Cream spot shirt dress, £30.00
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Cream spot shirt dress, £30.00
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Friday, 12 August 2011
Graduate from University with a 2:1
Travel the world
Get a good job on a glossy magazine
Buy a Marc Jacobs handbag
Do something inspirational
Find a nice guy, get married, be successful and be happy
The Real Housewives of Orange County is my new favorite programme. It's based around five super rich women living in California, who love to spend money, go shopping, create drama & have bitch fights. There is never a dull moment, and there are always arguments over the funniest things. However, their lifestyles are enough to make literally anyone green with envy. Dripping in diamonds, wearing the latest designer clothes, and swanning off to 5* hotels, who wouldn't be jealous? I'm not normally a fan of TV shows like this, but it's completely addictive. Tamra (far right) and Vicki (purple dress) are my favorites, because they are outspoken, honest, hilariously funny & don't give a crap what people think about them. They always seem to be involved in some sort of argument, and that's what makes it such excellent TV. Give me 10 years, and I'll be jetting off to Orange County to live the exact same lifestyle as them. (I wish!)
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Everyone has body hang ups, and I don't think I have ever met someone that is truly happy with the way they look. I'm one of these people, and I'm forever moaning to my Mum about what I would like to change. I hate my stomach, my arms, the tops of my legs, etc, etc, and I'm always trying new things to get slim. 200 sit ups, weights, hour long walks & exercise videos. But, I'm suddenly thinking to myself, is it getting a bit too ridiculous?
No one in this life is perfect. No one has the perfect body, or the perfect face. We look at celebrities in films, or the front of magazine covers, and instantly think 'oh I would love to look like her', but these images are airbrushed to within an inch of it's life; wrinkles are removed, any sign of a little tummy roll is deleted, eyes are brightened, hair is shinier, teeth are whitened. This isn't real, and it's a ridiculous perception of what body image should be. Celebrities are rich enough to be able to afford monthly hair cuts, manicures, facials, and everything else that is involved in looking good. They can hire 10 people to make them look amazing, but normal people can't.
I look at Jennifer Aniston and wish more than anything that I looked that fabulous. But I never will. For a start, she's blonde, I'm brunette, she's short, I'm tall, and she's petite and I'm curvy. But what I'm trying to say is that everyone should try to be happy with who they are, and what they look like. I have bits that I am happy with, so I'm going to focus on that, and try to forget about the things I don't particularly like. Okay, so I'm trying to lose weight, but I'm doing it the healthy way. Exercise and a sensible eating plan is always the best way to go about it. Forget the 'no carbs before 12pm, or the baby food diet, grapefruit diet' blah blah BLAH.
Life is far too short to be worrying about what you can and can't eat. Obviously I'm not saying that you should just sit in front of the TV watching Jeremy Kyle, eating a family sized chocolate gateau (OBVIOUSLY), but just don't deny yourself a treat now and again. Enjoy life, eat something naughty now and again, and just be happy and healthy. Be happy inside and out, because everyone is beautiful.
Now, where did I put that gateau?
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Horrible Bosses is a must see film, for all the right reasons. It'll make you laugh super hard, which is always a good thing. Go, go, go!
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
O.A.P wish: To have made something of myself, be successful and healthy, have kids, get married, etc,etc.
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Today has been a good day. Today is the day that I got offered a four week internship at one of the greatest woman's glossies around; InStyle. Anyone that knows me will know that I've been applying for InStyle for as long as I can remember, sending out copious amounts of emails that never got a reply. Checking your emails and seeing an empty inbox is quite a depressing feeling, I'm not going to lie. But, my perseverance finally paid off and chief sub-editor of InStyle emailed me last night, and rang me this morning, and I start there on 1st August for four weeks!
To be offered an internship on such a great magazine is such an amazing thing for me. I finally feel like I'm getting out there and making contacts, like I'm finally showing what I can do, and it's such an amazing feeling. I've already done work experience at Zoo Magazine in March, I have InStyle, and I also have You Magazine (newspaper supplement) at the end of September. I am one happy girl at the moment, words cannot describe.
<3 <3 xoxo
Friday, 20 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
People have the ability to make you feel so significantly small, sometimes without even realizing what they are doing. People that you thought cared about you, jump to conclusions and accuse you of things you would never even consider doing in a million years. All I feel like I'm doing at the moment is apologizing; apologizing for things that I've said, to people who don't even appreciate it. I then go over what I've just done, and realize that I'm turning into someone that I've never wanted to be. Why should I be made to feel like I'm not good enough? Just because I'm not rich, and I don't own designer clothes, and I can't afford expensive things, doesn't mean I'm not a good person.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Gizzi Erskine: Everyone knows how much I adore Gizzi Erskine and her quirky 60's inspired fashion. She has the edge over anyone else I know about, and her beehive and dramatic make up is just an added bonus to her overall gorgeous exterior. Her vintage style dresses and shoes are enough to make any girl green with envy, and I'm certainly no exception.
