Thursday, 21 January 2016

RECIPE: Raspberry Scones

A note from Joelle...
Good morning folks!
Today I bring you a really easy recipe that will impress all your family and friends. It can be made in under an hour and you'll look like a baking God(dess)!
Here's how to make raspberry scones.
How can you resist?

You will need:
500g self-raising flour
150ml milk
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
A pinch of cinnamon
120g cold, unsalted butter (diced)
100g white caster sugar
2 large eggs
100g raspberries (fresh or defrosted from frozen) - blueberries work well too

Method:
*Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius
1. Sieve in the  flour, baking powder and salt
2. Add in the sugar and set aside
3. Add the butter and rub in until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, mix with the milk and vanilla
5. Pour in mixture into the dry bowl and stir
6. Cut/tear the raspberries in half and stir them in slowly. They will bleed and turn it all pink if you rush!
7. Sprinkle flour onto the surface and pat the mixture together until it forms a thick dough
8. Do not knead or overwork the dough, just roll it gently so it's even in thickness (around 4cm)
9. Use a cookie cutter or a glass to cut out the scones
10. Place on a greased baking tray
11. Brush to top with milk, sprinkle some more sugar and bake for roughly 10-13 minutes

Take out of the oven and place on a cooling rack for about 10 mins before serving with butter/jam/clotted cream.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you give these a try!
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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Winter Party Survival with George at ASDA

A note from Joelle... 
Hellllllllo!
I went to a number of festive parties over the December period and now I'm back at uni, there's no signs of slowing down. Everyone (who isn't doing their dissertation) seems to still be in winter party mode even though it's freeeeeeeeeeeeeeezing!
For New Years Eve, I was kitted out in some gorgeous party pieces from George at ASDA!
Here are my top dos and don'ts for winter party survival!

DO:
Embrace the theme - Festive jumper night? Fancy dress? #tbt theme? Get stuck in and have a laugh. Kitten whiskers drawn in eyeliner and a pair of leather leggings ain't fooling anyone!

Wear a coat/throw - yes, we all know how annoying it it to pay that extra £1 for the cloakroom, but you'll be the one laughing when you're nice 'n' toasty coming to and from the party.
Also, I've taken a leaf out of the LFW trend-setters who drape their coats over their shoulders like accessories - looks so chic!

Get chatting to everyone - Winter parties are always packed out with new people and familiar faces, so it's nice to get chatting with people you don't know that well. It's a fab opportunity to make new connections and friends.

DON'T:
Talk badly about your boss/colleague - yeah, we've all been there: an emotional rant after a few too many drinks. Chances are people have mutual friends and your comments could get back to the person you were talking about. If you're thinking up something mean in your head, keep it there.

Be afraid to sparkle - Seventies disco sparkles never hurt anyone, right? Pus, every can pull them off, so it's all good! My sequined vest got lots of compliments on NYE. Check the website for lots of embellished party wear lots of which are discounted!
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Monday, 11 January 2016

Best Dressed at the Golden Globes 2016

A note from Joelle... 
Hello! I hope you had a great weekend. 
Today, I bring you my Best Dressed list from the Gold Globes red carpet.
Just a little side note... our boy, Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won something and his speech was incredible!
There were more hits than misses this time around (compared to last year) and I noticed some interesting trends that I didn't see coming:
Greek goddess floaty gowns- capes, off-the-shoulder, white colours
Navy Blue
Shimmering gold
Deep reds
Images from vogue.co.uk
In no particular order:
Lily James in Marchesa 
Laverne Cox in Elizabeth Kennedy
Saoirse Ronan in Saint Laurent 
Gina Rodriguez wore a dress by Zac Posen.
Julianne Moore in Tom Ford
Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren
Joanne Froggatt in Reem Acra

Zendaya in Marchesa 
Amber Heard
Brie Larson in Calvin Klein
Kate Hudson in Tom Ford
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Atelier Versace
Who was your best dressed celeb? Let me know below!
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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Chokers Under £10!

A note from Joelle... 
Hello!
Happy 2016! I hope you had a great New Year's Eve and are looking forward to what 2016 has to offer. 
Today, I bring you a wishlist of a style of necklace I have been loving since the mid 90s (man, I feel old) - chokers!
Back in the day, I was influenced by Lisa, Faye and Claire from STEPS who wore them in most of their music videos and I wanted one so badly.
But I was never allowed because they looked like a choking hazard (true story!)
Here are some modern chokers that can be worn at both formal and casual occasions - links below!

1 / 2 / 3 
 4 / 5 / 6 

I bought no 3 the other day and can't wait for it to arrive today. There's something so 
For anyone thinking that chokers will be uncomfortable, most can be adjusted and are made from a light material.
Also, I recently found out that places like ASOS do Curve jewellery, for people with wider necks!

What do you think of chokers? Would you ever wear one?

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