25.10.12

31 day blog challenge: day 12

What's Inside Your Fridge
So this post isn't really the most exciting. One, because its not my fridge, so nothing in it is mine, and two, there's nothing in it anyway! But here it is all the same. We have, Some left over beans, yogurt, lamb chops, ham, leftover pasta, eggs, butter, cheese, dips, wine, veg, various jams, orange juice, mayo, salad cream, lemonade and milk. Not very interesting.

I love to cook. One of the reasons I want my own place is so I can have my own kitchen and just go crazy making and baking all kinds of things. I can't really do that at my dads house because its so hectic with everyone working different hours and being in and out all the time, so we tend to just grab what we can when we can. I've started to eat out a lot recently, just for convenience. This has to stop and I really need to start being more careful with what I eat. So yeh, a totally random and a little weird post, but its over with now, and I can get on to the really good parts of the challenge!!

Today I looked at my work rota and I'm working 9 days straight. Ugh. The week after is a holiday and boy am I looking forward to it! In other news, I got a new tattoo this weekend. Woop Woop! Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@littlelolly90) you will have already seen it, but I'll be sharing it here in a few days when its all lovely and healed! So till then, love ya'll!!

18.10.12

What I Wore: Mustard and foxes


I have been waiting all year to do this outfit post! Litrally. As you have probably gathered, if you follow me on Insagram, I love Autumn! It is my favourite time for pretty much everything. The colours, the clothes, the animals and the weather. It's just all so beautiful! I've had this outfit in mind for this shoot for months. All I needed was a bag to go with it, so when my boss showed me this on the internet I had to have it, and so did she! (we're both a little fox crazy) I absolutely loved posing for this shoot, I felt like a little wood elf frollocking through the trees!

I think a round of aplause is needed for my mummy, my amazing photography. She knows nothing about photography or how to use a camera, but she loves taking my outfit posts and does her 'homework' on how to take better photos. She has got so much better with her artistic eye, and most of the time realy suprises me with how she see's thing through the lense of a camera. One things for sure, shes got bossier with how she wants me :P I also love to spend some quality time with her too. We both work shifts so finding time to spend together is tricky, so a few hours every week, just us two, out doors having fun, its what we live for.

But anyway, more about the outfit! I've had this dress for a few years now, I love it but haven't worn it all too much, but I think it will be a center piece of my Autumn wardrobe this year. As will this awesome and totally cute fox bag! I think I've gone a little overboard on the foxes this year, my phone case is a fox too! But who doesn't love a few cute animal faces on inanimate objects right?! I loved all the leaves on floor, the colour is just my favourite. I would love a carpet that was fallen leaves coloured...or maybe wooden floor boards with leaves painted on them?! You know when an item of clothing is just so perfect it seems made for you? Well this coat is that item for me. I love it so much! I've always wanted a little red duffle and this one was like exactly as I imagined it to be, and with this outfit, well I dunno, I just feel really good in it. I was deffinitely made for Autumn.

What I Wore: Coat-Debenhams//Dress-Miss Selfridges//Tights-New Look(?)//Shoes-Primark//Bag-Matalan

16.10.12

31 day blog challenge: day 11

List 15 Of Your Favourite Things
1. Walks in the rain
2. The smell of old books
3. Jumping on crunchy leaves
4. Horeses noses
5. The smell of burning matches6. Fully stocked super market shelves
7. Anything Star Wars
8. Being with my family
9. Wearing clothes that aren't mine
10.The smell of fresh baked bread11. Feeling like your heart will burst with happiness
12. Sleeping kitties
13. Pretty Dresses
14. The smell of rain
15. Knowing that your where you meant to be and who your meant to be with

15.10.12

My day in cups of tea: october 12

I saw this in The Simple Things and thought I'd be naughty and steal it. It's such a good idea, especially for someone who drinks as much tea as I do. I love the feature in the magazine, its so cool to see different peoples tea drinking habit's and to see the different places and what they can see from where they sit. So I'm going to do this once a month, Sort of like a phot-an-hour post but with tea :D

//9am: A brew with breakfast and some work related reading//

//11am: Arrive at mum's ready to start the photo shoot//

//2pm: Mid shoot break, park coffee shop tea and a little treat//

//3pm: Arrive home from the park, cuppa tea before I head into town to meet Tim//

//10pm: Late night date tea. Perfect end to a perfect day

13.10.12

31 day blog challenge: day 10

What's Your Best Physical Feature

My best physical feature is me. My whole self. My body, my mind and my personality, it's what makes me me and you know what. I LOVE ME! I thought this would be the hardest challenge out of them all, and I've been dreading coming to it, and it was, but for the complete opposite reason to what I thought!! When I really thought about it I actually couldn't decide what was my best feature! I may get annoyed at my different body parts at times but over all I love my body! I literally went through all my different features and was like, well I like my eyes, but I like my nose too, I like my hands and feet but I love my back, my legs are okay too and I really like my wrists, so I just thought, what the hell, lets celebrate all of me! Not in a big headed way but the internet and media is so full of images and things that tell us that we have to look a certain way and be a certain weight and  I HATE it! I want to spread possitivity and let people know that you can love your body no matter what size you are and be happy with yourself. So I'm going to share some facts about my body and why I love it exactly the way it is.

