Thursday, February 28

Instragram: February

{New side parting}
Oh Instagram how I love thee! Instagram is such a great way to document what you're up to day-to-day, weather it's drinking a cup of coffee or you're just bored. I love being able to see what my friends are up to, especially if they live far away and I'm missing them. It's also a great way to follow other bloggers, keeping up to date on the fashion shows and what-not. So I have picked a few of my favourite snaps from February - feel free to follow me {here}.
{Starbucks Raspberry Frappuccino whilst catching up with my friend}
{Indulging in Soap & Glory}
{Pop of red lipstick for Valentines}
{Mother & Son: Gwen & Dexter snuggling on a cold day}
{Snippet of my outfit whilst commuting to University}

Wednesday, February 27

Designer Look of the Month

 
Indulging in my favourite designer brands and new ones I have discovered in always a great pasttime, this month I felt it was appropriate to assemble items which had pops of colour in order to brighten those otherwise grey days. I have to say, the Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats have been on my list for a while as has the Reed Krakoff bag - both great for university! I couldn't resist the Tomas Maier shorts, the yellow is so bright so lets be honest; who couldn't!? I can't wait to be able to step outside in shorts again; March better had brighten up a bit - here's hoping the weather will improve!
 
Which is your favourite item?
 



Tuesday, February 26

Bulging Brownies

Step by step guide to creating these little treats:

75g (3 oz) plain dark chocolate
75g (3 oz) butter
2 eggs
25g (8 oz) golden caster sugar
100g (3 1/2 oz) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Melt the chocolate with the butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering hot water
Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is pale and creamy. Stir the melted chocolate in to the egg mixture. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and fold together. For a seasonal spin, we added 3 roughly chopped Crunchies.
Grease a 20cm (8inch) square tin and line the base with a non-stick baking paper. Turn the mixture into the tin and bake in a preheated oven, 190'C (375'F) Gas mark 5, for 25 minutes until the brownies are firm on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then cut them into squares. 
To add a twist to our chocolate brownies, we added a bar of milk chocolate to soften out the harshness of the dark chocolate. (Again this is optional)
Warning: these bad boy brownies are highly addictive and attack the thighs. Eat with caution.

Monday, February 25

Fashion Season

NYFW:
NYFW hosted some of the greatest designers' fashion shows, with numerous designs and styles, I selected two of my favourite designers and their amazing looks. DVF always creates beautiful clothes, yet when I saw this I fell totally in love with A/W looks as they are so accessible to wear on a daily basis and have very flattering cuts. The patterns give these outfits an all-year-round look, with them not being restricted to only one season. Next it was DKNY, this is a complete opposite to what DVF showcased, but I have to say, I really love this Sport Luxe design, it is very reminiscent of Stella McCartney AW 2012. I especially like the bold colour contrasts and the flamboyant arms.
 
 
LFW:
 
LFW was short and sweet, yet the British fashion designers showcased simple, yet elegant pieces, with sharp silhouettes, and bold cuts. There was great emphasis on outerwear, being Britain, these are the essential items needed to survive the cruel weather. And what better way to tackle harsh weather conditions, that with gorgeous coats and jackets?! Burberry Prorsum received great acclaim for the designs, a modern twist with a seductive elegance. I personally loved the prints and the bold gold belts fastened over the trenches. As for Mulberry, I let out a deep sigh when I looked over these designs, I must say that I have an obsession with Mulberry - for me Mulberry can do no wrong. This fashion show was absolutely wonderful, a whimsical, British garden feel to it and the pastel shades and Chanel like boucle jackets are so sophisticated. I must say that I absolutely adore the trousers which are cropped, and the oversized coats. Winter 2013 can't come soon enough now!
 
What was your favourite designer throughout the fashion season?



Sunday, February 24

Monochrome

{River Island Blazer, Topshop Silk Tank (similar here), Miss Selfridge Jeans, Tiffany Ring, Michael Kors Watch (similar here), Kurt Geiger Boots, MAC 'Snob' Lipstick & Mulberry Bayswater}
Although I am usually wearing pastel colours and dark blue skinny jeans, I decided I would mix things up a bit and go for a monochrome palette. Monochrome is making a come back, with the likes of BeyoncĂ© wearing a monochrome playsuit at the Grammys, which I personally adored. I mostly kept this outfit simple, wearing a pair of boots to give the look a more put-together feel. I absolutely love the blazer, this was almost a steal at the price I got it for in the sales, the bold black lapel really gives it a futuristic look. Oh and how could I not wear my Mulberry Bayswater?! This baby is beautiful and goes with absolutely anything. Such a simple look with a pop of pink on the lip, yet then again less is more!

