Tuesday, 27 June 2017

30 Puppy Pictures

The three puppies you may have occasionally seen taking over my social media channels are my dad’s new cockapoodles. They are the happiest little teddy bear puppies I have ever seen. I really need a puppy in my life, but until I move out of a one bed flat and into house with a garden it is not really a viable option. So when my dad told me he was getting puppies I was beyond excited as it’s pretty much the closest I can get to having my own.

The crazy man actually decided to get three puppies, as if one isn’t enough trouble! The golden one with the white paws is name Oliver, the fully golden one is called Oscar and the white one is called Dougal. They look similar but they each have their own unique personality. I asked my dad for a sentence on each and he said “Oliver is the ladies boy, Oscar is an extreme adventurer and Dougal is the brains behind them all”.

This is not going to be a lengthy, wordy post because let’s face it, you’re here to see the 30 puppy pictures. I have taken so many pictures and I need an outlet to share them instead of just bombarding family and friends over WhatsApp. So without further ado, here are the 30 puppy pictures…





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Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Podcast List || July 2017


I think this time last year I hadn’t even listened to a podcast all the way through. I knew they were out there and people were getting into them big time but I completely missed the start of the craze. Well I am now eagerly making up for lost time. They are perfect for my commute to work when the tram is too packed to dig my book out of my bag or I need both hands to stop myself falling into people! I’ve even started listening to them at work instead of Spotify. They’re also ideal for making train journeys go quicker, particularly hungover train journeys where you need to rest your eyes for a bit.

I’ve been trying to branch out and listen to some different podcasts lately, and I’ve found a few good ones. So I thought I’d write them up in a list and share them with you! 

Serial

If you’ve been in the podcast world for any amount of time then there is a high chance that you have already heard about Serial. Think ‘Making A Murderer’ meets a microphone. There are now two series but I have only listened to the first one, both follow different stories. It’s a documentary based on a high school girl who goes missing in the 90s. The finger points to her ex-boyfriend who is adamant of his innocence. Is he guilty? You’ll have to listen to make up your own mind. I found the whole story scary, shocking and unbelievably unfair. It provided a somewhat horrifying glimpse into the American judiciary system. Please listen and let me know your thoughts!

S-Town


S-Town begins in a similar fashion as Serial. A man named John McLemore, gets in touch with the podcasting people asking them to come to his town to investigate a murder. John is not a fan of his home town, coining it s**t town. He believes he not only knows who the murderer is, but that the murderer has gone around town bragging about what he has done. But the podcast soon takes a twist when another person ends up dead. I found John’s story truly fascinating and almost mesmerising. It’s really difficult to say why without giving too many things away, but I guess what it really drove home for me is that you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

My Dad Wrote A Porno


Well this is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, except he wrote an erotic novel. Jamie Morton's dad wrote himself an erotic novel, which is available on Amazon if you’re wondering. Instead of hiding in shame and denying any relation like most of us might do, Jamie decided to take to the microphone and share his dads stories with literally millions of people! Boasting over 50 million downloads this is a podcast not to be missed. It had me actually laughing out loud throughout the entire thing, which looked a little weird when I was sat on a tram on my own on a Monday morning. Jamie reads the story a chapter per podcast with his two friends James Cooper and Alice Levine, who both offer witty and hilarious interjections. I became weirdly hooked on Belinda Blinked (the title of the erotic novel) and was a little lost when I finished the series. The third series started while I was on holiday and I cannot wait to have a binge and delve back into Belinda’s weird world.

Distraction Pieces with Scroobius Pip


I got introduced to Scroobius Pip at university and I quickly grew to love his work. I have CDs, I’ve been to see him live twice and now I’ve started on his podcast ‘Distraction pieces’. Scroobius Pip is a spoken word poet and hip-hop artist, if you haven’t already go listen to his music (one of my favourite lines is ‘you see a mouse trap, I see free cheese and a fucking challenge’ from the song Introdiction). But back to the podcast. So every week he chats to guests, some of them well known like Simon Pegg, James McAvoy and Russell Brand, as well as some lesser known people. I think the first one I listened to was the Jams McAvoy episode, which involved a thought provoking conversation on Disassociation Identity Disorder. 

