Me Made May ’12 – Whatcha got cookin’?

The best part about being back after a month of living out of a suitcase at each ends of England is being able to cook again.

I’m not going to pretend to be some sort of Nigella-like goddess in the kitchen, but I can rustle up a good meal every once in a while. The only thing I hate is cooking for myself – I always make too much, and while it’s always great to have some leftovers for lunch the next day, the food’s never quite as great.

Hence why I invite friends over when I get the chance. Just the one this time, an old colleague from Lush, to eat some munch and catch up on some trashy television. Cheeky bit of a spinach and mozzarella pasta bake with my new favourite dessert, chocolate mousse. Nigella who?

I used to cook a lot more back when I lived in Germany, making huge dishes of paella and chilli (I made NINE LITRES of chilli con carne once… NINE LITRES)

This particular apron was my 21st birthday gift from one of my best friends, who lived in Germany with me. Anyone who used to read my blog under its other alias will know why it’s got a strawberry on it – I can’t, for the life of me, say strawberry in German.

Honestly, it’s ridiculous. I can’t think of a time I asked for something strawberry flavoured auf Deutsch and didn’t get a funny look or a “wie, bitte?”

One of those things  I suppose.

You’ll recognise my ruby red skirt as today’s Me Made – it goes quite well with lace doesn’t it?

As for the cooking soundtrack? I’m in love with this right now:

Me Made May 12 – Catching Up!

So much for blogging every day for May! Needless to say, the exams got to me a little bit more than I’d anticipated.

Luckily, we’ve got a bit of a break after Friday’s exam, so I can get back on track again. Also, while I may not have been documenting my outfits as rigorously as I hoped, I have kept to the challenge thus far and without an outfit repetiton just yet!

Mind you, I have found certain items are getting more wear than others – like my red Cynthia Rowley skirt and my graduation circle skirt. It’s made me realise certain shaped items are staples I should probably make more of.

Here are a couple of the outfits I did get a chance to document:

Day 13, it was just me, my books and my favourite flamingo t-shirt of all time. My Me-Made floral skirt doesn’t go with it that well, but who cares when you’re revising?

Red lipstick for an exam? You betcha. My public administration exam didn’t go too badly (I hope). Perhaps it was the addition of my favourite leopard print cardigan and me-made dress? Also, the whole headscarf thing has become a wicked way to hide how my haircut is slowly developing into a mullet… (business in the front… PARTY IN THE BACK)

A speccy day normally means I’m chilling out and/or hungover. Not so on day 16 I’m afraid, it was all about Media Law, for which I cracked out the wannabe hack skirt. You’ve yet to see it, but I have quite the collection of oversized hoodies, acquired from various people over the years. This gem actually belongs to my brother, who made the mistake of leaving it at home. Yep, my undergraduate university has a beer pong society, who have some damned cosy hoodies…

How’s Me Made May going elsewhere?

Me Made May 12 – Make do and mend

Apologies for the lack of Me Made documentation yesterday! I travelled back to Cardiff more or less straight after the end of my placement, meaning I didn’t get back until about midnight.

Needless to say, I’m glad I won’t have to do anymore long train journeys for a while now!

Day 10 was all about the graduation skirt, paired with a lace t-shirt – a birthday gift from the lovely Ki! You should see the pink jeans she got me as well, they’re a treat.

Me Made Day 12 was all about comfort – sitting on a train for five hours is no joke! My Me-made item is actually one you’ve seen briefly before, but, as yet, has gone unblogged.

Too often, I make something which just ends up lost at the bottom of my wardrobe. I really loved my Cynthia Rowley jumper dress to start with, but, as happens all too often with clothes, I fell out of love with it and left it to gather dust in my wardrobe.

Now, as I recall, the double-knit fabric was actually pretty expensive, so I decided it was high time I did something with it. Knowing how much I wear my black double-knit pencil skirt from H&M, I nabbed some elastic from my sewing box, traced the skirt shape and made myself a green and navy houndstooth skirt out of my abandoned dress.

Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with the results, and now I know how well it withstands the train journey! I was really wary about cutting up the dress, because the sleeves took me bloody ages, but I’m glad I did. After all, what was the point of all that effort if I wasn’t going to wear it?

There are a couple more me-made items in my wardrobe needing to be upcycled, so this won’t be the last you’ll see of projects like these.

Me Made May ’12 – Layer up!

Trying to avoid outfit repetitions often results in a bit of creative thinking for Me Made May.

This top is actually a dress! A pretty short dress, mind you. I wear it when I’m feeling particularly scandalous. Or, you know, with a pair of tights.

But as it’s Me Made May, I thought I might pair it with my ruby red Cynthia Rowley skirt from Day 1. The result isn’t too bad – I’ve always loved the cowl neck on this dress. Note to self: make some cowl neck tops.

Not too long a blog today because I’m polishing up a feature for my final day on placement. Yesterday, I got the chance to go to a publishing conference in London, which was pretty ace! The idea of being able to pop to London on the train is surreal for a Cardiff girl used to a horrible and normally smelly drive there in a cheap as chips Megabus.

But, obviously, the best bit is the press badge. I love a good press badge, me.

Where in the world is Len?

York Minster by Toby Shuttleworth

This week and next week I’m actually in the lovely city of York doing a work placement at the local paper, The Press. It’s classic local journalism at its best and I’m having a whale of a time.

Unfortunately, I’m without regular internet access and my sewing machine, hence the lack of posts this week! Never fear, I’ll try and get some done over the weekend when I get a chance to gander into the town centre with my laptop in tow. For anyone who’s visiting York anytime soon, the city centre has free Wi-Fi, courtesy of the council. Excellent.

I’ll write about my adventures in more detail when I get a chance, but highlights include meeting the lovely Tabatha of Thread Carefully in person for cream teas at the renowned Betty’s tea rooms (she even wore her newly-sewn Taffy blouse!) and having a go at Lindy hop earlier this week.

Oh I should also say now, I am planning to take part in Me Made May! I’ll update properly on my rules as soon as I get a chance. I’ll actually be in Brighton for some of it, how cool is that?

I shall leave you with the dress which has taunted me on my walk to and from the Press. York has more vintage shops than you can shake a stick at, and this  beauty just keeps calling out to me.

BUY ME BUY ME

Can you hear it too? Unfortunately the bank balance isn’t looking too healthy, so I may have to cover my eyes when I walk past tomorrow.