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I bought some new Nike gym bits today. 

Slight Nike obsession.



 Everything from Nike at ASOS and trainers from Nike store in Oxford Circus.

Kellebelle

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Tatty Devine 



I was pottering around Selfridges the other day… Quite aimlessly really, in a post payday haze where all of London feels rich for a few days. £££

I came to the Tatty Devine stand and was eyeing up their dinosaur necklaces. Standard.

They had these really cute little speech bubble necklaces that said things like “queen bee”, “tweet, sleep, blog, repeat” and “I’ll take two sugars”. 

I spotted one that said “I’m not antisocial, I just like cats” and was all ready to buy it when the girl behind the counter informed me that I could get anything I wanted put on it. ANYTHING I wanted. The choice was infinite.

When I decided what to get, I told the girl and tried not to look like a complete weirdo: “I just love mint and dinosaurs”.

I mean who doesn’t?!





All this for £30… Not too shabby at all!





What would you get on your speech bubble?

Kellebelle

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Neon nails

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Yesterday I decided to go for neon yellow and grey shellac nails… I think I was a bit too excited about my new trainers!

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I got my nails done by Roxy at So:Me in Clapham North.

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Nike zoom fit agility trainers

I visited the Nike store on Oxford street today and had to stop myself buying the entire third floor.

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I’ve been looking for new trainers for a while – my criteria being:
1. They must be bright
2. They must be suitable for gym and dance workouts

You would think it’s not too much to ask but I kept seeing amazing trainers for running… And while they looked unreal (check out their flyknit range!), they weren’t exactly suitable for my workouts.

After much searching and testing out, I bought these neon yellow Nike Zoom Fit Agility trainers (£100) – they combine the feel of natural motion with responsive cushioning for flexible impact protection designed specifically for gym workouts.

I am slightly in love.

Already excited to go to the gym tomorrow to try them out!

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What are your favourite trainers for the gym?

Kellebelle
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Nutella recipes

I love Nutella. Obsessively love it.

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I had it spread thickly on my sandwiches all through primary school (or thinly if made by my dad!). I refused to have standard ham & cheese sandwiches – vegetarian in the making.

Nowadays I have to stop myself eating an entire tub and limit myself to having it only on weekends or cheat day. Trying to be fit innit.

Recently I bought the Nutella Recipe Book. Swoon! Picked it up in Urban Outfitters.

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This weekend I tried out the Mini Coconut Palmiers – although the I forgot to buy a key ingredient… Shredded coconut. Doh!

Ingredients
230g ready rolled puff pastry
150g (half cup) Nutella
3 tbsp shredded coconut

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Unroll the pastry and spread with Nutella

Roll one side of the pastry in towards the centre, then the other side so the two rolls meet in the middle

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Place in the freezer for 30 mins to make it easier to cut

Cut the rolled up pastry into slices, roughly 1/4 inch thick and place on a baking tray covered in baking paper

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Bake for 15 mins. Halfway through baking sprinkle with shredded coconut

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Next I will attempt something tricker from the book!

Kellebelle
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London’s first porridge cafe

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First there was a cereal cafe (London) then a crisp sandwich cafe (Belfast), now a porridge cafe is to open in London. Which will actually be quite near my offices in Old Street!

The menu is rather interesting… as they offer both sweet and savoury options. Yes, savoury porridge – what will that be like?! The cafe will have classic breakfast style options such as baked apple, raisin & cinnamon (YUM!) and a more adventurous option including lemon, fennel & mushroom.

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The cafe came to life after its founders, Nik & Elly (who started Bow Street Kitchen in 2013) went on a trip to Scandinavia and noticed a trend for high quality and interest porridge. They then got back to London, did some research and set about creating London’s first Porridge Cafe.

I will definitely pay them a visit when they open on March 2nd. I think the sweet options will go down well and I am so intrigued to try out a savoury option – the one below actually looks really good!

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What do you think? Would you try this cafe? Has anyone ever tried savoury porridge before?!

Kellebelle

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Pancake Tuesday

pancaketuesdayMy favourite day of the year (aside from Christmas!) is here… Pancake day!

