I've decided to make my little catchup post a regular thing, so now expect to see this Sunday post once a month where I'll chat to you about what's going on in my life, where I've been, what I've been watching...anything more lifestyle-based!
I'm going to start by telling you a little about my recent blog changes, which I'm sure regular readers have already noticed! Firstly I had a little bit of a layout upgrade, as well as updating my header, both of which I got on Etsy. I also purchased and managed to install a vanity URL, which I'm really pleased about. On top of this I got myself some business cards from Moo.com (closer look here), which I'm very happy with. They cost me around £13 for 50 which I think isn't bad at all for such quality. The images were pre-made, then I used the graphic panel on the other side for my logo. I know some people find these pretentious or whatever, but personally I think they're so useful at events, to easily swap details with other bloggers you meet as well as to give to brands or PR companies at the end so they can stay in touch and remember you.
I've been down to St. Albans to see my boyfriend a couple of times over the past month, which had to mean a few trips to London! I dragged him all around Liberty, Topshop, Diptyque, Pixi, KIKO and a whole host of other shops I can only really visit in the capital. Then when we got back I had to sit through the football in return...Whilst I was down there we went to one of the best spots to eat around the Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street area: Charlotte Street. The first time round was a return to Wahaca, which is a really reasonably-priced Mexican Street Food restaurant, which has a really great, light lunch selection. The second time we went to a Japanese restaurant called Nizuni, where we both had really yummy Bento. My Salmon Bento so good and really inexpensive. I would definitely recommend both those places if you're out shopping in central London as it's so much nicer than just heading to Pret or wherever.
We also went to a really good Cypriot restaurant in St. Albans called Bar Mezze. The atmosphere was really friendly and the food very authentic (I think!), they don't have set starters and mains so you just order loads of different bits from their huge menu and share. A bit of a step down but I finally tried Five Guys at the Trafford Centre. I'm a pescetarian so had some misgivings, but it was 2pm on Good Friday and everywhere was packed out. They don't have proper veggie burgers, you just get as many of their fillings as you want and whilst it was nice enough, it wasn't very good value. The fries on the other hand, did all of the things for me! A bit of a surprise hit for me was Cote's Sunday menu; the chain of French brasseries does a super-cheap special menu. I really wasn't expecting much from it but the food was fantastic and there was so much choice for me (which I'm really not used to!) Finally, if you happen to be in the Tameside/East Manchester area, make sure you check out the Blue Sapphire Thai restaurant in Denton. If you love Thai food like me, you'll be in your element and you also bring your own drink, which always leads to fun...
I alway have something I'm watching on Netflix or Amazon with my boyfriend and this month was no exception. At the start of the month we finished House of Cards, which was really great. All the things that were bubbling under the surface throughout the season explode at the end and there's a pretty big cliffhanger we'll need to wait a year to see the outcome of... After finishing House of Cards, we started Outlander on a bit of a whim, which is about a World War 2 nurse who is transported back in time to 18th Century Scotland (bare with me...) I've ended up enjoying this show so much! The pace is quite slow but in an agreeable way, it effortlessly moves between so many different genres, it's well-acted and the beautiful production values as well as the story keep you hooked. I have been watching Poldark too, whist not quite as captivating it does hit the period drama spot! I've also been watching The Mafia with Trevor McDonald, which is well worth catching on ITV Player even if it makes for jaw-dropping viewing. I also love myself a bit of Louis Theroux, so I'm really pleased he's back with some new documentaries. Whilst they're not quite as 'fun' as some of his older stuff (which I believe is all on Netflix, if you're interested), it's really riveting viewing and shines a light on areas society hasn't really dared to discuss before. As you can probably tell, this month has been all about TV (is it just me or is there nothing good on at the cinema?) but me and my boyfriend caught the Imitation Game on Blinkbox. Based on the life of Alan Turing (who cracked the German Enigma Code in WW2), it's a brilliant film but absolutely heartbreaking (I won't spoil it for people who don't know his story).
Do you have business cards for your blog? What have you been enjoying on TV lately?
