Sunday, 8 February 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Sheffield


Hello everyone,

 Despite not liking tea (I always go for a hot chocolate), one of my favourite things to do is go out for afternoon tea. Just before my final semester of uni began, my boyfriend and I decided to go and treat ourselves to afternoon tea. Once dressed up in my new red blazer and matching lipstick, we headed to the Hilton in Sheffield which is just around the corner from the city centre. As we entered the beautifully decorated hotel, we were greeted by lovely staff who directed us to our table where we ordered our drinks; I obviously ordered a hot chocolate (which was so yummy!) and my boyfriend ordered tea. A short while later, our afternoon tea arrived. The first thing I noticed was the cake and how delicious it looked! The three tier cake stand was filled with delicate cucumber, ham and salmon sandwich fingers, two large, chunky slices of carrot cake, creamy chocolate eclairs, two pieces of soft Victoria sponge and scones with clotted cream and jam. My favourite had to be the chocolate eclair and the Victoria sponge - the cake was so light and fluffy and with a delicate layer of raspberry jam tasted so delicious! After eating as much as we could, we ended our little date with a walk around the shops before heading home for a much needed rest after consuming so much cake! 









































Priced at only £12.50 per person for a traditional afternoon tea, I think I'd definitely go back as you get so much for the price and the cakes are amazing! If you're closer to Manchester I'd also recommend afternoon tea at Cloud 23, it's slightly more expensive than the Sheffield one but you do get a few more things. Where do you like to go for afternoon tea? Any recommendations would be great, I would love to try them out!


Lauren
xxx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Review | Chanel Coco Mademoiselle


Hello everyone,

This week's post is a beauty related post on my favourite perfume, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. When I first started blogging I did quite a lot of beauty posts and really enjoyed writing them so I thought it would be nice to start writing a few again! Chanel is a timeless classic, everyone loves Chanel; the perfumes, the lipsticks, the bags...we want it all! Every woman should own something Chanel at some point in their lives! Wanting a Chanel perfume for years, I was lucky enough to receive Chanel Coco Mademoiselle for my 21st birthday and it has very quickly become my all time favourite perfume. 


With a more floral and sweet scent compared to other Chanel perfumes, Coco Mademoiselle is suited to those who prefer a more subtle aroma.  Coco Mademoiselle is a light, fresh oriental scents with floral undertones of jasmine and rose; the perfect feminine scent. As this perfume is rather expensive at £60.50 for 50ml, I tend to use it only on special occasions and nights out; I wish I could afford to wear it everyday! The packaging also looks elegant and classy making my little perfume collection look so pretty and girly with the perfectly pink bottle. Although the price is a little much, I do think that it's worth every penny as I have used very little from the bottle even though I've worn it plenty of times since I received it for my 21st birthday back in September. I can see it lasting for at least a year and I'll definitely be buying a new one as soon as it runs out! 

Along with other items within the Coco Mademoiselle collection, there's also a moisturising body lotion. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Body Lotion is packaged in a simplistic but elegant white lotion bottle at a price of £37.50. The body lotion is a gorgeous powder pink colour and is great to put on when you're treating yourself to a pamper night with a bit of luxury. The silky softness of the lotion leaves your skin feeling beautifully moisturised and lightly scented with the fragrant notes of Coco Mademoiselle. Paired with the fragrance, a great top tip is to first apply the moisturiser and leave for a few minutes before applying your perfume to increase the longevity of the scent.
Do you have a favourite Chanel fragrance? What's your favourite perfume? 



Lauren
xxx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Three bakes anyone can make!

Hello everyone,

I'm no expert and I definitely need to improve on my decorating skills but I absolutely love to bake. As I have done quite a bit of baking the past few weeks, I thought it would be nice to share the recipes with you so maybe you can try them too. All of these recipes are really easy and fun to make so you should definitely give one of them a try! My favourite has to be the gingerbread men; they tasted amazing and were so fun to decorate! What kind of things to you like to bake? If you have any baking recipes on your blog feel free to share them as I would love to read them!


Chocolate chip shortbread

150g plain flour                                1. Put both the plain flour and cornflour into a mixing bowl.
25g cornflour                                    2. Add the butter and rub with fingertips to form a breadcrumb consistency.             
125g butter                                         3. Stir in sugar and chocolate then squeeze the crumbs together into a ball.
50g caster sugar                              4. Press evenly into a shallow cake tin and cook for 25-30 mins on gas mark 3.
75g chocolate chunks                   5. Remove from oven and sprinkle a light coating of caster sugar.
                                                                 6. Once cooled, cut into 12 bars.
Gingerbread men

