Thursday, 31 May 2012

Going Floral

Blouse from French Connection, long top from Topshop, boots from Schuh

I was looking through my wardrobe last night, trying to decide what to wear today, and I suddenly spotted this lovely floral blouse hidden away at the side. It belonged to my mum originally, and she gave it to me a few years ago. It's from French Connection, and is at least 28 years old. I love it: the colours are so soft and pretty, and I do love the floral trend. I was going to wear it with bare legs and heels, as you can see below, but real life happened, so in the end boots and tights were more practical! But I thought that I would show it to you both ways. I think it would be really cute with a lighter top underneath too.

Eyeshadow: MAC Gleam and a touch of Bare Minerals Disco; Lipstick: MAC Mehr

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Whirls and Twirls

On a cloudy, dry day like today I love rolling up my boyfriend jeans and pairing them with heels and a pretty, delicate top. Looser jeans aren't definitely aren't as flattering to my figure as tighter jeans (and I think I generally suit dresses and skirts best of all, figure wise) but I do love my jeans, and I think that as long as I feel good in what I'm wearing, that's the important thing!

I also put on sparkly lipstick today, hence the name of this post. Whirls and Twirls was part of the MAC Glitter and Ice collection, and it's very pretty: shimmery and sheer. And it's always fun to kiss someone and leave glitter all over their lips too!

Top and jeans from Topshop, peep toes from New Look

Whirls and Twirls lipstick from MAC

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Day In The Park (2)

I love this dress. Passed down from my sister, it is so comfortable and a nice length for running around all day in the sun. I also love how beautiful the design is if you look closely. I wore it on Thursday, when we enjoyed the sun at Inverleith Park for a few hours. We read, we played frisbee, we ate was a happy, sundrenched afternoon. We left with slightly red skin, bits of grass in our hair and the bottoms of our feet brown from running around barefoot on the grass.
Sunglasses from New Look
Dress from United Colours of Benetton, bag from Warehouse, shoes from Topshop, and a can of Cherryade!
Ahh...that's better!
Close up of the dress material

Friday, 25 May 2012

Day In The Park (1)

On Wednesday we spent most of the day at the Meadows. Our time was spent people-watching, picnicing and sunbathing, and we left the park that evening as the sun was beginning to set feeling warm, full and happy. After the rain last week, this summer weather is a welcome change, and we aim to take full advantage of it!

Top, skirt and shoes from Topshop, bag from Ollie and Nic, cardigan from M&S

Reading material: Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn and New Look sunglasses

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Daisies and Demin

It was a lovely day yesterday, and I decided to flounce around town in my flowery heels. They tie around the ankle and I must have had them for about five years now...they are super comfy and pretty. Over the years I have had many compliments about them, and funnily enough when I was in the supermarket buying the ingredients for our dinner yesterday, a lady tapped my on the shoulder and asked where I got them!

Top from Sita Murt, skirt from Zara, bag from Warehouse, shoes from Kurt Geiger

It was also pointed out to me by my boyfriend today that I always make ridiculous faces in pictures. In fact, if you watch How I Met Your Mother, do you remember the episode where Barney can't take a bad photo? And even if he looks ridiculous just before the photo is being taken, his expression always ends up looking good? Well apparently I do the reverse of that. The photo showing my face below is one of the less silly ones!

Close up of the bow detail on my top

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

I was very excited to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the wonderful Heidi-likes, thank you so much Heidi! I haven't been blogging for very long, so it makes me very happy to think that someone likes what I've been doing so far.

The rules are as follows:
  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging
  • Let them know you have nominated them
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself
  • Thank the bloggers that have nominated you
  • Add the versatile blogger award to your post

My nominations are:

The Clothes Im In
A Drop of Bliss
Cupcake Cuisine
Dancing in High Heels
From Freya, With Love
Rouge and Chocolate
shopping addiction
The Daydreamer
Three Layer Cake
Vintage Bluebell
All Things Average Girl
The Coffeehouse
illustrations & adventures of KW

I have really enjoyed reading all of the above blogs, and look forward to reading much more in the future! Thank you all for your wonderful posts.

My seven random facts are:

1. I'm not scared of rollercoasters, but I'm terrified of Ferris wheels.
2. My favourite cake is Red Velvet Cake.
3. I read really fast, and I love to read.
4. My favourite TV programme is Gilmore Girls. I can practically recite along with all the episodes.
5. My favourite shop is Topshop.
6. I used to have short, blonde hair.
7. I went to Venice, Italy (from London) for one day with my sister as a birthday present once.


Saturday, 19 May 2012

Polka Dots

I decided to wear one of my favourite skirts today, and brighten up the outfit with some pops of colour. The weather over the last few days has been wet and miserable, so it was nice to be able to bare my legs and dress up a little bit.

