Monday, 18 July 2016

Malteser Cupcakes

As you probably know if you read my blog or know me personally, I love baking, especially cupcakes. I haven't made cupcakes for a very long time so I thought I'd make some that sounded pretty incredible. I made these using Cupcake Jemma's recipe, her recipes always go down a treat and always work so well. 

These Malteser Cupcakes have Cocoa Powder and Horlicks in them, to give them that Malteser flavour. When I was making them, the cake batter smelt exactly like Maltesers, it was beautiful. I also love how the buttercream is filled with crushed Maltesers. Everyone that taste tested them said they were lovely and I can see how, they looked and smelt amazing!

Have you ever made Malteser Cupcakes?
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Friday, 8 July 2016

Aluna Cocktail Bar | Mailbox Birmingham

Last week, me and Chloe headed to Aluna in the Mailbox in town to sample some of their cocktails. Despite only living down the road, I've never been to the Mailbox in Birmingham before so that is an experience in itself! We looked at the menu of cocktails at Aluna, Chloe decided on a Marshmallow Daiquiri and I chose a Colour Changing Martini. We also tried an Asian Infusion sharing cocktail - which is what is shown in the amazing cauldron above!

The Marshmallow Daiquiri consisted of vodka, vanilla liqueur and homemade marshmallow, toasted right in front of your very eyes. It smelt amazing and looked rather tasty! The Colour Changing Martini is pretty much what it's called, but I had a vaccine to put into it to make it change colour. Both glasses were filled with ice while the cocktails were being made to chill them, which is an incredible touch. I hope I'm remembering this correctly, but the Asian Infusion was gin, infused with tea, ginger and lemongrass. It was made in the most amazing way - it looked like a science experiment!

If I visited Aluna again I'd definitely love to try the Lava Lamp (it actually looks like a lava lamp), Strawberry Bellini and the non-alcoholic Frostope because it sounds incredible.

What's your favourite cocktail? 
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Monday, 4 July 2016

Festival Style with Butterfly Twists

Rain Mac - Topshop | T-Shirt -  H&M (Old) | Shorts (similar) - River Island | Wellies - Butterfly Twists

In no way am I a festival expert, but after going to three one-day festivals, I know that practicality and comfort trumps style by far. However, I've also figured out ways to work the 'festival style' and it be practical and comfortable. Butterfly Twists ever so kindly sent me these wellies and I knew I needed to put them in a festival style post. Wellies are essential for any UK festivals, due to the rain and it getting extremely muddy! 

Something that stood out to me is how comfortable and flexible the Butterfly Twists wellies are. They're foldable so you can pop them in your backpack while travelling, or if you don't want to wear your wellies muddy on the way back, you can fold them in a plastic bag. They're really light on your feet and they are literally the most comfortable wellies I've ever worn, you can actually move your legs in them. It's great because you can dance like you normally would without being restricted by your wellies! They come in a variety of colours so you can choose whatever suits your festival outfit.
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Friday, 1 July 2016

London June 2016

For Ryan's birthday, we headed down to London for 3 days for a mini city break. We're not going on holiday this year so getting away from Birmingham for a bit was lovely! London is such a big place as I'm sure everyone knows so fitting a lot into your day there is tiring, but we managed nonetheless. We headed down on Thursday 23rd June, the day after Ryan's birthday and got to our hotel at about half 3 in the afternoon. I will be doing a separate hotel review post as it was so amazing! Beware this is a long post!

After getting settled in the hotel, we explored around where we were staying which was extremely close to the Tower of London. Even though it was raining horrendously we still had an explore around and ended up in Nando's Clink Street (who have amazing service by the way!). Afterwards, we decided to take a walk up to the Houses of Parliament and were going to get the tube back to Tower Hill from Westminster, but it was flooded. So we walked for about two and a half hours to get back to our hotel haha!

We did wake up on Friday 24th June feeling a bit like our trip was tainted due to the EU referendum (and our lack of sleep from being up watching it all night), however we still got up and out. We decided to head to the Magnum Pleasure Store, as I had one last year with my friend and it was the best thing I've ever tasted. This year they were doing 'double dipped' ones where you could have peanut butter or chocolate sauce in the middle and OH MY GOD it was beautiful. I had a double dipped Magnum with chocolate sauce in the middle, meringue, honeycomb and white chocolate shards on top and loved it. 

We walked down Oxford Street for a bit and popped into the Disney Store, because you have to! Because it was such a nice sunny day we decided to grab some food and then sit in Green Park in the sun. Then we headed to the Science Museum and walked around there for a bit, until we decided to go back to the hotel and have a rest of our feet because we were exhausted from all the walking. We headed back out later on to the Walrus and the Carpenter pub, which was just a short walk from our hotel. The decor was all Alice in Wonderland themed and I absolutely loved it. We were the only people in there so got amazing service! The food was incredible too. Afterwards we headed to Westminster to go to the Namco fun station, but we weren't wowed by it so decided to have a nice walk back to our hotel along the Thames (again) and take some photos. When we got back we watched the Steve Jobs film which was really good.

On our last day Saturday 25th June, we got all ready and packed and checked out of our hotel, then dropped off our suitcase at the left luggage in Euston. We headed to Leicester Square and went to M&M's world because Ryan had never been. We took a walk then to Crumbs and Doilies in Soho, which en route Pride was going on, and picked up some incredible bakes. We got Cookie Dough Brownies, a Unicorn cupcake and a Red Velvet cupcake, all of which there were no photos of because they were too delicious to wait for. After walking past Pride again, (which looked like everyone was having an incredible time) we went to Covent Garden, got a Shake Shack and sat in the sun watching the Street Performers. Then we headed back to Euston for a Nando's before our train.

We had an incredible time in London and wish we could have done so much more. We've already got it booked for next year, to see a Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Performance. We're both so excited! 

Where are your favourite places to go in London?
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