This Paranormal Life


When my boyfriend showed me this I was really unsure that it would be something I would enjoy. Basically it is two guys, Rory Powers and Kit Grier, who are answering the big questions out there - is Big foot real? Did the lost city of Atlantis exist? Is there really a giant wizard frog? The questions on everybody's lips! Not only do I like it, i love it. The banter between the two is brilliant. They’re both witty and effortlessly bounce off each other. To put it simply, it’s hilarious. This is another podcast that has me laughing out loud on public transport. Seriously, people are going to start thinking I have a problem, I have got many funny looks! They approach the paranormal stories with open minds but also with reasonable scrutiny. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself believing some of them exist! 

So those are the podcasts I have been listening to lately. Have you listened to any of them yet? If you have some suggestions for other podcasts then I would love to hear as I am really racing through them at an alarming rate! Let me know in the comment section below.
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pancakes in Prague


So you’ve booked your flights and found the perfect place to stay that is 5 minutes away from everything. You’ve logged many hours on ASOS, found the perfect holiday outfits and packed them up. You’ve arranged your airport transfers. You’ve made many lists of where to go, what to see and what to do. You’ve got everything pretty much planned. Or have you? Have you made one of the most important decision of all?

I am of course talking about where to eat pancakes. Okay so sure, pancakes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people picture Prague. They may think of Prague Castle, Charles bridge, Lennon’s Wall. But pancakes are important too!

Every time I go away somewhere I look up good places to eat. Not only does it prevent a lot of h-angry conversations, as fun as they are, but it also means I end up eating lots and lots of delicious food. And isn’t that what going on holiday is all about? Give me some sun, sights, good food and drinks outside and I am one happy holiday go-er. 

So the must-go place I found in Prague was Den Noc, a beautiful bistro and wine bar. That’s right, the best of both worlds. According to the website two young people bonded over their almost equal interests. One likes baking and cooking, while the other likes wine. So by day it sells delicious food while by night it also sells delicious food but accompanied by wine. 

We went in the morning for breakfast. I am not normally a pancake person but I had a real craving for them on holiday. They sell lots of different savoury and sweet options, but obviously I went for sweet. I don’t so much have a sweet tooth as a full set of sweet teeth. Surprisingly I did not go for the chocolate. I was going through a jam phase so I chose the jam and cream. They came in a neat stack, the kind I try and completely fail to recreate every pancake day (how do they do it?), and they were as delicious as they looked! The boyfriend went for a pancake with Haagen-Dasz ice cream, fruit, apple chutney and nuts and he swore they were delicious too.

So if you’re heading to Prague then sure, look up all the beautiful sites to see. Find all the beautiful places to go. Make sure you’ve noted down all the cool bars. But please, if you want to have any fun at all, then think pancakes and head to Den Noc. They also make a mean hot chocolate!


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Sunday, 18 June 2017

A Changed Woman


I already feel like I have changed a great deal in my short time on this planet . For one thing my hair colour has gone from natural ginger to dark brown to red to purple to ginger to purple to brown to dyed ginger to blonde to ginger, and that’s just the shortened version. 

Most of the changes have been as slow and gradual as Slowpoke Rodriguez’s walk along the Great Wall of China, if he ever decided to embark upon that journey. In high school I was mainly quiet and socially awkward. I didn’t like to voice my opinion too much as I was constantly worried I would say the wrong thing or that I would be judged. It wasn’t until I was in sixth form that I started to come out of my shell a bit and actually contribute to group conversations. Fast forward a few years and I’ve managed to push myself into joining the netball league team at university (which ended up with me going on holiday with a much of people I didn’t know), joining the netball team at work, joining the sounding board at work, saying yes to a lot more invitations instead of shying away, basically doing many things my 15 years old self would hide from. I am actively trying harder not to give a shit what people think about me, which has helped me say yes more and become generally happier. It’s mentally exhausting to analyse a million and one ways someone can judge you on a daily basis!

