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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Halloween Biscuits


Hello Hello!  Today I decided to get into the spirit of Halloween and make some Halloween styled biscuits in the shape of pumpkins, ghosts and bats (which were by far the hardest to decorate.  Why do things never come out like the master piece in your mind you was picturing!?  However they was still great fun to make and a great activity for the whole family go get involved.   


Ingredients 

  • 250g of stork/softened butter 
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 350g of plain flour  
  • 2 tb spoon cinnamon  
  • Orange & black frosting 
  • 250g of icing sugar 
  • Chocolate chips

Step 1 

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and stir together 250g of stork and 140g of caster sugar.  



Step 2


Mix in the egg and 2 table spoons of cinnamon and beat to combine the mixture. 

Step 3


Sift the 350g of the flour into the mixture and mix it all together - you may need to add more flour as you go depending how sticky your mixture is.  

Once the dough is all combined in a ball you can roll it out and start cutting out your shapes!


Then pop your biscuits in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they are cooked all the way through.  


Once they have cooled down it's on to the fun part of decorating your biscuits! Resist the temptation of decorating the biscuits as soon as they are out of the oven - the icing will be so much easier to spread!

I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!  

Love Rach x 
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Monday, 23 October 2017

Tips for City Girls


I can't quite believe that it's already been over 2 years ago that I started my first full time job in London.  God was I nervous. Although for me London has grown to become one of my favourite places - I LOVE IT. (Please excuse  my excitement). The atmosphere is quite simply amazing. However I am STILL struggling with the early mornings and I'm 100% guilty of pressing the snooze button one too many times.  I'm sure lots of you too have to be up early for work and struggle (I hope I'm not  the only one) so here are my top tips that I have learnt over the past couple years to save you rushing about frantically in the morning. 

First of all, dry shampoo is your new best friend.  Not just washing but also drying my hair can take up an awful lot of time in the mornings.  I like to wash my hair on a Sunday evening and leave it to dry naturally for the most part whilst watching television and then finish it off with the hairdryer to avoid it going frizzy.  Then as the week goes by I gradually add dry shampoo and put my hair into an up do as and when needed.  I have two favourite dry shampoos, Light Blonde by Batiste which is great for covering up unwanted roots and COLAB which is an 'invisible' formula which does the exact same as normal dry shampoo but it doesn't leave any horrible powdery residue behind in your hair.  

Whilst we are on the subject of hair I couldn't do this post without mentioning my beloved Wet Brush.  When I wake up in the morning in the mornings I have the most tangled and knotted hair you could imagine.  My Wet Brush glides through my hair so easily and gets out tangles that I would be trying to get out with a normal brush for hours.  

Very early mornings have unfortunately created very dark circles so you need to have a concealer that you can rely on.   At the moment one of my personal favourites (and everybody else's) is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. I just swipe it all under my eyes and blend it out with a fluffy brush or use fingers. It truly is a full coverage concealer and feels so smooth and silky on the skin. It's also very affordable as you get it for £4.99 in Boots or Superdrug and it's often included in some sort of promotional offer.  This is a good thing as you will be going through a lot of it - trust me. 

I have often been in the situation where I have opted staying in bed for an extra 15 minutes instead of putting on any makeup and having to apply it on the train - I'm that girl. Swirling my big fluffy brush around in my bronzer and blowing the excess off onto the mans shirt sitting next to me - whoops.  However if you plan things ahead you should have enough time to do your makeup  at home. Being organised is key. Pick out your clothes the night before so you can focus on the things that have to be done in the morning.  It's honestly saves you so much time not having to rush about and look for tights that don't have holes in or a blouse that isn't missing a button.  I must admit I am not always this organised but I find when I am my morning goes a lot more smoothly. 

Finally I think my most imprtant tip would be to make sure you get enough sleep.  It sounds so simple but I know for sure I get carried away scrolling through Twitter and then have the realisation that I need to be up in five hours.  I feel more fresh and ready for the day when I have had a good amount of zzz's. Put your phone down and get your beauty sleep.  

What helps you cope with early mornings? 

Rach x
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Appreciate your Mum on Mother's Day


As Mother's Day is approaching I have seen many blogs feature 'The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Guide'.  It goes without saying I love my Mum more than anything and would do anything to make her happy.  Although I sometimes think we lose sight in what Mother's Day is really about.  It's a day to show appreciation and how grateful you are to your Mum for all those tiny little things she does.   Not a day to see who can afford the most lavish gifts and post an insta appreciation photo from you bed whilst she is sitting downstairs.      


I am 100% not saying you shouldn't treat your Mumma but there are ways you can do this without feeling the need to splash your cash on spa days and afternoon tea at the Ritz.  I think some of the best gits are ones you have had to spend a lot of time, care and effort on. Make her a cuppa tea and breakfast in bed or do the housework and let her put feet up and watch corrie .  You could even invite some of your family round and cook the Sunday afternoon Roast so she can have the break she well and truly deserves.  There are so many different ways that you can show someone that you care about them. You could bake her cake or even throw your own cocktail night with your siblings and grandparents,  It will get everyone together, chatting and having fun.   Trust me, she will love all of these things just as much as any fancy present. 


