I arrived back in Durham about a week ago and it's taken me exactly that long to get over my 'awaysickness' (as opposed to homesickness). I've had a crazy month.
My mum flew over to spend Christmas with my sister and I in Cambridge. We were all too disorganised to book Christmas Day lunch so we had a fancy Christmas Eve dinner and a hotel breakfast to make up for it haha. Not too bad! We did manage to find some mulled cider and mince pies in a pub overlooking the River Cam on Christmas Day so it wasn't a total failure. Plus the weather was perfect! I think I've realised that what I like the most about Christmas is not Christmas Day itself, but the whole season. Christmas Day doesn't even have to happen haha. Just give me the tinsel and festive food and I'm done.
A couple of days after Christmas we headed over to Brighton where we stayed for a couple of weeks. It was so, so weird to be back. I haven't stayed for more than a couple of days at a time since I left for uni in 2011. It felt like I lived there again. Definitely bittersweet. It was like returning to another age. I forgot just how very at home I felt there and how much I loved it. So many great places to just sit and hang out, shop, eat etc. Just the knowledge that I could be doing something else was enough to make working bearable, in a way! I had a great many meals out. A great many well made coffees. It was also very nice to be around my family (well, not the whole family but still nice).
Also - look at the last photo of this bunch below! It's called an 'egglette'. From what I remember, it's a cup made of bacon, a layer of pesto, and then an egg cracked into it and sundried tomato on top. I'm guessing it's baked. Gonna try to recreate it one day.
I also got a probably long overdue haircut! I went to Simon Webster on Gardner St and was given a fabulous (albeit expensive) bob. Unfortunately this all coincided with that week of almost apocalyptic rain - my hair kept its shape for all of 20 minutes. I broke four poundshop umbrellas that week. FOUR.
So now I'm back in Durham with a tonne of essays to write. I don't plan on doing much except work over the next couple of weeks at least. At least I had a good holiday!
Outfit time! I was recently contacted by Bank to select a few things from their online store and put together some outfits, as ya do. Admittedly, prior to this I had never been inside Bank. Generally the sight of parkas and trainers makes me think that a store probably isn’t for me. But I stand corrected! I really do. There ended up being an absolute tonne of brands to choose from (over 100), and consequently a lot different looks. For me, it’s also nice to know that there is a physical store to visit and that the company is UK-based. I ended up picking these three things:
Can you see what mood I was in when I picked these? Haha. This is the very simple outfit I ended up wearing with the jacket (not sure how these photos became so grainy)! Will post the other outfits later this week. But anyway. Thank you Bank!