Thursday, 24 April 2014

This Week I've Been ...

  • Eating cake and drinking tea. This is fast becoming one of my favourite things to do. When I come home from uni, my Mom and I always head out to a quaint little cafe and indulge. Yesterday we went to a local garden centre for a hefty slice of cake despite my efforts to cut down on dairy ... oops. However my lemon tart was 100% worth a teeny slip up; it was delicious. 
  • Pinning like a loon. I only signed up to Pinterest a few months ago and I've already managed to pin over 2,000 images ... I think it's safe to say I'm slightly obsessed. I can sit on it for hours on end and I'm known for being glued to my phone when I'm supposed to be listening in lectures. Naughty! I'm always looking for new people to follow so please leave your username in the comments below if you have an account! Mine is here if you fancy having a look. 
  • Baking banana bread. I've made Roz's banana bread recipe three times now - it's so tasty! It's also completely guilt-free as it doesn't contain any sugar, milk or gluten; just bananas and almond flour. It's so easy to make, too, even if you're hopeless in the kitchen like I am. 
  • Reading. I haven't read a decent book in months, so while out shopping earlier this week I picked up Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. It's not usually the type of book I'd go for but I'd heard so many good reviews and the pretty cover definitely swayed me. I'm just over halfway through it and I'm really enjoying it - I won't go into too much detail about the storyline but I'm sure you can gather from the title that it's about baking. The only problem is I get so hungry while reading it! When I've finished it I'll be ordering another book or two from Amazon so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know :)

What have you been up to this week? 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Stratford Upon Avon

These photos really don't do Stratford Upon Avon justice - it's such a pretty town. Plenty of places for a cream tea if you're an old woman at heart like I am. The sun was out for the majority of the day so we spent the afternoon browsing the food market and lounging by the river. I did attempt to take a few outfit shots but the wind was against me so they didn't quite turn out how I wanted them too ... the swans made much better posers. 

Hope you've all enjoyed your bank holiday .. it's back to doing uni work for me tomorrow. Boo! x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Hope you're all treating yourselves to copious amounts of chocolate! Unfortunately these eggs were for picture purposes only as I've been trying to cut down on dairy (more on that soon), but I did enjoy a hefty roast dinner followed by a bit of Green & Black's so it's all good. I've spent the day doing nothing but lounging around watching films and catching up on my favourite blogs. Bliss! I also had a long bath with my Lush Bunny Bubble Bar that I treated myself too yesterday - it smelt amazing and made my skin feel lovely and soft, whilst filling my water with fluffy bubbles and cornflower petals. I figured I deserved a bit of a pamper sesh seeing as I've done such a good job of avoiding all that milk chocolate!

I'm really looking forward to Jamaica Inn, a new BBC show starting tomorrow. I wanted to read the book before it started but I didn't get chance to order it in time. Fingers crossed it's as good as the trailer looks - I've been looking to get into a new TV series! 

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend x

Monday, 14 April 2014

A Lazy Sunday

My parents have gone away for the week, so while I'm home from Uni for Easter I've been keeping my little sister entertained. Yesterday the weather was gorgeous so we took our dog, Troy, for a long walk before enjoying cake and hot chocolate at a local cafe. I'm glad I remembered to grab my camera on the way out, although it always takes me forever to get a decent picture of Troy. He's constantly turning away or bounding off - such a diva! 

It's so nice to have a bit of a break from Uni and enjoy being home for a few weeks. I always miss being able to blog regularly when I'm in Southampton; I have a lot more time to do it here when I'm not surrounded by the stress of work and lectures. Hopefully I'll be taking many long walks and eating more cake while I'm home, too - it's the perfect way to spend a Sunday :)

Hope you're all fab x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

In Love With Fashion: Blogger Event, London

Last week LOVE kindly invited me to their bloggers event, which took place at their office on Great Portland Street in London. I've been a fan of the brand for a while so I was excited to preview their pieces for Spring/Summer. When Courtney and I arrived, we were greeted with a complimentary glass of wine and a bag stocked generously with goodies before having a bit of a mingle. I met some lovely bloggers, including Kayla Hadlington and Sarah from That Pommie Girl  - everyone was so friendly and approachable!  

Halfway through the afternoon we sat down for an inspiring speech by PR experts Sheila and Sophie, who gave some amazing tips on affiliate marketing. Sarah also provided some photography advice and told us how to create a relationship with various PR companies. We were then treated to more wine and a Krispy Kreme (or two) before having a good ogle at the S/S collection. As you can see, LOVE's new line is super pretty - lots of luxe frabrics, pastel colours and floral motifs. I received a £50 voucher in my goody bag and I can't decide what to treat myself to - I'm completely spoilt for choice! I've got my eye on this playsuit but I'm also tempted by the peach flower print kimono, too.

Overall I had a lovely time and I'm so glad I attended - it was definitely worth travelling all the way from Staffordshire for! Apparently LOVE hold blogger events every six weeks, so I'll hopefully be able to attend more in the future. Until then, I'll definitely enjoy putting my voucher to good use  - I'll be showing you what I buy with it once I've made my mind up!

Hope you're all having a great day x