Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Trip to London + Wicked!

As part of James' birthday present I organised a two day trip to London to see Wicked and be tourists. I was really excited as I've never seen a show in London before and I've always wanted to see Wicked.

We arrived at about 1.30 on Monday and headed straight to our hotel in Wembley to check in and drop off some things. Naturally I couldn't resist taking a hotel selfie. 

We then headed out to Forbidden Planet, James' favourite place in London. We spent ages looking at all the cool stuff, I managed to find issue #2 of Bodies, which I've been trying to get for ages but our local comic book shop didn't seem to have it in. I could've spent a fortune in there, there was so much awesome looking stuff. We then headed to Five Guys as I was desperate to try some raspberry coke and spicy peanut fries. They didn't disappoint! 

Then it was time to head over to the Apollo Victoria Theatre for the show. We actually decided to walk from Five Guys instead of getting the tube and we ended up walking right past Buckingham Palace which was pretty cool. We made it just in time for the show and it was absolutely amazing! I loved every second. 

Afterwards we headed back to our hotel and had some drinks before getting an early-ish night. In the morning we headed straight for the Natural History Museum. I loved the dinosaur exhibit but there were so many school parties that it was difficult to really enjoy. My favourite part was the mammal exhibit, seeing just how enormous a blue whale is was breathtaking. I felt so small.

We popped into the Science Museum briefly too, but the one bit I wanted to see is no longer there sadly. We then wandered around Camden Market (and had a gander at the new Amy Winehouse statue) before making our way to Soho so I could visit the Hummingbird Bakery. No trip to London is complete without a cake from there! 

Afterwards we went to Forbidden Planet again. James treated me to a few things because he's lovely. I ended up with quite a nice haul! 

I had a great time and there's still so much I want to see in London, but I don't think I could've handled another day. Trips to London always remind me how much I love Norwich. It's so much quieter.

Bryony :)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Seven Things Sunday #008

I'm a day late with this again, I don't really have an excuse this time aside from sheer laziness. But better late than never, right? This has been a fantastic week, and here is what has made me happy.

1. James joined the gym and we went together on Monday, which I really enjoyed. We ran together for a bit and then he went off to do his own thing while I carried on running. Sadly we didn't make it again but seeing as it was a busy week I don't really mind. Hopefully we'll do better this week.

2. My brother and I went round my mum's for dinner on Tuesday. It was really nice to see them both and I love hanging out with my brother. My mum took us to the supermarket with her and we played a game trying to sneak stuff into her basket without her noticing. 

3. Reading comics with James on Wednesday is always a highlight for me. This week was another instalment of The Wicked + The Divine, which I can't recommend enough.

4. Thursday was James' 30th birthday. He loved my presents which made me very happy, we got to have lunch with his mum (who is awesome), I treated him to some very tasty tapas at T.G.I.Friday's and then we went bowling with some friends and out for drinks. A really great day. 

5. Friday we went to visit my Grandma and spent some time with the kittens, they are so lovely I wish I could keep them all. 

6. Saturday we went for a wander down Magdalen Street, we looked in Loose's and the Oxfam charity shop. I found these amazing cat teapots, I already had one that we found a few months ago and couldn't resist buying two more for the bargain price of 99p each. So apparently I'm a cat teapot collector now!

7. Sunday was spent lazing around reading while James played Dark Souls II. I also got to eat curly fries which is one of my favourite things to do. Curly fries forever. 

I hope you've all had good weeks, and if you haven't I hope this next week is better for you. 

Bryony :)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Kitten Update!

James and I popped round to my Grandma's yesterday to visit the kittens again. They're finally out of the barn and are moving around a lot more, so we got to hold them and play with them more. They're absolutely beautiful.

This cherub is my favourite, Webster. He's the only boy and he's the first one I saw and stroked when they were two and a half weeks old. He really likes my hair and always gets stuck in it, I ended up with a kitten hat.

Then we have Dusty, who my Grandma likes to call Sprog. She is absolutely beautiful but she doesn't have defined stripes like Webster.

Here's Dusty and Webster making a break for it out of the conservatory!

Finally we have Spider, who is the only one with a definite home at the moment. I'm really pleased to know her new owners are going to keep the name Spider!

