A New Bag

Sunday, 12 November 2017

A new season means a new handbag, right? Well, that's what I thought anyway, and so a few weeks ago I set about on a mission to find myself a new bag for the Autumn and Winter months.

After a few unsuccessful searches around the shops, I thought I would instead do a bit of online shopping, and eventually ended up on Bershka (one of my old favourites), where I found exactly the sort of handbag that I was looking for...

Out & About in Birmingham with my New Bag...
I had a few specific wants in my new bag: it needed to be black to match the majority of my Autumn/Winter wardrobe, it needed to have a cross-body strap, and it also needed to be big enough to fit all my necessities in, but at the same time not too massive (I know, I am a little bit picky). Anyway, the bag that I spotted on the Bershka website seemed to tick the boxes of all the above categories, and so I immediately decided to get it!

As you can hopefully see, this new bag of mine is pretty cute - for just £17.99, I have to admit that it was a bit of a bargain, especially when I have found the quality of Bershka items to be incredibly good in the past. I really love the look of it as despite being rather simple in terms of style, I can easily add a little something extra to it by tying my cute little M&S neck scarf onto it's handle. 






 What's more, it's also nice and roomy inside so fits all my bits and bobs in perfectly, and of course seems to pair well with the vast majority of my outfits. The long cross-body strap adds to the practicality, as it is pretty simple to just sling it across me when I am out and about, or have to carry additional bags (I do normally manage to accumulate a fair few shopping bags whilst out), which means that I have been using it pretty much every day recently and will probably carry on doing so for the foreseeable future.

Hopefully you all like my new handbag as much as I do... and if so, you can find it HERE.

Olivia xo

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Beauty Buys From Bourjois

Sunday, 5 November 2017

As usual, upon paying a visit to Boots the other week for just one thing, I ended up coming out with multiple items. In my defence, there was 3 for 2 on all Bourjois Cosmetics... so, my one bottle of foundation ended up also turning into a new nail polish and a new lipstick!




I have used the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation on multiple occasions now, and due to my Smashbox foundation all but running out recently, I thought it would be smart to opt for a drugstore item that I trust, to take it's place. They have actually changed up the bottle of this foundation since I last got it (that was some time ago though), but the product itself is still just as good as it used to be - I definitely class it as one of my favourite drugstore products, as it applies really well and seems to stay in place for the majority of the day, despite it's price tag of £9.99.

All That Jazz!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

I feel as though I am forever waffling on about nail polishes, and just the other week I actually posted about a new Essie polish that I bought especially for Autumn. Within that post, I also mentioned that I would really quite like to try out some new nail polish brands (other than just my usual Essie)...and so, it was a rather lovely surprise to have All That Jazz send me over some beautiful nail products just a few days ago!



If I'm going to be perfectly honest, I hadn't actually heard of All That Jazz before, but due my love of trying out products from different brands, I felt pretty intrigued so immediately set about having a browse of their website. On the site, I was pretty overwhelmed by the amount of gorgeous nail polish colours featured - there is literally a colour for every occasion and every time of year on there (feel free to check it out for yourself HERE), and although I found it quite a challenge to pick out my favourite shades, I eventually opted for 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'Dance With Me'.

Baking - Cherry and Chocolate Cookies

Sunday, 22 October 2017

After what seemed like an age, I finally got around to doing some baking the other week. I really felt in the mood to make some cookies, so after a browse of various recipes, I eventually found one that sounded rather tempting on the Good Food Website... that recipe was for Cherry and Chocolate Cookies, and seeing as my baking of them went pretty well, I thought I would share the recipe with you all today!



Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

200g Unsalted Butter
85g Muscovado Sugar
85g Golden Caster Sugar
1 Egg
225g Self-Raising Flour
50g Milk Chocolate
50g White Chocolate
85g Glacé Cherries

To go on Top:

Around 100-150g of Milk Chocolate


 Method:

1. Firstly, I preheated the oven to 180 degrees celsius, and then I put the butter, egg, and sugars into a mixing bowl and beat them together.


2. Then, I also added the flour, chocolates and cherries, and mixed them in as well - for the chocolate, I just broke the bars into their squares, and with the cherries, I just chopped them in half.


3. Next, I spooned blobs of the mixture onto baking trays (making sure that they were well spread out so that they didn't all stick together whilst cooking), and popped them into the oven for 15 minutes.


4. Once the cookies were baked, I took them out of the oven and left them to cool for a good 10 minutes or so. I then melted the remaining chocolate and drizzled it over the top of the cookies (as you can see from the pictures of my cookies, this doesn't have to be neat!).

And that's all there really was to making these cookies - they were so simple to do, and tasted so good, that I will definitely be baking them again at some point in the future!

Olivia xo

P.S Find the original recipe HERE.

Vinyl Bargains and Purchases...

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

It's that time again... I have been waiting for a couple of months to amass a fair few records before writing up another haul, but now with quite a few purchased I thought it would be a great time to tell you all about them... 



Firstly, some charity shop finds...

'How Soon is Now?' - The Smiths

Now this 7" single was a fair bit more expensive than my other charity shop purchases - for £9.99, it did take me a little longer to decide on whether to actually buy this one, but after some serious thought I just went for it. 'How Soon is Now?' is one of my favourite Smiths songs, so to own it on 7" feels pretty great... and the money that I spent on it also went to charity so that makes me feel good too.

'Regatta de Blanc' - The Police

I was definitely pretty shocked to have found this in Oxfam (no offence to any fans of Cliff Richard, but the shelves are normally just stacked with his albums), and so I just had to buy it. It was only £4.99, which I don't think is all that bad for an album by The Police, and considering how good an LP it actually is, I definitely didn't mind parting with my money.

Favourite Songs - 'Message in a Bottle' & 'Bring on the Night'


 
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