Sunday, 29 December 2013

December Favourites

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01
Fudge Violet Toning Shampoo

Having heard wonderful things about this shampoo, I decided to give it a go! I had recently dyed my hair at the hairdressers and received a bit of a lilac tint. This shampoo is perfect for topping it up! I try to keep this in my hair for at least 10 minutes in order to see proper results. To follow, I usually mix a little bit of fudge paintbox colour with my conditioner and leave it in for 5-10 minutes. 
I highly recommend this product if you wish to have a bit of a lilac tint to your hair. 


02
Tisserand De-Stress

I've recently blogged about this product, but it has to be said, it's one of the loveliest oils I've used. I'm a huge fan of using my oil burners, and this really helps create a relaxing environment after work or later on at night. 
I'm hoping to purchase some more Tisserand products soon as they're so lovely. It really pays to invest in good quality oils! 


03
This Works 5 in 1 Water

I purchased a smaller version as I was unsure whether I'd like this product or not, but I really really love it. It removes my make up well, and leaves my skin feeling fresh. Since I started using it, I've noticed I don't suffer from blemishes or spots as often as I used to. It really helps to decongest the skin. 
It seems a little expensive for a cleanser/make up remover/decongestant, but it's worth it, even if you use it a couple of times a week. 
I already need to re-purchase!


04
Bobbi Brown Eyeliner

I've been looking for a good felt-tip eyeliner for quite some time now. They always seem to dry out after a while. This one by Bobbi Brown is a bold black, long lasting eyeliner. It doesn't smudge or appear too watery. It takes some time to get used to applying it, but it's definitely worth the price tag for its quality and colour. 


05
Rimmel London White Khol Pencil

I've recently been using this white pencil on my water line as it makes my eyes seem a lot bigger! 
It's such a great tip! 


Do you have any favourite products this month?




Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Happy Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone!
Hope you're having a very lovely Christmas day - and enjoy the rest of your week.



x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Nutcracker Crackers

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Happy 1st of December everyone! 
I'm trying to be a little bit more organised this year, and get most of the Christmas presents sorted at the beginning of the month! I've also been busy assembling these adorable crackers and filling them with lots of lovely treats, instead of the usual rubbish you get inside Christmas crackers. These were purchased from Not On The Highstreet last week. I just had to share them on here as I think they're really lovely. I'm hoping to do the same thing each year now, it's such a great idea.

I'm also intending on making some DIY mulling spices sachets you'll be able to drop into a saucepan full of red wine! These will probably be handed out to be opened before Christmas - We all love a nice mug of mulled wine to get in the Christmas spirit!
I'll be sharing all my DIY ideas with you on here, although I'm not sure how many projects I'll have on the go this year!

As usual, the weekend has gone by so quickly, and it's back to work tomorrow. I'm still suffering from this silly flu, I've developed an awful chesty cough and feel really worn out. I hope it'll go away soon. 
Next weekend will be spent at local Christmas craft fairs and celebrating the one year anniversary of being with my boyfriend with a lovely meal out!

I hope you've all had a very lovely weekend




x


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tisserand De-Stress

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I've been eyeing up these little Tisserand oils for quite some time, so I decided to buy the 'De-Stress' blend to begin with. I'm a big fan of using my oil burners, I've actually developed a little obsession over them. Especially when the evenings are darker and much colder, it's always nice to light some candles and pour some oil into my oil burner. However, I've come to realise that buying quality oils to burn is a definite must. 
This little treasure by Tisserand is a blend of organic patchouli, sweet orange and ylang-ylang. More than anything, I've found it extremely calming. I get stressed out over the smallest of things, my boyfriend is constantly telling me to calm down! This was probably the best one for me to start off with...
As I've been ill with the flu this week, this oil has helped relax and clear my head a little.
It's extremely calming, I just love how it fills my bedroom with a gorgeous and refreshing citrus smell!
It's also made me really want to try their other blends : Sleep, Head Clear and Seasonal Joy (sounds perfect for Christmas doesn't it!) Check them out here. 

Tisserand also make little roller ball versions if you're not into oil burning! 

I've also been eyeing up some cute oil burners on eBay recently - Great to give as Christmas gifts as well. My collection is slowly growing...

