Friday, January 20, 2017

10 Thoughts You Have In Your 9-5 Job

The one thing uni doesn't prepare you for is the transition from all day napping and the occasional netflix binge to working 9-5, 5 days a week. If that isn't enough to cause a heart attack for a young heart, I don't know what will. 

You can't just skip a meeting when you feel like it, or sink into the back of your seat in a lecture hall to nap when you've had enough. Entering the 9-5 working world, is the first step to adulting. It's scary, it's adulty and it's exhausting.

A lot can happen within that 8 hour time span - enough to keep the gossip going for the whole week anyway, well as long as it doesn't involve you, then it's not so fun. Wherever you work in the world, and whatever you do, let's face it, we'll probably all share these 10 thoughts at least some point during the day.

#1. Is it Friday yet? Yes, it's only 9:05am on Monday morning, but like seriously, is it Friday yet? Also why don't we have 2 day working weeks and 5 day weekends? Now that could work.

#2. HOW MANY CUPS OF TEA DO YOU NEED? Everyone just loves the tea. I'm pretty sure that 6th cup of tea within 2 hours is neither OK or normal. *Applies the same principle to coffee*.

#3. Is 24 too young to retire? Serious thoughts here, and is it okay? I'm not sure how I'll be able to waste my life doing 9-5 for the rest of my life *shivers at the thought*.

#4. Is it really worth having a house, money and stability at the end of the day instead of a lie in, and job for that fact? Probably not.

#5. Hell isn't worse than this. I'd rather be stepping across hot coals 100 x times over than having to sit in my next meeting, oh and actually do some work. 

#6. You wouldn't survive without your co-workers. Sure your laughing to work ratio is 80:20, it might not be the most productive, but you're getting by. The day the office banter dies out is the day I leave. I just can't cope with that.

#7. What can I eat next? Why am I ALWAYS hungry? I only ate an hour ago, help me. Must resist eating my lunch at 10am. So what's for dinner?

#8. You've decided that your colleagues are vultures. As soon as the cake comes out everyone wants to know you. It's like no one's seen a piece of food before, and all sense of self restraint and diets go out the window. Cue the next hour of moaning about their weight loss goals.

#9. Is this really what I look like? Whilst you're milking those toilet breaks every hour you can't help but get a glance at your reflection in the mirror. WHO IS THAT AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH ME? You convince yourself it's the lighting in the bathroom, but I'm sure I was wearing makeup this morning, oh is that a grey hair and why are my eye bags longer than my hair. What have I become??

#10. Anything, but work. Why is the sky blue? Arghh I hate it when my nails chip at work. I wonder how many likes my last Instagram post? Is it home time yet? You get the picture.

The good news is that these thoughts are completely normal, even if your mind does feel like a constant washing machine. It's the best coping mechanism for work that you can have, and your best chance of survival in the work place.

Can you relate to any of these? What are your thoughts during your working day?

*This is meant to be a light hearted post, and is not completely true to life...Just making sure I still have a job after writing this ;)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

100 Date Night Ideas

I'm counting down the days until I'm no longer in a long distance relationship. When I can spend longer than 2 days a month together and can actually have frequent date nights, that would be a fine thing, eh?

It can be all too easy for couples to do the same Netflix, films and binge every Friday night. So whether you're looking for some new date ideas or for first date ideas or things to do with your friends, these 100 should certainly keep you going for a while...

