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I have a billion things to do before 6am tomorrow (incl sleep) and I'm sat on the couch in a post-burrito coma watching Joey Tribbiani in a gladiator uniform in Las Vegas, resisting the urge to quote every sentence of the script. I've watched waaay too much Friends in my lifetime. That show helped me grow into a functioning adult, I swear! . . . It's fri-YAY peeps -- what's everyone doing this weekend? πŸŽ‰ . . . Travel bag: @yoshibags #gifted Hoodie: @gympro_apparel . . #whatiwore #instastyle

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2 Days 10 Hours Ago

Welp, just now I learnt a new word. Tokophobia and it turns out I have it. Even just reading blog posts and descriptions about it is making me feel nauseous 🀒 . . . I was scrolling through my old edited albums trying to find an adequate photo to go alongside this relevation and stumbled upon this one. It looks kinda womb-like doesn't it? Minus the sharp pointy things. This is one of the troglodyte caves of Villecroze in the south of France and it also peaked one of my other phobias too: claustrophobia. . . Sometimes I'm amazed I just get through the day with all my weird phobias and awkwardness. I know, this isn't the happiest post ever πŸ˜‚ any else got any weird and life-changing phobias? 😈 . . #troglodyte #villecroze

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3 Days 9 Hours Ago

All the French bakeries please! πŸ₯ . . . Following on from my post a few days ago about inventing exciting storylines for people to make my days more interesting, I'm also adament that the people who live across from us are secret agents too. Real life Mr and Mrs Smiths 😎 . . . I spoke to them ONCE. Once, when the woman came and petted my dog. I've maybe seen them two more times in the past year. Occasionally a car is there, but the lights are ALWAYS out. There's defo no chilling in the front room with the blinds open so the whole world can see in like we do. I imagine them to be like Mr and Mrs Smith and spend most of their nights abroad fighting drug lords. Is that weird? 😜 . . . #marseille #aixenprovence

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4 Days 10 Hours Ago

Venice canals are happy places.... except in the middle of summer when they smell bad and are brimming with obnoxious selfie-taking tourists. Has anyone visited Venice in the middle of winter? Is it gloriously empty? Is it the stuff of dreams?! ❀️ . . . 166 days to go // the prospect of moving country really puts in perspective how much tat you own. I've become aware of what a consumerist mindset I have, because I just want to buy more stuff ALL THE FREAKIN TIME. These adverts on FB and Insta for cactus pots or pastel coffee cups or glass candle holders or thick woollen blankets or retro lamps drive me nuts... I'm just always "oh wouldn't that just look so good in (insert room of the house we never go in)" even though they're things I can't afford. And I have to reign this mindset in! I can't buy anything more for the house. It's pointless considering in 3 or 4 months everything will be packed away in a box. And I guarantee it'll be another 7 months before it resurfaces out that box on the other side of the Atlantic (maybe longer, we're very lazy unpackers). Same goes for clothing, electricals.... Just everything! From now on until we move to America I pledge to buy nothing but chips, cake, gin and other delicious perishables πŸ‘Œ . . . #venice #livedepartures

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5 Days 12 Hours Ago

Isn't it bad when you have a photo and can't remember at all where it was taken?! πŸ“Έ . . I don't enable location data when I take photos. And I edited this a while ago and have *NO* idea where the original is to check dates or anything. This could be down a cute mews in south west London. It *may* be down the famous Circus Lane in Edinburgh. It might also be in the Cotswolds. **EDIT** I just thought to zoom into the photo and the sign on the gate says Circus Lane. What an idiot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so hurrah it is Edinburgh! πŸŽͺ . . . We have 167 days left before we move. Today we wrote a list of all the places in Great Britain that we still want to visit before we move. It was a very comprehensive list that takes us all the way north (like, 12 hours north) to Ullapool and the Scottish coastline, and all the way south west down to Cornwall. And that list is *just* team GB. It doesn't even include Ireland, NI and the flippin rest of Europe (and god knows there's a bunch of places I still want to go to in Europe!). Help!! I need more time!! ⌚ . . . #europestyle #europetravel

