Our big fat Greek adventure.

Jet setting again, this time we’re off to Athens. We spent 4 days here. These 4 days I spent mostly huffing and puffing. It was so much hotter than Rome.

We arrived in Syntagma square with two massive suitcases, in which several strops happened before actually arriving in the square because I couldn’t lift the bleeding things onto the escalators or up the stairs. Then we got lost trying to find our apartment. It ended up being down this really dark and scary corridor which had no lights and 100s of stairs, and the most scary elevator I have ever seen. But, once in the apartment it was fab. We had a cracking view and had a Greek bar below us which gave such an authentic atmosphere.

We visited everything we possibly could and the majority was in walking distance such as the Acropolis (which sold the best slush puppy I have ever tasted!), Parthenon, Ancient Agora, Benaki, Mount Lycabettus and the National Gardens. I’m guessing we visited more but literally everytime I saw a bench or somewhere to sit, you would find me straight there. The relief of getting away from the burning sun for 5 minutes was just heaven, so I excelled in trying to park my bottom wherever I could.

The food was amazing but I didn’t capture enough photo’s because I was too busy scoffing but everywhere I went I had to have a baklava. They.are.heaven. The best place we found to eat was a restaurant called Ergon. Everyone was super friendly, the food was to die for and best of all there was a restaurant cat called Salem (me being the crazy cat lady that I am).
You get such a city buzz in Athens but then in parts you get the overly touristy hot spots which we tried to stay away from, sometimes I felt like I was in Benidorm.
On one of the days we took an adventure on the tram to a beach. It was the longest tram journey of my life. I hated just sitting there for well over an hour feeling like a blatant tourist and making that awkward eye contact with the locals, makes me shiver thinking about it. To top it off once we got the beach it was overcrowded and we felt like we we’re in Weston Super Mare. So we headed back to catch the next tram back to stop off at a previous beach. The tram was desolate so we sat there for a while waiting for it to start back up, but in the meantime we got approached by a group of kids who tried to mug us. They were only about 10 years old all with tattoos. So we had to leg it back to the overcrowded beach. We sat there in misery for a good hour trying to comprehend what just happened and to recharge our confidence. We did make it home eventually and my gosh we we’re so happy to get back to the apartment, it was just one of those days but we didn’t let it ruin our holiday. It’s part of the adventure.. right?
Have you ever been to Athens? What was your favourite part?

For me my favourite part was the National Gardens, a tranquil hotspot which gave a hint of tropical-ness. That’s definitely a word now.
It was so beautiful, huge gigantic trees, ponds, wildlife and SHADE. What’s not to love. It was lush to have that balance of nature but to be in the middle of a bustling city. It was definitely the highlight for me.
It was great to visit Athens and I’m glad I can tick it off our places we’ve visited list, but would I go back? I’m not so sure. If I’m honest if it was just the two of us I wouldn’t but if you went with a group of friends I think it would be phenomenal.

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Next stop Rhodes (commence aeroplane noises).

 

 

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Blog-aversary – A life update.

 

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(Audience) – “Oh goodness here she is again, probably about to say the same start up line ‘It’s been a while’.

(Aimee) – “I’m back, AGAIN. It’s been a while!”

(Audience) – “I bet she apologies for it as well”

(Aimee) – “Once again I must apologise for being late to the party once again! February!! FEBRUARY, why have I left it so long?”

(Audience) – “I told you!”

*Commerce the waffling*

Hello you lovely lot, you’re probably wondering who the hell I am it’s been that long.
There have been dissertations, new careers, old careers, holidays, tears, laughter and a hell of a lot of procrastination since we last spoke. During that procrastination 6 months have upped and gone and I’m not sure where? But like I said in previous posts, it’s sort of how I work.
I feel like I have been running on empty so instead of squeezing out blog posts I’ve been doing everything other than that. However, I really want to turn things around and post more regularly – I’m sure you’ve heard all this before but I’m going to try, and there’s no harm in trying hey!

From the blog title, it’s my blog-aversary (hip hip hooray) and it’s not quite where I thought my little-rough-around-the-edges-blog would be but we’ve come a little way within 12months but we’re definitely moving.
I want to eventually re brand this blog to make it that little bit more glam and up to date for you all, who doesn’t love a refresh?!?
As for me, I am completely refreshing my life, well it certainly feels like it. I have finished my university degree and successfully passed with a 2:1. I really didn’t think it was do-able but I did it and I am so so thrilled about it, it’s motivated me to grab life by the balls and to give anything a go. So, I quit my job of nearly 5 years to pursue a new career. Pretty scary. So far it hasn’t turned out to plan and now I’m feeling slightly confused to where I’m heading in my life (any advice would be much appreciated), I feel like I have done all this hard work at uni to just land a job that I could of got without a degree. The thought of sitting in a office all day literally kills me as well, but I feel if I don’t try things then I won’t know if I like them or not, so that’s where I am at the minute. Feels like one of the weirdest times of my life to date, but it’s kind of exciting not knowing what’s round the corner.

