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Monday, 30 April 2012

Work Wear

Ironically, the day I make a post about what I wear to work, I've been too ill to go in. I used the time at home quite well though, writing a job application, and completing some work for university. So here's an outfit I wore to work last week. I actually changed my tights when I got home, as I wouldn't wear white tights to work, but thought they would look pretty good with this outfit.
I work with teenagers, and when I wore this dress, I got my first ever compliment from a pupil in year ten. I never quite know how to handle compliments, especially from the students, so when this particular student remarked, "Miss, I like your dress you know!" I looked sheepish and went, "Thanks... I like it too...!" I should get a qualification in awkwardness!

This dress is just short enough that I should be aware of myself as I pick things up and lean over stuff, so I probably wouldn't wear it on a day when I had to work with the younger kids, who are much more hands-on! However, I am happy with it as a mostly work-appropriate outfit. It's hard to choose outfits to wear to work, when you are aware of how hypercritical the students can be. I went in without makeup last week, and my hair was a bit bedraggled from the rain, and was met with the delightful comment, "Miss, you look well rough. Are you okay?" which I am sure was meant with concern, but still!

Here are my work-appropriate shoes, complete with water-splatters.  I love them, and they go well with the white tights, but I am still getting used to wearing 'high heels' on a daily basis. They aren't high by fashion-blogger standards, but they are definitely high by mine!

Arty arty, I'm so arty. But here it is. As we were taking these photos in our tiny, overgrown garden, I noticed that some little white flowers had managed to grow. So what did I do, tyrannical beast that I am? I plucked them out of the ground for my photo opportunity. What a monster!

Grey Dress: Top Shop
Blue Chiffon Blouse: River Island (I think).
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Office
Altogether a Very High Street Outfit!


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Kitten Joy!!!

This weekend has been a weekend of kittens, and kitten-related items. My friend Nicole has a million billion (ten) cats at the moment, because one of her 5 existing cats, has had kittens! Because ten cats is a lot of cats, her family is looking for homes for the kittens, and as we've been thinking of getting a cat for a very long time now, we thought that now was a good time to start our family!

Despite the country being declared 'Officially In Drought', it's been raining all week, and apparently it is going to rain next week too. The only positive thing about this torrential downpour is that I get to use my gorgeous umbrella. I call it my Brolly-wood, because the combination of vibrant turquoise, with the rich pink pom-pom edging gives it a very opulent Indian feeling to me, and I can't resist a good pun!

This outfit is quite similar to one I wore a little while back, but I do love those woolen shorts, and I think you'll be seeing a lot more of that tweed jacket this spring!


  

I don't look very excited in this photo, but inside I am bursting with the anticipation of kittens, and the joy at having hair that is exactly the right amount of curly! I wish my hair would be like this without me having to spend an hour curling it. The curls had pretty much fallen out by the time we got to Nicole's house!

At Nicole's we met the adorable kittens and their mummy, but eventually chose this beautiful ginger kitten! We will bring him home in a month, and I am so excited, as is the Dan. We have been discussing names, but haven't come up with anything that's stuck yet. I suppose we've still got a month, but I am so eager to give him a name! He's more adorable than anything, isn't he!? I can't wait to watch him grow up into a big cat and become a feature of our family!!

Tweed Jacket: Zara
Umbrella: A present from my Mum
Shorts: Topshop
Tartan Shirt: Topshop
Scarf: Made by my Mum
Bag: A market in Newtown, Sydney.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

CAKE POPS: Cake on a stick!

Having seen tutorials for 'Cakepops' on blogs such as A Beautiful Mess I decided to make my own version. Dan had never heard of such a delight, and was so excited that he began to plan them meticulously for days. We would have pink ones and brown ones, and sprinkles, and crushed almonds, and they would be marvellous.

In the end, we didn't get around to doing the ones with crushed almonds, but have a look at what we did manage! Dark chocolate with star sprinkles, and pink chocolate with 'freckles'.


We used a Betty Crocker chocolate cake mixture, and the chocolate icing to go with it. You bake the cake according to the packet instructions, and then once it has cooled, you mash it up with a load of icing until it is a thick brown paste. Then you shape it into little round balls, and leave them in the freezer for half an hour to set. Whilst they are setting, you melt up a load of chocolate, and add some food colouring if you fancy it. The rest is fairly self explanatory, and involves a lot of dipping, spooning, and sticking sticks into things! We had to use cut up barbecue skewers because we couldn't find any better sticks. I would recommend ebay or a craft shop if you want proper sticks!
They need to be put into the fridge to set nice and hard - they are much nicer cold than warm, unlike proper cake!


Cakepop boobs. That one wasn't meant to look as erotic as it undoubtedly ended up...

Outfit-wise, the weather has been so weird recently that getting dressed has been pretty strange. I want to start with the summery outfits, like everyone else in the blogosphere, but I still feel quite wintery inside, which isn't helped by the utterly indecisive weather! One minute, it's thundering, the next, the sun is burningly shiny! In the end, I settled for this black shift-dress with a lace collar and cuffs. It is a bit see-through so I am wearing a plain black t-shirt dress underneath. I paired it with grey tights for some contrast, and cracked out my beautiful old Dr Marten Mary Janes for the occasion!

Oh, and we made a video of us making the cakepops, so have a look at that, by clicking HERE

Dress: YesStyle.com
Underdress: H&M
Grey Tights: H&M
Dr Marten Mary Janes: Office (I think).

