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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Pumpkin Brownies




It's no secret that autumn is my favourite time of year, not just because of the colours and halloween but because it's an amazing time for food. I love all the comforting flavours that this part of the year brings, especially pumpkin. It's also no secret that I'm a sucker for sweet treats, and adore baking, although I must admit it's a hobby I've neglected for some time. In order to rectify this I thought I would combine my two favourite things.

You can never go wrong with a brownie, so I thought that I'd try my hand at baking some pumpkin, caramel brownies. They turned out pretty tasty, if I do say so myself and I love the way the marbling effect turned out. As they actually turned out to be quite easy to make, I thought I'd share the recipe in case you wanted to try and make this delicious treat for yourself.


Ingredients //

Chocolate Chips
Butter
Plain Flour
Baking Powder
Pumpkin Puree
Caster Sugar
Golden Caster Sugar 
Cinnamon
Eggs


Method // 

1.Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan oven.)
2.Line a square baking tin with baking parchment ( I didn't have any so used tin foil and it worked equally as well.) 
3. Melt 200g Chocolate chips with 185g Butter and then set aside to cool
4. Mix 3 eggs, 200g Caster Sugar & the cinnamon with the melted chocolate mixture.
5. Add 100g Plain Flour, 1 and half tablespoons Baking Powder & the Cinnamon into the mixture. 
6. Set aside 1/5 of the brownie batter and pour the rest into the baking tray and spread evenly.
7. Mix the pumpkin puree into a separate bowl with 2 eggs and a dash of milk (I used almond milk.)
8. Pour the pumpkin mixture on top of the brownie batter in the tray and spread evenly.
9. Make the caramel by melting 110g of golden caster sugar. 
10. Pour the Caramel evenly on top of the Pumpkin layer.
11. Using a knife, blend the layers together slightly creating a pattern, this will give the marble effect.
12. Cook for 30-40 minutes, until cooked through. 
13. Leave to cool before cutting. 
14. Enjoy these delicious gooey brownies. 






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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

This Week // 2


21.10.18

Happy Sunday

So, another week has completely flown by and I find myself back in my duvet sanctuary trying to piece together the happenings of the previous week; This week has brought with it some serious reflection and some very good food. 

I've been having some major thoughts this week about what direction I want to take my little space on the internet, and also my life in general. I've been battling quite a bit with self doubt about what I'm doing with my life and if I'm currently really where I want to be. So over the next few months there may have to be a little shift around, I think I've been plateauing for far too long.

As for the food, on Tuesday I went out for all you can eat sushi for dinner. When it comes to food, me and my friends go hard, and there was definitely a moment midway through the meal where the top button of my jeans definitely had to be undone. We had a lovely evening; eating, drinking Sake and just putting the world to rights. I can always count on these girls for the best advice.

Saturday's food choices were also Asian inspired, this time going down the Indian route, I went to Mowgli for some amazing Indian street food. The flavours were amazing, and the portion sizes were perfect meaning that you could sample so many amazing dishes, at really good value for money too. I will definitely be making a return to sample the rest of their menu. The evening led to much Prosecco being drunk, but thankfully not too much of a headache in the morning.

Hopefully next week will also consist of some more amazing food. 
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Sunday, 14 October 2018

This Week // 1



14/10/18

Happy Sunday

It's been a while since I've done one of these weekly update posts, in fact I think I've stopped and restarted them about 3 times; perhaps I can commit this time.

Today's catch up comes to you from the comfort of my bed, as it would appear that autumn is most definitely in full swing, and there's nothing more cathartic to me than writing to the sound of rain on the window.  This week has been pretty wonderful, I had a week off work and it was definitely a much needed break, I may have even had a lie in or two. Madness.


I started off the week with ramen and drinks, the most perfect combination, right? I had to stop by Shoryu to sample their limited Gudetama set menu, after just missing out on going last time. It was most definitely worth the wait, both aesthetically and from a taste perspective. At only £22 a head, it's an amazing value for money as you get a starter, ramen, dessert, drink & free cup and coaster. I will admit that the coaster may have been the main selling point for me.


After nabbing some free tickets, Wednesday saw us attend the BTS Love Yourself Tour at the O2, a really unexpected and amazing night. Those boys are super talented, they can dance, sing, rap and are also very easy on the eye. They put on an amazing show and we definitely left on a high, albeit with slightly sore throats and missing voices. I would 100% go see them again, and hope that they do come back to the UK soon, for now I'll just have to settle for Spotify sing alongs.

