April 18, 2016

NEW IN: HAIR PRODUCTS

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Each season I like to switch up my hair care routine,obviously if you have found a miracle product that works wonders then you will want to stick to it however I like throwing new products into the works and trying new things.I have picked up a few new items that I love and thought I would share them.
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PLANTUR21- Basically this is a caffeine product which aids hair growth in young women,not going to lie,I was a bit dubious when this landed on the doorstep but I can honestly say its brilliant! It does exactly what it says on the tin,it smells divine and also leaves your hair with some texture in, unlike a lot of products that leave your hair unstyleable,with this you can still do updo's without waiting for that day 3 hair.
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PAUL MITCHELL COLOUR REPAIR RESCUE SPRAY - This spray is excellent if you suffer from dry ends caused by colouring,it protects against heat and styling tools,this too smells delightful and tames those straggly ends,I have noticed a considerable difference to the ends of my hair since using this product,its great.

TONI & GUY SEA SALT SPRAY - We all want those beachy waves,no matter how long our hair,i've been trying to achieve them for months and then I stumbled upon this product.I've tried a lot of salt sprays and none of them have quite compared to this Toni & Guy one.Spray into wet or dry hair,scrunch with fingers and hey presto you have effortless waves (without any dry,crunchiness!!).

POPBANDS - These little beauties are a life saver! sick of tying your hair up and hairbands leaving massive dinks? well these don't leave any trace and whats even better is they come in hundreds of cool patterns,Obviously me being me I went for the Black and Grey but they cater for colourful people too.The wide elastic keeps all your hair in place,great to pop in your make up bag for a quick fix style.

MINI HAIR GRIPS - I picked these up on a whim while trawling the isles in Wilko's,I have been wearing my hair in a braid quite a bit recently and thought these would be perfect for those little flyaway bits that always poke out and guess what?I was right,these may look small and useless but they work wonders!

Are you trying any new hair products? Any recommendations will be greatly received.



April 17, 2016

SUNDAY BEST

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You may say this is an incredibly lazy outfit and to that I would reply,well yes it is.
A beautiful hot,spring Sunday has led me to slouching around in the garden in baggy jeans,a t-shirt and a beaten up pair of Converse,however,we can't look perfect all the time and I thought that instead of dressing up and taking photos of my unrealistic Sunday outfit I would be real with you and show you my gardening attire.
We are in the throws of ripping up the lawn and creating a little Courtyard-like sun trap with raised beds and out the front laying a brand new driveway.I have been brought up by two avid gardeners
(being my parents) so having my own little space to grow herbs,veg and pretty flowers has always been something i've hankered after,oh and pots full of Lavenders,I need lots of those!

What have you done today?I hope you are all enjoying the Sun!



April 07, 2016

THE BOMBER

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Bomber Jackets are everywhere this season and I've been on the hunt for a statement one for quite some time.
Day to day I find myself wearing jeans,a t-shirt and trainers so I wanted something lightweight and easy to throw on but also something that packed a punch and is pleasing to the eye,Okay so it might not go with everything but if you are a boring bugger like me and stick to comfy casuals then it's perfect.
You may have noticed in my last two outfit posts that i'm wearing florals,what the fuck is going on you might ask?? Well I'm not actually sure,I can only say that i'm embracing my girly side as of late and can only blame the beautiful sunshine we've had recently,if it carries on you might even see me in a dress!! 
*cough*No bloody Chance*Cough*

How are you all anyway?What are you getting upto this weekend?

April 02, 2016

IT'S A DOGS LIFE

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Betty and Burt are taking over today in a Haul type fashion.
If you own dogs you will know that every few months they run out of    toys,treats and things to keep them amused,they,as well as us humans need spoiling once in while so that's what we did. 
It sometimes feels like you need to take out a loan to keep two dogs happy but this isn't the case if you shop savvy.
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We recently founded a subscription box (like a monthly beauty box) made for your four legged friends.The guys at Pawsome specially select treats and toys that cater for your dogs requirements and it means every month your furry little friends get presents through the post.Whats not to love?
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B&B particularly enjoyed Garfield and the squeaky dog toy, oh and not forgetting the Sweet potato sticks,they almost looked good enough for human consumption.
If they weren't spoilt enough we decided that they were in need of a new bed and some Harnesses,thanks to Ocean they are both kitted out for the next few months and looking as cute as ever.
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What are you waiting for,treat your pets with the love they deserve.


March 27, 2016

PASTELS

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Pastels,pastels,pastels,they are a given for spring time.
Every year beautiful shades of Pinks,Mauves and Sea foam grace the shops and although I usually stick to my greyscale palette the soft hues tend to creep into my wardrobe piece by piece.

I like to keep my pastels muted and a little dirty looking,sounds gross but it keeps the outfit from looking too pretty or prim and proper which obviously isn't my style,the grungy,worn out look is more up my street,I might look grubby but at least i'm trying to introduce some colour into my life,that counts right?







