Macarons~

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I once again apologise for dropping off the face of the earth for a whole week. Man I cant wait until my interview is out of the way!

Anyway, I finished all of my beautiful Laduree Macarons (yes all of them, Holly doesn’t share macarons), and can I just say they were perfect. I think I would marry them if it was socially acceptable.

The flavours that I got were Pistachio (Which was so so so nice, and the only one that I didn’t take any photos of because I took it to work with me to eat at lunch haha!), Vanilla, Lemon, Rasperry, Rose and Brazil Pure Origin Chocolate (one of their limited edition Macarons).

I treated myself to a gift box too, because the boxes are pretty, and I thought that I could keep little things in my room in there!

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IMG_3888Ok, so the first one that I tried was Vanilla. Whilst it wasn’t my favourite from the box, it was still pretty lovely.

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IMG_3923This is the Raspberry macaron and I’m actually shocked to say that it was my least favourite out of the ones I bought! It wasn’t horrible though, I dont think a macaron could be horrible even if it tried- lets just say, I wouldn’t buy this particular flavour again!

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IMG_3934Lemon (anything lemon flavoured is yummy in my opinion).

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IMG_3943This one was strange. Really really nice…. just in a strange way. In the shop it was named “Rose Petal” and I have no idea how to describe this, but the taste was actually somewhat like the smell of rose petals. It was interesting, and I would definitely buy this flavour again!

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IMG_3950Ok so I saved the best for last. This one was insane. It kind of tasted like a macaron/ chocolate brownie and it was just perfect. It was so nice that I forgot to take a photo of the inside until I was almost 3/4 the way through haha! I’m sad that this is only a limited edition, because it was amazing- if you have the chance, definitely try one before they vanish again.

So overall, they were all gorgeous, and if you’ve never tried a Laduree macaron, I suggest that you fix that as soon as possible!

I apologise for the state of my nails in these photos, I didn’t realise quite how bad they were until I looked at the photos on my laptop. Oops.

I have lots of posts planned, and I promise I wont disappear for a week again!! How have you been? I’ve missed you all.

Much love,

Holly

London

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So today I decided to take a break from everything and treat myself and my mum to a shopping spree in London. I always feel that shopping sprees are the perfect excuse for lots of food and coffee, I mean, you cant walk about all day on an empty stomach can you?

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So after an shamefully chocolatey breakfast at my favourite patisserie, we walked to the train station to begin our day. Our first stop was covent garden, because I have a stupid obsession with macarons, and they have a Laduree store there, and I was dying to try some of their famous macarons. I bought a box of 6, and once I have tried all of them i’m going to make a separate blog post dedicated to them, trust me they deserve it hah!

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As it is nearing valentines day, the people at covent garden have set up this adorable place where couples can go, and padlock hearts and messages to metal cages spelling the word love. I know that they have a similar thing to this in korea, and I have always thought it was the most adorable idea.

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(More food hahaha!) I got a delicious Red Velvet cupcake from Candy Cakes and it was fabulous. The icing was perfection, and the fact that it had glitter on it make it 50 thousand times cooler ah 😉

I ended up spending quite a lot of money, and it was a lot of fun, so I thought that I would show you a mini haul (to be honest I gave up taking photos of london once I had a few shopping bags because I’m lazy oops)

IMG_3873 IMG_3880Here are the macarons I bought, i’m just so excited about tasting them all. I paid a little extra to have them put in a box, but I think its worth it because the box really is pretty, and I will definitely be able to find a use for it in my room.

IMG_3891 IMG_3892 IMG_3894I’m such a sucker for anything cute that I can hang from things like drawer knobs and handles. I dont really know what I’m going to do with the bucket, but I just couldn’t resist the colour and the polka dots (plus it was only 99p, a bargain right?)

IMG_3893I bought this hand cream from L’occitane. I have never actually purchased anything from this brand before, but I tried one of the testers and just instantly fell in love- it smells really lovely, and unlike some hand creams it doesn’t leave your hands feeling sticky or greasy after you use it.

So… I found a Cath Kidston shop… and as you can see.. I went a little bit mad. Their shops are always so pretty and I just cant resist and I decide that I need to buy everything and ah it doesn’t go well for me hah.

IMG_3895 IMG_3896I bought the 2013 diary because it was half price, and plus it’s already February so I suppose that it is about time that I accepted the fact that it actually is 2013.

