Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Scalloped flats

I have had J.crew's Harper Scalloped Suede flats in my basket for quite some time as I have a pair of scalloped flats I picked up last year from Monsoon that have seen better days. What has put me off buying the shoes is the price at £128 I was finding it hard to warrant such a big spend. Today I stumbled across some really similar shoes at Boden for £49-59 (and in the past I have found J.Crew's and Boden's shoes to be comparable in quality). Plus Boden have an even wider selection of colours to choose from !!

Monday, 28 July 2014

College Bound || Agenda organisation

So my new Lilly agenda for this academic year finally arrived (I've been so excited for it arrive as I ordered it a while ago).  I loved using my Lilly agenda during my first year of law school and chose to stick with the large size that I had last year. I find them extremely durable (last-years diary survived a lot) and the colourful designs make organisation that bit more fun :) Plus whats more they come with the most adorable stickers.

On the monthly view pages I note key events (and try to colour-code, though I often find myself without my coloured pens). My work for the Law Society and Law Review means my weekday evenings get booked up pretty early on and I have to be careful events don't clash. When I was working over the holidays I also found it really helpful to put in the monthly planner when I had shifts (and sometimes I would also log my hours). While on the week to view pages I note down seminars I need to prepare for (and what I need to do for prep). When it gets closer to exam time I use this section of my diary as a revision planner.

When I first started couponing I would keep them in a separate A4 binder. However, I quickly realised that this took up way too much space in my bag and instead decided that the front pocket of my agenda is a much more practical (and accessible) place to keep them. I also like to have a few stamps incase I need to mail a letter urgently and I'm away from home(#snailmail). 

I found myself using the notes section a lot last year.Though some people really criticise this part of an agenda's design and prefer to have a separate notebook on hand I like to be able jot down all my usernames and other people's contact details in this part of my diary. I also outline my annual budget, as I like to have this readily accessible. Though I like having an additional notebook I prefer to have important information in my diary as I know I rarely go out without it,whereas, my notebook usually stays in my larger school bag. Plus I primarily use the notebook for random notes and blog inspiration.

How do you organise your agenda? 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Bonjour Paris

At the thought of not spending any of the summer away my Mum and I decided to book a mid-week getaway to Paris. So we jumped on the Euro-star and were off to Paris.

We unintentionally booked to arrive on the 14th which is also Bastille Day. It is a huge celebration and Paris was incredibly busy. People were setting up camp to watch the fireworks 3-4 hours before they were set to start. 
When looking for somewhere to eat we stumbled upon Le Relais de l'entrecote. Unbeknown to us it is one of Paris' most famous steak-houses due to their renound secret sauce. But the highlight of the meal ware the desserts.

We decided to start of the day by going on one of guided bus tours. They are really good for getting a clear view of all the main tourist attractions. We then strolled up and down the Champs Elysees, did some (window) shopping and then popped intp LadurĂ©e for lunch. The interior reminded me of a traditional afternoon tea parlour. The food was delicious and they even served propper chips (not the normal frites you find in France). After lunch we wandered over to Palais Galleria who had a beautiful collection of haute coture dresses from the early parts of the 20th century. 

We started of the day by visiting the Petit Palais with their beautiful art collections. The impressive and ornate architechture was so beautiful that I often found it drawing my attention away from the artwork on display. 
In the evening we popped over to the Bastille opera house to watch the Notre Dame De Paris ballet coregraphed by in the critically accliamed Roland Petit. The performance was beautiful and it was lovely to go to something not as touristy (pretty much everyone their was French) 

And of course what would lunch be without some macaroons. 

We had a couple of hours to kill before heading of to the Garre de Nord for our train home. So after strolling around we decided to pick up some macaroons for the journey. I seriously cannot get over how yummy these are and they have such a huge selection of flavours. The flavours of the ones below are Rose, Peach, Pistachio, Orange Blossom and Lemon.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Style Icon || Kate Middleton

I have always had a bit of a Royal obsession. Growing up near the Windsor estate and with Royal ascot  being a big part of local culture helped to form this love. When I was 6 I even wrote to the Queen and sent her some pictures and my condolences after her sister and mother had died. 

I have loved watching Kate's style evolve over the years. From her college years at St. Andrews to being a chic mother, she always looks effortlessly stylish. Something I particularly admire is her ability to wear modest clothing without looking frumpy. Though some may criticise her style for being to old for her years, I feel she manages to mix stylish while conforming to the social dress codes required as a royal. 

Who is your style icon? 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Baking with Beckie || Orange bread

This super easy recipe is perfect for both novice and more experienced bakers. The added orange zest and juice give this otherwise tradition loaf a summer twist. 

Orange bread Recipe
- 250g of Strong flour 
- 3.5g yeast
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1tbsp of oil
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 tsp of orange juice
- 150ml of warm water

1. Mix Flour, yeast and salt together. Add in 150ml of warm water. Add the oil, orange juice and orange zest. Mix to a soft dough
2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes
3. Leave to prove for 1 hour in a warm dry area
4. Cook in an over at 200 degrees centigrade for 20-25 minutes