A simple at home yoga workout you can follow-along while sitting at your desk. Stretch out stiff, tired and achy muscles with this 10 minute yoga full body stretch and twist for beginners.
A simple at home yoga workout you can follow-along while sitting at your desk. Stretch out stiff, tired and achy muscles with this 10 minute yoga full body stretch and twist for beginners.
The Big Green List Holiday Guide: Everything you need to know In full: the confirmed green list countries In full: the confirmed amber list countries What holiday vaccine passports mean for your summer holiday Tour operators will take British holidaymakers to amber list countries against Government advice, Telegraph Travel can reveal. The Department for Transport (DfT) has warned travellers not to visit destinations on the amber list “for leisure purposes” when it introduces its traffic light system next week. But travel companies, including Tui, easyJet holidays and British Airways Holidays, are planning to run trips to amber countries including Malta, Antigua and the Spanish Canary Islands, using the guidance of the Foreign Office (FCDO), which is separate from the DfT’s, as permission to do so. Travellers returning to the UK from amber countries must quarantine for up to 10 days at home. Bharat Gadhoke, head of commercial at Aito, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, said the Government has failed in providing clarity to holidaymakers. “AITO questions the wisdom of having an amber traffic light at all. It’s neither one thing or the other. Basically all main holiday countries are amber at present,” he said. A spokesperson for easyJet holidays said it recognised the discrepancy but would follow the advice of the FCDO. A spokesperson for Tui said: “We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations.” British Airways Holidays said: “Customers who are unable to travel, or choose not to, can continue to change their holiday without a change fee, or request a voucher for future use.” Scroll down for the latest updates
A viral video featuring a woman serving an entire spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner on her huge, white marble kitchen island is making its rounds on the internet, and generating no small amount of outrage along the way. Captioned “ULTIMATE SPAGHETTI TRICK!!,” it seems to have originated on the Facebook page Josh and Lisa, which is created by a couple who appear to really, really want that influencer life, and who attempt to attain it by filming themselves doing practical jokes, and making questionable food creations, like bacon s’mores. (Although, honestly… those look pretty good.) The counter-pasta video in question seems to be a mash-up of the two genres — a three-minute-long video featuring questionable food that just has to be a practical joke, doesn’t it? In it, Lisa starts the shenanigans by pouring an enormous jar of Prego marinara sauce directly onto her otherwise pristine countertop, while a friend makes comments in the background, using her best ASMR voice, giving off a very audio-porn vibe, as my coworker pointed out: “Oh my gosh… Holy cow…” Lisa then dumps dozens of meatballs directly onto the sauce, then unleashing a blizzard of shredded parmesan cheese, before finally scooping — with her bare hands! — glob after generous glob of spaghetti right out of the pot and on top of the sauce. When her friend asks what’s next, Lisa cheerfully responds, “Well, you gotta mix it up girl!” and proceeds to fold the entire mixture into itself. Once it’s all mixed up, she instructs viewers that they can add a little salad, before throwing a bunch of lettuce and dressing on there, followed by some big Olive Garden-style breadsticks. what a normal and ultimate spaghetti hack! pic.twitter.com/UAc0rjRqmV— jarvis johnson (@jarvis) May 10, 2021 “Yup, all my friends are coming over,” Lisa explains her decision to forgo dishes, adding that she does this all the time. “This is the easiest way to make spaghetti for a crowd… And you don’t have to worry about dishes or a mess or anything like that!” “But it’s all over your counter!” her friend exclaims in mock horror. The internet, though, was more genuinely horrified. “Too bad humankind hasn’t invented a receptacle in which to cook sauce in,” Sophia Smith Galer, a video journalist, wrote on Twitter, adding: “In my part of Italy I am 95% sure you would face a war crime tribunal for this.” Ryan Marino, a doctor, wrote: “I sure as hell didn’t survive a pandemic just to risk it all for Prego sauce on someone’s nasty ass counter.” While I understand the desire to perform disgust at viral food videos, if you ask me, it’s too bad that more people’s minds aren’t open to this type of communal countertop experience. I say: Have some imagination, my friends. As much as it’s clear that this particular video was made for shock value, there are actually a few points in favor of serving and eating your Italian-American dinner directly off the kitchen island. Consider: First, Lisa is right, there is actually less cleanup involved. When serving a dinner as huge as this one, you have to wash a whole bunch of big serving platters — to say nothing of actually having to own them at all. Seems like a big waste of time and cabinet space! It’s unclear exactly how Lisa plans to serve this feast, but presumably, all she’ll need is individual plates and utensils. Second: If the proper precautions are taken, a clean counter appears to be no less sanitary than a clean serving dish. I mean, did I miss the part where marble or quartz or whatever is somehow dirtier than glass, ceramics, or wood? Ask yourself why you hold the belief that you can clean a dish but not a counter. It is key to keep your counter clean, but that’s something you should be doing anyway! As the Food Network reminds us about sanitary counter-cooking conditions: Do not defrost meat on your countertop, remember to disinfect surfaces with a spray or wipes, and, of course, wash your hands. If you do all that, then nowhere (nowhere!) does it say not to serve already-cooked meatballs off said counter. In fact, certain countertop materials can even help prevent food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses, including formica laminate, quartz, and recycled glass. The biggest risk with Lisa’s strategy is the higher likelihood of some of the food