The hangover 

Let me start by saying I get THE WORST hangovers EVER! Like I cannot physically get out of bed and think I might die kind of hangovers. For any normal person, this may deter them from drinking in such large quantities but I am not one such person.

In my defence I’m usually just super thirsty, then further dehydrated by the alcohol, thus order more – if someone could point me in the direction of some water at this stage that’d be fab cause I clearly forget that it exists and happens to be y’know, the most hydrating thing ever.

I’m going to liken hangovers to child birth – stick with me here cause no I obviously haven’t had a child if I’m likening it to hangovers BUT I’m talking about the after math, the OMG THAT WAS AWFUL IM NEVER DOING IT AGAIN and then oops your pregnant/hanging beyond belief! (Hopefully not both!)

I was in this sorry state last weekend (hungover not pregnant) and it threw me so out of whack that I’ve only just got back on top of my game. I’d been so productive at the beginning of the year and got myself into a nice little routine of gym, keeping the flat tidy, upping my self care and BAM! I got drunk and ruined it all!

I was in bed ALL weekend, only leaving to lay on my friends sofa and eat mozzarella sticks whilst watching Disney films. I ordered the most gigantic dominos all to myself, ate sweets, fizzy drinks, didn’t go to the gym. I was in a bad way and it left me in such a funk.

I HATE being hungover and I hate losing my weekends to this foul beast, it’s the most frustrating thing and it’s never worth it. I’m not even the type of person who needs to get smashed to have a good time which annoys me even more when I do.

This post is basically a release of negativity for me because I beat myself up SO MUCH when I do this. I want to be able to read this back and be like yeah babe it’s not worth it just have a couple of glasses of wine this time or y’know none at all!

I get so on track with my fitness and eat reasonable well and then throw it all away for one drunken night that makes me miserable! I take my hat off to those with self control – teach me your ways! Maybe I’ll just drive everywhere then I won’t have a choice and I’ll wake up with a fist pump, feeling fresh as a daisy with no regrets.

I’m not saying I’m going to stop drinking completely cause I like a cheeky tipple as much as the next person but as with anything, it’s about moderation and self control.

I want my liver to hold out for all my years, I want beautiful glowy skin, I want rock hard abs (LOLZ) and I won’t get any of those things binge drinking then eating through my hangover – your not 16 18 anymore Laura …. get a grip!

Please tell me I’m not the only one who goes through this!

Peace and love xoxo

Payday millionaire

A payday millionaire is someone who lives the champagne lifestyle on pay day and regrets it for the rest of the month. You see those figures in your bank account, get a little over excited, get a little frivolous and then OOPS you’re in your overdraft. The worst offender in this is of course the Christmas payday millionaire, because if you’re company is like mine you will get paid super early and your money will have to stretch a lot further.

Paymentsense recently did some research and found that out of all these yolo!, payday!, friyay! people, a third will change their eating habits at the end of the month – why? Cause they’re bloody skint!

If like me the payday millionaire is a concept way too real for you then I could not recommend a slow cooker purchase more! Next pay day when you’re looking to flash your cash, make sure this is top of your list, especially in winter! It enables you to cook so many cheap meals in bulk and keeps you eating like a king even at the end of the month.

So here’s my fave under slow cooker recipe, this bad boy comes in at around £5 depending what you chuck in and it can be cooked in bulk, frozen and reheated (although you should probably look up how to reheat properly, I hold no responsibility for your salmonella 🙂 ).

I’ve made this a meat dish but it can be adapted to suit your diet and if you just use a load of veggies the price is likely to come down even more!

Ingredients:

Chicken (I tend you use breast cause I’m weird about meat on the bone but you can use any cut)

Veg: I like to use frozen suede and carrot mix with sweet corn. Frozen veg is perfect for the slow cooker!

Butter Beans – for a bit of texture!

Herbs: my faves for this dish are garlic and mixed herbs

Salt and pepper

Stock – either cubes or the jelly ones from Knorr, sometimes I use both to thicken it up more. You can also use packet casserole mixes which are super cheap!

