Lifestyle | 5 of My Guilty Pleasures

We all need a few guilty pleasures. You might not even feel that guilty about them, but you probably know that you shouldn’t be doing them. Well, I have quite a few guilty pleasures, and here’s the top 5.

1. Celebrity Magazines

Yes, they’re trashy, and they’re awful but I buy them and read them every week. I’m talking about celebrity magazines. The ones that are filled with rumours and gossip, it’s complete trash, but I just love them.

They’re certainly not Shakespeare, but they help pass the time when you’re bored, and they’re usually pretty fun. They’re cheap too, so when you see one on the shelf, you can’t help but pick it up to have a closer look.

2. Having A Good Old Bitch

Be honest, we all like to gossip and say things that we probably aren’t very proud of. It can be a release to say mean things or vent about other people, well I think so anyway! But it’s definitely a guilty pleasure because I know I shouldn’t do it.

We’ve all done it though. You sit down with a group of friends and sometimes you just can’t help yourself. Before you know it, you’re letting your most terrible opinions about people spill out into the open.

3. Bad Food

I find that stuffing your face with bad food is often a temptation that’s too difficult to restrict. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be doing it. But once in a while, you have to just buy a load of bad food and have a binge session!

My bad food of choice is usually chocolate - although crisps and chips are good too! I think this is a guilty pleasure that most girls indulge in from time to time though. You just have to make sure you don’t indulge in it too often.

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4. Playing Games for Too Long

Time wasting is one of my favourite hobbies. It’s one I’m really good at too. Give me a few hours, and I’ll gladly waste them for you. And one of the best ways to waste time is to play online games or puzzles on my iPad.

It’s easy to waste a lot of time playing online games though. There are so many great ones out there. Just visit a website like Playberry and you’ll see what I mean. Once you start playing those games, it’s incredibly difficult to stop.

5. Bad Dancing With No One Watching

At least this guilty pleasure helps burn off the calories I put on during guilty pleasure number 3! Bad dancing is great fun. It’s great fun in any place at any time. But you can really let go and do your best bad dancing when you’re home alone, and there’s no one watching.

You just turn up the music once everyone else is out of the house and do some freestyle dance moves. Occasionally someone will come home and walk in on your dancing. But if that happens, just get them to join in!

We all have guilty pleasures, and I hope you enjoyed reading about mine!

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Fashion | I'm a Barbie girl....

Ok, so I am definitely not Blonde enough to be Barbie, and possibly, as my 30th approaches a bit too old to be wearing this jumper. But when you spend 8years of your life working in a toy shop you get a connection to certain brands. I was working the day the that Barbie and Ken had broken up and it hit the papers (this actually happened, Ken did an 'Exclusive Interview' with the Sun).

Anyway, back to my outfit. Maybe I'm having a mid-life crisis, maybe I just wanted to breathe a bit of fun into my wardrobe, but I like the Barbie top, and also got a lot of compliments about the colour and how it suited me (whether people are just happy to see me out of dark colours I dunno).

I wasn't sure about the fit of this top, sweatshirts can be a difficult fit for me, if the collar is too high It can really cut off my body and make me look like I am smuggling melons under my top. However, I thought the fit wasn't too bad. The quality was a lot better than I thought it would be considering the price.

I teamed the jumper with my Topshop Joni jeans, my leopard trainers and a statement necklace. I think it's a cute outfit for a casual day.

Would you wear a Barbie jumper?

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FOOD | Pho Brighton #MeatFreeWeek

I'm not a veggie, I love meat. In fact, I actually need meat as it contains high levels of Iron, something that I am permanently low on. That's not to say that I can't go without it. But this hasn't always been the case. Coming from an Italian/Iranian background, meat comes high on the menu (at least in my family). There was a time a few years ago where I wouldn't have ordered a meal without meat - I wouldn't have considered it to be an actual meal and feared that I would be hungry!Luckily those feelings are long gone and now we aim to have two meat free meals a week due to our growing awareness of the Meat Industry.

Joe and I were invited into the Brighton Pho to try their veggie options for #MeatFreeWeek and I was very excited. Meat Free Week is a global campaign to get you thinking about how much meat you eat, and the impact eating too much has on your health, animals and the environment.

I actually love Pho, I work right next to it so I sometimes grab a Pho to go at lunch, but Joe was a Pho-Virgin, and keen to go.

We arrived and were shown to our table by a very lovely lady, who helped us pick our veggie options. She also asked us about any other allergies/intolerances. The great thing about Pho is that is is largely gluten free and can easily be made nut free.

For drinks, Joe ordered a Saigon Lager, imported from Vietnam, and I had a Rose Apple Bellini (Prosecco with a splash of Táo Mèo).

We started with Gỏi cuốn (Fresh rice paper summer rolls with herbs, vermicelli & pickle) and Chả giò (Crispy spring rolls served with lettuce & herbs to wrap & dip) for starters. Both were delicious, but very different textures which adds to the mix as both are basically spring rolls. I do love the rice paper summer rolls, they are soft and served cold, but packed with goodness and refreshing. Joe seemed pleased with his experience so far.

For mains, Joe decided to get the Pho's signature dish, a type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock and spices/herbs that you add to taste  - which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added. Phở nấm rơm is made with vegetable stock and a selection of mushrooms. True to form, Joe added all the chili and was a very happy boy. I think he would be keen to try the meat version on our next trip!

I usually get the Nem nuong pork balls with bun noodles, but with pork off the table, I decided to try something different and I went with the Tofu Cà-ri. Described on the menu as Vietnamese curry packed with veggies & mushrooms, topped with nuts & served with fragrant broken rice, I thought it was delicious, although a lot heavier than the meals that I am used to from Pho. I love tofu when it's cooked correctly and Pho's was perfect, too often it can be dry of rubbery, but on this occasion it was not the case.

Now, Joe isn't really a sweets guy, so I ordered a Banana Frittata and Coconut Ice Cream, which we ended up sharing! I'm a sucker for Banana Frittata and the Coconut Ice Cream was such a lovely contrast.

Whether you are a veggie or not, I would highly recommend Pho - it's a great place to go for rather healthy meals, they serve all sorts of fresh juices too. Best of all if you are in a hurry they do 'Pho-To-Go' with smaller (and cheaper) servings of some of their menu.

Are you a Pho-virgin?

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