Archive | June, 2012

Hail to Retro Swimwear!

26 Jun

Gosh I am bored with this weather!! Lucky for me I have 2 wonderful holidays coming up (bring on the sangria!!!) so i thought I’d better get my wobbly bits into some new swimwear! I absolutely love this pic of Marilyn Monroe, she’s so naturally beautiful! My mission (if I choose to accept it!) is to be a 1950’s beach goddess!
Beautiful Marilyn

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Here are some of the gorgeous pieces I found:
For Luna
http://www.forluna.co.uk

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What Katie Did
http://www.whatkatiedid.com

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New Look
http://www.newlook.com

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Red or Dead
http://www.redordead.com

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Now hurry up holiday….

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New dress love

24 Jun

I’ve just had a marvellous afternoon at the Pop Up Vintage Fair held at Islington Town Hall. I absolutely loved browsing the eclectic stalls and immersing myself in their vintage delights.
Me heading to the fair in my favourite tee dress

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One of the stalls I couldn’t keep my eyes off was Darlings Vintage. They had the most beautiful 40’s/50’s dresses on offer. I wanted ALL of them but the purse strings wouldn’t allow. I decided to go for this lovely piece.

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I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! Unfortunately it is a tad small, big boobs are a curse let me tell you, so my project is to alter it with the help of Bertha (my red mean sewing machine). I can’t wait to wear it to my next vintage affair!

Thanks to Darlings Vintage for being so lovely : )
Over and out vintage lovers
xxx
http://www.darlingsvintage.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/popupvintagefairs

Books glorious books!

21 Jun

Hello bloggers! Just thought I’d share some of the marvellous books I have on my shelf at the moment.

The Vintage Tea Party by Angel Adoree

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This truly is a gem of a book! I was thrilled when it finally landed on my door mat and proceeded to ignore my boyfriend for 2 days engrossed in its loveliness!
Every page is beautifully designed and filled with a variety of vintage party ideas, quirky illustrations and mouth watering recipes.
This is a keeper on my bookshelf and if you’re a vintage lover like me you need this book in your life!

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

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I found this book in my local charity shop and was instantly attracted by its cover. It’s been the perfect commuter buddy with its engaging storyline and distinctive characters…..oh and it’s based around a vintage shop : )

Style me Vintage: Makeup by Katie Reynolds

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Great coffee table book. Looks gorgeous with simple step by step instructions to get the perfect vintage look. Fabulous!

Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache by Harry Eastwood

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You certainly won’t have any heartache with this beauty! The recipes are delicious….and….wait for it….they are made with vegetables! The orange squash cupcakes are a firm favourite in our house. I adore the photos and the quirky introduction to each recipe. I never feel naughty eating one of these cakes, one of your 5 a day right?!

Dad’s Day Macaroons

16 Jun

My Dad is pretty awesome so I thought I’d make him a Fathers day present. If you thought, like me, that macaroons were the bitch of the baking world think again! This recipe is super easy with delicious results! Give them a go for your fabulous Dad (that’s if you can bare to part from them!) I also made my own gift box : )

Vanilla Macaroons
Ingredients
Macaroons
– 75g ground almonds
– 115g icing sugar
– 2 egg whites
– 50g caster sugar
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Filling
– 55g unsalted butter
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 115g icing sugar

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Recipe
1. Line tray with baking paper. Blitz the icing sugar & ground almonds in a food processor until you have a sand like consistency. Then sieve into a large bowl.
2. Whisk the 2 egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gradually add the caster sugar whisking after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
3. Fold the almond mixture into the egg whites a third at a time. Use a spatula for this. Once everything is combined transfer into a piping bag. I used a plain 1cm nozzle.
4. Make small rounds onto the baking paper. A good tip is to tap the baking tray on your table to get rid of the peaks and make the macaroons smooth.
5. Pre heat oven to 160c. Leave the macaroons for 30mins at room temp so they form a slight crust. Then bake for 10-15mins. Leave to cool for 10mins.
6. Mean while whisk together the butter & vanilla extract. Gradually add the sifted icing sugar to form a buttercream.
7. Once the macaroons have fully cooled use the buttercream to sandwich pairs together.
8. Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy (just make sure you leave enough to fit into your gift box!)

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Gift box
I made this cute gift box by making a stencil on plain card, see below. Box dimensions were H 4cm W 4cm L11cm

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Place your scrummy macaroons inside and tie with a little bit of ribbon…et voila 🙂

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Did you say street party?

2 Jun

Party fever is upon us this weekend so if you’re heading to a celebration why not try one of the recipes. I’m telling you they’ll go down a storm!!!

Sweet Chilli Jam
Spice up those cucumber sandwiches with this bad boy. Also great with cheese and pork pies!
Ingredients
– 4 red peppers, deseeded & roughly chopped
-5 red chillies, chopped
– half finger size of ginger, peeled & chopped
– 4 cloves of garlic
– 200g can cherry tomatoes
– 375g golden caster sugar
– 125 ml red wine vinegar

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1. Place the peppers, chilli, garlic & ginger into a food processor & blitz until finely chopped.
2. Tip into a large pan with the sugar, tomatoes and vinegar
3. Bring to the boil, skim off any scum on the surface & then simmer for approx 30mins, stirring occasionally
4. When the jam is sticky continue to cook for 10mins stirring frequently
5. After 10mins allow to cool slightly before transferring into sterilised jars
6. Pop into your picnic hamper : )

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Jubilee Sponge Cake
How can you resist!
Ingredients
– 200g caster sugar
– 200g butter
– 4 eggs, beaten
– 200g self raising flour
– 1tsp baking powder
– 2 tbsp milk
Topping
-double cream, whipped
– strawberry jam
– raspberries & blueberries

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1. Heat oven to 170C. Butter & line one large square tin
2. Put all the ingredients, about from topping ingredients, into a bowl & beat until smooth
3. Place mixture into the lined tin & bake for approx 20mins
4. After 20mins take out of oven and allow to cool
5. Spread a layer of strawberry jam on top of the cake & then add the whipped cream
6. Decorate how you like with fruit
7. Enjoy : )

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