Monday, 12 December 2011

OOTD & FOTD 20/11/11

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago but for some reason or another it didn't happen!

I went on a make up course while I was down in London a couple of weeks back and this is what I wore!
 Bowler Hat: Marks & Spencer
Dress: Yumi (found in TK Maxx!)
Brogue Creepers: Miss Selfridge
Close up detail of the shoes :)
My FOTD was done using MAC products... I will update this when I find out which :)

I'm wearing my favourite skull necklace (made by Dogeared!)

When we go down to London we stay with our family friends Rosi & Jim. They are fab and are like our surrogate grandparents really! (They don't live on a boat though and they are fortunately human as oppose to being puppets!)

Their shower isn't working at the moment so when we stayed I having baths and for some reason it makes my hair go curly! I quite liked it but don't think I could replicate it if I actually wanted naturally curly hair! :-/

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Missies Xmas Pud Inn - December 2011

Back in September I was lucky enough to get a ticket for Missies Pudding Club at the Rutland Arms in Sheffield. (My blog post about it is here in case you missed it!)

As soon as I found out there was to be a second instalment (and an Xmas one at that!) I knew I had to get my hands on a ticket!

The Pudding Club had been renamed "Missies Pud Inn" which I think sounds even better than the original!
Cindy (Missie Cindz!) is a graphic designer so all of the fab designs, like this ticket, are done by her - cool huh? :)

I'd also got my Mum a ticket for the event as I knew she liked the sound of it too!

It wasn't until just before we were setting off for town I suddenly had a pang of apprehension...

It's an Xmas "pudding" event... I don't really like "Xmassy" puddings!

Uh oh!

Let's see how I got on!! 
Cindy's Mum looking after the puddings for us!

After my small admission there about not liking Xmas type puddings, I must add that I am a pudding lover in general (hence me buying the ticket!)

It's just the whole Xmas Pud, Mince Pies, Fruit Cake, Brandy Butter etc, I'm not too fond of!

I guess I just hadn't really thought the whole thing through as I was thinking with my belly rather than my brain!! But, this aside, maybe my mind could be changed!

So, onto the first pudding!

A Festive Cheer - Chocolate Brandy Roulade made by Chef Mike Smith

How good do the roulades look? The berries on top make it look so festive!
I really liked the sound of this pudding apart from the prospect of the brandy (I just have a thing about not really liking booze in food although I like it out of food!) but the roulade was actually blimmin delicious!

The cake part was actually really quite light so easy going and not heavy like I thought it might have been. Boy there was a lot of brandy in the cream but I actually really liked it! There was also honeycomb on top of the roulade too which was a interesting but tasty touch!

I didn't manage to eat it all (in reality, it was strategic eating - I didn't want to stuff myself and not have room for all five, yes FIVE puddings!!) so saved a bit to take home!

This was my Mums overall favourite pudding. Mike was sat on our table and was really nice.

White Alaska - Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with White Chocolate Profiteroles made by Sheffield's Victoria Made

How incredible does this look? I think it would make a fabulous Xmas Day centre piece!
This was the pudding I was most looking forward to (as it wasn't typically Xmassy!) and it was in fact my overall favourite!

Not only did it look impressive it tasted it too! The white chocolate profiteroles were just divine! The cheesecake was really rich and I couldn't actually manage it all but I loved every bit that I did manage to shovel in!

I think the thing that won me over was the edible glitter! :)

Yee Kwan's Christmas Pudding Ice-Cream made by Sheffield's Yee Kwan Ice Cream

I met Yee Kwan on a course a couple of years ago when she was in the early stages of her business and at the time I thought the whole concept sounded amazing - Far Eastern inspired ice-creams and sorbets.

I finally got to try some of her lychee ice-cream a couple of months ago in Sakushi in Sheffield and was bowled over. I love lychees and I love ice-cream = happy Clare!

The Xmas Pudding Ice-Cream is a limited edition version and I was a little apprehensive about trying it as I'm not a huge fan of Xmas Pudding itself but thought I better try it as I enjoyed the other flavour I had tried.

