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Life Lately || Ending the Week Positively

It’s been a strangely relaxed week for me. Nothing particularly urgent at work; Sam being a busy bee with all his photos and not needing my help with anything; and because of the damned train strike, I was able to work from home the first half of the week.

Can we take a moment to discuss how terrible Southern Railway is? If there’s any company that deserves to fail – it’s them. I would honestly feel vindicated if they had their franchise taken off of them and if formally-Southern trains were re-nationalised.  Relying on trains and overground, the down side of living South of the river Thames.

My hay fever (allergies) this week has been insane. I’ve been a ball of snuffles, and it’s been fairly bad all summer long.  I’ve tried going cold-turkey and powering through to get my body used to pollen; I’ve tried doses of honey; I’ve tried medicine. Pollen-ageddon 2016 really took me down. 

But this all aside, let’s focus on ending the week positively: 

second week august collage

>>> Sam and I attended a lovely wedding over the weekend. Sam was taking the wedding photos for his friend, which was a super exciting opportunity for him, and I had the time to catch up with some lovely people I hadn’t seen for ages. 

>>>On Tuesday, I was able to catch up with an old sorority sister that I hadn’t seen in years. She’s backpacking for the next 5-6ish months and her first stop was London. I’m so excited for all her future adventures.

>>> I made one of my favourites: banana pancakes for the first time in ages. There’s not a single way I’d prefer to start a morning! And with the leftover bananas I made banana bread which Sam promptly snaffled in a matter of hours. 


>>> I mentioned earlier this summer that I’ve been obsessed with Miss Patina clothing lately; as seen in this post, this one, and this one (none of which are sponsored, it’s just true love) and in the end of season TopShop sale, I managed to snag a beautiful Miss Patina romper from the basement of the Oxford Street store (aka the best floor of all with all the shoes and non-TopShop lines). 

>>> Sam and I had the most delicious dinner ever at Barbecoa last night; but never fear, I took many, many photos and will blog about it next week. 

>>> I’ve been focusing all my spare free time trying to up my instagram game. I think I’m seeing results, but I also might be fooling myself. 

>>> In other blogging-related housekeeping, I thought that my pageviews had bombed like crazy lately because my Google Analytics was in such a dire state, but it turns out that my Analytics had broken temporarily. Phew! 

>>> Ala and I will be back soon with the Bake Off Bake Along. Hopefully you’ll join in again this year! 

Oh! And if any UK readers have any over the counter allergy pill recommendations, let me know. My pills seem to be doing nothing. 

We’ll be at the seaside this weekend, and I can’t wait! 

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  • I sound like a crazy person, but they say that eating honey made by local bees can help with dire allergies. It could just be an old wives tale but…

    • Hahaha, I’ve heard that before too. It didn’t work for me but maybe I didn’t have enough honey…. x

  • Hiya!
    I take prescription Fexofenadine for hayfever and it’s the only thing that has ever worked for me. They rarely recommend it because I think it’s expensive to produce but it’s DA BOMB.

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Those pancakes look amazing!

  • Those pancakes look AMAZING!!

    Ugh, train strikes… I had to deal with a few of them in Germany! I’m very lucky working from home is an option in my job.

    I have no idea about hayfever tablets… my boyfriend gets prescription medicine for his hayfever because he has sever asthma as well.

    • Oh my gosh – my heart goes out to your boyfriend. Severe asthma and bad hayfever must be the WORST combination.

      (And thank you!) x

      • That was meant to say brother, I don’t know why I typed boyfriend! Yeah, he’s had asthma since he was 3 so he’s pretty used to it and it’s under control but hayfever can affect his breathing so the docs take it pretty seriously.

  • I know so many people who have fallen during pollegedon this year! Must be something to do with the mental weather we are having! Thos pancakes do look delicous! Do you have a recipe for them? And WHAAAAAAAAAAT bake off again! So soon! Now I know this week has gone crazy quickly! xx


  • Those pancakes look SOOOOOOOOOOO good! x

    Sophie Cliff

  • Pancakes are always a good idea 🙂 Can’t wait to follow along with your bake off!

    • Ah! Thanks Kaelene! It’s a lot of work, but I can’t wait to do it again! 3rd times the charm, right? 😉 xx

  • ohhhmahgoodness, my allergies are killing here in Iceland too. Did NOT expect that, as usually it’s a end-of-May, finish in early July affair. :(( I find that a pill with cetirizine works for me, other ingredients barely do anything. Hope it works!

    • Bookmarking cetirizine. I’m so desperate at the moment – I just want to have one non-itchy, non-stuffy day this summer! xxx

  • Aw my love that wedding looked absolutely beautiful! I’m with you on the allergies. Literally nothing helps, no matter what I take, I get no relief! I have all symptoms too & many allergies so I suffer incredibly during summer sadly! Hope you find something to help though my love! 🙂

    Katie // wordsbykatie.com

    • Ugh! it sounds like we are in the same allergy boat! I really feel for you! Hopefully you find something that helps too!

      (And thank you so much!) xxx

  • I can’t wait for Great British Bake Off! I’m glad you will be doing it again 🙂

    • Thanks Elizabeth! I usually feel slightly trepidatious before BO season starts, but I can’t wait this year! x

  • This may just be me but if I take an allergy pill, loratadine, and then also use eyedrops that are for allergies it will help not like forever but for some relief. Also make sure to wash your glasses and phone as little pollen can get all stuck on there and then you put it on/by your face and gets you itchy!

    • I’ve totally never thought to was my glasses or phone. You are an allergy genius. I do take showers at night and only allow pajamas in the bed so that pollen that has been on me outside don’t come into bed with me. x

  • The pollen this year has been SO bad! 🙁 WHY???!!!! Cannot wait for BOBA, so excited to join in again! Alice xxx

    • I can’t wait to see what you bake this year!!!

      But the pollen has been crazy. I can’t think of a single day when I haven’t been stuffy since March! x

  • Relying on Southern Railway can be adventurous! Banana pancakes for breakfast sound delicious – looking forward to the British bakeoff ♡


    • Thanks Miriam! Having to rely on Southern is the one things that I dislike about living in South London! xx

  • Now those look like some amazing pancakes!!!!

  • My allergies got so bad I could hardly breathe at night (try keeping our little fur balls off the bed) and went to see a specialist at the doctors and now have a powder inhaler I take once in the morning and once at night. It’s made a massive breathing improvement! So might be something worth looking into.

    • Oh! Definitely something to look in to! Thanks for the recommendation but sorry that you’ve been suffering. x