In Other News: Dancing Shoes and Topsham Burgers

Friday, 21 November 2014

Well I’m going to debrief you on last weekend as this week has been most uneventful although productive as I’ve got a lot of uni work done...but we’ll gloss over that unless you want to hear all about mythologizing love and freedom in Spanish theatre?

In the Kitchen: Candy Bar Cookie Bars

Thursday, 20 November 2014

I did a spot of baking yesterday for the Footlights bake sale today. Now baking isn't something I'd claim to be good at, I'm definitely more of a savoury girl but I can just about follow a recipe. There was no doubt about it, in my dashing polka dot pinny I was ready for action. 

Working in the Wardrobe: The Workshop

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

So as some of you may or may not be aware I’ve somehow managed to get a position as costume assistant for ‘Evita’ produced by Footlights our musical theatre society. I enjoyed school performances and fashion shows but I’ve never been on the production side of things and I am ridiculously excited. The production meetings have given me such an insight into what all the different production sub-teams are up to and I have been hankering to get into my own role. Costume finally got our teeth stuck into things this week when we had the chance to rummage through costumes from previous shows.

In Other News: The Adventure Ball and the 48 Hour Musical

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Last weekend was so much fun. I went to the Adventure Ball which basically involved a group of us in black tie at a children’s adventure park. But there were no children and there was a bar. On Sunday night I caught Footlights’ 48 Hour Musical ‘My Father’s Son’ which was absolutely hilarious. Since then I haven’t been up to too much getting my head down and trying to write although I’ve had a serious case of writer’s block.

Wandering: Paris

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

I’m going to take you back a little bit to the beginning of September. I wasn’t really blogging back then but I feel like I should fill you in slightly. George and I took a trip to Paris.

The Liebster Award

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

First off thank you so much to Ariana for nominating me. I'd totally recommend her blog it's fab. And thank you everyone who reads my blog because I know I'm still getting into it so I really appreciate you popping by!

The Rules:
1. Thank the blog that nominated you, follow them if you'd like, and link them.
2. Post eleven facts about yourself.
3. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you and then create an eleven question set for the next group of nominees.
4. Choose five to eleven people to nominate and link them on the post.
5. Let your nominees know they've been tagged - and no tag backs!
6. Nominate blogs with under 200 followers.

Here goes...

5 Perks: Lemon Water

Sunday, 9 November 2014

I started drinking lemon water mainly because I'm trying to calm down my caffeine intake. I'm a religious coffee drinker, americanos, lattes, skinny, hazelnut, CHAI, anything but decaff. In a bid to ween myself off my 'addiction' and an attempt to start the day a bit more healthily I've switched my morning black, one sugar for a hot water and lemon. It's only since then I've looked into why it really is so good for you and here are a few perks I thought were interesting.

Boudoir-ing on a Budget

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Now that I am living in a house I get ridiculously over excited about homeware. I invested in an iron-woven, heart shaped fruit bowl and whilst no one else seemed to be very enthusiastic about my purchase I see it as the piece de resistance of our kitchen. I think my hot pink bath mat is probably over looked too but it's without a doubt these little touches that make a room.

Sorry I am the Worst Blogger Ever (and Other News)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Okay I know I have been the absolute worst blogger in the world. I have no excuse but I am sorry and I promise I’m back now I have drawn up a plan and everything and I am ready to blog. I’m in my second year of uni now and I’m being all mature and organised, I even iron (sometimes) and regularly borrow library books and enjoy alcohol without getting drunk. I know I’m getting old.

Being a tourist at York Minster

The Superfood Bandwagon

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

I’ve never been a health kick kind of girl but I eat my greens and enjoy the odd jog. Saying that I will always cave in a millisecond for cheesy chips and my caffeine and alcohol intake is definitely questionable.

 My family and I agreed a few weeks ago that we’d try and improve our eating habits. I honestly believe that eating well and getting in some exercise improves your mood and general outlook on yourself and life. Don’t tell me I’m being all cliché, it’s totally true!

