The Breakfast Edition: Duck and Waffle

A very successful Pinterest browse last week had me stumbling across a brilliant blog post that not only suggested a few cool activities to try out, but also made me really stop for a minute and think about my lifestyle over the past year.

Pete and I bought our first flat in London last September, I’ve had a crazy busy time in my first job as a graduate (particularly in the past few months), and I don’t think we’ve really spent that much time appreciating the incredible city that we now live in. Some weeks we’ll both be in and out and all over the place with work, and other weeks we’re so tired from all the running around that we spend every evening lounging on the sofa with a bag of Milky Bar Buttons (my all-time fave), and wasting precious city-exploring opportunities.

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The End of The Beginning

It’s official, I’ve graduated. I’m now a fully-fledged member of the “grown-up” world. Student life is no more. Look, here’s the proof…


My final months at university were a bit unconventional as I had started back with the company I had completed my placement with part-time as a maternity cover. The whole part-time working girl / part-time dissertation writer, part-time Londoner / part-time Guildfordian, part-time organised commuter / part-time roll-out-of-bed-and-roll-into-lectures lifestyle didn’t really leave much time for thinking about how I would feel once my student life ended.

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Criss Cross Hairstyle

Have you ever had one of them days when you start watching a random Youtube clip and suddenly you look at the clock realising that you’ve just spent 5 hours clicking from link to link to link? I do this all the time. Some may say it’s a bit of a wasted day, however, it sometimes means that you find gems like this!

I have pretty long and pretty thick hair and quite frankly, most mornings I just about manage to run a comb through it before I have to dash out of the door to work. I will never understand how some commuters have time to construct the masterpieces of hair engineering upon their heads before the 8am tube. So it’s safe to say, when it comes to hair I’m definitely a nice and easy kind of girl. Nothing fussy and done in a jiffy.

This is why I LOVE Kayley Melissa’s Youtube channel. My hours of Youtube linking meant that I stumbled across her channel a couple of months back, and I knew I definitely wanted to try a few out.

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Staying Hydrated

I don’t know about you, but I find water SO boring! It tastes of nothing… there’s nothing exciting about it. BUT we need it.

Recently I’ve been trying to really look after my body, and especially my skin. I’ve always been cursed by blemish-prone skin and so I’ve changed my skincare routine, and following a friends advice, have started to drink a heck of a lot more water. Apparently you should drink 2 litres a day. 2 LITRES!!!

It seems a bit silly to say that drinking water was hard, but I actually did find the first week kind of tough. I struggled to gulp down that last half a litre and was absolutely sick of running to the loo every 3 seconds.

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Rachel’s Running to the Beat

I like to do a lot of things. I like to dance. I like to listen to music. I like to sing a long (hopefully in a tuneful way) to said music. I like baking. I like to volunteer for awesome charity. I like to raise money for awesome charities.

I do not like running.

So obviously I signed myself up for a 10K in September.

CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity that encourages self-checking to combat the late detection of breast cancer. Since hearing about the amazingly awesome things that the lovely ladies at Boob HQ get up to, to make sure that you are all checking your twins, in 2012, I have 100% supported this great cause. I was part of the Uni Boob Team at Surrey for 3 years, I’ve been to festivals with them on the Summer Boob Tour, and help out at any and every event that I can.

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My Last Ever… Colours Ball

I’ve had a somewhat mixed relationship with Colours Ball over my time at university. It’s an awards evening for all of the sports teams and is notoriously one of the messiest nights of the year!

In first year I didn’t go, but I ended up getting all of my friends ready and then seeing them off like a mum on prom day.

In second year I went, but I only vaguely remember the evening and quite frankly wish I hadn’t gone for various reasons.

In third year I went with Pete and it was the best night ever! Well… what I can remember of it…

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My Last Ever… Scheduled Ballet Class

As I come to the end of my time as an undergraduate I’m experiencing a lot of last evers.

My last ever scheduled ballet class was a bit of a big one for me. I’ve been going to regular classes since I was 2 years old, and now I will never have a class scheduled into my day again!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop ballet altogether. It’s my favourite hobby for christ’s sakes! But it does mean that if I ever want to do a class again it will be in my own free time and chances are I’ll have to pay for it out of my own pocket. Sad times!

But I’ve enjoyed and appreciated every minute of my classes with Patrick this year, so I’m very thankful to have had him pass on some of his wisdom to me.

Standard changing room selfie!

Ready for my last class!

Hummus Flatbread

I believe Pete and I found the recipe for this on the back of a hummus packet last year, and it has certainly become one of our fave dinners.

If you’re super keen you can make your own hummus like we do, but this recipe can be really quick to whip up if you’re short on time as well.

Serves 1 Rachel + 1 Peter or about 2.5 Rachel’s with a bit of hummus left for lunches the next day!

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Catch Ups

Alas, final year life finally caught up on me! I’ve spent what feels like the past couple of months constantly meaning to reply to people’s messages, and then never actually doing it because I’ve got a million and one things on my to-do list with absolutely zero time to complete it all in!

(P.S apologies for any messages that went unresponded!)

When starting final year everybody was all “just make the most of it” and “enjoy it!” and “think of all the free time you’ll have now you don’t have many lectures”.

What has in fact happened is that I’m busier now that I have been the entire year and all of my lectures have finished… weird.

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