Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tallulah's Threads Daisy Coord ♥

I am in love with coords right now, even though autumn is upon us. I'm sure they can still be pulled off with a pair of tights too! This gorgeous daisy print cord set is from Tullulahs Threads, a boutique specialising in vintage and custom fashion. I wore this for pretty much the whole weekend at Leeds festival, as it was the perfect thing to throw on easily. The weather over the weekend went from boiling hot to very chilly, so this was great to wear and then add on layers when it got a bit colder.

The item is handmade by fashion graduate Danielle Collier, and as it was custom made, I requested the coord to have a skirt instead  of shorts. I love the daisy print on this, it's the perfect colours for the end of summer. The style of the pieces meant it was really comfortable to wear and had quite a loose fit, whilst still flattering. The skirt has an elasticated waist so I could wear it to cover up my bloated foodie belly, and the top is the perfect length, as it doesn't bare too much flesh!

I wore it in Leeds when the sun was out with long socks and wellies, and then I added tights, a quilted jacket and scarf in the evenings to keep me warm. I've also been wearing the coord and about with my new tan Campo Dei Fioro sandals from Brand Boudoir. I love these sandals, they are so comfortable! The base of the shoe is wooden and quite firm so I was a bit worried they might be uncomfortable, but they're actually amazing. I love the tan colour as it goes with everything, and it has bronze glitter detail too. They're made from real Italian leather, and I think they look great with this outfit.



Thursday, 28 August 2014

Pretty Pastel Bakeware from George at Asda ♥

I love doing a little bit hobby baking during my spare time. And with the Great British Bake Off recently starting again on TV, last weekend I was inspired to get my baking bits out and make some more cupcakes! I recently received some lovely new baking goodies from the new range from George at Asda to try out. They have some gorgeous new bits and pieces of homeware, in lots of pretty colours and patterns to jazz up your home interiors.

The cupcake recipe I use is really simple.. it’s 250g of self raising flour, caster sugar and butter, 4 eggs, and a bit of vanilla extract. This amount of ingredients generally makes around 10 large muffin sized cupcakes. I made my cupcake mix in this cute pastel pink stoneware measuring jug. It’s quite heavyweight so it’s very sturdy and just the right size for a cake mix. After mixing all of the ingredients together, I used the pretty coloured set of four ceramic measuring spoons to add a small amount of baking powder to the mix to help the cakes to rise. 

I used some pretty paper cupcake cases to bake the mix in the oven in the cream coloured ceramic coated muffin tray. I also received the cute pink silicone rolling pin which will be great to use when I need to roll out fondant icing for cake decorations. To keep the cupcakes fresh I put them in these stunning Katie Alice floral tins, which come as a set of two. They’re perfect for keeping biscuits and cakes in, but I might use one in my bedroom too for my nik-naks! 

To decorate the cupcakes I made some vanilla buttercream using 125g of salted butter and 250g of icing sugar, and some more vanilla extract. I then decided to add a little bit of pink gel colouring to the buttercream to get them this gorgeous girlie pink colour! I used an icing bag and large star shaped nozzle to pipe pretty roses onto the top of the cupcakes. Et voila! They went down a treat! 


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Day out & Picnic in Ely ♥

A few weeks ago I booked a day off work and my parents and myself drove to Ely in Cambridgeshire for a little day out. We seem to spend a lot of our family days out here, as I love hunting in the numerous charity shops on the high street, browsing the huge antique store, and stopping for some tea at the stunning cathedral.

On this visit we had packed our picnic set and popped into Sainsburys to pick up some al fresco lunch essentials. Luckily the weather was beautiful and we found a nice grassy patch in the cathedral grounds to sit and eat our goodies. We had strawberries, bread, cheese, coleslaw, olives, pate, and potato salad.. my favourites! I also bought a big bottle of fresh orange juice, and my parents had hot tea from my pretty La Petite Rose flask from Dot Com Gift Shop. I also used the adorable matching lunch box for the strawberries, and kept the little snacks in the insulated lunch bag (it's made from recycled materials too!). The dainty floral print on the set is so cute! I also used some sweet little polka dot pastel coloured paper straws for my orange juice.. very pretty but not so practical!

There are quite a few charity shops on the high street in Ely, and I found a few bargains on my most recent trip, which I will do a separate post about. I did buy the little table cloth to use as a picnic blanket from a charity shop for £1.50 as I'd forgotten to bring one! I love the huge antique shop by the river called Waterside Antiques, which is three floors of vintage goodies and they're really reasonably priced. They have everything from big bits of furniture to little nik-naks and trinkets. I bought a tea cup set!

Later on in the day after our picnic and little shopping trip, we went to Ely Cathedral and had something to eat in The Almonry. As the weather was so lovely we decided to take a seat outside in their pretty gardens. Unfortunately they had sold out of scones, so instead I ordered a double chocolate brownie and a glass of milk (I am a child).


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