Top 5 Favourite Cocktails

Hey Guys,

This weeks post is gonna be on my top 5 favourite cocktails (as the post title suggests).Personally I love a cocktail whether they’re virgin or the regular alcoholic kind. There’s something I find sophisticated about sipping a cocktail, it makes me feel like one of the Sex and the City girls! It was quite hard to whittle down the finalists but here they are Continue reading

My First Collaboration Post!

Hi Guys,

Sorry for the lack of communication for all my social media buddies out there, I’ve recently started a new job and my iPhone has decided to die on me! This weeks post will be a collaboration with fellow blogger Orianna Rosa Royle. If you haven’t already checked out her blog go have a look, she’s recently updated her blog (with a little help from moi) and its full of great recipes & beauty tips among other things! Continue reading

Way Back Wednesday

Hi Guys,

This weeks post is another Where? What? When? feature but with a take on the Throwback Thursday (all my instagrammer’s will know) except its Wednesday so I had to change it. Anyway I decided to take you way back to when it was my birthday and share with you what I wore, a few pics and the recipe for one of the delicious cocktails I made!

When & Where?

For my birthday this year (2nd of May, write it down so you can buy me presents next year 😉 ) I went to a cocktail making masterclass at Be At One in London Covent Garden.

What?

So basically you’re supposed to go into the bar (its closed to the public) and you & your group get to go behind and make 2-3 cocktails each. However we made friends with our teacher, by simply not pissing him off like most groups, and before I knew it I was hammered at 4pm. It’s safe to say we got our moneys worth, as we each made (and drank) about 5 cocktails plus there were a few shots thrown in too. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed making all the cocktails, I’d highly recommend it if you don’t know what to do for your next birthday!

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Me (left):
Tweed Playsuit – £27.50 Lipsy, Sheer Bomber Jacket – £55 Next, Green Strappy Bag – £20 River Island

Orianna (right): Floral Print Skort – Primark (similar here), Gold Leaf Necklace – similar here, Beige Top- similar here, Blazer- similar here

As for what I wore, I don’t really have many pictures that show it off properly (I have a post here). Here I am with fellow blogger Orianna Rosa slightly worse for wear after the cocktails. I wore my tweed Lipsy playsuit, tights (it was slightly colder then), wedges and topped it off with my favourite Next sheer bomber and bright green River Island bag. I loved wearing this outfit, I felt so comfy while not compromising on style, I even ended up clubbing in this later on that night and didn’t feel too underdressed! My nails I had painted the previous day for my birthday meal, inspired by this cute design I saw on Pinterest. I used Barry M Silk Nail Effects in Mist as a base and picked up some pearl studs at my local craft shop. I had originally planned to go get my nails done (it was my birthday and I was feeling lazy) but after being told they couldn’t do it by FIVE different nail shops, I got the hump and decided to do it myself. I have to admit this is extremely fiddlier than it looks and after completing one nail I decided one per hand was more than enough!

The June Bug

How to Make a June Bug - IngredientsHow to Make a June Bug - StepsImage for cocktail making graphic taken from Tesco, Topshop, Pinterest & Bols.com

Have you tried a June Bug? What do you think?

Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

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J’adore Paris

Bonjour!

So as promised this is the other half of last weeks post showing my outfits from my break in Paris! They say a picture speaks a thousand words so I’m going to let my snaps do (most of) the talking!

What I Wore

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Ok so my outfit for the first day of sight seeing I wore my black long sleeve crop top with my striped River Island skirt & flats. I chose this outfit as a mix of practical & stylish. The skirt being stylish with the top & flats being the more practical element for the cold London morning and busy sightseeing. I love this outfit and got a lot of compliments on my ‘jupe‘ or skirt in English. The only problem I had with this was that the top, although perfect for the cold 6am London start, was not so great in the bright sunshine (still you can’t complain).

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Top: H&MSkirt: River IslandShoes: Primark ~ Sunglasses: River Island

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Dress: Florence + Fred ~ Clutch: Miss SelfridgeShoes: New LookBelt: Lipsy

For the night I chose this adorable pale pink dress. I love the sheer panel detail to the top of this dress and felt very sophisticated & lady like wearing. My favourite part of this dress though is that it was for the bargain price of £10 from Tesco of all places! I added a black belt to break up the block colour, a clutch and heels to dress it up more.

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20140519-124119.jpgOn my second day of sightseeing I picked out this River Island drape back top with my leggings, cut out ankle boots & statement necklace. I had originally intended to wear my black skinny cords with this top but opted for leggings instead as they were more comfy and breathable for the sunny weather. The top was perfect for the sunshine as there was a nice breathe on my back and teamed with my top knot I felt très chic!

