Autumn Tag

What do you like most about autumn?
I love crunchy leaves, cold crisp days, being able to light candles and get snuggled up under a blanket. Autumn is cosy
What do you like the least about autumn?
Temperamental weather. Windy and rain. They take the crisp out of what I like about Autumn!
 
Which is your favourite piece of clothes in this season?
Boots. Always boots. I am excited to crack out my Uggs again. My toes are always thankful when the temperature drops! Super snuggly fleecy toe time, yippee!!
 
What is it, that you always buy in autumn?
Socks, pyjamas, anything furry or fuzzy that I can wear to get cosy. I own far too many dressing gowns, fluffy jumpers and blankets.
 
 
Which is that event or occasion, what you wait the best in this autumn?
My birthday. Big one this year! Oh!
 
Which fragrances do you like in autumn?
Roasting pumpkin seeds in the oven at Halloween. Best part of making jack-o-laterns. 
Which is your favourite hot drink?
Hot chocolate. Ideally from Cafe Nero. So good.
Which is your favourite autumn food?
Casseroles or stews. Something with some root vegetables and beef in gravy. No dumplings though. 
 
Do you wear scarf inside?
Sometimes, usually because I am either trying to be cool, or I forgot to take it off.
The inspiration for this post came from Regina from the blog Pretty Happiness and thought I would continue the tag! Please go over and check out her lovely blog! Thank you so much to Regina for kindly sharing <3

August Favourites

Well August came and went in a flash didn’t it? 
After the madness of June and July, I thought August would be a little more settled however it has been just as crazy busy just in a different way! I will explain more soon… 

Here are some of the things I have been loving in August!
These kept catching my eye in Sainsburys in the checkout queue of “must have some self-control” (I don’t…) I finally caved and bought one. 
I was very glad I did! Nutty, chocolatey, coco-nutty, and scrumptious. 
Rad Elephant Jumper
Damn those little ads on the side of Facebook… They know I am weak.
But also not damn them because they bought this jumper into my life and I love it.
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I sported this sparkly wee number during Brighton Pride and it is so beautiful I wish I could wear it everyday! Janine Basil, the created of this gem has a line of really beautiful items so please go check out her website! I will be ordering more at some point… just need to find an excuse 😛

This smells like maple syrup and I want to eat it.
It is so freaking good there are not enough words.
Rub it all over, smell like a pancake.
This is what winning at life smells like…. and breakfast.
Skimmed milk, less calories, still chocolatey. So happy.
 

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I have been dying to get my grubby paws on this bath bomb since seeing it in a vlog. I finally did and it is the most beautiful, fizzy, sparkly joyous thing to grace my bath since… well… ever.
I posted about it in #findthehappy . Just beautiful!
This Joke

This. Just this. Explains itself. I probably laughed too much.

#findthehappy – Week 13

I know… I know… I am late this week! Apologies!!
I have temporarily had to move house and as a result got a bit distracted, however I did find some time for some fun things last week…
#findthehappy – Week 13 – Monday 17th August 2015 – Sunday 23rd August 2015
Happy #1 – My beautiful flat mate aka “The Wife” returned home this week after a 3-week European adventure with her boyfriend. I am very jealous of what sounds like an amazing adventure! They bought me back mayonnaise from France and some sweeties. We celebrated the return with some Aperol Spritz and watched a movie (A Walk Among the Tombstones – bloody dark, but quite enjoyed it, check it out. Be prepared to need some Disney animated animals afterwards), absolute bliss of an evening.

Happy #2 – Dentist. A controversial one. While the actual event itself certainly was not remotely fun, I feel very happy that I have done it. My Mum was always very good at getting my brother and I to go to the dentist regularly as kids and to take care of our gnashers. However, after going travelling…. *cough* 6 or 7 years ago*cough* I have not been to the dentist. It has been playing on my mind and I have been totally rubbish about doing anything about it, but last week finally I did and this week I had my treatment. £130 down and one filling later I am good for another year. But the peace of mind is certainly something happy in my week. If you haven’t been in a while, go. It will be worth it in the long run! If you are in the UK find a local NHS Dentist here

Happy #3 – On Thursday the work troops finally gathered together to celebrate surviving another summer by indulging in an alcoholic beverage… or 4. On the way home I got Grubbs for dinner, double mushroom burger and onion rings. Excessive but probably a very good idea… yes? right?