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Seoul Bakery Review.

Today's blog photos are brought to you by Instagram. That's not to say I've come into the 21st century and become a technology savvy person with an iPhone or anything - I do however have an iPod, and so I thought I'd download the Instagram app to see what the hype was about. It's proved much better than Hipstamatic so far, but the photos aren't as good as from an iPhone 4, so you'll have to bear with me!


Seoul Bakery is located on St. Giles High Street, in London, between Soho and Covent Garden. It is a tiny little place, and I've heard that it isn't uncommon to have to queue for food/seats there. Dan and I love Japanese food (see our attempt to make okonomiyaki) and have always been curious about Korean, so we chose to go at about 2pm on a Saturday. We were incredibly lucky that two people were just leaving when we arrived. There are roughly ten seats in the whole restaurant, which gives it a very intimate atmosphere. At one point, I felt compelled to ask the guys sitting next to me if they minded my blowing my nose... 
The two photos above show the front of the restaurant. This crowded, eclectic aesthetic was continued inside the shop, as you'll see!

I don't know if visitors are encouraged to leave messages, but they certainly DO. All of the walls are covered in notes and post-its, in an array of different languages. Some messages are even recommending dishes from the menu, which I think is sweet. I ordered the Teokbokki, despite having NO idea what it was - I had never experienced any Korean food before, so I figured it didn't really matter WHAT I got. Dan got a dish called Kimchi Chiggae, but I didn't manage to get a picture of it.
We also got some Gimbap, which is essentially Korean Sushi. 



My Teokbokki turned out to be noodles, rice-cakey cylinders, and tofu in a spicy chilli sauce, with some cheese on top, and an egg. I don't really know how else to describe it, but it was very nice, and extremely filling. For the price, it was incredible. Dan loved his dish too, which was a sort of broth, with big lumps of tofu in it. We were full of food and joy by the end of it all!
The service was attentive and prompt, and the whole experience was great. Part of me doesn't want to recommend this restaurant because I want to keep it to myself, but that would be doing it a disservice, and it really was excellent.
If you are ever curious about Korean food as we were, I reckon it's a good place to start, and if you are hungry and skint in central London, give this restaurant a go for sure! I will certainly be going back in the next few weeks, to try more Korean cuisine!

Soon, I'll be devising a 'schedule' for my blog updates, so everything will be regular and predictable! Hurrah! How about looking at other cafe reviews I've done, such as the Blackbird Tearooms in Brighton, or the House Gallery cafe in Camberwell?

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Rather Dapper.

Why hello there...

A couple of days ago, I put together an outfit entirely comprised of clothes that are at least four years old. Unfortunately, it was rather cold so I had to put on my jacket, but then that looks pretty old too, so I don't think the effect was ruined too much.

I've been really enjoying wearing clothes that I wouldn't be able to wear to work, during the school holidays. I don't really own many 'smart' work outfits, and being a mere trainee, I can't afford to buy beautiful new clothes at the moment, but I do try... Anyway, during the holidays, I relish wearing clothes that are work-inappropriate.
I wore this outfit to check out the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford and to purchase some bits and bobs we needed for out home (mundane stuff such as those clips to close food bags... oh my Rock 'n' Roll life...).


I am lucky that Dan will take pictures of me in our garden, and indeed that we have a garden in which we can take pictures! Our next weekend-project is to clear out the weeds and get rid of the broken garden furniture that came with the flat, so that we can spruce the garden up for summer. I would love to be able to eat dinner in the garden, and have people over for barbeques. It is time that I got out of my antisocial rut!
This was the view from our back door. I had to snap this one quickly, before we shut the door and came back inside. We live in a densely populated area and so the garden is kind of cosy, and those clouds just looked so incredibly fluffy!

I hope you are having a lovely spring, and enjoying your weekend!

Tweed Blazer: Zara
My Little Pony T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters c.2007 
Watch Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Red Waistcoat: 'Hand-me-down' from my friend Eleanor. Originally H&M.
Tweed Shorts: Topshop c.2007
Green Tights: H&M c.2008
Dr. Martens

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Minty Sailor

Donc Alors...

A couple of weeks back, Dan and I went to Arigato, a Japanese supermarket near Picadilly Circus, to pick up some supplies. We get most of our Japanese ingredients there, and almost always overspend! Recently, we'd seen okonomiyaki on the youtube channel Cooking With Dog and Dan decided that he HAD to make it. At times like these, a trip to Arigato is always mandatory.

On our way home, Dan took some photos of me because the light was nice.

I had been dreaming of minty teal tights for a long while, and finally bought some for my friend Sharon's wedding. They are from H and M, and are slightly too minty for my liking, but they go with the outfit quite well, je pense!

I had my baritone ukulele with me, because I'd been to a rehearsal with Robin Grey, who teaches me the ukulele, when we aren't rehearsing.
This was Dan's finished okonomiyaki. He even prepared the octopus from scratch. It was extremely tasty, and very filling. That one wasn't very big, but we still couldn't finish it! The best way I can describe it is as a sort of Japanese Spanish Omelette/Tortilla... Ours had octopus, bacon, spring onions, and other joyous things, but the joy of okonomiyaki is that you can include almost anything! See also, our Korean food adventure to Seoul Bakery in Central London.

Jumper: Traditional Breton Clothing shop in Vannes
Skirt: Home-made, fabric from FabricLand in Brighton
Tights: H&M in Cambridge
Shoes: Dr. Martens. 

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