Here’s blog 2349i32490 about New Years Resolutions, but they’ve got to be done!

I find I always make new resolutions, but because they’re not measurable, I never know whether I have achieved what I originally set out to.
So here’s me trying out some smart resolutions, hopefully in a years time I can go back and reflect on what I have stuck to!

#1 Create a healthier lifestyle for myself

I could have called this ‘lose weight’, but I think what a lot of people miss is the reasons behind losing weight. It might be that you want to fit into that dress you looked incredible in on your birthday, or you want all eyes on you when you’re on the beach in summer. But what it all boils down to is having more self-esteem. I started with a personal trainer at the back end of 2016, when I started I was on Slimming World, desperately waiting for my weigh-in day to be a positive one. My mindset changed from wanting to lose lbs to becoming stronger and healthier. I am so much happier eating things that I know are good for me, rather than things SW tell me are too many syns. I LOVE YOU AVOCADO.

#2 Stop worrying about my blog content so much

I have definitely worried too much about what I post here, whether people will like it, whether it fits in with the “blogging culture” and honestly I feel like a poo head for even feeling that way, it’s not all about ‘whats in my bag’, ‘shopping haul’ and ‘what I got for Christmas’ posts. I love reading posts like that, but they’re not me. Unless the shopping haul is stationary. I could do a million of those! I will post at least once a week, anything more is a bonus!

#3 Learn to say no

This isn’t really to do with blogging, because no one asks me to do anything (lol) but in terms of my social life I need to take a break. I hate letting people down and I burn myself out keeping plans with everyone which doesn’t leave me any time for myself. MY FAMILY NEED TIFF TIME TOO. I will dedicate 2 evenings a week to seeing my parents, and as me and my love are moving out this year I will dedicate at least 1 evening to us just being creative together. He’s so lucky.

#4 Draw anything and everything

Just like blogging, I overthink what I create. It has really dampened my creativity and I hate that. The other day I wanted to draw a seal with sweetcorn for teeth, my friend told me a story and it’s all I could imagine, and I never created it because I thought it was stupid. Why? I don’t know, ask my brain. I received the most incredible book for Christmas, and I am going to draw every day to keep my juices flowing. Yesterday I drew 2 dragonflies, I don’t think I’ve ever drew dragonflies in my life!

#5 Continue to do the things I love

This year, I started two projects which I am really excited about continuing. I started volunteering at the Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre, also known as the World Peace Cafe in Leicester. I’m helping them to update their website and increase their social media presence, it’s been so fun to throw ideas into the mix that I don’t have to worry about being great, as I’m not being paid to have them! It’s helping me increase my confidence in my ideas, and I’ll be starting meditation classes in the new year!

The second project I have started is Le Doodle Crew, a place for creatives on Twitter to share their ideas and creations, and can also ask for advice if they’re suffering from a creative block. Right now it’s just a page that retweets artist’s work, but I am so excited to implement my plan. I just hope followers will be engaged!

 

Anywho, they’re my resolutions. 24th year the charm eh? I wonder where I will be this time next year, hopefully not moping about doing jack shit all year…

Are you feeling Christmassy? I’m feeling DAMN Christmassy.

We’ve finally touched down in December and now it’s all about mulled wine, blankets and endless amounts of food.

So what’s better than trying out all the new Christmas menus our favourite food retailers have to offer? Nothing I tell you, nothing. Especially when you get to meet some of this lovely lot…

I was invited by the lovely PizzaExpress to check out their newly renovated digs and to try their new Christmas menu. What’s really cool about PizzaExpress is that each of their restaurants are individually designed, and are usually based on well known places, people or historical events from the area. I couldn’t wait to check out what they had done with the place and get my hands on some new fancy food!


Starter: 
Terrina Festa: “A soft terrine of salmon, crab and prawn, served with rocket, house dressing, a wedge of lemon, fresh parsley and flat bread”

Fresh and fishy… in a good way! The nicest starter i’ve had in a while. This was incredibly refreshing and you get a good portion of terrine to use with PizzaExpress’ amazing bread. I would definitely recommend this to fish lovers, ridiculously tasty!


