Monthly Archives: January 2013

Nail Polish by George Asda – Witchcraft

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Good nail polish doesn’t need to be expensive!

I found this stunning nail polish named Witchcraft by George at Asda for wait for it…………£1!! George Asda has lots of different lovely colours available and I wonder why I didn’t buy more.

The quality is really good and I only used one thin layer to get the great result you can see here.Also it dries very quickly.

I can only highly recommend this nail polish to all bargain hunters out there! And may I also say that I totally love the name of the colour!

English Roast Dinner

Today was the first time that cooked a typical English roast dinner myself. I ate it several times before, when my boyfriend and I were invited to his parents house for lunch, or once when we went to Toby Carvery. But I always thought that it is way too time consuming and too complicated to do it myself.

This Sunday though, we decided to make our own English roast dinner! It was delicious. And I took lots of photos for you while preparing, in case you want to try it out yourself!

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My super easy English roast dinner

…consisted of beef (silverside roast) and roast veggies (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips), with mashed swede and gravy.

(I cooked way too many veggies , considering that we were only two people… I guess I got overly excited :) That’s why I am not giving you any numbers on ingredients. A couple of veggies per person should do.)

For this English roast dinner you will need:

Veggies:

  • Potatoes, Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips
  • Swede

Meat:

  • I chose Beef – Silverside Roast. It is easy for carving and also very lean.

Also you will need:

  • Gravy granule
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Rosemary

The four easy steps to cook your roast dinner are:

1. Get the meat ready.

Pre-heat the oven to 200 C (Gas mark 7). Put the meat in a tray, oil it with olive oil and season with lots of salt and ground pepper. It then goes in the oven (in the middle) for 50 minutes (to cook to medium).

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2. Prepare the veggies.

After placing the meat in the oven, peel and chop the potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips into some uniform pieces. Boil them for 10 minutes, until they are soft. Then place them in a big roast tray and drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle some salt, pepper and a bit of rosemary. You can also add garlic and drizzle some lemon juice over the veggies if you want. Then the tray goes in the oven under the meat, to roast for around 30 minutes until golden brown.


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3. Mash the swede.

Peel and chop the swede into small pieces. Boil them until soft (around 10 min). Then add some butter (and some cream if you want) and mash. Done. Whoa it tastes heavenly!

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4. Gravy.

Well, I bought some gravy granule (from Bisto), as I am lazy. You simply bring half a pint (280ml) of water to the boil and add 4 heaped tsp of gravy granule. Then stir. Done ;) For thicker gravy add more granules.

TADA! That’s it! When the meat and the veggies are done, dish up immediately and enjoyyyy!!

Let me know what you think, or if you have tips, special recipes or personal secrets on how to make the perfect, yet easy, English roasted dinner!

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How to: EASY Leopard print nails DIY

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You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to paint yourself these super stylish leopard print nails! I’ve gone for pink, but you can choose whatever colour combination you like!

You will need:

– one colour for the base coat (I chose baby pink from BARRY M)

– one colour for the circles (I chose hot pink from PRIMARK)

– black nail pen (You get a cheap and good one from PRIMARK!)

To get your leopard print nails simply follow these 3 steps:

Step 1 – Choose a base coat and paint your nails.

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Step 1 – Choose a base coat and paint your nails.

Step 2 – Choose a second colour and draw some random smaller and bigger circles on. It’s super easy!

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Step 2 – Choose a second colour and draw some random circles on.

Step 3 – Use your black nail pen to carefully surround your circles. By doing so leave small gaps. After that, add two or three individual little dots, if you can find space.

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Step 3 – Use your black nail pen to carefully surround your circles.

At the end you can paint a clear top coat on if you want, but it is not necessary.
Et voila! Super cool and glamorous leopard print nails!
Will you give it a try? If you do, please comment or send me a photo – I am curious to see what colours you chose!

Winter Wonderland in Eastbourne

This weekend it snowed in Eastbourne. The seafront looks so beautiful!

England and the snow

photo (3)England is wearing its beautiful white dress since Friday. It doesn’t come out very often, but when it does, it results in all kinds of extreme emotions in the country.

When the snow flakes slowly started to create a thin layer of soft, beautiful, white fluff on the paths, the roofs and the fields last Friday, I knew that it was only a matter of time until the big panic will begin.

Two hours  and about 1 inch ( 2.54 centimetres – yes, of course I looked that up!) of snow later the office announced that we can all go home. It was 2pm.