This weekend has very much been a life admin sort of weekend, I tidied, decluttered and was brutal when it came to sorting out my clothes -- 6 bags have been sent to be recycled. Outrageous that one person can own so many clothes. This is in a bid to reduce my input into fast fashion and will hopefully encourage me to stop frivolously spending and instead invest into more multi purpose fashion pieces. I've also meal prepped for the week, made all my to do lists and caught up on my blog posts.

I think it may now be time to curl with a film, a glass of red wine and then enjoy a hearty casserole and strictly. See I told you autumn was here.
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Sunday, 7 October 2018

It's been a while


I'm pretty sure that when this year started I'd committed myself to being the queen of content, and turning over a new leaf of organisation. 10 months into 2018 and I guess it's safe to say that didn't quite happen, I guess old habits die hard.

It's not that I've not wanted to write, in fact I've opened up the laptop countless times, staring at the blank screen and willing the words to flow out. The motivation was there, but I just couldn't muster the ideas. This year I've found myself battling with the type of content I want to create and how it would compare to that of others. The key word here being compare. They say that 'comparison is the thief of joy' and it couldn't be more true. It's strange because in my day to day life I don't struggle with comparison in the slightest, I like what I like and I'm not particularly bothered by what others think of me. When it comes to this space, however, it continuously plays on my mind. 

Over the last couple of months I've been doing some hard thinking about where I'd like to take this blog, and I've come to realise that I'm at my best when I don't overcomplicate. So we're taking it back to basics, back to the the content I like to read, back to the topics I enjoy, it's bound to be a bit scattered and all over the place, but that's me. It's going to be on my terms, what I want to write when I want to write it.

No more worrying about whether it'll match up to the work of others, no more empty promises and no more over committing. I'm just going to do my best. 

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Met Gala 2018

Fun fact. Some of the first things I ever posted on this blog way back when, involved celebrity fashion & looking at different award show and celebrity event outfits. One of my favourites to comment on was the Met Gala, considering that it's basically one giant, expensive fancy dress party with the most elaborate themes - it's safe to say it's right up my street.

So, perhaps it's time for a little throwback as I share my favourite looks from the 2018 Met Gala. 

The theme this year was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,' a demonstration of how religion, specifically catholicism and the artwork created based off it has affected and influenced fashion throughout the years. It's safe to that this theme had so much potential and the celebrities definitely took this in their stride and we witnessed a variety of looks ranging from holier than though to borderline blasphemy.


Amanda Seyfried wearing Prada

Amanda Seyfried is rocking this yellow gown, normally a colour that paler, blonde women tend to avoid (speaking from experience) but she looks absolutely amazing. The dress isn't the most intricate but the detail of the sleeving gives it a nice touch and makes it a bit more special.


Blake Lively wearing Versace

Blake Lively looks like an absolute goddess in this dress. She crushes it every year and this year is no exception. Her look perfectly encompasses the theme but also maintains a sense of classic glamour.



Emilia Clarke wearing Dolce & Gabbana 

Bow down to our khaleesi. Emilia Clarke looks incredible in this outfit, the dress is completely stunning but I love that she's created a full look using dramatic hair accessories and makeup. 


Frances McDormand wearing Valentino 

Now this is an example of what the Met Gala is all about - going all out and not giving a damn. Take notes guys.


Katharine McPhee wearing Georges Chakra 

I don't know how in keeping with the theme this dress is but she looks amazing none the less. The beautiful baby blue colour really compliments her hair. Sometimes see through dresses can go very very wrong, but this dress is definitely an exception - sexy and classy. 


Katy Perry wearing Versache

Anyone who wears giant angel wings are on to a winner.


Lily Collins wearing Givenchy 

I love that Lily Collins has taken the theme and made it goth as hell - a woman after my own heart. The dress itself isn't the most wow, but the hair accessory and her makeup really brings the look together. I love, love, love that red tear. 


Chadwick Boseman wearing Versache

I love when men actually make an effort to dress up for the theme, so many just cop out with a suit, but not this guy. He looks absolutely killer, like an absolute king. Wakanda Forever.


Jennifer Lopez wearing Balmain 

I'm not the biggest fan of the feathers at the bottom, but the embellishments at the top of the dress are a real stand out and make it such a statement piece. 


Ruby Rose wearing Tommy Hilfiger 

Ruby Rose looks absolutely stunning in this red number, she definitely rocks this colour. I actually like the simplicity of this dress, whilst it isn't stand out obvious of the theme, I can definitely detect notes of subtle symbolism that makes it fit so well.


