Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A Little bit of Easter


I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend and got a little visit from the Easter bunny! Thought I would do a quick post on what I got up to this weekend and hopefully soon I will do a 'proper' post. 
My home town is a big one but is surrounded by countryside. Turn left and in 5 minutes you are in English countryside. Turn right and in 5 minutes you are in the busy town centre. It's a bit bizarre but you get the best of both worlds. 
My Easters usually involve the country whether it's walking, playing rounders in the forest or having a barbeque. This year it was a bit cold for a barbie so a few strolls in the countryside were on the agenda.

Usually we end up at the pub but this time we found ourselves starting at the pub as well as ending up there...

 At the start of our walk I was very excited to find a boat with my name on it!

 (photos below and above are taken from my Instagram @TheOnlyMissP )
 My cousin, Auntie and myself having a little rest along the canal.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and to all the students who read this I hope you have a relaxing couple of weeks off !

Yours always,

Miss P x

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Live Life

I am a massive fan of Elle magazine. I have been for years and probably will be for many years to come. To show my love, I am not ashamed to say I collect the front covers of every issue I buy and have even framed a couple of my favourites. Their articles are interesting, intelligent and informative giving you an opinion or perspective on life’s issues .I usually feel inspired/ agree with their arguments and opinions but this time I’m not so sure.

For me to disagree with an article from Elle magazine is a rarity, and so I felt compelled to write about it.
In this month’s issue there is an article written by Dr. Meg Joy, a doctor of psychology who discusses the need for 20-something women to get a hold of their lives and basically ‘grow up’. Get that education, dump that loser, move countries, get THAT career. “Take your 20’s seriously” she says, everything you do or don’t do now will affect later life. Later life will present limitations where you won’t be able to do the things you wanted to do in your 20’s.

 To some extent I do agree, be proactive, make something of your life but why take your 20’s seriously? Don’t we live in an age now where life limitations no longer exist? Aren't we emancipated women who can do anything we want whenever we want? I don’t think our 20’s should be THE defining decade of our life, EVERY decade should be a defining decade.

My mum, a woman I admire very much, moved countries TWICE (along with my Dad and us kids), received 2 degrees and changed her career all over the age of 30. She didn't let her 20’s slip through her fingers because she got married and made the family that she always wanted.  However she didn't get bogged down and think she had to do all of her life’s “achievements” in one decade.

If my mum has taught me one thing, it’s that there is no rush. Do the things you want to do when you want to do them.  Do what makes you happy. If you take everything seriously you will never have any fun because you will be forever fretting over what the next move is.

 In the article Dr Meg says whatever you do in your 20’s will make you memorable and relevant later on. Frankly I don’t want to be memorable, I want to have memories. My memories are what are memorable to me and my life and no one else.

 Not everything needs to be done at once, live a little. Climb up to the top of the highest tree during an epic thunderstorm......okay maybe we shouldn't live that much but if you want to swim with the dolphins then go and swim with the dolphins.
 If people judge you because you are going against “society’s” rules then sod ‘em. Those people are probably jealous and probably wish they weren’t so concerned with doing everything ‘right’ and in the right order.
We only get one life, so don’t you think you should actually live it??

Yours always,

Miss P x

Friday, 8 March 2013

My 21st!!


A couple of weeks ago I turned the big 2 1. It was an incredible weekend involving family, friends, drinking, food more drinking and then more food.......
Here is a bit of photo evidence to what we got up to :)

I started off the weekend by having some tapas with my uni girlies 
 These photos taken with Instagram : TheOnlyMissP
Then I went back home and had party with my family and friends in a cute little country pub. Unfortunately I don't have the photos on my laptop but I did have pictures of the cake.....of course

I was completely spoiled rotten by my family and friends!! 
 Versace Sunglasses, Links of London triple band ring, Seiko Watch and an Aston Martin driving thrill experience!
 Pia Silver bangle from my lovely housemates
Pearl bracelet from my ex flatmates :)
After pressies, cake and a lovely party, my friends and I went for a night out which involved a fair bit of alcohol :/

I loved every minute of my birthday my family and friends made it so special. Couldn't ask for a better birthday ! 

Yours always,
Miss P xx

Friday, 18 January 2013

Yummy Marble Cake


No outfit blog today I'm afraid. I didn't really fancy dressing in my nice attire when my plan was to hid away from the cold! Instead I'm going to be showing you how to make a marble cake. I'm not an amazing cook so it's super easy and a great beginners recipe.

You will need:

Pre-heat the oven to 180c
A loaf tin (greased)
175g/6oz caster sugar
175g/6oz butter
3 eggs
225g/8oz self-raising flour
Half a tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp coffee (cooled)
2 tbsp milk

I've always been taught to whack everything in the bowl at once rather than whisking the sugar and butter first and then folding the flour in. Its less time consuming and tastes the same. I've never had any complaints!

