Saturday, 29 January 2011

Breakfast at The Pear Tree

SO much better than The Juno Lounge.
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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Married woman

I got married on 4 December 2010, it's still a bit strange to think I'm a wife but that's what I am. For whatever reason I thought I'd share a few select photos on here of the day

The getting ready process was almost enjoyable, I gradually started getting more and more nervous about going to the church. I wasn't nervous about getting married but I was nervous about being the centre of attention, I'm the person that listens to conversations but doesn't say much. The part I enjoyed the most was getting my dress on, it was quite a hefty dress and getting it over my head wasn't the easiest of tasks for my mum and maid of honour.



I love my dress, the thought of never wearing it again makes me incredibly sad. I'm wondering whether to do a cherish the dress shoot later this year just so I can wear it again. People have asked if I'm going to sell it but I honestly don't want to be parted from it, it's the most gorgeous thing I'll ever get to wear in my life.



I decided against normal wedding shoes, the main reason was that all the ones I had seen were so boring! In the end I opted for bright red shoes, not because our theme was red and green, not because my husband is from Kansas (you can imagine the jokes) but because my favourite colour is red and I have a bit of a thing about red shoes. One of the main reasons I love my shoes is that I'll be able to wear them again unlike regular wedding shoes which you can really only wear them again if you dye them.


I also decided against a regular tiara that so many brides wear, the only reason for this is that I really dislike them. They take the princess theme just a little too far for my liking, in the end I went for a 'side tiara' but really it's a hair band. I adore it, it got so many lovely comments on the day. The only gripe I have about it is that by the end of the day my scalp behind my ears was hurting really badly but it's the price you pay for looking good!


The vicar at the church was fantastic! This is us having a bit of a laugh after we were married (he told us not to listen to each other and to listen to other people rather than the other way around).


On our wedding day the weather did the unthinkable - it rained. Every bride's nightmare. The week before the wedding it had been snowing and looking lovely, the night before the wedding it poured down and almost melted all of the snow and left everything looking grey, to say I was gutted would be an understatement. But you know what? When I walked out of the church hand in hand with Matt it really didn't matter, what the weather is like on the day be it sun or rain it really doesn't matter.




All that matters is that you've married the person you love.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

I love Vinegar Hill

This is the lovely new mug that my mother very kindly bought me in Bath yesterday from Vinegar Hill, possibly one of my favourite shops in Bath. Got to love a Valentine's gift from your mother.
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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Cupcakes

I've been wanting to make cupcakes all week but the thought of "But they always turn out a bit rubbish" has stopped me. This morning I went out for lunch with my family and had a hankering for cake so decided to make rocky road cupcakes and whilst they're not picture perfect I don't think they're rubbish. They taste pretty nice actually.

My husband makes a good hand model.


Vanilla sponge
8oz salted butter
8oz caster sugar
8oz self-raising flour
4 medium free range eggs
1 tsp natural vanilla extract

1. Pre heat oven to 175°C and place cases in cupcake tray.

2. Put sugar, the seived flour, butter and vanilla extract into a food processor or bowl if you're going to whisk it yourself (I used an electric whisk). Mix until well mixed.

3. Add eggs one by one. Mix until the mixture has a soft consistency.

4. Spoon mixture into cake cases. This should make about 24 cakes.

5. Bake for 16 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when touched.

Chocolate buttercream frosting
6oz sifted icing sugar
2oz cocoa powder
3 tbsp cold water
4oz soft unsalted butter (I may have put the butter in the oven for a little bit due to being too inpatient to wait for it to soften)

1. Sift cocoa together with the icing sugar.

2. Beat the butter using which ever method you wish (food processor or whisk).

3. Add water and the icing sugar/cocoa to the butter gradually whilst beating.

If the frosting is too thick for your liking just add a small amount of water.

To finish the cakes
1. Put a dollop of frosting on to of the cake and spread over.

2. Build up your toppings - I used mini marshmallows and popcorn but I think nuts and small chunks of chocolate would go just as well. Use extra frosting to keep the toppings stuck to the cake.

3. Melt some chocolate and drizzle over the cakes.

4. Make yourself a cup of tea (or have a husband on hand who will make one for you, thank you husband). Sit infront of TV and put your feet up whilst munching on a cake.
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Really Topshop?

I've been meaning to write about Topshop for a while on here but I've never found the right words, I was just having a browse on their website as I have a gift card I need to use and I came across these:


Topshop want an astounding £95.00 of my British pounds for them. I'm assuming that there are people out there willing to buy such an ugly pair of shoes but not I! Topshop, you have become far too big for your boots. I will try and actually write something decent about the shop I used to love on here in the next week.
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Monday, 10 January 2011

Unemployed

I have done the unthinkable - after 4.5 days of the new job I walked out today and will not be going back. There are a variety of reasons that I won't go into but I can't quite believe that I actually did it. Now I'm in the scary land of unemployment with no prospect of a job in the short term future so the hunt is on. I have a long term plan which involves retraining and hopefully one day setting up my own business so it's not like I have nothing to aim for but still, I have bills coming in and no wage. Fantastic way to start the new year!
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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year

It's 2011 already, 2010 flew by in a flash. So much happened, both good and bad. I started off the year engaged and finished the year a married woman with a new name. What a rollercoaster it's been.

Christmas was lovely, although it all went by very quickly. Matt and I didn't get home until 16 December so we missed a week of the Christmas decorations being up and now they're already down. I had some lovely presents including two handbags, one from Matt and one from my brother, both are super. I'm already looking forward to next Christmas, this year I'm going to save up each month so that my Christmas spending is planned out and I don't end up nearly fainting when I look at my bank balance after Christmas.

After a month of not being in work I'm going back to work tomorrow, I'm starting a new job. I wish I could say I was looking forward to it but I'm not really, in my ideal world I'd work from home and home would be a darling little cottage that looks like the one from The Holiday. I wouldn't have to worry about first impressions and dressing up to go to work, I could just get up, do my work and be done. I know some people would say that I'd miss the social side of work but I never socialise with people from work, work colleagues take up enough of my time (eight hours a day) so why would I want to spend more time with them with I have a husband, friends and family waiting at home? I'm a grumpy sod, I know.

Matt and I have already planned our summer holiday although nothing is booked yet. We're going to be going to St Ives for a week and we shall camp! I really enjoy camping, although Matt says it's not real camping as we're not out in the middle of no where with the risk of being ripped limb from limb by a bear (ok, I added the last part). We were planning on going to NYC and Washington DC in late November, then we jumped to the idea of going to Disney World in June but we can't justify the price when we're saving up for a house and a trip to New Zealand so a cheap week in the UK is in order.

I'm not making resolutions this year, I never stick to them. I shall, however, try and update this blog more often than I have been doing. Happy 2011!
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