Saturday, 24 September 2016

TCakes SW adventures ....

A couple of months ago I shared my journey with SlimmingWorld over the last year. Since that post I am happy to share that I have lost another stone and  my total weight loss over the last 13 months has now reached 5 stone in total, 4 of which have been with SW.
I am thrilled and feel like a completely new person. I have one and a half stone to go until I hit my target, which will mean a loss of 5 1/2 stone with SW and 6 1/2 stone in total, which I hope to hit before Christmas.
I can honestly say that although it hasn’t been easy, it equally hasn’t been hard; it just requires planning and making the right choices. The hardest part of the journey has been stepping up the fitness as for me it was as much about feeling fitter as it was feeling fitter.
I have a great friend, who has been on this journey as well who has been the most amazing support and has encouraged me daily, as well as got me running around the park. ( the only thing on this journey that I hate!) I have discovered that I love the walking and even after I have completed my 10,000 steps challenge in September I  hope to continue through the winter (weather permitting) with my London walks. I have also discovered the fun that Zumba can bring and are now attending a class each week. I have never sweated so hard on 60 minutes in my life but can really see a difference since I have been going.
As we head into autumn I now need to buy a new wardrobe of clothes as I have now dropped 4 sizes and have no winter clothes!
Shopping trip planned and an update to come on progress ....


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Welcome Back Bridget.....

There haven’t been films this year that have had me wanting to rush to the cinema, (the last one being Me before You) but there has been one that has been on my MUST see list since the trailer aired and the location images started to appear on social media late last year. I am of course referring to Bridget Jones Baby.


Bridget is up there in my top favourite films for so many reasons. I have followed Bridget’s adventures since she first appeared as column inches in the Independent, which led to the book and then onto the movie. I too like Bridget have despaired over the size of my thighs, smoked too many cigarettes, drunk far too many units of alcohol and invariably fallen for the  very wrong type of man! (on several occasions) and acknowledges that I will always be ‘a little bit fat’.
My mum too tried to set me up with every ‘nice ‘ guy she knew during my twenties to no avail. I stumbled headlong into my 30’s in a drunken partying haze still falling for every wrong guy possible until they all but gave up with me and acknowledged that I would be the ‘forever’ singleton that could at times be the ditsiest klutz possible who loved her friends and was married to her career.  
I shared my love of Bridget with my Nan, and she too adored the movie and affectionately called me Bridget on occasions that deemed necessary, we went to the cinema together to see the first movie and I have really fond memories of the fun that we had with it afterwards.

Friday saw the release of the 3rd instalment of Bridget’s life, and I can honestly say it’s the funniest Bridget ever. I laughed from the open through to the final credits, at one point thinking I was going to slide off the chair. Casting is just fabulous and its lovely to see so many old favourites back along with a couple of newbies. Patrick Dempsey who plays the very delicious Jack is just gorgeous and of course a welcome return to the ever lovely Mark Fitzwilliam Darcy (Colin Firth).

This movie has had lots of press, social media coverage and hype and it absolutely lives up to all of it and I’m thrilled that the surprises that are within the movie haven’t leaked all over the networks. The press junket has had me salivating over the fabulous styling of Renee Z along with the gorgeousness of Patrick & Colin.

Bridget may be 43 a little thinner but she hasn’t lost her fun, ditziness and vulnerability that we all fell in love with 14 years ago…. Welcome back Bridget, we’ve missed you x

Monday, 19 September 2016

T's Autumn TV Treats....

So it definitely feels like summer is over and autumn has arrived and that's even more evident with the TV scheduling over the past couple of weeks. My planner has gone into overdrive and I am now stockpiling series for the weeks ahead, when the nights draw in and I find comfort on the safe with a throw, hot chocolate and cashmere socks!
So here's whats on my watch list for the fall:
  • Tennison - no release date yet for this, but cant wait to see the adaption of Lynda La Plante's Tennison come to the screen; the story of DI Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect) when she joined the police in the 70's.
  • DCI Banks - loving the return on this series. Along with the great investigations I am also loving the under story's of the characters. My friends wife is one of the lead characters which adds to the enjoyment of this series.
  • Inside Scotland Yard - completely hooked on this documentary presented by Sir Trevor McDonald. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to see some of Scotland Yards infamous Black Museum and loved it. Opening the doors to this fascinating building is a thrill.
  • Starting this week is National Treasure on channel 4 and a welcome return to the TV of Robbie Coltrane and the fabulous Julie Walters - an iconic TV star is accused of rape and then suddenly several girls come forward with similar allegations.
  • Another fabulous documentary currently being aired is Inside British Vogue. Fascinating insight into the world of the most powerful fashion house and magazine.
Cold Feet has seen a welcome return to TV after 13 years, its great to see all the old characters after so long and it feels like they've never been away. Enjoying the series and the complexities of the lives, divorces, marriages of the 5 friends.
Thrilled that series 3 of The Fall returns to BBC2 this week - without a doubt Jamie Dornan is the most sexiest serial killer ever and can't wait to see where this series goes.
Sunday nights at (pm my planner goes into overdrive with Victoria and Poldark - perfect Sunday night period drama. Loving both series, but Victoria is currently my favourite.
Another series that starts this week is Paranoid ; trailer looks great and the cast is fantastic, perfect autumnal evening viewing. Finally Our Girl returns with series 2 and Michelle Keegan in the main role filling the very big shoes of Lacey Turner. Episode 1 was a little slow but episode 2 was a thrill from start to finish and enjoying the new characters alongside the old ones.
So that's my autumn viewing list, would love to hear whats on yours .... have a great week.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

10,000 steps a day in September

So we're halfway through September and therefore halfway through my Walking all over Cancer challenge with my 10,000 steps a day in September  for Cancer Research.
Progress to date looks a bit like this:


157.8K walked (98 miles)
219,912 steps walked

    I have tried to vary my activity daily and capture moments during my walks. I have been blessed with the weather and whether I am pounding the streets of London or walking / running round my local park I am embracing this challenge whole heartily.
    From the beautiful sunrises in the city, to my favourite coffee stops along my commute I am sharing glimpses of my walking life and loving it.
    As you can see I have been blessed with beautiful weather and have explored some gorgeous parts of London. I have had amazing support from my friends and family and have received lots of encouragement and half way through this adventure I have achieved 62% of my donation target.
    I dont know anyone who's life hasn't been affected in some way by Cancer and by taking on this challenge I hope that the small steps I am taking in September will lead to giant strides in the eventual cure of this cruel disease. I am sharing my progress throughout the month and updating my Just Giving,  Facebook & Instagram pages daily.






