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15 December 2015

Baileys Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes

Difficulty - Easy

Christmas is a time for giving... and eating! I wanted to bake a festive treat but give it a little twist, and out came these babies! Boozy Baileys Cupcakes- Adult's only. They are delicious and chocolatey. Perfect for snaffling whilst watching your favourite Christmas movie in front on the roaring fire. So how did I make them you say? Let's get stuck in!

You Will Need:

- 100g Self-Raising Flour
- 25g Cocoa Powder (I used Dr Oetker Dark Cocoa Powder)
- 140g Caster Sugar
- A Pinch Of Salt
- 40g Margarine
- 120ml Baileys
- 1 Large Egg
- Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing

Now that you have all your ingredients together, we can begin!

1.  Pre-Heat your oven to around 170 Degrees.

2. Put your Flour, Cocoa Powder, Caster Sugar, Salt and butter into a bowl. Whisk together until the mixture forms a sand-like texture.

3. Crack your large egg into a Jug and Whisk Well.

4. Add your egg and 120ml Baileys to your mixture.

5. Whisk all the mix together until the consistency is very smooth with no lumps.

6. Pour your smooth chocolatey mixture into your cupcake cases, filling them about half way.

7. Pop into the oven for around 15-20 minutes. To test if the cupcakes are ready either lightly press the top of the cake and if it springs back they should be ready. An alternate way, which I use, is to use a skewer or cocktail stick, poke it through the centre of the cake and remove. If there is mixture left on the stick then the cakes need a little longer. If it is clean then the cakes are done. Leave to cool for 20-30 minutes.

8. Now's the fun part - Decorating! I piped Betty Crocker's Chocolate Fudge Icing quite thickly in a swirl and then Sprinkled Edible Gold Stars (Asda) on top. Finishing the cake of with an edible white Snowflake (Asda).

9. Grab a blanket, flick on your favourite Christmas movie and Enjoy your Cheeky Chocolate Treat.

If you fancy a family friendly alcohol free Christmas Cupcake replace the baileys with milk!

What Christmas treats have you been Baking?

8 December 2015

A Winter's Day

Coat - New Look
Stripe Polo Neck - Primark
Denim Button Down Skirt - Primark
Scarf - New Look
Hello there! I apologise for the fact that I have been a little MIA recently, it's for a reason though! I've been away in Dublin with my lovely other half to celebrate our 7 year anniversary. I will be doing a little post on our trip soon.
I'd got this little outfit post ready and waiting in my drafts, it was planned to go up before we went away, but alas, time got the better of me and it got left behind until today!
I'd been looking for a camel coat for a while and just couldn't find one that I loved enough to buy, that was until I popped into new look and this beautiful piece caught my eye. It's an oversized boyfriend style coat in a lovely caramel camel colour. The material is thick and warm without being restrictive which I love. It's exactly what I'd been looking for. I like to wear it with blue denim and brown ankle boots.
This denim skirt has already been featured on a previous blog post of mine but I just find it so versatile and easy to wear that it had to be featured again! With a thick pair of tights and a snuggly jumper its easily made winter appropriate.  
The scarf is the part if the outfit I love the most, it's just so big and snuggly! When I'm cold in the morning I unfold  it and drape it over me like a blanket to try and keep warm, it's a very wearable item that every one needs in their winter wardrobe.
I hope that you like this outfit post. I'm hoping to get some more festive posts up in the next couple of weeks as Christmas is almost upon us!


27 November 2015

The Ultimate Stocking Filler Gift Guide For Her

So it's only 4 days until December! How crazy is that? Most of you have probably gotten the majority of your Christmas shopping done, but for those of you that haven't or are in need of those little gifts to accompany your main presents then I have the post for you!

I personally love stocking fillers, little cute trinkets, tiny make-up sets, jewellery, I love it all and I especially enjoy buying them for others too.

I decided to split my Stocking Gift Guide into mini categories; Beauty, Body, Jewellery, Drink & Accessories. I hope you enjoy this post and it helps you find the perfect gift for your mum/sister/friend/wife, or maybe even a cheeky treat for yourself!