1. Build your own burger night
2. A long walk/hike
3. Dinema - Grab some dinner and head to the cinema
4. Takeaway with film night
5. Make homemade pizzas - even make the bread from scratch!
6. Trampolining
7. Go for brunch
8. Exercise together - running, swimming, HIIT etc
9. Sit by the sea
10. Go to a comedy night
11. Go to the theatre
12. Take a dance class together
13. Watch a football/rugby/other sport together
14. Go to the seaside for fish and chips and ice cream
15. Pamper night - so underrated for couples, but sooo good
16. Chocolate fondue night
17. Do some baking
18. Go to an outdoor/ drive through cinema
19. Roadtrip!
20. Have a bar crawl together
21. Plan a picnic
22. Board game night
23. Phone free night
24. Spa day
25. Stargaze - grab some blankets, warm drinks and look up to the stars together
26. Plan a surprise date
27.Wine tasting 
28. Visit a museum
29. Strawberry/pumpkin/various other fruit picking
30. Coffee and cake date
31. Go to the beach
32. Take a surfing class
33. Be a tourist in your own city
34. Go to the park
35. Build a fort - all the fairy lights and cosy blankets
36. Go to a food market
37. Take a city break - staycation or abroad
38. Go on a ghost tour - most cities will do one
39. Romantic meal
40. Ice Skating
41. Have a double date with your friends
42. Go to Ikea purely for meatballs and Daim cake
43. Watch the sunset/sunrise (2 different date night/morning ideas!)
44. Watch some fireworks
45. Boat ride
46. Skinny dipping
47. Binge watch netflix 
48. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
49. Go wild swimming (strongly recommend after my breakwater swim!)
50. Play video games
51. Outdoor yoga class
52. During Christmas walk around your streets and admire all the Christmas lights
53. Choose new Christmas decorations together
54. Do everything by fairy lights/ candlelight for an evening
55. Go to a theme park
56. Go to a dry ski slope/ indoor ski centre
57. Carve pumpkins
58. Go to a corn maze
59. Work your way through the alphabet for date night ideas (e.g A - abseil, B - bike ride)
60. Rock climbing
61. Mini golf
62. Buy a disposable camera and take lots of pictures!
63. Go camping... or glamping
64. Shop for each other - set a budget and buy each other an outfit or something nice
65. Recreate your first ever date
66. Go to a fancy bar/restaurant and dress up to the nines
67. Go to a midnight viewing of a horror film
68. Back to front day - dinner first and breakfast last
69. Go bowling
70. Buy tickets to a concert
71. Do something you've both never done before
72. Have a water fight
73. Throw a themed dinner and movie night
74. Movie marathon weekend - complete with endless snacks
75. Half and half - both of you organise one half of the date night or day
76. Pick out a Christmas tree and decorate it together
77. Carpool karaoke?
78. Write letters to each other and post them
79. Toast marshmallows on a fire - make s'mores!
80. Go fishing
81. Head to a waterpark
82. Fly a kite
83. Head to a flea market/car boot sale
84. Share a bubble bath 
85. Start a DIY project together after picking one from pinterest
86. Buy a takeway pizza and eat it in the park (weather permitting!)
87. Go to a shopping centre 
88. Have a quiz night
89. Have an indoor picnic on the floor with plenty of candles and fairy lights
90. Bike ride
91. Feed ducks at the pond
92. Enroll in a class together - learn a language, learn a skill and have some fun
93. Go to a roller skating night/party
94. Snuggle by the fire
95. Plan a dream holiday together
96.Hot air balloon ride
97. Drive somewhere unknown and have dinner in a place you've never been to
98. Pick out each others outfits for a date
99. Read a book together
100. Share the biggest milkshake you've ever laid eyes on
Don't worry if you can't choose, I'm going to be writing my favourites onto pieces of paper and put them all together in a jar. Then every Friday, or whenever I fancy a date night, I'll pick something out for us to both do. You can then put the idea back in the jar or replace with something new once you've done it. The best thing is most of these ideas are free or relatively cost free, so there's really no excuse to do something a little bit different every once in a while.

Do you have any other date night ideas? Do you have frequent date nights? What's your ultimate date night?
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Monday, January 16, 2017

OOTD | Shopping My Wardrobe

Dress - Glamorous
Jacket - New Look
Boots* - Rocket Dog

I'm 3 months into my spending ban now. Any new clothing I had has dried up and ASOS are contacting me daily to check if things are still OK? and you know what, I don't know if I am.

It's shed light on how materialistic I am as a person and how much I just LOVE new clothing. Nothing makes you feel better than new clothing, especially those 'sent from the gods' items that you actually wear more than once because it's just lurrrve! But the reason for my spending ban is 190% worth it and I'm just thinking of the goal at the end. Once I'm there it's going to be back to those monthly asos hauls, but I think if anything the spending ban has taught is that I can do it, and I can save a lot of money by simply not buying so much stuff and I would like to maybe wear my things more than once every once in a while.

Shopping my wardrobe hasn't been so bad, the hardest bit has been trying to keep up with producing fresh outfit posts for the blog. But I've rediscovered some old classics like this denim dress, again, only worn once. I'm channeling my 1970's style with this sheepskin jacket and the easiest up do hairstyle that I wish I'd known about sooner. Now I'm 4 inches of hair less, I can finally enjoy my hair more - no more sitting down on it, finding yesterday's sandwich in it or getting it stuck in a door handle, HURRAH. This is legit the easiest hairstyle though, and my go to for those mornings before work when I have to be out the house in 5 minutes.

I was short of a good pair of winter boots until these beautiful Rocket Dog Chelsea boots arrived at my door. I've wanted a pair of Chelsea boots for about 35467 yeas, they're also water resistant which is ultra good when you live in Plymouth. They're perfect every day boots that are super comfy too, oh and did I mention they're in the sale too? They're definitely going to last for a good few winters to come!

What do you think of this outfit? Could you last a 3 month spending ban? Do you shop your wardrobe much?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Friday, January 13, 2017

5 Things To Do & See In Copenhagen

I saw the New Year in in Copenhagen and it was pretty special. Copenhagen has been on my travel bucket list for so long. The last time I'd been to Copenhagen airport was when I was on a stopover from Finland and I had a mini life break down after losing my connecting flight ticket. 

But it hadn't all been bad. The airport actually had a Starbucks (Finland didn't) and a Whsmiths, so I knew I wanted to go back without a doubt.

This trip was probably the least I had ever been prepared for any holiday. I usually meticulously write a minute by minute itinerary to make as much of the trip as possible. But spontaneity seemed to work on this trip, and for once it was nice to just go with the flow. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be. I finished the trip with 800 DK left, so I naturally spent the rest in Sephora.

