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What I Wore: Denim and Daffodills

I can never decide whether I prefer York in the spring time or the winter time. York is the best town for christmas because the cobbled streets and medieval buildings are the perfect christmas setting. Come spring time, the banks leading up to the old city walls are covered with a blanket of daffodils. The flowery verges are just so pretty! I loved taking the photo’s for this outfit post in amongst the daffodils, even though posing in public always requires a little extra bravery! My lovely friend Amy of bluegreygold took these photos for me.

The cardigan that I am wearing is another one of my bargain buys from Ark Vintage (which I’ve written about here and here.) My dress is H&M, my denim jacket is Deep, and my shoes are from Everything5pounds.com. I love these shoes! I really want to be a heels-during-the-daytime person but I can never muster up the energy. I’m not scared of heels, I’ve had plenty of practice wearing them on nights out, but I’m too lazy to go about my day to day life with the extra strain of wearing heels. These small red heels are a nice compromise for me because they are so comfy! I’m starting to get the hang of wearing red lipstick during the day, so maybe heels during the day is the next step!

Daffodils 1

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Daffodils 3

Daffodils 4

Daffodils 5

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I hope you have a lovely day, and the weather is treating you nicely. I’ve just come back from an amazing trip to the lake distict (photo’s coming soon!) and getting back into my rountine is proving difficult. I just want to be swimming in the lake again!

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How to cook with tofu: Crispy

My favourite way to cook tofu is to marinade it. However, it’s also really yummy when it’s cripsy. This way of cooking tofu is slightly less healthy but a lot quicker, and requires fewer ingredients than marinading! Recently, I had some crispsy tofu as part of a meze of lunch foods. You can see it at the bottom of my plate below my dolmades. I realise dolmades and tofu aren’t usually served together, but hey, you’ll never know if you don’t try it! I love dolmades, they go with everything. If you want to eat crispy tofu like a normal person, it’s delicious on top of a salad or a bowl of noodles. The cripsy tofu itself is vegan.

Cripsy Tofu 1

You will need:

Tofu
Flour
Soy Sauce
Oil

Crispy tofu 2

Step 1: If your tofu needs to be drained and firmed  up (if it does, it will say so on the packet!) I wrote some tips on how to do this here. If your tofu is called “firm” or “ready to eat” like mine, then you can skip this step!

Step 2: Mix a small bowl of one part water to two parts flour until it forms a paste. Roll around your tofu in it until it looks like this:

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Step 3: Fill a frying pan with about an inch of oil, and put it on a high heat. When your oil has heated up, carefully place in the tofu. When it is golden brown on one side, turn it over and sprinkle on some soy sauce. When the tofu is golden brown all over, you are ready to serve!

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When I was cooking this at my parents house, we were having our kitchen re-done so my mum set us up a camp kitchen outside. It was kind of fun like camping, but mostly it ws cold, with no campfire songs or marshmallows. If I can make tofu on a camping stove, then anyone can do it!

What are your feelings about tofu?

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What I Wore: High Waisted

Hello everyone! This pink blouse is another one of my bargain finds from Ark Vintage. (I’ve written about another find here.) I love it, it goes with everything! There are no labels in it, and I have a feeling it is homemade. I love the idea that I’m wearing something which has been lovingly sewn from scratch. This outfit is quite simple, but sometimes simple is the best! My shoes are from Everything5pounds and my high waisted jeans are from Next.

High Waisted 1

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Here’s a closer look at my rings. The green one belonged to my Grandma, the pink one is from H&M and the plain silver ones are from Topshop. I love wearing lots of rings. When it comes to ring wearing, Phoebe from friends is my hero. I’m not quite there yet, but hopefully I will have a ring collection to rival hers someday. Here she is in all her 90s glory,

Phoebe

Phoebe’s style is the best!

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High Waisted 4

Look at that bunny blur trying to sneak his way into my outfit photos! Archie doesn’t like it when I’m not paying him my full attention, so he spends him time running around my feet and trying to knock my tripod over. He’s not very helpful but he’s so cute. I miss him so much when I’m at uni.

I hope you’re having a lovely week.

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Homemade Bubble Bath

If, like me, you’re coming towards the end of your degree, then this is a very stressful time of year. We have our final assesments and I’m supposed to be preparing for the real world? That’s too many things at once! I think what anyone in my position needs is a relaxing bubble bath. Scratch that, I think what everyone needs is a relaxing bubble bath. Recently, I love going to health shops. They have so many exciting types of tea and veggie things and lotions and potions that smell amazing! The last time I was there I picked up some things so that I could make my own bubble bath.

I decided to just make enough for one bath, however if you made a whole bottle full, this would make an amazing homemade present! Making your own bubble bath isn’t necessarily cheaper than buying it from the shop. But it’s tons more fun. You can use and combine any scents that you like, and you can tailor the oil you choose to your own skin needs. I chose lavender because I think that it is the most relaxing smell in the world, and almond oil because it’s great at moisturising, and my skin gets a little dry sometimes. One day I will be more adventurous and buy essential oils other than lavender.

