• BLOG,  FOOD

    Oh Crepe that was good

    Some of my fondest memories as a child was making scotch pancakes (which I believe are similar to the North American pancake) with my mum, and sometimes at school. Usually enjoyed with a thick layer of butter on top, or a sprinkle of lemon juice with icing sugar. I’ve always been known for my obsession with sweet foods and cheerful delights.

    Now I know that there is a a difference between pancake and crepes, but to be honest I have been confused by these in the past. Am I the only one?

    Whilst I’m on the honest path I would also like to share my dislike for crepes that even a trip to Paris, last August, wasn’t able to fully convert me. It’s not that I haven’t eaten many crepes; it’s just I never felt much love towards them. Yes this is an odd thing to say as this is a crepe review, but I am only sharing this information after a recent sample of a new street food stall Notting Hill changed my heart.

    I have been talking about reviewing this stall for a while now, but finally paid a visit to Oh Crepe Ltd – a budding new start up offering some serious competition for the finest crepe in London. Founded by 21 year old Sebastian And 23 year old James. I was inspired by their twist on the traditional french pancake, with a range of toppings from Kinder Bueno, Oreo, and Peanut Butter to name just a few. I of course went for the traditional Nutella, to compare a Waitrose version I had a few nights earlier. I have to say Oh Crepe won hands down, and I will certainly be going back to try their white chocolate and Oreo selection, which I believe to be their most requested combination.

    If you’re in Notting Hill, or a fan of tasty treats then I highly recommend checking out Oh Crepe Ltd. It’s worth noting they’ve recently started to offer a selection of savoury toppings too.

    You can check out their full menu here, and find them on Facebook too.

    What’s your favourite crepe topping?

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  • BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    Take a moment to appreciate

    I’ve recently decided that Saturdays are Me days, which means out of the business of life this will be the day I take guilt free pleasure in doing what I want, and generally having fun! I think it’s especially important to do living in a city to full of life and constantly moving – As a writer (and a human) I also believe it’s good to be inspired and refuel, with the things that feed my soul.

    Yesterday, whilst working on my secret project I stumbled across the beauty of these beauties.

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    I know it’s only trees to many, but it was such a beautiful day (albeit cold) and the budding signs of spring have returned to these trees I once called home. It’s good to take a moment and appreciate what you have, and far too easy to focus on what we don’t. I liked this photo that I stumbled upon Instagram this week.

    (Apologies for the snapshot, but shout out to instagramer who originally posted this)

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    Tree’s and landscape often inspire me. I like images with words like the one above that remind, or motivate me to keep moving forward. If you have any pictures that inspire you, do share them below. Maybe this will inspire you to take a moment in this day to pause and reflect on something. Wherever this finds you I hope you have a fantastic Sunday!

    Come back tomorrow for my post review on Pancakes from Oh Crepie Ltd.

    Xox

  • BLOG,  BOOKS

    Editing thy novel: My new abode

    As I have a few days off I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to spend hours and hours on my novel. I even found a new abode yesterday, which has the best hot chocolate in the South West, and unfortunately due to creative reasons I won’t be able reveal this haven just yet. However, I would like to add and let you in on my frustration. Yesterday I managed to edit three whole pages before I was distracted by my shopping list, which I had to go home to cook.

    Today, I’ve managed to edit 5 pages so far, but the daunting prospect that I am only 28 pages into a 200 page draft is startling to say the least. Do you, or have you experience or advice in the process of book editing that you would like to share?

    I think I’m going to go pick up my new printer now, which I plan to encourage myself by printing out these 28 pages. The idea is to inject some sense of productivity, and spur me on.

    Besides this very enjoyable process, I am still looking for a new book to read. My schedule has cranked up a notch this week, which has place a whole new value on time to read. I’m open and keen to find a good rom com novel, or anything other than horror or porn so if you have a recommendations please leave below. I only ask as time to research book reviews has shrunk again. All though I am a huge fan of novelicious and good reads.

    Happy Friday everyone! Stay tuned for my pancake story this Monday!

    Peace and Jam!

