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Christmassy Gingerbread Biscuits


Ingredients: 

350g Plain flour 
1 Tablespoon of ground ginger 
1 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground mixed spice 
1 Teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
175g Unsalted butter
150g Dark muscovado sugar 
4 Tablespoons of golden syrup 

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat oven 
Step 2: Sift the flour, spices, and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl
Step 3: Put the butter, sugar and syrup into a pan and gently heat
Step 4: When everything is melted and smooth, remove from heat and pour the flour etc in
Step 5: Stir into a dough and leave to cool
Step 6: Once cooled, kneed and roll out dough (using extra flour to prevent sticking)
Step 7: Use Christmassy cutters and cut out shapes, placing them onto a greased baking tray ready for the oven 
Step 8: Bake in oven for 8-10mins 
Step 9: Leave to cool and make them look pretty with icing/sprinkles/whatever you fancy





It isn't Christmas until I've baked and decorated some gingerbread with my sister, it is one of many Christmas traditions I love and look forward to. This is just a quick and simple recipe for some festive gingerbread biscuits which taste delicious and add to any Christmas gathering.You can never have too much food at Christmas time! 

What is one of your Christmas traditions? 

OOTD | Umbrellas and Dungarees












Dungarees- Asos
Top- New Look
Scarf- Accessorize 
Shoes- Reebok
Lipstick- Rimmel 107

I FINALLY OWN A PAIR OF DUNGAREES. I've been looking at and loving dungarees for such a long time and have been close to buying some so many times. I don't actually know why it has taken me so long to buy a pair, but after seeing these had 20% off during black Friday sales, I couldn't resist. Paired with my roll neck ribbed top and cosy scarf, it makes the perfect wintery outfit. The dungarees are SO COMFY, I could live in them and they are very warm too- which is kind of good with this rubbishy, cold weather at the moment. I am already hunting for a blue denim pair to add to my collection! 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas









There's only 16 days until Christmas, the decorations are up, the Christmas shopping is almost done and it's definitely time to get excited and start blogging about Christmassy things. I LOVE IT!! 

To me, visiting a Christmas market or two in the lead up to Christmas is a tradition and a must. Last weekend, James and I decided to get in the Christmas spirit and go to the German Christmas market in Birmingham, which made me feel even more excited and super Christmassy (I didn’t think this was possible).

We went last year, but during the day on a Saturday which is probably the worst time to go, as it was ridiculously busy. This year we decided to go on a Thursday evening and it was so much better, we could actually see what the stalls were selling! 

Not only is there never ending supplies of mulled wine, German beer and Bratwurst sausages, there is also a whole range of unique, independent stools selling perfect gifts for Christmas. It has such a lovely, festive atmosphere and is definitely one of my favourite Christmas markets I’ve been to. Even those of you Grinch’s out there would feel Christmassy after a visit! 


Peachy Bums










Rachael - c/o Superpeach (£8.00)


Olivia - c/o Superpeach (£9.00)

Even though it is hidden under clothes, there's always something nice about wearing beautiful underwear. It somehow seems to make any day that little bit better. 

I don't think there are many girls out there who don't get excited over a new pair of pretty knickers, and the beautiful range from Superpeach is no exception. Superpeach is a boutique offering knickers in a wide range of styles, shapes and colours. They are all very affordable, ranging from only £7.00-£9.00.

After spending ages looking through all the cute knickers (I was definitely spoilt for choice), I finally decided on the Olivia and Rachael thongs. They are both very different but I love them both equally. I like the extra strap detailing on the Olivia thong, which makes it a little more special. The Rachael thong is simple yet gorgeous, a definite must have for any knicker drawer! They both have stunning lace detailing, which appears to be brilliant quality and will hopefully look just as stunning after a few washes. Quite often knickers that look good don't always feel good, but both of these are super comfortable as well as looking amazing. 

Not only are the knickers beautiful, the packaging is super cute and the overall customer service was amazing. Naomi was so helpful throughout the whole process, even helping me choose the right size! Plus the delivery was super quick.

I am so happy with my overall experience with Superpeach, I would definitely recommend taking a look at their website and ordering some gorgeous knickers. Every peachy bum deserves a pretty pair of Superpeach knickers! 

Superpeach website- http://www.superpeach.co.uk


Don't be lippy



Left- 710 Sultry Sand Maybelline, Charmed TopShop, A73 Dangerous Mac, 461 Scarlet Creme L'Oreal, 107 Wine Rimmel, Sugar Plum No7, 40 Bourjous, 380 Dark night Rimmel- Right 


For me, Winter/Christmas time is when I become a bit braver and more adventurous with what I slap on my lips. Unless it's a night out, during summer I usually stick to lipgloss, whereas during winter I often find myself reaching for bold, berry coloured lipsticks. 

I thought I'd share with you my collection of current favourite lipsticks, and then my top 3 all time favourites for this season. As you have probably noticed, I can't get enough of red lipstick at the moment, whether it's bright, dark, purple-tinted or slightly pink, I love it. 

My top 3 tots-favs have to be the 107 Wine Rimmel, A73 Dangerous mac and 380 Dark night Rimmel. Both Rimmel lipsticks are berry coloured, one more red and the other more purple, but I l-o-v-e them and they are definitely my go-to lipsticks. During winter, I feel like a bit of berry coloured lipstick adds to your outfit and automatically makes it look a little  more festive. The Mac Lipstick is basically as red as a lipstick can be. I usually find myself reaching for this particular colour on evenings/nights out, as I feel it's more classy and sophisticated. 

I am always adding to my collection of lipsticks (sorry bank balance) and after this post I feel like I might need to steer away from the reds and be a bit more adventurous with other colours!

What is your current favourite lip colour?


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