Of course I couldn't leave without getting a cuddle from all three of them at once.

And finally, a photo of them all feeding. They look so cute all lined up, and it's adorable watching them all drift off whilst suckling!

Bryony :)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Seven Things Sunday #007

I might have to stop writing these 'Seven Things Sunday' posts as it's starting to get frightening how quickly each week passes by! Here's the seven things that made me happy this week.

1. I finished my final Spanish assignment, which means I have completed the OU module and am now just waiting for my results. I'm fairly confident that I've done ok, but I hope I get a distinction like I did with my Psychology module.

2. My dad drove me out to the coat and bought me fish and chips. We took his dog Molly for a walk, it's always lovely to spend some time with them (she is crazy).

3. Wednesday was comic book day and James treated me to Parts 1 & 2 of The Death of Wolverine. I'm kind of heartbroken because Wolverine is one of my favourite characters but the comics are amazing, and I'm sure he won't stay dead for long. You know what comics are like.

4. Thursday was bittersweet. I got to see a friend of mine who I haven't seen in ages, but while we were having coffee she got some really bad news which meant she had to leave. It was still nice to see her though.

5. Thursday evening I got to spend some time with another friend I haven't seen in a while. We went to see Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. It was amazing, Frank Turner seems like an awesome, genuine guy and his music is brilliant. I had a great time.

6. On Friday James and I went to House on St. Benedict's for one of their amazing veggie breakfasts. After we wandered down Magdalen Street and perused some charity shops before stopping off at the Playhouse to read and have a drink. Perfect day.

7. James has been playing a lot of Dark Souls this week, which at first I hated but now I'm quite enjoying as it gives me time to sit and read without any distractions. 

Bryony :)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Lazy Girl's Make-Up Must Haves

I have never, nor will I ever claim to be any good at make-up. Most days I don't bother wearing it at all. When I do wear it, it's often just a lick of mascara. As much as I'd love to be a make-up goddess, I'm far too lazy. However, I often get complimented on my make-up when I do wear it, so I thought I'd share my favourite products for any other girls like me.

As you can see from the photo, these are all well loved products! Some of them are rather worn, and my eyebrow pencil is missing a lid. So believe me when I tell you that these truly are my go-to products.

This is probably the most expensive beauty product I own, but it's well worth the £21 price tag. For starters, it lasts a long time, so it's good value for money in that sense. But also because it actually does what it claims to. It covers up redness, it blends really well even with pale skin (something I know a lot of my pale skinned friends have struggled to find with BB creams), it moisturises and protects your skin from the sun. It's lighter than wearing foundation but still gives enough coverage that I haven't used foundation since I started using this. It's not great for covering up particularly prominent spots, for that you may need extra concealer or foundation, but for overall light coverage it's amazing. It completely evens out my skintone and makes me feel like my skin is glowing. I really can't recommend this enough.

 I LOVE this mascara. I decided to try this after I'd splurged on a Benefit They're Real mascara and found myself rather underwhelmed by it. I scoured the Boots website, looking at reviews and decided to give this a go. It's under £7, so I didn't have much to lose. I'm so glad I tried it because I wouldn't want any other mascara now, the only downside is that it doesn't seem to last quite as long as I'd like but seeing as it's only £7 it lasts long enough.

This costs a little more than what I would usually pay for an eyebrow pencil, as it's £10, but again this is really worth the price tag. I'm fairly new to filling in brows and this product makes it so easy. You use the fine line end to draw the shape you want your brows, and then fill them in with the pencil end. I get so many compliments when I've used this, people have even asked if I'd had my brows professionally shaped. Definitely worth the extra money, and it lasts for a decent amount of time too.

I don't often wear liquid eyeliner, but when I do this is my favourite. I've tried gel liners, I've tried the ones that are like pens... this is the only eyeliner I am actually capable of using well. Even then I'm pretty sketchy with it, but that's down to my terrible shaky hands. This stuff is cheap (usually around £3 or less, I believe) it lasts ages and you can draw lovely clear, straight lines with it. Even with terrible shaky hands.

Hopefully this has been of some use to someone, and if any of you have any great basic make-up suggestions for me I'd love to hear them.

