Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A Little Piercing

I finally found the time and money to hop on the nose piercing bandwagon, horray!
I love it, from the minute I saw it I was so pleased I did it - it didn't look different, it looked like i'd always had it pierced, which is kind of surreal but also great news for me as I didn't think it would suit me.
It was a lovely sunny Thursday when me and Lauren popped to the Corn Exchange to get it done. I also purchased these shades from Blue Rinse the same day, Lauren then purchased them about an hour later - great buy. 

I was umm'ing and ahh'ing about getting this done for a while as I knew none of my family would approve - not as much as they disapproved my tongue bar anyway!!  My mother actually liked it as it's tiny and can barely see it however I received a disappointing reply from my dad and the rest of my family just didn't bring it up. I decided to get it pierced as even though they may dislike the idea that I have a 'hole in my face', it's not their body and besides I barely see them when i'm living away at uni anyway.

I can't wait till I can change it, I want to buy a cute etsy stud or just a plain ring, maybe even both. The only bad thing is that I keep fiddling with it which sometime looks like i'm picking my nose (opppps)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Spring/Summer Backpack: Want List #3

The Backpack


I have fallen in love with so many backpack recently, I only actually own one - this need to change. Backpack are so easy to wear, stuff everything in them and just throw them over your shoulder and thats that, perfect on a spring/summers day (whenever the sun arrives) to pack your camera and picnic in for a bike ride. I say it's that easy but I always get paranoid when wearing one, incase someone pickpockets without me realising.
There is a small pale pink frilled backpack I fell in love with in Topshop the other day, which sadly isn't on this post as it isn't actually on the website. Other backpacks I really like at the moment are, The New Look Backpack in Want List #1Pull & Bear Patchwork Tan Back Pack and Bowery Mini Backpack from Gypsy Warrior (which I just forgot to put on this mood board, opppsie)

On either side of the mood board are two beautiful backpacks from Free People, who sell luxury and fabulous gypsy/boho hippy chic style clothes and accessories. I love both of these backpacks, I really wish I had the money to buy the leather one, however at £398.00 - I'll probably give it a miss. 
I put the Hershel bag on the mood board for a bit of a joke. David actually has the bigger version of this style and when we saw it in Urban Outfitters yesterday we hilariously both stood next to each other with them on, twinnies! 
I don't think I can pick a favourite out of all of these bags because they are all so different, however when loan day comes along (only a couple more weeks away now). I definitely think that the Pale Pink backpack will make an appearance in my Topshop basket or at least one of these.

Which one is your favourite?

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Apple and Sage Muffins Recipe

My mother's day was spent playing scrabble and baking with my beautiful momma. For my mums birthday I bought her the Lorraine Pascale's 'A Lighter Way To Bake' which is packed with a load of lovely recipes which aren't too naughty for you - the brownies are like 50 Kcals less than the average recipe. Personally I didn't like the sound of these muffins and was very dubious about trying them however I actually really enjoyed them and they are only 155 Kcals!

What you will need:
- 12 Hole muffin tin
- Muffin cases
- 200g ready-prepared sweet potato and butternut squash mix, chopped finely
- 300g wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 eggs (1 egg and 2 egg whites)
- 250ml semi-skimmed milk
- 100g low fat natural yoghurt
- 50ml sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tsp finely chopped sage leaves (we actually didn't us sage in ours as we didn't have any)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 eating apple - peeled cored and roughly grated

- Pre heat the oven to 200'C, Fan 180'C, Gas Mark 6. Line the muffin tin with 12 paper cases
- Steam the sweet potato and butternut squash for 5 minutes until tender
- In  large bowl, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder
- Beat the egg and egg whites in a large jug
- Beat the milk, yoghurt, oil and maple syrup until smooth and well combined and add the egg mix
- Mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture with as few stirs as possible
- Add the butternut squash and sweet potato along with the sage and salt and fold in
- Spread the mixture between the 12 cases
- Scatter the grated apple over the cases

Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The centre may be damp from the moisture of the vegetables but the cakey part shouldn't look raw.

Send me your links if you have baked the same recipe, I want to know your thoughts! I really enjoyed them!

My brother sent me this while away at uni of my mum with her Lauren Pascale Carrot and Apple Cake, the cutie hahaha!
Thanks for putting up with me and being the best friend and mum I could ask for. Love you forever mumsy!

Recipe from Lorraine Pascale 'A Lighter Way to Bake'

Cool Things #5

Hope you've had a fabulous and loving day with your mothers and families. I've been home for the weekend to see David (since valentines day I've only seen him for 5 full days, which sucks ass) and today I've spent the day baking with my Momma. Last night I made her a card however I bloody forgot her present.

ahhhhhh! This is so so cute! ahhhh, my heart melted watching this. This is Misa Minnie at 22 weeks old, showing how clever and obedient she is. She is so ennie weenie, if you check out her facebook to watch her grow. 

This was trending on facebook yesterday, as the BBC posted the incredible video of this woman hearing for the first time in her life. So overwhelming, I got goosebumps. It's so incredible that we have the technology today to help people with horrible diseases, like this woman!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released this official photograph of them with Prince George and their dog yesterday. They have released this ahead of their tour around Australia and New Zealand.
I love the composition and pale hues of this photograph, Prince George looks adorable and handsome already and I love how he is staring at Lupo. I do love the Royal Family.

Oh, I do love Tom Fletcher and his adorable videos, I hope you all saw the time lapse video of their 9 month pregnancy - from Bump to Buzz. My friend posted the link for this video on my wall yesterday and I can't believe I haven't seen it sooner. It's just sooo good, and I love how fluffy his ginger cat is too.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sun & Moon Boutique: UPDATE

Last night, well, this morning, we went out at the fine hour of 1am to shoot some photographs for our Sun & Moon Boutique website. Which, will hopefully be launching next week! 2 hours later, after lots of outfit changes and mid shoot squatting, Hayley had turned into an ice cube. Today the plan is to fit in editing and uploading more garments on the the website around uni work and Hayley is planning an editorial/advertisement shoot to be shot in the next couple of days. In the mean time check out our new twitter page