Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Fave Cookie Recipe

Because we've broken up from school for two weeks now, I wanted to get back to doing a bit more baking. We all know I'm no Mary Berry (meringues are my n.e.m.e.s.i.s) but I can just about knock up a chocolate cake if it's called for. This recipe is super simple (which is great for me) and the end result was really good. These are my new favourite chocolate cookies, perfect for a chocoholic, Millie's Cookies addict like me. They are super naughty though, so if you're on a diet, you might want to keep clear - but if you're feeling in the mood/thin, this is for you! I can't take the credit for this recipe, mind you. This is actually my adaptation of a recipe I saw on ViviannaDoesMakeup's beauty blog, so go and check that out if you want a peak at her version. :)

You will need (makes 12):
-200g of unsalted butter
-300g caster sugar
-1 large egg
-275g self-raising flower
-75g cocoa powder
-2 big bars of chocolate
-A little bit of milk if needed

First things first: You want to preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius for a fan assisted oven, or 220 degrees for a non-fan assisted oven.  Next up, cream together the butter and the sugar to create a fluffy paste. After you've got a smooth mixture, add in your egg and stir together.

After that's all mixed, it's time to add in all the dry ingredients - flower, cocoa powder and the chocolate broken up into cubes. If you want to save some chocolate for decoration, go ahead - I saved twelve cubes to put on the top of each cookie. The mixture might seem a little bit dry at this point, so if you think it needs it, add in a splash of milk. Also, if you want an extra hit of chocolate goodness, feel free to add in a cheeky spoonful of Nutella. Go crazy aha. 

Once everything is stirred together, scoop the mixture into about 12 little balls and put them on a well greased baking tray. They only need about 10 minutes in the oven for a super-gooey texture, but if you'd like them to be a bit firmer, leave them in for a couple more minutes. When they first come out, they don't feel like they're up to much - but once they've cooled down they solidify a lot. And that's it!

These are seriously the best treats ever - perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea on a cosy autumn evening in. They also went down super well with my mum, and my nan, who's a bit of a baking whizz. Even Moonlight wanted a piece of the action...


Sunday, 12 October 2014

OOTD / Sunday Diary #4

Hi everyone, I'm so sorry I've been gone so long - I've been so, so busy and I'm so glad to be back! ♡

There's nothing I like better than taking a stroll through some of London's beauty spots on a sunny Sunday morning in the autumn. A particular favourite has to be Columbia Road flower market, nestled in the heart of my beloved East End. I can tell you now, the smell is incredible, and unless you're a regular, I can almost guarantee you'll never have seen so many flowers in your life. The whole street is just asking to be photographed - a bit of an instagrammer's dream, really. We came away with several carrier bags full of bulbs (which we have sworn to actually plant... ) as well as a bouquet of multi-coloured blooms which will take pride of place in the living room, providing my cat doesn't knock the vase over (it wouldn't be the first time).

Today's outfit features my two favourite pieces of the moment - this huge faux sheepskin jacket that I actually picked up at a charity shop for a meagre £15, and this very Shoreditch-y floppy hat which was a cheeky vintage boutique jobby. I feel like I'm really late on the bandwagon with the whole floppy hat/fedora fiasco, but better late than never, eh? 


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Pamper Evening Routine

I've recently been feeling bit sorry for myself. My workload at the moment is huge and I've, perhaps unwisely, undertaken so much extracurricular to put on my D of E application that I barely have time to think. That put together with a nasty cold/flu/virus fiasco that has weaselled its way into my life has made thing a little less that merry lately. Which is why I decided to take a little bit of time for myself, to catch up with my thoughts, and just have a little bit of time where I don't have to do anything or be anywhere. Hence, a pamper night - every girl's one stop shop for a bit of a September pep-me-up. I thought it would be a nice idea to share my favourite things to do on a pamper evening such as this. So get your onesie on, pop on a face mask and relaxxxxxx...

1. Indulge in a rigorous skin care regime...
If you're anything like me, skincare is treated with military precision. This is the time to really layer up the treatments to really help look after tired, dull, lacklustre skin. 

2. Don't neglect your body....
In the transition between the seasons, my skin often gets extra dry, so for me it's really key to exfoliate and moisturise as frequently as possible to keep my pins in tip top shape (not as if they'll actually ever be in tip top shape unless I start doing some serious cardio, but we all know that ain't going to happen.)

