Christmas Tag

With Christmas being 9 days away, I decided it's about time I do the Christmas tag! I honestly can't believe how fast this year has gone, it doesn't feel like two minutes since last year with all the wrapping and getting ready for Christmas! 

What time of year do you start your Christmas shopping? 
Probably early November, I cannot shop properly when it is super stressful and I enjoy Christmas shopping so I like it to be fun! 

Do you have any festive recipes for food or drink you limit solely to the Christmas season to share? I like to bake all year round, I make more biscuits at these time and add pretty little snowmen and santa decorations to them! 

Tell me how Christmas goes down in your home? For most of my life it has been at my grandparents but since my parents split up it's been a bit different and this year it is going to be different again so I couldn't tell you! 

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Nope but I'm thinking of running a bloggers secret santa from now on every year! :-) 

Do you have a favourite festive coffee? I don't drink coffee, but I do love the festive hot chocolates from Costa, if you are yet to try one I recommend the honeycomb hot chocolate it's lovely! 

Do you have a favourite Christmas song? I did until work played them to death only kidding, I like Wizard I wish it could be Christmas everyday! Also Lily Allen "Somewhere only we know" great song with a super cute video! 

What do you do on Christmas Eve? Last year and this year I will be working, how exciting! After that probably just watch a Christmassy film! 

What's your Christmas wrapping strategy? Not let my boyfriend anywhere near them? Because he makes a terrible mess, I like wrapping anything circular into a cracker? That sounds weird, but so much easier than wrapping them normally!

What's your dream gift this year? Lots and lots of make-up as I am completely obsessed! I plan to get lots of clothes for my birthday which is 3 weeks after!  

Describe your Christmas tree. How tall? Real or artificial? How is it decorated? My mother decorates the tree downstairs and it must all match with gold and red decorations so I decided this year to invest in my own tree for my room, and it's pink with bright lights and silver baubles on! Pretty! 

Do you decorate just the tree or other areas of your house e.g. windows, bannisters? We used to have them outside the house, but they all broke *sad face* I decorate my own room (I love Christmas okay?) with lights! 

What do you wear to Christmas parties and what do you wear on Christmas day? Lots and lots of glitter, who doesn't love glitter, I haven't really got a dress for christmas day I just hope that I get some of the pretty dresses on my wishlist to wear! *crosses fingers*

I tag everyone who is yet to do this tag! 
& Happy Christmas everyone! 

Olivia Thristan

Red Carpet Inspired Look!

Last year one of my best friends entered the new look Christmas competition and said she had great fun creating her outfit and it turned out she actually won the competition! I love making outfit posts and when new look emailed me asking me to take part I couldn't wait to get started, this years competition was to recreate your favorite red carpet look from this year using new looks party collection. My favourite by far was Taylor Swifts outfit at the BRITS, it's an elegant look and I think Taylor looks stunning! Her dress was created by Elie Saab and it's a different look to what we are used to seeing Taylor in as she looks much more grown up! Here is my outfit choices:

Dress:  The dress I picked is very similar to the one Taylor is wearing, the gold belt on the dress is similar to the one on her dress which gives it the added touch of the black styled dress she is wearing, the dress which is featured in my post, also has a slit which on her dress she has panels of mesh which looks similar!
Ring- I picked this ring because the gem in this ring looks similar to the one she is wearing, it gives the same effect, I didn't want to pick a ring which was huge and stood out massively because hers doesn't it and I think it looks fabulous and gives an added touch to the outfit.
Bag- Although we don't see a bag in the pictures, I chose to add this particular clutch to the outfit because the straight bit of gold on the bag matches her belt and also the studs on the bag are triangular, definitely a must have with this outfit!

