Clearing Out The Crap

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I wrote a couple of weeks ago about starting my journey towards minimalism. Over the past couple of months I've been, as the title suggests, clearing out my crap. And wow, I had so much crap lying around in my apartment, and it's been a time consuming task going through all the items and choosing what to keep and what not to keep. 

Some spaces I've returned to again and again, selecting more things to give away each time. It's amazing how when one layer of crap has gone, it's so much easier to see the next layer of crap for what it is, where as before it looked important next to the first layer of crap... if that makes sense.

The picture above was from the second closet clear out I did which happened this week. We've gone from two stuffed wardrobes to one stuffed wardrobe (the second wardrobe is sitting empty right now apart from some towels and bedding). I hope to make it one un-stuffed wardrobe soon but I'm moving at a speed that's comfortable for me. I love listening to motivational podcasts or videos (that don't require watching) while I'm doing my clear outs.

I've still got work to do in order to reach a place I'm happy with, and I think this will be an ongoing journey. But my spaces are clearer, my mind is clearer and as a result I'm feeling really happy and productive. I've still got a few a lot of things to sort through. Things I'm not sure what to do with or where to put, like wall art, personal art supplies and other bits and bobs. There are parts of my apartment that are still quite chaotic, but it's orderly chaos. Kind of.

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RECIPE | Refreshing Earl Grey Chia Seed Drink

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So, I've finally jumped on the chia seed bandwagon. When I read into them and saw how flipping amazing they are for you I went straight to the health food store and bought a bag (or two). Chia is high in fibre, protein and omega-3 and you should definitely be trying to incorporate these little guys into your diet.

It took me a while to find the perfect way to enjoy chia seeds then I finally teamed them with my favourite tea to create a refreshing and delicious chia drink that both Olaith and I love. This is double amazing because earl grey tea is an antioxidant and a natural disinfectant and is great for your digestion and teeth.  So many health benefits in one yummy drink!


Ingredients:
(makes one 300ml glass)

1 earl grey tea bag (or another black tea)
250 ml boiling water
50 ml milk (I use almond)
2 tbsp chia seeds
agave syrup (optional)


Directions:

Prepare your tea by putting the tea bag in 250ml of boiling water and leaving for around 5 to 10 minutes to infuse. Put your milk and tea into a glass or cup (please check it is shatter proof as you are using very hot water), add 2 tbsp of chia seeds and give it a good stir. If you like sweet tea you can add agave syrup until you've reached your desired sweetness. I use between 1 and 2 tsp of agave syrup per glass. Refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight) stirring halfway through. Give it a stir before drinking.

Enjoy x

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Brooklands Spa Day

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A couple of weeks ago my friend and I took a half hour drive out of London to the brand new luxury 4* Brooklands Hotel in Surrey for a well needed spa day.

BSpa is a relaxing hotel spa with all the usual facilities, a fitness room and, my favourite, an outdoor hot tub. We were treated to a Clarins Triactive Facial which was phenomenal. It was 90 minutes long, included a half body massage and was beyond relaxing. It was, by far, the best facial I've ever had. After our facial we hung out in the meditation room which involved snuggling in blankets on water beds trying not to fall asleep before heading outside to watch the sunset while sitting in the cosy hot tub on the terrace.

We reluctantly left the spa at closing time and headed downstairs to Restaurant 1907 for dinner. We had three courses of fantastic food (the apple and almond tartlet is what dreams are made of) before making the short drive back home to London. A spa day like this is the perfect remedy for anyone feeling a bit frazzled (p.s. the food photographed is not from the restaurant menu but from the bar menu which we had before we went up to the spa).

You can find the Brooklands Hotel website HERE.
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bar food
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grilled minute steak sandwich
hot tub
1907 restaurant

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London | Jazz Club Soho

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A couple of Sundays ago I spent an afternoon at the Jazz Club at Pizza Express in Dean Street. The Jazz Club mixes two of my favourite things, live music and pizza! I generally find the food at pizza express a bit hit and miss however on this visit I ordered a pizza called 'pollo forza' and it was really good! The only thing I think they need to work on is their staff who seemed quite unprofessional.

The wonderful entertainment on Sunday started with a gorgeous singer called 'Echo Wants Her Voice Back' followed by a stunning (possibly half-mermaid) singer called 'Calista Kazuko'. Both were amazing and extremely talented. I definitely had hairs standing up on my arms a few times during the afternoon.

The Jazz Club is the perfect place to spend the afternoon with family enjoying live music and eating Italian food. Make sure to book in advance because the place isn't huge and gets booked up. Find out about the upcoming performances on their website HERE.

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Re-Decorating

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Ever since I re-painted my whole apartment about two years ago I've been wishing I had chosen a lighter paint. Back then I was a bit scared of choosing white as I thought it would make the rooms feel a bit cold so I went with magnolia, but as I've honed in on my personal interior style I've been drawn heavily towards white spaces and my desire to live in one has increased.

So here we are again, painting the apartment to create a space better suited to us. The two rooms we've completed so far have been totally transformed. Last time I painted the whole apartment in one go, but this time I'm taking things a bit slower, doing it room by room and taking breaks in between. I'm listening to my body because painting is an utterly exhausting process and really takes it's toll on me.  

I hope to share some of our brighter and de-cluttered spaces with you soon and perhaps try to dig up some pictures to compare it to.  But for now you can see some pictures of a much smaller Orlaith helping me decorate two years ago HERE, HERE and HERE.


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