Sunday, April 20

Weekly Musings


This week I have been inspired by so many things, Istanbul and it's vibrant culture really inspired me to be more creative and I have tons of new and fresh blog posts with great content to follow! I also have found that by coming back home and resettling back into life with Ben and our lively little Welsh Terrier, Dirty Harry; I am appreciating the little things. So I have acculmulated 10 things which have been inspiring to me this week or have been a positive influence on my day-to-day life.

1. Quiet nights in with Ben, enjoying homemade pizza.

2. Long walks with Harry to clear those cobwebs!

3. Being organised.

4. Decorating our new home with the things we love.

5. The weekly run I have started with my 3 friends from work, burning those calories never felt so good!

6. Breaking Bad Season 5. This will blow your mind!

7. Catching up on my favourite blogs.

8. Painting my nails pastel colours.

9. Easter eggs, 'cos you know, it's Easter and all.

10. Washing my face with my favourite Bobbi Brown Cleanser.

Wednesday, April 16

Istanbul Photo Diary Part I


For my mum's birthday, me and my family headed over to the culturally vibrant city that is Istanbul. I was super excited to discover all of the historic landmarks and browse around fanatically the famous Grand Bazaar and Spice markets. During our stay, we were located at the ever so luxurious The Peak Hotel in the heart of the city, just around the corner from delicious traditional restaurants, the metro and this retro little tram pictured above. 

On day 1 we had a leisurely breakfast and then headed out across the Bosphorus River and wandered around two awe-inspiring mosques, Sultan Ahmed Mosque (or more commonly referred to as The Blue Mosque) and the Fatih Mosque. The architecture both inside and out where breathtaking (post to follow shortly!). We then found ourselves in the late afternoon wandering into the Grand Bazaar which housed the most diverse and colourful markets I have ever seen. There was so much on offer, from handwoven carpets and rugs to fake fashion accessories. After a busy day of site seeing and resultantly aching feet, we headed back to the hotel for an afternoon nap in anticipation for our first evening meal in the city.

Day 2 was just as amazing, we were blessed with beautiful weather and decided that it was only right that we should head up the ancient Galata Tower to take in the panoramic views of Istanbul (as shown in picture 2). After this we were still hungry for more history so hopped on a tram and visited Hagia Sophia. Words cannot begin to describe how incredible this landmark is (and I will discuss it and other must see's on my post about the top places to visit in Istanbul). We spent the majority of the afternoon gazing the magnificent interiors of this building. Afterwards late lunch was in order, where we enjoyed a scrumptuous Ceaser Salad at Faros.

Opening the curtains on day 3 from within my hotel room, I was disappointed to see heavy rain pitter pattering on the window. However thankfully we had planned to visit more museums that day so we could escape the unfortunate downpour. Nevertheless it was still warm and the rain eventually passed over, leaving the city smelling fresh and lively again. 

There's much more to come for my holiday in Istanbul, I would love to hear of whether you've been to Istanbul and which sites you most enjoyed. Throughout my trip I uploaded lots of snaps onto my Instagram account (@katemulroy) so come and join me over there for more adventures to come!

Thursday, March 27

South Ken, London


There's seriously nothing better than popping down to London to spend quality time with your nearest and dearest, aka Charlotte. Everytime I visit Charlotte in London I grow to love the capital more and more, especially when you're chatting over a chinese take away and a chilled bottle of prosecco. I think South Kensington stole my heart and I am seriously lusting after living in this idyllic neighborhood. 

Tuesday, March 25

Change


As March is drawing to a close, there are many visible changes all around us, the blossom flowering on the trees, flowers slowly springing up and the weather is getting warmer. Yet these aren't the only changes happening, life for me since the end of February has been non-stop due to me landing my postgraduate job (yipeee!). However this has required a lot of time, concentration and work in order to pass each hurdle, slowly but steadily bringing me towards my firm placement. Although I am only in 2nd year of my undergraduate degree, I am extremely excited about the prospects for when I graduate and undertake my actual job.

P.S. I may have been absent from here for a while, but my Instagram account is full of up to date pictures so be sure to keep up with me there :).

Tuesday, February 11

Just a Thought


As the mornings are getting lighter and the prospect of Spring is on the horizon, I can't help but feel a tingle of excitement. As Ben and I have settled in nicely to our new home, I am looking forward to the coming months, hosting BBQs, lounging around outside and sipping Pimms whilst listening to the radio. Fellow bloggers, Joy Felicity Jane and The Littlest Things, both based in Australia are making me wish I could bring summer to Britain right away. However for now I guess I will have to make do with the transition to spring from winter. Yet I can say that what I do love about this time of the year is the crisp mornings where speckles of frost cover the plants. This week I am loving:

1) Freshly baked croissants in the morning (the recipe will be up soon for these delicious treats)

2) The current music in the charts, making mornings and long commutes much easier

3) Lie ins. But let's get one thing clear, I and Ben only have one lie in a week, (sob) and that is on a Sunday when both of us don't work (yipee!)

4) Coffee breaks with my best friends, with a creamy amaretto latte

5) Volunteer work; it is so rewarding so be involved in being part of a charity organisation aiming at improving the education of children and young adults

6) Long walks with Harry and Ben. It's always great to go for a walk and blow the weekly cobwebs away, essentially getting things into perspective

Saturday, February 8

Leek & Potato Soup


Since I work part time at a local cafe, I was inspired by the unusual and classic soups they make. As I had never made a soup before, I opted to make one of my favourites, the classic leek and potato soup. I was surprised at how easy it was to make, and how delicious it tasted! This soup must (in my opinion) be accompanied by a thick homemade granary bread in order to soak up those flavours. Perfect lunch for a snuggly day inside sheltering from the frosty weather.

Notepad (and hand blender) at the ready, tell me your go-to homemade soups.

Ingredients

1 leek, about 350g, cleaned and sliced
350 - 400g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 litre water
125ml double cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
freshly ground black pepper

Method

1) Put the leek and potatoes into a heavy-based saucepan. Add the salt and the water and bring to the boil. Simmer until soft and cooked through, about 30 - 35 minutes. Then turn off the heat and, with a hand blender, whizz until smooth.

2) Add the cream and stir it into the soup, then add the parsley and a few grinds of black pepper. Taste and adjust with seasoning, and serve with crusty bread.

Tuesday, January 28

Life, Lately #10


Due to mine and Ben's schedules being so busy, with work and other commitments during the week, Sunday is really our only day to completely indulge in whatever we want to for a day. Also now that we have Harry, we want to do more walking and exploring of the countryside around us. So on Sunday we went to Formby beach (a place which I endlessly blog about!) and experienced what the beach is like on a blistery, cold January afternoon. As we headed over the sand dunes, the wind almost knocked us off our feet, with Ben actually falling over, maybe more due to Harry tugging on his lead. The waves crashed against the shore, causing the sand to sweep across the beach. Although we only ever usually go to Formby beach when it's summer, there's something bewildering about an uncontrollable sea. 

Wednesday, January 22

Interior Inspiration | Living Room



Recently Ben and I moved into our first home together (I know, I kept it quiet!) even though we practically lived together beforehand, moving between our parents' houses. Before the move, I wasn't that super organised, however now that we are settled into our home; I think I may have developed a severe case of OCD! Seriously, I am constantly tidying up and keeping everything in its place (I hope this cleanliness lasts). But with the house now all organised, I want a new project, and am finding living room inspiration from near and far. Our house currently doesn't have a log burner so I am currently searching the internet for log burner fireplace inspiration. If you have any interior design ideas, let me know, I would love some advice!

All images via my Pinterest.