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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

lots and lots and lots of zebras


Boots - Ebay
Necklace (years old!) - Accessorize

I've lived in London for 5 years and only just manged a successful trip to Spitalfields Market this month.  I say successful because I've been twice before...on a Saturday, the market is on on a Saturday! And when you live in West London, it's quite a trek!

It was also successful in that I bought something, not just one thing, two things..two dresses for £20, what a bargain! And this is the first. I was immediately drawn to the zebra print, and the pockets add a little something too.  However, slightly embarrassing moment (the dresses come in small and medium) so I asked the sales girl advice, and she openly (and pretty loudly) asked me my bra size, queue me whispering it!  Anyway, if you're wondering...this is a medium.  

So whilst editing these photos I realised just how vain I am, I had a lot less make up on than I usually wear (including a lack of my usual thick black eyeliner) and I actually didn't like any of them, which is why you're getting headless photos! 

Anyway, Christmas Party tomorrow and I'm still dress-less, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

all about the girl
xx

Monday, 26 November 2012

weekend wishlist #25

So after a mammoth weekend of eating, I am back! I say mammoth because apart from dinner last night (and breakfasts) I have eaten out of every meal this weekend, and I'm now feeling somewhat chunky.  In hindsight, I should have documented it all, but I'm still not quite used to being a blogger and these things slip my mind.

Anyway, this week's wishlist is here...I hope you like:


1. I've been eyeing this blouse up for a while, and at £20 I think I should just take the plunge! Perfect for work.
2. It's been such a long time since I bought going out shoes, I seem to rely on the same pairs that I know are comfy, but these bad boys caught my eye, they'd look great with skinnies and dresses.
3. So I bought the blue pair of these jeans on Saturday (wearing right now!) and have since decided that I need (yes, need) the black pair, the khaki pair and the coated red pair too...you can never have too many pairs of jeans, right?
4. I really hate the feel of velvet, it sends shivers right through me, but for a dress as pretty as this, I think I could put up with it! The beautiful deep red, with the velvet make it a perfect Christmas frock.  
5.  And finally, this little skirt I nearly purchased for my upcoming Christmas party, but then figured I'd have to find a top too, and bearing in mind it's this Thursday I don't have time for complications like that! 

So that's this week's wishlist, soon I can start compiling my Christmas wishlist..exciting times are ahead.

all about the girl
xx

P.S. I spent four hours in Westfield on Saturday looking for a Christmas party outfit, and found nothing! I've since ordered 4 dresses of ASOS, please keep your fingers crossed for me that one of them will be suitable - Thanks muchly. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

chocolate pye


So this is a totally different type of post for me but I thought it would make a nice change from seeing my ugly mug.  Last week I attending a dinner party (I'm posh like that!) and was asked to provide a dessert.  I love making desserts, I think of them as my secret weapon, they always look really impressive but are generally quite easy to make.

Anyway, I decided to make a Chocolate Pye, I'd been eyeing up the recipe from the Great British Book of Baking (this one) for a while and finally had an excuse to make it. I'm huge Great British Bake Off fan and really enjoy baking, but I find I often don't have the time...it literally takes me all day because I'm a bit slow, and I could do without more goodies in the flat, especially when I'm on my holiday diet!

This recipe was relatively simple, however I only had 4 hours to make, and you really need much more time than that, but with a bit of freezer time it seemed to come out ok.  It's quite lengthy, but don't let that put you off because it's well worth it.  Think chocolatey pastry, a delicious truffley moussey middle layer, and cream on the top...with the added appeal of a hint of rum! Get in ma belly.


Ingredients

For the Chocolate Pastry:
150g plain flour
75g cocoa powder
100g icing sugar
150g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
2 medium free-range egg yolks, plus 2 tablespoons ice-cold water

For the Filling:
300ml whipping cream, at room temperature
250g good quality dark chocolate
1 tablespoon dark rum

For the Topping:
125ml whipping cream, well chilled
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 tablespoon dark rum

