2018 Reflection

So I decided to scroll right back on our Instagram to the 1st of January, to help me remember exactly what we had got up to this past year. It was super cute reminiscing on our year and remembering exactly what we have been getting up to over the past year. What we did notice was a hell of a lot of brunch spots and restaurants were visited this past year, so much so that we now have an entire section on our blog dedicated to this.

Lots and lots of active wear has been photographed and we even decided it was time to purchase our fourth tripod, this time we went for the biggest henchest tripod we could find, thank you John Lewis! So far so good we have not had any mishaps with this tripod and we have even got our self a cool new ‘clicker’ so we don’t have to keep pressing the self-timer button!

January and February seem like they were very quiet months in the world of the Two Brits, Rach did have a flat warming party in February for her old flat which turned out to be an incredibly MESSY night to say the least. We do remember it being ridiculously cold and the beast from the east hit the UK! Needless to say we still thought it would be a great idea to strip down to our sports bras to take countless amounts of photos.

March it was Annie’s birthday and she turned the grand age of 26 (wow how are we already 26 years old). We visited Dalloway Terrace for Annie’s slightly more sophisticated brunch (more on that in a bit). We had wanted to visit Dalloway Terrace for such a long time and it was just the most perfect morning and the food was so delicious! A boozy brunch also took place at Six Storeys where about 20 of us downed copious amounts espresso martinis that none of us can ever drink again, it’s safe to say we didn’t sleep much that evening!

April was Rachel’s Birthday was in April, we had a delicious picnic on Clapham Common and then continued the party at Rachel’s Flat (so many memories were made at that flat it will be missed).  For her birthday day out we visited Darwin Brasserie at the top of the Sky Gardens, it’s safe to say that EVERYTHING went wrong and it was actually very laughable (hear more about that in our vlog).

Annie also ran her first ever marathon on the 6th April, it was the Manchester Marathon and I absolutely loved it.  I will 100% be running another marathon, not sure if it will be 2019 or 2020 but it will be done! If anyone is thinking about running a marathon then DO IT!

May we hopped on a plane and landed in Edinburgh, it was honestly one of the best weekends we have had. We visited lots of brunch places and hiked Arthurs Seat. The sun was shining and we spent our final day/evening at Dundas Castle Estate. We were staying at their Glampotel and it was just so much fun and the perfect way to end our trip.

June was another trip to Scotland, neither of us had ever visited Scotland before this year and it just so happened we ended up visiting twice in 2018. We stayed in 2 beautiful hotels in Glasgow and we were treated like absolute princesses. We had 2 spa treatments each over the weekend and it’s safe to safe we returned feeling very Zen!

July was the month of the world cup! We were actually at a blog event when England were playing Columbia, we assumed the restaurant would have a screen up but they didn’t, so when we heard it was a penalty shootout we were all manically on our phones trying to get a connection! We ended up watching it from facetime lol!

August was when Rach Travelled Canada with her boyfriend in August and had the most AMAZING time! If anyone is thinking about visiting Canada then you must go the views are insane and it is just an all-round amazing place!

September was when Annie ran the Thames Path Challenge which was a 50KM run, it was hard to say the least and I have never felt so exhausted in all my life. I would 100% do this run again though as it was so much fun and a completely different experience to any road run I have done.

October was a big month for us, Rach got a new job that she is absolutely loving, our blog turned 3 years old and on the same day we hit 10K on Instagram which is a milestone we have been wanting to get to for SO SO long! Rach also moved from Clapham to Wimbledon and moved into a beautiful four bedroom house with three amazing girls.

November included a trip to Milan, we kick started our weekend away in style as we were lucky enough to be invited to review the No1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport. We ate lots of great food and drank lots of wine and it was such a lovely weekend.

December was a great month as per usual Annie got offered a new job in December which is very exciting and I cannot wait to start in January! Rach visited Paris with her boyfriend and went to Disneyland Paris which was super cute.

WOW what a year we have had, one of the reasons we love social media, our blog and vlogging is because we can look back and reminisce on all the amazing things we have been able to do this year. Thank you so much to all the lovely brands and PR Agencies we have worked with this year it has been great!

