Tuesday, 4 August 2015

This Month I...

See, I am sticking to this monthly review schedule! Albeit it is a few days late, but you can't have everything. July was officially my birthday month and was so jammed packed with seeing friends and exploring new places, that I still have a massive to-do list to tick off in August! See what I got up to in June here.

This Month I... was treated to an extra special birthday cake! I've shared a few of my big sister's amazing cake creations before, but this one is definitely one of my favourites. Deliciously sweet butter icing on the outside and a yummy raspberry Victoria Sandwich in the middle, with light and fluffy meringues on top. Of course I had to share it with my family, otherwise that would've been a little mean to keep it all for myself...

This Month I... bought and caved in to the Z for Accessorize Collection! All the pieces are made from semi-precious stones and are so beautifully delicate, with the majority of the range gold plated featuring turquoise blues and baby pinks. Usually gold plated isn't my style but recently they've introduced a small line of silver jewellery which is right up my street. The stone is Aqua Chalcedony and is silver plated, so make sure you keep an eye out for it!

The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul By Deborah Rodriguez

Another Way To Fall By Amanda Brooke

This Month I... read a few new books! I got through so many good reads this month and finished three books, where as usually it would take me a month to finish one. Ones I'd definitely recommend are The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul By Deborah Rodriguez (review here) and Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke (review here) - they're both different to usual chic lit or anything else I've read actually. 

Citadel Festival 2015 London

This Month I... watched Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard at Citadel 2015 Festival, possibly my highlight of the month. I loved this festival so much, there was tons to do from arts and crafts tents, sport day activities and exercise masterclasses to comedy tents, key journalist speakers and of course, awesome music. I spent the day with one of my best friends, which makes it so much more fun! Definitely one to bookmark next year and it's in central London too!

What's been your July highlight? Have you got any favourite moments?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x

Sunday, 2 August 2015

How To Not Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes

Yes you've read the title right. How To NOT Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes! I was sceptical of writing this blog post, mainly because the cakes didn't quite come out how I wanted them to, but it might be useful to know what not to do next time.I was inspired by another Cox Cookies & Cakes recipe, but used my own cupcake recipe and then followed the compote instructions.

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

For the basic cupcake recipe you will need:

- 3 eggs
- 125g of margarine
- 125g of caster sugar
- 125g of self-raising flour
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract

For the vanilla buttercream recipe you will need:

- 250g of unsalted butter
- 600g of icing sugar
- 2 tbsp of milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract

For the blueberry compote recipe you will need:

- 150g of blueberries
- 50 of caster sugar

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

Start off with the basic cupcake recipe and cream the margarine and sugar together.  Also remember to preheat the over to 200 C/ fan 180 C/gas mark 6

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

Then add in the flour, eggs and vanilla essence, until it looks like this!

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

Next up, place the blueberries and caster sugar for the compote in a small saucepan over a low heat and cook gently until the fruit starts to pop. Remember to keep stirring to stop the sugar from catching.

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

Soften until it looks something like this! Then take off the heat and leave to cool.

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

SUPER IMPORTANT: Set out twelve cupcake cases (this recipe will more than likely make more!) and only fill the cases to just under half.

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

Make a little well in each and fill with the blueberry compote, then cover over with more cupcake mixture. Make sure it's totally covered otherwise the compote will spill out! An example on the right...

This was the mistake I made and why I was slightly apprehensive of posting this recipe, so make sure you get this step correct.

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, checking at various intervals until golden brown (and smelling delicious.)

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

To make the vanilla icing, simply add all the products together in a bowl, then whisk until light and fluffy. Use a palette knife to put the mixture on the cake and voila!

How To Make Blueberry Compote Cupcakes Recipe

And finally eat your cakes. The sweetness from the blueberries complement the vanilla from the buttercream very well, that you just can't resist eating one or two!

Have you tried this recipe? What's your favourite cupcake?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

OOTD: A Very Creased Coral Top and Navy Trouser Combo

OOTD Coral Top Navy Trousers Primark Fashion Bloggers Blog

 Cardigan, Top and Trousers: Primark
Shoes: new Look
Bag: Miss Selfridge
Necklace: Accessorize

I can guarantee you that since washing this top and putting it back in my wardrobe, it's already been creased to no end! It's one of those linen fabrics that always creases no matter what you do, but I have discovered the art of using my hair straighteners to iron out creases on my clothes as a quick fix - although this was after a few near missed burns!

