Thursday, 31 January 2013

Candle Culture

My friend Lou has started a candle business. She makes gorgeous, scented, handmade candles. And I went over to her house for the day to play, and help her make some! We also took some photos with my mum's fancy camera! Here are the results of it all! You can link to her Facebook page by clicking here. her online shop should be set up soon. 






Candle making carried on late into the evening, with Miranda and I experimenting and transferring images onto pillar candles. Great fun! Here are some results below...






I LOVE CRAFTY THINGS! Until next time! 

XXX

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

1 second a day on video

My friends showed me this video last week. It's the video of a man who took a year off work when he turned 30. (The age I will be in about 3 weeks!) During that time he recorded 1 second of his life everyday for a video, and will continue to do so for the rest of his life. He has also developed an app for this so that other people can participate. 




I found this fascinating, especially as I was just mesmerised watching his video, when I saw it for the second time, it made me so curious and nosy, and my imagination ran wild with what he was actually getting up to, each time I saw it, I would think differently. 

So I'm creating one. For this month leading up to my 30th birthday,  am recording a second a day of my London life, then I'll be heading back to New Zealand on a plane for a year and a half! 

Sometimes it's really hard just to pick just 1 second of each whole day, which second do you show? I shall do my best to choose!

Wish me luck, and I'll post the results here in February! 

XXX

Monday, 28 January 2013

Simple Thai Chicken Marinade

I wanted a marinade which wouldn't take long to make, but also wouldn't take long to get into the chicken. I wanted to be able to shove a bit of chicken leg in the oven and serve it up with a salad. It's easy peasy to make! 


Step Number 1 - get your ingredients - Only 6!

Soy sauce - x6 TBSP
Honey - x6 TBSP
Ginger small thumb sized piece - grated
Garlic - x3 cloves peeled and crushed
Chilli (medium for me) - cut up as tiny as possible
Lemon - whole one squeezed
Spring onions for sprinkling on top before going in the oven (optional)



Step 2 - Mix it all together

Literally, just shove the rough amounts above, onto the chicken (this is not science, not too much accuracy!) It should marinade up to 8 chicken legs/thighs. Whizz it round, pour all over the chicken, cover and put back in the fridge. 20 mins or more. I left mine for a day last week, and it soaked up all of the flavour amazing. 



Step 3 - Cook the chicken

You'll be altering your cooking time, depending on how many pieces you want, or how fat they are! Just make sure you cover them for the first half of cooking time, take them out when they're half done, turn them, making sure you have re-covered them with marinade, and put them back in with the cover off so that they brown off and go glazed, and lovely like the ones below. 



Step  4 - EAT! 

XXX

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

New and favourite blogs

I have to confess. I am an addict, a blog addict! I have a little RSS feeder app thing, (looking for a better one for mac if anyone can recommend) and it tells me when my fave bloggers have updated so I don't have to trawl through them all. 

I haven't updated the list of recommended blogs on the right hand side for quite a while, so I thought I'd do a little post to tell you about some of my favourite ones, and my newest discoveries, which I think will soon be added to the favourites. I will update the list on the right to reflect all of these for easy access all of the time. I thought I had done one of these posts before, and it turns out, I haven't. So I've picked my favourite song of the week. Get a cup of tea, press play, sit back and do some blog reading! 

This blog should go first. It's the one that started all of this off for me, got me addicted and gave me the bug to write my own. "The Londoner"

I stumbled across her recipe for slutty brownies one day, and I couldn't stop reading. I never miss her updates. Off to read today's actually! 





I discovered this when I first went to New Zealand 6 months ago. I was looking for something to keep me informed of things to do in my new city. They know everything that goes on in Wellington, be it theatres, restaurants, art exhibitions, or just pop up art on the street. This recently led me into a chat with another friend at work in NZ, who also has a blog and knows of them, well Wellington is a small place! 




So this is the blog mentioned above, it beongs to a friend of mine at work, he's currently tracking his travels round Europe. Highly recommended, I'm going to get some help from him on my blog when I get back to Wellywood! He doesn't know it yet!



I've been reading this for about 4 months or so now. Katie is the same age as me, but leads a very different life with 2 kids. Her photography is brilliant and she is a lady with very good taste in fashion, interiors and vintage shopping. 





This came into my life a couple of days ago, so I've yet to read through everything thoroughly, but Antoin followed me on twitter, I checked out his blog, and the rest is history. He talks about travel a fair bit, which I love. His photos are really great. I like his style of writing. I'm intending to check out his restaurant in the next couple of weeks which is in Kensington. Looks amazing! 




This is a photography blog, again, only stumbled on a few days ago through twitter. He's London based and I love his blog. 



Definitely one of my favourites, again, I've been reading this for about 4 or 5 months. She has the most beautiful daughter, and a brilliant way of capturing her kids on camera. 


I'm going to leave it there, and save the rest for another day. This should keep you going for a while! 

