The Home Front: Fi’s Bedroom Ideas

So yes we’re a year into living in our hew house and I’m only now sharing my thoughts on what I want to do in my room, which incidentally is only half-finished. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a shell of a room and it’s perfectly lovely and livable, it’s just not exactly what my brain wants it to be, at least not yet! So far I’ve painted the walls white and bought some of the new furniture and storage I need, like this accessory storage area. But I still need a new bed, shelves, pictures on the wall and lots of finishing touches. Below is what I’m aiming for – a bright room with lots of wire, wood and grey – with bright ops of colour from all areas. Let’s be honest with the amount of stuff in my room it’s not going to be minimal and plain – it’s going to be bright and colourful and hopefully look lovely!

Fi's Bedroom Ideas

 

Bin / Wire Shelving Unit / Lamp / Armchair / Finches Print  / Bed

Flamingo Cushion / Grey and Yellow Cushion Cover / Throw

So there we go, now I just need to work on it all. I’m hoping that by Christmas it’ll be finished, it shouldn’t be that hard as it’s just a case of buying things and putting things up – the real decisions and hard work (the painting) has been done. But with my procrastinating abilities, who knows. Wish me luck!

-Fi x

 

 

Thought of the Day #94: Dream It

 

Personally I think that Mr Disney had the best dreams, I mean Disneyland/world, the stories and characters, songs and happiness that have come from his dreams are everywhere to see. Now that really is something to aspire to.

Laura xx

Life Rambles: Weekend No Plans

Happy Saturday people, how are we all today?

Let me tell you I am so excited for this weekend. As you know I’ve had a couple of crazy weekends over the last month, starting with my holiday to Portugal which took up 2 weekends – woe is me! These two holiday weekends were followed by a London weekend with my Uni girls, and then a weekend trip to the deepest depths of Sussex for a 3-day wedding adventure.

In between all these weekend trips there has also been work (obvs) and evening events in the diary too. Phew, I need a nap just thinking about it! Of course there’s no denying that all of these events were 100% worth the time and energy they took out of me, and i’d happily repeat each day of the last month all over again, but it has left me a tad tired.

Thinking back to this post a few weeks ago I am reminded of my desire, and need, to give myself weekends off to recuperate and relax, so that’s what this weekend is for. I have no plans at all. Yes, I should probably clean before I have visitors on Sunday night but other than that there is nothing that I need to do.

 

morning run views

Right now it’s Saturday early afternoon and so far I’ve been for a run, had breakfast, showered, nipped to Ikea for blankets and fairy lights (and a sneaky tin of gingerbread biscuits), eaten lunch and i’m now avoiding life admin by typing away on here. My nothing weekend is going amazingly so far.

How’s your weekend going? Is it chock-a-block or have you left yourself time for a chill out or lie-in? Whatever you’er doing I hope it’s a good one 😀

Laura

 

Life Rambles: Friday Favourites #49

Hello, everyone. How are you all? It seems like a long time since I wrote one of these. In reality of course it hasn’t been but Friday Favourites #47 contained Portugal holiday fun and that seems like a lifetime ago now.

This past weekend I was down in Chichester celebrating the marriage of two wonderful people. Myself and four friends hired a cottage in the village of West Ashling and made a whole weekend of it. There were road trips, village walks, exploring local pubs, a gorgeous wedding followed by an unbelievable reception celebration afterwards.Then the whole weekend was finished off with a Sunday lunch at the bride’s house complete with a taco truck – talk about the perfect send off. I have to say that Monday was quite dreary in comparison!

 

 

The dreariness of the beginning of the week was saved by a catch up with a friend on Wednesday night. We opted for a simple evening coffee and cake trip, because we wanted to sample the autumnal specialties and properly catch up in a way that can’t necessarily be done in a crowded/noisy bar. So that’s what we did, and it was wonderful.

This week has definitely signaled the start of Autumn (in London at least) and I’ve totally embraced it. My food shop this week consisted of everything I needed to allow me to eat soup, gnocchi, and pie this week. Hooray for autumn food and flavours.

