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The most Instagrammable diner ever?!?

Big Moes diner!

Today was insane! Rather productive also as I seemed to smash out three campaigns this morning AND filmed my everyday make up look for you all which I’ll be posting on my IGTV in the week!

Angee and I headed over the Big Moes diner in Whitechapel today for some lunch!

Now if you haven’t ever seen an Instagramers dream, then you haven’t visited Big Moes diner yet! Oh my goodness!

This place is filled with 60’s style decor, American diner, red leather, booths, a juke box and a cut out old retro car which, we ate our cheat day lunch in!

The food was proper American style burgers, shakes (pretty much every flavour covered) , stick BBQ chicken wings, ICE CREAMS! They even catered for vegetarians. I opted for the sharing platter of nachos and a large veggie burger and sweet potatoes friends! Currently writing this on the sofa and resemble something of a couch potato. Pardon the pun.

A worthwhile experience and could imagine this place being epic for a birthday party as they kept dropping 60’s bangers on the speakers.

Fully content this Sunday.

Happy Sunday my loves xxx

http://bigmoesdiner.co.uk

*This was a gifted experience. But I highly recommend going if you fancy re living a scene out of Grease!

2019

It’s remarkable what a common cold can do to one’s brain after having lots of sleep and drowning in scrunched up used bog roll. (Gross I know)

New Year’s Day. Always a funny one in my eyes. I always imagine the nation in complete zombie mode after the festive season has put them through, some people might say, a ravenous period of indulgence.

Nevertheless, our poor souls have sat slumped in front of the telly watching shit films and compiling a productive New Years resolution list together. Which looks something like this:

1. Join gym

2. Eat healthily

3.Dry January (attempt)

4. Drink lots of water

5. Save save save …

6. Self-love

Yeh I know right? January has always been a bit of a dull month, not to mention half my family has their birthdays in January so number 5 can come off my list for another month.

It’s crazy to think that this time last year I was in Australia with my boyfriend and his family. I was a little worse for wear but that hangover definitely beats the cold and chest infection I currently have this year. I saw 2019 in stone cold sober which was a surreal moment for me seeing as the last few years I’ve woken up not remembering a thing. But hey, at least I didn’t have my head in a bin this year regretting the percentage of alcohol consumed.

The reason I thought I’d write this is that I’ve noticed a lot of us speaking about self-love. Whether you found it last year or you’re only just putting it into action for 2019, I too am on the path to find self-love.
2018 has been an insane year for me. I’ve learned a lot. Gained some lifelong friends via the out favorite and most loved social media platform… Guessed it? Oh, you’re too clever! Of course, Instagram has become a portal for many opportunities for me. I’ve gained a part-time job as well as some people I’d call some of my best friends, I’ve found that I have a niche for creating Lightroom presets and I bloody love taking photos and creating content.

One thing I never found really was self love. I mean, I am happy. I am very happy and I have never been in a place before within myself to say that I am fully content. However, I also seem to have got so warped in this little app that I have forgotten to look after my physical and mental health.

Self-love isn’t about looking in the mirror at the vanity. To me, it’s working out who you really are and where you see yourself in 5 years time.
This year I am looking forward to reading a good book and putting my phone down after 9 pm without fail.

This year I am looking forward to heading down to the gym after work and at the weekends and looking after my body.

This year is the year I will travel. I want to look up from my phone and see the world more.

This year I will fill my bullet journal up and educate myself.

This year I will find self-love before anything.

I wrote a blog post this time last year about social media and how our generation has become so involved in these tiny little squares. A parallel universe between expectation and reality. I am smacking myself for almost forgetting my own words I wrote!

2018:

Upon reflection, 2018 has been a rather eventful one to the day the least. I moved in with my two best friends, boogied at festivals, I started earning money through my blogging and even switched jobs.

It’s been a crazy year for every one of us.

Brexit has swamped news headlines, whilst we had the beast from the East back in March and thank fuck he left! Will we experience the beast from the east part 2 March 2019? In Summer we encountered quite the sweatiest heatwave in recorded history. We even saw 12 boys rescued from a cave back in June… I bet you forgot that one didn’t you!