Choosing a Thursday seemed to be a good idea, until it was Friday morning and we all found ourselves sat back in the office with varying levels of hangover. The day was saved by our Accounts Administrator, Sam returning from a trip to the bank with a bag of beige pastry goods from Forfars. Genuine hero.

Happy #4 – I wrote a few weeks ago about my excitement for my favourite blogger/vlogger/ Sprinkle of Glitter releasing her book. This week showed the sneaky release of her 2016 diary. Now I cannot wait for the start of 2016! It is full of such pretty pages, and what I really like is each page has something different on. Something that all owners of the diary can interact with, recipes, quotes, hash tags. It’s pretty. I must get a pretty pen to write in it. 
Again, it is probably aimed at an audience somewhat than I am myself, but it makes me happy… and isn’t that what this blog is all about? :) 
 

Happy #5 – The weekend was spent with Jezz and our London based chum Robert in London. We went up to celebrate the birthday of our friend Becky on the Saturday and decided to make a weekend of it. We drank too much, slept too little and Rob broke his toe doing some tube acrobatics.

We went and played in the a somewhat lacklustre maze in the Coronation Gardens in Leyton (pretty park, crap maze).

I also got to go to the Lush in Stratford and got a bit over excited, but managed to stop at £30 so it could have been worse. Lush you devil, you will be the reason I am declared bankrupt…. (I will smell GREAT though).
All in all a bloody marvellous weekend. Thank you Robs for your hospitality.

#findthehappy – Week 12

#findthehappy – Week 12 – Monday 10th August 2015 – Sunday 16th August 2015
Happy #1 – Ice Cream. Ice cream will always be something that makes me happy. I found a box of mini-Magnums with the new pink raspberry and black espresso ones and well…. nom. The raspberry ones are delicious! Plus as they are “mini” I don’t feel quite as naughty eating one. 
Happy #2 – My brother and I headed over to Peacehaven again this week to go and see the parentals. We had fajitas and Mum made a delicious cake! I couldn’t help but feel like I was being watched though when I ate my slice…. 
Happy #3 – I go past Palmeira Square in Hove every day, and have noticed this year how much effort and care go into the flowers there. Even in the rain it looks so pretty. 
Happy #4 – A long time ago, probably about 7/8 years ago I took a jewellery making course at City College, in Brighton. I never continued with it, for one reason or another but I thought all of the things I had made had got lost. However, I have recently been going through some boxes, having a big sort out and I found all the items that I made. They certainly do look a little home-made but still I am quite proud of them and very pleased that I found them again. The silver piece in the middle was made by carving a shape into a cuttlefish and then pouring molten silver into the mould (this is called cuttlefish casting). It has a small hole that I drilled through to make it into a pendant, so I think I should get a chain perhaps to keep it on! Certainly it would be a piece of jewellery that no one else would have!
Happy #5 – On Saturday, myself, Jezz and our friends Mike, Gemma and Charlie headed up to Waterhall in Brighton for the yearly one day festival Shakedown. We met up with some other friends there and had THE BEST time ever. We drank, we danced, we painted our faces. Everyone seemed to be having an awesome time, I am sure there were lots of sore heads in the morning. I know mine certainly was! It was really good to cut loose and prance around in a field for a day. Thank you to amazing friends too for making it so much fun. A massive well done and thank you to the Shakedown team for putting on a brilliant day. Can’t wait for next year!! 
 

 

 

 

#findthehappy – Week 11

#findthehappy – Week 11 – Monday 3rd August 2015 – Sunday 9th August 2015

Happy #1 – My friends Joulz and Craig have had a hell of a year. Last year their daughter decided to come into the world early and it was a very scary time for them. In the last year their beautiful baby girl has gone from strength to strength. They have recently had an article published in Pick Me Up about their incredible journey and their involvement in WaterBabies, swimming classes for babies. We do not see each other as much as we used too, but I am so incredibly proud of both of them and all they have been through. Amethyst is a beautiful, healthy one year old now. It has been wonderful watching their family come out of what must have been the most difficult, scary time ever. They are doing a fantastic job and should be super proud!

