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Brunch is Always a Good Idea

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Brunch is Always a Good Idea

Hello lovely!

This week my friend Claire and I decided to have a much-needed girlfriend day. This, for us, consisted of brunch, face masks, and films.

We found the cutest little bistro restaurant called Oscar and Bentley’s, and when I say cute I mean super cute. The best part of all? Their entire menu is gluten free, and everything they serve can be made dairy-free. This was the icing on top of the cake, as Claire is gluten intolerant and we’re both lactose intolerant.

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We both ordered the Big Breakfast and, no joke, it was the best full English breakfast I’ve had in a long time, if not ever. I also got some apple and elderflower juice and once again, it was absolutely delicious.

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After catching up (and chatting a little with our server), we came back to my place for our face mask and movie marathon. We chose What’s Your Number? and The DUFF (if you haven’t seen What’s Your Number? you’re missing out, it’s a national treasure) and donned our face masks. Claire had never done a mask before – what??? – so it was genuinely hilarious watching her try to eat with one on!

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Quality friend time is most definitely time well spent. If you’re trying – or failing – to come up with something to do, remember:

Brunch is always a good idea.

Love always,

Em xx


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(Late) New Year’s Resolutions & 16 Things I’m Thankful For From 2016

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(Late) New Year’s Resolutions & 16 Things I’m Thankful For From 2016

Hello lovely!

It’s been a while, huh? I meant to write this post around the time I uploaded the corresponding videos, but alas, life got in the way. I’m back at University now and have been busier that the busiest of bees. If you would like to watch my New Year’s Resolution video click here, and if you would like to watch my 2016 Recap video click here.

Here are the 16 things I’m thankful for from 2016:

  1. I discovered The Steamhouse – the best bagel shop I have ever been to. They are located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Check out their Instagram and Facebook: @thesteamhouse
  2. I started to wear more lipstick. Confidence, baby!
  3. I saw my family this year, for the first time since moving back to England!
  4. My dad and I enjoyed a father-daughter day at the American Speedfest at Brands Hatch.
  5. My friends came and visited me!
  6. I had the opportunity to vote for the first time in the EU Referendum.
  7. Nathan graduated university! I’m so proud of him <3
  8. Nathan and I moved into our first proper apartment together!
  9. I bought my first Macbook – my first laptop that’s completely mine.
  10. I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot more time with my grandparents.
  11. I started university – even if it was a very stressful time!
  12. I sought medical help for my anxiety and depression – a very big step!
  13. Nathan and I celebrated our two year anniversary <3
  14. The Gilmore Girls Revival. ‘Nuff said.
  15. I started Just Call Me Ringo, something I’ve wanted to do for years 🙂
  16. Nathan and I celebrated our first proper Christmas together, just me and him.

Aaaaaaand, here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 (let’s see if I stick to them!):

  • Learn to love every single aspect of my being, through whatever means necessary.
  • Take care of both my physical and mental health.
  • Learn to be okay with not always being okay.
  • Learn to say “no” and stop apologising. Do whatever I want simply because I want to.
  • Treat myself, just because I can.
  • Worry less, enjoy more.
  • Appreciate the beauty in the world.
  • Document everything.
  • Invest in friendship.
  • Do something crazy.

There you have it! I go into greater detail in the videos, so be sure to check those out, and be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already!

Comment below anything you are thankful for from 2016 or any of your New Year’s resolutions!

Hope you have a lovely day!

See you soon,

Em xx


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Movies with Friends & Christmas in London

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Movies with Friends & Christmas in London

Hello lovely!

Can you believe it’s Christmas Eve?! I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly, I’m so excited!!

Last weekend Nathan and I had some friends over for a Christmas movie night. It was so much fun, exactly what I needed to get me in the Christmas mood! I spent all day baking and decorating Christmas shortbread, making peppermint bark, and cooking up a truly wonderful (if I say so myself) non-alcoholic mulled wine.

We ended up watching Bad Santa, which I had never seen before. Although it’s not the most warm-and-fuzzy, Christmassy of Christmas movies, it was pretty funny! We also played Christmas charades and I rustled up a Christmas movie quiz (how many times do you think I can say Christmas in this post?).

Overall, the night was a blast. It was a brilliant way to unwind after my week of essays and get into the Christmas mood. I uploaded a vlog to my YouTube channel, and you can find all of the recipes I used in the description. 

Earlier this week we took a trip to London to spend some time with Nathan’s family before Christmas. We spent a day in Central London enjoying all the wonderful Christmassy things London has to offer.

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We went to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – it was amazing! I’ve (somehow) never been before, and it more than fulfilled my expectations. Although we didn’t skate (dodgy ankle) or go on any rides (inner ear thing), just walking around and taking in all the festivities was amazing.

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I’ll be uploading a vlog of the trip on the 26th, but until then I wish you a Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) <3

See you soon,

Em xx


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Christmas in Canterbury

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Christmas in Canterbury

Hello lovely!

Would you believe we’re only two weeks away from Christmas?! I’m starting to get really excited – especially now I’ve got all the decorations up!

Today Nathan and I wandered over to the Christmas Market in Canterbury. We didn’t end up buying anything, but it was so cute and festive!

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There were loads of stalls selling everything from snow-globes and ugly jumpers to mulled wine and fudge (okay, I may have sneaked a taster or two of the fudge). I wish it hadn’t been so busy so I could have taken my time and had a proper look, but it probably saved me some money!

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We then went to a cute little coffee shop/cafe called Canteen to get some lunch. Nathan had a chicken, sun-dried tomato, and pesto panini which was ahmazing,I’d definitely recommend it.

After we got home I decided to do some present wrapping. I used to not really bother with wrapping, but for the last few years I’ve made an effort to make them look great, and I must say I’ve gotten much better! Last year I wrapped all my presents with brown paper and red ribbon, and then wrote the names on with a metallic gold pen, but this year I decided to expand a bit. I bought a few different rolls of paper and loads of ribbon, and just went to town. In my opinion they’ve turned out rather well, and I think it makes all the difference to make an effort when giving presents.

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See you soon,

Emily x


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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Hello lovely!

Wow – first blog post! It seems only fitting that I write about the most wonderful time of year: Christmas.

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Christmas has always been an ethereal experience for me. For as long as I can remember it has been what I’ve looked forward to most year after year. Yes, I’m that person that watches The Holiday in mid-July, and starts sneakily listening to Christmas music mid-October. I won’t shove it in your face until at least halfway through November, but nevertheless there I am: home alone, dancing around my kitchen to Mariah Carey and Wham! on November 14th.

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This year, however, I decided to (officially) wait until December 1st to go full-frontal festive (mostly because my partner told me I wasn’t allowed to decorate the house until then). Putting up the Christmas decorations has long been one of my favourite parts of Christmas, perhaps because it’s one of my happiest childhood memories; that, and decorating mum’s shortbread cookies.

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Anyway, my partner and I had bought all of our decorations weeks earlier, so by the time December 1st rolled around I was dying to release my inner elf. We donned our Christmas jumpers, blasted my Spotify Christmas playlist, and decked the halls.

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I recorded a time-lapse of the decorating process for your enjoyment here.

Please like, share, comment, and subscribe if you like the video!

See you soon,

Em xx


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