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Five Friday Favourites #2

Ahhhh Friday! I think I’m going to enjoy writing my weekly summary on Fridays rather than Sundays as there is no way you can be in a bad mood when Friday rolls around! This weekend I plan to have a lie-in, bake and generally potter about. Whilst I love a busy weekend, there are times when you crave slowing down a bit and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Anyway, on with the five highlights of my week…

Absurd Bird

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Ian and I had a lovely meal at this new restaurant in Bath. I wrote a review of it here. If you like chicken, it’s great but don’t be fooled by the size of the portions!

Organic Surge Rose Hot Cloth Cleanser

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I have loved using this Organic Surge cleanser. It smells like Turkish Delight and is so gentle yet effective at removing make-up at the end of the day.

10 Cloverfield Road

Ian and I watched this film and it was an unexpected hit with us both. I don’t want to give too much away but it was very cleverly done with a great twist at the end. Although it’s the sequel to Cloverfield, it is nothing like the original.

Comedy Tickets

This week, we managed to get tickets to see James Acaster on tour and Ricky Gervais when he comes to Bristol. I am so excited to see Ricky live and I always think it’s great to have something in the diary to look forward to.

New iPhone

My cracked iPhone6 has finally bitten the dust and been replaced. In other words, my contract was up for renewal so I upgraded to a beautiful rose-gold iPhone7. I’ve already ordered a protective anti-smash screen cover (and some pretty marble phone cases!) so I’m hoping this one lasts a bit longer than my last one did.

2016 – The Year of Travel

Rather than write a month-by-month account of this year like I did in 2015 and 2014, I decided to focus on one aspect of this year I have loved…travelling.

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Ian and I have been lucky enough to have several exciting holidays this year and all of them hold really special memories from dancing in a Russian nightclub at 1am to drinking mojitos on the streets of Havana to zip-lining through the Jamaican rainforest to sailing around Boston Harbour in the sunshine!

UK

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Not all of our trips have been abroad this year – I love exploring the UK just as much. We had several fun trips to London in 2016 (my favourite being for New Year’s Eve when we went to watch ‘Wicked’), took a mini-break in Wells, went camping in Tewkesbury and celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on the beach in Devon

Cuba

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Probably my favourite destination of the year, the days we spent in Havana were amazing. I have wanted to visit Cuba ever since I studied Caribbean Literature at university and it was such a fascinating trip. We wandered the streets drinking mojitos and daiquiris and admired the beautiful classic cars cruising along. I am desperate to return.

Jamaica

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We spent a day here and it was as cool and as chilled-out as I was hoping. We went through the rainforest on zip-wires before enjoying jerk chicken and Red Stripe beers on the beach.

Grand Cayman

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An interesting place to visit and a beautiful destination for a beach holiday. I didn’t see much more than the beaches but we certainly had a lovely, relaxing day here dipping our feet in the Caribbean Sea.

Mexico

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We had a great tour of the island of Cozumel where we squeezed in a chocolate factory, the beach, tequila tasting, an artisan market and fish tacos and margaritas! It has pushed mainland Mexico to the top of my to-visit list.

France

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I spent a long weekend in a beautiful house for my best friend Cat’s hen weekend earlier this year. Maybe not the best-planned trip, but we enjoyed an awful lot of cheese, champagne, macarons and a day in Aix-en-Provence.

Berlin

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Ian and I had a mini-break here and experienced our first (and disastrous!) AirBNB. Despite a rocky start with our accommodation, we had a fab time exploring the city, stopping off at several beer gardens.

Sweden

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A couple of days in Stockholm have started off an obsession with the Scandi countries, somewhere I hadn’t really visited before. We didn’t have long here but did get to visit the Vasa Museum, eat cinnamon buns, wander through the Old Town and see a beautiful sunset.

Estonia

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I finally made it to Tallinn and it was as beautiful as I had hoped. Quaint, cobbled side streets, castles and lovely, old buildings, I really liked it here.

Russia

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I never thought I would be visiting Russia but we spent a day exploring St. Petersburg and I was really taken with it. It is a spectacular city, with vast, iconic buildings steeped in Russian history. We managed to see most of it plus a good amount of people watching on the main street through the city, the highlight being the stunning Saviour of the Spilled Blood Cathedral.

Finland

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I absolutely loved Helsinki. We stumbled upon several small markets and wandered along the port. I fell in love with the interior shops and am determined to return and savour some of the local restaurants.

Boston

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Our final trip was a week in Boston. We love visiting the States and both really enjoyed Boston. It was a cool time of year to visit to experience Halloween and the run-up to the presidential elections and we managed to watch an ice-hockey and a baseball game as well as sampling a lot of lobster and local craft beers.

That was actually a really fun post to write as I love looking back through old photos and remembering when and where they were taken. I really do believe that travel broadens the mind and money spent on adventures and experiences is never wasted. Here’s hoping for many more escapades in 2017! xxx

Sunday/ Monday Summary #32

Life

Hello! I’m a day late with this week’s round up but I had such a lovely birthday weekend that I simply couldn’t find the time to blog. I’m home now though after a few days by the seaside celebrating my 31st birthday and our 3rd wedding anniversary with family.

My week started by saying goodbye to one set of friends on Sunday morning then getting things ready for another pair who came to stay with me at the start of the week. It was lovely to see my uni friends again. We went for a wander around Bradford on Avon, ordered a huge Indian takeaway for dinner then had brunch at Bill’s the next day followed by a mooch around Bath, all fuelled by lots of tea and chocolate! It’s funny how you take somewhere for granted and I think it’s only when I see this area through the eyes of visitors that I remind myself how lucky we are to live where we do.