Skirt from Oasis, cardigan and shoes from Topshop, top from H&M

Earrings were a Christmas gift from my parents

Ring from Venice

Friday, 18 May 2012

New Lipstick!

My sister got me three gorgeous new MAC lipsticks recently: Pink Popcorn, Morange and Impassioned. I think I like Pink Popcorn best, it's such a pretty shade. Morange isn't a colour that I would usually go for, but I love how vibrant it is, and Impassioned is fantastic for nights out.

Pink Popcorn



Thursday, 17 May 2012

Malted Chocolate Cupcakes

I made these delicious Malted Chocolate Cupcakes yesterday. The recipe is from The Hummingbird Bakery's wonderful cookbook, Cake Days. If you are in London, be sure to visit one of their shops (which are located in Soho, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Spitalfields and Islington). The Spitalfields branch is my favourite. The daily specials are changed quite regularly, and the seven current flavours (running from Monday to Friday) are Tiramisu, Apple Streusel, Panettone, Crème Brûlée, Key Lime, Eton Mess, and Grasshopper. Now that I can't visit their shops, I am forced to make my own! And I was very happy with how this recipe turned out. The frosting alone would be delicious spread over a basic chocolate sponge. Although the recipe has quite a few ingredients, it is actually very easy to make: it mostly consists of beating different ingredients together! And I found that most the ingredients I either had, or could buy quite cheaply. I would strongly recommend it.

From Cake Days:

Malted Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 to 16 cupcakes

For the sponge

150ml sunflower oil
75ml whole milk
75ml buttermilk
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
240g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
330g caster sugar
150ml boiling water

For the frosting

200g dark chocolate chips
240ml double cream
115g malted milk powder (I used Horlicks)
50g full fat cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)
35g caster sugar
Malteasers, to decorate

Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F), Gas Mark 5 and fill a muffin tin with muffin cases.

I love my cupcake cases: my mum bought them for me in John Lewis

Using an electric whisk, beat together the oil with the buttermilk, egg and vanilla essence on low speed until well blended. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, then stir in the sugar. Add a third of these dry ingredients to the oil and milk mixture and beat in slowly until evenly incorporated.

Beat in a third of the boiling water, followed by another third of the dry ingredients, then repeat with the remaining ingredients, mixing together until they are are all combined. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition, to ensure a well-mixed batter.

Finished sponge batter

Divide the mixture between the paper cases, filling each by two thirds. (I tried doing this with a spoon to begin messy. So I used a jug to pour the mixture in which was much easier!) Any remaining batter can be used to fill one to four more cases in seperate tin. Place in the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until springy to touch. Allow to cool a little before removing from the tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool down completely before adding the frosting.

Springy to touch!

To make the frosting, place the chocolate chips in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and allow to melt, then remove from the heat to set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, using the electric whisk, whip the cream with the malted milk powder until it forms soft peaks. In a seperate bowl, beat the cream cheese with the caster sugar until combined, then add the cooled chocolate and mix again.

Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture, adding half of the whipped cream at a time. Divide the frosting between the cupcakes, smoothing and swirling with a palette knife (which I don't have: maybe that's why mine are not that smooth!), then decorate each cupcake with 3 Malteasers.

Frosting, which should probably come with a health warning it's so good!

Halfway there!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hearts and Flowers

I love hearts. It is in the name of my blog after all! I fell in love with this dress at first sight. Covered in tiny multicoloured hearts, what could be better?! And it has pockets. That's always a winning quality for me. We took these photos in front of the gorgeous flowering plants in Princes Street Gardens in between rain showers. We managed to get these taken when the sun was out and I felt warm. However, I spent most of the day putting my cardigan on, taking my cardigan off, putting my boyfriends hoodie on, taking it off...the weather is very unpredictable at the moment! And yes, the hoodie looked a little silly over the dress, but it got so cold at one point that I just didn't care!

Dress and shoes from Topshop, bag from local charity shop


Hands in pockets

The bag

Red heart earrings from Accessorize

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

These Boots Are Made For Walking

We went for a wander around the city today, and I decided to wear my new boots. Technically they're not new as I got them over Christmas and it is now May! But I've only been wearing them occasionally, because I want to keep them nice.  Anyway, my old boots have pretty much fallen apart now, so I decided it was time put them into proper use. I love them so much, and their best feature is that you can either wear them as long boots or fold them down into a shorter boot, which I think is a brilliant idea. I decided to wear them folded over today, and they kept my feet and ankles lovely and warm!

Boots from Ecco, skirt from Urban Outfitters, jumper from Topshop, scarf and bag from Warehouse