Saturday, 3 May 2014

I've relocated... See you there, you lovely people!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Wearing: & Other Stories ring

Oh, & Other Stories, how do I love you? Let me count the ways. Not right now though, as it'll take ages. I'll do it later, alright? In the meantime, here's a shiny new ring from my aforementioned love. It's a gold leaf style wraparound with a delicate line running through the middle of the 'leaf', as you can see. It's a size M and fits perfectly on my second-pinky. The S only fits on the pinky, whereas this one can go on the pinky if I fancy something loose hanging about my fingers.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Carrying: Bag with much-appreciated tablet pouch

Deliciously soft leather bags are the best. And usually the priciest, too. But I found this navy number in Primark the other day. Floppy straps, check. Thin, buttery soft leather, check. Subtle design, check. So, of course, I bought it. Even better, it comes with a detachable tablet pouch! So, inside is a strap with a clasp, connected to a matching navy zip pouch, perfect for a Kindle or iPad Mini. It's certainly made my iPad Mini feel special (see below. Not my iPad feeling special. That's reserved just for me. You can see the pouch below). A pretty great bag for just £9.


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The 3 Monkeys Bar, Balham

A few weeks ago, my friend Penny and I went to a local bar, The 3 Monkeys in Balham. A little haunt on Bedford Hill, just 2 mins from the station, the bar has been recommended by Time Out and the like, and I can see why. It runs karaoke nights and caters to parties, but on most weeknights just has a relaxed, friendly vibe. When we arrived, there was nobody there, which made it all the easier to catch up, sans loud, shoutey drunk folk.

We were pleased to hear that it was happy hour until 8pm, and the cocktails (presented on the kind of paper you put vinegar on and then put in the oven for your year 8 history homework) weren't your average mixes. We started with an Apple Bob Crumble (zubrowka vodka, lemon, caramel, apple) and went on to have a Pink Lady (sorrel infused beefeater 24, lemon, sugar).

The staff were friendly, the cocktails delicious and happy hour prices even better. A lovely wee lounge bar for those casual drinks that seem to fill up our evenings.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Wearing: & Other Stories undies... the privacy of my own home, of course. Not here on the bleedin' internet. I'll save you all that sight.

I spotted this set this weekend when I was idly perusing and mentally wishlisting in & Other Stories. The bra came in plain black as well, but I thought this blue, feathery print was more exciting. The bra is soft (and not just cup wise, it's literally soft to the touch) and has two velvety black straps separate from each triangle, to create a sexy flash of flesh. The pants are also the best comfy-and-sexy pants I own. Who knew this phenomenon even existed?!


Monday, 3 March 2014

Hotel Chocolat Easter Press Event

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to Hotel Chocolat's Easter Event. Held at their gorgeous store and cafe in Seven Dials, it was packed full of eager beavers such as myself, wanting to get an eyeful (and mouthful) of the new seasonal products. After having a guided tour of their new range (including a dapper city bunny called Danny, cinnamonny hot cross bun chocolates and an awesome, modern Facet Easter egg), I was led downstairs for some canapes.

While I munched through the most divine scotch egg I've ever had, and equally as delectable chocolate popping candy popcorn, a lovely lady talked me through 'conching' and how their chocolate comes to be. She explained that her colleague is currently lands afar, somewhere exotic, trying out cocoa beans. Once they've got their beans, they put them in to a big silver machine to 'conch' - which basically means they're turned and ground down by 'exfoliating' wheels. They conch for around 30 hours before sugar is added. I had a little try of the unsweetened chocolate. The texture was surprisingly rough, and the flavour, strong. Perfect for real chocolate lovers. I then went on to guzzle some cacao beer.

At the end of a lovely night, I was given a goodie bag, packed to the brim with ALL of the Easter treats I'd been shown. So that's why this post is so late. Because I've been eating chocolate. Constantly.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Wearing: Boots of yesteryear

Here I am with another poor quality picture for you (the ridiculous part is that I have a Sony SLR, but anyway...). I'm wearing my new fave Cos blouse, Uniqlo jeans, H&M navy jumper and boots that I bought a year or so ago from River Island.

Here's a closer look. They're a lovely grey-ish colour with buckles and so forth. I had them reheeled a while ago so they're good as bloody new.