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

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Unboxing L'Occitane Pivoile Flora

Blossom has been falling like confetti in my garden today, it's such a beautiful sight and it reminded me of my newest favourite scent by L'Occitane. I felt inspired to step out of the sun and go back inside to take a photo of my new set to share on Instagram but after I set up my camera I thought it would be nice to share a quick unboxing post on here and introduce you to Pivoile Flora. A very fresh floral scent made with essence of peony. Perfect for spring and summer.

 I'm a big fan of floral fresh scents, so I was excited when a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win this set in a twitter competition via Liverpool One. This is the second L'Occitane set I've owned, just like the last set this gift set has been put together beautifully.
Inside is 75ml Eau De toilette, 250ml Shower Gel, 10ml hand cream and 75g Petal Soap. All smelling amazing! I confess I'm not a massive fan of solid hand soap but my mum loves it, so I will be giving that to her as well as sharing the rest of the goodies.

I would recommend this L'Occitaine line to any floral scent lovers. You can find this gift box online here as well as other items from the range.

I'm now going to go back out into my garden and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the falling pink blossom and beautiful sun.

Hope you're having a good weekend.

Emma Xx

Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Strawberry Thief

Dress -  Vintage Style Me
Belt - old Primark
Shoes - old Office
Bag - Vintage YSL

It's been a long time since I've felt able to take outfit photos. This winter I admitted defeat after a year of struggling to take photos; at times I convinced myself that I could manage only to feel rotten all the way through the shoot, getting grumpy and needing to go lay down after 10 minutes. The pain I experience from the cold was the last straw. It was time for a break until spring. I guess you could call me a fair weather blogger!

Last weekend there was finally warmth in the sun so I decided to test the waters. I thought I would start small, in my back garden. I apologise for the fence. I'm not a big fan of back garden blog photos, although I have seen worse - old paint pots, dead plants and plastic garden furniture. I'm such a perfectionist I didn't stop at photoshopping out my mums comical digging dog statue, oh no, I made my hedge look greener and fuller, I'm not sure how normal that is.

Anyway moving away from my digital gardening to my outfit and more specifically this dress which was hand made in the UK by the small team that make up Vintage Style Me. It's one of my favourite day dresses, I love the relaxed smock fit which is great for extra cake days or when my body feels extra sensitive and wants more space. I ended up with the same dress in two prints because I can't get enough William Morris in my life! This print is called The Strawberry Thief and its been one of my favourite William Morris prints for years, it makes me so happy being able to wear such an iconic print. I have my eye on another Morris print, this Brer Rabbit smock here being high on my Vintage Style Me want list!

I'm hoping this will be the start of more outfit photos, even if they have to be from my digitally enhanced garden!

Emma Xx