Anyway, enough of the deep chat – I’ve done a lot of fun stuff since February and I will be sharing it with you all, so watch this space. I hope you’re prepared to be visiting Italy on your next dose of waffle! Grab that cup of tea and sneaky biscuit and I’ll give you a taste of my little Italian adventure.

I hope you have a great rest of the week/weekend and I’ll see you back on here before you know it – Ciao for now!

It’s been a while..

I’ve missed you!
Thats if you remember who I am still?…I hope so.
I am feeling EMPOWERED right now (currently listening to Adele’s new song) it’s giving me the motivation people my fingers are typing!!!
It’s happening.

How have you all been? Life for me has been extremeley busy and i can’t apologise for not posting regularly because well you know, life is manic sometimes.
I have not long started my third year at university which means the dreaded D word, yep you got it, DISSERTATION. I shouldn’t be wishing my life away but is it summer yet? All this stress will all be gone and I can enjoy you guys and blogging again (hi 5).

But despite me wishing for summer, I bloomin love autumn – which is my main inspiration for clicking on that pencil at the top of the page and typing something (huge round of applause).

Autumn, yes! your beautiful and you just confirmed it today! You can not beat a sunday morning autumnal walk, I absolutely love it.
I’ve been waiting a while for a day like today, everything was perfect. There was the right amount of crisp in the air, blue skies, sunshine sweeping through the trees and obviously the perfect crunch to the leaves. Every weekend I plan to go it always decides to rain or be really dull weather, you need that sunshine to make the woods seem like a completely different place.

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For me being in the great outdoors gives me instant release. I feel far away from uni work, house work, christmas list planning and just general life. At the minute I feel like I have no time for anything, planning to see friends and family is just a no go, weekly exercise routines are straight out of the window and right now me and university assignments are becoming eversomore closer than ever, well thats what the assignments think, I’d rather have zero relationship with those little buggers.

Anyway back to my my autumn day. This wood we went to I have been coming here ever since I was small and it never gets boring! Every direction you move your body or even your eyes for that matter you see something different and thats what I like!
It was so nice just to roll out of bed, eat breakfast and just go out, no make-up, no effort, grab my wellies and just get out there, it’s just the best.

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Do you have any places you like to unwind? I wish unwinding was a daily occurence, how lovely would that be?

Thanks for reading m’lovelys, until next time!

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Home loving.

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//Hello and welcome! Hope you are all well. The weather here for the past week has been very wet and miserable which has left me house bound (apart from going to work boo!). Being house bound has made me appreciate my surroundings and how hard myself and my boyfriend have worked to get to where we are.

2.//We have recently redecorated our bedroom (sorry I have no before and after pictures) which used to have a vile peeled off purple flower wallpaper on the chimney. We decorated it within a day on a budget, the paint was an inexpensive brand but my gosh it really made so much difference. Our room is so much brighter and fresher it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do.
//If I had my own way I would redecorate the whole house but as we only rent I feel like it is wasted money, the house we live in now has so much potential to be amazing!
3.//We created a little reading corner where we can chill out, it looks super cosy at night time. We’ve used an old apple crate as a side table which we nabbed off my grandparents. The wicker chair I have had for a couple of years but that only cost £10 from a charity shop, bargain!
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6.//This was the first room, the kitchen, which we added a bit of our own style as soon as we moved in nearly two years ago. I try to buy things that aren’t going to be too expensive but I had my heart set on old chapel chairs and a rustic table for a long while which cost a little extra than what you would get in ikea. Luckily we found these on eBay and swooped after them as soon as we saw them, definitely worth the extra buck.
//The frames were all purchased and collected over a period of time, I feel the more I look at it the more I want to change it all. I am very into composition and it shows throughout the rest of the house (I won’t bore you with every single composition in the house). However this to me two years on seems a bit twee, what do you think?

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9.//We recently bought these shelves from ikea for I think around £6 each. There used to be a dark pointless shelf here (again sorry I have no photographs) and adding slim white shelves here instead completely changed the whole dynamic of the kitchen, plus it is somewhere where you can show off your books and photographs etc.

