19 Dec 2014

My Experience :: Nexplanon

A long long time ago, I wrote this post about the Nexplanon contraceptive implant. At the time, I meant every word in that post. The implant is reliable, very convenient and in the beginning for me didn't take long to settle into my body. Shortly after that post I stopped having periods and enjoyed about 12-14 months of period-free life.

Then this began to change. I want to write about this because choosing contraception is a big decision, and it's important we talk to each other and share our experiences.

9 Dec 2014

2014 In A Nutshell

I'm writing this a little early, but I am already starting to wind down for Christmas anyway!

This year has been a blur. In January, I set my sights on a number of things I wanted to achieve this year - and all boxes have been ticked. I genuinely didn't think that would happen, I have to say I'm quite proud of myself (and also very tired).

It gives me such a great feeling of motivation, I'm definitely going to set myself more goals next year.

Here's a look back at what those goals were and how I achieved them.

23 Nov 2014

Country Stomp :: Chatsworth

Today was a very beautiful, crisp autumn day. I went to Chatsworth with my mum and brother to explore the Christmas markets. I love the hustle and bustle of these things, feeling the sharp bite of the cold air and warming up with a hot tea and scone. A lovely day - it's got me right in the festive spirit too!

I hope you're in the mood for photos, because I got a bit carried away:

13 Nov 2014

Café #9 :: Sheffield

I've found a beautiful little social haven of music, hot chocolate and fuzzy warmth in Sheffield. They don't have a website, and I'll not let on where it is - you'll find it easy enough with a touch of Googling anyway!

It's called Cafe #9 and I want to come here every day.

12 Nov 2014

On The Moor :: Horror Souk

Down in London is a theatre company called Theatre Delicatessen. What they do in a nutshell, is take over abandoned buildings and perform immersive theatre - performances where the audience is just as involved as the actors.

They came up north recently and set up Moor Deli - they're currently in the old Woolworths on Sheffield's Moor. Social Sheffield's Stage Editor, Sarah, is part of the collaboration and last night I finally went down to explore.

Currently, the building has been transformed into a tardis-like maze of haunting immersive theatre - they're calling it the Horror Souk.

5 Nov 2014


I look back a lot and I ask questions a lot. Usually this results in me putting a lot of pressure on myself and feeling extremely stressed, but it also gives me energy to keep going and reminds me to keep doing what I'm doing - especially when self-doubt decides to have a growth spurt.

Just up the hill from Margo's pad. She comes here most mornings for a walk.

24 Oct 2014

Indolanka :: Abbeydale Road

I have decided to eat my way around Abbeydale Road.  It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.  Indolanka was formerly known as East & West.  Last year it got refurbed and relaunched.  The menu is South Indian and Sri Lankan - not something I normally eat.  I ventured their with Cathy who is Social Sheffield's Food Editor (find her on Twitter here).

Cook & Eat :: SYHA Clusters Project

A few months ago I interviewed a member of staff from South Yorkshire Housing Association.  It was when they were running their Open Cinema projects, and I was quite taken with their high regard for creating safe & social environments where people could interact, learn something & enjoy a positive experience just for the sake of it.

The same woman a few weeks later asked me directly if I'd be interested in attending future projects in order to document the day and do a write up for them afterwards.  Of course, I jumped at the chance.  It's journalism, but more than that it's a privilege to be in some way supporting such worthy causes.

12 Oct 2014

At The Bach :: Sheffield Cathedral

Last night we (Social Sheffield) were invited to watch a recital from Sheffield Bach Choir.  It's a long-established mixed choir, and was set to perform in the Cathedral for the first time since its renovations.  There's something wonderfully haunting about this kind of music - it's much better if you listen with your eyes closed.

3 Oct 2014

Street Art :: The Studio

I recently had the absolute pleasure to nosy round the studio of a street artist from Doncaster.  I'm not going to reveal anything about them, all I'll say is the more people I meet in Doncaster the prouder I am to be from it.

I love love love this poster!  It's iconic!

