The Autumn Tag!

Monday, 22 September 2014

As I'm sure many of you have gathered by now .. Autumn is my most favouritest time of the year ... the leaves are changing colour, the mornings are crisp and frosty - and it is not frowned upon to enjoy a hot chocolate daily .

So, I was so pleased when the lovely Holly from hollydolly88 nominated me to complete the Autumn tag.

I chose to complete the tag through a video which you can see at the end of this post and I am now going to nominate some of my favourite bloggers to complete the tag next!

I now nominate;

The questions for you guys to answer are as follows;
1. Lets talk Coffee - What's your favourite drink from Starbucks or any other coffee shop?
2. Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots or gloves?
3. Music - What's your favourite music to listen to during autumn?
4. Perfume - what's your favourite scent this time of year?
5. Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
6., What do you love most about Autumn?
7. Favourite autumnal make up look?
8. What are you looking forward to most this autumn?

I would also like to ask all my readers & viewers a question! ... what is your favourite Halloween or Autumn movie?! 

I hope y'all enjoy completing this tag! Thank you to Holly for my nomination and I hope you guys like my video!


Bes sure to check out my Halloween Make up Tutorials, beginning on my youtube channel next week!

Baking | Apple & Cinnamon Cupcakes

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Hello Sweethearts!

In the spirit of National Cupcake Week, I thought I would share one of my favourite autumnal cupcake recipes with y'all!

I love using spices in my baking when autumn comes around, it is comforting and very festive, and these Apple & cinnamon cupcakes are the perfect afternoon treat!

They are super easy to make and you can use everyday ingredients that you are certain to have in your cupboards.

All you will need to make 12 fairy sized cupcakes (or 8 muffin sized ones!) is;

For the Cake batter
125g Self Raising flour
125g Margarine
125g Caster Sugar
2 eggs
A splash of Vanilla
1 Red Apple (Grated)
1-2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

For the ButterCream Topping
250g Icing Sugar
125g Butter (I like Stork best!)
Splash of Vanilla
Splash of Milk
Ground Cinnamon for dusting
Apple Pieces/ Fudge Pieces

. Pre Heat your Oven to 190 / 170 fan over.
. Start by creaming the Margarine & sugar until it is creamy.
. Gradually sift in the flour and eggs, mixing until fully combined.
. Add a splash of vanilla for a soft flavour and grate your red apple into the batter, folding in until combined.
. Add 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (depending on how much you like the flavour!).
. Spoon the batter into your cupcake cases and pop into the oven for 12-15 minutes (you can check on them by poking a sodden stick into the centre, when it comes out clean, the cakes are cooked.)

Allow the cakes to cool completely

While the cakes are cooling, you can prepare your buttercream topping - yummy!

. Start by sifting the icing sugar into a large bowl
. Add in the butter and begin to combine the two, it may be a little stiff so add just a splash of milk (only a little, you want it to be fairly thick so it holds its shape when piped!)
. Add in a dash of vanilla and mix in well.

. Once your cakes are cooled, pop your buttercream into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe onto the cakes generously!
. You can then dust the with some more cinnamon and add some candied apple chunks or fudge pieces to finish!

These cakes are so yummy and one is never enough! You could even add some sultanas for extra flavour or drizzle the butter cream topping with some caramel sauce for an extra sweet indulgence!

Now take a seat fireside, grab cup of cocoa (and one of your fabulous cakes!) and enjoy watching the world go by! Autumn really is the most beautiful time of year!

What is your favourite kind of cupcake?

OOTN | Polly Couture Deep Trouble Dress

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hello Honeybee's,

Just before I went away on holiday I was searching & searching for some lovely evening dresses to pack & take with me, and on my internet travels I stumbled upon a lovely online boutique called 'Polly Couture'.

I got so excited looking though their amazing selection of dresses, two-pieces and stunning outfits, all at such affordable prices, and I finally settled on the 'Deep Trouble' plunge bodycon dress.

I had previously seen this dress on a different online boutique, who were charging a ridiculous £75 for it, so when I noticed that 'Polly Couture' were selling it at a tiny £15.99 I had to buy one right away!

This dress is so gorgeous and far exceeds its tiny price tag! It is comfortable, true to size and the plunge detailing is even wired so it will keep its shape, plus it is adjustable so you can make it perfect for your bust!
It closes with a zip and hook&eye at the back and has spaghetti straps so you needn't worry about it slipping down.
I have been in love with this dress since the moment I got my hands on it and found it so hard not to wear it every night while away!
I don't usually wear such revealing clothes but I feel that this dress is sexy while still being classy and if you keep accessories to a minimum too, it will compliment your look perfectly!

I matched the dress with this monochrome clutch bag (£4 in Primark) and a pair of Monochrome kitten heels!

I also put on this lovely golden necklace, which I picked up in Primark for £3, it looked so lovely with the dress and gave it a little bit of extra glam, it has a feather design which is so cute & feminine and I like that it is statement but still simple.

Polly couture offer free UK delivery with all orders and just £4 delivery for all international orders, and they have amazing customer service, they were happy to answer all my questions and even helped me decide on a bra which would work well with this tricky shape!

The 'Deep Trouble' dress comes in a size 6-18 and in a range of colours, you can find it on the Polly Couture facebook shop or on their eBay shop

You can see the official Polly Couture Facebook page here, where they are always releasing beautiful new items and running competitions. I cant wait to make my next purchase, the hardest thing is deciding which item to buy first!

