A Promise to myself

Next year I'm the big 3.0! EEEEKKK! I was thinking about planning my party, (a band and cocktails are in the mix) what presents I'd like and all the other distancing but nice things that goes along with surviving another year on this little green planet.

As its my 30th I thought I might get myself something special,  maybe something I've denied myself for years. A classic perfume perhaps? A pair of expensive shoes or a stunning piece of jewellery? Well not quite, I've decided that rather than buying myself a gift I'll make myself a promise. A promise to be kinder to myself! That might sound strange but I've decided to be nicer, less judging and more patient with myself, Happy Birthday me!

In my early 20's I was pretty happy with myself, I was super confident, excited and practically giddy about the fact that I was finally doing what I wanted to do, study film directing at a world renowned film school. When I left university my confidence started leaving me as my well planned out future turned out not to be the one I wanted. I started my jewellery business, I Love Crafty which was one of the best decision of my life but for most of the beginning I was pretty terrified as I was basically starting again from scratch.

As my business has grown and I worked bloodly hard to get it to where it is today my confidence and self-esteem started coming back but what I didn't realise was that it became connected to my business. If I had a bad sales day I would feel crap, my emotions became way too attached to the small picture. Not the key to happiness for sure and when I became a mother in 2013 everything changed again. I didn't really pay much attention to myself, all that mattered was Lux coming home (you can catch up on her birth story here) even though I'd been through a massive, life saving operation I had no time to stop and think.

So I figure 30 is a good time to start being kind to myself and treat myself like a friend. I've started the Radical Self Love E-course which is just amazing and has some really good tips and advice on self confidence. I'm also gong to rethink the way I see exercise. I usually see it as a form of punishment, you can blame my uncaring PE teachers for that! I've started running in the mornings and am planning on running a 5K in October, which as a complete starter I don't think is too bad! I'm seeing it as personal challenge and time for myself. I also plan to have a "me date" once a week, which is basically a long bath with a glass of wine, its the little things! To help remind meow my birthday promise I've created a "I love me" board on pinterest full of wise words and motivational tips on how to help feel better about yourself.

What do you think? Do you think being kinder to myself is a good present or shall I take another look at those expensive shoes? Ha!

Barbie comes to life! New Moschino Collection Review.

The latest Moschino collection has my inner child jumping on the sofa in glee as well as having a tantrum on the floor as I want everything! I've seen these pictures doing the rounds all over social media and I just love them! Its such a fun looking collection and inspires me so much. I love a bit of playful nostalgia!

This dress is amazing! I just adore the oversized black sequins and pink iridescent pleated ruffle! Its like someone brought Barbie to life!

The use of bright colours and the attention to detail is so inspiring, like this pink plastic swim suit! Genius!

Each "look" was themed on a different Barbie like this work out Barbie with pink dumbbells!

Even the shop display is cute! Take a look at some of their adorable accessories below! I love them so much!

OMG this adorable plastic brush is my favourite! It would make you feel like a Barbie doll as the proportions are exactly the same as the tiny Barbie brushes that I had as a kid! Too cool! 

Celebrate Autumn with a Crown and Glory Headband!

I'm in love with autumn and this Crown and Glory Oversized Rococo Headband in Berry! How could I not be! Flower garlands have been around for a while and in the summer I've been known to don one from time to time but when I came across this autumnal beauty in the Crown and Glory store I was so excited as I'd never seen one with such rich colours and seasonal details!

As you can see, I obviously had a lot of fun wearing it!

Its a stunningly beautiful headband and I think t also looks very sophisticated with its berry tones.

Crown and Glory makes all kinds of gorgeous hair accessories and are made with love and care by the fabulous Sophie, an inspiring business lady with a generous heart.

I love its "sumptuous silk rose bloom in deep wine, grape-coloured anemone, lilac daisy and hydrangea blossoms, finished with foam berry and satin folaiage detailing." Truly gorgeous!

