I love baking with unusual flavours and trying out my own versions of classic recipes. One flavour that I really enjoy using is lavender and this shortbread is the perfect way too add a floral twist to your baking.

Lavender Shortbread RecipeLavender Shortbread 

You will need: 

150g butter 

60g caster sugar 

220g plain flour 

2 tbsp culinary lavender 

Lavender Shortbread RecipeHow to make: 

Preheat oven to 170ºc and prepare a large baking tray.  

Cream the butter and sugar together with the lavender and rub in the four until it forms a stiff dough.  

Roll out on a floured surface to about ¼” thickness. 

Cut out using a cookie cutter and prick with a fork several times. 

Bake for around 15 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack.  

Lavender Shortbread Recipe

These are really tasty and the recipe also works really well with other flavours such as tea. I used the same recipe to make my Earl Grey shortbread. If you want to try another floral recipe why not try my rosewater cake recipe. For lots more recipes, check out the Baking section of the blog.

Lavender Shortbread RecipeAs always, let me know if you try this recipe. I always love to see pictures of your baking!

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As I said a few posts ago, I want to do a lot more favourites posts this year. I’ve already done a post of my favourite teas and favourite cups and mugs. It’s high time I shared my most recent Beaty favourites. My last beauty favourites post, was all the way back in February last year! I’ve tried lots of products this year and have found some fabulous ones which I’ve really enjoyed using.


February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Fresh CosmeticsLike a good bestie, when Fay went to America last year she brought me back a few goodies from Sephora for my birthday. One of them was this lovely set of products from Fresh. I’ve read great things about this lovely range of skincare and all of the products have been amazing. You can buy Fresh products in the UK from John Lewis.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face CreamThe Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is a light but powerful face cream. I’ve been using this after going to the gym to put some life back into my skin. I’ve found that swimming has been drying my skin out and this fresh and light formula feels super smoothing and hydrating on my skin. I love how brightening this is and it definitely gives my skin a radiant glow.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Fresh Soy Face CleanserI’ve been cleansing my skin with this lovely cleanser a lot recently. The Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh, has a lovely fragrance that smells a bit like fresh cucumber. I usually use this one after taking off my makeup for a thorough wash that leaves my skin squeaky clean. The formula is a but like a face wash and is slightly foaming. A little goes a very long way with this one, so my small tube has lasted me absolutely ages.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Fresh Vitamin Nectar Face MaskMy favourite of the three products is this brilliant face mask. It smells and feels like a pot of marmalade, which I absolutely love. The Vitamin Nectar face mask is packed with fruity goodness which makes my skin feel absolutely amazing.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Fresh Vitamin Nectar Face MaskThis product is perfect for a home pampering session and leaves my skin feeling smooth happy and ready for anything. If you can get your hands on a pot, I’d highly recommend it.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Rituals The Wonder MaskThe Wonder Mask from Rituals is a product I’ve been using for absolutely ages. As you can see from my last Beauty Favourites post, I’m already a big fan of Rituals and use a lot of their products. I always enjoy visiting my local store in Kingston, as the staff are so lovely and very helpful. They always recommend products that I end up loving.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Rituals Wonder MaskFay was already using this mask and loving it, so when I went to an event at the Rituals shop I had to give it a try. They mixed it with a drop of their face oil, which I’ve mentioned further down this post. The set comes with a generous pot of charcoal and black mud powder which you simply add water to. The set comes with a little bowl and a super soft brush to apply the mask.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Rituals Wonder MaskOnce applied to your skin, this dries into the perfect clay mask. It sucks all the dirt and impurities out of my skin. I use this once of twice a week and my skin is very happy for it.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night CreamThe Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream is probably my favourite skincare product ever! I first tried it as part of an Elemis gift set I had bought myself. I’d bought the set for a different product, but thought I’d try this night cream. I instantly fell in love. This is like a good nights sleep in a pot. I apply it before bed and wake up with very happy skin. As a tired mum, who does too much, I need all the help I can get! The only problem is that this a VERY expensive product.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night CreamOnce my 30ml sample size had been used up I couldn’t afford to get more. Knowing how much I loved it, when Fay received this pot in a gift set from her mum she passed it on to me. I have the best bestie ever! If your skin needs a little love and you can afford a pot, this one really is FABULOUS!

