Welcome to 2017…

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Happy New Year! As my first post of 2017, I wanted to share my new year resolutions with you. Not only as a nice blog post to begin the year with, but to physically write them down for myself and sharing them makes me feel a little bit more accountable. It will also  be a chance to review how well I did at the end of the year.

Now, I know there a lot of mixed feelings about new year resolutions. Often with people having the opinion of ‘why should a new year mean change or a fresh start’ and that’s absolutely true but the control freak in me loves an excuse to wipe the slate clean and begin a new habit. I tend have make one resolution for different pillars in my life as well a life habit I want to trying and live by, and here they are…

Life: Beginning with the life habit, I want to try and stop being such a perfectionist in everything I do. Yes, bit of strange one as why wouldn’t you want to do things perfectly? My trouble is however, I tend to be such a perfectionist with certain things that it will sometimes put off start anything new. When really I just need to go in head first and give something a go and remember it’s ok to make some mistakes – no one is ever perfect from the right from start.

Personal: Starting a bullet journal. If you don’t know what a bullet journal is, its a ‘customisable and forgiving organisation system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary, but most likely it will be all of the above’. I brought a Leuchtturm notebook about 4 months ago, but its still currently sat in the wrapper because – guess what – I’ve been too scared of not doing right or making a mistake in my bullet journal that I’ve not started it yet, hence my first resolution! I want to start one as I really like the idea of keeping my thoughts, notes and list all in one place.

Finance: Keep a better eye on my money. I have this resolution every year,  but actually whilst planning a wedding I’ve recently been needing to do this, so I just want to keep it up after the wedding. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Girlboss Radio (check out this amazing podcast here) and Sophia Amoruso preaches about looking after your money and saving when you can, and it really starting to resonate.

Career: Quite simply – work hard! As you may already know I’ve recently just starting a new role in Brighton. Its a brand new role at the agency I work at and there is a lot of opportunity to build something great – and I’m determined to do it!

Blog: Be more sociable. I of course want to make more time to blog this year but I also want to focus at making more time to communicate and meet other with bloggers. I’m still fairly new to Brighton and there is awesome community of bloggers here, so I want to make more time and have more confidence to go along to more meet ups.

Bonus: Learning to cook. Just another extra resolution I want to make this year. I want to lose weight this year and continue my journey with Slimming World, but rather than making the typical resolution on losing weight, I wanted to be able to cook more healthy meals. Hopefully then, the rest will follow.

What are your new year’s resolutions?

Bottomless Brunch at the Villandry, London

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A couple of Sunday’s ago, me and a few girlfriends met up in London for a well overdue catch up and we decided to go for breakfast or lunch. My friend then found out about bottomless brunches – something I’d never heard of before. The idea is, some restaurants or pubs/bars will serve a form of breakfast for a set price (and time) and serve an ultimate alcohol whether it be blood mary’s or prosecco – amazing right?!

My friend made a reservation for 1pm at the Villandry (Great Portland Street) and when we showed up, they showed us to our table and straight away we were offered hot drinks, pastries and if we would like prosecco. After a few minutes, they come back with your chosen pastries and start filling up the flutes of prosecco. They then take your order for your meal, and later offer a form of dessert – all the while topping up glass with bubbles.

The Villandry was really nice and elegant, and once you’re sat at your table you feel like you’re in an episode of Made in Chelsea. The food was amazing too! I went for the Villandry English Breakfast (minus the mushrooms) and it came to the table beautifully presented. It was the nicest full English breakfast I’ve ever had (no greasy spoon breakfasts here!) and super filling. For dessert, I then chose the salted caramel and walnut tart – it was beautiful!

The bottomless brunch experience last for 2hrs, and throughout the entire bunch your glass is never empty of prosecco. The waiters were fantastic, and as soon as your glass was half full they would come straight out and start filling them back to the top again – for the whole 2hrs! And all for a set price of £30, which I don’t think is bad at all! It makes for a really lovely afternoon with friends and perfect for a special occasion like a birthday.

And after doing some research into this bottom-less brunch experience it seems they are becoming quite popular across UK. There are loads across London if varies styles, so you can go elegant with somewhere like the Villandry, or if even seen in some pubs bottom-less brunch serving unlimited pizza and beers – great for a Sunday afternoon! And for my Brighton friends, I’ve even seen that the North Laine Brewhouse serve their own bottom-less brunch on a Sunday! Me and a friend are checking it out soon, so will report back soon!

If you live in London, or planning to visit, or even thinking of something special to do for a birthday – I would definitely recommend checking the Villandry on a Sunday!

Have you heard of bottomless brunches before? Is there any where you would recommend for the boozy brunch experience?