Thursday, 29 November 2012

Everything5pounds mini haul

Belles,

Not sure if you are aware of the online website that goes by the name of "Everything5pounds", if you haven't then where have you been?!

Basically it is a website that has women's clothing, shoes, accessories & more, all priced at , yes you guess it £5. It's amazing but more importantly its the shoes that always catch my eye and the other day when I previewed there new arrivals I knew I had to be a earlybird to catch the amazing deals.

So after patiently refreshing their new arrivals page, I managed to beat through the online crowd within the first 5 minutes of the new arrivals being uploaded and purchased the following:

Chelsea style boots





Platform wedged heels with ankle strap



Gold capped faux suede boots




I haven't worn out the chelsea boots or the wedges yet but the gold capped boots are a showstopper. I was in Meadowhall on a date with my sister and everyone was looking at them and even two men stopped to say my boots were "very nice"!!!!

Seriously, join there facebook page here to be in the know of there latest arrivals so you can purchase a fantastic pair of on trend shoes for only a fiver.


Peace, Love & Besos


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Select Specs - You Don't Need to Purchase off the Highstreet to Get A Decent Pair!!

Hellooooo Belles,

Since the age of 16 , I have worn prescription glasses due to being shortsighted, but I tend to remove them prior to any picture being taken.

I have always been a specsavers customer and normally I get charged in total approximately £150 for a pair of prescription glasses & prescription sunglasses , which is not easy to fund now I am back to living off a student budget. So I was excited when I seen an email from  Selectspecs offering to send me 2 pairs of glasses to review.

Selectspecs are an online glasses & sunglasses retailer, selling both prescription and non prescription glasses (For those who have 20/20 vision but still want to join in with the fun of glasses wearing),  they even reglaze and replace lenses on your current frame if it is in good condition. They have more than one range available to choose from ; the cheapest being their value frames which are priced at just £6 to the more expensive designer frames priced over £125. Each pair of prescription glasses from Selectspecs come with free standard lenses, UV protective, anti-reflective and scratch resistant coating , a case and a cloth.



The 2 frames, I chose were called Savannah 2213 - Black/ Red & Savannah 77088  - Brown , they were both chosen from the £6 value range. Due to postage & packaging being £4 for each pair of glasses it came to a grand total of £10 for each pair , which in my opinion is a still total bargain!!!!

Savannah 77088  - Brown
Savannah 2213  - Black/Red
Both glasses arrived very quickly , in under 10 days of ordering online, which is good considering these frames were shipped from Hong Kong and whenever I purchase anything from Ebay from Hong Kong, I am normally forced to wait a month for its arrival.
Though,  I was bit worried about the arrival of my frames due to not knowing whether or not they would suit my face,  but I was actually surprised when they arrived as both frames suited me.  The lenses are perfect  and are an exact replica match of my previous specsaver lenses, the frames are of high quality too!


At BBC 1XtraLive 2012 wearing Savannah Red/Black glasses

Overall, I will be definitely consider re-purchasing glasses from them again in the future as they are so much cheaper than your highstreet opticians, plus you have more trendy/fashionable options to choose from at different price ranges. 
It proves that you don't need to purchase glasses off the highstreet to get a decent pair!
 
Have you ever brought prescription or non-prescription glasses from Selectspecs ?
Peace, Love & Besos
 Note: This is a sponsored post, however my honest opinion remains

Monday, 26 November 2012

NOTD: White lines and Diamonds

Hi Belles!!

I was suppose to post this last week but busy schedule didn't let me.

I did promise you that I would start to do more designs on my nails, and I kept my promise. I will try to make it a regular thing as Shanaz has her bake days I will try to have nail days.

Plus I also got myself a job in House of Fraser. Just as a Christmas temp in Lauren by Ralph Lauren, and the dress code is black so I decided to show my individuality through my nail art for my interview.

