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Snow Big Deal

5 Feb

So, it’s February and in England we’re finally experiencing our white Christmas. I was planning to make a first-time visit to a new tea shop near me- ‘The Emporium’- today and post all about it’s lovely tea cakey-ness (or cakeynot seeing as I have no idea what it’s like yet and it could be horrific). However, I woke up late this morning to a number of messages from friends, all spouting a similar line to: 

Girl, there’s some freaky, snowy shit outside- I ain’ts going for no tea, you crazy!”

Wow, I honestly don’t know how or why I always turn my friends ghetto when I quote them… Apologies. Anyway, you get  the idea. So unfortunately there’s no tea and cake review today; however, I did take a trip with my Doberman up to the nearby wood, and have some photos which I hope will make do until my next proper post. Let the snowy tomfoolery unfold… (I don’t know why I said that. There’s no actual ‘tomfoolery’- I was just walking my dog and battling against slipping through the sludge in an extremely unflattering manner.)

Now for the fashion side of things…

Fuzzy Russian-style hats such as this are a real statement, and have been very popular this winter. Not mention they really are fantastic protection from the weather (please take note- it’s faux fur)! This Cossack hat is from ASOS, £15.

I love Hunter wellies in general, but these… I can’t even put it into words. I mean, come on- they even came with matching socks! I actually got these fairly recently in the January sales as a belated Christmas present. Other socks are available…

 

And finally…

As previously mentioned, I’ve finally decided to create a Twitter account. It was all going so well; however, the strangest and most soul-destroying thing was automatically receiving 3 followers after activating the account, thinking ‘Wow, this is awesome and so am I!’, and then realising they were all porn spammers. Oh yep, this just screams ‘Welcome to twitter’

Anyway, if you’re at all interested please follow me on twitter at @bakeandboutique. I promise to be all sorts of humorous and follow-worthy and such. Expect lots of random baking/style/life tweets… This is turning into such a shameless beg. Ah, who cares, I really have no shame.

Happy blogging!

I’m Alive!

31 Jan

Hello? Yes, I’m back and shamefully, this is my first post of 2012 . I know I’m about a month too late, considering it’s practically February. But I do have an excuse, I promise. However, whether it’s good enough is yet to be decided.  

Ok, get ready… 

The reason I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties for about the past two months is pretty boring, and it involves being a student… Oh dear.

No. 1) Throughout most of December, I’ve been sorting out the freaking UCAS form I dedicated a former blog post to last year… and it almost killed me! Unfortunately, there’s no escaping the form unless I’d decided I would rather sit at home and wallow in self-pity, rather than go to the uni which would have been my beloved first-choice, had I filled out and sent off the deadly UCAS form.

Well, luckily that didn’t happen and I’m thrilled to have received four out of five university offers so far!  Exciting. I guess that whole UCAS thing isn’t so bad then, considering the benefits.

No.2) Now, for the second-half of my AWOL-ness explanation. The beginning of my 2012 has been consumed with much-loved (heavy sarcasm there) January exams, which I absolutely must do well in, in order to not make the long-suffered hassle of No.1 completely irrelevant. So, lots of revision, lots of stress, and lots of coffee later, it’s finally and thankfully all over. No good news for this yet though- I won’t get the results until the summer, by which time I will have whole new hoard of exams to work through. Oh glory glory.

So, I’m sorry for my absence, but now I’m thankfully I’m able to return to blogging! I’m back (hopefully for good… if not, then at least for the forseeable future) bitches! And to start off the new year (sort of), here is the HOT leopard-print Topshop blouse I got for Christmas! (Yes, late. No, I don’t care- I have no shame). Looks lovely with casual black jeans, or leather-look leggings for a great party look.

In other news, I’m considering setting up a Bake and Boutique twitter account. I’m not really sure if this could work though- I have to admit, I am a twitter newbie! Is it worth bothering, or am I better off sticking to the good, old-fashioned blog post? Help a girl out.

Happy blogging!

Ponch Me I’m Dreaming

1 Dec

Christmas is fast approaching… and with it, the bitter, winter weather!

I don’t know why I sound so excited about this cold weather business- I guess I’ve become a traitor to my own June-baby roots and have opted for winter weather preference this year… I have to be honest, I did get rather fed up with the summer lingering around through the autumn months this year (I know this makes me a crazy person!), and I’ve been so desperate to speed up the approach of winter, that I’ve practically rain-danced my way through the last few months in a desperate attempt to spur it on! Perhaps it’s just because I’ve subconsciously been longing for Christmas time; or perhaps because I’m a secret summer Scrooge, and therefore in general, just a miserable person; or, in a shamelessly tenuous link, perhaps it’s because I’ve been impatiently anticipating the arrival of A/W fashion!

For the sake of this post- and my dignity- I’m picking the latter.

