Thursday, 17 April 2014

Baking | Giant Easter nest cake


Hello everyone,

Easter is only a few days away now, and with that in mind I decided to make something quick and easy to share with you! Rice krispie cakes are so simple to make- all you need are rice krispies, mini eggs and a bar of chocolate. I decided to go one step further and make a GIANT Rice Krispie cake! I hope you all enjoy the recipe and maybe have a go at making it too. I'm currently in the midst of writing five uni assignments so am looking forward to going home and enjoying time with my family for a few days over the Easter weekend.
1. Collate all of your ingredients; Rice Krispies, chocolate bar and mini eggs.
2. Boil the kettle and pour water into a pan and turn the hob on a low heat.
3. Place a metal or glass bowl over the pan.

4. Break your chocolate bar into small chunks and melt on a low heat, keep stirring
until the chocolate is smooth.
5. Pour chocolate into your bowl of Rice Krispies (I filled around a third of the mixing bowl) and stir until all is covered with a layer of chocolate.
6. Cover a kitchen plate with cling film to prevent chocolate from getting everywhere, and slowly start to build your Rice Krispie nest.
7. Layer up the Rice Krispies using a spoon paying particular attention to the sides to create the nest shape.
8. Melt a small bar of chocolate over the hob and poor into the centre of the nest.
9. To decorate the nest, fill with mini eggs (or chocolate eggs of your preference) and cute little chicks.

10. Place the chocolate nest in the fridge until set (45 mins) and enjoy!
Not only is this chocolate nest cake delicious and adorable to look at, it's also really fun and easy to make and you can be so creative with it! This would surely look lovely and impressive on your Easter dinner table. What are your favourite things to bake over Easter? Will you be making this?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Lauren
xxx 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sticky9 Review + International giveaway!


Hello everyone,

As it's coming towards the end of the academic year and some of my friends are about to embark on exciting, new paths (jobs, work placements etc), I wanted something to give to everyone as a little keepsake they can treasure forever and look back at to remember all the good times we had living together. After searching for a while trying to find a gift, I stumbled across Sticky9- a company which transforms your Instagram photos into magnets - perfect! The products available from the Sticky9 site include a set of 9 magnets from £9.99, phone cases and tablet covers; all of which include free shipping worldwide. Sticky9 very kindly sent me a sheet of their classic magnets* which made me so happy and I chose photos which captured my favourite memories; the Irish jig night and the university family Christmas dinner were so much fun! The website is really easy to use; all you have to do is connect with Instagram, decide whether you want the classic (9 individual photos) or jigsaw (1 photo split into 9 pieces) and then select your favourite images. I was really pleased with the delivery as it was super quick and only took two days to get here. The quality of the magnets are great and the colours are true to that of the pictures that were taken from my Instagram. 
Sticky9 are very kindly offering a giveaway to all my lovely readers for a chance to win a set of 9 magnets which you can personalize yourself! Here are the rules on how to enter:
You must be a follower of my blog on BlogLovin'
You must leave a comment telling me what your favourite Instagram photos are or what kind of photos you like to take (if you don't have Instagram)
Please leave a form of contact in the comments so I can contact you if you do win
The giveaway will last from 13/04/14  to  21/04/14
- This giveaway is open internationally
The winner will be randomly selected and announced on this post
- The prize is a sheet of 9 magnets personalized with your Instagram photos
GOOD LUCK!

I think that Sticky9 magnets are such a lovely gift idea (I can't wait to give them to my flatmates) and I would definitely consider adding more to my collection in the future!
I think £9.99 is a bargain price but if you want a better offer use the code FRIENDUZ59 for 15% off your first order- enjoy :)


Lauren
xxx 


*The post contains PR samples. All thoughts are my own. For more info, see my disclaimer.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

We've got a house! + Sass & Belle home accessories review


Hello everyone,

Last week was very exciting as I signed a contract for a house to share with my closest friends at uni. After living in halls for two years, we decided to have a change and the experience of living in our own house - I'm so excited! To add to my excitement, Sass & Belle kindly sent me some lovely home accessories to review and decorate my new room with. I adore Sass & Belle; they have a wide selection of home accessories for  the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen as well as many other cute gifts. If you're into cute, vintage and quirky accessories then you'll fall in love with everything on the site just like I did. My favourite thing from Sass & Belle is probably their adorable owl cushions which are available in an array of patterns and colours- all with cute names too!
Sylvia Owl Cushion*- £16.25, Vintage Wire Heart Photo Holder*- £9.95, Paddy The Fox
 Fabric Bunting*- £13.75
Sylvia Owl Cushion 
I adore all the owl cushions that Sass & Belle have; there's 32 to choose from so there's definitely one to fit with every colour scheme or theme! As you can see, I probably chose the most girly, floral one as that is the kind of style I like. The Sylvia owl cushion (they all have adorable names) is covered in a cute ditsy pink and green floral pattern with lace trimming around the wings and coloured embroidered detail on the fronting. The cushion comes included with the inner and is easily removable via the Velcro on the back. When I get my new room I'm going to display this cushion on my bed and I'll definitely be getting Sylvia a friend- they're all just too cute so it's hard to decide which to get next!

