Monday, 29 September 2014

September in Pins

Here's what I pinned in September...
  1. A gorgeous fireplace
  2. Lake Como, Italy
  3. J.K Rowling wisdom
  4. A yummy sweet potato recipe
  5. Serious hair envy
  6. The most perfect autumn photo
  7. The answer is a lot!
  8. Beautiful Switzerland
You can keep up to date with what I'm pinning by following my Pinterest boards here.


Friday, 26 September 2014

Goodbye Summer 2014

There's a definite chill in the air now Autumn is officially on its way. So today I'm looking back over summer 2014. 

In summer 2014 we...spent quite a few evenings sat outside enjoying the warm evenings we also spent quite a few days out sunbathing too though. We were often joined by these two furry friends who just have to know what you're up to. I celebrated my 23rd birthday and of course no birthday is complete without cake. We saw a fair few beautiful sunsets. We went to see Let It Be at the theatre and it was amazing. We took a trip to the seaside. And of course we had our annual trip to Liverpool.

It's been a quiet relaxing summer but one full of lovely memories. Now it's time to grab our winter coats and wrap up warm and see what memories winter makes.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

STYLE: The A/W '14 Wishlist

If I had the money I'd be snapping up the houndstooth skirt, the mustard jumper and those chelsea boots right this second. I'm in love!


Monday, 22 September 2014

The Loving Lately List #6

Why am I so bad at writing these posts when they're some of my favourite to actually write? This needs to change! I've actually had some of these things bookmarked for a little while now hence why the blog posts featured are a few weeks old. I do have some more recent ones to share though so I will do another of these posts soon. I will get better at writing these! 

These past few months I've being re-reading Harry Potter so naturally whilst browsing Pinterest I fell in love with this print. I have a very strong feeling that my future home is going to contain a lot of Harry Potter Prints.

I've being waiting for Olivia to film a beehive tutorial for a very long time and it did not disappoint. Be right back off to practice my back combing skills...

I'm a sucker for a good wedding and Milly's whole series of posts on her stunning wedding did not disappoint in the slightest.

Rebecca's post on things she wants to learn really struck a chord with me. I left uni last year and it marked the end of 18 continuous years of education. I'm currently enrolled on an online course but it's got me thinking what else I'd like to learn too.

This video of a pit bull being rescued is so cute!

I recently got Instagram when I finally entered the modern world and bought myself a decent phone. I think it's actually become my favourite social media app I just love it. If you fancy giving me a follow on Instagram you can do so here.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Making a space your own

Last summer I went from three years of having my own studio flat with Josh to living back at home. Although my bedroom is probably not too far off the size of our old flat I miss having a place of our own. I think when you spend a lot of time in one place it is important to make that space your own. For me I spend most of my time, when I'm not at work, in my room so it's important that it's somewhere I can relax and somewhere that reflects me. If like me you're still living at home I know how hard it can be but the same goes if you're going to be moving somewhere new for university. As I've mentioned Josh and I shared a studio flat but I know for many people their main space at university will be their bedroom too.

I suppose this post is going to be a bit of a mash up between a room tour and some advice!

1. The most important thing is to make your room fit your tastes. Simple little things like cushion and a few decorations following a certain them. This is especially important if your in bland and boring student accommodation. You really don't have to spend much to make a room look nice, Asda, Wilko's and even Primark all do some lovely reasonably priced pieces.

2. Use photo's to brighten up your room (and bring back happy memories). I have photo's all over my room. Josh and I do take a lot of photo's so it's a big part of me anyway. All my photo's are of Josh and I or my family. I have a big display of photo's from my 21st and photo's stuck to my wardrobe of Josh and I that have all been taken in those artist photo booths you find at the seaside.

3. Use what you already own to make pretty displays. If you've got things like pretty perfume bottles or candles, don't hide them away display them. They can make a really nice, colourful feature.

4. Snap up some prints, much the same as photo's a few bright simple prints here and there can look really nice. You can find lots of really nice, unique, well priced ones on Etsy so it's definitely worth a look.

5. Keep it tidy (really should take my own advice here!) I am the worlds worst person for having an untidy room but I do always feel much better when things are put away properly and I can actually walk around my room. If you spend a lot of time in one room you really need a calm, relaxed environment and a floordrobe really doesn't create that!

If you have any advice to add to this, please comment below!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Why single fathers' deserve more exposure

Ok so this is a lot different to what is usually on here but it'd be really great if you actually stuck with me and read this.

