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Matcha Iced Latte

Ok so I have been hearing a lot about Matcha and it being super healthy recently, this in my mind generally makes me (and probably everyone else) think it wouldn’t taste good.  I was SO wrong.

I had Japanese `Matcha from the oriental supermarket from behind our house for a while and haven’t had a chance to try it yet so I figured why not.

I found this recipe

 

  • • 1 tsp Matcha powder

  • • 2 tsp Sugar + 2 of honey (or to suit flavour)

  • • 8 Spoons Warm Water

  • •  300ml Whole or Semi-Skimmed Milk Cold

  • • 1 matcha whisk (can always use an electric one)

How to prepare

  • Spoon the Matcha Green Tea Powder and the sugar into a mug or cup (I used a large bowl so I could mix it better)

  • Add the warm water and mix with a whisk until it is a smooth dark green and a bit frothy. Make sure there are no lumps.

  • pour milk into bowl and mix all together 

 

http://www.teapigs.co.uk/customer/pages/matcha/matcha-health-benefits << list to the health benefits of Matcha..  It is however completely and utterly yummy!

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Old school methods in an internet mad world – part 1

Business Cards

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Business cards by Simon Warren via moo.com pocket portfolio

So, take my average tube journey home.. its about 40 mins long over two tube lines and two buses.  There are a lot of people between 6-7pm in London, most of them going home from work or going out.  If you have ever been in a capital city you will know what I mean but what interested me most was the amount of people who were hooked on their phones, especially now we have WIFI on the tubes.

With this in mind I pose a question to you, if we are so connected to our phones and everything is done by email and the internet do people still use business cards? If so how on earth would they stand out and would you remember them?  I mean if we are to go really deep into it we can even ask if we actually ever make none business calls anymore with phones when there is Skype and facebook chat?

The really theory is how would you react to a business card or are they only left for high flying bankers mixing in the financial district bars? I could understand at events that it would be a good idea i.e. wedding fairs but with everything done online would they be forgotten about in a wallet?

What does everyone think, are business cards dying out now we have facebook pages and status updates with regular emails or are they still a key part of marketing and sharing your work/business?

Karolina Laskowska lingerie crowd funding

So this is Karolina Laskowska https://www.facebook.com/KarolinaLaskowskaDesign

She makes some seriously amazing lingerie and is a self confessed addict, which is always great as she it shows that she is truly doing something she loves!  Her video is really sweet is as well!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-my-new-lingerie-collection

On her Indigogo campaign she says

‘I’ve been making lingerie for a few years now – it originally started off as sewing one-off pieces for myself and for photoshoots, well before I even had any technical lingerie knowledge.  It was in the Summer of last year that I launched my brand, opening an online shop and getting my first wholesale stockist.  I’ve had more success and support than I could have imagined.  I sew everything myself, making the lingerie to order.  As proud as I am of what I’ve achieved in this short period of time, I want to move the brand forward;  I feel that I’ve moved on, both in terms of my technical knowledge and design wise, and I want my brand to reflect that.  The new collection that I’ve been designing showcases my love of couture-quality lace and luxurious silks, without compromising on my signature design aesthetic.’

Committed to her style and her brand or what!

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Love this new photo of Sohui by Catherine Day Photography wearing a Karolina Laskowska ‘Klara’ garter!

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She goes on to explain why she needs the money and what it would go towards

‘I started this brand with no real funding and I continue to do so. Unlike so many other lingerie brands that you may be familiar with, I have absolutely no investors or savings to start with. I am still a student, and live on a student budget – everything I’ve done so far has been done out of what little money I could spare. Materials have been bought in small quantities and I’d make garments one by one in what spare time I could find.  This new collection is the result of over a year’s worth of saving and buying materials bit by bit. Whilst I’ve managed to acquire the majority of fabrics and components for the new collection (the stunning leavers laces and kimono fabrics that the whole aesthetic is based upon), there are still elements that I’m struggling to afford – things you may not even consider, such as lining fabrics, elastic trims, tags and labels.   Realistically, my funding goal isn’t enough to fund a lingerie collection but I’m determined to make it work no matter how much is raised.  I’m visiting the factory I intend to use in Poland at the end of June regardless of how this campaign goes!’

Please visit her campagin here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-my-new-lingerie-collection if you can donate as well that would be amazing although even spreading the word will be a great help, she really is a lovely woman who deserves all the help she can in creating what I think are truly beautiful designs.

Also imagine having her work as your wedding lingerie, now that I think would be stunning! Hope you agree and love her designs as much as I do!

Helen xx

Tea Tuesday

Golden Snail is one of those wonderful hand crafted black teas made in small production lots by a farm family in the mountains of Yunnan province.

