Saturday, 10 October 2015

5 Reasons to love Autumn | Blogtober

We all know Autumn is my favourite month, but here's 5 reasons you should love it too:

1. Cosy jumpers, socks, scarves, hats. Basically cosy anything! It's the nicest feeling to put on a piece of clothing that is toasty and warm from the drier.

River Island

2. Boots, the shops are filled with them and it is now acceptable to don a pair of boots every day.

River Island

3. Nights snuggled by a fire or candle light with a big old glass of pinot noir (because red wine is for winter)

4. Walks in the woods to admire the beautiful red and orange leaves and to collect pine cones.

5. Hot chocolate, hot toddy, hot apple cider, basically this time of year is a great excuse for drinking (and eating) warming comforting goodies. Check out some of the great recipes below for inspiration

Caramel coffee toddy
Hot buttered jamie
Chai hot toddy
Salted caramel hot chocolate

Friday, 9 October 2015

Spiced Hot Chocolate | Blogtober

Autumn is the start of hot chocolate season, it's cool outside so it's perfectly acceptable to want to have a comforting hot drink every hour or so right?

When I come home from work in the afternoon on a chilly, rainy day there is nothing better than making a lovely big cup of cocoa and settling down on the sofa to watch a film until dinner time.

Spiced Hot Chocolate

This is one I whipped up the other day, adding spices to make it more Autumnal:

Hot chocolate and milk per instructions, 2 star anise, 3 caradamom pods split open, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, pop it all in a jug and microwave until hot then strain before drinking.

Spiced Hot Chocolate

The spices make it so warming and extra tasty!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

My Favourite Everyday Wear MAC lipsticks | Blogtober

MAC brave, creme cup, hot gossip, snob

I have quite a few MAC lipsticks, I love them so much and always have loads on my ever grwoing wish list. But here are the 4 that I reach for on an every day basis, at least one of these will be stashed in my handbag for on the go application and the rest are normally sitting on the dresser so I grab them and apply quickly before shooting out the door.

They are quite neutral shades, very easy to wear and look great with all types of make-up.

MAC brave, creme cup, hot gossip, snob
Creme cup | Brave | Hot Gossip | Snob

Creme Cup

This is such a beautiful shade and I will hands down purchase another when this one runs out, it's a great nude shade, kind of like a milky latte and is so easy to wear and makes your lips look plump and lucious. This shade is a cremesheen so leaves a lovely glossy finish so no need for gloss.


It's a slightly darker nude with a browner undertone but still has a wearable mauvy pink vibe to it, its a satin finish which is quite nice for days when you don't want as much shine. This is more of a newcomer to my collection but I have been wearing it a lot.

Hot Gossip

I've had this one for quite some time and wear it a lot, it's still not too imposing as a colour but gives much more of a "done up" look than the others because it has more plumy undertones. Again it's really easy to wear and gives a very finished look to your make-up if you don't have much colour on your eyes. This is another cremesheen so leaves a nice subtle shine.


A really pretty pale pink colour, I love this one if I have lots of eye make-up on because it really balances the look. It makes your lips appear fuller and looks very girly. This is a satin finish.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Movie Night | Blogtober

Sometimes you need to turn something a little ordinary into something extraordinary just by adding a few special little touches. This was true of a plain old movie night I had planned for the boyfriend and I.

Instead of lounging on the sofa as we always did, I turned the living room floor into the most comfy cosy space I possibly could by adding lots of blankets and cushions, I lit candles everywhere so for the whole night lamps and ceiling lights were banned, we enjoyed the evening by flickering candlelight.

Movie Night

I took average cinema style foods and made them a little more special, like turning hot dogs a little more gourmet with some super tasty sausages wrapped in tortillas instead of rolls and tied up in brown paper and twine. Popcorn wasn't simply popcorn, it was sumptuous and extremely naughty with lots of added chocolate and nuts served in sweet little retro boxes.

luxury popcorn
Candle lit movie night

And our soft drinks had to be served out of jars with gorgeous stripey straws, mine with a little added ice cream to make it a coke float!

Tortilla hotdog
movie night, coke float
candlelit movie, Michelle Louise Love
movie night, Michelle Louise Love

Enjoy turning some normal into something special and create a lovely memory, have a good evening everyone.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Apple Cider | Blogtober

Spiced Apple Cider

Autumn screams apple cider, especially mulled apple cider!

There are many recipes out there for mulled cider and you just need to tailor it to what you like.

I used:

6 cloves
4 star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
3 cups of apple juice
juice of an orange
1 cup of cider

Spiced Apple Cider, Blogtober

You pop all the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer it gently for 30 mins. Couldn't be easier! The hard part is making is look super cute.

Give it a try and go and snuggle up with a blanket and a movie and enjoy autumn!

Spiced Apple Cider

Monday, 5 October 2015

DIY Cupboard Logs | Blogtober

Some of you may know that I am on a mission to become more organised. I realised about a month or so ago that I was wasting time, time is precious and I spend too much of it trying to clean up mammoth tasks when I have let things slip, daydreaming about how I wish my life was instead of making it happen, and sitting on my butt thinking about doing things instead of actually doing them!

So rather than waiting until the new year I have set myself some serious goals and have been working on changing things now. I want to make changes that will keep things more organised so in the long run I have more time, I want to be using my time more efficiently, not to mention my money.

DIY cupboard inventory

One area I want to work on is my meal planning and being more efficient with groceries, I want to be able to go shopping and spend money in the right way. I wanted to come up with a system that will enable us to know easily what we need to purchase each week, so we don't run out of things we need or over spend on things we don't. With that being said I devised pretty little food logs to go inside the cupboard doors so we can keep a tally of the foods we use all the time so we can keep track of how much we have left. As you use one of these items out of your cupboard just quickly mark it off of the log so when you are compiling your weekly shopping list all you need to do is glance inside the door to see what you need to purchase rather than riffling through the cupboards to count whats left. This works really well for cupboards that you store jars and tins.

