Sunday, 23 September 2012

Winter is coming


Winter is coming and bringing with it is a massive dip in my mood.  I love autumn in general but the bad weather paired with the darker days really take their toll on my mood.  So in an effort to keep the blues at bay I went on a charity shop book splurge.  I read so much when I was younger but doing an English literature course takes the fun out of reading a bit.  But my flat is too cosy to contemplate leaving so I thought some of these books would do well in keeping me company.  I love books that are studies on countries and societies (referring to The Germans and The English) and seeing as I don't feel particularly German this book could end up teaching me a lot.  Contradicting what I said about studying literature taking the fun out of reading, since doing a crime fiction module in second year I've become more and more obsessed intrigued by crime fiction.  Val McDermid is pretty full on and intense but most of her books are all about profiling criminals so that works out well since I love Criminal Minds.  I'm just a big geek in general.

Any books that you guys like to read when the weather gets colder? The hard part now for me is choosing what I get round to reading first.

More soon
x
Nina

Friday, 21 September 2012

London Calling


London is one of my favorite places in the whole world.  The other half and I are heading down for a day next week and I'm so excited.  I'm definitely stopping by Laduree to fill the macaroon void that being back in the UK has created.  Can't wait to go back to Covent Garden, it's so beautiful there.  Also there will probably be the standard Camden Market visit to scour the record shops (my boyfriend has started collecting vinyls).  If there's something special going on in the V&A that I can drag him to then I might do that, or the National Portrait Gallery.  But other than that we've not got much more planned. So please if you have any tips on things to do during our visit (I'm massively into charity shops and vintage shops etc) then please let me know!

x
Nina
   

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Gossamer


I am still very much alive; between volunteering, searching for a job that actually pays and getting ready for my final year of university that starts in two weeks I haven't really had the chance to share anything new with you guys.  The other half and I are hopefully heading down to Portsmouth next week to visit some of his family and we're going to try and squeeze a day in London in as well.  Any recommendations Londoners?

Today the weather has been cruising at a cool 15 degrees which for my Arabian sensibilities is freezing.  So I decide to whip out my pièce de résistance: my €1 jumper from the flea market in Montpellier.  It's probably far too early to bring this out of it's summer hibernation but I can feel my sorry excuse of an immune system flagging already.  Long live knitwear.

I've been living vicariously through other bloggers and their adventures at London Fashion Week whilst eating heinous amounts of biscuits from my corgi tin (see below) and crying my eyes out at American Masterchef.  My priorities in life are all wrong.  Once university starts I am well and truly in trouble because that is also the time when my TV schedule comes alive again: Boardwalk Empire, Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds, New Girl and of course: Downton Abbey (!!!!!) amongst others.  French grammar will end up taking a backseat I just know it.

I start my first shift of actual paid employment today.  It'll be very underwhelming and it's not actually an amazing job but I get paid for it and free drinks so can't really complain.

More (exciting things) soon
x
Nina




Tuesday, 11 September 2012

La nostalgie


Okay okay I'll admit it I'm severely nostalgic for France at the moment.  I'm craving Orangina like crazy (you can buy it in the UK but it just doesn't taste the same!) and some decent pastry. The latter is practically non existent here in Cardiff.  I would happily swap scones and tea cakes for perfect macaroons and crème brûlées at the moment.  These photos are just random ones taken from my iPhoto library, the months and places vary but they all bring a smile to my face.  

I didn't realise I'd miss France as much as I am.  Might have to start looking at the Eurostar...

x
Nina

Monday, 10 September 2012

New things


Who am I to resist a vintage stall with cheap leather boots and a Brownies jumper? A street near my flat has been hosting a market on the alternate Saturdays on the month so I went a bit crazy but only being able to buy one item of clothing a month meant I had to be strict with myself.  These boots are going to be a life saver now that autumn is coming our way with the rain.  I barely own any waterproof shoes so these will probably be glued to my feet for the next few months.   The jumper was a sheer nostalgia buy.  I used to be a Brownie but never got one of those jumpers, better late than never right?

More soon
x
Nina

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Dinbych-y-Pysgod


So another day, another visit to the seaside.  My other half and I drove out west to Tenby (Dinbych-y-Pysgod in Welsh meaning little town of the fishes or little fortress of the fish) and on the way home we stopped off at one of the beaches on the Gower.

I pretty much fell head over heels for Tenby.  It's the perfect seaside town with it's colourful  buildings and beautiful beaches.  We went for a wander around the walled town center and ate chips on Castle Hill.  The beach at Tenby was right up my street, clear water and almost white sand so pretty much the opposite of my visit to Penarth the other day.  

The last five pictures weren't taken in Tenby but at a beach on the Gower.  The Gower is a peninsula jutting into the English Channel and it's one of the first areas in Britain to be awarded an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Lots of films have been filmed here including Robin Hood (the Russell Crowe version), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Shell Cottage), Doctor Who and Snow White and the Huntsman.  It's such a beautiful area and I'm glad we came here.  The coast stretches on for miles and miles and the water is so clear and beautiful.  The landscape in that area is pretty dramatic because on one hand you've got the sea and the sand dunes and then on the other hand if you turn around you've got the green hills and the moors behind you.  It was such a peaceful and calming end to the day and just really reminded me of how beautiful Wales is.

More soon
x
Nina




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