Friday, 29 November 2013

November Faves

Hello! I honestly can't believe I am writing this post write now, the end of November has well and truly crept up on me so much so that I took me a while to think of what my favourites were, even asking Rosie what i'd worn a lot this month, nevertheless I have battled through. Anyway enough chat now!

My go to outfit has to be...

The my favourite part of this outfit has to be my primark fluffy jumper, I'm starting to think I literally don't know where i'd be without this jumper, its so warm and I feel like a little polar bear in it. Then my most worn part has to be my Jack Wills leggings they are so warm and cosy, lovely I cannot rave about these enough. If you willing to spend £30 on leggings do it, if not put them on your Christmas list... you will not regret it. My shoe choice is my trusty tan boots from next like 5 million years ago.

Next is my ring I've been wearing pretty much everyday

You can't see it particularly well on this picture but I think you get the jest? Fun fact this was my mum's engagement ring, but then it got to small and now I feel shes with me all the freakin time, not just when I'm at home! I love how its small and dainty, its such an elegant little touch to an outfit :)

This month I have been enjoying some particularly stagey programmes the first was a one of special called Broadway: A Jewish Legacy (on iPlayer until 17.12.13). This followed the progression of the broadway musical throughout the 20th century, and looked at the success of Jews on Broadway and why they were so successful. One quote I remember is 'You won't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews'. I found this hugely interesting and educational. I was really sad when I had finished watching it, the programme could've continued for another hour and I wouldn't have been bored at all.

Secondly is The Sound of the Musicals on Channel 4 which is a 4 part series with the final episode on Tuesday (3rd December). It  is 'an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the cut-throat world of West End Musicals' each episode focus on a different topic for instance the last episode focused on 'Stars' and looked at 'Happy Days' which is a new musical which was looking for a star name to give it a better chance of success. 'Top Hat' (possibly my fave musical) and how they coped when they lost Tom Chambers when they changed cast after a year of the original cast. Finally 'The Body Guard' where their star from Broadway became unable to sing.  It was super interesting and just made me want to get into the West End more than ever!

Moving away from TV but still keeping with musicals. Are a few songs from Hair ... the first song I am loving is 'Aquarius' is such a tunnnneeee, then the song 'Hair' and finally 'Black Boys' because when studying it a school we found this particularly hilarious... some people more than others!!

That's all for this month :)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

r a d i o s i l e n c e

Hello! Sorry for the lack of posts, im just having one of those times when everything seems to happen all at once, so to make up it up to you guys I'm gonna leave you a picture a David Tennant....

image from pinterest
Once my life is back in order I will have a mini 'Winter Survival' series, November Favourites and some Christmas Gift guides :)

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Outfit of the Day 17.11.13

Hello! Just thought I'd share what I wore to work today, as I've been meaning to put this outfit up on the blog as I really like it.

what am I doing lol!?

Both dress and cropped jumper have been worn on the blog before. I especially like wearing my cropped jumper with dresses opposed to normal length jumpers, as most of my dresses are nipped in at the waist, and normal length totally ruins the shape of the dress and hides most of the dress plus I don't find that I am any cooler, which my mum was certain would happen hehe!

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Velvet Leggings

Hello, nearly another week between posts oops... A few weeks ago I did a post called lusting after - velvet and I finally got me hands on a velvety item when my fabulous friend Hollie asked me if I wanted her velvet leggings I was not going to say no.

This hasn't come out in pictures as much as I like this outfit in real life which sucks a bit, but since my posts have been rather lacking, I thought I'd better put this post up anyway!! I like that the leggings are a slightly unusual colour compared to other velvet items out there at the moment, which makes them stand out! Surprisingly these are from Next, I say surprising because I generally associate Next with the working 30 something woman and I don't know if i'd expect her to wear velvet leggings, and cue end of ramble!
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Saturday, 9 November 2013

my tv picks november '13

Hello! I've been missing from the blogosphere for about a week and that is because after half term life exploded again, but I have found  a bit of time for some TV viewing and I thought I would share my two top contrasting programmes trust me they are pretty darn contrasting....

