22 July 2015

Exploring London | Aldgate

Another London post! Even though I’ve said this is exploring London, that’s not strictly true. My offices have moved from Camden to Aldgate area. I am actually really happy about it, I feel much more like I work in ‘London’ because we are so close to all the sights. The new office is quite far apart from where I live so it isn’t an area I’ve really explored before. So technically this is exploring, just lunch time exploring rather than on the weekend! 

Tower of London

St Katharines Dock

View of the Gherkin London

The first two pictures are of two of our lunch destinations. Firstly is the Tower of London, we found a cute little park and sat opposite with the shard also in view. Next up is St Katharine’s Docks which also has a view of the shard, although the day we went it was so misty that we couldn’t see the top! We’ve also wandered down to Spitalfields which I had never visited. It’s such a lovely area with so many nice restaurants and obviously the market. But I forgot to take any photos on that day! The final photo is the amazing view out of our office window! 
How amazing is that? That’s a true London office view!

Even though I wrote a post about London being over-whelming (here), I do truly love living here. Sometimes I need to escape and go back home for a weekend but being able to walk for 10 minutes and be at amazing sights like these makes me really happy. 

Have you been to this area of London? Let me know any recommendations!

Tori

14 July 2015

Wishlist | Interiors #2


Another day, another homeware wishlist! Hopefully by the end of this year I will have moved into a new flat and I can start buying everything from my wishlists!

Pug Cushion - Yorkshire Linen
Kiwi Bird Ornament - Habitat
Flamingo Print - John Lewis

I know pugs are so 'cool' at the moment, especially since Zoella now has one. But I thought this cushion was adorable (although I don't think my boyfriend will agree!), it's super affordable as well! A little more expensive is this amazing Flamingo print from John Lewis. £40 does seem like a lot of money but it does come framed which can be rare for prints and I just love the quote on it. Finally is the cute little Kiwi ornament. I would love to have most of my furniture quite neutral and monochrome and then have pops of colour with ornaments like this.

What do you think of the pieces I've chosen?

Tori

12 July 2015

Fitness Update








So it's been a while since my last fitness update.. two months in fact. My motivation went out the window completely. But thanks to this post from Ella I have remembered all the reasons why I wanted to get fit in the first place. I have joined a gym and got an awesome deal which means I can use the gym, swimming pool and classes alongside three personal training sessions. So no excuses about being bored!

Since joining the gym I have been at least twice a week, I'm trying to increase this to at least three times a week. But I also don't want to obsess over how frequently I go else I will just put myself off altogether. I've also been pretty good with food too (although I did have a Saturday night chinese takeaway...), I really like healthy food, it's just a bit more effort than putting a pizza in the oven. I am also taking lunch to work and I have this adorable lunch box from Flamingo Gifts which I love.

At the gym I'm switching between Kayla Itsines workouts and the plan that my personal trainer put together for me. I have to follow some kind of routine else I just feel a bit lost amongst all the machines. Kayla's routine is only 28minutes so if I'm short for time then I will do that whereas my PT plan is just over an hour. 

I am hoping I will stick with this, seeing as I have paid for my membership. Reading Ella's blog is really motivating me. She has just signed up for the London Marathon next year and will be running it for Asthma UK so if you want to sponsor her then you can here: Just Giving. I will definitely be sponsoring once pay day arrives!

Any tips for keeping motivated?

Tori

9 July 2015

Brickwood Cafe Clapham




Earlier this week I went to this cute cafe with my friends Fliss and Adriana as we were working from home so decided working in a cafe would be nicer than home alone! Fliss has her own blog Fifty Two Fridays so check it out! 

The cafe is next to Honky Tonks in Clapham. From the front it looks really small but it has a gorgeous little patio out the back. We had brunch and the food was amazing, there is loads of choice and it's super healthy. I got smashed avocado on sour dough bread with poached eggs and bacon and it was delicious. The apple juice I had was also so nice and came in a cute little milk bottle - very pinterest! 

If you're looking for a nice place for brunch in south London then I would 100% recommend Brickwood Cafe, I went to the one in Clapham but they also have a branch in Balham.

