Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Home Sweet Home

When I moved into my house six months ago I tried to make my room feel like home. I managed to put a few pictures on the wall and that was as far as I got. After my birthday I decided to use some of my money to buy myself some treats for my room to make it feel more like home.

I bought this banner from etsy for £12.20. Despite coming all the way from Germany, it arrived really quickly. I absolutely love it. For anyone who doesn't know, 'Valar Morghulis' is a phrase from Game of Thrones, it's High Valyrian and means 'all men must die'. Seeing as I'm an avid fan of the show and the books I couldn't resist this (although it was a close toss up between this and 'Treat Yo' Self').

A few weeks ago I posted about buying these lovely baby animal night lights from Lisa Angel. Keeping with the woodland theme I seem to have going on at the moment, I ordered this wonderful framed paper cut, also from etsy. It's hand cut and absolutely beautiful, and it came lovingly packaged with a friendly note. The lovely fox print was a birthday gift from my friend Helena, which she tells me was also from etsy, but I'm unsure of which shop. I love the way these all go together, and the fact that match with my fox and owl cushions I got for my birthday.

To finish it all off I finally bought some more command hooks so I could hang some pictures. They're those clever stick-on hooks that hold really well and come away easily without damaging the paint. I love them, they're fabulous. The two drawings are by a lovely friend of mine, Katherine. I bought them from her a while ago and I'm so pleased they're finally up. The photos are of my late Grandfather, and my old cat Jessie. The 'Bitches Get Stitches' cross stitch sampler is something I made a while ago. I need to make some more sassy samplers for my wall, I think!

I'm really happy with how my room is looking at the moment. It's not quite finished yet, but it definitely feels more like home.

Bryony :)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Bowling Fun

Last Thursday my Uncle came down to pick up my cousin who had been staying with my Grandma all week and we decided to all go bowling. The bowling alley in Bowthorpe near my Grandma's had a deal on Thursdays, three games for £6, not bad! So off we popped and we had a great time, though we were all pretty tired by the end of it. 

Got to love a bit of bowling chic! It turns out I'm much worse at bowling than I remember being, I barely scored better than my 11-year-old cousin! But it was good fun all the same and I did manage to get one strike! 

Bryony :)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Weekend Update

Just a little update about my weekend as I haven't had much to blog about recently. I went to Chelmsford to visit some family and watch my cousin in a dance show (she was great).

My cousin made me this lovely loom band bracelet, I have no idea how she did it, it's magic! 

On Sunday the weather was absolutely lovely (for the first half of the day anyway) so I found myself a little reading nook in the garden and spent hours getting stuck in to A Feast For Crows. 

On Monday we brought my cousin back to Norwich with us so we could look after her for the week, tonight I brought some ingredients round and we made some chocolate cupcakes.

Bryony :)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Look at all these comical booklets!

I couldn't resist a cheeky Simpson's quote for the title! A while ago I wrote a post about a comic called Lumberjanes that I'm really enjoying at the moment. Following that, a friend of mine suggested I take a look at her local (ish) comic book shop, Page 45's website as they have a feature where you can fill out a form and they'll email you with some recommendations. Sometime last week I finally remembered to fill out the form, they ask you about comics you enjoy as well as books, TV shows, films, and so on, and base their recommendations on your answers. I got a response really quickly brimming with recommendations for a range of things, all of which I was excited to try. I placed an order via their website and within a few days my parcel arrived!

The Wicked + The Divine was recommended for the kick-ass female characters (of which there are plenty). Having read the first issue, I'm itching for more. It has everything; goddesses, pop music and intrigue. I can't wait to see what happens in the next issue.

These three mini stories by Becky Cloonan were recommended because I mentioned my love for Game of Thrones. These definitely have a Thrones-esque feel to them. They are beautifully drawn and the stories themselves are just wonderful. It's hard to choose a favourite, but I think Demeter stood out to me as I loved the ocean theme. It's amazing how invested I got with the characters in such short stories, I found myself genuinely feeling for all of them.