This is what I came up with



Bright Red 262, Matt White 66, Black 47

Hugs and Kisses





Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Bake Days #1 - Cookie Monster Cupcakes

 ****Picture Heavy Post****

Welcome to the first edition of Bake days, I have now begun to dedicate my sunday afternoons to being a domestic goddess in the kitchen (cooking, baking & cleaning) before starting a hectic week of university lectures/seminars.

So a couple of weeks ago, if you saw my instagram you would have sneak-peeked my first baking creation.  I decided I wanted to bake some cupcakes but not your standard cupcake but a themed cupcake which I chose to be reminiscent of one of my favourite childhood tv show's 'Sesame street' , in particular the notorious "Cookie Monster" so I recreated the design of the cookie monster cupcakes.




Ingredients

Serves12

Vanilla Cupcake Mixture

2 large eggs
175g Margarine
175g Self Raising flour
175g caster sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Paste or Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice (Optional)
1/2 juice of a  Lemon (Optional)

Large cake paper cases

  • Buttercream Mixture

50g Margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Paste
Blue Gel food colour (Adjust depending on your preference)
Sifted Icing Sugar (Apologies, I didn't measure this as I added as and when it was required, I would use 50-60g if I did measure)


  • Coconut topping Mixture

    Desiccated coconut ( Again sorry I didnt measure I probably used 250g of the packet

    Blue Gel Food Colour (Be generous with the colouring as you need to ensure the coconut is fully coated so probably 1 1/2 tablespoons)


    Cookie Monster Face

    6 chocolate chip cookies for the mouth ( These will be halved)

    Giant or normal sized white chocolate buttons for eyes

    Designer writing icing or Milk/Dark Chocolate chips for pupils of eye

     

    METHOD 

1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas Mark 6. Prepare your cake tin with 12 paper cases.    

2. In a mixing bowl , mix the butter and caster sugar together until light & creamy in consistency. 

3.  Then one by one, beat an egg into the butter & sugar mixture (not too vigariously as you want the cakes to be light and airy) . 

Optional: if you like you can put a dash of lemon juice in the mixture so the eggs are not so rysh once cooked.


If the mixture looks slightly curdled , don't worry as the flour will help to bind it together. But make sure you don't overmix.
4. Add the vanilla paste or vanilla extract to the egg, butter & sugar mixture.






5. Sift the flour little by little into the sugar, butter and egg mixture, but make sure you fold it with either a tablespoon or spatula instead of a mixing it with an ordinary wooden spoon , in order to ensure it keeps it light/airy consistency.( You can identify this by seeing if bubbles arise when you fold the mixture) 



6. Once it is all mixed together and smooth in consistency without any lumps of flour, then fill  approximately 1 tablespoon & 1/4 of cake mixture into the paper cases. Then bake in the oven for approximately 15 to 25 minutes until they are a light golden brown or once you press them and they spring back when you touch them in the middle.(Note: Keep an eye on them as they tend to cook quite quickly).
7. Once the cakes are cooked, take them out of the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack, so they are completely cook to enable you to put on your cookie monster faces.
8. Prepare your buttercream mixture by mixing together  in a small bowl the margarine , vanilla paste/extract, blue food colouring and the sifted icing sugar until thick/smooth without lumps. If it is too runny, add more icing sugar and put to one side.

9. Then in another bowl mix together the dessicated coconut with the blue food colour and ensure the mixture is all blue without any pieces in white and put to one side. 
10. Then prepare the cookie monster face by getting your cookies and cutting them in half with a knife ( A normal one is fine, doesn't have to be a sharp one) then set aside. Create the eyes of the cookie monster by getting your white chocolate buttons and adding pupils to them by putting a small 1cm drop of icing or chocolate chip (Stick it with buttercream/icing or edible glue) in middle.
11. Get your cooled cupcakes and create the faces by firstly spreading a layer of buttercream all over the top of the cakes, then add sprinkle generously the dyed coconut to create texture. Make a slit for the mouth and stick a half of cookie in the split for the mouth. Then add the two eyes which you previously set aside.
There you have it, the final product cookie monster cupcakes.


