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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Clashing Time talks about the real struggles of adult life

The Adult TagHello everyone. I want to start this post off by saying that I really don't want to turn my blog into some sort of avenue to rant and moan about the struggles of adult life, no one wants to read that! So instead, I thought that I would pop all my thoughts and emotions into a video that I filmed with my beautiful youtube friend Cara from Polly Pocket Beauty. We decided to create our own tag video called 'The Adult Tag' in the hope that others who feel like they want a down to earth chat with their followers would catch on. I know it sounds incredibly rude and like something you wouldn't ordinarily watch on youtube (out of the fear of getting a virus on your computer or something), but this isn't like that. This is a 20-odd minute long video where we discuss each others experiences of growing up, life right now and life in the future, whilst having a bit of a giggle. I don't think any 24/25 year old can deny that life is hard. Every day can be a struggle and you are completely dependent on the sane part of your brain sorting you out, getting you out of bed and managing to convince you to 'act' like an adult for the majority of the day before coming home and putting your disney pjs on. In this video we made up 10 questions so that you could get to know us a little bit and also find out our thoughts on our lives. Amazingly, our lives are completely different, but we both know what we want in life - a happy one. It doesn't matter how you get there, as long as you do, so don't forget that. It is amazing to have fantastically supportive friends to chat to about how sometimes, you just don't feel like 'adulating' that day. Don't be ashamed, being an adult for about 9 hours a day is totally enough. Hope you like the video
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Clashing Time talks Multipotentiality

Right now, I am sat in Espresso Library (an amazing cafe in Cambridge), looking at the world go by, taking some time to myself to sit with my laptop and listen to a podcast. Today, that podcast happens to be The Courage Makers from That Hummingbird Life. This is a 'weekly podcast for creative and passionate, mission-driven doers, makers and world-shakers designed to inspire and encourage fellow courage makers, and spark a movement of women who are choosing themselves.' I know, it does sound pretty 'deep', and as if it is women just chatting away; but in fact this is an incredibly motivating podcast to listen to when you want to work out where your head is at, to find out what you are doing right or wrong, or even to just listen to a topic of conversation that you don't know much about and you want to find out more. Recently I have really struggled with the concept of being too busy. Anyone that knows me thinks that I am crazy because I am always out and about, going to new places, meeting friends and family, starting new projects or courses, and the end result is that I am hardly ever at home. Being this sort of social butterfly has lasted for a good few years, however all of a sudden I am feeling this intense desire to slow down - or at least get more organised about it. I often feel guilty about not doing certain things or seeing certain people, and this causes me to want to try and fit absolutely everything in. This is not healthy though, you tire yourself out, spend all your money and then still end up feeling bad because there are genuinely never enough hours in each day to achieve all that you want to achieve. On top of all this, in the last few years I have developed a need to learn more and find out more about the world - how on earth do you fit all that in when you don't have a moment to yourself to sit and open a book? Coincidentally, in this podcast today, they are currently talking about the concept of multipotentiality
Originally this was recognised as a word to associate with gifted young people who were just too damn clever to fit into one career path. Nowadays this word can be used more generally when speaking about someone who has many interests, may be good at quite a few different things, has never really known their true calling and has instead drifted to and from different careers or had different ideas about how life should be along the way. I am the definition of a multipotentialite. I am not in any way saying that I am amazing at loads of things, but instead I am quite an independent, creative, resourceful individual that does not like to look at my life as if it only has one direction. I saw a great saying from Ki Healing's website recently saying: "For a multipotential, the pursuit isn't so much about excellence as it is about wonder, exploration, expression, growth and even adventure". I completely agree, my life has been one constant rollercoaster and I have no intention of stopping my life being like that, but instead I really want to concentrate on allocating time to different things and ensure that I am doing them to the best of my abilities, and then also allocate time to myself - to sit in my pjs and watch netflix with no guilt whatsoever. I am a very fortunate person in the fact that I have fantastic friends, lots of lovely people to surround myself with, so why on earth would I not want to spend time with them? 2016 needs to be the year of being a little bit more selfish though. If I want to do things in my life (and do them well), I need to chill out a little and think about myself. Stop feeling bad about being a multipotentialite and embrace it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with liking lots of different things, being good at different things, and at the end of the day, still not knowing how on earth you will make it all work. One day, it will click and it will be totally worth it. Sorry for this waffled declaration of my thoughts. Sometimes the best realisations come from the most unexpected places.
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Clashing Time eats: Pho