falling onto the floor (and into the mouth of your dog, if you have one). But there’s a simple enough fix for that: Set up some type of buffer at the edge of the counter if you plan to try this. But otherwise, as long as the counter and your hands and utensils are clean, the nastiness is all in your head. Finally, as far as serving food to guests this way goes, as long as we’re all vaccinated, is this really any worse than sharing some chips and guac? Another thing this outrage overlooks is that not every culture uses serving platters for every meal to begin with. Filipino kamayan is a communal-style buffet feast eaten with your hands off banana leaves, a substitute for plates or placemats. You might eat fried fish, shrimp, lumpia (a type of egg roll), longganisa (sweet sausage), and more, with plenty of rice and sauces, this way — all absolutely delicious and anything but unsanitary. As far as traditional Italian-style cooking, however, it is true that Lisa’s method doesn’t seem to be the norm, even though she insists that this is what “real Italians” do in the video. “This is the definition of family-style,” she proclaims. But, when I queried my family’s group text, the Italian side had some strong feelings. “What? Why?!? Unless you are feeding a whole army, why do you have that much spaghetti? And cleaning that counter is gonna be a nightmare!” says my sister-in-law, who regularly makes giant pots of pasta. “Very sad. The lengths that people will go through to get noticed on social media,” commented my father-in-law, who swears by his pasta-maker and has gone on tours of Italy to learn authentic Italian cooking. My mother-in-law had the most issue with the Prego: “I will take our homemade pasta over this any day. Sauce from a jar??” I agree that the most offensive part of the video was probably the use of Prego. But spreading your sauce and everything else right on the counter, thereby liberating yourself from hours of dishwashing, and allowing yourself to instead enjoy glass after glass of wine with friends after dinner without feeling guilty? I’m all for it! Why aren’t you? Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?What Makes A Dip, A Sauce & A Condiment Different?These Custom Starbucks Orders Are Going ViralWatch Britney Spears Make A Schlotzsky's Sandwich
Courtney Stodden, who first made headlines in 2011 when they married The Green Mile actor Doug Hutchison, is now opening up about the abuse they experienced at the hands of their ex-husband and from the media. At the time of their marriage, Hutchinson was 50 and Stodden was just 16, but given legal consent to marry him by their mother. Not much has been reported about Stodden in the last five years, but the former teen star delves deep into the traumatic effects that grooming and bullying have had in their life in a recent Daily Beast interview. Branded a teen bride, Stodden experienced widespread ridicule after marrying Hutchison. Anderson Cooper reportedly compared them to a stripper on CNN and Dr Drew even examined their breasts with an ultrasound device in front of a live studio audience — while they were still a minor — to determine if they had any cosmetic work done. Stodden’s divorce from Hutchison was finalised last year. But in the wake of the viral documentary Framing Britney Spears, which captured the cruelty Spears was treated with in the 2000s, the media’s treatment of Stodden — while they were married to an abusive man who was decades older than them as a child — is now under the microscope. “It took me a really long time to understand what ‘grooming’ even meant,” Stodden told The Daily Beast. “But as I grew into a woman, I started realizing what happened to me… I was over the relationship and wanted to move on, but when he left, I was terrified to be on my own. I didn’t know how to be on my own. I still don’t have a license. I depended so much on him and he knew that, so when he left it was almost a manipulative way of going, ‘Okay, let’s see if you can survive without me here.'” And Stodden has, but not without their share of difficulties. Stodden recalls severe verbal abuse and gaslighting at the hands of Hutchison, realising years later just how much of a “master groomer” he was. “He told me everything a young girl would want to hear from somebody she’s craving love from, and when I got married to him, he changed. And he knew he had me right where he wanted me,” they said. And while being groomed, the media treated Stodden as the punchline — at best. “I have a lot of trauma from that entire chapter in my life,” they said. “And that’s the time where you’re developing — your brain’s developing, you’re becoming a woman. And as I’m forming, I am being mocked, overtly sexualized, abused — not only in my home, but internationally — and it really did a number on my self-confidence and my sense of worthiness, which I struggle with today.” Stodden’s story recalls the experiences of many other teen stars. Recently, the media has been forced to reckon with its treatment of young celebs in the early-2000s, including Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. While still underage, they were put in positions where they were pressured to be both hypersexual and role models for young girls; to be worldly, yet naive; to embody conflicting ends of a patriarchal spectrum that forgets that they’re children, but is simultaneously dismissive if they stand up for themselves. Only now is this culture of manipulation being thoroughly reexamined and seen for what it truly is. And while Stodden may have come forward, they still don’t feel like they’re out of the woods. “I still feel like I’m stuck. Even though I’m out of that relationship, I still feel heavy,” they explained. “I don’t feel light. I don’t feel like things are so much better. I hope that eventually I’ll be able to find genuine happiness and shed the traumas of my past, but I just feel very pessimistic.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Britney Spears Won't Ask To End ConservatorshipParis Hilton's “Stop Being Poor” Shirt Was FakeBritney Spears Conservatorship & Disability Rights