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Rituals Pure Face OilAnother product that has been making my skin very happy is the Rituals Pure Face Oil. I’ve always really liked face oils and have tried quite a few different ones. This one from Rituals is a new favourite. A couple of tiny drops are enough to completely moisturise my skin. As I mentioned above I also like to add a couple of drops to my clay face mask.


February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Miller Harris Citron Citron CandleI’ve been enjoying lots of different candles recently. I always have a few on the go and light them every evening. There’s two that have really stood out to me and these citrus delights smell even better when burned together. I got the Lemon Leaf and Sage candle from Home Sense for £10. It’s absolutely huge and the smell is incredible. I love Miller Harris fragrances a lot, and knowing this Fay got me this gorgeous candle for Christmas. Both candles let off a lot of fragrance and I’d definitely recommend them both.


February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Asda Andrew Barton SOS Hair RepairMy hair has got super long recently. This wasn’t really intentional, but I hate going to the hair dressers and have been putting it off for ages. To keep it feeling healthy I’ve been using this SOS Hair Repair Oil  from Andrew Barton, which is available in Asda. Out of all the hair oils I’ve tried this is my all time favourite. It smells beautiful and makes my hair look glossy and healthy without being too heavy. Rob has also been using this one on his beard and loves it too.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Primark PS Hydrate and Restore Hair MaskAnother product thats been making my hair happy, is this hair mask from Primark. A few months ago I popped in to buy some bargain products so I could have a little pamper session. I thought this looked good and was worth a try. For a product that only cost £2, I was really impressed with how this left my hair. It added lots of moisture and gloss and I will definitely be re-purchasing.


February 2018 Beauty Favourites | The ordinary Coverage FoundationIt’s very rare that I try a new foundation, it’s one of those things that once I find a product I love I stick to it for years. But when I recently picked up some skincare products from The Ordinary I thought I’d try one of their foundations too. The Coverage Foundation comes in a huge selection of colours and is perfect if you’re on a budget. I am so glad I tried this, the coverage is incredible. I don’t wear foundation every day, but I’ve worn this for photographs and after the gym when I look a little red. It covers everything and stays put all day. A really amazing addition to my make-up bag.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red and Too Faced Peach Kiss in Muy CalienteThis post should really be about how much I love Fay, as it’s full of nice things from her! She knows how much I love a good lipstick and bought me two absolutely gorgeous ones for Christmas. I have to confess that I’ve not used them yet as they’re so perfect and new, but now I’ve taken some photos I’ll give them a go. They both have absolutely gorgeous packing and the colours are divine.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipstick in Muy CalienteThe two red shades are Muy Caliente from Too Faced and Underage Red by Kat Von D. I have a lot of Too Faced products that I absolutely adore, but I’ve never tried Kat Von D, so I can’t wait to give it a go. I’ll report back on these soon.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | NYX Shadow Palette I’ve been really enjoying looking at other people’s super colourful make-up looks. I wanted a really vibrant orange shade and came across this gorgeous palette from NYX. I’ve always been impressed with their products and this set looks absolutely amazing.

February 2018 Beauty Favourites | NYX Shadow Palette I’ve had this for a couple of months now and have tried quite a few of the colours. They have an amazing pigment and this is a great all round colour addition to my make-up bag. I’ll try to take some pictures with these soon.

February 2018 Beauty FavouritesHave you tried any of the products I’ve included? Do you have any recommendations you think I’d enjoy? Would you like to see more beauty favourites posts in the future?

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It can be hard incorporating vintage and retro looks into everyday and work outfits. This year I thought it would be fun to create some looks using both vintage and high street clothes. Todays outfit is from Simply Be and was sent to me to feature on the blog. Rather than going for my usual dress option I thought it would be fun to create an outfit with one of their range of skirts. I was inspired by the 70s and think this would be a great option for work or as an everyday smart look.