Shoes- In hardly any of the pictures taken at the BRITS you can't see Taylors' shoes but in one of the pictures you can slightly see that she is wearing a strapy peep toe shoe, which I think goes with this outfit although you can't really see it, in my opinion it gives a great effect!
Cuff- I love these Cuffs, they look great and I think it just gives an added effect to the outfit so the arms aren't bare, she is wearing a cuff herself, and I wanted to make it as similar as possible!
Earrings- The earrings are great because with the hair tied back it gives a more sophisticated look and ties in with the bag, I love dangley earrings (although sometimes they can look cheap) but in my opinion these look great and add to the outfit, rather than take away!

I decided not to have a necklace with this outfit because of the way that the dress is, and if you are wearing too much jewellery in my opinion it looks tacky, which is not the thing I want when I am trying to create a red carpet look as they are (mostly) glamourous! Also because Taylor isn't wearing a necklace herself!
Olivia Thristan

Ciate- Mistress Review

I am addicted to buying things from blog sales at the moment as they are pretty much new items sold at low prices, I mostly buy nail varnishes which cost a bomb elsewhere, and recently stumbled on a blog sale and the girl was selling a ciatè nail varnish for £1 i've always wanted to try ciatè but it retails around £9.00 and as I can't really wear nail varnish that often due to to work, I wouldn't pay that! But yesterday I was thrilled when it arrived in the post like it was brand new! So what was my opinion may you ask? First lets start with the packaging, it's in gorgeous packaging the bottle is different to the normal shape which I like and the bow is super cute! So thumbs up as far as that goes; on to the nail varnish itself I was quite disappointed due to the fact it took 4 coats to make it look quite bold and it looks a completely different colour in the bottle to what comes out on the nails it comes out more orange and I was expecting a red. Obviously the fake nails can't test how long it lasts for so i'll have to let you know on that one when I can actually wear it on my own nails (over christmas!) But as far as getting it for a pound goes, I can't really complain- I am considering buying the colour "3am girl" which is a deep blue and it looks really bold and a statement polish, who doesn't love statement nails! I'll probably as a birthday treat for myself in the near future. But overall I give this colour a 6/10, but I won't let it put me off trying Ciatè in the future! 

What Ciatè shades have you got?
Olivia Thristan

The World Of Stationary!

Everyone who knows me knows that I love stationary, I own a countless supply of notebooks, coloured pens, brightly coloured cardboard, envelops and pencils; literally could open my own stationary shop! Spending countless hours looking for pretty little notebooks and other stuff to add to my ever growing collection there are 3 sites I am always on when looking for stationary, Paperchase, Paperstone and Whsmiths, they all offer a great collection of stationary! So Paperchase is my favourite for their huge selection of super cute notebooks, and I do love a good notebook they're all bright colours and so lovely and great for gifts, they are a little pricey compared to other places but still worth every penny in my opinion! Paperstone is fantastic for their huge section of office supplies, and they're really good value for money! Being somebody who is obsessed with highlighters and keeping organized they have some amazing day to day diaries perfect as 2014 is just around the corner! When I next come into some money i'll be treating myself to a diary from there! Finally is Whsmiths most of you will of heard of them already as they are a high street chain, I am constantly popping in there for cards but like paperchase offer a huge range of lovely notebooks and folders, being a university student- I am always popping in there to buy a new folder or pens as I am constantly running out (or loosing them!) definitely the best shop on the high street for all your stationary needs. Like I said at the start of this post for all those stationary loving friends and family I would recommend buying your gifts from here, I mean who doesn't love to receive a huge bundle of stationary goodies, I know I would!

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Olivia Thristan

eos vs. balmi!

