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28 September 2014

A Day At The Seaside

 We woke bright and early Sunday morning and decided today we would head to the coast! We packed up the car, dog and all and set off.

The sun was actually out and there was a cool autumn breeze in the air. It was a 2 hour journey but we finally arrived, first things first- To The Beach!

Tilly loves to feel the sand between her paws and we spent a while taking a long slow stroll over the beach, drinking in the last of the summer sun and discussing our week. It's been a long time since I have been to the English coat and to say it's only a 2 hour drive from where I live is actually quite shameful.

There's just something about the sea, sand and sun that makes you instantly feel happier. The smell of fish and chips filled the air and our tummy's made their presence known.

Although this meal alone was filling, we didn't stop there.. Oh no. You can't possibly drive to the coast without having a good ol' 99! Not that they are 99p anymore sadly. Who remembers when they were?

After filling ourselves up we spent the rest of our day exploring. Stopping now and again to admire the view.

The day drew to an end and it was time to pile back into the car for our journey home. Which I slept the entire way!

Hope you've all had a good weekend

23 September 2014

NYX 'Hot Pink Rose' Lipstick | A Review

NYX lipstick

So it may come as no surprised to you that I just couldn't help myself whilst I was away backpacking to treat myself to a bold lipstick..or two!

I picked up this Nyx lipstick in 'Hot Pink rose'' in Berlin, it is a bold, creamy blue toned pink. The colour is completely opaque and applies beautifully to the lips.

I am going to apologise now for the quality of the photographs attached to this blog post, what with me working full time and not getting home until 6 I am playing a racing game with the lighting. Unfortunately this time it won and I had to make do with my artificial lights. I am tempted to purchase box lights, if anyone uses these for blog posts please let me know how useful you find them and also where you bought them from!

Anyway, back to the lipstick. As you can see it applies well and has a very creamy consistency. I like to wear more creamy textured lipsticks for autumn/winter as the cold weather often plays havoc with my lips. The only gripe I would say about it is that it can slide around easily and therefore a lip liner might come in handy if you want it stay put all day. The packaging is beautiful in a sleek, shiny black case. This makes it easy to keep clean and looks chic and sophisticated. I prefer my packaging simple.

If you're a bit of a bright coloured lipstick fiend like me then I think you will adore this lip shade, it is bright enough to make a statement but not so bright that you draw attention to yourself. My lips are probably the best feature on my face and therefore I like to play them up by using fun bold colours.

Are you a fan of bold lips?

19 September 2014

White Duster Jacket

White Duster Jacket- Primark
Black top- Peacocks
Houndstooth trousers- Select
Black cleated sole boots- Primark
Fur Stole- Select
I have seen fur and longline jackets cropping up all over the fashion scene and I decided to combine what looks set to be the two key trends this autumn/winter.
Although, the weather is still fairly warm to say it's September which is why i decided to purchase this duster jacket in white. I think the sleek heavy fabric and stark white colour give it a sophisticated edge. If you have read my blog for a while you will know that I love a monochrome outfit and this is very much that. Houndstooth is another trend that I have seen being incorporated into pieces for this season and I love these trousers.
If you are looking for a good pair of boots this winter then I would say head over to Primark as they have a really good selection at the moment, these cleated sole boots were only £15.00 and I have already worn them loads.
Maybe I shouldn't be so eager to get my winter wardrobe in, but I just can't help but love layering textures and fabrics.
Are you preparing your wardrobe for the seasonal change?

17 September 2014

Katy Perry 'Meow' Perfume | A Review

I've always been a perfume lover, in particular sweet smelling perfumes. Some of my favourites have been celebrity perfumes such as Britney Spears 'Curious' and BeyoncĂ© 'Heat'. So when I saw this 100ml Katy Perry Perfume for just £11.99 in Home Bargains, yes that's right 100ml for just £11.99, I couldn't leave it behind.

The scent of this perfume is a cross between fruity floral and vanilla. I love a hint of vanilla in my perfumes as I find it adds a more sexy touch to an otherwise girly scent. I have tried a few more mature scents but I don't find that I'm drawn to them as much as I am the sweeter scents, maybe I will be converted one day but for now hand me anything floral and fruity and I will love it.

The design of the bottle is a cat which fits the name of the perfume well 'meow',  although personally it is not my cup of tea and I tend to prefer more simple style to my perfume bottles. I think it fits well with the theme she was going for and it is definitely unique.

If you enjoy sweet scents, and like me tend to enjoy the celebrity perfumes then I would definitely recommend getting your hands on this one, it is definitely worth the price tag. It will last a long time too due to the longevity of the spray, I only need to apply a few spritz's in a morning and it lasts all day.

What do you look for in a perfume?

14 September 2014

White & Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies

So it was Friday evening, I was sat in my pjs watching back to back Tanya Burr Videos when I came across her cookie video. I thought to myself ''heck, I have all these ingredients, why not give it a go''. Out came the mixing bowl and ingredients.

You Will Need:

- 200g butter
-300g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 325g self-raising flour
- white chocolate
- milk chocolate

What to do:

1. cream together the butter and sugar until well combined

2. crack in your egg and whisk into the mixture

3. add half the flour and whisk into mixture, then add the rest of the flour. Whisk until mixture is thickened

4. break in your chunks of milk and white chocolate

5. form small balls of the mixture and place onto a greased baking tray. Cook for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.

There you have it, yummy chocolatey cookies in just 5 quick and easy steps. Grab a cold glass of milk and enjoy! Thank you Tanya for sharing your cookies with us.

The link to her video if you prefer being a bit more interactive.

These went down a storm in my house and there is just 2 left as I type this..not for long..

Let me know if you decide to make these !

