After School Boy Blazer


I decided to have a change from my usual (and much loved) neutral nail shades and went for something at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, a blue black.  I bought this Essie shade last winter and was very dubious but after trying it again today I love it. 

I think it is very difficult if you are a neutral lover to get used to dark nails and likewise if you love bright and colourful nails to look down and see a natural, pale nail but sometimes it's good for a change and Essie is a great brand to make that change with. I don't own many Essie shades largely due to the fact that they are a little bit expensive but boy are they good. The colour goes on super easy and the lasting power is better than most other brands I wear. It does make the price tag seem worth it and I am definitely going to get myself some more shades!

After School Boy Blazer is a great winter shade and looks really lovely on, if you are looking for  a very dark nail colour that's not as harsh as black I would definitely recommend this shade! Are you a fan of Essie nail polish? What is your favourite winter nail colour?


Christmas Wish List


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...and I AM SO EXCITED! Apologies for my little outburst but I love Christmas and whenever it gets to this time of year I struggle to focus on anything except Christmas. Yes I am that much of a child and I still get that excited, please tell me you're the same? Or at least know someone that is?

In the spirit of Christmas I thought I would share some of the bits and bobs that are on my Christmas wishlist, hopefully it might give you guys some inspiration of things you would like or even things to buy your friends and family! I must admit as much as I like writing a list every year I MUCH prefer buying presents for my nearest and dearest, don't even get me started on the wrapping, I add all the bells and whistles. 

Back to this list...I am really into my home items at the minute and believe it or not one thing we do not have (and haven't had for over 6 months) is a blanket. I am obsessed with H&M home and this blanket is the perfect match for the grey and yellow colour scheme we have in our bedroom. Along this same theme is a Jo Malone candle, lovely smelling and pretty to look at, what's not to love? The cape trend is everywhere at the moment and this Topshop one has to be my favourite and this Burberry Lipstick is the perfect red shade. A notebook is essential to record all those New Years Resolutions and when I saw this gorgeous Zara bag I just couldn't resist it. Oh and who could forget a pair of 'My Calvins' after all the press they have been getting recently.

Those are just a few bits that I am hoping to find under my Christmas tree this year, I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration! If you liked this post do let me know and I will do a few more 'gift guide' types of post, and let me know what is on your Christmas list. There's still time for me to add to mine!

'Millies' Cookies

If you have been reading my blog for awhile now you will have noticed that my childhood baking bug has well and truly come back, so much so that my last post and this post are all about baked goodies...I hope you don't mind! My latest baking venture was these delicious (if I do say so myself) cookies that taste just like the much loved Millies Cookies and are incredibly easy to bake.

Ingredients

126g butter
100g light brown soft sugar
125g cater sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten 
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
1/2 tp salt
200g chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Mix the butter and sugars together, once they are a creamy texture add the lightly beaten egg and vanilla extract.
3. Mix in the flour and salt, once combined add in the chocolate chips. I used a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Roll the mixture into walnut sized balls, as evenly sized as you can make them
5. Place onto ungreased baking paper (pictured). Cook for 7-10 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.
6. Once removed from the oven leave to harden for a minute before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

So there you have it, some super quick super easy totally yummy cookies! As always if you do bake these make sure you share a picture with me on Twitter @luxrosee . If there is anything you would like me to bake over the next couple of weeks let me know in the comments, I'd love some inspiration!


Honeycomb Cupcakes


If you saw my last baking post, Whoopie Pies, you will be aware that my younger baking mad self has well and truly come back! Today I baked Honeycomb Cupcakes from my 'Bake Me A Cake' book. If you like the look of these and you are a fan of honey/Crunchie bars, these are definitely the cupcakes for you.

Ingredients

125g unsalted butter
50g caster sugar
2 eggs
75g clear honey (I used Rowleys)
125g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp milk

Topping

125g unsalted butter
300g icing sugar (can use golden)
2 tbsp milk
1 Crunchie bar, thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a muffin tin with nine paper muffin cases.
2. Beat the butter and caster sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Gradually whisk in the eggs and honey until just combined. Fold in the flour, baking powder and milk.
3. Spoon the mixture equally into the paper cases.
4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden and risen. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to the wire rack and leave to cool completely. 
5. While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream topping. Whisk the butter until creamy. Gradually whisk in half the icing sugar, then add the milk and the remaing icing sugar. Whisk until light and fluffy. 
6. Fill a piping bag with the buttercream and pipe a swirl on top of each cake. Alternatively spread the buttercream on top of each cake. When ready to serve decorate each with a few slices of Crunchie. 

