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18.4.14

The Waffle House, St. Albans

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
The Waffle House. Kingsbury Watermill, St Michael's St, St Albans AL3 4SJ
01727 853502.


Weekends around Chez Chai include sister dates with my, er, sister. I like to put aside an entire day or afternoon to spend with my best friend and do something that isn't our weekday nuance of lazing on the sofa with Bertle and Eric.

This weekend, we took advantage of the April spring sunshine and drove over to St. Albans, about 40 minutes away from home. St. Albans has always been a forgotten favourite place of mine: it's stupidly picturesque and has some pretty good shopping too, but the most hidden gem (to me) was The Waffle House.

The Waffle House is a chain restaurant that solely sells waffles. But don't be fooled: their menu is still pretty extensive, with sweet and savoury options, as well as chef's specials, some sides and all the standard drinks. Additionally you can pick between, white, wholemeal or spelt waffles, for those health nuts ;)

Louise opted for a naughty banana and cinnamon waffle (for lunch, may I add) and I went for cheese and tomato with guac on the side. Both were deeelish and I'm a new convert to the savoury waffle. I love the variety on the menu and their specials this weekend looked incredible. Jerk pulled pork on a waffle?! HELLO.

Our meal for two waffles, two extra sides (guac and ice-cream) as well as two drinks came to under £20 which is SO darn reasonable for a Sunday brunch fest. Hugely recommend and we're totes coming back in the summer for another sister date.

17.4.14

"Grab a Cuppa"

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Cuppa magazine
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Cuppa magazine

A few weeks ago, the lovely Si emailed me about her University project, Cuppa. An independent publication dedicated to young tea drinkers, it instantly took me back to my own undergrad days of founding Aesthetic, so of course I accepted her offer of being featured in the magazine.

Cuppa celebrates the beauty and serenity of tea; sharing the curiosity of fashion, photography and London with other tea drinkers. The Cuppa reader is youthful, cutesy, bashful and quirky.

Si interviewed me and we chatted all things University, post-grad and career, as well as a good helping of blog chatter. It really took me back to my Aesthetic days and completely inspired me to make a cuppa, sit out in the garden and refresh and reconnect with my own personal goals.

Cuppa is certainly going to be popped on my deskside for inspirational reading and an evening peruse. Beautifully written and put-together, a huge congratulations to Si on this issue.

16.4.14

Kirei

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
’Bonjour’ varsity sweater, Zara; Jeans, Miss Selfridge; Burlap trim desert boots, c/o TOMs; Mint green coat, Sammydress.co.uk.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been able to shoot in real-time for my blog. Working 5 days a week as well running this here blog means I pretty much slot in photo sessions whenever and wherever I can! A spring revelation for bloggers everywhere though? The new spring and longer days.
kirei: 綺麗 (-na inflection, hiragana きれい, romaji kirei); pretty, pure, beautiful
Yesterday evening (so close to real-time T____T”) my sister and I decided to take a walk by the lake to shoot my outfit - a super relaxed one for a busy sample day in the office! - and to soak up some Vitamin D while picking wildflowers for our tortoises. I feel like all I ever do is talk about how much I adore this place, but it is seriously my favourite. There’s something so incredibly calming and serene about being by the water.

My outfit was a bit ill-advised to be cooped up in the office but actually worked well after hours. Truth be told, I wore this ‘Bonjour’ varsity sweater with my pink skirt and ballerina flats at work, but slipped into these really-old jeans and my shiny new TOMs desert boots for the walk. I love love LOVE these boots, while we’re here, a touch of comfort - breathable linings ftw - and a touch of that rustic country charm that I’ve never managed to get into. Just lovely.

Thank you for all of your super sweet comments on my blog recently! I hope you guys know that it never ever goes unnoticed. I love chilling out at my MacBook and reading through your lovely notes to me - they absolutely make my day! Smooches all around! ^_~

PS. It would mean the world if you could pop in a nomination for Daisybutter under Best Fashion or Best Personal Style Blog in this year's Company Style Blogger Awards. Click here to do so!

