Sunday, 30 November 2014

A Christmas Market

Back home, it's sort of a tradition to go to a Christmas market every year around this time. Since I'm not going home until the 22nd, my mum has had to go without me this year, and I didn't think I'd get the chance to go to one. So yesterday, when a friend suggested that we go to a Christmassy crafts market in the church she goes to, I was happy to go. The five of us who went spent about an hour wandering around looking at the cute stalls. We had a really nice chestnut soup for lunch, and a few of us bought some baked goods (I was tempted, but decided against it). We also got to enjoy some Christmas songs sung by a very talented choir. 

Although it wasn't precisely like the markets I usually go to at home, it was a really nice market with a lovely Christmassy atmosphere. It definitely satisfied my Christmas market needs! Hopefully I'll have time to explore the Christmas market in the city centre of Glasgow soon, although I suspect that one will be much more commercialised. 

Have you been to any Christmas markets yet, or are you planning to?

Also, happy first of advent!

Love, Mimmi.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is a funny place. It's located in a beautiful baroque building in Kelvingrove Park and holds a vast range of collections. You can find anything from French, Dutch and Scottish painting to natural history to Mackintosh furniture and design to clothes, armour, and many other things. There's an odd mismatch of things and you never know what to expect when walking through it. In a way that only adds to its charm, however.

To avoid getting the Sunday blues last Sunday, my friend and I decided to get out and do something. Since I had never been to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, we decided it was time for a visit. Wandering through the beautiful old building whilst looking at the wide variety of things proved to be a really good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

After our weekly dose of art and history, we went to a lovely wee tearoom nearby to fuel our batteries, but I'm saving that for another post.

What's your favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Happy Friday everyone!

Love, Mimmi.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Book Haul

Considering I'm a massive bookworm who gets excited by the prospect of visiting bookshops, it's weird how up until now I've never really talked about books on here. I've come to the conclusion that this needs to change, so from now on you'll probably see a few book posts every now and then! I thought I'd start off with a nice wee haul.

Next semester we're doing novels in English Literature (we did poetry this semester), so I have quite a few books I need to get for both that course, and I've got just as many for Scottish Literature. While browsing Amazon last weekend I figured I might as well order a few of them now (though I still have to get a few more). I got a few used ones for really cheap, and a few new ones.

In the first photo, these are the books I got:

The Chevlot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil by John McGrath
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Lanark by Alasdair Gray
New Selected Poems by Edwin Morgan

And these are the books in the second photo:

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

From Amazon I also got my first clothbound classic. I adore the clothbound classics collections and am planning to get many more. Jane Eyre was one of the books I had been planning to get from the collection, and since it's on the reading list for English Lit next semester and I'd have to buy it anyway, I figured I might as well get it in clothbound right away. I think it might be the most beautiful book I own.

Have you read any of these books? And what's the last book you bought?

Also, as you might've noticed I usually post on Thursdays and Sundays, but I thought I'd challenge myself to post three times a week instead of two, so now I'm planning on posting Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, and Sundays. We'll see how it goes :)

I hope you've had a good start of the week!

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Ashton Lane, Ketchup & Mockingjay

Ashton Lane is a beautifully quaint wee street in the West End, full of nice bars and restaurants. It's really close to the university and I've walked through it countless times during the day, but I've only been there a handful of times at nighttime. This Thursday, my friends and I had tickets for the midnight showing of Mockingjay at a lovely independent cinema called the Grosvenor. To make the night even more special, we decided to go for dinner before, and opted for a nice burger place called Ketchup, located right next to the cinema.

Burger places might not be the most practical choice for pescetarians and vegetarians, but Ketchup had two veggie options. I had one with portobello and gruyere, which was absolutely lovely. One of my friends had one with a roast pepper & chickpea patty and mint yoghurt, which seemed really good as well. The others all opted for classic beef burger, and I think they all really liked theirs as well, so Ketchup definitely has something for everyone. Sadly, my burger wasn't the most photogenic one, and the lighting wasn't the best, but I still wanted to show you the food, haha.

To finish off, we decided to get three Chocolate Fudge Brownie Sundaes to share between the five of us. Although incredibly filling, they were the perfect finish to a very good meal.

To kill the last hour before midnight we went to a café for some coffee, before finally heading back to the cinema to see Mockingjay. We are all really big fans, so the excitement was high. Luckily, the film really lived up to my expectations. It was heartbreaking and painful, but I loved how dark and grim it was.  It definitely made the book justice.

Have any of you seen it? What did you think of it?

