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.

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