The ‘No-Food-Baby’ Dress So this blog post combines my two favourites things: food and clothes. Last weekend, me and my parents spent a sunny Sunday afternoon at MK Feast. I’d heard about this on Facebook and because things like this don’t crop up in Milton Keynes too often, we thought we’d go along to see what there was. I absolutely love food fairs and festivals of any variety, especially Digbeth Dining Club in Birmingham. MK Feast managed to pacify my withdrawal symptoms from independent street food vendors well enough! There were plenty of amazing things to choose from. Mum and Dad chose a ‘full house’ dish from Saf’s Kitchen, an amazing local vendor offering very authentic, and spicy, flavours from India. I had the biggest portion of chilli beef nachos from Baja Cantina, a Mexican street food vendor. These were incredible, and well worth the queue for the spicy beef and amazing fresh salsa and guac. Heaven. The only downside to the day was that they ran out of cider, which is my essential food festival beverage. A can of coke had to do! There were lots of local craft and homemade goods stalls there too, including one of our… View Post

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Last weekend I turned 21 – the last big birthday for a while! I had such a lovely day, so I thought I’d do a little photo diary seeing as you’re all nosey… My Mum had the genius idea of hosting an afternoon tea at home for my family and friends. Thankfully the weather stayed beautiful (one of the major advantages of being a summer baby!) and we were all able to sit out in the garden in the afternoon. Mum knew exactly what kind of stuff we wanted, and you can’t have a vintage afternoon tea without teacups and saucers! We thought we would be able to find lots of these in charity shops, but as these kinds of things have grown in popularity, we weren’t able to find any at all. Fortunately, my grandparents and a few other people were able to lend us their tea sets which were perfect. We even managed to get hold of a few cake stands to display the food on! In case it didn’t feel authentic enough, Mum (with my assistance!) made 40 metres of fabric bunting to go across the garden. We went to the rag market in Birmingham and chose… View Post

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Throughout life, I feel like we’re kind of inexplicitly told to be humble about everything we do and achieve. Everytime someone gives you a compliment the reply tends to be along the lines of minor disagreement, a bit of “oh no, I’m not really…” with a touch of embarrassment. That’s okay, but when we do achieve something that we’re really proud of, what do you do?? What do you do when all you want to do is shout about it?  Social media lends itself to everyone having ‘bragging rights’. Whether its a new bag, a new car or a degree, most people will tell the world about it. And what if that’s not such a bad thing? Okay, it can be a bit annoying and if you’ve got that one Facebook friend who bugs you with posting everything Daddy bought her, I’d probably unfriend her. But I feel like achievements are there to be shared. I’ve worked bloody hard to get where I am now. It’s not until I look back on the past few years or so that I realise how hard I’ve worked. I surpassed my own expectations in my A levels and got into a great university. I… View Post

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A few weeks ago I was invited to an evening of wine tasting at The Plough, to take a look at their new venture, Spit Wine School. I’ve never been wine tasting before and my tastes don’t venture far beyond a Blossom Hill White Zinfandel, so I was pretty excited. Spit Wine School is an approved Wine and Spirit Education Trust program and the courses take place Next Door at The Plough which is their new extension away from the busy bar. The courses range from introductory evenings to full day courses where you can receive certifications. Spit is also a Spirit school so you can also attend spirit tasting evenings too if you are that way inclined! Harry and I attended the Introduction to South American wines class which is, like the other classes, is led by James Thewlis. He has over over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality sector earning his stripes as General Manager at Circo, the first bar in Birmingham to secure a late license and then heading up cocktail bar and restaurant 52 Degrees North. James returned to Birmingham after a stint in Melbourne and joined The Plough four yeas ago. The Introduction to… courses are around two hours… View Post

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A few months ago, Harry and I booked a trip to Paris and Amsterdam to explore two new places and last month, we finally headed off on our trip! My 24 hours in York post was really popular, but we crammed so much into each day, that I thought it would be better to write day by day breakdowns for each city so it’s not too photo heavy and you guys aren’t half asleep by the end of it. The first post about each city will give a few details about travel and accommodation before getting into the good stuff about what we got up to! Travel and Accommodation Paris was our first stop! We caught the Eurostar from St. Pancras which was a pretty surreal experience but such a fuss-free way of getting there. As we were travelling directly to Amsterdam afterwards, we got a single ticket from London to Paris, which was around £40 each. I found a really great apartment on Airbnb that was about a five minute walk from Gare du Nord and fifteen minutes from Montmatre. It was perfect for what we needed, with all the basics and a beautiful balcony to sit out on… View Post

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