Day in the life of Becky: April

10am Gummy bears for breakfast! (Actually, not for breakfast. We had some cereal first!)

11am Chilling with Rex in the sunlight.

12pm Snacking on Crunchie Rocks. Wow, we were healthy!

1pm Filming videos on the sofa.
 2pm Gettin' dippy wit it in Nando's. Na na na na na na! 
 3pm Fancy egg in the coffee shop. 
 4pm Time to get needles rammed in our heads!
 5pm Walking along The Barbican. Look how pretty! 
 6pm Settling down on the train for my long journey ahead.
 7pm Passing shipwrecks (well, yachtwrecks) at Exmouth. 
 8pm Gooey muffiny goodness!
 9pm Making a nest on the second leg of my journey. Yep, feet on the seats. Arrest me. 
 10pm Finally home! Yay!
Afterwards, I had a bath and snuggled down nice and cosy in bed. And so ended my crazy week of travelling! 

15th April 2014

Dress: Black Milk
Skirt: Topshop

This is what I wore when I travelled down to Plymouth to see Leona. I love this dress, although it's very short and tight, so I feel much more comfortable wearing it under a skirt. It does have a tendency to wiggle down, so I need to be very careful to hoist it up every now and then, but I really do love it! 

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Louise made this gingham dress herself. Super talented! 
Speaking of talent, Georgina's also sewing pretty dresses.
Ella's daughter Layla is a fashion blogger in the making! 
Kaylah's photos from an abandoned school are amazing! It's a real shame it's been so vandalised but there's some great stuff left behind! 
This mid-century home is owned by a 96 year old woman who completely renovated her home in 1965 and hasn't changed it since. It's stunning! 

Weekly wishlist

My wardrobe is calling out for the Black Milk Marauders' Map skater dress.I wish this gorgeous pastel polkadot swimsuit would fit me! 
This rabbit light has been on my wishlist for a long time. 
This neoprene skater skirt is so pretty! 
I love narwhals and this teeny tiny teddy narwhal is the cutest! 

Other favourites
Creative folks should read this article on how to build the perfect Instagram portfolio

How many musicals have you seen? I thought I was a musical fan but I've only seen 26 of these 150. New list of films to watch, I think!

Discover your hipster hobby. Mine is documenting recycled birdcage wall decals on Instagram #nofilter

Yep, these reasons why growing up in England was amazing are pretty spot on. 

Leona has got me obsessed with QuizUp. If you haven't downloaded it yet, do it now! My username is (unsurprisingly) Becky Bedbug, if you want to challenge me! 

Every former emo kid now in their mid-20s needs to read this article on seeing Taking Back Sunday aged 26. It's emotional, nostalgic and beautiful. It's also very true: Marie and I commented on the fact that every gig-goer seeing Taking Back Sunday at the Koko in February was our age. The fan base has grown up with the band. 

Book review: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly- Sun-Mi Hwang
I saw this in Waterstone's as a featured book, and it looked like my sort of thing. A cute story about a little personified animal facing adversity? Yes, that sounds up my street thanks! 

Turns out, it was just as lovely as I thought it would be. It tells the story of Sprout, a little hen stuck in a coop, who looks out to an acacia tree and wishes she could roam free. Eventually, her chance comes and she flees the coop, desperate to realise her dream of hatching her own chick. As she becomes a mother, Sprout reveals herself as a fiercely loyal little hen, who will sacrifice everything for her baby.
Sprout was an absolutely adorable character. She named herself since nobody else was going to do so, and chose her name on the basis of the connotations of growth and new life. Her tenacity and determination to succeed reminded me very much of Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. She was such an endearing character.

Although The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a short book, it packs a lot into it. There is not a dull moment and absolutely no filler. Every event is relevant and crucial to the plot. I really appreciate this concise style. 
The end result is almost that of a fable or a modern-day fairytale. First written in 2000 and released in South Korea, it has become a classic over there with a film adaptation, musical and comic. I'm surprised it took so long to be translated into English but I'm very glad it has been. It's a perfect little book!

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Plymouth with Leona

Warning: This post contains images of blood. If you're not a blood fan, it's probably best to be careful when reading! 

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I spent the last couple of days in Plymouth with Leona. For those of you who are new to this 'ere blog, I met Leona on Twitter 2 years ago as a result of our blogs and now she's my BFF. We're even going to be bridesmaids at each other's weddings. God bless the internet!

I was absolutely terrified about meeting Rex but I had nothing to worry about. He was a lovely, crazy little dude. Look at that little face! 

Doggy kisses! 

Look, Leona has one of Kaelah's wood signs! Isn't it cute? After filming a couple of videos, Leona and I headed to the city centre. We were both getting piercings so we needed to fill up our tummies. 

Where else would we go but Nando's? Yummy yummy chicken! 

Many Leonas!

We wanted to get another photobooth photo like the one we had taken in Bristol last year, but neither of us had change so we popped into Leona's place of work. She introduced me to her colleagues (hi Jase!) and off we went! 

Like a total idiot, I left my sunglasses at her flat, so we went into Primark and tried on every. Single. Pair. 

Shall I buy these for my hen do? (Hint: The answer is no!)

We popped into Blue Banana and were served by a very lovely guy who is also a teacher. We had a 20 minute wait so we popped into a nearby coffee shop. 

I'll be posting a proper post about it next month, so I can talk about a healing process but, needless to say, it bled a lot! It wasn't as painful as it looks, thankfully! 

