I Heart Summer


Looking back at these photos makes me feel so happy. They are just few photos from a couple of weekends in the last 2 months. The weekends have been full of lovely, joyful, and chilled moments, I wish I could relive them all again, at least I can look back at these photos and they will be here to remind me of those gorgeous days.

Weekend by the lake

After getting back from my summer holiday in Portugal with my sister I went up to visit my love, we had a relaxed weekend together looking around the shops, making veggie lasagne, baking banana bread and watching films. We spent the Sunday afternoon by Hornsea Mere lake. There was a lovely little cafe with delicious pistachio and raspberry cake, we then walked off that sweet treat by the lake, looking at the sailboats passing by.

Birthday weekend

Both of our birthdays were at the end of July so we took a few days off work and spent the long weekend together. It was so lovely, warm and sunny, the perfect British summer weather. We went into town to have a browse in the shops and stopped to have a little afternoon tea at The Pudding Stop. We shared a warm peanut butter brownie with salted caramel ice cream, if you're ever in St Albans it is definitely worth visiting, they also do amazing pancakes for brunch. 

On the Saturday we had a picnic in Trent Park and did a little bit of Pokemon hunting. I was quite addicted to it a few weeks ago! The next day we went to Brighton and stayed over night. It was a great place to spend my birthday with my favourite person. I was completely spoilt with gifts, it was one of my favourite birthdays so far. 

The weekend of parties

The next weekend was full of more celebrations, the Friday was one of my best friends son's birthday and house warming party all rolled into one. We ordered pizzas and snacked on sweets and chocolates all night.

Saturday was another one of my best friends had their engagement party. I'm so incredibly happy for them and can't believe that I'm at that age where my friends are getting engaged, buying houses and have children. It's all been so amazing and makes me feel very grown up. That night I had few Toblerone cocktails and giggled loads with some of my oldest friends. I can't wait for more engagement parties and the weddings!

Mother, sister, daughter London & spa weekend 

My sister's birthday was at the beginning of August, we had a weekend full of fun. We went into London for dinner and cocktails before we saw Aladdin in the theatre, it was amazing. Definitely worth seeing if you get the chance. 

The next day, my Mum, sister and I headed to Oxfordshire for a spa trip for our birthdays. I've never been to a spa before and I really enjoyed it. A couple of hours relaxing by the pool with a book before having a facial can do a lot of good. I now need to treat myself to a facial again. It was great to spend some time with my Mum and sister, we rarely get the chance to go out and do things together. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what the end of summer will bring and I'm already getting a little excited for autumn and all the great things ahead. 


A Birthday in Brighton

Last weekend I went down to Brighton with my favourite guy for our birthdays, his birthday is 5 days before mine and a trip to the seaside was the perfect treat for us. We love to go away and have adventures in new places. I have been to Brighton maybe 2 or 3 times before when I was younger but I don't actually remember much, so it was good to come back and have good old look around and do the classic seaside things.

We stayed at the Queens Hotel, a very good location right by the sea, close to the pier, next to The Lanes and a 10 minute walk from the train station. When we arrived in the afternoon we had a walk around through The Lanes, walking past lots of little cafes and shops. Even on a Sunday afternoon it was so lively in the late afternoon, always something to do and see. There were also lots of adorable dogs around every corner. We had a break at Coffee House on Kings Road and had an iced latte and almond croissant, a nice little place to get a caffeine fix. We kept walking through The Lanes with all the multicoloured bunting and colourful buildings, then stopped by to see the Royal Pavilion before heading back to get ready for dinner.

Italian is one of our favourite places to eat, there's always good vegetarian food. We found Edendum on East Street, a lovely little family restaurant. I had the pesto gnocchi, it was so delicious and fresh. Afterwards we went for a little walk by the beach, the lights on the pier looked so dreamy and pretty when the sun is going down and there were lots of bubbles blowing everywhere, I love bubbles. We shared some churros outside the pier, they were so good! The Mesmerist was our next stop for a few drinks, they had a salted caramel espresso martini on the menu and I had to have one, and it was one of the best cocktails I've ever had, highly recommend trying it if you love coffee and salted caramel. Brighton is a seriously good place for food and drinks.

The next day was my birthday, a year older and another day by the seaside. We walked by the beach again before exploring the pier. The fresh sea air, the sound of the water and blue skies was a lovely way to spend the morning. I feel happy when I'm by the water. We tried to win an Eeyore toy in the claw machine but they weren't being nice and letting us win. After we made a stop to get some Brighton rock and a few sweet treats for people at home and then it was time for some ice cream. We went to Boho Gelato, they had some unusual flavours but I stayed safe and had the hazelnut flavour before heading back home.

