Dressing like a Victorian

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Blog friends! It has sure been while since I posted on CCLD & the reason is that lately I feel like I’ve lost my blogging mojo slightly, so didn’t want to post anything just for the sake of it. However reading some of my favourite blogs in the last few weeks has inspired me to start posting regularly on here again, so keep your eyes peeled for future posts!

As you can probably tell by these pictures, once you’re out of practice taking OOTD’s, posing becomes awkward & you clearly forget how to even stand like a human being! This explains my awkward ‘holding-the-hat’ pose that I have adopted in almost every picture *monkey covering his eyes emoji* . The pictures were taken on a Sunday spent wandering one of my favourite spots in London, Hampstead, so I decided to make use of the cute cottages & pubs & take some outfit pictures.

Asos victorian dress Asos victorian dresshampstead houses Asos victorian dressdress – Asos | boots – Asos | bowler hat – Topshop (all very old, sorry!)

Homemade granola bars

homemade no bake granola barGranola, quinoa, kale, avocado, chia seeds – all the rage in the last year or so, and although I’m slightly skeptical over some of these food fads (especially the gluten free craze), I have totally jumped on this healthy living lifestyle. You know 2016, a new year…a new me and all of that jazz!

As I work from home, the fridge & junk cupboard is dangerously close to my desk and I often find myself rummaging through the snacks to see what I can eat in between lunch and dinner. This often means having a packet of crisps or some chocolate with a cup of tea and living with my failed attempt at healthy eating tmy healthy eating for the day has failed. So I decided to make some no-bake homemade granola bars for when I start to feel peckish at 2pm…and then again at 5pm!

  • 1 cup dates (pitted)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds (chopped or leave whole)
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts (chopped or leave whole)
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

homemade no bake granola bar

  1. Put the dates in a food processor, until it comes together in a ball.
  2. Place the honey & peanut butter in a small saucepan and bring to simmer.
  3. Place the oats, almonds, pecan nuts & the chocolate chips in a bowl and mix together the peanut butter and dates. Stir until it combines.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper & place the mixture in. Pat down to flatter.
  5. Place in the fridge, for 3 hours, or the freezer for 1 hour, until firm. Cut into bars.

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Forest

forest selfridges forest selfridgesIt’s been a while since I’ve posted a restaurant review, but I haven’t really been to many new restaurants lately – I blame Prezzo and their vouchers! However, last week I made a trip to the West End to brave the crowds and do some Christmas shopping (a seriously brave decision, two weekends before Christmas!) and I went to Selfridges’ Rooftop restaurant, Forest, for a lunch break.

Each season Selfridges transform their rooftop space according to the season and for the last 2 years, their winter theme has been a ski-lodge in a forest setting.forest selfridges forest selfridges forest selfridges forest selfridgesThe exclusive lift takes you straight up and as soon as you reach the Rooftop, you get some serious Narnia feels. The walkway, which leads to the lodge itself, is filled with fairy lights amongst narrow tree trunks, which line the walls. The restaurant itself has some serious interior décor goals too, as every corner is detailed with foliage, candles, logs and traditional tartan blankets are hung at the back of every chair.forest selfridgesforest selfridges forest selfridgesThe must haves on the menu are: the gingerbread choctail (gingerbread liqueur, hot chocolate, whipped cream – amazing!) & the blue cheese fondu, which I am still dreaming about a week later!

One word to describe this space – magical. It manages to transport you to a countryside ski-lodge in the middle of a very busy Oxford Street!

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

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