Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Fashion | Christmas Jumpers - Pickle's Picks

Novelty knits


Everyone loves a Christmas jumper, whether they be tacky, traditional, naughty or nice. They've become particularly popular in the last couple of years due to the Christmas charity campaign by Save The Children. Friday 13th December is this years Christmas Jumper Day, so I thought I'd share my top of the tops (see what I did there?!) with you!





Monday, 9 December 2013

Lifestyle | The Christmas Tag 2013

It's beginning to look like Christmas....!!


It's literally just 15 days to go until CHRISTMAS!!!! Wahooooo!!! I love this time of year and have been looking forward to blogging all about the build up since I started blogging this summer! Sadly, I've had a couple of mega busy weeks so am only getting round to posting some festive fun now. I've seen this tag (started by Rebecca at Flores Y Moda) doing the rounds on several blogs, and decided it would be a great way to kick off some Christmas craziness!




Friday, 29 November 2013

Lifestyle | Restaurant Review - Hawksmoor Air Street


It has become tradition for my boyfriend and I to treat each other to a really good steak dinner for our birthdays. I took him to Gaucho for his birthday last year (absolutely incredible – everyone needs to eat there!) and he took me to the smaller, independent, but still amazing Casa Milevo in February for my birthday. So when investigating where to go this year, I checked out TimeOut’s list of London’s Best Restaurants for Steak list and saw Hawksmoor’s four locations dominate spots 1 – 4 (Spitalfields, Air Street, Guildhall and Seven Dials).  I chose number 2 – Hawksmoor Air Street and was expecting great great things.




Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Midweek Manicure | Fake Tattoos – Paper Aeroplane Mani

High flying nails


So you may have seen last week I posted about the temporary nail tattoos* I was sent by faketattoos.org.uk I was super excited to try them out and start playing with some fun designs! I had planned to try out lots of different looks and show multiple here, but I was so impressed with the one I went with first, and it lasted so well, I didn't want to take it off! So I will do a mini series of designs to show you all the different looks I try out. Here’s number 1 – the classic Paper Aeroplane Mani!


Monday, 25 November 2013

Fashion | Accessorize Love / Heart Rings

I love my heart rings!


Rings are my all time favourite type of jewellery. I think they can totally transform not only your hands but an entire outfit. So when I was given an Accessorize / Monsoon gift card by my Uncle I knew exactly what I'd buy with it...MORE RINGS!!!


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Midweek Manicure | Little Mix by Collection - Perrie's Nail Polish

Move to get these nail polishes!


You may have seen at the beginning of the month that I FINALLY got my hands on the much coveted Perrie lipstick from the Little Mix by Collection range (review here). I instantly fell in love, and thought I'd have to check out the nail varnishes from the collection too. Last week I did a little Superdrug haul, and picked up Perrie's Nail Polish. Now would it capture my heart like the lipstick did?



Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Fashion | "Mimic Dance" Knee High Boots - Clarks

Classic Clarks, Beautiful Boots


What's the best thing about the miserable cold, rainy weather we've been having?! Its provided me with the perfect excuse to buy myself some new boots! Hurrah! And as winter is well and truly here, I thought  some new knee highs were in order! Enter these stunners I picked up from Clarks - the Mimic Dance boots.



Monday, 18 November 2013

Beauty | Nail Tattoos - Fake Tattoos

Fake tattoos, real cool designs!

I really love nail art, but often find my designs don't translate onto my nails quite as neat and perfect as they look in my head! So when the lovely people at www.faketattoos.org.uk offered to send me some temporary nail tattoos* to try I was really excited! Perhaps now I'll be able to pull off all the amazing patterns I see on Pinterest!




Friday, 15 November 2013

#OperationBlogger | Operation Christmas Child - My Shoe Box


Charity at Christmas


Last week I posted about #OperationBlogger, part of Samaritan's Purse UK's #OperationChristmasChild campaign, where you pack a shoe box of presents for an underpriveledged child. I have been busy shopping for all my gifts and wanted to share them with you all, before I take my shoe box to be shipped off.
 



 

  

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Fashion | Modalu Chantilly Cappuccino Grab Handbag - bought from TK Maxx

If it's good enough for Pippa Middleton...


I absolutely love Modalu bags. I have a couple (the shark coloured large Pippa bag, and a cappuccino coloured small Pippa grab bag) and they are beautifully made. The leather is soft and buttery, the detailing is exquisite and they are always set at a really good and affordable price point (especially their sale items - woah nelly you can pick up a bargain there!) So whilst browsing the TK Maxx website the other day, I was super excited to find that they now stock a selection of Modalu bags and purses. I just couldn't bypass this beautiful handbag which was a snip at only £80!



