Thursday, 29 September 2011

Inspirational Thursday

I am rubbish at doing anything slightly nail art creative. So, when I can across these images I had a slight attack of the green eyed monster!

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Bags of inspiration

I have come across an amazing post by Erica from 'Moth Design'. This is a great idea for all the luxury carrier bags that you may have lying around.

Erica has placed her bags with frames from Ikea and hung them in her closet to make a 'feature wall'. 

To read the full article and for more amazing idea click on the following link - 'Around The House...'

I just need some amazing bags (I can cover the frames myself) and someone to buy me lots of amazing items.... A girl can dream.

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Round up of the week

Dolce and Gabbana call an end to D&G -

London Fashion Week crisis after Gucci summon models to Milan -

Lauren Conrad's Set To Launch A New Project And No, It's Not In TV - The Fash

Lady Gaga to Debut a Short Film at Mugler's Paris Show - The Fashion

West Hollywood bans the sale of fur -

The round up of news stories that I have been catching up on last week (sorry for the tardy post).

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Autumn is here...

If I am asked what my favourite season is my answer is Autumn (Fall) every time and to celebrate the first day of Autumn, I have put together this post.

I love Autumn, it is still warmish, leaves are changing colours and falling from the trees, the evenings are getting darker earlier, wear warm big comfy jumpers, can eat as much comfort warming food as you want, is a great reason to curl up on the sofa with a fire lit (or lots of candles to give the same effect) and a loved one to snuggle into. 

The above photos are some of the great reasons why I favour Autumn.


Thursday, 22 September 2011

Laduree - a must!

During my flying visit to London on Sunday, I popped into the amazing looking Laduree in Harrods. I have never tried Macaroons as mentioned here, and I have seen that they are big in the blogger world. So, I had to try them for myself.

The lovely Rose from 'The Londoner' pointed me in the direction of Laduree and I am so glad I went. I can't believe I have gone for so long without tasting these small treats. They are not the cheapest cakes to buy, but the taste, packaging and environment of the shop is one not to miss.

If you haven't tried these or been to the Laduree in Harrods I highly recommend it.

London Fashion week S/S 2012 round up

Embellishment - Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi, Matthew Williamson and Peter Pilotto

Knits - Clements Ribeiro, Jonathan Saunders, Margaret Howell, Pringle, Meadham Kirkhhoff, Mulberry, JW Anderson

Sporty touches - Clements Ribeiro, Marios Schwab, Aquascutum, PPQ, Peter Pilotto

The new prim - Issa London, Margaret Howell, Emilio de la Morena, Mulberry, Erdem

Pastels - Richard Nicholl, Felder Felder, Meadham Kirchhoff, Christopher Kane, Antipodium, Roksanda Ilincic

The full skirt - Acne, Daks, Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic

African tribal patterns - Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson, Holly Fulton

Printed trousers - Erdem, Clements Ribeiro, JW Anderson, Michael van der Ham, Mary Katrantzou, Vivienne Westwood

Mellow yellow -

Patent, PVC & Metallics - Marios Schwab, Antonio Berardi, Giles, Richard Nicoll, Felder Felder, Christopher Kane
Above are some of the key trends that emerged from LFW. Some of the trends match what was seen at NYFW, but I love the embellishment designs that were seen on the catwalk.

Is there a trend that you will be wearing and loving for S/S 2012?

Source: Telegraph

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Let's all get merry on Sloe Gin

We used 1 litre bottels of Gin and granulated sugar

Split the Gin between two bottles (half and half), add 180g of sugar to each bottle

Make sure you pick enough Sloe berries, wash the berries in water

You are now ready to start the fun!

With a cocktail stick pierce the skin of each berry - about 4 - 9 times (depending on the size)

Add the pierced berry to the Gin and sugar mixture

Fill the bottle with berries until the liquid nearly reaches the top (space is needed to turn the mixture)

Once the bottle is filled, place the cap on tightly and shake

Make sure all the sugar moves from the bottom of the bottle, it will look like a snow globe when it is settling

Turn/shake the mixture every day for two weeks or till the sugar dissolves, then turn once a week for the next two/three months. The Sloe Gin will then be ready to be bottled and given as presents for Christmas
At the weekend the Boy and I went to his Dad's house to sit around the kitchen table to make Sloe Gin.

Last year for Christmas my Brother gave us a handmade/brewed bottle of Sloe Gin and we loved it so much we wanted to try it ourselves.

This is a drink that is made from Sloe berries from a Blackthorn bush and a word of warning; they don't taste great if eaten raw!  I am also not a fan of drinking Gin but the berries really do make a difference and make the drink sweeter. Sloe Gin is a great drink to have after a large rich meal and the longer you keep it the more the flavour will develop.

There are lots of different recipes that can be found on line and it is a great present for Christmas. Have you made this before? Do you like Sloe Gin?