An easy, breezy, casual outfit. I'm wearing: Whistles Alice slim boyfriend jeans, Topshop thin knit jumper (old), Russell & Bromley ballet flats, Zara necklace, Bijoux by Desi F gold necklace and Essie "Clambake" on my nails.
I had the such a lovely, peaceful sunday today. When I woke up the sun was shining (for a freakin' change) and after a quick cruise of Pinterest with breakfast I became obsessed with the idea of baking cookies. I eventually settled upon a Leith's recipe I found on BBC Good Food and trotted off to the shops to stock up on the necessaries.
After a quick run (and a quick near collapse at the end) I made eggs for lunch and, after a bit of work, set about making the cookies. They were/are DELICIOUS (I managed not to eat all 18...). The coconut makes for a macaroon-ish texture, the chopped walnuts offer up perfect crunch. The perfect accompaniment to a ginormous cup of Earl Grey.
Granted - I bet the American cookies wouldn't invite my cookies to eat lunch at their table, but the taste and texture more than make up for their outward appearance.
50g mashed ripe banana
1tsp vanilla extract
100g light brown soft sugar (I used muscavado)
1/2 tsp grated orange zest (I accidentally used zest of a whole orange - to excellent effect!)
100g wholemeal flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
100g rolled oats
25g desiccated coconut
50g chopped walnuts
75g sultanas or chocolate chips
You'll find the method over on the BBC Good Food website here.
If you're familiar with my instagram, you may have noticed me considering this skirt in a Topshop changing room recently. Reduced to a mere £20, (£20!!) I was very tempted. But to me the skirt felt like a very festive purchase - exactly the kind of thing I hanker after during Christmas party season. With summer approaching (and my upcoming trip to Canada) I felt like spending even a pound on non-summery things was money poorly spent.
But every single time I went into my local Topshop I went to see if 'my' skirt was still there waiting for me. I'd make sure all the sequins were sitting in the right direction, then be on my merry way - ready to check in with it in a few days. And then... one dark, dark day... it had gone. I felt an utter fool for my lack skills in spotting an out of season opportunity, packing it away and revelling in my brilliant foresight come winter.
A couple of days later, I came across it hidden in the Buy It Now (or lose it forever) section. No doubt some crafty so and so and shoved it there in the hope no-one would notice its sale tag. I made it mine only moments later.
So - in the wardrobe it goes. I'll pull it out later in the year and we can all marvel once again at my bargain hunting skillz.
This weekend we headed to The New Forest for a night - going for a leisurely stroll during the day and picking up a new throw in Beaulieu before heading to The Pig in Brockenhurst where we watched Freaky Friday with a bottle of bubbles and then headed downstairs for cocktails and supper.
We've been to The Pig once before and decided to return for our six year anniversary. The rooms are so beautiful and cosy and chic, the service is warm, relaxed and friendly and the hotel itself is perfection.
Alas, the one downside was that the restaurant has sadly changed a bit since our last visit. We absolutely LOVED the food a couple of years ago. There was enormous attention to detail, the menu was exciting and the food was utterly delicious. Memorably so, desperate-to-back-so.
The atmosphere of the dining room was unchanged but to be brutally honest, we were disappointed with the food. It's gone more pub-grub (steak, ham hock, some incredibly unnecessary deep frying of supposedly "literally picked that day" greens) which is fine... if you know that's what you're getting. We had a table at 8pm but, after waiting to be served for quite a while (our waitress was very apologetic), my boyfriend's first and second menu choices had already sold out.
The Pig describes itself as 'a restaurant with rooms' and I think on our last visit, it really felt like it was. This time, it felt like the emphasis had shifted away from the food and the kitchen garden - even though the rest of the hotel remained just as perfect as we remembered.
Despite all this, we did still have such a brilliant stay and I'd absolutely go back in a heartbeat (but maybe have just the one course in the dining room and focus more on the cocktails).
For our walk I wore: my boyfriend's Uniqlo down coat, Topshop Jamie Jeans and Hunter Wellington boots.
I knew before going to Morocco that I wanted to return with two things: patterned bowls and a straw bag. It was horribly difficult to choose between all the beautiful offerings in the souk, but I came away with a brightly embroidered straw bag and four bowls. We resisted getting a big serving bowl - which I regret - but there's always next time!