Lie in Instagram: January 2016 ♥

So, you may have noticed I have been on a little blogging break since just after Christmas. I wanted to have a fresh start in January after having a pretty rough year in 2015, so I’ve been keeping myself busy with other things recently. I have been spending a lot of time with friends and family and generally trying to get out a bit more and have fun trying new things.

I had a great start to the year with a night out in Manchester with Terri for New Years Eve, followed by rejoining the gym, attending Zumba class every week, trying out spinning for the first (and last) time, and visiting friends in Birmingham, Stoke and London. Although I feel like I’ve eaten so much over this last weekend so I need to work a bit harder for the next few weeks and watch what I’m eating!

Aside from this I did spend a whole weekend watching Making A Murderer… not a productive two days. I’ve also booked a couple of holidays this month; 4 nights in Ibiza for my oldest friends hen do and then a week away in Malaga with my family in June. Bring on the sunshine!

So here’s a mini run down of my month…

So my posing hasn’t improved in 2016 however I have tried revamping my wardrobe with some new staples. I know this outfit is nothing ground breaking but it makes a change to the style I usually go for. The skirt was only £10 from Primark!

I also spent a whole evening clearing out my cosmetics cupboard and decided to compile all of my much loved Soap and Glory stuff into just one place. I now have three big boxes full of S&G delights!

I had a little day out in the cute town of St Albans recently and it’s such a nice place with some lovely shops. We stopped off for lunch at my favourite Italian restaurant Prezzo and they do the most amazing starters; garlic mushrooms and antipasto.. yummy!

I’ve also been considering giving my hair a make over. I’m a little bit
ashamed to admit… but I’ve never actually been to a hairdressers. Eek!
I trim and colour my hair myself and since cutting back on harsh
chemicals and heat over the last 18 months my hair has grown so long,
but I don’t know what to do with it! I like the idea of getting balayage done, but I’m so scared of going to a hairdressers! Any tips on finding a good one you can trust? Or should I just leave my hair alone altogether?

I recently had my first dining experience at Loch Fyne.. although I was too much of a baby to try anything fishy (I’m such a wimp). The food I had though was amazing, and I literally had the best steak I have ever had! It was cut up but so tender and juicy, it was perfect! I will definitely be going back again!

A few weeks ago Terri and I had a pretty great night out in Stoke which started off with shots of vodka mixed with raspberry cocktail in mini mason jar shot glasses and a bottle of rum. We also learnt how to Snapchat (I think) and didn’t get up until 4pm the next day. Winning. 

I think cute little a-line skirts are going to be my favourite thing for the next few months! This outfit is another Primark steal; the collared top was only £7 and the black skirt £10. Although I really need to find some proper over the knee socks that don’t keep rolling down below my knee!

The snow day we had the other weekend required a nice hot chocolate with extra cream and marshmallows in my new favourite Cath Kidston kitten mug. Pink, floral, kittens = could there be a more perfect mug for me?

Do you guys remember when I used to do awesome baking and cake decorating? Me neither.. it seems like so long ago! I kind of gave it up as it’s so much effort and takes so much time to get right, but I bought this beautiful ceramic muffin tray from Laura Ashley to try and get myself back into it!
Can  you believe this cute fluffy gilet vest was only £5?! Grab yours now from H&M! It’s super snug and cosy! Although be aware… it leaves fluff all over the place. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
This weekend I went to see my old work pal Hazel in Birmingham and stayed at her halls of residence and I got to relive being a student all over again! We went to Bills for dinner (steak and cinnamon doughnuts.. amazing) and then onto the Mayday Parade gig. I’m so lucky to have her as she is the only person I know that has the same taste in music as me! 
I also met up with Terri and Tereza in Birmingham city centre and gorged on a super delicious double cheeseburger from Five Guys. They will forever be my favourite burgers although £8 is a little bit steep.. but worth it! 
And then on Saturday night I went to my friend Emma’s snazzy pad in London for a little gathering at her place. Cue delicious cheesy nachos, creme egg brownies, Cards of Humanity and sparkling rose Martini. On Sunday we went into Central London and decided to have a full English at Garfunkels (bad idea.. don’t go) and a little stroll around Soho before stopping at Hummingbird Bakery to pick up a treat for the way home! Mmm red velvet cupcakes…
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  1. February 1, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    *We think we had a fun night out but really we cannot remember.
    *Memory loss may or may not be due to Vodka.

  2. February 3, 2016 / 3:45 am

    So glad your back, ive missed your posts =]

  3. February 4, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    It's so nice to see a new post from you – and supported with a bunch of splendid photos.

    I am astonished at how many 'Soap and Glory' products you own! This makes me feel slightly embarressed to admit that I don't even possess one.

    Now, some advice for the hair scenario… I have completely the same issue. Having wanted long locks for about ten years now, I kept having to get it cut because of the damage caused from using straighteners. Finally I stopped using them and now just stick with styling it with a round-ended brush. At the moment I have mid-length hair and get it trimmed (or one inch taken off at the most) every 6 months and this seems to have worked for me. Just be clear with the hairdresser that you cherish your long hair and want to keep growing it.

    Oh and it may be slightly late but, Happy New Year.

    Tasmin ox
    P.S Those creme egg brownies sound like a biscuit I wouldn't say no to.

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