    Friday, 2 September 2016

    Hello September ....

    So September has arrived with some glorious sunrises and sunsets and I am happy to announce that normal blogging service should resume.
    August was a month of so much change, the biggest being a brand new job which sees me enter month 2 and week 5 next week.
    September is fairly low key for me and looking forward to some downtime along with catching up with friends, having fun and getting some routine back after a month of change.
    My slimming-world and fitness journey takes on a new challenge with me participating in the walking all over cancer campaign of 10,000 steps a day in September.
    September also sees the return of a much loved character Bridget Jones - tickets are booked and can't wait for the fun and clutz that she will bring, along with a new romance with the delicious Jack (Patrick Dempsey)
    I love September its a month that is filled with gorgeous beginnings, leaves changing and of course Pumpkin Lattes (I'm allowing myself one this season as the syns are huge!)
    The Rugby season kicks off this month so a trip to Twickenham is planned
    I also have so many blog posts to catch-up on from August during the month including: Paris adventures, Month 1 with the Fenwick family, Fitness and SW update and a gorgeous summer in the city.
    Here's to a great September ..... filled with love, fun, friendship and the occasional rugby thigh!

    Tuesday, 30 August 2016

    10,000 steps in September

    September see's me take on a small challenge and continue with my healthier living lifestyle.
     I have signed up to Cancer Research's 10,000 steps a day in September. I have already shared how I have fallen in love with walking and I am currently averaging this most work days, hopefully with a little more focus I will maintain this over the weekend and raise a little for such a worthy cause.
     If I complete the challenge I would have walked a minimum of 150 miles in September which ironically I am looking forward to!
    I dont know anyone who's life hasn't been affected in some way by Cancer and by taking on this challenge I hope that the small steps I take in September will lead to giant strides in the eventual cure of this cruel disease. I will be sharing my progress throughout the month and updating my Just Giving,  Facebook & Instagram pages daily.

    Monday, 29 August 2016

    Normal service will resume soon.....

    hello all..... apologies for the lull in blogging, life's been a little busy and I've been enjoying the summer.
    I promise that normal service will resume soon for kick starting September.
    have a great bank holiday and look forward to being back later this week......

    Wednesday, 10 August 2016

    Farewell Mr Selfridge - my final week

    Ten days ago I said my goodbyes to Mr Selfridge and my Selfridges work family from the last 10 years. I had an amazing adventure at Selfridges and look back on the 10 years there with fondness. It wasn't easy and at times was incredibly stressful with long hours and challenging situations, however it really is an incredible, amazing place to work which has set me up to go onto pastures new.
    My last week was incredibly emotional, but also lots of fun, I was dined by several of the directors and colleagues in all the lovely restaurants across the store along with being taken to The Wolsley for breakfast and then an after works drinks on my last night.
    It was a great evening and lovey to catch-up with many friends and colleagues past and present. Prosecco and pint flowing in abundance !.
    My last day was incredibly emotional and we kicked off with our team breakfast "Fry-up Friday" which was then followed by a drop-in lunch with speeches and lots of gift giving.
    I was completely rendered speechless and humbled with the generosity and love shown with gifts I received from my Selfridges family and friends. Completely overwhelmed and I cant thank them all enough. There will always be a small part of my heart that is yellow and what an amazing adventure it has been.

    Thursday, 4 August 2016

    Hello August....

    August has arrived and it brings with it a huge amount of change. July saw me leave the big yellow store on Oxford Street and the home of Mr Selfridge,  August will see me move into a lovey corner shop in Bond Street and join the Fenwicks family.
    I am looking forward to the new challenge and currently between stores.
    Thank-you to all that have left comments and messages from the Slimming world and walking posts, your support and encouragement means a great deal. I will share more of my SW updates later this month along with a huge farewell to Selfridges post.
    August for me is full of lots of new things, along with lots of family and friends birthdays and celebrations. Best friends birthday, Nephew turns 18, 4 wedding anniversaries, S.I.L & mums birthdays its a busy month!
    I also have a couple of lovely things planned including a little trip to Paris and a visit to Claridges.  Apart from that August is fairly quiet!!....
    Here's to a fun filled August, full of fun, new adventures, friendship and happy days.


    Tuesday, 2 August 2016

    Farewell July....

    Well July was a month filled with fun, celebrations and lots of farewell. It was the month that I said my goodbyes to Mr Selfridge and the store that has been my work home and my work family for the past 10 years.
    July was also a month where we saw a glimpse of summer and my walking adventures stepped up more with the warm mornings and evenings.
    Saturday and Sunday mornings were spent at my desk clearing through 10 years of paperwork, filling and archiving in preparation for handover and packing up to leave. However I did escape a few times to enjoy the sunshine and parks around London; one of my favourite being a gorgeous walk through Regents park and along the canal.
    July saw walks along the river, an early breakfast at The Sky Garden
    along with a meander along the canal.
    St Pauls cathedral has become one of my favourite photo-ops on my walks.
    Another breakfast came at The Wolsley with my current & previous boss which was just lovely. I will share my Selfridges farewell adventure soon.
    I was inundated with cards & gifts and drank too much champagne in a week where I said goodbye and celebrated another year older.
    July really was a month of beautiful things; I travelled to Manchester early in the month and stayed at the lovely Malmaison to say goodbye to my Manchester families.
    I also got to celebrate Christmas in July where I attended the Selfridges Christmas press show for the last time.
    July was full of glorious colour from the beautiful blooms inside & out and I was in complete rose heaven.
    My SW adventure continued with another half stone award which I will be sharing more of in the coming week.
    Thanks July for what really was an emotional month... Looking forward to a whole new adventure in August.

