Kate

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I’m pretty proud of my career. I quit uni (against most people’s better judgement) after giving it a go for six months. I’d always wanted to work, and I dutifully went to intern for my sister for a week… and didn’t leave for another three years… I’m now a Client Services Director at a Software Company (which is more exciting than it sounds!) but in the last ten years I’ve been working, without doubt my favourite part of the job has been marketing and events. I’ve worked on some of the biggest brands in the world – from beauty brands (the stories I could tell you if I hadn’t had to sign an NDA would make your toes curl!),  to one of the most famous car brands in the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world; from Milan to speak to 500 licensees for one conference, to running…

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When I had my first blog, I decided that my ‘niche’ was promoting small businesses; I loved it, specifically hunting out clothes shops because back then, my biggest love was fashion. Fast forward a few years and I’ve managed to expand my interest wider than just small business fashion boutiques. when I rejoined Twitter, I was ‘recommended’ to follow Dorkface – aka the lovely Jemma –  and I am so glad I did! I watched as Jemma created more and more adorable stuff for her site and I purchased a big order not so long ago – she does the cutest stickers and prints , and was absolutely thrilled a few weeks ago when she asked if she could send some items for review! I’ve just found a new place which I’ll be moving in to next month, so I can’t wait to get some adorable prints framed up – including these…

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Though it’s been a strangely uneventful month – it’s actually been an insanely stressful. Work, life, family, friends, love life – it seems that literally something has gone wrong on every feasible cylinder. I should have guessed it might have been a bad month when my Mum and I decided to treat ourselves to a relaxing weekend of wining and reading our books by the fire… Only for a pipe to burst and a huge part of the house be flooded and ruined… It’s been a month of battling estate agents, flat tyres, frustrating phonically, scraping around for inspiration, things generally deciding to not go my way – but apparently Mercury is in retrograde, so at least that goes some way to explaining March Madness ;-). Suffice it to say, I’m pretty happy to wave goodbye to March! That said, I have had a couple of amazing days… My bestie and…

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Easter, for whatever reason, seems to be the perfect time to bake – probably because for many it heralds the end of six weeks ~deprivation~ without chocolate, sugar and all sorts of other things which people give up on the eve of beginning of lent! I love the four days of Easter – everything seems a bit more relaxed, spring is in the air, the house is filled with daffodils and now, in later years, my nieces and nephews have come over for an egg hunt. And, there’s two people in particular I love visiting – my ‘duckies’ (grandparents), who are always appreciative for a few baked goods when I visit! I find baking so mindful, it really is one of the most therapeutic things for my mental health. Let’s get down to it shall we? Nana Loaf   Click here for the recipe on this one. Leave to cool considerably before…

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Since rediscovering my love of reading, I’ve wanted to share some of the books and authors I’ve recently gotten into. I’ve written the below as a few mini-reviews, enjoy! The Magpies – by Mark Edwards ★★★★☆ This book is really what reignited my love of reading. A thrilling psychological page turner which had me hooked and saw me start on Sunday and finish on the Monday! The book centres around a happy young couple who move into their dream flat only to find that their neighbours develop a dangerous obsession with taunting them. I loved this book – it gave me real Rosemary’s Baby type feels when I was reading it. I still kept thinking about the characters until at least a week after which is always the mark of a great book to me! A Murder of Magpies – by Mark Edwards ★★★☆☆ I was thrilled when I started following Mark…

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There’s about a million and one articles flying around the psychology buzz-word of “self-care” at the moment. I was first introduced to the concept of self-care by a psychotherapist when discussing mindfulness. The concept of self-care, if you don’t know, is exactly what it says on the tin; looking after yourself. The beauty of it is though, rather than ‘self-care’ being embodied solely by 7-day yoga retreats with juice detox cleanses, self-care is something you exercise  which is completely tailored to your needs. Self-care could be waking up on Saturday and deciding to binge-watch Netflix… It could be indulging in a big glass of merlot at the end of a long day of work… It could be painting… Writing in a bullet journal…It really could be anything you need it to be. Recently, I’ve started to take the time to make sure I plan dedicated time in my week for…

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Somehow, home time had finally rolled round. We were so gutted to be leaving Iceland – it was beautiful and scenic and our little cabin in the middle of nowhere, that could miraculously withstand brutal storms was going to be bitterly missed. We’d decided that we couldn’t come to Iceland and not visit the Blue Lagoon, so we booked a tour from the airport, high-tailed our way back, dropping our surprisingly-in-tact rental car off and getting a lift back to the airport. There, we stood waiting for our coach for what seemed like a lifetime, eventually hopping on with two other people… We got to the Blue Lagoon – a modern glass-fronted building greeted us, we got changed, and then showered, locking our goods in the lockers, before climbing down  a flight of stairs to the in-door entrance of the Blue Lagoon… You walk down a slope and open a…

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So, we were pretty excited about snorkelling and hanging out between two tectonic plates… By the time Sunday – our penultimate day in Iceland rolled round – and we’d felt the cold bite of a 70m storm from the moment we wake up, J and I were well and truly ready to jack the snorkelling in. H on the other hand was adamant we should go, so we wrapped up in our thermals, threw on some extra layers for good measure and, on slightly calmer roads, followed the Sat Nav to Penvgillar National Park. We hit the information point where we were supposed to meet the snorkelling guide… only, he was nowhere to be seen, we hurried from one information tho the centre trying to locate what became known as the Bermuda Triangle of meeting points – somewhere in Pvengillar National Park there’s a car park called P5. If you…

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