Sunday, 24 March 2013

Cheesecake, first attempt.

One of my friends sent me her cheesecake recipe a while ago but I never tried it. I was feeling especially cheesy today so thought I'd give it a try! 

These are all the ingredients you need
100g Melted Butter
200g Cookies
300ml Double Cream
400g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
100g Icing Sugar

I started by lining the the cake tin with foil which I realized by the end was a bad idea. So next time, I'll probably just put a bit of butter, so it doesn't stick.

Brake up the biscuits into chunks, mix with the melted butter and then layer it on the base of the tin. Another thing I realized by the end was that 200 grams of biscuits is definitely not enough. Next time I will double the biscuits and butter. Put it the fridge until the base hardens.

Then mix together the icing sugar/caster, the packets of Philadelphia  the double cream and either vanilla essence or lemon. Make sure its not to fluffy.

Spread evenly on top of the base then leave to set in the fridge for about and hour and a half! 

Finished product! It came out better than I thought it would and okay I guess for a first try. To garnish, you can put anything you like; I wanted to put some strawberries but had none so settled for grated chocolate.
Have you made cheesecake? 


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

My blogging story.
I first heard the word blog a couple of years ago. I asked my cousin what a blog was and she told me it was like an online journal. Not really interested in knowing more, I left it at that. Then after a few months a Disney movie Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars. I never actually watched the movie;  it was just kind of on in the background whilst I was on my laptop, so I opened up word and started writing my first ever 'blog'. It was called Why is Kim Kardashian famous? I literally just ranted about whether or not Kim K's fame was valid or not. I think I still have it somewhere! I forgot all about blogs after that.

After a few months a  sudden spark of interest for blogging came again. So it was about November 2011 that I wrote my first official blog on blogger named plumcherrytree's orange blog. Why it was orange? I have no idea LoL. My first blog post was about what blogs were, how weird the word blog was and how I was starting my own. At this point I was yet to read a single blog. Then at the end of the blog post I wrote something along these lines:

"If I wanted to, I could use this blog to vent and rant about everything that annoys me, but that would get boring. So I want to blog about what you want me to blog about. I will write about anything, absolutely anything, just leave a comment" 

Surprisingly after a few hours I received my first comment.

"Why do people climb trees? Do you consider this a useful skill?" (This persons username was Gorilla I think which explains the question!)

I  happily wrote an entire blog post all about climbing trees, then decided I would post this little paragraph at  the end of each blog post. After a few weeks though, I completely and utterly forgot about the blog I had set up only rediscovering it about a year later which was also about the same time the spark for blogging had returned with also more knowledge of the blogging world. (This spark isn't very consistent is it? LoL)

Then I discovered Zoella. I started by watching her videos on youtube but I fast became an avid reader of her blog. The thought never occurred to me to start up my own blog (by now I had deleted my previous blog which I now wish I hadn't) all I did was read other peoples. 
Then I read this beautiful book called Adorkable about "Jeane Smith a blogger, a dreamer a dare-to-dreamer and CEO of her own lifestyle brand" I'm not quite sure what it was exactly about the book but it made me decide that I wanted to get blogging and stick with it.

I created a blogger account and started by  following only three blogs with no blog of my own. It wasn't until February that I put up my first post and even though including this post, it will only total to six posts so far, I absolutely love it and don't think I'll stop any time soon.

I would love to know if anyone has read this so drop a comment below if you have because as of now I still have zero followers!

lots of love


Saturday, 9 March 2013

Style Icons - Gemma Arterton.

Gemma Arterton is is absolutely beautiful and I envy her gorgeous style. 

From her casual to her red carpet, she pulls off almost every look she wears. Take this causal 90s look. I love the way she pairs a simple button up top with the high waisted roll up mom jeans. And the hair. Ohhh the hair. So simple yet so effective. Extreme jealously right here.  

In all of her photo shoots she oozes the same quality of a timeless Hollywood goddess. She hardly ever wears a full face of make up; just a dash of eye shadow, a pinch of blusher and the odd splash of lipstick. 
Beautiful Smile!