We almost made football history since 1966 as we played Croatia in the Semifinals…

We had ANOTHER Royal wedding, which made most watched tv history. Although it didn’t quite grip me, I think I was preoccupied with a glass of Prosecco at Pergola on the roof in Paddington.

Turning 25:

2017 seems so very far in the past yet it seems that only yesterday myself and my best friend Zoe said that turning 25 would be our year. A year to remember and a year of big things.

So I sit here this evening writing for the first time in just over a month (bad me) thinking about what 2019 will bring.

Note to self:

I want you to read this back at the end of the year (set reminder on mobile for a years time with funky alarm tune) and write a list of everything you have achieved just like the below list for 2018 and give yourself a round of applause.

I’d like to hope that you’re reading this in the same spot that you wrote this – In the comforts of your bed. Here are a few of your achievements:

You started earning money through your passion

You moved in with your two best friends

You hit 10K then 15K by your birthday

You’ve started a new job in social media marketing which you love

You didn’t learn Spanish like you said you would in 2017 but you gave it a good go! You can order 5 beers and that’s okay!

You’ve learned to keep organized

Thank goodness, that little savings bank has finally started to fill up!

Through blogging you’ve made some lifelong friends

It’s the first year you haven’t struggled for money or been in debt

You’ve found a new hobby keeping a bullet journal and have got back into art.

Finally got to go to Reading Festival

So what will 2019 bring?

As 2018 free to an end I’ve learned one huge thing. Self-love. I sometimes forget to love myself. A lot of the time I’m hard on myself and forget about all the things I have achieved and all the things I am working towards.

Health:

Join the gym

Eat more greens

Drink more water

Meditate

Social:

Head off to more events

Spend more time with loved ones and friends

Switch off from Social media at 9 pm

Career:

Be blogging part-time

Get to 50K by the summer

Find your niche – Could it be editing and inspo? Could it be happiness and self-love?

Pre plan more flat lays for lifestyle work
Expand my preset catalog

Monetary:

Save £10,000 by the summer

Utilise more vouchers

Travel funds?

– Set to separate savings account for that future mortgage

Life:

Take every day as it comes

Count your blessings

Be positive

A problem shared is a problem halved

Material:

Not important.

Work and blogging are great and has helped with a lot of things but I always need to remind myself why I started in the first place.

To spread positivity and happiness but to also share real experiences and stories and to create a bank full of memories.

So really this message is a reminder to myself but also to everyone and anyone.

Don’t forget to love yourself first and the rest will follow.

Right, so I am off!

Time to unblock my nose and take some of that awful night nurse and hit the hay…

Sweet dreams and here’s to 2019! X

How I’m working towards being my own boss and what I’m learning along the way

Hey Chickens,

I hope you’re well and the weekends treated you to booze, food and retail therapy! A few people have asked how I manage to work full-time along with trying to build my own business on the side lines. Now before I go on, I am not anywhere near ready to work for myself. There is so much more I need to learn before undertaking the title, “boss”. And please, let’s stray away from that term girl boss.

Day one of my journey quite simply began with not having any clue what so ever about working freelance or even how I wanted to pursue the likeness of my blog. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, it has ultimately come down to a lot of trial and error.

Balance and being organised:

Balance is key when it comes down to juggling hobbies, career, friends family, eating, sleeping, socialising. You name it theres a lot to juggle right? If you can crack this then you’re laughing. When I first started blogging, I spent my weekends, evenings and days trying to create content. I ended up being a little bit too obsessed with trying to get content and actually forgetting to have an actual life away from it. I stopped going out as much and my mobile was stuck in the palms of my hands almost 24/7. Its an unhealthy habit of mine that I am still trying to master. I’ve massively gotten better. Knowing when to put work to the side and enjoy life for what it really is, is so important. So I came up with my own rule, that content will only be created once a month in bulk. It really does come in handy when you’re still working Monday to Friday. You then still have seven free weekend days to see family and friends.

Being organised really does help when It comes to content creating. I often plan my social feed weeks in advance so I know exactly what I am posting. I plan days/ nights out with friends and family in advance but also always leave a few days free for downtime and those days when you might just want to be a bit spontaneous. Oh and lastly book your content creation day in a month ahead of schedule so you can get planning.

