31 July 2013

Outfit - Smart Casual Workwear

This wasn't my intended post for today, however I had two trial days to work for a company in London on Monday/Tuesday and wanted to share my smart casual (smasual!) workwear outfit. This was my chosen outfit as I didn't want to be too over dressed but equally not too under dressed. I felt just right in what I chose to wear. 


1. Burgundy shirt - New Look - Buy HERE
2. Nude Shimmery Belt - Accessorize - Buy similar HERE
3. Black Blazer - Uniqlo - Buy HERE
4. Black Pumps - Primark - Buy similar HERE
5. Black Maxi Skirt - New Look - Buy HERE
6. Burgundy Nica Tote Bag - Nica - Buy similar HERE

I tucked the shirt into the skirt and teamed with a nude shimmery belt to break the outfit up a bit - plus to hold the skirt in place as it is a tad too big! I decided to wear flats as I wanted to be comfortable for the day and I'm pleased I did as all the other girls in the office were in flats. I think heels would have made this outfit a bit too smart. Finally I wore my black blazer to smarten the outfit up, however this blazer is super soft and not too fitted, which makes it more casual than other fitted blazers. 

I also used my Nica bag, which I absolutely love and it went really well with my chosen outfit. Nica are a lovely brand of bags and not too expensive so I would definitely recommend them. 

I hope you enjoyed this fashion related post and look out for my intended post later in the week! 

Have you recently started a new job? What are your go-to smart casual items of clothing?

Han 
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26 July 2013

Cake Club #1

My mum's friends set up a cake club just over a year ago and meet every couple of months. They decide on a theme and everyone must bring a cake that fits in with this. Recently I have joined them, as who can turn down an evening filled with cake, tea and a bundle of laughs!

Some of the themes have included apple, carrot, meringue, toffee, macarons and brownies. The theme this time was beetroot or courgette (or zucchini to those of you in the US). This was a bit of a wacky one, with many beetroot cakes including chocolate and courgette frequently paired with lime. However everyone turned up with completely different cakes, which was amazing.

I decided to make a carrot, courgette and orange cake. I found the recipe on BBC Good Food and although I was apprehensive about making a cake with courgette in, it was actually really tasty! 

The ingredients included butter, caster sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, orange zest, mixed spice, grated carrots and grated courgette. To see the full recipe click HERE

Although the recipe states to use one half and ice the top, as you can see I put the two cakes together and put orange buttercream icing in the middle. On top I lightly dusted the cake with icing sugar and a small amount of orange zest.

Cake Ingredients

 Before & After 

TA-DA!

All the other cakes were amazing too - here are a selection of them!

Beetroot & Seed

Sticky Chocolate & Courgette

Courgette & Lime

Another Carrot, Courgette & Orange - But Very Different!


I hope you have enjoyed a virtual slice of cake club!

Have you made any cakes with some wacky ingredients? If so, what were they?

Han
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17 July 2013

Review: Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow

I was in my local Superdrug the other day, having a mooch around the make-up stands for a few products when I came across the Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow. These are currently on offer for £4.99 in both Superdrug and Boots (usually £7.99), which I personally think is a bargain! I bought the colour Silver Storm.


 As you can see they are a pen-style eyeshadow, which isn't something I would usually go for. However they are relatively quick and easy to apply. The only slight letdown is that they can be hard to blend as they are quite creamy. They tend to go clog up a blending brush and end up looking rather mucky, but wipe off if you blend with your finger. The easiest way to blend them together is with the two ends by working the colours into each other as you go.


 As you can see they are very sparkly and once blended there isn't a great deal of difference, which suits for a more subtle smoky eye. Due to their creamy consistency, they do tend to crease fairly quickly, however this can be reduced by using a powder eyeshadow over the top to set the colour - something both I and other bloggers have found!


Once on, they do appear less sparkly and although I have gone for a more subtle smoky eye, you could build up the darker colour along the lash line, in the outer corner and through the crease for a stronger look. 

This eyeshadow comes in 8 colour combinations and like many eyeshadow collections, around half of these are fairly bright. However I would definitely buy the other more natural colours as they are a good price, easy to apply and although they have some drawbacks, can be combined with other products to enhance the overall look.

