Thursday, 27 November 2008

On Tuesday I went to see this installation which is part of the Liverpool biennial, by Yayoi Kusama. My friend (whose photo it is above!) had told me how beautiful this was and wow, it really was. It is a small wooden box in an old warehouse near the docks in Liverpool. You can only go in one at a time and have to take your shoes off first. Then you stand on a small platform, surrounded by water and suspended lights which are always changing colour. The walls are covered in mirrors and it creates this infinite dream-world effect which is so so beautiful. The piece is only there until Sunday, because the biennial finishes then, but I strongly recommend going!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Tuesday blues

today's outfit

I am suffering with the Tuesday blues. My working week in uni only starts on Tuesdays so I get that horrible Monday morning feeling after everyone else does. I got this adorable cardigan yesterday whilst shopping, it's from Topshop and was £25, but I had some vouchers and treated myself. Now I am trying to do some uni work and generally feeling sorry for myself.

How do you fight the Monday/Tuesday blues?

p.s. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my bedroom! They made me smile lots :-)

Friday, 21 November 2008

My bedroom

my polaroid door and mirror

most of my room!

my desk

these are some of my uni books just for this semester!

my shelves

My bedroom is a little haven. It is where I do all of my uni work, reading, getting ready, internet browsing and relaxing. I decided to organise all of my books and CDs on my bookshelf into colour order and totally tidy my room up so I thought I would share it with you all. There are more photos in my flickr set, but I did get a bit snap-happy! I love how bright and airy my room is, but it is also nice and cosy in the evening and not at all cold like I was scared blue and white would be when I chose those colours about 4 years ago. I've not outgrown them so I am quite pleased with it! I love my bed and all the cushions I have on it, it makes it perfect for lounging around reading.

What is your favourite thing about your room?

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Iekeliene Stange

Today I am admiring Iekeliene Stange, who I discovered via Fifi Lapin. I love her long, long hair (maybe I can get mine that long!) and her individual style. I also want that blue beret and the red checked dress. As Fifi says - the new Agyness? (photos via Jak & Jil)

P.S. I have updated my 'blog roll' but if you would like to exchange links with me and you're not up there, just let me know!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


Good evening! I hope everyone is having a good week so far.Today I realised I have to hand in a piece of assessed work at the end of next week and also that it is only 2 weeks until December! But other than that I am having a good week so far. This is what I wore today to go into Uni for a lecture and a tutorial. I was inspired by another outfit of mine, this one, because I really like red and blue together, especially those bright shades that go POP! I have also had a slight haircut and henna-ed my hair slightly darker this time. The difference is only slight but I like it. It looks almost black on that photo but it isn't that dark!

I have also been 'interviewed' by the lovely Megan of Charade for her 'Student Bloggers' feature which was very fun to do! I am the first of this feature so I am quite honoured. You should all check out what I have to say about student life and also browse round the rest of her blog because it is lovely and has lots of good advice for students.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Lisa Mitchell

I really wanted to share this adorable video by Lisa Mitchell with you all! It is the song that it currently on the Surf advert and I have been wondering who it is for a while. Surprisingly she was on Australian Idol and made it through to the last 10 but now she has found her own fame. The video is so lovely and her voice is amazing and delicate, it reminds me a bit of Emiliana Torinni. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Wardrobe remix favourites!

primary colours

This week I have been admiring all the primary colours the wardrobe remix girls are wearing!

Butternut Squash Cake

butternut squash cake

Yes, I made that butternut squash cake from another of Hugh F-W's recipe's. (Maybe he can start calling himself Hugh F-W? So much easier to say and type than Fearnley-Whittingstall...)

Anyway, yes, this cake was amazing. It is pretty much a carrot cake, but uses grated butternut squash. BUT - ontop of it there is a honey and orange drizzle which makes the top and ooey and gooey and the cake so moist. It is truly amazing. I think I shall be keeping this recipe but maybe trying it out with carrots, or parsnips or even beetroot again (as messy as it is..I do love making a mess though). It is really, really easy to make (once you've grated your veg) because the butter is melted so you don't have to use too much elbow grease mixing it all in!


