Monday, 24 December 2012

A PICTURE EVERYDAY: Today's Picture

            A PICTURE EVERYDAY  |  LAUNCHED ON 14 DECEMBER 2012

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

It Will Get Better...


My Winter Wishlist | Ebay Edition

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In today's post i will be sharing with you six products which is on my wishlist for this Winter. The products am about to show you are not expensive at all in fact you guys will be surprised at how affordable they all are. Am someone who likes to live a humble and happy life and for me I don't really ever see the point in splurging hundreds or even thousands on a product which won't last long and which I may eventually bin or get rid of. I mean don't get me wrong spending a good amount of money on something which is totally worth it is fine, my point is that i just don't like to waste money on expensive products, which i will no longer need or use in a couple of years time.

Some people may beg to differ but that's absolutely fine, am just someone who likes to be reasonable and buy products which won't break the bank. Am not going to lie to you guys but there have been numerous times where i wanted to splurge and impulsively buy unneeded products but now I've come to the realization to be happy with all God has given me and to live a positive and humble life with a healthy amount of products and materialistic goods. So with all that being said here are the six products which am planning to hopefully purchase throughout this Winter from Ebay.

1) Women's Military Studded Jacket | Price: £36.99
I've been wanting this khaki military jacket with leather sleeves ever since it came out. The price range of this jacket type/style varies from as little as £25 up to £50 or more, it all depends on the quality of the fabric and quality of the jacket. This military inspired jacket with leather sleeves is a very popular trend at the minute and is currently everywhere. This jacket for me is definitely a must-have winter wardrobe staple.

2) Retro Triangle Adjustable Ring | Price: £0.99
This quirky retro ring is a beauty for me because of the unique pyramid structure and the beautiful tribal inspired intricate carved out design. Being a ring lover i always try to add to my ring collection and the rings i usually purchase are inexpensive yet are good quality ranging from £0.99p - £5. Am a student so i really don't want be spending too much money hence the reason why i try to look for great quality rings with inexpensive price tags that won't break the bank and will save me a lot of money.

3) Women's Vintage Lace Up Brogue Shoes | Price: £16.95
Am going to be very honest here i wasn't always a big fan of brogues just because the design and structure looked pretty ugly and the style looked too dated. However i have now warmed to brogues because i finally realized that there are so many different styles available instead of the classic looking brogue shoe. These shoes are perfect for the cold/rainy weather here in London because it'll keep my feet warm and dry.

4) Aztec/Tribal Blackberry Pouch Cover | Price: £4.95
I have a few cases and covers for my blackberry phone, however i finally have gotten bored of all my hard cases/silicone covers, so i finally decided to branch out and look at fabric pouches for my mobile phone. I came across this adorable Aztec inspired pouch with gorgeous detailing and instantly thought about how it was the perfect pouch for me because of the high quality triple layered material and cute coffee design.

5) Women's Canvas Backpack/Rucksack | Price: £7.10
This past semester i have been struggling to fit in all my essentials and school work into my beautiful average sized tassel bag and honestly as much as i love and adore my tassel bag it was a nightmare trying to fit everything into my bag for university. So i finally realized that i may as well purchase myself a cool backpack which will be comfortable and kind to my shoulders/back and at the same time be able to hold some of my coursework, essentials and other things which i may need for school (University).

6) Ivory Floral Print Maxi Scarf | Price: £4.99
I have a ton of floral scarves in my wardrobe from this years spring/summer seasons but however i don't actually have many floral scarves which are appropriate for the autumn/winter seasons. I came across this beautiful maxi ivory color floral scarf and i instantly thought that it'd be perfect for this winter season. The combination of the ivory and red will add a muted pop of color to my outfits without going over board.

Links to all six Products:
1) Military Jacket
2) Retro Ring
3) Brogue Shoes
4) Phone Pouch
5) Canvas Backpacks
6) Floral Scarf

What's on your Winter Wishlist? If you guys have a wishlist then let me know via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments section below because i would love to see some of the products you guys are planning on purchasing throughout the Winter, whether it be expensive or inexpensive because I'd love to get an insight into what you guys want. 

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Happy Winter/Summer

So Guys its officially the first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and i just wanted to wish you all a Happy Winter!!!


I also know that it's the first day of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere (Don't worry I haven't forgotten about the rest of you guys) & so I also wanted to wish you guys a Happy Summer!!!

I hope this season is full of success and smiles for you all and please remember to stay street smart! Hope you all had a great day :D.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Winterlicious TAG...

Hey Guys,

So recently on YouTube there has been this popular winter and holiday tag video going around called 'Winterlicious Tag' which i thought was very interesting not one of my favorite tags which I've seen on YouTube but still interesting.

Anyways knowing that i love to be unique and original, i decided to tweak this tag by coming up with a couple of my own winter questions which i thought would be more suited to me as well as keeping some of the questions originally created.

