Saturday, April 28, 2012

To My Dearest...

To my dearest hair, an open letter from me to you.

We have been through a lot you and I. Granted not as much as many, but we have a long, bonded and special relationship.

I should take this opportunity to apologise to you for some of the abuse I have inflicted upon you over the years. There were the fringe years, although I take no responsibility for those, only for the following months of the snap together hair clips used whilst growing out the fringe years. And for those, I truly am sorry. I apologise for the brief hairsprayisthesolutionforevandalwayz period, because I'm sure you didn't enjoy the sticky mess any more than I, if the truth be told. But mostly, I should really apologise for the non-Aussie years. All the years that I didn't know about the pretty packaged, beautiful smelling, good for my hair Aussomeness, and then the following ones where I chose to ignore them.

The Curling Experiments...

But you see, my dearest, my long, my beautifully shiny, my chocolate coloured hair, I have seen the light and I know you deserve better, the fresh clean feeling from Miracle Moist Shampoo, the silk smoothness from Miracle Moist Conditioner or the funky fruityness of the Take the Heat 3 Minute Miracle. And whilst I continue my endeavour to make it up to you, and I shall of course promise to do better, to make it work between us, my ultimate gesture to you, I pledge to try and earn my wings, to give you the Aussie Aussomeness I know you so crave. To become an Aussie Angel to give you all the love I know you deserve.

Chocolate Brownie

To my hair, please forgive me, understand I'm trying to do better, and to Aussie, please help me in my bid to apease my hair and win back its shine, its volume, its life, soul and scent sensation. And to give it the Aussie love it deserves.

Yours Faithfully

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Best Foot Forward

I like shoes. I think you already know that. I wear flat shoes most of the time and over the years I have purchased a great many pairs of quite cheap flat shoes that actually aren't really very good for my feet. This year (much to the delight of my mother who has been nagging me for a while) I have decided that I need to spend a bit more and put my best foot forward.

Like a lot of people, I've noticed that Clarks have really upped their game and started producing some very lovely shoes- that is lovely, for all sorts of people, not just *those* types of shoes... but my problem... not being able to find them instore. Every time I've been to Clarks, the windows and prime shelves are full of aforementioned shoes and  I've lost interest.

However, my mother recently ordered a pair of the Mary Portas for Clarks shoes (THESE ONES- aren't they FIT?!) and mentioned that there were lots of nice shoes on the website, and I'd just thrown out a pair of suitably knackered (and cheap, bad for my feet) pale pink/nude coloured shoes which urgently needed replacing. So I went to it.

My worry about some of the Clarks shoes has been how delicate or not they may be, I don't need help in the clunky department, my ankles do enough of that on their own. But these babies are elegant, they're pretty, they're lady like without being elderly and I love them. They're also a bit sturdier than a vast number of flat shoes I've bought before, they have a proper sole made of rubber which might just help me NOT to fall over all the time and they have some cushioning in the insole, which makes my poor, battered, abused feet happy. 

Having decided on these ones, my Mother then piped up that there was a 20% off discount code running. Prompting me to start looking for a pair of plain black flats, in the spirit of being kind to my feet because I wear black flats a LOT. 

Clarks Arizona Heat, £39.99 in Black Leather

I was concerned about these being a bit too heavy and clunky, like I was with the above Cadiz shoes. But they're really not, like with the Cadiz shoes. I wore them with skinny jeans for their first outing...

But best things about these shoes: they have cushioned insoles. The 'Softwear Cushioning' really is amazing and it was a bit like wearing my fluffiest comfiest slippers. The rubber and solid soles seem to be Chloe-Clumsiness-proof. A minor miracle. Once more, my long suffering feet might actually thank me for putting sensible, supportive, comfortable shoe choices on my feet... and the bit of my brain that requires my feet and ankles not too look like sledgehammers is happy too.

So who has bought Clarks shoes before? What did you think? I'm really impressed with the shoes themselves and I'm even more impressed that I've managed to acquire 2 pairs of sturdy and well made shoes for under £65.... and they do free standard delivery... Yeah. So. Why are you still waiting?

