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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 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

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

mixing bowl
whisk- preferably electric
silver foil


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

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Kew Garden

Kew Gardens

I'm currently in the middle of enjoying a lovely two weeks of playing grown up. I am fortunate enough to be doing two weeks work experience at a retail head office with the buying team, which I am loving!! My Aunt has let me and the boyfriend stay at her house, whilst she's away and we are sort of experiencing London as Londoners. As I've mentioned before whenever I'm in London normally I don't tend to explore much and just hang around the local area. However, lately I've been trying to see and do more things that I haven't experienced before. With the boyfriend being someone who doesn't tend to visit London a lot, we decided to spend the weekend being tourists. So yesterday we headed to Kew Gardens and explored the grounds in the beautiful weather. 

On our adventures we came across the Gin & Tonic garden, with a little greenhouse full of fruit infused gin bottles and ginormous plants, creating a beautiful little house that smelt amazing!!

Skirt> Primark, Top> Reiss, Bag> Mulberry, Shoes> Primark

 It seems I'm pretty in love with midi skirts and dresses at the moment so couldn't say no to this gorgeous skirt from Primark especially when it's in my favourite colour... it would be rude not to! We had a fantastic day and the weather stayed glorious, unfortunately it seems to have disappeared today.

Love Alana xxx