Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Jammy Dodger Flower Biscuit Recipe

Jammy Dodger Flower Biscuit Recipe

Jammy Dodger Flower Biscuit Recipe
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When it comes to baking any decorative biscuits, I always follow this simple three ingredient recipe as they come out perfect every time. This method creates a shortbread style biscuit that is not only delicious, but it allows you to cut them into any shape you'd like. 

I picked up these flower cookie cutters a few months ago for a project I was working on and ever since I have been meaning to experiment with different bakes that I could use them for. Then I came up with this Jammy Dodger style flower biscuit recipe which would go down amazingly at an afternoon tea with your friends. 

Ingredients (Makes 6 double biscuits) 

350g Plain Flour (plus more for dusting)
240g Butter 
110g Caster Sugar
Strawberry Jam 

Method 

Start by creaming the butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth. 

Tip the flour into the mixture and fold in with a wooden spoon. Once it starts to form together, mould the dough into a ball with your hands. 

Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper. 

Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Using a flower shaped cookie cutter, press out your biscuits. In half of the biscuits, you're going to want to use a smaller flower cookie cutter to remove the middle. 

Once all the biscuits are on the baking tray, put them into the fridge for up to 30 minutes to stop them from spreading in the oven. 

In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 180C. 

Place the biscuits into the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack. 

When they've completely cooled, take the bottom biscuit and spread the jam all over the surface followed by another biscuit on top to sandwich the two together. Sprinkle with icing sugar for added decoration. 


Will you try out this jammy dodger biscuit recipe? 
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Monday, 7 June 2021

A Summer To-Do List

Summer To-Do List

For me, Summer begins at the start of June and with the current warm, sunny weather, I thought now would be the best time to share my Summer to-do list. 
Sometimes with the longer, brighter days, it can feel like you need to fill every hour of your day up, but when it comes to thinking of an activity to do, your mind typically goes blank. I hope this list helps you feel inspired this Summer and give you ideas for your own to-do list. 

Explore More

We're off to Cornwall and Devon this Summer and I am very happy to go exploring in the UK again. I've been lusting after a beach day for some time and it'll be so nice to get away and see another area of the country. I've currently got Tintagel Castle and Clovelly village on my to-visit list, but I am always happy to have more recommendations. 

Aside from going on holiday, I also want to explore more locally especially at the weekends when we can take day trips and visit stately homes. The gardens are always so beautiful to walk around and take photographs, but in general I feel like there's lots of places in the UK that I've been meaning to visit for a couple of years now, but never have got around to it. 

Go Fruit Picking 

Last year, I kept my eye out for local fruit picking places, but had no success as everywhere was booked up. I have been yearning to go strawberry picking for a couple of years now, so that I have an excuse to bake a delicious tart or use them to top a Victoria sponge cake. Nothing quite says Summer like having the sweet, red juice dripping down your hands whilst listening to a hum of bees in the sunshine. 

Visit A Few Flower Fields

I've been learning about seasonal flowers for the past couple of years as I love to see different blooms sprout up throughout the Summer. Roses, rhododendrons and hydrangeas are my three favourites, but I also love appreciating the fields of poppies that make their appearance in June. It's hard to find a good place to visit them through as many don't allow footpaths running through, but this year I'm determined to find a place. 

Last year, we took a trip to the local lavender fields to have a picnic for a date night. It was one best evenings, so I'm definitely going to try to go back this Summer. It was the perfect way to spend a couple of hours, digging into a delicious picnic and watching the sun begin to set. The lavender fields also have wildflowers and sunflowers, although they don't usually come out in full bloom until the end of August, so I must not forget to go back! 

More BBQ's and Picnics 

We've already made a good start with this, but I'd love to have even more picnics and maybe even host a BBQ for friends and family. It's the perfect excuse to finally sort out our garden, adding a few hanging baskets, getting the rattan furniture we want and maybe even hanging some fairy lights around for the ultimate evening ambience. 

Here are some more ideas: 

- Go to an outdoor cinema.

- Make ice cream from scratch. 

- Visit a farmer's market. 

- Read five books. 

- Watch the sunset or sunrise. 

- Go camping. 


What's on your Summer to-do list? 

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Thursday, 3 June 2021

The Joy of Living Seasonally

The Joy of Living Seasonally
Living seasonally is nothing new to me, but in the past few years I have truly embraced it. In a nutshell it is all about understanding and accepting the seasons as they come, indulging in the changing environments that go on around us and feeling influenced by nature's patterns

My journey with seasonal living can be traced back to as early as my school years, yet that doesn't mean that I haven't struggled since. When I was under ten years old I vividly remember every April getting a wild garlic scent waft throughout our classrooms from the woodland nearby and getting excited when September rolled around and the colours changed from green to brown. When I reached my teens and into my early twenties, I lusted after the warmer and longer days of Spring, yet resented long hot Summers that would soon approach. I would often get what I classed as "the Summer blues" which many people didn't understand. I thought that my pessimistic approach would last forever, but over the past few Summers, the last one in particular, my mindset truly changed for good. I was never going to take a season for granted ever again and it honestly felt like I was discovering Summer for the first time! 

