Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MY FIRST SUMMER FASHION HAUL | PRIMARK, TOPSHOP, H&M & ASOS


Clothes, clothes, clothes I just can't say no... There seems to be phases of either there being literally nothing in the shops that I want or that just gives me a meh feeling; or it's kinda like I NEED IT ALL... Unfortunately for my bank balance it was the latter this time - but every cloud has a silver lining right? It was my birthday so I had some extra dollar to spend. 

Now I ain't no fashion expert and never will pretend to be, I mean if you held up a D&G leather jacket next to a Topshop one, I probably wouldn't be able to guess which was which... I have never been one for buying something because everyone else does or because of a label - in my eyes if I like it, I like it and that's a good enough reason for me to buy it. 

Fashion to me has been a bit of a touchy subject. I have always admired certain clothes from afar and longed to have the confidence within me to wear them, but something has always stopped me. I would be too frightened in the past to wear something a little more colourful or bolder as opposed to my usual black leggings and oversized cardigan (which FYI is still a great outfit choice)

I guess what I am trying to say is that I am so done with not wearing what I want because 

a) I feel not good enough/pretty enough 
b) people would laugh, point and probably throw eggs at me... 

Okay so that's probably a slight over exaggeration. Nevertheless it's time for me to bite the bullet and buy what I want and wear what I want - life's too short for dull clothes that make you feel BLAH.

So I wanted to share some photographs of my latest purchases in a haul with you all. Again photos of me EEEK scary (the last photo of myself on my own I took was probably a year ago in Disneyland Paris) but I am trying new things this year and trying to be a bit more OUT THERE so yeah hi this is me and these are the new clothes I bought and I like them... Let me know what you think!







My mum actually found this online reduced to £16.99 and it was from Joe Browns originally for £59.99. It's this gorgeous retro, 1950's inspired denim dress. It buttons up at the front and has a red tie belt. It's so gorgeous! And I love the way it poofs out at the sides, it feels very rockabilly inspired. Good work there mum... 






Be still my beating heart... When I saw these on ASOS last month it was an instant screen shot on my phone and then another couple of days going back and looking at them. I LOVE THEM! In the end ASOS ended up having a 20% off sale and these shoes were reduced to £20 and they are such good quality - AH I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH! They are covered in yummy, bright fruits - but look at that cute, lil pineapple peaking up at the back!?! Also I have been loving the whole fishnet socks look with just about any outfit and with these shoes it is just the perfect combination in my eyes. 





I can't be the only one who has literally seen this top everywhere on Instagram recently? It seems to be popular at the moment as when I went to get one I got the last one and lucky it was in my size too. It seems like the perfect top to wear with my new statement trousers and who can resist a little bit of French linguistics?







Confession the silver, glitter espadrilles are actually last years from TK MAX but I didn't wear them very much  at all and I am hoping that will change this year. I think these new straight legged trousers (both from Primark for £8 each) would look SO good with them! I am always so self conscious about wearing more busy patterns on my bottom half as I am majorly lacking confidence but I am so bored of black leggings and I want something a little bit more stylish!





This next piece gives me all the Minnie Mouse vibes. When I went into H&M last month I saw it and loved it but didn't end up getting it. But it's always a good sign that you really do love something if the first thing you look for when you go back into the shop is that said item! I was so happy it was still there - I kinda wish I was going back to Disneyland Paris this Summer to wear it with some Minnie ears. It's an off the shoulder cut attached to a floaty skirt, it's super comfy and just will be a nice lil dress to have during the warmer months.





Now when I saw this top I knew I had to have it, no matter what. Do you ever see something that seems like it was just made for you?! That is how I felt about this top from Topshop. It's by a brand called Tea & Cake and they had some other cool bits in their collection too that I would defiantly like to get one day. But this was defiantly my favourite - Barbies BFF Sindy finally has her own top accompanied with a frilly, tulle collar - pinch me, I am dreaming.



So that completes my first ever fashion haul, I hope you enjoyed reading it and looking at what I bought. These kinda posts have to be one of my favourite to read; I don't know why I just love seeing what other people have bought! I defiantly enjoyed doing it so if you would like to see more in the future please let me know. 

Question for this post: what is your favourite piece that I bought? For me it has to be the fruity ballet shoes! I LOVE THEM. 