If you can, get yourself a photographer who understands you:

Not everyone uses a photographer but if you can find one or someone that knows and understands your style, you feel comfortable with from day one, they’re worth the investment. Especially if your only shooting content once a month like me. Book a photographer once or twice a month depending on how much you’re getting paid that month to create content. you can shoot 7/8 outfits in 2 hours so it really does mean you’re sorted for posts and content. I always book mine in for the end of the month so I know that I then have a month to earn the extra income if needs be.

Whats your plan?

If you’re like me, you’ll have endless note pads scribbled with notes and endless lists. I find that lists often clear my mind and put everything into perspective. Whether its work related or just general errands to run, lists are my best friend. I use whats called the dot system. I actually picked this up from a past job role and ever since its been something I swear by. Its simple. Once the thing on the list is complete colour the dot in next to it! Plan ahead and set yourself goals that you want to achieve monthly. That way you’re not looking to far ahead but the future and getting ahead of yourself. I’ve learnt that slow and steady really does win the race.

Do your “How to freelance research first:

For me, I’m absolutely clueless when it comes to anything to do with tax, self assessment, keeping a recons of what expenses etc. So far I keep my own ledger with every single job/ Lightroom preset sale I make. This currently works well for me but I need to get it onto a desktop version in the next few weeks. Make sure you know your dates for self assessment. The tax year runs April to April so be ready when the time comes to declare any additional income. Setting up a separate bank account to store your tax is also a good idea (one on my to-do list this week for that matter). Get yourself a spreadsheet going and an expanding folder to keep record of every expense. Make sure you keep track from day one though!

Oh! Lastly, if you’re unsure of anything, always ask for help. Whether that be a relative, friend or an accountant, or even another blogger, it’s worth tackling this all early and making it a good habit.

Who are you creating content for/ Do you believe in the product?

Whether your being approached or a brand has approached you, theres one thing I have learnt and thats to never offer your services for free. You wouldn’t do this in any other industry so whats different here? Try not to work for free, I know its more difficult when you start off but at the end of the day this is a job and it will affect you in your later blogging career, as well as fellow bloggers, if brands see you posting for free all the time. Always ask yourself, do you genuinely believe in the product or brand before saying yes to a new contract? I have turned down a few jobs down recently. Even when the money is good, it doesn’t make sense if I don’t believe in the product in the first place.

Your full-time job:

Whatever you do, keep working full-time until you are 1000000000% financially ready. I rent and have bills to pay so it would be utterly Ignorant if I were to walk away from my job anytime soon. I am a long way off blogging being able to pay the bills, but for now the extra income has opened a lot more doors for me. Its a tough ride but you’re not as busy as you think you are. Plan ahead, see friends and family and dedicate 1/2 days a month for content and it will all come with ease.

Don’t forget to have fun:

We have all been there, instagram has the tendency to put us down at times and it can really affect the way we think. Before the summer started, I began to forget why I took up blogging in the first place and I practically fell into the trap of solely using my blog and instagram to make money. WRING WAY TO THINK. I lost authenticity and really got myself into a rut. I then taught myself that it isn’t about the likes or the follower game. I mean, it is lovely when you receive virtual love when all your hard work pays off but its not all about that. Don’t forget why you started your blog/ instagram in the first place and keep that with you all the way to the end.

It’s okay to fail multiple times

Hello Chickens

Well isn’t it a divine Monday morning! Suns out, let’s all have a kickass week!

This is something I’ve wanted to discuss with you for a while now. Only because failing and changing my mind seems to come second nature to me. Might as well eat the two phrases for lunch and dinner. (I don’t like breakfast).

For years I had no bloody clue what I wanted to do with my life. When I was younger, all I wanted to be was a vet. I loved animals (I still do) As a teenager, it was all about learning a musical instrument, guitar, piano… I quit them both. I turned to sport and genuinely thought I’d found my forte in cross-country, then hockey came along, well I quit those too. Nothing stuck. I thought I was failing, people never took me seriously because I always had a different game plan, a new adventure I wanted to explore. (Miss Dora the explorer over here)

But it wasn’t until recently that I realised, it’s okay to try out new hobbies and have new career aspirations. Why? Because we aren’t at the finish line yet. The beauty of it is we are all learning things about ourselves every single day. We adapt, we change, we mould into the people we are.

