This is one of my favourite days of the year, a day where you are EXPECTED to eat pancakes. Yum! This time I was the one to whip up a quick batch and cook them, instead of my dad. I always eat mine with sugar and lemon, or if I am feeling particularly greedy, a big dollop of golden syrup. What are your preferred toppings?
I also decided to give up chocolate this year for lent- its going to be a struggle, especially with the vending machine in the common room in front of my face every day, however it will help burn off all of the post-pancake calories I hope.
My favourite recipie for pancakes: (makes about 6 large pancakes)
120g plain flour
pinch of salt
Mix the flour and salt in a bowl (I never bother to sieve them- you can beat the lumps out later) and make a well in the centre.
Crack the egg in and beat with some of the flour surrounding it. Add the milk a little at a time and beat throughly, combining in the flour as you go.
Melt a little butter to coat your frying pan, ladle in the batter for each pancake. Allow to cook on one side then FLIP!
Serve with sugar and lemon.
Good make up essentials are hard to find so I thought I would share my favourite products with you.
Make up remover- Lancome (the best make up remover that I have ever tried, it eliminates even the most stubborn products)
Blusher and bronzer set- Estee Lauder
Mascara- Lancome Hypnose Star (rarely smudges, non-clumpy and long-lasting)
Tinted moisturiser- Clinique (this is a lovely product giving light coverage but doesn't cause spots)
Airbrush concealer- Clinique
Kohl eyeliner- Rimmel
Liquid eyeliner- Eyeko
Eyeshadow duo- Lancome Ombre Absolute Duo (the colour combinations are perfect)
Despite the title of my blog I realised that I hadn't actually done a post yet about countryside fashion. One of my favourite parts of living in the country is the comfy fashion you get to wear, it is all about textures and good quality (as well as warmth and practicality). Here is an outfit that I have put together:
2012 has certainly been a memorable year for everyone, with the diamond jubilee and the olympics. There have been many highlights for me, firstly the olympics which was a wonderful spectacle that everyone in the country enjoyed, some of the stories we heard were amazing and I know I for one, am inspired to try to take my sport to the next level, one day I want that to be me out there, me getting gold. My sporting acheivements were also memorable, my team managed to get to the national finals this year, which was an astonishing acheivement. Then at the beginning of the new season, I made a heartbreaking decision to leave my old club which had felt like a second home for 5 years, and embark to a new club where my standard has a better chance of growing. In doing so I had to leave old friends, familiar territory and a strong sense of loyalty.
School has changed hugely, finally going into sixth form to study A-levels, and leaving behind all the subjects that I hated. However new friends arose which I am very grateful for and I hope to make new friends next year.
Moving on to 2013 is though, however a fresh start can be very beneficial and I can't wait for the excitement and drama to come. Now there is just the difficulty of setting a New Year's resolution, what to do?
Burgandy seems to be the colour of the season with many stores flooding their shelves with the various hues, so here are my favourite picks.
As a tall female, I find it difficult to find gorgeous heels without huge platforms that make me into a giant, given the current trends. I love some of ZARA's mid heels and simple stilletoes that don't make me hugely tall yet still elongate my legs. Here are a selection of my favourites, including some flats:
I normally refrain from thinking about Christmas this early on, however I have a Christmas hockey social coming up where Christmas knits are compulsory. I was shocked to discover that I actually didn't own a Christmas knit,so I decided to hunt the web for my favourite options:
I have had a big change in my life recently, moving from my current hockey club which I have been at for over 5 years to a rival club. I found this decision particularly agonising since I have spent a considerable amount of time at my club over the years and it has turned into a second home for me. I believe the decision was the correct one, as the setup of my new club is much more suited to my needs and should help to advance me as a player; however it took a lot of guts to admit to myself that my old club wasn't good enough for me at the moment, despite all of my fond memories. I was very careful to make sure that I left on a good note as I hope that I would be able to move back there in the future if the club sorts itself out, but how do you admit to your friends and your teammates that you are leaving, when all they have done is supported you over the years and you them? It must seem like a betrayal and a lack of loyalty! Putting all of that aside I am very excited about the move and the opportunity to make new friends.