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Friday, 29 April 2016

This weekend just gone, I took the plunge and finally attended Secret Cinema who, were of course, doing 28 Days Later. I already blogged about the marketing that has gone into promoting the event, and mentioned I'd do just a short post after the event as there is little point me blogging about everything that went on - the whole point is that it's supposed to be secret.

So instead I'm going to do a tips post for if you're attending or thinking about taking part and haven't quite made your mind up yet...

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It is 100% worth getting into costume for. Some people have complained about having to pay extra on top of a ticket but although this is encouraged, it isn't compulsory. I would definitely recommend dressing up in some way though because you'll only feel like the odd one out if you do. It's not the type of thing where 'just some' people dress up - pretty much everyone does so it is worth it. If you don't want to splash out an extra £20, just order a cheap pair of scrubs on ebay. Everything additional that came with the kit ordered officially was fun to own but wasn't at all needed. A pair of scrubs and maybe a mask covering your mouth will be more then enough.

Do take part in the build up to the event. You have to sign up to the website to get details anyway, but I'd also recommend chatting to others attending and watching all the videos and reports being released in advance.

Be prepared to run and get your adrenaline pumping. It isn't a ridiculous amount of running but it really gets you in the right frame of mind. Despite knowing none of it was real, I totally felt like it was real. I was genuinely scared and it just added to the excitement all the more.

I know everyone says this, but to get the most of your experience, do be willing to explore, poke around at the set and talk to characters. We were told to find a particular character at one point, and upon asking someone, this led to us being paraded around the whole set in that particular section, looking pretty bemused. We even got told off for walking too slow and not catching up! It's definitely a lot of fun to participate but again, if that's not your thing, don't feel you have to.

...or alternatively a coat stuffed into a backpack. You will get hot running around, so just bring one with you for later on or for the journey there and back. There's not a cloakroom there (that I saw, anyway) so it's useful to have a backpack with you for during the event so you're not carrying stuff around whilst running and such. Also, during the viewing of the movie, you may get a bit chilly (but the premise of where and how you're watching it makes it more than worth it).

If you don't have friends to go with - go anyway! I went totally alone and made friends with two girls there, and you get split into groups there anyway (obviously if you're with friends you'll get put into a group with them). Basically, it's the type of thing where friends aren't necessary because you'll be having so much fun and will be encouraged to talk to other people anyway.

Finally, if you do go, don't spoil it for anyone else. I've just touched upon things that are general knowledge now and have been mentioned on Facebook and stuff anyway. I was a little disappointed to know some stuff already but found there was also so much there to see and do that was a surprise.

Oh and also, you will get scared, but in a good way. I cannot explain enough how amazing it feels and how much attention they've put into the detail. You honestly really do 100% feel like you're in a zombie apocalypse and I can't imagine creating this feeling was easy - but they did it.

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Well done Secret Cinema, you've got yourself a new fan and I've already committed myself to attend the next one.

What do you think? Would you ever attend Secret Cinema? Let me know.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

As I mentioned recently, I decided to take on another foodie challenge and this time around, it was to take on the Fry's Family Food challenge of eating seven days of meat-free dinners. I'm happy to say that I succeeded! It was actually super easy thanks to the goodies I got sent, making the transition a whole lot easier than I thought it would be.

Here's my food diary for the week.

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Now, what I forgot to remember when I placed this pie in the oven on my first day of going meat free, was how rank Linda McCartney's vegan pies are (just the pies - the rest of the range is nice). But I persevered and had the pie with some rocket salad and some chips. The mushroom pie was actually filled with tons of flavour and the mushrooms were super yummy. I don't know why there was a substitute meat in there, as a veggie pie would have been just as nice without, and I don't know what it is exactly but it was the same thing used in Linda McCartney's. Though it wasn't as bad with all the flavour, it still left a bit of an aftertaste but overall the pie was nice.

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These sausages were super super delicious and I honestly didn't notice the difference between these and normal sausages. I made hot dogs out of them with onion, cheese and tomato sauce and was pleasantly surprised. I think they would have been just as nice on there own or without additional flavour, like in a fry up, which I'm definitely debating for this weekend. This is one product that amazes me - switching from normal sausages to veggie ones makes literally no difference whatsoever with taste or texture, but is for a good cause. This is something I'll continue to buy in future. 