Winterlicious Tag Questions:

1) What Do You Most Love About The Winter Season?:
I actually love it when it snows and i know that this answer is a common one because everyone usually says that they 'cannot wait until it snows so they can have a snow fight with family and friends, build snowman's and fun sculptures and blah blah' but honestly its true. Every year when it does snow heavily here in London it's a celebration for me especially on school days because usually majority of the schools are closed for health and safety purposes. The snow for me further beautifies everything and makes it feel more like Winter.

2) Favorite Winter Lip Product?:
Okay so this product isn't necessarily for your lips but for use on baby skin for 'protection against the discomforts of diaper rash' but however the texture, consistency and use of this product is much more pleasant and effective than the original Vaseline formula and the baby powder scent is a bonus. This product is 'formulated to provide visible relief from extremely dry skin when used regularly', so hence the reason why it works so well in also relieving dry, sore and chapped lips which honestly is actually pretty awesome. 

3) Most Worn Winter Accessory?:
Has definitely got to me my inexpensive beautiful black tassel bag from Ebay, this has literally been my go to bag for everyday of the week. Actually come to think of it has also been my go to bag in the summer season as well. I just love this bag so much because it just adds a edgy, glam and cool feel to any outfit you wear. In all my life i have never owned a bag which received so many compliments from friends and family and that's actually cool and amazing to know that this bag is a winner not just for me but for everyone else as well.

4) Name Your Favorite Winter Treat or Candy to Eat?:
Werther's Original Butter Candies has got to be my favorite candy treat to eat during the winter. I can't describe how amazing they taste it has the right amount of sweetness and the right amount of creamy flavor, using ingredients 'like butter and fresh cream'. Whenever my mum, me or someone in my family purchases these delicious butter candies i immediately become like this greedy child who doesn't want to share, which is pretty hilarious. These butter candies are described as 'the ultimate in smooth and comforting enjoyment'.

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5) Favorite Winter Scent or Candle?:
Nothing new here but am sure you guys now probably know about my favorite scent because i have mentioned it in several blog posts. This Scent to me is a little daring and maybe a bit on the risky side just because it's not a everyday scent which you can wear however with that being said you could still wear it daily it just depends on the person. I usually wear this scent to special occasions, parties, weddings etc especially around the evening or night time. This is definitely my autumn/ winter scent for this year for sure.

6) Do You Have Any Exciting Plans For This Winter?:
Actually i don't really have any exciting plans just because i will be housebound stuck doing my coursework for school (University). However because i will mostly be staying indoors am excited to watch all the holiday films/movies on my own and with my family depending on my mood that day, just because sometimes my family can get a bit annoying especially when your stuck with them for more than two weeks with that being said i still do love my family. Yes so i guess this is probably my most exciting plan for the Winter break.

 7) Favorite Winter Beverage?:
Hot chocolate all the way for me. For as long as i could remember this was the hot drink that i would drink on most cold days/nights as a child, preteen, teenager and now as a young adult but am not going to lie as much as i love a good cup of hot chocolate, i sometimes do get bored of the taste. This year however i do plan on mixing it up my hot chocolate drink by adding different ingredients, new flavors and fun toppings. Also as I've gotten older i can now have less sugar in my hot drinks as opposed to when i was younger which is interesting.

8) What Fashion Trend Are You Loving For This Winter Season?:
Definitely the studs and spikes i actually wasn't too keen on this fierce trend last month oddly but all of sudden i have now taken a liking to it, so be prepared to see me cover this trend pretty soon. This trend can be worn fiercely or elegantly which is the cool thing, despite of how rock goddess it can appear. It's all about balance with this trend i mean it may not be everyone's cup of tea but if worn correctly it can look really beautiful. I love how this trend can be both glam and casual at the same time which i think is actually amazing.

9) All Time Favorite Holiday Movie?:
My favorite holiday movie is without a doubt 'Stuart Little' (1999). I could watch this movie all day long, any day/time of the week you name it because it's that awesome, cool and fun to watch. I do have a lot of favorite holiday movies which i love as well but for as long as i can remember this is the one movie i use to get so excited to watch. So am actually hoping they broadcast this movie this winter otherwise am going to find a way to watch it and if you haven't yet seen it then please make sure you do because you'll honestly love it.

10) Name One Winter Must-have Item That You Could Not Live Without?:
My E45 Cream just because i usually get really dry skin during the autumn/winter seasons. I naturally have dry skin all year round but it's even more important for me to ensure that i keep my skin more hydrated and moisturized on a regular basis during the winter. I actually reused my small hand sanitizer bottle and filled it up with some of the E45 lotion so i can always have it with me on the go or whenever am traveling to make sure my skin is staying hydrated 24/7. So this is definitely my winter must have item which i could not live without.

