Friday, 29 June 2018

Ways To Refresh Your Glass Of Water*

Recently I have been on a health kick and drinking plenty of water has been a big part of this. I try and drink 2 litres a day as this is the average amount for an adult and I have definitely noticed a difference in my energy, skin and general mood. It's easier said than done to drink that much water every day if you like me can find it a bit boring - I'd much prefer something fruity as the tastelessness leaves me a little bit deflated. However, I have found a few solutions!

Put ice in it
I don't know if it's just me but adding ice to a glass of water instantly makes the glass of water more interesting, a couple of cubes and you're good to go - especially if they are flavoured or have fruit in! There’s something about chilled water which is just amazingly refreshing and it is the perfect thing to have on hand during these hot summer days.

Use a filter
Now then, this is where I may split opinions but not all water tastes the same! I much preferred bottled water but this is not environmentally nor economically friendly - with everything from the water to the bottle itself but if like me the taste of tap water is sometimes a little bit off-putting. I drink a lot more water at work, but here the water is filtered and you can do the same at home with water softeners and filters, and you can see some reviews to make sure you pick the right one for you.

Add fruit
The easiest way to make water more interesting and give it a bit of flavour is to add in some fruit. Fresh fruit can make water more sweet, tangy and juicy, and you will enjoy the flavour much more than a boring glass on its own. My favourite fruit to add to water is lemon. However, if you don’t like lemon you can also add strawberry, lime or orange. There are countless combinations so you can experiment and find the perfect one for you.

Mint it
I only recently discovered this but you can add a couple of mint leaves into your glass of water. I prefer peppermint as it offers a lovely taste to the water and makes me feel fresh and cool. This is the ideal pick for these sunny days.

Spice it up
I've never tried this but think it sounds so cool but you can try adding some spices to your water for anti-inflammatory purposes as well as to detox the body. The most common spice to add to water is cinnamon because of its sweet taste, but you can also add grated ginger or turmeric to your morning drink for a detoxing effect and to boost your metabolism. A wonderful kick could be added to your lemon water in the morning with some cayenne pepper.

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

My Weekend in Stratford - Upon - Avon

A couple of weeks ago it was my birthday! As per usual I got very excited and wanted to do something however, this year I went for something a little bit more relaxing (shows I'm getting old!) and visited the birth place of Mr William Shakespeare (not that I went for this reason... is that bad?|!) My day was full of sun, river cruises and amazing food, including a very nice ice cream and huge birthday cake! I started the day off with a full english breakfast because if you can't on your birthday... when can you? Just going to let you into a little secret, I used that as my excuse 99% of the day! I then hopped straight on to the river boat and had a tour of the river. This was so lovely and relaxing and exactly what I needed as it was time to completely switch off. I then walked past a few landmarks and statues - one of which was called 'Young Will' where it took me a few minutes to work out who on earth Will was *blonde moment* I then finished the day off in a beer garden at a pub. 

I absolutely fell in love with Stratford Upon Avon for its quaint buildings and how relaxing it was to sit by the river. I would say there wasn't that much to do in terms of what interests me but to chill with friends or family I would certainly recommend.

Outfit details:
Stripy Trousers - Pretty Little Thing
1994 T-shirt - New Look
Shoes - All Black Converse
Bag - H & M


Sunday, 17 June 2018

My Bucket List!

Earlier this week, I was sitting at my desk at work after a very exciting proposition and thought 'Wow I can actually tick something off my bucket list!' but also that there's so much I want to do in life I need to write it all down so here is my official bucket list - and like when I sat at my desk earlier this week I want to be sitting in an armchair as an 80-year-old woman and think 'Wow I actually did it'. 

1. Present on the TV 
2. Fly in an airplane
3. Skydive
4. Go on safari in Kenya
5. Go to Amsterdam
6. Travel America
7. In fact.. See the world!
8. Go in a hot air balloon
9. Drive my dad's sports car 
10. Stand on a volcano
11. Move out of my family home
12. Race on a track 
13. Go to a festival
 14. Present my own radio show 
15. Own a Mini 
16. Learn to swim
17. See the northern lights
18. See a beautiful sunset
19. Beat my anxiety 
20. Grow my own little family 

I'm sure I've forgotten things and the list will just keep growing but whats on your bucket list?


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Day I Dressed Like Barbie

At heart, I will forever be a girly girl. Whenever I see any clothing in a bright pink colour I automatically start thinking about how I can wear it and this beauty of a skirt was no different.

There's nothing about this skirt that I don't like, the pink colour is so pretty and cute but eye-catching, I love the fact it's leather as it makes it that little bit more different and it was a great price at £20 in the sale. It's definitely one of those items that I throw on and feel so good in. I just love it! 

I paired it with this white 'Made in the Nineties' t-shirt from New Look which cost a small price of £6.99, I then tied the front as I do love a crop top and then matched the outfit with some nude heeled sandals. After I'd pieced it together and looked in the mirror all I could think is this is an outfit that would come with a Barbie doll which made my inner 90's child scream with happiness.

I kept the make up pretty simple with a nude lip and then wore some large rose gold aviator sunglasses and minimal silver jewellery. As you can tell in this outfit is very much pink, barbie inspired, summery and did I mention... pink!


Sunday, 3 June 2018

June Goals!

Can you believe we are nearly, half way through 2018?! It's crazy, so much has happened so far this year and I couldn't be more grateful. I absolutely love writing these types of posts as it gives a real focus for the month and pushes me to actually achieving what I aim for.

Goal 1 - Book a Holiday 
The weather in the UK has been very very nice over the past few weeks but it has made me crave a holiday - sea, sand and sun is all I need right now and that definitely means a holiday. Also, I have never been to a different country so it's something I want to tick off my bucket list - Any places you recommend me visiting that aren't too far away but have a lot to see leave them in the comments!

Goal 2 - Start Writing More
I love writing, that's why I do this blog. I love just putting everything in my head into writing but I also love being creative and its hard to find a balance on here as I feel I sometimes restrict my own creativity for the simple reason people might not like it - but I'm going to change that, I also want to maybe try writing a story of some kind as being an author of a book is one of my all-time goals. 

Goal 3 - Focus on YouTube 
I planned this for May but with my new job and just general life getting in the way I have had to put it off for yet another month. I really enjoyed the process of talking to the camera whilst filming then editing. I loved putting my love for media into practice in another way and showing my personality and creativity that is usually limited by my blog. 

Goal 4 - Spend More Time With Family and Friends
As I briefly mentioned life has been pretty hectic lately so this has led to spending very limited time with my extended family such as my grandparents and also friends. I have had to cancel so many plans and haven't had time to stop to realise how they must feel so I'm going to change that as I feel so bad. 

Goal 5 - Go To The Gym Twice A Week
In May I joined the gym and I have, to my surprise, been really enjoying it. I don't go to hardcore but just enough exercise to improve my stamina and maybe be a little bit fitter. If you'd like some fitness posts let me know!

Goal 6 - Have an Amazing Birthday 
On the 9th June, it's my birthday! I'm very excited as per usual and despite the heavy workload. I have managed to get the day off but will work either side so I'm determined to make the best of it.

What are your June Goals?