Em x 

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

THE BARGAIN QUEEN & TOO MANY NAIL VARNISHES | #DECORATING DIARIES




If I was going to wait until I was happy with my blog content enough to actually post anything then I would end up never, ever posting! I have been watching so many decorating/moving VLOGS on YouTube at the moment as I have been redecorating my whole bedroom; and I thought why not document it through my blog? I have been wanting for so long to restart this blog - I have so many ideas but the lack of confidence just cripples me and then in the end I just end up not posting enough and ultimately feeling even worse about myself. I decided that redecorating doesn't equate to beautiful surroundings and aesthetically pleasing pictures, but so what? I want this blog to be about my projects and what I am inspired by and that isn't always going to be crisp and perfect. All I will say is you will have to excuse the mess of my bedroom, as you can imagine everything is a little all over the place at the moment. 

When me and my mum moved into this apartment in 2013 the walls were a magnolia colour and over time have just gotten a bit worse for wear. I have always been a fan of clean white walls and never really been too keen on the whole cream/magnolia vibe. I think it just makes a room look a bit dull and dreary in my opinion. Although we are renting we are lucky enough to be allowed to paint the walls and redecorate at we like, so we started off doing the main bathroom which is pink and white (it looks ACE) and then the hallway which is also a really pale shade of pink. For the rest of the apartment we are aiming for white walls with colourful furniture, but before all that I really wanted to start my room. It was just getting me down; I had previously painted all of my furniture white but I began to get a bit bored with it all. As I was scrolling through Pinterest I was inspired to add some more colour into my room, I hoped that waking up in a nice colourful room would both inspire me and enlighten me! I am also hoping to replace my bedding and curtains although I know this can be pricey but I am hoping to also show how you can redecorate your home on a budget and still feel pleased with the results. 

It's my birthday soon and I think that me and mum are going shopping to get some bits hopefully to go in my room like a new brighter duvet - I have seen one in Primark the other week it was very tropical and bright and AH I NEED IT GUYS. I also want some new scatter cushions to go on the bed as the ones I have at the moment are a bit meh now and dated - like they were good at the time but don't really fit with the overall/brighter vibe I want for my room. Don't get me wrong I still LOVE my pastels but I just want to start being a bit more adventurous with my colours 

So where am I up to at the moment with my room? Well it's a hot mess right now guys, seriously. I knew decorating would mean everything was kinda everywhere but to this extent? Nah, it's safe to say I cannot wait until everything is done and back in its place. Having said that I am really enjoying how therapeutic painting/decorating has become for me. 





^ you can tell this was my first painting project...

When you're about to clean any surface spend time washing it down throughly with hot, soapy water. Also it is always a good idea to sandpaper second hand furniture down to ensure the surface you are about to paint on is smooth and even. 



Budgeting was a big factor for me when deciding to redecorate my room - I had to make sure I was able to cover the costs of buying enough paint and tools to do the job done properly. All I can say is it IS possible to decorate and not spend a fortune, the biggest thing to do is shop around and compare prices. The best place I found was my actual sanctuary for homewares B&M's. I managed to use one 11 litre tin of Johnstone's interior matt paint in brilliant white for £11. The quality is amazing, I was really worried that with white paint the walls would look patchy and just rubbish and take more than one coat to achieve a matt finish - but using a roller and brush to feather between the ceiling and walls it didn't come out patchy at all! It was so good I went back and looked at what other colours they had in the Johnstone's range to paint a few pieces of my furniture in; I usually paint with a gloss on furniture but I actually used an interior wall paint for the draws and was pleased with the result. The first piece I wanted to paint was my draws which I bought off a local buy and sell page last April; it was only £15 and I spruced it up with some white paint and crystal handles. I was just getting a bit fed up of white furniture everywhere and although I will be keeping some of my furniture like my dressing table and bookshelf in white, other pieces like my draws and desk will be getting a big splash of colour.


Shopping in stores like B&M's and Wilkos means you can save so much money on paint but still be able to use a good quality paint for your decorating. I bought all my supplies from B&M's including the paint brush, paint roller, latex gloves and paint tray and it all cost me just under £30!

I decided to go for this passion pink for the draws which is a vibrant hot pink and I absolutely LOVE it. Above the draws I am planning on having this canvas I made the other week but I think I might be changing some of the colours on it to perhaps be more cohesive with my new room decor. 

Now onto some new little bits I have found for my room - okay so over the past couple of months with the idea in mind of redecorating and changing things up a bit I have kept my eye out for any bargains I could. I'd say that Primark has been amazing recently for homeware and I can't wait to go back there nearer my birthday and hopefully find some new cushions to go on my bed. But just recently I discovered how good the New Look homeware range is. I knew it existed but I don't know why but I just didn't give it much thought? Anyway... I went in there the other day and when I saw this love heart chalk board reduced to £3 (should have been £6 I think) I was like YES THIS IS MINE. I have wanted a cute little chalkboard for a while now seen as they seem to be everywhere but I guess I am just a bit tight and won't part with a stupid amount for it. I don't know why it was reduced as it was in perfect condition - I can only assume because it was part of the Valentines Day range because there was another one in the shape of a cloud that was the usual price. 




