Blogging: Ones to Follow

Whilst putting together my #FF tweets a few weeks back I really struggled. There were far too many bloggers I wanted to show appreciation for, lots of posts I wanted to share…

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This is just some of my favourite bloggers, some of my favourite posts from the last few weeks. I follow a lot of blogs, I have many favourites and my tastes change constantly so it’s by no means a definitive list. I’ll probably have new favourites by this time next week!
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For The Best Photography

A blog I’ve followed for a long, long time, but right now I’m completely in awe and utterly envious of the images on The Lovecats Inc.They are exactly where I’d love my photography to be, the styling and quality of them is just spot on to me. I love the variety of posts too – I mean, chocolate and makeup, it just can’t get any better!
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For All The LOLs

Potentially a slightly predictable one as I’m sure I’ve waxed lyrical about Katy’s blog a few times. BUT it is definitely one of my favourites, I love her chatty style (she’s as lovely in real-life too!). In fact I got so over-excited over her publishing a Happy Monday post a few weeks back that I split a huge mug of tea all over me…
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For The Post That Made Me Cry

I’m not usually one for sharing what really touched my emotions, but this post by Corinne really resonated with me. I didn’t have the easiest life at secondary school (being a maths geek at an all girls school was never going to be easy!), and her experience with ‘Sophie’ is definitely similar to the dramas I remember.
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For Giving Me Makeup Drawer Envy

Seriously, I’m so jealous of Jasmine’s makeup bag! Virtually everything she has causes some kind of lust in me, though I’m particularly lusting after her MAC quad right now. Her beauty reviews are some of the best I’ve read, her photography is gorgeous and I might have to stop reading her blog for the sake of my bank balance…
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For Amazing Achievements

Two joint winners here! I’m so impressed that Jennifer is managing to keep up blogging regularly during final year of medical school AND train for a half-marathon for one of my most special charities (a donation is on it’s way my lovely!). I struggle enough with blogging and final year so hats off to this girl! On a related note, Miss Pond is now Dr Pond having successfully completed a PhD – well done you!

 photo Blog Love 2_zps4t2rdd7w.jpgSo there’s just some of my favourite blogs over the last few weeks. From now on (well, when I remember) I’m going to try to dedicate a couple of tweets each Friday to some of the best blogs I’ve read over the week, trying to link to a specific post in my attempt to give a bit back. You’ll be able to see my favourite posts from the last week or find out why I love a certain blogger. After receiving so much positivity from the blogging world it’s time to add some myself!

Do you have a favourite blog post from the last few weeks? Feel free to share it!

Lifestyle: November Favourites

It’s Christmassssss!

…Well, actually, it’s not as there’s a very important day tomorrow which needs to be celebrated first (que singing that Taylor Swift song!).

 photo Nov Favourites_zpsmhw3c6lu.jpgNovember is always my least favourite month. It’s grey, dark and gloomy and feels amazingly long once Bonfire night is out of the way. There’s plenty of deadlines and job application closures, and no birthday cake to treat myself to. By contrast December brings fairy lights and lots of cake – so it’s all good despite more deadlines. November this year has been hugely stressful for me in terms of graduate role applications, I’ve ended up with 3 interviews taking place in 26 hours, done countless online tests and have been permanently attached to my phone. Here’s for a quieter December, and here’s what I’ve been loving this past month…
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Bonfire Night

This just happens to be one of my favourite nights of the year – I love fires and fireworks. Me and W went over to the local display after devouring hot dogs and S’mores brownies. A perfect night!

Birthday Celebrations

I headed up to my parent’s last weekend to kick off my birthday celebrations. Whilst it wasn’t as huge a deal as last year it was just as lovely. I insisted on not going out, but having several lovely meals with close ones. W’s dad cooked one of my favourite curries on the Saturday night, and then my dad did a full-on traditional roast beef dinner for the Sunday. With plenty of wine. Yum yum!
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The World’s Best Brownie

I really need to share where this is, but I’m also so reluctant as I want to keep it all to myself! All I can say is this was so worth the calories. And feeling sick for hours afterwards. Such a chocolate overload.
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Mexican Week

I was craving Mexican food, and as it’s really difficult to buy just one meals worth of bits I ended up eating Mexican-style for a whole week. I started with chilli, and also managed to eat fajitas, quesadillas and a burrito. Far too many carbs were consumed that week!