Love the business cards they are very pretty! I'm currently watching Gossip Girl on Netflix at the moment and it's slightly addicting :') xReplyDelete
Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥
Thank you :) haha xxDelete
I love Moo - I get all my business cards from there! And I love Louis Theroux, he makes such good documentaries. Been wanting to watch the Trevor McDonald Mafia documentaries too so have to check that out!ReplyDelete
They do such cute designs :) and yes it's well worth a look! xxDelete
Love this post. Also, I went to St. Albans High School and live nearby, how strange! I also have just been delivered the same business cards in that design too! Bar Mezze is such a nice restaurant, glad you enjoyed it :) xxxReplyDelete
Nikita | nikitabatavia.com
Haha that's a funny coincidence - are you secretly me?! xxDelete
The business cards are so beautiful! Love more personal posts like this and to know that it's okay to be addicted to Netflix haha. I'm currently watching Orange is the new black and Fresh meat - both are so different haha! I live in London but will e moving back to Suffolk soon when I finish uni - no more trips to Selfridges! cottonandcandie xxReplyDelete
Oh no I couldn't be without a Selfridges haha and I love OITNB, can't wait to see the new series soon :) xxDelete
Great post hun your business cards are so cute and I love the design :) It sounds like you’ve had a lovely time - I really love going to Central London especially Carnaby :) I’ve recently got into Netflix purely for Daredevil finished the series last week and it was soooo goodReplyDelete
Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee
I've heard a few people rave about that series - I will have to add it to my list haha xxDelete
We've been loving Bloodline on Netflix, we enjoyed it more than we thought we would! Love your business cards! xxReplyDelete
I think that's the show my mum has been saying she loves! And thank you :) xxDelete
I love Moo business cards and I am currently watching GoT. xxReplyDelete
I need to catch up on Sky Go! xxDelete
I'm loving the new look! It's great, and the business cards are great! I need to check out moo.com -I am always hearing really good things.ReplyDelete
Catch up posts are always an interesting read, I've been watching mainly goggle box and first dates, there's not much else that's exciting me on tv lately!
I know what you mean - on actual TV there doesn't seem to be much, I do like a bit of Goggle Box too though! xxDelete
I love the look of those business cards!! I'll definitely check out Moo.com if I ever need some xReplyDelete
They have some really pretty designs :) xxDelete
St Albans is so close to me, Bar Mezze sounds lovely, I'll have to give it a visit sometime! I've got business cards for my blog too, I got the mini cards from moo.com and I'm really pleased with the quality xxReplyDelete
Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk
I'm sure you'll love it :) and maybe I'll get the mini cards next time round xxDelete
The business cards look so cute, love them!ReplyDelete
Thank you :) xxDelete
I loved this post! It was so nice to read a little preview into your life, and I can not wait to purchase some business cards for myself!ReplyDelete
Aw thanks - glad you enjoyed :) xxDelete
Love these business cards!ReplyDelete
Thank you :) xxDelete
Your business cards are so pretty - I love the designReplyDelete
Lauren | Porcelain Queen
Thanks, hun! xxDelete
The business cards look great and the design is lovely but your photo is just gorgeous - I love everything about it…it's so pretty!!! :)ReplyDelete
Aww thank you :) xxDelete
Oh, how pretty are your cards! I do have some but I always forget to take them out with me! I must remember to pick them up next time :)ReplyDelete
Anoushka xx www.Anoushkaloves.com
I know what you mean - I'm constantly forgetting things for events (sometimes even my camera haha) xxDelete
Love these kind of posts, probably because I'm so nosy. I am definitely making a note of all the amazing places to eat that you recommended as I am clueless when it comes to central London and the variety of choices can be a bit overwhelming at times xReplyDelete
Beauty with charm
I know what you mean and it can be kind of hard to find places that aren't the usual Pret, Costa, McDonald's etc. xxDelete
I don't have, but yours are so beautiful ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you :) xxDelete
love the photo, and love these business cards of yours - so pretty!ReplyDelete
Thank you :) xxDelete
Your business cards are so cute!! Really so adorable. Love it!ReplyDelete
Thanks lovely :) xxDelete
Loving the new layout! Wahaca sounds amazing I will have to go when I'm visiting London next :)ReplyDelete
I was pretty disappointed by the Five Guys Menu as well, not bothered going there as the veggie option seems crap :/ same with Almost Famous which everyone raves about as well, there's nothing for me to eat there so can't go!
Kat | www.kathorrocks.com
I know it's so annoying - we need to open a veggie burger joint with loads of options haha xxDelete
Love this, the business cards look so cute!ReplyDelete
Thank you :) xxDelete
I also love Moo cards and I just ordered some cards to see how well they come out. I don't think it is superficial to have a business card for your blog at all. Blogs are now like little businesses and they are hobbies as well. I have been to so many events where I know a business card would have been handy so it is worth investing in one. I love Sunday catch up posts and I would love to see more of them!! ...xxReplyDelete
That's how I feel too! And you definitely will :) xxDelete
Great post. Your cards look darling! However £13 for 50 cards is rather expensive. I have a guy in Brighton who does next day delivery £8, double sided for 50 cards. I love him. He creates works to your likes and never prints unless you are satisfied.ReplyDelete
I've wanted to watch house of cards, but always put it off. I just don't have the time.
Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog
Aw you should do it! xxDelete
Love your photos! Do you use lights?ReplyDelete
Kirsty | www.kirsty.ws