Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tuesday.

It's Tuesday lunchtime. I'm still in my pyjamas despite having been up since 7.30. My excuse for this is twofold; one, I went out last night so it's allowed, two, it's too cold to take my pyjamas off to put real clothes on.
Last night was night out with housemates, something possessed me to wear heels, which would have been fine had the SU Club night not been cancelled, requiring me to walk halfway across Sheffield to find somewhere that was open on a Monday night, that wasn't Corp or Plug (we can never agree on somewhere to go...). This resulted in me removing the aforementioned heels and thus ruining my pretty new tights. Bad times.
Today I have made Roasted Tomato and Pepper Soup, which I'm currently hugging a bowl of. It is beaut so I thought I'd share the recipe - adapted from one my friend and I used for a dinner party about three years ago so I can't remember where it originally came from.

I used eight tomatoes, a red pepper, two cloves of garlic and a handful of basil leaves. I also threw in half a yellow pepper and half an onion that were hanging round in the fridge looking like they needed using.
Basically, peel your garlic cloves, slice your tomatoes in half and your peppers in quarters, onions into big chunks, and chuck in a roasting tin. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and give everything a good shake to make sure it's covered. Put in the oven at 180°C for 20 minutes or so, then turn over all the veggies - I used a big plastic spoon for this. Return to the oven for another 20 minutes before spreading the basil leaves out on top and popping back in the oven for another five minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a stock cube in about 150ml boiling water in a large bowl. Spoon your veg into the bowl and whizz up with a hand blender (obviously you can use a jug blender should your kitchen be so equipped). I've served this sprinkled with a little bit of grated cheddar and another basil leaf. Half is my lunch today and the other half will be going in the freezer for a lazy lunch some time.
I'm planning a bit of a bulk-cooking day, I'm gonna make a curry and a chilli as well so that I've got some meals ready made to save on time for the next couple of weeks, letting me (hopefully) get lots of work done!
Let me know if you try this guys, or if you have another easy go-to soup recipe!

xo

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Accidental Haul..

I went into town this morning with the intention of buying a pair of jeans. I got home and realised that hadn't quite gone to plan and I had not one but two pairs of jeans, plus some new tights, a throw, a dress, two rings, two new eyeliners, new foundation and shower gel.. In my defence I've nearly run out of shower gel and foundation so this was actually economical as I've saved myself another bus ticket into town. That's what I'm telling myself, anyway!

 Primark: Black skinny jeans, £9; Black patterned tights, £2.50; Red fleece throw, £3.

Dorothy Perkins: Butterfly wing ring, £4; Stones ring, £7.50. (DP currently have buy one, get one half price on everything and one of these rings must have been reduced as I only ended up paying £7 (or £6.30 with my NUS discount) altogether - and I got a third ring for my Bloggers' Secret Santee as well!)

Republic: Purple skinny jeans, £29.99 (£26.99 with student discount!)

 Select: Turquoise jumper dress, £14; Beauty UK Pearl Eyeliner in Shade 5, £3.49. (shown below)

Boots: Lime shower gel, £1; Collection 2000 Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Shade 02, Birdy Song, £1.99; L'Oreal Matte Morphose Foundation in Shade 110, £10.29. (The Boots goodies were paid for with my Advantage points so they don't really count, right!?)

L-R: Beauty UK Pearl Eyeliner 05;
Collection 2000 Soft Kohl Eyeliner 02.
And as I mentioned I also got a couple of bits and pieces for my Secret Santee which I won't be sharing, just in case ;)
Have you guys been treating yourselves lately? Hope you're all well!

xo

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Stolen Thunder

I noticed a banner for Stolen Thunder on Laura's blog, and given that I'm currently procrastinating in a major way (cleaning bathrooms>writing essays. Sad but true) I couldn't resist having a bit of a peek. Now I'm wishing I had resisted because I cannot afford all the lovely things I want.
HOWEVER, if you like Stolen Thunder on Facebook, you can sign up to their newsletter to receive a £10 voucher, and enter a competition to win £100 worth of goodies - sounds good to me!

