Living Grateful #15

Hi guys! I am very sorry I’ve been so slack with these posts recently. It’s been a busy time with going away, Christmas and lots of revision. I hope you have all had wonderful Christmasses and now a very happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s now 2017!! It still feels like yesterday that I was writing my first one of this series in August.

Anyway I thought I would do a quick round up of 5 things I have been most grateful for over the last few weeks. This has actually been really hard to collate as I’ve done so many nice things! But here goes…

 

1. Going to Edinburgh

I had the best time in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. It really was one of the best weekends of the year! I had a wonderful reunion with some amazing friends as well as got to explore the city of Edinburgh which I love!

 

2. Spending time with family

Christmas for me is always about getting to spend quality time with family that you don’t get to do at other times of the year. This year was no different and it was  so nice to have a chilled few days.

 

3. Going to the Royal Albert Hall

Carols by Candlelight is definitely a highlight of my year so going again this Christmas Eve was so exciting! You can read all about my festive trips here

 

4. Spending time with friends

I don’t get to see some of my friends very often as we are all so busy so I always appreciate when I see them so much more. Going to the carols with Soorin was no different!

 

5. My cats!

I’ve been home over the past week which means I’ve had lots of cuddles with the cats. I absolutely love waking up to them, even if it does mean I’m slightly delayed getting up as it seems so much nicer to stay in bed with them!

 

What have you guys been up to over this Christmas period?

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The best weekend in Edinburgh

I went to Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago to have a reunion with friends from University and to get into the Christmas spirit! It was honestly one of the best weekends I have had in a very long time (one of those where my jaw hurt from laughing for 3 days afterwards). We did some really Christmassy things as well as having long catch ups, so I thought I’d share what I did whilst I was up there.

Edinburgh’s Christmas

If anyone has ever been up to Edinburgh and to the Christmas markets you’ll know what I mean when I say they definitely put you in the festive mood! I went to Winter Wonderland as well in London this year, but I do have to admit Edinburgh topped London. I’m not sure if it was the fact that we won a massive penguin or that we went on the Ferris wheel but I came our feeling so much more festive than before! I also discovered that I am in fact still scared of heights and I won’t be going on another ferris wheel anytime soon.

Virgin Street of Lights

This was recommended to me by a friend who lives in Edinburgh and it was really good! It’s free and there is a light show to music along one street. It was really cool and definitely added to the Christmassy mood! (Plus made for some good photos!)

Usquabae

This was a small whisky bar that one of my friends found on google maps. It was such an amazing find and I really do have to give him credit for it! We drank wine (not whisky as I guess we should have) and chatted all evening and was just one of those evenings I’m going to remember for a long time.

 

Brunch at Loudons

This was the best brunch I have ever had. So good that we actually went twice. Oops. This place was really good for allergies and catered for me being gluten and dairy free both time really well. I had a coconut latte both mornings (and now I’m completely sold on coconut milk in coffee!) I had French Toast for the first time and I keep dreaming of going back and eating it again!! I’m not sure I can quite re-create it at home as all their bread is home-made including the gluten free bread so it tasted even better! I may have also gotten cake to takeaway both days…

 

Drinking lots of mulled wine

We basically did a tour of Edinburgh based on where the mulled wine was! We went to the Royal Mile Tavern on the Saturday night which had live music and the BEST mulled wine I’ve had. I would definitely recommend going. The mulled wine was also such good value, especially in comparison to London prices!

Have you guys been to Edinburgh recently? What did you think of it?

 

A day in Brighton

I went to Brighton last weekend and I completely fell in love with it. There is something quite calming about walking to the station on a Sunday morning and not seeing anyone – I love that feeling of being up before anyone else! I got to London Bridge and got myself a coffee and hopped on the train to read my book “Spectacles” by Sue Perkins. I don’t normally like train rides but this felt so calming and almost like I was just relaxing at home.

Brighton is so pretty and quaint to walk around it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. I love little independent shops and Brighton is brimming with them, I bought some little goodies as Christmas presents for some friends. I definitely felt like I could have spent hours in all the shops though so I think I’ll need to make another trip soon!

Brighton also has the highest concentration of vegan and gluten free restaurants and cafes I have ever seen. We had a roast dinner at a place that did vegan roast dinners (as well as meat ones) and all the sides were plant based. I honestly couldn’t believe it!! There are so many cafes that I want to try, there seemed to be such a huge range of places unlike some areas of London!

The Christmas lights were also up and they were so lovely I really began to feel Christmassy!

We had a wander around the Pier and it was so good to look out to the sea and see such a huge open space. I was sad to get back on the train in the evening but I also felt so contented coming back to a warm flat after a chilly walk back from the station.

Perfect Sunday ❤

 

 

 

 

Living Grateful #14

Hey guys! How are you doing? It’s been quite a busy week work wise so most of my gratitude comments for this week come from this weekend which has been truly lovely!

1. Spending some time at home

I went home for a day and night this week and it was SO nice to spend some chill time at home and of course have cuddles with my baby!

 

2. Columbia Road Flower Market

I wrote about wanting to go to this flower market in August and after 4 months I finally made it! It was so nice to go this time of year as it is so Christmassy and there were SO many Christmas trees for sale – it took a lot of self control not to come home with a huge one!!

 

3. Brick Lane Market

This has been a favourite of mine since I went back in August and I’ve been meaning to go back for ages (there’s a theme here I feel…) I found a stall that does vegan and gluten free pancakes – they were absolutely incredible! I honestly can never believe when I find things I can eat in markets that I can eat and this honestly didn’t disappoint!

