Archive | June, 2013

OOTD – Date Night

29 Jun

Yesterday my oldest daughter went to her first sleepover at a friend’s house. We took full advantage and sent our other daughter for a sleepover at Nana’s house. Leaving me and my husband with a rare night to ourselves – hooray!!!!

I’d had this dress for a few weeks. I picked it up in Primark in two colours. It was an amazing £15 and was amazing quality for a Primark dress. The fabric is really thick and the dress is fully lined. It came with a little brown belt which I like but doesn’t really work well on me. I like the dress because it’s a nice classic style and as it’s a little short I think it looks better with a pair of leggings.  As it was a little chilly but also sunny (annoying British weather), I teamed it up with a nautical red sweater and a pair of sunnies. My shoes are also from Primark and cost £8 they are really cute and very comfortable.

We had a lovely night with a couple of drinks and a meal in Wimbledon. Can’t wait to do it again soon.

Dress – Primark £15,

Leggings – Primark £3,

Cardigan – Banned Clothing via Ebay £22,

Sunglasses – Primark £1,

Shoes – Primark £8

Recipe – Wholemeal Oat and Berry Muffins

28 Jun

I love experimenting with different types of muffin and this is one of my favourite creations. The recipe has minimal butter and sugar so as sweet treats go, this is a little more saintly than most. This is a great one for kids too as it contains plenty of fruit and it’s made with wholemeal flour too!

Ingredients:

200ml milk

80g porridge oats

1 egg

75g butter

4 tablespoons brown sugar

125g wholemeal flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

pinch of salt

frozen berries

Directions:

1) Pre heat oven to 220 c / gas mark 7

2) Line a muffin tin with 12 cases.

3) Leave milk and oats to soak for 15 minutes.

4) In a separate bowl mix egg, butter and sugar. Stir in the oats and milk.

4) In another bowl mix the flour, salt and baking powder.

5) Gentle fold the wet ingredients into the flour mix.

6) Gently add the mixed berries to the mix.

7) Spoon evening into muffin cases.

8) Bake for 20-25 mins.

9) Allow to cool before boiling the kettle and putting your feet up with a muffin and a cuppa.

Why not try adding a little cocoa powder and chocolate chips instead of the berries for an extra special oaty treat.

Mixing Books and Vintage With The Vintage Book Group

26 Jun

I’ve posted on here a few times about The Vintage Book Group, a Goodreads group hosted by me and Fay from Blog a Book Etc. We now have over 50 lovely members and have read some great books. The group reads a fabulous mix of modern books with a vintage theme as well as books written between 1920 and 1960.

The group isn’t just for girls who love vintage, but all book lovers alike. Below is a list of all the books we’ve read so far, if you’ve read any of them and would like to join the discussion you can join the group here. If you haven’t read any of them yet why not give a couple a go and join our lovely little online vintage community.

Our next book will be Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson.

coming up soon – Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann.

The Island by Victoria Hislop.

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

Win a Copy of Style Me Vintage Clothes by Naomi Thompson

24 Jun

I’m very excited to be having another giveaway on the blog, mostly because one of my lovely readers will get a copy of this fab book. It’s one of my favourite books from the Style Me Vintage Series, and it’s jam packed with fabulous vintage styling advise from Naomi Thompson, a vintage personal shopper and all round fabulous vintage girl.

All you have to do to enter is click on the link below which will redirect you to Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway.

Competition Entry

The competition is open to international entries!

Cupcake Painting

12 Jun

I’m always looking for new things to make for my home and I’ve seen lot’s of lovely little paintings that people have done, so I thought I’d give it a go myself. I’ve always been OK at art but not good enough to ever do it as a hobby, but I thought it was worth a try. I picked up a little canvas for £1.50 in Hobby Craft and 5 colours of acrylic craft paint. I looked online for inspiration before sketching a little design and painting it.

I’m actually really happy with how this came out and I found it a really relaxing way to spend an evening and will definitely be doing more little paintings in the future. I think I’ll get some brighter colours in the future as I wanted pastel shades but I think these are too pale.

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