Autumn Bakes; Apple Crumble Cupcakes

Sugar, Spice and all things nice!

Autumn has arrived which means it’s time to look out those soft wooly jumpers, slightly eccentric bobble hats, hot chocolate sachets and of course the comfort food which has all been stored away for the last 12 months.

Autumn is a very nice season and gives us a moment of reflection on the year so far before all of the Christmas madness happens next month!

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‘Exceedingly Good’ Cherry Bakewell Cupcake Recipe

I’m sure if you are from the UK you will have tasted or at least heard of a ‘Mr Kipling’ Cherry Bakewell Tarts – I hope so anyway!!

A classic cherry bakewell is a little almond and jam filled pastry tart case with a thick layer of white fondant icing and a glace cherry on the top: you’re sold already aren’t you?

With the ‘Great British Bake Off’ beginning next week I was inspired and therefore decided that this week I would put a modern twist on a traditional, classic bake recipe and turn them into cupcakes.


They are a little lighter than the tarts and just as scrummy I think!

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The Perfect Spa Night

When we think of Spa nights we mostly think about connotations surrounding Wintery months where we need to cosy and warm ourselves up by nice hot baths, towels and fluffy slippers. This is true, however as humans we do seem to pay less attention to some self love and care and our much-deserved pampering sessions.

It’s nice to pamper ourselves once in a while and why should we not in Summer? A lighter, fresher and more airy routine using natural and clean products means that we can rejuvenate and cool ourselves on warm Summer nights after long days out in the sun, wind and fresh air.

The Summer elements can be as equally as harsh on our skins as the Winter so this is my advice for a luxury summer pamper morning or evening to rejuvenate, refresh and revive oneself!


Coping with Grief

Grief comes in stages. Each stage is individually difficult to let into our minds and get through.

Losing a loved one can be so difficult and even though it is a natural process and we all know it will happen someday it is still so hard to accept.

We all think about it, we all dread it and even sometimes we prepare ourselves for it. But we never really prepare for or know how to nurture and treat our way through it: particularly the aftermath. We need to be kind.

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April Reflections and Favourites

“April Showers Bring May Flowers” – April has flown by and we are now heading into the 5th month of the year which is crazy. The nights are getting much lighter, the flowers are blooming and there are definite signs of Spring/Summer weather.

I always think that April is a nice, friendly month which eases you in gently to Spring weather with occasions like Easter, stirrings of nature and the start of the countdown to Summer.  I have enjoyed many things this month but here are a few I would love to share with you :

Online Shopping – Okay so this one is kind of bitter sweet.

  • I love getting new things to wear but I really do not like the way my bank account looks after it, so I will need to probably try and stop this in May – It has been a lot of fun while it has lasted though!
  •  I have recently been really liking ASOS, Forever 21 and Topshop this month. I’m not usually a big online shopper as I like to try things on and my mum does have a bit of a meltdown when I have a pile of returns, so I generally try to keep it to a minimum. But lucky in some aspects I have actually liked every item I have ordered this month! I also managed to pick up a few discounted items so that made me feel a little less guilty!!


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Healthy Nails, Healthy Mind

There is nothing worse than looking down at nails which you are not happy with!

Whether this is that you feel they are too short, you have chipped nail polish or they are just not the way you want them to be,  it can in-fact have a negative effect on your mood.

I find something very therapeutic about moisturising and buffing my nails and the end results also makes me feel much more confident about myself. This could be when I am in lectures writing, typing on a laptop or out in public and think that my nails look fresh and nice.

I have found a few products that I really love to use and feel that really work! I have been exploring nail products and options for a while.

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University Life; My tips and tricks

So that is me officially finished my first year of University.. Very scary! It has definitely been an interesting year and has been quite hard at times but also a very eye-opening and fun experience!

I wanted to share with you the advice and tips I would give to people maybe returning to University, starting University or perhaps someone just thinking about it!

I really wish I had, had access to a handbook of all the ‘do’s’ and ‘do not’s’ when I was starting first year but part of the process is figuring it out by yourself what to do and realising that there is no right or wrong way to do it, its however you approach it – this sounds daunting but you don’t even realise that until you are reflecting back!




Just go with the flow and consider these below tips and I promise you will be fine :

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The Girls Essentials

So here we are again. Another year, a new style, a fresh start. Whatever we may view it as we welcome another Spring/Summer season into our lives, which I believe is as a good excuse as any to have a spring clear out, organise our lives and most importantly gather your essential items for reviving oneself.
Whether gathering your essential items means to you: re-using old favourites, saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new ; or a bit of both – we ALL do it!
As humans we can’t help but be tempted and inspired by the inviting smells of spring daffodils, lighter evenings and warmer weather so we indulge ourselves (and quite rightly so!). I am no different and recently have purchased a few Spring/Summer girly essentials!

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No seriously, I mean literally Lush!


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Walking down Princes Street I was drawn to the smell of baby powder, flowers, fruit and the sight of chalkboard signs with bold white swishy writing printed all over them. This of course led me to the bath and beauty shop Lush.
As you go through the doors you are welcomed by friendly and eccentric people who too all have a passion for beautifully scented products… It’s almost like a club. You are also greeted when entering the shop by that iconic Lush smell… the one everybody knows.
There are so many beautiful products which you can take your time smelling, touching and testing, piling them into your brown paper bag or basket which of course makes the shopping experience 100 X better!!

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Chilling Out And Keeping It Simple

We all have a day here and there where we feel stressed, upset, a bit down or perhaps just not very interested/motivated. Feeling like this is a completely natural and okay as at the end of the day we are only human and not every day can be rosy.
Making yourself feel better and treating yourself nicely is one of the many ways which can help  overcome any of the emotions which we deem as being ‘negative’ or ‘bad’. My one piece of advice is not to try and “improve” your mood or day but to instead welcome this uneasy feeling when it comes and just go with it!
Take things you enjoy doing and help yourself through!
Here are a few ways in which you can change your outlook on life & make you feel a bit more at ease:
Pinterest is a great way to take your mind off things whether it is negative connotations in life or things that might just be bothering you. It allows you to escape into a place where all of your interests can be looked at on a mood board. Seeing images of things you like will have a positive influence on you and also just by searching and using the repetitive form of Pinning you are giving your mind a new form of focus and almost going into a meditative mind set.

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