Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween Cupcake Decorating

As my mum is a keen baker and cupcake decorator, when she spotted a session on in the local area to decorate cupcakes she was right on it booking two places for last Sunday. Now I don't ever pretend to be able to bake or decorate cakes very well, but I try my best... As I've never been to anything like this I didn't know what to expect.

The session took place at That Cake's Tea Room in Guisborough, if you are from the North East area you may have heard of them.

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough



That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

That Cake Halloween Cupcake Decorating Guisborough

For £9 you received four cupcakes to decorate as well as two drinks (two cups of tea for me!). There are four tables in the tea room and they were all full of people ready to decorate their cakes. We were all given a piping bag and asked what colour/flavour icing we would like (although we all ended up having bit of each others as you can see from my cakes!). Then we were let loose with all the lovely decoration pieces we had on our tables as well as fondant, chocolate bones/skulls and sweets from the other table.

It was a lot of fun to get to decorate my cakes as usually mum does all this when she bakes so I never get a chance. I like to think I did well and that all my cakes look at least a little bit halloweeny/scary. If you don't understand what my cakes are from left to right - a ghost, a graveyard, a cockroach and then a pumpkin.

That Cake did a great job running the sessions and I think they kept everyone very happy. After everyone had finished decorating their cakes they took pictures of each and posted them on their facebook page. The person whose cakes get the most likes wins tea and cake for two in That Cake's tea room! 

That Cake have decided to do Christmas cupcake decorating sessions due to the success of the Halloween ones! I would definitely recommend getting yourself booked up. It's something different that gets you out of the house for a couple of hours and who doesn't love cake?!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

The lovely Katrina from History Never Repeats nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you haven't been on Katrina's blog I suggest you get on there now!


The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:

- Display the Award Certificate on your blog

- Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.

- Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award.

- Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.

- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.


And my nominees for the Versatile Blogger award are:

- Short Lashes
Beauty from the Fjord
- Amor Decor
- Little Apple Tree
Glittery Teacups
- Beauties Unlocked
- Lady from a Tramp
- Peaches and Bear
- Liverpool Lashes Blog
- The Beauty Pier
- Kimberly's Beauty Blog
- Just Jesss
- Iheartmexo
- PurpleeeRose
- Abundance of Erica

7 Interesting Facts About Me

1. I would really love to own my own business but have no idea what I'd sell!

2. I love to cook. Making meals is much more satisfying than eating a ready meal! BORKK!

3. When I watch one of my favourite films I am one of those annoying people that tries to say the words as the actor is saying them...

4. I am in love with candles. I could burn one every night.

5. I like to visit London at least 3 times a year. People think it's a bit strange I travel down their so much but I enjoy it.

6. My favourite nail polish brands are OPI and Sinful Colors.

7. I'd love to visit Hawaii!


Thanks again Katrina for nominating me for this award, it means a lot to even be thought of!

All those nominated, comment me if you do a post.
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Good Things - Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser

When I started buying in a few products to create my skincare regime I heard lots of good reviews about the Good Things range so they were first on my list to find in Boots. I already had a cleanser and a toner so just needed a moisturiser and this sounded perfect.





Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser (100ml) RRP £7.99

The first thing that I noticed about this moisturiser is the smell. It contains blackcurrant and goji berry which makes it smell amazing! As this is the last thing in my skincare routine I love that I can walk away smelling really fruity.

This moisturiser seemed quite thick when I first squeezed it out the bottle but as I applied this to my skin I felt the amount I had didn't go far enough. The amount I need for my face to feel sufficiently moisturised initially felt like my face would be super greasy but this absorbs really well and leaves your skin feeling hydrated.

I started using this as a morning moisturiser and using a thicker one at night but I now use this one both morning and night as I think it is refreshing, light and makes my skin feel lovely.

Have you tried this? Do you think you might?
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Manicure Monday - Neon Pink

Here I am again with another manicure Monday!

This week I have gone for a neon pink called Collide. The brand of this polish is Illamasqua, an English brand that is known for eccentric looks and bright colours.

Collide Illamasqua Nail Polish Swatch

Collide Illamasqua Nail Polish Swatch

Collide Illamasqua Nail Polish Swatch

This was such a bright colour to wear but it was nice to have such eye catching nails.

Do you like this colour? Would you wear it?
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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Baking Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

I like cooking, making savoury meals, baking is not my thing it is more my mum's thing. So why in the world did I attempt to make cupcakes?

Basically because they had pumpkin in, Halloween is coming up and I am a sucker for novelty...

So on the day of the big shop around Morrisons I was scouring the shelves for a tin of pumpkin puree in order to make my cupcakes. No such luck. Instead I bought a pumpkin thinking I could just puree it, oh no I had to cook it first...

Here is a simple guide to pumpkin puree, should you need it...

First slice the pumpkin in half, scoop out the icky stringy bits, cut into segments and place in the oven for 40-45 mins.

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

After they are cooked carefully peel the skin away with a knife and then put the flesh in a blender! Easy!

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

So now I had my pumpkin puree, time for the good bit! I found an amazing blog that has a recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip cupcakes called Sally's Baking Addiction. She has soo many pumpkin recipes, you should check it out! I won't bore you with the recipe, you can go to Sally's website for that but here are a few pictures from my baking experience...

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Here are the final cupcakes and I have to say they tasted really good! I was really impressed with my first attempt at making cupcakes. The pumpkin made the cakes moist and they didn't taste weird at all. Everyone at work has had only good things to say about these cakes so I am super happy!

Overall I would definitely make these again!

