Empty House Tour

Wowwww it’s taken me a while to get round to writing this post. I want to say its because I’ve been trying to adjust being in a new house but also its because life has been an absolute whirlwind. Anyways, I had in mind to show you both the old and new house but the old house looked a state. So its a few old house pictures and majority new house, enjoyyy.

 

Starting off with the old house, this was the front and back. I’m not too sure what you’re supposed to say with house tour posts. However, one thing I loved about this house was the garden space and I loved the long (ish) drive up to the house.

 

I think Alfie was very spoilt to have so much space in the back garden to play and run around.

 

Something I probably miss about the old house is the big windows that let in the best light. Come the ‘golden hour’ the house was always had the BEST natural light shining in.

6Here is evidence that if I had shown you inside of the house, all the images were just going to be of furniture filled rooms. Example, my bedroom.

New House

 

Onto the new house, the day we moved in, Alfie had no clue what to do with himself. He just went from room to room and it took him a while to settle.

 

11An exciting thing about this house is that I get my own study. Its the perfect space to be able to sew, blog or just watch tv. It’s crazy how different this room looks now and I can’t wait to get the last few pieces to finish it off.

 

Main bathroom, downstairs toilet.

 

I love the living and dining room, its definitely the cosy place of the house. I’m so excited to see what it looks like during Christmas.

 

 

Another exciting place in the house is my bedroom. This is because I have my own en suite, its actually so nice to have my own bathroom and it just gives me a bit more privacy. Anyways, I’m so excited to do a bedroom post but again I have a couple more things I want to get before its properly finished.

I think that wraps up my post. Hoping it wasn’t one of my more boring posts to read, I know I like reading/watching house tours.

Lots of Love,

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September Favourites 2018

We’re 6 days into October and I still can’t get my head around it. Summer is well and truly over, whilst Autumn is in full swing. As I write this; its raining; the air is colder and the fog is coming in. Could it BE anymore autumnal?! Obviously typed that out in Chandlers voice… Anyways, if that friends reference went straight over your head, here’s what I loved during September.

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Starting with a social media sensation; Mrs Hinch. If you haven’t heard of her then you probably don’t have instagram. @mrshinchhome_x_ has got to be the fastest growing account I’ve ever witnessed and I can see why as she seems lovely. Her cleaning stories are genuinely so addictive to watch, not only funny but satisfying too. I liked cleaning to begin with but after following Mrs Hinch, I’m definitely more obsessed with it, who wouldn’t be when you get so many tips and tricks?! I am tempted to buy a ‘minkeh‘ when they come back in stock but I’m thinking that’s maybe a step too far with the obsession.

Following quite nicely on from the cleaning favourite is Zoflora, which enables the majority of cleaning. I probably started using Zoflora a little time before finding Mrs Hinch but had also heard about it from Lydia Millen. I flippin’ LOVE this stuff. It just makes everything smell so much better for absolutely ages. I couldn’t imagine using anything else to mop the floors with now. Favourite scent is ‘Linen Fresh’ but currently out of that so I have ‘Bouquet’ which smells good too.

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Its a usual occurrence on this blog to have a slightly odd monthly favourite. This time its Sudocrem. Since moving to a new area, my skin really broke out. Whether this was down to the stress of moving or even the change in water, I’m not sure. However, I am sure I was trying everything to calm my skin down. Then one night, in a last attempt, I applied Sudocrem before sleeping. Honestly, anyone would think I had used some expensive skincare product because my skin was 10x better in the morning. Hence Sudocrem had to be featured in a favourites because its really worked as a short term solution to my breakout.

During September, the good, cosy shows were starting to appear on T.V. and obviously I was there for it. In particular, Vanity Fair started and when it did, I just watched to see what it was like (it had been advertised a lot). Looking on Twitter, there was definitely mixed reviews but personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven’t read the book but if I had that could have changed my opinion on the adaptation. As its progressed, I’m surprised I like it because usually I like to have the main character as someone I warm to and want to do well. However, Becky Sharpe (the main character in Vanity Fair) is unbelievably manipulative. Having said all that, that’s probably why its so addictive to watch, because its different to other period dramas. Anyways, if you want to watch/catch up I think you can on the ITV hub. Cannot believe there’s only one episode left.