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6 Days 7 Hours Ago

It blows people's minds that I don't have a 'real' wedding ring πŸ’(edit: scuse the awful mess of fingernails πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) . . The last time this came up, I had a customer ask me if I was actually married. I said that, yes, I was, and she said "oh I didn't know if you just wanted to make it look like you were". Which did confuse me a lot because surely if I wanted to just PRETEND I was married, I would've opted for a blingy overstated gold or silver ring πŸ™„πŸ˜‚ . . . Here's a fact: when we got married, we didn't exchange rings. We had no vows. We didn't even have guests. And we had no interest in a πŸ’ until a couple months later when we discovered silicone ones. I'm not a big jewellery person, and the thought of wearing a ring on my finger FOREVER felt so claustrophobic. So instead what we have now is a cheap(ish) ring made of silicone, that I don't feel pressured to wear all the time, that has little sentimental value to me, and I LOVE IT. My sentimentalness is to my husband, not to an object that I will, and have, lost (inevitably) and it is SO FREEING. I totally understand why people would want expensive wedding rings, but it's just totally not for us πŸ’ . . (btw the reason why I ended up with so many is because I lost my first one (the black). I brought a replacement one (the bronze) as it was in the sale and I loved the colour. I then commented on an @ensorings post saying my ring and they offered me a 40% off discount code so I couldn't resist buying another one (pink!) -- and then I found the original one!! Oh dear (but yay!) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . . #weddingrings #ourway

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6 Days 17 Hours Ago

Look at my new leopard print booties 😍😍. This is incredibly exciting for me because 1) I don't regularly buy new shoes and 2) I NEVER buy @topshop shoes as they're usually always out of my budget. But these were Β£36 which I feel is super good value for that shop. The heel is super short (so I can walk in them). Onto a winner here. . . . When was the last time you got super excited over a new purchase? Should I calm down? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Actually something even more exciting happened today -- we visited a new coffee shop and it was freakin' awesome. Such good coffee, soo many cakes and it's dog friendly 🐢. You can check my Stories for what I stuffed my face with if you fancy πŸ˜‚ . . . πŸ‘œ is @yoshibags #gifted πŸ‘– is from @shopmatalan πŸ‘• is from @luckybrand . . #fashion #ootd

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7 Days 9 Hours Ago

πŸ“Έ taken in Switzerland. A busy Christmas Market in Geneva, tourists casually browsing marijuana products, as you do. I wonder what Le Parc des Bastions looks like without this gorgeous festive market there πŸŽ„ . . . Do you ever invent little stories in your head to make your day a little more interesting? πŸ’‘ Last night I had a customer who was very quiet, sombre -- a very plain-faced middle aged man in a beige trench coat who was a "civil servant". He worked from home. No-nonsense. Pressed for time. He wouldn't give out any personal details. Said he used his wife's email address and that's the most he'd give me. I decided almost instantly he was some kind of secret agent. Maybe he worked for MI5. It certainly made my evening more interesting πŸŒƒ . . . #geneva #genevaswitzerland

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8 Days 10 Hours Ago

Out of all of the beautiful buildings in Ghent, I think these two, side by side, are my favourite 😍. Have you been to this wonderful city? The architecture is amazing 🌿 . . . Unrelated... Today marks 170 days (supposedly) until we leave England and move to America. The countdown is properly on now. It's so close, I can feel it. But I can't quite touch it. It's way too early to start packing but I do really need to start selling things that I won't be taking with me and in general just get de-cluttering the house. Anyone got any tips for an upcoming move?! 🏑 . . . #ghent #gentbelgium

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9 Days 10 Hours Ago

My posts seem to have been very tea-related this week haven't they? 🍡 . . . My grandad used to have his own tea company. Tea was his livelihood. I think he used to zip back and forth between Malaysia to get it. What's sad is that he passed away three years ago and I didn't ever ask him much about it. He was more proud of his time in the army so I heard more about that 🌱 . . Funny enough, most of these conversations were over a solid cuppa. Isn't it funny how some drinks bring people together? What's your social tipple? Tea? Coffee? Wine? Mojitos? β˜•πŸ· . . . #bostonteaparty #birmingham

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10 Days 11 Hours Ago

What kind of willpower does it take for an aspiring-middle class British health-craving millennial to *not* buy a hundred patterned teapots from this Belgian shop that has a front window chocka with tea pots? 🍡 . . . Is it the kind of place that makes my husband roll his eyes when he knows I've clocked it? Yes. Does he often hope I *don't* spot novelty shops like this? Yes. Does he understand my need to go and spend 20 minutes inside once I have seen the shop window, sniffing jars of loose leaf tea and turning teapots this way and that to find the perfect one? Yes, thankfully πŸ™Œ . . I didn't even buy a teapot from here in the end, but my husband brought me the cutest one for Christmas. Isn't he the best? 🍡 . . . #bruggebelgium #teapots

Today at work I signed two 80 year olds up for gym memberships. One of them has been using gyms for years and absolutely loves it. The other held back tears at my desk because (I'm assuming) he's spent so long being carer to his wife, who has dementia, that it meant the world to him to be able to go and achieve something for himself. He clearly loves his wife to pieces, but it must be overwhelming to devote your existing to caring for someone else. The fact I played a teeny tiny role in helping him feel some freedom almost broke me. . . Sometimes these things happen that show us how short life is, and how we really must make every minute count, and take nothing for granted. Live your best live and be your best self β™₯ . . Bag πŸ‘œ is: @yoshibags #gifted . . #lifestyleblogger #beyou

