Verona – What a beauty

September 2014 was a pretty exciting month.

One of my oldest friends got married (you might’ve read this in the Laurabury ), I got to spend a week in Italy, AND I got engaged! Can I do September all over again please?

Stop one on our Italian adventure was Verona, the place of Romeo and Juliet. I had high hopes.

To start our holiday, a glass of bubby was a must, which also meant a new dress (obviously)

 

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With a number of Italian flight and cab strikes, we luckily had no major issues, but felt a glass of the orange stuff (aka an aperol spritz) was essential.

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We found the cutest little place round the corner from our hotel that did lovely cheeses and wine. Our quick drink during the day, turned into 3 glasses of wine and lot’s of chattering on the bench outside.

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We were pretty excited to be in Verona…

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Our hotel was lovely, and had its very own red scooter decorating the entrance. Luckily, I didn’t have too many aperol’s, otherwise a scooter photoshoot (with me on it), would’ve been on the cards.

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With limited time in Verona, we explored with a vengeance.

We wandered up little cobbled streets and steps (I hasten to add, on an incline), until we reached the top.

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Totally worth the climb in my new (well charity shop) vintage shoes.

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Exploring is hard work. A sugar fix was a must.

I don’t think I have every come across such an ice cream selection. It was a tough choice! I went for nutella…and of course shared John’s, what’s his is mine, and what’s mine is mine and all 🙂

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I couldn’t help but snap random buildings. I find the architecture, colours and textures of Verona so pretty and a little addictive when it comes to the camera.

 

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Verona, you little beauty. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Next stop, Bardolino.

 

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Laurabury 2014 – what a festival.

Leaving London, we made our way to the beautiful town of Harrogate, situated in North Yorkshire. We had a festival to get to!

I heard things got pretty wild at ‘Laurabury’, so with my pass, denim shorts, headband and paracetamol at the ready. I was all set for ‘Laurabury 2014’.

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Ok you got me. Harrogate doesn’t really hold a yearly wild festival (that I am aware of).

One of my oldest friends is getting married this year. Anyone who knows the hen and her lovely husband-to-be, will know they are huge music, gig and festival fans. Her bridesmaids organised a very special private festival and one of the chicks, Stephy, designed all the posters and passes (I have some pretty talented friends).

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The festival fashion was taken pretty seriously, and our hen had her very own customised sleeveless denim gilet. Customised by another talented chick, Victoria.

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After more than a few drinks, it was time for a game. In teams, we had 10 minutes to create a masterpiece, our very own wedding dress (modelled by the bridesmaid Holly). It was project runway meets blue peter.

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Have you ever seen toilet roll and tin foil worn so well?

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With a few sore heads the following morning, we got our hit of fresh fruit and veg to keep us going and take away any guilt of too much rum.

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Bettys tea room has been around for nearly 100 years. We jumped the ever growing queue (pre-booking is a blessing!), and made our way upstairs to a spacious room full of people chatting whilst sipping tea and devouring cake.

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A selection of scrumptious sandwiches, scones and cakes arrived. The pro of a waitress rattled off every single item on the stand in detail, whilst we looked on wide eyed waiting to start.

Working our way from bottom to top, a lovely gentleman kept everyone’s ears entertained with a set on the piano, including ‘I’m getting married in the morning’!

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Happily fed and watered, we got to spend time with 2 very handsome boys before making our way back to Laurabury HQ, in preparation for a night on the town.

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The husband-to-be had surprised us all with a supply of bubbles. Which basically means he is responsible for any drunken behaviour and hangovers.

Quite a few glasses of fizz later we had a little game of Mr & Mrs. I think we all came away knowing that little bit more about both the bride and groom – I best not divulge any information 😉

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After a bit of dancing, it was time to leave Laurabury HQ and see what the bright lights of Harrogate had to offer (taking our dance moves with us of course).

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What a wonderful weekend, with some lovely people. I just can’t wait for the wedding now!

Laura, you are going to be one beautiful bride.

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Sunshine in Brighton

It finally happened!

After 6 years of living in London, I can finally say I have been to Brighton.

On a sunny Sunday morning we jumped on the train ready for a day of exploring.

