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Fortnum & Mason






More London- time visits (because now I live here I have to make the most of it!) Fortnum & Mason is a beautiful department store near Piccadilly Circus. They sell luxury goods (but also claim to have invented the scotch egg, which is the least classy foodstuff ever invented.)

The cakes look amazing, but cost about as much as my weekly food shop, so I thought it might be best to just take pictures of them and buy cheaper cake from Sainsburys.




So I went to a palace at the weekend. And it wasn’t as palace-y as you’d expect.

I cropped the picture above, but you can probably still see part of a bright yellow digger in the corner. Kensington Palace is currently undergoing some kind of building work. Not sure how they’re going to make it better- we thought this was the  back, because it is a pretty horrible red brick building.


Saying that, it is in a nice park, so it’s not all bad. And it has a nice statue of Queen Victoria (made by her daughter, Louise. Check me and my Victorian knowledge.)


Inside, it’s pretty disappointing. Out of all the historical places I’ve visited in London, it’s the one I enjoyed least (though the company was excellent- my housemate Claire kept me entertained by pointing out phallic trees and books filled with countless job possibilities.)


Is that not just the best job in the world? Anyway, Kensington Palace was a massive let down because of 3 things.

1. Half the rooms were empty. Pretty rubbish, considering I’d paid £13.20 to get in.

2. The rooms that did have things in them didn’t really explain what the things were. I like to learn!

And 3. There was a ‘hidden door’ in one of the rooms (like in Downton Abbey, natch) and I was very excited to go and find it, but when we got there it had been propped open. I mean, what’s the point of having a hidden door if you’re going to reveal it straight away?

There is no point.

It wasn’t all bad though. We got to see some nice paintings, and I learnt about how Queen Anne had lots of children that died (so sad!) And I saw many penis shaped trees.

So that was my weekend!

(I look scared in the window booth picture because when I sat down the walls started talking to me and it was unexpected.)

‘If you think any member of One Direction will be on this list you will be sadly mistaken.’ Or My Top 5 Brits of 2012



2012 has been our year. Great Britain is once again GREAT. We had a party every month celebrating something or other. It was once again acceptable to fly a Union Jack from your house without looking like a member of the BNP. It was glorious; there was bunting. Across the globe, people were wishing they were us. But they couldn’t be us. Us few 60 million. We are the chosen people of 2012. Bask in our glory, world. BASK IN IT!

But there were 5 people who excelled just that little bit more than others this year. And they need to be appreciated.

(Though I am warning you, there are no athletes on this list. Because that would mean I would have to choose, and that is a decision I couldn’t, and shouldn’t, have on my conscience. Let the BBC Sports Personality of the Year deal with it.)

1. Claire Balding

This woman is now a national treasure after some truly amazing commentary at the Olympics (I knew they’d get a mention somewhere.) The Americans got stupid Ryan Seacrest ‘photobombing’ people. Claire Balding is much too dignified for that shit. She had her highlighters and her stack of notes and she just GOT ON WITH IT. As is the British way. Bravo, Balding! (And she invented the Mobot, which is just genius.)

2. Charles Dickens

This year, big Charlie D turned 200. And we never heard the end of it. He’s been dead for about 150 years but he was given a whole YEAR of celebrations because he was an utter pro at telling amazing stories. As it should be.

3. Pippa Middleton

She has a nice bum. That’s about it. Oh! and she has recently released a book with helpful tips on hosting dinner parties and other insightful thoughts- such as, ‘There is something very British about tea.’ I think we may have a genius on our hands, guys.

4. Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Unborn Child

SQUEE. I think I was with everyone when I did a little jig of glee when I found out there was a royal bun in the royal oven. (Kate would have been on this list in her own right, but frankly, I think she needs a rest.)

5. The Dowager Countess of Grantham


I didn’t even know I was that passionate about Dowton Abbey….


Cambridge Satchel Company Pop Up Store


I really love the satchels from the Cambridge Satchel Company. I’m hoping to get my hands on one in January, so when I heard that a new pop up store was opening in Covent Garden, I got over there asap!

There were so many beautiful bags to choose from- from metallic to fluorescent to good old fashioned brown. This green one is my favourite! 🙂


If you’re around Covent Garden at any point in the next few months, get yourself down there. And try refraining from licking the bags. I know they are super nice, but it’s usually frowned upon in shops.

