Dutch Apple Cake

Hi all; Happy Friday!

This is just a quick post to show off my Dutch Apple Cake that I made 30mins before this post:

I love baking, but I don't bake as often as I used to.......

Today I decided to kickstart my weekend by baking a cake after work; something apple inspired. I got the recipe from here.

The apples were supposed to drop to the bottom, but as you can see, my apples stayed on top of the cake. I guess I didn't cut them thin enough. Not that it mattered - the cake tasted absolutley lovely!

Will make this cake again for sure!

Book Junkie

Understand this, readers – I love books. More than I love clothes, shoes and Manchester United. That’s the darn truth.

I have been a bookworm ever since I could read. I love reading; delving into another world, another life, using my imagination to bring the story to life. One of my dreams is to own an Ikea Billy Bookcase and fill the whole thing with books.

In addition to my mini H&M haul (here) I have gone a bit crazy in buying books in recent weeks:

(From Left to Right)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Gather Together in My Name
Singin' & Swingin' & Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
The Heart of a Woman
All by Maya Angelou

A Good Weekend – Sun, Hackney Weekend 2012 and H&M Mini Haul

Hi all!

Hope you had a good weekend; to those who live in the UK, especially London I hope you have been enjoying the fantastic weather over the weekend! My days, Spring is here! Make the most of it though……knowing our luck our Spring/Summer will be over by May!

After a stressful Friday (had an exam), my weekend was packed – in addition to my usual movements, I finally sorted out and paid for my bridesmaid dress for my cousin’s wedding; made an unproductive and epic journey to Harrow with my Mum and celebrated my Dad’s birthday by going to Nandos. Plus the clocks moved forward so i efectively lost an hour of sleep. But the best thing was that I managed to get tickets to Radio 1’s Hackney 2012!!! It took 1hr 45mins of refreshing the webpage as it kept crashing, but I will be seeing Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, Chase & Status and other epic artists perform!

I finally received the stuff I ordered from H&M about 3 weeks ago……It wasn’t enough that I bought a new bag (which has been put to good use). No, I had to order online and visit the shop and buy a few more bits and bobs:

Sturdy Jersey Leggings

Detail at the bottom of the leggings

Textured Draped Jersey Top

Sleeveless Blouse

Short Sleeve Patterned Blouse

I have to say I’ve probably bought more clothes in the last year than my whole teenage years ( I was very conscious about clothes and how they fit me)…..it's been a while since I've bought white tops. But this is quite modest compared to the amount of books I’ve purchased in the last two weeks! More on that to follow……

11 Questions TAG

Hi readers!

I have been tagged by Lauren, of Blonde Ambition. Check out her blog here. This is my first Tag and is designed for readers and bloggers to get to know me a bit better; so here goes:

The Rules

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus provide eleven questions for the people you have tagged to answer
3. Choose eleven people and link them in your tag
4. Go to their page and tell them
5. No tag backs!
6. You legitimately have to tag

11 Things about Me

1.    I am a Trainee Solicitor – I’m aiming to be fully qualified (be on the roll) by June 2012

2.    When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher, fashion designer, interior designer and the owner of a club. Not all the same time though!

3.    My roots are Nigerian, more specifically Igbo. My parents were born and raised in Nigeria and came to live in London in the mid-80s (me and my siblings were born and raised in London)

4.    I am the oldest child in my family (meaning I’m the best lol)

5.    I’m a complete bookworm – I love reading books. I can read books in hours and still want more. My collection is growing every month!

6.    I’m a scatterbrain. I leave my stuff everywhere, much to my mother’s irritation!

7.    I have an ear condition called Tinnitus – it’s basically “ringing of the ears”. I got this after a very, very loud night out in February 2011…..

8.    My favourite ice-creams are mint Cornetto and Feast (mint or chocolate – however the mood takes me)

9.    My favourite group of ALL TIME is Backstreet Boys *screams like a teenage girl*

10.  Places I want to visit before I reach 30 include Brazil, Bora Bora, Thailand, New Zealand, Maldives, Cuba, Hong Kong and Japan. Really the list is endless – I just want to travel!

11.  About 90% of the time I will be on a “Nandos Ting” i.e. if you ask me I want to go to Nandos to chomp on some peri peri chicken, there’s a 90% chance I will say yes without hesitation. I love eating chicken. Well done, thoroughly cooked chicken mind!

