Monday, 29 April 2013

April clothing & accessories haul

Hello! Despite the fact that I've supposed to have been on a mini spending ban this month as I've got to save up for a university halls deposit by June, I've actually managed to buy quite a lot of clothes and accessories! So here are my sneaky purchases from April...


Still can't believe this was only £12! I'm looking forward to wearing this in the summer with my oversized daisy earrings, a brown belt and wedges.
Linea fitted dress - £18 from a secondhand shop
Exact match here on eBay

I fell in love with this beautiful dress when I saw it in a secondhand shop. I bought it to go on my mannequin but sadly it was too small and wouldn't do up properly at the back so I've pinned the sides back and have got it hanging up in my room now instead.
Primark navy skater dress - £5 from a secondhand shop

I actually bought this dress in a different size a couple of years ago when Primark had it in their shops but had long thrown it out after it didn't fit me anymore. However I came across this one in a secondhand shop which was my current size for only £5 and I knew I would regret not buying it. The material is actually really lightweight and breezy so I think this will be another great summer item.

Felt Hat - £10.99 from a vintage shop
H&M Bowler Hat - £7.99

Sorry neither of these photos are very great but it's actually a lot harder than I thought it would be to take photos of hats! My Mum bought me the vintage felt hat as an Easter present when we went visited my Aunt's house over the holidays and I love it. It reminds me a lot of the hat Taylor Swift wears in her '22' video which shamelessly makes me like it even more.

I've also wanted a bowler hat literally for years but all the ones I'd spotted in vintage shops had always been upwards of £30 which is a bit out of my part-time shop assistant/student budget. So when I spotted Gemma from What's In Her Wardrobe wearing this £7.99 H&M one, I ordered it straight away. I must warn you though that H&M's delivery times are generally awful. This hat took over 3 weeks to arrive. I might actually do a full review of their delivery service because this is not the first time this has happened to me. Otherwise it is really lovely and I'm so happy that I finally own a bowler hat!
Dorothy Perkins Fan Clutch Bag - £5.00

I got this one in Dorothy Perkins's sale for only £5 which I think is an absolute steal! I really love this bag. I haven't had chance to use it yet though as I want to save it to wear on a special occasion.
Flats from Primark - £4 to £6

Have you been buying much this month?

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Eggless Chocolate Malteser Cupcakes Recipe

Hello! A bit of a different post from me today. I decided to do a bit of baking after being constantly inspired by Becky at milk bubble tea's beautiful creations. I adapted this really simple recipe from my Mum's popular eggless Victoria Sponge cake which I thought would be a good one to share as I know from trying to find things for my Mum how hard it can be to find desserts without eggs in.

Cupcake mix:
225g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder (I used Cadbury's drinking hot chocolate)
150g castor sugar
1 large tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
100ml vegetable oil
200ml cold water
A cinema-style bag of Maltesers

For decoration:
A tub of Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing
A normal-sized packet of Maltesers

Makes approximately 20 - 25 cupcakes.

To make the cupcakes:
1. Crush up the Maltesers and freeze overnight beforehand to prevent the chocolate from melting while cooking. To break them up, I just put the Maltesers in a freezer bag and crushed them with a rolling pin. Make sure you don't break them up too finely - you want large chunks rather than a powder!
2. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together in a mixing bowl.
3. Place in all the other cupcake ingredients apart from the Maltesers and mix in well until smooth.
4. Beat the contents together for approximately 2 minutes to remove any remaining lumps.
5. Add in the crushed Maltesers and lightly mix in so they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
6. Divide the mixture into cupcake cases.
7. Cook in preheated oven at 175 degress (fan) for approximately 15 minutes.

To decorate:
1. When the cupcakes are completely cold, spread the Betty Crocker icing generously over each cupcake.
2. To finish, add a Malteser ontop of each cake.

And voila! The finished product!

I hope you guys enjoyed this kind of post. Let me know if you'd like to see more like this in the future!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Friday Wishlist: Pay Day Wants

Okay, so this may be a day early but as pay day is coming up tomorrow I thought I'd share with you some of the things I'm considering buying tomorrow.

I still can't get over the fact that #4 and #6 are only £20 each! I originally found out about La Moda from Megan at Student-stylexo (who you should definitely follow as she finds the most amazing bargains) when she did a blog post on them. My go-to River Island handbag and my trusty Primark bucket bag are coming to the end of their days so I was really excited when I came across Megan's post. They also have some lovely satchels and fringe bags for the summer so they are definitely worth taking a look.

Although I might not get around to buying them this month as I have a £250 deposit looming for June (!!), Leona Lewis's new collection for The Body Shop is also on my wishlist. The product packaging is so pretty and I love some of the names e.g. Oh Deer! Blush. How cute?! I've not used a blusher or bronzer before so I think I'll have to try one of them out along with the eau de parfum when my current perfume runs out.

What are you lusting after this week?

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