The edges of the pages are printed with different patterns, and there is a lovely little plastic zip wallet attached to the back cover so you can keep loose bits of paper safe if you have no where else to put them.

IMG_3898I bought the passport holder because I actually use my passport as my form of ID- I dont have a drivers licence so I have to carry it with me if i’m going to buy anything age restricted. I thought that getting a passport holder might make it slightly safer and make it look less passport like (ok I dont know it was just cute ok).

IMG_3899The tissues were only 89p it would be a crime not to buy them really…

IMG_3901I bought this lanyard to attach to my college locker keys- they always seem to get lost at the bottom of my bag, and I hope with this I will be able to find them a bit quicker (probably wont work).

IMG_3902Gah ok this lip balm is so so so nice. I really cant explain the smell but it is literally the most perfect thing in the world.

Paperchase is another weakness I have in my life. I mean really, who can resist cute stationary? There is actually a paperchase literally 5 minutes away from my college which I spend my life in, and it was nice to go in a different one for a change (even if they sold the same stuff…)

IMG_3903I feel that highlighters with cats on them are a necessity in life ok just look at them.

IMG_3904Ha ok so I thought these would be fun for a future blog post where I can fail at making cookies again!!

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My hands are permanently cold. Seriously, even in the summer my hands are cold- and they have been ever since I was a baby. So when I saw this cute little hand warmer I had to buy it! It has an owl on it what more do I need to say really.

So, it was a really great day, my mum even decided that she wanted a mulberry purse so I had great fun helping her choose that (can I just get a full time job as a personal shopper that would be great thank you).

Did you all have a good day?

À bientôt!!

P.S Can I just say how happy I am about parliament finally approving gay marriage. It gives me a little bit more faith in humanity.

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Hi guys,

I’m in the middle of portfolio/coursework madness, but I feel so so bad about not updating for ages.

So here is an adorable little animation that I stumbled across a few days ago, it’s cute so if you have a spare 5 minutes give it a watch 🙂

I should be back to normal posts this week hopefully!!

Thanks for sticking with me ❤

-Holly x

Birch Box

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Hi guys, ok so today I received my first ever Birchbox.

I was so excited about receiving this, formerly known as Jolie Box, a monthly beauty box brand has recently been taken over by the american company Birchbox, and this was their debut UK box.

This box totally lived up to my expectation, the products I received were great and some of them were completely worth the £10 cost of the box.

I was totally happy that the outside packaging was pink- forever my favourite colour, and when you opened it up there was actually a smaller cute box inside, which is nice because then you know that your products have been well protected in the post.

IMG_3744It came with a Birchbox magazine inside (cute little added extras are my favourite thing in life hah).

IMG_3746Once you opened the smaller box there was once again more to protect your products in this adorable little pink drawstring bag, which i have actually found really handy for keeping bits in on my desk (aka the messiest part of my room, seriously it’s insanely bad) in an attempt to be more organised.

IMG_3747Inside the box I got 5 products, a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment (my favourite thing out of the whole box, it is fantastic), KMS California Volumizing Spray, Taaj Creme Mains Delhicates Hand Cream, WEI White Lotus Moisture Rich eye cream and a Teapigs super fruit tea bag.

IMG_3748The Sugar Rose lipbalm is so lovely. It is slightly tinted with pink, which is nice because during the day my benefit liptint that I put on in the morning wears off, and I never carry it with me because i’m lazy, but this adds a little boost of colour if I need it. It also smells and tastes so yummy.

This is actually a full sized product which usually individually sells for £15.50, so I am extra happy that this came in the box as that makes it a complete bargain!

IMG_3749Ok, so I haven’t actually used this volumizing spray yet, to be honest I’m not really a person that uses these kind of hair products because for a start anything like this makes my hair greasy and ew so sorry, I dont really have an opinion on this one! Do any of you use this?

The full size of this product usually sells for £14.85

IMG_3750At first I wasn’t completely sure about this hand cream. Sure, it made my hands feel lovely, but the smell is rather….. overpowering I guess you could say? And at first I didn’t really like it. But, it must be one of those smells that you grow to love with time because I’ve been using this before I go to sleep and now I actually think it smells yummy! However, I dont think it is one of those hand creams that I would keep in my bag and use in public- the smell is just too strong.

The full size of this usually sells for £10

IMG_3752I really like eye creams, so I was excited when this came. This product is really refreshing, I tried using it in the morning and it made me feel more awake after I applied it, which is always helpful as I am literally a zombie in the morning haha! The size that they give you to test though is actually stupidly small, the tube is about 2 or 3 centimeters, so use it sparingly if you want it to last a while!

