a weekend in hollands wood, new forest

Camping in the New Forest, Dorset

I would massively recommend a weekend away at the New Forest. It is very relaxing and a lot of fun. The place is filled with horses, on the first morning a shetland pony came charging at us for our food! Although there is not that much to do around us bar cycling and long walks it is a very pretty area. I would go back again!

Bag – SHEIN (buy here)

Solly and I were not able to go on a holiday this year due to him being super busy with work and us both having so many other things planned, so we thought we should spend a weekend in a tent instead. We have now both spent 2 weekends in a row in a tent, the first weekend being in a smelly, muddy field with lots of other people to the second weekend doing it properly. We borrowed my mums Glastonbury Festival tent that has one pod with a huge middle bit to keep all of our stuff in. We bought a gas cooker to make ourselves cups of tea and breakfast every morning, I stocked us up on food and beer and made our sleeping area extremely snug.

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Weekend In Bournemouth

Weekend in Watford

On Friday evening Sol did not finish work until 6:30PM so we did not get to the campsite until it was pitch black. Putting the tent up in the dark was a struggle, especially when we had people taking the micky out of us when they walked passed.

On Saturday we had a long morning, relaxing outside the tent and trying to figure out how to cook some sausages without burning them. In the afternoon we went to Hurst Castle which is Henry VIII castle, a prison of Charles and a World War 2 theatre. To get to it we either had to get a ferry or walk for a couple miles along the sea front. Stupidly we decided to walk, forgetting how windy it would be being right by the seaside, but when we got there we were glad we visited. Solly loves things like this.

In the evening we went for dinner at The Snake Catcher which was not amazing. I got whitebait to start and before I had even finished they bought out my burger. It seemed like they were in a massive rush, but I did hear that they had been packed all day. On Sunday we went to Christchurch Harbour which I loved!! It was so cute, people were crabbing, paddle boarding and it was filled with lots of boats. Thankfully it was actually sunny so we were able to sit on the rocks and eat fish and chips.

I am getting my disposable cameras printed of today and I can not wait to share with you the craziness of Boomtown, bits of London and some cute pictures from camping. Disposable camera photos are my favourite, they look so nice when they are printed out. Was thinking of carrying one around all the time so I can hang the photos up in my University room!

City of Love

J’adore Paris – 35mm

Around 3 years ago my cousins and I spent a couple nights in Paris. We ate, we drank and visited every sight there is to the point our feet were in pieces. For some stupid reason I wore high heels on the day we visited the Eiffel Tower and by the end my feet were in 2, I do not wear high heels and I don’t think I ever have since. My mum booked this trip to Paris for us and placed us in the gay capital of Paris so going out in the evenings was hilarious. We met the funniest people while sat drinking funky cocktails.

I used a 35mm lens camera to take thee photos and they came out amazing. I love the look of disposable cameras and this is just a better quality version. It made the whole trip look extremely vintage and old fashion which is the style I love. I haven’t used this camera since because I just have to found an occasion. There is so much technology these days, when i go abroad I would be taking 3 cameras.

Paris is definitely somewhere I would visit again but there are a lot more city breaks that I want to do first including Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and I would definitely rush back to Barcelona first!!

I am currently getting all my outfits together for Boomtown on Thursday, how exciting!! Typical that the weather had done a complete 1-80, now its meant to be raining this weekend.

A Wednesday lunch at Bocabar

A late Fathers Day & the end of Alice’s exams!!

Today my whole family went for a Wednesday lunch at Bocabar in Glastonbury. It was to celebrate a late Fathers Day and the end of my sisters exams – she has been so stressed! I got a really nice BBQ pulled pork wrap, which completely filled me up, I can’t even eat my dinner!

This morning I went to CrossFit on my own, and this evening attended a Sports Yoga class. Trying to get fit for my family holiday on Sunday.

Easter Holidays | 5 ways to stay motivated/inspired

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Over the past 3 weeks I have really been trying to better myself. I have been getting up early, going to the gym, eating well and concentrating on my degree. I only have 6 weeks until my exam! STRESS!

