Sunday Baking

I spent Sunday baking banana bread. I used this recipe but added blueberries this time and damn they made it even better! As you can see I still don’t have a mixing bowl but made do with this sauce pan. I’ve never been a natural baker but recently have been enjoying it. I think it might become a new hobby of mine, plus I really enjoy the eating part.

I had such a nice relaxing day, taking it slow. I started the day with a lie-in, a bath and washed my hair – a chore I hate doing but this shorter length certainly makes it easier. I did a bit of illustrating and then in the afternoon I said to Dave I fancy baking, we headed to the supermarket got supply’s. Dave watched the Irishman on Netflix’s and I got baking. Having myself a lovely time, then we got to eat it while it was warm and gooey. Ummmm 😛
If you have any good recipes for easy bakes, do send them my way!

Photos by Dave Cox

Seaside Walks

This is the last post from our trip. Before we left England we headed to the seaside one last time. Nothing beats a walk along the British seafront to blow the cobwebs off. Wrapped up warm as it was one hell of a windy day, hat and scarf were defiantly needed.

And yes it feels like all I’ve worn this trip is this coat, sadly most days it was too cold for me to take off and show off my outfit. Now I’m back in LA you won’t be seeing it for a while, its back to 20 degree weather and sunshine skies.

I also only took one pair of trainers with me and a pair or ankle boots which I wore on Christmas Day, and that’s it. I was getting some trainers for Christmas but I choose poorly and didn’t end up liking them, so they were sent back. I am looking forward to styling some new looks and mixing up my shoe choice. These vintage Adidas did serve me well as they are very comfy but after two weeks of wear I’m bored of looking at them for a while.

Coat – Oasis
Jeans – Everlane
Bag – Marks & Spencers
Scarf – Topshop
Beret – H&M
Trainers – Vintage Adidas

Photos by Dave Cox
Illustrations by Amy Purfield-Clark

Shugborough Estate

After NYE in London we headed up to Warwick to visit friends and then up to Stafford to see my father. While staying with my dad we visited Shugborough Estate a National Trust property. It was a lovely sunny but damn cold day! The main house wasn’t open but we were able to walk the grounds, explore the servant quarters and farm house of this beautiful estate. Then it was home for a cheese board, I think all I did on this trip was eat cheese!

I loved spending quality time with my family over the holidays, I was spoilt getting to spend Christmas with my mother & step father, then getting stay with father too was perfect! I’ve included a couple snaps of me and my daddy, isn’t he just the cutest. Sadly we didn’t manage to get any picture in the village he lives in, it really is the cutest but here’s a post from last year’s visit.

Coat – Oasis
Dress – Zara
Jumper – Topshop
Beret Hat – H&M
Bag – Marks & Spencers
Trainers – Vintage Adidas

Photos by Dave Cox
Illustrations by Amy Purfield-Clark

New Year, New Hair

New Year, New Hair, Same Old Me

We’re back from our visit back home to the Uk, we got back on Monday night and thankfully jet lag isn’t as bad coming back to the states as it is going to England. I think I spent most of the two weeks waking up at 3.30 am every morning until the last three days we were home *insert rolling eyes emoji here* Anyway, I’m not here to moan about my lack of sleep and it was totally worth it getting to see so many of our friends and family over our two week trip. I have a couple posts still to share from our visit but for now I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year!

I hope you had a good one! Mine was low key and it was exactly what I needed. I had a girly sleep over with two of my favourite babes. We stayed up late gossiping, drinking bubbles and eating the most amount of cheese we could possibly fit in our bellies – I still feel full thinking about the amount of cheese I ate. I had to get all the soft cheeses in while I could! One of the things we miss most about our life back in London is the amount of cheese we could choose from, sadly the cheese selection in our local supermarket here isn’t a patch on cheeses back home.

I’m working on a big old post about my goals for 2020, as I really enjoyed putting together my looking back post. I’m taking my time to really think about what I would like to achieve for the next year both personally and for this blog of mine. Are you one to set goals or resolutions, or do you go with the flow?

I must say that I’m really digging my new hair cut, I know I mentioned about getting it cut in my last post but it’s much easier to dry and style now. In my own words I have Hagrid and Hermione Granger’s (early days Hermione) love child’s hair – I know that’s not a nice image but it best describes my hair.

Thats right, big frizzy and oh so thick. I have to straighten it most days, I know its bad but I even straighten it before curling it as its just too thick. I know, I know, I’m lucky to have thick hair but man the heat this thing traps in the summer months is too much.

While back in Kent I took the opportunity to see my lovely hair dresser Kailey and get a good amount chopped off, also a cheeky refresh on my balayage and I’m loving it. Dave even said its his favourite hair cut of mine, which is a big deal! He usually always wants me to keep it long, so I take this as high praise from him. Just to note, I obviously don’t listen to him when it comes to my hair, as I’ve been slowly having my hair cut shorter and shorter since last summer, I guess I just knew I wanted a cute bob but took my sweet ass time over getting it.

Dress & Jumper – H&M
Coat – Oasis
Bag – M&S
Trainers – Vintage Adidas

Photos by Dave Cox
Illustrations by Amy Purfield-Clark