Happy Friday beautiful weekend! Bring on the weekend is what I say.live,
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In life you have to dance to your own beat and make life choices that suit your here and now. It is so easy to get swept up in what everyone else is doing and their life choices but it’s far better to follow your own path and do as your heart desires. After all you only you live with the emotions of your decision so always remember folks dance to your own beat.
Have a fabulous sunny Tuesday everyone.
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Happy fridayfeeling everyone.
Today I thought i would talk MONEY and share my latest insights. It is not really a fridayfeeling topic but very appropriate as it is the end of the month. So the fact is I am a 20 something year old who has only properly learnt how to budget. YIKES! In the cold light of day that is a scary fact considering I knew how to do maths from age 4!
My darling mother has taught me plenty of life skills
How to dress- Classic styles rules
How to survive the workplace- Do not be a push over and work hard
How to find a great guy- They all have faults, find one with the least faults
How to have a successful relationship- Compromise, smile and nod when he is talking minor rubbish, scream when he is talking major rubbish
Friendships- Good ones are hard to find, be kind, be there and have a laugh
If I think about what budget advice she has given I would say it is not really a lot (sorry dearest mummy if you are reading this and you actually did give me budget advice. It was most probably one of those moments were I switched off).
Despite not having motherly wisdom on budgets I think I have finally cracked it. Hoooorah! Here are my tips so far
A Prada Bag (substitute for any designer brand of your choice) is NOT an investment.
So as a basic I have stopped thinking of any designer purchase as an investment. I wiki’d what investment is and in finance terms
‘Investment is putting something with expectation of gain, usually over a long term’.
I very much doubt my DVF tops, designer bags, lovely Cartier Watch, any Tiffany Jewellery I have will gain in value. I think accepting that is a good start, so when I decide to spend X on something I know and will not trick myself that is an investment. Please note this does not mean I will not ever buy designer things. My money pot above is going towards my big birthday treat which would be something outrageously grand because I would be old and have told myself I am worth it!
Things that happen automatically, actually happen. Direct debit was the best invention ever. So by setting a direct debt to pay my savings account first it gets done. It is no longer the case that i spend first and save what is left.
INPUT AND OUTPUT
“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen shillings and six pence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, expenditure twenty pounds and six, result misery” Mr Micawber. Charles Dickens
I absolutely love this quote because it is spot on. You need to have an idea of what is coming in and what is going out. The total left at the end of the month should not be MINUS. If it is getting a spreadsheet and figuring out what comes in and what goes out would be a good starting point.
So tomorrow is a new month which means a new budget. If you have not got one already this may be the perfect time to get started.
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.
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Ps. London Girl is back first hump day of the month. Whoooo.
One of my favourite things which I always say is ‘I just want to be happy’. If I had a dollar, euro, pound whatever currency it maybe for every time I say that I would be minted. It is not that I am a unhappy person, it is just I crave always been happy and always want to be happy. But something clicked just a few days ago and I realise that there is not a destination called happy. Happiness is a journey not a destination. In every day little things I do I have happiness. For me something simple as feeling a bath with REN Moroccan oil brings me great happiness, in taking time out to tap away on the blog brings me great happiness and eating really yummy food actually brings me great happiness. So just remember let the small things you do in your journey will bring you happiness. Have a fabulous Tuesday all.
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THE PIG HOTEL- Great for a romantic couples or family luxury staycation. Excellent for a spot of an amazing foodie lunch or dinner with friends/family or the BF.
Happy hump day beautiful people. Hope everyone where ever you were you enjoyed the weekend. To my fellow Londoners how amazing was the sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday!
This week’s diarise it is all about The Pig Hotel. I was lucky enough to be invited down to tour and have lunch with some fellow bloggers at hotel and it is official I am in love with the place.
It is an amazing hideaway to escape the city of London for a perfect staycation. When life gets busy and the buzz gets too much The Pig Hotel is a perfect place to escape. Tucked away in the New Forest with lots of beautiful rolling hills is a tranquil oasis that is also a foodie paradise.
The day itself started with a tour of the gardens by the great head chef Mr James Golding. As chef cvs go, Mr Golding has worked at some fab restaurants including J Sheekey, Le Caprice and Soho House New York, so there is no doubt this head chef really does know what he is doing.