If you fancy baking these delicious cupcakes don't forget to tweet me a picture @luxrosee I would love to see how they turn out!

Midi Love


ASOS Grey Knitted Midi Dress (more to spend?) , Topshop Leather Jacket old (similar here), Plumo Leather Shopper old (similar here) , Vans

A casual and oh so comfy look, perfect for lovely lazy weekends of lunch and a bit of errand running. Honestly I've never been comfier out of the house, I am in love with this dress, especially the midi style it's so easy to wear and think I will be living in it for most of Autumn. Essentially just a huuugeeee jumper, what's not to love?

Pomegranate Noir



I have just got back from a two week holiday in Florida, which if you follow me on Instagram you probably will have noticed. I had an amazing time and can't wait to share my holiday snaps with you.

It was my birthday just before we went on holiday and I got this beautiful Jo Malone candle, I wanted to get this post up before I went away but didn't end up having enough time. All I need to say is the packaging is gorgeous, is it just me or is Jo Malone's new branding even better than before? The smell is delicious, perfect for the upcoming cold winter months and how cute are these Jo Malone matches?  They are pricey so if you have a birthday or can hold out for Christmas I would seriously recommend asking for this gift. 

Do you like candles? What are your favourite brands and scents?


Whoopie Pies


My mum is the best baker I know, I know I am biased but that is the truth. I was lucky enough to grow up with this amazing baking, my mum would pick me up from school with a treat/snack for me and my brothers almost every day, cookies, buns, tray bake. Yum! She quickly started teaching me how to bake and I loved it, I remember when I was 9/10 and I made her a lemon drizzle cake for her birthday all by myself. 

Yesterday I really fancied baking so I asked Dan to pick something from my new recipe book and he chose Whoopie Pies. I was excited by his choice as they looked amazing and I had never made them before. I was so happy with how they turned out I though it was only fair to share them with you guys. I hope you like the look of them and if you fancy giving them a go I have included the recipe below. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 large egg
150g (5oz) caster sugar
75g (3 oz) butter,melted
150g (5oz) creme fraiche
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2-2 tsp milk
200g (7oz) plain flour
75g (3oz) cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the Filling

115g (3 3/4oz) unsalted butter, softened
200g (7oz) icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
milk (optional)

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 180C. Line two large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the egg and caster sugar together until thick and light in colour. Now add in the melted butter (I did this in the microwave for 30 secs, check it every 10 to make sure it doesn't burn or curdle), creme fraiche, vanilla extract and milk. 
  3. When the above ingredients are mixed together and smooth, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda. Beat in the egg mixture until smooth-it will make a very thick mixture but you should still be able to pipe it. Add a drop more milk if neccessary. 
  4. Insert a large nozzle into a piping bag, fill the bag with the mixture and pipe walnut sized balls on the baking parchment. Make sure they are spaced well apart as they will rise and expand in the oven.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and firm on top. Cool on the baking sheet until for 1-2 minutes until firm, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack. Leave them to cool completely before doing the next stage.
  6. To make the buttercream filling: cream together the butter and icing sugar until fluffy. I recommend adding the icing sugar bit by bit to avoide you kitchen looking like it's snowed inside! Add the vanilla extract and whisk again. When the whoopie halves have completely cooled spread a generous helping of the buttercream on one half and sandwich together with another half .
There you have it, whoopie pies, which I have to say are delicious. If you can I would really recommend giving these a go! If you do make sure you tweet me a picture @luxrosee #whoopiepies , I would to see how your turn out. What is your favourite thing to bake/sweet treat to eat?

Ankle Booties


This may be an unpopular opinion but I am very much looking forward to autumn/winter, cosy nights it with the fire on, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and most of all...the fashion. Layers, layers and layers, what more could you want?

