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Monday, 2 December 2013

♡Christmas Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe♡


One of my favourite things about the Christmas season is when Starbucks and Costa release their holiday menu. Their festive themed drinks are so creative and always taste so divine. My favourite this season has to be Costa's Black Forest hot chocolate - it legit tastes like a gâteau in a mug...delicious!

Saying that, one of my all time favourite festive drinks has to be Starbucks's peppermint hot chocolate - I love it so much that I decided to try and recreate the recipe at home. And it worked so well that I just had to share it with you guys too!

The pictures above pretty much explain the steps you take to make the drink, however I will mention that whisking the milk into the after eight paste until it becomes totally smooth does take a while! Also make sure the heat on your hob isn't too high as the chocolate will end up burning and your drink will be ruined!

Let me know how you get on if you try this recipe and if you enjoy it!

Happy december!


first image available from: http://smartcanucks.ca/starbucks-canada-get-your-free-red-holiday-cup-today/

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

♡PAYDAY WISHLIST♡

This week, i've been bunged down with an awful chest infection so I haven't been able to go out and take my usual outfit of the day pictures or do a face of the day post! So today to cheer myself up, I was internet "browsing" and put together a little collage of things I plan to treat myself to on payday...the nine day countdown is on!

Monday, 7 October 2013

♡OOTD-first day back at uni♡


Today marked the first day back at uni after a 5 month break and as much as I loved having the time off, I was itching to get back and see all of my favourite girls! 

Since it was the first day, I decided to make an effort and dress up a bit! I settled with grey Topshop overalls, a sheer v-neck blouse, my FAVE Zara flats and thee cutest pink Longchamp backpack - deffo going to be my staple item for uni!!

Hope everyone has had a great day! Let me know what your staple item for uni//school is this term!



Sunday, 29 September 2013

♡Red and White Quinoa Salad♡







Ok so quinoa is like my new favorite thing ever! It’s a type of seed although it can be prepared just like rice. Quinoa is a complete protein, containing all eight amino acids and has been recognised by the United Nations as a supercrop for its health benefits. Whats even better is that it is so versatile that it can be eaten with almost anything!

Being a student, i’m always trying to come up with cheap, easy and QUICK meals to avoid grabbing the supernoodles or cheesy pasta out of my cupboard, so the other day me and my flatmate decided to play chef and see what tasty dish we could come up with! 

We ended up creating a sort of pepper and tomato warm quinoa salad, which actually tasted pretty nice, although next time I think adding some chorizo along with the chicken and veg would give the dish a little extra flavour! But the great thing about this recipe is that you can change it to suit you! So easy, so quick, so yummy!

Happy cooking!

(Ps, the lack of blogging was due to having no wifi for ten days, but i'm back for good now..yay!!)


Saturday, 14 September 2013

♡Weekend Wear♡


Today was a day for visiting the family before I make the move back to Aberdeen and start back at uni. It feels like this summer has just flew by and although its been absolutely amazing, I definitely feel like I am ready to move back up to my little flat and see all of the uni gals again! 

Shirt: Zara//Jeans: Miss Selfridge// Shoes: Zara// Clutch: Louis Vuitton// Watch: Michael Kors



Thursday, 12 September 2013

♡LONDON HAUL♡


Naturally, one out of our three days Lauren and I spent in London last weekend, was dedicated to shopping! I plan on doing a separate lifestyle post detailing everything that I got up to on my recent trip to London//Cambridge, but for now, I thought I'd let you take a peek at the goodies I picked up while I was in the UK's capital.

First stop was Topshop where I picked up this white long line blazer. Oversize is going to be huge this season so I definitely wanted in on the trend! White is such a universal colour and easily goes with anything so I know i'm going to the wear out of it.
Next up we went to Zara where I splashed out a bit and bought some tartan trousers (hitting the nail on the head with the punk trend here!), this delicate lightweight blouse, perfect for everyday wear, and then lastly, my number one find of the trip- these gorgeous miu miu-esque leather flats shown above. UGH SO PRETTY!!