As someone who's always been a fan of Autumn in all it's glory, when I started to appreciate all the seasons, I truly felt like all my senses were heightened and I felt like I was truly living within those few months of a season, rather than just lusting after the next. I learnt a lot about each season as I went because I was taking notice of everything around me. When before I knew that the likes of Wisteria and Cherry blossom meant 'Spring', now I could tell you when you expect them to bloom. Although time still passes in a blink of an eye, I take time to appreciate the changes every single day. After reading this article from Back Road Bloom, I started to see the seasons in "five senses" more, noticing the bird sounds of Spring, the touch of freshly cut grass underneath my feet and scents of different homely cooking when out on a Winter walk. Here are three ways I live seasonally: 
The Joy of Living Seasonally

Eating Seasonally 

By no stretch of the imagination am I perfect at this, but I have been trying to get better at knowing what produce is best at what time. Not only does it mean your food can taste even better, it can inspire you to cook new meals. I love cooking a roast with parsnips, potatoes brussels sprouts, all which are at their best in January and February, but when Spring rolls around, I no  longer crave cosy, warm food and instead opt for lighter flavours and more colour. This has meant I feel happier with what I'm eating and I've fallen out of the cycle of eating food until I'm bored of it, then never eating it again. Plus in Autumn, there's a perfect excuse to bake a blackberry and apple pie! 

Dressing Seasonally 

I've gone through quite the change when it comes to my personal style and it's made the biggest difference, but it may not be in the way you thought. I've always given myself a hard time to create a wardrobe that would work twelve months of the year. A Summer dress that can work with tights? Sign me up! 

Wrong. It really uninspired me with style and gave my confidence a knock too. I would spend the warm months in a thick dress, wondering why I didn't feel myself and then wishing the hot weather away so I could feel good again. Then I had a revelation and did something many people reading this will already be doing, I split my wardrobe into two. I stopped the guilt of feeling like having to have a wardrobe that worked all year around and instead filled it with Summer dresses that made me feel good and cosy knits that I could bundle up in. It meant that I could experiment with my style again, choosing what I felt was right for the season. Cottagecore in the Spring and then dark academia in the Winter - what could be better! 

Celebrate Each Season 

The way I visually show that I celebrate each season is through my Instagram. The photographs I capture often emulate the season we're passing through. In Autumn, I focus on the rich browns and oranges, whilst in Winter I take inspiration from the dreary, rainy days and embody that in my work. This keeps me inspired as I'm always looking at fresh and new ideas, whilst it no longer feels like I'm constantly longing for the season that I find easiest to get creative inspiration from. 

Celebrations occur throughout all the seasons, but they don't always have to be a certain date in the diary. I love to recognise the first fallen leaf, the first time I see apples on the tree and first bunch of peonies I see in the shop. I tend to decorate my home depending on whatever season I'm in too, taking inspiration from the sights and smells that occur during that particular month. For me personally, I decorate for Halloween and Christmas, but I also like to take time out throughout the year to celebrate, for example the Summer Solstice. 

Do you enjoy living season to season? 
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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Etsy Cottagecore Shops To Check Out

Cottagecore Etsy Shops
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It's becoming a tradition to share my favourite Etsy finds every time the season changes. I'm constantly looking through Etsy to find some pieces for my home and wardrobe, but I know that with so much on offer it can be a little overwhelming. Today I have focused on the theme of 'Cottagecore', an aesthetic that focuses on countryside life with woodland and cosy aspects. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, then read on! 

If you follow me on Instagram or Tik Tok then you'll know that I have been incorporating the Cottagecore aesthetic into my home, showcasing my personality more with each and every piece I add. This Peach Fruit Print is similar to my giant orange print that I have in my living room, but I think this would be a great addition to my kitchen especially for Summer. Also by EmilieDrawsThings, I spotted that she has a British Wildflower Print that I think is so adorable for the bedroom. 

Sticking to the print theme, I really like this PeachesandBees Herbology Art Print that definitely deserves to be framed for everyone to see. I imagine it'd be a great gift if you know somebody who is into baking or even Harry Potter. Another gift idea I have is this Whimsical Woodland Fairy Ring Coaster which is absolutely delightful and will be going straight onto my wishlist (already!) for my birthday. 

