Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller

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UK Politics: what on earth is going on?

Apart from two posts back in early 2015 (this one and this one), I deliberately haven’t written about politics on the blog. It isn’t a focus of my usual writing but as my readership has grown beyond my wildest imagination, I’d like to use my platform just this once to put it out there and say:

“UK Politics: what on earth is going on?”

For those who know me well, they know that politics is extremely important to me, it always has been, and I’m an active member of the political party I support.

Those same friends and family members know that I love getting up on my soapbox and that I have an opinion on pretty much everything. However, they also know that I’m not one for shouting about my political views online or through my social media.

This post isn’t about what I think or you think, it’s not about the Party I support and the ones I don’t, it’s not about agreeing or disagreeing, it’s not about who can shout the loudest about their views or who can post the most politically-driven messages on social media. It’s about Continue reading…

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Top Tips for Event Planning

In the job I currently have, this time of year is always hectic because I deliver our annual client event for 65+ people. Although I’m a Marketing Manager, I’ve loved events and event planning for as long as I can remember. Even a simple dinner for friends is so much more to me than that.

I think the first ‘big’ event I organised was for my 18th birthday. I planned and hosted a black-tie, masquerade party complete with awesome home catering (thanks Mum and Grammie!) and a live band. The bug caught me from there and whilst I’ve only spent 6 months in a direct event management role, I’ve used the same skills and experiences in other roles over the years tips for event planning, event management, amii at thirty, gala dinner, conferenceFor anyone looking to plan and manage an event – no matter how big or small, at home or at a venue, personal or business – these are my top tips for event planning… Continue reading…

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6 awesome shows to watch on Netflix

Like millions of other people, I’m pretty obsessed with Netflix. I love being able to catch up with great programmes (and movies) as and when I want and I’m pretty partial to full days of binge-watching shows – who isn’t?

Episodes of my favourite shows also get me through hours at the gym – when my mind is on tv, I don’t even notice how long I’ve been cycling or running for.

In today’s post, I’m sharing my thoughts on 6 awesome shows to watch on Netflix. (it’s Netflix UK for me but I think a lot of these shows would be available worldwide)

Don’t worry, no plot spoilers here, just overviews and opinions…. Continue reading…


International Women’s Day: Taking inspiration from the women in my life

I’ve felt really uninspired over the past few weeks to post anything. I’ve sat down to write numerous times and just haven’t been satisfied with anything I’ve come up with. Today, however, gives me every reason to feel inspired. Why? Because 8th March is International Women’s Day.

And, if ever there’s a group of people who have inspired me from day one and continue to do so today, it’s the amazing women I get to call my family.International Womens Day, women, family, amii at thirty, lifestyle blogThey say (for girls) that as you grow older, you turn into your mother. If that’s true, I have absolutely nothing to worry about. Continue reading…

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What I learnt from Tinder

About a year ago, I’d come out of a relationship and was at the point of feeling as though I should be trying to date again (totally wrong feeling for many reasons but I’ll save that for a later post). I let the pressure and views of people around me make me think that I should be ‘putting myself back out there’. As a busy, working, 30-something who doesn’t have the opportunity to meet new people very often, I was encouraged by friends to set up a profile on Tinder.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Tinder is a dating app. The basic premise is that as human beings we are totally superficial and so desperate for convenience in our lives that being able to quickly view photo after photo (usually with minimal profile details) and accept or dismiss them with a swipe of the screen is a highly-favoured method for dating in the 21st century. Continue reading…

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6 TED Talks to inspire you

I have enjoyed watching and listening to TED Talks for many years now. Whenever I have a spare 15-20 minutes in my week and want to fill it with something interesting. inspiring and entertaining, I head over to the TED podcasts, website or YouTube channel and either re-visit some of my favourite talks or look for new ones. With more than 2000 talks available in more than 100 languages and covering topics from social issues to business to science to technology and everything in between, you’ll always find something you can relate to and that sticks with you.

Today, I share my pick of 6 TED Talks to inspire you. Continue reading…


The one resource I use everyday

It’s no secret that I am organised. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m uncomfortable with a lack of structure, planning and processes. This is particularly so in my professional life but also pretty evident in my personal life too.

I carry a hardback day-to-page diary as well as a notebook (who am I kidding, I’m usually found with 2 or 3 notebooks – 1 for general notes, 1 for my blog, 1 for work), I also use the Notes apps on my phone and iPad and I use my work Outlook calendar (which is also synched to my phone). I like lists and mindmaps, scribbled notes and meticulously colour-coded notes. Basically, anything that contributes to maintaining a level of organisation also gives a level of calm and comfort to my world.

Around 2 years ago, I came across Trello and I’ve never looked back. Continue reading…


Successful budgeting for a successful new year

Last August, I posted my four top tips for successful budgeting and as we move (way too quickly) into a new year, I thought it might be useful to re-visit them. I really believe that budgeting and how to manage personal finances should be taught in schools; they’re important life skills that would make adult-life simpler and less stressful for a lot of people.

Over the years, I’ve worked part-time and full-time, been self-employed, been a mature student, owned my own flat, rented by myself, with friends and with a partner, saved up to go on holidays and to buy things I wanted, saved just to build up my savings, had to pay off credit card debt that I wish I hadn’t built up, had to pay out to get my car fixed, and so much more. Continue reading…

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What’s in my handbag?

I don’t understand women who carry a small handbag as their regular-use, day handbag. That just does not work for me. I need a bag big enough and sturdy enough to carry all my essentials. In today’s post, I’m giving you a look into my handbag – whilst I have a pretty large collection, my go-to option is a black, soft leather bag from Oasis that I got with my staff discount when I was a Store Manager for them back in 2007. I can’t believe how well this bag has held up over the past decade. Yes, it’s faded and worn but that adds character and certainly hasn’t taken anything away from its functionality. Continue reading…

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Regardless of who we are, what we do, where we come from and what we own, the one thing we all possess is time.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are a little selfish with our time – myself included. We use our time for ourselves; our first thought in allocating our time is ourself. But what about deciding to allocate your time to someone else? Why not decide, this year, to make someone or something else your priority and allocate some of your time differently? Continue reading…