Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My 19th Birthday Adventure!

"I want to paint and I want to write and I want to act and I just want.. To do everything." - Emma Watson
I'm 19 - AHH! [Below photo: A very little me // 1997]
Hello there wonderful's - I got a jam packed birthday post coming right up, so grab your cups of tea and join me on this celebratory occasion! On Thursday the 6th of March, I myself turned a whole year older - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME WOOHOO! And to celebrate, myself and my mum planned a mini adventure involving Brighton, kites, oh so much chocolate and fun! This post includes what I wore, my birthday nails, what I got up to and other lovely things, I had a very special 19th birthday, I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did my day!

But firstly, to kick things off I've created a collage of my younger self, looking back at my foetus years and reminiscing on all that I'm thankful for. Feast your eyeballs on a very small me (featuring: Brother and Cousin.. and Tweetie Pie...)
Thank you to my wonderful parents who dressed me up in a Tots TV tracksuit (bottom right.. my brother matches..) Haha baby photos warm my heart, the best of times - Anywho's, on with my birthday adventure!
[Prepare yourselves for a 
photo-boom of birthday-ness]
I previously mentioned in my London Fashion Weekend post that I may have bought myself a few new birthday clothes... This dress was part of that pre-birthday pack - I just couldn't resist, I am a lover for all things relating to wonder and nature - often spilling my heart into that over on my Tumblr. So when I saw this dress covered in wonderful, charming foxes, my mind just went to a very happy place! The ideal birthday dress for me that's fo' sure.

I matched my dress with my black hat and my new 'Penguin book cover' purse I got for Christmas from my parents. I love funky accessories and this penguin purse was calling my name! I also wore my new bag out in the evening - but that'll have a showering mention later on in this post! I finished off the look with neutral makeup and ultra curly hair (and jewellery - the rings, mustn't forget the rings)!

When it comes to nail art I tend to get a little carried away, over the years I seem to have hoarded quite a bunch of nail art related things. As I painted my nails on the eve of my birthday I had in mind to create a crazy/ hectic theme - I grabbed my current favourite Barry M Gelly nail polishes (see my collection here) and the rest just kinda turned into a vibrant vomit. Includes fimo melon pieces, gems and stars - perfect for my birthday I think so!
These array of images are just some of the lovely things I was so kindly gifted by my family for my birthday. First of all, can I just share my excitement - I got a Polaroid AGHH! Being amongst the blogging scene I have seen oh so many Bloggers and YouTubers with these cameras, I have been dying for one for oh so long and my birthday finally saw me have one - oh so grateful and still yet to use it! Let me know if you have one too, any tips to using it well are welcome!

I was also super happy to find a selection of Tanya Burr's brand new nail varnishes amongst my gifts! I'm sure you all know Tanya, but for those who are unsure - Tanya is a Blogger & YouTuber with a lot of experience in the beauty department, I have been watching her videos for a hella' long time now and was so excited when hearing about her new lip gloss and nail varnish collection - so it was only right that I wish for a few of them myself! It's safe to say these polishes do not disappoint! Currently crushing over 'Little Duck' the perfect Spring colour that adds a smile to any outfit!

After opening my lovely presents early in the morning (and having a box of Maltesers for breakfast..) - it was time for myself and my mum to venture to Brighton, one of my favouritest places to visit. It's such a wonderful city and a dream when the sun is shining! I've been visiting Brighton ever since I can remember and there is one place I've always wanted to go but never actually been to, that place is 'Choccywoccydoodah' one of Brighton's famously, deliciously, chocolaty shops, they also have a cute cafe right round the corner which is where I wanted to go! But first.. Disney Store.
Brighton has oh so many great photographic opportunities - with lots of quirky streets/ signs and graffiti it makes getting snappy with your camera visually pleasing! After doing a fair share of fresh breezily wondering, off we wondered to our destined location...