Living here for more than 3 years I got quite used to the fact that snow in England causes these kind of reactions, but still – I can’t help but grinning about this. After all, this has happened every year now, at least since I live here. Is it really such a big surprise?

Schools all over the country close down. Airports cancel 50% of their flights with thousands of passengers being stuck. Chaos on the roads as the cars struggle to cope with the slippery conditions (nobody uses winter tyres). The public transport system is, like every year, completely overstrained by the situation, with trains breaking down due to the snowy condition and icy rails, resulting in amended emergency timetables that won’t work anyway, delayed and cancelled trains and confused and angry people running around like crazy chicken before the big apocalypse (Ok now that made me giggle). This country really needs some German rail engineers to show them how to defrost and how to build proper trains in the first place.

My family from Germany is asking me if I am all right, as global newspapers start to write about the snow havoc that we are facing here on this island.

Yes, I am fine. I might even be able to build a shitty little snowman with the mud that is left by now.

But still, people continue to panic buy groceries in the supermarkets, just in case they might get snowed in and need to survive for several weeks without any connection to the outside. I let them continue freaking out and instead had a look at how beautiful the seafront looked like, with the snow on the palms and the seagulls clumsily toddling over the snow – I love winter!

Try out your nail polish on tips

If you are one of these girls who cannot get enough nail polish and who likes to try different colours and glitters together to get the best combinations you should get yourself some tips to try your nail polish on.

 

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Cotton buds glued on a nail tip. Makes it so much easier to apply and test your nail polish!

I usually get myself the extreme curved nail tips because they look lovely and they give your nails this natural curve.

My tip box has 10 different tip sizes, from which I only use 4 – the rest goes in the bin, OR as you can see in the picture, I glue them on a cotton bud. For this I use super glue or the glue I use for gluing the tips on my nails (Pardon my English! I am no native and also I am hungry!).

This little idea makes it so much easier to try out your newest possession, without possibly messing up your nails!

This is how my nails look currently with the curved nail tips on:

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My nails without any nail polish

 

 

Hi there! I’m blogging!

I always wanted my own blog.
When my friend came up to me recently to show me her new blog, I hence was like:

Meeh I want a blog as well!!

Ok, Tina, calm down, you can have one as well. Here you go – your very own blog. Congratulations!

YAY I finally made it!!…And now what?

I don’t know. I guess I just go with the flow and see what it comes up with. After all there are so many amazing things that I can write about!

About life with its crazy ups and downs! (The ups obviously outbalancing the downs. I’m a winner of life!)

About food! (I love food. And wine. Not sure about the cooking. But I definately love food, yes.)

About fitness and exercising! ( If I wouldn’t move my ass to the gym from time to time, it would enhance itself faster than JLo would like it. Reason therefore could be the fact that I love food. Also I love work-outs and what they do to me physically and mentally.)

About creative things! (Ah, these days when all you had to care about was whether the pink or red colour goes better with your painting of a flower field. I used to draw and paint when I was younger. I also used to play piano and I definately want to catch up on this. I generally love doing DIY stuff when I actually get time for it. Yes I know – it is all about priorities. I’m trying to get back to being more creative! It’s a good thing to do!)

About books! (Due to my daily super long commutes I am forced to entertain myself as good as possible in order to not freak out by constant train delays, cancellations, snoring fellow passengers, crying kids, smelly skanks, and generally overcrowded train coaches. That’s why I read. Very advanced stuff. Harry Potter, The Hobbit, you know what I’m taking about. The hard stuff.)

About success and my life as a professional! (Although being a Disney Princess in real life there is this other reality where I have to be a proper grown up with everything that comes with it, you know, making decisions, looking serious, drinking coffee, etc)

About travelling! (I always loved seeing different places. The world is so beautiful and it would be a shame if I would have to leave this place that is so full of wonders, without having seen it properly!)

About love, about relationships, about men ( I might need a whole section for this!)

About fashion (Not a fan of brands, but making great bargains!), hair styles (I love long hair!), nail art (I’m a nail fairy myself!)

About fat animals (Gotta love a nice, slightly obese cat in your life to cuddle with after a hard working day! Also, I am the proud owner of a wonderful little piece of fluff that is called Hazel that is a dsungarian dwarf hamster. Yeah I know, I’m such a cool kid!)

Ok, now I’m getting bored. This blogging thing is hard work I’m telling you! I’m switching my laptop off now.

Wait! Oh my god, did I just write my first ever blog post? HA! I’m great!

Nobody should read this ever, seriously. Good night.