Now i tag you all. Yes you reading this blog post to do this tag and if you don't have a blog or you don't do YouTube videos please do feel free to post it on twitter and let me know by tweeting me when you do it through my twitter account. I would really appreciate it, if you all participated this time. So please do give it a try its only ten fun questions and won't take that long to do.
  
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Friday, 14 December 2012

A PICTURE EVERDAY

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I just wanted to let you guys know that my Tumblr. Picture blog has officially launched.

The main aim of my picture blog is to share with you guys a series of fun, inspirational, positive, exciting and beautiful PICTURES, which will hopefully inspire you in many ways, have a positive impact on you, grab your attention and make you come back for more. So please come and join me on my journey in sharing ‘A PICTURE EVERYDAY’.

So please show me your support by heading over and checking out my picture blog and following if you like what you see and if your interested which is optional and of course up to you :D.

A PICTURE EVERYDAY
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Hot Chocolate Drink | 8 Recipe Ideas

                     Eight Ways To Shake Up Your Hot Chocolate Drink
Hello Girls....

I've got an exciting blog post for you today because am going to be sharing with you eight delicious ideas for your hot chocolate drink. Hot chocolate is one of my favorite winter drinks and i always seem to drink a lot of it this time of year and what I've realized over time is that it gets pretty bland and boring just drinking the same hot chocolate with no new flavors, different ingredients and fun toppings.

So I've decided to share with you eight amazing recipes i found online, which i thought could shake up the taste of your hot chocolate drink and show you how to take this classic winter drink to whole new levels. I hope this will inspire you to get creative with not just your hot chocolate drinks but with all your hot winter beverages.

Eight Fun & Delicious Recipe Ideas:
                          
1) Whipped Hot Chocolate: *Creamy*
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon white sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons sweetened cocoa powder
1 /4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 /4 pinch salt
1 /2 (1 ounce) square semisweet baking chocolate, broken into pieces
1/3 cup heavy cream

Microwave the cup of milk until you feel that it's hot enough to work with. Mix in the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt until dissolved. Stir in the chocolate until melted. Beat the heavy cream in a small mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the hot chocolate, finish off with a chocolate flake and by sprinkling some chocolate powder on top.

2) Orange Zest: Carve three 2-inch long strips of orange rind (the skin) and let them steep in your drink for a while before tasting. You could also top it off with whipped cream and why not sprinkle on a couple tiny strips of orange rind on top. That citrus flavor is a delight.

3) Homemade Banana Hot Chocolate: *Fruity*
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ½ teaspoons sugar
2 cups whole milk or cream

Combine all ingredients in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat for three minutes or until heated thoroughly. Dump the contents of the bowl into a blender and mix until the chunks of banana are smooth. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy this treat reminiscent of a chocolate dipped banana.

4) Dark or White Chocolate Shavings: Dig out your favorite chocolate bar out of your bag and grab a grater. Sprinkle a few shreds of the real deal into your drink or on top of the whipped cream, this can only make things more heavenly for you.

5) Candy Cane Cocoa: *Minty*
1 cup milk
3/4 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 peppermint candy cane crushed
1/4 cup whipped cream
1 small peppermint candy cane

Heat the cup of milk until hot, but not boiling. Mix in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candy until melted and smooth. Pour the hot cocoa into the mug and garnish with whipped cream. Then add a candy cane stirring stick and top off by sprinkling some crushed peppermint candy on top. The rich flavor of chocolate combines so well with peppermint. This is the perfect drink to sip.

6)Ice cream: It may sound weird to put something cold in your hot cocoa, but a scoop of ice cream makes it really creamy and thick. Make sure your hot chocolate is as hot as you can get it without allowing it to boil, and pop in a scoop of your favorite ice cream and top of with some tasty sprinkles.

 7) Mexican Hot Chocolate: *Spicy*
1 heaping tablespoon milk chocolate chips
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch chili powder
1 pouch instant hot chocolate mix

Combine all ingredients into a mug and stir in boiling water. You can substitute milk for the boiling water to make this recipe extra creamy. Add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon on top and this might be your new favorite hot chocolate recipe. Go on an give this spicy twist on the classic winter drink a try, don't be afraid its only a pinch of chili powder.

8) Caramel: A tablespoon of caramel sauce can do wonders for hot chocolate. Spoon in your favorite brand and give it a good stir right before you take your first sip.You could also try adding half a cup of caramel sauce with half a cup of hot chocolate milk to get a more sweeter caramel taste.

Go On & Put A Flavorful Spin On Your Hot Chocolate Drink

Note: All these recipe ideas can easily be altered to your preference/liking so don't feel like you have to copy the recipes listed entirely but rather be inspired and take some ideas from it to put a flavorful spin on your hot chocolate drink. At the end of the day it's all about trying something new and having fun experimenting with different ingredients, fun toppings and new flavors.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Happy Monday!


