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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?







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?







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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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JUMPER || SOCKS || CUSHION || BEDDING

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.



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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JUMPER || SOCKS || CUSHION || BEDDING

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.



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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.






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.






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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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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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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.



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.



Summer nights
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Is it too early to start dreaming of spring? Surely not? All I can think of is those light,warm nights and finally getting out of my haggard jeans and letting my skin breathe in floaty dresses.
I've had my eye on this dress for quite some time and unfortunately is has gone out of stock,why the bloody hell didn't I buy it when I first laid eyes on it!!! I'm hoping to find something similar and maybe less pricy too.
I'm also coveting these beautiful Doc Marten sandals,I've got the silver Liza's which I live in but feel that these need to be my next payday treat,what do you think?



HAS SPRING SPRUNG?

Summer nights
1,2,3,4,5,6

Is it too early to start dreaming of spring? Surely not? All I can think of is those light,warm nights and finally getting out of my haggard jeans and letting my skin breathe in floaty dresses.
I've had my eye on this dress for quite some time and unfortunately is has gone out of stock,why the bloody hell didn't I buy it when I first laid eyes on it!!! I'm hoping to find something similar and maybe less pricy too.
I'm also coveting these beautiful Doc Marten sandals,I've got the silver Liza's which I live in but feel that these need to be my next payday treat,what do you think?



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