Hello there! I can't believe it's been almost a whole month since I have sat down at my dressing table, in my little room and wrote a few paragraphs or sentences. I haven't had much to share lately and nothing significant on my mind. I have almost never forced anything when writing posts on this little blog. In the past I have written posts I have not been completely happy with and as I have grown I have learnt that it's important to be happy with the things you do. If something doesn't make you happy, benefit you or someone/something you care about then you shouldn't do it.
So instead of trying the churn out a post I don't care about I decided to take some time and believed that when I'm ready I will have something I want to share with the world. And that is more than okay. I feel better because of it. Work and daily life can sometimes be all that I can handle and everything else becomes a blur. It's not a nice feeling but it happens, we're only human, we have good and bad days.
At the weekend I had ideas and thoughts go round in my head that has made me feel inspired. They're mostly hopes and dreams for the future and they are core thoughts that keep me going and remind me that where I am right now is all part of the journey to where I someday want to be. Holding on to those thoughts and the things that make me happy help me survive every day life.
10 things that have made me happy lately..
1, Planning trips for the rest of the year. This summer I'll be relaxing in Portugal for a few days, going down to Brighton for my birthday and having a girly long weekend in the forest. And a few more trips are in the works for later in the year.
2, Two of my best friends got engaged to their future husbands a few weeks ago, there is so much love around at the moment and weddings to look forward to.
3, Working out four out of seven days last week. Not only does the endorphins make me feel good afterwards, I'm also happy with myself for making the time to do something positive for my body.
4, My love and I shared a pistachio cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert at Ask Italian and it was DELICIOUS!
5, The warm and sunny days, there's nothing better than feeling the sun on your face.
6, Buying new shoes, yoga pants and pyjamas. All girls feel happy when they buy new clothes for themselves, we can't help it.
7, Going out for coffee with my sister. It's always so good to get out of the house and spend some quality time together.
8, Seeing all the flowers pop up, my favourites are shasta daisies.
9, The Great British Sewing Bee is back on TV, I love watching it and it really makes me want to get my sewing machine out and create something.
10, Late night Skype dates with my favourite guy, I love seeing his face and the presence he has in the room even when we're miles apart.
Have a great week everyone.
It's been a little while since I put together a new playlist, I sometimes like to listen to the same songs over and over again for a few weeks (or months), especially when they make me feel good. I've put together some of my favourites, I'm mostly into mellow acoustic songs lately with poignant lyrics.
Right now as I'm listening to my new playlist and sitting in my room in the afternoon with the sun beaming through the window and onto my face, I'm so glad that it's now spring and summer is approaching. Without a doubt in the last few weeks when the lighter evenings have arrived, I have felt better, I have more motivation and a desire to do more, go to new places and discover new things to do.
My friend and I have started going to Pilates classes again, it's one of the highlights of my week, doing something good for my body and my mind while doing it with a good friend. I have started a little bit of summer holiday shopping, some new basics t-shirts, trousers and sunglasses. It makes me feel happy being able to buy clothes for the warmer months, so does picking up a bunch of flowers on my way home from work and drinking smoothies in the mornings. I do feel like I have come out of winter hibernation. I'm looking forward to what the rest of spring and then summer will bring.
Posted in: Music
There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and realising that it's the weekend and the rest of the day is yours. No commute to work, no emails to answer and no work clothes to wear. Instead you can stay cosy in bed for a little longer or get up ready for the adventures you have planned for the day. There are some weekends that you have to catch up on housework or errands but there is always time for yourself to do what you want. Seeing where the day will take you and using those first few hours to set the tone for the rest of the day. Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about my weekend mornings. The nosey girl in me loves to see other people's routines and see if there are any ideas I can try for myself. I'd love to know a little bit about your weekend mornings.
Are you a morning person?
Yes and no. If I need to I can be but I also like to take my time in the mornings. I get to work for 8 in the morning in the week, on the weekends I like to have a little bit of a lie in and if I don't need to be anywhere before 12 I will take it slow. Over time I have become more of a morning person and I hope it will continue to get easier in the next few years, it's a great time to get ahead of the day.
Sound of your alarm and time you wake up?
On the weekends I have a mostly alarm-free policy. Waking up naturally is a good feeling so unless I absolutely have to, I won't be setting an alarm. I typically wake up between 7.30 to 9 on the weekends and on the weekdays it's 6.30. I use my iPhone as my alarm clock on the sound 'radar', it's not the most pleasant sound but it does the job.
First thing you do when you get up?
