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Photos of the Week #35

September 2, 2014

WEEK 35 OF 52

Last week was just lovely. I kind of really like my birthday – it’s an excuse to do fun things with the people that I love, and I always spend the day with a smile on my face. Well, apart from last year when I had food poisoning – I didn’t smile that much then. Here’s what I got up to last week.//


Here’s where my feet (and lap) have been; the gym on Bank Holiday Monday (yup), wearing boots in August (ugh!), wearing clothes that I’ve had for years (thrifty!) and lying on the sofa in jogging bottoms stuffing my face with peanut butter Oreos (sexy). Holy crap these are good! I spent my last day as a 28 year old eating Oreos for dinner, but I’ve left this immaturity behind me now that I’m 29. Ahem.//


Here’s what I’ve been eating; a brilliant pub lunch at The Royal Oak on the Bank Holiday Monday. The weather was just terrible, so I was very happy to hide away in a warm pub, before heading home and getting into my PJs. It was amazing having a hire car for the long weekend, and we caught up on loads of things you need a car for – like driving to a pub in the middle of nowhere, buying huge bags of cat litter and alcohol-free beers from Tesco.//I found gingerbread man flavoured Alpro desserts in Tesco – hello! Can’t wait to try these.//My birthday breakfast, courtesy of Trout. It was the best start to the day! Scrambled tofu with mushrooms and onions on sourdough bread. Yum!//A brilliant salad, also courtesy of Trout. I bought a ginger and sesame ‘creamy’ salad dressing from Waitrose which is so good! It has tahini and toasted sesame oil in it. Yum!//


Here’s what I got up to on my birthday. We went to my favourite restaurant; Terre a Terre. Everything about this place is wonderful. This is my love waiting eagerly for our Terre a Tapas. I don’t usually like to get my phone out at a fancy restaurant, but I couldn’t help it when the food looked this good! The tapas is a mix from across the menu, so it’s a great way to try everything.//CHURROS! The best thing you could ever put in your mouth. Ever. It comes with pots of chocolate sauce, salted caramel and vodka soaked cherries. I’m still dreaming about this dessert.//My birthday cake! Trout delivered it to my office so everyone got to tuck in, too. It was a giant chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing – the best kind of cake!!//After we got home from Terre a Terre, completely stuffed, we took this photo. It makes me smile.//

Two of my presents; a new purse from Matt and Nat, and #Girlboss. I can’t wait to take this book on holiday with me and get stuck in.//Breakfast; back on the Coyo!//On Sunday my parents came over to spend the day with me, and we went for a roast at The Sussex Yeoman. Their roasts are so good, and they always have a vegan option which is brilliant. It was huge! [That’s what she said.]//


On Friday I took the day off work to spend with my sister. We went to Street Diner for the first time in so long (I’ve missed it!) and drank coffee and chatted and she gave me some of the sweetest presents. I’ve been so spoilt this year! In the evening we sat down with a glass of Moomin fizz, a packet of poppadoms and Made in Chelsea. It was bliss!//Oh man I love those peanut butter Oreos.//


Happy Birthday Rach! This was such a fun evening. We went round to our lovely friends for some 30th birthday celebrations, so we were obviously super mature and civilised for our age. Mostly the party involved stuffing our faces (I totally did not eat a full plate of savoury food then five cookies, an Oreo, a cupcake and 17 marshmallows. Nope) followed by a fantastic acoustic set from Dave House, which was really lovely. There’s something I find so amazing about acoustic music. It’s so admirable how someone can just stand up and sing, alone with just a guitar. Music that’s so personal to them; emotive and played out in front of strangers. It’s quite magical. The minute we’d finished applauding it all descended into karaoke madness, and all our secrets were revealed; who knew the entire rap to Forgot About Dre, who didn’t know the full length version of the Fresh Prince theme tune – and who knew that Mr Boombastic had so many words?! I had my moment with Peter Andre, before the sparklers and cake came out. There was a lot of glitter. More glitter than you could ever imagine. Over everyone. Rach will be finding glitter for months (years) all over herself and her flat. We were basically partying with Ke$ha.//

This week I’m in full-on countdown mode. I’ve got 101 things to do before we go away on holiday on Saturday, so my list-writing is kind of out of control! So much to do at work, so much to do at home, so much to pack. Breathe. I just can’t wait to be picked up at 3am (zzz) and get to the airport. Actually that’s a lie, I can’t wait to arrive at our villa, drop my bags and slip into our infinity pool. Here’s hoping for hot sunshine, and blow those thunderstorms away, please. Do you get super stressed before going on holiday? Any tips on how to cope!?

All photos taken on my iPhone.
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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Aja permalink
    September 2, 2014 9:09 pm

    Happy belated birthday! And oreos have no age limit. Let me know how you like #girlboss. I just saw it last weekend in a bookstore and thought it was really interesting, but I didn’t end up buying it.

    • September 20, 2014 12:22 pm

      Thank you! I absolutely loved #GIRLBOSS – I’ve written a little blog about it.

  2. September 3, 2014 6:38 am

    Belated Birthday wishes! I really need to try that alpro pudding!

  3. September 5, 2014 9:33 am

    Oh wow! That food from the restaurant you went to for your birthday looks AMAZING! I love Tapas, it has to be one of my favourite types of meal as I get bored quickly so like to mix things up!
    Hope you had a lovely time. :)

    • September 20, 2014 12:23 pm

      Definitely – plus I love sharing dishes with people and trying more food that I normally would!

  4. September 6, 2014 9:29 am

    I have never seen those gingerbread man deserts, definitely going to be on the lookout for them.

    Jess x

  5. Tamzin permalink
    September 6, 2014 1:03 pm

    Wow love this post! Looks like you had a wonderful birthday!!

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