My favourite purchase of the trip was definitely from Jo Malone. I have been DYING to get my hands on some goodies from them for some while now and I finally gave in and bought the Blackberry and Bay cologne. I opted for the smaller size juuuust to make sure i'd be able to take it back on the plane without any hassle (I get so paranoid about these things!) so i'm going to need to make sure I use it sparingly! It's categorized as a fruity perfume, although it's not sickly sweet like you might imagine, it's warm, aromatic and has a gorgeous dark fruitiness to it. And it's lasting power is INSANE!! A couple of spritzes and it lasts me the full day! Take a bow Jo Malone, you are sensational!

The last notable product I picked up, was a new lipstick from MAC. Oh MAC, how can I resist you! I really wanted a new, darker lipstick for Autumn/Winter as most of the lipsticks I own are very light, mostly pinkish shades. I was torn between Dark Skies and Cyber, but in the end decided to go for Dark Skies as I felt Cyber was just slightly too dark.


The colour is so so beautiful! This rich plum shade is perfect as we approach the colder months. I am obsessed!!

Amongst all that, I also picked up a cheap eyebrow pencil from Maybelline and some goodies from Murdock for the boyf! 

And thats that! A sensible amount of purchases I think, especially since I usually go overboard and am laden down with luggage on the way home from all the spending!


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

♡I AM NOT DEAD♡

Wahhhh i'm alive I promise! I feel like i've been living in Kurt Geiger recently with the amount of hours i've been working (not complaining...pennies!). This, plus an issue with my editing software, has forced me to take an unplanned hiatus from blogging (which i'm super sad about because i'm itching to post more!) Hopefully everything will be sorted out within the next week and I will be back to posting regularly again! But for now, heres my week in instagram pics :)
    
Selena Gomez "Come And Get It" makeup inspired by Tanya Burr's video
Fun studio shoot with Fiona Rennie
Bought some raspberry and white chocolate macaroons (yummy!)
New shoes getting their first outing
Fangirling over Iggy Azelea at R1BW
The colour my hair will be going this summer (mollie king is FIT)


Until next time,
Stay classy

Suz x


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

♡CRAZIEST WEEK OF MY LIFE! Exams // Fashion Shows // Party Party Party♡


So the past week has been absolutely CRAZY!! Rewind to last wednesday, I had my first exam and then straight after it finished, I travelled the 3 hour journey back home. I knew the next few days were going to be super busy and stressful so I started off the evening pretty much how I always do when I go home...with a nice hot bubble bath! On returning home from working on the Snooker in Sheffield, my dad brought me back a gift which will most definitely be well used: a cute little pink egg box filled with bath bombs!


Anyone who knows me will know I ADORE bath bombs, bath oils, bubble bars, the lot! So this was a lovely surprise! The bath bombs themselves are lovely, they each have their own individual scent and left my skin feeling super moisturised. Unfortunately, these were purchased at a craft market, so unless you happen to live in Sheffield, these may be slightly hard to get your hands on!

Thursday consisted of visiting family and studying hard for Saturday's impending exam! A pretty quiet day, but one in which I needed before the weekend's madness!

Friday the 10th was a day I had been looking forward to for a while. One of my besties Joanne, was showcasing all of her final designs for a collection she had to create as part of her end of year college work...and I was modelling for her, yay! The day started off with a trip to the hairdressers to get my hair done, then it was back to the college for costume fittings, show rehearsals, makeup...and last minute exam cramming!


The day turned out to be a huge success, everyone's designs looked fabulous and all of the models looked great! After the show finished around 9.30pm, I quickly hopped in the car and my lovely mum drove me the 3 hour drive back up to Aberdeen so I could make my 10.30am exam the next morning! Hugs to you mum, what a trooper!

Saturday was the day of my last exam and I think the only thing that got me through it was the fact that at 12pm, I would be free from uni, coursework and exams for a whole 5 months! Summer summer suuuummmerr!!! The exam went badly, but the rest of the day made up for it! I spent the afternoon with my mum, and was treated to some lovely post exam goodies, and then the evening was spent celebrating the start of summer with all of my fashion girls...


So yeah, thats my crazy week over with and summer has officially begun! Hallelujah! I hope everyone is having a great week so far...

Until next time,
Stay classy

Suz x