Now, I’m no wise old man but I know I have learnt one thing growing up. Its damn right okay to fail. It’s what makes us stronger, try harder with what we want to succeed in.

We spend years working it all out, we stress and worry over exams, our grades, schooling, that part time job. We think fuck it I don’t have a clue what I want to do with my life. But that time comes with trial and error and each time we fail and try new things we broaden our horizons and open new doors.

Today I sit writing this smiling, smiling about the fact that I will still fail at things in years to come but in years to come I will have also developed and progressed so much more than the person sat here today.

It’s like with writing. I scrolled to the bottom of my blog this evening and decided to read my very first post. It made me emotional, proud of my present self and how far I’ve come. (NGL it was also quite humorous to read little novice me’s first blog post). Never did I think I’d be sat over a year on writing about my progression. I am ever so happy about it. My personal note to you is:

You should be too.

I sit in a community of bloggers and friendships that have grown alongside me doing what they do best and I’m grateful to see everyone succeeding in what they love.

So remember this week, next week and whenever you think to yourself, “I have failed”. Take a step backwards and look at how far you’ve come. And more importantly, how far you will go.

Happy Monday chickens x

Finally somewhere to call Home

Home. It’s one of the most sentimental things we have in life. Bar our family, our friends and loved ones there is nothing better than after a long day or a long week coming back to your own bed.

So what’s on the agenda for Lauren next?

Finally, I get to say I am about to step into one of the most exciting parts of my life so far. I’m moving in with my two best friends! We’ve been prepping and planning our home decor, colours, themes for each room, who’s buying what and the cleaning rota… So help me we are actually adulting. WHATTTT! I don’t even think “adulting” is a word but we will go with it because it kind of makes sense.

Anyway, what were we talking about? Oh yes home! July 28th marks our official move in day. We have been waiting for this day since last year when the thought came about in a drunken girls chat in the bathroom somewhere in London.

We have so much planned so I really want to share with you some of our super organised plans for the big move in day. Always worth having some knowledge before moving in with your best friends.

First things first, Zoe and I have been madly visualising our days spent together. Waking up in the morning, having breakfast and dinner together, themed parties you name it we will probably be planning to do it.

I honestly cannot wait to enter this new chapter of my life with two amazing girls. I will be writing up a post about how to create the Ultimate room set up when living in a house share once I’ve settled in so I can’t wait to show you around! If you have any ideas for my new room I’d love to hear them so comment any links below or send me a direct message 🙂

Anyways, that’s a little update on my life 🙂

Have a lovely day and speak soon!

Love Sheps xx

The truth behind phones and social media and how they can affect your health. (My Story)

Do you get caught up over Instagram? Not everyone can relate to what I’m about to write about but I can assure you that the majority of our generation are hooked on their mobile phone and social media with just the click of a button. Yikes!

I can easily spend hours scrolling through Instagram comparing photos, getting inspired by content but the eye awakening truth is that it does sometimes get me down. I think my thumbs will one day will need their own sabbatical from all the typing and scrolling i do. Sounds dreamy.

The real world:

Last week, I took the time to spend it off Instagram and just have a break from the business side it is slowly turning into. It’s been quite a strange yet calming experience which leads me into why I am writing this blog post because I also felt anxious that I would lose so-called “engagement” in the week i speant off of it. And you know what? I did! I was so down in the dumps, I was stuck in a rut but it made me stop and think. I thought about ‘real’ life and what truly is important. The stuff which isn’t behind a glass screen. The real stuff. Really likes, real love, real friends and family and real conversations. I took the time to message old friends and focus on clearing my head. It’s strange how one man created such an intense global social media platform that it almost runs this world. Crazy in fact! I thought, what would happen if they just took away instagram? From speaking with a number of people nowadays, Facebook is now just used for watching funny videos and laughing about endless memes. Wasn’t Facebook’s sole purpose to connect with friends? It’s doing the opposite now and I light of the recent news has repelled most users away from it due to being an untrusted platform.

