While summer is loading... I'm patiently waiting! This Easter bank holiday was a much needed 4 days off from work allowing me to spend a lot of time working on my blog which I have so thoroughly enjoyed. It's a shame it was raining for 50% of the weekend, but the sun did managed to shine through at points and I took full advantage of it!
Showing of my recent purchase from Newlook, this gorgeous khaki denim dungaree dress... anything khaki and it's mine!
Paired with my dress for this optimistic spring look, I'm wearing my Public Desire lace up booties (the perfect transitional piece!) which have a nice high heel but are so comfortable you would never know! To finish off the look a classic and casual white shirt and a gorgeous nude clutch from Sophie Fleming which I am so obsessed with at the moment... I literally want to take it everywhere!
I'm so excited to be able to wear this sort of outfit everyday and to not be cold or worried about the heavens suddenly opening. Hooray for spring!
I'm a bit of a sucker for anything spotty. Whether they're on jeans or dresses, spots are just so cute! This little number has just landed on YAS. Super easy to wear for both day and night... switch boots for heels and ta da! The shift style with a dropped hem creates a fun flirty look that suits all body shapes and I am totally in love with it. The perfect spring look!
Paired with my spots, I've gone for classic everyday staples that most of us are sure to have in our wardrobe. My Whistles leather jacket and my Russell and Bromley black ankle boots.
I was feeling brave and bared my legs, oh how I cannot wait for the warmer weather and more spring outfits!
It's Easter week and I'm sure we are all looking forward to the lovely 4 day long weekend! If I ever need an excuse to bake, Easter would be a pretty good one. Last year I made some really cute cupcakes where I melted chocolate and kind of swirled it in to little bunny ears (which were VERY fragile and I had a lot of casualties!) and ended up with about 4 which actually looked like they were suppose to. But I guess that's part of the fun/frustration! Anyway, this year I chose to make a cake and went a little mini egg mad!
I use the same basic cake mix every time which consists of..
300g Self Raising Flour
400g Icing Sugar
Now, if you follow me on snapchat --> EmilyR.Harding you will have had a sneak preview of me baking my cake! I hadn't realised how hard it would be to film while pouring (I went way over board with the milk!) but I got a little carried away pretending I had my own cooking channel. But here is how to do it properly!
Firstly, put the butter in the mixer and whizz away until light and creamy. Then add the sugar and again let it mix for a minute or so to get light and fluffy. Next add the eggs one by mixing mixing all the time to stop the mixture from curdling. I then add the flour, make sure not to over mix once the flour is in as this will make the sponge a lot less light and fluffy... which is what we are trying to avoid! I then add a splash of milk and a little bit of vanilla essence.
Then separate in to 3 tins, or if you only have 2 that's fine too! Bake in the oven at 180 degrees celius for between 20 - 30 minutes... I swear no cake is the same!
Now for the fun part! Leave to cool completely and decorate however you wish. I went for a chocolate and mini egg over load!
A perfectly colour Easter cake ready to dish out to the family! Obviously you can decorate is all sorts of different ways, I got some ideas off Pinterest and went from there. You can also follow my Pinterest board here for all sorts of inspo!
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter weekend!
... Brings a week of content (and I couldn't agree more!) Oh how I love lying in bed and not needing to get up for anything. Enjoying the white fluffy duvet with the sunlight shining through the windows whilst a frothy coffee is bought to you in bed, I'm one lucky gal! This last Sunday was perfection. A VERY lazy start to the day followed by a trip in to town for brunch. We headed to the Pantiles which is arguably the prettiest part of Tunbridge Wells. After strolling through the market we found ourself at Woods Restaurant. Quirky and quaint, nothing matches but it's so cute!
Wearing my chunky sleeveless knit (not nearly brave enough to actually bare the arms), my leather jacket and my favourite ripped jeans, I felt I was dressed suitably spring like for the first official day of spring!
After a leisurely brunch with a couple of lattes on the side, we were beyond full and went to walk it off with a dog walk through the woods. Much needed after the mornings over indulgence! Lucky my knit wasn't a fitted one!
When an item of clothing comes to life when you move you know it is a keeper! This black top from YAS does exactly that. The soft layers swish over each other as you move making this top a whole lot prettier, along with giving you the urge to twirl a lot... as you will see me demonstrate!
Paired with my black YAS top I've kept it simple as I always love to do. My Topshop Joni jeans in black, but are now more of a washed black colour... (they've had a lot of use) and my new ASOS mules which I have been desperate to wear. I'm not sure the weather is quite warm enough for bare toes yet but I couldn't resist taken them on a little trial run!
Just because black never gets old! All topped off with some new jewellery from House Thirteen which I literally haven't taken off since I received them! It's the pendant necklace and two bangles... are they gorgeous!