Let me know if you have you tried baking these before?!

Peace, Love & Besos

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

NOTD: Pastel Passion

Hi !!!!

I have finally gone back home to get my nail art tools. So the next NOTD post should be a bit more creative and have a design.

*Excuse the blurry quality my camera decided to play up*


BarryM Pink Flamingo 305 | BarryM Lemon 307 | BarryM Mint Green 304 | MUA Frozen Yoghurt | BarryM Blueberry 306

Hugs and Kisses


Sunday, 18 November 2012

The Liebster Award!

Belles,

So we  have been nominated by two people for the 'Liebster Award.'

Thank you to both Claire from Fashion Rhetoric and Christina from Style Storey 
Photo Credit: Fashion Rhetoric
 The Rules
You must post 11 random facts about yourself & answer the 11 questions from the person who chose you. You must also create a new set of 11 questions for who you tag. You must tag 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and let them know. You cannot tag them back. 



We have decided to not post the random facts as we answered the 22 by both our nominators and thought it would make this post even longer. Anyway below are are responses to their questions:


So my first person is Claire from Fashion Rhetoric

1. Why do you blog??
 Shanaz: Because I find it liberating/helpful to share my personal opinion on products/ life events and it also allows my writing skills to improve.
Kamarla: I find that it is a great way to showcase my nail designs, share my opinion on fashion and style

2. If you found £100 this afternoon, how would you spend it??
 Shanaz: Obviously £50 in primark & £50 on Ebay
Kamarla:  I would have to spend it in Primark and H&M
 
3. Apple or Android??
 Shanaz: Android
Kamarla: Android. I'm a Samsung lover

4. If you could live in any city in the world, which city would it be??
 Shanaz: New York
Kamarla:  New York
 
5. Is eating in a cinema- nefarious behaviour or perfectly acceptable?
 Shanaz: Perfectly acceptable
Kamarla:  Acceptable
 
6. Name one thing on your bucket list.
 Shanaz: To travel to America and go on a huge shopping spree in different states
Kamarla:  Splash the cash and party in America 
 
7. What is your favourite social media platform??
 Shanaz: Twitter
Kamarla: Facebook
 
8. Name your favourite blog (that is not your own)??
Shanaz: Thats hard because I dont have favourites because it depends on each individual post.
Kamarla:  It depends on what mood I'm in or what pops up on my Dashboard
 
9. What album could be the soundtrack to your life??
 Shanaz: Beyonce 4
Kamarla: Beyonce 4
 
10. Real books or ebooks??
 Shanaz: Real books
Kamarla: Real Books. Ebooks will never feel the same as a real book
 
11. What advice would you give a new blogger??
 Shanaz: Just write what comes to your mind, don't worry about what other thinks as its your personal expression on a topic.
Kamarla: Write what YOU want, and not what others want you to write; just let your own personality guide your blog 

My Next questions are from Christina from Style Storey

Describe Your blog in three words!

Shanaz: Beauty , Colourful & Non-conformed
Kamarla: Fashion, Fun and Cute

What's your favourite fashion Magazine?
Shanaz: I would say LOOK magazine but I sometimes like More aswell :)
Kamarla: Look Magazine because tells you about the latest Highstreet products

Coffee or Tea? 

Shanaz: Neither as dislike both options, I prefer hot Ribena
Kamarla: Peppermint tea, I can't stand the smell of coffee

Skirts or Shorts?
Shanaz: Skirts
Kamarla: Skirts

Do you take fashion inspirations from celebrities or bloggers and catwalks?

Shanaz: I definitely have to say bloggers but sometimes celebrities
Kamarla: Definitely bloggers. I love Lookbook, as they show you the most up to date street fashion, but the catwalk too because it does have a big impact on fashion

If You could live one Celebrity's life who would it be?

Shanaz: Rihanna, her life is busy yet exciting. Perfumes, singing, acting, modelling etc
 Kamarla: Rihanna

If you could have a celebrity's wardrobe's who would it be?