I was very lucky and got my Vintage Ceramic Soup Mug from a charity shop, but with them being coveted by many they are actually hard to get your hands on. Binny's Retro is currently selling quite a few of them in different vegetable designs, so definitely check their shop out if you're interested. To go in my mug I have been eyeing up this Brass Star Tea Infuser as I have a quite a few loose teas now that needs something like this - plus it's celestial so it gets a thumbs up from me. 
Etsy Cottagecore Shops

When I think of Cottagecore fashion on Etsy, there are two names that spring to mind, Son De Flor and Little Women Atelier. They both have an amazing linen dresses in a range of different styles that will cater to everyone's style and colour preferences. I've been looking at treating myself to one of their dresses for some time, the Meg Dress looks so cute as does the Mustard Peter Pan Collar Dress. Maybe this Summer I will finally take the plunge, but it's definitely one you should check out if you're looking into Cottagecore fashion. 

Continuing with the fashion, I wanted to talk about Cottagecore outfit accessories next. First up I have to talk about the LuLou Store because I'm unbelievably smitten with everything they offer - the Strawberry Earrings are a must, but the Mushroom Toadstool Earrings also have my heart. If you enjoy the woodland theme, then these Pinecone Earrings (yes you read that right!) are also absolutely adorable and will no doubt be a head turner. 

Oversized scrunchies are all the rage at the moment, so I was pleased to stumble across the ShopHoneyClothing which has a bunch of different styles and designs. They're such a statement piece and this blush Pink Satin Scrunchie would go perfectly with all my floaty Summery dresses. If you're more into headscarves then I would recommend checking out HiteyTitey which is a dreamy Etsy shop selling bandanas, oversized collars and even face masks in gorgeous Liberty prints which really embody the Cottagecore aesthetic. This Daisy Print Headscarf is currently on my wishlist! 

Have you found any Cottagecore pieces on Etsy recently? 
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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Simple Spring Makeup

Simple Spring Makeup Routine
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I've never been the type of person that could fit all their makeup in one bag, I was always switching out foundations and trialling a new blusher. My friends would ask me about any updates on new releases and ask for my recommendations, but over the past six months or so my approach to makeup really changed. Rather than getting excited about what blusher to pair with which lipstick, I just stuck to the same handful of products to see me through the day. 

Although my love for makeup was still there, with no place to go and no people to see, I found myself reaching for reliable products at the start of the day. I experimented a little around Christmas and again at Valentine's Day, but other than that I stuck to my routine every day. I've recently got the itch to start experimenting with my makeup looks again, but before I delve back into the world of beauty, I thought I'd share with you the products that have been my go-to over the past couple of seasons. 

For foundation, I have been using the L'Oreal Skin Paradise Tinted Moisturiser*, a product described as a tinted water cream which I think pretty much sums up it's formula and finish. If I'm honest I didn't expect to love this as much as I do because tinted moisturisers aren't usually up there with products I reach for as a I tend to find them patchy and not very long lasting. This base does have a slightly strange shade range which tends to lean towards the pink undertone side of foundations, but once I found my match, I felt liked it blended in well and looked natural on. 
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Nars Laguna Bronzer Makeup

When it comes to concealer, I've had quite the love affair with the Nars Creamy Concealer*. I loved it when I first used it many moons ago then I fell out of love with it for quite some time before going back to being smitten once again. It's super easy to use under the eyes as it stays put and doesn't appear drying. Plus it stays put despite the watery eyes I often get especially get at this time of the year thanks to hay fever. 

I've used the Nars Laguna Bronzer* for many years now and was very excited to try out their new packaging, but as the bronzer takes so long to use up (I'm not complaining) it took a while to replace my old one. It's just perfect for my skin tone as I can use it to lightly contour and add warmth to my complexion. 

The L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara* came out in America long before it made it's way over to us, but despite hearing so many amazing things about it, I was still skeptical when I got my hands on it. I'm going to make quite a big statement now - it'ss officially in my top three favourite mascaras. This means it's beaten quite a few high end offerings to the podium too. It makes my lashes appear longer and fuller, doesn't flake or irritate my eyes, plus I love it's longevity. 

Just like my powder routine, my eyebrow products have pretty much stayed the same too. I opt for the ABH Dipbrow Pomade* to help add depth and colour to my brows, whilst the Milk Makeup Kush Gel* helps to keep them all in place. The latter is a product I didn't get along with initially, but after some time, I've really gotten used to it and I think I'd struggle not to have it in my makeup bag.

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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Summer Dark Academia Outfit Ideas

Summer Dark Academia Outfit Ideas

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Today, I thought I'd talk all about dark academia, an aesthetic that consists of literary influences, earthy tones and checkered patterns. It is often associated with Autumn and Winter, but I wanted to see if I could put together outfits for the warmer months too - a light academia aesthetic if you will. If you're looking for inspiration, then I've got you.  

