Seven reasons I wish I was the seventh member of Friends

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Like most people, I am a major Friends fan. I’ve watched each episode what seems like a million times over; so much so that I can recite some scenes word for word (don’t judge.) We’ve all been there, but I definitely wish I was the seventh member of the gang, and here are seven reasons why.

  1. They sit around and drink coffee. All day.

Drinking coffee all day with what seems like no work to do is my idea of heaven. And they don’t even have to fight anyone for a table either (well, apart from that one time) which is an added bonus.

  1. I’d like to try Monica’s cooking

Who wouldn’t? I would love to be able to try the different concoctions she makes, as well as her freshly baked cookies that she whips out at the best moments.

  1. I would have told Ross not to give up on the leather trousers

Maybe they just needed to be a little bit bigger… but I think Ross should have given them another go. Giving up after one time was too soon!

  1. They’re never bored

They always have something on the go, always seem to be having fun in some form or another and always invent hilarious games to play. That’s my kind of fun.

  1. They set some of the most iconic fashion trends

Double denim, the suit combinations, the hairstyles, crop tops and dungarees. I wish I could dress like them all the time.

  1. I’d get to meet Gunther

The sunshine-haired bundle of cuteness. I’d love to give him a cuddle and tell him that he’ll find someone better than Rachel one day.

  1. They’re always there for each other

Cheesy, but true. Who doesn’t want friends like that?

What are your favourite Friends moments? Tweet me @averybusyb

 

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City break essentials

I’m a major city break fan. Last year I visited Marrakech, Copenhagen, Zurich, Paris, Barcelona and Venice. I love the hustle and bustle of cities, and being able to sit back and soak up so much culture. At the time of booking, I’m always so excited. But when it comes to around a week before I’m supposed to travel, I realise how unprepared I am (and yes, I know holidays should be fun, but I’m one of those people that always needs to be prepared). So in a bid to get myself ready, and to help any of you out that are in the same boat, here is my list of city break essentials.

A portable charger

Maybe obvious, and certainly not an essential exclusive to city breaks, but a portable charger is vital for the long days and even longer nights that you’ll have on a city break as you try to cram in as much activity as possible. I have this one which lasts for DAYS and is has turned into my best companion.

A backpack

I once shunned backpacks as ugly and unpractical. I like having a bag at my side so I can easily dive into it, so having something on my back just didn’t make sense to me. I have since seen the light, and I now think that a good old backpack is a great way to save backache and to look cute and preppy at the same time.

Comfy shoes

City breaks involve a lot of walking. Like, A LOT of walking. I once made the mistake of not bringing comfy shoes and instead went for my prettiest ones, and now all I can remember of that holiday was having sore feet. Of course, you want to have pretty shoes too, so try and find some trainers (or boots if it’s winter or sandals if it’s summer) to keep your feet in tact whilst still looking cute. My favourites are these Superga trainers – they feel like slippers and look adorable.

A selfie stick

Okay, so I was going to list a camera as one of the essential things, but let’s face it, we all use our phones now. And don’t get on your high horse and say how stupid selfie sticks are, as I’ve taken some of the best scenic shots using one. It’s not just about taking selfies (although of course that’s the point), they’re also fab for getting a better angle that your arm just can’t cope with.

A lipstick for all occasions

City breaks = packing light. Therefore bringing a different lipstick for each outfit is just silly and will waste too much space. Invest in one lipstick that will go with anything and everything – you’ll thank me, I promise! You can’t go wrong with Mac – try Fabby or Matte Taupe.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not just for summer. I might sound like a diva, but I do wear sunglasses quite a lot. Even if it’s not set to be sunny, I never leave the house without a pair in my bag. So, when going to another country, the same rule applies. I just bought these from Topshop which are super sassy.

A printed list of places to visit

I do like guidebooks, but sometimes they’re just SO expensive. I love researching, so before I visit a place I tend to find out everything there is to know through good old Google, and then just compile a list. One time I made the rookie error of forgetting my list, so don’t do that. I’m also not a fan of maps, as I think getting lost in a city is sometimes the most fun (as long as you have snacks or there are places along the way to get snacks), but if you’re a mapper then add that in too.

