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Happy hump day people. Got into work super early this morning after completing my 5k run to find that my bad boy Sigerson Morrison wedges have arrived. Nothing like a parcel delivery to put a smile on a girl’s face. I have popped them straight on and would be staring at them lovingly all day (FACT).
Shoes- Sigerson Morrison/ Trousers- Zara
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This is part two of my staycation vacation in South Wales. For part one please click here.
On the second day of our staycation vacation the BF and I went to a quaint little town called Llandeilo were some of his ancestors are from.
As soon as we arrived in the town I fell in love with the amazing pastel coloured buildings!
There is an amazing river running through the town and lots of greenery. There is nothing like fresh country air sometimes!
Following this we did a little hop, skip and jump and utilised our National Trust cards and popped to Dinefwr Castle.
We had a great afternoon pottering around the castle and poking our heads in all the nooks and crannies.
I am pretty impressed with my jump and the BF’s camera skills to get it perfectly!
I absolutely loved walking through the woods to get to the top of the castle. The lavendar is so gorgeous!!
On the last day of our staycation I met up with some friends at a half way point. That half way point was Tintern Abbey.
More green, green green. I have to say this city girl is a converted country lover.
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Ps my next travel post is going to be about my recent trip to Lisbon- the undiscovered gem (well by me at least) of Europe.
Happy humpday beautiful people!! I am back from Lisbon and it was fabulous! I will be posting about my trip shortly. I am not an advocate of too much whinging but what is going on with the weather in London.
This morning I woke up checked my iPhone to see what temperatures we were expecting and I saw this. No word of a lie I thought my iPhone was broken, so I popped onto beebs only to find out my iPhone hadn’t lost the plot and was in fact working. Sad times com. If I disappear it’s because I have drowned in London! Whinge over.
Now about today’s London girl. I first met her through the BF at her wedding when she was walking down the isle to her beau. My first impression was wow gorgeous! Now I have got to know her I would say not only is she gorgeous but she is a very sweet lovely person, genuine and what’s more intelligent. A combo many woman would kill for. Hope you enjoy this week’s London girl
What would you do if you were Queen for the day?
Based on recent events I think I would improve privacy laws or at least vet the information provided about me to the media. No one needs to know about tummy problems!
I would like to think that I would be altruistic and try to fix the problems of the country but as it is only for a day I would be more preoccupied with enjoying the life of luxury.
I would throw a fabulous garden party at Buckingham Palace for all my friends and wouldn’t worry about being politically correct having to invite people I don’t know or politicians, I would merely have my closest friends around and have a blast. Of course this would be while wearing as many of the Crown Jewels as I could possibly manage. It may be a bit bling but they have to have an outing every once in a while, besides what girl wouldn’t want to carry the Sovereign’s Sceptre with its 530 carat diamond? J
How would you describe your style?
I’m not really sure. I suppose I have more of a classic style. I prefer clean lines and block colour. I don’t really follow trends so I have items in my wardrobe that date back years!
Are you a designer or high street girl?
Definitely high street. I wish I was more designer but budgetary constraints mean only a few pieces here and there are of the more expensive range. I do like nice accessories and don’t really like costume jewellery so if I can invest in a nice piece then I will.
Have you had any fashion splurges or bargain finds?
I recently bought myself a gorgeous Mulberry Bayswater bag. It’s probably the most I’ve ever spent on one item, aside from my wedding dress. I absolutely love it. I’m not great at finding bargains but have read that Oxfam shops around Chelsea, Notthing Hill and Kensington have some brilliant things on offer. Maybe I’ll set aside a weekend to explore.
What is your favourite clothes shop?
Hmm let’s see… for casual clothes I really like Warehouse, Oasis, Mango and Gap. For work clothes I like Hobbs, though prefer to wait for the sales! For the safer work look I always revert to T.M. Lewin. If I have to get a nice party or cocktail dress my first stop is always Coast. Their dresses are just so gorgeous and I love the fact that you can get matching shoes and handbags all in one place.
What is the romantic thing someone has done for you?
This definitely has to be when my now husband proposed while we were on a city break in Rome. He had been planning it for months and I didn’t have a clue! He proposed at the end of our first day, at the top of Castel Sant’Angelo which has beautiful views over Rome. He timed it so that we were there at sunset and wanted to do it on the first day so that we could spend the rest of our trip as a newly engaged couple. Aside from the fact that Rome is an amazing city, that made our long weekend just magical.
What’s your favourite part of London?