Method:

Chuck your chicken in the slow cooker. Add herbs, salt and pepper. Add veg. Mix stock with water as directed on packet and add to slow cooker.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. I tend to do mine in the morning and head off to work so dinner is ready when I get home! (It will also make your home smell heavenly.) I would add the butter beans in about an hour before it’s done so they keep a decent texture. Have it with potatoes, pasta, salad or on its own and as I said, any left overs can be frozen for another day.

Remember, you don’t have to scrimp on your food, there are so many low cost meals out there that are dreamy for your taste buds and your bank balance.

Click here to read paymentsense’s blog on being a payday millionaire– it’s actually really quite interesting and maybe a little too close to home for me!

If you have a favorite slow cooker recipe PLEASE send it my way! I’m looking to expand my horizons with the nifty appliance.

Peace and Love xoxo

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Organisation is key…

Happy New Year!!!

Ok so I know we are a few days into January but I have mainly been taking this time to get back to reality, deal with it really badly and try to stay on track.

I haven’t made any new years resolutions as such but you may have seen my posts on the full and new moons?! Basically I am setting monthly intentions. They may be the same each month or they could change but the beauty of it is, you aren’t setting a number of goals at the beginning of the year and then feeling like crap when you don’t achieve them. Setting intentions monthly allows you to review your goals, say goodbye to anything that isn’t serving you well and renew what is important to you. Personally I think this is a much healthier way of doing things!

All of your intentions should be positive too. For example I want to stop being such a lazy slob, but instead of having this as my goal I have flipped it to be more positive and set a number of intentions with this as my motive; such as be more organised and self care.

Does anyone else lay around thinking of all the things they need to do but do just that… think about them and never actually do them? Me too and that was my motivation behind this one. I am usually quite good to begin with and then it all goes down hill but I really want this to work!

I am the type of person who will have all the stuff to make lunch for the next day, who will think about making said lunch but will instead chose to watch netflix in bed whilst aimlessly scrolling through social media….. NO LAURA!!! This is not the kind of person I want to be SO organisation is top of my agenda!

I’ve had a super domesticated weekend and sitting here on a Sunday evening typing this, I really feel like I’ve got my shit together! I mean not in all ways…. I did drive to Tesco this afternoon without my purse and had to swiftly revert back home to get it *FACE PALM*.

But here are some things I did this weekend to make that Monday morning back to reality January snooze fest a little easier:

1.BIG CLEAN

I am literally ashamed at how gross my flat got! Especially as I spent the majority of the Christmas period doing naff all, so after a double gym sesh on Saturday I came home with all the energy and all the motivation! We actually have cleaners most of the time but I’m feeling the January pinch sooooo poor first world problems Laura must do her own cleaning…. just call me Cinderella. Which is basically how I felt, literally on my hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor but MY GOD do I feel bloody splendid now! I am 100% one of those people who is effected by their surroundings, if my home is a mess…. so am I. It throws everything off track. But now all is sparkly and good in the world!

2. EXERCISE

Getting back into some form of fitness regime is doing wonders for my motivation. I started the year feeling a bit crap about my body, as I’m at the higher end of my comfort zone weight wise. But I forced myself to actually look in the mirror and not see the vision of myself I think I should be and I’m like babes you have a great bod, you have your bod! It does amazing things for you and you for it. This self acceptance makes going to the gym or doing any kind of physical activity so much better and healthier cause you aren’t punishing yourself. You’re taking me time, some self care time, some time away from social media and work and chores. That alone is enough to give yourself a mental high five and I mean the endorphins help!

3. MEAL PREP

As mentioned, after arriving at Tesco for the second time today, equipped with my bank card, I did a big ole weekly food shop. Now I wouldn’t say I’m on a diet or a health kick at all cause y’know, cheese, but I am making conscious choices about certain things. My current diet generally consists of a protein shake for breakfast, home made energy balls as a snack, chicken and sweet potato for lunch and whatever for dinner (usually pasta tuna pesto and cheese – old habbits die hard.) I find that prepping my lunches before hand makes SUCH a difference. Knowing how lazy I am I realise that if I leave it, I won’t end up making anything and will have to buy stuff and let me tell you, those costs rack up! So today I’ve made enough chicken and sweet potato (roasted) to take me to Wednesday where I will have to do more and enough energy balls for the entire week.