    Sunday, 17 July 2016

    Walking myself happy

    Earlier this week I shared my lifestyle changes with my slimming world adventures. Thank you to all that commented on instagram and on here and also text with such lovely messages of encouragement, it really does make a difference. Having shared my eating changes, over the last couple of months I have stepped up the healthier lifestyle with a little easy exercise!.
    Exercise doesn’t come naturally to me and I could easily have been a sloth in previous life, however I knew that I needed to do something. With a twin that runs daily and can run a marathon sub 4hrs, genetically I knew that something was possible, although I am unable to run a bath so pulling on my trainers for a jog around the park wasn’t on my agenda! However I have pulled on my trainers and have completely fallen in love with the big long walk.
    I started with walking to the station from home 3 mornings a week (weather permitting! I am a fair weather walker when commuting) It’s a 2k (1.4miles )walk which on a nice day through the park is a pleasant way to start the morning and less stress than trying to find a parking space at the station and ticking off a 3 mile walk (to & from station to home.
    This built up gradually until I decided to take on a bigger challenge Bond Street (Selfridges) to Liverpool Street. I have now mapped 7 routes which range from 7k to 10k (4.6 – 6.3miles) which I am walking at least twice a week and can honestly say I love it. The feeling at the end is fantastic, I'm less stressed and have a real sense of achievement.

    To begin with I stuck close to the route of the central line in case I needed to jump on the tube, but now verge off to explore hidden streets and green spaces. Along the route I capture images of my walk alongside me 'map my walk' route. It’s a lovely reminder, fun and keeps me focused. So far I've explored the city on a Sunday, ambled the banks of the river – embankment & south bank, royal parks and knooks and lanes of Bloomsbury & Holborn.
    I am loving my walks and have now started to look at setting myself some bigger goals, I've even downloaded the couch to 5K running app, so maybe running a bath may just be in my sights! ......
    thanks again for the lovely comments, pop back next month and I will update you on my progress.

    Thursday, 14 July 2016

    TCakes SW adventure ...

    12 months ago I started on a journey to a better me, my plan was to include lifestyle, health and general well-being. I was at a point where I was genuinely unhappy about lots of my life, but feeling constantly tired, listless and low was something I wanted to change.
    My first goal on my plan was diet, I didn’t tell anyone that I was doing it as there is nothing worse than telling people that you are on a diet and then them pointing out all the calories, fats, and things that you eat that are wrong. I managed to loose 14lb (1 stone) on my own before I realised that I probably couldn’t do this solo and would need some motivation and support to assist. I had tried many 'diets' before and failed after the first couple of months due to the restrictiveness of them. I had until then followed a couple of people on instagram that had been following slimming world and had lost lots of weight, they instagrammed their daily meals and I was amazed by the volume & variety of food that they could eat.  SW looked like a food lifestyle plan that I could follow and not feel like I was on a 'diet'.
    I joined SW last August and have over the last 11 months slowly lost lb.'s and inches, and this week I crossed the 3 stone goal, which means that in 12 months I have now lost 4 stone. I am thrilled with my progress. I have had slow weeks and a couple of low weeks, small gains but overall a steady loss which has culminated in 3 stone gone.
    Things that I have loved about SW over the last year:
    •          I have fallen back in love with cooking – ready meals are a thing of the past.
    •          My weekly shop is more planned and I no longer run into M&S on the way home because the fridge is empty
    •          Its flexible, I have still gone for my weekly Indian with the golden girls on a Saturday.
    •          Virtually and Socially I have met some lovely people who are also on this lifestyle change.
    •          I have a sense of pride and worth that I lost.
    •          The shy social butterfly is becoming more confident.
    •          Become more active!
    •          I've eaten more food daily that what I ate before!
    So what does SW look like for me! –

    Breakfast
    ·         Breakfast is usually at my desk – weekdays are usually Weetabix / oats, fruit & yoghurt. Weekends are cooked breakfast / poached eggs. – as you can see I have lots of fun with my breakfast styling!





    Lunch

          Lunch is as creative and colourful, often using leftovers from the previous night dinner or opting for salad / jacket potato.











    Dinner
    ·         Dinner is predominately chicken, fish, or a recipe from the slimming world books, favourites include; curry, lasagne, chilli, and pulled pork. I try to cook a roast on a Sunday, using fry light instead of oil (still makes great roasties)
    Eating out
    I try to save my syns for treats and eating out as you have less control over the hidden dangers of fats / sugars but as you can see I still have a varied menu and genuinely enjoying this food lifestyle change. Whether I am out eating breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

    Each month I set myself mini goals which keeps me focused, which make the monumental lb.'s that I want to lose more achievable. Along with loosing lb.'s I have lost inches and have dropped 3 trouser / top sizes, and I'm the smallest clothes size & weight that I have been in 12 years. I feel better, people have noticed the weight loss, although it is something I am only beginning to see for myself in recent weeks.  think it's going to take a long time before I look in the mirror and not see the fat girl but I am loving the wider variety of clothes shopping. I now feel better, more active and have more energy. The only thing that hasn’t got any better is my terrible insomnia, I'm hoping this improves with a job change in the coming weeks. -
    So what's next – ideally I would like to lose another 2 stone and drop another dress / trouser size but would be happy with a stone and a half. My next goals will include a wider fitness programme. Pop back later this week when I share my Walking myself happy roadmap. If you would like to follow my SW adventure on instagram you can fine me here.

