Saturday, 20 April 2013

Floral High tea at One Aldwych

So to Introduce us to spring One Aldwych Hotel in Covent Garden designed a floral high tea!!  Well I can tell you that it WAS delicious, but as my sister Angela and I were welcomed into the lobby it was from a snowy and not particularly spring-like London >:(

But enough misery - FOOD PORN:

 
 The Menu:

Bottom: 
 Chicken and Wild Garlic Flower Mayo.
Jasmine smoked salmon.
Egg mayo and Watercress
and a goats curd and chive quiche.

Middle:
Vanilla Panacotta with violet leaves
Rosewater Jelly
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Lavendar Brioche served with gorse flower
 compote
Homemade scones served with plum, elderflower
jams and clotted cream


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As is the case with these situations - the scones were the highlight!  I always look forward to the desert - of course by then you're approaching critical mass and can barely stuff it in!  Oh the shame.

After stuffing our faces full on Angela and I were subjected to an hours bus ride - in LONDON rush hour traffic - to Stanstead Airport and then all the subsequent stresses that come with air travel as we were off for the weekend to EDINBURGH!


 KIDDING!  It was such a great adventure!  

After being a dithering dilly about only having 10 x 100ml containers of liquids it turns out you have to fit ALL your containers into a TINY snap lock bag anyway... so Ange and I shared the load together and managed it... I did get enthusiastically pat down by security though #ooh-er!

Have you ever done the high tea thing?  
Got all dressed up fancy, eaten your full then got on a BUS!?
This is the first of TWO high teas we indulged in... 
so stay tuned for FOODGATE Part ii 


♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Chicken and wild garlic flower mayonnaise on wholemeal bread
Jasmine smoked salmon on a bridge roll
Egg mayonnaise and watercress on wholemeal bread - See more at: http://www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/lobby-bar/food-menus/afternoon-tea.aspx#sthash.BMqO9EDm.d
Chicken and wild garlic flower mayonnaise on wholemeal bread
Jasmine smoked salmon on a bridge roll
Egg mayonnaise and watercress on wholemeal bread - See more at: http://www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/lobby-bar/food-menus/afternoon-tea.aspx#sthash.BMqO9EDm.dpuf
Chicken and wild garlic flower mayonnaise on wholemeal bread
Jasmine smoked salmon on a bridge roll
Egg mayonnaise and watercress on wholemeal bread - See more at: http://www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/lobby-bar/food-menus/afternoon-tea.aspx#sthash.BMqO9EDm.dpuf

Friday, 19 April 2013

The "Trip" on Instagram

I freakin LOVE instagram!  
These are a few of my travel snaps I uploaded while pounding the pavement...


< View of Millenuim Stadium from Cardiff Central
Train Station - London Here I come.

> Angela's Emperors Crown Tea - How Pretty!


< Monument Outside St Pauls Cathdral

> St Pauls Cathedral

 < Window for a random Candy store in London Regent St if I remember - I love lollies ;-)

> Street art down Brick Lane in East London.
 Vintage Shopping is INSANE in East London - Particularly Brick Lane













< Wall 'o' bags in East London Vintage Store

> High Tea at One Aldwych



< Perth Train
Station.

> AWESOME
shoe store in
Glasgow
 I love this picture - Street art in Glasgow
 < Highland Band Buskers in Glasgow!            Isak (the band) in "The Only Student Bar In Perth >


Above: New newy newness - could'nt resist taking a snap of my recent aquisitions.

Left: Window for this insane Bakery in St Andrews Scotland "Fisher & Donaldson"

Below Left: View of Edinburgh from 
Arthur's Seat

Below Right: The Awesom foliage (and booze) at "The Dome" in Edinburgh

 < The Stand Comedy Club - Laughed my ASS off - how awks ;-)

> The Stand - Stage, very intimate.

< Vegetarian Burger with Haggis spices - 
@ The Stand Comedy Club.

> Me and Ange's room in Edinburgh - The Purple Room @ Randolph Guest House.

