Archive | July, 2012

Vintage Picnic

23 Jul

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What’s that I see there in the sky?….a burning ball of yellow! My gosh summer is here (finally). Daydreaming of hazy evening picnics is slowly turning into a reality.

Here’s my vintage picnic wish list and essential items

1. The Hamper

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From http://www.lifesapicnic.co.uk
I think this beautiful hamper speaks for itself.

2. The Dress

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Beautiful glamourous dresses by http://www.ohmyhoney.co.uk. I’ve been dreaming about getting my wobbly bits into one of these for to long!…. Hurry up payday.

3. Food

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What’s more classic than homemade scones and strawberry jam. My delightfully yummy scone recipe is on a previous post. Here’s an easy peasy jam recipe:
Ingredients
– 400g strawberries cut in half
– 450g caster sugar
– 4 tsp fresh lemon juice
Place the strawberries and sugar into a medium size saucepan. Bring to a simmer stirring frequently. Continue to simmer for 1 hr stirring occasionally. Once thick or to the constancy you like add the lemon juice and pour into sterilised jam jars.

4. Crockery

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By http://www.cakestandheaven.com
This wonderful website has some fabulous vintage crockery to make your picnic extra special.

5. Games

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Egg and spoon races, sack race and pass the parcel!!

I’m over come with excitement…..Vintage picnic organising starts now. Anybody like to come?!

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes…..Nom Nom

14 Jul

These beauties = awesomeness. You must try. That is all.

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Ingredients

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 225g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • Buttercream

  • 8tbsp unsalted butter
  • 125g smooth peanut butter
  • 80g icing sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp double cream
  • Recipe

    1. Pre heat oven to 180c.
    2. Beat the sugar and butter together until smooth. Then mix in the eggs and milk.
    3. Sift in the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. Mix well. Divide mixture equally between your cupcake cases.
    4. Bake for approx 15-20mins
    5. When ready leave them to cool on a wire rack while you make the buttercream.
    6. Mix the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and salt. Mix until just incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and double cream. Mix until you have the consistency you want.
    7. Once the cakes have cooled pipe on the buttercream.
    8. EAT….Nom Nom : )

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    Enjoy
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    Amazing exhibitions you cannot miss

    11 Jul

    Holy moly these exhibitions are going straight into my diary! Hope you are inspired to do the same!

    POP! Design Culture Fashion
    The Fashion and Textile Museum, London

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    ‘In the 1950s a new wave of rock-n-roll and youth culture from America swept the country and the world. The mix of popular images and music with art and fashion would change the way people dressed – blurring the boundaries of commerce, culture and style.

    POP! will explore the impact of music, art and personality on the development of the fashion of the times. From the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers through to the Punk era, this exhibition will take in the cool stylings of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of 70s retro by designers such as Mr Freedom and Miss Mouse.’

    Exhibition Dates: 6 Jul – 27 Oct 2012

    Ticket Price:
    £7 for adults
    £5 for students and concessions

    Information and picture from http://www.ftmlondon.org

    Designing 007: Fifty years of Bond style
    The Barbican, London

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    A unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world’s most influential and iconic movie brand.

    Exhibition dates: Runs from 6th July – 5th Sept
    Ticket price: £12

    Oh and there’s a MARTINI BAR : )

    Information and picture from http://www.barbican.org.

    Ballgowns
    The V&A, London

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    From spring 2012 the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers. Displayed over two floors, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights.

    Exhibition dates: Runs until 6th Jan 2013
    Ticket price: £10

    Information and picture from http://www.vam.ac.uk

    How very exciting
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    What’s in my makeup bag: The 1950’s look

    8 Jul

    The 1950’s…..oh how I adore everything about this era. Women were glamorous, voluptuous, flirtatious and oozed confidence. Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, they all had this lady like allure that was and still is utterly infectious.
    Marilyn Monroe

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    Elizabeth Taylor

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    Grace Kelly

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    Here’s what’s in my makeup bag to create the 1950’s look:
    Brushes

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    To create this look I use a foundation brush, flat eyeshadow brush, blending brush for eye sockets, blusher brush and an angle brush for my eyebrows.

    Primer, Foundation and Concealer
    A primer is essential to create a flawless finish and will ensure your make up won’t melt off your face. I use Mac Strobe cream. I then apply my foundation, Chanel Vitalumiere, with a foundation brush. I use Mac Pro long wear concealer under my eyes to get rid of the dark circles! To make my look more matte, which was the main theme in the 50’s, I apply Bobbi Brown pressed powder all over.

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    Blusher
    I sweep 2 blushers over the apples of my cheeks with a blusher brush. I use Mac blusher in pink swoon and tenderling. Both of these combined give a lovely subtle glow.

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    Eyes
    It’s all about the eyes for me! I love the black winged eyeliner effect! I always prime my eyes first with Mac paint pot in painterly, I can’t even tell you how amazing this product is! I then use a flat brush to go over my eye lid using shroom eye shadow by Mac. Then, using a blending brush, I contour my eye socket using patina eye shadow by Mac.
    My secret ingredient is my £1.99 eyeliner from Superdrug, 2 True Effortless eyeliner….I would totally recommend it. It makes it easy to create a great winged effect. I then apply LASHINGS of Bad Gal Lash mascara by Benefit.

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    Eyebrows
    1950’s eyebrows were well defind and angled. To create this I use a fan brush and fill my eyebrows in with a dark brown eyeshadow.

    Lips
    Last but definitely not least is the red lipstick! Oh red lipstick how I adore you! As soon as you put it on you feel so much more confident. I own numerous red lipsticks but my favouriates are Cambon Rouge Coco by Chanel and Red Russian by Mac.

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    Extras
    If I have time I add individual false eyelashes just to the outer corner of my eye to create an even more flirtatious look. I sometimes add a fake beauty spot using a black eyeliner pencil.

    And voila…..the finished look…

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    All made up and no where to go…..off to find my boyfriend.
    Over and out
    : )
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    Yummy Vintage Delights

    1 Jul

    Last Wednesday I had another amazing evening at The Make Lounge….I’m totally besotted with the place! This time I attended the vintage cupcake decorating class held by Charlotte White of Restoration Cake.

    The entire evening was blooming marvellous! Charlotte was lovely, very informative and inspirational! I learnt so much and I can’t wait to impress my friends and family with my new found skills.

    I’m already booked on my next Make Lounge adventure……I suggest you lot jump on this fabulous crafty band wagon!

    My little gems

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    The Make Lounge
    http://www.themakelounge.com

    Restoration Cake
    http://www.restorationcake.co.uk