it, so I had high hopes…and they were not in vain! Not only was the weather amazing (so sunny after getting caught in a complete downpour the night before) but the music was excellent and we had such a nice day drinking (too much) and wandering from venue to venue. I think it’s such a good idea, and definitely something to try if you’re not keen on the traditional spend-the-day-outdoors-in-a-field type festival. Basically you just buy a wristband, and that gives you entry to multiple venues across Camden, where you can see a variety of rock/indie/metal bands playing throughout the day.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Summer in the city

I’ve got so much to write about at the moment that it’s somewhat overwhelming, because when the weather cheers up the way it did last week, there’s literally nothing you can do to keep me in the house! After a weekend celebrating birthdays I thought I might have a quiet one, but I accidentally… didn’t. But honestly – HOW nice has it been, just to walk down the street in a skirt and sandals and not feel even a little bit cold?


Monday, 22 May 2017

30 things on my 30th birthday

I don’t know how, but this week I turned 30. I KNOW. I’m not okay with it either. Luckily, I was super spoilt and it was genuinely one of the best weeks of my life (update on that soon) so I’m kind of okay with it, but I STILL don’t know where my twenties have gone.  

Somehow, both slowly and quickly, the years since I was a teenager have flicked past and now I’m getting to the point where people are going to start giving me those ‘over the hill’ joke birthday cards,  and there’s nothing much I can do about it. And although I don’t particularly dread getting older (it is, as Maurice Chevalier once said, better than the alternative) it does make me think about the last time I changed decades (in my second year of university – I made my friends wear pink for the day and I wore a tiara – yes, really) and what I’ve learnt since then. So here are a few select nuggets of advice that I would tell my former self. 30 things I’ve learnt in 30 years.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

So Eco Brushes Review

Since watching a number of horrible TV programmes that focus on animal cruelty (Vegucated, I’m looking at you) I have been doing whatever I can to try and alleviate the suffering of animals in this world. I’ve been eating primarily vegetarian food in the week, minimising dairy and also looking to use natural products wherever possible.

Enter the So Eco brushes range! Isn’t it nice to know that the brushes you use on your face every day are completely natural? So Eco’s brushes are 100% ethically sourced – including their packaging and transit. The brush handles are made from bamboo and recycled aluminium. In short, they’re made from plants!

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday Favourites

It’s been a good week! Let’s ignore the part where I’m so hungover that I’m drip-feeding myself a whole box of watermelon, shall we? Good! Onto the favourites!


Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Lake District – Buttermere Lake

I woke up on Sunday, if I’m being honest, with a slightly sore head. Too many glasses of wine in the Jacuzzi I guess…


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Lake District – Ullswater Lake

I like going on mini breaks in the UK. Over the years, I’ve covered pretty much everywhere, from York to the Cotswolds, to Cornwall and Kent, and I’ve got to be honest – although I love it, I really didn’t think England could surprise me anymore.

Recently we really needed a break, but my husband has just started a new job and couldn’t get a lot of time off so we decided to stay in the UK. The Lake District just stuck out to me as a place that, weirdly, I’d never been, so as we had four days, we booked a little cottage with a hot tub in Pooley Bridge, and last Friday made the long road trip (made longer by me drinking a large Costa caramel latte and needing to stop for the loo roughly six times) down to Ullswater Lake.

And honestly – I was amazed by how stunning it was. I have honestly never seen scenery like it in real life. We dropped our bags in the little cottage and walked out onto our little veranda and just stared at the view. Even in the rain, with the sheep huddling under the trees for shelter, it was so gorgeous.

I don’t think I’ve actually ever seen snow-topped mountains in real life and it just felt like every direction we looked, it got more beautiful. We spent the first evening in the cottage, eating dinner and trying out the hot tub, which – despite it being freezing cold and raining outside, was really enjoyable!

It had rained solidly for 24 hours on the Friday and so we were happily surprised to wake up on Saturday to beautiful sunshine. We made the most of the morning by completing Keswick park run – I’ve written about my love for park runs here, and this one, which took you through a winding wood, past waterfalls and over bridges, might be the most fun one I’ve ever done. Not my fastest time by any means, but so worth it!

After recovering via eggs and avocado, we headed to the Ullswater Lake where we spent our first day. The second largest lake in the Lake District, and often considered the most beautiful, Ullswater Lake is home to the Ullswater steamers – boats which take you across the lake from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding.

We followed a typical walkers route, getting the steamer across to Glenridding – where we had a little wander and warmed up with a cup of tea – and then back to Howtown, before we walked the 6 miles back to Pooley Bridge.

I love a good countryside walk. In London, everyone is always rushing everywhere, and it’s so nice to just wander along in the sunshine. 

Just the act of putting one foot in front of the other and not really think about anything. The views were insane and we also took a little detour to see the Cockpit stone circle, a prehistoric site which – like Stonehenge – is something of a mystery.

It’s a bit smaller than Stonehenge, though!

