Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a spooktacular day whatever it is that you have got planned. I've spent my day with a recruitment agency in a mock assessment centre, as I'm applying for placements this year it's been a practice day to get a taste of what it's like to be assessed by real graduate recruiters - Scary!! Besides today's genuine scary experience, here's a list of everything that I simply love about Halloween.

  • The food - Halloween food is simply the best. It's the one day of the year where you're able to get free candy kids so make the most of it! Give me all the Mr Kipling fiendish fancies please, yum! Check out my easy, no bake chocolate bark recipe here.
  • Crazy makeup - If there's any time to get creative with makeup then of course, it's Halloween. From colourful, glittery sugar skulls to spooky ghosts and ghouls, our faces become true works of art. If you've created any Halloween makeup looks this year I would love to see them, so feel free to leave any links in the comments below!
  • Pumpkin carving - And if creative makeup wasn't enough creativity in a day for you then it's time to get crafty and give your pumpkin a unique look. Last week I went pumpkin picking for the first time which was so much fun, you can read all about that here.
  • Movie night - If you don't have any plans to go out this Halloween then it's the perfect excuse for a cosy movie night on the couch. Grab some snacks, popcorn and cosy blankets and get ready for a spooky night in.
  • Dressing up - As a kid I used to get so excited about throwing on my princess frock for the night and then going around trick or treating. Although I'm too old for a night of trick or treating it's always fun to get myself dressed up for a night out. You can never go wrong with a cat outfit, a simple black jumpsuit, throw on some ears, draw on some whiskers paired with a golden smokey eye and bang, done! 

What are your favourite things about Halloween? Do you have any plans to celebrate tonight?!
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Last Minute Halloween Movie Night Snack Idea - NO BAKE!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shoutout to all of my last minute lazy guys and gals out there! It's no secret that I'm far from an expert in the kitchen but when it comes to easy, no bake recipes; I'm your gal! 

If you're planning a last minute halloween party or cosy movie night in then this chocolate tangled bark is the perfect yummy treat to get snacking on this hallows eve. Topped with cinnamon popcorn, Reese's pieces and salted caramel fudge bites it really does capture the true taste of Autumn/Halloween all on one plate. The best bit is? There's no baking involved!
  • Reese's pieces. (or substitute with Smarties, M&M's - Whichever you prefer!)
  • Salted caramel fudge pieces.
  • Cinnamon flavoured popcorn.
  • 2 bars of dark baking chocolate.
  • White piping icing.
  • Cinnamon.

How to Make:
  • Break your chocolate bar into small square pieces and place into a bowl.
  • Fill a pan with cold water and place onto the hob to boil. Place your bowl filled with chocolate on top of this, as the water boils the chocolate shall melt.
  • Whilst the chocolate melts prepare a baking tray (You may wish to line this with icing so the chocolate doesn't stick to the tray!) for the chocolate to be poured into once melted.
  • Once the chocolate has completely melted pour into your baking tray, spreading evenly. 
  • Sprinkle on your toppings, dust on a little cinnamon and place into the fridge to set.
  • Once set, cut into square pieces and place onto a plate. Begin to pipe icing across your squares, this can be as messy as you like to give the impression of a tangled spider's web - spooky!
  • To garnish, decorate with further toppings and cinnamon popcorn.
  • Eat and enjoy! It's devilishly good!

And so that was it, it really is that easy! Do you have any plans for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below! I think I'll just be having a movie night with my mum and our cat!
For more recipe ideas, you can check out my Pinterest food board here
Until next time,

What are your favourite Halloween treats?! I'm a sucker for the Mr Kipling Fiendish Fancies!
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Pumpkin Picking at Kenyon Hall Farm

Monday, October 24, 2016

This past weekend me and my family headed down to Kenyon Hall Farm for a spot of pumpkin picking. This was the first time that I have ever visited a pumpkin patch and so as you may have already guessed, I was pretty darn excited about it. With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to get into the autumnal spirit other than spending the day picking pumpkins and drinking PSL's from fine china. (I did have photos of this but unfortunately they are on my phone which has broke! I honestly don't know how I'm coping without it, I'm too much of a 21st century gal!) 

I really don't know what it is about pumpkins which makes us love them so much. If it were a field of oranges I just don't think it would have quite the same effect as a pumpkin unusually does. I plan to spend my week in the lead up to Halloween indulging in cosy Lush baths, baking devilishly good treats and of course carving pumpkins! 

Outfit details, similar here:
Have you ever been pumpkin picking before? What are your plans for this Halloween?!
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5 Goals To Complete Before 2017

Monday, October 17, 2016

According to howlongagogo.com, as I am writing this there are currently 2 months, 16 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes until January 1st 2017. Now that isn't a strenuous amount of time to complete any far reaching goals, however I find that setting myself small targets as often as I possibly can is the best way to review my progress and help larger goals seem far more achievable in the long run. 
Read on to discover how I plan on completing my 2016...

