Flying Through London

Until Wednesday, I had never been to London before. It was something that I had always wanted to do, but had never done. When the opportunity to go for a work conference was given to me, I jumped at it. The only downside was that I would be arriving and leaving on the same day, visiting the conference and trying to cram in as much sightseeing and shopping as possible.

With my train and tube tickets booked, I boarded my early morning train and headed south. Most of my journey was spent jotting down ideas for my blog and trying not to worry about getting lost on the Tube.

train-to-london

Thankfully I managed to get around without getting lost, but there was a lot of googling and double-checking before committing myself to a platform. Travelling is one of my favourite things to do, and as nervous as I was, I really enjoyed navigating my way around and exploring this new (to me) city.

Sadly the trip was far too short, and I only had two hours to do a little shopping. My first stop was in Islington, and I wandered around a few fantastically quirky shops. I did not manage to get to The Hummingbird Bakery but I will be sure to visit there next time.

My second stop was Oxford Circus, and I made my way over to Liberty. Having watched both series of the documentary all about the inner workings and life at at Liberty, I was desperate to visit it and it did not disappoint.

Liberty Hall

 

Sadly I did not buy too much, but I already know that I will be returning to spend more time in this vibrant, busy city. The amount I did here is tiny compared to all of the things that there are to see, do and experience. Where do you suggest I visit when I return to London?

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

1) Train Journeys

My trip to London this week has reignited my passion for travelling by train. I love being able to relax and read a magazine as mile after mile of Britain flies past my window. Sometimes I watch the views for the whole journey. For me, the journey is just as important as the destination.

2) My Bed

After such a long and busy week, I have been looking forward to climbing into bed at the end of each day. Sleep is so important, and everyone knows that a lack of sleep can effect your looks, concentration and mood. I always try to get plenty of rest, but sometimes things get in the way. This week, I have been doing all sorts of little things to make going to bed an even more relaxing experience. Things such as new bedding, new pyjamas and overnight face serums all add to make it even better.

3) Time with my Dad

It was Fathers Day on Sunday, and although we did not do anything special on the day I am taking him to see the Minions Movie and then for dinner tonight. I love spending time with my dad, and it is so nice to see how close we are. I am sure that there will be lots of laughter today, and I am so glad that I get to spend so much time with him.

4) Fleur DeForce

Is there anything that I need to say about this lovely lady? I love her videos, and there is always a new product, tip or brand to discover. See her New in June video below.

5) Good Friends

My life has been full of great times with even greater people. We are all at different stages of our lives, but each one of these fantastic people have taught me about life and about myself. Some are people I have only known for a year or two, others I have known for half a decade. Having dinner and chatting about anything and everything will always be one of my favourite ways to spend my time.

Red and Black – Polyvore Outfit of the Week

Red and Black
There is a time in every Lady’s life when she needs to Vamp it up, and dress to kill. For me, there are outfits that give me added confidence, and that I know make me stand out. This has been especially useful for me at work, when I am often initially overlooked due to my age. Having these outfits makes me stand out, and gets people to notice me without needing me to make a point.
This Outfit of the Week is one that I would love to be able to afford, and is Vamped up to the max, but could easily be replicated without having to break the bank. I have a very similar dress for George and patent heels are easy to come by at stores such as Primark, Office and Next.
What is the outfit that gives you the most confidence?

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

This week has been pretty long and stressful, so this Five Things Friday is all about the things that help me to relax.

1) Yankee Candles

I have loved these candles for a while now, and I am always keen to try new scents and styles. There is one scent that I always come back to, and that is Black Cherry. I love burning this whilst winding down from a long day at work and watching something on TV. The scents last for a really long time and I love the range of scents available. These are available online, in various stores such as Boots and Clintons as well as in Yankee Candle stores.

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2) Good Weather

When the sun comes out, everything just seems so much better. I find myself feeling happier and more alert, eating better and exercising more. Maybe this means that I should relocate to somewhere lovely and sunny?  I find myself wanting to do more and explore places when the sun is out. This little change in the weather can have a massive impact on my happiness.

