sophie didn't do anything at all.

Monday, 23 December 2013

/ fitness / it's getting a bit scary now

My fierce competitiveness got the better of me last week.

I was on the treadmill - 3 miles into the 10 I had planned to do that day - and something clicked. It was too hard. I couldn't go on.

I was literally bawling in the middle of the gym.

Embarrassment aside, it gave me a cause for real concern. Pretend-limping off the treadmill towards the stretching mats so onlookers would feel a torn calf had justified such a reaction, I was all set to give up and go home. [this is surprisingly hard to write about - I feel like such a failure]. 

I've always been stubborn. No small obstacle will get in my way and sometimes I go too far to prove myself.
However, as I've mentioned before, my fear of failure can sometimes, very rarely, get the better of me. Coupled with a deep set competitiveness this is truly a detrimental mix. 

Anyway, this Tough Guy race has been giving me nightmares for over a month - they are no fun. Claustrophobia has never been an issue, but in dreams your mind twists things and makes them a million times worse. Just imagine nightmares dominated by tight crawl spaces, freezing temperatures, heights, drowning, being unable to see, pain etc. I've starting shouting and screaming in my sleep, and quite often I wake up crouched on the floor - it's like something out of a horror film. Aside from these haunting images, I'm getting a reduced amount of sleep. Great. That's going to help. 

Anyway, this particular workout I was clearly too tired and too emotional to attempt - but being the stubborn fool I am - I did anyway.

You'll be pleased to hear that after a little break, some water and an apple I hopped back on the treadmill and completed the other 7 miles. And a weights session. And a 2 mile interval workout on the spinning bikes - and a 1k sprint on the rowing machines. I am the machine.

It's just my hormones probably. 

Hopefully, these nightmares will make what I actually face look like child's play. 

I went home and ate an entire chocolate bar.


I just wanted to make you all to know it's okay to cry in public when you're a woman - it's what's expected...


Sunday, 22 December 2013

/ going against my instinct

As someone who has blogged for a long time (rememnber this is now my third venture), it's hard to break the habit. 

Recently however, I read that we spend more time trying to document our lives than actually living them - and I guess that has somewhat a piece of truth in it. 

Whenever I went to a new restaurant - I would photograph my food.

New make-up - couldn't be used until I had taken product shots on a carefully laid out background.

An interesting OOTD - well quite.

So this year when my boy allowed me to open my presents three weeks early (naughty I know) - I put my camera away. We sat and enjoyed the mess and didn't worry about whether the room had the right lighting for some artistic shots.


ps. I don't use my instagram either.

You probably knew that.


Monday, 16 December 2013

/ review / Adam the Doodles Man + Rover the Doodles Dog

This is somewhat a misc. post - I do have an artistic side don't you know!

Given my love for photography I was sent these two bad boys to see if they fit into my quirky decorative family. I have a wooden mannequin tucked away somewhere, but who could resist these!

They are awesome.

After the unboxing, my boyfriend was playing with them on the floor - they are so boy proof - I'm guessing very durable.

They're so malleable and stable - Adam the Doodles man has now been in any conceivable position possible (including the underside of my desk - don't ask!)

We went to Nunnington Hall today and I thought the duo would enjoy the walk. 

We were all pretty shattered after that :)

In all seriousness, if you are a budding artist or just looking for a durable ornament - this duo is for you. I've given them to my mum and despite the beating they took throughout the day Adam and Doodles are still going strong.

Adam -



Tuesday, 3 December 2013

/ beauty / review / Vichy - Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

I've been so excited to begin using some of my British Beauty Blogger product samples.

The claims
Its formula enriched in Kombucha 3%, vitamins and polyphenols helps visibly smooth the appearance of wrinkles, providing a more radiant, youthful looking complexion.

The reality
My god. My skin definitely needed some loving - this winter weather is playing havoc, and the application of the smoothing cream calmed it all down. 

Now, Vichy specifically mentions the smoothing of wrinkles (something which thankfully isn't an issue) but I have started thinking about anti-aging in the preventative sense. Anything that smooths the skin can't be bad surely?