Note - I had a look online and realized they do actually do specific hot dog sausages but never mind. 

I'd had a long day today and also went to the gym after work, so decided to cheat a bit and get some chips from the chip shop on the way home, calling my dad ahead of time and asking him to put the nuggets on for me. It probably wasn't the healthiest option, but was still healthier then eating meat. This again ties in with the fact that without proper meal planning, after a long day at work, I don't want to spend ages working out what will and won't go with certain foods. As I've said before, I'm definitely not the type of person to throw things together, hence why half the week was spent eaten chips.

Still, despite the fact that I used lashings of salt and vinegar, and generous dollops of tomato sauce, these 'chicken' nuggets were pretty nice and I barely noticed the difference.

Confession - I don't even know what schnitzels are - vegan or otherwise. I assume they're maybe some kind of sausage? Anyway, whatever these vegan alternatives were, they were delicious. I love anything breaded too and found the crumbled...ness had lots of flavour. Still, I wasn't too sure what would go with them so I searched the #FrysSchnitzles hashtag on Instagram and found tons of ideas. Mushroom sauce seemed to be a popular choice and I love mushrooms, so naturally I went for that. I actually used mushroom soup as a sauce, with every intention to add some flour to thicken it up, but as it goes it was quite thick naturally. So I chopped up some additional mushrooms and added some thin chips along with it - delicious.

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These two days, I wasn't actually home for dinner as I had dates. Although I wasn't home to eat any of the Fry's family foods, I did stick to my veggie guns, even when grabbing fries from Five Guys and drooling unnecessarily (not really, I wouldn't dream of drooling on a date) over their burgers. Friday was a bit hit and miss because I went straight from work and didn't have the motivation for a proper meal so just grabbed something on the go. I found being veggie much easier then being vegan in this sense because it's pretty damn obvious what foods do and don't have meat in them.

Saturday me and my other date (I know, I'm a hussy) stayed in and ordered veggie pizza which is quite possibly the first time in my whole entire life I've ordered a) pizza that isn't pepperoni and b) pizza from Pizza Hut as opposed to Dominoes. It was lush though. I am (maybe) a changed woman when it comes to my pizza habits.

On my seventh and final day of being veggie, I got back into the flow of cooking things again, since I had the whole day free and not just, y'know, the evening after work. I took an old favourite with the veggie alternative and made burgers - simple, filling and a nice end to the week.

Overall, I found going veggie for the week super easy and I don't think that's just because I know how hard it is going vegan. I think when I went vegan, I was harder on myself and was determined to not substitute things, whereas having an introduction to meat alternatives that week has definitely helped. It made me realize that it's still super healthy because it's an alternative so although you're not full on choosing super healthy completely vegetable based meals and nothing else, you're still not having meat.

The veggie range from Fry's Family Foods definitely made the whole thing a lot easier and I think for anyone considering just trying out giving up meat, this is definitely the way to go. It can be the perfect way to detox, if even just for a week, and a really easy introduction into giving up meat for good. I also feel like for those wanting to go a step further, perhaps committing yourself to being veggie with Fry's Family Foods for a while before going vegan, this is the perfect 'stepping stone' into that. I certainly wish I had done the same! 

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Monday, 25 April 2016

In my line of work, I'm quite lucky in that we get a lot of invites to things like theatre shows, garden events, manor house tours etc - basically, anything you'd definitely love if you were retired and travelling as a group, and most likely love no matter what age you are anyway.

I mean, I freakin' love gardens, thanks to my nan and my mum. There was once a time where I couldn't actually go to a garden centre on a weekend without bumping into my nan/aunt/sister. Once, my mum bumped into my nan in the loo at the garden centre, and we later found out my aunt had been wandering around there too.

But anyway.

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Last week I had the opportunity to head down to the West End to see Guys and Dolls! Guys and Dolls is a total classic and, actually, one I have never seen or knew anything about up until recently (I'm sorry!). So I didn't really know what to expect.

I loved it, naturally.

Guys and Dolls tells the story, of, well, guys and dolls. The main storyline focuses on two couples - Nathan Detroit and the long suffering Miss Adelaide, who puts up with her fiances gambling in the hopes that he'll turn around and one day actually marry her, and Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown, who I believe are a very early version of the 'guy takes bet to win girl over, girl doesn't know' storyline, that we know so well from teen movies such as She's All That.