Questions from Lauren:

1. Who inspires you?

My Mum. She left Nigeria (with my dad) at roughly my age and made a life for herself in another country. As of July 2011, she has spent more time living in the UK than Nigeria.  Talk about brave……..

2. What is the one thing you couldn't live without?
I could not live without hoodies. They are the epitome of comfort for me. I wear a hoody on a daily basis.

3. What is your favourite purchase?
Favourite purchase is a chain that I bought for my 19th Birthday. My mum bought me a “C” letter pendant to wear with the chain. I wear it practically every day, with nearly every outfit.

4. Who would you tell first if you won the lottery?
I would tell my mum and my dad that I won the lottery. I can trust then to keep schtum about it! I’m not even sure if I would divulge that info to my siblings

5. What was your favourite subject at school?
At primary school it was History – I loved learning about Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. At Secondary School it was English – mostly for the literature and analysing texts

6. Do you support any charities?
Not a specific charity, however it has been on my mind to do so.  I usually donate to Comic Relief, Sports Relief and CAFOD and other major charities. However I have been thinking about supporting Camfed or Plan UK – charities that try to promote education for girls all around the world, especially developing countries

7. If you could meet one significant person from history, who would it be?
Jesus Christ – I would ask him how it felt being the Saviour of mankind and being expected to sacrifice his life for a bunch of ungrateful nutters like us.

8. What is your favourite book?
Oh gosh…..it’s hard, but I have to say Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree. I’ve read that book several times and I never get tired of it. A close second is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – it’s such a powerful book.

9. What is your middle name?
My middle name is Chinyere. It is an Igbo name – translated, it means “God Gives”. Chi-Chi is actually my middle name shortened and almost everyone knows me by this. Only my dad refers to me as Chinyere on a daily basis!

10. Where is your favourite place?
My favourite place is home. Sometimes it can be exhausting being at home (mum plus siblings equals quite crowded at times!) but I love it because it’s familiar and comforting and safe

11. If you had a super power, which would you want?
Hmmm, that’s hard. I suppose I would want Peter Petrelli’s (remember Heroes?) power of being able to mimic/take on other people’s powers…..he had this power because he was able to empathise with others and I believe that I am the same (or at least like to think so!)

You’ve been tagged*!

Questions from Me
1. When was the last time you laughed so much you cried/almost peed yourself?
2. When you were younger, what did you want to grow up to be?
3. What is your favourite song, and why?
4. Have you ever done something naughty and blamed someone else?
5. What is your ultimate travel destination?
6. Who would you want to be stuck in an elevator with?
7. Puppies or Kittens?
8. How many pairs of shoes do you own? (be honest!)
9. If a film about your life was made, who would play you?
10. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
11. What would you want every girl in the world to experience?

Once again, Thanks to Lauren for tagging me! If you want to know a bit more about me, let me know!

Chi-Chi x

*Click on their names to check out their blogs – get to know your fellow blogger/reader x

My Brain is Frazzled…….

Just needed to get this off my chest!

t’s about 01:03am (UK GMT) as I write this post…… in just over 12 hours, I will be sitting an exam for a course (Professional Skills Course) I just started on Wednesday. The pass mark is 60% and I have to pass in order to qualify on time - no pressure right? I haven’t sat an exam since 2008…..

My mind has been blitzed with so much information over the last 2 days that I have regressed to typical pre-exam behaviour – minor procrastination, major cramming and bad eating habits ( I become a nibbler and surrender to junk food – cue on the double cheeseburger from McD’s). My verbal and written vocabulary has been limited to investments, regulated activities and rules & regulations. The work is relatively easy and the exam is open book, but the information is A LOT and I have only 1 ½ hours to complete the exam :¬s
All for the purpose of qualifying as a solicitor.......

I can’t wait for 3:30pm on Friday!

Food for My Nails

Hi readers; I hope you’ve had a good start to the week!

Recently I’ve been having trouble with my nails. On my hands, their weak and only grow to certain length before they start breaking or splitting. The nails on my feet are a different story – they grow a bit too well and are strong! The fact is that I have been complacent in my nail care and I have finally decided to something about it.

I have bought the following products to help my nails grow and get strong:

Sally Hansen® Super Shine®Shiny Top Coat

Sally Hansen® Natural Nail Growth Activator

The Sally Hansen® products were a bargain. I got them for £2 each – yes, you read right, £2 from the Petticoat Lane Sunday Market in E1, London.
The Sally Hansen® Super Shine®Shiny Top Coat is supposed to do exactly what it says on the package. I guess I could use a top coat from another brand, but the price made the purchase favourable.......

