Sunny shopping in York & a blazing sunset

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Ma and I visited York on Thursday. It was pay day for me (not good!!!) so we decided York would be a lovely place to spend the day shopping as the weather was goooorgeous. I even whipped out the sandals which only ever come out on the hottest of days.

If any of the shops we went in didn't have air-con we were outta there. No way could you spend even a second in an un-air-conditioned shop on Thursday, you could practically feel your skin melting off. We discovered the shop in York with the best air-con was Zara, so we really milked it in there.

I bought three tops from Zara, some bedding from Primark, and a copy of Frankie magazine. Not the most exciting shopping trip, but walking around sunny York made up for it.

I love summer, I really do. I don't love sweating to death or chafing or not being able to sleep at night but I love summer clothes - I love floaty dresses, sandals, short-sleeved tops, denim shorts, linen, bright colours... my wardrobe is made for summer. My wardrobe is so bleak in winter, I hate it.

I also love how summer makes me feel. Who doesn't love sunshine? It makes me so happy. Sunshine gives me life, literally. I feel so alive when it's sunny and warm. I love summer evenings too when the sunsets look like that ^. Incredible. I have the best view of sunsets and sunrises from my bedroom window. It's the only time my room gets any natural light, I think that's why I love this time of year so much.


Summer is good!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway. Hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend. Mine was pretty chill, spent 90% of it in my pyjamas (the sign of an excellent Bank Holiday weekend). Hope you enjoy the nice short working week!

Showcase: sleek tech accessories

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hi! I'm showcasing stylish tech accessories today, from docks to speakers to flash drives. I love my gadgets and techy things but I have to admit I find buying accessories for them slightly more exciting. I like collecting phone cases a lot and I really like my headphone stash (I own two Panasonic pairs but I'm currently using - and loving - a second-hand pair of Bose ones, mmmmm beautiful sound quality).

Anyway, hope you enjoy this post as much as I did putting it together.

Results & things

Friday, May 19, 2017


Thought I'd feature this 2-month old photo of a beautiful butterfly showing off in the garden. Apart from what I assume is bird poop on the leaves in the bottom right corner (let's just ignore that and focus on the butterfly shall we), it's a lovely picture. I can't believe we had such gorgeous weather in March yet it's now May and the weather has been nothing but naff. Can we rewind back to March? Then I get to celebrate my birthday again. 🎁

I've not done a great deal in May so far. It's been a bit of a boring month, but I'm OK with that. One good thing happened though (I say good...) - I recently asked my doctor for a blood test because I figured it's odd a 23 year old hasn't had one yet (I suppose not having one means I'm healthy, right? Ehh) so I went on Monday because I just wanted to check my general health.

Results came back on Wednesday and it turns out I have an underactive thyroid and a bit of an iron deficiency. Hm. I expected the lack of iron but not the underactive thyroid, so that's... a thing. Started on tablets on Thursday. I can cope with the hypothyroidism because you just take one tablet a day in the morning (forEVER), but the iron is tricky. You have to avoid eggs, cheese, and milk two hours before and after you take the iron tablet, and dairy is basically 99% of my diet so trying to figure out when I can take the tablets and when I can eat is proving difficult, but at least I don't have to take iron tablets for the rest of my life...

It's a shame these meds don't kick in quicker because I could really do with feeling human again soon. The excessive tiredness has gone on for too long. I'm excited to see what happens when I'm a few weeks/months in. Because of the underactive thyroid I will be going for maaaany more blood tests in the near future, which is not my fave thing in the world but at least they don't hurt.

So there's a little update on things.

To make myself feel better I have made one or two cheeky purchases on the web which I will either Tweet about or feature on the blog next time. They're good 'uns. Have a great weekend!

Lovely quotes / 7

Monday, May 15, 2017

Seven is here, enjoy.

"You know I’m old in some ways — in others — well, I’m just a little girl. I like sunshine and pretty things and cheerfulness — and I dread responsibility."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
— Desmond Tutu

"Nature is so fantastic. Enjoy it. Let it make you happy."
— Bob Ross

"Be a good boy, remember; and be kind to animals and birds, and read all you can."
— Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

"'No books!' I exclaimed. 'How do you contrive to live here without them?'"
— Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

"I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody."
— Louis L’Amour

"Practice living every moment of your daily life deeply and in freedom. If that’s what you really want, then what you need to do is let go of pursuing the past, the future, and all your worries, and come back to the present moment."
— Thích Nhất Hạnh

May journal pages

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I spent this morning adding more bits and pieces to my journal because it's been a while. I even did a painting which looks like something a 3 year old might paint at nursery but I love it nonetheless. I just wanted to use my bright paints. 🌈 Enjoy!