We had pretty good weather last week so I sat outside to eat my lunch for a second before going back into the office. I put out my phone in my bag for once instead of having it glued to my hand and I looked up to notice the world go by around me.

The sun was shining, everyone was in a good mood, BBQ aromas filled the air, the park commons in London were filled with endless picnic groups. I heard laughter and saw people playing football. And then I realised and said out loud, “holy shit”. To my surprise an old lady turned around and gave me a ghastly look of disapproval for my fowl mouth but I didn’t care too much.. I thought, had I have been on my phone, I wouldn’t have taken this all in. I would have been munching away at my sandwich liking endless photos of girls in bikinis, making myself feel even more self conscious about my body, but I didn’t need to. Instead I was seeing the real world with real likes and real laughter and it made me feel so happy.

I think sometimes I can forget about these small things and having moments of realisation like this is a real eye opener. If you haven’t already, you should try it some time.

Content block:

A real bug bare of mine. I have spoken to a fair few people who have been in the same situation on a number of occassions. For those of you who don’t know what content block is, it’s when you just cannot for the life of you think of post ideas, blog posts, where your next job is coming from or even how to get inspired. You get yourself into a rut and my god do you end up feeling like an anxious pile of shit. But why do we do it to ourselves? This weekend I have taken a step back and have decided to just let my posts come naturally. If I want to have a week off to clear my head then I will. Self love and happiness is so Important. In my opinion, I think a lot of us post photos because we want everyone else to like them. But what about you liking them? Is it really what you like or are you doing it to please others. To me, posting something that I like, when I want and where I want is far healthier than making yourself worry about how many likes a photo can achieve. I’ve seen a lot more bloggers/ people take a step back recently and as a result it’s helping them create some insane content. So I think, let it come naturally. Don’t force it and just have fun. When you take a step back and relax the ideas will naturally come flooding in.

Taking time for yourself:

Since writing full-time along with a full-time job I also pursue and love, it becomes quite pressuring to meet deadlines, clear my inbox and just generally relax. Its is so important in this day and age to stop saying “I am so busy” all the time because the truth is, I’m not! Social media can also tie me down due to infinitive blog posts and collaborations. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love doing it and it is a passion of mine but sometimes hitting the “off” button is well and truly needed.

Is Instagram the cause of my insecurities?

The answer is most likely. I used to compare my body for hours to thousands of girls plastered across the internet in bikinis and perfectly contoured faces. Over my first year of blogging I have learnt that it’s one of the most unhealthy traits in this day and age that any young person can have. I used to become jealous and resent my own body and the tiniest of flaws. I would sit there feeling sad and uncomfortable in my own shell just because I was, ‘too small’, or I thought my ‘teeth were too big’ HA! The truth is I still do sit there like ‘Mr grumpy Gills’ sulking about how I feel but I’m quick to snap out of it. As do most other girls, there is nothing wrong with any of us! The internet has become a judgmental place of stereotypical airbrushed, photoshopped, waist sucked in models. All I ask for, is for you to take a step back and rid these comparisons from your feed and only follow what inspires you. It’s a pure and simple health trick and life change I made and damn I feel good about eating this cupcake right now. We need to feel good about ourselves, don’t compare yourself to someone who is completely different to you. You are unique and beautiful in your own way.

Put your phone away! 

Now this is getting super honest. The other day I ended up feeling bad because I know my dad really hates it when me and my sisters sit there on our phones whilst its family time. He got a tad angry with us. He will probably be reading this post right now thinking,  “yep I sure did get mad”, so I’m sorry! He is bloody right though. Family time happens only once a week, if that, as all of us are extremely busy most of the time. Leaving our phones in the hallway (including mum, yes you!) is sometimes the best thing   and I have come to learn. Family is everything and technology can get in the way sometimes. Unless it’s for a funny family selfie of course!

So thats that. I thought I would share my personal experiences and hiccups with social media and technology in the hope that people don’t feel so alone and know we all expoericen very similar situations in life. So on that note I will leave you with one scary question that I mentioned at the beginning. What if one day technology and social media disappeared. Could you live without it?

