This last week feels like it lasted quite a while, but now we are officially in the second half of the year, and I’m just counting down the days until I can start talking about Christmas before people start rolling their eyes at me.
I will admit though I’m kind of missing the summer weather we had for all of 5 minutes. I feel as though the darker, greyer days definitely have an impact on my mood, but instead of wallowing to myself, I am trying to be as positive as possible.
1. Tampopo Supper Club
On Tuesday evening, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Tampopo supper club at The Trafford Centre to try out their five-course tasting menu. I’m going to do a whole post on it, but overall it was a really lovely experience and I would highly recommend going to one if you get the chance (they are every quarter). The staff were great and so knowledgeable and even gave us a travel guide to Japan so we could learn more about the country.
2. Catching Up With Friends
On Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime, a couple of different friends popped round for a cup of tea and a catch-up. I’m one of those people who tries to do fun things in the week so you don’t put too much pressure on the weekend, so it was lovely to break my day up with a visit from the both. Plus it gave me an excuse to eat biscuits with lunch, which is always going to make the day much better!
3. Salon Success
On Wednesday afternoon I came home to a parcel from Salon Success who look after the hair care brand Paul Mitchell. They are always so generous when it comes to gifting my products, and this time around sent me the new summer collection which consisted of a paddle brush, sculpting brush and a volume enhancing shampoo and conditioner which I can’t wait to try.
4. Blogosphere Magazine
I know this issue of Blogosphere came out a while ago, but I haven’t had a second to sit down with it and have a read (plus it was delivered to my parents which is why I was slightly delayed getting my hands on it…) I love reading this magazine because it makes me feel so inspired about the industry and hearing everyone else’s story about their little corner of the internet.
5. Blogger’s Brunch
On Saturday morning, I joined some fellow bloggers for the launch of the new collection from Simply Argan at Victors in Hale. I’ve been to Victors a few times and the food has always been amazing, so I was really looking forward to having brunch there. I had smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough with a side of smoked salmon, and if that wasn’t enough, I also finished my friend Jacinta‘s pancakes (which were equally as amazing!) The products are such high quality and I can’t wait to try them all.
A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Lambrini to try some of their new flavours. I won’t lie, when I think of the brand, memories of getting our older friends to buy us the £1.99 bottles of it spring to mind before anything else. But when I heard they have launched a whole host of new flavours, I was definitely keen to try them. I went for the original and the truly peach and had my first taste of them both on Saturday. Because it was such nice weather, me and Jordan had a couple of glasses whilst we relaxed in the garden, and I can honestly say, I didn’t get any flashbacks of my ‘drinking in a park’ days because they tasted so different. Out of the two, I would say my preference was the peach one, as it tasted just like a peach bellini and I’m excited to try more of the new flavours.
7. Bon Voyage BBQ
One of my good friends Sarah is going travelling with her boyfriend for 7 months later this month, and on Saturday, her and her family held a Bon Voyage BBQ at her sister’s house. The food and company were both amazing, even if I am going to miss her more than she realises! Saying that I’m always up for people following their dreams around the world.
8. Mexican Feast
Yes, it seems as though all I did on Saturday was eat… but what can I say? After the BBQ, we went round to my friend Emily’s house for a birthday celebration and some food. I hadn’t seen her or her husband (eeek) since her wedding so I was really excited to hear all about the honeymoon. They put on a great spread of Mexican food, with mojitos and every other alcohol you could think of, and it was a really lovely chilled evening catching up with some old friends.
9. Makers Market
On Sunday, Jordan and I drove into Knutsford to go to the Maker’s Market they hold there on the first Sunday of the month. The weather was amazing, and everyone seemed to be in a really good mood. We got a woodfire pizza and some macaroons to share, but I could have eaten everything in sight because it looked so good. Definitely check them out if you live in the North West.
10. Fresh Flowers
Yesterday afternoon I picked up some fresh flowers from Aldi for £2. I went for some fuchsia roses, and they really brighten up the front room. I really want to get into the habit of having flowers around the house (most probably fake) because they really put a smile on my face!
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