Friday, 19 September 2014

Five Recipes to Try This Autumn

So we're just over halfway through the month and I haven't tried many new recipes so far in September. I decided to rectify this by putting together a list of five recipes I want to try out over the next few weeks.

1. Homemade Gingerbread Latte

I'm not a coffee drinker but I am bit partial to some of the autumn/winter drinks that weave their way into our coffee shops every day. However, they're expensive and packed full of empty calories, sugar and saturated fat so this year I want to learn to make my own version of my favourites, starting with a gingerbread latte.

2. Smoked Salmon Hash

Lunch is the meal I most struggle with, as I'm busy working so don't have a long time to set aside to cook, though I still want something yummy and homemade. I've been looking for some nice lunch time ideas and I'm excited to make Rachael Ray's smoked salmon hash.

(Update: I actually made this for lunch today and it was lovely)

3. Banana Bread

I loooove banana bread and my best friends makes an amazing loaf, though I've never tried it myself! I think it's about time to give it a go and see what I can rustle up.

4. Prosciutto, Onion, Walnut and Blue Cheese Galette

Believe it or not, as they're currently a hot topic in cooking, I've never made a galette! I wanted to try one out and this recipe, featuring prosciutto, onion, walnuts and blue cheese sounds amazing.

5. Beef Stroganoff 

Another classic recipe I've never tried, I'm dying to cook this in my slow cooker an serve it with some lovely, fluffy rice.

So there you go, five recipes I'm planning on cooking over the next couple of weeks! I'll be back soon with another five recipes that are perfect to cook during autumn, but until then let me know, do you fancy cooking any of these?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Things I Love About Autumn

As you might have guessed from my last post... I LOVE AUTUMN. As I get older it's quickly becoming my favourite season of the year and I can't wait for the most beautiful season of them all to hit. While we're waiting for autumn to properly arrive, here are the top few things I love about autumn.

1. Hot chocolate. 

Proper hot chocolate; thick and creamy with marshmallows on top. Drinking it snuggled up in bed late at night, while watching cartoons, is absolute bliss.

2. Everything looks lovely.

Autumn has a unique way of making grey, dreary days look beautiful. When I drive home from Bath I have to make my way down a huuuuuge, winding hill (Brassknocker Hill, if you fancy Googling it) and has incredible views all over Somerset and Wiltshire. It looks lovely all year round but nothing beats that view when the leaves have started to turn and the woods are the brightest oranges and reds.

3. New fashion and beauty releases.

A slew of new beauty releases are coming out over the next couple of months and the shops have switched bikinis and flip flops for duster coats and boots. Nothing beats browsing online and creating a huuuuge wishlist of all the gorgeous things I hope to buy for the autumn/winter season.

4. Goodbye salads, hello stews.

Well, I'm not going to pretend I spent the summer eating salad but, you know. Autumn is the time for comfort food: I'm thinking hot pots, pies and rich beef stews. 

5. TV becomes 1000x more awesome.

So many new shows and old favourites start up in September and October and I can't wait. I didn't watch much TV over the summer, so I'm looking forward to curling up on my sofa and getting into a great show.

6. Candles.

I do burn candles all year round but when it's sweltering outside I definitely don't partake as often as I do in the cooler months. As I work from home I'm pretty much burning a candle from when I get up until I go to bed and I have a huge bag of Yankee Candle wax melts to work my way through. I'm burning Cinnamon Stick as we speak and my living room smells incredible.


So, those are a few of the things I love most about the cooler months of September, October and November. How about you? What's on your list?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Autumn Nail Varnish Picks

The leaves have started to turn, there's a distinct nip in the air and the nights are gradually starting to draw in... Yup, summer's over and autumn's on the horizon. With autumn officially beginning on September 22nd I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about six of the colours I'll be wearing on my nails in the coming months.

I'm pretty traditional when it comes to autumn colours. I love mustard yellows, deep greens and rich burgundies. I think they go so well with a season of harvest and richness and I'm already filling my wardrobe with these luxurious, gorgeous colours.

First up, we've got one of the Barry M Autumn/Winter Gelly releases, Mustard. This one's been talked about a *lot* online and I couldn't resist picÄking it up in a Boots haul a couple of weeks ago. I'm not a big wearer of yellow on my nails but I'm glad I took a chance on this as it's something a bit different and will bring me out of the burgundy/purple/navy rotation I usually have going on.

Next is something which is going to be a big pain for you if you like the look of it, as I think it was a limited edition shade from Halloween last year. It's shade 1134 Black Magic from Sinful Colors and I picked it up in Florida last year. I don't think I wore it at all last year but I tried it out last week and absolutely love it. It's a shimmery grey base with burnt orange glitter and I've never seen anything like it before. This will go perfectly with so many of my autumn dresses and provides a nice little somethin' somethin' to make a plain outfit a bit more exciting.

Something else from Barry M, one of the Matte Nail Paints in Crush. This, or something similar, is probably going to appear on everybody's lists as it's a quintessential autumn shade and the matte finish is perfect for the season. It's a straight-forward burgundy and I'm already excited about pairing this with the mustard shade I mentioned earlier to create some nail art.

Another product from last year's A/W collections, I'm still loving Essie's For the Twill of It. I wore this a lot last year, retired it when the warmer weather rolled in and resurrected it a couple of weeks ago. It's a beautiful, multi-faceted metallic shade and it goes with pretty much everything in my wardrobe. It brings a real touch of class to a manicure and I'll always reach for this during the cooler months of the year.

My third and final Barry M pick is another one from the new Autumn/Winter Gelly releases and this time it's Cardamom. It's quite a muted, forest green and it's not like any other green I have in my stash, which is always nice! Barry M Racing Green is one of my autumn staples but this year I'm going to give this new bad boy a whirl.

Finally, last but absolutely not least, we have Royal Navy from Butter London. Will there ever be an autumn where navy isn't hugely popular? I hope not. This has a gorgeous formula, lasts for days and days and is a no nonsense, straight up perfect autumn colour.

So there you have it, six of the varnishes I'm going to be sporting as the nights get darker and the leaves start to turn. Let me know, what are your top picks for autumn nail varnishes?