Recently these beauties we're introduced into my life and by recently I mean two weeks ago, if you're wondering what these lovely things are lip balms, perfect for this time of year keeping lips moisturised and they're a bit different from your usual lip balm! They're light to carry around and you can get them in so many different flavours, I own the summer fruits eos and the raspberry balmi. They flavours both smell luscious which is always good, and knowing me i'll probably end up buying lots of the different flavours! You can buy the balmi in boots or tesco for £2.99 so easy to get your hands on, the eos is not so easy as it's from the states, which if you live there you're probably aware of eos, I asked my dad to buy me one when he was over there and the person I am doing my american box swap is going to send me some more, yes I'm addicted to these beauties! You can also buy them on ebay for around the £4.00 mark, which is quite cheap I guess. So which is better I hear you ask, in my eyes I'd say eos, I like the fact the balm is round which I find easier to apply and I prefer the shape of the eos although I do like the balmi for it's own ways, I feel it moisturisers my lips more than the eos and leaves them feeling less sticky! Definitely worth  stocking up on these beauties this Christmas hehe! 

Olivia Thristan

Gift Guide: Buying For Men Under £20

1. The Phone Case Wallet- I've recently seen a lot of these and I think they're a great idea, saves carrying around a separate wallet, the only downside is there is nowhere to put your change, but still you have 2 slots for cards and somewhere to put notes and at £3.60 and available for lots of phones in different colours you can't really argue get your hands on one of these here
2. Super Man Socks- Okay so I haven't decided if these are the coolest socks ever or the weirdest either way buy them for your super hero loving boyfriend/friend and they'll be sure to love them, I mean who doesn't love socks with capes on?! Get your hands on a pair from here for only a fiver!
3. Insults and comebacks book- Who hasn't been in a situation where they don't know something witty to say back to insult well you'll never have this problem again with this "hilarious" book, lots of funny comebacks for men to use on their friends! And the bonus is it's only £6.00 Purchase here
4. Novelty Pac Man Alarm Clock- Who doesn't hate being woken up in the morning? But how can you hate it when you're being woken up with pacman sounds in my opnion the best alarm clock ever, get yourself or your friend one from here.
5. Lego Soaps- I think these are really cool! You can buy them in different amounts starting from 6 at £1.99 just bought my own boyfriend some of these, definitely worth a buy! Purchase them here!
Olivia Thristan

Blogmas Day 3: My mini American Haul.

There's one amazing thing of having a dad who works pretty much all over the world, the fact he can buy pretty much any products that I want, during his recent trip to America I asked him to purchase some goodies for me! As i've seen a few products that I want over there lately and I am super jealous that we don't have some of the stuff over there and I can't wait to go over to Florida in August and pick up some more beauties! So what did I buy you ask? I'll start buy telling you it's all lip products, I am super obsessed I really need to stop I own like 50+ lip products half of what I've bought recently naughty me!

Eos- Summer Fruit Lip Balm: 
I have seen this product featured on a few blogs and they've all reviewed it as quite a good product, and it's totally different to any lip balm I've seen before (well it was until I opened my beauty advent calender yesterday and received a square version!) It smells really nice and feels great on my lips! I shall definitely be doing a review post of this at later date!  

Elf Lip Stain: Pink Petal
Although I am aware you can get something similar to this in the UK, but I decided to try this one as it cost equivalent to 95p it's just basically colouring your lips with a felt tip pen! It gives your lips a lasting colour, although this one isn't very bright I shall definitely be asking my dad for some different shades next time he is over in the states, the good thing about the lip stain is it leaves your lips feeling super soft! 

Colour Riche Balm- Plush Plum
I have read a lot of good reviews on this lipstick and decided I wanted to try one for myself, I picked a more neutral colour as a lot of the colours in my selection are bright pink or red, the colour makes my lips look fuller and the colour is a really nice shade, I shall be reviewing the lipsticks in more detail with swatches so you can see how pretty they are!   

  Colour Whisper: Cherry on top! 
I literally had to stop myself buying like 4 other shades of this lipstick they're all so pretty and bright, I just bought this one as I stated earlier in the post I already have over 50 lipsticks and really need to stop buying them! This was the first thing I tried when receiving the goodies, it's not as bright as I thought it was going to be, but it's still uber (I love that word) lovely and I wish we had this collection here in the UK! 

