Friday, 31 October 2014

Gluten Free and Vegan Lemon and Blueberry Muffins!



Hi Dolls,

I have been playing the role of the Domestic Goddess lately and have been cooking up a storm, amongst the storms that have been happening outside.
I have gone through a stage of throwing wacky things together and creating amazing tasting dishes.

But a couple of weeks back my Grandparents brought over some lemons straight off of their tree, so I have been finding ways to use up, the two large shopping bags full of lemons.
I don't know if you have noticed, I love blueberries! I have used them so many times in recipes on here but I can't help myself they are just so darn delicious.
So I decided to mix both of these wonderful creations from God's garden and make some delectable goodies for my special visitor.

So lets get down to it,
You are going to need:

-2 1/3 cups of All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
-1/3 cup of Polenta
- 1 tbsp. of Gluten Free Baking Powder
-3/4 tsp. Salt
-3/4 cup of Coconut Sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks of Vegan Butter
- 1 1/3 cups of Almond Milk
- Egg Replacer to the value of 2 Eggs
-1 tsp. Vanilla
- 3 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 3 tbsp. Lemon Zest
- 2 cups of Blueberries

If you are making a non vegan and non gluten free recipe follow below,

-2 1/3 cups of Plain Flour
-1/3 cup of Polenta
- 1 tbsp. of Baking Powder
-3/4 tsp. Salt
-3/4 cup of Sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks of Butter
- 1 1/3 cups of Milk
- 2 Eggs
-1 tsp. Vanilla 
- 3 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 3 tbsp. Lemon Zest
- 2 cups of Blueberries

Now we are going to start by preheating the oven at 200ºC, or 390ºF.
Line a muffin tray with your choice of liners or grease if you would prefer.
I used an electric mixer to make these muffins, and if you choose to do the same, make sure to never over mix your muffins because they will go hard.

In my mixing bowl a beat together the sugar and eggs on medium speed. Then added the butter and beat on higher speed until the mixture was fluffy. Add in the vanilla and the lemon juice and beat on medium speed for 1 minute.

Add half of the dry mixture to the mixer and whirl away. Add the almond milk and keep on mixing.
Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until everything is combined into a lovely batter.

Stir in the blueberries and the lemon zest and we are all ready to spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.

Bake in the oven for 20-25mins. Once your skewer test comes out clean your muffins are ready to cool on a wire rack.
Or if you're like me, ready to pull open and eat that steamy hot goodness!


I hope you have enjoyed this Spooky Halloween Special, who am I kidding this post is basically puppies and rainbows! 

Have an amazing weekend filled with love and laughs! 
Take Care Dolls and Love!
xo

Monday, 27 October 2014

Halloween Inspiration: Minnie Mouse!

Minnie Mouse!

Hi Dolls, 

Only a couple of days until Halloween and I am posting my last Halloween Inspired post for the year, and who other then the queen of Disney.

I have been to many costume parties where someone is dressed up as Minnie Mouse and they always looked the best at the party. The bright colours and polka dots make for a super fun choice this Halloween.

I chose to make this look for a more adult look by the use of a bustier which is perfect for a Minnie Mouse look. Paired with a cute A-Line skirt, which is my favourite shaped skirt, finishes off this look.
Of course it's no Minnie Mouse without the iconic ears and bright yellow shoes. I chose a cute wedge to make it more modern and chic.

I hope you all have an amazing week! 
Take Care Dolls and Love! 
xo


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

R.I.P Oscar de la Renta!



Hi Dolls,

Today the world of fashion lost one of its greats, Oscar de la Renta passed away this morning at the aged of 82.
We have had the pleasure of witnessing some of the most beautiful gowns to come out of Paris and they have been the straight from the mind of this amazing man.

Oscar de la Renta you will be missed.

Take Care Dolls and Love! 
xo 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween Inspiration Princess Edition: Snow White!

Snow White!


Hi Dolls,

Princesses were my thing when I was growing up, and dare I admit it, they still are.
Snow White has always been one of my favourites and her outfit is one of the cutest of all the princess. Withe the choice of colours and cute accessories, it's an easy must for a Halloween costume.

