Christmas London Trip- The Russell Howard Hour

Christmas London Trip- The Russell Howard Hour

Hello everybody!

The last few days have been spent in London and it’s left me feeling wonderfully festive!

Jack and I love exploring London, we’ve climbed the O2, been to the Theatres and visited almost every tourist point you can think of. London at Christmas time is truly magical.

We headed up on Monday night, after work, and stayed in the Luma Hotel. It’s definitely worth a visit, it’s in Hammersmith, built this year, and is a concept hotel. Basically meaning that the breakfast is grab and go, so not really an issue! It’s the cheapest hotel we have found and it’s lovely to stay in. Plus it’s right next to the Hammersmith Tube lines.

On Tuesday we hopped from tube to tube, visiting Harrods, having a cheeky EAT for lunch, then heading to Oxford Street and Regent Street to shop, followed by Hyde park and Bills for dinner.

Our entire trip was planned around The Russell Howard Hour tickets we managed to get free seats for a few months ago. Luckily Jack had applied for some priority seats the day before, which meant we were automatically given seats, as it was rammed.

The show was hilarious and I loved every second of it. The security guards were totally against using phones in the building so I don’t have any pictures. But if you get the chance, it’s well worth going! The guest star was James Oliver and the show is on tonight, so I’ll rewatch it and see if I can see myself (yep. Sad but true!)

#FirstWorldProblems

#FirstWorldProblems

Hello everybody!

I find reading about other peoples problems and thinking yay, I’m not the only one who does that’ is oddly reassuring in life! So today’s blog is all about the awkward moments in life.

I think I should point out these are all ‘First-World Problems’. If you didn’t know what that means, it is a slang word for issues that take place in a First World nation. The sort of issues that are complained about only because of the absence of more pressing concerns.

AKA these are trivial things.

Here we go:

  1. Holding the door for people– at what point do you stop holding it? How long do you wait if you’ve made eye contact with the next person? I mean, nearly every time I get mugged off, I end up standing for ages, awkwardly, waiting for people to stop coming through a doorway. Why is something so simple made so complex?! door
  2. What’s worse sitting on a warm toilet seat or a cold one? The anticipation and mental preparation to sit on a freezing cold toilet seat is never enjoyable. However, the warm toilet seat is deeply disturbing.toilet seat
  3. Standing in the shower, wet, and realising you don’t have shampoo– story of my life. The amount of times I’ve had to dart out, grab a towel and sprint to my room leaving a trail of water behind me. Pure dopiness.
  4. The phone rings every time I’m in the loo– and half the time it’s a cold caller. So I automatically regret hurling myself down the stairs to be greeted by dodgey connection and discovering I had a car accident (one I can’t remember apparently).
  5. Brushing your teeth, then realising you haven’t drunk your drink– anything citrus-y is the worst for this. It tastes so vile. But you have that overwhelming urge not to waste it.
  6. Putting the wrong milk in my tea– I do this with soya milk all the time. It’s a proper mood killer. It separates and looks like off milk. But darker. It’s not an enjoyable experience. soya tea
  7. Standing in the rain, yanking the door handle of the car, to realise you haven’t unlocked it– this is pretty much a daily occurrence for me.
  8. When someone finishes the nutella or peanut butter, but you can’t tell from the outside– pure evil. The amount of times this has happened to me.
  9. Staring at the laptop, phone or tablets screen for too long and developing a head ache– this is actually a genuine University issue, most of my resources are online. Even my books are online, and I do a History Degree, so I read a shed tone of them. I really do wonder what my eye sight will be like at 60, because even now it ain’t great.
  10. Getting in bed and realising the light switch is out of reach– which basically means I have to leave the warmth of my bed very begrudgingly.
  11. Stepping on an upturned plug socket– there are no words. plug
  12. Opening a bag of crisps and thinking how stingy the crisp companies have become– it saddens me deeply. The excitement of having a packet of crisps to open it and find 10 in there.
  13. Closing tabs you didn’t mean to– angers me so much. I think it could possibly put me in a bad mood for over an hour. And I’m fully aware it’s a first world problem. tabs2
  14. Dropping a biscuit in my drink– yes, I am a biscuit-dunker, no I have no shame. Except for that yucky bit at the bottom of the drink where the lost biscuits lie. tea dunker
  15. Not wanting to wear jeans because they’re expensive and they’re ripping– student problem? I hope it is. I can’t be dealing with this forever. I have thick thighs, which basically means I go through jeans super quick. So my wardrobe revolves around the status of my jeans. mermaid
  16. Overly fizzy coke (or champagne!) that spills over the top– then you’re faced with another problem (besides spilt beverages)… do you rush to sip the overflow up like a panic stricken alcoholic (lets be real I was talking about champagne)? Or do you pretend you’re actually a lady? A mental struggle i have.
  17. Auto-rotate on my phone- never rotates when I want it to, rotates when I don’t want it to. I can’t win and end up shaking my phone as if its a maraca. autorotate
  18. Getting too excited for food… and burning your mouth- again, I just get super moody when this happens. trump
  19. My dog has a drink, leaves a trail of water and I step in it– wet socks is one of my least favourite feelings in life.
  20. My Laptop restarting itself without asking– this really ticks me off. It’s always at the most inconvenient of times. I end up repeating ‘no’ at my laptop, getting higher and louder with each ‘no’ until it defies me and I have to sit and watch it restart for what feels like a lifetime.

