Sunday, 23 September 2012

She wants a sweet little antique diamond solitaire, to ensure that she won't forget me

'Diamond Solitare'- The Maccabees
Hey Everyone!
Today is actually feels like autumn or maybe even winter- it has been bucketing down all day and I am so cold, I am sat here with a jumper, scarf and hot cup of coffee! Not being brave enough to go outside, I decided today would be a great day for some nail art (I am normally so impatient waiting for them to dry!)
Today- being so rainy-  is the kind of day where the pack of cards come out and the board games too so I decided to attempt some casino themed nails- dice and cards! Heres my little tutorial enjoy! :)
1) Apply a base coat of white (I used Barry M in matt white)

2) Next using a nail pen, paint four red hearts to create a 'four of hearts' card.


3) On the other fingers, recreate other cards, I chose Aces (of diamonds and clubs and spades) 

4) The cards are finished! You can mix and match trying to recreate different cards and styles.

5) On the other hand, using a black nail pen, apply small dots to recreate those on a dice!

6) Your casino- esque nails are finished! :)
Lots of Love, Paloma xx

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Truly Scrumptious, You're Truly, Truly Scrumptious...

Raspberry Cupcakes -
225g-caster sugar
1tsp-baking powder
210g-self raising flour
225g-unsalted butter
5 medium eggs
150g crushed fresh raspberries
  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a 12-hole muffin/cupcake tray with cases.
 Put the baking powder, flour and cornflour into a food processor. Pulse until evenly mixed. Add the remaining ingredients (except the raspberries). (looks a bit rank here, sorry about my presentation)

 Add the raspberries and mix through gently by hand.
 Seperate the mix into the 12 cases and bake for 25 mins.
 The cakes will appear fairly moist when cooked. (it's not actually burnt, just the photo :P )

For the Topping-
12 tsp- raspberry jam
115g-unsalted butter
60ml- skimmed milk
1tsp- vanilla extract
500g-icing sugar

Pipe the icing onto the cakes once they are cool in a spiral shape and top with raspberries. Sprinkle with icing sugar and voila!!

They taste amazing :) what are your fave recipes?? Would love to hear what you think
Loads of love, Jess xxxx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Twist on The Trend- Berry Shades

Hey everyone!
 Today is the start of an exciting feature on our blog, called
'Twist on the Trend'
Me and Jess have wanted to collaborate with other bloggers for a while and we came up with an idea which would be a great way of showing how different bloggers are styling the same trend.
We asked five of some of our favourite bloggers to be part of a group, and every fornight we are going to chose a different trend and see how everyone styles it.
For the first trend, as we are slowly coming into autumn we thought that it would be a great chance to style one of autumn's colour trends 'berry shades'.
Here is a peek of everyone's berry shade outfits, Be sure to check out how they  styled the trend on their blogs :)
1) Lizzie from Dust on the Ground, 2) Rachel from A Girl from the Countryside
7) Bree from The Urban Umbrella
Here is more on how we styled the trend:
Me and Jess went into town yesterday, because it was such a nice day, and after our first week back at college we needed a break.
We sat by the river and watched a live band, people were even giving out free cupcakes- could the day of been any better!
We loved styling the berry shade trend, and definitely continue to style the trend all through autumn- its so versatile and it has a real autumnal feel to it too!
I am wearing, Shirt- H&M, Jeans- River Island, Shoes- Deichmann, Bag- Primark, Belt- ZARA
Jess is wearing: Shirt- DIY, Skirt- Primark, Belt- H&M, Shoes- F&F, Nail Varnish- Rimmel lasting finish in Purple Pulse

Hope you enjoyed the feature! We would love to hear your thoughts, and what trends you will be styling in autumn? 
Love, Paloma xxx

Thursday, 13 September 2012

It's the simple things that mean the most to me...

Hey everyone :) Here is just a quick post to show you all what we wore to a trip to oxford street.

Just to keep you all informed, we started sixth form on Monday and would like to tell you all that it's going really well! Paloma and i are finally in lessons together! English and Form Time :)

Love you all <3 Jess xxx
Simple Things- Paolo Nutini
Paloma's outfit- Blouse- Primark, Maxi- Peacocks, Shoes- Primark
My Outfit- Dress- TK Max, Wedges- Esprit, Belt- New Look

