Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Life Lately

As mentioned in my last life update, this month has been so much busier than expected. And it has been taking much more of a toll in more than I thought it would!

So, at the beginning of this month I started a new job. It involves a very long (as in, months) training process and I really was not looking forward to the return of exams and study and all else that it entails. But actually, it's been fine.

Okay, let's be honest - on the one hand, it really sucks. I don't like exams. I don't like roleplay. I don't like studying, and making notes, and I don't like what I consider to be hours of sitting around doing nothing. But what I have liked is making lots of new friends, with three in particular that I really like and think very highly of, and a fair few more than I think will become good friends over time.

The exams have been going well - I've passed everything, and have had good feedback. But ugh, the stress, and so so tiring!

My commute has grown as well - my previous commute was about twenty minutes door to door. Now it's an hour on the way in, and more than that on the way home, and I'm SO TIRED by the time I make it home. I have a bit of an annoying commute as it's a bus and then two tubes, so I can't even really just relax on them as I'm having to constantly stay focused to make sure I make my change, and then I don't get a seat, etc etc...! Last Friday I went out to the pub after work with some new work buddies and that was the first time I've had the energy to do it - even then I had to be persuaded, and went straight to bed at 9pm the moment I got in!

As I said last month, fitting in the blogging time has got a bit harder as a result, but I think I'm at a point where my energy is coming back a bit (as I write this I'm preparing to go to a yoga class in a minute - my first time stepping in a gym since starting as the energy has just not been there!) and I'm learning what days and times and hours I'm better and worse on so know when I'll be able to write posts. Judging by my planning for the next month, it's got a bit more consistent again :) Now I just have to work in fitting in old friends, fitting in new friends, and fitting in more fun experiences once again!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Our Trip to Guernsey: Part One

For the bank holiday weekend a couple of weeks ago, we took a trip to Guernsey! It is actually quite sad how we ended up choosing Guernsey as our location - basically, we decided to go on a bank holiday weekend trip about a week and a half before the actual date. Of course, everything was extortionate - we looked up flights to places like Barcelona that didn't seem too completely over the top priced at around £200 - until you consider the fact that on any other weekend we could probably go there for about £30. We found Guernsey wasn't too overpriced, and after looking through random other weekends found the prices were pretty consistent throughout the year and so ended up making that our choice. It was a pretty terrible reason but we did end up having a good time there, so here's part one of the trip!


Monday, 20 April 2015

You Beauty Discovery - April 2015

This month I received my first You Beauty Discovery Box. For those who don't know, You Beauty is a subscription box a little bit smaller than the others (this one actually fit through my letter box, hoorah!) and also a little bit cheaper than the others at £6.99. It includes two or so samples already and you choose two extras that you want from a small menu - a bit like LoveMeBeauty used to be!

The theme for this month was Natural and Organic, which I thought was a great one for me to start with as I tend to go for those sort of products anyway. 

One of the bonus samples this month was Linwood's milled flaxseed cocoa and berries. This is a little packet of powdery goodness that it recommends you add to your porridge, cereal, yogurt, smoothies etc. This is a bit of an odd one as giving me so many choices makes me even less sure of what to do with it - but I'm going to try it on my weetabix tomorrow morning and hopefully it will be delicious.

The next bonus sample was Yours Truly Organics - Fix me! repairing serum. This is supposed to repair, smoothen and brighten your skin, and I think I'll give this one a go tonight.

The first product that I chose was this Heaven product in orange flower, a cell renewal hydrogel. There were a few Heaven products you could choose from this month but for some reason I was really drawn to this one! It smells really nice and I'm not entirely sure when I'm going to use it yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so!

My final product, and the second that I chose, is this Scentred product - a Sleep Well therapy balm. It's a palmarosa, lavender and ylang ylang balm that you apply to your pulse points in order to help you get to sleep. I've always heard of lavender being great for helping you get to sleep and this product smells pretty strongly of that so I'm pretty optimistic. For the most part I don't have trouble sleeping, but I will soon start working rotating shifts including nights - I am one of those who has a very good body clock that knows exactly when the birds are about to come out and so I should wake up, so going to sleep at that time may be a bit of a mission - I'm hoping to save this product up to use then!
Overall I was really happy with my first You Beauty Discovery box and am looking forward to giving all the products a go. If you'd like to subscribe, you can do so here!