Any recommendations of brunch places to try would be awesome!

Tori

7 July 2015

Summer Essentials




I've had a few new things enter my routine for summer so I thought I would talk you through them. First up is the Cocoa Butter Spray Tan, my legs don't seem to want to catch any colour so compared to my arms they are really pale. To give them a helping hand I have been using this tan which is really nice and natural and also doesn't smell too bad! And to keep my legs nice a smooth I've been using the Veet hair removal cream which I think I like better than razors, it doesn't irritate my skin at all which is great. Although I'm not sure I will ever fully get used to the smell of Veet!

Next up I've bought the SPF version of my favourite Simple moisturiser, the only difference I can see between this and the orginial is that it is slightly thicker in consistency, but still absorbs really quickly. My hair gets really dry in the summer so I've got this Treseme conditioner which is a bit thicker and more nourishing that the one I usually use. As well as my hair my lips can suffer as I'm outdoors a lot more so have used the Dr Paw Paw Original Balm which also works really well on cuticles! Love a multi-purpose product.

What summer essentials have you been relying on?

Tori


5 July 2015

A Weekend At Home

I spent a weekend out of London with no plans and realised it is exactly what I've been needing. London can get pretty intense and when you suffer with anxiety that can get a little over-whelming. I told my mum I was going to come home but she told me they were all going camping on Saturday morning so wouldn't actually be there. This originally made me re-think whether I wanted to go but my boyfriend said he thought it would be good for me to have a chilled weekend on my own. So that's exactly what I did!


Despite being woken up by the insane thunder and lightening on Friday night the weather was still gorgeous when I woke up. I started Saturday morning off by sitting outside with a cup of tea. I love my garden at home. We're lucky enough to have a bit of outside space in London but there's nothing better than a grassy garden. It was so quiet and so I just sat and slowly enjoyed my tea.


For lunch I went to visit my nana and grandad who always want to take me out for lunch when I come home which is lovely! Their garden is absolutely gorgeous in summer so I took this snap just before we went to the pub. My lunch was an amazing steak and caramelised onion ciabatta, I was too hungry to take any pictures though!



Once I got home I decided I wanted to  take advantage of the sunny afternoon so I grabbed a towel, my kindle and some suncream and went and lay outside for a couple of hours. It was so lovely and I ended up just lying watching the clouds go by. 


I came inside a took a selfie for good measure ;) then I chilled on the sofa with another cuppa and watched 27 Dresses which is one of my fave films. 


The sun was starting to set so I decided to go on a wander around the village. I was only walking for about half an hour but it was so peaceful and it made me remember why I love the countryside. 

I honestly do love London but sometimes it really does get on top of me. I am always with people which is quite over-whelming, so spending this weekend largely on my own has been amazing.

Do you ever feel like you need some alone time?

Tori

4 July 2015

Ascot Ladies Day 2015





This blog post is better late than never I guess..

I was lucky enough to be invited to Ascot Ladies Day with Sky Bet which was so exciting! They also kindly let me have a plus one as well so Tom could come with me. I have never been to Ascot before so I was really looking forward to it.  My dress is from H&M, shoes from Topshop and fascinator kindly let by my mum. 

We got the train from Clapham to Ascot, it was bizarre seeing everyone so dressed up on the platform! The train was almost as busy as rush hour, but we had a couple of drinks on the go so all was well. When we arrived we had a wander around and explored a little bit. We grabbed a drink then went to find the lovely people who invited us. 

When we finally found them (it was SO busy so even with very detailed instructions I still struggled to find everyone) they had put on this gorgeous spread in the photo above. There was so many nibbles and drinks for us to enjoy which was so generous of them. 

We placed a few bets, and not going to lie I left Tom in charge of that part. But I was glad I had faith cause we managed to win £70 on the first race!! That was the end of our winnings, but we managed not to spend it all so it was perfect.

If you've never been to Ascot I would highly recommend it, I had an amazing day. So thanks again to Sky Bet for inviting me and all the other lovely bloggers I got to meet

Tori