Thursday, 20 August 2015

Five Happy Things #3



Two new things I'm in love with... My second tattoo and the dress from last week's post! 

Since last posting I feel as though I've clicked refresh on my life. I'm FINALLY in the new flat (no internet though - currently using my phone as a hotspot, LOL can't wait until my 4G runs out), I've got a new housemate (my bff Lottie from Uni has moved in with Meg and I) and another thing... I got a new job.

I don't start until mid-September but I'm pretty damn excited (although gutted to be leaving my amazing team at Feref). More details on that closer to the time...

...but for now, here's some Happy Things.

1. I helped decorate our new living room
After combing through gumtree for a set of sofas and spending a small fortune on a black and white printed rug in IKEA (damn you, Pinterest) our little maisonette is starting to feel like a home. We decided to focus on the living room first as it's where we'll be spending most of our time, and I have to say I'm pretty damn pleased with the results. Follow me on Instagram (link in sidebar!) for home/interiors updates!

2. I'm escaping the country
Okay, not for a good couple of months, but Meg, Lottie and I have been planning a trip to Amsterdam in October and I'm so bloody excited. I've been working so hard the past year I haven't had a chance to even think about a holiday and even though this will only be for a few days I already know it'll be tonnes of fun. Send any gorgeous Air Bnb links my way..!

3. I'm getting a tax rebate
Yay, free money! A rather healthy sum should land in my account next week and you know what, I'm gonna treat myself 'cause sometimes you've just gotta. I'm currently eyeing up a pair of Adidas stan smiths, a NARs foundation and some cute Urban Outfitters home bits. Oh, and some new glasses. I've been so used to my short-sightedness for so long it'll be nice to see properly again.

4. I can cook again
Our new flat has a gorgeous big kitchen and I had no idea how much it would change my attitude to eating. In our old place, the kitchen was tiny and gross, and I'd often just eat whatever was quick and convenient - takeaways and snacks often replacing healthy home cooked meals. It feels SO GREAT to actually have fun putting together meals and trying new recipes.

5. I visited Portobello market
Despite living in London nearly a year now I hadn't been to Portobello road since a swift trip there with my parents back when my Dad lived in London in about 2007. Not only did I spot a load of cute things to kit out the flat when I've a bit more money to splurge, but I accidentally stumbled across Boom Burger. Which has now definitely been added to my London Food bucket list.

What's been making you smile this week?

L x

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Five Happy Things #2


Making it on to my list: the dress of dreams, found hidden on eBay...!


So, I know it's not Sunday, like I promised. But stay with me.
Sunday bought a number of things: the arrival of a friend, packing up an entire flat in order to move on Monday, and a pretty diabolical hangover (less said on that one the better).
Then Sunday turned into Monday, and Monday bought new problems challenges (locating a sofa on Gumtree that doesn't look like it's been mauled by homeless cats being one of them), and Monday turned into today... Excuses aside, here's the second instalment of Five Happy Things.

1. I ate at The North Star
One of my regular haunts as a student in Sheffield was Bungalows and Bears. Built inside an old fire station, it had awesome interiors and a menu to match - the best Mac n cheese, burgers and chicken in all of the North. So imagine my reaction when I discovered that The North Star, right on my doorway in Ealing Broadway, has EXACTLY THE SAME MENU. Part of the Ruby Jean's Diner group, I highly recommend for a carb-loaded hangover cure. Go before 4 on the weekends for the brunch menu - the French toast with bacon and maple syrup is spot on (as is the selection of condiments).

2. I discovered Parks and Recreation
I only started watching this a few days ago and I'm already fully hooked because Amy Poehler is LIFE. If you've never seen it before, you'll almost definitely recognise the cast from countless memes and GIFs across Twitter, Instagram and the like.

3. I went to IKEA
Is this what being an adult is? Finding pure joy in a giant yellow and blue building filled with Swedish meatballs and flat pack boxes? If so, THANKS, I'll stay. I headed there for the first time in years yesterday - when I say years, I mean I can remember dragging my heels around the one way system as a bored 9 year old while my parents decided how many KRABB mirrors to buy. This time, the roles were reversed, except I was picking out cacti instead of mirrors (yes really).

4. I live by Ealing Common
The new flat is just a stones throw away, and after walking past yesterday I'm determined to make the most of being so close to a pretty space. Picnics, sunbathing, I might even go for the occasion run (LOL jk)

5. I nailed it on eBay
My Mum is the QUEEN of eBay (she is that annoying person who slips in at the last millisecond to outbid you) and finally some her tips and tricks are rubbing off on me - I managed to win the bidding on a gorgeous The Whitepepper dress, RRP £65 but snapped up for less than £20. HAHA, snooze you lose.

I've got far more plans for this blog than just doing this series once a week - a lot of post ideas are rattling around in my head, it's just finding the time to sit and get them down. Hopefully once I've settled into the new flat I'll have more time for blogging!

L x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Five Happy Things #1


Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey - a Sunday 'Happy Place'

Sundays always end up being a complete contradiction.

