Saturday, 17 January 2015

Singapore








Greetings from Singapore! We arrived yesterday after a 15 hour flight via Mumbai, and it is HOT. We've been staying with Alex's uncle and aunt for a night before heading off to Cambodia today. Singapore is humid, lush, and there is so much to look at - every building is different (and there are some crazy ones!). We went to a hawker's market yesterday for food which was delicious, a walk along the quay, and then out for amazing Mexican food and cocktails. Oh and lots of dips in the pool. Alex and I woke up at 2:30am last night (jetlag is a killer) so feeling pretty tired now! 

Apart from a couple of guest posts, I won't be blogging over the next month but will be on Instagram so follow along if you aren't already :) x

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

3 ways with RUGS

When it comes to floors... I'm a fan of wooden floors throughout a house (one day I will have a hardwood floor!). But there's nothing like stepping out of a bed onto a softness, or adding colour, pattern, and warmth with rugs. They're also GREAT for renting when you end up with a sludgy green carpet in your bedroom (hello uni flat). In fact I went through a bit of an obsession with buying little rugs/ throws, and so I've put together three ideas to use rugs in the home in slightly different ways.

1 // LAYER UP
Create a laid-back, bohemian vibe with rugs mix and matched and layered over each other. This is also cheaper/ easier way of covering a large surface area than putting down a wall to wall carpet. Stick to rugs in a similar shade/ tone and with all-over patterns.
2 // VINTAGE IN THE KITCHEN
I love the look of vintage mixed with modern. How amazing do these worn vintage carpets look against a more clean polished background? It puts them in the limelight even more than if they were used in a more traditional way. I'd stick to dark colours though, and keep away from the washing up/ cooking area. 
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Vintage Anatolian Patchwork // Persia Reloaded 1412 // Persia Reloaded 1431

3 // ON THE WALL
We stick massive paintings on our walls so why not a gorgeous textured rug to create a cosy and luxurious feel? This idea would look great in the bedroom, perhaps used as a headboard. This is a lovely way to use a rug you might love but you find too bold to use on the floor. Or one that you think is too special to be trodden all over! 
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What do you think of these ideas? Are you a carpet/ rug/ or bare floor kinda person?! x

This post was in collaboration with Bazaar Velvet

Monday, 12 January 2015

Just a Minute + Happy Monday


This is going to be a bit of a random mish-mash of a post. But the last couple of weeks have been a bit of a mish-mash in general and I wanted to capture them somehow so that when I look back at this time, it's not a complete blur. I had my last day at work on Friday, and then a leaving party in the evening and it all felt very strange but exciting. I was blown away by my wonderful colleagues, friends, and family, and had so much fun on Friday night. I put together a little round-up list - I love reading bloggers' lists like these so thought I'd do my own....

Eating // Diet extremes - Avocado on toast and smoothies and then a pile of brownies
Listening // To Sia's new song Elastic Heart. Big Sia fan over here
Writing // So. Many. To. Do. Lists.
Feeling // Grateful for all the love and presents over the past week. Totes spoilt guys
Drinking // So many chai lattes and also an interesting rum punch I made on Friday night
Working // On applying for jobs in Australia
Reading // Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl. Hilarious! If you're a fan of the HBO show 'Girls', you'll love this
Planning // Creative projects for the future! Stay tuned.
Remembering // To breathe
Wearing // The few Winter outfits I have left after we shipped our boxes to Australia (jeans + stripes, classic)
Smelling // The White Company Orange Grove diffuser we have in the bathroom. SO GOOD.
Spending // Time with my family, and having quality Mum + daughter time
Waiting // To get on that plane
Trying // ...and failing to get to bed early every night
Dreaming // Of warm weather and beaches
Running // Along the River Thames in the cold and sun
Wanting // To fast forward time but also pause it. Can't do either so should probably forget about this one...

And a bit of happy inspiration for your Monday...

I came across two posts that I loved this week, and have bookmarked to come back to. Firstly, Rosie's New Year's Resolution to go easier on herself. I know I'm not the only one who also needs to do this. Especially with social media being around now, we see everyone else's successes, which is great, but also sometimes makes us feel like we have to do it ALL. Then there's Freya's lovely post on choosing happiness. This is such a great idea for helping us to appreciate day to day life instead of having negative thoughts.

Have a good week! x

Print from Ashley Goldberg

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Baked Eggs


Over the year of 2014, I became obsessed with breakfast. Is it weird to plan your breakfast in your head for the next morning, AS you get into bed? (And we're talking about weekdays here). Last year I shared my favourite breakfast smoothie, chia seed pudding, overnight oats, and 2 ingredient pancakes. And this is my favourite weekend breakfast. Not the kind where you wake up with regrets and a hangover, and crave bacon and ALL OF THE CARBS. But the kind where you wake up gently at a reasonable time, roll out of bed, into the kitchen, and turn on the radio as you get chopping away in your pjs.