Main Course: 

Cauliflower Cheese Romana: “Roasted cauliflower florets, Pecorino cheese and garlic oil on a creamy cheese & mustard sauce base with pink Tropea onions and pine kernels, finished with fresh parsley and shaved Gran Milano cheese”

I had the Cauliflower Cheese Romana (within minimal cheese hello lactose intolerance) and it was INCREDIBLE! For my fellow lactose intolerant sufferers, you know when you sometimes play the risky game of eat the dairy if you think the food is worth it? This is worth it. I will say I wasn’t fully convinced with cauliflower on a pizza to begin with, but I am never looking back. The mustard in the base was probably my favourite part, it gave the pizza a warming spicy kick… now I’m drooling. Yummy.

Dessert: 

Snowball Dough Balls: “Our famous Dough Balls with cinnamon and icing sugar, served with a vanilla cream dip and a chocolate straw”

Due to stuffing my face with the starter and main there wasn’t much room left for dessert, but did I let that stop me? HELL NO! I absolutely love the famous dough balls at PizzaExpress, so this was a good choice for me. This is great as a sharer as I feel I couldn’t eat al the cream dip to myself (though I did try).

Now I know you’re all frantically putting your shoes and coat on to get down to PizzaExpress as soon as you possibly can, but wait! PizzaExpress have given me a 30% off voucher (now expired) for my readers! Enjoy your little Christmas treat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

 

 

 

 

*A huge thank you to PizzaExpress for inviting me along for a complimentary meal. All words are spoken from the heart and accurate.

 

 

 

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post, why am I such a waste? Amsterdam has thrown me out of my writing rut, so I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed reminiscing about my trip with my bean pods (hey sam & ray)

I love me some European city breaks, so much so I decided to take 2 in one month, I know, so cheeky of me. I spoke about what I loved about Copenhagen, and now it’s Amsterdam’s time to shine.

 

WHY I BLOODY LOVE AMSTERDAM

  • Amsterdam Icebar

So this place was incredible, have you been in the situation when you don’t expect much from something because everyone tells you how good it is? I thought it would be overhyped, and be a huge letdown. I was wrong. For €15 we had 2 drinks and a cocktail (shout out to the shot of sambucca that warmed me the hell up), and 30 minutes in the Icebar, which believe me was more than enough. There is a backstory too which I wasn’t expecting, I’ll save the element of surprise for you all xoxo

  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

This was recommended by a bezzie, and I am glad I went. Unfortunately we were all pooped by the weekends antics that when we got there we spent over an hour in the café trying to evaluate our lives! This was €17 and was super interactive and interesting, the spinning tunnel was 100% my favourite part!

  • Red Light District

This was an experience to say the least. I have to say, I never thought that I would be able to say that I paid €2 to watch stand in a hot sardine can with two of my best pals watching people fucking, we proceeded to critique their form and it made me wonder about their backstory… I wonder when they first fucked? When would be their last? Who knows…

I would also hugely recommend the Red Light Secret’s museum, it was incredibly interesting and a bargain at €8. There is some hilarious factors such as a dress up photo booth and a confessions wall, shout out to the girl that had a foursome with 3 guys in Bali, they all had diarrhoea due to the food and they woke up in each others poo… I’m gonna finish this one here.

  • Halloween

Halloween in Amsterdam is something else, we went to a crazy ass party called Space and the commitment everyone was had was the best i’d ever seen. I can’t really comment too much on the night as I have 0 pictures and can’t remember all the weird and wonderful sights I experienced, instead have a picture of my lady gaga born this way tribute.

  • Sex Museum

For €4 this is a steal. I had such a laugh here, I can’t say I learnt much because I was laughing at all the interactive displays and pictures of people doing it, but there is a massive penis model you can have a picture with and if that’s not worth €4 then I don’t know what is!

  • Cocos Outback

Damn Coco you sure know how to show 3 girls a good time, 50% off food on a Monday!!! With vegetarian options!!! I didn’t realise how hard it would be to not eat meat (or cheese, I can’t eat cheese) in Amsterdam, but Cocos Outback saved the day with incredible hot chocolates and food 4 daiz. You NEED to check this place out. Massive foodie rep over here.

  • Dem Views

Views, just views. Amsterdam is a stunning place, and there is no doubt in my mind about going back. If you’re not into the legalised mary jane then please just go for the culture, the arts and the museums. To date, Amsterdam is still one of the most beautiful places I have been, and the strangest!

