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I have this habit of making sure everything I wear is color co-ordinated. I hate wearing clothes that do not match. A pet hate of mine is seeing other people wearing mismatched clothing. I annoy my mother if I see her wearing clothes that for me, do not match. I’m pretty sure I annoy others too! A slight OCD? Possibly!

I was recently looking for something to wear for New Years Eve & came across Steffen Schraut Designs. I fell in love this his entire collection, especially the red & black dresses. I’m not the type of girl who would normally wear dresses, except when going to a wedding, like I did when my brother got married last year and one of my closest friends. I wore a Red, Black & White dress to my friends wedding & fell in love with the design & colours matched together. I haven’t really needed to wear a dress since. I’m not a huge fan of my legs so like hiding behind trousers. But every so often, I spot dresses which could tempt me….

Black Apilado Beaded Sleeve Tunic Dress and Lipstick La Vida Color Block Dress are drop dead gorgeous!

But a dress cannot be truly perfect until you match a great pair of shoes. What shoes? Going with the Red & Black theme… Christian Louboutin of course! In particular, Bibi 140mm. To. Die. For.

Now all that’s left is for me to lose weight so I don’t look like an elephant in a dress.

Heh. I’m on a mission.

Working in IT & Coffee are a natural partnership. I can sit at my desk at work, drink over 6 cups a day then go home and have some more. I crave coffee, I want coffee, I love coffee and I find people who don’t, strange. I was recently sent 250g of Guatemala Finca Santa Clara Genuine Antigua Coffee from Kopi who are a monthly gourmet coffee company & spent an entire evening drinking an obscene amount of coffee within a brink of overdosing, enjoying every last mouthful 😀

Kopi love coffee. Our premium bean habit warms us up, wakes us up and inspires us to shake things up. Too long we’ve put up with one-size-fits-all coffee from supermarkets and only danced around posher brews. Until now.

Kopi are dedicated to bringing you outstanding single-estate coffees from around the world. Beautiful, freshly-roasted brews you won’t find in the usual places – delivered straight to your doorstep, once a month.

We also share our insider knowledge on how to get the best out of your coffee – how to make it, how to enjoy its perkily unique characteristics – and reveal some of the remarkable stories behind each one. All for the price of two grande lattes and a banana muffin.

Guatemala Finca Santa Clara Genuine Antigua Coffee was their October blend which is described as “a lovely full body, filling the mouth with a generous, lingering velvetiness & prized for its pronounced, well balanced chocolatey/spicy acidity”. One thing I love about Kopi is that you can learn all about the coffee you are drinking. The website explains where the coffee originates from, the history behind it, how it is prepared and processed which is something you generally wouldn’t expect to find.

So the tasting began. I got my cafetière, put 4 scoops of freshly grounded coffee beans into it, topped it all up with water & let it settle for a few minutes before pushing the plunger down. I poured a cup, added a tiny bit of milk & waited. The first thing that hit me was the smell of the coffee. It was amazing. One of my favourite things ever is the smell of fresh coffee. I took a sip & as the coffee was described, it was velvety & very very drinkable. I poured over 8 cups of the coffee in the end & kept wanting more. Addicted? Yes. I’ve never tried Guatemalan coffee before and probably would never have if it wasn’t introduced to me by Kopi.

I love the idea of Kopi. What better way of being introduced to a variety of different coffees from all over the world by being sent a surprise 250g package monthly along with a little booklet describing it in detail? Kopi have a team of dedicated “professional coffee gurus” (I so want that job!) who have close relationships with the world’s best coffee regions and farmers. The coffee they select, from over 80 countries worldwide, is not available at your local supermarket so you’ve probably never been introduced to it before, making it extremely special.

Our focus is obsessively on unearthing outstanding original coffees – well-farmed top quality beans that have an amazing aroma, taste and a strong story. They could be from award- winning single estates or simple small co-operative farms – wherever the best beans are at that time of year.

Kopi is a monthly subscription service & subscriptions start at £9 a month for a 250g bag of coffee, you can choose between grounded or beans depending on your preference. Your coffee is posted to you around the 14th of every month, you can cancel your subscription at any time if you are not happy & you can even gift a subscription of coffee to someone, an amazing gift for a coffee addict in your life!

Last night I attended the Press & Blogger Private Screening of 50/50 at Cineworld in Glasgow. Before going to see the movie, I checked out the trailer online and was left wondering whether or not I actually wanted to go see the movie. The trailer didn’t scream WOW to me but after seeing the movie, I’m glad I went. Moral of what I learnt? Never fully judge a movie by it’s trailer.

Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is the story of a young man who turns a devastating illness into a unique opportunity to experience life. Adam’s (Joseph Gordon Levitt) best friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen), uses Adam’s condition to lure girls into sympathy sex, his overbearing mother (Anjelica Huston) loses sight of him in her own fears, his otherwise-occupied girlfriend, Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) tries to distract herself with an increasingly frantic social life, and Katherine (Anna Kendrick), the young therapist assigned to his case, struggles to keep up with the needs of her third client ever in an unexpectedly funny movie that reminds us that sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.

Cancer is a complete bitch & this movie certainly makes you think. Written by Will Reiser, Seth Rogen’s real-life close friend, the movie is roughly based on their own experiences and how they handled Reiser’s cancer diagnosis six years ago. The on screen acting between Joseph Gordon Levitt & Seth Rogen is magic. The film tackles the harsh and depressing journey of cancer with scenes that are hard to watch at times, making you think of those in your life who are or have tackled cancer in the past, however it isn’t meant to be depressing. The film is about positivity and humour is mixed into the movie throughout, especially in scenes where Seth Rogen’s character uses his friends illness to try and score girls. A very honest movie which is both touching & hilarious. One of the best movies I have seen for a while. Go check it out. I’m sure you won’t regret it!

50/50 is released on November 25th in the UK

At the start of November, I told my dad about Movember and how they raise money for various cancer charities in the UK & also the world by getting guys to grow a moustache. His response? How do I sign up! That is how awesome he is 😀

A few days later, I got started on his Movember page. He started off by shaving clean & they the growing began! Within a few days, he has already got a few donations but I would really really like him to get more. That is where you guys come in, if you could donate anything, even something small to help him raise money for charity we’d really appreciate it. On his Movember page you’ll see photos of his moustache as it grows along with funny quotes by him. I’d love you guys forever if you could spare any $$ & in return you’d feel good helping to fight cancer!

If you’d like to donate, please click here

Sometimes companies get adverts wrong and then sometimes companies get adverts so spot on they touch your heart, make you think about them & tell everyone about them. Once again, John Lewis have done just that. The advert entitled “For gifts you can’t wait to give” follows one little boy who is impatiently counting down to Christmas. He is seen tapping his fingers, staring out of the window, even trying to cast a spell on a clock to make time go faster, but to no success.

Beautiful. Simply Beautiful!

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I am ever so slightly drunk right now. Ever so so slightly after an amazing night with friends & a lot of cocktails! French Martini’s & Mojito’s were my chosen poison. Yum!

It’s always good meeting up with the old crew & catching up on what we’re up to. I worked with most of them before & the guys are the only reason I miss working at my old place (even though we all left). We all worked together for 1.5 years & all got on like a house on fire, kinda sad we have all gone our separate ways but we always make the effort to arrange nights out.

Think I should sleep now & hopefully I don’t have a hangover in the morning, heh! <3

The latest blog I have become addicted to is that of Chrissy Teigen who not only is an exquisitely beautiful model & John Legend’s girlfriend but is also an amazingly hilarious food blogger & cook. I came across her blog while ago & now can’t wait to read what she has to say next. One afternoon at work while bored, I read her entire blog and couldn’t help but laugh my head off one minute, then the next drool at photos along with recipes she posted.

One recipe I have been dying to try is Yum Nua, a quick & simple Thai Beef Salad which she made with her sister, who are part Thai. It is literally so simple & fast that no one should have any excuse NOT to try it. You can customize the dish to suit your individual taste which is great for picky people! I had to edit the recipe a little for the UK Supermarkets & my preference but you can see the original here.

“This dish really epitomizes Thai cooking. Done properly, it embodies everything Thai food should be; balancing the principles of thai cuisine. The key to Thai food in general is combing salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. You should not be able to identify whether this dish is more or less of one particular flavor, hence creating the perfect balance”. ~ So Delushious

Ingredients:
Sirloin/Fillet Steak
1 small Red Onion, sliced
Handful of Coriander Leaves, chopped
Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
2 Limes, juiced
1 tbs Brown Sugar
1-2 tbs Fish Sauce
2 Red Thai Chillies (use more if you dare!)
2 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes

Method:
1. Fry/Grill your steak how you like it. I made mine medium, not a huge fan of it moo-ing at me on the plate but the lime juice will continue to cook it for you. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes before slicing it. Add the steak to a bowl.

2. Put all the non-vegetable ingredients into the bowl with the steak & toss it altogether

3. Add the vegetable ingredients, tossing again & tasting to see if it’s how you like it. As Chrissy stated “Tasting as you go is the most important part. You are eating it, so add more fish sauce if it needs more salt, more sugar if it is too lime-y”.

4. Place on a plate with mixed lettuce leaves & tuck in while still warm. Yum Yum Yum!