4. WASH MAKE UP BRUSHES

So you may be grossed out to know that until last Sunday I had never washed a make up brush. I’ve bought new ones sure but I’ve never cleaned them. Now, in a bid to help my skin I have taken to cleaning the brushes I have used that week on the Sunday. I do this with warm water and baby shampoo and OMG so soft and lovely to use after!

5. PICK AN OUTFIT

I cannot be the only one who goes to bed with the intention of springing up in the morning and girl bossing life but actually leaves it till the last minute and runs around like a headless chicken!? I am not a morning person, not by any stretch! I wake up and lay there like nope…. I literally argue with myself about it every morning, I know I should just get up but my body will not. Now if you know this about yourself it makes SO much difference if you prep everything the night before. This allows you to get up and autopilot through your morning thanking your past self for the stress relief. I did this all of last week except for Thursday night (for Friday morning) and I could really tell the difference. One of the main things I do is pick an outfit for the next day because if I have to stand there half asleep in the morning and pick something, we could be there all day.

So these are just a few things that are helping me at the moment and they’re obviously based on my lifestyle but I think the general concept of being organised is something we can all benefit from!

Let me know if you have any tips on being organised and staying motivated.

Peace and Love xoxo

2016 – the review 

Ok so this post is more for me, to reflect on a fab year and move onto the next! 


January

Manchester | London health show | trinity house drinks reception for sailors society | bloggers below zero at the ice bar | court tour in London 

February 

Amsterdam | friends engagement party | my 25th birthday (and terrible spa experience) | jons grandad passed | Lee Stafford event | fancy dress party for friends bday 

March 

Spring fling – work party | organised blogger meet up | work trip to Germany 

April 

quiz night to save gorillas | blogger dinner at Jamie’s Chelmsford | full body medical | aerial taster day | meeting baby lamb at lathcoats | wedding make up trial 

May

Bought my wedding dress | saturated colour event | Darren’s heart attack | 3 year flat anniversary | P&I exam (passed) | reggae day 

June 

Work hen do | afternoon tea for step nans bday | unlimited pizza and prosecco at sway |dorset to visit holly with Jenna | law firm summer party | mini hen do with mother in law – afternoon tea and spa | globe theatre – midsummer nights dream – for Jenna’s bday | met gok wan 

July 

Hen weekend! | afternoon tea for mums bday | stampede review at lakeside | sushi samba | joined a walking group for the night | got wedding rings | big blogger expo | gilgamesh with Jenna | promotion 

August

Yo sushi review | cottage with bridesmaids | MY WEDDING DAY! | Rome | Kath and sams wedding | v festival | wivenhoe to see Esther 

September 

Dorset\weymouth | intu lakeside AW fashion event | cinema to see bad moms | casino | Cardiff for city of the unexpected with Millie | Hamburg for work | Work ball | zizzi night with Hannah gale and Elle next door | clothes swap party 

October 

Put offer in on flat | afternoon tea with Jenna | met martina cole | ceremony of the keys at Tower of London | apple day at lathcoats | pumpkin decorating at gems country life | dinner at dads | international maritime law seminar | Carys’ Halloween party 

November 

Taught self to wrap crystals | Manchester | bedlam exhibition at wellcome collection | VIP night at ASK Italian | sink the pink panto – down the rabbit hole | girls night roast with Jess and Lottie | Emma gannon Girlboss talk | RNLI charity dinner | vuelio blog awards | early Christmas dinner | German member reception in Hamburg 

December 

Early Boxing Day | day in court | Christmas party | Christmas work lunch | bloggers winter wonderland | priors fight at evoke | dreamgirls | Christmas Eve drinks | moana with Rebecca

Click the links for posts, instagrams and YouTube videos relating to everything I’ve done this year! 

Hope you all had a great 2016! See you in 2017 my lovelies 🙂 

Peace and love xoxo  

New moon…

For those of you out there who feel like you need a fresh start and that a simple new year transition is not enough then this post is for you! Today is a new moon, the last new moon of 2016 in fact and this can be used to set you on the right track for 2017.