If you’ve ever found yourself envious by Emma Stone‘s red-carpet updos, Olivia Wilde‘s boho waves, Cara Delevingne‘s tousled bends, or Zoe Saldana‘s polished blowouts, you have Mara Roszak to thank for that. The Los Angeles-based stylist and Laurel Canyon native is a master of arguably the most coveted aesthetic in hair: beachy, artfully disheveled California cool. Star-studded as her roster may be, Roszak also takes regular clients (granted, those who can spring for $400 (£283) haircuts) out of Mare Salon in West Hollywood, where she’s a partner and co-owner. Her day-to-day interactions there give her insight into something her A-list appointments don’t: what women who don’t have access to a professional every time they step out want to know about styling their hair. Today, armed with that knowledge and over 15 years of industry experience, Roszak brings her learnings to the masses with RŌZ Santa Lucia Styling Oil, a product meant to simplify overcomplicated routines by working for all hair types. “I talk to women every day who want to understand what products to use and how to use them,” Roszak tells Refinery29. “It’s really overwhelming and generally hard to find products that you love.” Hair oil, she explains, was a natural choice for her first launch, which she’s been working on for two-and-a-half years. “Before I do a client for an awards show or anything, I use hair oil first and style everything on top,” she says. “It helps to smooth, to speed up the drying process, to protect the hair from heat — and if you don’t want to style your hair, it’s really the only product you need for a little bit of definition and shine.” In addition to its versatility, Roszak says there’s one crucial objective she had in mind when formulating the Santa Lucia Styling Oil. “I see so many different types of hair, and I wanted to make sure we weren’t excluding anybody here,” she says. “I specifically formulated this to work on every head of hair, from the most textured or dry to women with fine hair who are fearful of using oil typically.” Olive, sunflower, argan, jojoba, and safflower oils make for a texture that’s deceptively lightweight yet buildable. “None of the ingredients are heavy oils,” Roszak reiterates. “Emma’s hair can take it; I’m dropping off more for Cara today. I always say to start with two pumps, but you can’t use too much as long as you’re not pouring it into the palm of your hand.” Even the bottle — with its frosted-glass finish, seafoam-green cap, and floral motif — looks like something an especially chic mermaid might reach for to seal split ends or smooth down frizz. The fragrance, too, is transportive, a quick olfactory trip to the Golden State coast with notes of jasmine, vetiver, and musk. But creating a formula that looks good, smells good, and works well still isn’t quite enough for Roszak: There’s a narrative she’s setting out to reframe with RŌZ. “The messaging on beauty products is often so negative, and I think that has played such a role is how we talk about ourselves,” Roszak says. “I hear these very negative relationships women have to their hair, and it’s because we’re conditioned to see it as something that needs to be fixed. Sure, maybe depending on how much you color or use heat, there are ways it can be improved to bring back that natural beauty. We’re unique, and everybody’s hair is different. I want to create a positive experience, and have these conversations that change the language we use about our hair and ourselves.” Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us questions please reach out to us. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?A Fan Convinced Billie Eilish To Go Blonde7 Best Hair Oils Recommended By Industry ProsWhat These 12 Natural Oils Do For Black Hair
In today’s digital world, you can sample any hair colour you want with the swipe of a finger and the overlay of an Instagram or Snapchat filter. The virtual try-on can give you an idea of what you’d look like with platinum-blonde hair — and maybe even convince you to bleach it for real. This actually happened to Billie Eilish who says she decided to bleach her hair after a fan photoshopped blonde over her neon-green roots. “I had been wanting it blonde for awhile,” Eilish told Ellen DeGeneres in a recent interview. “But I saw a fan edit: It was me with whatever hair colour I had, and they just edited blonde hair on me and I was like, ‘Ah, it’s so sick; I want it.'” Of course, Eilish was also quick to note that taking her hair from black and green to platinum was no small feat, and took about six weeks from start to finish. “It was a lot,” Eilish explained of the incremental coloring process, which ensured that her hair didn’t break off from bleach damage. “We started in January, I think 16th January was the first day. Then it was like two weeks of nothing — healing, letting my hair take it in, digest, and recover. Then again, and two more weeks. And then again. Oh my God, it took a long time.” Today on Ellen, Eilish’s fresh blonde hair looks bright and healthy, but she’s honest about the occasional breakage. “I gotta say, it’s been falling out when I brush it…for years,” she admits, which to anyone who has ever coloured their hair, is pretty relatable. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?3 Hair Colour Trends On The Rise For Summer 2021Billie Eilish Talks About The Isolation Of AbuseI Dyed My Hair "Bridal Blonde" For A COVID Wedding
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Thinking back to when we could get ready with others ahead of a big event feels like a dream. The buzzy atmosphere, music and chatter, unbridled excitement. It’s sad to reminisce about our lives pre-pandemic but even more so for me and my sisters on Eid day. Eid is an Islamic celebration at the end of the month of Ramadan; I’d call it our version of Christmas. For as long as I can remember, Eid has always consisted of early mornings as we prepare for Eid prayer at the mosque, followed by enthusiastic Eid greetings (yes, involving hugging) and finally, a big get-together with my sisters as we prepare for our Eid lunch. Last year, however, in the midst of the global pandemic, Eid was alien to me. There was absolutely none of the above and things felt off. It was almost like any other ordinary day in lockdown. So this year, I’ve promised myself that it’ll be special. How? I’m going to use makeup as a way of ensuring it is just as magical as every single Eid before the pandemic took hold. Beauty, in particular makeup, is often deemed trivial or frivolous but it means something to