Yesterday Pottermore released a quiz that allowed us to discover what form our Patronus would take if we lived in the magical world. I’m still certain that my Hogwarts letter may one day arrive, but until then each new Pottermore discovery is beyond exciting! Of course I took the quiz as soon as humanly possible and discovered that my Patronus is an Osprey. Hooray for that! I need to name it properly, but it looks so cute flapping around on the screen in the Forbidden Forest. If you’re a Potterhead then go take the test ASAP!

Finally this week I invested some time in watching the first series of Poldark. I’m currently three episodes through and enjoying it so much. I have no idea how I missed this the first time around but I’m super pleased I decided to give it ago. I sort of want to spend this weekend watching the rest of it and then catching up on series 2. So watch this space.

What are your weekend plans? I hope you’ve got some fun things planned.

Laura xxx

 

Thought of the Day #93: Intolerably Stupid

 

Of the many shareable quotes from Jane Austen’s brilliant books, I think it’s this one from one of her lesser-known books, Northanger Abbey, that I’m feeling most in line with right now as I struggle to get stuck into any book I try. I feel like a total idiot for not enjoying books right now as I know how good books are normally, whatever mood I’m in. And it’s not even as if it’s one particular genre I’m struggling with, it’s everything! From old favourites to new reads, to fantasy books or non-fiction. I just seem to be in a reading slump, no matter what I try. I don’t like it guys – make it stop. I don’t want Jane Austen to think I’m intolerably stupid from her grave, yes I’m sure this could happen!

-Fi x

Out and About: Favourite Quick Eats in London

This and That Blog Out and About: Favourite Quick Eats in London

Here’s a follow in from my last post of favourite food places in London. This time the focus is more on quick eats rather than full meals. So think everything from quick snacks, to fast food or good coffee.

Shake Shack – This is probably my favourite burger place to go to, it’s fast food, but simple and delicious.The Covent Garden location is excellent in that its super close to my office, plus you get to sit and enjoy your meal right in the historic piazza. The queue is always spiralling out the door and winding through the outdoor tables, but don’t let that fool you, it moves pretty quickly so it’s worth joining the end.

Ben’s Cookies – In my opinion Ben’s are the best cookies in London town. Again they’ve got a store in Covent Garden, but they do have others – like at Westfield White City and if you’re visiting the museums around High Street Kensington then there’s a shop near the tube station too. My favourite flavour is the chocolate and peanut butter and I have to always get it, although I do often get more than one cookie so I have tried most of the other too. You pretty much can’t go wrong with any of them. They’re chewy and gooey, just what you want from a cookie.

Borough Market – I tend to head here early on a Saturday for a wander around. I’ll get coffee at Monmouth Coffee House and then amble through the stalls to find a pastry treat for breakfast. If you’re not one for coffee then the fresh juices are also worth a try. Once breakfast is done I like to head to the fruit and veg stalls and stock up on fresh produce. Quite often after a visit to Borough i’ll end up cooking a huge pot of pasta with a tomato and veg sauce made up of ingredients I picked up in the morning. Delicious. Quick tip though – make sure to arrive early, the market gets super busy and full of people from about 10/10:30 onward which isn’t fun, so you’ll be wanting to get away from there asap if that does happen.

Wasabi – If I want to treat myself on a weekday lunchtime then this is where I head. Wasabi sells sushi and bento to takeaway, although some stores have a seating area too. Sushi wise you can create your own sushi box, with each piece being individually wrapped and priced. Which I love as I’m not an avocado fan and finding a box of sushi that doesn’t contain avocado is pretty hard to do! Bento wise there is so much choice, my favourites are the chicken teriyaki yakisoba and the chicken katsu curry.

Gelupo Gelato – Hands down the best ice cream in London. The original shop is in Arthur Street, but there’s also a gelateria attached to Vico restaurant in the heart of the West End and it’s always worth a visit. I can highly recommend the bitter chocolate and the fresh mint stracciatella.

So there we have it, my favourite quick places for food or drinks. Would you agree with me? What have I missed?

Laura xxx

Life Rambles: Friday Favourites #48

Morning guys and happy Friday! I know I’m alone in this but I’m so happy to see the rain, let’s hope it brings with it some cooler weather! Anyway down to the important matters from the week – my favourite bits!

