Question Time

Hi everyone,

Me and the lovely Jo have been talking recently and we decided it would be great for us to do something together for each of our blogs. We decided on doing a little question time for each other so we could both get to know each other that little bit more.

Here are the questions Jo asked:

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging back in October last year but I kept it to myself for quite a while, it was only at the beginning of this year that I actually had to guts to share it with everyone that I knew.

2. Do you think your blog has changed/evolved since then?

The only thing that’s changed about it is the way it looks. I started off with such a different idea of how I wanted to look but I changed my mind after a few months and I definitely think it was for the better. It has come a long way since I started – purely because I now know what I want my blog to look like and what I want to post.

3. Describe your perfect idea of a Friday night

Any normal 22 year old would say that their perfect Friday night is going out, having a few cocktails and going to the clubs – but give me a duvet and a cup of tea any day. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE going out for cocktails with my friends and having a good catch up but after a week at work, I just want to get into bed and watch trashy tv.

4. Tell us about your best friend

Now this is the hard question. I don’t think I can name one best friend because I have so many people I consider to be close friends of mine. Here are photos of the people who really are some of the most amazing people in my life that I love and adore!

5. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

It would have to be getting to meet some amazing people – I never thought I’d be working with another blogger so it’s great that I have the opportunity to do so.

6. What would be your ideal job when you’re older?

Anyone that knows me knows how much I aspire to be an Editorial Assistant in a major magazine but at the moment, that’s just a dream!

7. What would you consider to be one of your biggest achievements to date?

It would have to be passing my driving test last year. I started learning to drive as soon as I turned 17 but because I was still in college and wasn’t earning enough, I couldn’t afford to carry on with lessons. I eventually got back into lessons as soon as I got a full time job back in 2015 but annoyingly, I still had to do my theory and that was a mission on its own. As soon as I passed my theory, I booked my driving test to get it out the way. Unfortunately I failed the first time for THE most ridiculous reason but thankfully I was able to book another one for a couple of months down the line and finally passed.

8. What would be your advice to a new blogger?

Don’t give up and don’t be afraid of doing something you love. For so long I was scared of showing people because I thought they would just laugh in my face and think I was stupid but everyone has been so supportive and it’s made me realise that I had nothing to be scared of in the first place.

9. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

It’s got to be not caring about what other people think. You spend so much time worrying about what others think of you but you get to the point where you just think “why on earth does it matter what everyone else thinks – just do what makes you happy”.

10. Describe a day that you remember being really happy

It would have to be the day that we picked up our little puppy 12 years ago. You do not understand the love a dog can bring until you have one in your life. I am literally obsessed with her and she’s the cutest little fluff ball you’ll ever meet. IMG_0736.JPG

Go over to Jo‘s blog and see what questions I asked her!

Love,
Emily xo

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Social Media

Hi everyone!

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been quiet on here recently but I’ve been busy with work and I’ve also been focusing on getting my social media sites up and running.

If you want to see what I get up to when I’m not posting on here, give me a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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I’ve got a lot of exciting posts planned for the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Love,
Emily xo

Enjoying the London Sun

I’m in utter disbelief that another weekend has passed and we are back to work tomorrow for another week – thankfully it’s a short one because of Easter Bank Holiday next weekend.

On Saturday, me and two friends, Sophie and Hannah, took a trip up to London to visit our friend Lauren. We most definitely picked the right day for it because the weather was beautiful – which of course meant ciders and glasses of prosecco in the sun.

We first headed to Borough Market so we could all grab something to eat. There was so much to choose from, I had never seen so many food stalls and it was completely overwhelming. Me and Sophie spotted a Pad Thai stall and we made a bee-line for the queue. We also found a nice juice stall which had a variety of different juices and smoothies, so we decided to pick one up to counter balance with all the alcohol and food we were going to be consuming the rest of the day.

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After we finished eating, we took a walk to see if we could find any nice pubs to have a drink in before we went off to the next place. We came across a really cool bar that had swings as seats – which I can confirm that it is extremely difficult to drink a glass of prosecco whilst swinging around.  As you can tell from the photo, me and Sophie were having a whale of a time. IMG_1642.JPG

I’ve always wanted to go to One New Change just because I’ve heard so many great reviews about the views you get of St Paul’s – and we were definitely not disappointed. As a group of four, we really wanted to get a group photo in front of St Paul’s but obviously, it wouldn’t have worked so thankfully Lauren had the balls to go up to someone and ask if they’d take a photo of us. This is what we got….

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Can anyone guess what’s missing in the background? Yepp you got it, St Paul’s…We went all the way up to the top to get a great photo and the numpty we asked didn’t feel the need to get the great big monument in the picture! So of course, we had to ask someone else to take a photo and this time it was Hannah’s turn. Thankfully, we got a much better shot this time around.