True foodies know it is rare for any great restaurant to have so many fresh ingredients growing on site. Before we even had lunch my taste buds were tantalised by the smells, colours and textures of the fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit-growing on site.
What is even better is that anything that is not grown or sourced on site, is sourced within 25 miles. 25 miles and the Pig Hotel’s own gardens produces a 25 mile menu were you literally want everything on the menu.
Despite pottering down on a Tuesday afternoon the restaurant was positively buzzing. The restaurant itself is in a light airy room with those amazing wooden tables we would all love to own.
We started off lunch with piggy bits and if this was all I had I would have left feeling delighted. The Crispy pork belly and spiced honey were amazing.
When it came to choosing my starter I was so spoilt for choice by the 25 mile menu that I ended up resorting to a silent innie minnie moe at the table. As a result of my innie and minnies I ended up choosing the Hand dived south coast scallops and streaky bacon to start.
The scallops ticked all my boxes, beautifully presented with the most amazing colours and most importantly they were tasty. In fact my scallops were so good I ate every morsel on the plate bar one piece of beetroot so as not to look like a greedy piggy.
The other starters on the table looked equally as appetising and when I am next down I am definitely going to try something else on the menu.
For my main I opted for the Fennel Roasted Fillet of Hampshire Pork and , after all it is called the Pig Hotel, so I thought it would be rude not to. Pork is not something I often have at restaurants as so many restaurants and people get it so wrong. My filet of pork was tender and my apple mash was smooth with a lovely hint of apple running through it.
PIGS IN BLANKETS
As the name suggests The Pig Hotel is a hotel. The hotel has 26 bedrooms, 16 of which are in the main house and 10 in the newly completed old stables and yards. I myself I am not really a fan of the word hotel as it doesn’t do some hotels justice. My replacement word for ‘hotel’ is a work in progress, so please do bear with me. In the meantime I would say The Pig Hotel, is warm and inviting, a place that is home from home with all the luxuries. If you want huge fireplaces, laid back, charming and fun this is the place to come.
After lunch we went to tour The Pig in the wall, which is located within southampton’s medieval walls. The Pig in the wall has 12 bedrooms and just like its sister horel has that luxury home from home feeling. Following the superb lunch we had at The Pig hotel I could have sworn an oath that there was no way I could eat another morsel of food. Wrong, wrong and wrong on so many levels.
As well as touring the gorgeous rooms at The Pig in the wall, we were offered beautiful cakes, which just screamed my name. I would love to say i resisted, but they looked far to good to say no, and also my favourite of favourites bannana cake was on offer. So i happily tucked in and I as did everyone else.
Everyone in life should have that feeling you get when you go somewhere amazing that is such an ecape from reality you just do not want to return to reality. Those types of holidays and moments in life are sometimes few and far between, so I am super happy to have experienced one last week at The Pig Hotel. Ps I loved it so much it is going to be diarise it again but this time as a pig in blankets for myself and the BF.
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Ola beautiful people.
The sun is well and truly shining on my beloved London and I am loving it!
For those of you who read my crazy, random tweet feeds, you would have seen earlier on today I tweeted ‘We all have wings, we just need to learn to fly with them’. This is officially my motto for the month of May which starts tomorrow.
I think in life we are all gifted with wings to take us on amazing adventures and journeys it is just a case of learning how to fly to get to our chosen destination. Sometimes fear or not knowing where we are going prevents us from making that journey, but sometimes it is the doubt that we don’t have the wings in the first place to make the journey that holds us back. I have
sometimes often lost or forgotten I have wings along life’s pathway. This happens most often when I have stumbled, fallen and crawled through my journey. But then when the chips are really down I have looked to the side and remembered my wings and started to flap away until I am flying again. So whenever your life chips are down just remember you do have wings, you just need to learn/ remember how to fly with them.
Ps Make sure you check in on me tomorrow’s hump day Diarise It post to get the lowdown on a London Bar that puts the V back in Va Va Voom.
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Ola beautiful people! Happy Friday!! I was out and about in Glorious Southbank last night with a friend, for a bubble or two and some yummy food. I love the Southbank and it is becoming one of my favourite parts of London. I took this snap whilst people watching and soaking up some much needed vitamin d (aka the SUN).
Hope you all have a fab weekend.
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