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What's up! How're you guys? We both went out last night for drinks with my parents which was nice because I don't get to see them that often. They're preparing for their trip to Thailand that they go on every year. This time we won't be surprising them but I am so jealous because they are going to do their diving in Koh Tao! The dream for Josh and I is to one day go out there and do that, I just need to learn some more Thai so it will make it so much more easy! We also got the camper van last night so I've been getting everything ready for it today. I've cleaned it all inside and packed all our food, pots and pans etc. ready to set off tomorrow morning. I keep checking the weather forecast and it keeps changing from rain, to cloud, to sunshine! Little annoying but to be honest I'm just excited for a break from routine and to just do whatever takes our fancy. We still aren't 100% where we are heading yet, although I think I'd like to go to Wasdale for a couple of nights and then drive through the Lake District and visit places we've never been to much before. Ah, I don't know! I also like the sound of Northumberland too... everyone says it's incredibly beautiful, I'm so undecided! I'll speak to you tomorrow perhaps, not sure when/where I will be but just whenever I get a wifi signal! Haha, love L.

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Pink fluffy bag, here. Cardigan, here. Court shoes, here. High heels, here. Trousers, here. Bodysuit, here. Sunglasses, here. Handbag, here

I'm absolutely loving everything Zara has to offer at the moment and I currently have these items sat in my shopping basket that I'm considering buying for the Spring, so I thought I'd share with you guys what my favourite pieces from the site are. I think that those mustard trousers and that floral bodysuit will go so well together but I just need a special occasion to go to or perhaps somewhere in the Mediterranean 😉 I am so into anything inspired by the 60's and I'm so frustrated that those sunnies have sold out already because I was going to get them. I will have to get the tortoise shell ones instead! Ah anyway, it feels too early to even start thinking about the Spring when it's so cold here but I noticed the morning's getting a little lighter this morning so there's hope it will arrive sooner rather than later! Tonight, I'm putting together some of our stuff for the road trip and tomorrow we get the camper van so I'll show you that tomorrow. Have a nice evening, love L.

  • Duvets x 2
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Hot water bottle
  • Thermos flask
  • Cutlery/Plates etc.
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitiser
  • Swimming costume
  • Laptop with a few films downloaded
  • Sketchbook
  • A selection of cheeses
  • Tea lights
  • Fairly lights
  • Marshmallows and wooden skewers
  • Bottle of fizz to watch the sunset and to sip under the stars
  • Walking boots and all the gear for a hike
  • Road map and mountain/walking map
  • Go pro, drone, polaroid and my camera - I am vlogging this trip, stay tuned!
  • A good book. I've just ordered 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur and 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green.
  • Thermals
  • Several pairs of shoes
  • Toiletries and plenty of loo roll

 

Why, hello there loves! How are ya? Did you notice I haven't been blogging here for a little while? Ah, I lost inspiration and I lacked so much motivation in everything last week but I finally feel more like myself which is great because I really did feel so down and sad 🙁 not like me at all! In a few days time we will be hitting the road so I've started buying a few bits and bobs for that and I've also put together a bit of a checklist to make sure we don't forget anything. I'm not going to tell you all the food we will be taking because it's about the length of my arm so.. here is my little check list 🙂 Lots of love, L.

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My little snug! Clearly not very impressed I've got him in a headlock.

How are you feeling today?

Like there is not enough time in a day! It's my first day off since Monday and I wanted to get so much done. Even though I was up at 8am I still haven't done everything that was on my checklist! Besides from that, I feel well rested. Last night the three of us (Gran, Josh and I) caught up on Hunted on channel 4 and just had a lovely chilled evening and very yummy Indian food. This last week has been a total blur and very tiring, I'm counting down the days until our week off together!

 

What are you wearing today?

I am wearing a cream chunky cable knit jumper, black super skinny jeans and my Dr Martens which are not warm enough in this weather! My toes felt like they were about to drop off all day 🙁 Any suggestions?

 

What are your plans for the day?

Well, seeing as though I'm writing this at 3pm I don't have many plans for the rest of the day, apart from completing my check list! We went car shopping today and took 4 cars out for a test drive. I need a new car so badly but I didn't realise how difficult it would be! I've had my Mini for 4 years and it was my first car I bought when I passed my test. It's battered but has been the best little run around but we're both looking to share something a little nicer! I found Gnocchi in Asda so I've just had a small portion of that with tomato and mascarpone sauce which was bloody delicious, looking forward to experimenting with some different flavours. Did a food shop and bought some stuff for our road trip next week, tried to find some battery powered fairy lights but I was unsuccessful.

 

How was your week?

Tough, to say the least. I've been to the gym once because I've been so knackered which is a big comparison to my usual 5/6 times a week. Going to go tonight and try and clear my head ready for the week ahead and hopefully I will feel a lot better.

Recently I've been feeling a little out of place, unorganised, anxious, restless, tired and just not myself. I find it hard to talk to people about the way I'm feeling and I often let it build up so much inside that I can often burst out in to tears, and it's always a little unexpected for the person on the receiving end (that's usually Josh). I'm one of those people who bottles emotion up inside and I find it easy to pretend that everything is okay because why shouldn't everything be okay? I have amazing friends, the best family and of course a loving and supportive boyfriend. I'm one of those people who's afraid of upsetting anyone but never one to think so much about how I'm actually feeling or how someone has upset me, do you get me? I feel like I'm waffling but here I am. I've struggled this past week, both mentally and physically. I just feel so drained and even though I know I shouldn't be feeling like this, I am.

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Our first real summit of 2018!