Baby Lips: Strike a Rose & Berry Bomb
In the UK we now have the baby lips which everyone was desperate to get over here, and although I own 4 of the ones available in the UK when my dad sent me a picture with these on I had to buy them, I bought multiple of them they are so CHEAP, and I thought they were perfect for winter to keep my lips nice to moisturised, they just give a slight tint on the lips (don't worry you don't get bright purple lips!) I love these they are definitely a good buy- if you haven't bought any baby lips yet, I recommend you do!  

  I hope you enjoyed my mini American haul! 

Olivia Thristan

Blogmas Christmas Dress Must Haves. #2

So with Christmas round the corner for most of us that means lots of parties and chances to wear lovely glittery dresses! I found four of my favourite dresses which you can buy on your local high street or online!
1. Glitter glitter and more glitter, if you can't wear glitter at Christmas time when can you? I love this dress and if I was thin enough I'd probably wear it myself. 
2. I love this dress because it's simple the little black dress suits everyone in my opinion it's just finding the right one for your body shape, this dress is extra lovely as the collar is glittery, to fit in with the glittery Christmas theme! 
3. I love the red and black on this dress, I love that's red underneath and got the fabric over the top I think it looks gorgeous! This is sort of dress is perfect for going out because you can dress it up for a club and down for a meal and will look perfect with a pair of little black heels and a glittery clutch! 
4. The black dress with the peter pan collar- you've probably been hearing about the peter pan colour for a while now but I can't get enough of them I think it makes a simple dress look so much more stylish, the one this dress has the element of glitter and makes it different to just the simple black dress, it's a must have!

What dresses are you wearing for Christmas? 

Olivia Thristan

Snail Mail!

I love doing box swaps (which blogger doesn't?) and when I came across "snail mail" the way to meet new friends around the world I was super excited and signed up straight away! I got paired with Daniel and although he is from the UK he has Nigerian roots and he speaks many different languages! I feel sorry for him being paired up with boring little me, but we actually had a great chat over email for a few weeks, it was super fun and he is really lovely- we talked about pretty much everything from music to our families! This months theme was gratitude and it was around the same time as the disaster in the Philippines so we were talking about how we were grateful for where we live and how we have a roof over our heads etc and it was really nice! And finally the swap came to an end *sad face* and we sent our gifts to each other *happy face* I sent Daniel a Christmas card, some chocolate santas and music notebook- not as near as good as his! Here is what he sent me:

Lets start with the "born lippy" from the body shop, I thought it was really nice that he read my blog and learnt what I liked and went and bought this! I really like body shop items and I am currently wearing it!
The lollypop from Starbucks I'd say that lasted just long enough for me to take these pictures before I demolished it yummy!  The postcard from london he's so lucky he lives in London you can get post cards and little gifts easy I couldn't imagine there's a postcard of Stafford! How boring!  Mini Notebook I love notebooks so much so I own 20, I am not even joking- this one is special though as it has a lovely quote on the front and as it's small it will be great for storing my blog ideas in when i'm out and about! Guitar Pick I used to play when I was younger which reminded me of then I might even pick my guitar back up sometime, might need a bit of tuning first? haha! and finally the letter and christmas card really nice to read and made me smile so thanks Dan! (If you're reading this) I'd recommend the snail mail collective to anybody who loves box swaps and getting to know new people!  

Olivia Thristan

Tartan Dress Yay Or Nay?

The Tartan Dress- I've seen this everywhere lately, in all the mags, on the celebs and in all the shops. It's something i've noticed people love or hate, I actually really love it, I think it looks innocent and really cute I saw one in primark and loved, and went to show my mother who was like why on earth would you want to wear that, you had one when you were seven the exact same, it'll look silly. Then later dug out the picture with me wearing the tartan dress, and little more dorky, but still the same idea. But is my mother right is it a trend left to the children "school uniform" or can it be high end. In my opinion it's the way you wear it, and what you accessorize it with.

