Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Beauty - Joan Collins I am woman fragrance


Joan Collins I am Woman fragrance review

Hey lovelies,

As you may know I have tried quite a few products from the Joan Collins Timeless beauty range and have loved everything, I would defo recommend checking out the Lipsticks they are gorgeous. Today I am gonna talk about the fragrance, as you would expect I am Woman* is elegant and sophisticated like Joan herself, It comes in a gorgeous cut glass bottle that looks really pretty on my dressing table, and is available in 2 sizes I have the 12ml, perfect for trying out a new scent, to pop in your handbag or as a cute gift, but its also available in a full size 50ml bottle.



The fragrance itself is what I would call a very grown up, sophisticated scent for the woman who has got her sh*t together, haha! It's both woody and musky, but with added citrus and floral notes keeping it unquestionably feminine.

I would wear this for an evening occasion, maybe dinner or drinks, for me it's not an everyday fragrance but more something for special events.

If you like a heavier perfume, that's a real statement with staying power I think you would love I am Woman* and this 12 ml bottle will only set you back £15 so certainly worth a try.


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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fashion - one shirt dress two looks





Day look




Hey lovelies,

I'm finally back with an outfit post, and this is a post I have wanted to shoot for a while but with one thing and another it hadn't happened, but now we have shot this fab New Look Gingham shirt dress, in not one but two looks so this is kinda a bonus, I am so happy how they turned out and I am excited to share them with you.

As you know I am not a massive dress wearer so when I do buy a dress I want it to be versatile and practical, that is why for me the shirt dress is perfect, it can be worn casually in the day as I have shown here, and dressed up for an evening out for dinner or drinks as I will show later on in this post. What I love about this dress is its lightweight fabric is cool but it's not to short or exposes too much flesh as I am not a fan of that.





For this day look, I've plumped for simple lace up sandals, an oversized canvas bag and rose gold sunnies.









Dress - New look
Bag - New look (old)
sandals - Asos (old)
Sunnies - Primark


Evening look 



For evening I went for black everything, we all know a black leather jacket literally goes with any outfit, add black mules, belt and bag and tada you have taken the shirt dress for day to night.







Dress - New look
Mules - New look
Bag - Topshop (old)
Belt - Asos (old)



I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments which look you liked best?





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Friday, 23 June 2017

Lifestyle - Baking Chocolate Olive Oil cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)


wheat & dairy free chocolate cake

Hey lovelies,

I haven't written a baking post in yonks, as truth be known I haven't done very much baking, due to my son currently having to follow a strict restrictive diet for health reasons, it just didn't seem right to bake a cake he couldn't eat, so I made it my mission to find one he could eat, and was chocolate his favourite.

That's where this Nigella Chocolate olive oil cake comes in to play, I was sceptical at first could a wheat and dairy free chocolate cake actually taste nice, but you know what it tastes amazing and is a huge hit with all my family. what I love about this recipe is its really easy to make and doesn't use loads of fancy expensive ingredients just store cupboard products the only thing I had to go out and buy was the ground Almonds.


Ingredients;

  • 150 millilitres regular olive oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 50 grams good-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 125 millilitres boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons best vanilla extract
  • 150 grams ground almonds 
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs

Method;

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C/gas mark 3/325ºF. Grease a 22 or 23 cm/ 9inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Measure and sift the cocoa powder into a bowl or jug and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, chocolatey, still runny paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool a little.
  3. In another bowl, combine the ground almonds with the bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt.
  4. Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale, aerated and thickened cream.
  5. Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond mixture.
  6.  Pour the liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very centre, on top, still looks slightly damp. A cake tester should come up mainly clean but with a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it.
  7. Let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, still in its tin, and then carefully remove from tin. Leave to cool completely or eat while still warm with some ice cream, as a pudding.

So if you or a family member have wheat or dairy allergies and miss Chocolate cake in your life I 100% recommend giving this cake a go.


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