Have you tried any of the Tisserand oils? What do you think of them?



x

Monday, 25 November 2013

Butternut Squash Soup

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Hello! I'm trying to get back into this blogging business again. It's hard when evenings are extremely dark and all I have is the weekend to take some photographs. 
Anyway, once again, I feel terrible about not keeping this up regularly. I really do want to get back into it...

Anyway, recently I've been really enjoying butternut squash! I had never tried it before I got to taste some butternut squash soup at a local cafe. It was so delicious, I tried to make my own at home.
I find this recipe extremely easy and adaptable and used a bag of ready chopped butternut squash and sweet potato I saw at Tesco's! 
I boiled the veg by covering them with enough water and popped in a cube of chicken stock. Add some herbs of choice, I used some coriander and chopped up some garlic. 
Once the veg has cooked, I leave them to cool at the side of our stove (still covered in the stock mixture) Once it's cooled down a little, blend it all together. If you prefer a thicker soup, drain some of the water. 
I usually store my soup in mason jars. These can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the soup in jars. 

Roasting the butternut squash also makes a very delicious soup. 
Try it!



x

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Lora Wyn - Weekend Offer

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A few weeks ago, I photographed some of Lora's latest jewellery pieces for her to update her website with. I really love Lora's style, every piece is totally unique. 
I also received little elephant earrings and a matching necklace as a thank you gift - I've ended up wearing them almost every day! 

If you like what you see above, check out her website here.
She also has an offer on over this weekend only for 20% off all orders. Use the code:

NEWYDD13

Enjoy! I'm off to the shops this morning, then hopefully I'll successfully cook butternut squash soup! 
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend.



x


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Eat my flowers

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I was meant to blog about these a while ago, but unfortunately I just haven't had the chance.
Our office was taking part in the 'Macmillan Coffee Morning' again this year, and as a lover of baking, I had to get involved and add something amazing to top my cupcakes with - despite the dodgy looking piping! 

I contacted Sarah from Eat My Flowers and received these absolutely gorgeous crystallised violas. I think they're such a fantastic idea and top off cupcakes and desserts beautifully. 

Anyway, here are some photographs I took of the cupcakes topped with Sarah's beautiful flowers!

☆ ☆ 

On a different note, I am intending on writing a little 'life lately' blog post. I feel as if I've drifted away from my blog for quite some time now. I started writing a blog over two years ago when I was at a very difficult and unhappy stage of my life. Writing made me focus on the good things, instead of the bad. Especially when it came to writing so publicly. 
Anyway, I do intend to post more on here!!

Thank you to all the lovely people who have read and supported my blog


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Book Review : The Fault in Our Stars

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"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel had never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten."


I had noticed this book popping up on my Instagram feed often, and felt really intrigued by it. The cover reminded me of Wonder, a recent read and a very lovely book. 
Anyway, I read a little about the book, completely forgot what it was all about, and went out to buy it anyway...

First of all, it's an extremely sad book. For me personally, I think it was a little harder due to the fact I have lost my mum with cancer, which is the main subject of the book. 

Narrated by sixteen year old Hazel suffering with thyroid cancer, she is forced to attend a Support Group by her concerned parents. In the first chapter, she meets Augustus Waters, also attending the Support Group, although he says he's there because of his friend Isaac. Augustus lost his leg to osteosarcoma. 
Hazel and Augustus show interest in each other, and as the story goes on, we get to see how their relationship starts to blossom. 

Hazel states that her favourite book is 'An Imperial Affliction' written by Peter van Houten. Augustus goes on to read the book.
After sending van Houten many fan letters with no replies, Augustus then manages to get in touch with his assistant. His 'wish' is spent on Hazel as they both manage to go to Amsterdam together in order for her to meet van Houten (and because her 'wish' was spent on visiting Disney Land at the age of 13) 
By this point in the book, deeper secrets are revealed, and this is the part where the tears start to run down your face....!

It's an extremely beautiful book with a very tragic ending. Once I finished the book, I couldn't stop thinking about it. 
It made me think about my mum a lot, and how she seemed so courageous to have gone through so much. No one deserves such pain and suffering. I remember her different treatments, how they affected her, but no matter what, she still had a smile on her face. She once burst into tears on the sofa, as if she'd had an argument with my dad (although I had never seen them argue) until he rushed to comfort her. At the time, I was young and naive, but maybe she knew she'd be leaving us. Either way, that awful realisation must be unbearable. 
The book made me think how cruel life can be, and how your loved ones can be taken away from you at any moment. Since it's happened to my family, I think the book made me cry a lot harder! 