If you haven’t read my Full Moon post from a couple of weeks ago and need a little background on the whole subject, go give that a little read first. I’ll wait…….

Ok ready?!

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So now the Full Moon and Christmas is out of the way it’s time for a New Moon. As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a lot of heightened energies around at this time and not all of them are welcomed. This may also be more prominent with a new moon as it has more of a subtle effect on your mental state.

SO what can you do this new moon to give you some peace, clarity and freedom from your demons. The new moon is all about letting go, having a fresh start and setting good intentions to move forward.

Now there are a few things you can do at this time and I have listed some below:

1. Write a goodbye letter.

This is usually something you would do on a full moon but if you didn’t then there is no time like the present!

Write a letter saying goodbye to anything negative in your life. Whatever you want to let go of, whatever is bringing you down, get it on paper. Scribble your inner most thoughts, get those demons out. It doesn’t even need to make sense as long as it makes you feel better.

Next you need to fold the piece (or pieces) of paper up….. And burn the shit out of them! Imagine all that negativity burning up into a ball of light and disappearing forever!

The physical act of burning something and actually seeing it vanish in front of your eyes will help you to let go!

2. Cleanse it away.

Run a bath, or a sink if you don’t have a bath. Imagine the running water to be a pure white light. Add in some Epsom or Himalayan salts and wash yourself in it.

When you wash, imagine washing away all the negativity and replacing it with pure white light. The salt will help to remove toxins from your body and increases circulation.

I’ve just found a great article which explains this a little more – https://www.gaia.com/article/energy-cleanse-ritual-aura-purifying-baths

I will definitely be giving one of these ago, getting my brain all ready for a fresh new year!

3. Set intentions.

Intentions are a bit like new years resolutions except you make them monthly. Personally I think this is a more realistic way of setting goals that wont lead to failure because you can analyse how they’re going throughout the month and re set at intentions at the next new moon.

Obviously you can set intentions at any time but the energy from a new moon can help with manifesting.

Try writing down what you want to achieve, maybe even draw a picture of it. Make it come to life in your mind. If you have read my previous post on your vibe attracting your tribe then you will note my theory on believing things will happen. Set your intentions as if they have already happened, as if they are already yours. Truly believe in them. But don’t forget to put the work into achieving your goals as well.

I am currently reading Moonology by Yasmin Boland which takes you through the different stages of the moon and how to get the most out of each one. So far it’s been really interesting so I would recommend checking that out, or something similar if you would like to know more!!

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I’ve also been made aware that burning sandalwood is good for moon manifesting. This is of course open to interpretation and you can choose whatever scent works for you. However, Semra from mama moon kindly sent me a sandalwood candle to try and I thought I’d share the description with you here:

Sandalwood is magically and spiritually powerful. It’s soothing aroma soothes the conscious mind before moon rituals, and promotes higher levels of consciousness helping with personal growth, spiritual inspiration and manifesting peace.

Happy healing everyone, hope you have a fab new moon and a wonderful new year! See you on the flip side.

Peace and love xoxo

Full Moon…

Have you been trying to get focussed recently but just cannot seem to get your shit together?! Are you feeling out of sorts? Are you tossing and turning all night but that active little brain of yours wont let you sleep? Yeah me too BUT never fear my lovelies, you are not spiralling out of control, you are just reacting to PMS or Pre Moon Syndrome (Yes I totally just made that up, but the concept behind it is a thing.)

I’m sure there are many of you out there that think all this moon controlling your moods is a load of bull crap but let’s just take a second to think about what the moon CAN do and what has been scientifically proven.

Well mainly the moon moves the sea. That little glowy mystical circle of light in our night sky physically moves gigantic bodies of water with its super strong gravitational pull. Now with that in mind, and considering our bodies are made up of around 70% water, it would be crazy to assume that the moon does NOT effect us.

I know right! This simply put concept was told to me by Semra from mama moon recently and it blew my mind! Of course…. It makes SO much sense!

