Tuesday, 30 July 2013

My Summer Morning Routine

I love watching YouTube videos about morning routines, so I thought I'd do a post about my own! :)

1) 

First thing I do is wake up (surprise surprise!) and force myself out of my comfortable, beautiful, perfect bed. I had been getting up at around 9ish, which is fairly early for me during holidays - but for the last couple of days I've been rising pretty late. Hopefully I'll manage to get a hold of a decent sleeping pattern again... I can't stand the regret I feel after I sleep in and waste the day!

2) 

I workout first thing to get it out of the way and to get my day off to a positive start. Also, it gives me some structure and routine, which I miss in the holidays. I don't do anything major, just half an hour of cardio and some crunches. At the moment I've been doing this video by Blogilates on YouTube. It's tough but it's short, so it's ideal. To be honest, I don't particularly look forward to exercising, but I feel good when it's over.

3)

Next I eat breakfast, which usually consists of fruity muesli - this one is very tasty by the way. I might add a bit of variety to my brekkies and make my favourite scotch pancakes soon!

4) 

4) I indulge in a bit of trashy TV after breakfast. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I'm mildly addicted to watching the Kardashians... 

5) 

Shower time! I then take a nice long shower to refresh myself after my morning activities. 

5) 

Lastly, I do my make up (if I'm going out) and choose what to wear. By this time my room is usually a tip, so I sort that out too :) Then I get on with my day!

What's your routine?
Jane
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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Inexpensive Summer Entertainment

Image from Google

I want to make this summer fun and busy, rather than wasting it lying in bed all day. I know that summer can end up being quite expensive due to spending money on takeaways, theme parks, swimming pools, restaurants and whatever else. But I've come up with a few inexpensive days out and activities to hopefully help pad out your summer plans :) Here in the UK, our holiday doesn't start till the end of July, so I hope this post isn't too late for some of you!

1) Throw a friendly version of Come Dine with Me
Who doesn't love this show?! It's just always on when nothing else is and it's undeniably entertaining. My friends and I are aiming to host our own version just for fun. We're each going to produce a simple dining experience for the rest of the group and score one another (in a friendly way!). You could all contribute a little gift to make a prize for the winner. I think the main point is to not take it too seriously :) It doesn't matter if you serve your pals tinned soup and toast! For entertainment you could do a bit of cheesy karaoke or treat your friends to a "live performance" if you play an instrument... you can't go far wrong with board games either. I feel that it'd be a highly amusing and creative way to spend a week. :)

2) BBQs and Picnics
This one is fairly obvious, but it's worth a mention. Eating alfresco is lovely - especially with friends and family. Location wise, a garden is great, or you could go full out and pick a fancy spot... I'm thinking sheltered cove, landscaped park or hazy countryside field...

3) Train trips to local towns
It surprises me how much of my home country (and county actually), that I don't know! Exploring local towns is something I find very enjoyable - it provides good photographing opportunities too :) I say local-ish because the train fare is cheaper and if you book in advance, tickets are even cheaper. The train journey really adds to the whole "adventure" experience.

4) Strawberry Picking
Strawberry, or any fruit (I'm fond of raspberries) picking is so cute and reminds me of my childhood. If you choose a sunny day for it, it's especially lovely and isn't expensive because at most farms, you only pay for the fruit you pick - so no entrance fee etc. 

5) Garden Party
I would never have a house party - the mess and uninvited people turning up puts me right off, but I've considered hosting a "sophisticated" garden party. That sounds so posh, but what I'm envisioning is hoisiting some fairy lights and bunting up in my garden, chucking a few pretty rugs and cushions on the grass, asking everyone to bring drinks and listening to some chilled out music. Preferably in the late afternoon/evening time. No out of control party craziness, just a simple, relaxed garden gathering :)

6) Films nights
Movie nights with chums are pretty cheap as everyone just brings their fave DVDs and a few bags of sweets or popcorn and you're set! Fab for when the weather is not cooperating. 

That's all I've come up with so far. It's not all original, but I hope I've given you some ideas :)

Let's all have an amazing summer!
Jane 
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Saturday, 27 July 2013

OOTN

Shorts & Top - Topshop, Jacket - TK Maxx, Shoes - New Look


My pals and I went out for dinner on Thursday evening for my friend Lauren's birthday. I wore my beloved new Topshop shorts with a plain white t-shirt and blue biker jacket. I think the shorts and jacket went really well together... I felt like I was wearing a little suit! I had a burger with bacon, cheese and bbq sauce - it was very tasty. I didn't get round to taking a pic of my meal because it looked so good and I couldn't resist digging in straight away! Lauren actually did an outfit post for me last month, take a look :) she has amazing style. 

Jane 
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Friday, 26 July 2013

Loving Lately List #3


1) 

Harry Potter books
I read all of the "Hazza P" books a couple of summers ago, but I've decided to read them again because they're just so good! J.K. Rowling is seriously a genius. When you get to the last book and see how everything fits together... well, it blew my mind! ITV is showing the films in order on Saturdays... The Chamber of Secrets is on tomorrow!

