DIY Pin & Patch Denim Jacket

For the past few months I've seen customising your denim jacket creeping back into fashion, which is something I am extremely happy about! I love customising anything and I had such a fun time trawling the internet looking for the best pins and patches I could get my hands on. Now I am about 80% happy with my jacket, I'd like a few more for the back but for now I thought I'd share what I've picked up so far incase you're looking for some inspiration! Luckily I have a mother who was a teenager in the 70's so she was more than obliging to help me iron on my patches! 

Futurama Planet Express Patch (Destiny One have loads of good film/TV themed patches!)
Back To The Future Pin (La Barbuda have so many quirky products!)

X Files Pin (I'm sure you've heard of Punky Pins, they're great!)

Death Becomes Her Pin (they don't have this one in stock, they have loads of other cool bits though!)

As you can probably see I went for an eclectic mix of bits and pieces, I love film/TV themes and anything to do with dogs, or food...Mostly they're from Etsy or independent shops which are great to support, for cheaper options definitely check out eBay!

Recipe | Toffee Apple & Pecan Cake

Whenever I tell my dad I'm going to bake something, without fail he'll request a toffee apple cake, I've done a few different versions of this, but this loaf version with the pecans is by far my favourite! Not only does it looks so pretty, it tastes amazing! The toffee is not only in the drizzle but also in the cake which gives it an amazing flavour! It's super yummy! 

Ingredients - 

175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g Carnation caramel, plus extra for drizzling
50g light muscovado sugar
3 large egg, at room temperature
175g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
50g pecans, roughly broken

Method - 

1. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with a strip of parchment. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. 

2. In a large bowl, beat the caramel, sugar and butter until smooth and even. Add the eggs, flour, baking powder and vanilla, then beat again until even. Fold in the chopped apples and chopped pecans.

3. Spoon into the loaf tin, then poke the sliced apples into the batter and scatter it with the broken pecans. Bake for 30 mins, then cover the top loosely with foil and return to the oven for 30 mins more, until risen and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 mins in the tin, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

4. Once cool, mix 2 tbsp of caramel with a little water to loosen it up and drizzle over the cake, slice and enjoy! 

My Little Mademoiselle Box | September 2016

It's scary how fast the months go by, I honestly feel like I've just opened last months My Little Box! I'm a little bit gutted to say that after about a year and a half, this is the first time I've been a little disappointed in the box. I still think the theme is cute but the contents just didn't live up to their usual standard. 

First off there was only one lifestyle piece, although it's nice, I didn't think it was enough to be the only thing. It's called a Mademoiselle Pierlot Purse (£30), I don't think this is actually worth £30 as it's very thin, so I was a little disappointed. 

Onto beauty bits, first off there was a My Little Beauty Mademoiselle Mascara (£14), their own brand beauty bits are normally quite nice so I'm sure this will be too. Next is a Darphain Paris Multi Corrective Divine Serumask (£95 for 50ml). This is obviously just a sample size, I'm sure it's a great product, although you can't really give it a good try. Finally there was an Erborian Ginseng Shot Mask (£6), I'm really interested in Korean skincare at the moment, so I'm sure this will be great. 

Recipe | Rhubarb & Custard Muffins

I don't know whether this is an unpopular opinion or not, but I don't really like rhubarb...So I decided to experiment with it to see what I can do with it. I always get given some from Stevens mam from her garden and I just think it's a bit sour and I don't really like the texture but when I was flicking through my copy of Tanya Bakes, I thought I'd give her Rhubarb & Custard Muffins a go. They're a bit of fun and really did liven up the rhubarb in my opinion!

Ingredients - 

300g rhubarb
35g caster sugar
300g self raising flour
150g soft light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200ml buttermilk
1 egg
2 tbsp vegetable oil
100ml ready made custard

Method - 

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases. 

2. Wash and chop the rhubarb into chunky pieces, arrange in a shallow dish and cover with the sugar. Set aside to macerate for 15 minutes. 

3. Mix together the flour and brown sugar, then add the vanilla extract, buttermilk, egg and vegetable oil and combine to form a smooth batter. Add the rhubarb, reserving 12 pieces for the top and fold through the mixture. 

4. Divide half the batter between the muffin cases, then top each one with a spoonful of the custard. Add the remaining batter to each case and pop a piece of rhubarb on top. 