Anyway, it's a very good book and I highly recommend it. I really enjoyed it, and as I mentioned, I can't stop thinking about it. It's something that'll truly stay with you for a very long time....
Although, it's probably best not to read it in public.....! 



x

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The florist and the cake maker

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As a child, there were several things I wanted to be when I grew up. Appearing in the varied list was a florist or a baker.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be photographing beautiful Autumn inspired cakes by Jane Rose Cakes at the Lili Wen florist shop in Llanfairpwll. Here are just some of the photographs I took!

Helen, the owner at Lili Wen also creates very beautiful floral arrangements, and her little shop is absolutely stunning. If you're in the Anglesey area, I suggest you pop in.

That's all from me for today. I can't believe it's been an entire month without blogging.
I'm off to do a bit of shopping this morning before a possible afternoon of baking and knitting!
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend



x


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Recipe : Date Balls

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My diet had gone out the window over our holiday last week. Not really by choice, but eating healthy while you're away can be very difficult. It's not like we've been away for a week or two, but I need to make an effort to get back into the routine of going to the gym often. 

I don't tend to snack often, but when I do, I'd like it to be fairly healthy. Something I love snacking on is Nakd bars, although they can be expensive. At just around 100 calories per bar, they're full of natural ingredients. I found the recipe on The Glue Gun Girl's blog

They're very easy to make and extremely yummy too!
Next time, I think I'll add some more cocoa powder just to make it a little bit more chocolatey.

Have you tried making these yet?



x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Reypenaer Experience

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As I mentioned in my last blog post about our Amsterdam trip, we went to Rypenaer Cheese Tasting Room! This was something I'd been looking forward to, but wasn't quite sure what to expect.
We were almost the last people to arrive as we'd been spending too much time drinking our pint at the pub across the road. If you have the chance, go there. It's really nice and we managed to make friends with a very nice black cat!

We were all given a form with columns for name, colour, smell, taste, consistency, age and overall impression of each cheese. My boyfriend wasn't too keen on this, but I loved the feeling of being a geeky school student again! 
We were given white wine, red wine and port to go alongside the cheese. 
We marked each cheese between 7-10, but to be honest, they were all absolutely delicious. They're all different in so many ways, and as a cheese lover, it's hard to pick a favourite out of the 6 we tasted. 

I really enjoyed the experience and if you ever go to Amsterdam, I'd highly recommend a visit. I'd definitely go back there! It's well worth it when you receive your Cheese Tasting Expert certificate at the end. You also receive a 15% discount at the shop - we ended up buying the 'guillotin' cheese cutter board. This will come in very handy during our much loved cheese and wine evenings.
We did actually learn a lot from the experience, and discovered what type of wine to drink with which cheese.... Yum! 


Have you ever been to Rypenaer?



x

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Hello Amsterdam

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Hello!! In case you didn't know, I've been away to Amsterdam for a few days last week... But now I'm back home and it's back to work tomorrow. 

Before visiting Amsterdam, I was a little nervous - I wasn't sure whether I was going to like the place or not since I only knew two things about the place, and they're not particularly positive in my opinion. We arrived very early Tuesday morning and were very pleased to be given a room 5 hours earlier than the check in time. We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton which was very lovely. The Sky Lounge absolutely won us over when we booked it, but it's also located near the train station which is handy when you're travelling to and from the airport.

A much needed rest was in order as we slept for the next hour or so! We already had plans for the afternoon, a cheese tasting session at Reypenaer. I'll probably be writing another post about our experience soon, but I highly recommend it. The entire tasting session lasts about an hour, and if you succeed, you'll receive a cheese tasting expert certificate - which we did!

Many glasses of wine later, we decided to head off to Pluk de Nacht which is an open air film festival. I'd heard of it during my 'Amsterdam Research' last week, and I'm really glad I found out about it. We arrived a bit too early for our liking as the film doesn't start until it gets dark! They show a short film to begin with before moving on to the feature film. We only managed to keep our eyes open through the short film before heading back to the hotel! 

