Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Fashion: Kate Spade Tiny Metro Watch


Meet my new favourite thing - the Kate Spade Tiny Metro watch. It is just perfection. Since buying my Kate Spade bag in May this year, I have been constantly looking at the website and basically wanting to buy everything! Everything on there is just so to my taste. 

Chris bought me this watch for Christmas, after a few not so subtle hints from me. I have really small wrists so the Tiny Metro (rather than the standard size) was far more suitable and I love it. 

You can buy your own watch from the Kate Spade UK website here.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Beauty: My Little Energy Box



January's offering from My Little Box is all about getting ready for the new year, and so aptly called 'My Little Energy Box'*. 

The contents of the box aren't as exciting as usual in my opinion but still pretty impressive. You receive their usual My Little World magazine (a great read) and a print with some motivational New Year words. You also receive a handy desk sized calendar which has some really cute pictures in it for each month- I'm going to be taking it to work.

The lifestyle gift is a good sized gym bag with a pretty print and a quote reading 'Good Energy is Contagious'. It's a decent bag although I'm not sure how much I will use it (am so not a gym lover!). There are three beauty treats - an energising mist from My Little Beauty, a lovely red shade of nail polish from Nails Inc and Talika Photo-Hydra Day cream. Talika isn't a brand I've heard of before so am looking forward to giving it a whirl.

My Little Box costs £11 per month plus £3.95 P&P. Subscribe here!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Beauty: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette



I got my hands on this little beauty a few weeks ago, when my brother's girlfriend went to New York and asked for any requests while she was out there. My Mum bought this early last year and although tempted, I decided to give it a miss as have the Urban Decay Naked palette. I quickly learned that this was just as much of an essential as the UD Naked palette as everytime I visited my Mum I would end up using this!

This is a dinky palette, filled with six matte neutral shadows and a handy mirror. If you are a newbie to make-up, or just want a small core collection of products then this is a great item to own as you can use it for all kinds of make-up looks. The shades can even be used as eyeliner, and to fill in brows!

I tend to use the first four lighter shades the most often, and the other two more for evening make-up. Just like all UD shadows, they are a creamy consistency and really easy to apply.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics is £22 from Feel Unique  - get it here.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Beauty: Christmas Beauty Additions


I wanted to share a few of the beauty products that I've received for Christmas as I love seeing what new additions people get after the festive season. 

I am well and truly equipped with bath and body goodies. My sister bought me a pink egg box filled with bath melts from Wild Olive. She'd picked them herself and they smell divine! As you can see, I made a schoolboy blogger error and have used one of them already (before photographing, uh oh!). I also received some bath salts from Chris' Grandma which are always used up so quickly in our house! 

My brother and his girlfriend spoiled me with goodies from Jo Malone and Molton Brown. The Jo Malone Christmas decoration set contained a mini English Pear & Freesia Body Cream and a mini Pomegranate Noir Cologne - I had been going on about how much I love this scent so am pretty happy to have a bottle for my handbag. They also bought me two Molton Brown festive baubles filled with shower gel, which smell lovely, along with a samphire scented bodywash.

Another present was one which I've wanted for so long - the original 'Stella' perfume by Stella McCartney. This is such an iconic scent and is so perfect for winter. It's classic and beautiful. I was so pleased to finally get my hands on this!


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Recipe: The Not-So-Green, Green Smoothie


When you put a smoothie recipe up on your blog, you want it to look beautiful and delicious. This sadly doesn't fit the bill, but it's full of good ingredients and tastes pretty good. I love the texture from the chia seeds and ground flaxseed, and the banana and blueberry provides the sweetness.

My parents bought my the Breville Blend Active (currently only £15.50 from Tesco) for Christmas and I have been using it non-stop ever since. It's the most convenient blender ever as you simply add the ingredients to the bottle, blend them up and then swap the blade attachment for the lid so you're ready to go! It also takes up hardly any space and has minimal washing up.

I'll admit that I am pretty rubbish at eating fruit and veg so smoothies have become the best way for me to get a good dose. I am going to start posting my favourite recipes and this is the first. I based it on the Ultimate Green Smoothie Formula which you can find here

Ingredients

Large handful of spinach
1 banana
A handful of frozen blueberries (I love using frozen berries as they make the smoothie cold, and are so much cheaper than buying fresh fruit)
1.5 cups almond milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1 tbsp chia seeds

Method

Simply add them all to the blender and get whizzing!

Would love to know your favourite smoothie recipes so let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Recipe: Brookies


What is a brookie? It's basically a mix between a cookie and brownie and oh my goodness, it is just divine. It's melt in your mouth, light, crunchy, chocolatey goodness. I made these twice over Christmas as they went down so well the first time - they are also really difficult to mess up which is a big thumbs up in my book!

All credit goes to Lily Pebbles - who first shared the recipe on her blog and YouTube channel - and who coined the wonderful word 'Brookie'!

The recipe makes quite a few Brookies so feel free to halve the amounts.

Ingredients


85g good quality cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
125ml vegetable oil (we used sunflower oil)
eggs
teaspoons vanilla extract
250g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
60g icing sugar

Method
1. Mix together the cocoa, caster sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then stir in the vanilla extract. Stir the flour, baking powder and salt into the cocoa mixture.

2. Cover dough and chill in the fridge for 4 hours (the first time I chilled it for 4 fours, the second time for 2 hours and both times they turned out delicious)

3. Preheat oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Line baking trays with greaseproof paper.

4. Pour icing sugar onto a plate and then spoon and roll the mixture into small balls, coating each one with the icing sugar before placing onto the baking trays. I found this bit the most tricky as the mixture kept sticking to my fingers! The best thing is to cover the mixture quickly with the icing sugar and it then becomes far more workable and easy to shape into balls.

5. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes and let them stand for a few minutes to cool.

6. Enjoy your Brookies!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Life: Instagram catch up


It's been a while since I've posted some of my Instagram snaps so thought I'd share some of my favourites from the past couple of months...

Mini pancakes in Greenwich Market// Covent Garden looking festive// Covent Garden Christmas Tree// First visit to Meat Market - the milkshakes are amazing!

Chocolates galore// finding a Paddington// a personalised birthday card for Chris- thanks to Polly for making it!// Lincoln Christmas Market

Mozzarella, tomato and avocado salad - yum// Cocktails with the girls// Brookies// love my brother and sister

A sprinkling of snow// Mmmm, cheese// Sheffield looking pretty// Back in London 

You can follow me on Instagram here.

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