Saturday, 11 April 2009

Have a good laugh

Remember to pause the music on the left ;)

Friday, 10 April 2009

Spicy Mussels

Today, we are making spicy mussels. Remember mussels have to be a prepared in a special way from live. If you are not sure, just buy mussels in the shells that have already been prepared.

What you need:
  • 250g prepared mussels in the shells (i.e boiled, steamed whatever, NOT raw)
  • 200g chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 40g spring onions
  • 30g parsley
  • 20ml honey (or demerara if you prefer)
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 lemon (or lemon juice)
  • 1 fish stock cube
  • Lebanese bread
  • hot house lettuce (or any lettuce you like)
First you need to chop the parsley, chillies and spring onions and halve the lemon.
Heat the tomatoes in a saucepan, add the parsley, chilli and spring onions and leave for 5 mins.
Add the coconut milk, lemon juice and demerara/honey (else this will be really sour. The lemon is to reduce that fishy smell!)
Finally add the mussels and the stock cube and let it simmer for about 10 mins.

While that is simmering, get your round plate. Warm the lebanese bread and use it as a base. Add some lettuce leaves to make a bed.

Serve the mussels on the lettuce bed and that's it. This should not take more than 25mins to make and if you did it right, it should be loking like this...

It actually tastes really nice too. I enjoyed making it, even though I had to take the trash out ASAP because of the fish smell! I hope you enjoy making it too.

This is all MizzChievouz's fault. I saw her mussels and I had such a bad craving, I had to have some. Check her blog out, shes gorgeous.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow

Where to buy:
  • Debenhams
  • Boots
Price: 6.7ml @ £10/ $17

Colours: Weed (medium green), Asphalt (black), Grass (metallic green), Moonshine (silver), Mushroom (metallic grey), Midnight Rodeo (pink), Delinquent (deep purple), Rehab (taupe), Suburbia (bronze), Whipped (golden peach), Sphynx (icy pink), Radium (metallic blue)

HRP rating:

Comment: Wow HRP definitely loves and recommends this product. I used it in my last face chart as a primer. I'm always one for good make-up but when you really need staying power, this goes a long long way. Use it as a base for another eyeshadow to give that sheen underneath or alone as a shimmery eye shadow. It glides on as a cream and when it dries, it is absolutely crease and smudge free. It really will not budge unless you take it out with a make-up remover. It comes in very delicious colours too. For the price it is definately worth it (+ urban decay is green friendly too:)

Monday, 6 April 2009

Posh Girls are ANTI-ABUSE!

  • to use wrongly or improperly; misuse
  • to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way
  • to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about
  • to commit sexual assault upon
  • a corrupt or improper practice or custom

As part of the spring cleaning process, my laptop did not get left out. Many photos, documents, random files etc needed trashing. I happened to stumble upon that famous TMZ picture of a battered Rihanna and remembered my extreme annoyance at hearing she had returned to the ****!
Now clearly from my point of view, at this moment, Rihanna is not what I would consider a Royal Poshness, far from it. Oprah gave her very good advice when she said 'If a man hits you once, he will hit you again!'

So what is it that makes women return to the person who almost smashed them to death? Believe it or not, it's the same thing that makes you stay with the one who treats you like a goddess- love. Sometimes I hate love, but you gotta love love. It makes us do very unthinkable things.
I remember seeing a case of domestic violence and severe abuse as a medic and even when this poor girl couldn't speak- she still managed to muffle something like 'I lurf im'. Yes I wanted to beat her some more deep down but being the professional that I am, I tried to put myself in her shoes. These things start very slowly- you upset a guy, he points a finger at you, next thing he pushes you out of the way, next thing he slaps you and then next thing you are dead!

You are probably wondering how some people can allow things to get so far cos if it were you, you'd leave before he even realised it , right? Think again, the problem is that it doesn't happen just like that. I've heard all kinds of excuses because intertwined in all this is emotion. In between those fits of violence, you bought a house together, you have 3 kids and you do not want to go through divorce, he is the best partner ever except when he is angry, the list goes on.


Stop making excuses for any low life who thinks that it is occasionally OK to hit you. It is not OK to hit any woman just because you are stronger and you can (OK she annoyed you too). Everybody annoys everybody- that's life. So everything has to always be good and when it is bad the woman should get beat up?! NO, absolutely not!

The point of this post is to actually alert you to the diverse forms of abuse, which most people do not even realise (not to rant on about hitting women, you can tell that issue is dear to my heart!).

Obviously the first is physical abuse, which I have gone on about. This does not only apply to men you know. It applies to other girls, parents, other relatives, you name it. Abuse is abuse.

Verbal abuse is one which really fascinates me. People think it is OK for someone to lash out when they are angry and call them names. Yeah he was angry and he called me a f*****g slut! No way. Next he will say something like 'you f****** ***** ****** ********* b****! (Yes it's that bad it all had to be censored for the blog).
You need to politely tell them to stop (if you do it, you need to politely tell yourself to stop), else one day in front of some very important people you will be amazed what will come. The other thing is the high voice and the aggression that comes with it. That is just oppression and bullying. Posh girls do not stand for that.