2) 


Distressed Shorts
These Forever 21 shorts were only around £14 and they've come in handy with the gorgeous weather that we're having. I throw them on with a t-shirt and flats and I'm done :)

3) 

Earl Grey Tea
Usually I just drink plain old black tea, but I love a cup of Earl Grey now and then. A few weeks ago I went a bit overboard and drank it every time I had a cuppa, but I got kind of sick of it. Now I drink about a mug of it a day and it adds a lovely bit of variety to my tea addiction :)

4) 
Summer and the garden
I know I've gone on and on about the weather, but I'm so pleased that we're having lots of sun here in the UK! The garden looks it's best in the summer and it's fab to be able to make the most of it by having bbqs, picnics, sunbathing etc.

5) 

The Place Beyond the Pines
A few of my friends and I watched this incredible movie the other day after wanting to see it for ages. It was amazing - we all loved it. It's suspenseful, engaging, simple but action packed, and brilliantly surreal in a way too. Surreal but truthful at the same time. Such an excellent cast too - I highly recommend it! 

Jane 

Monday, 22 July 2013

Trip to the Zoo

Yesterday, my friends and I went on an spontaneous excursion to Twycross Zoo. There were so many monkeys! I didn't realise that monkeys were their "speciality". I'm not sure that "monkeys" is the correct collective term... there were Oran Utans, tiny little monkeys and everything inbetween. There was an adorable baby chimp rolling around in straw, we watched it for ages! It wasn't very sunny, which was a shame (it's boiling again now), but I think that due to the incredibly hot weather we've had in the UK, anything under 25 degrees feels a bit nippy! We were disappointed that the giraffes have moved the Scotland... sounds like they literally packed their suitcases and hopped on a train - but apparently they just needed a bigger enclosure. One of my favourite parts was going on the tiny train which crawls around the dinosaur area and petting zoo for about ten minutes. The five of us had to fit in a tiny compartment which was quite a challenge, but for some reason, I found the ride very enjoyable! Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos, but here's a few :)





Overall it was a fab day and better than sitting at home doing nothing on a Sunday!

Hope you've all had a great start to the week,
Jane 
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Saturday, 20 July 2013

My Bag Collection


I have a fairly small collection of bags, but that's good because it means they all get a lot of use :)

Satchel 

My Scaramanga satchel has been such a brilliant purchase, I've had it for almost three years now and it's still going strong, despite a few nicks and scratches... which I think add character ;) At the time, it seemed quite a large investment at £50, but now I think it's pretty cheap for such a classic, durable, leather bag. It's perfect for school and travelling and everything else. I think I'll probably get it repaired a little before I head off to uni next year.


Smart-ish green bag

I got this little bag for my year 11 prom last year as it tied in with the green bow around the waist of my dress. I didn't think I'd get much use out of it, but it's actually come in handy for parties. It's good quality for New Look and I think it looks more expensive due to the cracked leather look.


Jack Wills bag

I can fit so much into this bag! I think I'll use it for the beach when I go to Cornwall for a few days in August. I love the paisley style print and it goes with plenty of my clothes, probably because it's sort of muted rather than being bold. Such a simple shape too - it's just lovely :)


American Apparel backpack

This backpack is my " go to" bag for when I go off on my train travels (which I've had loads of this year!). It's like a Tardis - you can stuff so much in it! I also use it for school when my satchel isn't big enough for all my folders and books etc. The colour is fab too and I think the quality is great - the straps don't look strained at all. 


Patterned backpack

I found this adorable backpack last year in Madrid and it was very good value! I had a right job trying to find it - I saw it on one of the first days on the trip, and on the last shopping trip on the last day, I was nuisance and decided I wanted to buy it. I dragged my friends around the city centre for ages, trying to remember the shop - I was successful in my quest eventually though! I'm glad I did get it because it's so cute and I adore using it in the summer. 

What's your favourite bag like?
Jane 
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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Instagram Snaps #2

Gem lounging in the sun | Golden Syrup sponge | Music and BBQ | Me with straight hair (rare!) | More cake | Sunset

Good but weird chocolate | Gem being cute | Pringles wrapping paper | Me waiting for my dad and bro in the car | Gem being cute again | Minion banana sticker!

Ice cream | July quote on my calendar | Amazing lemon cake made by my mom | Salad | Walking on my mom's birthday | Our beautiful garden

Hey guys! Sorry that I've been away for so long. The weather in the UK is incredible at the moment (as I'm sure most of you know) - I feel like I'm on holiday! Speaking of holidays, school has almost broken up for summer and I'm looking forward to doing lots of fun stuff with my pals. As I mentioned a while ago, I'm going to do a post on cheap and amusing summer things to do. I'm pretty chuffed with some of the things that I've come up with :D 

Hope you're all enjoying the summer,
Jane 
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