many Muslim women, especially on Eid. It is a time of celebration, of looking your best and putting on your most glamorous outfits. A study by Harvard Medical School found that women who wear makeup experience a confidence boost, suggesting our relationship with beauty runs deeper than we think – and I couldn’t agree more. Personally, even something as simple as a coat of mascara or eyebrow gel has brought me a sense of comfort and normality during the various lockdowns, and I’ve come to realise that this is even more true for festivities. Not only does makeup hold the power to influence mood but through colour, sparkle and the simple ritual of application, it brings back the essence of honouring Eid. Lately, our beauty rituals have taken on an even greater meaning, whether that’s a Sunday facial routine or getting ready for a celebratory occasion via Zoom. My cousin Fadumo agrees. “Last year in lockdown, I put on a full face of makeup for Eid, red lipstick and everything,” she told me as we spoke about our upcoming Eid plans for 13th May. “Why not?” she asked, and she’s absolutely right. The ceremonial act of getting ready has previously required a physical end goal: a destination or an in-person get-together. There may be much less of that this Eid as we wait for things to open up fully but it’s my mission to engage in that ritual at home as a way of immersing myself in the celebration. The makeup will be entirely for me to enjoy but it’ll remind me of Eid’s important impact. Speaking to friends and family proves I’m not the only one who has lost endless hours to makeup tutorials or Pinterest ahead of Eid, though none of us has big plans. I have my go-to makeup artists and beauty influencers: Katie Jane Hughes always comes through with bold, creative looks and you can trust her to steer you in a magical direction. Muslim makeup artist Hani is the one to take creative direction from when only a fully glamorous look will suffice, while makeup artist Yasmin provides a constant stream of glorious looks fit for Eid day. Her ‘Eid inspo series‘ on Instagram has racked up thousands of likes and comments, as Muslim women take inspiration from her expertly curated cut creases, winged liner and fluffy false lashes. A makeup cliche perhaps, but a classic red lip never fails to empower me on Eid. My go-tos are Charlotte Tilbury’s Red Carpet Red, £25, and Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, £20. Wearing bright, bold colours like these isn’t just skin deep, though. It provides escapism and a release from reality, which is especially important when we’re spending Eid at home. Fadumo agrees and says makeup is a “catalyst for a more cheerful day” on Eid. And it’s not just my family. Salma tells me that throughout the pandemic, she has frequently turned to makeup to feel more like herself and often uses it to reignite the sense of fun of joyous occasions, which has become lost lately. Maymona describes her ongoing interaction with beauty throughout the pandemic in a similar way. Wearing makeup at virtual birthdays, bridal showers and close-knit religious occasions such as Eid has only emphasised the happiness she feels. I ask my sister Aisha about her makeup plans for Eid this year and she tells me she will most definitely go all out. The way she speaks about beauty is infectious and suddenly I’m giddy with delight at getting ready for Eid. She’s as much of a beauty enthusiast as I am. “It’s not so much about physical appearance,” Aisha says, “but feeling good about looking good. There is both individual and collective joy that comes with beauty, makeup and getting ready in this way. For me, it’s pretty magic.” Before we know it, we’re both surrounded by makeup products as we discuss our stay-at-home Eid looks, swatching and applying a dozen shades of daring lipstick and glittery eyeshadow. We do this for hours until finally we have our looks together, using MAC Cosmetics and Anastasia Beverly Hills. The choices are limitless and exciting. From choosing a look to sourcing the products and then applying them, getting ready for Eid is my favourite part of the celebrations. In that moment, I’m on a high and only good awaits me. The pandemic has felt like one continuous blur so we must recapture these moments of joy; makeup helps me and plenty of other Muslim women to do that. Personally, it’s the small details: a wash of playful eyeshadow, like Glossier’s Lidstar in Lily, £15, or a bright bold orange lip, such as Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Drama in Wild Thoughts, £27.50. These colours, textures and finishes evoke a sense of celebration in themselves. It’s taken me a while to realise that the ritual of getting ready goes deeper than surface level, especially when it comes to festivities such as Eid. Makeup has become synonymous with the observance and is a big part of our day. Of course, it is so much more than simply products. It’s the emotion, the vibe and how it brings Muslim women together. Going all out with my makeup on Eid will help me differentiate it from the pandemic’s mundane days and mark the occasion as one of great joy, serving as a reminder that there will always be moments to look forward to. For me and many others, the pandemic will no longer be the thief of Eid happiness; not as long as we can dip into our bursting makeup collections, anyway. Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. 