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Flippin’ Heck!

22 Feb

Whoa, whoa- wait. It was Pancake Day?!

I’m just kidding, I know that Pancake Day has in fact been and gone, but I need some kind of excuse to post about my pancakes a day late, right?

For me, when it comes to pancakes I follow no strict recipe or rules. I don’t even measure my ingredients. The only thing I need to know is that there had better be some flour, eggs and milk in there somewhere, and that’s it.

God, I feel rustic

Topping-wise, I’m just as simple: sugar and lemon. Come on, sugar and lemon! You can’t beat it, really. Yes, when I hear about the nutella and banana, the cinnamon, butter and honey of other people’s pancakes, my stomach literally flips (haha, pancake pun there… Because you flip a pancake right? Ok, time to stop) on itself with excitement and craving.

But if I’m honest, I’m a traditional gal and I love the pure traditionalism and downright beautiful simplicity of a lemon-soaked, sugar-dusted, pancake.

Just look at the sugary, lemony goodness!

 In other news, I’ve just bought these Gypsy-style hoops, £7 from Accessorize and love them! The only down-side is that they’ve been designed as backless (so they aren’t full hoops) and the ends have been persistently catching on my hair and clothes!

Another recent buy of mine is this Barry M nail varnish in Raspberry, £2.99. I had been searching for the perfect plum/berry colour for a while until I came across this. It’s perfect and exactly what I was looking for- I literally cannot fault it! I’m even considering buying a matching lipstick…

I feel like these latest buys have been leading me in the direction of a specific image-overhaul that I probably would have never considered before… Maybe it is my time to go chola. I mean, if you’ve seen Lil’ Loca on Youtube, then you would understand why I’m fine with this- I would love to be her. Bandanas, attitude and a very creative yet questionable use of lip-liner… Ok, ok perhaps not.

Maybe the time for an image-overhaul is nigh, but not just yet! I’ll rock the hoops for a while and see how I get on.

Finally, Lana Del Rey won a Brit Award last night! I feel so proud (strange, seeing as I obviously have no reason or right to)! And congratulations, of course, to Adele and the other artists who won awards last night.

Well, that’s all for now folks. Happy blogging!

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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.

Fancy a Cuppa?

7 Nov

Not one to break the British stereotype, I confess I love tea.

I may be alone in this, but as I passed this tea house in Covent Garden I was absolutely captivated. And I guarantee you, when I entered I wasn’t disappointed…

I’m not talking a few boxes of PG Tips here and there, oh hell no (and let’s not joke about PG Tips either… the topic of ‘tea bag’ is a serious one). No, the inside of The Tea House is a haven of all tea-related business; with an array of original and unique tea blends on sale, and also a wonderful selection of teapots and other important tea equipment (yes= tea is important, no= any person caught drinking my tea will not live). 

I also came across a selection of miniature, intricately patterned Gaiwans, which are basically handleless tea cups/pots- so cute. Believe me, I would’ve been on that, except I’m very old-fashioned when it comes to my tea- drinking, and prefer my tea cups (or mugs- let’s be honest, I don’t have the time to sip tea daintily every day daarling), or pots to have handles.

This shop was a treasure trove to behold, and epitomises everything tea-loving. Thank you Tea House, for reminding me why I love tea so much, and for bringing tea to the people!

Spoiler Alert! In true Brit and tea-obsessive style, my next ‘5 Things’ post is going to be tea inspired, so watch this space! And no, I’m not going to just photograph a bunch of tea bags! Well, not really…

Goin’ Down to Chinatown

6 Nov

 Visiting Chinatown is an amazing cultural experience… I don’t get to go there often, but when I do I relish it! It’s mainly the endless streets of food shops, restaurants and bakeries that keep me coming back (I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the strung-up chicken window displays within many a Chinatown restaurant, however alls I knows is it can never put me off!).

First on my travels, I visited the fantastic sweet shop in Chinatown, selling all sorts of bizarre and interesting treats, and picked up some of these chewy White Rabbit Cream Candy sweets. After opening the first wrapper of the candy, there’s actually another thin layer of rice paper around the sweet, which just dissolves in your mouth! The White Rabbit itself has a creamy, almost milky taste and is scarily addictive!

Next, my friends and I went to eat at the Royal Dragon, a restaurant we hadn’t yet visited, and my friend ordered this monster of a drink…

I know right? What the hell is that?! Well, it’s actually a melon and honey smoothie, with coconut juice and some weird little jelly raisin things floating around. For the record, the smoothie had a really strong taste of melon and was lovely. I can’t speak for those floaty fruit whatsits though… I didn’t have the guts to try them!