    Xox

    P.S

    This cafe is so cool. Besides hot chocolate, and a range of tasty looking cakes! The music is chilled and one of my favourite songs by Passenger is currently playing in the background. I’m currently sat by a huge bay window, where the sun is piercing through in the most beautiful way. The shop had a great selection of design and home items. All of the above make for the perfect writing environment right now. I’m so glad my friend introduced me to this place. She said it was a great place for getting things done, and she was right. I have discovered that choosing a spot to write/edit your novel is crucial to finding your flow. They say silence is golden, but for me it’s tempered with the sounds of my new abode.

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  • LIFESTYLE

    January shopping haul; on a budget

    It’s been another great week, and a momentous last day for me. I’m starting a new job next week, and extremely excited. Check out my present to myself below;

     

    Channel perfume

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    Cook book…

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    I’ve not been filling you in on some of the cool things I’ve been getting up too, so I’m going to give you a little glimpse today. Before heading to American Sniper last night, with Bradley Cooper. That guy is becoming more handsome by the minute. I’ll hopefully review this movie soon, but I wanted to stop by and show you a few steals found in my favourite store, Zara.

     

    I’ve just spent the best part of £30, in perfume, but Zara’s version (below) smells just as expensive as Chanel and cost a mere £14.99. They have three scents in this range, Cannes, Milano, and… wait I can’t remember the other one, but Cannes was my favourite.

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    I almost skipped past this shirt for £29.99. I think it’d look great with tight leather leggings, and some heeled boots.

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    I have a few black dresses already, but I love this little cheeky number for work. It’s also under £30! So if you’re on a tight budget this January and would still like to treat yourself, then perhaps one of these three items will inspire you.

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    If you like shopping in Topshop, then you might be interested in my previous post, Stripes v Spots.

     

    Catch ya later!

    xOx

     

     

     

  • LIFESTYLE

    Sunset adventures

    Hello,

    Sorry it’s been a bit quite on the blog front. I’ve been busy writing, and working on a few new projects. After a busy Christmas break back home, I’ve been catching up on some sleep and working hard to finish editing my long awaited novel. Thanks to a generous gift from mum and dad, I’ve been blessed with a rather nazi DSLR, which has served as a great distraction and fuelled my passion for taking pictures to a new level. I can’t express how much I love this camera, and how excited I am to have just received my tripod and light box, (which I still have to set up).

    Until, I get round to that I wanted to share a few of my first photographs. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I love a good sunset, or landscape photograph. Often these photo’s inspire me to write. I took the next two pictures whilst on a cold crisp Saturday afternoon. The third picture down was taken at a bus stop near Victoria Station, Oxford bound. I can’t wait to share more of my life with you as I continue to grow my blog/vlog this year.

    So far 2015 has been a year of new starts in many ways. I’ve set my goals, which I’ve decided to go along the route of routine this year. On Friday, I got word of a new job, which I am super excited about. I get to spend more time writing, working on perfecting Vines, Instagram and infographics for a fantastic community online. Stay tuned for more info on that.

    Oh, and I turn 30 years young in 16 DAYS! I don’t quite know how I feel about that, but I’ve just discovered my friends are flying me home to celebrate with them Scotland. It’s been a week of turn around, from distraction and challenge, to seed and fruit. If that doesn’t make sense to you, sorry; maybe I’ll get to expand and explain one day.

    l hope you enjoy my photography below. I’d love to hear what inspires you to do what you do in the box below.

    Xox

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    I love this picture. It makes me think of New York, and I feel like it would be a great shot for a scene in a movie. Perhaps, it will feature in my own movie one day. It may just look like any other building to some, but to me it gave me inspiration for a new story. They say a picture holds 1000 words, I say a picture sparks a 1000 words…

  • LIFESTYLE

    Spots v Stripes

    Hey all,

    I went shopping at the weekend to my favourite spot. Now normally this would feature something from Zara, but today I’d love to show you a few items from Topshop that I have on my most wanted list right now. I don’t profess to be a fashion blogger, but I do love finding new styles and going shopping, so I thought I’d share. Hope you find it interesting. Let me know in the box below either way.

    First a few things you need to know about me, and my choice of style.

    My favourite shops for many years has including, Zara, Warehouse and then Topshop.