Recently an advert for Warburtons has been doing the rounds again and what's really made it stick in my mind is the fact it features a single dad. Had it featured a single mother I probably wouldn't have even remembered it but kudos to Warburtons for doing something I can't recall any other company (aside from Kingsmill) or media outlet doing, and featuring a single father.

So why has an advert got me writing this post? For the simple fact that for the past 11 years I've lived with my Dad. That means for pretty much half of my life, and arguably the most important years of my life I was raised by my father. Yes I still saw and still do see my Mum but it was my Dad that shaped the values and beliefs that I hold today and allowed me to become the person I am.

So my question is why do single fathers' not get more exposure? Well quite simply it's probably because they're in the minority. But hold in a minute if we started leaving the wide range of different ethnicities out of adverts or single mothers' weren't featured as prominently in the media, there would be an uproar so why is it that no one bats an eyelid over the lack of single fathers' in the media? Oh unless of course they're scaling buildings dressed as batman and it suddenly becomes acceptable for single fathers' to be splashed across the news as concerns are raised over their protesting...

 All too often it's mother's that get the limelight in advertising, one particular advert which really got my back up a few years ago was Asda's Christmas advert with the slogan 'Behind every great Christmas there's mum'. Oh god where do I even start with that? Apart from saying that for the past 11 Christmases it's been my Dad that's made Christmas great. So no Asda mums' don't make Christmas. It's family that makes Christmas and sometimes that means there is no mum.

Another thing that annoys me on a yearly basis is father's day or rather the hoards of people who take to social media to wish their mum's a happy father's day because 'they've been both mum and dad'. Now I'm not saying that there aren't single mums' out there that have struggled and have done a great job with their kids but there's a day to recognise their's called mother's day. Father's day is for all the dad's out there that love their kids whether they're single or not so why is deemed ok that mothers' take over that day? I can't say as I've ever seen a tweet on mother's day wishing dads' a happy mother's day for been both a mum and a dad. Maybe I should start that trend!

Rambling aside though I strongly believe single fathers' deserve more exposure, growing up none of my friends were from single father families and even now I don't know anyone else who was raised or is being raised in a single father household. But those kinds of families do exist and it's important for both the fathers' and the children in these families to see themselves represented in the media. 

When I was younger I used to cringe at my Dad's rants and actions when he came across signs such as 'mother and child parking' or when the baby changing facilities where only in the women's toilets. I used to be dragged along whilst he complained to someone about how wrong their signs were or how having baby changing facilities that only mother's can use was wrong. After all I'd outgrown needing to be changed years and years ago and I didn't particularly need the car to be parked nearer the entrance of somewhere. But now I'm older I understand and strongly believe that my Dad was right to take offence to these things. Because mums' don't do everything and imagine the backlash if a sign appeared saying 'father and child parking', mother's would have it taken down quicker than you can blink. 

Around 14% of all single parent families are single father families and I'm proud to be part of that statistic. It's about time we were more fairly represented.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Need to Read #2

I did the first of these posts a while back and then I kind of forgot about them...oopps! Anywhere here I am with more books that are currently residing on my book wishlist.

 We Need to Talk About Kevin // The Ghost Hunters // The Count of Monte Cristo (Clothbound Classic) // Beyond Black // Grimms' Fairy Tales (Puffin Classics) // The Five People You Meet in Heaven

My top picks from this list are The Ghost Hunters and Grimms' Fairy Tales.

Let me know if you've read any of these books and what books you've being loving lately.


Thursday, 11 September 2014

RECIPE: Mini White Chocolate and Blackberry Cheesecake

Oh boy is this cheesecake a good 'un, even if I do say so myself! I made a mini one because Josh doesn't like cheesecake so there really was no point in making a big one so this size is perfect for one or two people to get a few slices out of. You can buy the mini cake tin I used from loads of places but I actually picked mine up in Poundland! Trust me you don't need much of this what with it been pretty deep and packed with soft cheese, cream and white chocolate! I picked the blackberries myself and they make the perfect topping for this rich cheesecake. It's a no bake cheesecake as I much prefer the taste of cheesecakes that set in the fridge.

50g butter
150g soft cheese
100ml double cream
25g icing sugar
100g digestive biscuit crumbs
200g white chocolate
blackberries to decorate

Step One: Melt all the butter and add it to the digestive biscuit crumbs. Mix together and put it into the cake tin. Use a spatula to pack the mixture down then put in the fridge to set.
Step Two: Lightly whip the cream and set aside. Mix together the soft cheese and icing sugar. Melt the white chocolate and add it to the soft cheese then fold in the cream. 
Step Three: Spoon the cheese filling on top of the biscuit base and smooth over. Top with blackberries then place it in the fridge to set over night (or all day if you make it in the morning).

