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.


DAY 1
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.


DAY 2
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. 



DAY 3
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. 




DAY 4
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

Method
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



Friday, 11 July 2014

Top tips for summer internships

I was fortunate enough to spend some of this week shadowing a Crown Court judge in a criminal trial.It was a fabulous experience and one I will treasure. Today more than ever work experience is a necessity for our future careers. It can be time consuming and expensive but in the end it is always more than worth it.

  Original image from here 


  •  Apply early. Many summer placements are given out on a first come first served basis. Many companies have formal application processes explained on their website. While smaller firms may require the traditional CV and covering letter. For those of you in law school many mini-pupillage applications need to be done around the September-November time. While vacation scheme applications are a little later. 
  • Dress appropriately, if you don't know what's appropriate send an email before your first day asking 
  • Take a notebook with you and note down the tasks you are required to do. Having an accurate record of what you did during the internship will allow you to form a more accurate account of it on your CV.
  • Be kind and courteous to everyone. As an intern you are above no one, even the cleaner. This will invariably leave a better impression of you as it is humbling to witness. 
  •  Always follow up with a thank you note. This leaves them with a good impression and a little reminder of you which is particularly useful if you want to apply there again.
Have you got any internships lined up for this summer ?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Baking with Beckie | Strawberry and Chocolate cupcakes


Ingredients (makes around 9/10 cupcakes)
100g Sugar
100g Self raising flour
100g Butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
A handful of strawberries

For the frosting use either home-made or shop bought chocolate buttercream.

Method

1. Preheat an oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Add cupcake cases to a baking tray

2.  Mix together the sugar, butter and egg. Add in the flour. 

3. Chop up the strawberries and add them and the vanilla extract into the mixture

4. Put the mixture into the cupcake cases, try to ensure that the strawberries are not exposed
5. cook for 15 minutes. Once cooked leave on a metal rack to cool.

6. Top with chocolate buttercream and Enjoy