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!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Clashing Time Hobbycraft Birthday Wishes

I got really into crafting in 2015 and with that, came a love of Hobbycraft. It all started after I attended one of Claireabellemakes' Cambridge Craft Parties where she taught us about jewellery and flower crown making in order to get us in the mood for the warmer months ahead. After this, I decided to go and see what I could try to make myself - and of course this lead me to Hobbycraft. In Cambridge, Hobbycraft is a little out of town, but definitely worth the journey. There is a two storey shop filled with ribbons, fabrics, papers, sticky tape, paint, DIY project ideas, the list goes to say, it's heaven! So as it is my birthday in a couple of weeks, I thought I would take a look at the Hobbycraft website so that I can decide on a few things I'd like to get for my 24th birthday. As much as it may be a bit of a cliche at the moment (because most bloggers say this), I have to admit that I am obsessed with white and gold right now. 
So here are six of my favourite items from their website...
I think that all of these items would go perfectly in my house. Sometimes it is the extra additions that make a house a home, and I definitely think these items would do just that! What do you think of my birthday choices? Let me know!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Clashing Time talks about Goals for 2016

Even though we are already 9 days into 2016, I feel like I need to start this year again. I've started the year over my desired weight, skint and feel a little bit demoralised. I know that it is very common for people to feel glum when it is cold and wet outside and the days are especially short, but I didn't think it would be as bad as this! So therefore I am determined to change my mentality and set myself some goals. Yes, I know, there are a lot of these posts about and unfortunately there seems to be a bit of a negative stigmatism surrounding 'New Years Resolutions'; so as a result of that, I thought I would take some time to set myself some realistic and achievable goals.

    1.    Walk more. I am the worst because I avoid exercise at all cost. There seems to be so many easy ways to avoid doing it! But I think that the most realistic expectation for me is that I just try to walk more when I have the option to do so, even when it is raining. A good walk can do you good!
    2.    Swap unhealthy snacks for healthier ones. I think that because snacks are so cheap and accessible, people often pick up a biscuit or a chocolate quality street and think nothing of it. My will power has gradually got weaker and weaker and it is truly pathetic. If I get a little bit organised and bring healthy snacks with me wherever I go, then there will be no temptation to eat all those sneaky little snacks.
    3.    Be proactive, not reactive. I would like to believe that I am a pretty organised person - but everyone has their flaws. Although some people would laugh at the thought of me becoming more organised, I want to try and be proactive and a little less reactive. Sometimes I realise that I have forgotten to do something and then have to pull things together at the last minute and for me, there is honestly nothing worse.
    4.   Tell less lies. Now I am not saying that I am a compulsive liar or anything like that, but I do think that the odd little white lie is sometimes tempting or even necessary. In 2016, I want to be more truthful and accept the repercussions. It is definitely a more adult thing to do and I hope to learn a lot from it.
    5.   Travel more. Since living abroad a few years ago, I have longed to explore more new places. If you save a bit every month and keep your eyes peeled for a good deal then it can be so easy to go on a little trip abroad to a European country. As Johnny is a teacher, we do have to plan holidays for specific times of the year, which can be quite expensive. But I know that if we start looking and get organised then we can still get a good deal.
    6.    Spend more time on my own. In the last few years I have become a lot more content with spending time on my own. Sometimes it can be quite difficult for people in a relationship to cope with being alone as you are so used to having someone around; however, in the last few years I have taken real pride in my ability to still have a good time without Johnny, my friends or family around and I definitely want this to continue.
    7.    Finish things that I start. One of my problems is that I seem to think of things that I want to do and I concentrate really heavily on it, but then I move on to something else very quickly. I have so many hobbies, so for 2016 I would like to work out how to balance these and give enough time to each one, rather than dropping them when something else turns up.
    8.    Make more of blogging. With this goal comes more little goals. First of all, I definitely need to blog more and schedule posts in advance. Second, I need to socialise with more bloggers, and make the most of the opportunities that come from meeting bloggers. Then finally, I want to try to increase my following - this could be seen as quite a broad goal to have, but there are so many fantastic businesses, websites and individuals that provide some excellent advice and I'd like to take advantage of that to increase my following throughout the year ahead.

