With April just around the corner, I’m looking forward to the Spring weather and all the bank holidays included too! Here’s my top things I hope to be doing over the next month to see the lighter days in.
Unseen Tours: Since it’s lighter in the evenings, I really want to do more things after work exploring the City and what better way to do that than to go on a walking tour of an area in London. However Unseen tours come with a twist, each tour guide is either homeless or has been homeless in the past and with Unseen Tours they are able to share their own stories and the history of the streets that they have potentially lived on. There are loads of tours in London and if you had to do just one, this would be the one I chose for the individuality and the inside stories you get to hear. Tickets are £10 for adults and they have tours in Covent Garden, Brick lane, Shoreditch, Camden and London Bridge. For more information click here.
Just in case you hadn’t clocked yet, Easter weekend is only 5 days way from the time I’m writing this. Most Easter related events are aimed at children but this doesn’t mean to say I don’t want to have some fun too, so I’ve been trying to find some events adapted for the 20 year old plus kids of the world like me and I think I’ve found it in the form of Rabble Easter Egg Hunt. Apparently, for this hunt you need stealth, strategy and speed in order to be successful. Expect dodgeball and ‘quid ditch’ style games as opposed to the gentle run around! More information can be found here.
The other favourite thing about Easter is the long 4 day weekend, I value 4 days off immensely and it feels like a lot longer than just 4 days! Given that we have extra time to usual, I recommend taking this opportunity to get out of the big smock and head to the outskirts of London and even venture outside the M25. My top pick is Windsor, it is a beautiful town with lots of little shops and bags of character without forgetting the big park that is simply stunning! You can get to Windsor from London Paddington in just half an hour so there really isn’t any excuse not to go!
Since the days are getting lighter, I plan on working earlier and finishing earlier so that I have more time to explore the City after work. And to do this I also want to improve my photography skills so that I know what all of the buttons on my camera do apart from the auto button! Therefore I’ve been looking for photography day courses that aren’t ridicicuously expensive. I’m still doing my research but have found this one so far which seems the best of the bunch. More information here.
The final thing I’ll be doing this month is getting myself down to watch the London marathon with my own eyes instead of watching it on TV. I’ve always secretly wanted to take part in the marathon and perhaps seeing it for real will either persuade me to sign up there and then or put me off it for life!
Whatever you do in April – make sure you enjoy the warmer weather.
This week I went and watched Just Alice at my work’s film club. It’s amazing, it’s only £2 and you get free snacks and wine, a much better deal than any London cinema. *Don’t worry – no spoilers*
Just Alice tells the story of a intelligent professor and Mum who finds that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Undoubtedly, its a subtle film following Alice as she deteriorates over her life time and how her relationship between her and her family changes. Alice is played by Julianne Moore who I thought was excellent, the irony of Alice being a linguistics professor juxtaposed with her now discovering forgetting words is really gripping. And whilst there are some points that really open your heart and sad, I feel that it could have delved into the emotion and heartache of the relationships between Alice and her family. Also, it ended when I was totally unexpecting it, in a bad way. It didn’t feel finished, you didn’t see the despair with the family, it just sort of ended.
I would call this film average, despite some strong moments within the film that nearly bring you to tears, it doesn’t grab you as much as it could have. I felt like it had a lot of potential but wasn’t used. It really was ‘just’ average.
I’ve just changed teams at work and begun my new placement, one of the biggest advantages of a grad scheme is that you get the chance to reinvent yourself for every placement and try out a new style in terms of working style and clothing! So I took this opportunity to do some shopping! My aim was to buy some things that would smarten up my wardrobe. I want to experiment whether dressing smarter will lead to my colleagues taking me more seriously, sometimes I struggle being so young and a grad. I’ll let you know how I get on!
I first headed to Deichman to get some new shoes and I walked out with two pairs! The first pair are an updated version of my old black shoes to wear with just about everything, I love the shape of slipper shoes as I hate being able to see my toes in ballet shoes. They are really comfortable and are a black faux leather as they were only around £15! Link to shoes
The second pair of shoes are heels. I often don’t wear heels to work but I think it’s a very easy way to make any look smarter even if I’m wearing black jeans and given that these were also just £15 I just couldn’t resist! I’ve always wanted a pair of grey heels and I’ve finally found them, plus they aren’t too high so I can still balance on the crowded tube! Link to shoes.
I then headed to Primark and picked up this interesting jumper, it was £12 and is a light woollen material with a sheer back that I thought was a bit different. It also has a faux collar so it still looks smart. I plan to wear this with some black cropped trousers, adding a statement necklace would make this look more put together.
In Warehouse, I found these pair of blue trousers for a pricier £38. I’ve been trying to find some more trousers for ages that aren’t black and are a bit different but will also go with a lot of the workwear that I already own. They are a very light material and are fairly high waisted so love the way they fall especially when you have your hands in your pocketsI I think the belt detail makes them something justifiably different. I definitely think they look best with a plain top tucked into them unlike the pictures on Warehouse’s website – I don’t think they do the trousers any justice at all! Link to trousers.
Finally, I headed into Accessorize because I had being eyeing some of their rings for a while now. And I got a bit carried away buying one set of 4 rings that are all fairly vintage-y looking, I absolutely love the simple bow that is midi ring if that’s what they’re called! I love simple jewellery so most of these pieces are actually quite bold for me! But the main reason I’m trying to wear more rings is to try make my hands look more feminine as I have such manly hands! All together, these five rings were around £17 so not too bad considering the price of other things in Accessorize. Link to ringsSimilar infinity ring here.
I’m all shopped out now until next months pay day! Enjoy your weekend.
It’s been a bit quiet on here lately because I’ve been out of the country on holiday. (More about that next week.) Since I’ve come back from holiday, I’ve noticed a big difference in how sunny and brighter it is outside so this month I thought I would celebrate the start of Spring with some good things to get everyone outdoors in March.
Visit London’s parks: All I want to do at weekends in London is spend time in space that resembles a slightly higher percentage of green than grey. Since its getting warmer, its not a more enjoyable experience spending a decent amount of time outside. I’l be heading to the park for a picnic with University friends this weekend, I’m thinking either Victoria Park or Regents Park. For a list of the best parks, see here.
Head of the River Race: This is one of London’s longest running sport traditions happening on the 29th March. Every spring, 400 crews come to race along the River Thames. This is a great excuse to find a cosy pub along the river somewhere, drink in hand watching the boats go past. Something to do on a chilled Sunday. Apparently the best places to watch the race from are Chiswick Bridge where they start, cheer Barnes Bridge as they gather pace, or Hammersmith Bridge. Find out more here.
Columbia Road Flower Market: Not forgetting Mothers Day in March on the 15th. Flowers are always a good option, and getting your mum a present this year can be a day out in itself! Head down to Columbia Road Flower Market in Bethnal Green, its got some amazing flower stalls as well as some cute chic boutique shops that you could peruse for houses… perhaps to purchase a vase. Columbia Road Market is open from 8am – 3pm every Sunday. Find out more here.
Fire and Stone: I visited Fire and Stone in Covent Garden in the past week and it will definitely be somewhere that I shall be revisiting more than once again given the number of pizza’s I wanted to eat all at once last time. The menu is so good and so far from the obvious pizza toppings, it also has some great cocktails! Find out more here.
Saatchi Gallery: I’ve been recommended to come to the Saatchi gallery near Sloane Square by some friends who came down to London for the day. It showcases pop art that has exploited identifiable imagery from mass media and everyday life to reflect on the nature of the world we live in. It’s my kinda art – I like my art to make a point.