A Week in Pictures 14/03/16

This week was a preeetty good week. For the first week in a long time I feel like I’ve actually got some stuff worth blogging about *high five*!

There’s been eating out again, cocktails again, some new purchases and OMG new hair. Life is goooood.

Taco Tuesday:

This is the best way to spend a Tuesday. Definitely. Went back to Benson Blakes in Bury St Edmunds because it’s closing soon-ish which is seriously depressing, so we needed to get in at least one more Taco Tuesday. And it did not disappoint. Probably ate far too much for a Tuesday evening but it was totes worth it. And 2 cocktails on a school night? I’m so hardcore.

  
Hello Victoria’s Secret:

Victoria’s Secret has opened in Cambridge. I repeat, Victoria’s Secret has opened in Cambridge. Major excitement went through work on the opening day and we all popped over for a cheeky look in our lunch breaks. I bought some very pretty new underwear (5 for £20 = bargain) and with every purchase you got a free Victoria’s Secret Dog ❤ and a gift card. The gift card is exciting as each one has a minimum of £10 loaded onto it, but it could have up to £500. From the 29th March you go back and they tell you how much is on it. Can’t bloody wait.

Dark Hair Don’t Care:

For years I had light blonde hair, then about a year and a half a go I took a massive step and went a bit darker. And I was extremely scared when I did so. Now I’m so over worrying about my hair colour. I simply rock up and my friends house and she does something. Obviously she doesn’t just go crazy and she is a hair dresser so it’s all fine. But this time I went the darkest I’ve been, and it’s broken up with a few highlights and low lights. And it’s my favourite colour I’ve ever had on my hair.

Propercorn:

Thanks to the beauts over at O2, I got a free packet of Propercorn on O2 Priority. Fancy flavours of popcorn have always looked good but I’ve always been a bit unsure. I went for Coconut and Vanilla and OMG it’s delish. Anyone who knows me knowns I’m a huge coconut fan, and this is just perfecto. I’m a changed woman.

Parents Pub Lunch:

Sunday was spent eating cake, then going for a late pub lunch with my parents in a pub in the middle of no-where over-looking a river. Very cute. Can’t wait to go in the summer when you can sit outside. We then went home and I spent the evening sitting in a food coma.

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Birchbox Time Already!?

Can someone please explain to me how we’re in MARCH already and it’s time for me to write another Birchbox post? Like, surely it’s only about 2 weeks since the last one? This year is going crazily fast. Slow down 2k16 I ain’t ready.

So far for each Birchbox post I feel as though I keep banging on about how good each box is. But seriously, does anyone else agree that they’ve upped their game from last year? I mean, I liked it as a whole last year obviously, or else I wouldn’t continue getting them. But this year they all keep impressing me. Keep it up, Birchbox!

  
But let’s get down to it, here’s what I got:

ModelCo More Brows:

When I opened the box I was SUPER excited to see this. Not that I’d heard of the product or brand before, but I’ve been considering buying the Wunderbrow stuff I keep seeing all over social media and this looked kinda similar. I got it in medium/dark which I think is slightly too dark for me. But I still really like it! I’m still perfecting my technique, and the colour isn’t that off that I wont use it. I genuinely think I’m going to buy this, just probably in a medium shade if they do it. It looks really natural, and I still use my Kiko Eyebrow Marker first, then just finish off with this.

Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm:

Well wasn’t this a nice surprise! I thought it was gonna be a normal lip balm with just a hint of pink. But the colour is actually a really strong, well lasting colour! And it’s really good at moisturising your lips. All round winner. Oh, and it’s a full size item which it just ❤

Philip B Straightening Baume:

I’ve only tested this once, on the only day I actually fully blow dried and straightened my hair (coz nobody got time for that everyday). But I did notice a difference. My hair just looked a bit glossier and sleeker. Not its usual frizzy, wavy self. So pretty good if you ask me. I just wish it smelled really lush, as it doesn’t seem to smell of much?

The Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray:

I have used this every night since I got it and I love it! I’m a really rubbish, light sleeper, and it has actually made me have some really good nights sleeps. One night it still did take me a little while to drift off, but once I’m asleep I’m actually out instead of waking up like 5 times in one night.

Whish Shave Cream:

As with most Whish products, this smells amazing! Its coconut flavour. It’s not a foam so it does leave your skin feeling soft and smooth instead of drying it out slightly. It’s a bit like you’re shaving with moisturiser, but that’s why it makes your skin feel so good. 

Indeed Moisture Boosting Mask:

I haven’t tried this yet but I’m saving it for a special occasion. Might use it before my weekend in London when I go and see The Woman in Black with Pete. It seems like it will be really effective and fancy. 

  
  
  

A Week in Pictures 29/02/16

This ‘Week in Pictures’ is a bit meh. I didn’t get up to as many small things so it’s a tad short and sweet this time round. Sorry guys, life’s not always exciting. I’ll try harder this week *promise*

 

Tuesday Cinema Date

Tuesday night Pete and I had a little date night to the cinema. We saw Grimsby which I think I liked but I’m sure? I defo laughed. And cringed. But anyway, the highlight was trying out the new Vue chairs and OMG they are amazing. You can almost lay down, have a lap tray for all your food and basically feel like you’re at home in your bedroom. And for dinner I had a Ben & Jerries core sundae which was yum.

 

 

Hot Chocolate and Cake

No week is complete without a little trip to a coffee shop, and last weeks lucky winner was Starbucks. You NEED to try their hot chocolate made with coconut milk. It basically tastes like a bounty. Uh huh. Thank me later.

 

 

Saturday Night Vibes

Last but definitely not least, Saturday night was spent these beautiful people. We ate food and drank wine and had an all round good evening. And I didn’t even have a wine  headache the next day! So not a single bad thing about the evening.

 

Tips to be a Top Saver

As you may or may not know, I’m now trying to be really really good at saving money. I’d love to move out and the sooner that becomes possible the better. I’d say at the moment I’m an average saver. I save a lot more than some of my friends, but nowhere near as much as some others. Completely slap bang in the middle. So from this pay day onwards I’m going to try and seriously up my game, and I’ve come up with several ideas to try and make this happen.

I think working in the finance industry does make me more aware of saving and how much you do actually need to move out etc, so I really need to make a conscious effort to start saving as much as possible because man, life is expensive!

  1. Make a Spreadsheet

I’ve made myself a simple spreadsheet on Excel coz I’m a proper, boring adult. It’s nothing fancy as I literally only know the basics of Excel, so it’s something that anyone can make. Each month I’m gonna put in the exact amount I got paid, and then it’s going to take away from that balance whatever I spend. I’ve made categories such as petrol, insurance etc. Stuff you HAVE to spend your money on each month. Then for clothes/beauty, I’m giving myself an allowance. And then after all these things it tells me how much I have left completely free. So I should be able to budget much better. Hopefully.

2. Cut out the Crap

Basically, stop wasting money on shit. I don’t need a hot drink from Costa, we have a kettle at work. I’m not really starving so I don’t need extra food at lunch. If I pop to the pub on a week night I don’t always need one glass of wine. If I ain’t getting drunk I’ll be having a soft drink. These sound so little but all these things add up and over a month I reckon I can probably save myself a good £50.

3. Eat Out Less

This is defo gonna be the hardest for me. I LOVE a meal out. Since pay-day I’ve already eaten out once and had an afternoon tea. But from now on that’s it, I’m going to be strong. It is so hard as Pete and I love eating out, and so do all my friends. But unless there’s an actual reason I ‘m going to turn down any offers. Once a month should do just fine.

