Thursday, 15 August 2013

Throwback Thursday- Roam Cambodia



It's always around this time of year where I start to feel a little nostalgic, as my very first solo travel adventure began around three years ago today. I remember feeling SO scared and I had no idea what lay ahead of me.

This picture* was taken around ten days into my trip when I'd met up with a lovely bunch on a Roam Cambodia tour from Gap Adventures.

We woke up at something ridiculously early like 4am to get to see the famous Angkor Wat at sunrise and stay 'til sunset -like true tourists! Amy puked in the van, Nicola (M) got stung by a horse fly, I broke my flip flops and nearly fell down a pretty high rock, but all in all it was a great day and an unforgettable experience for certain!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Birthday celebrations

My mammoth week long birthday celebrations are finally over. I've had such a perfect time celebrating with nearly all of my favourite people and I've been so spoiled by everyone. I'm feeling incredibly grateful and happy with my life and all of the people in it right now. You guuuuuys!

The celebrations kicked off the night before my birthday with an incredible cake tower made out of CHEESE (A savoury cheesecake if you will) on a heart shaped slate cheeseboard. The perfect accessory for any cheese lover, from my equally cheese fiendish boyfriend.


The next day I opened lots more lovely presents and headed off to Woburn safari park, because you're never too old to want to see/stroke/steal animals. NEVER! I spent a good 40 mins trying to coax a monkey on to the roof of my old Clio, but they were far more interested  in the fancy cars and big people carriers. My boyfriend took so many amazing pictures with his fancy zoom lens, but they probably won't be uploaded for another ten years or so, lost in the realm with all our stunning Italy pics! (Boys! :-P)




We had a lovely day mooching and picnicking with my awesome new hamper before heading over to spend the evening with my family eating delicious Mediterranean food and laughing at the fail 'finger cake' my mum lovingly baked for me. (Sorry mum!)

(Carrot cake)
The bike of my dreams!
The next day I got to see my two best friends, eat burgers at my favourite burger place, pop some prosecco and open yet more gifts! The girls got me tickets to go to the Dirty Dancing future cinema night all together, so I am naturally peeing my pants with excitement already. Roll on the 30th!

The main celebration was on Friday night where I'd booked a booth at the Renaissance rooms in Vauxhaull for the famous London Roller Disco. 
Oh my god. I knew it would be a good night but it was even funnier than expected! Just imagine the cheesiest, most retro nightclub ever, then imagine it mildly drunk, then with all of your best fiends, then imagine it ON WHEELS! Pink light up ones in fact for me!
It was non stop hilarity from start to finish. The staff were fun and friendly (which I wasn't expecting after reading so many reviews on line), the venue was big enough to skate without being crushed, the stewards who pick you up and try not to laugh at you when you heroically fall down (a lot) and the free champagne all made for a really great night!
Also- going to the toilet in roller skates is REALLY HARD! Here's a few pics of the night before I was unable to even hold let alone use my phone...



The rest of the weekend has been spent recovering, hanging around at home (literally) and having a very quaint and girly Pintrest inspired picnic in Hampstead. Perfection!




Now I'm ready to hide myself away again and have no more celebrating for a while. Getting too old for this :-p 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

New age, new job

I'm afraid this is another 'Me' post, but after such an eventful two weeks I couldn't help but write about what's been going on.

Yesterday was my birthday, woohoo! A quarter of a century old, but very happy about it. Plus, some very exciting news to reveal!

After my week from hell last week, I can't tell you how good it feels to finally not be in pain and to be able to drink, celebrate and be merry with my special ones.

Anyone who follows me on my Twitter would no doubt have heard me moaning about my infected wisdom tooth, my body's bad reaction to antibiotics, and then the final yanking out of said tooth. It was pretty grim and I was a sleep deprived, starved, emotional wreck by the end of it.

Beast of a tooth!
Still, a week later and I'm happy to announce that, in the midst of all the mayhem, I managed to bag myself a new job!

I'm going to be re-entering the world of full time work after an intense- yet- incredible three years freelancing, adventuring and exploring, so I'm a little nervous but very excited to get started.

I'll be joining the well-known team at CloudNine as a specialist social media and digital recruiter, working alongside social media recruitment 'guru' (we love that word) Steve Ward, and one of my fellow class of 2009 Journalism graduates and fellow blogger, Holly, the original (and best) Yummy Mummy! So yes, feeling very lucky indeed! I will have a lot to learn and it will be a slow start, but I'm keen to give it everything I've got and, hopefully, still find the time to blog, sing, song write and indulge in all my other random hobbies along the way...

The first thing on my list to purchase ;) 
I have definitely rambled on too long to include my birthday summary in this post now as well, so it'll have to be scheduled for the next one.

Stay tuned for monkeys, mountains of cheese, birthday treats and CAKE, so much cake!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

July summary

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S AUGUST!

That means one week 'til my birthday woohoo- Roll on quarter life crisis!

I thought I'd start doing a month's summary in pictures, so here goes:


From left to right: 
1. Shooting an advert on David Hasslehoff's balcony in London overlooking the Thames
2. Getting very excited for my Birthday roller disco. Free entry and flashing skates?!
3. A hilariously drunken girly night out with my best friends and a lot of rowdy 50 year olds (family friends)
4. Weekly dinner dates with these two sexy ladies
5. DIET? What diet? 
6. The one where I couldn't stop buying shoes. (3 pairs in a day to be exact)
7. My brothers birthday, talking his pug pup to the pub and him terrorising the locals for attention
8. The aftermath of a very messy food fight for another TV job. I was playing a waitress.
9. My wonderful grandma (Big G) and the gorgeous Harvey two-face

That's my July summary. Where's yours? ;-)