Sunday, 18 June 2017

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

I made these chocolate orange cupcakes for Marcus' mums birthday. I used a stork chocolate cupcake recipe and adapted it as I knew it was chocolate orange I wanted to do and all of the other recipes I had seen looked over complicated. These were really easy to whip up and I know will be making some more again soon.

Ingredients

For the cupcakes
115g butter
115g caster sugar
2 large eggs
75g self raising flour
40g cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
2 teaspoons orange essence

For the icing
85g butter
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
225g icing sugar
1 teaspoon orange essence 
decorate with mini terry's chocolate orange segments

Method 

1. Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees (I used a fan oven)

2. Put all of the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to combine them all together. If you don't have a hand mixer you can just do it with a wooden spoon.

3. Spoon the mixture into the cake cases, I got 12 cakes out of the mixture. 

4. Place the tray in the middle of the oven and bake for between 15-20 minutes. 

5. Take the cakes out once baked and place on a wire rack to cool.

6. Beat all of you icing together in a mixing bowl and combine together. Taste to ensure you can taste the orange flavour, you can always add more if you prefer. 

7. Pipe the icing onto the cakes once they are cooled, decorate with a mini chocolate orange segment. 





Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Mindful Moments

Looking after yourself is very important but it is something we sometimes forget to do. Life can be hectic at times making it impossible to put aside any time for ourselves. I'm not the best at relaxing, actually if I am being totally honest it is something I very much struggle with but there are things I like to do to de-stress and just be detached from my thoughts even if it is just for a short amount of time. I always tend to feel guilty when I take time out which is something I am working on but here are some of the things I like to do and that really help to lift my mood.

A Cup of Tea Solves Everything
I feel like sometimes the little things matter the most and just by making a cup of tea and taking the time out to sit down with a drink to take that bit of time out really helps. There are a lot of different teas I like to drink, I love English teas as well as peppermint, green tea, fruit teas and before bedtime I will have a chamomile tea. 

Getting Creative 
I get that not everyone is creative, personally I love to make clothes and enjoy designing new clothes to make. Even just getting stuck into a colouring book or one of my recent favourites an adult dot to dot book can really take give your mind something else to focus on.

Bake
When I am really anxious or feeling on edge and have a free hour or so I will put my iPod on and bake something, it is kinda win win as I feel so much better afterwards and I get something tasty to eat. There is something relaxing about baking and it lifts my mood, I like to bake things I have never baked for. Just make sure you always have the ingredients in!

Get Lost in a Book
This is something I wish I did a lot more than I currently do, the thing with having anxiety is it can affect my concentration making reading quite difficult however when I take the time to do it reading a book is something I enjoy. Reading before bed can help to make you feel relaxed and aid a better nights sleep.

Having a Bath
I am a massive fan of having a bath, bath nights are my favourite. I always feel relaxed afterwards and it is time I can have to myself without it being interrupted which if you live with your parents can be quite difficult. A lush bath bomb, relaxing music and a face or hair mask makes the perfect bath.

Meditation Apps
I think I have been through every single meditation app there is, Headspace is a good one as is one called Calm. There is a recent one called Stress relief that I have found which helps me to get to sleep at night. I usually use meditation apps in the evening as I find it very hard to switch off at night but you can use them whenever you need them. Headspace take ten meditations only take up 10 minutes of your times and has fun animations. These are useful for when you are having a busy stressful day and need to take some time out. 

Thought Diary 
This is something I like to do when thoughts keep going round and my mind is racing or before bedtime to empty my mind. It makes me feel slightly lighter and more focused when I have written in my diary. I write anything from what I have been up to, how I have been feeling and any thoughts I want to air. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

New Website Obsession - Joanie Clothing.com

I have seen this website popping up on social media and more and more people are starting to wear clothes from here. Joanieclothing.com is such a cool website, I went on there for the first time one day last week. I feel like there are things on here for everyone, personally I like the quirkier things which I will show you. I thought I would choose my top picks from the website (then I may have to go and place an order) 

How cute is the Martha stripe shirt dress? I think it is something that I would wear quite a lot, it is such a versatile dress. You could wear it in spring time with ankle boots and a jacket or on holiday with sandles. This is priced at £38.

I think this one is my fave, the Martha Libary Book Print Dress is £35 and they also do a skirt version. I really like the print and I think I could wear this with so many different items. 

Zooey Floral Collar Dress
The embroidered collar, the pin tucks, the buttons, the colour, the gathered sleeve and the pussy bow tie. I love it all!


This dress is adorable, it would be perfect for holidays or you could even dress it up with some heels or wedges. The Valentina Portugese Border dress is £35, I love the cute bow round the waist.

Nutkins Squirrel Cardigan
How cute is this squirrel cardigan? I love it, I think I would wear this with a dress for a librarian look. This has been reduced to £10.50. 

Cat Intarsia Jumper
The Cat Intarsia Jumper was £35 and is now only £14.00. I would wear this jumper so much, it would look so cute with a peter pan collar shirt or tucked into a skirt.

Usually I'm not one for a slogan tee but I really like this one, it would look super cute tucked into a skirt like pictured above or with dungarees. This is £18 and I think I need it.

I love this style of skirt paired with heels and a plain top. This Milly Floral Full Skirt has been reduced to £18 which is a bit of a bargain. 

This Blue Glitter Shell Bag is so adorable, I am in love with quirky bags even if it means that I will have to hold my phone all evening as it probably wouldn't fit. It costs £28, you could wear this with any outfit as the perfect accessory. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

April Favourites

I'm not really sure where April went, I feel like it just flashed by just like May seems to be doing. We are more than half way through May and I just don't understand how it has happened. Here are my April Faves.

It isn't often that I use a face mask as I have quite sensitive skin, Marcus' sister sent me this one as I had given up chocolate for lent which was really really hard btw. This smelt so good I just wanted to eat it, I enjoyed using it and my skin felt really nice afterwards too!


I think I may have  put this in a favorites before but I just love it and have been wearing it quite a bit recently. It is the NYX liquid suede cream lipstick in the shade tea cookie. It lasts all day, I love the shade and it just feels nice on. It is one of my faves.

When I bought some make-up I got a few freebies and one of them was this No7 skin illuminator, you can use it in three different ways but  just tend to use it as a highlight on my cheekbones and eyebrow bones. It is quite subtle but it gives my face more definition, I can tell a difference when it is on. I really want to get the bigger tube as the one I have is only a sample.


How pretty are these nails? I love every single set of nails of the new Elegant Touch range. I enjoyed wearing these and got lots of compliments and of course they are rose gold!
Old Skool
Marcus bought me these pink suede Vans and I absolutely love them. He had bought me some converse at Christmas and unfortunately they were too small, we had try to find a replacement but trying to find a rose gold pair of converse has proved impossible, I have been living in these, I have worn them with skirts, dresses and dungarees. They are really comfortable and also girly enough to fit in with my style.

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Last month I started to watch Line of Duty from series one, I had never seen it before but it has had a lot of hype recently especially with the new series being on and also my cousin had watched it and loved it. Warning...it is very addictive, I wont give anything away. I am up to halfway through series two but I am really enjoying it. I have heard it gets better to so I am very excited.

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Finally a bit of a random food favourite, I wasn't able to eat chocolate for most of April as I had given it up for lent so I kind of replaced chocolate with these...Hobnobs. Not quite the same as chocolate hobnobs but they went lovely with a nice cup of tea. not the healthiest but I think they were one of the things that got me through lent.