Wooden Kite Necklace
Kite Necklace, £23
This necklace is just adorable and I can see it working well with a plain top or dress, I love it!
babushka face stud earrings
Babushka Earrings, £10
I'm also currently cursing my stretched ear piercings because how cute are these earrings!? 
Gold Rose Ring
Gold Rose Ring, £41
This ring would be perfect with a little black dress or something sequined for the party season.
Damn my student budget! Is there anything you guys have your eyes on at the moment? Please share and help make my need to win the lottery a little stronger!

xo

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sparkles

Last week I was at home for my reading week which featured a trip to Asda to take my Gran shopping. Actually this ended up involving me and my mum leaving her to it while we went and tried not to buy everything in George - they have some lovely stuff at the moment.
The task of not buying anything was made easier by the fact that what I wanted most - these shoes - they didn't have in my size. Much as I tried to squeeze my toes into a 7 (okay, yes, I have massive feet) it just wasn't happening. So now there is a beautiful-sparkly-shoe-shaped hole in my life.
Sparkle Peep Toe Shoe

In a fit of unprecedented organisation, I've actually started my Christmas shopping today - I've ordered a couple of books for my mum and brother off Amazon. I've had the genius idea of having everything delivered at home rather than in Sheffield, saving me carting a ton of presents back up with me in a month's time. Well, I thought it was a good idea! I've yet to get anything for my Bloggers' Secret Santee (still doubting that's an actual word but who cares!?) and am having minor crises over what to get my dad but other than that I'm feeling like things are going well so far...
Have you guys started Christmas shopping yet? If anyone says they've finished I'm going to hunt them down and make them teach me planning skills!

xo

Monday, 7 November 2011

Waffle. Sadly not the Belgian kind.

I still don't really have an awful lot to talk about so I'm sorry if this seems waffley and forced, but I'm trying to get back into the blogging habit as it's something I've really missed the last few weeks!
First of all, if you're taking part in the Blogger's Secret Santa organised by Rani at Cupcake Couture (I think I mentioned it a while ago and I've had the link in my sidebar for ages) then you've probably received an email telling you who your Santee (is that a word!?) is by now. I've had mine and I've got a few ideas, I'm really looking forward to picking some lovely things, making everything look pretty, and posting it off to hopefully put a smile on someone's face!
In other news, doing my weekly shop at Tesco this afternoon I happened to notice a lot of paperback fiction on two for £7.. I tried to resist, I really did, but somehow ended up treating myself to 'One Day' by David Nicholls and 'A Desirable Residence' by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham.
A Desirable Residence

I've heard a lot of good things about 'One Day' so I've been meaning to pick it up for a while. The Sophie Kinsella number was a bit of an impulse choice, I've only read a couple of her books and none of the popular Shopaholic series. I'll be honest, I was just interested to see if her style is any different writing as Madeleine Wickham than it is as Sophie. On a side note, I don't really get the point of using a pseudonym if you're then going to tell everyone who you actually are? Anyone enlighten me there?
Finally, Glamour magazine at the moment comes with a free nail polish from Nails Inc. in a choice of four shades, worth £11. I went for Basil Street, a pretty nude-y beige type colour, as I had something similar to the other shades, and I have to say I really like it and am wishing I could justify spending £11 on a nail polish... Not to worry eh? But I do highly recommend picking it up if you like the look of any of the shades.
Also, I have developed an addiction to Nature Valley crunchy granola bars, they are AMAZING.
Have any of you guys read these books, picked up one of the free shades with Glamour, or are you taking part in the Bloggers Secret Santa?

xo

Thursday, 3 November 2011

On Brains and Boredom

I'm a terrible blogger, it's true. I'm sorry.
Today's post is yet another 'I must do better' catch-up type post, this time inspired by an email off the lovely Leanne over at A Slice of my Life, telling me that I've won second prize in her 300 follower giveaway! This is basically the highlight of my week so far, I'm very excited! Congratulations again to Leanne on three hundred followers - epic achievement!
Currently I'm eating homemade sausage and vegetable stew (it's amazing) and procrastinating in a major way as I have a case study, five essays and a research proforma for my dissertation to be doing...
Nothing of consequence has happened since my last post, I mentioned I was going home for my best friend's 21st, which was a lovely night and I managed to catch up with some friends I haven't seen in a couple of years.
Last Saturday I went out for another friend's birthday with a Marvel/DC/Made In The 80s theme... I have the worst imagination you have ever encountered and eventually decided I would be Marty McFly (from Back To The Future). As you might have guessed, no-one had a clue who I was meant to be and I was thoroughly outshone by the birthday boy as Beast as well as some other amazing costumes. Despite my crappy costume, I had an awesome night out and took full advantage of the extra hour's drinking time!
Other than that, the last couple of weeks have mostly been made up of Uni, a ton of reading, trying to eat more healthily, running, going to the gym, and getting excited to go home next week - I'm seeing Imelda May in Manchester next Saturday, and going shopping beforehand with my best friend. Also will be seeing the family!
And today I got possibly the geekiest post anyone has ever received... 'The Human Brain Colouring Book' (seriously, it's amazing) and this bad boy:

I am literally loving my Neuropsychology module!
Anyway, hope you guys are well and your lives are a bit more exciting than mine is currently...

xo

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