Over the past month of University I went into a hole and was not being the best version of myself. Giving myself some time out has really helped me prioritise what is important. I want to stay motivated and inspired. This degree isn’t going to pass itself and this summer body is not going to build on its own. It is all down to me.

I have come up with a couple of pointers that will hopefully help you into a positive mindset.

Brunch with Solly at Kiver Court, Shepton Mallet

FIRST OF ALL – DO NOT COMPARE

Comparing yourselves to other people is a extremely de – motivating. I have struggled with this my whole life. Having gorgeous friends, social media and not feeling good enough. It has only taken me until now to realise that this is not good for me. Comparison will put all your focus on the wrong person and can take control of your life. A bit of competition is healthy but why should you waste your energy, concentrating on other peoples lives rather than your own.

Celebrate somebodies achievements, rather than be envious. Comparing your beginning to someone else middle or even end, will prevent you from truly enjoying your own success and achievements (Alexandra Coppadge.)

Yes, I know this is easier said than done but you have got to stay in your own lane and focus on your goals. Keep these people as an inspiration plus, the way social media portrays somebodies life may not always be real. I can promise you that the girl you think has a perfect life on instagram has stuff going on behind closed doors. Everybody does! You’re not alone.

“Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourselves to others”

SECONDLY – MAKE LISTS

I am a huge believer in the fact that making lists will help you achieve your goals. A lot of the time I will wake up in the morning and completely forget everything I wanted to accomplish that day. Writing a list will motivate you to get things done, especially when you can tick it off at the end of the day. You will have a feeling of relief and accomplishment.

Writing lists will help you priorities and this is something I find extremely difficult. Juggling my degree, fitness, blog, boyfriend and social life can be difficult sometimes. When I don’t prioritise i end up getting nothing done and regretting it by the end of the day. Obviously at my age socialising seems to be my top priority, but since being at University I have realised what is important.

Dinner at FireHouse, Curry Rivel with my primary school friends which I haven’t caught up with in a year

THIRDLY – REMOVE DISTRACTIONS

My biggest battle with motivation has to be my mobile. For some reason, sitting at my desk scrolling through Instagram is a lot more important than getting any of my work done. So obviously, to stay motivated you have to remove this distraction. TURN IT OFF.

LASTLY – SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE

I am lucky enough to have the best group of friends around me and I know how much it can inspire me. Being able to have some time out to smile and laugh rather than be stressed about what your friends is very important. Do not surround yourself with people who bring you down.

 “Notice the people who are happy for you happiness and sad for your sadness”

I really do believe that surrounding yourself with positive people will inspire and motivate you. People who share your excitement when you are doing well, people with goals, dreams and are open minded and the best kind of friends. If someone does not support you, you have to question yourself if they are really a friend.

“You are responsible for your own happiness”

Happy Tuesday| CrossFit, Yoga & Healthy Curry Soup

Too much Tuesday, not enough coffee”

Today is a motivational Tuesday. I woke up after an early night watching Made in Chelsea at 8:00AM where I went downstairs and made myself a cappachino. At 9:30AM I went to a CrossFit class with my Mum and brother which I have really got into this Easter. I am trying my hardest to get fit for the Summer.

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“Tuesday, means that you survived Monday”

After CrossFit, Mum and I made our way over to Bridgwater where we went to a Yoga class. I thought this would be a great idea as after these classes I never stretch out my muscles. I have never properly got into Yoga before as I am not that flexible anymore but  it is something that I am definitely interested in.

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When we had finished with our classes we had a small lunch underneath the Gym. I had a vegetarian breakfast which was amazing. I had never tried sour bread before but I thought it was nicer than normal bread. I am cutting down on all meat, yeast and dairy. Over the past 3 months I have started to feel extremely sick, so cutting down will let me route out the problem. Maybe I am intolerant to something? I would hate to have to give up any dairy product, I love cheese and I have around 5 cappachinos a day.

The rest of the day I set up my revision for my Language Matters exam which is in 6 weeks. If you didn’t know I am studying Communications and Media. I have not taken an exam since my A Levels so the thought of sitting in an exam hall is getting me stressed so I am preparing myself early.