    Monday, 11 July 2016

    T's travels - London's mews

    Recently having spent a Saturday morning at my desk, I escaped into the back streets of the west end of London to explore some of the hidden delights of the city. I had seen and liked a number of Instagram images of mews's and hidden squares and gardens and was keen to explore these.
    I mapped a small route which took me from Manchester Square (behind Selfridges) up towards Lancaster Gate, zig-zagging through lanes and gardens running alongside Hyde Park.
    My first stop was in Connaught Square where I fell in love with the most gorgeous house covered in climbing roses and wisteria. It was hard to get a picture front facing as the road is quite busy, but I will definitely pop back later in the summer to see what else this gorgeous house blooms.
    Meandering along I discovered some fabulous little lanes and private mews, however my favourite was a mews that allowed you to walk and explore its glorious cobble path.
    I can't describe to you how delightful this mews was filled with most gorgeous window boxes, planters and flowers, along with gorgeous painted doors and garages. Whilst enjoying this little hidden slice of London I was surprised to hear horses hooves, until I saw a small riding group using the mews as a cut through to their stables nearby.
    One of my favourite instagram feeds @georgianlondon recently shared the origin of Mews's - they were originally built as stable blocks for grand squares and street. When cars replaced horses they became homes for chauffeurs and cars instead of grooms and horses.            A short walk from this mews is another which still houses stables and horses and is the riding school which uses Hyde park as its playground.
    I had a lovely couple of hours exploring these little side streets and have already started planning my next London exploration. I am inspired daily by a number of Instagrammers who share their adventures across the city; here are a few of my favourites.
    Skye @georgianlondon,  @meanderingmacaron,  michelle @crazycatladyldn,  magdalena @magspangeni,  @mewsingsldn and @prettycitylondon   Thankyou all for sharing such lovely images.
    I hope that you have enjoyed my hidden slice of London - pop back later in the month when I share some more London delights.

    Monday, 4 July 2016

    Hello July....

    So July is here and that means a new makeover for the blog and we have entered the 7th month of the year. July is a month that is usually filled with a very busy work schedule, and a birthday celebration! Along with this it will also be my last month at the big yellow store as I say goodbye to Mr Selfridge at the end of the month. My month therefore is filled with lots of goodbyes and lots of planning and looking forward to a new adventure!
    I have a few things planned for the month:
       
    • Breakfast at The Wolsley with my boss and work colleague.
    • A trip to Claridges is on the cards.
    • Drinks with lots of work friends.
    • Birthday celebrations and a trip to Paris to plan!
    Aside from this I would really like to enjoy some down time, reading, walking and getting back on plan with slimming world. I've hit a bit of a road block since i passed the 3.5 stone but really pleased with my progress so far.
    So here's to a gorgeous July, hopefully with a little more sunshine, lots of laughter, love and I'm sure a few tears!

    Sunday, 3 July 2016

    Insta Love - June

    My love affair continues with Instagram and today I am sharing some of my favourites from June.
    June's instagram feed was full of  glimpses of summer, royal celebrations, and politics. As with May I wasn't able to just pick 9 so here are a few from my 3 instagram accounts;
    • This purple haze with Big Ben in the background is one of the beautiful images posted on London Masters this month.
    • Gorgeous sunrise image from Angelo of the One World Trade building from New Jersey is delightful
    • Love this image from Mr Whisper of sunset behind the London eye from the shell building. My friend used to work at this building and I have great memories of this view.
    • With the Queen celebrating her 90th birthday I love this image of David Beckham and her Majesty this month. He posted a lovely quote in remembrance of his Nan & Grandad. (sigh)
    • I currently planning a mini trip to Paris at the beginning of August so this image from Elena of the Musee Gustave Moreau has been added to my 'must visit' list.
    • My friend Joe launched his fabulous style business this month and his friend David shared this image from the launch breakfast!!!!.
    • There have been so many images of sunsets this month, but this Gorgeous sunset across south London from my friend Anne is one of my favourites.
    • Two of my favourite things on my daily commute captured by Pretty City London - Howarths music shop and a glorious classic car.
    • June saw me visit The Connaught Hotel for breakfast and I saw these beautiful hydrangeas in all their glory - stunning.
    My blog theme for June was Pinks and Apricots and here are a few images that I loved on my feed during the month capturing these colours perfectly.
    • Love this image of The Queen waving from a balcony from her trip to Liverpool this month, taken by The Royal family account.
    • My insta love regularly features Sally and her 'gettingstuffdoneinheels' account - this image of roses in her garden is simply stunning.
    • More roses this time from regents park's golden hour captured by OnePurlRow- beautiful.
    • Daytime roses in beautiful pink & apricot hues captured on one of the few sunny days in June by Kathryn from wanderforawhile.
    • GeorgianLondon has captured this beautiful door in Fournier Street in the heart of East London perfectly.
    • Yes more roses - this time from KerryHillFarm - love this instagram full of dogs, farm life and vintage tea.
    • Pony's instagram feed is fully of crochet treats, but this capture of her cat skittles, sleeping on a ball of wall is so much fun.
    • Door love in my favourite June hues from Leah is perfect. a beautiful colourful instagram feed from across the city.
    • Lovely summer juices from Mill Juice captured by Amanda Mclernon.
    From my Tcaketess account; here's what I have loved in June;
    • Fun with Letters and light boxes with Heidi Swapp - one of my favourite crafting ladies. There isn't much that I don't have on a wish list from this ladies company.
    • Crochet envy from Mandy's insta feed, she has inspired me to want to pick up a hook and wool again.
    • Planner love from Nadia's paper heart gold account.- a feed full of paper love.
    • I have recently discovered a beautiful illustrator who's images inspire me daily - this is one of my favourites from this month from Heather Rosehill.
    • Bookshelf envy from The Planner Spot - i would like it all!!
    • Another planner envy post from Anne of anneheartslife full of planner & peony gorgeousness this month.
    • Crafting isn't complete without a little cake or doughnut's - Pink the Towns glittery doughnuts are delicious. 
    • Macaron gorgeousness from Natasha at Neviepie cakes are full of fun for a monday - love her feed and uniqueness of cake illustrations.
    • Finally this fun flat lay styling from Louise - full of fun, glitter, buttons and stars to celebrate everything gorgeous.

    My instagram community continues to grow and I am meeting lots of new 'insta-friends' through it both in the virtual world and in person.
    Thankyou all for sharing such lovely images during June, they have been beautiful, fun full of flowers, royalty & delicious men! With 3 instagram accounts now -@tcake31 for London life and things that I love,@tcaketess for planner, crafting & stationery happiness and my healthy eating journey on @tcakes_sw_adventure pop over and say hi... look forward to seeing what July brings on insta love.
    I hope you have had fun with my social media Sunday loves ... here's some from previous months... 

    Saturday, 24 September 2016

    TCakes SW adventures ....

