ROOM SNIPPETS




Since finally getting all my things back from my university room a couple of weeks ago and now officially being home I have just about managed to put my bedroom back together and things are looking a little less messy. Don't get me wrong, there are still a TONNE of boxes downstairs filled with saucepans, towels, bedding and uni work but we shall move on from that and focus on the tidy parts of my belongings :) I'm a huge lover of home interiors and my pinterest (which you can check out HERE FYI) is bursting with interior inspo, all of which comes in the form of scandi inspired white everythang. I love the minimalist look of white walls and furniture but with burst of colour from tonnes of plants, photographs and prints (my fave!). My room is not perfect but whilst I don't have my own house to renovate from top to bottom in my taste, I love adding little touches to my own bedroom and creating a happy, positive and calm space to relax, blog and everything in between in. I'm going to leave some links to the things I love most/items you might be interested in finding for yourself! If not feel free to leave a comment if there was a particular item you were interested in and I'll try my best to find it. 

5 things to do in Central London this summer



You might think I had spammed my social media platforms enough with photographs and a running commentary of my weekend get away to London back in May but I thought a little blog post including some recommendations wouldn't go amiss! Living less than an hours train ride from London when I'm at home, you might think I would be more a city goer but truth be told this was the first time I'd been back to the big smoke in months! Nevertheless, with a little help from CityMapper and armed with a list full of 'must sees' from my months of screenshotting on Insta, I felt fully prepared to make the most of my three days of busy, hectic London. Here are the 5 things I would recommend to all my pals (you guys) if you happen to be in London soon: 

THE SKY GARDEN, FENCHURCH STREET
Now I'm not really one for heights but if you can manage the startlingly fast lift journey up to goodness knows how many floors of the Sky Garden building, it will most definitely be worth the slight dizziness (I'm probs just a bit of a wimp, SOZ). Unlike most things in London, this is totally, 100% FREE; yes you heard me correctly! You can enjoy stunning views across London and with a gorgeous (albeit slightly overpriced) bar and have drinks with friends or family; the perfect way to spend an hour or so on a summers day. As well as the views, the plants and whole layout of the garden are beautiful and with the floor to ceiling glass, it makes for the prettiest and brightest way to look over the city. I've never been too attracted to the idea of the London Eye because of being stuck in the little pod so high up with no way to get off (anxiety problems) but with the Sky Garden you can look over London as little or as much as you like whilst enjoying your drinks and the gorgeous interiors and ovbs you're free to go down as quickly as you like! This was such a fun way to start our weekend and definitely something I'd recommend if you want to be a little tourist-y! 

COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET, BETHNAL GREEN
After seeing all my fave bloggers and instagrammers posting photos of the most gorgeous peonies wrapped in brown parcel paper and pretty much every other flower, cacti or succulent imaginable I knew I needed to make a visit to Columbia Road. Even if you're not into flowers or have any intention of buying any, I would 10000% recommend taking a walk down the street which is absolutely jam packed with flower stalls and crowded with people, music and all round positive and happy vibes. Crowded would be an understatement when it comes to Columbia Road but it was definitely worth shuffling through the crowds to admire the beautiful flowers; it's just down right amazing how many people come out each Sunday to get their flower fix. We were lucky to visit on a super sunny Sunday and it was such a lovely morning! There are also an abundance of gorgeous pastel doors and houses in and around the market FYI. Perfect for Insta ;) Also another free place to visit! 

CARNABY STREET AND SOHO WANDERING
Obvs when I was in London we did the typical Oxford Street browsing but taking a 5 min detour down past Liberty to Carnaby Street is definitely a 'must do' for shops that are a little quirkier and to take a stereotypical photo of the Carnaby Street sign and pastel shops! Being only just off Oxford St means it's still busy and bustling but the vibe is a little edgier and with so many delicious food places (Kingly Court is a MUST for the best froyo ever!) to visit, you really could spend hours on Carnaby Street and exploring Soho! I have lots of memories of running around this area during fashion week interning picking up the weirdest things and with very aching feet so it's always nice to reminisce about how fun but odd that whole experience was! 

BEING A TOURIST-BECAUSE WHY NOT?
Even if you're a regular London visitor, sometimes it's nice to take in the tourist attractions and tick them off your list because realistically they aren't always the places you get to see when you're rushing around for meetings or in your busy day-to-day schedule! We took a little walk around the Tower of London, across Tower Bridge and saw Big Ben in the sunshine and it was a lovely way to spend an hour or so, especially if you don't come to London often it can be really lovely to see the sights! Again you can totes tell I'm a student because this is yet another free London activity but it really is the perfect way to get an appreciation for how beautiful, historic and iconic the city is. Also wandering around and getting a little lost (but always with CityMapper downloaded incase of a full on MIA emergency) is such a charming way to see London and discover a cafe or a view of the Thames that you may have otherwise missed. Ah, I know I'm getting old when I suddenly have an appreciation for architecture and scenery :) 

EATING *ALL* THE FOOD
Something you definitely won't be able to come to London without doing is eating a tonne of delicious food and that's TOTALLY okay because of all the walking around you'll be doing. Not that eating yumminess needs a justification anyway! Stalking Instagram and making notes on your phone of restaurants and breakfast joints you are wanting to visit is definitely a bonus for when in London because it can be overwhelming with the amount of eateries and not wanting to miss the best places! The two fave places that we visited include Yumchaa (tonnes around London serving yummy loose leaf tea and the BEST falafel), Benugo for v yummy lemonade and muffins! Also on my list that I desperately want to visit another time and might be helpful if you're looking for food destinations include Tanya's cafe (raw/vegan deliciousness), The Good Life Eatery, Rossopomodoro, Tibits (vegetarian buffet, YES PLS) and Eggbreak! 