    I love spots, and stripes. However, despite many efforts to pull off spotty and stripy garments, I find them hard to wear. I guess I just haven’t found the right material, with the right shape before now, but I never gave up trying.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t had the budget to go out and buy as much as I used to for a while. As London is an expensive place to live, and most of my time and money is spent on travel, rent, and food; and I have to be creative with what I have. In all honesty this can bring any girl in London down, but I have recently discovered a light at the end of the tunnel. My friend suggested making some plans to do new things, which for some reason was a great wake up call. I got so excited and carried away that amongst many other adventures and re-discoveries, I’ve re-ignited my passion to shop! Instead of avoiding shops these days I go in and trying things on. What better what to find out what fits than to test it out, right? In fact, whilst shopping on Saturday I’ve come up with a scheme to reward myself for achieving my goals this year. I am really excited about this years goals in particular. I will share all in Friday’s post. I know I still haven’t filled out in on my recent food haunts yet, but I will get to that next Monday.

    So here’s my top picks, and latest items that I love to wear.

    1. Stripy casual dress, £36, Topshop

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    I love this, but stripes don’t usually look as great on me as it did on my friend. However, there is something about navy and ivy, or cream (which one do you think it is?) that I am drawn too. It’s £36 to buy, which in my opinion is a little expensive for what it is, but it is super comfy to wear too. If you’re too heavy like me, then you might want to go up a size for extra comfort. I think it looks nice with extra room. I tried both 10 and 12 sizes on – I only wish there was an 11 to be just right. Hehe Wonder why they don’t do that size? If you know, please share below. I would normally pair this with tan slouch boots, and a plait hairstyle! I learnt to braid my own hair this weekend, so everything’s a choice of plait for me this week. Better late than never, right? It also helps that my hair has grown longer.

    2. Stripy Jumper, £38 Topshop

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    Now I love this jumper, but for £38 pounds? Why? I am clearly drawing a pattern here, with stripes, but I really want this jumper. I know it’s casual, but it just means I’ll get more wear out of it, and the quality did feel good. It’s super soft and the material was of good thickness. I just wonder why £38? The dress and other chunky knit items seemed to hold a pattern price of £36. I know it’s only £2, but for some reason that makes a huge difference in my mind. I’m not 100% sold yet, so who knows I may return and purchase soon.

    3. Mustard, chunky knit, Topshop, £36

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  • BLOG,  BOOKS,  COMMUNITY

    If you like a lot of biscuit, join a club

    Does anyone remember the catchy tune for CLUB biscuits? If you do, then you’ll recognise the tag line that I used to title today’s post. It’s just a quick one. I’m currently prompting myself up in Starbucks with a Carmel Macchiato (and oddly not a Toffee Nut latte). Starbucks white cups are bag. The red cups are being phased out. As a fan of Starbucks’s marketing efforts, and a shameful gold card holder I notice these things. However, before I go on a rant about Starbucks, and carmel drizzle I want to introduce to you my new book and club.

    I “borrowed” this book from my dad’s bookshelf when home at Christmas. Dare I expose myself and reveal that I was originally attracted by the cover of the book. I have been keen to speak to writers and other creatives for sometime now. It played a hand in my move to London, but as of yet I haven’t found a club to join. It seems the bigger the city, the harder it is to discern which ones are worthwhile going too.

    As I am currently developing my first novel I thought this would be a nice to get some perspective from someone further down the line. It’s early days and I’ve just started reading this. Maeve states from the outside that this is meant to be a journal for writers, and I am so excited to discover what looks to be invaluable advise layered within the pages. I feel like I’ve finally found my own club! Ok, it’s a book, but perhaps it will help me in my search to find a like minded group.

    Have you read this book? Do you know of or would you recommend any writing groups in London?

    I’ve also just finished reading T.D Jakes book Instinct, which I highly recommend. He also prompted me to search outside the parameters of what is familiar, to network with those who aren’t necessarily going in my direction. In other words, branch out and get to know people who are skilled in different areas. I guess he was encouraging me to be open minded, which in today’s world is a pearl of wisdom we can all treasure.

    I’ve talked about different ideals, but equally helpful for writers, or anyone looking to grow from their current stance in life. We can’t do it alone. We’re built for relationships, and should try our best to value the variety of those around us.

