Thursday, 22 September 2016

Missguided Payday Wish List

Its PAYDAY Hooray! Well it is for me anyway, for you it's probably here or up and coming. Either way, what better way to celebrate than getting a little spendy online? Missguided are slaying it recently so I decided to head over there and find my faves. As you can see I’ve dived straight into grey’s and pink’s which is actually the theme for my new living room at the house. Apparently I’m determined to dress in coordination with our furniture so I can blend in chameleon style. I'm also really feeling the oxblood shades that have come in now that its autumn, its a very flattering colour and breaks up all of the black and grey that I wear. I would quite like to get some of these chunky style heels for Autumn too. I've been seeing them everywhere recently and I'm into it. These first fluffy ones are my favourite, its very 'Clueless', cher would be proud. 


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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Starting a serious relationship in your Teens


I’ve never been on Tinder, in fact barely anyone even had a smart phone when I met my soulmate; we were all still walking around with Nokia’s. I’ve never gone home with someone I met at a club because I was only seventeen when I became tied down. People always ask me how I’ve managed to stay with someone for so long or why I got with someone so young and missed out on so much. Really, truly, honestly, I don’t think I’ve missed out on anything. I didn’t expect to meet the love of my life at seventeen but I did and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

A little unexpected

Dom and I have lived in the same town all our lives and even went to the same infant school. Despite having over 100 mutual friends on Facebook at the time, we never officially met until I started working at the local cinema where Dom was my new colleague. We always joke that we didn’t meet until he was ready for me. Lots have people told us we were too young to start seeing each other so seriously but to be honest, we didn’t see it coming. I was going off to Uni in Bournemouth and Dom was staying here in Surrey. We both thought it would fizzle out over the summer but we just got stronger and became inseparable.

Difficult at times 

I’m not going to lie in this post and say that falling in love forever at seventeen is ideal, because it isn’t. Ironically, it’s not the things people ask us about that have been hard. We were so young and didn’t see it coming. We have changed so much as people in the last six years which is something neither one of us anticipated. At times we have grown further apart, we don’t have a ton in common anyway and it’s mattered more as we’ve grown up. I think sometimes I’m not the person he fell in love with and we were either going to grow our relationship together or fall apart. Unconditional is not optional and I love him more all the time, even as he changes.

It was hard in the beginning because we didn’t know how to treat each other. We hadn’t learnt much from past relationships because we’d barely had any. For me I was bossy and stubborn and could be really hard on him. With him it was learning the boundaries when it came to other people. We learnt to be loyal to each other and kind and caring. We really have seen the worst in each other and at times been bloody awful. We learnt all of our relationship lessons together, and mostly learnt them the hard way. I think this is escalated because we made mistakes together but all relationships go through hard times regardless of age. 

After leaving Uni, we realised we didn’t envision the same future. I wanted to go travelling and be free and Dom wanted to buy a house and settle into a career. These are the kind of things you discuss when you start a relationship in your twenties or thirties but as kids we just never considered it. It’s taken a lot of compromise and conversations to create a future we can both be happy with and I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard sometimes. The difference is that we choose to be together and make each other happy.


The greatest part of my life

On the flip side, our love has been absolutely everything to me. Dom has changed my entire life. He makes me stronger and more confident. I’m so excited to tell him things and share my life with him. He has been there for me through all of the really awful times but also all of the greatest times in my life. We both did Uni together and graduated! We both finished college together. We’ve had six years of birthdays and anniversaries and holidays and family days. We’ve taken care of each other on sick days (snaps for Dom for being so nice when I had glandular fever for weeks) and we've literally been there for every big or small thing since our only problem was being too young for the local nightclub.

This is only going to carry on. When I’m 80 I can turn to Dom and say: ‘remember that time when…?’ and he will know because he has always been there. There’s a film where the girl asks the guy what he would do with a time machine and he says: ‘I would have found you sooner and loved you longer’ and I get that. I’m just happy that I get to wake up and love him every day. He has only ever made my life more than what it is, why would I ever regret being with him even if it started so soon in my life?


There have most definitely been difficulties with being in a serious relationship in my teens but overall it’s just like any relationship. At what age are you able to fall in love according to society? None of us ever choose it or know when it’s coming. I’m in a happy healthy relationship and I love our story. Sorry for the soppy, loved up blogging, back to regular content next! 
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Friday, 9 September 2016

Life Lately


It’s occurred to me that I don’t often write about me and whats happening when actually, that’s the kind of thing I like to read. Diary style blog posts are my favourite and it’s very cathartic to write this way, almost like I’m writing a letter to an old friend to catch them up on my latest and greatest. It’s been an absolutely mad couple of months, I haven’t been able to spend nearly as much time on here as I would like but things are going well in other places, and life sometimes gets in the way.  

