SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: #GOMO WITH EVENTBRITE

FOMO is described by the Oxford English Dictionary as “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.” I’ve never actually experienced FOMO*, partly because I am a granny in a 24 year old’s body and partly because Netflix & Chill (and I mean chill!) has become such a big part of our lives. It is now totally acceptable to brag about binge watching 6 hours of your latest chosen TV show without washing or removing your PJ’s. I’m sure we’ve all been there…

When Eventbrite introduced me to GOMO aka Going Out More Often, and all of the incredible local events listed on their website, trust me you could book up every day in your calendar with the amount of choice on offer, I decided to beat FOMO; by creating my very own summer memories and beat the sofa; by getting my butt off it and out in the real world. 
Some events I have already attended, some I am set to attend and others, well they are purely wishful thinking; maybe I’ll get there next year! This is my Summer GOMO bucket list:
  • Tramlines: an inner city music festival on my own doorstep, how could I not attend? Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Kelis (blast from the past) were all headlining this year with lots of home grown talent supporting.
  • Peddler Market: a street food festival in Sheffield on the first Friday and Saturday of every month. I have been to Street Feast in London a number of times and am so happy that there is something similar closer to home, endless food, beer and cocktails…what’s not to love? 
  •  Gin Festival: I love gin and cannot wait to attend a festival devoted to it, imagine all the different flavours! Here’s hoping there is a Rhubarb and Custard option. 
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park: We recently visited YSP for the KAWS exhibition and it was incredible, I can’t wait to see what they are showcasing next. 
  • Tough Mudder: I have been saying all year that I want to take part in Tough Mudder and raise money for two charities very close to my heart, Mind and Alzheimers.
  • Zombie Infection: Go all Alice (Resident Evil) and battle your way through a Zombie infested abandon factory, hell yeah that sounds fun! 
  •  Wilderness Festival: This one is slightly further afield but I am determined to get there next year. I want to explore the magical, fairy lit forests and relax in the outdoor spas whilst surrounded by good food, good music and great people.
  • Visit Brighton: I have always wanted to visit this little seaside town but it has always felt just a bit too far away, thanks to GOMO I am no longer going to make this excuse!
  • Luna Cinema: Are coming to Sheffield! They are an outdoor cinema company and will be showcasing Grease on 29th August; this is something I will not be missing, even if it is on, on a Monday.
*Except when Coachella season comes around, I mean who doesn’t get FOMO after seeing every celebrity, blogger, influencer on the planet descend upon the dessert for a raucous old time? 
Feeling inspired to create your own GOMO memories? Check out Eventbrite to find and create local events near you with their event planning software and don’t forget to use #GOMO when you attend!

If you could attend any event this summer, no obstructions, what would you like to attend?

FORGOTTEN TREASURES

Hey it's ok...
  • To be a little late for your meal because you're totally 'digging' your outfit and just have to take photos for your blog
  • To take outfit photos in your back garden because you're totally, unexpectedly 'digging' your outfit but just haven't got time to go on a location hunt 
  • To totally 'dig' your outfit
  • To wear sandals in the evening; it was a Tuesday, it's Summer and they are beautiful
  • To dance around like a maniac because the skirt you bought over a year ago and have tried on again and again...and again finally fits 
  • If you're wondering what all the sculptures are in my (my parents) back garden, their house is like an art gallery that spills out into the garden! Yorkshire Sculpture Park who? 
I bought this skirt last year from H&M, some of you may recognise it from doing the rounds on Instagram, and whilst I have tried many a time to squeeze my booty into it, it's just never quite fit. Until Tuesday evening when I was deciding what to wear and thought, much like the Sorting Hat, 'Umm...I wonder...' it went on like a dream. To say I was overjoyed is an understatement. One of the only times holding onto something because 'it will fit when I lose those 4lbs' actually paid off!

If you are still feeling the denim maxi skirt, like me, I have linked a few similar alternatives below. If you hurry the Mark's & Spencer's maxi is just £6 in the sale and the New Look maxi is £12!

This bag was also a complete steal from the Zara sale for just £12, it reminded me, very loosely, basically because of the silver snake aspect, of the dreamy Gucci Dionysus so naturally I had to have it.

Excuse me whilst I nip away to buy the ASOS wrap denim skirt! 


KEY LIME CUPCAKE RECIPE

I made these cupcakes with my mum in mind as Key Lime Pie is her absolute favourite desert and I thought they were the perfect cake to accompanying your summer BBQ's, garden parties or lazy days sunbathing. A light sponge with a beautifully refreshing lime infused buttercream make these the perfect summer's day treat.

