Miss Independent: Ten lessons I have learnt in 10 years since moving out of home

Hey Sweeties,

On this day, 10 years ago it was my first day at dental nurse school at Kings College, London. I was 19 years old and was experiencing living away from home for the first time, having upped sticks and left my family back in Devon.

When I look back, my twenties have been a decade of transition in many areas and in a few months when I celebrate my 30th birthday, I will feel proud for having allowed myself the opportunity, however sad and often lonely it has been, to learn who I really am. I will reflect formally on my twenties on the eve of leaving them behind in a couple of months but until then, my Graduate Experience post (here) will do a good job of covering what I have done/lived/worked etc.

Moving out can be a scary time, particularly if you are moving a fair distance away from your family and friends. For me I have spent much of my life moving around, both with my family and without them so I know exactly how difficult and nerve-wracking it can be. Looking back there are some things I wish I had not experienced, but then again, experiencing them was character building and helped shape future decisions; so I do not live in regret. In this post, I am going to share –

Ten lessons I have learnt in 10 years since moving out of home 

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The Blogosphere Valentine’s Tea Party at the Tropical Library, London

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On Saturday I attended the Blogosphere Valentines Tea Party hosted by Blogosphere magazine. A few weeks ago I randomly caught the tweet announcing the event and I jumped at the opportunity to purchase a ticket (for £15 which I thought was perfectly reasonable), and secure the date in my calendar.

It was also exciting following the #BlogosphereValentines tag on Twitter leading up to the event and connecting with fellow bloggers who were going; a great tip if you’re going to events alone like I do!

The Venue

The Blogosphere Valentine’s Tea Party was held at the Tropical Library in Lumiere London (SE1), a short walk from Southwark underground station. The building looked like any other on the street, but upon entering you walk up two flights of stairs before reaching the second floor where the party was being held.

I was warmly welcomed on arrival and I was glad of a coat rail as that would’ve seriously restricted my being had I had to have my coat and scarf over my arm all afternoon.

Blogosphere Valentines tea party

I was glad I arrived slightly before the 1pm kick off as it enabled me to see the room before it got filled with people, and it was a really pretty and inviting space.

Blogosphere Valentines tea party

Living Room goals!!

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Pretty Lights & Windows – Christmas in London | Blogmas Day 20

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Can you tell me something that is more festive than walking through a city (in this case London), on a crisp winters day looking at Christmas lights and window displays? Of course not! We can’t always do it every year but when we can, my husband and I love to take a day out together during December to take a trip to London to look at the Christmas lights and window displays.

Christmas in London

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Blush + Blow – London’s Newest Blow Dry & Beauty Bar

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Last week I was delighted to be invited to the launch of a new blow dry bar –Blush & Blow– in Fulham, London and I am excited to tell you all about it today.

So last Wednesday after work I made my way across the city to Fulham, specifically Parsons Green to check out the new Blush + Blow beauty bar. Despite the heavy thundery showers London had witnessed a couple of hours before, the sun was back out and a lovely summers evening had settled.

Situated literally five minutes’ walk from the Parsons Green underground station, Blush & Blow is well positioned and very easy to find. Upon arrival I was warmly greeted and welcomed inside where I was handed a glass of (very delicious) champagne and given a quick tour. I generally hate the term ‘goals’ which currently seems to be having a moment, but the interior of Blush & Blow really was #goals. Down the right hand side of the front area is the blow dry bar – big mirrors, comfy seats and a long work station. On the left upon entering is a waiting area; the till/reception and then a manicure station where you can have both a blow dry AND a manicure at the same time for those with less time to spare. The middle part of the complex is dedicated to manicures; a children’s play area which folds away when not in use (more on this in a moment); and then you’re in the back of the bar which has quite honestly, the most gorgeous pedicure set up I have ever seen. There are also basins opposite for hair washing which also make excellent ice buckets for champagne when not in use –see photo!

Blush & Blow London

Blow Dry Bar

Blush & Blow London

Manicure station

Blush & Blow London

Pedicure Station

Blush & Blow London

Blush & Blow London

CHAMPAGNE!!

Blush & Blow London

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The National Wedding Show, Olympia London

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On Saturday (26th September) I went up to London with my best mate (Kate) to The National Wedding show at London Olympia. Following my engagement a month ago, this was one of the first things I booked as I thought it would be a great opportunity to gather some ideas and have a fun girly day out.

A couple of days before, I upgraded our tickets to VIP which would include a glass of champagne in the VIP lounge, a goody bag, reserved seating at the catwalk show and some other perks. I thought we’re only going to be Brides once (God-willing) so why not go all out?!

Here are some of the photos I got of the show and some of the ideas I took away…

The National Wedding Show, Olympia, London

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