The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Photos by Dom John

Hello! I have returned from my very unexpected blog hiatus. I’m not sure what caused the complete lack on content on here – whether it was lack of inspiration, motivation or simply being busy with other things. I haven’t felt particularly festive in the recent weeks, which always brings the mood down when everyone else is all for the mulled wine, ice skating and decorations.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Myself and Dom got ourselves a little Christmas tree, and I went on a short festive trip to York, but with working all the way up until Christmas eve (like most other people) I can’t quite muster the spirit of Christmas just yet.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Still, I though I would take the opportunity to share my favourite festive outfit of the moment. This pinafore dress from New Look is just what I’ve been looking for. Something that will work for autumn, winter and spring, depending on what you wear underneath and whether you bother with tights or not. I’ve paired in here with another new favourite, my green fluffy bobble hat, and burgundy brogues, which happen to be the most comfortable shoes I’ve had in a long time.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Dress – New Look | Coat – New Look | Hat – New Look | Shoes – Diechmann | Bag – Accessorise

The Ivy in Clifton provided the perfect festive backdrop for a post this close to Christmas. They happen to have the classiest decorations I’ve seen this year. I’m yet to pay a visit inside but I think a mid January afternoon tea in there would be perfect to lift the inevitable January blues!

Until the next post I hope you have a plenty of mulled wine and mince pies – I’m off to engage in just that now!

xx

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It was around this time last year that I truly discovered chai tea. I’d heard of it of course, seen it on many a coffee shop menu but it just never appealed to me so much that I actually ordered one. And I honestly can’t say what changed my mind one day, perhaps I’d already had one too many coffee’s and needed something different. But so started my love of the cinnamon-y, spicey drink that brings the festive feeling like no other can – except perhaps the ol’ mulled wine!

Although day to day I get my fix from a box of Pukka Vanilla Chai tea, sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics and make it yourself. And it really couldn’t be easier with just a few store cupboard ingredients needed. I got this recipe from a video by the fab Estee Lalonde, you can watch it here, but I’ve simplified it right down to the basics here:

  1. Grab one/two cups of water, depending on how much tea you can drink, and add a teaspoon of both Nutmeg and Ginger. Throw in a cinnamon stick and boil for around five minutes.
  2. Add a small cap of vanilla essence and two normal everyday tea bags. Brew for a few more minutes and then strain into your favourite mug.
  3. Add some milk and maybe some sugar if you like things a little bit sweeter, and then enjoy!

It’s really that simple. Obviously it takes slightly longer and it’s not really an everyday kinda thing, but it’s nearly Christmas so treat yourself!

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