I hope you've all had a good weekend!

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Happy Post #7

For lack of other pictures, here's some Glasgow architecture for you ;)

It's been almost a month since my last appreciative post, so I thought it was about time for another one. In an attempt to be more organised with my blogging, I've decided that I'll write an appreciative post every other week (not sure if it'll be Thursdays like for this one, or if I'll push it to Sundays). I'm also going to include a few blog posts I've liked recently in my appreciative posts, instead of making a separate post about them. I'm generally a very organised person, so the fact that these appreciative posts were spaced out randomly has been bothering me for a while, haha. And I'm hoping that this way, the happy things and the blog posts will be more current than they'll probably be in this one... Anyway, here we go! These things have made me happy recently...

Reaching 100 followers on Bloglovin'. This actually happened a couple of weeks ago (I'm now at 120!), and I've been waiting for a chance to mention it. I'm aware that in the world of blogging a 100 followers is not very much, but to me it means a lot! I started blogging simply because I wanted a creative outlet, and having lots of followers has never been a priority. Nevertheless it's so nice knowing that some people actually enjoy reading what I write, to the point where they want to see more! In short, I'm very thankful. :)

Stargazing in the university courtyard. Last Friday, after leaving the union at two in the morning, me and three friends went to the university's courtyard (which is more than 500 years old and incredibly beautiful), laid down on the grass and star-gazed. It was honestly magical. A proper movie moment.

Being almost done with all of my essays. I had five essays this semester (although one of them wasn't assessed), which was just insane. I'm now finishing up my last one, and it's such a relief to be done with them. I honestly don't mind writing essays that much (I much prefer it to taking exams!), but five was a bit excessive. Come Monday, my last one will be handed in!

Fairylights! There's nothing better than turning on the fairylights when it gets dark in the late afternoon. It makes my room so wonderfully cosy that I never want to leave it. I'm actually thinking of getting more, to put around my window....

Porridge in the morning. My standard breakfast is oatmeal porridge with almond milk, topped with almonds, walnuts and cinnamon. It's delicious, comforting, filling and keeps me going until lunch. Nothing beats it!

The arrival of citrus season. I have an unconditional love for oranges, clementines and the likes, and lately I've been eating so many clementines a day. Sadly, some of them are a bit watery and boring, but the wonderfully sweet and juicy ones make up for the occasional let-down.

Potatoes. This one might seem a bit random, but one of my flatmates brought back a big sack of potatoes after she had been home to visit (her family has a potato farm), and those potatoes have been an unsuspected source of joy. Mashed potatoes and baked potatoes are just the best to warm you up in the colder months.

Seeing Mockingjay tonight! I'm going with a few friends to the cutest little cinema in the West End for the midnight showing, and I couldn't be more excited. I've been waiting for a long time for this film!

That's all I can think of at the moment, so let's move on to the blog posts. Some of these are almost a month old, since that's how long it's been since I shared blog posts (where on earth does the time go?), but I want to share them anyway.

So, without further ado, here are eight blog posts from the last few weeks that I've enjoyed reading:

Candy's thoughts on being three dimensional.

Emily's recipe for vanilla french toast.

Evelin's photos of the starry night sky (yes, I do love stars).

Rebecca's tips on what do to if you worry too much.

Katy's list of 10 good things, as a part of her new Happy Monday series.

Jen's list of 7 clichés about life that are actually true.

Megan's thoughts on Victoria's Secret's 'The Perfect Body' Campaign and body shaming in general.

My friend Heather's recipe for White Chocolate and Raspberry Parfait. (Also, Heather has just started blogging and her blog is super lovely, so make sure to check it out!)

That's that! Tell me, what has made you happy recently? Or do you have any interesting blog posts to share?

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Cottonrake Bakery

I love bakeries. As much as I love baking myself, there's something really special about going to a bakery and treating yourself to a skilfully baked pastry. There's something about the atmosphere, the smell, too. Simply put, bakeries make me happy. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it...), there's the cutest wee bakery just ten - fifteen minutes from the flat, on the way to university. I've been there four times now (two times to celebrate handing in essays), and I'm sure I won't be able to stay away for long.

Cottonrake Bakery is located in the West End of Glasgow, on Great Western Road. It's a quite small place with limited seating, but the atmosphere, the baked goods and the lovely staff really make up for that.

Last time I went, I had a fruit scone with butter and jam and a cup of tea. Their scones are wonderful. So wonderful that I've had a scone three out of four times... I should probably be more adventurous.

