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What I Wore: Green and Yellow

These pictures were taken on campus, me and James found a lovely wooded area that only dog walkers seem to visit. I’m going to keep it in mind for next time I want to go for a picnic! This outfit is all vintage, apart from my accessories. I bought the skirt from a vintage shop in Amsterdam, my top is from the vintage fair in York, the jacket is vintage from ebay (which I altered to my size) and my shoes are vintage, from Deep! I try to buy clothes that are either second hand or from shops that I know are ethically and environmentally conscious, but it gets so hard sometimes. My Topshop addiction is a hard one to quit. It was much easier to give up meat than it is to give up Topshop! It’s also really hard to know which shops are okay, and which aren’t. I wish someone would just give me a guidebook telling me which I should buy from.

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It’s sunglasses time of year, yippee! These are from H&M – round sunglasses are my favourites. My big dangly earrings were a gift from two of my wonderful friends. I love how sparkly they are, they make me feel glamorous even when I’m wearing a fairly simple outfit.

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I hope you have a lovely Sunday 🙂 If you’re in the UK, make sure you make time to enjoy this glorious weather! Unfortunately I’m still essay writing, and I find it excrutiatingly hard to concentrate outside, but I will defeninitely be having all of my meals on the picnic bench outside.

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DIY Flower Glasses

I really love crazy glasses. The bigger, and the more extravagant, the better! Nothing reminds me more of summer than a huge pair of colourful sunglasses. Most of the time, I wear big round glasses that make me look like a man from the 70’s, but I also love cat eyes. I found these beauties looking bare and flowerless in H&M for just a pound, and they were dying for some embellishment. It’s super simple, but here’s how you can make your own.

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You will need:
Fake flowers (and dye if you want to change their colour)
A glue gun
Some sunglasses

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Step 1: Glue your flowers onto your sunglasses using your glue gun. That really is it. Make sure that you angle them away from the glasses when you’re gluing, otherwise you won’t be able to see. My flowers started off white, but I wanted them yellow, so I dyed them with a little bit of dylon dye (some tips here). I’ve put off buying a glue gun for ages, I figured what can’t be achieved with craft glue? It turns out you can’t glue flowers to sunglasses with craft glue, they just keep falling off. So I made the investment, and it turns out that you can buy glue guns on amazon for a fiver! If you don’t have one, I would highly reccomend getting one. You can glue anything to anything!

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I took these photos in the museum gardens in York, and there’s this wonderful old ruin in the middle of the gardens. It’s such a lovely place to have a picnic! Here I’m wearing a Topshop dress, ASOS cardigan, my boots are from Deep, and my coat is from a charity shop (I’m so pleased with this coat, it’s covered in tiny mirrors and it’s made out of velvet. What more could you wish for?)

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Thanks Amy for helping me out with my photos again! Are you guys feeling inspired to do some summery DIYing?

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What I Wore: Clown Colours

Hello everyone! This outfit was inspired by my super colourful coat. I bought it from a vintage shop in Amsterdam. The colours are great, they remind me of the colours on clown costumes. Although I love it, it’s quite hard to wear because it’s too thin to be a cold weather coat, and being so very British, I take every ray of sunshine as an excuse to take all of my clothes off (well, maybe not all of them, but I’m always underdressed in summer.) Because I don’t get enough wear out of it, I’m going to vow to wear it more this summer. I think it looks great with white, and this way I can wear my white slip as a dress and not feel too much like I’m walking around in my pyjamas. My white slip is vintage, from the Beyond Retro on Brick Lane. Slips are such a wardrobe staple, nothing makes me feeel better than a slinky vintage slip. My boots are from Topshop.

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Here’s a close up of my hair scarf, it’s such an easy way to wear more colour! The more colour the better, that’s what I say.

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I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’m bogged down with work at the moment, so I’m spending my time dreaming of Paris, lying on the beach with my girlfriends, sunny bike rides with ginger beer, movie days and nights out. Here’s to post – deadline freedom!

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Plantain Chips

My local Morrison has introduced an exotic fruit and veg section, and it is SO exciting. Every time I go, I pick up something new and alien looking to try and cook with. Some experiements have been unsuccesful (the bitter gourd curry was not good) But these plantain chips were really tasty! A plantain is a large vegetable that looks like a big green bannana. It doesn’t feel like a bannan though, it’s much less squishy! If you have access to exotic fruit, here’s a quick and easy recipe for plantain chips.

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You will need:

1 plantain!
1 clove of garlic
1 knob of ginger
Cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
Sweet chilli sauce, for dipping
Lots of oil!

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Step1: Peel the plantain, and chop into chip-shaped pieces. Roughly chop the garlic and the ginger.

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Step 2: Heat a pan of oil deep enough to cover all your chips. Add the plantain, garlic, ginger, and a generous shake of cayenne pepper. Fry until the outsides of the plantain are cripsy (this takes about 20 minutes, and don’t forget to keep stirring it as it fries.)

Step 3: Move the chips to a plate, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve with some sweet chilli dipping sauce.

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Enjoy! Have you ever tried plantain, or any other exotic fruit or veg that you would recommend? I hope you’re having a brilliant weekend.

