Saturday, 2 August 2014

Olay Regenerist Skin Perfecting Cleanser - Review



After getting into a bit of a panic about the state of my skin, I knew I had to shake up my skincare regime ASAP. On my emergency trip to Boots, alongside the La Roche Posay face wash, I also picked up this Olay Regenerist Skin Perfecting Cleanser. I had read a review on it a long time ago  on a Braziliand beauty blog and thought it sounded good because of the Salicylic Acid in the formula. It turns out, that's not actually listed in the ingredients (don't I feel silly!), but this is still, nonetheless, a little wonder of a product!

I'd never tried anything from Olay before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. This cleanser has a gel texture and it contains micro foaming beads, which help lightly exfoliate the skin. I like that it doesn't foam up too much (which should hopefully mean I won't get told off by Caroline Hirons for using it!), but it still gives my skin a squeaky clean feeling without making it feel tight or dry at all! I also can't believe how much this has improved the texture of my skin. I like to use it in the mornings, as it feels very refreshing on the skin and I feel like it helps the following products on my regime sink in better on my skin.

If you've got normal to oily skin, I definitely recommend picking this up. And, if you don't like it, no harm's been really done: it costs just under a fiver from Boots AND it's always on offer!

Have you tried anything from Olay? xx

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Grillstock in Bristol!



Bristol is a wonderful city. It is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to see! But really, we decided to go after a friend posted a picture on Facebook of this amazing restaurant he'd been to and so my husband decided he wanted to go there for his birthday. Saying "we went to Bristol for Joe's birthday" sounds so much better than "we went to Bristol to eat at Grillstock" so that's what we're going with!

Grillstock is a tiny little restaurant in Bristol's Triangle West! Their main selling point is the quality of their meat and their focus on barbecue. It consist of only one very long table and benches, so we were lucky to get a couple of spots to sit on at lunch time! The fact we didn't have any backrests bothered me quite a bit... That is, until we got our food! 

Here's Joe's review of the place: "It's a barbecue lover's paradise! The burnt brisket ends were my favourite, spicy and juicy."

I had the Smokestack burger, which is no where near the biggest offering! I chose the cheesy chilli fries to go with it, but if I'm honest, the chilli didn't add that much because the fries were absolutely DELICIOUS on their own. The best fries I've ever had by far! The burger was also really juicy and full of flavour, the meat is so well seasoned in this place, they take it very seriously!

The space is quite small, which is why don't take any bookings, so you just have to take a chance when you go in and hopefully you'll find a seat. Nonetheless, I cannot recommend it enough, everything was delicious! Writing this post was very hard indeed, cause it just made me wanna go back to Bristol tomorrow! haha
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Sunday Post #15: The Devil Wears Prada

Gifs from Tumblr.

What is the one movie you've watched dozens of times and know all the lines to? For me, that's The Devil Wears Prada! I actually struggle to watch it without talking over the people on screen and feeling really pleased with myself for getting all the lines right! haha 

I also love the dry humour in it. Who here has never laughed at one of Miranda's mean one liners? Or at Emily's grumpiness? Speaking of Emily, this was Emily Blunt's first big Hollywood film and, in my opinion, she completely stole the show! She has some of my favourite scenes in the whole movie and her acting in it is incredible.

Something that I think gets overlooked about it all the time is how amazing the soundtrack is! If you pay just a little bit of attention, you can tell how really dynamic and on point it is. Not to mention all the Madonna songs, it doesn't get much cooler than an outfit movie montage to the tune of Vogue (Vogue... Vogue)! 

I just realized the other day while watching that it actually came out almost 10 years ago now and it's really interesting to see how some of the oufits look a bit dated now (only if you're really into fashion though!) and what it will all look like in another 10 years time! I just love this "stuff" (see what I did there??).

And not to mention the super cute cameo by the amazing, gorgeous, uber model Gisele Bundchen, playing Emily's bitchy friend, Serena! I'm so proud of her whenever she's on a film, it's the Brazilian in me! haha

Have you ever watched TDWP? What are your thoughts on it?
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel - Review



A couple of months ago, I realized my skin was going on a downward spiral. It looked dull and blotchy, I was getting more breakout than I've had in years. Not to mentions the blackheads, those dreaded blackheads... I love my mum to death, but I'm afraid she didn't realize the benefits of skincare early enough in her life. The consequence being lots and lots of acne scars everywhere. She tells me she got them from poking at her skin every chance she got, so the advice she's always given me was to never pick at spots or blackheads! 