Much love, now get back to your instagram stalking! xxx

Desenio giving my room the personality it needs

Literally got these prints now about 2 months ago and the fact they have only just gone up on my wall is very very bad of me! Reason why you ask?

Because they’ve given my room a soul to say the least! I’d heard of Desenio previously but wasn’t too fazed by them as I’d never really thought to put a load of random prints up on my wall.

But when someone approached me and said each print chosen is personal to you because you choose them, I was right on the band wagon!

I’m not one to usually hype about things I’ve received from brands this much but they’ve totally given my room the character it needed.

My Preset Pack is finally here!

So for a while I have promised you that I would finally sell my presets. And they are finally ready! I am super nervous but I hope you like them and most of all have fun with them 🙂 Make sure you’re happy and you’ve read the below before scrolling down to purchase 🙂

These presets are designed to bring a pop of colour into your images and for those who like a tan, I got you covered!

I want to go through a few outlines before you go purchasing them as not all presets work on every photo. I have 14 available presets for just £20! I didn’t want to charge so high like other editors as I think they are honestly just as easy to make once you get the hang of Lightroom  but I wanted to share with you the ones I use to make my instagram full of colour. Most of which come with a slight grain, give you a tan and if you love adding a splash of colour to your imagery, it’ll turn the vibrance up so your images pop!

Each preset is labelled according to the original photo I did the very first edit on. For example, LS J1 Blue to Turquoise/ Add tan… Well you get the picture. Literally.

NOTICES BEFOREPURCHASING

  • Presets are not refundable
  • Basic knowledge of Lightroom required!
  • Each preset will need slightly adjusting according to the image used.
  • Presets work best in RAW but also work on JPEGs
  • You need the desktop Lightroom version for windows or MAC which is about £9 per month from Adobe. Trust me though, its a worthwhile investment if you want groovy photos. I will look into how to add them onto the free Lightroom mobile app!
  • Skin tones can be adjusted in the colour adjustments section to change the shade of your skin (Use the orange luminance tool for best results by shifting the colour up for less tan and down for a darker more prominent glow) Other colours can be altered here too.
  • If the image is too grainy, you can turn the strength down using the grain adjustment tool.
  • Using the individual brush tool will allow you to manipulate certain sections of your image with out altering the rest. E. g bringing the subject to the front field (usually works by bumping up the exposure a bit and turning down the highlights.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy creating!!

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

Below are some before/after shots of my presets in action.

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Why a small town Called Jávea / Xavier could be your next holiday

I’d never even heard of Jávea until my boyfriends parents rented an apartment here for 6 months. If you’re looking for, instagrammable pink sunsets, divine food, boutique shisha spots, picturesque beaches and tat markets, Jávea has it all for you.

We left rainy, England, snowy England, everything but nice England and headed to Jávea just south of Valencia for a week. I under packed but that’s okay, the weather permitted me to stay in my bikini for the duration luckily!

Day 1. Beach day: It was a simple day, picnic cold pizza pre made by myself, fresh OJ and watermelon all packed and cool boxed. We sunbathed and relaxed all day and enjoyed cold pizza by the ocean.

Day 2. Market day: The market was filled with typical tat stools. Fruit and veggies to wicker bags, flamenco dresses and ornaments you only buy if you’re typically a parent. You know those metal colourful lizards you see which hang up on the outside wall on the porch at home? Yep them. We sipped wine and fluffed beer at a family run winery where we promptly left after two wasps 🐝 decided to start buzzing around our glasses. Teasing us with their terrifying buzzing noises, although pretty sure they were more scared of us… A couple of yards down an old winding pathway we found a beautiful church. We found out records date it back to 1244 and it comes by the name of Saint Bartolome the ancient Church Javea. It was truly magnificent. We sat and ate lunch just by it so we could admire the architecture and our surroundings. If your looking to grab a lovely lunch after exploring the markets, I’d highly recommend here. The food is great and the scenery is very instagrammable (come on guys you know that’s what your after anyway.. Right?) • The markets run every Thursday 9am-2pm.

