Sunday, 18 January 2015

New York New York!

Well Hello my fine fellows!

Since I've inherited this photography hobby off my darling mother (and have only recently exercised it) and some of these places I was rather too young to fully appreciate, I'm going to be nicking a few of her fab photos, and some of my own I might add. I will try my very best to give tips and advice on the places I've been and things to do in these wondrous places (if I can remember them from past holidays) with photographic evidence to accompany it! 

So first off is probably one of my favourite places in the world; New York. Granted I've only been there 3 times (and once was when I was probably about 5), but those few times were incredible - especially the second time when I went on my own with my mum and we were there a day and did almost everything! Incredible!


 The plane!

First things first; a Broadway show! Sister Act was playing and we quickly rushed off the plane (at about 7pm) and ran to the showing. It also had Raven Symone (Thats So Raven for any 90s kids out there) and she was pretty fab if I do say so!

We didn't go in, but we did see a little coffee shop, I think it was, called 'Josie's'!


(^ This was when we went a third time just after Christmas and it was absolutely freezing!)


We past through Times Square - duh - and it looked pretty epic. Never been somewhere so busy in my life but the bustle added to the atmosphere! I half hoped for a flash mob and Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake but alas... it was still pretty amazing though!



These three above were all mine and probably the most amazing photos I've ever taken! I'm chuffed! After the show we popped off to the Empire State Building and I tell you, Go at night! It was spectacular! 



The next day we went for a helicopter ride around the city! I sat in the front (obviously) and the first pic is of me and my pal 'the-helicopter-driver' (can't remember his name, sorry mate).


Mum suggested 'goodburger' as she goes there when she's in New York and I can tell you, it does indeed sell a damn good burger!


And as we only had a day we had to find the quickest way possible to get round everything, so we went for a horse ride around Central Park! It's quite beautiful, I would so love to jog round there one day, when I live in New York.



I thought I'd add in these wonders from when we went after Christmas and the decoration was incredible. Literally my dream come true, I've always wanted to see New York at Christmas. I felt I was in all the fab Christmas films, the likes of Elf and Miracle on 34th Street. We didn't go ice skating unfortunately as the queue was horrendous, literally went for miles! And to be fair, I can't ice skate so it was probably for the best.

I hope you enjoyed these photos and a little story of my time there, I will try and get through some of my fab holidays and please let me know if there's anywhere you're going and want some good advice (I'll obviously only post if I've been there, I haven't been everywhere you know... yet)

Bye, have a fab week!
x


Saturday, 17 January 2015

January Wishlist!!

Hello again!

I have a surprisingly free day today and somehow, unknowingly I found myself on the wondrous shopping websites, including the likes of Topshop, Zara, Office and Asos. 

I'm pretty sure everyone, some more often than others, find themselves spending hours sometimes, flicking through these websites and 'screenshotting' or saving those products that we love but unfortunately don't have the money to buy!... or is it just me?

So here I'm posting just some of the clothes and products that I've found and just really like the look of;

Topshop:
I tried this on in the shop and it was so comfy and soft and I loved it so much!


These two, I feel could go nicely together and I really like people's looks when they wear highwaisted 'Mom' or 'Boyfriend' jeans but I'm not sure whether I'd be able to pull it off. 

I love the pattern on these joggers and they are so incredibly soft inside, they would be sooo cosy!


Asos


Office






What do you guys think? Any of you found anything you like recently? What are your favourite places to shop?

x




Friday, 16 January 2015

Don't feel pressured to do anything you don't want to do

As I think I've mentioned, I am in my first year at university and even though I've been here one term, I feel like I've learned bucket loads, about well everything really. About me, about my course (thankfully, even if just a bit) and about living alone and fending for myself. 

One thing I have learned, and struggled/still struggling with, is the 'going out and partying' aspect of 'uni life'. I have never really been the type of person to get excited about drinking loads and going out partying and we never really went out that often before I came to uni, but I did it and I enjoyed going out with my friends, dressing up and dancing... I do love a good boogie. So I thought that at uni it may be a bit more frequent but I'd have all the time in the world and I'd make some great friends and it would be brilliant. 

Well I've been here a term and I've realised its not quite for me. I stuck at it, I went out every night in freshers and I've tried it at least once every week since then and I have had a few good nights, but to be honest, I'm not quite feeling it anymore. I haven't had a particularly memorable, will never forget, constantly-joking-about night, and I've ended up completely drained the next day due to my 9am start everyday and not feeling too brilliant about myself. Also since its early January, you know WINTER, its also not that wonderful waiting out in the cold, as well as spending loads of money, and losing out on sleep (probably the worst one). 

And so I've decided to try and not be pressured to do anything I don't want to do - whether that be going out, or other things. I think I felt like the only way to make friends during my first term was to go out and join in with absolutely everything and a couple of times I've been pressured into going out by people not taking no for an answer, and I didn't want them thinking that I was boring and to not include me in anything. But this term I feel I've made some friends and hopefully I'll make more, but I think I'm trying to be someone I'm not by forcing myself to drink (which I don't really enjoy to be quite honest, unless its a 'Sex on the Beach' / pretty-much-fruit-juice cocktail) and pretending to enjoy going out every night, and that if that's not who I am, what's the point in trying to make best friends who aren't really my kind of people.

