Eat – Exercise – Pin – Read – Listen – Watch #2

I’m back and I’m bad. (At keeping the regular posts. I’m very sorry!) First thing’s first, I’ve moved over to the world of WordPress, so the theme is looking a little rudimental right now, bear with 😉 Bye for now Blogspot!

Thinking about what I wanted post, whilst taking (an extended) study break, I was flicking through my archive and found the first post of this series back in May. It’s now a new season, new food in my belly, new televisual goodness on the tv, and so I thought that I’d come back with round 2..

Eat – Coincidentally, I just bought a packet of leeks this morning – the same ingredient which I raved about in my first post, which was an additional ingredient to my homemade sweetcorn soup! Since getting back from the gorge-fest of Christmas, I’ve been back to eating really well, so plenty of fresh tomatoes, broccoli and greens have been going down a treat.

This month I’ve had several meals with buckwheat semolina from Lidl as my “carbohydrate,” which come in handy 100g boil-in-a-bag pouches. The first time I cooked with it I consumed the whole thing and was left bursting at the seams, but split in half and with a good helping of veg, your belly is kept satisfied. I also bought a bag of dates today as a *treat* and what I would do for a blob of peanut butter dolloped on top of those…

Exercise – Aaah exercise. My old friend. This time last year I was working out 4-5 times a week, this year it’s been slackened to about half that. I’d like it to blame it on early starts for the library and not wanting to wash my hair everyday, but of course that ole foe laziness plays a part too 😉 The workouts I have been doing however include the faithful FitnessBlender duo, and Joe Wicks’ TheBodyCoachTV. As well as still wanting to lose body fat in general, I’m really interested in core strength this time round, and can already see sliiight definition. When the lighting’s right… ..Before breakfast…

Pin – I’ve been really enjoying Pinning recently! As ever, there are plenty of foodie posts going up, a mix of the ultra healthy to don’t-feed-me-for-a-month heavenly creations. I keep stumbling across great websites, bloggers and Instagrammers who have created brilliant, simple recipes. I’m desperate to try this Unami Fennel Beef Ragu and this highly rated Butter Chicken recipe. 

I’m also pretty happy with how my Interiors Board is going. Lots of bright, airy spaces filled with foliage, wooden features and blue hues – are you an avid Pinner too?

Read – As mentioned in the first post, I don’t really read fiction/for-pleasure at uni, however, some nights I close the laptop early, and read just a few pages at a time of a free eBook I got ages ago on my Kindle. It’s the first in the Farseer trilogy; ‘Assassin’s Apprentice,’ something I probably wouldn’t read if I had picked it up in paper-form. I’m still in the early stages where Fitz is just a young boy, but am really enjoying it! The imagery is brilliant at whisking me away to a bustling coastal settlement that just makes me yearn for the sea and its scents, sights and sounds so badly.

Listen – I’m not a podcasts or audiobook kinda gal, but the songs that I keep hitting repeat on are Jasmine Thompson’s Like I’m Gonna Lose You, and Brandy’s Right Here (Departed). Both pretty emotional in different ways, but lovely listens that make even me sing ’em out loud and proud. – Sorry flatmates!

Watch – One word: Dickensian. Are you hooked too? I can’t really keep up with when the 30mins episodes are aired, but yesterday I consumed 3 episodes back-to-back. It’s a clever concept of intertwining characters from various Dickens’ stories such as The Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, who all cross paths with Inspector Bucket’s investigation of who killed Jacob Marley (Scrooge’s partner.) You don’t have to be familiar with the plots of the books, and it isn’t overwhelming in terms of the amount of characters and subplots. Catch it on iPlayer now!

My beloved Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast is back in full swing too over on Channel 4, and in keeping with food, the hilarious The Great Sport Relief Bake Off. Television’s never been better. 

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So what has you glued to the screen? What song is constantly on loop in your head, and what are you making for your dinner tonight?!

TTFN, P x

 

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Has the World Gone Scandi Silly?