We mostly explored the city by foot, although biking is extremely popular over there. Their bikes are gorgeous, I kept on dreaming of owning one. If you fancy it, there are many places you can hire bikes from all over the city. It was a little too crazy for our liking, plus we weren't too familiar with the roads or cycle routes either. 

All in all, I've had a fantastic week. Amsterdam is definitely somewhere I'd like to visit again. Two nights just weren't enough for us!

Anyway, I hope you've all had a very lovely weekend.


x


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Smoothie of the Week

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Still carefully deciding what I eat, smoothies are a great way of making sure you get a good dose of fruit and veg! I prepare my smoothies in advance, pack them up in freezer bags and take them out whenever I need them. 

This one is a current favourite, made with...

Strawberries
Blueberries
Kale
Orange Juice
Bananas

It's inspired by Simple Green Smoothies (If you haven't already been exposed to Simple Green Smoothies, following them on Instagram is a must - Gorgeous photographs of smoothie inspiration!) 
How many of each fruit you put in the smoothie is up to you depending on taste. If you like your smoothie a little thinner, add more orange juice!
My mason jar lid and straw came from The Mason Bar Company the other day as well. It'll be so handy to take my morning smoothies with me to work - something I'm really looking forward to. I'm very pleased to say that my diet combined with 3 - 4 gym sessions a week are going great. My strict diet has started two weeks ago, and the gym sessions for just over a month now. I've already lost a few pounds just by doing so, and feeling great as a result. 
On Tuesday I'll be off to Amsterdam and I'm really hoping the healthy eating won't be slacking over my break away! I know how hard it can be to keep it up when you're away...

I'll be posting my smoothie of the week on here regularly, why not give this one a go?



x


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Homemade Chilli Hummus

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Lately, I've been trying to incorporate healthier snacks in my diet. I recently downloaded the Nikki Sharps 5 day detox to mix it up with my regular diet. I've also started taking My Fitness Pal more seriously by taking note of calorie intake and exercises. And after having joined the gym a month ago, I already feel much better.

After I bought my hand blender over the weekend, making smoothies, sauces and dips are much easier! I can now make some hummus to take with me to work with carrot sticks, all you need is a variety of herbs and a few ingredients! The Tahini can be bought at local health food stores, I got mine at Holland and Barrett. The chilli flakes used were the Very Lazy red chillies in white wine vinegar - Perfect to add more flavour to your hummus! 

The Ingredients

200g Canned chickpeas
Half a lemon (squeezed)
3 Garlic cloves
1 tsp Ground cumin
100ml Tahini
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Paprika
Pinch of salt
1 tsp Very Lazy Chilli flakes


There you have it, a very simple hummus recipe. Perfect as a snack with chopped up vegetables!



x



Saturday, 3 August 2013

My Homemade Pesto

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Today, I bought myself a hand blender! I make it sound like such an achievement!
Anyway, I've been looking at lots of recipes lately such as homemade hummus and pesto, but I knew my old blender was no good for doing things like that.
This one can make almost anything, fresh smoothies or milkshakes, sauces  - the lot! I was really pleased with the results when I made pesto at lunchtime. I think I'll try some hummus later on, it'll be great to take to work with some carrot sticks.

Anyway, I really love pesto, but sometimes I find the basil really over powering. Making your own lets you decide exactly how you want it. I like mine with extra garlic and enough parmesan to keep me happy!

Here's the recipe...

50g Pine nuts
Large bunch of basil
50g Parmesan
150ml Olive oil
3 Garlic cloves

And there you have it, a very simple pesto recipe! Enjoy...



x

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Space Like This

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I've been away from my blog for a little while.
Sometimes just because I'm not feeling inspired to write anything, and other times, life has been getting in the way in general.
Monday morning, my dad was rushed to hospital after he collapsed at home. It's been rather difficult as we've lost mum, even though both my brother and I are very much old enough to look after ourselves! This week has been unexpected, and all over the place...

Anyway, last Sunday, I had been taking photographs for Space Like This, a very lovely shop in Menai Bridge. Today, I looked through the photos once more and I'm really happy with them.
Here are just some of my favourites I took.