Now this year I am determined to find the perfect where with anything black ankle boots, every year I buy a pair and they only seem to work with certain outfits but this is the year, I can feel it. I have searched high and low and put together a few of my favourite pairs. Now some of these are hugely out of my price range but a girl can dream and look for inspiration that the high street are sure to have mimicked! The Jeffrey Campbell boots (third pair) are actually on my birthday list so fingers crossed!

Which is your favourite pair? Can you recommend any high street shops for me to find a pair similar to the above?

Gone Fishing



Woah, that was a ridiculously busy week, two weeks? that completely flew by and left me far far away from my beloved blog, sometimes I just don't know where time goes! Anyway, if you have followed me for awhile you may have noticed that when it comes to my nails I am a nude or dark dark kinda girl. My all time favourite colours are Threadbare by Topshop and after school boy blazer by Essie, opposite ends of the colour spectrum but the same feel (simple, classic and pared back).

If you saw my home post, a few posts back, you will have also noticed that I own a wire basket full to the brim of every colour nail polish you can think off, I have a bit of a problem. So when I went to pick out my trusty Threadbare I decided to go outside my comfort zone and try an actual colour. Gone Fishing was the lucky polish and now I am obsessed! The colour is just the right shade of green, it has a bit more punch than a pastel green and has a hint of mintiness that I love. It also lasts twice as long as Threadbare (if anyone knows of a white/off white nail polish that lasts longer than a couple of days please let me know) which is another selling point for me.

I am a massive fan of Topshop nail polishes in general and Gone Fishing has definitely been added to my favourites for summer. In fact when I went searching for the link to Gone Fishing I saw at least four more colours that I want to buy! What is your favourite nail polish colour and brand? I am always on the look out for new ones to try... 

Skin Saviour



If you are prone to breakouts and blemishes, like me, then you have to get this cream, I don't think I have ever felt so confident recommending a product before (so you know it is good)! I have been using Effaclar Duo on and off for a year now, most recently for two full months and I am completely amazed. As it is a French product I can't read the ingredients so unfortunately I can't tell you what is in it but if I am be completely honest I don’t really care as the results are incredible!

It is available in either a light creamy formula or a clear gel like formula. I chose the gel formula as I have combination/oily skin and I thought this would work best for me. I wear it morning and night as a moisturiser, it is very light on the skin and a little goes a long way. The tube itself may look quite small but they last an impressively long time, in a year I have only had to repurchase once. After just a few days my skin looked visibly clearer and after a week I felt confident nipping to the shops with no makeup on again. This is definitely a product that I will continue to have in my bathroom whether it is for regular or emergency use; it really is my skin saviour.

Have you ever tried La Roche Posay? What is your skin saviour?


 

Normal Is Boring



If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you will have noticed that this summer I have been living in my reformed Calvin Klein dungarees, I love them. These Farfetch dungarees are now on my wish list, I need them in my wardrobe. Along with a few other pieces to finish the outfit off of course. 

Dungarees seem to be a love it or hate it item, are you fan?



London Break

I recently made a last minute trip to London and it has to be one of the best that I have had. Do you ever find that the nights/days/trips without plans are some of the best? I apologise for the quality of these photos, they aren't the greatest as I forgot my camera so they were took on my phone. We visited Portobello Market where I found my dream home, rows and rows of pastel coloured houses was just a dream and we saw Matilda which was incredible. Trunchbull was by far my favourite...

Oh and before I go, how had I never tried Shake Shack before? It.Is.Amazing. I just wish I didn't have to wait so long for my next one! I hope you liked this post, what do you like to do when you visit London?

Home Haul



I have talked about my recent move (which was actually 5 months ago) in a few of my posts but I hadn't shared anything with you. I am a perfectionist and I am still not 100% happy yet finished but I thought it was about time I shared some of the bits that I am happy with. My boyfriend lovingly turned the second bedroom into a wardrobe and suprise suprise this is my favourite room in the house. If you are interested I will do a full post on my wardrobe, I couldn't fit it all in in one picture!

I am a little bit obsessed with H&M home, they have some amazing pieces and at such amazing prices! It's just a shame that they don't have a shop anywhere near me *sob*. My 'I Swear On My Chanel' print is from Sealoe Shop, I let our a little squeal when I found this website. Seriously just go and look it is perfect if you love minimalist monochrome like me! Hope you like these pictures. Where do you guys like to shop for your homeware? I would love some new places to browse and maybe, most possibly buy!
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