So what I'm trying to say is, if any of you feel like this, and are feeling guilty that you don't enjoy that kind of thing, don't worry about it. And don't feel bad about it. Plenty of people out there feel the same way and we all need to feel a bit more confident in ourselves and what we enjoy doing, because chances are there are people feeling exactly the same. And the same with anything you enjoy or don't enjoy, a life mantra is to do more of what you enjoy and less of what you don't, whether that be enjoying Disney films and hot chocolate over going out and partying (that's pretty much me) or the other way around - as long as you're not harming yourself that's what you should do!

I'm not saying not to push yourself and try new things, because I think that's very important and as a firm tenant of the 'comfort-zone' I'm probably not the best person to be giving this advice and it's certainly something I need to work on. I know there's a fine line between doing something you don't want to do and moving out of your comfort zone, and that's the issue I find with pretty much most of the decisions I make, but you've got to try and feel confident with your decision. Know that whatever happens, it doesn't really matter (although it might seem like everything depends on it) and people will respect you for making your own decisions.

Another babble, gosh I'm so sorry!
Next post will be happy and joyous I promise.



Thursday, 15 January 2015

Just Wednesday

Wednesday in pictures...


 There was a slight bit of snow on the ground and we all got excited, especially my housemate from Malaysia who hadn't seen snow in about 10 years!





Still can't get over how beautiful our campus is!




This was me using my 'Baby Frosty' Lush bath bomb that I got for Christmas that smelt amazing and made my bath look like a galaxy!





Oh good lord, what an amazing end to the day! My housemate baked me a belated-birthday chocolate sponge cake with Nutella in between sponges! :P It was incredible.





Monday, 12 January 2015

Banana Pancakes!

So as a uni student and lazy/tight on money individual, I have very little need for ingredients like flour and sugar but on my lie-in, post-exam, lazy Sunday, I was greatly  in the need for some pancakes! And so I came across Banana Pancakes, made of quite literally a banana and 2 eggs! Sounds too good to be true doesn't it (and also quite healthy!) - and I thought so too, and thought they'd taste awful, but actually I loved them and will definitely make them in the very near future!

So for my first time, they could have gone better and the first few did not work out great, and ended up being splodges of cooked batter (They were still good though, just didn't make the cut for the photo). 


I whizzed up the 3 ingredients in my fabby blender and attempted a couple, adding a bit of butter to the pan to prevent them sticking to the pan.


I found that the bottom cooked quicker than the top and they were too runny to flip, so I tried adding a tad of a a few bits, so I added a bit of (about a teaspoon) my house-mates self-raising flour, another teaspoon of maca powder and one of chia seeds and then a little bit of protein powder.


I also turned the temperature down on the hob and they worked a bit better! In fact I think for my first go they turned out great, they were healthy, easy, cheap and delicious and will be a nice treat to my next lazy Sunday!






Top with whatever! I found they tasted lovely on their own and any spread took away from the natural banana-ry taste, but I added some fruit to make it look pretty. 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Food... Glorious Food!

Food!!

It's a great thing! One of my New Years goals was to take more photos to document things and this week, as it's been exam week (thank the lord they're now over!) I've had quite a lot of time on my hands (that granted, should be spent revising but a girl's gotta eat!) so I've been actually thinking and almost planning what I'm eating and making some del-icious stuff!!

So here are just some of my creations;

Grilled Halloumi
Toasted pitta strips
Carrot and Cucumber batons 
Caramelized onion hummus (with a scoop out because I just couldn't wait long enough to take the photo!) 


My new Breville Blend Active blender is superb!! I got it for Christmas because I wanted to make smoothies for my 9am lectures and it is pretty fantastic! Also the bottle you use to blend it in can then be turned into the bottle you can take away with you as shown in the picture above, which is handy for us students who hate washing up!
This smoothie is comprised of 1 banana, a dash raspberry yoghurt, splash of milk, handful of frozen raspberries, some pineapple and a teaspoon of maca powder and chia seeds. Splendid!


So my new found love is sweet potatoes! Oh dear lord why we never ate them back home I have no idea! They are a wonderful, tasty, slightly sweeter, form of potato and healthy too I believe (not that normal potatoes aren't but I believe sweet potatoes have a bit more fibre and are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. 
This salad contains;
Iceberg lettuce
bacon
mushrooms, 
cucumber
tomato
honey and mustard dressing
baked sweet potato sticks


Mmmmm risotto! Another food I never used to like, but have recently got into, cause its easy to cook and very very tasty! I just cook the rice (arborio rice) with vegetable stock water for 10 minutes-ish and add whatever to make it super! 
In this bowl I have, sweetcorn, carrots, chicken, bacon, mushrooms and spinach.


Chicken and salad toasted pitta.


Classic student pasta dish; Morrison's tomato and chorizo sauce pot with a few spoonfuls to Philadelphia light to make it nice and creamy. Add spinach, chicken pieces, assorted frozen veg.


So I've been having several salads this week as I bought an iceberg lettuce (twas cheaper than the packet) and I don't want it to go off as I can't stand wasting things... especially food!
This potato salad was boiled potatoes cut up (and a add a bit o' butter), iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, bacon and mushrooms and honey and mustard dressing. Beautiful.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Photography

This year, I received one awesome camera for my birthday because one thing I really want is to get into some sort of hobby or passion, and one thing I've always felt I love doing is taking photos and having photos as sort of documentation of the things I do, whether that be holiday photos and travelling, good times with friends and family or the classic food photos.

However, I have very few skills when it comes to actually working a proper camera or editing photos to get these amazing snapshots and so that is something I plan to work on this New Year!


So here is... my new baby...

(sorry this picture was taken by my phone)

So I've been out on a few excursions attempting to take some snaps and here are some of the many I've taken (not ones of people/names for privacy purposes)