I chose to keep her style innocent but added a bit of modern to it by placing the peter pan collared top with a skater skirt. Bows are a must when dressing up as this little Princess, I opted for a small head band but I think  why not go all out and have a huge statement piece instead.
Shoes always top off an outfit and I love these wedged platforms, they have the traditional style of a princess but the brightness we need to pull off a Disney character.
Red lips are a must and so is the snow white complexion.

By far one of the more fun choices for this Halloween!

Take Care Dolls and Love!
xo


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Confessions of a Fashion Lover!



Hi Dolls,

I'm sitting here watching Australia's newest fashion show, Fashion Bloggers, thinking how blessed we are to be living in a time where fashion can be expressed in so many different ways. 
We no longer live in a time were fashion is controlled by a handful of designers trying to get all of the profits but rather an ocean of designers where we can find whatever style that best suits each persons personality.

Fashion is something that has been my passion from a young age. I was raised in a low income family, but being the only girl, my parents always made sure I was dressed in the prettiest, frilliest dresses possible. So I blame them completely for my love of dresses and everything girly.

I love seeing people who are brave enough to stand out of the crowd with their fashion sense. I think fashion is portable art, an expression of the artist wearing it.
If you have been following my blog for a while you would have noticed that I tend to dress like a Japanese school girl or a toddler, depending my mood. But the great thing is I don't have to be the same person every day, the next day I can be more reserved and follow a more low key style.

A couple of designers I love to wear are Alannah Hill, when she was designing for the brand, and also Review. What I love about both of these brands is the vintage inspiration they both have. I also love the use of vintage tones and the way they keep their style feminine and chic.

What I can't go without are scarves, stockings and cute skirts. 
I own so many of each of these things, every time I see a unique pair of stockings I can't help myself. Asian online stores sell some of the most beautiful and cute stockings that you can't find anywhere else, and best of all they are so cheap.
Scarves is something that I wear every single day, as I am typing this I'm wearing a knitted scarf in the shape of a fox scarf quirky I know. I have had to find crazy ways to store all my scarves because they literally took up half of my closet. 
I find skirts are a practical option for every season, that's why I love them so much. Pair a nice skirt with some stockings and you have changed a Summer look to a Winter one.

I have seen how cruel people can be about others dressing uniquely, this is one thing that upsets me more than anything. I am a big believer in everyone being able to dress the way that makes them feel happy and beautiful.

I find it really hard to part with old clothes, if they are still in good condition I will keep them in storage and revamp them the following year and most of the time the styles have made a come back and I have gotten more use out of the pieces.
I own way too many articles of clothing and literally every day I look in my closet and think I need to break the chord and donate some of my collection, but the collection hasn't changed.

My style icons are Kate Middleton and Zooey Deschanel. Both of these woman hold themselves in a strong feminine way but each add their own flare to their outfits. 
Zooey Deschanel has a unique vintage look that I have loved from the first time I saw here back in 2000.

Being beautiful to me is being able to feel comfortable and confident in what I wear, which would be a cute dress, with my hair in loose curls with a small side braid. 

My friends best describe my style as a 50s house wife, which is exactly how I like to hold myself. 
Feminine, Vintage and Chic.

Fashion is something that will always be close to my heart.

Have an amazing week Lovelies!! 
Take Care Dolls and Love!
 xo 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Halloween Inspiration: Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty!


Hi Dolls,

The next outfit in our character inspirations for Halloween happens to be my favourite character Hello Kitty.
I love everything about Hello Kitty, I'm not sure what started my love of her but I can get a but over the top when it comes to cute Japanese characters, even though Hello Kitty is English.

Hello Kitty is probably one of the simplest characters to recreate, basically she wears a red romper with a white t-shirt underneath. It's so simple that you could pick up the items at most cheap department stores.
I added a little Japanese cuteness by adding some cat flats and the iconic Hello Kitty bow.
Of course you have to add some adorable whiskers and a little button nose to top the look off perfectly!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend!
Take Care Dolls and Love!
xo

Jane Norman white shirt
$8.02 - houseoffraser.co.uk


Playsuit romper
$19 - newlook.com


Flat shoes
vessos.com


Monday, 6 October 2014

Halloween Special: Jack Skellington!