The time before that, however, I had a gorgeous sandwich roll with pesto, feta and vegetables, after which my friends and I shared an apple tart, a lemon meringue pie and a brownie, which were all incredibly tasty (especially the brownie). And I'm certain all their other pastries are just as lovely.

Just look at all of those goodies! Don't they just make your mouth water? They've got beautiful bread and really lovely sandwiches as well. If you ever find yourself on Great Western road in Glasgow, make sure to pop by Cottonrake. You won't be disappointed.

Do you have a favourite bakery near you?

Love, Mimmi

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The Room Tour

I have now lived in my student room for two months (exactly two months as of tomorrow!), which is just insane. To commemorate this, I thought I'd give you a wee tour of my humble abode. Let's begin.

Walking in to the room, the tiny bathroom (which I won't show you, as it's not very interesting) is directly to the right. Further in to the right is my bed, and to the left is the wardrobe and the desk area. 

I absolutely despise the red details on the drawers, and I'm not too fond of the wood type either, but what can you do? I've attempted to hide the ugly black chair with a snuggly white throw (from Primark), however I'm not sure if it makes it better or worse....

This is where I sit and study, read blogs, write blog posts, and waste time on the internet. The tea mug was actually left there by accident, so it's not a prop, promise! But most of the time there will be a mug there...

To the left on the desk is my fruit plate, a bottle of Swedish mulled wine, my wee reindeer take-away mug from Costa (I just couldn't throw it away!), and a biscuit tin (which usually contains chocolate digestives....). To the right is the actual work space, where my laptop, notebooks and such sit. On the notice board above I've put some photos of my family and friends from home.

On the top shelf I've got a few books for this semester's literature courses, an adorable knitted owl that I got from one of my friends, my witches hat from this Halloween and some folders. On the bottom shelf I've got some jewellery boxes and perfume bottles, and usually my camera (but in this picture there's only my large camera lens...). I'm hoping to fill both of the shelves with more books as the year goes on though.

To the right of the desk is my window, which I'm quite fond of. On the windowsill, I've put three cacti from IKEA, three rose gold candle holders with electrical candles (from Tiger) and then my Cinnamon Stick Yankee Candle (yes mum, I always remember to put it out before I leave the room....).

To the right is my wonderful king sized bed. Although I actually don't use the whole bed when I sleep, it's somehow just really lovely knowing I can roll around or pretend I'm a starfish if I'd feel like it. On the walls above I've got a Doctor Who poster and a Hogwarts poster, because yeah... I'm rather nerdy. 

My cute wood animal bedding is from Primark, and around the bedframe I've got fairylights that I found on Amazon. The fairylights make my little bed corner so wonderfully cosy, especially with the darker days we're getting now. Next to the bed I've got two storage boxes stacked on top of each other as a makeshift bed table (where else would I put my book and my phone?).

And finally, on the floor in front of my bed there's my pride and joy - my wonderful fluffy sheepskin rug.

Have you ever lived in student accommodation? How was it, and what did you do to make it feel homely?

I hope you enjoyed this little tour!

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A Trip to IKEA

Last Saturday, a few friends and I took a day trip to IKEA. I had been wanting to go for a long time, so when one of my friends suggested it, I agreed on the spot. At home in Sweden, I usually go to IKEA a few times a year, so it's sort of a home-y place to me.

This was the first time I visited IKEA in another country, and even though I had heard that it's exactly the same everywhere in the world, I was surprised at how much it felt like IKEA in Sweden. The only difference was that the signs were in English. I half expected people to start speaking Swedish, but of course they didn't....

We started off by wandering through the exhibition area, which never fails to inspire me. I can't wait until I'm able to decorate my own proper home!

Then we decided to have lunch in the restaurant. The others had the classically Swedish dish of meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, but I opted for the salmon with vegetable cakes and lemon & dill sauce. It was delicious.

With renewed energy, we tackled the floor with all. the. stuff. I was as indecisive as always and ended up not getting as much as I thought I would. This is what I bought:
A fluffy sheepskin rug (which honestly has made a huge difference to my room; it's so cosy!), three wee cacti, some gingerbread cookies, mulled wine (which I'm saving for December...) and a bottle of "julmust" which is a kind of fizzy drink that we drink in Sweden during Christmas. As you might be able to tell, I'm super excited about Christmas!

The IKEA trip was definitely a success, but I'm already looking forward to going again, this time maybe with a more clear idea of what to get.

What is your opinion on IKEA? I personally love it, but I know some people really dislike it.

xx Mimmi