180g wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
90g golden caster sugar
90g light muscovado sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
180g butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs, lightly beaten
300g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and grated
70g walnuts, roughly chopped
45g sultanas
2 tbsp runny honey
5 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ gas mark 4. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange zest. Beat in the butter and eggs until smooth. Fold in the squash, nuts and sultanas, pour into the tin and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

While the cake is cooking, heat the honey and citrus juices in a small pan, simmering for a few minutes until thickened slightly. Remove the tin from the oven and place on a wire rack. Pour over the honey and orange juice, and leave to cool completely.

Friday, 14 November 2008

2 simple outfits from this week

11th november

This is what I wore on Tuesday, when I didn't really do anything at all. I was reading and doing my essay and just procrastinating really if I'm honest. It's been my reading week this week yet I feel like I've been busier than normal! I have been in work 2 evenings this week so perhaps that is why. Anyway, I really love those skirts from Pop Boutique. My shoes are from Marks and Spencers which is quite surprising! They have quite a vintage yet cool look about them which I loved.

12th november
This is what I wore on Wednesday. This is a very simply, comfy outfit. I usually wear a belt with it but to be honest, sometimes it hurts my belly! So I just let it all hang out and was rather comfy. I love that bow necklace, it was only £2 from Miss Selfridge about 2 years ago! What are your favourite bargain finds?

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Beetroot brownies

beetroot cake

I had some fresh beetroot in and saw a recipe for beetroot brownies in The Guardian weekend and HAD to make them! The recipe is from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, who is so adorable and really makes me want to have a vegetable patch, although Pepe and Nina would dig it up!

Here is a warning though - use ready peeled and cooked beetroot if you can! I don't know what possesses me to buy fresh beetroot, but I do. And it is so so messy! My arms and still slightly stained with flecks of beetroot juice and it got all over our white tiles.

These brownies are delicious. When I pureed the beetroot though, there were still some chunks of beetroot left in, but I think this makes it seem more authentic no? I mean, I could say they were beetroot but people might not believe me because they had no chunks in them and were so tasty! The chocolate and beetroot goes so well together; I have heard of it before but was always sceptical. Then again, I was also sceptical of carrot cake (just like Hugh!) when I was younger.


You can either grate or purée the cooked beetroot before adding to the mix - the latter gives a slightly more velvety texture. They work just as well with or without walnuts. Some people think that a brownie isn't a brownie without walnuts, while others can't stand them; it really depends on your personal preference. Makes 15 squares.

250g unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus a little more for greasing
250g plain chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), broken into squares
250g caster sugar
3 eggs
150g self-raising flour (we use wholemeal self-raising)
100g broken walnuts (optional)
250g cooked and peeled beetroot, grated or puréed

Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/ gas mark 3. Lightly grease a baking tin that's roughly 20cm x 30cm in size and at least 2cm deep. Line the bottom with greaseproof paper and butter the paper, too.

Put the cubed butter and chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Place this on an oven tray lined with a baking sheet, and put in oven to warm up. After a few minutes, remove, stir, then return to the oven to melt completely. (Alternatively, melt the chocolate and butter in the conventional manner, in a bowl held over a pan of barely simmering water.)

In another bowl, whisk the sugar with the eggs until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate mixture until well combined. Sift in the flour, stir, fold in the walnuts (if using) and beetroot. Pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a knife or skewer comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it - be careful not to overcook the brownies. Remove from the oven, then stand the tray on a wire rack until cool enough to cut into squares.

beetroot brownies

beetroot brownies


There is also a recipe for a butternut squash loaf cake with a honey drizzle from Hugh that I am dying to try! I also have a buternut squash in actually...


photo by alspix

Monday, 10 November 2008

Electric President

Today I have been listening to Electric President lots who I have only recently discovered. They are very nice, like Explosions In The Sky, Her Space Holiday and The Postal Service. They are perfect music for dull days spent reading. Here is their song Good Morning Hypocrite. The artwork for their self titled album is pretty snazzy too.

one of my favourite places in Liverpool

Abercromby Square. It is right near my university buildings so I walk through it most days. I prefer it more in autumn and winter, because it's quieter and more peaceful. Inbetween lessons I like to sit on a bench, read a book and watch the world go by.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

On Tuesday I went to the theatre to see Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, because I had to do a review of a live event for uni. It was quite amusing, yet not quite as profound or political as I was expecting. It's about a maniac investigating the death of an anarchist whilst in police custody and the maniac was really the best character - the way he had everyone wrapped round his little finger! He was quite Lee Evans-esque too.

