Friday, 29 April 2016

Friday Highlights | Family Time and Job Success

Well look at that! 3 posts in a week. I must be back to usual again. It's been an ok week, but here's some of my highlights.

- Me and my mum went to Birmingham on Saturday. We explored Grand Central for the first time, then enjoyed a Starbucks with a view of Selfridges and St Martins church. We also went to the market and got some super cute material for Sophie's business, and of course spent some money in the Bull Ring.

- We also got to spend some time with my sister, who is living away at university. We went to a little cupcake cafe near her house and actually sat outside to eat. Yay for warmer weather!

- Talking about weather, we seem to be getting all 4 seasons in one day at the moment. The days start off super sunny like a summer morning, then gradually get colder and more overcast as the day goes on. We even had snow on Tuesday! We've also had some torrential hail storms- is there a proper word for that? Like heavy snow is called a blizzard? Well, whatever the word for it is, I drove home in it the other day which wasn't really a highlight.

- My luck in the job hunt is finally changing! I've had some successful meetings with an agency and got some temporary office work this week. Small steps but better than nothing!

What's been the highlight of your week?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Spring Favourites

The last favourites post I did was back in February so this one is long overdue! 
The product in the header picture is Kate Moss Rimmel lipstick 03. I actually only paid £3 for it at the market. I'm usually hesitant to pick up make up at the market as I'm never sure about the quality but I have another Kate Moss lipstick which I like so figured I'd try it. I love the colour as an everyday colour for this time of year too.

These gladiator sandals are from New Look, £19.99. I knew I'd need new sandals this year as my good old Primark pair are on their last legs, and these really caught my eye. The colour goes with everything and so far they seem pretty comfy... we'll see how long it lasts!

This top was found in the New Look sale for only £6! It's a really light fabric so I can imagine I'll get a lot of wear out of it when it starts to get warmer. 

I've really enjoyed wearing plaid shirts a lot recently, and it's a style I've never really tried much in the past. They are so easy to wear as an extra layer on top of a plain t shirt and jeans. The blue one is Kenneth Cole, found in TK Maxx (can't remember the price), and I found the grey one in the Hollister sale for £16. I also have a red and navy one (not pictured, it's in the wash!). which is actually my favourite which I found in Peacocks.

So that's my list, what are you currently loving?

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Weekending | Liverpool

As you may know, I'm a huge fan of gymnastics. Every year the national championships are held in the Echo Arena in Liverpool and in 2015, I went for the first time.

This year the event was held on the same weekend as the Grand National, also in Liverpool. What great planning. Hotels at a reasonable price were almost impossible to find. £500 for two nights? I'd rather have a week all-inclusive in Europe for that price thanks. Thankfully, I have family that live around an hour away so I stayed at their house for the weekend and train tickets to and from Liverpool only cost me about £40 for the weekend. Score!

Friday morning, my friend picked me up and she drove up to Liverpool. It was pretty cool getting off the motorway and seeing banners around the city advertising the gymnastics. The general public doesn't really care about the sport so it's nice to see it getting some recognition. It was also funny to see the classic stereotype of Liverpool before we'd even got out the car- women walking around town with rollers in their hair!

On the Friday afternoon, it was the Junior competition and for the first time, my club had a gymnast competing. Considering Liverpool is quite a distance from where I live, it was amazing to see over 30 people from the club there to support our gymnast. She certainly did us all proud and enjoyed the experience of competing alongside our country's elite gymnasts.

That evening, I got the train back to my family's house and I got the added bonus of spending time with Miss Emily. Any day where I get to watch live gymnastics and then get cuddles from Em is completely fine by me.

On Saturday, I gave myself tons of time to get into Liverpool because I knew I'd be commuting alongside all the drunken race-goers. Yep, it was so classy to see the ladies all dressed up and drinking cider out of a plastic cup on the train at 10am on a Saturday morning. Anyway, I made it to the arena safely to find our seats three rows from the back! It was a very high quality competition and the last round was a sell out. Who would have thought that the national championships could sell out the Echo Arena when just 6 years ago it was being held at a leisure centre sports hall in Guildford? 
Taken in the morning as we arrived. By the evening it was pretty much full!

I had to run for the train that evening and had quite the weird journey home thanks to many people slightly worse for wear after the Grand National. I was super happy I got on the earlier train home to save me spending 30 minutes by myself in Liverpool city centre on a Saturday night. Once I was on the train, it was standing room only so I got chatting with the man standing next to me. I was a little wary to begin with, but in the end it turned out he knew pretty much my entire extended family. Talk about a small world!

Sunday was the last day of my big Liverpool adventure. My uncle drove me halfway to Liverpool as the trains didn't run early enough to get there on time from their town. As usual, the gymnastics was good and it was nice to see the inclusion of the disability gymnasts competing alongside the Junior finalists. Over the lunch break we went to the same little wine bar near the arena as we went to last year. Unfortunately the food took so long to cook (half an hour to cook 4 paninis) that we missed the first competition of the afternoon session. They were very apologetic and gave us our food to go, as well as giving us a plate of free brownies and greatly reducing our bill. As we got back to the arena, we changed our seats so we were sat in the judges seating for the afternoon, and were right next to the BBC studio, who were broadcasting nationals for the first time. I definitely had to be careful with what I was saying!

Overall, it was a really enjoyable weekend. Next year I am determined to actually stay in Liverpool itself so I can enjoy more social time with my friends rather than dealing with drunken racegoers on the train. 

Congratulations if you actually made it to the end of the post! I know it's probably more information than you need but its nice for me to look back and see what I actually did for the weekend.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday Highlights | Long Time, No Post!

Long time, no post! And no, I don't really have an excuse, I just never got round to getting my laptop out and typing up a post. I've now got a few ideas for future posts so hopefully I'll be getting back into the swing of things shortly.

Anyways, a few things since my last post....

- I spent a lovely weekend away with my gymnastics club in Liverpool at the British Championships. It was quite an experience so I'll do a separate post all about that.

- Mr Bailey the bunny makes me laugh every day. He loves climbing and exploring- my mum says he is like a mountain goat because he just loves climbing and doesn't spend any time on the floor! I have tried to train him in a harness and lead but he doesn't particularly enjoy it too much :(

- I have started attending an adult trampolining class! I did trampolining at university, but haven't done it since I broke my ankle in December 2013. So far I've only been to one class but thankfully it's all come back to me pretty quickly.

- We had a lovely family day for Easter at my grandparents house. And my Easter chocolate lasted for longer than a week this year which is always an achievement!

- There is finally a diagnosis for my puffy eyes issue! The immunologist confirmed that it is Idiopathic Angioedema, most likely caused by medication I had taken for various things. Remember the post about them swelling for the first time, on the same week I had hurt my ankle? Well, I had put voltarol gel on my ankle to ease the pain. Turns out I'm allergic to all NSAID drugs including ibuprofen, voltarol, aspirin and nurofen.

So there you go! I promise it won't be as long until the next post!