They also recommended I take a look at the work of John Allison, which is my next port of call when I get paid, as well as Bryan K. Vaughan's 'Saga'. James actually already has 'Saga' so I will be borrowing from him shortly. I really can't recommend Page 45 enough, they're really friendly and they know what they're talking about. I'm hoping I'll be able to visit Nottingham again soon and when I do I'll definitely be making a trip to the shop.

Bryony :)

Sunday, 13 July 2014


Yesterday I went in search of a bodycon midi dress, despite seeing millions of them early in the year apparently I'm late to the party because they were few and far between. 

However I did find this lovely patterned dress in Miss Selfridge for £25. It's a really light, stretchy material that's so comfortable and easy to wear on a hot day. I love the neckline too, it's really flattering and something a little different.

I teamed it with a triangle statement necklace I bought from Primark for £3. They also had it in black. I'm really loving triangular necklaces at the moment, I think they look great with everything! Later when it got cooler I added a denim jacket to the mix. Such an effortlessly simple summer look.

Bryony :)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Treat Yo' Self!

There's a lovely local shop in Norwich called Lisa Angel that sells the most adorable jewellery and homeware. I've been eyeing up their stock for a long time and decided to treat myself with some of the money I received for my birthday. My package arrived today (packed by my lovely friend Phoebe who is currently temping there).

I ordered this beautiful little necklace, which arrived in a cute paper pouch. I've wanted a delicate necklace for a long time and this just seemed perfect. Anyone who knows me knows I love anything with my name on (due to the childhood torture of never being able to find any pens etc. with 'Bryony' on) or the letter B. It is the best letter after all. It's exactly what I wanted.

I also ordered these adorable children's night lights (so what if they're meant for kids?) for an absolute bargain price of £4.50 each! They are just so cute, I can't get over it.

I got 5% off my order just by signing up to their newsletter, which is a pretty sweet deal. They've also currently got a sale on at the moment so go grab a bargain!

Bryony :)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

New Tattoo

Thought I'd show off my new tattoo. It was done by the lovely Hollie West at Indigo, Norwich. She's been doing a range of 'chubbas' lately - little chubby girls in a variety of settings - and I totally love them so I had to get one done. I've been to Hollie for a couple of my tattoos now and she's always so chatty and friendly, it's great fun getting tattooed by her. 

Isn't she adorable? I especially love how the frog has little kissy lips too, so cute! 

I'm absolutely in love with her. If you're near Norwich, definitely check Hollie out. She has some great designs. I'm sure I'll be returning to her soon!

Bryony :)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Breakfast at House Cafe

Today is payday for James and I, which also coincided with our first chance to have a lie in as we've both been working early shifts the last few days. I thought it'd be nice to treat ourselves to a big breakfast. 

I've heard good things about the breakfasts at House Cafe on St Benedict's Street and I'd been there before for a cup of tea, it has a lovely atmosphere, so I suggested we went there. 

We ended up with this mound of food! I had the veggie breakfast (without tomatoes, mushrooms or beans because I'm fussy) and James had the big breakfast. Neither of us managed to finish our plates as there was just so much!

The staff are absolutely lovely and they have some amazing looking cakes on offer too. Plus they do vegan/gluten free breakfast options, as well as loads of other sandwiches and soups. I want to go back and have their pancakes soon as they look awesome!

Seems like I'm slowly turning into a restaurant review blog! Any recommendations for other independent caf├ęs are always appreciated too.

Bryony :)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

2014 Reading Challenge

One of my resolutions at the beginning of the year was to read 12 books in 2014. I set myself the same challenge in 2013 but only managed to read six books, partly due to the fact I avoided reading a book I wasn't enjoying for a good five months but was too stubborn to just give up on it and move on to something more interesting. The challenge is going much better this year, so far I've read five books so I'm a little behind, but I'm sure I'll catch up. I want to talk a little about the books I've read so far.

I've grouped these three together as they're part of the same series, although I didn't read them one after the other. I currently have a system whereby I read one book from the series, then a different book, then the next in the series in order to space them out a little (and make them last longer).

I started reading the books after watching Series 1-3 of Game of Thrones last year. I'd been told the books were amazing and after watching the show I wanted more. The books do not disappoint. It was a little strange reading them at first as I already knew what was going to happen a lot of the time, however as you go on there are more and more differences, and the books give you so much more detail and back story than the TV show.