But how on Earth can I just leave them??? Especially the damn blackheads, showing their ugly heads on MY FACE! I can't just leave them there, they need to be gone. When I noticed the situation started getting really bad, I decided it was time I took some action! The first thing I did was head into Boots and pick up a few old favourites I had ditched to try out new products. And the first one was the trusty La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel!

This must be my third bottle of the stuff and I've just been kicking myself for not getting back into using it earlier! It is designed for oilier skin types. I'm more of a normal skin type gal these days, but I still don't feel like this makes my skin dry at all. The aspect I love the most about this cleanser is how easy and fuss free it is to look. We all know the benefits of a flanel/muslim cloth, but we all have our lazy days and this one is perfect for them! Just apply it to a damp face, massage it in a bit and wash it off! I also love that it is safe for around the eyes, it's never felt uncomfortable at all. And to top it all off, it is a very affordable £12 from most Boots!

Have you ever tried this cleanser? xx
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Monday, 14 July 2014

The "All Eyebrow" Face!

Watching Anna's weekly vlog while getting ready!
Products used: Benefit's Dream Screen SPF // YSL Touche Eclat foundation in BR60 // Maybellinne's The Falsies waterproof mascara // MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW30 // MAC eyebrow pencil in Spiked // MAC eyeshadow in Mystery // Maybellinne Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark // MAC blusher in Stubborn //  MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle // Guerlain Terracota Bronzer in 08 // No7 lip pencil in Caramel

Check those bad boys out! I've really started going all out with filling in my brows. I always used to be scared of getting them too thick and ending up looking a bit funny, but nowadays I am loving this look! It kind of reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor's brows a bit, really dark and shapely. I start by defining the edges and filing them in where I need it with an eyebrow pencil and then I use the eyeshadow to set the pencil and soften everything up a bit.

I also think I've been spending too much time looking at Kylie Jenner's Instagram, cause I've been really into the 90's look. I got a couple of No7 lip liners a few weeks ago and one of them was this browny colour, Caramel. I just fill my whole lip in with it and I love the look and how much fuller it makes my lips look! 

What make up trends are you loving right now? xx
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Friday, 11 July 2014

Blogging Spaces: Sarah @ Sarah's Beauty Emporium

Hi Everyone! Ferdie has kindly let me guest post on her gorgeous blog so I can share with you my Blogging Space! My name's Sarah, and I usually blog over at Sarah's Beauty Emporium. Today, I'm here to show where I do the majority of my blogging, and how I organize myself as well! My blogging space isn't quite how I'd like it - I'd prefer it to be neater, maybe with a white desk to match my shelves rather than the black piece of kitchen worktop that I have - It does the job though!


Here's my blogging space! This is my desk, which is in a corner of my room where I used to have a built-in wardrobe. Now, this is where I do my college work as well as my blogging. I have quite a few random things scattering my desk (i.e. stuff that I need to tidy up) but there are a few things that are constantly on my desk while I'm blogging. This year, I've made quite a big investment in my blog (and my studies, as my tech is used for my Film and TV course that I'm currently studying) and bought myself a Canon 600D and a Macbook Pro. These are the two main blogging companions in my life - although I do use my iPad on the bus to college sometimes to write up posts.


I've always got a candle burning in my room, as I am literally the Yankee Candle queen. At the moment, I'm burning Pink Sands, which is from my Spring Celebration Gift Box that I did a full review on HERE. Candles always make my room smell nice, so I'm blogging in a nice-smelling environment. It also gives me inspiration for posts, as I do quite a few Yankee Candle reviews.
 

I have SO many notebooks. In my notebooks I jot down loads of things - new blog ideas, lists of people attending events that I'm organising, to-do lists and it's just general blogging organisation. At the moment, I'm trying this new way of organising my posts - I write down all my post ideas, draw a little camera next to them when I've taken the pictures, and cross them out once I've written the post! It's working quite well. I like to get floral notebooks, so they look pretty on my desk.
 

