Thursday, 22 March 2018

Beating the life rut

Beating the life rut
daffodils


It’s so easy when you’re busy at work for the weeks to fly by and to realise that you’re running on repeat. I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a life rut so far in 2018 and whilst I’ve still been doing some fun stuff, I definitely need to switch up my routine and my outlook.

Less laptop time
I’m absolutely addicted to life online which comes with the territory of being a social media manager as I’m so passionate about my role, but spending less time with my eyes on a screen on an evening is definitely necessary. I really don’t mind having evenings in where my phone is glued to my hand providing it’s being used to chat to friends rather than aimless scrolling (when you’re in about three million Whatsapp groups with your favourite people, it can be very easy), but I don’t want to spend evenings wasting time online.

More to look forward to
I’ve written a fair few times before on here that I have a far sunnier outlook if I have things to look forward to and right now, I definitely do. My diary is quite literally jam packed with fun plans from nights out, brunch, gal time, family time, blogger events and everything inbetween so I’m going to be a seriously busy gal over the next couple of months.

Self improvement
Hi, I’m a cliché. There’s nothing better than getting to that happy point where you actually like what’s in your wardrobe, you get the haircut you’ve been putting off since November (guilty) and, ahem, book in a new tattoo. Umm yep. I’ve got my second tattoo booked in for May and aside from the slight fear of spending three hours having a needle jabbed into my ribcage, I’m really excited for it. I’m also very excited to get a hair appointment booked in as it’s definitely in need of having a couple of inches off.

A new hobby
It’s so hard to meet people out of work when you’re in your 20s as it’s not like when you’re at school and being forced into extra curriculars or at university when most of your extended friendship group is who you see most regularly in your local beer garden. I’m very lucky that I moved to Leeds and fell straight into the blogger community but nearly four years on, I want to do something a little different with my time too. I’m joining a modern jive dance class! My mum has been going for a couple of years and has spent the entire time telling me I’ll love it so I’m signed up for six weeks of classes. I like to think of it as preparing for my future appearance on Strictly...

A little bit more freedom
I’ve finally bitten the bullet and signed the contract to get a parking space in my building so this weekend I’ll be bringing my beloved Hyundai, Polly, over to Leeds. Whilst I don’t need her for work, she’s spent a long time living on my mum’s driveway and I think having a car will give me a little bit more freedom in Leeds. I mean, there will be all kinds of adventures like trips to Aldi to look forward to as who says I don’t live life on the edge?

So, that’s how I’m getting out of my little life rut, do you have any tips for me? Let me know in the comments.

SHARE:

Monday, 5 March 2018

Life, Leeds and where I call home

Life, Leeds and where I call home
Oracle Leeds


It takes a lot to call somewhere home, right? In my 25 years and 10 ½ months (can you tell I’m on the birthday countdown?) I’ve called three places home: York, Huddersfield and Leeds. It’s almost like I’m destined to live somewhere on the Transpennine Express train route forever. I’m lucky that everywhere I’ve lived has felt like home but each one holds a different reason for me.

Huntington, York
I grew up in a village called Huntington just outside of York and spent my entire childhood living in one house so it truly was my home and will always be a place I go back to. My friendships in York stem back from the first year of primary school as I was fortunate enough to meet some of my best friends today way back when, and through secondary school where I met a few more best friends. It’s the least significant places which make this place truly special to me, like the bench at the bottom of the hill where I’d spend hours with my friends after school, to the local pub in the village which I practically moved into when I was in 6th form. Everyone I meet finds out I’m from York and tells me that they love it because of the city, the bar walls, the pubs, the people walking round dressed up as Vikings, but I love it because it’s filled with memories of growing up, not just days out.


Huddersfield
I spent three years drinking studying in Huddersfield for my degree and though I’d be back in York in the holidays, I still remember the day I got a train into Huddersfield and had that ‘oh I’m home’ feeling. I never expected to fall in love with such a grotty northern town (disclaimer, it’s improved a lot since I left), but university and students halls had such a community feel and an anything goes attitude that I settled. Huddersfield was a bubble because let’s be honest, student world isn’t like the real world and we were just a group of teenagers who were thrown in together and had to stay alive. But it was fun. It was nights spent talking in the flat corridor until 3am. It was owning more fancy dress than going out clothes. It was living off pasta and cheerios (LOL guilty) because why would you even bother cooking proper food. Huddersfield was home because it was three years of a carefree lifestyle with no real responsibilities.