Dom and I celebrated our six year anniversary at the end of last month. I can't believe how quickly time goes but in the same thought, everything changes in a year. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me and anniversaries are my favourite days. We so rarely get to be just us so I treasure any time I get with him. We stayed in an amazing Wagon in the woods that I wrote about here. Then, as a surprise, I took Dom to walk over the O2 with Up at the O2. He wasn't too impressed as I've been joking for years that he might be secretly afraid of heights! It rained all day which is why I look all gross and messy. Also the jumpsuits are massive and do NOT make me look cute. It stopped raining just long enough for us to make our way up and over and head off to the Blues Kitchen for some well-deserved cocktails with a side of meat coma. Frozen raspberry margaritas are amazing for an end of summer drink fyi.


I've stepped up my training with Aerial Hoop and I now have more bruises than ever. I had a few weeks in a row where I really struggled and I felt like I was getting behind the othe
rs. After feeling a bit mopey I decided that the only way to get better at something was to do it and then practise loads. I doubled my classes and now have a few new tricks under my belt. I tend to post little snippets of routines on Instagram if you are curious. It's a great way for me to track my progress and see how far I have come. I still have so far to go but it makes me so happy to be up there. 


We are still waiting to see if we have been accepted for our house. It's literally one of the most stressful and heart breaking things I have ever done. I am clearly not ready for adult life and all of this serious business about interest rates and 'making a plan'. Instead I've been shopping for homeware and wishing on anything that moves. Since seeing the house nearly finished, I’m completely attached and have already planned the next few years of my life living there, naturally. We have got to the point now where we kind of stalk the house, we just go there to have a peek and see where it’s at. Terribly pathetic I know.

So that’s me. Drinking margarita’s, hanging upside down, still madly in love and stalking a building. Just your average twenty-something right? Right!? 
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Friday, 2 September 2016

The Wagon in the Woods


AirBnB is a bloody wonderful thing. It has lead to so many unique places opening for guests seeking something a little bit different. Who wants to pay £100 to stay in a Travel Lodge when there are so many new and exciting places to go all over the world? I’m the kind of person that keeps lengthy wish lists on AirBnB designed to fuel my wanderlust and hopefully one day lead to new and exciting adventures.

Dom and I have now been together since we were 17, that’s six years! We still celebrate our anniversary, even though we aren’t married, because it’s kind of a big deal. To celebrate, we wanted to stay somewhere away from it all. Somewhere that was peaceful but not too far away as we were heading into London the next day. Living with my parents is hard and as our house isn’t finished yet, so getting anything resembling alone time is few and far between. I just wanted it to be the two of us, if only for one day.




When it came to booking somewhere special, the Wagon in the woods was an obvious choice. It was still in the back of my mind as something I had seen and I easily found it deep into my wish list. Since I started writing this, I've also found out that there's a post over on Little Winter too! It is a hand built wooden wagon in Meadstead with a beautiful glass window taking over the entire back wall. It looks out onto a huge grassy field full of cows that love to come and say hi. Waking up to Cows was a new experience but us city girls have to go country sometimes. The window is so big in fact that when we went to bed we could still see all of the stars shining in the sky outside.



One of the highlights is the incredible outdoor hot tub. Again it was hand built and looks out over the field. What was really was amazing is that the design means it is naturally heated by a chimney system. The log fire is it the back and lets heat into the water depending on how much wood you burn. Be careful though, Dom went in a bit heavy handed with the fire and we couldn’t get back in it in the evening as it was scalding! (Also, let me be the first to say it: I'm literally so pale in this photo, I'm like a vampire, I really need some sun).


The thing that really made it special was the detail that was so clearly put into the place. There was a secret bathtub under the floor that let you look out onto the field whilst pampering yourself. It seems so small inside the Wagon at first but everything tucks away so easily it’s like four rooms in one. The mini kitchen is fully stocked with tea, coffee, milk, marshmallows to roast on the fire and even Wagon Wheels! Ralph thought of everything, there is a map of local restaurants, firewood, blankets and bubble bath. I couldn’t believe that he had put so much care into building something that was so magical almost entirely by himself, but I am so pleased he did.


I would highly recommend the Wagon in the woods. It was absolutely beautiful and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. It’s always nice to have such a friendly host but it also helps if the place you stay is peaceful and perfect. I really couldn’t have asked for more. 
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