What's In My Bag: Art Student

Annie Pancake // The 'Whats In My Bag' of an Art Student

So the other day I was rummaging around in my bag for something or other when it occurred to me how ridiculous my 'Whats in my bag' would be. I love seeing these when they're a bit more honest, which is the nature of mine, so I decided to do one. Being an art student, 5 times out of 7 I have a massive bag full of crap that I have to lug from my house to various places around Uni. The dilemma is that I am not as productive at home, but all my art stuff is there. Here's two of the *smaller* bags I take to uni.

Annie Pancake // The 'Whats In My Bag' of an Art Student
I actually had to narrow down what I photographed for this post (yeah, I left out the receipts, bits of paper and 42 bobby pins) but they were in there. The sheer number of pens, paintbrushes, rubbers, sharpeners, bulldog clips, glue sticks etc that accumulate in there would have ruined the picture, but you are starting to get a sense of how much I cart around for fear of wishing I had after 10 minutes in the studio. 

Still, some of my *absolute essentials* that I take with me to Uni are as follows: A notepad - probably not unusual for any student I don't think, but we need to take notes at any given moment (lecturers tend to descend on you and bombard you with fantastic advice that you'd do well to write down) My now decidedly battered Michael Kors purse, pens, pencils, paintbrushes and my new favourite gouache paints.

Annie Pancake // The 'Whats In My Bag' of an Art Student

Another less unusual necessity is my headphone, vital for when you are procrastinating and you need to actually isolate yourself and focus on gettin' shit done. Probably more unusual to have *constantly with you* is tea, and teabags. My gal pals and I have started bringing tea and milk to the studio now that they have removed the Starbucks kiosk in our building. Tea is  V I T A L  for studio survival. I take ordinary tea bags for days we buy milk (I am suffering through with Sainsbury's own teabags at current - woe is me) but I also bring my jasmine tea leaves for days when we have no milk. This is my favourite kind of green tea, and I much prefer the leaves to tea bags. 

Annie Pancake // The 'Whats In My Bag' of an Art Student

Finally, I've become one of those hand cream people. Only I'm not because I basically just carry it around and forget about it. But the idea is that I have it on me to help with my resolution of not 'picking' at my nails. If my cuticles are soft and smooth, it's a lot easier to not pick. 

 I feel like I'm not the only one who just carries this kind of thing around with good intentions??

In Nottingham // The Pudding Pantry and Pancakes

Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and Pancakes

Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and PancakesAnnie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and PancakesAnyone that knows me knows that I love pancakes, thought it is surprisingly not the reason for my blog name and it's been pancakes that have pulled me back to Pudding Pantry for sneaky midweek breakfasts with Martin. As you might have guessed, The Pudding Pantry has an array of dazzling homemade puddings to tempt you. However, I always go for the pancakes (Maple-bacon and available all day)  See my other posts about places in Nottingham here and here.

Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and Pancakes









Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and PancakesI mentioned about the design of the place in my previous 'In Notts' post, and this post will be no different! Pudding Pantry sits in an unusual location - super central and next to an enormous TK Maxx. It's situated in one of the enormous, glass-walled super modern buildings that also house a Cafe Nero, PC World, etc, and so this place ends up flooded with light. The decor appeals to my taste of interior design: white, white, everywhere white, with wooden floors and *plant related art* - those pictures are actually available for purchase and I want want want.

Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and Pancakes

Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and PancakesThe coffee is tasty, the foam is creamy and they make milkshakes which are insane. All the food (O, delicious pancakes) comes out on blue and white enamel-coated plates - be still my heart. I really want to try out the various *actual puddings* at some point so I will most definitely be back.

Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and PancakesAnnie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and PancakesNottingham has such a good reputation for independent food and coffee places, and this is definitely up there in the top. It's another one that gets pretty bustling and busy, and it is great to be sitting amongst people studying and ladies quaffing wine with lunch. I also have a friend who works here (hi Melissa!) which makes it extra special. If you're in Notts looking for somewhere to lunch, give it a try!

Annie Pancake // In Notts: Pudding Pantry - Light and Airy Coffee and Pancakes

Valentines Day Snaps with Martin

Annie Pancake // Valentines Day Snaps

Dammit, I love Valentines Day. The other day, I read 'things that single people hate that couples do' and amongst some very valid points, there were things such as 'holding hands' and 'sharing dessert'. Turn up the love, man. 

