Sunday, 10 February 2019

February Resolutions


Read more books

No lie, I haven’t touched a book since I was in my first year of uni and had to read Wuthering Heights as part of my first assignment. In fact, I didn’t even read it- I took one look at the thickness of the book and the miniscule size of the text, bought it on DVD which I didn’t realise was SIXTEEN HOURS LONG, then dropped out of the course.

Magazines don’t count unfortunately, and neither does a morning scroll through the Daily Mail app on my phone, but on top of that, I’ve already read TWO books this year, and I’m on my third! Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton and This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay, both absolutely brilliant and 10/10 would recommend! Now I’m powering through The rules do not Apply – Ariel Levy, so if anyone has any more recommendations….talk nerdy to me.

Stop Binge Eating/Drinking

I’ve just started the F45 8-week challenge, so I’m enduring savage circuit training workouts 3 or 4 times a week. I’m pretty good on the fitness side, but it’s my diet that lets me down. I am SO good during the week, my willpower is unstoppable, howeeeeeeever, as soon as the weekend hits, my diet turns to shit. I mean, who wakes up with a raging hangover and thinks, ‘do you know what I really fancy? 10 almonds.’ NO ONE DOES. It’s Deliveroo or die.

Fortunately, with this f45 challenge, we get a meal plan, support group AND the shame and humiliation of the possibility of losing no weight at the end of it when everyone’s results are shared. Now THERE’S my motivation!

Reduce my Impulse Spending

I nearly wrote STOP impulse buying, but that’s impossible, so I’m gonna try as hard as I can to significantly reduce pissing my money up the wall every month. I’ve got a money tracker app and I’ve hidden all my shopping apps into a little folder on my iPhone to stop me scrolling ASOS new-in section every half an hour.

OLAPLEX

My hair is absolutely f*cked from bleaching the hell out of it every couple of months ,and I have had it drilled into me from my hairdresser for yeeeeeears about the importance of using hair masks regularly, so I’m actually going to. Especially now I’m a green-juice-drinking-health-goddess-fitness-worshipper who doesn’t have a social life anymore and is in bed by 8pm- I’ve got plenty of time to. I’ve bought Olaplex and I’m going to mix it with cheaper hair masks to make it last longer. (£30 for the teeniest bottle- WAT.)

Do you find it easier to set smaller, monthly goals to work towards too? Keep me motivated over on my IG!

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Living in London: One Year On!


I feel like I’ve blinked, and I’ve been in London for a whole year! (Well, actually 14 months by the time I got around to writing this post.) I’ve lived in countless houses (big up Caitlin for letting me spoon her every night for my first 3 weeks!) until I finally settled in with the Nightingaldem (my current housemates) in Clapham. 

I’ve had quite a few DM’s on IG about how daunting it is to move to London by yourself, so I thought I would share my thoughts on living in the capital one year on..

THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO.
I rarely go to the same place twice (unless it’s the Ship in Wandsworth or G-A-Y) because there is always a new bar or restaurant opening that I NEED to go to. I’ve got a list on my phone that I’m constantly adding to when I discover somewhere else and it is currently tracking on about 30. And growing.

BRUNCH IS A THING.
I knowwww this is the biggest London cliché but brunch really is a *thing*. And I am into it! 'Brunch' back home means one of us doing the KFC run on a very hungover Sunday morning. But I loveeee going for a nice bit of avocado toast post-gym on a hangover-free Sunday, whilst scrolling through all my friends outrageous snapchats from the night before and feeling like the green-juice-health-goddess I was born to be. And I love going for a boozy bottomless brunch on a Saturday where my biggest priority is how efficient the service staff are at topping up my drink and being abso hammered by 4pm and tucked up in bed (fully clothed) by 8pm. Fave places include Bunga Bunga, Megan’s, Granger & Co (for the pancakes!)