2 Oct 2014

Leap Of Faith :: Taken!

I'm a doer.  A mover, shaker.  I don't feel silly saying that about myself because it's true.  I believe in making things happen.  I believe in making things better in small, big and medium ways.  Less talk, more do.  Say yes, worry about the rest later.

28 Sep 2014

The Equinox Ball :: With Firefly & Cancer Research

A few months back I was invited to go to the ball.  My aunt & uncle were going, it was to raise money for charity and they wanted me to blog about - of course I said yes.

The Equinox Ball was launched by Sarah & Paul Mullen from Doncaster, after they lost close relatives to cancer.  It raised money in support of Firefly and Cancer Research UK.  Two amazing cancer charities.

15 Sep 2014

Photography Workshop :: #ToastOfTheTown

Another day, another awesome and educational experience as a direct result of my blog.  Well done blog, love you!

I was invited by Joe Blogs, a blogger network connecting us with relevant brands and campaigns.  They're putting on some really creative events just like the ladies at Search Labs, it's great and very exciting to see!

It was held at the Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield, where we were treated to an in-depth photography crash course courtesy of Going Digital Yorkshire.  I learned so much!  And after arriving home took the below shot - it's not perfect and not very exciting, but I like it!

14 Sep 2014

In Love With A City :: London

I am very lucky for two reasons: my brother lives in London, and I do not live far from Doncaster, which has great rail links to London.  I absolutely adore our capital city so I love the fact I have a sibling there who I can visit.  It's full of life, creativity, energy, expression and more.  I think it is literally impossible to be bored when in the big smoke.

11 Sep 2014

How To Be Social :: Making Friends

This one is 'next level'.  This is the really scary area.  You can't even see your comfort zone from here it's that far away.
With networking, at least there's a point to it. You hand someone a business card, and it's clear you do this a lot and there's a reason for doing so etc.

You meet a stranger and ask if they want to grab a coffee on Saturday... that's uncomfortable to a much higher degree.

9 Sep 2014

How To Be Social :: Networking

I've noticed a few things since getting back to the UK.

1.  I am quite good at networking.
2.  I really enjoy networking.
3.  A lot of people generally seem to be terrified of networking.
4.  Networking does not come naturally to everybody.

When you read 'How To Be Social', you might think that I'm suggesting you're anti-social - I'm not.  I've learned that networking is all about being social, approachable, smiley, chatty - but with people that you don't know.  Hence, terrified.

8 Sep 2014

Crisp :: Zakynthos Pt 5

FIVE blog posts.  Crikey.  I wasn't even out there for five days.  On Thursday morning we were real troopers and got up in time for sunrise.  We arrived at the harbour, the thick quiet air silenced us and we sat still watching.

7 Sep 2014

At Table :: Zakynthos Pt 4

So I know this was supposed to be a sunrise photo essay, but I forgot about the marvellous meal we had the night before.

Food.  It's all about food.  If I want anything close to an authentic experience of a place, I know the best thing I can do to get that is eat like a local.  Culture, norms, even climate and environment are all represented in food.  Greek food, along with other European cuisines like Spanish and Italian, is pretty high up on my (massive) list of top dishes.

I love food as a shared spectacle, grazing food.  It's not just European food that complements this though - Ethiopean, Korean and others are also perfect for experiencing food rather than just eating it.

Anyway!  We found a great restaurant on the beach called Harbour House, and we FEASTED.

6 Sep 2014

Somewhere In Sheffield :: Audacious Art Experiment

I recently had the absolute pleasure of experiencing the Audacious Art Experiment.  A small & relaxed space in Sheffield for artists and musicians to perform.  Great music, amazingly friendly vibe and BYOB.  I loved it.

5 Sep 2014

In Colour :: Zakynthos Pt 3

I will never ever tire of a gorgeous sunset by the ocean.  Sorry to get all 'deep', but I find it a very calming and humbling experience, and savour it whenever I get the chance.

