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Last week was good.  I've started going back to Body Balance classes, taken time for self-reflection and feel as though I'm connecting with myself a little better and making positive changes.

I also got some of the boring, behind the scenes blog stuff in hand and it's actually given me a lot more motivation.  I've been making an effort to engage more on Twitter as well, so if you don't already follow me (@lornaliterally) come over and say hi!

I started the week by making these chocolate chip cheesecake bars.  The base of this is to die for (and so easy to make!) but Nick and I aren't sold on the texture and flavour of the cheesecake layer so I took the majority in to work.  They were a hit at the office, but I think if I were to make them again I'd substitute the cheesecake for a layer of caramel.  Sounds heavenly, right?!

I also started experimenting with my style a bit more last week.  I still use a capsule wardrobe system but it was all starting to look a bit muted and tonal, plus I feel as though I'd gotten into a rut with the combinations I was wearing.  This top was a new addition from the week before last and I would normally have played it safe with a plain belt.  I know adding a leopard print belt isn't anything too outrageous, but it's a step in the right direction and has inspired me to keep playing with pieces I already own.

On Saturday I met with Lizzie for a catch up.  We chatted a little about blogging, made some future plans and then browsed M&S for a bit.  Maybe it's a sign of my age but I quite enjoy looking for good quality basic items in there!  The day was even better because I managed to sneak in a quick trip to the library prior to our meeting.  I didn't emerge with arms weighed down by books but I always find that time spent in the library is good for the soul.

And finally, on Sunday, I went for a quick shopping trip with my sister.  We're quite lucky that our local town is big enough to house everything we'd need but not so big that you end up going overboard with spending.  The main reason for our excursion was to collect this Gucci-inspired belt and we also managed to squeeze in a cake whilst making plans for our upcoming trip to Amsterdam.

Speaking of which, if you have any recommendations for activities please leave them down below!

Week 32 In Moments

14.8.17

Last week was good.  I've started going back to Body Balance classes, taken time for self-reflection and feel as though I'm connecting with myself a little better and making positive changes.

I also got some of the boring, behind the scenes blog stuff in hand and it's actually given me a lot more motivation.  I've been making an effort to engage more on Twitter as well, so if you don't already follow me (@lornaliterally) come over and say hi!

I started the week by making these chocolate chip cheesecake bars.  The base of this is to die for (and so easy to make!) but Nick and I aren't sold on the texture and flavour of the cheesecake layer so I took the majority in to work.  They were a hit at the office, but I think if I were to make them again I'd substitute the cheesecake for a layer of caramel.  Sounds heavenly, right?!

I also started experimenting with my style a bit more last week.  I still use a capsule wardrobe system but it was all starting to look a bit muted and tonal, plus I feel as though I'd gotten into a rut with the combinations I was wearing.  This top was a new addition from the week before last and I would normally have played it safe with a plain belt.  I know adding a leopard print belt isn't anything too outrageous, but it's a step in the right direction and has inspired me to keep playing with pieces I already own.

On Saturday I met with Lizzie for a catch up.  We chatted a little about blogging, made some future plans and then browsed M&S for a bit.  Maybe it's a sign of my age but I quite enjoy looking for good quality basic items in there!  The day was even better because I managed to sneak in a quick trip to the library prior to our meeting.  I didn't emerge with arms weighed down by books but I always find that time spent in the library is good for the soul.

And finally, on Sunday, I went for a quick shopping trip with my sister.  We're quite lucky that our local town is big enough to house everything we'd need but not so big that you end up going overboard with spending.  The main reason for our excursion was to collect this Gucci-inspired belt and we also managed to squeeze in a cake whilst making plans for our upcoming trip to Amsterdam.

Speaking of which, if you have any recommendations for activities please leave them down below!




I said at the start of the year I wanted to explore simple and intentional living.  Well, I want to kick things up a notch.  I'm not the same make up obsessed early 20-something that I was when I started blogging.  Owning the latest MAC release no longer appeals to me, nor does wasting money on fast, Primark fashion.  My tastes have changed and adjustments must also be made here.

A month or so ago I set up a second finance-focused blog but before long found myself wanting to talk about more than just money.  The waters got muddied and I felt like if I added too much to the mix I would lose direction and clarity.

Then it dawned on me that I already have a blog where I'm free to share anything and everything I like.  A blog which is relatively undefined in terms of content with space to cover a broad spectrum.  And that's this blog which you're reading right now.

It's time to create a mission statement of what I want my site to be about.  The areas I'll explore, the conversations I'll have and the thoughts I'll share. My values, if you will.  I've been thinking a lot lately about the things I value and want to prioritise in my life....

growth + experiences + understanding

It's a small step away from the blogging style you may have become accustomed to on here, but I'm hoping you'll stick with me.  I've been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of noise, consumerist influence and unrelatable content I've been faced with online.  If you're feeling the same, let's ride this one out together and create a new, quieter and more intentional space.

Mission Statement

10.8.17





I said at the start of the year I wanted to explore simple and intentional living.  Well, I want to kick things up a notch.  I'm not the same make up obsessed early 20-something that I was when I started blogging.  Owning the latest MAC release no longer appeals to me, nor does wasting money on fast, Primark fashion.  My tastes have changed and adjustments must also be made here.