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September was the month that life became busier and I needed to integrate some organisation into my life. How? Lists of course. I strayed from using the ‘Reminders’ app on my phone and felt the need to actually write the jobs down. This is where Sticky Notes came in handy and on days when I wasn’t at University, I would use them to write down everything I needed to get done. Even though I’m starting to get used to this new timetable of events, I still feel the need to use sticky notes as reminders. I also think its much more satisfying being able to cross things off your list using a pen than just tapping it off on your phone.

My last favourite of September is ‘The Circle’, a new reality T.V. show where contestants are playing for popularity, using a uniquely designed social media platform ‘The Circle‘.  Players don’t actually meet each other, they’re all in separate apartments so you could pretend to be someone you’re not because you think with that profile you would be more popular. I started watching it because I’d never heard of anything like it but thought it was a genius idea. Both my Mum and I have been watching every episode and we agree its so bad its good and in turn its just very addictive to watch. If you have been watching it, my opinion on the contestants are; Dan to win (he is going to be heartbroken when he finds out about Kate) and (unpopular opinion) whilst Freddie isn’t a favourite, I do find some of the things he says funny and the show wouldn’t have been as entertaining if he wasn’t in it.

What did you love throughout September?

September Favourites 2017

September Favourites 2016

September Favourites 2015

Lots of Love,

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Sophie’s Book Club #11

Summer reading seems like a distant memory now. I wish I could go back to one of my ‘reading days‘ in early July, where my only problem was choosing which book to read next. Since moving house, I have been (slowly) reading a crime book based in Sweden, so these books are ones I read before moving.

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‘The One We Fell in Love with’ Paige Toon

This book took me back to when all I read was from the romance genre…

‘Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion? Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes. Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…’

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it was a lighter read compared to the crime storylines I usually get gripped with. However, there was one character (if you haven’t read the book I don’t want to give any spoilers away) that I almost wanted to see how they developed.  At the same time, if the events that occurred didn’t happen, it wouldn’t have the same effect. *Excuse my poor attempt at reviewing but also not wanting to reveal the plot* Overall, it was a good book and I thought it was such a lovely, heart-warming ending.

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‘Afraid’ Mandasue Heller

I was hesitated to read this book, but once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down…

‘When fifteen-year-old Skye’s mother finally does something so shocking that it can’t be hushed up, the police turn Skye over to the social workers – and that’s when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father. And the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying ‘home’ that’s more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she’s met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye’s. So when Jade offers Skye – now alone in Manchester and nearly penniless – a safe place to stay, Skye is willing to trust her. Even when it isn’t Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he’s Jade’s brother…’

With this book, my Mum had actually got round to reading it first and her thoughts on it was that it was a very unnerving, scary book. The type of book you just have to keep putting it down, otherwise you literally won’t sleep at night, As you can imagine that review had me very hesitant to pick the book up at all. But then this was back in Summer, where I just so happened to be reading any book I could get my hands on. Anyways, when I did read it, I couldn’t agree with my Mum more, it was a very uncomfortable book. I think why this affected me so much is because it dawned on me that these kinds of horrific, disturbed people are real. On that cheery note, I think if you do happen to read this book, it is eye opening and you spend the entirety praying that Skye gets through it.

Reading is something I want to put more attention to again, so hopefully another book club post isn’t too far away from being uploaded.

Lots of Love,

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Why I didn’t like my First day at University.

At some point, I will stop apologising for missing a post. But today is not that day. Last week, the anticipation of starting university built up so much I had complete bloggers block when it came to what to post. However, it turned out that I was only there two days (Monday and Tuesday) which meant I had the rest of the week to write blog posts. More importantly, time to catch up on some of my favourite bloggers –if you randomly get an influx of likes/comments from me, you’re a fave.

