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Showing posts with label update. Show all posts

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Where are you?!

winter misery

This is a fair question, to be honest. I've gone from being extremely active in the blogging community to being practically inactive, in the space of a couple of months. It started out because we had to leave our flat to stay with my parents in law for a bit, and they had the slowest internet connection I've experienced since 2002. But somewhere along the way, I lost my blogging mojo. It's not that I don't love blogging, it's just that I've lost my confidence a bit.

Not being able to participate as actively as I'd like meant that my views started to decline, and coupled with the fact that a blog post that would ordinarily take a few hours to write was taking a whole evening, I started to feel as though blogging was more stressful than enjoyable. We've moved into our beautiful flat now, but instead of it being the magical haven of internet connectivity that I was dreaming about, we've been plagued with problem after problem, and are currently having to use a wireless 3G dongle thing, that cuts out every few minutes until mid February (we're told). It makes responding to comments very difficult, and makes long and creative posts nearly impossible right now.

Having access to social media is both a blessing and a curse really, because on the one hand, I can stay connected with all of my beautiful, funny and intelligent blogger friends, but on the other hand, I can see that you're all posting excellent content that I can't really look at properly, and I can't contribute to discussions and chats either! Moan whinge whine etc etc.

So this is just a really quick post (hoping it actually posts this time!) to let you know that I appreciate you guys all sticking around over the last few months while my posting has been unbelievably sporadic. To reward you, here are some lovely lists that make very quick and easy reading:

Things I've purchased recently
- Picture frames for our staircase picture wall.
- A neon-pink slanket from Amazon (this was Dan, not me... just for the record)
- A new mini set of watercolours as I lost my old set in the move (something always goes missing)
- Furniture wax (is this what adulthood feels like??!)

Things I've eaten recently
- An amazing malaysian curry from a little place near my work
- Supermarket sushi
- Lots of popchips (I swear they sprinkle them with crack or something, they are so addictive!)

Things on my mind
- My job interview on Friday (for another job at my current workplace).
- The mushroom growing out of our stairs. Grim. Also getting fixed on Friday thank GOODNESS.
- Creating something that 'matters'/Trying to be 'relevant'/Wanting to be 'influential'...

That will be all for now, as it's time for bed and the internet keeps cutting out. I really do enjoy reading your comments and your tweets and I appreciate your presence in my life, however peripheral it may be! I'll get my mojo back soon. I bet it'll coincide with getting my internet connection back, eh?

Monday, 22 December 2014

Internet troubles (I feel bad for you, son)

Cup of tea

This is just a very very quick post to say that I've been having some awful internet trouble recently. We moved into our flat, and for the first day we had INCREDIBLE internet. The stuff of dreams, it was. Then, the cable outside our house broke and the engineers told us that they couldn't fix it until the first week of next year. We've been chronically under-internetted ever since, and I've had to neglect my poor blog, and all of you guys. To be honest, we've been really busy moving in, and having birthdays and stuff, so it's given us a chance to get some of that stuff done.
If we'd had internet all of this time, I doubt we'd have got our sofa built.

Anyway, my birthday was lovely, and I got some beautiful gifts. We're going up to Dan's parents' place (which, as you know, has very little internet) to celebrate Christmas, and then straight to my Dad's house in France for New Year. In January, normal posting will resume and I've got some excellent plans for this here bloggeroo! My dear friend Angelica from One Little Vice has given me a little beauty box full of wonderful things to review, so you can expect my first beauty-related post! I'm also going to be doing lots of posts about our interior design choices for this flat, and you can expect a lot more cooking posts now that we've got a lovely spacious kitchen!

