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Showing posts with label geek. Show all posts
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Electric Elephant Cafe and some Geek Chic for 2014

Hullo chums,
Two of my resolutions this year is to go to some different little eateries and to wear a different outfit every day (accessorising the same outfit differently counts, okay?). So I'm starting as I mean to go on by bringing you a review of a little cafe near where I live, and an outfit featuring some of my christmas/birthday presents!
Electric Elephant Cafe London
This weekend, we thought we'd take advantage of the sunny weather and go for a late lunch at a cafe near(ish) to our flat. The Electric Elephant is on Crampton Street, about five minutes brisk walk from the Elephant and Castle tube station. It's like a cute, indie version of a greasy spoon cafe, which makes it perfect for a Saturday brunch.
Hipster cafe south london
hipster brunch london
We both got a breakfast muffin and a mocha, but I was very tempted by the chorizo and goats' cheese salad because I am a goats' cheese fiend. Also, any ideas about where the correct place for the apostrophe is in that? Like, the cheese comes from several goats, so the apostrophe at the end would make sense, but I've seen it written as "goat's" too, soooo...
south london winter sun
The brunch was lovely. The mocha was frothy and the muffins were enthusiastically cooked and crispy and satisfying. We emerged into the winter sun, and decided to take a few pictures of my geeky outfit.
geek chic nerdfighter fashion
geeky harry potter style
So if you're looking at the shirt and scratching your head, Remus and Sirius are characters from the Harry Potter series who met (spoiler alert) untimely ends. "5ever" is more than "4ever"... I DID say "geek chic" so don't say you weren't warned! Dan bought it for me as a pyjama/lazing around top, but I was determined to incorporate it into a cute outfit. The Dr Marten T-bar shoes were a birthday present from Dan's parents. This year, be on the look out for more outfit posts, more cafe reviews, and even some lovely baking tutorials from meeee. Watch this whimsical space, folks!
Shirt - DFTBA 
Cardigan - Primark
Skirt - H&M (verrrry old!)
Socks - Topshop
Shoes - Dr Martens

Monday, 11 June 2012

Belated Eurovision Post!

Owing to the fact that my Teacher Training dissertation is due in on Friday, I've been holed up for what feels like a million years! I've had these photos all ready to go for ages, but I haven't been able to sit down and write a post.
That said, I probably shouldn't be writing this now, but I've left this long enough, and I really need to stop making excuses - feel free to slap me virtually on the (virtual) wrists, if that's what floats your boat!
On to the show! For those of you who do not know what Eurovision is, it is a song competition that's been held every year since 1956. The countries allowed to compete are primarily European countries as you might expect, although there are a few non-European countries allowed to compete. Whilst some countries seem to take this competition really seriously, a great many of the acts could very easily be described as 'comedy' songs. On the whole, the spirit of Eurovision is about cheesy, fun, outlandish, 'Eurotastic' songs. Here are some of my favourites from the last few years:



I could spend this entire post linking you to a plethora of youtube clips of various Eurovision songs, writing about how much I love them, and lamenting the fact that Eurovision is over for another year (In case you didn't notice, I love Eurovision a LOT), but I think that I ought to move on to show you my outfit.

