Tuesday, 30 August 2016

WEEK ONE: CAKE WEEK | BAKING ALONG WITH THE GBBO



It's back! It's finally back. The Great British Bake Off has come back giving me serious baking envy and a lot of us rumbling tummies. I only started watching Bake Off a couple of years ago but as soon as I saw it, I was HOOKED. Wednesday nights are dedicated to the shenanigans that come from that famous tent with delicious bakes and the banter between Mel and Sue.

This year I started what I like to call my baking journey. I have always been a bit useless when it comes to things like baking because, well, I never really gave it the time of day. But as I am getting older I am wanting to be able to become a true Snow White, with a pie cooling on the window ledge and a bird chirping a tune as I tidy the house. Okay fantasyland over - this week on the GBBO we went to cake town. I am going to dedicate a series on my blog rounding up my inner most thoughts on each weeks episode as well as attempting either a signature, technical and (well, very unlikely) a showstopper each week. Think of it as though I am taking part and this is what I would produce to the judges... I am also hoping it will improve my baking!
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Monday, 22 August 2016

CAT CAFE MANCHESTER

Pinch me I am dreaming... I suspect this may be what a cat lovers paradise might look like. When I heard about the Cat Cafe coming to Manchester a couple of months back I knew I had to book tickets. I mean what could be more perfect than sipping a cup of coffee whilst being surrounded by lots of beautiful cats?

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

THE SMART GIRLS GUIDE TO STAYING ORGANISED & MOTIVATED



I love repeat LOVE having a wave of creativity hit me. I can just be taking a shower and then WHAM it all comes to me at once. I have found that when it comes to making use of this creativity being organised is key. It's all very well having lots of ideas racing around your mind but if you're not careful these ideas can swim off far, far away, never to be seen again. Therefore we have to catch them and pull them out of our brains and pour them onto paper. And to do that we have to be organised.
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

5 DUTY FREE ESSENTIALS YOU NEED

A visit to duty free has always been somewhat of a tradition in my family, it's the official starting point where you can escape reality and really treat yourself. Since I was little and buying miniature Barbie perfumes I have always enjoyed the experience of duty free as there's nothing more satisfying whilst on holiday than being able to purchase something a little more luxurious for yourself and gift sets that are exclusive to duty free.

Although my holiday was back in June and I had already indulged in some Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium and a miniature collection of Chloe, I was lucky enough to experience duty free again this time in the comfort of my very own home thanks to World Duty Free. I was very kindly invited to an event in Birmingham airport but sadly couldn't go so instead they sent me some amazing goodies. Imagine the heart eye emoji... Because that is exactly what my face was like when I came home and opened the parcel.

Inside was just about everything you should be looking for this Summer whilst in Duty Free and I decided to share them with you all today in what I think are the duty free essentials.

So what exactly are the duty free essentials?


NAILS | OPI Retro Summer Set £16.35

OPI is genuinely one of my favourite nail brands and I always find saying you're wearing an OPI nail varnish a bit fancier and a sure way to make people Ooh and Ahh. This is the Retro Summer collection which includes 6 different shades all representing how we might feel throughout the Summer: SPF XXX: A blend of red/orange, Towel Me About It: A bright yellow tone, Sailing  & Nailing: A light tone baby blue, Flip Flops & Crop Tops: An elegant pink, What's The Double Scoop: A dusky pink and my favourite of the collection: I'm Getting Tan-Gerine: A medium shade of orange with a creme finish.

From left to right: SPF XXX, What's The Double Scoop?, Flip Flops & Crop Tops, I'm Getting Tangerine, Towel Me About It, Sailing & Nailing.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A SHABBY CHIC HOMEWARE HAUL


B&M are becoming one of my favourite, go-to places when it comes to home accessories. It's amazing what you can find and their prices are ridiculously good. It's hard when you want the perfect home but the price tag just won't allow it; but discount stores such as B&M's are a fabulous way to save pennies yet achieve the interior look you want.
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