Bring on 2019, we are so excited to see what you have in store!

Latest Deals Boyfriend Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching can you believe it is less than two months away now and we actually only have 7 Fridays until Christmas eeeek!

We really need to start planning our Christmas shopping and what we are going to buy! We both have boyfriends and sometimes they can be extremely easy to buy for but other times we just get so stuck and never know what to get!

That is where Latest Deals as come to the rescue! We had never heard of Latest Deals before but now we are completely obsessed with the website: There are so many cool products on there for a reduced price so we thought we would do a mini gift guide!

Are boyfriends both really enjoy running so these Nike Lunarstelos Running Trainers Mens from Size 7 to Size 11 would be the perfect gift! They were originally £69.99 but we can now get them for £35!

Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are such a good idea! Who else finds the wire on headphones so annoying, especially when they get all tangled! The wireless headphones on Latest Deals are just £12.99.

Our boyfriends don’t play the Xbox when we are around so we cannot complain too much! But this controller would be the perfect gift as well. Instead of paying £44.99 we can get it for £39.99! We do occasionally like to play it with them but not that often! The Xbox is good for Netflix though LOL.

Who doesn’t like receiving chocolate for Christmas? We most certainly do, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate 😂 these Artisan Hot Chocolate Spoons On Latest Deals looks soooo good and really tasty! Imagine enjoying one of these whilst the fire is on and you are watching a Christmas film!

The Reebok Gym bag would also be perfect for the gym or a weekend away, it’s such a good value as well only costing £23! The straps can also be adjusted as well which is great!

The shave kit is also a great stocking filler it comes with razors, blades and all kinds of lotions that look like they are travel size. This only costs £5 when before it was retailed at £24.95!

The four of us all LOVE coffee and we know just how expensive coffee pods can be! These Starbucks Colombia Espresso Capsules, Nespresso* Compatible are only £30 and you get 120 pods…. winner winner!

So that is where we have got so far with your boyfriends Christmas presents! It’s a good start and usually the rest of the present will be something we can do as we love making memories!

3 Lessons We Have Learnt in Three Years

So to celebrate our blog turning the grand age of 3 we decided to look back at the past 3 years and think of three things we have learnt. It’s hard to think of the most prominent things to share because we taught ourselves everything, and we have learnt A LOT!

I mean we set up our Instagram and had to learn all about the algorithm, we learnt the hard way probs as its taken us 3 years and we haven’t hit 10k yet (give us a follow if you don’t already and help us out we are less than 50 followers away eeek).

We set up our wordpress account and then decided to go self hosted, now that was a learning curve and a half! We taught ourselves how to edit photos and how to edit vlogs. We tried to learn about SEO (still struggling with that one!), and there is so much more!

So here are our main 3 lessons that we wanted to share:

1) When coming up with a name for yourself or your brand never ever use a number. A number can change you see….. when we originally started there was three of us and some of you may have followed us from the beginning when we were threebrits…… well now you probs can tell there are two of us! So this meant we had to change EVERYTHING. Our blog name and layout, our instagram, twitter and our email address. We still have to check our threebrits email address every now and then just in case someone has emailed us! So this advice is for anyone starting out, not just a blog but for anything, really think wisely about your name!

2) When taking photos take them in the SHADE, not in the direct sunshine! When we first started taking pictures we thought that we needed to find the prettiest sunniest spot. It took us a while to realise (and a few squinty photos) but we are so glad we did! The shade is the best place for photos!

3) Be yourself – now this may seem a bit deep and like woahh! However we stand by this and have been ourselves from day 1. We like to portray our real selves on social media and don’t like this whole insta vs reality thing. Okay yes we do photoshoots in advance but when we have full time jobs we have to plan ahead to ensure we have enough content. However when we go out for food we genuinely do eat everything we are given, so many bloggers will take photos, take a bite and then leave the rest. Not us! We eat it all and have been know to eat share a massive starter, 3 pizzas and 2 desserts between the two of us and we are not ashamed!