Unlike cottage core which mostly concentrates on soft, floaty dresses in light colours, dark academia dresses is all about the darker tones and slightly more structured style. Gingham is always a good shout as it can be worn styled up or down, so this Marks and Spencer Checked Midi Dress is a top pick of mine. I also feel drawn to this H&M Linen Dress which comes in a range of colours that would all fit perfectly with this aesthetic - the rust colour in particular is calling my name. 

I recently shared this New Look Wrap Smock Dress and I couldn't believe how many of you adored it, so of course I had to share it here too. I really do think it's the epitome of Summer dark academia fashion as it looks comfortable to wear in the heat, but it still ties into the aesthetic nicely. If dresses aren't your thing, then I highly recommend a pair of lightweight dungarees or shorter playsuit style like this ASOS Rope Playsuit

I think everyone is currently looking for the perfect prairie style blouse at the moment to pair with  a button down midi skirt and sandals which has meant a lot styles are quickly going out of stock. This Monsoon Victoriana Blouse is one that I stumbled across and it has made me fall in love with all of Monsoon's blouses because the lace detail and puffy shoulders are to die for. 

I know you probably won't be a surprised, but I think sometimes it's all in the accessories. I found this NA-KD Satin Bow Clip and instantly knew I had to have it because I feel like it'd go with so many outfits and is super pretty too. When it comes to shoes, I think that going for a classic tan mules or brown gladiator shoes would work well with skirts, dresses or trousers, anything that you choose. 


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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Four Books I've Recently Read

Spring book recommendations

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There's nothing better in the warmer months than a sunny day and a light breeze to inspire me to immerse myself in a book for an afternoon. I've been on a quest to read more and I know many people are in the same boat, so I thought I'd share four of my recent reads and review them a little so you know what to expect. 

The Cosy Read  

The Thursday Murder Club was a book I picked up on a whim, if I'm honest purely because it had a pretty hardback cover - what can I say. This fast paced book in based in a retirement village where a group of elderly friends set out on a quest to solve a murder. It's fast paced and has short chapters which means you'll get through this book in no time. It's equally charming and funny, whilst taking a spin on the classic murder mystery. It's unlike many thriller books, in that it never began to feeling like it was being dragged out, plus the comedy throughout lifts the mood of the entire book making it a great fit for a Sunday afternoon read. There's a second book to come which I'm absolutely delighted about and will no doubt pick up. 

4/5

One With Witches  

I love a YA fantasy book as much as the next person, so after being recommended Serpent & Dove many times, I finally decided to pick it up. I love when a whole new world is created in the pages of a book especially if it involves witches and magic, so this book definitely delivered. The only downfall to this book was that I struggled initially to get a grasp of the characters and storyline, but as it moved on, I almost wished it delved a little bit further into them. The main characters, Lou and Reid, have a great connection, but overall I did find each turn in the story a little predictable. Despite all of this, I would be tempted to read the next two instalments of the series as despite Serpent & Dove not taking the top spot in my YA fantasy category, it's still a solid choice. 

3.5/5

Serpent and Dove book recommendations

The Classic Thriller  

Looking through Goodreads, I have always had my eye on The Hunting Party, but when it came down to doing a book order I decided to opt for The Guest List, written by the same author. It promised a classic whodunit which will have you on the edge of your seat. It tells of a story of Jules, an successful online magazine owner and her husband-to-be Will, who is a famous TV star (a Bear Grylls type). Initially the chapters, which flick forward and back in time, does get a little confusing, but that wasn't the only issue. I found the characters to all be rather unlikeable especially Will and his friends, so if you enjoy rooting for a character, then this probably won't be for you. That being said, I did find myself turning each page, wanting to find out what happened next and I was pleasantly surprised by all the twists and turns. Unfortunately in the end I felt like the last 50 pages were rather rushed and the ending fell flat. I was left wanting more explanation and longer chapters, but the book wrapped up a little too quickly. 

3/5

Spook Yourself Silly 

I've recently been on a mission to read more classics, I want to delve into the world of Jane Austen's Emma and spook myself silly with Frankenstein, but I knew that I needed to ease myself in gently. Dracul, is no classic, but instead it's a prequel to Dracula, a very well loved book for many. It's written by his great grand-nephew, Dacre Stocker using Bram Stocker's own notes and it had me hooked from the get go. It's not fast paced like many of the books I read, but I didn't mind at all as I enjoyed engrossing myself in every word and page. It's dark and spooky, allowing your imagination to run wild! 

4/5

What boos have you read recently? 

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

My Spring Skincare Routine

Simple Spring Skincare Routine
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I feel like I've stripped back my skincare and makeup routine a lot over the past year, focusing on the products that my skin needs. As we transitioned into Spring from Winter, I had trouble keeping on top of my changing skin as it tends to break out a little, become more sensitive (thanks hay fever!) and still be a little on the dry side. I have been using a handful of skincare products to keep my skin feeling great and I wanted to share them with you today. 

