Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekend!

Hi everyone!
This weekend has been so much fun!
On Friday night I went to meet my husband and friends at Hummus Bros in Soho. I've only been here once randomly walking past looking for food. We raved about it and convinced everyone to come back with us.
Hummus Bros are a company started by college students who were sick of eating crappy unhealthy food and wanted something cheap and yummy. How it works is you order a main which is served in a bowl of hummus and you get pita bread. They also have gluten free options, but its pieces of small toast. I ordered guacamole, John ordered mushrooms and my other vegetarian friend order fava beans. We also got spiced cinnamon apple juice which is so delicious, like drinking an apple pie, yumyum!

Delicious fooood (photo courtesy of my friend)

After that we moved on to the K-Box in Soho for some karaoke. The place is fairly decent, expensive, the rooms are really small but you can dance on the seats and there is a large selection of music. There is also a grumpy man at the door Some songs have weird translations and there is weird background videos for the songs. I was singing a duet of 2 become 1 by the Spice Girls and there was a video of a woman in the street having what looked like an epileptic fit. Scary and disturbing.
We drank lots of cocktails which had names after songs or artists, my favourite was a Lady Gaga, which was a pineapple watermelon vodka thingy, so delicious, but oh so sweet. Everyone kept buying me drinks, must of been charming them with my singing hehe! We're hoping to set up a monthly karaoke night (wish it could be weekly but I don't think I could convince anyone!


John and I singing Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces


My Friend and I singing 2 become 1

We ended up leaving at 10 and heading towards a pub for a friends work mates farewell, but everyone pretty much knew each other because they all work in the same industry so you've bound to work with someone once. 


Me and friends near Tottenham Court Rd


Midnight was when we turn into pumpkins (and be back for the babysitter) so one of our friends came back home with us and played this crazy card game Monopoly. Basically you have to collect 3 sets of full set properties to win. It's much better than real Monopoly! I ended up falling asleep while the boys kept playing.

Saturday was pretty much a recovery day (opps) just blobbing around the house cleaning and playing with my daughter, in the evening we ordered pizza and watched Fairly Odd Parents.

Sunday(today) I got everyone early and bused us off to Wembley Park Market. It's apparently the biggest market in England. It took us a while to get there because TFL told me bus would be best, but it wasn't. The bus goes squiggle squiggle everywhere and takes forever!
Upon arriving at the market we saw bags, food, gadgets, everything. Loads of fakes (I assume) It was like going down Petaling street in KL but less hassling, choice and more expensive (but still cheap for UK)
It was freezing at the markets so we went on a hunt for some food and found a pure vegetarian food stall that had felafals and different types of batjas. I got John to order while L and I shivered. The food was cooked fresh and was so delicious. We got a felafal wrap, which is not like your typical middle eastern one, there was no hummus and the felafel was crunchy and had a curry flavouring to it. The batjis were equally as yum, there was a choice of onion, eggplant and potato; we got all 3! 
We headed home for a well deserved rest. I am a bit cheeky though, I went to the markets instead of going to the gym. I promise myself I will be better this week and go everyday! Trying to get back into old routines is hard in winter!

Hope you all had a good weekend, anyone been to Wembley Park Markets?

Love Nee xx




Thursday, January 12, 2012

L's Birthday, New Years Resolutions and mini cheapo haul

L's birthday was on Sunday, I can't believe she is a big 2 year old! Time totally does fly by, so make the most of it!

My Princess


We decided to surprise her with a Mickey/ Minnie mouse themed party and invited her 2 favourite adult friends over to join in. We decorated the living room with the christmas lights, lots of pictures of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, balloons and streamers.
When she woke and saw it all her little face just lit up as she went around looking at all the faces of Mickey and telling us about them. She opened a present from us, a Minnie Mouse dress, Mouse ears, Minnie boots and stockings. She demanded we put them all on her right away and then we Skyped my family and John's family.