It varies on the weekend, I like to start it positively and do something good for me and my favourite thing to do is practice yoga and to stretch out. I feel refreshed and happy with myself and often it will carry on right into the afternoon. I'll roll out my yoga mat in my tiny room and find a video by Yoga with Adriene, I've mentioned her a few times on the blog but she is honestly so amazing, I feel like I'm practising with a friend, I even find myself occasionally giggling and smiling throughout and her videos are great if you're a beginner or more advanced and if you want something intense to make you sweat or relaxed to make you calm. Then I've worked up and appetite for breakfast.
What do you have for breakfast?
The weekends are perfect for taking a little more time and effort to make yummy food. I mix it up most weekends depending on how I'm feeling. It can be porridge, avocado on toast, eggs, yoghurt or fruit. Last weekend I made overnight chia pudding for the first time. It is honestly delicious, full of omega 3 and is so easy to make.
To make chia pudding, all you need is..
4 tablespoons of chia seeds
250ml of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
3 tablespoons of yoghurt (I used coconut yoghurt)
2 tablespoons of agave nectar to sweeten
Nuts, fruit and any topping of your choice
Take a bowl or jar and pour in the chia seeds, then add the milk, yoghurt, agave nectar and mix it together with a spoon. Then keep covered and put it in the fridge either overnight or for 6 to 8 hours. Add your toppings and eat straight from the bowl.
The beauty of weekend mornings is you can stay in your pjs a little longer, I don't know about you but they are the comfiest clothes in my wardrobe, if they could make work clothes that feel like pjs I'd be a happy bunny. I'll sometimes stay in them until I have a shower or if I change into work out wear. A lot of my pjs have bunnies on them, I even have bunny slippers, so cosy and cute.
Beauty routine and products?
I try to keep it simple and make-up less for the weekends if I can to give my skin a break and to let it breathe. My skincare in the morning is also very simple. In the morning I brush my teeth, I use the Oral B 3D white brilliance toothpaste, and cleanse my face with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, it's been my favourite for years and I don't intend on changing it any time soon. For my face I use the Origins GinZing energy-boosting moisturiser, I really do love the range, the scrub is also a favourite of mine. And always handy on my dressing table is the Nuxe rev de miel lip balm, if you ever get really dry lips this will sort it out.
Have a happy weekend morning everyone.
Posted in: Only Life
We got to the cottage in the evening on Good Friday, it was pitch black, to be expected in the countryside with lots of windy single track roads. It truly felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. Even though I live near busy cities and towns, I'm not a stranger to the countryside, my Grandparents live in the countryside in Scotland and visiting calm and quiet places is so refreshing. Right outside the cottage was such a beautiful horse, the little girl in me adored seeing a horse for the few days we were staying there.
In my head I had an idea of what it will be like in the daylight, and then waking up the next morning I was still a little surprised about where we were. Surrounded by fields, hills and trees. Despite the rain, it looked so idyllic. I was happy being there, feeling cosy and with good company. We went to Ambleside, a little town with lots of little cafes and shops. Even in the rain and dark clouds, I could tell that it would look so lovely on a Spring day with the sun out. We had lunch in one of the little cafes, I had a vanilla matcha latte for the first time, it was different to a regular latte but good. After we walked around some more and popped into a few shops, a lot of them are so unique with handmade artwork, jewellery and unique gadgets and then went to the pub for a drink. One of my favourite things about the Lakes is how dog friendly everywhere is, you'd see a cute little dog snoozing next to their human and behave so well. Later that evening when we went out for dinner there was a gorgeous King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, one of my dream list of dogs to have in the future. It's the little things like that, that make an animal lover go crazy inside. The food was delicious and felt comforting with a musician covering songs live in the corner.
On Easter Sunday the rain had stopped and we decided to go on a walk, as soon as we stepped out of the cottage it started to rain. Luckily, I came prepared with my wellies and raincoat, I looked bit dishevelled in the rain but never mind, it's all part of being in the Lake District when it's raining. It did stop not long later and the sun started to break the clouds. There was a little farm house that sold firewood, handmade cloths, jam, mint humbugs and few more quintessential countryside essentials. You don't get places like that down in the south. We kept walking down the road, saw some sheep and went up a hill with incredible views of the clouds fading in with the hills. Exploring a new place and not knowing what is around the corner is what I love about going for walks, you never know what you're going to see or where you'll end up.
Seeing an actual lake was one of my highlights, being there with my love, taking it all in was the greatest. Another amazing trip to remember, maybe I'll go back someday and wander some more.