"Betty Leopard": May 2011

Monday, 30 May 2011

Double Stuff

Oh yes, I got my hands on yet another 'new' Oreo product :) Oreo Double Stuff.
Now I say 'new' as I'm pretty sure this is a product that has been available in the US for ages, but has only relatively recently has made the trip across the Atlantic and found its way onto our UK supermarket shelves. I first saw an advert for Double Stuffs a few weeks back, but last time I did my shop I couldn't find them, but this time, success! I finally got my hands on them this morning, but was very good and waited all day before cracking the packet open. Even then, I prolonged my own suspense with a drawn out 'photo shoot'.

My verdict: Yum!
There's very little here not to like (provided you like Oreos in the first place). There's a huge amount of cream, which is fantastic, as it's easily the best bit of the Oreo.
I don't know about you, but I love to savour my Oreo experience. For a start, I never find them as easy to split as they are in the adverts, they usually involve some pretty forceful twisting. Another benefit of the Double Stuff seems to be the additional distance between the biscuits makes it easier to separate the two without breakages, which I find often happens with the regular ones. Then the cream is so yummy, I don't want to rush through it. I don't care what I could win as part of a 'lick race' I'm not rushing the experience and risking indigestion, I'm going to enjoy my Oreo. Also, there's so much cream in the Double Stuff, I actually get a bit of tongue and jaw ache from all the licking (ooo-err-missus). Not much to comment on with the biscuit, it's good, but it's always been good, no difference here (dunking is a must).
Another good reason for avoiding this hideous concept of a 'lick race' (as if I needed one) is the hideous mess I tend to make of my fingers when indulging in my Oreo ritual. I end up rather sticky with lots of crumbs behind my nails, not a good look :/

Given a choice between regular and Double Stuff Oreos, I think you'd be mad not to take the Double Stuff, all thet's good in an Oreo, doubled :) Definitely a better result of product development than Oreo Cakesters (avoid!).
Now, I'm just waiting on Nabisco bringing more of their Oreo range over, particularly; Oreo Chocolate Cream (and Double Stuff), Milk Choc covered Mint Oreos, Oreo Choc Fudge Sandwich Oreo Ice Cream Cones and the Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich! If I lived in the US I'd have no chance of losing weight :/

I just have one question though; why are US Oreos vegan, while the ones in the UK contain whey powder from milk?

Cookies and Milk are a simple pleasure that you should never grow out of!
Best Wishes

Sunday, 22 May 2011


In a large-cat-growling sort of way, not an expression of annoyance.

I accidentally bought a new dress on eBay this evening, a leopard print swing style dress. I say accidentally. I found the dress earlier this afternoon and left the window open for me to make up my mind about later. By the time I remembered to check on it there were only about 45 seconds remaining, and the dress was super cheap at £7.50! In my mini-panic at realising it was about to finish I thought I'd put on a bid, only £8, and I was pretty sure it wasn't going to be the winning bid. With 5 seconds remaining my bid was made and I was the highest bidder. As it's only £8 plus p&p it's not the end of the world, but last minute eBay bidding can get you into trouble and I really shouldn't do it.

I decided to have a go at some Do-It-Yourself nail art this afternoon. I've always loved fancy and elaborate nails, but never been particularly good with nail varnish (usually smudging it while still applying it or chipping it in less than 24 hours) and nail salons are intimidating and expensive, plus I don't want ridiculous acrylic extensions, just a funky paint job.
Now, my nail varnish collection isn't exactly extensive, but my assortment of acrylic paints is, so I decided I'd use a nail varnish as my base colour, but apply the design with paint (which is a medium I'm much more comfortable working in anyway). I went for some obvious inspiration, my love of leopard print, pop art and comic books, and this was the result

The base coat in M&S basic nail colour in Plastic Pink. The acrylic paint does show up brush strokes a lot, but a top coat of clear nail varnish makes them less noticable and gives a more nail varnish like finish.
Now these are the pictures of my left hand, which was reasonably easy to do. My right hand was significantly more difficult, but hasn't worked out too badly considering.
I'm hoping that the acrylic paint and top coat will help prevent too much chipping too soon, but knowing me, it'll probably be damaged by the end of tomorrow. If it does that'll just be a good excuse to try something else! Doing my own nail art was fun (and cheap!).