L in her Minnie outfit, with a Minnie head shaped pillow from her grandma


After her nap 2 friends came over and we were all required to wear mouse ears and L got to open the rest of her presents and she got a lot of Mickey mouse stuff (I think everyone knows she likes it, haha!) We played games like pass the parcel (she didn't really understand so she sat and played with her toys while us dorky adults did it) We did colouring, dancing and ate lots of her favourite foods; baked beans, chips and lollies. We did a little treasure hunt in the backyard and she loved finding the little parcels in the trees and garden.


 We had a nail painting party as L loves to have her nails painted. 

She got very tired early, so she went to bed with a bunch of her new toys and went straight to sleep. Us adults stayed around and played Carcassonne a type of board game where you match tile pieces up to make points and had some Malibu rum and Cognac, yum! A really good day and night, that I won't forget.

Carcassonne 


I went to Superdrug on Tuesday afternoon to have a look around, but I ended up picking up a few cheapo things. I'd heard that MUA eyeshadow palettes were good, I love the colours and they feel really nice. The Colourworks stuff came in a set that was in the blue cross sale so with was a bit of a bargain. The eyeshadows are scratchy, but they're fine enough. The Beauty UK bronzer is a bit rubbish, my brush won't pick up any of the pigment, I guess it would be nice if you layered it up a bit. 
The Boots No7 BB cream gets a paragraph all on its own! I love it! I've worn it a few times, on it own and under my foundation. I've been reading heaps about BB creams lately, but I've been struggling to find BB creams from Korea that didn't have caviar or pearls in them (I did find some, so I hope to purchase them soon) But this BB cream is the first I've tried and its thick, gives good coverage and makes my skin feel soft. I also used my £5 voucher so it was cheaps, big love!


This weeks haulage...


I've made a few resolutions this year; number one is to keep eating healthily and to keep up my exercise and the bonus is that I would lose more weight. Number 2 is to wear lipstick and number 3 is to travel to Scotland, Italy and Holland. Anywhere else is a bonus.

I've come down with a bit of a cold, so sorry the post isn't too detailed, my head is so stuff!
Have any of you made resolutions?

Love Nee x


Monday, January 9, 2012

A late happy new year!

The holidays are such a busy time for me. There's my husbands birthday, Christmas, New Years, La Befana and my daughters birthday. It was also our 1 year UK anniversary! I can't believe I've been here a whole year (well I was in Australia for 2 months but it was a holiday to visit family!)

For my husband birthday we went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde park. It was raining and cold that evening, but that didn't bother us! It was magical there, beautiful lights and market stalls really gave it that authentic Christmassy atmosphere you don't get in Australia or New Zealand. Here are a few pictures from the night.


Us at the entrance

The Ferris Wheel was romantic and gave great views of London

Me drinking mulled wine for the first time. I hated it!

We then went to House of Fraser wasting time until our bus came. 
I like to try on hats. I also got to play with some Nars foundations which were really lovely and can't wait to go back and play.


Christmas was very special this year; it was the first year my daughter Little L understood what was going on and had a blast seeing all the lights, trees and presents! It was also our first winter Christmas and we spent it with just us, another first. We were sent a massive vegetable hamper from Harrods which was great because we made a massive roast lunch with a vegan nutroast and vegan faux beef roast from Redwood, both are so yummy! I also make the best roast potatoes, so they were a highlight. We were so stuffed we just sat around the rest of the day playing with Little L's toys. She was really spoilt this year by everyone and got some really lovely toys. These were some of my favourites;

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This is a beautiful wooden toy set that includes 12 cookies, 12 toppings, a tray, spatula, knife, kitchen mitt and cookie dough tin.
The wood is solid and smooth, feels very durable and bite proof (they do look really tasty so Little L has been actually trying to eat them!) the paint is non toxic and so far chip free.
Little L loves cutting through the velcro although it can be a bit touch because they are so grippy, but she's determined so she gets it in the end. She puts the tray in the oven and we wait then she takes it out with the oven mitt (because its hot!) and then hands them out to eat and does it all over again.
Great imaginative play and I can see it lasting for years to come.