Having finished A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold before the end of series 4, I was ahead of the TV series and all I can say is MY MIND IS BLOWN. I am beyond excited to start the next book. I really can't recommend these books enough, they may seem daunting as they're fairly chunky and there are so many of them but they are well worth it and you'll find yourself struggling to put them down.

 I read this in a week, I just couldn't put it down. It's such a great story, you really get invested in the characters. For me, it was stunning to realise just how bad things were in those days. Obviously I knew a little about what it was like, but this book just really brought it home. I felt like this book captured life really well, there were bits that made my heart break and bits that made me laugh out loud. I haven't seen the film yet but I really want to after reading this.

 I don't know if I mentioned it on this blog but over the past year I've been studying Psychology with the Open University. Naturally my course touched on Stanley Milgram's work (the infamous obedience experiments). I found his work really interesting so I decided I'd like to read his biography. It was a really interesting read, it delved into his other lesser known work (I had no idea his work is what inspired the phrase 'six degrees of separation') as well as his personal life. Though there is a lot of criticism surrounding his work, I do think he was an interesting man and I really enjoyed reading this.

 I'm currently reading this, I've nearly finished. I've always been fascinated by tales of witches being burned at the stake so I thought this would be an interesting read, especially as a great deal of it talks about my home county, Norfolk. It's fascinating to learn the truth about witch hunting, and this book discusses the general feelings of the population at the time which lead to these horrendous witch hunts. It turns out that very few 'witches' were burned, or tested in water, most were hanged. The book can be a little repetitive in places but overall I've found it really interesting, I'd recommend if you're interested in witches and witch hunting.

Those are the six books I've read/am reading currently. I'll write another post later in the year with the last six books of my challenge (hopefully!). If you're doing a reading challenge, I'd love to know how you're getting on. Also book recommendations are always welcome!

Bryony :)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Where There's Tea There's Hope

I love tea. Not just your classic English Breakfast tea, either. I love all kinds of tea. I firmly believe that a cup of tea makes everything better (and if it doesn't, then it's a very serious problem). It can be quite hard to find good herbal teas, though. A lot of them smell amazing yet taste like watered down dust.

Green tea is another thing I just can't get into. I've tried it again and again, hoping I'd fall in love with it seeing as it's so good for you. But it always tastes like a farm to me. I can't stand it. So when I saw Mango & Lychee Green Tea in my local supermarket I thought I'd give it a go.

I loved it! The mango and lychee flavours work so well together and they mask the taste of the green tea just enough to make it drinkable without completely overpowering it. The flavours added a little sweetness, too. If you're like me and you don't like green tea, definitely try this. 

I also picked up a packet of Cranberry & Blood Orange tea. I really like their Mango & Strawberry tea as it's got a lovely strong flavour so I thought I'd give this a go as I absolutely love blood orange. I wasn't disappointed, this is another great herbal tea, really fruity and full of flavour. Perfect for summer.

If you have any tea recommendations for me please let me know, you can never have too much good tea!

Bryony :)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Brunch at No. 33

The morning (well, I say morning, I mean early afternoon) after my birthday night out I had my heart set on indulging in some american pancakes. James took me to No. 33 on Exchange Street as they serve pancakes all day. We've been before and I loved it so I was more than happy to go back.

It's a lovely little place tucked down Norwich lanes, it's always busy and the food is amazing. They have a wide range of cakes to choose from if you just want tea and cake (including gluten free options) and they also do breakfast all day as well as a lunch menu.

I ordered a pot of tea and of course, some american pancakes with maple syrup and fruit. When the tea arrived I fell in love with the tiny little milk bottle they give you with it, I want to buy loads for my house!

Isn't that just adorable? Then my pancakes arrived and I wasn't disappointed! You get a huge plate topped with loads of delicious fresh fruit. I couldn't finish it all, even though I wanted to.

Doesn't that look delicious? If you live in Norwich and you've never visited this place, you need to! If you don't live in Norwich, should you ever visit, definitely take the time to stop in. You won't regret it.

Bryony :)