There are lots of little prezzies that you get for your Mum too like flowers, chocs or a family photo in a frame but I think  the best gift you can give your Mum is your time and attention.  Time is so precious and we need to appreciate it whilst we have it.

Let me know in the comments below what your plans are for Mother's Day  - it's on the 26th March if you need to pop it in your diary!  
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Wet Brush


 


Set a side your tangle teezer and welcome your hair's new bestfriend.  For years I always used my trusty tangle teezer and always said that nothing else could tame my extremely knotty hair.  I take good care of my hair but nothing will ever stop the knots and tangles it ends up in after washing my hair.  For the last year I have been using the Wet Brush after seeing in mentioned on various beauty blogs and YouTube channels.  

After getting out the shower I am able to pull this brush through my hair without any discomfort.  It gets rid of the tangles and doesn't snag or pull on any of the knots.  It has made what was once was a chore a quick and easy task. It also works just as well on dry hair as it does on wet.  I now won't use any other brush on my hair, if I'm away from home and forget to pack this little gem I am so annoyed with myself. After using the Wet Brush every other brush feels as if it is causing damage to your hair.

I definitely think it's one of the most underrated beauty products! If you have similar problems to me with hair then I would pick one up! You can buy them on amazon or in boots for less than £10. 

Rach x 
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

New York, New York

 

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to tick visiting Big Apple off my bucket list.  Me, my Mum and Sister visited for 6 days at the beginning of March.  I have always wanted to go to New York , it's one of those cities that I have always been so fixated on visiting.  There's never enough time to it all (the City is so huge) but I think we managed to do a lot of the best touristy locations.  If you have more than a couple of days and you are visiting for the first time then I would 100% recommend buying the New York City Pass.  It costs £100 and you can buy it online before you go. It is valid for 9 days from the first day of use and includes tickets to the following attractions:

- Empire State Building Observatory
- American Museum of Natural History 
- Metropolitan Museum of Art 
- The option of: Guggenheim Meissen OR Top of the Rock admission 
- The option of: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise 
- The option of: 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 

The ticket will also allow you to visit the Empire State Building twice.  I would recommend going twice, it allows you to get two different views of the City which is a stunning.  

You also get a 15% off discount for Bloomingdales that you will be able to use on top of the sales.  A dream come true for shopaholics like me and my sister.  

 
Bloomingdales
 
Views from the Top of the Empire State Building 

 
Me, Hannah and Mum @ the top of the Rock with a view of the Empire State Building! 

 
The Statue of Liberty! 

The day we visited the Statue of Liberty was the coldest day by far with lows of -8. We was shivering like crazy on the boat over to Ellis Island but it was defo worth it to be so close to such an iconic landmark. You can book tickets to go inside the Crown but if you want to do that you need to book in advance. There's no booking on a whim that day as you need to get in there at least three months before.  

Another location that is a must see is Times Square.  If you love the hustle and bustle then you'll love it here. Expect to be shoved and pushed as it's just like visiting Leister Square but on a bigger scale.  Times Square is the theatre land of New York.  Being a lover of musicals for me seeing a Broadway show was one of the highlights.  We went to see Aladdin on our last night and it was phenomenal. I booked these tickets online before we went because I knew I wanted to see this particular show.  However if you find that you have a free evening where you aren't sure what to do, head towards the centre of the Square where you will find a ticket office which is selling discounted tickets for that evening.  You will be sure to find a good deal! Please don't ever buy tickets for the shows from people off the street - it's best to steer clear.  

 
 Aladdin on Broadway! 

One of my favourite days of the trip was the day we visited Central Park.  We managed to time it quite well (a happy accident) that the day we visited the Park it was the  nicest  day of our trip weather wise by far.  The park was so beautiful,  it was picture perfect.  Warning: as you approach and enter into the park there will be people on bikes trying to sell you their tours that cycle you around to various places inside the park.   They are ridiculously expensive and will expect to be tipped. You are better off grabbing a map of the park and renting a bike for a couple hours.  However we didn't do this, we stumbled across an ice skating rink and I was able to convince my sis to give it a go with me.  It was so much fun! 

 
Ice skating in Central Park 

The last thing we managed to squeeze in was the Sex and the City tour.  We are all huge fans and seeing all the different filming locations in the flesh such as Carrie Stoop and Magnolia Bakery was quite surreal. As a side note cupcakes there were delish. At the end of the tour you get to stop of for some drinks (Sex and the City style) - cosmos all round please! 

 
Drinking cocktails on the Sex and the City Tour 

 
More cosmos! 


 
Magnolia Bakery 

I already can't wait to go back and visit again but maybe in the summer next time as it would be a tad warmer! Let me know of your favourite places in NYC are to visit or where you want to travel to soon.  

Rach X 

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