Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Just a quick one as I'm in the midst of getting ready for the big one...New Year's Eve! This is a time to reflect, in between the selfies (word of the year, right?) & the 'cheers' as it strikes midnight. Take a moment  to look back to what you have achieved & what you look forward to in 2015. I have had a whirlwind of a year, as I'm sure most of you also have! Finishing my Degree at uni was a major checkpoint for me & now I'm looking forward to doing an MA, whilst constantly on the search for a graduate job. Life has changed from a work & party packed student lifestyle to a state of limbo at present whilst everything sorts itself out, however I am looking forward to a New Year full of new opportunities to really push my freelance design work & challenge myself further.

On a plus, I've just received a text from one of my besties reminding me we need to book tickets to see S Club 7 in 2015! Sounds like it's going to be a good year!

Have a Happy New Year Everyone, full of fun, friends & festivities!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014


Here's my second Christmas Day post & a Merry Kitty-mas to you all! This post features my Cat, Georgie! I may have forgotten her present this year (sorry!), but she had more than enough wrapping paper to fight with & enough paper bags to cat-nap in to keep her entertained! This post also features an adaptation of my Christmas Day Outfit, featured in my last post, transforming my look from the food filled day to the drink filled night! I removed my cosy hat & penguin jumper, adding some sparkly earrings, red lipstick & a glass of bucks fizz so I was ready to celebrate!

Georgie alongside my handmade penguin Christmas stocking which was featured in Country Living's Christmas Fair in Harrogate back in November.

Embellished Drop Earrings - Miss Selfridge
Little Black Strappy Dress - Online Boutique *from last year*
Silver Glittery Tights - Primark
Black Fluffy Strappy Heels - *customised by me*

Monday, 29 December 2014


I hope you all had a fantastically festive Christmas! I was lucky enough to be granted a few day off work so I travelled home to Hastings for a lovely cosy Family Christmas. Even though the festive period is associated with great indulgence, this trip really reminded me to appreciate the simple things in life. I can't promise you I cut down on the piggies in blankets or the gift giving, however I spent quality time with my Family, taking walks along the beach & watching movies, which is worth all the indulgence in the world...

Knitted white bobble hat *previously seen here* - Jacqueline Headlam
Christmas Penguin Jumper - *a gift*
Little Black Dress (worn underneath, but will be shown in my next blog post!) - online boutique
Silver glittery tights - Primark
Black fluffy strappy heels - *customised by me*

I was also lucky enough to be joined by my Yorkshireman, travelling down from Manchester later in the day to meet me by the seaside for some festive fun (& some freezing mini-golf!)...

Sunday, 14 December 2014


'Tis the season! The Season for festivities, the Season for treats, the Season for baking! Being ill with flu & a viral throat infection (it really is as bad as it sounds) for the past week now, I have felt totally unproductive, stuck in the house, drinking my body weight in lemon, ginger & honey tea & trying my best to recover for Christmas! Good news though, the rest is starting to pay off & today I have actually felt up to baking. Having trouble sleeping through a blocked nose & sore throat means early mornings, warm breakfasts & on this occasion brownie treats (for elevenses)!

Pomegranate & Pecan Dark Chocolate Brownies

Most fruit flavours this time of the year revolve around cranberry or spiced apple, so I wanted to shake things up a bit & experiment with a new festive fruit, the pomegranate. It has such a festive appearance, the little jewels of juice praising every surface they touch, exploding in a burst of flavour which is perfect when combined with chocolate...well let's face it, what fruit does not go with chocolate?

I used a brownie recipe which I adapted to make way for the pomegranate & reduced the quantities to produce a small batch (as it was the first time I've tried baking directly with this fruit & wanted to create room for future improvement). Of course, the quantities/timings can be increased depending on your needs (or wants).

By reducing the quantities, I also had some left-over pomegranate so I decided to create something for later (not for breakfast, don't worry!) & infuse some gin I had left lurking in the back of the cupboard. Infused spirits always look so pretty & are perfect for presents, so I thought I'd pop some pomegranate in a spare jar with the gin & leave to infuse for a few weeks (just in time for Christmas) really is that simple!

Our mini Christmas tree decorated with silver baubles, penguins & a flying pig! Surround your tree with festive candles, pomegranate infused gin & bottles filled with candy goodies to get you in the mood for giving!

