Wednesday, 10 December 2014

I'm back! | Gingerbread men are everywhere


I know, I know. Where have you been?! I'm genuinely really sorry to those that enjoyed reading my blog, please know that it's been greatly appreciated! I'm very grateful to those that have messaged me or tweeted me saying that I need to get back to blogging and the fact that some of you have stayed subscribed to my blog is really very kind and sweet of you. So thank you very much for sticking with me.

In all honestly, I was a bit stuck with my blog. I ended up not knowing what to write about and then would feel guilty that I wasn't posting and that just eventually turned into me not posting at all and that just resulted in a complete lack of motivation. I won't go on too long because I just want to get back to my blog now and start a-fresh. I will do an instagram update post at some point so for those of you that want to know what I've been up to can find out that way. Christmas time is here and surprise surprise gingerbread men is what I'm blogging about today. What better way to return to my blog with a post about these smiley little faces?

I'm still very much in love with anything gingerbread man related, you'd think a now 23 year old would have something better to do but nope, here I am squealing at the cuteness overload.

Purchases from Primark, Costa, Waitrose

I've bought two items in this theme recently, one being some fleeced leggings from Primark and the other being various edible versions of them, can't beat a bit of good food. (Just because it's not exactly the healthiest doesn't mean it doesn't count as good food ok!)

In the photo right at the top, is a few things I like the look of and will eventually get around to either looking at in more detail and possibly buying. I've already tried the large gingerbread man, the one in the packaging and while it wasn't to my taste as it was the soft gingerbread rather than the biscuit kind, I thought I'd still include it as it LOOKS great and there are people out there that like the soft edible variety of it.

I know it's very close to Christmas now and some of you may have already done your christmas shopping, I know there will be a lot like me that still have some presents to get, oops. I say to myself every year that I'll get it all done by the end of October but in reality we all know that won't happen. But hey, wishful thinking right? One day I might actually stick to it.

From left to right:
Gingerbread man Candle in a tin  - Etsy
Vanilla Frosting Body Butter (50ml) - Boots
Gingerbread man Large (225g) - John Lewis
Gingerbread man Clutch bag - New Look
Mini gingerbread man hand warmer - ASOS
Tree decoration (comes in set of two) - Not on the High Street
Baylis & Harding Beauticology Trio in a Bag - Boots

And not included in the image above but look at this - a gingerbread man shaped corkboard. HOW COOL. I don't know if I'd ever use it though, aha.

Anyone bought anything gingerbread man related or seen something lately that I might like to know about? Comment below! x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

OOTD - It's a Paris Thing


Hey! Another OOTD post, ooh.  Sorry for the absence last week, my camera charger has broken so I've not been able to take many blog photos unless they're with my phone. I know they're not the best quality but it'll have to do until I can get a replacement charger, which hopefully will be soon.

I love this top so much, it really wants to make me go back to Paris. Anything with a city on, Paris, London, New York - I seem to become obsessed with and have to buy. Must be the wanderlust within me.

I'm also not one to wear shorts very often at all, but I went for it and got them anyway. Why not get out of my comfort zone eh? They're so comfy to wear and you can wear them with tights. And the good thing about them is they're really versatile, I could wear them with something casual like this outfit or dress it up for a night out.



Top - New Look
Shorts - New Look
Shoes - New Look

(An all New Look 'look' but can you blame me when I get a very very good staff discount and the clothes are so nice!) 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

OOTD - high waisted gingham leggings



Leggings - Ark
Shirt - Primark
Necklace - Primark
Boots - Next

Yes you’ve seen it, my first OOTD.

Look at my leggings, guys. I love patterned ones, I’ve just never had the guts to wear them before. But look here I am, wearing some! I’ve never been one for leggings that are ‘out there’ (sparkly leopard print ones… no thank you.) so these will be do perfectly. Gingham's very on trend at the moment, I've seen it in so many shops on the high street and it's on the catwalks too - I'm looking at you Oscar de la Renta and Balmain. Not to mention the photos of Olivia Palermo wearing them. And with pastel colours being everywhere - especially pink and mint green, they're the perfect choice of colour to add to the outfit.

I like the pattern, because with it being monochrome, it can go with basically any colour jumper/shirt/t-shirt. So it may be that this little item may become a staple in my wardrobe. Most importantly, they are not see-through. Which I love. Seriously, I get so paranoid over new clothing and hate any sign of see-through quality, so I was very pleased that these are not like that in the slightest. You’d think with the white it would be slightly transparent, but the grey and black pattern offsets that and as long as you wear nude coloured or light colours underneath you will be fine. I can’t think of anything worse than walking down the street and people being able to see right through them, which unfortunately can happen with some leggings out there. Instead, I can wear these and not worry about what my bum looks like from the back, yay. (At least I’m not asking ‘does my bum look big in this’!)

