Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Magic of Christmas

Christmas Crown - Crown and Glory
Shoes - Kurt Geiger
Necklace - Revamped Betty's

Every Christmas, for as long as I can remember, I've had a new special dress for the big day. It's just a tradition in my family. We might not leave the house all day and it might just be very close family, but still, we dress in our finest clothes, especially my mum and I. This year I didn't get around to purchasing my Christmas dress, mainly because I've been very busy and ill the last few months. I've just not had the time or energy, not even for much online shopping. So, I decided that this year I would have to make do with one of my many beauties in my wardrobe, to be decided on the day. That was until less than a week ago, when I found a parcel from Chi Chi on my door matt. Inside was this stunning Frances dress. A true fairy princess dress. I can't believe how lucky I am, that I get to wear something so amazing and magical this Christmas! In true blogger style, I braved a chilly winter afternoon to share with you my Christmas outfit. Just looking at these photos gives me the chills! At least tomorrow the house will be nice and toasty! I'm very much looking forward to Christmas day, especially for the roast turkey, presents and cheer. Oh, and the Downton Christmas Special, that's if I'm still awake!

There's always something magical about Christmas Eve, especially in the afternoon. It's tradition for my mum and I to watch the Tale of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter whilst eating mince pies and chocolates. So on that note, I better get a move on so I don't miss out. All there is left to say, is that I wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Emma Xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Festive Tea Cakes

Nothing says Christmas more than a festive sweet treat, but it's not always easy whipping up fudge, sweets or cupcakes when there's just so much to do before the big day. Cue festive tea cakes. Made to look like Christmas puddings, they're a big hit in my house. I don't really feel like I can call this a recipe, it's more of a pimp my tea cake affair, and let me tell you pimping these little treats up is easy as pie and takes hardly any time at all.

For 12 tea cakes you will need

2 boxes of Tunnocks Tea Cakes
Waitrose freeze dried strawberries
Waitrose green edible glitter flakes
100g icing sugar

Unwrap all the tea cakes without sampling one if you can restrain yourself! Mix the icing sugar with a little water until you have a thick but slightly runny consistency. Using a teaspoon put a small amount of icing on top of a tea cake and spread it out a little. You might want to help make the drips by spreading some icing further down the side using the teaspoon or a kebab stick. Then add the green glitter flakes and some freeze dried strawberries in the centre. Repeat until all the teacakes are festively decorated. For an extra special touch you could add edible sparkly glitter on top.

As the one week countdown begins I can't wait to see everyone's festive posts and bakes. Let me know if you pimp your tea cakes!

Emma Xx

Saturday, 13 December 2014

DIY Gift: Cookie Dough Truffles

Making homemade gifts for Christmas is not only fun, but will win you lots of brownie points from friends and family. It also doesn't need to be expensive. Its safe to say I've been a busy bee in the kitchen. I've had a lot of fun making these very easy cookie dough truffles to give to friends as gifts. I'm very impressed with how easy it was to make and how well they turned out. I would go as far in saying the cookie dough tastes nicer than that found in ben and Jerry's cookie dough icecream - sorry boyfriends! I found the recipe on pinterest. It is however in American cup measurements. Which is fine for me as I have American cups. I have translated it into English for those that don't own any.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened - 113g
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar -110g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour -256g
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • miniature chocolate chips (as many as you like) 
  • 400g milk chocolate
  • Dr. Oetker Shimmer Spray

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy then add the vanilla and mix well. Gradually add flour, alternately with condensed milk, beating well after each addition. Lastly mix in chocolate chips. Now you have cookie dough!! Let it harden in the fridge.
  2. When the mix is hard but you can still scoop it out, shape into balls and place on baking paper. Loosely cover and pop them back in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  3. Melt the chocolate until smooth. Dip balls in and use teaspoons to coat them, allow excess to drip off. Place back on the baking paper.  
  4. Spray with gold or silver edible spay. 
  5. Add to bags, put in boxes if you have any. You now have yummy gifts ready for your loved ones.

 This mix will make around 33 truffles.  Don't forget to save some for yourself!

If anyone makes these I would love t know how they turned out.