Jack Skellington!


Hi Dolls,

So it's nearing that time of year again, and even though I don't participate in, I thought it would be fun to have some halloween inspired outfits in the coming weeks.

So my first outfit is inspired by one of my favourite children's movies and is also by one of my favourite film makers, Tim Burton, the amazing The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jack Skellington, the main character, is one of the easiest characters to recreate. Basically his just a pin striped suit with a big bow tie.
To make this look more feminine, I have paired this look with some simple black pumps, which are a must in every woman's wardrobe.

I hope you all have an amazing week!
Take Care Dolls and Love!
xo

Thursday, 2 October 2014

High glam!

High glam!


Hi Dolls,

I am one huge fan of red, white and black. I also love to not look boring for work and try to create a bright and fun look for my work clothes.
Pencil skirts are a must in any working woman's wardrobe and adding a pattern like polka dots makes it unique and really cute.

Melbourne's weather is getting warmer and I am looking for styles that I can easily adapt to the quick changes in the weather through the day, and having the choice to whip off a blazer when I get too hot is a must for me.

I also believe that less is more with business attire, none or very minimal jewellery.
Use your shoes and bag as the only accessories needed.

I hope you all have had an amazing week!
Take Care Dolls and Love!
xo 

Zalando party blouse
$28 - zalando.co.uk


Collarless jacket
$40 - newlook.com



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Black and White Love!

Black and white
Hi Dolls,

One of my loves straight out of Hollywood would have to be none other than Emma Stone, her quirky ways captured me from day dot and have continued to keep me intrigued by her and her movies.
But it's not only her movies that are fantastic but also her amazing dress sense.
Emma turns a plain business look into something fun and unique. I love the use of stripes, I am a huge stripe fan and I am currently looking for a shirt similar to this one for my business wardrobe.
I love blouses paired with some nice skinny jeans, it makes the look go from I'm all about the money to I'm ready for a good time.

I hope you all are having an amazing week,
Take Care Dolls and Love!
xo

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Autumn Tag!


Hi Dolls,

I'm sitting outside in the beautiful spring sun sucking in all the d's that I can while the sun is still out.
Even though it is Spring here in Australia, I have been tagged by the ever so lovely Melaniface for The Autumn Tag. Even though we are in Spring, Autumn in by far one of my all time favourites.

So I have been given some amazing questions to answer so let's dive on in...

1. Let's talk coffee, What's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks or any other coffee shop?
Ok let's stop right there... What's this about coffee this little lady is a tea drinker, after all I am British! 
But if I ever do have a coffee I tend to be boring and have a soy latte.

2. Accessories - What do you opt for, scarf, boots or gloves?
Just in case you haven't already noticed I am a scarf person no matter what the season. I believe in scarves with every outfit and for every day of the year! I have a obsession that has filled part of my wardrobe, I just can't get enough.

3. Music - What's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I really don't have a set style of music that I save for Autumn, but I'm a vintage girl at heart and most of my collection is straight from the 60s, 70s and 80s. But if I had to choose a style of music it would be The Carpenters there is something about Karen Carpenters voice that soothes me to the core.

4. Perfume - What's your favourite scent for this time of year?
I am super fussy when it comes to perfume that I really don't own that many of them.
But the one that I tend to wear in the cooler months would have to be Hugo Orange femme.

5. Candles - What scents will you be burning this season? 
I am always burning candles, and no matter what time of year it is I will be burning nice homely scents filled with cinnamon, my favourites are by Yankee Candles and they are Pumpkin Pie, Christmas Cookie and Vanilla Cupcake.

6.  What do you love the most about the Autumn? 
I love the drastic change in colour through the season, the tone of the trees and the flowers.
I love the feeling of the first cold days where you can pull out your sweaters and sit in front of the fire with a huge mug of cocoa.
I love the feeling of not being hot anymore, our summer can get so unbearable in Australia so a cool change is always a welcome relief.