12 September 2014

A/W Wardrobe Update | Jacket Edition

So, it is now September. I'm not quite sure where this year has gone but we are entering the autumn/ winter season. It's my favourite season for fashion, I love layering, playing with textures and it's totally fine to wear all black, all of the time.

I have been on a little shopping spree recently in order to update my wardrobe for the upcoming season, and although this past week has been fairly warm I can see it turning cold soon enough.
I thought I would split this Wardrobe Update into 3 sections; jackets, knitwear and shoes, as I think these are the items that change the most in our wardrobes when the season changes.

So lets kick off with part 1, the jackets.

Duster Jacket- Primark
The duster jacket

Duster jackets are big this season, and why shouldn't they be. They are practical, chic and easy to wear. I picked up this white duster jacket from Primark at just £17.00 it is a steal and I have already worn it several times. I am planning to do a styling post for this jacket very soon, think houndstooth Mhmm.

Teddy Jacket- Primark

The Teddy Jacket

Now this jacket is definitely for the cooler days, and thus it has been sat in my wardrobe for the time being. I have seen these jackets popping up all over in various different colours; from baby blues and pinks to creamy nudes or black. My other half says I look a bit like a polar bear come rabbit, but I still love it and can't wait to wear it with some tan heeled boots and indigo jeans.

 Mac- H&M

The classic Mac

You can't go far wrong with a classic black mac for a sleek and sophisticated everyday look. I love the silver zip detailing on this coat, it adds a little edge to the classic style of the jacket. The belt around the waist creates a defined and feminine silhouette. This little gem was a little more expensive coming in at around £50, I say around as I actually bought this whilst I was in Amsterdam. The quality is excellent, it is made from a thick heavy crepe style material meaning that it doesn't crease and hangs beautifully when worn. I plan to wear this with leather trousers and Chelsea boots for a more dressed up look, or jeans and knee high flat boots for a more casual look.

 So there we have it, my top 3 picks for updating your Autumn/Winter wardrobe for 2014.

What will you be wearing this A/W?

9 September 2014

Banana Cake

Banana Cake

It's no secret that i love to bake, but since The Great British Bake Off has been on i couldn't wait to get out my mixing bowl and have a go myself.

I typically tend to stick to baking traditional sponge, but i decided to get a bit creative and have a go at banana cake. I must say it is a very moist thick cake, not what i'm used to but still very delicious.

You will need:

140g butter
140g caster sugar
2 eggs
140g Self-raising flour
2 mashed bananas
Icing sugar

What to do:

1. Cream the butter and sugar together, beat the eggs separately and then slowly pour into the mixture. Add a little flour with the eggs and then fold in the remainder.

2. Add in the mashed banana and mix until creamy.

3. Pop the cake into the oven at 180 degrees for around 30-40 minutes

4. Once cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool. When the cake is cooler mix 50g icing sugar with water to make a paste and then pour over the cake

5. If you fancy you can add some dried banana chips on top for decoration

6. Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Banana cake

Let me know if you try this!

7 September 2014

I Love Amsterdam

I love Amsterdam. I think it's probably one of my favourite places in Europe. I know, that's a bold statement. There is just so much to do and see, we ate, drank and shopped, we saw windmills, flower shops and cheese shops. We also saw the other side to amsterdam, the coffee shops and the red light district. I love the liberal take on life that the Netherlands has. Everywhere, minus the cyclists, seems so laid back.

I'm not kidding when i say that Amsterdam is just beautiful, at first glance you assume it is like any other big city. That's where you're wrong though, it's like a cross between venice and London. There are flowers and canals everywhere, quaint bridges and winding back streets. Then there's oodles of pubs, restaurants and shops. It would really be the best place to live. The temptation to go back for a cheeky weekend is very, very strong.

So, let's talk food. When i travel i love to eat. There is a lot of fast food places in Amsterdam, one place that tickled our fancy was Chipsy King

The Chips here were amazing, cooked to perfection. That wasn't the best bit though, unlike home where you only have a choice of gravy or curry sauce here you have so much more variety. I had a peanut satay sauce that was the best thing i have ever tasted, the Mr had a sambal sauce, which was extremely spicy. There was also, curry ketchup, garlic mayonaise, ketchup and more. If there is anything our chip shops could do it is take a leaf from the Netherlands and have more sauce varities, peanut sauce get in my belly.

Equally amazing were the sweet treats.

Some of the local must eats are the stroop waffle, which is two wafer thin waffles sandwiched together with thick caramel, yum. Then there are the poffertjes, which are small extra thick pancakes, covered in sweet syrup and dusted in sugar. Not healthy in the slightest, i have some serious gym work to do, but definitely worth it. They are delicious.

As well as spending a lot of time eating we also did the typical tourist things such as visit the museums, anne frank house and the heineken experience. I must stress that if you want to visit the Anne Frank house then book in advance, we had to queue for nearly 4 hours to get in, not good preparation on our behalf so a warning to you all haha.

We also paid a visit to the lesser known House of Bols which is like the cocktail version of the Heineken experience. I personally hate beer, but the Mr loves it, so i went there and he agreed to go to the House of Bols for me.

The House of Bols shows you the making of Genver a key component in their cocktails, and is very interactive with fun taste and smell tests. Then at the end you get to choose a cocktail using their electronic system that allows you to select things you like in your cocktail such as fruitiness or spice. I went for a strawberry and vanilla concotion and the Mr had a Blueberry one. Very good indeed.

We decided to pay a visit to the sex museum just off of the red light district, just for a giggle. I will not be putting photos on here as some of it was actually quite explicit! None the less most of it was very comical and for the most part we were wandering around giggling like school girls. If you are over 18 then i definitely would say pay a visit even if it is just for a laugh. its only 4 euro entry!

Have any of you been to Amsterdam?
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