Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Lazy Sunday

Katie and I definitely felt the after effects of the night before which meant sleeping, struggling with some toast and a lot of laughing at ourselves. Vicky came to join us in our self-pity party and we had a bit of a natter before I headed home, via subway, as I'd pretty much moved into Katie's since Friday.

The drive back was lovely and I was a little bundle of embarrassing smiles after such a lovely weekend with my friends. These times really make me appreciate having such a close-knit group of best friends.

I returned home and cured my hangover in the best way possible...

With Bracken, my Mum and a long walk in the fresh air. This walk was...eventful. We intended on a very short one, even announcing 'we'll take this shortcut'. Note: this was NOT a shortcut. This was a trek. Bracken was loving it, my Mum was confused and I was trying not to panic due to the thunder and rain clouds in the distance. I'm a big baby when it comes to thunder and lightening, so putting me on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere with rumbles in the background isn't my idea of relaxation. We managed to dodge the weather and had the nicest walk to date. Two hours later we returned home to my very confused Dad who wondered what had happened to our half an hour walk.

We even got chance to see my old pony, Choccy.

I absolutely love heading out into the countryside near my house. There truly is nothing better than being in the peace and quiet of the woods and fields enjoying the fresh air. 

N xo

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Party Time!

Saturday began with a slightly sore head (on my part) and a well deserved lie in after Friday nights Cocktail Making extravaganza. Katie's 22nd birthday had finally arrived and we had a night of fun to look forward to. We spent the day relaxing which was definitely needed.

We waited for her Mum to return home before the cards and presents were opened and sat outside for a relaxing breakfast. Next year, I want a day like this for my birthday; how often do you get a day to sit down, relax and have an excuse to wear no makeup? - Not very often! It allowed us to slowly get ready and mentally prepare for the antics of the evening.

Late afternoon we decided to get ready once Abbie had arrived so we could head to Slug & Lettuce for a pre-meal drink. It was lovely to catch up with Abbie having not seen her for well over a year! 

We got ready and managed to fit in a few snaps of Katie in her beautiful Kardashian dress.

My outfit : Skirt: Missguided, Crop Top: Topshop, Shoes: New Look, Watch: Tag

So we got to Slug & Lettuce, just about dodging the monsoon-like conditions we've been experiencing. We made our way to our reserved table and waited for the others to arrive.

Then we heard those words...the ones you always want to hear before a big night out...two for one on cocktails, including pitchers. Woah!

Now at this point we had already ordered a few bottles of wine while we waited but this was a promising offer for later on.

Everybody arrived, we chatted away and placed our orders. I opted for the Goats Cheese and caramelised onion flatbread (yes, I'm a creature of habit!) and shared some criss cross wedges with Abbie. By this point the wine had...disappeared, so we ordered our pitchers.

The food arrived and did not disappoint...

I am yet to experience a bad meal at Slug & Lettuce. Honestly, give it a go! I was skeptical at first -I'm not a big fan of chain restaurants - but S&L really have nailed it with their menu and quality of food. Have a look at their menu.

We gobbled up our food, polished off our pitchers and braved the stormy weather to move onto a few bars.

The rest of the night is a bit of a blur but we had a fabulous time with a great mix of people - old friends and new.

I love birthdays!

N xo

Life Lately

Lately, life has been a bit of a blur. Time is passing by so quickly, my diary is full to the brim (yes, I'm surprised too!) and I really don't feel like I've had a lot of time to just sit and breathe. July has come and gone in a flash...infact, my life since April has gone by in a flash. And it's only now that I'm sat here staring into my breakfast (I'm a berry addict at the moment) that I can truly comprehend how much my life has changed in the last few months. 

Besides remaining in the same job, that's actually the only constant I've had for a while and, you know what...that doesn't scare me, at all. That makes me excited and appreciative of my 'new' life because, really, that's what it is. I've made some decisions this year, some easy and some not so, that have really impacted on my life...and, as it turns out, for the better.

I think sometimes we all need five minutes to sit, breathe and reflect. It's certainly made me appreciate how good I've got it.

N xo

Monday, 29 July 2013

Cocktails and Sandcastles

As you know I love birthdays - spending a day with your nearest and dearest celebrating is too much fun! This weekend was no different as my beautiful best friend turned 22! We have all been rushed off our feet recently due to work and tying up loose ends before we set off on our travels so we were long overdue a weekend together.

Back in June, you'll probably remember us celebrating Vicky's 22nd, if not have a look here. Oh and I made her this cakeAs a present I bought her an 'experience' rather than an actual present. We've come to realise over the past couple of years that we never actually need anything for our birthdays present-wise so have opted for days or nights out as a present. With this in mind, I booked the four of us (for both Katie and Vicky's birthday) a cocktail making masterclass. This included three cocktails each and pizza! Come on,it wouldn't be me unless food was involved it! We managed to keep the night a secret from Katie during the month between Vicky and Katie's birthday and ventured to Suede bar near Hockley in Nottingham on Friday evening.

We realised as we walked across the road that we had actually been to the same place a few years back, under a different name, but when we walked in, the place had been transformed. Sleek, sophisticated and instantly inviting, Suede looked like the place for us. We were greeted by Antonio and Nick and they explained the format of our deal - we could make the cocktails ourselves, try making one then leave Nick to the rest or be ladies of leisure and be waited on if we preferred. We agreed we wanted to give it a go making our own. So, we got to it; Nick talked us through it step by step while Antonio disappeared to make our pizzas. We didn't look quite as glamorous as we had hoped but it was fun; it made me miss working in a bar! The first cocktail we whipped up was the Jango - gin, manho, aloe Vera juice and sugar syrup. And it was GOOD! We found ourselves a lovely little table by the window and chattered away. The pizzas soon arrived and we got stuck in! The time whizzed by and we bid farewell to Suede. The deal was brilliant, the bar itself was sophisticated and relaxed; the guys have clearly got a good set up. If you get chance, head down to Suede; it's only been open a couple of months but I predict good things for the place! 

Here's a few snaps:

After Suede we headed to a few more places before calling it a night! 
Check out our amazing cocktail below - served in a sandcastle bucket, topped with cinnamon to look like sand - craazy?!

We had a lot of fun and it was lovely to catch up on the past few weeks. If you ever get the chance to go and learn how to make cocktails - do it! 

If you want to check out Suede - head to their Facebook or have a little look on their website..
N xo