I recently organised a little Camb Meet Up bloggers lunch at one of the newest restaurants in Cambridge, Pho. This restaurant specialises in creating authentic Vietnamese meals that focus on retaining all the distinctive flavours and aromas that they have added in. The four of us sat down to sample the food and were pleasantly surprised by the freshness and vibrancy of each dish we ordered. We  each ordered one of their speciality juices that are packed with fruit - definitely recommend the apple, mint and lime juice as this was incredibly refreshing during quite a warm day outside. We started the meal with some spring rolls, which were beautifully light and the sauces such as peanut sauce complimented the taste perfectly. I then moved on to a chicken Pho XAO which is a wok friend flat noodle dish with a fantastic selection of vegetables and roasted nuts. It is known as a variation of pad thai, which I absolutely love, so I was definitely willing to give it a try. Luckily everyone on the table selected something different, which meant that we were all able to share and sample each other's food. We sat, laughed and chatted for a good few hours whilst enjoying delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere. If you are in Cambridge and looking for somewhere to eat, whether for a quick meal or for a longer break from you day, definitely pop into Pho and give it a go. Have you been yet or love Vietnamese food? Let me know in the comments.
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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Clashing Time talks relaxation

Sometimes all you want after a busy week at work is to relax at home. Relaxing for me is to cut off from the world, light some candles, put some music on and lie down with your own tranquil thoughts in my bathtub. Although this is very unlike the stereotypical blogger, I am on a budget and my bath bubbles for the last few months have consisted of whatever cheap body wash we have bought in the supermarket shop. I know right? Not quite the experience you were expecting. Then my lovely friend Sarah came to the rescue and bought me this gorgeous bath soap from the market that breaks up in hot water. Smelling of roses and sweet like candy, I ran the bath as I normally do and dropped this bath soap in and waited for the magic to happen. Although the bubbles were not quite as exciting as I had hoped, the smell coming from the bathroom was a delight and I couldn't wait to get in. It was like walking into a spa in an exotic country knowing that you were just about to experience some incredible massage. It is the little things that get people by in life and my Friday evening bath time with this little beauty below was definitely a little highlight for my weekend. My half an hour of down time prepared me for a busy weekend of seeing friends, eating and drinking far too much and laughing until my belly hurts. What are your little pleasures? Let me know in the comments.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Clashing Time talks Kmart Jewellery

As I haven't blogged in a while, I thought I would give myself a kick up the bum and mix things up a little bit. I have got a new layout (which I love) and I've written a post on something I am loving at the moment. I have been away from the blogging world for a little while as I have been super busy, but I have a lot of exciting content coming up! So my first question for today is...why oh why does England not have a Kmart? You may have heard of it before as Kmart is a huge retailer in many countries throughout the world and when I was in Melbourne this January, I took advantage of the opportunity to shop there for a few bits and bobs. This place is like some sort of interiors, beauty, clothing, accessories heaven for people on a real budget! If I didn't have a limit on my suitcase then I would have bought a load of bedding, lamps, wall art, pillows...the lot. But as I had already over-packed for my trip, I could only pick up a few special pieces. My favourite purchase was easily this beautiful necklace that cost me the grand total of 4 Dollars. Which insanely is just over £2. I guess you could say that Kmart is a little bit like Primark is in England, the go to place for buying budget items. The thing I loved about this necklace when I bought it was that I had been looking for something like it for ages. I am obsessed with necklaces of this length - the in-between length of short and long - it falls perfectly below most of my top or dress necklines. The best necklaces for me are ones with simple colour schemes that can be worn with a whole variety of outfits and the design is not too complicated. This necklace has been worn at least 2 or 3 times a week since I have bought it - which just shows how versatile it is. Kmart you rock!
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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Clashing Time went to London Fashion Weekend