4 Sep 2014

To Town :: Zakynthos Pt 2

After a fair few glasses of rosé (which by the way is highly drinkable in this part of the world, tastes like ribena!), we rolled up to our rooms and had a pretty hefty lie in the next morning.  Lie ins no longer make me feel guilty, because I hardly ever get to have them these days.  So I embraced the opportunity and was the last one up.

We eventually headed out and took a local bus to Zakynthos town.  I loved it, the architecture was so Greek!  It was pretty empty when we arrived but that gave me a golden photo opportunity to capture the town with few other tourists in shot!

This image of an elderly gent sitting sums up why I love travel.  Seeing locals just doing what they do every day.

1 Sep 2014

Olive Skinned :: Zakynthos Pt 1

Okay so first things first, the plane flew past a thunder and lightening storm on the way there.  It was the most incredible thing I've ever seen.  Phew, glad I got that out.  If you head to my Instagram profile there's a short video of the amazing occurrence on there.

I came to Zakynthos to catch up with Flick, who I worked with for about 5 months in Australia.  She and her fiancé were touring Europe so I grabbed the chance to go somewhere new and also see them again.

26 Aug 2014

Digital Conversation :: My Cousin Ant

You might remember my interview with Kizzy Neat earlier this year.  At some point in January, I decided to start meeting, talking to and generally making contact with people who inspire me.  My second cousin Ant is one such person, and he's my second interviewee.

I've never actually met Ant, but my family is big and bright enough for me to have heard many a dazzling tale about him.  He fought in the Falklands, he's married to a modelling agency owner and as a child he once slept on two dining chairs pushed together on the landing (my mum and her siblings were visiting, there were no free beds left).

Even though the connection is usually via Facebook, other family members and the ever distant promise of a big family meet up, I'm very glad I have his influence in my life.  Influences like his remind me that we're all human and that it's important to enjoy life regardless of whether it's what you expected or not.

24 Aug 2014

Weekend Bits #3

I've moved out to a new pad in Sheffield with an old friend from University.  It's only been about a week but I'm loving being able to walk to work, get involved properly with Social Sheffield and explore parts of the city I've never really experienced much before.  City life is back on the cards, only this time it's in the UK's biggest village!

Homewares in the new pad

21 Aug 2014

20 Aug 2014

Skye High :: #VisitScotland Pt 4

There was one particular reason Visit Scotland wanted me to go to Skye.  It was to experience the Tattie Bogal Scarecrow Festival.  I don't know if I arrived too late, if they'd been moved because of the bad weather (doubt it, people on Skye laugh in the face of bad weather - I assume), but there were no tattie bogals in sight.  I was genuinely disappointed!  But never mind.

After a good search post-distillery I accepted that it wasn't going to happen and decided to explore the island some more instead.  I drove toward Portree via Sligachan, struggling to see the scenery around as real rather than a painting or film set the whole way.

Suffice to say that the Isle of Skye is absolutely bloody ruddy crikey blimey o'reilly stunning!

19 Aug 2014

What Lottie Loves :: My Media Kit

A short post today simply to announce that I now have a media kit!  This is something I have been meaning to get for almost a year.  Seriously.  I eventually decided the best way to actually get it done would be to just pay someone to make one for me!

I put out a tweet and then entered Charlotte of What Lottie Loves, who creates media kits for a small fee.  I'm really happy with the end results, it's simple, concise and looks good - just what I wanted.

She's even agreed to give a discount to any of my readers wanting their own media kit created!

18 Aug 2014

Tattie Bye :: #VisitScotland Pt 3

After a very deep sleep it was time to try again for Inverness.  The trains were still cancelled from Perth, so it would be a short train journey followed by a coach... and then a three hour drive to Skye in a hire car.  Fazed?  Pah!  I think not!

16 Aug 2014

On The Fringe :: #VisitScotland Pt 2

Aside from it being an extremely beautiful city, there was another reason I was pretty stoked to be stranded in Edinburgh for the night: The Fringe.