A month or so ago I set up a second finance-focused blog but before long found myself wanting to talk about more than just money.  The waters got muddied and I felt like if I added too much to the mix I would lose direction and clarity.

Then it dawned on me that I already have a blog where I'm free to share anything and everything I like.  A blog which is relatively undefined in terms of content with space to cover a broad spectrum.  And that's this blog which you're reading right now.

It's time to create a mission statement of what I want my site to be about.  The areas I'll explore, the conversations I'll have and the thoughts I'll share. My values, if you will.  I've been thinking a lot lately about the things I value and want to prioritise in my life....

growth + experiences + understanding

It's a small step away from the blogging style you may have become accustomed to on here, but I'm hoping you'll stick with me.  I've been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of noise, consumerist influence and unrelatable content I've been faced with online.  If you're feeling the same, let's ride this one out together and create a new, quieter and more intentional space.
Wow, week 31 already.  Not going to lie, it got off to a rough start when I thought I was due a 3 day weekend this week coming.  Damn you iPhone calendar for listing Scottish Bank Holidays as well!

I'm feeling rested after a slow but steady week and a chilled out weekend.  I think I mentioned it, but we don't have Ella and Dylan throughout summer and although I miss seeing them every Saturday it's also nice to have a slower start to the mornings and the luxury of doing whatever takes my fancy.


My orchid bloomed again this week. It's the third round of flowers even though this time I thought I'd killed it off for good.  I'm not known for my green fingers so having nurtured this through various life cycles I'm actually quite attached to it.  It's brightens up my kitchen windowsill and makes me smile to see it.


Speaking of slow Saturdays, Nick is notorious for the length of time it takes him to get ready and leave the house.  So much so that I've resorted to telling him all social events start at least 30 minutes before they actually do...and even then it's hit or miss.  But rather than getting frustrated whilst waiting for him, this weekend I decided to take myself off to Costa for a Me Date.  Armed with a notepad and pen, I plugged myself in to a couple of podcasts and drafted out a couple of blog posts.  I wrote much more than I'd ever anticipated and really enjoyed the process of putting pen to paper.  Definitely something I'm going to repeat more often.


I finally got round to selling a few bits on eBay and made a little more than I'd hoped to so decided to treat myself to this top.  I know, I know....defeats the object of scaling down my wardrobe by selling clothes if I'm just going to add more but this one ticked all the boxes for me.  Lately I've felt inspired to inject a bit more colour into my everyday outfits....it doesn't get much more vibrant than this!  It'll be a good piece for work and was a bargain as well.


Ignoring the fact that I'm in desperate need of some hand cream here...I got my nails done!  It's becoming a habit showing off my latest manicure and when I look back at this post I'm dead chuffed with how much my nails have grown.  I think it's a combination of a more varied diet, the change in shape and the use of a gel basecoat for added strength.  By my next appointment I think I'll be at my goal length!

What were the highlights of your last week?

Week 31 In Moments

7.8.17

Wow, week 31 already.  Not going to lie, it got off to a rough start when I thought I was due a 3 day weekend this week coming.  Damn you iPhone calendar for listing Scottish Bank Holidays as well!

I'm feeling rested after a slow but steady week and a chilled out weekend.  I think I mentioned it, but we don't have Ella and Dylan throughout summer and although I miss seeing them every Saturday it's also nice to have a slower start to the mornings and the luxury of doing whatever takes my fancy.


My orchid bloomed again this week. It's the third round of flowers even though this time I thought I'd killed it off for good.  I'm not known for my green fingers so having nurtured this through various life cycles I'm actually quite attached to it.  It's brightens up my kitchen windowsill and makes me smile to see it.


Speaking of slow Saturdays, Nick is notorious for the length of time it takes him to get ready and leave the house.  So much so that I've resorted to telling him all social events start at least 30 minutes before they actually do...and even then it's hit or miss.  But rather than getting frustrated whilst waiting for him, this weekend I decided to take myself off to Costa for a Me Date.  Armed with a notepad and pen, I plugged myself in to a couple of podcasts and drafted out a couple of blog posts.  I wrote much more than I'd ever anticipated and really enjoyed the process of putting pen to paper.  Definitely something I'm going to repeat more often.


I finally got round to selling a few bits on eBay and made a little more than I'd hoped to so decided to treat myself to this top.  I know, I know....defeats the object of scaling down my wardrobe by selling clothes if I'm just going to add more but this one ticked all the boxes for me.  Lately I've felt inspired to inject a bit more colour into my everyday outfits....it doesn't get much more vibrant than this!  It'll be a good piece for work and was a bargain as well.


Ignoring the fact that I'm in desperate need of some hand cream here...I got my nails done!  It's becoming a habit showing off my latest manicure and when I look back at this post I'm dead chuffed with how much my nails have grown.  I think it's a combination of a more varied diet, the change in shape and the use of a gel basecoat for added strength.  By my next appointment I think I'll be at my goal length!

What were the highlights of your last week?

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