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Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.This week: "I’m a 23-year-old working in arts administration and living in London with my partner, N. I finished my master’s degree in 2020 (we love graduating in a pandemic) and started my current role soon after. Thanks to working from home, I only moved to London a couple of months ago.Moving to London on a relatively low salary means I try to keep my finances tight! When we were in full lockdown I found this pretty easy, apart from spending money on the odd coffee, takeaway or piece of clothing. Now things are opening up again I’m struggling to keep my savings targets in mind while not feeling guilty every time I spend money. I’m also living near more of my friends than I used to, so I’m trying to balance not spending too much with seeing them more.I currently have a lot of savings, largely because my parents were very generous with putting money in savings for me as a child. Some of my savings are also from jobs I had before and during university, as well as what I’ve saved from my job in the last few months. I’m aware how privileged I am for this and am keeping most of my savings to one side for a house deposit in a few years, as well as other more expensive things like a wedding. I don’t want to feel like I’ve wasted it so I try to view it as money that is only for big purchases rather than as money that’s available to me right now. My parents have always been big savers and they’ve definitely passed this on to me. I’d love to save £500 per month but think this might be a bit too ambitious with my current salary and living costs in London. It helps me to have a savings target as it means I question my purchases and spending habits a bit more to keep me in line but I also don’t want to feel like I can’t do anything fun because I’m too focused on saving. At the moment I’m mainly saving to buy an engagement ring in around a year or so…"Industry: Arts administrationAge: 23Location: London Salary: £23,000Paycheque amount: £1,510 after tax/postgraduate student loan/pension contribution. I recently increased my pension contribution on my dad’s advice. It does mean I have less for my normal savings each month but I know logically it’s still a saving.Number of housemates: One, my partner N.Monthly ExpensesHousing costs: £550 (my half) for a one-bed flat in Zone 2.Loan payments: £10 postgraduate student loan. I have an undergraduate loan too but I’m not at the minimum salary threshold yet.Utilities: All of these are shared with N. Total amounts are £119 council tax, £36 water, £30 electricity, £25 Wi-Fi.Transportation: I’m working from home at the moment but will thankfully be able to walk to work once I’m back in the office. I spend around £15-£20 per month on TfL for travelling to see friends and visit places.Phone bill: £22.50 Savings? £12,000 in a LISA, £5,000 in a fixed rate ISA, £5,000 in a notice savings account and £5,000 in an everyday saver. I’m aiming to save around £500 this month but it might realistically be closer to £400.Other: £7.99 Amazon Prime, £5.99 Netflix, £13.99 Spotify, £13.12 TV licence, £12.99 Peloton (all shared with N again).Day One7.30am: Alarm goes off. N is already up to do a workout so I scroll on my phone for a bit before getting up.8am: Make our current favourite breakfast: peanut butter porridge with banana, chocolate chips and chia seeds. We’re addicted.9am: Start work. I have a meeting this morning with someone with a similar job to me working in a different organisation, which is really nice. During WFH I find I get a bit lonely sometimes so I enjoy the opportunity to chat to someone new and share ideas.1pm: Lunchtime! Have some leftover cannelloni I made last night.3pm: Team meeting. I’m being given quite a lot of work at the moment, which is nice as I know it means they trust me, but I also feel like I’m getting quite a lot on my plate. Note down some project proposals I need to have a hardcore redraft of next week. I have been seeing my team in person sometimes recently and I’ve really noticed how much more confident I feel voicing my opinions and taking the lead on agenda items in meetings, which was surprising for me but feels really good.5pm: Log off for the day and do a workout. While I was at uni, I really enjoyed long-distance running but after my last half-marathon I fancied a change. I tried a lot of YouTube workouts and found that Peloton (without the fancy equipment) is perfect for me. They never talk about weight loss or looking a certain way, which I have unfortunately found to be quite common on similar platforms. Do a legs and glutes workout followed by a HIIT session. I think when I can finally afford a Peloton bike and have space for one, I’ll really feel like I’ve made it in life.6.30pm: Cook dinner for me and N. She’s recently started an intense new job so is often working later than me at the moment. I’m cooking dinner a lot more but I don’t mind as I enjoy it and it means I get to choose the meals! Make Rachel Ama’s sticky cauliflower with some fried tofu for extra protein. I came across this recipe in another money diary a few months ago and I make it all the time.7.30pm: Our weekly Sainsbury's arrives. £56.21 split between us for mushrooms, spinach, sweet potato, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, vegetarian mince, peas, frozen pizza, potato salad, beer, cheddar cheese, milk, oat milk, yoghurts, mozzarella, puff pastry, tofu, black beans, tortilla wraps, almonds, pasta, jam, chopped tomatoes, pesto, sticky rice, teabags, olive oil, porridge oats, chocolate chips, vegan kebab meat, hummus, coconut milk, orange squash and crumpets. 8pm: We settle down to watch The Great British Sewing Bee. We got really into Pottery Throw Down and I thought this would be a similar vibe but it doesn’t fill the Keith Brymer Jones-shaped hole in my life.10pm: Read my current book, The Vanishing Half, in bed for a bit before going to sleep. I bought a couple of books from the Women’s Fiction Prize longlist a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed them but I’m a bit annoyed that Detransition, Baby (my favourite book of the year so far) didn’t make it to the shortlist.Total: £28.10Day Two7am: Wake up before the alarm goes off – success! N is awake too so we listen to the latest episode of the Obsessed With...Line of Duty podcast because we are…obsessed. The finale is in two days' time! My gut feeling is that Ted has some dodgy dealings going on.7.30am: N makes porridge (yes, we will probably eat it every day this week) while I put clean sheets on the bed. I’m not working on Fridays at the moment and like to get tasks done that I don’t like doing at the weekend.8.30am: I’ve listed a few old clothes on Vinted and have just sold a pair of dungarees! Get these packaged and ready for sending today.9am: Do some yoga with a new instructor. It’s much harder than anticipated! In reality, I don’t think I’m the bendy yoga queen that I am in my head.9.30am: Get ready for my day. My family are coming to visit me today for lunch and a walk. They haven’t seen where I live yet because of lockdown so I’m really looking forward to showing them around.9.40am: Get distracted thinking about some nice earrings I’ve seen online. I’ve