I love the way it can be totally glamed up, with barely black tights and some "rocker" boots, I love that studs are still in, and it looks awesome. Like in the pictures, they all look sophisticated and cool, people expect the dresses to be worn with dolly shoes on a little girl, where as dark eye make-up, big black boots, a big statement necklace maybe some silver big bangles and even a bowler hat in my opnion totally dresses up the outfit. Another thing I love about the dress is how versatile it can be you could wear it out for a posh meal with friends or just for another day at uni, it's totally about the way you wear it, and how you style yourself it can make so many great outfits out of the one dress!

So the tartan dress?
Yay or nay, i'd love to know what you think- also what you think of this post I haven't done a post like this on my blog before, would love your opinions lovelies! 

Olivia Thristan

Boots on a budget!

1. Black Boot Wedges £12.99 Shoe Zone.
2. Lilley Milatary Boots £14.99 Shoe Zone
3. Fake Dr Martens £14.41 +Delivery  Amazon
4. Thick Heel & Buckle £5.00 + Delivery Everything £5
5. Sasha Suedette Zip Boot £20.00 Boohoo
6. Buckled Ankle Boots £10.00 (similar product here)
7. Ankle Boots £12.00 George at Asda
8. Suede Effect Ankle Boots £18.00 F&F at Tesco

Olivia Thristan

Products of the year!

Hello lovely bloggers,
So I decided I wanted to get some of the lovely bloggers of twitter involved in my latest post idea, I wanted to find out some other bloggers favourite products of the year instead of just mine, as it's always good to have more than one opinion on things. I asked some bloggers if they'd like to get involved and these are the ones who said yes!

Favourite Nail Varnish Brand & Colour: 
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Vanilla or MUA Koala Bear
Top 3 Lipsticks:
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish in Shade 16
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude
MAC Crosswires
Favourite Lush Product:
Lush Bombardino Bath Bomb
Favourite Shampoo and Conditioner:
Aussie Luscious Long Or Aussie Mega Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
One product you would recommend to somebody else:
Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Shine Away Mask
Favourite High Street Shop for Beauty Products:
Superdrug or Boots
Favourite Online Store:
Superdrug / Boots / Ebay / Fragrance Direct
And Finally name a product or gift set you want for christmas!
Soap & Glory Soaper Heroes Gift Set or Origins Mask Marvels Set

Nail polish brand/colour: 
Rimmel I love lasting finish in 'pop your pink'
Top 3 lipsticks: 
1. Sleek Makeup true colour in 'loved up', 2. maybelline colour sensational lipstick in 'shocking coral' and 3. MUA lipstick in 'shade 12'Favourite Lush product: 
The only lush product i own is the bubblegum lip scrub, which i love as it smooths my lips without being too harsh, plus it tastes gorgeous. I'm not the biggest lush fan though - i find it overpriced and the smell of the shop makes me feel nauseous, so it puts me off even going in!
Favourite Shampoo/conditioner: John Frieda sheer blonde colour renew shampoo and conditioner- it keeps my bleached hair looking vibrant, and prevents brasiness.
One product I'd recommend: 
Seventeen waterproof mascara. It's so cheap and gives the longest, thickest and most volumised lashes of any mascara i've used, and it's less than £5!
Favourite High Street Shop:
Boots - there's always so much choice and great offers on.My Favourite online store: for make-up & misguided for clothes.
Product I want for Christmas:
OPI nail envy. I need something to strengthen my nails and help them grow!

Favourite Nail Varnish Brand & Colour
At the moment it is Barry M "Raspberry"
Top 3 Lipsticks: 
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 107, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 110 and MAC Rebel - all very Autumn/Winter.
Favourite Lush Product
As its Christmas it has to be the Melting Snowman Luxury Bath Melt!
Favourite Shampoo and Conditioner: 
L'Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo and Conditioner
One product you would recommend to somebody else: 
Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation. Great medium/full coverage, its build-able and doesn't give that cake appearance, I also find it nice and light on the face.
Favourite High Street Shop for Beauty Products: Boots, I have a pretty large one close by which stocks quite a lot plus its convenient. 
Favourite Online Store: Fashion wise: ASOS Beauty wise: Feel Unique. So much to choose from all in one place!
And Finally name a product or gift set you want for christmas:
 I really want to be getting my hands on the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but I would also like the Giorgio Armani - Rouge Ecstasy Box which is exclusive to Selfridges and retails for £50.

