Sunday, 25 May 2014

A weekend in Venice.

oh my i know i say it everytime but i really didn't realize how long its been since i last posted. The past few weeks have been busy busy with the usual working, drinking and general living but also a long weekend in Venice, from which i've finally sorted through the 500 photos i took, so hopefully this post isn't too much of an overload.

I have to admit i always imagined that when i visited Venice it would involve romantic gondola rides and candlelit dinners (feel free to gag) but with a total lack of a beau of any sort i had to settle for seeing the city with my brother and mum. Romance or not it didn't matter anyway as i still had an amazing time enjoying the sun, crossing what felt like hundreds of bridges and drinking too much red wine and coffee. I still can't quite get it into my head that people actually live in Venice, it just looks and feels so different from anywhere else i've been.

Looking at these now it feels like i wasn't even there, it only took one day back at work to make the canals seem like a dream. To be honest as much as i really did love seeing Venice the best part was having some time to relax in which i wasn't ridiculously tired or hungover, i even found the time to finish two books which i haven't done in a long long time. Now of course its back to real life and i'm hankering after another holiday more than ever!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

What i wore: peachy keen.

Skirt ~ New Look (kids), shirt ~ Peacocks, jacket ~ Topshop, boots ~ Primark, bag ~ Ollie & Nic, 
watch ~ Casio, rings ~ Primark 

Despite moving back to Cardiff over seven months ago i still at times forget that i don't actually live in London anymore. It's even worse when i go up for the day with Jordan and after finishing in Oxford street it feels like we should be hopping on the tube back to our flat in Stratford rather than the megabus. Until i move back though day trips are better than nothing and this time we actually remembered to take a few outfit photos.
Leaving the house at a ridiculous hour to get the coach does sometimes mean you make silly outfit choices, aka suspender tights. I love suspender tights but i've never felt more like a hooker in my life and ended up spending half the day attempting to minimise the amount of thigh on show. Mistake number two would have to be taking my new bag, as pretty and summery as it is i'm not used to rucksacks hence a sore shoulder and constant fighting with the buckle whenever i needed to get inside.
Apart from those two hiccups i did actually like this outfit (which is rare) and i also had a lovely day despite not buying anything at all (also rare) and being a little sad about having to come home again....and even sadder about having to be up early for work the next day. In other news i hope everyone is having a nice Easter, even if you have just spent it in bed blogging and watching movies...or was that just me?!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Recipe: Home-made Granola Bars

I've mentioned briefly in the past that i enjoy baking and as i've been considering doing some non-fashiony type posts lately  i thought it was about time i share one of my favourite recipes.
I love granola bars but shop brought types are never nutty enough, thats the great thing about can cram in as much as many extra ingredients as you want and experiment with anything you have in the cupboard.

100g butter
100g muscavado sugar
200g oats
3tbsp golden syrup
300g seeds/nuts/fruit (i used raisins, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds)

Again the beauty of this recipe is that you can change it up so easily, raisins can be exchanged for berries or dates, seeds for chocolate chips, just the one type of nuts...whatever you fancy.

This really couldn't be any easier. First things first heat the oven to 140°C/gas mark 3 and line an 8 x 8 inch square tin with greaseproof paper.
Next warm the sugar, syrup and butter in a saucepan over a low heat.

When melted stir in the oats, nuts, seeds and fruit then pour into the prepared tin, pushing the mixture down lightly with a wooden spoon before baking for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes pull the granola out the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin before cutting into slices. I made 8 large bars but bite size pieces work well too..and that's it!!