Reach 600 Bloglovin' followers
Of course I had to begin with the typical follower boosting goal. I currently have 556 followers and so 44 more in 10 weeks is plausible right?! I'd love to reach 2,000 on Twitter although I think 657 new followers would be a little far reaching before the new year. 

Secure a placement/internship
Next summer, I'm hoping to take a year out from my university course to work as a fashion marketing intern. I've currently hit the ball rolling as employers begin dropping into university each week to share the roles that they have on offer for the year. It would be amazing to say I've managed to secure one by Christmas and then I'll be able to just completely focus on uni work for the rest of the year. Fingers crossed!!

Produce more fashion/lifestyle content
October to December is truly the most exciting time of the year for me. With the number of festivities on offer this year, I'm hoping to get out there and produce some amazing fashion shots for you all in some really cool locations. 
And you can read 15 more reasons why I love Autumn/Winter here

Attend a blogging event
I've been blogging for more than 2 years now and I am still yet to attend an event. Unfortunately 95% of the time they are held in London which unfortunately for me the travel expenses make it impossible for me to get too. If you know of any being held in Manchester during the Christmas period though then hit me up!

Learn a new skill
Whether that be becoming a baking expert (beauty or cooking... interpret as you will!), getting to grips with a few more photography/camera techniques or learning a little bit more about coding; I want to be able to say that by the end of this year I've learnt something a little extra over the next 11 weeks. 

And so that is my final set of goals for 2016. Can you believe that the next time I'm back here and keeping you informed of my targets that we'll all be setting ourselves new year's resolutions?! This year has just flown by! 
Until next time,

Do you have any end of year goals?!
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15 Reasons Why Autumn/Winter Slays Spring/Summer

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October to December is hands down my favourite time of the year. All of the festivities in the lead up to the Christmas period fill the latter part of the year with excitement. Even though I do adore the gorgeous summery weather and brighter, colourful clothes there's just something about the crisp autumn air which steals my heart each and every year.
Read on to discover just why autumn/winter is simply the best...

Hot drinks season
Although you can drink hot chocolates in the summer there's just something about cosying up by the fire with lots of blankets and a mug of warm cocoa and marshmallows on a cold winter's evening that you just can't beat. Plus, all hail the return of the pumpkin spiced latte. Yes, I am that basic.

Pumpkin picking
I love all things pumpkin. Pumpkin cake, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin carving. And let's be honest, pumpkins make for some pretty cute Instagram photos. 

Nothing speaks winter more than a cosy bonfire, bundled up in knits whilst you're roasting marshmallows and of course, more Instagram photo opportunities as you write your name with sparklers in the air. An evening of toffee apples, treacle toffee and fireworks... What more could you possibly want?!

Christmas markets 
A complete strip of stalls filled with food, bath soap, bath bombs and christmas decorations galore. There's nothing more festive than spending your day drinking hot apple ciders, eating s'mores and spending your money on Christmas trinkets you really don't need but because it's Christmas well, why the hell not?!

Ice Skating
I'll be the first to admit that I'm terrible at ice skating. But regardless of my skating ability it truly does put me in the festive spirit and can be a real laugh for a day out with your friends.

Although this is traditionally an American tradition, I still love the sentiment behind the festivity. Sharing a meal with your family and giving thanks to everything you have to be grateful for this year. Warm home cooked meals surrounded by family truly are one of my favourite parts about the winter season.

There's just something about the smell of homemade warm cookies filling the air which really screams Autumn to me. There will be a few recipe posts live on the blog this month so keep your eyes peeled for that.. Halloween treats anyone?!

Black Friday
Half price Victoria's Secret? Yes please.

Room decor
Cosy throws, sparkly leaf wreaths, golden glittery pumpkins, knitted candle covers; the list could go on and on and on. I love homely interiors and the Autumn/Winter season is the perfect excuse to put to test some DIY's and give my room a much needed makeover.

Winter Wonderland
If you get a chance this winter, it is definitely worth paying a visit to London's Hyde Park for their annual Winter Wonderland festival. This year marks the festivals 10 year anniversary, venture down to explore the ice bar, Angel's Christmas markets, the ice sculpture maze and pick your thrills with an array of incredible fairground rides. It truly is a magical day out for all.

Movie days
Grab your blankets, a bowl of popcorn and a selection of Halloween/Christmas movies, invite over your best friends and you're good to go!

Pamper days
Who doesn't love pamper days?! And as soon as Lush release their holiday collection, every Sunday becomes the perfect excuse for a pamper day. 

Sweater weather
Sweaters, boots, hats and scarves. Autumn/Winter fashion truly is a marvel.

Autumnal makeup
Those classic berry lips paired with a golden brown smokey eye. All hail party season beauty.

Long walks
With all of the festivities occurring this time of the year, sometimes we find ourselves too busy to actually truly take in the beauty of the season. Hearing that crunch as you walk among the leaves upon the floor, seeing the leaves change from a blossoming green to a golden burnt orange. And so, grab your boots, your camera and get yourself out there and explore. 

Are you more of a Summer spirit or like mine does your heart truly lie with Autumn/Winter?! 
Until next time,

What are you looking forward too this season?!
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