Escaping the city with Volvo

Everyone who knows me knows I am a big city girl. It is what I know being raised on a city island but every now and again it is nice to escape and isolate myself away from the fast-pace buzz. I have just come back from a trip to New York, and since that was basically London on steroids, I was quite happy to be invited by Volvo to take some time with them in escaping the city in their Canary wharf pop up.

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London Festival Guide: Wireless vs Lovebox

It is that time of year! Summer is coming, time to prepare to shake that bootaye..

Summer in London is constant crowded pubs, picnics, rooftop drinking, festivals and then of course, London Carnival. We may not have good weather, but we sure know how to party and make the most of our 5 days of sunshine.

Now most of you are probably planning for the summer already and one of the big hot topics is which festivals to go too. Why are festivals so great? You pay the same amount of money that you would for a concert but instead you get to see more acts, party outdoors for the whole day and there usually is more space to move around!

I am always torn between Wireless and Lovebox so this year, I am just going to do both ( we went to Parklife in Manchester last year and I am NEVER doing that again – horrible crowd, horrible infrastructure and horrible weather). But if you are trying to decide for just one then here is a quick comparison that could help you.

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A letter to 2016

11 more days to the New year and I really cannot wait for 2017. I know, I know, its just a calendar date and if you want to make a resolution you should start today. But I actually have so much to look forward to, a new flat, a new job, a lot is changing.

Am I nervous? Hell yes! But I have learnt so much this year that I can only embrace the chance and welcome it with arms wide open.

The past few months have brought many ups and downs, like any year. But this year was slightly more dramatic yet I have come out on the other side, never feeling more free or strong. I hope the same goes for most of you, but many of you might still be facing rough times. I am by no means a know it all, nor do I claim to be perfect but I do take every lesson life teaches me and try to share them with anyone I care about, including anyone who is taking their time to read this.

  1. Always trust your gut instinct

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18 things I wish I knew in my 20s

At 25 life can taste a bit bitter. Being 24 meant I was still in the same age bracket as my 21 year old self, but now I´m in with the late 20s crowd, I´m scared.

What if I don´t buy my first car or figure out what I want to do by the time I turn 30?  I was suppose to have it all planned out by now, yet I am still trying to figure it all out. Where/when am I going to settle down and find my dream job? Wait, what is my dream job?

It is all a big, fat BLUR.

But then my Mommy came to the rescue, I told her not to start with the whole “life begins at 40” bullshit so instead, she said she would list a few things she wish she knew at my age. So let´s see if after my mom´s wise words you feel a little more settled about being unsettled.

  1. Use sunscreen and moisturise daily, you will thank me when you´re 40
  2. Never stop learning
  3. Make yourself independent, as soon as you can.
  4. Being a geek really isn´t so bad
  5. Believe that you will make the best choice for yourself
  6. Beware of women with big hands, especially in Bangkok
  7. Don´t regret burning bridges, regret that certain people were not on the bridge
  8. It´s OK to be a bitch
  9. When faced with an option to have another drink or to go home, have another drink – unless you´re paying.
  10. The only permanent thing in life is change
  11. Believe in the power of contraception
  12. Don´t ever live in one place your whole life, make the opportunity to move to another city or country. I promise it will teach you things.
  13. When in doubt or lost, show gratitude for the journey so far and what you have. You are luckier than many others.
  14. That boy who broke your heart is a twat and there will be other twats you meet along the way. But eventually you will find “the one”, maybe even more than once.
  15. If you don´t know whether you should laugh or cry, laugh until you cry.
  16. Don´t forget to save up but also make sure you spend the money you work hard for to earn and live your life. There is no point saving up for your funeral, your kids can deal with that.
  17. You should either love the job you do, learn to love it, or leave.
  18. Always trust your intuition about a person or situation, you are usually right.
Boat bar London

Summer in London – Floating drinks on the Thames

If you love London you’ll love it more in the summer when the sun greets the capital. There are so many atmospheric bars and pubs on every street and alley, you never run out of new places to discover. But for that very same reason, many live in London not knowing what little gems are just around the corner, waiting to be found.

My flatmate brought me to Tamesis Dock, a converted boat bar, after an evening run along the iconic Thames river.   IMG_9038

I fell inlove with this floating bar the minute I stepped on the deck. I was whisked away by the gorgeous view of the houses of parliament and big ben with my cold cider in hand and to top it off, the prices on board are so reasonable!

boat bar vauxhallThe converted dutch barge is tucked away on the side of the Thames about a 15 minute walk from Vauxhall station..or a 8 minute jog if you want a pre-workout, like we did. Although, I do not advise running back on a bloated tummy, like we did.

Apart from the priceless view and spectacular atmosphere, you’ll find that the meals here satisfy your taste buds and wallet too, especially the sharers. I would advise reserving a table as it can get quite busy when the sun makes an appearance. Especially now that summer has FINALLY arrived.

Tamesis DockThe Kopparberg logo resonates across the boat and that is exactly the thirst quencher I needed. On certain days, there is live music playing on board, simply check their facebook page for event details. Although their inner space was understandably empty when we boarded, the quaint decor is hard not to admire.IMG_9032bars london

So since we’re all baking in this heat at the moment, why not pass through this spot instead of your local pub before the sunny spell dies out.

Thank me later

Boat bar London

Lady Bower Reservoir

Around Lady Bower reservoir in 2 hours

It is hard to get bored or tired of cycling with a view like this, even when your bum gets numb. There are many cycling routes to match your energy levels in the Peak district, all with spectacular views. We played it safe and rode around the picturesque Lady Bower reservoir(roughly 15km) instead of the three reservoir cycle trail which includes Derwent and Howden Reservoir. It is possible to cut this long route short by turning right at the Derwent Dam and returning to Fairholmes , the starting point and Carpark. Ladybower reservoir

It was hard not to stop every few minutes to take a picture, but don’t let these fool you. It was a hard, sweaty trek with steep hills that I could only climb by dismounting my bike and walking. If you don’t have your own bicycle like me, you can rent one at the Fairholmes information centre.

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The Peak district is one of my favourite places in England and while walking is also an option, you see more of the area with the bicycles in a shorter time. Plus, its a great workout! This is definitely a great trip to do in the summer, with great spots by the stream to sit down and have a picnic.

There are so many beautiful places in England to see and many tourist always flock to London and miss out the beautiful spots of north England. Peak district is an absolute must, so why not tie in some fat burning, bum toning exercise too?

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Loco over Smoothie’s

I recently became a proud owner of the Breville smoothie maker and there is no turning back! Its only been a week of having smoothies for breakfast and I feel like all that delicious junk I had on holiday has been smoothied away. I can’t wait to see the results once I start having green smoothies too! I’ll share my recipes here.

Blend Active Smoothie

What I’ve had the past week, and have yet to get sick of, is a banana berry smoothie. I also add in super foods to give me that extra nutrition and boost.

Recipe:

  • One fully riped banana (it tastes even better when you let it slightly overripe)
  • A handful of frozen berries ( you can easily find this in Sainsbury’s or freeze them yourself)
  • 2 table spoons of Linwood’s flax, sunflower, pumpkin seeds & goji berries mixture(bought at Sainsbury’s)
  • 1 Table spoon Whey protein powder
  • Fill the bottle with ¾ almond milk or soy milk

Then blend and enjoy!