One of the best things is that the sauce can also be prepared beforehand and stored in the fridge for a few days. Perfect for a load of friends coming to stay as this is a great meal for feeding the crowds, you just need to increase quantities and add more eggs when it comes to serving up.

Most of these ingredients might be in your cupboard already. It's great because you can chuck almost anything in. Leave out the feta if you like, or add chorizo. If you're feeling like a light brekkie then eat on it's own, or add a hunk of crusty bread to mop up the sauce. I used good ol' Yotam's recipe as a base but changed a few things (like adding cheese, of course). Here's roughly what you might use for two - three portions depending on how hungry you are:

- half teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- a glug of olive oil
- 1 red or yellow pepper, cut into strips
- 1 tin of tomatoes or a few fresh ones, chopped
- 1 teaspoons muscovado sugar
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
- 3 thyme sprigs, leaves picked and chopped
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- optional chilli flakes/ chopped fresh chilli to taste
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 2 - 4 eggs
- salt and black pepper
- Small handful of feta


Directions:

Dry roast the cumin seeds in a large pan over a high heat for two minutes. Add the oil and onions and saute for 5 minutes on a more gentle heat. Add the peppers, sugar, and herbs and continue cooking on a higher heat for 5 - 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, saffron, cayenne, salt, pepper and optional chilli. (I accidentally chucked in half a pot of chilli flakes so be careful at this stage!) Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add water if it dries out.

At this point you can then pop it into a mason jar or similar (I got my gorgeous vintage French storage jar from The Other Duckling) and put in the fridge for another day, orrrr serve it right now (the better option).

You can either pop the eggs into your frying pan by making little holes in the sauce, cook them gently on the stove with a lid, then serve up as a big dish. Or if you have cute individual serving dishes - even better. My vintage falcon dishes are also from here. I baked mine in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or when the egg white is no longer see-through.

Add some chopped coriander on top, some fancy salt flakes, and some feta. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and supper... and I sometimes do.





I just wanted to say thank you to all those who sent kind emails and comments on my post/ Instagram over the past few days. It's a big change and it's nice to hear encouraging words!

This is not a sponsored post but these products were sent to me to review. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

New year, new adventure

I have some big news! I've been planning something for a good few months but now everything is all finalised I thought I'd share it on here. I mentioned a while ago that I'm travelling around South East Asia this month, and on from there I'm going to move to Melbourne, Australia! 

My Australian boyfriend has been living and working here in London for over three years and now seems the right time to go and explore his side of the world. I've been at my job since I finished uni in 2013 and I've loved it and learned so much from it, but now it's time to try something new. 

We set off mid January and after travelling through Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand for a month, we're arriving in Melbourne in mid February (just in time to catch the last of Summer weather, YES). If you know of any cool companies or jobs going in the creative industry, do let me know please ;) 

I've got mixed emotions about leaving. I'm so excited for the lifestyle, the adventure, and all the exploring, but I'm going to miss my family and friends times a million. There is also a bit of stress which comes with packing up your life to move across the world, but after we shipped most of our things on Friday I feel a lot more relaxed about it all! Right now I'm chilling by the fire, enjoying the last of my Winter, and soaking up every moment with my family. I will blog my adventures down under if you are interested?! I'm not sure how long we'll stay but I plan to make the most of it all! 

(Quote is from Jasmine Dowling (again), an Australian graphic designer whose work I love.)

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Hello 2015


HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I hope you all had a lovely New Years Eve. I brought the new year in with some of my bestest uni pals and my boyfriend which was so much fun. I'm still in my pjs by the fire at 2pm today! What did you get up to last night?

Usually I do a round up of my year on the blog, but to be honest the first half of this year wasn't the best time of my life and I am looking forward more than backwards. There were some really amazing moments and I've learnt lots though, mainly that family and friends are so important, and that life is short so I'm trying to live in the moment more. 2015 is going to be such an adventure, I can't wait to continue blogging this year.

How was your 2014? Was it the best year ever or are you pleased to see the back of it?!

Much love and thank you for reading my blog this year x

Monday, 29 December 2014

HOW TO: Reuse a candle jar

Like most bloggers I am a little bit obsessed with candles. My favourite one, Orange Grove from the White Company, ran out recently and, as I like the chunky glass jar, I decided to turn it into a holder for mascaras, brushes, eyeliners, and the like.

To get rid of the wax, it's easiest to burn it down as much as you can, then carefully tip the remaining liquid hot wax out. Pour (almost) boiling water into the glass and pour out. Use paper kitchen towel to carefully wipe the residue off the inside of the glass and there you have it! I think it would be nice to have a little collection of candles as storage.

What are your favourite candle flavours? I am currently burning Winter Berry and Black Tea from Muji which is super Christmassy!

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