I also picked up this glitter frame that was also reduced... Just call me the bargain queen. The little flamingo tea light holder, pineapple fairy lights and heart sequin cushion were from Primark. 





Also can we also just talk about how perfect this teacup light is? I got it at The Range in the January sales for £9... I think it was meant to be like £20?!



Redecorating my room means a big old clean out too. It can be refreshing to just go through everything and make piles of what to throw away, give to charity and to of course keep. I really do hold on to so much stuff that I really don't need anymore. I think I have serious attachment issues to material things - I just always get anxious when going to throw something away like: "But what if I do want it? What if I do NEED it one day?" That being said I did manage to go through this mammoth pile of nail varnishes and sort them out a bit better although if I am being honest I did keep a majority of them (in my defence they are all mostly different colours!)



But I did organise some of my favourites on an aesthetically pleasing mini heart shelf. It was from Dunelm a couple of years ago and had a shabby chic kinda look but I just repainted it white to make it fit in a bit better with my room.





I still feel like I have a long way to go with it but honestly it's felt so rewarding to feel like I am actually doing something really productive with myself? If you don't know me my mental health is a bit all over the place to say the least and it's felt so nice to have a little BIG project to work on in my own time and I can't wait to stand back and just think, yeah, I did that. Although I almost wanted to chuck a can of black paint all over my walls when I had to re-plaster part of my walls. YEAH RE-PLASTER. I think I am now a fully qualified decorator but I guess we learn something new everyday right?

Thank you so much for reading and I would love to know if any of you have ever thought about decorating or up cycling a piece of furniture you are growing tired of. Let me know in the comments below if you have and also make sure you are following me on social media (links below) to see where I am up too and what other little homeware bits I am loving!


Love, Emily Jayne x

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

MINI EGG COOKIE CUPS | EASTER BAKING







So as promised here is another recipe just in time for the four day Easter weekend! My last recipe was for super gooey Creme Egg cupcakes and I did say in that post that I would be sharing a recipe for all you Mini Egg lovers out there. 

Mini Eggs are so moreish and there are hundreds of recipes on the internet of various baked goods revolving around them. I wanted to do something perhaps a little bit different... so here are my Mini Egg cookie cups! Okay I wanted them initially to be just cookies but the first batch turned out a little bit thicker than I intended them to be. But I kinda had the eureka moment and thought, well why can't they taste like the usual cookie dough but be thicker and more cakey? Am I making any sense? I hope so.

So then I had to think of what else I wanted to add into the cookie cups... There was endless ideas but I really liked the sound of added a nutty flavour and the best combination? ALMONDS! Ahhh these cookie cups smelt DIVINE!! And again they proved to go down a treat... Here is the recipe and how to and I hope you enjoy them just as much as my family did...

What you will need
250g Unsalted butter
120g Brown sugar
300g Self raising flour
150g Plain flour 
1tsp Almond extract/paste
125ml Whole milk (although Semi Skimmed would be okay)
200g Almond flakes 
275g Mini Eggs

Before you start making and baking you will need to set your oven to 170 celsius! This recipe will also make 16/18 cookie cups!

1. In a large bowl beat the butter until a smooth paste and then add the sugar. Continue beating together with an electric mix until both are combined well. Add the almond extract and stir in. 

2. Weigh out the plain and self raising flour and add to the butter mixture. Using an electric mix continually mix until all is combined in a cookie dough like mixture. The mixture will be quite stiff so you may want to use a wooden spoon and manually combine the milk into the mixture instead of using an electric whisk. Place cling film over the top of the bowl and leave in the fridge for 30-40 minutes. 

3. Next you're going to want to add in your almonds. Now for this step I took the dough out of the bowl and put on a floured surface and worked the almonds in myself. I did this by pressing down on the dough on the surface and sprinkling in some of the almonds and then folding the dough over. Continue until all almonds are evenly distributed through the dough.

4. Take a standard cupcake baking tin (ensuring it is either non-stick or lightly buttered to avoid the cookie cup sticking once baked) and distribute your dough evenly among the holes. Once divided take a spoon and press down on the dough so it spreads out in the little hole. 

5. Bake for 15 minutes on 170 celsius and carefully remove from the oven and push 3-4 Mini Eggs into the dough ensuring they are pushed well into the cookie cups. Place back into the oven for a further 5 minutes until your cookies are a nice golden brown. 

6. Remove from oven and enjoy!

What do you think? Is this something you would try? I would love to know if you have any other combination ideas for Mini Eggs, let me know in the comments below...


Love, Emily Jayne xox 


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