1 x 22 to 23cm loose-based flan tin

Method
Make the pastry in a food processor (I don't have a food processor, so made do with my hands!):  put the flour, cocoa and icing sugar into the bowl and pulse several times to combine.  Add the cold butter to the bowl and run the machine just until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.  Add the egg yolks and water, then run the machine until the mixture comes together to make a heavy, slightly sticky dough.  Cut 2 large squares of clingfilm and set one of them on the work surface.  Scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto the middle of the square.  Cover with the second square of clingfilm and press the pastry down into a disc measuring about 17cm across.  Chill for 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough, still between the two squares of clingfilm, to a circle about 29cm across and about 1 cm thick.  Peel off the top square of clingfilm and slide your hand under the bottom square to support the dough.  Carefully flip the dough over so that it is draped over the flan tin.  Peel off the remaining square of clingfilm.  Lightly flour your fingers (or use a mixture of flour and cocoa) and press the dough on to the base and up the sides of the flan tin - the dough will be much thicker than the usual pastry case.  Run a rolling pin across the top of the tin to cut off the excess dough and neaten the rim.  Prick the dough well, then chill for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.  Line the chilled pastry case with a sheet of crumpled greaseproof paper, fill with baking beans and bake blind for 15 minutes.  Remove the paper and beans and bake the empty case for a further 8 - 10 minutes, until it feels crisp and firm.  Take care the very rich pastry doesn't scorch - unlike pastry made with white flour it is hard to tell when it is cooked, so keep an eye on it and don't let it become very dark.  Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

Make the filling once the pastry case is completely cold and the cream has come to room temperature.  Break the chocolate into even-sized pieces and put into a heatproof bowl.  Set over a pan of steaming water (not boiling), making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the surface of the water.  Leave to melt gently, stirring occasionally.  Remove the bowl from the pan and leave to cool to room temperature, stirring from time to time.

Pour the cream into another large bowl, add the rum and whip until very thick, but still floppy.  Gently fold the chocolate into the cream in 2 batches, to make a thick mousse like mixture.  Spoon the mixture into the pastry case and spread evenly, chill until firm (or cover and chill over night).

When ready to finish the pye, make the topping: whip the cream with the sugar and rum until firm and thick enough to hold its shape.  Spread the cream over the filling.  Serve immediately or chill for up to 6 hours.  Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving.

So, like I said...some of the bit that's say chill overnight/30 minutes, I sped up the process with some freezer action! I also topped with grated chocolate, which is not suggested in the recipe, but makes it look a little prettier.


I'd love to know what you think of baking posts? I really should have taken more pictures, but I sort of got too messy and busy and time constricted to keep taking photos, so this is all I had in the end!  

all about the girl
xx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

short shorts and a woolly hat



T-Shirt - Monki
Shorts - Warehouse
Boots - Ebay
Hat - H&M

This weekend me and the boy were supposed to be going to a gig, I say supposed to be because we met friends in the pub for a boozy lunch (an hour and a half away from the venue for the gig) and after a few drinks the prospect of a walk, train, tube then bus journey just really didn't appeal! 

Anyway, I had dressed for the gig, and then spent the whole day feeling really uncomfortable in what I was wearing, firstly because the shorts kept riding up to places they shouldn't ride up, and secondly because I was in a rather well-to-do pub in Surrey with people dressed a little more appropriately than me.

But, having gone to see Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds last week (they rocked!), I said to the boy afterwards 'next time we go to a gig, don't let me wear skinny jeans'...hence the shorts.  As for the t-shirt, well judging by these pictures I should have really ironed it before wearing, but let's talk about the boots.  Oh the boots.


I saw these over on Emma's blog and after oggling the £80 pair in Office for the past few months, I figured with such an 'on-trend' (yes, I went there) boot I would probably be better off with a cheapy Ebay version.  I'm glad I did too, I've had SO many compliments on them, and everyone has said they don't look cheap (they're plastic) and I actually think I like them better than the Office ones...winner winner chicken dinner!

So there I am in all my dressed down glory, although after taking these pictures I then decided to wear my converse instead of these boots so I was even more casual...!

all about the girl
xx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

weekend wishlist #24 - the party dress 2

If you're a twitter follower of mine, you may have noticed I'm still on the hunt for 'the' party dress.  My work Christmas party is on the 29th November (yes, November!!) which means I really need to get my finger out, I also want the dress to make do for another Christmas party I have, and Christmas Eve, so multi functional it needs to be!

So here I am again with my second 'party dress wishlist', you can find my first one here, and I'm hoping you lot can help me pick the perfect one!