Happy #2 – Jezz has become obsessed with making balloon animals since last weekend. I mean LITERALLY obsessed. I am finding bits of balloon everywhere I go and my flat smells of latex (oooh kinky). He is actually getting pretty good. Aside from the constant squeaks and pops it is fun.

Happy #3 – As I wrote a couple of posts ago I am feeling more in control of everything again and am finding the time and joy to start writing and putting up posts again. I really do enjoy doing this, and it does seem that some of you are actually enjoying reading it too, so thank you! :)

Happy #4 – Tea. I love tea and have been drinking lots and lots of lovely tea. Tea this week has been making me particularly happy, especially during the recovery process of Happy #5….
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Happy #5 – My beautiful friend Becky came down from London for the weekend and we met up for drinks on Saturday. Becky, myself, Jezz, and our friends Toby, Lina, Ceej and Lee went out for general merriment and to celebrate the return of the aforementioned chums to Brighton. It ended up being one of those nights where you stagger home at 5 am in a wobbly line. We ended up dancing to the fine sounds of the 80’s at The Haunt at their “it is still 1985” night (a fine year for those who were born…) and ended the night in Brighton’s famous 24-hour cafe Buddies.
Smashed.
So smashed I found the following thing so entertaining I had to take a photo. Yes. Don’t drink kids.

10 points to whoever can figure out what this is.

Brighton Pride 2015

I bloody love Brighton. 
I am so proud to be from this incredible, diverse, free city. Nothing shows Brighton in it’s true (rainbow glittery) colours as the yearly Pride festival. I have been rubbish the past couple of years due to summer school exhaustion (excuses, excuses) but this year it was embraced in full force! 

A massive thank you to Janine Basil who created my beautiful headband and helped me to get it on time when I ordered it too late! 

This year was the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride and the whole city seemed to be involved. The first Pride parade in Brighton was in 1973 but it wasn’t until 1991 that it became the festival it is known as now. You can find out more here: History

Jezz, myself and our friend Rob planned to start the days festivities with the parade at Hove Lawns. However, in usual tardy style we didn’t get up until 10.00 am, drank coffee, took ALONG time to get out the house and had accepted the fact that we had missed the parade.
We decided to wander down to Hove Lawns and slowly make our way over to Preston Park where the party was. Upon our arrival all of the pride floats were at Hove Lawns, unbeknownst to us there had been a bomb scare that had delayed the parade, and had worked perfectly for us because the parade literally started as soon as we arrived!

We followed the parade all the way through Brighton over to London Road where we met up with our friends, and danced in the street, watching the parade and cheering everyone as they passed. Everyone seemed to be having a brilliant time with huge smiles on their faces.

Once the parade had finished we went to Preston park to start the real party! It was fantastic, we drank, we danced, everyone was having a fantastic time. It seemed to be over far too quickly. I want to go back and do it all again.

My friend described the atmosphere as “electric” and it really was. It seemed the whole of Brighton had come out to celebrate and was having an amazing time. Brighton you did yourself proud. I cannot WAIT for next year!