Finally, I always have a drink or some food next to me while I'm working - it's good to keep hydrated! Diet coke is my saviour when I'm tired - the caffeine gives me a boost. If it's a hot summers day or I've finished my coke I'll usually drink water instead. I hope you've enjoyed reading my post - if you have, you can read more at www.sarahsbeautyemporium.co.uk . Also, I'd like to say a massive Thank You to Ferdie for letting me post on her blog! 

Other Blogging Spaces: Flo @ Hola FloSophie @ Private Life of a Girl | Maddie @ Call me Maddie | Cat @ What Cats Says | Isabela @ Fusels | Marvelle @ Blog of Shadows
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

What I Wore... Bristol Day Trip!

Jeans: Mango // Top & Sunglasses: Dorothy Perkins // Blazer: Primark // Shoes: New Look // Bag & Belt: TK Maxx

Well, look at me all fancy with an outfit of the day! The very first of this blog (hence all the awkward posing), which I hope to make a bit of a regular thing if possible! Last week we went to Bristol for the day and it was so so lovely! The sun was shinning bright, which made me thankful I had bought these sunnies just a few days prior. Usually I find most sunglasses on the high street to be too small for my face, but not this little baby! It is HUGE and I love it! I am also really pleasantly surprised with these New Look sandals. I love the gold metal detailing it's got, which makes it look so sophisticated. But most importantly, they were so comfortable for walking around on all day!

We took a stroll down (not up!) Bristol's Park Street, which is so beautiful. I was surprised about how many independent restaurants, cafes and stores Bristol's got, it is such a wonderful city. We visited the original Boston Tea Party on Park Street and it's a lot smaller than Worcester's, but so much busier. I don't know how those guys do it behind that tiny counter on a busy Saturday! haha We also visited the M shed, which is basically a museum all about the history of Bristol and me, being the history geek that I am, absolutely loved it! I had no idea Bristol had such a rich and interesting history, it's really amazing. I wouldn't mind moving there one day! *nudge nudge, wink wink*.
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Monday, 7 July 2014

Zucchini Pasta & Homemade Meatballs


Now, will you just look at THAT! I don't think I've ever cooked a prettier plate of food in my life.

I've recently pick up the Clean & Lean Diet book by James Duigan and I've been really enjoying eating a more balanced and healthy diet. I decided to go ahead and try to create my own recipe based on the mantras I picked up from the book and I came up with this zucchini "pasta" and homemade meatballs! I have to say, it was delicious! I was expecting it to be edible when I was finished, but I definitely didn't expect it to be as yummy as it was! I also made the sauce myself. I think that if you have a hand blender at home, there really is no reason to buy ready made sauces, which we all know are full of preservatives! So here's my recipe! 

For the sauce:
1 can of chopped tomatoes
salt, pepper and seasoning to taste (I used italian herbs and paprika!)
Simply blend everything together using a hand blender and heat up in a small saucepan.

For the meatballs:
500g lean beef mince
some grated parmesan
1 egg
salt, pepper and seasoning to taste
Just mix it all together in a bowl and shape the meatballs with your hands!

For the zucchini "pasta":
1 zucchini
I used a vegetable peeler to make the long strands of zucchini, then wilted it down on the frying pan with a little olive oil for 3-4mins.

And that is it! I love that I can whip up this delicious meal in under 30 minutes and it's still super healthy and super yummy! Let me know what you think and if you decide to try it out at home! x
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Friday, 4 July 2014

Essie's Wicked - Swatch



I think I have to admit, Essie are probably my favourite nail polish brand right now! I think it must be the combination of the cute packaging, great names and just on point colours that make all the beauty bloggers go wild, and I'm definitely one of them! I know it's supposed to be Summer and I should probably be going for fun, colorful colours at the moment. But the one shade that's climbed it's way to my top choice is this dark, burgundy red called "Wicked" (love that name)! 

