My Little Wish Box

Hello Lovelies!

I was excited when this month's My Little box package arrived. As the first box of 2016, I wondered what the theme would be. When I opened up my parcel, I just fell in love. Kanako's designs never fail to be beautiful. She is such a talent!

MLB always send me great products. This month's included:

REN's Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Water - £13
I have been meaning to purchase this little gem for a while now. I can honestly say I am not disappointed. With soothing rose otto oils and protective polyphenols, leaves even the most sensitive skin (which I most definitely am), sighing in sweet contentment. A firm staple in my routine I think.

Noxidoxi Mask & Peel Perfection Eclat - £24.90
This isn't a brand that I had heard of before receiving this product so I did a spot of research. This mask has more power than the Take That comeback! A few minuets with this on and your face is left revitalised and fresh.

My Little Beauty 'Make A Wish' Lipbalm - £7
Having lips big enough to give Angelina Jolie a run for her money, It is so painstakingly hard to keep them moisturised. Filled with shea butter and almond oil, my January lips have been simply sensuous thanks to this little stick of wonder. Plus, how cute is the packaging!?

Limited Edition 2016 Diary - £15
I make an attempt to keep a diary every year and miserably fail. So much so that I actually hadn't bothered even purchasing one this year. But when I opened this, It was so beautiful I found a whole new motivation. Featuring a duck-egg background with rose-gold detailing, I am simply in love! Study and a sizeable shape, this is perfect to keep on your bedside table or in your bag. Not to mention, the stunning little illustrations and motivational quotes dotted throughout to keep you positive all year long!

Message Bracelets - £6
I can just tell the people in Paris working their socks off for amazing ideas are just lovely people. This month's box included a set of pastel bracelets supporting little quotes for to give to your friends - plus a gold-plated one for you! These little mantra's are just the most thoughtful idea.

I can't believe that January is almost over. Let me know if you have tried any of the products featured and if you would like to see more of these posts! Don't forget to check out my links below. 

All My Love

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Gingerbread Biscuits Recipe

Hello Lovelies,

With the festive period sadly over, and all those favourite baking goodies fading away, I thought you could use us the last of your festive spices by cooking these Gingerbread Biscuits. Using all the staple ingredients in every baker's cupboard, here is a quick and easy recipe certain to tickle your tastebuds.

You will need; 
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125g unsalted butter
175g light soft brown sugar
1 free-range egg
4 tbsp golden syrup

Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Add the butter and rub together until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the mixture and stir until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll the dough out to 0.5cm thick on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, or freehand, cut out the shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. I made the mistake of the Gap not being wide enough, which results in one rather large biscuit! Don't forget to prick them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate however you wish. Some I chose to use royal icing, some with edible glitter, and some leave plain.

Something I like to do is create little decorations from them to hang on a tree. Just pierce holes in the dough, then when cooked tie a little ribbon round so you can hook them onto a branch. Cute ey? But now that the festive period is over, you could use edible glitter, royal icing, or just leave them plain!

Let me know what your favourite things to bake after the rush of the festive season are!

All My Love


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My Favourite Moments From 2015

Hello Lovelies!

Whoa, its 2016... when did that happen? I feel like I blinked and 2015 had been and gone. I woke up on the 1st January, and whilst I lay cuddling my sleeping boyfriend I thought about all the amazing high's I have had this year. Now, of course there has been lows, but those are not memories I would like to preserve. I feel like this is more for myself than for you (selfish I know) so I can look back and remember all the precious days. So here are my favourite moments from 2015...

Windy Beach Walks - March
I know what you're thinking, who goes to the beach in March?! Honestly, it was bloody freezing. I also gathered some primary research for my final exam piece in my Fine Art. (I later found out I achieved an A* with full marks, woop!) My boyfriend and I had a really special day strolling the sands, eating crepes, and finishing the day off with a drink and fish a chips. Also he carried my bags all day... thank you baba.

 The sound of crashing waves is so relaxing.

Holiday With Jade - April
It seems so long ago, I forgot it was this year! We spent a wonderful few days on the beach, exploring tea shops, eating wonderful food, consuming much history knowledge and dancing round our hotel room. In these short few days, I felt free. It was scary to do something so impromptu and unplanned, but we had each other. And I think we did alright, didn't we? Thank you Jade for those memories.