Day 3. We climbed to the light house and the views were sensational: Yep we did it! I can’t say I wore the most appropriate of attires. Converse, a skirt and swimsuit completed with a small handbag…. Not the best mountain hiking wear. The walk took about 55 minutes in total. And that was just upwards. The views at the top were breath taking. The world below us looked like a little paper town. So small and perfectly pieced together. We took in our surroundings and glugged the remainder of water we had with us and stopped for some quick snaps. Perfect memories captured. Where to go: To get to the entrance, walk straight past Javea port until you get to a sign pointing up (duh). There are two routes. We took the long one which is less steep and was not knowingly more tailored to my choice of outfit. There’s another route which takes 15 minutes but, unless you don’t get vertigo, I’d take the longer route!

Sunsets in Jávea: They’re certainly not to miss. If you sit my the port, it’s as if you’re in LA. Pink fluffy clouds and pale yellow hues fill the sky with unicorn colours. Dreamy right?

Day 4. Easter Brekky, Rocky beaches, Sushi and Camembert: We started the day off right. Easter breakfast. A full English, fresh paste dies, strawberries, ON freshly squeezed and chocolate Easter eggs. The day is off to s good start.

There’s something I’ve figured about the people of Jávea love. The first thing is everyone seems to have a bloody tea cup Yorkshire terrier… The second thing is they LOVE fried Camembert. Good news is so do I. I’ve eaten it every day this week. Guilty. But that’s fine, I’m on holiday. Another beautiful thing about Javea is the rocky beaches. Waves splash gently against them and what’s magical is you can sit close to the shore line without getting wet. The black rocks have indents, perfect to sit and lie in, from the waves hitting the outer layers and creating rock crevasses. Perfect wind blocks! If you’re ever in Jávea, head to the bottom of the Arenel where you’ll find the most divine restaurant. They serve a variety of Mediterranean dishes alongside sushi and of course Camembert! The restaurant is named La Bambula click here to get more information.

Ps. This is the real me, sulking because the wind was blowing too much for a photo. Courtesy of the Boyf.

Day 5. Lake Guadalest: Id never heard of this place before. I didn’t even know places like this could exist in countries like Spain! About 1 hour 20 away from Jávea, through winding roads, a shed load of roundabouts and narrow village streets, Lake Guadalest took our breath away. Right in the middle of the mountains this turquoise lake sits alone. It gets it turquoise colouring from the salt rock. I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long time. Birds, bees, the sound of trickling water running through the aqua coloured stream. Literally heaven on earth. I can’t quite express how beautiful it is without telling you go physically go there and see for yourself.

Home time: Has come so soon for us, I’m super sad. But we’re coming back in June for round two! Jávea, you’ve been a blast! I’d love to answer any questions you might have if you’re thinking of travelling to this beautiful town. There will also be a YouTube video up in the next few days about our stay, so make sure you’re subscribed to my CHANNEL and be the first to see! ⚓️🍏🌊

Lots of love!

Why I quit my money making job to follow my dreams

It was a super tough one because the job I had was great. It paid the bills, it was well paid, my colleagues were always enthusiastic and moving forward. But there was something that I couldn’t justify in my head. Was this job what I really wanted to do? Did I want to settle for money over following my dreams and my own personal passions?

Let me get this straight. I stuck at my previous job role for the best part of 6 years. To say the least it comes down to the company and people around you. And what was so thrilling was to work with so many passionate people who loved their job. But deep down, I knew, in my heart that I needed something creative.

Time is a precious factor for me, I love to see family, friends, I adore ‘me’ time. And if you don’t know what me time is then I suggest you pick up your favourite novel, watch your favourite film, grab a face mask, a glass of wine and stop reading because you need to experience ‘me time’ RIGHT NOW. It’s the best of the best.

It’s not easy changing jobs, I have had my struggles, ups and downs, I had to alter my lifestyle choices and change is something that I don’t take easily. But a few months down the line, I’m slowly starting to get to grips with my new job role (Still within the same company) and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Last year I think I hit a rock bottom and had a slight dramatic panic attack. I sat myself down and thought, shit, I’m soaring through my twenties and I’m not following my dreams. I got all emotional and started quoting cliché quotes in my head like, “you only live once!”. It was then I said to myself now it’s time to make a change.

