Toast& Taste Experience

My beautiful friend Tomi is on a business venture that is so amazing. She has been making delicious cakes and things for a while now but is going to take it to the next step. I was invited to an amazing tasting experience that was not only cute, but also very yummy. The taste experience featured lots of interesting flavour mixes like dark chocolate and pistachio and lemon, poppy seed and Earl Grey. Yummm! 

Different takes on traditional Victoria Sponges were risky but paid off. Blackcurrant jam and also a raspberry cream Victoria Sponge were major hits and my taste buds definitely enjoyed the experience.

We also got to decorate some cupcakes! That bit was very fun!

In addition to superbly delish cakes and savouries, Toast& has effective and creative branding that suits it so well. I wish Tomi all the luck in the world in moving forward with this venture. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your taste experience!

Filofax Pretties: Week 45

It's making me a little bit nervous how quickly time is going! I cant believe we're on Week 45 already.

I took these photos before I did the things on my list! Don't worry, they're ticked off now!
I love my Compact, so much handier to have in my handbag than my personal!

Kikki.K Large Mint Planner: Thoughts

If you're a follower on Instagram, you must have seen all the delicious Mint planner that were released for a limited run by Kikki.K. The first time I ever saw one, I literally gasped because the colour was perfect and I knew that I needed it in my life. I've been religiously stalking the Kikki.K page and then finally it came up (after a few months) and I had to get it!

It was a whole big process that I probably won't repeat again. The actual checking out process is not so bad, but the customs you get hit with when it gets to the UK is a big deal. You end up paying so much extra that it ends up not really being worth it. The bad things aside, here it is in all it's lovely minty glory!

It was really well packaged. It came in quite a large box, which was maybe unnecessary (would've made customs less!) It also had big bubble things to protect it. When I opened the box the planner was wrapped in tissue paper and I also like it when things are wrapped in tissue paper!

Today is a good day! It is because I have my long wanted planner!

Mmmm! The colour is just beautiful! I don't know if these pictures do it justice but it's still so pretty. The texture of it is wonderful and it feels like a sturdy and quality product. The leather feels high quality.

This I'm Unique note just explains that the planners will all be different due to the nature of the leather. I prefer things to be unique! The Today pad that comes with it is perfect for quick list glances. 

I always worry with planner that have the pop stud, that it'll be loose and will feel fragile. I didn't need to worry about that here! It's a nice sturdy one and the little gold K detail is fabulous!

There are only 3 marked tabs and 4 unmarked ones so you can make your planner yours. It also comes with 3 pages of stickers that you can use for the unmarked tabs or to even create your own. There's also stickers for appointments and such and also bullet points and marking for lists. They must know that us planner people just love to make lists!

So I should probably note that the thing I like a lot is that this comes with A LOT of paper. There's an undated monthly planner for 18 months, meeting notes, to do lists and a countless number of notes pages. If I was a uni this planner would be so perfect because I could just use this in lectures.

Pen loop! I've just got to find a pen that will match it nicely! Any excuse for pen shopping!

 The rings are quite large, the same size as the Filofax A5 ones. They were safe, with no gaps and they're nice and sturdy. When I first tried to open it, it was a bit stiff but better stiff that loose eh? I think it will be fine.

That's everything I love about the planner! Now...although it has many goods. There are also a couple of things I'm unsure about. At first when handling the paper, I thought it was really thin, Filofax thin. And we all know how I feel about that. It just makes writing with different pens so much harder. So I did a little pen test with all my favourite pens.

I was thinking this is going well. There's no bleed across the page and it's writing quite smoothly. I like it! And then turned the page over for fear of bleed through and....

There wasn't any!! I was pleasantly pleased. Thank you for being better than Filofax paper. It would have been such a waste if it bled through!!

The only other thing I didn't like was that the personal information page is printed on the back of a calendar page. I like to keep those two things separately. If you're going to have this much paper in it anyway, why not just have a separate personal information sheet. Ya know?

All in all though, I love it very very much! I look forward to setting it up and making it mine. It's inspiring me to do lots of things and organise! Do you guys have a Kikki.K? What do you think of yours? Will you always have a soft spot for Filofax like me?

Tower of London: Poppies

The talk of London town at the moment is the Poppy installation at The Tower of London. Erected on 5th August, the installation features 888,246 ceramic poppies each representing a fallen soldier of the war. It's a spectacular sea of red and it's wonderful to see in real life. These photos won't do it justice. The installation ends on Nov. 11 so if you intend to see it, you should go soon!