Perfect for the autumn golden sunshine! If you fancy seeing more (and you really should) check out Crown and Glory for more fabulous flower pieces including the Oversized Rococo Crown!

Happy Autumn!

"I Love Autumn" Pumpkin and Spiced Chai Sugar Donuts

Its Great Blogger Bake Off time again and advanced dough week! I've baked these rather tasty seasonal "I Love Autumn" Pumpkin and Spiced Chai Sugar Donuts in homage and to celebrate my favourite time of year! I posted about my love for autumn a few weeks ago, you can take a look at some gorgeous seasonal pictures here to get you in the mood. Time to grab your warmest blanket, settle down by a fire and seriously think about baking these donuts!

I've never baked with pumpkin before or made donuts so this was a great opportunity to start! I think I'll make some more tasty seasonal treats in October in time for halloween!

To make these yummy Pumpkin and Spiced Chai Sugar Donuts you'll need:
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages of dried yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (boiled and mashed)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6-7 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon spiced chai powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • *extra flour for rolling 
  • vegetable oil for fryer

First prepare your pumpkin puree by boiling a mashing your pumpkin. Make sure its cool before you add it to the rest of your ingredients. In a small bowl add yeast and warm water until the yeast has dissolved. About 5 minutes, once it is bubbly or appears foamy it is ready to use. 

In a bowl add the milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, salt, cinnamon, spice chair powder, maple syrup, sugar and 2 cups of your flour. Beat vigorously with a hand whisk until mix is too tick then get your hands in! Add in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is firm enough to kneed. Not too sticky.

Pour dough out onto a floured work surface and kneed for about 6 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Turn dough into a oiled bowl. Cover in a warm spot and allow to rise until doubles.

On a floured surface roll dough out into a large circle about 3/4 of an inch thick. Using a 2-3 inch round cookie cutter cut our your donuts, I also used a heart cutter. Placing them on a sheet of grease proof paper to rise again. With the extra dough scraps you can shape ring shaped doughnuts or roll them into balls for "donut holes."
Allow donuts to double in size again (depending on the yeast you use 10-60 minutes) Meanwhile heat cooking oil to 365 degrees.

Once the donuts have risen, fry 1-3 at a time depending on how large your fryer or pot is. Careful not to over crowed them. I get pretty nervous when fringe so be careful, I managed to burn my hand!

Fry for approximately 2-3 minutes flipping half way through the process to evenly brown. Once they are golden brown remove from oil with and place on paper towels or a cloth to "drain". Once all the donuts are done, allow to cool and meanwhile prepare the spiced chai sugar. 

Use half granulated sugar and half spice chai powder, you can buy it in most supermarkets in the tea section. Yummy and seasonal!

Toss the cooked donuts in the chai sugar and there you go! Be careful not to eat them all at once!

I've been dipping these tasty beauties in dark chocolate, I know, crazy good!

And this mix makes tons of donuts! I'm pretty sure they'll all be eaten by tonights episode of The Great British Bake Off  and you can follow mine and all the other baking bloggers progress on instgram #thegreatbloggerbakeoff.

Want to see more examples of advanced dough recipes? Take a look at these made by the lovely, clever Great Blogger Bake Off bloggers:

Fancy some more baking? Take a look at my other Great Blogger Bake Off recipes here:
Next week is patisserie week!!! Eeeek! I'm not expecting to much but I will enjoy doing a bit of "research" over the weekend! Happy baking! 

My first ever stye post!

Can you believe this is my first every style post?! I'm pretty shy in front of the camera but I promised myself that I'd give writing a style post a go. I regularly read other bloggers style posts and love them! Some of my favourites are Scathingly Brilliant, Lazy Kat, Sara is in love with and Zoe London. These are my outfit post muses and I hope I can channel some of them to make my style posts better!

These pics were taken while walking our dog Bellamy on a sunny autumn afternoon. I'm so happy the weather is turning colder as it means I can wear tights with everything!

