OPI Koala Bear-y

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I have been good on the nail varnish front, not buying one for a while, but with the colder season upon us, I have ditched the pastels and started looking for that perfect autumnal shade.

I was looking for a bit of an in-between colour and decided to treat myself to a new OPI beauty. Out of all of the possible shades in the OPI shop, I kept coming back to this one – Koala Bear-y, so it had to be mine and I’ve been wearing it ever since!

What I love about an OPI nail varnish, is how smoothly it goes on and how long it lasts.

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I’ve worn it for about 3 nail varnish applications in a row (that’s pretty good since usually I change the colour every time!). It’s gone with every single outfit I’ve worn so far and I think it will go with pretty much anything! And with a name like Koala Bear-y, what’s not to like? ;-)

What do you think to Koala Bear-y? What’s your staple colour for Autumn?

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Ascot

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A couple of weekends ago, I was invited to a friend’s birthday outing to Ascot. As I’d never been before, I needed to find the right outfit!

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IMG_2096Jaeger Dress .:. Topshop Belt, Scallop Cropped Jacket, Heels & Leather Bow Headband .:. Michael Kors Clutch

Luckily, after probably hours of trawling through my wardrobe and the internet… Jaeger (the outlet in this case) saved the day! I wanted a fairly simple dress that I could wear again and what girl doesn’t need a LBD?! I also wanted one that was a modest length as I didn’t want my bum out and this Jaeger dress ticked all of the boxes! I also really like that it has the white panel at the bottom.

As it was October, I wore a scalloped cropped jacket to keep warm and accessorised my outfit with a few Topshop pieces… and not to forget the signature Ascot headpiece… I had a leather bow headband! I wasn’t quite sure on the etiquette of the head piece situation and I wasn’t initially going to wear one, but on the morning of the event, we checked out the Ascot websiteΒ and as we were off to the Grandstand, it did state some kind of headpiece should be worn… now when we got there, that was a whole other story! But I kinda think it completed my outfit!

On another note, I didn’t win a single penny after betting on every race! (I’d never been… I had to!) but it was a fun day and the atmosphere was great. We bumped into some friends we didn’t expect to see, which was also nice!

Have you ever been to Ascot? What would you wear?

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Thor: The Dark World London Premiere

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This week I had a very last minute opportunity to attend the Thor: The Dark World Premiere courtesy of work (last minute equals just my iPhone, so apologies for the quality of the photos). I’d never been to a Premiere before so I was quite excited and it being a Marvel film (yes I am a geek) I couldn’t wait to see it!

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Before the film, there was a drinks reception with nibbles on the other side of Leicester Square, so a few of my friends and I stood around people watching and then went outside to hear the screaming fans while the likes of Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth walked the red carpet!

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At just before 7, it was our turn to get onto the red carpet and walk to the cinema! We didn’t realise that we would be walking down whilst some of the actors were still there and then the XFactor contestants turned up! Despite the absolute pouring rain, I got a little picture with Abi Alton and one of my friend with the Rough Copy guys! (I will be looking out for me and my pink coat on Saturday’s XFactor show!!) ;-)

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2013-10-23T13-17-05_23Topshop Pink Boyfriend Coat .:. Topshop Cropped Top (old) .:. River Island Leather Look Skater Skirt .:. Office Cut Out Boots

Once we’d sat down, we only had a little while to wait before the film was introduced and all of the actors invited up on stage! It really was a very surreal but awesome experience! I definitely wouldn’t mind going to another Premiere in the future! As for Natalie Portman and her incredible Dior skirt… I think I may have a girl crush! She was absolutely stunning and the skirt was a B-E-A-U-T!

And the film…? As a definite geek, I thought it was amazing! The effects, the story and of course the twists… I want to see it again already!!

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Name Change: Almost Apricot

PrintFor a while now I have been thinking about changing the name of my blog due to a number of reasons… my blog evolving and wanting to purchase my own url. Sadly thegreendoor.com was already taken and after a friend made me aware that ‘behind the green door’ is a 70’s errr questionable movie, I decided the time has come for a change…

After a couple of weeks of thinking up a new name and coming up with a looong list of potentials… I decided on ‘Almost Apricot’. As a designer, a Pantone chip book is always close to hand and one day I went through it only to stumble upon this and loved it and I hope you do too! I think I will be changing my instagram and twitter in due course to correspond with my blog, so don’t forget to update them!

I hope you like the new name and logo and I’m looking forward to seeing where Almost Apricot is going to go! :)

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Sunday Pancakes

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During the week, breakfast consists pretty much of cereal in a cup when I get to work, so at the weekends I like to have a nice breakfast.

One of my faves is pancakes with nutella (and banana if it’s in the house – that is probably the best combination ever!)

Pancakes are so easy to make and all you need is:

100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
250ml milk
Butter
And whatever you like on your pancakes – in my case nutella, in my boyfriend’s case lemon and sugar!

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Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and and make a well in the middle of the flour. Beat the egg and pour it into the well and whisk the egg into the flour.

Start whisking the milk into the mixture until you get a smooth batter. They say to leave the batter in the fridge for an hour but we don’t… we just wanna chow down! ;-)

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Heat a pan (non stick is better but if you don’t have one of those, like us, make sure that the pan is on hottt and then the pancakes won’t stick!) and add a bit of butter.

Pour a small ladle of batter into the pan and swirl the pan around to make an even pancake. Cook until it starts to bubble and flip it over. Cook it for about a minute and then place it onto a baking tray and pop it into a warm oven to keep warm while you make the rest of the pancakes! Add a bit of butter into the pan again and repeat!

Once you’ve made all of the pancakes from the batter, serve with whatever filling you like…! (You know you want to try Nutella…!)

Hope you’re all having a nice Sunday!

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A Leopard Never Changes Its Spots

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Sometimes you want an easy outfit for work or play and I like how a patterned cardi can update a simple outfit and make it look that little bit cooler.

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IMG_2087Topshop Cardi, Long Sleeveless Shirt, Matte Leather Look Leggings (similar here) and Belt .:. H&M Loafers

I wore this outfit to work the other week. I’ve pretty much had most of the pieces in my wardrobe for quite some time and I like how sometimes you find something you haven’t worn for ages and find a new way to wear it! For me it was this long sleeveless shirt. I added a belt to break it up and give it a little more shape and chucked on my leopard print cardi and voila!

What do you think to this outfit?

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My Weekend: The Classic Car Boot Sale

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Last Saturday, the boy and I set off to The Classic Car Boot Sale at the Southbank where all of the cars at the event were 1989 or older. The scene was vintage all around, from old school food vans, an old double decker bus serving as a bar and victory rolls at every glance, there was something for everyone.

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IMG_2184(I made a friend! Her name was Queenie! ;-))Β 

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IMG_2248(Think I may have found my dream car! ;-))

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Wearing: Topshop Coated Jeans .:. Zara Studded Boots .:. Primark Jumper (recent) .:. Topshop Bowler Hat .:. Zara Studded Jacket .:. Mulberry Effie Satchel

So after perusing some car boot stalls, listening to some old school jazz and blues and chowing down on some pretty awesome hot dogs, I found my dream car and got a bit jealous of all the immaculate victory rolls and curls! I have to say that the event was well worth the Β£3 entry fee! The boy was pretty much in heaven too with his obsession with classic cars. You can check out his take on the event atΒ The Social District.

Did any of you get to check it out?

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