Hi there! Me again, with another impromptu post, this time about my trip to London. South West trains are currently doing a cheap tickets to London deal (£16 return, bargain!) so usually when they run this I pop up to the capital with mum and maybe my sister, for varying degrees of shopping and sightseeing. Today we firmly went to tackle Oxford Street and this is what I purchased:
I have needed some more sandals for work a while now but hadn’t found any that I was particularly struck by. With Oxford Street having a vast array of shops I felt pretty confident that I’d find something up my street (pun intended). New Look came up trumps with this leather pair for the bargain price of *drumroll*…£12.99!! Now I can confidently say that I will be going back to purchase another pair (or two) of sandals because for this price you really can’t go wrong. Good work New Look.
I have a confession. I have previously owned a pair of these M&S nude patent court shoes, and they got trashed after one too many weddings. So I had to go and buy a replacement pair. Now I thought that these were old stock and had been replaced by (in my opinion) a less nice version. As in the new version didn’t suit my skin tone so well. So I was very surprised to find these sat on the shelves next to the new updated versions! I hunted down my size, tried them on (you can never be too sure with shoes) and then didn’t let them out of my sight!
Another confession, when I purchased these the first time round, I actually bought them in three (yes you read that right) other colours too – black patent for work in the winter with tights, snake print, and red to put with jeans on a night out for a little colour pop. I saw today that they have some black suede effect ones I could be talked into.
Whenever we go to London it has become standard practice for us to take a detour to the nearest Hummingbird Bakery, as the cakes are heavenly! We try and purchase some different things each time (pretty sure we aren’t that far off having samples the whole menu to be honest!) so then we can try a little bit of each other’s as the portions are huge! If you make the biggest square you can with your thumb and index finger touching, you’ll get an idea of how big their brownies are, and they are about an inch and a half deep! Not one for if you’re on a diet that’s for sure!
This time I bought a chocolate and peanut butter whoopie pie (these are a firm favourite of mine so I tend to purchase one each time we go now!) and I was intrigued by their Kentucky Bourbon cake too so had to try a slice of that.
There are no pictures for this, as if I get them out the fridge the likelihood is that I will devour them both!
Now, I have DEFINITLEY saved the best purchase of the day until last. Brace yourselves ladies and gents as I am about to tell you that I am now the proud owner of a Harry Potter heat changing Mauraders Map mug!! Eek!!
I was in HMV with mum and came across a mug stand with other merchandise on display, and saw a coffee mug with “don’t let the muggles get you down” written on it (I actually sent a photo to one of my friends as I though she’d really appreciate it).
There were a couple of other HP mugs about too, Gryffindor and Slytherin specific. Mum had gone off to look for something separate and I was having a nose round the display when BAM! I spotted it. I immediately came over all Gollum-like and picked it up (I didn’t quite start muttering “my precious” under my breath, but it was close). I knew that I absolutely had to have it, and wouldn’t put it down. Mum was disappointingly under enthused by my find when she returned.
I’ve just realised I’ve written all that without actually explaining why I was so excited. Basically when the mug is cold, it’s black with some footsteps and “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” on it. When you make a cup of tea however, then the magic really starts to happen! The heat causes the black to disappear and the Mauraders Map becomes visible! As you can see below the change reverses once you start drinking and the mug becomes cold again. The thing that really tickles me is that at the bottom of the mug is written “Mischief Managed” which any self respecting Potter-head knows is the phrase that returns the map to a blank bit of parchment! So once you’ve drunk your tea (by which time you can read the writing on the bottom and the whole mug is cold again) the map has disappeared!
This I do have some photos of:
So that was my London trip today, I do have to put a side note in this to mourn the loss of my favourite pair of sunglasses. They were only a freebie pair that came with Cosmo a couple of years ago but I lived in them over the last two summers!
The arm came off one side and the hinge had completely disintegrated so there’s no chance of repairing them *sob*. I have also lost the screw on the floor or River Island on Oxford Street but that is by the by.
Anyway, hope you all have a good week, until next time!