Overview of the First Couple of Days…

4When I arrived on the Monday, it was hand in your online enrolment form and pick up your student i.d. I actually started talking to a couple girls who were waiting in line, we then stuck together and went for a drink. They were both so lovely and I thought the day was off to a good start. Unfortunately, neither of them are doing the same course as I am.

At 10, we had to go to a Welcome Talk, where we received a bag of free stuff (which was appreciated). We were sat at the back and I couldn’t really see who was talking, nor could I really hear what they were saying but that happens sometimes. Anyways, after that everyone had to go to the right tutor that was holding the sign up for your course. The afternoon was spent getting bombarded with information- that was expected– and one of the tutors had very kindly reserved a table for us at one of the café’s and had ordered us pizza, wraps and chips for lunch. It was such a lovely gesture but it was quite awkward because no one really knew each other.

The second day we were given a task to make a ‘Linda Apron’ to try to settle us in and get us talking to the rest of the group.

Why I was Disappointed…

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One of the main factors I chose the University I did was because of what I was told in the interview stage. It was the first time they were doing the course, but with how strong the rest of the department was I thought it would be fine. If not an advantage to have access to more attention from tutors. However, from what it seems they have just added Fashion students with Textiles. Not the biggest of problems but not what I was told. Also the space I was shown I would be working in, it was a really great room, large floor to ceiling windows and just in general large and airy. However, now that’s gone and I know none of these are really big issues but I just couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed.

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Overall there is 15 of us in a group, possibly a couple more starting next week. I know with what the university is like, they do generally have smaller classes. But I thought there would be more of us (especially from what I can gather from the group, around 5 including myself are doing Fashion). Honestly, after the first day I genuinely felt I had no one that I’d end up being friends with, which making friends at uni was a worry. After the second day I have started talking to a couple of people, but I was/am worried I’m not going to fit in with the group.

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Over the Summer, I received a letter that included work that should be completed over the break. It was to do a self portrait (4 A1 pieces of paper stuck together) and a sketchbook that was almost supposed to be a visual summer diary- but it was up for your own interpretation. Anyways, on day 2 when it came to handing it in, I thought from the letter I got the impression I was going to have to present my work. Which I was fine about because I knew I’d worked hard. However, if it wasn’t for me handing it in, I don’t think ‘Summer work’ would have even been spoken of. I did get my work looked at, but in general the topic wasn’t a talking point like I thought it would be. This wasn’t me being selfish and wanting to brag, but more that I thought as a group I’m sure we had put in a lot of work and kind of wanted it to be acknowledged. I’m not sure what I’m trying to say, other than I guess University is a different ball game. (I also realise I’m not going to get praise for everything I do. nor do I want it).

Anyways, I’m intrigued to experience the workshops and I’m excited to start working (the latter probably won’t take long to turn into stress). I’m sure it will only get better and the things I’ve vented about aren’t the end of the world. It’s just been a case of accepting when things don’t turn out as expected and realising things seem heightened when stressed.

How is September going for you? Have you started anything new?

Lots of Love,        

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August Favourites 2018

When do I ever miss a monthly favourites? It would be a rare occurrence. There’s something about being able to almost do a round up of the month of all the things you’ve been loving that’s just really fun to write. Rambling aside, here’s what I’ve loved during August.

Obviously, my first favourite has to be the new house. If you missed my last post, I had a catch up and explained I moved (the post is here). I love this house, I am in a constant state of gratitude and it kind of feels like a holiday home, rather than a long term situation. I can’t wait to show you why I love the house when I hopefully post some room tours. (not showing off, just really happy).

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Following on from the house, I ended up ordering a few items. And by a few I mean, I was seeing the same delivery guy most days for a couple of weeks. It was starting to get a little awkward but he was nice enough. Anyways, I ordered the majority of items from Wayfair. I had never ordered from them before but when my bank account recovers I will definitely order again. All the products I got are the best quality, the app is so good, I thought it was cool you could have ‘projects’ and use your phone camera to view potential purchases in your room. They also had really great customer service when one of my orders came without a part. -not an ad, just a really great company. Desk and chair from Wayfair but both currently out of stock.