I also went for a midweek Italian meal with my friends from work before we all head off on our summer breaks. I had a lovely seafood risotto which I know I can emulate at home.

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This weekend was really great. My cousin was having a ‘Welcome to the World’ party for her two boys and organised the most wonderful mini-festival at my Uncle and Aunty’s house. We sat in the sun all day drinking Pimms, enjoyed a hog roast, watched the sun set then nibbled on cheese and danced the night away. It was ace although I definitely hit the free bar a little too hard and ended up being sick when we got home…older but not wiser!

Sunday was our three year wedding anniversary and despite feeling ridiculously hungover, we packed up the car and headed to the beach. We spent the day at Croyde and it turned out to be a beautiful day. My parents packed a delicious picnic and after a doze, I was feeling a bit more like myself. We even managed a paddle in the sea before stopping off for fish and chips on the way home.

I have started rewatching Sex and the City this week and have almost finished series one. I used to be obsessed with this show and I was interested to see whether or not it would have stood the test of time. So far, I’m finding this series a little dated if I’m honest: everyone smokes; they keep referring to Mr Big as ‘the next Donald Trump’; the girls all wear glittery eyeshadow and things like tongue rings and gay marriage are seen as quite controversial. I know it reflects the time it was made in but I’m hoping I get a little bit more into again as I start series 2.

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In slightly less exciting news, I have spent this week cleaning out and reorganising my kitchen cupboards. Yes, not the most exciting task but I’m finding it a good excuse for a clear out and I have Sex and the City playing to keep me going!

Food

I had a bit of play around with recipes this week and made a bacon and avocado risotto. I often make an avocado pasta dish and it lent itself well to a creamy risotto too…I will post the recipe later this week.

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One of my highlights of the week was this feast my Dad prepared for us. He made lots of my favourite tapas dishes including patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo and these little smoked salmon and caviar bites…the perks of having a chef for a Dad!

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My birthday breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – my favourite!

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Beauty

I rediscovered a purple lip when I went out for dinner this week. I’m wearing a Laqa & Co lip pencil in the shade Menatour and it is one of my favourites for a night out.

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I have also been loving the eyebrow pencil I got in July’s Birchbox. I know I said it looked too dark for me but it’s actually a nice match and applies like a dream.

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Fashion

I bought this loose top from Matalan recently and wore it on my birthday. I love the dangly tassels hanging down from it and it keeps you cool yet covered up in the sun.

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A sneak peek of some of my birthday presents now but I love them so much I started wearing them right away! Ian got me this set of tiny mixed gold studs from Accessorize. I saw them on Hannah Gale’s blog and decided they were exactly what I was looking for.

My Mum also got me this gorgeous pair of marble-print leggings which I had been eyeing up for a while. I have them on as I type and they are really comfortable.

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Sunday Summary #2

Life

It was the first week back at work after the Christmas holidays and I have made a concerted effort this week to be in bed early and to read a book – not my iPhone – before bed and I have to say it has resulted in not feeling quite as shattered as usual!  I’ve just started this book by Louis Theroux and, although I don’t usually read non-fiction, I am really enjoying it.

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I’ve managed to stick to a good routine at the gym this week and lost 3lbs which is a bonus…I’m still not loving it though!

We’ve managed to see my brother and his girlfriend twice this week, sharing the hosting and cooking duties – I love that we leave nearer to each other now.

On my way to work, I have been loving Lena Dunham’s new podcasts, ‘Women of the Hour’. If you enjoy funny, inspirational and feminist discussions then I urge you to download a couple of episodes.

TV-wise, we are still making our way through ‘Making a Murderer’ but also watched that episode of ‘Come Dine With Me’…if you have no idea what I’m talking about try and find the last few minutes online as it is the ultimate in hilarious/ cringe-worthy TV.

Ian and I went to the cinema this afternoon (with snacks!) to watch Tarantino’s latest offering, ‘The Hateful Eight’. I thought it was a classic, although longer than I was expecting plus there was an interval which felt very old-school! If you are a fan of his dialogue-heavy work then you will enjoy this.

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Food

To mark mine and Ian’s twelve year anniversary of being together, we treated ourselves to dinner at our local pub, The Muddy Duck. As always, it was absolutely delicious! I had an amazing salt cod and potato starter served with chorizo, an egg yolk and pork scratchings which was divine. Followed by pork belly and a sticky toffee pudding, it was a lovely mid-week celebration.

We also met for brunch at Bill’s in Bath on Saturday morning which was a great way to start the weekend…their veggie breakfast is my favourite thing to order.

Apart from these two treats, things have been looking pretty healthy around here with lots of greens, fresh fish and pulses going on.

Beauty

A strange one to start with but this weekend I had an orthodontist appointment to discuss my options for straightening my bottom teeth. It definitely gave me some food for thought but was pricier than I was expecting so I am trying to make my mind up whether to go for it or learn to live with my wonky teeth!

To help my face cope with the sudden drop in temperature, I have been using this Vichy serum. It was a Christmas present from my Mum and is a really lovely addition to my beauty routine.

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I also decided I needed a richer body moisturiser than I had been using so cracked open a new body butter from The Body Shop in the scent Vanille Doree which is a sweet yet warm vanilla.

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Fashion

With winter finally seeming to be here, I have been looking through my coat collection for some options to keep me warm. I completely forgot about this red pea coat I bought last year in the sales but have been wearing it non-stop.

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I also rocked this t-shirt (a Christmas present from Ian) to Pilates this week!

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Finally, another Christmas present (this time from Ian’s parents) that I have been wearing daily. I LOVE this rose gold Casio watch so much!

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Twelve

Not a long post tonight, as I am off out for a nice meal and cocktails to celebrate twelve years with this one!

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Xxx