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London in the sun, and Blogcademy babes

Tori

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

A summing up. 

Excited to arrive into St Pancras, and make my way across to Green Park

Eager to head over to Buckingham Palace (for the first time in maybe 10 years) and to spend time photographing the Windsor’s home, alongside bucket-loads of tourists, under the blisteringly-hot sun

Green Park

Green Park

Grateful to Jess for spending her spare time with me, sat on the grass (watching me make a mess of myself whilst I ate a portobello mushroom and spinach muffin) in the shade in Green Park, chatting about all things bloggy

Panicked by my last-minute realisation that I’d have to catch a London overground, and not really knowing what that meant!

Happy to meet up with Natasha, and to get to know her better over a San Pelly Lemon for me, and something soya and coffee-ish (can you tell I don’t drink coffee?!) for her

Nervous at making our way over to The Roost, for The Blogcademy Mixer

My view (from a very comfy sofa) during Kat, Shauna, and Gala's Q&A

My view (from a very comfy sofa) during Kat, Shauna, and Gala's Q&A

Overwhelmed upon entering to see a floor length fuchsia gown (Gala), a shock of bright pink hair (Kat), and a beehive-d fluorescent yellow number (Shauna), all in one spot, only a handful of feet away! 

Delighted to see a good handful of familiar faces in the crowd (Megan, her husband Grant, Sophie, Jess (this time with curled hair!),  and Sarah)

Even more delighted by the free cocktail on offer (sorry guys!)

The audience! 

The audience! 

In awe of the beauty of my idols in the flesh

Overemotional thanks to sharing the room with three women who inspire me every single day

Teary eyed at my inability to go on over and say hello

Drunk on a cocktail and a mini glass of wine (or two....or maybe three)

Sweaty from black clothing, and London sunshine

Lots of colour! 

Lots of colour! 

Nervous (again) by the time gone without confidence to approach

Thankful to witness their wonderful Q&A (because, oh boy, that advice)

Lightheaded from the mixture of alcohol, nerves, happiness, and chatter

Elated by the push to, finally, say hello

Photoboothing with Megan, Kat, and Gala 

Photoboothing with Megan, Kat, and Gala 

Grateful for a particularly fishee-photobooth

Embarrassed by my blabbermouth (fanny)

Relieved that Erica and Charlotte pointed me in the right direction at the station!

Jazzed by the memories collected during a dream-come-true evening 

A good ol' fashioned ship lamp! 

A good ol' fashioned ship lamp! 

Because

It made me feel like a teenager again. 

An uncomfortably-embarrassing oaf of a teenager, with clumsy feet, and a thick tongue.  

But a teenager, all the same. 

There aren't many times nowadays when I get that head-y buzz that used to accompany things like concert trips (because I wasn't a gig-er when I was a 'kid') to see the latest band or singer I adored. Sure, I still get nervous when doing something (or meeting someone) new, but it's normally that nervous-at-my-own-ability type of stuff. Yesterday's nerves? Whole different ball game. Those nerves fluttered around my heart, sat - heavily - in my throat, and froze me to the spot, every time they went by. That head-y buzz returned. 

Turns out, The Blogcademy babes are my new big should-know-better-but-couldn't-help-but-swoon-over crush.

And I met them. I really, bloody did. 

Thank you, Kat, Shuana, and Gala <3

Creativity, chatter, and catching up

Tori

Bird in Borrowed Feathers' Summer Market

Bird in Borrowed Feathers' Summer Market

Phew, it's been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks! I've been here, there and everywhere - across this city of Nottingham - and have had a wonderful time meeting new people, making new friends, and learning plenty! I thought I'd catch you up, today, on all that's been going on, with a couple'a photos, and a couple'a stories!

Creative Weekender

Two weekends back, I attended a Creative Weekender that you can read all about over on the Creative Quarter's Community page. I'd love for you all to check it out, because it was a rather fantastic experience - one I took a lot from. It was held in the city, in Nottingham Women's Centre (a space for women only), and was aimed at those looking to start their own creative business. It was a weekend unlike any other I've had the opportunity to be a part of, and I'm so happy I took myself along to it.

Do let me know what you think of my experience over on the post! 

Pecha Kucha and Wollaton Hall 

 I also went to a Pecha Kucha night (in case you were wondering people make presentations set to a theme, and have 20 seconds per slide, with 20 slides allowed overall), where I chatted with new and old faces alike - and learnt about some existing businesses in the area I hadn't yet heard of, but am now excited to get to know better - before grabbing myself a very yummy (and free!) veggie burger, and heading over to Wollaton Hall with the boy, where we watched the stage etc. being put up for the following day's Splendour Festival (boooo to the rain that poured it down come the festival!). It was one of those warm, summer evenings that brought with it utterances of 'it feels like Europe!', and talk of travels abroad, and was the perfect end to the boy's busy week. 

Summer Market, at the Vintage Warehouse

Summer Market, at the Vintage Warehouse

Bird in Borrowed Feathers' Summer Market

This past weekend I visited the Vintage Warehouse, twice, to attend Bird in Borrowed Feathers' Summer Market (the ladies behind which I talk a little about in this post), and came across a while host of fan-dabby-dozy goods; illustrations, art work, furnishings, furniture, t-shirts, jewellery, workshops (I made a loom-flower!), cake pops, burgers (apparently wherever I go, they're sure to follow!), accessories (BADGES! I love badges!) - you name it, the people of Nottingham (and local areas) had (hand) made it! There's a sneaky-peek-piccie (and one at the start of the post!) of the event above, but I'm going to be writing about it soon, so will definitely be linking-you-up when I do! 

On the Trent

On the Trent

Trips along the River Trent

The boy and I, after his two weeks of work experience, and two long shifts at work, finally had time off together Monday, and decided to spend it on a mammoth walk to the River Trent and around. Though I didn't take my camera (because who can lug one of those around in 30 degree heat, joint-problem or no-joint-problem in tow, for over 4 hours?!), I did when we headed back again today for the boy to attend a (brief) interview (for upcoming work experience). I happy-snapped away among the people enjoying the sun on their lunch break - boats boat-ed, people cycled, kids played in the grass, geese - well, they ruined the grass, everyone smiled - t'was a heavenly time! 

Contemplating life in the sunshine! 

Contemplating life in the sunshine! 

The Blogcademy London Mixer

If you follow me via any sort of social media platform, I imagine you already know about this next news, but I just had to say it again because I'm bursting at the seams - after a week of sharing a post of The Blogcademy's on Facebook, in aid of winning a pair of tickets to their London Mixer this coming Thursday, I'm excited to say I did exactly that, and will be heading over, Natasha in tow!

Natasha + The Blogcademy Headmistresses (plus other bloggy friends!) = a MARVELLOUSLY-MAGICAL time!! 

And that's it, you're all caught up! Now it's your turn! Tell me, what have you been up to lately?