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12 Days 10 Hours Ago

Pic for attention // it's been 12 days since Christmas and my dog is *STILL* covered in glitter. . . . I came into work today and the Christmas decorations that I'd painstakingly put up have all been taken down. I know it was inevitable (and I do have some pangs of guilt that I wasn't there to help remove the million strips of cellotape I used to hold everything together) but I still felt heartbroken that the magical time of year is over πŸŽ…πŸŽ„ . . The one consolation? We still have the decs up at home and I'm too lazy to take them down just yet πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . . πŸ“Έ taken in: Colorado . . #paintmines #colorado

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14 Days 10 Hours Ago

Isn't it amazing how you can just download an app and convince the world (or a few hundred people) that you're in a snowy wonderland right now? ❄ . . . Have you ever booked someone a surprise holiday or trip before? I did today. It is the husband's birthday next month so I've booked a wee trip away and I'm literally BURSTING with excitement wanting to tell him where we're going. I'm no good at keeping secrets but I don't want to ruin it! 😬😬 . . #edinburgh #scotland

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15 Days 15 Hours Ago

I am FTFO (freakin the... yeah you get the rest). It's been a stressful day and I FINALLY had my Level 3 coursework sent back to me, only to see a big fat REFER stamped across it (in other words: fail, do better, you're shite) . . I'm so frustrated because I've literally done EVERYTHING the practical instructor told me, but there's obviously a big discrepancy between what the instructor and what the examiner wants. PHHHWWWUUFFFFFF 😀😀 (that's not a fart noise, it's like a bull huffing through its nostrils ready to charge kinda noise) . . I have loads of work to do, and on top of that I'm freaking out over our upcoming move. I feel so out of control over the whole thing. The whole military "PCS" thing is a new concept and I'm not used to *not* running my own life. To top it off, I succumbed to my aspiring-middle class wanton needs and ordered myself an incredibly expensive cappuccino πŸ’·πŸ’· even though I'm now working shortened hours and am soon to be jobless. WTF IS WRONG WITH ME. I'm meant to be honing in on the unnecessary spending, not indulging in things I can make, somewhat poorly, at home. On a positive note, if any New Jersey firm is looking for an awkward, introverted marketing & events specialist, put the kettle on cos I'm ready to roll (almost) πŸ™Œ . . . #cappuccino #burysteds

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18 Days 9 Hours Ago

Happy New Year, everybody! πŸŽ‰πŸŒŸ It's been an insane year and I've been so happy and awed to keep up with so many of your adventures on this crazy social platform πŸ™Œ . . Keep up the good work in 2019, I need all the travel inspo I can get. See you on the other side! ✈️ . . . #newyearseve #happynewyear

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19 Days 11 Hours Ago

Every year I laugh at the thought of setting New Year's resolutions. I'm always of the opinion that 'there's no time like the present' to make a positive change to your life 🌟 . . Well, guess what? I thought of a resolution for 2019!! πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ‘€πŸ™Œ. I know, I'm a changed human. It's a goodun too.... . . So for the past year I've had an NUS card/International Student card as I've been studying for my Level 3 Personal Training course. Up until a week ago I've totally forgotten to use it, but I realised there's actually a BUNCH of places that offer student discount, and my husband has a military discount (and there are some hefty discounts to be had with that too). AND SO I pledge for 2019 that every time I get a student discount, or we use his mil discount, that I'll donate the money saved to charity. I did it the other day when I saved Β£2.50 in @blacks_online and I put it straight in the charity pot sat on their tills. If a shop doesn't have a charity savings pot, I'll donate it online. There see?! Isn't that a goodun 😍😍 anyone else want to join me on this? . . #birmingham #christmasineurope

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21 Days 8 Hours Ago

As I recap the blur since Christmas Day, I realise how I've spent my free days clutching my belly, whining more than Ross Gellar and (for some of it) being best friends with my toilet. Nice way to spend the Christmas season, right? πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ . . . It's been the first time in more than 20 years that I've been excited for Christmas. What have I learned? Christmas is just a day πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸŽ… . . This year I built it up so much...only to end up feeling unwell before the roast turkey dinner was served. No matter, Christmas can be salvaged. We'll just do it next week instead. Or next month. All this hype for that particular day, the 25th, is just a consumerist fantasy, but really what we should focus on instead is showing the ones we love how much they mean to us, and not just on 25th December, but all the time. And plus, there's so many people out there who have to work on the 25th. Our emergency services, our nurses, carers and more. So let's celebrate the centimentality of Christmas every day ❀️ . . #porto #travelgoals