4. Everything in One Go

By  this I mean, try and get everything that HAS to come out of your account to come out on your actual pay day, or as close to it as possible. I move a certain amount of money straight into my savings as soon as I get paid. Give my parents their rent money. Fill up my car with petrol. The list goes on. I’m slowly arranging for bills to come out the day after my pay day now instead of random days in the month. You may have to do this as and when you renew things (such as when your phone contract runs out) to avoid any admin charges. It means what your left with is basically good to use.

5. Be Strict

I am getting a lot better at this, but I need to actually think things through before buying them. No impulsive clothes buys! I’m really going to try and not buy something when I first see it, and then if I still want it after around a week then I’ll get it.

6. Bring Back the Piggy Bank

I’m going to be chucking any loose change into my piggy back and every couple of months I’ll empty it and pay it straight into my savings. Again, this is a really small step but every little helps, and combined with everything else it should start making a huge difference!

7. Learn to Say No

I’m seriously terrible for getting FOMO. I hate the thought that everyone’s out doing something and I’m not. And I also really dislike having to say no to things. But I need to learn that if I don’t go to every trip to the pub, or every night out, or every meal out, that my friends aren’t going to stop being my friends or hate me for it. If other people say no it’s fine, so it’s fine for me to say no as well sometimes. A night in with  my colouring book is just as good sometimes. And also a major sign of getting old 😐 brill!

A Week in Pictures 15th Feb 16

There’s a slight theme to this weeks ‘Week in Pictures’. I know food usually features fairly heavily in my weekly round-up but this last week there was just so much food. So much that one meal out isn’t even in here because I was too hungry to even think about photographing it. Someone needs to ban me from eating out, I actually think I have a problem.

Lol got at least 2 meals out this week, whatya gonna do?

Did a couple of other things, but yeah, my week basically in food:

Indian with an Indian:

One of my best friends moved to London last year, but this week she was back so we met up and did our favourite thing other than drinking… eating. (May have had a glass of wine each too, but that’s pretty tame for us!)

Gluten Free Pho’:

My friend Charlie met me after work one evening and she’s coeliac so eating out can be quite difficult for her, but we stumbled across this new Vietnamese restaurant in Cambridge and we LOVED it. She could eat everything on the menu except for one dessert, and it was all so delish. It was my first experience to Vietnamese food too and I didn’t really know what to expect, but was very pleased with our discovery.

Ray Bans First Appearance:

When I went to Vienna for my birthday in November I bought a pair of Ray Bans in the airport, but since I bought them it hasn’t been sunny once so I haven’t had a chance to wear them. So was a tad excited when I was FINALLY able to. Sad, I know.

New Colouring Pens:

Ha. I’m such a child. But I got new pens for my colouring book! I’ve been using pencils as my book has quite large pictures to colour but there are some really swirly pictures too, so I bought some pens. God I sound old. Moving on…

Girls Night:

Redeeming myself slightly here, I got drunk on Saturday. We’d had this girls night planned for some time and it didn’t disappoint. We started off quietly in a bar drinking wine and gossiping, we then got a tad loud and started speaking to random people on the table next to us. Then oh, next thing we know it’s 2am and we’re doing shots in the club. Standard.

Recovery Nandos:

Best thing to do after a night drinking? A recovery nandos, followed by cinema with the boyf. Life’s good.

Why Friends are the Most Important Thing in your Life. 

Life has taken a bit of weird turn for me recently. Something’s happened that I didn’t expect and it’s taking me a little bit of time to work out how to act and how to adjust life around it. It sort of feels like everything’s on hold and I need to get my head around a lot of things. More on the specifics another time, but for now it’s really made me value a lot of things, one being my friends.

There’s no denying that a good catch up with the girls can make you feel a million times better. Here’s my top reasons for why friends are literally everything.