Hope you guys are doing great. Just thought I'd wish you all a Happy Monday and please do remember to Smile today because it's a big blessing that we even get another day. Don't ever give up hope or get down when life gets a little tough, instead feel confident, be thankful and stay humble :).

Thursday, 6 December 2012

15 November Favourites (YouTube Edition)

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In today's blog post i will be sharing with you fifteen of my favorite Beauty/Fashion videos from YouTube which I've loved from this past month by some of my favorite Beauty/Fashion YouTubers. I hope you guys enjoy browsing through my favorite November YouTube videos.

DulceCandy87:

 Belinda Selene:

AnnieJaffrey:

JLovesMac1:

ILikeWeylie:

RiannStar

ChriselleLim

ThatsHeart

AnneorShine

DiamondsAndHeels14

BeautyBaby44

MissGlamorazzi

BeautySplurge

BubzBeauty

MacBarbie07
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Hope you guys enjoyed my November video favorites blog post. Hope you all have a great Thursday/Friday wherever you are in the world :).

Links to all 15 Girls YouTube Channels:
1) DulceCandy87's Channel
2) BelindaSelene's Channel
3) AnnieJaffrey's Channel
4) JLovesMac1's Channel
5) ILikeWeylie's Channel
6) RiannStar's Channel
7) ChriselleLim's Channel
8) ThatsHeart's Channel
9) AnneorShine's Channel
10) DiamondsandHeels14's Channel
11) BeautyBaby44's Channel
12) MissGlamorazzi's Channel
13) BeautySplurge's Channel
14) BubzBeauty's Channel
15) MacBarbie07's Channel

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

I Now Have A Facebook Page

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So yesterday morning i created a Facebook Page for you guys, to further support my blog, to share more good stuff with you all and so i can talk to my wonderful readers (which is you guys) who have been supporting my blog from the very beginning :).


So please do come and say hi on my Facebook page and let me know what you think or share with me your great finds and let me know what would you want to see more of on my blog, give me any suggestions, any trends you want me to cover, any DIY's you want to see etc all that good stuff and please please please do come and say hi because i really do want to talk to all of you and don't forgot to like my page as well :D..

Keep Calm And Stay Hydrated (4 Tips)

Hello Guys,

If you haven't already guessed from the title or from the picture right above then i am bringing you a health blog post where i will be sharing with you four tips on how you can ensure you stay hydrated this winter.

We all know that water is essential to the human body. Yet, many of us fail to drink it. We fail to drink enough of it, often enough. Staying hydrated not only helps with your alertness, controlling appetite, improving activity and sport performance, but it also keeps every day symptoms like fatigue, headaches and dry skin at bay. So please do remember that keeping your body hydrated is vital for proper functioning.

Tip 1) Always carry a water bottle whilst out and about:
Here's a piece of advice that's easy and efficient always carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. Sometimes we all forgot to keep hydrated and this is a common problem amongst the majority of us. If you're one of those people who have trouble remembering to drink water while out you could try buying a good quality water container. Think of this water container like an accessory, so perhaps water will be more appetizing in a pretty container.

Tip 2) Try making your water more interesting and flavorful:
Make drinking water fun and flavorful by adding a burst of flavor i don’t recommend adding sugary powders to water as you’ll dramatically increase the number of empty calories you are consuming. Instead of adding sugar why not add your favorite fruits for a natural sweet taste it's like making your own vitamin water. This definitely counts as an effective and delicious way to increase your hydration. Who says that drinking water must be boring and plain?

Tip 3) Make sure you drink a glass of water first thing in the morning:
We all have a morning routine right? We wake up, brush our teeth, take a shower, get dressed and so on the list could go on. From now onwards why not start your day with a lovely glass of water. It will help replace lost fluids during sleep (when we wake up, our bodies have often gone without food or drink for more than eight hours). Also drinking ice cold water first thing in the morning is an easy way to speed up your metabolism and can contribute to your other weight loss efforts.

Tip 4) Drink water whenever you think you are hungry:
Did you know that sometimes you may think you are hungry but in fact your only just thirsty? If your answer is No, then make sure the next time you feel or think your hungry to try drinking a full glass of water because maybe you'll realize that you were only just thirsty. Also do drink a glass of water 15 to 30 minutes before your meals and remember to serve water with every meal you have, not only will you help keep yourself hydrated, you will also be less likely to overeat.

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Goodbye November.. Hello December

Hello Lovelies,

Well what can i say it's officially December which am actually very shocked about. I remember October went by pretty fast and i couldn't believe it when it was November and so now that it is December am even more surprised not because i didn't expect the month to go by pretty quick but because this is the last month of 2012...

So to kick start this month i thought I'd share with you all my favorite 'Goodbye November & Hello December' Pictures...

Picture Gallery:





































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