They start off GREAT. You wake up, probably a bit hungover and SO glad it's not Monday yet, and you can waddle to the kitchen in your duvet to make eggs and a giant cup of tea. You can lie on the sofa eating crisps watching a Geordie Shore marathon. You can take the world's longest bath. Hey, you can do whatever the hell you want, cause it's a Sunday and ain't nobody gonna force you to be productive.

Then the evening rolls around and that niggling "Sunday Night Feeling" starts to kick in. This is the polar opposite to "Saturday Night Feeling" which usually spurs me to down a shot of something horrible and dance to Major Lazer. Sunday Night Feeling is a dark cloud of thoughts like 'how early do I have to be up tomorrow?' and 'how many days is it until next weekend?' If Saturday Night Feeling is a big fruity cocktail, Sunday Night Feeling is a lukewarm herbal tea.

So I've decided to start a blog series called Five Happy Things. Hardly revolutionary (or original), it's going to be a list of the five things that have made me happy that week. I'll post every Sunday afternoon, just as a reminder to stay cheerful even though the weekend is coming to a close (sob).

1. I BOOKED MY SECOND TATTOO.
I feel as though this warranted caps lock because even I'm still in shock - this couldn't have been more impulsive if I tried, but that's how it worked out for my first one and NO RAGRETS there (points to you if you guessed the film reference). I'm absolutely *in love* with the design I've picked and can't wait to see it on my skin.

2. I watched The Breakfast Club for the first time and it was all kinds of great
Seriously, why has it taken me so long to get round to this?

3. I saw Saynaree and David
Something magical happens when us three get in the same room - plenty of gossip, plenty of laughs, plenty of good times.

4. I started to pack up my flat
Meg and I move in with our friend Lottie in two weeks and we've found an absolute DREAM house. I've been Pinterest-ing (is that a word?) interiors inspiration non-stop since we signed the contract and can't wait to blow a large percentage of my next pay packet in IKEA. I never thought I'd be the kind of person to get excited by rugs and miniture cacti, but I am. And that's okay.

5. I went to a screening of Sicario
I'm already a massive Denis Villeneuve fan (Prisoners is definitely in my top five favourite films) and Sicario did not disappoint. My heart rate didn't settle back to normal until about half an hour after the credits started to roll and  Emily Blunt blew my mind (I've since developed a huge girl crush on her).

There we go... my first Five Happy Things. What has made you happy this week? x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

A big ol' catch up.

So I took a bit of a blogging break, completely by accident... starting my new job and the move to London left me with even less spare time than I predicted! Hello to my new followers and thank you so much for coming to say hi - my Bloglovin' followers have shot up over the past few weeks. I promise I'll be blogging more regularly!

The last fortnight has been a total busy blur, but an amazing one at that. I absolutely love my new job, I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with and I actually look forward to Mondays! In the short space of time I've been here I've already gotten to work on campaigns for the likes of Disney and Universal Studios... I can't wait to see what the next few months have in store.

Last week I got to attend a press screening at the Ham Yard hotel in Soho, which was easily one of the most gorgeous hotels I've ever visited. Myself and the other intern, Charlotte, were handed free glasses of wine to sip on at the bar before we went in and the whole experience was quite surreal considering only a week before, in my old job, I'd been sat at a desk in a tiny office out in the middle of nowhere. I still can't believe I get to do stuff like this as part of the job!

Plus, any office which has its own bar is an absolute WINNER in my eyes.

This weekend just gone was the first chance my housemate and I have had to actually do some exploring. We decided to hop on the central line to East London and did a bit of wandering before stumbling across a street food market.
I opted for a Caboose burger called the 3.10 to Yuma, and my God this baby did not disappoint. Shredded beef which had been slow cooked over wood chips for twelve hours, gooey smoked cheddar, pickles, BBQ sauce, lettuce and the most divine blue cheese sauce I've ever tasted, all packed into one nicely toasted brioche bun. It was absolute HEAVEN.

We noticed a lot of people were carrying Vitamin Water bottles, so keen to investigate we wandered further down Brick Lane to find they were giving them out for free (between three of us, we may or may not have taken 16...) we were invited inside to find that as part of the campaign, they'd filled a small swimming pool with polystyrene pebbles. And you were allowed to swim in it.



(Look how unbelievably happy I am!) It was the weirdest thing I've experienced in a while but so much fun. I had the giggles the entire time I was in there because it just felt so bizarre. We were in the company of kids at least ten years younger than us but we were having just as much of a good time!

When we'd finally calmed down (and gotten rid of any stray polystyrene that had been stuck in our hair) we went for a quick drink before making our way back to the flat, quickly getting ready and heading on a night out in Ealing. But that's not a story for the blog...

Thanks again for following and reading- promise I'll have some more fashion/beauty based posts up soon! Does anyone have any recommendations of places to visit/explore/shop/eat in London? Preferably away from touristy hotspots! Working just off Oxford Street has meant I've become one of those Londoners!

Have a great week X

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New City, New Wardrobe?

Jumpsuit: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop
Hat: ASOS

Hello! It feels like it's been ages since I last blogged properly. I've been busy moving my stuff to London, sorting boring grown up things like council tax and utility bills and working full time. Slowly but surely, I am beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel and I can't wait to get settled in the flat and start my new job!