INGREDIENTS
makes 12

175g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter

175g self-raising flour
3 large eggs
1/2 tbsp. baking powder
1 full lime zest
1 full lime juice

FOR THE LIME BUTTERCREAM

200g unsalted butter
450g icing sugar
1 full lime juice 

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C and line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.
  2. Add the sugar, butter, self-raising flour and eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat until combined. 
  3. Add the baking powder, lime zest and lime juice to the mixture; mix on a medium speed for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Pour the mixture into the cupcake cases, around 1 tablespoon per case.
  5. Place in the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes or until golden and springy to touch.
  6. Once baked place the cupcakes on a wire cooling rack. Whilst cooling make the buttercream frosting.
  7. Beat the butter on a high speed until it is lightly coloured and a creamy consistency.
  8. Add half the icing sugar and, starting on a low speed gradually increasing to a high speed, beat until combined.
  9. Add the rest of the icing sugar and as above beat until combined. Pour in the lime juice and mix on a high speed for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Transfer the buttercream to a large icing bag with your chosen nozzle; I have gone for the star nozzle here. Alternatively the buttercream can be spread straight onto each cupcake if you don't have an icing bag to hand.
  11. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe the icing onto each cupcake. Sprinkle with lime zest to decorate and serve!
Whoever said simple was boring clearly hasn't tasted one of these cupcakes. A really easy recipe with delicious results! If you go ahead and bake these, which I really hope you do, please share your photos with me on Instagram and Twitter.

EMOJI ESQUE

Ah emoji's for grownups!

I absolutely love the fun illustrations and frayed edging of this top; it is such a versatile piece that can be styled with black jeans and heels for evening or with your favourite cut offs and 5 euro espadrilles for a casual day look to help you beat the heat; which is exactly how this outfit came about. Staying cool whilst still looking chic is an everyday battle at the moment as our Summer seems to have finally arrived...hurrah!

Oh, and who could resist a bag with a built in oversized tassel? *Insert cat heart eye emoji here* A pretty good dupe for the beautiful yet slightly more expensive Celine, this bag has quickly become my go to for when I'm wanting to travel light...essential when temperatures are surpassing 30C!

They say your 'recently used' emoji list says a lot about you. Food, cry laughing and heart eyed cat, see no evil monkey and the thumbs up make the cut on my list...seems about right! What's your most used emoji?

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: KITCHEN OF DREAMS

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I am more than a little excited right now. The floor has been fitted, the kitchen delivered and the walls painted. One, probably two, more weeks and I will have a fully-fledged kitchen, marble tops and all, a kitchen that is my own, that we designed and put together ourselves. A kitchen crying out for all of the accessories, cookware, dining ware that I have been painstakingly, over the top buying for the last few months.  Did I mention how excited I am?

When we started looking for a house we knew that the kitchen was incredibly important to us. We both wanted a large, welcoming space, perfect for entertaining. If we couldn't find it, we would create it and that is exactly what we have done. The majority of the building work has taken place in this area and I cannot blooming wait to share it with you!

Until then I thought I would share some of my inspiration and few bits and bobs I have either bought or am currently lusting after.
VINTAGE INDUSTRAIL PENDANT LAMP - ARTIFACT LIGHTING / PINEAPPLE GOBLET - OLIVER BONAS / METALLIC WINE GLASSES - OLIVER BONAS / UTENSIL POT - LE CREUSET / LUXE DRINKS TROLLEY - OLIVER BONAS / WEATHERED OAK STOOL - COX AND COX / COPPER POTS & PANS - JASPER CONRAN / SALT N PEPPER POT - JOHN LEWIS / TABLE - MADE

Can we all just take a second to appreciate the beauty that is this Oliver Bonas drinks trollery? It has been on my lust list since before Christmas and I have the perfect spot ready and waiting!

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PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

This has to be one of, if not, the best cookie recipe I have ever baked and believe me I have baked a fair few batches of cookies in my time! They are incredibly moist and chewy with a delicious peanut buttery taste (she says with a mouthful of peanut butter cookie). The addition of chocolate chips makes them taste very similar to a peanut M&M...what's not to love?

To make these even more irresistible, with this super easy recipe you can whip up a batch in less than 30 minutes! Let's get baking...

INGREDIENTS
makes 18-20

170g butter
150g caster sugar
170g brown sugar
250g peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
350g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
220g chocolate chips

METHOD

  1. Line two large baking sheets with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Add the butter, sugars, peanut butter, eggs and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl. Mix on a medium speed until combined. 
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the mixture and mix on a slow speed to start building up to a fast speed until combined. 
  4. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Place an ice cream sized ball of cookie dough onto the pre-prepared baking sheets, there should be about six cookies to a tray, and gently press down in the middle.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they are lightly brown around the edges and still soft in the middle.
  7. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. 
I bet you can't stop at one! Whether eaten warm out the oven or the next day they are the perfect little treat.