Look at those beautifully detailed fish, their blobby black eyes are almost as big as their bodies (ha).

Spendin' & puzzlin'

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Hi! What a blog title...

Hope you guys have had a good week.

I don't know what's wrong with me but I've been throwing cash around like a freak this month. I can't stop shopping. I've bought five new dresses, a bucket load of skincare and make-up, some little bits and bobs (DVDs, books etc.), and I made a Fat Face order last week and that's all since pay-day at the end of April. I need to chill big time. I like a bit of retail therapy but it just makes me feel kinda blah at the end of it, so I'm probably best just saving it up and doing other (read: free) things for the rest of May.

My last big purchase of the month was for my mum's birthday - I booked us two tickets to visit the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley (outskirts of Birmingham) in June. She's always wanted to go and since I was feeling a bit YOLO last night I bought the tickets. It's OK though because it's technically a birthday present so I don't feel as bad.

So besides from going shopping a lot and feeling guilty about it (stupid really!!!), I've been spending the rest of my time off at home chillin'. I started reading Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh - I haven't been big into reading since I was at uni and I already have two books on the go (one is 873 pages long 🤢), so starting a new one was a bit of a risk but it's quite a short read so might not be as daunting. You can keep up with my reading progress here. I have to warn you, I'm a slooooooow reader.

My mum and I finished another jigsaw yesterday - we abandoned the 1,000 piece one we were working on prior to this (it was crazy difficult and was infuriating both of us) so moved onto this easier little 500 piece. We finished it in about three days. I liked this jigsaw because it has an unusual blurry painted effect which made it trickier than other jigsaws we've done. I sound like a proper old jigsaw nerd don't I? Puzzles are so fuuuuun.

I have four days off at the end of this coming week so I'm currently thinking of things I could do with my free time. Contemplating catching a train to Sheffield one day to wander about and take some photos. Been a while since I've took my film camera out, I think the last photos I took on it are over a year old(!) so maybe a photography trip would be nice. I'd like to visit Moonko and Vulgar too, because although I am on a kind-of spending ban I'd still like to have a browse.

Hope you have a good start to the week.

A shopping spree & YouTube binging

Monday, May 01, 2017


It's Bank Holiday Monday, let's celebrate 🎉!

I was lucky enough to be given not only Sunday and today off, but tomorrow and Wednesday too so I'm not back at work until Thursday! I'm chuffed to bits, it's not very often you get this many days off together. I don't have any plans today (everywhere is closed anyway) so I'm probably going to continue my declutter/deep clean from yesterday and maybe do something creative like work on my cross stitch or journal. Who knows, it's only 8am as I'm typing this.

I went to Meadowhall on Friday and spent... uh... quite a bit? I mean, not loads, but a decent amount...

I got a tee, dress, lip balm, two DVDs, a blouse, concealerbookmagazinekeyring (which was actually bought for me, because my friend is lovely), an eyebrow pencil, and brow gel.

It was a successful shopping trip. We finished the day off with Five Guys burgers (because it is a sin to leave Meadowhall without having a Five Guys) then headed home.

Lilies I bought for my mum from Flower Hill in Tickhill, Doncaster

I've been watching a stupid amount of YouTube and Netflix recently. YouTube more so - I'm addicted to Drawfee and the Off Topic podcast from Achievement Hunter. Drawfee is the perfect channel if you like watching funny people draw silly stuff (great if you need a pick me up), and Off Topic is basically a bunch of blokes and the odd lady sitting around a table talking about everything under the sun and getting tipsy for 2 hours. A weird premise, but I just love listening to people chatting about random rubbish.

I watch a ton of Sims 4 videos on YouTube and have done for years, but I've been specifically loving builds by Harrie and SophSims lately. Their commentaries are fun to listen to and their builds are so gorgeous and detailed. If you play the Sims or if you just like to watch people build creative stuff, check Harrie and Sophie out.

With Netflix I've been enjoying The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. It's completely wacky and gruesome and I love it.

Oh, and last but not least, I started growing my own strawberries last week. There's nothing much going on with them at the moment, I guess it's early days. I bought the strawberry growing kit from Wilko (no longer on the website, sorry!).

Hope you had a glorious Bank Holiday weekend.
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