Naturally, I loved Sky and Sarah's storyline. Sky was the original bad boy, but not the bad boy (*cough* f*ckboy *cough*) we know today. He's never been in love and he doesn't mess with girls heads or cheat. In fact, his bad side comes from his gambling yet he still has that overly confident blase attitude which is what seems to attract us to the bad boys in the first place.

As a character, Sarah Brown didn't really seem particularly memorable to me but I think perhaps that is the point - she is meant to come across as quiet and reserved, coming out of her shell the closer she gets to Sky.

I loved their relationship and although it wasn't groundbreakingly romantic, it was rather lovely and probably closer to true romance then what we see in movies these days.

My favourite character was without a doubt Miss Adelaide. I really felt for her, putting up with Nathan Detroit, but I loved that despite the fact that she was willing to wait for him, not once did she come across as desperate or pathetic. In this day and age, we would probably feed her the classic lines of 'he's not worth it, move on'. But she believed in true love. She waited it out, patiently and often humorously, and in the end, it was worth it.

Nathan Detroit was a bit of a typical commitaphobe, but his character was still lovable and not too annoying.

My favourite scene was without a doubt the Havana scene, where Sarah gets drunk and jealously rears it's head when a pretty exotic dancer takes a liking to Sky. Cue a funny scene where Sarah tries to fight said girl - as another dancer tries to get Sarah - Sky tries to warn off the dancer's advantages whilst keeping an eye on Sarah, and lots of upbeat dancing in the process.

There was so much to watch and laugh at.

I also liked the upbeat and final dance number, Sit down, You're rocking the boat. The audience loved it so much and clapped for so long that one of the poor characters, Nicely-Nicely Johnson wavered from his stance high on a chair. He checked his watch. We clapped more. He wiped sweat from his forehead. We laughed and continued to clap.

It was a unique interactive moment in the show which I loved.

All in all, I found Guys and Dolls was a total classic - it was romantic, endearing and definitely now a firm favourite musical for me.

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

I have had an epiphany.

Sharing wishlist's on my blog isn't just a way to share new content or show what I'm lusting after this month. Putting together a short wishlist can help me budget and make sure when I'm cracking down on saving (which I am, lately) I still treat myself at the end of the month - within reason. It can be a little treat to myself after sticking to a weekly budget and then rather then going over the top on a big shopping spree so all my hard work has gone down the drain, by looking for things throughout the month I can see if I still actually really want them by the time payday arrives. If I do, I can then treat myself to just one or two things.

Smart thinking, right?!

Anyway. Here's what I've been lusting after this month.

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Firstly, is this gorgeous Spring Box Of Lame from my favourite new brand, That Lame Company (who actually aren't that lame at all). They fulfil my crack-like-addiction to stationary, or at least will, as I can see into the future and my future tells me that I'll be buying from this company a lot. I love their little motto's and such, and the spring box just has a bit of everything really, including cute post-it notes and notebooks. I likely don't need anymore stationary, but to be honest, can a girl ever have enough stationary?

Up next is this edgy but classy elephant plate from H&M. I've been thinking a lot lately about slowly researching into buying my own place aka moving out (it's time) and so home stuff has been on my radar this month. It's way too early to be thinking about that type of thing (aka the fun part which is furnishing and buying cute accessories) but I'll definitely be popping this in my shopping basket for a later date.

Another definitely-not-lame product from That Lame Company (did I mention how much I love them after discovering the website just yesterday?!) is this nice little iPhone case, which is much needed now that I have a new phone. Not much else to say really, except the design is really sweet and stylish without being too 'in-your-face'.

I swear I don''t want this book just because of the cover. Even if it's super cute. This book is described as being the book for those who think Eat, Pray, Love was way too mainstream, but still want a fix of romance and Italian lushness. It tells the story of four different English ladies who hire a castle on the Italian Rivera, to escape their very different lives. Emerald Street recommends it, so it must be good. Plus, yes, the cover is super cute.

Finally, THIS TOP. This top is perfect for me as I've been relying on zombie apocalypse-esque apps to help push me in my fitness lately and it's working - I finally feel like I'm starting to find a balance of eating 75% healthy and doing some sort of exercise. I mean, I still spend most of my week sat on my arse watching Netflix. But I try to work out at least three times a week now, so, this top would help and look awesome.

