28 February 2014
In the living room I've filled the fireplace with logs and fairy lights - unfortunately we can't use the chimney, but I love how cosy it looks in the evening anyway. We've started filling the bookcases with books in order of colour, but it's quite time consuming and we've still got a large number of books left to sort out. All the toys are Simon's, he's not willing to let them out of his sight!
The Up print was a lovely gift from one of Simon's pals. We're both big fans of Pixar so it's in pride of place at the moment. I spend most of my time in the living room and it's no coincidence that it's my favourite room of the flat.
I'm very lucky that our kitchen has plenty of storage, so I can use the shelves for display purposes. At the moment I have some of my favourite baking equipment on show as well as two coloured Kilner jars I picked up in TK Maxx last week. Simon's not a fan, but I think they're really pretty!
The bedroom is on the large side so it's hard to make it feel cosy (not that I'm complaining!). I've wanted an old steamer trunk for years and I was so chuffed when my parents bought me a brown one for my birthday in October - at the moment it sits at the end of our bed. However, the one photographed is another one. My upstairs neighbours have just moved out and they were getting rid of loads of furniture. I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this black trunk amongst their stuff and they said I could keep it. So now I have two! I'm yet to figure out where to put the black one, but I'm sure I'll find the perfect place for it.
What's your favourite part of your home?
24 February 2014
My skin's being a nightmare at the moment so I decided to get the bareMinerals foundation in the hope that minerals won't irritate it any more (so far so good) and then we wandered round the Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road. Have you been in there? It's enormous! Obviously, tackling Oxford Street on a Saturday is exhausting so we had to stop for some lunch in a surprisingly quiet Pret. I love the pain au raisins in there, I think they must coat them in sugar or something.
The top photos are taken outside the Rosewood Hotel and Holborn Delicatessen after we had to pop to Chancery Lane to visit the Argos there (nope, life doesn't get much more glamorous than that!).
In the evening we had tickets to see Pixar in concert at the Royal Albert Hall so we got the tube to Kensington. After we picked up our tickets we had some more food with a couple of friends at Le Comptoir. I only had frozen yogurt as I was still pretty full from lunch but everyone seemed to enjoy what they had ordered. I also had a fresh lemonade that tasted a lot like what I would imagine fabric conditioner to taste like...
Going to the Royal Albert Hall is always a bit of a treat and the performance was amazing. And we got ice cream in the interval of course!
Have you been to any shows lately?
20 February 2014
I really want to learn to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies so these were my first attempt. I found a recipe on pinterest and they were just okay. They were tasty, but they were missing that wow factor I'm looking for. I love the M&S fresh bakery cookies and they definitely didn't match up to them. Next time I'm going to give this recipe a go.
I'd never been to itsu before Saturday which is a bit silly because I'm crazy about sushi. I really liked it and their froyo definitely satisfied my sweet tooth afterwards - who am I to turn down hot caramel sauce?! We had a browse round Fortnum and Mason afterwards and spent some time discussing what we think The Queen eats...
I can't remember the name of the burgers Christina and I went for at GBK (we got the same) but it was a lot spicier than anticipated. Fortunately I had an oreo milkshake on hand to help it go down. We had a two burgers for £10 voucher so it was really good value.
I don't have too much planned for this weekend so it should be fairly relaxed, I'm looking forward to it.
Do you have a favourite place to go eat?
28 January 2014
On Sunday my plans fell through and, as it was a grim day, I decided to do some baking instead. I made mint choc chip cupcakes with mint aero bubbles, but they definitely taste better with ice cream than alone!
new bag from Urban Outfitters. It was an impulse purchase a week ago with some left over Christmas money. My old go-to bag is falling to bits so I have no regrets about picking this one up!
What have you been up to lately?
12 January 2014
Yesterday I made a bit of an impulsive trip to Brighton to make the most of the sunshine we've been having. I have a bit of a soft spot for Brighton because I used to go a lot with friends while I was at school, and then one of my best friends went to uni there so I used to visit her frequently.
Simon was suffering a bit from the night before, so food was definitely in order! I did a little research and thought it would be nice to try out JB's American Diner. When we went in we were told it would be half an hour for a table and then another half an hour for food, but within fifteen minutes we were seated in a booth. We both opted for oreo milkshakes which were incredible. They each came with a metal cup full of milkshake too – much to my dismay I couldn't finish it! For food, I had a chicken burger with mozzarella and avocado (my dream combo) and Simon went for a beef burger with cheese and pineapple. We were so full when we left!
We spent a bit of time wondering around the pier and the North Lanes before heading home. I was so surprised that the train fare is only £10 return from London (even cheaper with a railcard), I'm sure I'll be heading back come summer.
Have you been to Brighton?