Before we went to see it we went for tea to The Gourmet Burger Kitchen and, seriously, their burgers are the best ever. I had a mexican burger, which had a big dollop of chilli ontop of it, guacamole and sour cream. All on a really, really good beef burger. It was so messy and oozed everywhere.

On Friday night I went out with friend's for Kathy's birthday. We had tea at The Moon and Pea on Lark Lane which I highly recommend if you're ever in Liverpool! I made a birthday cake for Kathy too, it was a Rachel Allen carrot cake recipe but with my own orange buttercream instead of a cream cheese frosting. The carrot cake was the best carrot cake I ever made I think hehe.

I made the roses myself too, following the instructions on this video although mine don't look as good as that! Practice makes perfect though.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Election fever

 So, election fever is officially gripping the world. Although I'm not American and obviously cannot vote in this election, it is obvious to say that the outcome of the election will effect me (and pretty much everyone in the world). I've seen some of the presidential debates, watched the Daily Show and seen lots and lots of coverage of the campaigning, it seems more important to me than voting for a Prime Minister here since I haven't had the opportunity to do that yet.

Anyway, The Guardian ran these 5 short stories in their review section, where writers imagine what the world will be like after the election. As I am studying The Sleeper Awakes at the moment, the combination of fiction and politics quite appealled to me! My favourite story was this one by Danit Brown-

The day after the election, I saw Barack Obama standing in the produce aisle of my local grocery store, wearing an "I voted" sticker and holding a cantaloupe. Outside, his wife waited in a station-wagon pointed north. "What's he doing in Michigan?" my husband wanted to know. "Where are his bodyguards?" Already, someone had driven through our town and taken down all the signs promising change, requisitioning them for fuel for a bonfire so large that the planes taking off and landing at the airport two towns over were going to be able see it. Even now, we could catch faint whiffs of burning posterboard whenever the A/C kicked on. "Change, my ass," said the cashier who rang up our bottled water, first-aid kit and the masking tape we were going to use to keep our windows from shattering. "I hear they're closing the border to Canada." In the produce aisle, Obama set down the cantaloupe and picked up a tomato. We all pretended not to see. I imagined walking up to him, taking his hand, saying, "Come to my house. Stay with me. We have cable and a foldout sofa, and a gun for protection." I imagined his fingers, warm and dry, in mine. I liked him. He was handsome: tall, thin, a father of girls. In the voting booth, the day before, I'd pictured White House interns flashing their thongs, the leaders of nations peeling grapes and swooning, the Oval Office a den of love. How could they help it? I was miles and miles away from Washington, my finger poised over the lever, and on the other side of the privacy curtain, my husband - short and white and blotchy - was coughing politely: I'd already taken too long. Behind us, the line of voters stretched out the door, across the parking lot. I thought I was the only one, but later, on the news, they'd reported I wasn't, that thousands of us had turned in blank ballots, unable, finally, to cast a vote for a world whose rules we didn't know. "Who does that?" my husband had muttered, his nostrils flaring the way they do when he lies. "Beats me," I said. "Beats me."

Sunday, 2 November 2008

new dress!

This is my new favourite dress! I had been eyeing it up in Miss Selfridge's for a while, but it was £40. Then it got reduced to £15! So I snapped it up. I want to wear it everyday, it feels so nice and comfy too. Hmmmm.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

minnie mouse!

I was minnie mouse! It was a very easy outfit yet effective. I made the ears myself out of an old headband with black cardboard circles sellotaped onto it. I later drew a little black nose on and it made me look much more mousey - although it was annoying when I would forget about it and smudge my nose. Scott went as a rat - we were both rodents and the cats were eying us both up haha.

minnie mouse and a rat!

I hope you all had a lovely halloween! I did, we had lovely food and did apple bobbing and a spooky treasure hunt!


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