Fudge Glorious Fudge | c/o Thomas The Baker

Fudge. That's all I really need to say in this post isn't it?
 Fudge is good. Fudge is delicious. Fudge is creamy and indulgent and chewy and golden and GLORIOUS. I like fudge. EVERYBODY likes fudge. And you know who makes THE BEST fudge?

Thomas the Baker, that's who.

Or at least, their fudge is very, very good. It's sweet but not too sweet, gooey but not in a 'glue-your-mouth-shut' way, creamy but not too sickly, and as a bonus, it smells DIVINE. Thomas The Baker blogger, PR assistant, outreach specialist and all round lovely lady Sian very kindly sent me a few pieces of this holy treat to review, but I'll quickly be buying up the whole stash unless she hides some away for all you guys too!

 I'm not just saying all these nice words because I like Sian, although I do. I saying them because I like Sian AND I like fudge, and she happens to have provided me with THIS fudge, which is my new favourite fudge! It's rich and buttery and a mix between the American style candy fudge and traditional Scottish tablet. Aka, it's the best of both worlds. For further proof, go and see more mouth-watering pictures of this soon-to-be-famous fudge right HERE on the Thomas The Baker Blog, whilst I go and savor my last piece...

How many more times can I say fudge before you go and order some? 


World Book Day 2014 | The Kindle Edition!

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY! I get so incredibly excited for World Book Day even though I'm no longer a child who gets free vouchers and a pass to dress up as one of the coolest characters in the world for school. Granted, I could still dress up, but seeing as this years WBD has fallen on the one day I'm not actually leaving the house/my desk, I couldn't really justify buying a costume especially given the sorry nature of my current financial/job situation! (Anyone out there fancy hiring me? I LIKE BOOKS.)

However, if I did have some spare pennies floating around, and as soon as I do, I know exactly how they're going to be spent - Darcy is going to get a pretty little present! Darcy, if you don't already know, is my beloved new Kindle Paperwhite (named after Darcy Lewis, not the ballerina lady) and currently she's dressed in Jean Valjean's (my old Kindle, keep up!) rather scruffy old cover. It's been loved, no doubt about that, but it's also showing signs of fading, wear and tear, and given that Darcy is so beautiful and so shiny and so new I think she also deserves a costume just for herself!

I've been searching around online for interesting and unusual covers and skins, and etsy in particular really came up trumps - so many book loving talented craftiness, all in once place! My main problem is going to be choosing one item, and I'll be sorely tempted to go all out and get Darcy and entire new wardrobe so she can dress up everyday of the week. Here are some of my favourites  - I'd also love some more recommendations, if any of you guys have ever come across anything remotely similar and splendidly beautiful!


A Day At The Races - Dressing For Cheltenham

Apart from our little family tradition of betting on the Grand National - and by betting, I really mean each of us choosing a horse with the coolest name and putting a pound on it - I've never really had much to do with or taken much interest in horse racing (or any racing for that matter, as you've probably realized by now, sports and me are rather diametrically opposed). However, one thing I DO enjoy muchly and partake in at every available opportunity is dressing up and wearing/coveting beautiful clothes. Any excuse to look like a Disney princess is guaranteed to get a good reception from me! Such an event that obviously comes to mind is Ladies Day at Cheltenham races, which I might potentially be persuaded to attend at some point in the future, although I don't really like champagne, I hate wearing heels on grass and I currently own absolutely nothing that comes close to tweed!

Regardless, I did have fun imaging what I would wear if I did happen upon the chance to go, and the more I started browsing the more and more enthusiastic I became, if only for the fact that I'd get to wear a tutu again! (Read: extremely classy tulle skirt. Not 'tutu'. I just really, really like the word tutu). I know the outfit I've styled isn't stereotypical of the races (I'm looking at the sea of fitted dresses, nipped in waists, long button coats and cloche hats from last years event right now) but it's most definitely me and I know full well if I was really going, I wouldn't cheat myself out of an opportunity to bring a bit of fairy-like magic to the track! 


Ladies Who Lunch | Crepeaffaire Review

Yesterday, me and my Mum and my sister Milly headed across the Pennines to Leeds for a wander around the new Trinity mall, a cheeky bit of window shopping and a spot of lunch. We don't go to Leeds all that much as Sheffield/Meadowhall is a lot closer and more convenient, but after a weekend spent looking after my poorly Grandma and frenzied job hunting, we all thought it would be nice to get out for a few hours and do something a little bit different. Trinity mall itself was a pleasant surprise; with a great mix of shops, cafes and restaurants; beautiful curved glass, stone and aluminium architecture and a prime city center location - although it wasn't exactly as 'indoors' as we expected, which resulted in us going rather under-dressed for the breezy and drizzly weather Tuesday had in store for us!

