Wedding Make Up Trial

My beautiful friend Chloe came round last week to do my make up trial for the wedding. She brought round some homemade gluten free lemon sponge cakes which we enjoyed with a cup of tea. After a little chat we got the dining room table set out with all of Chloes make up kit. Its amazing seeing all different kind of colours of eye shadows, lipsticks and blushers etc.

I'd been 'pinning' ideas onto my Pinterest and was looking forward to seeing what ideas Chloe had in mind too. Chloe worked at MAC for a couple of years and has done London Fashion Week a few times, as well as freelancing. She is also a talented artist and we have quite a few of her paintings in our home. Were very lucky to have amazing friends who have skills! 

We talked about colours and anything new i'd like to try. I've always worn liquid eyeliner since i was 15 so wanted to keep that but have a pretty eye shadow to have my make up a bit different. I don't normally wear any other colour shadow other than cream as a base before putting my eyeliner on. We choose a colour and i let her do what she felt would work. Chloe suggested trying some fake lashes which i'd only ever tried once. These were really nice individual ones so i didn't look like barbie which was good! 

I was a bit worried about trying them as i wear glasses but they looked lovely with them on. I'm still going to wear my glasses on my big day as i don't like wearing contacts and i didn't want to change the way i am. I'm going to purchase a new pair of glasses to fit in with my colour scheme and my dress. After a couple of hours of trying different shades we finally found the style i liked. This has made it even more exciting now i know what my make up is going to be like. Excited!!

 Sookie hiding! She wanted to get involved haha! :)

Much love
Lulu xx

(All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s)
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Pinterest Weekly - Bridesmaids

This weeks weekly pins are from my 'Bridesmaid' board to give you an idea of what were thinking. Here are my picks-

My best friend Hannah has access to 'pin' any ideas that she likes for bridesmaid ideas. I'm loving this idea of flower crowns that she pinned! This is going to be something we'll make on one of our craft evenings.

The colour scheme for the bridesmaids is navy but i'm letting them choose their own dress in there own style. I'll be going shopping with each of them so i can help them choose.

Beautiful lavender flowers that will compliment the navy dresses.

Cute hairstyles. Pretty plaits. For the bridesmaids that don't want flowers in their hair.

Hope you enjoyed a few ideas we have put together, i'm sure over the next couple of months they'll change slightly.

Much love
Lulu xx

(All pictures taken from my Pinterest board that I've pinned)

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Things I Love - Picks Of The Week

Here are my picks of the week -Enjoy!

 The cutest cat locket!! I've had this on my faves list on my Etsy for months. Perfect to have a picture of Sookie in. Adore it. 

Thick stripy tights that i'm in NEED of with this cold weather. I live in dresses so these ones from asos are perfect!

The 'foxglove' dress by Isabel Knowles is so beautiful. Foxes are my favorite woodland animal so this is perfect. Thinking of getting this for my bridal shower but we'll see.

'Clara and the Nutcracker' beautiful piece of artwork by Jessica Grundy. One of my favorite ballets. I will own this one day.

Hope you enjoyed my picks! Do any of my readers have any picks of the week they'd like to share? Have a wonderful weekend.

Much love
Lulu xx

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The Vintage Bridal Show - 20th January 2013

Ive been so excited about this day for a couple of months now but was a tad bit worried about the weather. Thankfully though even with it still snowing we made it to Birmingham New Street with no delays! Keri-Anne and I meet Hannah my chief bridesmaid at the station as she was traveling from Banbury and started our walk to the venue.

(Hannah taking pictures & One of the beautiful stalls)
Once we arrived at the town hall we collected our tickets and went straight to the VIP section to get our goody bags! We also had a free glass of bubbly on offer but i couldn't think of anything worse than having that at 11:30am in the morning. Up some stairs we went and two lovely ladies opened our doors into the huge hall. Wow! The room was filled with lots of stalls full of lovely things. The sound of 1930's music was in the background and all i wanted to do was have a little dance!
(Photobooth fun with my girls!)

