Things I’ve Loved This Week 16.10.16

Today I’m sat on my sofa in our freshly-tidied flat, getting cosy and doing absolutely f-all. I was actually supposed to be going for brunch with some of my best gal pals, but one log in to Halifax later, hell no girl, you’re going nowhere. Bah. But I have my new dressing gown, cheese on toast and the last of my Lush bubble bar to be getting on with, which is still pretty awesome. Here’s to lazy Sundays, and the best things from the past week…

Going for the chop
GUYS, I GOT MY HAIR CUT. By an actual hairdresser. Groundbreaking. Last time I did anything with my hair, I got drunk, cut it myself using a tutorial on the Cosmo website and dyed it pink. Ha. I don’t go to the hairdressers often and rarely go to the same place twice, but after discovering Hair Culture, I think I’ve actually found a regular place to go. Katie, who did my hair, was absolutely wonderful and just ‘got’ what I wanted, and I just love it so much at the moment. Go check it out on my Instagram!

Mojito 7UP Free
Seriously, this stuff is my new jam. Hangovers be gone, hello I’m awake in the mornings, etc etc. I don’t think it’s quite replaced Pepsi Max Cherry in my affections, but if I need a refreshment boost, this is the one.

Travel Plans
This month I’ve been firming up travel plans for the next six months or so and I’m getting all excited. In November, I’m off to Morocco (eep!) with the guys at Stoke Travel to check out their Morocco Surf Camp. I’ve never surfed in my life (apart from windsurfing), so it could be a fun one. But there’ll also be lots of exploring and local food too! Then in December, we’re off on a secret long weekend away. We have an idea where we’re going, but we’re booking last-minute so it could change completely.

In January, I’m off to Dublin with work, and in February I’m off to Glasgow to see The Wonder Years with one of my favourites. Oh, and next weekend I’m in Nottingham, and have a still-undisclosed night away in the UK between now and Christmas to come. I’M GOING EVERYWHERE and it’s so awesome.

Walthamstow London street art

Exploring Walthamstow
Yesterday I got up and dressed and took a short bus ride to Walthamstow. The locals call it Awesomestow. The only times I’ve been before are for SW meetings, and when I once got on the wrong bus and ended up crying on the bus terminal floor at 2am dressed as Snow White as I didn’t know how to get home. Lol. Newbie Londoner Milly had the best moments.

Thankfully there were no tears this time, and I was wearing normal attire as I perused Walthamstow market, and realised they have lots of handy shops and I could probably manage my Christmas shopping there without having to face the terror of Oxford Street or Westfield. Sorted. There was also some cool street art, and we popped into a local pub where I enjoyed a chicken skewer salad more than I’ve ever enjoyed a chicken skewer salad before. Awesomestow, indeed.

London like a local
Speaking of exploring the local area, I recently had the opportunity alongside a load of other awesome London bloggers to be featured in eBookers’ ‘London Like A Local’ guide. With lots of knowledgable London-dwellers sharing their tips on cool things to do (I even picked up some new ideas myself), it’s essential reading for anyone visiting the city.

Matalan makeup bag

Feeding my Matalan obsession
I’m basically all over Matalan right now. I’ve been wearing the boots I bought non-stop because AUTUMN. And they’re so comfy. And this weekend, I picked up a cosy dressing gown (as Conor was getting sick of me stealing his all the time), some candles and a new makeup bag. IT HAS A GLITTERY M ON IT. It also actually fits all my daily makeup in…even if it does take up half my bag. Whoops.

Weight loss
I had my first weigh-in with Slimming World last Monday, and I managed to lose 1.5lbs! Not a mega huge loss I know, but considering I had a meal out with wine and dessert, and more wine throughout the week, I’m pretty happy with it. As someone who blogs about food, it’s really hard to balance doing the things I love to tell you about with sticking to the Slimming World plan – but even if it’s very slow, it means I’m eating better than I did before. Which can only be a good thing…

Cafe Rouge Autumn Winter

Cafe Rouge’s Autumn/Winter menu
On Tuesday, Conor and I headed to Cafe Rouge in St. Paul’s to try out their winter menu. A cosy table by the window, lovely decor and, of course, FOOD. A highlight was their French Onion soup – I rarely go for soup as a starter, but this one is perfection. Delicious and warming and oh-so-wintery. Full post on my visit to come! (however, I forgot my camera, so I need to sort out salvaging the frankly dreadful shots my failing phone camera provided me with. Oh help).