always worn silver earrings but have recently discovered that gold suits me so am obviously now contemplating replacing my entire collection. If I buy the pair I’ve seen online (and matching necklace) it would only cost £30 but I know this can really add up. I also lost one of my other gold earrings that I love so I’ll probably have to pay for a new pair of those too. I’m trying really hard at the moment to identify when I genuinely want something specific and when I just want to buy something new. Haven’t worked this out yet!10am: Head into central London to meet my family. Go via the post office to post the dungarees.12.30pm: Lunch at Borough Market, which is probably my favourite place in London so far. Deliberate over lunch a lot before deciding on vegan noodles and dumplings. £91pm: Decide to pick up some treats for me and N from Borough Market. £8.50 for a white sourdough loaf, brownie and banana cake. As it’s for both of us, we’ll split the cost so it’s £4.25 for my half.2.30pm: Go to visit the area of London my sister lived in pre-pandemic. £1.65 for the train.4.30pm: Had a lovely time exploring where my sister lives. It will be nice to go visit when she’s actually living there again! Head back to the train station but get caught out by the reduced service running from there. Get charged the maximum on my Oyster card as I’d tapped in and have to pay for the journey I actually make from a different station. Spend some time on the TfL website getting annoyed about the fare charge but think I should get a refund so won’t include it here. I’m definitely not an experienced TfL user yet! £2.90 for the train. 5pm: Pick up some loo roll as we’re in the danger zone (one roll left!) before heading home. £2 for my half. N and I tend to sort out splitting costs for food, sundries etc. weekly and always pay half each.5.30pm: My phone informs me I’ve done 27,000 steps today. Too many! I promptly run myself a bath while N makes dinner.7pm: Veggie burgers in front of the TV with N. We decide to start watching Motherland on Netflix and absolutely love it! Get a notification that I’ve sold a sweatshirt I didn’t have high hopes for on Vinted.10.30pm: Bedtime after a few episodes of Motherland and Gogglebox, which we watch religiously.Total: £19.80Day Three8.30am: Wake up, have some porridge (!) and clean the flat with N. We always do a full clean at the weekend and feel super smug if we manage to get it done on Saturday morning.10.30am: Do a workout. I was hoping to do an intense, Nicki Minaj-themed workout which I LOVE but I got my period and decided I probably can’t hack it, emotionally or physically. Settle for an upper body circuit which is still hard but stays away from the danger zone (aka my painful stomach).11am: Hop in the shower. This might be TMI but I’ve recently invested in some WUKA period pants and am absolutely loving them. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to get some sustainable period products but who is afraid of Mooncups (like me).11.45am: Get ready to meet one of my best friends. We met at uni but I didn’t see her for over a year due to the pandemic and living in different places. I’ve seen her once since moving to London but am looking forward to checking out where she lives in east London. N and I share a lot of friends so she would normally come too but she has a hardcore day of revision planned for her upcoming exams. I’m finding it a bit of an adjustment not doing all my socialising and fun activities with N, as has been the case for most of lockdown, but it is nice to see friends alone too. Pack up my sweatshirt to take to the post office on my way to the station. Fingers crossed for no TfL accidents today! £1 on the Tube.12.30pm: Meet my friend at her station and wander around the local area. One of my other friends has put down a deposit on a flat here too, so I think I’ll be spending a lot more time in east London! We head to lunch on the canal and go to a cute but overpriced vegan café. £6.50 for a cheese and pesto toastie.2.30pm: My friend heads to get a haircut so I pick up some shower gel for N before heading home. She wanted a specific one that I can’t find anywhere so hope I got her an acceptable substitute. Seems pointless hassling N for the low cost so I just get this. £13.30pm: Go home via the post office to send my sweatshirt to its new owner. I’ve made around £35 from Vinted so far, which I think is decent. £1 on the Tube.4pm: Browse some knitting patterns online. I got really into knitting over the past year but the things I’ve made have definitely been hit and miss. I currently have a pattern for a T-shirt but I’m now having serious doubts over whether I can actually pull off a knitted T-shirt. Check out some cardigan patterns (on Pickles, for any fellow knitters) and drop them an Insta message asking for wool recommendations.4.30pm: Halfheartedly start some work on the knitted T-shirt while watching Call My Agent on Netflix. Consider pursuing a career as an agent purely because it looks glamorous and they all have nice Parisian apartments.5.30pm: Get started on dinner: Meera Sodha’s saag paneer (it should be with kale instead of spinach but I can’t stand it) and some homemade naans! I recently learned how to make them and now I can’t stop. This is one of my favourite recipes at the moment.6.45pm: Sit down for dinner with N and chat about our days.7.30pm: Wash up and watch some more Motherland.8pm: Call our friends in New York and play some online bridge. I met J on my master’s last year but she has now returned to NY and is living with her boyfriend, D. They taught us to play bridge and we now play around once a month. It makes me feel like an old woman but I can’t deny this is one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday night.10pm: Finish off an episode of Motherland and head to bed.Total: £9.50Day Four8.30am: Wake up. Today’s breakfast is a different one for you all: pancakes with banana, peanut butter and Nutella.9.30am: N is spending the morning studying before we head out for a walk this afternoon. I help her with some flash cards and do some chores.10.30am: Workout time! Feeling much better today so I do a glutes and legs workout, followed by some boxing-inspired HIIT.11.45am: Sit down with a coffee after my post-workout shower. Have another look at the cardigan pattern I found. The designer said it needs to be made with mohair, which I’ve found a bit itchy in the past. The internet tells me it isn’t as itchy as wool though, so I think I might be alright… I’ll have a proper wool browse later. I find that knitting satisfies my desire to have new things but is also a nice hobby and means I appreciate the products more as I made them myself. 