BATHROOM INSPIRATION

We bought a house almost two months ago now and after endless nights and weekends ripping plaster off the walls, pulling carpet off the floor, removing old plumbing the building work is finally about to start. I am like a kid/myself the night before Christmas, I cannot wait to see all of the ideas and inspiration in my head and across my Pinterest boards come to life.

One room that I am SO excited for is the bathroom, we haven't had a bath for the last 4 years. The two places that we have rented have only had a shower which at first I didn't think would bother me but more recently I have been craving a hot bath with Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath and my favourite candle burning.

My bathroom dream is a bright, open space with lots of light, greys, subway tiles, marble and copper accessories, delightful! These are some of my favourite designs from my bathroom Pinterest board and below are some items on my current wish list.

Towel Rack - All Modern
Round Mirror - B&Q
Marble Shower Curtain - Cafe Press
3 Tier Bath Shelf - Pier 1
Copper Soap Dispenser - Amara
Bath Towels - JC Penny

P.S. how amazing are these floor tiles? *Insert heart eyed emoji* These are the first things that will be going down in my new haven, I can't wait to share the finished room with you!

PARTY RING CUPCAKES

Yep, you read that right, everyones favourite childhood biscuit, in cupcake form. I first saw these on the always incredible Crumbs and Doilies Instagram page, if you aren't following these already you need to! Their cakes are out of this world and provide endless amounts of inspiration.

So yes, as soon as I saw these I knew I had to make them, any excuse to eat party rings*

*Disclaimer: more party rings were eaten in the making of these cupcakes than used as decoration...
With a funfetti sponge, pastel coloured frosting drizzled with white chocolate and a party ring topper these cupcakes are fun personified.

INGREDIENTS

125g unsalted butter
125g caster sugar
125g self-raising flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
as many sprinkles as you want!

INGREDIENTS-DECORATION
160g unsalted butter
320g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp whole milk
your favourite colour food colouring
white chocolate to melt and drizzle
party rings

METHOD
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl, add to the mixture and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, add a little milk until the mixture is workable. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases about half full.
  4. Bake in the over for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and springy to touch. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes then move to a wire rank and leave to cool completely.
  5. For the icing beat the butter until light and fluffy, add half the icing and beat until smooth.
  6. Add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of whole milk and mix until smooth and creamy.
  7. Add your chosen food colouring and mix until you get the desired shade- i think a pastel colour works best!
  8. Pipe onto the cupcakes, then drizzle some melted white chocolate across the top of each cake. 
  9. Add a party ring and voila your cupcakes are finished and sure to impress.
If you make these cupcakes please share a picture with me on Instagram or Twitter.

What's your favourite biscuit? I'd love to turn them into a cupcake next time!

LA LA LAND


IN LOS ANGELES, EVERYONE IS A STAR


 

LOS ANGELES IS LIKE A BEAUTY PARLOUR AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE  

 


I'M HAVING TOO MUCH FUN TODAY, TO WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW 

 
Los Angeles is one of the coolest cities I have ever visited and it is my dream to live there at some point in my life...in particular right on Santa Monica beach, it's not asking too much is it?

LA has come a long way since the hedonistic way of the 80s, with a relaxed, super (and I mean super) healthy vibe rippling through the wind. As soon as you step off the plane, putting your almost crippling jet lag aside, you feel 'chilled', desperate for a green juice and a hike up the Hollywood Hills, which by the way I would highly recommend.

On this occasion we stayed in the Mondrian hotel on Sunset Boulevard which was to die for, achingly trendy with the most sophistached pool/bar where I spent many an afternoon sipping on gin and juice tonic and a mirror that turned into a TV. More about the Mondrian to come in another blog post, if you're interested?

I'm also thinking of doing a 'top things to do whilst in Los Angeles type post', let me know if you'd like to read this also!

For now just a snapshot of my trip to the city of angels...I missed it before I had even left.

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