Wednesday, 23 April 2014
We all love Pinterest - it's great. I can find endless suggestions for DIY, clothes, photography, art, and pretty much anything else I could want (like a million pictures of fluffy little animals). But one of the most dangerous and addictive categories on Pinterest is food. Seriously, like some of those things can't even be eaten - it's so artistically presented I don't think I'd be able to! But then it also looks so delicious I wouldn't be able to take a photo before stuffing it in my face. Anyway.

Here are some of the most mouthwatering morsels I've discovered recently. YUM. Click through for original recipes.

This post has also given me a great excuse to look back at all the recipes I've collected through Pinterest and refresh my culinary repertoire. I'll try and give some of these a go soon, although they won't look as beautiful as this collection, I'm sure!

Harriet x

'You are tired' by e.e. cummings

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
You are tired,
(I think)
Of the always puzzle of living and doing;
And so am I.

Come with me, then,
And we'll leave it far and far away—
(Only you and I, understand!)

You have played,
(I think)
And broke the toys you were fondest of,
And are a little tired now;
Tired of things that break, and—
Just tired.
So am I.

But I come with a dream in my eyes tonight,
And knock with a rose at the hopeless gate of your heart—
Open to me!
For I will show you the places Nobody knows,
And, if you like,
The perfect places of Sleep.

Ah, come with me!
I'll blow you that wonderful bubble, the moon,
That floats forever and a day;
I'll sing you the jacinth song
Of the probable stars;
I will attempt the unstartled steppes of dream,
Until I find the Only Flower,
Which shall keep (I think) your little heart
While the moon comes out of the sea.

e.e. cummings

This is one of my favourite poems.

And, because why the hell not, here's a photograph of Jasper!

Harriet x

Benefit Brow Zings review

Monday, 21 April 2014
I went shopping on Saturday to buy a couple of basics like jeans that I've been needing for ages. I've also been looking at the Benefit eyebrow products for a while and wondering whether they're worth the price tag because if something is going to cost me £20+ then it better bloody do something my £3.99 eyebrow pencil from Boots can't! I've been looking forward to trying out the Anastasia eyebrow pomade for a while too, but it hasn't been available online recently. So I decided to just go for Brow Zings as I'd seen positive reviews before.

I went for the medium shade as I do have quite dark eyebrows but I don't like really heavy brows and I think it's better to go for slightly lighter sometimes as well, to avoid the obvious 'I've drawn these on' look. Overall I really like the product. It's pretty easy to use, even with a cat nudging my hand repeatedly during the process! It comes with instructions which tell you to use the hard angle brush and wax to define the shape of the brow and then use the blending brush to fill in the brows with the powder, which adheres to the hairs and fills in any sparse areas. You can then also tidy up with the mini tweezers. I'd never used any kind of wax before and I really like it. It keeps the powder in place and means you don't end up using too much, and it also makes sure everything stays in place for the rest of the day. I hate it when half way through the day you feel like they're rubbing off!

It's also quite compact and I like the fact it comes with the brushes. The only things that are slight drawbacks for me are the price (£24.50); although I suppose you get what you pay for in terms of quality. And I think it's quite easy to overdo it as well, although that may be down to me being a bit heavy handed with it. I haven't quite perfected the technique yet as I still think they're a little bit strong, but after repeated use I'm sure I'll be able to achieve a more subtle effect! So overall I'd give it a 4/5 stars. But anyway, you can be the judge - here's me with my new eyebrows! ;)

Have you tried Brow Zings or is there another product that's top of the list for eyebrows?

Harriet x

You can never have too much tea!

Sunday, 20 April 2014
My house has developed a bit of a tea obsession. So much so that we have a whole shelf dedicated to the stuff! We're constantly trying out different types, and despite the faff, I love loose leaf tea. It's so nice to brew a pot of lovely tea on a miserable day like today and just curl up with a book.

