Monday, 18 November 2013

November Haul

Heyyyy Everyone!

My Quote for the week is;

As I mentioned on last weeks Blog I have recently been watching and reading a lot of hauls and monthly favourites. I have tried my hardest to be a good girl and save my pennies for christmas shopping but being a girl who loves shopping as much as I do it has been hard to hold back. So I thought I would do a quick haul on things I have caved into buying this month. 

I have to say a massive 'SORRY!' because I was going to take some nice photos of me in my garden modelling my purchases, but due to a heavily family filled weekend I ran out of time. *family always comes first* I promise whenever I do a haul again I will be sure to take photos of me wearing the products! Do not mistake this photo for an outfit, don't get me wrong I would pair some of it up but not all together but not all of it, it just happens to look like I brought an outfit!  

Jumper Gap Trousers French ConnectionVest Top Next,
Shoes Kurt GeigerNecklace Accessorize  

So what do you think to my purchases? Tempted to go out and buy any yourself? Have you been shopping recently? Comment and tell me all about it. 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Christmas Wish List

Heyyyy Everyone!

My Quote for the week is;

I have spent a lot of time watching and reading other bloggers blogs and videos about their autumn essentials, look books and general monthly favourites. Obviously during this my desire to go out and shop till I drop is increasing a ridiculous amount! As I am a student and with Christmas coming up (saving money for other peoples gifts) I have have to refrain from spending all my pennies and have instead decided to start my Christmas list early! There's 5 things that have immediately gone straight to the top of my list so I'm going to share them with you now; 

1. Inspired by Niomi Smart's Blog - I LOVED the Kurt Geiger Boots (here) she has and I just have to have them! Being a student though I should not be popping down the shops to throw £150 at a pair of boots so I have requested them for christmas (I'm 99% sure my mum has ordered them YAY)

2. Levi's - my new discovery of amazing jeans. I've some of the light denim Levi's and they are the most comfortable jeans I own. I wear them almost everyday so I think it's about time I get another pair to alternate between. 

3. Soap & Glory- My ultimate favourite products but slightly out of my day-to-day beauty price range, so I always ask for a stock up at christmas to get me through the year! 

4. A New Bag - I would really like a new classic black bag that I can use during the day and in the evening, so a small size with a long strap. I cannot find one that I LOVE yet. I've had a look at Michael Kors and the usual high street shops but still no luck. Comment below if you know of any ideas for me :)

5.  Again on Niomi Smart's blog I have recently seen a Kurt Geiger Necklace she wears a lot. It is a classic piece that goes with everything! It is unfortunately not on the Kurt Geiger website at the moment, it is very similar to the one here except silver, I do like this one, but I think I will keep my eye out for a classic just like hers. 

Comment below with your christmas lists (if your as crazy as me and have already written them) 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Carrot Cake

Heyyyy Everyone!

This weekend I have taken to the kitchen! I love baking so much, always have since I was younger, but I don't do enough of it. So when my mum suggested dusting off our aprons and baking a cake I jumped at the chance. Carrot cake is one of my favourites so I searched the net for some recipes and liked the look of Nigella Lawsons which had a twist to the usual recipe by adding walnuts (If you don't like nuts, don't worry, you can always try putting raisons in or keep it simple with just carrot). So follow my step-by-step instructions of her recipe and bake with me :)

For the Cake
300 grams self-raising flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
pinch of salt
335 ml sunflower oil
450 grams sugar
125 grams carrots (grated)
140 grams walnuts (chopped)
tablespoons boiling water
For the Icing
    175 grams unsalted butter
    200 Grams cream cheese (full fat, softened)
    215 grams icing sugar (sifted)

    1. Okay, First things first, WASH YOUR HANDS, very important when doing any kind of cooking/baking! Hygiene comes first! 

      2. I used two tins that I butter bottom and sides. Cover the buttered bottoms of the tins with a circular piece of baking paper, butter the paper then cover it as well as the sides with flour. It sounds ridiculous preparing the tins so much but trust me it makes it a lot easier to get the cakes out at the end so its worth it! (I used two tins because I wanted to make one cake to leave at home for my family and one cake to take back to university to share with my friends. You can use the two tins to make a layered cake which will be explained later.)

        3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt.
          4. Separate 2 of the 4 eggs.
            5. In a large bowl beat together both the oil and the sugar. Add the whole eggs one at a time, beat the mixture well before adding the two egg yolks. Stir in both the grated carrots and the chopped walnuts. Fold in the flour then add the boiling water.

              6. In another bowl, whisk the 2 egg whites to soft peak stage. Fold it into the batter.

                7. Divide the cake between the two tins. 

                8. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean. 45 minutes is a long time, so busy yourself whilst your waiting. I decided to have a cheeky Gin & Tonic, relax with some candles and do my nails! 

                  9. The icing consists of mixing all the ingredients together. Keep the icing in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

                    10. At this stage you can sandwich some icing between the two tiers of cake and then cover the rest with what remains. Or, just cover both cakes if you have decided to make two cakes like me.

                    Decorate however you like, I have just gone for a simple sprinkle of cinnamon and some of my left over walnuts. Put the whole cake in the fridge for 2 hours before serving. The icing fares better if this cake remains in the fridge.

                    11. THE BEST PART.... Boil the kettle and enjoy your cake with a cuppa.. Yummy 

                    Let me know in the comments if you bake this cake yourself and how it went, and even tweet me your pictures to @EmmaJessica27

                    Ciao EmmaJessica <3