Disney & Harrods

So here we go. The beautiful dresses currently on display in Harrods for the Christmas season. Eat, drink, be merry, and watch Disney. And have a very merry Christmas!

Shit, it’s only just November…..huh.

Also, you may realise that I have only shown half  the dresses on display. 2 reasons for this:

1. The pictures of Snow White (Oscar de la Renta), Tiana (Ralph & Russo) and Rapunzel (Jenny Packham) didn’t do the dresses justice at all. They are beautiful, really- and it pains me that I can’t show you just how beautiful they are.

2. The Jasmin (Escada) and Belle (Valentino) dresses were very….eh. Again, the pictures weren’t great (stupid glass and reflections getting in the way!), but they just weren’t the prettiest. And it’s late, and I have to get up for work tomorrow, and it was taking a long time for them to upload, so I gave up in frustration.

Yeah, yeah. I’ll stop with the excuses now.

Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, Elie Saab

Ariel, The Little Mermaid, Marchesa


Pocahontas, Roberto Cavalli


Mulan, Missoni


Cinderella, Versace


Note: These pictures were taken by my friend Marlene, because my iPhone decided it was too dark for it to take nice photos. Even Instagram failed me! The horror!

And if you want to see the design sketches, click here.

Hampton Court Palace- Tudor Times And Chillin’ with Henry VIII






Hampton Court Palace. OMG.

I think it might be my new favourite place in the world!!

Highlights of the day included getting lost in the maze (even when we tried to find ourselves on Google Maps!)  and seeing a reenactment of the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Everyone was dressed in oldy timey clothes and saying ‘forsooth’ a lot. It was magnificent!

Hampton Court also reminded me of Pemberly- so we had a lot of ‘let us take a turn about the room’ moments. No Mr. Darcy though! 😦

Hope you like my pictures!

Photography: London

My Dad is an amateur photographer, and when my family came to visit last weekend he decided to give Buckingham Palace a miss and have a few hours taking photographs instead!

He’s never shown his photos to anybody before, so I will give anyone who likes or comments a cyber HIGH FIVE!!!

Obviously, only be constructive; I don’t want to have to tell my dad that some top photography blogger has told him his photos are shit.




Buckingham Palace M’lady!

I promised a London post where I was all touristy and took lots of instagram pictures- well, my phone battery died halfway through the day so I didn’t get many photographs- boo! BUT I did get some, and my day in Buckingham Palace looking for Harry and looking at diamonds was pretty amazing!

You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside the palace itself, but hopefully these pictures show how amazing it is! I really wish I had been living in London a few months ago when it was the Jubilee celebrations, but I can imagine how amazing it was AND I can finally say I’ve been inside! Finally!

I went with my mum and my nan- who has always wanted to go to see the Queen’s house and now she has! 🙂

Tower of London WHAAAT!



Anyone who knows me will be aware that the Tower of London is my FAVOURITE PLACE EVERRR! I went today with my brother and bamboozled him with lots of facts. I am the queen of facts about the Tower. It’s really not cool, but I really don’t care!

These were the best pictures of the day- what do you think?



Venturing Into The Unknown

I haven’t made it particularly public on here that over the last year I have been an out-of-work graduate. Swonderful smarvellous started as an outlet for my frustrations, a get away from all the CVs, covering letters and job applications. Because of that, I didn’t want it cluttered with posts where I moaned about my failures for all the world to see. Nobody wants to read about depressing things like that.

Taking that into consideration, I don’t want to ramble on about how hard it’s been over the past year, moving home and applying for hundreds of jobs with little success. It’s safe to say, though, that I felt that my dream of living and working in London with a publishing company was slowly slipping away.

Luckily, I decided to give it one last shot. I applied for a graduate scheme with a publisher based in London around 2 months ago. Even after every successful stage of the application process, I convinced myself I wouldn’t get it. I learned the hard way that hope is a very dangerous thing when you’re applying for jobs. Especially jobs you really want.

To cut a long and depressing story short, I had a phone call last week from a lovely woman who explained that I had been successful in gaining a position on the graduate scheme. I’m pretty sure I deafened her with my screams.

And so I can now say with confidence that I am moving to London on September 1st 2012 to start a job in publishing.


(That was me having a job induced fit.)

Ps. A quick thank you is in order to all my family and friends who have tolerated my bouts of insanity this past year. And also to all the lovely people who have followed this blog with likes and comments and follows. Thank you for keeping me sane through the madness.