Thursday, November 26, 2015

Shimmy Shimmy

I usually carry my bags with inserts or at least a multitude of pockets and pouches because I like to know exactly what's where. That's also why the hobo shape doesn't feature much in my permanent bag collection. As much as I love the slouchy look, I tend to get fed up with the rummaging - especially if the bags are really big. A good example of that would be the Mulberry Daria Hobo

This Shimmy Hobo though is a much more manageable size. I hadn't really noticed the Shimmy range beforehand. I believe there was a variety of totes (Regular, Large and East West) as well as this Hobo and they came in some really lovely soft and textured leathers. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Winter has truly arrived and last week was freezing. Out come more layers and the odd warm knit...

Sweatshirt: Zara
Skirt: All Saints
Boots: LK Bennett

Top, Cardigan and Skirt: Boden
Boots: LK Bennett

Dress: Jesire
Shirt: Next
Boots: Something Italian
Necklace: Zara

Dress: Reiss
Top worn underneath: H&M
Boots: LK Bennett
Necklace: New Look
Jumper: LaRedoute
Jeans: H&M
Boots: Kurt Geiger

Monday, November 23, 2015

Covet Monday - Easy Sunken Apple Cake

Despite my recent successes in the kitchen I'd maintain that I am pretty rubbish at cooking, baking or general creating edibles. However, the recent glut of apples has forced me to think about what to do with them. 

Because of the aforementioned rubbishness on the homemaking front, I have long given up on what would be my go-to cake: my mum's yeast-cake recipe. Whenever I try that, the base doesn't go nice and fluffy as it does for my mum. It stays flat and dense. I also have no experience at making anything pastry. I therefore needed a recipe avoids the need for yeasty-lightness and any pastry knowledge. My Mama to the rescue: she dug out another one of her faves: a "sunken apple cake". No yeast, just a batter with the apples pushed in afterwards. It didn't turn out perfect but for the first attempt I'm pretty happy.

125g butter
125g sugar
Vanilla essence
3 eggs
250g flour
2 level teaspoons of baking powder
1kg apples
1/2 lemon
1 pinch of cinnamon
extra sugar & shaved almonds for topping (optional - I left them out)

Beat butter with sugar and vanilla essence until it turns light and "foamy". Add one egg at a time still beating. Add the sieved flour and baking powder one spoon at a time. Put batter in greased and floured springform.
Peel apples, halve, core and cut on the surface. Season with the lemon juice, lemon rind and cinnamon. Push into the batter.
Sprinkle with almonds and sugar and bake at 180 degrees C for 50 minutes.

Leave to cool, sprinkle with icing sugar. Serve with whipped cream.

The taste was really lovely but the apples are supposed to be deeper in the cake, I assume I didn't push them in deep enough. One to improve on for next time!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bayswater Gone Casual

Even though my Alexa and my Ledbury are my most used (and probably loved) Mulberry bags, I have to say that I have a special soft spot for my Bayswater. Such an iconic and instantly recognisable bag, I feel like such a grown up when I carry her. There are two drawbacks though. She is quite heavy and opening and closing her to get to your contents can be a bit of a faff - mainly because your arm will kind of cover the postman's lock. I therefore decided to try the Bayswater Tote, a more lightweight and casual version. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Boots are Back

Coming back from my week in Germany, it really felt like winter has arrived. (Can I just add here that when I told my mum we had landed safely, she told me that she was lying on a sunlounger in her bathing suit as it was still hitting mid 20s in the sun. You try and not be depressed after that!) Anyway, with wet and cold weather all around me in the morning as I wait for the train, I moved into one of my pairs pf knee-high boots. You'll soon be sick of the sight of them...

Shirt: LaRedoute
Skirt: Topshop
Boots: LK Bennett
Necklace: Zara

Top: Topshop
Skirt: Reiss
Boots: LK Bennett
Belt: Warehouse
Necklace: Marni for H&M

Dress: Mexx
Boots: LK Bennett

Monday, November 16, 2015

Covet - Peace and Pens

I wrote this very short post last week and now feel really silly publishing something this frivolous after the past days' events in Baghdad, Paris and Kenya. How can I covet a pen when it is so irrelevant? When there are people dying and suffering all over the world and we have no idea how to put a stop to it? On Friday morning I read a horrendous article on the conditions of refugee camps in Lesbos, donated money and shared the piece on my Facebook timeline. On Friday evening more pain and suffering had been added.

I don't know what to do to make the threat go away. I have no solution of how to take all the suffering away. Only the desire that each and every one of us thinks about what we can do. Be kind. Compassionate. Donate. Share. Don't push those away that need our help. Other than that we'll just have to continue to live our lives. Even if that means just lusting over a shiny pen...

I have tried to to become too obsessed with my planner stuff and generally only buy items I know I actually need but one can never have too many pens, right?!

So, how pretty is this pen?! 

PenGems don't just have a pretty outer but you can customise them by adding a high quality refill - also available on their website.

I think I am going to have to just need that pen...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Gone Ringless: My New Planner

So after pondering over going ringless for ages, I finally moved out of my Filofax. I decided Field Note size inserts would be worth a try and started out with a lovely handmade "Raydori" (which you can order here) and moved into a Naked Cow Cover shortly after that, as I just needed space for more inserts.

Have a look at my current setup - I really like the size and the flexibility this system is giving me. And as DIYFish inserts come in this size for you to print as well, it was an easy transition.

Apologies for the abrupt end: that was my phone running out of space.
  • The inserts are from DIYFish 
  • The plastic insert is a Passport cover I bought at a German Müller
  • The homemade Kraft style insert was made following instructions from Ray's blog
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