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Because it's Monday… halfway to a hipster

21 Nov

When we were in Brooklyn, we played Spot the Hipster.

From this, we learned that to pass as hipsters
the other half would need to grow a beard,
and I would need to get a fringe.

There seemed to be other attributes
but these are the ones that stuck out.
Mainly as he’s never going to grow a beard
and I don’t suit fringes.

Once home, I happened upon this print
by Brit illustrator Jenni Sparks
“Things Hipsters Like”.

il fullxfull 276479809 Because it's Monday... halfway to a hipster Turns out I’m halfway to being a hipster.
I love my Diana, my old gameboy, coloured bikes,
tea in china cups, brogues (but on the other half, not me)
typewriters, old record players (and music) and kitsch tees.

Oh yes, and I drink soya milk.
(Normal milk and I are not friends.)

The rest isn’t me. So I’m about 50% hipster.
50% unhipster. (Or whatever a non hipster is!)

How about you?
What percentage do you work out to be?

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P.S. I just did the maths.
I’m actually about 64.28% hipster.
Not sure if that’s better or worse!

The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake

7 Nov

So this weekend past I was in London.

I was down to see my sister’s play,
do some work and have belated birthday fun.

Here’s this weekend in pictures,
including the most amazing
vegan Ferrero Rocher cupcake.

Yup, with this weekend,
London was really spoiling us!

cupcake1 convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake My belated birthday cupcake from my sis…
bought from the amazing Ms Cupcakes.
(I found this recipe for non Vegan ones
if anyone fancies making me them too!)
turkishdelight convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake  The Turkish Delight cupcake
which was rather delightful too!
drinkshopdo The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake A birthday trip to Drink Shop Do for afternoon tea. (This was
after a session of hot yoga so cake was more than deserved!)
afternoontea convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake We had proper afternoon tea for the girls…
and man’s afternoon tea for the boys:
beer, pies, scotch eggs and pickled onions!

camera convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake I also slightly fell in love with this camera illustration
by faiiint… I want this camera in real life!

teapots convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake And how I managed to leave without purchasing
this yellow teapot is a bit of a mystery.
I did buy myself a badge though I’m not a total martyr!
 The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcakeWe stayed at this amazing little hotel,
very exclusive, not very well-known
filled with old wartime prints
Otherwise known as my sis’s new flat!
 The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcakeThis was my favourite print and it seemed to go
perfectly with one of my birthday presents…
my fake fur fox stole!
foxstole convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake (Excuse the pjs, I opened this pressie at 1am)
I wore my stole all Saturday…
It was so cosy – and it did seem to make people smile!

bread The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake On Sunday, we went to Bread Etcetera for breakfast.
They have little toasters on each table
for you to make your own toast. Yum!

toast convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake Then we popped into a super cute book shop
and went to see the John Martin exhibit
at Tate Britain which ended with a light and sound show!
Brilliant, bombastic and lightening bolt-tastic!

aisfor The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake It was A for Awesome… ok this isn’t John Martin’s work
but Paul Thurlby‘s illustrated alphabet (which I saw in the shop)
but it’s just gorgeous… especially the E!

embrace The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake And then it was home to Home Sweet Home.
(Thankfully not Home Sweet Homicide!)

homesweet convopieces The one with the Ferrero Rocher cupcake

Of course after a weekend like that,
I could do with another weekend now.
And I may have to lay off the cake for a while!
Happy Monday everyone xx

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P.S. If you were the lovely girl who said hello at Drink Shop Do,
thank you for your kind words and sorry if I was a little bashful!

A dead good birthday…

1 Nov

il 570xn 276207407 A dead good birthday... At the weekend, we celebrated my birthday. Or my birthoween.
That’s Halloween and a birthday rolled into one.

Let’s just call it a dead good birthday.
(Scots are allowed to use ‘dead’ as an adjective, honest.)

I had a silly, sugar-fuelled, Halloweeny day
that started with me eating Lucky Charms and cupcakes…

 A dead good birthday...

