6
Jul
2015
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Tales from the weekend: the York edit

A few weeks ago Rob and I dragged ourselves out of bed at 6.30am on a Saturday to catch the first train to York. I have to say, I wasn’t thrilled at getting up so early on a weekend, but as soon as I was in possession of an Americano and a croissant, my mood softened and I sat back and enjoyed the journey southwards. When we arrived, naturally out first stop was Betty’s. A Yorkshire institution, it serves some of the best cakes around. What I love about Betty’s is its yesteryear style. All of the waitresses wear white...
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2
Jul
2015
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Friday night favourite

It’s Friday and whilst five years ago that would have meant hitting the town straight from work for dinner, cocktails and dancing, my current start to the weekend seems to have mellowed somewhat with the passage of time. Sure, I still love Fridays, but in my thirties, I approach them just a little bit more differently than I did in my 20s. Most Fridays I have something on. Whether that be visiting family or catching up with friends, free diary slots on this weekend marker are elusive and as a result, beautiful. So when one does become available, it’s an...
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29
Jun
2015
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Things that made me smile: June 2015

June is one of my favourite months. It marks the half way point in the year, so I always take some time to think back over the past six months and inevitably end up adding a few more things to my to-do list for the rest of the year. It’s also myself and Rob’s birthdays. With only five days in between, we use it as an almighty excuse for massively elongated celebrations. In this year’s case it has been two weeks of dining out, cake, Prosecco and presents. Did I mention that June was my favourite month of the year?...
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25
Jun
2015
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The John Lewis clearance sale: what to buy

I have always been a fan of John Lewis, but over the past few months our relationship has developed and I’d go as far as to say that we have become lovers. Its lure is impossible to ignore, especially when you consider I can see the five floors of temptation from my desk window. My new job has catapulted me into a land where a visit to that famous partnership has become a daily lunchtime ritual. But today was different; the clearance sale has started, and rather than stare longingly at a host items that would make my desk prettier,...
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14
Jun
2015
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Running a half marathon: the good, the bad and the tasty

As you know, I ran my first half marathon two weeks ago. It was amazing yet scary, exhilarating yet exhausting. I never imagined that running 23km would stir up quite so many emotions, but it did. If I’m being completely honest, I’m not a natural runner. I would describe myself as more of a plodder; I literally pound the pavements without any semblance of grace, as fellow runners pass me by with their gazelle-like movements, clocking up twice the miles that I do in half the time. But despite all of this, I’m still glad I did it, so much...
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2
Jun
2015
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The burger, the smoothie and the half marathon

Burgers, smoothies and half marathons. Three very different things that shouldn’t normally go together but they did for me last weekend as I took on the Edinburgh Half Marathon. It was a great day, made all the better by the burger, chips, haggis bon bons and beer that were my post run reward. My diet was literally a game of two halves at the weekend – super healthy before the half marathon and super unhealthy afterwards – check out that burger and the chorizo meatballs on toast. I hasten to add these weren’t consumed on the same day; I don’t...
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