July Love List

Summer beauty

I’ve had one of those months where I am finding it hard to remember what I actually got up to…

This may be to do with the copious large glasses of Rosé / Pimm’s OR the fact that the summer is slipping by at a crazaaay rate. Or a bit of both. Hehe. IT IS AUGUST AND WE ARE ALL GETTING A *bit* EXCITED FOR AUTUMN. I feel wrong, but also a teeny bit excited for spiced candles and chai lattes hehehe.

The Summer months can be a bit strange. You are split between working and getting that dollar (to fuel the caramel frappucino addiction) and trying to soak up the sun drenched days, picnics, BBQ’s and warm evenings in the garden with your chums. I’ma say it again, what I would do for those dreamy six week holidays, I didn’t appreciate how incredibly jammy life was.

At the beginning of July I handed in my notice at work. An opportunity popped up and I just thought f*ck it, why not? Although, I have always found change a bit of a bizarre one. It tends to work out in the end, but I feel like I temporarily lose myself when I have a change of routine and location. But it’s all good, I already feel like I’m finding my groove.

SO the current situation is me, in a building, on mi tod, tapping away and trying to be a productive gal boss (lol). I have tea, I have chocolate in my drawer (Montezuma’s lime and sea salt, fancaaay) and I can play my Disney bangers at full volume so it is pretty sweet deal for now.

Anyways, here are mi highlights from the past four weeks!

1.

AFTERNOONS BESIDE THE SEASIDE

July Love List

We popped down to the coast to have lunch with the fam for my Grandpas birthday. We all mooched down to the beach to walk the doggies and it was SO dreamy. Glittering sea, pale blue sky and fresh sea breeze… OOFT.

2.

ONE SECOND A DAY

This cute lil app was introduced to me by Fifi, she has kept it going for quite a while now and I thought I would give it a whirl too. It has been going for about a month now and it is already really love to look back on. Zoe actually finished hers and popped it up on YouTube. Such a lovely way to capture your memories <3

3.

KEW THE SOUND, ALL SAINTS

Kew the Sound Kew Gardens

What a corker of an evening! Me and my mumma visited the beautiful Kew Gardens kitted out with a picnic and prosseco to watch our all time babes All Saints. We basked in the evening sunshine, nibbled on on flapjacks and swooned over the beaut flowers, I never thought I would have so much appreciation for a garden, but Kew is just summin’ else.

4.

PICNICS IN THE PARK

Despite the added drizzle, us Brits carry on regardless. It was our flatmate Zahara’s birthday picnic a few weeks back and after a bit of hesitation (and rain) we went for it, party hats and all. It was SO much fun and also lovely to meet lots of new folks. We played rounders (I suck) then continued the party at our gaff, before heading down to Tooting Tram and Social – SUCH a banging night out.

5.

MY GRANDMA’S VICTORIA SPONGE RECIPE

Victoria sponge

My grandma is the QUEEN of the humble viccy sponge. So light, so fluffy, so tasty. You cannot beat it. For Zahara’s birthday she sent me the recipe in a flurry of Facebook messages and I got down to it. Raspberry jam and cream in the middle, fresh roses and a dusting of icing sugar on top. Damn. It went down so well and I was chuffed! It wasn’t GF tho – maybe I will start working on a recipe…

6.

THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL8

OH BEBEH this camera is just the absolute dream. I have been thinking about taking the plunge for a wee while, but last month I finally bit the bullet and joined the Olympus clan.

I also nabbed the 45mm lens, and OH MA SWEET LAWDY it is sexy, even it ya have to stand on the other side of the room to get a snap. My new companion has given me a whole new lease of life with the ole blog and it feels bladddy good! If you are tinkin’ about making the investment, definitely go for it chum.

7.

RAINY BEACH PARTY

Isle of Wight St Helens

For my bro’s 30th buuurthday, we headed back home to the Isle of Wight for a bangin’ beach party. Obvs the sunshine cry laughed in my face and put me back in my place. Nah m8, here’s a reminder that you reside in England pal, deal with it… So we did! We popped up a gazebo on the beach, filled it with family, prosecco, good tunes (inc. Mambo No.5) and had a right laff. U ain’t raining on my parade, England.

August is gonna be aaaaaall about soaking up the last drops of summer. I am off to Brighton with the ladies, V Festival with the babes at Debenhams (HELLA excited for this) and nipping down to Devon to spend the bank holiday weekend with the Rogers clan. Fingers crossed I will also get this booty back in the gym and back on the mat, I have been a lil rubbish lately and it ain’t fair on mi bod!

What were your July highlights, what is your current Pimm’s pitcher count? I think mine is actually only four and I am V disappointed in myself.

Ix

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