We arrived back at our cottage, tired but happy, and celebrated with drinks in the Jacuzzi! It's a great length walk - about two and a half hours with lots of different terrain and views so you don't get bored. Fully recommend it. 

Afterwards we headed into Pooley Bridge for a well-deserved pub dinner at the Pooley Bridge Inn.

We chose our location in Pooley Bridge completely at random, based on the accommodation available. Since then, a lot of people we’ve spoken to who know the Lake District well have said we were lucky to pick Ullswater rather than some of the better-known tourist destinations (like Windemere/Ambleside). Having not been to the latter, I can’t make a comparison, but I will say that Ullswater Lake was so beautiful we are already making plans to return, and that our cottage was the perfect base!

Have you ever been to the Lake District - what did you think? 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Swingers Golf Bar, London

Despite the fact that when I uploaded my Instagram photo I was immediately followed by an account called ‘Cuckold Escorts’ (err, no ta), Swingers, which you can find in the city of London behind the Gherkin building, has nothing to do with keys in bowls and everything to do with crazy golf. I had heard of it, looked it up and seen it was sold out, and promptly forgotten all about it until this weekend when my sister-in-law and her husband came to stay and he wanted to go.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

This week I’ve been…

Reading – this post on Scarphelia’s blog about why she’s no longer going to be posting on her blog. She touches on the very troubling reality of living life on the Internet, and her section on happiness is genuinely one of the most beautifully real things I’ve read in a long time. I’ve written before on why I no longer aim to be a fulltime blogger, and while being creative and having a hobby is something I truly enjoy, there’s a truth in Katie’s post that I think a lot of us need to hold onto. Since reading it, a lot of blog posts/Youtube videos that I’ve previously enjoyed seem to ring a little hollow, and I’ve found myself putting my phone away a lot more – and I’m grateful to this piece for that. 

Listening to – My Dad Wrote A Porno, series 2. With my husband in my pyjamas, late on Sunday morning, whilst eating homemade banana pancakes and maple syrup and laughing till I cried. I don’t know why this concept is so hilarious and how it continues to make me cry laugh, but I love it.

Watching – House of Cards, which I think strikes the perfect balance between the ludicrously overdramatic Scandal and the slightly-too-serious-sometimes West Wing. We are on about episode 12 of series one and I love it, although I do think all the characters conduct themselves a little bit strangely and not necessarily in a way that real life people would act, but still, bearing in mind Donald Trump is currently President, maybe this is just how people in the White House behave. Anyway, excellent show.

Buying – a Gucci belt. I know, I know I shouldn’t have, but I did. When I’m eating toast three meals a day at the end of this month, please refer me back to this post, okay?

Eating – We went to Café Rouge with Ian’s parents on Saturday night and I just had the absolute best meal – poached egg starter, duck and dauphinoise potatoes with sweet cherry sauce main, and the most excellent dry white wine. But for dessert I didn’t fancy anything big so I just ordered some salted caramel truffles and oh. My. God. Honestly, if you go, GET THEM, and you should go just for that reason alone, I swear. I never wanted them to end. Happiness.

Lusting over – the new Hades jumper range. I want every single one of them, but this completely gorgeous pink ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ one is my favourite. (FYI, I looked up what tristesee means and it means sadness, which I think is a bit melancholy but that’s the whole point of the collection after all). If anyone has a spare £160, let me know.  


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

10 things that happen to every girl on Valentine’s Day

Because love really is all around, everyone.

1. You will talk cynically about how Valentine’s Day is stupid and not even a real holiday, you should show love every single day of the year, and it’s all just a big farce created by Hallmark to get you to buy more pieces of folded card for £4.99. You are too cool for Valentine’s Day, obviously. It's just another day, right?

2. And then you’ll throw a mega tantrum when your other half tells you actually, he’s going to spend the 14th at work drinks because it's just another day, right? He just doesn’t get it.


Monday, 13 February 2017

How to have a Valentine’s Day in

I love Valentine’s Day – whether you think it’s all commercialised or not, it’s a good excuse to spoil the people you love. Normally, it’s also an excuse for dinner and drinks out - but Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, and let’s face it, who wants to go out on a Tuesday night in February? It’s cold. It’s probably going to rain. The sofa is calling. But you still want the night to be special, so here are my tips…


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

This week I've been...

So I've been thinking about bringing something new to my blog, where I just get a chance to share all the things I've found and enjoyed this week - whether it's a new blog I've been loving, something funny I watched on Youtube, a new perfume I couldn't resist... the little bits and pieces I'd fully recommend you enjoy or invest in, as and when I get the chance to recommend them. A bit like a weekly newsletter, but - not a newsletter!


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Cla La Land

Hi huns! I wanted to drop in to ask you all a little favour on a slow Thursday morning. If you’re looking for a new blog to check out, have a little look at Cla La Land. (I know, isn’t that the best name for a blog ever? I’m jealous.)


