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in London: V and A Museum of Childhood // earworm & plum pudding

in London: V&A Museum of Childhood

As I mentioned in my previous London post, money was a bit of an issue, so we needed to find a source of entertainment that was cheap and close to our abode. I had a little looky on the internet and stumbled upon the V&A Museum of Childhood. I always love checking toy museums, plus its admission is free and its location in Bethnal Green made it an obvious choice! I checked a few childhood museums in my travellings (I still haven't visited the Irish one, located in Powerscourt, though): the…

in London: Horniman museum & gardens // earworm & plum pudding

in London: Horniman museum & gardens

One day, we decided to venture out of the borough of Hackney and use the good ol' Overground. Am I being crazy saying I'm in love with the London transport system? It can be hell during peak hours (I nearly had a stroke one morning on the tube) but overall, I just love everything about it, even the smell of the tube halls (I know, I'm gross!). We made our way to South London, in the lovely borough of Lewisham, more precisely in the aptly-named Forest Hill. This little trip was prompted by…

earworm and plum pudding: birthday wishlist 2013

birthday wishlist 2013

1. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera, Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, Mac Lady Danger, Tangle Teezer - 2. Canon 40mm Lens, Guitar Tuner, Tripod, Rayman Origins for PS3 - 3. May Bouquet by Anna Emilia, Ikea Emmie Land Duvet Set, Giraffes by Janet Hill, Ikea Socker Greenhouse - 4. Zara Mini Office City Bag, It by Alexa Chung.

Reads #16: June 2013 // earworm & plum pudding #borisvian #ecumedesjours #book

Reads #16: June 2013

Dance Dance Dance (Haruki Murakami, 1988) Oh dear, another laborious read I'm afraid, but for completely different reasons than I Capture the Castle. I kept getting distracted by pesky flash-backs from the previous book in the Trilogy of the Rat, A Wild Sheep Chase. I just couldn't place them back in the context of the story, I have such a bad memory and kind of regret I didn't bother a re-read. With that being said, I feel it's no way vital to read it to enjoy Dance Dance Dance to the…

dublin botanic gardens // earworm & plum pudding

le temps des tulipes

I hope it doesn't get too ridiculously repetitive around here but I went to the National Botanic Gardens for the third time, a couple of weeks ago. I took my Mum, who was visiting for a few days. It was uncharacteristically sunny and the tulips, magnolias, bluebells and azaleas were out. It made for a delightful, colourful walk! my visit to the Dublin Botanic Gardens in 2011 | in 2012 Something I didn't know prior to this visit is that this place is linked with one of the darkest period in…

book review: It by Alexa Chung // earworm & plum pudding

reads #20: december 2013

It (Alexa Chung, 2013) For someone who expressed her disdain for blogs, Alexa Chung's book certainly reads like one. She takes us through the evolution of her style with a collage of personal pictures, photos of musicians and films and anecdotes of horse-riding and discovering the Spice Girls. Clothes, hair, make-up, she analyses all the aspects of her signature look we've come to know and love. She also gives music recs and tips on how to take a selfie, improve your karaoke skills or what…

saturday // earworm & plum pudding

saturday: spring, mendl's pastry boxes & black forest

On Saturday, I started the day by making a bottle of lemonwater for the week. I get a bit lazy with these things so making a bottle keeps me on track as I know that the benefits of drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning, are numerous and valuable (excuse the mess by the way, I was in the middle of cleaning candle jars as I want to make some homemade spring scented candles). Pictured: Zara White Jasmine Perfume - Wet'n'wild H20 Proof Eyeliner in Ultra Black - Topshop Neon…

book review: David Nicholls, One Day

reads #19: november 2013

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters/Seymour: An Introduction (J.D. Salinger, 1955) I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up from my to-read stash. I had kept it for bleak days like a long-saved, fancy chocolate in a tin box. Bleak month, November was; so I treated myself to my last J.D. Salinger. Well, it isn't exactly the truth, there is the short story Hapworth 16 1924 floating somewhere on the interweb and revelations were made following the recent biography/biopic on Salinger that he…

book review: J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam & Seymour an Introduction

reads #19: november 2013

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters/Seymour: An Introduction (J.D. Salinger, 1955) I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up from my to-read stash. I had kept it for bleak days like a long-saved, fancy chocolate in a tin box. Bleak month, November was; so I treated myself to my last J.D. Salinger. Well, it isn't exactly the truth, there is the short story Hapworth 16 1924 floating somewhere on the interweb and revelations were made following the recent biography/biopic on Salinger that he…

lisbon day 2 // earworm & plum pudding

Lisbon Day #2: pastries in bed, pink fish & a platter of cheese

Day 2 started slow, with pastries in bed. Although, it was nice outside, it felt like an indoors kind of day to me, so we headed to the Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the biggest in Europe. It is a bit out of the way but it was the perfect occasion to try out the metro, which I'm happy to report is really easy to use, as well as cheap! A great array of species were represented, we spent hours inside... although I think it has more to do with the fact that I really enjoy taking pictures of…

lisbon day #1: falling in love, tropical plants & broken dolls // earworm & plum pudding

Lisbon Day #1: falling in love, tropical plants & broken dolls

Is it too late to wish you all a happy new year? I think technically I'm allowed until the month of January ends so may 2014 bring you joy and love, keep you prosperous and in good health. My 2014 started rather lovely with a trip to Portugal which was a belated gift for my 30th birthday from my very thoughtful boyfriend. Let me get this question that has been nagging me out first? Why the heck are people banging on about Paris when there's such a city as Lisbon? It has to be one of the most…

dracula by bram stoker, book review // earworm & plum pudding

reads #18: October 2013

I slacked on my reading between July and October and I think it's down to two things. First, I just wasn't in the mood, my mind felt very fidgety. And secondly, I had started London Fields by Martin Amis after going to London and it just wasn't happening. It is still not, to be fair, I'm still trying, but it is just a very confusing book and I think it makes me angry too. I don't like unfinished books so I'll power through and hopefully write up a review in the coming year... In the…

a christmas diy // earworm & plum pudding

a Christmas DIY

I thought I would bring you a little DIY on Christmas day. Probably too late for a gift, but I think it would make for a nice afternoon of crafting if you want to entertain the kids during the holiday. The snow globe DIYs have been mushrooming all over the interweb the past couple of winters. But I thought I would post about mine and share my tips, in case it can help anyone. The best I've seen so far is the one from Cat from Take Courage (check out her Christmas diys, the girl has been on a…

natural skincare // earwormandplumpudding #acleanerlife

natural skincare | #acleanerlife

holland & barrett aloe vera gel - atlantic aromatics rosewater - dr. organic rose otto eye serum - trilogy lipgloss - dr. organic rose otto night cream - so'bio étic floressance huile universelle - chemins du nil masque visage au lait d'anesse I started getting into skincare about 5 years ago, which coincided with my arrival in Ireland, and the fact that I got into the 'late twenties' bracket. Any girl living in Ireland will know that the constant change of weather/temperature, coupled with…

Trim Castle // earworm & plum pudding

Trim Castle

A couple of week-ends ago, I went on a little secret adventure with Emily from From China Village and Julie from Half a Dream Away. One of our destinations was Trim, a town located a mere 45 minute car journey from Dublin. Trim is mostly known for its very imposing castle, which gained some international fame after being the shooting location for Braveheart. But, it is also the largest Norman castle in Ireland, it was built in the 12th century (say what?!) and served as a bastion during…