Sunday, 19 February 2017

five things i've learnt since going gluten free.

what i learnt going gluten free


1 | you spend allot of time reading the back of packets
i think i spend more of my time when shopping checking the back of packets and googling if i can have things, i once didn't realise barley had gluten in it (what a plonker)

2 | coconut and rice become your best friends
everything i seem to eat is made of coconut or rice, i should probably have shares in mrs crumbles coconut macroons.... 

3 | lunch is the trickiest meal
this is my biggest gripe with being GF, i'm not a bit salad girl so if i forget my lunch and end up in pret or costa (the worst offender) it does leave me just staring at the counter with small beads of hanger induced sweat running down my forehead. recently M&S have started a range of GF sandwiches which have been my saviour, so fewer lunches on the go have ended up with hanger rage!

4 | everything seems to be one pound more expensive
whenever i have been to a restaurant or cafe i will very often hear 'yes the GF option will be more expensive, thats okay isn't it?' well its not but i'm already spending more on my pasta and bread so carry on with my bankruptcy (i have been buying stuff from amazon which is a little cheaper) 

5 | its worth it
otherwise i would look like i'm expecting twins imminently

any recommendations for products, tips/tricks or restaurants would be very welcome my way

Sunday, 12 February 2017

blushin'

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jumper and neckalce | H&M similar
skirt | topshop similar
bracelets | orelia
boots | new look similar 

guess who thought it would be a great idea to shoot outfit pictures without a coat when it was one degree *raises hand what a life of glamour i lead eh...
i tell you what was glamorous though we were casually shooting and gok wan just sauntered past with his pal (i'm guessing on their way to brunch, that what celebs do on sundays isn't it?)
if you can't tell i'm really into gold jewellery at the moment, i've never been a big necklace lover but i saw this beauty from H&M thats a bit like that necklace (you know the one) but for about five percent of the price so i may have grabbed it a little too enthusiastically... 
family members have asked if i wear it in mourning of all the croissants i can't eat any more (oh that GF life) which you know could actually be a very valid point..

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

escape to the country.

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so this post is kind of what it says on the tin, we went on escape to the country. 
wicken fen to be exact, which i highly recommend for its fluffy cow and horse situ, basically i was smiling like an idiot for the whole walk.
i have developed the fine art of getting horses to come over and let me stroke them, i haven't quite mastered it with cows but i did get a baby one to turn round and stare at me for a bit, which i count as a win. whilst we are on the topic of baby cows, can you handle how cute this one is because i can't, so much so that i have printed the picture off and stuck it on a wall to look at if i'm ever sad (some would say i'm sad in another sense for doing this, clearly they don't look a baby cows enough...)
here you will see me sporting something that you doesn't frequent here that much, say it quietly now...sensible clothing, this bad boy of a parker is from regatta last year but i've found one pretty similar here if you're in the market for one.
now i leave you to become obsessed with pictures of baby cows like me and spend your days googling images of them, maybe a bit far but i'm not one to judge....

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

the sky garden

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so i've found my new favourite spot for a smoothie and a cheeky little slice of cake, admittedly you have to book three weeks in advance for an hour slot for the privilege to do that and go through airport like security buuutttt on a sunny sunday morning it is deffs worth it!
i am of course talking about the sky garden perched on top of the walkie talkie (big fan of the name) you can live all your palm/greenhouse dreams with some pretty snazzy views of old london town.
make sure you take a warm coat (i know, not your mum just a friendly piece of advice) because you may think 'oh its inside, it will be nice and toasty' you would be wrong my friend take those layers you're gonna need them (unless your fancy and sitting in the restaurant, that looked pretty snug)
there are a pretty delsih' selection of snacks and cocktails that aren't too crazy prices, but i may have lived into london for too long to be able to gage that....
 if you can nab yourself a spot, perhaps a sunset one (the dream) then i highly recommend, plus its free!
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

adventures | blakeney point

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i'm not here to sound like a 'visit norfolk' advert, well actually i am because its bloody great but you know i'm bias
i've been visiting norfolk ever since i was small as i have family right on the north norfolk cost and every time i go it just steals my heart.
in that weird week between christmas and new year when you're picking toffee pennys out your hair and wondering if its too early for a gin, family newman (including dog) and i bundled up into our fairly small car (i had to sit with knees by my ears, no joke for two and half hours) and headed off
stalking my loved ones instagrams before our visit i saw a few baby seals popping up and that uncontrollable fuzzy feeling you get when you see cute animals was too much to bear. cue me texting my cousins demanding we see the seals if its the only thing we do!
and then we end up here, with quite a few...maybe too many...pictures of baby seals and no one to share them with which is why you are reading this post. 
now if you don't like baby seals its probably too late, but you know scroll on and see if there's something else that tickles you fancy. i do challenge you to find someone who doesn't find baby seals cute though?

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

48 hours in bath

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a few months ago (bonfire weekend to be exact, actually is that a thing?) i ventured to bath for the weekend with my two best pals to see the fourth member of our gang and embarrass him as much as possible in 48 hours, its what any good friends would do, no?
we stayed in a beautiful air bnb which was a flat in a big old house, if you're ever looking for a place to stay for the weekend cherry's place is about twenty minutes walk from the centre of town (you gotta have some good calves on you to do the hill but its worth it) 
bath as it turns out is a delightful place to eat if your gluten free, so many restaurants and cafes that don't blink an eye about having GF options on the menu. the highlights were brunch at velo lounge and pizza for dinner at the stable (the four cheese pizza is all kinds of amazing) so a pat on the back there bath.
as a bit of a treat we got up early on sunday morning (read, arrived at nine am) and went to the therma spa, now its a bit pricey at thirty eight pounds for two hours in the spa but its worth it for sitting in the rooftop pool with your best pals looking out over that somerset goodness. 
looking back at the photos i already want to plan another visit, preferably when its a tad warmer, but you can't always count on england for that now can you?
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