I thought I'd share my outfit from Monday with you. It's completely and utterly inspired by the gorgeous Suzie of Hello October- she posted a super cute outfit post with shoes similar to this and a tropical print jumpsuit (click here to see) and I knew I had to try it out! I would never usually buy something like this, I'm strictly a monochrome kinda gal, but I really want to push myself to be brave and buy bolder things once I move to London. For some reason, I feel like there you can get away with wearing more outlandish things!

The jumpsuit is SO COMFORTABLE. I've worn it with heels and a little clutch on a night out, flats and a leather jacket for work and trainers and a floppy hat for day- it's so versatile! I'm definitely a jumpsuit convert, I already want to buy a tailored black one to wear out in the evening.

Sorry about the rubbish iPhone photo, I'm hoping to do some proper ones of my outfits for work in the next few weeks, luckily I have quite a lot of freedom with what I can wear!

Lucy x

Friday, 15 August 2014

So, You're Heading Off To Uni...

As much as these pictures might tell you a different story, first year wasn't all drinking, ordering a pizza at 4am and sleeping until noon the next day. Okay, so a shameful chunk of it was, but hey- you're only a fresher once. Whilst the flat parties and nights out are loads of fun, there are bits of advice I would have followed if I were to redo that crazy year. Though I'm not sure my liver would be able to take it now...

(By the way, that half-blonde girl is me! 2011/12 was the year I got all "experimental" with my hair, resulting in some serious damage and me having to get the chop to almost a bob- see bottom left picture. Also, upon gathering these pictures, it has become apparent that I need to do some serious Facebook detagging from that era of my life...)

Get your hands dirty. We all got pretty lazy with the washing up in our flat and I'll admit it, none of us were very tidy! It meant that dirty dishes piled up and our living room was pretty gross for most of the year. Count yourself lucky if you live with a clean freak- there's nothing worse than stumbling home from a hungover lecture to be greeted with a mouldy living room. Even if you have to be that person who makes a cleaning chart, I'm sure most of your flatmates will agree on a rota, and they'll thank you for it later.

Respect your space. Sure, it was a great idea at the time (and a hell of a lot of fun) to have a shaving foam fight. Not to mention the time we broke a few ceiling tiles dancing around after a night out with a broom (don't ask). And all those food fights... what seems hilarious in one drunken minute can actually result in some hefty fines from your student halls if you damage anything. Respect the space you live in and moving out will be a lot more stress-free!

Get yourself out there. I was lucky enough to make amazing friends in both my halls and on my course in first year, so didn't feel the need to join societies or clubs. I did in second year and regret not doing it sooner- I met amazing new people, got to go to society events and even ended up blagging VIP tickets to the Clothes Show as a result of getting involved with the student magazine. Joining societies opens up so many doors and is a great way to make friends if you move in and find that your housemates aren't your cup of tea. Drag yourself out of bed and head to the society fair in freshers week- there are usually hundreds, from sports and drama clubs to 'Real Ale' societies... whatever does it for you!

Don't stay too connected... Whilst it's important to stay in touch with friends and family, you don't need to rush home to Skype people every five minutes. The important ones in your life will stay there no matter how many hours you spend on the phone after drunk dialling them.

Try to keep up a decent work/play balance. We all know that play wins HANDS DOWN when it comes to first year- but only needing 40% to pass shouldn't mean you snooze through lectures or start revision the night before an exam (ahem... I didn't do that). In all seriousness, have fun but don't forget that it doesn't hurt to do well, either- this is the degree you've picked, work hard! Doing well feels a lot better than scraping by does.

Budget, budget, budget! When your student loan first drops into your bank account, it does feel like all of the money in the world. But try to keep on top of your spending, especially in fresher's week! Do you really need a new outfit for each night out? And is a takeaway pizza each evening really necessary? If you haemorrhage money at the start of each semester you'll regret it when you're scraping together change for instant noodles towards the end- trust me.

Finally, just relax and HAVE FUN... It used to annoy me to no end when people preached about making the most of "the best three years of your life," but it is so true! So enjoy every moment of it... it'll fly by!

Lucy x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Interiors Inspiration & Wishlist

Photos from Tumblr
Recently I've become obsessed with interior design and homeware. Having a fairly blank canvas of a flat to move into means Meg & I can get creative with colour schemes, and I've spent a lot of time scrolling through tumblr to find inspiration for design. We don't have a lot of space to work with, especially in my room, so I love the minimalistic, clean kind of look with pops of colour every so often.
Urban Outfitters home has some amazing stuff in stock at the moment. I absolutely love that chalkboard and the little bright lunchbox- so cute! The beside table is from Ikea, it's just so aesthetically pleasing! I'm desperate to get my hands on one for my room, and I want to find a bright metal table lamp to sit on top of it. The chevron monochrome duvet set is from Wilko and is only £16, such a bargain, I'm definitely going to place an order! I've also been lusting after a turntable lately. They're expensive, but such a gorgeous addition and I love the sound of vinyl. Maybe one for the Christmas list...

Where do you like to shop for homeware? x