Jennifer Aniston: She's in her forties, and she looks this amazing? Seriously, she's so gorgeous and her outfits always look super cute. She knows how to dress for her body shape, and to be honest I'm pretty much in awe of her. Don't even get me started on her amazing hair, she's never had a bad hair day. Pretty.much.jel.
Alexa Chung: Super beautiful, with a gorgeous wardrobe to match. She never puts a foot wrong, and just about anything seems to suit her down to the ground. Styles that wouldn't normally suit someone else, looks absolutely amazing on her. Kinda not fair.
So there you have it! Famous women who inspire me, who are your favourites?
Monday, 9 May 2011
> What does your job entail?
Ahhh, my job. Well it’s pretty diverse. Initially I was a restaurant chef but after I won my place at BBC Good food magazine I became full time food writer and food stylist (before the madness ensued). What this means is that I would spend the days working to brief devising recipes for books, magazine, food and wine Pr companies and sometimes product developers. You mark out a plan, think of recipes, get them approved and then get to the supermarkets, butchers, fishmongers, etc, buying produce and then spend the rest of the time conjuring up recipes in the kitchen and writing them up. Food styling is when you chef for a photographer and then present and then maintain the food while it’s getting photographed. Nowadays though things are a bit different. I do still do the 'day job' but I'm now so busy with the TV stuff I spend my time developing recipes for my TV shows, books and columns. It’s a dream job.
> Is everyday different with your job?
Absolutely. Today I have a day at home writing, yesterday I was in meetings all day and spent the afternoon shopping for produce. Tomorrow I’m on BBC Breakfast, first thing doing an interview, I then head over to This Morning to do a recipe, I then have a lunch meeting, I am then having another meeting with a Model agent and then I dash home to get my last bit of work out. It’s pretty hectic.
> What's the BEST thing about what you do? & the worst?
The best thing is finally being able to get out there that the young do enjoy cooking and be able to teach people how to eat really yummy healthy food. The worst are me still fighting to prove that woman are not all about cupcakes and whoopie pies and that I can be a girl and into offcuts, game and offal in the same way a boy can be.
> Have you always known you wanted to be a chef?
I have always been into food. I only thought about taking it professionally when I was about 22. I would go to bed with the cookery encyclopaedia Larousse Gastronome and swat all the terms at about 17 so it was a given I was going to venture into food anyway.
> How did you get into writing for the glossy magazines?
I left BBC Good Food at 23 all bright eyed and bushy tailed and thought I would just fall into a food writing job. No one gave me a second glance. The food industry has up until recently been looked at as an 'older' industry for women and I struggled with that. Especially going into meetings with an undercut and weird clothes. I got a lucky break ghost writing for a big celeb chef and before long I had a better portfolio and was able to back up what I felt. Then I started writing for one of the big supermarkets and with the help on an excellent food writing and styling agent I felt confident to hit the Glossies up again.
> Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into the food Industry?
Get trained. With the influx of blogs there are people creeping through, but if you have the gumpf to back up what you’re doing you will be more respected.
> Do you have anything else in the pipeline? Books? TV shows?
Yes. All a bit too soon to confirm but you will be getting quite a bit of both from me. I don’t know if my next big TV project will be on our screen until next year, but hopefully it'll be worth the wait.
> Now, you're not just famous for your fab recipes, your gorgeous clothes and trademark beehive is always talk of the town! Have you always styled yourself in the 60's era?
I was a punk at 15-16, then into psychobilly, then into rockabilly and then into 60s Garage. I’ve always had a 'look' but I think the 60s suits me the best. I'm most comfortable in this era. I look this way purely because f the music. I know very little about fashion.
> You’re a huge hit with millions all over, but do you class yourself as a celebrity?
No way. I am just a normal girl riding a wave and pinching herself every minute of it. I also don't want fame. I fell into this world and didn't seek it. I am appreciating it and embracing now I’m here but I just want to live a normal life. Okay, maybe a normal life with a few perks...
> You have over 12,000 followers on Twitter, which must be pretty surreal? Do you just follow other celebrities?
No not at all. I'd say two thirds of the people I follow are mates or work friends. I do follow some celebs and am friends with some. You get to meet a lot of famous people doing what you do, but you honestly find that these people are totally normal and I think twitter should show this. As for fans, I won’t follow people if they ask me to but if someone tweets me regularly in a respectful way, and I build a relationship of sorts with them, then maybe. I do think I’m very good at responding to fans on twitter.
> It's your last ever three course meal, what would it be?
Shellfish platter with oysters, langoustine, brown crab, Prawns, Lobster and a good homemade mayo. Then Roast beef rib and short ribs with the trimming and proper gravy made from beef bones and then Rhubarb crumble with custard. All washed down with a bottle of Krug. If you’re gonna go out, go out in style...?!
Thanks to Gizzi Erskine for taking the time to answer these questions. Follow her on Twitter @GizziErskine, go buy her fabulous book 'Gizzi's Kitchen Magic' and look out for her on your TV screens!