We also love to go out and enjoy ourselves, we have had many a crazy night/day out and think its important to enjoy life. We have had 2 memorable bottomless brunches; one where we basically walked the entire streets of London and had a fun encounter with a gold buddha and the other where we were ‘slut’ dropping in the middle of central London…. and plenty more to come!

In addition to this when we attend a fitness class, we put our all in and enjoy ourselves. We have been to a number of fitness events where other ‘fitness bloggers’ have turned up late, then hardly participated in the class and then posted on social media how great the class was and how sweaty they are….. nah not us again, we will fully workout!

So our final point – BE YOUR WONDERFUL SELF….. always!

Lifestyle Choices Which Can Impact Your Fitness

Everyone cares about their body, and if they don’t then they should! How our body is functioning on inside is far more important that what it looks like on the outside! Of course you can work hard at the gym to help improve your overall health, but there might actually be some parts of your lifestyle that are impacting your bodily health and fitness.

SLEEP
Sleep is one of the most important parts for not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Not having enough sleep night after night isn’t a healthy way to live and there is only so much coffee that is gonna help! Digestion, growth, and even weight loss are just a handful of the areas which a lack of sleep can damage. Try putting your phone down before you go to bed to help you get little bit more sleep.

STRESS
No one wants to be stressed and there are some things in life that can cause a little bit of stress, maybe it’s your job or your finances. You might not think it at the time but the cause of stress is something you can have control of! Recognise what is making life hard and make changes where possible!

HYDRATION
Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated! Try and drink water throughout the day and only having fizzy drinks and fruit juices in between.

DIET
Your diet is also another important factor to ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle. There are so many tried and tested diets out there which yes some have proven to be successful, but we believe in eating a well balanced diet instead of going on a diet. If you are regularly going to the gym make sure you fuel yourself with the correct type of foods to ensure you have a fabulous workout!

There are a lot of substances which are becoming a normal part of human life, nowadays. Coffee, nicotine, and loads of other chemicals are used to make life feel just a little bit better, and this often isn’t too big of a problem (we love coffee). If you know anyone that has unfortunately moved onto harder substances they remember you can always speak to professions like people at https://www.rehabclinic.org.uk/

It can be very easy to set yourself back when you’re trying to improve your fitness. This part of life can be hard- remember not to deprive yourself of things you like because this will only result in bad habits resurfacing, enjoy things in moderation.

Laughing At Bloggers

Kindest doesn’t cost a thing, so why are many people so unkind?

This is something we have wanted to write about for quite some time but have put it off as it isn’t the most positive of topics. But you know what we want to be real and with that sometimes comes a bit of negativity.

We both work full time during the week so the weekends are the only opportunity we get to create as much content as possible for our blog and Instagram.

Last Saturday we visited a coffee shop in Shoreditch and ordered our first iced coffee of the summer (exciting times), we stepped outside and decided to photograph our coffees, true blogger style of course!

We will set the scene; Rach was holding the coffee in the air as we wanted to get the shop sign in shot, when we noticed a group of friends pointing and laughing at us from inside the cafe. They were doing it in such a way that they actually wanted us to see, it was incredibly rude and made us feel really self-conscious. I asked one of them if they had a problem with what we were doing, to which one of them deliberately tried to get into shot trying to make it impossible for us to get a photograph without him in it. He was laughing hysterically covering his mouth and pretending to spit out his drink, did he not have anything better to do with his Saturday?

We eventually gave up and sat down on the outside seating area angry and upset with what had just happened, we were discussing the situation with one another when the girl sitting beside us who was also friends with this guy turned around and said ‘this is a public place’, we are not really too sure what she meant by this but surely with it being a public place your friend should have a bit of respect and shouldn’t be so rude?  Would he find it funny if we turned up to his job and started laughing at his work?

We don’t mind if people want to laugh about what we do but when you are deliberately being so unkind about us in front of our faces it’s just not very nice at all. We felt like we were back in the school playground and felt so awkward with the situation we had to leave. We wouldn’t have the audacity to be so cruel to someone, how do these people live a life like that? We would feel awful for being so unkind.