Nearly a month into the avocado and blueberry supermarket sprees and, actually, it’s going okay. Under the influence of Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book (would totally recommend) Lydia requested quinoa and today we finally gave it a whirl.

Quinoa is deemed a ‘superfood’, high in protein and fibre. It’s similar to rice or couscous making it crazy versatile. We kept it simple; fried some tomatoes and green beans in garlic and olive oil, then added a bit of chorizo and halloumi cheese. The quinoa is left in boiling water for about fifteen minutes, throw it all together and voila! It’s that easy and, even if I do say so myself pretty tasty. If any of you have recipe suggestions let me know I’d love to try some of your favourites!

Sun, Sea and Staying Stylish

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Beach season is upon us. Sun, sand, sea and, well, where does fashion fit? There are waves of tropical costumes and fifties-esque bikinis but what are you wearing with them? Nothing, sure, but what about when you go for that glass of sangria? Because we all know that one glass will turn into two and before you know it you’re shotting tequila with someone named Esteban or Javier and that's when you start to wonder whether you can still twerk up on that bar…maybe that last shot was a mistake. You can’t just pull on a hoody, and those flip flops are about six years old now. No, try taking your kimono to the beach this year to instantly chic up your beachwear and how about you don some flatforms to flirt at the beach bar? Steady on the sangria.

1.  Essie Nail Polish – Boots – £7.99
2. Ted Baker Maxi Cover Up Dress – ASOS – £89.00
3. Pink Longline Bikini Top – Topshop – £15.00
4. ASOS Stripe Maxi Dress – ASOS – £19.00
5.      Bright Stone Flower Collar – MissSelfridge – £14.50
6. HOTBED Footbed Sandals – Topshop – £26.00
7. Pink High Waist Bikini Pants – Topshop – £10.00
8.  Benitta Cream Mirrored Sunglasses – Missguided – £5.99
9. Venus Chiffon Kimono – Boohoo – £15.00

In Other News

Saturday, 12 April 2014

I thought I'd just show you what I've been up to with a collage of some of my Instagram pictures from the last week. As you can see it's involved a lot of food. I've absolutely been making the most of being home with a full fridge, it's amazing how exciting empanadas are when your one food splurge at uni is opting for Lurpack butter over the supermarket's own brand. I've been seriously tucking into mum's cooking, she is a wonderful cook and I requested a month before I even got home that we have paella. I've also been out for breakfast with the girls and it was fab to gossip over pancakes and cappuccinos. I then went out in town the day after, oh how I had missed throwing shapes all over Rock's dance floor. I've done some shopping and had a haircut - the fringe is back. Also, shout out to my sis as it was National Sibling Day yesterday. I uploaded a cute video to Instagram of us dancing around as kids.

I've got just as much planned for the week coming. I've dubbed today my fake birthday as I'll be back at uni on the actual day, so a couple of uni friends are staying and after Prosecco and birthday cake tonight a group of us are hitting Leeds.

Hope you're all having a fabulous Easter. Let me know any exciting news!

The Little Denim Dress

Friday, 11 April 2014

I often find when I go shopping with little hope/intention of buying I stumble across my greatest finds. My mum and I bobbed into town this afternoon and browsing in Topshop I found this cute denim dress. I'd been considering a denim piece and had seen a few dresses and dungarees but wasn't completely enamored until I tried this on today and didn't ever want to take it off. The material and shape are super comfy and I'm honestly a sucker for a dress with pockets (men seem to be very pocket-lucky but what about us women with all our lipsticks, keys with a commemorative key-ring for every holiday we've ever been on, not forgetting all of those bobby-pins that we thought we'd lost and, the kitchen sink). What I love above all is the versatility of dresses like this. You can accessorise with practically any colour meaning every wear is different. Here I've kept it simple wearing my Next tan heeled platforms and favourite Betsey Johnson sunglasses but I know I can play with it all summer. The LDD has to be the LBD of summer day dresses.

