31 Oct 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!! For some inspiration from Pinterest check out my Autumn & Halloween board or see above. I love how easily most of these things can be achieved like the iced hand or the mummy dogs. For some inspiration from my own Halloween party last weekend, see below (spider cupcakes, ghost meringues, witch fingers, creepy cake). Hope you all have a spookily, scary day!!





30 Oct 2013

Where'd you go Bernadette

Recently I was recommended to read Where'd you go Bernadette. Although I had previously been intrigued by the book cover which was popping up on adverts all over London, I never actually ended up buying it. Well, now I am glad I did. It is a little silly at times, but perfectly witty all the way through with some great humour, both light and a little more intellectual. It's the perfect holiday or travel read as it's entertaining, not too heavy and a good laugh. If you do read this book and turn out liking it, I would recommend these as well.

BLURB:

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum.
Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.
WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

29 Oct 2013

Creepy Halloween Cake

Last Saturday I celebrated my birthday and although I have been thinking about a cutsie pastel theme, I decided to go with Halloween inspired food and party decoration instead. My "creepy" red and green Halloween birthday cake was a hit with all my guests because it was not only soft, fluffy and moist but also totally delicious! Below you can see how to make one yourself, and if you are happier with cupcakes see here.

Ingredients: 300g butter (soft) - 300g caster sugar - 3 large eggs - 1 teaspoon vanilla essence - 2 teaspoons red food colouring - 200ml buttermilk - 300g self-raising flour - 1 teaspoon cocoa powder - 2 teaspoon baking powder
Icing: 50g butter - 100g cream cheese - 500g icing sugar - 3 tablespoons green food colouring
   
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
    
1) Whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, add the vanilla essence, food colouring and buttermilk (tip: if you don't have buttermilk, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to 200ml milk and leave for 5-10 minutes). Combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa in a separate bowl and add to the batter.
2) Divide the mixture into two 20cm baking tins and bake for 40-50 minutes at 200°C.
3) For the cream cheese icing (or buttercream frosting) beat together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly sift in the icing sugar and whisk all together. The icing sugar is very powdery and it is best to whisk it in gradually rather than all at once unless you want your entire kitchen covered in fine white dust. Add the green food colouring.
4) Take the cakes out of the oven and let them cool down.
5) Now place first cake on a dish and cover the top with about 5mm of the green icing using a spatula or knife. Place the second cake on top of this and cover the top as well as sides with the remaining icing. Decorate with sprinkles etc as you please. Done!!






28 Oct 2013

Autumn Uniform

Jacket - Snood - Jumper - Denims - Brogues

I haven't been around on the blog in ages, and thought that after these couple of weeks of radio silence, I'd share an outfit post to make things a little more interesting. What you can see above is basically my Autumn uniform and although I am clearly not wearing the entire outfit every day, one of the pieces is sure to make an appearance almost every day. The black patent leather Clarks Brogues are the latest addition to my wardrobe and they are the perfect A/W shoe. They go with literally every outfit - jeans, girly dresses and chic pencil skirts - and any occasion. On top of that, this particular model has a soft little cushion just under the ball of the foot which makes it super comfortable and easy to walk on for ages!! I am a huge fan!


4 Oct 2013

Black & Navy

1 Hat // 2 Bangles // 3 Bag // 4 Ankle Boots // 5 Navy Sweater // 6 Denims // 7 Scarf // 8 Umbrella // 9 Nail Polish
Only a few years ago wearing black and navy together would have been frowned upon, however, now it is not only acceptable but also on trend. Although I have always been wearing navy dresses with black tights, I am not sure about mixing the colours together in a normal jeans + jumper outfit. However, playing around with different pieces and then adding hints of gold here and there seems like a really good idea.

3 Oct 2013

DIY Vases

Photos here.
Displaying flowers around the house is always a great way of making it look more friendly, however, often vases look a bit mumsy of which I am not such big fan. Above are five very simples ideas to make any vase look more interesting and quirky without totally going over the top. I particularly like the gold leaf succulent pots which I found here. They are easy to make, don't cost the world and still look super special.

2 Oct 2013

Birthday Baking

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9
It's my birthday in just a few weeks time and I'm already thinking about what kind of food / snacks I can serve to feed my guests. Although I had a Halloween theme in mind since it's the last October weekend, I kind of also want things to look pretty (basically like all of the above). Pinterest is the ideal platform to gather ideas for any party theme and I have started collecting both orange-black and pink-purple recipes etc. I'll post some Halloween inspired food next week but what do you think? Should I go girly or halloweeny?

1 Oct 2013

Monochromatic

1) Black T-Shirt £27 // Black Skirt £150
2) Leopard Chiffon Shirt £49 // Black Denims £20
3) White Silky Blouse £57 // Leopard Skirt £62
Black and white are probably the two colours which I am drawn to the most when  it comes to clothes shopping and although I try to mix it up with pops of colour every now and then, the larger part of my wardrobe would not exactly be considered cheerful. Black and white are just so easy to combine, they always work whether casual or smart and you never have to worry about nail polish or lipstick colours clashing with your outfit. Recently I have tried looking for "more interesting" options of black and white clothing and particularly French Connection have a multitude of really beautiful Autumn pieces that aren't the usual monochrome. My absolute favourite is that leopard print blouse!! The textured black skirt is also extremely pretty and would make for a great Christmas outfit; combined with a simply black T it isn't too over the top either.