3) Sour Cream and Chive Pretzels

These things are so moreish and tasty. I find myself craving them all of the time, and they are the perfect savory treat. The trick I have not quite mastered with them yet is to not eat too many. They are just so good! They can be found in most supermarkets and come in a “share” sized bag.

4) 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

If there is one thing better than a fantastic show, it is two fantastic shows merged together. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is a fantastic blend of humour and quiz questions, and it is the perfect combination. I can happily watch episodes all night long, and often try to find the longest word or to solve the conundrum. I still find myself laughing at each episode, and it is the perfect show to watch whilst relaxing.

5) More Vitamin Drinks

I am terrible at making sure that I drink enough water each day. At work I can be so busy that I go for hours and hours without drinking anything, and recently I have been trying to change that. At Blog On I was chatting to the lovely ladies from More Vitamin Drinks and they kindly offered to send me a few to try out. I have been taking one to work each day to test the flavours, and I make sure that I finish it before lunchtime. So far I am loving them, and it has been a really good way to increase my water intake.

Talk Disney to Me – Polyvore Outfit of the Week

Talk Disney to Me
Hi, my name is Sarah and I love Disney. There, I have admitted it. For those that know me, my love of Disney is no secret. As I have grown up, my love for Disney has not diminished, it has simply evolved. I love watching classic Disney films and seeing them in a whole new light, spotting things I had missed as a child and appreciating the films in a whole new way.
One of my favourite things to do then is to obviously visit Disney World. I have been there twice, once as a child and once just before I turned 21. Each trip was magical (as I am sure every trip would be) but for its own reasons. Disney parks are like Disney films, with new things to appreciate each time, and for a trip to Disney, you need a special outfit.
This week’s Outfit of the Week is a tribute to my love of all things Disney, and I would be more than happy wearing this whilst exploring Epcot or whilst hanging out with friends at the weekend. I am completely in love with the bag and the necklace, and need to have more Disney in my wardrobe.

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

 

Recently I have been thinking about all of the little things that I love, and how thankful I am for all of the god things in my life. It can often be so easy to focus on the things that are bad in our lives, or the things that we do not like and all of the good things become lost. In order to focus myself on all of the things that make me happy, I have decided that every Friday I will share five things that make me happy.

1) Lazy Sunday Mornings

Is there anything better than enjoying a lazy Sunday morning once in a while? TV, pyjamas and breakfast in bed is my idea of heaven. My day job can be really busy and stressful, and generally I like to spend my Saturdays meeting up with friends and being out and about, so my Sunday mornings are all about unwinding and allowing myself to do absolutely nothing at all.

2) Post Secret

This has been a love of mine since I first discovered it many years ago, and I still visit the website every Sunday morning to read the new secrets. The idea is that people write their secrets onto postcards (some are blank, others are decorated) and mail them in anonymously. Frank, who runs Post Secret, then posts them onto the website for the world to see. Some are uplifting, others heartbreaking; but they all leave me with questions.

3) Suits

It is not often that I watch a TV series all the way through and look forward to the next series, but Suits is one that I certainly wait each week for. In the UK is it shown on Dave, and you can also watch online. I love everything about this show. The clothes, the script and the characters, this show has it all.

4) Sushi

To those who know me, this is no surprise. I absolutely adore sushi, and could quite happily eat it every day. This is the perfect treat to myself after a day of shopping or before meeting up with friends for drinks. Both Wasabi and Yo Sushi in Manchester offer amazing sushi, and I cannot wait to discover more places to indulge in my favourite meal.

5) Sunshine

The weather has seriously been improving over the past couple of days, and it is so good to finally see some sunshine. Even if I am not outside, just being able to see it makes me so happy. I am really hoping that the weather stays nice for the weekend so that I can enjoy it properly.

 

What things are currently making you happy?

Polyvore Outfit of the Week: High Fashion

High Fashion
One of the many things that I love about doing these outfit of the week posts is that I get to have so much fun deciding what look to put together for each week. Sometimes I feel like keeping things casual, but not today. Today I decided to go all out and put together an extravagant but elegant outfit that I would love to be able to wear to a very fancy party.
I have a feeling that if I owned this dress, I would never be out of it. I can just picture myself wandering around the house in it and stopping to twirl every time I caught my reflection in something. I may not be able to afford it, but I can dream right?