4. Set the scene...
I find that you can only reap the full benefit of a nice relaxing evening to yourself if your mind is in the right place. If your thoughts are scattered everywhere its really hard to get in the zone. Try to get any major chores/work out of the way before you try and wind down, because the thought of them looming over you will only prove a distraction from what you're really supposed to be doing - relaxing. If its not possible (and sometimes its not), try and put them aside in your mind for a little while. Candles, incense and the like can also help to set the mood.

5. Run yourself a nice, hot bath...
A bath is the best way to unwind for me. Stick on some Netfilx (at a safe distance from the water, obviously) and enjoy. This is so perfect in autumn and winter to get some warmth back into your bones.

6. Select your favourite bath-time treat...
Whatever it may be, some sparkles and/or bubbles can really add to the experience.

7. Select your entertainment...
Be it a magazine, good book, movie, whatever. Just something to keep you occupied while you wait for your pores to supposedly disappear. 

8. Snuggle up with a fresh, clean towel. 
And of course, hop into bed. 

All the best xxx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

My Kryptonite

Hi everyone, sorry this post has been so long coming. Back to school time is always hectic, and even two weeks in we're already swamped in coursework. I'm really missing summer already, though it almost feels like it never even happened at all. To cheer myself up though, I've been reminding myself that Christmas is only a few months away. Though I love autumn fashion, I'm desperately trying to make the most of the remaining heat - a sort of last hurrah if you will. I refuse to put my legs away until the last of my summer tan has well and truly faded. 

I recently picked up this incredible superman skirt from a local flea market, which the lady told me is hand sewn from and old children's duvet. On the stall there was coincidentally another number made from the same fabric as my childhood duvet, which was quite nostalgic. I thought I'd go for this one though, because I love the bold, pop-arty vibe and I think I might be able to get away with it into early autumn as well before I pop it into my wardrobe until next spring. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Stripes & Sandals

For someone who lacks a proper social life, I've been going out a lot recently. Last month I attended Summer In The City, a YouTube convention much like Playlist Live or Vidcon, I had such an amazing weekend, meeting so many different people, eating some delicious pizza and even finally getting to see one of my favourite bands, As It Is, play live. I have to admit, I did shed a tear after meeting Luke Cutforth. I have no regrets. I've also been meeting up with a lot of different friends exploring some of the nooks and crannies of London that I've never really had a chance to see properly before, such as Borough Market, which has the most delicious smelling food stalls!

Although I'm slightly sad that summer is coming to a close, I'm really looking forward to autumn as it is definitely my favourite month. I'm so excited to see the fireworks and to get dressed up on Halloween (even though I'm sure I'll have nowhere to go in my costume) and for it to be acceptable for me to drink hot chocolate 24/7. To me, this outfit is a great for the transition between the seasons, when it gets slightly cooler just chuck on some tights and a warm jumper and maybe even a statement necklace if you're feeling adventurous! These sandals have been my favourite purchase of the year, when I first spotted them whilst browsing through the motherland, which is the Topshop website, I knew it was love at first sight. I mean what's not to love about them? They're chunky, cool and make your legs look 10x slimmer and longer. Although they may not be the most comfortable of shoes (I now have to carry plasters around with me at all times), I can look past this minor flaw and say that I'm really excited to start finding some winter outfits to wear with these babies!


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Barcelona Photo Diary

As soon as my plane touched down in rainy London I knew that before too long, I'd have to get back to Barcelona. My friends and I had such an amazing experience - the city is so vibrant and amazing, and we had some great nights at some great fiestas, including an adventure at a pop-up funfair which was one of the highlights of my trip. We also got caught in a freak tropical storm, which meant we get home soaking wet, but laughing like hooligans. The infamous cathedral which is slowly creeping nearer to completion was, I think, the most incredible building I've ever seen. The detail present at the front entrance just can't be captured in photos, so if you ever get the chance, go and see it for yourself.

The streets were just spilling over with colour, and the atmosphere created by the constant hustle and bustle meant there is never a boring moment. I've never found a city (aside from London obviously) where I've felt more at home. I just can't believe I didn't discover this gem of a city sooner.