12.15pm: Take a look at the application form for a free mentoring programme I’ve found. I hope it would help me get a clearer idea of what I’d like to do, as well as help me apply for a promotion or new job in a year or so. I really enjoy my current job but am pretty ambitious and would like to move on to a higher level role in a couple of years once I feel ready.12.45pm: Have some leftover saag paneer for lunch before heading out for the afternoon. We’ve decided to walk down to Dulwich Village, mainly to look at the multimillion-pound houses and sit in the park.2.30pm: Buy a drink (San Pellegrino so I look bougie) and a cronut from a fancy café in Dulwich and head to the park. £3.254.30pm: Head back home after a great afternoon people-watching and admiring the fancy houses. As N is studying a lot at the moment, it’s nice to spend time together doing something exciting, rather than just watching TV after work. £1.50 for the train home.5pm: Sit down in front of the TV for a bit. We’re both absolutely buzzing for the Line of Duty finale tonight. I wish it was 9pm already. I’ve convinced myself that Ted is going to end up being H – I don’t trust him after season five!6pm: Put a frozen pizza in the oven for our relaxed TV dinner. After our walk this afternoon, neither of us feels like making anything extravagant. I show N the knitting patterns and earrings I’ve seen. She tells me to buy the earrings but they’ve already sold out! Maybe it’s fate.8pm: Sunday has been a bit of a TV extravaganza for me recently because Call the Midwife AND Line of Duty are on. I probably have the TV tastes of a middle-aged woman.10pm: Finish Line of Duty confused and annoyed which, judging by my Twitter timeline, seems to be how most people are feeling. I’m glad Jo is living her cottagecore lesbian dream though.10.30pm: After spending half an hour discussing Line of Duty, we head to bed.Total: £4.75Day Five8am: Alarm goes off. It’s bank holiday Monday! We stay in bed talking about Line of Duty and looking at memes. N is working again so we don’t have any wild plans but hopefully we’ll head out for a nice walk together later. I need to do some admin bits so haven’t made any plans for myself today.9.30am: We’ve had our porridge and N gets started on her work. I fill in a consultation on higher education funding (I can’t pretend this is a normal hobby for me but the government have proposed cutting arts funding by 50%, which I think is appalling) and submit my refund claim to TfL, having waited the required 48 hours. Fun!10am: Do a barre workout, followed by a quick core circuit. Monday is normally a rest day but as it’s a bank holiday I figured I’d save that for a weekday instead. Barre seems like a nice low-impact change of pace today.11am: Get in the shower and resume my tasks for the day. Next up is my mentoring application.11.45am: Not really sure what I have been doing but I haven’t made any progress on my application yet… Looks like this might be one for the afternoon instead.12.15pm: Lunchtime! Today I’ve gone for a sandwich with hummus, cucumber and some Vivera vegan kebab meat. Never had it before but 10/10 would recommend the Vivera.1pm: We head out for a walk up to the Thames via our favourite coffee shop. It’s a bit overpriced but the coffee is the best I’ve had here. I’m definitely still adapting to how much things cost in London! I also grab an orange polenta cake, which is nice but a bit dense. £6.20 for coffee and a cake (I said it was overpriced).3pm: We walk home via the local supermarket for some bananas. £13.30pm: Scroll on my phone for a bit before settling down with a cup of tea to have another go at the mentoring application. Spending time thinking about my career goals is making me feel like I know absolutely nothing.4.30pm: I’ve come up with some solid thoughts for my application, which I’m going to mull over for a few days before filling the form out. I’m finding it quite difficult to think about my goals and experiences in my job because everything has been unusual and virtual for so long. Hopefully if I do get a mentor, I’ll be able to see things a bit more clearly.4.45pm: Sit down with my knitting and start on the BBC Young Musician finale (a childhood spent playing classical music never leaves you).5.30pm: Start on dinner for me and N. Tonight it’s Jack Monroe’s vegan pastitsio. I have their vegan cookbook, which I love, but this one is from their blog. I make it all the time!7pm: Eat dinner with N before planning our meals and grocery shop for the next week. I’ve been cooking a lot as she’s been studying hard but I’m looking forward to her doing a few more meals next week after her exam.7.45pm: Sit down in front of the TV to watch the film 28 Days. We’re both big Sandra B fans! It’s a bit more emotionally intense than we anticipated but it’s a great film.10pm: Head to bed. N is going into the office for the first time tomorrow so she wants an early night.Total: £7.20Day Six7am: Up bright and early for N’s first proper day in the office! I haven’t had a day working from home alone for ages so I think I’ll be a bit lonely.7.50am: N leaves for the office. I make the most of my early morning and do an upper body workout. Looking forward to that rest day tomorrow…9am: Log in to my work computer. After a bank holiday I always feel a bit like a headless chicken trying to remember what I need to do. This is made worse by a busy morning of meetings.12.15pm: Lunchtime! The morning has gone so quickly thanks to a busy morning on Teams. I have some leftover pastitsio and head out on a quick walk to my local park and back.1.15pm: Sit back down for my afternoon. 