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Birds of Paradise


Dress: New Look
Rings: Accessorize (old)
Nail Polish: Barry M

This was the dress I wore out to a friends birthday on Saturday night. It was bought Friday night in New Look after trying on about four dresses in the changing room to determine this was the one. I hadn't bought any new (non-essential) clothes in a while so I treated myself to a dress somewhere within the £20-£30 range. I noticed birds seemed quite "in" right now and also pastels. However pastels aren't quite my thing :/ I'm also not usually a red person due to my hair colour however this felt right. Also the zip for the dress was extremely well camouflaged into the design which is always a plus :)

The only thing I'm not keen on is the slits at the side. Trying it on I just thought it was due to one of my few body hang-ups being my stomach area however looking back at these photos I reckon no slits would have been a better design for the dress. The top half is also a big baggy on me cause but as I collect most of weight at my waist I couldn't go down a size. So I wore the most-padded bra I owned to try and fix that.


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Lush Dundee Re-Opening




In the past fortnight the Lush Dundee store got a bit of make-over, and Thursday they opened it up to the public. In between my two classes (you know, when I should have been printing off lecturer slides for my second class) I pondered down there (and by pondered I mean rushed) to see what had all changed.

I was greeted at the door by always-smiling lush staff with some fruit and free champagne, always a tactic that will encourage me to buy more products than usual. Admittedly I was cynical about how much you could change about a Lush store but the new design was lovely. The store has now gotten rid of the yellow/green logo and the front door now has the more elegant black and white LUSH logo. Each section of shop is now in clear areas, which it was before, but it's now clearly. I distinctly remember a member of staff (who was dressed as a banana) talking me through the 'mouth' section of the store, which was lovingly placed next to the champagne and fruit table.

Nothing was on offer this day with everything on full price, but because I had the galls to stand up to a former landlord I had some extra money come through a week earlier. I picked up a new block of caca rouge henna dye (Which I used Friday and oh my god my hair is bright!) as well as picking up some new skin care stuff. I've already loved the Cosmetic Warrior Facemask but just had to give the Cupcake one a try, purely because of the adorable name.

A little gift from the store that I knew was coming was a free canvas bag. Admittedly you needed to buy something to get this away with you. But I love it. I have to carry a lot about with me on a daily basis but for popping to the shops a canvas bag is just perfect! And it has a lemon on it. But anyone else could have picked a pineapple or a strawberry or an apple. Though it appeared there no cherries.

Also, today I have been digging through the archives of Beyond All Sorts a blog that belongs to a Lush Dundee employee. Being the usually creepy individual that I am, upon meeting Blair something told me that she was a blogger. Yes, we can sense each other. And by stalking the Lush Dundee Twitter feed I discovered she was. She hasn't updated since late last year but what's in her (small) archives is superb! So many pretty photos from her design course.
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My Cookbook Collection


You might have noticed that I love to cook, you know with the baking every weekend and being so anti-processed foods! However the thing that differs me from a professional chef is that I can never work without a recipe. And I seem to lack the ability to create my own. Adaption, yes. Creating, no. 

 Say hi to cookbook collection everyone!

 

Vegetarian Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook


My go-to cookbook! Almost every home made dish you see on this blog probably came out of this book. The majority of the ingredients are foods that I imagine most people would have in their kitchens (unless you're all about the processed foods!) and even if something extra needs to be bought it's all stuff should be easily available in a local shop.



From Pasta to Pancakes: The Ultimate Student Cookbook


I bought this little gem back half way through my  second year of university (so early 2010) to help fulfil my then new year resolution of "eat more real food". I bought this pre-vegetarian days so meat is still mentioned in a few recipes however the author realises that not everyone eats meat and there are a few dedicated recipes. Plus a lot of the meat dishes (such as the stir-frys) are easily adapted.



The Newlywed's Vegetarian Cookbook


I bought this in the most recent Boxing Day sales. It was the vegetarian part that caught my eye not the newlyweds part and truthfully the name confuses me a bit. Do newlyweds eat differently from non-newlyweds? Awkward name choice aside the recipes in here are easy to follow and aren't that far out of the average price bracket. However I've not tried that many, as even though most ingredients are easily found in any shop, they aren't the sort of foods I have randomly in my cupboards (and I don't think many people would). It's a book for when you have someone round and want to impress!