I'm reading 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' at the moment by John Green and David Levithan at the moment. It's an interesting concept to have a novel written by two authors. I know it's been done before, but I'm really enjoying this one. It's also another one to check off the list of John Green books I've been getting through at the moment.

We're having a lovely roast dinner tonight so my housemate Annie is currently rubbing all sorts of lovely herbs into a shoulder of lamb - yum. I've also got an Easter egg hunt planned but they don't know about that yet!

Our herbs and garden are also coming along nicely - lots of little things making me smile this weekend.

I hope you're enjoying a lovely bank holiday weekend :)

Harriet x

Office Supplies from Etsy

Monday, 14 April 2014
I've recently turned a corner of my garden room into a home office. It's my new sanctuary and I love it. I was getting sick of working at the table in the living room, it's not really a great place to get things done without being disturbed, and my bedroom doesn't have space for a desk. The rest of the room still needs to be organised as there's a lot of random furniture in here and it's currently being used by my boyfriend to record music in, but I've put my stamp on the room now so you know, IT'S MINE. 

I bought the Micke workstation from Ikea, a couple of little storage boxes and pencil holder from Paperchase, moved my mountain of notebooks, some books, all my paperwork and a few bits and bobs in, and it looks great! I'll post some pictures once I've had a chance to take some in good lighting, and maybe I'll be able to sort the rest of the room out soon too. At the moment there's a couple of spare mattresses here, another big desk, what seem to be piles of clothes and lots of wood for future DIY projects. My housemate always brings back random pieces of wood he's found and then we turn them into shelves or something. It's fun, and very cheap, but they're taking up a lot of space at the moment! I think when it's all sorted it would be nice to have a sofa and a projector to watch films in here too. 

So to continue the theme, here's a collection of Etsy finds that can help make any corner of a room into a great office! 

Currently I have about 4 different notebooks/planners to keep track of various projects or categories. Personally, I think you can never have enough stationery! So whether your office is the kitchen table, a corner like mine, or maybe even a whole room, I hope you liked my little selection of picks to brighten it up!



Saturday, 12 April 2014
Since I've been on the tube quite a lot lately I have powered through several books lately. When I looked back on the books I've finished recently I saw that there was a very strong recurring theme of mental or physical illness in the books I read recently. Make of that what you will! I'm not sure if this was a conscious decision or not but I often find myself drawn to those kinds of books and films. 

  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer - 4 stars
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - 4 stars
  • A Million Little Pieces by James Frey - 5 stars
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green - 3 stars
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower Stephen Chbosky - 5 stars

I finished A Million Little Pieces in about 48 hours because I couldn't stop thinking about it. I know there was quite a bit of controversy over the book being billed as a memoir when it turned out portions of the book were fictional or not entirely true. It's very hard unless you know the guy personally to judge how far he took dramatic license with the book, and for what purpose. I don't know him, and it doesn't really impact my enjoyment of the book at all. I know apparently some readers felt lied to when they found out it wasn't entirely true. Although, considering the subject matter and the amount of time the author spent either blacked out or completely out of control on different substances, I'm surprised if he even knows the real truth of his own story. Either way, from my limited knowledge of the subject matter it felt like a pretty honest and unapologetic account of addiction, rehabilitation and responsibility for oneself. It's not an easy read, I felt quite sick reading a lot of it, but if it's the kind of thing that interests you I'd highly recommend it.

I'm about to start reading Paper Towns by John Green now. I hadn't heard of him until I read The Fault in Our Stars but I've read a couple of his books now and I like his style. If you want to follow me on Goodreads you can find me here. 

