Life's Cup of Tea

Sunday, 29 September 2013

A Cuppa' Tea... In a Bowl!

Good Evening!

I wasn't going to post anything about my recent trip to London but I have changed my mind! After a morning looking round the V&A at the fashion and a few history displays we headed off to find a bit to eat and a cup of tea. 

Just round the corner we found 'Le Pain Quotidien', a cute little french cafe located in South Kensington. I thought the name sounded quite fancy but trusty Google translate has confirmed it means 'The Daily Bread'. Why does french make everything sound so glam!

Tea in South Ken at Le Pain Quotidien

After that, I get to the reason I am posting today. The tea was served in a bowl. I was amazed and fell in love with the place instantly. And the scone I had wasn't half bad either!

Tea in South Ken at Le Pain Quotidien

It was a lovely little place, and great value too. If anyone is looking for a bite to eat after visiting London museums, I thoroughly recommend it!

Tea. In a bowl. Whatever next?

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Friday, 27 September 2013


I've always been someone who believes in having dreams and living life to fulfill them. Reach for the stars and all that. 
That was until recently when I had a dream shattered in to a million pieces and through no-ones fault but my own. 
This leads me to the question, does having dreams inevitably lead to heartbreak? Is it realistic to aim high and dream big or are you just setting your self up for a fall?

I'll get over it soon hopefully. Besides, when one door closes another one opens right? Maybe I'll go for a totally different looking door this time round...

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Snuggle Up Wishlist

I have been a terrible blogger as of late. Hopefully soon I will be able to enlighten you as to why! Here is a speedy post before another short absence! 
Yankee Candle // Pitch Perfect // Cozy Socks // Mug // Lights

I love snuggling up in the cold weather! 

Friday, 20 September 2013

Micellar Water

I never review beauty products really because I don't really use many and I wouldn't really know where to start with a review/. 
This has all changed since this beauty fell into my basket at Boots

Since I began blogging I have spent a lot of time reading other peoples blogs and have learnt that apparently face wipes are the sin of skincare. I quickly used up my remaining wipes (to remove ink off my leg from a pen explosion at work) and set about find an alternative. 
Micellar water has featured in many blog posts, and everyone seems to rave about it so I jumped on the bandwagon. My gosh, I was not disappointed.

I apply the water to a cotton pad and rub over my face, and use another cotton pad per eye. I wear waterproof mascara during the day, and with wipes I really struggled to get it all off and the roughness of the wipes hurt. I now simply press my soaked cotton wool pad over my eye for a few seconds and the mascara just seems to slip off!
After using the solution my face actually feels clean which is apparently a feeling I haven't had in a long while. 

At the moment the l'oreal solution is only £3.33 a bottle in boots - bargain.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Two Months in....

I am now (just over) 2 months into my gap year. Here's a catch up of what I have accomplished this month on my gap year 50!
Paint my toenails a bright colour
Gone is the dark red which has been my staple toe colour for the last 3 years and in with the coral! My feet definitely looked a lot snazzier in sandals but I am not sure I can deal with the brightness. I may have to revert back!
Set up a savings account and save
Well I've done half! I have now set up an real adult savings account for my pennies to gather in without the temptation of spending them. Now the hard bit... the saving!

Go to a farm/zoo
I went to a farm. Here is a picture of an alpaca just to prove that point :)

Go for a walk in the country
My lovely boyfriend took me camping on Dartmoor which involved a lovely hike to the site and back.

Despite being a geographer, I left my other half to do the navigating... I just took pictures!

Me with my trusty pack. It weighed a tonne. I think I am grimacing, not smiling there!

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Mug Cookie

I saw this recipe the other day for a cookie in a mug and just had to give it a go!

