Sunday, 19 April 2009


my desk

beetroot cake


I have been enjoying the spring weather lots lately (although I have been mostly stuck inside reading!). I decided to bring a little bit of spring into my room with some yellow flowers from the garden. They are hidden at the back of the garden behind the buddleja so can't be fully appreciated. For Easter, I made a beetroot cake which is always messy, as you have to grate the beetroot and it dyes everything! But it is always worth it because everyone loves it.

I have only one month left in Uni now so please forgive me if I only manage 1 post a week! I am so excited to finish, but also sad as well. It's bittersweet. I have a list of books to read when I do finish though, including What is the What by Dave Eggers, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Studying literature gives me little time to do any 'reading for pleasure', which I miss sometimes. What's on your summer reading list?

Monday, 13 April 2009

Easter cupcakes!

easter nest cupcakes

Yet another hit from the Hummingbird Bakery cook book! Scott suggested contacting the owner and asking to open a franchise in Liverpool haha. All of the recipes have been hits though. If I could live with just one cookbook for the rest of my life, it would be this one. The icing is amazing too, even better than Magnolia's! When you whisk it all together is goes perfectly white and it is so so fluffy. There isn't much butter in it, so it is just mostly sugar, yet is so smooth and delicious. Easter wouldn't be easter anymore without cupcakes decorated with mini eggs!


120g plain flour
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, room temperature
120ml milk (recipe says whole, but I used semi)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (recipe says 1/4, but I wanted more!)

1. Preheat oven to 170c/325f/gas 3.

2. Put flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl and mix together with an electric whisk, until it achieves a sandy consistency.

3. Pour in half of the milk and beat until combined.

4. In a seperate bowl, whisk the egg, remaining milk and vanilla extract together, then add to the flour mixture until just incorporated (Do not overmix! Overmixing will give you a stodgy cake)

5. Spoon into cupcake cases 2/3 full and bake for 20/25 minutes, until just turning lightly golden ontop. Leave to cool completely before icing.


250g icing sugar, sifted
80g unsalted butter, room temp.
25ml milk
few drops of vanilla extract

Soften the butter, then slowly add the icing sugar, beating together with an electric whisk. Keep beating until it all comes together. Pour the vanilla and milk together in a seperate bowl, then add to the icing mixture, beating on high. Beat for at least 5 minutes, until mixture is pale, light and fluffy. The longer you mix, the fluffier it goes!

I then seperated the icing into 3 seperate bowls and mixed with a few drops of food colouring. I grated some white chocolate to sprinkle over the eggs to look nestlike and sat 2 mini eggs safely in the middle of the nests!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009



Today I took a little break from my work to go out for lunch with my Grandparents, Mum and Scott, as it was my Nana's birthday yesterday. It was the perfect opportunity to wear my new dress from Dorothy Perkins. It's so ladylike and elegant - perfect for pleasing the Grandparents! It reminds me so much of Charlotte York's style. I'm pretty sure that if she was an English lady on a budget she would snap up this Dorothy Perkin's £30 bargain, but of course she can afford designer things.

Ah Charlotte. My favourite Sex and The City girl. This photo is terrible quality considering I sniped it from the HBO page for her, but it is a perfect example of how she does ladylike florals. I honestly do take back what I said about florals, it's just hard finding ones that suit me and my wardrobe, but I think this dress goes perfectly with other stuff in my wardrobe, with the splashes of red and yellow on the flowers. Charlotte is definitely one of my inspirations for floral prints. 

Thursday, 2 April 2009


So today I had a drastic haircut (drastic by my standards anyway haha). I had quite a lot chopped off. It was just becoming too hard to manage and scraggy at the ends and taking too long to dry!

hair - before

hair - after!

So yes, not too drastic but quite a change! I think it will be good for spring and summer because long hair just makes you too hot and bothered! Maybe next time I should get some shorter layers cut in? I'm never one for any big changes with my hair, the biggest change I ever had was when I had a big, thick, blunt fringe cut in for my school formal (prom), which can be LOL-ed at here. I am on the far left (incase you couldn't tell!). Yes I was quite the 'goth' back in the day. My dress was black velvet with lace detail at the bottom that I scored from Oxfam for a mere £8! Awesomes. But, the fringe didn't suit me because of my stupid cows lick and I have been scared of fringes ever since. What's the most drastic haircut you've ever had?

Why stop with a stylish new haircut? Create a whole new fantastic look to
accompany it. Grab some chic and affordable loose diamonds or other fabulous
accessories, to accentuate the new you.


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