One of the things that makes me feel the most elegant and feminine is when I have my nails done! And this shade just gets that feeling to the absolute max! And, in a funny way, it also makes me feel so grown up! I'll explain: when I was younger, my mother never let me wear the dark colours I really wanted to go for on my nails. So when I started to finally be able to choose for myself, I always went for a combination of Brazilian nail varnishes that looked exactly like this! haha I also love it that combining this with the Essie top coat makes it last a good 4-5 days chip-free!

What nails varnish colours are you loving at the moment? x
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Benefit's Dream Screen - Review



Back when I lived in Brazil (where wearing sunscreen is a must 12 months out of the year), I didn't really wear much make up. Foundation was reserved for special occasions only, always in the evening. When I moved to England and really started getting into my make up habit, I discovered and annoying fact about my SPF of choice (the La Roche Posay Anthelios): if you put ANYTHING on top of it, it simply peels off of your face immediately! That, plus the fact it's never quite as sunny here as it is in Brazil, made me quit sunscreen all together.

Fast forward two years and I'm actually starting to worry about what the effects of the sun will be on my skin in a few years time, which scared me into SPF again! After reading a few reviews, I landed on this new-ish Benefit launch. Anna's review of this little bad boy is what did it for me and I'm so glad she hasn't let me down! 

For once, this product matches it's packaging description perfectly! "You can't feel it, you can't see it, but it's got you covered". Perfect! It felt very silicone-y when I first applied, which had me questioning the "can't feel it" part, but after one or two minutes it sunk in and it really was like I had nothing on. Not five minutes after applying this, I followed with my regular make up routine and low and behold, no rubbing off, no peeling of! Wonderful!

Do you wear SPF everyday? x
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Saturday, 28 June 2014

DIY Golden Miniature Animals

I had seen these miniature golden animlas around the internet so many times and thought they looked so nice but had never seen them at shops anywhere. SO I just decided to DIY my own, it looks simple enough... And it certainly was!


I went and bought these too little rubber animals from a toy shop just down the road from where I work. I chose an elephant and what I assume to be a goat with horns. Does anyone know what this little fella is actually supposed to be? 'Cause I don't! I also picked up a can of golden spray paint from Homebase and went to town on them! I debated getting the rose gold spray paint for a minute, but I thought the gold would be a more "neutral" colour to go for and I think I've made the right decision! Spraying them was so simple. I just took a cardboard box and cut out the top and front bits so I could protect the (outside) walls from the paint and it worked brilliantly! I recommend spraying from afar and doing thin coats, or else you might get paint drips on the animals, which don't look so great! Also, make sure to check very thoroughly to make sure all the nooks and crannies on the toys are actually painted! I thought I was done after a few coats, only to discover I had completely missed the bottom of the little guys! 

 These can be so versatile and I've seen these being used in a variety of ways. As an accent lounge accessory like I've done, as table decorations for parties to glued on top of mason jars for a touch of fun! There really is no end to how you can display them and I think they look absolutely darling!

This was actually my first ever go at DIYing! Are you guys big on it?? x
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Friday, 13 June 2014

Living Room Update!



I've probably shared this story before, but here it goes again: when I moved in with my then fiance (now husband), he had spent the last few years house sharing so he actually didn't have any furniture of his own! When we moved into our first flat, all we had was, quite literally, a mattress and a television! We slowly furnished the whole flat over the course of six months, which I really enjoyed! I loved being able to choose everything I wanted instead of having to settle for furniture just because it was already there!

The main thing that had been missing for us was some extra sitting for when we have visits! The love seat is great for us for cuddling and watching movies together, but when we have people over I mainly end up sitting on a cushion on the floor and someone else might get "comfortable" on the coffee table! That is no more, my friends!

This is the IKEA Hastveda rattan chair (completed with the Marieberg chair cushion, which looks pretty thin on the website, but it's actually really good quality and comfortable)! I chose it because a) I think it looks good (hehe) and b) it compliments our baskets perfectly, really pulling the whole room together. Our living room isn't the biggest, so I was afraid it would get a little crowded but I've been proven wrong. Also, with the addition of that red cushion, it's amazing how much brighter it makes the room feel! 