5. Bake for 25 minutes until risen and golden, transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Read & Reviewed #16

I feel like I've been blasting through my books in the last couple of months. Although somehow I'm still 2 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge, hopefully I'll get lots of reading done on holiday (I go on Wednesday eek!). So here's a little round up of the last 3 books I read. 

I'm sure you'll all know of this book, I've been meaning to read it for ages, I saw the film when it came out a few years ago. It's set around young girl Susie Salmon, who gets murdered by one of her neighbours, she narrates it from her version of heaven and you see the fallout from the events. I think this book is really well written, it captures the atmosphere perfectly. It's a really interesting read. 

I haven't yet seen the film based on this book, but from seeing the trailer I knew I'd give the book a read before it comes onto Sky! It's based on a mother and her son who live captive in a room after she was kidnapped years earlier. It's from the point of view of the 5 year old son and it's such a great book. It's dark but also finds finds humour. It's a really honest story filled with tension and I'd definitely recommend it. 

Set around Nora who hasn't seen her friend Clare in ten years, until she gets invited to her hen do, in a cabin in the middle of the woods in Northumberland. I'd definitely recommend this if you're a fan of thrillers, there's twists and turns and it's creepy and scary at times but it's a great read!

What's In My Carry On | Mexico 2016

I'm so excited to say that in just over a week, me and Steven will be on our way to Mexico for two weeks! We've had this booked for over a year and I'm so excited that it's eventually come round! This is my first ever long haul flight (I'm strangely excited!), so I've been doing plenty research on all the things I might need to take on the plane with me as it's a 9 and a half hour flight. I'm just taking this backpack (from TK Maxx, so cute!) as we're having checked bags. So I thought I'd share what I'm taking with me! 

Headphones - I'm taking my gorgeous rose gold FRENDS headphones Steven got me for my birthday!

Travel Wallet - I love this Happy Jackson wallet my mam got me, it's got little compartments for your documents, passport and money etc. 

Passport - Better not forget this one! I love this cover from My Little Box!

Fluffy Socks - I'm definitely one that needs comfort, these will keep my tootsies warm on the plane! 

Eye Mask - Our flight on the way home is an overnight one, so I've got this cute doggy eye mask from H&M!

Book - I'll be taking a few books away with me, for the plane I'm taking "The Art of Being Normal" by Lisa Williamson. 

Paracetamol - I'm a serial headache fiend, so just in case! 

Sunglasses - Obviously for when we land in sunny Mexico! 

Liquid Bag - I'm taking this little see through pouch from My Little Box for my liquids. 

Under Eye Mask - I'm taking a couple of these Panda Dream under eye masks for the plane for me and Steven, so fun! 

BB Cream - I'm not planning on wearing any makeup on the flight, so for when we land I'm taking a La Roche Posay BB Cream to make me look a little more human! 

Face Mask - I'm bringing my Origins Overnight Drink Up Intensive Mask to put on while we're in the air. 

Deep Sleep Rollerball - I love this This Works rollerball, it smell so good! 

Lip Balm - I'm taking my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask for the flight, it's super moisturising so my lips hopefully don't dry out! 

And that's it! I'll obviously be taking snacks and stuff and be packing those closer to the time, is there anything I've missed off that I should bring? I'd love if you'd give me any recommendations! 

Recipe | All American Rocky Road

I'm super fussy when it comes to rocky road, there's a lot of dried fruit I don't like and I don't like most nuts either, so the best way to combat that was just to make my own and fill it with things that I do like! I definitely stumbled across a theme here so I decided to call it All American Rocky Road, as it's filled with choc chip cookies, marshmallows, salted pretzels and toffee popcorn! Of course the recipe can be easily adapted so you can add whatever you like! 

Ingredients - 

100g butter
300g dark chocolate 
2 tbsp golden syrup
50 g crushed choc chip cookies
50g mini marshmallows
50g crushed and whole salted pretzels
50g toffe popcorn
icing sugar for dusting

Method - 

1. Grease and line a 20x30cm rectangular tin. 

2. In a bowl melt together the butter and chocolate, stir in the golden syrup. 

3. Stir in the cookies, marshmallows, pretzels and popcorn, making sure it's completely coated. 

4. Press mixture into the prepared tin using a spatula, refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 

5. Remove from tin and cut into squares, dust with icing sugar. 

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