Thursday, 18 December 2014

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

FYI: I can't play the piano to save my life - this was my rendition of 'Chopsticks'...

I firstly would like to apologies for my ridiculously long absence, and assure that I have not in the least forgotten about you. I know I say this a lot but I have been insanely busy these last few weeks at school, and by the end of the term I was sort of running on empty. I actually remember sitting next to one of my best friends in a maths class and fretting to her about how I was worried my bodily functions were going to shut down one by one. Thankfully for all of us, the Christmas break has come and maybe I can even fit in some blog posts (that'll make a nice change). Some new motivation is that I actually just bought a new camera, which is a tad snazzier than the old faithful. I'm still very much getting to grips with it but you should (fingers crossed) be noticing an increase in photo quality soon. Merry Christmas all you wonderful people, have a good one xxx


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Mini Autumn Lush Haul

It's the time of year again when Lush bring in all their autumn/winter stock, (which is my fave), so I decided to pop by quickly and pick up some things. I didn't go too crazy, but I thought I'd take some pictures of what I got anyway, partly due to the how photogenic a bag full of bath bombs can be. 

The first thing I picked up was Candy Mountain Bubble Bar which is a bit of a cult favourite - it smells like Snow Fairy shower gel, which I personally really like, though I know others find it a touch over powering. I love the sweetness of it. Oh and it's pink (bonusssss). I also wanted to try the Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic. I haven't actually used this one yet but it smells amazing. It's also got a really sweet scent, and the word on the street it that it turns the water different colours which really excites the child in me. I all got the So White Bath Ballistic which smells kind of like Apple Cider, which is a really nice, warm and comforting, but refreshing at the same time. They've also changed the formula so that it turns the bath water pink, instead of being colourless like it used to be. Dashing Santa had to make a reappearance, as did Star Light, Star Bright Luxury Bath Melt because, let's face it, I can't resist sparkly things.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Horizon Tries But it's Just Not As Kind On The Eyes

Being an inhabitant of central-ish London, greenery can seem a somewhat foreign concept. It's so nice to get away from the concrete sometimes, as much as the city dweller in me hates to admit. I often forget that there are green spaces in London. It's actually really nice first thing in the morning to visit a local park or nature reserve, whether it be for a brisk jog (not likely) or for Sunday brunch (that's more like it).

I also need to talk about my brand new Topshop Mom Jeans. Those who have been reading for a long time will know (or will have come to realise through sheer obviousness) that I hate jeans. Or, most jeans. I've got quite a bottom-heavy figure which I don't love, but I've kind of learned to work with. I know that body-con or skater silhouettes which hit about mid-thigh tend to work the best, as do skirts and dresses which highlight my waist. Jeans, however, have never really incorporated themselves into that library. Mom jeans, in particular, I've considered a bit of a no-no, ever since they remerged as a 'thing' last year or so. But after seeing them on so many people I thought I owed it to myself to at least try some on. I decided to buy them on two grounds: 1) They're actually surprisingly flattering (thanks, Topshop high-waisted section) and 2) I've kind of decided to give up caring how wide my hips look. 


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Glittering Crowds and Shimmering Clouds

One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is to just walk around the centre of town with no real purpose whatsoever. These are just some light-leaky photos Elena and I took on our meander around Covent Garden, hope you enjoy xxx

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?