BTW... This isn't a sponsored post, and all view and reviews are my own, I'm just really really pleased with my new shoes.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

This has been my snack of choice for the weekend of late. At the weekend, we eat dinner, but other mealtimes tend to go out of the window as we all three of us like to try and get a couple of decent lay ins in. Subsequently my snacks are a bit more substantial. I like to think of it as brain food, as the weekends is when I glue myself to the books.

Seeing as nobody objected strongly, I'll continue to add recipe details where I can to these posts... which in this case may be simple but also comprises the description of my snack:

1 chopped apple- I used a Braeburn, any eating apple will do.
Add a handful of raisins or dried fruit of preference- I also love dried fruit and nut mixes for even more texture
A decent spoonful of Greek Yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey to taste mixed through should complete the snack of my personal dreams.

The mug is Lemon, Ginger and Cardamom tea. Another favourite, a move to try and keep my caffeine intake down and also good (apparently) for nausea which I've been suffering with as a side effect of some new drugs.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Burnout Blonde

Yup, that's right, definitely not blonde anymore. My last attempt to go a few shades darker in February didn't really go to plan- in that it barely made a difference.

The dye I used is a semi permanent colour- Loreal Casting Creme in Chocolate Brownie. I'm not here to review it, but I'd use it again- simple, quick and not messy!

So what do you reckon folks? Do blondes have more fun? I think not.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Thought That Counts

Whilst in London recently, I desperately wanted to track down the Ibiza Mix polish (Models Own x Hed Kandi collaboration). Sadly, I couldn't find it, despite a tour of central London Boots stores by T and I. T, a man well accustomed to my nail polish habit and who has purchased not an inconsiderable part of my collection for me, came back from'errands' with these, a cheer up present because he knew I was gutted I couldn't find the polish I wanted and that I'd been suffering a bit with feeling under the weather. He's not a bad, is he.

From Top- Green Envy, Stormy Night, Midnight Blue

According to the shiny little labels on one side of the lids, these are limited edition and they're pretty. Shimmer and deep in colour, although quite wintery they actually work really well as a contrast to some of my brighter or lighter clothing... she says huddled up in a jumper and leggings and a cardigan and scarf and watching the rain pour down and having been sleeted on yesterday. 

So far I've worn the Midnight Blue shade. It's almost like denim on my nails and lasted really well- it managed 3 days with no topcoat and minimal wear. The only thing is that it needs 3 coats to get the optimum density of coverage. 2 would do at a push but 3 is definitely better. I only have this Instagram shot of it on. 

(You'll have to excuse the Duvet Nail bruising going on.... *cough* amateur *cough*)

Has anyone else tried the Models Own Pro range? I have to admit that I'm a whole lot more impressed with these than the standard polishes with which I've not been as enamoured as many are (I find they are quite difficult to apply and take AGES to dry then chip quite quickly). These apply evenly, they dry reasonably quickly, they're fine to get off again and they seem to have some decent staying power too. Personally, I'd rather purchase one of these than 2 of the standard ones- I believe the Pro range come in at £8 each as opposed to the £5 for the standard polishes. 


Thursday, April 19, 2012

English Rose

Yeah yeah, I'm aware with my medium-olive skin, hazel eyes, blonde-ish hair, I don't fit that description. But this does....

This is the E.L.F. Lip Balm with SPF15 in Rose. A tinted lip blam that has a very slight minty scent and tingle. It moisturises, it gives a subtle red colour and it's awesome. 

I have a Mineral Moisturising Lip Tint from E.L.F. already, in a pink colour, it's awesome too, but when putting through my pretty much monthly order to E.L.F. I saw this and wanted to give it a try. I have pretty much established that red lipstick is not really me, so in order to indulge my passion for lip colour, I thought a red tinted balm might be better. And it is. 

I'm struggling massively with dry lips at the moment, and haven't really been able to wear my favourite lipstick, so it's been even more important to be able to enjoy lip colour in a properly moisturising format. This ticks all my boxes. I did really like the look of the Revlon Lip Butters- nothing like a bandwagon. But personally, I begrudge paying £8 for a tinted lip balm. I burn through lip balms super quickly, so at £3.50, I don't mind so much. 

