Monday, 30 November 2015

3 Cities in the Snow

This post is clearly carrying on from Thursday's post and I obviously can't get Winter out of my head.
I wanted to write this blog post as I find something so calming about seeing cities in the snow, it suddenly feels like that hustle and bustle falls away and everything is more peaceful. I reality that is totally wrong and people are just annoyed that its cold and snowy, and in some places the heavy snow can be so disruptive, but I'm going to stay over here in my little fantasy world.

1. London

2. New York

3. Toronto

Love El

Images from google

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Winter Homeware Inspiration

I definitely cannot be the only one who loves making their bedroom (/entire house) cosy and Winter ready, right?

I adore Christmas themed cushions and fairylights galore when it gets to this time of year, therefore I thought I would make a Winter bedroom decor wish list/inspiration post!

If you're from the UK or have these shops, I definitely think The White Company, Next, Marks & Spencer and Asda are the best for cute Winter decor!
Hope you get some inspiration!

Love El

Monday, 23 November 2015

Iconic Makeup Through The decades

I love looking at history of beauty, fashion and just generally the lives of people throughout time and so today I thought together we could look at iconic makeup from 1920's-1960's.

1920's Iconic Makeup:
The 1920's saw the era of "The Flapper" and makeup was now regularly used, and could be easily found. Lips and eyes were given the most attention, generally using red lipstick and creating a dark eyed look.

1930's Iconic Makeup:
During the 1930's there was even more progression in how people viewed makeup, Elizabeth Arden opened a salon and people were now being hired to apply makeup. This decade saw mature women wear lipstick and if the young wore it, it was seen as rebellion and frowned upon.

1940's Iconic Makeup:
1939-1945 was an incredibly difficult time, of course, due to the second world war. Money was very tight and women became creative when they wore makeup. Gravy or tea soaked cloth was used to create stockings and charcoal used to create a seam, and no smear lipstick was created by women. Concentration camps saw women cut themselves and use their blood in order to use to add colour to their cheeks in hope that the guards would find them attractive and then hopefully they could escape death.

1950's Iconic Makeup:
In the 1950's makeup became a necessity. Lipstick had been the most popular product but the focus changed to eyes. Style icons of the 1950's were Audrey Hepburn with her cat eye makeup, Brigitte Bardot with dark sultry eyes and pale lips, and Marilyn Monroe. Coloured mascara also became a thing!

1960's Iconic Makeup:
1960's makeup saw the influences of the Mod Trend, starting in London. The 60's makeup was about hollowed cheeks, dramatic eyes (mascara/fake lashes). Twiggy's look is very iconic.

The 60's didn't only have the Mod Trend makeup looks but also the hippie makeup looks. These looks were natural, little makeup was worn, but vibrant colours were used.

Which is your favourite era of makeup?

Love El

Monday, 2 November 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I really have really had the urge to bake something recently and wanted to bake some sort of treat as we haven't got many in house. As I was googling some recipes I came across BBC Good Food's Millie's Cookies recipe and had to try it!

I have never had a Millie's Cookie but have always wanted one so I was intrigued by this recipe.

For the ingredients you will need:
  • 125g softened butter (I used a margarine-already soft)
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • half a teaspoon salt
  • 200g chocolate chips

Now I didn't actually have an chocolate chips so used milkybar buttons and Tesco value plain chocolate cut into pieces.


Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC. Line (I used 2) baking trays with greaseproof baking paper.


Add the butter/margarine and both type of sugar to a bowl and cream together. Once done add your lightly beaten egg and vanilla extract and stir. (I beat the egg in a separate bowl with a beautiful coloured whisk from M&S or you could use a fork).


Sift in the flour and salt, stir together. Then add the chocolate chips and stir one final time.


Grab walnut size balls of the cookie mixture and put onto your baking trays. Put into your oven. 

I personally put the cookies in the oven for 14 minutes and swapped the trays round on the oven selves half way through this time. 

This recipe made 12 large cookies.

For a more "Millie's Cookie" effect heat the cookies in the oven for a shorter amount of time. BBC Good Food recommend 7 minutes, but it's up to you! Just keep an eye on them and take them out of the when you feel they look to your taste and preference.

After they have been cooked take them out of the oven to cool, whilst leaving them on the baking trays.

As I made my cookies I took pictures of each stage so you could see how they should look through out the making and baking! 

Hope you try out these cookies, it is a great recipe, they were so easy to make and taste so so good!

Love El 
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