Olivia Thristan

My Christmas Wishlist

1. Ghd Violet Profesional Straightner- £89.00
2. Mac Lipstick- Russian Red- £15.00
3. Marc Jacobs- Daisy- £50.00
4. New Look- Black Leather Lace Up Boots. £29.99
5. Studded Leather Holdall Bag- £55.00
6. New Look- Red Sequin Lace Dress! £27.99
7.  Urban Decay Naked Palette £37.99
Olivia Thristan

My Favourite Autumn Shades

I have so many nail varnishes yet I never get a chance to wear them any more, as work have a strict no nail varnish policy and working 4 days a week, gives you no time to wear nail varnish *sobs* so I ordered some practise nails online, so you can still see my favourite shades! *cheers* 

Nails Inc- St James, I love reds any time of the year- you can never go wrong with red in my opinion but I think this shade is awesome for the autumn months, and even better that it was a free gift I received a while ago I mean who doesn't want free nails inc? It's such great polish and lasts for weeks I find, WHEN I CAN WEAR IT! St James is such a pretty colour. 

Nails Inc- Victoria.
Okay this looks black in the picture but it's actually a deep purple, and purple is perfect for autumn, i've been saving this polish for a while because you can't wear deep purple in the summer, another gorgeous colour and looks very classy! 

Mavala- Rouge Rubis
I received this when I bought my latest in beauty editors picks box in the summer, it's such a beautiful glittery shade, I love glitter it's a beautiful creation I was so happy with this colour and I have actually been able to wear this one to my Grandparents ruby wedding anniversary and it lasted me unchipped for 3 days, which is pretty good for me! Was super sad when I had to take it off for work. Lovelylovely colour! 

Ted Baker- Chocolate
This nail varnish doesn't actually have a shade on the bottle so i've decided to call it chooclate it's such a lovely dark colour, the first time I tested it was on the nails so I can't say how long it lasts, but it's a lovely warm brown and I would definitely wear it in these autumn months! 

What are your autumn shades? 

Olivia Thristan

My Knit Wishlist

|1.River Island £40.00| 2. Sainburys £18.00| 3. New Look £29.99| 4. New Look £19.99| 5. Ebay £6.98|

As it's getting colder, everybody needs an essential jumper! They go pretty much with anything and are great for those extra cold days! I am literally awful when it comes to buying jumpers there's so many lovely ones! This year I shall definitely invest in a Christmas one, as they're finally cool! I remember when reading books when I was younger and the character would receive a rather uncool christmas jumper rather than the high fashion cardigan that they wanted! But guess what? CHRISTMAS JUMPERS ARE COOL! Because I said so, I mean who doesn't love a jumper with a reindeer or a penguin on the front! In a strange red or green colour? So when is it actually acceptable to wear those Christmas jumpers? I'd love to know your thoughts! But I actually need these jumpers in my life- come at me pay-day! Especially that £6.98 Christmas Jumper and there are so many other designs! Can't to get my hands on one!

Olivia Thristan

Ways to brighten up your day!

Ever just feel like your life is going in a downward spiral and there's no way to stop it? Or you just can't shift that bad mood that has been hanging around like a bad smell for days! Well it's time to pick yourself up and here's how!

Look at old pictures "people change but memories don't" that person in the picture might not be your best friend anymore, you may drift away from people, but the memory doesn't even change and sometimes looking at old pictures and thinking I remember that day it was fab!

