Monday, 19 October 2015

A Little Update

The dreamy view from the balcony of my new office - spot the Gherkin!

Sometimes I forget that I even have this 'ere blog. When I started it up in my third year of Uni, it became a great form of procrastination, and I immediately took to posting about everything from my favourite Lush products to my desk set-up.
When I moved to London and started my first job last summer, this took a bit of a nose-dive.

I'm definitely a perfectionist when it comes to my writing. This comes as no surprise, seeing as I did my degree in journalism and had a brilliant but mental lecturer who threatened to bludgeon me to death if I dared make a grammatical error. I've always been conscious that what I'm putting out there for the all of the internet to read should always be of the highest quality.
But why should I care so much?

Reading entries back makes me all happy and nostalgic, and I'm sad about the rather large gaps in between posts. If I hadn't been so flustered about producing a piece of writing that would have scored me at least a 2:1 at University, what would I have been posting about? Would it have been more often?

I'm going to try and care less, because at the end of the day, this blog is for me and my memories. I don't blog in an attempt to be successful or to win a large audience. If you are reading and commenting, thank you, it's honestly massively appreciated. But that was never the goal for me, so it's just an added bonus to a hobby I'm going to try and enjoy and indulge in more often.

So, A Little Update for you. What have I been doing?

- I left my last job in Film PR about a month ago, and I now work in social media for a company called We Are Social
- Since joining the team I've filmed some fashion vines for F&F (see picture above), visited Google's London office for a talk on live tweeting and helped plan a social media strategy for Tesco's Christmas campaign, amongst plenty of other exciting things!
- My housemates and I are off to Amsterdam this weekend and I cannot WAIT to venture outside of the UK - the last trip abroad I took was to Berlin in June last year. I'm sure I'll write up a blog post once I've got back and recovered
- I managed to get tickets to Glastonbury for next year and I am BEYOND excited to be returning to my favourite place on the planet.

I'm hoping to bring back my Five Happy Things posts soon, but "as and when" rather than every week so that it feels a little less forced. Other than that, I'll be trying and testing some other post post formats which should be introduced to the mix very soon.

Have a good week!
L x

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Five Happy Things #4

Yesterday's glorious brunch: pancakes. Rather this than a green juice #sorrynotsorry

1. I ate pancakes for brunch and they were bloody great
I went and met some old chums for brunch in Cheltenham yesterday. I feel as though brunch is the cooler older sister of breakfast. Breakfast is a bowl of coco pops and some squash. Brunch is avocado smushed into sourdough toast with chilli flakes. It's smoothies and juices and eggs and chorizo and expensive herbal tea. It's buttery, thick pancakes topped with crispy bacon and maple syrup. I'm drooling.

2. I bought a new diary
All of my diaries turn into burn books, sans the plastic pink cover and torn out yearbook photos. What? It's therapeutic. Truth is, I LOVE reading back all of my angry entries about boys and the like. They're hilarious. I'm hoping a few years down the line they'll provide me with some material for a book, or at least a good laugh.

3. I saw my Grandparents
AKA two of my favourite people of the planet. It was my Grandad's 80th birthday bash so we got the whole family together, which is becoming a lot more rare than I'd like. My Grandad is this wise old owl type person: you can ask him for advice on things he's never experienced and he still has the right answer. He also cannot get through a meal without spilling at least something (usually gravy) down his shirt, followed by the classic line "Oh, strewth!" He's the only person I've ever heard say that outside of Home and Away.

4. I got a proper skincare regime
Since getting a bout of acne in second year of uni I've always tried to look after my skin, but this took a bit of a nosedive in the last flat seeing as our bathroom was small, dark, pretty grim and grotty. Our NEW bathroom, however, is sparkling. It has glittery floors and a huuuuge freestanding bath. In all honesty it's like something out of Real Housewives. It's the kind of place I want to spend time, so I've been adding some extra and very necessary steps to my skincare routine. No more face wipes. I'm talking proper make-up remover, cleanser, hot flannels, serum and moisturiser. I'm seeing a real difference - plus it's just nice not to wake up with one eye glued together with mascara.

5. I upgraded to an iPhone 6
I hate myself for classing this as a happy thing, but if you saw the state of my last phone, you'd understand. I'd dropped it down a flight of stairs in a club back in March and the screen completely smashed. Then, at Glastonbury, drunk and clearly not content with how broken it already was, I managed to lose the home button. So after two months of a grubby, cracked, glitchy iPhone 5, it feels oh so bloody good to be the owner of a shiny new 6. Until I get drunk and drop it, that is.

Happy things from your week? Tell me. I wanna know.

L x

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).

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

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