Lifestyle // What I’ve Been Up To – June & July 2019

August 23, 2019

Well this is a late post isn’t it!? I had a pretty action packed June and had my monthly What I’ve Been Up To blog post ready to go, then July hit and my blog had to take a bit of a back seat.

My dad Curly has been pretty ill, tackling not only his advanced Parkinson’s Disease but also various types of cancer, cellulitis and now DVT – seriously, he’s a literal champion. So I’ve spent lots of time hanging out with him and also looking after myself and my mental health too, so my blog unsurprisingly has had to hit the back burner.

I’m trying to get back on top of everything things though, so here’s What I Got Up To in June and July including girls brunch, some amazing blogger events with Players Bingo, Pandora, the Uzbekistan Embassy and Dunelm, anniversary celebrations, an outdoor concert and some National Trust adventures with Curly. Let’s go!

 

A Night at Players Bingo

I love that bingo has undergone a trendy revival and new jazzy bingo nights are popping up all over the UK. I was really kindly invited to head down to the old Mecca Bingo Hall in Camden to join Players Bingo for the night – my god it was fun! I wrote a full blog post about it which you can read here. Bonus points if you can spot Marcel from Love Island!

 

Learning about Tourism at the Uzbekistan Embassy in London

I was also invited down to the Uzbekistan Embassy in London to learn more about the tourism opportunities in this incredible country. I love Asia and have been fortunate enough to explore quite a few places, including Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and most recently Nepal. I’ve never ventured to Uzbekistan though, but absolutely loved the glimpse we got into their rich culture in Race Across The World.

Uzbekistan have just undergone a visa reform, so UK passport holders no longer need a visa to enter as a tourist for under 30 days. It’s also easier than ever before to fly direct, and there’s amazing transportation links throughout the country, making it so accessible and easy to explore. Having been to Nepal earlier this year, I’m so keen to go on a dedicated trekking and hiking trip now and Uzbekistan has some beautiful routes, many of which are less busy and more off the beaten track than in Nepal. It’s shot straight to the top of my To Travel To list!

 

Girls Brunch at London City Beach

I love a London pop up, especially when it involves bottomless booze, brunch and my best gal pals. London City Beach promised to be the London brunch spot this summer. However, we left feeling less than impressed and couldn’t help but look to see if Ja Rule was somewhere on the organisers list.

I wrote more about this shambles of an event here: London City Beach: London’s version of Fyre Fest?!

 

Celebrating Father’s Day

My dad Curly and I are super close so I love to spoil him and make a fuss on Fathers Day. He’s been through the ringer a bit this last year, battling against cancer as well as his Parkinson’s and I’m always so in awe about how strong and brave he is. Literally my hero and inspiration.

My brother and I arranged to take him and mum out to a Turkish restaurant near theirs for lunch, which we’d been wanting to go to for a while. We had a really tasty meal and it was nice to have family time the four of us which doesn’t happen very often.

 

An Evening with Pandora

Another blogging event! I went to the Ivy Tower Bridge to check out the Pandora 2019 Wedding Collection, which was just stunning.

I love their jewellery – it’s so chic and classic – perfect for weddings, whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid or a guest! We also got to practice our calligraphy skills, which I LOVE! Check out more about the event and see the Pandora 2019 Wedding Collection here.

 

 

Anniversary Dinner at Roka

Andy and I celebrated our two year anniversary mid June awww!

We headed to cocktails at Freud – they do THE best Moscow Mules in London – and then to Roka for a feast of Japanese food. Of course we over ordered massively, including rock shrimp tempura, lamb cutlets with Korean spices, crispy prawn and avocado maki and wagyu maki. Yum! As is now tradition I wrote him a poem about our adventures over the last year (I swear it’s less lame than it sounds!) and he bought me a beaut bunch of flowers! Lovely!

 

Christmas in July with Dunelm

I was invited along to the Dunelm Christmas in July event, which was AMAZING! I love Dunelm, their homeware is just so beautiful and always affordable, I could literally spend a whole day wandering around their stores.

It was so much fun to see their upcoming Christmas range (spoiler: it’s all GORGEOUS!) and they have so many lovely new pieces which would look great all year round too. I particularly loved the jewel coloured velvet pouffes, urban rustic bookcases and gold mirrored trays.

Their Christmas collection includes traditional rustic garlands, luxe grey and pink bedding and decorations, and even fully recyclable crackers. I am well in the festive spirit now!

 

Greenwich Music Time: West End Proms

Andy and I headed down to Greenwich for the evening to attend Greenwich Music Time: West End Proms. We got tickets last minute not really paying attention to what we’d booked and were pleasantly surprised to find it was an outdoor concert held at the Old Royal Navy College. So pretty!

We were super lucky with the weather – warm and dry, and it was a really lovely setting for a concert. Stars from the west end and broadway performed a variety of songs including ones from Les Mis, Jesus Christ Superstar, Frozen and Hercules and it was so much fun to do something completely different. And I now have a load more shows added to my theatre list.

 

Spending a Week With Curly

My mum Sue went away with her girlfriends for a well deserved mini break so I went and stayed at their house and looked after my dad Curly. We had a great time!

We went out for a long drive every day, ate far too much ice cream and on the Tuesday I took the day off work so we could go on a proper adventure.

We loaded up the car and headed out to the countryside for a pub lunch. We then headed to Knole Park – a National Trust property in Sevenoaks, Kent, known for its beautiful Manor House and hundreds of wild deer that roam the grounds. We set up camp under a big tree and spent a couple of hours sketching. Curly’s drawing was far better than mine (shocker – I cant draw for shit), and he’s promised I can have it as a memento of our day. Special memories.

 

So that’s a little summer catch up done! My August What I’ve Been Up To post will be up this week too, then hopefully I can stay on top of managing blog life, work life, life life!

What’s been your favourite memory from this summer?

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