TRAVEL | Our Trip to Marmaris ...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hello again Honeybee's!

I am back from my holiday feeling Relaxed, refreshed ... and about 10 Stone heavier (boo!), but, most importantly, I am so excited to start blogging again!

We had a fantastic time on holiday and it seemed to absolutely fly by, so before I get back to my more usual posts, I wanted to share some photos of our time away and tell you about some of the lovely things we did on our Trip!


As I mentioned, I have returned home feeling like I've gained so much weight, because the food in Turkey is just so yummy - its all fresh, handmade and so delicious!
Here are a few snaps of some of the delicious meals we ate while away in Marmaris!

Each Night, before dinner was served we were given this Turkish bread to eat! It is all puffy and yummy and you are also given these homemade dips to spread it with, there was tomato salsa, yoghurt& mint, and garlic butter - it was so delicious!
I was strictly on fruit cocktails for the holiday but there were still so many cute non-alcoholic options and they were always decorated with sparkles and straws and stirrers galore!
One lunch time, Dan & I visited a restaurant where we both ordered a delicious half roast chicken served with handmade chips, rice and salad, it tasted so amazing and can you believe it was only £2.99 each?! Food is brilliantly cheap in Turkey!

During the heat of the day, I really enjoyed eating ice-creams, they were always hand made and came in such a variety of flavours, my favourite was the one pictured here - a scoop of orange & a scoop of melon! Perfect!
I also loveeee watermelon and it is super cheap in Turkey (you can buy a massive one for somewhere around 50p), so I loved to eat it fresh!
One day Dan & I were shopping and we noticed a McDonalds right in the store, so we were naughty & stopped in to try some of their food. They offer a completely different menu so Dan ordered a 'McTurco' (its okay, you can laugh - we did!), it was chicken burgers with salad and a Turkish recipe sauce, in a toasted flatbread style bread - he said it was lovely so I'll have to take his word for it because I ordered some sweet hotcakes with warm caramel sauce! Dan also Ordered an amazing looking peach milkshake (I stuck with Ice Tea), and let me also say, they certainly don't hold back on their portions - you get a huuuuge amount for a much smaller price than we pay in McDonalds here!


Obviously, the main reason for our holiday was to relax, and often we were so relaxed that we forgot to even take photographs, but here are a few that we did manage to take!

We danced in a bar one night, it was such fun and everyone was so happy! I Just love the positive vibes when you're away on holiday!
Here is a picture of Dan & I before we went for dinner one evening - I love this one :)
I'm not usually one for wearing any make up by the pool, but one day I felt like having red lips and this MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer in 'Reckless' matched my sun hat so sweetly!
This is a beautiful Rose Dan bought me one night at dinner, it was so pretty and looked so lovely on my hotel room bedside table!

*Boat Trip*

One day, we all decided to take a trip out to sea to look at the beautiful surroundings and to relax some more. So we went to the harbour and hired out a boat for the day, it cost us just £30 each to hire the boat privately and have it driven for us by a very sweet Turkish family. It was a perfect Day and I just couldn't take enough pictures!

We visited areas not usually visited by tourists as the captain knew the area so well. It was so peaceful & so very beautiful! The ocean was perfectly blue and there we gorgeous little untouched islands all around!
Dan and I had a great time and took so many pictures, it was so sunny and warm but the breeze off the sea was so refreshing!
I loved to look at all the fish in the ocean and my uncle Mark took me swimming in the sea too (I am not a confident swimmer but I knew I was safe with him watching me).

At lunch time, the captains wife served us a traditional Turkish meal that she had spent all morning cooking in her tiny boat-kitchen! 
It was absolutely delicious and there was just so much that we couldn't finish it all! We had fresh grilled paprika chicken breasts, noodles with delicious home made tomato oil and traditional Turkish salads brimming with herbs and fresh vegetables - it tasted amazing!
Later on we were served some Traditional Turkish Tea (or Turk Cay) and some fresh figs & Grapes - it was so lovely and just what we needed after a day in the hot sun!

This really was a perfect day and if you are travelling to Turkey in the future I highly recommend you do this - it is so much nicer than the tourist trips where you are crammed butt-to-gut in a boat or coach! You can truly relax and you get to see some of the real Turkey!

*Cutie Cats*

If you have been abroad before, you probably know that there are a lot of feral animals about, and Turkey is no exception, it is normal to see cats and dogs wandering about on their own without owners. 
Our hotel had some gorgeous cats which were fed and cared for by the hotel owners and Dan & I loved to spend some time playing with them! 
There was even a cute little kitten who just loved playing with sticks, leaves, bracelets, and, well, anything it could get its tiny little paws on - it was so adorable!
I felt so sad leaving them all behind, as we don't have a pet at home and it had been so nice to watch them and spend time with them!

All in all, I had a perfect time away, I could spend hours uploading all the photos we took, but these are just a few of my favourites that I wanted to share with you! 
It is so nice to just get away for a little while, and it turned out that my phone wouldn't get any signal abroad so I was totally cut off, which was actually nice for a change, it meant I could really relax and focus on my loved ones!

I hope you have all been well these last two weeks and now that I am back I am looking forward to spending lots of time blogging and uploading new videos!