I’ve recently bought this bright, jazzy print (“Too jazzy?” Sorry, that hilarious line from The Inbetweeners always seems to echo in my mind when I mention the word ‘jazzy’!) poncho from Dorothy Perkins for £35. I’ve been wearing it with a black high-waisted skirt and black body, with tights and boots in the mild weather, but am planning to replace the skirt with jeans when it turns colder! I realise this seems like a lot of black, however with such a jazzy print (Sorry, just had to say it again…!) I feel it works better to keep everything neutral (or black-tral, whatever!), and the poncho just seems to stand out that little bit more. Moreover, it may not actually look like a poncho, but I can assure you that it is! It said ‘poncho’ on the label and eveything… Even so, I admit it seems more like a half-cape, half-poncho crossover, therefore I’ll call it a ‘Ponch’ as it hasn’t really made it as a fully-fledged poncho yet (as much as it pains me to admit it).

In other news, I’ve just finished reading Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ (It actually only took me a day and a bit! I mean, ’tis a wee book), and thought it was great, of course. It may be a basic, short read in other readers’ minds, however it was the content which captured me, not its length. And for those who haven’t read it and don’t want a spoiler, I’ll just say this: The story itself was a fantastically clever metaphor based around the Communist regime, whilst the ending of the story was particularly chilling and fascinating.  

 

That’s all for now then! Happy blogging folks.

5 Things

22 Sep

SUMMER

It may seem a tad late, as Autumn is now almost upon us; but my wardrobe has been in need of a summer spruce for some time now. I created this 5 Things post a while ago, wanting to actually post it ages before, but I unfortunately had some mishaps with the collage software (excuses excuses!). So, a month or two late, here is my first of many 5 Things posts! And to start it off: SUMMER! Here are 5 of my new summer must-haves:

 

 Coral, Barry M, £2.99             Playsuit, Topshop, £28             Trilby, H&M £5.99

               Bridge Detail Cats Eye Sunglasses, ASOS, £15          

Cobalt blue pumps, Office, £25

 

Coral and Cobalt blue are all in this summer; and let’s be honest, when is leopard print not in? One thing I will say about the playsuit though, is regardless of how pretty and summery it looks, and regardless of me putting it on this post, it actually hasn’t worn me well at all. Let’s just say: girls with hips and boobs beware!

Hope you liked, peace out!

Hola!

4 Sep

I know, I know, I’ve been AWOL again. Well apologies, because my excuse is pretty crap. I’ve been preparing for the new school year (kill me now!), meaning I’ve had to catch up on the homework avoided all summer; collect together the school books and study material strewn across my house (it’s like bloody Treasure Island round here at the minute); and, of course, give a ‘New Year’ spruce to my school wardrobe… Yes, I know it’s not technically the New Year yet. And?

In-keeping with my decision to experiment with dangly (nice made-up word there) earrings this summer, I bought these Vintage Gem Chandliers, £10, from Accessorize.

http://www.accessorize.com/en/restofworld/medium-vintage-gem-chandlier-earrings/invt/98135170/?bklist=icat,4,shop,jewelleryshop,jewelleryshopearrings

It may sound strange, but I’m currently trying to reinvent danglies into my wardrobe, as ‘classy daytime’, rather than ‘classy evening’ style accessories. That way I can wear them even more often!

In other news, I know I still haven’t posted the ‘5 Things’ post I keep making such a fuss about! I assure you it’s coming soon!

Until then, hasta la vista bloggers!

Bloody Hell!

17 Aug

I can’t describe how much I actually hate blood tests. Not only do they involve someone actually taking your blood (ugh), but it’s the needles in particular that get to me. Bah, needles are nothing. I can take them!” I hear you scream. No. You think that- I thought that. But it’s only when you’re sitting in that unnecessarily large chair that they always make you sit in (you know, the one that makes you feel tiny and insignificant and unprotected), and actually SEE that scarily big needle when you realise that you’re not prepared at all for it to pierce through your skin and enter your arm! It’s even worse when you think about it happening as it happens- for some reason it seems to make it all the more painful when you’re expecting and obsessing over it.

As you may have guessed, I had a blood test today. And obviously it was the best part of my day… I think the most enjoyable moment had to be when the nurse had trouble finding my vein and had to squeeze my arm repeatedly for what seemed like forever, hoping to find it. Funnily enough, that did make me more nervous would you believe! Yeah, blood tests are so horrible that even my vein was hiding!

Anyway after the worst was over (the experience of feeling the needle move inside my skin and the agonising wait as the nurse took three vials of my blood!), the ache of my arm following the blood test was much more welcome than another appearance of the Needle Monster would have been.

And on a much happier note, I can report that to cheer myself after my morbid visit to the hospital, I decided to spend money I don’t have on some much-needed retail therapy! I bought this top, £7.99, from New Look. It seems the whole nautical theme is always in: and I love horizontally striped tops and have wanted to buy one for ages. Also, front knot tees have been very popular this summer. Right on!