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As always, I usually have a weird/not-your-average favourite. This month its pre-university work, towards the end of July I got an information pack from the university giving me a Summer project. It was in two parts, one was a Summer diary and the other a self-portrait, the latter I’ll definitely be starting tomorrow of course. For the majority, it hasn’t been the worst thing, hence its ended up in a favourites and its made me feel less lazy having something to do.

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For the first couple of weeks in the new house, I didn’t have Wi-Fi or sky tv. This just made me fall even more in love with my record player. It has probably featured in a favourites post before, but why not give credit when credits due? I am particularly loving ‘Sorry’ by Halsey on her ‘hopeless fountain kingdom’ album.

On the topic of music, my favourite song of the month has to be ‘Eastside – Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid’. Whenever I hear it I can’t help but sing along as loud as I can, thankfully usually in my car when that happens.

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With some University work to do, I wanted to do a bit extra and start looking at different designers. Where best to look than Vogue? Its usually a magazine I love to read but recently I have been a little obsessed with it. Not only has it helped with the work I wanted to do, but I’ve enjoyed thoroughly reading each page.

What did you love during August?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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I Moved 104 miles from ‘Home’.

Where do I start? After a 1 month hiatus from this blog, my life has drastically changed.

Given the title, I moved house. Unfortunately, when the time came, I thought I would have had a few scheduled posts to go up. But it all happened so quick, Its only now I feel I can breathe again.

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To put it into perspective, we had a viewing for the house on Tuesday 7th August, and then we MOVED in on Thursday 16th August. Obviously, I didn’t really get to celebrate my A- Level results that day with everything being so hectic. But I was happy with them nonetheless.

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I really didn’t have a direction for this post. My main thought was to just upload an update (which is a rare occurrence on this blog). Talk about what’s happened, what’s coming up and feelings (ugh feelings).

Firstly, what I selfishly want to mention is how well my driving has come along. I don’t think I’ve ever been a bad driver, there’s a biased opinion for you, but amidst moving I had to drive nearly 3 hours on the motorway. Which if you’ve never done before, can be quite daunting. Surprisingly, I actually really enjoyed it and I was so CHILLED. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been driving around a whole new, unfamiliar area which is much busier than where I used to live. Jheez I wonder when people will learn to get off the roads when I’m about?!

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I’m not quite sure how we’re suddenly into September, but I do know that means I have just over two weeks before I start University. I think I’m excited for a bit more structure in my day, I highly doubt that will last. Anyways, the way that will affect my blog is that I’ll go back to posting once a week, not that I was that successful at twice a week. I’m excited because it means I can put a lot of energy into that one post, with the text and photography. With the time I’ve had off, I have had time to think about posts I could write, an obvious one is Old & New House Tours. I say that because I know I’m nosey enough to want that type of thing from someone else.

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The last thing I wanted to talk about was something I’m not certain how to articulate correctly. Okay, so with the move, I’d say I haven’t adapted as quick as I thought I would. We moved into such a beautiful home, in a picturesque village. But I lived in the last house for 10 years, I knew the area like the back of my hand, it was close to family and 90% of the time when you passed someone in the street, at the minimum, recognised them and most importantly, it was my comfort zone.

Clearly, moving 104 miles away is obviously going to be far from comfort, but at the same time I’m so grateful to be here. It’s just a change in lifestyle I’ll get used to, something that’s still processing in my mind. However, still being in the transition period, I’m sometimes struggling to sleep, having nightmares and sporadically hit with a pang of grief? Is it right to say you can grieve the loss of a house that was once your home?

To not end on a complete negative note, I am very happy to get back to blogging. Its been a part of my life for almost 4 years, it’s a platform that no matter where I am in the country its always there. Wherever ‘there’ is.

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Outfit Details

Trousers

Top (Miss Selfridge)

Shoes

See you next Saturday for an August Favourites.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #10

I’m sure everyone is thinking it, but how is it the 1st of August? This year has just flown by. However, I would like Summer to slow down so I can carry on reading as many books as possible.

