a surprise party

SOLLYS 21ST BIRTHDAY 

On Sunday 9th September my boyfriend Solly turned 21!!! We got back from our group holiday early Friday morning, so instead of everyone having to make the effort to go on a big night out with absolutely no money left, Sols mum and sister thought it would be an amazing idea to throw him a surprise birthday party. Solly absolutely hates being the centre of attention so everybody was worried he would hate it. I woke up at Sollys house Saturday morning and had to rush him our of the house for the whole day, it was very hard! I dragged him around the high street for a very long time before keeping him hostage at my house until nearly 7. All of our friends kept ringing him, playing up to the surprise party and asking him what we should do to celebrate his birthday. The whole day was so hard because I could not tell him what is going on at his house and Sol begun to think that nobody really cared about celebrating it with him.

At 7:00PM I took Sols to his house to “get changed” before we “went to the pub and watched the football.” Little did he know that when he walked through the back door all his friends and family were singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him. It was all worth it.

In the end he absolutely loved it and we all had an amazing evening.

For Sols 21st I am taking him to Rome at Christmas!! He was spoilt!!

I love you lots Sol, happy birthday!

the best week ever

MALAGA 2018

This year my friends and I actually backed up our ideas and booked our first group holiday. There was 17 of us so the organising was extremely stressful. I managed to find an amazing 20 person villa in Malaga on Home and Away, which had a private pool, slide, hot tub, outside bed and even a bar on the balcony. The only thing is it was in the middle of nowhere! Malaga is such a beautiful place and I am disappointed in myself that I did not take more pictures, but most of the days we spent chilling around the pool, catching some sun and making ourselves sex on the beach at our own bar. It was honestly the most amazing way to end the holiday before some of us went back to University and I wouldn’t definitely put myself through the stress of organising it again next year. It was so worth it!!

I have taken a lot more photographs on my cameras but my laptop is in repair, so there is no way of me to download them!! But a quick update; I have moved back to University and moved into my house! It is just me and 3 other girls so I am extremely excited for the next year. Lots of exciting things are coming!!

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.

Newquay

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.

Sundaysssss – The Shard & Meat Liqour

Dress – Misguided 

You have probably come across a lot of dresses in this style before, I bought this one around this time last year so I don’t think they sell this pattern anymore but they definitely still sell this style of dress. I have only actually worn this once and that was for my boyfriends birthday last September, but I thought it was appropriate for going up The Shard. Its fancy but not too fancy. 

Sunday 22nd July

THE SHARD

On Sunday my Dad was on his way through London as he was going to stay at my Auntie Gillys the night before he flew back to Saudi Arabia, so he stopped of late afternoon to see me. I have not seen anyone from home since I have been here, although it has only been 2 weeks it is always nice to see a familiar face.

I met him at London Underground station, where we got search and made our way to the bar in The Shard. I have never actually been up The Shard before but it was definitely something on my bucket list to do while I was here, so there was no better time to do it that when my Dad would be paying, haha!

If you did not know The Shard is the tallest building (at the moment) in London. Inside is a hotel, multiple bars and restaurants, it is extremely expensive and fancy as you can see from the pictures.

My weekend in Photos

Dad and I got a nice window seat and chatted about life with two glasses of champagne in the GONG bar. It was really nice to be able to spill the beans on absolutely everything that had been going on the past two weeks!!

MEAT LIQUOR

After I had been with Dad I went for dinner with my two University friends Joey and Kimia. I hadn’t actually seen Joey yet so was exciting to spend time with him in London! We chilled at Hyde Park for a bit before making our way over to Meat Liquor in Oxford Street. I hadn’t eaten much all day so this burger was perfect! You should follow Kimias food page on Instagram – Kimiaeats – where she post all her food!!

Overall I had the best weekend and I can’t believe it is nearly the end of my time in London, it has been the time of my life. I will definitely be back!

A sunset dinner & a day in Lisbon

Sunday 1st July

Dress – TopShop

As you would of seen in my post A beautiful day for a beautiful beach, my family and I stopped at a new restaurant, right on the sea front. So we thought one evening we should definitely show our support and check it out.

The whole restaurant is windows, making it extremely picturesque. The sun sets all around you while sipping on wine and eating beautiful food. I had a cod fish, which was battered, covered in onions, cheese and potato wedges. For me, the portion size was perfect but my family thought it was too small. It is a new restaurant which opened a couple days before we went there for dinner so nobody was expecting perfection, but I really enjoyed it!

Tuesday 3rd July

For the last day of our holiday we spent the afternoon in Lisbon. We had to be out of the villa by 10:00AM and were catching a flight home from Lisbon airport at 5:00PM, so spending the day in the city seemed like the best idea.

Personally, I absolutely loved Lisbon. it reminded me of being in Barcelona (my favourite city in the world.) There were people everywhere, restaurants throughout the streets and a lot of atmosphere.