MOTO Denim Dress - Topshop - £38
High Front Tan Sandals - Next - £40 
Cat Eye Sunglasses - Betsey Johnson

Spring Fling

Sunday, 6 April 2014

It's that time of year when I'm usually moaning about having to put away my burgundy knits and Doc Martens. Whilst everyone is running towards ice cream vans for a 99 (don't be stingy on the sprinkles) I miss the days of roaring fires and faux fur. This year, however, I have fallen head over heels for pastels and find myself wanting to suddenly scatter flowers in my hair and go for picnics. These are some of my current favourite pieces. I love mixing minimalist, block pastels with a dash of floral, accessorised with some cute sunglasses. What's your Spring fling?

1. Frayed Structured Jacket - Zara - £49.99
2. Rose Bud Wire Hair Clip - New Look - £3.99
3. Pencil Skirt in Tropical Print - ASOS - £18.00
4. Pink Cropped Shirt - Miss Selfridge - £27.00
5. Quay Charlie Sunglasses - ASOS - £25.00
6. Plated Holdall Bag - Topshop - £40.00
7. Floral Print Structured Mini Skirt - River Island - £25.00
8. Rainbow Gladiator Sandals - Topshop - £65.00
9. White Joni Jeans - Topshop -£36.00

Back up North

Thursday, 3 April 2014

After submitting all of my coursework, spending a much deserved day at the pub, which of course included curly fries, several rounds of Ring of Fire and Presidency followed by Mosaic’s Beats and Bass night, my last ever hungover first year lecture and Chilli and Lime Chicken pizza at Firehouse with a toffee cider I was ready to make the journey back up north. My Gossip Girl box set managed to keep me entertained for the majority of my five hour train ride and as I approached Wakefield I began to get overly giddy at the prospect of being surrounded by Yorkshire accents. Apparently my accent had developed a southern twang but I think now my accent has readjusted and I’m slowly getting used to the Antarctic conditions up here.

Post-pub walk on campus last week
I spent the whole of Mother’s Day with my mum visiting family. One of my cousins has just had a beautiful baby girl so I got to meet her and I also saw my Grandma who’s sweet as pie and is still bursting into song at random intervals. Sunday evening was spent taking selfies in bed with my mum and sister, Lyd. Dad then cooked, i.e. went out and got a Chinese takeaway, and George recently bought us matching chopsticks so I tried mine out – yes, we are one of those couples that have things like matching chopsticks. It was so lovely to just be with my family and chill out. We watched The Butler which I would definitely recommend especially if, like me, you’re a sucker for a good historical feature.

I caught up with my best friend Lucie, we had lunch on Monday and she stayed here last night. It is insanely good to be back with her. I also saw my cousin Emerald and Little O (her baby Oscar) which was a cute, and actually slightly emotional afternoon. Em has asked me and Lyd to be bridesmaids at her wedding and we are all so excited it’s unreal. We spent the whole afternoon gushing about dresses and flowers. I’m just so happy for her and being able to celebrate with her as a bridesmaid is absolutely the cherry on top.

Nothing beats Mum's baking
That was just a quick catch up but seeing as I’m currently procrastinating from revision I’ll try and get into the swing of this blog thing, I promise!

Harri's Diary

Friday, 21 March 2014

Sorry for not posting for a couple of weeks I’ve been super busy! I suddenly have so much work to do and I can’t wait to go home next week and chill out with some of mum’s top cooking.

I went to Bristol last weekend and had a fab time as usual. Bristol is a great place and bigger than Exeter so it’s always fun to get away. George and his mate Freddie DJ’d at Motion on Friday. The night started with me and Laura, one of G’s flatmates, vodka and coke and drinking games which was obviously hilarious. Motion itself is really cool, I’d totally recommend it if you’re ever in Bristol. I’d never seen George DJ before and I was actually so proud because I know it’s something he really loves and he’s so good at it. It was just a fun night and I loved getting the chance to see George and he bought us cheesy chips which is absolutely the only way to end any night out.