EVERTHING IS SO EXPENSIVE.
I know this is stating the obvious, but you only really realise when you've been here a while. A singular gym class is £20, my monthly travel card is £150, two vodka lime and sodas are £34...!!! (Ok, this was at the Mayfair Hotel but I'm going for the shock factor here) Luckily I had some savings (cough, massive overdraft) so I've never been in the position of being genuinely worried about money, but it's a huge reality check! This has actually been such a life lesson for me now because it's taught me to be frugal! (And when I say frugal, it means I will happily eat a can of 45p soup for lunch every day that week if I know I'm going out that weekend.) You know, because food > drinks.

SOCIAL MEDIA IS MY BEST FRIEND
As much as I don't wanna be THAT person who is glued to their phone, I am very very very active. I stalk social media, my whatsapp group chats are constantly going off and I'm constantly checking my emails. Partly because I work in social media so its habit, partly because I'm a show pony so I'm always on IG stories or Snapchat, and partly because I feel like it's really important to stay in close touch with my friends and family (majority of whom all still live in Preston) London can be super lonely, and I never want to experience that feeling, so I do all that I can to keep my best friends close.

IT'S SO EASY TO LOSE TOUCH.
As much as my social life is thriving, it can be so hard to stay in touch with friends. Before I moved here, I just presumed everything was a 30 min maximum tube journey away. How wrong was I! One of my best friends lives in Hackney, one lives in Dalston and one lives in Stratford, and I probably see them once every 2 or 3 months, which is really shit, but fortunately for me they are such good friends I could probably see them once a year and it would still feel like nothing has changed. 

Tinder/Bumble is SO MUCH BETTER.
Have I left the best till last? I swear to god. The standard of men compared to up north (i.e Preston) is on a completely different level. People actually have decent/interesting/similar jobs as opposed to listing their occupation as ‘Hogwarts’ or ‘WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO KNOW!!!!’ (erm yes actually I would. I need to know the potential father of my 18 children can provide, THANK U)


To sum up, I have absolutely zero savings, our house only has single glazed windows, my carpet is covered in make-up marks (partly my fault) my room is half the size of my room back home, my curtain is about as thick as a piece of tracing paper and our washing machine shakes the entire house when it’s on its last 10 minute spin, but I wouldn’t change it for the WORLD.

Monday, 12 November 2018

How I Get Flawless Skin | YouGlo London


We all know that I am partial to an aesthetics treatment or two. I've had filler in my lips, jawline and cheeks and a teeny bit of Botox under my brows to give them a little lift.

I'm 26 and fortunate enough to have pretty good skin. (Even though I sleep in my make-up most weekends and eat king size Reece's peanut butter cups way too often) I have as many wrinkles as the next 20-something year old, i.e not many, BUT prevention is better than cure! I know so many people who get Botox just for the smoothing effect it has on the skin, it makes it look f-l-a-w-l-e-s-s.

I went to the same clinic that did my brow Botox, YouGlo, which is located on Harley Street. The best thing about Dr Maryam is that she does evening and weekend appointments, so I don't have to try and cram it into my working day! The treatment took about 20 minutes and hurt a liiiiiitle bit more than cheek filler, but way less than lip filler. Aftercare is simple; don't wear makeup that evening, cleanse and dry your face as soon as you get home, and don't sleep on your face as this can shift the Botox.

Botox takes 2 weeks to fully freeze the muscle, and the photo of me above was taken round about that time post-treatment. LOOK AT MY FOREHEAD! I am fully obsessed. 

Thank you so much YouGlo, I can't wait to try more treatments! 
Botox prices start from £100 per area. Check out their website here.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

DATE NIGHT IN LONDON BRIDGE: GAUCHO


Since moving to London in November, I am always keen to try out new places to eat, drink or visit. (Mainly drink ,but whatever) Whenever I see anywhere that looks cool or gets recommended to me, I jot it down in my notes on my phone, so I’m either going to need a very rich boyfriend to take me out for dinner every night, or take on a new role as a food critic, and considering I eat microwaved scrambled egg every morning, I think I would struggle with the latter.

I still feel like an absolute tourist whenever I spot Tower Bridge, or the London Eye or Buckingham Palace in the distance of wherever I am, so when I got the opportunity to try something new in the London Bridge area, it obviously had to have #VIEWS.