Next came presents… lots of lovely things
but perhaps the best was my new Viewmaster!

viewmaster1 A dead good birthday...

Complete with a reel of pics of our wedding, us in New York,
our mini-moon Airstream… and the cats too!

viewmaster2 e1320095802160 A dead good birthday... How cool is that?

The husband even made a caption
for each of the photos too
which made me giggle so much.

Then there was more presents,
more cake (because I needed more sugar!)
and then we set off to spend the night at a spooky hotel.

spookyhotel e1320095995903 A dead good birthday... Ok, it maybe wasn’t haunted…
but all I could say when we were walking
down the corridor was “Come play with us”
in a creepy Shining voice!

Then we went out for a very nice dinner
but not before we ran round town trying
to find a bag of cobwebs for our costumes
for a Halloweeny birthday-ish night out.

Because every corpse bride and groom
needs some cobwebs of course!

corpseus A dead good birthday... Yup, we totally forgot in the first pic
that we’re meant to be scary
not happy!

However, a glass of bubbles or two later
(and one slightly awkward trip to a champagne bar
where everyone just stared or glared at us!)
we got into Halloween wedding mode!
  deadmarried e1320096250748 A dead good birthday...

I was strangely more attached to this bouquet
than the one I made for our wedding.
Oh yes and that veil… well, it was originally
bought for our wedding too but it didn’t suit my dress.
Love a bit of recycling me!

The next day, us plus our hangovers went to meet
my friend’s new baby (super adorable!) before heading home
to zombify like couch zombies.

dayofdead1 A dead good birthday... Amongst all the fun, we actually forgot
to carve any pumpkins this year…
so I’m off now to attempt a Day of the Dead pumpkin
and that way he can stay out until Wednesday.

UPDATE: Here’s our Day of the Dead pumpkin.
Rather pleased with how he turned out.

pumpkin A dead good birthday... Was thinking of giving him some flowers still
but I think he’s pretty good all the same.
Especially in the dark.
pumpkin2 A dead good birthday... Happy Halloween everyone xx
(And Día de los Muertos too!)

P.S. Did you have a costume this year?
I saw so many Marios, sexy pirates,
a Pope, a few Black Swans and even
a Sherlock Holmes at the weekend.
Love it!

Except the people dressed as
scary clowns. That’s too scary!!

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P.P.S. Thanks all your cold cure suggestions.
Not sure if any helped but they certainly
cheered me up regardless!

******

Image 1: Mexican Skull Gardland
by the super spooky The Doll City Rocker.
I so want to get this for next year’s Halloween.
Or heck, maybe I could do a spooky Xmas?!

Introducing… Blook Club

6 Sep

 Introducing... Blook ClubEvery year, I write a ‘to do’ list instead of resolutions.

For the past 2 years, my list has included ‘join a book club’.

(I adore books. Not just for colour coding you see!)

And for 1 and half years, I’ve not really managed that.

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While working one night, I started moaning about
my lack of book reading to my husband.
He said, as I think he always says now,
why don’t you ask twitter if they know of one.

So, I did. More specifically, I asked Kirsty
if she knew of one. And then somehow our
conversation ended up with me organising
a book club, as opposed to joining one!

I called it ‘Blook Club’.
Bloggers plus books.
And then I made a little logo
(despite the fact I’m not a designer).
So it’s sort of all official now.

Ta-da.

blook club cp Introducing... Blook Club
We’re holding the first one in Edinburgh this weekend,
but if you fancy coming to future Blook Clubs
(or even to this weekend’s), just drop me a line.

I’m kind of excited (and a bit nervous)
to meet everyone, start reading more again
and then babble about it at length…

God help the poor souls
who have signed up already!

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P.S. Any suggestions of books gratefully received.
For the first one, we’re reading How to be a Woman.
I thought it would give us plenty to chat about!

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside…

2 Aug

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

The second week of our mini-moon…

Sun-soaked days. Me with my cameras. Him with freckles on his nose.

Going nowhere fast… just wandering, wondering, pondering.

