Sunday, 9 March 2014

Milkmaid Braid



Having such long hair can often just be seen as one massive chore. The only time I start to think it looks anywhere near decent is after someone else has blow-dried or styled it. I often have stylists tell me I have the best hair for working on. If only it was as easy to style myself! I have considered getting the chop a number of times already this year, and every time I talk myself out of it, and realise that I am very lucky to have so much hair, and it's taken me a bloomin' long time for it to get to the length it's at now. It would be one of those spontaneous decisions that could swing either way. I'd either love it, or hate it. In the meantime, I've decided to try and do more with my hair, that isn't just "whacking it up in a ponytail or a messy bun" - Having said that, I do still love those styles and will continue to do them, but maybe just as a fall back. I recently decided to plait both sides of my hair and bring the plaits over each side of my head to form something called a "Milkmaid Braid". I think the last time I attempted this I was about 14. I actually really liked it! I know that I could probably use some practise when it comes to securing it and hiding the hair pins but if you are ever stuck for an idea, or your long hair is getting in the way, try something as simple as this! I will be doing a tutorial of this at some point on my YouTube channel for those of you want me to, so stay tuned for that! In the meantime though, I'd love to see your braid creations to get me all inspired.

 


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pancake Breakfast Feast


Having my lovely friends Tanya & Jim staying over, meant being the hostess in my new home. I got to use jugs (!) As it is also pancake day (Shrove Tuesday), where people give things up for lent (until Easter), it meant donning our pinnys and making pancakes. Tanya was chief pancake maker, and mixed the batter perfectly. It was then Alfie who was chief pancake tosser (baha), ensuring all pancakes were tossed with perfection before landing on our plates ready to be filled. I put out a mixture of different things we could use in our pancakes. There was freshly chopped fruit, Greek yoghurt, Honey, Nutella, Marshmallows (I know, seems random, but trust me... Pancakes or Crepes with Nutella, fruit and marshmallows is DELICIOUS), Sugar, Lemon & Maple Syrup. I had Nutella and marshmallows in mine, I know it's not the healthiest start to the day, but I also balanced it out with greek yoghurt and fruit on the side and a nice glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. I think I could get used to being the hostess, the only thing I don't like is the cleaning up afterwards. 

What fillings did you put in your pancakes today?

Are you giving anything up for lent?