Until then, please bear with me - I think you're all fantastic and I am beyond grateful that you read my blog. Happy holidays, and see you in 2015!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

An Autumnal day out in London

Brr. It's bloody cold here in London right now. Luckily, I relish autumnal weather because it gives me an excuse to wear layers and dress from head to toe in colours like mustard, burgundy and leaf green.
ginger london girl
Every year at the beginning of Autumn, I make myself some little goals. I think it's a throwback to my school days, and the feeling of a fresh start happening in September. I don't think I'll ever shake that feeling of September being the start of something.
autumn outings london
Since we're half way through Autumn now, instead of telling you my goals, I'll tell you what I've achieved. I'd like to know what you guys have achieved too. It could be anything, big or small. Let's celebrate success!

Things I have achieved so far this Autumn
- Got a permanent job in an online content team for a well known print publication.
- Went to the Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum with Dan and sparked some interesting conversations between him and his family about his ancestors.
- Dressed as an Axolotl Princess for Hallowe'en.
- Hosted two parties
- Did lots of housework
- Wore plenty of autumnal outfits
- Did a lot of writing.

girl in wind london
autumn outfits cold weather
I'm off to Budapest for a long weekend the day after tomorrow. I'm pretty excited! I've been before, but it was a school trip and I may not have been paying as much attention to my surroundings as I could have been...!
So guys, let me know what you've achieved this autumn, and we can all feel very congratulatory together. Or have a look at what I was up to last autumn!
Coat and Dress - Topshop
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Tights - New Look
Socks - I DON'T KNOW! I'VE OWNED THEM FOREVER. MAYBE H&M?
Shoes - Office 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Peter Pan Collars FOREVER!

Maybe there will come a time when I am "too old" for the Peter Pan Collar. Maybe that time has already come. I don't know. What I do know is that if something has a Peter Pan Collar then I am approximately one million point five times more likely to (want to) buy it. That, my friends, is maths.

red hair and glasses
Alack, my luscious mane is obscuring the wonderment of the Peter Pan Collar in this photo. But behold my slightly-condescending-visage. It looks like I am judging you. Perhaps I am. Perhaps, I was judging Dan as he tried valiantly to take photos of me! Will we ever know? Stay tuned to find out.
floral peter pan collar green peter pan collar

This green dress is one of maybe five go-to dresses that I own. Most of them weren't expensive, but they almost all have adorable collars. I like to wear this dress with white tights and patent black brogues. White tights are something of a new discovery for me, and I love patent shoes because they remind me of being a child, and also the scene in Twin Peaks where Nadine is worried that boys will be able to see up her skirt in the reflection in her shoes.
This blog post will be short and sweet, whilst I line up some more exciting things for you to look at. I've devised what is quite possibly the perfect autumn/winter cookie, and I have to show you the recipe, even though it is what I'd call a "cheat's recipe". My fortnight has been filled with looking after an ill Hemingway, attending pre-interview tests for a library job, attending appointments as well as celebrating our four-year anniversary, hallowe'en, and our friend's birthday. It's been busy, and there are some exciting things in store for the future!
If you don't believe me about my OBSESSION with the Peter Pan Collar, why not find out how wrong you are by looking here, or here or even here.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Autumn Resurrection.

Salut encore mes amis!

August and September flew by in a flurry of trying-to-be-employed-but-not-succeeding-to-be-employed, and here we are already, in October. I have a couple of lovely posts lined up for you, including a Rainbow Cake Tutorial, so stay tuned for that!

Me and Daddy Dearest

Here's a picture of my father and I (taken by my dear friend David Elbaz of GamraProductions) at Letchworth Station after a day of recording for my Dad's latest musical project. This is going to be a post in which I update you on the various musical endeavours with which I've been involved in the recent months. My Dad's old band, The Perfect Disaster (facebook and wikipedia) have somewhat reformed in order to record some new music. It's all on the horizon as we've been busy mixing and recording and doing technological magic on it, but if you can't wait here's a sneak peak of some of the new material.



