Thursday, 28 April 2016

I'M IN JAPAN! PT 1: TOKYO

KONICHIWA! I'm in Japan! How cool?!

I've come away on holiday for two weeks to visit Tokyo and Kyoto. We arrived last Saturday and spent the first part of the trip in Tokyo and now we're in Kyoto, then back again to spend some more time in the capital.

This place is insanely amazing. Walking round Shinjuku on the first night was exactly what you've seen on the movies, crazy flashing lights in all kinds of rainbow colours, people everywhere - but not too rowdy, and tonnes and tonnes of tiny hidden away bars and restaurants.

We soon discovered that what it's like in Shinjuku is not how it is all over town and began to explore.

Here are some piccies of our travels so far.


 Downtown Shinjuku at night


Yoyogi Park



Awesome Vegan Cafe in Shibuya



Cute lil cat booty outside a restaurant


Amazing view of the Tokyo Tower from the finance district


Golden Gai in Shinjuku 


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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunday Thoughts

I always had this idea in my mind that I cared about the environment.

When I was about 10, I wrote a letter to Tony Blair about deforestation, and how worried I was about it. I even got a reply from Downing Street - I can prove it, my Mum has the letter somewhere.

I love animals, I can't bare the thought of an animal getting harmed, I make myself aware of what is going on in the world, I watch documentaries, force myself to watch cruelty propaganda clips and have opinions on serious issues.

But I've realised that I'm not actually doing anything about it. (Up until a couple of months ago,) I ate meat and fish, didn't recycle, drank milk, ate cheese and even wore fur (it's a vintage stole that belonged to my Granny; I'd guess it's around 100 years old so I keep it for sentimental values.)

Something recently has shifted in my mind and I'm starting to change how I live. I'm starting with "small" changes - significantly reducing my intake of animal products - no meat, very little dairy, but I'm starting to look into bigger lifestyle changes; watching what I buy and how much trash I'm making.

I'd never thought about how much trash I produced, before I watched a video on Lauren Singer, who produces basically zero waste per year. It's seriously impressive and very aspirational.

Overall, I'm still in my research phase but feel like I need to tackle these lifestyle changes in small steps.

First step: no meat, no fish.
Check, check - all good. Easy to cut out. I will miss steak though. I love steak.

Second step: no dairy.
Dairy turned out to be a lot easier to cut out than I thought. I haven't drunk milk in three weeks maybe? I'm not sure exactly. Shoulda written the date down.

Third Step: Waste reduction
I think it begins soon. I don't think I can immerse myself into the lifestyle straight away, but I think there are small changes that I've already started making - no coffee in the mornings in paper cups. No more plastic bags from Albert Heijn, no more plastic bottles. I also need to assess where I'm buying my food from and the packaging it comes in.

Next up; recycling. Let's see how it goes.

Here are some pretty cool videos that have started to make me think more about this:





Netflix Documentaries: Cowspiracy and Food Matters.



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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016

pink and grey, ay.

am i just crazy or is this colour combo not the best.

brb just running to pick up some grey cortez.
pink and grey, ay.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

OOTD - TENNIS CLASSIC

it might be the changing of the seasons, it might be a change in taste, it might be a change of heart, who knows, but i must admit that i'm growing quite fond of light pinks and greys together. 

i picked up this lil pink fluffy jumper from topshop a couple of weeks ago when i was in liverpool and i absolutely looove it. i looove it so much i bought it in black. 

i wore it with a grey shirt i also got from topshop - get me mrs. topshop hey, and some ooooold nike tennis classic which kinda look like sh't but kinda look quite good still.





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Sunday, 17 January 2016

WEEKLY ROUNDUP 2016 #3

Oh dear.. It's not a very good sign when your last post was just a carbon copy of the one you're typing.

Ah well. We're three weeks in to the year and I'm four posts deep. Five if you count this one. I'm sure that's a better speed than I was at this time LY.

#1
New Years Resolutions

One of the NYR's I wanted to try and make was to be more efficient at saving money. I started saving towards the end of last year and because of this, I didn't get crazy deep into credit card for Christmas. So I'm trying this year again to put away a certain amount each month and hopefully I will have a nice little amount by the end of the year.

#2
Teef

I had my upper wisdom teeth out this week and I just wanted to let y'all know, if you need to get it done, please do not worry about it at all. It was totally fine. I had zero pain (touch wood it doesn't kick in soon) and very minor swelling. Don't worry about it. If you know you have to get it done and you're just putting it off, just go for it. It's not that bad.

#3
Climbing

We're on week 3 of 4 of the climbing course and I'm looking forward to finishing it. It's a lot of fun and I'd like to continue when I'm finished but there's just this mental block before we get there, like why the f'ck do we not want to go.

#4
Pink Soda

In the spirit of exercise, I received a ton of awesome stuff from Pink Soda this week which I'm really looking forward to trying on and trying out.

This was kinda a lame weekly round-up. Nothing that much exciting happened I guess. Here's to an exciting week next week!



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Sunday, 10 January 2016

WEEKLY ROUNDUP 2016 #2

Another Sunday another round up. Saying that like I do this often.

This week's been a bit of a mad one, first week back in work, getting used to long days in a new routine I'm trying to get myself into.

#1
Dental Werk
One of my "resolutions" I wanted to start the new year with was getting things done that I needed to. Number one on my list of things to do was go to the dentist. I don't know why, but I've been putting it off for years. I just haven't been. I'm not scared or anything, just didn't want to go. Anyway, I went and it turns out my teeth are in pretty good shape; no cavities, no issues, but, my wisdom teeth are growing in at an angle so this week I've gotta go and get them all taken out. I'm not too worried about it, in fact I'm quite happy I'll be getting them sorted but I'm anxious to see how squirrel-like my cheeks will be next weekend.

#2
Making a Murderer
Along with the rest of the world, I got hooked on Making a Murderer. I nailed the whole series in about 2 days. It was legit binge watching for me. I hated how unfair everything seemed for Steven Avery. I just hope the truth comes out in the end. After watching that, I now need something more uplifting and positive so if anybody has any Netflix recommendations feel free to

#3
21 Day Challenge
I wrote about the Nike 21 Day Challenge earlier this week and I'm proud to say I've been sticking to it. It's pretty simple and it really is just about getting yourself into a routine. There are only three short workouts a week to do - two NTC workouts and one small run. Last week was for 10 minutes. It's pretty good!

#4
STAR WARS
OMG highlight of the week maybe?? I went to see it yesterday on IMAX 3D and it was absolutely amazing, like I would legit go again. I love Kylo Ren and a part of me wants him to get together with Rey. Is that like blasphemy? I don't know - I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, I saw the episodes that came out in the late 90s, but none of the early ones. Like I said, legit gonna go again.

May the force be with you.



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