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How I Accessorized

As well as my outfits I thought i’d share with you a few of the finishing touches I added. Firstly let talk about nails. I decided on having a monochrome nail so that it went with all my outfits and couldn’t resist doing something a little bit different. I chose to do a white triangle half moon to contrast against the black and give my nails a bit of wow factor!20140519-124053.jpg

I recently received this amazing clutch bag from a friend as a belated birthday present and decided to pair it with dress for a extra pop of colour. I knew I wanted to bring a clutch bag with me originally and this one is perfect as its slightly more complicated to get into, compared to my other clutch bags. For the jewellery I kept it simple for the night and just wore my Marc Jacobs watch, as I thought the sheer detail to the top of the dress would be distracted from with a necklace.
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Seeing as I was visiting Paris I thought it was time to discard my old tattered phone case and put on my new Kate Spade cover. If I’ve got a new outfit, why shouldn’t my phone get one too! I love these case because not only do they look good but they actually protect my phone too. This is my third case of hers and being the mega clutz that I am, these cases have kept my phone in almost new condition (even after dropping it face down on the bathroom floor).
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Although I already mentioned these shoes in my last post, I thought that I’d share with you a picture of what they look like on. These bad boys were super comfy until about 2pm, when my feet decided they no longer wanted to live anymore after walking around half the city. However, I’m pretty sure I could have been wearing slippers and my feet would have had enough by then, I still love these!20140519-124044.jpg

Where I Went

Along with all the tradition and mandatory sightseeing stops such as the Eiffel Tower & Louvre I also did a few things not on the list. One of the first things I insisted on doing was sampling my first ever macaroon. Now I know this bandwagon started ages ago but I was never really interested and must admit I thought they just looked a bit like the colourful krabbie pattys in that spongebob episode. Being in France though I thought if ever I was going to try them this should probably be the place to do it, so I stumbled across this adorable little patisserie and picked myself up some. Can I just say they are delicious, the hazlenut ones are by far my favourite (the picture below is of a mega sized one I purchased on my second day) but I definitely prefer them in their smaller sizes.

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As the weather was so beautiful we decided it would be rude not to have an alfresco lunch in the park. We picked up a selection of various meats & cheeses, along with a baguette & a couple of retro themed drinks. This was such a lovely idea and I would totally recommend it to anyone who is visiting Paris, especially if the weather is right or you’re on a budget. 20140519-124101.jpg

 

Anyway before I end up blabbing on for days about how much I enjoyed my visit and how beautiful the city is I’ll leave you with a few snaps of my trip instead.

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Have you visited Paris? Do you love it as much as me?

 

Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

 

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It’s a Rocky Road

Hellooo,

I went out last night and my friend stayed at mine after, so I decided the morning after (aka today) we would have a girly afternoon making yummy treats & watching a movie seeing as we haven’t seen each other for ages! The treat of choice was my favourite Rocky Road Bars, which are pretty simple and taste delicious. So I’ve decided to go for my second tutorial and show you guys how to make them :)!

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To start off you’re gonna need a few of the following things:
– 125g/4½oz soft unsalted butter
– 300g/10½oz dark chocolate
– 3 tbsp golden syrup
– 200g/7¼oz rich tea biscuits
– 100g/3½oz marshmallows (mini are better but big cut up are fine)
– 2 tsp icing sugar, to dust (if you want)20130921-200516.jpg Now of course you don’t have to use the exact same brands as me, any will do. It works better with posher dark chocolate (apparently) but I’ve just gone for Asda’s own, as I didn’t wanna spend a small fortune on stuff I don’t really like.
* After making these myself using this recipe, I would suggest change the quantity of biscuits to 100/150g and the chocolate to 400g. Also they are quite bitter using the chocolates I bought, so maybe go for a sweeter dark chocolate or do one 200g bar of dark & one 200g bar of milk to slightly sweeten it a bit! *

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First off (after hand washing of course) break up your chocolate into small pieces, don’t get too OCD you’re just gonna be melting it in a sec anyway. Do the same with the butter, its way easier to melt smaller pieces as opposes to a huge slab! If you went for big marshmallows, like me, you might as well cut em up now save your chocolate waiting later.

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Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan over a gentle heat (aka warm enough for it to melt but not so high it burns after a few seconds). Remove from the heat, scoop out about 125ml/4½fl oz of the melted mixture and set aside in a bowl. This is gonna be for the top, you don’t have to be too precise, you just want to leave the majority in the saucepan!

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Stick your biscuits into a sandwich or freezer bag (something you can close) and whack the hell out of it with a rolling pin. This works especially well if you envision someone you don’t like but don’t go too mad we want a few crumbs but mostly some pieces of biscuit left over.

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Tip your recently crushed biscuits into the chocolate mixture in your saucepan, folding them in with a figure 8 movement. Add in your (now mini) marshmallows and stir.

Next pour the mixture into a 24cm/9in square baking tin (don’t freak if it not the right size as long as the mixture fits in your good pretty much). Smooth the top with a wet spatula, make sure it’s wet the chocolate is less likely to just stick to it.

Now cover the top of the mixture with the rest of the chocolate we put aside (remember that? Hope you haven’t just eaten it!) and then with another, or the same but cleaned, wet spatula smooth the top so that it’s even and looks prettier.

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Whack the tray in the fridge for two hours or overnight (if you can wait that long). I would suggest covering with cling film, you don’t want it to taste like everything else that in your fridge!

Finally cut into pieces, about 24 squares or less if you want greedy size chunks, and dust with your icing sugar if you really want. Voila, done! Enjoy your yummy treats, try not to consume the majority of them yourself (like moi) I wouldn’t say they were exactly diet friendly!!

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Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, let me know what you thought or if you’re going to give them a go yourself!

Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

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