So there you have it - my little April wishlist. What products do you think I should treat myself to on payday? Let me know!
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Guest post by Rosie Watts.

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The classic saying ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ makes being a bridesmaid seem like a negative. Chances are, many of you have had that excitable phone call from a friend; she’s calling from the other side of the world and doesn’t care for the large time gap between the two of you. She’s ringing because she’s got the most incredible news - she got engaged last night beside the pool of her swanky hotel after years of waiting patiently. As you process the news, rubbing your head and wiping your tired eyes, your first thought is ‘oh my goodness, here we go again’. After your beloved friend is asked one question and ecstatically says yes, you will soon be asked another – and with that question comes responsibility. You’ll soon be playing a huge role in your loved one’s special day. Of course you are over the moon and love nothing more than a chance to dress up and organise parties. But you can’t help but see your summer quickly fill up with a full agenda along with the copious amounts of cash withdrawing from your bank account.

It’s not all tears and tantrums though, there are plenty of tips and tricks for ensuring the process is both fun, fair and purse friendly. We all want to support those closest to us and undoubtedly you’ll go through the motions. You’ll be by your friend throughout the very highs and lows of wedding planning. You’ll see her wedding day jitters and hold her hand when the nervous smile kicks in.

The absolute honour of being by her side as she says those oh so important vows is the greatest privilege a friend can have. So follow these top fashion tips and you will look and feel the part of bridesmaid to your friend. To get you excited and ready for your duties, 2016 offers a whole new stance on playful and delicate bridesmaid trends.

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Bridesmaid dresses are fast becoming more modern and fashion-forward in their design, shadowing what we see on the runway. This means they’re no longer a ‘one off’ wear - if you needed or wanted to re-wear it after the big day, you can.

Strapless dresses allow you to show off just the right amount of skin without feeling like you’re over doing it. Traditionally, the strapless dress is a go-to choice for both brides and bridesmaids. However, they can lack sufficient support. Say hello to the one shoulder dress. This style works perfectly for a varied female figure and the elegant and classic look is the perfect compromise for those wary of braving no straps.

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Otherwise known as the ‘tea dress’ - falling just below the knee and brushing the lower calf. This fun and feminine style is making a big appearance for bridesmaids in 2016. The relaxed, semi-formal dress is making a comeback from the 40s and you can find ones in both new and retro designs. This is perfect if you want vintage bridesmaid dresses for your vintage-chic wedding (a trend predicted to grow even more in 2016). The nature of this style allows for movement and texture. They’re typically found in airy fabrics such as tulle or chiffon, which gives the cutest tutu effect.

Last summer saw the revival of bohemian inspired headbands and I’m confident they are going nowhere for summer 2016. They are so versatile and suit a multitude of different outfits and occasions, weddings certainly being one of them. Find a simple shimmering gold headband to suit your retro inspired tea dress and you’ll be fit for the trendiest wedding of the season.

2016 and is all about being comfortable and confident. Less is more and simple is certainly the new sophisticated. Break away from tradition and know that there are many options available for a modern day wedding. Traditional is no longer a must. Embrace your bridesmaid duties and indulge in all things fashion and beauty. Louise recently wrote about her experience at the fabulous Derma Spa - I’m thinking ‘hen party heaven’! Treat yourself ladies, you deserve it.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Earlier this year I took on the challenge of going vegan for a month and it was one of the toughest but most rewarding months of my life. 

No one was more surprised than me that I actually managed it - I actually managed to go a whole 31 days without meat or dairy - and this is coming from a girl who would happily stuff her face with a double cheese burger from Maccy D's each week without a second thought.

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After completing the challenge, I blogged about what would happen next. If I'm honest, I felt a little constricted. I wanted to stay vegan, but there were just some things that I couldn't give up completely, like my dads roast dinners and a curry on a Friday night. 

I vowed to attempt to be around 85% vegan - to make a conscious effort to be but not kick myself when I sometimes failed.

Have I stuck to this? Day to day - probably not. I find the hardest thing is when I have no dinner plans and it's late and making a quick run to Maccy D's is the easier option. But, I know that to prevent this happening, I just need to plan my meals better like I did in January and although I do this some weeks, other weeks I find it hard to find the time to sit down and do that.