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What I wore: Tie dye and a flower

There are two things that I cannot get enough of when it comes to clothes, and those are tie dye and fringing. Maybe it’s because I’m such a  hippy at heart, but I just love tie dye. This dress is from ASOS Marketplace, my oversized shirt is from Purple Haze in York, my boots are New Look and my lipstick is MAC Russian Red which I’ve been wearing all the time. When ever I go to charity shops or vintage shops I have to stop myself from buying all the fleece mens shirts, they’re so comfy!

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Here’s a close up of the flower in my hair! This is just a fake flower that I snipped the stem off, and tucked behind my ear. My hair’s so thick I didn’t even need a grip. When the sun is properly out (please let that be soon!) I plan to wear flowers in my hair everyday to celebrate. Maybe I’ll even make daisy chains.

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Here’s Archie sneaking into my photo’s again! I figured it wouldn’t be an outift post without him. I hope you’ve had a great day 🙂 I’ve just come back from watching The Great Gatsby and I LOVED it! There were so many sparkly dresses to admire and the soundtrack was incredible (and you know, the acting was alright too.)

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What I Wore: Crop top and blue

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂 I have been spending today swimming and eating veggie burgers, two of my favourite things ever. Here’s one of the outfits I wore when I was staying at home. I love pairing crop tops with high waisted bottoms, it feels like I’m being adventurous without actually having to show too much of my tummy! This top is one of my bargain finds from Ark Vintage (I’ve written about other finds here, here and here.) I love how 70s it is. If I had to choose one decade to get my clothes from it would probably be the 70s, although the 90s would be a close second. I got these trousers in the Topshop sale last summer, and these shoes are my ever-reliable boots from everything5pounds.com.

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Archie is just trying to get into my photos, as usual! Silly rabbit. On a side note, I have quite bleach damaged, curly hair and i’ve been failing to find a natural leave in conditioner recipe that works. (I can’t afford to buy deep treatment conditioner from lush anymore!) Has anyone treated their hair naturally? Do you have any suggestions?

Lemon and Chai Sticky Pudding

So, the idea for this pudding came to me in kind of a funny way. I was browsing pinterest, and I *thought* I came across a recipe for lemon and chai cake. That sounded amazing, so I pinned it and eagerly anticipated the evening when I planned to make it. When that evening came, I realised that I’d read the recipe wrong and it was actually lemon and chia pudding. Chia, it turns out, is not a delicious milky drink, but are berries which I definitely did not have in my cupboard. So, I decided to experiment, and this was the result! It’s basically a lemon drizzle cake which I adapted from this recipe, with added lemons and chai tea. The tea sits at the bottom of the cake so it has the texture of a sticky toffeee pudding. It got a good review from all my family members (which is rare, we can never agree on food!) so it’s a keeper.

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You will need:

225g butter
325g caster sugar
4 eggs
4 lemons
225g self raising flour
1 packet of instant chai tea
(That’s a lot of sugar, I know, just don’t eat the whole cake at once, or close your eyes when you’re mixing in the sugar. One of the two should work!)

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Step 1: Make the mixture! Beat together the butter and 225g of the caster sugar until you get buttercream. Next, mix in the eggs one at a time. Sift in the flour, and, finally, add the zest of all of your lemons.

Step 2: Bake the cake. Transfer your cake mixture to an ovenproof dish and bake at 180 c / fan 160 c / gas 4 for 45 mins. You’ll be able to tell when the cake is done because the top will be a golden brown, and the bottom will not be liquidy. If you stick a fork in, it should come back out without any mixture on.

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Step 3: Whilst the cake is in the oven, you can prepare the chai tea sauce. I just followed the instructions on the back of my tea packet. This involved adding boiling water to the mixture, except I halved the amount of water it suggested. Then I added the remainding 100g of caster sugar and simmered the mixture on top of the stove whilst the cake was baking. This will make your chai tea lovely and thick and syrupy. When the cake is out the oven, just poke the top witha fork several times and pour over the tea.

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Just wait to ten minutes to let the tea absorb, and then you’re ready to eat it!

I had loads of lemons left over, so I decided to make lemonade. Just juice the lemons into a jug and then stir in some caster sugar until it is sweet enough for you 🙂

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I’ve been spending today crafting and baking, it’s been lovely. I hope you’re all having a good weekend!

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Wild Ennerdale

This time a week and a day ago it was my 21st birthday! To celebrate, me and my friends spent the weekend in a camping barn next to Lake Ennerdale in the Lake District. It was so much fun, and Ennerdale is such an unspoilt, beautiful part of the country. It took half an hour (or at least it felt like it) just to drive down the lane to our barn. On Saturday, the weather was glorious! The sky was blue, the sun was out, and it wasn’t too windy. We spent the day swimming in a nearby lake (which was cold!) and in the evening we cooked our dinner around the fire pit. I took lots of pictures whilst we were away, and here are a few.

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Here’s the gang (minus me!)

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Look at how clear the water is! You could see right through to the bottom, it was beautiful.

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On Sunday the weather was not as nice. It was raining almost all day! We braved the harsh conditions nevertheless and walked around Lake Ennerdale. It took us 4 hours, including a soggy sandwich stop! It’s crazy how different my pictures look form one day to the next. Even though rain is nasty, it makes the scenery look so atmospheric.  Here are some pictures from Sunday.

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I couldn’t have hoped for a nicer birthday weekend! I would definitely reccomend a holiday in the lake district to anyone who has the chance to go.