My week so far – a slice of Laura's life

I am really loving making these short films/vlogs, I am getting over my embarassment of filming in public. I’ve had some very curious looks from people in the street.

So click on my film, for a tour of my walk to work, a drink in the beautiful Marcus Wareing Gilbert Scott bar in St Pancras hotel. I was catching up with one of my oldest friend’s from university. There is a bonus appearance of the Spice Girl’s Grand Staircase from the Wannabe Video.

After a swift drink before my friend caught a train up North, I kept up with my good intentions by going swimming at Brixton Rec. Well done Laura,  I am trying to get back in the swing of exercise after being ill all of last week.

So here was my Monday, I hope you enjoy watching. Submitting this to Xanthe Berkeley’s #makefilms_dailyproject

A day out at Renegade Craft Fair

Today we we went to Renegade Craft Fair, which was great, met some fabulous makers and bought some lovely things.

Here is a little film I made about my day, my very first film so quite shaky. Going to learn more and get better.

Shopping and exploring in Shakespeare country, a weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon

Last weekend I went away with two of my favourite girls. We left behind our busy lives and escaped to Stratford-upon-Avon for a relaxing  weekend away.

After a really pretty train journey from London Marylebone, only taking two hours, with just enough time for  lots of catching up. We arrived in the beautiful market town. We jumped into a cab and headed to our hotel,  the Crowne Plaza, a short walk from the centre of town.

The first night we ate at The Oppo, highly recommended on Tripadvisor. It had a very cosy atmosphere and great service. I ate delicious scallops and steak and we drank a lot of Viognier.



The next morning we got up bright and early and went for a great brunch at Bensons cafe. You can buy breakfast for only £5.00, tasty scrambled eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes as well as limitless coffee. It was really popular and people were turned away. You should try and go there early if possible.




After breakfast we went exploring Stratford-Upon-Avon, you can feel how steeped it is in history. I took lots of pictures of all the beautiful Tudor buildings. There were lots of tour groups but we managed to get past them to some of the more peaceful corners of the town.


The famous Stratford-Upon-Avon Christmas shop.


The Stratford-Upon-Avon library, is housed in another what an amazing building.


Crabtree & Evelyn has a very lovely spot.

We did a spot of shopping, I particularly liked Vinegar Hill. A great range of Christmas presents, these decorations caught my eye.


Even though it was still October, they had a great Christmas range. Their displays were beautifully done. I love an advent candle, these ones were great. They also sell How to Hygge by Signe Johansen (who has a great Instagram feed).


I love candles and I was really impressed by the display of St Eval Candle company candles. I plan to order some of these soon to replenish my stocks.

dsc00464We then moved on to White Stuff, where we all bought something. I really liked the 1970s changing rooms, reminding me of Edith’s House in Crouch End with its retro interiors.

dsc00473dsc00471It was a sunny day and so we went down to the river , some lovely places to explore. It was also lovely and peaceful away from all the crowds.



Saying hello to the swans, trying to capture the perfect shot.


After sitting outside in the sunshine, we went for afternoon tea in the RSC’s rooftop restaurant, a great spot with fantastic views.


We were given extra plates of sandwiches and a goody box to take away.

Check out the amazing views.


So all in all a great location for a weekend away, easy to get to, loads of beautiful buildings and just the right size. Go!

Some helpful details for you on our weekend

The RSC –  for details of menus or to book at table visit

For information on accommodation visit the official website –

Where we stayed – Crowne Plaza hotel

Trains from London Marylebone- Chiltern Railways you could pick up a ticket costing just £7.00 and £5.50 if you book in advance.

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Good intentions


After a weekend of gluttony, booze and too much fun, Monday has rolled round once again. I am starting the week with lots of good intentions and  I have just been to Frame for my weekly Barre class. Barre is designed to work your whole body to increase strength and flexibility and hopefully to create long and lean muscles. It is tough but I always feel amazing afterwards.

The Barre instructor Chris Unwin was excellent and really motivating,  he made the class lots of fun. On the way home from the gym I was trying to work out how I can incorporate more exercise into my day-to-day life. I always have great intentions at the start of the week which drifts away with work, friends and being a bit lazy.

My boyfriend is a mad keen cyclist and one of the fittest people I know. He suggested running home from work and so that is something I could try. I will keep you posted on how I get on.

With just over two months until Christmas it would be great to hit the festive season in a healthy frame of mind and fit into my Christmas party dresses. I also love the endorphin rush after exercise and how great I always feel.

Living in London means you walk a lot without even trying,  normally about 6 or 7 km a day. I am going to try and walk a bit further on the way to work and go out for a walk at lunchtime.

So LB’s good intentions are the following:

  • Walk as much as I can.
  • Run my commute once or twice a week.
  • Try and fit in as many Frame classes as I can (already booked in one for Thursday), I will let you know how I get on!

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I will report back and let you know how I get on.

Shopping, lunch and coffee in St Leonards-On-Sea

On Sunday we went on a tour of St Leonards, although a lot of the shops were shut  we manage to explore ‘Shop’ a fantastic home store and cafe on Norman Road, which is open 11-4 on a Sunday.

Apparently Norman road is the place to visit and Shop was a great mix of both cafe and store, selling a range of interesting home accessories along with a tempting array of coffee and cake.

I bought a great birthday present for one of my best friends and some beautifully smelling soap for my Mum. If we had longer we could have stopped for a coffee and slice of cake.

These bird houses from Hastings and Bex Hill Recycling particularly caught my eye.


Then we went along Norman street down to the seafront.

We popped into the I Love Mel gift shop, which  even has its own selfie room. Here are a couple of shots of the huge array of colouring books.

We also had a look at RockOptika in St Leonards where you can buy great glasses.

We marched down the seafront and went to Half Man Half Burger which was absolutely delicious. I had a Big Cheese and fries with delicious chipotle mayo.



Love the interior of the restaurant and great beer.


Then we went down to the pier for a gorgeous coffee at Billycan Coffee.


Thanks Hastings and St Leonards for a great weekend.