This was something else! It does have the Xmas Pudding concept but it's just so much nicer and easier to eat! It's not as heavy going as Xmas Pudding but it has all the flavours and spices with a lovely nutty taste too.

I really enjoyed it which I was thoroughly surprised about!

I tweeted Yee to say that I had enjoyed it and she tweeted me to say that there are more Xmas Ice Cream flavours including White Choc and Cranberry, Choc Orange, Praline Choc Crunch and a Mandarin sorbet.

They all sound delicious and I can't wait to try them!(I'll have to work out which to choose first!)

If you are in Sheffield, you can order the Yee Kwan Ice-Cream and collect it from her unit on Wellington St.

Alternatively, the Xmas flavours are all available in Harvey Nichols!

Christmas Chinese Sponge Cake made by Missie Cindz's Auntie Tracey

 How good does this look??
 A close up of the detail!
I was really looking forward to trying this pudding as I always go past the Chinese Cake Shop on London Road in Sheffield (Cake R Us) and always drool as I look in the window at all of the glorious offerings but have still not been in!

Well, I think I definitely will be making a visit!

This was so yummy! It was light, fluffy and fruity it was just what we needed after some quite rich puddings.

I liked the addition of fruit in the filling as it was refreshing.

Chris, who was on our table described it as "like eating a cloud" and I will agree with that statement whole-heartily! It was heavenly!

Pimped Up Mince Pies served with Rodda's Clotted Cream, Fresh Cranberries and Warm Mulled WineRutland Arms

 I think that Mulled Wine is probably one of my favourite things about Xmas!
This was perhaps the pudding I was actually dreading. I just don't like mince pies. But, I thought I'd be a big girl and have a little mouthful, y'know, just to try it.

Hmm. Maybe another little bit. Just to make sure.

Oh, I'll have a bit of a bigger bit. Just to get a proper taste.

Mmm... Bit more.

Mmmm... Waaahh! It's all gone!!!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. I, Clare, am a mince pie convert thanks to Missies Pud Inn!

This was just, brilliant! The pastry was melt in your mouth, the nutty topping was an interesting but brilliant twist and the mincemeat was so fruity it was one of those moments you have when you re-evaluate your food eating experiences and think actually, this is pretty damn good!

The clotted cream was a welcome addition to the mince pie (I grew up in Cornwall/on clotted cream!) and the mulled wine was probably once of the nicest I've tried too (must steal the recipe the Rutland uses!) so was a marriage made in Xmassy pudding heaven!

So, after all that fuss about me not liking "Xmassy" puddings, well, I'll eat my hat! (Although I am still a little bit full from all the pudding so maybe I'll have it later...)

All of the puddings were awesome and have totally broadened my outlook on Xmas afters!

I was also lucky enough to win a free meal in the Rutland in Missies Pud Inn Twitter competition! I've heard nothing but good things about their food, so can't wait to finally try it! :)

I had such a fun afternoon. It really is a fab way to spend the day and there were some great people there too. Thank you to Cindy for organising it and for all of the enthusiasm that she put into it!

If you're in Sheffield and haven't been to the Rutland before you should pop in!

If you are interested in finding out more about Missies Pud Inn, you can follow her on twitter @MissieCindz or use the hashtag #MissiesPudInn or you can join her mailing list by emailing puddingclub@missiecindz.com

You can also follow the @RutlandArms on twitter!
You can also see Cindy's blog post about the day here :)
 
 
Afterwards, Mum and I went for a quick drink at Popolo's in Leopold Square, which is where my brother works.
I'd kept promising that we would go for a cocktail in Sheffield so it seemed like the perfect opportunity!
My brother was working so could help us make the tough decision of choosing which cocktail to have!
 I eventually chose the Raspberry Collins as I was looking for something refreshing and sweet but not too sickly! It definitely hit the spot :)
Mum chose to have a Mai Tai as she likes rum and all things tropical and fruity! It tasted very yummy!

If you've not been in before I would recommend a trip! They have a huge cocktail menu and the food is pretty good too! :)

Wonderbra Competition!

Here's a little something I thought you might be interested in!

Wonderbra are doing a competition over on Facebook to celebrate the launch of the new Ultimate Plunge Bra!