Monday, 10 September 2012

How to make Veggie Bean Burgers

How to make Veggie bean burgers
Hey everyone! I thought that I would share with you one of my favourite new recipes, which I recently discovered on BBC Good Food website.
5 months ago I decided to take the plunge and become a pescatarian. It has been easier than I thought it would be! I would be lying if I said that Nandos doesn't tempt me on occcasions and that I sometimes wish I could run into a sweet shop and not have to worry about what I can and can't eat, but it is definitely worth it, and I hope that I can stick at it, as long as I get past the christmas dilema (eating a nut roast instead of turkey, thats going to be hard!
Anyway, these veggie burgers are soo tasty and can be eaten hot or cold (and you can even freeze them!), plus they are so easy to make! Even my dad, who, really is a no-nonsense meat eater, loved these!
2 x 400g/14oz cans kidney beans , rinsed and drained
100g breadcrumbs
2 tsp mild chilli powder
small bunch of corriander 
1 egg
2tbsp Salsa
1) Empty two cans of kidney beans into a bowl and lightly crush with a potato masher.
2) To the beans, add the breadcrumbs, chilli powder and chopped corriander.
3) Next add the egg and salsa.
4) Mix and combine all the ingredients together.
5) Using your hands, form and shape six burgers out of the mix
6) Place the six burgers on a greased tray and put in a pre-heated grill for 4-5 minutes on each side until crisp and golden.
7) Serve in a bun or wrap and top with your favourite sauces!
The finished burger- topped with salsa and mustard- YUMMY!
Just a quite note to say, if anyone is looking for any good vegetarian cookbooks, I really reccomend 'FOOD' by Mary McCartney (Paul McCartney's daughter), it is a beautiful book full of really inspiring recipes. And the photography is amazing too!
Lots of Love, Paloma xxx

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Given to the wild, Given to the wilder ways. While the ways of a child, Are whiled away...

Hey guys, here are a few pics of our outfits that we wore to our introductory sixth form day :) it was a lovely summery day, which was lovely as it's been pissing it down for the last week!
As we have started Sixth Form, a major chapter of our lives, we will be posting lots of pics of our everyday outfits. These will be quite formal and there will be a lot of workwear, as that's the dress-code :P
Anyone got any exciting news or is also starting a new chapter of their lives? we would love to hear from you  :)
Loads of love, Jess xxx
My outfit- Dress- Topshop, Shoes+Hairband- Primark, Belt- H&M.
Paloma's Outfit - Blouse- Primark, Shoes- Deichmann, Skirt- DIY

Thursday, 6 September 2012

DIY Peter Pan Embellished Collar

Hey Everyone!
As promised here is my tutorial for how to make a peter pan collar. I have always loved collars, they are one of the simpliest ways of updating any look, and they provide a perfect way in which to wear the same jumper a million different ways (haha giving that you have a million collars to pair it with of course!)
My favourite has to be the Peter Pan collar, because it gives any garment a 1960s inspired look, which for me has to be the best decade for fashion!
Embellishment is a key trend this season, and an embellished collar is an ideal way to sport the trend, without spending loads of money!
 After seeing this beautiful embellished collar from the new H&M autumn collection, I was inspired to have a go at trying to re-create my own. The collar costs £14.99, which due to its gorgeous attention to detail is a steal! However, due to its popularity it is sold out to buy online at the moment! So if you are desperate for a new collar, or if you don't have £15 to spend- like me- then have a go at making your own, using this tutorial :)
How to Make a Peter Pan embellished collar
What you will need:
  •  stiff material- (interfacing or felt works well)
  • Piece of fabric, eg, cotton (about 1/2 metre)
  • Embellishment (optional) eg. Beads, sequins
  • Scissors
  • Needle, pins and thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pencil and paper


1)  Draw and cut out half a collar shape on a sheet of paper. To make this easier, trace around a collar from another garment.
2) Using the stencil, pin to your stiff material, on a fold.
3) Cut around the shape, so you end up with a collar shape which is joined at the top, but not at the bottom
4) Repeat this step, but this time with the other material. You should end up with two collar pieces which are of equal size.
5 &6 ) Now, get creative and sew on pearls, buttons, beads etc., to decorate the collar, giving it a more unique and vintage feel, or alternatively leave it plain.
7) Make sure that when hand sewing on embellishment you sew them on securely as otherwise they may fall off later!
8) Place both collars on top of eachother with right sides together.

9) Pin the two collars together and tack to secure.
10) Leaving a 4cm gap (so that you will be able to turn the collar the right way out), sew the collars together, using roughly a 3cm sem allowance on a sewing machine.
11) Once sewn, cut excess fabric, so that the collar turns out well!
12) Sew on a hook and eye to make the collar easyily detcatchable and turn the right way out.
13) Sew up the gap using small hand stitches

The finished collar :) looks great worn with large knits for autumn!
Are you liking the embellishment trend this autumn? What are your favourite A/W trends?
Lots of love, Paloma xxx

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Seeing the mountains through the fog, watching a film with a talking dog...

Hawiian Air- Friendly Fires

Hey everyone, here are a few photos we took in my local park on a cool sunny day, also, further down is a collar that Paloma made, isn't it good! She has made a tutorial of how to make it and we will be sharing it very soon!, i think it's so clever :) what do you all think? 

Also, we were thinking of doing some more beauty based posts, would you like to see some make-up and hair tutorials on the blog?

Loads of love, Jess xxx

Paloma's Outfit- Jumper-H&M, Leggings-H&M, Shoes-Primark, Collar-DIY, Bag-Topshop.
My Outfit - Blouse- Miss Selfridge, Cardie- H&M, Shorts- Baleno Blue Vintage DIY, Shoes- Converse.