The weekend before last I ventured to London for a lovely day out with my friend Laura from Loved By Laura.  Laura was lucky enough to win some free tickets to London Fashion Weekend through a Twitter competition, and she kindly asked if I wanted to go along with her. Going to London Fashion Week is a dream for many ladies, and you watch all the beautiful people going to beautiful shows every year and just wish that it could be you! Well, as I am fairly realistic about the fact that I will never be invited to London Fashion Week, London Fashion Weekend has got to be the next best thing! I went previously when it was held Somerset House and I have got to be completely honest, I didn't enjoy it at all. The venue was completely wrong as there were so many people and we all wanted to get in on the action. My friend found it incredibly claustrophobic and we actually ended up leaving early. This year I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the day was really enjoyable. The Saatchi Gallery was the perfect venue for the event and the security/people management was just right. We started off the day by taking some outfit posts on some of the incredible streets near by and then wandered over to the Saatchi Gallery. As Laura had priority tickets, we walked straight over and got to go in with real ease - much to our delight. 
Every room had a similar layout and the stalls had a lot of room for mooching around, this combination made it very easy to navigate and allowed us to spend time looking at areas we wanted to. I was mesmerised by all the beautiful designers, new and old, as we walked through each room. One thing that stood out to me whilst walking round the rooms was the fact that mainstream brands now a days seem to be experimenting much more with textures and materials. Brands items are gradually becoming more like the clothes you see on the catwalk at LFW. I love this concept as it means that 'fashion' (and I say that intentionally with inverted commas) isn't just available to 'fashionable' people or people 'in fashion', but instead mainstream brands are creating a world of affordable style for all. Yes, there is always going to be qwerky fashionistas who almost laugh at the fashion industry, but that is simply never going to be me. I am not ashamed to say that I am more of a sheep that follows the crowd, but attending events like this makes me realise that there is no reason to worry about it. Most people there have bought tickets because they have an appreciation of fashion, and they want to share that with like-minded people. Laura and I had a right laugh the whole day and I was very impressed with how engaging the organisers had made the event. There were photo booths, talks, catwalk shows and much more. We were very lucky to get into a talk with Rankin as he spoke about his photography career, and that was such a treat. Overall, I would definitely attend London Fashion Weekend again as I think that as the years go by, it does seem to be getting better and better. London Fashion Weekend offers normal people the chance to dress up, go shopping and enjoy a day out with friends. What could be better? Let me know if you've ever been!
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Clashing Time talks Kikki K Calendars

For Christmas this year, my mum, sister and I set a budget for our presents and we absolutely had to stick to it. Sometimes I think that it is the thought that makes so much more of a difference than the price spent on the gift. My sister proved to me this year that she knows me so well as she went straight to the new Kikki K store in Covent Garden and picked me up this Kikki K 2016 desk calendar. After living in Melbourne for a year, I fell in love with the Kikki K superstores they have there (and I bought a load of beautiful new things in my recent visit too). I have raved about the store for ages so when I opened my present on Christmas day, I was over the moon. I love to keep organised so this is the perfect present for me to have on my desk to look at when I get ready in the morning. The thing I love about Kikki K is that most of the design styles are light and colourful and this desk calendar epitomises the stylish colour schemes of each set of stationery! Each page tab of this calendar has a beautiful colourful illustration the months of the year and each one is cutest than the last. Have you bought anything from Kikki K recently? Let me know in the comments!
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Monday, 22 February 2016