Lovely Comments

I finally got a chance to read through recent comments, and I was so, so touched by the lovely words about my filming collab with Aldi. It genuinely made me cry – several times!

So a good month, if a little quiet. I can’t say I did too many exciting things! December is already shaping up nicely; birthday plans, Christmas, Harry Potter studio tour (again!), and a surprise romantic (at least I hope!) weekend away once term finishes. Eeek!

How was your November? Excited for what December brings?

Lifestyle: October Favourites

I’m finding it quite scary how quickly the last month has gone – I’m now very nearly halfway through my university term which is terrifying!

 photo Oct Favourites_zpsllflpass.jpgBeing in final year means it’s all very exhausting. Not only do I have a tonne of work, but I’m also drowning in graduate applications. I’m finding balancing applications and university work a little tough, and coupled with being really rather ill I’m struggling to fit everything in. It may be that posts become a little less regular over the next few weeks. I missed a Tuesday post yesterday and I feel absolutely gutted if I’m honest…It’s not exactly something I want to do, but it won’t be forever!

And for now, onto the bits I’ve loved this month…
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Getting My Bake On

Being ill is the perfect excuse to bake. Not that I need an excuse at all. This month I’ve been working on perfectly a mug cake recipe, and I’ve also made some very addictive Malteaser Tiffin…

Maths

Geeky I know, but I’ve really loved getting back into the swing of lectures, maths and learning. I’d forgotten a lot of bits over my year out, but it’s slowly coming back to me. I’d also forgotten about the rush you get when you solve a problem – it’s the little things that make it all worthwhile.

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Halloween

I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween, but these year my housemates and I decided to go all out. Plans fell a little flat thanks to my illness, however I still got dressed up as much as possible. My eyes aren’t thanking me for it, my friend’s all look far more fabulous, but it was a good night anyway. We also carved pumpkins – myself bringing my love of maths and pie into it of course!

Pork

Being back in Canterbury brings one big benefit – Pork & Co. It opened towards the end of my second year and offers hug cobs filled with pulled pork, along with a sauce and topping of your choice. For £5. I’m far too used to London prices so for me this is a great bargain.
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American Football

Way back at the beginning of the month me and W (along with our lovely friend Rob) went to Wembley to watch some of the International Series. In fact it was so early in the month I think I included it in September’s Favourites too! An utterly fabulous day out, though I do admit to being confused about what was actually going on. Turns out no one told me that tackling is allowed when players don’t have the ball, so as a rugby fan I struggled to follow!

Other than that my month has consisted of interviews, an awards dinner with W (best mark in his year at university – so proud!), and getting through what feels like a hundred boxes of tissues…

How was your October? Hope you haven’t had this horrible flu virus!

Lifestyle: September Favourites & October Goals

September saw me return to university after a year off, all ready (kinda) for my final year. It was full of ups and including a few downs. There’s a big part of me that loves the start of a new school year, getting my diary ready, buying new stationery. Then there’s the part of me that knew September would bring an end to living in London, living with W, not having to study…

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Autumn!

I do love the few weeks where summer turns into autumn (definitely the time of year I’d love a big day to be…). I’ve been loving putting together some Autumnal fashion looks, dying my hair back to ‘Cinnamon’ and of course pulling out the fall-inspired makeup. Plum lips were made for me!
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Alllll The Food

So much food was consumed in September. I decided to make bagels on a whim; they turned out surprisingly well and now I’ve made them a couple of times. Turns out they are perfect for packed lunches and pretty forgiving when I forget about the proving dough! I also made some epic roast dinners, ate a fabulous brunch, andddd…
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Meeting One of my Fav Bloggers

I finally, finally met Katy. She’s as lovely in real life as she seems on her blog, her chatty positivity is infectious, she has a gorgeous camera andddd is as enthusiastic about eating all the noms as I am. More about our adventures next weekend, it’s worth the wait!
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Pushing Myself

At the beginning of the month I ended up to Manchester for a whirlwind 18 hours for a collaboration. Which involved filming. Well, being filmed. Let’s just say I was welllll out of my comfort zone, but I did it and am super excited to share the result with you soon. Plus the area I stayed in was super lovely, out in the countryside and really peaceful.
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Sport

Yep, bit of an unusual one for me. Of course it is the Rugby World Cup at the moment (though trying to get around London on the opening night was not my idea of fun), and whilst England have plummeted out I’m still pretty excited by it all. And then last weekend (so technically October, but…) I went off to watch the NFL at Wembley. A great experience, just a shame it’s really relegated to an annual trip!

