Saturday, 27 July 2013

30-Day Self-Portrait Challenge: Day 10

The little things...

Pretending to be in a Parisian restaurant by treating myself to mussels with fries and a glass of wine on a weekday evening. I cannot believe how amazing these mussels in Thai sauce (ASDA) which microwave in 5 minutes tasted! 

Gifts from my parents after their holiday in Crete.

Fresh herbs :)

Iced coffee. I drink coffee throughout every season, I just alter the temperature. 

Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Too marvelous for words

Recently my cousin and his wife had their first child, Annabelle. Here's a card I made for them, once again returning to the stitched bunting card idea that I am now very fond of. It's almost my card-making signature! This time I added a scrap booking piece that seemed very fitting for the occasion. I can't wait to visit my hometown and meet her! 

30-Day Self-Portrait Challenge: Day 2


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

30-Day Self-Portrait Challenge: Day 1

Well, I am still yet to tick 'Do at least one blog challenge' off my list of goals for 2013. I've not really come across any at all, until today. Emma and Elsie at A Beautiful Mess have initiated a self-portrait challenge. I'm going to let you into a secret; I would absolutely love to do outfit posts but I am terrified that they will make me look stupid. I mean, there's not really anything particularly special about me or my outfits. Plus, I don't have a fancy camera.

But a 'self-portrait' theme is a bit more flexible and I'm going to push myself. I'm going to rise to the challenge. Am I afraid that I will fill my blog with photos that will later make me cringe? Absolutely. Am I afraid that I will forget to take a photo or upload it to the blog on some days? For definite. But I'm going to try. I need to complete a blog challenge. I need to blog more frequently. I need to try to overcome my fear of having photos of myself on my blog.  

So here's the photo for day 1. Me posing awkwardly. The beginning of a journey. 

Oh my, am I really about to click 'Publish'?

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Saturday's shopping

Today is soaked in sun. After a tiring week I've enjoyed a slow start to the day, eventually leaving the house at around 1.30pm to have a walk in the sun and a browse around the charity shops. I wasn't out long before I got too hot and came home, but it was long enough to pick up some great finds!

I spotted this Delia Smith cookbook last weekend but had no cash on me to buy it. A woman in the shop had seen me looking at it and said 'that's a really good cookbook' so when I saw it was still there today I snapped it up (£1.50).

Do you remember my homemade fish and chips from Jamie Oliver's recipe? It's one of many tasty and accessible dishes in his book 'Jamie's Dinners' which I've been looking out for - I was very happy to spot it this afternoon for just £2.25! 

Growing up my interest in good food has often come from my dad. His favourite chef is Keith Floyd and 'A Feast of Floyd' one of his most treasured cookbooks. I enjoy watching Floyd on television, and jumped at the chance to get this book for just 99p! 

I finally have a teapot for my new flat - this cute one with strawberries would be perfect beside jam and cream scones on a summer afternoon (£2.50).

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The little things...

Cream teas.


Homemade summer salads. 

Good food really brightens up my days, does it do the same for you? 

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Perfume Sampling

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My current perfume is Very Irresistible Givenchy. I have used this for a number of years and only have a little left of my current bottle. I am at that point we all come to occasionally where we can't decide whether to keep using the same product that's become our signature or shake things up a little. I still like my Givenchy scent, but I also want to try something different and perhaps have a few perfumes that I can alternate between depending on my mood. I find that perfume smells totally different when you first spray it than it does a little later, and this makes it hard to choose one in store. So I decided that I would start by trying some of the samples in my ELLE magazines.

1. See by Chloe.
I was expecting to like this, as I often like the aesthetic of Chloe garments and advertisements. It had a really soft and feminine scent. The smell was coherent with the image of See by Chloe and it made me feel fresh, delicate and pretty whenever I caught a whiff of it. 

2. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf.
Aptly named, as this is a very floral fragrance. The advert with a topless woman on it didn't really appeal to me, and the scent didn't seem to suit me either. It was a very pleasant fragrance, yet more like one I would associate with a friend who was a little bolder, rather than one I would wear myself. I did even begin to wonder if a friend of mine has this already. 

3. Jour d'hermes by Hermes Paris.
A very sweet and girly fragrance, it almost smelt of sherbet. This wasn't as noticeable as I had hoped (perhaps it needs more than the sample), but it was very pleasant. I liked it a lot more than Flowerbomb, though still preferred See by Chloe. 

4. Alien by Thierry Mugler.
The advert shows a woman looking bold and strong, the scent also fits that description (though I barley noticed it after a few hours). It was very floral and seemed better suited to a more mature woman. 

5. Euphoria by Calvin Klein.
The first thing I noticed about this one is that it smelt like a fashion magazine. Or like the perfume department in a large store. I decided that because of this it must be quite a classic scent, and perhaps even a timeless one. It didn't make as much of a good impression on me as Jour d'hermes or See by Chloe did though. 

6. Angel by Thierry Mugler.
Like with Flowerbomb and it's neighbour Alien, the advert presented a woman who I couldn't relate to, so I probably wouldn't have picked it up in a shop. However, I was pleasantly surprised. This has a very flowery scent but it's also spicy too. On first impression is reminiscent of  Pot Pourri. As it settles, it becomes a really lovely fragrance.

I am still undecided about what perfume I want to buy and would like to sample a few more. However, If I had to choose between these six scents, it would be See by Chole and Angel by Thierry Mugler that came out on top.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 4 July 2013


During Sherwood Art Week I attended an Art Journalling workshop with Claire from Studio 1975. It was held at the lovely Crimson Tree cafe, which I have mentioned before. Art journalling is the kind if thing I see on Pinterest and on blogs such as A Beautiful Mess and like, but never try to do myself. In line with my 'be creative' goal for 2013, I thought it a good idea to grasp this opportunity of an introduction to it.

I had a lovely evening. We each created a page, building it later by layer, then wrote over the top. As a starting point we were asked to answer the phrase 'In ten years time I want to be...' - which is why my page has 'happily married' across it in large letters. 

I hope you're having a lovely week.

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