June and July Favourites

This edition of my “favourites” is a super sized special!
As I have been busy fighting with the dark forces of filing paperwork I have not had time to put up 2 posts, however that doesn’t mean that I have not been enjoying things! So here are my favourites for June and July…
Teisseire Gourmet Drops – Vanilla
I love vanilla flavoured coffee. I have a friend who lives in California who years ago introduced me to the coffee mate vanilla creamer which doesn’t seem to exist anywhere else and I was obsessed! Occasionally as a treat in a coffee shop I will order a vanilla latte but upon a stroll down the coffee aisle of my local Waitrose I spotted this little gem. It is the same packaging as those new pocket sized squashes and great to chuck in my bag to vanilla up my coffee wherever I am! A couple of squirts and a stir and my coffee is deliciously vanillary. Its not that cheap, this cost £2.79 but if you are a fan of flavoured coffee give it ago.
I am obsessed with this at the moment. I have tried a few different coconut waters and this one is my current favourite. I have made my way through at least 3 of the big cartons in the past week alone. I cannot stop, it is just too good. Another Innocent winner! Plus, it’s brilliant for a hangover. Win!
Warburtons Cat Shapes Sandwich
I like cats. I like bread. I led out an audible squeak when I found these in Waitrose and embarrassed myself.
Sunbites Pitta Bakes – Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary flavour
I am a fan of the Sunbites original “crisps” but I thought I would give these a go. They are amazing! They are like toasted crunchy pieces of pita covered in a deliciously savoury flavouring. The onion and rosemary are my favourite flavour. They do the same flavour in the crackers but there is something about the texture of these that I really like. Super crunchy and loaded with flavour. Yum.
The girls at work had been raving about this for months and I was a little slow on the uptake. It is based on the memoir of a woman who found herself in prison. The series is great. It is funny, heart warming, dramatic. It is great to see such a fantastic cast of characters all with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. While the introduction to the show is focused around Piper (in the orange) it does not solely focus on her storyline, each episode will look at another of the inmates in more detail and you do feel like you care about (or loathe) each of them. It is just great. There are now 3 series available on Netflix and it is definitely worth a watch.
I mean.. do I need to explain why I love these…? Just look at them! Added bonus – got them in the Office sale for £30.
I have been eager to try this for ages and so when I got the opportunity I jumped. It is not cheap at £18 a bottle but I really have noticed a difference since I have been using it. I feel like my skin is clearer and smoother. I notice when I have missed a couple days. It smells delicious too so that is always a plus. I am happy to have it included in my skin routine and I am excited when it comes to using it.
I got this wee tester eye cream in my Clinique shop a while ago and I have really been enjoying it! It feels so smooth and hydrating when it is on. I know eye cream is one of those things you should use, and have never really got into the habit of using one as they can often feel quite heavy and greasy. The full size one is expensive (why are all the things I love expensive?!) but the trial pot seems to be going quite far so I think it might be an investment that will last a while. I find myself picking it up each evening and putting it on, which is usually a good sign!
This product seems to be everywhere, and so when I received the trial ages ago in a Birchbox I was excited to try it out. It took me a while to start using it regularly but I love it. I perhaps would go as far as to say it is better than the Emma Hardie cleansing balm! It is certainly more affordable at £14 rather than £38! I have enjoyed getting into more of a skin care regime before bed and this has been used on a regular basis. I have already cracked open my full sized one. My skin feels lovely and refreshed after using it. It clears off any signs of make up with ease. Just lovely stuff.
Growing up by the seaside when sea salt sprays appeared I was at a bit of a loss as to why on earth I would use one. However having more recently embraced my wavy locks I understand it. I received a trial sized version (god bless you again Birchbox) and thought I would give it a go. This particular one smells lovely. You apply a couple of sprays and a scrunch and it helps to define waves and help them to stay in during the day. At £17 a bottle this is expensive, and I am not sure I love it enough to purchase the full sized version, especially with so many different brands on the market. I am interested in trying out some other more affordable ones. However well done Parlor on getting me using something I had totally dismissed.
Phew. Lots of things, thank you again for bearing with me while summer steals my time.
What have you been enjoying for the past couple months? I am always excited to try new things and any suggestions are always warmly welcomed. Please leave a comment below!

Motivational Monday

Summer sucks when you are working at an English Language School.
Any resident of Brighton will tell you about the number of students that seem to spring up from nowhere in July and then suddenly vanish again in September. I am sure we are the only industry in the world that wishes away the summer! I moan, I complain, and I swear ALOT.
 Summer…well, not so much summer but stress and me really don’t work well together. Probably a stupid thing to say as I am sure if doesn’t work well with most people. I go a bit weird. I leave that positive happy bubbly lass in June and then the snappy, mean, unhinged lass comes out for a few weeks. I am not the me that looks for the happy in her week, but the me that launches a massive strop at any sign of things going slightly off course from how I planned them.
ALAS… I am now at the treading water stage of the summer and now with my head above the waves I feel like myself again. At the end of last week something seemed to just suddenly click and it was ok again. I stopped freaking out over everything and everything seemed a bit more manageable.
So here we are, back at the blog, and I hope to have things back up and consistently running as before! I have neglected you for my blankie and a glass of red and I am sorry.

