Too Hot to Handle? Summer Heatwave Edition.

This week has definitely been one for the books. The heatwave we’re currently in is frankly unbearable for the majority of us British people who are used to brisk winds and constant rain. Although it’s welcome for me I forsee lobster season for my skin! Factor 50 come at me!

For those of you who don’t follow my instagram @ohsoviki I started a new job at the beginning of the month. I am absolutely loving the variety of it and it’s definitely playing to my strengths. It’s great to meet new people, especially as I don’t know too many people down south yet, it’s also fun to hear lots of stories from people in my industry and get to learn from them.

This week I was asked to work on a remote broadcast for a some garden equipment promotion and guess what day they picked? Of course, the hottest day of the year! It made us incredibly busy testing out all of the equipment alongside dismantling a studio, but I guess it’s more productive than sitting in said studio watching ancient aliens at 6am which was how we spent the previous day.

It was a sweltering 36 degrees and we had 3 hours of solid shooting (with an hour off for myself personally directing from the gallery which I was so happy for as it’s constantly cool in there). The crew were hiding under umbrellas and we had to set some equipment up next to a fan and if still overheated! Overall it was really fun to work on though and I can’t wait to do more!

My nights are usually spent relaxing now. I’ve been decluttering my flat (it no longer looks like the tip from my first picture on this post! Promise!) and also got back into gaming. I am addicted to The Last of Us! It has been on my shelf for years and I just never got around to it despite how good everyone says it is. It’s not what I expected at all but has not failed to disappoint, and with the second one finally releasing recently I felt like it was time to finally get my ass into gear and play it.

This weekend is my weekend off so today I ventured out to prepare for a bbq I am having. As well as my first time in a shopping centre in months! I weirdly found my favourite purchase in lidl which was this adorable cactus llama. The weekend will be filled with testing out all of my new products that I have received so keep an eye out here for more reviews!

How are you all coping with this heat? Especially during lockdown? Let me know in the comments!

Teas, Tease and Weddings. A weekly catch-up

Well hello, it’s been a while. That’s because my week has been jam-packed with friends, family and celebrations.

I have about 3 posts half-cooking but since i’ve been very busy this week I am going to do a weekly catch-up and then we’ll move onto big projects! I’m super excited to get started!

So settle in, because this one is a long one.

Saturday

Time to set off! It was a miracle that work wasn’t too busy and the other manager came in after her holiday and covered for me so I could leave an hour and a half early because that meant I only hit the road for 4 hours and a short break rather than 6 which was my last journey home! It also meant I got home early enough to spend quality time with my mum, we watched The House because Amy Poehler, yes please!

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Sunday was incredibly busy, I started with a trip to town to buy an outfit for the night, which I unfortunately didn’t get a good photo in. I had such a big haul of goodies including some amazing wet-look leggings, lots of jewellery and makeup.

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I then went for the cutest Afternoon Tea with my mum, I’ve never had Afternoon Tea before but I have to say i’m a big fan!

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It came out on a cute picnic bench and they were all handmade in the adjoining bakery. There was so much we ended up boxing the majority up and taking it home. The Raspberry and White chocolate mousse in biscuit was my favourite, but it was all delicious.

We then walked along the beach and to another place to book Afternoon Tea for Tuesday as we were meeting my mums friend and wanted to do something special.

Sunday night was filled with cocktails and mocktails. I don’t really drink anymore and don’t miss it too much. We basically took up the entire sports bar with 3 tables of 9. It was so good to see everyone before the big day and was a really nice way to start the celebrations. There was also questionable entertainment but everyone left smiling.

I had a berry mocktail that was delicious and then a vegan burger which, again, was a massive portion. Everyone left pretty early to prepare for the big day but it was a great night nonetheless

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The day came quick! And it was absolutely stunning! It was a late wedding so breakfast could be a slow and enjoyable affair with my mum.

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We went back to my favourite coffee shop and I had avocado toast and a smoothie. It had a bit of a kick as it was a boost smoothie named Sunshine – banana, orange, sweet potato, cinnamon, ginger & tumeric.

My smoothie was a bit of a kick for my mum so she opted for a creamy banana and oat smoothie, I much preferred the kick so will definitely be making this at home!

 

TIME FOR THE CELEBRATIONS

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The cake was delicious, it was so creamy and tasted a bit like strawberry and prosecco. I ended up subtly standing next to it and eating more than my fair share (after it was cut of course!)

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Lucy’s mum had made the most delicious shortbread wedding favours!

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Possibly the best wedding decoration was this donut wall! And I have just realised how much this has turned into a sweet indulgence post!

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Check out my instagram @OhSoViki for the sparklers, more sweet treats and the cutest wedding dance ever!

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What a way to round my trip off! Firstly was coffee and breakfast with Mum and Gordon. I had a boost breakfast of wholemeal bread, hummus, avocado, mushroom, poached egg and tomato.

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You can definitely tell the difference between fresh cafe food and chains, this food, although nice was soggy and tasted frozen. I followed this with copious amounts of my favourite tea – Lemon & Ginger.

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We had a quick coffee break and then relaxed at home for a while, I did a few chores for my mum and reluctantly started to pack.

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I cannot believe the amount of food we took home from this! We had 4 boxes full from a 3 person afternoon tea. My absolute favourite was the orange Madeira cake, I also tried macarons for the first time and have to say I have fully bought into the hype!

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I am an Afternoon Tea addict now! This one was very traditional compared to the other days so I’m excited to visit more and see the differences in them. Of course my next stop will be my favourite coffee shop that I have mentioned many times because they do lots of vegan options!

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It was then time to head back South. It was an incredible mini-break and I cannot wait for my friends and family to come visit so I can take them on adventures in my new home.