Let’s Bake! (Lemon Drizzle Cake Edition) – Collab with Hannah

I haven’t done a baking post in so long! This one is a collab with Hannah at Just Another Day. We decided to both do a baking post where we would swap traditional recipes form the UK/NZ respectively. Hannah decided to bake some Hokey Pokey Biscuits, and I decided to try my hand at Lemon Drizzle Cake!

The recipe I used can be found here.

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  • 225g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • lemons (to zest and juice)

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Mix together the butter and sugar.

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Add the eggs one at a time, and slowly mix together. Add lemon zest, and sift in flour.

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Pour the mixture into a loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes at 180 degrees. It’s ready when a toothpick comes out clean. For me this took around 50 minutes. It was a little burnt around the edge, but I wanted to make sure that it was completely done.

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It smelt so good when it came out! As I was waiting for it to cool, I made some glaze from lemon juice and caster sugar. I poked holes all over the cake and poured the glaze on top. That way, it sinks into the cake, and has a nice crunchy topping once the glaze sets.

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Not gonna lie, this tasted amazing!! Rory and I have had quite a few pieces already, and I’m definitely bookmarking the recipe for another day!

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Be sure to check out Hannah’s post as well to see how her Hokey Pokey Biscuits came out!

Angela.

Morning Skincare Routine (Collab with Emily Knows Makeup)

Emily approached me on Instagram about doing a collab. I love doing posts with fellow bloggers, and we decided to talk about skincare routine. I haven’t done a post like this before, and while I’ve loosely talked about it before, I thought it would be fun to do a full post. I’ll be talking about my morning routine, and Emily will be talking about her evening routine over on her blog.

Fun fact, we both assumed the other was based in the US, as we’re used to most bloggers being based there (or in Europe lol). However, Emily is in Australia, and I’m in New Zealand, so our skincare routines are based around the wintry season we’re currently in. Anyway, let’s get into it!

morning routine

My skincare routine has always been simple. I used to do nothing for the longest time, but I’m slowly building up a routine. Very basic, but it means I can do it quite quickly which is great as I’m always rushing in the mornings.

Cleanser

cleanser

I’ve only tried a handful of cleansers, but this one has by far been my favourite. Since using this cleanser, I’ve noticed less breakouts and my skin is pretty well-behaved. That’s a win in my book. It doesn’t foam when I use it (I like playing with foam), but other than that I have no actual complaints. My face doesn’t feel dry after using the cleanser, it just feels fresh and smooth. Once you find a cleanser that works for you, you want to stick with it. At least that’s my thought process.

Serum

serum

This is another one that I’ve tried a bunch of. Most of them are from previous subscription boxes. The one that I’m currently using and have used the longest is this one. Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum. A mouthful of a title. Anyway, after having cleaning my face, I like rubbing this into my skin. It just feels (and smells) really nice. Also, I was never really sure what the point of a serum was. So I looked up the marketing information of this serum. Apparently it’s a skincare product that goes deeper into your skin than a moisturizer. So it aims to brighten skin, minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. I will say that my skin does look brighter after a few months of using this. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, but I do love this serum!

Moisturizer

moisturizer

Finally, I end on a moisturizer. I have always liked this Aveeno moisturizer. I use it on my face daily and I feel refreshed afterwards. This is especially needed in winter as I love having scalding hot showers and baths.

That’s my whole routine! Three steps and I’m done. Then I start on my makeup and whatever else I need to do in the morning.

Be sure to check out Emily’s blog and see what her skincare routine is in the evening!

What’s your current skincare routine like?

Angela.

Trying Snacks from the UK #2 (Collab with Wonderwall 360)

Hello, me again! With another food swap, from another UK blogger, who is also coincidentally called Sara (lol). Sara blogs over at Wonderwall 360. She shares about her life in Sheffield. She also sent me a little themed package about the five senses, so I got more than snacks! I received it a few days ago in the mail, and I couldn’t wait till the weekend to try it, so the lighting for the photos isn’t the best as it’s now dark by 6pm over here.

Among the snacks was a little star necklace, and a silicone beauty blender! I’m curious about how the beauty blender will go haha! It is nice and squishy though.

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Now we can get into the foods!!

