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Monday, 29 September 2014

Paris

Ooh La La…
A couple of weeks back I headed to Paris for a lovely romantic couple of days with one of my best friends.




The weather was absolutely beautiful and we had a fantastic few days wandering around in the sun, exploring the sights and eating delicious food. We managed to get a glimpse of Parisian nightlife the first night we arrived and it was fantastic. We spent the next few days walking, cycling and even jumped into the back of a bicycle pulled cart, although our driver seemed to be crazy as he speeded around Paris. Our last night was amazing, we headed into the centre for dinner and celebrated my birthday early. After we went up the Eiffel tower, which was when I realised I had an undiscovered fear of heights that I had gained in the last four years. Our arrival back on solid ground bought me much relief and after a carousel ride, we spotted our cart driver from the previous day and climbed aboard for a night tour of Paris.













Both my friend and I suffered from serious holiday blues on arrival back in England. I'm already counting the minutes when I can return to live there.

Love Alana xxx




Sunday, 21 September 2014

Weekend in Yorkshire...

Heathcliff are 
you out there?

A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit my uni friend Hariette. She lives extremely near Haworth in Yorkshire. Which meant we spent a lovely weekend wandering around the countryside, drinking wine, eating cake and visiting the Bronte Parsonage.












 I kept my eyes peeled for Heathcliff, however unfortunately he didn't appear. Better luck next time right.

Love Alana xxx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Alana Says 'Happy Birthday'


Happy 21st




 It's official, I'm 21!! I know, I know... I've been told I look like a seventeen year old and apparently I'm not very mature. So to celebrate the big 21, me and the boyfriend decided to do something really mature. We headed to West Midlands Safari park to do the Giraffe Feed, V.I.P experience. I wouldn't normally pay the extra to do this, especially as you can feed the animals as you drive around (which is included in the price of your vip ticket) but as it was a special occasion and giraffes are my favourite. I felt it was worth it, especially as it's so much more personal and private. 



We were able to get really close to the Giraffes and got to learn loads about them... did you know their tongues are as longs as 50cm! After we fed the animals, we were taken to the cafe and ate. Then, Me and Danny spend the rest of the afternoon driving around the safari and then exploring the rest of the park. It was a brilliant day out and a fantastic way to celebrate my 21st.

Love Alana xxx


Monday, 25 August 2014

Newstead Abbey


Newstead Abbey



The bank holiday sunday, seemed to bring a beautiful (kinda) summers day.  So my friend and I decided to head to Newstead Abbey and spend the day exploring and picnic-ing. What better way to do it, than in a bright pink midi dress and my favourite heels (which I posted about here). I'm definitely not looking forward to going back to tights/jeans come Autumn.









Dress> Vintage, Heels> Clarks (old), Bag> mulberry, Necklace> Oliver Bonas
It was such a lovely day, although a very strange one, as my friend Mary decided to later nominated herself for the ice bucket challenge... I know she's an odd one. She then nominate our best friends mum which resulted in the three of us having buckets of ice and water thrown over us.  It was a really lovely day full of a lot of laughter. With the sky here turning a nasty grey and non stop rain pouring down today, I'm spending my afternoon bingeing on Netflix and drinking a copious amount of hot chocolate.

Love Alana xxx




Friday, 22 August 2014

Pavlova



Pavlova kind of day!


As I've been diagnosed with Celiac Disease the amount of desserts I can enjoy have significantly lowered. Meaning I have had to become slightly creative and maybe head away from the cakes I use to enjoy. After having my first meringue this summer, they have became my new favourite... I know a bit late to the meringue loving partayyy. After reading Livs post on how to make meringues, I realised how easy the recipe was and decided to try my hand at a pavlova... the cream, fruit and meringue base what doesn't scream summer more than that! Now I just wish the hot weather would come back!!



You will need:

Meringue base-
 4 egg whites
250g Caster Sugar

Topping-
500g Strawberries
200g Raspberries
350ml double cream
handful of blueberries
3 tbsp of icing sugar

plate 
mixing bowl
whisk- preferably electric
silver foil

Step1.

Place a plate on silver foil and draw around it. This will be your outline for your meringue. Preheat oven to 150C/130C fan/ gas 2.

Step 2. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl.

Step 3. Whisk the egg whites with a hand mixer until they form stiff peaks

Step 4. Gradually whisk in the sugar, in 1 tbsp at a time, until the meringue looks glossy. 


The meringue should stay stiff when you hold the whisk up.

Step 5. Slowly pour the mixture onto the silver foil/ baking parchment, staying within your circular outline. create a round shape with a small sink in the middle where you will place the cream etc.

Step 6. Bake for 1hr, although mine didn't need that long.


Step 7. I then added the cream and fruit! 

The blueberries were from my garden so I just picked as many as I fancied and threw them on top. My Pavlova came out a bit cracked but this could be due to the fact that my electric whisk broke and I had to rely on man power.

If you fancy giving it ago, try looking at Lorraine Pascal's guide to making the perfect meringue here. Let me know how it goes.


Love Alana xxx