Back to University

Both an up and a down point for me this month, but on the whole I’m pretty excited to be back at university. I’m living with two of my best friends, we have a gorgeous little house, and final year isn’t too daunting yet. We drove over to the coast on Saturday to watch the sun go down and it was the perfect finish to my first week!
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Goals for October

October is looking to be a busy month for me. Tomorrow brings mine and W’s fifth anniversary, he’s coming for a visit at the weekend to celebrate and (hint hint) spoil me. I’ve got graduate applications on the go, coursework, awards evenings, a whole host of things planned. And here’s what I want to achieve;

  • Bake bread at least once a fortnight. I have all the ingredients so it will work out cheaper than buying it in.
  • Limit pasta to one night a week. So far I have only had pasta once since returning to university, a step in the right direction!
  • Keep up to date with notes. I was terrible at this in second year, resulting in me rushing it at the end and giving myself RSI for the exam period.
  • Make more time for friends. I want to go out a bit more this year, and make the most of my final year. I’m not a big drinker so this will be a challenge for me!
  • No spending! Unless I use vouchers, I want to spend as little as possible in October. That means no makeup, no clothes, no pretty stationery…

A whole host of little goals, I’m really hoping I manage all of these. My September ones didn’t quite go to plan after I ended up with suspected Lyme Disease, so I’m determined to work harder this month!

How was your September? What do you want to achieve this month?

Lifestyle: August Favourites

Geeky confession time: I LOVE September. I think it’s that Back to School feeling, which makes no sense as for years I hated school. But possibly it because it’s the starting again, the possibility of reinventing myself. And a new diary, obvs (joys of being a student = academic diaries, so much prettier than annual ones!).

 photo August Favourites 7_zpsfiynq23r.pngFinishing my placement last week, having a relaxing and slightly damp weekend in Devon, it’s all meant I’m raring to go this week in order to make this academic year, my last academic year, the best yet. I have some goals I’ll be sharing next week, but let’s just reflect on summer for a little. I’m hopeful for a little more sunshine, but it’s definitely been a good one. Here’s my standout bits and pieces from August…
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Devon

A part of the UK that I adore, when my parents invited me and W to share some of their holiday with them there was only one answer. We traveled down on the train to spend a long weekend with them and it was wonderful. I turned my phone off (mainly), even left my camera at the cottage. I read five books, ate two ice creams, multiple portions of fish-and-chips and got soggy from both rain and sea. I’ll write more about my little break soon, I’m still in holiday mode currently…

Oh, and how cute is that curly-haired donkey?!

New Phone

Long-time readers and those who saw my #BigBloggerConference ‘grams will have noticed that my phone camera couldn’t really function as a camera. Casting a pink/purple tinge over all photos unless in perfect light it was pretty horrific. Not to mention the lack of vibration, the only-making-noise-when-a-text-comes-not-a-call, the lagging, the flickering screen, the dropping calls, and the crappy contract I was on… Safe to say I’m pretty glad to have a new phone. I’ve only had it since Friday, and since then it’s been mainly off than on, but so far so good. I may actually do a more dedicated post as I’ve steered away from Apple, Nokia, Sony, Samsung and HTC…

Lip-Liners

I discovered lip-liners only a few months ago, and bought a load of them from KIKO at the beginning of the month. I’ve found them perfect for keeping a wash of colour on my lips throughout the whole working day. It makes refreshing for a night-out super easy and I’ve not found them particularly drying.
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The Perfect Dress

One of the most flattering, versatile and totally ‘me’ dresses I’ve found, I umm-ed and ahh-ed for days before splashing the cash in Topshop. It fits wonderfully, is the perfect transition piece and seems high-quality. Love, love LOVE.

