Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Pink princess

Pink and sparkley nails are just beautiful. I feel like a Disney princess or something. Unfortunately the baby pink nail varnish is  made by studio London, so the quality is rather crappy in all honesty. It took 3 coats to get to this colour, it was really quite streaky and it chipped really badly within two days. The glitter is from no7 and absolutely beautiful... Just a pain to get off! 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Beached quail

I went for a jokey title for a little laugh. Do you ever find post titles are difficult to decide on?! 

In reality, we just bought some quail eggs! I'm really excited to try anything new, as I think there are so many things out there that you could end up loving if you just gave it a chance. Quail eggs was certainly one of them. They are dinky and really quite beautiful. 

We shared them with Michaels dad, and ended up with 4 each. I chose to have two fried and two boiled. Both ways were delicious (fry til white and not snotty, boil for two minutes) and I wouldn't hesitate to have them again. I like that the white to yolk ratio was more equal than with a chickens egg. 

On that note, my sister has chickens now! And I also can't wait to try out her home grown eggs. Further to that, we have a little farm up the road that sells duck and goose eggs which I'd also like to sample... Have you ever tried any of them? What did you think? Would you try them? 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

where for art thou, perfect blazer?

I have been looking for a blazer for years, and that's not even an exaggeration. I just want a simple, plain, black blazer that looks better undone that needing to be done up. is that so hard to find? Yes. I try on every blazer I see, and they are just not the ones. I want a blazer to wear with everything; dresses, trousers, jeans, leggings. I'm looking for something that fits like this

so it can obviously be found. all these lucky ladies found theirs! am I just the wrong shape?! I will not give up my search, so watch this space. 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

So what's happened since we last spoke?

I think this should be a regular feature, probably for a Monday in reality. And for those of you who listen to Greg James on radio one please ignore the familiarity.

-Since my absence, my sister has given birth to a beautiful baby boy name Isaac Charles Peter. Isaac's sister Isabelle is now 18 months so Natalie certainly has her hands full! 

-I have gained more confidence in my job, and I think I've found my feet a bit more. I had my three month review and had feedback that I'm doing well. 

-We had Mother's Day, and I got my mum a little plant and a plant pot :)

-Michael and I went to Bournemouth for a couple of days away, we went to their sealife centre and on the pier. 

-I've become well and truly addicted to a particular brand of hummus

-The flat finally has internet! 

-Michael finally moved out of his room on camp, so it's definitely official that we've moved in together 

-I've got my highest score in bejewelled blitz 

And that's about it really, what have I kissed with you guys? Please update me I'm very interested! Xx

Since when did being an adult become such hard work?

I know you're going to look at me and think, really? are you so young you didn't know?

But life after uni is really hard. After uni you aren't an independent learner who can spend all of their time sitting comfortably whilst reading academic articles with a cup of something nice and pondering you thoughts on them. You can't leisurely write down your ideas and formulate a coherent essay. You don't get time to yourself. Your time now equals money, and that's what it comes down to. 

I come home from work every day and I'm drained. Every minute of every day I'm questioning information, analysing conversations, making decisions, assessing risk. It never stops, and you never really get a break. And that is just exhausting. 

So is that what being an adult is about? Your job taking everything you've got, and in return you get a healthy pay packet? I have to say, I didn't see that one coming. I've been lucky enough to enjoy every job I've had, and I haven't felt exhausted, I've felt motivated. But the reality that the career path I chose will exhaust me everyday is slightly daunting. Do these things become more managable, or do the tasks and concerns or questions just vary when you start to develop a different way of analysing them? 

Being an adult sucks, and I'd like to go back to being an academic now please. 


Ps. Sorry for the absence. I haven't felt like doing anything when I come in from work these days, there's a lot going on over here :) 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

up, down, jump around


Before this blog post I always wore my hair down with this dress. I can't remember what else I was doing, but my hair was bothering me and I tied it up. I got back to taking pictures and actually preferred it with my hair up.  I bought these leggings by accident, they were in a sealed pack and I thought they were going to be black, unfortunately not. Now they're sold out and I can't get black ones, and I don't know if I hate them too much and need to return them all together or if I can deal with it. They definitely don't go with my brown boots is my only clear issue, as I like dresses and boots. Can you help a sister out?? 

Oh and you can probably tell but this is the dress that is the same cut/shape as the purple one I had too many issues with!