Oh boy I have waited so long to finally be able to write this post and you have no idea how happy I am to throw my winter boots into the darkest corner under my bed.
Yes winter is lovely and a white Christmas is all an island girl dreams of seeing but now it’s time for my favourite word: Florals! Florals and pastels and maxi dresses and cutouts! Okay, that’s more than one word but I am more than excited!
If you’re at uni in Europe (because I’m not sure how it works in other continents but either way I’m sure you can relate), then chances are, like me, the next few months, or at least the next few weeks, herald the dreaded end of year exams. Yippeee! No, but in all seriousness, work your butts off! By the time you’re reading this, I have entered the do not disturb exam Zone, and at most times of the day you probably wouldn’t recognise me if you walked by me. I’m the girl who looks like she hasn’t slept or showered, in her comfiest (and most worn) sweatpants and hoodie, lost under a pile of textbooks and past papers, with her 6th cup of tea beside her. When exam time comes, I have no shame. I look like Ben Hur right after he comes out of his cave. That being said, this week has had some absolutely glorious days so I haven’t been able to resist going out for a few hours and taking it all in! But then I’m back in by 4pm hitting the books (I promise mum!) When it’s all over, we’ll have the whole of summer to do anything and everything we want so what’s these next few weeks of semi-social hibernation.
I have so many things I’d like to tick off my spring and summer bucket list now that I’m experiencing life in London. So many new outfits to wear, places to eat and things to see.
I’ve sprinkled some of my favourite outfit themes that I’ve got planned for this season throughout this blog post and I’ve attached the links for the items that are still in stock (click on the picture for the link). I’ll be doing this in some of my upcoming posts so keep an eye out! You’ll come to learn that my fashion sense involves a lot of colour, patterns, abstract cutouts and fancy sleeves. Hopefully they can inspire some of your outfit choices too! What I’ve got compiled here are some spring and summer activities that will hopefully give you some inspiration as to how to get outdoors as the weather gets warmer and to make the most of what this exciting world has to offer. This is only the tip of the iceberg because remember, the world is your oyster!
What to do and where to eat!
Picnics in the park – the idea of buying that perfect checkered picnic blanket, packing some super cute sandwiches cut in perfect little triangles, assembling some fruit kebabs and preparing some fresh smoothies, makes me so excited!!. You cannot let that sunlight go unenjoyed. So pack a bag and make sure you sit down on the lush grass of the park and take it all in. I’m hoping this will help me maintain my tan but that may be a bit optimistic.
Try something new in the world of food – try cooking some more meals at home, take a cooking class OR, and this is a random idea no idea where I got it from but why don’t you try a vegan restaurant? That was sarcasm if anyone didn’t get it because it’s definitely not random but I do definitely think you need to try a vegan restaurant this spring. Why not? All you have to do is google ‘vegan restaurants near me’ and book a table or make your way there. London is filled with them and I’m finding new ones to try every week and I’m never disappointed. If the sun is out and you want to go for a walk, you’re feeling inspired and motivated to make the most of the day and be the best version of yourself, why not get some super healthy (and did I mention delicious) food into your system. If you don’t like it, fair, but just imagine that if you do, your life will never be the same again. Check out some of my top fav vegan spots in London here.
Have a tourist day – I for one know that I have been in London a little over 6 months now and I still haven’t been to any of the sights that London is famous for. I’ve done them all once before but never as someone living here so I’ve planned to set a day to be a full fledged tourist. Big Ben, the London Eye, Madam Tussauds, the museams, Buckingham palace, I need to do them all once more and I encourage you to get out and do the same in your area. You don’t want the time to go by and realise that you didn’t do any of it because that would be such a shame. Go to your local zoo, the aquarium, a day in the city center or take a bus and just ride around.
Start a fun new workout regime – boxing, pilates, yoga, MMA, spinning, jog in the park, there are so many things you can do to stay active, so many new trends coming off. If you didn’t work on that summer bod during winter, take my advice, you have time to work on your ‘summer’ body all year round. You’re working to be the best version of yourself for yourself all year round. Get involved and try something new to stretch those muscles.
Get a plant – If spring is about new blossoms, then why not get one for yourself. Not something that fends for itself like a cactus, but an actual plant, maybe an orchid. Something that you can take care of and water and look after. Plus, it’ll help spruce up your place and make it that tiny bit more homely!
Have a new cultural experience – whether that means going to China town or to a cultural concert, do something to learn something new about a life that’s different from your own. It’s never too early or too late to open your eyes to the different ways of life in the world, and who knows, you could be inspired to travel to a new place or to integrate something into your daily life that you never would have before.
Spring cleaning – Winter is over so you don’t need to hoard all the things you collected over the season. Embrace the idea of new beginnings and clear out all your drawers and bags of all the junk you don’t need. If there are some clothes you don’t want to keep or don’t fit anymore, clear them out and give them to a charity or a homeless shelter. Get some storage units, little boxes, tabletop seperators, compartments and the like and sort everything out. Get little labels and label everything. Girls, go through all your makeup and get rid of all those manky palettes and that way out of date mascara. Treat yourself to something that hasn’t expired but you kept anyway because ‘its still basically useable’.
Have game nights – after long days in the sun it’s always fun to sit down with your inner circle and chill. And I think we forget the value of some good old board games to help us do just that. I know that I have had some unforgettable memories over a pack of Uno cards. Monopoly, Uno, Charades, Scrabble, Cranium and soooooo many more are on my list to eventually have a massive collection!
Be Spontaneous – if the opportunity pops up for you to do something unexpected, seize the moment! Go on a random trip, hop on a plane or a train and see the countryside! I’m a planner by nature but I’m working on being more spontaneous and living in the present day to day.
I have no idea what Spring and Summer are going to hold. If I’ve learnt anything at all, it’s that you NEVER know how life is going to take a turn and you never know what opportunities are going to come your way. So take them all! Make the most of it all! I for one am a fervent believer in the YOLO mindset (so long as it’s done responsibly obviously).
I’ve got some fun things planned and I’ll be posting lots of updates on my adventures to come!
Sit back, grab some Oreos, and I can’t wait to see what life has to offer us next,