There's something about incoporating something that is coral coloured into your outfit that just brightens your mood. I love wearing navy with coral and red shades, the two complement each other perfectly and the outfit carries itself without me having to do much (except iron it of course...) The weather has been so up and down recently that a pair of cropped trousers, boxy top and light jacket/ cardigan has been my go-to style for the office. Just throw on some gold accessories and you're good to go, just don't forget the sunglasses!

What colour always brightens your mood? Have you got a summer staple?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Book Review: Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke

Book Review: Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke

You know those books that you bought years ago, intending to read straight away but never do? This is definitely one of mine. Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke got left on my bookshelf for a good year or two, before I picked it up recently and was intrigued by the blurb.

"This is the story of Emma's life. For three long years, she has battled with bravery and always hope. The one day Emma is told that they've reached the end of the road... So Emma begins to write the story of the life she has always wanted to live and something miraculous starts to happen."

The main character is Emma, a 29 year old with so much life and dreams ahead of her, as well as a battle with a brain tumour that is never going away. Realising she has little time left, she writes about the story of her life, not the one with the tumour but the one without. It starts with her getting the all clear and starting her life the way it should be.

It's incredibly heartbreaking. There's no way around it really, so if you're looking for a lighthearted book, then you may want to try somewhere else. Not to say it's all doom and gloom, it's actually quite a funny and smile-to-yourself style of book. Amanda Brooke flits effortlessly between Emma's present condition and her future life story with such well thought out characters that you're drawn into Emma's world, willing her to go on and fight her tumour.

Although I find some books which feature cancer can sometimes glorify it, this one keeps to the reality of the disease, which makes it a 'can't put down book'! Amanda shows how Emma's friends and family are just as affected by her brain tumour as she is, and is a totally relatable story. I think this is mainly down to Amanda's own son fighting, and sadly passing away from cancer when he was just three.

It's moving, heartbreaking and emotional, but Another Way To Fall is a gripping and must-read book in my opinion. It's almost like taking a peek into another world and getting lost within the words. A total must-read for me!

Have you read this book before? What's your recent must-read?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Instagram: Birthday Celebrations, OOTD's and Cake

As of Tuesday 21st July, I left my teenage years and turned 20! Being the youngest out of my friend group, this was a long awaited birthday (seriously, you have to feel a little sorry for the summer birthdays!) 

My big sister baked this amazing and delicious cake, which we shared with my family last weekend. Her endless cake designs and talents are something that always makes me feel so proud, so if anyone needs a birthday or celebration cake, you know where to come ;) Check out my 20 Things About Turning 20 post.

Last Sunday I headed back up to London to the Citadel Festival at Victoria Park. It's definitely one of my favourite day festivals I've ever been to, with such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The main music acts were Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard in the evening, but during the day there was so much to do and explore. Look out for a post on this very soon!

I found a Sass & Belle in Covent Garden! The next closest store would've been in Brighton, so I'm very happy that I have a shop nearby me. They do fab little gifts at reasonable prices, so I'd totally recommend checking them out. Although it is almost too close for me on my lunch breaks...

I've gone a little Pinterest crazy recently and have been filling up my Fashion & Beauty board with tonnes of pictures, mostly of Kendall Jenner. Her fashion and style is always on point, obviously she probably receives help from stylists and gifts from designers, but still. 

I'd never say my wardrobe is very courageous and is pretty much find something that isn't creased/stained/that-I've-worn-in-the-past-week, otherwise people will wonder if I have any other clothes. Once I stick with something, it's pretty hard to breakout of a routine. This was my casual drinks outfit from last night, with a purple/pink smokey eye and straight hair (well, as much as my wavy hair would let me!) 

What's been your highlight this week? Let me know!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Review: Korres Lip Butters and CC Cream



Last week I reviewed the new Korres Water Lilly bodycare collection, and this week it's the turn of their amazing Lip Butters and new CC Cream! The lovely guys at Korres PR asked if I'd like to try out a few of their latest makeup additions, and of course it would've been rude not to.