First stop was a fab vintage style photobooth with props to play with and we got the opportunity to have our picture taken inside. Eeee! I was so excited about this! We went through the little curtain and sat on the little stalls. In front of us was a retro camera and a green button just below it. Once we were in position Keri-Anne pressed it and within a flash our picture was being printed from the side of the camera. We kind of forgot about grabbing some props but i sure did love the photo. We were handed some leaflets plus the photo which i didn't realize we were allowed to keep! I look forward to getting this put in a frame :)

(Someone took a sneaky pic of me! & Old vintage cameras hanging from deer antlers)
As we were walking around the stalls it got announced that the first fashion show of the day was about to start. Everyone stood in the aisles and watched the lovely ladies strut up and down the stage but there were only a few dresses i actually liked. Some of them just looked a little too clingy for my liking. Everyone started walking round the hall again once that finished and we came to a beautiful stall that sold handmade hair accessories. I'm still unsure if i'm going to having anything in my hair because i don't want it to overshadow my hair do but we'll see. 
(Oh hello dear! & Hannah and I outside in the snow)

We moved on down to the next aisle of stalls and this lovely lady gave us a warm smile so we went over to her stall. It was a stationary business and it was called Alice Tree, loved the name! Her actual name was Selina and she started talking to us about how annoying it is not being able to find maternity tights! She had a beautiful mint green dress on with a cute peterpan collar and a thin black waist belt just above her bump. Super friendly and we had a long chat with her about the show and her growing bump.
(Keri-Anne and I with our goody bags, Wonderful leaflets to look through & Our freebie treats from our goodie bags)

We'd been looking round the whole event for a couple of hours now and were getting quite peckish. They had a tea room downstairs but thought it was a bit expensive. We decided to venture outside and went across the street to Starbucks. It was lovely sitting down, having a chat about the day and talking about our craft evenings we'll be doing. Overall the day was lovely and really enjoyed myself even if it was snowing outside. Everyone got home safe and i look forward to whats to come this coming year.

(Train & VIP ticket from our day) 

Much love
Lulu xx

Thank you to Hannah and Keri-Anne for making our day out wonderful!

(All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s)
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Last Night - Dinner with friends

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I went round to my friend Indias last night and had dinner with her. We try and take turns going round each others and cooking dinner and chilling out. India made a yummy haddock and prawn chowder which she'd never made before. I have to say it was good for a for a first attempt. I had mine with a couple of slices of wheat free bread and a butter. It was that good i had another small bowl of it! Nom! For dessert it was warm golden syrup sponge with a spoon of cream. Looking forward to India coming round to ours next week for my turn of cooking. Going to have a look through my cook books later to get some ideas. 

Does anyone have any recipes i could try? I don't eat meat but love fish and eat quorn. I love trying out new recipes so more the merrier :)

Much love
Lulu xx

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Bake Days - Perfect Pancakes

I love cooking pancakes on a Saturday morning as a treat but only really mastered making the perfect round pancakes the last few months. I thought id share with so you can make them yourself. (If you don't know how already)

For the pancake mix you'll need -

600g plain flour
3 x 15ml tablespoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
40g vanilla or caster sugar
Mix all the ingredients together and store in a jar.

To make the batter and the pancakes you'll need -

150g pancake mix and add and whisk together the following
1 egg
250mls of soya milk or full fat milk (which ever your preference)
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil

Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add the oil. If you drop a tiny bit of the batter mix into the pan and it bubbles its ready. Using a 1/4 cup of the batter pour into the middle of the pan, making sure you pour in one area of the pan.

You can have them plain with butter/maple syrup etc but i love adding chocolate chips which my little sister Tilly-Bluebell approves when she comes to stay. 

Now once the pancake starts to form small bubbles this is the time to flip them over. Be careful when doing this that you flip straight over into the pan. When i first did this i didn't leave the batter to form and flipped to early. This meant the batter went everywhere and no perfect pancake ha!

The pancakes usually take 2-3 mins each side to cook but just keep an eye on them. This amount of batter makes around 8-10 pancakes depending on how big you do them.These were the perfect size for the perfect pancakes! Takes around 15 mins to cook the whole batch.

Enjoy!! :)

Much love
Lulu xx

You may have to excuse my dressing gown whilst i was making these! Haha! It was Saturday morning after all. And our left over dinner from the night before in the pan.

(All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s)
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Pinterest Weekly - All Things Pastel

This week for my Pinterest post its a few things from my All Things Pastel board. I love everything!!!

Pretty bunting and lanterns. I'd love some bunting like this for my bedroom.

Can we just talk about how amazing this cake is?! Wow! Ombre affect. Just perfect.

