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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Champagne & Strawberry Cake | Recipe

Like most women, when it comes to my favourite indulgences, champagne and strawberries are right up there (amongst sleep, pasta of any kind, shoes and anything that sparkles). So it was only a matter of time before I married the two into what is now my favourite ever cake recipe.

A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this cake is just perfect for impressing your pals at this summer's gatherings and no one need know that it costs far less to make than a bakery buy... Oh yeah, it has an (optional) cheesecake frosting too. Let's get to it -->>

Friday, 15 April 2016

I've Got A Liebster Award!

So I've been nominated for the Liebster award again! The word 'liebster' actually means 'dearest' in German and this award is given to bloggers by other bloggers as recognition of their work in order to spread the word about their blogs - how sweet! I was nominated last year by the lovely Laura of Loved By Laura and now this year Molly of Molly Quinn Blog has nominated me - thank you so much Molly!!! 

As part of being nominated I need to answer the questions Molly asked on her blog and then pass the tag on and nominate some great blogs which I think deserve recognition. Here we go!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Pretty & Productive Desk Space DIY | Decor

The significance of the desk space is something that is seriously overlooked. Think about it, for the majority of us, it's the one area where we spend most of our waking hours during the week. I know I spend at least 8 hours a day sat in my little corner.

We focus so much on making our homes beautiful, it's time we did the same for our home away from home. Whether you work in a shared office, are a student or you work from home, here are some subtle touches and tips that can make all the difference to your working day.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Easy Quick Chow Mein | Recipe

Chinese is hands down my favourite takeaway cuisine. The cross-section of fabulously fresh flavours available; sweet, sour, salty, spicy are all a dream for a real 'foodie' like me. Whilst I love dim sum and sweet and sour pork, my absolute favourite Chinese takeaway dish has to be chow mein, especially the day after a big night. Oodles of noodles are just what I need to soak up any residual alcohol in my system and the fact that I can have carbs, meat and veg all in one dish is a win - the need for a knife is a no-no on a feeling-sorry-for-myself Saturday afternoon.

Getting a takeaway every weekend can be costly though, especially if I'm ordering for one because my boyfriend's decided he wants a pizza again (pah!). There's no way I'm ordering £10 worth of Chinese for myself just to make the delivery fee (although we all know I could eat that much). I'd rather see the extra £5 go on a makeup or towards something other than my belly. Instead, I've learnt to make chow mein for myself! It's cheaper, much quicker than waiting for the delivery guy and I don't have to wait until 5.30pm when the Chinese place opens to curb my cravings. Here's how to DIY: 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Chic Power Dressing | Outfit

Stylist Rachel Zoe is quoted as having once said, 'fashion is a way to say who you are without ever having to speak'. I couldn't agree more and this look says, 'I mean business'. 

 One of the coolest things about being a fashion blogger is that you can show up to a work meeting in anything and noone will bat an eyelid. Well, they might take a second look if you were to wear, say, a see through dress a la Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, but they'd probably still love it. I love working in an industry which doesn't restrict my ability to express myself when it comes to my outfit.

Monday, 4 April 2016

How the Instagram Changes Will Affect Your Following and What to Do

So today I absent-mindedly updated Instagram as I often do when prompted on the App Store (NOT, I generally ignore it until I have about 100 updates due...). So, the one time I actually update something and I immediately regret it because a) boy does that little circle take forever to go around and b) when I (finally) logged back into Instagram I realised that by upgrading I'd also enabled the dreaded changes we've all been hearing about... Oh. Em. Gee.

Cue a home feed filled with people I didn't even know I followed and some that I definitely don't follow - yes there are sponsored posts galore in the new update. But don't fear! I'm here to give you the lowdown on the new changes - the good, the bad and the ugly and to tell you what you can do to combat a drop in followers or a hopeless home feed.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

How to REALLY Go Shopping on Pinterest

I dunno about you but when I think of Sundays I think about cosying up in PJs with comfort food, Netflix and my favourite Pinterest boards. Once upon a time, my days on Pinterest would be spent designing my dream house, planning a wedding to rival a Kardashian's or giving myself major food envy.

Recently however, I've been thinking about how Pinterest can be some much more than that. Now I use Pinterest not only as my vision board but as my stylist and personal shopper. Bringing me pins of shoppable items from my favourite affordable stores like ASOS and Topshop, complete with styling suggestions from celebrities, my favourite bloggers and even my best friends. Here's how to unlock the power of Pinterest:

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Affordable London Brunches & DIY Brunch Ideas | Recipe

So it seems that brunch, that rather ambiguous meal that can take place at any time between breakfast and dinner now it seems, is kind of a thing. Like, everywhere. Not that I'm complaining. An array of delicious breakfast foods still on offer at 3pm and an excuse to sip champagne before noon? I'm in! 

Now, as much as we'd all love to spend every day Sunday schmoozing over champers in some swanky central London restaurant, that can get a little tough on the old purse strings. Which is, of course, where I come in. In this post, I'll be sharing a couple of affordable London brunch spots I've stumbled across recently as well as a recipe to rustle up a DIY brunch to impress. 
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