Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion

Maybe it's just me, but a lot of the time I find that fashion for different seasons aren't very wearable.
Glamour Magazine UK has some trends that you could wear every day, or even a subtle version!

The fashions are divided into 11 different categories, with a description of how to wear them.
All of the pictures and text are from Glamour Magazine UK - I just wanted to share them with you

As seen at: Burberry Prorsum (pictured), Roksanda Ilincic, Miu Miu, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Simona Rocha, Louis Vuitton
How to wear: Are you listening, magpies? Reach for all that glitters for spring/summer 2014, with the majority of fashion houses lavishing lashings of shimmer, sparkle and costume-jewellery fancies across tops, dresses, collars and spare inches of fabric. How decadent!

Chewy Cookie Bars

Chewy Cookie Bars

I came across these chewy cookie bars while searching for recipes with coconut.
They are seriously good ... my sister and I have had so many over the past few days!
Adapted from a recipe by Myrtis Gunnels on allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F

In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Add in the flour, baking powder and salt, little by little until it is mixed in completely.
Add in the chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut.

Spread the mixture evenly into a 9 x 13 baking pan.
I lined mine with parchment paper, so it made it easier to remove from the pan.
If you decide not to use parchment paper, make sure the pan is greased.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Let the bars cool before cutting them.


Print the recipe card here.
Enjoy!

Everyday Make-Up Inspirations

Decided to switch up my everyday make up for spring - here are some of the looks I liked.
I'm loving the softer brown colours, and liner on the upper lid, with nothing/very little on the lower.
Check out Vlog With Kendra, she has some amazing make-up tutorials, as well as product reviews.

Everyday Naked Palette Combos

No-Bake Coconut-Peanut Butter Bars

No-Bake Coconut-Peanut Butter Bars

I came across this recipe from Two Healthy Kitchens, and it's a pretty healthy treat!
I made a couple of alterations, but they were a delicious.


Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups of quick oats
  • 3 cups of coconut
  • 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 cups of natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)

Directions:
Mix together the oats, coconut and flaxseed.
Add the vanilla, peanut butter, and the honey.
I added 1/2 a cup of the honey, and my mixture stuck together pretty well.
Two Healthy Kitchens suggests 1 cup of honey, but that is way more than needed to make it stick, and they are already sweet enough without the extra 1/2 cup.

For peanut butter, I used Earth Balance coconut and peanut spread, but any natural peanut butter (or regular peanut butter) will work fine!
From there, I lined a 9 x 13 baking pan (you can use a bigger or smaller pan, depending on the thickness you want) with parchment paper, and added the mixture.
Then I used another piece of parchment paper to push down the mixture, so that it was very packed down, and would not crumble.
Finally, I melted the chocolate in the microwave, and spread it all over the top of the oat mixture.
Once the chocolate was evenly spread, I put the bars in the fridge until serving - this keeps the chocolate firm.
These bars are definitely a delicious treat, while still including healthier ingredients!


Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

A great, green, St. Patrick's day treat!
I have made these cookies before, using a Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix, and Andes Mint chocolates - this works very well also!
You can find out how to make those here, but otherwise here is the from scratch recipe.
Slightly adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.

Ingredients:
2 ¾ cup of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of room temperature butter
1 ½ cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of mint extract
15-20 drops of green food colouring
1 cup of chocolate chips (plus more if desired)


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375°F

Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.
In a separate bowl, cream together the room temperature butter and sugar.
Mix in the egg and mint extract.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, little by little, until combined. 
Mix in the food colour, make sure you mix in really well, or there will be darker green speckles.
 Finally, add the chocolate chips, add more if desired.

Roll the dough into balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet. Approx. 1 tbsp. sized dough balls.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.  

Print the recipe card here

DIY: Ombré Nails


Inspired by Lauren Conrad. 
I had to give this a try!

I was very skeptical about trying this, because many online sources suggested using a sponge.
They were also doing a different ombré than Lauren has.

So to start, I picked a pink colour, similar to what lauren has.
You can try with a different colour, but because our nails are naturally a pink colour, I think pink most likely looks the best.
I also used a clean makeup sponge.

To start, paint some of the nail polish onto the sponge, and then press it onto the upper half of your nail. Do this to all nails, but you may need to repaint the sponge a few times.

It looks very pale.

Do this a second time, but covering a little less of the colour than before, to start the fading effect.
Make sure the polish is dry from the first time, before you do it the second time.

Next, I used the nail polish brush, and painted a french tip or line, on the end of my nail.
Again, make sure your nails are dry from the step above.

Finally, after your nail polish is dry, paint to polish on the sponge, and cover the time between the french tip, and the second sponge fade. This will help blend the colours and make it more of a natural fade look.


Now, just add a clear top coat! This will create a smooth finish.

21st Birthday

On March 5th, I celebrated my twenty-first birthday. To some that might not seem that old, but thinking about it right now - it's hard to believe! I'm almost finished my third year at university, only one year left ... and I'm 21. Time has flown!

I was very blessed this birthday. I received so many lovely messages and birthday wishes, and I spent it with all of the loves in my life.


My dad was very proud of himself (and we were all proud too), he made my favourite cake, you can find the recipe here. It is a chocolate cake, with a strawberry whipped cream filling, covered in whipped cream!

We had tea and cake, followed by dinner at a really nice restaurant near my house at school.
My favourite things!


Cards are probably one of my favourite things, especially when they have such nice memories and thoughts written in them. I have every card I have ever been given.
I displayed all of my beautiful cards on the wall with some blu-tack!

For my birthday, my sister gave me this gorgeous iPad mini case from Kate Spade.
I fell in love with it a few months ago, and it is now sold out on the Kate Spade website.
Luckily, I found it on Nordstrom, shipped it to my friends house is the US, and her dad brought it back for me <3 So happy!

I am also getting a gold watch when I finally make up my mind.
I'm almost 100% sure that I want this Marc Jacobs one... but I also like the Kate Spade ones, and I also love having the date on my watch. 
I'm also pretty indecisive about things, so that's where I am right now.
Help me!!!



I received so many lovely gifts and cards for my birthday! I felt like the luckiest girl to have all these amazing people, old and new, in my life.

Thank you to everyone who had contributed to these past twenty years of my life, even in the smallest way. 
Heres to my twenty-first - and maybe a trip to the US for a legal drink soon!

Microwave Brownie

Decided to take a quick study break, and made this brownie - the best study treat.
This recipe is for a really delicious, egg-less brownie, from Easycooking.
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of milk
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons of chocolate chips
a pinch of salt

Directions:
Melt the butter, mix in the milk and vanilla.
Next, mix in the sugar, cocoa, flour, chocolate chips and salt.
Divide between two ramekin dishes, and cook in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, and let rest for two minutes after - or cook in the oven at 425ºF for 12-15 minutes.


If you have a little more time, check out my simple brownies.