Let me know if you have a London trip planned any time soon or if you're a Londoner yourself and have any other recommendations of things to see and do this year! I'd love to know!  

MOTIVATION AND STAYING CREATIVE



The ironic thing about this post is it's taken me a good few hours to psych myself up to actually open up my blog page and start writing. In between a few hours of reading through my Bloglovin' feed, watching Louis Theroux documentaries and scrolling Instagram I've been thinking through how I want to write this post and the best way to tackle it. I often see blog posts on motivation, ways to maintain it or even find it to begin with, and as I enter the second month of summer after finishing my first year at university, I can safely say I'm falling out of routine and into a summer slump. Now, I can't be too hard on myself because I have pushed myself to get a part time job and organised two driving lessons a week for the foreseeable future but when it comes to being creative I'm worried I've hit a wall. My university course is one that incorporates both a more academic side in terms of researching, writing and referencing essays and creating marketing plans for new fashion brands as well as a more creative side of styling and promoting and I've found myself missing the stimulation from working 24/7 on my degree. Don't get my wrong I am MORE than grateful for a lil rest from the constant stresses of uni but equally I think my brain secretly misses the challenges which has got me thinking all things motivation and the ways I've been working on it to keep myself blogging, photographing and thinking up ways to keep my social media active. 

CREATE MORE THAN YOU CONSUME

This is a quote I saw recently on Twitter and really got me thinking about the amount of time I spend online and how I could really do with a switch up in the balance between consuming and creating. Whilst working at F&F might not seem like the most strenuous job in the world, I usually come home having done upwards of 11,000 steps during a 5 hour period and feeling pretty tired to say the least. This often leads to social media scrolling from my bed and nights in with Netflix when really I feel I should be pushing my brain more creatively again. I think the point I'm trying to make is, sometimes you can get more reward and satisfaction from pushing yourself to work on things like blogging or running an online shop or photography in the times when we most feel like having a rest. It's important to get a work/life balance right but equally pushing yourself a little to not be lazy and take the easy option can often be just what is needed!

PLANNING AND A WORK / LIFE BALANCE

On the subject of a work/life balance, it really can be SO important to plan your time effectively to ensure you don't take on 200 things at once and have the time to be productive, successful and creative without being a frazzled ball of stress. We've all been the frazzled ball of stress. It's not cool. Whilst I've mentioned wanting to push myself to be creative on my blog, I know if I get home from work super tired and just want to eat lots of carbs and watch rom-coms all evening, then that's okay. I guess your outlet of creativity determines how flexible you can be with your schedule but as blogging is just a hobby for me I can upload if and when I choose. Perhaps getting into a more strict schedule of uploading posts would help in terms of readers and analytics but at the moment I just like uploading when I have something to say; no pressure to write just for the sake of it! For some running small businesses alongside their studies or full time jobs, creating a balance can be more tricky but I think the main thing to remember is valuing time off to get your creative juices flowing and recharge your batteries; then you'll be good to go!

SEEKING INSPIRATION 

This point is more applicable to the idea of staying creative rather than motivation to do so because sometimes when you're lacking inspiration that can be the hardest part! It might seem pretty self explanatory but scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram are my go-to points of call if I want to get inspired for a blog post, whether it be trying a new photography method or just taking a look at content you've been loving yourself and working from there. I've spent the past couple of hours reading back into the archives of two of my favourite blogs (WhatOliviaDid and WishWishWish) and I found it SO inspiring seeing how two bad ass girl bosses are consistently producing interesting, intelligent and ultimately super enjoyable content! Their images are the standard I really aspire to have on my own site so the process of reading their blogs for hours on end (procrastination or productive ??) really motivated me to hopefully shoot some more OOTD's in the coming weeks! Obviously this scenario is one that applies to blogging but whatever avenue your creativity takes you down, there will always be people that inspire you or goals you aspire to achieve personally. Whatever your motivator, GO OUT AND DO THOSE THINGS! You will feel so satisfied afterwards. 

This post is a little different for me but I hope you enjoyed my venting and tips on staying creative; if you relate in any way to this post definitely drop me a comment and let me know how you stay motivated! P.S. The absolutely GORGEOUS print in the photograph above is a recent purchase from a lovely lady I've been following on Instagram for many months now. I love supporting smaller businesses and this print is so up my street! If you want to have a browse of Annie's site you can do that HERE.

