Monday, 11 January 2016

LIFE LATELY: Weekend Roundup

I've just had a REALLY lovely weekend. Like, really really lovely. There was no solid plan, just pottering about and taking in the relaxing weekend vibes.

On Friday I worked from home and begin the weekend how it needed to be started - comfy, casual clothes and a stolen boys Oliver Spencer jumper. Perfect comfort clothes without looking like a bag lady! These are my go-to Topshop jeans, apart from Levis, I don't stray from Topshop jeans. They're stretchy and fit perfectly! I go through phases of living in these Walsh Trainers too, super comfy and a little different!

That evening, we went to the cinema to see the new Tarantino film, The Hateful Eight. I always have mixed feelings about Tarantino films (CONTROVERSIAL, I know). I think his films are fantastic and his imagination is remarkable but there are always aspects of his films that make me feel a bit uncomfortable. I have the constant use of the 'n' word, I know it's setting the scene and it's portraying the time the film's set but it's a bit overused for my liking. Plus, I'm a bit funny if it's OTT violence. I can cope for a bit but then it makes me feel uneasy. Maybe I just shouldn't watch Tarantino films, I hear you say. Maybe you're right, but part of me does enjoy them! Hateful Eight is pretty cool because it's mostly filmed in one room. It's more of a 'who dunnit?' film and I liked that. I liked the uncertainty and, as always, I liked the character Samuel L Jackson plays. AND there's a bit of Channing Tatum thrown into the mix - I'm never going to complain about that. Overall, worth a watch. It's pretty long (3 hours 10 minutes) so don't go if you're completely shattered. We didn't get out of the cinema until quarter to one and, with the interval in the middle of the film, I felt like we'd been in the cinema for half a day.

After our mentally strenuous cinema trip, there was no way I could get out of bed until at least 10. After having a nice lie in and resurrecting my low of a bacon, egg, cream cheese sesame seed bagel (SUPER healthy...) for breakfast, we got ready and set off to London. I'm finding it easier at the moment to drive to Westfield at Shepherd's Bush and pay £9.50 for parking for the day then hop straight on the tube. It's loads cheaper and slightly easier to be honest - no faffing with the train. It only takes about an hour and a half from Northampton to be there and parking up, so hardly a difference when you consider how much earlier you need to get to the station to be there on time.

We hopped on the tube straight to Oxford Circus - Liberty was the first port of call. Unfortunately, it was only the dregs of the sale leftover, so nothing too exciting. From there, we nipped into &Other Stories, where I fell in love with a beautiful green dress. As always, being a weekend meant that the changing room queues were ENORMOUS and I really didn't have it in me to queue for ages. From there we headed to Carnaby for a potter round. It's still so pretty with all of the lights up and there still feels like there's that festive buzz in the air. We headed into Dr Marten where I fell in love with another dress. Unfortunately they didn't have the right size and it's sold out across the entire bloody world so my heart was broken with my lack of beautiful dress.

Clearly to ease that pain, food was necessary. We headed to Pizza Pilgrims to share a delicious Salami pizza. Their pizza never disappoints and I seriously can't understand why people go to Pizza Hut, order domino's or any of that malarkey. Why would you not just go to Pizza Pilgrims or Franco Manca?! From our table I could see a sign shouting at me 'FROZEN YOGHURT' from Moosh in Kingley Court. Naturally, dessert followed the pizza.

Monkey Nut and Chocolate Brownie Spesh. Really, really good fro-yo.

From here, everything descended into chaos! We headed over to the Soho YMC store and I fell in love with everything. I'm not joking. Their sale is exceptionally good so have a look if you get chance. I didn't actually realise Solovair did a collab with them and their footwear range is beautiful. I accidentally bought a pair of suede, crepe sole Derby's. From there we had to head over to Shoreditch to the other YMC store for a shirt that wasn't in stock at the Soho one...there I found THE dress. In my size. In the sale. Calling my name. Fate? I think so. I tried it on and it was perfect. A combination of the two dresses I'd tried on in Liberty and Dr Marten with much better quality material, a better style and a perfect fit. There's no nicer feeling that trying something on and it being exactly what you wanted!

Sunday was spent in my favourite way - brunch and a nice walk. We headed to the Old House on Wellingborough Road for a spot of brunch. I was actually surprised how good it was. I opted for the OH Veggie Breakfast...erm, with a side of bacon. And some stolen black pudding from the plate to my left. The only thing letting it down was the bread - standard white bread. A nice seeded wholemeal or some sourdough would have been much better. Aside from that, really good! From there we headed back to the house to layer up then headed into the countryside.

We stopped off at the Brampton Holt for a quick drink before driving down to Pitsford Water for a leisurely stroll around the reservoir. It was chilly but the views over the water were beautiful as the sun was beginning to set.

We headed home and I braved Star Wars for the first time. That's right, I've NEVER watched Star Wars. I'm an only child, I grew up in the 90's - I just feel like it wasn't on my radar. I know, that sounds crazy. We watched A New Hope and I'm gradually going to work my way through them. I can't say I'll totally love it but I'm giving it a try. After all, I used to hate Lord of the Rings, now I'm a big fan!

I love these kinds of weekends, pottering about, eating nice food, getting some fresh air. It's nice to have the excuse of chilly, wintery weather to be spontaneous.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend too and have a great week.


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