Weekly Witterings – 2nd Edition

To Witter: to chatter or babble pointlessly or at unnecessary length. n. pointless chat; chatter.

Presenting my weekly roundup in order to spread the love and keep you updated with my adventures. This is a way of sharing my inspiration, music, books, and thoughts that have been a part of my week in addition to my blog posts. Think of it as a coffee and a quick natter with an old pal.

Website of the Week

I have to be biased here, because this week I have been working really hard on a new blog that I have created, Luxury Backpack. Its a BRAND NEW concept that I dreamed up whilst on my road trip around Florida as a way of sharing my travel hints, tips and tricks (I’ve got thousands!) which make a budget trip feel more luxurious. Read all about it here, and of course follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Insty.

Enough plugging, but on the same theme of budget luxury travel, I found this great website Budget Traveller which is a great website for finding the best experiences for your buck; such as alternative budget travel experiences, cheap eats, and money saving tips from the experts. Highly recommended!

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Song of the Week

This week brought us The Grammy’s, and exhausted from our day of travelling, our first night in Miami was spend eating sushi and watching the whole ceremony. So after watching it I couldn’t get James Bay out of my head. Have a listen to Let It Go here.

Book of the Week

It’s been such a busy week on our road trip that I have hardly had time for reading, and am still gripped by Valley of the Dolls (nearly at the end now). I have just completed my review of the book I have been reading for my Cup of Coffee Book Club on Goodreads which you can read here. The next book for March is Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders which I can’t wait to start! On my travels I found the cutest book which I am dying to get started on called Chomp by Carl Hiaasen which is set right here in Florida. It is about Wahoo Cray and his father, Mickey Cray, both professional animal wranglers, who are hired to assist with the latest episode of a reality series titled Expedition Survival! Mickey is injured by an iguana falling on his head (only in Florida!) and so Wahoo takes it upon himself to accept for both of them. I’ll review it once I’m finished!

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Food of the Week

We found the most amazing little farm shop style food markets on the road, where we bought local honey, bee pollen (which I’m now raving on about to anyone who will listen!), and fresh fruit and veg which I’ve been whizzing up in my blender.

 

Working Out this Week

This week we didn’t have too much time to work out, but we spent a lot of time wandering around Miami beach and watching everyone else doing active things! I did have a few minutes of my day that weren’t jam packed, so I’ve been doing 7 minute ab work outs. I call it the Miami Beach Workout! 1 minute of each ab work out back to back for 7 minutes:

Sit ups – flutter kicks -bicycle kicks – crunches – scissors – leg ups – plank

Now tell me you don’t have 7 minutes to spare?

Film of the Week

I recently watched the comedy Trainwreck. I wasn’t looking forward to it as I really can’t stand these stupid American comedies, but it was pretty funny, and now I finally get the whole Amy Schumer girl crush everyone has got going… she’s basically me and every girl friend I have ever had rolled in to one!

Adventure of the Week

This week I’ve been to Miami, the Florida Keys, and through the Everglades. The Everglades were so intriguing, and learning all about the history and wildlife there was really interesting. I couldn’t get over the colour in Miami. So many candy colours, from the buildings to the ocean to the sky. I really haven’t seen anything like it before. Have a look on my Instagram for lots more pictures from my road trip.

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Shopping of the Week

Please Santa, I know it’s early, but I would LOVE something from this beautiful marble crafter Allegra Stone. I am in love with her designs, especially the trays. Check out images of her pieces here.

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That’s how we roll!

Last weekend I took inspiration from Drew Barrymore’s Whip It and went to a Roller Derby.

It was AMAZING.

I’m not one for sport spectating on the weekends, but this was different, and I now consider myself a sport fan! If you don’t know what roller derby is (like me before Saturday!) it is a skating sport which involves two teams of girl skaters literally full-contact battling it out to push past each other and score points. There is a lot more to it, but the gist is that its fast-paced, knock ’em dead, full-impact, sport and with the cheering crowd and 90’s punk songs blaring from the speakers who wouldn’t love it? It was less Mean Girls and more GO Girl! with such a great atmosphere and smiles all round. We drank cider, wore London Roller Girls baseballs caps and cheered until our lungs hurt… and the best bit… the victory circles the girls do afterwards when the whole crowd jumps down onto the court to high-five the teams as they fly past!

Look for a roller derby in your area and get involved, it could just be your new favourite sport!

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London Roller Girls

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London Roller Girls

Wear: Victoria’s Secret sportswear, Vintage finds, American Apparel leggings and lashings of Mac Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

Mac Candy Yum Yum

Mac Candy Yum Yum

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Victoria’s Secret (image courtesy of Victoria’s Secret)

Listen to:

No Doubt, The Clash – London Calling, Katy Perry, The Divinyls

Become a fan: LondonRollerGirls.com!

Enjoy!

#WhatToDoThisWeek

This week I’ve had fun rummaging around Victoria Mill Antiques and Collectors Centre in Congleton, Cheshire. I absolutely love antiques, and it’s always such a thrill finding treasures for your home such as the ones to be found here. The most amazing 60’s egg chairs caught my eye, see them in the picture below! They had a wardrobe full of vintage fabrics, and lots of antique jewellery, and the best bit about the whole experience was that I had no idea this place even existed!
Every corner was filled with treasures and there were definitely lots of bargains to be hunted.
Check out the article on the Grazia daily website, click here! and have a look for great things to do in your area!
And if you can’t get to Cheshire, I hope it inspires you to go hunt for a bargain anyway!
Enjoy!

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#WhatToDoThisWeek

Happy Monday! Today it’s raining, and I just get a feeling that the weather this week is going to stay miserable, so for this week’s What To Do This Week in Cheshire recommendation for Grazia I have recommended a place that is so cosy, quirky and delish that it really doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. The Botanist in Alderley Edge is a place where you can leave your brollies at the door and snuggle in for the afternoon or evening, or both! Their cocktail list is mouth watering and really catered around groups of people with their ‘Watering Cans’ for four people. The food is all about comfort food, and I love their pick-and-mix deli boards and Welsh rarebit fondue. Save room for desert too – the marshmallow and strawberry kebab with hot chocolate sauce is amazing.

The interior is lovely. With pared back wood and interesting touches, it is an eclectic mix between a natural history museum and a potting shed. I love the botany illustrations on the wall and the glass cabinets filled with flower pots and glass jars.

Check out my recommendation and the other fab suggestions for what to do this week around the UK: http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/conversation/entertainment/bloggers-what-to-do-uk-4

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http://www.thebotanist.uk.com