Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015


it's safe to say that 2014 was a weird year, with my house fire and numerous other bad things happening to me and my family. it's even safer to say that 2015 has been a much better year. as it comes to a close, i wanted to share a few key moments of the year, and reflect upon it as pretentiously as i can...because one day i'll be old and want to remember my glory years. 

friendships.
i have some pretty fantastic friends. i know everyone says that, but i really really do. i've realised that it's ok to let some people slide away, and the people you thought you'd be friends with forever might not always be there for you when things really hit the fan. i have an amazing group of gals who know who they are, who make me laugh so much i can't cope and also put up with my showbiz obsessions. i also love the friendships i made at university that have lasted, and i always get excited when i know i'll see those lads again. even if my friends are on the other side of the world, we still have time for each other. big up yourselves.

career.
i started this year in a stable PR job that i loved, and one that allowed me to grow and taught me so much about social media. i am ending it in a new job that i began in september in an agency i've admired for so long, working with people who make me laugh every day and that i feel myself with. i genuinely enjoy going to work everyday, and whilst PR & social media is definitely not as glamorous as people think, i've had a blast. whether it's a press junket with a soap star, or helping set up and amazing event for OGX, i've been allowed to help out at some truly fantastic events and i hope to continue this into 2016.

i've also realised it's ok to feel like sometimes you have no idea what you're doing, because chances are you know WAY more than you think. i want 2016 to bring more confidence in myself, and also to have more experiences with social media that help shape my future career. awwwhhh yeah. 

first proper year out of university.
whilst i still refer to myself as a grad, technically i'm just someone who has been to university now, as i graduated in july 2014. i've had a full year out of education, and in the real world. and boy, it has been a challenge to adapt. it's so hard not seeing your best friends everyday, being able to go to mcdonalds at 1am, and even the panic and stress of writing essays about postcolonial literature. whilst i will always treasure my uni memories, i have to say i am loving having a salary and money to spend...and also having evenings/weekends to myself, and no guilt as i binge watch parks & recreation. uni, i think i am slowly getting over you. 

moving out.
this year marked a pretty big change in my life...i finally moved out of my family home. my new job is around an hour/hour and a half away from where i live, and i just decided i didn't want to commute anymore. i saved money all year, and then decided to move into a shared house. it was pretty scary, as it meant rent coming out of my salary every month (wah) and moving into a house of people i didn't know...but that's what uni prepared me for. i absolutely love it there, my housemates are awesome (we are going to see justin bieber next year. cool) and i'm surrounded by other friends in the area. 

it's great to be independent, and feel that i am a proper human being these days rather than that dramatic graduate limbo so many people find themselves in, me included. i feel settled, and there's an asda with a mcdonalds in it on my road. sorted.

blogging.
and finally, my wonderful little blog. i must admit, it's taken a back seat in my life as i have had to concentrate on working/social life. i always find it hard to upload content i'm truly proud of as i have no photographer these days, and i'm normally working in the hours of fantastic sunlight. but i'm proud to say that i've kept it going all year, and even invested in a  snazzy camera to ensure i feel motivated to keep going. i promise 2016 will bring more outfit posts, and maybe more career focused blogs. because that's just where my head is at at the moment. i'll never be zoella, but i don't want to be. 

so thank you 2015 for all the laughs. 2016, be kind.

until next time xo

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Monday, 21 December 2015

simple me

(coat - primark...top - primark... jeans - new look...trainers - adidas/urban outfitters)

oh hello outfit photos, a pleasant surprise to my 'fashion' blog. it's great to see you. this is a pretty simple outfit, but life isn't all fancy outfits and perfectly formed styling. most of the week i am in baggy jumpers, shirts, and mostly the colour black. here we go.

i absolutely love wearing all black. it's so easy, and with blonde hair it feel it can really pop. a big baggy jumper teamed with skinny jeans and white trainers is an instant classic, and left me feeling chic in the winter wind.

until next time xo

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OGX event #OGXcited


if you didn't know, i work in pr and social media. and i often get to do pretty cool things. one of these AWESOME things was help at the launch of new products by hair care giants OGX. 

