20 November 2015

Decorating for Christmas!

LED Snowman - £9.99 Dunelm

I am so excited to start decorating our flat for Christmas, it will be our first time buying a Christmas tree and all the decorations. Ocean Finance got in touch about creating your dream home on a budget and were kind enough to send me some Dunelm vouchers. Dunelm is a really affordable shop and there are loads of options to give your home a pick me up. 

I absolutely love the Christmas section on Dunelm and I would really recommend checking it out. I can't wait to get to my nearest store and spend my voucher! I definitely think that snowman will soon me mine. I'm also trying to decide what height tree to get, we have super high ceilings in our flat so could go really tall but then we don't have huge amounts of space. So I'm just not sure!

Are you exciting to start decorating for Christmas?


16 November 2015

A fitness beginner

I always have such good intentions with fitness and healthy eating, but I seem to manage one or two weeks and then I fall off the wagon. Usually it's a night out or a meal out that makes me give up. Last week I joined Virgin Active gym near where I live and managed to go 4 times this week as well as going out on a night out. 

I wanted to write a blog post about what I've done so I can try to motivate myself. I have been going to classes which I have found really helpful because I book myself onto them so I don't feel like I can drop out. Also I am a gym newbie so I find it a bit over whelming, so having someone telling me what to do and how long I should be doing it for is really helpful.

1km on treadmill 
2km on bike
20 weighted squats
15 weighted walking lunges

60 mins pilates class

2km on treadmill 
2km on bike
30 weighted squats
10 arm raises
20 bicep curls

60 mins pilates class

I'm sure to a lot of you who go to the gym regularly this isn't a lot, but I'm doing my best! I need to up my cardio, but I'm so unfit that after 2km on the treadmill I am literally struggling to breathe. I've found pilates really good as I have a really week core aka NO abs! So this has been great at helping focus my energy on my core. I have an abs class tonight which I am very nervous about!

Healthy eating seems to be much easier when you're doing exercise as I feel like I don't want to ruin all my hard work in the gym by eating rubbish. But I haven't had a perfect week, I went out on Thursday night and had prosecco and had some pizza on Friday night but other than that I have been eating healthily. Yesterday I went to Tart in Clapham and had the most delicious goats cheese and chorizo tart with broccoli salad, it was amazing. I would fully recommend checking out Tart if you live near Clapham.

My aim for this week is to spread out my exercise a bit more, as you can see last week it was all focused in the beginning of the week. 

How do you keep motivated?


14 November 2015

Sharing the love

After my last post and last nights awful news I didn't really know how to blog even though I'd been planning to all week. I have decided to spread a bit of positivity and share the blogging love. I haven't done one of these posts in a while and I just wanted to share some of my favourite blogging girls.

Lyzi has such a varied blog that you could never possibly get bored. There are fashion posts, food posts, lifestyle posts, personal posts. You name it, it's probably there! I love Lyzi's attitude towards everything, her post on things to be grateful for really resonated with me. Even when things are awful and you feel like nothing is going your way, we should learn to appreciate the little things.

Okay so, girl crush alert! I am obsessed with Lindsey's style. I am not a girly girl who can pull off the little tea dresses or body con dresses so I really admire Lindsey's fashion sense. She describes her style as 'Scandinavian minimalism' which I think sums it up perfectly. 

Helen, The Lovecats Inc

Another style inspiration! Helen has impeccable taste in clothes, I have been following her blog for a long time and have loved seeing her style evolve. Helen has a knack for integrating expensive, designer pieces into a wardrobe full of high street pieces.

Ella, Ella Masters

Ella is probably one of the most talented people I follow. I have her 'don't be a prick' print on my wall above my fire place. If you haven't look at her art work before then do it now! Alongside her amazing art she also runs a pretty awesome blog. Ella has had a tough time recently losing her mum, as I've been going through a similar thing it has been comforting reading her posts. Seeing how it has motivated her has kick started my motivation again.

Twitter | Instagram

Rosie, A Rosie Outlook

I feel like I've been reading Rosie's blog forever. A bit like Lyzi's blog, I feel like there will be something for everyone as there are such a variety of posts from food to fashion. I absolutely love reading posts about her days out with her adorable dog Bodhi!

Twitter | Instagram

I hope you've found some new reads. I know this post may still seem a little irrelevant compared to what's going on, but I think sharing love is only ever a good thing.


24 October 2015

Saying Goodbye

I find my last post almost ironic. The quote I used;
 'I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness'
It turns out, I'm not in charge of how I feel. Almost a week ago my family had to say goodbye to the head of our family. My Grandad. 