Let me know in the comments whether these issues are ones you experience too!

Bee xoxo

Gift Guide for Her- Under £20!

Gift Guide for Her- Under £20!

It’s Christmaaaaaaas! Today I have put together a list of 25 Gift Idea for ‘Her’- all under £20! I hope this helps those of you looking for inspiration!

Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of mugs. I have far too many, but find them the most exciting gift to give someone! Is that sad?

Here we go!

1     Modern Garden’ Geometric White Planter, by Hope and Willow- £3.25: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/hopeandwillow/product/modern-garden-geometric-white-planterPlant pot

2     Marbled Glenna Mug, by Anthropologie- $18: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/marbled-glenna-mug?category=kitchen-mugs-teacups&color=046

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3     Personalised Candle In a Can, by Kisses and Creations- £15: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/kissesandcreations/product/personalised-candle-in-a-can

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4     Personalised Botanical Decorative Initial Foil Print, by Lily Rose Co.- £6: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/lilyroseco/product/personalised-botanical-decorative-initial-foil-print

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5     Estrella Cup and Saucer, by Anthropologie- $12.00: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/estrella-cup-saucer?category=kitchen-mugs-teacups&color=010

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6     Battery Festoon String Lights, by All Things Brighton Beautiful- £17.45: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/allthingsbrightonbeautiful/product/battery-festoon-string-lights

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7     Joy & Cheer Mug, by Anthropologie- $14: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/joy-cheer-mug?category=gifts-for-her&color=089

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8     ‘Procaffeinating’ Typography Print, by The Motivated Type- £7.95: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/themotivatedtype/product/procaffeinating-typography-print

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9     Battery Flamingo String Lights, by All Things Brighton Beautiful- £14.45: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/allthingsbrightonbeautiful/product/battery-flamingo-string-lights

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10     Relationship Status:Tea Funny Mug, by Paper Plane- £9.95: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/paperplane/product/relationship-status-tea-funny-mug

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11     One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, by Anthropologie- $16.95: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/one-line-a-day-a-five-year-memory-book?category=gifts-for-her&color=041

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12     P. F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Travel Jar Candle, by Urban Outfitters- £12: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/pf-candle-co-amber-moss-travel-jar-candle?category=stocking-fillers&color=020

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13     Wild Alpaca Pot, by Anthropologie- $18: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/wild-alpaca-pot2?category=gifts-for-her&color=046

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14      Vagabond x UO Marbella Bubble Gum Suede Pouch, by Urban Outfitters- £20.00: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/vagabond-x-uo-marbella-bubble-gum-suede-pouch?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=065

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15     BH Cosmetics Contour & Blush Palette, by Urban Outfitters- £8.40: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/bh-cosmetics-contour-blush-palette?category=stocking-fillers&color=000

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16     Binge Thinker Pen Pot, by Bespoke Verse- £9.95: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/bespokeverse/product/binge-thinker-pen-pot

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17      Milky Bar Soap, by Lush Cosmetics- £2.66: https://uk.lush.com/products/exclusives/milky-bar

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18     Tidal Pool Trinket Dish, by Anthropologie- $20: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/tidal-pool-trinket-dish?category=gifts-for-her&color=040

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19     Gourmand EDP Fragrance, Urban Outfitters, scent: Macaron Rose- £16: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/gourmand-edp-fragrance?category=stocking-fillers&color=066

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20     Magic Wand, Reusable Bubble Bar, by Lush Cosmetics- £5.95: https://uk.lush.com/products/bubble-bars/magic-wand

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21     Elephant Tea Mug, by Urban Outfitters- £12: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/elephant-tea-mug-001?category=stocking-fillers&color=004

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22     Women’s Credit Card Holder, by Vida Vida- £15: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/vidavida/product/womens-credit-card-holder

