Sunday, 31 May 2015

Cornflake Tart Recipe...

I'd been craving this old school classic for week and oh baaaaby it was good! I think study leave and exams have left me so nostalgic about all the good things about school aka the desserts at lunch time. So i just had to make this for myself and here's how you can too.

What You'll Need

  • One sheet of ready-rolled shortcrust pastry (or you can make your own!)
  • 115g of golden syrup
  • 85g of cornflakes
  • 55g of butter
  • 25g of dark brown soft sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100g of strawberry jam which you need to warm slightly
My tart served about 6 people, but you can adjust these measurements to suit. 

What To Do

1)You need to preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

2)If you're making your own pastry then you need to do that, but if you're using ready-rolled like I did you simply need to line a quiche dish (or any round dish that's big enough) with the pastry and trip off the excess.

3)prick the base of the pastry with a fork before placing some foil over it and pouring in baking weights (If you don't have any baking weights, I used an oven-proof dish and it worked just the same). Then place that into the oven for 20 minutes until golden, if it's taking much longer than that then you can remove the foil and weights. 

4)In a large saucepan melt the butter, sugar, syrup and salt. Once it has all dissolved and mixed together, add in the cornflakes and ensure that they're fully coated in the syrup mixture. 

5)Once the pastry is done, warm the jam in the microwave before spreading it across the base of the tart. You can really adjust this to taste but it does help the cornflakes stick to the pastry (and is yummy!)

6)Bake the tart for an extra 5 minutes just to crisp the top slightly and then allow to cool before serving.


What's your favourite thing to bake?

Friday, 29 May 2015

OOTD ~ The Stevie Nicks Wannabe Dress...

Dress- Age UK
Boots- Garage Shoes

We all know that I love charity shopping (read my post about it HERE) but I love charity shopping waaaaaay more when I stumble upon glorious things such as this dress.

I honestly don't believe there is any dress more perfect for me than this- it's black, it has a wide open neckline which I always love, it has pretty embroidered flowers, and it's floaty and boho so it makes me feel like Stevie Nicks. I also love the slightly flared sleeves. If you add all these things to the fact that the dress fit me perfectly (although I do wear shorts under, just in case) I think I may have found a dream.

Dress as above
Sandals- New Look
The interesting shape and beautiful detailing of lace and embroidery makes this dress so easy to style. During the day I paired it with my New Look sandals and kept my hair natural for a more casual look.

Hoop Earings- Topshop
Stud- Piercing shop
(yep lucy got a new piercing!)
On the night I went out to a gig to see some local bands and all i did to move from a day look to a night look was swap my sandals for heeled Chelsea boots to add some more high as well as contrasting the floaty dress with a heavier element. I also curly my hair and put half of it up in a top knot, and added a bit of bronze eye shadow to darken my make-up slightly. EASY! And I think you could easily make this look more formal for a party or whatever by swapping out the shoes and adding more make-up. Such an easy-going piece both to style and to wear.

So perfect and only £3.99!

Find Similar-
Left to right- ASOS (HERE), Topshop (HERE) and BooHoo (HERE)

Monday, 25 May 2015

Current Inspo...

(all photos from waiste)
Sara Louise @ Waiste Blog

I've followed Sara on instagram for quite a while now but recently I've fallen head over heels for her blog and her style. I'm loving the boho floaty happy vintage vibes at the moment so I've been turning to Waiste a lot for style inspo as everything Sara wears is like a daydream. Her blog is seriously inspiring me to ditch all of my black clothes and dress like a true gypsy soul. 

Find Sara's blog at,uk

Topshop's 'Summer Of Love' Campaign

I've watched this video so many times but Topshop's new collection and the campaign to go along side it has been providing me with endless inspo. The hair is so effortless, the make-up is so fresh and beautiful, the sunshine gets me excited for summer and the clothes oh my so many heart eyes. Like i said in my OOTD post a couple weeks ago (HERE) I've been moving away from my usual dark colours and loving patterns and floaty pieces, so I'll definitely be investing in some pieces from this new collection. 

