Wednesday, 31 December 2014

…Well-being: Fitness//Health...

Click here for link to Adriene's website for more details…

image from Adriene's webpage

…30 Days of Yoga…

Getting back to myself and taking stock of what's important. Yoga has been a way for me over the past few years of a way to reconnect and relax. Over the Summer and my time off, I really took off with my practise and loved being able to practise on a daily basis. Since starting my PGCE I have found that my practise has taken a back seat. So I've decided to start the 30 Days of Yoga mission, which has been compiled by Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. Now, I follow this woman's videos on Youtube and love them. She puts together some wonderful routines and practises that range from detoxifying to gentle flow routines. When I saw this mission pop up on her Instagram feed I knew it would be perfect for me. I have seen a few of these packages flying around as they do for the coming new year. But for me I wanted something that I knew would be in keeping with my original ideas and thoughts on health and well-being.

If this is something that you think you might be interested in, then click the link at the top of this post for further details. The best part about this programme is it is for free. The only thing that is asked of us is our commitment and a willingness to try new things, and push ourselves a little further. Plus what better way to start this programme can I have with my new yoga pants and all my lovely yogi tea drinks to help shift some of the unwanted toxins in my system. That's not to say I've let myself go over the festive period, I think I've just enjoyed relaxing and not feeling pressured to do stuff. Having this two week break, where Uni and work has taken the back seat, really helped me put things back in their right place. Equal the balance of things. I don't necessarily think we have to wait until the New Year to begin our journey to good health. I feel it should be something that's in our thoughts all the time. Maybe it's because the idea of a new year, a new start is more appealing and I can totally see that.

So from the January the first I will begin my 30 Days of Yoga, however before that I have already started thinking about my food and went for my first run in, oh I don't know how long.

Everyone have a fab and prosperous New Year!!!!!!


Monday, 29 December 2014

…A Christmas outfit...

Jeans - New Look, Top - HM, Shoes - New Look, Watch - TkMaxx

Seems like years ago now we had Christmas. The time really does fly by. In just three days it will be the January 1st. Wow! As I write this I am currently snuggled up in my new robe, heatings on full blast, and I've just pigged out on a delicious salted, caramel, chocolate pudding. Feeling bit sick now, not going to lie! Let the new fitness resolutions begin tomorrow!

So, moving onto this evenings post, a festive outfit for you. Well, festive being it was Christmas day rather than the actual items being festive themselves. Although we spent the day at our flat, just us two (myself and James), we still felt like dressing up and making an effort. Not too long after though we were in our new lounge wear, horizontal in front of the TV.

The shoes I felt were festive, being that lovely green colour, plus the sequins on the top made it feel all sparkly standing next to the tree. The top I found two years ago in the New Year sales, along with the green shoes and jeans. Can't beat those sales. Can always find some gems and those must haves you've been craving...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

…Festive Season...

It's getting to that time of year again. Wrapping, tinsel, mince pies and festive films. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. I bang on about every year, so I won't bore you with more details about my love of all things festive. Wrapping and gifting giving, is at the top of that list alongside decorating the home and watching Christmas films. Taking the time wrap up a gift for someone special is such a pleasure. I love seeing a full Christmas tree with lots of wonderful goodies underneath. There a lot more pressies under the tree now than when I took these images

Now I have only just begun my wrapping, as last year I peaked to early and didn't have anything else to do. For me what makes gifts so special is the paper used, the little details such as name tags and funny sticky tape. This year I've gone and got an amazing tacky role of tape. It is so wonderfully tacky I couldn't resist it. I always try and make my wrapping fun and different, so when I visited the convenient Christmas Shop (that pops up every year) I went a little crazy and grabbed all that I could. Like these gift labels. So cute and silly. That's what Christmas is all about really. Being silly and having fun. Also can I just take a moment to appreciate these cards, which I got last in Fortnum and Masons. So beautiful and elegant. Just divine images.

I try and take my time wrapping gifts, making sure the folds are neat and tidy. That the paper is even and scruffy. I think it shows people that you care about them. Lets be honest though I do find the wrapping difficult. Trying to hold the fold over whilst getting the tape stuck down. Can be a bit fiddle; all the more reason to take your time and not rush the process.

How you do all like to wrap your gifts and what kind of style do you go for? Tacky, fun and silly? Or kitschy, cute and simple? Maybe you go the sophisticated look, with clean lines and tacky tape free. Whatever the way, it all comes down to personal taste and style. This is the season to show our loves how much they mean to us and sometimes a perfectly wrapped gift is the way to go…

So tomorrow I officially finished for Christmas. Cannot wait for my two week before I start it all up again. Will be nice travelling up to my dad's for a couple of days before spending Christmas with James in a our flat. Am a very happy girl right now...


Sunday, 14 December 2014

…November Round Up...