For The Beauty Lover:

French Connection High Impact Lip Set 

 This set contains 4 lip products, 2 lip pens and 2 glosses. One is a lovely festive red shade, perfect for all those festive parties! The other is a gorgeous berry colour which is the ultimate winter lip colour.

No7 Glamour Cracker

The packaging itself is super festive and pretty, it's enough to make you swoon with Christmas joy (sorry getting carried away!). Inside the cracker there is a mini intense volume mascara and a stay perfect amazing eyeliner. I like this gift as most sets are often nails or lips so it's nice to see something out of the ordinary.

Kiko Temptress Lip Set

This cute set contains a lipstick and a lip liner. These sets also come in 4 different shades, a nude, bold pink, brick red and plum. I opted for the bold pink shade as Its a year round colour that can take you through winter all the way to summer.

For The Bath Wallower:

Victoria Secret Pure Seduction Body Wash

If you're looking to get someone a luxurious delicious scented body wash then you must definitely pay a visit to Victoria Secret, their shower gels are some of the best smelling ones around! They also do a fantastic range of body mists too if you fancied getting someone the ultimate bath & pamper gift.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Another Shower Gel to delight the senses is this pink offering from Lush, aptly named Snow Fairy- perfect for Christmas! It has a very sweet bubble gum scent to it and will be popular with most girls who love their sweet sugary scents. The other thing that makes Snow Fairy a special stocking filler is that it is only available with Lush's Christmas Collection and thus it can only be bought this time of year.

Primark Sugared Cherry Shower Crème & Body Spritzer

If you're  more budget friendly shower/bath option, then this set from Primark is perfect, again it has a very sweet scent. It reminds me of bakewell tarts, and who doesn't want to smell like cake! It comes in a lovely little packet too, making it easy to pop into a stocking.

Reis Duo Body Cleanser & Body Mist

This luxurious caught my eye with its stunning bright white mock crock packaging, as well as I've never actually come across a body cleanser before. It's a perfect set for those ladies who love skincare and not just for their face. Reis is also a very well known luxury brand and therefore the quality of the product can be assured.

For The Coffee Worshipper:

These cute cups were super cheap and make the best stocking fillers for anyone who loves a hot beverage. The 'Baby it's cold outside' Mug is from Home Bargains and the Copper Travel Cup is from Primark. These would make the perfect D.I.Y stocking fillers by combining them with your Giftee's favourite drink- maybe it's White Hot Chocolate? Throw in some Marshmallows and Flakes to too to make it even more yummy!

For The Lace Lingerie Addict:

Underwear is having it's moment in the sun at the minute, with brands upping their game in terms of unique lace patterns to structured cages there's something for everyone. My favourite places to shop are New Look and Ann Summers. Both have stunning designs to choose from, the Bra's above are from both stores, The top Floral Lace Bra is Ann Summers and the bottom delicate fringe bra is New Look. Every girl can appreciate a good set of lingerie.

For The Jewellery Magpie:

Pandora Stackable Rings

Pandora is the perfect place to pick out jewellery for your loved one, they have both affordable and high end pieces meaning that no matter what your budget you will be able to find something to suit you. I personally love the Stackable rings which range from around £30 upwards.

Swarovski Jewellery

For a pricier gift, perhaps for your Mum or Wife then Swarovski is the place to go, with its stunning range of sparkles you are bound to find something special enough for that important person. Stocking fillers are perfect gifts as they can be a mix of affordable and luxury items and Swarovski definitely ticks the luxury box that's for sure!

That's it for my 2015 Stocking Filler guide! I hope you've found some inspiration for your loved one's stocking or maybe a cheeky gift to yourself- you deserve it!

What would you like to see in your stocking this year?

22 November 2015

All Black Everything with Boohoo*

I was recently contacted by to collaborate with them by choosing an all black outfit for their Boohoo Black Friday Campaign. I love an all black outfit, they are flattering and simply chic. I like to play around with textures and cuts when wearing a one colour outfit, I feel this creates dimension and gives the outfit a little edge.