Very annoying that I only have 8 goals, but I want to be realistic about what I can achieve in 2016 and I think that these 8 goals are something to look forward to. I don't think I should set a goal to spend more time with family, or spend less time on technology because they are things I think about on a daily basis! So hopefully I can look back at this time next year and feel proud of what I have achieved. What have you set yourself this year? I'd love to know in the comments!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Clashing Time talks Clinique Beyond perfecting Foundation and Concealer

As a complete and utter cheapskate, I struggle with spending a lot of money on beauty products. I am the type of individual that would much rather look around for a long time to make sure I get the best price for something and this can be incredibly infuriating for my very patient other half. However, after years of reading beauty blogs and watching beauty videos, I have officially been converted. There are a few products that I do think you can still buy a little cheaper - but when it comes to your skin, surely you just can't scrimp and save? I suffer from quite bad eczema and it has always been difficult to find a foundation that doesn't just dry up in my sensitive patches...until now. I have always been a sucker for nice advertising, so of course I was completely sold by the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation and concealer. What could be better than a combined foundation and concealer? I thought to myself, how much easier could this make my life? Well the answer is - a lot! It is amazing how a foundation that does two things at once could still be so lightweight. But this product allows my dry skin to breath, whilst also being flawless. The easy wand applicator has multiple sides that can be used for different areas on your face, and then once blended with a brush or your fingers, the foundation sinks into your skin and adapts to your skin tone! Safe to say...I'm very much sold.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer  |  £25 for 30ml  |  Clinique Website

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Clashing Time talks Best Kept Secrets

Ever since I first moved out of my parents house and went off to university I became completely obsessed with buying candles. When you don't have your parents there to make you feel better when you are a little stressed or feeling low, a candle always seems to help! I find that there is something so therapeutic about sitting in a room with a glistening candle in the corner, and it is even better if it is scented! A while ago, Johnny and I went to Camden and decided to check out the stalls in Camden Lock. Johnny decided to treat me to a selection of candles from 'Best Kept Secrets'. They sell handmade scented candles and candle tins for every occasion and to make it even better, a lot of them are sparkly! I selected the box with wild rose, daisy and lavender in it and although they are typically summery scents, the look of them on a little tray makes the room feel all festive! When they are lit, they give off such strong smells that make the room just glorious. There is nothing better than a candle that actually smells when it is lit - so many of them just smell nice beforehand. If you are ever in Camden Market, then definitely pop in to the arts, crafts and gifts section as you are in for a treat! Take a look on the Best Kept Secrets Website for more information.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Clashing Time talks Quill London Calligraphy Classes

I recently went along to one of the Quill London on Tour calligraphy classes and I had the best time! The class was held at Novi on Regent Street in Cambridge and it couldn't have been a more perfect venue. Novi aims to provide you with a relaxed space to eat and drink over their three beautifully decorated floors. The room was laid out with black tissue paper and the beautiful packs filled with all the materials we were going to need (as seen in the image below). Imogen Owen was the teacher and she was such fun to be around. She welcomed everyone with such passion and enthusiasm for her class and made each and every person there feel like we were far more capable than we actually were. It was nice to be in a space with so many likeminded people all there to learn, chat and basically to have fun for a few hours. To see what I got up to, please watch my YouTube video at the bottom of this post. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Clashing Time took some time off