They are so comfy. They’re high waisted and fit really nicely around the waist and the legs in general. They don’t sag, because there’s nothing worse than buying skinny jeans and/or leggings and them not actually being skin fitting. Speaking of comfort, no worries at all if I end up eating a huge meal and a food baby arrives aha. These lovely things will hide that just fine.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Lauren Aquilina and Leeds



Last week I went up to Leeds to stay with a friend!
(My camera charger broke the night before sadly. So I was only able to take photos on my phone, excuse the not as good quality!)

A big part of going up was for seeing Lauren Aquilina in concert. I love her songs (which by the way, if you haven't heard of, youtube her now) and have wanted to see her live for ages and the next thing I know my friend has bought tickets to see her and asked if I wanted to come too! So I bought my ticket and I've now finally seen her live yay. It was such a good night! I also got to meet her, get an autograph, got a hug and two photos. How cool is that?! She's such a sweet person and I'd definitely go to another of her gigs again. I don't actually have any photos of the event apart from the one of me and her (I look like a devil with the flash in my eyes but I actually don't care. Fan girling that I got a photo with her!) purely because I was more interested in actually listening to the songs and being there than spending the time holding up my camera to take photos. I will hold my hands up now and say that I have done that in the past, but not spent a lot of time doing it. Although at one point when she sang one of her new songs off her new upcoming EP - she asked everyone to put their phones and cameras away. We were the second ever to hear this new song of hers (I went to the second night of the tour) and she wanted it could be between us (aw how cute) and it was fantastic that everyone actually listened to her and there were no flashing recording lights or cameras/phones in her face to be seen. Her support act, Gavin James was also very very good, such a good voice. Bought his EP straight away.

Check out her new song from her upcoming EP 'Liars'. I love it and I hope I at least convert one of you into a fan of hers! Join us crazy lot.


I spent the day in York before going to see Lauren Aquilina, unfortunately I don't have really any photos of my trip there as it was pouring it down with rain and we were inside shops most of the day, including this amazing Designer Outlet (hello beautiful Ted Baker bags) and a lovely pub for lunch.


I also ate a lot. Especially sweet food, hence the many Instagram photos @ ciaosophiee. Ever since coming back from Australia I've been obsessed with frozen yoghurt, so of course I had to try some in the city. But I do have to admit I got probably a bit too much brain freeze than is normal as it was freezing weather. Not exactly the right time of weather to be eating that, oh well it was good and that's what matters aha.

And as you can tell from the first photo, I finally found the Wonderland magazine! Emma Watson is on the current cover and has guest edited it herself, as soon as I found out I had to buy it. I'm sure that Harry Potter fans out there have heard by now the revelations from J.K Rowling, oh my god. So I've been chomping at the bit waiting to read the interview. None of the shops near me have had it in stock sadly so I was getting worried I wouldn't be able to buy it before it went aha. Went into Leeds and saw one but it was badly damaged so I didn't buy it, then on my penultimate day there, my friend went in to buy something and saw another copy by the tills and as soon as she told me, I jumped at the chance and bought it. Leaving there a very happy girl.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

terry's chocolate orange and pecan popcorn bar recipe



I'm sorry for not posting last week but I've been so busy with work. I always feel really guilty, so I'm sorry! I should really schedule posts but I don't like them being published when I'm not there, just incase I've missed a spelling mistake or something - I like to give it one last check before posting.

On one of my days off I went to my local shopping centre and my mum and I went into Pret, where we found these popcorn bars that were new in. They were so tasty and it gave me an idea.. to make my own! The one we ate was white chocolate and caramel, but I wanted to try and make my own recipe so I came up with this.



Ingredients
Makes 16
  • 200g marshmallows (I used pink and white but either is fine)
  • 75g popcorn kernels
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 75g pecan nuts
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 pieces of terry's chocolate orange

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan with the sunflower oil then drop in the popcorn kernels and wait until they're fully popped.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a separate pan and once melted, mix in the marshmallows until they are also melted.
  3. Break the pecan nuts into pieces.
  4. Add the pecans into a bowl along with the popcorn and marshmallow mix.
  5. Mix all together thoroughly until all of it is coated evenly.
  6. Fill a 18 x 20 dish (you can use whatever you have available, but that's the measurements of the dish I used) and press the mixture down to make the bars. Put it in the fridge for one hour. Then melt the terry's chocolate orange in a bowl and wait until you can take the dish out.
  7. An hour in, take it out of the fridge and coat the top with the melted terry's chocolate orange. Then cut it into however many pieces you want (I did 16 with this recipe) as it's already hardened at this point and if you left it for the full two hours it would be too hard to cut.
  8. Put it back into the fridge and wait for the remaining hour. When the times up, serve on a plate and the best part of it all, you get to eat them.

If you try making this, I hope you enjoy it! They are perfect with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.