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Much like us ladies the moon has a monthly cycle, so basically we are mini earth moons? I’m sure that’s correct *insert moon face emoji here*. On a full and a new moon the moon and the sun are working in conjunction making the gravitational pull on earth and ultimately on us a lot stronger!

Now clearly I’m no expert on this but I find it fascinating, so if I’m slightly off on anything please let me know in the comments.

According to a couple of articles I’ve read, the increased pressure and pull on the earth can cause an increase in the strength of negative energies; this is why everyone is bat shit crazy around a new or full moon. This is also why we need to be more aware of when they occur in order to explain our changes in mood and not beat ourselves up about it.

The full moon and increased frequencies can cause your subconscious mind to play all sorts of tricks on you and it will heighten whatever you have lurking around in there. Be kind to yourself at this time! The phrase “It’s not me it’s the moon” may come in handy.

The main difference between a full moon and a new moon is light. To clarify, a full moon is when the earth see’s the illuminating side where a new moon is when we are shown the dark side. It is currently full moon time, with the transition happening this evening and the actual full moon being present tomorrow. This increased illumination and heightened activity of the mind can work in your favour so if you have any projects on the horizon, now is the time to do it.

It is also a great time to cleanse any crystals you may have, leave them on the windowsill and let the moon light do it’s thing.

But for those of you who want to get more involved, if you want a deeper connection with the moon and the universe, here is a little ritual that Semra sent me which you can try out tomorrow evening ….

The full moon thing that I was telling you about is a lovely way to connect with the moon when it’s full.
Get a bowl of water ( even better if its water that has been infused with crystals like rose quartz or Amethyst.
Hold the bowl with water to reflect the moons light in the water… allow the moon light to connect with the  water … after a few minutes place your hands
In the water and let them dry naturally … you will feel the power of the moon on your finger tips… I also bottle this water and put a little splash on myself when I need a bit of extra power! 
I’m excited for you to try it out, so simple and so effective.

This all blows my mind… Our planet, our solar system, our universe is such an amazing thing and to truly be able to connect to the elements is a beautiful concept.

Let me know if you give this a try either and if you have any interesting thoughts, concepts or articles around this subject please share!!

Peace and love xoxo

Wedding gift guide…

I absolutely love buying people gifts, whether it’s birthdays or Christmas or just a random “saw this and thought of you”. It fills me with so much joy handing a little prezzie over to someone and seeing their face light up.

Jon and I are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives and it’s no surprise that we were inundated with offers of help for the wedding so to show our gratitude we decided to give some gifts.

Some people might find this a strange post do to but I have actually been approached by a couple of brides who have no idea what gifts to get for their wedding party and I know I struggled to come up with ideas so I’m hoping this might help some couples out.

As far as possible I will leave links to the items or something similar. I will not however detail the price and ask that if you received a gift from us you don’t follow the link haha!

Also a little FYI I was in charge of getting presents for people on my side and Jon was in charge of his side so I don’t have links or pictures for them (although I did get his mum a little something just from me.)

Mum (of the bride) Darren (step dad) and Rebecca (sister/bridesmaid) 

My mum was an absolute superstar during the whole wedding process. She listened to my continuous stream of wedding chat, calmed me down in times of dire stress and helped me out wherever she could. Both her and my stepdad gave us some money towards the wedding which really helped us out and Darren drove me and my bridesmaids to the venue in the morning.

I wanted to get them all something special that they would remember forever. My mum and I love a show and try to go at least once a year. I knew my sister wanted to see this and my step dad would love it so I got them all tickets to see the Lion King in London. They may have been sitting right at the back but its a memory they will always have. I got these on lastminute.com and obviously the prices on there vary.

Oh I’d also got Darren “stepfather of the bride” socks and my mum a “mother of the bride” tote bag and an embroidered handkerchief.

Bridesmaids

I literally could not have asked for better bridesmaids, from organising the most amazing hen do, to dealing with my meltdowns and spreadsheets, they were absolute troopers! I decided to get them a few little bits, some keep sakes and some practical so I’ll just list these below.