Possibly one of the biggest cultural events in the world, it's something I've always wanted to experience.  Sadly, I wasn't going to be able to pack a lot in to one night, something like this requires a planning.  I would have loved to see Aussie Sam Simmons, Youtuber Miranda Sings or bloody hilarious Paul Foot, but alas it was not meant to be.

I did get something out of it though, many a laugh was had.

15 Aug 2014

Journey :: #VisitScotland Pt 1

Oh HI!  Hello.  Good day to you.  The past few days, weeks (months?  I'm losing track) have been a blur.  I'm working for Social Sheffield in my spare time again and a lot of other opportunities have started to make their way to me as well.  Naturally I keep trying to say yes to all of them, so I end up with no time and a messy brain.  I even had to buy a filofax last week in an attempt to keep tabs on everything!  Tis a challenge but I'm enjoying it.

Today's blog post is the first of four about Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye in Scotland.  A few weeks back I discovered an email from Visit Scotland in my inbox.  The tourism bigwigs for Scotland.  GUYS!!!  They invited me to go on a short press trip to Skye as part of their #HomeComing2014 campaign.  They organised my travel and accommodation and gave me plenty of suggestions for stuff to see and do whilst up there - in return I had the utterly pain staking task of going on a short holiday in Skye.

As is always the way with travel however, there were a few mishaps on the journey up there meaning my first night was spent in the grand city of Edinburgh.

Not complaining!

14 Aug 2014

#MySwissKit Giveaway!

*The giveaway has now ended*

FREE STUFF!  This is the first ever giveaway I've done, how exciting!  If you like walking, freebies, gadgets, chocolate or all of the above then you should probably (definitely) enter.

Inntravel and Zeal Media kindly sent me the following pack which is called a #MySwissKit.  Inntravel specialise in 'slow' holidays.  Walking, cycling, taking it all in.  They offer packages throughout Europe (including Switzerland, hence the #MySwissKit!).  They also decided to set aside a second #MySwissKit - for me to giveaway to one of my readers.

6 Aug 2014

Big Blog Exchange 2014

Last week mum and I were sat in the garden talking about blogs, social media and other such online stuff (needless to say I was doing most of the rambling, whilst bearing a wide-eyed grin).  We harked back to when I first started my blog.  Back in those days I didn't use Twitter or any other social media networks, I got around 10 page views a week (which I thought was good!) and I mainly saw blogging as nothing more than another way to practice my writing. 

When I first learned what Travel Blogging was I swooned over it in the kind of way you might swoon over a visit to the moon - amazing, but will never happen for me.

28 Jul 2014

Pass The Buck (Blog) :: Tagged By Anna

It's been ages, in fact years, since I did a 'tag' blog post.  Every now and again a good one comes along and this time I've been lucky enough to be included by Anna Roberts at Blogged By Anna.  She's nominated me for two, the Blog Your Heart Out tag and the Writing Process Blog Tour tag.  Basically, in a 'tag' there are set questions, and each new nominee writes up their answers and nominates more bloggers.

The tag passes around the blogosphere like a viral video!  They're a great way to interact with current readers and also find new ones.  Plus they're fun to write!

27 Jul 2014

Walk The Line :: Tramlines Festival 2014

Tramlines Festival is a relatively young event held in Sheffield every year (although this is year number six, crikey!), it started off very small and in just a few years has grown and grown and grown.  It features local and non-local artists alike, and is overall a really great way to spend a summery weekend.

21 Jul 2014

Fate Favours The Fearless

I recently had a realisation, and sent out this tweet shortly after:

19 Jul 2014

Frosty Flurt :: Froyo Pop Up Sheffield

I first tried frozen yoghurt in Melbourne.  Fat free and delicious, WIN!  This new pop up is called Flurt and is located on Ecclesall Road near the Hunters Bar roundabout.  Myself and some other bloggers were invited by Kim at Kim's Beauty Draw, so I went down to add more bloggers to my network and eat some frozen yoghurt.

