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!

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?

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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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!  

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.
ENJOY!


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)


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?


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!