There are so many boujee looking restaurants in the area (including two in the Shard which look absolutely glorious BUT nothing on the menu took my fancy) as well as Sky Garden, Borough Market (I’ve been once with my Dad and was so overwhelmed with the delicious food on offer that I ended up eating a full on curry and rice at 11am because I lost all sense of time and dat)

I settled on Gaucho. I know what you’re thinking- ugh, a chain?!?! But, when have you ever heard about anyone going to Gaucho and having a bad experience? Exactly.

We swerved the starters and went straight to mains- steak of course! I ordered the rump steak with summer peppercorn sauce and we shared chips, broccoli with flaked almonds and garlic spinach (my FAVE!) And I’m a sophisticated 26 year old so of course I had it with one (or two… or three) glass of red wine.
 

I requested a window seat and the view of the River Thames and Tower Bridge was so lush! Definitely a spot for a date night! Unfortunately, I was just there with my pal. *eye roll*
Just kidding Beth! Perfect food, perfect atmosphere and perfect company!

Where are your favourite date night spots in London?
 

The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own

Saturday, 1 September 2018

September Goals

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Each year I post my same old, stale af New Years resolutions: lose weight, save money and travel more. ( I also said my resolution this year was to be able to do the splits which I am THRILLED to announce that out of all my goals this is the only one I can do! Much to the delight of all my friends when I bust them out at every party or gathering I have attended in the last two months.)
As of this month, I am going to post monthly goals, so I can try and tackle them in smaller chunks and actually attempt to have some form of control over my life so the first time in 26 years.

1.       Save!!

Ok, so this was inevitably going to be number one, BUT I’ve actually made a bit of progress on this thanks to a certain app called Chip. Basically, you download it, and it links to your bank account and automatically saves a random amount depending on your cash flow activity that week. So if you’ve spent looooooads, it might save £4.32, but on the week you’ve just been paid, it might save £26.76. Really random amounts, but you don’t even notice them get taken out and VOILA, you’ve saved almost £1,000 in a year. (I hope) If you DO download it, which I highly recommend, use the code V1SQJJ and we both get an extra 1% interest on our savings! FREE MONEY!

2.       Stick to a fitness routine

I’m not even gonna say ‘lose weight’ cos I always lose weight and get to a size I’m happy with- then go on a massive bender with a 4-day hangover, consume my bodyweight in Deliveroo’s and then I’m back to square one and my motivation is out the window. I work NEXT to the gym ffs so I have no excuse. Actually – my excuse is that I have zero willpower and I love a naughty G&T (or 5) on a school night because I don’t know how to say no.

If I manage to secure a few brand collabs under my belt I might pay for a month at F45 (£165) or Ministry Does Fitness (£99) but at the moment I just can NOT justify that money on working out if I’m just going to ruin it on the weekends. So I hereby declare THIS as the start of my healthy lifestyle- will report back next month!

3.       Get back into blogging

I have been a VERY naughty blogger recently and haven’t posted since JUNE when I had dinner with Pandora at the Ivy. *paints nails emoji* I’m so flattered when I get messages on Twitter and Instagram from people telling me they love my blog, so I feel like I’m letting you guys down when I go MIA! I want to get back in the swing of things so I’m going to blog at LEAST twice a month. (This is number one)

4.       Make more effort with my friends

When you move to a different city it’s so easy to fall into a routine of seeing the same friends each week. Especially when they live close to you or you have the same mutual friends. I hate losing touch with people, and even though they’re the kind of friends that I could not see for 2 years and then meet up like nothings changed, I still want to make time to see them more frequently. Especially when we all live in London.

5.       Be more active on social!

Commenting Instagram posts instead of just liking them! Replying to tweets! Engaging in blogger chats! Subscribing to YouTube! I want to chat to my followers and friends more, so I’m going to try my hardest to do this.


6.       YouTube

I get asked about this ALL the time but I feel like my life isn’t exciting enough to blog?!!??! Maybe. It’s a work in progress. (PS if my future sugardaddy is reading this then I want the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II plz)


What are your September goals? Do you find setting smaller goals each month makes them more achievable?