I chose this pretty grey ruffle skirt, which is made from a lovely smooth jersey material. It is available in sizes 12-26. I love how versatile this is, it could be worn with a nice sweater or a simple white cami in the summer. It’s definitely a great staple that I will be mixing and matching a lot. The skirt has a lovely drape to it and is quite full. I really like that it falls just below the knee.

I paired it with a navy pussy bow blouse. This is another versatile option, available in sizes 10-32. I like the idea of pairing this with my jeans for a casual daytime look, which could be dressed top with heels for the evening. For another work look this would look fabulous with some high waisted trousers.

To complete the retro 70s inspired look, I added an original vintage belt and my Orla Kiely shoes. I’m really looking forward to trying other combinations with both pieces. Adding a vintage accessory can completely change up an outfit and the belt I’ve used was only a couple of pounds in a charity shop.

Fit wise, I went for a size 14 in both items which is my usual size. I found both to come up pretty true to size. The skirt has an elasticated waist, making it quite easy to get a good fit. The blouse has no stretch, but is pretty roomy and easy to get on.

Get the look – BlouseSkirt

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Sorry to be yet another valentines day scrooge, but I’m just not that into it. I don’t like the idea of a day that makes anyone feel crap and valentines day is a pretty rubbish one for lots of people. There are lots of ways of showing your love all year round and to all the people you love in your life. I do however quite like the idea of Galentines day. In theory this should be celebrated on Feb 13th, but as it clashed with pancake day, so today is as good as any.

There are some pretty awesome women in my life who I love and appreciate a lot. And I think a day to celebrate friendship is pretty cool. I also have two daughters who I’d like to raise to have happy healthy relationships, but also to know that they don’t need a relationship to be happy. Friendships on the other hand are very important.

So today I’m going to show some appreciation. I am very lucky to have friends who support, encourage and make me laugh a lot. Friends who take 10,000 pictures of my outfits and don’t mind me taking pictures of my food! Friends to discover new places and go on adventures with and friends who share my love of all things vintage. I have a mum who is an amazing role model. I have my daughter Jessica who reminds me the importance of being yourself and Lila who shows me how to be kind and caring. And I have loads of wonderful women who read my blog and make my dream job a reality.

So to all my friends, my daughters, my mum and my readers happy Galentines day!

Also go and check out some of my friends amazing blogs Fay Simone, Era Go Again, Something Definitely Happened and Curiosity Killed. Thanks. xxx

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I have always loved pancakes, eating them, making them and sharing them. I love classic crepes, scotch pancakes and American style. When it comes to toppings there loads I like too. I’ve been making pancakes since I was about 12 and have lots of happy memories of making them for my family. Now I have kids I enjoy making them even more. I usually have 3 or 4 pans on the go and love showing off my flipping skills! As you can imagine I absolutely love Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake toppingsTraditionally Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of lent and the start of fasting, pancakes are a great way to use up leftover milk, eggs and flour.

Pancake toppingsI started the festivities this weekend by making some American style pancakes for the kids. I used this recipe, which makes lovely fluffy pancakes. Everyone in my house likes different toppings. I like to smother mine in maple syrup or some classic sugar and lemon. Jessica likes lots of Nutella and Lila likes a bit of everything!

cinnamon pancakeI like trying different flavours. I made this one by sprinkling a little cinnamon into the batter and drizzling the pancakes with honey.

Cinnamon pancakeI also like to make chocolate chip pancakes by adding chocolate chips to the batter in the pan. These go down really well with the kids.

Chocolate chip pancakeThese are delicious served with some fresh fruit and a cup of tea. If you want to be really indulgent, I think a squirt of cream would go down a treat with these too.

choc chip pancakeToday I’m planning to make some classic pancakes with the girls and maybe even try a few savoury options. I’ll posting them on my Insta Stories so keep a look out for more pancake fun. What are your favourite pancake types, toppings and flavours?

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