Picture was taken from Google Images.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
I'm not stupid, because I know that life will never be perfect, and it will never run smoothly. At the moment though, it's going pretty well, but I'm not going to jinx it. I'm not going to run around and tell everyone I pass how amazing my life is, and how lucky I am, because I'm not big headed, and I don't believe in rubbing things in people's faces, because there are others who aren't as fortunate as me, and I'm fully aware of that. So I'm just going to be thankful for what I've got, for the people that I've got to share it with, and for the things I'm currently taking part in. Like I said before, life is a funny old thing, but it's also an amazing thing. Treat it as if it's the most precious thing you have, because who knows what will happen tomorrow? Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, and just have fun. That's what we're here for, so make the most of it.
Saturday, 16 April 2011
- Work Experience at Zoo Magazine: Easily one of the best weeks of my life, and I had SO much fun. Getting to spend a week at a well known magazine, and live the London life was simply amazing. Commuting every day was a bit of a bugger, but after a while I got used to the 16 hour days, and just enjoyed myself. TAKE ME BACK!!!
- Offered Work Experience at You Magazine: While I was at Zoo, I got offered work experience at You Magazine, which is a newspaper supplement. Obviously I jumped at the chance, and I have a week there at the end of September. Too exciting for words, and literally counting down the days till it's here!
- Nearly finished my second year at Uni: Now everyone will know how the whole time thing freaks me out, and right now it isn't any different. I have about a month left of my second year, and then I break up for summer, and I'm a THIRD YEAR!!! How is this possible? Too scared to graduate!!!
- Changed a few things about myself: I've lost weight, and still losing, dyed my hair darker purple, and changed my fashion style. I love wearing peter pan collar dresses, cropped trousers and brogues, anything that is kind of cute and quirky. I promised myself that this year I would change, and I am! :)
It's nice to be back blogging! Keep me updated with any of your news :) xoxo
Thursday, 3 February 2011
cute new video by the lovely girls over at throughthecottagedoor. their website is super cute, with gorgeous things for your home! watch the video, and then head over to their site at www.throughthecottagedoor.co.uk.
p.s, sorry i haven't blogged in SO long, i've been lacking big time but am making a new blog on another site, so will give out the link soon (: xoxo
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
I'm not afraid to admit it, but I'm the worst person to judge someone I've never spoken to before. I don't think before I speak, and I just assume how someone is by the way that they look. Yes, I'm ashamed to do it, but I know full well I'm not the only one that does it. However, it's not something I'm proud of. People probably judge me when they see me, and it irritates the hell out of me knowing that it probably does happen, yet I still continue to do the same. Even though I don't do new year resolutions, and I'm not about to start now, I want to become a much nicer person this year.
I don't want to be seen as a bitch, and if I don't like being judged or labelled, then maybe I should stop doing it to others. It's not nice, and it's certainly not clever. Everyone is different, and everyone has a story to tell. That's why I'm pledging now that I'm going to stop being so mean, and give everyone a chance. Of course I'm not going to be friends with everyone I pass in the street, and I'm not going to be all 'oh WOW, she looks amazing', but I'm just going to try and behave a hell of a lot nicer than I do at the moment.
I don't know how long it will last, but at least I'm giving it a go. And as it says in the photograph above; "When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them." So if you see someone looking miserable, or angry, etc, etc, then just think that something has happened to make them be like that. No one can be happy every single day of their life, as I know only too well.
So this year, I'm making a dedicated effort to be a much nicer person, and not just judge by the exterior.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
I've never been one for making resolutions once the new year comes around, as it's something I've never really believed in. So, this year I've made a list of the goals that I want to achieve, and things I want to do to make 2011 a really fantastic year for myself.
1) Lose weight. I know everyone says it, but I've already lost quite a bit, and now that Christmas is over, I want to get back to being healthy and lose the rest of it.
2) Get fit. Go swimming regularly, as it's my favourite sport. I also want to carry on walking everywhere, as when I'm at University, I don't walk as much as I do when I'm back home.
3) Work my arse off at Uni, and get grades that I can be proud of. Now I'm in second year, it's so much more important than it was in first year. Scary, but I'm determined to do good.
4) Concentrate more on my blogging and gain more followers. I love my blog, and I love writing about everything that happens in my life, and things I witness, etc etc. I just need to take a bit more time out to spend more time on it.
5) Get myself some more Work Experience. I've sent out copious amounts of emails begging to be given some, but no luck. This year, I HAVE to get loads.
6) Don't be afraid to try new things, and feel the fear and do it anyway. In the past I've not done things because I've been scared of the outcome, but 2011 is the year to just go for it.
7) Be experimental with my style. Don't be afraid to wear something a bit different, and to step outside of my comfort zone. I need to look for things I wouldn't normally wear.
Has anyone else got any goals for 2011? Determined to make it a good year?