With that in mind, I thought I'd share/subject you to some pictures that Martin and I took this Valentines day. Being a photographer, he's wanted "proper" pictures of us for ages, and Valentines day seemed like a perfect opportunity for some cute-as-hell bonding time. I set up a little shoot in front of some Christmas lights and martin set up a tripod and these are what we got. 

Hope you had a sweet day! 

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Happy Valentines Day + Free Download

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Hi everyone! Happy Valentines day! Apologies if you don't feel fantastic about this holiday, but for those that do, here's a sweet little downloadable on me, for free, in the form of a desktop background. Equally, if V-day makes you feel poop, feel free to download this anyway as a reminder of how yummy you are. I'll be back soon with holiday snaps. You can download it in several sizes here! x

Home // Bedroom Rearrange

Annie Pancake // Bedroom and Workspace Move Around : White with Accents

So at the end of January I mentioned that I'd given my room a little move around. I was feeling super down, convinced I had to spend every waking hour working on my uni project, suffering from the fear of unoriginality, coping with a few sad and stressful things in life, and throwing myself headfirst into a much more intensive blogging schedule.

 I was feeling super depressed and struggling to shake it off, and struggling to even talk about it with anyone. Until I decided to just lay everything to one side for a day and just focus on feeling better - not worrying about an impending blog post I hadn't photographed yet, or hauling my sick self out of bed to make into the studio by 10am (and feeling dreadful if I was later than that) About half way through the day, I had my mind set on moving my room about, so that was that. I finished at about 12, in darkness, and it had the same glorious feeling as your first night in your 'new room' when you move house.


Annie Pancake // Bedroom and Workspace Move Around : White with Accents

When I moved in, I'd felt that I didn't really have much choice with where I put things in my room. The indent in the main wall kind of suggested that the bed should go there, and I had my heart set on having my workspace under the window. (pictures of how my room was set up before here, here, here, here and here!) In the end I decided to defy the traditional way to fit my belongings in my room, and put my bed in front of the jutting-out wall, using the gap to store my trunk on it's side, which looked a million times tidier and is a convenient place to artfully arrange my trinkets.
Annie Pancake // Bedroom and Workspace Move Around : White with Accents
Moving the bed to one side gave me space to relocate my workspace to the 'ground floor' (aka, not up that step in my dorma window!) which meant that pulling my chair back was no longer precarious and potentially life threatening. Despite my fears, my clothes rail doesn't impede on the daylight, and the space feels a whole lot more natural now that so much of it isn't crammed up there in the dorma. 


It feels way bigger and I have a lot more floor space (so much room for activities!) so there's more room for me to lay sketchbooks and things out when I am doing 'big' work. Alternatively there's a lot more room for me to leave upturned plugs out to step on and clothes to fling there in a rush but of course i'm a blogger so that never happens and my room is always immaculate. I can't get over how roomy it feels! 

Annie Pancake // Bedroom and Workspace Move Around : White with Accents
Annie Pancake // Bedroom and Workspace Move Around : White with Accentsthere's more changes I'd like to make, but without knowing how long I'll be living here, this is what I'll be sticking with.

Annie Pancake // Bedroom and Workspace Move Around : White with AccentsAnnie Pancake // Bedroom and Workspace Move Around : White with Accents

Beauty: The 'Old Faithful' Lipsticks

Annie Pancake // Beauty: The 'Old Faithful' Lipsticks, Topshop 'Beguiled' and Smashbox Electric Pink

So, you guys probably know that I'm not much of a beauty blogger. I like to blog about it now and then, but I don't have the obsession that makes a beauty blogger.  That's not to say that I don't really like it - I like to think that I'm more than a 'slap-it-on-and-go' kinda gal, but not enough to dream up new and fantastical ways to wear brown eyeshadow weekly. I'm kind of a stick-to-what-i-know gal where make up is concerned. I'm pretty good at using up make up before I buy a new one (which must be the only area of my life where I am good at that - I can't even empty the fridge before itching to order another food shop) but one thing I have little self control over is lipsticks. I much prefer them to gloss, even though the slightest peck turns my boyfriend pink. I love the thick pigment and perfect shape you can give your lips with a lippie.