i took the train to london with my colleague in the afternoon, and found the ultra cool cocktail bar in Waterloo. the room was completely bare, and we were left with boxes and boxes of product to organise in 3 hours before the media arrived. no big deal....

teamwork prevailed, and we were over the moon with the final result. OGX provide some of the most GORGEOUS smelling hair care products ever, their coconut milk shampoo is to DIE for. this event launched two new ranges, and also updated the media about the other ranges for interest.

we had cocktails, delicious food, a coconut shai, tom bola, and not to mention a giant glittery moon (because OF COURSE!). the media and bloggers loved it, especially when they were then whisked away to a circus on the south bank.

the life of a PR girl is one that often seems glamorous, and when i look back at this event i do think 'i am so lucky''. but you forget the hard work and dedication that goes into it, the hours of preparation, the sweatiness you feel as the firs people start showing up, the stress when you aren't sure if the big editors aren't coming, and the constant thoughts that you need to remember to say hello to this person, tag this person on instagram...etc. it's a full on job, but one i would never change!

until next time xo 

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Monday, 14 December 2015

my blogging problem


i'm not really sure when it happened. it was a feeling that crept up on me slowly, and every day i think about it more and more. it's been a subject that's been on my mind, but one i never really wanted to address. but after some thought, it's probably BETTER to discuss it, and then maybe it'll go away. because folks, i am slowly, slowly, falling out of love with blogging.

when i started blogging, i was 19 years old and at university. i had all the spare time in the world, and it was still relatively underground. sure, you still had your 'bigger' bloggers, and there was a 'hierarchy' as it were, but it was still pretty fresh to brands. it was so fresh and exciting, with brands contacting you and asking you to review, the company blogger awards nomination i got in 2013, and having time to properly spend time on my content. i used to post twice a week, and had time to style outfits properly, and utilise my housemates as photographers.

fast forward to today, and i'm 22 working full time in a job i love. my evenings are spent going to the gym, cooking, and catching up with friends. my weekends are spent doing life admin, and i no longer have the photographers on hand to take my photos. i find blogging once every two weeks a challenge, especially as i want to feel proud of my content, and i'm not always feeling this way at the moment. i feel like i'm desperately trying to hold onto a hobby that still has a large part in my life, but as other things in my life speed up, it takes a back seat.

i also find the blogging culture very different to when i started. i recently went to a blogging event where there was only a handful of bloggers as i know it - the others were all well known figures on instagram, and didn't have a blog or a YouTube channel. i'm in no ways demeaning this, as i realise it takes so much work to succeed in these channels, but it just felt different to me. i felt like a very uncool, little fish in a  pond that had all of a sudden got a million times bigger. 

i don't know what marks my blog as different anymore. i don't know what content i want to write, and how to proceed when my life isn't all about buying clothes anymore. i wish it was in a way, but i'm also enjoying where i am now. i'm in a  strange 'twenty something' limbo, where i no longer have the sweet student loan funding my topshop addiction, but i also feel like i have more to offer, and more to say. but does this get lost amongst reviews of shampoos and new urban decay palates? who knows. 

i want to feel proud of this page again, and i will keep going until i feel it again. blogging needs a total refresh, and it's not enough to post simple photos anymore. your blog has to be a website, which is evident with the superstar bloggers who's pages now rival top magazines. it's strange to think that some blogs have teams around them, posting for them and professional photographers hired for outfit shoots. is it too controversial to feel this ruins the authenticity? and feel that this leaves no hope for the rest of us, who just enjoy photography and talking about the products we love so much?

it's time for everyone to remember WHY they started blogging. it gets too competitive these days, with brands only using the same 'big' bloggers and brands who once sent you product turning you down due to your DA (which they more than likely only just learnt about themselves). forget about free stuff, forget about endorsement deals, forget about money.... remember that you love to write, you love to talk about things you're passionate about, and you love the community.

don't give up.

until next time xo 
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Monday, 23 November 2015

a winter playsuit

(coat - primark...playsuit - luxemme*...boots - eBay)

winter is definitely here. the air is definitely colder, evenings get darker earlier, and twinkly lights are appearing everywhere - reminding us all that christmas is almost here! it's definitely my favourite season, and one that calls for coats, boots and layers.