You can win a dream shopping experience with Lydia Rose Bright and a VIP night out in London!

The awesome prize includes:

  • Private car from London to Essex
  • Shopping experience with Lydia Bright at Bella Sorella in Essex
  • Choose your ultimate plunge look from Bella Sorella, which you both get to keep
  • Private car back to the hotel in London
  • A complete hair and make-up makeover by stylists
  • Return executive transfers from the hotel to the exclusive bar Mahiki
  • Reserved table at Mahiki
  • 2 x bottles of champagne at Mahiki
  • Light bites serve with your first bottle of champagne
  • Overnight stay in a luxurious 4* hotel in Central London
  • Breakfast
  • Free Ultimate Plunge bra per person to keep

How fab is that? :)


The competition runs until 30th December with a new winner (plus friend!) being drawn each week!

 

Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Oh hello!

Hello!

I've had another "Clare break" from the blog!

I've just moved back into my parents so have been pretty busy this past couple of weeks doing that, along with quite a few other bits and pieces which I'll be posting about over the next couple of weeks!

I also left where I work to transfer to a location nearer to where I'm now living. The girls and boys got me a lovely leaving pressie - they know me so well! ;)


 
I'm going to spend this evening catching up with all things bloggy!

Hope you are all ok :)

Clare x

PS. As a total aside from all things bloggy, I'm thinking of caving in and getting an iphone... Is this a good idea? 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

OOTD 17/11/11 - Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Motorpoint Arena

Hello!

I've had quite a busy couple of weeks but have quite a bit to catch up on (including the Leeds Bloggers Meet)!

I'm also moving house this week so will be getting some scheduled posts up and running! :)

Last week we went along to the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I've loved them since I was a kid so was really excited to see them again! (Last time I saw them I was working at the gig so it wasn't quite the same!)

Here's a quick peek at what I wore...
 Bowler Hat: Marks & Spencer (I'm pretty much living in this at the moment! It was a quick turn around as I was on a late shift so didn't have a lot of time to do anything with my hair!!)
Shirt: Primark
Collar Brooch: Fairytales & Hidden Notes (I spied this at Lovebox but didn't have any cash on me to buy it... So very happy I managed to eventually find it!)
Cardigan: Clothing at Tesco
Skinny Leigh Jeans: Topshop (via eBay!)
Leopard Print Pumps: Clothing at Tesco
Close up detail of the collar brooch! 
 Close up of pumps, they are super comfy too!
The Chilis! :)

They were absolutely awesome and put on such a good show!

They played a real mix of old and new too which I was happy about (I sometimes get put off when bands play stuff from the newest album and that's it!)  :)

I adore Flea, I think he is definitely a character! 

Monday, 31 October 2011

OOTD & FOTD 30/10/11 - Sheffield Fright Night 2011 & Halloween

Last night, we went along to Fright Night in Sheffield.

If you've not been before, it's a really nice night out - and brilliant for people watching!

I hadn't actually given a lot of thought into dressing up, so this is what I wore...
I got the dress last week in the market near me, not specifically for Halloween, mainly because I love skulls!
Mum dug my old Jack Skellington bag out of the loft - he's about 10 years old so a bit sad looking!
I also salvaged my trusty old purple DM's! I got them second hand when I was about 11 or 12, so they're a good 14 years old! (And still super comfy!)
The skull ring is from H! Henry Holland at Debenhams, the black oval ring is from Primark and the cross is from eBay.
I went for some subtle Halloween make-up! I was looking on YouTube at some of the amazing tutorials that people have done, but had left it all a bit last minute to be trying things out!