The Flash
I am basically all over the new season of The Flash because TOM BLOODY FELTON playing a sassy British CSI. Happy days.

What have you loved this week?

  • I have heard of Mojito 7 up but not seen it yet, I am a fan of Matalan but not been for a while and I need to smell that candle x

    • Oh the candle is beautiful! It was an impulse buy near the tills…as was the makeup bag!!

  • Bex Smith

    Well done on your weight loss – I love Slimming World. Also Mojito 7UP Free….where can I get this stuff??

    • Me too! I lost 2st with it last year and just ate so much! I got the Mojito stuff from a local newsagents, not sure what big stores or anything it’s in unfortunately 🙁

  • Jessica Riley

    Oh Wow, please please please take me to Morocco! I’m dying to go, and to go surfing?! Well that’s so cool.




    The Crown Wings

    • I’m so excited (come with me, and laugh when I fall off my surfboard!!)

  • What I have loved this week is the news that you are coming to Glasgow in February yesssssssss.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

    • Yay! I love Glasgow, I try and get up there a couple of times a year. All I really do is spend it in the pub, haha, but I have friends up there who I don’t get to see much!

  • Galina V

    The dressing gown looks very soft and cosy. Great travel plans for November.

    • It’s really lovely and cosy!

  • Sophie

    I’m definitely heading to Matalan asap!
    A Story of a Girl

    • Yay! They’re so good at the moment for pretty much everything!

  • Christine Dodd

    Lucky you off to Morocco – it’s on my bucket list but my husband still needs persuading.

    • It’s been on mine for a while – so I ended up just going solo!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I have a work colleague in Morocco right now and it looks just absolutely stunning, so I am quite jealous!

    • I’m staying on a beachfront so it should be amazing!

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I need to go to matalan, I don’t think I’ve been in months!

    • There’s one literally 5mins from my house, so I’m there a lot!

  • Such a lot of travelling, I am jealous. I did Morocco for new year last year on a tour and it was so much fun you’ll love it x

    • Ahh I’m so excited for it. Escaping the bad weather is a bonus too!

  • You’ve done loads of travelling, awesome! Sounds like you’ve had a pretty good week!

    • Lots to come too, yay! 🙂

  • Sounds like an eventful week even though you chilled out on Sunday. We’re loving LUSH at the moment too! Just not enough time to indulge 😉

    • I’ve now run out of Lush supplies so need to head back!

  • Sam

    So many exciting travel plans Milly! Can’t wait to hear about the surf camp, have a brilliant week!

    • Thankyou – hope you’re having a fab Monday morning so far!

  • Francesca Nelson

    Wow there is sooo much going on!! I have to say I’m so jealous that you’re off to Morocco!! BUT enjoy!!

    • Thankyou! I’m so excited about it 🙂

  • It sounds like a great week! Well done on your weight loss 🙂 I would love to visit Morocco!

  • Nayna Kanabar

    What lot of trips you have coming up, how exciting.

  • Melissa Zia

    Sounds like a brilliant week, well done on the weight loss 🙂

  • WonderfullyBookish

    I love how you write, it’s so funny! Sounds like you’ve had a good week. I had a good week too – I went to London on Friday and spent my day at the Channel 4 HQ!

  • Jessica Dearnley

    It sounds like you had a fun week. Congrats losing weight and taking the plunge and getting your haircut – I desperately need mine cut!

  • beautykinguk

    I am having my hair cut tomorrow finally after about 6 months and good bye mullet, hello cold head!

  • Annie Brooks

    London like a local is my fave thomg to do everytime I go there. Makes the experience far more enjoyable!