15.4.14

Tips for Staying Blog-Inspired

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Morocco fashion, what to wear in Morocco, Dar Lazuli riad, UK fashion blogger
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Morocco fashion, what to wear in Morocco, Dar Lazuli riad, UK fashion blogger

Four and a bit years of blogging behind me, the blogosphere has changed beyond recognition. Gone are the days of a sneaky webcam snap of your new buy and a few words to go alongside it - with the competitive edge of editorial blogging creeping in, it can be daunting and difficult to stay inspired with your blog 'content' and ideas for new posts. Etail PR asked me to contribute some 'blogger tips' to their blog so I thought I'd share some here too! You can read my full post on their blog.

Round these parts at Daisybutter, my content has evolved from its' original postings. I now blog a range of things from outfits, posts dedicated solely to how much I want/need a new bag, detailed snippets of new style accents, recipes, reviews, lifestyle ideas and more.

Here's some of my top tips for staying inspired to blog:
  • Half an idea makes a full post: Those half-formed sentences and ideas that pop in your head throughout the day? Note them down in a notebook or on the notepad app on your phone. On a quiet Sunday, collate those half-ideas and see what they could formulate.
  • Use your tools: Twitter is the voice of reason. My favourite social media network aside from Instagram – follow me at @winyeemichelle – is Twitter. It’s a great, instant way to chat to your readers and other bloggers in the community, and it is perfect for gauging potential responses to new posts. If I’m thinking of writing a feature but don’t feel 100% about it, I’ll Tweet and ask my followers for their opinion. The evenings are best for this I find, but you’ll get an instant response and reaction, and get to really engage with your readers.
You can read my full post on staying inspired over on the eTail PR blog here.

Stickems

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: stickems, phone accessories
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: stickems, phone accessories

Just a quick post to share a sneaky new phone accessory today! Stickems sent me this cute screen cleaner and I couldn’t not share it, basically. I’m notorious for having the world’s most dirty screen. As a blogger and gadget obsessive, I spend about 70%* of my time surgically attached to my phone and its’ touchscreen gets pretty fingertip-py.

Stickems are low-adhesive screen cleaners that cling onto the back of your phone. They’re surprisingly easy to remove (you just peel it off) and they come in plenty of cute designs. In true Michelle style, I’m using a Hello Kitty one but I also have a super cute Little Miss Princess one that I've popped on my Nintendo 3DS XL, and a huge one that I'm about to stick onto my tablet. Yeah you read that right, Mish just joined the 21st Century properly.

Pick up your Stickems online here.

* A scientifically proven statistic, FYI… ;)

14.4.14

Peekaboo

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Celine Trio, ootd
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Celine Trio, ootd
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Celine Trio, ootd
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Celine Trio, ootd
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Celine Trio, ootd
Macaron print T-shirt, c/o Uniqlo; Skater skirt, Miss Selfridge; Glitter tipped ballerinas, Zara; Jacket, Warehouse; Celine Trio Mini.

Hastily snapped these photos yesterday while out on my weekly sister jaunt with Louise! It was truly beautiful when I got up in the morning to sort out my tortoises (who have a habit of getting up really early on Sundays!), and then my sister and I decided to jump in my car and drive.

Settling on The Waffle House in beautiful St. Albans, we soaked up the sun during a non-London food queue, a wander around the picturesque city and then drove to a local lake for another walk. The early spring days are honestly my favourite and being close to any stretch of water makes me feel completely as ease! Water baby and Pisces at heart.

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Onto the outfit! In typical British fashion, once the sun peeked out at us, jackets were hastily thrown into the backseat and T-shirts were out for the taking. I still adore this Uniqlo x L’aduree one that I got last spring - so comfy and cute with little pastel macarons scattered all over. I wore it untucked with a little skater skirt and glitter tipped ballerinas for a laid-back ladylike kinda look and added my Celine Trio for good measure. Still undecided on my choice of jacket; khaki and red is the weirdest colour pairing. Yeah, I’m really not sure. But hey, I wore it for about 5 minutes before positively sweltering and requiring to be next-to-naked in the City centre. Oops.

I’m SO excited for a more relaxed week after a pretty stressful one last week. Lovin’ the idea of four-day weeks for the next few, er, weeks. (I wish I wasn’t typing this at 23:28 on Sunday night because I really can’t be bothered to edit out the word week…) Roll on a week of tucking myself in bed early with my shiny new tablet and for pretty spring evening walks.