    A couple of months ago I shared my journey with SlimmingWorld over the last year. Since that post I am happy to share that I have lost another stone and  my total weight loss over the last 13 months has now reached 5 stone in total, 4 of which have been with SW.
    I am thrilled and feel like a completely new person. I have one and a half stone to go until I hit my target, which will mean a loss of 5 1/2 stone with SW and 6 1/2 stone in total, which I hope to hit before Christmas.
    I can honestly say that although it hasn’t been easy, it equally hasn’t been hard; it just requires planning and making the right choices. The hardest part of the journey has been stepping up the fitness as for me it was as much about feeling fitter as it was feeling fitter.
    I have a great friend, who has been on this journey as well who has been the most amazing support and has encouraged me daily, as well as got me running around the park. ( the only thing on this journey that I hate!) I have discovered that I love the walking and even after I have completed my 10,000 steps challenge in September I  hope to continue through the winter (weather permitting) with my London walks. I have also discovered the fun that Zumba can bring and are now attending a class each week. I have never sweated so hard on 60 minutes in my life but can really see a difference since I have been going.
    As we head into autumn I now need to buy a new wardrobe of clothes as I have now dropped 4 sizes and have no winter clothes!
    Shopping trip planned and an update to come on progress ....


    Wednesday, 21 September 2016

    Welcome Back Bridget.....

    There haven’t been films this year that have had me wanting to rush to the cinema, (the last one being Me before You) but there has been one that has been on my MUST see list since the trailer aired and the location images started to appear on social media late last year. I am of course referring to Bridget Jones Baby.


    Bridget is up there in my top favourite films for so many reasons. I have followed Bridget’s adventures since she first appeared as column inches in the Independent, which led to the book and then onto the movie. I too like Bridget have despaired over the size of my thighs, smoked too many cigarettes, drunk far too many units of alcohol and invariably fallen for the  very wrong type of man! (on several occasions) and acknowledges that I will always be ‘a little bit fat’.
    My mum too tried to set me up with every ‘nice ‘ guy she knew during my twenties to no avail. I stumbled headlong into my 30’s in a drunken partying haze still falling for every wrong guy possible until they all but gave up with me and acknowledged that I would be the ‘forever’ singleton that could at times be the ditsiest klutz possible who loved her friends and was married to her career.  
    I shared my love of Bridget with my Nan, and she too adored the movie and affectionately called me Bridget on occasions that deemed necessary, we went to the cinema together to see the first movie and I have really fond memories of the fun that we had with it afterwards.

    Friday saw the release of the 3rd instalment of Bridget’s life, and I can honestly say it’s the funniest Bridget ever. I laughed from the open through to the final credits, at one point thinking I was going to slide off the chair. Casting is just fabulous and its lovely to see so many old favourites back along with a couple of newbies. Patrick Dempsey who plays the very delicious Jack is just gorgeous and of course a welcome return to the ever lovely Mark Fitzwilliam Darcy (Colin Firth).

    This movie has had lots of press, social media coverage and hype and it absolutely lives up to all of it and I’m thrilled that the surprises that are within the movie haven’t leaked all over the networks. The press junket has had me salivating over the fabulous styling of Renee Z along with the gorgeousness of Patrick & Colin.

    Bridget may be 43 a little thinner but she hasn’t lost her fun, ditziness and vulnerability that we all fell in love with 14 years ago…. Welcome back Bridget, we’ve missed you x

    Monday, 19 September 2016

    T's Autumn TV Treats....

    So it definitely feels like summer is over and autumn has arrived and that's even more evident with the TV scheduling over the past couple of weeks. My planner has gone into overdrive and I am now stockpiling series for the weeks ahead, when the nights draw in and I find comfort on the safe with a throw, hot chocolate and cashmere socks!
    So here's whats on my watch list for the fall:
    • Tennison - no release date yet for this, but cant wait to see the adaption of Lynda La Plante's Tennison come to the screen; the story of DI Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect) when she joined the police in the 70's.
    • DCI Banks - loving the return on this series. Along with the great investigations I am also loving the under story's of the characters. My friends wife is one of the lead characters which adds to the enjoyment of this series.
    • Inside Scotland Yard - completely hooked on this documentary presented by Sir Trevor McDonald. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to see some of Scotland Yards infamous Black Museum and loved it. Opening the doors to this fascinating building is a thrill.
    • Starting this week is National Treasure on channel 4 and a welcome return to the TV of Robbie Coltrane and the fabulous Julie Walters - an iconic TV star is accused of rape and then suddenly several girls come forward with similar allegations.
    • Another fabulous documentary currently being aired is Inside British Vogue. Fascinating insight into the world of the most powerful fashion house and magazine.
    Cold Feet has seen a welcome return to TV after 13 years, its great to see all the old characters after so long and it feels like they've never been away. Enjoying the series and the complexities of the lives, divorces, marriages of the 5 friends.
    Thrilled that series 3 of The Fall returns to BBC2 this week - without a doubt Jamie Dornan is the most sexiest serial killer ever and can't wait to see where this series goes.
    Sunday nights at (pm my planner goes into overdrive with Victoria and Poldark - perfect Sunday night period drama. Loving both series, but Victoria is currently my favourite.
    Another series that starts this week is Paranoid ; trailer looks great and the cast is fantastic, perfect autumnal evening viewing. Finally Our Girl returns with series 2 and Michelle Keegan in the main role filling the very big shoes of Lacey Turner. Episode 1 was a little slow but episode 2 was a thrill from start to finish and enjoying the new characters alongside the old ones.
    So that's my autumn viewing list, would love to hear whats on yours .... have a great week.