Monday, 13 April 2015

Restaurant Review: Darwin Brasserie and the Sky Garden

We recently took a trip to the Darwin Brasserie within the Sky Garden, located within the Walkie Talkie - or 20 Fenchurch Street if you want to use its proper name.

We were really pleased when we got up to the top and saw the view. I thought this photo even made it look a bit like a concept piece - but no, this is it completely unedited. Great view, and great landscaping to it as well - they really went more into the garden theme than I thought they would.

We didn't have starters as we thought they were too expensive, so I went straight to this lemon sole. It was absolutely delicious, I loved it!

Max went for a burger and chips, because he's going through a bit of a phase at the moment.

For pudding, we both went for a chocolate cake and both thought it was delicious as well.

Overall we really liked the Darwin Brasserie - the menu is a bit odd in terms of pricing. Some of it is more expensive than it should be, some is about what you'd expect to pay. The starters we thought were very steep, but the mains were pretty average for a new currently very popular restaurant. The food was all very good quality however, and we didn't feel ripped off. The cocktails are interesting and varied - we didn't like our cocktails but unfortunately went for the same one each (because it had dragon fruit in it, how cool is that!) so can't really compare it too much. We did feel they were quite expensive though!

The view from the brasserie and garden are great. It's nice to see the Shard directly in the middle in a different angle to how you normally see it and it's interesting to be able to look for your house and other landmarks. The garden itself is really well designed too - I genuinely expected to be disappointed by it but they've clearly put a lot of work into the garden and it's really nice to have a walk around it and definitely livens up the views as well.

You can view Sky Garden and the restaurants available at their website, here!


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My Little Super Box - April 2015

I should start by saying I was so excited when I opened up my post and saw that this months theme was My Little SuperBox. I thought it was such a cool theme and I loved the originality of it and the fact that there were so many different ways they could use the theme.

As always there is the My Little World magazine. Instead of the normal little card, this month we got some superhero stickers. If I was still in teaching this would probably be pretty useful to me if only to give them to the kids, unfortunately as I am not and do not know any children I have no real use for these!

We also got this I Believe I Can Fly shirt. It's pretty big and I do like the slogan and the colour. I don't like that it comes so high around your neck, but I think I'll keep this as a gym t-shirt when it's a bit cooler.

The first of the beauty items this month was this Cristal Liste by Kerastase. This is a hair conditioner. I haven't had a chance to use it yet (will actually be giving it a try tonight!) but it does smell really good so I'm feeling pretty optimistic about it. It's a smaller bottle than the one I normally use (but still a good size, it'll last you a while) so if it's a good product I'm going to take this to my boyfriends' to use there.

Next up is this Caudalie hand and nail cream. This is a really nice smelling product which is a big plus for me - I've tried to buy a hand cream at The Body Shop a few times, and much as I love TBS their hand creams just do not smell good. This smells much nicer and is again a good size.

Finally is this My Little Beauty cheek and lip colour. It is actually a nice colour and it comes on really easily, but I don't use these products sadly!

  Though I'm happy with two of the products, overall this box really disappointed me. There is so much they could have done with the theme, and I feel like a shirt and some stickers really don't cut it for a box that advertises itself as a lifestyle box rather than a beauty box. Don't get me wrong - the shirt is good quality and I'm sure wasn't that cheap for them to make, but if I wanted beauty products I'd go for a beauty box and get more for what I pay.

  Therefore for me, this is my last My Little Box. I've been disappointed with too many of the products lately and though I'm still totally going to check out reviews of the future boxes and hope it goes back to its previous high standard, I'm going to move on and give You Beauty a go for a little while - by the way, you'll be able to read my review of my first You Beauty box next week :)


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Our Trip to Blackpool!

A couple of weekends ago we decided to make a trip up to Blackpool. I'd wanted to go for a while because I'm a big lover of theme parks and it had been a really long time since I'd gone to Blackpool Pleasure Beach - and at the time I was too young to really appreciate it. My boyfriend wanted to go because he's not British, and so the idea of the British seaside holiday isn't something he grew up with and so he's quite intrigued by it - and for some reason felt that visiting out of season would make it more interesting for him. No idea why!
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