7. Favourite makeup look?
I love dramatic lips, especially deep plum or purple lips they suit the clothes of the season and the colours of the trees.
I like to fill my eyes in darker with heavy set liner and deep chocolate tones.
Everything earthly and deep is the way to go for me.

8. What are you looking forward to the most in Autumn?
Well I have ages to wait until Autumn is here, but I love strolling through the parks amongst thick layers of leaves kicking them about as I walk.
I take the most photos during Autumn just because it is the only real season where we see any change in our landscape.
I look forward to being able to pull on my red boots and burberry scarf, my favourite outfit to wear.

I would like to nominate,

What do you all love about the Autumn months? 

I hope you have had an amazing weekend, and I apologise for my lack of attendance been one of those weeks! 
Take Care Dolls and Love! 
xo 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Summer Blues!

Summer Blues!
Hi Dolls,

Spring is in the air and there is one store here in Australia where I find all my pretty  and chic clothes for Spring and that's Forever New.
I decided to create a full outfit all ready for this Spring and Summer period. Here in Melbourne our Spring can get quite hot, even though at the moment we are still having Winter weather, so we need to be prepared for a hot spell.

What I love about Forever New is that they take a simple item and make it pretty, for example these gorgeous shorts aren't anything to look at but when they added the scalloping on the bottom is makes them so perfect.

Blue is a colour I tend to wear a lot in Spring and Summer, I find it fresh and calming and it is easy to match. Loose flowwy tops are a must in our summer, anything to clingy can make it so much more hotter than when you have a nice sheer loose shirt on.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend!
Take Care Dolls and Love!
xo

Forever New white collarless shirt
$32 - forevernew.com.au


Forever New jean shorts
$36 - forevernew.com.au


Forever New white flat
$45 - forevernew.com.au


Forever New clear bead necklace
$45 - forevernew.com.au


Forever New bracelet
$9.01 - forevernew.com.au


Forever New blue earrings
$15 - forevernew.com.au


Forever New sunglasses
$27 - forevernew.com.au


Forever New Mini Coralie Bag
$41 - forevernew.com.au

Friday, 12 September 2014

Fashion Friday: The 1980s!



Hi Dolls,

The 80s, what can I say they have a lot to answer for but there was so much I loved amongst the mismatched colours and big hair.
The music of the 80s is my playlist for life, nothing lifts you up like a great rock ballad by Bon Jovi or Pat Benatar.


In the early 80s fashion was basically the same as the 70s, but 1983 saw a shift with influences by pop music and singers like Cyndi Lauper.


Bright accessories was the only way to go, with bright rimmed sunglasses, large earrings, leg warmers, spandex, bright in your face make up and teased hair... very teased hair.
 But obviously this was a style worn by the younger generation.


The average woman would have been seen in turtle neck sweaters and leggings. Most likely she would have paired her outfit with large high waisted belts.


One of the major changes in fashion was the love of brands, the 80s saw people in Coca-Cola T-shirts and Nike had become one of the most profitable company in the world.
MTV had a lot to do with this change of fashion, it made it easier for fashion trends to catch on and to promote to the most vulnerable market, the teens.
In 1988, every kid wanted his Air Jordans  and a Chicago Bulls cap to match. This was what helped Nike become such a giant in the industry.


By 1989 the Cosby sweaters were all the rage, if you are not sure what they are look up the Cosby Show. Women's clothing had gotten a lot more baggier and they dressed for comfort instead of for what a designer told them to wear.


The fashion in the late 80s can be best shown in the show Saved By The Bell, the show of the time and everyone needed to look good enough to be noticed by Zack Morris.


Style icons of the 80s were people like, Molly Ringwald, Brooke Shields, Demi Moore, Blondie, Princess Diana, Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer. 


One of the greatest things about the fashion in the 80s was that anything goes. The 80s was about expressing yourself and breaking free from the clinches of society. They may have had a lot of fashion disasters in the 80s but they gave freedom to the world of fashion to stop the industry from being controlled by a handful of fashion houses.

Have an amazing weekend Dolls,
Take Care and Love!
xo