After a delicious lunch, we went walkabout and came across one of Chinatown’s many awe-inspiring cake shops. The cakes were huge, and the decoration and detail of each one made them very appealing and tempting, I can tell you! Oh Lordy, just look

 

 

I myself bought a slice of a gargantuan- seeming chocolate gateaux, and believe me, it looked to die for!

 

 

 With cake and sweets in tow, we found ourselves de-toring from Piccadilly Circus, and instead took a trip to Brick Lane. It was immense. I’ve never been to Brick Lane before but the boho vibe hit us on the way in. I absolutely loved it. There was a warehouse sale on at American Apparel, so we queued (all the way along the side of the street!), and eventually got in.

All I have to say is: not impressed. At all. Since when is an “up to 90% off” sale such a scam?! And to be honest, I’ve never been particularly enthused by AA’s clothes so it was pretty boring. My friends and I got split up in all the commotion, and so after trailing around the rails for about 20 minutes, my (thankfully sane) friend and I escaped from the stuffy, pretentious warehouse and instead waited outside for the others.

Sitting on the kerb opposite the exit door like tramps (because we are), we opened our cake boxes and cheered ourselves up with the frankly glorious– looking cakes we had bought in Chinatown earlier. However, as much as it pains me to say this (and I hate to drop a bombshell), my cake really wasn’t that nice! For all of its hypnotizing appearance, it lost out on taste and just wasn’t very special; unfortunately leaving something to be desired. I couldn’t believe it!

Subsequently we reunited with the others, so picking myself up from the grief of cake-gate, we moved on to Spitalfields. Sadly, the market wasn’t around as it was quite late by that point, but I have to say- again a first time visitor- I loved it. The shops were great, and I even passed a Las Iguanas- a restaurant where (on an occassion prior to this) I have eaten the best Latin and Mexican food of my life, and have been served a Long Island Ice Tea cocktail without it being realised I was underage… Home.

We also passed a fun novelty costume and joke shop where I found this…

Great stuff!

On the way back to the tube station, this hilariously-named bar caught my eye (the shakiness and blurriness of the photo reflects the amount of uncontrollable laughter I had as I was taking it).

Awesome day.

 

Happy blogging y’all!

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!

Hay There!

5 Sep

So I took a long-needed trip to the embankment with a friend today… Strolling along the sunny Southbank pavements, exploring the quirky beach huts and wandering through various exhibits, transformed me into a hugely excited tourist in my own hometown! To put things plainly: I love London.

Visiting the National Theatre was particularly inspiring; not just because I love a good play (well, I do…) but because of its lovely, petite bookshop! Selling every kind of dramatic literature: plays, monologues, classics, Shakespeare’s sonnets, even a How-To for acting and directing- you name it. It was enchanting.

“So what? It sounds no different to any other average bookshop…” I hear you cry!

Well, yeah that’s true. Except this is the National Theatre daaarling, so they don’t sell any old rubbish, do they now? What-ho! As I said, it’s strictly drama-related stuff, so no Steffo Meyer or JK Whatsit. Can I get away with another ‘daaarling!’ on the end of that sentence? No…? Suit yourselves.

Anyway, I spotted these amongst the incredibly bourgeoisie selection of books in the shop. Leuchtturm notebooks. Officially my 2nd favourite brand of notebooks ever, the 1st being Moleskine notebooks. And might I add that between the two of them there’s practically no difference- you may as well just call them identical. Just saying…   

I have a small, secret-sized Moleskine one (my size choice partly based on the brand’s pretty expensive prices), in which I write down all my writing and blog ideas, and have started making an account of the incredibley strange dreams I have… Ever known what it’s like to have Simon Cowell buy you a dress; or met a young Alan Alda on an old London tram to discuss losing your shoes and finding Kerry Katona’s phone? No? Welcome to my world!

Finally, upon heading out of the National Theatre and exploring a little more around Southbank, I discovered this little big guy!

Doesn’t he look sad? It’s probably because he’s made of hay and his silly designers have given him droopy eyes and a helpless expression! Poor guy.

Anyway, if you’re a Londoner like me and don’t appreciate your hometown as much as you should, or if you just fancy a nice day out; get down here and check it all out- there’s so much to see. Come on, how could you refuse the London Eye! Happy blogging all!