Have a good week! 🙂
Happy Monday – enjoy your week! 🙂
Happy Monday! 🙂
1. Making too much ice cream (all in the name of experimentation)
2. Balancing a constant guilt at not going out enough with a constant urge to schlop about watching Mad Men.
3. My favourite sandals.
4. Seducing Ingrid Bergman. I’m halfway through and it’s quite a light and fluffy read. The author can over do the ‘oh she’s so beautiful’ sections, but I’ve read that the ending makes up for it. I’m keeping an open mind.
5. Trying and failing to learn chess, because that is how Saturday night sometimes rolls. Oh yeh…
6. Actually succeeding at doing some training for the half marathon. Thank you light evenings.
7. A rekindled love for pineapple juice as the most summery drink, despite feeling sick after half a glass. I will keep drinking it!!
8. Trying and failing to learn tennis. Wimbledon is the one time of year where I faithfully try to learn the rules, nail them, then promptly forget them again until next year.
Enjoy your week! 🙂
1. Supporting England in the World Cup! For all of two matches.
2. Sunday morning walks round our favourite area when it’s sunny.
3. Spending plenty of time in the park to absorb the sunshine.
4. Ticking off the first thing on my summer bucket list and going camping. I reckon tea tastes better in a field.
5. I’ve been chipping away at The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewicka for a couple of months, but this month I’ve barely put it down. So simple and so funny.
6. June seemed to be a month of leaving dos.
7. My favourite sandals which I hunted down for weeks.
8. Ice creams by the beach.
I can’t get enough of tiny people living in food.
The thoughts group exercise induces (I can relate to this).
I’m all for DIY beauty – fancy an at home anti cellulite thigh wrap?
This made me laugh for slightly longer that it should have.
If I was allowed to paint the walls in our flat, I would be giving this ombre wall a ruddy good go.
41 beauty hacks – every little helps.
Small talk like a pro. I need these tips – why don’t they teach this in school?!
These fine examples of beards confuse (and amuse) me.
Orange is the New Black is back! This cast iron, scientifically proven list tells you what your favourite character says about you.
Dancing kittens. They’re actually quite a lot better at dancing than me.
2. I nursed a spring cold this month, which led me to discover my own version of a hot toddy. Admittedly I created this because I was feeling sorry for myself and had run out of both honey and lemon, but turns out a mix of whisky, hot water, lime and vanilla sugar is pretty lovely too. I think of it as my spring version of a hot toddy.
3. Light nights brought balloons out everywhere.
4. Fargo – this took me a few episodes to get into, but it’s just getting interesting. Bloody, but interesting.
5. The tree I photograph each month for these reviews was rudely surrounded by a fair this month. I still gave it a good shot!
6. Last day!
7. Pop up events all over the city on Sundays like this pop up park.
8. Starting to plan a wedding. I’ll admit, I have not got a clue where to start, hoping some magazines might guide me on my way.
9. Frantic thinking about what to serve our friends for dinner, then opting for a last minute picnic in the park.
She’s hilarious, beautiful and stood up to her BAFTA twitter bullies in the best way (radiotimes.com).
This artist transforms her tiny studio into each of her creations and they actually are enchanting. I don’t use that word lightly but I couldn’t stop staring at them (boredpanda.com).
The five year twitter joke (huffingtonpost.com).
The girls guide to make up for glasses – inspired by Bobbi Brown’s new glasses range (elle.co.uk).
The Oatmeal sums up exactly why running is so good (theoatmeal.com).
2. Taking advantage of the long weekends for afternoon walks with friends.
3. A delayed (but very amazing!) trip to New York. I’m in love.
4. The Easter egg hunt planning got serious. There were monster clues, chocolate carrots in the veg patch and egg baskets up trees. Ladders were needed.
5. Finally getting my hands on Milani Blush, Physicians Formula bronzer and Jordana Twist and Shine whilst in America.
6. Continuing to work through my list of brilliant TV shows to watch. Currently hooked on 30 Rock and have a major girl crush on Tina Fey.
7. Warmer weather meant more garden time.
8. A new found love for a glittery nail.
Which side of your brain is more dominant?
We’ve all been there. If you’ve sent a message to the wrong person, read this. You’ll feel better.
This makes me want to get a laser. And a dog.
The amazing places in the UK have just made it to my summer bucket list.
Life advice from a (semi) successful twenty six year old.
1. Spring! The first spring flowers came out, the clocks moved forward and we have light evenings. It is amazing how much of a difference it makes leaving work in daylight. I love this change.
2. I had plenty of time in March to listen to podcasts whilst driving about. My favourite is Welcome to Nightvale, a radio show from a fictional American town with weird goings on (like a small but violent civilisation living beneath the bowling alley and a forbidden dog park that no one must enter). I love it because it’s like a grown up version of Round the Twist (remember that!?).