While revising I drank 2 pints of water and snaked on a PhD Smart Protein bar which I picked up after CrossFit. I am obsessed with the cookies and cream flavour, it is crazy how something so filled with chocolate can be healthy (although it is £2 a bar so I won’t be eating these at University.)

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For dinner I had Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Curry Soup which is a recipe my mum found on eatingwell.com.

I don’t like eating anything that is too filling before I go to work so some homemade soup is perfect. It is healthy, tasty and does not bloat me out. Eating Well have the best healthy recipes so I recommend checking out there page if you have not already.

Let me know if you like this style of post, I am thinking about doing a couple more ‘Day in the Life’ blog posts. Happy Tuesday!

Thermae Bath Spa, Prezzo Dinner & Bank Holiday Weekend

The amazing Pret A Manger I had before going into the Spa. It was an avocado & falafel flat bread, I recommend.
Spagetti Carbonara from Prezzo, amazing as always. I promise Solly and I don’t spend all of our time together eating!

When Solly and I stayed in Bath for a couple of days after our trip to Dublin got cancelled, we bought an evening at Thermae Bath Spa off one of our friends. We thought as we were staying in Bath for two nights, visiting one of Baths biggest attractions will be a lot of fun, although we have been there before. But due to the snow, we were not able to use our pass and it is only valid from Monday – Friday. Solly works every Monday – Friday so finding a day to visit is hard, but spending the evening on bank holiday weekend there was extremely relaxing. After boozing and working through the weekend, being able to relax in a spa with my boyfriend was a perfect way to end his four day weekend, especially when we do not get a lot of time to spend together.

At Thermae Spa you are not actually allowed your phone when you are out of the changing room as the company wants to keep it a secret for new customers, but I sneakily took a couple whilst Solly and I were sat on the balcony. 

Unfortunately in the end Solly and I were not able to get food at the Spa as it was so busy on the bank holiday Monday, so after we went to Prezzo in Bath. I have never been to this Prezzo but it was amazing and the interior was incredible. I love Bath just because of the old, fashioned styled buildings. Prezzo was very dark and romantic, the whole restaurant was basically lit just by candle light. This was a lush way to end bank holiday.

Just like most of you I spent my bank holiday weekend out with all my friends and having to work. Working in a pub/restaurant when everyone is off work can be very busy but I did not mind, it meant that I appreciated the time I was able to spend with everybody. On Friday night after work I went to Bocabar in Glastonbury where they often have small events. This is just next to where I live and is always a lot of fun.

What did you guys get up too on your bank holiday weekend?

snowy getaway in bath

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If you read one of my last blog posts you would of seen that my boyfriend and I were meant to take a 3 day trip to Dublin. We arrived to the airport earlyWednesday morning for our flight that was meant to take off at 8:05AM. After 6 hours of sitting on our phones, drinking coffee and spending a ridiculous amount of money of food the flight finally got cancelled because of the crazy drop in temperature and flood of snow.

Solly and I left the airport at 1:00PM and decided that instead we will just spend two nights in Bath because Sol never gets time off work so we had to do something.

Hilton Bath City Hotel

Review – Hilton Bath City Hotel is a great hotel with great customer service. The rooms were spacious with a bath, TV and free tea or coffee. The view out of the window was stunning, especially when Bath is covered in snow. They have a full english buffet for breakfast which is a big bonus, although on a weekday they stop serving breakfast at 9:30AM. I would highly recommend staying in this hotel, it is centred right in the middle of Bath by the river, so it is just a 2 minute walk from all the shops.

For two nights we stayed at the Hilton Bath Hotel. We drove up early Thursday afternoon while the snow was coming down heavy. Luckily by the time we got there it hadn’t set yet, so it wasn’t too slippery.

After the snow had set a lot of places were shut so we did find it hard to occupy are time, but it was nice just to relax. Bath spa was shut, the shops and a lot of the restaurants and bars shut early in the evenings. But having two nights away from home was very nice. We came back Saturday afternoon when the snow had turned into slosh. We did a bit of shopping in the morning (well Solly did) and got home just after lunch time. When Solly and I go away together it is very hard to not spend all our money on food.