this playsuit is perfect for a winter night out. i absolutely love the skater-style shorts, pulling me in at the waist which is super flattering. i love the mesh sleeves and detailing at the front, also the low back allows you to transfer it to an evening out. worn with tights and knee high boots makes this perfect for winter, teamed with a trench coat it's the epitome of classic chic. pop a fedora on for extra wow factor.

until next time xo

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Monday, 16 November 2015

the power of a hashtag


social media is often dismissed by people as being 'materialistic, fluffy, not real'. only recently we saw a backlash from instagrammer essena o'neill who proceeded to 'correct' her captions. it is often dismissed by those who don't understand it, thinking it's frivolous and 'for the younger generation'. but, in times of crisis, social media is where people turn.

i learnt about the horrific paris attacks via Facebook, where a friend had shared a BBC news story. i proceeded to go on Twitter, where #PrayForParis was already trending, alongside #PorteOuverte for people seeking safety amongst the horror. i knew more about the story before it had been announced on the television. the power of social media breaking news story is incomparable in this day and age, trustworthy sources such as BBC News use it as their main platform for sharing key aspects of stories. the immediacy of it all was overpowering to me, and made me almost feel overwhelmed at the power of these platforms.

but another thing that struck me during Friday night and Saturday, was how amazing social media is at fighting this hate. the powerful hashtags previously mentioned were incredible, whilst to some they seem simple it showed a worldwide solidarity between millions of strangers all fighting for the same thing - peace. the power of 140 characters showed the majority of the world fighting against this hatred, highlighting that through a quick touch of a button the world was united - even if we've never met.

hashtags have proved instrumental in portraying a world wide holding of hands after disgraceful attacks. #JeSuisCharlie was a powerful instance of social media uniting the world after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, it was a simple way of showing that we are all in this together. Similarly, social media was used fantastically in the wake of the Tunisian shootings. It's such a simple tool, and on the face of it, it does seem meaningless to have a 'trending hashtag' to those not in the know. However, social media is used by the majority of the world, and to know that worldwide everyone is discussing the same thing, fighting for the same cause, it quite something.

of course, the hashtag is used on a daily basis for other things. every single day there is a trend related to justin bieber, one direction...or another boy band. this, obviously, does not resonate emotionally with the world on such a scale as PrayForParis, but again - it is quite amazing seeing so many teenagers and young people around the world coming together to celebrate and share something they feel so passionate about. growing up, i didn't have this outlet, and if i was to be 14 in 2015, i can't say that i wouldn't be an avid one direction fan, tweeting my love every day. (sorry, not sorry).

i liken it to the image above, of lanterns lifting into the sky and floating everywhere. we can use our words to spread light all over the world, one tweet might not seem important to you - you may not get favourites, retweets or replies. but one person may see you've tweeted, and feel inclined to do the same. the chain goes on.

i hope that social media continues to be a social for the world to cry on in situations like this, and one that we use for the better - after all, what other platforms speak to the everyday person on such a personal level everyday? 

until next time xo 
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

autumn lip shades

(mac lipsticks in stone / taupe / mehr)

lipsticks are slowly working their way into my favourite beauty pieces. i never used to wear lipstick everyday, thinking it was more of a night out occurrence. also, because of my big ass bottom lip i always felt it was too 'in your face'. but, autumn presents a palate of gorgeous neutral shades that are perfect for everyday. teamed with a chunky jumper, a big scarf and a teddy bear coat - you are officially ready for the leafy season.

mac stone - this is a matte shade, that is a gorgeous brown colour without feeling too dark for everyday wear. i love the matte finish, giving you a polished look and also allowing you not to worry about reapplying too much over the day. i think this shade is super versatile, as it can be worn as a fun autumn shade during the day, but also work at night with dark eyes and a sassy outfit. kylie jenner also loves wearing it on her plumped up pout, so it must be a winner.

mac taupe - this shade is also matte, and a little darker than my natural lip, but not as dark as stone. the pink undertone is more natural, and definitely suited to the autumn season as it is slightly toned down. this lippy is perfect for swiping on if you're in a rush, have a client meeting, drinks with the girls, or even just want to feel fab whilst shopping for some bacon (my life). it makes me feel like i've made an effort when i haven't, and for that i am truly grateful.