Spending a day by the seaside turning 24 was pretty great. At some point I'll be back again Brighton, you were awesome.


Twenty Four

A few days ago I turned 24. Like most years my birthday arrived quicker than expected. It's true what they say about time speeding up as you get older. Your concept of time changes every year. When you're 6 years old, a year feels like forever compared to when you're 24 years old. Lately I've been thinking about all those things I want to do in the next year and I have to reign it in a little and be realistic. I don't want to feel disappointed in a years time because I was being too ambitious but at the same time I have to remember that no matter what I achieve in the next year I should be proud of myself.

Last year I didn't really think about what I wanted to do while being 23. I had just started a new job and I felt like I was making progress in my life. So I looked forward to the future and welcomed each day as a new possibility. My life changed quite a bit at 23. It started very differently to how it ended. I didn't know what to expect. I had no idea what my next goal to reach for was going to be. For me, it was a year of discovering what I wanted in my life, thinking about lots of dreams and making plans for the future. And, well.. living.

This year I want to work on achieving those dreams and plans. Most of them are in the 'big picture' stage in my mind but you've got to start somewhere. Life is an ongoing project, it's never done until the end. I'll always be working on the small things to make the big things happen. While I'm doing that I want to focus on looking after myself in every way. Mentally, physically and spiritually. I've not been as happy in my own skin as I have been and I know I can be. By giving myself some extra attention and focusing on doing good things I know it will make the world of difference. This year I'm keeping things simple and enjoying my days.

Here are a few things that I want to do when I'm 24..

  • Visit and explore new places
  • Make and bake new recipe dishes 
  • Save more money to buy a house
  • Blog a little more (I truly love blogging but I can be so rubbish at it sometimes)
  • Take a mini/online course to learn more about my career field 
  • Practice yoga more often
  • Go for long walks
  • Spend time with my loved ones as much as possible 
  • Keep organised 
  • Focus on the good

Is there anything you're doing this year to make yourself feel better and happier?


My Weekday Evening

Getting home in the weekday after being out at work for the day always feels so good. I have a couple of hours to do what I want, it's my 'me time'. I believe it's so important to start the day off well but it's also important to unwind and reflect on the day that is close to ending. My bedroom is one of my favourite places, it's where I feel most relaxed and it's where I spend the last few hours awake each day. Some days feel extra long if I have chores or errands to do after work but I still make sure I get a chance to chill out and get ready for another day. I thought I would share a few things that I do on my weekday evenings, maybe you will get some new ideas for your evening routine.  

What do you wear to bed?
A pair of cute pyjamas, almost every night I'm wearing bottoms or a top that has a bunny, Eeyore, birds or flowers. Something cotton soft and loose is what I feel most comfortable in.

Time you go to sleep?
It varies, mostly between 10.30 to 11.30. Lately as the evenings are lighter I'm up a little later and I have been trying to do more and get outside in the evenings. I like to get a good few hours of sleep every night, I'm always aiming for 8 hours a night.

Beauty regime and products?
I'm a shower in the evening kind of girl, it feels so good getting into bed all fresh and clean after a long day. The evenings are when I spend a little extra time on my skincare routine. I start by cleansing my face, most evenings I use the Superfacialist cleansing oil and the Hydraluron serum to hydrate my dry skin. Some nights I put on a mask, I like the Aesop parsley seed mask when my skin is feeling oily and needs a good cleanse or the Origins drink up 10 minute mask, an all rounder to clear my skin and hydrate. And I always use the Nuxe lip balm.

What do you eat in the evenings?
Most evenings I make dinner at home, usually something quick and simple. Baked potatoes, pasta salads, veggies and sweet potato fries are my go-to things to make. I also like to make enough for lunch the next day, saves time and I'm less likely to waste food.

What position do you sleep in?
Ever since I was a baby I have always been more comfortable sleeping on my front and occasionally my side. I like two pillows but typically end up sleeping with one and I'm the little spoon.

How do you spend your last hour awake?
It's not the best for you but I often watch something like YouTube videos or a series I'm liking. Made in Chelsea is one of my favourites, I can't wait until the next season starts. Sometimes I also like to read a book, blogs or a magazine. I like to do something easy going until my eyes get tired and I turn everything off or put it away and fall asleep.