Watching the waves rise and fall…

Rolled up jeans and bare feet, shoes dangling from our fingers…

Playing the 2p falls without a care in the world.

Seeing the sun set on the sparkling sea…

Strange how much brighter everything seems.

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 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

After leaving the Isle of Wight, we went to Brighton…

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

And there I did some more snapping with my Diana.
I’m still getting to grips with my little plastic wonder
but I have to say I’m rather pleased with these shots…

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

The next one is my favourite I think and
my first attempt at double exposure…

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

Ok, maybe this is my favourite shot…
my now husband silhouetted against the sun.

 Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

I picked up these Diana shots on Friday
and if you could wish yourself back somewhere
we’d have been there in the blink of an eye.

Think the time has come to start
planning our actual honeymoon.

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Totally happily married…

4 Jul

 Totally happily married... So we got married. And it rocked.

It was honestly so much fun.
Far more than we’d ever
imagined it would be.

As a result, I grinned
like a loon all day.

It was a little haphazard
but it was heart-felt, happy
and at points hilarious.

I’ll share more of our day later
(& the crazy run-up) but for now
I am one very smiley married gal!

*****

Photo by family friend.

In good company… me and my abode

13 Jun

Last month, Company Magazine got in touch
and asked if they could feature me and my flat.

And I thought… well, that’s pretty cool.

So here ‘we’ are. Page 162/163 of July’s mag.

 In good company... me and my abodeSeeing our home in print is a little surreal but nice…

And honestly it’s not this tidy in real life.

I often used to wonder how homes looked so tidy
for Elle Decoration/Living Etc…
The answer?
All the messy stuff is behind the photographer!
Yup, there’s a whole lot wedding diy
that’s just out of shot in these pictures.
Well, actually some of it is in shot…
we don’t normally have bunting in our hall.
Oh well!
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Weddingnesday… my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting-y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend

1 Jun

247727 10150258115148615 671518614 8756555 3281437 n Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend This is me… around gosh knows what time
on the Saturday night of my hen weekend.

By this point, I’ve had a family do on the Friday with my besties,
aunts and cousins where we drank tea cocktails,
ate cake and learned to read tea leaves.

There may have been a lot of giggling there too.

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On the Saturday, I had a burlesque lesson with friends…
(The drinking of cola wasn’t actually essential
to the lesson… but it was thirsty work!)

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… then we all checked into design porn hotel Citizen M.

 Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend

 Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend  Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend(Don’t you just love the bunny in my room?!)

This was followed by a dinner of extremely yummy dim sum,
lots of lovely Hendricks, and then off to Club Noir‘s American Dream night…

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Which explains why I am dressed as the Statue of Liberty.

(For the observant, yes I am sitting on a stool
shaped like an elephant!)

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(My other half actually made me my headpiece and a real torch…
look at it glowing in the dark! He is one crafty fellow my future husband!)

Anyway, here’s a few more of my favourite hen do pics…

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252732 10150258126248615 671518614 8756612 4775659 n Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend Oh yes, it’s me wearing a sash… and look it has cake on it!

(My maid of honour actually had a different sash for me for
everything we did so I was very co-ordinated! She knows me well!)

252634 10150258126703615 671518614 8756618 4074540 n Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend  My little sis made me lyric bunting and homemade
fortune cookies… how cool is that?

250157 10150258127028615 671518614 8756628 4671346 n Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend This me and my family gals… I love this picture so much…

250097 10150258112128615 671518614 8756501 6588829 n Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend Skipping ahead to Saturday… around 3am on Saturday when the last
of us got back to Citizen M we decided to occupy this sculptural sofa…

Honestly it’s the comfiest thing ever.

I would sit on it everyday if I could…
god knows where I would put it though…

250451 10150258115748615 671518614 8756563 7123772 n Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend And as for the rest… well, a lady never tells!

248803 10150640346985335 574435334 19120110 4055670 n Weddingnesday... my cocktaily, burlesquey, bunting y, sparkly, giggly hen weekend Thanks to all my hens for an amazing weekend.

If the wedding is half as fun, then
we’re set to have a brilliant day!

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