One big change I have noticed in myself this year is my love of pop music. Growing up I was all about rock and indie, and I never really gave much time to pop. Apart from Spice Girls when I was a little one. I mean more in my teenage years, I just thought it was boring and repetitive. As I got older I realised some songs are just there to be a bit of fun. In this miserable world we live in it’s good to block out your troubles and shake your ass to some light hearted catchy lyrics with an upbeat tempo now and then. Nowadays I regularly sing and dance to Taylor Swift, as well as listening to all of my 90s faves on repeat. Noughties RnB is my thing right now, gimme all of the Usher and Ne-Yo.

I am so much more into politics these days, as a lot of the younger population are. I always had strong views on how the world should be, but I always disregarded politics as pretentious, boring and unlikely to make a difference, so I never paid it much attention. in the past few years I have been keeping on top of the goings on in the political world and I can (and will) talk for hours on end about my views. 

My body confidence has evolved a lot. Sometimes I would flat out refuse to put on swimwear, much to the frustration of my mum on holidays. She would try and tempt me into wearing it by buying me lovely swimsuits but I just couldn’t put them on. Or if i did then I would run to the sea or pool before anyone could see me. I wouldn’t say my body has improved, because it certainly hasn’t. But the way I view my body has and I no longer feel so ashamed.

There are so many other ways I have changed. I actually exercise and can run a decent distance without getting out of breath, something that was near impossible just 2 years ago. I have changed a lot of my eating habits, except that damn chocolate addiction. I have partially gotten over my fear of public speaking as I regularly have to present to the department and clients in my current role. And my fashion sense has definitely metamorphised from my grungy teenage days.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that people can change. We are told a lot in TV shows and movies that people can’t change. Once a cheater, always a cheater. A leopard can’t change his spots. Second chances they don’t ever matter people never change. But I disagree. Obviously some people don’t want to change, which can be a good or bad thing, and sometimes it is impossible. But I think if you really want to change then it’s worth the try. 

How have you changed over the years? Have you actively tried to change an aspect of yourself or have you just noticed it one day? Please let me know in the comment section below!



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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Date Night Dress For £20




Lately I have been putting some pretty serious investment into leisure wear. Pyjamas, dressing gowns, baggy tops, joggers, jumpers, I basically just want to be as comfortable as possible for as long as possible. While this mean I am living in an elasticated dream while at home, it also means that when I am actually going out to paint the town red I am extremely limited in outfit options. I have no nice going out clothes at all! I know every girl says this but I swear it’s true. So I am making an active effort when shopping now to pick out some clothes I can actually wear in public.

I bought this dress from Topshop just before I went away on holiday as I realised I had like two going out out outfits. Can you really go wrong with a little black dress. Well, at £20 you definitely can’t! I am between two sizes and I found the smaller size fit better. It’s a soft material that flares a bit at the bottom, so it is super comfy to wear. Just realised I’ve gone for comfort yet again, oops! For all of you fellow tall girls out there I found this one was just long enough to wear without tights, which I really wanted now the weather is warmer. It’s so annoying when you find a cute dress for it to look like a top when you put it on! I think this is a good day-to-night look, depending how you dress it up it will be fine for both. So I’ll be wearing it during the day as well as on date nights. I’ll probably wear it in Autumn and Winter too with tights and a pair of ankle boots. So many possibilities for just £20!

Dress: Topshop
Bag: Primark 
Shoes: Primark


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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

272,262 Steps Across Europe

If you follow me on my social media channels then you will more than likely have noticed that I recently went on a little trip around Europe. This is something I have been wanting to do since I can remember. I love the romance of backpacking my way around half a dozen cities, immersing myself as fully as possible in a culture before whisking myself off to the next place in the early hours of the morning. I walked everywhere while I was there, my feet were just aching messes by the end of most days. I became a little addicted to checking my step count on my phone, hence the title. 272,262 steps in total from day 1 to day 15! That averages at just over 18,000 steps a day, well over the daily step goal! 