 

Small disclaimer – we are not out of the danger zone completely yet, not only is work busy but there is some other bits in my life going off at the moment, which I am not going to discuss on this somewhat public forum yet…. but in time my pretties…. in time… but there might be some more stress… but exciting stress. I hope. Ha! 

#findthehappy – Week 10

#findthehappy – Week 10 – Monday 29th June 2015 – Sunday 5th July 2015
Phew what a week! Non-stop go go go at work and outside of work….
Happy #1 – As it was Jezz’s birthday on Sunday 28th June we went out with his parents and brother for a birthday meal on Monday. We went to a great Lebanese restaurant Kambis on Western Road, we go there quite a lot! I had my favourite lamb shawarma. We then went to Jojo’s Gelato across the road for pudding. I had a delicious strawberry and chocolate sauce crepe. Felt thoroughly sick and happy afterwards.
Happy #2 – On Tuesday Jo and I had tickets booked for the special premier showing of Amy at the Duke of York cinema. I have always been a massive fan of Amy Winehouse and was very excited to see the movie. It is fantastic, but so, so sad. I left the cinema with a very heavy heart. It is a great insight into her story, and if you are a fan you should go and see it. Just be prepared to have your heart broken.

Happy #3 – On Wednesday I had made plans to have dinner and wine on the beach with my friend Gemma after work. It has been a real scorcher of a day so we went to Tesco’s and bought a rotisserie chicken, salad and a baguette (and maybe some cake… perhaps….maybe…..) We made chicken sandwiches, drank wine and put the worlds to rights while watching a seagull trying to eat a fish. It was glorious.

Happy #4 – I have previously mentioned my favourite blogger/YouTuber Sprinkle of Glitter (aka Louise Pentland) before. I am a bit of a fangirl and think she is just plain fabulous. She gives young women a very positive message in an otherwise very pressured society. Something that I feel quite strongly about. If you keep up with her internet antics you will know that Thursday saw the release of her new book “Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter“. I have had it on pre-order since it was announced and was far too excited about it’s arrival. It came, its lovely. I am definitely a little (a lot) older than the intended audience but that does not mean I cannot appreciate the messages held within its pages. I could ramble on for ages, but it is lovely, and I am savouring each page like a delicious box of chocolates.

Happy #5 – On Sunday Jezz, Jo, Ed and I all went to the Odeon cinema to watch Jurassic World finally. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s silly, it’s loud,the characters are painfully one dimensional but sometimes you just have to let go and ride it out. It made me nervous, happy and nostalgic. And… well… dinosaurs!! WOOP!