This is one of my favorite red carpet looks on her. I adore the peplum detail and thigh high split. I've created my own Gemma Arterton red carpet look.

Dress, House of Fraser, Shoes, Debenhams, Earrings, Ernest Jones 

This is my casual inspired look.
Mom Jeans, Topshop, T-shirt, Topshop, Bag, Asos , Shoes, Asos
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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

A trip to : Wasabi.

Last week Tuesday, a water pipe burst on the ground floor of my school causing a minor flood. Because of this, school was forced to be shut! I wasn't exactly over the moon as it is a brand new building and was actually looking forward to going back to school after the half term, but come Wednesday and school was still shut. 

I had spent most of my half term copped up at home and was on the brink of ripping my hair out if I had to spend another day inside. So after watching an episode of Victorious were they were eating sushi, it hit me; I had never eaten sushi before. I messaged a friend (who's head you can see popping in the corner of the third picture) who was also bored and we arranged to go and eat at Wasabi.

Getting there, we had no idea what any of the food was and quite frankly the staff were no help at explaining so we picked up pretty much random cases of food and thought we'd give it a go. 

I will never eat sushi again.

I didn't enjoy it at all. I knew the sushi we had bought was raw fish but I don't think  my mind registered it. It smelt horrible, it tasted horrible and texture just felt so horrible in my mouth. Thank goodness we ordered sweet and sour noddles otherwise I would had starved.  

Have you ever had sushi? What did you think?


Friday, 1 March 2013

Straightening my hair :amika ceramic styler.

I only started straightening my hair after I went to the hairdressers to have it relaxed and trimmed. I had relaxed my hair previously but my mum would help me do it using home kit. I highly recommend going to the hairdressers to get it done because the quality is about 90% better. Just in case you don't know what relaxing is, it is when you use a type of lotion or cream type called a relaxer (generally used by people with curly-textured hair), which makes hair less tangled and also easier to straighten by chemically "relaxing" the natural curls. Anywho this is how I straighten my 

I use the amika 100% ceramic and it is absolutely fantastic. Me, my sisters and my mum were in House of Fraser on Oxford Street quite a while ago (probably a year now) when a sales assistant for amika came up to us (she must have been Spanish or from Eastern Europe because she had a thick accent) and said "Come, come! Sit, sit!" so my sister sat down and had a section of her hair straightened. The lady was lovely though and explained how a ceramic straightener will give you super shiny straight hair and how ceramic is much better than glass or metal because it's extremely smooth. She said how another benefit of ceramic plates over the cheaper glass and metal ones is that they heat evenly. I could go on about the benefits but if I did, this would be a very long blog post! They are an amazing product though.

It came with two clips of which I have misplaced somewhere in my house...

We were convinced and soon ended up buying the styler for I think about £90 rather than an original, £150 I think? But we didn't leave without getting any benefits! She said we could come back anytime we wanted, no appointment necessary, to get our hair done, with absolutely no charge, for the next two years! And as if that wasn't enough, the styler came with a lifetime guarantee which means as long as we keep the receipt, they will always replace it if it damages! It was a fantastic deal, and I thoroughly enjoy this styler! 

 So this is my hair before I've straightened it and it does look rather straight already as I did straighten it a couple of days ago (my hair stays straight for about three to four days after I straighten it). I used the word 'straight' about fifty times there! 

Before I apply any type of heat to my hair, I use Organic Olive Oil heat protection Serum. Not only does it provide heat protection but it also helps straighten my hair and leave's it shiny. And I believe it was only £5.00, I'm not sure though because my mum bought it for me. I then section my hair, which can be extremely frustrating, but I always get there eventually. In the pictures, my hair is very badly sectioned, sorry :)

Another great thing about the amika styler is that it heats up in literally ten seconds, so I switch it on and turn the dial to about 160 and begin to straighten.

I do this for every part of my hair and that's my hair straightened! I don't do this often though, maybe once a week or once every two weeks and sorry I don't have a final picture, I didn't straighten my whole head when taking these, a big thanks to my little sister who took the pictures!

Check out amika's website and blog, they truly are a fantastic company!

Do you straighten your hair? And if you do with what straightener?
Let me know!


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