DIY cupboard inventory

What you'll need

Wrapping paper/cardstock of your choice
White board markers
Velco strips
Acrylic photo frame

Cut your cardstock to size to fit inside the frame, I also put a title on mine as this was for the cupboard I store all my tinned goods. I put the back on the frame and then wrote a list of my essentials and a tally of how many of each I have, so as I cook with them all I need to do is swipe off one of the marks with my finger to keep track of how many are left.
On the back of the photo frame you will need to place strips of velcro, place corresponding strips to the inside of your cupboard door.
Assemble the photo frame and stick to the velcro, I use a velcro dot to keep a pen inside the cupboard as well so I never have to fumble around looking for a pen whilst trying to make a meal, which would probably result in me not bothering to fill it in.

DIY cupboard inventory

This is a very quick DIY to try and help you keep track of what you have, I hope you enjoy making and customising your own!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Simple Apple Tart | Blogtober

When I was a child, cold weather meant hot puddings. My parents were quite traditional seasonal eaters, so when September/October time came it meant lots and lots of apple desserts. Apple crumble and apple pie were always on the menu in my house growing up, Sunday roasts were always followed by some kind of winter fruit based pudding served with lashings of cream or custard (or a bit of both if you're greedy like me).

Simple Vegan Apple Tart,

I'm not so much of a traditional cook like my mum, I tend to try lots of different things and throw meals together on a whim with whatever I find in the cupboards. But I feel as Winter is now approaching, that I should make a little effort to indulge in being traditionally English, and make a Sunday roast followed by a good old fashioned pudding.

I'm not really one for baking, or making desserts at all really. So I decided I would start with something simple, and it doesn't get much easier than an apple tart made with puff pastry.

Simple Apple Tart


200g ready made puff pastry
5-6 apples
2 tablespoons of apple sauce
2 tablespoons caster sugar (I used sugar laced with cinnamon and vanilla seed)
1 egg, beaten (soy milk for vegan recipe)
40g cubed butter (dairy free butter to make it vegan as I did)


Roll out the pastry on a flat surface and cut around a plate or bowl to leave yourself with a circle.
Crimp the edge of the pastry before placing it onto a baking sheet and popping in the fridge for 15 mins.

Peel and slice the apples into half centimetre thickness, and after spreading the apple sauce over the pastry base leaving a 1cm border all the way around, arrange the apple slices in a circular pattern from the outside in.

Sprinkle the apples with the sugar and dot the butter evenly around the tart, brush the free edge of pastry with the egg mixture or soy milk. Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 200C.

Simple Apple Tart

Serve warm with lashings of whipped cream.

Why hello there Autumn, you taste fabulous!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Autumn Lipsticks | Blogtober

When the weather gets a little cooler we all start to reach for the darker berry shades of lipstick, it's the thing to do right? Well it's definitely autumn now, so darker lipsticks are becoming my thing which is why I have rounded up a few of my favourites below.

Autumn Lipsticks

I have to say I do find really dark lips quite hard to wear, they thin your lips out quite a bit so I tend to mix my dark shades with something slightly lighter in the centre of the lip to give a little more of a plumping effect rather than wearing one shade all over. But for someone with really full lips or dark skin the dark shades will look gorgeous on their own.

Autumn Lipsticks
MAC hang up | S&G punch bowl | MUA shade 9 | Make-up revolution rebel with a cause
Autumn Lipsticks, MAC lipstick, make-up revolution

They are all such lovely berry shades, and I'm looking forward to leaving my lipstick prints over cups all Autumn and Winter!

What shades are you wearing at the moment?

Friday, 2 October 2015

Warming Winter Lunch | Blogtober

It's cool autumnal weather now and for most of us we will have swapped our fresh salads for something more warming for lunch, if you're anything like me you don't want to be going out buying pre prepared food everyday for lunch because not only is it expensive but it means you have less control over the ingredients that go onto your body.

Lentil Soup

The below recipe will yield quite a few servings (depending on how hungry you are obviously ) so you can decant it into pots and refrigerate and you should be set for a few days with minimal effort.

This soup is really rich and warming but contains no added oil and is nice and healthy and full of fibre so makes a perfect speedy lunch that will leave you feeling guilt free. I usually take a couple of organic brown rice cakes to dip in my soup as well.

Lentil Soup

1 cup of red lentils
2 cups of chopped white onion ( I buy frozen chopped onions for convinience and to save my eyeballs)
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 vegetable stock cubes
1 medium white potato
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1.5 litres of water


Using a heavy based saucepan, put a splash of water in the bottom and "fry" off the onion on a medium heat, chop the potato into small chunks and add to the saucepan, adding a splash more water if needed. Add the smoked paprika, basil and chilli flakes, then stir in the tomato paste. Boil the water, add the stock cubes to the saucepan and add the boiling water then continue to boil for 10 mins, add in the lentils and boil for a further 5 mins and check the potato cubes with a sharpe knife. If the potato and lentils are soft it's time to take it off of the heat and blend with a stick blender.

You can add more water if the consistency is too thick for you, I like thick soup but it's not for everyone. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I find this provides me 4/5 healthy sized portions and is really filling. I hope you enjoy this recipe and you feel inspired to create some healthy winter lunches!

Lentil Soup

Bye for now x


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Autumn bucket list | Blogtober

I feel like I say this every year but I love Autumn. It's my absolute favourite time of year and October is hands down my favourite month. 

I also feel like I say this every year too but I want to really make the most of October and do lots of Autumnal things so below is my monthly bucket list:

autumn bucket list

Let me know the things you really want to do this Autumn.
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