Fiesta, Fiesta!!

Hola!

Ok, not quite a fiesta but a reason to celebrate! My darling fiance has been away for the past few days and I have missed him so much and is due back late tonight, SO as we are fans of Mexican food I am going to use my Mexican cook book, “Wahaca: Mexican Food At Home!” that Ipurchased a few months ago and actually use a recipe from it this weekend…it would be rude not to try out the range of Margharita’s too…look at these!!

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I do make, if I don’t mind saying so myself, a very good guacomole and salsa and we usually have tacos but I am thinking of doing slightly different, maybe this recipie “Sweet Potator Gratin with Tyme, Chilli & Feta” – YUM! with “Grilled sea bass a la pimienta”… with a side of the guacomole! I am not sure how this will turn out and it may be that we end up having the tacos as they are a tried and tested method BUT I think it will be worth going for it!

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I will let you know how it all goes…if I don’t have a sore head after all those Margharita’s that is…. eeek!

If anyone knows of any fabulosa mexicano food, I would love to hear about them!

Anyways, I am off to continue with some reading…

Have a great day everyone x

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A day of reading…with a gingernut and a hot cuppa!

Afternoon Everyone..

Hope you are well, the weather is utterly miserable in my part of the world – even the dog is refusing to step outside! Yet, this type of weather makes my day of reading and researching for my course that more enjoyable, armed with cups of tea and the gingernut cookies (well, they aren’t as bad for you as other biscuits, are they?!?) with the dog and cats snoozing nearby…So here is my first point of call..

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The book that I am reading is by Angela McRobbie, “The Aftermath of Feminism – Gender, Culture &Social Change”.  I have only read a couple of chapters so far but it is a key text for my reearch as it is a sociological reflection and analysis into the state of feminism in our contemporary society, namely in Britain.  It discusses feminist politics and challenges the belief that ‘feminism’ is dead because women have the vote and can work blah, blah blah – IT IS FAR FROM OVER!! As women, we still have so far to go in terms of equality.  Women today often talk of being empowered – doing burlesque classes, pole dancing etc but that is not actually empowering, it may help women’s self-confidence and their body image BUT if you look into the history of burlesque, for example it was generated for the male gaze.  As a young woman, I find it shocking that there are so many women out there who would be ashamed to be called a feminist, if it was not for feminists in our histroy – the suffragettes, 2nd wave feminists like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem (amongst other many greats) we would not have the freedoms we have now. I do not claim to know everything, if I did I would not need to be doing my research but the more I read, the more thankful I am to women who had and do have the courage to stand up for our rights, while simultaneously looking at my everyday life to see how far we have to go. Today, I have read that women are STILL being rejected from being bishops!!

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Here are a couple of books that are also on my list (I have just finished “The Feminine Mystique” and suggest all women read a copy) – Natasha Walter’s, Living Dolls I have not read yet but lookforward to doing so.

I could not resist sharing the second photograph – I wanted to recommend to Vintage books that are worth a read and also look fabulous of the coffee table – Minxy Vintage by Kelly Doust, which is a great book showing and teaching you how to customise and wear vintage clothing. I enjoyed reading it and there are a couple of things I want to learn how to make from it such as the “Bewitching Brooches”, anyway the pictures are great too!

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The other book that the hound does not look too impressed with in the photo is, ‘Vintage Fashion’ with a foreward from Zandra Rhodes, a MUST READ, also ‘Vintage Weddings’, I have actually read these from cover to cover – it looks at the history of vintage fashion and is a great great. So go and enjoy if Vintage is your thing!

Anyways, I am off to enjoy that cuppa and gingernut with a good read..

Have a great day peeps x

Hello Everyone!

Good morning everyone!

So it is Tuesday morning and I have a full day planned of studying, yoga, dog walking, texting my gorgeous fiance, going to a lecture and of course, blogging!

I’m Natalie and have recently moved to Gloucestershire with my fiance, Daniel along with our dog, Tanner and 2 cats, Zara and Skye!

We moved from Essex to start a new life in Gloucestershire and found ourselves an adorable period home in the centre of town in a charming road. It has been hard work and tiring but I feel we are both really embracing our new life here. We are getting married (eeeeep!!!) in 2014 and are planning a beautiful intimate wedding surrounded by our closest family and friends! You will, no doubt, be hearing a LOT about that!!

Part of our reason to move to the Cotswolds was that we are both doing degree’s and are ‘mature students’! Wow, ‘mature’ makes me sound old… My fiance is studying Photojournalism & Documentary Photography and I have recently started a Masters by research in Journalism. I am so happy to be doing this degree, I get to spend the next 18 months studying subjects I love – journalism, magazines, lifestyle, vintage, fashion, culture, femininity and feminism. I even get to produce my own magazine for an established vintage lingerie brand. Will tell you more when I get around to it! My dream is to one day work as a freelance journalist for a women’s magazine be it online or in print…. My other “job” is my vintage accessories website, A Touch of Vintage, whereby I sell a range of bridal and non bridal accessories (you can have a peek if you like, http://www.atouchofvintageonline.co.uk). I have only just launched it and it is taking a while to get going but I have high hopes that one day it will be successful and I will have my own little vintage boutique in the lanes in Brighton while continuing my freelance journalism work (that’s the plan for now anyway). It was daunting leaving my full time job where I worked as a PA at my parents accountancy firm but I am so pleased I took the plunge and went for it. I do miss seeing my family everyday but now I get to spend quality time with them instead.

I wanted to start a blog that was just a means of me sharing my thoughts with you of my daily life.. sharing photographs, giggles, recipies I have tried, places I have been, articles and books I have read and a whole array of various other subjects.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog in my little corner of the world wide web…

Have a gorgeous day xx