I count myself lucky that I was extremely close to my Grandad, he wasn't a grandparent I saw three or four times a year, I saw him almost daily until I went to uni. I feel lucky that from the age of two until about six I lived with him and my nana. I feel lucky that we had our time alone on the drive to and from nursery and then when I was older, on the drive to and from school. I feel lucky that my family refer to me as his 'golden child' because he was always so excited to see me. I feel lucky that I had him as a part of my life for 23 years.

My cousins and I have lost the best Grandad we could ever ask for. My nana has lost her husband. My mum and uncle have lost their dad. And my aunt and step-dad have lost their father-in-law. But my Grandad created a strong family and I know we will all be there for each other. We have each other to muddle through this horrible time. We can cry together and we can reminisce together and we will be closer because of it. 

Rest in peace, Grandad. You will be missed forever.


11 October 2015


I've spent today nursing a pretty bad head after a few too many glasses (bottles) of prosecco last night. To try to aid my pounding head I put on some Jack Johnson and got lost in Ella's blog and instagram We Need To Live More. If you haven't read Ella's blog, I highly recommend it. She makes me want to live a better lifestyle. Be healthier. Be happier. I know some people will say it's all just hippie talk but I genuinely think changing my lifestyle could change my happiness. 

I am happy, but I'm also an anxious mess a lot of the time. I've learnt to manage it, but it's still there everyday and is just something I am going to have to live with. I've come up with a few things I would like to change, that I wanted to write down to try to motivate myself.

1. Give being vegetarian a go.
2. Start running again. 
3. Wake up 10 minutes earlier everyday.
4. Keep writing this blog.

These may seem like small goals, but that's okay. I want to be doing things that are positive for me, and maybe if i'm healthier then my mind and body will both be a little happier. Obviously this doesn't include drinking so much prosecco that I can barely function the following day. I haven't really explained why I've chosen these things, but I will keep you updated in a couple of weeks and let you know how I've got on.

Do you give yourself little goals like these? Share yours in the comments.


8 October 2015

What I eat in a day #1

Greek yoghurt with raspberries and honey
English breakfast tea

English breakfast tea
Tunnocks caramel wafer

Carrot and coriander soup
White bread roll with butter

Spinach, homemade guacamole, chicken and chorizo

I really love seeing what people eat in a day, I don't know why - i'm just really nosy I guess. I have been watching Lily Melrose's vlogs and really enjoying them, she often shows supermarket hauls and what she eats in a day. So I thought if I liked reading these kind of posts then maybe some of you guys would like reading them too.

This 'what i eat in a day' was from a day when I was working from home so is not quite the same as a normal work day. I started off my morning feeling sorry for myself because I didn't feel very well so I ate some yoghurt and raspberries in bed with a cup of tea. Usually I would add some granola or almonds in with this but I didn't have any.  About midday I had a cup of tea with a Tunnocks caramel wafer, this is one of my favourite chocolate  treats. Along with Tunnocks teacakes and galaxy ripples.

For lunch I had soup and a bread roll. I always crave soup when I don't feel very well, this was a Co-op carrot and coriander one and was delicious! I also love white bread but it generally makes me feel really lethargic, so this bread roll was a bit of a treat. I'm poorly dontcha know?!

For dinner I made a chicken and chorizo salad with some homemade guacamole. Homemade guac is becoming a bit of an obsession of mine. I take half an avocado, mash it up, add some chopped up tomatoes and onions, a splash of tabasco sauce and some chilli and garlic seasoning. So good.

What do you think about these kind of posts? Should I continue?


6 October 2015

Five Autumn Essie Nail Polishes

Blue - Mind Your Mittens
Burgundy - Bordeaux
Grey - Chinchilly
Lilac - Warm & Toasty Turtleneck
Gold glitter - Rock at the Top

Inspired by Helen from The Lovecats Inc post on her new Essie purchases, I thought I would pick out my five favourite Essie A/W shades. I am a huge Essie nail polish fan, pretty much my whole nail polish collection is Essie with a few from Topshop and Rimmel in there as well. They last so well on my nails, used with a base and top coat they can last up to 5 days which is amazing.

I love how all my favourite colours have wintery sounding names, I think Essie names are always so cute. So starting with Mind Your Mittens, this is a gorgeous dark teal blue, I don't really like lighter blue nail polishes, but this one is lovely. Bordeaux is my classic burgundy shade that no A/W nail polishes choices should be without! Chinchilly is a really sophisticated grey, I think grey can sound pretty dull and boring but I think it's very chic. Warm & Toasty Turtleneck has possible the cutest name ever, it's a dusty purple which I would describe as an A/W take on a lilac. Finally is the star of the show Rock at the Top, now I know most people might save this until Christmas but during Autumn I like to put this gold glitter as an accent nail, often on my little finger and it looks so nice!

What are your favourite A/W nail polishes?