Sunday, 29 May 2016

Summer Plans

For someone just about to write a post entitled 'summer plans', you'd have thought that I had a lot of exciting things organised this summer. But, the truth is, I have no plans for the entirety of the summer. So, I am writing this to give myself - and hopefully you as well - some ideas of what to do this summer.

Work work work work work
The main thing that I will be doing this summer is working. It's not sipping cocktails in Barbados but it is something. I have a job interview on Tuesday for my local Wetherspoons and I am hoping I'll get the job as having bar experience will be useful when looking for part time jobs in the future.

Cumbria Travels
Other than working, I hope to spend at least a week in Ambleside which is in the Lake District as that is the closest town to the obscure, small village where my husband lives. Yes, I am in a long distance marriage and it is really not fun. I do struggle not being with him but visa regulations are keeping us apart so there's really not much we can do. Unless we march on the Home Office and perform a coup d'├ętat, looks like we won't be living together for a few more months yet.
Alongside the obvious draw of seeing my husband, the Lake District is a gorgeous area - especially in summer. I really want to go on a boat across one of the lakes and explore the mountains and take lots of pictures.

Learn to cook
I always include this in my bucket list style posts but I never get round to it although I really need to. The last time I cooked for my husband he said he would have enjoyed it if he hadn't eaten for three days. Rude, isn't he? But, in all honesty, I couldn't eat it myself.
I want to learn how to make those fresh, delicious salads with homemade dressing and cold meats. As well as things like paella and a range of hot dishes. I can currently only cook macaroni cheese or tarka dal which is clearly a bit limited.

Explore Wales
It is slightly embarrassing that I have lived in Cardiff for almost two years and have not seen much of Wales at all. I really want to go to Barry Island and I'd also love to take a trip to the Valleys. If you know of any good places to visit in Wales, be sure to let me know.

Try local restaurants
I've got to the stage in my life now where I don't care what people think of me if I go to a restaurant alone. My husband lives on the other side of the country, my flatmates are often busy, my family are in Devon - I'm not going to limit myself to only doing things when I have someone doing them with me.
I would really love to try more local Welsh dishes such as cawl and I love the idea of trying independent restaurants as opposed to chain ones as it is something totally different and a good way to support local small businesses.

Eat so much fruit
One thing I was craving all through winter was watermelon and now I am delighted to see it in the supermarkets. So, this summer I want to really make the most of all the fruit.

Live in dresses
I have got into a rut of wearing jeans every single day and I really want to get out of it. I rarely wear dresses but they are so much more comfortable in summer as you don't overheat in them like you do in jeans.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some ideas of what to do this summer. I certainly can't wait for the long, hot days filled with watermelon, and salads, and sunbathing, and trips to the beach.

Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures used

Friday, 13 May 2016

I Got Married!

It has really been a long time since I last posted anything here and a lot has changed in that time. I'm now a Mrs! My man proposed to me in February and we got married a couple of weeks ago at the end of April.

It was quite a low-key affair with just close friends and family and I wouldn't have had it any other way. We got married at Cardiff City Hall which was such a gorgeous location then we had a little after party at the local buffet because who doesn't love a good buffet?

As a very clumsy, poor excuse for a woman, I didn't trust myself with wearing heels with a heavy, long dress. So, I chose a knee length pencil dress with long, lace sleeves and the most incredible nude, lace up heels. I did my own nails, hair, and makeup (as is probably clear to see). I just wanted to straighten my hair and I went for fairly natural makeup.

Despite not being able to walk much in those huge heels, I felt really happy and had such an amazing day. It wasn't very fussy with a lot of pomp and ceremony which was exactly what I wanted. I wanted to just focus on the importance of the day and the step my man and I were taking in our relationship with just my friends and family there.

We then set off on our honeymoon for a few days to Dublin and had such a lovely few days. We stayed in Jury's Inn Christchurch with a room overlooking the cathedral. One evening we went to Temple Bar and I had some cider and we listened to the live music they had there. I had heard great things about Temple Bar and it certainly didn't disappoint. My husband ate the seafood chowder and I had the Caesar salad and both were amazing. If you are ever in Dublin, don't pass up on a chance to visit Temple Bar - especially on a night when they have live music there. I am looking forward to being able to return to Dublin very soon this summer.


Saturday, 30 January 2016

All Black Outfits

It is a truth universally acknowledged that winter totally sucks. The weather has me chain drinking cups of tea and eating everything I can find in the cupboards. My diet has got up and flown south for the winter. Today I covered cereal in chocolate spread and ate a concoction that can only be described as disappointment.

But there is one good thing about winter and that is that no one judges you for wearing all black. In summer, everyone looks like a Disney Princess in an ensemble of pastel. Wearing all black in summer leaves you looking like that creepy kid who never quite got over their emo stage and now resorts to scrawling Boulevard of Broken Dreams lyrics onto cubicle walls in public toilets.

But an all black outfit in winter is perfect. Black is flattering so hides the slight lumps and bumps caused by the post-Christmas food baby that you intended to lose in January but never quite managed to. It's an effortlessly cool but easy look - I mean, who really wants to get out of bed early to negate a stylish outfit when your bed is so cosy? And, most importantly, if you pair it with red lipstick you can look like Morticia Addams and I think that is secretly a style aspiration we all have.


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