Friday, 18 April 2014

Russell Howard

Russell Howard is one of my favourite comedians (after Mr Boyle of course) and the decision to purchase tickets for one of his gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, was the correct one :D

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We started the day off in Giraffe at Westfields then continued on our journey towards Hyde Park.
I definitely prefer Hyde to St James's as the Tyburn tree once stood close by! There is just a plaque on the pavement now but it was quite surreal to think we were standing where tonnes of traitors were once awaiting their punishment.

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After admiring the plaque (which is on a crossing), we strolled through Hyde, bought orange ice lollies and lazed in the sunshine :)

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coat - topshop via ebay (about £14)
shoes - topshop in the sale (£10)
blouse - oasis in the sale (£12)
dress (worn as skirt) - topshop via a charity shop (£2.99)

After this, we grabbed a few drinks in The Tyburn (a pub) then made our way towards the gig and ended the night flushed with tears of laughter streaming from our eyes.
I think he almost triumphed over Mr Boyle ;)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelvedon Hatch `Secret` Nuclear Bunker, is a hidden gem in the Essex countryside (in the borough of Brentwood) and of course, is no longer secret as it is open to the public (£7 for adults) :)
It was built in 1952 and was originally an RAF ROTOR station then over time developed into a Government HQ intended to house 600 people (even the Prime Minister ;)). At a time where threat of nuclear war was rife, civillians were obviously petrified.
It was eventually decomissioned in 1992 and is one of the few bunkers in the UK to be open to the public.

Unfortunately i couldn't take photos as you have to pay for a permit, but I did take some snaps outdoors :)

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Dress - topshop in the sale (£25)
Cardigan - topshop in the sale (£15, 5 years ago)
Bag - ebay (£20) - I always seem to use this bag :)

Russell Howard on the 16th, eeee :) also, still ploughing on with the novel.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Colchester

Believe it or not, myself and the boy had not been to Colchester since December! (:0) so today, we woke up and decided to head down there.
The train tickets are cheap and its just a general nice place to go for charity shops and for a bit of character.
I managed to find a beautiful real black leather topshop jacket in Age UK. It was £14.99 but for something that was originally (probably) around £150, I couldn't say no. Even if it doesn't get worn, it won't matter as ebay is so easy to use.

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coat - topshop via ebay (£30)
dress - topshop (£26)
bag - ebay (£20)

It's the anniversary of the execution of Thomas the 2nd Earl of Lancaster today, so check out my writing blog for a piece I wrote about him a couple of months ago :)
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The next blog post I write, will probably be about mine and boys night seeing Russell Howard! :) we're seeing him at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th April and are so excited.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Spring is here :)

The problem with working in an office, is that you miss out on the beautiful sunshine during the day so yesterday after the boy met me from work, we strolled down to our favourite pub and got some lovely food (soup for me, burger for him). We took our time walking back (without any coats on) and marvelled at the beautiful sky, if i'd had my camera with me, so many pictures would have been taken!

Today the weather has been pretty much the same so after a lovely lie-in, we strolled down to our little Morrisons and bought some food for a picnic which we then ate in our local park.
This said park, has a museum (i've blogged about it before) and a new exhibition opened in December about an old nightclub which was frequented by us a lot about 3-4 years ago so this was our obvious destination after eating our lunch!

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We even shared our first kiss here after not seeing each other for 11 years; so many good memories. We don't go to nightclubs anymore, but if this one opened again, we probably would ;)

I'd also like to share with you, a Victorian style jumper I purchased from ebay earlier in the week

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Its so warm and lovely, definitely got a Victorian vibe going on in my wardrobe at the moment.

Jumper - topshop via ebay (£5)
Skirt - topshop (xmas present)

In regards to my novel, I have allowed the boy's mother and my grandmother to read a sample chapter and their responses have been very positive!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

From Hell

I recently read a book about Jack the Ripper and found it so enthralling (awakening my 14 year old self) I looked online to see if a tour was available of the East End... and of course, there is one. It runs from 7.30-9.30pm every evening and is only £9; well worth it. I have walked through Whitechapel before (unwittingly knowing so as a child), but never in the evening so this made even more creepy, the boy was with me though, along with 30 other people!