I stayed in bed for almost the entirety of Saturday and George made us bacon sandwiches and cups of tea. It was a really nice chilled day and then we finally ventured out on Sunday afternoon to go for a walk around the Downs. Spring is definitely here it’s actually sunglasses weather which makes me crazy happy. We went for tea at Gourmet Burger Kitchen and I had a bacon and cheese beef burger which was heaven and George got The Don which looked equally worldy.

On Monday George came down to Exeter and we went to see Bombay Bicycle Club with a couple of my friends, Alex and Em. Bombay are hands down amazing live. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I saw them at Leeds Fest a couple of years ago (the time I lost everyone and got caught in a mosh pit). They did not disappoint for the second time and I’d totally go and see them for a third. Their new album is gorgeous and I just love Jack Steadman’s voice. Nothing is better than seeing your favourite bands live, the energy is unbeatable.

Other than that I’ve just had my speaking exams and coursework on my plate. Only one week left of lectures though which is insanely scary. I’ve met the best people this year and I’m so bloody lucky.

You can listen to George’s music on Soundcloud here and here.

Harri Loves

Sunday, 9 March 2014

I've been looking for some unique online shops and recently stumbled upon Glitters For Dinner on Instagram. I absolutely had to share it with you as it is honestly adorable! They have a crazy amount of uber cute two pieces. Co-ords are really in and really fun as you can mix and match. They’re everywhere at the moment and I’ve seen some fab ones in Topshop and on ASOS. GFD’s are totally worth a bit of a splurge if you want to look like you’ve stepped right off the set of Clueless (and let’s face it who doesn’t.) They even have a yellow tartan co-ord which is just so Cher Horowitz it hurts.

Alongside the wonderful abundance of tartan Glitters For Dinner also have some kooky cheerleader-esque two pieces and vintage style dresses like the gorgeous gothic one in the collage above.

I feel like all their pieces are really quite a find and nineties fashion is dead cute in Spring/Summer. GFD is definitely a site worth checking out. Sheer Cher heaven.

GFD are on Bigcartel and Instagram.

Harri's Diary

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

This is a procrastination post as I had my Italian grammar exam this morning and it went terribly and I now can’t bring myself to start on my 1001 other assignments. I don’t even have much to tell you to be completely honest. I spent the majority of last week cooped up in the library eating strawberry laces and reading about Pronommi Idefiniti.

Last Saturday I was in the Dance Society’s annual show at the Barnfield Theatre which was heaps of fun. Jane and I were both in the contemporary class dance and Jane does tap as well which she is crazy good at. The show was named ‘A Step in Time’ so each class or dance squad was given a decade. We were the sixties and Kate (our dance teacher) choreographed a dance to Blackbird by The Beatles. It was actually really cute and involved a lot of spinning and arabesquing. The matinee show didn’t go completely as hoped as we didn’t realise the limited amount of space we’d have on stage which everyone struggled with. I actually walked into someone within the first twenty seconds of the dance which totally threw me and I then seemed to forget half of the routine. It was actually recorded so everyone can re-watch my foolery over and over again. The evening show went much more to plan, everyone remembered their steps and Kate told us she felt like a proud mum. It really was a great day I haven’t done any kind of performing in so long and being on stage really is so much fun. The competition squad performances were amazing and I’m really rooting for them all this weekend at the Loughborough competition.

Oh and my tickets for Bombay Bicycle Club arrived the other day and I am so excited. I saw them at Leeds Fest a couple of years ago and they were incredible (I did get kicked in the face but if you’re going to get kicked in the face I think amid a mosh pit listening to Always Like This is the best place for it to happen really). Also, Sarah has pledged that if she gets over 60% in our Italian grammar exam she will go skinny dipping in the Peter Chalk fountain on campus. I actually said I would if I get over 50% although I’m currently not sure if this is very likely anyway. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Or maybe not I’m not feeling a moonlit dip at Peter Chalk. 

