Sunday, 29 March 2015

His 'n' Hers Stripes

You guys are in for a real treat today - you are witnessing Owen's debut into modelling. I managed to rope my boyfriend-come-photographer into appearing in a bit of a new feature...a bit of 'His 'n' Hers' outfit styling. Now, I can't guarantee this will be a permanent feature over here on Bdazzles but you never know, there may be a few more of them if you guys like it and if I can persuade Owen.

Shirt - House of Fraser*, Jeans - ASOS, Sunglasses -  Ray-ban, Tshirt - Topman, Boat Shoes - River Island

So, the idea for this 'his 'n' hers' post came about when House of Fraser contacted me about doing a collaboration and gifted me this lovleh shirt for Owen. After convincing him to appear on the blog, we then decided to make it into more of a 'thing', so that we'd both style a similar outfit and see what the end product looked like...and here it is! Also, for all my male readers out there (if there is any of you!) I thought it would be nice to have a bit of a mix-up so you can get some style inspo too!

Unfortunately Owen's reluctance at being photographed does kiiindof show but its fine, it kiiindof works. He paired his stripes with a simple t-shirt underneath to make it a bit more casual, popped on his standard black jeans and wore his boat shoes. Boat shoes/deck shoes are a blimmin' great smart/casual summer shoe and these ones from River Island are perfect.

Shirt - Maison Scotch (similar here), Jeans - Missguided, Shoes - Converse

The weather was quite nice on Friday when we took these photos which is why we both look pretty summery. It was the first outing of the year for the ol' white jeans. Wearing white jeans is actually a big life decision - that constant fear of spilling something/someone spilling something on you takes over your entire day. Nevertheless, I powered through and managed to get to at least 5PM without splattering anything on them (go me!). I absolutely love this Maison Scotch shirt but unfortunately they no longer sell it. Sorry guys, although they do still have some cracking' shirts - I love this one.

Let me know if you like the idea of this post and if you want Owen to feature some more! 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Foodie Friday #6: Defying Gravity Cake

As you can probably tell from the poorly positioned photograph, I wasn't actually planning on blogging this cake. BUT after spending hours and hours trying to work out how to successfully make it (with every recipe I tried to use lying to me about how 'easy' it was) I thought I would be helping the general population by giving you an actual fool-proof method for making this *gravity defying* cake. 

Flos, my wonderful, beautiful friend, is usually the baker in our clan which poses quite the conundrum when her birthday comes around. Kind of unfair of her to actually have a birthday if you ask me...who is supposed to make a cake that will match up to the amazing creations she bakes?! Happy Birthday nonetheless you amazing girl! 

Anyway, this year I decided I would give it a go. Having scoured Pinterest I came across several pins showing recipes for antigravity cakes...all of them were lies. "The sweets just stick to the stick with a bit of melted chocolate" they said...likely story. So here is my fool proof kind-of method for making one of these bad boys. 

You will need:
2 x chocolate cake mix/chocolate cake ingredients (this is a good'n)
A tub of butter/margerine 
1 kg icing sugar (ok...the first batch of mine did go a bit wrong so maybe try with just 500g first)
Lots and lots of sweets of your choice
1 x bar of chocolate
1 x dowel (I got mine from here)

So, as you have probably guessed step number one is to bake the cakes. This can't usually go very wrong, you want them to be nice and big so I used 2 x the usual chocolate cake ingredients and filled two 6" cake tins. 

Once out of the oven leave to cool and start making your icing. I made butter icing kind of free hand, basically following this recipe but with the addition of vanilla extract. Once fully cooled down (make sure that they really are cool other wise the icing will curdle...I found this out the hard way) layer some icing on top of one of the cakes and place the other cake on top. Then stick your piece of dowel (I think these are traditionally used in gardening?!) right down the centre of the cake. 

After the 'stick' (essentially what it is) is in place, it's time to start decorating. Outline a triangle using sweets from where your stick is and completely fill this triangle with said sweets. Make sure you keep at least one sweet packet spare for placing on top! Once this is done, remove the stick but try and remember/mark on where abouts it came up to on the cake. Now comes the tricky part which took much trial and error to figure out...

Melt your chocolate (I just used milk chocolate) over a bowl of boiling water and cut out a rectangle of foil big enough to wrap around the stick at least a few times. Place your stick on the foil, cover it with the now melted chocolate and cover that chocolate in sweets (definitely not a cake for anybody on a diet)! Make sure all sides of the stick are covered in sweets and then wrap the foil tightly around it. At this point the stick should look something like a corn dog. Place foil-covered, corn-dog shaped, sweet-chocolate stick into the freezer. 

Once the stick has been in the freezer for at least 45 minutes, remove and double check all of the sweets are properly stuck on. If they are, place the stick back into the cake. Then comes another tricky part - making sure you can balance the sweet packet on top. To do this, I used a marshmallow. I popped the marshmallow into the packet opening and made a hole in it to make it more sticky and then used this marshmallow-glue to affix the packet to the top of the stick. If you have enough melted chocolate it might be worth giving it a go with that and placing that in the freezer too. Finally place any left over sweets around the bottom of the cake/on the plate to give the effect that the sweets are being poured.