Eyebrows: I drew my eyebrows on with a Bourjois Black Liner Feutre Felt Eyeliner
Eyes: I used the purple shade from the Sleek Original palette, I lined my eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lust, I then lined my eyelid and drew some flicks with Barry M Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in shade 3 (silver) and dusted my lids and my cheekbones with Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in shade 9 (an iridescent shade) and stuck little stars on with eyelash glue. 
Lips: Urban Decay Lipstick in Vinyl
Close up detail of my eyes!
More detail...
Side view!
My Mum made a bit more effort than me at dressing up!
We had some glow sticks but one managed to split so we splattered her lab coat with it!
Glow in the dark!
This was in town at Fright Night! Yep, it's a man riding a hippo! :)
Dancing Skellies outside of the Crucible!
People queueing up for Sing-a-long Rocky Horror at the Lyceum - everyone had put a lot of effort into their get-ups! :)
One of the crazy rides in town... There was such a massive queue of people waiting to go on! I'm far too much of a wimp to go on any!
My brother and his girlfriend were monkeys... My camera wasn't quite quick enough to take a picture of him walking round on his hands outside of City Hall!
I think he was made for this outfit!! :P

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! :)

Happy Halloween 2011!!

Happy Halloween!

I had my first attempt at carving a pumpkin last night and came up with this!
 I love skulls!
 The full effect!
In Mum's house!

What are you up to for Halloween? :)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

OOTD & FOTD 28/10/11 - Wedding

On Friday night I went along to my friends Anna & Stef's lovely wedding reception. I had a fab time (apart from Mr Pinklittlebean not being able to make it due to work and the prospect of work at 8am for me the following morning!) and it was nice to see all of my friends together!

I thought I'd show you what I wore...
 My tea dress is from the F&F clothing range at Tesco. I liked it as it wasn't too summery and covered me up! It was very comfy too! :) 
 Purple bag with heart clasp detail by Romwe.

I was lucky enough to win $50 to spend on the Romwe website at the Brum Bloggers Meet. I bought this bag and a clip on collar that I'm sure I will show at some point soon! My bag arrived this week so I thought I'd use it almost immediately!
 Close up detail of the bag!
 Leather Loafer Heels by H! Henry Holland.
Eyebrows: Elf Eyebrow Kit

Monday, 24 October 2011

The Things I'm looking forward to & "Things I'd Like To Do" List...

Back in April, when I first started writing my blog I did a "things I'm looking forward to" post and managed to cross most of the bits off :)

I thought I'd do a new post of things I'm looking forward to, with a few things I'd like to do too (as means of getting myself sorted out and organising them!)

* Our friends wedding reception this Friday
* Transferring to work which is closer to home
* Applying for lots of other jobs!
* Smashing Pumpkins at the O2 Academy, Sheffield
* Alkaline Trio at the Leadmill, Sheffield
* Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
* Getting to some more gigs!
* Moving back in with my Parents
* Going away for my birthday in January... Will be keeping my eyes peeled for cheapy European weekend breaks - let me know if you see any!
* Going away for Mr Pinklittlebeans 30th in May
* Going to the Leeds Bloggers Meet Up
* Hopefully getting along to the Birmingham Bloggers Meet Up (fingers crossed it's on the 26th Nov!)
* The Clothes Show... Need to save some money in the mean time!
* Ideal Home Christmas Show
* Going on a days make-up course
* Going to a day long photography course, I really want to get better at photography/be more creative!
* Uni Re-Union in a few weeks time - it's been 5 years since we graduated/were all together!
* An overnight ghost "hunt" - Mum spotted one on the Living Social Deals, totally sounds like my kind of thing! Will keep you posted!
* The Brighton Tattoo Convention in January
* Saving up some money for another tattoo
* Oh, and Xmas!

What are you looking forward to?


:)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Blogger Meet-Ups!

So, after a mini break from blogging, I've got quite a bit of catching up to do!

One thing I need to sort out in particular is buying train tickets/getting organised for a couple of blogger meet-ups which are happening in November!

First up is the Leeds blogger meet up on the 12th November which is being organised by Ray and Tor which I'm planning on going along to but not sure whether to stay for the evening yet!

And secondly is the Birmingham November blogger meet up which is happening on either the 19th or the 26th of November. Emma has posted some information about it on her blog here.

I'll be attending if it is the weekend of the 26th November!

You may have read my post about the Brum Bloggers Meet that I attended in July... It was a whole lot of fun and I hope I can make the next one!! (And if I can make it, I will definitely stay for the evening!)

Is anyone else going to either of these? Are there others that you are attending? :)

Clare x

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Missies Pudding Club - September 2011

Hello! :)

Big apologies for going MIA for a couple of weeks. I had a few things I needed to concentrate on in "real life" as it were so took a little break!