Emma Xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Independent Gift Guide For Girls

When it comes to buying Christmas presents on the high street, I nearly always have that fear of "what if they already have this?" Chances are they've already seen it anyway while shopping themselves. Our high streets are filled up with the same shops up and down the Uk and all around the world. They're the frontline of money making machines who turn out thousands of the same item. Now don't get me wrong, I love shopping on the high street but when it comes to presents, independent shops are amazing. So if you've still got shopping to do or fancy something for yourself think about going independent. Not only can you find things you and your loved ones have never seen before but you can find work from some of the most talented people out there, people who put time and effort into every piece they sell. This year some of my favourite gifts I've bought are from independent shops, I'm so excited for my friends and family to open their gifts and see something they've never seen before. 
With my very limited digital collage skills, I have put together my own personal guide for girls featuring some of my favourite independent sellers and items. 

Rockability Robin Dress £55 (here), Squirrel Dress £55 (here)

The perfect Christmas dress can be found at There's Only One Amy Laws. All handmade with beautiful hand printed designs, these dresses stand out in a subtle and elegant way. 
Last Christmas postage date is 19th December and made to measure orders must be made by the 12th December.

Standing Thinking Limited Edition Screen Print £35 (here), Let It Snow Locket £20 (here), Pegasus Locket £20 (here), Merry Christmas Card £2.50 (here)

Bondi Forest is the creation of Lee May Foster-Wilson who makes magical creations like no other I've seen. On the website you can find all sorts of amazing handmade items from jewellery, clothing and scarves to prints and cards.

Robin Tea Towl £8.50 (here), Robin Christmas Card £1.50 (here), Blue Tit Brooch £11 (here

I've been a fan of Little Pip Designs for a long time now and I love the little birdies that Sarah makes out of scraps of fabric in her studio in Devon. The last uk postage date for Little Pip Designs is the 17th December. 

Hand Painted Cats In Stockings Broochs £10 (here)

British illustrator Emma Carlisle makes amazing hand painted wooden brooches, necklaces, greetings cards and much more. I fell in love with the faces on Emma's little characters when I found her on Instagram earlier this year. There's just something so cheeky but innocent about them that I love. As well as Christmas brooches Emma has created lovely Christmas cards too. 
Last christmas postage date for the Uk is the 17th December.

Christmas Cracker £10 (here), Liberace Heart Clips £15 each (here), Rococo Crown in Berry £40 (here), Gold Elbie Crown £35 (here)

For all hair accessory lovers I give you Crown and Glory. Based in Cornwall, the very clever and always inventive Sophie never fails to amaze me with her new creations. For a few months I have been signed up to the Glitterati Club - a monthly subscription to C&G. Over those few months I've built up a good collection of pretty crowns and glittery accessories. Sophie has something for every budget and style. The Christmas Crackers are a fantastic surprise! 
Last uk postage date for Crown and Glory is the 15th of December.

You're My Favourite Keyring £9 (here), Christmas Tree Brooch £7 (here), Banner Necklaces £15 (here), DIY Kitties Garland Kit £4 (here)

Many an hour I've spent looking at all be pretty things that Zoe has made for her shop Ladybirdlikes. Here are a few of my favourite things available at the moment. The postie delivered a lovely parcel from Ladybirdlikes only yesterday morning with presents for friends and this DIY kitties garland for me!

Pizza is my Boyfriend £19 (here)

Based in Stockton-on-Tees Thimble & Bobbin is the creation of Lauren Crawford. Every time I see a new creation I want to get the old hoop and threads out! Sadly all the Christmas hoops have been sold but there's still lots of unique creations in the shop like this quirky design which is currently on sale. 
Last Uk postage date is 19th December.

Key To My City Necklace £48 (here), Cat Silhouette Necklace £40 (here), London City Skyline Necklace £58 (here)

To decide what to buy from Mona Mara is never easy! I remember taking ages to decide if I wanted a cat necklace or the London city skyline necklace. Oh decisions! In the end I went for the London city skyline being one of my favourite cities. I'm so happy with my necklace and now have my eye on the key necklaces. A great thing about Mona Mara is that they have a sale full of slight seconds for a lot less than the completely perfect ones. 
Last Uk delivery date for Christmas is the 19th December for free delivery or the 23rd for next day delivery.

I hope you enjoyed my independent gift guide, it's really got me into the Christmas spirit.

Emma Xx