Golden tippy leaves are curled into little spiral shapes, hence the name Golden Snail. The aroma is magnificent, and the tea liquor is rich and smooth. You can enjoy this tea at any time of day.  I don’t get a sweet chocolate taste at all but more of the dark cocoa flavors bring to mind un-sweetened chocolate, but at the same time there is a lingering sweetness. This only confirms and continues my general adoration for black teas…Especially bold ones.

Tea Tuesday

Hi, welcome to the first of many ‘Tea Tuesday’ blog posts, in these posts I am going to review a different kind of tea that I have tried during the week and hopefully encourage people to try new tea flavours.  I would also like people to recommend different flavours for me to try and also to share their tea experiences/favourites with everyone else.

The first tea we have is one that surprised me greatly its called Keemun Tea.

Keemun tea is a black tea is one of the most popular teas grown in the Anhui province in Central China. This tea produces a lovely bright red infusion and has a soft and mild taste with a delicate aroma.

To me it has a much softer taste than many black teas i have tried and is very easy to drink in the early evening or late afternoon.  It has an almost wine like flavour to it with bittersweet elements of the best dark chocolate, a light tannic bitterness and hints to warm spicy sandalwood notes, there is also the merest edge of cloves and juniper, similar to that in mulled wine which makes a beautiful relaxing drink.

To create the perfect cup use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person and as this is a black tea you use boiling water and leave it to brew for 4 mins exactly, anymore will create that horrible bitter taste in tea not create a stronger brew – a common mistake!

If you have tried it let me know what you think! Personally, I adore it!

Helen

xoxo

Tea Tuesday

White Peony with Pink Rosebuds is a blend of the finest white tea and whole pink rosebuds. It has a mild, refreshing, delicately rose-scented taste.

Authentic White tea is only grown in the Fujian province of China, where the delicate buds and leaves can only be picked for a few weeks each year.

*One of Vogue’s top gifts for hostesses and The Daily Telegraph’s top gifts for Mother’s Day*

This tea is so light, floaty and delicate its great for something refreshing without requiring an ice tea.

Exhibitions, Arles and Tea

So, things have seemingly been pretty quiet recently.. this would be true had I not been in Arles for the les rencontres d’arles festival for a week, had to put up a degree show, plan my London exhibition all along with having a full time job at a tea shop in central London.

First things first, degree show.  I have recently finished my degree in Photography (my results are out on Friday) and as part of my course (and with all art courses) we had an end of year final degree show.  My work was based around the exploration of the human form and how sexuality is defined.

I used pins to pin my work to the wall which helped create an even deeper visual element as it mirrored the tension created by the corset strings.Image

Image I also adore this dress, it cost me £30 from Asos and well its pretty.

Overall the exhibition went very well although it was a pain trying to organise 30 something people and all their work so they were happy with their space, now the next challenge is the London show which is taking place next week at the Rag Factory.

Arles on the other hand was insanely warm, on average about 30c and rather humid.  I did stay in my first youth hostel ever however which was a lot of fun.  We also managed to have the city nailed in about two days which meant although carrying portfolios and cameras everywhere we didn’t have to worry about maps.  The mosquitoes on the other hand were a complete nightmare, even through jungle strength bug spray 3x a day.  These photos are by Alex and Pedro.  I will add mine when I have a moment to go through them.

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one of my favourite photos, thanks to Pedro for this one x

 

Image im the one in the black lace.. of courseImage Nica handbags are ace although im really not pro having my photo taken I do kind of like thisImage best moment ever, turning up to your hostel 3-4 hours before it opens after walking from the station for 45 mins in 28c heat

 

ok if you are still with me this bring me onto tea..

Now, some of you may know that last year I discovered that tea was on of the best drinks on the planet.  I have mostly stuck with Jasmine tea and Cinnamon tea throughout this time although there have been hints of trying new flavours with Earl Grey cupcakes and peppermint tea for example.  Over time I have thought how amazing tea could potentially be and well this had lead me to getting a job in a tea shop in London.  We do however only sell loose leaf tea not serve it.

I have to say this has certainly been one of my best choices to date, I am learning to much and the people i work with are amazing. Not to mention there is something to be said for being able to your rent two weeks after you have finished your degree.

Its funny because someone I know turned around to me at the weekend and said what on earth are you working in a tea shop for you don’t like tea.  I thought this was partly rude as they haven’t been in touch in a  long time but also people change.  Since starting my job I have tried so many different flavours of tea its unreal (on average 6 tastings a day although these are small) and I have begun to learn that there are so many different kinds of tea out there especially ones that I enjoy.

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I think I am going to start adding ‘Tea Tuesdays’ to my blog now where I review a different kind of tea every Tuesday and people can share opinions/recommendations on what they enjoy.

Don’t worry photography will still be around but since my degree its taking the back burner a little bit while I have some me time.. or rather me and tea time 😀 haha, ok, that was bad.

 

Hope all is well with everyone, I promise to keep up with everything a lot more

xox