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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

Friday, 15 August 2014

Sunday Funday...

Columbia Road Flower Market
Last post I mentioned that I was in London doing work experience. Whilst here I wanted to attempt to do stuff I haven't done before. I have alway fancied visiting Columbia Road flower market, mainly due to the fact that I adore flowers and markets, but Olivia has posted about it and from her photos and description it sounds amazing! Also isn't her blog fab!?!





So on Sunday morning the boyfriend and I headed to Columbia Road flower market. It definitely didn't disappoint, the stalls were bright with beautiful flowers on display and sellers shouting "three for 7 pound" loudly as we walked along the road. We explored the vintage and arty shops which held a range of fantastic goodies and cute little pots for your plants. The weather wasn't great with drizzle turning to downpour then back to drizzle, but we managed to find a little coffee shop which served the BEST gluten free carrot cake I have ever had and that is saying something as I have tried a lot of different ones. The weather seemed to time it perfectly and after our break the sun popped out allowing us to find the perfect peonies (if I do say so myself) and then take a few snaps before heading back to the car. 



My boyfriend enjoying some battered prawns, they looked and smelt delicious.


The cafe where we sheltered from the rain and enjoyed our cakes.


After we arrived home, the heavens opened and it started to pour down so we pulled the curtains closed and made a den. I know we're so cool but it was the perfect sunday chill afternoon.



Jeans & Cardi >Topshop, Top>Reiss

I don't normally like wearing jeans, I am much more of a tea dress or midi skirt kind of girl. But a few months ago my mum and I were shopping and we both discovered these but in navy. After pretty much wearing them as much as the hot weather we had been having allowed. I decided it was time to also get a black pair and I love them! They're so comfy and although you can't see it in these photos, the jeans are high waisted. Which I really like as they make your legs look longer (which I need as I'm a shorty).  

Have you been to Columbia Road Flower Market? or have you get any recommendations for me to add to my London to do list. I head home tomorrow and although I will miss London, I am looking forward to snuggling in my pjs with my kitty and not having to get up for work.

Love Alana xxx