Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

At the end of June, I was supposed to fly to England in time for my college’s 700th birthday party, but alas. My visa wasn’t back from the UKBA in time, prolonging my stay in the USA. 

Deciding to make the most of it, I flagged a recipe in my favourite cookbook to try for dinner the night I was supposed to fly. “Um, actually, let’s make veggie burgers instead”, my mom suggested. Fine.

I came back from a run the same time Dad and Sister got back from Boston and Mama from the grocery store. “Do you need any help unloading the car?” I asked. “Um, go take a shower.” Fine.

When I came downstairs, Mama told me to pick out toppings from the menu. ?? There was a handmade Atomic Burger menu on the kitchen table.

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Oh. my gosh. My favourite restaurant is the nerdy and wonderful Atomic Burger, as you may know.

Looking up, the mantle was decked out in appropriately nerdy paraphernalia. 

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

“Those are your postcards,” Sister explains. “How did you know where they were?” I ask. “Oh, since I’ve been watching crime shows I’ve become way more observant.”

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

There was even an alethiometer for Lyra!

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party
I happen to be wearing my Captain Planet shirt, and Sister runs upstairs to change into her Joker shirt, because if I’m supporting the superhero, she’s supporting the super villain. Same goes for the World Cup.  

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Logan got dressed up too:

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There were milkshakes and root beer floats:Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Sci-fries, and Frito Bandito burgers [which I have replicated before]:

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

And just when I thought the surprises were over, out came Sweet birthday cupcakes for Exeter College! 

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

And a pupcake for Logan, too!

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Thank you, family, for bringing England to me!

miss xandra bee 

Sunday Sampling: Disney Dates and Vegan Toast


♡ The World Cup may be over, but we can pretend like it’s not. What if we all flopped around like footballers? Hysterical.

How to pick what kinds of books to read and more super useful tips.

♡ One of my favourite authors ever completes one of my favourite trilogies ever [so far], so Perpetual Page Turner is hosting a Stephanie Perkins readalong! I’m so there.

♡ How to make an inexpensive outfit look expensive by The Daily Conoisseur – love this blog!

♡ 4 easy yet amazing vegan toast options via my favourite vegan cooking blogger! Seriously, all of Angela Liddon’s recipes I’ve tried are great.

♡ The Good Groupie is a great blog for finding new music.

♡ Cheap dates inspired by Disney movies

Which are your favourites?

miss xandra bee

P.S. This week I’ve been featured on Yes and YesThe Loudmouth Lifestyle, and Miss West End Girl! Wow, thanks everyone :)

Inside My Jewellery Box

Inside My Jewellery Box 

I’m packing up my suitcase for another move, and I thought I’d share everything in my portable jewelry box here!

This week’s episode of FabulosiTEA is on Selecting Signature Jewellery.

Tune in for our full discussion [Here for iTunes!]:

Xandra Necklace

^ A “Carrie” necklace had been on my wish list for a while, so when oNecklace offered to send me one, I said yes please! If you would like your own, you can use the coupon code FASHION to get 10% off.

Inside My Jewellery Box

The Dino

My signature pink dino necklace is from a keyring I had in kindergarten. I use the chain from my Deathly Hallows necklace below.

Kate Spade Jewels

I love the bright colours, so I snatched this one up in a sale.

Inside My Jewellery Box

Pac Man Necklace

This Etsy find was a Christmas present, and I love how the dots sort of make it look like a pearl necklace. Only nerdier.

Inside My Jewellery Box


While I have been known to wear actual climbing gear as hats, belts, and capes, this piece merely reminds me of the sport. A present from my aunt, from Georgetown Jewelry!

Inside My Jewellery Box


I bought this lightning bolt necklace straight from the I Am Acrylic designer at a market, and she said that a Harry Potter reference was unintentional! Still. The Deathly Hallows necklace is from a vendor at LeakyCon.

Inside My Jewellery Box

Big Dipper, Small Penguin

These are presents from The Monkey, and are automatically included in each of my capsule collections. The Ursa Major necklace is also from Etsy.

What are your signature pieces?

miss xandra bee

 P.S. thoughts on sentimental jewellery and how to define it

My Rules for Life

My Rules for Life

While cleaning out my desk, I found this list ^ I made in high school. Pretty sage.

1. Always have a water bottle system. ["system"??]  Make sure you are never dehydrated.

2. Buy a planner and STICK TO IT. 

3. Have one email address that you always keep, preferably including your name and your school or company. [Profesh!]

4. Have a playlist of favourite songs that will always make you excited.

5. Eat only when you’re hungry.

6. Get into an exercise routine and STICK TO IT. [Sensing a pattern here.]

7. Reflect in a journal daily. Don’t think about grammar, spelling, appropriateness, wit – anything. Just write.

I still follow these, actually, and I still write lists of things in sevens [like Sunday Sampling]. 

Here are more of my rules. When I follow them, I am happier.

Aim to be 5 minutes early and always be on time.

Lie on the bed only when it’s time for sleep.

Always have a glass of water within arm’s reach. 

Waffles must be shared.

Say I will, not I will try.

Say I won’t, not I can’t. 

Do what feels right.

Spend less when possible, save for special occasions.

Give accurate time scales for things.

Keep promises. 

Don’t leave in a bad mood.

When in doubt get fresh air and share a snack.

Never eat alone.

Do my laundry and clean my room every Sunday.

Write four pages in my journal each morning, preferably outside.

Read British Vogue cover-to-cover each month.

Finish a magazine before buying a new one.

Charge things before bed.

Write letters every Sunday.

Empty handbags when I get home. 

Get fresh air every morning.

Plan tomorrow the night before.

Check email once per day, for 15-30 minutes.

Choose the healthier option.

Work ahead. 

A home is but a house without fairy lights.

What are your rules?

miss xandra bee

Mini Adventure: Café-Hopping in Boston

Mini Adventure: Café-Hopping in Boston

14:30 After our magical Midsummer ritualPaige and I meander to the T and talk Hogwarts and witchcraft and Bostonian-ness. Wonderfulness. We get on at the Boston College stop, the end of the B line; I’ve never been here before, but it reminds me of living in Wimbledon, the end of London’s District Line. 

14:40 I meet Valerie by the Whole Foods at Washington Street and she walks me to Washington Square. My best Bostonian blogger friend is a well-dressed lady with some smart writing, and a shared love of literature. We browse the pastries at a little European café and select dark chocolate squares and teas, which arrive in teapots. Nothing like the ritual of brewing, steeping, pouring, and drinking tea.

15:00 We talk of dreams and travels and visas and internationalism, and she surprises me with some beautiful book plates for the book club we will one day run. One day. 

15:45 On the C line this time, I catch the T and head towards St Mary’s St, where, thanks to Google, I found the Tatte Café, another adorable little European-esque hidden gem where I meet June. Later that night I realize that all three ladies – Paige, Valerie, and June – have studied in Oxford, and we all share a gushing love for that magical place. 

Mini Adventure: Café-Hopping in Boston

15:55 Over brioche, tart and more tea, we catch up on the past two years, with occasional interruption from daring lingering birdies. Adorable.

Mini Adventure: Café-Hopping in Boston

16:15 We walk through BU – it’s such a nice day – and get on the T at Kenmore. June has never been to the Common, so we must visit the literal heart of Boston (all distances to/from Boston are measured from the State House. I used to be a tour guide at said state house). We sample teas at David’s, window shop for cupcakes at Sweet, and meander through the green. She points out that the Park Street station makes sense because it’s at the park. Eleven years a Bostonian and I never made that connection. 

miss xandra bee

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