Sunday, 10 July 2016

Oasis - Secret Garden Collection

Dress - Oasis c/o House of Fraser
Bee Necklace - c/o And Mary
Belt - Primark - old
Embroidered espadrilles - vintage

This is my garden, my secret resting place, where you'll find me on a fine day, tucked away in a corner listening to the bees buzzing and birds chirping away. I've always been an outdoors person. I can't stand staying inside buildings for too long, which is why - when my health allows me, and the weather, of course -  I'll be outside, with a book or my eyes closed in meditation.

Despite not being able to get out into the real world, I've been making more of an effort to wear outfits that make me feel happy, embroidered blouses and floral prints are my staples. This dress by Oasis is a perfect piece to make me feel happy, with a nod to the 60's and those amazing bell sleeves I couldn't resist it. The dress is part of the Chelsea Physic Garden collection by Oasis. A twenty-five piece capsule collection of stunning botanical prints inspired by London's oldest garden, the Chelsea Physic Garden. A red bricked wall encases this very special garden. A place that has been influential both in medicine and art for hundreds of years. I've never visited the Chelsea Physic Garden, but I feel inspired by this collection to add it to my list of must see places for when my health improves.

Bees are my favourite little insect, they give us honey and they pollinate our plants and crops; essentially we would not survive without our glorious buzzing friend. This beautiful little porcelain bee necklace has been handmade by And Mary with so much detail it really feels alive.

My garden may be wild in comparison to a well kept botanical garden but it's one of my favourite places to be. So if the weather is good, you know where I'll be.

Emma Xx

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Vintage Blossom

This year my blog has taken more of a back seat, this is mostly down to my health getting worse and because more recently I've been exploring new possibilities towards the path of good health. I guess for now you could call me a sporadic blogger and I'm ok with that. Despite seeing this debated over Twitter a lot, I will be bold enough to say there is no right or wrong way to blog, no set amount of posts to make you a real blogger. A few years ago I felt very differently about this. Back then if this outfit didn't hit the Internet pretty much the week it was photographed it would cause me great anxiety and stress over missing my weekly target. A silly thought, especially when you live on such little energy. I admit I did wonder if I should share it now, weeks later, a whole season later. Yes! - Is the answer to that. 

Taking photos like this is becoming more difficult for me, it's a massive task for my body but it's something I love doing. My blog allows me to express who I am, lets me be just me for a while and not only that girl with complex chronic illness. No, sporadic will suit me just fine for now, although I hope there won't be many posts to come that are published a whole season late! 
So even though Spring has long gone and a very grey British summer has set upon us, here is my vintage Spring outfit. I bought this dress through the app Depop a few years ago now. It's one of my favourite dresses for warm spring days. It's one of those dresses you just want to twirl in - and that makes me happy!

I hope you're having a good day.

Emma Xx 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Emma's Coconut & Lime Bundt Cake Recipe Featured on Wayfair

Emma's Coconut and Lime Bundt Cake Recipe For Wayfair 

Spring is finally here, the sun is shining and the promise of summer is just around the corner. For most of us, it's the perfect opportunity for some relaxed alfresco dining—maybe a barbecue with family or a summer garden party with close friends. Whatever the occasion this season, this zesty coconut Bundt cake is the perfect, easy-to-make show stopper. 

A few weeks ago the lovely people at Wayfair contacted me to ask if I would be up to the challenge of creating an original recipe for them. Of course I said yes, because I'l take any excuse for cake! It's also an honour to be featured on their inspiration page. For this challenge, I wanted to create a cake that would stand out, be full of flavour and be easy to make too, which I believe I have achieved in this lime and coconut Bundt cake, drizzled with white chocolate and topped off with strawberries. I'm so pleased with my recipe, and the winning combination of coconut and lime, I would go so far as to say its the best cake I have ever made. 

Because I created the recipe for Wayfair, I can't share it directly here but if you click on the link (here) it will take you directly to my recipe on the Wayfair inspiration page.

I would love to know what think of my recipe, let me know if you make it!

Emma Xx