What do you think? Could you eat pumpkin cupcakes?
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Friday, 25 October 2013

Off to Whitby for Fish and Chips

Earlier this month after a trip to Saltburn Vintage Fair we were stuck as to where to go for lunch. Mum suggested we take the trip to Whitby for fish and chips. I was definitely up for fish and chips plus she was driving so it meant I could just take in the scenery.

As we trudged down there it was raining, foggy and just plain horrid, however when we arrived the sun came out and it became a lovely day.

We went straight for fish and chips to a place called Trenchers. If you have been to Whitby before you will have probably heard of this place as people regard it as one of Whitby's best fish and chip restaurants.

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

I got a small cod and chips and it still looked huge! I couldn't finish it all but had a good go at it! The prices are a bit expensive but I think you expect that for fish these days. The restaurant is lovely and posh, very tidy and spacious. Whenever I go back to Whitby I would consider visiting Trenchers again as it was a nice place.

Here are a few token Whitby shots for you to enjoy!

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

Trenchers Restaurant Whitby Review Fish and Chips

Have you been to Whitby before? Did you go to Trenchers? What are your thoughts?
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Fancy a steak?

For my boyfriend's birthday we had a day trip to York. As we are major foodies when visiting new places, we decided to scope out where we would eat before we arrived. We chose a place for breakfast(brunch) and a place for tea. Unfortunately we arrived after the place we'd chose for breakfast stopped serving so had to find a cafe for a greasy English brekkie.


The place we chose for dinner was a suggestion by one of Matt's work colleagues. It was an Argentine steak house called El Gaucho. Me and Matt are lovers of steak and love to try new places so this was perfect for us.

El Gaucho Argentine Steak House York Review

El Gaucho Argentine Steak House York Review

El Gaucho Argentine Steak House York Review

As per usual we had a bit of trouble finding the place but that is just our bad sense of direction. It was down a street which had a lot of other lovely looking restaurants on. Inside it is quite small but there were a lot of tables dotted about as well as lots of random Argentine related art on the walls.

We both chose to have the sirloin steak - me choosing the 11oz and Matt choosing the 14oz! When it came it tasted lovely! It was full of flavour! I accidentally knocked all my salad off my plate whilst trying to cut my steak just after I took the above picture. I told the hostess and she didn't seem to mind too much...oops!

I should mention before the steak we were given a basket of bread with some sort of herby/garlic butter to put on. It was soo nice! I wanted more than one slice but didn't want to ruin my dinner.

If you are in York on a night time (it opens at 6pm) you should definitely try this out.

Have you been before? Do you love steak as much as I do?!
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I ❤ Fall Tag

I love fall blog tag

I was tagged to take part in this tag by Ashley from Green Beauty Life, if you haven't checked out her blog before make sure you do!

Here are the questions...


1.) Favourite Fall lip product?
Basic lip balm will work for me. At the moment my favourite is Nivea lip butter in any flavour!

2.) Favourite Fall Nail Polish?
OPI - Casino Royal. It's such a lovely deep purple.

3.) Favourite Starbucks Fall Drink?
I would have to say salted caramel hot chocolate. I lived off this last autumn and I intend to do the same this year.

4.) Favorite Fall Candle?
Glade Spiced Pomegrante. I am in love with this candle, I'm even starting to stock up...

5.) Favorite Fall Scarf or Accessory?
A black scarf that I got from Covent Garden market, goes with everything!

6.) Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?
Can I say none?! All of these would freak me out :(

7.)  Favourite Halloween movie?
Halloweentown, this is on the Disney channel this year right?

8.) Favourite candy to eat on Halloween?
Haribo starmix :) These are mine and my boyfriend's sweets of choice.

9.) What are you dressing up as for Halloween?!
I'm not this year unfortunately! But last year I was Medusa! 

10.) What is your favourite thing about Fall?
I love the leaves changing colour and falling off the trees. I also love snuggling up in bed with a candle burning on the windowsill.


Blogs I Tag!

I tagged these blogs because I enjoy their posts and think they are lovely people!

Amor Decor
Stylish But Skint

Leave me a comment if you do this tag! :)
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A day out to Runswick

For a walk out myself and my boyfriend decided we would take in some sea air and head to Runswick Bay. I didn't know much about the bay before I went down but I discovered that it is a beautiful place to visit. Although not much to do the views are beautiful which means it is definitely worth a visit. There is a cafe so make sure to bring some pennies as we didn't so missed out!

Runswick Bay, North East England Day Out

Runswick Bay, North East England Day Out

Runswick Bay, North East England Day Out

Runswick Bay, North East England Day Out

Runswick Bay, North East England Day Out

Runswick Bay, North East England Day Out

Excuse the fact that this is a picture heavy post but I just wanted to show you how pretty it was! Bear in mind we only visited a few weeks ago...there were children IN THE SEA! I have no idea how they were having fun, I was freezing just sitting about in my coat.

Have you visited Runswick Bay before? Do you fancy visiting now?!
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Monday, 21 October 2013

Manicure Monday - Textured Glitter

This week I've gone for one of my new polishes from Nashville, bought for me by my friend Jess as seen in a post a few weeks ago.

I am in love with Zoya polishes so when I got received this one, called NYX, I was thrilled. This polish is a textured glitter from their Pixie Dust collection.

Zoya Pixie Dust Collection NYX Nail Polish Swatch

Zoya Pixie Dust Collection NYX Nail Polish Swatch

Zoya Pixie Dust Collection NYX Nail Polish Swatch

I love this colour as it seems to go well with this drab weather we've been having. Having said that the glitter in this polish makes it much more exciting than being out in the rain! I love textured polishes as they seem to stay on your nails for much longer than normal polish, although they then are a pain to get off when you want to. Overall I am so happy with this polish!

Have you tried any Zoya polishes? Any from their Pixie Dust collection?
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