Midnight Black and Blue

Though I try to be conservative with my fashion choice, I'm a little bit of a girly girl at heart. I love adorable shoes, cute dresses and sweet bags, and I often find them very hard to resist. I fell a little in love with these shoes when I spotted them on the Clarks website and when I saw them in person I knew I had to have them. These are the Griffin Monty t-bars in Midnight Blue and they retail at just under £50. Clarks tends to bring back memories of foot charts and school shoes but their latest collection has definitely changed my mind a little. Paired with my current favourite dress (kitties!) and some jeans for colder weather they are perfect to dress a casual outfit up a bit.

dress: h&m via ebay / cardi: h&m (old) / jeans: next / shoes: c/o clarks

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I wish I were more of a makeup person. I've got some lovely friends, such as the beautiful Jess, who are absolutely brilliant at the stuff from foundation to lipstick and everything in-between whereas I can just about handle a mascara wand and concealer! I'm such an amateur when it comes to application of, well, anything but foundation is a particularly hit-and-miss one. When this little sponge caught my eye in Boots I thought for just £5.99 I might give it a go. Reading around, opinions seem to vary on whether this should be used wet or dry and which sides should be used for what so I'll probably just muddle through and try all the ways though I would love some guidance on the best techniques to help me out.

Simple Choc Chip Muffins

 photo IMG_0727_zps4e797788.jpgSomething a little different today! I love baking at the moment and as such I'm spending a lot of time in my tiny little kitchen whipping up different bits and pieces from scratch. It's fun trying something other than a box mix and everything ends up looking a little shoddy and messy (if you're looking for perfect baking skills you need to take a look at Claire!) but I muddle along and make things that generally taste alright. So I'm going to share with you my little hand-tweaked recipe for milk chocolate chip muffins.

You'll need the following to make six muffins;
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 100ml skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp baking powder
 -125g plain flour sifted
- 50g caster sugar (+2g to sprinkle)
- 10ml sunflower oil
- 1 medium egg
 - 70g milk chocolate chips

one. preheat your oven to 190°C, line your muffin tray with cases and get together your ingredients!
two. mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl minus the choc chips
three. measure and whisk milk, egg and oil in a seperate bowl before adding to the dry ingredients
four. add half of the chocolate chips, mix in the wet ingredients and chips then add the other half and mix again to make sure they're evenly distributed - add a bit more milk if your mixture feels too solid
five. distribute evenly between the six cases, sprinkle caster sugar on top and place in the oven for 20 minutes, testing with a cocktail stick after to see if they're ready; leave to cool for 5 minutes then enjoy warm :)

Ecosewer Cotton Pads

This might be a bit TMI for some so if you're squeamish about that kind of thing you might want to skip this post! However, I couldn't resist writing a little bit about these lovely cloth pads I received in the post the other day from UK Etsy seller EcoSewer. For years and years now, I've been using standard disposable pads and probably spent hundreds of pounds in the process (at least £10-15 a month!). I very much doubt there's anything that makes that time of the month enjoyable but when I began reading up on the alternatives reusable pads were definitely the option that stood out the most. Yes, there is a little extra work involved as you need to soak them but they can then just be stuck in the washing machine and hung to dry; definitely a plus. Do any of you use alternative products for your TOM? have you tried cloth pads? let me know!

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Wedding Belle

Yesterday was a very grown-up day for me; I attended my best friend's wedding as maid of honour! I was pretty nervous on the day so I can only imagine how the bride and groom were feeling haha. It was a great excuse to see lots of old friends from back at college and the bride herself looked stunning. I had a lovely day but have really painful sunburn and slightly sore feet from a lot of dancing. Prepare yourself for wedding-photo-spam (but it's so pretty!);