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Summertime Goals

So one big thing has happened in the last couple of weeks, I’ve exchanged and completed on my first ever flat. It’s a dinky studio flat in Brighton and I couldn’t love it more. In time, once I’ve unpacked all the boxes and got rid of the lurid green paint (y tho?!), I’ll certainly show you around but for now I thought I’d share with you some of my summer goals now I’m in my new place.

Rekorderlig Cider recently asked me to bring a little ‘lagom’ into my life to celebrate the fact they are coming to Brighton next month for an event where you can sample their ciders. You may have read about 'lagom' at the beginning of the year – it’s the Swedish notion of living a life in moderation, ‘not too much, not too little – just right’. It’s actually an ethos that I’ve been interested in the last couple of months, especially when it comes to my new flat. It would be easy to get over-excited and just splurge on all the most expensive things for my new place but instead I want to appreciate the fact that I own my own little space and just be content in that. To me, that seems to be what ‘lagom’ stands for – a kind of contented simplicity. 

The recent beautiful weather has got me so excited for the summer and I can’t wait to spend some amazing time in my beautiful city. Bearing in mind the ‘lagom’ way of life, here are my summer goals for the season.

1. Enjoy my new place

I can’t wait to enjoy simple things in my new place. With the summer heat wave on, I’ve been out and about lots but there’s nothing like coming back in the evening, putting on some Netflix and having a cold bev or two. Rekordlig Cider sent me a bunch of delicious ciders so I’ve had them stocked up in the fridge, they’re a refreshing god-send when it’s warm out – my favourites are Mango-Raspberry and Passionfruit.

2. Don’t buy everything all at once

I need to remember the simplistic contentment of ‘lagom’ when it comes to making my new flat my home – it’s so easy to go mad on buying lots of new things but really I need to remember what is important and keep level-headed. I’ll be trying to invest in fewer, but better quality pieces that will hopefully last me for years and years.

3. Get out in the sunshine

Although it’s exciting to have my new place, it is summer after all so I need to take advantage of all that Brighton offers. I’ll be relaxing on the beach, enjoying the park that is just down the road from my new flat (basically my new garden!) and sitting enjoying the sun in pub gardens. If you’re in Brighton and you fancy a free drink, Rekordlig Cider is going to be in town on 1st July at Jubilee Street – fingers crossed the sunshine stays around for that!

4. Appreciate those around me

Finally, I’m going to keep on remembering how lucky I am to have the lovely people around me. I’ve had so much support from so many friends, old and new, throughout these stressful few months that I’m going to spend the summer make sure they know how much they mean to me.

There’s a bunch of samplings happening all around the UK with Rekordlig where you can get your hands on some of their lovely cider – here are the dates:

Box Park Shoreditch, London – 15th June
Molson Coors HQ – 22nd June
High Street, Birmingham – 24th June
Gunwharf, Portsmouth – 30th June
Jubilee Street, Brighton – 1st July
Rose Lane, Canterbury – 2nd July
Queen Street, Cardiff – 6th July
Crown Square, Spinningfields, Manchester – 21st July

*This post was made in collaboration with Rekorderlig Cider*

Pick Me Up Pastels

If you've been anywhere near Brighton recently, you'll know that the weather has been..temperamental, to say the least. Torrential rain and blustery winds one moment and then beautiful sunshine and blue skies the next. It's basically been a sartorial nightmare, and has meant that I've got such a miss-mash of clothes currently in my wardrobe at the moment. Hence, how this jumper and denim mixture of an outfit came about, but I'm kinda digging it! 

As you might be able to tell from my somewhat wind-swept hair, these photos were taken on quite a blustery day so this cosy knit, courtesy of WoolOvers, was a God-send. I love the pretty pastel pink colour which gives the jumper a nice summer update, especially paired with relaxed cut-off denim. Obviously, I wish the UK could grace us with summer weather that didn't requite knitwear..but I feel like that is a little bit of an unrealistic expectation. So in the meantime - get my all the pastel knitwear!

Oh and psst...I've exchanged contracts on my flat now! So watch this space (and my Instagram) for flat updates, if that's you're kinda thing.

Jumper - WoolOvers // Skirt - Urban Outfitters // Bag - China (don't judge!) // Glasses - Ray-Ban

Confessions Of A Former Fitness Failure

It's the long weekend of hot cross buns and Easter eggs so perhaps now isn't the best time to start talking about fitness - or perhaps it's the perfect time, depending on how you look at it. I've never really talked about fitness or weight or anything like that on my blog. So perhaps a recap would be helpful - let's start from the beginning (promise I won't babble on too much). 

When it comes to fitness, I was never particularly sporty at school. I had a glittering start as one of the fastest runners and an A-team netball player in primary school, but these talents soon dried up from the age of 11 onwards (probably due to there being more than 15 people to pick from for teams in secondary school). Pair this with an annoying personality trait where I basically stop trying if I don't think I'm good enough (a kind of self-preservation from presumed embarrassment that rears its ugly head in many aspects of my life) and its meant that my attitude towards exercise has been less than favourable. In other words, I hardly did any. 

