Watercolouring

Watercolouring

I love taking a black and white print and adding a light water-colour wash to accentuate certain areas; it works so well as a technique. The b&w print on pink card, pictured in the photograph above, shows some experimentation I first did and it turned out pretty nice – will be uploading more pieces soon!

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February Favourites

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  1. Real Techniques: the ‘expert face brush’ and ‘stippling brush’ – I usually use the stippling brush on days when I wear just a little concealer and then finish with powder. And the expert face brush for liquid foundation because it buffs the foundation into the skin perfectly for an almost flawless finish 
  2. Rimmel Stay Matte powder – long lasting indeed
  3. Rimmel lipstick from the Kate Moss collection in shade 08a perfect everyday kinda lipstick a with a good moisturising and smooth finish 
  4. Soap & Glory ‘Thick and Fast’ super volume mascara for me volume is a must and this mascara gives a really good ‘fuller lashes’ look without being really clumpy; a coat or two on curled lashes and your good to go!
  5. Barry M Gelly Highshine nail polish in the shade ‘lychee’ – adore!! 

What have you been loving this past month?

Recipe: Lemon cake

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Lemon cake

  • 140g self raising flour
  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 140g caster sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large free-range eggs

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180c and line a round baking tin with baking parchment
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Separate the eggs, and add the yolks into the sugar/butter mixture as well as the lemon zest – mix to combine
  4. whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks (this step ensures the cake is light)
  5. gradually incorporate the eggs whites into the cake mixture using the folding technique to retain air in the cake batter
  6. next sift in the flour and baking powder and again use the folding technique to incorporate
  7. then transfer batter into the cake tin and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  8. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack
  9. whilst the cake cools mix together the icing sugar and milk/water to a thick consistency
  10. finally cover cake with the icing and decorate as desired (I used candied lemon slices)

Enjoy!

ICONIC: Alexa Chung

Love the printed tailored suits she’s wearing. Beautiful!

FLORALS FOR SPRING

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This week’s ICONIC is the queen of of casual cool, Miss Alexa Chung. She was the original ‘it’ girl, before we really knew what ‘it’ was. Alexa is infamous for her androgynous style, pioneering boxy shapes and tailored suits for the women of today. She looks just as cool stepping out for a coffee as she does in front of the camera lens hosting Fuse TV.

To be honest, I would give my left arm and possibly even my right to be half as cool as her.

All photos from Alexa’s shoot for Flare Magazine (Tumblr).

Nicole x

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September and beginnings.

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I love this time of year when it gets a little colder and rainy, because as much as I love the summer, autumn is my favourite.

I always find autumn to be a time of transition and beginnings in all respects.  And with it being a new academic year and my last year of uni too, there’s so much to look forward to.

Super excited for the month ahead:

1. Road trip: London with my sisters to attend a Food Festival. (Food is my favourite thing and I guess this’ll be the perfect place to indulge). 

2. Starting university again – studying, books and timetables. I think after a lazy long summer I’m in need of some well needed routine.

3. Homemade ginger cake – its perfect on cold evenings (of course with a generous helping of cream)

4. Sweaters and long scarves, wellingtons and rain coats

5. The crunch of fallen leaves on the pavements, under trees – everywhere!

6. Crisp morning air

7. Long boots and bed time socks – the cosiest!

8. Finally getting started on my dissertation; I’ve been contemplating ideas over the summer and after it all I finally have some direction. (Please pray I make it a success, insha’Allah).

9. Spending the evenings after uni watching Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and eating pizza in bed (I hope they’re back on soon).

10. Hot chocolate and ginger biscuits.

Ah! September shall be lovely. ^-^

The August Break: Day 15

Books

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The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger, Lord of the Flies – William Golding 

Three of my most loved reads!

The August Break: Day 14

Stillness 

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Hope you’re enjoying August so far and I know I’ve been slacking lately and missed a couple of days of the challenge (oops!) but hopefully catch up soon!

Also, if you have a blog with art / fashion & beauty / photography posts then leave me your link below because I’m looking to follow some new blogs. And leave me your feedback and comments too; I love hearing what you think!

Happy blogging x