New Finds & Lovely Things #2 : Pink & Gold

//1 The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel -  It was my favourite film of last year and this recently released companion book looks like a delightful way to delve deeper into the wonderful world of Wes Anderson (pic via It's Nice That)

//2 Wolf & Moon D Studs in Pink Blush - Will bought me these earrings for Christmas in wood & gold but they're so pretty I could have them in every colour!

//3 Light Pink Timberland Boots - I really love the colour of these Timberland but is it really boring and old of me that I'd worry about how dirty they'd get?! (pic via Tumblr)

//4 Gold Diana Mini  - I've decided I'd really like a pretty camera that I can use on our wedding day. Obviously there'll be a lot of photos taken anyway but I know I won't be able to resist snapping a couple myself. I'm torn between the white Diana Mini and this bling gold version.

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Somethings from the Weekend : My Granny's 80th

We spent this weekend away from home again (it feels like we've barely been in Bristol this year), this time we were down in Devon for my Granny's 80th birthday party! We had a great fun family gathering at my mum's house. There was a buffet of delicious food with Honey Mustard Sausages especially going down a real treat - as you can see from my face! 

We decorated with pink & purple balloons stuck to the ceiling, originally we did this using static from Will's hair but decided Sellotape would be more secure although all together less funny! We also hung paper bunting which my Muma made from sheet music for her wedding in 2013 and she made up a beautiful bouquet for my granny which included the cutest origami flowers which matched the bunting - ain't she clever! Make your own with this tutorial

It was such a fun party and lovely to spend some time with the family - Happy Birthday Granny! 

Did you guys get up to anything fun this weekend?

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New Finds & Lovely Things #1 : Oh Honeybear

Inspired by the wonderful title of my current favourite album from Father John Misty 'I Love You Honey Bear' I thought I'd share some of my favourite beary-good finds...

//1 : 'I Love You Honey Bear' deluxe LP - The album is fantastic and you sure can listen to it on Spotify but just look at that multi coloured LP and pop-up sleeve!

//2 : Beary Egg Cup - ain't this the cutest? I actually bought this for Will a couple years ago, so can vouch that eggs just taste better when eaten out of it!

//3 : I Love Tea & Bears mug - Well who doesn't?!

//4 : 'Bringing Up Baby' illustration by Simon Tozer - I own a slightly different but equally lovely bear illustration from one of my favourite local artists Simon Tozer. I especially love how the bears in his work alway look so melancholy.

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Recipe : Blackened Salmon, with Green Goddess Avocado Salad

This recipe is adapted from Donal Skehan's book 'Home Cooked' which I'm finding we're using quite a bit recently. It has some nice and quick, healthy recipes for midweek suppers, a lot of which happen to be wheat free (yay!). This dish is full of great flavours with the spicy succulent salmon and fresh, zingy salad - as an aside, I apologise if the phase "green goddess" makes you cringe as much as me but the dressing tastes good enough to let it slide!  

Blackened Salmon, with Green Goddess Avocado Salad

Serves 4 (or in our house two for dinner and the next day's packed lunches)

I served with a simple rice 'n pea :  add a tin of kidney beans (water and all) to your pan of rice along with half a tin of coconut milk, top up with water if necessary and cook/steam as 

// for the blackened salmon

1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
4 Salmon Fillets (ideally skin on)
olive oil for drizzling
// for the salad
2 little gems / 1 romaine lettuce
6 radishes 
2 ripe avocado 
3 spring onions
// for the dressing
3 tbsp coconut milk
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 garlic clove 
a handful of chives

~Pre-heat grill. Mix the spices on a flat plate, drizzle the skin side of the salmon fillets with olive oil and place in spice mix to coat. Set the fillets aside on grill-pan ready to cook.
~Shred the lettuce, chop the avocado and slice the radishes and sping onions and arrange salad on a platter or serving board. Roughly chop the chives and garlic and pop into hand/bullet blender along with the other dressing ingredients. 
~Place the fillets under the grill to cook and blacken for 8 mins - no need to turn but keep an eye on them and lower the grill pan if blackened is becoming just plain burnt! Meanwhile whizz up the dressing, pour over salad. Plate up the fish and serve with the board of dressed salad.

Enjoy x

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What to do in Bristol this Valentine's Weekend

As Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year why not make a weekend of it? There's plenty going on in Bristol to choose from, here's my personal favourite picks of things to do this weekend... for all you lovers out there!

Friday 13th Feb // At-Bristol - After Hours: Love & Luck (tickets £7)  // A date at At Bristol science centre is a great idea for something alternative to do together at any time, but their after hours events sound like the perfect way to really enjoy it as you get to look around and play with all the exhibitions without those pesky little people about! This time the theme is love and luck (it is Friday the 13th as well as Valentine's after all) so as well as the usual exhibits there are special features for the evening including the science behind alcohol and attractiveness and have-a-go heart dissection!

Saturday 14th Feb // The Cube Multiplex: Disco Love (tickets £2 on the door) // More up for going out with a group? Or maybe you and your beau love a good old boogie together! Either way The Cube knows how to put on a good night and I'm certain this weekend's Disco Love event will be no exception!

Sat 14th & Sun 15th // Brief Encounter at Harts Bakery @ Temple Meads (tickets £20) // Brief Encounter is one of those classic films I feel like I know all about but have never watched - I even think I have seen it's iconic final scene a number of times (darn those '100 Greatest...' style shows!) As it is set in a train station and is widely considered one of the most romantic films of all time watching Brief Encounter snuggled up under the arches of Temple Mead Station on Valentine's weekend sounds just about perfect. The ticket cost includes Hart's Bakery Salt Beef on Rye and a Salted Caramel Brownie and what says romance better than salt beef & salted carmel...not.even.joking!

Sat 14th // Valentine's at Clifton Lido // (£50 a head) // If your looking to splash out then I highly recommend Valentine's at one of Bristol's most romantic locations, the Clifton Lido. Go all out and book a swim - including use of the sauna, steam room & hot tube - followed by a delicious dinner of either tapas at the pool side or choose three courses from the a la carte menu. 

Have you got any thing lurrrrrvly planned?

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