1. I keep coming back to this Miss Selfridge playsuit, it's not as dressy as I'd like for a Christmas party, but there's something about the shape which looks like it'd be super flattering, and it's a lovely colour too, it might be one of those that needs to be tried on, to be ruled out!
2. Sugarhill Boutique's party dress isn't like their usual prints, florals and chiffons, and I wasn't keen on this dress at first look...but then I zoomed! I love the subtle multi-coloured metallics, and it's the type of dress I imagine I won't risk bumping into someone in the same one (they'll be girls in their hundreds at my work party!).
3. This Monsoon dress could be a winner, the lace actually hangs from the body (you can't really tell on this picture) and the simplicity means with a pair of killer heels it could work for all three occasions.  
4. This dress is a beautiful shape, and the lace print is quite unusual, and at £32 I could probably afford new accessories to go with it!
5. I LOVE this playsuit, I don't know if it's because it reminds me of snowflake or because it's just so damn pretty.  I know I just don't have the legs to pull it off though, so unfortunately this will definitely be remaining on my wishlist, and in my dreams.
6. And finally, the Warehouse bodycon, I'm yet to give the bodycon dress a go.  I think usually I'd feel quite self conscious in a bodycon dress, but because this one has such a bold print dress, (I think) it would detract from any lumps and bumps...and I could always not eat for a week beforehand.

So which is your favourite? I still don't think I've found 'the one' yet, so if you can think of anywhere to look that I might have missed then comment below, tweet me, email me...I NEED TO KNOW! 

all about the girl
xx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

my celebrity fashion - blogger of the week


So guess who is blogger of the week over on MyCelebrityFashion, yep, that's right, your truly! And if you'd like to read a delightful little interview avec moi then head over here...


You get to read allsorts of interesting facts like which fashion item I would ban, and who my favourite designer is..yes, it's all about me!

all about the girl
xx



Tuesday, 13 November 2012

remington keratin pro curl tongs

A couple of weeks ago, I found out I'd won Fleur's Giveaway to win some Remington Curling Tongs...I know, exciting right? Particularly for me as I'd been planning on buying some tongs for a while...I've been curling my hair with ghd's for the last 5(?) years, and wanted to have curlier, curls!

I received the Remington Keratin Pro Curl tongs a few weeks ago, and have only just had chance to use them because I've been so busy recently, anyway now that I have used them, I thought I'd do a little review for you guys :) I'm nice like that!

Like I said, I haven't used tongs for years so was a bit unsure what I was doing at first, but after my first curl I was going like a pro...easy peasy!

I sectioned my hair, and tonged about 1 inch chunks at a time, wrapping my hair round the tong and holding for about 10 seconds.  


It probably took me less than 20 minutes to do all my hair (but my hair is quite fine), then when finished I had a moment of panic when I felt like I looked either like a Jane Austen character or some crazy doll! 

Anyway, an upside down head shake, a blast of hairspray and my fingers ran through it all to tease out the curls and the look was finished! Oh, with the addition of a couple of kirby grips...

 I love the finished look, and I can't rave about these tongs enough.  They really are so easy to use, and quick too!  My last memory of curling tongs is having to hold them for a good minute to get any chance of a kink into my hair, and even then they'd drop almost immediately.

These tongs also have a temperature control setting, so if you have thick hair you can turn them up really hot, I think I had them on about 190, and like I said, they were super quick!

And the best news? Look at day two (picture below!).  I'm normally the kinda gal that washes her hair every day, but let's just say I was feeling a tad worse for wear on Sunday after a few too many glasses of wine, and I thought my hair was still looking pretty good!  In fact I almost think I like it a better on day two.


So what do you think? 

all about the girl
xx

P.S. Firstly, please excuse the dodgy lighting in all the pics, the lighting in my bedroom is REALLY bad, but the flash was a bit too bright so I was just trying to get something I could use.  

Secondly, check out the boy peeking out in the top two photos...HIYA!


Sunday, 11 November 2012

weekend wishlist #23


This week's wishlist is a little bit of Winter, a little bit of party season and a little bit...random!

1. I don't know why I like this jacket so much, I can't imagine I'd ever actually wear it but there's something about it that I love, it just looks so cosy!!

2. Sequins! Perfect for this time of year, but this could be dressed down (slightly!) with skinny jeans. Love.

3. I want this skirt so bad, at £40 I think it's a bit pricey for such a tiny amount of material but it'd look so lovely with a pair of boots and a big fluffy jumper!

4.  This dress would look HORRENDOUS on me, but I like it, and I imagine the right person could look amazing in it! It's on my 'I'd wear if I was bit less lumpy bumpy' wishlist!