I run the Garnier Reusable Micro Fibre Pad* doused with a micellar water over my eye makeup to remove most of it and give it a quick rinse underneath the tap once I'm done. After that, I'm ready to do my first cleans. I opt for the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel* which melts away the makeup once you start massaging it in. It's great if you enjoy a cleansing balm, but you don't like dipping your hand into the tub, but it still isn't as messy as a cleansing oil - the Oskia cleanser is the best of both. 

The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is one of my favourite cleansers ever and for Christmas I was kindly gifted their huge bottle version as present - to say I was delighted is an understatement. I use it as a second cleanse to make sure that all my makeup is off and the gentle formula leaves my skin feeling soft and soothed. 

Typology is a brand I have been meaning to try for some time, their simple yet aesthetically pleasing packaging definitely drew me in. I wasn't too sure how I'd get along with the Regenerating Facial Scrub* as my skin can be rather temperamental to physical exfoliators. This formula goes from a gel to a milky consistency when mixed with water and although it took a little while to get used to, it has over time made my skin feel softer and smoother. 

Simple Spring Skincare Routine

A face oil for me is essential in Winter, but when Spring rolls around it is tempting to ditch it. I like to turn my face oil routine into a massage, using my Jade Roller to de-puff. The Herbivore Emerald Oil* is my go-to as despite taking a little while to full absurd into the skin, it always make my complexion look more radiant and glowing. 

For moisturiser, I have rediscovered an old favourite, the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream which is a tub that is often fought over in our house. It feels so gentle on the skin and is lightweight in formula meaning it sinks in and feels comfortable at night and under makeup. This doesn't mean it lacks moisture though as my skin never fails to feel nourished after use. 

Underneath my makeup, the Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum* has been a god send these past couple of months. Like it suggests from it's name, it has a consistency like water which makes it lightweight, yet it still has great moisturising properties that works well at making my makeup look and sit better on my skin. Even when I'm not wearing foundation, I'll put this on as although it has no shimmer to it, it somehow transforms my skin from being lacklustre to glowing. 

What products are part of your Spring skincare routine at the moment? 

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Thursday, 22 April 2021

Cottage Core Dresses Under £120


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Although the weather is always up and down, over the last Bank Holiday weekend, I managed to take full advantage of the warm, sunny weather. I wandered around gardens, marvelling at the magnificent 100 year old Magnolia tree and twirling around under the falling cherry blossom, immediately perking up my mood and feeling a million miles away from the dark, dingy Winter days. 

'Cottage core' was a buzz phrase of last Spring and Summer, but it looks like it'll be having a comeback this year and I'm so glad about that as I finally feel like something sums up my warmer season vibe. Although floaty prairie, lace dresses are often the go-to, I feel like statement dresses are starting to get a look in. I sported this New Look Yellow Tie Tiered Dress* and the striking colour definitely turned a few heads, but I felt like a personification of a daffodil! This beautiful pale yellow shade is perfect for this season, but I feel like the easy to wear outfit will be a great pick for those long, Summer days. 

'Cottagecore' dresses don't always have to be saved for a special occasion as I feel like now more than ever, we need to wear out pretty dresses to every event. Below, I have picked out a few of my top finds. 


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Thursday, 15 April 2021

The Cottage Core Mushroom Bag

Cottage Core Mushroom Bag Olli Ella

Cottage Core Mushroom Bag Olli Ella

Cottage Core Mushroom Bag Olli Ella

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Everyone make way for the dreamiest bag of all - the Olli Ella Mushroom Bag. Originally made for children, but thanks to the 'cottagecore' trend, it has now made it into a lot of peoples Spring and Summer wardrobes. I spotted it last year and told myself that I didn't need it, but roll on twelve months and thanks for A Clothes Horse for enabling me, I finally decided to treat myself! 

It's already semi-viral on Tik Tok, so I thought I'd give it it's own blog post too! It's pretty much what it looks like, a small mushroom bag where the lid comes off so you place your possessions inside and view them from the tiny windows and (working!) door on the front. Although not huge in size, it's still sizeable enough to fit in all the essentials. I personally will be saving this for picnics and special occasions, but I'm sure it'll be featured non-stop on my Instagram over the next six months. Olli Ella doesn't stop at mushrooms, they have a broad range of adorable bags that I've linked below: 


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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

A Spring Wardrobe Shake Up

Spring Wardrobe Shake Up
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Spring is officially here and I can now get excited for the lighter evenings, sunny days and warmer weather that will soon be upon us. Spring fashion is one of my favourites and I always feel like I reach for the gingham patterns and pastel tones. Last year I felt like I didn't really experience Spring at all, but I'm determined to make up for that this year. Today, I have put together a guide to the ultimate Spring wardrobe shake up, consisting of my favourite dresses, tops and accessory picks for the new season. 