    Thursday, 15 September 2016

    10,000 steps a day in September

    So we're halfway through September and therefore halfway through my Walking all over Cancer challenge with my 10,000 steps a day in September  for Cancer Research.
    Progress to date looks a bit like this:


    157.8K walked (98 miles)
    219,912 steps walked

      I have tried to vary my activity daily and capture moments during my walks. I have been blessed with the weather and whether I am pounding the streets of London or walking / running round my local park I am embracing this challenge whole heartily.
      From the beautiful sunrises in the city, to my favourite coffee stops along my commute I am sharing glimpses of my walking life and loving it.
      As you can see I have been blessed with beautiful weather and have explored some gorgeous parts of London. I have had amazing support from my friends and family and have received lots of encouragement and half way through this adventure I have achieved 62% of my donation target.
      I dont know anyone who's life hasn't been affected in some way by Cancer and by taking on this challenge I hope that the small steps I am taking in September will lead to giant strides in the eventual cure of this cruel disease. I am sharing my progress throughout the month and updating my Just Giving,  Facebook & Instagram pages daily.






      Friday, 2 September 2016

      Hello September ....

      So September has arrived with some glorious sunrises and sunsets and I am happy to announce that normal blogging service should resume.
      August was a month of so much change, the biggest being a brand new job which sees me enter month 2 and week 5 next week.
      September is fairly low key for me and looking forward to some downtime along with catching up with friends, having fun and getting some routine back after a month of change.
      My slimming-world and fitness journey takes on a new challenge with me participating in the walking all over cancer campaign of 10,000 steps a day in September.
      September also sees the return of a much loved character Bridget Jones - tickets are booked and can't wait for the fun and clutz that she will bring, along with a new romance with the delicious Jack (Patrick Dempsey)
      I love September its a month that is filled with gorgeous beginnings, leaves changing and of course Pumpkin Lattes (I'm allowing myself one this season as the syns are huge!)
      The Rugby season kicks off this month so a trip to Twickenham is planned
      I also have so many blog posts to catch-up on from August during the month including: Paris adventures, Month 1 with the Fenwick family, Fitness and SW update and a gorgeous summer in the city.
      Here's to a great September ..... filled with love, fun, friendship and the occasional rugby thigh!

      Tuesday, 30 August 2016

      10,000 steps in September

      September see's me take on a small challenge and continue with my healthier living lifestyle.
       I have signed up to Cancer Research's 10,000 steps a day in September. I have already shared how I have fallen in love with walking and I am currently averaging this most work days, hopefully with a little more focus I will maintain this over the weekend and raise a little for such a worthy cause.
       If I complete the challenge I would have walked a minimum of 150 miles in September which ironically I am looking forward to!
      I dont know anyone who's life hasn't been affected in some way by Cancer and by taking on this challenge I hope that the small steps I take in September will lead to giant strides in the eventual cure of this cruel disease. I will be sharing my progress throughout the month and updating my Just Giving,  Facebook & Instagram pages daily.

      Monday, 29 August 2016

      Normal service will resume soon.....

      hello all..... apologies for the lull in blogging, life's been a little busy and I've been enjoying the summer.
      I promise that normal service will resume soon for kick starting September.
      have a great bank holiday and look forward to being back later this week......

      Wednesday, 10 August 2016

      Farewell Mr Selfridge - my final week

      Ten days ago I said my goodbyes to Mr Selfridge and my Selfridges work family from the last 10 years. I had an amazing adventure at Selfridges and look back on the 10 years there with fondness. It wasn't easy and at times was incredibly stressful with long hours and challenging situations, however it really is an incredible, amazing place to work which has set me up to go onto pastures new.
      My last week was incredibly emotional, but also lots of fun, I was dined by several of the directors and colleagues in all the lovely restaurants across the store along with being taken to The Wolsley for breakfast and then an after works drinks on my last night.
      It was a great evening and lovey to catch-up with many friends and colleagues past and present. Prosecco and pint flowing in abundance !.
      My last day was incredibly emotional and we kicked off with our team breakfast "Fry-up Friday" which was then followed by a drop-in lunch with speeches and lots of gift giving.
      I was completely rendered speechless and humbled with the generosity and love shown with gifts I received from my Selfridges family and friends. Completely overwhelmed and I cant thank them all enough. There will always be a small part of my heart that is yellow and what an amazing adventure it has been.

      Thursday, 4 August 2016

      Hello August....

      August has arrived and it brings with it a huge amount of change. July saw me leave the big yellow store on Oxford Street and the home of Mr Selfridge,  August will see me move into a lovey corner shop in Bond Street and join the Fenwicks family.
      I am looking forward to the new challenge and currently between stores.
      Thank-you to all that have left comments and messages from the Slimming world and walking posts, your support and encouragement means a great deal. I will share more of my SW updates later this month along with a huge farewell to Selfridges post.
      August for me is full of lots of new things, along with lots of family and friends birthdays and celebrations. Best friends birthday, Nephew turns 18, 4 wedding anniversaries, S.I.L & mums birthdays its a busy month!
      I also have a couple of lovely things planned including a little trip to Paris and a visit to Claridges.  Apart from that August is fairly quiet!!....
      Here's to a fun filled August, full of fun, new adventures, friendship and happy days.


      Tuesday, 2 August 2016

      Farewell July....

      Well July was a month filled with fun, celebrations and lots of farewell. It was the month that I said my goodbyes to Mr Selfridge and the store that has been my work home and my work family for the past 10 years.
      July was also a month where we saw a glimpse of summer and my walking adventures stepped up more with the warm mornings and evenings.
      Saturday and Sunday mornings were spent at my desk clearing through 10 years of paperwork, filling and archiving in preparation for handover and packing up to leave. However I did escape a few times to enjoy the sunshine and parks around London; one of my favourite being a gorgeous walk through Regents park and along the canal.
      July saw walks along the river, an early breakfast at The Sky Garden
      along with a meander along the canal.
      St Pauls cathedral has become one of my favourite photo-ops on my walks.
      Another breakfast came at The Wolsley with my current & previous boss which was just lovely. I will share my Selfridges farewell adventure soon.
      I was inundated with cards & gifts and drank too much champagne in a week where I said goodbye and celebrated another year older.
      July really was a month of beautiful things; I travelled to Manchester early in the month and stayed at the lovely Malmaison to say goodbye to my Manchester families.
      I also got to celebrate Christmas in July where I attended the Selfridges Christmas press show for the last time.
      July was full of glorious colour from the beautiful blooms inside & out and I was in complete rose heaven.
      My SW adventure continued with another half stone award which I will be sharing more of in the coming week.
      Thanks July for what really was an emotional month... Looking forward to a whole new adventure in August.

