Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Red Leather & Fur

ASOS Fur Coat / H&M Jumper & Bag / Levi's Shirt / Miss Selfridge Leather Trousers / Kurt Geiger Boots

I've been on the hunt for a new winter coat and completely forgot that my mum had put a huge suitcase full of my winter clothes in the loft. I found this jacket that I had bought years ago and it brought back many memories of first and second year at my old university in scotland. I went two sizes up so I could layer up as much as possible but thankfully winter hasn't hit us full throttle just yet!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Avoid A Same Dress Disaster

"It's that all too familiar scenario. You've spent weeks, months even, searching for that seemingly perfect party outfit and arrive feeling fabulously festive - only for someone else to show up wearing the exact. same. dress"

Harvey Nichols have come up with another brilliant and hilarious Christmas ad! They've taken the 'death stare' further and heightened it with sci-fi laser beams and explosions. Enjoy!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Peanut Butter & Nutella Cookies

After numerous failed attempts, I recently decided to tackle my fear of baking (the only thing i could well was apple crumble) and start again with the basics. I wanted to share with you a recipe for some cookies that I made yesterday using my two favourite spreads - Nutella and Peanut Butter! 

What you'll need:

Greaseproof Paper (or Parchment Paper)
170 g (unsalted) butter, softened
105 g dark brown sugar 
100 g white granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
160 g smooth or crunchy peanut butter (I used crunchy!)
110 g Nutella
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C and place greaseproof (or parchment paper) on your baking tray. 
In a large bowl, mix the butter with both the brown and the white sugar until creamy. Add the peanut butter and then the nutella (I just threw them in together!). Next combine the egg and the vanilla extract into the bowl. 
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda and incorporate slowly into the peanut butter-nutella goodness! 
NOTE: This next step isn't necessary but I would strongly advise you do so. 
Place the mixture in the fridge for about an hour (you can actually freeze the cookie dough as well - just roll into little balls and pop them into a freezer bag).

You can either roll the cookie dough mixture into little balls of the exact same size (e.g. 1inch) and then press down with a spoon or knife OR you can do what I did and just use a tablespoon to measure out a 'dollop' of cookie dough, transfer onto the greaseproof paper and press down gently with a spoon.

Bake the cookies for 10-15 mins or until they're lightly brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool them down on a wire rack. Serve warm with ice cream! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Revlon: One Perfect Coral

When the weather gets colder, I usually go for dark shades of plum, red, blue or purple but I found this gorgeous coral nail polish my mum had recently bought and loved it instantly. It's a slightly neon and more coral in real life which unfortunately doesn't come up on the camera, no matter which setting I used! Drying time was surprisingly quick and I didn't even need the two coats that I used because the polish has the right amount of 'thickness' to ensure full coverage. Now all I need is a holiday to somewhere obscenely hot and sunny to wear this to.   

Monday, December 10, 2012

Inspiration: Magazine Covers

As part of my project at university, I have to come up with an artefact that represents me as an individual. I wanted to find a way to display my interests and what I'm passionate about and as a result came up with the idea of creating a print magazine. I have spent the past month or so compiling a scrapbook for inspiration for content, layout and the general aesthetics for the magazine. Today, i've spent the day navigating myself around InDesign and looking at magazine covers to keep myself inspired. The whole process is going to be stressful but i'm excited to see how it's going to turn out!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012