The full size of this product usually sells for £60 (which probably explains their small tester size), and i’m not sure I would pay that much, but if you want a really high quality eye cream, then this is for you.

IMG_3751Ok I love tea so I got quite excited about this (except what is the point of having caffeine free tea, I will never understand), but I actually haven’t got around to trying this yet. As soon as I do I will let you guys know my opinion!!

A pack of 15 of these teabags usually sells for £3.99 🙂

 

So, did you all have a good start to the week? I got my art essay finished, and I’m almost done with one of my final pieces so YES i have been productive this week so far (which makes a change hahah!!)

À bientôt!!

Cookies

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Ok, so anyone that knows me knows that I am completely useless at cooking ‘proper’ food. I’m not kidding, the other day it took me about half an hour to work out how to open a tin of tuna. And i’ve almost burnt my kitchen down multiple times. Oops.

I am however, acceptable at cooking sweet things like cakes and cookies (when I live on my own I think I might have to just survive on cake).

Today once I got home from work, (literally had the customers from hell today good god), I decided to make some cookies to try and de-stress.

This recipe is egg free (not because I have any allergies, simply because I never seem to actually have any eggs in my house), and it’s really quick and easy. If you like super sweet things, give this a go 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 200g (7oz) of plain flour
  • 85g (3oz) of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 55g (2oz) of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 dessert spoon of water
  • Toppings of your choice!! I went for little white chocolate stars.

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Heat the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan, making sure it doesn’

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Sieve the flour into a large bowl, and then pour in your melted ingredients.

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Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the water and add to the other ingredients.

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Combine all of the ingredients together to form a dough.

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Take golf-ish size balls of dough and place them on an oiled baking tray.

You will need to bake them for about 10 minutes at 190Celsius (gas mark 5, 376Fahrenheit), however, the timing really depends on whether you want your cookies to be soft or crunchy- keep an eye on them and take them out of the oven when they are to your liking 🙂

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Decorate and enjoy!!

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Ok, I may have left these in the oven slightly too long, but you get the idea.

Did you all have a fantastic weekend?

À bientôt!!

Sketches

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Hi everyone.

First of all, I am so so sorry that I disappeared for a few days, I have been crazy busy with college work- I swear all of my deadlines are next week aah. Plus, I have an interview soon where they require 32 pieces of work along with your portfolio, so gah life has been hectic.

I thought I share with you some of the stuff that has been making my life so busy this week. Recently I have been focusing on studies of hands, and how they change with age. I’m the kind of person that is completely useless at painting, I love drawing and pen and ink is literally my favourite medium when it comes to art 🙂

Babies hands are really fun to draw, I adore their cute little chubby fingers and the little dimples on their knuckles.

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Babies hands are really fun to draw, I adore their cute little chubby fingers and the little dimples on their knuckles.

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I like drawing hands so that the lines of the palm can be seen too, because to be honest I suck at shading areas that dont have much detail, I work better when there are lines and folds to expand from.

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This is actually a transcription of Henry Moore’s “The Artist’s Hand III”. You should definitely take a look at the original because it is unbelievable and I honestly dont do it any justice here.

Haha ok, once again, so sorry that I disappeared, I hope it wont happen again too soon.

I’ll upload this weeks style inspiration tomorrow 😀

À bientôt!! ❤

Winter Wonderland

So, seeming as college was cancelled yesterday I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to go for a walk and take some pictures of the snow!

In an attempt to keep warm I wore a wooly jumper along with this adorable duck print skirt I bought last week, tights and long woollen socks (and I obviously topped this all off with a coat because I get cold so so easily.) And of course my beloved Hunter Wellies, I love them so much, I literally wear them at any chance I can get haha!IMG_3714 copy IMG_3725 copy IMG_3720 copy IMG_3731

I walked over to the woods, (I spend a lot of my time just walking through the woods, seriously, its like a strange hobby that I have), and I was greeted with the prettiest sights, trees just look so nice in the snow.

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This lake was frozen, and the ducks were walking across it, it was literally the funniest thing I have ever seen, I just stood there laughing to myself (I must have looked insane).IMG_3790IMG_3791 IMG_3792 IMG_3794 IMG_3796

 

Today pretty much all the snow has melted, and everything is back to normal, booo.

I love the snow, everything looks prettier covered with it 😀

Do you guys like winter?

À bientôt!!