Have you tried these eyeshadows? If so, what did you think? Which colour was your favourite?

Han
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11 July 2013

Harry Potter Studio Tour

I wouldn't say I am the Number 1 fan but I have to admit I do love a good bit of Harry Potter. So when the Warner Brothers Studio Tour opened last year I knew I had to go and see the wonders of the wizarding world! I have finally gone and here are a few of my favourite pics...

Arriving at the Tour

Some Gryffindor outfits in the Great Hall

Outfits of Harry wearing the Invisibility Cloak, Hermione & Ron

Dumbledore's Office & Hagrid's Hut

The Potions Classroom

The Weasley's Kitchen in The Burrow

Butterbeer Barrel

We decided that we had to try Butterbeer while we were there but having heard it wasn't the nicest of drinks only bought 1 between the 3 of us. It didn't taste as bad as I thought it would, but was very sickly and sweet!  

Character Masks

The room with all these masks in absolutely fascinated me as although they are slightly creepy, the work and detail that has gone into them is amazing!

Olivanders Wand Shop in Diagon Alley

Wands

White Card Model of Hogwarts Castle

 Model of Hogwarts - used for many exterior shots in the films!

I absolutely love these models of Hogwarts, the detail in both is amazing!

 I took over 200 photos in total and choosing my favourites was very hard! I haven't edited any of these photos so you can everything in the lighting I saw it all in to get more of a feel for the look they were going for. If you want to see the rest of my photos click HERE.

Have you been to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour on The Making of Harry Potter? If so, which part was your favourite?

Han
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8 July 2013

Weekly Favourites

This past week has been a busy one, from seeing Olly Murs & Robbie Williams at Wembley to celebrating my dads birthday with family and friends. So I thought I would share my favourite things from the past week with you all.

As mentioned, I was lucky enough to get tickets to go and see Olly & Robbie at Wembley with some friends. We had an amazing time and I loved every minute of it. 


I have loved the weather this past week, finally we have seen some sun! This weather has meant we can crack open the Pimms and start making summery cocktails -
see HERE for my latest summer cocktail making.


This weather has also meant that I can wear some of my summer clothes/shoes which I bought a while ago in preparation for summer. 

Wedges - Topshop / Dress - Boohoo

I wore these wedges to my dads birthday party at the weekend with a simple black maxi dress. They have sparked my love for all items of the same colour, including the Barry M Gelly nail varnish in Blue Grape. However I decided I needed something a bit brighter to wear to the party so it was a toss up between Barry M's Passion Fruit (left) and Mango (right). I ended up going for Passion Fruit as I had a lipstick which matched very closely.



I recently purchased a new bag so have been using this the past week and love it.
It was in the Asos sale reduced from £35 to £24.50, so not only did this tempt me
but thought it was very fitting as my dog looks very similar to the Scottie dog on it. 



Finally, I wanted to share my dads birthday cake with you as it was amazing. It was made by two family friends and was a complete surprise for my dad. Everybody thought it was amazing and the figure couldn't have looked more like my dad.


I hope you have enjoyed finding out about my favourites this week - what have you been loving this week? 

Han
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2 July 2013

Bloglovin'


I am now on bloglovin' :)

Han
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1 July 2013

Summer Cocktail Making

There is nothing better than sipping on some Pimms or a cocktail in the summer sun - when we have some! As we've had some lovely weather the past couple of days, I decided to test out my cocktail making skills. 

I love the Bombay Breeze cocktail that they do at Slug & Lettuce (an English pub/bar) and so decided to try and recreate this at home. As it was so easy to make and so tasty, I thought I would share it with you, so you can give it a go too!


You will need: 
 2 shots of Bombay Sapphire Gin (other gin can be used)
 2 shots of strawberry puree/blended strawberries
★ 1 shot of lime juice/cordial
★ lemonade

To make:
 Add in 2 shots of Gin, 2 shots of strawberry puree/blended strawberries and 1 shot of lime juice to a cocktail shaker and shake well
★ Pour into a glass with ice
★ Top up with lemonade 
★ ENJOY!!

I hope you enjoy making this and relaxing in the sun.

Han
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Please only make this you are of legal drinking age, if not swap the gin for fruit juice or increase strawberry puree quantity.