Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Market Fun

This weekend, my sisters and I took a little road trip to Oxford were we had a girly sleepover. On Sunday we had a festive day wondering the beautiful streets of Oxford and doing a spot of Christmas shopping. There was an adorable Christmas market on the historic Broad Street, complete with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and a brass band. We had such a lovely day browsing the stalls and finding some amazing unique presents!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Festive Baking

So we've only got 7 days until my favourite day of the year, and I could not be more excited!
Today, my sisters, a friend and I were getting in the festive spirit with some Christmassy baking! The first cake we made was a chocolate sponge Snowman, covered in white chocolate buttercream, and the second one was a vanilla sponge Christmas tree covered in green buttercream.
As you can see from the pictures, baking in my house is mostly chaos!

Left to right:  Tabitha, Thea, Me and Marisa proudly posing with our cakes.

The Recipe:

The Sponge:
- 225g self-raising flour 
- 150g caster sugar
- 225g butter
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients together, making sure to sieve the flour, until ! Pour into baking tray. For the chocolate sponge, I added cocoa powder to the mix. You can add as much as you wish according to your tastes. Cook in pre-heated oven for about 25-30mins

The Icing:
- 225g icing sugar
- 110g butter
- white chocolate bar
- colour dye

Mix together icing sugar and butter until fluffy. After this you can add dye or chocolate if you wish. For chocolate icing, melt the chocolate and then mix into the buttercream.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Finally On Twitter!

So I have finally made a Twitter account for my blog! Here I will be tweeting about fashion, beauty and of course there will be some ramblings about my own life too.
I really love Twitter though, I think it's such a fun way of sharing your thoughts and interacting with people.

If you also have Twitter, comment your usernames so I can follow you guys!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Beauty Wishlist

I am a beauty product junkie, and probably already have way too much stuff as it is, but I love experimenting with new and different products. This year my Christmas beauty wishlist includes:

beauty wishlist
1. Benefit 'They're Real' mascara: I had a small tester version of this mascara, and absolutely loved it. It has done wonders for my naturally short, stumpy lashes!
2. Urban Decay 'Naked2' palette: I have only heard good things about this eyeshadow set, and have recently started to wear eyeshadow a lot more, so would love to try this out!
3. Benefit 'Erase Paste' concealer: I have heard mixed reviews on this one, but would love to try it out as I have always suffered from dark circles and need a thick concealer to cover up.
4. Clinique Super balanced foundation: For about 2 years, I have been using a MAC foundation, but recently I have found that I want a lighter foundation, and was recommended this one from Clinique.
5. Sigma Mrs Bunny Brushes: This is another product that I have constantly heard good things about! I am desperate for new brushes and would love to get these Sigma brushes. I have also heard that Real Techniques is a good, cheaper alternative though.
6: Duo Adhesive and MAC strip lashes: I know that they're not for everyone, but I am a big fan of false eyelashes. I usually buy cheap ones from drugstores, but I want a decent pair that will last. Duo is supposedly the best adhesive to use as its long lasting and durable; the last thing you want on a night out is your eyelashes falling off!

Is there any alternatives that you would recommend?

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Festive Knits

Christmas is my favourite time of year and I love going all out for it. This year, I am so in love with the awesome selection of festive jumpers available on the highstreet. From trendy fairisle patterns to cheesy knits, they have something for everyone, so you have no excuse not to be in a Christmas jumper! Last week I went shopping to find myself and my sisters jumpers. I found that my favpurite jumpers were in New Look and Primark, who went all out with there selecions, including jumpers complete with flashing lights and bells. I got myself two jumpers from Primark, one googly eyed Christmas tree and one Chistmas pudding jumper, both at £12.00.
Here a selection of the awesome jumpers availble now!

christmas jumpers

click 'Read More' to find out where to get these!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Timeless Fashion Icons of the Hollywood Golden Age

The period of 1927 and 1963 is know as the "golden age of Hollywood". Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, John Wayne, Clarke Gable, Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, to name a few, dominated the screens. This time period as gave us some of the most beautiful fashion. What really resonates from these screen idols and fashion icons is that they still are idols and icons, they really are timeless. 

