Friday, 29 August 2014

IFB Links à la Mode Roundup

Hi guys, I'm so sorry I'm not posting much at the moment, things are super overwhelming at the moment so I'm taking a short break from blogging, just for a couple of weeks.
However my last blog post was picked for the international fashion bloggers link round up & the rules are that you have to post the roundup on your blog inside of a week if you ever want to join in again so I guess this is my last post for a week or so.
The other posts in the link up are really good & well worth reading. I particularly loved the post about Australian fashion.


Last Weekend

Labor Day marks the last day of "Summer" even if it's actually September 21st... but who's counting? Oh yeah, EVERYONE! Fashion Month kicks off next week, so everyone get your rest. Get everything you need to be done for regular life done this weekend if you can, because we'll all be glued to the runways for the next month. So now is the time to muse about life and style, to stock up on your Fall wardrobe, and catch up on your magazines... don't know where to start? These links will help!

Links à la Mode: August 28th

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Making Mobile Phone Photography Look Like You Have a DSLR

This post should probably be called 'making your photos look as good as if you had a fancy pants expensive camera' but you know, I've made the image & doesn't it sound way more catchy this way?

Okay so in my opinion the most important step in making your photos look like you're using a fancy pants camera is the editing but I would like to say a word for background & composition. I feel sometimes that people who take their photos on their cameras forget that however good or bad your camera is, the photo is only as good as the subject :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Misty Rock Dupe

I'm sure you have all heard the news, By Terry Ombre Blackstar is THE thing in cream eyeshadow sticks. Apparently they are creamier than any other stick, longer lasting than any other stick & generally the most amazing thing ever.
They are also quite ludicrously expensive, £28 for 1.64g of product! I feel totally justified, therefore, in searching for something else that does the job at a fraction of the cost & I may have found it in the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Post: Bake Off Fever

I am the kind of baking nutter who watches the bake off like it's a competitive sport. I have literally been known to shout at the screen when I think someone's making a huge mistake. I actually thought about applying for this season.
I'm so glad I didn't though, there's no way I could have managed it if I'd got through ^^

Anyway, having watched them make Swiss rolls all I could think of is was kind of roll to make. It's pathetic, I do this every year but this year I'm really hoping I'll actually make the things I'm planning ^^
I have thought of every possible flavour combination for a swiss roll: lemon poppy seed, chocolate with a macerated berry cream, green tea & lavender, grapefruit with homemade grapefruit curd & maple bourbon & pecan roll.
I actually made the last two, swiss rolls are surprisingly easy to make & are really quick to cook (about 8-10 minutes in the oven). But my favourite (& the one my family finished quickest) was the maple bourbon one so I thought I'd share the recipe.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Scarborough Day Out

Probably about two weeks ago (when it was really, really warm & the coast seemed like an amazing idea) my family went to Scarborough. Beachwear in Yorkshire usually involves jumpers, even in the middle of summer, so no bikinis & short shorts here. No practically sheer 'beach cover-ups' either.
The only real 'beach wear' options open to me then were boho or a classic Capri pants type look. This kind of supposed to merge the two...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Red's True BBQ

This maybe super weird but I am obsessed with slow cooked, smoker type BBQ, things like pulled pork & brisket...really American style BBQ.
So when Red's True BBQ opened in Leeds it went on my list as a must do. That was embarrassingly long ago - so long ago that Red's has opened up a new location since then - but finally, FINALLY I have been & let me tell you it was so worth the wait!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Black Dress Selfie for Severe M.E. Day

Today's ootd post is coming to you with a side of activism. That sounds really Sesame Street (at least to me) but you know what I mean.
The 8th of August is Severe M.E. day. Severe M.E. is very misunderstood for a number of reasons. Severe M.E. sufferers are often incredibly isolated, house-bound or bed-bound, & unable to communicate with the outside world, often for many years at a time. They are so incredibly ill, for such a long time, that it is very hard to imagine....even for doctors.
I sit right on the edge of Severe M.E. & when I'm at my worst I get glimpses into what it is like to have Severe M.E. so I will try to explain but if you want to know more I will link a couple of posts & blogs at the end that will give you more of an insight.

Monday, 4 August 2014

100 years since everything changed

100 years ago today the UK entered the First World War & history changed irreparably.

I'm not 100% sure where I'm going with this post but I felt like I couldn't just ignore something quite so important historically. Everything about the world changed because of the First World War.

Anatomical Eye Products: Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer & Eye Cream, You Scream

You know how on ASOS you can put things in your 'save for later' & they expire after 60 days of being in your 'save for later'? I don't know about you but I have the terrible habit of putting things in my save for later over & over again & never getting around to buying them. Things where I'm interested & would like to try them but really I need a bit of a push.
These eye patches/masks or whatever were like that. I knew I didn't NEED them so I kept hovering & hovering, undecided until I opened up my Blog Yorkshire gift bag & found one.
Anatomicals is a really funky brand that do skincare (& I think body washes & hair care) quite affordably aimed at teenagers & students mostly.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Post: Randomness

When I get really tired my thoughts can get really weird & I thought it could be kind of funny to do a post about them....whatever let's see ^^
  • I think that after Scotland finally finished having a hissy fit about their referendum Yorkshire should have one & then when we get independence we should have a big deal celebration on the first of August & make blue  cupcakes iced to look like roses. We can also watch the rain/sleet & do super Yorkshire-y things.