First off, Sara sent me this bottle of Henderson’s Relish. It looked like Worcestershire sauce to me, but the taste was a bit different. It was a bit sweeter, but it went quite nice with our dinner.

relish

There was some savoury little cakes. I thought it was chocolate inside, but it was more of a savoury taste. Which, after all my sweets from the previous swap, this was probably good haha! They made quite a nice little breakfast snack.

cakes

Speaking of breakfast, Sara also sent me some teas. Yorkshire and Chamomile. I’m not the biggest tea fan, so Rory tried them more. He finished his cup, and I…couldn’t. I tried the Chamomile, but tea to me still just tastes like hot water with leaves in it. Which it is pretty much, I just don’t like it. Team coffee for life. Sorry Sara! But Rory did like the teas!

teas

Finally, there was a lovely selection of sweets. The mint cakes were solid mint which threw me a little. That level of mint is quite intense, so we’re slowly making our way through it. The two chocolates from Cocoa Wonderland were the cutest things ever. One was called Turkish Delight, and the other was Campfire. They were solid chocolate, with really yummy toppings. The Turkish Delight, had bits and pieces of said candy on them (Rory had that one). The Campfire one had bits of marshmallow and crumbly things on them (I ate all of that).

treats

That’s all for these posts! Thank you again to Sarah and Sara for doing this fun little swap with me!! Be sure to check out both blogs, they’re lovely!

Angela.

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Trying Snacks From the UK (Collab with Vintage Tea Rose)

This has been my favourite collab for a while, partly cause it involves food!

I collabed with two lovely ladies and they both sent me UK snacks to try, and I sent them some kiwi snacks to munch on. In this post, I’ll be trying the huuuge selection of snacks that were sent to me by Sarah from Vintage Tea Rose. I’m sure many of you guys already know her. She blogs about a mixture of DIY, lifestyle, and beauty. I’m posting my side of the collab early as I wanted to get this up before we leave for Japan. So keep an eye out on Sarah’s blog, as she’ll be trying some kiwi snacks that I sent over!

If you can take 12 minutes out of your day to watch this, that would be really cool! If you just want to know what snacks were sent and my reactions, I’ll include a brief summary and timestamps, just for fun:

  • Yorkie Bar (0:50) – Solid pieces of plain milk chocolate. Not bad, but I prefer chocolate with stuff in it.
  • Magic Stars (1:30) – Tiny chocolate stars with faces on them. They’re better just cause they’re mini!
  • Jaffa Cakes (2:20) – Thought it’d be an actual cake for some reason. They are very soft like a cake, but they look like a biscuit. Since filming though, I’ve really started to like them.
  • Blue Riband (3:20) – Wafer chocolate bar. It’s amazing and I ate all of it.
  • Curly Wurly (4:25) – Sticky caramel covered in chocolate, and will glue your mouth shut.
  • Jelly Tots (5:00) – Tiny gummies covered in sugar. Very snackable.
  • Flumps (5:55) – Marshamallow! Enough said.
  • Party Rings (6:10) – Small donut looking cookies that melt in your mouth. I ate both packs!
  • Parma Violets (6:40) – This both smells and tastes floral. It’s very strange.
  • Drumstick (7:25) – Raspberry and milk flavoured chew bar on a stick. Don’t bite it.
  • Refreshers (8:00) – Delicious lemon chewy bar.
  • Werther’s Original (8:19) – Chewy, soft caramel treats. Similar to our own Werther’s we have down here!
  • Flying Saucers (9:00) – Cute alien ship design, with a sherbet explosion inside! I also ate the whole pack.
  • Double Dip (9:30) – The stick is okay, the sherbet is delicious and also makes a mess.
  • Space Raiders (10:25) – Alien shaped chips with a pickled onion flavour. Kind of too strong for me.
  • Monster Munch (10:55) – Monster shaped chips, also with the same strong flavour as above.

Seriously, thank you Sarah for going above and beyond and sending me so much amazing things to try!

Since filming this video, I’ve also received the other food swap package from another blogging friend! That will be up later in the day!

Angela.

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Summer to Autumn Transition OOTD (Collab with AyR Galaxy)

This is a collab with the amazing Rossy at AyR Galaxy! We have wanted to do a collab together for a while, and decided on a transitional OOTD. By that I mean, we’re sharing outfits to transition us into the new season! For me, I’m moving from Summer to Autumn. For Rossy, she’s moving from Winter to Spring. Be sure to check out her post as well! Here’s a little sneak peek of hers:

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I’m loving the blush pink colours! Perfect for Spring! For my side of the world, we’re moving into the cooler seasons. Autumn has already begun rearing it’s head. The sun is setting earlier, and it’s a lot colder and rainier. However, it’s not freezing…yet.

For my transitional outfit, I’ve included one of my summer staples. The denim shorts! I mean, I do wear this constantly, even now. I just love them. This time though, I’ve added stockings and my new combat boots as my legs get cold. I also included a slightly warmer blue sweater and my favourite pompom beanie.

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All this left meant that I was able to get around the day without feeling cold. It was also quite comfy. These combat boots are seriously my favourite things at the moment. I can walk around in them all day and not feel sore!