I haven't given up my curries or roast dinners.

But overall, I am eating a lot more healthy and a lot more vegan. As a whole, I've cut down meat a lot and have found a good balance which is much better then the one I was on before I tried my vegan month.

My curries tend to be once a month now rather then once a week (I know, I know, that was really unhealthy) and now if I find myself without anything for dinner, rather then always driving to Maccy D's, for the most part I tend to make sure I have a couple of Avocado's sitting at home for some Avocado on toast which, isn't really a dinner, but is filling nonetheless.

I've found that my whole lifestyle has become healthier overall, especially when it comes to snacking. I'm still snacking on Nakd snacks and choosing healthier crisps (although not vegan) like Sunbites instead of Walkers for example. My lunches almost always consist of some salad now, whether that's thrown in with a cheese and onion sandwich or just some rocket salad on the side.

So in that sense, I suppose I'm in the mind set of the one I was when I finished Veganuary. I may not be 100% there yet, but I'm a hell of a lot healthier/closer to being Vegan then I was at the end of NYE when I stuffed my last sausage roll into my mouth drunkenly, knowing it would be the last for a long time.

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With that in mind, I do feel like I need a little push to just get to that point where I'm only eating meat maybe once a week, more so if I find myself in a situation where I'm out for dinner, and eating meat socially if that makes sense.

Especially since it's not long until my holiday and I want to feel more healthy and toned for that. So when Fry's Vegetarian got in touch to ask me if I wanted to take on their Fry's Family Food challenge of eating seven days of meat-free dinners, I just had to say yes,

I figured this would help transition me from being, let's face it, 50% Vegan/Veggie to 85% which is as much as I'd like to commit to right now.

I'm hoping that it will make me feel more positive about how my almost-vegan diet is going.

I'm also hoping by giving up meat for a full week, it will also help detox me a little and put me in the right frame of mind where afterwards I am introducing meat to my diet once or twice a week, rather then going from still eating meat to cutting it down.

I believe the transition will be a lot easier that way.

My challenge starts on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

But overall, I am fairly happy with my progress after Veganuary and I'm still glad I did it.

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Monday, 11 April 2016

There are times I really miss H&M. I miss the people I worked with the most, I miss the environment (yes, many days were stressy but no two days were the same and I enjoyed the fast paced hours) and I really, really miss the clothes. And the discount.

Luckily, I met up with some of the H&M girls recently for a night out and one of them kindly gifted me a 25% off voucher. I knew it would come in use during my visit this weekend just gone, as I popped into Milton Keynes to pick up some last bits for the baby shower next weekend (my sister's, not mine, obvs) and I had to have a general mooch around.

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Right now, I am loving their H&M loves Coachella range.

It's odd because last year I never really liked it when working there, maybe perhaps because it was for the Divided range which has sizes that are SO BLOODY TINY but I tried on quite a few bits on Saturday which actually fit for once. My budget only allowed one or two treats for myself (one of which was actually from Divided Grey), but I have my eye on many bits on payday.

Since I have a ton of music festivals coming up this year, and Ibiza, the range is perfect for me. A lot of it has a flowy boho vibe whilst still being super stylish and bang on trend which I like, and most of the dresses are an appropriate length too for once.

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Red and black are both very popular colours for this range and I can't help but feel how perfect everything would be for Lost Village Festival. I actually picked up those necklaces during my visit over the weekend and really wished I'd bought them now - maybe next time.

The whole theme is so laid back meaning anything can be dressed up so easily if you so wish. The black shorts, for example would look great with just a simple white vest top and some sandals.

I want it all!

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

So I recently took the plunge and finally signed up for a Secret Cinema event.

It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years now, ever since it first came up on my radar long ago when I first discovered that ‘immersive cinema’ existed – and even more so following their Back To The Future event a few years back.

Unfortunately I missed out on that as none of my friends are really big fans, nor were they willing to pay that much for an experience they’re not really passionate about – which I totally understand. 

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However, when I discovered Secret Cinema was doing 28 Days Later, one of my favourite horror movies of all time, I was beside myself with excitement.

I still am.

To have the quirky company finally involve horror into their events is like a dream come true with me.