Unfortunately on gathering my ingredients I realised I didn't have any chocolate chips or any regular flour. SO I subbed the regular flour for self-raising and the chocolate chips for sugar strands. 
The result was a crumby cakey, cookieish concoction which was yummy! Next time I will use proper flour and hopefully it will be even nicer :)

♥ 1 Tablespoon of Butter 
♥ 1 Tablespoon of Dark Brown Sugar 
♥ 1 Tablespoon of Granulated Sugar
♥  3 Tablespoons of Plain Flour
♥ 1 Egg Yolk
♥ Vanilla Essence
♥ 1 Pinch of Salt
♥ 2 Tablespoons of chocolate chips (or sugar strands to mix in!)

To Do:
1. Melt the butter in your mug in the microwave.
2. Add both sugars, a splash of vanilla and salt and stir. 
3. Add the egg yolk and stir thoroughly. 
4. Add the flour and fold it in. 
5. Cook in the microwave for 40-50 seconds.
6. Eat it up!

(Adapted from My Kitchen Antics)

You may also have noticed a change in the blog layout, I have spent all day on it! It still needs some work but I hope you like it so far!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Blogtember: Getting a job

Describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn.

SO yesterdays blogtember failed, I didn't really understand what I was writing about so I was like "Screw it, I'll post a picture of my nails instead ;)"

I think my life took a pretty big change in the right direction when I got my first weekend job. Till then I was a typical teenager, lazing round on the weekends with very little money to actually do anything fun. Having been to an all girl school since the age of 11, the only males I had really had any contact with for an age had been my dad and brother. 

That all changed however, when a 16 year old me managed to get a weekend temping job in a shop over Christmas which changed into a permanent job. Lo and behold I am still working there 5 years down the line although have since gained A-Levels, a degree and a boyfriend (who I actually met at work!)

I wouldn't say life changed in direction quickly but suddenly I became 'rich' (back then a tenner was a BIG deal), I began becoming confident around the male gender and I became more confident in general. 

And of course I met my wonderful boyfriend of 3 years. So yep, getting that job back in the day was a pretty big drop in the ocean of my life!

Do you remember your first job? Do you think it changed you too?

Monday, 9 September 2013

NOTD: Blue Polkas

I actually got a couple of compliments at work today for my nails which was nice!
I used Rimmel's 'Mind the Gap Victoria' and 'Sweet as Sugar' which you can read about in my post here. I used the round head of a map pin to make the dots. 
I'm still messy around the cuticles. I try, but my work just savages them!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Bang, Bang, Firework Time!

A little while ago my local town put on the most amazing firework display! I love fireworks to bits.
 We definitely had the best seats in the house, and got there super early just to watch the sun go down over the bay. 
Sorry for the blurryness, I was *attempting* to use firework mode! But you get the idea... 

Fireworks night is one of my favourite nights in Autumn, this display has got me all super excited for November 5th!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Blogtember: I am afraid

A story about a time you were very afraid.

I could quite easily tell you about the time I was so sure there was a small animal in my tent while camping on wild moorland .

Or about the time when I saw a fish in the sea I was swimming in (I have a massive phobia of fish.) causing me to have a flip out in middle of a beach. Why was I in the Sea anyway? I don't really know. 

Or about the time I had to sing solo in front of a small audience. 

All these moments caused my heart to race, my palms to become sweaty and that fuzzy feeling in your head. 

But I think that the time I was most afraid of is now. For the last 20 years of my life I had my life panned for me. I went to primary, school secondary school and went went to uni.

On the 5th July 2013 at 1430 I graduated and I knew that life as I had known it had changed for ever. I had been fearing that day for months, trying to desperately cram as much in before I had to really 'grow up'. As much as you can hope, not all friendships survive the jumps through life. I was afraid that the people I saw every day would drift away. I was afraid that any control I had had over my life would be lost to my parents, to the job market and to life itself!
And to a large extent I was right. As I sit here 2 months later I am really afraid. I am afraid of the interview that I have for my dream job. I am afraid that I am barely earning enough money to cover my transport to work. I am afraid of the loneliness I feel all the time with all my friends being so far away. I am afraid of the friendships that are already drifting away. 
Most of all I am afraid of what life holds for me now. Am I good enough for my chosen career path? Where will I be calling home in a years time?