13 Jul 2014

Caffeine & Conversation With Kizzy :: Mrs Atha's Leeds

I'm intrigued by passionate people.  People who've taken risks and gone after what they want.  I'm making it my goal to speak directly with as many of them as possible.  It's good for me I reckon.  When I went to House Of Fashion earlier this year, I noticed that the presenter of the show was, well, passionate!  She clearly loved fashion & events.  After I wrote the blog post she saw it on Twitter, gave me a retweet, we followed each other, job done.

Then a few weeks later I thought y'know what?  I wanna know a bit more about this lady who goes by the name of Kizzy Neat, she's clearly a go getter.  Thus we met on Saturday morning for some caffeine and a conversation.  Kizzy suggested Mrs Atha's, a very sweet little cafe not far from the train station.

12 Jul 2014

Blog Yorkshire Meet :: The Goodie Bags

These were some damn fine goodie bags.  I'm extremely impressed and still trying to figure out where I'm going to keep all this new stuff.  I'll start by showing you what was in the general Blog Yorkshire goodie bags we were given at the end:

So.  Much.  Stuff.

Blog Yorkshire Meet :: Revolutions Leeds

Where to begin?  This meet up was bloody brilliant!  They're getting better and better!  First of all, follow this link to view the new Blog Yorkshire site.  Secondly, a huge thank you to Beauties Unlocked and Music And Eyeliner for organising the event, they did an absolutely fantastic job.  Thirdly, another thank you to the amazing girls at Search Laboratory for their top work as well.  Fourth and lastly, thanks to the brands who came, gave us goodie bags and answered all our beauty related questions.  The whole thing was orchestrated brilliantly and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.


Bursting Bubbles :: Caffé Leopold Sheffield

As any one of my friends will tell you, I am a big fan of prosecco.  I love it.  It's delicious, bubbly, not too sweet, not too dry and just brill.  So when Leanne told me a new prosecco lounge had opened in Sheffield my eyes widened with the eagerness of a cat about to try and catch a snowflake.

Caffé Leopold is located on Leopold Street, has a tapas & mediterranean inspired menu and also serves a selection of about 13 different types of prosecco - with more to come soon.  You've got the wide-eyed-snowflake-pouncing cat look now too haven't you?

6 Jul 2014

Weekend Bits #2

The weather made me VERY happy this weekend.  Two close friends came up to visit and we went to a family barbecue as my great aunt was visiting from New Zealand.  Laughter, food, sun and family - what more could you want!

2 Jul 2014

Some Things I Have Learned Recently Pt 2

My first 'some things I have learned recently' post can be read by following this link.  When I wrote it I can remember feeling refreshed, cleansed almost, because I really felt I'd learned those things first hand.  In the months that followed I had what can only be described as one the best times of my life.  Living in Melbourne, I built up a pretty rad life for myself from literally nothing.  Far from perfect of course, but for the first time in my life I think I really mastered 'living in the moment', and not worrying about things that I can't control.

My past few months back in the UK have also taught me a thing or two, and here they are.

29 Jun 2014

Contiki Storyteller Challenge: Good Deed Of The Day

I love it when I find out bloggers that I follow and read regularly are reading my blog too.  Recently I was tweeted by Taylor Hearts Travel to help raise awareness about the Contiki Storyteller Challenge.  I really like Contiki and the way they market themselves.  On their website are tag lines such as 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do' and their favourite hashtag is #noregrets.  They're aimed at 18-35 year olds and as well as encouraging young people travel, they also want us to do it responsibly.  Looking after the world isn't someone else's job, it's our job.  I agree that you can't do everything - but you can do something.  

28 Jun 2014

The Brutal And Beautiful

Today myself, Rachel and Dr Muttley headed to Sheffield for an exhibition by English Heritage called The Brutal And Beautiful.  It's in the perfect location of Park Hill, those old flats (which you can see perfectly in this blog post) that often cause a juxtaposition of opinions.  I sometimes think they look so bleak and old, but if I hear anyone who isn't from round these parts insulting them, I suddenly defend them with the ferocity of a parent protecting its child from a predator.  I love them kind of in the same way I still love my battered old teddy bear from my childhood.  There's nothing cute or cuddly about said teddy bear anymore, but it's mine, it's always been there and it holds memories and encompasses a part of my 'sense of home'.  Same goes for Park Hill!