Doggy Cuddles

No puppies this month, but lots of cuddles with my dog! A whole long weekend with him was perfect, though it’s made me a little sad to see he’s no longer up to running up and down the beach. I took a lot of photos of him during our weekend, so much so he now curls up into his blanket when I pull my camera out. Ah well. Plus dogs = the perfect accessory for outfit photos (when used responsibly…).
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Roasts & Leftovers

I’ve finally ticked off a New Year’s Resolution! Since moving to the flat me and W have cooked a roast every single week. Admittedly he’s done most of them, but last night I roasted a chicken completely and utterly by myself – it was resting and I was cooking gravy (from scratch!) by the time he came home from work. Almost more delicious than the roast dinner, we’ve made some fab leftovers. Think harissa chicken pasties, the most wonderful shepherd’s pie ever (four hours it took, four hours!), and today I have a chicken chowder simmering away. This Sunday brisket is on the menu…

Leaving Gifts

It’s a really difficult one without showing off, but I was over the moon and unbelievably chuffed with my leaving gifts from work. I wasn’t expecting such generosity, but equally the thoughtfulness is amazing. They know me so well – a mini satchel, a chocolate making workshop, fancy pens set and a personalized wooden spoon. Major love for my (unfortunately former) colleagues!

And yep, it takes my satchel count up to 8. #sorrynotsorry
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Blogging Events

Living in London has given me the chance to attend some wonderful events over the last few weeks. I’ve watched Mean Girls on a barge, learned a lot at the BigBloggerConference, and had a picnic in a fabulous setting. I’ve met some lovely ladies, though I’m still hoping to meet some of my favourite bloggers before I leave London in a few weeks.

I know I say it pretty much every month, but August flew by unbelievably quickly. We’re now here in Autumn, I’m craving fluffy socks and chunky knits and ankle boots and stew with dumplings, and it will be Christmas before we know it. Here’s to a slightly slower September!

Did August fly by for you too? What were your highlights of the past month?

Lifestyle: July Favourites

July. You’d think of July and imagine hot sunny days, lunches on a park bench, ice cream. Right? Well for most of July 2015 you’d be right. Until yours truly catches a stinking cold and retreats to bed. I even took a coat to work guys. That got me some funny looks on my commute, I can assure you.

 photo July Favourites_zpsqc62xhot.pngDespite having no voice for a good week (the week coinciding with my replacement arriving at work and the most important presentation of my placement year – because I can time illness well), despite having to take a sick day (along in my replacement’s first week), despite still coughing and spluttering over the other commuter’s on Southern trains (sorry!), July has definitely not been a bad month. Far from it!
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London, Baby!

I’ve wittered on enough about it, but me and W moved into a flat in Wandsworth mid-July. We’re only here for just over two months, but it’s so nice to be living in London. Last weekend we were shopping (or attempting to – SO BUSY) around Oxford Street, popped into the relative quiet of John Lewis and had a rest in their roof garden. Overpriced, we didn’t indulge in food and drinks, but I quite liked the view!

Sisterly Bonding

After taking my sister to see McBusted (and catching the all-important doughnut) we spent the next night having a girls-night-in. We stuck on the latest Hunger Games, make pizzas, popped our own popcorn and slathered it in toffee sauce. Bliss.
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Post-Work Theatre Trips

I love the theatre, I always have. From annual pantomime trips with the brownies, to musicals with the family, I jump at the chance of going. I’ve not been that much, but when I do go I make sure I’ll enjoy the production. I went to see Miss Saigon with TodayTix last week and boy, oh boy – I was NOT disappointed. Tissues recommended!

Overnight Oats

I’ve been a fan of porridge for breakfast for many years, but with my newly-commenced commute beginning at 7:30am (I know, hardly early, but I was used to leaving at 8:40!) making porridge just isn’t happening. Overnight Oats are absolutely the perfect solution. By the time I get to my desk they have warmed up to the right eating temperature, and I’ve just fallen in love with them. Peanut butter and banana is my fav. Nutella and raspberry might also have happened…
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THE Prettiest Field

Driving over to the stables we passed by a field just lightly covered in poppies. The site was stunning, so I instructed the car to be pulled over and sat snapping away out of the window.

