Friday, 31 July 2015

Why I Want my Dads' Last Cheque to Bounce

The other day I was sat in a coffee shop reading my book and minding my own business. When I got bored of minding my own business I decided to listen in on a conversation that the man and woman on the table next to me were having. They looked to be about 30-ish and the woman had a huge slice of chocolate fudge cake in front of her. She gets brownie points (lol) for that.

The woman was very animated and was angrily discussing the fact that her mother was refusing to pay for her wedding. My ears pricked up instantly. Over the course of the next 10 minutes the woman went on to describe how selfish her mother was being and how upset she was that her parents had never started a 'wedding pot' for her when she was younger.

"I've been with Tony for 4 years now, did they not see this coming?!", she exclaimed. "Every little girl dreams of the perfect wedding, and I just feel that has been completely taken away from me and she's not even sorry about it". I felt myself getting tense. It was almost painful to listen to. 'Is this the norm?' I pondered to myself. 'Is this what we expect from our parents now?'

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

My 5 Year Plan; A Travel Update

A little while ago I posted a blog about the importance of having a 5 Year Plan and how it has helped me over the past few years. This isn't just an ambiguous concept for me; my 5 Year Plan physically exists on an actual bit of paper, and it changes every few months depending on how life goes. My most recent addition to "The Plan" consists entirely of beautiful parts of the world I want to visit...

California: The West Coast Drive


Lately I've been really enjoying the thought of hiring a convertible in LA and driving up to San Francisco along the Pacific Highway. It's such a gorgeous part of the world and you can hit up so many amazing places in just a few days; San Luis Obispo, The Big Sur, Monterey (and the worlds best aquarium), Santa Cruz and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I actually did this drive with my family when I was young. I remember sitting in the back of the rental watching a film on my phone like the ungrateful twattish teenager I was. I really missed out and I'm gagging to go back!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Conflicting Weather; my Lakeland Wishlist

Last night, when most people were spending their Saturday night out 'in town' with their friends or snuggled up on the sofa with their loved ones, I was having a rather different sort of evening. I was sat on the landing watching the cat murder moths and reading the Lakeland catalogue.

Lakeland is my modern-day vice. I used to long to spend money I didn't have on clothes and shoes and booze; now I yearn over silicon cake moulds and copper ramekins. I pine for vintage jam jars and beechwood chopping boards. My Lakeland wishlist for July is a discernable thrill:

The Stair Tidy Tote.
What an absolutely genius idea. My stairs are forever loaded with things that I'll "take up when I next go up". Of course, by the time I decide to take the stuff upstairs there is more than I can carry and it's been sat there looking messy for 2 days. This stair tidy folds flat for when you're not using it and it has two separate compartments. Genius.


Monday, 20 July 2015

We Lost Our Dildos in Turkey; a Hen Do Review

I'm back! I can officially now confirm that Turkey, my friends, is incredible. Myself and 6 of my best girls arrived into Dalaman airport on Saturday the 4th of July and headed to our amazing private pimp-bus which took us to Kalkan. Kalkan is on the South coast of Turkey, about a 90 minute drive from Dalaman airport. I think it's fair to say that we had a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the course of the 7 days but I'm already planning our next visit (to celebrate my divorce after I publish these photos, perhaps...)

I thought I'd share some Turkey Tips now that I am an experienced Kalkan survivor. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Gloden; a Tanning Virgin Review

I don't do fake tan. I've never been on a sunbed in my life (and never would) and up until Friday the 3rd of July I had never ever used fake tan. When I was younger I used to use a tinted body moisturiser but it smelled like crap and it was always streaky. As I got older and a little bit more confident I realised that I was quite happy being pale. It suits me, and as a woman working in IT it's pretty much expected of me.

I decided recently that I would emerge from my cave of monitors and have a go at a spray tan. The main reason for this is that brides of all sizes and shapes that I've met have talked about getting a spray tan for their big day and most have looked absolutely lovely. I know a few brides who didn't bother and they also looked gorgeous. I was curious; was it time to loose my tanning virginity? What if I waited until closer to the wedding and didn't like it? Would I have to spend 19 hours scrubbing it off in a blind panic? I decided that now was the time. I was off on holiday for a week to celebrate my hen party with the girls and it doesn't really matter if you're a bit orange when you have your head in a bucket with tequila in your hair.


Monday, 13 July 2015

CRU Kafe; an Earth Friendly Coffee Review

Am I fanatical about "being green" and keeping our planet healthy? No, I'm not. It is something that I support, obviously. I recycle, my car is always in "Eco Mode" and I never leave the lights on in my house. However, it's not something I worry about on a day to day basis if I am very honest with myself.

Am I fanatical about coffee? Yes, I am. I love coffee. I can't start my day without a large white Americano and I've always got a coffee cup in the car raring to go. I drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day. That being said, I'm not particularly fussy. I think that there are a lot of coffee brands that taste better than a Starbucks and cost half the price. I spent a good month hooked on a Tesco Columbian brand and I ain't ashamed to say it. When the lovely Rhys at CRU Kafe reached out to ask me if I'd like to try some of their 100% organic coffee capsules I pretty much jumped at the chance...


Monday, 6 July 2015

Sun, Sea & Stripes; a Holiday Haul

As you are reading this I will likely be in a private saltwater pool in Kalkan, Turkey, with a glass of wine in my hand. It has finally arrived; #HenParty2k15! In my typical last minute style, my holiday shopping arrived this morning and I thought I would share some photos with you...
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