My body is hour glass shaped. I have size 30FF boobs, 8-10 waist and 12-14 hips and rather wide shoulders. I'm 5ft1, short legs, size 4 feet and baby hands. I have a double chin, square face, 'horse' teeth and a bigger belly than I'd like to admit. Now I know that I am the 'average' size of most women, but I have found that no matter what size you are, everyone can hate their body. Even the most 'perfect' person on the planet will dislike something about them, because its not what the world thinks or feels, its how you think and feel. I used to really hate how I looked. I hated my boobs, I hated my double chin, I hated my dumpy legs and I really really hated my horse teeth. But then I realized that I was hating something that I couldn't change. I cant change my teeth. And short of having plastic surgery, I cant change my boobs. Sure I could loose a little weight and probably shift the chin and the little extra on my legs, but when I thought about it, I have naturally short legs, so they will always look kinda dumpy and out of proportion, my chin only comes out when I push my head back and I will never have the slim face because I have a square head. I was wasting so much energy and time on hating my self when it is so much easier and happier to learn to love myself instead.

I think one really important thing in learning to love yourself is learning what clothes flatter you the most. For years I would wear boys clothes to cover myself up, when in reality I was only making myself look worse. When I started to become more interested in clothes and I found the styles that suited me most, I started to like how my body looked. For me off the shoulder/wide neck tops are best and high rise skinny jeans. Off the shoulder because I can have space for my boobs but still show that I have a waist, high rise skinny to make my legs look longer and exaggerates my curves. I know clothes aren't the answer to everything (all though it would be awesome if they were!!) but for me they have helped me so much to love my body. A little exersize that I like to do when I'm feeling a little negative is this: Lets say that today I'm not loving my legs today and I think they look awful, then I would try list 3 positive things that I do like and focus on them. Maybe next time your feeling negative about your body, try list 3 things that you love about yourself, and see what you come up with. I don't really know what I'm trying to say with this post, I just wanted to spread a little body love and possitivity. I think everyone should learn to love there bodies, or at least focus on the good things more than the bad.


11.10.12

Brunch: Egg-In-A-Roll

The other day I had a go at The Simple Things 'Baked Eggs In Crusty Bread With Pancetta' (but instead of Pancetta I used sausages) It was really really yummy, and so easy to do! I will admit it took me to the second time round to get it right and I need to get the time and heat ratio right still, but once I nail this baby I'll be eating this pretty much every day! I used the fresh farm eggs that I bought the other day and boy were they amazing! I've only had fresh eggs a handful of times and each time I'm amazed at the difference in flavor. I shall definitely be buying fresh eggs more often, they're definitely worth it!

(Taken and adapted from The Simple Things magazine, issue 2)
You will need: 2 sausages, A crusty roll, A smidgen of butter, 1 or 2 eggs.

The How To: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 190 2. Cut the top off the crusty roll and hollow out, removing the bready innards. 3. Melt some butter and then spread around the inside of the roll. 4. Crack an egg into the hole. Judge whether you can fit the second in (I found out the hard way I couldn't!) 5. Pop on a baking tray and stick it in the oven for around 20 minutes, or until the egg whites have gone white. 6. Stick the sausages under the grill, on the pan or what ever way you enjoy them best. 7. When the sausages and egg are done serve on a plate with a nice bit of side salad and enjoy!

Variations: Add ham and cheese/cheese and mushroom before the egg. I cant wait to try ham and mushrooms!

10.10.12

The Simple Things

**Everything in this post is completely my opinion. I haven't been approached or contacted by people at The Simple Things nor have I been paid or get anything from writing this post. I just really enjoy and appreciate this magazine and think that you as my readers would enjoy it too**

In my last post I mentioned the new magazine that I have been reading called The Simple Things. It's the sister magazine to Molly Makes which I have only recently started reading as well. I love Molly Makes (and I also get Making) but I get a bit bored of all the craft stuff, don't get me wrong, I love to have all the craft inspiration/ideas/patterns but I like to have a bit more too. So when The Simple Things came out I thought I'd give it a go.

I. Love. It.

I love the whole aesthetics and the feel you get when reading it. Its such a beautiful magazine to look at and its so easily written, its a joy to read. The whole magazine is split into 4 parts a Dusk, Day, Dawn and a Miscellany section at the end. Its great because its not fancy, its not pretentious and it does exactly what it says on the tin, 'Celebrating The Things That Matter Most'.

There is only two issues available at the moment as it's a pretty new mag, but already I can see the amazing things I will discover by reading this magazine. To you American readers, this is an English publication so all the things to do and places it suggests going are in the UK, but that shouldn't stop you taking a peak because its packed with so much more. It has everything you could possibly want to enjoy each month the best you can from recipes, craft ideas, home decor and even nature tips like how to grow your own gardens and how to recognized different mushrooms!