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Our next stop was Embankment, we hopped onto a stand-still boat and grabbed ourselves a couple of drinks. We luckily got a table in the sun pretty quickly thanks to Sophie’s eagle eyes and we set up camp for a couple of hours. It was honestly so nice being able to sit there and just take it all in – the weather, the company and the atmosphere. London is an amazing place and it’s crazy to think that just a few days ago, it was under attack.

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We then headed to Covent Garden for our final stop for drinks before heading to grab some dinner. We found nice little pizza restaurant (I can’t remember what it’s called now – sorry) and it was delicious. I ordered a Texas pizza – just like I do every single time I order Dominoes. It was extremely yummy but there was far too much rosemary for my liking. IMG_1639.JPG

After dinner, me, Hannah and Sophie headed back to Waterloo to get the train home. Annoyingly, we missed the train by 2 minutes but it did mean that we had time to grab a cuppa before hopping onto the next train.

I honestly had such a great day and I cannot wait to see them all next weekend for more sun, giggles and prosecco.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Have a great week everyone!

Love,
Emily xo

Weekend in Plymouth

My boyfriend and I always make sure that we travel down to Plymouth to see my brother and his fiance as often as we can because we always have such a great time and it’s nice to get away. As the wedding is fast approaching, I’ll be travelling down a lot more and I can’t wait!

On Saturday, the weather was beautiful so we hopped on a boat and took a trip to the wedding venue. I had only visited the venue once before and it was a windy, cold and dull day so it didn’t do it any justice at all. I was completely amazed at how beautiful it was in the sunshine and I couldn’t help but imagine how amazing it would look on the day of the wedding.

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Annoyingly, they were preparing for a wedding so we couldn’t go inside and grab a bite to eat but thankfully there was somewhere else we could go which was about 15 minutes walk away – little did Thomas mention that it was up a ginormous hill.

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After lunch, we decided to head home and pick some bits up on the way so we could make cocktails and spend the rest of the afternoon sitting in the sun. I had come across a recipe for a Pink Lemonade Cocktail but we didn’t have any pink lemonade and raspberry vodka so we had to improvise.

Pink Lemonade Cocktail:

  • Pink Lemonade – We used J20 Spritz in the flavour of Pear & Raspberry.
  • Raspberry Absolut Vodka – I can’t remember what we used instead of this but it was something extremely similar so anything will work. Cocktail
  • Prosecco
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Lime

Me and my brother were the only ones to actually like this cocktail and we bought enough to make two big jugs so as you can guess, we were feeling the effects later on in the evening.

Unfortunately, Sean was working all day so he couldn’t enjoy much of the sunshine but we all got to spend a couple of hours together before we had to get ready to meet two of Thomas and Sean’s friends and grab something to eat.

As you should all know by now, I love Greek food so I was extremely happy to find that my brother had booked a table at a local Greek restaurant. Of course I ordered my favourite dish – Beef Stifado and it was delicious.

After dinner, we went to a nice little bar called The Dairy which we had been meaning to go to for years but we never got round to it. I loved that the cocktails were served in pint size milk bottles, I thought it added that little extra something and made it different to other bars. We drunkenly decided to try out some of the shots they had advertised, I went for an After Eight one which I was imagining to be disgusting but it was surprisingly nice – especially because I got a free After Eight chocolate with it.

The morning after wasn’t so great for everyone. I had to drive home so I thankfully woke up feeling fresh but Thomas definitely did not – he was definitely being punished for the amount he drank.

Our trips to Plymouth always include plenty of giggles and A LOT of prosecco. I can’t wait for our next one!

Love,
Emily xo

Get To Know Me Q&A

Hello!

A huge thank you to Azra over on https://simpleserenity.wordpress.com/ for nominating me to complete a Get To Know Me Q&A!

So let’s get started:

  1. How old are you?
    I am 22 years old!
  2. Where are you from?
    United Kingdom.
  3. What do you like doing in your spare time?
    When I’m not updating my blog, I am spending time with either my friends, family or boyfriend and of course my dog. I love baking and cooking so whenever I get the chance, I like to try to make something that I’ve not made before. Last night I attempted to make spring rolls for the first time and they turned out great!
  4. How did you get into blogging?
    I’ve wanted to start-up my own blog for years but I’ve never had the courage to do so. I finally took the plunge and look where I am now! I’m obsessed with the likes of Zoella, Tanya Burr and Niomi Smart, I watch their Vlogs and read their blogs religiously. They inspire me every single day to carry on what I am doing so maybe one day, my blog could be as big as theirs (wishful thinking, I know).
  5. What is your favourite drink?
    I love Pepsi Max, that is my go to fizzy drink. This year I vowed to start drinking more water and less fizzy drinks and I’ve actually managed to stick to it for once!
  6. What is your favourite food?
    Greek food has got to be my favourite kind of food. It’s all so tasty, but my absolute favourite is Stifado which is basically a beef stew. I’m a huge lover of crisps, I could easily sit and eat a whole “sharing” bag to myself and have no regrets.
  7. What is your favourite holiday destination?
    It has to be North Devon. I have so many great memories there and it’s definitely somewhere I see myself visiting for the rest of my life. It is such an amazing and beautiful place, if I was a millionaire and didn’t have to work for a living, I’d 100% move down there in a heartbeat. We used to stay in the same place every single time we went and because we used to go there so much, we were picked by the owners to have our photos taken for the leaflet.
    My boyfriend and I have even booked to go down to North Devon for a week in June this year! I’m so excited to show him all of the places I love and hopefully he’ll fall in love with it too!
  8. What is your dream holiday destination?
    I’d love to rent out a camper van and travel around America. I’ve been to New York and I absolutely loved it, I’m desperate to go back.
  9. What is your favourite TV show?
    Anyone that knows me knows how obsessed I am with One Tree Hill. I’ve got the complete 9 seasons boxset and I watch it over and over again, it never gets old.
  10. What is your favourite film?
    I have so many favourite films but it has to be The Devil Wears Prada. The first time I watched it was when I realised I wanted to work in Fashion. Another favourite of mine would be Titanic, it is a timeless classic and I will never ever get bored of watching it.
  11. What is your favourite song at the moment?
    There are so many songs that I have been playing on repeat recently, including:
    Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
    Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) by Starley
    You Don’t Know Me (feat. RAYE) by Jax Jones
    If you haven’t already, you NEED to check out the new album from Rag’n’Bone Man. It really is amazing! I’ve been listening to it non stop for the past week or so.
  12. What is your favourite book?
    Of course it has to be The Devil Wears Prada. I read this book after I had watched the film just because I loved it so much. It is the book that I always pick up when I fancy reading something.
  13. What is your dream job?
    My absolute dream job would be an Editorial Assistant (yes, just like Andrea’s job in The Devil Wears Prada). 
  14. What is your favourite animal?
    Apart from dogs, it has to be either Giraffes or Elephants. 
  15. If you could have dinner with 3 famous people, dead or alive, who would they be?
    I get asked this question a lot and I never know who to say because I always change my mind. Whitney Houston would definitely be one of them, I love her music. David Attenborough would have to be there, he’d have so many amazing stories to tell. Finally, it would be Sophia Bush from One Tree Hill, just because she’s amazing.

So there it is, you now know a little bit more about me! If there’s anything else you want to know, feel free to leave a comment!

Love,
Emily xo

Christmas Holiday Blues

After having 11 days off for the Christmas holidays, I’m really not wanting to be back at work. I’m sat at the desk reminiscing about my time off and wishing I could do it all over again. I’ve had such a hectic time off, I need another week off to recover from this holiday. I’ve had party after party and even a wedding to go to!

To kick off the Christmas holidays, I had my boyfriends Work Christmas Party on 23rd December. There was Champagne on arrival, endless bottles of white and red wine on the tables and a free bar until the party stopped, so more could you want? I honestly had one of the best nights, I had so much fun dancing the night away to Abba, Whitney Houston, Steps and the list goes on. My head certainly paid for it the next day.

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Me and a family friend wore the same dress to the Christmas Party last year (embarrassing, I know) so we had to make sure we weren’t wearing the same again this year and we successfully managed to both find different dresses! Hallelujah!

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This year, we had the whole family together for the first time in 3 years. My brother and his fiance came back from Plymouth and my other brother came back from Crawley. It was really good to have everyone back together for the first time in a while, it made Christmas that little bit more special.

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Every year, we have a family tradition where we all go to our local pub on Christmas Eve for a few drinks in Christmas jumpers and hats. Well, I say a few, but it always ends up being more. This year, I didn’t drink much as I was so tired from the night before but the rest of the family certainly enjoyed their many bottles of white wine. When we get back to the house, we all bring our presents downstairs to the living room and sort them out into everyone’s stockings.

On the 30th December, it was the day a lot of my friends have been waiting for. It was time to celebrate the wedding of the year – Mr and Mrs Bond.wedding It really was a fantastic day and I was so thankful to be a part of it.

Connie and Matt are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They deserve every bit of happiness and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for both of them.

Love,
Emily xo

New Years Celebrations

So 2017 is finally here and I still can’t quite believe it!

For the second year running, I saw the New Year in with my boyfriend and some of our good friends. We ordered a takeaway and played a few games that eventually turned into drinking games.

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As you can tell, we all had one too many drinks and we most definitely regretted it the next morning but it was 100% worth it.

We entered the New Year with plenty of giggles and smiles, what’s better than that?

People have been asking me what my New Years resolution is and I have absolutely no idea. I stick to it for a couple of days and then give up, I just don’t have the will power to carry on with it.

However, I am so determined to make this year, my year (how cheesy does that sound?). My main goal is to get a new job which I am happy to wake up for in the mornings and not dread going in. I want a new career path and 2017 is the year I’m going to get it.

What’s your New Years Resolution?

Love,
Emily xo