Mix & match adorable ceramic bottles/jars.

Need these in my life right now! Pastel Oreos. Perfect! *drools*

Baby pink reusable mug.

Pastel cup and saucers.

Do you have Pinterest? Come and follow me! Link on the left hand side :) Hope everyone is safe and staying warm due to this snow we've had here in the UK. Its the worst we've had in a good few years but not as bad as other places in the world.

Much Love
Lulu xx 

(All pictures taken from my Pinterest board that I've pinned)
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Things I Love - Picks of the Week

I thought i'd try doing 'Picks of the Week' as i adore fashion, bags, baking books and things for my home etc. Here are my first picks -

Polka dot dress from Topshop. Perfect shape and gorgeous colour. So my style!

The cutest ring i ever did see! Really want this in my life as i feel it'll be my 'lucky charm' for the run up to our wedding. Ring by Bloody Mary Metal.

Vintage style shelf that i absolutely love for our living room! Urban Outfitters.

Seil marschall olive canvas tote for the mister. Urban Outfitters.

Sookie would love this Seagrass cat toy. From Pets at Home.

 I've seen this book a few times and really want to add it to my collection.

Do you have any picks of the weeks? 

Love Lulu xx

(All pictures taken from my Pinterest board)
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Snow Day!!

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Well i woke up this morning with hardly any snow on the ground so was a little disappointed. Then a couple of hours later i went to go and to get some electric as we were running low. It turned into a blizzard! Thankfully i brought myself some snow boots last year in the sale just in case snow days like this happened. I love the snow. The large snow flakes falling onto the ground, covering all the paths, the trees and roof of houses. Its truly beautiful. The only thing i don't like is when it starts to melt and it turns to slush!

 My snow boots kept my feet warm and dry. Pretty white blankets of snow.

The guy at the top of the street had awesome style! Tweed jacket, Russian hat and doctors brief case.

 Myself, India, and my two best friends Keri-Anne and Hannah are off to The Vintage Bridal Show this Sunday. I just hope the trains aren't affected to badly. Wouldn't wont to miss out on such a great event. I'll be posting about it next week whatever happens.
Hope everyone stays safe and keeps wrapped up warm. I'm currently snuggled on the sofa with Sookie waiting for Paul to finish work. Fingers crossed he gets sent home early :) Thinking about doing some baking to warm up a  bit. Hmm now what to bake...

Love Lulu xx

(All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s)
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Bake Days - Cookies & Cream Fudge Brownies

Brownies are definitely a fave of mine so i just had to try baking these. At first when i looked at the instructions i was a bit hesitate but off i went into the kitchen. I got out all my ingredients i had in and then popped to the shop to get a pack of Oreos. Here is the recipe -

Ingredients you'll need are -

165g (5 1/2oz) butter, plus a little extra for greasing
200g (7oz) Dark chocolate
3 Eggs
2 Egg yolks
2 Tsp Vanilla extract
165g (5 1/2oz) Soft light brown sugar
2 Tbsp Plain flour
1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
154g pack of Oreo biscuits, broken into quarters
Icing sugar for dusting

Firstly preheat the oven to 180c (350f), Gas mark 5 with the middle shelf ready. Grease your baking tin, line with baking paper. Make sure the paper is overlapping the sides a little. This will make it easier for you to remove the baked goods later!

Now melt the butter and chocolate together in a pan over a low heat until its all melted together. Keep an eye on this whilst doing so to make sure it doesn't burn. 

Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla together in a large bowl until they begin to look light and fluffy. Add the sugar in two additions whisking between each. Pour around the sides so your not knocking out the air that has been whisked into it already. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes stiffer. Once the egg mixture is ready pour the chocolate into it, again around the sides to not knock out the air.

Now add the flour, cocoa powder, salt and a third of the Oreos and stir until its fully combined, then pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Scatter the remaining Oreos over the top, pressing them down slightly. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. The middle should still be slightly gooey.

Leave the brownies to cool in the tin. The top will sink and crack a little but this is normal. Pull the brownies out using the overlapping paper and cut the brownies into squares. Dust with icing sugar or what i like to use is edible glitter! Nom!! 

I had a small slice with a cup of earl grey, it was soo good and will be baking this again sometime soon. Let me know what you think and if your going to try it yourself. I would love to know how they turn out. Enjoy!

Love Lulu xx

(All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s)
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