As I am sure you have noticed, I have been a little bit MIA recently. I could come up with a load of reasons why that has happened, but unfortunately the only explanation for my absence is that I have I have recently taken the plunge and moved house to a gorgeous little two bedroom place with my boyfriend, I have been working my arse off at work in the hope of gaining some extra experience and responsibility, I have been working hard on keeping in touch with friends and family members...and all of this has caused me to de-prioritise my blog. The thing about it is that I don't feel in the slightest bit guilty about it. The last few months have been really amazing for me and I genuinely couldn't be happier. Blogging can take a lot out of you, even though some people may not realise it. The deadlines, the editing, the events, the competition - it is exhausting. So after some time off, I have decided to take my blog in the same direction as my life is going...onwards and upwards. Time to start posting regularly and caring about my blog like it is my baby. Most people won't realise that my name 'Clashing Time' was created years and years ago and was meant to explain how I can never manage my time effectively and everything just clashes together into a bit of a mess. I think my absence demonstrates that actually a little bit of a breather every so often isn't a bad thing as I have come back to my computer ready to get my head down and work hard. Have any of you taken time off to relax and take control of your life? I'd love to hear your tips for coming back to your blog! CTx

Monday, 26 October 2015

Clashing Time talks Borough Market

London is an incredible place with a wealth of activities all around you. Without a doubt, Borough Market has got to be up there in the top 10 things to do. It is a huge market under the railway lines with a fantastic selection of meat, fruit and vegetables, artisanal baked and dairy goods, and even some arts and crafts. It is the type of place where everywhere you turn there is a beautiful smell, a colourful display or a cheerful group of individuals enjoying the market. I went with my family for the first time a few months ago and was honestly blown away by the abundance of choice. We had already eaten at a nearby restaurant but still managed to leave with bags full of olives, fresh bread and even some naughty desserts for the journey home. It is such a vibrant spot in the city and has a great sense of community to it as all the traders have obviously known each other for a long time. I have always loved London and have been brought up fighting through the crowds, so to me there is nothing better than spending my day in a busy, loud and exciting market filled with locals and tourists. If you are looking for somewhere to go whilst day tripping in London, definitely go and check out Borough Market and make sure you let me know what you think!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Bloggers Festival | Clashing Time

Recently I went along to the Bloggers Festival organised by the lovely Scarlett London at The Conrad Hotel, St James. This was an event not to be missed as there was so much hype about it all over social media, and after going to one of Scarlett's blogging events previously, I knew it was going to be good. I met up with some of my lovely Camb Meet Up ladies and we ventured to the gorgeous hotel to see what Scarlett had planned for us! She had organised everything to such perfection and it was a real pleasure to be invited as it was evident that every single person there was in a great enthusiastic mood and ready to mingle. There were about 20 different brand tables, sweets and drinks, great places for photos, and even a huge social media board which allowed you to see what everyone was saying throughout the day. I spoke to every brand I possibly could and made some great new contacts whilst moving round the room. It really made me think about how much blogging has influenced my life in terms of my confidence and how fortunate I am to have had so many great experiences. I feel so much more confident when talking to new people now because I have gone to so many events and had to make the most of them. Scarlett comes across as if she is such a happy and confident person, and I think she is quite an inspiration to put on such incredible events for all of us. Thank you Scarlett for being so generous to put so much effort into the Bloggers Festival and for making every single person there feel like we are all part of one big family! CTx

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Clashing Time talks The Beige Coat

Even if everything else is going wrong when you wake up in the morning, it just takes one item of clothing or one beauty product to make you feel 'you' again. For me, that item is this beige coat. Believe it or not, this coat is not some 75-100 pound coat from Topshop or French Connection, but instead it is a 15 pound coat from a local market. I spotted another lady trying it on one bank holiday weekend and instantly fell in love with it. It has the ability to make you feel like you are shielded from the world simply by wrapping you up in cosy goodness. It is flattering to your figure with the tie waist, but also warm enough to actually be a practical coat as well. For most women, fashion and practicality are difficult to mix, and luckily for me, I get the best of both worlds! This is my go-to jacket for work, shopping, day trips...anything that comes my way, simply because I know that I will feel confident and attractive in it. Do you have an item that makes you feel on top of the world? Let me know in the comments below as I'd love to know! 
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