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//Another apple crate invention used for Ezra’s vinyl player. It is so nice to sit on some pillows on the floor on a rainy day and just listen to vinyl, we are big believers in still buying CD’s and vinyl instead of download.

11.// I have been after initial art for ages and finally came across some in Oliver Bonas which were only £10 each. They are made out of copper and really stand out in front of a white background and they just look so cute, totally in love with them.

Thanks for reading and I shall see you again soon! xx

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Tee & Jeans

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//From forcing myself to take outfit posts I have come to the conclusion I definitely basics. T-shirt and jeans any day, it’s just so comfortable. As much as I love all types of clothes I’m not going to wear something that I don’t feel confident in, I mean who am I trying to impress? no one!
If you read my post from The best weekend then you might be suspicious that I am wearing the same clothes (oo your such a detectives). Yes I thought I would kill to birds with one stone, but not literally, I could never do that.

//My statement in any outfit I wear is that I am always accompanied with a tan bag or shoes, I have a thing for tan. All my bags look the same but are all a different shade of tan, it’s an addiction.
//Stripes is my second biggest addiction. I don’t know what it is about them but I am constantly buying stripes, I just think they are such a simple statement without having to go overboard and a plain striped tee won’t break the piggy bank which is always a bonus.

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// So where is it all from did I hear?

TopOlive clothing based in Cheltenham, I could buy the whole shop if I could afford to and they have a lush Instagram account!

JeansASOS high waisted cropped ankle grazers! I prefer these to the Topshop Joni by a mile off. I can actually breathe in them and they graze my ankles! I haven’t come across any ankle grazer that does that for me.
In the Joni I have to go a waist size bigger just so my stomach can move, they fit me fine but they seem to have an extra tightness in that area. So if you have a similar problem head over to ASOS, cheaper as well and you don’t feel like your becoming a whale, you can fit into your actual size guys!

ShoesPrimark. I’ve had these for a while and they are lasting really well, I am not a big Primark fan as I feel everyone ends up having the same clothes, but so far I haven’t seen anyone in these shoes but I am sure thousands of folk have them.

Necklace- Accessorize. Cheap and cheerful gold necklace which pretty much goes with anything!

Bag- Topshop. This bag was a bit of an investment I must say it was around £60 and for a student it did break the piggies BUT I needed it. I have this ethic of if you want it buy it or else you’ll regret it, so many times I have resisted buying something and gone on to majorly regret it. So if you can’t stop thinking about it bite the bullet.

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Let me know what you think! It was a right laugh trying to get photographs for this neither Ezra and I are models or photographers and he had to keep getting me to say B*******s to smile and look ‘natural’. If you like the look of the location it is definitely worth a visit all details are on a previous blog post called ‘A great weekend’.

While composing this blog I was watching a small Youtuber family called The Michalaks, I absolutely love them they are my all time favourite! Check them out!
I’m thinking of writing a blog post about my favourite youtubers, so watch this space!

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A week in Wales.

//Wales, where do I begin. I go to Pembrokeshire every year since around the age of 10, so 12 years strong so far! Really frustrates me when folk say Wales is constantly wet and miserable, it’s not, it’s all lies.
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Every year my Grandparents rent out the same old fashioned (awfully decorated might I add) welsh cottage in a place called Marloes, it is my whole families favourite place. So rural and rustic and all you can hear is the sea, no traffic, no people…nothing. Pure bliss. All we do on holiday is beach hop and eat, a lot. Well who doesn’t hey? It’s just so nice to be away from work and rushing around all the time and the best part NO HOUSEWORK all week! I could actually read a book and not feel guilty for not doing something productive.

We literally spent all week lounging around, Ezra, my Dad and Granny would be trying to surf all week (I only went in the sea once, naughty and yes my Granny body boards!) and my Granddad would just be eating all week, that’s all he seems to do ha! Every evening we would get back from the beach and have dinner then just bake next to the fire with a glass of wine in hand, or in Ezra’s case..rum. You can imagine how merry he was every evening.

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This place was a right old treat, all the years I have been to Pembroke we never knew about the blue lagoon and typically we forgot to take any of our swimming gear, the water looked incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it! We were so annoyed we couldn’t go in and it was scorching weather too!

We visited this cafe twice called Foam in Milford, which is a huge harbour basically flaunting rich people’s boats! We can dream.
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I have so many more photo’s I wish to add but I’ve had a problem getting them developed, and typically the film which needs to be sent off is the film with all the decent snaps regrettably.
But I defintely needed that break and I am already craving being next to the sea and we all had an incredible time, especially this guy…N’aww look at that face.

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