 

And just for fun, I wanted to share this with you guys: it's our wedding invitation! haha I love it so much, I just had to frame it. The best and cutest part is, it was drawn by my mother-in-law! She's an amazing illustrator of children's books and she designed this just for us!
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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Everything I Own From... Essie Nail Polishes


Essie might just be the most popular nail polish brand between us bloggers! The cute packaging, great names and awesome quality of the formulas make it a must have in any collection! The brand was founded by Essie Weingarten herself in the early 80's. She had the stroke of genious of going to Las Vegas to sell her first bottles. She figured she needed a place where people had disposable income AND where people always need to look their best, including their nails. And it all took off from there. The fact nail varnishes are an affordable luxury for most of us makes the brand grow more and more each day. Essie names all the colours herself, which I think adds a very personal touch to each bottle. Here are the ones I own at them moment:

Wicked
a shade I originally thought was Essie's version to the hype surrounding Chanel's Rouge Noir, until I found out Essie came out with this shade back in the 80's. Talk about having some vision! It comes off a very modern and elegant dark red, which I've been obsessed with!

Chinchilly
remember in my perfume post when I said in Brazil we have a kind of saying "smells like something a rich girl would wear"? Well, I think this is a shade that looks like one a rich girl would paint (or rather, have it painted for them!) on their fingers. haha

Fishnet Stockings
 a slightly darker tomato-ey red, it's one of those colours most women have in their collections for a reason! A classic and elegant shade that suits every occasion and has basically become a neutral, fitting almost any outfit!

Turquoise & Caicos
the fun one of the lot, it's ridiculous how I always get compliments on my nails when I have this on. I've even gotten a compliment from an old man once and he wasn't even trying to hit on me!  That's how nice it looks on!

Muchi Muchi
the "good girl" shade! We all have "Wicked" moments, but then we all have "Muchi Muchi" moments (or Ballet Slippers moments!). This is the shade I wear when I want to feel super feminine and sophisticated! What is yours?
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Monday, 2 June 2014

A Life Update!

Hello there, it is only me, the missing owner of this very blog! I have no excuses for my absence and I'm sure you all wouldn't be interested in hearing any anyway, so I'll just get on with it! Since I last saw you, I have only gone and moved house and gotten a new job!


If I'm being completely honest with you, I can't say I was thrilled with moving a mere block away from our last place. I really liked that flat and really saw ourselves living there for a good few years to come still. But then the owner decided to sell the place and since we're not in a flat-buying position at the moment, we had to leave. We still wanted to be in the town centre for convenience reasons and we found a great two-bedroom place just a block away. Plus, upgrading from a one to a two bedroom meant my husband can now have his electric drum kit in the flat, which pleases him greatly and means he can start teaching drums again which pleases me greatly (cha-ching!). I've also been really enjoying decorating the place and piecing together some more accessories for the living room, which means your can expect more decor posts! And on the job front...

Some samples of my initial (terrible) work and then an actual good one which I made just yesterday!

I've started working as a barista! I started last April and am now a part of the Boston Tea Party team. It's a chain of 15 cafes spread mainly around the West of England. However, it is a family owned business, which I guess helps keep the independent vibe to each cafe, which I love! Working as a barista has always been in the back of my mind if I'm honest and it is everything I expected! It can be a lot of hard work, but meeting new people every day and making good coffee really is a pleasure! I've met some great people who have been really encouraging and really lovely about my wonky ferns and bubbly milk... Luckily it all does come with practice and my drinks are looking and tasting better every day! 

How has life been treating you lately?
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Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Sunday Post #11


This has definitely been a weekend for change! I started exercising again this week and I went on a lovely run yesterday with my friend and managed to do quite a lot of running as opposite to mostly walking! It is so true that your head gives up way before your legs do, as I didn't run as far today without the distraction of a friend there. hehe We're planning on running a 5k in July, but I'm sure that if we keep this up, we'll be ready for a 10k by then, easy! I also went back to eating a bit more healthy this week, in compliance with my New Year's resolution. January was great, but February was a complete write off, what with all the baking. I'm hoping the exercising will influence me with the eating, as I don't want to ruin all my hard work!

Right now I'm trying really hard to fix sleeping schedule. Yesterday was the first day I woke up at a sensible time in what feels like months and I guess my body caught on cause I feel super sleepy during the day and have SUCH a hard time falling asleep at night. And when I do fall asleep, I always end up waking up in the middle of the night, so the sleep I do get is all choppy. I've been trying to turn off from the TV & computer/phone an hour before going to bed to slow my brain down and also drinking chamomile tea an hour before bed. It hasn't worked it, but I'm sure the regular exercise will help. 