Phew! All finished! Sorry if you don't understand a word of what I have written...I don't think I have ever typed the word 'stick' so many times in 20 minutes. Also, I'm really sorry I didn't take any photos while I was actually 'creating' the cake but as I say, a lot of trial and error was involved so photos may not have been all that helpful anyway. Let me know if any of you attempt this cake and if yours turns out better than mine! Also a big thanks go out to Emily, Alex and Mandy for helping me make this cake that all turned out well in the end! 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Guild Awards

Dress - Oh My Love (almost out of stock, similar herehere and here), Shoes - ASOS (very, very similar here

See, I said I'd be back with another outfit post soon didn't I?! On Tuesday I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Guild Awards. This is an awards ceremony run by the Guild of Students at Birmingham University to celebrate societies and people who have achieved big things in the last year. I'm a member of Selly Oak Society which is a society that makes a biannual magazine all about the area that most of the students live in - Selly Oak. The awards ceremony was mainly aimed at the committee members of societies but somehow myself and Alex managed to wangle ourselves a ticket. It was a great night and some of my super talented friends won awards - well done fellas!

Anyway, to the outfit...the end of term is always a bit of a tight time for cash so I decided I would (for once) wear something that I already had in my wardrobe. I really like this dress from Oh My Love, the material is lovely and thick and it's always nice to branch out of my comfort zone of black clothing. I thought I may as well just go super girly and pair it with some silver heels - I can't get enough of 'barely there' sandals. A lot more comfortable than they look as well! 

I've gained a few new followers on Bloglovin' so WELCOME if you're one of them! Also don't forget if you don't have bloglovin' you can also subscribe through e-mail by using the link in the side bar! 

Speak soon and thanks for reading!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Chemistry Ball

Dress - ASOS, Shoes - New Look, Clutch - ASOS 

Finding a dress for a ball is blimmin' hard work when you don't have much time to spare! Having ordered half of ASOS's dresses a week a go I finally came to a decision on this "is-it-a-2-piece-is-it-a-dress" number. I can confirm it is a dress and its a dress made out of a scuba type material making it super flattering as it doesn't allow any lumps or bumps to show through! Black is always a fail safe option - myself and the 3 girls I was going with all ended up wearing black so we looked a little as though we were headed off to a swanky funeral do but thats beside the point!

I paired the dress with some simple nude sandals from New Look. I was very tempted to opt for a bright coloured shoe but wimped out at the last moment (/couldn't afford to buy any). I did a bit of a matchy matchy with my shoes and bag because lets be honest everybody probably needs a nude clutch...right??

Earrings - ASOS

I thought I would mention the products I used on my face too because they're most of my 'go-to' products at the moment so if any of you are looking for a few new additions to your make up bag, here goes:
Foundation - Nars Sheer Glow 
Bronzer - Benefit Hoola 
Eye Liner - L'Oreal Super Liner

Hope you enjoyed this post guys - I have another event to go to next week so hopefully should have another post up soon! Are any of you off to any swanky dos in the near future?

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Cowboy Vibes

Denim Shirt - ASOS, Suede Skirt - ASOS, Boots - Next (similar here), Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here), Ring - Thomas Sabo

Whoops! The over-the-knee boots make yet another appearance! You can't blame me really though - it's Spring now which means it'll soon be summer and I don't think I can get away with wearing them then so I'm just trying to get my moneys worth now! 

My mum surprised me with this cute, suede skirt the other day and I just love it. Will be perfect for all seasons, especially summer. I am very wary about wearing it though as it looks as though it will mark easily - I've already coated it in several layers of suede protector and am just hoping for the best! I feel a bit cowboy-esque pairing it with a denim shirt but I think it kinda works. 

I'm still super busy with work - I don't know why I even mention it should probably take it as a given until June! However, I am now about to pop out for an early Mother's Day meal (Happy Mother's Day Mum!) and stuff my face with some delicious food, so sorry for such a short post! Hope you are all well and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin' if you fancy it!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Spring Has Sprung

 Dress - Missguided, Boots - Office (similar here), Sunglasses - Owen's Rayban Clubmasters 

Long time, no see again! Sorry! Just a quick outfit post today - bought my first new dress in a while a few days ago in the form of this little number from Missguided. It was such a beautiful day yesterday (you wouldn't believe it if you had seen the weather today) so I thought something floral would suit the mood. I'm so happy that spring is finally springing - Spring clear, blue days are definitely my favourite kind of days as you're in that not-too-hot, not-too-cold bubble.

I had to borrow Owen's sunnies for the photos as he was getting a tad annoyed with my unattractive squint face. I quite fancy a pair of these myself but am edging towards a mirrored pair...although with the way my bank account looks at the moment I probably shouldn't be having these thoughts! I hope you have all had wonderful weekends and have a good week to come - hopefully we will get more of this beautiful weather!