Psychological abuse is the worst form of abuse ever. It inflicts internal wounds. Blackmail is a perfect example of this. 'If you leave me, no one will go out with you cos you are too fat and ugly'. Other things like coercion - 'Better do this cos if you tell no one will believe you'; Humiliation - 'Your GPA is 1' (in public); Intimidation - 'You have to pay the bills because I said so' (says the giant boyfriend); Alienation- 'You can't watch TV with me, you don't belong here' (clearly you do it's your house) etc all belong here.

Spiritual abuse: did I say psychological abuse was the worst? My apologies.
This is the classic 'God said you should turn the other cheek, do not retaliate, vengeance is for the Lord, God said to love everybody including your enemies' Are you getting the vibe here? or 'You know its the right thing to do, how can you live with yourself after leaving him, what will you say to the kids when they grow up and ask you?'

This is all crap crap crap. Crap being using people's spiritual beliefs and virtues to abuse them.

Oh Lord it gets worse. We are unto financial abuse. Has anyone seen that episode of desperate housewives where Orson asks Bree to sell her company? If you have not, go find destiny's child's bills bills bills. Of all the abuses I believe this is the commonest and most difficult to recognise, as well as being notoriously difficult to get out of. There's something about not being able to tell people your man lives off you (by living, I mean buying non-essential things other than food, clothing). When people pile on bills because you pay, that is abuse and this is usually hand in hand with other forms of abuse (especially substances). 'You have to pay the bills or else bla bla bla'...

Lastly is substance abuse. This is a strange kind of abuse because it indirectly involves you. He comes from the bar very drunk, punches you in the face, smashes the house and then the next morning he says he is sorry he was drunk! No we are not having that. It's unnecessary. Any other substance is just as bad- coke, weed, you name it. If it can get the brother into trouble, it can get YOU into trouble as well.

I have tried to use some very obvious examples for all of these just so you can understand how easily abuse can start. I know there are people out there who help their partners go through alcohol abuse and the odd person who stops being abusive after 40 years but I'm targeting you, my royal poshnesses, while its early and you still can, flee from all this drama. You don't need it. Abuse is not a form of love in any way shape or form. Love can be challenging but it doesn't have to hurt...

Thursday, 2 April 2009


Here is a face chart of a going out look I created if anyone feels like trying it out. (Click to enlarge).

2. MAC paint pot- Indian wood
3. MAC paint pot- Fresco Rose
4. MAC paint pot- Artifact

The 24K gold powder was over the Fresco Rose shadow and the centre of the lips just to add a little glow. This took me about 30 minutes to do. I've written everything I used on there but here is a picture of the products:

This is what I looked like after using it.

Go ahead and mess about. I'm sure you can come up with a better look.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Honest Counterfeit

Honest (from the Oxford Dictionary)

  • Free of deceit and untruthfulness
  • Morally correct or Virtuous
  • Fairly earned esp through hard work
  • Blameless or well intentioned even if unsuccessful or misguided
  • Simple unpretentious and unsophisticated
People often associate dishonesty with huge deceit, lies etc but it is a lot simpler than that. It is a feature of everyday life. For instance, when you say you will do something and you don't and you say 'Sorry I was busy (or whatever you come up with). The truth is you were not busy, neither are you even sorry!
When you use a fake ID to be an age you are not in order to get some benefits, or any other form of giving false information- it is dishonesty

Most people say you cannot be 100% honest your whole life. I agree with that. Sometimes when people ask me 'How are you?' What I should really be saying is 'Well, I am angry that it is Monday, I am broke, my car insurance is due and I really hate your shoes!' but all I say is 'I am fine', which is obviously a lie.

There are however some forms of everyday life dishonesty, which people accept as normal that just shouldn't be.

One of them is counterfeit. A girl wants a Louis Vuitton bag but she can't afford it, so she goes to some counterfeit trader and purchases it. The same with those Dior shoes or Chanel earrings. This is everyday life.

Another is downloading. If a recording company releases an album, or a film maker releases a feature and you download it with out paying for it, that is stealing! Everybody downloads you say, but it doesn't make it right because the music artist/actors work hard to produce it and people just cheapen it by downloading it from some random site free of charge.

When someone says you look really nice and in their hearts are laughing mad at your fuschia shoes and green skirt, or 'I love you' to someone and they don't mean it, or 'my house is burnt down please lend me some money' when you can see her little kid waving from the top window, this is all dishonesty, just in a different setting.

The point of all this is for us to realise every form of dishonesty plays the human mind. Those fake bags and shoes affect the genuine LV and co. The recording artists and co suffer the consequences of downloading (not to mention the crap quality). You may not realise it but when you say something and don't mean it, usually the other person can see right through you and if not it's only a matter of time.

Alas, everyone thinks this is not my piece of cake, until someone very close to you takes a fake cholesterol tablet from the same counterfeit industry that made that fake LV you bought and they die; or when someone commits suicide or picks up a gun and shoots everyone around them just because they realised you didn't mean anything you said; or most importantly, when you put up photos of your work or whatever on blogger, you tube etc and someone nicks it and distributes it for free. That's when you know how Rihanna must have felt when you downloaded 'Umbrella' from whatever site for free...

It is possible to rid yourself of all this madness. You do not have to be part of a dishonest trend. You may think this is not important but it boils down to a free conscience and peace of mind from living a more honest life. In the eyes of others, all you have is your reputation and when people associate you with honesty, your reputation is heading to the sky...
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