Lisbon Loving

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Okay. Everybody stop searching. I've found the perfect mini break.

Great food, amazing weather, beautiful neighborhoods, laid back vibe and short, affordable flights. It's official - Lisbon is the place to go if you're looking for a short stay with your gal pals or your other half. It's got the culture/relaxation balance spot on, and don't even get me started on the Insta opportunities!

Here's my snapshot guide to the Portuguese capital and possibly the most aesthetically pleasing city in Europe.

Summer Wedding Guest Outfit Inspo

Saturday, 15 July 2017

It's that time of year again. Wedding season has begun in earnest. This time round, for me at least, it's my friends and cousins my age who are getting married, not just older, distant relatives. Scary!

Despite the mounting pressure and the 'when are you getting married?' or 'your turn next!' from your grandparents, I do love a good wedding - especially when it comes to picking an outfit.

Book Review: This Must Be The Place

Sunday, 2 July 2017

This Must Be The Place is Maggie O'Farrell's seventh and most recent novel, but the first of hers that I have read. I'd had the hardback in my Amazon wishlist for months but I just had too many other things I needed to read first. As soon I was finished my current read and spotted the paperback for just £3.99 in Sainsbury's, I had to get it.

The Liebster Award

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Hello blogging fam!

I can't actually believe I'm writing this so early on. Very grateful to The Scribbly Doodle for tagging me to get involved with The Liebster Award for new bloggers. Her blog is a great mix of topics and fantastically honest. Keep doing what you're doing Sophie! If there's one thing I've found since starting my blog, it's how welcoming and uplifting the blogging community is and it's so special to be a part of.

Here are the rules:
  • Recognise the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the questions
  • Write 11 new ones
  • Tag 11 bloggers who have less than 200 Twitter followers (I've been slightly relaxed with this rule!)
Here we go...
  1. Your favourite animal and why?
    Such a standard one but dogs. I'm obsessed. My boyfriend thinks I'm actually crazy when it comes to dogs but I've grown up with them and just love how affectionate, loyal and clever they are. And fluffy...
  2. Who is your favourite blogger?
    I'd have to say Lily Pebbles. She's definitely the one I've followed for the longest time and haven't got bored of her. I love her style and how honest, normal and down to earth she is.
  3. Free cake or free prosecco for life?
    Hands down the hardest question. I have to say cake...
  4. Which charity means the most to you?
    I don't have one particular charity I support or donate to but I am a sucker for anything animal welfare related!
  5. If you could improve on something, what would it be?
    Making the most of my free time more and using it to really work on my blog and developing other hobbies.
  6. Innie or outie?!
    I have this thing about belly buttons. As in, i HATE them! Mine's an innie but seriously the deepest cavern you have ever seen. Vom. (Apologies for the overshare!)
  7. What has been your biggest blogging challenge so far?
    I have to say not being in the mood to write. I've got loads of ideas, I've just been bad at motivating myself to get them planned out and written. Once I'm on a roll I absolutely love it.
  8. Are you a beach or a pool person?
    Definitely pool. Beach is much prettier but let's be honest, far less practical. Sand gets everywhere.
  9. Your favourite thing to blog about?
    Travel. I love reliving the trip through my writing and getting to go back through all the photos and great memories. I also like the thought that it might inspire someone else to go there and experience the same amazing places.
  10. What's the most important thing to you in life?
    It's such a cliche but just being content with what I've got - a place to live, a great job, a loving family, a supportive boyfriend and amazing friends. And opportunities, which is something not everyone has.
  11. What's your signature dish when cooking for people?
    I love doing a stir-fry - super easy but it can look and taste really exotic. Plus, there are so many variations so you never get bored of them.
I nominate:
  1. @sosofiya_ -
  2. @indiakateleft -
  3. @sheandthewhale -
  4. @housewifeofMT -
  5. @HannahEliza1 -
  6. @STYLE_byaw -
  7. @RespirareXO -
  8. @torifrench -
  9. @hues_of_white -
  10. @CarlyEveryday -
  11. @mmessylife -
And your questions...
  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  2. Do you have a favourite book?
  3. Cinema or theatre?
  4. Who is the last person you saw in concert?
  5. What are your top 3 TV series?
  6. Do you have any hidden talents?
  7. A 4 day working week or a 20% pay rise?
  8. If you could interview any 3 people for your blog, who would they be?
  9. How do you like your Nando's?
  10. If time and money were no object, what's one hobby you would like to try?
  11. If you could hear/sing 1 song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Now get answering and tag me. Can't wait to read them and find out more about you guys!

A Working Title: Finding Your Feet in Your New Job

Monday, 26 June 2017

There is little in life that makes me more anxious than the unknown. I am a big planner and I hate to be left in the dark about anything. I've recently started a new job - only my second 'proper adult job' since graduating. This has been one of those situations where I've just had to accept that I can't know everything before it happens and I turned up on my first day without a clue what to expect. I was pretty spoilt at my old job and had every minute of my first couple of weeks planned out for me with meetings set up, a team lunch, a step-by-step job manual and lots of training booked in. This isn't usually the way it goes in most jobs.

Although diving straight in to a new job can be really nerve-wracking and you may feel totally lost for a good few weeks, there are definitely ways to make things run a bit more smoothly. I've put together a few hints and tips to alleviate some of the stress and make sure you can focus on enjoying this exciting new change.

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