Coffee Cake for Coffee Lovers

I’ve been craving a really good coffee and walnut cake for a while, but all the recipes I see don’t seem to taste very much like coffee and come with that horrible, over-sweet butter-cream icing. Not my idea of tasty. So, armed with a large pot of coffee, I went to work on my own version, which went down equally well at teatime as for dessert. I used the Leiths recipe to make the actual cake, so use whichever recipe you would usually.

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Light Up My Life

Last week I spent three days learning how to make lampshades. I know what you’re thinking: how can you spend three whole days making a simple lampshade? I mean, it’s nothing special. Of course you’re right, but there is actually quite a lot of skill and technique involved in making one properly. Yes, you could glue it all in place, but then you can’t make so much as a single change without starting over. This way, I could easily change my trim and not have to recover the whole shade. Either way, this is what I ended up with after 3 days and I am quite proud, so I am showing off in public! If you want to learn how to make a proper lampshade using traditional techniques, the course I took was at West Dean and the tutor was Ruth de Fraga Gomes (find her through the West Dean site or via Pinterest: LampshadeRuth); I learnt so much and would thoroughly recommend it xx

Shop ’til you drop

I spent a fun day in Brighton yesterday: shopping as per usual. This time though I was on a mission. My father is going to a friend’s 25th wedding anniversary celebration in 10 days and wanted a new outfit for the occasion, so mum and I went along as style advisers. I did manage to fit in a spot of shopping for me too though xx

Top: Vintage

Skirt: Miss Selfridge

Boots: ASOS

Bring Your Own Sunshine (BYOS)

I always find the only way to cope with a rainy day is to break out something bright and colourful to wear. So, greeted with a forecast of showers when I woke up to head to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this is what I came up with to cheer myself up xx

Dress: TK Maxx

Cardigan: TK Maxx

Leggings: DKNY

Leather Jacket: Vintage

Boots: Oxygen

Pour, oh pour the pirate sherry

Long time, no post! Getting myself organised to do everything I need and want to do before I head across the pond is taking up more of my time than I anticipated at the moment, so I am running a bit behind. About 10 days ago I took part in an opera in a weekend, organised by LUU OperaSoc. We rehearsed for two and a half days, starting on Friday morning, for a performance late on Sunday afternoon. It was utterly intense, incredibly hard work, tiring, and definitely, absolutely, entirely worth it! I’m so glad I took part, especially as I will be missing the operalove next year. Thank you to the fabulous cast, orchestra and directors who made it happen xx

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