Vintage Wire Heart Photo Holder
I really wanted something in my room which I could hang on the wall and be creative with. The vintage wire heart holder is a nice cream shade so is versatile to any room, I love the fact that it is considerably large too (51 x 56cm) so you are able to fill it with quite a few photos. I have filled my photo holder with some of my favourite photos and some butterflies I purchased from Sass & Belle last year but I also plan to weave a few false flowers into it (like the photo on their website) and maybe hang some jewelry on there too.

Paddy The Fox Fabric Bunting 
I love this Fox bunting! I love the material it's made from- it's made from a combination of  a really soft burnt umber coloured felt and warm toned vintage floral fabrics. The quality and feel of the material is really good and the fox faces (all 7 of them) are slightly padded to ensure that the shape is kept and always looking nice. I was going to hang this up in either our living room or kitchen but I might have to put it in my room as it looks so pretty!

I can't wait to move into our house in July and decorate my bedroom with lovely new things! I'll probably do a house tour in pictures as soon as it's all decorated to show you what we've done with the place, so make sure to look out for that. I will probably end up buying some more cute things from Sass & Belle too, they have an offer at the moment where you get this little Easter basket with every order (ends 17th April)- so cute!


Lauren
xxx 


*The post contains PR samples. All thoughts are my own. For more info, see my disclaimer.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Very Inspiring Blog Award



Hello everyone,

I have recently been nominated twice for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award which is amazing; I love inspiring other people so this was a lovely reward to receive! Thank you Emily and Amy for nominating me :) I would love for you all to check out both of their blogs as they are definitely worth a read.
The rules...
1. Link the person who nominated you
2. List the rules of the award
3. Share 7 facts about yourself (make them interesting!)
4. Nominate fifteen of your favourite blogs and link them to your post
5. Let them know that you've nominated them

7 facts about me...
1. Since around July last year I have won over £2, 000 worth of prizes from Twitter!
2. I'm allergic to gold (not entirely sure if this is true, but I remember my doctor telling me this when I was younger..)
3. When I was little I used to create my own magazines and send them to other magazines and was featured in about 8 of them!
4. My dream man is Enrique Iglesias and I realllyyyyy hope to see him on tour this Autumn!
5. I love cupcakes and make them literally ever other week
6. I can speak French and Spanish but have never been to either of them countries (I really want to though, a eurotrip would be so exciting)
7. I have the most amazing friends. I didn't enjoy uni that much in first year, but after finding new, amazing flatmates and friends I'm now having the best time ever!

My nominees...
Rheya Mae- PixiRella
Libby - Libby-Jade
Laura - Laurzrah

Thanks again to aletterfromem and messingwithadreamer for nominating me! 

Lauren
xxx 

Friday, 4 April 2014

What's in my bag | Evening edition


Hello everyone,

I always find what's in my bag posts interesting; everyone's views on what is 'necessary' to take on a night out is completely different, plus I'm quite nosy too. This is my evening edition to what I generally take in my bag on a night out and I plan to do a daytime version sometime soon too! 


The bag...
I love anything with lots of embellishments, sequins and sparkle, so this bag has to be the favourite from my collection. Hues of cream, gold, black and iridescent cover the bag in the shape of sequins formed into daisy shapes. This evening clutch bag from Accessorize is quite a good, large size so is great if you like taking a lot of (un)necessary things with you. I like that this clutch bag has a handle as I hate using ones that don't! This bag cost me around £38 and despite looking really pretty, I'm not sure it is actually worth it; quite a few of the sequins (although not so noticeable) have fallen off despite having used it only a couple of times.

What's inside...
1. Keys- Cannot be without these! I did almost lose them on the way to
 a club once, oops..
2. Collection Kohl eyeliner in black- I've been loving this kohl eyeliner lately; it's a jet black colour, easy to apply and is long-lasting. It's only £1.99 too- bargain!
3. Collection lasting perfection concealer- This is quite possibly my favourite concealer ever; it covers all dark circles and blemishes throughout the day without needing to be reapplied. A definite must have for makeup lovers if you haven't tried it yet!
4. Tanya Burr lipgloss in Aurora- I bought this lipgloss about a month ago now and have been wearing it literally 24/7. I plan on doing a review on this soon so don't want to say too much other than it smells amazing (like sweets) and is such a lovely bright pink shade- perfect for wearing on a night out.
5. Avon purse spray, Little Black Dress- I love these mini purse sprays, they come in so handy! The Little Black Dress scent is a gorgeous, timeless classic scent with oriental and floral tones- lovely to wear on a night out.
6. Topshop coin purse- A little coin purse is essential for your evening bag. My everyday purse is filled to the brim with receipts, train tickets and cards so it's much easier to have a separate one for the evening to avoid drunkenly loosing important things.
7. Extra chewing gum- Everyone carries chewing gum in their bags don't they?!
8. Plasters and 9. Anti-bacterial hand gel- At least one member of every friendship group has about a hundred plasters for emergencies in their bag- that's me! The Compeed blister plasters are a lifesaver for high heel lovers, nothing is worse than dancing with sore feet!
10. A couple of random additional things I sometimes take include a couple of sweets/ biscuits (too much vodka make me hungry?), foldable shoes for walking home in, and one thing I always take and cannot be without is my phone!

What do you take with you on a night out?

Lauren
xxx