This isn’t the first time it has happened either, if happens every single weekend without a shadow of a doubt we will have at least one person point and laugh, sometimes we ignore it, sometimes we wave at them to which they usually look incredibly embarrassed and run away and other times it really gets us down.

We can’t be the only ones this happens to? When are people going to realise that it’s not that weird being a blogger? Especially not in London!

Why we decided to go Self Hosted

For those of you that dont know we set up our blog in October 2015 on wordpress.com, it wasn’t until August 2016 that we purchased our first domain which was www.threebrits.com, in August 2017 our domain was up for renewal and we decided to take the plunge and change our domain to www.two-brits.com as there was now only two of us. Luckily we had only had our domain for a year and although it was annoying because our domain authority was back to 0 we worked our little butts off and got it back up in no time at all.

All throughout 2017 we were talking about going self hosted, we knew we wanted to do it but we just never got round to it. We were confused by the entire process and we didn’t have a chance to research more about it. One of our goals for 2018 in fact it was probably our top goal for 2018 was to go self hosted.

In February we finally purchased a self hosting plan, we did a bit of research on a couple of self hosting plans and decided to go with HostGator. They had a good package and it appeared that their customer service was rated highly as well.

We decided to go for the 36 month plan because it was cheaper to do it this way and it also means we don’t have to worry about paying for another hosting plan for 3 years.

We were about to go ahead and purchase the plan when a pop up appeared offering us ‘3 years for the price of 2 53% off’ so of course we clicked on it and it dropped the price to $200. So a top tip would be to go off of the page for a couple of minutes and when you return you may have a discount code waiting for you!

We payed $200 for the 36 month plan, just a small thing to note is that they will charge you EU Value Added Tax which was about $42 so if you are in the USA it would be even cheaper than $200.

So our plan had been purchased and we were already smashing through our 2018 goals we did a little celebratory dance before thinking OH GOD WHAT DO WE DO NOW!!?? We are not technical in the slightest we have no idea how to export from WordPress.com and import it to our WordPress.org dashboard? LIKE WHAT? in fact we didn’t even know this was part of the process at this point.

So STRESSED does not cover it, we didn’t know what to do! HostGator offer a free migration of content and domain but after a few chats with them on their 24/7 chat we decided to go with WP Beginners (WordPress for Beginners).

We are so glad we went with WP for beginners as they also offer a free migration service. All they require is your WordPress Login & Password & the self hosting Login & Password so make sure you update these to a password you want them to know and and can easily change after the process is complete.

So during the process we were still highly confused and we thought instead of confusing ourselves even more at this stage we will just wait to the migration to take place and we can then go from there.

Make sure you turn your wordpress.com site to private so readers arent still access your site via wordpress.com.

Add in the plugin JetPack and it will move across all your followers to your new and improved site.

WordPress for beginners were literally incredible and we cannot praise them enough! They talked us through the fact we would not be using WP Admin to write out posts, which we didn’t even know about (LOL).

We have now been up and running on our self hosted blog for just over 3 months and it was honestly the best decision we ever made.

Our views have improved, our Domain Authority has gone up and we realised we could finally start making some money from our blog, how you ask? We added google ad sense!

We are so glad we took the leap and went self hosted. If you are completely confused by the entire process just like we were then please do ask us any questions you like! We finally feel like we understand it all now.

Hello Spring

We absolutely love the four English Seasons, but it just seems like winter lasts forever and always over stays it’s welcome. It’s safe to say we are excited about the warmer temperatures and we are well and truly welcoming spring with open arms. We have been wishing for warmer weather since February but the more we wished the colder it gets.

Easter has been and gone and there STILL wasn’t any sign that spring is on the way accept the fact the clocks changed and it’s lighter in the evenings YAY!

This week though eeeek! We have been in our element loving the hot summer like days (hotter than Ibiza). We feel like we have got our mojo back and a spring in our step! It really is crazy what a bit of vitamin D can do to your mood!

There are so many things we have been missing about spring so we thought we would write a little list about all the things we are looking forward to and have been enjoying this week:

LONGER DAYS
Longer days means we will actually get to see daylight. Driving to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark really starts to take its toll after a while.