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Midweek Manicure | 6 New Nail Polishes

3 for 2, it'd be rude not to!


As you may have gathered, I'm a HUGE fan of nail polishes. And as I seem to find myself drawn into a Superdrug most days, it was no surprise that yesterday I cracked, and found myself taking advantage of their 3 for 2 across all cosmetics offer they currently have running. I picked up 6 new beautiful shades, and I'm a little bit in love with each of them!

 

 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Fitness | Ozeri Precision II Digital Bathroom Scale


No fail bathroom scale


As you may have seen last week, I’m embarking on a bit of a pre-Christmas fitness spree. I have been getting into very bad habits of eating lots of sugary snacks and doing very little exercise, and am keen to try and get myself a little bit fitter and healthier before Christmas (when I am quite sure I will spend lots of time eating lots of sugary snacks and doing very little exercise!) So when Moderna Housewares offered to send me an Ozeri Precision II Digital Bathroom Scale* to try out I thought it was the perfect time.
 


 

Friday, 8 November 2013

Lifestyle | Making Screen Printed Bags - Drink, Shop & Do

Happy National Sausage Week!


What a wonderful week eh?! I've been meaning to share my own designed screen printed bag for a while now, and thought when better to but during National Sausage Week! But how does a screen printed bag link to National Sausage Week I hear you cry?! Read on Pickles!

If you read my Liebster Award post, you'll know that I absolutely love sausages! (No euphenism jokes please!) They've been my favourite food since I was little, and I even named my favourite doll Sausages too (crazy child!) So when I went along to the amazing Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross for a "Make Your Own Screen Printed Bag" night, there was only ever one design I was going to choose! Now it's certainly not the neatest design ever (I never was very good at bubble writing!) But I do always get compliments whenever I use this bag! And it's so satisfying to be able to say I MADE IT :D

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Lifestyle | Pre-Christmas Health Kick

Witness the fitness



As you may have seen, I'm a MASSIVE fan of baking, and for the last 10 weeks have undergone my Emsypickle's GBBO Challenge- whereby I've baked along with the theme of each week's The Great British Bake Off. Needless to say, I've definitely eaten more than my fair share of sweet treats over the last couple of months and am not feeling my best! With 7 weeks till Christmas (wahooooo!) I really want to try and get a bit fitter and healthier before the Season of Overeating begins!



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Midweek Manicure - Barry M Matte Nail Paint - Vanilla

Vanilla, but definitely not boring


You may have seen a little while ago I picked up a couple of the new A/W13 Matte finish nail paints by Barry M. Well I couldn't wait any longer to give them a try, and decided to wear the gorgeous pale neutral shade Vanilla. The word "Vanilla" is usually quite a negative to me - as it makes me think of boring, unadventurous and plain things, however this is definitely not true of this lovely polish!



Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Final Week - Picnic Pie

Too good for a teddybear's picnic!


Well all good things must come to an end, and here is the last instalment of my Emsypickle's GBBO Challenge! I loved watching the final of the show, and it was clear quite early on which of the 3 final challenges I would try my hand at. A three tiered wedding cake seemed slightly excessive haha, and whilst I enjoyed watching the pretzel technical challenge, I fancied making something a bit more substantial, so Picnic Pie it was! I love a good pie me! I had a look on the BBC Good Food website and cane across the delicious sounding Chicken and Stuffing Picnic Pie and was sold!
 
 
 


Monday, 4 November 2013

#OperationBlogger | Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse UK

Charity at Christmas


Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst I love getting caught up in the festive whirlwind of frivolity, fun and overindulging, I think it's also an important time to think about those less fortunate than myself. So whilst investigating ways in which I can give back this year, I was very excited to find out about #OperationBlogger, part of the Samaritan's Purse UK's campaign Operation Christmas Child.

Operation-Christmas-Child-Operation-Blogger


Friday, 1 November 2013

Beauty | Perrie Lipstick - Little Mix by Collection

Purple power


If you follow me on Twitter (@emsypickle) you may have seen me hunting high and low to get my hands on the Perrie lipstick from the Little Mix by Collection range. As soon as I saw a picture of it in a magazine I knew I had to have it, and it seems I wasn't the only one as I couldn't find it anywhere! In the end I ordered it off the Superdrug website. But would it live up to my expectation?!





Thursday, 31 October 2013

Baking | Halloween Cookies

Spooktastically tasty!


Happy Halloween Pickles! What's everyone doing to celebrate? As well as playing with some truly terrifying nail art designs yesterday, I have also been busy baking! Halloween is all about eating some wicked treats, so I couldn't resist making these devilishly delicious sugar biscuits!




Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Midweek Manicure | Halloween Nail Art

Terrifying Tips


As we all know, I love getting in the spirit of things with a bit of nail art! So of course Halloween was going to be no different! There's been lots of designs floating around the internet so I thought I'd try my hand at it too! Now I'm not known for my amazing presentation skills, so some of them are slightly more fail art than nail art, but hey, it's the taking part that counts. Right?!



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 9 - French Week

Tres bon choux bun


Ooh la la! I'm not gonna lie, I was getting a little bit nervous watching the semi final of The Great British Bake Off - how on earth was I going to tackle any of the intricate, delicate delights they were knocking up in French week?! I really dislike fruit so there was no way I was going to try and make a Charlotte Royale! However, Ruby saved me from my panic by baking the absolutely delicious looking goats cheese, caramelised onion, walnut and rocket filled choux bun canapes. They looked amazing, so impressive, and combine some of my favourite flavours. Done! I then remembered the week 7 fiasco when I made some very below par profiteroles. Sigh! Would I (and my pastry) be able to rise to the challenge this time?!


 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Fashion | Mollie King & Oasis Collaboration - Loved By Mollie

Loved By Mollie Loved by Emsy


I’m a massive fan of British girl band The Saturdays (as you may have seen from some of my reviews of their gigs – here if you fancy a peek!) I love that the girls are becoming more and more successful, and becoming increasingly known for their amazing fashion sense - particularly my personal favourite (and ultimate girl crush) Mollie King! As well as having an Aspinal handbag named after her, Mollie has just released her own collaboration collection with Oasis called Loved By Mollie. Here are my top picks from the range:





Friday, 25 October 2013

Fashion | New Ballet Shoes - Topshop

Ballerina beauties


I know I always go on about it, but I just adore nude coloured accessories! I can't help it, I just think they look so so nice, and always look classically chic. Whilst browsing the Topshop website the other day I saw THE CUTEST little velvet blush coloured ballet pumps (left below) and knew I had to have them! And, well you can never buy just one pair of shoes, so I got another pair of leather look nude ballet pumps too!



Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Midweek Manicure | Models Own - Peacock Green


No wonder peacocks are so proud!

I've always been on the hunt for the perfect dark emerald green, so when I saw the gorgeously dark toned Peacock Green by Models Own I knew I just had to try it!



Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 8 - Free From

Wheat free but flavour full 


 
I really liked watching this Week 8's episode of Bake Off, as I know very little about and have hardly any experience of eating "free from" foods. I immediately got excited about what I would bake as it would be a completely new challenge to me. Desperate to have another play with bread dough, I decided to make Beca's amazing Spelt Flour, Potato and Rosemary Focaccia! Fingers crossed I could pull it off!
 


Monday, 21 October 2013

Beauty | Superdrug Beauty Haul

Superdrug, My Supershop


I have a serious obsession with Superdrug. No, seriously, it's bad! I just can't help but go in whenever I past one! Today was no different and I couldn't help but pick up a few little bits and pieces :)



Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday Book Club | Weight Till Christmas - Ruth Saberton

Now I can't wait for Christmas!


I love reading, I love Christmas and I love the idea of being slim! :) So when I was sent a copy of Ruth Saberton's new festive novella Weight Till Christmas* I was super excited, as it combines all 3! And I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but just look at how fabulously festive it is!


Friday, 18 October 2013

Fashion | Matalan #FashionFriday Winner Wishlist

My Matalan winning wishlist


A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a £10 voucher from Matalan as part of their #FashionFriday Twitter competition! All I had to do was retweet a message by @Matalan and I was randomly selected as the winner! Hurrah! Thanks Matalan :) I decided to show you a few of the items I'm considering spending my £10 voucher on.



Thursday, 17 October 2013

Lifestyle | Theatre - Punch Drunk "The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable"

Punch Drunk or KO'd?!

 
I'm a massive fan of alternative theatre, and much prefer a fringe performance to a mainstream musical. So when a friend of mine had a spare ticket to see the hugely hyped and highly rated The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable by Punch Drunk in association with The National Theatre, I jumped at the chance!

The Drowned Man tells of two love stories; one set inside the gates of a film studio, and one outside it, which mirror each other and show a spurned lover becoming increasingly paranoid and unhinged until they murder their cheating partner. William was deserted by Mary, and Wendy was destroyed by Marshall. Slightly confused? Me too! And having heard many stories about what would happen during this theatrical journey I began to feel slightly nervous and unsure what to expect as I approached the huge warehouse next to Paddington Station where The Drowned Man was staged. But I was sure it would all come clear once inside...

