Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Time To Bake: Christmas Shortbread

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I always love spending my time in December researching plenty of festive-inspired recipes to give a go. However, if there's one thing that I find an issue; it's time. Possibly one of the busiest times of the year, sometimes you just don't have the time to bake the most time-consuming treats. So a favourite of mine is the classic shortbread, but with a little Christmas twist. Made up of a whole 5 ingredients (that's including the decoration), this recipe is pretty fool-proof and a fun little bake to give a go when you're rushed for time. I'm a baking novice and this took me barely anytime!

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Ingredients:

- 125g Butter
- 55g Caster Sugar
- 180g Plain Flour
-  Christmas Sprinkles (I used Christmas trees and snowflakes)
- A large bar of White Chocolate

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1. Before you begin making the biscuits, preheat your oven to 190c/Gas Mark 5.

2. Mix together the butter and the caster sugar, until you're left with a light fluffy cream. This is a pretty crucial step as it'll determine how your shortbread will turn out.

3. Add in the flour to your mixture, and then using your hands, kneed together the mixture until you're left with a soft dough. It's a little messy, but all part of the fun right?!

4. Sprinkle in your Christmas sprinkles, adding in as many or as little as you like. Kneed a little more until you're happy with how they've mixed in with the dough.

5. Roll out your dough until even, and cut out whichever shapes you'd like - I just chose circles as I could only find the one cutter! Make sure you use up as much dough as you can, you don't want to waste any! This recipe makes around 14 biscuits.

6. Sprinkle the circles with a little caster sugar and then place the dough on a baking tray. Leave in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.

7. Once that time is up, place in the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until it's light golden brown. Leave to cool on a cooling tray.

8. For decoration, I simply melted a bar of white chocolate (but of course, you can use any chocolate/icing) and then drizzled it over each biscuit, before adding a few snowflake sprinkles to make it look extra festive!

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Are you a shortbread fan? I'd love to know what you think! 
Any festive recipes you love to try out over Christmas?
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide #3: Lifestyle

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               1. 'What Would Blair Waldorf Do?' Pencils // 2. Rifle Paper Co Weekly Desk Pad //
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Having already done a fashion and a beauty Christmas gift guide (with a stocking fillers one to come, shh) I thought it would be nice to do a gift guide compiling of everything else. Seeing as most of my wishlist this Christmas is consisting of stationery, this is the one I've looked forward to making the most and really enjoyed spending time just looking at notepads. Anyone else a stationery junkie?! Nope? Just me, then.

Again, there's a slight running theme through this gift guide, and as I put this together it turned into a sort of Rifle Paper Co appreciation post. But what can I say? Their designs are wonderful and are loved by many. New Year tends to inspire people to become more organised, and I'd like to think that pretty stationery is a good first step. This Desk Pad would be perfect for any blogger out there, as for those who like to see plans written down on paper, it's the ideal tool to plan each week's blog posts. Every year since I've read blogs, I've seen many mentions of the Frankie Diary each year. If you're not read the Austrailian magazine Frankie before, it's basically the most well-designed lifestyle magazine there is. And so, you can only imagine how adorably cute their diary for 2015 is. A bloggers favourite, and is there any wonder? If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I'm a tad obsessed with Gossip Girl (just a tad *cough*) so these pencils are just up my street. Gift and Pieces is a wonderful little brand (which is actually ran by the lovely Abby who designed this blog!) and is filled with affordable homeware and gifts.

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Any of these items on your Christmas wish list? What are you asking for from Santa?

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Confessions of a Fashion Blogger

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Although my blog has recently started to feature more lifestyle and beauty posts (which I'm really enjoying do fyi), I primarily started as a fashion blogger and always say I'm a fashion blog when people ask. Mainly as I study Fashion Journalism at university, and partly because the idea of shooting the outfits I wear (like many of my favourite bloggers) sounded like a whole lot of fun. It took a good 8/9 months before I even dared shoot outside (and that was only in the garden) but this year I've really tried my best to incorporate as many outfit posts into my blog as possible. It's been a big learning curve, with a whole load of laughs behind it, and I thought it would be fun to run through some of the behind the scenes. Fashion blogging ain't what it always seems. And nope, this blog clearly wasn't inspired as I was watching Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, nooooo...

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- I can't remember the last time I wore heels. Yeah, comfort comes first, always.
- See those pictures where I'm carrying a smaller bag? Chances are there's another bag hidden behind the camera.
- Shooting days involve lugging around 3 large bags of outfits. Glamourous.
- You never get used to the comments and glares you get from passing people. Shooting outfit photographs in public places where there is a lot of people is scary. Really blummin' scary.
- Most outfit posts feature 3-6 photographs, but in reality I shoot 300-500 each time. Yep.
- I've been in a worrying amount of local pubs and cafes, got changed in their toilets and left.
- ...And that's not even mentioning the streets I've got publicly changed in.
- Whenever I'm in the house, chances are I'm in my pyjamas. Getting ready is effort, right?!
- I second guess the majority of the outfits I feature on here.
- And chances are, the ones I hate the most are the ones that get the best reception.
- You probably have noticed I wear my hat in 99.9% of my outfit posts. I can't shoot without wearing it, I get too self-conscious. Odd, huh?

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Could you relate to any of these? What would you confess if asked?
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