26 Jun 2014

The New Fringe At Church View, Doncaster

It's very easy to disregard social media and say 'What's the point?  What good does it do?'.  I'd say it does a world of good, from saving lives during the Japanese tsunami, to making networking much easier in a small town like Doncaster.  If Twitter didn't exist, I would never have made digital contact with Rachel, editor of Doncopolitan, or with 'Dr Muttley', who contributed an article to the first issue.  A few weeks ago, on Twitter, he invited me to have a look at the art on show at Church View, as part of The New Fringe, and I finally got to meet him in person.  Disappointingly enough he isn't a cartoon dog in real life.

So thanks to Twitter, I can now bring you a taste of the amazing work being exhibited here.  It's right next to the Minster, so a very short walk from town and an even shorter one from the station.  Doncaster local or not, come have a look.  Why not?

The exhibition is running until 12 July and is open for public viewing Weds - Sat from 10:30am til 4:00pm.  I get that art isn't for everyone, but it's always worth keeping an open mind.  Especially when, like at this exhibition, the art on show is really varied and interesting.

With the sun out I couldn't resist a few snaps of the Minster itself

25 Jun 2014

Overseas Dreaming

I recently caught up with my friends Leanne and Rachel.  Me and these two marvellous young women have done our fair share of globetrotting over the past few years and on such a beautiful day in Sheffield we decided to pretend we were having dinner overseas somewhere warm.  Whenever I'm overseas I find it so easy to completely immerse myself in the present moment.  Back in blighty it feels difficult to do that, there's always something else to be thinking or worrying about.  But if I just pretend that I'm overseas then hey presto!  Present moment, me and nothing else!

24 Jun 2014

Weekend Bits

Does anyone else have friends that you can go months without seeing and when you do it's just the same as always?  The sort of friends you can do absolutely anything with, or nothing at all with?  I caught up with one such friend at the weekend in Coventry.

This is my new favourite magazine.  I love the way they approach travel as a lifelong necessity.

22 Jun 2014

Diamond Live Launch - What People Wore

After the second glass of wine last Thursday I suddenly gave birth to a brain child: I should take pictures of what people are wearing!  I got some great shots of the best dressed and even made a couple of new contacts.  Some very bright and beautiful clothing combinations:

Diamond Live Lounge Launch, Doncaster

Last Thursday Rachel, the lovely editor of Doncopolitan magazine, invited me along to the launch of Diamond Live Lounge.  It's Doncaster's newest music venue and promises to be a hub for nightlife and bands in the town.  The location (35-46 Wood Street) and interior make it a perfect venue to host music performances.

18 Jun 2014

House Of Fraser Blogger Meet Up, Leeds

I am not a beauty or style blogger.  I don't wear fake eye lashes, I have never fake tanned and I don't even own hair straighteners.  When I 'pose' I break out in fits of giggles, and my attitude to fashion is more of a 'go with how you feel' one, i.e. sometimes I look awesome, sometimes I look very plain, other times I look a bit mad.

When it comes to hair styling my general approach is let it dry and go.  At festivals my approach is a little different, it's usually spray with dry shampoo and go.  Yeah.

Needless to say when I learnt what would be involved at this meet up I thought 'oh that'll be fun!' and then I felt something a bit like dread in the pit of my stomach.  However, I'm not one to waste time on nerves so I said yes and decided I'd just go with an open mind (and a comb).  I wanted to go because the lovely girls at Search Laboratory did such an amazing job when they teamed up with House Of Fraser to host House Of Fashion - which I blogged about here.

It was held at The Pit in Chapel Allerton.  I didn't realise but I've actually been to Chap All before, it's a lovely suburb of Leeds.

