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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Recommended Read: January

Recommended Read: January
Thursday, 28 January 2016
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One of our New Year resolutions was to be more creative and so, in a conscious effort to actually try and fulfil our resolutions this year, we thought we'd start doing recommended reads every month. There's nothing we love more than snuggling down with a good book, a yummy candle and a fluffy blanket, so why not join us?

Violated is a real life account from one of the many young girls who survived the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. If you aren't aware (we weren't!), the Rotherham sex abuse scandal involved over 1,400 young girls being abused by sex gangs, the majority of whom were made up of Pakistani men. Sarah Wilson uses the pages within this book to share with us her experience, which started when she was only 11 years old. This book takes the reader on an emotional journey and will leave you heartbroken. This book isn't for the faint hearted, there are vivid accounts of rape and drug use, but Sarah takes this all in her stride - though there is struggle - this book helps show that shit happens, a lot of it, but you have to carry on for yourself and those around you.

If this book has shown us anything it's how much we take our lives for granted - the safe and loving environments we were brought up in and the loyal friends we have.

If you're looking for a emotionally raw read then this is the book for you, it opens your eyes to a world you didn't think existed and makes you really think about what is important in life.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Travel: Food & Drink in Soho

Travel: Food & Drink in Soho
Thursday, 21 January 2016
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I love a nice trip to the city! These past few days I've been wandering around London with my Sister & Cousin, exploring and being proper tourists. One of my favourite things about London is that there are different cultures around every corner, and with that comes the vast amounts of amazing, delicious food. There's just something about eating and drinking in London that makes me feel sophisticated (just call me the UK's answer to Carrie Bradshaw). 
Now I'm not a pro on everything London but I thought that I would share some of the places that I went yesterday, just to give you all a little bit of inspo! 

Before I got to London, I told my cousin that I definitely wanted to go for some Thai food because, being from a small town, I'd never had it before and there wasn't anywhere close by that I could get any. My cousin works in Soho and she knows the eating/drinking establishments there pretty well so she knew the best place to go to get me my Thai. That place was Busaba Eathai - a casual eatery with amazing, traditional Thai food. Everything that we ate, I had never heard of before let alone eaten before! It's such a nice, chill place to eat where you can try loads of new food (which is what London is all about really). And I managed to master using chopsticks - thats a WIN/WIN if you ask me!

After we'd finished eating it was still pretty early so naturally we thought we would go for a few cocktails. Literally round the corner was The Azulito Bar - a Mexican style tequila bar. Umm yes, you read that right. HEAVEN. It had such a quirky interior with a really cool vibe and was exactly what I was thinking for a chilled night in Soho. The cocktails were seriously incredible, they had pretty much every flavour of Margarita you could ever imagine (including Blood Orange, White Peach etc.). But don't worry, if you're not a fan of tequila there was plenty of other options!

Finally the next day, after we had meandered around London until our feet were sore, we fancied something juicy, meaty and filling aka the perfect burger. And who does burgers better than anyone else? Americans thats who! Unfortunately, seeing as we were in the UK we couldn't actually get a legitimate American burger BUT we did manage to get one that's just as delicious from The Diner. Basically it's like you're typical American-style diner but the food is so dreamy. They do every type of American-y food you'd ever want including coke floats, smothered fries and red velvet pancakes (WHAT). I had the tastiest sweet potato fries I've ever had in my life and they even boxed up the ones I couldn't finish so that I could enjoy them on the train home!

This post was a bit different to any we've done before but we hope you enjoyed it! If you have anywhere you'd recommend trying in London or anywhere else in the UK feel free to let us know in the comments!

K x
Saturday, 9 January 2016

2016 life goals

2016 life goals
Saturday, 9 January 2016
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It's been a while since we've blogged (sorry) but with the welcoming of 2016, we're back and we've decided to share with you some of our goals for this year! Hopefully this will give you some inspiration for some resolutions of your own, or if you have any other ideas/goals let us know in the comments.


1) Organise our time more effectively
This is one thing we are both terrible at. We constantly leave our uni work until the last minute and panic about not getting it done in time. It also stresses us out and makes as feel as though there is not enough time in the week to get a blog post up! This year we've finally decided to manage our time effectively so that we get our work done early and leave ourselves enough time to put as much effort as we'd like in to our blog posts.

2) Start eating healthy
This is a typical one that almost every single person says every single year. We've said this pretty much every year for the past 10 years of our lives, but this time we mean it (fingers crossed). We've decided to start planning meals and sticking to them! It's so easy, when you're at uni, to just eat whatever you fancy eating, whenever you fancy eating it. That's why we need to put a specific plan in to place so that we have some form of structure to our eating habit!
We're also thinking of doing a 'What I ate Wednesday' type post on the blog every week so that we can share our meal plans with you (and at the same time ensure that we actually do stick to it), so let us know if that would be something that you're interested in.

3) Spend less time on social media
This is something that has had a lot of attention near the end of 2015 thanks to people like Essena O'Neill, and it made us realise that we actually do devote too much of our time and effort in social media. So this year, whether it be in the evening before bed or in the morning before the day really begins, we're going to stay off social media and just relax. Just take a breather and have some time without technology.

4) Be more creative

We are actually pretty creative people (thus us starting our own blog) but we don't really have that much time to be creative seeing as we're doing a Psychology degree and all. This year we're going to spend more time actually doing creative things that we enjoy. For Christmas I bought Abby a relaxation colouring book (and cheekily got myself one too while I was at it) so before Christmas we decided to sit down, put on a chill playlist and start colouring. Once we started having a go, we were at it for hours! Little things like this are what we want to do more of in 2016 because it's just nice to get those creative juices flowing every once in a while.


5) Start budgeting

This should be number 1 to be honest. We're in our third year of university and we still haven't learnt how to effectively manage our money (it is hard being a student). This year we're going to make a concerted effort not to spend money willy-nilly because we don't think our overdrafts can take it anymore!!

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