Sunday, 22 March 2015

Life lately.


Hello everyone,

Uni work seems to be never ending at the moment, however the end seems to be in reachable distance and I've managed to complete over half of my dissertation and some of my essays, yay! I can't wait until it's all over then I can relax get a job, earn some money and start a new chapter of my life. I'll be living in a completely new city so I'm very excited! This week has been quite good compared to the past few weeks of writing essays 24/7 so I thought it would be nice to do a little update (and share some cute dog pictures).

On Tuesday, my friends and I enjoyed the best burgers and trio of deserts at Bungalows and Bears washed down with alcohol, gossip and giggles. It was lovely to all do something as a house as we haven't all been out together in ages because we're all tied down with mountains of work at the moment! The highlight of my week was going home and my boyfriend meeting my family. My mum and granny joined us for a meal at the local pub, it was so nice to have a catch up over good food and for them to get to know my boyfriend too. After being treated to a delicious pub lunch, we went for a nice long walk around the village in the sunshine with the dog. After our walk, we stopped at the pub for a drink before heading back home to say bye to my family. I wanted to stay but I'll be back in a few weeks for Easter! Back in Sheffield, the weekend has been more relaxing with a spot of baking fairy cakes, walks in the park, drinking giant hot chocolates at Costa and cooking homely meals. This week has been a great week, however, it's now time to get my head down and finish all of my uni assignments, not long to go now!






































 Have you got any nice plans for the week ahead?

Lauren
xxx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

A blog for my mum



Hello everyone,

Happy mother's day to all the lovely mums out there! This post is for my mum, the loveliest person on earth, I really do not know what I'd do without her. Not only is she my mum, but she is my best friend too! My mum has taught me so many things over the years. She's taught me to be careful with money and that not having much is not a bad thing. The best things in life are free; love and happiness. When I was little, my mum dressed me in designer clothes which all the mums and nursery ladies always used to compliment. Little did they know that these gorgeous designer dresses were bargains from carboot sales, thrifty mummy! My mum has also taught me to be kind and to always treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. She is a very giving person, not only did she always make sure I had the latest toy when I was a child, or continually surprises me when I come back from uni to find she has bought me lots of lovely treats, but she also gives her all to everyone she meets. My mum is the best person to turn to for advice and receive the best hugs from! Another thing my mum has taught me is strength. My mum is an incredibly strong woman. Bringing up five children proves that point entirely. The past year or so has been tough for my mum but I've seen her come through the end of the struggles with so much strength and positivity and that inspires me greatly. I hope to be like that when I'm older.

Thank you mum for being a truly amazing and inspirational woman to me!

 What's the best piece of advice your mum has given to you?


Lauren
xxx

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