Weeks are just flying by at the moment. Have nearly finished my first term of my PGCE (loving it by the way - takes up so much time though) and it's nearly Christmas - Yay cannot wait! K know this is titles a November round up, but really it's a mixture of October and November. Bit late I know...

So, what has been happening lately apart from studying, placements and planning. Well I've been reading, cinema-ring  and charity shopping mostly. Being a student again has it's benefits (student discount) but also means your cash needs to be spent wisely. Have found some great stuff on ebay and in the local charity shops. I have also been trying to keep up with my healthy lifestyle, making good choices and experimenting with new skin care routines.

Without further ado here's my new skin care regime using an array of Superdrug products. During the colder months my skin really suffers. The changing temperatures from going inside and outside is not great for my skin and it can become ever so dry and tight. These Vitamin E products have really helped to hydrate and put some much needed moisture back into my face. My complexion and pores will never be perfect but every little helps as they say. The hot cloth cleanser is like a mini facial once a week. Leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean…

Secondly, and one of my fave things about being a student is the stationary that comes along with it. Pencil cases, notebooks, diaries, folders etc are just so much fun. They can bring some light and joy into what can sometimes be a tedious chore, especially with the amount of filing I have to be doing for my course. Post it and cute note books, and colourful folders help make those days a little brighter.

And finally, as aforementioned I love a good charity / ebay bargain and wanted to find some great pieces I could wear for my school / teacher uniform. Seeing as I'm working in the Primary sector I can have a bit more fun with my attire. Found some wonderful pieces, from this Paul Smith shirt to these two tartan beauties. And being a student again I needed a good solid bag to lug all my books and planning around in. Plus the wonderful boyfriend that he is treated me to this snugable coat from HM, which I had been perusing over a few weeks back. He knows me too well.

Well, there you have it, my October/November round up…Not much going on at the moment apart from working hard and this little blog of mine has taken a back seat. Holidays soon and cannot wait to take my well earned break…


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

…Naughty or Nice…

A little round up of the things I think I would like to receive seeing as I've been a very hard working and good girl this year...

1. Instax mini camera - link here

2. Make up brush set - link here

3. New yoga pants from H&M - link here

4. New nightwear - link here

Basically anything from H&M will never be turned away. My favourite brand. Vouchers for that place is one of my all time favourite kind of gifts. Lame I know.

5. This wonderful pair of brown over the knee boots - link here

I think it could be deemed as a little silly putting a list together of the things you want for Christmas, however for me, it's more a case of putting together a few items that I would like to purchases myself. Maybe over Christmas or in the coming New Year. You never know! It doesn't hurt though to have a little hope here and there though. These are only a few of the items I could think of really. It gets harder every year to think of stuff, and when you get asked the dreaded "What do you want for Christmas?" questions, it's like, "ahhh! I don't know". I hope the rest of you have more ease thinking about what you would like this year...


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

...Autumn / Winter wants...

I love Summer. Not going to deny that one. Swimming, the beach, holidays etc are all wonderful and equally enjoyable. However, I do find layering up, snuggling into some comfy knits pretty darn fun too. It is easier to dress during the colder months. Choosing ones tights, knits, warm coats and the many varieties of hats, gloves and scarfs are always exciting decisions to be made. You don't have to worry about showing any unnecessary skin.

As the festive season looms over us, begging us to join, I have been on the wonderful world of online stores searching for some pratical yet stylish clothes I can wear at school. Thick, wool skirts, plaid shirts and chunky jumpers are perfect in my book. One site I am really loving at the moment is Sheinside. There are some great deals and bargains to be found on there. And although I am yet to make a purchase, I have put together a little wish list of items I can see myself buying in the not too distant future. As you can see below they are always holding deals and special offers, and always seem to have a sale on. I am blown way by the variety of style and scale of clothing they have. Something for everyone I'd say…


Saturday, 1 November 2014

…Autumn Days...

Jacket - ebay, Trousers - ebay, Scarf - charity shop, Shoes - Office, Bag - market in Portugal, T-Shirt - band shirt

A recent outfit post for you here today. But firstly I must say it has been really nice being back on here and blogging again. Having a half-term is brilliant. Yes I still have lots of work to do but I have the time to do. Mostly importantly I have time to hang out and just 'be'.

Anyways back to the outfit and present moment. I have been pretty much living in this outfit. The trousers are so comfy and the perfect khaki colour. Plus these boots are one of the best purchases I've made recently. A bit pricey but I thought why not. I have been spending a lot of time recently on ebay looking for items of clothing that I can wear for school. Some nice skirts and shirts. Forgot how great it is on there. Especially when you win a bid and bag an item for next to nothing. Paul Smith shirt for 0.99 don't mind if I do.

Walking around town yesterday I really got a feel that Christmas is soon to be in the air. Those crisp evening chills. Bright sun light and Chai lattes. Oh, I just cannot wait!

Friday, 31 October 2014

…Las Maravillas...