LIFE LATELY


As I mentioned in my last post I've been a little MIA on the blog recently and so thought a little catch up post was in order and for me to share some photos including snippets of life lately. Sometimes the best photos are the little moments captured on an iPhone rather than those that have taken time and planning to put together (despite the fact I still love an insta worthy shot) so I hope you enjoy the pictures too! 

1) MY BLOG HAS HAD A MAKEOVER. I've been wanting to update the look of my blog for the longest time now and after 4 years of uploading it has only tweaked its look a couple of times, mainly as a result of my absolutely PANTS computer skills. But, with some new found determination, a bargain Etsy blog layout and the help of one of my closest internet friends Hayley, the makeover happened! I'm still not 100% happy with the way it looks and there are a few tweaks to be made but overall I think it looks a lot more ~profesh~ and hopefully you like it too! Let me know what you think for sure! (ps. check out Hayley's beaut blog because she is clearly the queen of blog layouts and her posts are some of my absolute faves!)

2) A big thing that's happened recently for me has been moving out of my university halls! For any long time blog reader or follower of my social media it will be very clear that my first year at uni was not the easiest of times and so I feel a lot of relief closing that chapter and it felt like I was able to do so with moving out of my accommodation. The halls I was living in themselves were stunning and in a perfect location with lovely staff on hand at all times but this was all tainted and overwhelmed by the intense anxiety and loneliness I felt whilst there. Towards the end of my first year I definitely felt a little more relaxed as I handed in work and felt confident that all my hours of stress and worry had been somewhat worthwhile and with the promise of a few new friends it definitely has put me in a slightly more relaxed position for starting second year. I wouldn't say I'm looking forward to going back in September at all and I'm definitely appreciating being home in familiar surroundings and with S but I'm hoping the move back will be a little easier than first anticipated. 

3) Seeing friends since being home has been the loveliest of times! I've caught up with my secondary school friends since being back from uni and am finally seeing those from my sixth form this weekend and have enjoyed it all SO MUCH. I think friends are something you take for granted when you're together and uni has definitely taught me how much I value the people in my life when they're not there. One of the photos above shows THE most delicious vegan chocolate avocado cake that my friends made for a cluedo and games night we had recently which was SO MUCH FUN. If any of your friends are as like minded as mine then organising a scavenger hunt, 72 slide powerpoint quiz and getting overly competitive in teams is the ultimate weekday evening. I'm still bitter we lost by a point and a half. 

4) I was recently surprised with the biggest and most gorgeous bunch of flowers after handing in some money that mysteriously appeared in my locker. Turns out two people accidentally being given the same locker key has its perks at Tesco as two managers handed me the beaut flowers pictured above for being so honest; who knew being a normal decent human being was something to be recognised (not that I'm complaining!)

5) I've been really loving editing and filming for my YT channel lately and really want to get videos up more regularly. I've pretty much fully decided that my channel is a place I want to share vlogs rather than 'sit down' type videos but with most of my time being taken up by work, driving lessons or being too tired to do much on my days off that doesn't make for very interesting content! I did a weekly vlog a couple of weeks ago which wasn't my favourite vid because I didn't think it was exciting enough but lots of people seemed to enjoy; let me know if you are a fan of those more homey/relaxed videos rather than trips and weekends away because I can definitely make more of those! 

And that's about it! Not much going on but at the same time busy days and not as much time for blogging in the last couple of weeks. I'm 100000% going to be working on changing that for the rest of June so if you do have preferences for the style of posts I do or particular topics then PLS let me know; I'm a big lover of feedback. I hope you're all doing 10/10 at the moment and deffo let me know what's been going on in life lately for you! <3 

My current ASOS wishlist

SMOCK DRESS, MERCI TEE, ONE IN A MELON TEE, NEON ROSE FLORAL DRESS, GREEN RUFFLE JUMPER,  GINGHAM MIDI DRESS
Hello there! Long time no blog (kinda) and there are a few reasons for that although absolutely no excuse because i've deffo missed updating this corner of the interwebs. I mentioned in one of my vlogs which you can watch HERE (also I started vlogging a bit, another update!) that I had got a summer job at F&F in Tesco to fund driving lessons, Amsterdam adventures in August and general life things and so far it's been kinda full on! It's only part time but 20 hours a week of tagging clothes, putting into size order, running around the back warehouse and answering all the questions about bras has left me pretty tired! So, as I don't work Monday's I thought today would be the perfect time to sit my butt down and write a few posts! To ease me back into it and justify the amount of time I've spent browsing ASOS *ahem* of late I thought a little wishlist would be the perfect kinda post especially as I love eyeing all the things others have been lusting over recently! I've had my eye on these pieces for the longest time now but after getting my first payday I'm still too scared to splurge and spend my £££ because I feel I should be adult and save my money for important future things. WHAT HAVE I BECOME. Anyway, you'll probably see some of these things in future OOTD's because I may not hold off my spending ban for that long; let me know which bits I absolutely NEED (and justify my spending).