Friday, 31 January 2014

Happy New Year!

During late December/January I have slightly abandoned my blog due to being really busy (which I always said I wouldn't do!). So a New Years Resolution is to blog more! I want to aim to post at least 8 posts per month, which isn't a lot when you look at it as 2 posts per week. I also aim to spend more time being creative this year, such as crocheting and painting, and this is the year that I want to buy a house with my boyfriend...so very exciting times ahead!

Here's a quick look at what's been keeping me so busy the last few weeks:


Travelling to Alicante for my boyfriends work christmas party, involving lots of eating and drinking!


A lot of cooking, with two vegetable lasagnes that I made pictured above. See the recipe here.


Spending time visiting the family and relaxing.


Christmas dinner!


Celebrating the New Year!

As you can tell, there has been a lot of eating, so I plan to lost half a stone (although ideally a stone!) before summer.

So basically this post is a belated Happy New Year! I hope you all have a wonderful 2014 :)


Thursday, 30 January 2014

5 places I want to visit before I die

These are the top five places that I would like to visit at some point during my life, and I will definitely make sure that I visit them...

1. Paradise Island, The Bahamas




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I have always wanted to go here for my honeymoon. It just looks like the perfect destination, with white sands and turquoise clear waters. Composed of over 700 islands, the Bahamas is a stunning location situated close by to Florida. Atlantis, pictured above, is a huge resort in Paradise island, and it looks and sounds incredible, with 21 restaurants, 19 bars, 11 swimming pools and it even has it's own water park. I found some images of wedding venues at the particular hotel, and they look absolutely amazing, though very pricey. The hotel is very expensive, with it being such a well-known hotel, however, I would definitely love to save up and visit Paradise Island.

2. The Northern Lights (Sweden/Finland/Norway/Iceland)

I would love to see the Northern lights, and this hotel/village in Finland looks incredible. This hotel and igloo village is in the Kakslauttanen Resort, Northern Lapland, and has over 20 glass igloos. They look so cosy too! The Aurora Borealis can be viewed from glass igloos or even luxury suites.


According to visitfinland.com, the Northern Lights are visible on around 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland, meaning that you would stand a good chance of seeing them if you took a week long trip. 
Some traditional ways to go Northern Lights spotting are snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or sled dog touring. Even if you didn't get to see the Northern Lights, I still think it would be an amazing experience as there is plenty more to do.



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3. Japan

Japan is somewhere that I would like to visit for the architecture and scenery. It is so different to England, so it would be great to visit to see something really different. I haven't really looked into this too much - it would have to be somewhere to visit a bit later on in life, but it is a must-see for me.


4. African Safari

This has always been something that I would love to do, with being a big fan of going to zoos! I'd just love to see the animals in their natural environment though, and take a long tour around Kenya and Tanzania to see them. Virgin Holidays do some great tours where you stay at a variety of hotels along the way - a great way to see a bit of everything.




5. New York


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New York is definitely a must-see for me - I would love to go here soon, just to see all of those famous sites and places that you see in films (and Friends!). I would love to go to the top of the Empire State building at night to see the skyline lit up, go to see a Broadway show, and of course, shop on Fifth Avenue.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

December Sunrise...


The other morning (well, back in December) I woke up to the most amazing sunrise, with the colours glowing through the curtains in my bedroom. I immediately jumped out of bed and got my camera out ready to take some photographs, and here are the results! These were just quickly taken from my bedroom window, and the colours are just absolutely amazing with bold oranges/pinks/purples - and the photo's don't even do it justice.

It has to be one of the prettiest views, and I'm very happy with the results of the photos considering they were just quick snaps and they are completely unedited. They make me want to have a go at painting these scenes, which I may do at some point in the near future.




Monday, 27 January 2014

Recipe: Spanish Omelette




This recipe is very simple to make, and the omelette is great served cold as part of a buffet meal or tapas style meal.

Serves 6.

Ingredients:

4 large potatoes
5 eggs
1 white onion
Dried parsley
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Recipe:

1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into slices (about 0.5cm wide). Chop the onion and mix together in a large bowl.



2. Heat a large quantity of oil in a large frying pan. Add the potato and onion mixture and fry for about 30 minutes (until the potatoes are softened). Make sure that you stir occasionally and don't have the temperature too high to avoid burning the potato before it is cooked through.

3. Strain the potatoes and onions through a colander into a large bowl in order to re-use the drained oil.

4. Beat the eggs into a large bowl, and then add the drained potato mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add the parsley. 


5. Heat a small quantity of the strained oil in a medium frying pan. Tip the mixture into the pan and cook on a medium heat, using a spatula to shape the omelette. Leave to fry for around 5 minutes, and then check the underneath of the omelette by lifting with a spatula. If browned and the sides look cooked, then move onto the next step.


6. Invert the omelette onto a plate and slide back into the pan and cook a few more minutes until both sides are cooked.  Once cooked, slide on to a plate and leave to cool for around 10 minutes before serving.


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

A short stay in Alicante


Just before Christmas I took a short weekend trip to Alicante, Spain (lucky enough to go for free along with my boyfriends company). Here are a few Instagram images from my time there - as you can see, the weather was sunny, but fairly mild so it was quite nice to go there during December to get away from the cold English weather!

Overall I thought Alicante was a really lovely place to visit, with great food and bars. One of my favourite streets is pictured on the image below, which was a long cobbled street with painted floors and mushrooms featured every so often down the whole length of the street - and it was a very long street!






I love these two images above showing one of the main streets of Alicante. There were chairs all the way down the street which I found quite odd at first, as they were just all over the place! But people just sat down to read, to paint or simply just relax and watch passers by. The harbour is to the right of this image, so it was a really great place to just relax.







The highlights of the trip would have to be trying the local food, including a variety of seafood and tapas, as well as wandering around the local bars and taking a trip to some smaller villages in the mountains. Alicante is great for a weekend trip away, especially if you can't afford to go somewhere too extravagant, as the prices in the local supermarkets were very low.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Spring/Summer 14 favourite trend: the midriff trend

So, the midriff trend has already been around for a few seasons now, but this summer the trend is set out to be even bigger, with many designers having matching top and bottoms in their collections. I have always loved this trend for summer, as you don't have to be skinny to pull it off; it is the most flattering part of your body, so if you wear it correctly then it's a really flattering look.


Jil Sander SS 14

House of Holland SS 14

Michael Kors SS 14

Michael Kors SS 14

Some of my favourite looks from the catwalk are pictured above. Jil Sander has created a very sophisticated silhouette, and the flared top ensures that the midriff looks really slim. I love this outfit, and would definitely wear it if I had the chance!

House of Holland have created a very fun look, with matching prints and sharp, clean lines giving a tailored look.

I also love these two Michael Kors outfits, particularly the matching bold khaki prints, and the plain khaki cardigan.



Topshop V Neck Cutaway Crop Top, £36

Topshop Mono gingham 1/2 sleeve Crop Top, £22

Topshop Check Velvet Crop Top, £12 (currently on sale)


Topshop have some great crop tops in store at the minute, with some of my favourites pictured above. I have already been buying some for when winter passes and the weather gets a bit warmer!