Listening to that song even if that song was the worst song ever invented but you loved it back in 2008, why not listen to it again? I guarantee you will smile you may even laugh- it's okay to laugh at yourself.

Go for a long walk plug those headphones in and just walk, sometimes just walking by yourself is therapeutic and it's exercise, bonus!

Chat to an old friend recently a lot of my friends moved away to uni, which sucks as I hardly get to see three quarters of my friends but it sure makes my day when we just talk for hours or even when they come back.

Splurge you've wanted that handbag for months now, treat yourself go on. YOU deserve it!

Watch a boxset or film I know when i'm down nothing cheers me up than sitting on the sofa with a family bar of chocolate and watching my two and a half men box set- trust me this one is full proof to have a smile on your face in no time.

Clear out your wardrobe Neaten up your wardrobe do you really need that dress that you wore once two years ago? The answer is no you don't, clear out the clutter- you could hold yourself a blogsale (welcome to the 2013) or even chuck your items on ebay you could make yourself some money to buy yourself a new statement piece which you will wear! OR take them to a charity shop you will feel better in just doing a good deed.

Do a good deed you know that your neighbour has been unwell for sometime now, why don't you make them a batch of cookies, you will sure make their day and yours too!

Leave notes for yourself I always used to leave myself little notes around my room for when i'm feeling down I had one on my mirror saying you look great and once in my wardrobe saying be brave, even though you wrote them yourself it can boost your confidence!

I hope you enjoyed my tips to help you boost your mood and lets face it with the cold weather coming you need some smiles! What makes you smile? :)

Olivia Thristan

How to make an awesome pancake stack!

So I decided for lunch I would treat myself to some pancakes, totally unhealthy but so yummy! I posted a picture on twitter and a few people liked it so I thought I would tell you how to make your own! Mine are slightly large because I made them in a wok!

You will need:
1 Tablespoon of baking powder
1 Tablespoon of sugar
2 Eggs
300 ml of milk
225g of plain flour
30g of butter melted!
A wok
A Ladle.

Add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until there are no lumps
Following this warm up the stove and add the butter for frying
Add about 3/4 of a ladles worth of mixture into the centre of the pan/wok
When cooking the pancakes as soon it is no longer stuck to the pan flip it over to the other side it is important that you remember to do this else they will burn. This will take roughly about 1 minute.
Keep the oven at a low temp and put them in there as they are cooked to eat all together
Top with butter/ice cream/ maple syrup/golden syrup/chocolate sauce.

Olivia Thristan

Halloween Wishlist!

If you haven't already guessed it yet, or this is your first time of reading my blog- yes I am obsessed with Halloween and as it draws closer and I decided to make a wishlist of what I really want this Halloween, everything is super cute and getting me in the Halloween spirit! I love Halloween almost as much as I love christmas I mean for Halloween you can dress up however you want, you can make your own costume and get really into it, you can wear tons of scary make-up and fake blood and it's acceptable and black and orange are just everywhere who doesn't love a bit of orange?   Would you buy any of these things or what have you got whilst preparing for Halloween I would love to know!

1. Nail Varnishes- Special Halloween Shades! £2.50-£4.50
2. Candles- Witches Brew & Candy Corn £16.99 Yankee Candle
3. Long train tutu £16.99 (Similar product here)
4. Mac Lipstick (Shade is Rebel) £15.00 Debenhams
5. Spider Web Lashes! I actually love these they're from Ebay £3.99
6. Skelton Jumper £14.99 (Similar product here)

Olivia Thristan

Halloween Costume Ideas #4

1. Ghost Pirate- This outfit is pretty cool, I also love the dress on this one, and it would be fun to do all the make-up for this, overall a great outfit!
2. Ghost Bride- I love this dress it is so stunning, the whole outfit is just elegant and pretty- I get that Halloween is supposed to be scary, but I totally love this!
3. This is what came up when I typed in ghost i'm guessing the mask she has in her hand would go over your face? It's a simple easy outfit- you could probably recreate your own! Still not very scary though huh?
4. Pacman Ghost- I could not resist putting this in here? I mean come on who doesn't want to be a pacman ghost- and it gets better you can get them in all colours! How great is that?
5. Traditional ghost- It doesn't get any better and cheaper than putting a sheet over your head and cutting holes where the eyes are! It's not very fashionable but it's definitely fun!