The Sally Hansen® Natural Nail Growth Activator is supposed to help boost growth and rehydrate nails. I should see visible results within 5 days – provided I follow the instructions correctly.

Avon Nail Experts 24K Gold Strength

Finally, I bought Avon Nail Experts 24K Gold Strength for £2.50. It’s clear polish with (apparently) specks of 24K gold. This is designed to strengthen nails and I will be using it alongside the Natural Growth Activator.

I’m not a big fan of really long nails, but hopefully these products will assist me in gaining strong healthy nails. Oh and diet plays an important part too – got to consume the right food and supplements!

Happy Mothers’ Day x

Today in the UK, we’re celebrating Mothers’ Day – a day for children to spoil their mothers and be on their “best behaviour”, while Mothers relax and remember the reason they have children!

I’m sure that most people will agree that their mum is a significant (if not the most significant) person in their life. She doesn’t have to be your birth mother; she is the woman who cares for you, nurtures you, disciplines you and supports you through the good and the bad.

Shaka Zulu Restaurant – Camden, London

Hi guys, the weekend is just round the corner!

Last night I went to Shaka Zulu a restaurant and bar lounge in Camden, for a friend’s birthday. Here are a few pics from the evening – I have to say the restaurant surroundings are amazing:

Mother v Daughter – Topic: Make-Up

Second post of the day!

I buy make-up, but I rarely wear the stuff. And it drives my mum MAD. There’s rarely a week that goes by without us engaging in the “make-up debate”. Not a debate so much, rather my mum telling me that I am a woman and therefore should wear make-up. That’s her stance – end of! My response? “Yes mum” and then be on my way, or if I have energy to give a proper response, I argue that my two younger sisters wear make-up and that should be enough for her!

I’m still here!

It’s been nearly a week since I’ve posted on my blog……it’s been quite a busy week for me:

  • It’s been very busy at work – been preparing for a couple of significant litigation cases. Cue tense clients, legal research, loads of typing and not forgetting long hours
  • In addition I’ve finally sorted out my Professional Skills Course (PSC) – this needs to be completed during the training contract and before you can qualify as a solicitor. Considering I’m supposed to finish my training contract in May, I’ve been cutting it fine.
  • I’ve spent two nights braiding my mum’s hair – it was a bit tiring, given that it was during the working week. But at least she saved £40-£60 (average price for braiding hair, or rather what she is willing to pay for her hair!)
  • I bought a language course from LearnDirect via www.groupon.co.uk for £9.90 instead of the usual price of £29.99. still trying to decided what language I should learn.......
  • I attended a hen/birthday party – Thai food and karaoke. One can never go wrong with that combination!
  • I sorted my sister’s and friend’s birthday presents………
  • I wore a full face of make-up…..much to my mum’s pleasure!

This month is gonna be busy for me – got Mothers’ Day coming up, as well as 4 birthdays – baby sis, dad and two friends. Plus I start the PSC which means trying to get back into study mode and trying to ensure that the office doesn’t fall apart without me (yes, I am that important in the office!)

This is my March Madness…….but I feel quite sane!

Weekend Entertainment

I hope you had a great weekend; unfortunately London faced a washout on Sunday – heavy rain and better winds. Hi winter, glad to see you again. Not.

Anyhoo, yesterday (04/03/2012) I went to the Barbican for the Urban Weekender, consisting of live and free entertainment over 03 and 04 March 2012. For any international readers the Barbican is an entertainment centre based in Central London – you can check their website here.

I saw the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company perform for two events – Hip Hop Shakespeare Company Live, which were acoustic sets of singing, rap and spoken word and Opera in a Day, which was a condensed version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Here are few pics that I took on the day:

New Bag

I hope the weekend is going well and not too fast for you all!

Just a quick post to show off a new purchase:

Not an Ordinary Wednesday and a Maxi Skirt

March already?! How time is flying by......even with an extra day in the year!

Yesterday I took part in a special Nike event at the Southbank in Central London. I (along with about 130 ladies) took part in a workout on the London Eye. Yep, as I viewed the amazing London skyline in a capsule, I was struggling with arm dips and getting low & deep with my squats. Here are a couple of pics taken of the event (pics are from the Nike Training Club Facebook page):

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