Sunday, 21 August 2011


Hello everyone :) Happy Sunday, I do love Sundays, its the one day of the week when I get a little time to just chill and catch up! I have this week been baking for my friends wedding, her colours are white and purple so I suggested we make Lavender Cupcakes. If you haven't yet tried these beauty's then I recommend you do, they are now my favourites!

Jess's Lavender Cupcakes

120g self raising flour
140g caster sugar
40g unsalted butter
1 egg
120ml full fat milk
1/4 tsp vanilla essence

Blend flour , sugar, and butter in a mixer until it resembles fine, powdery breadcrumbs. Gradually add half the milk until just combined. Whisk the egg into the remaining milk and add the vanilla essence. Add milk and egg mix to batter and blend until just combined. Pour into cupcake cases until 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes at 160°C. Oven temperatures based on electric fan oven

Lavender Frosting:

25ml whole milk
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
250 g icing sugar, sifted
80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
a couple of drops of purple food colouring (optional)

The night before making the cupcakes, put the milk and lavender flowers in a egg cup, cover and put in the fridge. You can do this for a few hours, but overnight will give you the full flavour :)
Beat together the icing sugar, butter and food colouring. Strain the lavender infused milk and slowly pour into the butter mixture, the turn electric whisk, or mixer up to high speed. The more you beat the mixture the lighter and fluffier it will be.
When Cupcakes are cool spoon frosting on top, add decoration if wanted, then try not to faint in amazement at the delight about to be encountered when you scoff the lot!

Honestly whoever trys these please let me know what you think! Hope you all having a awesome Sunday :)

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Black apple

I just cannot believe the weather today, my days!!! So much for summer! And yes before you ask, it is true that English people speak about the weather more than a human should!! 
It has made me want to stay in bed all day today and indulge in a bit of window shopping! The Black Apple is one of my favourite Etsy shops. There is something quite magical about her prints, and they make me think of autumn, which is my favourite season:) I already own a Delia and her dancing bears print and am searching for the next to add to my collection! Which is your favourite? 

Thursday, 11 August 2011

I feel it in my bones. . . .

You know the song you just cant get out of your head, and you sing it over and over in your head until it almost becomes part of you . . . . . .
Hope you are all having a good week, not long until the weekend :)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Hello loves, I was by the seaside this weekend for my uncles wedding, it was beautiful as all weddings tend to be. Made me crave to live by the sea also. 
But possibly the coolest thing was my uncle. . . he was dressed as a teddy boy!! With a pin stripe drape jacket and chunky shoes:) So that led me to do a little research, especially on Teddy girls, or Judies as they were known. 

'The teddy girls left school at 14 or 15, worked in factories or offices, and spent their free time buying or making their trademark clothes – pencil skirts, rolled-up jeans, flat shoes, tailored jackets with velvet collars, coolie hats and long, elegant clutch bags. It was head-turning, fastidious dressing, taken from the fashion houses of the time, which had launched haute-couture clothing lines recalling the Edwardian era. Soon the fashion had leapt across the class barrier, and young working-class men and women in London picked up the trend. . . .The teddy girls didn’t care that their outfits shocked their families, as long as they were noticed among their peers. “We got dressed up because it was always the teddy boys who got the look-in. We weren’t being noticed by them,” says Rose Shine. She is now a 66-year-old grandmother and proud to have been one of the first teddy girls. “It was our fashion that we made up.They were pretty feisty, independent women at 16, and now they’re nearly 70 they are still very strong and very sure of their own identity. It’s easy for us now to choose different styles of dress and mix and match our clothes – but at that time, 50 years ago, you were really seen as a complete outsider - Article

Ken Russell Took a series of photos of the girls in east London in 1955, how great do they look?! 
And in the A/W 11 trends you can see the Teddy Boy influence, even now 50 years on :

So I think I will be digging out my Pencil skirt and brogues this week!

PS. On a solemner note, keep safe all you fellow Londoners. X 

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Its been a crazy week. . . . . . .

(Yum Chaa in Camden - Please go if you haven't yet, most amazing tea and brownies:)

As I am playing tour guide its a great opportunity to pretend to be a tourist and get excited about seeing london , its amazing when you live somewhere how you forget all the awesome things you can do. Also road trips. .. . had forgotten how much fun they are!! Plus thank goodness our summer has arrived at last :)