Tuesday, 26 May 2015

25 things to do before I turn 25

Hello everyone,

I've seen a couple of '25 things to do before 25' posts recently and love the concept so have decided to do my own and share it with you. Maybe it will inspire you to write one too! There are so many things I would love to do, some less realistic than others, but I will try my best to complete this list over the next few years. I feel like now is a perfect time to start as I have just finished my degree and am about to embark on the next chapter of my life. I want to fill my life with more fun, adventure and different experiences as you only get to live one life, so you may as well make the most of it! Each time I do one of the things on the list, I will cross it off on this post and link a blog post on each adventure - it will be fun to share these with you all and to look back on in the future!

1. Eurotrip I would love to explore Europe, particularly France, Italy and Spain
2. A holiday with my best friend We've planned this since high school so it needs to happen soon!
3. London Fashion Week I'd love to watch this and get some fashion inspiration along the way
4. Do something crazy Do something out of my comfort zone like diving in an aquarium or skydiving 
5. Learn how to cook proper meals I need to learn how to cook things other than pasta and fajitas!
6. Try as many cuisines as I can I'm not very adventurous with food so this will be a challenge
7. Do some volunteering I love helping others so want to volunteer as much as I can in my spare time
8. Have my makeup done professionally I would love to see how someone else would do my makeup!
9. Get a different haircut My hair has been the same for a while so it's in need of a change!
10. Create my own afternoon tea I love going for afternoon tea so would love to recreate my own
11. Be in a magazine Whether that would be me being featured, writing a page or being in the letters page
12. Ladies Day Grand National Getting all dressed up with friends and going to the races will be a great day
13. Write a book Not a published book, but an autobiography or fictional story that I can look back at
14. Spa weekend Nothing sounds better than being pampered for the weekend
15. Horse back riding This to me sounds very princessy (I've been watching too much OUAT, I want to be Snow White)!
16. Visit the Science and Natural History museums I want to go mainly for the dinosaurs haha
17. Feed penguins at the zoo How cute would this be?! Penguins are so cute!
18. Buy a DSLR camera I want to be able to take nice photos on holidays and days out and also to improve the photos on my blog!
19. Try a new form of exercise Yoga? Pilates? Running? As well as continuing with the gym
20. Go strawberry picking I loved doing this when I was little so would love to do it again!
21. Learn something new Such as attending a class on cocktail making, cookery or jewelry making
22. Explore all the tourist attractions in London I'd love to visit all the touristy places 
23. Go rock-climbing Whether that's indoor or outdoor, I want to try it!
24. Learn Italian I would love to go to Italy one day but want to learn the language first
25. Go on a safari I'd love to see all the animals up close!

What would be on your 25 things to do before 25 list?

Lauren
xxx

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Next Chapter


Hello everyone,

I have finished my degree, yay! Now that all the stress of exams, assignments and dissertation deadlines are gone I hope to blog more regularly. I've missed blogging! The last three years have been amazing and I have met so many amazing people who will be friends for life. I feel so lucky to have met each and every one of them. Many memories have been made and will be forever cherished and reminisced. From all the nights out, gossip in the library between lecturesgiggles, dressing up, burgers at Bungalows and Bears, girly shopping trips and cocktail evenings, I will miss it all! The past three years have been the best years of my life!

Now that I've finished university, it's now time to be a 'real adult' (scary) and get a job and move house. I'm now in the process of applying for jobs and getting a flat with my boyfriend, hopefully I'll find something soon! Moving into a new place in a new city is going to take some getting use to, but I can't wait for the adventures to come and to start the next chapter of my life. After finding a job, I hope to blog a lot more and finally be able to afford a DSLR camera so I can improve my photos and make my blog look better for you all. Exciting!!

What kind of blog posts do you like to read?


Lauren
xxx


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Life lately.