I'm not sure if I'm alone in this, but I struggle in Spring and Summer when it comes to wearing tops. I love both mini and midi skirts, but when it comes to choosing what to wear on top, my mind goes blank. I try and steer away from t-shirts and instead opt for simple, one colour pieces that can be worn with a variety of outfits. 

Dresses for Spring? Groundbreaking. I know they're not the most exciting pick when it comes to the warmer months, but I do find myself wearing them most of the time and there's such a variety of styles, lengths and patterns out there, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to look and what to choose. I personally enjoy a midi dress for both Spring and Summer, but opt for the smock style in Summer when it's warm and I want to keep material off my body and the pastels for Spring when I want to brighten up my wardrobe.

I've learnt over the last year that I am actually quite the accessory lover, the accentuate an outfit and act as cute props for my Instagram too. I love straw hats (currently lusting after this designer dupe!) and hair bows, but when it comes to shoes, I get a little lost. I've always been a creature of habit when it comes to shoes throughout Spring and Summer, opting for my trusty wrap around sandals, but when they finally went to shoe heaven last year, I know that I would be on the hunt for a replacement and I think I've found some that I like.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

Styling A Cottage Core Bedroom

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

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My bedroom has been a work in progress for some time now, but with the introduction of  'cottage core', I feel like my bedroom is slowly coming together and starting to feel more like my own style. Although it isn't as shabby chic as you imagine a traditional cottage bedroom to be, I think the boho and botanical vibes all work together perfectly. If you're looking to create your own cosy space, then I've got just the tips for you. 

Adding Houseplants 

I've spoken about my love for houseplants a lot over the past year as I finally learnt how to properly care for them and was no longer killing them all off within a month. Saying that, it's still been a learning process and many have gone to plant heaven. A healthy houseplant starts with how it was cared for before it came to you, so choosing a good place to buy your new friend is vital for a successful relationship with your houseplant. Below are some of my houseplant shop recommendations to check out: 

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

A Statement Wall 

My bedroom statement wall has been pinned on Pinterest thousands of times, so you've probably seen how I've grown it over the years and change it up for each season. I enjoy dressing my standing mirror with a garland depending on the time on year. Currently I've been hanging this Rose Garland and during the Autumn, I opt for a Rust Leaves one instead. 

I have the Urban Outfitters Ari Shelf on my wall which is where I have hung a battery operated lamp and framed it with a print secured with washi tape as well as my Macrame Wall Hanging. I want to switch out my print (which I stole from my statement wall downstairs) and switch it to this Mushroom A4 Print which I think is absolutely adorable and would fit perfectly with this space. 

My mirror corner isn't the only place that I have a statement wall as over our bed I have a variety of prints and my Urban Outfitters Moon Garland which I think keeps the wall looking busy and interesting - perfectly complimenting my bed and it's surroundings.

Cosy Elements  

I'm quite indecisive when it comes to soft furnishings in the bedroom and once I find a bedding set I love, I just want to keep it on forever. H&M Home have been great for enabling me to switch over cushion covers whenever I please especially when a new season approaches. Their cushion covers are affordable and if you already have their cushion inserts, they can be switched out easily. 

I have an area by my side of the bed with has a hook set up for fairy lights to be hung at any time that I want and it's absolutely amazing because when I want to feel extra cosy all I have to do is switch them on. If we were to get an at home projector for our bedroom, I feel like this would up the cosy factor even more! 

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

Personal Touches 

At the end of the day, you won't feel as cosy in a bedroom that doesn't feel like your own, so making sure to add a personal touch here and there is key. I feel like that's the joy of 'cottage core' styling, it's all about how you interrupt it and it really enables you to get creative. I have hung my own pressed flowers in a frame on the wall as well as stacked my favourite books  and hung dried lavender from our Summer trip so I'm constantly surrounded by things that make me happy. If soft lightning feels more personal to you, then why not grab yourself a Himalayan Salt Lamp or if you want to get creative and, then how about making your own macrame plant holder like this kit from Etsy

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

4 Things To Look Forward To This Spring

Spring brings us a lot of joy, the vibrant colours of freshly bloomed flowers, the fields full of lambs and the brighter, longer evenings. By the end of this month it'll sunset just before 8:30pm, so it's safe to say thats definitely something to feel a little happier about. Today I am sharing with you a handful of things that I'm looking forward to when it comes to the new season. 

