Tuesday, 27 November 2012


1. Bow Collar Blouse - This blouse is really cute, but I could probably do something similar a length of ribbon.
2. Animal Face Tupperware - What could make your leftovers cuter and more appealing than these pretty lunch boxes.
3. Missguided Rose Gold Metalic Skater Skirt - I love this skirt from the Missguided advert, it's only £15! I can't believe it hasn't sold out.
4. Miss Selfridge Flocked Kimono & 5. Boohoo Fringed Kimono - I really want a kimono style top, so I can look like Jessa (the English one) from Girls. She's not my favourite (that's Shoshanna) but I love her style. My sister has a really nice one, but she won't give it to me.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Spiked jumper, spotty trousers

I finally got around to taking some OOTD photos. Now that it's dark at like 4 o'clock, always raining, my photographer (aka the bf) working longer hours and my funny days off, trying to get some taken is a more difficult task. However yesterday, despite everyone talking about the rain, it pretty much held off for us. 

This is my vintage vogue look, I felt like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face taking this photo.

The jumper you'll have seen before, I did the spikes in the shoulders myself. I've worn it loads since spiking it, even if I do have to hand wash it now. I think of it as defence for rush hour on the tube. I just love the collar poking out of a jumper look and for me it has an added advantage; I have super sensitive skin and most jumpers itch me, especially around the neck. The collar stops the itchy wool from even touching my skin!

The trousers are from Primark and are pretty similar to the Topshop Flocked Spot Trousers except for the fact that these ones actually fit me and don't have weird folds in them. One thing about wearing flocked anything, it picks up dust and fluff like anything. I have to de fluff them as soon as the come out of the washing machine and about a hundred times a day when I wear them.

It's the perfect outfit for a lazy sunday of going to the supermarket 3 times because I kept forgetting things and burning the fudge I was trying to make.

Jumper; H&M
Top; Topshop
Trousers; Primark
Shoes; TK Maxx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Homemade Presents; Making chutney

I love christmas and I spend alot of time getting ready for it. One of my favourite things is giving people presents. I'm a big believer in thoughtful gifts (has anyone ever received a 'gift set' and thought just what I wanted) but I don't think you have to spend a lot money to give well thought out presents. I give a lot of homemade presents so I've lots of posts planned with my ideas and advice on them.

It's early days, but if you're going to make christmas presents you need plenty of time to make them! Last year I made Christmas Hampers with 2 kinds of chutney, fudge, coconut ice and peppermint creams. It took quite a while to get all these items made, but it was really worth it as people seemed really pleased with them; My bf's mum called his nana on Christmas Day to tell her about her hamper and I've spent all year being asked if I'll be making coconut ice again this year.

Chutney needs to sit for at least 4 weeks to not taste vinegary so it's time to start making that now. I save up nice jars all year, but you can always buy them in shops or online. You can also buy some cheap jam (I've seen it for about 34p in Sainsburys) and make some batches of jam tarts to get the jars. Plus everyone will get jam tarts!

I really recommend Mary Berry's Chirstmas Chutney recipe.

I made this recipe up based on several different recipes I found online and it worked very well for me. You can also find lots of great recipes online. This made 5 jars of chutney.

I used;

650Kg of Red Onions
650Kg of White Onions (buy your onions at a vegetable market - they will be cheaper)
150mls of Red Wine Vinegar
150mls of Balsamic Vinegar (Don't worry about buying fancy vinegars, it all gets boiled up anyway so it won't make much difference)
6 Cloves of Garlic
4 Tablespoons of Honey
200g Caster Sugar
Waxed Discs

Peel and chop all your and garlic onions up. I do mine in the blender to get them extra fine. Did I mention your house is going to smell like onions and vinegar for days?

Put them in a massive saucepan with a little oil, till they go soft. Don't turn the heat up too high, you'll burn them.

Pour in the vinegar, honey and sugar and bring to the boil.

Let it all simmer and reduce the liquid away. You'll know its ready when if you mix the onions, the gaps don't fill with liquid. Just before all the liquid is gone, put your jars (without the lids) in a hot oven to sterilise them.

Once all the liquid is gone, carefully take your hot jars out of the oven, wrap it in a tea towel so you can hold it steady and fill each one up with chutney. Put a waxed disc on top of each jar and screw the lid on. If the jar is hot enough the poppy thing on the lid will seal back up.

Leave the jars to cool.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Must haves for A/W 12/13

I had a job interview recently where I had to show the key items for this season. I didn't get the job, but I do have this;

What do you think?

Sunday, 11 November 2012


This is my entry for the Glamourous blogger competition. I love Glamourous's range, it was quite tough choosing what I would buy on a spree. I actually went a little bit over the £200, which was quite easy...

1. Black Baroque Shorts - I'm really loving the baroque trend and these shorts are perfect for it!
2. Green Sequin Shorts - These also come in pink and black and I had a real tough time choosing what colour I liked best. Honestly I'd buy all three.
4. Leopard Collar Playsuit - This playsuit really reminds of a Vivetta one from last A/W.
5. Embellished Collar Top - This top would also look amazing under a jumper, which is a favourite look of mine at the moment.
6. Houndstooth Shorts - Wow, considering it's freezing outside, I'm really feeling shorts right now. I do love shorts with tights.
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