Work Presentation

So yep, I woke up with no voice on the morning of the most important presentation of my placement year. Somehow I managed to bring it back and keep it until lunchtime, got the meeting out the way before going completely mute for the next few days. Even more surprisingly was that the presentation went super well. I rarely present soley on my own, but this was entirely my meeting and the feedback received made me feel like I was walking on cloud nine for days. Eeek!
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Doughnuts

Ever the foodies, Crosstown Doughnuts has been on mine and W’s list for a while. We visited last weekend and ticked it off – yum! I went for a Creme Brulee, him a Summer Crunch. Neither of us liked the other’s choice, but both we’re pretty satisfied. I’m amazed at how well the creme brulee flavour came across in a doughnut.

 photo St Moritz Restaurant Review Soho 12_zpsf9bambgx.jpgI’m so looking forward to August. I’ve got a few days off, which I’m spending with my mum and sis as they are visiting London – we’re off to the Science Museum and to watch The Railway Children. Then I want to head to the Decision exhibition, we’ve already spent Swiss National Day (the 1st) at one of our favourite restaurants, and we’re heading to Devon for a few days at the end of the month. The only thing I’m dreading? My placement finally ends this month *sob*

How was your July? Am I the only one who gets colds during the hottest months of the year?!

Lifestyle: June Favourites

Another month gone, this year is racing by. June has been a wonderful month. Plenty of sun, a holiday, and finished off nicely by my boyfriend moving in with me over the weekend. We’ll be sharing my not-quite double room for the next two weeks (it’s a bit of a squeeze – giving each other space is one of us on the bed, other on the floor!) before moving out to our London flat for the summer. Now, onto my monthly favourites!
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Italy

Of course, this has to be top of the list. We spent a few days in Rome before catching a (very modern and fast) train to Venice for another few days. The holiday was full of sight-seeing, blistering shoulders, heat, a few thunderstorms and a lot of canals. Utterly stunning. I’m in two minds about how to post about it – I wrote out ideas and have a potential 15 posts! Or I could try grouping it up a little, so do tell me what you would prefer!

Venice was without a doubt my favourite city of the two, it’s one you could return to many times and always discover something new. I know I’ll be heading back!

A Little KIKO Haul

My poor boyfriend was dragged round no less than four KIKO stores until I found a palette insert in stock. I wanted a 3 pan ideally, but in the end plumped for a 4 pan out of desperation. I managed to get all the shades I wanted too…

I also visited my first ever Sephora (or 3!) and despite being hugely tempted by two items (Nars God Created The Woman and Marc Jacobs Lolita palettes) I didn’t pick up anything. I resisted duty-free too. #feelingproud
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Food, Glorious Food

I’m really struggling not to make virtually every item on here Italy related – whoops! I’ve had some wonderful meals in Italy, whether it be a delicious white pizza, a stunning sandwich (I’m not over-exaggerating when I say I’ve eaten the best sandwiches in existence), or the most yummy specially-made seafood pasta. Plenty of ‘fried fish’ too. And maybe a scoop of gelato. I’m avoiding the scales until next weekend so I have time to get rid of the damage…

I also had a pretty yummy Indian meal (review tomorrow!), with one of the greenest curries in existence!
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Couple Time

Having been in an LDR on and off for more than half of my relationship, having some quality couple time isn’t something we take for granted! I’ve been away on placement since last July so the last time we had more than a weekend to ourselves was over a year ago now. Italy was the perfect chance to reconnect, and now we get to spend every morning, evening and weekend together. It’s early days, but I’ve not killed him yet…
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A Visit to the Zoo

My team’s away day was held at the beginning of the month, and an afternoon at London Zoo was a great way to unwind. We lucked out with fabulous weather (glad it was also dress down –  suit would not have been pleasant!).

All in all, a damn good month! How was your June? Any holiday plans for the summer?

Blogging: Posts I’ve Loved

My blogging taste changes so dramatically over time I struggle to keep up. I follow a huge number of blogs on Bloglovin, to the point I’ve had emails accusing me of doing so only to gain followers. It can be difficult getting through unread posts – to the point I’m half dreading Italy as the thought of coming up to unreads in the thousands scares me.

I thought I’d write a quick list of some posts I’ve loved recently. All pics have been taken from the posts of being discussed – so jealous of these girls’ photography skills!

