Celebrating 1st Birthday... with a Pinterest worthy cake

Sunday, 29 March 2015

To celebrate, here is the easy-peasy Pinterest worthy cake recipe! 

For three tiers: 
- 8 eggs
- 16oz self-raising flour
- 16oz butter/margarine 
- 16oz caster sugar 
- 2 capfuls of vanilla essence  

Mix all ingredients together. Put into three tins as equally as you can. Bake at 180 degrees for 25 mins. Then leave to cool. 

For the icing I made a basic buttercream and coloured it with baby blue food colouring. 
Make sure the cakes are cool before icing!! 
Cutting the tops of the cake so they are all even I filled each space with buttercream and stacked on top of each other. 
To get that Pinterest finish you can use a tutorial like this

A cake for the baking incompetent! 

Thank you for all the love this year! 

Instax Mini Review...

Friday, 27 March 2015

 I love a good camera. And by good camera, I mean one that doesn't require a lot of thought. 
I love my Pentax ME Super and still hold onto the 90s kid in me with a disposable camera always floating around. So I have really been wanting to get hold of one of these! 

So on my not so recent trip to Tokyo I picked one up with a bunch of film, because if you're going to need instant photos, its going to be in a place like Japan. 
Since then I have fallen hard. 

I really love the fun element of this shoot and snap camera, There are very few things you have to mess with before getting a great vintage looking photo. This camera is really great for wanting to capture memories on a day or night out, even for the technophobic amongst us. 

There is only really one problem. The price. 

Picking up mine in Japan was much cheaper than the inflated Urban Outfitters prices. But even after buying the camera, the film (which comes in packs of 10) is outrageously priced but as my friend pointed out can be a great gift for birthdays or even stocking fillers *christmas warm fuzzies*. 

So if you are looking for an everyday camera, I would not recommend this, unless you have robbed a film factory. But as a way of capturing special days with friends, its fab.

Sorry for being so quiet recently! Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things, lots of spring inspiration, baking, books and shenanigans coming soon! 

Let me know if any of you have the same camera or any others you think I would like!  

(Also how cute is the lucky cat fabric)

Fashion show updates...

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Just a quick share from some of the craziness of the last few weeks! 
Here are some of the shots of my outfit look collaborations for the runway show at uni. 
Photo credits to my disgustingly talented friend, Aly Henshall 

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton Review...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

'Arthur Braxton runs away from school. 

He hides out in an abandoned building, an old Edwardian bathhouse. 

He discovers a naked woman swimming in a pool. 

From this point on, nothing will ever be the same.' 

This is a weird-ass book.
 A swearing, vulgar, disturbing, weird-ass book. 
Which is pretty much everything I love in a book.  

The book is split into chapters according to character, each one linked to its own element of either: air, fire, water or earth. 

The book begins in the past, in the hay day of the bathhouse which were used by water healers. Were the sick, needy and desperate came to be healed by three healers.   

The bathhouse then falls into disrepair, where Arthur finds it when hiding from school bullies. Here he finds a collection of characters, a singing mermaid girl, a girl carrying a rope, a pair of twins, an old man and a girl who cannot leave the water.

The whole of Arthur's story seems to be kept in a dream state when he is visiting the baths. He hardly ever thinks about any of the strange goings on. The happenings there are so eerie and many times keep you quite uncomfortable to read. 

Throughout the book the key is to look for the small clues Smailes leaves to piece together what is going on. I managed to pick up on a few of these and as soon as I did I could not put it down. 

The whole story is laced in magic and myth, but is a completely contemporary novel. I could read it over and over. 

The fact that it is based on the Manchester baths is just brilliant because that is such a brilliantly creepy setting. 

I would recommend this to anyone. A fellow Gaiman or Burton fan, a person who loves fairy tales and disney, or a person who hates fairy tales and disney. However it would definately would be more appreciated by an older audience and be prepared to read the first chapter with caution when on public transport. 

My Rating 4.5/5 

Just A Little Something...

Saturday, 7 March 2015

I watched this video from Ingrid tonight and immediately just had to share it. 
As I have previously mentioned, I find myself becoming very overwhelmed sometimes by work and general life. But much of the information on the internet I find becomes very preachy and annoys me more than anything. However I really loved Ingrid's take on this subject which really focuses on acceptance rather than just a 'snap out of it' nature. 
For anyone who experiences this kind of thing I would really recommend giving it a watch and let me know what you think! 

Current Lush Collection...

Thursday, 5 March 2015

I love Lush. 
This is not brand new information obviously. But these are some of my current favorites, some are from limited edition collections but there are some really great products coming in for Easter.
Floating Flower Bath Bomb, Rose Jam Bubbleroon, Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar
Blackberry Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb

Let me know if you have any Lush favs you think I need to try!