      Sunday, 17 July 2016

      Walking myself happy

      Earlier this week I shared my lifestyle changes with my slimming world adventures. Thank you to all that commented on instagram and on here and also text with such lovely messages of encouragement, it really does make a difference. Having shared my eating changes, over the last couple of months I have stepped up the healthier lifestyle with a little easy exercise!.
      Exercise doesn’t come naturally to me and I could easily have been a sloth in previous life, however I knew that I needed to do something. With a twin that runs daily and can run a marathon sub 4hrs, genetically I knew that something was possible, although I am unable to run a bath so pulling on my trainers for a jog around the park wasn’t on my agenda! However I have pulled on my trainers and have completely fallen in love with the big long walk.
      I started with walking to the station from home 3 mornings a week (weather permitting! I am a fair weather walker when commuting) It’s a 2k (1.4miles )walk which on a nice day through the park is a pleasant way to start the morning and less stress than trying to find a parking space at the station and ticking off a 3 mile walk (to & from station to home.
      This built up gradually until I decided to take on a bigger challenge Bond Street (Selfridges) to Liverpool Street. I have now mapped 7 routes which range from 7k to 10k (4.6 – 6.3miles) which I am walking at least twice a week and can honestly say I love it. The feeling at the end is fantastic, I'm less stressed and have a real sense of achievement.

      To begin with I stuck close to the route of the central line in case I needed to jump on the tube, but now verge off to explore hidden streets and green spaces. Along the route I capture images of my walk alongside me 'map my walk' route. It’s a lovely reminder, fun and keeps me focused. So far I've explored the city on a Sunday, ambled the banks of the river – embankment & south bank, royal parks and knooks and lanes of Bloomsbury & Holborn.
      I am loving my walks and have now started to look at setting myself some bigger goals, I've even downloaded the couch to 5K running app, so maybe running a bath may just be in my sights! ......
      thanks again for the lovely comments, pop back next month and I will update you on my progress.

      Thursday, 14 July 2016

      TCakes SW adventure ...

      12 months ago I started on a journey to a better me, my plan was to include lifestyle, health and general well-being. I was at a point where I was genuinely unhappy about lots of my life, but feeling constantly tired, listless and low was something I wanted to change.
      My first goal on my plan was diet, I didn’t tell anyone that I was doing it as there is nothing worse than telling people that you are on a diet and then them pointing out all the calories, fats, and things that you eat that are wrong. I managed to loose 14lb (1 stone) on my own before I realised that I probably couldn’t do this solo and would need some motivation and support to assist. I had tried many 'diets' before and failed after the first couple of months due to the restrictiveness of them. I had until then followed a couple of people on instagram that had been following slimming world and had lost lots of weight, they instagrammed their daily meals and I was amazed by the volume & variety of food that they could eat.  SW looked like a food lifestyle plan that I could follow and not feel like I was on a 'diet'.
      I joined SW last August and have over the last 11 months slowly lost lb.'s and inches, and this week I crossed the 3 stone goal, which means that in 12 months I have now lost 4 stone. I am thrilled with my progress. I have had slow weeks and a couple of low weeks, small gains but overall a steady loss which has culminated in 3 stone gone.
      Things that I have loved about SW over the last year:
      •          I have fallen back in love with cooking – ready meals are a thing of the past.
      •          My weekly shop is more planned and I no longer run into M&S on the way home because the fridge is empty
      •          Its flexible, I have still gone for my weekly Indian with the golden girls on a Saturday.
      •          Virtually and Socially I have met some lovely people who are also on this lifestyle change.
      •          I have a sense of pride and worth that I lost.
      •          The shy social butterfly is becoming more confident.
      •          Become more active!
      •          I've eaten more food daily that what I ate before!
      So what does SW look like for me! –

      Breakfast
      ·         Breakfast is usually at my desk – weekdays are usually Weetabix / oats, fruit & yoghurt. Weekends are cooked breakfast / poached eggs. – as you can see I have lots of fun with my breakfast styling!





      Lunch

            Lunch is as creative and colourful, often using leftovers from the previous night dinner or opting for salad / jacket potato.











      Dinner
      ·         Dinner is predominately chicken, fish, or a recipe from the slimming world books, favourites include; curry, lasagne, chilli, and pulled pork. I try to cook a roast on a Sunday, using fry light instead of oil (still makes great roasties)
      Eating out
      I try to save my syns for treats and eating out as you have less control over the hidden dangers of fats / sugars but as you can see I still have a varied menu and genuinely enjoying this food lifestyle change. Whether I am out eating breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

      Each month I set myself mini goals which keeps me focused, which make the monumental lb.'s that I want to lose more achievable. Along with loosing lb.'s I have lost inches and have dropped 3 trouser / top sizes, and I'm the smallest clothes size & weight that I have been in 12 years. I feel better, people have noticed the weight loss, although it is something I am only beginning to see for myself in recent weeks.  think it's going to take a long time before I look in the mirror and not see the fat girl but I am loving the wider variety of clothes shopping. I now feel better, more active and have more energy. The only thing that hasn’t got any better is my terrible insomnia, I'm hoping this improves with a job change in the coming weeks. -
      So what's next – ideally I would like to lose another 2 stone and drop another dress / trouser size but would be happy with a stone and a half. My next goals will include a wider fitness programme. Pop back later this week when I share my Walking myself happy roadmap. If you would like to follow my SW adventure on instagram you can fine me here.

