Emmy’s 2014 Fashion Picks

There were a couple of awards shows this week, with the Emmy’s taking place the night after the MTV VMA’s. I wasn’t a big fan of the fashion talent on show during the VMA’s, it seemed like a lot of the ladies were just trying to be the most controversial figure at the event, and I’m not into all that, so I thought it would be best to stick with those who know what they’re doing. I love looking through all the pictures the morning after, and this Emmy’s was no exception. It was nice to see so much colour on display and I had a pretty difficult decision when I was trying to pick out my favourites, but here are 6 outfits I just adore.

Emmy's 2014 Fashion

Julia Roberts | Kerry Washington | Taylor Schilling | Claire Danes | Natalie Dormer | Sarah Hyland

All photos: E! Online

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

These are my favourite. They are so delicious that if I could make them every weekend I really would. This time they were baked up for a family gathering and luckily I had people to share them with, otherwise they’d have been scoffed down entirely by me, and that wouldn’t have ended well. I encourage you to give these beauties a go, and try and tell the different between these and the fresh store-bought ones from the fancy supermarkets. Don’t forget to add that last bit of sugar on top of the warm shortbread right out of the oven, as that really makes them extra special.

Ingredients

  • 230g unsalted butter, softened
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 60g milk chocolate chunks
  • 60g white chocolate chunks
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  1. Beat together the butter and icing sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and mix again briefly.
  2. On a slow speed, add the flour until just combined with the rest of the mixture.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  4. Roll the dough onto a floured surface, til it’s approximately half a centimetre thick. Cover in cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours, until firm.
  5. Unwrap the dough and cut it into squares. Place onto the baking trays and bake for 20 minutes, until the edges are golden. While still warm, sprinkle the shortbread with a little bit of caster sugar.
  6. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.

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How to Wear Fall’s Colours

It can often be daunting to try and follow the latest trends in fashion when you’re not confident in certain styles or don’t quite know what works and what doesn’t. I’m not a trend follower whatsoever, choosing clothes that are comfortable and that look good over anything that is deemed to be ‘on trend’ – it just might be luck that something happens to be ‘in’ at any given time. I suppose that the only way I would purposely choose something that was following a certain trend would probably be with colour – I find it much easier to choose ‘in’ colours rather than styles and make them much more wearable in everyday life. Here I’ve picked out 3 of this fall’s hottest colours and I’m showing you how easy it is to pick out pieces  that look great but are also super popular and trendy in the coming season.

Fashion: Fall Colours

1. Crepe Swing Vest | 2. Nail Paint – Lemon Ice Cream | 3. Alice & You Yellow High Waist Midi Skirt | 4. Epaulette Shirt | 5. Blue Zip Pocket Front Tunic Dress | 6. Sweatpants | 7. Textured Cut-Out Skater Dress | 8. SKY LIT Wide Fit Pointed Heels | 9. Extra soft scarf.

Happy Moments: Hit the Gym

Happy Moments: Get to the Gym

I don’t know about you, but it comes to a certain time of year when my mood tends to drop. As much as I love Autumn, I find it really hard to get on board with the colder weather and the shorter days. I really can’t find the motivation to get excited in the morning, when I’m up before the sun, so I need all the help I can get in picking up my mood and making me feel a bit better about getting towards winter time (not that we’re anywhere near there yet!) One way I know that is guaranteed to help in getting my mood back up where I want it to be is exercise. The Mr. and I are really upping our fitness regime now that we’re less than 10 months from our wedding, and I’m finding it’s such a great mood booster and a way to really get my mind to a good place. I highly recommend putting on your trainers and getting out of the house for a run if you can, it’s a great way to get some endorphins pumping around your body and it makes you feel like you’re really achieving something. So, tie up those running shoes and get out there, your body and mind will thank you later.

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Twists

Cheddar Cheese Twists

I’ve made a couple of different versions of these now, and they’re always pretty popular at family gatherings – I don’t think there have been any left at the end of the evenings where they’ve been served. And yet, they are so simple to make, they literally take a couple of minutes once you’ve got the three ingredients required together. Now, that’s the kind of party food I’m into. Not to mention the delicious kind that you can easily wolf down in one sitting – maybe it’s best if you make an extra batch just for you on movie night, so you don’t have to leave any for other part-going guests. This recipe makes 12 twists.

Ingredients

  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • Ready-rolled puff pastry sheet
  • 120g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • One egg, lightly whisked
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll your puff pastry and place it onto a chopping board or countertop.
  3. Use a pastry brush to lightly cover the pastry all over with the melted butter.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese all over the top, lightly pressing down to adhere it to the butter/pastry – you can use a rolling pin to do this if you like.
  5. Cut the pastry into 12 even pieces along the width.
  6. Pick each one up individually, taking each end of the pastry and twisting 5 times, before putting it on the parchment paper – it’ll have taken on a twisted stick shape.
  7. Once you’ve done this with all 12 of the pastry pieces, use the pastry brush to brush egg on top of each twist, to give it a shiny finish when baking.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden and the cheese has melted.

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