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23      Personalised Recipe Journal, by Amanda Hancocks- £13: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/amandahancocks/product/personalised_recipe_journal

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24      Lotus Flower Ring, by Junk Jewels- £9: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/junkjewels/product/lotus-flower-ring

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25     Eat Diamonds For Breakfast & Shine All Day Quote Notebook, by Posh Totty Designs Interiors- £12: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/poshtottydesignsinteriors/product/a5-pastel-stripey-quote-notebook

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Hope this is useful!

xoxo

 

Time Management and Positive Mindset Tips

Time Management and Positive Mindset Tips

‘I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon’

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Being one step ahead is undeniably a wonderful feeling, but at what cost? I have learnt that at University, it is just as important to be OK, happy and on track. I used to put a lot of effort into being prepared for the week before it had even started, but sometimes you have to admit, being ahead of the game is hard work, and actually not necessary. So here are a few ways that I manage my time and maintain a healthy mindset when going into each new week.

How do you manage your time?

‘time is non-refundable. use it with intention.’

Time management is so central to any degree and maintaining a healthy mindset. I love the phrase ‘work smarter, not harder’ and it’s something I really try to live by. Here are a few ways I manage my time to work smarter.

  • Complete my most important tasks first– if it has to be done, it’s top of the list.
  • Don’t over-commit– I take on enough. Why give yourself an unrealistic target? It’s not worth having mountains of things to do, but never finishing them to a standard you are proud of.
  • Have a good night sleep- boring but true. 7 to 8 hours is best to be productive the next day.
  • Work at your optimum time– I find I work best in the afternoon and when I get the motivation, I grasp it with both hands! Some people work best in the morning. Find out what works for you and plan your time accordingly.
  • Don’t procrastinate– as the Queen of Procrastination I can say this is a tough one. So I usually put my phone far away from my bed. Or even on a high up shelf, which sounds ridiculous, but my lazy butt won’t be able to justify reaching up to get it off of the shelf when I know I should be doing something else.
  • Give your tasks a time limit– it’s tough but more time efficient. For example, I can have hundreds of pages to read for pre-reading, but if I have a lot of other tasks needing to be completed, then I will allocate myself 2 hours
  • Leave a buffer time between tasks– I usually add 30% of the time I expected the task to take. This way if you run over, it’s OK and you have factored it in.
  • Think of each task as an individual one- looking at a long list of ‘to-do’s’ is enough to stress anyone out. So plan what you need to do to complete your tasks and focus on only one at a time. I even get rid of all my other tabs, so I can fully focus on the task at hand.
  • Exercise and eat healthily- I am a lover of chocolate and an advocate of treating yourself when the going gets tough. But, eating a healthy, balanced diet is key. Plus the gym is a great outlet.
  • Make weekends actual breaks– granted we all have work that runs into the weekend, but take some time off for yourself.
  • Create an organised system that works for you– I like to print of a calendar at the beginning of term and fill in all my deadlines and social events I would like to attend. Seeing it in this format makes everything look a lot less daunting.

‘the key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities’

How do you maintain your mental health?

Maintaining a healthy can be hard, especially when you have deadlines coming out your ears- so here are a few way’s that I rationalise my ‘to-do’s’ and maintain a healthy mindset.

  • Keep perspective- everyone has those days where things just go wrong. But tomorrow is a new day. A new start.
  • I write a list or a mindmap of everything on my mind, right before bed. It’s quite therapeutic, I pour out all my worries, concerns and to-do’s and go to bed with the knowledge I’ll pick up where I left off in the morning. You can even have a chuckle with yourself when you think ‘future me can deal with that’.
  • Value yourself- a friend said to me that you should be your own best friend. Like the phrase ‘treat others the way you would like to be treated’ but in reverse. Treat yourself the way you treat others. Value yourself and avoid self-criticism. Make time for hobbies and the things you enjoy the most.
  • Do not compare yourself to others– you’re doing your best and that’s all that matters.
  • Take care of your body- eat a healthy diet, treat yourself occasionally, drink lots of water and avoid the consumption of things that aren’t going to benefit your body, such as cigarettes.
  • Find something that makes you happy. For me it’s chocolate. Some may say comfort eating is bad, but when you’ve got deadlines and need a boost, or even have had a bad day… treat yo self.
  • Surround yourself with good people- positive vibes are so important to maintaining a healthy mindset. People generally feel better with a bigger support network.
  • Control the controllables. Change what you can and don’t worry about the rest.

    ‘surround yourself with people who see your value and remind you of it’