Food

Knowing that I’ll soon be living in Wandsworth (with Clapham not far away) I’ve become pretty obsessed with finding places to visit. Whilst I’m not sure whether it will be a little out of budget, I loved Claire’s review of Jimmy’s Secret Garden. The food looks so fresh and imaginative! In a similar vein Lauren’s date night has got me really excited. This is definitely a place that should come in on budget and looks amazing!

Onto recipes now! I’ve been a big fan of this blog since I first heard about it through W, and this Cheesy Bacon bread has been on my ‘to-make’ list since Lottie posted it. It looks fabulous for a brunch! Continuing on the carby-cheesy theme and Cathryn’s Ciabatta sandwiches are making me hungry! So nice to see a sandwich like this not containing tomato…

Beauty

Trying to save money whilst being an avid reader of beauty blogs can be a bit difficult. I do love lusting over high-end bits, mainly because the shopping experience is SO much easier. Having a post like Georgie’s mini reviews of new releases from the drugstore is a godsend – it makes it far easier to see what is actually worth looking at.

More high-end (though still with a reasonable price tag), Kat’s reviews make her a serious enabler. I’m trying desperately to ignore this nude eyeshadow palette.

Lifestyle

I’ve developed a thing for interiors recently (I can’t wait until me and W have our own place for more than a few months – I’ve had to resist the urge to buy things for our summer flat!). One person who is definitely NOT helping me save my pennies is Kate. She’s lived in her place for a year now and renovated it beautifully. Her style matches mine almost exactly and I LOVE it. Jealous!

Something completely different, but I’ve been loving reading this ‘mummy’ blog. From the blogger of A Model Recommends it has to be one of the most honest and amusing accounts of pregnancy I’ve come across. As I type this she is still pregnant, but due any day now. I’ve bookmarked most posts for the distant future!

I came across Josie’s blog when I saw a link to her post about Sinus Surgery. She’s had a similar operation to me (though this amazing girlie has CF so was more high-risk) and she recovered amazingly well. I found the surgery and recovery extremely difficult and painful so hats off to her. I had to say she looked far more attractive than I did following the operation too!

Fashion

I’ve gotten a lot more into fashion recently, and I’ve fallen in love with Alix’s style – I’d love to have the confidence to pull off this outfit! Katie’s absolutely gorgeous dress has made me want to attempt midi lengths again, doesn’t it suit her down to the ground?!

Blogging

I’m not typically a huge fan of blogging advice posts – I prefer ones that talk about how a person blogs, rather than ‘what to do.’ Having said that I LOVE reading photography tips and Rebecca’s equipment post was a great read. I really need to get myself a remote and tripod when I move back to university in September! Corrie’s post was brilliant for some much needed motivation recently, so much so that it’s bookmarked on Chrome. And Jenny’s post (though I miss her beauty reviews – she had almost the exact same skin tone as me so I could rely on her recommendations!) on stock photography has been invaluable.

Who are your favourite bloggers? What kind of posts would you like to see more of on here?

Lifestyle: May Favourites

May has been a long month for me. Busy at work, insommnia, and W’s exam period means it’s been more than a little stressful. I’ve been making the effort to appreciate things a little more in an attempt to keep myself from falling apart – and it worked!
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Making Nice Dinners

Despite still being firmly on the healthy-eating wagon I’ve been making more of an effort with my daily meals. Making sure I love what I eat has made dinner a highlight of my day. I’ve been loving Falafel Salad with seeds, tzatziki and pitta bread, me and W made a delicious Massaman Curry, and I’ve been experimenting with some pulled pork. My Cauliflower Mac’nCheese proved popular too. Yum yum!

I say I’ve been healthy, but I’ve also had some damn good cheat meals – mainly thee aforementioned curry and pulled pork, but also one of the most AMAZING burgers I’ve had in a long time. Considering it wasn’t on a beach, wasn’t cooked pink, wasn’t even particularly tender, it was just delicious. Mustard mayo and cheese for the win!
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New Clothes

I felt really proud of myself for avoiding the 20%-off-for-students weekend at New Look, and it definitely paid off a fortnight later as everything I wanted to buy was in the sale. I picked up two more playsuits and a few skirts, all with 50-60% off. Winning! All I need now is a black cami style top to wear with skirts in the evenings and I’m all set for my holiday!