Time is a precious thing. We only get one life, one purpose, one chance to make a difference, to plant our seed in history. I’m no entrepreneur, world class life speaker or in anyway shape or form have I made it in life. All I want to do is to be happy. And yes! Don’t get me wrong money can help, in fact it does help and I’m not writing this post to say there’s a right or wrong answer but what if. What if you were to follow your dreams that one day your passion and love would turn your dreams into money. You’d never feel like you were working a day in in your life!

My new job has given me time to focus on my passions and do what I love. Blogging and creating content! I can create content to my hearts content, brainstorm crazy ideas and meet people I never dreamed of meeting. Had I of never taken the leap to change I would always be thinking, but what if?

My top tips for taking it step by step to follow your dreams:

Do your research: Real talk. It can be all well and good leaving a well paid job that you’ve suck at for years so make sure you research, look into salary’s, what you will earn and what you can earn.

Make sure you have money saved: If your changing jobs, make sure you have some emergency funds saved. You don’t want to switch then realise you can’t live!

What are your passions? Your skills? If you haven’t quite decided what exact job you want. Start somewhere which gives you the ability to learn more in what you love and explore your options.

Don’t quit unless your sure! Yep! It took me a while before I finally took the plunge. I researched, I saved, I spent my weekends getting back into my hobbies to realise a change in job was what was needed.

Speak with family: Ask them questions. What do they think? Do they support you and think it’s a worthwhile investment? After all, this is a big move so doing the right thing is key.

Make sure it’s going to make you happy: A lot of people hunk the grass is always greener. Make sure that the switch you’re going to make is worthwhile and the right one.

Lastly, have fun! The best part about your change is that you’re going to have fun, experience new things and learn new skills. Have fun in the process! Your following your dreams right?

I find it so brilliant that each of us have our own passion. One could want to be a scientist while the other write poetry. We are all different and that’s what makes us unique and most of all, it’s what keeps the world spinning. It gives us knowledge and power!

I’d love to know if you’ve done something similar and hear your stories on something you might have changed!

Let me know ☺️💗

Peggy Porschen and a whole lot of snow!

What a crazy week of weather we’ve had! Snow, rain, thunder? I’m pretty sure of it! Sun, clouds, fog you name it England’s had it in the space of 5 days.

So I set off fairly early last Friday as I had been invited down to Peggy Porschen, to experience their cafe and get a taste for their famous cupcakes.

I was worried at first I wouldn’t make it as the snow was heavily falling from the sky but it soon stopped when I arrived. I couldn’t have had a better experience. Luckily for us it was quiet as we arrived early. Defo a top tip! ARRIVE EARLY ☺️🌸❄️

I cannot believe I haven’t ventured here sooner. This place is a dream. Pastel pinks, marshmallow tones and fluffy cupcakes carved by angels, this cafe is something out of a fairy tale.

Now as you know me already you’ll know I love to hunt down great cup of hot chocolate or coffee and Peggy Porchen did well to impress with their cocoa powdered patterns sprinkled lightly on top of THE most creamy hot chocolate. You know when you get in from a cold winters day and your mum has two big mugs of hot drink waiting for you? That’s the memory that filled my mind when I took my first sip. From those snow days off school except today, we sat inside a unicorn palace propped with beautiful marshmallow toned roses. Well done Pegs.

I noticed that Peggy Porchen had been getting ready for it’s Easter Festivities so I can’t wait to see what themed cupcakes make an appearance closer to when the Easter Bunny comes to say hello. To give you a better idea on our day I have put together my very first Vlog which I am super excited to share with you. I’ve never had so much fun filming something so personal to me so I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it :).

FIRST VLOG: Peggy Porchen and a whole lot of snow! ❄️🐰🌸

I’d love to hear your thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe! I’ll be hopefully posting 2 a month whilst I get to grips with this whole editing malarkey.

Okay so I definitely said I’d get an early night… It’s 10pm and last nights bedtime was 2am… I should probably get some shut eye but I can’t stop dreaming of that magical piece of rocky road… It’s sat in my cupboard. Midnight feast? 🍰