ICED COFFEE
We love an iced coffee and it isn’t something we would choose to have in the winter so by the time spring comes around we are well and truly ready to be re united with our one true love.

WARMER WEATHER
Warmer weather means we can wear t-shirts without having to weather a jumper over the top YAY for all the slogan t-shirts we have in our lives. We will no longer have to pack 17 layers in our bags when we leave the house YAY!

DRIVING IN THE SUNSHINE
Okay so this one might sound a bit strange but we love driving in the sunshine with our sunglasses on, windows down, music on and singing at the top of our voices we LOVE it.

BEER GARDEN
Sitting in a beer garden on a Saturday afternoon is just pure perfection, day drinking in the summer is so much fun.

SUN GLASSES
Who doesn’t love going into Primark and purchasing every single pair of sunglasses? We never spend money on expensive pairs of sunglasses as we always find they break! We live in sunglasses in the summer!

PICNICS
Just an excuse to eat your body weight in food and drink all the Pimms! We love a pick a mix style lunch for picnics are perfect for just that.

LONG EVENING WALKS
Evening walks when the sun is beginning to set are literally one of our favourite things about spring and summer. We love walking through the woods and fields breathing in the fresh country side air!

Reasons You Need to Move to London

For many people, taking the plunge and moving out of the family home isn’t an easy decision as its not necessarily essential. For others a job may mean you have to move out of your family home and into your own accommodation.

Summer of last year I moved to London and it was the best decision I ever made, so I thought I would share reasons why you too need to take the plunge and come to London too.

1) London is such a fab city
2) You can cook whatever you want for dinner
3) After work drinks are much easier to get home from and doesn’t take 2 hours!
4) You can host dinner parties and catch up with your pals over delicious food
5) The night tube runs to your area
6) The chance to explore a totally new area
7) You make a whole new bunch of friends
8) Its not frowned upon to have a girlie evening on the sofa eating chocolate and watching rubbish TV
9) The amount of places for brunch in London gets bigger and bigger and on the weekend there brunch is just on your doorstep
10) Summer is just around the corner, and summer in London is amazing, evening drinks on roof terraces, cycling bikes around one of the many parks, or sunbathing in the park, London is glorious in the summer sun, so what are you waiting for…… get your bum to London!

And if your worrying about doing your own cleaning, don’t worry Fantastic Services have got you covered. They are your one stop shop for all home services.

We use Fantastic Services to ensure our flat is kept super clean and we love the ease and convenience of this service.

Amazing Places to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, there are literally endless opportunities for you to go glamping, enjoy the scenery as you go for a run, or explore clear waters whilst you recline on the beach. So, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the perfect place for your exploits, which is why we’ve decided to narrow it down for you by selecting some of the locations we would love to visit for incredible outdoor adventures (guess we better start saving)…

GLAMPING IN BALI

Glamping, as you will probably know is a combination of ‘glamourous’ and ‘camping’. Basically, it’s camping with all of the luxuries you don’t usually get when you’re just plain old camping.

One of the best places to go glamping has to be at the Sandat Glamping Tents in Ubud, Bali. Why? Because the weather is amazing, as are the views, Located in pretty paddy fields, this glamping site looks perfect for quiet relaxation in natural surroundings. There’s a communal swimming pool and a shuttle service to nearby cities, that’s if you can drag yourself away from the amazing massages.

CAMPING IN AUSTRALIA

If you prefer the normal, rougher sort of camping, then before you shop for camping gear, be sure to book a space at the Broken Hill Tourist Park in New South Wales, Why? Because you’ll get the authentic outback experience in this rather rustic location! It looks so incredible!

HIKING IN CHILE

If you’re a lover of active holidays and hiking is your thing (we love hiking) but there is nothing worse than hiking with a backpack that doesn’t fit you properly or is slightly on the old side! Why not treat yourself to a new backpack before heading to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. This location is home to a globally-renowned trail where you will see exotic landscapes, as well as some incredible wildlife. Lay your head at the EcoCamp in Patagonia – the first sustainable dome hotel on the planet, for amazing views of the starry night sky and an experience that you will never forget.

DIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES

If you prefer to spend most of your travel time in the water than on the beach, then you’ll fall in love with the island of Malapascua just like we have. The waters are clear and blue, and you can even swim with thresher sharks wow! An idyllic paradise island in the Philippines, which we have read has incredible exotic marine life and the prettiest coral gardens. We have also been advised to go diving at night as it’s even more magical and exciting.

ROCK CLIMBING IN ENGLAND

If it’s rock climbing that floats your boat, then you don’t have to look any further than England – the Lake District to be Specific. As well as being known for its spectacular and romantic views, there are more than a few challenging mountain climbs to be found in the lake district. We would love to climb the Hardknott Pass and have been advised this is the best place to start!

GLAMPING IN SCOTLAND

It may not be as exciting as some of the above but we are going Glamping in May in Edinburgh and we are so excited. A full blog post of our review will be coming your way soon. We love the idea of Glamping especially when there is a delicious breakfast hamper to wake up to in the morning!

What are your favourite locations for enjoying the great outdoors?

Dalloway Terrace Brunch Review

Dalloway terrace has been on our brunch bucket list for as long as we can remember! We tried to visit in December but they were fully booked and we sadly couldn’t get a table.

Dalloway terrace is an Bloggers dream, from the decorations, the crockery and the food everything is a photo opportunity and trust us when we say we took SO many photos.

It was Annie’s birthday and Rachel surprised her with Dalloway Terrace for a birthday brunch and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Prior to visiting Dalloway Terrace Rach booked two weeks before as you cannot book anymore than two weeks before. The reservations on the Dalloway Terrace website had all gone so Rach went on book a table to reserve our 2 hours spot.

We didn’t realise that Dalloway Terrace was part of The Bloomsbury Hotel so we were surprised to see that it was when we arrived.

We were shown to our table and although Dalloway Terrace is outside (well in a Terrace) it was warm as they have several heaters. We were sat by the door and there was a slight draft but nothing that a blanket couldn’t fix.

We ordered our usual coffees, Rach went for a soya latte and Annie had an Americano with a dash of soya milk. We were really surprised with the size of the coffees as we usually find restaurants always serve the smallest coffees but not at Dalloway Terrace we got a mug and of course we fell in love with the mug and wished we had them at home ourselves.

We ordered a basket of pastries to start which included pan au chocolate, pan au raisin and plain croissants. We did ask for them to be served to us before the rest of our food but unfortunately this didn’t happen and all our food came out at once which was a little annoying but never mind.

Rach ordered the pancakes (obv!) which were served with lemon curd, berries and maple syrup. There were 3 fluffy pancakes on the stack which is pretty standard for London brunches. The berries and lemon curd worked really well together and of course it was then smothered in maple syrup. The maple syrup came in a mini jug so you could pour as much or as little you wanted – obviously she used it all!

Annie went for the avocado on toast which normally came with poached eggs but she opted to have scrambled eggs and they were more than happy to accommodate this change. The amount of avocado given was unreal, it was basically a whole avocado on the toast, some of it was smashed and then there were big slices of avo too. There were also a handful of cherry tomatoes on top too which had been roasted in the oven to perfection.

The portions sizes were very generous at Dalloway terrace and this is one of the reasons as to why we loved it so much and why would we return. We do find when going for brunch in London they are very stingy with portion sizes, usually we get a teeny coffee or a pathetic amount of avo or salmon – not at Dalloway though!

We spotted an outside seating area which was also beautiful (everything about this place is) and we will definitely be visiting again the summer and making use of this area. We can imagine taking a lot of pictures in the summer here!

The toilets were located in Bloomsbury hotel and on our way to the toilets (which were clean FYI) we spotted another restaurant which was The Coral Room. We recognised it straight away from Instagram and just had to step inside to have a look. It was beautiful and we noticed they serve the same food so always worth a try it Dalloway Terrace is busy.

We will definitely be returning to Dalloway Terrace we were not disappointed and it was everything we hoped it would be.