In honour of my favourite Eurovision entry of all time, I came up with my closest approximation to the outfit worn by Lena Meyer-Landrut for Eurovision 2010. Oh okay, I'll link you to ONE MORE video. Fine... if I must...
(This doesn't show the entire song, but you get the gist, I'm sure!) Lena is an absolute beaut' and we were all obsessed with her at university for quite some time after this particular Eurovision... So here is my take on Lena's "LBD" look:
I look pretty damn moody in this picture, don't I? In actuality, I was probably just trying to focus my eyes without my glasses on! My LBD isn't as sexy as Lena's, what with it being from the H&M basics range, and being essentially a long black T-Shirt, but when it was new, it was quite fitted!
And there's ma sexeh face! If you remember, I have recently purchased some lovely new makeup, and this was simply another photo of me trying said makeup on, for our Eurovision PARTY! Dan and I invited our lovely friends Emma and Other Dan over for Euro-themed food and fun. Designing a Eurocentric menu was pretty difficult, as so much of the cuisine of mainland Europe is very integrated into our every-day meals, and so it was hard work finding stuff that felt like party-food and felt Eurotastic! Eventually, it ended up being a mish-mash (Sorry, Antipasto of various European/Middle Eastern foods, accompanied by Mojitos - I know, they aren't ACTUALLY Spanish, but Shhh!!!). We divided Europe into categories of 'Mediterranean', Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and 'Middle East' (a nod to Azerbaijan, the host country for this year!). The highlight was probably the baked Camembert we ate in honour of France... the low point for me might have been the very oily stuffed Aubergine from a tin...
I created 'score cards' (Yes I know, I'm a big geek) and then I forced everyone to fill them in. This one is Dan's. I think that the gaps were when he was making mojitos for the rest of us! The categories were 'Artist Aesthetic' (a combination of 'Are they physically attractive?' and 'Has an effort been made with their costume?'), 'Background Aesthetic' (use of setpieces, pyrotechnics, light shows, props, etc.), 'Music' (speaks for itself really - did we like the song?), 'Lyrics' (points were awarded for gems such as Moldova's classic "You do not know how looks the trumpet"), 'Eurotasticism' (my own creation that simply asks you, "Is this fun, cheesy, over the top, and quintessentially 'Eurovision'?") and the final category was just an overall "What did you think?" sort of affair. I love making scorecards... SUCH FUN!

*SPOILER ALERT*

Sweden won Eurovision 2012, and I think the song was super Eurotastic, and a well-deserved win. The UK came second from bottom, which was a disappointment, but there you go. Can't win everything I suppose! It was a great night, and I can't wait for next year's Eurovision!

Here's the winning entry:


Stay tuned for cat-updates, folks!

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Half Term

Well, I have succeeded in having a very action packed Half Term week, but not a very productive one, work-wise. Still, it has been fulfilling in other ways. I had my friends Hannah and Nabs over last Sunday to watch the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet. He starred in it, and directed it so over all the film seemed to be a big self-indulgent montage of his face. We are studying Hamlet at the moment, and thought we may as well make an evening of it, so Hannah brought shortbread with her, and Nabs brought Schloer (or however you spell it. that drink...)

The Saturday before that, I had a Lord of the Rings evening with Kat and Tilly. We managed to watch all three, but not the bonus features which was a shame. I know, I am the biggest geek in Britain, but I think that a LOTR all-nighter is necessary from time to time. I suppose that now is the best moment to mention that I own a replica of Arwen's Evenstar pendant from the Films. Although it is embarrassing, I am soooo proud of it.

Last night, it was my friend Alison's birthday, which was fun, but on my way back home on the last train I met two drunk schoolteachers, three people about my age, and an old Mod, and we all sat around on the carriage drinking cider out of mugs, and listening to Kings of Leon on one of the schoolteachers' laptops, which was something of a rave!

On Thursday night, I went out for dinner with my Orchestra Chums, and then we were going to go out to a gig, but the band we wanted to see (Blueprint) weren't on until 1 in the morning. We were really gutted cause they are an amazing band, but instead some of us went to the pub.

I also went for a fun day in at my friend Kirsty's house, with some of our other friends. We made cake, and a makeshift cheese platter, which is basically what we do when we are around at her house.

I have also been watching a lot of 'Twin Peaks' with my friend, Elbe. I highly recommend it, as it is such an incredible television programme. Elbe is obsessed by the symmetry of the shots, which I must admit are beautiful, but I am mainly taken by the plot. It is so gloriously creepy! There is a midget who talks backwards, a little boy in a tiny tuxedo who holds creamed corn in his hands, and about a thousand subplots that I BET will all link up in the end!

At the moment, I am listening to 'The Libertine' by Patrick Wolf. It is one of those songs that made the world glow, as I listened to it on my iPod, so I thought I would listen to it again.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything at all intellectual to write about in this Blog entry, mainly because I have been geeking out this half term. I am still reading 'The Cornish Trilogy' by Robertson Davies, mainly because halfway through the second book, I was suddenly plunged into a seemingly never-ending chasm of work, which I am essentially still lost in. This half term has been a welcome break, although I have done far less work than I ought to have, which has just led to feelings of guilt.

This dress here is incredible! Oh my gosh, I want it! (I hope that link worked, I just spent about Five minutes trying to make it come up properly...)

Anyway, on that note, I end this rather mundane post.