Stephane Rolland couture, ss 2013
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I was lucky enough to see this in the flesh! Absolutely stunning
My basic bread recipe - Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside
500g strong white flour (& extra for dusting)
310ml tepid water (i think i added a tad more)
2/3 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
Poppyseeds and walnut-oil for topping
All flour onto a surface (i tend to use a large wooden chopping board), make a well, add half the water, all the yeast, then the salt and sugar. start mixing, then add the rest of the water.
Knead away. Knead for 5 minutes. vigorously until it becomes soft, bouncy and silky.
Pop it in a bowl. Cover with a warm damp tea-towel, or cling film and a towel and leave somewhere draft-free for 30 mins.
Knock the air out and re-knead for another few minutes. Pop back into the bowl for another 30 minutes - 1 hour and cover as before.
Preheat over. I went for gas mark 4.
Dust a baking tray with flour and very carefully place our bread onto the tray. I lightly brushed the bread with walnut-oil and carefully pressed in the poppyseeds.
I baked until golden brown (30 mins +)
My mother’s lovely best-friend decided to take a photo of this beautiful Alice in Wonderland Cake she had seen in Brighton a couple of weekends ago.
Funny how she text it to me whilst i was at home eating a carrot.
Today has been the first day of my lifestyle change. I don’t know whether i will be documenting via tumblr every day, as it will probably be the most dull thing anybody will read but maybe i should, it could be another way forward.
Today, i made some drastic-ish changes, and so far i feel good.
The first 3-4 days of any lifestyle change are the hardest. I know that. Relapsing is the easiest thing that could happen, but off i try. To make it a habit or a true lifestyle change, you need to be at it for 6 weeks without letting things slip.
I am not intending a complete attitude change/personality change or anything of the sort. I just want to get back on track in the best possible way.
It even gave me the enthusiasm to have a proper Sunday! I woke after after a proper sleep! Had a lovely breakfast whilst watching Friends and met up with two lovely friends in Starbucks. After a walk home in the sun, which is when i regretted that i wore a jumper and blazer, i went home and re-landscaped our garden, as you do.
I did other stuff too, but if i have the willpower, which i do, then things may just be getting better. And to anybody going through anything, relapses will happen, but they are just part of the journey.
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After a rough few days, being at my cousins sixth birthday was definitely the best thing i could have done!
Family and family friends. Food. Bouncy castle (i don’t think i’ll ever get too old for them), and of course our Eurovision party.
I still feel a bit down but from 3pm, i had been on a high. It’s only now that i am home and want to go to bed that i’m feeling a tad strange. But good strange i think.
Viktor & Rolf - ‘Russian Doll’ [A/W 1999]
Eurovision night is always a highlight of my year.
Lying in bed. Curtains open.
The sky is lighter. The birds are are talking amongst themselves. Streetlights beaming orange and ours and our neighbour’s solar garden lights in the plants are twinkling.
No house lights are on apart from the hallway lights of the people living in the house that hits our back garden.
A few lights twinkle from the cranes which are perched over a building site over the road. The local council building, towering over the houses has just a column of lights left on.
Trees are motionless. The colours are dismal but i feel happy. Calm. Content.