Sometimes I just get in the mood to bake but just want something quick, simple and more importantly yummy! These cookies have been my go to bake of choice as of late and they go just as quickly as they take to make.
Kimono: New Look | Playsuit: Forever 21 (Similar Here) | Boots: ASOS (Similar Here) | Bag: River Island
What a whirlwind week it's been! I've been rather busy over the past week with work, seeing friends and welcoming Sean home from a 220 charity bike ride (proud girlfriend alert) that it almost feels a lifetime ago that I turned the big 23.
Unfortunately as of last Monday, I can no longer sing along to Taylor Swifts 22 which makes me very sad but I did have a lovely day which included a meal with Sean at Jamies Italian in Bath. I thought this was the perfect occasion to wear my new Kimono from New Look and also pair it with this Forever 21 Playsuit which I picked up in the US earlier on in the year. I even had another attempt at the milkmaid braid and I was quite happy with the results.
Little did I know Sean and my friend Alex had arranged for some of my friends to join us as a surprise which was so lovely and we spent the evening feasting on lovely Italian food (just thinking about it is making me want some bread and olive oil), finished off by THE biggest chocolate cake. I may be 23 now but you are never too old for birthday cake...
The jury is still out on the hair scrunch but I personally love them and like it or not, they are all over the high street! I decided to give it a go at making one myself and I must say I was pretty darn happy with the results. So if you want to rock a power ponytail or cool top knot try this quick and easy DIY a whirl.
You will need
60 x 14cm Piece of Fabric
30cm of Slim Elastic
Needle and Thread
- Place your piece of fabric wrong side down. With the wrong sides facing each other, fold 1cm over on both sides of the short fabric and press them both flat. Then fold the piece of fabric in half lengthways with the right sides facing each other. Press this and then pin in place.
- Sew along the long edge of the fabric leaving a 1cm seam allowance, don't forget to backstitch on either end to keep it strong. Turn the piece of fabric inside out and you should now have a nice neat tube.
- Tie your piece of elastic to your knitting needle and then push it through the tube of fabric and grad both ends. Decide how long you want the elastic to be (you can use an old hair band for this) and then tie it in place using a couple of double knots.
- Overlap the ends of the tube and use a needle and thread to slip stitch the two layers of fabric together. Voila!
Ok, ok so I'm a bit late on this one but I really wanted to share with you a few things that I have been loving all throughout July. Firstly a few beauty bits. I bought my normal Elle magazine a few months ago and it had a sample of the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray in it and I just threw it in my beauty draws. Fast forward a few months and I can't believe I haven't used it sooner. A few sprays of this in my damp hair and I find that my hair is definitely fuller and holds its shape better. I even find it easier to restyle on second day hair than I did before. I'm definitely converted.
Speaking of converted, who would of thought that someone as pale as me would wear orange blush? But this MAC blush in Melba has become my go to blush. I love how subtle it is although it can be built on for a more stand out colour.
Last for beauty are these Barry M nail polishes in Huckleberry, Almond and Prickly Pear. Clearly stand out colours have not been a thing of mine as if late but hey pastels are in this summer!
Now onto some non beauty related items. This shirt from ASOS has definitely been my go to top of choice. I love how oversized it is making it perfect to wear when your going out for a meal (what can I say, I'm a girl who loves bread!). Also, if you haven't noticed from this post and this post, these black sliders have been firmly stuck on my feet for the past month. Even though we've fallen out a few times (meaning I've had some horrendous blisters) they've finally been broken in and now they're one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I own.
I've wanted to try making something that I would wear for a long time and Love at First Stitch by Tilly Wales (you might recognise her from the first season of the Great British Sewing Bee) has given me the confidence to get going. So far I've completed a pair of pyjama bottoms and a little a line skirt (more of this to come) and now there's no turning back. But it's all well and good having these clothes, but if I can't style them, there's no point having them. Step in Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange. This has been another source of inspiration for me in skating up how I wear my clothes. I've also discovered the TV show, This Old Thing and is now a firm favourite. It's really inspired me to shop vintage more and try and DIY some of my old clothes into something sparkly and new.
Last and by no means least this totally cute list pad from Paperchase is my new way of keeping organised. I'm a bit of a freak for making lists (seriously, I write to do lists for lists I have to make!) and having a place to store all my lists in a place I can see is going to really help keep me and this blog organised (I hope!). And I need a snack whilst writing my lists and my new favourite chocolate bar (thats a hard thing for me to say seeing as I'm a die hard chocoholic) is the Cadbury Dairy Milk Lu. I could eat these little things all day. I'm actually going to eat this one right now....
I want to talk to you about a skincare product that I really love, but first I should probably tell you a little about my skin type. I have relatively normal skin but it can get a bit oily in the T-Zone. I also suffer with some pesky blackheads on my nose.
This product can be used in 3 ways; either as a wash, a scrub or a mask. This baby can do it all.
So what does the packaging say?
As a wash: It deeply cleanses to remove excess oil and purify skin.
As a scrub: It exfoliates dead skin cells and unclogs pores to dislodge blackheads.
As a mask: It helps eliminate excess sebum and mattifies the skin.
Now I personally don't use this as a mask but I can definitely agree with the top two points. It really does clean my skin and after using this for a few months now I have noticed a difference in the number of blackheads I get. I've also found that my skin doesn't feel so oil which is always a win! And the best bit? It cleans my skin without drying it. The microbeads gives you a gentle exfoliation without being harsh on the skin, which means my skin feels fresh as a daisy after every use.
I've been using this product most days for a while now and just a small dollop goes a long way. I really recommend giving the Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 a shot if your looking for something that makes your skin feel fresh, eliminates that oil and those blackheads.
Blouse: ASOS | T-shirt: Forever 21 | Shorts: River Island | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: Mango | Sunglasses: Topshop
The Perfect Sunday
Yesterday, Sean and I went to the Frome Independent Market which takes place on the first Sunday of every month from March - September. We've been quite a few times this year but yesterday was the best one yet because the weather was so nice! It was lovely walking round all the stalls in the glorious sun as opposed to the rain (yes we have done this...no we're not crazy).
You can literally find anything you want at this market from food to vintage furniture and little trinkets. I had the best sausage roll of my life thanks to Little Jack Horners, got some bargain silk fabric (£3 for a metre!?) and found the coolest soap shop ever (I'm looking at you Herbs on the Hill).
I decided it was the perfect weather to wear my new ASOS blouse as a kinda of jacket instead of buttoned up, it made the perfect little through over. I paired it with some little denim shorts and my most comfortable ASOS cut out shoes (Frome is a seriously hilly place!)
All in all it was a really nice day and I'd recommend a visit to the market to anyone in the local area
I love a good meringue in the summer. Especially when mixed with strawberries or raspberries. Theres just something about the sharpness of the fruit against the crisp, sweet meringue. It can be difficult to master the meringue technique, but once you have theres no end to the number of desserts you can make. Eton mess anyone? But careful, make sure you eat them once you've put the raspberry cream inside. Nobody likes a soggy meringue!