March 25, 2016

SHE HAS A BETTER BLOG THAN MINE

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These days we are so consumed by looking good,trying to make our lives look fun 24/7 so we can post it on our blogs and Instagrams and make it look all pretty,lets be honest...its a massive fucking headache or at least for me it is,constantly feeling like you have to keep up with other bloggers "oh shit she's done an awesome post why aren't mine like that?", "why are my photos shit?","I need that new £1,000 camera so my photos can look like hers", "I haven't posted this week,everyone is going to lose interest and unfollow me", "oh no I have nothing interesting to put on Twitter" yeah you know those thoughts,I'm 99% sure most bloggers feel like this at some point and i'm 100% guilty of thinking these thoughts and stressing about my blog and for what? No one to even leave a comment,to be slated and told you look ugly or a hair is out of place? The struggle is real.
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I've speculated about giving up on my blog plenty a time based on these thoughts and i'm constantly beating myself up about how boring my life is and I have nothing exciting to show but guess what..I have a fucking life!! I have a job outside of blogging,I have bills to pay,I don't have roses sticking out of my arse and I don't live in a world surrounded by blue skies, marble interiors and palm trees,what you are seeing on blogs isn't reality and I have to remind myself of this on a daily basis,I only ever started my blog as a hobby, why has it got to the stage of constant competition? After giving myself this pep talk and a good kick up the bum I thought bollocks,i'm not comparing myself anymore i'm taking each day as it comes,I have great opportunities and the chance to work with some awesome brands,and i'm not tied to my blog as my job,whats not to be happy about?
So come on ladies take a bloody break,have a lie in.If you're feeling stressed about getting a post up then just pie it off and do nothing all day,does it really matter that much if you don't get it done today?
Get off social media are you going to miss much? doubtful.
Get outside and stop comparing yourself to everyone else,its no good for the soul,your blog is unique and no one can take that away.



March 18, 2016

THE FLORAL TROUSERS

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Hell yes for t-shirt weather this week,okay so it was a bit chilly in the wind but the Sun was beautiful and for a second it jogged my memory of what being warm actually felt like.
That being so I donned these floral trousers which are so not me but i'm sick to the back teeth of wearing jeans which are my comfort blanket(other than my joggers) So I thought bollocks...I need to add a touch of spring to my wardrobe and I will do this by buying something girly,obviously I had to add black to toughen the trousers up,I don't think a day goes by where I don't wear something black! Boring I know.
I'm so in love with my new Gemma bag it's been on my arm for the past couple of weeks and it won't be leaving anytime soon,You now when you just find that perfect bag that sits so well,has room for everything but the kitchen sink and looks so effortlessly cool? I've found it for sure.






March 14, 2016

KATECOOKS || RUSTIC HOT CROSS BUNS

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: YOU WILL NEED :

MIX 
+ 1 TBSP Dry Yeast
+ 110g Caster Sugar
+ 370ml Warm Milk
+ 600g Plain Flour (Sifted)
+ 2 TSP Mixed Spice
+ 1 Egg
+ 2TSP Ground Cinnamon
+ 50g Unsalted Butter (Melted)
+ 50g Candied Peel
+ 240g Sultanas

CROSSES
+ 80ml Water
+ 75g Flour
+ Piping Bag

GLAZE
+ 1TBSP Water
+ 2TSP ARROWROOT POWDER
+ 110g Caster Sugar
+ 60ml Water

:HOW TO:
1. Sprinkle Yeast into the warm milk along with 2tsps of Caster sugar,Set aside for 5mins.

2. Add the rest of the 'MIX' ingredients and combine in mixer or using a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms.Empty out onto a clean,floured work surface and knead for 8-10 mins or until elastic in texture.
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3. Place in a lightly oiled bowl,cover with a damp cloth and pop it in a warm place for an hour or until doubled in size.

4. Once risen,remove from bowl and roll into a sausage,cut into 12 equal sizes and roll into balls,Place them into a 22cm Square tin,again cover with a damp towel and allow 30mins for them to do a second prove.
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5. Preheat oven to 200°C(400°F),once they have had their second prove you will need to pipe the crosses on.To do this add the flour and water to a bowl and mix together,put mixture into a piping bag and pipe crosses on (it doesn't matter if they are messy like mine,they are meant to look 'rustic').

6. Once the oven is up to temperature pop them in and cook for 30-35 mins until golden and springy to the touch.

7. Whilst in the oven you can make the 'GLAZE' instructions for this are on the packaging of the arrowroot powder,don't forget to add the Caster Sugar otherwise your glaze won't be sweet.
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8. Remove from oven,using a pastry brush liberally cover the Hot cross buns with the glaze,make sure you get into all the cracks and crevices.

9. Serve warm with salted butter and a cup of tea,ENJOY.
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March 12, 2016

WHATS IN MY BAG?

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I recently got my hands on this gorgeous Gemma bag,I've had Marc.B bags in the past and they have been amazing,the quality is top notch and they make for very sturdy,long lasting arm candy.

I'm constantly on the go as of late and I have started to realise you don't need to be carrying ten tonne of crap to survive the day so as soon as this bag landed on my door step I emptied out my old handbag and filled this little beauty with my go to, everyday essentials.

-SUNGLASSES: Okay so we haven't had that much sun recently but it is starting to rear it's head from the clouds as we jump into spring...it's just an excuse to wear my favourite sunnies everywhere I go.

-PURSE: This is a no brainer,you never know when you might need lots of unnecessary make-up or your ID for that cheeky bottle of Gin after work(Yep I still get ID'd at the age of 25)boo hoo.

-CAMERA: I will admit I don't use my camera every second of the day but its super handy to carry around incase you stumble upon that must have photo opportunity.

-PHONE: Again a no brainer,god knows how many times a day I check Instagram,Twitter etc but I know its an unhealthy amount.I am indeed a guilty phone checker while at work too,whoops.

-MAKE UP: For those pesky touch ups throughout the day,or arriving somewhere and realising that the make up you applied at the crack of dawn has now melted off your face and your left looking like The Elephant Man.

That's what's in my everyday bag,what's in yours?
If you would like to see inside my everyday make up bag,let me know.