Shanaz: Rihanna as its versatile, one day it can be sophiscated and the next can be grunge etc
 Kamarla: Olivia Palermo as her style seems effortless

Where do you like to online shop the most?

Shanaz: Im not one to shop in just one store as I like to shop around for best deals but I definitely shop alot on Ebay as Primark dont have an online store!
 Kamarla: I don't tend to shop online that much, but I would likely go for Ebay

Do you watch Youtube Vloggers?

Shanaz: Not as frequently as I did prior to having a blog but every now and then if I see links on twitter
 Kamarla: Not really

Iphone or Blackberry?

Shanaz: Hmmm, I am a bit of a Apple hater and more a Samsung lover but on this occasion I would say Iphone
 Kamarla:  Iphone only because of the sleek design.

What do you think of Pinterest?

Shanaz: Im a fan, i love it as i am forever repinning. Follow me here
 Kamarla: Love it

I tag:

mytwenty1
soulofafashionista
leaving-the-micropolis
fashion-mind
we-do-fashion-uk
taintedfingers
theglossyreport 
mezmadeup
blkmimildn
in sideapetiteworld
theprimdaisy


11 Questions To My Nominees: -

1. What is your favourite quote?
2. What would be your ultimate dream job?
3. Where would you like to live in the world?
4. Sweets or Chocolate?
5. Do you have any hidden talents?
6. What is your favourite season (Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn)?
7. Favourite cosmetic brand?
8. Flats or heels?
9. What would your last meal be?
10. What would be the first thing you did if you won £1 million?
11. Who is your fashion icon?

  Please check out all of the listed new/upcoming blogs and tweet me @belle_aventure when you've done your questions so I can see your responses :)


Peace, Love & Besos


 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

HOME SWEET HOME!!!

Hey Belles

I'm not sure if I told you but I was basically homeless at the start of uni for a few weeks. I had to commute from Sheffield to Nottingham every day, as I decided to get an apartment that had not been built yet *I know a real risk there*. To cut a long story short, I was put up in an apartment hotel for a few weeks as the completion date kept getting changed due to building delays , etc. So finally 2 weeks ago I was able to move in and I'm really happy with the result.

Here is a tour of my Apartment/Studio in Nottingham.









Hugs and Kisses



Friday, 9 November 2012

Mini Haul: Primark & New Look

Hey Dolls

A few weeks ago I went to visit my sister in Sheffield. Which means only one thing when we get together...SHOPPING!!. I'm already well acquainted with Meadowhall now lol. Some of the stuff was also bought in Nottingham when my sister came to visit me and did more damage to her bank account than she initially wanted lol :)

I was specifically on the look out for some Winter bits and bobs for this upcoming chill.

NEW LOOK

Cameo Rose Faux leather jacket RRP: £34.99 (I only paid £31.99 due to student discount)

I happened to go into New Look and this faux leather jacket just caught my eye. Luckily it was the last size 8 in stock. Its by Cameo Rose and I just love the zip detail. Out of all the faux leather jackets I've seen, there has never been more than one zip; this is why it caught my attention because it is quite unique.

PRIMARK


Printed dress: £7 on sale
This dress has a really cute print and it fits me like a glove, so there was no hesitation when I threw this into my basket. I think this dress is so versatile, as it is perfect as a work dress because its simple yet chic, and it could be modified with a few accessories  if you were meeting with friends after work.



Blue Gradient jumper £3 on sale | Striped jumpers £8 each
Obviously jumpers were key on my winter list this season, so I managed to find a couple to add to my collection for a real bargain.


This may not be ideal for Winter, but for a bargain of £2 ,  I would have been a fool to let this go. I just love the bird print design all over the dress and the combination of vibrant colours makes you feel all Tropical. The versatility of this dipped hem dress would suit a wedding, clubbing or a dinner date outfit.

Hugs and Kisses
 

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