1. The Escape Artist
I started watching this because it was a new crime drama which wasn't so police focused and possibly because David Tennant is playing Will Burton the main character! It is very gristy and trust me it will leave you looking over your shoulder especially when its dark.

As whole its about morality, whether a Lawyer should represent someone who it's very likely is guilty of horrible crimes and how they can sleep at night knowing they could let a very dangerous person back out inot the world and the repercussions of their actions.  I'm going to leave you with some links to look  so you get a better idea! Firstly the show's little webpage here and an interview about it here.

2. Strictly Come Dancing
The run up to Christmas wouldn't be quite right with out our weekly dose of sequins and Bruce Forsyth (whether you love him or loathe him)! I don't think this year has an amazing selection of celebrities but as you get to 'know' them you begin to support them. And yes there's the awkwardness about the fact that Natalie's has trained in dance, but I guess they need to make sure by the end someone will actually be able to dance brilliantly!

I hope you enjoyed this post sorry it was delayed from my last one!
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Chocolate Fudgy Strawberry Cake

Hello! The other day I felt like making another cake, I really feel like i'm getting back into the baking swing woo :) I went back to my favourite type of baking CHOCOLATE not that my skin will thank me, but at the moment i'm about keeping my taste buds happy. I'm super pleased with how this came out getting good reviews from my fam and my friend Tess.... Onto the cake ey??

240g butter, diced
5 tbsp strawberry jam
75g cocoa powder
300g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
1 tsp kirsch, raspberry liqueur or vanilla extract
100g plain flour
pinch of salt

you will need a 20.5cm round springclip tin, greased and base lined

Instructions :) (I wish I had taken more pics as I went along but was totally engrossed :L)

1. put the oven at 180°C/350°F/ gas 4.

2. Put the butter and jam into a saucepan large enough to hold all the ingredients. Set over a low heat, melt gently and stir with a wooden spoon.
3. Once the butter has melted remove from the heat. Add cocoa and sugar to the pan and beat together until thoroughly combined.

4. Put the eggs and liqueur in a small bowl and mix together, to combine the ingredients.

5. Gradually add the egg mixture, beating well after each addition.

6. Sift in flour and salt, stir in until you have a thick smooth mixture with flecks of strawberry.

7. Put all the mixture into the tin, and spread evenly.

8. Bake for 15 mins then lower the temp to 160°/325°F/gas 3 and bake for a further 40 mins.

9. Remove from the tin and leave to cool... ideally for a day.
mine sunk in the middle soo I turned it upside down to make it look like it had an even rise hehe
10. Sprinkle with icing sugar!
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Saturday, 2 November 2013

lusting after - velvet

Hello! This is the last in my series 'lusting after' which may return another season but for now its the last one. Velvet is Christmas in clothes form much as spices such as cinnamon as the spice form of Christmas. Velvet is cosy, looks fairly classic and is great for layering as it adds different textures to an outfit!

Velvet on tumblr

And here are my faves which are currently online!

1. Velvet Maxi Skirt
2. Velvet Teddy Playsuit
3. Velvet Lace Up Boots
4. Crop Top

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Friday, 1 November 2013

a topshop OOTD

Hello! its November pinch punch first of the month :s Yesterday I went to meet my lovely friend Rosie for a caffe nero date which was fabulous! On my walk into town I took some pictures as I thought it was all lovely and autumnal, I also took some outfit pics when I got home :)

 my staple boots for a/w
 pumpkin spice latte yummy
naked tree

Jeans, Cami, Leather Jacket Topshop, Scarf Charity shop

 an attempt at winged eyeliner that didn't go too bad? #practisemakesperfect
Even though I hate the fact its getting colder it means I can whip out my fave things for example the leather jacket, the ol tartan scarf which i'm sure will have a bundle of appearances, and oxblood coloured everything which you'll have seen since the start of the month! There's also nothing better than a nice hot drink to warm you up on a chilly day :) I think yesterday was the first time I got excited for Christmas seeing all the Christmas decorations and cards made me feel soooo happy!
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