So but the sugar, butter, eggs, flour, salt and vanilla extract in to a large bowl.

Whisk together and then divide equally into two bowls.

In a mug mix the cocoa powder and coffee (the added coffee was from a recipe I found)  into a smooth paste. In order to do this make sure you add water to the ingredients rather then adding them to the water this way you can control the consistency of the paste.
Add the paste to ONE of the mixtures and stir until it has combined. Add the milk and mix again.

Now the fun part starts! Alternatively spoon the mixtures into the tin. This will create the marble effect! (And don't forgot to lick the bowls!)

Put the tin in the oven for 50-60 mins. When it comes out of the oven put a knife through the thickest part of the cake. If the knife comes out clean its cooked if i doesn't put the cake back in the oven for another couple of minutes.

And here is the cake! Mine has risen massively!

If you want to add icing to the cake just mix 30g/1oz of cocoa powder, 195g/6oz of icing sugar and 2 tbsp of water. Drizzle over the cake when it has completely cooled. If your cake turned out like mine just slice the top off so you have a nice flat top to add your icing to.

Hope you enjoy!! 

Yours always, 

Miss P x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Gold Collar and Black Velvet Skirt


I haven't blogged about fashion in a while so I thought I would show you what I'm wearing on this very sunny and cold Sunday! 

The clothing in these photos are from some unlikely shops that I wouldn't usually shop in on a regular basis. The shirt is from Internationale but looks like it would be from Topshop or River Island. The collar is well made even though the top was only around £18. My bracelet is from none other than Per Una for M&S! I've never bought anything from Per Una but I am pleased with this surprise little purchase.  

The skirt is my favourite item in this outfit. If you follow my blog regularly you probably have guessed by now that I like animal print. This skirt has a subtle leopard print pattern which is great for both day and evening wear. The skirt is made out of velvet (which I love) giving the outfit a bit of texture!   

Despite all the good bits in this outfit I haven't mentioned the absolute best bit. All items of clothing are under £20 so need to worry about the January budget!

Be sure to tell me about your budget loving clothing!

Yours always,

Miss P x

 Photo taken with TheOnlyMissP 's Instagram
 Shirt by Internationale , Skirt by River Island, Bracelet by M&S and Boots by New Look

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to you all ! I hope you are all had a great last night of 2012 and are well and truly hungover or at least still in your pyjamas like I am!  

My New Years primarily involved games (drinking and normal), wine and fireworks. It was probably my most relaxed New Year's Eve party yet, but it was great fun none the less. 

Here is a sneeky peek of what went on .......

A whole lotta fireworks (and smoke)......

and sparklers.....
We decided to see set 2 packets of sparklers alight ......

 And this is what it looked like.....

 My friends after a couple of drinks.....
 We went to the pub where a friend works to bring her back to the party and this is what we found...... A Gangnam Style show on the pub tables!!

With my friend deciding to join in :)
Hope you all had a great New Year, would love to hear some of your New Year antics!!

Yours always,

Miss P x

Monday, 17 December 2012

Winter Wonderland and Covent Garden


University has finally finished for the semester and at last I can have my life back. Since it's nearly Christmas I thought I would blog about Christmas markets!

I love Christmas, seriously love it. I love that round this time of year everyone is a festive mood and celebrates all together. Christmas markets is where this mood and celebrations are at their peak; so when my Auntie invited me to Winter Wonderland with my cousins, I jumped at the chance to go! For those who don't know what Winter Wonderland is, it's a huge event where Hyde Park in London is transformed into, well, a Winter Wonderland. There are rides, stalls, ice rink and plenty of food! I'm a massive foodie so I was in complete heaven; mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hog roast, waffles, every food related to winter and Christmas was there.

Winter Wonderland is open until 6th January of you want to go! I recommend going early though to beat some of the crowds. More info here http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Another place in London famous for their Christmas spirit is Covent Garden. Plenty of beautiful decorations, shops and performers to see. We had lunch at a place called Brasserie Blanc (it's a chain so there is plenty around) which overlooked Covent Garden so we got a great view of the decorations that hung from the market's roof!

The whole day was so much fun and I am now fully in the festive mood!! Hopefully you all are too!!

Yours always,

Miss P xx

My Auntie having fun on Santa's chair!!

Hot Chestnuts

 Chocolate shapes!
Fresh salmon rolls!

The family!!

Brasserie Blanc in Covent Garden (photo from Instagram, follow me TheOnlyMissP) 
Me and my auntie. Shirt from Zara

 Another Instagram photo