Longleat and a wedding

So I’m writing this on my phone on holiday so apologies for any mistakes/bad formatting.

This week has been about…

…working
…a film premiere
…holiday time
…Road trip to Frome
…Longleat Safari Park
…a wedding
…road trip to Wales across the Brecon Beacons
…relaxing

More holiday related chatter next week but for now I’ll leave you with some pictures.

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Longleat

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Wedding fun

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Lau xxx

July shopping spree aka budgeting bloggers

So this month the budget has basically gone out the window! The whole idea of a budget just disappeared and I shopped way too much. With an unexpected trip to Westfield on the first day of the new month it was never going to end well was it! So my credit card may hate me right now but I’ve finally got a summer wardrobe that I’m happy with. My clothes from last summer are all too loose, so they’ve either gone on eBay  been donated to family/friends or been bagged up for the charity shop leaving me with almost nothing to wear. Before this month I didn’t own a pair of shorts, more than a handful of summer tops (black, blue and navy are my staples apparently), more than one jacket and the only summer dresses/skirts I had were only beach appropriate if I didn’t want to wear leggings. So yes I had quite a way to go. Couple this need with a sudden heatwave in the UK and a holiday at the end of the month and you can see what happened! Anyway I’m not going to berate myself, I’m going to smile over the lovely purchases I have and enjoy them. Most of them I did think about a lot and I waited around until they were cheaper so that’s something at least!

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1. Skinny Mini Skimmer Khakis, Gap, £14.99 (originally £34.99) – I mentioned these ages ago as the summer trousers that I wanted. Well they finally dropped into the sale so I grabbed them straight away and have worn them non stop ever since! The green colour was particularly perfect when I was in Dublin for the weekend – I blended straight in!

2. Denim jacket, H&M, £15 (originally £30 – I have been eyeing up this jacket for awhile and almost bought it last month when I had my spree in H&M, so you can imagine my delight when I saw it was half price in the H&M sale. Obviously I snapped it up straight away with shouts of glee and it’s lucky I did as the next day it had disappeared from the website (which is why there’s no link), so my timing was perfect. It’s so comfy and easy to throw on over any outfit.

3. Sunkissed Shorts, Gap, £14.99 (originally £24.99) – I actually got these in navy, but they aren’t available online so the pink will have to do. Another item (along with the cropped trousers) that was on my need to buy list and another Item I waited to drop into the sale. Totally worth it and they’ve been worn numerous times already thanks to the previously mentioned heatwave. Plus the navy colour is perfect as it goes with practically everything else already in my wardrobe!

4. Faux Patent Leather Flip Flops, Forever 21, £7.40 – Oh dear, I found myself in Forever 21 – oops. This might have been when things started to go wrong! As I do this thing where everything is such a good price that I pick it all up and then end up with a huge total at the end – it’s like Primark in that respect. Yes I did need new sandals as they look a lot smarter than my havianas, and they were super cheap – but they weren’t a necessity this month!

5. Monochrome Polka Dot Espadrilles, New Look, £9.99 – These shoes were desperately needed to replace a pair that I bought last year from Primark that have now most definitely seen better days. There was an incident with rain and a lot of puddles which means that those shoes are no longer white and they also have a bit of a dodgy smell going on. So out with the old and in with these new lovelies. They are so comfy and I just love the polka dot pattern, they’re are also perfect for the summer – you know when you want something more than flip flops but less than a ballet pumps. I never seem to find much clothing wise in New Look, but I love the shoes.

6. Essential Tank in cream and light pink, Forever 21, £2.00 each  – A bit boring, but essentials to replace others that are dying in my wardrobe.

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7. Multicoloured Striped Top, Forever 21, £12.75 – Again not needed, but I love it and have worn it a lot already. Plus it’s a light jumper and we know how much I love jumpers!

8. Wild Garden Print Racerback Tank, Forever 21, £9.75 – This is such a summery vest and it was sorely needed. Plus it works perfectly with both my trousers and shorts.
9. F&F Fit and Flare Dress, Tesco, £0 (gift, originally £25) – Okay so this dress isn’t included on the adding up of my spending this month as it was a present from my Mum but I wanted to include it as I love it so much. My Mum and I were in Tesco’s picking up some last minute barbecue bits and I ended up trying on a lot of things. This dress was one of them. I decided against buying it preferring the other items and also not knowing when I’d wear it as it’s quite smart and all the events coming up where I could wear it had outfits planned already. Anyway my Mum loved it so much on me that she bought it for me – total love right there. It turns out that this was doubly lovely as the next day I was organising my outfit for a wedding at I discovered that the zip on the dress I had bought for the occasion back in March (see here) was broken and therefore I wasn’t going to be able to wear that dress. I was so angry but thanks to Mummy Evans I had a dress on hand all ready to wear.
10. F&F Floral Floppy Skirt, Tesco, £12 – I’ve actually been searching for a skirty that I can wear without leggings for ages. So many skirts at the moment are unbelievably short that I have visions of flashing to all and sundry and I don’t want to have to wear leggings all the time, I mean my legs are never going to get brown at that rate right?! So discovering this skirt was a bit of a eureka moment. There was so many other patterns and colours that I was seriously tempted to get more that one. but i’ve stopped myself, for now at least. Also it’s not too summery so I will easily be able to wear this with tights and boots in the winter.
11. Red flowered dress, Tesco, £25 – So I saw this and couldn’t resist. I love the tea dress style and again it’s long enough to wear to work bare legged – anyone else sensing a theme? – and will work in the winter with tights and boots too.

Plus…

Metallic Striped Scarf, Forever 21, £8.40 – totally not needed, but so pretty!

Blue patterend top, Sainsbury’s, £7 (originally £14) – so I saw this on sale when I was food shopping, some how it found it’s way into my basket.

