The new kid on the block

bus card copySo Monday was my first time attending a blogger event, and it was just so much fun. Being so new to blogging I was lucky enough to be a plus one for  Khrissieloves. It was a great way for myself as a newbie to get to meet lots of different food brands and create some great connections.
If you are new to blogging and off to your first blogging event one necessity to take along is a business card with email, blog address and twitter handle, you can see mine on the left.

Everyone at the event was so friendly, So make sure you’re ready to chat until your heart is content!

Something I would like to remember to do next time is take lots of photo’s, I don’t feel like I took enough this time!
I can’t wait for my next event to make some more new friends and try some more new products. Watch out for my first ever product review this week, any hints and tips from fellow bloggers please drop me a comment!

few snaps

Fashion Friday

A few weekends ago, a friend recommended a fashion challenge. Most of you knowing me would know I am not the most fashionable out there and I’m not a big shopper either but I actually really enjoyed this shopping trip and found it very stress free!

BLOG FASHIONSo the challenge was to see if it was still possible to buy an outfit (clothes, shoes and accessories) for under £40. Having to do lots of shopping around I managed it. I found a great black staple dress from Forever 21 (£8)you can buy here, heals from Primark (£15) and necklace from Primark similar to this (£3) *see the image of me in the outfit below*. All in all I smashed this target only spending a grand total of £26 So it proves even if you are on a budget you can actually buy a new outfit for under £30. All I can say is go out there girls and get shopping, and challenge yourself!

budget outfit

outfit for under £40

Long time..no speak

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post, these past few weeks, months even, have been jam packed with activities.

Here are some of the things I have been upto and exploring and things I really recommend to add to that bucket list;

glastonbury

me at glastonbury

1. GLASTONBURY

This contemporary arts festival is one of a kind and is really out of this world, this is my second glastonbury and I can’t recommend enough everyone trying to get tickets (I know it’s hard). There is always something to see or do, no matter what time of night or day…

Here’s a cheeky snap of me in fancy dress one night with some of the glastonbury lights behind me 

cocktails bournemouth

piña colada Bournemouth

2. BEACH DAY IN BOURNEMOUTH

With such beautiful English weather, I took the opportunity to head down to Bournemouth to see my family and enjoy a beautiful day on the beach, starting off with some piña coladas with my mum on the pier and ending up in the sea with my little brother the day could not have been any more perfect! If you get the chance to enjoy some of the gorgeous weather down there and love a cocktail, definitely head to Aruba for stunning views and delicious cocktails

southern soldiers

3. SCAVENGER HUNT

This is something I have done this weekend, so much fun and a must if you get the opportunity. Khrissie, our ‘Sergeant’ for the day was invited to take part in a scavenger hunt organised by Contiki holidays. Khrissie then recruited myself and 5 others to be part of ‘The Southern Soldiers’ . Being given clues to places around London we set off to get our photos taken with as many of these clues as possible. It was a great laugh and we got to discover so much that we would have never known about had we not done the hunt! Unfortunately we didn’t win but we had so much fun in the process the winning for me was the taking part.

And last but not least…

london bridge

snapped whilist running over london bridge

4. RUNNING

With the tube strikes last week, it was time to get my running trainers on again after a busy few weeks. Out came the trainers as I took to the streets of London on foot to beat the traffic. It’s a great way to see London, travel around London and enjoy the sunshine.

While the weathers still nice, get out there and explore, the world is your oyster!

Kale crisps

Hello and here’s a deliciously heathy snack that’s easy and quick! It’s so easy…

Pre-Heat the oven to 180 (fan).

Take a baking tray and spread your kale out on the tray, season with salt and pepper and add a bit of oil, I always use coconut oil as I love the flavour and it has great health benefits.

Pop in the oven for around 10-15 mins (or until they look crispy) and voila there you have it a delicious super easy, super healthy, super cheap snack.

Yoga bunnies

Myself and my great friend, Khrissie have recently taken up hot yoga. As part of our training. I have got to say it’s great in many ways, relaxation and flexibility for me so far anyway. A tip that has definitely  helped me is making sure I am drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Without this I know I would have suffered. I am completely new to yoga and I am only going once a week at the moment but it is making a difference to my running training as well and helping me to increase my stride and run faster.  Most hot yoga companies run an induction programme so all I can say is go and try it out and let me know what you think.

yogabunnypost(just practicing some of the basics)

RUNNING BUG

It’s been a while since I last blogged anything I’ve had lots on but I am back. I have also signed myself up for the Bournemouth Marathon in October so running is about to start taking over my life and I will be sharing my journey with you all as I have also entered for the ballot in London 2016 **fingers and toes crossed I get to run that too**

I know what you’re thinking yes I must be crazy, but with time on my hands, I am starting my training early and building into my 16week marathon training plan. I plan to blog the highs lows, products and other activities I am testing on my journey so that hopefully this might be able to help you if you sign up.


(Photo taken by basil check out some of his other stuff here at facebook.com/basil.Thornton )

So this is me around 3weeks ago running my first proper 10k in 2 years and with increased amount of training and now joined to a running club in those 2 years I have shaved 10mins off my time.. And for me that was a big achievement as really a beginner runner. The key thing I want to do is enjoy it, so I hope you enjoy my posts and journey and any recommendations you have will be appreciated! But for now I’m doing up my laces ready to get out running again

Evening superfood treat

I am in the process of leaving behind all refined sugars, and this has meant beating that chocolate craving. Which for me is near on impossible, however I have now found myself loving raw cacao in powder format! 

Raw Cacoa is a great antioxidant (called flavonoids which can help lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. They also help protect the body from free radicals that damage our cells) , vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E, a source of fibre (can help improve digestion) and protein, as well as all of this it is also packed with magnesium, and other minerals.

This great healthy chocolate alternative really is amazing and so easy to use add to your porridge in the mornings instead of any other form of sugar, or beat that evening chocolate craving using the powder as a substitute for hot chocolate! It’s easy to get hold of online and simply Delicious..

Fun and free

Today I booked to go the sky garden in London, I can’t recommend it enough especially if you like heights and an amazing view of London! The garden isn’t that impressive but it’s definitely worth a free visit for the view! You can book your tickets here – Sky Garden

With such great views its the perfect opportunity for a photo and the perfect time to sit back relax and grab a coffee with a view! 

 enjoy and get booking…