Harri Loves

Saturday, 1 March 2014

(Starting top left to right)
Lace Frill Socks – Miss Selfridge – £3.50 (three pairs for£7)
MEGA Cut Out Buckle Boots – Topshop – £38
ASOS Holy Chic Watch – ASOS – £20
Green Tartan Box Top – Lavish Alice – £12
MOTO Grey Joni High Waisted Jeans – Topshop – £36
ASOS Cropped Blouse in Vintage Floral – ASOS – £25
Jersey Skirt – H&M – £7.99
Pull&Bear Patchwork Backpack – ASOS – £29.99
New Look Pound Wedge Sandals – ASOS – £22

I’m absolutely determined for the remainder of my loan to last until the end of term, but can I go another month without shopping? (Probably not).

I absolutely need a black midi skirt, I think they can really act as a staple piece, like these Topshop Joni jeans you can dress them up or down and wear them with just about anything. A floral crop shirt brings  black into spring and lace socks with cut out boots or even wedges really tie it all together. What's even better is that it's quite versatile, change up the top or add a few more accessories depending where you’re headed.

I apologise to my bank account for what is about to happen.

Harri's Diary

Monday, 24 February 2014

Although this is now quite belated I wanted to post about Valentine’s Day. I know there’s a lot of protest every year, I saw a bagillion tweets complaining about girls plastering photos of Pandora bracelets with #luckygirl all over every social networking site. In all honesty I’m not sure the abundance of bears clutching at hearts is totally for me as on the hunt for a gift bag for George’s present I nearly vomited all over a tacky display in the Card Factory. Saying this, I had an absolutely fab Valentine's weekend.

My first year away from home my mum had gone the whole hog and sent the cutest parcel; chocolate, homemade biscuits, Remember Me on DVD and lace Topshop knickers. This is completely irrelevant to the rest of the post but just wanted to shout out to the woman who gave birth to me for being utterly fab.

The rain was absolutely ridiculous on Valentine’s Day and arriving home from University that evening found me ferociously drying garments with my hair dryer. A complete waste of time obviously as I was then torn to shreds by the storm on the way to the train station. The staff in the ticket office seemed overly giddy but I suspect they were all suppressing laughter towards my appearance, hair stubborn in positions I didn’t think even Lee Stafford could get it to do. The floods were messing with trains but luckily I was directed to a coach and an uncomfortable power nap and several daydreams out of the window later I arrived at Bristol Parkway Train Station. Still half asleep, shivering and being bombarded with shouts of train destinations I panic chose a train. I really wouldn’t advise this, however, despite the surrounding passengers gabbling about getting to Cardiff I did get to Temple Meads from where I hopped on a bus and somehow managed to get off at (sort of) the right bus stop.

I don’t think I’d ever been quite so happy to see George who presented me with a bar of Cadburys because ‘I thought you might be sad because of the rain’. By this point I’d say we had about two hours of Valentine’s Day left and I looked like someone had been continuously throwing buckets of water over me
but it really didn’t matter. We gave each other presents (over the moon with Bombay Bicycle’s new album, a book on fashion in Paris and Hotel Chocolat chocolate and George equally pleased with a laser light thing and packets of Eric the Elephant and Friends). George then cooked and he treated me to cocktails in a very Great Gatsby-esque bar the following night. We lounged the rest of the time really, watched Django Unchained and had our usual Sunday scrambled egg. Honestly, I know Valentine’s is supposed to be an excuse for covering everything in confetti and buying overpriced cards that sing but I was happy to just be together and be us. Getting to spend time with George beat any Pandora bracelet. #Luckygirl.

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