Tote bag

Engraved Champagne glass

Bracelet (that happened to just match the dresses perfectly!) (similar here)

Bride squad pjs

Make up bag of goodies – the make up bag was from Primark and the goodies were mainly from superdrug including hair clips, hair bands, deodorant, hand santizer etc. I put paracetemol in the older girls bags and hayfever tablets in my sisters but considering the state of her I should have put paracetemol in them all LOL.

Obviously I’d got my sister the Lion King tickets so for the older girls – to melt the stress of the wedding prep away – I got them Virgin Active spa day vouchers. If I remember correctly these included access to the gym, swim, steam and sauna as well as a facial and a massage. These were purchased from Buyagift.com (similar here)

Dad (of the bride) and Debbie (step mum)

We were very lucky to have these two contribute towards our beautiful venue which we couldn’t have had without them. So to say thank you we got them what they would enjoy best – A magnum bottle of prosecco! This was from cash and carry (shhh don’t rat me out!)

And of course dad got “father of the bride” socks.

Louise and Jodie (step sisters)

These two made my beautiful (and delicious) cake! I got Louise some Ferrero Roche and Jodie a bottle of barefoot rose (the best rose ever!!! I’m glad she agreed).

George (Nephew)

George filmed our day for us so to say thank you we got him a H&M voucher.

Tom (Maid of Honour’s boyfriend)

Tom provided us with all the lovely wood for the wedding! The cake base, the table centres, the sweet table stands. So to say a massive thank you to this beardy pirate we got him a bottle of Kraken rum!

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Mother of the Groom

Also a massive help in the wedding process, helping Jon especially with the parts he was in charge of. I think he may have had a meltdown without her!

Jon got her some perfume but to say a special thank you just from me I got her a bracelet with the engraving “Thank you for raising the man of my dreams”. (the pearl coloured one)

George (Jon’s brother)

George was a ring bearer and a great job he did too! Jon got him some cufflinks to wear on the day.

Mitch (Best man)

Mitch was the perfect best man, he did a great speech that people are still talking about and was so helpful on the day (especially during the photos.) I believe Jon also got him some cufflinks and some money.

Kerry

Kerry is a family friend of Jon’s mum and she saved the day in terms of our cake topper! I tried and failed so many times to make and buy what I wanted but it was Kerry who nailed it – I literally felt relief wash over me when I got the picture! We sent her some flowers.

And then of course there were the presents we got for each other.

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Jon got me the most beautiful watch (gold and marble, so blogger!)

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I made Jon a little wedding day hamper which consisted of an engraved hip flask, a little bottle of glenfiddich, some whiskey stones and a cigar.

I also framed this little happy engagement note for him which was the last thing his nan had written before passing away in the February.

So there we have it! There is a chance I’ve missed something but you get the gist. Some might argue this was a little excessive but hey I got a decent bonus and what better way to spend it than to show gratitude to those nearest and dearest to us!

Click the links to get to the websites we purchased from and I hope this provides you with some inspo! And obviously a lot of these can be used as gifts for anything, not just a wedding. Let me know if you get anything from the list!

Peace and Love xoxo

Your vibe attracts your tribe

Yesterday I tweeted that what you put out into the universe is what you shall receive in return and this is something I truly believe in!

People seemed to respond well to this simple tweet so I thought I would elaborate on my thoughts behind it.

Sometimes I look at my life and I think yes Laura you’re nailing it and a lot of people ask me how I get my shit together and the real answer is I believe that things are going to happen!

I put all my energy into the things I want the most and 9 times out of 10 they will happen, and if they don’t, they weren’t meant to be.

It sound ridiculous but trust me it works! If you only think negatively then you will attract negative things in your life. Now I’m not saying I’m sweetness and light 24/7 but most people who know me would say I’m a pretty happy go lucky kinda gal!

I met a boy at 16 and said I’m going to marry him! So I did. I was in an admin job and I wanted so much to progress and stay in the company whilst on the verge of redundancy, I had a job created for me. Whenever times are hard with money, I find it. Now all of these things didn’t just fall into my lap, I work bloody hard to get the things I want in life BUT I am always 100% certain that I will get them. I put out into the universe that they are already mine and eventually they are.