    Come back for my next post Friday where I will be reviewing food!
    Xox

  • BLOG,  LIFESTYLE

    New year, new revelation

    Dear my younger self,

    It’s time, it’s time! Wake up! It’s time to rise up baby girl. The world hasn’t stopped. The day is fresh and it’s a new beginning. A new week, and for your 29 year old self it’s just turned a new year. A new year is like a new page in the book of your life. This is your opportunity to do something different, or to build upon something you’ve already been doing. Don’t miss this sweetheart. Do not stay sleeping to what’s facing you today. You have a shot at success and it’s right under your nose. The trouble I’m trying to warn you off is that your day to day life may look boring and mundane to you now, but it will only stay mundane if you fail to see it for what it is. The biggest mistake you can make in life is to chase the glitter, and miss the star. Like those little specs of glitter we used to play with during craft in school, we can be so attracted to the shine and colours of a lifestyle, or an image that we see other people sporting.  “If it looks good, and I feel good, then it must be good.” Wrong. So very wrong. We want the star, the good feeling, the happy marriage, the career, but we don’t want to put the effort or grow up and be responsible, which is to appreciate and be diligent with what we already have. As a wise man recently said, “The key to change is to do more of the same.”  (Steven Furtick)

    If you spend your days chasing glitter, beautiful, you’ll miss the star. Don’t trade a spec of sunshine, for life time of sparkle. Take heart today, pick one thing and do it really well over and over again.

    Much love,

    Leanne

    xox

  • BLOG,  LIFESTYLE

    New Year, New Opportunity 2015

    I’d like to wish you a very happy new year! 2015 is officially here, and after dancing till 4am, it is safe to say that I am well and truly hungover (and I wasn’t even drinking). I hope you all had a great New Years Eve, and day. I happily lay in bed till lunch, then headed out for a full English at Frankie and Benny’s with my bestie – There is nothing like a fry-up and fresh orange to cure a hangover.

    On the subject of food, I would just like to say that I normally go to BHS on these occasions as they do a 6, 8 or 10 piece breakfast for under £4. Today, I was surprised and delighted to discover that Frankie and Benny’s offer an 8 piece for £5 (especially when I was expecting to pay £10). I was less impressed to discover the Henzi baked beans they emphasised in their menu came out as 10 beans on my plate. Yes, you could actually count them. To give you another idea of size, it was about a teaspoon. We had to ask for extra beans, which they charged us £2 for. Crazy, but true.

    I spent the rest of the day chilling and watching TV with a few of the coolest people I know on the planet.

    Now most of today I choose not to think to hard, and enjoy my day off. However, as I lay in bed pondering the weirdness of the new day, and my plans for year ahead. I thought I’d share a few thoughts on how I’m choosing to live in 2015.

    **warning**
    I don’t want this to be another feel good blog post. The internet is swarming with those. It is far too easy to be distracted and lose focus in the multi-faceted society that we live in today.

    1. I will do more of what I love this year – I really want to invest more into growing my blog and you tube channel. I’ve been blogging for around 6 years, but I feel like I haven’t put my roots down. Whilst I look at other amazing bloggers, who have carved out a clear niche for themselves. I have decided just to keep doing the many things I love more, and I believe that by doing this the rest will become clear and fall into place.

    2. Get to know myself – This may sound strange, but it’s possible to go through life and never really discover who you really are. It’s deeper than knowing what you like, and dislike? Although that’s good too. It includes knowing what truly makes me happy, and how to process my thoughts and emotions. If we don’t understand how we work, how on earth will anyone else? This relates to the career your after, the relationship you want, the kind of life you want to lead. I’ve come to learn that successful people don’t achieve their dream based on intellect alone. We need to be able to tap into the instinctive nature within.

    3. Make good decisions – I have decided to be active in changing my tomorrow, by making good decisions today. I have accepted that making no decision, is making a decision; and I want to make less of those kind and be intentional about my life. I didn’t always follow through in 2014, so I’ve want to change that by taking a step to prepare for a better year ahead.

    I’ve also decided on three areas that I want focus and see grow this year. I believe that to bare fruit (live successfully) in 2015, then I’ll have to sow the appropriate seed (action), and water it (positioning ourselves, and being consistent) until harvest.

    I know this may sound cooky, but if there is one thing I’ve learnt in 2014 it would be the importance of guarding and feeding my mind with the right stuff. If we don’t feed our minds, our minds, the internet, our peers, and culture will feed us and as someone wrote the book ‘We Are What We Eat.’

    …And so to bed. Zzzz

    What are your three areas, or situations that you would to see change in your life they year? I’d love to hear them, so please share. 🙂

    Xox

    P.S I love this Instagram post from @propelwoman

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