Maxi dress, Tesco, £22.00 – Another much needed item I plan on wearing this to death when I’m in Wales – in fact as this is posting while I’m away I’m probably wearing it right now!

I also picked up a couple of essential items –

Two pairs of pajamas, Primark, £16
Workout trousers, Primark, £7

Total = £186 – £37.50 items sold = £148.50
Surprisingly I’m only over my budget by £28.50 when you take off the money I made by selling a few things.
I’m linking up with Franish and the rest of the Budgeting Bloggers.
Lau xx
p.s. apologies for the bad formatting, wordpress was not cooperating and I gave up in the end!

Favourite Things #26

This week my favourite things is basically going to revolve around next week’s holibobs because let me be perfectly honest it’s the only thing I’m thinking about right now. Today (thursday) is my last day at work for over a week. Come tonight I will be all packed up and shipping out of London town – yippee yay! I realised earlier this week that I haven’t yet had more than two days off from work which is clearly why I am craving this break so much. We all know that having a full week is so much more relaxing than a measly 48 hours; you get a proper chance to unwind, relax and de-stress. So in the spirit of de-stressing here’s a list about what I will be doing next week…

  • talking, lots of talking
  • relaxing dinners with the family
  • scoffing lots of yummy food – there’s nothing better than my parent’s home cooking
  • uninterrupted reading time on the terrace, the beach, in bed, on the comfy looking sofas, in the park, anywhere and everywhere
  • ambling along the beach and possibly sunbathing – weather dependant
  • long evenings of board games. We’re taking Scrabble, Uno, Articulate, The Train Game and The Best of British. Cannot. Wait
  • laughing, lots of laughing. Laughter is guaranteed when our family get together as everyone always does silly things!
  • taking the chance to have long lazy lie ins
  • climbing Snowdon
  • running everyday – well that’s the plan anyway
  • drinking wine in the sun
  • discovering hidden parts of Wales – apparently there are nearby waterfalls
  • dancing the night away at a wedding
  • dolphin watching
  • road trips and road trip music

My busy week

I’m sure last week I wrote about having an extremely busy week, well it’s that time again and although I can’t believe it’s possible, my week has been busier than ever. Seriously, how have I organised everything to happen in July? I really feel like I haven’t stopped at all yet! Thank god for my up and coming holiday to Wales – the perfect time to sit and do absolutely nothing. I’m literally planning to read, sleep, sunbathe, run, hike and eat. I’m so excited. But enough about that. Let’s look at what I’ve been up to this week –

  • Three trips to the theatre – Monday was Hot House, Wednesday saw The Cripple of Inishmann and on Friday I saw The Ladykillers. I seriously love London theatre.
  • Unintentionally seeing two Potter people in theatre productions – Daniel Radcliffe as Billy the cripple and his on screen cousin Harry Melling playing Lamb in The Hothouse.
  • Lots of lovely food outings. Food this week has consisted of Zizzi’s, Pizza Express, Belgo’s, cheese and crackers, The Shake Shack, Barbecue, leftovers and The Diner in that order!
  • Another Evans family barbecue. Lots of lovely food, meeting new ‘almost family’ people and making the most of having a garden by playing giant garden games – Jenga and pick up sticks
  • Drinks and dinner with work friends on the Southbank
  • Long friday lunches with the DK girls in Covent Garden – trying out the shake shack in Covent Garden and loving the burgers, fries and peanut butter milkshake. I think it’s dangerous that that is so close to my office.
  • Chilling out in the London parks – Clapham Common, Regent’s Park and Embankment Gardens during lunch hours and after work.
  • Heading out for a run at 8pm just to avoid the heat.
  • Disrupted sleep thanks to this heatwave.
  • Drinking lots of Iced Coffee because there’s a heatwave – anyone else sensing a theme here!
  • Making fruit smoothies post an early Saturday run to enjoy with croissants
  • Spending Sunday wandering around London Zoo on what seemed like the hottest day of the year, catching up with my lovely cousins and munching on delicious food from The Diner (again)
  • Making a last minute trip to Brooklands to go to Tesco and M&S and coming away with lots of greetings cards and lots of new clothes – yay! But oops!

Lau xxx

Favourite things #25

I’m off to London Zoo at the weekend with my sisters and cousins and I seriously can’t wait, I want to see the penguins and also I want to meet Adi, the tapir calf – he’s so cute.

Oh wow, there’s such a thing as a Chillow Pillow – who knew? Now I’m not complaining about the gorgeous sunny weather that the UK is experiencing at the moment, but I am complaining about my inability to deal with it. I’m just not meant to live in these conditions. It’s definitely too hot to sleep at the moment and I am therefore bemoaning the fact that my flat doesn’t have air conditioning. Which is why I got onto Amazon – it solves everything, didn’t you know – and found this remarkable contraption. The only problem is that as soon as I order one the sun is going to disappear. I just know it!41+ifWHsZsL._SX450_Earlier this week I was pursuing the Joy online store, looking for present ideas. I didn’t end up finding anything for my friend but I did, of course, come across some bits for myself! I haven’t yet clicked buy but it’s very tempting…

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How genius are stick on eyes. I’m imagining these on cupcakes and strawberries.

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I need this owl vase in my life. There’s a perfect place on my bookshelves next to the picture of the little girl reading on a stack of books. I’m pretty certain this will be winging it’s way to me soon.

Finally hearing the news of Cory Monteith’s death was incredibly sad and I can’t imagine what his friends and family are going through. But what has been lovely is all the tributes in his memory. On Sunday night Sky 1 were showing Finncentric Glee episodes and mashable have put together their best Cory moments from Glee too. It’s nice to be celebrating his work, but I’m not sure watching Glee will ever be the same again.

Have a lovely weekend everyone xxx