Happy Halloween!

Today I have a very spooky post for you. Earlier this week I made the long journey up from the coast to central East London, to take part in my friend's show - Las Maravillas. This was no ordinary theatre experience. Las Maravillas, which is showcasing until Saturday 1st November, is an interactive maze of interweaving stories of the dead. Inspired by Mexico's Day of the Dead, Las Maravillas guides you on a journey through the redesigned Hackney Archives and into the lost world of Mictlan. Created by the up and coming The Dreamery production company, this is a great first piece to showcase.

This was truly a terrifying bizarre show that left me feeling eerily spooked as I made my way back to the station. The journey through each section was seamless and you were guided by the 'spirits of the dead'. Now I'm not usually one for shows like this, where the audience and the actors move in the same space. I never go to any of the Tower of London experiences. Too freaky! However, the stories being told here were engaging, original and dynamic. As you take your first steps into this dark underground world, you are immediately thrown into an overloading sensory experience. Definitely not for those who don't enjoy dark, cramped spaces with lots of flashing lights. I loved it and I'm not just being biased here. It honestly was a great way to spend an evening of my half term. Now I'm not going to say anymore but leave you with a collection of production stills that I managed to get…This was no mean feat let me tell you…

If you are stuck for something to do this Hallows Eve, get yourself a ticket, hop on the overground to Haggerston and make your way to The Rose Lipman building (the old Hackney archives) for a great Halloween experience. The shows runs every 10 minutes from 6 - 10.30pm and lasts roughly for 40 minutes.

Click on the link below, to take you to The Dreamery's Facebook page, with details on how to purchase tickets. I really am being a fan girl here, and 'bigging' up (yes I did just use that phrase) my friend's show, who has worked tirelessly for the past couple of months. She is literally battered and bruised from this show.

The Dreamery - Las Maravillas

Go, enjoy!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

…A Highland Jig...

Weddings seem to be the order of the year for me. Two weddings down, one booked for next year, and an engagement. I love seeing my friends happy and to be able to celebrate their special day with them is always a privilege. Plus I get to whip out my camera and get some amazing pictures. This was definitely the case for my dear friend, Sophie's wedding. Set in the beautiful highlands, Forres to be exact, at the stunningly beautiful Brodie castle. It really was a beautiful, low key day. Very intimate with close friends and family. By the end of the evening it was pretty much a disco for the young lot of wedding party, with older members of the family retiring their respective lodgings.

Here are just some of the pictures I took. There are some more up on flickr. Go take a look here. I truly love being with my friends and celebrating the milestones in our lives…


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

…Slow Cooking...

Two Christmases ago, my lovely mother got myself and James a slow cooker. This is a wonderful piece of equipment to have in your kitchen. It is so easy to use and the result is some delicious tasting food. Some of my favourite dishes to cook at the moment are stews, chillis, and big hearty meals. It is definitely the weather for it.

Over the summer I turned veggie again, and am loving it. So here is a great veggie recipe for you all. Easy and simple. Just how I like things. A potato, vegetable stew with boiled rice:


Diced potatoes
Chopped courgettes
Diced onions
Tinned tomatoes
Mixed lentils

Then I chose to make it a spicy, hot dish. So lots of chilli, garlic and tobacco were needed.

One of the great things about a slow cooker is, is that you wack everything into the pot and then according to your rules, cook it for about 6-8 hrs. I put my on at nine and it was ready to eat at 6. All the moisture and juices are allowed to brew and the flavours really develop when you cook something slowly. Our cooker is on the smaller scale so we get just enough for two meals and then some left overs. This recipe can easily be created using a casserole dish and cooking it in the oven for about 1hr. You just have to par-boil the potatoes first and then added it all together in the pot. Otherwise the potatoes won't be soft. The beauty of the slow cooker, its all done for you. It really is the lazy way to cook...


Sunday, 26 October 2014

…Summer Outfits...

Wow! A whole month without posting! And I was on such a roll over the Summer. However, I knew that come September my time would be precious and spread thinly. Since starting my PGCE, yes that's right I'm back at University, I haven't found the time to even practise my daily yoga as much as I would like. Maybe I should say I'm not giving myself the time, but rather using it all up on studying. Note to self "allow time to relax and care for yourself". Seeing as it's half term now, I feel I can justify taken some time away from studying and get back in blogging a bit more.

Well, here I am and with a collection of my holiday snaps, more specifically my Summer outfits. And since the weather right about now has taken a horrible, ghastly turn, this a great opportunity to reminisce over those sunny days. Most of what I am wearing was charity shop sourced. The white, strapless dress being one of my favourite Summer pieces. The purple detailing is just perfect. We stayed in a little town just outside of Mahon in Menorca. It really was a stunning place to end my Summer.

So, there you go. A very quick update and check in from me. I am planning on sharing some more Summer memories with you…