The Drowned Man


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Midweek Manicure | Nails Inc - Cadogan Square

Camel coloured nails to keep out the cold


The temperature in london has absolutely plummeted this week! Brrrr Autumn is well and truly here! I fancied something nice and cosy to warm my look up so went for the camel coloured Cadogan Square by Nails Inc.


 



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 7 - Pastry

Profiterole pandemonium


I am literally in love with profiteroles. If I could marry them I would. But as I can't, I have always dreamed of having a giant profiterole mountain at my wedding. So it seemed obvious what I would try and make choux pastry this week for my Great British Bake Off Challenge on Week 7 - Pastry!







































Monday, 14 October 2013

Beauty | New Make Up Bag - Primark

Beautiful beauty bag


Now I don't wear that much make up, opting usually for a sweep of mascara and slick of lip product. However, I do love buying new make up bags to keep all my bits and bobs in! So I was super excited when I spotted this gorgeous bag for only £3 in Primark!



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 6 - Sweet Dough

Dough-tally delicious!


Sweet Dough Week. The week I have seriously been dreading! I've never made dough before (having chosen the slightly tenuous scone for Week 2 - Bread) and wasn't really sure that I was up for the challenge. However, after the (surprise) success of my Quiche Lorraine during Week 4 - Pies & Tarts I was feeling a bit more spurred on. So spurred on in fact, that I decided to make one of Paul Hollywood's favourite bakes - iced finger buns!

 
 
 
 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Beauty | Eau de Parfum - Kim Kardashian GLAM


Klamour for the GLAMour



I am a MASSIVE fan of the Kardashians, so was pretty excited when I saw Kim’s perfume GLAM half price in Superdrug today! The 100ml bottle was reduced from £40 to £20 so I thought it was the perfect time to try it out!



Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Midweek Manicure | Breaking Bad Inspired Mani using Models Own

Sparkly blue for Walter White


Whether you watch it or not, you probably haven't managed to escape all the excitement and drama over the final ever episode of Breaking Bad being shown this week. Gahhh!! I LOVE THIS SHOW! No spoilers here I promise, just some special Breaking Bad inspired nails!


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 5 - Biscuits and Traybakes

Super simple, flap-free Flapjacks


 I haven't managed to catch up on my Bake Off baking yet, so this week I tackled Biscuits and Traybakes - delicious! How amazing was Christine's chalet clock tower?! I would love to try my hand at making something so beautiful, and will def be attempting a ginger bread house at Christmas (watch this space!) So in the meantime I decided to give traybakes a go! Having had lots of sweet treats recently I decided to make savoury red onion and cheddar cheese flapjacks.

 
 
 

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Fashion | New Look Black Cowboy Western Ankle Boots

Bootiful boots!


So anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a serious addiction to ankle boots. I just love them! They go with everything, can perfectly dress up, funk up or play down any outfit, and are also breathable enough so your feet don't swelter, yet cover your whole foot area to keep you warm and dry. What's not to love?!  Whilst on my ever present quest to discover new ankle boots I found these lovely black Cowboy Western Boots from New Look in the ASOS sale.



Friday, 27 September 2013

Beauty | Nails Inc - Luminous Red Gloss


White teeth and red tips


As we know I’m a big fan of nail varnish and I love it when I brands do limited edition shades, particularly when they’re given away free with another product! Nails Inc are particularly good for this, and I have lots of lovely shades in my collection which I've gotten as free gifts when buying InStyle Magazine and Diet Coke to name a couple. So I was over the moon when I went into Boots to buy some toothpaste and saw you got a free Luminous Red Gloss Nails Inc polish with every purchase of Colgate Max White One toothpaste.



Thursday, 26 September 2013

Beauty | Malibu Continuous Spray Dry Oil Spray

The quest for the perfect tan


As you may have seen in my earlier posts, I've just returned back from getting some late summer (or beginning of Autumn?!) sun in Lanzarote. Ever on the quest for the beautiful golden tan, I thought I'd give Malibu Continuous Spray Dry Oil Spray a try.



Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Midweek Manicure | Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint - Papaya



Tropical nails for tropical weather


Obviously this tropical weather was actually enjoyed in sunny Lanzarote, rather than dreary London where I spent the last week on my holidays! I wanted a really bright, fun colour to wear in the sunshine and chose Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Papaya.



Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 4 - Pies &Tarts

Quiche Lorraine and Pastry Pain

 
I’m afraid I’m slightly behind on my GBBO posts due to holiday fun, but I will try and catch up asap! This week I tackled Pies & Tarts Week – one I’ve been looking forward to and dreading in equal measures as I’ve never made pastry before and someone on the show always manages to have a soggy bottom disaster! Hilarious when watching the bakers from home, but how would I fare when tasked with the challenge of making my own Quiche Lorraine?!




Monday, 23 September 2013

Lifestyle | iTunes Festival - Ellie Goulding (22/09/2013)

 

New girl crush alert!

 
I finally won tickets to the iTunes Festival HURRAH!! I enter every year, but never win, so I was pretty excited to be given some this year to see Ellie Goulding at the Roundhouse on Sunday 22nd October. I’ve always thought of Ellie as pretty non-descript, a bit wishy washy and just “that one with the raspy voice.” and thought it would just be a pleasant but pretty samey gig. Oh my Jason Statham how wrong I was! She literally blew me away last night, at one of the best gigs I've ever been to!



Sunday, 22 September 2013

Lifestyle | Holiday Fun in Lanzarote

I'm baaaaaacck!!! 


Hola guys and dolls! Sorry for the little blogging / social media break, but I've been off sunning myself in Lanzarote for the week!



 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 3 - Desserts

Desserts = stressed backwards, forwards, EVERY WHICH WAY!!


So here we are at week 3 of The Great British Bake Off Challenge and it's Desserts Week! Now if you watched the show on Tuesday you'll have heard Mel and Sue say that "Desserts is Stressed backwards", which pretty much summed up my dessert week challenge! I had grand plans of making my boyfriend a trifle (he LOVES trifle!) but have had a bit of a manic week and time got away from me, the freezers and fridges in my local supermarket were all broken so couldn't get any ingredients, and in the end I made some 5-Minute Mocha Yoghurt Pots using a recipe card I'd picked up in Waitrose!



Thursday, 5 September 2013

Lifestyle | Restaurant Review - Cardigan Club Cafe, Tufnell Park


Tres ngon (Franco-Viet for “Very tasty”…well sort of!)


Cardigan Club Café has recently opened its doors in Tufnell Park so I decided to head in and sample their intriguing mix of French-Vietnamese street food! I’m a big fan of both French food and Vietnamese food, so couldn’t wait to see how a fusion of both would work!





Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Midweek Manicure | NYC New York Color - 112 Times Square Tangerine Creme

Tangerine Dream


With the sunshine making a welcome return this week I decided my nails needed a final burst of brightess too before summer disapears for yet another year. I found myself reaching for this NYC New York Color Long Wearing Nail Enamel in 112 Times Square Tangerine Creme. It's one I've had in my collection for so long, yet very rarely tend to wear, in fact I don't remember the last time I did wear it! I was little bit dubious when settling down to do my Midweek Mani - was there some forgotten reason why I never use this polish?




Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Week 2 - Bread

Get 'em quick, before they're scone!


Ooh blimey, week 2 and the bakers are already facing one of the toughest challenges - BREAD! Which means I too am facing it eek!! I loved watching the bakers make English Muffins, lovely loaves and wonderful wheats and thought they all did amazingly! I decided that as a bread beginner, having never actually made it, I would start with a simple dough design, and made Wensleydale Cheese Scones!


Monday, 2 September 2013

Liebster Award

I don't be-Lieb it!


I'm very excited today as I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Katie over at spotsandstripes99.blogspot.co.uk. Thanks Katie! The Liebster Award is a way to give new bloggers with less than 200 followers more recognition, help their blogs grow and let their readers know more about them.  The Liebster Award is a really great way of sharing and discovering new blogs and bloggers, and I'm very excited to be taking part! I love reading these posts on other people's blogs, so hope you all enjoy reading mine :D



Thursday, 29 August 2013

Beauty | Maybelline Baby Lips


My new favourite lip products!



I’d seen a lot of hype in the blogosphere about this product being released in the UK so thought I’d see what all the fuss is about! Tinted lip balms are my favourite way of adding some colour to my lips, as I often find standard lipsticks leave my lips looking dry, I hate getting my hair stuck in my lip gloss, and most of all, you don’t need a mirror to apply them! Perfect for a low maintenance Pickle like myself! So did Baby Lips live up to all the hype?



Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Midweek Manicure | No 7 - Lucky Lilac

Professional Purple!


I love love LOVE lilac coloured nails so when I saw this No 7 beauty on display I knew I had to have it! No 7 is not a brand I shop very often, as I usually go to Superdrug rather than Boots, and usually stick to £5 and under for nail polishes, unless they're from OPI. However I was having a nosey in Boots the other day whilst waiting for a friend and couldn't resist this little Lucky Lilac purchase!




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