Given the excitably early hour I got up at, the first thing I did was pop into the WHSmith around the corner to pick up the new issue of Vogue! I'm not usually a Vogue reader, but this one's got Nigella on the cover, I do love her! I've always prefered reading ELLE, as it feels a bit more "approachable" (if that's a quality a magazine can have!), but I did enjoy reading this issue of Vogue, so I might give it another chance! 

And I finally took advantage of that 3 for 2 at Boots and picked me up some Essie goodies! The taupey colour is Chinchilly, the red is Wicked (which I believe is Essie's answer to Chanel's Rouge Noir) and I also got their high shine top coat! I just did my nails this morning and it IS shiny, let's see how it holds up! And while browsing the shops yesterday, I stumbled upon not one, but TWO striped, navy blazers (first one's from H&M and the second from TK Maxx)! Is that a sign or what?? They look perfect to Spring, so I might have to give in! 

What have you been up to this week??
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Friday, 7 March 2014

Lingerie as Outerwear - Three Ways with M&S!

I was invited by M&S to take part in their new blogger campaign a few weeks ago and thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something I've been meaning to do for ages, which is to incorporate more fashion posts in the blog! I hope you enjoy this post!

The lingerie as outerwear trend has been around for ages and it looks like it's going to continue going strong in the next few seasons! I always thought it looked SO elegant and chic when done right, I love how feminine it is. However, I personally could never dream of ever going out in public with my bra showing or wearing a body. haha I guess I'm just not THAT fashion forward! So when I had to choose a piece of lingerie to style in three different ways, I went with this really delicate and versatile lace vest and using my incredible personal style (HA!), here are the three looks I came up with:


For work: if you work in a more formal environment, this would be a great way to add a bit more personality into your work outfits!

Casual layering: this is such a comfortable look and I think the tank lifts up the whole look and makes it a bit more fun!

A touch of femininity: I love how the delicate lace adds some femininity to the tough looking leather jacket!

I think choosing a piece that is kind of in-between lingerie and outerwear, such as this top, is the perfect way to wear the trend for the not so brave of us! Also don't forget to check out M&S's full lingerie line!

Have you/would you wear lingerie is outerwear? Share your thoughts!
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Thursday, 6 March 2014

My February 'Non Beauty' Favourites

Images from my Instagram

This past month wasn't all that eventful in the Fletcher household! In light of that, I ended up picking up a new hobbie of sorts: baking! I never used to bake much since it always got me stressing out and worrying too much about the outcome so it wasn't always very enjoyable! After a specially disastrous chocolate cake (I mean, it had loads of chocolate in it which made it edible, but it just wasn't delicious!), I decided something had to change and that I would master cakes once and for all! I even went out and bought a hand mixer, that's how serious I was about it. haha It made baking so much easier, which in turn made me want to do it all the time! Bad news for my waistline, but a hit with the husband! hehe

The Coffee and Walnut cake I made was so delicious, I could barely believe I baked it myself! The only problem with it was that it was way too thin, I think my tin was too big for the recipe. We are moving in a couple of weeks, but after we are all set up, I want to get better equipped for all the baking I want to do! Also, I've now started to try baking cookies. First try was a total disaster, (the ones in the picture are the very last batch I managed to save!) but you know, it's all a learning curve! haha

Images from Tumblr

In keeping with the uneventfullness of it all, we ended up watching a lot of Netflix and we are now both obsessed with House of Cards! Netflix have got it down with their own productions, first Orange is the New Black (which I made a post about right here and am dying to watch season two of!) and now this... I always did have a habit of sympathizing with the bad guys and here they made the "bad guy" (if you can call him that) the main character! I'm starting to come up with the theory that what makes a show GREAT is the duality in the characters, not liking everyone all the time but not hating them all the time either, if you see what I mean? I feel like that about The Good Wife, OITNB and obviously about Claire and Frank Underwood!