      Monday, 11 July 2016

      T's travels - London's mews

      Recently having spent a Saturday morning at my desk, I escaped into the back streets of the west end of London to explore some of the hidden delights of the city. I had seen and liked a number of Instagram images of mews's and hidden squares and gardens and was keen to explore these.
      I mapped a small route which took me from Manchester Square (behind Selfridges) up towards Lancaster Gate, zig-zagging through lanes and gardens running alongside Hyde Park.
      My first stop was in Connaught Square where I fell in love with the most gorgeous house covered in climbing roses and wisteria. It was hard to get a picture front facing as the road is quite busy, but I will definitely pop back later in the summer to see what else this gorgeous house blooms.
      Meandering along I discovered some fabulous little lanes and private mews, however my favourite was a mews that allowed you to walk and explore its glorious cobble path.
      I can't describe to you how delightful this mews was filled with most gorgeous window boxes, planters and flowers, along with gorgeous painted doors and garages. Whilst enjoying this little hidden slice of London I was surprised to hear horses hooves, until I saw a small riding group using the mews as a cut through to their stables nearby.
      One of my favourite instagram feeds @georgianlondon recently shared the origin of Mews's - they were originally built as stable blocks for grand squares and street. When cars replaced horses they became homes for chauffeurs and cars instead of grooms and horses.            A short walk from this mews is another which still houses stables and horses and is the riding school which uses Hyde park as its playground.
      I had a lovely couple of hours exploring these little side streets and have already started planning my next London exploration. I am inspired daily by a number of Instagrammers who share their adventures across the city; here are a few of my favourites.
      Skye @georgianlondon,  @meanderingmacaron,  michelle @crazycatladyldn,  magdalena @magspangeni,  @mewsingsldn and @prettycitylondon   Thankyou all for sharing such lovely images.
      I hope that you have enjoyed my hidden slice of London - pop back later in the month when I share some more London delights.

      Monday, 4 July 2016

      Hello July....

      So July is here and that means a new makeover for the blog and we have entered the 7th month of the year. July is a month that is usually filled with a very busy work schedule, and a birthday celebration! Along with this it will also be my last month at the big yellow store as I say goodbye to Mr Selfridge at the end of the month. My month therefore is filled with lots of goodbyes and lots of planning and looking forward to a new adventure!
      I have a few things planned for the month:
         
      • Breakfast at The Wolsley with my boss and work colleague.
      • A trip to Claridges is on the cards.
      • Drinks with lots of work friends.
      • Birthday celebrations and a trip to Paris to plan!
      Aside from this I would really like to enjoy some down time, reading, walking and getting back on plan with slimming world. I've hit a bit of a road block since i passed the 3.5 stone but really pleased with my progress so far.
      So here's to a gorgeous July, hopefully with a little more sunshine, lots of laughter, love and I'm sure a few tears!

      Sunday, 3 July 2016

      Insta Love - June

      My love affair continues with Instagram and today I am sharing some of my favourites from June.
      June's instagram feed was full of  glimpses of summer, royal celebrations, and politics. As with May I wasn't able to just pick 9 so here are a few from my 3 instagram accounts;
      • This purple haze with Big Ben in the background is one of the beautiful images posted on London Masters this month.
      • Gorgeous sunrise image from Angelo of the One World Trade building from New Jersey is delightful
      • Love this image from Mr Whisper of sunset behind the London eye from the shell building. My friend used to work at this building and I have great memories of this view.
      • With the Queen celebrating her 90th birthday I love this image of David Beckham and her Majesty this month. He posted a lovely quote in remembrance of his Nan & Grandad. (sigh)
      • I currently planning a mini trip to Paris at the beginning of August so this image from Elena of the Musee Gustave Moreau has been added to my 'must visit' list.
      • My friend Joe launched his fabulous style business this month and his friend David shared this image from the launch breakfast!!!!.
      • There have been so many images of sunsets this month, but this Gorgeous sunset across south London from my friend Anne is one of my favourites.
      • Two of my favourite things on my daily commute captured by Pretty City London - Howarths music shop and a glorious classic car.
      • June saw me visit The Connaught Hotel for breakfast and I saw these beautiful hydrangeas in all their glory - stunning.
      My blog theme for June was Pinks and Apricots and here are a few images that I loved on my feed during the month capturing these colours perfectly.
      • Love this image of The Queen waving from a balcony from her trip to Liverpool this month, taken by The Royal family account.
      • My insta love regularly features Sally and her 'gettingstuffdoneinheels' account - this image of roses in her garden is simply stunning.
      • More roses this time from regents park's golden hour captured by OnePurlRow- beautiful.
      • Daytime roses in beautiful pink & apricot hues captured on one of the few sunny days in June by Kathryn from wanderforawhile.
      • GeorgianLondon has captured this beautiful door in Fournier Street in the heart of East London perfectly.
      • Yes more roses - this time from KerryHillFarm - love this instagram full of dogs, farm life and vintage tea.
      • Pony's instagram feed is fully of crochet treats, but this capture of her cat skittles, sleeping on a ball of wall is so much fun.
      • Door love in my favourite June hues from Leah is perfect. a beautiful colourful instagram feed from across the city.
      • Lovely summer juices from Mill Juice captured by Amanda Mclernon.
      From my Tcaketess account; here's what I have loved in June;
      • Fun with Letters and light boxes with Heidi Swapp - one of my favourite crafting ladies. There isn't much that I don't have on a wish list from this ladies company.
      • Crochet envy from Mandy's insta feed, she has inspired me to want to pick up a hook and wool again.
      • Planner love from Nadia's paper heart gold account.- a feed full of paper love.
      • I have recently discovered a beautiful illustrator who's images inspire me daily - this is one of my favourites from this month from Heather Rosehill.
      • Bookshelf envy from The Planner Spot - i would like it all!!
      • Another planner envy post from Anne of anneheartslife full of planner & peony gorgeousness this month.
      • Crafting isn't complete without a little cake or doughnut's - Pink the Towns glittery doughnuts are delicious. 
      • Macaron gorgeousness from Natasha at Neviepie cakes are full of fun for a monday - love her feed and uniqueness of cake illustrations.
      • Finally this fun flat lay styling from Louise - full of fun, glitter, buttons and stars to celebrate everything gorgeous.

      My instagram community continues to grow and I am meeting lots of new 'insta-friends' through it both in the virtual world and in person.
      Thankyou all for sharing such lovely images during June, they have been beautiful, fun full of flowers, royalty & delicious men! With 3 instagram accounts now -@tcake31 for London life and things that I love,@tcaketess for planner, crafting & stationery happiness and my healthy eating journey on @tcakes_sw_adventure pop over and say hi... look forward to seeing what July brings on insta love.
      I hope you have had fun with my social media Sunday loves ... here's some from previous months...