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‘The Boy That Never Was’ Karen Perry

Instantly, the title of the book had my attention…

‘Three year old Dillon vanished in the middle of the night. His father Harry can’t forgive himself for not protecting his only child. Yet Harry isn’t blamed by his wife Robin: she bears her own secret guilt. Five years later, thousands of miles away, Harry spots an eight-year-old boy in a crowd- a boy he is convinced is Dillon. Desperate to find his missing son, Harry’s obsession tears apart his marriage, exposing shameful secrets and shattering the one thing he and Robin had left- trust.’

Until I started getting towards the end of the book, I found it quite easy to put down. I’m putting this down to the fact I couldn’t connect to the characters that well and in Harry’s quest to find his son, it was maybe a bit too long. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the ending, you could kind of see part of it happening, but other aspects had me gripped. Overall, it was a good read, I liked the storyline, but some elements just weren’t my cup of tea.

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‘Locked In’ Kerry Wilkinson

I’ve found a new author to love after reading this book…

‘When a body is found in a locked house, Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is left to not only find the killer but discover how they got in and out. With little in the way of leads and a journalist that seems to know more about the case than she does, Jessica is already feeling the pressure- and that’s before a second body shows up in identical circumstances to the first. How can a murderer get to victims in seemingly impossible situations and what, if anything, links the bodies?’

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED the book. Considering I’ve only just started reading the detective genre (thanks Mum for the influence) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had me gripped, I was not prepared for the ending and it had me guessing the whole time. There’s actually a Jessica Daniel series that I’m so excited to get my hands on. I ended up debating with my Mum on a couple different things in the book and I emailed the author (I sometimes question what a weird, sad life I lead) just to settle the debate. Wilkinson was very nice about it – he replied really quick- and we managed to get answers to our questions. I would include the reply but I don’t want to spoil the book. But I would 100% recommend this book even if its not your usual read.

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*Side Note: Text in italics is not my wording but the description on the back of each book*

Sophie’s Book Club #9

Lots of Love, Sophie

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July Favourites 2018

Its safe to say, July has been hottest month EVER. However, did anyone else have such a bad storm last night?! Where I live it just seemed to be consistent lightning. Anyways, here’s what I’ve been loving this month…

7At the start of the month I went to my College exhibition. It was a chance to see my work on display and show my Mum what I had been up to for the past two years. In the above picture, my photography work is the three images that are titled ‘FLAWED’. I really enjoyed that project and I was so proud of the outcome. It was based on the pressures society’s standards can have on anyone, presented in a magazine format.

2365These other pictures are of my costumes from Design. The first being a jacket inspired by the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and the second costume being influenced by pollution.

I don’t know whether I can categorise my next favourite as something I really love. However, recently I started watching ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and even though I’m only 4 episodes in, I’m gripped. On the other hand, its scaring me, a lot, but I still feel like I need to carry on to see what happens.

4This month, my Mum and I bought these boxing gloves from Amazon. We both wanted to try some form of fitness at home and as my Mum used to do kick boxing, we thought getting some gloves would be a good place to start. So far, we’ve loved it, were using them every other day and I’m so impressed with the quality.

Curved Focus Pads and Punch bag boxing gloves set

Music favourite this month has to be Years and Years. I have been loving ‘All for you’ and ‘Karma’, they’re just such catchy songs and I’ve had them on repeat.

1Finally, my last favourite is the Lee Stafford Everyday Blonde Shampoo. I always find it difficult to notice that much of a difference in my hair after I’ve washed it (apart from the fact that its clean). However, with this shampoo, my hair just seems to look so much brighter and healthier, possibly only noticeable to me but still I have loved using it. I also really like the scent, I used to have a perfume that was just like it.

What have you been loving this month?