Have you tried the E.L.F. tinted lip balms?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

Pretty much posh beans on toast. Lunch on a busy Friday with my Dad hurriedly trying to make sure that I'm up to the challenge of managing our business without them in a few weeks time.

I thought I'd try adding recipes for some of the things I actually know how to make (that's not to say that I actually made this, don't be silly people!). Your input, as ever is appreciated. Let me know if it's a yay or nay to the recipes.

Ok so:

You will need-
A slice of bread for toasting
a tin of chickpeas- half a tin should do 3 portions with the volume of extras outlined below
a red onion
vegetables of choice- in here we have a half a pepper, a handful of green beans and a few cherry tomatoes (**cough**leftovers**cough**)
curry powder or spices- you could also use mustard for a milder or a different flavour

1. Gently sweat the onions in a pan
2. Add your chickpeas and vegetables
3. Add the cream cheese and stir in- start with just a table spoon and stir until melted. You can always add more, but you don't want too much.
4. Add the mustard (about a teaspoon to each tablespoon of cream cheese) or the curry powder or spices (to taste)
5. Stir well
6. Spoon onto toast and scoff.

P.S. This is another Instagram Chloe Likes To Eat, you find me under the username chloelikestotalk if you want to follow me on Instagram.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Another Roll Of The Dice

So Easter weekend was spent with T in London. It's been a while since I last went down to visit and I had an awesome time. We had no plans except knowing I wanted to catch up with my London family for a couple of hours, and you know what, it was the best long weekend we've had in ages. No pressure that we were 'wasting' our time or not doing things we 'should' be doing. Rosie wrote an awesome post on doing what makes you happy rather than what people think you should be doing because of your age/gender/job/deleteasappropriate if you read nothing else this week, then read this.

So here's MY London. OUR Weekend. OUR way.

Clockwise from Top Left

T bought me nail polish to cheer me up after a day of feeling awful with side effects. I had also been trying to hunt down the Models Own x Hed Kandi Ibiza Mix nail polish, with no joy. T understands that you don't stand between a girl and her sparkly nail polish.

Scrabble. It took almost a whole day to find somewhere that sold a board in London, but we found it, and used it. Competitively and brutally. We're quite evenly matched T and I. When I win, I usually win by a large margin, but T often wins, and it's not infrequently by 1-5 points.

Tickets. I spend a lot of time and money on rail travel.

It seems to have become tradition for T to give me a Lindt Bunny at Easter. I'm not complaining. Remember THIS from last year?

Best London Bus advert EVER. Some people are gay. Get over it. 

I don't know if you can tell what both signs say in this picture... one is an ad for the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie The Dictator.... the one underneath... for a new Jewish Community Centre in NW8. The irony was not lost on us. I'd quite like to see the movie out of fascination when it comes out, but this trip T and I ended up going to see the Hunger Games. I really enjoyed it and I've read the books. I'm not going to review or go any deeper than that, because the world, his wife and his mistress have provided an opinion already.

Take out in Covent Garden specialising in sausages. Hours of entertainment doing German accents....

I wore my cat shoes a lot. Still a bit in love with them. I did a DIY tutorial type thing for them if you fancy creating some yourself.

Arrival and Departure. the joys of London Euston.

Bi-polar weather, the big black rain clouds over London as I left. It fitted my mood. I didn't want to leave. Most of the time, I actually like being in a long distance relationship. I get the impression that you're not supposed to say that, but I do. I have the support of my relationship, my partner, but we both have the time and space to focus on our careers, which we both value very highly. Tuesday evening. I didn't like it. Just for a little while, I wanted to stay. To be conventional. To be with the person who listens to my whinging, who makes me feel better when I'm miserable and who reminds me it will be alright in the end and if it's not the end then it's not alright.

So that's our weekend, our way. No big nights out this time, we were both too shattered. No crazy running about in the city. No epic discoveries. We ate. We wandered. We played Scrabble, we watched almost an entire series of Spooks. We watched a trashy move (Conair- one of my favourites!). Our weekend. Our way. It made us happy.

Also. A little side note...Some of you will remember I've been using Molome- the app similar to Instagram that is available for Android and BlackBerry amongst other platforms, but now Instagram is available for Android, I've made the move. So if you want to see my pictures as the come my username is chloelikestotalk.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Where There's Tea

I know there's a special blog lady who can finish this sentence particularly well.