I snapped up the photos below from the Choccywoccydoodah shop situated in the town. The crafty cakes from this shop are mad, if your someone like me who is obsessed with watching cake cooking programmes then you may recognise some of these styles and designs as Choccywoccydoodah has it's own TV programme!
After nosing around the shop, our belly's were rumbling - so off we ventured to the Choccywoccydoodah cafe. The little cafe is situated just outside of the lanes, but is in fact moving to a new location just around the corner - so I'm already looking forward to visiting the new place! If you are after some seriously sweet treats then this is the ideal spot - see for yourselves in the following photos!
Gah. I was so in awe of this place, you could not fault the staff and the delicious chocolate. The decor was super lively which suited the atmosphere wonderfully. As myself and my mum had never visited the Choccywoccy cafe before, we were a little unsure on what exactly to order as the yummy sights of everything was a little overwhelming. With great help from the friendly staff, two pieces of 'Chocolate Dream' cake with a hot chocolate and cappuccino were ours! We situated ourselves on a rather swanky red velvet couch and sat back and savoured every second.

As I shamelessly was wearing a birthday badge, the staff ensured it went down in cake-style. The music stopped and in walked the scrumptious looking cake with a cute little candle on top and everyone singing happy birthday. It was so unexpected and I just couldn't stop smiling! This joyous moment was then followed by 'Honeycomb Hour' free honeycomb chocolate for everyone - woohoo! The presentation was something I'd never seen before, it was deliciously beautiful - my mind was boggled and I just couldn't wait to dig on in.

The cakes tasted as good as they looked, every flavoured piece of chocolate, every coloured sprinkle and scrummy icing - mixed with my thick milk hot chocolate and marshmallows, I had gone to chocolate heaven. As much as myself and my mum tried to finish the entire cakey-contents, we were defeated, as described by the staff - we had been struck with a 'cake-coma' an overwhelming feeling of 'ah.I.can't.move.no.more.cake..' After such a pleasant couple of hours just being happy, eating cake, singing and feeling inspired - we packed our leftovers into a little box and off we went for more exploring around Brighton. Thanks for having us Choccywoccydoodah!

We pondered the shops (where I found and brought my dream bag - picture to follow), had lots of fun.. And only one thing was left to do - let's go fly our kites..
You could not fault the weather - thank you for being so sunny Brighton! Although there was a rather sharp breeze, it didn't stop us having a joyous time, the wind was perfect for flying a kite, not too crazy - just right.

My absolute favourite film is 'Saving Mr. Banks' it had me and my mum crying/ sobbing from beginning to end and I have not stopped talking about the film ever since. As it's of course based on the story of Mary Poppins, my favourite song is 'Let's Go Fly a Kite'. So when unwrapping the kite for my birthday - with lyrics attached - I was super happy, I love thoughtful gifts and it felt such a dream!

I don't think I've ever laughed so much trying to watch myself and my mum fly a kite, I eventually got the hang of things but my mum on the other hand.. Of course her high heels were to blame - she is actually a pro... In one of the above photos you will see a man actually re-building our kite as we did a pretty shabby job of it - but hey, we were proud of it and it seemed to work.. for 10 seconds. (Thank you kind man!) 

As my birthday was a couple of weeks ago now (how fast has that gone..) I often find myself thinking of the moment running along the pebbled beach with the sunset in hand, flying my kite. I hadn't found a happiness like that before, like, an indescribable happiness, only one which I can experience for myself and keep locked up in my mind forever, my lovely mums got a lot to do with it - so thank you for making a teeny dream I didn't know I had, come true! Isn't that weird, the littlest things in life make us oh so happy.
Ah can you see my new bag, can ya? can ya? can ya?! I brought it from a shop in Brighton called 'Ollie & Nic' - I very rarely fall head over heels for bags, but I went a little weird when stumbling across this one. It instantly reminded me of P.L. Travers' bag from Saving Mr. Banks, I swoon for coral colours and the size of the bag is just right for fitting all my things in - even my big camera! My birthday was pretty much Marry Poppins themed from beginning to end - and it was great.

In the evening I organised a little area at one of my favourite places near to where I live for all my friends to gather and join me in celebrating. The decor is heaven to my eyeballs and the atmosphere is always wonderful. Before my friends arrived, myself my dad and my mum ordered champagne and just reminisced and smiled - lots. It would have been all the better if my brother was there, but I saw him on the weekend for his birthday (3 days apart - he's 21 though!), so I will let him off!