Hope you had a good weekend,

Friday, 20 May 2011

Express Yourself, Don't Repress Yourself

Human Nature - Madonna

Now, when the "Keep Calm and Carry On" moto/sign was resurected in popular culture a few years ago, I loved it, it symbolised all that was good and British. Even when I was first aware of the first few alterned messages, I still quite liked them; "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake", can't argue with that. But now it's kind of got a bit beyond a joke; "Keep Calm and Rock On", "Keep Calm and Love Dogs", "Keep Calm and Drink a Beer", "Keep Calm, You're Not That Old". The wonderfiul, simple joy of the original has been totally hijacked and bastardised by companies and advertisers, resulting in completly sucking all of the goodness out of the original concept. Basically, I don't like it.

That being said, I am willing to break by boycott on these products for one card I found on Etsy this afternoon. I like the jucstaposition to the original and how appropriate it is to my current situation. If onlt I could think of someone to send it to....

Keep Calm Parody Number 2 by Earmark


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Guess Who's Back, Back Again..

Betty's back!

For now anyway. You may or may not know that I've been having some personal difficulties of late, which, as a result of a bad experience, I have chosen to keep separate from this blog. If you want to check out the darker side of my life, feel free to head to my new blog "Black Betty". Beware, it's pretty much the opposite of this blog and might not always make for easy reading.
Anyway, I have neglected this, my original blog, and I want to try to keep up some reasonably regular posts here as a counterpoint to my darker experiences. For now, I'm more likely to be writing about things I've seen rather than things I've done, but still things that I think are worth sharing.

So, Etsy.
I'm a bit of a late-comer to this online marketplace. I've been aware of it for a long time, and have done a fair amount of browsing in recent months, inspired by my dear friend Kitty who sources wonderful moulds for her soaps on there. However, I have resisted actually purchasing anything, until today. Now I fear for my bank balance, for I have found so many wonderful, interesting and unique items on there that I long to own. I fell out of love with the high street a long time ago, prefering more individual items and certianly loving the idea of hand crafted objects made with love and care by some wonderfully creative individuals. Etsy is seemingly endless in its ability to satisfy these desires.
The item I bought today was a birthday present for my sister, I won't say what as there's a small chance she may read this. I think it is beautiful and I hope she does too, it's often hard to judge as we're such different people that I often fear that if I like something, she may feel the exact opposite about it. Anyway. I have so far managed not to splurge on things for myself, but if I were to do so, it would include at least one item from Janine Basil. I am totally enthralled with her Comic inspired fascinators/headbands, with the pink Pow being top of my list right now. Again, I just love how different they are from anything I have ever seen. Also, starting at just under £15 (not including p&p) I think they're an absolute bargain, even in my current less-than-flush financial state :) She does has a large range of headbands that aren't comic themed, including, bows and hearts and stars, I just love these so so very much.

Bam comic headband, yellow and pink
Pow comic headband, shocking pink and white
Kapow comic headband, purple and lime green
Zap comic headband, yellow and red

Now, after compiling a list of Janine Basil fascinators that I want that is about as long as my arm, I didn't allow myself too much time to look at the jewellery. However, one shop I have to mention is Rose and Raven. Her range of jewellery is truly beautiful, modern yet elegant with designs to suit a range of tastes. There are items here I would buy for myself, things I considered for my sister and other items I can see my mum wearing (although my mum is particularly funky). Some of my favorites are shown below.

On a Wing Necklace
Fleur Silver Locket
Golden Honey Bee Locket Necklace

I suppose this does kind of tie in with my Black Betty blog, in that I find shopping very therapeutic and also, when I'm feeling particularly bad, I have overwhelming urges to spend lots of money :/ That may be part of the reason I'm now the proud owner of a flashy new camera. I'll write about that, and be able to post proper pictures again, soon.

Thanks for the support,