Another wooden toy, these cupcakes have a great weight about them which says to me quality and durable. There are 15 cupcakes on a two tier cake stand. Each cupcake has a number and a shaped bottom with a corresponding number and shape hole for it to fit in to.
The cakes look so delicious and there are neat little decorations like little cherries on top.
Little L loves this one because not only are they great for tea party play, she can learn numbers and she loves to make the shapes up. The colours are more pastel then the picture dictates.


I bought my husband a gift box from Lush; All I Want For Christmas. He loves Lush products (I used to work there and he loved having me demo on him) 




Lush - All I Want For Christmas (now sold out)

I bought this from the Lush White City store in Westfield, which is a lovely little store that is always busy and the sales people are nice, but sometimes a bit pushy (as a Lush sa you have to be because that's your job)
The box is beautiful, I love the hat boxes from Lush and was sad to give them up when we moved here. The quality of the box could be more sturdier and don't get water on it otherwise it will loose structure.
Inside could have been packed better as well, some products were a bit crushed and some had absorbed the colour from the paper shredding.
This box has one of each product from the Christmas range. Being in England, there is a such a fast turn around of  stock everything is super fresh, so everything smelt beautiful but a little bit soft. We've only used a few products and as usual they are amazing, the bubble bars deliver the best bubble baths I've ever had and would never use anything for a bubble bath again.
There are so many products in this box it will take us a few months to get through, which is fine by me (Even though its his gift, he has to share)


I haven't actually gotten my Christmas present, its on layaway, but will be completed at the end of the month. It's a limited Luts Delf Art ball jointed doll - Perennis Lishe and Lupinis Lishe. For those unfamiliar with ball jointed dolls, they are articulated dolls with ball joints that are completely customisable. They originate from Japan, but many companies are in Korea. I've owned many in the past, but when my daughter was born I gave up the hobby. You can see my photos here of the various ones I've had.

I also got a lot of makeup before Christmas when I was in Kuala Lumpur. I went into Sephora and spent up a storm on Dior, Too Faced, Urban Decay and Benefit. I've just gotten serious about makeup so I'm not very seasoned, but I bought these products from browsing the store, and then afterwards I discovered beauty blogs and have since bought more, so I will review some of the products I've used soon.

Little L hanging candy canes on our poorly decorated tree! Our first real tree as well!


New Years is a special time for my husband and I as its the anniversary of us meeting. Little L had been really sick so we stayed home put her to bed and we had a little bit to drink to celebrate, listened to the BBC radio live coverage of the countdown and we hung out the window of our flat looking at fireworks around our area.


L enjoying lemon gelato

La Befana, Little L and I went and got gelato from Joe Delucci's. It was the best limone gelato I have ever had. Little L loved it so much she stole my spoon and had a double spoon scoop happening. So cute! We met up with my husband and we went to GBK. It was really busy there but we managed to get a table  outside in the heated tent area and it was nice and warm. We did have to wait a bit and there was no baby change room which was a bit annoying, luckily Westfield as a really nice baby change room. The food was delicious, I got a bean burger and John got a felafel burger, we also order fries and the highlight, onion ring! They were unbelievable, the texture was perfectly crunchy and the onion inside soft. They were complimented with a tangy BBQ sauce. A bit expensive for a regular eat, but good for special occasions, especially when you have to get your own drinks and go up and order your own food. The burgers are huge, but the chip servings are small. 

Sorry there's not many pictures, my cameras many batteries have died and the charger isn't working (MAJOR DISAPPOINT!) So I am trawling ebay trying to find a replacement.

I feel like this post is getting too long, so I will wait until next time to update about Little L's birthday and New years resolutions (even though its the 2nd week of January, I will get up to date soon!)

Thanks for reading, hope you all had lovely holidays,
Love Nee