Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Summer Trilogy: Gluten Free Cream Teas & Relaxing


Cast your mind back to the beautiful month of July where there were blue skies everyday and the sun was shining.  Well, unfortunately not every day was like that.  But that didn't stop me from taking these photos and enjoying my little trip away.  It was my two year anniversary with Ciaran since we started going out (aww.) We decided to have a little trip away to celebrate as we had both worked really hard over the summer holidays and we rarely got days off together.  We wanted to stay somewhere for the night and decided to stay fairly close to home.  I had heard really good things about a hotel in Totnes called The Royal Seven Stars Hotel (it included dinner AND breakfast so, we had to go!) Also, as we both work for the National Trust it automatically means we have membership too so we decided to make the most of that and visited Saltram House, a magnificent Georgian mansion in Plympton, on our way to Totnes. As you can see, we enjoyed walking around the gardens, admiring the house, and demolishing a DELISH cream tea (mine was actually Gluten-Free!).  As we had spent our entire summer serving customers cream teas where we work, it was a treat to enjoy it for ourselves! 

Did you know that cream teas have divided Devon and Cornwall for a long time.  Pictured is the Devonian way (the right way.. shh!) to which you put the cream on first and then the jam.  Many people prefer it the other way around which is seen as the Cornish way!

After we finished our cream teas we then drove to Totnes.  We got to the hotel and it had a unique and ornate feel to it.  Each room was decorated differently or had a different theme.  We were shown to our room which had a Queen sized bed, air-con, TV, bath, shower and so on.  The room was so tranquil and relaxing.  (I did decide to try out the bath, which was equally as relaxing!) The food was also delicious.  We enjoyed three course meals in the evening and then a full English breakfast in the morning.  We also decided to buy a bottle of Cava and some plastic glasses (classy!) as a little treat for when we arrived.  I truly enjoyed myself so much and we were very well looked after.  It was the perfect little get-away!

And yes, we paid a little extra money just to have bath robes. It's the small things in life!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

My Summer Trilogy: 20th Birthday!

So, I am back! It has been over a month since I last wrote a blog post, which I am a little ashamed about! However I have been incredibly busy this last month, which will be explored in a later post. (Hint: I am now temporarily living in another country!) 

Anyway, as the beautiful season of Autumn is approaching, I thought I would do a summer reflection blog post.  However I had so many things I wanted to include, I thought I would do three blog posts entirely dedicated to my summer.  This first one is going to be about my 20th birthday which was on 22nd July.

I was very lucky this year and received some very thoughtful gifts.  Thank you to everyone who sent me a card, gave me a present, or simply wished me a Happy Birthday!

I love having my birthday in the summer as it leaves a good gap between my birthday and Christmas.  Also, if the weather is good, it makes for a lovely celebration.  Luckily this year the weather held out for me so I decided I wanted to go to a beautiful town on the south coast of Devon called Salcombe.  I have been here a few times before and I love it.  The cute little shops, the bunting, and most of all the stunning views make for a delightful day out. 

I went there with my Mum, Dad and my boyfriend Ciaran and we took a picnic.  I did a bit of shopping as I had received some birthday money and we bought some ice-creams which were YUM. 


My birthday celebrations did continue into the evening.  I decided to go out to a nightclub called Oceana (which is amazing) with my friends.  We got all dressed up and I had SUCH a great time! 


I hope you enjoyed this post (I certainly enjoyed myself in the pictures!)  The next part of the trilogy will be coming very soon!

Molly x

Monday, 1 August 2016

New Makeup I Have Been Trying | 3 Point Review



1. Keeps shine at bay, but not for the entire day (have to use powder).

2. Makes makeup go on very smoothly.

3. Decent packaging which fits easily in my makeup bag.



Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer, in shade light (£10)





1. Very compact packaging with a lot of product, and a mirror!

2. Both concealers give good coverage and last a long time.

3. I don't use the sponge as it is a bit useless!



Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, in intense black (£7.99)



1. Gives absolutely amazing lashes, which are black and bold.

2. Holds a curl all day - my lashes look exactly the same 10 hours later as they did when I applied the product.

3. Doesn't smudge!



L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base (£7.99)

 


1. Doesn't keep shine at bay for a decent amount of time before my t-zone goes shiny.

2. Makeup goes on smoothly over this product.

3. A decent amount of product in the tube so it will last a long time.


KIKO Out Of Bounds Eyeliner, limited edition (£6.90)

 


1. This eyeliner is very black which is great.

2. It doesn't budge all day.

3. Very easy to use, and has a precise point.



Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick, in shade 43 (£26)



1. Beautiful colour and packaging.

2. Smells nice and good, smooth application.

3. You have to reapply during the day as it is not matte and it's pricey.


Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 2 (£4)

 

1. Amazing quality for the price (I would pay much more for this palette).

2. Stunning selection of colours.

3. Slimline and good quality packaging - good for travel.

 

 That's it for this post, I hope you enjoyed reading it.  See you in the next one..

Molly x 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Homemade Elderflower Cordial


This is a slightly adapted recipe from the one on BBC Food

Makes: 1.5 litres
Cooking Time: No cooking is required
Preparation Time: No more than 30 mins 
 

You will need:
30 elderflower heads
5 lemons
1kg caster sugar
50g citric acid
3 pints of boiling water
1 large mixing bowl
Sterilised bottles/containers
Muslin cloth

Firstly, wash the elderflower heads.  Then, putting them to one side for now, place the sugar into a large mixing bowl and then add the boiling water.  Give it a stir and leave for the sugar to dissolve and cool.  


Next, slice the lemons, and add the slices to the cooled sugar solution.


Now, add the citric acid and the elderflower heads, giving the solution a stir.



Next, strain the solution through some muslin cloth into a sterilised container. 


Enjoy as a light refreshment with sparkling water or lemonade, or as part of a cocktail.