#findthehappy – Week 9 – Part 2

The alarm went off at about 10.00am and for once I leaped out of bed to make a cup of tea (there is normally a battle as to whom is going to make the tea). We got dressed, Jezz packed his things and we headed up to Brighton station to catch our train at 11.27 am. We managed to get to the station in time to get a coffee and boarded our train headed for London Victoria.
We arrived at Victoria and battled through the solid mass of people trying to get down to the tube. After doing the “London shuffle” (teeny tiny steps, shuffled whilst surrounded by people) we boarded the tube to Green Park. Jezz has been doing some work recently up in London and wanted to show me where he had been so we went for a walk around St. James’ Square and then up to Piccadilly where the theatre was.
By this time we were starting to get hungry and rain had started so we darted into Bella Italia to grab a spot of lunch. This was a bit of a snap decision hurried by the impending downpour and we realised we picked probably the WORST Bella Italia out of at least 3 we saw within a 5 minute walk. The reason being that we were put on a table right up the back, with no windows and all the others restaurants we spotted were much bigger, with windows! Even funnier was after we had ordered our food, we realised that we had been to the Bella Italia in Crawley once before and had ordered EXACTLY what we had ordered this time, just the other way around. Haha!
After lunch we had a bit of time to kill so we went for a walk around to look for Leicester Square…  we found Trafalgar Square… then realised we had had lunch at Leicester square, so in fact where we were already on Leicester Square when we started looking.  #losttourist
By this time, it was heading towards 2.30 pm when the show was supposed to begin so we headed towards the Prince of Wales theatre. I haven’t been to a show in London in a very long time, so I don’t know if it is the standard but the staff were so great! They were friendly, approachable and made us feel very very welcome. The gentleman who served us at the bar was brilliant, very friendly. We had a jug of Pimms to start and order our interval drinks, a bottle of Prosecco. We had one glass of Pimms each before it was time to go in so took a glass in with us.
The show was fantastic. I knew I would enjoy it but I literally had the time of my life! My face hurt from smiling and laughing all the way through. The cast were brilliant. We had great seats second row from the stage. The show was one of the best things I have ever seen, Jezz and I have been talking about it ever since and singing all of the songs since. (However do not get Hassa Diga Ebowaii stuck in your head and sing at work). As we left the theatre there were a group of Mormons outside handing out genuine copies of The Book of Mormon! Does beg the question how many recruits they have got from the back of the show! It is great, seriously if you like South Park or if you have a non-sensitive sense of humour do go and see it. In fact I will come with you to see it again!
After the show, we were feeling a bit merry and decided to go to the Japan Centre, which is an awesome shop that sells all exciting, interesting Japanese things. It was all a bit too much at this point and I had gone a bit giddy so we decided to go and check into the hotel and chill out for a bit.
I had booked us into the Melia White House hotel which is just by Regents Park. The hotel was wonderful! I had emailed them prior to arrival to explain that it was Jezz’s 30th birthday to see if there was anything we could arrange as a little surprise for his arrival. They very kindly left us a bottle of cava and a cake with a special message on! This was a really lovely touch for when we arrived. We had a lovely cold glass of cava and a slice of cake. Showered and got ready for the evening.
The basic plan was to go and get dinner, but as we were in London Jezz thought we should do something a bit more exciting so we decided to go up The Shard (insert “take my boyfriend up the shard” joke here). We had a drink at the bar half way up to start, very expensive, very swanky, very busy. Then we went up to the top and had a good look round. The view was very cool, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out all the different landmarks and where on earth Victoria train station was… never found it.. kinda over there in that vague area *wave hand in general direction, nod like you know what you are talking about*
It was fairly late by the time we left and we were starting to get quite hungry so we headed towards Soho area to find some dinner. Jezz had been to a place before with a friend called Bodeans so we headed there. It is a BBQ restaurant and OMG so good. We had all of the different meats! Chicken, ribs, pulled pork, sausage and burnt ends. OMG the burnt ends were soooooooooooooo good. If you go be sure to try them! We were both clearly very hungry and polished off the lot!
After dinner we decided that we would both prefer to just get another bottle of cava in and head back to the hotel rather than going out to a bar or a club. (Getting old y’see?) So that is what we did, we listened to some music on YouTube, ended up listening to some weird country music and then decided it was probably bed time.
The next morning we woke, dressed and went down for breakfast which was a great buffet with all you could want, we filled up on bacon and eggs and checked out of the hotel.
We decided to head back to Oxford Street and have a wonder around the shops, we had a good look round the M&M Store and Hamleys, then stopped for a coffee. At this point our feet were complaining from all of the walking and it was getting close to our train home so we headed to Victoria where we had a beer, a pretzel and boarded the train back to Brighton.
We had the best weekend! I am really pleased that Jezz enjoyed his birthday surprise and we both had such a lovely time. A massive thank you to all at the Price of Wales Theatre/Book of Mormon and staff at The Melia White House Hotel for making the weekend so special!
I booked the show and hotel through Show and Stay, it was very simple and I would certainly recommend them! Join their newsletter and get 10% off your break! :)

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