What are your city break essentials? Tweet me @averybusyb

 

Five reasons I love ASOS

Cheesy post alert! And no, I wasn’t paid to write this (I wish) – but I’ve realised that there are so many reasons that I love ASOS and I wanted to share them with you all (in case you need convincing).

1. ASOS Premier & A-LIST

banner-level-3This is definitely my number one reason. I’ve been an ASOS Premier customer for a few years now and the amount I save on delivery is insane! Because I know that I can always get something on ASOS for the next day if needed, it means that ASOS has quickly become my one-stop-shop for any last minute outfits, or even gifts that I need to buy. I’m also insanely impatient so getting things delivered the next day is fab (and now even on Sundays too!)

And the fact that ASOS now rewards me for shopping through their A-LIST scheme is even better. Giving me money off vouchers to say well done for shopping? Yes please – you’ve got me hooked!

2. Free (and quick) returns

Unfortunately I’m one of those people that never find anything that fits me. So being able to return things quickly and fuss-free is essential for me – and I definitely get that with ASOS. I know that if I return something I’ll have the money back in my account in (usually) one week – meaning that it’s ready to be spent all over again.

3. Customer service

I was recently sent a completely wrong order and so therefore missed out on receiving mine, with items that I’d really wanted. I was annoyed, but it’s okay, it happens. We’re all human at the end of the day. But I was impressed with how quickly my claim was seen to and sorted, I was speedily refunded and even given a cheeky discount code as a sorry. All is forgiven, ASOS.

4. Range of brands

The range of brands available on ASOS means that I always find something. Like, always. I even buy beauty products on ASOS now, which is beyond convenient. My fave additions were definitely River Island and New Look, as although the ranges aren’t always huge, it means that I can take advantage of the ASOS free delivery which is a big YAY.

5. Sales

Sales, glorious sales. Dangerous sales (as I always end up spending too much) but nevertheless glorious sales, as sometimes the discounts are too amazing to pass up. And the fact that Premier customers get an early sneak peak is fab too, so thanks ASOS pals.

How many of you are ASOS fans? Tweet me @averybusyb

Afternoon tea in the clouds at the Sky Lounge, Leeds

On Saturday I had the pleasure of having afternoon tea in the Sky Lounge in Leeds. Despite having a very rainy view from the top, if it would have been sunny I imagine the view would have been amazing.

If you haven’t yet been to the Sky Lounge, I definitely recommend taking a trip there! There is a range of different tables and seats available (we actually ended up trying out a few as it wasn’t busy when we first arrived there), each just as comfortable and with plenty of space to relax.

The afternoon tea itself was probably one of the best I’d had. There was a good mix of sweet and savoury delights to try out (my favourite was a small mushroom tart) and the portion sizes weren’t small at all – I left the Sky Lounge feeling full to the brim!


We also ordered a bottle of Australian white wine (funnily called The Bush Telegraph) which went very well with the food. Unfortunately we were a bit short for time, otherwise no doubt we also would have tried out one of the delicious-looking cocktails on the extensive list.

Overall, I’d definitely rate the Sky Lounge very highly and I’ll be sure to return the next time I’m in Leeds. Thank you for a lovely experience!

Where would you recommend for afternoon tea? Let me know @averybusyb

7 signs I have no idea what I’m doing with my life

I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who feel like they have no idea what they’re doing with their life. Unfortunately, I am one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy, settled, content, but as for the next steps? No clue.

I can’t decide whether this scares me or not. Overall, I think I’m more intrigued than scared or panicked. And at first I didn’t recognise it, but then I started picking up the signs that I have no idea at all what I’m doing with my life.

  1. I constantly change my mind

So, last week I decided I wanted to become the next Mary Berry. Now, I’m fancying the idea of going off to another country to volunteer and perhaps set up my own beach bar. I constantly change my mind from one day to the next about what I want to do, where I want to be, or even what I want to eat for dinner. It’s fine, because I don’t NEED to make any decisions right now, but really it is kind of tiring being so fickle all the time.