The Blossoming Blooms 

I feel like Spring is waiting for us because aside from the snowdrops and daffodils, there aren't as many cherry blossom trees in full bloom where I live as there has been in previous years. One of my favourite thing about Spring is waiting for the flowers to come out and watching the season change. You've got Bluebells in April and Wisteria in May, on top of Magnolias and Rhododendrons making an appearance throughout too. I can't wait until the fields are a plush green and humming with the sound of tractors. 

No More Layers 

I'm quite a seasonal person, I love to see the positives and joy in every season that arrives. Autumn being my favourite, the jumpers and layers are welcomed with open arms, but by the time March arrives, I'm very ready to get them off and packed away again. Over the next few months, I shift my wardrobe the most, switching out the rust tones for pastels, long sleeves for short, the thought of leaving the house without a jacket is an absolute delight - although a little optimistic some would say. 

Seeing Family and Friends 

It's been an interesting (to say the least!) twelve months and not seeing my friends and family since before Christmas has been super hard. I am very excited to hopefully make the most of the sunny weather to have picnics and BBQ's outside hopefully full of smiles and laughs. 

Visiting New Places

I think the past year has thought me to really appreciate the places on my doorstep and although I'm very much looking forward to exploring the UK again, I'm just hoping that Spring allows me to explore further in my county and beyond. I've created a list of places to visit including country gardens, cute villages and castles fit for a princess - watch this space! 

What are you looking forward to this Spring? 

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021

10 Best Etsy Spring Shops

Spring Etsy Shops UK
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Over the last 12 months, I have spent more time in my house than I ever have and therefore I feel like I've put more time, money and effort into making it a space that I enjoy to look at. Etsy is also a website that I have really fallen in love recently, but with such an array of shops and pieces to find, it can be a little overwhelming, but I have put together a list of my top picks. 

I have been eyeing up the Lemon Printed Glass from John Lewis, but then I found this Peach and Cactus Glass Mugs and now I'm tempted by them. I think they'd look lovely on a Summer's day with ice cold water and chopped up fruit. Also to go in the kitchen I spotted these Linen Tea Towels and I've been looking for some good quality tea towels which very simple to look at and watch my kitchen aesthetic. 

I feel like tassel garlands are typically found in nurseries, but I don't think that should stop you from adding them to your own either. I think they add a little colour and texture to an area like on top of your bed or around a mirror. This Neutral Earth Toned Garland looks like such a gorgeous pick!

For more decorations, I have been eyeing up some new prints to scatter around the house. This Vintage Vegetables Illustration would look great in my kitchen. whilst this Celestial Boho Print would go very well with my bedroom theme.  

In my living room, I've been feeling like I need to add some new pieces as it's been a while. I want to add this cosy looking Tufted Cream Pouffe which not only looks great, but is practical too. On the walls, I think this Embroidered Mesh Hanging Decor would fill a space in my print wall that I have up in my living room. If that doesn't suit that area nicely, I feel like this Macrame Hanging Shelf would look amazing with a plant on! 

Coming away from Spring home decor, I also stumbled across some cute hair accessories for the upcoming months. The first one being the Daisy Hair Clip Set which would look so cute in dutch braids to keep my hair away from my face and the Strawberry Dream Bandana gives me all the cottage core vibes. 

Have you found any great Etsy finds recently? 

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Monday, 8 March 2021

Cottage Core Spring Outfits

Spring Outfits Cottage Core
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Spring finally feels like it's just around the corner and as I've been getting excited for the sunny days and longer evenings for some time now, I feel like I've built up quite the wardrobe wishlist. Over the next couple of seasons I'm looking at mostly floaty dresses, embroidered details and generally cute outfits to see me through and today I am sharing with you some of my favourite finds. 

I'm obsessed with looking at & Other Stories pieces because all of their dresses look absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer. This Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress is absolutely dreamy - I feel like it's something a modern day Cinderella would wear. This Ruffled Cotton Midi Dress is also high up on my list as well as this Frilled Embroidered Dress which I think would both fit well with a straw hat and sunflower field. 

H&M is another brand I have been absolutely loving. I'm coveting a lot of their pieces, but recently picked up this Puff Sleeve Dress which is honestly so dreamy if you're looking for a comfortable, yet cute dress. If you enjoy more prairie style dresses then this Satin Cream Dress may be the one for you, although I'm personally waiting for this Broderie Anglaise Dress comes back in stock soon. To finish the look, I picked up this Straw Hat with a gorgeous long ribbon - you can tie it around your neck and drape it around your face for a very 'cottage core' look. 

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Monday, 1 March 2021

5 Things On My March To-Do List

March To Do List 2021
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It feels like it's been a while since I checked in and even longer since I consistently blogged, but with everything going on, I haven't been motivated to update my blog in some time. I definitely feel like I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I thought what better way of getting back into blogging than with a classic March to-do list post, where I share what are my goals for the next month. 