Another thing that is really striking about this magazine is the pictures. I love a magazine with good pictures. As a rule, if that pictures are crappy and generic, I don't buy it. I think half the inspiration is what you see in the picture. If you have a recipe, the first thing people look at is what it looks like. If its pictured poorly and look horrible you'll be less inclined to make it, and I want to make everything in this mag, even if I don't necessarily like whats in it!

I also love that the people who contribute to The Simple Things are ordinary people like you and me, and that's what makes it that little bit more special. There is this awesome feature (that I might steal, with all credit to them of course!) where they choose a blogger/artists/ect and do a Your-Day-In-Cups-Of-Tea and it is awesome! I drink a lot of tea, so its always cool to hear about other peoples tea drinking habits/partners/quirks and see their tea break photos. Also, (I'm nearly finished I promise) if you've heard of Susannah Conway you will know that she has written a book called 'This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart'. I haven't read it yet, but its definitely on my list, well she has a little feature where each month she sets an 'Exercise' which is supposed to help you explore your creativity and see the world from another perspective. I can't wait to try it each month and share what I discover.

Last thing I promise! In each little section (so far anyway) there has been a recipe to try. I can't wait to try them all as they all look so delicious! I've had a stab at the breakfast in the first issue and I'll be sharing that with you later on in the week and I have plans to try the Chicken Pot Pie and Potato and Courgette Fritters out on my mum and Matt in the near future! Excited! So yeah! If you haven't got it yet, I love this magazine, and I think you all should all give it a go, I don't think you'll be disappointed! I can't wait for issue three to come out but for now, I cant wait for November to role on round so I can try the bonfire side treats, Pink Peppercorn Hot Chocolate and go Mushroom spotting!

9.10.12

A Walk To Remember


It's seems like forever since I was on my laptop never mind my blog! Ever since I got my new phone I have been using that for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram even the blogger app is pretty okay for just writing the posts initially! So to leave the technology (apart from my trusty camera) in my back pocket for a few hours was very much needed. Me and my friend went for lunch at a really cute little farm cafe. It was so lovely and rustic and the food was fantastic. I bought some fresh-that-morning farm eggs and I can't wait to use them to make my breakfast tomorrow and also make a yummy cake. Fresh farm eggs make cake taste amazing! I really wish I could buy fresh produce on a regular basis, I've been reading a new magazine called The Simple Things (more on that later) which has amazing ideas on how to cook and grow your own produce. But I digress. The walk we went on after our little lunch was such a lovely little gaunt through the farm fields. I must admit we got a little lost because the map we were given was hand drawn and non too accurate! But we got there in the end. It took us on a little tour through the fields and it followed a little brook for a little way, past a little lake, over the train tracks and to say hello to see some of the friendliest sheep I've ever meet. The trail was buzzing with wildlife nipping through the bushes and flowers. I've never seen so many butterflies in one place! You had to really watch your step, and so many dragon flies. I've only seen one or two in my life, so it was great to watch them. I saw this huge red one, but I didn't manage to get a picture. Oh well. I love finding new places to wonder near by to where I live. I think this little walk will be a go too place when I just want an hour or two in the quiet wilderness. Or at least fora good cuppa on a chilly autumn day.


1.10.12

Pumpkin Spice And All Things Nice

This week at work we got Pumpkin Spice syrup and it is yummy! I don't really like pumpkin but this isn't a strong pumpkin-y taste at all, I just have to leave the cinnamon off the top (yak!). Even when I didn't work at Starbucks I used to know that it was getting to Halloween/Christmas time because of all the yummy flavours of coffee and the amazing smells when you went in. And now that I work there I feel like I'm getting excited for the seasonal holidays everyday! Which is good I suppose because it means I feel happy all the time and I'm constantly excited! The down side is that I've started to think that it's much later in the year and panicking that I'm not ready! But anyway, I digress. What I really wanted to share with you all today was that because of this new drink I got asked to design some chalk boards to promote it. Naturally I jumped at the chance to do some drawing and be creative. I've already been asked to do the Halloween, Christmas and Easter boards! I know its not that big of a deal. It's just for one tiny Starbucks in a tiny little town but I had great fun doing it and its something a little different that will hopefully get people to come in and have a coffee or just make someone smile. So I'm gonna share them here with you, I'd love to hear what you think of them and if you have any cool coffee shop chalk boards near you, take a pic and send it my way, I need some inspiration for the next few :) So now your all craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte and cake, ya'll get your butts to Starbucks and try it :P This week is a solid week (apart from Tuesday) then I have a whole week off! I'm looking forward to it so much its unreal! I'm going to catch up on some blogging, see my mummy and catch up with taking photos and life (she's been away all week) and hopefully get some crafting done and just have a good old chill out. I CAN'T WAIT! Hope ya'll okay, and had a lovely weekend. What have you been up to?