So there's that. In addition to collaborating with mon père, I sing backing vocals for Robin Grey, a wonderful man who writes beautiful nu-folk tunes. I am very lucky to get to sing with him and other incredible musicians such as Basia Bartz and Caitlin Roberts who also play in Robin's band. I am aware that I am using many superlatives, and may be approaching 'gushiness' (a word I may have just invented...) Nevertheless, if you want to know what we sound like when we play together, watch this video:


Or listen to this:


Well, that's what I've been up to. I'll be posting some outfits soon, but until then, forgive me for plugging music I've been involved with! I am very excited about these projects and I want you guys to be excited too! (That's an order!) Until next time, here's a "cheeky" shot of Robin in the Abbot Street Studio recording some vocals for the new album. You should like us on facebook to see when we're playing shows, although I'll undoubtedly remind you!

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Adios! Stay tuned like I said, for the RAINBOW CAKE TUTORIAL, and to find out my AUTUMN GOALS FOR 2012!

Monday, 12 March 2012

This time it'll be different...

With the misguided determination of a relapsed addict, I declare once again that "this time it will be different!" This time, I shall blog faithfully and frequently.
It has been a little less than a year since I blogged using this medium, although I have been almost ceaselessly frequenting tumblr for the past year.
For those among you who do not feel that they have the stamina or interest to trawl through my many inconsequential posts on tumblr, I shall give you a rundown of what's been occurring.
So I saw some chumlets from the interwebs, and we had a jolly time strolling around in Brighton, patronising various tea shops and cafes, and trying on a whole load of vintage clothes. It was glorious fun, although I ought to have been doing my dissertation that day. As it happened, with a lot of help from the wonderful Annis and Mike, I managed to get the bugger in on time, and actually earn the highest mark of my whole university degree for it, so that's bon.

I spent the following month revising, posing with my typewriter, making endless 'flashcards' for myself, crying onto the flashcards, throwing things at walls, singing in the choir, making endless trips down and up 'the hill' for provisions, and feeling the finality of everything in a very profound way.

I went to my first ever proper 'protest'. It was the London Slutwalk (link to the Wikipedia - I would link to the organisation's page but it is down at the moment, and I don't know how temporary that is) with Emma. We had a really nice time, and it was very interesting to see all the people there and what the message of Slutwalk meant to them.

When we had all finished our exams, we spent our time working our way through a 'bucket list' we'd made of all of the things we'd always wanted to do whilst we were at Cambridge but never got the chance to experience. We went to a bunch of museums such as the Whipple Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum (I'd actually recommend the former rather than the latter for a fun and surreal museum experience!)
Other things on our Cambridge bucket-list were:
*Kebabs from Cambridge's most quintessential kebab emporium, "Gardies" (The Gardenia).
*Erotic Jelly Thumb-wars
*Tea party picnic.
*Punt and barbecue picnic.
*Cheese and Port party...
As you may have guessed, we had all grown rather hungry by the end of the exam period...
Then we all graduated. Here is the first picture of me with both of my parents since I was about... maybe 7 years old. It looks weird to see a picture of me flanked by them, I feel like the middle of a Venn diagram. I guess that must be what it is like for people whose parents are together. That or they just don't think about it. Anyway, graduation was a really surreal experience all 'round really. One of the highlights of the day was wearing a bow tie despite it being against regulation grad-wear for females. Sticking it to the man, yo'!
The first part of the summer was spent finding Dan a job, and finding us somewhere to live in London. This all seemed to come together within days of us leaving for Australia.

Here I am strolling along the beach in Sydney. In the background you can see the city skyline. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were there, and whilst it was a beautiful and magical holiday, I always get ill for at least a week when I am there, and the last two times I've been have also been massively transitional times in my life which has made it difficult. That said, I miss being there so much when I am here. Can you believe that this picture was taken in the middle of winter!?Two days after arriving back in the UK, we had hired a van, loaded it with all of our stuff, and driven to our new flat with it. Neither of us could quite remember how the flat looked and so seeing it again for the first time was really exciting.

I feel like saying, we lived happily ever after, but in truth, living in London has been hard work. Winter has been especially draining, but hopefully things are starting to look up now, with the arrival of the sun. I intend to blog more frequently henceforth... I say this every time. Let's see how it pans out this time!