We wandered down all the little streets Brighton had to offer. Even on a Sunday it was full of people, a real mix; families on a day out, tourists from far and near, hen parties feeling the aftermath of a big weekend.

(I was a little too caught up in exploring, tasting and watching, that I didn’t take many pictures, this is a just a little snippet).

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We made our way out of the busy streets and landed on the beach.

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We sat on the beach, soaking up the sun, smell of the sea and the noise of fair ground rides.

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“What you looking at?”

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We found the most amazing little arcade full of vintage games.

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It was time to hit the pier.

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A wonderful day out, not quite caught on camera.

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I went home with a smile on my face and a souvenir from our success at the arcade.

 

The Dulux Color Run – a colourful time

“Are you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life?”

“Yes, yes I am!”

The Color Run™ event is described as a one of a kind experience, which I have to agree with.

Think an over zealous artist meets a Sunday morning run.

My friend I had put our running shoes on and set off to Wembley Park.

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We started off looking so fresh and clean.

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Every 1k we experienced a mist of paint, cheers and general mayhem, all whilst running. Nuts but brilliant.

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I was determined to finish the run resembling a rainbow.

On the first 1k I sprinted through the area with my arms in the air and mouth wide open.

I would highly recommend you don’t do this as a) your teeth and mouth change colour b) powder paint and saliva don’t mix well and c) sprinting with your eyes closed, through a crowd of paint throwers won’t end well, unless you are lucky and can run in a straight line (I can’t).

After the first k, I toned it down a bit (mainly because I didn’t want to hurt myself or others!) and was happy with my end rainbow result.

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A cheeky selfie along the way.

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At the end of the run, you are handed a goody bag with yet more powder paint. Everyone makes their way to the stage, where an array of different coloured powders are thrown around to music.

We chose our own little area and had a paint fight, such fun!

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You don’t need to be a runner to do this. Grab your friends and go do it, you will love it! The next London run is in September at the Olympic Park. But you can find out all you need to here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy drinking – my new toy

I finally did it, I ordered my very own Nutribullet. In attempt to bring the summer body back, extra exercise and daily smoothies are happening.

It is such an easy and quick way of getting lot’s of goodness crammed into a tasty drink.

I find It easier chopping up all my fruit and freezing it. This means you have an ice cold drink minus having to add any ice. I even freeze my kale and spinach.

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Now time to start making. I add all my ingredient (starting with veg at the bottom). I like adding strawberries, banana and a couple of blackberries.

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To finish, I add a tea spoon and a half of flax seed and a teaspoon of green superfood (you have to be really careful adding this as it doesn’t taste nice, too much and it stands out in the drink).

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Top up with a bit of cold water, and time to blend.

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..now ready to drink 🙂

Weekend in Gdańsk

I had never been to Poland before, so was pretty excited to get the opportunity to take a trip to Gdańsk at the weekend. (It is at the very top of Poland, on the Baltic)

We arrived Friday and had a weekend of food, drink and exploring. I think I need another weekend just to recover.

Our hotel was lovely – added bonus we had the top room with some great views of the Long Lane, right by the Green Gate.

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We even came across Poland’s very own Kings Road (minus the shops!).

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Friday evening we enjoyed a cocktail or two (ok maybe three….).

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We were lucky enough to be shown round Gdańsk on Saturday, so spent most of the day wandering around all the side streets and along the water, stopping off for coffee along the way, and a delicious fish lunch (sadly no pictures, but believe me, it was good).

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We had a wonderful evening of food and drink. Now I am huge fan of cheese (with a boyfriend who doesn’t like it, I KNOW!!). I decided to order the cheese board anyway. When it stated it would take 20 – 40 minutes to arrive, I should have known it might be big..

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Thank goodness I ordered salad as main!

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John went for the steak.

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I would certainly suggest a visit to Gdańsk. It is a really nice little place to wander around and explore. We couldn’t believe how many bars and restaurants there are for the size of the City!

Now where to next…..

Customised Nikes

Valentines has now passed, but my present hasn’t. I introduce to you my new trainers.

They have my name on them and everything.

They also make me run faster. Well that’s what I like to think.

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You can go online and make your own here. I had lot’s of fun doing so.