Baking (Taste): 2


My go-to baking cookbook! This cookbook is nicely set up into different sections, with muffins at the start moving through to bread and also into savoury grounds for anyone that just doesn't want yet another damn cupcake! Aside from the simple strawberry muffin recipe you've also got every type of bread you can ever imagine along with dinner ideas such as toad in the hole and vegetable strudel. Nothing in here is overly complex but I wouldn't recommend it as a "my first baking" book



Sweet Vegan: 70 Delicious Dairy-free Desserts


Unfortunately I have never managed to use this cookbook despite my great desire to do so! Mainly because it's not just about omitting dairy ingredients (like some recipes I have found on the Internet) but instead about using replacement ingredients that I just can't find in my local shops. Unless you keep Egg Replacer in your house then you might want to move on. You need to be quite committed to the vegan cause!



This book contains some really sweet ideas for cake pops! And shows you where to press the cake pop to make the different shapes. But cake pops are much trickier than I had originally imagined! After my failed attempt at Pudsy Cake Pops the night before Children In Need I haven't touched this book again as I am convinced I'm just not made for the cake pop world!

Have I convinced you to buy any of these, or do you have your own favourites? 

Morag x
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Favourite Tumblr Blogs Take 2


In April of 2011 I shared my favourite Tumblr blogs. And nearly one year on I think we can assume that I've come across some just as excellent examples of successful Tumblring!

Oh and btw, it's still primarily food blogs. Which shouldn't be a problem unless you don't like food? 


PHOODS (Photography + food = PHOODS)
Food is amazing. And you know what else is amazing? When people take great pictures of food and post it on the internet. We're not talking instagram here folks! 


I am certainly not one of those girls that has pink everything (for example, the shed above) and firmly believe that bright pink is best left as an accent colour (unlike the shed above). However a blog dedicated to pink objects whether carpets or cupcakes still gets my vote. 


I am a foodie. Albeit a very healthy foodie. Who doesn't eat meat. So by a lot of people's standards fussy. However if you're all about feeding yourself but in a low fat, small portion kind of way that you might like healthy alternative too! 


And my diet just got fussier! No, I am not a vegan however I am fascinated by the options available to vegans and the possibilities that vegan chefs come up with! 


Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I won't get all nutritionist on you and inform you for the 400th time why it's important. No, I'll just say that a lot of my favourite foods are traditionally breakfast foods. Cereal before bed? Yes please. Toast at various times throughout the day? Give me some of that. 


Bread Love
With breakfast foods being right up my taste bud's alley it's no surprise to find out that I count bread as one of my favourite foods. Doughnuts, poptarts and croissants = love. 


A nice blog that  take people's wishes for this year and puts them together with uplifting photos and nice fonts. Spent ages looking through the posts when I found this on New Year. (Yes, my New Year Eve was spent on Tumblr). 


Again another goal setting Tumblr. Admittedly a lot of these goals were clearly made my high school students (who are also American!) but discussing plans and goals is one of my favourite pastimes (really!). I don't connect well with people that don't have goals. 

Morag x






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Charity Shop Hobo



Right guys, so I'm guessing you're wondering wth is with the curtains?

Well, let me break it down for you!

It was for charity. We had to take £10 of our own money and buy the tackiest thing we could find in various charity shops. This dress came from Children 1st and the bag from the British Heart Foundation.

And then we all went and got drunk in stupid outfits.

Top night.

Morag x
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Bows & Satin




My photo form a night out I went on last night. All these pieces are fairly old but "classic" so similar things will still be in the shops. Because I bought my DLSR camera this month (and as these photos show still need to practice with!) I haven't had any money to spend on new clothes. So this outfit was put together last minute during a week where I just hated everything I owned. 

I bought the blouse back in October because I needed some "smart/casual" clothes to wear whilst I assisted in a Apprentice style competition. And honestly it's been sat at the back for a while. The dress is from the new year period of 2008-09 sales and was back when body con dresses were all the rage! You can't tell from the pictures but it is satin and is very fitted. I had to be careful how I sat in it. 

Still getting used to the Nikon D3100 camera but having real difficulty with self-portraits. Been reading up on lenses and found some that are best for portraits, so might save up. But otherwise the colours in these pictures are lifelike! 

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