My pink iridescent bag is from Nasty Gal, my birthday treat last year and its my all-time favourite bag! It stunning in sunlight, or as my 3 year old niece put it "You've got a rainbow on your bag" and its so roomy I can put all my and Lux's things in there. 

Just a bit of fun, I try not to take myself too seriously.  My black dress is from Sainbury's which I got in the sale for £5! I love a bargain!

My denim jacket is from a vintage shop and as a HUGE Seinfeld fan I could not believe my eyes when I found it! It was a steal at £20 and I did a bit of research on it (as I thought it might be from the show) and it was made for a Canadian TV station when it first aired! I love wearing oversized jackets and I'll be sad when it gets too cold to wear it but I can pop a jumper on underneath no problem!

My kitty jewellery is my own and from my Feline Fatale collection! The white Cat Lady brooch will be coming out in time for Halloween!

Every autumn I go in search for a pair of boots and this year I'm so happy to have found these £10 Primark wellies! I'll be surprised if they last all season but they were super cute and I couldn't resist them!  

5 Years Hitched, 2 Wedding Dresses!

Today, me and Jonathan have been married for 5 years! Oh how the time flies by! I don't normally write about Jonathan on my blog as he's a pretty personal subject and I find it almost impossible to describe what he means to me so instead I'll talk about my wedding dresses. Yes, you heard me right, wedding dresses!

We got engaded on my birthday at Hampton Court. It was a beautiful day, although I was in a bad mood because I wanted to go on the guided tour but Jon secretly wanted to propose at some point in the day so wanted some privacy. We were posing by the fountain with my sister and her boyfriend when he did this.

We got married in Bournemouth 6 months later (we don't like to hang around) where we met at university and we had 2 wedding services which of course meant 2 dresses! In the morning we got hitched at the Borunmoth town hall (the legal bit) with just close family and I wore a £10 primark dress that I used to go out clubbing in! It was one of Jon's favourites so I thought it would be fun to wear!

My pale lilac vintage tulle hat was from Brick Lane with handmade pink roses.

I embroidered "I do" on the back of my mini chiffon cape! Cute! My shoes were Vivienne Westwood, a treat to myself.

We walked down the aisle to "Love me Tender" by Elvis Presley which made me cry as its such a beautiful song and reminds me of my Grandad who passed his love of Elvis onto me. When I was getting ready that morning Jon had sent over the flowers, hydragngers from his mums garden (my favourite and what my mum had when she got married to my dad) with a sweet and funny note.

The second wedding service (the fun bit) felt much more like us, surrounded by friends, one friend of ours read the vows as exchanged rings a second time, we played kazoos to All You Need is Love and we all read The Owl and the Pussy Cat out loud! We were very lucky that the local rowing club let us use their clubhouse for the weekend, sadly its been knocked down now but the view was great!

This time I walked down the isle with my Mum (my Dad died when I was 14 so he couldn't "give me away") to The Beatles Because. Its such a beautiful and haunting song and while our friend read the vows, we had the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack playing in the back ground. Magical!

This time my dress cost more than £10 (I'll never tell) and it was only the 3rd dress I tried on but I fell in love with it as some as I slipped into it and felt like Cinderella. Its a simple A-line dress with a sweet heart neckline and intricate beading around the waist. I wanted a long, simple veil as my hair was super short and I made tiny white wing hair clips. Sadly I don't have any pictures of them!

I made my bracelet from blue velvet ribbon (something blue) with small trinkets and charms on it from various places we've visited together.

I love the stork and little cupid that I found in an antique shop in York, my favourite city and of course I had to have a white Yorkshire rose as thats where I'm from!

The unicorn is for a little bit of magic, something every relationship needs!

I'd love to get married again (to Jon of course) and I'd defiantly get a professional photographer to take pictures as we were on a budget so couldn't afford it. All our pics are from friends and family but  I wish we could have done them properly.

Heres to another 5 years and more of happiness together and if we do get hitched again, maybe 3 dresses next time?