Where there's tea, there's hope.

Having been an avid coffee drinker for a few years now and pre-coffee addiction I never really drank hot drinks much, I feel I now fully appreciate the art of a decent cup of tea... whatever tea that may be. But next on my list of 'to try' is loose leaf tea. And lucky for us all, Twinnings sent me this rather lovely info earlier this week.

Loose tea

Has anyone ever tried loose leaf tea or the above? I'd love to try some gunpowder green and mint... how COOL does it sound?! 


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

It could only be....

Bunny Love from T, a present for Easter that seems to be becoming a tradition.

In other news, this is a slightly belated Chloe Likes To Eat where I've been in London visiting T. And I HAD to share this take-away shop in Covent Garden with you

HOURS of entertainment

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Still completely in love with Molome (like Instagram but for Android) although I've weened myself off taking several tens of pictures a day. Here's a snapshot of recently.

 Apparently this is something arty doing the rounds of the country?
 Door Frames of Doom... beginning to look like a boxer
 The Follesdal and Hix version of EU Party Politics is SO much more interesting in the sun, wearing shorts...
 Embracing summery multi-coloured nails.
 A favourite t-shirt, love that the stripes are made up of a landscape
 Marinated lamb kebabs with peppers and onions on saffron rice and a side of tomato sauce
 Strawberry milkshake is good for the soul
 Meatballs served with tomato sauce, pasta, brocoli and a sprinkling of Parmesan
 Getting ready for my London Jaunt


Thursday, April 5, 2012

She's the Cats Mother

Following the hype over the kitty shoes that are doing the rounds of budget fashion/shoe sites at the moment I decided to have a go at my own. Completely not because I couldn't buy a pair in my size. Nope....

So Tutorial Style...
Clockwise from top left:
You will need:
One pair of knackered cheap shoes- textile is better than leather or plastic
An unpicker- about £1 from sewing/haberdashery type places
A selection of large needles- these were 50c somewhere in Europe
Thread in the the colour of your choice
A chalk or tailors chalk pencil- chalk rubs off which is why you should use it instead of pencil
Optionally- fabric paint/buttons/sequins

1. Clean shoes if necessary, before unpicking any bows/adornments

2. If your shoes have a bow/any adornments, unpick them carefully without tearing the fabric. Just slide the point of the unpicker under the stitch and pull gently.

3. Using the chalk mark on your cat face. I copied mine from some slippers...

4. Using your needle- it needs to sharp but reasonably large to get through a heavy fabric, punch holes through at stitch length intervals before stitching.

5. In back stitch, using the holes you have just punched, stitch in your cat face.

6. It is best to keep checking your face after each section is completed to try and keep the faces even and reasonably symetrical. Don't be afraid to alter the markings and design as you go.

7. Using fabric paint or a button or a sequin, create the nose for your cat face. Once this is dry, using your hand or a dry cloth, lightly brush off any remaining chalk markings.

Aaaaan they're done. This took me about 2 hours (both shoes that is) so although it requires patience, this is not a lengthy or difficult project.

I'm super pleased with my cat shoes- not only have I saved a (ableit cheap) pair of almost new shoes (which I wrecked on the second wear), I've created shoes that I wanted for free, and that are not quite the same as everyone elses. Sorted.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

I'm currently without an internet connection and BT seem to think that 3 working days is an adequate time to fix the problem so I'm posting mobile.. god love android and its helpful integration! Sadly it may mean it's a touch quiet here over the next week as I'm away over Easter weekend.

So onto the main event... A lunch shared with my dad, made by my dad, whose birthday it is today.
Wild Garlic Soup with pumpkin oil and creme freche.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Fling

Remember earlier in the week and I was lusting all sorts of goodies with a view to a Spring working wardrobe?!

Well I **may** have done a small amount of shopping when I was in town towards the back end of the week. Well... with so many pretty things and bargains to be had, it would have been rude not to.

Proper shots to come once I've actually worn my new goodies, but couldn't resist sharing a snippet of spring colour now the spring weather had departed Cumbria as we all knew it would.