This show is based on the miniseries of the same name here in the UK, which aired in the 90's. It's all about the political (and not so political) power struggles in Washington and a man who is ruthless in his quest for power (how fancy does that sound??). It is mesmerizing to watch. I'm SO sad we're getting close to the end of season two now and, by what I hear around the internet and from friends, it's an intense finale! Doesn't it just break your heart to know that they haven't even started filming season three yet?? What are we going to do?? 

What have you been up to this past February?? x
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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Mood of the Moment: Statement Necklaces



My whole life my mum always joked saying I must have been a drag queen in another life. I have always been attracted to anything shiny! I think the happiest moment of my childhood was when I was a ring bearer at my aunt's wedding and my dress was a mini copy of hers... It was a crystal sparkly explosion and I couldn't stop smiling! Of course my style has obviously evolved since then and I've mostly been rid of my flashy ways. Mostly! 

Even though they can be a little too much sometimes, what I like the most about statement necklaces is how versatile they can be. They can dress up a little black dress or be a touch of fun on a casual outfit. In fact, my favourite way to style them is to combine them with a simple jeans and tshirt look and let the necklace do all the work. You know me, the trick is to make it look like you've made an effort, even if you haven't!

I'm still a bit of a way away from making statement necklaces a wardrobe staple, if I'm honest. I've been wearing delicate, understated necklaces for years now, so they might take a bit of getting used to. But my next jewelry purchase will definitely be one of these big guys!

How do you feel about statement necklaces?

Other Mood of the Moment posts: Black Ankle Boots
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Monday, 24 February 2014

Blogging Spaces: Flo @ Hola Flo



"Hi Ferdie's readers! This is Flo and I write a beauty and lifestyle blog called Hola Flo. This is my first guest post and I'm very excited to share my blogging space since I'm very happy about how it looks. I moved to Sweden last December and I currently live in a furnished apartment in Stockholm, that means that I didn't have to spend tons of money buying lots of stuff but only small things that make it look exactly like I want it to. 

My blogging space is my living room where I have a corner sofa and a white sofa table. The sofa is so comfy but the only problem is that I usually sleep when I'm supposed to blog! 

In my blogging table I always have candles and flowers, they make me so peaceful and happy and I can stare at them all day long. I also have an old 18-55 mm lens for my Canon camera and my school books. 

As blogging requires all my attention, I only use my computer to blog, my phone to check if somebody is talking to me and the ipad to listen to music. I also like to have my iphone and ipad handy to check how my pictures look in different devices and of course, for Instagram.

I hope you liked my blogging space. Thanks to Ferdie to let me show it If you wanna check out my blog this is the link: www.holaflo.blogspot.com

 Flo x"

Love, love, love Flo's space! It's so bright and organized, sooo dreamy! If you want to take part in the Blogging Spaces series, just drop me an email or tweet!

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

James Brown London Intensive Moisture Mask - Review


I'd already used products from James Brown London's line before and I quite enjoyed them, but I first heard of this hair mask reading Jennifer's blog and after she sang it's praises of course I had to get it! I mean, ave you SEEN that girl's hair? And with a name like "Intensive Moisture Mask", it sounded like just the thing! It contains soy protein, pomegranate oil and shea butter, which all sound like good stuff to me and the packaging looks so chic! Plus, it only sets your back £8 from Boots, so I went for it.

At first I was really disappointed with it. They recommend using it on dry or freshly washed hair and leaving it on for 10 minutes for nourished and soft hair. Now, I tend to switch up regular conditioner for hair masks in the shower to give my hair an extra boost of hydration. I do not recommend doing that with this hair mask because using it that way will do NOTHING to your hair. I felt like I had just thrown £8 in the trash can! I completely forgot about it for a couple of months, when I decided to give it another chance during a pamper day!

I then finally tried using it in the recommended way. I washed and dry toweled my hair and applied a generous amount of product. I threw a shower cap on and left the mask to do it's thing for about 20 minutes  (I always leave things on for longer than recommended, such rebelliousness!) and THEN I could finally see what Jennifer loved so much about this! It did leave my hair feeling so soft and moisturized and shiny like it hadn't in a long time. If your hair's in need of a little loving, you won't regret picking this up! 

What's your favourite hair mask? x
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