Our challenge?  Create a festival hairstyle.  Whilst being photographed and documented.  Oh yeah and the whole thing will be showcased on the House Of Fraser blog.  What better way to gain exposure than by showing your prominent lack of hair styling talent to the online world eh?

The event was much more relaxed than I was expecting - very welcome as networking can sometimes be intimidating.  We chatted over food and drink about all sorts of things, then, sufficiently relaxed by wine, got stuck in to the hair styling.

5 Jun 2014

The Food Tour Continues

What better way to explore a city or town than by eating your way through it.  What?  Just me?  Well, good, more food to make its way to my belly then.  Recently I've been snapping images of the edible joys I've come across in Doncaster.  So far these mouth-watering expeditions have only gone as far as Relish Bar & Grill and Turkuaz - both places that I have already blogged about.  I just figure it makes sense to exhaust these places first then move on to other venues.  And I'm a bit greedy.

Mary's Reckoning

Last week I stumbled across this blog post.  When it comes to Bloody Marys, the garnish can be the most fun part of the drink.  One of the guys I used to work with at Relish Bar & Grill has a lot of creative flair when it comes to good garnishes, so I sent the link his way and jokingly asked if he could come up with something better.

A few comments later, he and Nathen had agreed to create a vegetarian themed and meat themed Bloody Mary.  We arranged a time, and I went in with camera and taste buds at the ready.  They really pulled out all the stops.

4 Jun 2014

Slow Club - Suffering You, Suffering Me

I'm the sort of person that likes to see things happen and be there when they do.  If I see a call out randomly for something interesting and creative on Facebook or something, I'll usually say yes and worry about the details after.

A guy I went to school is now knocking about in a pretty amazing band these days called Slow Club, and a few weeks ago put a call out for extras in their latest music video.  I went along just for the hell of it.

3 Jun 2014

Summer's First Sunday

I've said before that one of the things that I like about Doncaster is the sense of community here.  The group I used to work with at a bar in town got people together in Sprotbrough on Sunday to commemorate their friend Jim Firth with a skate competition and barbecue.  Good company, good weather and good skate combined to make it a lovely afternoon.  

I could sit and watch skateboarding for hours - but then I can sit and watch anything that requires talent and skill for hours.  I don't understand the bad press skateboarding receives, I don't see how it's any different to hobbies such as skydiving, horse riding or even something like art.  If it's a passion and you're good at it, keep doing it.

31 May 2014

House Of Fashion At Baracoa Luxe Bar, Leeds

I was originally invited to this event back in February but was unable to go, so I was delighted to be invited again this month.  House Of Fashion is an runway event hosted by House Of Fraser, in order to raise money for The Global Hypotonia Charity.  I had my first taste of runways back in Melbourne, and drawing on from that experience had been really looking forward to this one.  Personally I just find runways a lot of fun, plus I love clothes.

23 May 2014

Doncaster - Heritage Walk

I owe Doncaster an apology.  Since the age of about eighteen I have pretty much been leaving to see other places, coming back, not liking it and leaving again.  I've literally never thought to actually immerse myself in Doncaster a little more or make an effort to learn anything about it.  I'm sorry Doncaster.

20 May 2014

'Girls Night In' At Laundry, Sheffield

I've said this many a time before, but I'll say it again.  One of my favourite things about being a blogger is getting to meet new people & other bloggers at quirky little events.  Tonight was one such event.  Laundry is a new salon in Sheffield, situated right next to Tamper Coffee on Arundel St.

In order to meet and greet their new client base, and just for a bit of fun, they organised a 'Girls Night In'.  Why not eh?  Free bubbly, some nibbles provided by Sociably Sweet and a chat with Jo Moon, an expert in looking younger naturally, not surgically.

I think fun events like this are a brilliant idea.  You meet like-minded people and always find out about small and interesting businesses that are local to you - I'd never even heard of Sociably Sweet before tonight.  Or Jo Moon for that matter!