The whole outfit I decided to centre around the A-Line, Faux Leather Skirt*. I love faux leather in the Autumn, not only does it give the outfit texture, but it's also great for keeping warm and is durable. The cut of the skirt is very flattering, it synchs in the waist and then goes out just enough. It's very soft and versatile.  If you wanted to venture out of the all black outfit, then pairing it with a tailored white shirt and heels would create a really classic look.

If you know me well enough, you will know that as soon as September ends I pull out my trusty roll neck jumpers. I find them so easy to wear with any outfit and own them in a few different colours! However, you can't go wrong with a trusty plain black roll neck*. I love this one in particular as the neck itself isn't tight, I have found that some roll necks can be really restricting and just too tight. The material is really stretchy and opaque, keeping you lovely and warm.

Finally to complete my all black outfit is an item that every girl needs in their wardrobe, a Structured Black Blazer*. Another item that can be worn in so many ways, dress it up with a bodycon dress and heels or wear it casual with jeans and a plain tee. This blazer has shoulder pads to create extra structure and I like the fact it's collarless, as it makes wearing shirts with it so much easier.

With the outfit in mind, its Black Friday on 27th November and for all us shopaholics it's time to source out a bargain! I would definitely keep an eye out online this year as I suspect there will be some fantastic items on offer just in time for Christmas, and why not treat yourself as well as others.

What will you be looking out for this Black Friday? 

Disclaimer- All Items Marked with * have been gifted to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

18 November 2015

Joe's Kitchen, Derby

I recently visited Joe's Kitchen in Derby after hearing that it had not long opened there, and being a massive food lover who's on a quest to visit most of the local restaurants I decided I had better pay a visit.

What first grabbed my attention about Joe's Kitchen was the amazing décor, from the outside it's pretty impressive with lots of plants, large glass windows and then you can see the giant chandelier peeping through the doorway.

I also love how they have clashed the modern industrial look of the exposed pipes and vents with the glamour of the fancy floral lamp shades and twinkling chandeliers. It's very eye catching!

Everything is how you would say 'instagrammable'. Each table had a mini chalk board with a quote on, which was another very sweet touch to the décor.

Even the toilets were beautiful! They had vibrant potted flowers perched along the sinks.

  Décor aside, to add to the bloggers dream, the cocktails were served in cute mason style jars. Which means that you must definitely indulge in one just for the glass alone!

These Pinterest worthy drinks are sweetly named 'Joe's Jars', and come in some taste bud tantalising flavours. There's Elderflower Fizz, which is Elderflower Liqueur and Fresh lime juice, or, if your feeling fruity, there's the Orange and Mango Mash Up. I opted for this one. It's made up of Orange Gin, Fresh Orange Juice & Mango Puree. The Mr went for a classic pint that arrived in a huge Tankard!

The best is saved until last of course, the food! I was a little bit naughty and had my dinner off the dessert menu - I just needed pancakes ok! They are usually on the Breakfast menu, however, this ended at 11am, so I just had to have them off the dessert menu instead. I half expected someone to turn up and tell me that I wouldn't get any dessert if I didn't eat my dinner. However, I'm definitely glad I made the decision!

These American Style, thick, stacked pancakes oozed plenty of sweet flavours, and the berries gave the dish a bit of zing to what's mainly a sweet palette. They were so good, and came with a good dollop of ice cream too, just for good measure.

The Mr opted for the next best juicy offer, a Burger. Not just any plain burger though, A Joe's Homemade Burger. Yep that's right - imagine a tasty burger, now add bacon, red onion and melted cheddar and you have the basis of Joe's Homemade Burger.

I can confirm that he said it was very good and super tasty.

Overall, our meal cost roughly £27 for 2 meals and 2 drinks, which is really good value for money as the food and service were excellent. If you like Burgers, Pancakes, Cocktails in jars and more then you will love Joe's Kitchen. I will definitely be making a visit again to try some more of those cheeky cocktails!

Where's you favourite place to eat out?
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