Bubble bath 1

You will need:

Hand soap
Essential oil(s)
Almond oil
A container like an old bottle or a jam jar

Bubble bath 2

Step 1: Mix together one part hand soap to one part almond oil. If you’re making enough bubble bath for one bath, add 3 or 4 drops of essential oil. If you’re making a bottle of bubble bath, add half the bottle of essential oil.

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Step 2: Pour your bubble bath into the running water and enjoy!

Bubble bath 4

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend, and making the most of these balmy evenings 🙂

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What I Wore: Purple and Fur

At the end of last term, I found the best shop in the world. My friend Chelsea took me there – thanks Chels! It was vintage, and everything was 3 for £5. Needless to say, I bought a lot of stuff. If you live near York, the shop I’m talking about is Ark Vintage. One of the things I bought was this patterned purple dress. The length is slightly mumsy, but I love the pattern, and the colour, and it is oh so comfy. The faux fur coat that I’m wearing is from a Vintage shop in Camden, and my boots are from All Saints. Here are some pictures of me all dressed up in the snow.

Purple and fur 1

Purple and Fur 2

Purple and Fur 3

Purple and Fur 4

I can’t wait to share the rest of my purchases with you! In other news, I’m still writing essays. It feels like it never ends! I’m looking forward to  being free and lounging around in the sunshine. Watch this space for lots of summery outfit photos.

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How to Cook with Tofu: Marinade

When I first became a vegetarian, I did not like tofu. I thought it was tasteless, with a weird soggy texture. I’d even been served tofu in a nice restaraunt and that was gross, so I thought there was no hope for me. I was never going to like tofu. But I was wrong! When cooked right it can be really yummy. It’s not particularly difficult, you just need to remember a few top tips.

Tofu Marinade 1

My personal favourite way to cook tofu is to marinade it. This way it picks up all the saucy flavours. This is my recipe for marinated tofu, but you don’t have to follow it exactly. Once you have the basics, you can use any sauce, and any veggies that you like.

You will need:
Sticky Plum Sauce
Teriyaki Marinade
Black Bean Sauce (I would usually substitute all 3 of these sauces for a sticky teriyaki marinade sauce but I couldn’t find any in the supermarket so I decided to experiment with this combination instead. I think it worked well!)
Tofu!
Veggies (I used 1 onion, 1 aubergine, a handful of baby tomatoes, half a yellow pepper, and half a green pepper)
Rice or noodles
Soy Sauce
Vegetable Oil for cooking
Spices to taste (I used a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and a generous shake of chinese five spice)

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Step 1: Most tofu requires some draining and some firming up first. (If your tofu says “firm” on the box then you can skip this step!) Your family / housemates will think you’ve gone crazy, but trust me, it’s worth it! Open your tofu packet and drain the excess liquid. Then wrap your tofu in a clean tea towel and sandwich it in-between two chopping boards. Place something heavy on top, and make sure that it’s sturdy! You could use a heavy frying pan or a big book. I used a radio. Leave for 2 hours. If you’re in a rush, you could leave it for half an hour, but the longer you leave it, the nicer your tofu will be.

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Step 2: Make your marinade sauce. I mixed half a bottle or teryaki marinade with two tablespoons of the sticky plum sauce and a small shake of soy sauce. If you want to make your own marinade, a combination of ginger, garlic, chilli, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil is lovely.  Lightly fry the tofu, and then put it in a dish with the marinade sauce. Leave for 2 hours in the fridge. Again, you could leave it for half an hour if you’re short on time, but the longer you leave it the better. Overnight is good! If your sauce doesn’t cover your tofu, make sure to turn them over every now and again.

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Step 3: Fry your veggies, and then add the tofu and sauce. If you didn’t make much marinade, make up some more to use as sauce. At this stage I added the jar of blackbean sauce. Heat through, and then serve on top of noodles or rice.

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And that’s it! It might take a bit of forward planning, but it really is a tasty and easy way to make dinner. I hope you enjoy 🙂 What are your experiences with tofu like?

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What I wore: My Dreamcoat

These photos were taken a while ago – you can tell because my camera has decided to start adding dates to things and there’s snow on the ground! Not that it’s any warmer now. Why hasn’t summer arrived? I inherited this coat from my Grandama, the boots are from All Saints and the dress is from H&M. I decided to keep the rest of my outfit simple so all that the coat stands out. Do you love it? I can’t get over how fun and colourful it is!

Dreamcoat 1

Dreamcoat 2

Dreamcoat 3

I have a coat addiction. York’s not the sunniest of places so I always wrap up and a coat can make or break an outift. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself anyway! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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Connemara, Ireland

Lately I’ve been having to do lots of essay writing. I’m almost at the end of my degree, it’s so scary! I took a relaxing holiday to Connemara, Ireland with family to visit family. It was such a beautiful part of Ireland. There was lots of food and sleeping, and I even climbed a mountain and swam in the cold cold sea! Here’s some photos from my trip. I had to stop myself from uploading loads, I took hundreds!

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Have you been anywhere nice recently?