I promise I'll be a better blogger from now on and try to post regularly! 
Just as long as I don't experience any more 'life' hiccups! 



x

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Yarn Bombing

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Along with other members of my knitting group, we've been very busy knitting away to yarn bomb Caernarfon over the Gwyl Arall weekend.
In order to successfully attach our knitted creations around the town, we got up very early yesterday morning (meeting up at 6AM - Yikes!!) It took us a few hours to put everything up and take some photographs along the way! However, we were extremely shocked to see people walking around the town at that time of morning! People setting up their market stalls, bakeries busy baking bread for the day, newsagents opening up... It all seemed stange to us as we'd usually be fast asleep in bed.
One of my favourite pieces has to be the phone box with its knitted phone handle and cute little flower. Some knitted pieces have unfortunately been stolen or taken down which is a shame, but if you do happen to find one around Caernarfon (if you're around for Gwyl Arall!) be sure to post a picture using #GwauDre

I hope you've all had a very lovely weekend so far. I am well and truly shattered after yesteday! I also hosted a knitting workshop during the afternoon which was lovely. 
Today will probably be spent relaxing....!



x

Friday, 12 July 2013

Glamping Time

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Hello!
It's been a while since I posted on here. In fact, I've been extremely busy! It was my boyfriend's birthday on Tuesday, and I wanted to make sure he had a good time.
Regular celebrations took place, we had a BBQ and drank lots of cider in my case...

We also had a week off work, and I was desperate to find somewhere for us to go. Venice, Amsterdam, London... They were all considered, but instead, we settled and stayed here in Wales - we went glamping! It's something I've been meaning to do for quite some time, and it was definitely a fantastic experience.

After spending many hours on the internet looking for glamping sites in Wales, I finally came across Beudy Banc through Cool Camping. I immediately contacted the owners, and shortly after, it was all booked! 
Thanks to the SatNav, we found the site instantly. After being greeted by the lovely owners, we made our way up to the bell tent located up the farm lane with beautiful views over the Machynlleth mountains. We were very lucky to have the site all to ourselves.
It was a truly lovely glamping experience, and I'm sure we'll be doing it all over again soon.



www.beudybanc.co.uk
@beudybanc



x


Saturday, 22 June 2013

Jane Rose

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Jane recently got a very exciting video made to promote her business - it's all very exciting! We've spent a lot of time together discussing ideas photography wise, for her website, and also the 'overall' look of the business. 
The video really reflects her personality and style so well, it's truly adorable. These are some of the 'behind the scenes' photographs I took of her on the day. Hopefully, I'll be doing more photography work for Jane. I always love spending time with her and her beautiful cakes.
If you haven't seen her wedding cakes yet, you'll be blown away. Her sugar flowers are truly magical, I've never seen anything like it before.




x

Thursday, 20 June 2013

I think of you every second of every day...

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I can't believe it'll be seven years without my mum on Saturday... I always hate this time of year, the awful memories seem like nightmares engraved in my mind. I remember everything as if it happened yesterday. 
I had a very happy childhood. My dad suffered a very awful car accident when he was just 25 and was told he'd never be able to work again. My mum became his full time carer. My parents were always around, they didn't have stressful jobs to go to, they dropped us off at school each morning, and were always there to pick us up. I was very much what I like to call 'bubble-wrapped' as a child, and still enjoy sugar coating life. I like to surround myself with pretty things, purely because life can be hard at times. 
My life has changed a lot over these past few months, and I'm very lucky to have incredibly supportive people by my side. 



x

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Life Lately

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Life has been hectic lately, I rarely find the time to get blog posts sorted! These photographs were taken a while ago, and I've got so much more to show you! The weather has been lovely in north Wales (up until last Tuesday) Last weekend was spent 'celebrating' being with my boyfriend for 6 months. When I say 'celebrating' we had a pizza and a pint - and it was lovely! This weekend I pampered myself after receiving a lovely voucher as a thank you gift from Jane. I never go to a salon or spa for treatments, so it was very lovely! I ended up getting eyelash extensions (will post a review!), a much needed eyebrow wax and a shellac manicure.
My boyfriend is having his birthday in a few weeks time which I'm also looking forward to. I've booked a week off work and I'm very tempted to book for us to go somewhere... Another plan is to see where it's meant to be sunny, and just go there! We'll see... 

I hope you've all enjoyed the weekend!



x

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