I find that it's best to take the cheesecake out of the fridge for a while before serving it or the base can be a little hard. It took me hardly any time at all the whip this up and it's been years since I made a cheesecake! It's super easy and quite possibly one of the tastiest things I've ever made! 


Saturday, 6 September 2014

BEAUTY: Perfume Collection

Quite a few years back I did a post about my perfume collection so I thought it was about time for an update. I am rubbish at detecting what's smells are in a perfume I can just tell you if it's nice or not so most of the descriptions here have come from Fragantica.

Marc Jacobs Oh Lola
Top Notes: Wild strawberry, raspberry, pear
Middle Notes: Magnolia, peony, cyclamen
Base Notes: Sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla
 I wanted this perfume for the longest time and eventually ended up with two bottles of it that were bought for me as gifts so the smaller bottle lives at Josh's now. This is a really nice everyday scent that isn't too overpowering but lasts a good amount of time. I really don't like vanilla scents but I can't detect any vanilla in this so it's all good! 

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
 Top Notes: Grapefruit, raspberry, pear, green notes (which apparently is leaves and grass etc!)
Middle Notes: Jasmine, rose, violet, litchi, apple blossom
Base Notes: Musk, Virginia cedar, plum
Aren't Marc Jacobs perfume bottle the prettiest?! To be honest that's the main attraction, of course the perfume smells nicer but the bottle looks super pretty on my shelf. I'm a sucker for good packaging! Anyway this is quite a floral smelling perfume and somehow seems a bit more grown up than Oh Lola, it does last a good amount of time too.

Valentino Rock 'n' Dreams
Whilst on my search for descriptions of this perfume I discovered it's been discontinued, I'm heart broken! This perfume is my favourite perfume ever and I know I've a pretty huge bottle to go at but I don't know what I'm going to do when it runs out. I've loved this perfume for so long and it's my go to scent for special occasions, going out and date days/nights. Well I guess I'll have to find a new favourite when this has gone. There's no break down of notes of the Fragantica website for this it just says it includes iris, vanilla, peach, woodsy notes, myrrh and cinnamon. It's definitely a woody, deep scent that's so unlike any of my other perfumes and it lasts sooo long, I can still smell it the day after putting it on!

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique
Top Notes: Orange blossom. mandarin orange, star anise, pear, rose, bergamot
Middle Notes: Iris, ginger, plum, orchid, ylang ylang, tuberose
Base Notes: Amber, musk, vanilla, cinnamon, sandalwood
Well this has a whole load of stuff packed into it apparently! I had a bottle of this a very long time ago and really liked it but now I'm a little older it seems even more fitting as to me it smells very grown up and as the name suggests, classic. It's a perfume I can see myself returning to time and time again.

Lush Snow Fairy
Notes: Pear, sweet notes, cotton candy, vanilla, cherry.
I was very surprised to see that this was on Frangantica! Anyway last year Lush released a few of their best scents as perfumes and they went down a storm. These are no longer available to buy but I'm hoping Lush do the same thing again this year. Snow Fairy perfume is like a sweet shop in a bottle, I've always adored the scent but I did wonder if a perfume might be too much but for me it's not. Providing you use just the right amount it leaves you smelling how imagine the colour pink would smell!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Happy List #106 The August 2014 Edition

A walk to somewhere we'd never been before, I suppose living in the countryside isn't so bad! / A huge pizza for a Saturday night treat / Talking to the cats as you do / We visited the seaside / The ugliest face I think Lexi has pulled to date / An afternoon in Costa

In August I...
Listened to: Just Paul McCartney's Flaming Pie album a lot!
Read: I've not read as much as I would have liked this month so still going with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Watched: a lot of films, Micky Flanagan stand up and Frankie Boyle stand up
Ate: Josh's homemade parkin, he makes extremely good parkin
Ok, ok so I know everyone will have said this but seriously how can it be September already?! Time goes far too fast as an adult. However September means I can start getting excited for autumn/winter and Christmas though right? August was a average month, nothing bad but nothing out of the ordinary either. This little blog saw a few changes, the biggest being a new name which after being unhappy with my old one for some time I'm really pleased with. There was also the introduction of a new feature where Josh and I will be sharing with you all the films we've watched throughout each month. I desperately need a new camera after mine broke last month so I can get more blog photo's sorted out, I'm hoping to get one very soon so I can get back on track with posts.

Things to look forwards to in September: Spending lots of time with Josh, a few baking days and hopefully a new camera.