This post is incredibly hard for me to write, and not for any other reason than not being able to afford all the hot-as-fuck items in my basket. Whilst trying to save for a trip to Dubai, save spending money for Amsterdam and upgrade my camera I am sobbing into a cup of tea browsing all the beautiful items that could be on my feet, round my waist or resting on my shoulders. But fear not, I will just show you through a really botched paint job what I love about what is in my dreamy basket!

So, instead of taking pictures of me attempting to strut my stuff in my new garms, I will have to compensate by showing the blogger world what I lurve.

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MUCH NICE VERY GOOD I LIKE IT

This little beauty is made to make me feel like a lady, I know it. Fitting in with the autumnal vibe by sporting a beige and yellow jacquard hem, I know it would be worth the 6,500 pennies it is retailing for (for those bad at math, £65). If I owned this, I would wear it with a black winter wooly hat and feel like Taylor Swift.

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MORE JACQUARD? MORE BOMBER? YES PLZ

Ok so every blogger and their dog wants this jacket I’m sure, I first saw it on Asos Anna (dream girl) a while back and I instantly fell in love, I have more recently seen it on Pages By Megan (dream girl #2). At £65 I am hoping it will go into sale, deep down knowing it never will… SOB

freshpaint-0-2016-10-06-09-31-38SO CASUAL SO NICE DRESS UP DRESS DOWN YOU CHOOSE

This tee is amazing, and only £20?! Maybe I can buy this…? I adore the long sleeves and oversized style, oversized is a staple of mine so whenever I have a food pouch no one will know! I am big on embroidery this season, and this tee is fuelling the passion I have for stitching. Missguided Y U DO DIS 2 ME!

freshpaint-0-2016-10-06-09-43-36THE WARMTH, I CAN FEELS IT

I am a cold AF person, so every year I buy about 6 scarfs, and I even wear them during summer. For reals, I do. This scarf is amazing, it is the perfect colours for autumn, it’s huuuge and oooozes style. I need to stop finding stuff that is decent prices, otherwise I will just buy them! This scarf comes at a bargain of £20, and I’m pretty sure there is a matching bag too. HOW ADORABLE.

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Hi, don’t mind me, just in shoe heaven… 

These shoes are something else. I adore the colour, style, heel, material and the laces are dope. These shoes definitely warrant being on my wist list, as they come at a hefty price of £96. Man, I can’t put into words how much I would love to rock these beauties with the oversized embroidered t-shirt dress from Missguided! Help me! Ahhh these would also go so good with the ASOS bomber in my list too! Double SOB!

 

SO there you have it, my tears and dreams condensed into one blog post. I was planning on listing 10 but it’s just too much, I can’t bear it.

Thanks as always for reading you delicious bunch xoxo

Are you from Leicester?

Do you know Queens road?

Have you been to Salvador Deli?

If your answers aren’t YES YES YES then GTFO! I’m joking, but please do visit if you can.

Salvador Deli, open 6 days a week from 8:30am to 5pm. Perfect for tea, coffee, lunch, cakes and snacks.

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Salvador Deli is my home away from home, seriously, they feed me and give me laughter and comfort. I wish I could sleep in their toilets and be there always, because I am so well fed it makes my heart swell.

I bloody love it there, and not because my friends work here (I loved it before them) but because the food and atmosphere is incredible to say the least. I drive here every lunch time on a Friday, sometimes Thursdays too if I’m feeling saucy; which happens more often than not!

It’s a beautifully quaint delicatessen with a family orientated vibe AND the widest variety of breads in the land.  But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at their menu! P.S CLICK AND COLLECT WOOOO!

Once you’ve stuffed yourself to the brim with a prawn and avocado ciabatta with chilli jam (my fav) or chickpea casserole with hot sauce and bread (also my fav) with a hazelnut soya latte (you guessed it, my fav), you can take a leisurely stroll around Victoria Park which is a mere stone throw away. I know. What dreams are made of right?

Also every time I have gone there has always been an adorable dog outside, and if that doesn’t sell it to you as well as the AMAZING food, I don’t know what will, we probably shouldn’t be friends.

If you do decide to go to one of my favourite places on the planet, please do tell them I sent you. You might get a freebie* and major deli cred!

 

 

 

*It’s all lies, you will not get a freebie.