My knowledge of the Ripper subject is fairly good having studied the autumn of 1888 at high school, so I found myself nodding along with the tour guide (ignoring several stupid comments about Sherlock Holmes solving the case) and shivering in my recently purchased Victorian styled jacket.
Millers Court (where Mary Kelly lived and was murdered) has shifted so it was a little strange standing on the second floor of a car-park viewing over the deathly murder scene of the faceless young woman but other than that, it was incredible. The tour began outside at an actual old doss house (4 pence a night, 2 pence to lean on an old rope) and it looks as daunting today as it no doubt did in the gross East End of Victorian London, where in the West, it could not be any more different.
It was too dark to take pictures unfortunately,but if you are interested in the subject, go online and book tickets, you won't regret it! ;) http://www.thejacktherippertour.com/

Earlier on in the day, we visited the British Museum :)

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A medieval chess set
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Taken from St Stephen's chapel at the palace of Westminster (Edward III, a year after the fall at Calais, wished this chapel along with St George's chapel at Windsor, to be reestablished). You can imagine how it must have looked; beautiful. The chapel was apparently founded by King Stephen (1135-1154) and was incomplete disrepair before Edward decided to `spruce it up`
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I did take a few more pictures but because of the cabinets, they haven't come out all too well :-/... of course didn't really want to use the flash! I did see some people doing it and it is quite annoying.
Anyway, please do visit these splendid attractions if you find yourself in London!

Jacket - vintage via ebay (about £5)
Black blouse - Zara via a charity shop (£2.75)
Grey Cardigan - Topshop (£38)
Bag - ebay (£20)
Skirt - Topshop (present)

Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Capital

We didn't really have a plan for our day out in the impregnable capital, we should shoved on our shoes, pulled on some clothes and sped down to the train station.
After grabbing lunch at Pret, we went down the infamous Outnumbered haunt (Aslan at Trafalgar Square) and into the National Gallery where we both agreed that King Charles I's mount was indeed obese and that Rubens was indeed a fantastic artist.

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After baring a sweet farewell to such talent, we strolled a little further along and paid the banqueting house a visit. What was once a grand palace, is now merely that of a single stone building, its presence not doing its commissioner Henry VIII justice. After a fire in 1698, it was not rebuilt so we had to use our imaginations as to what the impressive palace looked like.
As Charles I was a grand lover of the arts, he asked Rubens to honour his father James I and of his Divine right to rule by producing series of paintings as to which resulted in gracing the ridiculously high ceiling. They are still impressive today but I thought it best not to take any pictures.

By this time it was nearing 5p.m so we left Westminster with our stomachs rumbling and headed to Chip + Fish at Westfields.
I did very much enjoy my food.

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coat - topshop factory second via ebay (£40)
dress - kate moss @ topshop via ebay (£60)
shoes - topshop in the sale (£10)
cardigan- gift

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Saffron Walden & Walden Castle

This weekend has been dedicated to my boy (its his birthday today!) so we had made plans to go to London... unfortunately the weather has not played ball, so yesterday, instead of catapulting into the capital, we traipsed around our local shops, met a couple of friends for drinks and watched Family Guy.

Today however, we awoke to a blue and cloudless sky so (quickly waving goodbye to our hangovers) we decided to have another museum trip. As Essex is home to a few ruined castles, we thought it best to abandon London (too expensive anyway) and drive up to the lovely town of Saffron Walden in north-west Essex. I had never been before so obviously was very excited to encounter the Norman motte and bailey ruins.
We went to the museum first and at only £1.50, it was well worth it, my favourite part being the authentic Tudor bed.

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I don't think i've seen an authentic Tudor bed before... obviously there are "mock" beds scattered around, but never a real one... had quite a private, squealing moment and luckily for me, the museum allowed photography! So, naturally, I had to keep taking pictures!

The other section of the museum I thought interesting, was the costume room. The dresses below were quite breathtaking, my camera however, has not done them justice;

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The white one is a wedding gown (1840s) and the red one is a day dress (c.1901). It is difficult to believe that just over 100 years ago, women were still wearing floor length gowns on a daily basis.

After quickly changing into muddy boots (the mud still caked on from Hadleigh Castle ;)), we strolled across the grass and admired the Norman castle (built during the civil war in the 12th century). There was not too much to see unfortunately;

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Please excuse the sun in my face! This has been our first sunny day for 2 weeks!

Coat - topshop via ebay (£14)
kilt - topshop in the sale (£20)
blouse - miss selfridge via a charity shop (£4.50)
bag - topshop - birthday present.

We are planning to do our London trip next week now, fingers crossed the weather stays fine!