Zendaya wearing Versace 

My number one gal Zendaya has crushed it yet again. Her Joan of Arc inspired look is an absolute masterpiece. She looks so stunning, but also so badass - she could definitely cut a man in half with those shoes.


Stella Maxwell wearing Moschino

I love the straight up and down design paired with the intricate embellishments, the look almost contradicts itself, whilst at the same time working together really well. I must say the way her long, flowing blonde locks are styled are the real winner for me. I have major hair envy.


SZA wearing Versache

Not the biggest fan of the boots, but the rest of the look is absolutely gorgeous. I love the pastel pink gown, it really compliments her skin tone and suits her so well. 



Taylor Hill wearing Diane von Furstenberg

I love this look because it encompasses similar designs of attire worn within the catholic church but is vamped up to look hella sexy, a delicious contradiction which makes this outfit both heavenly and sinful.


Tessa Thompson wearing Thom Browne 

I love this look, it's very simple and very chic. Not the most in keeping with the theme but she looks so fabulous that I'm willing to brush over that. Her makeup is a really winner for me also.

It's so hard for me to pick an absolute favourite look, but my top 3 would have to be from Blake Lively, Zendaya & Chadwick Boseman. 

I'm not going to sit here and be a keyboard troll and slate the outfits that I don't like, I like to think I've had some personal growth since the days when I used to make fun of the outfits that I thought were terrible, at the end of the day it's not my place to judge, if people are happy in what they are wearing then that's all that matters.

What I will say is that I do find it a little bit disappointing when a theme is made and people make little effort to partake. With situations like this it's not like money is an issue, or there's a worry that you'll look a fool. It's literally the point, all I'll say is that if I ever got the opportunity to end the Met Gala I'd be all over that, like I'd give Queen Rihanna a run for her money, just saying. 

It's nice to be back into the blogging world, it's most definitely been a while. What an extra nice way to come back by talking about one of my most favourite topics, crazy fancy dress fashion.

What were your favourite looks?


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Sunday, 18 February 2018

January Favourites.


Wow, I told myself I was going to really try this year to keep on top of my favourites posts, it would seem I continue to bring my bad organisation habits into 2018, I guess new year, new me doesn't actually work...Who'd of thought?

Anyway, here's my belated January favourites, it's a short one this time round as after Christmas I was pretty much skint and therefore wasn't able to buy and try new products. However, the ones I did try, I've really enjoyed and as such will be sharing with you. now. let's go.

Starting with the beauty items, first up we have the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. I actually picked this up at duty free when I went on holiday just before Christmas, I don't know If I'd necessarily have gotten it normally, but because it was slightly cheaper and I fully had that treat yo' self holiday mentality, I picked it up. I've really liked using this foundation, the coverage is so good, a little really goes a long way with this product. I really like that it gives a really even and flawless coverage, it's perfect if you're going on a night out or have a long day planned because the foundation really stays put on your face, without being even slightly cakey. The only thing that is a slight downside is that the shade I have is way too light for me and gives off major Caspar the ghost vibes, but with powder & blending it is easy to cover.


Another makeup item I was absolutely loving during the month of January was the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. This is one of THE most raved about products, and I was so excited to finally give it a try. In the past I've found it really difficult to use pen liquid liners before, because their wasn't very good precision and because they can dry out quickly. This liner might have converted me back to the ways of liquid eyeliner, it is amazing. The tip is really thin so it gives a good defined flick, but is also thick enough to be able to fill in the lines. Since getting it the tip hasn't lost it's shape or split in anyway at all, it also hasn't dried out which gives it a massive thumbs up from me. The thing I love most about this product is that it glides on so easily, I have quite hooded eyes and have found that some liquid eyeliners can pull on my lid and create an uneven line, this didn't do that in the slightest, it was so smooth and easy to use.



The last kind of beauty/cosmetic/haircare product is a hair dye, obvs because I am like a hair dye addict - also because finding the perfect grey hair dye is actually harder than I thought it would be. Arctic Fox's grey dye Sterling has been doing a pretty good job though. I'd been wanting to try Arctic Fox hair dye for ages and I finally got round to doing so and I am 100% a convert to the brand now. I love how much product you get in a bottle and a little really goes along way, it's a really good consistency which helps to make sure that it goes well onto the hair to give good coverage. The colour itself is a really nice silvery/dark grey, which is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. I am really loving this brand at the moment and quite wait to try more of their colours in the future, when I inevitably get bored of the grey.