July Favourites 2017

July Favourites 2016

July Favourites 2015

Lots of Love, Sophie

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What Happened when I tried to go Vegetarian for a Week

In the midst of Summer, I was brainstorming ideas of things I could try out. Things that would be a challenge but also make for an interesting blog post (priorities). Vegetarianism was definitely top of that list. Ashamedly, I was a pretty big meat-eater and in the current day, I feel that that’s becoming more and more frowned upon. I believed that if anyone were to struggle with a Vegetarian diet, it would be me, which gave me all the more reason to try. So after thoroughly searching the internet, visiting one veggie forum to another, I finally ventured into the vegetarian world for 1 week…

5In all honesty, if it wasn’t for my Mum reminding me to take pictures of what I was eating, this post would be non existent- not-a-food-blogger-in-the-making. Even this was Tuesdays dinner; Spinach and mushroom crispbake. It was okay, since this I’ve found better meals so probably wouldn’t buy again. Monday’s meal was a vegetarian country pie, probably not something I’d have again, it was just a taste I don’t think I’d get used to. Although, the first two days weren’t as successful as I had thought, I had had no meat cravings, which was a plus in itself.

4Wednesday, I experienced how difficult it is to eat out as a vegetarian. Firstly, I checked three different menus online (which I never have to do) and I was quite disappointed with the variation of vegetarian options they had, or lack of variation would be more accurate. We ended up at Frankie & Benny’s and I just had a margherita pizza. It was nice, I don’t think you can go far wrong with a pizza.

I did consider that because of where I live, a small town with not that much around it, there was limited options compared to maybe a more built up area. It would be interesting to know how other people get on with eating out with food requirements.

3As part of the research I did, I found a really useful website on BBC, it has a plethora of vegetarian recipes. Some I’m still so excited to try, but just as a quick and easy meal we tried the ‘Healthy Egg & Chips’  for Thursday’s dinner. I enjoyed it, I like mushrooms and got the source of protein from the egg.

2If at any point this week I thought I’d cave, it was going to be with the quiche. My Mum and I make the best quiches and I always have chopped bacon in mine. This time around for Friday’s dinner, it was mushroom and onion quiche. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it just as much.

1Saturday’s dinner was a cheese and leek plait with pasta and vegetables. The plait was definitely a personal favourite and we already have more stocked up in the freezer.

6Finally, for the last meal of the week I had dippers, DIPPERS?? Vegetarian of course, but guaranteed I would not be able to tell the difference between the veggie version and the meat version. I had it with a mushroom stir fry which was very filling. Out of the whole week, this was probably my favourite.

Overall, I was so proud of myself for not eating any meat and I was surprised at how I just didn’t think about it. It wasn’t difficult, I didn’t crave any meat and I enjoyed trying a different selection of food. Granted, there was a few freezer meals but I was going into this a bit blind, so I needed a starting point.

Its been a few days since I’ve finished the week of vegetarian meals but I already know I want it to stay a good part of my diet. I also want to do a follow up post to this about other vegetarian foods I’ve loved but didn’t have chance to include in this post and some more stuff on the topic.

I hope you’re having a great Summer!

Lots of Love, Sophie

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The BEST Rain Mac?? OOTD#23

Never have I found a pretty rain mac. Until today…

3It’s ROSE SEQUINS. If there ever was a rain mac that spoke to me on a spiritual level it would be this one. I love that it stands out from anything I’ve ever seen before. However, I soon found that it was very difficult to capture the true colour of this mac because it does have quite a pink tone to it. So the best place to see a true reflection of what it looks like is to go to where its from; Topshop.

Sequin Rain Mac

1You can bet my jaw dropped when I saw that Topshop have this in a MINT shade?! They currently have a 70% off sale, that I know I’d be taking advantage of, if I hadn’t just made a purchase. Luckily I did get the mac 30% off in my local OUTFIT.

I flippin’ love this mac and I kind of wish I had a festival to go to because this would fit right in. Otherwise, I’ll just have to wait for some rain to be able to wear it, or some clouds, I’ll go out then too…

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Since I’ve featured the rest of the outfit in my last OOTD, there’s no point linking everything again other than that post, which is here.

Other Sequin Items:

Sequin Raw Hem Shacket

Heart Sequin Mac

Light Pink Iridescent Disc Sequin Kimono

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Lots of Love, Sophie

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