Monday, 24 June 2013

New Beginnings: New URL!

Hi everyone!

As I said before, I changed my blog name and have finally made the decision to change my URL as well. I think I've just outgrown the blog that I first made over four years ago and it was indeed time for a change.

I'm not really sure if this will affect the accessibility to the blog and whether you'll still be able to access it or not. Fingers crossed it won't affect it too much.

Anyway, my new blog URL is 
It's just a lot simpler and to-the-point, i.e. it's my name, haha. But anyway, hope you all can continue reading...

I've also joined Bloglovin!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Something New

After 4 years of having the same blog name and feeling like I was somewhat stuck in a rut with this blog, I decided that a change was in order! With a little bit of spare time as I'm now off school for three weeks, I decided to change the blog round a bit. It's definitely a work-in-progress and there are a lot of things I want to change, but it's certainly a start! 

I first decided to change my blog name and I went with the name "Chloe Says...", because I wanted this blog to be more about my words and the things I say and the photographs I take that seem to do all the talking for me. I want this blog to mean something, both as a creative outlet and a place for me to just express my feelings whenever I want. I want to make my mark.

Anyway, today I went into town to pick up a couple of Economics books for summer reading. I walked into Waterstones and it was such a great feeling when I picked up a book that I wanted with a sticker saying "Buy one get one half price" - literally made my day. (It's always the littlest things). After that, I walked round the shops and browsed the sales. I haven't been shopping in so long and it was so busy and warm, but it was nice to be able to just mooch around the shops. I didn't really see much that I really liked (which was within my price range), but I did buy a lovely light blue denim dress/pinafore from the Topshop sale as I had some vouchers :-) I can already tell that I'm gonna be wearing it non-stop this summer!

Lastly, I stopped off at the fantastic Chinese supermarket in town. I am currently working on a dumpling recipe as I was kindly asked by Molly from My Name Is Yeh to be a guest blogger! Thus, I was on a mission to buy some dumpling dough and also some sesame oil... I decided to wing it with my rusty Cantonese "skills" and managed to get what I came for. All in all, a very successful day!

I ended up making dumplings at 10.30pm with my sister... And have just been putting the post together at 2.30am. What is my life coming to? Anyway, here is a sneak peak of my dumplings:

It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to some more recipes sometime soon!

Chloe xxx

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Hopeless Wanderer

Hey everyone! Long time no speak... My exams have officially been over since Thursday, although the less on that subject matter, the better! (To cut a long story short, two of my exams went really, really badly; one of which was the last one - a Maths exam - meaning that I wasn't really able to enjoy the last of exams, unfortunately. Very, very sad times and I'm now stressing out majorly for university applications because I'm worried that my grades won't be the best.)

...Anyway! I'm back and ready to read all of my favourite blogs again, even though I have been inundated with so much work from my teachers already... I've got so much project work and loads of essays to be getting started with, along with a ton of books to read, but I can't quite bring myself to start it all just yet. This weekend has been comprised of lounging around, eating lots of food, watching hours of television and trying to push the worries of exam results to the back of my mind (but not necessarily succeeding). I feel so unmotivated and lazy at the moment, but that will hopefully be rectified soon enough!
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Here's a shot of my favourite pens ever perched on a shoe box, haha... (To be quite honest, I just used the shoe box as I thought it was a cool colour for the background surface.) Anyway, these multi-coloured Muji pens are absolutely amazing. I received them as a present from my Secret Santa after they had been on my wish list for ages. They're an okay price, about £10 for 12 pens and they are really good quality - although my dark green pen leaked, which was a bit annoying - but aside from that, they're really lovely. I'm quite upset because a few of them are running out already as I've used them so much, so I think I'll definitely have to repurchase them at some point. The yellow mechanic pencil is from Papermate and the only kind of pencils I can use now. Quite expensive and wasteful as you can't reuse them once the lead runs out, but they're just amazing and last quite a long time, so well worth it. And lastly, these Uni Pin fine liner pens are fantastic - they come in different sized nibs: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5 & 0.8 mm - and are perfect for writing and drawing.

(If you haven't already noticed by now... I am a tad obsessed with stationery.)

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This Innocent smoothie drink is so good. I've become really obsessed with this smoothie combination of kiwis, apples and limes (which also includes grapes, pineapple and some spinach and nettle extract). It's so refreshing and tastes "healthy", but is also so tasty.

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I have one more week of school before I'm off for 3 weeks for work experience, university open days, etc. (and then I have one more week back at school before the summer holidays -- pointless, I know!) Anyway, during the 3 weeks off, I'll be spending a lot of time in St. Albans with my aunty and organised a day out on July 6th with my friends for a day-festival type event called The Summer Stampede which will be held in Olympic Park. I am sooo excited to see Mumford and Sons, Ben Howard, Vampire Weekend, etc. Fingers crossed that the rain stays away!

Hope you're all well! It's nice to be back and reading blogs again. Will hopefully have some more time to blog in the near future. I'm really keen on venturing into posting more about food, recipes, arts and crafts-y stuff, so watch this space! :-)

Chloe xxx

P.S. Title of this post: "Hopeless Wanderer" by Mumford & Sons!