Sunday, 30 November 2014

Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownies

Watch out- even reading this might cause you to put on weight! Welcome to a whole new level of brownie- the salted caramel chocolate brownie! I made these beauties a couple of weeks ago and I can't stop thinking about them since! They are pretty simple to make and don't take much more commitment than your standard brownie. Follow the recipe below for the ultimate indulgence! 

100g dark chocolate chips
170g unsalted butter
200g milk chocolate
300g granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 can sweetened condensed milk 
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with foil. 
Combine the butter and chocolate in a bowl and heat in the microwave or on the hob. Heat until the mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from the microwave and leave to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with a whisk until light and thick. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Add the flour and salt, folding gently until well combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top. Finally, Pour the remaining batter over.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Leave for a couple of hours to cool before cutting and devouring! Enjoy! 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tartan in the Countryside

While I was in the Isle of Wight last week I managed to make the most of the beautiful countryside scenery and take some outfit photos. We began taking the photos with a scary looking grey sky before the heavens opened and we had to run back home again. After waiting for the storm to pass we headed back out in our wellies to continue (therefore- please forgive the wellies... all in the name of practicality!)

I was sent this gorgeous jacket from Warehouse which I am absolutely obsessed with. I have wanted a decent leather jacket for a while- something that can just be thrown on and goes with anything. This one is perfect- the details, the shape... I have a feeling I am not going to be taking it off for a while. I also got these amazing tartan trousers from a car boot sale in Pimlico recently. They are originally from Topshop so am guessing would be been at least £30 new and I picked them up for £3! I teamed them with this cute little top which I bought off Depop (originally form Oh my Love) and my mums old vintage boots. All in all a bit of a thrifty outfit! 

Jacket- Warehouse
Trousers- Topshop
Top- Oh My Love
Boots- Vintage
Wellies- Hunter

Monday, 17 November 2014

Isle of Wight

Last week I spent five glorious days in the Isle of Wight. After leaving it far too late and missing all the summer sunshine, myself and my boyfriend decided to swap the week on a sunny beach for a 'staycation' and headed to our home from home. My parents own a holiday cottage on the island which has been in the family for generations and we rent it out during the summer months. I have been going there my whole life with my family, and now it is the perfect retreat for a couples getaway! 

I was a little sceptical about spending so much time there as there really isn't much to do- walking, eating and drinking is pretty much all you can do... and that is what we did! We had such a lovely, relaxing week of catching up on sleep, watching lots of films, going on long, countryside walks, and of course, eating and drinking far too much! Evenings were spent by the fire with a glass of wine and a good film and days were spent walking on the beach and discovering the islands hidden gems! It was so nice to get out of the city and to have no plans at all and not have to worry about anything! Bliss! 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

My Top 3: Primers

I love using a face primer. I must admit, I don't always get round to it everyday-  when I am just going to work I tend to skip this step just to save on time but the rest of the time I love to use a primer to just make my skin look a whole lot better. I really like primers that illuminate and give you a bit of a glow, as opposed to mattifying ones. I'm a big fan of the dewy look and would rather look a little shiny than completely matte. I have 3 favourite primers at the moment which I tend to alternate between depending on what I am doing. 

The first of my faves is the Vitamin C Skin Reviver from The Body Shop (£15). This is a really great base for make up and makes your skin feel amazing. It is quite a thick texture but spreads on to the face to completely smooth the skin, leaving it velvety soft. This is probably the most mattifying of the three and is what I would use at that time of the month when my skin is a little shinier than normal to get rid of some of the grease. This one also smells absolutely amazing- think fresh oranges, and it contains Amazonian camu camu and brazil nut oil... sounds good to me! 
 Secondly is the wonderful That Gal from Benefit. I have been a huge fan of this primer for ages and have purchased it a couple of times now. I think of this more of a highlighter and it really gives your skin a brightening effect.This one doesn't really smooth out the skin tone or cover imperfections, but it just adds a really healthy, radiant glow to make your face look that much brighter. I love using this one for a night out to give a bit more of a glow to my skin. Plus this one is the priciest of the lot, at £22.50, so I don't like to waste it on every day!
 Finally a new discovery of mine is the Kiko Face Skin Glow. This is actually described as a day cream but I like to think of it as more like a primer. I use my normal moisturiser and then use this before applying my foundation. This is a really beautiful, light cream that makes the skin look instantly brighter and healthier. It has a slight pinky tinge to it with just the slightest of subtle shimmer to make the skin glow. As it is a day cream, it is really moisturising and also has SPF 10 in it. I use this on a day to day basis when I have the time for the extra step and it is also great for those good skin days to just use by itself with no foundation to give your skin that little bit of extra help. Good news- this is currently on sale for just £5- I have already stocked up!

 Here you can see the consistencies of each one (in order).As you can see they are all completely different textures and colours.
Do you use a primer? Which is your favourite?

Sunday, 2 November 2014

New Room Tour

I have been very slack on the blogging front recently. Mostly because I have been busy moving house! I have finally made the move up to London and I am now living with 3 friends in Putney. We found a gorgeous flat with views of the Thames and a 1 minute walk from the nearest Byron Burger- perfect!  I am absolutely loving living in London, mostly because I don't have to do the horrendous commute from home any more. I am finding that I actually have spare time to do things during the week, whereas before I would come home, eat dinner and go to bed. It is so nice to be able to do things after work and not have to worry about rushing to get the train home.

 We have spent the first couple of weeks doing a bit of redecorating and making the place look really homely. Therefore, I thought I would do a room tour to show you my new home. Because my room is so much bigger than what I have been used to before, I have found it quite hard to fill all the space. I ended up ordering lots of new furniture from Ikea and buying lots of decorational bits and pieces to make it cosy. It is finally getting there and starting to feel like home. I think my favourite part has to be my new dressing table which is the perfect place to do my make up and hair, as well as doubling up as a desk for blogging. There are still a few things that I want to add and change, like a big house plant for my window and to paint those horrific wardrobes, but at the moment I am pretty pleased with how it has turned out.