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Laura Ashley

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Lydia’s winter wardrobe with Jojo Maman Bebe

Jojo Maman Bebe has grown to be the leading boutique mother and baby brand  in the UK and with all their beautiful baby and childrens clothes it’s easy to see why!  Lydia always has a number of Jojo items in her wardrobe and I particularly love their smocked dresses  so when she was sent out some beautiful clothes for her winter/Christmas wardrobe I was beyond delighted! I do love a pretty collar and this little navy cardi with its embroidered collar is…

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Decorating for Christmas with Cable & Cotton

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll know how much I love Christmas and decorating for the festive season so when the fabulous Cable & Cotton asked me to style up some of their lights for Christmas I couldn’t wait to get started.  I always have a tree in my living room and one in my dining room so I decided to go for two completely contrasting looks and I love that you can choose your own colours…

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Crafting projects for winter- Indoor garlands

I’ve loved crafting since I was a child and used to drive my mum mad with all my projects and leaving trails of glitter, paper and ribbons everywhere. One of my earliest memories is sitting at the kitchen table in winter time making a Christmas card for my gran. It was made with white card with a little lamb cut out and stuck onto it and I remember covering the lamb with silver glitter and being so pleased with how…

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Hot chocolate & Oreo marshmallows

After seeing lots of cute hot chocolate stations on Pinterest I decided to set one up in my kitchen for my little grandchildren as they love a mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and chocolate buttons on the top.  There’s nothing nicer on a cold & dark night than curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and it’s perfect for a girls night in where everyone can choose their own toppings. The ultimate experience in hot chocolate has…

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Autumn decor

As the nights get darker and there’s a little nip in the air I must admit I immediately start to think about all things cosy & Christmassy! Warm blankets, hot chocolate with marshmallows & cinnamon candles are all on the agenda and although I love autumn as a season with it’s beautifully changing colours and crunchy leaves underfoot I’m not a huge fan of reds & orange so I don’t use traditional autumn colours in my decor.  I do love…

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Chocolate cupcakes with ganache topping

To make these chocolate cupcakes I use my favourite chocolate cake recipe found here and divide mixture into muffin cases. I usually get 12 large ones and around 20 mini ones from this recipe.  Reduce baking time to approx 15 minutes at 180 degrees (fan oven) Once baked place them on cooling tray and make ganache. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate buttercream icing so I make a simple ganache with just two ingredients. I also don’t go by…

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Kitchenaid Mini

When Kitchenaid sent me out one of their  Kitchenaid Mini mixers in the most gorgeous shade of pink I was beyond thrilled as I love to bake and had borrowed my daughter’s Kitchenaid mixer a few times and was so impressed with it.  I particularly loved it for making cupcakes, sponges, cheesecakes  and  French macarons which are all in the recipe section of my blog. The Kitchenaid Mini is fabulous as it is 25% lighter and 20%  smaller but with…

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Mindy Brownes Interiors

  Mindy Brownes is an Irish based Interiors company based  in the heart of the Lake District in Co. Westmeath, Ireland. Their interiors  collection consists  of occasional furniture, lighting, mirrors, clocks, accessories and tableware.  Inspiration comes not only from current interior trends studied across the globe but by having far-reaching experience in designing, manufacturing and retailing. I was first introduced to Mindy Brownes Interiors around ten years ago when I worked in a lovely little interiors shop doing window displays…

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Cable & cotton fairy lights in my favourite colours

I’m a huge fan of Cable & Cotton lights and they were top of my Christmas wish list last year so I was delighted to receive a set of them in my favourite pastel pink & blue colours from my daughter.  Here’s  a couple of pics of them featuring  in my living room last Christmas & New Year. After the festive season I kept them on my mantelpiece for a few months as these lights are definitely not just for…

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