I really enjoy exploring Soho. I love the variety that it offers: quirky art and design companies, fabric stores (even though I can’t sew I find these shops mesmerising!), cocktail bars, brilliant restaurants, etc. You can pick any type of cuisine you fancy and it’s very likely you will find a restaurant which caters for it. My favourite cocktail bar is Barrio Central on Poland Street. It has great atmosphere, amazing cocktails and the best nachos ever. And Scoop on Brewer Street really does the best ice cream in London!
I also love the openness of the Soho. People are unrestricted and can be themselves.
Where or what would you recommend for a first date?
This is a tough one for me as it’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve been on a first date. I met my husband at Univeristy and so being poor students most of our dates revolved around the Student Union and coffee shops…going out for dinner was always such a treat.
I think being able to talk and get to know each other during a first date is crucial. So a nice bar with a relaxed but still vibrant atmosphere followed by dinner (if things have progressed well) would be a good start. Activity dates are always better for the second and third date since then you are trying to gauge how the other person is in different situations.
Gordons Wine Bar on Villiers Street near Embankment tube is great. It has seating set in what look like little caves so this can always be a good talking point. Reservations are a must as it is VERY popular but the seats are slightly apart from where people stand so you get the atmosphere but can still talk. From there you are within walking distance to Somerset House where Tom’s Terrace has a brilliant heated outside bar and of course only a short walk to Soho (Dean Street) for lots of restaurants.
Where do you go to let loose with your girls?
If I’m meeting with other London girls after work the City, near Bank tube is an easy meeting point for most of us. Some work in the area while the transport links for everyone else are very convenient. This area has so much to offer from trendy bars like the Anthologist to nice Bar & Restaurants like Rocket and great views from Madison Cafe at One Change. Of course we have been known on occasion to really let loose at Abacus, the meat market of the City. As long as you can find a table or corner where you can dance around your handbags it’s a great place to party.
Where have you recently gone on holiday to escape the big smoke of London?
Our most recent holiday was at the end of January for a week skiing in Alpe d’Huez, France. Absolutely beautiful scenery and fantastic snow. I really didn’t want to leave. There is nothing that beats the feeling of a great day skiing, hard work but so much fun, and coming home to tea and homemade cake, relaxing in the jacuzzi for a while, and then having a three course meal while discussing your day with family and friends. For me one of the biggest bonuses of skiing is that I can eat anything I want without feeling guilty as I know I will burn it off the next day!
What’s your life philosophy?
I’m not sure I have a life philosophy but there is a saying which I like and remind myself of quite often: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”.
This has served me well in tackling many tasks and situations and has always been a great motivator.
Have a fabulous day everyone.
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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.
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VOLTAIRE. Great for: An amazing night out with the girls/ the boys and anyone you can fit into a Vault. The more the merrier I say! Perfect for anyone who loves Champagne
Happy hump day folks! So it’s time to get the little red book out again to diarise an amazing bar called Voltaire for some fab vaultshots and plenty of bubbles.
Voltaire is a new champagne and cigar terrace bar in London. I popped along last hump day to have a peruse and a light lunch and cocktails. I left feeling super buzzed.
I absolutely fell in love with the alley way at Voltaire, it had that outside inside feeling, which for us Londoners is perfect.
I had lunch in one of the Vaults and loved the intimacy of it. This is a place where you a group of friends can go wild in sumptuous surroundings.
Voltaire champagne of choice is Pommery. I have never had Pommery champagne before but I really loved it. Now I am no champagne connoisseur so my descriptive words are not flowery but I would describe it as light and not too eggy (I did say I was not a connoisseur).
Whilst at the bar I opted for a goat’s cheese salad, I was rather tempted by a few other things on the menu mainly the club sandwich but as I am working on shedding my winter body I resisted. The goat’s cheese salad was fresh and the goat cheese was smooth.
Apart from champagne, you can have the most amazing cocktails at Voltaire. Find me a girl who does not love cocktails and I will eat my Prada bag 😉
Symphony No 9 cocktail left me on a high note singing oh la la la. It was absolutely divine. The cocktail was so huge I could practically swim in it.
If you are rather Old fashioned then the Old Fashioned is a great cocktail, smooth and slightly more sweet than New Fashioned.
My only problem is when I am going to find another date in the diary to diarise it with my craziest friends.
Deets:- Voltaire is located in the Crown Plaza Hotel, but has it’s own separate entrance. 19 New Bridge Street, EC4V 6DB
Don’t forget to bring an ipod so you can dock it and dance the night away.
Ps Just remember what happens in the Vault stays in the Vault. The headbar man won’t share your secrets.
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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