Montreal

Montreal
Cute Houses of Montreal

cocktail

cocktail
A Winter Cocktail

Life changing magic

Life changing magic
The Life Changing Magic

Best foot forwards

More festival lusting;

There is no way I'll be able to
a) pack all these shoes
b) carry all these shoes
c) get past the boy with all these shoes in tow
But if i can miraculously get myself a team of sherpa's then this is what I would take.

As it stand, it'll be the cons and the wellies that make the grade!
{You can find out more of what I think would make a great festival experience {and where to get these bits} at my Pinterest Festival Board.}
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Accessorize it.


Glastonbury is less than a month away - it's time to start thinking about my outfits.
And you all know that accessories are the MOST important part of an outfit.
Here are just some of mine.
{You can find out more of what I think would make a great festival experience {and where to get these bits} at my Pinterest Festival Board.}
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The house with the blue door

{This is not OUR blue door. This is a pretty blue door I found on Flickr by KMan999}
Yesterday my friend Sarah and I went to see a flat.
We have been flat hunting or the last month or so, and it's been a little stressful, we saw a few horrors {teenie tiny bedrooms, grotty carpets and bathrooms that well, even thinking about them makes my skin crawl}, and then all the nice ones we wanted to see were snapped up right before we viewed them - the area of Leeds we want to live in is, it seems, a hotbed of renting activity. Plus our needs just didn't fit the bill of most places - Sarah has furniture, I don't. It was a problem.

But yesterday we went to see a lovely place, it's in a lovely old converted house, on it's own little private estate, with plenty of grass, and places for friends cars {and with a little research on Leodis, I have found out, used to be vicarage.}
The flat itself is all newly refurnished, and it's got maybe the biggest bathroom I've ever seen, 2 big bedrooms and a lovely living space that most importantly, we can fit Sarah's super comfy sofa in to.

And it has a beautiful blue door.
I can not wait to move in.
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This weekend I....

Hung out in the sunshine and took Plastikote to the doors in the boys kitchen in the garden, as they have painted the walls an bright blue and the beige-y-meh-y cabinets just didn't cut it anymore! Think Cornish-ware colour schemes now......
{I have the other half of the kitchen to do next weekend - the sun, and friends were calling louder than a spray-paint light head!}

Discovered this amazing 'sky blue' paint - expect to see a Holga appearing in this shade soon!

Abandoned the painting for a few g&t's in the sun with Sarah and Beth and marvelled at the people playing in the peace gardens.

Then went wine tasting.
Our friend Lizzie had arranged it or her birthday and it was so much fun. We went to a restaurant/wine shop on Eccelsall Rd {so it was an easy walk back}.
There was much giggling {the girls table was way more raucous than the boys}, some wine learnings, and a lot of rosey wine cheeks at the end;

Did you know Champagne is made from Red wine? They just don't just the skins. What I really wanted to know is how they peel all the grapes? Who's job is that?
And Champagne is frozen to get the muck out, then the frozen champers is shot out of the bottle - now that would be a job!

A Delamotte Champagne.

One of the things that makes wine alcoholic is called Tannin. I am not sure quite how it works {we had drunk a little bit by this point} but I know it does not help you get a tan, and wine from the 70's, which is overloaded with Tannin is NOT nice.

Lizzie smelling the flavours - Um-bongo anyone?

We also learnt that you, not surprisingly, get better wine from the smaller vinyards as they only grow small amounts of grapes on each vine, so those grapes get the most nutrients, where as at mass producing places they go for quantity.

And you are NOT supposed to eat the blue cheese before you have the red wine, as the boys found out!

You can see more pic's from the wine tasting here.

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The joys of spray cans


I know I am probably so late to the Plastikote party, but Lizzie told me about it a few weeks ago and I am pretty sure it might be my most favourite find ever {well, I guess not EVER, but at least this month!}

If you've never heard of it - it's basically a spray paint for household objects - like tables & chairs & photoframes & ornaments & well, anything you have lying about that you might like to change the colour of.

So far I have plastikoted some old picture frames {I really want to find a huge ornate one, you know the old gilded ones, then paint it white - I have been keeping an eye on the charity shops} and a few old vases. But I am looking in every nook and cranny for things that I can Plaskikote.