< View from Inside Edinburgh Castle

> Dolly the Sheep - First Successful mammal clone @ National Museum of Scotland.



So did you enjoy the trip?

I'm going to be posting about this trip for the next month so I sincerely HOPE so ;-)

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Bristol Street Art

So I was in Bristol the other weekend for the first official Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival.  My partner and I were there primarily to see Ginger Baker, an amazing jazz drummer and former member of the super group Creme (with Eric Clapton) on Friday night but it was going all day Saturday and Sunday as well.  While they had paid acts in Colsten Hall they had free acts performing in the Foyer so everyone could get their jazz on.

< < Band playing in the foyer
They had an awesome chick on the baritone sax

 While we were there we spent time wandering around Bristol, a city known for it's cosmopolitan population and amazing street art.  Banksy is a Bristolian!
Banksy - on Park st, just down from the Bristol Cathedral.
Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion.
Drums: Ginger Baker
Percussion: Abas Dodoo.
Tenor Sax: Pee Wee Ellis
Double Bass and Electric bass: Alec Dankworth
These guys were EPIC.
 
Bristol Cathedral

City Hall
 The Llandoger Trow
Can you tell I'm obsessed with medieval building's?  This is Welsh (pronounced Shklandoger)
 An amazing public house steeped in history and reputed to be the inspiration behind Daniel Dafoe's Robinson Crusoe.  I had a burger and fries ;-)
Another Banksy - the suit pouring the paint.  One of my favourites.

Other things to do in Bristol are:
*Take a river cruise - they have regular boat tours.
*SHOP - The shopping in Bristol is pretty insane, one of their shopping centers:
Cabot Circus has all the usual suspects (and is HUGE - like 4 stories).
Then there's the St.  Nicholas Market - which has 3 vinyl stores!  And Park Street/Queens Row has high street mixed in with second hand stores and unique boutiques!
*Check out any of Bristol's many Maritime attractions - the SS Great Britain, the first giant ocean liner built entirely of iron (as opposed to wood) a true engineering marvel.
*Pub Crawl - Bristol is a mecca for the enthusiastic drinker ;-)

I got so carried away purchasing second hand vinyl in Bristol that I didn't buy ANY shoes, accessories or clothes!  That has got to be a first!  So sorry, there's no eye candy in this post - Stay tuned for some epic finds from my week in London and Scotland.
 Gratuitous picture of the Bristol sunset over the canals.

Bristol is also the home of the TV series Skins - nuff said.
 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

New necklaces!!! *sort of

Do you have any necklaces lying around that you don't wear?
Are they an underwhelming color?
Not quite what you need?
♥♥  Never fear!!!!  ♥♥
Paula the-endless-font-of -creatspiration (not a word) is here to show you how to
TRANSFORM that necklace into a shiny new-ish masterpiece!!!

Ok so this post started off a little goofy, but CHECK THIS OUT!!!
Take one underwhelming necklace: New look
And some nailpolishes in the colors of your choice
 
< < The Inspiration via Jseverdayfashion        Apply generously to the beads you want to color > >
 And Voila!

 A totes exciting new Necklace for your collection!!
 I chose an ombre effect.  Starting with dark green and moving down to yellow!
 Now I just need a new dress to wear with it!

And she does it again...

                 Paint the beads white first.
 

 Then Red (to give a deeper pink) then Pink.
 Then I added a coat of glitter polish to add some sparkle and shine.
    
 And it's as easy as that!


 You can do it with any necklace!!  A few tips I could give you are: 
1. Do a coat of white first if the beads are a dark color.
2. Take your time and let the polish dry in between coats.
3. Use blu-tack to keep round beads still while you apply polish
4. Add a top coat of glitter polish for extra sparkle!

Some of my other projects:
 
 Formally a boring black beaded necklace - I was inspired by Dannijo's vibrant collections.
I did this one last year when Neon was first cropping up but wasn't available in many stores
Oh how times change...


What do you think of this... 
Will you be taking to any of your accessories with nailpolish?