First up is the new Wild Rose Colour Correcting Cream, a gorgeous CC cream with added SPF30. Almost all my foundations have a SPF as my skin is super pale and sensitive that even the British 'summer' can cause sunburn and irritation. So an added SPF in my foundation is a perfect addition! The small size also means it's great for taking on holiday too.

The colour itself is a great match, like I said I'm fairly pale and the light shade suited my complexion perfectly. It almost moulded itself to my skin tone, as I blended it in with my favourite Real Techniques Buffing Brush. It's also fairly glowy and moisturising because of the rose properties. Because of the added SPF, I find the consistency quite thick which doesn't bother me too much, you just need to spend an extra few seconds blending!

As it's from the Wild Rose collection, it has a light floral scent which I think is just lovely. So refreshing in the morning! The only problem I had with this is that I suffered from a few breakouts after using this. Obviously it could've been multiple things that set my spots off, so who knows. 




On to my favourite products! I much prefer a tinted lip butter for during the day, rather than a full on lipstick as it's hassle free and easy to apply. The above picture shows, from lightest to darkest, Jasmine, Pomegranate, Quince and Wild Rose Lip Butters.

These mini lip butters are perfect for throwing in your bag and touching up on the go, I usually end up with all of them in my bag as I just can't decide! My current favourites are Pomegranate and Quince, besides the delicious scents, they both have a beautiful colour pay off and really moisturise my lips without clinging to dry patches.

The added Shea Butter helps smooths and nourish my lips and with just a small amount, I had glossy and tinted lips. I've got my eye on the Mango and Guava lip butters - I bet they smell just as good.

Have you tried any Korres products? What do you think of their Lip Butters and CC Cream?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannnon x

*Of course with any product review, whether gifted or bought with my own money, I'll always share 100% my own opinion and be totally honest with you guys. Because honest is the best policy. For more information, please view my PR page.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

20 Things About Turning 20

So today is officially my 20th birthday! I'm finally out of my teen years and starting to feel more like an 'adult' lets hope anyway! Even though I was at work, everyone made such an effort to make it a fab day, especially as I had my interview for the job on my birthday last year.

I was thinking of a blog post that wasn't just showing what I got for my birthday, but something that could reflect back on my good old 20 years. And here's a few embarrassing, funny, cringey and awesome things I've learnt in my 20 years...

  1. Crimping your hair is never a good look. I spent a good few of my teenage years with crimped hair, it was all the range.
  2. Being nice gets your far. It's a good lesson to learn and understand that it's nice to be nice!
  3. Pretending like you're part of S Club 7 worked in the 2000's but not now... Now it's One Direction all over.
  4. Your friends are important. Even though I've never had a massive friend group, the close girlfriends I have are the best!
  5. WKD and Smirnoff Ice are not soft drinks! Remember those days?!
  6. Put your mind to it and you can conquer your fears. I used to hate flying, but I flew to Japan this year so anything is possible!
  7. Space Hopper + Trampoline = Disaster. Fractured both my wrists at the same time, funnily enough I haven't tried that again...
  8. Keep your family close. Because you never know when you will need them the most.
  9. Bell bottomed trousers were cool before...But they really don't suit you now...
  10. Do those scary things out of your comfort zone. You learn and grow as a person and doing things out of your comfort zone helps that.
  11. Be warned of the Heelys. They were cool one day, but you really can't walk in them!
  12. Some things work out for the best. If you just let go, then everything falls into place for the right reason. Just trust it.
  13. No matter what, you'll never be able to rescue Princess Peach. Even at 20 years old it still baffles me how she manages to get captured.
  14. Hard work pays off. Stick to your guns, get your head down and watch it all pay off. 
  15. Bowl haircuts never looked good, Mum. Every year during primary school I had a Lego head haircut!
  16. You're a lot stronger than you think. You'll be tested and tried, but you'll come out a better and stronger person. 
  17. Even though you tried, you'll never be able to ride a cow. Don't ask, but I had this idea in my head when I was younger that I could ride a cow in a field near my grandparents house.
  18. You've achieved a lot. Like most Brits, I don't take compliments well, but looking back on 20 years and I've not done half bad.
  19. Karaoke is one of the best inventions. And I have the homemade videos to prove it...
  20. If the past 20 years are anything to go by, the next 20 will be just as amazing. 

What's been your favourite memory from your teenage years? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,
Rhiannon x

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