mac mehr - ANOTHER matte shade?? can you sense my obsession? i picked up this shade after seeing it pretty much matches my lip colour exactly, but gives it that extra pink dimension that makes you look pouty and pretty. it's my everyday go to shade, really easy to wear in any situation, and gorgeous on a night out as a velvet teddy substitute - after all, there is more to life than velvet teddy. i would definitely recommend this shade as an autumn handbag essential!
which is your favourite shade?

until next time xo

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

the mirror selfie series #1



i'm a busy bee. i work full time, commute full time, and i'm also a full-time netflix addict. this makes outfit photos VERY hard. i also can't keep roping in my brother to take them, as let's face it, he has better things to do. so, i took matters into my own hands, and i introduce to you the mirror selfie series.

this is for when i have copious amounts of outfits i want to blog, but just haven't got the means because HELLO girlfriend gotta eat and blogging isn't paying my rent. i hope you like it and don't slag me off for being a beginner. 

so, outfit one. these knee high boots are EVERYWHERE at the moment. you can't seem to go on instagram without seeing a pair. so, being the fashion victim i am, i jumped on the band wagon. i wasn't sure if it made me look like puss in boots, but i actually love them. they're so autumnal, and can be worn with a knitted jumper like this (granted, i would normally wear tights), or black jeans and a snuggly turtle neck. sorted.

outfit two. this is what i call my army uniform. but one that wouldn't look out of place in the spice movie (remember that scene???) i LOVE this new look jumpsuit, it's so comfy and makes me feel fanbloodytastic every time i put it on. you can wear it to work with heeled boots, or simply with some trainers for a low key look. a worthy investment.

and finally, outfit three. this is definitely a fave atm. dungarees are a big trend, and i again had to hop on board the trend train. despite not being high waisted, which took me a while to get used to, i think they're super flattering. they look great with turtle necks, and worn with a jumper underneath they're a great casual winter outfit. i wear mine mainly with my adidas trainers, as it just makes me feel so comfy but shoreditch cool (you know what i mean).

don't hate the selfies, hate the game.

until next time xo 
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Monday, 19 October 2015

moving out - the twenty somethings guide


so i did it. i moved out of my family home into a house share. i recently started a new job, and decided that i didn't want to commute anymore. all my friends and bf had recently moved to the area i was now working in, and i wanted to be involved. so, i spent a week hassling landlords and monitoring spare room.co.uk, and here i am. warm, happy, in a house share. 

there's a lot of things that people don't tell you about when you leave university, and house shares are one of them. i thought house shares were a uni thing. something you did for those 3 years of your life, where you were thrown together with a group of random people who turned out to be your BEST FRIENDS EVER (or biggest enemies, it happens), and you all eat noodles and watch the kardashians without guilt for three years. then, you all graduate, grow up in a week, get a perfect job, pop that cheeky deposit down on the perfect flat in london, and buy loads of shoes.

life, it turns out, doesn't work out like that. 

and that's fine - i just wish i'd known a little bit more about this whole house share thing before i realised it was even an option. i've popped down a few things i wish i'd known before i found a house share, to hopefully ease some thoughts about them. i wish i'd had this, as it really helps with those fears or worries. especially when all you can find when you type in 'houseshares' into google is 'NIGHTMARE HOUSEMATES...NIGHTMARE HOUSESHARES...THE RISE OF THE LONELY TWENTY SOMETHING'. it doesn't mean you're a loser. it doesn't mean you're failing. it means you're a twenty something young professional in 2015. so enjoy. 

1 - HOUSE SHARES ARE COMPLETELY NORMAL.
I was convinced that when you left university you pretty much got a flat straight away, be it with your boyfriend/ best friend/ few friends. the thought of moving in with complete strangers again didn't even cross my mind. i moved back in with my mum+dad after uni, and stayed there for a year, and i noticed a lot of my friends moving into house shares. i thought it was a bit odd, and maybe a bit scary, but i just didn't realise just how many people did it. it's for people from all walks of life: people who got jobs in completely new cities, people from other countries, people who work in a town during the week.... it doesn't mean you're a loser with no mates to get a flat with.