There is nothing more refreshing than standing at the highest point of a castle, overlooking the ocean, the wind whistling through your hair, and feeling like you are invincible. 

The shadows that the clouds form on the ocean are so picturesque.

Danielle's Special Day - June
For Danielle's birthday, I took her on a day of surprises. From having fancy afternoon tea at Cloud 23, The Hilton to seeing a live show at the Lowry Theatre, I can't really say more than this was a special day. I am so thankful to have my chummy in my life - she will always be the Blair to my Chuck.

How beautiful does she look? Someone call VOUGE!

Words cannot express how delicious that afternoon tea was.

Picnic's - June
This is quite an odd one to choose because it isn't glamorous or a lavish day out. My love and I just decided to go for a picnic. There isn't much to say apart from this day was perfect. It really was. Its the small things that mean the most.

Giovanna Book Signing - July
This was a lovely chilled afternoon with only a few dozen people in Warterstones. She did a lovely Q&A session, then afterwards signed all my books and we had a lovely chat about Nutella. Gi has such a beautiful soul.

Forest Holiday - July
At the end of July I went on holiday. Staying in a log cabin in the forest was just divine. Some very special memories were made - including putting my boyfriend in the boot of my car... don't ask! Anyway, I have a million photos from this holiday so it was hard to choose just a few. These snaps don't do it justice.

Annie in Theatre - August
I had a lovely couple of days with my chum and mummy Joanna where we saw Annie in theatre. As a theatre student myself I am always very critical of anything I see. But seeing Annie was more of just a re-ignition of love for one of my favourite childhood films. Plus, I did something funny that we always giggle about. Im smiling now as I write this, but it's too embarrassing to share, haha.

Walk Off The Earth Concert - September
I've been to many gigs and concerts, but this was just something all together different. WOTE put on a performance. Trust me, the whole shebang! It was the most exciting concert I have ever been to, with smoke machines in drums, fire, balloons, confetti, lighting affects, a series of backdrops... the list is endless. It was a large crowd but still felt intimate, and was probably the most diverse audience I have ever been part of. WOTE attract a range of people because their style is so unique - like no other. I was front row (I never haven't been at any gig or concert) and I lost my voice after the first 2 songs. My boyfriend and I sung our hearts out. 

My Birthday - October
I had a really great birthday this year. It was kind of more of a birthday week. I did a range of things to celebrate, but my favourite was probably my party. It was fancy dress, because hey - why not? I won't say much but it was definitely a night to remember!
Meet Troy Bolton, Alice, Taylor Momsen and Coraline.

Howarth - October
It has been a dream of mine since I was little to visit Howarth. Home of the Bronte's, I finally got to visit. I went with my family and boyfriend and just had a great day. I feel like a little book-shaped hole in my soul has been filled. I wrote a post about it HERE.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time - October
I read the book of the same title around 5 years ago, and has always been one of my favourite books. When I heard it was being adapted into a play, I was thrilled. So I saw it on it's first run in 2014. When I heard that Curious Incident was being brought back a second time due to high demand, I just couldn't not get tickets. I was just as blown away as the first time. This time, I got to pay attention to all the small things that I missed the first time. I think this is probably my favourite theatre piece to date. The execution of this was just stunning, with some of the greatest stylisation I have ever seen. I have even more appreciation for this after working with Frantic Assembly (who choreographed the physical theatre elements). This was the first time my boyfriend saw it and I was so happy I got to share that with him!

Halloween - October
Halloween is probably my favourite holiday of the year. I'll only share the photos that were taken whilst I was sober...

Scouting For Girls Concert - November
I cannot express how special this night was. This was the happiest concert I have ever been to. Roy, Greg and Pete are just the most down to earth guys ever, and I was so lucky to have a chat with them after. SFG songs just make me all warm and fuzzy inside, and that is all I will ever want from them.

Christmas Meal With My Girls - December
We had our annual gift-giving meal then came back to mine for drinks. We watched 'Love Rosie' and played Mario Kart. Oh the excitement, ey? Chum and I even came up with an amazing bum-shaking routine...

2015 was just crazy. I completed so many goals last lear of the amount of hours of volunteering I wanted to complete, how I wanted to grow, give more and much more. I learnt a lot last year.
This was a long, rambly one. But I hope you enjoyed my little re-cap of 2015. I would love to know down below what your favourite moments from last year were! I wish you the very best for 2016.

All My Love

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