Glowy Make-up

I haven't picked up my eye-liner in so long, I'm in shock. Normally I love bold graphic liner, but lately celebrities like Florence welsh of Florence and the Machine, Suki Waterhouse, Clemence Poesy and Gabrielle Aplin have been inspiring me to swap my graphic liner and matte finish for a more subtle, glowy make-up look. I'm loving doing a shimmery bronze eye-shadows and a dewy finish lately as I think it looks so much more delicate and light for the warmer weather (also lighter make-up means less gross greasy feeling in the heat!) 

Miley Cyrus & the Happy Hippie Backyard Sessions

These backyard sessions are all I've listened to for a couple weeks now, every video is so amazing. But I've been feeling so inspired by Miley and her charity The Happy Hippie foundation which aims to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) teens and other vulnerable populations in society. I think this is such an incredible cause and it's something I'm very passionate about so I've been so inspired by Miley's work and how she uses her talent and is working with many other talented artists like Ariana Grande and Joan Jett to raise awareness. She's a goddess.

Also her make-up is so so beautiful and I've been loving her smiley face crop top, I want it!

Find the Happy Hippie site HERE to see all the Backyard Sessions and get involved. 

Patti Smith/ The Chelsea Hotel NYC

I've been massively inspired by Patti Smith and the many many stories surrounding The Chelsea Hotel every since I first read Just Kids, a book I recommend to EVERYONE. I love everything about Patti and the history of the Chelsea, but in terms of style I often turn to people that once inhabited the hotel such as Patti, Nico, Edie Sedgwick. I love Patti's boyish, slouchy style. During exams I've been referencing this a lot as I want to be comfortable but still feel good in my outfit, so her baggy t-shirt and jeans combo has been a go-to. Stories of the people of the Chelsea hotel massively inspire me to write more which is something I'm always pushing myself to do as an aspiring writer. Basically I want to go back in time to the 1970s and live in the Chelsea Hotel. 

What's been inspiring you lately?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Top Tips For Charity Shopping...

Anyone that knows me knows that I love charity shopping! There's something about it that I find both exciting and therapeutic at the same time as you never know what treasures you'll find. Slowly my wardrobe is becoming a collection of gems I've found on my various charity shop rummages, so I want to share my expertise with you all as I think often people can find charity shopping a bit overwhelming and I personally think my charity shopping game is very high *flicks hair*

So here are my top tips for (hopefully) successful charity shopping!

Size doesn't matter

When charity shopping I think you can pretty much discard sizing (obviously not with certain things like dresses/trousers). But often pieces like shirts and coats look good several sizes above your norm. Several of the coats I've found in charity shops are sizes 14/16 but still look cute and are extra cosy as oversized= a nice little coat cocoon. So if you like something, try it on! No matter what size.

Be patient

Charity shops are always jammed full of clothes so its super easy to miss something and that something might be perfect. So (if you have time of course) go slowly and work your way through each rail at a time. If you take your time you're less likely to miss a hidden treasure.

Shop crawl

In an average town there's likely to be at least 2/3 charity shops. I'm lucky to live in an area where there are loooaaaaaddddss. (If you live locally- Darlington, Middlesbrough and Yarm all have several really good ones!) When I go charity shopping I'll go to all of them in a town as if you're looking for something in particular another shop may have it, but also the stock in each shop is so different you never know what you'll find in the next one. So if you can try and hit a couple shops in one run.

Still consider price

Although on a whole charity shops are cheap, its still good to consider value for money. For example if a floaty white top is £7 in a charity shop, you may as well get a new one from H&M for the same (ish) price. Watch out in Oxfam as often oxfam shops are "oxfam boutiques" so prices aren't as massively cheap and (as a former oxfam employee) i know that things can be massively overpriced. Although charity shops are always for a great cause, you still want to ensure you will wear the clothes, so sometimes it could be worth paying a tiny bit extra to get a new one.

Ignore brands

I think we can all be quite biased when it comes to brands, moving more towards Topshop and something unmarked. But its important to totally rid yourself of this while charity shopping as wonders can come from anywhere! So many of my best finds are unmarked or from somewhere totally unexpected like Tesco or vintage Marks & Spencers or the hard rock cafe in Florida! When push comes to shove, brands really don't matter, it's all about how the clothes look and if you love them.