XXX

Friday, 18 January 2013

NZ Memories

Dear Dean, Rachelle, Amanda, Seerah, Action Rod, Elizabeth & Pepper,

Thanks for the amazing times we had last year. Here's a small film film I made for you.

Lots of love,

Annie XXX


nz2012 from Annie on Vimeo.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A walk in the snow

I said I wanted snow before I went back to NZ. Like magic, I got some, then I wanted it to stop because my toes were so cold when I walked in it! 

When I left London 6 months ago, we told mum to get herself a hobby to distract her from missing me. She enrolled on a photography course down the road at the college, and got herself a Nikon DSLR camera. When the snow came out really heavy the other day, we wrapped up warm, put Max in the back of my car, and took him to Bentley Priory. Mum brought her camera with and these were the best ones below. I'm very proud of her! 




By the way, for anyone who cares what I'm wearing, Wellies are from Hunter, Jacket is North Face (amazing for extreme weather with detachable fleece malarkeys inside etc etc!) and jeans are Levis. 


This is the only one that I took above. I'm chuffed with it! 


XXX

Monday, 14 January 2013

Hampstead Heath Dog Walk

A few days ago, I went on a coffee date with my gorgeous friend Emma. I put Max in the car along with my wellies, and we headed up to Hampstead Heath. The sun was shining, it was the perfect winter day for snapping some photos and going for a walk. 




 The heath is one of London's most famous and popular open spaces. There is a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, children's facilities, three swimming ponds and a Lido. We just stuck to walking the dog and grabbing a coffee in the old Coach House at Kenwood House. 

Kenwood house is currently being restored and has scaffolding all over it, so you'll have to make do with this photo from this website about it. 









View of London and the Shard above, dominating over all of the buildings there. Iphones do not do it justice, and I promise to start using my proper camera more this year. My aim!! 


I love getting outdoors in the winter when the sun is shining. Today it's attempting to snow in London and I really don't want to go out in it... what to do! Max needs his walk! 

Till next time. 

XXX

Saturday, 12 January 2013

SALE TIME! What did I buy?

I have been shopping. I hate it most of the time, and I especially hate sales. However, I love to actually own new things and get a bargain! And at my own pace, or online, I can get quite good at spending money too fast. 

There is actually much more that I bought, but here's a small selection for you. Don't worry, I'm selling a load of things on ebay to pay for it all, and some were presents from my mum for Christmas! Still a bit of a whoopsie though! The sales are great, and you can really catch a bargain if you look out for it or buy online. A couple of things I paid full price for, but I thought they were worth it.

I love London January sales, it's the only time you'll see me really enthusiastic about shopping! 


This dress is from Diesel. I got it in a sort of faded dark red colour, not the colour above, it's called the Gertrude and it was reduced from £90.00 to £45.00 in their Carnaby St store!


Trackies from Jack Wills. Mine are really old and tired now, they were very similar to these ones, so I just went for the same again! Highcliffe Sweatpants reduced from £49.50 to £29.00. Their online sale is very good. 


This coat is from Oasis, and I can't wait for it to turn up. It was reduced from £98.00 to £50.00 and unfortunately, they didn't have my size in store, so I got it online here. 


I got this skirt above for a mere £18.00 in River Island. It was in exchange for something I took back. It has a slit up each side and is a nice wardrobe staple for work. 

These boots are from Office, they were £85.00 and aren't in the sale. I was in town and my old faithful knee high riding boots sprung a bad leak, which I've now had repaired by my favourite shoe repairer. I needed some dry shoes to get me through the rest of the day and evening. The ones in the shop, didn't actually match exactly leather wise, so I had a chat with the manager and she gave them to me with more than a 10% discount, so it was well worth asking, and they are so comfy. 


I'm skeptical about these. I used to hate shoes like this, but I tried on a similar pair the other day, and I liked the way they looked on me. Still they could turn up and I'll hate them, which is why I got them from Barrats, they were reduced from £40.00 to £32.00 and you can send them back if you don't like them or they don't fit, you can get a pair by clicking here. 

And finally, I got this dress from All Saints. Not in the sale, but gorgeous on and not bad at £88.00, it looks expensive on and hangs in all the right places! Just need an occasion to wear it for now... maybe my 30th! 

Hope you enjoyed a nose at my London shopping spree! 

XXX



Thursday, 10 January 2013

2013 - Fresh Start, New Blogs no.2

The next instalment of my catch up. 


We took my munchkin brother and sister to M&M World, Winter Wonderland and then my whole family went to see The Hobbit. 


I made chocolate truffles which I was going to blog, but never got round to. 


Max helped me wrap presents and walked around with this sticker on his head for hours. 


I dressed as a bear in my new onesie which matches Max. We're a big brown blur! This outfit also got worn for the whole of New Years! 


I found the real Santa Clause in a Wetherspoons pub. 


Sian and Jack entertained me on a train. 


 I had my first Meat Liquor experience. Finally a bit late in the day. Everything was delicious and tasted like it might make me put on a stone. Look at the size of those onion rings below! 




















Snuggles on the sofa. 


And just a mad one of me! 

XXX