Bryony :)

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Seven Things Sunday #006

I can't believe another week has flown by. This week has been really good, I'm excited to talk about the many things that have made me happy this week. I may struggle to narrow it down to seven things!

1. Watching Jumanji was lovely, Robin Williams was a huge part of my childhood and it was great to rewatch something I watched as a kid. Definitely need to watch Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook and Flubber.

2. James and I went to visit the kittens at my Grandma's again. They're still so teeny tiny! We managed to get them out and give them a proper cuddle this time. We've named them all (Webster, Dusty and Spider) and we've taken a real shine to Webster. He got stuck in my hair!

3. I've really enjoyed making coffee this week. I spend most of my time at work making coffee, but this week I've gotten back into enjoying latte art. Here's a mocha I made for a friend.

4. Had a lovely afternoon reading at the Playhouse with James. I really enjoy the fact that we will often go somewhere and sit and read together.

5. Went to see West Side Story with James and his parents. I've never seen it before, and if I'm being honest I can't say it's now one of my favourite musicals or anything, but the dancing/singing was absolutely fantastic. I'm really glad I got to go, plus it was nice to get a bit dressed up and do something a little different with James.

6. James and I finished our Friends marathon. Two and a half months after he bought me the box set, we have officially watched every single episode! One of my life goals is now complete!

7. I got to catch up with my lovely friend Charlotte, who I haven't seen in a while. It's always lovely to see her. I was also a bit naughty, seeing as I'm not meant to be spending any money, and couldn't resist buying this amazing Game of Thrones t-shirt.

Aw yiss. Hope you've all had excellent weeks!

Bryony :)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe

I love combining two of my favourite things; cupcakes and cheesecake. These cupcakes are a great combination, sharp raspberries baked into sweet vanilla sponge, topped with light cream cheese frosting and crumbled digestive biscuits for a little crunch. What more could you want? 

For the cupcakes:
100g unsalted butter (room temperature)
170g caster sugar
2 eggs
270g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
150ml milk
1 tsp baking powder
200g raspberries

For the icing:
100g cream cheese
80g unsalted butter (room temperature)
300g icing sugar

And a few crumbled up digestive biscuits

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases. 

Mix the butter and caster sugar together until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined, careful not to overmix.

Sift half the flour into the mixture and fold in. Combine the milk and vanilla essence, then add to the mixture and stir until well mixed. Sift the remainder of the flour in to the mixture and fold in. 

Stir in the baking powder. Leaving some raspberries to the side for decoration, stir in the raspberries. Spoon into the muffin tin and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes or until golden on top and springy to the touch. 

Put the butter, cream cheese and half the icing sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add the remainder of the icing sugar in small batches. If the icing is too runny for your taste, keeping adding icing sugar as desired. 

Once the cupcakes are cool, ice them with the cream cheese icing. Crumble some digestive biscuit on top and finish with a raspberry. Beautiful! 

Bryony :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Seven Things Sunday #005

Ok, so I'm a day late with this. I fell asleep watching Friends with James (that seems to be our thing at the moment). Anyway, this has been a pretty good week. So what's made me happy?

1. Spending some time with my dad and his dog, Molly. She's so friendly and happy it's always lovely to see her, we took her for a walk around Catton Park, she makes me laugh so much.

2. I got to meet my Grandma's cat's kittens. They're only 3 weeks old and as she had them tucked away in the barn they hadn't been handled yet. I managed to get to them and stroke them a little bit, they're so cute! The picture is a little blurry as it was dark but look at how cute! 

3. James and I made a really tasty sweet potato and chickpea curry. I love cooking with him.

4. After a week's delay I got issue #5 of Lumberjanes. I can't stress enough how much I love this comic. There's supernatural beings, and normal girls fighting them off with friendship bracelets and hair bands. Plus a healthy dose of comedy.

5. James bought cheese and crackers, as well as chocolate fingers to cheer me up. He really is the best. 

6. Playing backgammon with Rod after not seeing him for ages, and him talking everything up. Like saying "I just can't roll any ones" and rolling double ones, then later as he was about to win saying "If you rolled a double now, you'd win" and then I rolled double fives! He wasn't impressed.

7. I did some baking! I haven't baked in a while so it was nice. I forgot to take proper photos which is a shame but I will be posting the recipe anyway. 

Bryony :)