If you do bake along please share your cookies with me on Instagram and Twitter and as always if there is anything you would like to see a recipe for just let me know if the comments. 



& OTHER STORIES RIDGE MINT

Whilst queuing to pay in & Other Stories I fell fowl to the 'easy pick up items' put their just to test and tease you, you know the ones I mean. The key chains, the hand creams and of course the nail polishes. I picked up Ridge Mint purely because it matched a Farrow & Ball wall colour that I have been lusting after since we bought our house.

It is a really light, almost white, mint green colour and it is absolutely gorgeous. It is more subtle than the pastel mints more commonly seen and if you are a white nail lover, like me, this is the colour for you. & Other Stories polishes have a brush very similar to Essie which makes for very easy application with three coats of this shade giving the best finish.

All in all I was very impressed and I will definitely be picking up some more shades next time I am in store. Unfortunately they are currently not available to purchase online...madness I know! If anyone knows of another brand with a similar colour please do let me know.

& Other Stories have a range of beauty and makeup products available online and after the quality of this nail polish I am off to check them out myself!

Have you ever tried any beauty and/or makeup from & Other Stories?

ITALIAN LEMON CAKE RECIPE

Italian food is like no other, it's rich, it's classic and it is undisputedly delicious. This cake is no exception. If you love lemon cake then you will find yourself eating slice after slice...after slice of this lemony, cream enriched, spongey ring of goodness.

The recipe is a little different to what you/I am used to baking; have you ever used icing sugar for anything other than buttercream or a light dusting? But the results are out of this world!

INGREDIENTS

270g plain flour
220g icing sugar
4 eggs
150ml whole/whipping cream
100g melted butter
1 lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease a 24cm Bundt tin and sprinkle flour around the tin once greased.
  2. Add the eggs and icing sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat on a medium speed until light and fluffy. (This does take around 6/8 minutes, don't worry it will look like it isn't doing anything for a little while but it will come together.)
  3. Melt the butter and allow to cool completely.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then, alternating with the cream, pour into the egg mixture and gently fold until mixture is combined. 
  5. Once combined with the flour and cream; gently fold in the lemon zest, vanilla and butter until combined. 
  6. Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. Until the cake has risen, is golden brown and skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and then dust with icing sugar.  
I like to eat this cake as it is but it also delicious eaten with fresh berries and whipped cream, the choice is yours! 

As always if you do give this cake a try please share your pictures with me on Instagram or Twitter I'd love to see them!


SUMMER COCKTAILS: PROSECCO & GIN

*DISCLAIMER: these are not for the faint hearted!

There's nothing I love more than getting together with the girls and enjoying a cocktail or two. Over the years I have increased my drinks based knowledge to know that I will always enjoy anything gin or prosecco based. Imagine my delight when I came across a combination of the two!

This gin based cocktail, with a Prosecco top up, is refreshing and tastes just like summer. Perfect for an evening with your favourite people; when you want to impress but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen ending up covered in sugar and syrup. Short, sweet and simple...

INGREDIENTS

2 parts gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
1 part Elderflower cordial
Prosecco to top up
Fresh mint to garnish
Blueberries to garnish 

METHOD  

 1. Choose your favourite, show stopping glasses, these tumblers are just gorgeous with a hint of vintage and only £6 from Anthropologie! 
2. Pour two parts of gin and one part of elderflower cordial into a cocktail shaker* with ice and shake until well mixed.
3. Pour into your glass and top up with Prosecco.
4. Garnish with fresh mint and blueberries and serve to your guests.

*If you don't own a cocktail shaker, simply pour straight into your glass and stir before adding the Prosecco.

What's your favourite summer drink? 

KINGS ROAD

When I went on my first holiday with Dan at just seventeen I packed eleven pairs of shoes (for one week) and I wore just two pairs. My flip flops to the beach and a 'dressy' pair of sandals to dinner. I
I vowed never to make this mistake again, if I am going to lug eleven pairs of shoes on holiday, I am going to wear eleven pairs of shoes; so started my holiday ritual of putting all my outfits together before packing. The plan was seamless and no shoe was left unworn. Until...

I got a call around 1pm on Friday afternoon from Dan, "babe you want to go to London this weekend, I'll be home in half an hour and we can get straight off?"  Well who was I to turn down this
spontaneity? I hurriedly packed, throwing four pairs of shoes into my bag, yes four pairs for two days...in the sound mind that each pair would get worn. My first afternoon in London and I bought these beautiful snakeskin print sandals from one of my favourite shops & Other Stories. I immediately put them on and they become the second pair of shoes I wore all weekend. In fact they became the perfect pair to wear with my boyfriend fit white jeans (way less scary than white skinny jeans) to saunter down 'the' Kings Road.

Hey, it's happened once in seven years I'm allowed to over pack on shoes every once in a while right? Right?

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