Also, my Christmas Party dress hunt is full steam ahead now so please send links if you've seen any lovely ones! My work party is on 29th November (I know!) so I really need to get going with the outfit.

all about the girl
xx

Saturday, 10 November 2012

maybelline superstay 10hr tint gloss - endless ruby

I'd like to introduce you to my new favourite lip product - Maybelline's Superstay 10hr Tint Gloss

Now if you've been reading this little ol' blog for a while you will probably know that I have issues with my lips, they are the bane of my life (they're not, that's a total exaggeration!) but they do annoy me.  I long to wear bold lipsticks and sport a different colour every day of the week, but me and lipsticks do not get along.   The outer edge/rim (?) of my lips is really dry, but the rest of my lips (the middle?) remain quite...I don't want to use the 'm' word but you know where I'm heading.  So whenever I wear lipstick I end up with a very attractive lip liner type look, and no colour in the middle, not good, especially when you're sporting shocking pink.

Luckily for me, lip stains seem to be appearing on the market in their hoards, and these seem to suit me much better.  And I've just discovered my new go-to product.

I picked up the Maybelline Tint Gloss a few weeks ago in Endless Ruby and think I should probably invest in some other colours as I haven't been seen without this for the last two weeks.  I can finally rock the red lips I've always longed for...

First things first, I don't like the applicator of this product, but I don't hate it, so I can put up with it.  It doesn't make it that easy to apply the gloss, but like I said..it will do.  


Secondly, I'm not convinced this would last 10 hours like it claims to, it's definitely long lasting, and admittedly I haven't attempted to go 10 hours.  But realistically, how many people go for 10 hours without reapplying at least once?  But, I did wear it on a night out and found that it lasted while I ate a meal, and throughout the evening while drinking.  Yes, I reapplied but it didn't come off every time liquid touched my lips...winner in my books. 

And finally, it smells awesome, as well as having a strong, bold colour which doesn't fade over time!

Now if you excuse me, I'm off to Boots to go and buy it in all the other colours.

all about the girl
xx

P.S. I think I've tried just about everything, but if any of you have any good tips to help with my lip issues, please let me know!!!!!!


Friday, 9 November 2012

thailand travels and help needed!


If you follow me on Twitter (I’d like to say follow me, but I’m actually quite a boring tweeter) you may have noticed my rather excited exclamations recently about my impending trip to Thailand, yes I’m going to Thailand!!

I’ve wanted to go to Thailand since watching The Beach…scarily over 12 years ago! So me and the boy are finally doing it and jetting off in January.

So I thought if I posted about it (we’ve planned half our trip) some of you lot might be able to help with suggestions, and must see places and things to do! We’re totally clueless, and because we’re leaving it a tad last minute we’re trying to book as much as possible in advance…so like I said, I need help.

Our route (we think) is going to be something like this: 

Bangkok (for NYE, OH EM GEE)
Chiang Mai
Phuket
Phi Phi
TBD – poss Krabi
Ko Phangan
Ko Tao
And back to Bangkok


One place I’d really like to see is the Khao Sok National Park but I can’t work out if we can get there or should I say how we get there, especially as we might only be able to have one night there, but look HOW amazing this accommodation looks:


We’re hoping to do an elephant trek, a thai cooking course and OF COURSE get a thai massage.  We’ve also cheekily booked ourselves into 5 star accommodation for 5 nights in Phi Phi, I’m expecting paradise and 5 days of sheer luxury, chilling out on the beach and of course working on my tan.

OPERATION LOSE 5LBS
BUT, this isn’t all I need your help with…I’m now on holiday diet alert (although I’ve just found out I’m being taken out for lunch today, goddamit), the run up to Christmas isn’t exactly the easiest time to diet, comfort dinners of sausage mash and Sunday afternoons spent watching films and eating chocolate is all too easy!  So, I need healthy meals suggestions…preferably lunch as I’m most rubbish at that, and lots and lots of encouragement! If you see me on Twitter moaning that I can’t be bothered to go swimming (I don’t do gyms) then please SHOUT AT ME!

The countdown is on...7 weeks to go!

all about the girl
xx

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

studs, studs, studs outfit post

So I admit I've been a rubbish blogger of late, a crazy two weeks at work, followed by five days back up North has meant that blogging has been put on the back burner, but I'm back with a bang! (Not actually a bang, but it was Bonfire Night on Monday and that seemed like a good reference.)

As way of an apology I'm bringing you an outfit post...not really sure how that classifies as an apology, I just hope you like it!
Dress - Nelly
Leggings - American Apparel
Boots - Zara

Of course I'm wearing my studded boots that haven't been off my feet since I got them, teamed with my new Nelly dress which is probably a bit on the big side but I really couldn't be bothered with the hassle of sending it back...!


Anyway, normal blogging service should resume as of now....so you can look forward to my ugly mug popping up on your page a bit more frequently!!

all about the girl
xx

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