There is a great little pop-up in Old Street station called Les Deux Amies who do amazing sweet and savory crepes. I got a Nutella one this morning… although was tempted to get their savory blue cheese & walnut option!

Kellebelle

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Feb: Currently reading…

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Blurb: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

 

I finished reading The Girl on the Train this weekend. It has been compared to Gone Girl and while I do see the similarities I prefer Gone Girl. Having said that, The Girl on The Train kept my attention on my morning commute (a fitting title!) and was better than just reading the tube posters. It is told by three narrators; Rachel (the novel’s protagonist), Anna and Megan. I found Rachel’s narrative to be quite annoying and the sequence of events aren’t very credible at times. Rachel’s drinking problem and blackouts (coupled with her obsession with her ex-husband) make her read like an unreliable narrator, on top of that she isn’t a very likable character (neither are Anna and Megan) and I wasn’t compelled to root for her. To be honest, I wasn’t drawn to any of the characters in the book so I felt quite indifferent about the ending.

I have now downloaded two books on my Kindle that I am really excited to read:  Hold the Dark and Bonkers. Just can’t decide which to start first!

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Blurb: Hold the Dark by William Giraldi is a terrifying literary thriller set on the Alaskan tundra, about the mystery of evil and mankind’s losing battle with nature. Wolves have come for the children of Keelut. Three children have been taken from this isolated Alaskan village, including the six-year-old boy of Medora and Vernon Slone. Wolf expert Russell Core arrives in Keelut to investigate the killings and learns of the horrifying darkness at the heart of Medora. When her husband returns from a desert war to discover his boy dead and his wife missing, he begins a maniacal pursuit that cuts a bloody swathe across the frozen landscape. As Core attempts to rescue Medora from her husband’s vengeance, he comes face to face with an unspeakable secret about the indestructible bonds of family, and the untamed animal in the soul of every human being.

An epic woven of both blood and myth, Hold the Dark recalls the extreme climate and tribalism of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and the primeval violence of James Dickey’s Deliverance.

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Blurb: Jennifer Saunders’ comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names.

But it’s Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends and occasional heartache – but never misery.

BONKERS is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn.

There’s cancer, too, when she becomes ‘Brave Jen’. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, ‘There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I’m off now, to do some sweeping…’

What books have you been reading? Would love to hear your recommendations :) 

Kellebelle

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Pizza omelette

I’ve wanted to try make a cauliflower pizza base for ages. But…er… I didn’t actually buy any cauliflower this weekend so that shot down that plan!

Instead I made a pizza omelette which is something I’ve loved making since Home Economics class aged 14.

Anyhoo, it’s one of the easiest things to make and jazzes up your standard omelette.

Ingredients
2 eggs
2 tablespoons tomato purée
3 tablespoons soya milk
Veg for toppings (I used onions & peppers)
Cheddar cheese (grated)
A pinch of oregano
Chilli flakes (if you fancy a bit of spice!)

Method
Fry the veg toppings first to soften them. Beat the eggs (add some milk or soya milk if you like).

Pour the egg mix into a pan. When it looks set spread the tomato purée and sprinkle the oregano and chilli flakes. Then add your veg and top with cheese and some black pepper.

Finish it off under the grill until the cheese melts.

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And voila! Easiest lunch ever!

Kellebelle
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Vegan Chai Pudding

I made chai pudding for the first time yesterday. It started off looking like frog spawn so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out!

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I was pleasantly surprised and it actually tastes really good! The texture is like tapioca pudding and the maple syrup/vanilla extract gives it a sweet (but not sickly!) taste. I will definitely be adding this to my breakfast menu rota. And by rota I mean muesli… Or chai pudding.

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Chai seeds are a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans and contain calcium, manganese and phosphorus. They are also great source of omega-3 fats.

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Ingredients
2 cups of almond milk
1/2 cup of chai seeds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Berries for topping

Method
Mix the almond milk, chai seeds, maple syrup and vanilla extract together. Place in a sealable container and refrigerate overnight.

To serve
Stir the mixture and pour into a glass bowl. Top with berries.

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Enjoy!

Kellebelle
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