Thursday, 29 September 2011

New additions

I thought I'd stop my silence (seriously, don't get Virgin internet, it's taken me half an hour to upload two photos...) and show you a couple of new additions to our lovely new flat.

We fell in love with a little chilli plant in Sainsbury's so we purchased him, named him Carlos and put his shiny chilli treats in our dinner! I've also been collecting kitchenware including these rather delightful oil and vinegar (we've got salt in ours...) from Find Me A Gift which I quite love.

I'll be back and blogging properly once I've sorted the internet out showing you some lovely new things I've treated myself to, after all, it is payday tomorrow!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Valencia Fashion Week

Apologies for being very quiet recently, work and a crappy internet connection in the flat doesn't work well with blogging but I couldn't stay away from Fashion Week musings...

Though I haven't had a chance to properly digest the LFW offerings, I found these backstage images from Valencia Fashion Week taken by photographer Laura Leal that I fell in love with. These analog offerings have a certain serenity seldom seen behind the scenes.

What's your favourite Fashion Week moment been so far?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Hello Winter...

 Classic Mac and Pea Coat from JD Williams

So apparently it's decided to be Winter with absolutely no warning... We've spent quite a lot of today in the office talking about winter coats, I don't have any coats and survive mainly in jackets and layers whereas another girl has a Winter coat from every year since she can remember! We chatted about fur, vintage and high street but no one could settle on the perfect Winter coat.

I really need to invest in a classic coat that will last me for years, my little leather jacket can't last for long... I've always had problems finding coats because of my rather large 'assets', but thankfully JD Williams offers a good range of plus size coats for women. Even though I'm not technically 'plus size', it seems to be the best way to go for curvy, busty girlies like myself.

I picked out a couple of my favourites, what do you think?


(This is a sponsored post but that doesn't make it any less true!)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Bespoke by SimplyBe

Ever since payday I've been 'accidentally' stumbling onto websites and into shops but haven't actually bought that much stuff (ignore that bag of new clothes in my wardrobe, ahem...) even though I wear pretty much the same style of clothes to work as I do when I'm lounging around the flat, I always like to pretend I'm more important than I am and look at clothes that would make me look very out of place in an office full of jeans and t shirts...

During my travels around online shops searching for inappropriate (in the right way) clothes, I found SimplyBe's Bespoke range. I usually check SimplyBe for clothes as I'm curvy and have a rather ample bosom so it was really good to see some trend led, gorgeous UK plus size dress. Usually all the plus size girlies get is floral things with a strange sleeve length... Plus I'm sure it helps that the model looks rather like Zooey Deschanel, another way to my heart...

What do you think to the Bespoke collection?

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Banana and Caramel Cupcakes

 
 
 
Since moving into our new, little flat I've been treated to having a house husband as the boy was off work so this weekend I've been a domestic goddess! I've baked banana and caramel cupcakes and I'm about to make the most amazing roast ever, well maybe not, but it'll be yummy enough!

I also got to test drive my new Joseph Joseph nest of mixing bowls (which the lovely people at Find Me A Gift sent to me as a moving in present, thank you!) and they did not disappoint, plus they look very pretty and bright in the white kitchen.

I made up the recipe as I went along but the cakes are rather delicious so I thought I'd post it here for you to try too!

Ingredients

175g Caster Sugar
175g Self Raising Flour
175g Butter/Spread
3 Eggs
4 bars of Cadbury Caramel (or whatever else you want to put in them!)
2 super ripe bananas

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
2. Cream together the butter and sugar
3. Add the eggs one by one, mixing well after adding each egg
4. Mush up the bananas with a fork and add it to the mixture along with chopped up chocolatey bits
5. Sieve in the flour and fold into the mixture
6. Spoon into cupcake cases
7. Bake for 15/20 minutes or until they're cooked all the way through, test them with a knife and if it comes out clean, they're done!
8. Leave to cool and either eat them or drizzle some chocolate on the top

Happy baking!

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