To warm up and refuel after a couple of hours spent trying on huge hipster cardigans in Urban Outfitters, longingly fondling the gems in Sworovski and coveting matching sets of beautiful underwear in Victoria's Secret, we decided to try out Crepeaffaire in the upper gallery, a waffle, shake and pancake house with additional stores in London, Cambridge, Cardiff, Reading and Germany. This is the first branch to brave the North, and I sincerely hope it marks the beginning of a new trend, because seriously - it's DELICIOUS. Hands down some of the best pancakes I've ever had, with ridiculously generous portions to boot!


Wanderings | Barcelona!

HELLO! Or should that be HOLA? Heh! If you follow me on twitter and instagram you'll have no doubt noticed that this time last week I jetted off for a mini weekend city break with Charlie, staying Friday-Sunday in the Catalonian haunt of Barcelona. We had a brilliant time exploring, eating all the food and drinking all the sangria and going on all the metros (does anyone else really like using foreign metro systems? I may just be weird...), in addition to seeing a plethora of pretty things and soaking up the unexpected and really quite pleasant February sun!

We managed to fit in a trip to the Sagrada Familia (my new favourite place), the Gaudi museum, Park Guell, the beach, the harbour/marina, Las Ramblas, the Palace and Montjuic Fountains, Avenue Diagonal and also wandered in and around the streets between Espanya and the Passeig du Gracia. Mornings began with pastry and nights ended with tapas and paella, and of course more sangria! I got quite fond of the strange Spanish eating times ('lunch' at 2pm-ish, 'tea' at 10pm-ish) even though we were only there for just short of three days, and my only regret is not sampling some of the delicious looking churros as an afternoon snack when I had the chance! I did find out that I like razor clams, periwinkles and (to Charlie's smug delight) mussels, the latter of which I've been a staunch hater of my whole life - I remain convinced that it was only because these particular mussels were covered in squid ink and mixed into a well seasoned and delicious paella that I was able to tolerate them!


Mischief Managed.

They're here, at last! The long awaited and much delayed photos from when me and Emma went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour a whole SIX MONTHS AGO. I can't quite believe it's that long, and I'm definitely getting ready for a repeat trip. It was beyond magical, beyond expectation, beyond anything I'd imagined and utterly, beautifully and marvelously REAL. I quite simply can't put into words how wonderful it felt to be there, to be surrounded by props and sets and costumes and have the whole Potter world come alive - I lost count of the amount of times we squealed, pointed, cried and stared in wonder! The Harry Potter books mean more to me than I could ever get across on paper (or online, heh) and if I could move into the Leavesden Studios for good, I would. It took all of my strength not to climb over the rope that separated us from the Weasley's kitchen and start making a brew, accompanied by some 'Cheeri-Owls', and I wanted to sit by the fire in the Gryffindor common room for the rest of my days. 

I know a lot of you guys have been as well, and so what I'm saying in this post is probably second nature to you and nothing new, but I love hearing other people's thoughts and feelings on their experiences and seeing their pictures. If you're not a Potterhead feel free to skip the 'read more, although you could have a sneaky peek and see if it tempts you into going or reading the series or watching the films... I personally couldn't imagine my life without Harry Potter, and I know it'll continue to be one of my greatest loves and interests for all of ever.


Twenty Three.

As it's the last official day of my Birthday Week (you all have birthday weeks, right? I mean, who only wants dessert and special treats on ONE day?!) I figured I'd post a few snapshots of how I celebrated, both on Tuesday and yesterday! Tuesday was a 'family day' and a rather quiet event, filled with food and wine and beautiful gifts, and yesterday was a 'friend day', filled with...actually, that was food and wine and gift orientated too! With added spy movies in the form of Jack Ryan (which is actually surprisingly really good). 

I haven't had chance to see Charlie yet due to work/distance/money issues, but I'm not too sad as later this week we're going to Barcelona for three days! SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED. Also it's not been possible to see my old house/uni mates this year again as we're still scattered all over the world, but they sent me what was possibly the most amazing card I've ever received and so I guess I forgive all of them... 

My pictures are quite sparse, as I was too wrapped up in enjoying my time with family and Emma to whip my phone out - and I don't really like 'haul' style posts, I always think that no-one else would really care what gifts I got, as they were intended/personalised for me and so probably aren't very interesting or exciting to others! I couldn't resist showing off my new ring though, which was a gorgeous and totally unexpected surprise from my mum... she's a star! Most of the photos I actually did take involve food in some shape or form. Which is something I'm totally fine with.