  1. Credit: Huffington Post

    Credit: Huffington Post

    I spend too much time watching old Sex and the City episodes

Seriously addicted, all the time. Old Friends episodes always make their way onto my TV too. Surely I should have better things to do? Apparently not…

3. I know pretty much everything on the ASOS new in section

Again, shouldn’t I have better things to do? It’s lame, I know, but I constantly check to see what they’ve added, just in case the most amazing jumpsuit, jeans, dress, shoes (or all of the above) magically appear. I then spend ages adding things to my Saved Items and organising it in order of how badly I want it… not many things ever make it into my basket.

  1. I make plans that never happen

This kind of links to the first sign and again shows how fickle I am. But I do find it hard to make any form of long-term plan, whether it’s a holiday or a goal of moving out by Christmas, because of the fact that I don’t know what I’m doing in life. It’s a vicious circle, really.

  1. I write hundreds lists to try and keep myself on track

This is to try and convince myself that I do know what I’m doing. Like “Hey, don’t worry, you’re sorted because you’ve got a list”. If only! I love writing lists though, so this isn’t as bad, but unfortunately I’ve found that there’s no correlation between having lists and being sorted.

  1. I have half-converted my car into a mobile home

I’m in no way homeless (I live at home but I do love it – most of the time) but I’ve found that more and more of my possessions seem to end up living in my car. It’s handy for when I’m in my car, but not so handy when I’m not. I feel like if I knew what I was doing in life (aka I had my own place) this wouldn’t be the case.

  1. I daydream. Constantly.

Literally constantly, and about everything. I know that’s only normal and everyone daydreams, but the variety of daydreams I have show how many different directions my mind is really going in.

So please, show me some comfort. Are there any of you out there who also have no clue what you’re doing? @averybusyb

Book review: Nineteen Minutes

Credit: JodiPicoult.com

Credit: JodiPicoult.com

Today I finally finished a book that I’ve been working my way through for months: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

I’m a big fan of Jodi Picoult’s writing and I love how she tells a story. I’ve read many of her books before so I was very excited to read Nineteen Minutes after quite a few people had recommended it to me.

So what did I think? Well, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I was disappointed. I enjoyed the twist that was thrown in at the end, I think it just took a little too long to get there. Minor hints were dropped throughout the storyline, but none that really got me hooked. For me, it lacked the ‘so what’ element that usually makes me addicted to books.

The characters were believable, although infuriating at times (but I guess that makes a good book). Josie’s Mum, Alex, in particular, drove me a bit crazy, for how long it took her to realise how much Josie needed her. I also would have liked to see a bit of the story from Matt’s point of view – I think that would have been an interesting frame of mind to explore.

I’m trying not to be negative, as overall I did like this book, and I’ll definitely continue to read more of Jodi Picoult’s books. This one though, wasn’t quite for me.

Have you read it? Let me know what you thought @averybusyb

My pick of Topshop’s sandals

Credit: Wikipedia (where else?)

Credit: Wikipedia (where else?)

It seems like summer might actually be here! (although I hope I haven’t jinxed it…)

I’ve been clinging on to wearing my staple Chelsea boots for as long as possible but now it seems I have to face reality and slip into some summer sandals.

I don’t have one go-to shop that I migrate towards when it comes to buying shoes – in fact, as I’m usually between sizes I often find myself struggling to find shoes that fit (a Cinderella moment needs to happen, clearly).

But after having a browse through Topshop’s latest additions, I’ve come across a few pairs that I think are must-haves for summer.

  1. DUPE Heeled Sandal

These sandals come in a few different colours, but my favourite one has to be baby blue. The heel height also looks perfect for a clumsy girl like me who can’t seem to stay upright when heels are involved.

2. DAINTY Heeled Sandal

These aren’t something that I would usually go for, but the gold heel and the quirky design stood out to me and I can already see myself teaming them up with lots of different outfits.

3. HUNDRED Plait Sandal

They’re red and kind of Hercules-esque, so what’s not to love? I’m seeing these as a fave to add to a simple jeans and tee outfit.

Which is your favourite pair? Or have I missed any that are better? Let me know @averybusyb and check out Topshop.com for all of its lovely latest additions.