Leeds
I’ve been living in Leeds for just over 3 ½ years in my little shoebox of a flat, but it took until last year for me to truly feel like it’s my home. I never expected my flat to be my permanent residence when I first moved here so I put off making it my own, even though I bought it from my landlord three months after moving in. My plans to stay in it for a year came and went, as did my plan to leave it when I moved jobs (to an office which is a convenient 20 minute walk away) and now I’m settled at work, I’ve come to accept that this is my home for now. In particular in the last 12 months, I feel like I’ve built up a strong network around me from both the blogger scene and work friends which has made me feel like there’s so much more for me here than simply work. I’m fortunate to have moved to a city where I knew barely anyone to now be in a position where I feel like there’s a community here that I’m part of.

So they’re the places I’ve called home – what about you? Let me know in the comments.

SHARE:

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Lost and Found - Leeds Club

The Lost and Found - Leeds Club
Lost and Found Leeds Club


A new bar in Leeds you say? One which ticks all my boxes? That would be a yes to both. The Lost and Found recently opened its doors having taken over the space where The Leeds Club used to be (next to Bills, if you’re familiar with Leeds) with a fully refurbished restaurant and bar and I was lucky enough to be a plus one to my gal Laura for their press launch.

The space itself is stunning. Think high ceilings and a whole load of luxury - the styling is almost like a gentleman’s study. Each of the Lost and Found’s bars has a persona which is centred around and The Leeds Club is the epitome of Professor Benedict Pike – a chemist who creates strange and wonderful concoctions. This vibe is channelled through everything, from the decor to the drinks to the menu, as though a scientist has designed a bar that is an extension of their personal space – especially in the secret bar which is opened up for events.

When it comes to the food, it’s high quality at mid-range restaurant prices – given the setting, I would have expected it to be at a slightly higher price-point. The drinks menu is extensive with a whole mix of new flavours, and even a guide based on strength and taste in the menu. We indulged in a few cocktails between us and were impressed across the board by all of the drinks. It’s the type of place which has something to suit every palate with cocktails based around many different spirits, though my favourite was a gin cocktail called the Highland Bloom.



Lost and Found Leeds Club


Lost and Found Leeds Club

The main menu has a lot of Italian goodness on there as there is a pizza oven at the restaurant, but there’s also a fantastic grill option with steaks and burgers too. We started with some sharing warm breads and anti-pasti meats which we could have eaten all night long as both boards were full of fresh, flavoursome bits to nibble on. I mean, who doesn’t love fresh bread and oil to dip?





Lost and Found Leeds Club

For mains, I went for a burger with fries, Laura opted for a steak and Kellie chose the risotto – and there were no complaints here. I always end up going for a burger when I go out but I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Kellie’s risotto was the dream (I had to try a bit) and Laura’s steak was cooked perfectly – she’s a well done girl (sigh) and normally she finds that when she orders steak it never comes cooked enough for her but at The Lost and Found it was absolutely perfect, so she was very happy.



Lost and Found Leeds Club


Lost and Found Leeds Club

Of course we had dessert (as, duh) so I went for the sticky toffee pudding which was beautifully light and fluffy, whereas the girls both went for the millionaire’s shortbread dessert. I only managed to eat half of mine before I was defeated because I was already so full and it was satisfyingly sweet. The girls were defeated too – needless to say, there were some serious food babies going on.



Lost and Found Leeds Club


Overall, we were so impressed by the Lost and Found that I’m now planning to go back there for my birthday in April – I think it will really impress my mum and sister. Oh and I’m definitely heading back for bottomless brunch in the near future too as who doesn’t love prosecco before lunchtime?

Will you be heading to the Lost and Found? Let me know in the comments!

SHARE:
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
© Glasses Girl. All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Designed by pipdig