  1. They can make you laugh until your belly hurts and you physically can’t laugh any more. Whether it’s talking about all the old times you used to drink Cherry Lambrini up the local park or OMG that super embarrassing thing one of you did recently, you can guarantee something will have you in stitches.
  2. If you want, they can ignore that there’s anything bad going on in your life and act completely normal. Keeps you proper pre-occupied.
  3. Who else would you be able to look through 4000 pictures of Zac Efron with? Feeling down and want to just stare at his amaze body? They be up for that!
  4. If you just need some company but don’t want to say anything at all, they’ll still happily come round and just sit. Or spoon. And be a shoulder to cry on if need be.
  5. They don’t care if you’re an ugly crier and your wet mascara rubs onto their top *even if it is brand new :|*, they’ll still sit there and let you sob until your hearts content.
  6. They listen and enthusiastically respond to your 25 reasons for why so-and-so’s a bitch, or why your job sucks right now, or just men in general. You *may* have repeated point number 4 three times already, but they’ll still nod, agree, and join you in the moaning.
  7. If they come over your house to comfort you, they’ll 9 times out of 10 bring either food or wine. Or both tbh. Screw the diet or the detox, it’s Ben and Jerries and a bottle Sauvignon Blanc that’s gonna save the day. No-one finds comfort from an apple.
  8. You can make crazy plans together which instantly lifts your mood. Fine, half of these may not actually happen in the end. But if it gets you excited about something for half an hour it’s helping. A week on a Greek Island, a festival, or OMG bungee jumping. It makes everyone happy to have plans.
  9. There’s always that one friend who you can convince into going out and getting completely rat-arsed with you. getting smashed probs doesn’t actually help, but if at the time all you want is rum and coke, jaeger bombs, tequila then so be it.
  10. Just knowing you have someone there who will do any of the above is the main thing. Not necessarily the same person for each thing.

Just remember that although being by yourself might be what you want right now, having some company will always make you feel better ❤

11 Stages of a Workday Hangover

We’ve all been there, and this is probably happening to quite a few people right now. It’s Thursday evening and you get invited to the pub for a casual drink. You say you’ll go for one but not stay late because you’ve got work tomorrow. But that’s fine as everyone else does too so you’re all in the same boat.

It’s all going well, then somehow you get tempted into 1 more drink, which soon turns in to 3, and it’s fiiiiine to stay out until 1am. You won’t have a hangover in the morning! You’ll still have 5 and a half hours sleep. You’re good!

But then… it’s the morning:

1. Alarm goes off. ‘It’s not that time already; I must have set my alarm for the wrong time’. *Checks alarm* OH. MY. GOD.

2. No wait, isn’t it Saturday today? It’s definitely Saturday. Crap no, it is Friday. Shit. Its fine I got this, I can do this.

3. Lay in bed for 3 alarm snoozes and try to work out if you are, in fact, dying.

4. Finally make it into the shower, stand there for far too long thinking of reasons you can call in sick. Remember you already told everyone you’re going to the pub after work. WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!?

5. When you eventually make it out of the shower and you look in mirror for the first time. Just *look* at those eye bags and that redness! Everyone will know!

6. The absolute struggle of making yourself look presentable, even though all the make up in the world wouldn’t be able to save you right now. Plus the wonky winged eyeliner caused by your alcohol shakes just isn’t doing you any favours.

7. After a pretty dodgy commute #vom you just need to sit yourself down with a nice cuppa and keep yourself to yourself…

8. But in comes the office chatterbox who just Will. Not. Shut. Up. ‘Oh you look rough, big night out!? On a school night!?’ Cue major headache.

9. You get to 11am successfully before you suddenly become more hungry than you have ever EVER been in your life before. ‘Just popping to Sainsbury’s, anyone want anything?’ Fresh air and food in one clever move. GENIUS.

10. After devouring some kind of chicken wrap, a peperarmi, 2 chocolate bars and a can of coke, you’re now finally starting to feel normal again.

11. The rest of the day goes by in a slightly painful blur until the question ‘anyone fancy a quick Friday drink after work?’ OH HERE WE GO…

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