Idealia is very light - almost a gel - and applies so easily. It has a refreshing scent and ten minutes after application my skin feels so soft and (I'm always hesitant to use this term) radiant.

My only complaint is the lack of SPF, but I guess that's what thickens up the texture, so I'll just have to avoid the sun.... ;). 

Terrifyingly, I'm approaching an age where skincare has to be a top priority in my beauty regime, but as far as the Idealia cream goes I might have a shop around - so to speak!

If the product takes your fancy it's available in Boots for £22.00 (50ml), but if not, what do you recommend?

Oh, and the cream is pink. Fabulous.

love sophie



/ food / Jamie Olivers 'Peter's Lamb Curry' - the return of the naked chef

We tried something ambitious in the house recently.

2 tablespoons of butter
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
285ml stock
1.5kg lamb
1 handful of chopped mint and coriander
285ml yoghurt
salt and pepper
Lime juice

Hot and fragrant rub mix
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons coriander
1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 clove
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 cardamon pods

Curry paste ingredients
5cm ginger, peeled
2 red onions, peeled
10 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 fresh chillies
1 bunch coriander

What next?
I'm such a good blogger. artistic
heat your oven to 180
1) lightly toast the fragrant rub mix in the oven.
2) Puree the the curry paste and toasted fragrant rub mix
3) In a large pan, fry the mixture in the butter until it goes golden

4) Add the tomatoes and the stock or water, bring to the boil, cover with foil and place in the oven for 2 hours.

Insane colour change. Developed.

5) Simmer on the stove until it thickens
6) Fry the lamb until golden and add to the curry sauce. Sprinkle with the coriander and mint, add the yogurt.

 You can really play around with this recipe - I didn't even use lamb...

Be careful when you puree red onions. The little buggers.

love sophie



Monday, 2 December 2013

/ beauty / British Beauty Blogger Box II

I missed out on Box no.1, so was determined to get my order in for version 2.0.


[spot the difference in my photos. I dare you.]

When it arrived, I was properly shocked by it's weight - that thing was crammed with products.

For £22 it's a lovely way to try out all those products you never would (and start planning Christmas presents!!).

2. Bourjois Eyeliner
3. CND Vinylux Nail Polish and Top Coat
4. Indeed Labs Hydraluron
5. L'Occitane Angelica Cleansing Gel
6. L'Occitane Angelica Face Toner
8. La Roche-Posay Redermic Dermatological Anti-Wrinkle Treatment
9. Mandara Spa TRopical Blooms Softening Bath
11. Rituals Car Fragrance
12. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and Invisible Pores Detox Mask
13. Rouge Bunny Lip Gloss GLEAMING TEMPTATION
14. Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Zodic
15. Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange Huile Sublime
17. Washi Hot Cloth


Where to begin...

love sophie



Sunday, 1 December 2013

/ fitness / another update

My closing statements in my last update were a tad off the mark it would appear. Where I claimed that Men's Health would be the end of it for the foreseeable future, what I meant to say was that I would be easily convinced to enter an even harder, more physically demanding and genuinely terrifying race.

I guess completing Men's Health Survival of the fittest really gave me the fitness bug. I'm not claiming to be the epitome of fit here, don't get me wrong, but I am enjoying the constant struggle to better myself.

So, on the 26th January I will be running the Tough Guy race, 10 miles of grueling obstacles, tears, and general pain.

Ross will be my sidekick once again, but I might need an entire team. Tough Guy claims to be the world's most demanding one day survival ordeal and with good reason. Up to one-third of competitors fail to finish (or so I have heard), and the 25 obstacles put you through all manner of torture (barbed wire, burns, dehydration, hypothermia, electric shocks and so on...).

I think I'm going to have to have a stern talk with myself during this race - this one definitely isn't for the faint hearted and truly, I'm terrified. The idea of crawling through tight spaces scares me. Swimming underwater scares me. Climbing over a 14m high cargo net scares me. The 40ft climb scares me.

Okay. Everything scares me.

If When I finish, I'm going to be a very different young lady to the one that crossed the start line. 

love sophie



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