Next up, we have a fashion item, these Yellow Tartan boots from Asos have literally changed my life for the better. Not only do they give off major clueless vibes, but they are so incredibly comfy considering how high they are and they are just so freaking fabulous. I love that they give me some much needed height. The thing I love most about these boots is that they can be dressed up for a night out but can also be worn more casually. A perfect all rounder. I'm so happy I managed to get my hands on them before they sold out. 

Last up, we have a film, it's one I've definitely mentioned before on this blog, but I'm still obsessed and can't stop speaking about it. In January it was the DVD release of IT.  It's safe to say I had to do about 1000 rewatches and I just still find it so great. I love that it had an amazing mix of horror and comedy, it was the perfect ode to the book and the original, but was also so fresh and made the story accessible for a new generation. The cast were so talented, I love how funny the kids are and how damn creepy my boy Bill Skarsgard is as Pennywise. Such a great film, if you've somehow have still not seen it yet then you must.

What were your January Favourites?




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Monday, 29 January 2018

Favourite Creators // January 2018

2018 for me is the year of love and positivity, and what better way to express that, than by sharing the love to all my favourite bloggers, vloggers and content creators. I'm going to try and make this a monthly series to spread the positivity and show support for my favourite people. Because if you want good things to come your way you have to be willing to show goodness to others... I feel like that's some fortune cookie shit, but you get the drift.

For January it is time to share the love for all my favourite alternative bloggers, so you best get following.




Robyn // Midnight and Lace

By day Robyn is the cool goth teacher I wish I'd had in school, and by night she is taking over the blogging world by storm. 

Talking about a variety of subjects from alternative fashion to true crime, there really is something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed her 'dating in 2017 is a joke' post. Robyn has the most amazing style and rocks it with such confidence and self belief. 

With amazingly well written content, constantly improving photography and a killer cat eye flick, this girl is 100% going places. 


Jess // Foxxtailz

Jess is one of my favourite bloggers out there at the moment and 2017/2018 really seems to be her year, and it really couldn't be more deserved. 

With the most wonderfully colourful wardrobe inspired by Japanese fashion her photo's literally look like art. If I could steal anyone's wardrobe it would most definitely be hers. 

Jess is a huge advocate for embracing personal style and she most certainly rocks hers, and as a fellow hair dye fanatic, she's definitely a girl after my own heart. She seems like one of the most down to earth individuals and really deserves all the success that I have no doubt will be coming her way. 




Jess // Heart Shaped Bones

When I first discovered Jess she was rocking the most amazing green/blue hair, and I knew straight away that she was a girl I needed to follow. She has the most wonderful sense of style and her outfit posts are always insanely on point. 

Her personality absolutely shines through her writing and her Youtube channel is up there with one of my favourites as she just comes across as such a real and genuine person.

Not only a great blogger, Jess is an incredible artist with her own online shop. I own countless prints of hers, I love her art style and her quirky subject matter. 


Belle // The Hairy Potato 

Breaking away from solo blogging, Belle has set up a new blogging collective for opinionated, passionate women to come together and share their opinions on whatever they damn please. Still a fairly new venture, but one I'm super excited to witness unfold, and also grateful to be allowed to participate in. It's definitely going to be one to keep any eye on.  

Belle is one of the kindest and funniest people I have ever met, a gem of a human and a wonderful friend. 

 It's safe to say she also has one of the most fabulous senses of style I have ever encountered. 

Maria // Life With Maria / LilColourFreak 

I very much believe that 2018 is going to be a big year for Maria and it will be so deserved.

 This girl is such a talent, her love for Halloween rivals my own and her content always has an element of the spooky season, which I am 100% here for. 

Maria's makeup skills are off the charts and that mixed with her creativity creates some of the most beautiful, creepy and fascinating looks I have witnessed. 

I love her quirky style and I'm extremely jealous of her fabulous wig collection.

 BLOG // YOUTUBE // INSTAGRAM // TWITTER


Meg // Mystic Mogwai 

Meg is such a fabulous human, she has the most beautiful smile, the warmest heart and a dazzling personality. 

 Every time I watch one of her videos my mood is instantly lifted. 

Meg's outfit photo's are some of my favourite's, I love her sense of style and her backgrounds are always so great. 

Her photography skills are amazing, and really deserves serious recognition for her beautiful photos, because she really is such a talent.



Make sure you go follow all these fabulous ladies on all their social platforms otherwise you may regret it. They are all such fantastic women who ooze creativity, skill, talent and drive. You better keep an eye on all of them because they all have the potential to do really big things.

Who's content were you loving during the month of January?
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