Hello everyone,

Uni work seems to be never ending at the moment, however the end seems to be in reachable distance and I've managed to complete over half of my dissertation and some of my essays, yay! I can't wait until it's all over then I can relax get a job, earn some money and start a new chapter of my life. I'll be living in a completely new city so I'm very excited! This week has been quite good compared to the past few weeks of writing essays 24/7 so I thought it would be nice to do a little update (and share some cute dog pictures).


On Tuesday, my friends and I enjoyed the best burgers and trio of deserts at Bungalows and Bears washed down with alcohol, gossip and giggles. It was lovely to all do something as a house as we haven't all been out together in ages because we're all tied down with mountains of work at the moment! The highlight of my week was going home and my boyfriend meeting my family. My mum and granny joined us for a meal at the local pub, it was so nice to have a catch up over good food and for them to get to know my boyfriend too. After being treated to a delicious pub lunch, we went for a nice long walk around the village in the sunshine with the dog. After our walk, we stopped at the pub for a drink before heading back home to say bye to my family. I wanted to stay but I'll be back in a few weeks for Easter! Back in Sheffield, the weekend has been more relaxing with a spot of baking fairy cakes, walks in the park, drinking giant hot chocolates at Costa and cooking homely meals. This week has been a great week, however, it's now time to get my head down and finish all of my uni assignments, not long to go now!






































 Have you got any nice plans for the week ahead?


Lauren
xxx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

A blog for my mum



Hello everyone,

Happy mother's day to all the lovely mums out there! This post is for my mum, the loveliest person on earth, I really do not know what I'd do without her. Not only is she my mum, but she is my best friend too! My mum has taught me so many things over the years. She's taught me to be careful with money and that not having much is not a bad thing. The best things in life are free; love and happiness. When I was little, my mum dressed me in designer clothes which all the mums and nursery ladies always used to compliment. Little did they know that these gorgeous designer dresses were bargains from carboot sales, thrifty mummy! My mum has also taught me to be kind and to always treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. She is a very giving person, not only did she always make sure I had the latest toy when I was a child, or continually surprises me when I come back from uni to find she has bought me lots of lovely treats, but she also gives her all to everyone she meets. My mum is the best person to turn to for advice and receive the best hugs from! Another thing my mum has taught me is strength. My mum is an incredibly strong woman. Bringing up five children proves that point entirely. The past year or so has been tough for my mum but I've seen her come through the end of the struggles with so much strength and positivity and that inspires me greatly. I hope to be like that when I'm older.

Thank you mum for being a truly amazing and inspirational woman to me!

 What's the best piece of advice your mum has given to you?


Lauren
xxx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Sheffield


Hello everyone,

 Despite not liking tea (I always go for a hot chocolate), one of my favourite things to do is go out for afternoon tea. Just before my final semester of uni began, my boyfriend and I decided to go and treat ourselves to afternoon tea. Once dressed up in my new red blazer and matching lipstick, we headed to the Hilton in Sheffield which is just around the corner from the city centre. As we entered the beautifully decorated hotel, we were greeted by lovely staff who directed us to our table where we ordered our drinks; I obviously ordered a hot chocolate (which was so yummy!) and my boyfriend ordered tea. A short while later, our afternoon tea arrived. The first thing I noticed was the cake and how delicious it looked! The three tier cake stand was filled with delicate cucumber, ham and salmon sandwich fingers, two large, chunky slices of carrot cake, creamy chocolate eclairs, two pieces of soft Victoria sponge and scones with clotted cream and jam. My favourite had to be the chocolate eclair and the Victoria sponge - the cake was so light and fluffy and with a delicate layer of raspberry jam tasted so delicious! After eating as much as we could, we ended our little date with a walk around the shops before heading home for a much needed rest after consuming so much cake! 









































Priced at only £12.50 per person for a traditional afternoon tea, I think I'd definitely go back as you get so much for the price and the cakes are amazing! If you're closer to Manchester I'd also recommend afternoon tea at Cloud 23, it's slightly more expensive than the Sheffield one but you do get a few more things. Where do you like to go for afternoon tea? Any recommendations would be great, I would love to try them out!


Lauren
xxx