Sunday, 20 April 2014

Life through my iPhone...

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I've managed to lose around 8 lbs recently and I feel so much better for it, more like myself anyways enough to bring out the American Apparel high waisted super skinny jeans (not the best option if you're planning on a food baby!) Look at little Oscar smiling at me as I was opening a packet of chews. I've made him an instagram account to spam you all with my sausage, it's 'teenieweeniebubbletea
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The weather was absolutely amazing this weekend, so warm and sunny it felt more like August than April! I spent it with the best company, having drinks in the sunshine and a BBQ in this amazing garden, it was so lovely :) How many of you had chocolate for breakfast today? I know I did. (shock) I couldn't resist picking up these ferrero rocher eggs, yes they're as good as they sound. It was the nicest weekend I've had in a long time...Hope you all have a lovely Easter. P.s Spot Oscar going wild, he's such a sassy sausage.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Tropical Surf


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 Yes, that's right. I'm wearing shorts, yes... in April but it seems like the sunshine might be here to stay?Fingers crossed. I love how warm it's been recently, especially with the lighter nights, it's so nice not to have to wear jeans or tights the whole time. My entire outfit is from New Look, from their Tropical surf range. I always find myself going back to New look time after time. There's always so much choice when it comes to styles and I can (and often do) order quite a few items without breaking the bank whatsoever, which is always a bonus, great news for my ever expanding summer wardrobe. I love this simple coral t-shirt with the pretty lace hem detailing and the denim shorts are surprisingly comfortable (spot the cute paisley print pattern on the inside of the pockets) I'm so excited for summer to arrive, as much as I absolutely love pastels, I am trying to inject some more brighter colours into my wardrobe.
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For accessories, I chose a large statement rope necklace, to jazz up the neckline of the simple t-shirt. I love this necklace it instantly glams up a basic t-shirt, I know I'll be wearing it a lot this summer. I also chose some chunky tan suede style heels. New Look is one of the best places for affordable amazing shoes, I'm never let down, whatever the occasion. (it's always nice to have a little bit of extra height when baring our legs, right?!) which I'd team with a tan bag. What do you think of my Tropical surf inspired style outfit? For all the latest trends and style inspiration visit newlook.com 

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Life lately..

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If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that as of last night I am now 'officially' in a relationship and my mum called him 'dishy' over social media, yes really. I'm never sure how much I should share on here, I sort of just write what comes naturally and hope that it goes down okay with you guys. I am a lifestyle blogger, this is a part of my life and I like sharing it with you. Without going into too much detail, it is nice to just enjoy spending time with someone, spending a lot of time laughing and for the whole thing to just be totally effortless, p.s yes it's kind of a nice bonus that he happens to be super hot but I'm just saying that because he reads my blog. Just kidding, I like him more than pizza.
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Look at those big front paws and all those wrinkles, as you can tell from the winter Pj's this picture was taken not long after I brought my little sausage home. He's six months old this month, I can't imagine my life without him. I never ever even contemplated having a miniature dachshund before, but now I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the breed. He is so kind, loving and hilarious. He's such a sassy little thing, he hides behind me sometimes if a bigger dog walks past, the moment the other dog is out of reach Oscar starts barking his head off, thinking he's big and clever. Such a loud bark for a little dog.
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Lately, I've been taking my own advice. I've stopped spending so much time on my phone. I would end up missing half of a TV programme because I'd spend the majority of it scrolling through twitter or instagram. It's nice to just switch my phone off, watch a film, have a relaxing bubble bath or just enjoy company. I was really shocked recently at the amount of people I noticed in bars and restaurants who would be sat at a table, not one of them talking, just all sat on their phones. 'Life is what happens when you're looking at your smart phone' really made me think, just switch the bloody thing off. 

This really was just a little 'life update post' I know my blog falls into the lifestyle category, but does it bother you that my posts are so random? What would you like to see more of? Outfit posts, sickly recipe posts? Oscars wrinkly face? Photos from little days out and things? Let me know in the comments :)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Speckled egg nails and sausage print socks.

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Models own speckled egg nail polish in 'Dove' - Asos < link
This Models own nail polish arrived earlier this morning, I have already ordered it in lilac and mint green. It went on so easily it didn't have a really overpowering scent either and my nails now resemble pink mini eggs, what's not to love? Kind of perfect for easter! What do you think?
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Please excuse my claw hand, I'm not a beauty blogger, can you tell?! I just wanted to try and show how pretty this nail polish is! It's crazy how much better you feel with a fresh coat of polish on your nails.
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Sausage dog print socks - asos < link
So, I was browsing Asos and stumbled across these socks...How could I not order these? I'm turning into one of those dog people. Sorry, not sorry. My auntie turned up the other day with a sausage dog print scarf for me, crazy dog lady status = achieved. Oscar must be so embarrassed. 
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Butterfly hair clips c/o Stephanie ever after 
The lovely Stephanie (I've linked her shop above) offered to send me some pretty bits from her etsy shop, how stunning are these hair clips?! Butterflies, flowers and glitter, right up my street. She also sent me a rose headband, I can't wait to wear it when spring / summer (or sunshine in general) finally arrives.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Mini smarties cookies stuffed with Nutella

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I made three batches of these for my mum to take into her work. The first lot of cookies looked kind of plain, so I added mini smarties to the next two batches for a pop of colour and yet more chocolate. Here's what you will need I found the recipe here, whilst browsing pinterest.. you know how that goes.

1 cup of unsalted softened butter
1 cup of  white sugar
3/4 cup of brown sugar
2 fresh eggs
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1tsp of vanilla essence
1tsp bicarbonate of sofa
a lot of mini smarties
3 and a 1/2 cups of plain flour
1 jar of nutella (refrigerated) 

First things first, put your jar of Nutella in the fridge. Pre-heat the oven to 180. Line three trays with baking paper. Whisk the butter and two sugars together until they're nicely combined. Add the eggs and whisk well, then add vanilla. Finally add the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Until it forms a dough. 
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Pour in as many mini smarties as your heart desires, take your three lined baking trays, scoop some cookie dough and roll it into a small ball and place them onto the trays. I then used the back of a teaspoon to create a little pocket in the cookie dough, fill this with a drop of Nutella (from the fridge, it's less messy this way) and then cover the Nutella with more cookie dough.
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Place them in the oven for around 10-11 minutes and you should have something that looks like this. i think they're best eaten warm, straight from the oven. Look at that gooey Nutella centre, drool.

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