2pm: I’ve just had a lovely chat with someone who benefited from one of our outreach programmes, which reminds me why I like my job/sector so much. I can find it quite lonely working from home as there isn’t the same office chat and socialising but having meetings like this one helps me stay engaged.2.15pm: Quick tea break before cracking on through my busy pile of work including strategy planning, comms and project proposals.5pm: I’ve ticked a fair bit off my to-do list! Now it’s time for a meeting with someone from a similar charity to finish off the day.6pm: Log off for the day and get straight on with making black bean and sweet potato enchiladas: my recipe this time! N is back from the office now and it’s nice to have some company in the flat again.6.30pm: Pop the enchiladas in the oven and see that I’ve got a response about replacing my lost earring. Thankfully they can sell me just one. It’s from Birdsong, a sustainable brand which does lovely, high quality jewellery and clothes. Hopefully I won’t lose this one… £22.507pm: Sit down for dinner and debrief about N’s day. She tells me all about her VERY swish office.7.45pm: N picks the film: Shrek 2! We are children.9.30pm: Do a quick stretch before bed – we try to remember to do this every night but as you’ll see from the diary, we’re not very consistent at the moment.Total: £22.50Day Seven7.30am: Alarm goes off and we laze about for a bit.8am: Sit down with our porridge and watch the Architectural Digest tour of Naomi Campbell’s home in Kenya. It looks like a hotel! We watch a lot of interior design/home tour videos to inspire us for when we eventually have our own home which we can decorate as we like.9am: Get started on my work day. We’ve been relatively quiet for the last few months but it’s definitely ramping up more now, which is nice. I have a couple of meetings with other teams today but otherwise I’m getting on with some social media planning and drafting copy.10.30am: The Wi-Fi is absolutely shocking today! I don’t understand how I used to have great signal living in a rural village but in almost-central London it seems virtually nonexistent sometimes.1pm: Break for lunch. I feel like I’m making good progress: sometimes I don’t feel inspired enough to rewrite and edit copy which needs a lot of concentration but I think I’m on a roll today. I have some leftover enchiladas, which are a bit disappointing as I manage to burn one of them, before heading out for a quick lunchtime walk.2pm: Back to my copy editing…4pm: Get an email from TfL saying they’ll refund my journey charge from earlier in the week. Remind myself never to tap into a station again until I know the train is actually coming!6pm: Log off for the day. N is making dinner tonight as she can’t face doing any more revision. I do some gentle yoga for 20 minutes to try to stretch out after sitting down all day.6.30pm: Sit down for dinner: puff pastry tart with pesto, mozzarella and tomatoes and some potato wedges.7.30pm: Get in the bath and feel very zen before settling down to watch Sewing Bee. 10pm: Really sad about the person who left Sewing Bee as they seemed like such a lovely woman. My bet is on Raph to win though.10.30pm: Lights out!Total: £0The BreakdownFood/Drink: £58.30Entertainment: £0Clothes/Beauty: £23.50Travel: £8.05Other: £2Total: £91.85Conclusion"I feel like my spending for the week was relatively average, apart from the replacement earring I bought. I found that the process of doing the diary definitely made me question my potential purchases more as I didn’t want to end up spending loads of money, which was pretty interesting. Maybe in the future I’ll imagine all my purchases are being scrutinised by other people to test if I really want them!I think a saving goal of £400 might be more realistic for me at the moment, particularly because I want to enjoy meeting up with friends and family after having spent so long in lockdown. I’ve also recently increased my pension contribution a bit.Also, on reflection, I feel like I may have judged the Line of Duty finale too harshly. I like the point they were trying to get across about institutionalised corruption but still feel it could have been a bit more dramatic? Maybe that’s just me…"Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Money Diary: A 28-Year-Old Community Nurse On 20kMoney Diary: 29-Year-Old Marketing Manager On 125kMoney Diary: An Investment Analyst On 50k
DIY and homeware have been top of mind (and top of feed) for a minute now. Whether it's crocheting decorative objects or embracing the homespun styles of eras past (hi '70s), the objects we fill our homes with are more deliberately homemade and unique than ever.Nowhere is that more apparent than in the trend for tiled objects, especially cubes and side tables. It's perfect for displaying trinkets, plays with the trend for checkerboard and IG-friendly pastels, and can be made at home with spare tiles if you're feeling adventurous.If you're not though, there are plenty of independent makers whose tiled cubes can be made to order in a range of sizes and colours. Plus, the trend has expanded into other objects, from trinket boxes to frames to vases. Whether you want to go big or go small, there's a piece for every mood.Refinery29's selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.Studio Smiley currently makes a range of cubes and plinths to order over DM but is expanding soon to include benches and tables. Watch this space!Maza originally started making candles before branching out into tiled interiors. You can order a range of sizes and colours through the website.MAZA The Cube - Mini, $, available at MAZAWant your cube to do a bit more? They're perfectly suited to be planters, as shown in these Glass Jungle creations.GlassJungleGB Large Handmade Green Mosaic Tile Planter, $, available at EtsyIf you're looking for something on a much smaller scale, We Are Lazy Home makes tiled coasters to order through Instagram in block colours and checkerboard.The Dutch brand &Klevering always has its finger on the pulse when it comes to trends so it's no surprise to find it has its own range of tiled planters and vases.&klevering Pink Tile Vase, $, available at TrouvaAnother option is storage, like this adorable handmade trinkets box. Make and Relate Mosaic Tiled Trinket Box, $, available at EtsyAnd finally, another &Klevering joint – this time a tiled-style frame.&klevering Small Rectangle Check Photo Frame, $, available at Liberty LondonLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Uncomfortable Looking Cushions Are All The RageThis Spring, Say No To Boring MirrorsCrocheted Fruit & Fake Cakes Are Having A Moment
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