Getting Back Into Baking...

Friday, 11 August 2017

I have been vowing to get back into baking again for some time, so am constantly on the lookout for new recipes to try. Whenever I visit Waitrose, I like to have a peek at the monthly recipes that they display on a stand in one of the aisles to see if there's anything in particular that catches my eye, and a few days ago, I happened to notice a rather lovely looking recipe for a Peach and Almond Cake and thought that I would actually have a stab at making it myself...

Which is just what I did, and considering that the cake I made actually turned out looking half-decent, I thought I would share my take on the Waitrose recipe here today!

My New Favourite Shoes...

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Owning a pair of Dr Martens has been on my wishlist for such an incredibly long time, so seeing so many people sporting gorgeous pairs of them on blogs and Instagram has definitely made me feel pretty envious in recent months...

However, I can now proudly call myself a Dr Martens owner! 


I have known for some time that I would opt for a pair of the shoes that the brand sell, and whilst browsing through Schuh's range quite recently, I found a pair that I really loved...

The pair that I opted for are the 1461 Classic Black Flat shoes in patent - whilst I do like the classic boot style that the brand offer, I must say that the shoes suit me a lot more, and will probably work a lot better with many of my outfits. Therefore, I am already getting pretty excited about pairing my new shoes with all manner of outfits from black trousers and t-shirts, to jeans and big slouchy jumpers once the weather starts to get colder (although, it does appear that summer has pretty much vanished already).

July Favourites

Sunday, 30 July 2017

This year seems to be passing at lightning speed, and as it's nearly August, I thought that it was certainly about time that I wrote up my July Favourites! 

I know my 'Favourites' posts can be a bit few and far between, but now that I have broken up from Sixth Form for the summer holidays, I just knew that I had to make some time to write such a post once again - especially when I have been loving so many things throughout the month of July...




Sunflowers

Now we are in the midst of summer, it is sunflower season once again! As many of you may already know, I just love to have flowers in my room, but it must be said that my favourite of all the flowers are probably sunflowers, so it's really lovely to be able to get beautiful bunches of them and see them sat on my drawers in all their yellow loveliness.


Badges

A few months back, I started to collect some badges to wear on my beloved denim jacket, and in the month of July decided that it was certainly time to find some more. On Etsy, there seems to be absolute masses of badges for everyone - after searching about for some music-related ones, I stumbled upon a cute little store (which you can find HERE), and ended up getting three new badges.


It was rather hard to whittle down my options as there was so many cute badges available, but I eventually opted for the three you can see above including designs themed around the Stone Roses, David Bowie and The Smiths.


Culottes

Okay, so July was the month where I really really got a bit obsessed with culottes! Having seen quite a lot of people wearing culottes in photos on Instagram, I realised that I would finally like to try a pair out for myself - New Look really seems like a great place to get culottes from at the minute, considering that they sell also sorts of different colours and patterns for very reasonable prices, hence why it was my first port of call when looking to buy myself a pair.

Since then, I have pretty much been living in culottes and now own three lovely pairs (including the stripy ones that you can see above) Being a bit fed up of wearing jeans all the time, culottes are a welcome change, as they are really flattering and super comfy - plus, they look really cute when just paired with a t-shirt and trainers....



This is pretty much a makeup product that I have rediscovered over the past month, as upon clearing out my makeup drawers a few weeks ago, I found this once much loved palette buried below the rest of my contour products...

In previous months, I just couldn't get enough of this product with it's lovely contour power, and it's even more beautiful highlight - therefore, it has really been great to find this contour kit out, and use it as part of my every day makeup looks once again!






Stone Roses Vinyl

I won't really ramble on about this one all that much, as I think I have talked about this album in a previous post... However, it must be said that this record has been getting a heck of a lot of play on my turntable lately, as not only is it one of my favourite albums anyway, but it really just gives off great summery vibes, and is one of go-to LP's to play on a sunny day.

So, that's all for my July Favourites!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I look forward to hopefully uploading lots more good content over the next few weeks considering that I am free of homework and revision for a while!

Olivia xo 

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Palmer's Hair Care!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

I literally love all things haircare, so you can imagine my excited when a couple of weeks ago, I received the nicest gift bag from Palmer's...

The only real experience I have previously had with Palmer's, was with using their gorgeous Cocoa Butter (this stuff smells absolutely amazing by the way!), so I was pretty intrigued by the fact that said brand also sold all manner of other skincare and haircare products. 



Anyway, the products that I got send from Palmer's were from the Coconut Oil collection, which is a new range and is specifically for treating 'dry, damaged, or colour treated' hair - so, considering that I recently had my hair dyed, I thought it would be the perfect timing to try out some new hair care products!!

Opening up my bag of goodies was pretty exciting - considering that the items are from the Coconut Oil range, I just had to have a smell of them straight away, and oh my gosh... they smell amazing, and totally make me feel all summery! 

Sunglasses Collection...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

I do really really love sunglasses... so much so that I always find myself gravitating towards the sunglasses stand whenever I enter a shop, which has ultimately meant that I now have quite a few pairs of sunglasses in my collection!

What with it being pretty sunny and warm here in the UK recently, I have found myself delving into my sunglasses collection quite a lot - whilst recently writing up a post about some of my new fashion items, I got the idea that perhaps a little round up of some of my favourite pairs of sunglasses would also make for a rather cool post. So, here we are today, and I have pretty much just picked out a few of my most worn, and most loved sunnies to share with you all!



Firstly, it seems only right to talk about my most recently bought pair of sunglasses - from Topshop, this lovely pair were mentioned in another recent blog post, but due to my immense love for them, they do definitely need to be mentioned here again. 

As soon as I neared Topshop's sunglasses stand, this pair immediately caught my eye. I have really been struggling to find these on the Topshop website, but I do believe that they cost me something like £18, which I think is a pretty reasonable price for such a cool, retro-looking pair of glasses, that I have already got a lot of use out of!
 
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