Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Recipe // Ramen

Sweet Monday recipe, How to make Ramen, Ramen, Japan Centre

When we visited Japan back in January, we felt in love with the cuisine. Being the foodies that we are, our favourite Japanese dish was Ramen. The weather in January is bitterly cold, so Ramen was the best thing to keep us not only full, but also warm!

Before leaving the country, we bought a pack of dried Ramen - kinda like a pot noodle. We knew it wouldn't quite be as good as the real thing, but we were desperate to bring some authentic Ramen back to the UK with us. 

We'd been saving it to have it as our first meal in our new home. And that moment finally arrived last weekend! 

Monday, 3 August 2015

5 things to do for fun, on a budget

Since moving to London, me and Stew have been filling our weekends with lots of fun things to do. Having both never spent a lot of time here, it's been great to explore. There is always so much to do and see here, with exhibitions popping up each week, and countless numbers of food, flower and antique markets. 

I've had a few people comment on our lifestyle recently, asking us how we can afford to be out all of the time. But it's actually pretty cheap! There are so many things you can do for fun that are low cost, or even free! Here are my top 5...

1. Galleries/Museums
So many museums are free to attend! It's worth taking a lot at their websites before popping along to make sure. But we went to the Natural History Museum, and Science Museum for free. I was expecting to have to pay and was pleasantly surprised when we walked straight through. 

2. Food markets
Food markets are free, but of course you can spend a lot of money on food, depending on how much of foodie you are. That being said, most stalls will give away free tasting pieces. I always feel awkward having a nibble and then not buying anything, but most stalls are there to spread the word about their brand, and want you to try their product. 

3. Cinema
This may sound like an obvious activity, and perhaps not very cheap, but again if you look online before heading to your local cinema, you may find discount codes, or vouchers. Many cinemas have promotions in the same way as restaurants do. Some in fact partner with restaurants to offer deals. It's all about being savvy!

4. Bingo 
I have only been to bingo once with friends, but it was such a fun evening. Lots of laughs, drinks and hopefully some money to be won! Bingo is not expensive, you can find lots of group deals, and mid week bargains. And if you happen to win, then hey it was a super cheap night! Haha. 

5. Walking!
Yes walking. Not only is it free but it's also healthy, and you can see so much more by walking, than getting a bus or tube somewhere. Why not wander around your city, or out in the countryside, and see what you find. I used to live in a little village in the middle of nowhere, and often took for granted how beautiful the surrounding scenery was. Every time we went out for a walk, we'd try to go somewhere a little bit different, get off the pathway a little and explore. It's so invigorating! 

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Outfit // New Look Fashion Timeline

Sweet Monday, Outfit, New Look Fashion Timeline, 90's style, suede a-line skirt
Top - New Look* // Skirt - New Look* // Bumbag - New Look* // Sandals - New Look* // Watch - Casio // Lipstick - Mac 'Velvet Teddy' // Nails - Barry M 'Greenberry'

A couple of months ago New Look asked me to be part of their interactive ‘fashion flashback’ timeline, I jumped at the chance to highlight and celebrate the ways in when fashion has evolved over the years.

From the 60’s to the 90’s, every decade has made a comeback in recent seasons. Late last year, and moving into this year the 90’s, in particular, had a big revival. Whether it was ribbed high neck crop tops, or button front denim skirts, or oversized denim jackets, I was into it!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Lifestyle // Lochcarron Lambswool Blanket

Lochcarron lambswool blanket, Sweet Monday home tour
Lochcarron lambswool blanket - £114.99

We moved into our new flat on Sunday. It's still looking a little bare. We have all of the main furniture but need lots of furnishings now to make it more homely. After saying that, one item that we received a little while ago, and have been dying to use, is this beautiful lambswool blanket from Lochcarron

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wednesday Wants // The Culotte Jumpsuit

wish list, culotte jumpsuitL-R: New Look £19.99 // ASOS £50 // Topshop £26 // River Island £45 // Topshop £58

The culotte jumpsuit is something I really want to try. After seeing one of my colleagues in a beautiful navy and cream stripe one, it's had me longing to try one on, and see if it suits me. I think the culotte trend in general, is something many people are afraid of. Shorter girls worry it will make them look even shorter, taller girls worry it will look like they're wearing a jumpsuit that's too small for them. It's can be a tricky item to pull off, but I'm seeing more and more people doing just that. 

When it comes to trying a new fashion style out, I think New Look is a safe bet. They're clothing is so reasonable and they often have lots of different colours/patterns of the same item.

Some of my favourites, that are currently on the high street, are above. Have you tried the culotte, or culotte jumpsuit trend yet? Do you like any of the ones I've chosen? 

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