So, even though none of my friends fancied it, I thought ‘f*ck it’ and booked a ticket anyway. I figured the whole event is about putting yourself out there and interacting with people – from what I assume, going as a big group will be fun, but it would probably mean you’ll miss so much because you’re having too much with your friends to branch out.

Which is why I finally took the plunge and decided to go anyway.

It’s kind of nerve-wracking, especially since as I discover more and more about the event, the scarier it sounds.

Obviously I knew it was going to be scary, but it’s now sounding pretty terrifying.

I thought about how I would blog about this whole thing because as we all know, the point is to be secret. There’s little point in me attending and blogging everything that went on – that would ruin it for everyone and defy the point. 

Although I’m likely to pop up some form of small-and-slightly-vague review once the time comes, I thought it would be nice to talk about the build up to the event as I’ve been very impressed so far.

The company has issued fake news coverage of a virus spreading and all we know so far is that we’re to turn up at a secret venue with a medical card, prepped for a vaccine/vaccination.

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They’ve even created the NSH which just goes to show how much attention to detail has been put into it all.

It’s something similar to what I thought about doing if I ever finish my zombie novel and get it published – news coverage and social media talking about the epidemic.

It’s certainly getting me excited and scared and it’s entirely immersive – despite the fact that I won’t be attending for another two weeks yet.

I'm also really liking how they're touching on the subject of NHS (or rather, in this case, NSH) cuts being made and are actively encouraging people to protest (safely) this. Although this isn't directly related to the Secret Cinema event, I do think it's nice that they're using the build up to it all to get people more involved with that side of things and what is going on in politics right now.

You can find out more about that side of things here, which I think is a fantastic idea.

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They're also encouraging everyone to take a rage test here. I resulted in getting 77% infection vulnerability...lucky me...

So as you can see, they've gone all out and the experience has already started. If you haven't got tickets yet, make sure you do ASAP. The virus is spreading and you need to get yourself vaccinated!

With endless love, we left you sleeping. Now we're sleeping with you. Don't wake up.


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Thursday, 7 April 2016

When I was offered the opportunity to try some fruit jerkies Snact., I couldn't say no. One of my downfalls with healthy eating is snacking on unhealthy crisps and chocolate. I'm not a massive lover of chocolate so I'm not too bad with that, but I definitely love my crisps.

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Healthy snacks are something I definitely need so I was super pleased to try these!

The eco-conscious company has created blended dried fruit jerkies in the hopes to stop unwanted fruit and veg getting thrown away, which I think happens ever so often, especially in my household.

Swapping fruit for these instead I think would make a big difference.

The snacks are gluten free and vegan friendly (yay) and delicious, too. Although it's dried fruit, it's anything but dry and even a little juicy, with tons of flavour.

They come in two flavours - Apple & Raspberry and Apple & Mango, but I couldn't choose which is my favourite as they're both so nice.

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The packets are super cute too and I've often reached for them and found myself snacking on them when I'm at work.

Each packet only costs £1 too, which means it's ever so affordable.

I really love how eco-friendly the company is and how it has worked with farmers and packers around the UK and further to source leftover produce just to stop it being wasted.

I would definitely recommend Snact. as an alternative treat to chocolate or crisps!

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

I'm definitely becoming a bit of an Instagram addict lately. It's not that I haven't always been, it's just lately I've been using it more as a blogger/instagram user, as opposed to just using it to upload photos representing what's been going on in my life.

I've been paying more attention to angles, settings and backgrounds (which I've always enjoyed doing if I'm honest as I've always liked photography) and hashtags too, for sure. I do go over the top, I'm not going to deny it, but hey, it works.

Here's a little example of what my feed has looked like lately and what I've been up to.

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Some bits and bobs I've already blogged about, like my beautiful new outfit from ASOS and the delicious food when I headed into London for the awesome Django Bango pop up.

But you'll also see on the top row a foggy morning which begged for a caption about zombies. Beneath that, you can see some delicious food from Five Guys, which I took the first time I'd been there. I'd been wanting to go for ages and finally had the chance to after our visit into the Crystal Dome. Beside that, you can see me sporting a messy top-knot but still looking (at least a little) better then the monster outfit beside me. This was taken at a press night for the new Goosebumps Alive show, and I'd attended the press night for work. We got a sneak preview of one of the scenes from the show and it's worth a visit.