250g plain flour                                   1. Place flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl.
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda                 2. Add the butter and rub together until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
2 tsp ground ginger                           3. Gently beat the egg and golden syrup together to form a dough.
125g butter                                             4. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a ½cm thickness.
175g brown sugar                                5. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread shapes and place onto trays.
1 egg                                                           6. Ensure the gingerbread men are spaced apart to avoid molding together.
4 tbsp golden syrup                           7. Bake for 12-15 minutes at gas mark 4.
                                                                      8. Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 1o minutes on the tray.
Ready to roll icing                               9. Once cooled for 10 minutes, move them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Writing icing                                         10. Decorate however you like using icing and cake decorations!
Sprinkles
Butter-cream fairy cakes

110g flour                                               1. Place margarine and caster sugar into a bowl and mix until creamy.
110g caster sugar                                2. Beat in the eggs, adding a little bit at a time.
110g margarine                                   3. Pour in the flour and gently fold.
2 eggs                                                       4. Spoon the mixture into cake cases so they are about half full.
140g butter                                            5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes at gas mark 4.
280g icing sugar                                 6. Take out of oven and allow to completely cool.
Cake decorations                                 7. For the butter cream icing, beat butter into a bowl until soft and then add half                                                                                                                                                                   the icing and beat until smooth.
                                                                     8. Spoon icing into a piping bag and pipe onto each cupcake.
                                                                     9. To finish your cupcakes off, decorate with sprinkles of your choice.
Which recipe will you be trying out? From now on I will be putting up a new blog post every Sunday, so make sure to keep your eye on the blog - I will be reviewing my favourite perfume next week! I hope you all have a lovely week.


Lauren
xxx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

January Wishlist | ASOS


Hello everyone,

January is always a tough month, especially this year as I have exams to revise for, essays to write AND a dissertation to start! Shopping is always a great stress reliever and it's always nice to have a nice pair of sparkly shoes or a new dress as a reward from all your hard work which is why I've created this wishlist! This month's wishlist is all from ASOS; I really wish I could afford everything on here but think I may just treat myself to one or two things with my Christmas money. I've been loving all the sparkle and glitter trends this winter hence my wishlist is very sparkly! The stripey jumper is probably the first thing I'll buy, it looks so comfy for chilled out days!





































1. Coat with Seam Detail in Textured Wool, £90. The colour of this alone makes me want to buy it. I think if it was half price then I probably would! With the stunning coral colour, this coat could be worn through to Spring!
2. Nonna Cut Out Glitter Lace Shoes, £24.99. These glittery nude heels would look lovely with any party dress, I really want to get them! At only £24.99 I think I might have to!
3. Pencil Skirt with Scallop Hem, £22. Thinking ahead for when I need to buy interview clothes, I think
4. Petite Dress with Embellished Collar Stand, £45. This dress is so beautiful and simple with a hint of sparkle around the collar - perfect for a night out drinking cocktails with the girls!
5. Gold Glitter Heels, £110. These are sooo expensive but it is a 'wish' list after all and I wish for these sparkly shoes! I extremely doubt I'll get them *cries* but I've wanted a pair of glittery heels for ages! 
6. Top with Long Sleeves in Contrast Stripe, £18. I'm in need of more long sleeved tops and this one is perfect; the stripes, the colour and the fit. It looks so comfy and would be great to wear on lazy days.
7. Embellished Scuba Skater Dress, £65. I love the fit of this dress, it's so flattering and gorgeous. The neutral colour makes the dress perfect for all occasions and with the added embellishments there's no need to accessorize!

What do you currently have on your wishlist?



Lauren
xxx

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Monthly highlights | December


Hello everyone,

I have definitely had more than my fair share of roast dinners this month! At the beginning of the month, my housemates and I donned our Christmas jumpers and celebrated Christmas together early. We had a wonderful roast which included copious amounts of crispy roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, turkey, pigs in blankets and more with lashings of gravy. After filling our bellies with far too much food, we spent the rest of the night opening our secret Santa presents, listening to Christmas music and watching Arthur Christmas.



































A few weeks later, I went home to spend Christmas with my family. I love Christmas purely for the fact that I get to see my whole family and in an environment filled with love, joy and happiness. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends and family! Christmas Eve was spent with my best friend and having a good old catch up and girly gossip in Prezzo before watching Annie at the cinema; the perfect heart-warming film to watch right before Christmas. Christmas day was spent opening presents, eating far too much food, laughing and joking with family and watching Christmassy TV. I received many lovely things this Christmas including a new phone, perfume, baking products and more...I might do a 'What I got for Christmas' post if anyone would be interested in reading it? On boxing day we all went to my granny's house for another roast which was absolutely delicious (she's an amazing cook!). It's fair to say I have eaten way too much whilst being at home! 

What have been your highlights from December? I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas!

Lauren
xxx