But, I am back! And have plenty to be writing about! :)

So, last month I was lucky enough to get my mitts on a ticket for Missies Pudding Club, hosted by the lovely Cindy!

Boy, am I glad I did!

For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, it's basically a sweet-tooths (like me) idea of a dream! You get to try a selection of puddings (and no-one tells you off if you didn't eat all of your dinner!) and have a chat about them!

The fabulous looking ticket, designed by Cindy!

The event was held upstairs at the Rutland pub (in Sheffield). I got myself half a pint and shimmied upstairs to be greeted by Cindy, who is absolutely lovely.

I'd spoken to her quite a bit on twitter but it was the first time I'd met her in "real life" which was really cool! It's funny how you can speak to people on regular basis, having never met them!

I sat down on a table with a couple of other ladies, who are also members of the same WI as me (but I'd not spoken to them before) so that was also really nice!

We were given a taster of jam on scones, which had been made with plums from Cindys garden and it was rather tasty!
Right, so onto the nitty gritty! The puddings!

The first pudding we were served was a Bread & Butter Pudding with homemade marmalade and Jack Daniels (made by Kayleigh Degg).

Up until then, I had never actually tried bread and butter pudding as there was something about it that just... Didn't appeal to me? But! How I regret it, I have missed out on 26 years of deliciousness!

The pud was amazing! It had the right amount of tart/tang from the marmalade to go with the sweetness of the dessert. I couldn't actually taste the JD, which is possibly a good thing as I'm not a big fan. Out of the 5 puddings, this was my overall favourite and I am now a convert!
The second pudding we tried was an amazing combination of flavours! (And an amazing sized portion too! Don't worry, I didn't scoff it all - I had a doggy bag!)

This was a Beetroot & Chocolate Cheesecake on a PJ Taste coconut biscuit base made by PJ Taste (who have a little coffee shop in Sheffield if you are ever in the area!).

The combination sounds possibly peculiar but it worked and it was yummy! I liked that it was a baked cheesecake too. The coconut base had a ginger flavour to it too. You did get the hint of beetroot, but it was pleasant (not, urgh, beetroot cheesecake!).

I shared the piece I took home with my brother and one of his friends and they both enjoyed it and wished they'd come so they could have eaten a whole piece!
The third of the puds was a classic!

A Sticky Toffee Pudding made by Rutland Arms.

I really enjoyed this too (can you see a theme here?) I liked the fact that the sauce was separate so I could mop it up with the sponge cake myself!

It was at this point I went and ordered a cup of tea as I think it went better with the following puddings!
The forth offering was something a little unusual to what some people may be used to pudding wise!

It was a Red Bean Sweet Dessert with Peanut Mochi made by Missie Cindz herself!

It had been hinted that we might be getting a little surprise like this and I was over the moon when it came out!

I went to Hong Kong a couple of years ago and tried lots of different desserts/drinks/sweets including a few sweet red bean ones. I really like them, I think it's perhaps the western perception or maybe expectation that beans are going to be savoury, but it really is quite yummy!

This was very tasty, the beans were just the right sweetness and the mochi was a lovely treat with it (I LOVE mochi!!), the peanut inside was delish!
Finally, the last pudding was very deceiptful! It looked like we were getting a teeny portion, but we did have a disclaimer to say it would be enough! (and to be honest, I don't think I had a lot of room left!!)

This was a Rum Truffle Torte made by Annie Parmee.

It was very tasty and very, very rich! I managed about a forkful and I was done! I loved the crushed amaretti biscuit crushed on the top. The torte would work brilliantly just made into truffles too!

My brother ate the rest of it and said he really enjoyed it.

I had such a fab time during the event, it was great to meet some lovely new people and finally meet Cindy, as well as eat delicious food! :)

Have you ever been to a pudding club?

If you are interested in finding out more about Missies Pudding Club, you can follow her on twitter @MissieCindz or use the hashtag #MissiesPuddingClub or you can join her mailing list by emailing puddingclub@missiecindz.com

You can also see her blog post about the day here :)

:)
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