I would LOVE to know which ghost would you be?

Olivia Thristan

Topshop Wishlist

I love Topshop and they have some really amazing pieces, if only it wasn't so expensive i'd buy all of these things! I think I'll definitely be investing in the dress as it's gorge! Hope you like my picks!

Olivia Thristan

Cupcake in a mug

This post is a guest from Iris.  Every now and then I will have a sudden craving. Sometimes it cheesecake, other times chicken wings. But the most often craving I get is cake! There isn’t usually any at home so I have to make it! And since I don’t want to eat a whole lot, a cake in a mug is perfect.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp self-rising flour (although regular all purpose flour works too)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp oil

And here’s what you do with it:

Get a microwavable large mug. 
Pour the dry ingredients in and stir with a spoon. 
Crack in the egg and combine
Pour in the milk and oil and mix it well.
Put it into a microwave for 2 ½ mins on full power. 
Keep an eye on it ‘cause sometimes the cake will rise out of the mug and fall over.
If that happens, just stop the microwave, guide it back in, and start baking again!

I’ve tried this recipe with some cocoa powder and coffee powder and they both are delicious. You can even try it with some fruits and berries! Once it’s done, you can eat with anything really; ice cream, whipped cream, you name it!

Have fun making a cake in a mug! (That kinda rhymed.)
Olivia Thristan

MUA Make-up!

I recently heard about MUA make-up and when I heard they're products are mostly £1-4 I decided I would definitely invest in some, the products above are lipstick in shade 13 and as it only cost £1 I had no expectations, but I was so amazed at how good it is, the lipstick stayed on all day- which I can't say for many lipsticks even some high end ones, the red is a lovely shade and moisturised my lips- bonus. The powder and nail varnish were also amazing and just one pound! I will be doing another post on the nail varnish itself because it's just that good, I couldn't believe that it gave such a great coverage on my nails and stayed on for as long as it did, given it was only a pound and some nail varnishes which i've spent £10+ on aren't even as good, it just proves just because it costs a lot doesn't mean it's good. The concealer costs £1.50 but still super cheap, it wasn't as good of a product as the nail varnish and lipstick but was still great! Gave a good easy coverage just didn't last very long and was hard to use with foundation but that's just my opinion but as a whole I love the collection- and will definitely being going to buy a few other shades of the lipstick and maybe treat myself to another nail varnish woohoo!  

(Brand as a whole 4/5 but lipstick would receive a 5/5)

Olivia Thristan

Halloween themed cookies!

So firstly I shall apologise for the awful quality of the picture I am going to post along with this post, but hey ho. Last year for halloween I was invited to one of my best friends parties and she asked as all to bring food along, and me being me decided to spend the best part of a day making some Halloween themed biscuits: So firstly you pick your biscuit- gingerbread and shortbread are a good option because they are easy to make into shapes, I picked short bread so here is a recipe to make your own. I recommend making the short bread into circles with a cutter as they are easier to decorate later. Once the short bread is made and cooled you need some ready to roll icing any colour is good but I picked white I was originally making the nightmare before Christmas themed cookies as my best friend loves that film and it was who she was dressing up as! Also cut the icing into circles place a circle on top the of biscuit then you will need some squeeze icing which you can buy from here any colours you wish but I would recommend having black, orange and red as they are the most easy colours to work with. For ideas to decorate your biscuits I just typed in Halloween cookies and theirs turned out a lot better than mine but it's all about the fun!

My awful version of the Halloween Cookies.
Hello Sweetie!

Olivia Thristan