Thursday, 20 November 2014

Appreciative 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

Thursday, 6 November 2014

5th of November

Yesterday was the first time I've been in the UK for Guy Fawkes night, so naturally I had to make the most of it. I went with a few friends to Glasgow Green, a park in East Glasgow, to see the fireworks. The park was packed with people, and the atmosphere was really lovely and festive.

There was even a fun fair, but we didn't end up going on any of the rides, partly because the queues were horrendously long and because the prices were ridiculous. Either way, it definitely added to the festive atmosphere.

Now, the actual fireworks were lovely, but incredibly difficult to capture on camera! I did manage to get a few okay pictures, but after about fifteen minutes of struggling I ended up just enjoying them in the moment instead. They're never as beautiful on camera as in real life anyway.

I was a little bit disappointed that there wasn't an actual bonfire. Fireworks are beautiful, but there is something extra cosy and festive about bonfires. Despite that little let-down however, it was a very nice evening. Especially so because we decided to have crêpes afterwards...

I opted for a regular chocolate/nutella crêpe (because nothing beats chocolate!) and a hot chocolate, which really helped to warm me up after standing in the cold for a good while. A lovely end to a lovely evening.

What did you get up to for bonfire night? Did you get to see any fireworks, or an actual bonfire?

Love, Mimmi. 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Life, Lately

For this Sunday's post, I thought I'd have a wee look back at what I've been up to during the last couple of weeks, but not talked about on the blog. 

This week was my so-called reading week, which meant I didn't have any lectures at all. Instead, many hours have been spent at the library writing essays or reading books for my courses. Oddly enough I don't really mind it. I find everything I'm doing more or less interesting, so studying is not as much of an annoyance as it could've been. Although I do still worry about not doing well enough...

I've walked home from uni and from the library both through rain and sunshine, but always in the presence of beautiful autumn leaves. There is something about autumn that just makes me really happy, despite the rain and the wind, and it's lovely walking back to the flat through autumnal Glasgow.

Last weekend, a friend and I went to see Twin Atlantic here in Glasgow. We were lucky enough to get the tickets for free, as we're both involved in the Glasgow University student magazine Qmunicate, which has a brilliant music editor who is able to get tickets for almost any gig. The only thing I had to do in return was write a review for one of the (both very good) support acts; Nothing But Thieves.
Anyhow, the night was amazing. Twin Atlantic is a brilliant live band, and being part of a crowd that's singing along to every song is a special feeling, especially when you see how touched the band members are.

As a little treat in midst of all the studying, I've had tea or coffee with friends a few times. There's this adorable wee bakery on the way to university, called Cottonrake Bakery, which I've wanted to visit ever since I first saw it. So when I met a flatmate and a friend on the way home one day and they asked me if I wanted to come with them, I simply couldn't say no. And when two other flatmates wanted to go there again later the same week, I went again. Their scones are amazing, especially the fruit ones, and I'm really keen to try out more things, as everything looks absolutely delicious!

The picture on the right is a pumpkin spice latte (my fourth and probably last of the season) that I had when I went into the city centre with a friend a couple of weeks ago. We had a wander around, popped into a few stores and took a break at Starbucks with a PSL each.

My go-to place when I need to move and breathe a little fresh air is Ruchill Park. The other day was beautifully sunny and I decided to bring my camera to practise a wee bit. Apart from photographing leaves (my favourite thing to photograph this time of the year, haha), I also went up to the viewpoint, from which you can see basically the whole city. Since the sun was shining right at me I couldn't get very good photos (meaning I'll have to go up there again sometime soon...), but there's my university in the distance. :)

Other than that, I've also gone out a couple of times with my lovely friends, celebrated Halloween in a last-minute witch costume (if a hat counts as a costume), had about a hundred cups of tea and as many biscuits, and marvelled at how quickly time passes. I cannot believe I've been here for almost two months!

What have you been up to lately? How was your weekend?

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The King's Theatre

Last week I went with my Scottish Literature course to see the play 'Sunset Song' which is based on a book with the same that we're reading later this semester. It's a story of a family in the Scottish countryside during World War 1, told mainly from the daughter's perspective. The play wasn't fantastic, but it was still worth seeing and I definitely enjoyed it. I haven't been to the theatre a lot, so it was a nice experience, especially considering how beautiful the actual theatre was! The lighting was really weird so the photos didn't turn out quite as well as I would've liked, but I thought I'd share them with you anyway. I would definitely not mind going there again!

Do you like going to the theatre? What was the last play you saw?

xx Mimmi
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