Let me know if you give these a try and how they turn out...also lemme know if you enjoyed the slightly different post, if so i have plenty more recipes ready to share. For now though lots of love,

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

desperate desires and unadmirable plans

Skirt ~ New Look kids, top ~ Primark, belt ~ Urban Outfitters, Jacket ~ New Look, Shoes ~ Blonde & Blonde, bag ~ petticoat lane market, jewellery ~ Primark

Hello lovely ladies, long time no blogging sorry. Life the last few weeks has been both busy and complicated as life often is but one thing that i'm very happy about at the moment is the prospect of summer. These photos are from mothers day last Sunday and it was lovely to be able to walk around the park with Jordan without shivering or running for shelter from the rain. I had dressed for a family lunch quite hastily in the morning and wasn't overly happy with what i was wearing at the time but looking back it'd not actually so bad....the only outfit regret i have is not breaking in these shoes first as i ended up going out the evening and waking up with huge blisters on both feet. I guess sometimes we really do have to suffer for fashion!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Pokeball Nails: I choose you!

Hi loves, slightly different post today but i couldn't resist sharing this nail art because whether or not you watch the show and play the games who doesn't love Pokemon?! Since i started waitressing every one of my nails has broken down to a stub and the one good thing about stubby nails is that they are pretty much destined to be pokeballs....

Any nail art takes a little patience but this isn't difficult at all. First you just have to paint the entire nail white, wait to dry, paint over the top half in red, wait to dry, draw a line in black across the middle with a black dot on top, wait to dry, draw a smaller white dot in the centre, wait to dry, coat in clear varnish and voilĂ  pokeballs!
I used Barry M bright red (262), Models own nail art pen in black, L.A colors energy source, a cheapy white nail art pen from Primark and to finish it all off Barry M 3-in-1 clear. (Do y'all like my pikhachu by the way?)

 Pretty simple and of all the nail art i've tried this has definitely got the bet response, so much so that i started to get annoyed at hearing 'oh my god are those pokeballs?!' but don't let that put you off! Next up on my list of nails to attempt are Pac man and adventure time....i'll be sure to share if they turn out well :)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

What i wore: hello sunshine

 jumper ~ Primark, skirt ~ Topshop, coat ~ Topshop, necklace ~ New Look, 
shoes ~ Primark, bracelet ~ Primark

Hello lovely people and happy Saturday! It's still been quite chilly lately but the appearance of the sun is making me yearn for a little bit of colour and you can't get much brighter than this skirt which i actually picked up in Petticoat lane market for £2.50. the only problem is that it's seriously, seriously short, my mums already warned me not to walk up stairs while wearing it so maybe that's why it was at the market?
Speaking of sun Spring is definitely getting closer which is making me happy. Today i actually met up with the lovely lady behind Welsh girl problems and it was so nice being able to walk around and sit in the park without feeling like my fingers were about to fall off. Of course it goes without saying that it was also nice to meet someone from Twitter who turned out to be absolutely fabulous. It's also got me contemplating doing some regular time to talk type posts although i'm not entirely sure what about specifically so any suggestions would be incredibly helpful, is mental health something that you'd like to hear more about??

Sunday, 2 March 2014

It's the little things that make life big.

Over the last  few weeks i've learnt what it's actually like to be an adult and have a full time job and to be totally honest, i'm yearning after my uni days. I don't know how people find the time to work all week, see friends and have a life plus blog on top of it all. Case point i just sat down to write a weekly wrap up post and realised that i only have photos from one day because the rest of the time i was either at work or in bed recuperating.

It's all getting to me a bit at the moment but at least that one day was just what i needed. As much as we can annoy each other i love spending time with my younger brother and as he's been on half term all week we decided to go on what turned into a three hour walk involving lots of filming and photo-taking, a very long 'would you rather' game, noughts and crosses in the mud and plenty of singing and laughing.

The whole time that we were out we only saw three other people (one of whom was carrying a rifle and wearing army gear but hey ho) and it sounds so cliché but the fresh air and peacefulness were perfect to clear my mind after a not so great beginning to the week. A few week's ago i think for one of the #timetotalkchat's we were actually talking about little things that make you happy and i didn't realise until now the impact that getting away from everything can have. It's definitely made me want to appreciate and make the most of my days off a little more now rather than just using them as an excuse to sleep and complain about work.