I’m writing this post because John Lewis have dropped another email in my inbox about their “Scandi” Home Design Trend and I thought once and for all let’s address the situation, (and perhaps celebrate it?..)
The trend has been lapping at our shores for a couple of years now, slowly seeping in through uber cool fashion bloggers, home and interiors magazines and of course Pinterest is going potty over it. 
Yet in a way we’ve always had a taste on our tongue via the solutions-to-everything giant; IKEA. But what about the more niche scandi? the cool scandi, what does it really involve and can everyone have a little piece in their homes and wardrobes?


Dictionaries define it as a shortened form of relating to the people and languages of Scandinavia. Surprisingly Urban Dictionary’s pretty slow on the wagon, so let’s just go with the John Lewis description:

This cool, calm look takes its inspiration from a pared-back, Scandinavian approach to style. Great craftsmanship and cleverly engineered details pervade every corner of this practical, yet elegant, aesthetic. Simple shapes, natural materials and confident colours evoke a feel that is both uncluttered and comfortable. 

Pretty spot on, non? The adjectives can be applied to the fashion style trend also. Let’s have a look at what’s going down on the highstreet:
Wood
it’s going down, I’m yelling timberrr 

HABITAT “simple, pure shapes with curved corners in pale, soapy timber”
JOHN LEWIS Genevieve Marble Top Dressing Table

HABITAT “clean sculptural shapes have a sophisticated warmth”
HABITAT Clerkenwell Shelves

Copper

HABITAT “a sixties inspired Scandi look linking matt or shiny surfaces”
HABITAT

OLVER BONAS Copper Alphabet Letter
GEORGE Velvet Cushion – Pebble
SAINSBURY’S Copper Triply Stockpot

Lighting

JOHN LEWIS Gloria Ceiling Light
JOHN LEWIS Parry Concrete Pendant Light
JOHN LEWIS Tom Dixon Pressed Glass Tube Pendant

Tableware

H&M Metal Tealight Holder
JOHN LEWIS Grey Puritan Serving Bowl
JOHN LEWIS Sagaform Oak Serving Set

Storage and Decoration

JOHN LEWIS Silo Storage System
H&M Glass Tealight Holder
HABITAT Bart White Polar Bear Ceramic Object

BHS Grey Marl Jersey Bedding
THE WHITE COMPANY Perfect Linen Fragrances
ISABELLA THORDSEN BLOG  Interior Inspiration


This lil link will take you from achieving the style from the living room through to the bedroom on a budget.

After enjoying researching for this blog post very much, I think it’s safe to say I am a fan of the Scandi trend. I love the clean colours and fuss free geometric shapes. It’s one of those styles that can be slotted effortlessly into your home, without having to go the whole hog if clashing prints and bright colours are still your thing. I personally adore the rich walnut hues in the wooden furniture, the simple lighting designs and every shade of grey and blue going!

Do you have Scandinavian inspired interiors in your home? What are you favourite picks?


TTFN P x

The Best British High-Street Bedding

I’m currently lying on the bed having moved from the desk (worst decision) to continue writing my English essay. Well we all  know that’s just not going to happen is it? I’m in a slumped position and ready to be distracted. One of my favourite pastimes is to pore over and endlessly scroll down pages of homeware. Today I have been particularly taken bedding, and in particular Bright Home Stores. WOW. I never go on the BHS website but I have a feeling I’ll be popping back for tea and cake soon. Not only is their vast array delicious, a LOT of the sets are on offer at the moment. 


Here are my faves:





Besty Multi Bedding Set
Was £35.00 Now from £28.00

Floral Patchwork Bedding Set
Was £35.00 Now from £28.00





Susie Multi Bedding Set 
Was £35.00 Now from £28.00
London Line Drawing Bedding Set 
from £30.00


ACCESSORIZE Oriental Flower Bedding Set
from £40.00
ACCESSORIZE Fabel Folk Bedding Set
from £40.00




Some of the pictures certainly won’t do the bedding justice as I had to screen grab them, but just LOOK at the luxurious lushness of them all. Accessorize have always been spot on with delicious prints and colour palettes and if I could be anyone when I ‘grow up’ Kirstie Allsopp would certainly be up there in my top 3. So there’s just a nice little selection and discovery I just couldn’t keep to myself 🙂


TTFN Pip x