Copenhagen was an absolute blast, where there's no such thing as a cinnamon roll too many, and you're more likely to see people cycling than walking (except me, because I can't ride a bike *sobs*). So if you fancy a cute getaway to the Hygge capital in 2017, here's 5 things that you just gotta see in Copenhagen.
#1. Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is a must if you're in Copenhagen. During Christmas and New Year it celebrates the festival of light where you guessed it, everything is lit up. Walking in is the most magical thing, as you're met by twinkly lights adorned on pretty much every Christmas related thing you can think of. It is joined by a wonderful Christmas market, plenty of food places to eat and of course rides! 

It couldn't be in a more central location, it's opposite the train station and a stones throw away from the main square and shopping street. It's also incredibly cheap for entry at only 120 DK (roughly £12) on a weekend which I thought was really reasonable. It remained at this price even on NYE which I thought was great, as everywhere else in the city seemed to have stumped their prices up a 100 or 200 just for the evening. 

Once you've entered you can stay for as long as you like. You don't need to budget for anything else if you just plan on looking around, there is plenty to see. I loved seeing in the new year in Tivoli as they had the most spectacular firework show which created a great atmosphere. It's worth arriving slightly earlier at about 9pm if you're there for NYE though as it does get very busy!
#2. Freetown Christiania
Well, where do I start with this place? If you hadn't guessed from the pictures, Freetown Christiania is a hippie commune of about 850 residents which was founded in 1971, they are an autonomous free town in Copenhagen who don't abide by Danish laws. 

I had heard about this 'town' briefly before I visited, but didn't realise to the extent what the place actually was. If you hadn't spotted it in the picture, photos aren't allowed in this place (soz) for obvious reasons... This place is not for you if you don't like the smell of weed (who does really?), you will spot a different person on every corner rolling a joint and perhaps even throwing a firework, what is up with that? The town is a lot bigger than I thought, and we walked around for a good hour. All in all it's very run down, and it looks like a place that is stuck in the past and still hasn't moved on. 

I didn't feel very safe walking around because of some of the things that were going on, but if you're feeling up for it I would strongly recommend taking a look, it really is something you won't have seen before. You really cannot comprehend the difference of this place to the centre of Copenhagen, you just can't. Again, this took us about an hour to walk from the centre, but DO cycle or get a bus because again it won't take up your whole morning. It also means you can make a quick getaway if you need to...
#3. Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid bronze sculpture makes it in as one of the top 5 things to see in Copenhagen. I wasn't overly fussed about visiting, but it's not every day you're in Copenhagen so I thought I'd make like a tourist and see what the fuss was about. I can't for the life for me remember how we even got there, but it was a few miles walk from the city centre. What's another few miles walk after we'd already pretty much walked the whole circumference of the city. But if you're sensible you will ride your bike there or catch the bus which will save you a lot of time.

The mermaid sculpture is situated in a park area so there is other things to see whilst you're there. Not too sure it was worth the one hour walk in my opinion, to not even be able to get close enough for a picture, BUT it is an iconic landmark for Copenhagen and is taken from a character in Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, it's also free to see so it is worth a visit if you're in the area.
#4. Nyhaven Harbour
Okay, so I came to Copenhagen purely for the pretty, pastel coloured houses and who could blame me? Nyhaven Harbour is one of the hot spots to visit in the capital, and it's only around 10 minutes walk from the start of the busy shopping street, you really can't miss it.

There are various canal trips that you can take from here, but apart from that the experience is completely free. There's plenty to do and see in this area, with lots of lovely restaurants and cosy cafes to choose from. The view really is spectacular and it's a must have visit for that Instagram shot. If you walk around the corner a little further you'll find some free trampolines on the floor that you can use. It's quite random, but so fun, why don't we have anything like that in the UK? It's also not far to go to Freetown Christiania from here either, so you can kill two birds with one stone if you're planning on doing the 2 in one day.
#5. Hygge Cafes
One of the things that I was most looking forward to about the trip was the 'hygge'. It came to no surprise that literally every cafe in Copenhagen was hygge. There were even signs outside declaring that hyggeligt times were waiting to be had inside.

But it wasn't that that caught my eye. I don't think there was one cafe (maybe except Starbucks, SO mainstream eh?) that wasn't lit by candles. Candles and fairy lights instantly open the floodgates to Hygge. Paired with the fact that it was freezing outside, there wasn't anything more inviting than getting cosy inside and defrosting with a delicious hot chocolate. Boy, were they good. 

There is so many coffee shops to try, and don't get me started on their bakeries. I definitely came home 110% cinnamon roll body and I am A-OK with that. Sweet lord have mercy, the above bakery was one of the best I have ever visited, and there ain't nothing more hygge than grabbing a sweet, sugary pastry and bringing it back to your warm bed. I feel this is something I'm going to have to continue now I'm home.

Copenhagen was a super fun city break, we were there for 4 days and managed to cover pretty much everything on our list, but as usual, I'm sure there is so much we missed and could do another time. With flights starting at around £20 from London airports, who could really resist. City breaks can 100% be done on a budget these days, so there's never been a better excuse to explore the world bit by bit.

Have you been to Copenhagen before? Is the capital of Denmark on your travel bucket list?
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