Today I had a hair fiasco. I dyed my hair because my roots were pretty bad but used a different dye to normal because they didn't have the one I normally buy. To be fair, they look pretty much the same shade on the box, and if anything I thought this would be a slightly more natural or toned down shade. No no. Now I have highly unnatural bright red hair instead of the coppery red it took me about 4 years to get my naturally brown hair to without bleach. There was a lot of swearing. I'm not going to lie, there were almost tears. After about an hour of sulking and being comforted by Jason (who prefers the new colour... yep) I did a bit of research and decided to try some home remedies. I think I've managed to lighten it slightly with a combination of baking soda, lemon juice and shampoo, but it's still a pretty bizarre colour. Basically, I'm sticking my middle finger up to Garnier and am never buying hair dye from them again! Hopefully it will fade relatively quickly. Either that or I'm about to start wearing hats a LOT more frequently.

Harriet x

An eventful week!

Monday, 7 April 2014
It's been a busy few days recently and this week is going to be the same. I think one of the most fun and challenging aspects of working in the arts is the instability and irregularity of work. It can be scary not knowing when the next job will be, but it also means I never get bored or complacent. If I didn't have a regular, stable job on the side I'm not sure I'd be able to cope as well; at the moment I have quite a nice balance of acting work and my other job. This past week and the coming week are pretty busy in terms of theatre work. Last week I was in a showcase of work at the Leicester Square Theatre, which was really fun and went really well from what I can gather. We had really lovely audiences on both performances, which was great because I think industry showcases can often be quite cold and unreceptive. 

After the first performance, which was in the afternoon, Jason and I went to Borough market, which I haven't been to for ages. I was mainly in pursuit of a chorizo burger, which are THE best. If you haven't had one, next time you're in the area I highly recommend them! But the guy had finished for the day so we browsed the market, trying lots of cheese and oils and all manner of delicious morsels. We bought a few things - some Italian sausage, yummy Bath soft cheese (like a strong, very creamy Brie - YUM) and figs. Then we bought burgers with stilton, relish and mustard and sat in the church courtyard.

I also bought some amazing ground coffee from Monmouth Coffee. Being a coffee connoisseur and all (yep, that's my new title) I was having a chat with one of the women who worked there and asking about the different types. I went for a Columbian coffee in the end, on the cheaper end of the spectrum. Some of them were £60+ per kg!! One day, one day I will be able to drink what I can only imagine is coffee infused with pure gold. Right now, my £7 coffee is more than a luxury! At this point Jason stole my camera and decided to take some 'arty' shots of chillies and things. They're quite good actually, but obviously he doesn't need to know that. 

After the second and final performance of the showcase on Friday I went out with the rest of the cast for dinner (and drinks... lots of wine) at a brasserie in Picadilly, which was great. They had a great Prix Fixe (ooh!) menu where you could get 2 courses for £8.95 or 3 for £11.95. Being cheap, hungry and in need of a celebratory dinner, this was perfect!

Last night I went out for my housemate's birthday. We found this little bar on Brick Lane with great cocktails, which I will definitely be returning to! 

This week I'm rehearsing two short plays that I'm co-directing. They're called 'Bunny' and 'Stacy' and are both written by Jack Thorne, who wrote the script for 'Let The Right One In', which is currently on in London. I've heard brilliant reviews so I'm definitely going to catch it at some point, he's a really great writer. I haven't directed since I was at Bristol, and obviously I'm focussing on acting at the moment, so it's interesting to go back to the other side of the stage. We're running for 3 nights at the Horse and Stables, Waterloo on the 13-15th April. If you're in London and fancy some culture then you can find out more and book tickets here.

Sorry this was more of a rambling this-is-what-I've-been-up-to post, I had a couple of other ideas for this week but I've been so tired when I get home I've had to leave it until now and I thought I'd share some photos of the last few days :) 

Harriet x

'Escape' by D.H. Lawrence

Wednesday, 2 April 2014
When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego,
and when we escape like squirrels from turning in the cages of our
and get into the forest again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don't know ourselves.

Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper.

Lake District, Easter 2013.

God, I love that poem. It basically sums up how I think life should be led. At least, my life. Easier said than done to escape our own ego, but it's something to aim for, right?

Harriet x

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