Next, I took a photo of the lake during a visit to the canals with my best friend, back in that weekend when it was ever so hot. It was the first time I'd managed to really appreciate having a car on a hot day and it really was the best feeling zooming around the countryside with the windows down and my music loud.

Below, you can see what I believe is one of the cutest lunches EVER, courtesy of a recipe I found on The Debrief. And it was super yummy. And cheap.

Beside that is just a random photo I took in the toilets of TGI Fridays, and, next, some ever so cute shot classes my friend provided us with on Saturday night. It was my first time seeing all the H&M girls in so long (well not all the girls, but who I refer to as on a night out it would always be us five) and it was a lovely evening. Slightly messy, but lovely nonetheless.

Other then the above, all I've been doing lately is working and trying to save money for my upcoming holiday! I also finally bought my Reading ticket too...

Oh. and if you'd like to follow me on Instagram, you can do here!

What have you been up to lately? Let me know!

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Friday, 1 April 2016

I like to think that April is going to be a little quieter, at least for me, anyway. With The Crystal Maze, Drive In Film Club, a trip to Warwick Castle for work and nearly all the family round for Easter last month, I'm looking forward to spending perhaps more than two consecutive evenings at home a bunch this month - well, fingers crossed anyway! 

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Goosebumps Alive is coming to The Vaults, London this month. Goosebumps Alive is a unique immersive theatrical experience, loosely based on the Goosebumps books we all used to read as kids, and taking place in the underground tunnels of The Vaults. There's not much I can say without spoiling it for you, except it's going to be scary. I got a sneak peak with work recently and the best way I can describe it is Alice's Adventures Underground meets the London Dungeons. It's very much like Alice's Adventures Underground and not just because it's in the same venue. Goosebumps Alive has taken the same designer from Alice's Adventures Underground to create the spooky creatures that you'll meet during this show. And as you know from my review, Alice's Adventures Underground was AMAZING so this darker but similar immersive experience should be too. And if you're too scared, not to worry, as there's a milder version for kids too...The show will be running from the 14th April until 4th September.
I'll admit, I do love a tragic love story. But Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock is a little different. The story is described as 'a heart-breaking, page-turning, life-affirming novel about love, marriage, family and fighting for your life' and I believe that love will be a heavy theme in this book, rather then the idea of romance and falling in love. It tells the story of the couples life being turned upside down by Alice's cancer diagnosis, and again, I have to admit I'm compelled to read this book. Having lost my mum to cancer, I think it would be interesting - and would help - to read about it from a different point of view, from a parent rather then a child. Alice & Oliver will be released on 5th April.

I'm not too sure how I feel about the live action release of The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book was never really my favourite Disney film as a kid and I do get wary when I see animated films or books being made into a live action film, but I suppose you could colour me intrigued especially with a cast like Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba. The film will be released on the 15th.
I saw Eliza And The Bear recently at an intimate local gig in St Albans and have fond memories of the night. I always have a good time when attending gigs in Albans now and then and find it's always a fun evening filled with laughter with friends and band members, getting tipsy on beer (but not drunk - just the perfect balance), McCoy's Flame Grilled Steak Crisps and games of pool.

But I digress. Eliza And The Bear's self titled album will be released on the 8th and I'm rather excited. I love their upbeat but easy listening sound and I think this album will be well listened to on repeat into the summer. I have a sneaky feeling it's going to be great to listen to on a hot summers day.
Secret Cinema returns this month, this time for 28 Days Later. (And yes I am aware this is also an event but I couldn't not mention it). I'm super excited because this is the first time Secret Cinema has delved into horror so it's a perfect mix - as well as my favourite. I haven't attended any Secret Cinema events before and was really gutted to miss their Back To The Future event a few years back, so I couldn't miss out on this one too. As it goes, not many friends of mine are into horror or paying that much for a quirky event they're not really into, so I'll be attending alone. Boo. But never fear - the whole point is to put yourself out there and talk to people and discover the story. I've heard that people that go alone or in smaller groups get much more out of the experience then those in larger groups because I suppose when you're surrounded by your friends, you miss out on a lot of the action and spend most of the time with your friends rather then other people if that makes sense. I couldn't face missing out on another amazing opportunity and I'm really excited. I'll be attending on the 23rd so if anyone else is going on that evening, please do come and say hello.

What are you looking forward to this month? Let me know with a comment below!

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