Does that make sense? Do I just sound like a crazy person?? Well that may be true but trust me you should give it a go!

I’m not saying I never worry and I never have any doubts because hey I’m only human but If you want something and I mean REALLY want something, you have to put all your thoughts and energy and hard work and positivity into it, you have to tell the world that this is going to happen!

If it does AMAZING! And if it doesn’t then don’t dwell, it was not your time and it wasn’t meant to be… Your chance is waiting just around the corner!


This concept also extends to what you surround yourself with whether that be people, social media, books, podcasts, music, tv. All of these things have such a huge effect on your perception. If you surround yourself with a certain ideology, that is likely to influence your thoughts on everything! So make sure you surround yourself with the type of people you want to be, surround yourself with literature that drives your passion, surround yourself with music that lifts your spirit. These are all key in becoming the best version of yourself and getting the most amazing experience out of your life!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, especially on whether you do any of these things? I’m currently reading the book “letters to my fanny” which sparked this post cause I was like YES CHERRY HEALY! This is exactly what I do and I think more people need to know about it ! So simple yet so phenomenally effective!

Your vibe attracts your tribes my lovelies … Make sure it’s the positive vibes that win!

Peace and love xoxo

Blog awards outfit…

Welcome to what is probably the worst outfit post in the blogosphere…. why? Because I took really rubbish pics of my outfit BUT I loved it so here we go.

This is actually a recycled outfit that I wore to my mother in law’s wedding so maybe I’ll include a picture from that day so you can see it better:

Ok so in the depths of November I was invited to attend the Vuelio Blog Awards. I believe this was there second year and I was honoured to be invited. Me and a couple of blogger pals had the best night catching up over copious amounts of wine and a beautiful dinner.

But the outfit…. I absolutely love this dress, mainly because it looks like THE dress. You know, is it black and blue is it white and gold. (FYI it’s 100% black and blue, confirmed by the maker of the dress but that didn’t stop me seeing it as white and gold for weeks until it mysteriously changed colour in front of my eyes. Some kinda brain witch craft going on here!)

This dress however is definitely pink and black and I got it about 2 years ago on a TK MAXX rummage. You can honestly find the best things in there if you are willing to have a good search. Top tips: never go on an empty stomach, stay hydrated and don’t get distracted.

I coupled the dress with a primark fake tan and legs so cold they might drop off – perfect for this winter season, NOT! But it just doesn’t look as good with tights and who needs legs anyway.

I had planned to wear a cute pair of heels but my dodgy ankle had other ideas so primark flats it was #thatglamlife.

My long black jacket of dreams is a primark fave, again a few years old but a great jacket to wear with a shorter dress. The invite had said “formal wear” so this was the perfect alternative to a long/short dress dilemma.

Now for my faves …. the accessories.

Can we just take a second to fall in love with my mermaid bag! HOW PRETTY IS IT!!!! No it’s not supposed to be a clutch and yes the chain has broken and no you can’t really fit anything in it but WHO CARES?! I’m obsessed! £10 primark and they may still be knocking around so GO GO GO.

Mermaid choker was a great find at the Manchester Christmas markets, I got it from one of the Afflecks stools (If you’re mancunian you will understand if not never mind, try ebay!)

And last but by no means least the newest addition to my jewellery collection. This BEAUT Hamsa hand bracelet from Chlo Bo. I literally haven’t taken it off from the moment I got it! It’s part of the stackable range which means you can buy multiple ones to wear together. I don’t usually like dangly bracelets cause they annoy me when I type but this one is so dainty I barely notice it.

A little on the pricey side but it’s handmade and you’re therefore supporting a small business which is SO important and something I feel really passionate about. Deffo one to stick on your Christmas list and there’s a whole host of designs to chose from. Purchase my one here: Hamsa Hand Bracelet

What’s your fave part of the outfit? Do you have any of these items or similar??

Peace and Love xoxo

** please see disclaimer

ASK Italian #VIPnight 

Chelmsford is so up and coming right now and I could not be more proud of my little city! The new Bond Street complex is looking absolutely amazing filled with beautiful looking store fronts, a super handy John Lewis and a multitude of new restaurants.