Clashing Time loves Primark Candles

Since moving into my own place I have found a out that I am completely and utterly obsessed with candles. I don't know whether it is psychological or I am just a bit of a nutter, but basically I feel so much more relaxed when there is a candle lit in the room. There is something so therapeutic about the flickering light on the coffee table. I have bought a whole variety of candles, some scented, some not, some tall, some short...the lot! What I have come to realise is that the best candles for our place are ones that are not too expensive, but they have long burn time. Primark comes to the rescue! For only £2.50 you can get these lovely candles in a whole selection of colours and scents. For my lounge, I have gone for a silver candle because it will go with everything in the room. The patchouli and amber scent is so fresh and light, it is a little bit like mens aftershave. I have bought so many of these candles that the scent is now so familiar and homely. In the last few years, Primark has gone from being the place that I used to buy my cheap clothes, to now being the shop I will actively go to to find some excellent additions to my house. Their homeware selection is updated all the time and offers something new and exciting with every visit. Have you ever picked up one of the Primark candles? How do you think they compare to other candles you've got? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Clashing Time talks Browhaus Eyebrow Pencil

So lets just say that I have never really made much of an effort with my eyebrows. Over the years I have looked at some other peoples eyebrows and I have been terrified. Some people have incredibly perfect eyebrows, some people rock the bushy look, some people just do not know what on earth they are doing - and it is this unusual combination of looks that scares me all the time. I have never really thought that eyebrows make much of a difference to my look, and because of that I only occasionally pluck my brows. Please remember though, when I do pluck my eyebrows, it is not done very well. I feel like an awful blogger for being such a lazy so and so, but as I said, the idea of doing it all wrong is a little terrifying. It wasn't until I attended a bloggers event last year and I received this eyebrow pencil from Browhaus that I decided that enough was enough. Time to take control of my eyebrows and attempt to scrub up a little bit. This brush colour, albeit quite light, makes me feel a little bit more groomed and sometimes that is exactly what you need when maybe everything else isn't looking so top notch. As I am a complete amateur when colouring in my eyebrows, I thought that starting light would be best. If I was to go in with a dark colour to begin with then my brain would have instantly said 'no, nope, no, this is definitely not for me...abort mission!'. What I like about this pencil is that it is very light weight and doesn't feel like I am drawing on my face. Instead it feels like I am simply giving my eyebrows a little bit more shape to last me throughout the day. At the other end there is a small brush that helps you to comb out the hairs on your brow and blend in any shading. For me, as a virgin to doing anything to my brows, I am really pleasantly surprised by the look it has and am definitely planning to continue using it until I become more confident with the look (not that I'm sure anyone else will notice). Have you ever held back from a look due to fear? 
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Monday, 8 February 2016

Clashing Time talks Novi

Cambridge is fantastic when you are looking for new and exciting places to eat and relax. On Regent Street last year a place called Novi opened and I feel like it ticks both of those boxes. Downstairs comprises of a coffee house, eatery and bar, and also has a fantastic open kitchen which makes you feel like you are part of all the action. The 1st floor has a dining area with room for private events, such as the Quill London Calligraphy course I went on last year. One of the most impressive spaces is the 2nd floor cocktail lounge, with intimate seating areas and awesome lighting across the ceiling, making you feel like you are socialising in a swanky London bar rather than in little ol' Cambridge. Their bespoke botanical cocktail menu has a fantastic range of drinks using fresh ingredients, home made syrups or tinctures - my personal favourite is the Seventy Seven (gin and elderflower perfection). Novi have recently decided to do have a pop-up kitchen and I personally think this is an amazing idea. Each night of the week they have different chefs in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Our city has become infamous for the incredible food trucks that travel around feeding the people of Cambridge, and Novi has come up with the idea of sharing their kitchen with this wonderful bunch. These traders will change from time to time, but at the moment we have Paella Cocina, Reggae Kitchen, Guerilla Kitchen and Steak & Honour to look forward to from Wednesday to Saturday each week. Last week I went along and tried Guerilla Kitchen's food and had a lovely time. 2016 is clearly going to be a year of breaking the 'norm', so what could be better than cocktails, relaxed eating and friends? (Especially when sweet potato fries are involved). Have you been to try to food? What did you think of Novi? Let me know!
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