Also it's important to remember to give back! One man's trash is another man's treasure, so donate your old and unloved clothes for someone else to find!

I'm thinking of starting a charity shop series with outfits I've put together with my charity shop finds? Would you like to see that?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Meet The Blogger #2 ~ Being Ashleigh...

This months blogger is Ashleigh from a personal fave blog of mine- Being Ashleigh. Ashleigh has been blogging since she was 15/16 and now at 22 she is living in London as a fashion photographer (swoon!)

What inspired you to start your blog?

I started off back in the day on Tumblr and began to build quite a large following. I then discovered ‘real blogs’ and that you could share your personal life more and review products. I think a beauty blog back in the day really inspired me to kick start my blog!

What’s your favourite thing about running your blog?

I have really enjoyed building my blog’s brand up over the past four years and having done this, I've gained some fantastic relationships with brands, companies, PR’s and other bloggers. I absolutely love engaging with like minded people. Honestly, nothing makes me happier.

 Who is your favourite blogger/the blogger that inspired you the most?

I don’t think I have a favourite blog as they chop and change all the time once I discover new blogs or an older blog I follow starts switching up their content. I have always appreciated everything Michelle from Daisybutter writes who also happens to be one of the very first bloggers I ever spoke to when I began. I also REALLY love every post that Monica from Helloomonica posts! Such a fab style.

What is your favourite type of post to write?

I love writing advice or experience posts. I also find these get the most engagements from people which is always good to find out!

Who inspires you the most and why?

Most recently, the musician James Bay. Just because he started from absolutely nothing in a small town, had a dream so went to London to try and chase it and he is now indeed chasing his dream!

What is your favourite shop?

I love Urban Outfitters for individual pieces but find it can be quite pricey in there so I do shop at ASOS a lot!

What clothing item are you longing for at the moment?

I really want some Adidas Stan Smiths! But I cannot decide what colour I want at the moment…

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take 3 things with you, what would they be? Why? 

I would take a camera, lip balm and chewing gum. Hopefully, I never get stuck on an island!

What is your main goal for the future?

I don’t tend to set myself too many goals in fear of feeling like a failure if I don’t meet them. However, I really would love to grow my YouTube Channel some more! 

What’s one piece of advice you wish you could give your younger self?

To not take so many things to heart and to live in the moment!

Find Ashleigh-

Twitter- @ashllyd
Instagram- @ashllyd

Friday, 8 May 2015

OOTD ~ Becoming A Little More Boho...

Top- H&M
Cardigan- New Look
Jeans- H&M
Necklace (set of 3)- Topshop
As the weather has warmed up I've watched my style slowly become brighter. Before I always stayed away from colours, but now I'm more drawn to outfits with pops of colour! When browsing instagram and pinterest I used to love the grungey outfits, however as the weathers got warmed I'm craving a more boho vibe in my wardrobe.

My purchases in the last month or so have broken all my fashion norms. I've been buying blue jeans, floaty white tops, long necklaces and pieces with colours and patters, all things I used to steer clear of.

However my favourite of these purchases has to be this long knitted cardigan which I picked up in the sale in New Look. It's such an effortless piece, adding some warmth to an outfit without smothering it, but also being a beautiful shape and style. I love it with this outfit as it's so simple but has a really laid back, boho vibe. I've also been loving my necklaces and over the past month I've developed a small collection of necklaces to layer together.

I've been feeling so positive and I've surrounded myself with so many beautiful, happy people and it's slowly starting to show in my fashion choices! Bye bye all black outfits, hello colour!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

My Soundtrack ~ April...

5am ~ Amber Run

Blue ~ Joni Mitchell 

Every album ever made by Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks

Panic Prevention ~ Jamie T

Pools To Bathe In ~ The Japanese House

In English ~ Francoise Hardy

Man It Feels Like Space Again ~ Pond

Froot ~ Marina & The Diamonds

What have you been listening to this month?