Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her/For Me

Christmas Gift Ideas for her

1. charlotte tilbury Matte Revolution Glastonberry £23.00, 2.Zara Checked Scarf £19.99, 3. Ted Baker Wenny Square Crystal Matinee £89.00, 4. Pandora Statement Amethyst Ring £99.00, 5. Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne eau de parfum £47.00 - £60.00, 6. Urban Decay Naket Pallet 2 £37.00, 7. Michael Kors Channing Turquoise and Gold Tone Stainless Steel watch £250.00, 8. Ferrero Rocher, 9. Topshop CONTROL2 High Leg Boots £125.00, 10. Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Large Jar £19.99, 11. Baileys Orange Truffle.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Festivites and Traditions

Okay, I am fully aware that it is "only November" but I wanted to get into the spirit of things early this year. First of all, I would like to state if you detest the kinds of people who are overly happy and jolly around this time of year and often utter the words "I don't like Christmas", then you are certainly not going to like this post, so I suggest you stop reading now before my christmassy words and photos make you want to tear your eyes out. If on the other hand you feeling blue and down because of the cold weather and want to get into the Christmas spirit then continue reading. 

This week I decided I ought to start preparing for Christmas as I am broke as per usual and should get a head start on buying presents as I usually leave these things until the last minute. Christmas shopping can be fun, if you enjoy shopping for others but unfortunately I find it a tad depressing shopping for others and not buying myself a little something (or a big something). However, due to my lack of savings this year, I cannot really afford to be buying myself a treat every time I buy a loved on a gift. Therefore, I had to get into the spirit and joys of Christmas before heading to the shops!

How do I get myself into the Christmas spirit, I ask myself? Every year I do certain things which I suppose have become traditions of mine without me really being aware of it and I'm sure if you put your mind to it, you'll find a good few traditions which you posess of your own. My top five Christmas tradtions;
  1. Visiting Christmas markets and craft fairs
  2. Trying the seasonal drinks 
  3. Baking Christmas treats (Take a look at my Christmas baking)
  4. Creating and listening to a Christmas playlist
  5. Watching the classic Christmas films

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Cristmas drinks inspired cupcakes

This past week I have been trying to get into the mind set for Christmas. One way I have fought the winter blues and gotten into the Christmas spirit is by baking Christmas treats. I always find baking makes me happy and adding Christmas touches to my bakes has helped to spread the magic that is Christmas. 

From left to right: Cinnamon LatteHot ChocolateWhite Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Latte Cupcakes

If you have no already noticed, there has been a theme running through my recent bakings. That theme has been hot drinks. So I've already baked Hot chocolate cupcakes and White hot chocolate cupcakes and decided my next creation will be latte based. I love all lattes, no matter what the flavour is. To keep inside my christmas theme, I though a touch of cinnamon would work a treat. So here are my cinnamon latte cupcakes!

White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

If you have seen my last post, then you will have seen my hot chocolate cupcakes (hot chocolate cupcakes) but I feel that white hot chocolate is not given enough credit and is often overshadowed by milk hot chocolate. In fact I think white chocolate in general is often forgot about, when it actually tastes incredible (especially melted with fruit). So I chose not to neglect white chocolate this time and bake white hot chocolate cupcakes aswell as milk hot chocolate cup cakes. 

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

The cold, dark nights are upon us. Around this time of year I find that my intake of hot drinks tripples and among those hot drinks in particular is hot chocolate. My evening is not complete without a mug of steamy, milky hot chocolate topped with squirty cream and marshmallows. So today I decided to take my love for hot chocolate a step further and bake some hot chocolate cupcakes! Plus I added a few touches to make them Christmassy as part of my bid to get in the Christmas spirit early this year.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Live like royalty for a week in Egypt

I must admit for some prejudice reason I was slightly skeptical and hesitant whilst booking my holiday to Egypt Sharm El Sheikh. I had the idea in my head that apart from the beautful sunshine, it would be a pretty boring holiday. I was so used to visting Spanish islands, exploring Greek islands and having fun in Cyprus that the thought of Egypt just did not sound too appealing to me. Many advised that Egypt is a place to visit if you want a 'quiet one' and want to enjoy the all inclusive offers within the hotels, as it is too dangerous to leave. Others stated that although there were many things to see in Egypt it would be of interest to somebody of my age.

After plenty of inner debate, I eventually took the plunge and went for it. Expecting a quiet week on the sunlounger, next to the pool, drinking PiƱa colada's. However much I was looking forward to a quiet, relaxing holiday, I was very pleasantly surpised in how energetic and fun the culture in Egypt turned out to be!

Just one of two pools