2 - It's not like Uni... but kind of is.
when i moved into my houseshare, i felt very nostalgic for university days. it reminded me of pottering around the house on my own, doing my own thing, then chatting all night and watching the tv whilst we all sat around on our laptops. you get the social life, the new experiences, the independence, WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO LECTURES. although, you do have to get up to go to work, but because chances are it's close - it's not even a problem. if you get a good group of housemates (which i do!) pre drinks and parties are definitely on the cards as well.

3 - It's a new way of making friends.
I don't know about you, but i did always wonder WHERE you meet new people once you left uni. sure you had work, but where do you meet those kindred spirits that occupied your halls once upon a time? well, welcome to house shares. you meet so many people that you'd have never crossed paths with, and they become like your brand new family. everyone's different, and it's another great way of learning how to speak to new people, and also learning more about different walks of life. 

4 - it's one step closer to the 'a' word
Yes, it's one step closer to being that weird thing that no one actually THINKS they are, but they are. an adult. i feel like it's a half way step between being a student, and a proper fully fledged human being. no longer are you 18 years old, revising for a post colonial exam, and talking about your a level results, but you're not quite at the stage where you are looking for mortgages, discussing the school run and getting joint bank accounts. it gives you the independence that you, quite rightfully want, but also allows you to still have that carefree attitude of a twenty something. oh, and half the time your rent includes all those nasty bills, so you don't have to worry about it.

5 - it teaches you money management.
chances are, at university you had a nice student loan to fall back on. or, your parents helped you out. in a shared house, you probably have a job, with a salary that will now need to be spent responsibly. this is something i've had trouble with, as my income just went on mac lipsticks and expensive burgers. aiming to move out forced me to save my money, put some away every month, learn to say no. it's been a good learning curve, and i feel much more responsible and aware of what's coming in and out every month. because i have rent to pay, bills to pay, and food i need to eat. i can still give myself a treat every now and again, but it feels more like a treat because i haven't been treating myself all month

6 - lastly, it's the start of something new.
this is a new chapter in your life. this, hopefully, means you won't have to go and live back in your parents home again. this means you have the freedom to go out on a wednesday night if you want to, to have a house party at the drop of the hat, visit all your friends whenever you want. it also will be the only time in your life you can be as selfish as you want, and do everything for you - as chances are you don't have a family just yet (if you do, congratulations!). it's a change. change is always scary, but that doesn't mean it's the wrong thing to do. it means better things are still yet to come, and one day you'll reminisce about your care free days as a young professional, working hard, playing hard, living in your house share with people you'll never forget.

i'm loving my house share so far, so don't be afraid. go on spareroom.co.uk for more information, it really helped me!

until next time xo 

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

my smoky addiction


hi everyone. my name is louisa. and i have a problem. i'm addicted to neutral eyeshadow palates. oh, what? every other girl in the UK has the same problem? oh. i'll sit down then. 

i think the official term is called a 'basic bitch', but we will forget about that...

i've wanted to do specific posts for a while now about each of my favourite eyeshadow palates, but to be honest, i think one big post about all of them would suffice. i felt absolutely spoilt when i took these photos (which i apologise for the reflections, girl couldn't get the sun to go in), it looks excessive. but you all know how vital it is to have these variations. so i digress. here is a little review of my favourites, and they're definitely ranked from top to bottom. everyone has their favourites. 

the mac palate - i was given this as an AMAZING birthday present from my boyfriend this year. i nearly cried at the gorgeous shades. this is their warm neutral palate, and consists of warmer shades such as my favourites dance in the dark and creative copper. the colours range from matte shades which are perfect for highlighting in the crease of your eye, to more glittery shades that add that special 'wow' factor when you're doing a smoky eye. i know it's expensive, but  i would FIRMLY recommend this palate. it's highly pigmented, and long-lasting. you won't be running out of colour anytime soon. 

