Festival Fever

festival fashionfestival fashion f&f bag Festivals. Two things come to mind: music & fashion. I’m not the biggest festival goer and even though I don’t plan my summers around Glastonbury and Reading, I still love festival season. Why? The fashion of course!

Festival fashion is one of the reasons I stay glued to my Instagram feed for the whole summer (that, and I may have a tiny Instagram obsession!). I love it all, from the floral crowns at Coachella, to all the wellies at Glastonbury and the most important question of the summer – what Alexa Chung is wearing.

So when the nice people at F&F asked me if I was up for the challenge of putting together a festival look, I moshed at the chance (get it?!).

I teamed up this geometric style clutch by F&F with a simple LWD, a chambray shirt and my fave Vans. I love the bag; it’s quite oversized, which is perfect for festivals, as you can fit all of your festival essentials – make up for any touch-ups, mini deodorants and your phone/camera for any unmissable Instagram moments! I also love the fun, boho design, so thank you F&F!

The bag is also super useful, as when the notorious British rain comes down, fear not. Use the oversized clutch as a shield, as demonstrated by me…

summer fashion f&f bagfestival fashion dress & shirt – Vietnamese market | vans – Office | clutch bag – F&F | sunnies – Topshop

Some Exciting News…

If you follow me on Twitter, or you follow me in real life (i.e. you’re my friend), you may know that I have been shortlisted for the Cosmo Magazine Blog Awards, for the ‘Best Lifestyle Blog of 2014’!!!!!

This song basically sums up my emotions after finding out the news.

As you may be able to tell, I was and still am ecstatic that I have been shortlisted amongst some amazing bloggers. It has really made my week/month/year, ok LIFE (a step too far?!). So, thank you so so so much to everyone who voted for me and without sounding too much like a typical X Factor contestant, it really means a lot to even be shortlisted!

Voting is now open for the winner and runner up of the category, so if you could spare a minute, it would mean a lot if you voted for my little blog. You can vote here, and as I said, I’m in the Best Lifestyle category, so vote for your favourite bloggers and when you get to the Lifestyle category click on Custard Creams and London Dreams, then keep clicking ‘next page’ until you see a page which says submit.

I’m super excited for the awards, and am looking forward to meeting the other incredible bloggers, some of which I have been following since before I started my own blog. I’m going to have to try my absolute hardest not to have any embarrassing fan-girl moments, but after a few glasses of Champagne, I can’t promise anything!cosmo blog awards cosmo blog awards

Vintage Cars & Coloured Houses

custard creams and london dreams custard creams and london dreams notting hill fiat 500 vintage I’ve never really been much of a car person. I haven’t always dreamed of owning a Lamborghini (and to show you how much I don’t know about cars, I just had to Google the spelling of ‘Lamborghini’!) and seldom notice “special ones” on the roads, unlike most people. Having said that, vintage cars do not fall into this category and are the exception to the car rule.

There’s something very Downton Abbey about vintage cars, and maybe because of my obsession with anything old and historic that vintage cars are always on my car radar. Therefore, when one spots a vintage Fiat 500 on the streets of Notting Hill, one must simply stop and take outfit pictures with it. Naturally!

custard creams and london dreams notting hill ashuminotting hill ashumi custard creams and london dreamstop & trousers – Zara | shoes and sunnies – Topshop | bag – Mulberry | car – Fiat 500

This Week I’m Making – Pink Lemonade

pink lemonadeThere’s nothing better than spending a sunny Saturday, sitting in the garden with a good book (mine is The Fault in Our Stars at the moment!) and a cold drink. Usually my choice of summer drink is a Pimms but I decided to be a wild yesterday and make pink lemonade. And before you say anything yes my version of a wild Saturday is drinking pink lemonade! Because when life gives you lemons and strawberries from Waitrose, make pink lemonade. Right?!

It’s very quick and easy to make, plus to make it look like Pinterest heaven, pop the lemonade in a mason jar, stick a paper straw in it and garnish with fresh fruit.You need:

  • 400g sliced strawberries
  • Handful of strawberries to garnish (and eat while making!)
  • 300g granulated sugar
  • 260ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1 litre of cold water

  1. Start by making the puree – place the sliced strawberries in a food processor and process until smooth. Press the puree through a mesh sieve to discard the seeds.
  2. Mix the strawberry puree, 30 ml of lemon juice and 100g of sugar until combined.
  3. Now for the lemonade – combine the rest of the lemon juice and sugar in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cold water and puree and stir.
  4. (Optional step) To make my pink lemonade look extra Pinterest-y, I rimmed my mason jars with sugar. To do this, moisten the jars with lemon juice and dip in sugar.
  5. Garnish with strawberries and lemon slices and enjoy!

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