Still, even with lipsticks I can become a creature of habit, but I'm probably not alone here! I think we all must have those favourite colours that we keep coming back to -  I thought about it when I realised how battered one of mine had become. Here's my two most favouritest ever lipsticks that I love and always go back to.

Smashbox 'Electric Pink':
I remember buying this because it was a perfect 'summery' alternative to a red lip, still a bold, bright colour that could be applied thickly to give you the same 'defined' shaped a red lipstick does, but without being as much of a nuisance as red. I knew it would go with all my colourful summer clothes, so I dropped the fairly hefty £16 on it. It's become a staple because it's creamy, highly pigmented, and it 'sets' on your lips, meaning I leave a smudge behind on my glass/boyfriend rather than an entire imprint of my lips. It also goes quite nicely with my skintone, so it doesn't necessarily have to match my outfit. The colour is more summery though, so I do tend to use this more over summer. They don't appear to sell this on their website, so perhaps they've run out. If so, who knows what I'll be able to replace it with!

Annie Pancake // Beauty: The 'Old Faithful' Lipsticks, Topshop 'Beguiled' and Smashbox Electric Pink

Here's a pouty picture of me in the lipstick, from the first time I dyed my hair pink.


The Big RevealTopshop 'Beguiled':
This is always the lipstick I have on when people ask me what lipstick I'm wearing. It's just such a gorgeous colour. I bought this when I was seeking out a highly pigmented, matte, dark purple. It's not that, but it has become my absolute go-to lipstick. This is the one that is always in my bag or pocket, because it suits everything. It is a sheer-er colour but as you can see from the picture of it on me, it's still a pretty dark pigment. It does catch on dry lips, but it is super creamy, so I usually just apply it liberally and then blot at any dry patches to lift some of it away. It's the most perfect 'berry' shade so it generally gets most use in the autumn and winter months, and it is rapidly wearing away. I have also always loved the packaging for both these lipsticks, though 'Beguiled' gets so bashed about in various bags that the best of it's days are certainly behind it.

Annie Pancake // Beauty: The 'Old Faithful' Lipsticks, Topshop 'Beguiled' and Smashbox Electric Pink

Me in Topshop, Beguiled:

Good Hair Day and the Last Days for Sunglasses

I hope you enjoyed this post! I bet you all have old-faithfuls just like me. Let me know if there's any more old-faithfuls I need. I've always wanted to be a coral kinda girl, but it seems to turn out more 'Air Hostess' than 'Barbie' on me!


Why It's Okay to Reinvent Yourself (as a Blogger)

Annie Pancake // Why It's Okay To Reinvent Yourself // Illustration


So recently I had a problem where I lost all of the images I'd uploaded to google, from way back when I didn't use Flickr, and would upload my photos via blogger. I went through my back catalogue of posts to discover that several years worth of content was punctuated by big, empty, grey boxes where my (frankly, awful) pictures used to be.

When I first started blogging, there seemed to be a big stigma about deleting your old content. 'I like to look back and see where a blogger started' was a common reason. I hated and was super-embarrased by my content - I was FOURTEEN when I started my blog - but I had been made to feel oddly reluctant to delete them. Like I might be a phony, for 'curating' my blog and getting rid of all my dreadful beginner posts. 

I looked at these posts with their big grey boxes and horrendous writing style and I clicked delete. On them all. 

I think even now there is an element of stigma around re-inventing yourself - your audience might not follow you, you're abandoning your loyal followers. I was stuck with this kind of 'betrayal' of my blog. Then I remembered that blogging is about you and if you're more into baking than catwalks these days, what is the point in maintaining your fashion blog, when you could be channeling your energy into CAKE. You might even find fashionable people like cake, too. And if not, remember that there are plenty more readers in the ocean. 

Now these days, you don't get to see where Annie Pancake started off. You still get a good glimpse of where I was compared to where i'm at now, but if you look back to 'see where a blogger started', you'll see where I started getting serious about blogging.

How do you guys feel about re-inventing (and re-branding?) yourself as a blogger? Is it that simple or are you more sentimental than I?