First up I had the best weekend with some of my favourite people in London. It involved a lot of talking, a lot of good food and lots of celebrations. We also headed for the best afternoon tea at Sketch with the best sandwich selection ever – who doesn’t want a coronation chicken sandwich over cucumber?! Plus the scones were epic, we had coctails and a delicious choux pastry bun. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the rest of the cakes but two rounds of sandwiches made the tea one of the best I’ve ever had!

I’ve been quite vocal about my love of Autumn recently so it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that I’m excited by all the autumn accessories currently in the shops and I might have treated myself to two Autumnal bags today this week – oops! But yeah for maroon and leopard print and black things being in the shops!

 

 

This week also saw catch ups with one of my oldest school friends who was back over from Australia with her three-month old baby and I’m in love. He’s such a cutie and I got to have all the cuddles while ambling around Wisley Gardens. It was the best way to spend a Monday!

Ages ago I booked tickets to see Helen McCrory in The Deep Blue Sea and the day finally arrived this Wednesday and guys, the play was so good! It was dark and depressing but still hopeful and the performances were brilliant. Helen McCrory is just amazingly talented. If you get a chance to see it, you really must head down to the National Theatre to watch it!

I’m off to the countryside today to celebrate the wedding of two lovely friends and it’s going to be glorious! There will be two days of celebrations in the most glorious sounding gardens and rumour has it there’s also a taco truck on the Sunday – amazing! It’s going to be such fun, kicking off with the road trip kicking off in an hour or so!

How was your week everyone and what were your favoruite things from the last seven days?

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The Book Corner: 2016 Recent Reads, Part 4

Greetings fellow bookworms and welcome to today’s post, which is another reading life update for you all. As I’m sure you know I’ve been away for a week on my summer holiday where I basically spent most of my time in the sun reading a book. So it seems like the perfect time to post an update here while everything is fresh in my memory!

 

 

31. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore – This was a really easy read and an interesting look into the life of Drew Barrymore. It’s one of those books that has a different story for each chapter so it’s easy to dip in and out of it. Which is useful on the commute, as after one chapter you’re already committed to the book, but don’t feel like your left hanging in the middle of the story if you don’t pick it up for a couple of days.

32. Half Wild (Half Bad #2) by Sally Green – I really like this one. It’s been a while since I read Half Bad, so it took a bit of time for me to get back into the series. But I quickly remembered how intrigued I was by the story and how much I liked (or hated) the characters. The ending was horrible and brilliant and expected but not all at the same time. I need to get my hands on the final book asap to see how it all ends.

33. A Daughter’s Secret by Eleanor Moran – I picked this one up in the Kindle sale on a bit of a whim and I was pleasantly surprised. The book follows a child psychotherapist as she treats a young girl who the police think holds the key to the whereabouts of her father the key witness in a big trial. It’s filled with suspicion and intrigue and kept me gripped throughout. I would say that I wasn’t a huge fan of all of the characters, and I’d have liked certain story lines to have been discussed further, but that’s just me being persnickety!

34. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent – Honestly I didn’t love this book. From the jacket blurb it held so much promise and had all the makings of a brilliant crime novel. But it just didn’t do it for me. I wasn’t gripped, or even intrigued by the story, in fact I was mostly irritated by everything. I half hoped that the end would redeem itself, but it didn’t really. Everyone else on GoodReads seems to love this one, so maybe I was having a bad week or something!

35. Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie – This YA novel had me hooked from the outset. I was 20 pages in when I got on the flight to Portugal and I’d finished the book before we landed 2.5 hours later. We follow the main character as she starts to investigate her birth mother, is she the missing American girl that she’s seen online, and if so did her parents kidnap her? This book is celebrating its 10 year anniversary so I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before now. I actually picked this up at YALC on a whim and I’m so pleased I did so. It’s a quick easy read, that had me reminiscing for the days before Facebook, Twitter and 3G on our phones!

36. Far from True by Linwood Barclay – This one took me a bit of time to remember who all the characters were, but I enjoyed it. I think this is the third title of Barclay’s that is based in Promise Falls and I like the idea of that. The next book in the series sounds intriguing, so I’ll have to look out for it.

37. Private Paris by James Patterson – Another JP book and another easy read. I know the books are quite silly and unbelievable but they are also the most perfect beach read and exactly what I want when I’m on holiday.