Things ticked along like this pretty much until my mid-twenties - with my youthful metabolism keeping me at a weight I deemed acceptable enough and any fluctuations combatted with a few sit-ups here and there. However, at around 25 I noticed my weight was creeping up and also noticed that my fitness was near non-existent (when a flight of stairs start to really puff you out, you know things may have gotten out of hand). So I joined a gym, started running and ate better and things all got better....haha lol jk. NOPE, no they did not. In hindsight, there were two vital errors. Firstly, my healthy eating was healthy but I was eating way too much of it (I was living with a boy at the time which I tend to try and blame but really...I was just being greedy and food is yummy - sue me). Secondly, I didn't have the first clue what I was doing at the gym. I'd just wander in there, do a little bit on the treadmill, a couple of sit ups and then go home smug that I was basically a fitness guru. I wish I could insert an eye roll emoji here. 
Unsurprisingly I wasn't seeing or feeling any differences. But then, I was unexpectantly single again - urgh, I hate that this sounds so cliche but this life hiccup did actually spur me to taking this fitness thing seriously. A 'revenge body' wasn't in my sights (where's that eye roll emoji already?!) but having something to focus my energy was. So I picked the gym and getting healthy - and here are a few things that I found worked for me. It's by no means a list of magical secrets, I'm sure you've heard this all before but - this is what worked for me, kept me motivated and helped me to learn to love exercise (seriously, who am I?!).

1. Find your thing

I tried my hand at many forms of exercise until the right ones just stuck, for me this is currently the gym, running and a little bit of yoga here and there. For you it could be horse-riding or zumba or hiking. I'm pretty aware though that I'll no doubt get bored of my current routine so next on my list to try is ballet barre, pole-dancing and pilates.

2. Kayla bloody Itsines

If you want to try and make gymming your thing, then I implore you to try Kayla Itsines' bikini body workout. It has literally transformed my attitude towards exercising, giving me a really easy structure to follow so that I felt like I at least look like I know what I was doing in the gym. If you're on a budget, just do a little Google and you'll find pdfs and YouTube videos that show you the workout plan.

3. All the vegetables

After realising that one of my major failures in the past was eating too much healthy food, I made a new rule for myself. Portions sizes were going to be really cut down, except for vegetables where I could eat as much as I wanted. This meant that I filled up on things like spinach, broccoli, salad and courgetti - not rocket science but it really worked for me.

4. Treadmill -> Pavement

Again, just something that worked for me, but I was consistently finding running outside a struggle. Whether it was starting too fast or giving up too quickly, I just couldn't get the knack of it somehow. What seemed to do the trick for me was improving my fitness with the cardio from the Kayla workouts then moving onto the treadmill where I could control my pace easily. It took a few weeks but eventually I was able to run 5k on the treadmill under 30 minutes and after that, running outside was a whole lot more enjoyable.

5. All the pretty workout gear

Not the most important piece of advice, but this certainly helped my motivation - pretty workout clothes! Before I started my 'fitness journey', workout clothes seemed over-expensive and just not a priority - and that's fine if that's how you feel too. The two things I would recommend investing in is a good sports bra and leggings. For your more specialist things, I love Sweaty Betty and Nike, but everything else (like tops, vests and shorts) I pick up at places like M&S and Primark. I'm loving these dreamy galaxy print leggings from OWfit, which are some of the comfiest I own - perfect for yoga. And how cute is my Gym Bunny sweat?! It's from Ellie Ellie and I just can't stop wearing it at the moment (even if it is when I'm lying in best munching on Easter eggs). 

Spring Is Here (kinda)

So this weekend the clocks went forward, the start of spring right? Well not if these photos are anything to go by. To give the great British weather its dues, these were taken a week or so ago - so technically it wasn't spring - but my god it was chilly (and windy and misty)!

To give a mini life update on me - two big things, I've had an offer accepted on a flat and I'm going on holiday to Miami next week! It's been a mad few weeks and there's been some stress-induced tears to do with the flat, but (touch wood) everything seems to be going ok and I should be able to have a bit of a break next week in the Florida sunshine. So this means, in the short term look out for Instagram updates from Miami and in the long term, check back for interiors and house updates on the blog. 
So because buying a flat is an expensive business (who knew?!) I've been on a swift spending ban which is a bit of a nightmare when you like clothes as much as me. It's been tough, but I've had to make myself fall in love again with the clothes I already own and I've learnt that accessories are key. That's why I was thrilled when Thomas Sabo got in touch to offer up a couple of their pieces to style - just two little accessories have made my (quite well worn) outfit feel new again. Both the rose gold hoop earrings and the evil eye rose gold necklace have delicate touches of sparkle that I really love - even on a murky day they were catching the light beautifully. Paired with my favourite Whistles leather jacket and Topshop floral wrap top (which just snuck in before the spending ban), I felt like I was wearing a whole new outfit for the season. 

Talking about the murky day, big shout out to my lovely friend Kitty who took these beautiful photos in the freezing cold - I've never seen such dedication to the perfect shot! She's immensely talented and you can see her work on her Instagram (@kittywshaw) and website


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