Tuesday night, my focus was on the restaurants and in particular the #VIPnight hosted by ASK Italian. I mean you’re probably all aware by now but if not I’ll reiterate for you….. I bloody love Italian food! I mean I love food in general, but Italian…. That’s my true love!!!

Walking up to ASK Italian on the dark wintery Tuesday I was greeted with twinkling fairy lights and the cutest court yard sporting fur blankets! (Already a winner for me). I approached the front door, was handed a glass of prosecco and shown to my seat.

The décor of the new restaurant is fab! So up my street – the perfect mix of industrial and rustic! Think wood, hanging plants, tiles and exposed lights! I am SO into interiors at the moment (Pinterest inspo here) so this was pure delight for me!

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Once my friend had arrived, we were treated to a shot of real lemonade…. At first this confused me but once I took a sip I didn’t care why it was given to me, I was just happy that it was! So lemony, zingy and fresh! I’m a bit obsessed with San Pellegrino lemon cans at the moment and it was a bit like a still version of this so my taste buds were in their element already!

Next up the mixed platter – meat, bread and cheese. I mean what’s not to love??! I’m not a huge bread person but I could have eaten an entire loaf of this stuff, and when it’s still warm Mmmm! warm carbs are 100% the one! Especially in winter. Although my favourite part of the platter had to be the hard cheese – shocker I know!

With our tummies well and truly prepped and a bottle of red ordered it was time to consider mains! I’d gone in with the full intention of having a pizza, I then hovered over the lasagne (my go to at an Italian restaurant) but instead settled on something totally different. I ordered the Rigatoni Al Manzo Piccante and it was exactly what I needed! Warm carby meaty cheese! A flavoursome little hug for the ole gut! My friend went for the Pollo Piccante Con Pancetta pizza and loved that too! I tried some and it was definitely as good as it looked! (Although a little chilli at the end had her ordering a glass of milk to get over the burn LOLZ the staff were super accommodating, if not a little confused at the order!)

Now I cannot gloss over the red wine we ordered, whilst the wine itself went down a treat it was actually the glass wear that got me all kinds of excited! I’ve literally never seen glasses like it and I’m in love!!!! In fact all the crockery impressed me that night! The marble platter server with the plates underneath, the fab wine glasses and the marble dessert dishes. (What has my life come to that this is what excites me?!! #oldlady)

And because all that food was not enough, we just had to order dessert! But considering it was my favourite thing of the whole night, I’m glad we did! Now my friend Lottie kindly and graciously agreed to try the new giant profiterole for me (cause I don’t like profiteroles – I know, don’t lynch me!) isn’t she the best haha! This badass dessert is part of the Christmas menu which launched on Tuesday. It was so gooey and #foodporn – if profiteroles are your thing, you simply cannot go home without trying it. I on the other hand opted for the honeycomb cheesecake and OH MY LIFE I can die happy! The flavours were beyond perfect and it was 110% the best cheesecake I’ve ever put in my mouth! We seriously discussed going back to ASK Italian purely for a dessert date!

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Aside from the food and drinks being awesome there was just a really lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. The staff were great, especially Mary our waitress who checked to make sure we were ok without being annoying or pushy and was super smiley – top customer service Mary!

All in all a great night! A lovely catch up with my pal and a happy tummy for Laura! I will definitely be heading back here, mainly to stare more and the beaut interiors and stuff my face with honeycomb cheesecake – oh jeez I can’t wait – who’s taking me for dinner???

ASK Italian have created 3 options for you this Christmas so whether you’ve spent all your money on Christmas presents and you’re feeling the 2 course quick fix lunch or you want to go all out with the Super Festivo menu (exclusive dishes and drink included) then there will be something for you!

Find out more and book a table below 🙂

Twitter: @ASKItalian

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASKItalian

Instagram: @askitalian

https://www.askitalian.co.uk/

Peace and love xoxo

** Please see disclaimer. Also the few lovely glossy pics in here were sent over to me and taken by the lovely event photographer.