"I'm scared to death of the speed of life"

I suppose in essence I am scared of 'The Speed of Life'. Thank you Miss Delta Goodrem for summing it up so wonderfully :)

So yes, I am not particularly fond of small things running around in the night, I am petrified of fish and I have a real aversion to performing to a crowd. But at the moment, it is actually my life that is kind of freaking me out!

Sorry for the ramble today. Have you ever reached a point in your life where you were / are like 'arrgghh!!'? And please... tell me there is someone else out there who hates fish??

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Blogtember: A word of advice

Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered. 

Life is short. It is sad but true, so there is little time for regret. A friend said this to me a long while ago...

Or something along those lines!

If an opportunity comes my way, I always think of this and I have done some things I would never have though I would do. And while it's not entirely true, I do remember the things I did do (!), it is definitely those missed opportunities that really stick in my mind. 

Remember to follow me on bloglovin if you want to keep up to  date and I promise some non-blogtember posts this weekend :)

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Blogtember : A 3 month hiatus

If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

At the moment I am taking a year out from life having completed my degree.  At the moment I am working part time and just bimbling around trying not to wallow in my grief of having finished uni for too long! Next year I am going superbudget traveling with a friend for a few months which will be amazing but what if I had 3 months out of life and could do anything  I could ever want to? With the help of Pinterest, here is my dream 3 months...

I would travel ...
...I would find the bluest seas to swim in...
... I would climb mountains...
...I would go wildlife spotting...
... I would live a life that I haven never lived...
...and i would go here... 
It's my dream ok?! ;)

P.s. I seem to be unable to master pinterest! Click the heart under each picture to take you to the original image :)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Blogtember: Me, Me, Me!!

Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

Looking at the topics, I think this is one of the hardest, maybe because it is number 1... anyway here goes... the beginning of Blogtember!

This is my stomping ground. Picture taken by me while being flown around by my (not so) little brother. A mixture of sea, country and urban... perfect. 

This place has influenced me a lot; it has given me the best friends I could wish for, a fantastic education and memories that will last forever.  It has also given me a case of Bright Light Syndrome. I am desperate to live life in the fast lane for a while. Just for a while. SO my home town has shaped my past, and my future. 

There are and have been a lot of people in my life who make me me. My friends, my family, my teachers, my colleagues. My peers. The list goes on. I wouldn't say anyone has made me more me, but 2 stand out. 
My school teachers. At the time I moaned. I look back now and I want to BE them. If I am half the teacher some of my teachers were then I will be a very happy lady. Education is about so much more that getting a grade. I fell in love with a subject and I want to change peoples lives with it. That dream is down to my teachers. Thank you. 
My parents. Lots of people think I am a mini-me of my mum. I probably am to be honest with you. I never do what my parents tell me to do, I think they have learnt this now. Even so they have made me me. 

So that's me. I don't have a massive family and I don't live in an overly fascinating place yet I hope things just keep getting better :)

Bit of a ramble for today's blogtember post. I can promise LOADS more pics in the next few :)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Pinch and a Punch, 1st of the Month

Got you! Along with the 1st of September comes the bringing of the meteorological Autumn. Boo. Hiss. Luckily for us, the summer weather seems to be keen to stay for just a little while longer :)
Auntumn isn't one of my favourite seasons but there is so much to love...

  • Beautiful colours and crunchy leaves. Even though I am now no longer 10, there is nothing better than jumping in piles of crisp leaves!
  • Snuggling up with a hot drink and a a blanket watching rubbish (namely the return of Strictly Come Dancing!!)
  • The clothes! At the turn of each season I get super excited about dusting off my season wardrobe. This excitement of warm coats, thick tights and knitted jumpers lasts about 1 week before I am sure I will be begging for it to be warm/ dry enough to bring out my summer dresses and sandals again. 

So without further ado, here is my fashion wishlist for the colder months :) 

 Have a good Autumn guys and remember, if you like what you read, don't forget to follow me on bloglovin!