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Archive for March, 2011

So, the clocks have gone forward, and I’ve got the start of my first cold in months… I guess that means it’s Spring.

This is good for 2 reasons:

1) It’s almost summer! Yay! Goodbye constant crankiness caused by SAD! Farewell to always having to carry ear muffs, scarf and gloves whenever I leave the house!

2) I get to start thinking about a spring/summer wardrobe.

I say ‘thinking’ about it as opposed to buying, as I rarely get round to buying anything that I really want and have to make do with purchases made out impulse or desperation that I end up hating as soon as I yank the tag off. Damn the fact that I get bored, angry and impatient when trying to shop.

Here’s a wee peep at the current (but constantly changing)wish list:

 Not just the blonde hair… but the skirt too. Yup, the knee-length, denim, pleated skirt. (Really?) Yes really. I’ve not owned a denim skirt in years, never mind a pleated one, but I’m quite taken with this.

House of Holland £295

 This little floral number from Topshop might look like all the other floral minis in my wardrobe, but it’s not. It’s got a nude tone waist band.  It’s all about the little details.

Topshop £28

 This skirt reminds me of my teacher in Primary 2. What was her name? Mrs Gregg or something? Anyway. She was 2 decades ahead in the style stakes. I shoulda kept a closer eye on her… I might have managed to skip the perm phase.

Zara £39.99

Hot pink, with a cinched waist band AND pockets. I’m buying this. Fact.

Zara £39.99

 With it’s knee-length hem and bias cut shape,  this skirt is proof that being ladylike doesn’t mean being dull… can someone please tell Kate Middleton quickly, before I pass out at the sight of her!

Maria Luisa @ Asos £170

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Wow.

NEED.

Marks&Spencer

Ps. I don’t care what it tastes like.

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It sings!!

Or whistles at least…

6 weeks later and I’m still feeling birthday love.

Tea?

Practical AND cute. Wow, didn’t know such things existed!!!

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Hello little thing…

How can you not love a wee guy that rocks polka dots? Ladybirds know where it’s at.

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Blair’s hair

I’d really like to be Leighton Meester.

Swoon…And not a hairband in sight.

Question:  my hair is as thick and curly as this. How the hell do I make it look this good?!

All answers and tips welcome.

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The cakey green giant.

Have you seen this cake?

Matcha Green Tea cake for the Cakes for Japan cake sale.

I had planned on making a carrot cake, but then got completely intimidated by the other cakes that I saw here so I thought I’d try something different. Note to self: don’t try anything different.

Although the recipe did work and everything… I mean, it turned into cake… the feeling of horror when I saw how solid the batter (is that the word for raw cake?) was is something that I wasn’t quite prepared for.  Not to mention the fact that it was just so GREEN.

Half of the flour/Matcha powder added. Looking… green.

Holy shit!

The Matcha cream cheese icing doesn’t do much to detract from the colour…

Phew! Glitter makes everything prettier. Thank god for the edible kind!

And luckily not everyone is as weirded out by green sponge as me because my cake was sold along with every other cake in the sale in under 3 hours, raising £2000 for the Red Cross. Yay! But next time, I’m sticking to carrot cake.

With special thanks to:

Trusty plum coloured scales.

Hearty spatula

Fuji Matcha Green Tea powder.

And of course, glass of red wine. I couldn’t have done it without you.

(Check out my grubby paw prints on the glass. Proof that baking is really hard work).

 

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A little help…

I’m going to this. Maybe you’ll want to pop in too?

 

Maiden

188 Shoreditch High Street

E1 6HU

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