Life - July and August round up

Hi guys, long time no speak! Life has well and truly got in the way of blogging recently and it's probably been the longest I've ever gone without posting. So to ease my way back in I thought I'd do a quick round up of July and August:

Probably the biggest news is that I've got a new job and as a result a major career change. It's something I've been wanting to do for years and after taking some time out I've so pleased to have found an alternative. Going from healthcare to an office job it's been a big change but I'm enjoying it so far and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the future holds. 

Speaking of jobs our office took park in the Great City Race in July. It was my first organised 5K run and surprisingly my fastest ever speed too. It was great atmosphere and I found it really encouraging running with other people and all the crowds cheering you on. Definitely need to sign up for a 10K soon!

Working near Bank I've really enjoyed discovering the area and trying somewhere new for lunch everyday. So far City Caphe is the favourite as they offer a great selection of Vietnamese dishes, all absolutely delicious and authentically flavoured. I'd highly recommend the spring rolls with rice, beef pho and the chargrilled banh mi which is a fresh and vibrant take on the sandwich. There's space to eat in, but with the warm weather recently I've loved sitting outside and soaking up some much needed vitamin D.

July always is always an exciting time in the blogging world as brands showcase their Christmas gift sets. Both The Body Shop and QVC have some great launches coming up, including personalised Body Butters and some gorgeous gift sets from Tarte and It cosmetics.

Every summer I seem to find a new rooftop bar and this year it's all about the roof garden at John Lewis. Located on the 6th floor it offers some great views of the City and Oxford Street and I love the botanical garden inspired decor. Think grass lawns, herb gardens and pretty flowers galore. Drink prices are pretty reasonable and there's everything from beers to fruity cocktails and of course the classic Pimms & lemonade. Every month they rotate the restaurant too so there's always something new and tasty to try.

August saw the wedding of 2 of our close friends and we had the nicest mini staycation at Parklands in Essex. A really beautiful venue and it was so nice to get out of London for the weekend and catch up with everyone again. 

With the recent sunshine and heatwave running has taken a bit of a back seat but I was invited for an Ibiza inspired workout with Virgin Active which was surprisingly fun. The class consisted of a mixture of strength and cardio, all in short intervals and although it didn't seem too hard at the time my muscles definitely felt it the next day! On a little side note, the Virgin Active gym at Cannon Street is seriously swanky with it's own mini spa, and with it being round the corner from my office I'm very tempted to sign up for Autumn/Winter.

How was your July/August? Are there any places you'd recommend trying out in the City? 


  1. Congratulations on the new job switch! It takes a lot of courage and I'm so happy you're enjoying the new job. x


  2. That gym session was so fun (if slightly terrifying!) and love City Caphe - so worth the insane queue! x


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