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DIY crochet bikini | How I’m going to make the most of a 4 month summer

What’s that? Lily’s actually crocheted something new rather than wearing old pieces and saying ‘I need to make more!’ again and again?  Yes, yes it is.  Lily has put hook to yarn and whipped up a lil’ crochet bikini.  Forever the queen of making items for the California life I don’t have.  But hey, they’re fun to make and look cute, right? My ‘creative process’ went something like this: Rummage through yarn cupboard for colours that work together Realise don’t have…

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diary, lifestyle

Lily Diaries April | Lake swims, playing tourist in my home county & the biggest red velvet cake ever

I feel like it’s been an absolute age since my last proper ‘catch up’ on here, so I’m gonna change that whilst I eat my chicken noodle soup.  Writing is better with food, right?  Here goes the return of the Lily diaries.  I do believe the last one was in September.  Eesh.  I realised that since I take my camera and/or phone pretty much everywhere I have quite a few photos that are yet to grace the blog, so here you…

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beauty, lifestyle

What my hair means to me | Loose waves with ghd creative curl

It dawned on me the other day just how many hours of my life I’ve probably spent doing my hair.  Rather a lot, I realised!  I wouldn’t even consider myself a high maintenance kind of person, but still.  Add up all the time blow drying, brushing, curling, fixing into a haphazard messy bun on top of my head… and it’s a sizeable chunk of time.  Especially when your locks are as long as your arm like mine.  I’ve read countless…

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fashion, lifestyle

Connecting with creative people | Instagram ‘Shadow banning’

Life’s felt ever so slightly overwhelming the last few weeks, in that ‘omg I have so much to do so I’m gonna make lists and not actually do any of it’ kind of way.  The best way to be overwhelmed – lots on my plate but life is good.  Turns out juggling a full time degree (and essentially teaching yourself) with blogging / keeping fit / spending quality time with people / maintaining sanity is actually quite the task.  My…

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fitness, lifestyle

Fresh Air | Outdoor fitness with BRITA Fill&Go

Us Brits tend to do one of several things when the sun shows its face briefly – A) flock to the nearest beer garden, B) wear shorts in weather that isn’t quite warm enough, and C) state how blue the sky is in every second sentence.  Just to make sure everyone in the vicinity is aware it’s a Good Weather Day of course.  There’s a scent of barbecue wafting down the street (although lets face it, how many times does…

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lifestyle

What is an Engineer? | Why Aren’t There More Girls in STEM?

Girl standing in fron of Colosseum Rome Italy at sunrise. Blue sky.

Just me and some cool engineered thing I found the other day.  I joke.  Just needed a pretty picture so here’s a totally irrelevant one.  Rome spam will be coming your way soon.  But first, girls in STEM! If you’ve been kicking around here for a while, you might remember that back in 2015 I was a Vlogger and Ambassador for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week with Engineering UK.  Just typing that sentence makes me feel like I’m about to slip into…

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lifestyle, travel

Bigging Up the Hometown | Things To Do and Eat in Preston

Heart shaped latte art on coffee.

Howdy.  So much as I like to share exotic places far and wide on this blog (and defo would if I could erm, go to new places every week) I’d like to keep it a bit more real and share cool new things closer to home too.  Much closer to home, so in Preston to be specific.  This delightful little city in Lancashire.  Interpret that with whatever sarcasm you wish.  Mine depends on the day.  Fellow Prestonians (feel like I’m…

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