Friday, 27 January 2017

How to be British

*Sidenote: this post is not about British nationalism. Sorry, fans of Donald Trump/Nazis who got here by mistake. 

A work colleague of mine is helping his friend study for the British citizenship test. I was having a look at the questions and was baffled by how few of them I knew. For example – ‘What is the name of the admiral who died in a sea battle in 1805 and has a monument in Trafalgar Square?’ Erm – is that relevant?

And it got me thinking about what it means to be British, or rather, what I would define at Britishness. So here are the things I think you really need to know to prove you grew up in Britain:


Thursday, 26 January 2017

On writing a book

Not sure where I’m going with this blogpost, so if you’re looking for something concise and to the point, you’re going to be disappointed – it’s a bit of a brain dump, bear with me…

Some of you may know, some of you may not know, that I’m trying to write a book. I say trying, because I’ve been trying now for years – I mean, literally, more than two years. Every New Year I say ‘I’m going to write a book this year.’ And every year, I don’t.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

35 before 35 - a bucket list

So you may have noticed I've added a new page to my blog. My '35 before 35' is basically a little bucket list that I wrote around the end of last year, having seen it on someone else's blog (sorry, I've forgotten which one!) and it's basically just a little list of the things I'd like to accomplish in the next five and a half years...maybe some are more realistic than others!

I guess the reason I wanted to publish it today is because this weekend I had a house party which I felt meant I could tick off one of the items (it was great, I still haven't recovered, haha). And now I want to keep working towards the others and I'll try and write a post every time I do. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

10 Friday Favs

 This week started with a tube strike, a run in the rain, a broken phone and the promise of snow…and yet somehow, I’ve had a great one. I’m just in such a good mood at the moment and I feel like this year better watch out because I’m so inspired to keep working towards my goals, having fun and generally enjoying life. I find it so difficult to admit out loud when I’m this happy because a.) I think it sounds smug and b.) I worry that somehow I’ll jinx it. But as my husband told me firmly this week, if I am ever sad in the future, I’m not going to look back and think ‘Oh, I was really happy back then, I wish I’d enjoyed it less!’ So on that note…


Thursday, 12 January 2017

10 ways to OWN this new year

Ah, new year. On the one hand, it’s exciting, isn’t it? It’s that new-term feeling – sharp pencils and white pages, a clean slate, fresh avocados and new wardrobes - a chance to become one of those thin blonde people on Instagram who apparently get paid to do yoga poses on beaches. (No shade here - #dreamlife, you go huns). The trouble is, whilst Instagram-January is gorgeous and shiny and new, you may be noticing that IRL January is err – kind of crap, isn’t it? Less avocados on toast, more long, gloomy days at work, nobody wanting to go on nights out, everybody on a diet, no money, no wine, all the fairy lights put away, all the sparkle somehow gone. If you’re not careful you can spend the newest part of the new year feeling a bit sad and flat and grey, and you know what? That’s just a waste. So here are 10 tips to get you feeling like the best version of yourself this new year – both in January and beyond!

N.B. I have tried not to be patronising and state the obvious like ‘drink more water’ (yes okay, everyone should drink more water, but it tastes of nothing, and weeing at work every five minutes is really bloody annoying, and the last time I carried a water bottle I spilt it in my bag and ruined my favourite powder compact) or ‘eat more vegetables’ or anything else that will make you want to do an eye roll and say ‘Jesus, thanks Sherlock.’ But if I have, soz. Your girl tried. Onwards.


Friday, 6 January 2017

10 Friday Favourites

Ohhhh hi January. I feel like people are always in one of two camps this first week back – they’re either eating cut-price Quality Street in front of the TV, pretending it’s a Christmas special, begging everyone to get drunk with them and mourning the end of the festive season – or they’re secretly relieved by the return of salads, the gym, and the fact that they don’t have to drink any more prosecco. This year, for once, I fall into the latter camp. December was amazing but I basically went out every night for two weeks straight and I’m exhausted. I genuinely feel ready for fresh starts, new notebooks with blank pages, the gym, and hours spent lying on my sofa watching television. So my favourites this week are very much related to that!


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

New year goals

Happy 2017, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful one. I personally (if not politically) had a great 2016 and in particular an amazing Christmas and New Year with all my friends and family. I know some people think New Year’s resolutions are stupid, or impossible to stick to, and they might be right, but I like them anyway. Any excuse for a fresh start is just fine by me – I like new diaries, blank pages, that feeling that anything is possible. What I don’t like is unrealistic goals, beating myself up for failing, or focusing on negatives, so I’ve tried to make my goals really positive and achievable whilst still challenging myself to work on self improvement.

Goals, not 'resolutions,' should be things that ultimately will make you happier. Please don't compare yourself to anything - an Instagram photo, a number on the scales - except your own happiness metre. Aim for little goals that make your world just a little lovelier to live in. Even if you just resolve to paint your nails on a Sunday night - whatever makes you smile that little bit more.

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