And we're back.

Feeling quite sad to be back from my 2 month adventure in Japan.
I think I'd feel worse if Christmas with the family wasn't there to come back to, but it only makes me more determined to venture back one day in the near future! I literally took crazy amounts of photos so I've just condensed my Instagram/phone pictures for now. Just you wait.

First week in Tokyo / Rush hour on the JR / Trying Sake & learning some Origami / Flicking through all the Japanese fashion magazines.
Discovered lots of cool & cute street art around / We were addicted to Melon Soda, this was the only one we found in a vending machine / Halloween ice-cream treat / Bunny & kitty sundaes! - so darn cute...'cute' was an overused word in our trip.



Between Twickenham - Richmond

This little job forced me to spend the day in the lovely sunshine by the river
After my shift I managed to come home with a bunch of treats left over which kind of made the 5.30am start more worth it.



London Design Festival

I only had time to make the most of ldf towards the end, but it was a good excuse to spend the day with dad
My family really like Zaha Hadid's work, an Iraqi architect, so we ventured to her gallery in East London and caught a tour. Everything looked amazing, I especially loved the staircase! Definitely worth a visit.

And off to the Victoria and Albert museum


The last week

A few snaps from my phone of the last week of my internship & during LDF
Luckily, we managed to go to Donna Wilson's opening night which was just across the road from work - ideal and I loved it. Received a lovely goody bag and spotted Rob Ryan there too. Note to family and friends: Feel free to buy me one of her creations.

Can't wait to use my little stamp set 
A meet up with Beth and Heather at London Wonderground, Southbank Centre.
Lemon thank you cake I made for my last day at my internship



Dirty dancing! [Day]

Luckily my sister managed to get tickets to the Dirty Dancing event after helping set it up
We all dressed up like it was the summer of 1963, ready to head off to Kellerman's holiday resort. At the location we were greeted by excited 'American' holiday staff for a briefing and then went off to explore the surroundings. People were life-drawing, hula hooping, playing sports, doing some aerobics and of course dancing! One of the best sections was the guarded staff cabins as the only way of getting in was saying "I know Johnny".

Trying to have a sneaky look inside the staff cabins where the real dirty dancing is..
Love letters to Johnny ;)
...and had a few dancing lessons by the stage too


Dirty dancing! [Night]

Little bit over due but here are the photos of the open air cinema
As soon as it started to get darker we found a patch of grass and laid down our picnic blanket ready to watch the film! So different to any other cinema experience I've had in the past as actors appeared at prominent parts (syncing with the scene), when songs played everyone got up and sang/danced.

Massive dance party and giant beach balls bouncing around at the end



Wandering around

A few quick snaps after a (long) walk around different places in London
Glad we made the most of the lovely sunny weather last weekend and we even came across some dinosaurs along the way... as you do.

[Below: Graffiti by my work placement]



Surprise post

 Came back from work to a cute little package from Tattly a couple weeks ago 
It was a reply to my letter I sent but I honestly didn't think I would get anything back let alone a lovely handwritten card and a generous selection of tattoos! I especially love the packaging and lines of stamps...I'm easily pleased.



Banana & Toffee

 I was bored and hungry last week so decided to make a Banoffee Pie!
Here are the stages/layers below...I'm going to say it was nice and healthy due to the amount of bananas chopped up ;)
but who am I really kidding?

(it also had chocolate drizzled over this layer of bananas)



Welcome Home

My eldest sister just came home a couple weeks ago after traveling for around 7 months
So we invited several family members over for a little get together to hear about her travels and admire her crazy-amazing dark tan (also to celebrate one of my cousins getting into uni)! My contributions: I made a surprise sign for her and tabbouleh for our meal.



Knee Deep '13

Knee Deep was actually my first time going to Cornwall, to a festival and first camping experience.
Pretty crazy that I waited until I was 22 to do these things but my family have never been the camping type and lack of money always put a barrier between me and festivals. That was the perfect thing about Knee Deep, it was affordable. It suited me pretty well, you could just sit on the grass and listen to the music, and I hadn't really heard of any of the bands so I discovered some gems:
[Farewell Jr, Cloud Boat,  Deafkid,  Amateur Best]
And then we partied it up at night!
 During the day we chilled out, listened to the music, made our little campsite homey with bunting and had breakfast in style.
After the weekend we drove to Looe - Pasty, bakery & Sweet galore! I had a lovely time spending time with my friends :)