By the time we had travelled and parked in Lisbon it was already 12:00PM, so the first thing we decided to do was EAT! As it was the last day of the holiday, I treated myself to an amazing hawaiian pizza. While waiting for the food I had a little peep in Zara because I needed to buy some clothes for work in London. Shopping in Lisbon is really good!!

After this we travelled to the airport, before flying back to England. What an amazing holiday!!

A morning at a Market & a touch on kindness

Thursday 28th June

As my brother, sister and cousin Kieran wanted to spend the morning at a gym, the rest of us thought we would go and pick up some fruit and vegetables from a local market. I love markets!! They are so pretty and a great place to people watch. Looking at the difference in culture is crazy, but I find it extremely interesting. The market was so pretty, even the buildings around it were coated in lovely pastel colours. Colours like this are my favourite, I just love looking at bright places.

Alice and I cooked for everybody in the evening, a delicious bolognese just after the England World Cup match. What did you all think of it? Pretty boring?

Top – Urban Outfitters

KINDNESS

I have wanted to talk about something like this for a while, and I think while being away from home it is a great time to do so. It is always good to get away from any negativity.

“The world is filled with nice people, if you can’t find one, be one”

Kindness is extremely underrated. For me, there is one trait I try my hardest to always be and a trait I look for in other people – that is to be kind.

According to the latest research, people who are generous benefit from their behaviour, from lower stress levels to happier relationship and it can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Being kind is a simple concept that we take for granted in those that we surround ourselves with. The most obvious benefit is that is makes others feel good, and while making others happy, you also inspire them to want to do something kind for somebody else. When you commit to such a simple act, those around you will take note and it becomes contagious.

“A more kindness, a little less judgmental”

It is about less finger pointing and more smiling. Give a compliment to the girl who’s dress you like, say good morning to the guy who is making your coffee in Starbucks, tell your parents that you love them. But most of all, learn to say thank you to those who do their best to help you. It is about less judgment on other peoples lives and a bit more kindness.

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”

You know people who feel appreciated will do so much more than they are wiling to, we all have our bad days and we all have mood swings, so just a few kind words coming from you will probably make them feel better. Everyone is going through their own struggle, no matter how big or small. It doesn’t give you the right to judge people on their own insecurities, because do you honestly, does it make you feel better when you are pointing out somebodies weakness?

I am just trying to say that a pinch of kindness never hurt nobody. It is time that people learn the importance of self love, why they should be kind to themselves and then understanding that everybody deserves happiness.

Remember… your smile is contagious.

Óbidos Castle: a different day, a different beach

Wednesday 27th June

On our way too a new beach my Dad wanted to go the rural way and stop at a castle. I am glad we did, the place was beautiful. Filled with colours, flowers and culture. It was like walking the Great Wall of China, ahah. You had to walk along a wall that was extremely high in the air, with no wall on one side, to get to the castle, as you can see in my second photograph.

After we walked around around the shops and got a coffee in a cute cafe. It was very hot so by the time we had finished, we were ready for the beach.

We went to the other side of Peniche beach, where there were a lot more people, bars and rocks to climb on. My family and I love to just sit on the beach, especially when it is sunny. My brother is like a fish so he gets very bored, but loves it when someone actually gets in the sea with him, haha!

Nearly everyday we have been travelling to a different beach that Dad discovers on google maps. It is always exciting to try new things.

I have finished my first year at University!

My first year of University is officially over!

On Friday 25th May I had my first/last exam which went extremely well. The feeling of relief when I walked out of the exam hall was brilliant and we all headed straight to spoons. That night I went lollipop at The Old Firestation with all of my course friends and we had the best night. It was also National Wine Day.

I have had a very busy week ahead of me, I have had Love Saves the Day this weekend and I am going back to university this week for the Summer Ball and to celebrate the end of exams with my friends.

living pretty & not on the high street

As a late birthday present, my best friend Jess took me for afternoon tea at Living Pretty in Curry Rival. You ask for ‘afternoon tea for two’ and they bring out a little stand with a choice of sandwiches, scones and a piece of cake. By the end we were so full we could not even finish the cake.

This little cafe is in an antique shop, all the furniture placed around the cafe is for sale, including pieces of art, book shelves and they even sell home made jam, which is amazing! After filling up on cakes and completely ruining my diet, Jess and I met a couple more of our friends and spent the evening in spoons.

For my birthday my best friends both got me a bracelet and necklace from Not On The Hight Street, which is an online website which sells different types of jewellery which you can in grave onto. They get delivered with a little note in a jewellery bag which can be straight away given as a present. I thought I should share this website with you all as it is a great for birthdays, anniversaries and any other occasions. For my friend Chloe’s birthday this weekend, I bought her the same one we bought me but in rose gold. It has our monthly birth stone on it as Clo and I are both born in March.

The bottom photographs are taken on my Olympus Pen Lite which I haven’t used for ages but I love it. I am definitely going to start taking photographs on it a lot more, even though the iPhone 7 camera is amazing.