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This month seems to have passed by in a flurry of work and late-night Netflix marathons, but thankfully my Facebook (and my phone!) tells a different story. I swear my memory’s getting worse and worse… Thank heavens for technology being there to jog your memory!

What I’ve Been Doing in July

I started the month off down in Andover where I accompanied my boyfriend’s family to celebrate their friends’ wedding anniversary/60th birthday. It was lovely to have a good catch up and a fun weekend out of Essex, although thankfully we still managed to squeeze in the final episode of Doctor Who while we were there in order to avoid any social media spoilers… In. Cred. Ible. Speaking of Doctor Who, what do you think of the new Doctor – a *whispers for the Daily Mail lot* woman? I can’t wait to see Jodie Whittaker in the role!

Andover

Ian and I have been trying to see a bit more of London in our evenings and days off. We spent one evening at the Junkyard Golf in Shoreditch, an underground crazy golf course experience (emphasis on ‘crazy’) using various props as obstacles. As someone who is unashamedly terrible at anything sporty – but also really competitive – I was stupidly excited to win, even if it was a complete and utter fluke.

On another day, we got exploring more of Hyde Park. After seeing certain corners of the park during my Golden Tours cycling tour, I really wanted to return and see a little more of its 350 acres, and we weren’t disappointed. Who knew there was an Italian Water Gardens there?! OK, probably everyone. Maybe I’m just a really bad Londoner. But it was such a beautiful spot to spend time in on one of the hottest days of the year. Need to go back to try some of that authentic Italian gelato they were selling outside the cafe…

Italian Gardens

Another evening find was Giant Robot over in Canary Wharf. Despite the fact it sounds like something out of Star Wars, it’s actually a street feast ‘rooftopia’ on the top floor of the Crossrail Place building. One half of the floor is dedicated to a rooftop garden, and the other is all about the food, from Taiwanese street buns to American-inspired chicken wings. It was pretty busy when we went after work, but it’s only set to become more and more busier as word spreads out about it… My tip? Get there before the hoards arrive!

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This month I also managed to squeeze in two very exciting day trips: one to Manchester with Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi in order to see the Manchester Cat Cafe (post to come, I promise! But spoiler alert: it was incredible), and another to Mayfield Lavender Farm with my wife from another life, Sophie from Luggage Tags and Ticket Stubs. Both trips involved lots of train travel, rain and tea so y’know. Glad we went in the height of summer and all that 🙄

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^ Shout out to Emma for the photo inspiration 😘

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Exciting News For The Months Ahead…

I have SO MUCH coming up in the next few months I almost want to just crawl back to bed and stay there for a while. But luckily it’s all going to be amazing, so I can’t wait! In August I’ve got a trip to Cardiff on the cards, as well as an exciting hotel spa stay just outside London. There’s also the potential for another partnership coming up, but I’m just waiting on confirmation before I get too excited. Gosh, August is going to be a busy month.

Later on in the year I’m heading up to Scarborough as I’ve signed up to do a 10k road race! It doesn’t sound like much, but in all honesty I’m terrified. I only recently started running and can just about (on a good day) manage to run 5k, so it’s going to be a challenge. However, I’ve got the best motivation up my sleeve: I’ll be running in order to raise money for my local hospice that cared for both my beautiful mum AND my grandad. The team of nurses, counsellors, volunteers, receptionists, kitchen staff who work there are beyond incredible. They are the closest thing to superheroes, and I couldn’t have got through the last few impossibly difficult months without them. That’s why I know that, while the 10k will be tough, I’m 100% going to do it, even if I have to crawl the entire way!

Just a few weeks ago I also managed to finally book a trip for later this year. Ian and I had been toying with a few places in Europe that we were interested in but not completely wild about… In the end, we decided to completely blow our budget and head out to Havana (via Toronto!) in November. Canada and Cuba are two countries we’ve wanted to visit for years and we just thought – if not now, when? And no, I’m totally not counting down the 101 days left until we go. Nope, definitely not…

What I’ve Been Loving

There’s nothing like a holiday on the horizon to get me in the mood for changing up my wardrobe! For Cuba, I’m all about the colours, the tropical prints, and the breezy fabrics. ASOS has been my bae this month because of free delivery (totally worth getting the Premier Delivery!)

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Shoes // ASOS // £17.50 (SALE!)                                       Mini Rara Skirt // ASOS // £28

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Midi Sundress // ASOS // £35                                     Tropical Flamingo Cami // ASOS // £22

How has your July been, and what have you got planned for the next month?

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