3. March was the month I was finally taught to run properly. Apparently before I was just walking, but quicker. I’ve only practiced this proper running malarkey once, but I felt like Bambi prancing along the streets. I’ve yet to see video evidence of how stupid I looked doing this, but if it keeps me injury free, I will give it a go.
4. Coconut oil. I’ve had dalliances with coconut oil in the past, but I became fully enamoured with it this month. Now, my answer to all my little questions is ‘try coconut oil’. I use it to cook with, in coffee, as a full body/hair/face moisturiser, in body scrubs, I’ve even tried oil pulling (it didn’t work out…).
5. Rockateur has become my favourite ever blush. It’s a rose gold colour with a bit of shimmer so it makes my skin look a bit more lively when I skip highlighter on a busy morning. I shamelessly neglected all of my other blushers in March and used this steadily so it has earned it’s place in my heart.
6. I did a lot of travelling around in March and found some places I’d never been before, including this beautiful lighthouse.
7. Orange Is The New Black. Granted, some bits are quite graphic so it’s not for children or those of a more conservative disposition but it’s also funny, fascinating and a bit shocking. And season two is coming soon!
8. I made a day trip to Cambridge it was beautiful to walk around. The college buildings are amazing and there are lots of little streets and markets to explore. This picture shows the Great Gate of Trinity College, where the sceptre once held by Henry VIII’s statue has been replaced by a table leg. This is true – a man in a bowler hat told me, so it must be.
1. February uniform. There has been a distinct lack of frosty weather so this is my uniform for battling the wind and rain that has not left us alone. I’m so glad I bought this coat from Mango months ago because I think I might actually start making money on the cost-per-wear soon. Spring – I am ready for you.
2. Sunday roast dinners. We discovered the best pub for roast dinners and as much as it doesn’t look it from this photo, everything on that plate was delicious. And if a rainy February was made for anything, it was for Sunday roast dinners.
3. Sochi 2014! I expressed my love of Sochi here and much of February has been spent watching as many winter sports as possible, regardless of whether I have a clue how you win or not. New favourite sports: snowboard cross and speed skating.
4. Rock climbing. My boyfriend and I took a rock climbing course in February. It was great for fitness, but having the upper body strength of a kitten may have possibly held me back. Nothing a bit of more climbing couldn’t cure.
5. Priscilla: an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare. This is the true life story of Priscilla, written by her nephew after he unearthed diaries, letters and memoirs in family belongings. The book charts her childhood, friendships and romances as she hides in wartime France (as the title might give away!). The end is set out quite clearly at the start so there are no great conclusions, but her story is pretty sad and gripping.
6. Valentines Day. Always low key, but I am happy with any event which involves a 3D sheep card.
7. In a bid to fill the void that Breaking Bad has left, we’ve caught up with Walking Dead. This has brought about a bit of a miracle and we’re now watching it at the same time as the rest of the country. This never happens.
8. Surprise ghost walks. Actually, it was less of a ghost walk and more of an after dark tour of famous old city sites and crimes scenes.Sochi 2014 photo courtesy of www.teamgb.com
1. These slipper boots were a sale bargain from Fat Face on a mid Christmas trip to Windermere.
2. Fifty fashion looks that changed the 1950’s is the first of my twelve books in twelve months. I might be cheating slightly with this little coffee table book but it’s a good read when you’re heavily distracted by an amazing tv programme (number 7, I’m looking at you). This one was a Christmas gift but you can find it on amazon here.
3. Knitting! I’ve graduated from knitting random stuff (mostly squares with randomly placed holes) to knitting actual scarf shaped stuff. This is progress.
4. I’m not normally a pot pourri kind of person. I bought this Winter scented version as a bit of a compromise because what I really wanted was the Winter candle, but couldn’t quite justify the cost before Christmas. I couldn’t bring myself to put this away with the decorations and it’s still doing a pretty good job of scenting the room. It is a pretty festive scent (cinnamon, clove and orange) , but for as long as it’s still winter, I’ll still be trying to get away with this.
5. I got all organised in January. The peak of this joy for me is this board full meal planners, calendars, trackers, routines and notes. This brings me great joy. It brings my boyfriend great dread. And it’s so pretty!!!
6. January involved a lot of tea and biscuits. Or coffee and amaretti in this case.
7. Breaking Bad. I love Breaking Bad so much, that we watched all five series in the month of January. It was like we were possessed. I knew it was good all the way through, but didn’t really grasp how good until it was all over. I miss all that meth cooking.
8. Chicken and noodle soup. I’m trying to learn to cook new things and this was a really easy meal to cook.
These frozen lighthouses are beautiful.
‘Don’t throw a kitten’ and other 1920’s phrases to boost your vocab
I try so hard, but whenever I rush my cat eye, it goes wrong. Alexa Chung explains how to do it properly here.
Contouring made simple.
These photos of tiny people living their lives in our food are fascinating.