Start Spring Content

If there was a buzzword for Summer 2020 it would have been 'Cottagecore' and I absolutely fell in love. It incorporated everything I love about the warmer months and I finally found a style I coveted. If you do enjoy that sort of content and you already follow me on my other social media channels, then you'll be happy to hear that this is going to be a great influence in my upcoming Spring content that has actually already started to slowly start! 

Hunt Down Some Spring Flowers 

March wouldn't be the same without my annual mission of finding cherry blossom trees. I've already spotted a couple, but I can't wait until they are fully in bloom! Although we're a far way of wisteria and bluebells, it didn't hurt anybody to have a look anyway - especially towards the end of the month. 

Get Some New Houseplants 

I started my pursuit to being a green fingered goddess last year and started to fill my house with plants, which to my surprise, was a success. Over the Winter, some of those plants look like they've seen better days and many have sadly gone to houseplant heaven, but I'm determined to give them another shot. I'm currently eyeing up some houseplants shops on Etsy including Verdant Houseplants and Stupid Egg Interiors

Regularly Blog 

My last monthly to-do list was back in December, which says a lot about my blogging routine as of late. Although I'm regularly uploading on my Tik Tok and Instagram, my blog has taken a back seat as I've struggled to find the motivation. I want to rectify this and start upping my weekly blog posts again, so that I can share with you my beauty favourites and wardrobe finds. 

Find New Beauty Products 

Following on from my quest to blog more this March, I also want to try out some new beauty releases. It's been a while since I treated myself to anything new and I'm slowly running out on some of my favourites, so now feels like the perfect time. I'm thinking of opting for the Versed Cleansing Balm which has been on my wishlist for some time, but I'm also tempted to try out the Fresh Strawberry Face Wash as my skin is in dire need of some extra TLC and it also tends to react well to their products. If it's makeup I'll end up treating myself to, I think the Dior Forever Cushion Powder is dreamy - the packaging is absolutely divine! 

What's on your March to-do list? 

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Monday, 15 February 2021

Essie Treat Love and Colour

Essie Treat Love and Colour Nail Review

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Essie's nail polishes are some of my favourites and I recently added to my collection in the form of their new Treat, Love and Colour range which promises strength and colour in one bottle. I have four colours to review, so if that sounds like something you'd enjoy then read on. 

When the Essie parcel arrived, my eyes immediately wandered to the shade Final Stretch* which I would describe as a peachy nude. It's got a similar formula to the original Essie nail vanishes, but it does look a little more 'finished' almost looking like a gel nail vanish in appearance. It lasted a considerable amount of time on my nails despite doing gardening and baking, so it gets a thumbs up from me. 

At the moment, the shade Essie Take 10* probably doesn't suit my skin tone very well as I can look washed out, but I was so surprised with how opaque this shade went with two coats. If you enjoy a classic pink shade then this would be the perfect shade for you. 

If you want a slightly darker shade then Punch It Up* may be for you. It's still got that vibrant pink hue to it, but it has a gold running shimmer through it which makes it great if you're opting for a statement nail look. I personally think this is still a little too bright for me, but the gel type finish it super pretty (and looks a lot more expensive than it is!).

Out of the four nail vanish shades that got sent to me, it's the shade Berry Best* that disappointed me. In the bottle it looks like it could be a sister of Essie's Angora Cardi* and I was thrilled by the prospect, but unfortunately it just didn't deliver. It's a beautiful colour, but it just doesn't go opaque enough for me, but if you're still tempted, it'll be handy to know that the glossier looking finish means you can get away with no top coat if you'd like. 

I love an at-home manicure just as much as the next person, but if I'm honest I often skip the cuticle care and just go straight for a nail vanish and hand cream. When the Essie Apricot Nail and Cuticle Oil* arrived, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I find that it's a nice step to add to your routine especially if you suffer with dehydrated nails. 

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Monday, 8 February 2021

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

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Although it's still very much Winter (the snow is just proving that!), Valentine's Day offers the opportunity to have an early slice of Spring with big rose bouquets and floaty dresses. Despite Valentine's Day being a little different this year, love heart prints and everything pink is still welcomed in my February wardrobe. If you're similar to myself then I hope this post will offer up some inspiration and give you ideas on what to add to your wishlist. 

Monki is one of my favourite brands when I'm looking for some seasonal pieces and this Heart Print Collar is high up on my to-buy list. I think it'd look cute all year round to spruce up some of my jumpers and it would look cute for v-day too! Another Monki top pick is this Scarf Scrunchie which is totally a Spring and Summer vibe - plus practical too.

I think we can all agree a lot of us will be swapping the little black dress out for cosy pyjamas this February 14th and I think this Couture Club Cloud PJ's are absolutely adorable. This print seems to be all the rage at the moment and I think it'd be a great choice for those who aren't a fan of hearts. 

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