naked smoky palate - i've actually done a more indepth review of this here, so for more points definitely give this a read. but yeah. this palate is the real deal. gorgeous, deep colours that really last - especially when they're teamed with the urban decay eyeshadow primer. i love the deep blacks and purples mixed with the more glittery shades, a really spectrum of colours that will suit every occasion. this is cheaper than the mac palate, but will set you back around £35. maybe pop it on the christmas list!

the bobbi browns -  i actually have two palates from bobbi brown, both very similar colours. one is the shimmer brick, now, please don't kill me, but i don't know the EXACT names off the top of my head. but they're brown/gold colours. i absolutely LOVE the shimmer brick. i find it super pigmented, with gorgeous shades, and i love the packaging. however, the other (which is more of a palate design) i haven't been so thrilled with. the colours don't seem to build up as much. I feel like i REALLY have to scrape at them to get a decent colour. so perhaps don't buy this one, personally.

naked 3 - DO NOT SHOOT ME. in all honesty, this palate is more of a personal preference. i don't think the rose gold tones are for me. they're  a little TOO pink for me. i don't really like feeling like i'm walking around with pink clown eyes. i think if i really thought about this palate, and thought more about the colours that 'went', i'd enjoy it a lot more. but, when i have the smoky palate, why bother? #spoiltgirlproblems.

and i couldn't talk palates without talking machinery. and when i say machinery, i mean brushes. as i can't afford a full set of mac professional brushes, i stick with real techniques. i have a real variety of brushes, but this little set is the real deal. it consists of 4 brushes, one for smudging, one for precision liner. one for eyeliner, one for pointed liner, and comes with a cute little pouch. you can purchase this here. the smudging brush is definitely my favourite, really blending the two colours of your choice in perfectly - completing that smokey look. i tend to team this with the brush that comes with the naked palates. 

i hope this helps on your quest for the perfect smoky palate. i would definitely recommend the mac palate or naked smoky, but let me know what you think!

until next time xo 

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

the october spending ban


i like nice things. i am not ashamed to admit it. ever since i started full time work i always burn through my pay cheque. whether it's new clothes, make up, nights out, dinners, petrol... i get it. but this month, i've decided that enough is enough. it's time for a spending ban.

i've always been skeptical about these spending bans. ever since the fire i've felt that i should treat myself, and continue to allow myself nice things as all of my things were ruined. but it's been a year since the fire, and i feel a little bit...materialistic. 

i'm the first to admit that the finer things in life excite me, nice make up... amazing dinners... gorgeous clothes. i don't think it takes away the depth of my personality to want nice things for myself, i'm still a nice human being. i think it makes me a completely normal 22 year old. but when i tentatively check my bank balance at the end of every month, it sometimes isn't a pretty sight.  

i don't want to play the blame game, but i do think a large part of my spending obsession comes from blogging and social media. there's always something new and shiny that i want. whether it's some lace up shoes or the new 'must have' mac lipstick, i want it on my list. it's trends that i get caught up in, things that I KNOW are PR stories or carefully place there because the internet is so damn clever and KNOWS i will end up buying that denim dress they've carefully placed in my Facebook feed. social media is my career, but it isn't helpful to my bank balance.

i hope that this will force me to be more creative with my blog posts. create outfits out of pieces i already own. fall back in love with my wardrobe. go outside and take photos of places i wouldn't have visited. spend time with my friends and family in different ways. i know i will slip up and get the odd wagamamas here and there...but does that count? (please say no/don't answer)

i'm also planning on moving out very very soon, i know that this will officially mark the end of my silly spending, as i will have new responsibilities that i didn't have before (i'm talking about you council tax). i need to make sure i have enough in the bank after rent to get petrol, food, pay my phone bill.. you know, all the boring stuff you never ever want to really think about. 

so this month, i am officially not buying myself anything. nada. i will not be buying any more lipsticks that kylie jenner may/may not have used. i will not be roped into buying that stripy top that everyone is wearing. i will merely buy necessities if needed, and this DOES NOT include any more black boots. necessities include petrol, contact lense solutions, train tickets. 

i hope that i do well. i will report back in a few weeks with my findings.

wish me luck.

until next time xo  
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

let's have a catch up


so i am aware that i have NOT been a great blogger recently. i have been very busy, and as the evenings are getting darker outfit photos are a no no. i have SO many outfits to photograph, so it's all coming - i just have to rope in a friend or family member for a session. anyway, i thought i'd do a quick catch up post for you all, with a few things i'm loving and a few life updates.