We headed back to the flat to pick up Rex. The plan was to go for a walk along The Hoe but, unfortunately, we ran out of time and had to head back to the station. Oh well- I guess I'll just have to go back another time!

Look how pretty Plymouth is from up here! 
I can't get over how beautiful this train route is. How could anyone get bored of this journey?
Exmouth at sunset is just beautiful!

Thank you Leona (and Rex!) for a lovely visit! I had such a fun time and I miss you guys already!

Mini Lush haul

When I went to the Vogue festival last month, I popped into Lush Waterloo and had a wonderful chat with the staff there about My Little Pony and Polly Pocket. It's the smallest Lush store in the UK but it's definitely the friendliest!

Green Bubbleroon

After loving the Rose Bubbleroon so much, I figured I should try the other two varieties. This green one is the ultimate spring bubble bar: It really does smell like cut grass! There's also a citrus note in there so it's a little more zingy and less like you're rolling around in grass cuttings. One half produces an amazing amount of bubbles too. 

Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon

I was recommended this one on the basis of the chocolate orange scent, so I was really excited about trying it. Unfortunately, although the scent is lovely, it's only noticeable at close range. I mean really close range- I ended up with bubbles up my nose! Although each half produces a decent amount of bubbles, I wish the fragrance was stronger. 

Sex Bomb bath ballistic

This bath ballistic is so pretty with its pastel pink and lavender colour, and a little pink rose bud on top. In the bath, it fizzes away to a glorious bright pink shade and the rose petals turn into gooey globules which I found fun to play with as I'm basically a child. The scent was a lovely strong floral with jasmine, ylang ylang and a heavy musk. 

Floating Island bath melt
When I picked this up in the shop, it had a lovely warming cocoa and almond scent. However, once it had dissolved in the bath, the scent was barely noticeable. I was also disappointed by the moisturising element. The bath melts I've used before have left my skin feeling really soft and smooth, but this one had no obvious effect. A real shame! 

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Restaurant review: Bill's, Lewes

Today I'm going to attempt something I haven't done before: A restaurant review. When I was in Lewes, we visited Bill's (which, I have on good authority, is the place to eat lunch in Lewes), and it just seemed to deserve a whole post of its own. So here goes!

Bill's has a really relaxed vibe about it: It's hipster without being too cool. Let me put it this way: I felt like I could Instagram my food without being judged! The decor has a really great, rustic European grocers thing going on, with rows of jars and bottles of French produce. In fact, you can buy these groceries whilst there, so it's a great place to go to pick up some quirky bits and pieces. It's not just food you can buy either- Bill's is well-stocked in raffia, twine and crockery. Although it's a chain with many, many branches across the south of England, it has a real independent feel about it. This may be because Lewes is the original branch, or it could just be the whole French larder theme. 

There was a great ambience to the restaurant- It was informal and relaxed, with easy listening music in the background, such as Andy Williams. The customer chatter resulted in a quiet buzz, which was at just the perfect level for a natter over lunch.

The staff are friendly and welcoming, although it's a little difficult to tell who works there as they're not all in uniform. There were plenty of staff on the floor, but it was difficult catching their attention at times and there was some lack of initiative (after clearing our dessert plates and asking if we wanted anything else, the waitress walked off, resulting in us trying to catch her eye for 10 minutes in order to get the bill). 

The menu is well stocked with the sort of meals you'd find in a gastropub, but there were also some more unusual additions such as fishfinger sandwiches. The prices were pretty reasonable too, varying around £6 for a starter, £9 for a main and £7 for a dessert.

For my starter, I ordered the crispy lemon squid, which came with garlic mayonnaise (£5.95). It was the best squid I have ever eaten in my life! The batter was perfectly crunchy without any trace of grease, and the squid was the perfect chewy texture. As for the mayonnaise, the sweet citrus complemented the garlic perfectly. 
I know it's unoriginal, but I always feel comfortable with a cheeseburger. You can't go wrong with a burger! The burger I plumped for was the Bill's hamburger with monterey jack cheese and skinny fries (£9.95). The fries had a lovely crunchy texture with light salted seasoning, but the burger was the star here. It was delicious! Juicy, but not greasy, with a real homemade taste. There seemed to be nothing artificial or processed about it. By the end, I was feeling nicely full but I had none of that bloated feeling that you might feel from eating burgers in chain restaurants. 
Of course I still had time for dessert, and I chose the Eton mess (£5.95). When it arrived, I was honestly a little disappointed. It came in a huge bowl and looked like a tiny portion in the middle. As it turns out, there was almost too much! I found the strawberry sauce a little overwhelming. It was far too sickly for me and the strong flavour overpowered the rest of the dish. However, the strawberries were perfectly ripe and the cream had a wonderful light, airy texture. It was hard to tell whether the meringue was made on site or ready-made, but either way, it was delicious!
My meal was accompanied with a bottle of La Mortuacienne pink lemonade, which arrived in this beautiful bottle. It has a very interesting taste- Quite sharp but with a subtle aftertaste and an incredible fizz. It was very refreshing so I was disappointed that my long journey home meant I couldn't buy one of the large bottles for sale.  
 All in all, my experience at Bill's was fantastic. At £29.55, my meal was on the pricier side of affordable (or the affordable side of pricey, depending on the way you look at it!), but it was worth every penny. A delicious, filling meal in a wonderfully interesting place. I'd definitely visit again!

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