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Portobello Road & Notting Hill










Notting Hill is by far one of my favourite areas to spend a Saturday in London. Not only is it an absolutely beautiful place, it is also an amazing day out where you don't necessarily have to spend...well any money at all really (of course depending on your ability to control your spending, this is the part I usually fail at).

I love wandering around Portobello Market, which is always buzzing with tourists and the odd local on a Friday or Saturday.  The market is huge and is made up of stalls selling a range of vintage clothes, antiques and jewellery (and of course the odd tacky "London tourist" stall selling selfie sticks and "I heart London" everything). There are some lovely shops and cafes along the main street which are also worth taking a look in, plus a few charity shops where you can often find a few hidden (and cheap) treasures. Although bear in mind that whilst the prices of things in the charity shops are still cheap, they may not be as cheap as you are used to, from places outside London- this is what I have found anyway. Also, don't forget go to the famous bookshop that stars in the classic Notting Hill film and take a few selfies in front of it!

As well as the main attraction, I always enjoy walking around, admiring the absolutely stunning houses and dreaming of being able to live in such a beautiful area. This is the cheap part that has no temptation of spending money, however it often makes me realise just how poor I am compared to the lucky people who can afford to live in such an iconic area! 

Anyway, if you ever have a weekend in London, I would highly recommend a visit to the beautiful Notting Hill and to explore the area as well as Portobello Market.

Where is your favourite place to spend a weekend in London?

Make your own | Pesto




Even though I am a student, I try my hardest to stay away from the stereotype of living off pot noodles and baked beans. Instead, I prefer to set myself the challenge of cooking homemade, healthy dishes that don't cost much, but still taste fantastic. Recently I saw a recipe for homemade pesto over on Poppy Deyes' blog (absolutely l-o-v-e her blog) and being a huge pesto fan, I instantly wanted to give it a go. So I did and I absolutely loved it, so I thought I would share it with you beauties! Not only did it taste so delicious and fresh, it was also cheap to make. Although the pine nuts and parmesan weren't the cheapest, I reckon you could make four or five lots of the pesto before having to repurchase more. Plus I always find shop bought pesto is expensive and I never get even halfway through the jar before it becomes mouldy! 
It is a win win situation really- it's cheap, easy to make, healthy and tastes delicious!


What you need & what it costs:
  • 3 handfuls of basil (80p per bunch from the market)
  • 1 handful of pine nuts (£2.50 per bag)
  • 1 handful of parmesan (£2.00 per pot)
  • A couple of tablespoons of olive oil (depending what consistency you would like) (£2.00 per bottle)
  • Juice of half a lemon (35p each)
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning 
  • 1 clove of garlic (30p per whole garlic)
What you do: 

This is the super easy part- you literally chuck it all into a food processor/blender, blend it for along as you would like (depending what consistency you would prefer) and voila! You have some delicious, healthy AND homemade pesto ready to eat!

Do you have any well loved healthy, yet cheap recipes?

Enjoy!

The new and improved Katie Primrose

Evening lovelies!  I want to start by apologising for the lack of posts recently, I cannot believe it has been almost a month since my last blog post! Basically I wanted to take a bit of a break from blogging, relax, clear my mind bit and start a fresh. So that is what I did. 

After a year of blogging I didn't feel particularly happy with the look of my blog, or the content. I realise comparing myself to other, more experienced and popular bloggers is the worst thing to do, but once you start it is kind of impossible to stop. After a lot of contemplation I have decided to spend a lot more time and a bit of money on my blog. This started by paying for this beaut new blog template from Pipdig (100% recommend), rearranging some parts of my blog and deleting the posts I no longer liked. 

After seeing so many amazing reviews on the Olympus Pen, I saved up and finally bought one for myself (eeeeeekk!). This camera is a thousand times better than my old, crappy Sony camera, which refused to focus unless you were about 2 meters away from the object. High quality, well edited photos are so important in blogging, they make your blog look so much more appealing, without a good picture no one will want to read the content! 

I didn't like how infrequent and irregular my posts were, so I have decided that I will post every Sunday at 16.00. I am so so unbelievably determined to stick to this for longer than the first couple of weeks. If I find I have extra material and a load of posts lined up (hahahaha you are joking Katie?!), then you may find that I add a little extra surprise post in during the week- don't get your hopes up though!

I so nearly forgot to mention the most important change to Katie Primrose! After reading so many other, more successful blogs, I am often left feeling like I should spend more money on products and clothes that are more expensive and/or designer, like they do, to become more "successful". SO MANY blogs are full of expensive products that a large chunk of people aren't able to afford (me being one of those), which I think is kind of unfair. As I am a student and I live in the most expensive city in the world, I don't have money spare to buy the newest, most fashionable handbag or the most amazing pair of Dior shoes (even though I would love to!) Meaning my content is already based on cheap and affordable "things" without even meaning to be. However, I have decided to focus my posts more on saving money and living on a budget. This will include content on affordable outfits, money saving tips and tricks, and anything else that will feed your shopping addiction without breaking the bank. 

So yeah, I hope you like the new and improved Katie Primrose! Is there any particular content you would like to see on Katie Primrose? Do you have any post ideas that you think I should do? Would be so good to receive some suggestions!

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