So obviously I have a million and one blog posts planned from this trip and I cannot wait to sit down and write them all. But it’s gonna take some time to edit all the pics and I want to get my new site live before I put most of them up. In the mean time I’m just going to give you a brief run through of where we went and what we got up to. So grab your backpack, chuck on your trainers and follow me around Europe….



Berlin


The first stop on the journey was Berlin. I had heard a bag of mixed reviews about Berlin, it seemed like people either loved it or they hated it. Consequently I was apprehensive and perhaps not overly excited to go there. My verdict? It’s actually pretty amazing! I really enjoyed learning the history of the city as well as seeing some of the beautiful sites. I went from reading about the holocaust in a raw and emotional manner to wandering around the flea markets and watching karaoke in the park. 


Prague


Ah Prague. What to say about Prague. It is a beautiful and historical city brimming with character. You can get lost in the old town, make the climb to explore the castle or pop on by to the more modern Lennon’s wall. I really recommend making your way up to the castle, it offers the best view of the sprawling city full of orange tiled roofs. Although it was a really beautiful place I would say that you don’t really need more than a couple of nights there. There’s not a huge amount to do compared to some of the neighbouring destinations, but it is worth a visit.


Vienna


Vienna has been on my to-go list for some time. And actually it is still on my to-go list, because I really didn't have much time there. I arrived in Vienna late and the last minute accommodation we had to book was not quite what I hoped for. Our Air BnB person dropped out at the last minute and with limited choice I ended up staying in what can only be described as a room in a student flat. Not that romantic. However the city itself is full of beautiful town houses, there’s plenty of museums and of course all of the grand palaces. I studied Psychology at University so naturally I had to go to the Sigmund Freud museum. I also managed to make it to a concert at a palace as well as a party by the canal.


Budapest


Okay so this one I was really looking forward to. There have been less than a handful of cities that I have fallen in love with at first site, and this is one of them. As soon as I stepped out of the underground station and into the heart of the bustling city centre I felt right at home. There is so just much to do and see, it’s a shame I only had two nights. There’s also an impressive bar scene at night. Pop to the Jewish Quarter and hit the ruins bars, you won’t be disappointed!


Split


This has been number one on my travel bucket list for about 4 years now, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally go. And I was not disappointed! Croatia is a beautiful, beautiful city. The old town is just phenomenal, it’s like being transported back through time. Or perhaps to another world. Croatia is well known for being the site of many Game of Thrones scenes. I actually popped over to one site which I will talk about more in a separate post. I also made it to the Krka national park, name after the river Krka and just a short distance from Split. This was one of my favourite parts of the whole Europe trip. The waterfalls are absolutely gorgeous and even though there are a fair few tourists it was peaceful.


Zadar


The final destination on our Europe backpacking trip and another Croatian city. Like Prague there isn’t a whole host of thing to do here. With it being the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia there are a few relics to marvel over as well as the cobbled streets of the old town to get lost in. There is also the famous sea organ and the Greetings to the Sun, both a sensory delight. My favourite part of Zadar was simply watching the sun set by the sea. The pastel blue, pink and purple colours were literally breath taking and I felt so calm watching.  It was the perfect way to spend my last night in Europe.

I loved my time in Europe. It would have been good to have spent a couple more nights in some places but I also enjoyed the fast pace of it all. Never settling too long in one place, always being on the go. Although I I didn’t always enjoy lugging around the backpack because I seriously over packed. As I said I have lots more posts lined up where i will be going into more detail on a few of the cities, sharing stories and offering advice. I hope you liked my round up post, please leave a comment in the comment section below. I would love to hear if you’ve done something similar? Or if you have any holidays lined up?

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