The whole day and night just felt like I was in a bubble, a super happy, dreamy bubble. One I'd like to find myself in more often, I couldn't even script my birthday - everything and every moment just fell wonderfully into place. Grateful for such kind friends and my lovely family. Thank you for making it truly the best birthday I think I've ever had!

Thank you for all those who wished me a happy birthday and for making me smile huge amounts, oh so much love. This has been a super fun post to do, so I do hope you liked it too!

Where's your favourite place to visit?
Have a wonderful day!

With love,

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pink & Green Choc Chip Pancakes!

"There was no time for chit-chat when there were chocolate chip pancakes to be eaten." - Kirsten Day
Pink and Green Chocolate Chip pancakes
HAPPY PANCAKE DAY wonderful people!
Today is the day where it's okay to eat as many pancakes as you like, with oh so much sugar, lemon, chocolate, cinnamon, strawberries, banana, syrup - ahh go wild. 

Hold up - do you smell a collaborative post? You smelt correct! I have teamed up with the lovely Katie, the blogger behind Scarphelia (previously mentioned in oh so many of my posts) to bake up two easy recipes that you can try out for yourself! There will be a post over on Katie's blog where she gets crafty with ombre! 
Here's a handful of blogs I was inspired by along the way with some more groovy pancake ideas: CoCo and Cowe // Seeded at the Table // Cooking Classy // Averie Cooks // Company - Inspired me to include all the chocolate chip goodness!

I've decided to opt for my own design and have gone for a very pink and green chocolaty themed pancake. Partially because I already had pink and green food colouring and the fact that green is my favourite colour AND who doesn't love a green pancake? I thought so.. Onto the tasty delights! (Oh and they kinda look like watermelons?!)

For the 'Pink and Green Chocolate 
Chip pancakes' - you will need:
 2 Eggs
 5 tbsp Milk
 150g Plain Flour
 2 tbsp Caster Sugar
 Pinch of Salt
 75g Dark Chocolate Chips
 Pink and Green Food Colouring
 Cooking Oil (for frying)
 Maple Syrup (or toppings of your choice)
 Frying Pan
Make sure your hands are super clean before you start!
Grab yourself a jug and whisk together the two eggs and 5 tbsp's of milk.
Next, taking your large clear bowl, pop in the plain flour, caster sugar and a pinch of salt.
Create a well in the centre and begin to pour in the whisked eggs and milk.
Beat the mixture together until super smooth.
Grab your dark chocolate chips and begin to stir everything together (don't forget to eat all the leftover chocolate chips....)
To create your two contrasting colours, split the pancake mixture into two separate bowls.
Adding pink food colouring to one, and green food colouring to the other.
Now for the fun part, head on over to the stove - *Parent/ Guardian/ Adult/ Pancake King required if you are small or are capable of injuring yourself like I do..* Pop the pan onto the cooker setting at a very low heat - add a small amount of sunflower oil spray.

Adding a reasonable sized spoonful of the green pancake mix - cook the pancake until light and golden. About 1-2 minutes on each side. Once cooked place on a plate and keep on cooking! (Admiring the gooey chocolate - gah.)

Do the exact same procedure but this time with the pink pancake mix. If you get bored of flipping over the pancake, play the ultimate height game, how high can you flip the pancake without landing it on the floor, the ceiling, yourself..
Keep on going until you've landed yourself a hefty pile of the wonder-y edibleness.
All that's left to do now - is turn off the cooker, sit yourself down, have all your yummy toppings in front of you - decorate till your hearts content, drizzle on that golden syrup... AND EAT! Mmmhmm.
The ultimate pancaking song:
If you recreate these pancakes using this recipe then do tweet me a picture here or upload your photo to Instagram tagging me @charliparsonss - I'd love to see your baking responses!

Don't forget to also check out Katie's impressive Pink Ombre Pancakes!
Thanks to Katie for letting me decorate your kitchen in pancake mix.. We had oh so much fun and felt (still feel) very, very sick - but they sure did taste good!
May you have a glorious Pancake Day and may you eat way too much you have to sit down..

What's your favourite pancake topping?

(2 days until my birthday!)
With love,