Changes:
i'm not really that great with change. i like a good plan, and i'm not very good at being spontaneous. this can make me a massive pain, and also pretty panicky when things all of a sudden change. but recently, a few of these pesky changes have come into my life, but it's all good. i am changing jobs, which is scary as i love love love my current position, and i will be moving out soon. it's scary, and very grown up, but it's going to be great to have my own space and also to be closer to my boyfriend and my friends. i will embrace the change and try not to be TOO much of a psycho about it...

Learning to relax:
i'm not sure if any other graduates feel this, but coming from university where you could pretty much say half of your degree was relaxing, to having a full time job is hard. i really enjoy working hard, and i want to make sure i do as much as i can to progress, but sometimes i think i forget how to relax  in my spare time. i've worked out a fantastic little routine, which may seem obvious to some, but took me some time... going to the gym has REALLY helped me switch off, and putting down my phone. i am ALWAYS in front of a screen, and recently i've been making sure i put my phone away for around an hour and do something else.

Colouring:
this links into the above, but i have a new hobby. colouring. i've seen it around for a while, but it wasn't until my boyfriend's mum (hi sharon!) was doing it that i got really interested. i bought a basic 'colouring for adults' book from amazon, and started to get creative. at first i felt it might be a bit silly, but then an hour passed and i was hooked. time really flew by, and i was absolutely silent and fascinated for the whole 60 minutes. i feel like i'm back at school, and it's fun doing something i haven't done for years. you can get some amazing books, like hipster colouring. don't laugh at me until you try it...

Autumn:
 i am SO HAPPY that it's starting to get colder. i know it's horrific to wish cold weather and darker days, but i know that half of you reading this have already picked your new winter coat and eyed up a pair of black boots. let's just say my autumnal wardrobe is full of khaki. i just want to wrap up warm, drink hot chocolates and be the true basic bi$$$h that i am. look out for my instagrams.

i'm glad we caught up. i promise to be a better blogger.
until next time xo 

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

five guys milton keynes - review

(all food courtesy of five guys. opinions are my own)

there was a time long ago when 'five guys' wasn't a household name. when it didn't make mouths salivate everywhere. but that time is gone my friends, and pretty much every man and their dog know that five guys is a delicious burger shack. i knew it as i walked past the covent garden branch a lot, and always wondered what it was like. then, they started popping up all over the place - including my home town of milton keynes. my friend and i popped along for a try, and we were VERY impressed.

first things first, let's get one thing straight. five guys isn't the sort of place you'd bring a first date. in theory, it's still fast food. you can take away, sit down for a bit in a booth, or just sit outside. it's not the place for first impressions. however, i loved the red and white decor, and just how darn american it felt. 

food is generally reasonably priced, a little more than a mcdonalds, but the quality justifies this price for sure. i ordered a cheese burger with lettuce and tomatoes. the good thing about five guys is that you can pick your toppings, and they're all free. which is fantastic when you hate gherkins and mayo, which seem to worm their way into most burgers - you don't have to have them HOORAH. we also ordered a small portion of chips, which was still WAY too much for two people - they are very generous with their portions!

drinks-wise, don't get over excited but it's AMAZING. you can pick over a 100 different flavours, ranging from sugar free drinks to grape fanta. it's fantastic, and all free refills. almost worth popping in before the cinema to get a drink! my friend ordered a vanilla milkshake (which you can get bacon on...weird), and said it was legit the best thing she ever got, and went back the next day just for another one.

so. the burger. well, it was definitely filling. don't ever come here if you're not THAT hungry, because you'll probably pop. it was delicious, full of flavour and meaty goodness. i loved the softness of the bun, and the two patties of meat just were too good for words. one little word, it can get a little bit juicy up in there - so have some napkins spare. as i said, it isn't a place for a first date - but maybe a third or fourth. 

i would definitely recommend making a trip to five guys if you haven't already - it's definitely worth the trip.

until next time xo
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