90s Trends That Are Making A Comeback

I was born in the late 80s so I really grew up experiencing 90s style which is why it's always been a big love for me.  I'm now even more excited to see it is making a comeback!  When I say 90s style I mean:

  • Bomber jackets
  • Straight leg jeans
  • Dr Martin boots
  • Kilts
  • Baseball caps
  • Belts in jeans
  • Grunge
  • Hip hop
Here are some of my faves.

Now I know with the Dr Martin boots a lot of people have complained that they kill your feet.  I have actually owned mine for about 12 years and have worn them once because they caused me so much pain!  However, I think I have found a solution which I am going to test and then post on my Instagram so head over there for more updates!

What do you think of the 90s trends making a comeback?

Lauren xx

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A Week In North Wales

My boyfriend is from North Wales so every year either for Christmas or just after we spend a week there with his family.

I've been a going to North Wales for nearly 3 years with my boyfriend now and it really is a beautiful place to spend a few relaxing days.  It's so quiet and peaceful compared to The Big Smoke.  The weather isn't great but if you can see past that (and wrap up warm!) it really has a lot to offer.

So here's how we spent our week:


Friday


We took the train from London Euston to Colwyn Bay which takes around 3hrs, much quicker than driving.  Although in hindsight I wished we'd taken the car because being there for a week with no car is quite annoying and you have to rely on everyone else for lifts as there's hardly any public transport there.


On arrival we went back to Tom's parents house for a late lunch and caught up with them and then we headed out in the evening to see some of Tom's friends that were also in town.  We went to a place called Hickorys Smokehouse.  I'd heard mixed reviews about this place but wanted to check it out for myself.  It was actually a really cool cocktail bar which we found to be super cheap compared to London prices.  They also played the football which my boyfriend was pretty happy about!

Saturday

After breakfast at home we took a stroll along the beach in Rhos on Sea.  It was so windy (as is always the case in Wales!) but really beautiful and peaceful.  I think this is the biggest difference I notice between North Wales and London is how peaceful it always is.  We then stopped at a super old pub for a hot chocolate to warm up.


Sunday

We went for a long dog walk in the mountains (it may have just been big hills but they're mountains to me okay).  We do a lot of dog walking when in Wales so I always make sure to dress accordingly now.  When I first went I just had Converse, a summer dress and probably a light jacket.  Now I own walking boots and wear gym clothes with the warmest coat I own!

And in the evening we went back to Hickorys!

Monday

I googled some of the places I hadn't visited in North Wales and a place called Bodnant Gardens came up.  I thought that sounded right up my street because I love pretty gardens with scenic backgrounds (makes for a good Instagram photo too!) so off we went and at the same time signed up for a National Trust membership as at only £10 a month for both of us it seemed like a good deal and there are loads in Kent not far from where we live.


Tuesday

We visited one of my favourite places in North Wales; Betws y Coed.  It is so so cute and pretty here, feels like you have travelled back in time.  We went to a cafe called Alpine Coffee which has such a lovely ethos as it donates a portion of the profits to saving the Orangutans.  They also have amazing food though with tonnes of vegan options; this time I went for a mushroom and cheese toastie.

We then we to Zipworld and took the forest coaster.  It was quite fun and actually goes pretty fast.  You get 3 gos for £20 although I think 2 is enough personally!

Wednesday

This was possibly my favourite day of the trip.  We visited Anglesey which I'd heard so many great things about.  We went for a walk along this beautiful beach and then had a late lunch at Catch 22 where I had a yummy vegan pasta dish.


Thursday

We decided to put our National Trust memberships to use and head back to Bodnant Gardens.  It's quite a big place so you can definitely visit a lot and explore somewhere new each time.  I'm excited to get more use out of our National Trust membership as the weather improves.

Have you visited North Wales or Wales at all for that matter?

Lauren xx

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My 2020 Fitness Regime

I've always been an avid gym goer, taking classes most days but every 6-12 months I like to switch it up and re-arrange my schedule.  Mainly to keep things fresh and not to get bored but also so my body doesn't get used to doing the same thing over and over and I continue to challenge myself.  So here is what my current gym schedule is looking like:



Week 1

Monday - pilates
Tuesday - HIIT
Wednesday - 5k run and yoga
Thursday - interval training
Friday - rest day
Saturday - 5k run and yoga
Sunday - barre


Week 2 

Monday - HIIT
Tuesday - 5k run
Wednesday - barre
Thursday - hot yoga
Friday - 5k run and yoga
Saturday - 5k run and yoga
Sunday - barre



What does your gym routine look like for 2020?

Lauren xx

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My Plans For The Year 2020 And A Look Back At 2019

I don't like to set strict goals of stuff I feel I have to achieve by a certain time frame.  I think I know more than most that some things take more time and everyone's timescales are different.  Rather, I like to set goals of things I want to make more of an effort with and work towards or progress at.

This year I would like to be more sustainable which I think it an important one that a lot of people are making more of an effort with.  I aim to do this by being more conscious and mindful about what I'm consuming.  I want to reduce the amount of plastic I use.  Although I don't eat meat I want to reduce the amount of dairy I eat.


I want to take time for more self care this year.  I think this is another important goal that I would encourage everyone to set.  It doesn't mean you have to be selfish or indulgent but just once a month take the time to do something for yourself.  I always treat myself to a facial each month but I want to incorporate more massages as I think this is good for detoxing.  I also want to start mindfulness classes.

The last thing I would like to do more of this year is spend time with my family.  This is a goal that seems to reoccur each year because I get so busy with life that I sadly don't always see those closest to me.  I am religious about seeing my grandparents once a month and will continue with that but I really should see my parents and sister more, especially now I am going to be an aunt!


Now to reflect on 2019, it was actually a really really good year.  2018 definitely had its ups and downs but 2019 was pretty much all ups!  We have created this beautiful home that continues to get better and better, we got engaged, I got a big promotion at work and then I found out my sister is having a baby in May of this year so I will be an aunt for the first time!

I'm so excited for 2020, I think it's going to be another great year.  We are already planning trips to Sweden, India, Scotland, Canada and Austria.  We have a wedding to plan, more home improvements and a little niece or nephew coming!

I wish you all the best for 2020.  Please share some of your goals below!

Lauren xx

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