 

4. Kahaila Cafe

Scott and I stumbled into this cafe whilst walking down Brick Lane. It is probably the best coffee I have been had and also all profits go to charity. If you’re in Brick Lane then definitely pop in!! They have a great selection of cake as well!

 

5. This view on our walk home

On our way home from Brick Lane we came out of Rotherhithe tube station and were confronted with this view. Amazing! The sky was so beautiful.

What have you guys been grateful for this week?

London’s Winter Wonderland

On Saturday night I went to Winter Wonderland with one of my best friends. It was such a lovely evening to take a trip to Hyde Park. All the lights from the distance were getting me massively excited from the start, and it definitely didn’t disappoint me!

I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as everyone had been saying on social media, but the atmosphere was amazing! There were so many different food stalls and drink stalls – my fave was definitely the mulled wine. I basically live for mulled wine, it’s probably one of my favourite parts of Christmas! The moment I walked in I beelined for the wine stall!

I’m not a massive fan of rides so we didn’t go on any of the rides – but if you are a fan I can imagine you would love them!! Even the kids spinning rides were making me feel slightly ill, but they were definitely some bigger rides for people that are… you know… not wimps like me.

The park is so much bigger than it has been in previous years and the organisers have really out done themselves this year with the live music, markets and all the different entertainment there is.

Plus, coming in from a cold evening out and snuggling up in front of the TV with a warm cup of tea is a feeling that I absolutely love. It really makes me appreciate home more!

Here are a few photos from my night – I’m definitely feeling more Christmassy now!!


What have you guys been doing to get into the Christmas spirit?! 

Living Grateful #13

Hi guys! It has been a couple of weeks since I have done one of these posts. It has been quite a busy time, I think it will be hectic until the festive periods are finished. I love being busy and it’s been so nice to see lots of friends. I have also managed lots of chilled time watching I’m a Celeb though… who else is watching it?

  1. A night out with Scott

Last weekend I went out for the first time in what feels like forever (I’ve definitely turned into a massive granny!) It was really nice to go out for once! Plus I had nothing planned for the following day and so I had a lovely lazy Sunday filled with catching up on TV and baking.

2. Dinner at Kimchee

I had dinner with one of my best friends and my parents at Kimchee on Wednesday week. I go to Uni opposite the restaurant and it looks so pretty from the outside I was glad I could go in! It was so nice catching up with my parents and friend as well!

3. Some time at home

I’ve spent a couple of nights at home over the past few weeks and it’s been so nice to be able to chill. I’ve spent time with my cats, gone for long walks in the park and taken full advantage of my parent’s nespresso machine – what’s not to love?!

4. Winter Wonderland

I went to Winter Wonderland on Saturday night with one of my best friends – it was amazing! I’ve seen so many photos of it on social media across this week and wondered if it would live up to my expectations but it definitely has done! There were so many fantastic food stalls (including gluten free & vegan crepes!!!), as well as beautiful lights and markets. I’m not a big one for rides so they didn’t appeal to me – they made me quite ill just looking at them! It was a bit chilly but you honestly can’t beat that feeling of coming home after an evening out in the cold and warming up with a cup of tea!

5. A day out in Brighton

I went down to Brighton today for a catch up with a friend. We had an incredible roast dinner for lunch and a lovely wander around Brighton. It really couldn’t have been a better end to my week!

What have you been grateful for this week? And more importantly who are you rooting for on I’m A Celeb?!

Postcards from Cádiz

Hi guys! I thought I would give you the photo downlow of my trip to Cádiz the other week…

(Is it obvious that I enjoyed taking photos far too much whilst I was there?!)

I was a massive lover of the tapas culture in Cádiz. Basically I could eat every time we stopped for a drink and what isn’t amazing about that?! We found a really cute street full of lovely restaurants and I had to take a photo of the outside of this one as it looks so bright and happy! 

I took this within half an hour of when we arrived at the hotel. It was chucking it down with rain but I still insisted we run up to the roof terrace to have a look! This was the view out over Cádiz!

How pretty are these buildings off of a main square?!

We spent a good part of an afternoon wandering along the promenade and it was beautiful to look out to sea and have a real good chat…

Cádiz Cathedral from the outside… we spent far too log in the square in front of the Cathedral admiring it and eating tapas… of course…

This was the view from the top of the Cathedral. I think I could have spent all day up there taking photos but mum definitely would have wanted to throw me off the edge…

There was a point on the promenade where there were loads of cats. Someone had set up little houses for them and fed them on a daily basis. As you can imagine this was my actual dream and we may have gone back twice to check on them..

Cádiz Cathedral from along the promenade… I think this might be the shot that most people associate with Cádiz..

On one of the days we had the best beach day.. it really was beautiful!

Anyone will tell you I’m a sucker for blue skies…

On our last day we went up the tallest watchhouse in Cádiz. This was the view from the top across the rooftops. It was incredibly windy but I tried my best to get as many photos as I could before going back inside to avoid being blown over! Torre Tavira also had a camera obscura and the show was amazing, nothing like being able to see the whole town from one tiny mirror set up!

I absolutely loved Cádiz, I found it really relaxing as there wasn’t too much touristy stuff to do compared to Barcelona so you don’t feel stressed to get up and do everything. Instead we spent loads of time just chilling in restaurants and coffee shops and on the beach and so it was a perfect break to set me up for the rest of term and January exams. 

Have you guys been to somewhere in Spain recently you would recommend? I love hearing your thoughts!