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As always blue is my favourite colour and I always wear some form of the colour. This outfit actually reminds me of one of my older OOTD’s last year when it was moving into spring!

Believe it or not, this top is different. It’s the same colour, but it has shorter sleeves and is a bit thicker. It’s my colder blue sweater! Also, look at the light difference in these photos! They were both taken around 6pm, just 7 months apart.

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So there you go! An OOTD post for moving into the wintry seasons. Add more layers, boots and a hat!

Outfit Details:

Sweater – Farmers

Shorts – Dotti

Stockings – Can’t remember

Beanie – The Warehouse

Boots – Thrifted

Angela.

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DIY – Rustic Wall Hanging Sconce (Collab with Vintage Tea Rose)

My title may have gotten a little out of hand. But first off, I have to introduce my lovely collab partner, Sarah, from Vintage Tea Rose! I had wanted to do a DIY collab, and Sarah seemed like the perfect partner. She has a huge number of DIY posts under her belt, including but not limited to, a terrarium, a desk calendar, marble jars, and more!

We emailed back and forth and landed on this as our inspiration. Be sure to check out how Sarah did hers as well!

DIY Wall Bathroom Decor on a Budget | DIY Rustic Mason Jar Sconce by DIY Ready

There were no real rules, we just had to do our own spin on the wall hanging. This did require a decent bit of DIY though. I even used a drill. It took a while to plan this out. I wanted to get it as close to the original, but this proved difficult. I didn’t know where to find leather, and then how to use it to bolt the jar to the wood. I also couldn’t find mason jars. So finally, I looked around at other DIY’s. Some mentioned hose clamps to attach them, so that’s what I went with.

Here’s what I used to make my wall hanging.

  • Wood Squares
  • Stain & Varnish in Jacobean
  • Hose Clamps
  • Jars
  • Screws
  • Mending plates

materials

The first step was to get those lids and clamps off my jars, which was pretty easy. The second step was to stain the wood. This took a few days, as I had to wait 12 hours between each coat. I did three coats, and was really happy with the final look!

wood staining

My original plan was to drill through the hose clamp so I could attach it to the wood. But that proved incredibly difficult. We broke through two drill bits trying to make a hole in the hose clamp. Finally, I came across a post that suggested using a mending plate, which was so much easier! You screw in the top part first.

bolt 1

Then before it’s all the way in, slide the hose clamp into the middle. Finally, drill it in at the bottom as well. That hose clamp is jammed in there.

bolt 2

Next, is to add in the jars. Just loosen the bolt, wiggle the jar in, then tighten it, so it doesn’t fall out. But don’t tighten it too much or that could crack the jar.

jars

Finally, you have to get them on to the walls. We had a whole pack of picture hanging assortments which came in handy. I screwed in a sawtooth at the back, then figured out how and where to hang them. We went with the entrance area in our living room as we had a nice empty space. Here they are on the wall.

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Finally, here they are with some nice fresh flowers. I’m really happy with this! I may sometimes put in fake flowers, but mostly I’ll try keep it fresh.

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It’s a cute, rustic piece of decor in our house. I’m so proud of myself for doing this!!

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Here’s how Sarah did hers:

Sarah's Sconce

Isn’t it adorable?? I love how we each did our own spin on the original inspiration. Check out Sarah’s post if you want to find out how she made hers!

What DIY have you put in your place lately?

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Recent Favourites with Lil

Hey guys! This is my first collab!

Lil (from Life with Liliana) suggested we both write a post about our recent favourites in the world of movies and tv shows! I decided to share a few things of what I’ve been watching and enjoying lately. None of them are new, they’re just what I’ve been watching recently.

Movies

Kingsman

So I’ve mentioned that I watched this recently and I still love it. I’ve watched it a few more times since, and it’s becoming one of my favourite action movies! It’s just so crazy, sleek and packed full of action.

The Incredibles

I have a thing for superhero movies as you guys know. We watched this again recently, as we started talking about sequels coming up (it’s actually how we wound up watching Kingsman as well).  Also, this is just a classic.

TV Shows

How I Met Your Mother

Lately as we’ve been wanting to have background noise while we cook dinner or just hang around. For this, we’ve gone to Netflix and often put on some classics. We’ve been rewatching from around Season 3 and are currently just starting season 6.

The Handmaid’s Tale

I’ve recently finished reading the book, and had heard lots of good things about the series. I binge watched it all over the weekend. I was hooked, I like that the series gives us more of a look into the other characters around June. It was really well made and I really recommend watching it.

So that’s my most recent favourite movies and television shows! Thanks again to Lil for asking me to do this collaboration post with her! It was a lot of fun, and I’d be down to do more collab posts in the future 😀

Angela.