They weren't lying when they said third year was hard. They being anyone whose ever made it through Uni that is. If you've been following my blog or twitter for a while you might know that third year has been a bit tough for me, being diagnosed with Anxiety and trying to cope with that while also trying to make it through final year has definitely been a struggle, but Im getting there, it does however mean blogging is taking a bit of a back seat. Im less active on social media and sometimes Im just unmotivated and I don't want to blog.
I do still love blogging, I love writing posts and discovering blogs, I love the community and I am so thankful for the amazing friends I've made through blogging, a few of who will feature in this post, a catch up post letting you know what I've been up to lately. Other than eating too much, spending too much money and procrastinating on work I've also done some pretty awesome things that I'm going to tell you all about.
You'll probably already know that I recently turned 22 as I reviewed the restaurant I went to for a birthday meal where I had a delicious Indian meal, you'll also know I spent my actual birthday chilling out with my boyfriend which you can read about here. It was so nice to have a relaxed birthday and I was a very lucky girl and received this gorgeous Pandora ring from Josh, it's actually one I'd mentioned before so I think he must have stalked my blog a bit!
The Escape Room
The day after my birthday I headed into Manchester to meet Sophie & Laura for a very exciting event we had been invited to. Our evening at Escape Rooms was probably one of the best I've had in a long time! When we arrived we were treated with champagne and cupcakes so I was immediately sold, none of us had any idea what we were going to be doing though, although I was imaging something along the lines of Crystal Maze!
The idea behind Escape Room is that you and a few friends are locked into one of the 5 different rooms and you have to escape within an hour. Sounds easy, but I can assure you it's not! The rooms are all rated and deciding to 'go hard or go home' we went for the hardest room of them all, Room 13. Based loosely on The Shining we we're locked into a hotel corridor where we had to try and solve clues to open padlocks and find keys. I don't want to give too much away because it's definitely better being totally surprised, but I will say we definitely struggled and had a lot of help from the owner Chris who is featured in the photo above. Although we had help we still solved a lot of the clues even with lots of laughter, some dancing and some screams when things got a bit scary!
Eventually we managed to escape with 5 seconds to spare and we were jumping up and down hugging each other! We were very lucky and a little bit cheeky and we managed to get to experience another room which was called Prison Break and started with us all being handcuffed together! Chris also gave us a tour of the space, obviously not showing us any rooms, and he also spoke to us a bit about the business which originated in Malaysia, you could tell all the staff including Chris were really passionate and loved their job. They wanted everyone to have a good time, hence the hints when we were really struggling!
I would recommend The Escape Room to everyone, I'm even hoping to go again with my housemates, its so much fun even if you end up doing the room with strangers you'll be sure to be friends afterwards, as we did with Laura and her friend. Also make sure to follow Chris on twitter, he's a great guy for giving us such a great evening!
As I'd had such a chilled birthday I wanted to celebrate with some of my girls from Uni, we wanted cocktails, catch ups and 90s tunes. We started our evening at Turtle Bay where we definitely took advantage of their Happy Hour(s), the food is also amazing there, if you've never been I definitely recommend it! 3 hours later when Turtle Bay closed we made our way to a club offering 90p drinks and 90s music. Perfect. I haven't been out much this year and it's definitely not my scene so much any more but I still had a lovely night.
Stratford Upon Avon
I have blogging friends. Wonderful, hilarious, kind and amazing friends who I feel very lucky to have found. After talking to these girls every day for what feels like forever, and having met some of them at the #nyLDNmeet in January we decided to organise a little meet up and randomly decided on Stratford Upon Avon. It's a beautiful little town where we visited a butterfly farm, spent 2 hours in a cafe eating sandwiches and scones that fell apart as soon as you touched them (see above!), and wandered around the streets giggling and taking so many selfies.
Stratford is a fair distance from Preston so when Sophie offered me a lift I said yes please and prepared myself for a road trip that consisted of my amazing DJ skills, reminiscing on Jonas Brothers days and lots of laughter. We also picked Laura up on the way and met Kayleigh and Mara in Stratford. It was a lovely day even if half of it was spent in the car! I'd love to go back to Stratford it's such a gorgeous town, I love all the buildings and houses.
I don't know how it happened but I won two giveaways recently! Both within a few days of each other and both featuring some amazing things! The Soap & Glory set from Katie's giveaway is amazing and I'm hooked, and the Sleek palette from Abi's giveaway is so beautiful it's relegated my Naked 2 palette while I have a little play! I'm feeling very grateful having won so many lovely things. Make sure to keep your eye peeled for a little Writing Essays With Wine giveaway in the next few weeks though!
I'd love to say I'll be blogging more regualrly soon but I don't think that's going to happen, I'm getting busier every week, but don't worry I'll still be posting a couple of times a week! Have you been up to anything exciting recently?