Friday, 29 August 2014

Weekly Inspirations

I've been really slacking on the reading front, but I've been watching so many things that I decided to leave out the majority of my current watches until next post. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year, on the one hand I hate to see the warmth and sunshine go, but I also love being able to layer clothes again, to acceptably wear a bobble hat and to drink mass amounts of tea and hot chocolate.

I've been having a lot of those 'life days' lately, the days where you have to sort out normal boring life stuff like washing, bills, organizing, job searches, meetings, not looking like a hobo etc. So keeping inspired has been a little bit slow, but here's what is keeping me less pathetic fallacy and more chipper.














Joker cosplay!








Around the web:

So just as a friendly warning, prepare to lose many hours of your life to this girl. Anna Akana's YouTube channel has become my newest addiction over these past few weeks, she imparts her advice on many different aspects of life in a funny way, she usually does the videos by herself but her latest video features Daniel Radcliffe to promote his new film and it is so cute/funny/weird.





See how a woman's face is transformed with digital make-up!  so so cool.



Music:

I am SUPER into Royal Blood at the moment. Relatively new, they are a British rock duo that came together in 2013. Their debut self titled album is brilliant, this is one of those rare occasions where I like every song on the album. They are somewhere between The White Stripes and The Arctic Monkeys. Below is the one I currently have on repeat.



I cannot stop listening to this song, I heard it on an advert and looked it up. Perfect for all the dramatic scenes I'm writing.




I haven't heard any of Ariana Grande's other songs but this one is super catchy, can't wait to go clubbing so I can dance to it.





TV:

50 ways to kill your mammy - SKY 1

Its funny and inspiring in equal measures. An entertaining reminder that you're never too old to start living life to the full.




Attack on Titan - online


I'm very picky about anime, and this one I just about like. The only things that bother me are typical anime things like too much crying, too much shouting blah blah blah, but if you'd been though what our main character has in this story, you'd be crying and shouting all the time too.

Its about a boy who lives in a city that is surrounded by walls, nobody knows how the walls got there but they know why the walls exist, to keep out the Titans (giant monster pictured above) its definitely worth a watch. My sister says its much better subbed. Don't judge me, but I'll always watch anime dubbed, I can't be bothered with reading subtitles when I'm trying to watch a show!



The great British bake off



We have an unhealthy obsession with cooking shows in our house. We watch everything from Masterchef to Man vs Food. I love Marry Berry, and baking, and competitions, and creativity! so this is probably my favorite thing to watch that's on right now. I'm definitely going to give this sweet, chewy, fruity cookie a go

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Marshmallow crispy squares

I haven't had a crispy treat since I was probably about 12 years old, but I don't know why because I love them! I kind of always thought of it as one of those 'children's only' things, and although this is a great and easy recipe to get the kids involved in, there is no shame in adults making/eating it too.


Ingredients:

150 grams of puffed rice (such as Rice Krispies, but buy the non-branded version as you won't taste the difference) 
300 marshmallows
45 g butter
200g chocolate



Start by melting the butter in a saucepan and adding the marshmallows, stir on a medium heat until it resembles a gooey mess.





My sister bought this stuff so we tried adding it to see if it made the treats taste anything like strawberry, it didn't.




Melt the chocolate, you can do this the long way - in a glass bowl on top of a simmering pot of water - or you can microwave it, just be sure to stir it every 10 - 15 seconds if you choose the later method, or you'll get a weird puffed thing like below.




but even if you don't stir during the melting, you can do it after.





We wanted to make the treats look a little cooler so we added some food coloring to the chocolate, just don't add too much or you'll taste it. 






We used dark purple and blue to get this pretty pastel color, but use any you like.




Fill a large bowl with the rice krispies and then mix in the melted marshmallow and most of the chocolate.







We had some caramel sauce lying around and in the spirit of trying to make our teeth fall out, we added some of that too. Totally optional. 





Line a tray with clingfilm and pour the mixture into it. Then put another layer of clingfilm on and press the mix down.





Pour the remaining chocolate on and allow to cool, or if you want them quicker you can refrigerate it. Then cut into squares. 







I saw a few recipes online that add edible glitter and I think that's a great idea for kids, this is pretty easy and taste amazing. They are fairly sweet so not one for those with a low tolerance for sugar.

Happy baking! xoxo


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Blogger Spotlight

I follow a LOT of blogs so this was a difficult list to bring together, but I've managed to compile a list of my top 6, I tried to get blogs across all genres, so if you like following cool recipes, lavish lifestyles posts, beauty product reviews, advice, and fashion, then read on.


This is a lifestyle blog with a focus on fashion, culture and art. Her style inspires me and she's also a talented artist. If you're into creepy art and Japanese culture then Kat is your girl.












For those who love to bake, in my opinion there's no better blog than this one belonging to a sweet girl from New Orleans - Joy the baker.








One of my all time favorites is The Londoner, this girl has some seriously drool worthy holiday snaps, beautiful pictures of Paris adventures, dining in the south of France and sun bathing in Spain. She also posts recipes, restaurant reviews and the occasional fashion post.










Another traveler I like to virtually follow through her adventures is Simplicity is Beauty
Great London restaurant reviews, advice on beauty products and general lifestyle awesomeness.








Milk Bubble Tea is a sweet little blog featuring cute lifestyle things like puppies, adorable stationary, pretty interior ideas, her favorite current TV shows and beauty product recommendations. I'm in love with her 'mostly white' house.









Posh, Broke and bored is a party girl who shares her expensive wardrobe and amazing holidays, she also reviews London restaurants - mostly in Shoreditch, visits interesting London events and also produces and illustrates her own online comic book called Audaciously yours which is definitely worth a look.








I do love a million other blogs but these are my favorites right now, but my preferences change all the time so I might just do another bloggers spotlight later in the year.

Happy internet surfing!