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Starting to Bake Again

I’ve been avoiding baking due to trying to lose weight, and not really being tempted by many ‘heathlier’ recipes. This month I made a pretty delicious superfood cereal bar that I’ll be sharing with you soon – and it’s definitely encouraged me to get back in the kitchen. I’ve been craving cupcakes recently too, so I’m sure you might see a recipe pop up soon!

Italy Countdown

Now we’re in June it’s nearly holiday time! Mid-month me and W fly out to Rome for a few days before catching the train to Venice. We’re super excited…and then three days after we get back he moves in with me. I’m frantically trying to plan out posts as the next few months are going to be hectic!
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Blog Reading

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I follow a HUGE amount of blogs so it can be a little difficult keeping up with them. This month I’ve made an effort to read and comment on as many as possible, and I’ve read some gems in the process. Jack’s post made me feel a lot better about my misrepresentation in the press a few months ago, and with Em being in the Bahamas and Katy in Mallorca these girls have been feeding my wanderlust. No-one more so than Angie though! She’s been talking about her amazing safari experience lately, which is something I am desperate to do. Rosie has made me a little bit tempted to try camping again, whilst Jasmin Charlotte has a playsuit I LOVE. I’d be here all day if I talked about all the recent posts I’ve enjoyed!

I’ve also just been making the most of time to myself, as I know there will be less of that this summer. Painting my nails, face masks, sitting in the quiet with a book, generally just relaxing. Here’s to a more exciting June!

How was your May? Full of revision and exams (I’ve not missed it this year!)?

Lifestyle: April Favourites

I probably say this every month, but I can’t believe how fast the year is going. It’s pretty damn scary to think that this time next year I’ll be facing my final university exams and preparing to start (hopefully!) a graduate job. This month’s been a bit odd for me. Most of it has been great, but this past week I’ve been pretty ill and down in the dumps. I always find a bad patch at the end of the month means I’ll think back on it negatively…but here’s the best bits!
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  • Finding my perfect blushers. I only wish Max Factor had brought these out before I splurged on my Nars Douceur, though at least they are completely different and I’m still getting plenty of wear out of it. They are stunning – easy to blend, neutral colours, natural looking finish. Love, love, love!
  • Reading an actual book. I love my Kindle, I’d chose Kindle over smartphone if I could only have one, but sometimes I just love the relaxing feeling a real book gives. This ones not the most thrilling of storylines, but for a book given by a stranger on a train it’s pretty good!
  • Spending time with family. It was my dad’s fiftieth earlier in the month and we hired a large house in the middle of the Rutland countryside. Utter bliss…though not exactly relaxing with energetic dogs and children running around! Me and my sis also had a trip to Hogwart’s – pretty awesome!
  • My new Barbour jacket*. It was absolutely perfect for the weekend away, and despite it being a men’s version I adore it. Thanks Repertoire Fashion!
  • Realising how much weight I’ve lost. Since Christmas I’ve lost 23 pounds. My goal of fitting into my old size ten jeans got obliterated (they’re now too big) and I’ve even managed to fit in my sister’s summer shorts.

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I’ve also grabbing McBusted tickets. Admittedly this could have been in March, but it’s going in this month’s! I’m of the age where I was a 9/10 year old when Busted were big (Charlie was my boy!), and just a little older when McFly made it (I remember them supporting Busted at the NEC many, many years ago). I was pretty excited when they merged to form McBusted and went to see their first tour – and yep, it was awesome. I didn’t manage to get time off work for a Sunday show this tour, so when I found out they were hitting Delapre festival just a few miles from my parents? I spent an anxious 15 minutes trying to get tickets. The outcome is I’ll be taking my sister to her first festival as long as she’s back from her Duke of Edinburgh in time (she better run!).

 photo 72c042eb_original_zpsswww6xwa.jpgThe best thing about the last month? Sorting out a flat in London for the summer! Yep, I’m living in London for just under three months. Me and W have managed to score a rather snazzy little place in Wandsworth, and I’m super excited. One, living in an amazing city. Two, actually living with my boyfriend of nearly five years. It’s making me feel rather grown up! Fingers crossed I’ll be able to make more blogger events too…

So yep, busy month! I made the most of the bank holiday weekend to relax and do some serious blog work. No rest for the wicked! How’s your month been?