 

 

38. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling – This is the script of the new play that’s currently showing in the West End. I’ve seen the play, so I knew what to expect from the story, but I was intrigued about reading something in script format. In all honesty the last play I read was Shakespeare at school, so I wasn’t sure how I would get on with the book. I have to admit I enjoyed it, and it was easy to read; pretty soon I forgot that I was reading a play instead of a book. However, I still suggest trying to watch the play first. The thing with a script is that you lose out on the explanation and background of the characters and magical world. And that’s the thing about Rowling’s wizarding world there’s so much to understand and the script just can’t give you all of that information in the same way that a novel or actually watching the play can.

39. A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming – I picked this book up at Gatwick airport on a last-minute whim. It turns out that it’s part of a series, and unfortunately I haven’t read any of the other books. However I think I was able to pick up any missing knowledge – I mean I wasn’t completely lost about the characters, so that’s all good right?! I like the story and it was interesting to read about the current Russian and UK relationship from the perspective of an ageing British spy. I also quite liked that the story is set in the UK, normally any spy titles I read are US-based.

40. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – This is another recommendation of Fi’s – it’s YA so of course it is! The idea of a female assassin really intrigued me. This book follows Celaena Sardothien as the competes to be the King’s assassin. If she wins the competition then she gains her freedom, but if she loses then she ends up back in the salt mines for the rest of her life. It’s a good story and there’s lots to keep a reader occupied, with fighting, court intrigue and a sprinkling of magic thrown in too. I’ve got book two ready to start when I next have a craving for YA so fingers crossed it’s as engaging as book 1.

What are you all reading at the moment? Any suggestions on books that I should read?

You can check out my previous reading updates here, here and here. Or let’s be friends on GoodReads for an up to date idea on what I’m reading…

Laura xx

Life Rambles: Friday Favourites #47

Good morning friends and happy Friday. This week feels like a weird one to me. It’s been part holidays, part work, part warm sunshine, part muggy London streets. It’s included train delays, plane delays, train strikes and very chatty cab drivers and it’s had me going from lounging in the sun taking naps to running round the office like a headless chicken trying to get sorted on projects. So yes, fun times indeed.

 

 

 

I think an obvious favourite thing of the week has been my holiday, I flew back on Monday evening so the first 3 days of this week were spent in Portugal. I’m not going to wax lyrical about it, because that would probably make us all jealous! But check out my Instagram or Fi’s Friday Favourites post last week if you want to see a few more sunny snaps like the one above.

This coming weekend is one that I’ve been counting down to for what seems like ages. I’ve got friends visiting and I can’t wait, it’s been so long since the four of us were all in the same room together. And yes we’ve got some fun things planned (of course), but really I’m just mostly excited about us being together and catching up on each others lives in that way you do when you’re with good friends for a long weekend.

 

 

For two mornings this week I’ve had to get up super early to get to work because Southern Trains have been on strike so instead of my usual train commute I’ve had to get a bus and then a tube to work. It’s actually a quick trip as long as I get on a bus before 7am, but if I get on afterwards then the journey takes me twice as long, and I get irritated by that fact so much. So, you’ve guessed it I’ve been getting the super early bus which leaves with at least an hour early to work. I usually just started working, but on Thursday I decided to get my morning coffee and then sit in the coffee shop and organise my life. It was a super productive time and I really want to get into the habit of doing that more often. Now I’m not saying I’ll manage a full hour before work each time, but I think even 10 minutes could be a good thing. We’ll see how I get on with that!

I’m finishing typing this up on Thursday evening, its’s just gone 9 and I’m sitting watching old episodes of Gossip Girl (S1, Episode 13, A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate). I’d forgotten how good this show is, and I swear I thought half of the stuff happening in Series 1 actually happened a lot late, I’m beginning to wonder what is going to come next! Anyway the point of this paragraph is to say that there’s a peanut butter cupcake sitting looking at me, waiting for me to eat it. Becca dropped by my work today to pick up some things and she dropped of an extra special care package at the same time. These cupcakes that she’d baked. Uber excited to taste it. The smell is DIVINE, so I have high expectations!

What have you lovely lot got planned for the weekend? And how has your week been? Laura xx