Here are the last lot... actually that's a big fat lie, I have a whole load more but I'll keep those for another time! I'm thinking of doing a little check list for climbing your first mountain or a novice's guide to climbing a mountain, what do you think? Would that be helpful? I still class myself as a novice but I think I'm pretty good when it comes down to what to pack in your bag! I guess any woman is though, right? We know what to cram in to our handbags when we have to, haha! Buttermere has to be up there on one of my favourite places in the Lake District. Wastwater will always be number one but Buttermere and Langdale are a joint 2nd at the moment. I much prefer the untouched, less populated places. Like I've mentioned before, I don't like seeing other people when I'm out walking and I often find these places a lot quieter! Anyway, hope you've enjoyed my walking pics. There will be lots more coming over the year! Love, L. 

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I am wearing

Shirt & trousers from Zara

Nike trainers from ASOS

Watch from Cluse

Hoops from Topshop

Everything I am wearing is pretty old because I haven't bought anything new in so long, sorry no links to them! Would you prefer if I found similar items and linked those? Let me know and if so I will do that! It was Josh's little brothers birthday on Saturday so we all went out for a meal to celebrate him turning 21. I didn't plan what to wear so it's a bit mis-matchy but I kind of like it and I was comfortable which worked well for me after 3 courses even though I felt like a balloon. Had to get Josh to take some quick photos at his Grandma's house before we went out and he was a little tipsy so they didn't turn out great which is why I've layered two together, haha! Hugs, L. 

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Buttermere, Sunday 4th February

This walk was so needed today and what a day it was with that gorgeous blue sky! It was a fair trek over to Buttermere but we took the scenic route, as always and it was just beautiful. We were out of the house early which meant we avoided the typical Sunday Lakes traffic and were able to drive along the country lanes listening to the birds tweeting, I loved it! It felt as though Spring was on it's way, until we reached the summit of Haystacks and I soon realised that in fact we are still in Winter, as I could barely feel my fingertips or my bum cheeks after a brief lunch stop. It's so beautiful at this end of the Lakes and although it's a bit out of the way, it is so worth it on day's like today! I now understand why Wainwright wanted his ashes scattered up here, it's really breathtaking. I have over 100+ photos to go through so here are some of my favourites for today and I'll post the rest tomorrow. Hope it urges you to get outdoors more and away from phones, computers and just general day to day life. The best way to start the week ahead, with a clear head and a well rested body (after a good sleep tonight) 🙂 Speak tomorrow, L. 

Hey loves! How's your week going? It seems to be dragging so much, I cannot wait to finish work at 3pm tomorrow! I have another Thai lesson on Saturday morning and we are hopefully going to get out and tackle a proper mountain on Sunday if it stays nice! I'm looking forward to it because we've spent the past two Sunday's doing pretty much nothing and I'm getting itchy feet, haha! Maybe I should VLOG this weekend? I actually really enjoy it and I've just swapped Adobe Illustrator for Premiere Pro so I need some footage to practice with! Can you give me any tips and pointers? We are also having a meal out on Saturday with Josh's family for his little brother's 21st birthday which I'm looking forward to. I've chosen all vegetarian options so we'll see how that goes... Never had a vegetarian burger before! We've been thinking about our road trip later this month and have been looking at going to Northumberland for a few nights before coming back to the Lake District, thoughts on that? I've never been but it does look very beautiful. Knowing us we'll have changed our mind 10 times before we eventually settle on an idea, probably on the day we set off! 😉 Anyway, speak tomorrow sometime! Love, L. 

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Arlo, born 13th January 2018

Yesterday I got to have cuddles with this gorgeous little boy! Ahhh, babies. I still can't get over how a woman can carry a baby inside her for 9 whole months. It's crazy but amazing in so many ways. All they do is sleep, poop, eat and cry though. Kind of happy I can pass him back over to his mum 😉 We just chilled at Clare's house for a few hours, nipped out for a stroll with the pram and bought a Subway which was so naughty of me but I have been to the gym twice today and I feel so good for it! Nothing like sweating it out on the treadmill! I'm going to bed shortly, it feels like it's been a long day! Love, L. 

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I am wearing

Chenille jumper from Peacocks, here

Dr Marten belt

Mom jeans from Topshop, here

Dr Marten boots, here

Hey loves! Here is a little 'outfit of the day'. Casual and comfy, I like it! 🙂 Woke up early, went for a short run to the gym, had breakfast and then went to Barrow to see my friend Clare and her little one Arlo for my first cuddle. Wow, I don't think I've ever felt so broody in all my life, haha! He is so adorable. I'll share some pictures with you later! The journey to Barrow is so long from home, it took me over an hour to get there and now I'm home, all I want to do is go to bed! It feels like it's been such a long day and I haven't even done very much. Speak again soon, L. 

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Here we have 'thing's I wasted my money on this month', haha! To be honest I think I've done pretty well with my spending this month and I've actually only bought things I really need... (that's what I keep telling myself anyway!) First off are the yellow industrial laces for my Dr Marten boots which I got for Christmas from Josh. I think they look so much better with the contrasting laces and they fit so much better with the socks too. They're still quite rigid and need breaking in properly but I haven't had chance to wear them much. I finally bought a little A5 scrapbook for all my polaroid pictures that I will be taking over the year! Some haven't turned out so great so I probably won't include those but I'm going to swot up on how to adjust the settings so I don't waste too many shots. I decided because I was in the gym so much that I needed some new leggings and a new sports bra. I picked up these from M&S and I love them both so much. Very comfortable and super breathable too! Lastly, Josh and I purchased our flight tickets to Bucharest to see Sam and Lena which I am so excited for because Lena already has so much planned for us to see and do! I'm not sure what to expect with the food but I'm positive it won't be a problem for me, haha! Let me know if you like these kind of posts, I'm thinking of doing them at the end of every month. Lots of love, L.