Friday, 27 April 2012

Five Fashion Favourites Friday - 27/4/12



Flapper Girl - I just adore these neck ties, they're so reasonably priced and really jazz up any shirt. I need to invest in one myself.

 Cristina Pires - A great selection of bright, bold prints. I am in love with this African Print Cut out Dress

RustyCuts- Some stunning vintage inspired dresses

 Chandi NYC - Some very unique designs here

BZR - I don't know how much longer I can carry on existing without a pair of these tights.


Monday, 23 April 2012

White Chocolate and Raspberry Honey Cake


I haven't baked for a couple of weeks, so yesterday I decided to try and make a white chocolate and raspberry cake for my drunken girly DVD night.

I was really pleased with how this came out. It's really sweet so i'd recommend using a fairly sour raspberry jam to even out the sweetness. I think it would even work really well with cream cheese frosting as a filling instead of the buttercream. If you want to make this with all sugar instead of honey use 325g sugar.

This is for a large cake. Half the ingredients for a smaller one.

Ingredients for the main cake:
  • 6 eggs
  • 325g self raising flour
  • 325g unsalted butter
  • 200g cane sugar
  • 100g honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 75g white chocolate, finely grated
  • Raspberries to decorate
Ingredients for the frosting and fillings:
  • Raspberry jam (preferably a sourish jam)
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100ml double cream

Method:

1. Set the oven to 180C. Grease 3 round 8 inch cake tins.
2. Sift the baking powder and self raising flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, sugar, white chocolate and honey and mix thoroughly. Heat the butter until it's soft enough to mix in with the other ingredients and mix it in.
3. Pour the mixture into 3 greased, 8inch round cake tins.
4. Bake for 20-25 mins.
5. Once cooled, trim off the top of each cake slice to make sure it's flat.
6. Sandwich a thick layer of buttercream and a generous layer of raspberry jam in between each slice and cover all over in white chocolate frosting. Decorate the top with raspberries.

For the white chocolate frosting (for the outside of the cake): Melt 200g of white chocolate with 85g butter, sift in 120g icing sugar and add 90ml double cream. Mix until even.

For the Buttercream: Thoroughly mix 140g softened butter with 10ml double cream and 280g sifted icing sugar.





Scalloped Fashion Part 2

I've just added some Scalloped Wedges to the shop and I still can't get over all of the beautiful scalloped fashion out there right now.

Here are my top 9 etsy scalloped fashions:


Sunday, 22 April 2012

My Weekly Photos 22-04-12

I've had a week full of poorly animals. So I haven't had nearly enough time to focus on work.
First, my oldest dog Holly had to go in for an operation. She had to have 2 tumours and 2 teeth removed, she's 14 so I was terrified she wouldn't make it through the operation. But I'm pleased to say she's home now and back to being her naughty self!
Secondly my loan horse hurt his back. So he has to have at least two weeks off work while we wait for the back lady to come and look at him. He's not very pleased at not being able to work off his energy and tries to squash me at every chance he gets!

Here's my weekly pictures :
1. I started on some hand painted shorts for the shop. I have lots more work to do on these but I'm excited to be painting on a different surface!

2. I spray painted my office chair turquoise. My job for next week is to reupholster the ugly blue fabric to a pretty lilac fabric I've have lying around for ages.

3. I dyed my hair a darker grey. I loved the white grey but my stupid yellow hair kept peeking through. I used Nirvel Nutre Colour Grey. I'm so happy that I mixed it half and half with conditioner to lighten it. otherwise I'm pretty sure my hair would have turned black.

4. I baked a white chocolate and raspberry cake for a girly DVD night with the girls from the yard. I'll post a recipe tomorrow!

5. Working on some scalloped wedges for the shop, they'll be up in the shop tomorrow :)

6. The beautiful Kate from Scathingly Brilliant wore her PonyChops shoes for an outfit post.

7. Kaylah from The Dainty Squid did a post about her PonyChops shoes. I can't wait to see her wear them in an outfit. I think she'd totally rock them!

8. I've been working hard at learning Adobe Illustrator and completed my first proper work on there, a posh pug with a bow. I will post more about this cutie soon as I'm working on some more vectored pugs to make into stickers.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Five Fashion Favourites Friday - 20/4/12

 
Il Gatto Salvatico - Fabulous embroidered necklaces. You can even have your own state or city created.

Uptights  - Super colourful bespoke leggings

Batoko - A great shop for bright and unique vintage items.

Tie Story  - cute and playful ties that make you actually want to wear a tie to work.

Dig for Victory - Sustainable, limited edition and one of peices created from vintage fabric






Sunday, 15 April 2012

Rachel Loves Bob

While I was procrastinating on etsy today I came across Rachel Loves Bob. I'm completely in love with these collaged cat illustrations. I want them all on my wall now!!




Saturday, 14 April 2012

Weekly Catch up

Another weekly feature I'm going to try and do is to post all the photos I've taken each week. This week I haven't really done much as I've been stuck in bed feeling poorly, but here are my weekly photos.


1. I finally got around to ordering some laces for my new hand painted High tops, expect to see them in the shop SOON!

2. I said goodbye to one of my favourite pairs of brogues. They finally have a home.  I'm going to miss those little skullies cheering up my shelves of shoes.

3. I got some new Lukas colours in the mail! I LOVE the lavender, I already have so many ideas of how I'm going to use it.

4. Three pairs of pink and brown pumps waiting to be painted with little doggy faces :) I can't wait to finish these lovelies, I have them in 3 sizes too!

5. I bought some decorations. I'm planning on making some christmas and halloween decorations. And i'm pretty sure I can somehow make these into some big ass earrings.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Five Fashion Favourites Friday - Friday the 13th

I'm always stumbling across cute little fashion finds on etsy. I thought I'd share with you my most recent favourite Etsy clothing shops. I'm going to try and make this a weekly feature.


Marina FINI - Jewellery that truly looks out of this world.

Sir Tom -  Adorable clutch bags in wonderful patterns and prints!

QooQooFashion - When I first stumbled across this shop I almost passed out. I need every single item.

Knicker Rocker - Sexy and Fun knickers! 

Toxic Vision - Rockin' motorcycle jackets







Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Scalloped Edges

I'm loving the scalloped edges fashion trend at the moment. And I'm completely in love with these items in particular:


From left to right:
Awear scalloped mini skirt from Asos £30
Be good to Spearmint top from Modcloth $54.99
Scalloped collar necklace from Tiny Armour $65
Three pin buckle make up case from Oasap $39

Argh, someone buy me that bag. Pretty please?

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

You So Pugly

Last week, while out shopping in Manchester I came across a "You So Pugly" Hoodie by David and Goliath. Of course, I immediately HAD to buy it!! It's the comfiest thing ever, really soft and warm. I'm wearing it with my New Look pug socks.


I was delighted when I discovered that David and Goliath also do a Pugly PJ set, a matching bag and socks!! I think i'm going to have to invest in these!






Monday, 9 April 2012

Perfect Pyramids

What I've been upto!

It seems like it's been a millenium since I last posted on here. So I've decided I have to do at least one post every 2 days from now on!!

Here are some custom brogues I've been working on:

I absolutely loved doing this colour scheme!!


The purple cat ones are for The Dainty Squid, and the pink ones are for Scathingly Brilliant. They're based on their own cats :)