60g unsalted butter
60g dark chocolate (I used extremely dark 81%, but 70% would be good!)
60g caster sugar
1 pinch sea salt
1 pinch ground cinnamon
30g plain flour
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 190C.
Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat.
Once melted, stir in the chocolate until smooth.
Add the sugar, salt & cinnamon & stir until melted.
Gradually add the flour, stirring to combine.
Beat the egg in bit-by-bit until fully combined.
Pour into tin lined with baking parchment.
Bake for 20 mins.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


Welcome to the season of...hats! I had added 2 new hats to my winter wardrobe this season, but as you will see, they couldn't be more different!

White knitted bobble hat - Jacqueline Headlam (Bought from Country Living's Christmas Fair)
Vintage Red Wool Coat - Vintage, Manchester
Vintage White on Black polkadot dropped hem dress - COW Vintage
Grey Cashmere Cardigan - Gap

I initially mentioned Jacqueline Headlam's creations a few posts ago in my Festive Trip to Harrogate, but just take a moment to appreciate this hat. Wow. As I mentioned before, I had been searching for the perfect pure white hat to add to my winter wardrobe & boy did I find it! After searching high & low, & browsing through piles of tatty pom-poms, I knew I was searching for something different, something special, something that I can keep for years to come. So handmade was the only way to go! With a removable pom-pom, the hat can be hand-washed to keep that bright white feeling & a smile on my face through the cold!

Knitted Penguin Bobble Hat - TU at Sainsbury's

Passing through our local Sainsbury's this adorable hat immediately tickled my Penguin senses, as I think you can tell by the ecstatic smile on my face! Although I resisted (as I may or may not already have a Penguin hat!) my Man gave in & surprised me with it a few days later! Looks rather cute with a simple monochrome outfit with a pop of festive colour. I have also spotted these pyjamas & these mittens, also from trusty Sainsbury's, which I might have to add to my collection soon!

Friday, 5 December 2014


Yes, you may have (definitely) heard of The Great British Bake Off (or GBBO as we like to call it!), but have you heard of The Great British Thanksgiving? No, I didn't think so... But I think this could catch on! Is it just me or are we adopting alot more American traditions. As I mentioned in my last post, I don't think this is a bad thing as any excuse to celebrate & I'm there, but why don't we alter the traditions just a little bit to make them more our own. This is when I came up with the idea for a Thanksgiving Tea Party, combining all the best festivities by inviting the girls over for some pecan pies & cranberry gin fizz cocktails...

Granted, I did put this spread together relatively quickly, as the majority of my attention was on the puffy pecan pies in the oven (taken from this recipe), but the evening turned out a treat. Anyone who has ever made pecan pies will know that they rise to an amazing height before cooling & settling down for the night into their pastry shells...I just wish I could have caught that on camera! The smoked salmon & cream cheese bagels also unfortunately skipped the photos as they were just too tasty & toasted not to devour straight away! These, along with the pecan pies & the cocktails were the centrepieces of the evening, surrounded by snacks such as pickled onions, cherry tomatoes, cheese straws & red grapes to pad out the tea party. I wanted to create a cocktail which complemented these flavours, providing a festive sparkle without being too sweet...

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail

Per Glass...
Double shot of gin (I used Gordan's)
Half a glass of cranberry juice
Half a glass of tonic water
A slice of lime
...& it's as simple as stirring it all together!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


As I mentioned a few posts ago, brunch is currently the latest foodie trend. However, according to my man it isn't even a "real meal", although he was quick to jump at the chance when it was my treat! It is rare we get a day off together, so we filled our bellies with brunch & managed to just catch the last bit of December sunshine shining against the Church...

Grey Cable-Knit jumper *latest buy* - Needle Boutique
Gold & Pearl earrings - Miss Selfridge (Sale)
Wet-look jeans - River Island
Burgundy & Gold Vintage Croc Handbag - My Vintage World (Thirsk, North Yorkshire)
Black Leather Chelsea Boots - Limited Edition New Look

My last post documented my trip to Harrogate to Country Living's Christmas Fair, where I bought many Christmas presents, got in the festive spirit & also picked up a few irresistible pieces for myself! This luxurious wool-blend grey cable knit jumper is one of them. Knocked down from £130 to £50, once I had it on I knew it wasn't coming off. And anyway, I haven't even bought a jumper for this season yet, so I needed this one! Designed in the UK & produced in Italy, the yarns used are the finest, & you can really feel the difference. I love supporting Young British Designers (particularly because I am one of them & I know the support is greatly appreciated!) as well as you know the products are something new & exciting, ready to break out into the big wide world!

Leather Jacket - H&M
Burgundy button-down t-shirt - Topman
Tan leather belt *Latest Buy* - Topman
Blue Jeans - Topman
Brown Suede Chelsea Boots - Kurt Geiger