Saturday, February 23

This Week

{Admiring the beautifully colourful Stella McCartney designs}
 
To be honest, this week has been amazing, I have been keeping myself very busy with the blog, going to the gym to keep fit, snuggling up to B and meeting assignment deadlines. The weather has started to drastically improve, I've been able to leave the house everyday this week without and umbrella which; believe me, does not happen frequently! Yet I still find time, despite the better weather, to stay inside watching Breaking Bad with B whilst drinking a hot cocoa. I am so happy it is the weekend though - B and I have got plans to go for a bike ride and do some cooking - oh and of course being glued to Breaking Bad! 
{My new and first MAC lipstick in the delightful 'Snob' shade. I will be doing a review on this later in the week!}
{Absolutely loving this month's ELLE magazine & my new nail style with the cuticles two different shades of Chanel (here & here)}
{Enjoying a delicious cocktail, this is the best way to catch up with friends!}
{Mesmerized by my new lights in my closet and bedroom}
 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with happiness.

Friday, February 22

High-Street Look of the Month

 
You can probably tell that I am getting very excited for the warm weather to come with Spring around the corner. So I have collected my favourite items which are on my wish list for this Spring. I love being able to wear less layers, wearing silks and summery fabrics and colours. I have orientated the whole outfit around the skirt as I believe that this should be the statement piece - I love the unusual colour combinations.
Which is your favourite item?


Thursday, February 21

Sequined Shoulders

{House of Fraser Sequined Top (similar here) & H&M Skirt}
 
Probably one of my favourite looks, is something simple with detailing on it, such as the sequined embellished shoulder pads on this black jumper. Detailing gives an outfit character, making it unique and original. This top can pretty much go with anything, yet I opted to wear a black body-con skirt to give the illusion that it is in fact a dress. To accentuate the shoulder detailing, I loosely tied my hair back in a ballet styled bun and I kept my make up to a minimal; letting the shoulders do the talking.


Wednesday, February 20

Beauty Bargain #2

 
If you know me, then you will be aware that I am a big fan of cheap and cheerful beauty products which not only spare me some pennies, but also are great quality. This Johnson's Face Care Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Wash does exactly what it says in the name and more. This facial wash has exfoliating particles which scrub out any pollution and lingering make up, leaving your skin feeling fresh and smooth afterward. Being a University student and having to commute daily into the big city; I am in love with this product as it totally eradicates any dirtiness from my pores. It's also really simple to use and can be applied daily, which is great. To be honest, if it wasn't for me discovering the Johnson's Day 24 Hour Face Care with SPF 15 (recent post here) moisturiser, I would never have thought to try Johnson's skincare range; but there is no turning back now. Johnson's products are always easy on the skin, not irritating or dehydrating; definitely perfect for anyone with dry skin! So lets just say I am obsessed with these products and have my beady out for more Johnson's skincare products.
{Firstly, wash your face with warm water, leaving it damp for the application of the Johnson's Face Care Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Wash}
{Rub in the product, getting into all of the sections prone to breakouts}
{Wash face again in order to remove all of the Johnson's Face Care Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Wash and then dry the face}
{Soft, clean skin. Now all I do is apply the Johnson's Day 24 Hour Face Care with SPF 15}

Tuesday, February 19

Millionaire Shortbread

{Mm delicious - all the different layers}
B and I decided to make Millionaire Shortbread as he absolutely loves them so we thought we'd give it a go. They are actually relatively easy to make, cooking the caramel is probably the hardest part; but this recipe allows for you to spend time on each of the three sections of this divine treat.
 
Ingredients:
- Shortbread:
   -250g plain flour
   -75g caster sugar
   -175g butter (softened)
- Caramel:
   -100g butter/margarine
   -100g dark brown sugar/muscavado sugar
   -2 x 397g cans of condensed milk
-Chocolate Topping:
   -200g plain/dark chocolate, broken into pieces.
 
Shortbread:
Mix the flour and caster sugar in a bowl.
Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Knead the mixture together until it forms a dough, then press into the base of the prepared tin.
Prick the shortbread lightly with a fork and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes or until firm to the touch and very lightly browned.
Cool in the tin.
 
Caramel:
Measure the butter, sugar and condensed milk into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring to the boil, stirring all the time, then reduce the heat and simmer very gently, stirring continuously, for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened slightly.
Pour over the shortbread and leave to cool.
 
Chocolate Topping:
Melt the chocolate slowly in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
Pour over the cold caramel and leave to set.
Cut into squares or bars.
 
Millionaire Shortbread:
{Three different textures make a scrumptious combination.}
{Perfect to serve when you're having friends over.}