Here are some of my favourite actresses from the time, all of which ooze the femininity and glamour of their era.

1: Ginger Rogers, most famous for her dance collaborations with Fred Astaire and her elegant film costumes.
2, 3: Katharine Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for nearly 60 years. She famously shunned publicity and refused to conform to society's expectations of women; she was assertive and independent and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so.
4, 5: Grace Kelly experienced a real-life fairy tale when she became the Princess of Monaco. She was renowned for her understated and simple style and elegant approach to fashion.
6: Most known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland favoured extravagant accessories, including pearls, feathered boas, and fur stoles.
7: Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman rarely wore make-up and was known for her natural beauty and carefully placed hair.
8, 9: Sex symbol and style icon Marilyn Monroe was known for her red lipstick, perfectly coiffed hair and winged eyeliner, and said that she never left the house without a pair of heels.
10, 11: Audrey Hepburn is ranked as the 3rd greatest female screen legend and her elegance and elfin beauty are synonymous with the Hollywood glamour. Ginvenchy designed Hepburn's personal ensembles, and the little black dress he designed, made famous by the film Breakfast at Tiffany's sold for £467,200, the highest price paid for a dress from a film and a sign of her legacy as a style icon.
12: Elizabeth Taylor is a true Hollywood legend. She was known for her extravagant outfits complete with diamond, plunging necklines and those distinctive heavily made-up eyes.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Hair Glamour

Hair accessories can provide the perfect extra touch of glamour to any outfit. These celebs show the many different ways in which you can do this. Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt keep it simple in jewelled headbands, whereas Sarah Jessica Parker and Nichole Richie go for more extravagant gothic accessories. Diane Kruger and Leighton Meester show how to wear pretty hair pieces and Mischa Barton rocks a more boho head piece.

From the top: Elle Fanning;  Sarah Jessica ParkerMarion Cottilard; Charlize Theron; Diane Kruger; Diana Agron; Jennifer Lawrence; Katy Perry; Leighton Meester; Mischa Barton; Nichole Richie; and Emily Blunt

Sunday, 3 November 2013

It's Gonna Be Warm This Winter

It's got to that time of year now where you can't leave the house without bundling yourself up in a warm coat. So if you haven't already, it's time to invest in a good coat and some wintery accessories!
Here are a pick of my favourite winter necessities from the highstreet:

Click 'Read More' for information on where to get these products!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Mary Berry: Ageless Style

Last year, Mary Berry made headlines after she wore a Zara floral bomber jacket on her hit baking show. The £29.99 jacket sold out in a matter of minuets and was seen on sale on for up to £200!

Now the 77-year-old is reaffirming her fashion icon status on the new season of The Great British Bake-Off. The baking queen knows what suits her and is often seen in shades of pink or blue and simple silhouettes. She also favours simple sweaters and blazers with either a necklace or scarf. Having said that, Mary isn't afraid of some experimenting. She has wowed in bright floral blazers and leopard print skirts. A particular showstopper moment, was at the National Television Awards in 2012 when she wore a gorgeous 2-tone blue gown teamed with a chunky pearl necklace.

Proving that fashion really is ageless, I can't wait to see more or Mary Berry's fabulous fashion!

Spooktastic Halloween!

Just a quick post about Halloween - my second favourite time of year (after Christmas of course).
I got to go home to London during the week and hung out with my little cousins. We made Halloween themed cupcakes, which was awesome, although the mess we had to clean up after was not so much fun! Then on Wednesday and Thursday, when I was back in Oxford, my friends and I went out to celebrate Halloween properly! On our first night out, I dressed up as a zombie schoolgirl and had so much fun doing the make-up for it. I watched loads of really good YouTube tutorials to try and achieve a zombie look. On the second night, I was a little less imaginative, and went as a devil. Both nights were so much fun and everyone went all out with there outfits. 
Now I'm getting geared up for Christmas!

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