Mmmmmmm. Do you think my landlady will mind if I Plastikote ALL my furniture?
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I heart

I have spent a horribly hungover afternoon hearting things.
It seemed to be the best use of my time. And about the only thing my brain is able to comprehend today - all that Gin has taken it's toll........


What is this pink/blue thing I have going on?

And what are you hearting?
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You have got to love Banksy!




I can't wait to see this.......
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Jamie's Italian

{Meats hanging above the counters}

One of my housemates, through work, got the chance for us to eat at the new Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant that's opening in Leeds, during their soft opening week {and with 50% off the bill - you aren't going to complain now are you?}

So last night we popped down to give it a go. {Unfortunately I only had my phone with me, so there are no pics of our food because the tables are not lit well enough for a phone camera, with no flash, to capture the dishes but I did get this one of the meats they have hanging above the counter upstairs.}
So, with this 50% off hanging over our heads, we maybe went a little extravagant and ordered not only bread selections, but an amazing charcuterie style board with four meats the chef’s had chosen, mozzarella, and salads {The seasonal meat plank} which was meant to be £6.65 a head. It rocked up on this massive board, which the waitress told us was specially made for the restaurant chain. It was very nice – which is high praise as I am not a massive meat lover, although they did pepper the whole board with massive, fat, dirty olives! Heathens. I know.

For our mains it was specified that half the party had to have pasta, so Sarah and I chose these – I had wild mushroom ravioli – which was lovely, but there wasn’t a massive amount compared to everyone else’s plate-fulls, and Sarah had Carbonara – which consisted of the fattest pasta I have ever seen in my life. But, it was reported, wasn’t as good as the carbonara her mate had made from Jamie’s cook book. Pheobe had a fantastic fish in a bag. Mmmmmm. It was delicious {yes, we all tasted each others} and Gemma ordered a steak, with the posh truffle chips. Now I don’t eat steak, so I didn’t try that, but boy oh boy, those truffle chips were AMAZING! I think the chef’s might have gone a little mental with the salt at times, but over all it was a pretty good meal.

And whilst we were ‘too full’ for dessert, the staff did let us pinch some of the home made honeycomb that sat in dishes across the restaurant. If I could have just eaten that for the whole evening – I wouldn't have been too disappointed. Let me tell you that.

The restaurant has some cool touches – The legs of meat hanging over the work station, and the wheel’s of cheese were quirky touches and there appears to be a wall of wine in the downstairs of the restaurant, and we were sat in a booth which was plenty big enough or us, but the tables looked like they might not be, especially with the meat planks…..

So, all in all, a nice evening, in which we had a gossip, ate some lovely food, and the girls had a lovely bottle of Pinot. But if I had to choose I think I might still choose Salvo’s.

{This is what we ate - click to see it bigger!}
Jamie’s Italian,
35 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5SL
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Happy Birthday Miss Elizabeth


I just want to say happy birthday to one of my oldest friends, lizzie!

There is so much in store for you in this 29th year and I know you're going to embrace it so well!

Liz and I have been friends since we were 11, {I maybe only have one older friend.} We have seen each other through school boy crushes, scousers, sorby way, learning to skateboard, learning to drink and all that came with being teenagers. Now more recently as we've become 'grown-up's' and started our lives, it's been break-ups and new relationships and cocktails and cute markets and catching up over emails and snowy holidays.

And now she is embarking on a massive new part of her life - a 'little Lion' {or Lioness} is on it's way - which she is wonderfully documenting over on her blog.

I can't wait to see you {and the newly emerged bump} this weekend.

Happy Birthday Chickadee. Love you. xo
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Something amiss?


Do you ever feel a little lost?
Like there's something you should be doing, or working towards or somewhere you should be? Like something's missing. Or I should be doing more!
I'm not really sure what it is that's caused this little funk, but the feeling that I just want to get in my car and go - just to see where I end up, has returned!
I'm not sure that can ever be a good thing?
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Sparkles for sale


I am having a little clear out - and I've put a few bits of jewellery I never wear on Ebay.
If you fancy something a little sparkly - then head over and take a peak.
{And help my Glastonbury fund whilst you're at it}
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